induced him to set about finding a plausable, quest. It is a very clear evidence that their pretext for taking her life. Most inhumanly, a consciences reproached them for the weak and guard of soldiers was placed in her cell, with wicked manner in which they had yielded to orders to prevent her from sleeping. In this as the wishes and power of the Duke of Bedford. will be seen by the following extract, there " At the hour of nine she was placed on a car was a motive. With this extract from a history between Martin and Isambert, another of her of Joan of Arc, which gives the closing scenes judges, the merciful one who had recommended in her eventful life, we close our article. her to appeal to the Pope. They both offered

- Although poor Joan was prevented from her all the consolations they could, and entreated taking her rest peaceably, yet human nature her forgiveness for the share they had had in cannot endure without sleep. It may be, too, her death. She granted it; and thus, uttering that the hearts of her keepers were not so hard { bitter lamentations as she went along, so as those of their masters. However this be, piteous that the very English soldiers who one night she slept soundly. One of the con guarded hier were moved to tears, she was led ditions she had agreed to, for the permission to along to the place of execution, the marketlive, was to put on woman's clothes, and this place, which has ever since been called by her she had done. These clothes were, by the

Here her

was read by the bishop's orders, removed, and the clothes she Bishop of Beauvais. She declared her innocence, had been used to wear when she was free and and entreated the prayers of all who beheld her. happy, and had led on the soldiers of her king She was then led to the scaffold, which had been to victory, were laid by her side. When she raised on a mound of earth, that she might be awoke she had no choice but to put them on, or visible to all the people, of whom a vast multiremain the scoff of the rude soldiers. She } tude had collected. Martin still accompanied dressed herself in them, perhaps sadly thinking her in spite of the soldiers, who tried to keep of the days that were past. The bishop was on him back. At the foot of the mound she begthe watch, and no sooner had he heard that sheged for a crucifix; an Englishman who was had done an act contrary to her agreement, than present broke a stick, and made her a sort of a he hastened to make himself a witness of the cross, which she took, kissed, and placed in her fact, hurried away, and meeting the Duke of} bosom ; she then ascended the pile, where they Bedford on his way, told him to make himself } bound her to the stake, and set fire to the fag. easy, for the thing was done,' proceeded to gots. Friar Martin still remained by her side summon the other judges, and immediately pro- exhorting her to put her faith in Christ, and to cured a sentence of death on Joan, as one who pray to Him to give her strength, even after had a second time disobeyed the orders of the { the flames had begun to rise, and threatened to church-as "a relapsed heretic'—and her execu set fire to his dress. Joan was the first to tion was fixed for the next day.

perceive his danger and warned hiin of it. She “ On the morning of the 31st of May, 1431, { then requested him to take the crucifix, and the bishop sent Martin, an officer of the Inquisi- standing at the foot of the mound hold it full in tion, who had been one of the judges, to her sight till all was over, and continue to announce to Joan that sentence of death was exhort her—and this he faithfully did. passed upon her, and that she would be burned · The pile was ill arranged and burned alive that morning. She was startled at the slowly. Still, in the midst of her torture, she intelligence, and fell into such an agony of grief was heard calling on the name of Jesus; and at that even the stern inquisitor was moved to length, after enduring long and terrible agony, pity at the sight of such misery in one so young, Joan of Arc, the saviour of the French kingand, as he full well knew, so innocent. He } dom, expired, to the everlasting disgrace of strove all he could to console her, and heard her both French and English, of her friends and her confession. She then entreated that the sacra enemies. ment might be given her. Now, as sentence of After her death, the Cardinal of Winexcommunication had been passed upon her, it chester ordered her ashes to be collected and was against the rules of the church to permit thrown into the Seine.” her to receive the sacrament, and Martin hesita No one can read this account of Joan's death, ted. He consented, however, to send and con without a strong feeling of pity and indignation. sult the bishop, who, strange to say, granted his It shows how the lust of power and dominion permission, and it was administered to her by destroys every humane principle, and makes of Martin. Now, if these men had believed her men the very demons they effect to execrate. guilty of all the crimes they had condemned her | Arnong the many, many blots on the page of for, they acted wrong in acceeding to her re-history, this is one of the foulest.

The annexed cut represents the monument of Arc, at Rouen, the place where she was which has been erected to the memory of Joan burnt.

