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“ He is not far off: for listen to what he to the ground without your Father; are says in the Psalm-Thou compassest my not ye much better than they ? For the path, and my lying down, and art ac very hairs of your head are all numbered.' quainted with all my ways.”'
But it is dark now, and I must make haste “Ah, but, Mary, you never had a father | home. Come soon to our house and stay who would listen to you whenever you all night, and sleep in my little bed, and wanted to speak to him. God is so great then I'll tell you ever so much more he would not listen to such a little girl about our Father in heaven.”
Poor Anne often heard all this before ; “ Look here, dear Anne, what it says in but with a father on earth who supplied all the sixth chapter of Matthew : * Enter her wants, what was it to her that she had into thy closet, and when thou hast shut a Father in heaven? But he was now the door, pray to thy Father in secret, resting in the cold grave-yard; no earthly and thy Father that seeth in secret him- friend was near, for she had neither grandself shall reward thee openly.'”
parent, aunt, or cousin, and she felt very * But I am so very naughty, Mary ; I lonely. She knelt down, as was her cus have told so many stories, and been so tom, to say her evening prayer, for words proud that God will not have me for his repeated only with the lips is not praying ; child."
but the recollection of all Mary's conver“O, no! Anne; for I remember an sation rushed upon her, and bursting into other place where it says, “Like as a tears, she exclaimed:father pitieth his children, so the Lord “ Our Father who art in heaven !!! pitieth them that fear him. For he know Then followed a simple petition of her eth our frame, and remembereth that we wants; and when she rose from her knees are but dust.'
she felt comforted, she scarcely knew “What! just like the way my own dear why; but, children, the great, the powerfather used to pity me! O, how much ful Almighty had listened to this poor that would be! for if I was ever so naugh- little girl's whispered prayer, and had sent ty, my dear father used to be sorry for me, his Holy Spirit into her heart — "the and the moment I promised to be better, he Comforter," as the blessed Saviour called would take me up in his arms and kiss me. Him-and she was comforted.
“ And so will your Heavenly Father ; She soon went to live with Mrs. Ste I mean he will forgive you just so.” venson, who, with her own children,
The little girl lay a long time silent. taught her daily more and more of her At last she said despondingly
Father in heaven; and, as she continues “When you go home to-night, Mary, to reverence his commandments, to be deand go to bed, you will have a kind mother sirous, by her dutiful conduct, to preserve to come and kiss you, seeing that you are His love, and in all her sinfulness and safe and warm ; but I shall have no one,” trials to pray to Him for grace to preserve --and her tears burst out afresh.
her in the right way, she lives in the daily “ But, dear Anne, my mother will shut hope of one day meeting her earthly paher eyes and go to sleep too, and then who rents in the presence of her “ Father in would watch over us if we had not a Fa heaven." ther in heaven who never slumbers nor sleeps,' the Bible says ?"
- Dr. Johnson, “God has a great many little children speaking of a lady who was celebrated for to watch over,” said Anne, doubtfully ; dressing well, remarked—“The best evi“ how can I be certain that he will re dence that I can give you of her perfectiou member me?"
in this respect is, that one can never ra “ If you were only at our house, Anne, member what she had on." Delicacy of I could show you where it says, in my feeling in a lady will prevent her putting own little Bible, “Leave thy fatherless on anything calculated to attract notice; children to me, I will preserve them alive;' and yet a female of good taste will dress well then, our Heavenly Father cannot so as to have every part of her dress corforget either of us, for we have no father. respond. Thus while she avoids what is Besides, our Saviour says here, in Mat showy and attractive, everything will be thew, 'Are not two sparrows sold for a adjusted so as to exhibit symmetry and farthing, and yet not one of them falleth taste.
