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CONTENTS OF VOLUME V.
Fidelity of a Negro Servant, 4 Bull,
57 Things that have Happened 121 Idle Mary,
A New Year's Bow. Well, here we are again at the open- it is not so. New-Year's day seems ing of a new year! It might seem that always to take us by a kind of pleasant New-Year's day had come so often as to surprise, and never fails to be welcomed have lost its interest ; that by repetition by old and young, boys and girls. It it would become stale ; that the words, has been said by some old writers, that "I wish you a happy new year!” would such anniversaries as this of New-Year's cease to excite the slightest regard. But day, are, in the journey of life, like mileVOL. V..
stones along the road, marking the dis
THE TWO TRAVELLERS. tance we have travelled, and informing us of the position we occupy in respect Once upon a time, two young men, to the beginning and end of our exist- who were friends, set out to travel in
If, indeed, we were to use them distant countries. Before they departed, as such; if, on New-Year's day, we each one had formed a plan of proceed
, were accustomed to look over our past ing. Horace determined to give himself lives, to compare what we have done up entirely to pleasure; to go wherever with what is required of us; to see his humor might dictate; and to keep when we have performed, and when no records of his adventures. In short, failed in, our duty; to mourn over past he resolved to enjoy himself as much as errors and neglect, and adopt new reso possible, and by no means to encumber lutions of improvement for the future, his mind with cares, duties, or troubles then, indeed, would New-Year's day be of any kind. an instructive mile-stone on our journey,
Ronald was as fond of amusement as a point of reckoning of the greatest ben- Horace, but the mode he adopted for the efit; and then it would not pass by as a gratification of his wishes was quite mere thoughtless holiday of pleasant different. In the first place, he made speeches and profitless amusement. out a scheme of his travels; he procured
And why, blue eyes and black eyes! - maps, read books, and, after mature detell me why we should not thus use our liberation, adopted a certain route, as New-Year's day—or at least a little most likely to afford him pleasure as piece of it? I will not ask you to give well as instruction. In the formation of the whole day to a moral lecture. No! this plan he spent several weeks, and in You may partake freely of the frolics and this occupation he found quite as much festivities of the day; you may greet all satisfaction as he afterwards did in trav. your friends and companions with that elling. Thus he obtained one great adpleasant salutation– A happy new vantage over his idle and luxurious year!” It is a cheerful sound, especially friend, who foolishly thought that the when uttered from child to child; from essence of enjoyment lay in freedom from the child to the parent; from friend to thought, restraint, and toil. Even befriend. And you may engage in the fore they set out on their journey, Rovarious amusements of the season, as nald had actually found nearly as much freely as if old Bob Merry were a child pleasure as Horace received in the whole again, and romping with you, the gay- course of his expedition. est of the gay:
Well; the two young men started toBut, after your sports are done, just gether, and as we are speaking of ansit down in the chimney corner, with me. cient days, when there were no coaches, Don't be afraid, for I am not about to canals, or railroads, we must tell you scold you; or if I do scold a little, re- that both set out on foot. They had not member that I shall do it in all kindness; proceeded far before they separated ; remember that I am like old Baldwin's Horace taking one road and Ronald dog, who had lost his teeth, --my bark is another. worse than my bite. So, here we are ! After the lapse of three years they Now sit still, boys; don't giggle, you both returned; but what a difference girls! John, Tom, Peter, silence! I between them! Horace was sour and am about to tell you a story of New. dissatisfied; he had seen a good deal of Year's day
the world, but as he had travelled with