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grew delighted with Percy, whom he charac-of. Once more alone with the charming being terized as a young man of sound good sense, who had turned quiet, sensible Percy Dalton inSir, no
about him, thoroughly to a dreamer and wholesale waster of time, my straightforward, and knows what he's about. friend felt all his love rushing up in an This was very high praise from Major Morrison, governable stream; but, as often happens unwho often remarked that “one half of the world der similar circumstances, bis flow of words was didn't seem to know what they were about!” by no means abundant: in fact, Percy stam
The great attraction in the eyes of Percy mered, hesitated, and talked common-places to Dalton, however, was not the conversation or such a degree, that the fair Kate began to be the good chess-playing of the Major, or the quite vexed with her lover's stupidity, and rose elaborate dinners or liberal entertainments at to summon her sister; but the fates bad deterDaleford house; a greater inducement than all mined other things for Percy Dalton than to be this to renew his visits dwelt in the bright eyes introduced on that occasion to Mary Morrison ; and smiling face of Katie Morrison, for whom she bad gone out for a short stroll, the servant Percy Dalton cared a great deal more at this said, and Percy, after summoning up all bis time than he wished his friends to believe; more courage to make a tender speech at parting even than he believed bimself.
and, having failed miserably, took his leave, very It is possible, that, had both the sisters been little satisfied with his visit, and more in love at Daleford house, Percy might have escaped than ever. his destiny for a time; but Mary was absent, with a distant relation, and would not rejoin her Percy, except one, when be saw, as he believed,
Some days passed, which were dies non to sister and uncle, until after their return to Kate Morrison riding in the park, attended town.
only by a servant. He was very near to the Frequent and oft-repeated visits to Daleford lady, and could not be but surprised by her House, archery meetings, and pic-nics, in sight manner of returning his bow. She started, of golden corn-fields of our fairest county, long Aushed crimson, and nearly losing the reins in evenings spent over the piano and harp, all her agitation, her horse swerved violently, and these combinations of pleasant circumstances then set off at a sharp canter, which the rider quickly brought Percy Dalton to that state of had some difficulty in checking. mind when people begin to look long at the moon on retiring to bed at night, to write bad have been startled at my sudden appearance, or
“ Very odd this,” thought Percy; "she must verses, wherein the facile rhymes "trees and ," "silver light and silent night,” are
else she can't be accustomed to meet friends breeze," " made to do duty in every other line. Alas! for when riding. However, it's a favourable symphuman expectations! Just when Dalton was in tom, I trust !” ecstasies of delight at his good fortune, and
Meanwbile the lady pursued her ride, and on thought, “good easy man,” that his fortunes reaching home the groom remarked :
were a ripening,” in very truth-Puff! a word “I think you must have dropped your reins, of the Major's blows away his rose-tinted Miss Mary, in the park; I never saw the mare chateau en Espagne, and he has said “good- start off like that before !" bye,” in an ordinary tone of voice, and seen “Yes, it was my fault, Thomas," answered them to the railway carriage before he can collect the young lady, in some confusion; poor Bessie his senses and feel the full extent of his bereave- is not to blame." ment. However, the Major has said, “Re
Mary Morrison retired at once to her own member, Mr. Dalton, we shall always be glad room, and the young lady's agitation was now to see you at Twickenham;" and with this in- very evident; her cheek was pale, and her hand vitation to comfort bim, Percy was obliged to trembled as she drew a letter from her pocket, remain, kept much against his inclination by a letter which had been put privately into her matters of business, and as men usually do hand that morning, and the contents of wbich under such circumstances, took every oppor
were these : tunity of making himself supremely miserable, and began to think that calling Kent "the
“Liverpool. garden of England” was a piece of utter ab
“DEAREST Mary, surdity.
