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Correspondence, 1. The British Steam Navy,
Spectator, 2. A Passage in the Life of Rubens and Rembrandt, Fraser's Magazine, 3. China,
Spectator, 4. The Sandwich Islands,
National Intelligencer, ; 5. The English Gentleman,
Spectator, 6. Policy of the British Ministers,
Fraser's Magazine, 7. A Chocolate Plantation in the West Indies,
Colonial Magazine, 8. On Prussic Acid as a Poison,
Lancel, 9. Cooking and Living in Paris,
Albany Evening Journal, 10. Universal Salvage Company,
Polytechnic Review, 11. Life of Joseph Lancaster,
Eclectic Review, 12. The late Mr. Laman Blanchard,
Ainsworth's Magazine, 13. Great Telescope-Possible Discoveries,
Dublin University Magazine, 14. The late Mrs. James Gray,
Do. Poetry.–Verses to an Old Friend, 168—Long Wharf, 200.
153 153 155 164 165 167 169 175 179 180 181 182 191 195 198
Kidd's treasure, are kept in countenance by simiWhat a contrast is shown in our biographical lar companies in England. articles this week! And yet we hope that all were
It is rumored that the British minister, “ near” doing good in their generation. Poor Lancaster, the President, is authorized to make a treaty to in his excitable zeal for others, he neglected that favor a great increase of trade between England
and her " indispensable preliminary to great usefulness—a
daughter.” Such a negotiation will
have the best wishes of the friends of human sufficient provision for the necessities of the day
kind. to secure to him what Burns calls “ the glorious privilege
The possible discoveries of Lord Rosse's great Of being independent."
Telescope, we suffer our hopes to dwell upon with
great pleasure. To see more and more of the For this purpose it is not much that is needed
works of the Great Architect, is one of the highest but it is necessary to keep out of debt. This is delights even of the present life, during which we urged by St. Paul, and is therefore a christian
see “ through a glass darkly.” duty; and so far as we can judge, Mr. Lancaster fell into it from his desire to minister to others.
Spectator, 22 Fela But even such an impulse should not be unre
OUR STEAM NAVY. strained—and we recur to Burns again :
Government are beginning to find out that “ Prudent, cautious self-control
steam-navigation has destroyed the insular characIs Wisdom's root."
ter of Britain. Troops can be transported in steamOur last number contained as great a contrast
vessels with greater despatch, cheapness, and
certainty, than even by a railway. The destrucbetween Bunyan and Dalton.
tion of a railway at any one point would put a stop The “ English Gentleman” is respectfully sub- to all operations based on its integrity; but the mitted to our politicians-no! they are hopeless !- loss of one or two steamers would not materially to young men who aspire to statesmanship—as affect the operations of a squadron. The sea is containing an important lesson.
Nature's railway, and cannot be broken up and The Tory Fraser gives in its adhesion, cau- invention. Steam has bridged the waters with
interrupted like the artificial substitutes of man's tiously enough, to the great change which is Mying bridges, movable to any point, resting on making in British policy.
every port-Aying pontoons, by which Inverness We have received files of the Polynesian and may be threatened one day and Hull the next. of the Liberia Herald. The latter contains matter Steam has conquered storms and tides, and given from the Living Age, and we hope we may be naval operations a certainty they did not formerly able to get some good notices of matters showing gation the coasts of Great Britain will become
possess. With every improvement in steam-navithe state and progress of that colony. At present, more accessible to attack from every maritime we have not had time to look over either file, and power between the Cattegat and Cape Finisterre. make use of a summary on the Sandwich Islands, The same cause is changing the requirements from that well informed, judicious, gentlemanly of our navy. Instead of brave and experienced paper, the National Intelligencer.
seamen, equally brave machanical engineers and
marine artillerymen are needed. The issue of Chocolate, Prussic Acid, and French Cookery the next naval war will depend upon the steamhave accidentally come together in our pages. engine and Paixhans gun: the men to decide it
It will be seen that our searchers for Captain will not be those who can."hand, reef, and steer” L.
