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i'2 The Unknown Heirs, or The Contested Inheritance. Kilrlt Hint lurkf ench form within Iti'cUuiiH to nnirlt of its kin; Scir-klndli-d ovory ntom hIowh. And hlnlH tho lutitru which ll owes.'' D. Tho Itlun Who Ioults. From the very nature of men and things, most tilings lire, and must bo us they are for, every tiling being as it is, there is a cause. This is equally true of tilings ma terial and immaterial. These we hold as bull-evident truths. While we do not believe anything to bo without a cause, we may be unable to tell what the enuso is. It is for the few to advance theories and principles, and for the iniinv to accentor reject them. JJut to do either requires judgement, natural and cultivated. "While we all unite in granting that there is a striking similarity between per sons, similarity in form, and a no less coinpiu alive similarity in mental powers all bolni' endowed with the same faci. ties, capable of development, none will den) that there are constitutional diH'or. ences diHeront degreesof power. It isof a person, who enjoys one of the faculties in a marked dogreV, that I desire to take a view. That is, the man who doubts. The man, who, before he accepts a proposi tion, whether it bo one newly formed, or one long accepled by the masses, must first see the reason for such a conclusion. This is the man 1 would honor, for it is to him, of all persons, wo must look to for reform, for the correction of all the erron cons principles in the policy cf govern ment, the fallacies of society, and false theories in science. Wo cannot correct errors until we know thai the' exist. And it is on- tho man who doubts, that will ever find out that errors do exist, and where. There arc- principles in every depart meat of science that are to be studied and and undestood, and it is only by a famil iarity with them that we may safely judge. These principles, tho mar who d.oubts endeavors to understand it, and is ho who understands them best. It is not tho desire of any one to bo de. ceived, notwithstanding tho many things that appoav to the contrary. Hut how many are not deceived ? There are ma ly things that aro not what they appear; they are so studiously made to represent some valuable -'article, that it is by the closest discrimination only, that tho fraud is do. detected. There aro many things, fallacious, that have become so generally accepted, that they may be termed popular fallacies. Tho masses "accept the situation," and do not doubt for a minute that the yoke they wear was made for them, and that it does not (it. Jiut the man who doubts asks: " Is this as it should be V " If it is, no one is more ready to admit; but, if it is not, he feels it to bo his duty, and takes it upon hi nisei f, to denounce it. Numerous sham enterprises have been formed, that would not else have been so eil'uetual, but for lack of consideration. The ingo. unity of shrewd men may give to things such a respectable appearance, that it would bo more strange not to be, than to bo deceived. U is against the boomingly plausible proposition we must especially guard. While we aro firm in tho belief of the righlness of our views, we should over bo willing lo hear tho views of others. Knowing our weakness wo should have a high regard for this, most useful of all persons, the .wise counssllor, the guardian of tho right, the man who doubts. C. M. K. The Unknown Heir, or The Contested Inheritance. CIIAHTBR III. KllOM 1IONOK TO DIsailAOIS. When Mr. Sykes and Johnson arrived at the house of tho two brothers, tho for mer knocked on the door and llichani an swered the call, lie had just returned from u canvassing tour. The boys re ceived their guest courteously, and tho conversation turned upon the subjects connected with Richards vocation.