“I cannot forbear writing to you, even At length, however the wished-for time of at the risk of your displeasure, and the still departure arrived, and my friend returned to greater risk of detection; my one and only London, and thence proceeded as soon as pos- excuse is that I am once more in England, once sible to Twickenham. He found that the Major more in the same land with her for whom I live! resided in a pretty villa, whose well-kept garden I shall try to see you, dearest, the day after you sloped down to the bright waters of the Thames, will receive this letter. If the business of my looking as unlike as possible to the black, grimy employers can be tranacted in one day, as I river which rolls under London Bridge. Major doubt' not it will be, I shall once more have the Morrison received Percy very warmly, but was inexpressible delight of gazing on the face which soon obliged to take his departure to town, has been my only vision of happiness during leaving Kate to entertain her visitor, an arrange my stay in India. "Try, dearest Mary, to ar ment which the said visitor highly approved range & meeting towards five o'clock in the afternoon, near the old hawthorn walk in the I to her side, and clasped her hand with all the garden.
ardour of a lover. “Ever, my dearest Mary, your most devoted, "I trust,” he said, after a few moments of “EDWARD OAKLEY."
very expressive silence, " I trust that you were
not ill yesterday; I fear I startled your horse!" “ So
“No, not ill-only surprised, a little agitated soon-80 unexpectedly!” murmured Mary, half aloud, as she read this letter for the
at your sudden apparition !" replied Mary. twentieth time at least; but my eyes must have
“ But come,” she added, seeing that her lover deceived me to-day; it is impossible ;, my brain that has passed since our last meeting!"
was silent; "you must have so much to tell me must he turned by this sudden news."
It was but a week, thought Percy, but It was with feverish anxiety that Mary Mor
answeredrison awaited the following day: all the morn
My life is not an eventful one, and apart ing she was busy in contriving plans to remove
from you it is a blank.” the worthy Major from the scene of action; with her sister she had a half confidence, but had during which Mary had made up her mind that
After taking a few more turns in the path, never fully disclosed her secret, the only one
India had considerably altered her lover, both which was preserved between the sisters. Major Morrison innocently frustrated several had been screwing uphiscourage to the sticking
in manner and appearance; poor Percy, who wily stratagems of his niece, who had sug point, at length said, rather abruptlygested that he looked poorly, and ought to ride
“Miss Morrison, we have known each other out towards Hampton Court for an airing: No; long enough for you to have seen that my feelthe Major said he had never felt better in his ings towards you are not those of a mere friend life, and didn't care to ride while the close
--one who comes and goes, sees you, and perweather lasted. Mary vas in despair, when at
haps never thinks of you until the next meeting; last a visitor arrived to lunch, who insisted upon during the time I have known you you have taking the whole party back in his carriage to
taken a fixed place in the heart of one, who inaugurate the game
of croquet, which his daughters had just become acqnainied with longer in suspense. Tell me my fate now; if
although all unworthy of you, cannot exist Mary with difficulty excused' berself on the plea you delay, you are but being cruel to be kind!" of a headache, and had the satisfaction of seeing
After making this speech, which was not so the Major and Kate depart in the chariot of the bad considering Percy's previous remarks, he parental fosterer of croquet.
managed to elicit a very favourable response Towards the appointed tims Mary entered from the young lady, who however dwelt the garden, and, with hasty steps and flushed strongly on her Uncle's consent being necescheek, paced up and down the hawthorn walk, sary, and not very easy to obtain. which was screened from the house by a thick “Never fear, dearest;" exclaimed the pow hedge. Nearly two years had passed since enthusiastic Percy;.“ he has never shown bimEdward Oakley had sailed for India. He had, self other than friendly towards me, and tobefore that time, been a frequent visitor at the morrow if you will let me, I will come and put Morrison's house, but, althongh the Major had the case before him in such a light, that I think treated him with politeness and attention, he by I shall take his defeuces by a coup de main." no. means approved of the marked attention So it was arranged, and Percy departed in a which Oakley bestowed upon his niece Mary, state of delightful insanity which led him to and the young man's departure for India to at- perpetrate unheard-of absurdities, among which tend to some
business connected with his was the presentation of half a sovereign to the father's large and flourishing firm, was looked railway porter, full in sront of the company's on by Major Morrison as a very excellent mea- regulations to the contrary. On the following sure, calculated to save a great deal of trouble day Percy Dalton presented himself at the house and annoyance to himself and every one else. which bad become his magnet of attraction, and
Meanwhile Percy Dalton had selt, or pre inquired for the Major and the young ladies. He tended that he felt so uneasy at Miss Morrison's was told that the Major was out, but was alarm on the previous day, that nothing short expected home shortly; that Miss Mary was of a visit to Twickenham could calm the state of engaged with a visitor, but that Miss Kate anxiety under which he laboured. He accor- would receive him. On entering the drawingdingly started by an afternoon train from Lon room which was divided from a front room by don, and, as if some mischievous Puck had so
closed folding doors, Percy was received by Kate, arranged it, he approached the dwelling of the tholigh by no means so 'enthusiastically as he Morrisons a few minutes before five o'clock. expected; in fact, the memory of the previous
On arriving at the garden gate he at once be-day seemed to have quite evaporated. held a lady, whom he recognized as the fair “ We have not seen you for some time, Mr. equestrian of the previous day. On per- Dalton ; we thought you were going to desert ceiving Dalton, she uttered a half-surprised us,” were the first words which greeted the cry, blushed crimson, and hastened towards astonished Percy. bim. Such an open demonstration was not to “ Miss Morrison, Katie, may I not call you so? be mistaken. Dalton flung open the gate, darted Can you have forgotten our conversation of
yesterday? Surely you are bent upon teazing " I will,” replied Mary, laughing, and rather to-day ?"
