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Colonial Training School (Rag- Good Governor, The . . . 647
| Add me da Undertaker . . 301 ged.

298, 407, 599 Good Old Times, A Tale of the 103
Ady -

Carpet-bag .. 459 Colonisation Loan Society . . 514 Good Plain Cook
Advent or the Public Reco

ecords, 396 | Comic Leaves from the Statute Grand Junction Water-works, A
u npowder
Book . . . .

Visit to the
Anments the People . 13, 57 Compass Observatory, Visit to the, 414 | Great Cat and Dog Question (Tale) 170
Ant** TAD Vegetation

| Con McNale, Irish Difficulty Solved Great Penal Experiments

Appet't for Sors

by .

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. . . 207

Greenwich Observatory 900 99

Ari Ske* -Ty Ships. . . 180 "Constitutionnel" Office, Visit to 164 Guiltcross Union llouse Agricul

Art 4* Merwe . . . . . 385 Cookery among the Middle Classes, 140 tural Training School . . .575


. An

. . 510 Coroner's Inquest, A . . . . 109

Autr -letters from

561 County Courts, The

- Adsentures in . 141, 418, 475 Cumming's "African Adventures" 399 HAPPY Family-from the Raven in

Misiug in

24 Curious Epitaph

the . . . . 36, 156, 241, 505

--- In res of Life in . . 307

Health by Act of Parliament, 460

--- Pozhman's Story.

Heart of Mid-London . . . 121

lian Natives
7 Day in a Pauper Palace .

Heathen and Christian Burial
ad Letter Office, Curiosities of the, 10 | Hippopotamus, The . . . . 445
Dead Meat Markets

ne of Woodruffe the Gardener

B. Lazlard

Designs for Industrial Exhibition . 388 |

(Tale) . . . . 518, 540, 573

Bank We Forgeries

Destruction of Parish Registers 351 Household Narrative . . . . 49

B . History of

Detective Police of the Metropolis;

How to Spend a Summer Holiday . 356

Page Situals. . . . 107

Their Organisation, 368; Staff,

How we went Fishing in Canada, 213
409; a Detective Police Party,

How we went Hunting in Canada . 364

i-tag-Letter Writer .'.': 169 409, 457; Three Detective Anec Hullah's Popular Music .. .. 161

B 1. Live-makers . . . . 320

Bo i te Popular Delusion. 217 | Dust, or Ugliness Redeemed . . 379 | ILLUSTRATIONS of Cheapness:--The

I Danonds of England . . 247

Lucifer Match, 54; À Globe, 85

M., Extra ruinary Travels

Eggs, 158; Tea, 253; The Steel
: . . . . 73 EASY Spelling and Hard Reading . 561

Pen . .

. .
A Cad iron



. . .175 Ebenezer Elliott.

Improving a Bull . . . . 450

Rarisztor Mr. in Syaithfield. . 121 Education at Home and Abroad, 82 Impurities of Water

· 00
- Letter from . . . 377 | Eggs, Supply and Consumption of . 158 Incident in the Life of Malle.
dning Apparatus, The . . 565 | Egyptian Burial Rites . . . 43

Clairon .

El Hat, The . . . . 133 | Electric Eel . . . . . . 509 Individuality of Locomotives : 614
, Improving a

Innocence and Crime . . 431

i le of Emigrants Letters - 19 Emigrants' Letters . . 19, 562

Io al Pites . . . . . 13

Excellent Opportunity, A

"Irish Difficulty" Solved (Tale) . 207

Evening Schools for Adults.

Irish Peculiarity, An . . .694
Evil is wrought by want of Thought Isthmus of Suez . . . . 167

"*'TADA. Fishing in . . .243

(Tale) . . . . .

Hunting in

Exposition of 1851 . . . . 388

- Epígrant's Voyage to . 534 Exploring Adventures in the Bush, JEFFREY, Lord . . . . 113
Le Sketches, . .558, 607

141, 416, 475

"ifrir. Bizley . . . 175

tł42. Adventures of a . . 459

KNOCKING-UP Business, The . . 501

Poad to Ruin . . . . 325

325 FACTORY Supervision, Statistics of, 502

het . Hustrations of: The Family Colonisation Loan Society:

cifer Math, 54 ; A Globe, 85; -its Design, 19; Practical Work LABORATORY in the Chest, The . 565

Esas, 158; Tea, 233; The Steel i ng. . . . .

