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CHAPTER LIX.

A HASTY MESSENGER.

A little rough riding through the bushes brought me out into the main up-river road; and then,

sinking the spur, I galloped as if life or death were In the company of Hickman, I liad walked off to staked upon the issue. My object in making such some distance from the crowd, in order that our haste was simply to get to the liouse in time, before conversation should be unrestrained.

the clandestine visitor- welcome guest of mother As the moments passed, the old hunter warmed and sister-should make his adieus. into greater freedom of speech, and from his manner Strong reasons as I had for hating this man, I had I fancied he had still other developments to make. no sanguinary purpose ; it was not my design to kill I had firm faith in his devotion to our family—as Arens Ringgold—though such might have been the well as in his personal friendship for myself—and once most proper mode to dispose of a reptile so vile and or twice I was on the eve of revealing to him the dangerous as he. Knowing him as I did, freshly thoughts that rendered me unhappy. In experience, spurred to angry passion by Hickman's narrative of he was a sage, and although a rude one, he might be his atrocious behaviour, I could at that moment have the best counsellor I could find. I knew no other taken his life without fear of remorse. who possessed half his knowledge of the world-for But although I felt fierce indignation, I was yet Hickman had not always lived among the alligators ; neither mad nor reckless. Prudential motives- the on the contrary, he had passed through various ordinary instinct of self-safety-still had their influphases of life. I could safely trust to his devotedness: ence over me; and I had no intention to imitate the with equal safety I might confide in the resources of last act in the tragedy of Samson's life. his judgment.

The programme I had sketched out for myself was Under this belief, I should have unburdened myself of a more rational character. of the heavy secrets weighing upon my mind-of some My design was to approach the house—if possible, of them at least—had it not been that I fancied he unobserved - the drawing-room as well—where of already knew some of them. With the reappearance course the visitor would be found-an abrupt entrée of Yellow Jake I knew him to be acquainted: he upon the scene—both guest and hosts taken by alleged that he had never felt sure about the mulatto's surprise-the demand of an explanation from all death, and had heard long ago that he was alive; but three--a complete clearing-up of this mysterious it was not of him I was thinking, but of the designs embroglio of our family relations, that was so painof Arens Ringgold. Perhaps Hickman knew some fully perplexing me. Face to face, I should confront thing of these. I noticed that when his name was the triad-mother, sister, wooer-and force all three mentioned in connection with those of Spence and to confession. Williams, hé glanced towards me a look of strange • Yes!' soliloquised I, with the eagerness of my significance, as if he had something to say of these intention driving the spur into the flanks of my wretches.

horse-'Yes-confess they shall- they must-one I was waiting for him to make a disclosure, when and all, or'the footfall of a fast-going horse fell upon my ear. With the first two I could not define the alterOn looking up, I perceived a horseman coming down native; though some dark design, based upon the the bank of the river, and galloping as earnestly as slight of filial and fraternal love, was lurking within if riding a 'quarter-race.'

The horse was white, and the rider black; I recog- For Ringgold, should he refuse to give the truth, nised both at a glance; Jake was the horseman. my resolve was first to 'cowhide' him, then kick

I stepped out from among the trees, in order that him out of doors, and finally command him never he should see me, and not pass on to the church that again to enter the house—the house, of which stood a little beyond. I hailed him as he advanced. henceforth I was determined to be master.

He both saw and heard me; and abruptly turning As for etiquette, that was out of the question ; at his horse, came galloping up to the spot where the old that hour, my soul was ill attuned to the observance hunter and I were standing.

of delicate ceremony.

No rudeness could be amiss, He was evidently upon an errand; but the presence in dealing with the man who liad tried to murder me. of Hickman prevented him from declaring it aloud. It would not keep, however, and throwing himself

CHAPTER LX. from the saddle, he drew near me, and whispered it into my ear. It was just what I was expecting to

A LOVER'S GIFT. hear--Arens Ringgold was at the house.

As I have said, it was my design to inake an "That dam nigga am thar, Massr George.'

entrance unobserved ; consequently, it was necessary Such was literally Jake's muttered announcement. to observe caution in approaching the house. To this

I received the communication with as much show end, as I drew near the plantation, I turned off the of tranquillity as I could assume: I did not desire main road into a path that led circuitously by the that Hickman should have any knowledge of its rear. This path would conduct me by the hommock, nature, nor even a suspicion that there was anything the bathing-pond, and the orange-groves, without extraordinary upon the tapis ; so, dismissing the much danger of my approach being noticed by any black messenger with a word, I turned away with the one. The slaves at work within the enclosures could hunter; and, walking back to the church enclosure, see me as I rode through the grounds; but these contrived to lose him in the crowd of his comrades. were the field-lands.' Unless seen by some of the

Soon after, I released my horse from his fastening; domestics, engaged in household affairs, I had no and, without saying a word to any one-not even to fear of being announced. Gallagher-1 mounted, and moved quietly off.

