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ing up he recognized a merchant from Then back the stone they roll, the village of Schönthal, where he had | No longer Death's control once lived. “Very well,” he replied.
Restmineth Thee, Thou Saviour of the race !
But lo! in majesty, “I am very glad to see you,” con- While angels shout on high, tinued the merchant. “Please come to
Thou sunderest for aye his dread embrace. my room this evening, and take tea with me."
O Jesu! May Thy power After a hearty supper, both chatted | Be felt in this same hour, about many things they had seen and
And may Thy risen life be also mine. felt.
Then will 'my Easter be At length the kind merchant The seal of victory, surprised the student with the abrupt Of heavenly joys which now alone are Thine. question: - “Tell me frankly, my friend, where will you get money from to prosecute
American and German Women. your studies ?” Stilling smiling said: “I have a
BY N. C. SCHAEFFER. wealthy Father in Heaven. He will
One of the advantages derived from provide for me.” “How much money have you left?”
fo, a sojourn in foreign climes, arises from “One rix dollar; that is all.”
the fact that an opportunity is thus With that the merchant walked to
afforded of comparing our own people his trunk, saying: “Your wealthy |
with those of other countries. Both Father in heaven has different tenants,
have their faults as well as their good who are ordered to pay larger or small
qualities. It is well to know what er sums they owe Him to you. I hap
these are, so that we may correct the pen to be one of them." Thereupon
faults and bold fast to that which is
good. As this is a very wide subject, he counted thirty-three dollars on the table.
I will confine myself to the better and “ This is all I can do just now. You |
more interesting half, and briefly instiwill find help from others. If you can
tute a comparison between the fair sex ever refund this money, good ; if not,
of Germany and America. good also.” Stilling tried to thank his
No sooner does one set foot upon friend, but broke down weeping.
Europe than he is struck by the “Now I am rich again, and need no
healthy, vigorous appearance of the more;" he sobbed in broken accents as
women. They have no fashionable he grasped the merchant's hand in
grave-yard coughs, none of that rosy
color upon their cheeks, which is the parting
result of nervous weakness, if not of
painting, and none of that pale-comEaster.
plexioned fairness, which is apt to re
mind one of a corpse rather than of a BY S. S. KEENE.
human being. The German girl, in
particular, is characterized by physical Hail, joyous Easter! Hail!
strength and powers of endurance. Thy dawning did prevail Over the darkness of the silent night.
From her youth up she is taught to do Thus Christ, when He arose,
house-work and to make herself useful. Prevailed o'er all His foes,
In her opinion the American girls, who And turned the gloom of Sheol into light. declare that they “won't cook and wash Thy rising saw Him rise,
dishes for any men,” are worse than Nor bloody sacrifice,
heretics. At the same time her intelNor bearer of our guilt through deadly strife, (lectual education is by no means neBut, oh, the glad surprise
glected. It is astonishing to find how That filled both earth and skies,
many young ladies in the cities can read Hè rose, our Saviour, by His precious life.
two or three languages. Some of them When Thy first beams of light
know more of Shakespeare than many Dispelled the shades of night,
an American college graduate. NeverRadiant from Heaven descended unto earth
theless, they are free from everything Two angels clothed in white. A wondrous, wondrous sight,
like pride or vanity. Almost without Unequalled since the morning of His birth. exception they are characterized by
modesty, by a willingness to oblige might be deserved. The native good others, and by a laudable simplicity sense of my country-women should teach of dress. This last is true, even of the them to restrain the charming freedom nobility. The daughters of Prince Fred- of their home life, in order not to shock erick Charles, whose beauty attracts con- the conventional usages of European siderable attention, are regular in their society. But I look upon the American attendance at the Dom Church, in Ber-girl, taken all in all, as a proper subject lin, and often they are dressed in clothes, for Thanksgiving. She can be trusted which, though costly, are so devoid of to go out alone by daylight, without extras, that many an American city the whole family guard turning out to damsel would hesitate to appear in protect her against innocent young them.
