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CHAPTER XIII.

TilE NEW DIGNITY.

stealing it from the Baron's forest to buying of him. I is no other in all the country round. A new plan was The offer was refused, although he would have lowered quickly formed. I built this house for the reception of his first demand of nine to seven thousand gulders. visiters, and advertised the healing properties of the The Baron was quite at a loss what to do with his new spring in all the newspapers. It succeeded beyond all wquisition, and went to ask advice of Pastor Bode, who my expectations ; the visiters were so numerous that in referred him to me as the person in Hard most likely a few years I was obliged to add wings to the bathingw give him proper counsel. He came, and the thought house. My capital yielded me a high interest, I porsaddenly occurred to me to buy the wood myself. My tioned off more than three hundred acres into small plan was ready in a few minutes. I could not be a farms, and built houses upon them, for which I had laser... The Baron swore the whole business; he lime, sand, and wood gratis, and every house had its wanted, above all things, to be rid of the trouble, and at tenant roady as soon as it was finished. I chose, in last declared that if I could find him a purchaser le preference to all others, skilful artisans, who were either should have the wood for six thousand. I told him at wanted by the water-drinking guests, or were not easily once that I would buy it myself if he would accept the found in the neighbourhood. I took care that the half in ready money, and allow me reasonable time to leases should be sufficiently advantageous to the tenpay the other half, with a moderate rate of interest. ant, to give him a real interest in the success of my He stared, first at me, and then at my naked school- colony. I was lawgiver as well as landlord, and my room ; but people soon come to an understanding when indulgence on some points and inexorable severity on both parties mean to do so. The bargain was soon others, where the integrity of my colonists was construck, and the necessary instruments drawn up. I cerned, were so well known, that my regulations were drew my outstanding capital of four thousand guilders submitted to without hesitation. Look behind you, from my native city ; paid out of my pocket a yearly dear Röden, at those buildings, fourteen in number, sum equivalent to the interest of it, which, if you re- which stand on the rising ground by the side of the member, I had destined for the support of my guar- forest. That is my colony. dian's daughter, and the Baron received the promised moiety immediately.

The whole village was up in arms at the news of my purchase. No doubt I was supposed to have found the philosopher's stone. I was laughed at for my folly, Among the yearly visiters to the waters, some of Revertheless, and many rejoiced beforehand in the ex- the authorities of the land were occasionally to be found, pectation that I had certainly over-reached myself in my to whom I became known. Had I been dressed like one bargain.

of themselves, my acquirements would certainly have The laughter did not very greatly disturb my raised no astonishment, but in one clothed in the coarse equanimity. I hired wood-cutters, and a few experi- garments of a peasant, they were esteemned something enced makers of potash, bought tubs and cauldrons, wonderful. I passed, moreover, for an opulent man, built furnaces for the calcining, and transformed the and these two circumstances procured my appointment fine, beech wood into potash. My projects extended as Schulze in Hard, on the death of the old one, in themselves. One of my best friends in the village was spite of all the ancient inhabitants could say against it. a young man named Lebrecht, an active, intelligent My new dignity gave me as much joy, as under other fellow, who had often assisted me in the school. I now relations, the post of Prime Minister could have done. made it over to him entirely, with the income, such as I was now in the position I had long desired, and my it

was, and procured a ratification of the appointment sphere of action exactly what I wished it to be. I was from the Commission. The only share I retained was no stranger to the ingratitude of the Harders, but what the story-telling lesson, as it might be called. The else was to be expected from a people so poverty-strieken, school-louse I gave up entirely to my successor, and ignorant, lazy, and stupid? I must humanise them built a temporary abode in the forest, to be near my before I could look for humaner and nobler feelings wurkmen. I had cottages built for them also, which from them, could be tenanted in winter ; and thus commenced a I immediately began to work out my projects, new mode of life, pretty much like that of a settler Pastor Bode and the schoolmaster Lobrecht were zealin the back woods of America. The Harders shook

