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divides : that branch which sustains brician,—whether he had to speak the name of the Rhine, flows on the ancient history of the Rbine northward, a little westerly towards countries, the nature of the soil Arnheim, but before it reaches that which borders on them, or the place it again divides into two things of the Christian faith, he branches, one of which assuming showed that he was no novice. I the name of the Issel, takes a due learned subsequently that they were northerly direction and falls into three deputies on their way to the Zuyder Zee, but the main Godesberg, to attend a public branch passes by Utrecht to the meeting convened for the adjusting German Ocean. This peculiar of certain important interests, and termination of so celebrated a river, the equalisation of a land tax over caused evidently by the low and a district which they had been flat surface of the country, which surveying. Many things in Prussia admits of, and even invites the bespeak a vigorous government. diverging of the waters from one During this day's progress we continuous stream, was well known had a full view of one of those to Cæsar, who accurately narrates immense rafts which are conthe fact in the beginning of the structed on the waters of the fourth book of his commentaries Upper, and floated to those of the on the Gallic war. It is pleasing Lower Rhine. It seemed to be to trace such a coincidence after an about six to seven hundred feet in interyal of eighteen hundred and length, and about five to six feet fifty years. Nothing can be more in depth, consisting of valuable satisfactory in a geographical point timber trees cut down in the of view, than the statement of the mountainous country of the Black Roman general.

forest, and other parts adjacent to Emmerick is the first town of the Neckar.-This river, as well the Prussian States. Here we were as others, transmits them to the visited by the custom-house officers, Rhine, where, out of many small but had not to complain of in- floats these immense ones are concivility. Our passengers also re- structed. Several little houses of ceived at this place an accession to boards are built upon them for the their number, and some of these accommodation of those who nayibeing possessed of much local gate them. This navigation coninformation were very welcome. sists merely in working from fifteen I do not wish to forget the im. to twenty immense oars, which pression made upon me by three move each in the groove of a row of them. They came on board in of upright pieces, ranged at both blue smock frocks-or rather per- ends of the raft. Its form is that haps in blue upper shirts, a covering of a parallelogram and its two which I afterwards observed was longest sides require no help, for much used in these parts by the stream bears the whole body travellers. Though plain, it is down, which moves' therefore with neatly made, and covers a good no more velocity than that furnishes: suit beneath. I was not at first all therefore that the men have to aware how much intelligence, good do, is to keep the head or stern sense, and even learning might lie (if I may so express myself) from concealed beneath a blue shirt. going on shore, or grounded on Having accosted one of the new the sands. The timber is chiefly comers for the purpose of enquiry, for naval purposes, and when the I was surprised to find an acquaint. raft reaches Dort, it is broken up ance with English poetry, a French and sold. Each oar was worked by scholar, a practical economist, an three men.-Our quarters for the antiquarian, a classic, and a He night were at Ruhrort, Viator, APRIL 1828.

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[Concluded from Page 104.] Ar length the eventful moment be like old people let them live arrived, and the carriage entered the long enough in the world to be sick large iron gates which admitted of it, then you know they can retire them into the court before the house. from it; but whilst we can enjoy No sooner had they entered the its innocent pleasures, why should hall, than Louisa, impatient to we not be permitted to do so? I embrace her cousins, flew to them, do not see that it lessens my reliand poured out so many terms of gion at all, because I go to a few welcome and affection, that Caro- select parties, and private balls, and line and Jane were only embarrass- sometimes to a good play; and one ed how to reply, and to meet her of my greatest pleasures now, is the affectionate manner with a suitable hope of freeing you from these return. They were all greeted by trammels, and letting you see a the family with every mark of plea- little of the world. sure; and the young people soon The two girls were exceedingly felt themselves at ease.

surprised by this style of conversaAt the time of retiring to rest, tion, so different from any thing Louisa took the office of showing they had been used to. They were her cousins to their room, and taught to consider whatever the was exceedingly solicitous that they word of God directed as the rule of should have every comfort they had right; and that, in a close atten. been accustomed to require. She tion and walk according to that thén sat down to chat a little, as she rule, was the greatest happiness; said, before she left them, that they and inasmuch as they ever deviated might be better acquainted. She they were incurring actual guilt. enlarged much upon the pleasure Simplicity and consistency were she had in at length gaining her their two great rules; and every wishes, and said, she could not but thing which tended to interrupt be amused that necessity had com- these principles, they were accuspelled her aunt to let them come. tomed to think were evil temptaFor really, she added, it is too bad tions. They were therefore affected in her to think of shutting you up with a kind of inward tremor, from seeing any thing out of your fearing they scarcely knew what, own village.

