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hia turn by saying; " for to own the truth, though I am most grateful for your uncle's
generous offer, I am doubting whether the acceptance of it would really advance the
boy's happiness. "
" Why surely you cannot be in earnest. Not for Harry's happiness to be brought
up a gentleman!"
"Will you listen to my reasons for this, as you deem it, strange assertion ?"
" You can never say anything that will convince me you are right, " said the lady
" Perhaps not, my dear, but I will try. Harry's character is not one likely to be im-
proved by affluent circumstances; he is inclined to be indolent and extravagant; and
the luxuries his uncle's wealth would afford would tend to increase his imprudence. "
" But don't you see, John, that while Tom will make his own way in the world,
Harry appears only cut out for a gentleman ?"
" You are pleased with the prospect of your son's inclinations being gratified, " said
he, seriously; " but wealth is only desirable when the possessor has the wisdom to use
it aright; otherwise, it becomes a positive evil. "
Mr. Atherton was rich, and being a bachelor various speculations had been made by
his relatives as to which among them would inherit his property
To do Mrs. Dudley justice, ambitious plans for her children was her chief failing,
for she was a tender wife and mother, a clever manager, a kind mistress and good
John Dudley though generally firm, had his weak points, and his good lady had the
tact to discover and work on them. Finally, the united pleadings of mother and son
overruled his objections, and Mrs. Dudley gratefully accepted the offer.
We will now pass over a period of five-and-twenty years. Henry Dudley had in-
herited his uncle's property; but having married a lady, like himself, of expensive
tastes, he was constantly embarrassed.
Thomas Dudley had also married; but the woman of his choice was as unlike the wife
of his brother as it was possible for two individuals to be. He had also fulfilled his
father's prophecy by making his own way in the world.
The quiet family at the " Elms" were one morning thrown into excitement by Henry
Dudley's carriage stopping at the garden gate. Thomas gave his brother a hearty wel-
come. When the brothers were alone Henry remarked, " I wish to consult you Thomas
on a little matter which causes me some uneasiness. "
" You are not in difficulties, I hope ?"
" Just a little embarrassed; you know my income is not large considering the appear-
ance I am obliged to support, and"
" Obliged to support beyond your means!"
" You know nothing of the world, Thomas. In order to support my station"
" You must sacrifice peace of mind, truth, and justice. Is it not so, Henry ? I know
a little more, perhaps, of such things than you imagine. "
" I thought you would act a brother's part, and assist me a little, instead of taking
me to task aa though I were a prodigal. "
Henry Dudley required of his brother a loan of one hundred and fifty pounds, which
sum was placed at his disposal; but on the eve of his departure the post brought a
letter stating that his affairs were hopelessly involved. Mrs. Dudley and her daughters
were in a truly pitiable state of mind when the truth could no longer be concealed from
them; but we regret to say that their altered circumstances produced no change in
the habits of this unhappy family.
Items of Intelligence.
Sir George Grey and suite had returned from Waikato, where a sumptuous Native
feast was given in honor of His Excellency's visit.