IZVOSCHICK AND THE EMPEROR'S
under which was simply the uniform of a general officer, deposited it with the izvoschick, to the great surprise of some persons who happened to be , and
on his daily visit to his daughter the Grand had elapsed, when an aide-de-camp preDuchess Maria-Nicolaivena, the Duchess sented himself for the purpose of redeemof Leuchtenberg, having no carriage with ing the cloak; telling the izvoschick that him, and being desirous of returning he had driven the emperor, who had sent quickly to the palace, most probably having him a ten double note, (about $8,) which an appointment for a stated time, as he is His Majesty hoped would make up for any known to be the very essence of punc sums of which he had been robbed by tuality, took a street sledge. On arriving, officers or others, and desired he would the Emperor left the sledge, and was about wait there until he was sent for. The poor to enter the palace, when the izvoschick, * fellow was alarmed; he took off his cap not knowing His Majesty, who had returned with both hands, as usual, fell upon his to St. Petersburg only on the preceding knees, burst into tears, and crossing himday, after an absence of some weeks, taking self—“Gospodi pometa, (Lord, have mercy off his monstrous cap with both hands, upon me ;) Gospodi boja moi, (Holy God! reminded him that he had not paid the what have I done? what will become of fare. “Good, good," said His Majesty, me?) Boja moi! Boja moi! (No, no, “I will send you the money.” “Ah, no, I will take no money, I will take no baron," (pronounced bahrin, and is a term money ; pray let me go, oh baron, pray of respect used by the lower classes in ad- let me go ;'') saying which he jumped on dressing their superiors,) said the poor his sledge, and flogging his horse, drove izvoschick, looking at the palace,“ this is off at full speed, leaving the money in the a very large building, and has a great hands of the officer, who was too much many ways out; your nobleness might surprised to stop him or have him stopped. make a mistake and leave by another door, An order was given for the man to be or the person you might send with the found and conducted to the palace, which money might not know at which door I am,
was immediately done, as His Majesty and might make a mistake; but if, baron, always has persons near enough to him your nobleness would leave your cloak when he goes out to mark anything that with me and take my plate,f we shall both transpires. The poor fellow was now be safe." “What!” said His Majesty,“ do more alarmed than before. He had not you imagine that an officer driving to the only detained the emperor's cloak, but by palace of the emperor would rob you of running away, had acted in direct opposiyour fare, which cannot exceed a greeve- tion to His Majesty's commands; and the nick, (about ten cents,) or at most a p'ye- least he expected was to receive some taltine, (about twelve cents) ?" Ah, baron, hundred pair of rods, and be put into the forgive me,” replied the man,“ your noble- | army. What, then, was his surprise at ness is not an izvoschick. You do not being received with kindness, and told not know what we do. It is precisely at the to be alarmed, but to look upon the emperor palace of the emperor, at the theaters, at as his best friend, whose great happiness the tribunals and great houses, that we are and desire was to improve the condition robbed.” His Majesty threw off his cloak, of those whose position placed them at
the mercy of evil-disposed persons. The Izroschick, the driver of a public carriage. During the winter hundreds of the peasantry,
emperor then gave him a bank-note for not being able to occupy themselves in the twenty silver roubles, (about $16,) and country, proceed to St. Petersburg with a sledge dismissed him. of their own manufacture, and one, two, or more horses, where they become izvoschicks, ATTEND TO YOUR own Business.—A man and in the spring return to their homes, frequently having realized considerable sums.
who had become rich by his own exer† Every izvoschick wears suspended from the tions was asked by a friend the secret of collar of his coat behind a tin plate, on which ' his success. “I have accumulated,” reis his number, and for which he pays a certain plied he,“ one half my property by attendsum annually. The shape of the plate is changed every year, that the tax may not be ing strictly to my own business, and the evaded.
other half by letting other people's alone.”
OR, OCTOBER 16TH, 1193, AND OCTOBER 16TH, 1852
THE TWO PRISONERS OF THE to her garments. Vainly she strove to CONCIERGERIE:
arrange them to the best advantage ere she quitted her cell. The daughter and
the wife of kings must drink the cup of T was a chill autumn morning—a gray bitterness to its very dregs! When she
fog brooded over the city, and a gloom reached the door of the prison, the first obrested on the people of Paris. A few ject on which her eye rested was the cart faint rays of sunshine struggled through which was to convey her, and some of her the mist and rested on the roof of the fellow-prisoners, to the scaffold. A shudLouvre, and the time-honored towers of der convulsed her frame. Her husband Notre Dame. The streets were thronged had at least been allowed the favor of a with people; crowds stood as if in anxious covered carriage to convey him to the expectation of some great event,-in front place of execution ; but no such privilege of the Palais de Justice, on the steps of was in store for her. She must go forth the Church of St. Roche, and on the Place to meet her doom exposed to the gaze of de la Revolution, (now the Place de la the multitude in a common open cart, Concorde.)
thronged with victims ! And yet it might easily be perceived Slowly and reluctantly she entered, and that it was no festal scene which drew the the cart drove off. After so many months people from their houses on the 16th of spent in solitude and gloom, the cheerful October, 1793. Here and there, it is true, light of day had no charms for the royal a countenance might be discovered which captive ; and the sight of the throng of betrayed marks of sorrow; but those of the human beings by whom she was surroundgreat majority wore an aspect either of ed, completely overpowered her. Her idle curiosity, cold scorn, or bitter hatred exhausted frame was but ill able to bear and malignity.
