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NEW YORK, as yet the smallest of the lar, stiff, and unaccommodating. It three chief cities of the world, is, at the partakes, in fact, of the nature of the same time, in the largest sense, the islanders who built it, and wbo possess most fascinating. It is also the most qualities which, till within the last thoroughly cosmopolitan. It has none twenty-five years, made England irreof the stately stiffness of London and sistible; namely, self-sufficiency and none of its Cockneyisin. Nor has it pretension, coupled with a solid, sturdy the never-changing pleasure pose of strength of nerve and brain, and a dogParis, with its perpetual ennui.
ged persistence. London is preēminent for its stores Paris is the opposite of London. of varied wealth, made up from the ac- There you encounter, on all sides, concumulations of ages. Its antiquities are stant changes and improvements : old guarded with affection. Its ancient forms with new faces, even to the whitlandmarks are carefully preserved. The ening of the sepulcbres. What was anromance of the past is cherished by a cient is regilded, that it may no longer people essentially romantic. To the appear so. Nothing remains of yesterstudent and the philosopher it presents day. There is a disregard of the past more objects to interest than any other which makes you shudder. To-Day is spot on the globe, if they sit down the monarch whose image is stamped quietly to explore and study. But the everywhere. To-morrow he will be deworld is not composed of students and posed, and a new PRESENT reign in his philosophers. To the many, London is stead. The materialism of the French, an overgrown, disagreeable city, angu- which causes them to excel in natural
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philosophy, physiology, chemistry, and next day. Such is the scene. You are the exact sciences, bas made Paris the not specially honored when you are at most beautiful city of the earth. Yet the top, and not disgraced if you fall. you see in it little to inspire romance or Individuality is paramount–individusentiment. Its fine buildings are new, ality of person, not of caste. You are or appear new. So with its streets and judged by each separate performance. boulevards. Its pleasures and its gay. The act of yesterday is forgiven or foreties are never-ending, but there is noth- gotten by reason of what you do to-day. ing fresh or expansive in them. Its And so forward. This state of things material supplies, whether of necessity presents, perhaps, no agreeable aspect or luxury, are unrivalled; its cook-room to one assured of his position, whose is unapproachable, its fêtes and spec- rank is hedged in and guarded by custacles defy competition. But after you tom and authority. But the many, born have seen and enjoyed these for a sea- to no such gilded fortunes, welcome it son, you feel the terrible Parisian ennui with delight; for it constantly exhibits creeping over you, and you exclaim, a cheerful, charitable, sympathizing huwith a sigh, “ Is there nothing else ?” manity, wherein hopes abound and lit
New York has scarcely a feature in tle room is left for despair. For if by common with London or Paris. Its possibility there comes a time when dispeculiarity is the absence of the peculi- couragement presses sorely, lo, there is arities which mark any European city. the forest and the prairie, vast, illimitIt is not that things are unformed, but able, where you can go, the pioneer of that forms do not govern. The rules civilization, with a new life before which shackle the Old World are un- you ! known or disregarded. There are no As the representative of such condiruts or grooves wherein people are har- tions, we repeat, New York is the most nessed and where they must pull for- fascinating city in the world, and the ever. Its romance is of the Future, most essentially cosmopolitan. where imagination may revel at will. All this for outside-surface presentaThe men who control its active pursuits tion. Within goes on the same triple are young men. No one can mistake life which everywhere belongs to our the signs of the vigorous vitality which common humanity (as in the days of you encounter, which encompasses you Noah, so now]: the life of occupation, and draws you irresistibly along, com- the life of home, the personal life; by pelling you to enter into the spirit of which come our relations with others, the hour. Here men are not born to with our family, and with ourselves. greatness, neither are they secure if they The last is the inner life which constiachieve it. They must keep on achiev- tutes identity—the me; not alone in ing. The varied fortunes of the people London, in Paris, in New York, but are ever shifting, totally changing: up over the whole world. And herein lies to-day, down to-morrow, up again the the domain of the novelist.
INTRODUCING SEVERAL PERSONS IMPORTANT TO THIS STORY.
