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“Yes,” he answered, breaking off a switch “She is to marry Lord Caudour's son." from one of the trees, and beginning to strip "Ah, that is nothing, if you mean him," it, with his face turned from me.
he answered, drawing his breath again. “Then have you heard of another?” "She has told me she dislikes him And
“I have accepted what may lead to some- though her father desires the match, he will thing better than a curacy,” he said, tearing not force her inclinations." away at the stick. “ The post of resident “ Then you wish your freedom back from tutor to the
me?” And my lips, as I asked it, were as Was it a spasm now that fell on my heart? white as his own. I could feel they were. Ay, one of ice. " Then
you leave here
“Pardon my fickleness, Hester! I cannot you go with them?” I faltered.
marry you, loving another.” “When they leave next week, I shall “ Then I give it you,” I said, in a sort of have to accompany them. We must tempo- wild desperation. "May the wife you choose rarily part, Hester.”
never cause you to regret me.” “ Temporarily!"
Calm as is my general “ Thanks from me would be like a mocknature, there are moments in my life when itery," he whispered ; “I can only hope that has been goaded to vehemence : it was so you will find your reward. Let us shake then. “Let us not part to-night without an hands, Hester, for the last time.” explanation, Mr. Archer," I poured forth. I held out my right hand. And he took “Is it me you love, or is it Lady Georgina it in his, and bent down his forehead upon it, Seaford ?"
and kept it there. I saw his lips move. I The red light from the setting sun was do believe he was praying for my welfare. upon us, for, in talking, we had moved rest- He pray! lessly to the opening in the trees, and the We walked away in opposite directions : landscape lay full around, but the warm color soon, I stopped and looked after him. He did not equal the glow upon his face. I saw was striding on. He never turned ; and as he loved her : far more passionately than he he approached the bend in the path, which had ever loved me. He stood in hesitation, would hide him from my sight, he flung the like a guilty coward, as if no words would little switch away, with a siarp, determined arise at his bidding.
gesture. Like he had just flung away my “I give you back your freedom,” I uttered. love. O, the misery that overwhelmed me! “I see we can no longer be anything to each the fearful blank that had fallen on me! I other. I wish, from my heart, we never had cast myself down upon the grass, where no been."
eye could see me, and sobbed aloud in my “ Hester," he exclaimed, suddenly turn- storm of despair. That a sober old woman ing, and taking both my hands, "you are of fifty should have to confess to anything so well quit of me. A man with the unstable unseemly! heart that mine bas proved, could never bring I did not heed how long I lay. When I you happiness. Curse my memory, in future, got up, the sun had set, it was dusk, and, as as you will : I well deserve it."
I walked forward, I staggered like one in “But what do you promise yourself, to drink. As I passed the rectory, a sudden have become enthralled with her, so immeas- idea came over me, and I went in. Mr. urably above you?” was wrung from me, in Coomes was drinking his tea, by firelight. my emotion.
Why, my dear," he said, “is it you ?" “I promise myself nothing. I only know I sat down with my back to the fire : I that I can live but in her presence, that she did not care that he should see my face, even is to me in the light of an angel from heaven. by that faint light. And I told him what I God forgive my infatuation!'
to beg that he would take my “ You need forgiveness. To indulge a brother as his curate. passion for one who will soon be the wife of “My dear, it is true that Mr. Archer is another."
going to leave me; but who told you of “Of whom?” he fiercely asked. The it?" glow on his face had faded, and his lips were
" He told me so himself.” 80 strained that the teeth were seen - he “ He is a changeable fellow, then! He who never showed them.
said he did not wish it immediately known,
and requested me not to speak of it. I have his sister and Mr. Archer, and had joked her been thinking of your brother.”
