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for a surprise to their papakin and mammakin (so he of that buge western colossus, in which a moral pestilenco called his father and mother). Chairs were placed in is festering into existence, threatening its civilized neighthe diningroom: in the buffet were assembled the do- bours with ten times more danger than our good friend mestic performers, that is to say, the Moshneen family, the Englishman's pet bugbear of the cholera-morbus. and some friends of the young ladies. At the end of the room were fixed movable side-scenes, and a curtain of carpets stitched together was hung up. In place of an Ornithological Dictionary of British Birds. By Colonel orchestra, the youngest daughter's music-master played

G. Montagu, F.L.S. Second Edition. With a Plan wretchedly enough upon the pianoforte. When all the

of Study, and many New Articles and Original Ob: guests were seated, according to their ranks, Mr and Mrs

servations, by James Rennie, A.M., A.L.S., Professor Moshneen took their places in the first row of armchairs,

of Natural History, King's College, London, &c. senting between them the French governor of the younger

8vo. Pp. 592. London. Hurst, Chance, and Co. children, to translate what was to be said, and explain

1831. every thing wbich should occur. The same governor, Monsieur Furet, was the author of the drama about to We hail with pleasure this new edition of Montagu, be performed, under the title of · The liberal Parents, or a book which has for a number of years been out of print; the good Children. Although the title of itself was and this appears the more extraordinary, as it was eagerly quite enough, nevertheless there was no want of applause, sought after by ornithologists, and bought at a price fre. but the clapping of hands was repeated at every word, or quently above double its original cost. at least at every couplet. The substance of the piece was The present differs from the first edition in several as follows:- A rich merchant spares no expense in the important particulars. The introduction has been taken education and outfit of his children ; allows his sons to pieces, and scattered through the work in alphabetical money for treating their friends, for equipages, &c. ; ex- order ; and a new introduction and plan of study, by the tends the same munificence to his daughters for dresses; editor, has been substituted in its stead.

He has pretty and, besides that, takes them to all the promenades, fully discussed the merits of various systems, and we getheatres, and masquerades, and gives balls and fètes at nerally agree with bim in his opinions, but cannot assent home. In the last act, his daughters are married to to the views he entertains of their being in a great meaprinces, counts, and generals; while his sons attain the sure useless in studying natural objects. They are the highest ranks in the service. The sons and sons-in-law, best means which have yet been devised for enabling the out of gratitude, join together in procuring a title of no- naturalist to come most readily at the names and characbility for their father, who is at last complimented with ters of known species. In his (Mr Rennie's) total conthe style of · Right Honourable.' It was a sight worth demnation of the quinary system, we most cordially conseeing to behold the ecstasy of the worthy couple during cur; and if we had not the everyday experience that even the performance of the piece. The governor translated Joanna Southcot, with hosts of other fools who entertain faithfully every phrase and every couplet which reflected equally absurd doctrines, have their followers, we would honour on the parents, and tears of tenderness ran in wonder how it could have obtained a single proselyte, torrents down their cheeks. Notwithstanding that the especially amongst natura lists, whose whole systems are two oldest sons, beated with wine, bungled in the act founded on an accumulation of facts. ing, that the two oldest daughters knew nothing at all As far as we comprehend this system, it can have of the parts which they had to perform, and that the no reality in nature : that all animals, from man downvoice of the prompter drowned the speeches of the actors, wards, should be formed, or connected in bunches of fives, who, besides that, sang quite out of tune, the perform- arranged in a circular series, is too absurd a notion to be ance went through gloriously, and attained the object in entertained for an instant. The five members, composing view, that is to say, it convinced Moshdeen that children these groups, are said to be composed of two normal or should not be grudged money to supply their extrava- typical, and three aberrant ones,-for example, the vule gance, as it all tends to the elevation of the family.” tures are thus:

We conclude our extracts with the description of a








“ Rubopereen went with me to the money-lenders. We first entered a small hole of a shop about seven feet square, crammed to the ceiling with old tattered books in all languages, ancient and modern, covered with dust and

