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upon life's fading steps, and at the last stands heart. At last a stupefaction came over me, triumphant with horrid glare on our graves. and I gazed upon her weeping over his body, Thus it is, oh ! Jealousy, Love's infernal son: kissing that white face over and over again, it is thee that follows in the wake of divine with only a faint knowledge of where I was, love, and the slightest invitation thou art who they were, and what had happened. I ready to accept. It is thee that feeds on her cannot describe it, but it soon passed away, and ambrosia, and intoxicates thyself with her a perfect blank ensued. nectar. Oh ! Hubert, had it not been for that «« Hours must have elapsed, for when I again infernal passion, life hereafter would have became conscious it was dark. For several been a paradise.
minutes I stood in silence, not daring to make "While standing listening, against my will, to the least noise. At last I ventured to call Amy their conversation, a horrible thought entered —that name I once loved to hear-but there my brain-a
-a thought that would to God I had was no answer; yet stay, there was an echo in never entertained.
the silent air which whispered as if in mockery, “My head became giddy ; a sickly sensation and as I imagined, in her own voice. I crept over me, and if I had not caught hold of shuddered, for a strange presentiment possessed the door I would have fallen to the ground. me. I durst not call again, but waited for When I had recovered a little, I asked myself what would come next; and, as if to give a the question, What meant her strange and more horrible aspect to the scene around, the incomprehensible manner? Then would come moon suddenly
from amidst some that one same answer-deceived. I cast it straggling clouds, and what a sight presented away, but again and again it would penetrate itself to my gaze! There lay my young, my brain, and would not be offended.
beautiful, and beloved wife, prostrate upon her “ To one who was unaware that he possessed father's form. The blow had been too much for so terrible a passion (for you know, Hubert, I her soft and tender nature, and her spirit had was always of a mild disposition) it came with Hled to the plains above—that world of future terrific force, even as love comes at first sight. thought, where, if we believe in transmigraI was mad and insensible to all around, and the tion, it should never have left. conversation which I heard, my burning brain « Fear had left me now, and anguish took took up with more emphasis. I could stand it its place.
love! I cried, as I no longer ; with one wild leap I rushed into fell beside her form, whose face rested on her the room, unsusceptible to everything—unheed- father's, as if she were in the act of kissing it, ing alike her shrieks and entreaties--and with when her spirit fled. Oh! what a wretch am one heavy blow I laid him prostrate at my feet.' I. My Amy, my Amy, speak one word ; say
“At this juncture so excited Roland became, that blessed syllable love, and I will never ask so haggard and wild were his looks, that I you more. But I might as well have asked prayed him to desist for awhile. At my voice night to vanish instantaneously, as ask my he revived, looked at me full in the face, then, Amy to speak again. She belonged not to me. overcome with emotion, tears ran down his "Long, long, I lay by her side, kissing her cheeks, and he could not speak. I tried my face over and over again ; bathing her with best to comfort him, but at first my efforts tears which rained upon her pale face even as were of no avail. His only answer was, “ To she had done to her father before. Long, long, die! To die !' At last, after several vain I lay; then I feared not death, but wished that attempts, I succeeded in pacifying him, and he it would come. What length of time I stayed proceeded in broken accents
I do not know; all that I can remember is that "Oh, Hubert, pity me! pity me! I am I awakened to find Selene had mounted her now guilty of the greatest sin before heaven, car, and was casting her brilliant light upon the and justly deserve its punishment. But what broad earth.
Be calm, my soul ! be calm ! "With one long last sorrowfullook I departed, Hubert, he whom I had slain was her father. and returned here. But there is now no rest Oh, Heaven! Her father! Who had returned for me. I always imagine that she is looking from abroad; her father ! the subject of our upon me with a sad yet living gaze; with a constant conversation; he whom she loved with look that seems to say "I forgive you, Roland.' more than filial affection.
Then a change comes over her placid features ; ". Nature is treacherous ; the most desperate her eyes sparkle with love; she waves her hand passion it brings to termination, and just as (that hand I so often kissed) as if beckoning soon plunges in the extreme. My sorrow, my me to go with her; and soon I shall be there. anguish, at that moment, I cannot describe-it Life is now a burden ; light has no charms, is beyond description.
and portentous night brings horrid dreams. Amy's wild cry for her father to speak, to Hubert, you shudder; you look pale. Do say one word of comfort, pierced me to the not think harsh of me; speak but one word of
hope.' And he burst forth into a flood of tears. now condemned the prisoner, who forestalled Soon a change came over him, as if he had the executioner by stabbing himself. The taken a deep resolution, and he stood gazing at body was then cast into the River Tiber. me with the same kind of expression as when But presently terrible storms arose and conI met him in the corridor.
tinued increasingly, until it was discovered “I was transfixed to the spot, and could not that the body of the malefactor Pilate was the answer him, but when I again regained my cause of all the mischief. It was therefore self-command tears of pity ran down my cheeks taken from the water and sent to Vienne in -tears of pity for Roland.