VOL. V. 10
best, but those who can best work an engine and the system adopted by the Admiralty of dividing fire an eighty-four pounder with the precision of a the responsibility between the builder of the vesrifle. This new triumph of mind over master will sel and the engineer. The second is, the system change modern warfare, as much as the invention of contracting for the conveyance of the mails to of gunpowder did the ancient. Sea-fights will America and to the East and West Indies. become short, sharp, and decisive—their results By dividing the responsibility between the capable of being mathematically demonstrated be- builder and engineer, no one offieial person was forehand. Less blood will be shed on the whole; made 'answerable for the result. If the vessel but what is shed will be condensed into an epitome disappointed expectation, the builder threw the
blame on the engines, and the engineer on the The right of search treaties keep war always hull. The contractor for a steamer ought to be hanging by a hair over our heads. If the French responsible for the hull, engines, and the whole or the English war party were to gain the ascend-equipment. The hull and the engine of a steamer ant, (and we dread the fanatics of Exeter Hall are its body and soul: unless they harmonize, more than the Prince De Joinville and La Jeune there can be no efficiency. The system pursued France,) peace would not be worth a week's pur- by the Admiralty has precluded unity of design ; chase. Let two hot-headed French and English and the result has been, the creation of a class of naval officers on the coast of Africa quarrel about steamers combining the qualities of a bad sailinga suspected slaver and settle the dispute by an ex- ship and a useless steam-vessel. A new system change of shots, and away would go all security is required: the head of the steam department of
Who would in that case continue to the Admiralty ought to be responsible for the live at Brighton or Hastings, now that Britain is efficiency of a new steamer in every way, as the almost more exposed to invasion and predatory surveyor of the navy is for the construction of attacks than any continental state? What a his ships. change the rst shot fired between England and The system of contracts with private companies France would make in the value of property on or individuals for the conveyance of the mails has our southern and eastern coasts !
done a great deal to suppress competition and preGovernment are now awaking to the urgent vent improvement in steam-navigation. By such necessity for adopting new provisions of defence contracts, government tie themselves to the preagainst a new mode of attack : a subject brought ferred party for terms of years. During these before the public by a correspondent of this jour- periods, they are precluded from availing themnal three years ago.
Government have been tri-selves of beiter vessels belonging to other parties. fling with the subject in dilettante fashion ever They make it the interest of the contractors not to since. Nearly three millions of the public money construct vessels on an improved model, lest they has been spent during the last three years in should injure the character of their old ones. As building, equipping, and hiring steam-vessels; and long as £500,000 per annum is paid to contractors vyet, we are well assured, there is not at this mo- for perpetuating the present model of steamers, inent ove steam-vessel in the naval service of they will make no improvements. A curious England, in commission or ready to be commis- illustration of this has just occurred. Iron is stoned, that could make the passage under steam generally superseding wood in the construction of between Plymouth and New York. During the steam-vessels : last year, twenty-four iron steamlast ten years, not less than five or six millions has ers were built in the Clyde, and only one of wood : been spent in filling the navy with steam-vessels, the solitary wooden vessel was for a company who and yet there is no instance on record of one of knew that by building an iron one they would her Majesty's steam-vessels crossing the Atlantic lower the estimation of their wooden fleei. under steam. There is not in commission a Two examples of the practical consequences of steamer eapable of steaming three thousand nauti- the way in which the Admiralty has gone to work cal miles. "The Admiralty have steamers in China may be cited. About twenty years ago, a descripand Ameriea, but they did not get there by steam. tion of engine called the “direct action engine" The Royal Navy could not produce one steamer fit was invented : it has been condemned, and at , to carry Sir Charles Bagot, or Lord Ashburton, or present no private individual would take the gift Sir Charles Metcalfe, to his destination.
of one, unless he were guaranteed from all comThe admiralty orators in Parliament tellus petition : yet what are called our first-class steamthat such or sueh a vessel has more power than frigates are fitted with engines of this description. the largest Freneh steamer. This is not to the Again : screw-propelling is yet in its infancy; no purpose : let them tell us what the vessel can do ; vessel propelled by a screw has yet crossed the let them give facts of distances run under steam, Atlantic; the screw is not employed by a single and the time in whieh the runs were made. With passenger-vessel in the kingdom : the Admiralty out this, returns of the horse-power of the steam have built and equipped a vessel for the express navy are only calculated to mislead. The capa- purpose of trying experiments on screw.propulbilities of the admiralty steamers are never tested sion; and, after trying it several times on the in a fair practical way. Nothing is heard beyond Thames, and once between the Thames and Portsthe puffing of the performances of one or other of mouth, they have actually begun to construct ten them on her trial at Long Reach. The Lucifer or large steam-vessels propelled by the screw. The the Pluto is reported to steam so many miles per performances of the Rattler bave doubtless been hour on the river Thames, and no more is heard satisfactory as far as she has been tried ; but are of her. Had the trial-trip been a run to Halifax such fresh-water and fair-weather experiments as in the winter, a very different class of steamers she has been subjected to, sufficient to warrant the - would now be wearing her Majesty's pendant. great expense of building ten ships on the strength
Two causes, combined with the dilettante spirit of them? at head-quarters, have mainly contributed to render More information on these matters is evidently ineffectual the great expense ineurred of late years wanted. We have said enough to show the nafor the creation of a steam navy. The first is, I tional importance of the subject.
