A MOTHER OF FIVE.

SHE was a mother—and a rather exem- plary one—of five children, although her own age was barely nine. Two of these children were twins, and she generally al- luded to them as Mr. Amplach’s children,” referring to an exceedingly respectable gen- tleman in the next settlement, who, I have reason t0 believe, had never set eyes 0n her or them. The twins were quite naturally alike-—having been in a previous state of existence two ninepins and were still somewhat vague and inchoate below their low shoulders i11 their long clothes, but were also firm and globular about the head, and there were 11ot wanting those Who professed to see in this an unmistakable resemblance to their reputed father. The other children were dolls of difierent ages, sex, and condi- tion, but the twins may be said to have been distinctly her own conception. Yet such was her admirable and impartial maternity

that she never made any difierence between 3—v. 6