"And was there never a portrait of your beautiful child," said Anne

Jones, to a lady whom she met at the grave where her child had been

lain a few weeks.

"Oh, yes! but I may never have it," replied the woman as she stood

weeping at the grave.

Anna did not understand the mother's tears, but in a few moments she

became calm, and continued to explain.

"Not many weeks
efore my child's illness, as we were walking together

in the city, an artist observed my daughter and followed us to our

humble home. He praised her countenance to me, and said her beauty was

rare. In all his life he had never seen face to compare with it, nor

an eye so full of soul, and begged to have me consent to his drawing

her portrait. After many urgent entreaties, my dear child consented.

For several mornings I went with Flora to the artist's room, though I

could ill afford the time, for our daily bread was to be earned. When

he was finishing the picture, Flora went alone. One day she returned,

and flinging into my lap her little green purse, she said: 'The

picture does not need me any more, and I am very glad, for my head

aches badly. They say the portrait is very like me, mother.'

"I resolved to go and see it the day following, but when the time came

that I first looked upon it, my dear child began to fade in my arms,

until she died. And here she is buried. Since then I go to the

artist's room to see her portrait, and there, full of life and beauty,

she stands before me, and I have permission to see it every day.

"But I am about to leave this country for our native land. My aged

father has long wished to return to his own country, and we shall soon

sail with our friends for Italy. I must leave the dear child here. But

if I can purchase the picture of the artist, I shall be happy. We are

poor; but by the sale of some little articles, we have raised money

enough to buy the picture, at the price which the artist demands for a

similar picture.

"When I went to buy it, you know not how I felt, when the artist,

notwithstanding all my pleadings, denied my request. His apology was,

that he had taken it for some purpose of his own; some great

exhibition of paintings; what, I could not fully comprehend. He would

not sell it. Day after day I have been to him, but in vain. And now

the time of our departure will soon come, and duty demands that I

must go with my father, and I must leave my dear Flora, and portrait


She then laid her face upon the grave and wept. Anna's eyes were

filled with tears, and for some moments she did not speak. At last she

thought--"I know the artist." And then touching the mother, who was

almost insensible, she said, "Madam, it may be that I can do something

for you; describe to me the picture. I think I must have seen it at

this same artist's room."

The mother then gave the description, and after Anna had gathered from

the mother all needful information, her name, and residence, and time

of sailing, then giving her own address, and speaking to her words of

consolation and hope, she arose and left the stranger at the grave of

her child. The next story will tell you how the picture was obtained.