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sides of the river, in a region where its left passing the Danube for an advance into Bulbank is one extensive and complete barren garia, the Turks were manifestly not in a swamp, extending from Hirshova to Silistria, position to prevent them, Omar Pasha having with only a narrow road across it at Rassova. concentrated his army at Shumla. The reaThe Dobrudscha itself is marshy, barren, and sonable inference has been, therefore, that the unwholesome, but is nothing in these respects invaders had in reality no serious intention compared with the tract from Hirshova to Si- of attack. But in that or in any case it is listria. It is impossible for two portions of an now for the Anglo-French and Turkish armies army to be in a worse position, and we last to assume the offensive. Austrian or Prussian week

gave terrible proof of the decimation by co-operation they do not want. They are disease of the ranks of the invaders. strong enough to fling the Russians behind

Yet here they have remained inactive for the Pruth, and to inflict all due punishinent several weeks.

The movement at present re- upon the Czar; and not to do so would be to ported against Silistria might have been made connive at the policy of Austria and Prussia, more than a month since. The fact has been who have been merely feigning disapproval obvious all this time that, if they were really to protect him from disgrace, and to facilitate in the force that pretended around Buchar- that retreat to which it is now evident he must est, and-if they had seriously the intention of be driven.

MUSIC OF THE ESQUIMAUX.—The voices of known. From the occasional introduction of the the women are soft and feminine, and when word " sledge, canoe, spear,” and others of that singing with the men, are pitched an octave class, it is conjectured that their own exploits, by higher than theirs. They have most of them so sea and land, form the principal subjects. The far good ears, that in whatever key a song is com- men seldom sing, and probably consider it unmanmenced by one of them, the rest will always join !y. If they sometimes commence, they generally in perfect unison. After singing for ten minutes, leave the women to finish the ditty. Their prov. their key usually falls a full semitone; but few ince seems rather to invoke the muse of the of them can catch the tune as played by an in- women at the games.- Musical Transcript. strument, which makes it difficult with most of them to complete the uniting of the notes; for if they once leave off, they are sure to recommence in some other key, though a flute or vio.

ANECDOTE OF CHEF JUSTICE ELLENBOlin be playing at the time. There is not, in any ROUGH.- Lord Ellenborough, at a large dinner of their songs much variety, compass, or melody party at the Chancellor's, was seated next to the * Unharmonious as they may appear to musical Countess Lieven, a lady in that age of considerears, they are pleasing when sung in good time able fashion, but of very lean proportions, and by a number of female voices. The most com- much remarked upon for displaying to an unnemon is that in which the well known Greenland cessary degree a neck not lovely to look upon. chorus, “ Amna Aya," coinmences the perform- By some accident the Chief Justice remained unance, and is introduced between each verse, con- served, his fair neighbor meanwhile being busy. stituting five-sixths of the whole song. When The host, seeing at last the plight of the hungry the words of the song are introduced, the notes and discontented judge. recommended to him rise a little for three or four bars, and then re- some particular dish. “I wish I could get lapse again into the same hum-drum chorus as some," growled Ellenborough, casting a savage before, which, to do it justice, is well calculated glance at the angular bust bending over the table to set the children to sleep. 'The words of the at his side, “ for I have had nothing before me composition are as interminable as those of this quarter of an hour but a raw blade bone.”" Chevy Chasc ;” for the women will go on

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CHAPTER XIV.

THE PLAY BEFORE THE CURTAIN.

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tally, but not till the night was far advanced,
that they were in town. Even then his inform-

ant would not give him the address, but com-
“ ARE you sure, Sara, your letter for Robert pelled him to wait and attend her home.
was despatched in proper time ?" said the cap- “ To me," added Sara, “she behaved still worse,
tain, as he entered the breakfast-room simultane- for she gave me to understand that you had re-
ously with his sister the next morning.

ceived our letter, but were determined not to · Yes, dear uncle," replied Sara ; " Molly put sacrifice the evening's amusement." it herself into the post-office: but it probably “And did you believe that, Sara ?" said the reached his address when he was from home. captain, sternly—"you who have so much sense He came here last night, but at too late an hour and thought ? ' for me to see him.”

