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At nineteen, Silas Loring left college and went high opinion of himself, as being of consequence in into a store to be educated for a mercbant. At the the community. same time, a school-companion, named Alfred Bene- As men appear in society, so are they usually dict, with whom he had been intimate, was placed estimated by the mass. Loring was bowed to across by his parents in the counting-room of a large shipper. the street a dozen times in every square; was met in The two young men had enjoyed equal advantages, company by a hearty shake of the hand, and treated so far as education was concerned; but they had im- wherever he went as an individual of some imporproved these advantages differently. The father of tance. And such he really felt himself to be. BeneLoring early impressed upon his mind the idea that dict, on the contrary, might walk a dozen squares wealth gave a man all power and influence in the without receiving a nod, or mingle in society and be world; that it was the greatest good that could be almost unnoticed and alone. But he did not feel this. sought; while the father of Benedict urged his son In fact he was hardly conscious of it; for he rarely, to gain knowledge as the highest and best possession. if ever, thought any thing about the estimation in The two young men had been influenced, as well by which others held him. His mind was in a higher their natural tastes and feelings as by the opinions and purer region. and advice of their parents. On leaving college, The intimate friendship that had existed between Loring left behind him all affection for literature or Loring and Benedict, did not continue very long scientific pursuits, and took with bim only an ardent after they left college, although they remained friends desire to become wealthy, accompanied by a con- and acquaintances, and were interested in each other fident assurance that he possessed the ability required for some years. But, after Loring had changed from to attain the summit of his wishes. Benedict, on the a clerk to a merchant, he began to feel that he was contrary, entered the world with his love of know- no longer on a level with a mere book-keeper, who ledge as active as ever, and his desire for its allain- was likely to remain a book-keeper for life. Mer. ment more ardent than when he passed at first over chants were now his associates. Men who used to the threshold of Wisdom's temple.

bow to him with distant formality, now took him corEqual as to external advantages, the two young dially by the hand, and were as familiar with him as men started in the world. Neither of their parents he had been with mere clerks before. He likewise were rich, though both were able to give their child received invitations to ihe houses of these merchants, dren a good education, that surest guaranty of suc- and was introduced into a new and higher circle. cess. But difference of purpose in a few years made In this circle he never met his old friend Benedict. a great difference in their relative positions. When Is it any wonder that he looked down upon him as Loring was twenty.five years of age he was a partner an inf-rior ? None. We see by means of the atmoin the house where he had served his apprenticeship, sphere by which we are surrounded, whether naand the most active and really intelligent business turally or spiritually. The atmosphere in which the man in the firm, while Benedict was merely a book- mind of Loring breathed and saw, was so different keeper, receiving a salary of twelve hundred dollars from the one that gave life and vision to the mind of a year. All the energies of the active mind of Loring, Benedict, that he was unable to see by it the true inspired by his love of money, were given to busi- quality and character of his friend. He could see in ness; while the no less active mind of Benedict was his own atmosphere, but that which surrounded the as deeply absorbed in literary pursuits and scientific humble book-keeper was darkness to his eyes. investigations. As a book-keeper, the latter was Thus the years went by, Loring accumulating gold, faithful, attentive and accurate, and valued by his and Benedict treasures of knowledge, that neither employers; but beyond his journal and ledger his moth nor rust could corrupt, nor thieves break through thoughts never penetrated the arcana of trade. He and steal. As these treasures increased, he began to bad no affection for it. His mind loved rather 10 feel a desire to impart something of what he posexplore the arcana of knowledge, and gather in from sessed 10 others. This desire prompted him to write fields ibat were ever opening before him, rich harvests out his reflections, experiences, and the new views of intelligence.

that were constantly pressing in upon his mind, and In ibe manners and appearance of the two young send them to the various literary and scientific journals men there was also a noticeable change. Loring bad for publication. It was not long before this brought an air of self-importance, and an off-hand, dashing him into honorable notice, and made his name familiar sort of manner, that bespoke a mind well satisfied to men of intelligence throughout the country, with with itself, and conscious of having done something. many of whom he gradually came into corresBut Benedict had become more quiet and unobtrusive. pondence. He looked like a man who did not entertain a very " What has become of Benedict ?" asked Mr.

Loring, one day of the merchant whose book-keeper , bimself quite an “exclusive" in society. At the age he had been for many years. “I have missed him of forty, he determined to take a trip across the from your store for some time."