ous co-operators. Even a Schulze, I continued my their heads at my foolish undertaking, while one acre narrative lessons to the youth of the village. It was after another was changed into potash. In a year some too powerful an engine in my scheme of moral reforhundreds of acres were cleared. My potash found a mation to be neglected. Eight years' experience had rapid sale, and thus the old, impenetrable beech forest, rendered me familiar with the chief sources of- mischief snugly packed in barrels, wandered to all parts of the in Hard, and I hastened to destroy them. One of the world. The half of the produce was more than suffi- greatest was the litigious spirit of the people. They cient to pay the remainder of the purchase-money ; the went to law about everything. I took upon myself to Baron was paid sooner than I expected, and I had be attorney, in defiance of the attornies, and examined besides some capital in hand, and the land. I now set those local regulations which most nearly concerned my to work upon a more substantial dwelling for myself, peasants, and were most fertile in stuff for lawsuits. A witla barns and outhouses. I bought cattle, laid out the good many I put an end to by amicable arrangement, land in pasture and arable land, and so turned farmer and the number of my clients increased daily. My as well as potash maker. In draining some part of the office enabled me continually to detect and frustrate the meadows, I discovered a spring. In testing its fitness artifices by which provincial advocates often fermentod for domestic purposes, I found it was mineral, There I and kept alive the foolish squabbles of the poor ignorant

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people for their own advantage. This alone was an Passing by the kitchen, I saw my beauty, with an » immeasurable advantage for the village. In the midst apron before her, busy over the fire, and the thermoof all these oflicial labours, something occurred to me meter rose a little. She looked as if performing an ac- x of which I had certainly often thought, but never before customed duty. In the evening, as I was sitting alone felt—something which turned my head for a time, and in my room, I heard something knocking like a knife on 1 put an effectual stop to my reformations.

a chopping board, I listened again, and recognised the One day I drove a waggon myself with a freight of sound of a detestable old harpsichord, with abont as potash to Berg, a market town about twelve miles from much tone as a tin kettle, and horribly out of tune into Hard, and where my agent for the sale of it lived. In the bargain. Thinking it was one of Diedrich's boys the waggon I had also a sack of beans, which fell from amusing himself, I opened the door between, and enit as I drove into Berg. A lad who was passing directed tered abruptly. Lo, and behold! there sat the fair my attention to my loss. I ran back, and hoisted the maiden again, alone ! and the room was evidently the sack on my shoulders to replace it in the waygon. At one appropriated to her use for the time. She started that moment a very pretty girl, whose dress announced and coloured at my unceremonious entry, and so did I. her an inhabitant of Berg, came up with me. I do not I scemed destined to appear before her in some awkward know how I looked at her or how she looked at me, but guise or other. Now the mischief was done, I could I felt the strongest sensation I had ever experienced in only make the best excuse I could think of, and beg permy life. While I was staring like a booby, I lost my mission to try my skill at tuning the old harpsichord. hat, and, encumbered as I was, I could not stoop to She consented : I brought it into something like order, recover it. The beauty saw my embarrassment, and and was rewarded by hearing her play, which she did turning back with the best-hearted smile in the world, with great taste and feeling. The tin kettle sounded picked up the hat and

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it to me. To this day I do like the music of the spheres. She expressed some surnot know how I thanked her, or whethier I thanked her prise to find me musical, and, afterwards, that I could, at all. The smile bewitched me so that I could think unlike most country people, speak of anything else of nothing else, and am only surprised how I found my than country matters. way to my agent's.

“ Are the country people all so learned with you, Mr. In the house of the agent a room was always reservel Sehulze ?" asked she, with her gentle smile. for me, because in my frequent journeys to and fro, I I do not know what I answered. The smile and found it sometimes convenient to remain the night in the glance of her black eyes took away my breath and Berg. I might as well have gone back this time, but I my senses for the time. The poor child seemed to have did not. I staid in the hope of seeing my little beauty but little to amuse her in Diedrich's house, for on my again, and never left the window commanding a view of asking her to walk out with me, she was ready in a mothe main street till I was callel to dinner.

ment, The walk did her good: her features lost a cerAs I entered the room where the dinner was served, tain tinge of melancholy which I had admired as the who should I see but the very object of my thoughts greatest of charms till I saw the same features lighted up standing by the table ; she was evidently preparing to with smiles, and then I found gladness best became dine with us. The post of honour at the upper end was them. At supper, she sat opposite to me again; and assigned to me, and the fair stranger placed herself after supper, we went to the old harpsichord again. opposite to me. Frau Diedrich, the agent's wife, said This was too much. I never closed my eyes that night. something to me, to which I replied, “good, they are The inorning star found me as wakeful as the evening exquisite.' “ Good heavens! how sorry I am you did had left me. Lovers reckon by the stars, because they not come last week,” exclaimed the good lady, we had hover in spirit abore the earth while they are lovers. some much better." “Much better !” said I, bewitched. I fancied I must be ill, and so I told Diedrich, and Frau Diedrich was talking about the carp, and I of the made that the excuse for remaining the whole day at black eyes of the maiden. The fair girl smiled, and Berg. My dear little neighbour had abundance of comlooked down.

passion for me, and did her best to amuse me.