about it before his father. The earl snapped “0, Mr. Coomes," I said, “ you know at the matter, and Mr. Archer was so infatuit was through me he was driven away from ated as to confess to him that he loved the here to give place to Mr. Archer. Since his Lady Georgina. The earl poohed him down illness, that thought has rested, like a weight, contemptuously, paid him what was due, and on my conscience. He has been ill again civilly dismissed him from the house that this winter, the bleak air there tries him. If same hour. He saw the Lady Georgina beyou would but receive him as curate now!” fore he left, and she treated it lightly : said
“ We will see about it,” said Mr. Coomes. she could not help him, that it was no fault And I rose to go.
of hers, but she should ever retain a pleasant “ Hester,” he whispered, in a kind voice, reminiscence of his flattering sentiments as he followed me to the door, “ how is it towards her. “ You should have seen his between you and George Archer! Serene?” poor wan face, Miss Halliwell, when he left
“That is over,” I said, striving indiffer- de house,” whispered Mademoiselle to me, ently. “We have bid each other adieu for- confidentially. “I was coming in from a
walk wid de littel girl, and met him in de “If I did not think this! He is losing | ball : he held out his hand to me to say himself like an idiot. God's peace be with good-by, and I looked up at his face - it was you, my child !”
one tableau of miserie. And de Lady Georgina, she went, all gay, to a soirée at de
Duchess of Gloucester's dat same evening, It all came out to the Earl of Seaford. and I do not tink she did care one pin for de We heard of it when they came down to the killed heart of dat poor young clergyman." castle in autumn. But there was a fresh So my brother became curate of Seaford, tutor then, and the Lady Georgina was not and, in time, our mother died, and I grew with them, she was just married to the lon- into an old maid. And never more at Seaorable Mr. Caudour. One day, in London, ford did news come to us of the Reverend Lord Sale overheard a conversation between George Archer.
POLYGAMY. — “Is it lawful for a Jew to have THE BIBLIOMANIA IN AMERICA. - At the remore than one wife?" was the first of the twelve cent sale of the library of the late Edward D. questions which, on the 29th of July, 1806, Ingraham, Esq., in this city, many of the books were laid before the great Sanhedrim assembled brought extraordinary prices. The collection in Paris by order of Napoleon. The answer embraced upwards of fourteen thousand volwas:
“ It is by no means lawful for Jews to have A volume of Franklin's Pennsylvania Gamore than one wife; in the states of Europe they zette, 1739-1742, brought thirty dollars; a lot conform to the general custom. Moses does not of American Almanacs, between 1758 and 1799, expressly command polygamy, yet he by no seventeen dollars and fifty cents. Some of these means forbids it; he seems inclined tacitly to were Poor Richard's. The Diary of Col. Winadmit it, since he determines the hereditary throp Sargent (of which only forty-nine copies portions of children, the issue of several wives were printed) was purchased for eighty dollars; Though this custom prevails in the East, yet A Religious Treatise, by William Penn, with a their old teachers forbid it, unless there be presentation on the fly-leaf in Penn's handwritproperty to provide abundantly for several wives. ing, “to my friend Henry Sydney," produced Not so in the West; the wish to conform to the fifty-one dollars.
M. E. customs of the people, among whom they were
PHILADELPHIA. - Notes and Queries. dispersed, led them to determine the abolition of polygamy; yet, as some refused to submit, an assembly at Worms, in 1070, composed of a hun- EPITAPH ON MARY SEXTON, BIDEFORD, DEVON. dred rabbis, decided the question. They pro HERE lies the body of Mary Sexton, nounced excommunication against any Israelite Who pleas'd many a man, but never vex'd one: who should henceforth take more than one wife.” Not like the woman who lies under the next - Notes and Queries.
stone. — Notes and Queries.