Atlantic, and see the world abroad. He must spend “He left me several months ago," was the reply. some time in London, Paris and Italy. In order to

“How came that? But I suppose his mind got so be prepared for this journey, he brushed up his French, lost in his literary pursuits that he was no longer and spent his leisure time in reading about the places good for any thing as a clerk.”

be proposed to visit. So far as his knowledge of “He was faithful and correct to the last,” promptly matters and things in his own country, out of the answered the individual to whom this remark was mercantile sphere, was concerned, it was very made. “I never had and never expect to have a

limited. Even in politics he was not very well more valuable clerk ihan Benedict. But be has ob- posted up. As to what was doing in literature and tained a better place, and one more suited to his science, he was altogether ignorant. He was a tastes and abilities."

successful merchant, and that was about all that could “Ah, where has he gone?"

be said of him. “To Bowdoin College. The Professorship of All things ready, Mr. Loring took passage in a was offered to him, and he accepted it.”

steamer for Liverpool. The ship had cast off her "I did n't know that he had any friends away off moorings, and was gliding swiftly along the smooth there. Is n't it rather singular that he should be ap- waters of the bay, when the merchant, in turning pointed to such a chair? Do you think him capable his eyes from the diminishing city to the nearer and of filling it?"

more palpable objects on board the vessel that was “I presume those who appointed him knew his bearing him on to the ocean, noticed a familiar face. ability ?"

At first he was at a loss where to place its owner. “ Did he apply for it ?”

But soon his memory was clear upon that subject. “No. He knew nothing of the vacancy until he His old friend, Benedict, was a fellow-passenger! was notified of his appointment.”

The eyes of the latter were upon him, and his coun" That is a little singular,” remarked Loring, won- tenance about expressing a pleasurable recognition, dering for the moment how a man of so little im- when Loring turned away ard glanced back again portance, and no very distinguished ability, should upon the dim and distant city. He did not wish to be voluntarily tendered a high professorship in renew the acquaintance. When he next looked Bowdoin College. But the wonder did not occupy around upon his companions for the voyage, Benehis mind very long. It passed away with the thought dict was not to be seen. of his old school-friend.

There were one hundred passengers on board, and Great activity and energy in a business already among them several men of high reputation in the firmly established, in which was ample capital, made United States. A former Governor of Massachusetts, Loring the possessor, in a few years, of quite a hand whose name and fame were familiar to every one, some property. Ambitious a more rapid increase was among the number; also two men from the of fortune, and believing that he ought to have the South, who had distinguished themselves during entire benefit of his activity, energy, and capacity many years in the national legislature. One of them for trade, he withdrew from the house in which he had held the office of Secretary of State. Besides was a partner, and commenced business alone. He these, there were many men of standing and character did not err in his calculations. The results was as both from the mercantile class and the learned profavorable as he had expected. Money came in more sessions. In looking over the list of passengers, rapidly, and with its accumulation rose his ideas of Mr. Loring was well satisfied to find himself in such his own importance, until he looked down upon good company. The only drawback was the preevery man whose coffers were not quite as full as sence of so obscure an individual as Mr. Benedict, his own, at the same time that he felt himself to be with whom he had once been acquainted, but toas good as any millionaire in the land.

ward whom he must now, in justice to his own It is a little singular how the mere possession of character and position, conduct himself as a stranger. money raises a man's ideas of his own importance, Such were the reflections of Mr. Loring, as he and causes him to think meanly of all who are not turned from the vessel's side and went below, late favored with any considerable portion of this world's in the afternoon of the day on which they had sailed. goods. Upon whal a slender basis of real worth do On entering the cabin, the first objects that met his men sometimes build a towering structure of self- eyes were the ex-governor of Massachusetts and conceit! Wealth is very rarely the correspon- Mr. Benedict engaged in conversation. This surdent of solid virtue and sterling merit in those who prised him at first, but on reflection, he explained the possess it; not that men of wealth are less virtuous circumstance by supposing that Benedict had intruded or meritorious as a class, but wealth, upon which himself upon the individual with whom he was conmost persons value themselves, is not the true versing, and that the latter submitted to the intrusion standard for estimating the man. It never gives from mere politeness. He sat down at some disquality to the heart, principles to the mind, nor to the tance from them, expecting to see their interview understanding rational intelligence.

quickly terminated. But he was disappointed in As Mr. Loring continued to grow richer, his ideas this, for the parties grew more and more interested. of his own importance continued to rise, until he felt whenever Benedict spoke, he observed that the other listened with deep attention, and that his country to the other as a distinguished scholar and manner toward him was always respectful, and some- man of science. His articles in the Quarterly Retimes even deferential. The conversation was pro- view, and his essays on Political and Social Economy, longed until tea-time, and then the two men separated. “ Wealth and Labor," “ The Times," etc., have

There was something in this that the man of won for him an enviable reputation. There are few wealth could not understand.