"I have told you, dear uncle, that I felt un“ Too late for you to see him!" echoed the well." But she had not told him that the gay captain—"why, Sara, what is this? Would you apparition of the night, with her fluttering ring. not see poor Bob at any hour of the day or night, lets and snowy shoulders, had described Robert if you had not gone to bed ?" He looked at her as the cynosure of all eyes in the ball-room; and, anxiously. She was pale and listless, like one moreover, that she had included a name in the who had not slept.

list of his admirers which made her heart stop "I was not very well," replied Sara, in a low and her brain reel, and so rendered her wholly voice.' Her aunt glided up to her, and putting incapable of thought the name of Claudia Fal. her arm round her waist with uncomfortable ten- contower. This was in reality what had deprive derness, whispered:

ed the country-girl of her night's rest, by closing “Let it be camomile this morning, love !"her mind against all impressions but those of Sara smiled faintly, and assured them that she astonishment and terror. It now seemed to her was now better, and all impatience to see some that this must be as untrue as the rest-includ. thing of this wonderful London.

ing the fantastic story of Robert's noble origin, “ We will first, dear uncle, go to". Here which had somehow gained admission into the there was a knock at the street-door, and she ball-room; but still she felt a superstitious opstopped abruptly.

pression whenever the idea recurred to her, and "Go where ? " asked the captain.

she could not have mentioned that formidable " To-to"- Sara had forgotten ; she was name, if it had been to save her life. However motionless, breathless; and when at length the agreeable, therefore, the éclaircissement may room-door opened, she sat suddenly down in a have been, it did not restore the full unbounded chair. The sight of Robert reassured her. She confidence of earlier years, and after a time she watched his meeting with her aunt and uncle, saw only too clearly that whatever her own feel. and saw the flush of joy and yearning affection ings might be, there was something in Robert's fade instantaneously into habitual paleness. How manner which rose like a wall between them. changed! Stronger, firmer, more noble-looking So far from being less kind, she saw, on more than ever, he bore, notwithstanding, like an un- than one occasion, that there was even passion shaken rock, the tokens of the thunder and the in his feelings towards her ; but a spectre seemed storm. His brow was written over with inefface. to warn him away whenever he seemed about to able memories, and his look seemed without hope fall into the old familiar mode of address; and as well as without fear. When he turned to in walking out, it was always to her aunt he Sara, who was behind backs, she rose slowly, offered his arm, leaving her to the care of the and not without some maiden reserve, for she captain. felt that her eves were full. Robert knew at a While they were at breakfast their attention glance that he had done her injustice, and his was arrested by a noise of a peculiar kind in the throb of joy was mingled with self-reproach for hall as the street-door opened. Some disturbthe feeling which, in his desperate circumstan- ance had taken place. There was shufiling of ces, seemned ungenerous. And so they met again, feet, shrill but choked voices, crying, sobbing, this young pair. with a pressure of the hand, a and laughing, and then the noise rolled away long look, silent lips, and full hearts.

and sunk beneath the surface of the earth-probIn reply to the captain's questions, Robert ex-ably down the kitchen stairs. When the servant plained that he was at a dancing party the came into the room the captain asked her anxevening before, where he had learned acciden- iously whether there was anything the matter.

"It's Miss Jinks, sir," said the girl," and as ever, was not present at the payment of the div. visitor.

idend, and the clerks replied only with a stare to The veteran pondered.

the veteran's expressions of sympathy. But "Is that the name of our landlady, I wonder?" when he hinted delicately at his wish to return a said he, when she had left the room. “No, it is portion of the money, the joke was received with an old familiar word; I am sure I have heard it cordial approbation; bis friends had the satisfacsomewhere. But she did not say what was the tion of seeing that he was voted from that moment matter with Miss Jinks—I hope there is nothing a famous old file and no mistake, and one young amiss in the house. Hey, Elizabeth ?”

gentleman in a corner ejaculated “Walk-er!" “ This is a world of meetings and partings,” in a tone that produced a general laugh. replied the virgin; "and the one is sometimes "Well," said the captain, a little puzzled, and as affecting as the other, since the emotions of taking up his hat, “ we can settle it all between both receive their coloring from the things of ourselves. Be sure to give him my kind comthe past. As for names, it is the doctrine of pliments, and say that if he will take a run Sumphinplunger"-- but here the essay was down for a week, we'll make a new man of him. interrupted by the door opening. Sara and Rob. We have a capital Common there-a celebrated ert had, in the meantime, exchanged a glance Common is Wearyfoot Common-and he may which brought them instantly back to the happi- march and countermarch in it all day long. est times of Wearyfoot Common; the young Don't make a mistake now, but remember my lady's ripe cheeks swelling with suppressed mirth, name is "and Robert's eye kindling up once more with the * Walk-er!” cried the young gentleman in the joyous light of youth.