Normal, or spiders' webs. At the other end of this kennel were

Typical. slumbering, cheek by jowl, a Jean tom-cat and the shopboy. Rubopereen awakened the sleeping sentinel with a fillip on the nose, and asked for Taraseetch. “You know, in the morning he goes about the courts and public offices, but now it is almost the time when he sbould be back here.'- How can the tenant of this

Aberrant. beggarly hole be a monied man?' asked I of Rubopereen. · Three hundred thousand at command, neither more nor Jess,' replied Rubopereen. This shop is nothing more than a pretext, a corner for meetings and bargains, a signboard of the residence of Taras Tarasoveetch Kashtcheyeff


Inglovs 'unsydon It is a pity that this is not Saturday, the day of settling and paying the debts of the week among merchants; you It will be noticed, that the fifth member "Jeads round" would see how the shopkeepers and owners of rich ware to the first, in order to inosculate (kiss or touch it), a houses and magazines Aock about this hole, how they term applied to “gronps, which” are said to " form the wink to Taras Tarasoveetch, and beckon to him to call at passage between neighbouring groups, of higher degree their shops ; he takes only three per cent per month on and denomination than themselves. Laying aside oscupawn from people that he does not know, and to safe lant groups, every natural group is divisible into five, people he lends also upon their own bill.'”

which always admits of a binary distribution, tbat is, We recommend Ivan Vejeeghen to the notice of every into two and three ;” as we have exhibited in the above reader who wishes to acquaint himself with the character diagrain.


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“ The quinary system,” says Mr Rennie, “ under con error, are avoided, and the only danger is from what he sideration, while it professes to reject the strange doctrine quaintly denominates prejudices of the dens (idola specus), of Darwin, which he borrowed from Epicurus, * at the meaning thereby, the imperfections of an individual's insame time adopts its very language in the most unequi- telleet, whether natural to him or produced by education. vocal manner. Though nature, says M. Vigors, with Here it is that the utility of books becomes obvious. You peculiar elegance of illustration, nowhere, oxhibits an witbess, in a field excursion, a certain incident or pecuabsolute division betxvebn her various groups she yeti liarity of action in some animal, which strikes you as displays sufficiently distinctive characters to enable us to being worthy of being chronicled in your notebook." arrange them in conterminous assemblages, and to retain 110 The editor bas added all the newly discovered species, each assemblage, at least in idea, i separate from the rest. with much useful and authenticated matter, extracted It is not, however, at the point of junction betweexit from the works of ornithologists who have written since and its adjoining groups that I look for the distinctive the first edition of this work appeared, and enriched it character. There, as Ms Temminck observes, it is not with some extrempelyi valaable observations of his own, to be found. It is at that central point which is most culled with much discrimination from the great book of remote from the ideal point of junctionsbnieaohisidt, and Nature. "to Ha bas made some important and judicious where the characteristie peouliarities of the groups, gral alterations in the arrangement of words, having discarded dually unfolding themselves, appear in theit=falt developer several that were rather elumsy. He has corrected ment; it is at that spot; in short, where the typical ebas several errors in the synonymes, and given importracter is most conspieyous, that I fix mýiexclusive atten. ant nbtes; with the addition of a list of authors who tion. Upon these typical eminences I planti my banyers have written on this branch of science, arranged under of distinction; round which corresponding ispecies day three beads, namely I. Rudimental Naturalists; II. congregate, as they more or less approach the types of each! Literary Naturalists; III. Philosophic Naturalists; and In my pursuit of nature, I am accustomed to lookd upon original observations. - sThe book is beautifully and corthe great series, in which her productions insensiblýt pass rectly printed, and a variety of interesting and neatly into