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Yet deem not for a moment

That her life was free from care; She shared the storms and sorrows,

That others sigh to bear;

Alas! the many frowning brows,

And eyes that speak of wo, And hearts that turn repiningly,

From every chastening blow; But our paths might all be smoother,

And life would aye be blest, With Contentment for a motto,

And a Heart's-ease for a crest.

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RS. CONANT Į people may be inclined to think that relieving

was seventy years { her from the duty of providing for her charge
old ; these had not { would have been the most charitable act a gene-
all been years of rous benefactor could have performed. And
sorrow-but who we call this relieving of mere physical sufferings
can keep them- benevolence ! It is the lowest grade of this vir-
selves warm du- tue. Why do we not take the feelings, the
ring the storms affections, the hearts of the poor into the account
of winter by when we would relieve them ?
thinking of the Those little children were, to Mrs. Conant,

pleasant summer all the world. She had nothing beside to call sun ?

At seventy years of age she was her own, to love and to live for ;-and yet, feeble, childless widow, with earthly į because she would not consent to part with resource, save her own trembling hands, to sup- them, put them out—(none but the widowed port herself, and two orphan grand-children. mother of little children can know the full. She had had an affectionate husband and four } import of the phrase,)—she was called foolish and fair children, many kind friends and an ample obstinate ; and those who professed themselves fortune—all had passed away.

willing to assist her could not consider it their What avails it to count over, one by one, the duty to allow her to indulge and spoil her grandwaves of misfortune, that had swept on, rising children. So they let her alone, as they said, higher with every wild burst, till finally her that is, withheld their aid till she would become earthly treasures had all been overwhelmed ! } reasonable, and consent to accept it in their own The flood had passed—and all that was spared } way. People may be tortured till they yield, her from the wreck was the love of two little { without being subjected to the thumb-screw or helpless beings, the babes of her youngest and the ordeal hy water. darling son.

Mrs. Conant had been an excellent seam While we have an object to love, and feel stress, and at seventy years old few, in plain ourselves beloved in return, we are not wholly needle-work, were more expert. Could she without enjoyment in life. Invest the wealth have obtained constant employment and a fair of the affections safely, and you can never be compensation for her work, she would have supquite bankrupt. Some little green shrub—some ported her little ones and herself (she always sweet flower there will be, springing even in thought and spoke of their wants first) in comthe sterile and desolate path of poverty, if we fort. But she could not, with all her seeking, carefully cherish these humble blessings with obtain work to occupy more than four days in a the warmth and dew of the affections.

week. Even with this encouragement, had she It would, to a mind that only judged by been justly remunerated, she might have sub. worldly policy, seem as if those children must sisted, for she required but little nourishment have become a great burden and trouble to their herself, and the children were cheerful as larks, poor, old grandmother. Even some kind hearted even when they had only two meals in a day,

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because they enjoyed these with their dear through the light of the Saviour's love, and all grandmother. She once told a friend, a poor tears will be wiped away.

These promises woman like herself, but one who could feel a Mrs. Conant firmly believed, and they came like sympathy in those generous emotions which smiles of ministering angels to soften the gloom the most grovelling cares can never entirely of her thoughts, as she sat, one cold winter repress in the heart of a true woman,-she told, evening, reflecting on the presentiment she felt with tears and smiles blended on her furrowed that her own departure was at hand. There cheeks, how her dear little grand-son Henry } was only one reflection which she dared not once proposed to his sister to save half their } meet-she must leave her dear grund-children, supper for three successive nights, and give it } leave them, helpless as they were, alone in the to their grandmother for her Sunday dinner, } world, where charity is not yet revealed in love, because she had spoken of the Sunday dinners } for the Christian mostly provides for the poor she used to have when she was rich.

by law—and though she had a firm hope of “ And they did save it,” said Mrs. Conant, } entering the heavenly rest, her tears fell like " and that very Sabbath as well as the Saturday { rain as the thought " what will become of my before it, proved such stormy days, that I could { poor children ?”—pressed like ice on her heart. not go out to obtain food, and the three pieces The day had been gloomy as her reflections. of bread, with a little cheese which the poor She had not obtained any work for two days babes had saved, was all we had to eat during and all she had earned during the week was ten the day.