$14 Lacemakers of Belgium


596 Last of a Long Line (Ta

braical Contradictions . . 591 Father and Son (Tale) . . .213 Lai at a Low Price

Titistry of a Candle

.439 | Few Facts about Matrimony . . 374 Ledru Rollin on the "Decline of

$tal Arithmetic . . . 531 Filtration of the Thames Water . 51 England"
CDream of a star . . . 25 Finsbury, Proposed Park for . . 451 Letter from a Highly-Respectable
hal250, 377, 402, 449, 467, 501, Fire Annihilator, The . . .277 Old Lady

514,561, 587, 614 Fire Brigade of London . . . 145 - from Mr. Thomas Bovington 377
Caba's (Mrs.) Family Colonisa-
Fish, Rapid Conveyang

- from Mr. T. Oldcastle, Con-

3 Lan Society :-its Design,

Billingsgate . . .

cerning the Coal Exchange. 352

. Practical Working

: 514 Forbes', Dr., Physician's Holiday . 356 - about small beginnings . . 598
Cintian Brotherhood, A.

Foreign Portraits of Englishmen. 601 Life and Labours of Lieut. Waghorn 494
Chripber Shrimble on the De-

Forgeries of Bank Notes 555, 615 "Life in London," Registrar Gene-
cine of Eugland. .

Francis Jeffrey . . . . . 113 ral on .
- op Topogti.phy and Tem

Little Mary- A Tale of the Black





GAMBLINO Propagation Society in Little Place in Norfolk, A' .':575


| San Francisco. .

403 Lizzie Leigh (Tale),


in Mdle. I acident

Gentleman Beggar (Tale) . . 510 Loaded Dice (Tale) . . . . 77

Germany, Educational Status of. 83 London Fires, Statistics of . . 149

Los Opiniti 5.-A Fable
O Ghost of Art.

.385 London Pauper Children . . 519

5. Mine, Interior of a

Ghost, The, of the Late Mr. James Lucifer Match, The . . .


. 51
u Black Diamonds). . .2471 Barber-A Yarn Ashore. . . 87 Lungs for London . . . . 451

Cal Exchane, Ile.

249. 352 | Globe, A, Processes of its Manu-

Coal Fire, The True Story of a

facture . _ . . . .
Golden City, The

13 MARRIAGE in St. Petersburgh, A 4

College of Surgeons :

464 Golden Faggots-A Child's Tale . 288 Matrimony, Economical Laws of . 374

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Metropolitan Sanitary Issociation, Respiration, or the Laboratory in UNDERTAKEB, An Address from 301

Mightier Hunter than Nimr, . 3:9 th Chest

Milking in Australia ,

24'Riview of a Popular Publication : 426

VALENTINE's Day at the Post-Office,


Miner's Dauchter (Tale) 125, 133, 182' Rival Rotten Row Commission


Very Old Soldier, A
Modern “ tricer's Progress" 3424, Russia, Modern Social Life in


. 562

Visit to the Arctic Discovery Ships, 180
317, 313)
Modern Science of Thief-taking .3661
Mortality in the Metropolis ..330 SANPATH Parichs

259, 378 WAGHORN, Lieut., Life
Music in Humble Life . . 161 Sample of the Old School . 187 Wanted 'A Good Plain Cook" 139
My Wonderful Adventures in Skitz- San Francisco .

. . .313 Water Question, The Troubled 49
laud . . . . .

2:25 Savings Bank Defalcations.
. .

267 Water Drops, The.--A Fairy Tale. 492
Schoolmaster, at Home and Abroad, 82 Water Supply of London , 52, 488

Separato. Confinement System, The, 97 Weather Wisdom . . . 222
NEVER wear a brown hatin Friesland 133 Serf of Pobereze Tale). . . 342 What there is in the Roof of the
New Joint-Stock Pandemonium ,403 Sharp's Alley . . . . . 326 College of Surgeons

.. 464

New Life and old Learning . . 134) Shilling's-worth of Science . . 507 Winged Telegraphs . . . 451

New Shoes . . . . .

Shipwreck, Preservation of L

2 Wonders of 1651

Newspaper Antecedents. . .270 Short Cuts across the Globe:-- Wordsworth, William . . . 210
News, Statistics of the Public Ap- Panama Ship Canal . . . 65 Work-An Anecdote . . 35
petite for . . . . . 238 Isthmus of Suez . . . . 167 Workhouse, A Walk in


Nice white Veal .

