Изображения страниц
PDF
EPUB

a

close application to her art and the steam or four weeks of this coolness during which heat in the alcoves. She must have rest. Henrietta got a reputation for pride in the

The poor, tired, perplexed girl, badgered whole country, Rob grew desperate. What with conflicting emotions, but resolved at did he care for the “stuck up” girl. He last to escape from temptation that she could would have it out anyhow, the next time not resist effectually, received this verdict he had a chance. They met one day on the eagerly. She would go home; and the doc- little bridge that crossed the brook near the tor agreed that change of scene was what school-house, Henrietta nodded a bare recogshe wanted. Her life in town was too dull. nition.

Harry Lowder called that evening, but “ You didn't treat me that way once, Henrietta had taken the precaution to be Henrietta. What's the matter? Have I done sick abed. At eight o'clock the next morn- anything wrong? Can't you be friendly?” ing she was on the Harlem train.

“Why don't you be friendly?" said the “You see, I brought her home,” said Per- girl looking down. iwinkle to her grandmother, in confidence. “I-I?” said Rob. “I didn't like Cousin John's folks. They “ You haven't spoken to me since you wasn't glad to see me; and I didn't like came home.” Henrietta's settin' up till midnight with a “Well, that isn't my fault; you wouldn't young man. He called me a dwoll little look at me. I'm not going to run after a thing. I don't think he's nice. He ain't person that lives in a fine house and that nice and polite like Wob Wiley."

only nods her head at me." But Henrietta, who had blossomed out “I don't live in a fine house but in that into something quite different from the old frame.” Henrietta of other times, made no explana- “Well, why don't you be friendly?” tion except that she was sick. For a week “I was waiting for you. It isn't a girl's she took little interest in anything, ate but place to be friendly first, is it?little, and went round in a dazed way, re- Rob stared at her. suming her old cares and work about the “But you had other young men come to house as though she had never given them see you in town and—you know I couldn't.” up. Somehow she seemed a fine lady in the “I don't live in town now.” dignity of manner and self-possession that “What made you come home?she had taken on with characteristic quick- “If I'd wanted to I might have staid ness of apprehension and imitation; and there and had 'other young men’ as you Mrs. Newton felt as though the housework call them, coming to see me yet.” were in some sort unsuited to her. Even Rob gasped but said nothing. her father looked at her with a sort of re- “Are you going over to Mr. Brown's ?” spect, and forbore to chide her as had been asked Henrietta to break the awkward sihis wont.

lence that ensued, at the same time moving But when a week had passed she suddenly toward home. got out her material and began to draw. “Well—no,” said Rob, “I think I'm goPeriwinkle was set up first for a model, ing to your house, if you've no objection,” then her father and mother, and then the . and he laughed, a foolish little laugh. dog as he lay sleeping before the fire had “ Periwinkle was asking about you this his portrait taken, to Periwinkle's delight. morning,” said Henrietta evasively as they So persistent was her ambitious industry that walked on toward Mr. Newton's. every living thing on the place came in for Having once fallen into the old habit of a sketch. But Periwinkle was the favorite. going to Mr. Newton's, Rob could never get

Rob Riley came home for July and Au- out of the way of walking down that lane. gust, the work in the yard being dull. He Just to see how Henrietta got on with her kept aloof from Henrietta and she nodded drawing, as he said, he went there every to him with a severe and almost disdainful evening. He confided to Henrietta that he air that made him wretched. After three had shown such proficiency in "figures"

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

in the night school that he was to have a yet got to be a great engineer working on place in a civil engineer's office when he re- his own account. At present he is one of turned to the city, in the fall. It wasn't those little fish whom the big fish are made much of a place—the salary was very small, to eat-an obscure man whose brains are but it gave him opportunity to study and a carried up to the credit of his chief. But chance of being something some day. And he will be something some day. And for Rob resolved to be something some day. that matter, the rooms in the old Dutch

And Henrietta went on with her drawing mansion in De Witt Place are quite good but without ever saying anything about a enough for two stout-hearted young people return to Cousin John's. And indeed she who are happy. The walls are well ornanever did go back to Cousin John's from mented with pictures from Henrietta's own that day to this. She spent three years in brush and pencil. These are not framed but Weston. If they were tedious years she tacked up wherever the light is good. The said nothing about them. Rob came home best of them is a chubby little girl with a on Christmas and for a week in summer. droll-serious air, clad in an old-fashioned Once in a long time he would run up the hood and muffled in cloaks and shawls. It Harlem road on Saturday evening. These is a portrait of Periwinkle as she stood that were white Sundays when Rob was at home, night on Cousin John's steps when she had for then he and Henrietta went to meeting come down to see about Henrietta. The together, and sat on the porch in the after- larger Periwinkle of to-day comes down to noons while Rob told her how he expected see about these people now and then, and to be somebody some day.

when she comes there is always plenty of But being somebody is hard work and fun between her and Rob and the two kitslow for most of us, as Rob Riley found out. tens. His salary was not increased very fast, but Henrietta is just finishing a picture called he made up for that by steadily increasing “The Culprit,” which she hopes will be suchis knowledge and his value to the office. For cessful. It represents a girl in a country being somebody means being something in school arraigned for drawing pictures on a oneself. You can't always hide a man un- slate. Rob, at least, thinks it very fine, but der a bushel if he is a man with real light he is not a harsh critic of anything that in him.