men, for through the very freedom, The American girl, on the other which is allowed her, she is trained to hand, is noted for her beauty of person, self-reliance and self-respect, and should her tasteful extravagance in dress, and any young man presume upon that the independence of her ways. The freedom to be familiar, she would not freedom, which she enjoys at home, need the family guard to aid her in leaves a visible impress upon her man- repelling him in a way that would forners and her character. She does not bid him ever to return. And the stahesitate to employ everything which tistics of married life show that on the tends to improve her external appear- score of social virtue, we have reason apce. She is graceful in her move to be thankful that in our country the ments and not afraid to bestow winning relation of the sexes in youth is based glauces upon the opposite sex. She not upon suspicion and fear, but upon expects and receives an amount of at- confidence and honor." tention, which sometimes amazes for- i There is evidently too much of the eigners. Her countrymen accord to police system in the Europeau mode of her the best seat in the concert-hall, in training the young. From childhood the street-car and upon the railway; up, the parents watch the behaviour of whereas a German would hardly think of incommoding himself to favor the solicitude. They are constantly afraid daughters of Eve.
lest the daughter, who has just reached The bright side of this matter was sweet sixteen, might begin a conversawell brought out by Dr. Thompson in tion or engage in a flirtation with some the Thanksgiving address, which he prepossessing young man. Hence they delivered in the American Chapel at curtail her freedom in numberless ways. Berlin more than a year ago. “ The She is seldom allowed to appear in soposition of Woman in the United ciety, unless in the company of her States," said he, “ marks the position of mother. In the evening no gentleman the nation in the scale of civilization. dare escort her home, unless he is an With a large practical equality of intimate friend of the family. If she privilege, and a healthy measure of in- takes a walk in the afternoon, unaccomdependence, Woman retains also her panied by any one else, she must carry prerogative of sex in the homage ac- a music book, otherwise people might corded her by courtesy and honor. think she was out to see the sights or to If, as Burke lamented, the age of chiv-show herself. She will never acknowalry died out in Europe with the decay ledge that she has gentleman friends; of feudalism, it has revived with the she only has gentleman acquaintances. new type of manhood in the new world. If a young gentleman takes a lady to I am aware that the 'American girl’is church or to a public entertainment, a phenomenon, that puzzles and startles the universal supposition is that they European society by her independent are engaged, and that the engagement ways, quite as much as she dazzles it in accordance with the general custom, by her beauty of person, her grace of will in no long time be announced movement, her tasteful extravagance of through the press or by printed cards, dress. She has too much the reputation if it has not been done already. Under of being free, forward, ‘fast;' and I such circumstances it is no wonder, that have sometimes blushed to feel that this the average German girl is stiff and shy in the company of strangers, and extremes to which the idea of freedom that she, at times, appears to lack inde- and independence are often carried in pendence of character. At a Sunday- America, I cannot help wishing for the school entertainment, which it was the strict discipline of German family life. writer's privilege to attend, young ladies Like the Parisians, we have journals, and gentlemen, who had taught for parties, evening entertainments for chilyears in the same school, hardly ven- dren. A German mother never dreams tured to interchange a dozen sentences of treating her boys and girls like men during the course of the evening. It is and women. The wilful darling of said that on one occasion the wife of many an American home is coaxed into the Imperial Crown Prince moved her obedience by the promise of candy, rechair towards a gentleman with whom gardless of future dyspepsia ; the Gershe wished to converse. Some one af- man mother uses less agreeable, but terwards directed her attention to the more efficient means. She never comimpropriety of such an act. “Why, my mits the folly of bedecking her five-year mother, the Queen of England, would old daughter with flounces and sashes have done so," was her reply. This an- half as heavy as herself, and of then ecdote, even if untrue, points out a showing her off in a circle of admiring marked difference between English and friends, nor would she send her to a chilGerman society.