each other, with similar feelings to those with which exeeated woodents have been interspersed throughout the I contemplate some of those beautifol pieces of natural works- touti Doh,0948 scenery, where the groundsiswell out in a diversified in the republication of this deservedly popular work is terchange of valley and elevation. Here, although I can a boon to the naturalist, and we think there are few wba detect no breach in that undulating outline, cover which will notiavail themselves of the valuable information it the eye delights to glide without interruption, I cani still contbins , for it is made up of the essence of all that is give a separate existence in idea, to every elevation best known of British ornithology. In this department, and fore me, and assign it a separate namesi i Itiis upon the aise in British : oonchology, Montagu's works have the points of eminence in each that I fix my attention, and change of standing Jong'unyivalleda it is these points that I compare togethet, regardless, tin my divisions, of tbe lower grounds, which imperceptibly meet at the base. Thus/algo it is that I finca pon the The Cabinet for Youth ; containing Narratives, Sketches, typical eminences, that rise most conspicuously above that and Anecdores, for the Instruction and Amusement of the continued outline, in which onature disposes ber living "Young. 'Edited by the Authors of the Odd Volume. groups. These afford sme sufficient prominency of cha "Edinburgh': ' William Whyte. "? London : Whittaker racter for myl ideal divisions, fors ideal i they must be and Co. 1831. nihil where nature shows none." It And thus it is that I conceive my groups to beri at once sbpavate and united

This is a very pretty little book, and a very amusing separate at their typical-elovations, but tunited at their little book, and a very instructive little book, and a very basal extremes.?! 3 or 9 17111.18 in pepec, d to 4110 med proper, little book for the shelves of the juvenile library.

In order to understand what M. Vigois means byl type: Young readers will find in it,sketches of the peculiarities of and typical, it will be necessary to state that all the speeies the nations most remate in their manners and sympathies in any particular, group are described as possessingi parti from European customs of the Chinese, the American cular characters whose general union constitudes what is Indians, and the inhabitants of the Touga Islands. They termed a type. “The cerutrum, or per feetion of the will find descriptions of animate and inanimate nature, group,” says Mr MacLeat,"js in fact i that part of the calculated, to awaken a Jaye, for their several beauties. circumference of the circle of affinioy avbich i isl farthest They will find curious anecdotes of our own and neighfrom the neighbouring group, aad exaotly the same thing: bouring countries. And all these yarieties, either ex. which, in Horæ Entomologitæ, bas been more thappily 4 tracted from the best standardworks or furnished by the called type." ARHII (19/1 marit los amiable editors are given simply and unostentatiously,

In the idea of a “great chain of nature," there is sone, without any of that adopted childishness of diction which thing to warrant the sublimity of the conceptiokrif we in so many works for the use of young people, without make allowance for a few links which hare stilt'undiseb-approaching them one iota nearer the juvenile comprevered; but we cannot bear to harbour a thought of the hension, retards the developement of intellect as surely mechanical wheel and pinion regularity of the quipary i as the lisping and babbling of nurses does the acquiresystem, and therefore leave it to its fatozy and turn toment of intelligible utterance, 1"* The Cabinet for Youth" some further considerations of the volume before uslí this a good wholesome moral and intellectual meal, which

Mr Rennie very properly recommends that the study, no parents need fear to dish up to their children. Here of nature be commenced in the fields, and after tvards the follows a specimenis, they observations which have been made on such objects as "A supervisor of exoise, named Thomas, was ordered present themselves, be compared with bouks; for, says he, not: long since to a town not far from Llanfyllin, in “ ļn books we can only obtain knowledge at second hand, Montgomeryshive, to occupy the district of a supervisor, and this, like a story circulated among village gossips, is who had been shifted to another station, as is usual with more apt to gain in falsehood than in truth, as it passes the servants of the excise department; and having a wife from one to another ; but, in field study, we go at once and children, be proceeded on first, in order to select a to the fountainhead, and obtain our facts pure and un- suitable house for his family. He had never been in alloyed by the theories and opinions of previous observers. Wales befove, and, consequently, he met with many inBy pursuing such a method, three of the chief prejudices, conveniences. The only house vacant was a large old which Lord Bacon has pointed out as sources of human mansion, which stood in decay at the foot of a mountain ;

and to this the supervisor was directed as the only ha* Lucretins, De Natura Rerum, v. 795, &c.