From Household Words. from the night-dew and the wind, and over THE LAND-SHARK.
their homely supper sang the songs of the In that wild region of mountains in Van Fatherland — for they were Teutons -- and Dieman's Land, called the Western Tier, slept. From time to time, they found warmwhich stretches north and south, over a large est welcome in country-homes, where manly portion of that side of the island, and termi- men and fair women had brought the refined nates only on the western coast, in high black tastes and intelligence of European life, to precipices lashed by the booming billows of blend them with the peace and freshness of the ocean, two young men were travelling in a gracious southland nature. These happy the month of May, and lamenting that the and hospitable people almost invariably befall of the year was about to put an end to came their guides to new discoveries. With their delightful wanderings. Through the eagerest enthusiasm, men and women mounted long, light summer they had lived the life of their horses, and led the way to distant rock, nature and of freedom, which is the heaven river, mountain, or morass, where were to be of the hunter ; and hunters they were, being found the peculiar productions of the district. naturalists — hunters of plants and of animals, And for many a long year yet will come back not for the mere pleasure of destroying or de- on their memories snatches of romantic counvouring them, but to widen the realm, and try, bits of solitary forest, the sounding shores enrich the life, of science. The spirit of the of the ocean, the scalp of the naked hill overchase was their soul and their life's blood. looking worlds of woods and illimitable sea, To pursue their object over sea, and moor, where the feathered hat and flying veil led the and mountain; to seek out, discover, and way, - or some bewitching face flushed like make prize of something new and curious, a rose at the presentation of some glorious was the dream of their existence. To rush new thing; or the manly form of the Tasmaimpetuously upon some unknown thing, as nian gentleman on his sure-footed steed piothe hunter rushes upon his noblest game, and neered the track down the shelving declivity to stand on mountain peak or in forest glen or across the rushing stream. with waving caps, and exulting "juchhe!” But now their travel drew to a close, for as they stood before some beautiful object the year drew to a close. The myriad flowthat never before gladdened the eye of nat- ers had disappeared, except the crimson epauralist, which yet had never found its name cris, and a few other natives of sheltered or its place in the books of the learned, glades; and they were on their way homethat was their glory and their reward. Young wards, warned by rains, and winds, and sharp as they were, they had traversed many lands, nights. in the frozen North, in the flowery South, in The scene in which they found themselves the vast and wonder-fraught realms of Amer- was wild and remote from life. They had ica : they had sailed on the Mississippi, the made their way up profoundly silent and Amazon, and the Plata, and revelled in the spectral forests, along the banks of the Merexhaustless forests of Brazil. But here, at sey, rank with most luxuriant vegetation, the antipodes, a Flora and a Fauna existed, over steepest rocks, and through the grimmest exhibiting singular laws and modes of being, outlets of precipitous ravines, and to the lofty hitherto unknown to them. They had visited table-lands of the Tier. every quarter of the island, climbed the Their way was still through dreary forests, mountains, traced its shores, dived into the in the glades of which already lay patches of densest obscurity of its forests, and stretched snow, where stringy bark-trees of such bulk themselves when wearied on the green banks and altitude still met their view as even, after of its streams, counting up and putting in all they had seen, awoke fresh astonishment. order their acquisitions.
They were in search, as the evening came on From day to day they drove their faithful wild and stormy, of a resting-place which packhorse before them, burdened with bun- they had occupied on a former occasion. It dles of their gatherings and their supplies, or was a rude but erected of boughs and bark, left him in some luxurious nook, while they probably by bushrangers or convicts who had ascended bills or explored woods. With the fled hither at some time when government lowering sun they lit their fire at the foot of was keen in its pursuit of them. It was some tree or crag, raised a screen of boughs raised against the face of a rock in a little