and felt something like resentment Caroline, who was accustomed at the manner in which blame to believe all her mother's conduct seemed cast upon their mother, to them was dictated by love and Caroline was going to reply; but wisdom, felt a little piqued at the Louisa, perhaps perceiving that remark, and said, Do not dear the countenances of her cousins did Louisa say so, I am sure my mo- not appear to acquiesce in her ther always consults our happiness, wishes, said quickly, But I am and she thinks it best for us to be keeping you up, and you will think kept out of the world.

it a bad proof of my affection if I Yes, Caroline, I know very well tire you to death. Upon which that is the way people talk; but to she kissed them both, and wishing let you into a secret, I do not believe they might rest well, withdrew. they always think as they say; for . The two sisters looked at each instance, my mamma, who is very other for a minute without speakreligious, allows me to enjoy the ing. At length Jane remarked, pleasures of the world, and I know What an extraordinary girl Louisa she thinks my aunt is much too is ! how fast she talks! but though strict. Young people should not she says things I do not like, I

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cannot help thinking she is very as weak as yourself, and as necessagood tempered.

rily dependant on divine grace. Caroline still said nothing; and O Caroline, do not look so grave, Jane, impatient at her silence, forced and so displeased with me, I cana reply, by asking if she did not not bear it. You need not be afraid, think the same ?

I can never be influenced by Louisa You told me dear Jane that I was as I am by you. to beware of prejudice, and I am Caroline sighed and said, I perwatching against it; for I own I am ceive, my sister, you lose sight of so far from being pleased with our mutual Friend and Saviour, and what has passed, that I greatly fear are prone to look to earthly creawe shall have to guard against the tures-What would you do, if ininfluence which her apparent good deed you were left alone ? temper may acquire.

A silence now ensued, the mind Apparent good temper! surely of each was filled with reflection, Caroline you are judging before and they retired to rest without any the time,

further conversation. I was afraid your warm and quick Early the next morning their feelings might induce you to think mother entered their room to inso, and therefore it was I did not quire after her dear daughters, and like to speak. But you know, dear to inform them, that the business Jane, it ought to be far from pleas- on which they had left home now ing to us to hear the insinuations obliged herself and their father to which she threw out against the go with their aunt and uncle to consistent plan of our parent, which inspect some law papers, and to has been formed upon the basis of make some signatures which were the Word of God; and I own, when essential to the object. I am sorry she expressed a desire to show us to say, she continued, that we must something of the world, I felt the leave you, and I fear we shall not immediate determination of my return until late. As, however, mind to decline the opportunity, your cousin has an engagement upon the command of that word, out, you will, I trust endeavour to “ Love not the world, neither the spend the day profitably together. things of the world." .

You will find an interesting book Dear, dear, Caroline, how much on my dressing table, and the I owe to you ! what should I do grounds behind the house will please if I had not such a sister always you very much ; I trust, my dear by me! How soon you see where girls, you will remember where you the wrong is, and make me ashamed are, and seek in all things to do of not attending to the inward the will of God. . admonitions of my own conscience; Jane's quick feelings were easily for I am sure that something passed excited : the thought of her mother in my own mind when the name of leaving them, even for a day, was a the world passed Louisa's lips. sorrow to her; and Caroline had a

When, my dear Jane, will you secret misgiving of heart on being learn that you have to watch your left to themselves. self, and to look to the help of that . After all was settled, and the Friend who is always near, and young people were left alone, Louisa who will never be far from them began to express her extreme sorthat put their trust in Him? You row that she was under the necessity always make me unhappy when I of leaving them ; but it had been find you inattentive to the still an engagement of long standing, small voice which speaks within, and the friend to whom she was and ascribing all your better engaged would feel greatly hurt at thoughts to the influence of one being disappointed. A thought how

ever, has struck me, that as she will is quite new; would wearing it come for me there will most proba- tempt you to accompany me? Jane bly be only herself in the carriage, smiled-drew to the glass—thought and she would delight to have the the glow of the pink very becoming addition of your company.

- looked as if she would like to You are very kind, Caroline re- wear it, and the wavering of her plied, but we should prefer being countenance was not unobserved by left, and hope you will not feel the Louisa, who said, least uneasiness in going, as we Now, really, Jane, I do not see shall have abundant amusement in why you should not go; I should looking over this pretty place. be quite delighted, and I do not

O, I had flattered myself to have doubt we shall be back before my shown you all the walks round the aunt and uncle return. grounds, and this will add to my Should we do you think? What regret that I shall not be with you do you say Caroline ? You know when you first see them. You had mamma did not prohibit our going. better go with me, Jane, I am sure No, Jane, she did not; but, if you you would like the visit.

recollect, she told us how we might No, thank you, Jane answered, spend our time together in my I shall be happier to stay with my cousin's absence. sister.