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of so large a house, all notion of becoming a tenant was der of that sleepless night was spent in gloomy conjecabandoned ; but as the place bad a mysterious curiosity tures. With painful anxiety did he watch the grey about it, the mansion being large, the garden choked breaking in the east ; and when the day burst forth, he with weeds, the steps leading to the doors moss-grown, commenced a most scrutinizing search. Nothing, howseveral of the windows being broken, and the whole ha- ever, was to be discovered, not even a footstep on the staire ving an air of grandeur in neglect, he was prompted to case; although he could have sworn that he really did make enquiries ; and an old man, to whom he was re- hear his disturbers ascend towards his room, and then deferred as being the only owner as long as any neighbour part. On his visit to the town that morning, the previous could remember, instantly offered to let him the mansion day's enquiries were repeated ; but he strenuously denied at the small rent of five pounds a-year. The supervisor having been disturbed, for fear he should be thought a did not want so large a house ; bat as he wished to send coward. The next evening, hedetermined to ascertain whefor his family, and had been obliged to put up with ther any thing really did ascend the staircase, or whether lodgings in a paltry alehouse he thought it was worth it was mere fancy; and for this purpose, he spread a while to go over the old pile, and ascertain whether a thick coat of sand on every step, imagining, shrewdly few rooms could not be comfortably fitted up for his ac- enough, that, if his tormentors were really substantial, commodation, while in discharge of his duty there. The they must leave some tracks behind them. In the middle lowness of the rent of course operated as an additional of the night the same extraordinary noise was heard; inducement; and having fixed upon four or five rooms but the supervisor had provided himself with pistols, and up stairs, he struck the bargain, got in a few little things being armed with a lamp also, he proceeded down stairs until his wife should arrive with all the domestic equip as hard as he could. The imps, however, were too ments of a family, and forth with wrote off for her. The nimble for him, and he could not even get a glimpse of first night of his sojourn he lighted a large fire to dispel them. Again did he search in every hole and corner, the dampness, and having taken his glass of grog, he lay disturbing the poor spiders with the blaze of his lamp; down and enjoyed an excellent night's resta On his and finding his scrutiny in vain, he was retracing his rising in the morning, his first visit was to a barber's steps, when he recollected the sand which, in his terrishop in the town in order to get shaved, and there several fied descent, he had forgotten, when, to his horror, he persons enquired most earnestly how he had slept; and perceived some five or six bundred cloven tracks! They when he declared that he had never enjoyed a better were too small før old goblins, and much too large for night's rest in his life, every one seemed amazed. The rats, and the poor man was more puzzled than ever. mystery was now dispelled, and his eyes were opened by The matter assumed rather a serious aspect, and he debeing informed the . Tee Gwyn,' or White House, as termined to write to his wife forbidding her arrival until the mansion was called, had been baunted for fifty years she heard farther from him. All the day long his brain back. The supervisor laughed at this notion, and avowed was racked by conjectures as to the species of creatures his utter disbelief in ghosts. The professional shrewd that had disturbed his quiet. Fifty times did he conness usually characteristic of his calling, raised a surmise clude that it was perhaps a trick, and as often did he that this same lonely house might be a very snug spot for abandon that notion as improbable; but then he could working an illicit still; and, accordingly, be determined not account for his not being able to see the authors of not to be driven out of his new habitation, until he ascer. the tracks; and forthwith he resolved on another protained the fact. He spent the greater part of the day in ject. He had given up every idea that rats could have rummaying the vaults and every hiding-place; but with made such a noise or tracks so large, but he determined out discovering any thing to confirm his suspicions. As to try if a few rat traps could solve the mystery. Acnight advanced, he threw an extra log on the fire, and, cordingly, he procured six, which were all that he could having borrowed a chair in the town, he sat' himself get ; and on the fourth night carefully set them in a row down before it, ate his bread and cheese, and sipped his on one of the steps of the staircase, so that if the imps grog amidst various ruminations.“ At one time he ascended in a columa, he was sure of catching at least thought bis situation rather dangerous; as, in the event one of them. Still he would not abandon his pistols or of bis suspicions being true, there was 'no' 'assistance at bis lamp, but determined to be on guard all night. About hand. He might have his 'throat cut from ear to ear, the mystic hour of twelve, he again heard the hobgoband his body thrown into a tab; while his wife and lins jumping or hopping, as it seemed, up the stairs, and family would be none the wiser. Fears' of the living, while he cocked one of the pistols he heard a trap go off, more than of the dead, flitted across his brain, and at then another, then another, succeeded by appalling sbrieks length he resolved, in case he heard any thing going on, and the same clattering noise down stairs again. He to remain as quiet as possible, and send all the informa- proceeded to the spot, and there to his infinite astonishtion he could to the heads of his department. He coala ment, he found, not an imp, nor any thing supernatural, see by his watch it was nearly 12 o'clock; but' Nature's but three fine fat rabbits, caught by the leys in the traps. fond nurse' had forsaken him, and he felt no inclination The simple faot was, that the inhabitants of an adjoining to sleep.

