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“You are quite late. We are just go- “Who is that tall, lanky young man ing to dance. Will you?”
talking to Crith?" Oh no, thank you."
“Mr. Meggot." “I thought you never did. Then let “Humph! Seems to think enough of me find a nice seat by Miss Harris." . himself."
But Miss Harris was led away by her " He was head boy at Marlborough." partner just as we approached her, and “Head and shoulders too, he might there remained on the seat only an elder- have been. There's plenty of him." ly lady whoin Urith named to me in an I did not think this witty, though I undertone as “Miss Poulter-a very old was expected to smile. Presently he friend and a distant relation.” She pre- passed from Urith to Ilelen, and evidentsented me to her with a few kind words, ly began pressing her to dance. Though and then left us to make acquaintance. I could not hear a word, I liked watching
“You don't dance, then?” said Miss the dumb show, he was so pliant and Poulter with a smile, " and yet you look easy. There was evidently some raillery young enough. I'm sure I think danc- going on that amused them much; then ing a very good way of warming one's he carelessly and gracefully led her to her self this old weather; but waltzing, of place and I enjoyed looking at their danany description, I decidedly object to." cing. It reminded me of a line in an old
Two musicians, with harp and violin, songnow began to play delightfully. The “Like waving corn her mien." dancers ranged themselves for a quadrille, Miss Poulter's reflections were differand could hardly help backing on us some- ent. She said, times.
"Miss Helen Hartlepool resembles the “Miss Hartlepool has found a partner Venus de Medici in one thing-she has for everybody but herself,” said Miss large feet-hut she knows how to handle Poulter. “I hope she will find one by them neatly." and by, and for life, too"-with a mean- I said, “If they are like those of the ing smile. “How surprised I was at Venus de Medici, I should think they their coming to town! They seemed to must be just what they ought to behave quite taken root in the country; but which she herself is, to my mind. She is it was to bring Urith out, I suppose. such a sweet girl!" That man is a green-grocer,” lowering Miss Poulter touched my arm and softher voice as a waiter did something to a ly said, “Another green-grocer." I looked lamp. “I know him quite well; he sup- and saw a man carrying a tray of negus, plies me with Brussels sprouts. Talking which it required great strength to supof sprouts, how scarce they are this win- port so long with outstretched arms, ter! Who are those two pretty girls in while people helped themselves leisurely. book-muslin dresses made up to the throat? When he came to us, Miss Poulter enterI call that sensible in such weather. De- ed into conversation with him, which I cidedly not out. Hartlepools, are they? thought cruel of her, and then took a se· Urith's sisters? They are much prettier cond glass. The poor man seemed to than she is."
think this neither the time nor place for her inquiries, and abruptly passed on, looking red in the face and ready to
drop. "Haste thee, nymph, and bring with thee “It really must be quite refreshing, Jest and youthful jollity."
you know," said Miss Poulter, turning to I was looking at the sweet girls with me, "after a day of sordid care in a little great complacence, when Miss Poulter, mean shop, with perhaps a poor dinner, who seemed to consider me a useful in- and two babies in a cradle, to step out of telligencer and safe listener, resumed it all, clean shaven and spruce, into a with
scene like this, well warmed and lighted,
THE BOWER OF BLISS.