While “ Lieber Himmel Herr Schulze, I don't think you she sung to me, or talked or walked with me, the headheard a word I said ?" said my liostess.

ache I complained of left me, but my heart—ah, “Let the matter alone, wife," said the agent, rising to friend Röder: When I returned to Hard, on the third fetch his pipe. ** Ilerr Schulze is a learned man: lie day, I was absolutely miserable. I thought I was going was star-gazing."

to die, and I believe I made some verses to the moon ! “ Who is your new companion ?” I seized the first My official duties began to be terribly importunate, moinent of asking, when the beautiful stranger had and, I am afraid, were very indifferently performed the withdrawn.

week after my visit to Berg. On the other hand, I was “She is no companion of mine,” replied Frau Die- seized with a sudden zeal for beautifying my house, and drich ; "she is a poor girl whom my sister the Pastorinn had many things done which hal hitherto appeared to Muller has brought up. My brother-in-law is lately me extremely superfluous. I even bought an excellent dead, and my sister being obliged to leave the vicarage, pinno, which I found on sale in a neighbouring town. has sent her to me till she is settled again,"

This was hardly to be called a superfluity, but I had not * Poor, is she? So much the better for me, felt inclined to cultivate my musical talents the whole thought Í. “ Then I may hope I am not poor. I am not eight or nine years I had spent at Hard with half the more than three and thirty, and not so bad-looking." zeal as since iny visit to Berg. The next time I drove But then I looked again at the delicate town-bred girl

, over, I bestowed a little more attention on my dress, and and then at myself--a potash-maker, in my peasant's when I caught sight of the charch tower of Berg behind blonso: My courage sank a hundred fathoins deep, the pine wood, I could almost hear my heart bent,

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THE HIGHEST FESTIVAL

Diedrich and his wife received me with their wonted Man's heart and hands can accomplish great things cordiality, and their sweet friend returned my awkward in the stir and tumult of the world. Women is powergreeting with a smile and a blush that looked almost less in its troubled strife, yet nobler in het weakness, like pleasure at seeing me again.

because more alien to the mere earthly than man. She The harpsichord wanted tuning again, and while I sanctifies him through her love, awakens in him the was doing it, I mentioned my purchase of a new piano, sense of the beautiful, and she alone has received from and expressed a hope that I should bere her play on it Heaven the gift of crowning his brow with the wreath of some day, and that was all I said. We went out to victory. For men can never reward men for the strugvalk, and among the thousand things we talked abɔnt, gle and the conquest. All that men can accomplish the thing I wished most to say was exactly what I did alone may be great, but it is loveless, just in its purTot and could not say.

pose, but austere in aspect. Man's only exclusive work * Shall you be here again next week ?" asked she, is red-handed war. Woe to that world where love is not ! when she gave me her hand at parting. We were alone, and ret like an idiot, as I was, I could find no answer,

CIASTER XIV. büt "On Thursday certainly," as if I had been talking only to Frau Diedrich.

All the way home I had employment enough in I lodged my guests in the Baths, with a private quarrelling with myself, and vowing in my heart to hint to the landlord and his wife to ariuse and occupy depuit myself the ensuing week somewhat less like a Diedrich and his wife as much as possible, that I might simpleton.

keep Augusta exclusively to myself. Frau Diedrich My home was no longer as it had been to me. I was scandalised at the humility of my household arrangeWandered through my colony. I looked at my own ments, and could not understand why I did not “ live evention, on the testimony of a resolute purpose, resolutely better," as she phrased it. “ I might easily do so," I pursued. I saw it was right, but it did not rejoice me; answered, looking at the only person to whom I was I could not look on my work and say " that it was good.” desirous of recommending my humble dwelling, “ but it Beyond the right and useful, something was wanting, is not necessary to my happiness. I will do without something higher, and that lay beyond my power. Hy unnecessary necessaries, that I may have wherewith to work wanted consecration ; as yet, in my little world, the supply the real ones.” * beautiful" was not ! And the beautiful is everywhere Diedrich shook his head, and merely replied, " Herr the reflected light of Love ; when hallowing the earthly, Schulze, you are a humourist." But the beloved one it reveals itself to earth.

