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equipped for travelling. The part- trial like that his heart must soften ing between them was heart-break- towards her, and she could be in ing, and our poor heroine started some measure a consolation to him. off alone on the thorny path." She had deceived herself, however,
Mrs. Merrill looked with ansiety for her letter was returned to her, to the return of her husband in the with a notice in the corner, saying evening, for she felt that bis grief it had “ been refused.” This did and rage would be terrible. With not discourage her, for she still felt her it was different; she bad her that the time must come, when his religion to console her, while he atfection would return to her, and had nothing. At last he came, and all she could do now was patiently looking around and not seeing his wait and pray. After the death of Ethel, he divined the cause of her his wife, Mr. Merrill found his life absence at once. Turning to his very lonely, and at the opening of wife, he asked in a hoarse voice, the war, he gladly went forward, “Where is she? But stop, you need and offered his services. He renot tell me; I see it in your face," ceived a captain's commission at and sinking in a chair he buried once, and by the end of the first his face in his hands, and for a few year he had advanced to the rank moments his frame shook with vio- of general, this advancement being lent sobs. When this paroxysm of won by his singular bravery. Where grief was over, he left his seat, and dangers were thickest he was alwith a stern hard expression on his ways to be found, and if any one face, said: “ I am ashamed of this was required to head an expedition weakness, but it is but momentary; of more than usual bravery, it was never let me hear that ungrateful always Captain Merrill that was girl's name again, and let no letters, called for. It might have almost no tidings of any kind ever be re- been supposed that he possessed a ceived from hier; I want to forget charmed life, for while his companher; for the future she is dead to ions fell thickly around him, he had me; I have no daughter."
so far escaped all injury. From that day Ethel's name was “Why is it,” he would say to himnever mentioned in the house. At self, “that I, who have nothing to first her mother tried to speak of live for, and court death, am always her, but Mr. Merrill stopped her spared, while so many of my comso angrily, that she thought it bet- rades to whom life is sweet are cut ter to desist, and trusted that time down ?” He did not recognize might mitigate his grief, and make then the goodness of God, that, him see in what an unreasonable moved by his daughter's prayers, manner he was acting; but in this was preserving him, until, touched she was mistaken.
by grace, he should embrace the
true Faith and make his peace with CHAPTER II.
his Redeemer ; but it seemed at
last as if his desire for death was Two years after the occurrence to be gratified, when, during the of the foregoing events, Mrs. Mer- heat of an engagement, he fell morrill died, without having the hap- tally wounded with a ball in his piness of seeing the reconcilia- side. He was carried from the tion of her husband and daughter. field for dead, but when examined Ethel, who of course had been in by the surgeon it was found life correspondence with her mother, was not yet extinct. He was conheard of her death only through a veyed at once to the rude shed that paper, and then she wrote to her had been thrown up for an hospital, father, thinking that in a time of and in which several sisters of
charity were already doing all they " Then, doctor, is there no hope? could for the uufortunate wounded. can he not possibly recover ?”
* Another patient, Sister Sera- " Why, poor child, I wish I could phine,” said the surgeon, calling give you some consolation, but in one of the sisters aside,“ to whom a case like this truth is the greatest I would like you to give particu- kindness. It is only a matter of lar attention, our beloved General, time; he may possibly linger a who I fear has received his death- week, or he may not live through wound.” “God help him, poor the night; all we can do for him man," murmured the sister; “ lead now is to make his last moments as the way, doctor, and I will go to comfortable as possible.” him at once; I have done all I can 66 Then let lis return to him at now here; perhaps the General's once, doctor; I will promise to be wound will not prove so dangerous perfectly calm.” as you fear."
When she returned to the cot on Ethel, for it was she, had been which her father was extended he one of the first of the sisters to had regained his consciousness, but volunteer, when nurses
was lying with his eyes closed. quired at the beginning of the war, Ethel leaned over him for a few and for the last two years her life seconds, eagerly scanning with tearhad been spent on the battle-field, ful eyes the beloved features of him or in the ward of the wounded and she loved so well, and who was so dying, and many a poor man had soon to leave her; and then sinkclosed his eyes to the world bless- ing on her knees she breathed an ing her with his dying breath. She earnest prayer, that her sacrifice followed the doctor quickly to the might not be in vain, and that her bedside of her father, and for a father would not be allowed to die moment did not recognize in the without the grace of conversion. pale unconscious man before her the Taking his hand she softly whisone whom she loved best on earth, pered, “ Papa, papa, here is your but when the knowledge burst upon Ethel, will you not speak to her?” her, she started violently, and plac- The sick man opened his eyes, ing her hand convulsively on her and looking wonderingly at Ethel heart, would have fallen, had it not for a moment, gave a low cry, and been for the doctor, who caught her. exerting all his little remaining " What is it, sister?" said he ; “ do strength he raised himself in bed, you recognize the General 'as a and catching her to his breast, cried, friend or relation?” “Oh! doctor," "My Ethel, my daughter, now I she said, in a pained quivering can die happy;" for a few moments voice, “it is my father, my darling they remained locked in a close father, whom I have not seen for embrace without being able to so many years, and then to find speak, but at last Ethel, rememberhim thus; my God, it is too hard ;", ing the doctor's injunction, forced but in a moment recovering herself him gently down, and said: she added, “Thy will be done, O “Papa, you are very weak; you Lord."