abler men in our country than Professor Benedict.” On the next day Mr. Loring sought an opportunity Mr. Loring asked no further questions. He felt to make the formal acquaintance of Mr. , from rebuked and mortified. Rich as he was, and highly the Bay State, through the introduction of a friend as he valued himself, he felt that the man of intelon board, who presented him as “one of our first lect was ranked higher than the man of money. In merchants," going out to visit Europe. Mr. the small compass of that steam-vessel were clustered was very polite, and made some commonplace re- together men of wealth, eminence, and political marks to the merchant, who replied with a self-im- distinction. There were few on board whom even portance in his manner that did not make the im- Mr. Loring would think beneath him; and yet he was pression he designed. The ex-governor knew just treated by them with no particular deference. When how much money was worth as a slandard by which he spoke, he was listened to with the politeness that to estimate the man. The words, “one of our first always accompanies good-breeding; but that was all. merchants," made no impression upon him what- None gathered around him; none sought his comever. In fact, he scarcely noticed it. After talking pany; none treated him as a man distinguished from a short time with Mr. Loring, with a polite bow he the rest. Wealth! that was a common possession; moved away and joined Mr. Benedict, who was but strong intellect was the god-like gist of the sew; standing on the opposite side of the vessel. He was and men bowed before it and yielded freely their soon again in close conversation with this obscure homage. individual.

The proud man was deeply humbled during the Loring was not only surprised at this, but chased. brief period occupied in sweeping across the broad It puzzled as well as annoyed him. He could not Atlantic, and he felt relieved and breathed more but remark that Mr. Benedict was perfectly at his freely the moment he set his foot on shore at Liverease with the distinguished individual who had just pool. Shame had kept him from renewing his acleft him, and that there was nothing in the manner of quaintance with Benedict, who continued to be an Mr. — approaching to condescension. Not many object of interest to almost every one during the minutes elapsed before they were joined by a third voyage. person, to whom Mr.

presented Loring's old In the great world of London, Mr. Loring quickly friend in a formal introduction. This individual was recovered his balance of mind. He 100k letters of from the South. He had formerly held the office of introduction to eminent merchants and bankers there, Secretary of State at Washington. At the mention by whom he was received and treated with the of Mr. Benedict's name he shook him warmly by the greatest attention. He was again conscious of the hand, and treated him with marked attention. The fact, that wealth was power, and that the possessor three men then went below, where Loring saw them, of wealth ranked highest of any. about an hour afterward, in the centre of a group of In Paris he did not feel quite so much at ease. five or six, all men of standing and character in the He brought letters to the American Minister, the United States. Benedict was speaking, and all were Hon. Mr. who had represented our country at listening to him with deep attention.

the palace of St. Cloud for some five years with "Can it be possible that his fortunes have changed honor to himself and the nation; and was received that he has become wealthy ?" the merchant said to with the courtesy and attention which always marked himself; and a feeling of respect for his old acquaint- ibat gentleman's conduct toward his countrymen. ance arose in his mind.

Mr. Loring had only been in Paris a couple of days Day after day went by, and still Mr. Benedict con- when the American Minister said to him, tinued to be on terms of intimacy with these men, “A distinguished countryman of ours is now while they treated Mr. Loring, who was introduced in Paris. He is to dine with me day after toto them by a friend, with reserved and distant po- morrow, in company with about fifty of the most liteness.

celebrated scientific and literary men in the city. “Who is that man ?" asked the merchant, affecting Your arrival is quite opportune, Mr. Loring, I shall, not to know Benedict. The question was put 10 a of course, have the pleasure of your company.” fellow-passenger.

Mr. Loring bowed in acquiescence, and then in"That 's Professor Benedict,” replied the person quired who the distinguished American was. addressed, manifesting surprise at the question. “Professor Benedict,” replied the minister. “He “ Are you not acquainted with him ?"

is an honor to our country, and I feel proud of the Loring shook his head.

opportunity I shall have of presenting him to men of “ You have heard of him, of course ?"

a like spirit with himself, to whom his name has “I can't say that I have.”

long been familiar." " Not heard of Professor Benedict !" The pas- Mr. Loring was confounded. senger looked into the face of Loring with a broad “ He has been for some years a member of the stare. “Why he is known from one end of our Philosophical Society here,” continued the minister,

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“and his communications, published in their annual Paris for Italy on the next day. Like the first resoreport of proceedings, are among the finest papers lution, this was also given up, and his mind was all thal emanate from that body. They cause honor. in confusion again. At length he decided, though able notice of our countryman to be made in all the with much reluctance, that he would call upon Mr. scientific journals of Europe. I need not ask you in Benedict, and formally renew his acquaintance. what estimation he is held at home, as I see by There was something, he felt, humiliating in this; Silliman's Journal, the North American Review, and but it was a step greatly to be preferred to any that the transactions of the various learned societies there, he had yet thought of taking He did not wish to that his worth is fully known and appreciated. lie direct to the American Minister, by saying that Have you ever had the pleasure of meeting him?" he was indisposed; nor did he wish to leave Paris

“Oh, yes," was the reply. “He is an old college for at least a month. mate of mine."