looked on me with sparkling eye and kindling cheek. This week that passed before I went to Berg again, “Where such spotless neatness reigns, who would seck or was certainly longer than the whole eight years I hal desire other adorminent ?" cried she. “ When health and spent in Hard. This time I found courage to say that contentment are the companions, who asks whether they the time had appeared immeasurably long since I had sit at a table of beechen wood or mahogany ?-if they are seen her, and she answered innocently, “I am very gladl served on earthenware, or from porcelain and silver ?" when you come : I am so lost here. It is a pleasure to I pressed the hand of my sweet advocate in silent meet any one with whom we can sympathise." And gratitude, and led her through every part of my domain; keretpon we were both silent, perhaps, because I took she had understanding and sympathy for all, and while her hand and drew it within my arm, at these words ; her eyes wandered over the wide spreading prospect, rich a freedom I had never ventured on before. I did, how- in fruit and promise, her heart seemed to swell within ever, find courage enongh, after a while, to say, that her, her eyes filled with tears—“ This is heavenly," she * I should have thought it more likely that she would murmured. find here and everywhere hearts only too ready to sym- " And will you forsake it then ?” said I; “ will it be pathise with her’s,” to which she answered nothing, and heavenly to me when you are gone ?” She was silent, I was as well satisfied that she did not.

as if she did not understand me. “ Oh remain, Where · When we returned to the house, I invited Diedrich else would you be loved and cherished as you are loved and his wife to come over to Hard and look at my new and cherished here? Be mine! For me there is no buildings. “That we will gladly," answered he. “ I happiness without you. You are an orphan; if I may want to give Miss Angusta a day's pleasure before she hope to win your heart, who shall refuse me your hand ?" goes back next week;" and here he handed her a letter “ It is true I have neither father nor mother," said from his sister-in-law, her protectress.

Augusta, and a shade of sadness crossed the clear henren " And are yon really going to leare us?” I askel of her brow, like a white cloud over the transparent her, as she sat at the old harpsichord in the evening. depths of a summer sky. “ But I have made a vow to

Her hands dropped into her lap—“ I must, my fos- myself, and I will keep it, never to dispose of myself ter-mother has sent for me."

without the consent and approbation of a man whom I I thought I saw a tear sparkle through her long love and honour beyond others in the world." Eyelashes, and ventured to press her hand to my lips, “ And who may the one so honoured be?" I asked, #hen tre parted for the night.

with a beating heart. “The noblest minded being on On my return to Hard, Diedrich and his whole carth," she replied warmly. My father's death was family accompanied me. And when I was once more sudden and most grievoris. Je had, though from no at home, and saw that home lighted by her bright fault of his own, ruined a young man who had been his presenice, stirishine and jor were in me and around me: ward; and yet this young man was the only person in My work was hallowed by the breath of love. The good the world who had compassion on his orphan child. IIe Was wedded to the beautiful,

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CHAPTER XY. an education--any good that may be in me is his work.

A FORTUNATE MISFORTU'SE, I owe him every breath I draw, I honour him as my

(The De Lituada ] second father. Where to find him I know not, for, like Augusta's diligence and skill in domestie arrangethe Providence that blesses us unseen, he has never ments spared me many a care. Freed from all anxiety i been visible to my gratitude; two letters I wrote to for my private affairs, I could devote myself the more him remain unanswered; yet my determination is unal- entirely to the weightier duties of my office, ir 2171* 29, terable never to accept the hand of any man without I had been about two years married, when the ter, asking and obtaining his approbation."

rible day came which reduced, all Hard to ashes. The " And his name ?” asked I, breathless with expecta-conflagration had its origin in some very usual but un, tion. “ His name is Engelbert." “ And yours is pardonable piece of carelessness, on the part of one of Augusta Lenz." She looked at me with surprise. I the inhabitants. All help was useless. The good peo, took her hand and led her back into the house, into my ple of Hard stood by stupified and totally inactive, study, and took from the drawer of my desk two let- while others from the neighbouring villages were exert ters which I laid before her.

ing themselves to the utmost to save their eattle and “Good heavens, how did these letters fall into your farming stock. There were not half a dozen houses hands, Mr. Schulze," exclaimed Augusta, as she recog- left standing. nised her own hand-writing. “I am Engelbert,” was The blow was a heavy one ; the people were too all I could say. In spite of all I could do to hinder her, ignorant and lazy to be otherwise than poor ; the aid Augusta sunk on her knees before me, seized my hands, afforded by Government scanty, when measured by the and covered them with tears and kisses.

