Excerpt from The Broken Home: Or Lessons in Sorrow The following pages are committed to the Press, after no little mental conflict. The "stricken deer," says Cowper, withdraws "To seek a tranquil death in distant shades:" and so the mourner should hide his wound beneath his mantle. But the Free-Masonry of those in sorrow would pour the balm into other hearts which the Spirit of Consolation may have given to each. From the simple desire of comforting those who mourn, this story of repeated bereavements is here told. It is proper to add, that the conversations reported in these sketches are copied verbatim from notes taken at the time. They are recited without enlargement or embellishment, that they may be the more touching from their simplicity. Long- treasured memories are now scattered upon the winds, with the prayer that they may help to "bind up the brokenhearted."