467 Sickness and Health of the People Workmen, English and French.

No Hospital for Incurables . 517 of Bleaburn Tale 193, 230, 256, 283 Intellectual Acquirements and

Norwood lauper-School, A Visit to, 619 Skitzland, Wonderful Adventures Moral Conduct of . . . . 490

in . . . . . . .

Slavery in Poland . . . . 3:2 YOUNG Advocate (Tale) . . 292
OBSERVATORY at Greenwich 200, 222, 414 Small Beginnings, Power of , 407, 58 Young Jew of Tunis (Tale) . . 118
Officer's Progress (The Modern 304 Smithfield, Adventures of Mr. Bo Young Russia


Oldcastle (Mr), Letter from . . 352 vington in

. . . 121 Youth and Suinmer . . . . 104

Old Churchyard Tree, The . . . 377 Some Account of an Extraordinary

Oldest Inhabitant of the Place de

Traveller . . . . .


614 Spy Police .


. . 611

Old Lady in Threadneedle Street . 337 Statistics

ABRAHAX and the Fire-Worship-
Old Lady, Letter from . . . 186 Bank of England Notes . . 429 pers-A Dramatic Parable '. 12
Old Lamps for New Ones

. 265

County Courts, ..176 " All Things in the World must

Old Patch

Education at Home and Change" .

Old School, A Sample of


Abroad . . . S2 Arctic Heroes-A Fragment of

Old Soldier, A Very .


Eggs, .

Naval History


Opportunity, An excellent (Tale) . 421 i

Factory Supervision 502 Ballad of Richard Burnell . 572
Oxford, Education in

London Fires . . . 149 Birth of Morning . . . . 420
Lucifer Matches . . 54 Birth Song . . . . . 2029

Middle Class Wealth . 531 Cottage Memory, . . . . 543
PANAMA Ship Canal

Marriages in Eugland . 375 Dialogue of Shadows ,
Panorama Excursions of Mr.Booley, 73

Newspapers . . . . 239 Dream within Dream, or Evil Mi-

Paper-Will, A . . . . . 529

Penny Postage Results 8 nimised . . . . . . 2

Parish Registers, Destruction of : 351

Pentonville Prison
98 Earth's Harvests.


Paris Newspaper, A. , . , 161

Railway Traffic of 1819.529 Every-day Hero . . . . 4:32

Penal Experiments, Great . . 254)

Savings Banks . . . 267 Flowers . .
Penny Postage Results .

Tea . . . . 253 Good Verses of a Bad Poet . . 336
Pentonville Model Prison

Water Supply of London, 52 Great Man Departed . .

"Perfect Felicity."

.36 Statute-Book, Some Absurdities of, 502 Household Jewels

. 56

Peter the Great, Anecdoto of 362 Steam Plough

. 604 I Would not Have Thee Young
Pet Prisoners . . . . . 97 Story of an Australian Ploughman, 39 ngain . . .
Pictures of Life in Australia , 307 Stranger's Leaf for 1831 . · 515 Lady Alice.
Pigeon Couriers of Antwerp. 454 Suez, Isthmus of Ship Canal across 167 Lines to a Dead Linnet . . . 317
Planet Watchers of Greenwich .200 Sunday Screw, The

. 289 Love of Nature . . . . . 452

Poetry in the Byeways .

151 "Supposing" . . . 96,

Old Haunt ,

Police, Detective . 368, 409, 457, 578 Surgeons' College, A Visit to Roof Orphan's Voyage Ilome. .. 253

- Neapolitan . . . . 611



505 Sveli vo . . . . .467" Press On"-A Rivulet's Son.
Polytechnic Institution.

Railway Station, The .
Popular Delnsion, A . . 217 * Swinging the Ship;" A Visit to Revenge of Esop . . . .257
Post-Office, Valentine's Day at the, 6 the Compass Observatory . . 414 Sacred Grove . .

. .
- Sunday Closing . 289, 378 Swinton Industrial Institution . 361 Seasons. The . . . . .
Power of Mercy . . .