with lively music, and where, as Byron like a snow-flake beside me, when some says, the lamps shine on fair women one came to ask her to dance; and who and brave men—at least we'll suppose should he be but her cousin Tom! He had them so !—and all in the way of earn- arrived unexpectedly, and came in with ing money, not spending it. People quite a whiff of sea freshness about him; talk of the privations of the poor, but I eyes burning bright and color like carthink they have their privileges too. May mine. Marianne colored vividly, she was I trouble you to put down my glass ?” so surprised and glad to see him. He im
I was quite glad to do so, because it mediately said, " I've no partner-be gave me the opportunity of changing my mine!—be mine!” place; and Blanche, bright and light as "I'm engaged to Mr. Clayton," said she, a fairy, seized my hand and said energe- regretfully; and her partner came up that tically,
moment to claim her. Bessy, don't
back! come here into “Oh, Mr. Clayton will excuse you, I what Basil calls the Bower of Bliss,"'- dare say. We haven't seen each other and she led me into a prettily draped re- for a long while, sir,"—which tickled Mr. cess, with a low couch running around it, Clayton so that he laughed immodewhere we could look at the mazy scene rately. from the loopholes of retreat, and where “I don't know what to say about it," Mrs. Hartlepool and then Urith had a few said he; "the honor and pleasure of danpleasant words to say, and one or two cing with Miss Marianne Hartlepool will pleasant people came and went. I was be quite as great to me as to you." again asked to dance, but had quite Oh, excuse me, that cannot be," said made up my mind. I did not want to Tom. “I'll explain it all to you another
time. Here's Miss Lyon unprovided with By and by Mr. Basil Hartlepool came a partner. Miss Lyon, Mr. Clayton," and to us, and said,
away he led Marianne in spite of her “Miss Lyon ? how nice! I am come remonstrating. to rest my weary dislocated frame in the Mr. Clayton said to me quickly, “ Are bower of repose, and you two will be they engaged ? " cushions for my exhausted mind. I'm Oh
I'm sure they are not," said very hungry too. Blanche, those refresh- I.
"She's too young." ment-men are overlooking us most un- “I don't know about that,” said he, handsomely. Go and draw their atten- laughing. “May I have the pleasure—?" tion to us--we want something to recruit "Oh no, thank you—I don't dance." our strength."
So then he walked off, and amused Blanche laughed and obeyed his bid- himself with hanging about Tom for some ding, and presently we were all supplied. time afterwards, making as though he Mr. Meggot, who had previously greeted were going to remonstrate, by beginning nie with a strong stare, now sauntered “But Mr. Hartlepool ! "_"But Mr. Thoup, and said in a hollow voice
mas!”_"But Mr. Tom !"_which Tom “What are you people after ?” pretended not to hear.
Eating on the sly. Don't tell.” Most of the rest of the evening is lost “Give me some, or I'll peach.” in the haze of distance. At supper, durMore to morrow."
ing a great buzz of voices and noise of " You villain.”
spoons, forks, and plates, green-grocer We all laughed. Basil then took my John, with a champagne bottle in his hand, glass, and said with a dolorous sigh, he whispered, “The gentleman's waiting, supposed he must now return to the field Miss ;” and as I was near the door, I hasof battle. He thanked us much for hav- tily left my place, which was iminediing assuaged his sufferings.
ately filled by some one who had been After this, Marianne flew to us, all standing, and escaped to the tea-room, smiles; but had scarcely settled down There I found my dear father waiting.
6 All gone.
for me, sure enough, and very cold, glad of employment that could be carried
My kind mother had caudle ready for mother used to cry, "God help the poor us, and said, “Don't let it cool-you can souls!” and brood over their trials, which tell me to-morrow of your doings." made our fireside comforts seem more
So I obeyed instructions, went to bed precious. Very kind, too, was she to the warm, and sadly overslept myself next poor, according to her means, and in mimorning; but my father went off to nutiæ that would not have occurred to business at the usual time.
many housekeepers. A cup of hot tea, Dear creatures! when I think of them the last slice of a loaf, a basin of broth both, my eyes fill with tears. How kind
or arrowroot, a potato, a shred of cold they were to me! How indulgent, gen- meat, comforted many a poor wretch out erous, and self-denying! I thought a of work. It was in talking at the door good deal more, at the time, of the bril- one of these, who would by no means liant party than of their goodness; but set foot inside, that she caught a severe now,
the lighted rooms, the delightful cold, which grew worse as mine got betmusic, the various and pretty dresses, ter. the graceful movements, the playful say- Thus our cases were reversed, and ings, have all died out of memory-dis- very much we coddled and petted one appeared with that winter's snows. My another. At length she became well parents' goodness lives as fresh
as enough for me to look after the Hartle
pools, which she proposed herself, sayo I felt quite jaded when I rose, and was inghorrified to find how late it was. My “They will think it strange, my dear, mother was sitting at work beside a that you have not been near them, not cheerful fire, with my breakfast spread knowing how poorly you have been, nor on the table. Outside all was buried in how occupied and anxious I have made
She was afraid I had taken cold. you. Only wrap up well, and give my I stoutly denied it, but she said :- kind love to Urith"-meaning Mrs. “Why, you are as hoarse as the frog Hartlepool, whom she spoke of but rarely
You must keep in the by her Christian name. house till your cold has gone off.”