Henrietta makes. It wasn't till last year that Henrietta re- Rob was talking one evening as usual turned to the city. She is a student now in about the time when he shall come to be oil-painting. But she doesn't live at Cousin somebody. But Henrietta said: “O! Rob, John's. Nor indeed does she dwell in a things are nice enough as they are.

I don't very fashionable street, if I must confess it. believe we'd be any happier in a house as

There are many old houses in New York fine as Cousin John's. Let's have a good that have been abandoned by their owners time as we go along and not mind about bebecause of the up-town movement and the ing somebody. But, Rob, I do wish somewest-side movement of fashion. These body'd buy this picture and then we could houses are as quaint in their antique inte- have something to set off this room a little. riors as a bric-à-brac cabinet. In an upper Don't you think a sofa would be nice ?” floor in one of these subdivided houses Rob And then she looked at him and said: Riley and his wife, Henrietta, have two old- “ You dear, good old Rob, you!" though fashioned rooms—the front room is large why she should call him old, or what conand airy with a carved mantel-piece, the nection this remark had with the previous back room small and cosy. The furniture conversation I do not know. is rather plain and scant for Rob has not

Edward Eggleston.

a

A TYPOGRAPHICAL CRIME.

Once there was a book. It was a most The conspirators then caused a large wonderful book. It contained history, and number of the words, for no sufficient reabiography, and poetry, and letters, and son, to be printed in italics, so that nearly essays, and a drama-in short, it was many every page is spotted and defaced with books in one.

I think it was the greatest them. Next they plowed a lane down and best book that ever was written. through the middle of each page, and filled it

Scarcely had this book come into general with microscopic figures and abbreviations, notice, when a great conspiracy against its and at the same time peppered the entire life was formed. This conspiracy involved text with letters and figures, and daggers, men of various nationalities, and has ex- and double daggers, and parallels, and sectended through several centuries. Strange tion marks,—all referring to those little eyeto say, the conspirators were mostly scholars, trying affairs in the lane. Then they loaded and large numbers of them were apparently down the noble old book with a ponderous upright and conscientious men, from whom mass of foot-notes, many of them valuable, you would have expected nothing but the but many of them the merest truisms; and fairest dealing toward their fellow men, or this

gave
them an opportunity to pepper

the toward any theory or doctrine or publica- text with more figures and letters, and dagtion, no matter how much they might be gers, and double-daggers, and parallels, and opposed to it, or how pernicious they might section-marks. believe it to be.

With all this, they passed an unwritten A few of the more violent conspirators law that the book should always be printed wanted to suppress the book by burning in one volume-a law which has been transevery copy of it that could be reached, and gressed in but few instances. But as it to some extent they carried out this plan. contains about as much matter as MacauBut that was a gross and ineffectually pro- lay's “ History of England,” which is gencess, compared with the one adopted by the erally printed in five volumes, this law great majority. These, while professing to makes it necessary either to have the book be friendly to the book, to hold it in the so large as to be unwieldy, or the type so highest esteem, and to desire that all men small that it cannot be read with comfort. should become acquainted with it, went to The consequence is what might have been work to prevent the reading of it by making expected. Though more copies of this book it unreadable. To this end they expended have been circulated than of any other, a vast amount of ingenuity, and the success comparatively few people read it so as to which has attended their efforts is one of the become familiar with it, except those who saddest calamities that ever befell mankind. are paid for so doing. It contains some of

One of the conspirators went through the the most important history ever written ; entire book, and broke it into little para- yet there are eager readers of history who graphs, from one to ten lines long, often know almost nothing about it. One of its making the break where there was no more contributors was the finest philosophical division than a comma; and then these essayist that ever put pen to paper; yet little paragraphs were ostentatiously num- there are readers of Bacon and Lamb and bered, giving it, to an exaggerated degree, Montaigne who are wofully ignorant of his the repulsive appearance of a school-reader. writings. There are devourers of poetry With a very few recent exceptions, this who do not know what lyrics are buried preposterous arrangement has been perpetu- here; and play-goers and students of Elizaated in every edition for three hundred bethan literature who have never perused a years; and even in the exceptional ones it is page of a certain powerful drama, three indicated by figures in the margin, so strong thousand years old, because it is secured is the power of precedent, though it be man- behind the typographical chevaux-de-frise ifestly wrong.

which I have described. If this seems in

[ocr errors]

a Lock Hal 17, 2

Ang through + or fighting b Ayl Fd 14

şor died

sitions upon

Lyn 28 same as king.