1114 | 11:17 rabbit-warren used to make their way up through the “On a sudden he heard footsteps on the staircase, and sewers into the deserted mansion, and their gambuls he felt, or thought he felt, his-hair lift his hat at least through the empty rooms first gave rise to the story of an inch off his forehead. His heart Huttered; the 'loys the “ Tee Gwynn' being haunted. It is needless to add, did not seem to blaze so brightly; he listened anxiously, that Mr Thomas forth with sent for his family, and they but he heard nothing. After chiding his faney for now enjoy a house, and as many rabbits as they can eat, frightening him, he mustered courage enough to open the for five pounds a-year,” door, which he left in that state, and then betook himself to his couch, after a paralytic sort of a poke at the fire. Scarce had the first doze relieved his limbs, when A New Tllustrated Road Book of the Route from London he was awakened by a strange clattering on tbe staircase,

to Naples ; containing Twenty-four highly-finished Views as if ten thousand imps were ascending to his room. In

from Original Drawings by Prout, Stanfield, and the panic of the moment he jumped up, and rushed to

Brockeden. Engraved by William and Edward Finden. the landing-place, where he distinctly heard the imps

(Part I., containing the Route from London to Paris.) clatter down the broad staircase again, making faint

Edited by W. Brockeden, Author of " The Passes of shrieking cries, which died away with the sounds of their

the Alps.” Demy Svo. London. John Murray. footsteps as they seemed to gain the vaults beneath the

1831. house. It was now manifest that there were other living tenants in the mansion besides himself; and the remain This book is evidently the composition of a man who

has gone over the ground he writes about frequently, and story. The events, which were then of recent occur-, is intimately acquainted with the locomotive arrange- rence, had excited deep and general commiseration, and ments which prevail there. He gives all the necessary they are, indeed, as tragical as any that have darkened directions for the traveller, and recommends the best local the annals of domestic life. guides and directories of every important place. He has About the close of the preceding spring, a lady arrived given us the only purpose-like road book we have met at Bayonne, accompanied by a youth of delicate and prewith.