corner, and the captain made his exit in the “You here, too, Molly ?” cried he, as the dam- midst of unanimous applause. sel came into the room ; and he shook hands Sara's business was as well settled, and almost with her heartily. Molly's face was radiant with as promptly, although the relation wlio had smiles and bedaubed with tears, and as she fixed brought her to the Common was not all at once upon Robert her great round eyes, glistening convinced of the identity of the beautiful young with a similar moisture, and as full of astonish- woman who now stood before him and the little ment as they could hold, he thought to himself pale orphan who had paddled so wofully through that she had grown into a prodigiously fine young the pools of Wearyfoot. Her little inheritance woman, with the countenance of a barn-door had been so judiciously managed that the amount Hebe, and the figure of a comfortable Juno. Her was now about doubled, and Sara found herself observation of Robert was not less farorable, the absolute mistress of property yielding enough and if any doubt of the theory of Mrs. Margery to constitute a competent independence for a had ever assailed her, it was now given to the single lady in her station. When this fact was winds, once and forever.

established, and the writings completed, she “I say, Molly," said the captain, “what was looked furtively at Robert; but he was gazing at that disturbance in the hall just now about ?” the blank wall before him, silent and abstracted.

“O sir, replied Molly, “it was only Mrs. Mar. She felt hurt, for even her cold relative had paid gery come to see me, and to ask about us all." his congratulations, and the captain at the mo

" But I say, Molly, who is Miss Jinks ?” ment was shaking her hand nervously. Accord"O, that's me, sir!" said Molly with her cheeks ingly, when Robert turned round like a man swelling like half a dozen of Sara's; "that's what awaking from a dream, he found no consciousthey call me in London !”

ness in the looks he sought; the heiress put her "So it is you, I declare,” said the captain—"I arm within her uncle's, walked coldly and gravewas sure I knew the name !-Bid Margery come ly away, and left the office without turning her in, and we'll tell her ourselves how we are." head.

“O sir, she can't come in. She left home in The serious business of their journey being such a hurry she hasn't cleaned herself.” now finished, they got into a vehicle, which

“ That's very extraordinary !" said the cap- transported them to the gayer streets of the tain ; I never knew anything like it but when I town, where, dismounting, the ladies amused was in garrison once in the Peninsula. And then themselves with gazing and shopping, while their it wasn't exactly a cook that was invisible, but a escort lounged in the rear. friar; and he wasn't, no, he wasn't just invisi- “ There is something I want to ask you, Bob,” ble neither; he rather stuck to me, as it were, he said the captain," and now is the best time for did-in fact, I couldn't get him out of my sight; it. Margery has been putting all sorts of stuff he haunted me like a shadow, wanted to convert into Molly's head about you, and your brilliant me. I think ; but I once knew my catechism prospects, and your intimacy with a great famiwhen I was a boy, and was determined to stand ly, and so on, and I am anxious to know what ap for it like a British officer and a loval sub- it all means. Have you really anything opening ject. And so it was no go; but this friar, you out before you such as she writes so mysterious.

What now? You are impatient, Sara ? ly about ? and do you know what it is?” Well, it's a hard case; but I'll tell you the story Surely," replied Robert,“ you must be aware again, and it's all very natural that you should that if I knew anything absolutely, you-my want to see London now you are in it.”

earliest friend, to whom I owe even my intellecThe first thing set about was the transaction tual being-would be the first to hear of it! of business, and the captain found himself en. But poor Margery is as sanguine as she is lov. riched with what appeared to him to be a very ing; and her cousin Driftwood, to whom she is considerable sum. The bankrupt himself, how- I doubtless indebted for the report you allude to,

see

has no means of obtaining correct information. I anywhere at all. As for the captain, he had been To say that he has no foundation to proceed up- admonished by his sister that regimentals were on, would be untrue; but I know nothing abso- not the thing in London, and so he appeared on lutely myself; I am now almost afraid to hope, this occasion in the common mourning attire of and it may be that even before you leave town, I an English gentleman when he means to make shall have settled down ”- and he smiled sadly merry.

