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all was very beautiful around me. As I a professional phrenologist out of his fee, was hurrying on with my brow knit, my and which charmed me no less, the lines head beni forward, my forehead aching of the face which told rather of suffering with many thoughts and cares, I brushed from sympathy than from sin, the dark against a lady almost rudely, and paus- brown hair that lay in massive braids on ing to apologize, I found myself clasped a semi-transparent ear, so white and in the gentleman's arms who accompa- pretty that one might easily fancy that nied her. At first I was at a loss to un. the hair was in love with the ear, derstand the meaning of it, but a glance and really enjoyed the proximity_all at his face showed me the Rev. James this, and a great deal more, I looked upon Moreton, but so youthful and fresh was with the eye of a philanthropist counting his countenance that I could hardly be- his friend's treasures. Moreton was a lieve the testimony of my sight. There rich man—a renovated man. I was exwas a beaming, calm and open look in ceedingly glad of his redemption. I had his face, that testified of truth and firm- looked upon the drunkard as remedilessly ness which constitute true heroism. He lost; indeed, I once seriously thought needed no certificate of character save that the best course to take with drunkthat which shone in his fine face. ards was to shoot them all; I looked
“ Whither so fast, my dear Doctor," upon them as a moral and material pestisaid he, “ I am going in all haste to your lence, of which it would be a kindness house."
to rid the earth, for at one time I could “ Spend half an hour in the park,” say that I had never seen a radical cure. said I, “and I will join you.”
Great was my joy to see and feel with I walked on, with the images of the indubitable certainty that Moreton was two persons I had just met floating before saved. me, and forming one of the pleasantest “Give me the sequel of your history," pictures I had ever seen. The lady was said I, as I took his hand at parting. near thirty, with a cold clear Grecian “ It is all ready for you,” said Moreton, face, dark brown hair and dark hazel with a quiet smile. eyes. When Mr. Moreton called me by The next morning I received a packet name a light overspread her face like the from Moreton, which I examined at my warm sun shining out as a dark cloud leisure, and from which I have made the passes. Her smile won me in an instant, following selections : and I walked on thinking, what in the world has come to Moreton. He is a « MY DEAR FRIEND :-Once more with new man evidently. Heaven grant that my feet upon the green earth, with the the lady on his arm may be a new wife. blue heavens clear above me, my mind I hastened to the bed-side of the sufferer. turns to you, and I become conscious of A warm bath and cold affusion threw off the pleasure you will feel to know that a the fit, and I left my patient safe after flood of new, pure life, is continually half an hour of hard and most interesting coming into my sonl. My friend, I no work. On my return I found Moreton longer shut out the influx of heaven. I awaiting me, and a thrill of joy passed am redeemed, and the first wish of my through my heart when he introduced heart is to salute those who stood by me,, me to his wife. It was indeed as I had and strove to save me when the fiends wished. I looked upon the delicate crea- held me. ture before me. I noted her beaming “ The incidents of my life for the few smile and elastic step, and the pure re- years since I first saw you would fill a pose of her manner, as we walked on volume, but I must give you only the toward my home. A half hour's con- briefest outline. You remember that I verse quite confirmed my admiration for left your hospitable home when I was Mrs. Moreton. I seldom notice particu- last here, to return to my friends. The larly the personal appearance of men or thought struck me in my desperation, women. I am content with a sort of in- that I might be cured of my terrible habit tuition of them quite womanly in its if I could be shut up in a lunatic hospicharacter. The sphere that surrounds tal. I communicated the thought to Mr. them reveals them to me. But in this Arnott, my kind friend. He was terribly instance I was not content without a shocked, and appealed to me most strongmost searching analysis. The quiet eye ly to make another effort to conquer my that indicated the spirits rest, the intél. besetting sin, and offered me the place of lectual forehead that would have charmed librarian at the lyceum. I accepted this
offer, but the idleness and monotony of Water' Cure Physician, and stated my my life was very soon intolerable. After case as fully as possible to him. He a time I exhausted even Arnott's faith told her that I could be cured, and that and hope, and he consented that I should the desire for stimulants could be annibi. go to the asylum. I went. There are lated. Like an angel of mercy she went experiences too terrible to speak of, or on with the most untiring earnestness in to dwell upon, even in thought. Could persuading me to put myself under the I have died-could I have been annihi care of the Hydropathist-offering to pay lated-gladly would I have left the world, all my expenses. ` 'The fact that the Docgladly would I have resigned my being. tor resided in the same city with Miss