also brave

Tour 9 + Ang last of these

g

h En Ard 370 + i.e. ruined

ken$ cross,

credible, consider what would be the effect tion to millions of people—their rule of of printing all editions of favorite authors conduct in life, and their hope in death in the same form. Suppose the lover of the history of the origin of our race, Tennyson could obtain no copy of his works and the prophecy of its destiny - the that did not look like this :

promise of peace and contentment in this 1 So alla day longs the life, and of happiness in the hereafter. noise of battle rolled' among who examine the record for themselves are

Out of all who firmly believe this, those the mountains' by the winter

exceedingly few. They listen to fragmentsea; c Id of Kg, El 172 2 Until king Arthur's

ary readings of the text, and learned disquid Id of Kg, Gar & table, man by man, had fallen $

it by scholars and teachers who in Lyonnessd about their draw various and sometimes conflicting

doctrines therefrom, and they adopt one or lord,' king Arthur :? e St Sym Sty 115

another of these without any adequate 3 | Then, because his 1d 01 Kg. Last wounde was deep, the bold & knowledge of its basis. From its convensir Bediverer uplifted him,

tional form, the book has come to have a g Dr Fr Wm 7. A sir Bedivere, the last 3 of all!

different look to them from any other $ supp his knights,' and bore him $

book. Not only are they unable to read it to a chapel nigh the field, a

with pleasure, as they would any other his$ comp above broken chancel with a bro tory or essay or poetry, but when they do

read it they find it impossible to appreciate i May Qu 15,3 + Ang drear 4 That stoodi on a dark

it and judge of it as they would of any other k Two Voi 82, 2 strait of barrenk land. On

printed matter. There is an atmosphere of one side? lay the ocean,

taboo about it, which has preserved, through 5 And on one lay a great

numberless editions, in the teeth of the water," and the $ moonn

unanimous testimony of scholars, the most full.

manifest errors of copyists and transla

tors. 1 The terrific sounds of the dire conflict, being echoed from the face of one hill to that of another, would pro- doomed never to receive decent typographi

If one book must be singled out and duce an effect wbich might well be denominated rolling

cal treatment, it should have been any other, 2 The character of Arthur is one wbich calls for the rather than this. I should like to see what bighest admiration. The reader can hardly fail to be struck by his bravery, his generosity, and his wisdom.

would be the effect of giving it a fair chance.

I believe it would be read if it were made 8 The meaning here is, not that Bedivere was low- readable. We ought to have one edition of est in rank of all the knights, and therefore went in it without marginal references and without last at dinner, nor that he was last to attach bimself to the cause and the person of Arthur, but that he foot-notes—unless in the rare cases where was the last survivor; all the others were now dead. these are absolutely necessary. Where the Happy fate, to die in such a service!

italicised words are necessary to a complete How many readers would Tennyson have, and idiomatic rendering they should be if we had printed his works like that? printed in plain Roman; where not this Nay, how many of those who are already necessary, they should be dropped. Instead familiar with him would ever look into the of verses we should have paragraphs, and book again? No matter how much a book all figures or other indications of the verses may be talked about, or how many copies of abolished. Conversation should be printed it may be in existence, it is virtually dead in broken paragraphs, with quotation marks, if nobody reads it enough to be familiar just as in a novel. Poetry should be printed with it.

as poetry. Instead of being crowded into But a greater loss has resulted from this one volume, the book should be in four or conspiracy than the loss to literature. It five moderate duodecimo volumes, with happens that from the book which is the large type and good paper, so that it could victim of it comes the highest instruc- be at once held without tiring the arm and

1 Vis of Sin 20, 4 § same as sea

i. e. large m Voy 9,7

def art nin Mem CXXIX

4,3

m

was

We should all strive to imitate him.

read without straining the eyes. Finally, one. If presented in such a form, the Bible this book should have a good analytical might be enjoyed as literature and perhaps index. A cumbrous concordance is not an better understood as a divine authority. index, and does not serve the purpose of

Rossiter Johnson.

[blocks in formation]

She walks straight on before the Sun:
Bars of amber and cinnamon
Kindle, and fuse, and separate :
Then up the King rides through the flamy gate.
The old moon smiles above the hill;
Slips toward her setting, meek and still;
Across the earth's morn-burnished brim
This brief space, face to face, she looks on him.
Soon the wide blue is softly paled;
The perfect day moves glory-veiled,
And beauty burns on things below.
Just as it coines, why must the sweet moon go?
For her long patience of the night
O earth, in her long patience bright,
Swing slow, and let the meek moon stay! -
Foolish! with her it has been always day!

What far-off splendor makes her fair
When your small night seems everywhere?
Above the world's low-curving rim
Across her sky, she always looks on Him!

Adeline T. D. Whitney.

COLLEGE MORALS.

The vices of college life are the vices of from carefully prepared statistics, from the general community; and their prevalence about one-eighth to about three-fifths. It is among college men is similar in degree and usually acknowledged that intemperance is extent to their prevalence in the community. more prevalent at large than at small colThe number of the students in New Eng- leges; and that among Eastern colleges as land colleges who are to a greater or less small a proportion of Amherst and Williams degree intemperate varies, it is estimated men are addicted to drink as at any New

« ПредыдущаяПродолжить »