Gaul, when similar storms of wind, hail, thunder "I told him how I should ever remain faithful and lightning so terrified the inhabitants that to my promise ; that I would never mention a they hastily despatched the accursed object to word I had heard that night. Still he was Lausanne. Here, too, the dreadful tempests silent, and in a mournful voice he bade me compelled the people to carry away
the body to depart.
the top of a lonely mountain and cast it into a "That night I saw bim leave the house; I saw silent lake at its summit. Thus came Pilate him gaze long at the ancient pile ; I saw him to the neighbourhood of Lucerne. kiss his hands at his parents' room, then vanish Soon the unquiet spirit began to move about amidst the dark forest--and I have never seen in his new abode. He wandered from peak to him more.”
peak stirring up the tempest; then he raised We all thanked Hubert for his interesting the surface of the little lake until it overflowed story, and thought how cruel was jealously to and sent its waters to bear destruction through have interrupted the sway of such a divine love, the neighbouring lowlands. Many were the and cast the actors in death's outstretched arms. pranks he played among the shepherds, coming
suddenly behind them and thrusting them and
their flocks over a frightful precipice, or leading THE PILATE MOUNTAIN:
them astray to perish miserably. A LEGEND OF LUCERNE.
At length a great magician came that way. BY M. W. WHITFIELD, M.A.
To him the natives applied, with many prayers, O traveller who has been privileged to
that he would rid them of the evil spirit. He
consented, and proceeded to climb to the spot gaze upon the Lake of the Four Cantons where Pilate reigned amid the chaos of storm can ever forget the rugged mountain which
and desolation. He began the utterance of raises its half score of jagged summits not far spells so mighty that even the very rocks from the town of Lucerne. Of this frowning tottered before him ; yet Pilate moved not. mountain mass, one of whose peaks would far The magician proceeded to still more powerful overtop Helvellyn piled on Snowdon, several incantations; insomuch that even at this day tales are told. We choose the best known.
a spot is pointed out, where, in the midst of the Pontius Pilate, governor of Judæa, after grass, no green blade grows, owing to the might
of the sorcerer's words. The struggle waxed many years of evil-doing, was at length fierce, and at length Pilate was obliged to make summoned to Rome by the Emperor Tiberius terms. He agreed to rest in peace, upon conto give an account of his misdeeds. Before the dition that he should be allowed to roam at wicked governor's approach, the Emperor will for one day in the year. Thus the was terribly angry and breathed out fierce magician brought peace to the distressed inhabi
tants. threatenings of punishments in store; but as the year, upon Good Friday, he sits, clothed in
Pilate kept his word. Once only in soon as the accused made his appearance, the his red judicial robes, raised above the lonely wrath of Tiberius died away; Pilate was kindly lake. Whoso sees him, to him is that sight & received and soon dismissed without rebuke. sign of speedy death. Yet if anyone in a But as the governor disappeared, the Emperor's spirit of lightness and folly casts aught into wrath again awoke. Pilate was a second time the dark waters, or intentionally disturbs them, summoned to the Imperial presence, and again tain, the sky becomes overcast, and the bright
forth with the clouds collect around the moun. kindly received as before, and dismissed with a lightnings tilash forth. Thus runs the tradition like result. As soon as he left the spot the of the Pilate Mountain. Emperor again became angry, and sent a third time for the delinquent. The courtiers, however, now suspecting the influence of magic, MAGAZINE" must be sent in to the Office,, 50, Grey street
Newcastle-on-Tyne, not later than the 14th of every month, examined the accused, and found upon him a and written on one side only. charm to disarm the Emperor's fury. This they took away, with the result that Tiberius Printed for the Proprietors by M. & M. W. LAMBERT, 50, Grey
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THE MAIL COACH: A RECOLLECTION.
BY REV. J. MILLIGAN.
Even now I see
The busy post-house, where the Royal Mail
As sun at setting ;--the clear ring of hoofs,
It is on a par with your previous vulgarity. I have a great contempt for all commercial travellers and persons in that sphere of life. For yourself, I only hope that before you die you will receive a paper medal; and when you quit this vale of tears I will subscribe to a monument for you with this proviso, that it be made of the best brass, pedestal, statue, and all. In the meantime, allow me to state that when you come to Snobtown you will get a warm reception and no order.