But the work has yet higher claims to public possessing appearance. He was her only son, on whom, patronage in the excellence of its pictorial illustrations— since his father's death, her hopes more anxiously deas, indeed, the names of Prout and Stanfield, the Fin- pended, but whose declining state of health at this time dens, and the able editor, naturally lead to expect. The had rendered her fears predominant. Indications of views in the present part are five in number. First come constitutional weakness had of late given some grounds the chalky cliffs of Dover, white gleaming over the toss- to dread the approach of consumption, and by the advice ing sea, across which tall barks are driving, “ with slop- of her physician, and prompted by her own apprehening mast and dipping prow," before a strong breeze, which sions, Madame Armand had journeyed with her son bears above them alternations of dark rain-clouds, drop- from their home in Normandy, to seek for him the more ping water into the waves, “ giving their store of little beneficial climate of the southern provinces, which, with to that which hath too much," and interstices of dazzling the change of scene, it was hoped, would check the threatexpanses of white. The commingling gloom and glare ened advance of this ruthless malady. Madame Armand of such a day, the exclusive inheritance of Britain, the had some letters of introduction to Bayonne, in whose sullen glory of our sky, is admirably conceived and deli- neighbourhood it was her intention to procure a residence neated by Stanfield. Next follows the Pier of Calais at for her son, and it was her desire to board bim with some low water by Prout. The sunny gleam across the level respectable family, where he would be secure of the atwet sands giving back the figures that throng them at tentions so grateful to the invalid, and migbt enjoy the once in shadow and reflection-the breezeless sky streaked cheerfulness of society, without being exposed to its irriwith the soft clouds of evening—the half-filled sails of the tations and fatigue. In answer to her enquiries on this stately brigantine, speak already of a more genial clime. subject, she was given to understand that the advantages Man creates his own tempests there. Give us our stormy she was in quest of were likely to be obtained, could a Albion with its unruffled moral hemisphere. Abbeville ! pension be procured in the family of Salicetti, a farmerBeautiful as when Sterne approached it, notwithstanding general, very favourably known, and who possessed a the storm and desolation which have since swept over mansion pleasantly situated in the vicinity of Bayonne. and around it! And look where the rumbling, lum Having received the most agreeable impression from bering diligence hurries down the abrupt curvilinear the beauty and air of repose which hung around the descent with a whole legion of mendicant imps, “ ever scenery of Chateau Valette, she sought an interview with with it as it moves along”-bright sunburnt faces, and Salicetti. She stated to him the object of her visit, and jetty eyes—Tumblers and jokers ! Bravo, Stanfield ! felt disappointed when he evinced some reluctance to What have we next ? Beauvais, with its massive and meet with her proposal. There was much, however, to gorgeous piazzas, thronged with buyers and sellers, its excite interest in the appearance of the young man himlofty cathedral rising in the aerial distance, like a dream self, and the maternal solicitude expressed in the counof religion in a counting-house. This again is from the tenance of Madame Armand had the effect of awakening pencil of Prout. Last comes a view of modern Paris, in the wife of Salicetti a sympathy which passes quick ricb, tasteful, and sunny, by the editor. To these is between the breasts of mothers, and which, in the preadded a road map from London to Paris, by aid of which sent instance, pleaded powerfully in behalf of the former and the letterpress, a pilgrim, ignorant of the language, lady, who, before her departure, had the gratification to might find his way to the city of the Louvre.

find that Salicetti had acceded with cordiality to her wishes. In a few days, Henry Armand became an in

mate of Chateau Valette, and bis mother, with reanimaPortrait of Allan Cunningham, Esq. Drawn from Life, ted hopes, bade farewell to the family, returning to the

on Stone, by F. Wilkin. London. Dickinson. 1831. north, from whence necessary affairs did not permit her

This is the first of a series of portraits, the size of life, to be longer absent. of the most eminent men of the age. Wordsworth and The character of Salicetti was one which wins the Lockhart are in progress—Scott is to follow. The me- good will of mankind, and not undeservedly. Its features chanical part of this specimen is worthy of all praise, and were free from the guise of art, or the tricks of cold and the general effect is good. There is a likeness too, to artificial politeness. With a little deficiency of exterior our friend Allan, but on the whole it is neither just nor softness, he was a man endowed with generous feeling, flattering. From the talent evinced, however, we hold and with honourable principles, in the expression of ourselves entitled to augur better things of those which which he was always prompt and sincere. He possessed, are to follow.