confused; have been playing a second The undisguised surprise with which Kate “Comedy of Errors,' and the denouement might opened her dark eyes mystified Dalton still have ended in a tragedy. This comes, my dear
Kate, of not trusting each other with our secrets; “I am at a loss to understand you," she we both concealed our little romance, and now it said ; “if you are joking, the jest seems to me has grown into a perfect maze of confusion. a very poor one !"
Allow me, in the first place, to introduce Mr. “Good Heavens, Miss Morrison! What can Edward Oakley to you, IIr. Dalton ; though, bybe the meaning of your sudden change to me? the-bye, I have not yet been introduced to Mr. Did you not only yesterday listen to my earnest Dalton himself.” suit, and agree that I should to-day ask your The stranger approached, and Percy, who had Uncle's consent to our union ?"
started on hearing his name, exclaimed, “What, Kate Morrison's fair cheek crimsoned with Oakley! My other-self,' as you were called at displeasure at what she considered Percy's un- school! now the whole mystery is clear!" warrantable impertinence; rising haughtily, she Explanations followed, and Kate, who for a said, “ You presume, sir, upon the influence time pretended to be greatly offended at her you imagine you have exercised over me; I have lover's want of perception, at length consented been weak enough to show my folly, but I am to ratify the agreement into which her sister had strong enough to tell you that I find I have entered for her, while Oakley prevailed upon mistaken you for an honourable man and gen- Mary to make a new one in his favour. tleman, and that from this time we must be The Major on bis arrival insisted upon both strangers !"
gentlemen staying to dinner, and when the ladies She moved towards the door. Percy had had retired, the old gentleman was brought to sprung to his feet to hazard an explanation, the very brink of apoplexy by the recital of the when a merry peal of laughter was heard from lovers' mistakes. the adjoining room, the folding doors were “Egad!” he exclaimed, when returning thrown open, and Mary Morrison entered, ac- breath suffered him to speak.
Egad, you companied by a gentleman who shaded his face fellows are wonderfully alike; ifit wasn't for with his hand, as though the light affected him. Dalton's moustache I'm not sure I could tell Percy Dalton stood like one thunderstruck, for which was which now. And if you really run side by side the sisters were so exactly alike, off with my nieces, as I suppose you must, one that but for the angry flush which still fitted of you must go abroad, or there'll be no end of across Kate's fair cheek he could not have dis- bother and confusion !” tinguished them.
Dalton acted on this very sound advice, and In a moment the truth flashed upon him; he as Oakley and Mary chose to remain in England, had made bis declaration to the wrong sister. Percy and Kate sailed for India, where they
“ Miss Mary, for Heaven's sake explain this will doubtless have many a laugh at the story of contre-temps," said poor Percy.
their “ Double Love?”
THE THEATRES, &c.
