52 VISIT TO AN OLD SEAMAN.
lost, and give pain to her feeling heart.
Mrs. Ashton praised the neatness and cleanliness of the little habitation ; and the children admired the curious specimens of shells, fossils, and sea-weed, which were arranged on the top of an antique chest-of-drawers, over which was placed a looking-glass of the same date, so inclined as to reflect the treasures below, and draw the attention of visitors to these marine productions.
A small shelf, near the fire-place, contained a much-used Bible, and some tracts, with two or three other books. Mrs. Ashton added a few to the little store; and then, with many kind words, left the hum-