perhaps over highly, the glowing temperament of his Pyrenean clime, but its ebullitions, though liable to be

misdirected, naturally tended to the side of liberality and Emmanuel

, a Sacred Poem, in nine cantos, with other justice. By the careful improvement of a slender patriPoems. By John Nevay. Edinburgh. Prioted at mony, and by his frank and honest bearing, he had adthe University Press. 1831.

vanced his station in society, and had eventually become John Nevay is favourably known to the readers of one of the most respected of that class in France denothe Edinburgh Literary Journal by some of his commu- mipated farmers-general. He had married a young and nications. The present work will support his repu- pretty provençale of good connexions, to whose beauty he tation.

was not insensible, but in whose gentle affections, and characteristic virtues as a wife, he had still greater reason

of reconcilement to the domestic lot. And though some MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE.

few years younger than himself, the inequality was not such as to be incompatible with the relationship they had mutually formed. One daughter had been the fruit of their union, little Madeline, a child now four years old,

whose beauty and airy play diffused within their compass Passing through the south of France in the autumn a summer gladness, and drew still closer around her of 1828, I heard related the particulars of the following parents the ties of home. Prizing thus the happiness



wbich flowed within the cirele of his dwelling, we may almost prevailed, and his breast felt relieved of a hideous explain the doubtful acquiescence of Salicetti in the ad- oppression, would withering doubts return, and wrap his mission of a stranger to his fireside, where even trivial thoughts in darkness. But it is easy to conceive the changes are sometimes apprebended, as sufficient to alter progress of a passion so well known, in a mind whose the current of accustomed and cherished enjoyment. character was more passionate far than reflective. It is

Among their dependants and the neighbouring villages, sufficient to state, that the unbappy Salicetti soon suffered Salicetti, with his wife, enjoyed a merited popularity. all the wretchedness of a “mind diseased.” Difficult He was the liberal patron of the village festival, where as was the task, he had hitherto been able to control bis his presence was hailed with pleasure, and in vintage emotions before the individuals, unconsciously their time was happy to promote those rustic gaieties, so con cause, nor bad he practised any unworthy artifice to genial to the spirit of that jocund season. His wife, confirm or impeach the innocence of the suspected parties. while indulgent to this holyday gladness, bad yet stronger

But this state of restraint and suspense was too intole claims on the bearts in many a cottage-home. She was rable to be long endured, and he resolved to end it. He a “ friend in misery too,” and to the sorrowing and the accordingly intimated one morning that he had to set sick was ever a willing visitor-exercising the charities out on business for the little town of C-, which would of a benevolent nature—and diffusing, by her gentle detain him for a few days. His intention was to return sympathy with human ills, more benefit and solace than unexpectedly at night, prepared with some fitting reason the hand of science is often able to bestow. Need we for having deferred his journey till the following day. then wonder that, in “ huts where poor men live," so Night came, and Henry Armand had retired to rest, acmany tongues were ready to welcome and bless the wife companied by little Madeline, whose childish fancy to sleep of Salicetti?