From Fraser's Magazine. could not be far distant, and he darted forward, A PASSAGE IN THE LIVES OF
bearing his wounded in fant in his arms. RUBENS AND
He ran unceasingly, and reached the city gate, REMBRANDT.
round which were lounging a number of Spanish On the evening of All Saints' Day, in the year soldiers, and rushing up to a small group, he 16— a little party of travellers were wending their eagerly asked the way to the house of Master weary way along the rugged highroad that leads Rembrandt. His request was couched in bad Flefrom Liege through Juliers to the old city of mish intermixed with Italian. This unintelligible Cologne. Of all nights of the year the super- jargon, added to his half-naked appearance and stitious feelings of the Flemish and the Walloons anxious looks, produced loud laughter from the surround that of the 1st of November with the soldiery, who bantered him in no measured terms. greatest terrors. What the Walpürgisnacht is to They had never heard of such an individual. the Germans, this horrible night is to the natives Master Rembrandt !” cried one; "he lives of Flanders, Brabant, and the banks of the Moselle. just by-at the other end of the town. Take The “ hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys, and reels,” every turning you come to, and you are sure to be which the warlocks and witches were dancing in right." old Alloway Kirk before jolly Tam O'Shanter, were Master Rembrandt!" said a second. «Go as child's play when compared with the super- straight ahead and follow your nose, and you cannatural and eldritch performances on All Saints' not fail to get to the old curmudgeon's house." night in the regions mentioned. The dead at mid- " Master Rembrandt !” exclaimed a third. night arise from their rank sepulchres, and, “Turn to the right, and after that to the left, and shrouded in their reeking grave-clothes, haunt then go right forward round the corner and across the abodes of those whom, while living, they had the churchyard, and you will see a large house injured, in the hope of obtaining from their lips a without door or windows ; you must then drop prayer for their future repose. Then the sorcerer down the chimney, and you will be sure to see is allowed most powerfully to use his abominable your friend seated at his fire." arts, and the witch her foulest incantations. Then, All this was followed by a round of laughter. for the space of twelve hours, the angel Gabriel “For mercy's sake!" faltered forth the poor raises his foot, beneath which lies groaning the distracted traveller, “show me the way to the captive demon, who, rising with his accursed house of my dying wife's uncle, Master Remmalice, straightway proceeds to scatter his deadly brandt.” temptations among the weak sons of men. Then Just at that moment up came a little, short, the air teems with hostile spirits, and the earth humpbacked individual, à tailor by trade, who engenders all that is vile and filthy.
held a lantern in his hand. The police regulations Not a creature was to be seen moving along the of Cologne directed that every inhabitant should road to break the dreadful solitude surrounding carry a lantern after nightfall. The little man the small party of travellers, which consisted of a was an Italian himself, and had, from his broken man and his youthful wife, a little boy, and a girl accents, recognized a countryman in the stranger. so young that the father was obliged to carry her The tailor's heart melted at the sight of the in his arms.
The snow lay thick on the ground wretched father with the tender infant in his arms. and was falling fast, so that it was with difficulty “Come along," said Master Nicholas Borruelo, that they kept along their path.
the humpback, “ I'll show you the way to Master “ Margarita," at length said the husband, with Rembrandt's, though he will never at this late feeble tones, and in Italian, “it is impossible to hour open his door to any human being, especially proceed farther, thy slender frame is exhausted. on the night of All Saints. However, we'll try ; Cover thyself and the little girl with my cloak, so come along, friend.”' and lie down in this sheltered hollow. I will en- “ But iny wife and iny poor boy, what will become deavor to keep animation in our Antonio's limbs." of them? They lie without the city, and are dying.