WHEN I got home on the completion of my "First Journey," and announced to the wife of my bosom the pleasant change which had come our fortunes, she was greatly affected. The dear little woman burst into tears, and did not know what to say, where to look, or what
MR. BROWN'S SECOND JOURNEY: to do for gladness. Her heart was full; and, placing Johnny on my knee, she remarked
Or Further Reminiscences of a Commercial Traveller.
Sir,-I beg to inform you that I have perused the libel and caricature which you have thought fit to publish regarding me in that wretched brochure, "Mr. Brown's First Journey."
LETTER No. 2. Argyle Street, Glasgow. Mr. John Brown, Edinburgh. June 12th, 1881. Sir,-We have seen "Mr. Brown's First Journey," and have read it with exceeding pleasure. It is a striking but ill-drawn likeness of ourselves. We think you a poor writer, and allow us to add that your style wants finish as well as accuracy. We have ordered 500 copies to give (not away) to our fireman to light the furnace with. Be
sure and call the next time you are in Glasgow, as some of us desire to present you with an illuminated address. Yours faithfully,
TOOTH AND CLAW.
LETTER No. 3. Hope Villa, Balham, Surrey. June 13th, 1881. My dear Mr. Brown, I have swallowed your "Reminiscences" with delight. They are immense. I read them in their collected form at one sitting, and laughed until I brought the tears to my eyes, and found myself minus two of my waistcoat buttons. I would not lay the flattering unction to your soul, or your body either-as the schoolmaster said when he thrashed the boy-but I sure that you are destined to take a high place amongst authors. I would not presume to advise, but I do think "history" is your forte; and I hope that you will devote your talents to some really great work. Family histories are now in vogue: the Frasers, the Maclarens, the McPatricks, the McSandies, the Colquhouns, the Carrs, the Phillipsons, and the Ridleys have all their chronicles; and what has been done for these families you might do for your own, viz., the Browns. I honestly think that the history of the Browns (from Over the left.-J. B.
Brown number one, who came over with William the
Kindly excuse my impertinence, and, in the language of poor people applying to Parliament when they want anything, your petitioner will ever pray, &c.
THOMAS ROBINSON JONES.
"That was just what I hoped for, John, on the sad night when you came home, with your face as long as a mill lead, and told me that you had been asked to 'look out.' There is nothing, my dearest," she continued, "which happens to the right-minded, to the leal and true, but what is intended by a higher power for their ultimate good. The treatment you received from McJohn and McShy seemed to me a draught from a coarse earthen vessel. But that is revenged now; it is exchanged for true bliss, served up to us in golden cups. Let us pray," added my 'better-half,' with an emotion which graved itself in bold lines over her features, "that we may be kept humble." Then, recollecting herself, as she saw me smiling at her excitement, Mrs. Brown suddenly changed the subject, and broke out with, "Now, John, what do you think of your son?"
"O, I have been taking stock of him all the while; and I am sure," said I, "he is a perfect beauty. Don't you think," I added, with the slightest twinkle in my left eye, "that he takes after his mother' in regard to his looks, and after his father as regards wisdom."
"Not at all, you bad man. You flatter me, and at the same time you are fishing for a compliment to yourself. Now, you know, John," she added, "that I hate flattery, and will not have it even from husband." my "Ah, well, my dear," said I, in my blandest manner, "I dare say we had better change the subject." (This is what I always do when the usually placid surface of Mrs. Brown's temper gets a little ruffled.)
About this time Tooth and Claw had their final fling at me. They sent me an epistle full of the sweetest denunciations, and threatened me with everything except capital punishment. I answered them with a brief letter, couched in my most forcibly polite style, and as it was the means of putting a stop to a pleasant correspondence, I transcribe it in extenso :-
Gentlemen,-Yours of the 17th instant to hand. I have left your service. I have dismissed you from hold
ing the position of my employers. I never enjoyed your There is wealth, and genius, and learning, and on iles, and I shall not die through your frowns. You are a nice pair ? and will be certain to go somewhere culture, and generous hearts to be found in the when you die. I shall be happy to take out your front Scottish Metropolis. teeth at any time, and will be much pleased to at end
Another epistle from an old friend and the obsequies of either, neither, or both members of your firm. My special regards to Mr. Thick.
acquaintance has just turned up among my Yours no more,
manuscripts. It is as follows :JOHN BROWN.
