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16. “No," replied the latter, “for I never felt inclined to make an investment of that kind."
17. “Then here is a fine opportunity to do so. It may prove better than stock in the bank. As for myself, I have concluded that, if you will advance him one thousand dollars, I will contribute an equal sum."
18. “Not a single farthing would I advance for such a purposé; and if you make an investment' of that kind, I shall consider you very foolish.”
19. Mr. Barton was silent for several minutes, and then arose to depart. “If you do not feel disposed to share with me in this enterprise, I shall advance the whole sum myself.” Saying which, he left the store.
20. Ten years have passed away since the occurrence of the conversation recorded in the preceding dialogue, and Mr. Barton, pale and agitated, is standing at the same desk at which he stood when first introduced to the reader's attention. As page after page of his ponderous ledger was examined, his despair became deeper and deeper, till at last he exclaimed, “I am ruined - utterly ruined!”
21. “How so?” inquired Hiram Strosser, who entered the counting room in season to hear Mr. Barton's remark.
22. “The last European steamer brought news of the failure of the house of Perleh, Jackson, & Co., London, who are indebted to me in the sum of nearly two hundred thousand dollars. News of the failure has become general, and my creditors, panic-stricken, are pressing tor payment of their demands. The banks refuse me credit, and I have not the means to meet my liabilities 10.9 If I could pass this crisis, perhaps I could rally again; but it is impossible : my creditors are importunate, and I cannot much longer keep above the tide,” replied Mr. Barton.
23. 5. What is the extent of your liabilities ?" inquired Strosser.
24. “ Seventy-five thousand dollars," replied Mr. Barton, 25. “ Would that sum be sufficient to relieve you?” 26. “ It would.”
27. “Then, sir, you shall have it,” said Strosser, as he stepped up to the desk, and drew a check" for twenty thousand dollars. “ Take this, and when you need more, do not hesitate to call upon me. Remember that it was from you I received money to establish myself in business.”
28. “But that debt was cancelled "2 several years ago," replied Mr. Barton, as a ray of hope shot across his troubled mind.
29. “ True," replied Strosser, “but the debt of gratitude that I owe has never been cancelled; and now that the scale is turned, I deem it my duty to come up to the rescue.”
30. At this singular turn in the tide of fortune, Mr. Barton fairly wept for joy.
31. Every claim against him was paid as soon as presented, and in less than a month he had passed the crisis, and stood perfectly safe and secure; his credit improved and his business increased, while several others sank under the blow, and could not rally, among whom was Mr. Hawley, alluded to at the commencement of this article.
32. “How did you manage to keep above the tide ?” inquired Mr. Hawley of Mr. Barton, one morning, several months after the events last recorded, as he met the latter npon the street, on his way to his place of business.
33. “Very easily, indeed, I can assure you,” replied Mr. Barton.
34. “Well, do tell me how," continued Mr. Hawley; *I lay claim to a good degree of shrewdness, but the strongest exercise of my wits did not save me; and yet you, whose liabilities were twice as heavy as my own, have stood the shock, and have come off even bettered by the storm.”
vestment profita. Barton, that I,
35. “The truth is,” replied Mr. Barton, “1 cashed my paper 13 as soon as it was sent in.”
36. “I suppose so," said Mr. Hawley, regarding Mr. Barton with a look of surprise; “but how did you obtain the funds ? As for me, I could not obtain a dollar's credit: the banks refused to take my paper, and even my friends deserted me.”
37. “A little investment that I made some ten years ago," replied Mr. Barton, smiling, “ has recently proved exceedingly profitable.”
38. “ Investment !” echoed Mr. Hawley — “what in. vestment?”
39. “Why, do you not remember how I established young Strosser in business some ten years ago ?”
40. “O, yes, yes,” replied Mr. Hawley, as a ray of suspicion lighted up his countenance ; “but what of that?”
41. “He is now one of the largest dry goods dealers in the city; and when this calamity came on, he came forward, and very generously advanced me seventy-five thousand dollars. You know I told you, on the morning I called to offer you an equal share of the stock, that it might prove better than an investment in the bank.”
42. During this announcement, Mr. Hawley's eyes were bent intently upon the ground, and, drawing a deep sigh, ne moved on, dejected and sad, while Mr. Barton returned to his place of business, with his mind cheered and animated by thoughts of his singular investment.