By liule and by little, since the day the steamer “ Indeed!"

left New York, the man of money had felt increasing “ Yes. We were quite intimate as young men; but respect for the nian of mind. He saw that he was our pursuits in lite were so different that, in the very honored by those who were themselves honorable; nature of things, this intimate acquaintance could not that he was known and highly esteemed by discontinue. But I had the pleasure of meeting him tinguished men in Paris and throughout Europe, again in crossing the Atlantic. We came over in while his name had scarcely been heard of beyond the same steamer."

his own city. There was no mistake about this. It “ Did you? That must have been a very pleasant was all plain as daylight. The humble book-keeper voyage. Fair wealber the whole time, and the com- was a greater man ihan the purse-proud merchant. pany of so many men eminent for their talents. Mr. The severest conflict between pride and necessity Benedict says that the iwo weeks he spent upon the that ever took place in Mr. Loring's mind, was that ocean he shall number as the most agreeable of his which ended in a determination to call upon Mr. whole life."

Benedict. What his reception would be he knew Mr. Loring now felt himself to be in a very awk not, nor could he fix upon any mode of address, on ward position indeed. How to act he did not know. meeting him, that was satisfactory. He had accepted the American Minister's invitation At length, after hours of hesitation and debate, and to dine with him, and at his table he would meet the a re-consideration of the whole matter, the merman whom he had for years considered beneath him, chant left his hotel and proceeded to that of the old and whose very acquaintance he had dropped as friend whom he had cast off' years before as beneath discreditable to one in his position. And this man him in social rank and real worth. Gradually his was to be the honored guest! Mr. Loring retired 10 respect for him had been rising, until now he rather his hotel with his mind bewildered and his feelings looked up than down upon him, as the possessor of at a lower ran e in the thermometer of his self- something far more intrinsically excellent than any esteem than they had been for a very long time. If it thing of which he could boast. Known throughout had not happened that Benedict came over in the same all Europe! The honored guest of the American steamer with him, and that he had cut his acquaint. Minister! Courted by men of learning and distincance before he knew thai he had become an indi- tion in Paris! His very name a passport into the vidual of some note, the way would have been plain first circles, and an introduction to the most eminent enough before him. He could have gone to the men of the day! What had he been thinking about? dinner and renewed his old friendship, and felt Where were his eyes, that he had not before seen honored in being his countryman. But this he felt this rising star, now suddenly revealed to him, shining to be out of the question now. Benedict might re- in beauty and splendor ? Respect was easily changed fuse to know him, or might treat him in such a into a feeling of deference. As distinctly as he could manner as to wound and mortify him severely, and Mr. Loring, endeavored 10 recall to his mind the apexpose him to the just contempt of men whose good pearance and manner of Mr. Benedict, during the opinion he was the very man to value.

voyage across the Atlantic. This he could not do The exceeding smallness of the foundation upon very distinctly, as he had kept out of his way as which he had built a towering structure of self-im- much as possible. Still he could recollect that there portance, was brought, by the circumstances in was ease, self-possession, dignity of manner, and the which he was placed, with painful clearness 10 his consciousness of power. These were the visible mind. He saw and felt, almost for the first time in marks of a great man about him-not so much perhis life, ibat money was not every thing, and that ceived at the time as recognized, now that they it would not make a man worshiped every where, were remembered. and by all classes of men.

This was the state of mind, and such were the For a long time the mind of Mr. Loring was in thoughts that oppressed Mr. Loring, as he started debate as to the best course to be pursued. At one on his humiliating errand. He, of course, expected time he resolved to send a note to the American 10 be received with coldness and dignity, it' received Minister, on the day the dinner was to take place, at all. It might be that Mr. Benedict would decline regretting his inability to make one of his guests, on renewing the acquaintance that he had almost rudely account of indisposition. But this intention was dropped, which, under the circumstances, would be after a while abandoned, and he determined to leave mortifying in the extreme, and compel him to de.

cline the invitation to dine with the American, a brilliant sentence was uttered; nothing out of the Minister.