remained three months in a condition, T. decided me to go. It seemed to me which now a world would not tempt me that I could do, or leave undone, almost to endure for an hour. I left in utter anything to be blest once more with the weakness and despair. Again I returned sight of my guardian angel. I went to home, chastened but not helped. The Philadelphia and put myself under the only ray of light that beamed across my care of the good German. I shall never darkness, was an occasional letter from forget my first interview with the Doctor. Miss Thornton. I poured out my misery He was a very tall man, with a prodi. to her without mixture or measure. I gious forehead, a deep, piercing eye, and wrote quires of paper over, every line of. I could not decide whether the expression which might have been steeped in the of benevolence or firmness predominated tears I shed. My wife had steadily re in his countenance. I arrived early in fused to see me from the time I left the the morning, and he came to meet me in lunatic asylum. I knew she had not the parlor, with the queerest sort of gray sufficient character to do this unless in- frock coat wrapped about bim, all dashed fluenced by her friends. I did not blame with water. He said, in very imperfect her, though I wished to see her and our English, that I must excuse his dress, children. I knew that I was unworthy very kindly fixed an hour to examine of all things, but I felt all the more my case, and abruptly left me to attend keenly my
destitution. God only knows to some poor fellow, who was probably how I lived through those years. At suffering the douche, or plunge, for the last my wife died. Though she had first time. long been dead to me, I was shocked in “ At the hour appointed I called on the expressibly when I received the news of Doctor, having been refreshed, inspirited her death.' Her friends had provided for and encouraged, in the mean time, by a our children. My drunkenness had par- short visit to Miss Thornton. I hardly alyzed my power, and I had not had even knew the Doctor. He was in a smart strength enough to insist on seeing them. suit of black, and really looked noble. There were but three things in the world He met me now more like an old friend which I had strength and inclination ha- than a new acquaintance. bitually to do—I read, I wrote, I drank. case frankly. I kept nothing back. I I
gave much thought to every new thing see,' said he, ‘ you are a born drunk. that claimed attention ; and amongst ard; and he scowled and looked very other things I read a Tract on Water horribly at me. I have not pity for Cure by one of Priestnitz' early patients. drunkards, said he; •I give them the I was interested, and the thought crossed full force of the treatment. I soon my mind that there was really value in learned that the Doctor intended to say, water as a remedial agent, but I was not that he had no pity for the disease called sufficiently awakened to have the thought drunkenness, and that it was against the dwell with me. But Miss Thornton's disease that he would direct the force of mind was aroused fortunately by the the treatment. He talked long and kind. same tract, and not knowing that I had ly to me, but excused himself for not seen it, she sent it to me, with a letter showing me his house. "I have only begging me to try the efficacy of a course my own house,' said he.
I have no of treatment. I answered her by a pite- water-cure house like we have in Gerous plaint of my inability to do anything. many. I have one only patient, a poor I had no power to will—I had no means stiffened creature, who saws wood. I to act. I wrote over four sheets of pa. took him from the street for one example per in demonstration of my utter weak- to this great city. There are not believe ness and misery. But she would not be ers, only the good Miss Thornton. She thus answered. She sought a German is one angel, what loves and believes.'
I stated my
At an early hour I retired to rest. At flesh like something sharp. The Doc. about four o'clock in the morning I was tor put me through the kneading proawakened by the Doctor. I rose, and he cess once more, and I determined that I enveloped me in a wet sheet, and a great would never find myself in his hands many blankets, packing me like a mum- again. I took a brisk walk after the my, till it seemed to me that I would give douche, and then came my dinner, which the Universe to burst my bonds; but I was I ate with increased appetite. Some very soon quiet, and slept. In about more supportable baths came in the aftertwo hours 1 awoke, bathed in perspi noon, less walking and drinking, though ration. Rivers seemed to be running from I walked a good deal during the last every pore. At this moment the Doctor part of the day. I retired to rest more appeared—with great celerity my.cum thoroughly fatigued than I had ever been brous bonds were removed, and wrapped in my life, quite determined to forgive in an immense blanket, I followed the the Doctor, and continue under his care. Doctor to the cellar, where was a plunge
The next morning I was more managebath full of water. You must wet able at the bath, and during the forenoon your head in the water, and then go I called on Miss Thornton. A note was quickly in,' said the Doctor. I will put in my hand from her, in which she never do that,' said I, for I was fright expressed her regret that the illness of ber ened to the most desperate resistance. mother called her some fifty miles from Reeking with perspiration, to plunge in the city. She entreated me to be courathat dark hole filled with water, was too geous, and promised to write me often. terrible. The Doctor said quickly, but
My heart almost failed me, hut I rememfirmly, Go in this moment.' I an bered that I had several miles to walk, swered as firmly, I will not ;' and in and several glasses of water to drink be. an instant the Doctor had lifted me like fore the douche, or my dinner.