the joltings of the cart as it passed onOn that day Marie Antoinette was to be ward over the rough stones. Vainly she led forth to the scaffold. Separated from strove to balance herself by grasping the her children, and from all who were dear side of the vehicle; alas ! her hands were to her on earth, she had for some time bound, and on she went that long and past dragged out a miserable existence in dreary way, suffering in body and crushed a gloomy cell of the Conciergerie, the in spirit, while many an insulting jeer fell prison belonging to the old Palais de Jus- upon her ear, as she rocked from side to tice, on the banks of the Seine. This side; and not one in that vast human palace, once the abode of the kings of throng dared to cry, “God bless her!” France—the spot whence St. Louis, sur- And yet, even then, in this her hour of rounded by the flower of European chiv- misery, the fallen queen was not utterly alry, set forth for the wars of the crusades deserted. It was remarked by many -this palace it was whose vaults were among the multitude that, as she drove up doomed to be the living grave of a queen the Rue St. Honoré, her eye seemed to of France-a queen whose sorrows and wander from house to house ; they attribuntimely fate have almost caused the world uted this to her levity of character, which, to forget her follies and her faults. even in that awful moment, was attracted
At an early hour of the morning her by objects of passing interest. But gay summons came; the night had been chiefly and thoughtless as Marie Antoinette had spent in writing to her children and to the once been, the anxieties which at this moPrincess Elizabeth. Exhausted nature at ment filled her heart were of no idle cast. length claimed a few moments for repose; She had refused to receive the last sacrabut very brief had been the slumbers of ments of her Church from the hands of the the broken-hearted victim, when her jailer revolutionary priests, who were alone adcame to announce to her that everything mitted to the prisons; and secret intelliwas prepared for her departure. She was gence had been conveyed to her, on the not even allowed the petty consolation of evening preceding her execution, that one appearing in decent attire before the na- of the non-juring priests, concealed in a tion who had once beheld her in all the house of the Rue St. Honoré, would propomp and splendor of royalty. The damp nounce absolution over her as she passed of the dungeon and long-continued wear, on her way to the scaffold. Long did her had imparted a soiled and tattered aspect eye wander from house to house in fruitBut years
less search for the appointed sign : at last, It inaugurated the empire ! Once more she discovered it over the door of an ob- was a Prisoner of the Conciergerie the scure dwelling-house. A passing ray of hero of the day. Amid the crash of joy lighted up for a moment the pallid falling dynasties and all the vicissitudes of features of the fallen queen, and she bowed time, those old gray towers had stood unher head as she passed to receive the sa- changed on the banks of the smiling Seine. crament, which was thus alone accessible On many a sad heart had the gates of to her. Soon the Place de la Revolution the Conciergerie closed since the day when was reached that scene of terror and of Marie Antoinette left it for the scaffold; crime. As the queen approached the but few more daring spirits were ever conscaffold, close to the very gate of the fined within those gloomy precincts than Tuileries, she glanced for a moment to- Louis Napoleon, nephew of the Emperor ward that spot where she had once dwelt Napoleon Bonaparte. After his landing in royal splendor. How many visions of at Boulogne, and the failure of that rash the past may not have crowded through and premature attempt, the son of Horher mind during that brief, sad moment ! tense was confined in the ancient prison visions of the day when she came to that of the Palais de Justice, previous to his palace, years before, a gay and lovely removal to the Fortress of Ham. bride, and during the festivities attendant The game seemed utterly lost, and even on her marriage, hundreds were crushed the most daring and hopeful heart might to death on that very Place !-visions of well have despaired of success. the days of thoughtless levity which fol- rolled on; the prisoner escaped, bided his lowed, when the love of pleasure and ad- time; and when France, weary of anarchy miration alone filled her heart !—visions of and confusion, yearned for order and sea time of better and purer joy, when a curity, his firm hand grasped the reins of mother's love first stirred within her, and power, and on the 16th of October, 1852, with a thrill of delight she had pressed the Prisoner of the Conciergerie entered her first-born to her heart !-visions, too, Paris as the Emperor Elect of the French of the hour when the first muttering of the nation. gathering storm reached her ear!
No fog obscured the sun of Austerlitz All this, and much more,-thoughts of on this memorable day—the day which the children she was leaving behind her in sealed the doom of France, at least during pitiless hands and evil days—of the hour this present phase of her destinies. The of anguish which now awaited her—and air was clear and bright, and all Paris was the awful future upon which she was astir; people were hurrying to and fro on about to enter. All this might, and proba- the boulevards in busy preparation ; shopbly did, pass through the mind of the un- boys looking anxiously at the clock, watchhappy queen, as she gazed for the last ing for the hour of twelve, which seemed time on the Tuileries—for the first time to them “long-a-coming,” for then the on the guillotine! Brief, however, was shop was to be closed and the rest of the the
space afforded her for meditation : hur- day devoted to festivity; workmen were ried by the executioner from the cart to the giving the finishing touch to triumphal scaffold, the sharp ax swiftly executed its arches; hawkers vending by thousands bloody task, and the Veuve Capet was pro- small gilt medals with the effigy of Louis claimed to be no more! Other victims Napoleon stamped on one side, and on the followed—the crowd gazed till they were other the imperial eagle, with the inscripsatiated with the sight of blood--and then tion, “ La Ville de Paris, à Louis Napothey dispersed, each man to his home, and leon, Empereur;" while others were crying thus ended the 16th October, 1793 ! themselves hoarse, offering for sale flying
Sixty years had well nigh sped their sheets headed, “ Vive l'Empereur ! c'est changing course ; anarchy had been suc- le væu de la France !” “ Programme des ceeded by despotism ; legitimacy, restored | Fêtes et Cérémonies qui vont avoir lieu for a brief space, had yielded up the scep- Ldans Paris, le Samedi, 16 Octobre," &c., ter it swayed with a feeble hand; constitu- and all these valuable documents were to tional monarchy had been tried and failed; be acquired at the reasonable rate of fire organized republicanism, too, had had its centimes a-piece. day; and then another memorable 16th of A few quiet citizens walked about in October dawned on France.