dren's ball, there to carry on flirtaSimilar stiffness is characteristic of tions with an equally young prodigy Berlin tea-parties. During the early of the other sex. The lessons, which part of the evening the gentlemen stand the rising generation learn in childon one side of the room, sometimes with hood, are seldom forgotten in after their hats or caps in their hand; the years; the habits then formed are apt ladies sit around a table on the other to follow them throughout life; and side. A gentleman must never sit upon it would be contrary to the natural a sofa as long as there are any ladies in order of things, if the many young men the parlor. After the plays are over and women, who have been spoiled by and the time for eating is at hand, he such careless training, did not plunge must offer his right arm to the lady, headlong into the giddy circles of fashwhom he escorts to the table; for she ion and worldly pleasure, and, growing will certainly refuse his left arm. This weary of life, wish themselves out of excustom was perhaps adopted for conve- istence. How often is it the case, that nience' sake. A large proportion of the the ideals, which the young ladies of young men are soldiers ; and as the America form of society and of life, do sword is worn on the left, the lady not harmonize with the true state of naturally takes the other side. Most things in the world, and thus prove the of these stiff rules, however, are the re- | bane of their happiness, dooming them sult of the moral condition of the people to disappointment, robbing them of all taken as a whole. For in the large peace and contentment by making them European cities social circles must be dissatisfied with their condition and the scrutinizingly rigid for the sake of self- circumstances in which they are placed ? protection. The conventional rules of How many of them there are, who are the best society always furnish a sort of unwilling to join in forming a home of index to the character of those, who are their own, unless they can live in all thus excluded. The sad state of things, the style and splendor of the paternal which travelers observe in some of the home! And the young men, repulsed large continental cities, is, of course, also by this state of affairs, live on in the enpartly produced by this rigid separa-joyment of single blessedness, until they tion of the sexes, until they reach the have crystalized into irretrievable age of maturity. There is no surer way bachelorhood. No wonder that so many of ruining a boy than to suspect him of American families who belong to the being a rascal; because if he is to have“ upper ten thousand,” are dying out the name, he will also want the game of and becoming extinct. the thing. The same is true of human I can not close this article without nature all the world over.
clipping a paragraph from an English Nevertheless, when I think of the Review :
“ Young America, male and female Beautiful Grandmamma. alike, manifests litile or no respect for its mother, or indeed for its father either. Grandmamma sits in her quaint arm-chair; In Europe cases are, by no means, un
Never was lady more sweet and fair; known in which the children rule the
Her gray locks ripple like silver shells,
And her brow its own calm story tells house; but in the United States the Of a gentle life and a peaceful even, rising generation is so wonderfully in A trust in God and a hope in heaven. the ascendent, that the juvenile regime has become a custom of the country
Little girl May sits rocking away parents and grand-parents assuming
In her own low seat like some winsome fay;
Two doll babies her kisses share, towards their children and grand-chil
And another one lies by the side of her chair ; dren respectively quite a deferential at- May is fair as the morning dew, titude. In social gatherings of trans- | Cheeks of roses and ribbons of blue. Atlantic homes, European observers are often struck by the fact that young ..
“Say, grandmamma,” says the pretty elf,
“Tell me a story about yourself. ladies and gentlemen are the most im- Wher
When you were little, what did you play ? portant figures, the parents seemingly | Was you good or naughty, the whole long conscious of their inferiority, occupying day? the background or the retired parts of Was it hundreds and hundreds of years ago ? the room. When, after a ball or an
And what makes your soft hair as white as
snow ? evening party, young gentlemen call the following morning to pay their re- "Did you have a mamma to hug and kiss? spects to the young ladies, with whom And a dolly like this, and this, and this? they have danced on the previous even- Did you have a pussy like my little Kate? ing, the visitors are entertained in the Did you go to bed when the clock struck
eight? drawing-room bythe young ladies alone,
e, Did you have long curls and beads like mine, it being considered, we believe, that the | And a new silk apron, with ribbon fine?". presence of the mother on such occasions would be felt an undue inter
Grandmamma smiled at the little maid,
And, laying aside her knitting, she said: ference with the individuality and
“ Go to my desk, and a red box you'll see; liberty of the daughter. In fact, elderly | Carefully lift it, and bring it to me." ladies are, or used to be, looked upon, to So May put her dollies away, and ran, a great extent, as incumbrances. Some | Saying, “I'll be careful as ever I can." years ago we asked a very intelligent Then
itergent | Then grandmamma opened the box, and lo! person of this class, who was then in A beautiful child, with throat like snow, London, but whose life had been passcd Lips just tinted like pink shells rare, chiefly in New York, which country she Eyes of hazel, and golden hair, liked best, America or England. She ex- |
Hands all dimpled, and teeth like pearls,
Fairest and sweetest of little girls. pressed a preference for England : and on being asked the reason of her prefer- " Oh, who is it?" cried winsome May, ence, said significantly: “Well, sir,
| “How I wish she was here to-day!