My dear Mr. Brown,-I beg, in the most respectful and
humble manner, to write you these few lines, hoping that CHAPTER II.
they will find you quite well as they do not leave me in
the same. The object of my addressing you at this I REMAINED at home for some time after this, critical juncture of my affairs is to explain my real busied with the arrangements for our removal situation to you, convinced, as I am, that you will not
turn a deaf ear to my request. You may perhaps be to Edinburgh. I will not forget that "flitting”
aware that I have left Messrs. Tooth and Claw, and nol as long as I live. Even now I tremble as I with a benediction. I served those gentlemen with my think of it. The baby was cross, my wife was
mind and heart, my soul and body, for five years, and I
know that I did my duty hunestly and faithfully. crosser, and my mother-in-law, who was assisting Should I never write another line, I will speak the truth us, was, undoubtedly, crossest. My wife declare to you. They always made me their scape-goat. It was that I was the most ill-tempered of the ill-tem- they who prepared the shot; and I had to fire it, while
they remained at an easy but safe distance. I bad 26s. pered quartette; but, of course, that is scarcely per week and no perquisites. One day, because I was correct. We secured a nice house, up six pair rather elevated (a large order had come in through my of stairs, top flat, right hand door, which, as Trongate and had a nip of claret-only one), I was dis
exertions, and, being wearied, I stepped along to the described in the advertisement, had “ Dining missed upon the spot. The shock to my weak nerves was room, drawing room, three bed rooms, kitchen, such that I fell fat on the floor, and the only thiug I scullery, &c., all on one floor; rent £40, and at me all the while, and the girls laughing behind the
remember is staggering down the stairs, the boys jeering taxes extra”. There was one recommendation parcels ; while a wicked porter, who never previously about the dwelling, and it was this—We were as
dared to whisper in my presence, called out, in stentorian
tones, as I was passing through the back door : near heaven and as far removed from earth as we
“This comes, Mister Jamie Thick, of painting your possibly could be ; upwards there was nothing nose and lifting your little finger once too often up between us and the skies, earthwards it was
towards the evening star." all the same, but different, for there was an
I took my bed for ten days, and am only now recover
ing. I am afraid that I can never look the world in the immensity of space (looking from the front face again. There is nothing for me but to turn my face windows) which we were undesirous of taking to the wall
. I am convinced that I shall soon divest at a single step.
myself of this my mortal coil, to go, I hope, to a better
and brighter sphere. Having learned off the catalogue of my new I have taken the liberty of writing to you, as, if I recollect employers, Messrs. Rutherford and Wise, I rightly, our mutal relations were always pleasant. applied myself to mastering the duties of my Hoping that Mrs. Brown and the family are well, situation, and found them eminently agreeable.
I am, my dear sir,
Your most obedient servant, I had an office in town, and a clerk of seventeen
JAMES ARTHUR THEOPHILUS THICK. summers (of whom more afterwards).
P.S.-Owing to my bank account being for the present I was much pleased with Edinburgh. The overdrawn, I am in great pecuniary distress. If you beauty of it is undeniable; and, on a fine day in could send me £20 on my personal security for one month
I will gladly pay you 10 per cent. interest. J.A.T.T. June, when the leaves are in their first
I did not reply to my correspondent's letter green, with a blue sky, trimmed with snowwhite clouds—the graceful drapery of celestial
for a few days, when I sent him £2, which was worlds—the town, as
what he asked for, less the 0, and that, as my seen from a height, has a magnificent appearance. But, like all wife remarked, was only a nothing. terrestrial towns and things, the modern Athens has its drawbacks and its imperfections. These
CHAPTER III. are not seen by the inhabitants, althougb apparent to the stranger. The people who dwell UPON entering on my duties as agent and in the lofty stone mansions, with which this representative for Messrs. Rutherford and city abounds, affect a lofty stone manner to all Wise, I found that it was usual to keep in Edinbut their own immediate circle; and, although buryh a stock of such goods as were in most there are many rich and genteel people there, demand, and from which I could rapidly supply it is also true that the majority are very genteel all the wants of my customers. I was expected but very poor, and these latter affect the man- to see all our clients from Berwick to Inverness, ners and customs of their wealthier neighbours. once every six months, and as it was only the To this day, you will find families who come best men in each town that I called upon, down in full dress to a dinner composed of half a did not find my duties unreasonably onerous, pound of mutton chop, a tapioca pudding, and in my previous journey Tooth and Claw had à demi bottle of two shilling claret, divided excepted Edinburgh and Glasgow, among three. But these are surface faults. were called their strongholds, and Mr. Tooth
MESSRS. RUTHERFORD AND WISE,
FLEET STREKT, LONDON.