THE TURN OF THE TIDE”—THE GAIETY, | indeed the first cause, is the realism of such NEW BURLESQUE-STRAND.
pieces as “ Formosa” and “The Turn of the
Tide." It has been discovered by experienced The New Queen's theatre bas met with a playwrights, that a built-up scene on the stage success, as extraordinary with its drama of “The of a railway station, a steamboat station, a Turn of the Tide" as the Drury Lane rookery with the parish pump of a low neightriumph with “ Formosa.”. A critic is divested bourhood distinctly visible, will have attractions of his authority when the public pronounce for an audience. If Mr. Burnand's drama of miriad-voiced their gratification with and "The Turn of the Tide" had been produced at approval of the amusements provided for them. the old Coburg theatre thirty years ago, it But we may be allowed still to speculate on the would bave had the usual run of the fortycauses of the success of the prevalent and shilling dramas of the period. But now the newest form of melo-drama. One of the causes, lobscurities of melo-drama muust be heightened into lurid effect by the aid of gas-reflectors and they, as usual, were an excellent foil for each the lime-light, in order that the public may other: he, all stolidity above a flow of quiet witness the particular sensational scene. Mr. / humour; she, a finished caricature, if it were a Burnand's new drama is founded on one of the caricature, of a rampant, domineering, manypopular novels of the day, entitled “May Fair;" worded, middle-class matron. and we know that it is a pretty close adaptation of the scenes of that very pretentious novel of The GAIETY theatre continues to flourish with fashionable life. But the tale of Miss Edward's its well-selected performances. Besides reviving offered but little in its mawkish dialogue that Mr. Robertson's fine comedy of “Dreams," could be used by the stage-adapter. Only in Mr. Hollingshead has produced a new burlesquethe plot and a few faintly-drawn characters extravaganza, or opera buffa, on the subject of could“ May Fair” have proved of any value to the opera Linda da Chamouni. But the “The Turn of the Tide.” But whatever the satirical part of the travestie is directed against merits or demerints of the novel, it was necessary the Drury Lane “Formosa” and its author, Mr. to place it on the stage with the adjunct of some Boucicault. It might have been as well had startling scenes; and these, we presume, Mr. Mr. A. Thompson stuck to his song-writing Burnand, Mr. Gordon, the scene-painter, and and left his prejudices behind him, when he the carpenter of the theatre, put their heads brought forward his new burlesque at the together to supply. Like most plays of the Gaiety. Setting aside impertinences, the piece day, Mr. Burnand's latest production at the contains enough and to spare of those necessary Queen's is not remarkable for much brilliance elements of theatrical air and life, song and of dialogue or skill in developing character. In dance, to secure complete success. The new fact, the earlier portions of the piece would be “ Formosa" is splendidly mounted and quite as effective without the dialogue. Even charmingly acted by a strong burlesque the boudoir scene, between Earnscliffe and his company, with the enchanting and versatile Miss wife, would lose little, if anything, by being E. Farren at their head. acted in dumb show. It is only in the later scenes, especially when the Danby family appear
The GLOBE theatre has been re-opened with on the stage, that the development of character a new drama, the title of which is “Progress," is at all dependent on the language of the which we propose to notice in our next feuilletor. speakers; and even then, much of the result is due to the effective bye-play of such finished The Strand theatre is crowded nightiy, ill. artists as Mr. and Mrs. Frank Matthews. Still ventilated, and redolent of “an ancient and a the piece may be called a real success. It fish-like smell;" consequently, the audiences contains some very effective scenes and stirring are drawn to the little band-box," stimulated situations, to the full expression of which the by the hope of participating in the laughing scene-painter has contributed a material share. gas, which Mrs. Swanborough takes care to Mr. Gordon will not easily outdo the magic turn on upon her public with unstinting hand. beauty of his handiwork in the Cave of Morgane, or the rural_picturesqueness of the
To those of our readers who prefer the day Village of Trachsel. The rescue of the lovers
amusements to the regular theatres, we from the tide-flooded cave, forms an excellent recommend a visit to Madame Tussaud's,
where their eyes theme for the tableau that ends the first act.