The sufferers looked at one another in helpless “Let me, let me,” she sobbed, resisting my efforts consternation ; the greatness of the calamity had_rolto raise her. “How I have longed for this moment, bed them not only of their property but of their heads when I could pour out my whole heart before my bene- and their hands, such as they were. I alone did not factor, my only friend."

despair--nay, even saw ground for hope, from the very But I need say no more, my friend; you will guess extent of the misfortune. All were now alike poor, how I answered, and how I sped in my wooing. From They must work, if they meant to eat. that moment began the real happiness of my lifoma As soon as it became a question of rebuilding the vilhappiness that has never known pause or hindrance in lage, I delivered a memorial to the Government, in its course, nor will, I hope and trust, till the hearts of which I endeavoured to prove that a great advantage both are stilled in death.

might accrue to the community of Hard, if such exYou may perhaps be surprised that we did not changes were effected between the owners of the land as become sooner known to each other, and yet the cause to fix every man in the centre, or nearly so, of his own was very simple. My agent Diedrich had never called portion. By this means, not only would the danger of me by any other name than my official one, as the a similar catastrophe be considerably lessened, but, what people hereabouts are wont to do, and Augusta, who was was of yet more consequence, a fruitful source of dispute a stranger to Hard and its relations, had taken it for and litigation would be cut off, by the comparative isolagranted that “ Herr Schulze" bore only his family name, tion of the proprietors. My plan was approved of, and and no very uncommon one either.

a commission appointed to effect the necessary exchanges, Whatever Frau Diedrich could say against the at the head of which I was placed, in spite of the murirregularity of such a proceeding, I empowered my good murs and opposition of the Harders. The business was friend, Pastor Bode, to publish the banns forthwith. arranged at last, but not without considerable difficulty; Augusta had given me a donble right, in admitting my and every man's portion of land brought within a ring: authority as guardian to its full extent, to insist on her fence. The grand want at present was of timber for leaving Hard no more. To the good woman who had building. There was none fit for the purpose to be procharge of my bride, she wrote by my desire, ensuring cured but from a considerable distance, and consequently to her the yearly sum she had hitherto received as the at an enormous price ; and many were the lamentations price of Augusta's maintenance, and which she was not that Baron von Leseoke's forests had not been purchased in circumstances to spare without inconvenience. Die when he offered them ten years before drich and his wife remained with Angusta my guests at I now caused the remainder of my timber to be the Baths, As bride, I invested her with the full felled, and sold it at the most moderate price, without authority of the future mistress, to order and arrange all requiring immediate payment. The greater part I alwithin and without the house, according to her own lowed to remain over for two years, without interest. To pleasure. What a week we passed ! second only in many persons I advanced money. The Government felicity to those we have known since.

did its part. For the poorest of all, liberal collections On the day of our wedding, my kind and gentle were made among the guests at the baths. In little Augusta made her appearance, not in the extravagant more than a year, the village rose from its ashes in scatand somewhat ridiculous finery of a town bride, but in tered dwellings, as you now see it. As a further se the simple and unpretending costume suitable to the curity agninst fire, I had public ovens built, apart from wife of a village Schulze—the guide and associate of the dwelling houses ; better engines provided, and a pensants, over whom she claimed no other superiority well dug near every house. I had the water from my but the undisputed and undisputable one of greater own lands, and those of others situate on the heights, knowledge and virtue.

conducted into one common channel, and directed toA fortnight after this, Pastor Bole joined our ward the waste common land. Here the great canal wins hands at the altar,

divided into a number of smaller canals, passing through

the meadows, the fertility of wlich was increased three- And here the Sohulze read a long list of names from fold, by artificial inundation. The fields and gardens a paper which he held in his hand : hereupon a general around soon showed signs of improvement. Being im- whispering, hand-shaking, and smiling took place, and mediately under the eye of the owner, they were more the assembly separated with joyous faces and sparkling carefully cultivated, and much valuable time spared, eyes. The reverend pastor, the schoolmaster, Librecht, which had formerly been wasted in running from one an intelligent, well-informed young countryman, possessed outlying field tơ another. Poverty and necessity com- of considerable natural talent and an ardent thirst for pelled the greater part to economy both of time and knowledge, and the doctor and his wife, joined us at money. The public house in the village was less dinner, which, contrary to Engelbert's usual custom, visited. In my inn, I allowed neither wine nor spirits was very handsome, and had been prepared at the bathto be sold. The widow of the former Schulze, who ing-house. I never passed a happier evening, and still kept the house in the village, abused me immerci- have rarely listened to a better concert. Seven-andfully; but I obtained my object. IIad she followed my forty voices, male and female, executed choruses and aitvice, and arranged her house for the reception of the motells, from Grann, Handel, Rolle, and Hayden, with water-drinkers' and bathers, she might have been a a purity of style and precision of tone that would not much richer woman, for this house is often so full that have disgraced a concert in the capital. Engelbert, his new guests are continually obliged to leave the place for wife, and two elder boys, were among the singers. The Want of lodging