On a fine afternoon, in the early part Our new acquaintances continued of November, not ten years ago, two their course, swinging, with dexterous young men were walking in company rapidity, along the crowded sidewalks, up Broadway-the great thoroughfare separating and coming together again of New York. They were well-made, with singular exactness. The celerity good-looking fellows, of two or three of their movements would not seem and twenty, and strode rapidly along, favorable to conversation; they manas if on some pressing errand. They aged, however, to keep up a running were really not in a hurry; but it was discourse, which, while suspended by the habit of their class to appear always intervention of the wayfarers, was by to be so. These two young men looked no means interrupted. This discourse precisely alike. I do not mean that they would not be intelligible to the general resembled each other in person or com- reader, and it is scarcely worth while to plexion; on the contrary, one interpret it. It ran something in this rather above the medium height, the way: other a little below it. The former bad “ The bottom will fall out of it in brown hair and dark eyes; his compan- less than a week; recollect what I say." ion had light hair and blue eyes; and
“ Nonsense! all the bears in New they dressed accordingly. Thus Ells- York can't_” worth wore a coat several shades darker “I tell you there is a corner.” Here than that worn by Graves. The same Ellsworth lowered his voice mysteriousdistinction applied to the hat and neck- ly, as if suspicious that some one might tie. But for all that, I repeat, they betray the secret. looked precisely alike. The style, cut, “Do you think they can trap an old and finish of their garments were the
rat like Enos Foote?" said the other. same, even to gloves and boots. The “He is trapped, I tell you,” and somecollar of the shirt was turned down thing else was added in a low tone. with scrupulous care, and the wrist- Well, it's nothing to me. I only bands displayed handsome studs of fine hope it won't spoil his young wife's reworkmanship. The general appearance ceptions,” cried Graves, laughing. of their costume was of the travelling “ The first of which, by the by,” resort, but the material was too expensive turned Ellsworth, comes off next and the fitting too elaborate for a voy- Thursday.” ager.
The conversation of the two friends Nor was there any thing flashy, let me --for we may call them so—was intersay, in the appearance of these young- rupted by an unexpected occurrence. sters. No blazing diamond-pin adorned They had descried, a little in advance, , the shirt-bosom; no immense gold a person who was evidently an acquaintchain swung jauntily down across the ance, but who, unlike them, was saunwaistcoat. I have myself met, at Cha- tering along apparently unobservant of mouni or at the Baths of Reichenbach, every thing which was passing around just such looking young men, who were him. sprigs of English aristocracy. But in “What do you suppose he is thinking this country we do not judge from ap- of?” said Graves. pearances. Where one person is “as “I am sure I don't know," replied good as another,” he is very apt to look Ellsworth; "the price of soap-fat, I and appear as well.
" Who would have dreamed of his you 'Cockee' all your life, and so did turning up in New York,” continued every body in Fairmount. I never knew Graves.
you objected to it.” The two had now come up with the 6. That is because I could not help subject of their remarks, and were brush- myself. He gave me the name,” pointing rapidly past.
ing to Ellsworth, “the rest of you took are you, Cockee ?” cried it up. What could I do? You were Graves, in a patronizing tone.
top of the heap there. Here”-he The person addressed started as if looked around him as he spoke_“I am electrified. It was the work of an in- even with you. You count just one in stant to place himself squarely before this crowd; so do I. That's all I have the young men, who were thus forced
to say.” to come to a halt.
He stepped aside, and Ellsworth and “Don't cockeye me, either of you!”
Graves resumed their rapid pace, laughhe said, fiercely. “My name is William ing derisively at seeing, as they exHolt."
pressed it, “ Cockee putting on airs." The speaker was also a young man,
It was time; for the singular renconpossibly a couple of years older than tre had begun to attract attention, and those he addressed, though, from his spectators were gathering fast. The countenance, it was difficult to judge. two young men were soon out of reach He was tall and gaunt. His shoulders of the curious; and William Holt, were square and very high, so that his striking abruptly across the street and coat set much as if placed on cross- pursuing his course on the other side, sticks. From these shoulders hung long also evaded further observation. arms; so long as to almost amount to a It would seem that this little affair deformity. His hair was a rich brown, had changed the current of their fine and silky as a woman's. His face thoughts, or that the atmosphere around was sunburnt, exceedingly thin, with them, as they emerged into the fashionhigh cheek-bones. His eye, which was able quarter, had qualified their ideas; a brilliant hazel, was fringed with long for conrersation between Ellsworth and black lashes. I say bis eye; for only Graves took a new turn. I am enabled one could be fully seen. The other to give it in full. turned in with so great a deflection, Ellsworth. They say Alf Du Barry is that more than half of it was completely coming home. out of sight. The young man was de- Graves. Yes; in the next steamer, Tom cently dressed; but his garments were
Castleton tells me. of a cheap material, carelessly put on, Ellsworth. Tben Miss Clara, I take it, and negligently worn. On his head was will have to decide between the two. a black slouched hat, which was drawn Grares. Which she had better do by down over his forehead. This was the rejecting both-don't you say so ? person-William Holt, as he called him- Ellsworth. Not a bad idea; but Tom self-who now confronted our new ac- will win her, in my opinion. quaintances and literally compelled Graves. I'll go you ten on Alf. them to stand.