“Ay, wrap up well, Bessy," added This was not a very disagreeable re- my father, "for good people are scarce, medy, except that it prevented my call- and this nasty influenza has set all Loning on the Hartlepools; but my mother don sneezing." said
Fortified with extra wraps I set forth, “Depend on it, they will have plenty glad to breathe the open air once more, of callers without wanting you, and you which, compared with what it had been, can talk the party over with me,” felt very pleasant and refreshing. "The which I did very thoroughly. At last I ways were foul,” however, as Shakethought my mother had had enough of speare says, and a fog coming on which it, though I had not; and then I applied rapidly grew thicker, so that when I enmyself to plain work, which I felt more tered Mr. Hartlepool's court-yard the air in the humor for just then than reading. was almost the color of pea-sour. Besides, I owed my mother my best as- A disconsolate-looking man-servant, sistance in measuring and cutting out, evidently with a bad cold, opened the when she had lately worked so indefati- door, and answered my inquiry for Mrs gably for me; and my cold made me Hartlepool with
in the song
Oh! ma am, she's so ill l-we're all just now. We can't think where he of us ill. Mistress is in bed. Miss Helen caught them. Urith is obliged to shut is in bed. Miss Eva and Miss Blanche herself up with him, for fear of carrying keep their room. Miss Hartlepool is nurs- the infection to Eva and Blanche. I am ing Master Edwy in the measles." the only one well—"
At the same moment Marianne called “You?” said I, smiling; "why, you over the banisters, in a hoarse and rather ought to be in bed too. Can I be of any cross voice
'assistance to you? I will gladly come “Timothy, do shut the door! How and do my best." can you think of keeping it open? Oh, “Oh, will you ?" said she, joyfully. Bessy !_" and, running down, she hastily “We shall all be so glad! Mamma said took
my hand and drew me into the lits only this morning, 'If we had but Bessy tle room, where there was a good fire. Lyon-'" With a wadded hood over her head and “I have been ill myself, and my shoulders, and a handkerchief held to her mother has since been very ill, or I should nose and mouth, she certainly looked de- have been here soonerplorable.
"Perhaps Mrs. Lyon cannot spare “We're all as bad as can be," said she, you?" hoarsely, "mamma worst of all. She “Oh, yes, she can now. It was she would do too much for us all, and so is who suggested my coming. Well, then, now laid up herself. You cannot think I will go home and tell her how things what a strait we are in. That selfish are, and return immediately." Fanny has taken this inconvenient time “Oh, Bessy, you are so good!"-kissto leave, without warning, saying her ing me, with a tear in her eye. aunt wants her, and we never knew she " How is Helen?" had an aunt. Dr. Grey has tried to get She could not help smiling. “Oh, us a nursing sister or professional nurse, Helen is in bed, with an unlimited supbut they are all engaged or ill. So un- ply of oranges. You never knew such fortunate, too, Edwy's taking the measles a girl."
CURIOUS REPETITIONS IN HISTORY. A NOTABLE feature of the present age is are paralleled in the other. Science thus the discovery of law in regions hitherto attests that “He hath measured the waunexplored.
ters in the hollow of His hand." What is more uncertain than the time On the commemoration of Daniel Webof death ? And yet a century ago an Eng- ster's birthday, Mr. Everett said : “His lish clergy man extended insurance from thoughts and conversation Often turned property to life, and from the apparent upon the ocean and its great organic rechaos of mortality deduced a law under lations with nature and man. I have whose protection millions repose. A heard him allude to the mysterious analmore recent advance includes all accidents, ogy between the circulation carried on and a time may come when the harvests by the veins, arteries, heart and lungs, and of grain and fruit shall be insured against the wonderful interchange of venous and the injuries of the weather.