Jane blushed, and laid the dress Well, said Louisa, I see you are over the back of a chair. two such old-fashioned girls that Louisa laughed, and said, I see you will keep together like a pair of how it is, Caroline is more consisdoves in one nest. I must not think tent than you, Jane, and her princiof disturbing you; so if you will ples frighten you into order. This excuse it, I will make myself ready, was said in so sarcastic a tone, that for my friend will not be Jong. though it was designed to operate Will you sit with me whilst I dress? upon Jane in the way of exciting

They assented, and went together her sister, it seemed unexpectedly to Louisa's dressing room. Her to decide her determination. She maid was waiting, and had laid out started at being supposed to be two or three dresses ready for her without the same principles, and choice. As soon as she entered, she quickly replied, said, Now I declare I am quite per. She does not frighten, but wins plexed. There is white, blue, and me into order ; forgive me then, pink-which shall I put on ? choose Louisa, that I appeared to you to for me, Caroline. Before Caroline be inconsistent. could speak, Jane eagerly said, O, O do not let us quarrel, my dear the pink, the pink, Louisa ! I never Jane, I only could not help obserysaw any thing so beautiful !

ing, that, if you had your own wish, It is beautiful—but I believe I you would certainly accompany me, make up my mind to put on the and I should have enjoyed introblue, because I have some new pearl ducing you to such a delightful ornaments, and I think they will opening to the world. We shall look best with blue.

have a small select party at dinner, She sat down to have her hair and in the evening the gayest enadjusted, and wbilst this was doing, tertainment; we shall dance whilst Jane was very busily engaged in the old ladies play at cards; and I examining the pink dress, and often can assure you, if you saw the scene, put it before herself as if to try how your little heart would dance too. she should like it. Louisa saw what The splendid rooms, the variety of she was doing represented in the dresses, the elegant refreshments glass. Ah you little rogue ! I see you have no idea what you are you are in love with that dress. It refusing! She would have proceeded in this strain some time, for breast between right and wrong; she saw she gained the ear of Jane, and though she had submitted to had not Caroline interrupted her. what she knew was proper, her in

But you know, my dear cousin, clination was still hanging towards these are scenes which do not be the scene so represented by Louisa. long to us. We are not brought The two sisters felt for a moment up for the world, and we have now that they were not of congenial thing to do but to resist all temp. spirits; and Jane, always anxious tations of the world, remembering, to relieve herself from disagreeable whose we are. This she added with feelings, proposed they should walk a pointed emphasis, induced by the out in the grounds. The air and hope of establishing her sister's beautiful scenery soon cheered them, mind by recalling her mother's but notwithstanding, Caroline ob. words, though she knew it would served a frequent sigh escape the most probably be unpleasing to bosom of Jane. Louisa.

She could not bear this indication Louisa was evidently touched, of a disturbed mind, and loving but she concealed her emotions by her tenderly, she wished to draw a shrug of the shoulder, and appear. her into conversation, that by un. ing to be engaged about her hair. burdening her thoughts she might

At that moment a carriage drove be enabled to soothe her by some to the door, and a servant informed word of affection. Louisa that her friend was come for You are not happy, my dear her. She hastened to finish dress. Jane, tell me all your thoughts, and ing, and as she drew on her gloves, do not hide any thing from your said, Come, at least go down with Caroline. me, and let me introduce you to my No, dear sister, I do not wish to friend.

hide-but why should I pain you They complied, and had to un- with my reflections? You love me dergo repeated entreaties from the too much to like to hear me speak young lady that they would join against myself, as I am ashamed to the party.

say I should be obliged. No, no, said Louisa, it is all in I can bear it though, when spoken vain, unless you had Jane by herself. by yourself, and I will willingly share Her sister will not let her go with the burden of your grief. us.

Ah! Caroline, I do not deserve Jane a second time mortified to such a sister! but you know me, think she had placed herself and you must-" By my fruit”-but sister in such a disadvantageous you can never know the tumult and point of view, said, Very well, conflict which the little events of Louisa, I can only say I am quite these two or three days have ocwilling to yield myself to her direc- casioned in my breast, and I am tion.

alarmed to find that I have no prinI perceive it, said Louisa, with ciple, no consistency, no strength. à severe smile; and taking leave If you had not been with me I with the expression of a hope that should certainly have yielded to they would find the day pleasant, — the temptation, and disregarded the two sisters were again left alone. both my own knowledge of the

Caroline was too much wounded word of God, and the express deto make any remark. She never sires of our dear parents. liked to blame her sister, and was I acknowledge, I know all that much afraid of losing the confidence has passed, and my heart is afflicted. of Jane by any conduct she might But if these events have led us to an think unkind. But Jane was not examination of ourselves, and we happy; she had a struggle in her have really discovered the instability

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