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‘Life's a lengthened, troublous dream :
Sleeping-waking-still we seem
Of realities, I deem,

But to catch a transient gleam.' The night was pitch dark, and I could not at first account for the smarting sensation of my hand, till, collecting my muddled facul. ties, and managing to feel out a lucifer and kindle a light, I realised the extent of the mischief. The damaged watch announced two o'clock only, so that a very limited period of conscious unconsciousness (ask the No. 7. Aug. 1, 1863. Price Fourpence.]

metaphysicians the meaning of that lucid phrase) must have elapsed since my retiring to— I dare not say, repose.

I gathered up the broken bits of glass as well as I could, and hunted out some styptic for my wounded hand. The stamps were lying as still, and looking as innocent, as possible, and all unconscious of the mishap they had occasioned. I felt sorely tempted to set fire to them, but prudently forbore ; opining that their avenging ghosts might, forsooth, be even more difficult of endurance than themselves.

And here I take leave to interpolate a few remarks, in reply to the sapient and kindly (?) critics who have done me the honour of thinking my humble tale worth carping at. They object that I have represented the postage stamps as too didactic, philosophic, and discursive, and, in brief, as talking too sensibly. I cannot help it ; 'I tell the tale as 'twas told to me. Neither people nor postage stamps always act up to the r characters in dreams, whatever they may do in reality. Solomon himself in the visions of the night would be often heard to talk veritable bosh ; and I have frequently known you yourself, my worthy friend (you know

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whom I mean), when I have dreamt of you, upon my disgrace. Begone, or I will hurl talk good sound sense; and much surprised you down the stairs." I should have felt at the astounding fact, O“Well," sneered the ruffian, “ you ought did one ever feel surprise in dreams ;-the to be quite au fait in that sort of exploit, as only faculty, as far as I have yet learned, of you have experienced that unceremonious which one never seems to experience the sort of exit in propria personá. Keep yoursensation during sleep.

self cool, now. You are looking just as you Moreover, penning my reminiscences at must have done when you lay sprawlingthis distance of time, I cannot be always Hands off, I say, I am stronger than you ; answerable for the recapitulation of my and were I not, I have a knife, and no man narrators' exact words ; and consequently, ever attacks me without getting a dig of it. once for all, I must request my courteous sooner or later. Keep off, or it will be the readers, to be persuaded, henceforward, that worse for you. What ! you will have it, all seeming otherwise than sensible in my then !"--Lorenzo had rushed at the ruffian, tale is to be laid to the charge of the postage goaded by his insulting taunts ; but his stamps ; and that all the sense, much or strength, at once infuriated and weakened little, is to be set down to my account. by passion, was no match for the calculating With this fair understanding, then, we will coolness of his villainous antagonist, whose proceed to the continuation of the narrative object it evidently was to excite him to the of the yellow Tuscan lion in

utmost verge of desperation, without any

personal quarrel with himself. He contrived, DOZE THE SECOND.-PART I.

then, sparing the exertion of active violence, A STORMY INTERVIEW.

to overpower the young artist and place him * That man should tread this glorious earth,

in a chair, where he lay exhausted by his Oblivious of his heavenly birth ;

own vehemence, and somewhat soothed by Barter all chance of proffered bliss,

the caresses of poor little Carlo, whom his For scenes of turmoil such as this !'

rooted terror of his uncle had not deterred ““ Corpo di Bacco, man !” said the tempter, from springing to the assistance of his “why do you stand in your own way? I beloved protector. tell you, you can get fortune, obtain your 'Filippo left them to themselves awhile, mistress, and enjoy revenge, all at one and, lighting a cigar, sat smoking at the stroke; and you do nothing but rage like a window, till his victim appearing somewhat baited bear, without the sense to kuow you calmed, he again approached him, and the are stronger than your tormentors, if you boy speedily beat a retreat to his distant only choose to exert your strength.”

corner. 6“ Fortune ! love ! revenge !” groaned the "" Come, now, my man, why quarrel with other ; “the first I care not for, save as your friends ? You do not seem to be means of elevation to obtain the second ; but possessed of too many. I mean nought but the third— I will have it, if I perish| good towards you; and, if you inquire why, myself in its accomplishment.”