For myself”—continued the patient { cents for making a muslin shirt and eight cents for woman, “I only tasted a morsel to please the a pair of duck pantaloons-work furnished her children—I am used to fasting on the Sabbath from a small clothing shop-eighteen cents to Dow_once it was otherwise; I made it the day support three individuals for a week! of feasting; but God saw that afflictions were Why did she not represent her case to some necessary, and he has withdrawn outward bles- charitable society? sings. Yet I will bless his name while he con- She feared the children would be taken from tinues to feed me with the true bread.”

her, or that they would all be sent to the alms* But you do not fast every Sabbath day, do house, where she could no longer have them for you ?" inquired her friend.

her own.

"I am willing to go when God 5 I do, and am contented to fast," was her summons me," she said to herself—and I can meek reply— but it wrings iny heart to know commit these poor orphans to Him-but oh! I that my children are hungry. And yet they could not bear to have them taken from me by never complain, and they always kiss me when man ;-while I live they must be mine." they see me weep-as I sometimes do—and She had given them her last morsel of bread; they say they do n't want any thing only to } they eat it in silence, for they saw that deep live with me.

And Henry will tell me what | distress was on the face of their only friend, he intends to do when he is a little bigger, how } and as her gaze was earnestly and solemnly he shall work and buy me cakes, and apples, fixed on them they crowded closer together as and tea, and all good things. And Mary is they drew near her chair-they felt terrified, now learning to sew-poor thing! I fear she and yet knew not why they should so tremble can never earn her living by sewing."

and dread to have it grow dark. It was no wonder Mrs. Conant thought needle- Poor little creatures ! Their grandmother work poor business by which to live, she could had often told them, she must die, but still they get but ten cents for making a shirt, and even had no idea of death. They saw her raise her at that rate had only work sufficient to employ withered hands, and heard her as she sighed her four days in a week. No wonder she was forth her last prayer— My darlings—0, God, discouraged. Her earthly labors were nearly protect them—” her arms fell powerless, her finished.

eyes closed—and the shrieks of the children as Sorrows afflict every stage of human life; { they clung around the sinking form, could no but they never appear so gloomy as when they more awaken her. She was dead ! press heavily on the aged and bow down the Who will take care of those children? grey head to the dust. The feebleness that can Doubtless many of my fair readers would be hardly support the weight of years, when burden- willing to assist the orphans. Go into the ed with heavy griefs, would seem to find a pleasant houses of the poor in this city—in every city relief in anticipating the rest which death will and if you do not find those two little children, bring; and to the true believer there is the you will find others equally deserving your hope of a glorious resurrection, when all the pity. Many a poor, destitute widow, is now dark passages of life will appear bright, seen suffering for the common necessaries of life

because she cannot obtain work, or, fair , might be done! And would not such kindly compensation for her work. Must she and intercourse, such generous and grateful feelings her children suffer from cold and hunger during fostered and established between the poor and this long winter? or shall they resort to beg. unfortunate and the rich and prosperous make ging, or even be driven to theft ?-By their social life happier, and the whole conmunity own work, needlework particularly, as now paid better and more prosperous ? for, females cannot support themselves. What In those improvements which depend more shall be done to make their condition comfort on moral influences than physical or mechanical able ?

power, woman has a most important and influ. In one important respect the system of charity ential part to perform, because like the divine through Benevolent Societies or by the hands of agencies whose prototypes are love and charity, some agent to whom donations are sent, does it can and must be chiefly effected in secret. not seem the best or most effectual. It does Men cannot search into the hidden springs of not interest the hearts of those who give their domestic misery; they have not the wand of money, as they would be moved if each one per- sympathy, whose touch opens the bursting formed their own charitable duty. Nor does bosom, or heals the bleeding heart. Woman is the mode of receiving assistance from a society the helper—"a ministering angel” when pain call forth that fervent gratitude of the poor, and sickness wring the brow, and want and wo which would be felt and expressed towards an break down the noble spirit and wither the individual benefactor.

delicate feelings of those who have once been If every lady who has it in her power—and proud and prosperous. Above all, the charity what lady has not ?-would interest herself in which carries the blessings of hope and comfort behalf of one poor family, provide work for the into the homes of the poor and destitute of her mother and pay her promptly and justly (not own sex is surely her province. Above every the mere pittance which the poor through neces other form of benevolence, that which soothes sity are often compelled to work for)-how the wounded spirit and encourages to virtuous much suffering might be spared, how much good' exertion is the most blessed.

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