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be upon their guard, and that if any oath or curse escaped their lips, they would regard his reproofs as proceeding from regard to the duties of his office, and the dictates of his conscience. The commanding officer promised to support him in the matter, and said, that if he involuntarily transgressed he would pay the legal penalty; and when Colonel Gardiner stepped out of the room, the commanding officer promised to notice any infringement of the law against profane swearing, and caused one of the officers who transgressed to be fined for the offence.
In the year 1745, a rebellion broke out in Scotland, and on the 21st of September, in that year, was fought the dreadful battle of Prestonpans, in which the royal troops, under the command of Sir John Cope, were defeated. Colonel Gardiner was engaged in this conflict, and received a wound from a bullet in his left breast; he afterwards was wounded in his right arm by a blow from a scythe, inflicted by a Highlander ; shortly after he was dragged from his horse, and another Highlander gave him a mortal blow on the back of his head. He was shortly after removed to the house of the minister at Tranent, where he shortly after ceased to breathe.
Colonel Gardiner was an intimate friend of the pious and learned Dr. Doddridge. The Doctor has borne very high testimony as to the piety of the Colonel. We have no doubt he was a very pious man, though he had very different opinions about the profession of a soldier to those which many wise and good men now entertain. We long for the time when men shall “learn war no more." The conversion of Colonel Gardiner was very remarkable ; but our readers must not look or wait to hear and see, voice, i vision, or dream, as he had; but listen to the teachings of God's word and the Holy Spirit, which now call upon them to turn to God; to love and obey the Lord Jesus Christ.
THE YANKEE GIRL. The long winter evening was drawing to a close_the books and work had been put br—the “ big ha' bible” reverently deposited in its accustomed place at the close of family worship, and the cheerful circle that surrounded the fireside of Farmer Lee, after an affectionate good-night, had retired to their respective apartments. The farmer himself rose from his chair, and carefully covering up the glowing coals which sent a fitful light through the now darkened room, was about to retire, when a sudden rush of emotion seemed to overpower him, and throwing himself on the wooden settle which occupied one corner of the huge chimney, he covered his face with his hands and wept aloud.
"Father," said a soft voice at his side—" dear father, you are not well. What can I do for you ?”
“How is this, Grace ?” he answered, almost sternly, “I thought you were all gone; why are you still up at this late hour?"
"Because I could not go to rest while I knew that you were suffering. Father,” she continued, “ I have watched you and mother all day, and I know you have some sorrow of heart which you are hiding from us, while it is sinking you to the earth. May I not know what it is, that if I cannot assist, I may at least have the privilege of bearing it with you
u?" While she spoke, Grace Lee had seated herself on a low bench at her father's feet, and clasping her hands upon his knee, looked up in his face with an expression of earnest entreaty that might have moved a heart of stone. But Farmer Lee's heart was of no such material. It was full of the milk of human kindness; besides, he dearly loved the sweet girl whose blue eyes were gazing so tenderly into his, and had sometimes been tempted to feel a little proud of his "wild flower,” as the good ministers called her. He cleared his throat therefore, and fondly passing his hard and bony hand over her shining hair, said mildly, “ You are a good girl, Grace, and a comfort to your parents, but this is a matter beyond your ability to manage, and trouble will come soon enough without meeting it half way."
“Oh, do not say so, dear father, I am almost eighteen, and
you must not look upon me as a child to be petted and cared for, but a woman, who is both able and willing to take her share of the burdens it may please God to lay upon you. Tell me what it is that afflicts you, and do not fear that it will make me unhappy, I can bear anything but to see you miserable, while I am ignorant of the cause?"
Child, you know not what you ask-are you prepared to hear that your father is a beggar—that we must leave the old homestead—where you were all born, and where we have been so happy?” A choking sensation prevented Farmer Lee from proceeding, and Grace slowly repeated as if mechanically—“Leave the old homestead, and for what? Why must we go ?”