—“ into a position more befitting the heretofore Robert, whose experience of the theatre was vagrant of the Common than the guest and in- not extensive, had omitted to take places; and timate of Sir Vivian Falcontower."

when they were set down by their vehicle in the “But can nothing be done to aid you ?” said midst of a crowd of elegantly dressed persons, the veteran anxiously. “You know I am now male and female, so dense and so unceremonious comparatively rich, and if you were to go to law, as quite to alarm the country girl, they learned perhaps "

for the first time that it was a command-night, “My dear sir, law is out of the question! My that the Queen was to be present. They tried claims depend upon favor, not force, and I will the dress-circle first, but entrance there was out never stoop to beg for what is my due."

of the question ; for the first circle was equally “ You are right, my boy. If the people have full; but in the second they were at length no sense of honorable or natural feeling, the less fortunate enough to obtain places, although you have to do with them the better. Don't be only in the corner box next the stage. The in a hury, however-don't condemn them with novelty of the scene, the crowd, the rush, the out trial; but if it turns out so, forget your claims, pressure, almost took away Sara's breath; but whether they are well or ill founded, and rely she pressed on, blindly conscious of safety when apon yourself. But law or no law, you must under Robert's care, and opened her eyes to obhave money, Bob. I have no use for one-half servation only when seated in the front of the of this wind-fall, as Sara is now so rich that I box between the captain and Elizabeth, and don't mean even to make her a present, so, here with her protector guarding her jealously behind. is your share, old fellow.” Robert squeczed the The scene before, beneath, above her, presented offered hand, and put it away without speaking a picture almost sublime as a whole, but merely

“What! you wont? You are too proud — exciting and amusing when the mind had time even to me į "

to examine it in detail. The young girl looked "Believe me," said Robert, huskily, “I should at first with alarm at the torrent of human fig. not be too proud to be your servant if you could ures filling gradually every corner of the house; not afford a hireling! But as for money, I am then she was struck with the almost comic tranreally in no want of it. I am always able to quillity of the company in the boxes, in the support myself singly in reasonable comfort, and midst, as it seemed of that rush and roar ; and if fortune has decreed that I am never to be able then she was able to syllable the appalling sound to do more—why, then, I will not accept at her from the gallery into words that threw an air of hands of a single additional luxury!”

ridicule upon the whole tumult. At this moment they were joined by Elizabeth The house was at length full. The boxes—all and Sara, and when the veteran saw the fushed but one next the stage, which was still vacantcheck and radiant eyes of the young girl, who were like a parterre of thickly set flowers--the had probably been purchasing some article of loveliest in the world ; the tumultuous sea of female bravery, he could not help contrasting in heads in the pit subsided into a deep calm; and his own mind her appearance and her position even the howling gallery was silent in expectawith those of his protégé. His reverie, and the tion, when all on a sudden the concourse rose obvious depression of Robert, affected insensibly simultaneously, the men uncovering their heads, the spirits of the ladies, and all four pursued and a terrific shout burst from every corner of their walk in silence through this attractive quar- the vast building. Sara now observed that a ter of the metropolis.

lady and gentleman had come quietly to the But if the earlier part of the day had been front of the before empty box; and as the roar of wanting in the enjoyment one expects to find greeting thundered through the house, the lady from a visit to London, the evening was to make -a handsome and elegant but kindly-looking up for it--for the evening was to be spent at the woman---bowed gracefully her acknowledge theatre. It was Sara's first night before the cur- ments. Then the shout died away as suddenly tain, and as the hour approached, she began to as it had arisen, lost as it seemed, in the swell of be almost as unquiet as if she was to make her the national hymn which rose from the orchestra début behind it. The thing most trying to her and stage ; and Sara felt the veteran by her side nerves at the outset was the dress scene; and as tremble, and saw the tears roll down liis cheeks, she came on from behind through the folding- as he joined inwardly in the burden-'God save doors of the parlor, and presented herself to the Queen! She was herself agitated almost to Robert for the first time since she was a girl in weeping. She had no time to analyze her feelevening-costume, she was adorned with so many ings, but she recognized in the midst of these a graceful blushes, superadded to the tasteful ele- sensation of pride swelling in her breast and a gance of her attire, that the young artist forgot deep and sisterly sympathy with every individu. all his miseries in admiration. Then followed al of that vast multitude. Elizabeth in the triumphant dress that had won Robert,'she said in a broken voice, and turning for her the suffrages of the Wearyfoot hall, but to him with the frank contiding look and tone of looking so terribly composed that one might have other days, 'is not this wonderful ?' imagined she had forgotten that she was going 'I am glad you are here, Sara,' he replied in the same tone, 'for this is truly a fine and sug-|ployed herself in gazing with much interest at gestive scene.

the company descending an opposite stair. They But what does it mean, Robert? Why do I appeared to have come from the dress-circle, and feel as proud as if I were the sister of that noble were either not so numerous, or were more cerelady—whom I can scarcely see for the tears that monious in their sortie, for she could see to full are standing in my eyes ?'