arterial blood, that miraculous complicaThe discoveries of Columbus were tion which lies at the basis of animal life, stimulated by the suspicion of land in the and that equally complicated and more West to counterbalance the continents stupendous circulation of river, ocean, of the East; and physical geographers vapor and rain, which, from the fresh curhave expanded the idea until the earth, rents of the rivers, fills the depths of the .“ without form and void," assumes a mea- sea; then by vapory distillation carries sured design; and oceans, islands, lakes, the waters which are under the firmaand mountains in the one hemisphere ment up to the cloudy cisterns of waters
above the firmament, wafts them on the nefactor, who devoted his life and fortune
“ Westward the course of empire takes its secret, to the beds of the rivers, and so
wayback to the sea."
The first four acts already past; But is discovery limited to the mere phy- The fifth shall close the drama with the daysical? Shall chaos still prevail in that realm Time's noblest offspring is the last." of mind where we most resemble God? At a banquet in San Francisco, given Then, instead of looking up from Nature, to the Chinese embassy, the Hon. Mr. we should look down—the body yield to Burlingame thus spoke: “The first misthe lily, and the gem pale before the casket. sion sent forth by one-third of the human Then from such disproportioned discove- race to the nations of the West has ries we may anticipate a state of society arrived. The hour is struck! The day paralleled by the days of Pericles or the has come for which Ricci, Verbrest, French Encyclopædists. Is History to Schaul, Morrison, Milne, Bridgman, Culcontinue abnormal because it records the bertson (we may add Schwartz, Heber, results of intelligent will ? Does choice Martyn, Boone), and a host of others lived, defy law ? Quetelet declares that from the labored, and died—a day when the East investigations of years there is more re- should stretch out its arms towards the gularity in those results which allow of shining banners of Christianity and civilichoice than in purely natural processes. zation." Doubtless this course of empire
Personal identity is stamped on the ve- will advance westward through China getable, the animal, the spiritual. We and Japan, so auspiciously opened, and the recognize an author from his handwrit- nations of the East shall follow its ray ing and style; we infer the laws from the until it returns to its starting-point on the character of the sovereign. Ascend yet plains of Bethlehem. higher to Him who is unchangeable iden- When Benjamin West visited Rome tity, and we anticipate that History-his in 1760, he met a famous improvisatore, autograph-will continually repeat itself; who, learning that an American had that no event is isolated, but that all bear come to study the fine arts, at once a certain resemblance, and all unite to addressed him with the ardor of inspiraproclaim “God in History."
tion and to the music of the guitar: “All In the fourth Eclogue Virgil alludes to things of heavenly origin, like the glothe successive golden, silver, brazen, and rious sun, move westward, and Truth iron ages, whose returning cycle shall re- and Art have their periods of shining and store peace and plenty, realizing the last night. Rejoice, then, O venerable Rome, period of the Cumæan prophecy. The in thy Divine destiny, for, though darkness Assyrian Empire lasted 1580 years; the overthrow thy seats, and though thy Egyptian, 1663; the Jewish, 1522; Gre- mitred head must descend to the dust, cian, 1410; Roman, 1129—an average of thy spirit, immortal and undecayed, 1461 years, remarkable as the Sothiac already spreads towards a new world." period, which comprehended the existence The Courrier des États-Unis sets forth of the phoenix; and thus says D'Aubigné: in a striking manner the similitude of the “From the heights where thoughtful leading events in the downfall of Charles spirits climb, the world's history, instead X. and Louis Philippe; both kings were of offering, as to the ignorant crowd, a dethroned at the age of 74; both abdi. confused chaos, appears a majestic temple cated in favor of grandsons each 10
years which the invisible hand of God creates, old. The previous combat with the peoand which rises to His glory above the ple lasted in each case three days. Durrock of humanity."
ing the year preceding each fall, bread Bishop Berkeley was a poet and a be- rose to an exorbitant price,and, as ifnature