3 Switzerland, a Summer Holiday in Sister's Farewell
Power of Small Beginnings

Son of Sorrow--A Fable from the
Preliminary Word

Swedish . . .
Pre-Raphael Brotherhood, The .265 TAYLOE, General Zachary .. 525 Song of Death .
Preservation from Shipwreck .452 Tea, English Annals of

. 25,3 Sonnet to Lord Denman . . 60
Prison Life; its Extremes . . 250 Temperature, Self-Registration of, 224 Sorrows and Jors . . .517
“ Protection," Strict Definition of . 503 Thieftaking, Modern Science of 308 Souther, Unpublished Lines by 14

Thread-Spinners of Belgium

321 Spring-Time in the Court

Time Ball, Greenwich Observatory, 201 Stroll by Starlight . . . . 3.54)

RAGGED Dormitories , 298, 407, 598 Topography and Temperance . 524 Summer Sabbath .

Railway Comfort at Home and Torture in the Way of Business . 557 Swedish Folk Songs, Fair Carin . 141)

Abroad . .

. . .449 Troubled Water Question, The . 49

- The Dove on the Lily 2014

Railway Wonders of Last Year 481 True Story of a Coal Fire, 26, 68, 90 The Singer . . . . . 574

Raven in the Happy Family, 36, Two Chapters on Bank Note For Uses of Sorrow

. . . 156

156, 241, 505 geries . . . . . 553, 615 Village Tale . . . . . 276

Registrar-General on “Life” in Two Guides of the Child, The : 560 Wayside Well, The . . . . 19

London .

. , 330 Two-handed Dick the Stockman, 141 Wish, A.


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publication expresses, generally, the desire ward ; with the habitations and the ways of we have at heart in originating it.

| life of crowds of his fellow, creatures among We aspire to live in the Household affec- whom he passes like the wind; even with the tions, and to be numbered among the House- towering chimneys he may see, spirting out hold thoughts, of our readers. We hope to fire and smoke upon the prospect. The swart be the comrade and friend of many thousands giants, Slaves of the Lamp of Knowledge, of people, of both sexes, and of all ages and have their thousand and one tales, no less conditions, on whose faces we may never look. than the Genii of the East ; and these, in all We seek to bring into innumerable homes, their wild, grotesque, and fanciful aspects, in from the stirring world around us, the know- all their many phases of endurance, in all their ledge of many social wonders, good and evil, many moving lessons of compassion and conthat are not calculated to render any of us less sideration, we design to tell. ardently persevering in ourselves, less tolerant Our Household Words will not be echoes of one another, less faithful in the progress of of the present time alone, but of the past too. mankind, less thankful for the privilege of Neither will they treat of the hopes, the living in this summer-dawn of time.

enterprises, triumphs, joys, and sorrows, of No mere utilitarian spirit, no iron binding of this country only, but, in some degree, of those the mind to grim realities, will give a harsh of every nation upon earth. For nothing can tone to our Household Words. In the bosoms be a source of real interest in one of them, of the young and old, of the well-to-do and of without concerning all the rest. the poor, we would tenderly cherish that light. We have considered what an ambition it is of Fancy which is inherent in the human to be admitted into many homes with affecbreast ; which, according to its nurture, burns tion and confidence; to be regarded as a with an inspiring flame, or sinks into a sullen friend by children and old people; to be glare, but which (or woe betide that day !) can thought of in affliction and in happiness ; never be extinguished. To show to all, that to people the sick room with airy shapes in all familiar things, even in those which are that give delight and hurt not,' and to be repellant on the surface, there is Romance associated with the harmless laughter and enough, if we will find it out:-to teach the the gentle tears of many hearths. We know hardest workers at this whirling wheel of toil, the great responsibility of such a privilege; its that their lot is not necessarily a moody, brutal vast reward; the pictures that it conjures fact, excluded from the sympathies and graces up, in hours of solitary labour, of a mulof imagination; to bring the greater and the titude moved by one sympathy; the solemn lesser in degree, together, upon that wide field, hopes which it awakens in the labourer's and mutually dispose them to a better ac- breast, that he may be free from self-reproach quaintance and a kinder understanding—is in looking back at last upon his work, and one main object of our Household Words. that his name may be remembered in his

The mightier inventions of this age are not, race in time to come, and borne by the dear to our thinking, all material, but have a kind objects of his love with pride. The hand that of souls in their stupendous bodies which may writes these faltering lines, happily associated find expression in Household Words. The with some Household Words before to-day, has traveller whom we accompany on his railroad known enough of such experiences to enter or his steamboat journey, may gain, we hope, in an earnest spirit upon this new task, and somne compensation for incidents which these with an awakened sense of all that it involves. later generations have outlived, in new asso-1 Some tillers of the field into which we now