advantage a very lovely young person, who You will comprehend your feelings by and by: looked like the queen of them all, and who was when you have time to think, and you will read in surrounded by gentlemen, vieing with each other them the solution of more than one social and his- in obtaining for her frce passage. Sara, indeed, torical mystery. The principle of cohesion in the could have believed that she was the Queen herfeudal regime, in clanship and in free governments, self, had she not known that Her Majesty had is identically the same: in all, the chief is the head already retired by another egress. of a system to which the subject as essentially The young lady was in the middle of the stair, belongs, and the homage of the latter is only a descending in this regal state, and so slowly, refined and unconscious self-laudation. The that Sara had abundant time to study a portrait Queen belongs to us as much as we belong to the most exquisite she had ever seen. She was her; and that sublime anthem did not arise for certainly not above the middle height of woman her as an individual, but in her mystical char- -not so tall as Sara herself; but there was a acter as the representative, or rather the com- queenly dignity in her air and carriage, which mon union, as it were, of us all. This feeling is seemed to command as much as it attracted. of course subject to modification. In a free gor. The dignity, however, was not assumed ; it ernment, a sovereign may divorce himself from seemed a natural manner exhibiting itself, as it public regard by betraying an obvious want of were, above a simplicity as natural, while a sympathy with his people. This was the case strange radiance was flung by the most remarkain recent times with an ancestor of the lady for ble eyes in the world over features that would whom your heart is even now yearning--and of have been radiant of themselves. Her dress, a very different nature were the cries that rang though rich, was fastidiously simple ; and her in the ears of that unhappy man! But in the magnificent hair descended in clustering ringlets instance now before us, where we find public du- upon shoulders, in the chiselling of which nature ties nicely understood and conscientiously sul- seemed to have realized the ideal. filled, and in the midst of the splendors of the While Sara gazed, from the same level as the palace everything we have been taught to love object of her admiration, she was unconscious and honor in domestic life, our feelings of nat- that she herself presented a portrait as remarkable ural loyalty, as it is called—loyalty to ourselves in its way; but the look of admiring surprise she -not only receive free play, but are to a certain observed in the stranger as their eyes met, and extent exaggerated by our confounding uncon- she felt herself shone on as if by a glare of sunsciously the princess with the woman.

light, sent a flush of modesty to- her face, The play was a comedy, and afforded to our strangely mingled with alarm. The next mocountry girl a novel and fascinating entertainment the lady had observed Robert, who was ment. But the absorbing interest it had for the behind, and apparently not belonging to Sara's captain, and the remarks in which he gave vent party, and singled him out with a look of intellito his feelings, were a drama in themselves, and gence, followed by a graceful bend of recognition. as amusing as the other. He was particularly This was succeeded, when the two descending struck with a passion contracted at second-hand streams came nearer each other, by a look, or by one of the personages, from his friend's de gesture—she could not tell which—of beckoning; scription of his sister, whom the former had nev- and Robert, making his way past her, and through er seen; and it was obvious from his manner that the almost obsequiously yielding crowd, received he was afraid the episode would distress Eliza- into his the hand of this remarkable person, while beth. That the virgin did indeed feel it, was a few words of familiar grecting passed between clear from the faint color that rose into her them. Sara grew blind. Supported by her unwaxen cheeks; and she was seen during the rest cle, she groped her way through the crowd, and of the performance to pay marked attention to had hardly' returned to recollection when she the incomings and outgoings of the actor who found herself seated in a vehicle, with all her recalled to her memory the great event of her companions of the evening, and on the way back own life-drama.

to the lodgings. At the end of the play, the royal party left the Who was that prodigiously fine girl you were theatre, and the boxes immediately began to speaking to ?' said the captain, as they drove off. thin. Our visitors would not be out of the fash- Miss Falcontower.' The answer was not ion; and, at any rate, a five-act comedy had given requisite for Sara. The moment she was shone them about as much of this kind of amusement upon by the remarkable eyes, she felt her presas they wanted at a time. The crush was not so cnce, and knew that it would stand forever beeager when they were going out as it had been tween her and the sun. when they were coming in; but still the crowd When they reached home, the ladies retired to was dense enough to make their progress through take off their shawls, and the captain ordered the lobbies and down the stairs extremely slow. supper. Robert cheerfully consented to stay, The captain led the march, piloting his niece, for his brief interview with Claudia had revived and Robert followed, making way for Elizabeth, his hopes. Her manner had been kind, her who came close behind him. When they were glance confidential: it looked as if she had somenot very far from the place of egress, Sara em-thing to say, and would have said something

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