did Edinburgh himself, while Glasgow was left tall, stout, fair-complexioned person, with a soft to the tender mercies of Mr. Claw. It was voice and a heavy beard, and was, altogether, consequently with some hesitation that I looked the model of a gentleman-being kind, goodforward to making my start in these towns. natured, and liberal-minded. He showed me In commencing, in Edinburgh especially, I felt some splendid and rare works in fine condisome natural perturbation, for I had been tion—but remarked that he had so complete a informed that I should there find the cream of stock of ancient and modern authors that he the men in our trade. Educated often beyond did not feel inclined to add to it at the present the requirements of their business, they supple- time, but added that if I had anything out of mented their education by a wide acquaintance the way, recherché, scarce, or special, he would with literature. I was told it was not a mere look at my stock. I ventured to mention that acquaintance of titles and prices, but a well I had some such works, and Mr. Pleasant gave grounded knowledge of books and authors. me a good order. From my note book I extract
Having mastered, as far as possible, in the the most curious :time at my disposal, the various details of my 13/12 Longshank's Instruction to Bagmen, 2s. 6d. catalogue, I commenced on Monday morning, 13/12 Boyd on Red Basil Almanacks, 3s. 6d. having previously got a third thin ivory card 13/12 Gemmell on Brotherly Love in Trade, 2s.
13/12 Andrew's Notes on Diligence in Business, 1s. 1d. printed
26/24 Maclesocks on Politeness & Good Caligraphy, 2s. 6d.
39/36 Thomas Dickson on the Good Feeling existing heMR. JOHN BROWN,
tween Edinburgh Aristocrats and Glasgow Millionaires,
with practical illustrations, 3s. 6d. Upon reaching home at the end of my day's work, I found the following from employers—rather a different letter from the
stinging epistles of Tooth and Claw :With a few of these in my pocket I went
Fleet Street, London. forth, nervously twittering at the thought of week. We trust that your engagement will be pleasant
Dear Sir,-We are glad that you are to begin work next encountering for the first time our Edinburgh and profitable to you, and that you will like your work. friends. After meditating upon whom I We shall be glad, if possible, to hear from you every pight, should call, I finally resolved to visit firstly think you will find our customers, as a whole, very agree,
whether you have any orders to send on or not. Mr. Timothy McCheek.
able to deal with. You will have your difficulties and He had a fine shop in one of the principal discouragements, and if there is anything which we can do
to explain matters, and render your work more easy, we streets, and upon presenting my card, he shall be most happy to do so. Do not hesitate to take us quietly took me into an office in the middle of into your fullest confidence. All our men have been of the shop, and showed me a placard :
þigh character, and we are confident that you will do your
best to maintain our réputation in that respect. One " Commercial Gentlemen must call before 9 o'clock thing we object to, and that is treating our customers, or in the morning. Those not complying with this rule giving their intoxicating liquors of any kind. We know
that some travellers do this largely; but our opinion is that will not receive any orders."
such is a bad policy ; because, in the first place, it does Addressing me in a loud nasal sort of tone, not lead to sound business ; in the second place, we have
to pay it; and, thirdly, when continued by a traveller over he remarked, “I see you are a new hand, and
a number of years it is sure to end in his ruin, body and cannot be expected yet to be aware of the rules soul. of this establishment, otherwise I would not night for your expenses for the ensuing week, and you wil
You will receive a cheque for £8 15s. every Saturday have spoken to you to-day. You may leave receive your salary from us on the first of every month. your account, and I will get it checked. Call All monies collected to be remit ed daily, unless you sre
able to get it banked in time. As to expenses, if a good to-morrow at half-past eight.” I thanked Mr. order can be got do not hesitate to more than the Timothy McCheek for his kind intimation, and nominal sum allowed for that purpose, explaining to us
We like our men to as a traveller has to suit himself to all bours the reason for the additional outlay.
live in a good style, and not to appear shabby. and tempers and whims and inconveniences, I noted the engagement and kept it accordingly.
Kindly excuse the length of this letter.
We are, yours truly, This gentleman gave me the smallest order,
RUTHERFORD AND WISE. deducted the largest discount, and made himself more generally disagreeable than all the rest of the trade in the town. Leaving Mr. McCheek,
CHAPTER IV. I called on a large buyer, Mr. Portobello, UPON visiting Messrs. High and Mighty, I
, and was received by him in a gentlemanly was received by the junior partner of the firm manner, asked to return after six o'clock, and in a rather unusual manner. Mr. Mighty was after wishing me every success in my new standing in the saloon, with his hands in his appointment, showed me very kindly to the trousers pockets. He was a tall, sallow-comdoor. The next customer whom I ventured to plexioned man, with Dundreary whiskers and visit was Mr. Pleasant a new and second- an eye-glass, while bis hooked nose completed hand bookseller, in a large way. He was a the picture, and brought up to my mind the