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come, have been before us, and some are the voices we hear, cry Go on! The stones that here whose high usefulness we readily ac-'call to us have sermons in them, as the trees knowledge, and whose company it is an have tongues, as there are books in the running honour to join. But, there are vile is here' brooks, as there is good in everything! They, - Bastards of the Mountain, drailed fringe and the Time, cry out to us Go on! With a on the Red Cap, Panders to the basest passions fresh heart, a light step, and a hopeful courage, of the lowest natures-whose existence is a, we begin the journey. The road is not so

national reproach. In these, we should rough that it need daunt our feet: the way is I consider it our highest service to displace. not so steep that we need stop for breath, and,

Thus, we begin our career! The adventurer looking faintly down, be stricken motionin the old fairy story, climbing towards the less. Go on, is all we hear, Go on! In a i summit of a steen eminence on which the glow alreauly, with the air from yonder height

ohject of his search was stationeil, was sur- upon us, and the inspiriting voices joining in rounded by a roar of voices, crying to him, 'this acclamation, we echo back the cry, and from the stones in the way, to turn back. All! go on cheerily !

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penitent anguish for all the bitter estrangeIN FOUR CHAPTERS.-CHAPTER L

ment of later years. It was this which made

her refuse all the entreaties of her sons, that WHEN Death is present in a household on a she would see the kind-hearted neighbours,

Christmas Day, the very contrast between , who called on their way from church, to symthe time as it now is, and the day as it has pathise and condole. No! she would stay often been, gives a poignancy to sorrow,-a with the dead husband that had spoken more utter blankness to the desolation, tenderly at last, if for three years he had James Leigh died just as the far-away bells kept silence ; who knew but what, if she had of Rochdale Church were ringing for morning only been more gentle and less angrily reserved service on Christmas Day, 1836. A few he might have relented earlier-and in time! minutes before his death, he opened his al-! She sat rocking herself to and fro by the really glazing eyes, and made a sign to his side of the bed, while the footsteps below wife, by the faint motion of his lips, that he went in and out; she had been in sorrow too had yet something to say. She stooped close long to have any violent burst of deep grief down, and caught the broken whisper, ‘I now; the furrows were well worn in her forgive her, Amne! May God forgive me.' cheeks, and the tears flowed quietly, if inces

Oh my love, my dear! only get well, and santly, all the day long. But when the I will never cease showing my thanks for winter's night drew on, and the neighbours those words. May God in heaven bless thee had gone away to their homes, she stole to for saying them. Thou ’rt not so restless, my the window, and gazed out, long and wistlad! may be-Oh God!'.

fully, over the dark grey moors. She did not For even while she spoke, he died. hear her son's voice, as he spoke to her from

They had been two-and-twenty years man the door, nor his footstep as he drew nearer, and wife ; for nineteen of those years their She started when he touched her.

e had been as calm and happy, as the most "Mother ! come down to us. There's no perfect uprightness on the one side, and the one but Will and me. Dearest mother, we most complete confidence and loving submis- do so want you. The poor lad's voice tremsion on the other, could make it. Milton's bled, and he began to cry. It appeared to famous line might have been framed and require an effort on Mrs. Leigh's part to tear hung up as the rule of their married life, for herself away from the window, but with a he was truly the interpreter, who stood be- sigh she complied with his request. tween God and her; she would have con- The two boys (for though Will was nearly sidered herself wicked if she had ever dared twenty-one, she still thought of him as a ladi) even to think him austere, though as cer- had done everything in their power to make tainly as he was an upright man, so surely the house-place comfortable for her. She was he hard, stern, and inflexible. But for herself, in the old days before her sorrow, had three years the moan and the murmur had never made a brighter fire or a cleaner never been out of her heart; she had rebelled hearth, ready for her husband's return home. against her husband as against a tyrant, with than now awaited her. The tea-things were a hidden sullen rebellion, which tore up the all put out, and the kettle was boiling ; and old land-marks of wisely duty and affection, the boys had calmed their grief down into a and poisoned the fountains whence gentlest kind of sober cheerfulness. They paid her love and reverence had once been for ever every attention they could think of, but springing.

received little notice on her part; she did But those last blessed words replaced him not resist-she rather submitted to all their

arrangements; but they did not seem to queathed the farm to his faithful wife, Anne touch her heart.

| Leigh, for her life-time ; and afterwards, to When tea was ended, it was merely the his son William. The hundred and odd

form of tea that had been gone through,— Will pounds in the savings-bank was to accumuI moved the things away to the dresser. His late for Thomas. mother leant back languidly in her chair. I After the reading was ended, Anne Leigh

Mother, shall Tom read you a chapter ? sat silent for a time; and then she asked to He's a better scholar than I.

speak to Samuel Orme alone. The sons went • Ave, lad!' said she, almost eagerly. into the back-kitchen, and thence strolled out ! "That's it. Read me the Prodigal Son. Aye, into the fields regardless of the driving snow. are, lad. Thank thee.'