The wife followed her husband's directions, and if I lose much more time it will be too late," the party for some time lay down in silence and claimed the agonized stranger. sadness. But the snow fell more thickly, the " Verily, friend,” answered the humpback," if wind blew more sharply, and the cold became thou expectest aught of relief from the charity of more and more intense. The husband arose and Master Rembrandt, thou laborest under a woeful found his wise speechless, thoroughly benumbed, error, and their loss is but too certain. He would and heavy with sleep. Her death was certain, not give a doit to save his own brother from the unless she could be aroused. He shook her and jaws of death. It were, believe me, much better called her by every endearing name, but in vain. io entreat some of the soldiers to go with us to thy He raised her in his arms and tried to make her wife and child and assist us to conduct them into walk; but she reeled and fell down, and in her fall the city. They can be carried to my lodging ; her infant daughter escaped from her arms, and though the room is but sniall, and though I am received a wound on its forehead. He picked up myself poor, still, with the blessing of God, they the crying child and tried to stanch the blood. shall not, on this cold and comfortless night, stand
“ Antonio,” said the unhappy man, in a tone of in need of assistance !" despair, “creep close to thy mother's side, and The stranger readily assented, and the little place over her this additional covering, while I tailor forth with_accosted some of the soldiers, carry thy sister with me and look about for assist- and in a sorry Flemish palois explained to them
his companion's miserable condition. A kindHe doffed his coat and placed it, with the cloak, hearted drummer caught the child from the stranover his half-dead wife and his son. Presently ger's arms and took it into the guard-house before the sound of a distant clock came slowly echoing a rousing fire, while four soldiers, with their through the lazy and infected air. The husband sergeant's permission, lighted torches, and accomfor a moment listened ; he knew the sound was panied the husband and the tailor through the city wafted from the church-towers of Cologne, which gate. It was with dificulty that the party could
keep pace with the eager stranger, who ran along | Upon which the tailor, somewhat losing patience, shouting the names of Margarita and Antonio. put the glass to his lips, and, with a slight strugBut the snow was falling more thickly than ever, gle, fairly forced the contents down his throat. and the wind had arisen into much louder gusts. The liquor operated like magic. In a very short It was impossible that the sufferers could hear his time Francesco opened his eyes, looked around calls. A sudden lull of the tempest, however, him, then recognized his wife and children, and enabled them to hear a feeble cry, and then they burst into a flood of tears. discovered the ravine where the wife and boy “We are saved, dearest Margarita! we are were lying almost buried under a drist of snow. saved!” at length exclaimed Francesco. Had they tarried a few moments longer they would But Margarita looked first at the wounded incertainly have been too late. The tailor entreated fant, and then at the stupified Antonio Franthe soldiers to bear along tenderly the speechless cesco comprehended her meaning, and groaned wife, while he took young Antonio under his own with a look of despair. protection; and as they entered the city he desired “Messire Netcelli,” said the humpback, “I the party to proceed to the narrow street which am shocked at your ingratitude. Place your trust contained his abode. The soldiers the more readily in the blessed Virgin and the holy saints. Your complied since the distance was not very far from wife has been restored to you, why should not the guard-house. As they were going along, your children be also saved ? Arise and assist me Nicholas Borruelo, by dint of hard questioning, io restore animation." discovered that the stranger's name was Francesco Netcelli arose with difficulty, and assisted the Netcelli; that he was a native of Venice ; that he good tailor in his efforts. The children opened
; had made a runaway marriage with the daughter their eyes and smiled upon their mother. of Rembrandt's sister, who had, contrary to the “Now, then,” said the Italian painter, " now is wishes of her family, chosen a poor Italian gentle- the time to go and demand aid at the hands of my man; and that he himself was by profession a uncle Rembrandt. I will tell him of our misforpainter. This was at a period when a successful tunes and our miserable plight, and he cannot repainter easily commanded, like a potentate, the fuse us.”. ready homage of mankind, and painting, conse- The tailor shrugged up his shoulders, and with quently, had many more enthusiastic, self-denying a sneer repliedvotaries than she reckons in the present dull, pro- “ You may as well demand aid and consolation saic, and degenerate days.
