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much more popular than at home. Nevertheless, she suffers the
punishment of a guilty heart, and this leaves her no peace in body
or mind. It is, however, some relief to her that she has provided a
good, comfortable home for the woman Munday. Tenacious of her
character, she still finds a refuge for her pride in the hope that
the public is ignorant on the score of the child.

Brother Spyke is in Antioch, and writes home that he finds the Jews
the most intractable beings he ever had to deal with. He, however,
has strong hopes of doing much good. The field is wide, and with a
few thousand dollars more-well, a great deal of light may be
reflected over Antioch.

Sister Slocum is actively employed in the good cause of dragging up
and evangelizing the heathen world generally. She has now on hand
fourteen nice couples, young, earnest, and full of the best
intentions. She hopes to get them all off to various dark fields of
missionary labor as soon as the requisite amount of funds is scraped

There came very near being a little misunderstanding between the
House of the Foreign Missions and the House of the Tract Society, in
reference to the matter of burying Mrs. Swiggs. The Secretary of the
Tract Society, notwithstanding he had strong leanings to the South,
and would not for the world do aught to offend the dignity of the
"peculiar institution," did not see his way so clearly in the matter
of contributing to the burial expenses of the sister who had so long
labored in the cause of their tracts. However, the case was a
peculiar one, and called for peculiar generosity; hence, after
consulting "The Board," the matter was compromised by the "Tract
Society" paying a third of the amount.

If you would have strong arguments in favor of reform in the Points
just look in at the House of the Nine Nations. There you will find
Mr. Krone and his satellites making politicians, and deluging your
alms-houses and graveyards with his victims, while he himself is one
of the happiest fellows in the world. And after you have feasted
your eyes on his den, then come out and pay your homage to the man
who, like a fearless Hercules, has sacrificed his own comfort, and
gone nobly to work to drag up this terrible heathen world at your
own door. Give him of your good gifts, whisper an encouraging word
in his ear (he has multiplied the joys of the saved inebriate), and
bid him God-speed in his labor of love.

A word in reference to the young theologian. He continues his visits
to the old jail, and has rendered solace to many a drooping heart.
But he is come a serious obstacle to Mr. Sheriff Hardscrabble, who,
having an eye to profit, regards a "slim goal" in anything but a
favorable light.

Old Spunyarn has made a voyage to the Mediterranean, and returned
with a bag full of oranges for Tom Swiggs; but now that he sees him
in possession of such a fine craft as Maria, he proposes that she
have the oranges, while his hearty good wishes can just as well be
expressed over a bumper of wine. He hopes Tom may always have
sunshine, a gentle breeze, and a smooth sea. Farther, he pledges
that he will hereafter keep clear of the "land-sharks," nor ever
again give the fellow with the face like a snatch-block a chance to
run him aboard the "Brig Standfast."

As for Mr. Detective Fitzgerald, he still pursues his profession,
and is one of the kindest and most efficient officers of his corps.

And now, ere we close our remarks, and let the curtain fall, we must
say a word of Tom and Maria. Tom, then, is one of the happiest
fellows of the lot. He occupies a nice little villa on the banks of
the "mill-dam." And here his friends, who having found wings and
returned with his fortunes, look in now and then, rather envy the
air of comfort that reigns in his domicil, and are surprised to find
Maria really so beautiful. Tom so far gained the confidence of his
employer, that he is now a partner in the concern; and, we venture
to say, will never forfeit his trust. About Maria there is an air of
self-command-a calmness and intelligence of manner, and a
truthfulness in her devotion to Tom, that we can only designate with
the word "nobleness." And, too, there is a sweetness and earnestness
in her face that seems to bespeak the true woman, while leaving
nothing that can add to the happiness of him she now looks up to and
calls her deliverer.


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