The brothers were dearly fond of each other, Tom found the chapter, and read it in the although they were very different in chahigh-pitched voice which is customary in racter. Will, the elder, was like his father, i village-schools. His mother bent forward, stern, reserved, and scrupulously upright.

her lips parted, her eyes dilated ; her whole Tom (who was ten years younger) was gentle
body instinct with eager attention. Will sat and delicate as a girl, both in appearance and
with his head depressed, and hung down. character. He had always clung to his
He knew why that chapter had been chosen ; mother, and dreaded his father. They did
and to him it recalled the family's disgrace. not speak as they walked, for they were only
When the reading was ended, he still hung in the habit of talking about facts, and
down his head in gloomy silence. But her hardly knew the more sophisticated language
face was brighter than it had been before for applied to the description of feelings.
the day. Her eyes looked dreamy, as if she Meanwhile their mother had taken hold of
saw a vision; and by and by she pulled the Samuel Orme's arm with her trembling hand.
tible towards her, and putting her finger “Samuel, I must let the farm-I must.'
underneath each word, began to read them 'Let the farm! What's come o'er the
alood in a low voice to herself ; she read again woman?'.
the words of bitter sorrow and deep humilia-! 'Oh, Samuel !' said she, her eyes swimming
tion; but most of all she paused and bright- in tears, “I'm just fain to go and live in
ned over the father's tender reception of the Manchester. I mun let the farm.'
repentant prodigal.

1 Samuel looked, and pondered, but did not
So passed the Christmas evening in the speak for some time. At last he said-
Upclose Farm.

If thou hast made up thy mind, there's The snow had fallen heavily over the dark no speaking again it; and thou must e'en go. waring moorland, before the day of the Thou 'lt be sadly pottered wi' Manchester funeral. The black storm-laden dome of ways; but that's not my look out. Why, heaven lay very still and close upon the white thou 'lt have to buy potatoes, a thing thou earth, as they carried the body forth out of hast never done afore in all thy born life. the house which had known his presence so Well! it's not my look out. It's rather long as its ruling power. Two and two the for me than again me. Our Jenny is Tourners followed, making a black procession, going to be married to Tom Higginbotin their winding march over the unbeaten ham, and he was speaking of wanting a bit snow, to Milpe-Row Church-now lost in some of land to begin upon. His father will be bollow of the bleak moors, now slowly climb-dying sometime, I reckon, and then he 'll ing the heaving ascents. There was no long step into the Croft Farm. But meanwhile'tarrying after the funeral, for many of the “Then, thou ’lt let the farm,' said she, still neighbours who accompanied the body to the as eagerly as ever. grave had far to go, and the great white 'Aye, aye, he 'll take it fast enough, I've a Hakes which came slowly down, were the notion. But I'll not drive a bargain with boding fore-runners of a heavy storm. One thee just now; it would not be right; we 'll od friend alone accompanied the widow and wait a bit.' her sons to their home.

'No; I cannot wait, settle it out at once.' The Upclose Farm had belonged for gene- "Well, well ; I'll speak to Will about it. I rstions to the Leighs; and vet its possession see him out yonder. I'll step to him, and hardly raised them above the rank of la- talk it over.' bourers. There was the house and out! Accordingly he went and joined the two buildings, all of an old-fashioned kind, and lads, and without more ado, began the subject about seven acres of barren wproductive to them. land, which they had never possessed ca- "Will, thy mother is fain to go live in Manpital enough to improve ; indeed they could chester, and covets to let the farm. Now, bardly rely upon it for subsistence; and it I'm willing to take it for Tom Higginbotham; had been customary to bring up the sons to but I like to drive a keen bargain, and there some trade-such as a wheelwright's, or black-would be no fun chaffering with thy mother siith's.

ljust now. Let thee and me buckle to, my James Leigh had left a will, in the posses- lad! and try and cheat each other ; it will sion of the old man who accompanied them warm us this cold day.' home. He read it aloud. James had be- 'Let the farm !' said both the Jads at once,

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