from a door-post; but, since you are bent upon The tailor introduced the poor travellers and going, I will accompany you to the quarter of the two children into his room, and, after having the Jews, where the old gentleman resides. He is wife and infant daughter laid upon his bed, he not only a painter, but an usurer, and Heaven dismissed the soldiers with many thanks, and, have mercy upon his victims. May you be sucblowing up the fire, placed seats for Netcelli and cessful in your appeal, though I much doubt it." his boy Antonio. Netcelli sank into his seat, and The humpback lighted his lantern, and was gazed motionless and unmeaningly at the fire, like about to take his cloak from the bed; but, on one in a trance. The boy appeared also in a stupor. second thoughts, he left it as a covering for the Nicholas Borruelo bustled about, now trying to sick mother. He then beckoned to the stranger, arouse the husband, now divesting the wife of her and led the way to Rembrandt's abode, which was wet garments and covering her with the warmest situated at the other extremity of the city. clothing his poor lodging could afford, having pre- The snow had ceased, and the howling wind viously warmed it before his fire. The former was scattering the clouds in wild confusion, while was stupified and dead to his calls and entreaties; the struggling moon was by fits casting around an the latter was so benumbed that she was motion- unearthly light. The streets and
houses were less and rigid as marble. It might be the cold covered with snow; not a soul met them on their which had operated upon the young man's limbs, way; all was dead silence and solitude. It seemed it might be despair at his desolate position which a fit season for the carnival of evil spirits who are was wringing his heart and had made him speech- permitted to hold uncurbed dominion on the night less. Nicholas Borruelo rummaged in a cupboard, of All Saints. So thought Nicholas Borruelo, as and drew forth from its extremity an old-fashioned every now and then he looked anxiously around bottle, carefully corked up, containing some rare and behind him, as though he expected to see a and exquisite brandy. This was carefully kept as troop of ghosts and goblins in the full enjoyment a bonne bouche for himself, but his generous heart of their unholy sabbath. He hurried his commade him lay aside all thoughts of his own companion along, and at last reached the quarter of fort, although an audible sigh escaped him as he ihe Jews, a district under the ban of all good poured some of the precious liquor upon a piece Christian souls, and rendered yet more detesiable of rag, with which he carefully rubbed the lips, by its being shut in on one side by an extensive face and hands, of the senseless lady. For a long and abandoned burying-ground. Borruelo pointed time he labored in vain; but, at length, she grad- out to Netcelli a large white house, flanked on ually opened her eyes, and, stretching forth her each side by a small tower. It stood within a arms, in a faint voice demanded her children. large space of ground, surrounded by a high wall;
“ Here they are, signora,” exclaimed little its windows overlooked the cemetery. Altogether, humpbacked Borruelo ; "here they are, all warm the house had a gloomy, desolate, and abandoned and comfortable."
appearance. The Italian painter approached a Then, going up to Netcelli, he slapped him on low, narrow door, which was, for security, thickly the back, and told him to be a man. But seeing covered with iron plates, and rang the bell. The him still gazing vacantly, like one demented, he sound was instantly answered by the fierce barking seized his bottle with the precious contents, poured of several dogs. out a glass, and desired him to drink it off, for He paused, waited, listened attentively; but no that it would create new life under the very ribs footsteps were heard. He sounded the bell again of death. Still the young man did not move. I and again, but to as little purpose, while the fury
of the dogs was increased to a tenfold degree. came to the bedside, and, stretching forward his Again he sounded, when suddenly the dogs ceased hands, they encountered the cold and stiff body of their barking. The tailor and his companion his infant child, around which were twined in fond heard many a bolt and bar withdrawn, and an endearment the arms of its mother. Nicholas inner door opened, and the dull echo of a heavy Borruelo followed slowly, in silence and secret footstep_descending some steps into the court- consternation. He marched to the corner of the yard. This was followed by the sound of an old room where should have stood his cupboard, and man's dry, hollow cough. They waited for the where he sought his tinderbox. But the wind opening of the outer gate until their patience was had overturned his cupboard, the floor was thickly exhausted, and then Netcelli gave another pull at strewn with fragments of broken plates and the bell, which rang as if it would split. They kitchen utensils, and the tinderbox could nowhere then learned why it was that the footsteps were be found. He was afraid of passing the reheard in the court-yard, for in an instant the mainder of the night in the cold and in darkness, loosened dogs bounded in savage fury against the and he called on Netcelli for assistance. But no door. They were convinced of the obstinate de- answer was returned. A cry of anguish would termination of the inmates of the house—that they have been more consoling than that appalling would not allow admittance to any one at that late silence; the tailor got frightened, and, rushing hour of night.
