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But the connexion did not drop there. Carl had, during the voyage, won the heart of his new protector, and he is now a successful cultivator on that gentleman's flourishing estate. His mother, accompanied by Aunt Trudchen and Uncle Johann, Hans Wart, and Guttchen, and all, has moved once more still further to the west; and when she thinks, as she still does with a sigh, of the perils and anxieties of Carl's boyish trip to her Fatherland, feels, thus surrounded by so many of her dear kindred, as if he had brought the blessing across the Atlantic with him.

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CONTRADICTION.

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10 contradict is always rude, Whate'er the matter be; Besides, it should be understood, That thoughts to all are free.

If we our own opinion have,
Let others have one too;

And many quarrels it would save,
If all were so to do.

But children never should pretend,
In cases e'er so light,

To contradict a wiser friend,
Pretending to be right.

Then never let your childish tongue
In such a cause engage;

Submit, and listen while you're young,
That you may speak in age.

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MINUTE, how soon it is flown! And yet how important it is! God calls every moment his own,

For all our existence is his :

And though we may waste them in folly and play, He notices each that we squander away.

Why should we a minute despise,
Because it so quickly is o'er?
We know that it rapidly flies,

And therefore should prize it the more :
Another indeed may appear in its stead,
But that precious moment for ever is fled.

'Tis easy to squander our years, In idleness, folly, and strife;

But oh! no repentance or tears,
Can bring back one moment of life;

But time if well spent and improved as it goes,. Will render life pleasant, and peaceful its close. And when all the minutes are past,

Which God for our portion has given, We shall cheerfully welcome the last, If it safely conduct us to heaven : And oh! may we all the necessity see, Not knowing how near our last moment may be.

EFFECTS OF ONE BAD HABIT.

MR.

R. UPTON, of Cambridge was the son of a poor, industrious cobbler. He learned his father's trade, and being prudent and steady, he was soon in the way of making a comfortable little fortune. He was surrounded with an affectionate and happy family, all striving to render home a place of pleasure and enjoyment. Things were in this state, at the commencement of the war between England and America, commonly called the Revolutionary

war.

Then Mr. Upton felt it his duty to join the army. To leave a place where he had enjoyed so many happy hours, was indeed a severe trial to the honest man; but his family must be defended. He therefore buckled on his sword, and without shedding a tear, hurried to the camp. His courage, and good conduct, were

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