common order was apparent in his conversation. His card sent up, ihe merchant awaited the return He even permitted the query to arise in his mind of the porter with serious misgivings at heart. whether or no he had not been overrated? Whether When that functionary returned, and signified that distance had not lent enchantment to the view? This Mr. Benedict would be happy to receive him, he was his state of mind when he met him again at the proceeded toward his apartments in a state of mind American Minister's, surrounded by some of the such as he had never before experienced, and cer- most celebrated men of learning in Paris; but it tainly never wished to experience again. A door changed after Benedict had been toasted, and he rewas thrown open by the porter, and a man, in the plied in an address of great beauty, force, and origiprime of life, stood near the centre of the room. nality, that enchained the attention of every one. His quiet, thoughtful face, and calın, steady eye, so Loring was lust in astonishment and admiration; well remembered, and so little changed by time, was nor was he less surprised at the apparent unconlit up instantly by a warm, frank smile, so natural sciousness of being more than an ordinary man maniand familiar, that it seemed the smile of years before, fested by his every act and word during the five when they met as intimale friends. He stepped for hours that he observed him in the midst of these ward quickly, and grasped Mr. Loring's extended eminent men, with the best of whom he could not hand.

but acknowledge him, from what he then saw, to be The merchant was subdued and humbled. He equal. could hardly uiter the words that rose to his tongue. The man of money did not again come in contact He stood in the presence of one who was superior to with the man of mind during his tour in Europe ; nor himself, and who yet assumed no consequence. has he met him since his return home. But now, The beauty and true nobility of this he clearly saw, and he cannot but wonder why it was not so before, because it affecied himself. He felt that Benedict he hears the name of Professor Benedict frequently possessed a generous, manly spirit and a true heari, mentioned, and often meets with it in the public of the real worth of which he had never before had journals. Whenever he does so, the feeling of purseany conception.

proud superiority that has grown with his growth, and In the interview that followed this meeting, no strengthened with his strength, has a leaf withered, allusion was made to the voyage across the Atlantic a flower blighied, or a branch riven from the stem. by either party. The conversation mostly referred But the roots of that feeling are vigorous, and strike to former years and events.

deeply into a rich soil. Although its very luxuriant When they separated, Mr. Loring was in some growth is at times checked, yet we cannot hope to doubt as to the real greatness of his old friend. He see the plant destroyed. It is too well matured, and saw nothing in him that he had not seen before. Nol'its aliment too abundant.



HURRAI! for sweet May, it is here with its brightness,

The songs of the birds, and the breath of the flowers, The sighs of the zephyrs, that woo with their lightness,

And hasten the steps of the Summer's glad hours;
The earth is all gladness--the sky is all beaming

With rose-tinted shadows of beauty and light,
As rich as those insects whose golden wings gleaming

Are twiued in the hair of the maidens at night.
The soft balmy air through the casement is singing

In tones of delight to the bud and the beeLike the laughter of girlhood in ecstasy ringing,

When the first star of evening has bidden them freeIn the depths of the forest the wild vine is creeping

Around the huge oak with its blossoms of goldAnd, curtained with leafiness, flowerets are sleeping,

Surrounded with perfume and beauty untold. Come out with the sunrise !-all Nature is glowing

Each hill-top is bathed in the morn's early beams; In the valley the fragrance of spring-time is blowing,

To scatter the mists from the power-margined streams;
Ou the greensward the footsteps of children are straying,

As free as the gambols of Summer's pure air,
As, ladened with health, from the mountain 't is playing

And tossing each ringlet of gold-colored hair.

With an echo of music the river is laving

Its white pebbled shore, as it dances along;
Now sunshine, now shade o'er its clear bosom waving,

Like the world's beaten pathway, Irulf sorrow, half soug,
Far, far in the distance, the ocean is lying,

As calm and as tideless as infancy's breast;
While the last lingering rays of the purple light dying

Is shed on its face ere it sinks into rest.
And then comes the eve with its moonlight and dreaming,

When melody floats on each whisper and sigh.
When eyes are as bright as the stars that are gleaming,

And hearts are as free as the breeze passing by.
In the wildwood the song of the night-bird is blending

With the light tread of dancers, and shoutings of mirth,
Whilst all round are the rosy boy's arrows descending,

And love, like our joys, has a star-lighted birth. The Summer's young Ganymedes' cup is o'erflowing

With dew-drops, distilled from the Spring's early moril,
As pure as the breath of the west wind that's blowing,

Or wishes deep down in a maiden's heart born;
Then a health for sweet May! what heart is not swelling

As the mild air of Summer comes soft o'er the brow,
And a thousand bright tokens all round us are telling

That the May-day of Youth and Affection is now.

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