I am free to own, because I expect to gain *“ Tut, tut, my fine fellow," returned greatly by making common cause with you. Filippo, “I engage you shall have it, without I repeat that I engage to put you in the way risk, too. Only hearken quietly to me, and of attaining all three of the seemingly be guided by ny directions."

unattainable objects of your aspirations; but 6« And what am I to thank for your you must put yourself under my guidance, sudden care after my interest ? ” rejoined heart and hand-not body and soul; folks Lorenzo, not yet so blinded by passion as are too wide awake to avow that sort of not to suspect some sinister motive for the bargain now-a-days--not that I see any other's interference in his affairs; “why do difference but in words : it seems to me to you force yourself upon me? You can come to the same thing." mean no good by your pretended sympathy: “Alas for poor Lorenzo ! the tempter you come for no purpose other than to gloat uttered but the naked truth. What is the


simple interpretation of the legends of the hush up the affair for the sake of the honour foul fiend's victories in the dark ages, where of the heiress. the miserable victims are represented as The communication of Filippo, neverthesigning with their blood a bond of fealty, in less, had a contrary effect from what he had purchase of love, gold, or power ?-boons | intended, Lorenzo immediately declaring he out of which the crafty demon so often would boldly apply to the Marquis for the deluded his votary, who found, too late, his restoration of his property. At first, Filippo promises were only “a mockery and a fancied he had made a false move, and was snare!” What are these apparent fictions not without some misgivings as to the effect

of his tardy acknowledgment of the truth. «« The simple actions of an o'er true tale.

Reflection, however, reassured him as to the Obscurid by dark tradition's misty veil” ? futility of his dupe's application, which he

knew he had private means of forestalling or In sober fact there may be no visible Mephis neutralising, so as to induce disbelief in his topheles at the elbow, but how frequently own confession. The consequent refusal of the poor dupe abandons himself, now to the the Marquis to give up the ornament, he suggestions of his own evil thoughts, and shrewdly conjectured would but serve to add anon to the selfish guidance of a villainous fuel to the impassioned young artist's resentadviser, barters his innocence for greed, lulls ment, and only in the upshot bind him for awhile his dormant conscience, and more closely to a participation in his own awakes-how terrible an awaking !-to the nefarious projects.' stings of disappointment and remorse!

The event justified his anticipations. The "To return to my narrative : all the specious | old noble, in a written communication to that reasonings and persuasions of Filippo might effect, seemed to have been induced utterly to possibly have been ineffectual, had he not ignore the rights of Lorenzo, and at the same bethought himself of the incident of the time coupled his negation with a friendly bracelet, and its value, known hitherto to admonition to quit the society of his mendahimself alone, as a means for developing the cious accomplice, and turn his great talents mystery connected with the birth of the to account on other soil than that of Tuscany. artist-foundling.

A handsome amount of money was enclosed 'Eagerly did the youth listen to as much in the packet, which Lorenzo dashed to of the recital as Filippo chose to favour him the ground; and Filippo, who had managed with; suffering Lorenzo to believe by impli to get wind of the time the parcel might cation that both the Marquis and his foster be sent, furtively consigned the same to his parents had all along been aware of all the own pockets. Adine had considerately circumstances.