with him had occasionally been indulged. Her mother had Henry Armand soon became domesticated in Chateau completed the last domestic cares, and was also about to Valette. Obliging and unaffected manners wore away all seek repose, when a person called to solicit her presence for feeling of restraint, and his society communicated an a little in a cottage hard by. A young girl lay there very agreeable interchange of thought and event to the little ill, in whom she was much interested, and she proceeded circle of Salicetti. He was a lover of nature, and had a straightway to the cottage. While she was forth on this taste for scenery, formed amid the landscapes of his native benevolent errand, Salicetti entered the garden, wbich lay Normandy. To gratify this taste, and as promotive of extended behind the chateau. It was a dewy ove-one health, he frequently accompanied Salicetti to various of more than ordinary beauty—the moonlight sleeping parts of the country, which, in the course of his avoca- sweetly on the banks, and the air full of lingering aromas, tions, the latter had occasion to visit, and it was not long exhaled daring the day from a thousand flowers. They, ere he felt the restorative agency of exercise, and the who with unquiet thoughts have been placed in scenes of cheerful impressions from new and smiling objects. such placid repose, can tell what an exquisite appreciation When not engaged in these excursions, his time was they have of their beauty, which yet they cannot enjoy pleasantly occupied with books, with music, and other for the care within. As Salicetti approached his dwelltasteful pursuits, or in visiting with Madame Salicetti, ing, every object around him was fitted to fill the sense for kindly purposes, the surrounding cottages, where he with pleasure, but these only made him now feel more was received with a simple and hearty regard. Such acutely the loss of bis internal peace. Judging from the were the circumstances at Chateau Valette, producing an stillness within, that the household was at rest, he adamount of happiness, which they who try the more am vanced to the door which opened on the garden, and felt bitious modes of life have seldom purchased, with all | inly startled at finding it open; he entered softly, and prow their means and appliances to boot.” But change is ceeded to the chamber of bis wife. To avoid alarm by the doom of mortality, and there is little security for too abrupt an entrance, he knocked gently on the door, human joys. Of this, the sequel to the history of Sali- but to this summons no reply, of course, could be returncetti affords a melancholy instance; and it needs not to

ed. Pausing yet a moment, he entered the room_his dwell long on its paiuful recital.

eye quickly searched and found it vacant. The imaginaThere are some in the world so unenviably consti- tion may picture the effect of this discovery on the morbid tuted, that to them the happiness of others is an

mind of Salicetti. Driven by a crowd of distempered offence, and a joy it is to see the fabric of that happi- fancies, he hurried to the apartment of Henry Armand. ness destroyed. One of this class had already marked Through the latticed window the moonbeams streamed Salicetti for a victim, and commenced to execute the into the little chamber. Salicetti bebeld two reposing plan of his malignity. One night the following anony- forms, and deemed that the proof of his dishonour was mous letter was handed to Salicetti :-“ Salicetti, a frievd before him. In frenzied rashness he drew a popiard bids you take heed—be not careless of your honour with from his breast, plunging it into the bosom of her he bec the stranger and your wife.” The suggestion bad the lieved his guilty wife. Scarcely was the fatal act comeffect, for a moment, of sickening the soul of Salicetti ; mitted, when his ear caught the sound of a light coming but it quickly gave way to a sounder feeling, to the con footstep. He turned-he called aloud-" Who goes fidence, bitherto unshaken, in the virtue of his wife, and there ?" His wife appeared. She stood with looks of to a rush of burning indignation at the vile asperser of anxiety and surprise. Salicetti was smote as if an unhis house. Regard to the feelings of others prevented eartbly apparition had met his gaze. He stood, but for him from making any disclosure of the circumstance, and a while had no voice of utterance to her enquiries. At he had himself nearly succeeded in banishing the irrita- length, between the pauses of hot and hurried breathing, tion from his own thoughts, when another secret and he put a few eager questions, which she answered with similar communication reached him. This was less rapidly increasing alarm-explaining the cause of her laconic than the first, insidiously adducing each “thin absence from the house ;—“And Madeline,” cried he, airy circumstance" as confirmations of unfaithful conduct, " where is the child ?” Reply was made to this question, and giving such a colour to particulars as was fitted to when a sickly spasm shook the frame of Salicetti as kindle and mislead the open and too vehement temper of he ejaculated, “ Eternal horror, I have murdered my Salicetti-finally, professing that nothing save a disin- child!" In another moment he had driven the dagger terested zeal for his honour could have induced the writer into his own heart. His hapless wife was spared this to inflict the laceration of a recital so unhappy.

sight, for, overwhelmed with the electric rush of misforThe contending emotions which were now excited, Sali- tune, she had sunk, cold and unconscious as the marble cetti struggled vainly to allay. The poison had been ab- Aoor on wbich she fell. Well had it been for her had sorbed, and spread, and rankled with a subtle power. At she wever awoke from that icy trance. times, when the conviction that his fears were causeless had

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