Wouldn't I love her like everything; in England an old woman hasn't to
Say, dear grandmamma, who can she be !" apologize for her existence."*
“ Darling," said grandma, “that child was No doubt this is severe language, but in so far as it is deserved, we should try
May looked long at the dimpled grace, to do better. It is the glory of Ameri
And then at the saint-like, fair old face; cans, that they are always willing to How funny,” she cried, with a smile and a learn and never afraid to imitate that kiss, which is good in other nationalities. I “ To have such a dear little grandma as this!
Still,” she added, with a smiling zest.
“ I think, dear grandma, I like you best." FLATTERY.-Nothing is so great an So May climbed on the silken knee, instance of ill-manners as flattery. If And grandma told her her history; you flatter all the company, you please
What plays she played, what toys she had,
How at times she was naughty, or good, or none; if you flatter only one or two, you affront the rest.
“ But the best thing you did,” said May, “ don't
you see? * Westminster Review for Oct., 1874. Page | Was to grow to a beautisul grandma for me." 48 7.
The Old Emperor at Play with the his coming is welcomed with great glee. Children.
Some have never seen an Emperor. A
thousand childish questions occur to BY THE EDITOR.
their inquisitive minds. Does he wear
a golden crown, and a purple robe, and The German Emperor, William I.,
| hold a sceptre in his hand, and sit on has for many years been in the habit
a great, grand throne, as the kings do of spending part of his summers at Ems,
in their picture-books? How great the celebrated watering-place in Eu
their surprise when they see him for rope. When there he demeans himself
the first time, dressed precisely like like one of his subjects, in a plain, un
their own papa or uncle-with a black ostentatious way. Ems is the most
hat, black coat, white vest, and instead celebrated summer resort in Europe,
of a royal sceptre, carelessly carrying a and by reason of these royal visits, has
small cane in his haud. Or, if on rare great attractions for people of distinc
occasions he appears in military unition and for the votaries of fashion.
| form, with his grand soldier's clothes Among the old forest trees and along
on, and a cluster of glittering stars fasthe shaded banks of a clear stream of
tened to the breast of his coat, still his water near the city, it is no unusual
face looks so amiable and kind that thing to see half the rulers of Europe
even the more timid children, in spite grouped together, engaged in social or
of mamma's warping not to go near or diplomatic conversation. Thus every
molest the great man, will shyly gather year the venerable head of the German
around him as he sits under some shade Empire makes his visit to Ems. After
tree, and take hold of his hand. Most the harassing labors of the previous
likely he will paternally pat their winter, he seeks recreation here. Usu
chubby faces, or possibly even kiss them. ally he is dressed in a plain black suit.
Sometimes the little folks do not reAfter spending certain hours of the day
cognize the Emperor as he meekly sits at hard work with his prominent advi- |
on a bench engaged in conversation. sors and ministers of state, whom he
Perhaps the ball with which they are has brought with him, he strolls about
| playing happens to roll right between like other people, now taking a drink
Ne his feet. Some people around them of water at the springs out of the same
shake their heads by way of rebuke.
Not so William. He pauses a moment cup other people use; then his tall erect form can be seen moving along some
| in his conversation, beckons kindly to secluded walks, his large head adorned
i the boy in pursuit of the ball, or throws with gray hair and beard, towering
it back to him. high above the people whom he passes.
One day a little Ginser boy thus apMany a one passing him feels proud
proached him. Throwing his arms the balance of his life of having seen
around the knees of the Emperor, as one of the crowned heads of Europe.
he doubtless used to do to his papa, he Among the people of the village his
| looked up into William's face, and arrival is always greeted with joy. Per
asked him: haps by some more on account of the
“Are you really King William ?” crowds of visitors his presence will
“Yes, I think so, my little man," attract, and the consequent increase of was the kind reply. "And, pray, what business, than from actual love for their
is your name? And what do you wish Emperor.
to do when you get to be a man?” . Although he often walks out unat- “My name is William, too,” said the tended by his body-guard or servants. | bright-eyed boy, “and I wish to become but few people feel free to approach a soldier. But let me tell you, King him in conversation. In monarchical / William, I wish to be one of those with countries subjects are trained to treat red straps on their coats, and white their rulers with a distant respect. The bushy feathers in their caps, so that I children, however, who happen to fall can bravely use my uniform." in with the kind-hearted, fatherly mo- “God bless you, my child," said the Darch often treat him as they would king smiling. “And when you get to their grandpapa. By many of these, l be a man, tell my son Fritz that you