added a small note to Carlo, containing the The plan---the details of which you will recovered stamp; and this act of kindness, have hereafter he had been thus far and the very sight of her handwriting, might unsuccessful in inducing Lorenzo to adopt, have disposed Lorenzo to a better course, was neither more nor less than a night | had not Bernardo contrived to forward the attack on the palace of the Marchese, the missive by one of his uncle's retainers, who abstraction of the costly plate and jewelry entertained an old grudge against the artist, well known to be contained therein, and the on account of his active resentment for some forcible abduction of Adine, who was to be act of insolence. This man's vulgar mind had conveyed to the neighbouring sanctuary of eagerly seized so favourable an opportunity Vallombrosa ; and there an accommodating

of retaliation, and he had consequently priest would be ready to rivet the chains of been one of the foremost in the throng of matrimony too securely for the possibility of his persecutors, the memorable morn of his severance, even by the great influence of the ignominious expulsion from the palazzo of old noble. Filippo plausibly endeavoured the Marchese. to persuade his companion that the family The sight of this menial rekindled his of the Marchese would be easily induced to sleeping rage; and nothing but the abject

terror of the cowering fellow prevented him they would urge in extenuation of the fraud, from violence. Thus, ill-prepared for the that they had no wages from their masters endurance of disappointment, he opened the --the proprietors who farmed the mails. packet, perused the denial of what he con One high official complains grievously that sidered his just claimsand furiously the gentry "due give much money to the exclaimed :

riders (for services rendered, no doubt), ““ Away! scruples of conscience, away ! whereby they be very subject to get in I will hesitate no longer-I will have liquor, which stopes the males.' We have revenge! Yes (catching sight of the stamp, seen upon what a slender thread the arrival which Carlo had just taken out of his little or non-arrival of the mails really hung, and note, and was innocently holding up to his that to 'stope the males' was by no means a friend's eyes), by the Cross of Savoy I will difficult task. Nor did the speed at which be revenged !!!

they travelled form any obstacle. From old (To be continued.)

records we learn that when Mr. Harley

(afterwards Lord Oxford) complained that THE POST BEFORE RAILWAYS.

an express to him had been delayed, the

postmasters-general (two were required in Previous to 1784, the mail-bags of the post those days) replied, that it had travelled one office were carried by postboys on horseback, hundred and thirty-six miles in thirty-six at an average rate, including stoppages, of hours, which,' added they, 'is the usual rate from three to four miles an hour. Of these of expresses.' postboys and their doings we have some In Scotland, about the same time, this curious accounts. Mr. Palmer, of Bath, who work was done even slower, and accomplished originated some considerable reforms in this with greater hardships. The postboys walked department of the post office, says of them in all distances under twenty miles; longer his report, when introducing his schemes to distances required that the person should be Mr. Pitt: "The mails are generally intrusted mounted, though no relays of horses were to some idle boy without character, mounted | allowed, however long and tedious the on a worn-out hack, and who, so far from journey might be. Many years later, the being able to defend himself, or escape from English order of'post' and 'express' would a robber, is more likely to be in league with appear to have been reversed, 'expresses' him.' This testimony, though it might not travelling the slowest. Campbell, the poet, be unbiassed, seems in the main to have been relates a story which shows how things were true. Anybody might rob a postboy, and managed in his younger days in the Highthat by the simplest contrivance. Letters of lands. “Near Inverary, we regained a spot any great value were so seldom sent by these of comparative civilisation, and came up with means that the booty was often found worth the postboy, whose horse was quietly grazing less. The French mail on its outward-bound at some distance, whilst Red Jacket himself passage via Dover was more than once was immersed in play with other lads. stopped and rifled before it had got clear of “You rascal," I said to him, “are you the London. A string stretched across a street postboy, and thus spending your time?” in the borough through which the mail | “Nae, nae, sir," he answered, “I'm no the would pass, has been known to throw the | post;” and then, as if ashamed of his conpostboy from his horse, who, without more nection with it, added, “I'm only an express!" ado, would coolly retrace his steps, empty Thirty years before Mr. Palmer submitted handed, to the chief office, and report the loss his plans for appropriating some of the of his bags. About this time, it was a fre coaches to post-office uses, we learn that quent complaint of the officers of the post 'flying' coaches were started. The first office that the runners did a considerable was established by a number of Manchester business for themselves, to the great detri merchants, to run between that place and ment of the public revenue. Post-letters the metropolis. These coaches earned their were frequently found upon them, when appellation by an increase of speed of about

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