must not try to talk, but keep perThe doctor regarded her pity- fectly quiet, and I will stay with ingly for a few minutes, while she you." gave way to this natural burst of * One question, my child," said grief, and then said:
he; "has the doctor any hope of my “Sister, if you want to nurse your recovery; must I die ?” “And he father, in his presence you must con- looked in her eyes with such a betrol your feelings, for any great ex- seeching expression that it nearly citement might cause his death.” broke poor Ethel's heart to have to
truthfully tell him that his days to him some of the principal truths were numbered. Then, Ethel, if of her Faith. As he listened light there is no hope, there is no use of suddenly burst on his mind, and my remaining quiet; my time will what before had been dark and unbe only too short, darling, for all I intelligible to him he now saw have to hear and say. Tell me now clearly by the light of grace. everything about yourself, from the “Ethel, it is enough," he cried, unfortunate day you left me till “I am convinced ; God forgive me now."
for remaining so long in ignorance; Ethel commenced, and with her but is it too late, Ethel ?" said he, father's hand clasped tightly in her with a sudden fear; “ will God reown she related to him how her life ceive one who so long resisted his had been spent for the last sad three teachings ?” years.
Ethel joyfully assured bim that it He listened in silence, and when was never too late for the “ strayed she had finished he asked, “And sheep to return to the fold," and, at was my daughter happy and con- his request, brought him a priest, tented all this time?"
who, after talking to him for a few “Oh! papa, as I could have been minutes, and finding that he had the in no other sphere; it is true our proper dispositions, heard bis conlife is hard, but what is that when fession, and administered condicompared with the consciousness tional baptism. that we are constantly doing good. When Ethel returned to him she And often will the grateful blessing found that he was sinking rapidly. of some poor afflicted creature more He looked at her lovingly, and said, than recompense us for the coldness “My child, I know I have but a few and slights we so often receive from moments to live, but I am more those who, not understanding our than content to die, for I am no holy religion, look upon us with longer without hope. And oh! my distrust."
darling, it is your piety and goodGeneral Merrill lay for a few mo- ness that obtained for me this pricements in deep thought, and then, less blessing. Ethel, I am going to with a flush mantling his brow, he your mother. My darling, goodsaid:
bye;" and sinking back, his soul “ Ethel, tell me something, child, quietly passed away without a of your Faith ; for a religion that struggle. can give the grace to weak women Ethel fell on her knees, and covto live the lives of saints, for it is ered the cold face that could no nothing less, must be the true one." longer answer to her caresses with
For a moment Ethel could not kisses; but though she wept, the bitspeak, so great was the flood of joy terness was taken from the blow by caused by her father's words, but the consoling knowledge that "he quickly mastering her emotions she was at rest!" commenced, and simply explained
Wisdom, though richer than Peruvian mines,
SINGULAR IMPORTANCE OF THE IRISH LANGUAGE, AND
HOW TO POPULARIZE IT.
EVERY person conversant with is to the modern tongues of India the matter will allow that there is and of some European countries. much truth in the remarkable say- This deduction or inference will ing attributed to Charles V., “ Au- not appear so strange when it is tant de langues on parle, autant de remembered that after the subverfois on est homme,” which may be sion of the western Roman empire translated thus: As many lan- Irish missionaries were, under the guages as one speaks, so many Holy See, among the principal times is he a man, or is his intelli- teachers of Western and Southern gence increased. He will also ad- Europe both in religion and in letmit that a knowledge of languages, ters.* Hence, we may well conmodern as well as ancient, forms ceive that these worthy pioneers of a principal part of a liberal and Christian civilization, who loved thorough education; and yet while their native language, as all true so many minds are actively engaged Irishmen do or ought to do, took in devising plans for learning them, occasion to impress a portion of its it is truly singular that an impor- peculiar features and excellences tant and fertile source for their upon the languages of those counacquisition has been hitherto over- tries which were then in a state of looked, or perhaps I should say formation, and in which they must thoughtlessly despised.