green glen which bordered a mountain lake, jack-boots, vehemently, shaking the hands of whose dark deep waters increased the awe- the strangers. “ Well, this is a surprise ; inspiring gloom of the scene. Having reached though one ought not to be surprised to meet it, they turned out their tired horse, and pro- you in any savage spot. I saw a light here, ceeded to kindle a fire in their hut. Fritz, to my great wonder, and determined to take the younger, obtained a bright blaze of dead refuge from the storm, though it were with leaves and twigs in the chimney, which daz- bushranger or devil. O! what a night zled their eyes by its sudden lustre, and then dark as the lowest pit of Erebus, and with a fetched the tears into them by filling the suffocating wind, that sends the dead branches place with smoke. But presently the flame down about your ears in most perilous style. bore the damp air upwards in the chimney, Had it not been for my faithful Jack, I must and all became clear; and the active Fritz have given it up; but he tumbled along, was not long in cultivating the fire into a courageously, over stock and stone." generous glow. Around the wretched tene “ But what in the world," said the two ment were seats formed of posts driven into naturalists, " leads you here, Doctor, in such the ground supporting a rude framework of a night? Sit down, and tell us all about it, branches. These, covered with a mass of over a padnikin of tea.” boughs and leaves of the gum-tree, were to “But, first, my horse! Jack," exclaimed constitute the beds of the travellers, as they the doctor, who was the medical man from a had done those of their unknown predecessors. township some twenty miles distant; and,
While Fritz was collecting this luxury, the stepping out, he brought up his horse to the professor, his companion, forgetting his learn- light of the door, took off his saddle, girthed ing and his early-won fame in the scientific his own rug round his smoking body, and world, drew from their baggage a small fry- hung to his nose a little bag of oats that he ing-pan, and a tin pan bearing the familiar had carried with him. This done, the three name of a billy, and proceeded to slice a solid friends sat down, and commenced an animatpiece of ham into the frying-pan. Anon, ed conversation which ran through the recent there commenced a lusty frying and crackling adventures of the two friends and the docover the fire. Fritz brought in the billy full tor's too ; who, it turned out, had been over of water, and set it to boil; and the place, the mountains to a new settlement, at a most with its two cheerful faces, and a very savory urgent call to a sick man, and a proportionsmell floating through it, assumed a won- ate fee. drously home-like aspect. Fritz, humming “A case of life and death,” said he, “and some favorite Studenten Lied, threw a hand- really almost of the same to the doctor. ful of tea into the billy as it began to boil, May the settlement tourish and set up its set, on the nearest bed, tin pannikins and own surgeon ; for I never wish to go there sugar, and the two comrades sate down to again. Fifty miles through these terrible tea.
ranges, on the edge of winter, is no trifle ; The wind roared, as if it would carry the one ought to make one's will before attemptstruggling trees all away together. Fritz ing it." declared it was dark even now, and they mu Here the doctor, seeing his horse had fin. tually congratulated themselves on having ished his oats, jumped up, and little Fritz, reached this shelter while it could be seen. with a flaming brand, took the animal to be But hark ! at the moment that they were company for the naturalist's borse, in the setting about to enjoy themselves, the sound little sheltered glen, just by. Returned to of a horse's hoofs on the rocky ground caught the blazing fire, they once more blessed their their ear.
At the same instant came the stars for so opportune a shelter, drank panthump of a heavy whip or stick on the rade nikin after pandikin of tea, digested many door, and a loud “ Hillo! there, within !” a good slice of ham, and baked in luxurious Fritz started up, and, as he plucked open the content in the glow of the ample fire. hurdle, in stepped a tall man, stooping, as “ This has been some robber's den, take was needful, from the humility of the portal. my word for it,” said the doctor. “Some
"What! Fritz ? what, mein lieber Herr desperate convict skulked here till he found Professor ? ” exclaimed a tall, gentlemanly means to get over to the other side, and the man, in dark green riding-coat and handsome gold-fields. But what times these are to those
of our fathers in the island ? The Musquito por. But the dose was too strong ; it pro-
a wonderful one told of those as well as he knew, a direction widely differ
“ At the time when a heavy sum was ""What!' exclaimed they, ' are you not
He had made his way up “But he was not yet killed. After a
him on, and at length, arriving in the blood from his eyes, washed his head at a mountains, he encountered the celebrated pool, and found that the ball had merely bandit, at the head of a gang of his desperate grazed his skull. Binding up his head with followers.
his handkerchief, he once more set forward, Eh, mate!' said Howe, 'whither trusting this time to steer clear of the merci
less crew of bushrangers. But no such good
miles through a most laborious mountain-
- we don't wish to be too arbitary. " still alive? Will neither poison nor bullet
of lives at the devil's need. Art thou man,
poor wretch once more, and still more