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but she was never so well as before, and she was
obliged perforce to give up a great deal of the work
into Faith's hands. Under these circumstances Pa-
tience learned gradually to believe that the balance
of the universe was not much disturbed though the
teacup handles were turned east instead of west, and
even to be resigned when the cat put her kittens in
the second-best clothes-basket, and a fly got into the
front-room. In a word, the thorns which had so
long choked the good seed, being rooted up, she
found there was room not only for the wheat which
is the staff of life, but for the flowers which beautify
it. Faith grew up a capital housewife, and Patience
confessed that Faithie made the house pleasanter
than ever she had done.

Poor Cordelia Richmond had the comfort of open-
ing her heart before her death. Mr. Brace conveyed
an inkling of the case to Dr. Madison, who at once
called upon Mrs. Richmond with his sister, who
was a very great lady in that world which Mrs.



THE END. 369

Richmond beheld from afar with envious eyes. She
could not for very shame refuse to let the Doctor see
Cordelia when Milly told her, before him, that Cor-
delia had asked for him. The Doctor was a man of
experience. He wasted no time in idle words, but
went at once to the root of the matter ; and before
he left he had the comfort of laying the poor trem-
bling child at her Lord's feet. Even Mrs. Richmond
could not be angry when she saw how peaceful and
happy Cordelia was after the interview.

Three days after, the poor child passed away in
great peace and happiness. The next winter Mrs.
Richmond married a very rich man with a great
house, for which he wanted a mistress, and forthwith
plunged into "society." Her new interest broke the
force of her disappointment in Milly, who has turned
out "very eccentric; just like her poor father, you
know," Mrs. Richmond says. "But she is a good
child, after all ; and I let her take her own way."
That way leads Milly to a great many strange places,
to an Italian mission school, and a sewing-school ;
and not seldom to Mrs. Van Zandt, whose almoner
she is among her poor pupils, a circumstance which
almost consoles her mother for her oddity.

Kit is staying with Ida Van Zandt at Rockdale,
studying, and working very hard at her music. She
spends most of her Sundays with Mrs. Van Zandt,
who finds great delight in her society, and promises
to take her to see Miss Armstrong next summer.

For Miss Armstrong is settled in Oldham for
good. She has actually married Mr. Brace, and set-
tled down in the Oldham parsonage, which has been



37O OLDHAM '; OR, BESIDE ALL WATERS.

beautified to such an extent that it hardly knows
itself. More than that, the parish has built a fine,
convenient Sunday-school room, which it is Mr. Ket-
tle's pride and delight to keep in the best of order ;
remarking, as he does nearly every Sunday, that he
don't grudge the work so long as it keeps the wear
and tear of the school out of his church. For Mr.
Kettle looks upon the church and the minister, not
to mention the minister's wife, cow, horse, and pig, as
his own private property, and the best in their several
ways to be found in the United States, and pays no
heed to the remark of Aunt Betsy (also repeated
every Sunday), that Mr. Brace may be all very well,
but he will never fill Dr. Munson's pulpit.

We must now take our leave of Oldham and its
people. Perhaps some time or other we may visit
there again. I hope the moral of my story is clear
enough to tell itself. To all of us comes the sower
bearing precious seed. Shall we let it lie by the
wayside, the prey of every wandering bird ? shall we
let the thorns grow up, and choke it, so that no fruit
shall be brought to perfection ? or shall we receive
it into an honest and good heart, that it may bring
forth fruit unto everlasting life ?



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