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has a shilling deposited with us rushes to demand it. All confidence is gone; those I thought my friends are as mad as the rest. If I could gain a little time - but no! [Listens.] Hear the gold jingling on my counter! It can't last much longer at this rate. Ah! here comes one of them -I must not appear disturbed. What can I do for you, sir?
2. Freeland. I have come to ask a blunt question ; for I am a plain man, and I like to come straight to the point.
3. Aubrey. Well, sir?
4. Freeland. I hear that you have a run on your bank; is that so?
5. Aubrey. I see the drift of your question. If you have any money in the bank, present your account to the cashier, and he will pay you at once. 6. Freeland. I have not a penny in your hands.
. 7. Aubrey. Then may I ask what is your business with me?
8. Freeland. I wish to know if a small sum will aid you at this crisis.
9. Aubrey. Why ask that question?
10. Freeland. Because if it would, I should be glad to pay in a deposit.
11. Aubrey. Sir?
12. Freeland. You are no doubt surprised that, when those who know you are hastening to drain your vaults, a stranger should come to pay money in.
13. Aubrey. I confess it is unusual.
14. Freeland. Let me explain myself. Do you remember when, some twenty years ago, you lived in Essex?
15. Aubrey. Perfectly.
16. Freeland. And perhaps you recollect the turnpike gate you used to pass every day?
17. Aubrey. Certainly, I do.
20. Freeland. And do you remember one Christmas morning, when the gate-keeper was sick, and a little boy opened the gate for you?
21. Aubrey. I have forgotten the circumstance.
22. Freeland. Very likely ; but I have not. that little boy. As you passed, I called out, "A merry Christmas, sir !” You replied, “Thank you, my lad; the same to you, and here's a trifle to make it so." And you threw me a seven-shilling piece.
23. Aubrey (smiling). Well, I trust you had a merry Christmas!
24. Freeland. It was the first money I ever had in my life; and that, and the kind smile you gave me with it, made me the happiest boy in the world that day. Well, sir — to cut a long story short — that seven-shilling piece brought me good luck; it was the beginning of — well, sir, a tolerably large fortune for a plain man like me. I have kept sight of you, though I dare say you never gave me a second thought. I got into trade, first in a small way, then in a large way,— and, sir, I consider that I owe all I have to you.
25. Aubrey. You owe it rather to your own thrift and industry, and I heartily congratulate you !
26. Freeland. Thank you! But excuse me for insisting — I owe all to you. Hearing yesterday that there was a run on your bank, I hastily scraped together what I could a small sum - which is at your service, if it will be of any use to you. Here it is, sir.
[Puts a roll of bank-notes into Aubrey's hand. 27. Aubrey. But my dear sir !
28. Freeland. A small sum, a small sum, sir. You will really oblige me by keeping it for me for a few days.
Pardon me for taking so much of your time. I will call again. Good day, sir !
[Goes out. 29. Aubrey (turns over the bank-notes). Twenty thousand pounds! Thank Heaven, the bank is saved !
1. Man the life-boat! man the life-boat!
Hearts of oak, your succor lend !
Quick, 0, quick, assistance send !
See, they ply the lusty oar!
Cheers attend them from the shore.
3. Now the fragile bark is hanging
On the billows' giddy height;
While we sicken at the sight.
Like the petrel in the storm.
Now the life-boat nears the shore;
Those they thought to see no more.
6. Blessings on the dauntless spirits,
Dangers thus who nobly brave;
So they may a brother save!
XCVI.—HISTORY OF A SCHOOL DESK,
TOLD BY ITSELF. 1. I was made in Philadelphia, in a cabinet shop; myself and three others being joined together in one frame. When finished, our lids were all covered with beautiful green baize, and the color of the cherry, of which we were made, was rendered of a dark, rich and glossy hue by a handsome coat of varnish which the carpenter carefully applied.
2. I recollect when we were coming home with what contempt I looked down upon a load of common school desks which we passed in the street. Alas! little did I think to what indignities I should myself subsequently be exposed.
3. I was placed with many other similar desks in a long and very pleasant room, and in a few days afterwards there came in a considerable number of young ladies of various ages, and the school commenced.
4. A pleasant looking girl was stationed before me. I never could ascertain her name, as it was not written upon the outside of any of her books. I soon found that she was quite pleased with my form and appearance, for she took great pleasure in arranging all her books and papers in great order and often surveyed me with a look of much satisfaction.
5. Her books were placed carefully in one corner, her elate in another and her manuscripts in a third ; and whenever she had any thing for a luncheon at school she was careful to put it into a paper by itself. She made, however, one mistake; for not many hours after she took possession of me, while busily engaged in writing, she laid her pen, which was full of ink, down upon my face and made an ugly ink spot.
6. She, however, instantly perceived it, and with a
countenance expressive of great solicitude she hastened to bring a wet sponge, and with it she carefully and gently, but thoroughly, removed the spot. I found great assistance from my coat of varnish in this adventure, as this substance prevented the ink from passing through into the pores of the wood.
7. I found that my mistress was much beloved by her fellow pupils; they often came to sit with her and entertain me with their conversation. I observed, too, that when the teacher of this school came to her desk to speak to her she always looked pleased and happy, and was not afraid to open her desk in his presence, if he wished any thing from it.
8. This happy life, however, could not long continue. I was one day surprised and grieved to find my mistress taking out her books and carrying them away, and there came instead another girl, who brought a most confused collection of books, maps, manuscripts, rules, boxes, pens
9. She hastily crowded some of the largest books into the back part of the desk, pushed the other things this way and that a little, then let my lid fall down with a violence that terrified me, and ran off into the play-room. I thought that she would put me in order when she returned; but no, this was the usual treatment which I received from her.
10. When she wanted any thing she tumbled over her books and papers until she found it. Her luncheon was kept with every thing else and soon the crumbs were strewed all around; and what was worse than all the rest, she inked the beautiful cherry wood of which I was made again and again without any concern.
11. Sometimes she would upset her inkstand and then never more than half wipe up the ink. In such cases I made as much effort as I could, with the help of my