into the street, ran towards the guard-house. “I knew how it would be," murmured the little All the soldiers knew him for a kind-hearted little tailor; "the old miser takes us for robbers or fellow; they invited him in, and made room for murderers, and is determined not to open. It is bet- him before the fire. He warmed himself, and exter to return to the fire in my little room than to be pressed his worst fears ; and the sergeant ordered standing before this miserable house, and by that iwo soldiers to accompany him to his lodgings. frightful churchyard. This night is the festival with lanterns and a bottle of wine. In his hurry of the dead, and every moment I expect to see he had left the door open ; on his arrival he found some of them rise up in their fearful winding. it closed. He hammered at the door, but in vain ; sheets. Oh, Messire Netcelli! if you did but not a sound was heard in reply. The soldiers know what dreadful tales people tell of the dia- were just about breaking open the door, when bolical goings on in that dismal churchyard. The Borruelo bethought him that the key was in his spectres and imps of darkness sometimes proceed pocket. He opened and entered, and their eyes from the graves and charnel-house to old Rem- rested on a dreadful sight. The mother and brandt's mansion, and there they enjoy themselves youngest child were lying dead upon the bed, on in a rare jubilee. The mansion stood empty for one corner of which, also, the husband was twenty long years ; no one was bold enough to seated, deadly pale, with haggard countenance, buy ii; everybody feared visits from the dead protruding eyes, and an idiotic laugh, and the boy bodies in the burying-ground. But old Rem- Antonio was struggling in violent convulsions. brandt was not to be frightened; he bought the “Gracious heavens!” exclaimed the tailor, house dirt cheap, for a mere old song ; for, to " what dreadful crimes have I committed to be save a hundred florins, he would take up his abode surrounded by such misery? Here lie two human at the very gates of the infernal regions. He beings quite dead, another is in the last agony of need not be afraid of robbers, for, besides those death, while the fourth is sunk in irretrievable dogs, they say he has made a bargain with an idiocy. The holy Virgin and the saints protect unearthly imp, who every night keeps guard by me on this fearful night!” squatting upon his money-chest. Let us along- With this he fell into a chair, covered his face lei us along, and all the saints grant that we may with his two hands, and for some moments gave reach home in a whole skin, and without meeting way to silent and deep grief. any spectres or witches !”
Meanwhile the soldiers had lighted a blazing He seized the young painter by the arm, and fire of wood, and with some boards stopped up the almost dragged him along, for the noise of the broken window. They also moved the dead bodies crisp snow under their feet, and the low, plaintive from the apartment into an adjoining room, which murmur of the wind, which was again rising, was the tailor's workshop. Borruelo caught up made hinn fancy that he heard the lamentation of the boy, and held him before the fire, while he some restless and despairing unsubstantial being. tended him with the utmost care. The boy reDispirited, and with his heart aching with deep vived, and, perceiving that the soldiers were about grief, and a thousand torturing anxieties, the to lead away his idiot father, he broke from Boryoung man allowed himself to be led along with ruelo's arms, and rushed up to them, entreating silent submission. By the time he reached the that he might accompany his father. tailor's abode, he was, moreover, thoroughly over- "Nay,' said Nicholas Borruelo, “1ake him come with fatigue, while he was fearful to enter, not away ; since I have the keeping of the dead, I because of apprehension of new calamity. He will not lose sight of the living. The boy is out staggered against the door faint and irresolute, of danger, and ihe poor idiot is harmless, and will and paused for a moment to gain sufficient strength not injure me; so even let him stay here. In the to enter.
morning two of your comrades will, perhaps, look “Mother, mother," said the little Antonio, from in to see that all is safe, and after that I will go to within, “open your eyes and speak to me, for I old Rembrandt's house, explain all circumstances, am very cold and very hungry!"
when, miser and obdurate as he is, he cannot But the poor mother answered not.
refuse to bury his dead relatives, support the young Nercelli rushed desperately into the room ; it boy, and, perhaps, obtain, through the city authoriwas perfectly dark. He stumbled against a chair ties, admission for his poor nephew into the public and iable which had been overturned ; the win- lunatic asylum.” dow had been burst in by the violence of the wind, lle bade the soldiers good night, who would not which must have blown in fierce gusts through depart until they had made the liule man swallow the broken casement. He felt about until he a good cup of comfortable wine. When they