My dina babe, and laid me at my length in the ner had become already an event to be water. Strange as it may seem, the only anticipated. For two months I went the sensation was that of intense delight-a round which the Doctor prescribed, and feeling of relief such as I had never in daily found my health
grow my life experienced. I quite wished to heart lighter, and my friendship for the stay in the water, and the Doctor had to Doctor more cordial. At the end of two hurry my movements. But the severest months Miss Thornton returned; I met discipline was to come. As soon as I her a new being, with the light of youth rose from the plunge the Doctor com in my eye, its glow upon my cheek, and menced the most active friction over the its elasticity in my step. Oh! it was beauwhole surface of my body. I thought tiful, heavenly, to stand up in her prethat he would break all my bones, and sence a man. Her emotion was deep and burst all my blood vessels. I resolved heartfelt. that if I escaped alive, no German should “I gazed upon her till she seemed transever again lay violent hands on me. tigured before me, so great was my love But groans and prayers were alike una. and gratitude toward her. Whenever I vailing. The Doctor only said, “You came into her presence, the sphere of her will be still some time, like I wish you angelic spirit enveloped me, and I was to be. I assured tim he would never ‘overcome as by a summer cloud.' Day outrage me again in this manner. But and night, whether I saw her or not, she when I had walked two miles, and drank made my heaven. She was always a six tumblers of water, I was glad to see living presence to me. With the buoybreakfast and the Doctor. I had quite ancy of youth I began to look again upon forgotten my rage, and I ate bread and the world. I no longer bore about the milk with real pleasure, and listened to heart of a crushed and darkened wretch, the Doctor's accounts of wonderful cures who dares not look up at the bright eye with the deepest interest. During the of his fellow ; 1 felt strong to be and to forenoon I walked and drank water. At do. Everything was changed. All things twelve o'clock the Doctor asked me to glowed with a genial light. The green go into a little board-room in the yard. earth seemed living, and full of peace, to Here was another trial. A douche, or I could almost talk with the flow. stream of water fifteen or twenty feet in ers; I loved to roam in the woods and be height, and an inch or two in diameter, alone with God. I did not fear him now. rushed down upon me for several min- Often I wandered many miles, thinking utes. The water seemed to cut into my of my love, my gratitude, and striving to
devise a way to express all I felt for her and the apple blossoms were in the full. to whom I owed all things. But my gra- ness of their beauty and fragrance. The titude shamed me from the expression of air was rife with the perfume. I had almy love.
ready many choice flowers blooming in My health was now so firmly estab. my yard, and it was ecstacy to me to see lished, that I began to think of some act- her eye rest on them, and drink in their ive employment. A garden and nursery beauty. I led Miss T. and the Doctor a few miles from the city was very at- over my cottage and the grounds adjoining, tractive to me. I soon found that I could with a more intense pleasure, I think, than obtain pleasant and moderately profitable I ever before experienced. My boys were work there. With a full recognition of in love with the pretty, sweet lady directly. the true dignity of labor, I commenced The oldest came boldly forward and took work. I was with nature. The breath her hand, but little Charley looked up to of morning and of evening was laden her as to a star, and presently we missed with sweetness and health. I had plenty him. I had prepared the boys to love of pure water, pure food, and a lovely in- her by telling them of her beauty and dustry. When I was settled at my work goodness, and her kindness to me. I wrote to my friends, and told them of the After a time Charley came to us with a great change which a few months had great many flowers; he had roses, and wrought. A brother, who had been in pinks, and lilies of the valley, and very successful business as a merchant mignonette and all the beautiful flowers for several years, came to see me. He he could find. The bright-haired boy was somewhat shocked, not at my ap came forward joyously, with his golden pearance, for my neat working-dress was curls blown back by the soft breeze, and far from having an unpleasant effect; but his ruddy face vying with the glow of he was shocked that I, who had been a the sun, and his flowers in his hand, popular clergyman, should now be hired and Miss Thornton gave him a glance by the month, to draw flowers and fruits that made my heart beat tumultuously. from the bosom of our mother earih. He • He is a beautiful boy,' said she, just as even wished me to leave my green and the little fellow pulled my sleeve, and fragrant home, for the close, crowded made a motion for me to bend down my and dusty streets of New York, where I ear. Please, papa, give the lady my could engage for the long day in the pretty flowers,' said he ; ‘and a kiss, manly employment of selling tape and said the Doctor mischievously, having lace. I looked at him in pity, and asked overheard Charley's whisper. A deep him if he would condemn me to such a blush mantled the fair cheek of my friend life, when I had just escaped from a liv as I gave her the flowers. The Doctor ing death? He was moved by my words, led away the boys upon some pretext, but more by my manner, and a few days and I picked a great many choice roses to after he left, he sent me money to make pieces in saying some words to Miss myself a share-holder in my delightful Thornton; and my words must have inhome. This was a most welcome gift. I terested her, for she did not notice the now rented a beautiful cottage in the beautiful destruction I am sure. I be. neighborhood and took my boys to my lieve I will not tell even you, my dear home. A kind German woman, recom Doctor, what I said—but when the Doc. mended to me by my doctor, was my tor and the boys returned I was calm housekeeper.
enough to gather flowers, instead of pick“I had been a week settled in what ing them to pieces, and happy enough to really seemed to me an earthly paradise, do without them. Happiness was born when one afternoon, after I had finished a twin.' Miss Thornton is now my the labor of the day, I was surprised by wife, and my boys are blest with a mo. the appearance of Dr. and Miss ther's love, a father's care, and plenty of Thornton. It was a glowing evening, healthful activity.