concert was given in the open air, behind the garden of It is true that the greater part of the village is still the bathing-house. The place seemed made for the pur. in debt to me, but their other debts are nearly acquitted, pose. A soft echo from the distant rocks sent back and this was the consequence of real misfortune. Our the harmony in magic sweetness ; the evening sun shone village is the most flourishing and industrious, and in full splendour on the fields, and broke through the therefore the highest in credit in the whole country. trees on the broad grassy glade where we stood, chequerWe have no more of lawsuits, and squabbling and ing its deep emerald with broad gleams of gold, and fighting are scarcely remembered amongst us. Many of hovering like a glory round many a fair young head. I my former scholars of both sexes are now themselves confess the whole scene had something inexpressibly parents, and I may honestly assert are as warmly at- touching to me. tached to me as ever.' Order and cleanliness greet the 0! and all this is the work of one man ! thought I, eye and gladden the heart on every side.

gazing around me. And this man, who, wherever he It may have contributed in some measure to this moved and looked, beheld his own creation, and that it happy change, that I remitted the interest of the sums was good, stood there simple and unassuming among owing to me to those who distinguished themselves the the rest, a peasant among peasants. When the confear through in the neatness of their houses and per- cert was over, I clasped his hand with heartfelt emotion, sons, the cultivation and good order of their fields, and and exclaimed involuntarily, « Thou art one of the in keeping free from quarrels and litigation. By way really great in the rustic garb.” of encouragement to the rest, I made a gift of the whole The evening closed with a dance in the large and capital due to me, to the three families who first worked handsome saloon of the dwelling-louse.* Augusta was themselves free from all other debt.

my first partner, and a very charming one I found her ; Engelbert had proceeded thus far in his narration, and after her, soine of the prettiest of the wives and when we were interrupted by Augusta. She looked like maidens of Hard. Many of them danced exceedingly a tose in its full pride of beauty, with all its buds clus. well, and did infinite credit to the Frau Schulzin, tering round. The infant was on her arm, the youngest who had been their only instructress. The venerable boy clinging to her side, and the elder ones frolicking grey-haired pastor, who mingled with his flock like a about her. What a morning greeting was there! Igrandfather among his beloved children's children, was felt a child again among those happy children of nature. not the least interesting person of the group. We sat at

The bell for church came up through the valley. We supper as chance or choice dictated. A fair young rustic, went altogether, and I shall not easily forget the effect who sat next me, entertained me very agreeably and very of the hymn of praise sung in four parts by the nume- rationally-far more so than many a fashionable damsel, rous congregation. The address of the silver-haired whom it has been my lot to meet in circles of far higher pastor was worthy of the rest-earnest, simple, touch- pretensions, has done since. ing-intelligible to all--practical for this life, yet teach- As soon as my carriage was mended, and my servant ing to look beyond it.

in condition to travel, I left Hard. Engelbert, who conWhen the service was orer, the whole community sidered me as his guest in a house that belonged to him, assembled under the lime trees. The Schulze spoke in would not hear of my offering any remuneration where a kind and friendly manner to several who addressed I had lodged. I left his village, therefore, as his debtor, him, and then, mounting a bench, read some Govern- with what feelings of genuine admiration and respect, I ment proclamations, and explained and cleared up some need not describe to you. You have now the history of misunderstanding respecting them. When this business my second Millionaire (continued Councillor. Von Rör

23 orer, he pointed me out with his hand to the as- dern), deduce what advantage you can for the point in
sembly, and said _“I have here an old and dear friend dispute.
on a visit to me; and as I wished to give him pleasure, Even those among us who had defended Morn's misan-
and also to make known to him those young people who thropy could not deny. that Engelbert bad had fully as
have particulárly distinguished themselves by their con- much cause for hostility to society in general; and consi
duct since our last meeting, I invite them all to a
dance and supper with me this evening."

* A common practice in Germany.

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