amazement, scarcely seeming well assured
whether the whole was not a dream; and presented by the sight of those one hunone might be heard greeting another be- dred and fifty thousand armed men, crowds neath the shadow of Napoleon's column of gayly dressed women, peasants from the on the Place Vendome, with the half-country, all pouring along like a resistinquiring exclamation, “ Eh bien, voilà less, living tide for five whole hours, withl’Empire !
out intermission. When the prince had But now the hour of noon has struck. passed, and men no longer stood on the Louis Napoleon is to arrive at the railway“ tip-toe of expectation,” some of the station at two, and it is high time the pro- sharers in the pageant seemed suddenly to cession should begin to form. On they remember that it was a long time since pour—that vast human tide-hemmed in they had had their breakfast ; and a young by the double file of soldiers which lined national guardsman might be seen quitting the boulevards throughout their whole ex- the lines, and cutting a loaf in pieces with tent.
his sword ; while, on the point of the same Deputations from the neighboring com- serviceable weapon, he gallantly handed munes, each bearing some gay flag, with the several slices to some of the fair dama laudatory device; portly dames de la sels' of Montrouge, who had borne their halle, with huge nosegays in their hands ; | part in the procession, and now stood, radispruce-looking demoiselles from diversant with smiles and nosegays, beneath the marchés and halles, all dressed in white triumphal arch. The merry peals of laughmuslin and decked with violets; school ter which this act of civility elicited had children, led by priests and waving tri- scarcely subsided, when a fresh incident umphantly their little tri-colored flags, attracted the attention of the crowd. As while they shouted most lustily a cuirassier was galloping along, his horse l'Empereur,” and doubtless with them it slipped on the smooth pavement of a crosswas a hearty cry, for to him they were ing, and he fell to the ground with some indebted for a holiday! Next came a violence. One of the pretty cantinières, venerable band, dressed in motley garb- or filles du regiment, dressed in pictuthe relics of the Vieille Garde and of the resque military attire, immediately stepped Grande Armée. As they passed onward forward, and assisted the fallen man to with failing steps, in the varied uniforms rise, at the same time offering him a of by-gone days, many a one with a wooden draught from the cantem, which hung leg or broken arm, every heart warmed gracefully by her sich Gayety and good to the brave old men, and many a hearty humor served w end a charm to every cheer greeted them on their way. One passing incident, and an atmosphere of of the aged men, who bore the banner, joyous hilarity pervaded all around. Meanwaved it three times solemnly over the while, the prince and his brilliant staff heads of the younger soldiery who stood passed on their way through the gazing by his side, as though he would fain con- throngs, till they reached the Place de la secrate them to the service of his master's Concorde. nephew.
No blood-stained guillotine now defaced Squadron after squadron of cavalry now that spacious area ; sparkling fountains dashed onward through the streets, their played on the very spot where once the helmets glittering in the noon-day sun; | blood of royalty had flowed, as though they while every now and then the measured would fain efface the foul stain which had tread of infantry again fell upon the ear. erstwhile marked their site.
And now, heads are seen outstretched Did recollections of the deeds of violence in anxious expectation ; cries—not loud, it which this Place de la Revolution had witmust be owned—of “ Vive l'Empereur" nessed sixty years before, cast their shadow are borne upon the breeze ; a brilliant group over the heart of the new potentate as he appears in the distance, and, foremost of entered the gates of the palace, where them all, his usually impassive counte- Marie Antoinette had once dwelt in royal nance kindling with triumph, rode Louis splendor ? Did a conviction of the illusive Napoleon. Gracefully he bowed with un- nature of all this triumphal pomp flash covered head as he passed onward among across his mind, when, in answer to one of the crowd, his beautiful Arabian bearing his attendants, who expressed a hope that itself as though it shared in its master's his imperial highness had been satisfied triumph. It was a gorgeous pageant, that with his reception, he replied : “ Beaucoup