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“Don't think about it,' said he ; 'but go and “You know the rest. Instead of being paid all at change your own clothes ; perhaps also you will once, I allowed Madame Lorin ten years to pay me permit my son to do the same; here he is coming in; and now her business has so increased, and up-stairs.'

her daughter is so grown, that the old lawsuit is " The young man immediately afterwards enter- going to be turned into a wedding. Henceforth ed, carrying his portmanteau. "I then recollected you will understand why, whenever you remind that he had come on foot with me, but in my me of what I have done for you, I blush like a anxiety I had not noticed it.

school-girl. Praise that is not deserved weighs Oh if the gentleman should be ill!' I exclaimed. heavily on the heart. But now that I have con“ . How can that be ?' said the old gentleman; fessed, I shall no longer be ashamed; for you 'he is young and strong; with dry clothes and a know that my good action does not belong to me. little fire he will do very well.'

I owe it primarily to Him who is the author of “' But why did he expose himself to the rain ? every good thought and holy purpose, and instru

"Was he not right in giving up his place ?' mentally to that excellent man whom I never saw replied the old man, smiling, would you have the again, but whose disinterested kindness taught me man in good health let the sick child remain out to understand what true justice is, and who was in the rain ?'

thus my unconscious preceptor." * * The carriage belonged to you,' I replied, much affected, and if you had kept your son in it instead of mine, I could not have complained; it was

THE EVENING OF LIFE. but just. " The doctor looked at me, and taking my hand, youth and health and vigour; when all goes on pros

WHEN the pulse beats high, and we are flushed with said with friendly gravity: You must not think perously and success seems almost to anticipate our so, sir. Be satisfied that there can be no justice wishes--then we feel not the want of the consolations where there is no humanity.'

of religion: but when fortune frowns or friends for. “He did not permit me to reply, but sent me to sake us; when sorrow, or sickness, or old age comes change my clothes. I persuaded him to remain upon us——then it is that the superiority of the pleasures with his family an hour longer, and forced him to of religion is established over those of dissipation and accept some refreshment; he then left, after having vanity, which are ever apt to fly from us when we are completely reassured me as to the child's safety. most in want of their aid. There is scarcely a more In fact, the sleep of the latter continued tranquil. melancholy sight to a considerate mind than that of an It was evident that the attention so seasonably old man who is a stranger to these only true sources bestowed had arrested the disease in the beginning, of satisfaction. How affecting, and at the same time and had saved his life.

how disgusting, it is to see such a one awkwardly "I do not know whether you have ever known a catching at the pleasures of his younger years, which great anxiety followed by great happiness. The are now beyond his reach; or feebly attempting to

retain them, while they mock his endeavours and one softens you, while the other makes you reflect : you seem pressed down by a sense of deep obliga- the evening of life set in. All is sour and cheerless

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elude his grasp. To such an one, gloomily indeed does tion to God, and long to do something whereby He can neither look backward with complacency nor you may testify your gratitude for his great forward with hope: while the aged Christian, relying favours. Thus it was with me. I stood there on the assured mercy of his Redeemer, can calmly rethen, by the side of the child's bed, my heart full flect that his dismission is at hand, and that his reof agitation, thinking of this kind family, and of demption draweth nigh ; while his strength declines the beautiful maxim, that there is no justice where and his faculties decay he can quietly repose himself there is no humanity, when all at once I recollected on the fidelity of God; and at the very entrance of my premeditated treatment of the widow Lorin the valley of the shadow of death, he can lift up an and her little girl. They also, in their affliction, eye, dim perhaps and feeble, yet occasionally sparkrequired assistance, and instead of giving it to ling with hope, and confidently looking forward to the them I remained shut up in my rights, as the near possession of his heavenly inheritance, even to unknown physician might have remained in his those joys which ear hath not heard, neither hath it carriage. The comparison touched my heart. It entered into the mind of man to conceive.-Wilberwas an instant when emotion renders one impres

force. sible by holy thoughts and principles. I remem- BE KIND TO THE OLD.-Be kind to those who are bered the declarations of the great Teacher on this in the autumn of life, for thou knowest not what sufferpoint, and felt a conviction that if I was without ing they may have endured, or how much it may still be pity for the widow, God would not have compassion their portion. Are they querulous and unreasonable ? on my boy, and I should not be allowed to retain Allow not thine anger to kindle against them; rebuke him. This idea took such powerful possession of them not, for doubtless many have been the crosses and my mind, that although the rain still continued to trials of earlier years, and perhaps their dispositions, fall , I ran to the stable

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THE BARBER IN THE EAST. must needs go through many preparatives before In the East everything is systematic and grave, he commences. First, he has his pipe fresh filled ; but it is especially so amongst the Turks. If, for then, he strokes down his beard ; next, he looks instance, you can induce any one to sing you only gravely round to see that all are giving attention ; a verse from some Turkish melody, the vocalist after that, he hums a few words gently to himself, No. 84, 1853.