have largely concurred in giving This source, however strange it forms and principles to, in their may appear, will be found, as will capacity of teachers, for it is well presently be seen, in the noble and known that the modern languages resonant language of Erin — that of Europe had their origin about language which England in her in- the time when the people speaking sane and brutal bigotry has so often them were converted to Christianattempted to eradicate, along with ity. We see then how important it the Catholic religion, from the face is to the cause of education that of the earth.
the language of Ireland should be It is a fact which cannot be suc- cultivated and diffused. cessfully disputed that this lan- But there is still perhaps a more guage, often called Hiberno-Celtic, important reason why this should forms the best key for acquiring be done; it is this: It is well known the pronunciation and thorough to those who live the life prescribed knowledge of the vernaculars of by true religion that some languages England, France, Spain, Portugal, are better adapted to the purposes and Italy, all these being radically of devotion than others. Who aclargely commingled with the ancient quainted with the matter will not Celtic. But it is admitted by all for this purpose prefer Latin, or linguists who are conversant with archæology that Irish is the purest tioned I will content myself with the following:
* From many instances that could be menand best cultivated dialect of that " It is from thence" (Ireland), writes the Englishselfsame Celtic, hence it must be
man Alban Butler, that Charlemagne invited
the learned professors Clement and John; the to the languages of Southern and one the founder of the University of Paris, and Western Europe what the Sanscrit - Lives of the Saints, September 5.
the other of the University of Pavia in Italy."
any of the languages derived from longs to this class, but, on the conit, to those of Teutonic origin, ad- trary, is a living one, replete with mirable as they undoubtedly are in vitality and energy, and, therefore, other respects? The mysterious subject to change, to culture, or, if connection between sound and the the term be preferred, to progress. emotional faculties of the soul has By presenting it then in Roman frequently been noticed as well as characters, its words, phrases, &c., felt, and is no doubt the physiologi- will become more plain, familiar, cal basis of those beautiful Gre- and striking to the general reader; gorian chants which the Catholic he will then more easily see its rereligion understands and uses with lation to other tongues; that is, he such soul-stirring and rapturous will the more easily see how many effect. What applies to music and of their words are borrowed or demelody does, no doubt, in some de- rived from it, or similar to it. He gree apply to language, hence, it will see that it contains within itmay be worthy of inquiry how far self, in the most perfect harmony, we ought to study and cultivate all the sounds, and, to a great exIrish, that language which for three tent, all the generative principles centuries was almost the only ver- that are peculiar to all the modern nacular of a people whose piety languages above referred to. He and erudition procured for their will thus be induced to examine it country from the rest of Christen- more and more, and be enabled to dom the glorious and well-earned appreciate its beauties and advantitle of Insula sanctorum et doc- tages, and in the course of time it torum, the Island of Saints and will assume its true and legitimate Scholars.
position in polite literature and in The plan I propose for making the classical course. the acquisition of this language Before I proceed to develop my easy and popular is simply this, to proposed plan, I would remark that substitute for its original characters the attempt already made of printor letters the Roman or modern ing and writing Irish in Roman ones in common use, but with the characters might have been exvariations which will be presently pected to be a failure. It introspecified. Nearly all the modern duced too many letters, and when languages of Europe bave, if I mis- the student had to consult his glostake not, adopted this method. sary or dictionary, he felt at a loss The German, which some may con- what word to look for as a primisider an exception, is fast tending tive or radical; thus if he wanted to it in Prussia and in other parts to find the meaning of the word of Germany. The attempt to dif- curp, in the phrase ino churp, my fuse and popularize the Irish lan- body, in vain would be look for it guage may appear to some to be a among the words beginning with futile idea, but to me it appears not ch. My plan would obviate these only possible but even eminently two great objections; it would prepracticable.
advantages of the Here I would remark that until ancient characters, while the charthe tastes of the reading public are acters themselves would be disconmaterially changed the language of tinued and only resorted to for the Erin, with its present antique char- special benefit of antiquarians, a acters, will be felt but partially and class who are very few in number. imperfectly studied and explored. I recommend then that the dots A dead language, so called, should or pips of the ancient characters have its ancient or primitive char- be retained in place of the numberacters, but Irish by no means be- less hs that otherwise would be re
serve all the