* 40.60 led up his couof the larg
LEDG'ER (1ěd'jer). The chief book | notes, &c., are said to be “at par"
of accounts with merchants and when they sell for their original others, in which their various trans nominal value.
actions are collected and arranged. 5 ÅD'-QUẠTE. Fully sufficient. ? ES-TXB'LISH-MĚNT. That which is 6 PEN'Y-RY. Extreme poverty ; des
fixed or settled firmly; here, a titution.
place for transacting business. 7 IN-TĚR-RO-GĀ'TIONŞ. Questions ; in3 SE-CÜ'RI-TY. Safety; any thing giv- quiries.
en as a pledge that a debt will be 8 AS-PĪR'ẠNT (or ås'pi-rănt). One who paid.
seeks eagerly ; an ambitious candi. 1 PÄR. State of equality. Stocks,! date.
• ÎN-VĚST'MENT. The laying out of 11 CHÉCK. An order for the payment
money or capital in some perma- of money. nent form, so as to produce an in- | 12 CĂN'CELLED. Annulled; made come.
void. 10 LT-A-BIL'I-Tļeş. Pecuniary indebted 13 PĀ'PER. A written promise to pay
ness; sums of money which a per money ; notes, bills of exchange son may be called upon to pay. I
XV. - THE CHINESE PRISONER.
[Thomas Percival was an English physician, born in 1740, died in 1804. He wrote a number of works on medicine and on morals.]
1. A CERTAIN emperor of China, on his accession' to the throne of his ancestors, commanded a general release of all those who were confined in prison for debt. Amongst that number was an old man, who had fallen an early victim to adversity, and whose days of imprisonment, reckoned by the notches which he had cut on the door of his gloomy cell, expressed the annual circuit of more than fifty suns.
2. With trembling limbs and faltering’ steps, he departed from his mansion of sorrow: his eyes were dazzled with the splendor of the light, and the face of nature presented to his view a perfect paradise. The jail in which he had been imprisoned stood at some distance from Pekin, and to that city he directed his course, impatient to enjoy the caresses of his wife, his children, and his friends.
3. Having with difficulty found his way to the street in which his decent mansion had formerly stood, his heart became more and more elated at every step he advanced. With joy he proceeded, looking eagerly around; but he observed few of the objects with which he had been formerly conversant". A magnificent edifice was erected on the site of the house which he had inhabited; the dwellings of his neighbors had assumed a new form; and he beheld not a single face of which he had the least remem. brance.
4. An aged beggar who, with trembling knees, stood at the gate of a portico*, from which he had been thrust by the insolent domestic who guarded it, struck his attention. He stopped, therefore, to give him a small pittances out of the bounty with which he had been supplied by the emperor, and received, in return, the sad tidings, that his wife had fallen a lingering sacrifice to penury and sorrow; that his children were gone to seek their fortunes in distant or unknown climes; and that the grave contained his nearest and most valued friends.
5. Overwhelmed? with anguish, he hastened to the palace of his sovereign, into whose presence his hoary locks and mournful visage soon obtained his admission; and, casting himself at the feet of the emperor, “ Great Prince," he cried, “send me back to that prison from which mistaken mercy has delivered me! I have survived my family and friends, and, even in the midst of this populous city, I find myself in a dreary solitude. The cell of my dungeon® protected me from the gazers at my wretchedness; and whilst secluded from society, I was the less sensible of the loss of its enjoyments. I am now tortured with the view of pleasure in which I cannot participate; and die with thirst, though streams of delight surround me.”
1 AC-CÉS'SION. Act of coming to; ar- | 5 PYT'TẠNÇE. Small allowance or por.
rival; also, increase by something tion ; a trifle. added ; that which is added.
6 TI'DỊNGŞ. News. FÂL'TER-ING. Tottering; feeble; 7 Õ-VER-WHELMED'. Swallowed up, unsteady; wavering.
as by the sea ; overpowered; 8 CÒNİVER-SẠNT. Acquainted; famil crushed. iar ; versed.
| 8 DÙN'ĢEON. A strong, close, dark Pār'tỊ-co. ' A covered space, sur- | prison, or room in a prison.
rounded by columns, at the en-| 9 SE-CLŪD'ED. Shut out or kept apart. trance of a building.
| 10 PAR-TÝÇ'I-PĀTE. Partake; take part.