will be regaled with the Nothing quite so exciting follows, unless it be magnificent court dresses now on view, in the final appearance of the dying lady, Clara | addition to all the other amusements. Earnscliffe ; a very convenient solution of the
The POLYTECHNIC, in Regent-street, also knot which has hitherto marred the course possesses many attractions, that are usually of Marguerite's true love. From first to last enhanced in novelty after the autum season. "The Turn of the Tide” is never allowed to flag; everything goes off trippingly; there are no
The ALHAMBRA, in Leicester-square, is well violent surprises, and the characters, though worth visiting, on account of the abundance of numerous, are generally well-defined. The singing and dancing supplied by a well-managed acting was only moderately good. Mr. H. Vezin establishment, that is altogether superior to the
E, H. MALCOLM. makes a respectable part of Earnscliffe and don't genus music-hall. rant. Mr. Nelson, as Neville, is easy and natural. Mr. Rider has evidently studied the part of the worthy, awkward-moving, quiet-spoken Doctor. Miss Young would do more justice, we think, to a more interesting or a more consistent type of character, than the perverse-minded Lady TEMPER.- What one values above every other Clara. Miss Hodson, as Marguerite, was fresh consideration in a companion, man or woman, is and charming, with youth and grace to support amiableness, that is to say, evenness of temper, and her in the performance of the heroine. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Matthews, in their humorous the willingness to please, and be pleased without rendering of Mr. and Mrs. Danby, gave a new egotism, and without exaction. There is nothing life and buoyancy to the later acts of the piece; capable of supplying its place. -Leigh Hunt,
THE LADIES' PAGE.
SHELLS FOR A KNITTED COUNTERPANE.
MATERIALS, Fine knitting cotton of Messrs, Walter Evans & Co., Derby, and steel needles.
Cast on 45 stitches. Knit 2 plain rows.
3rd row.-5 plain, thread forward and 2 together, 17 times, 5 plain.
5th.-5 plain, forward 2 together, purl 1, till there are only 7 left. 2 together, 5 plain,
9th.—5 plain, 2 together, plain 1, till 7 are left. 2 together, 5 plain.
Continue 9 and 10 alternately until 4 ribs are formed, there will then be only 10 stitches on the needle; narrow these in the centre one till only one remains. Fasten off,
QUILT OR COUVRE PIED IN STRIPES.
MATERIALS. --Half a pound each of crimson, maize, green, and violet 12-thread fleecy, six ounces of black
4-thread fleecy, and a pair of Pricesse's pins, No. 2 are required.
Cast on seven stitches, *, slip 1, knit 6, repeat of the stripes. The colours to be joined in the this for 11 rows, then cast off 6 stitches, turn following order : crimson, maize, violet, green. the needle with one stitch on it, and cast on 6 stitches ; repeat from *, till you have done a This is also very pretty for a quilt in cotton, yard and a half, sew the stripes together, and for which three pounds of 6 4-thread knitting work a row of single crochet in black 4-thread cotton, of Messrs. Walter Evans & Co., Derby, fleecy over the seams, add a tassel at each end must be procured.
MATERIALS.Three-quarters of a pound of coloured and one pound white 4-ply fleecy; a pair of knitting
pins, No. 2 for the edge.
This petticoat is worked in stripes, the co- row is repeated knit 2 stitches together at the loured ones running down, and the white ones beginning and end of the row, so as to deacross.
crease it two stitches each pattern; cast off For the narrow stripes, cast on thirty stitches the remaining stitches. Work 7 stripes more with the white wool.
the same. The broad stripes with the coloured 1st row.-Purl all the stitches. After the 1st wool. Cast on 130 stitches, and work the 8 row always slip the first stitch of each row. rows of pattern until 5 stripes are made, count2nd.-Knit all the stitches plain.
iog both sides of the work; then cast off, make 3rd.-Purl all the stitches.
six stripes the same, and sew them between the 4th and 5th.-Knit both rows all plain. narrow stripes. 6th.-Purl all the stitches.
For the edge. With the coloured wool and 7th.-Knit plain.
crochet needle work along the 1st row of the 8th,-Purl all the stitches.
stripes, a row of one chain and one plain; then These 8 rows form the pattern, and are to two rows more the same, working the plain be repeated for three-quarters of a yard; then stitch in the chain stitch of the previous row. work 9 patterns more, but each time the 2nd Finish the top with an elastic band.