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to see that there is no mistake about the words or rats, with occasionally some favourite remedy for the music; then again, he raises his right hand to his dangerous diseases. Exercising as he does such jaw, passes the thumb under the chin, and extends diversified functions, the Turkish barber has the forefinger to the right ear, and tŁus plays little spare time on his hands. He is always an imaginary notes with the other three fingers in the early riser, and commences his day's operations air ; finally, he stretches his mouth open to such by experiments upon himself. His moustache an alarming extent that you prepare for a start is a perfect pattern for curl, gloss, and enormous simultaneously with himself, and the first quaver length ; his head is as smooth and hairless as a is an effort productive to European ears of the monk's at eighty; his costume is in the height most discordant tones. But we have nothing par- of Turkish fashion; and in the season he is sure to ticular at present to do with oriental musicians have a bouquet of sweet-smelling flowers in his and strains, except to observe that as there is such bosom. Thus equipped, and having partaken of etiquette to be observed in commencing a musical his early coffee and pipe, the barber sets forth for performance, so is it in every other pastime or his shop, which is usually in the heart of the most occupation of eastern nations generally, from the thronged bazaar ; and there, long before the busy stout Brahmin, who ties a straw round his waist world is astir, he and his assistant have set all to regulate the quantity of curry and rice to which things in apple-pie order; they have swept up the he is limited at each meal, or the sedate Turk, who floor, dusted the shelves, spread out fresh napkins, has his head and limbs scalded at barbers' shops, rinsed the pewter basins, set on the fire huge caland who then, as though to create a corresponding : drons of water to boil, garnished the soap-dishes irritation, causes a shampooing-master to crack and with sweet-smelling herbs and flowers, set forth stretch these already injured members to an extent chairs and stools in goodly array, in preparation for that makes those not accustomed to the art shud- ! the business of the day, which, by the time these der at the sight of the operation.

arrangements are completed, commences in right But, the better to understand these processes, earnest. we may imagine ourselves pacing a main street in The first customer that comes is an old man Aleppo, and pausing at the open windows of a skilled in the art of shampooing, who undergoes barber's shop to scrutinize the barber himself and the operation of being shaved gratis, he being a the contents of his establishment, with the sham- kind of sleeping partner in the barber's establishpooing-master also and his victims. Barbers all ment. The napkin is no sooner removed from his over the East have been for many ages noted as throat than the usual every-day customers appear. important subjects of the state. In India, they are Foremost among them is an old gentleman who the great newsmongers of the town. Almost every is sadly tormented with rheumatism; he is very English officer indeed, and every civilian, has his particular that not one item in the etiquette of own particular barber ; but it often happens that the Turkish shaving operations be omitted; the barber same individual, with perhaps an assistant or two, is aware of this, and prizes him as a regular cusserves the whole community. They are regular tomer that may be counted upon for at least ten attendants at regular hours of the morning, and paras (about two farthing's sterling) a day. After the habitué in India looks forward to their arrival a long string of compliments has been exchanged, with as much impatience as a Lombard-street and the fineness of the weather adverted to, the banker waits for his morning “Times.” There is not old man seats himself ceremoniously in the barber's a thing stirring in cantonment, not a man mar- state chai., and there groans involuntarily as he ried nor a woman ill, not a dog lamed, not a fæour- sees the mighty preparations going forward for an ite horse shod nor a dog who has increased her attack upon his head and beard. The barber next, family, but the barber is acquainted with the fact, drawing near, respectfully relieves him of his and the information is retailed by him piecemeal weighty turban, which is carefully laid apon a for the benefit of every customer he visits. shelf and covered over with a whito napkin. Then

In China, a barber's experience is extensive; he he is enveloped from his neck to his heels in a has to do not only with the beads, but the huge apron that ties behind, piming his arms to tails of the people ; and his skill is generally ac- his side. In this defenceless condition be immeknowledged by all, from the emperor downwards. diately becomes the victim of half-a-dozen flies, In Siam, barbers are next in importance to prime which tickle his nose and flap against his eyes till ministers, and they rank with physicians, being he is rednced to the necessity of calling the barber usually conversant with blood-letting and a few to his assistance. On heariug the summons, this other minor duties belonging to the apothecaries' worthy, who has been preparing a huge basin of art. But it is in Turkey, in the land of the hot suds and sharpening his uncouth razors, rushes Caliphs, that we meet with the barber in his to the rescue, and in about a minute afterwards proper soil, enjoying all the dignity' of his sharp we have lost sight of the old victim, whose whole profession, looked up to and honoured by the face and head, and every visible portion of the neck, multitude, and admitted to the confidence of the present one extensive field of soap-bubbles, froth, pasha. He is the advertiser of all the baths in and hot vapour. Now the barber may be seen the neighbourhood, the terror of young gentlemen scrubbing away, with a huge hair bag on either with a weak growth of beard or a tender head, and hand; then he darts to one side and fetches a the aversion of labourers, who are compelled to huge basinful of very hot water ; and the next submit an eight days' beard to his rough manage- instant the victim's head, soap-suds and all, ore ment; yet all flock to him and pay him lip- forcibly immersed in this. In a few seconds it homage. Besides other things, the barber in Tur- emerges red and inflamed, with the eyes starting key is generally the vendor of cunning drugs and nearly out of their sockets, the victim meanwhile charnis, anti-fleabite mixtures, deadly doses for sputtering and grunting for breath. Barely has he

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