“You were a child,” her father answered, “and do not remember your uncle Barker.--He was in trouble and I tried to help him out, but in some way, before the business was ended, I was obliged to mortgage my farm for a small sum which could be raised in no other way. The interest has been regularly paid until the last four years, and I have always hoped to get together enough to pay the principal, but somehow or other, instead of this, I got behind hand, and now the man who holds the mortgage threatens to foreclose, unless the interest, which amounts to more than two hundred dollars, is raised immediately, and this is impossible, as even you must know.”
“But your brother--uncle Thomas," said Grace, eagerly; she has money enough ; will he not help you in such a case as this ? "
"Perhaps he might, but he would want better security than I can gire him; and moreover, if I cannot pay the money on the bond, what reason is there to suppose that I could raise it any better next year to repay your uncle ? No, no, Grace, there is no help for it, and we must bear it as well as we can, but the hardest part of all, is the thought of poor Philip, who is doing so well in his college studies. Poor fellow, I can do nothing more for him now, and he must come back and try what he can do for the rest of you, by keeping school, or in some other way."
During her father's brief narration, Grace had remained gazing at him, every faculty absorbed in deep and painful interest, but as he ceased to speak she started up, and with sparkling eye and glowing cheek, exclaimed, “Never shall Philip be called home on such an errand while I live to prevent it. I am young and strong, and can find a way of helping you all, little as you may believe it. Nay, hear me,” she said, as she saw that her father's face expressed strong incredulity--" it was only yesterday that Sarah Carter, who has just returned from Lowell, told me what high wages some of the girls earn, who are not older than I, and which of them do you think would have a dearer object to work for than I, with the old homestead and dear Philip before me ?”
A tear had been slowly gathering in farmer Lee's eye while his daughter spoke, and fell on her neck as he kissed her, and replied to her fervent appeal,—“ You are too young Grace, to know how impossible it is for you to do all that your love for me dictates—but I thank you for the will, and I shall never forget it."
“But you surely will not refuse to let me, dear father. I have been for some time thinking about the factories, and now I am so certain that I could help you, and Philip, too,-it would be cruel to deny me. Mother, will you not plead for me?” asked the ardent girl," you know not how my heart is set upon this thing."
Mrs. Lee had been apparently intent on some household duty during the conversation between her husband and child, but thus addressed, she took a step toward Grace, and only replied by inquiring in a low voice, " And what do you think Lewis Dayton will say to such a plan, Grace?” Poor Grace! The blood rushed over her cheeks, neck and brow, at this question, and a convulsive movement of the lip told that a chord had been touched to which every heart-string vibrated—but it, was only for a moment, and then she said, rather proudly, “ If Lewis Dayton cares any thing about me, he will like me the better for doing my should go
duty as a daughter-and if his love cannot stand this test, it is better to know it now than hereafter."
“Grace is right, wife," said the farmer more cheerfully -"no man deserves our girl, who thinks the less of her for any kind of honest labour, and though I have little confidence in her helping her old father, I am willing she
and try fortune, since she wishes it." “Now bless you for that word, dear father. I am certain of success if I only have your approval, and that of my mother, whatever others think or say."
It was with great difficulty that Grace obtained a promise from her father to wait six months before any thing was said to Philip about leaving college, but he yielded at last, and through her agency, an arrangement was made with uncle Thomas, by which the interest was paid up, and the troublesome creditor quieted for the present. Farmer Lee was certain that it was all nonsense, and that he was only getting more deeply into trouble by this respite, but it was hard to deny any thing to the favourite child, who had never seemed so dear to him as now, when she was so soon to leave them. The pleasant farm on Beach Hill had been in the Lee family for two generations, and they were respected and beloved by all the inhabitants of the little town of Meredith, in which it was situated. The news flew swiftly that Grace Lee was about to leave home, to go into a factory, and in that quiet community it occasioned quite an excitement. It was not a few years since, as common for daughters of respectable farmers to enter the mills for a season, as it now is, and Grace Lee, though a hardy mountain maiden, had been so much the household pet, that few imagined how much quiet energy lay concealed beneath her gentle and lady-like demeanour.
“I always knew that pride must have a fall,” said Miss Priscilla Jones, whose envy of our sweet Grace had been nourished until it became an absorbing passion-and who had hastened to the store of young Mr. Dayton to tell him the news. “Grace Lee has held her head so high that people thought she was the only girl in Meredith.