Ellsworth. Done. “ He did not say, “Cockeye,' Bill;
“ Those two fellows have spoiled you know that very well,” observed Clara, I think," continued Graves. “In Ellsworth, quietly.
fact, I never could see what there was « • Bill,' if you choose; but neither about her to set people crazy." Cockeye' nor ‘Cockee' will go down “Not exactly that,” replied Ellsany longer.” And William Holt con- worth ; “but she is a devilish fine girl tinued to stand in their way, glaring on -has got magnificent points. But I them savagely.
must say, I never should think of select“Why, Bill,” said Graves, “what is ing her for a wife.” the matter with you? We have called “ Nor I," echoed Graves. “ Besides,
don't you think she is an awkward average height, full and finely formed, dancer ?"
with a clear, light complexion, which “Not awkward. Clara Digby could was fresh and rosy as the morn. Large not be awkward if she tried ; but she gray eyes, with dark eyebrows and eyedances so little, that she not what lashes, created an appetizing contrast call à comfortable partner,” returned with her rich yellow hair. AltoEllsworth, with the tone of a connois- gether a striking face, you perceive.
When in repose, it was impassive and “Well, I confess I can see nothing lacked expression. Perhaps you would about her very remarkable. At any be ready to call it unamiable. Her rate, she is not my style."
person, too, when she was unconscious “Nor mine; but she is a splendid and off guard, dropped out of line, and girl in her way, if she is not to our lost to appearance its tine proportions. liking."
In this respect she would remind you of At this point there was another inter- a thorough-bred hunter: at rest, sleepy ruption. A young lady stepped sud- and ungainly-looking, and of but little denly from one of the handsome stores promise to an inexperienced eye; but which line Broadway, and turned down roused into action, every bound brings the street. As she approached Ells- out a point of grace, beauty, and intelworth and Graves, both those young ligence. gentlemen took their hats completely So with Virginia Randall. When off
, and, holding them in their hands, not engaged, she was quite as I have threw their heads forward, as if about said ; but the least thing would awake to submit to decapitation. This was the slumbering genius of the beautidone with the utmost haste, quite in ful figure. Then her eyes would sudcharacter with the rapidity of all their denly become charged with magnetmovements; but each had time to see ism, her mouth ready, on the instant, and feel and become intoxicated by a to express humor or anger, sympathy or smile which suddenly illumined her
Her smiles- no eternal sameness face, and which was so admirably di- or insipidity marked them. They were rected, that neither of the gentlemen of infinite variety, not adapted to, so could reasonably claim it for his own, much as seemingly called out by, the although I will be bound that each occasion. Few, indeed, could smile as really did so.
she smiled. As Miss Virginia Randall, if not pre- Such was Virginia Randall, as I recolcisely a favorite with me, is to figure in lect her not very long since--the favorthis history, I may as well describe her ite of all the young men, and, strange to now, as she is taking a little shopping- say, not generally disliked by her own excursion (quite that) for the purpose While the unbounded admiration of purchasing a spool of pink sewing- she compelled made her somewhat casilk. I recall her at this moment per- pricious and despotic, I must, in justice, fectly, just as she appeared, coming add, that I think she was coquettish from that handsome shop, after making rather than a coquette; that she had a or attempting to make her interesting good deal of what the world calls heart little purchase. For I myself met her -how much or little, the reader will on this very occasion, just as she had discover by-and-by; and further, was exchanged salutations with those two neither malicious nor envious, nor inyoung gentlemen.
clined to backbite, nor fond of gossip, She was indeed an attractive, fasci- —a rather interesting character, you see, nating young creature. At this time, though not quite up to the mark of a I suppose, she must have been nineteen. first-class heroine. Girls do not manage to smile in the On this occasion, I never shall forget way she could smile much before that the expression which was on her face period. She was somewhat above the just after the salutation to Ellsworth