My messenger had not gone directly back; I had I did not take the direct road that led to our ordered him to await me in an appointed place, and plantation, but made a short circuit through some there I found him. woods that skirted close to the church. I did this to Directing him to follow me, I kept on; and having mislead old Hickman or any other who might have passed through the fields, we rode into the thick noticed the rapid arrival of the messenger; and who, underwood of the hommock, where halting, we dishad I gone directly back with him, might have held mounted from our horses. From this point I proceeded guesses that all was not right at home. To prevent alone. this, I appeared to curious eyes, to have gone in an As the hunter steals upon the unexpecting game, opposite direction to the right one.

or the savage upon his sleeping foe, did I approach

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the house-my home, my father's home, the home of • Indeed?' mother and sister. Strange conduct in a son and a * That exists no longer. I can now act as I please ; brother-a singular situation.

and, dearest Miss Randolph, if you will but accept My limbs trembled under me as I advanced, my my hand'-knees knocked together, my breast was agitated by *Your hand again! Let me tell you, sir, that this a tumult of wild emotions. Once I hesitated and hand of yours has not the reputation of being the halted. The prospect of the unpleasant scene I was most open one. Should I accept it, it might prove about to produce stayed me. My resolution was sparing of pin-money. Ha, ha, ha!' growing weak and undecided.

'I am aspersed by enemies. I swear to you, that in Perhaps I might have gone back-perhaps I might that sense you should have no cause to complain of have waited another opportunity when I might my liberality.' effect my purpose by a less violent development- I am not so sure of that, notwithstanding the oath but just then voices fell upon my ear, the effect of you would take. Promises made before marriage are which was to strengthen my wavering resolves. My too often broken after. I would not trust you, my sister's voice was ringing in laughter, that sounded man-not I, i' faith.' liglit and gay.

There was another-only one. I But you can trust me, I assure you.' easily recognised the squeaking treble of her despic- You cannot assure me; besides, I have had no able suitor. The voices remaddened me—the tones proofs of your liberality in the past. Why, Mr stung me, as if they had been designedly uttered in Ringgold, you never made me a present in your mockery of myself. How could she behave thus ? life. Ha, ha, ha!' how riot in joy, while I was drooping under dark “Had I known you would have accepted one-it suspicions of her misbehaviour ?

would gratify me-Miss Randolph, I would give you Piqued as well as pained, I surrendered all thought anything I possess.' of honourable action; I resolved to carry through Good! Now, I shall put you to the test: you shall my design, but first-to play the listener.

make me a gift.' I drew nearer, and heard clearer. The speakers Name it-it shall be yours.' were not in the house, but outside, by the edge of Oh, you fancy I am going to ask you for some the orange-grove. Softly treading, gently parting trifling affair—à horse, a poodle, or some bit of the boughs, now crouching beneath them, now glittering bijouterie. Nothing of the sort, I assure gliding erect, I arrived unobserved within six paces you.' of where they stood-near enough to perceive their I care not wliat. I have offered you my whole dresses glistening through the leaves—to hear every fortune, and therefore will not hesitate to give you a word that passed between them.

part of it. Only specify what you may desire, and I Not many had been spoken, before I perceived shall freely give it.' that I had arrived at a peculiar moment-a crisis. “That sounds liberal indeed. Very well, then, you The lover had just offered himself for a husband have something I desire to possess—and very much had, perhaps for the first time, seriously made his desire it-in truth, I have taken a fancy to be its declaration. In all probability it was this had been owner, and had some designs of making offers to you eliciting my sister's laughter.

for the purchase of it.' And really, Mr Ringgold, you wish to make me • What can you mean, Miss Randolph ?' your wife? You are in earnest in what you have said?' A plantation.'

Nay, Miss Randolph, do not mock me; you know A plantation!' for how many years I have been devoted to you.' Exactly so. Not your own, but one of which you

• Indeed, I do not. How could I know that?' are the proprietor.'

* By my words. Have I not told you so a hundred "Ah!' times?'

"I mean that which formerly belonged to a family • Words! I hold words of little value in a matter of half-bloods upon Tupelo Creek. Your father of this kind. Dozens have talked to me as you, who, purchased it from them, I believe?' I suppose, cared very little about me. The tongue is I noted the emphasis upon the word 'purchased.' a great trifler, Mr Arens.'

I noted hesitation and some confusion in the reply. * But my actions prove my sincerity. I have “Yes, yes,' said he; "it was so. But you astonish offered you my band and my fortune; is not that me, Miss Randolph. Why care you for this, when a sufficient proof of devotion ?'

you shall be mistress of all I possess ?' No, silly fellow; nothing of the sort. Were I "That is my affair. I do care for it. I may have to become your wife, the fortune would still remain many reasons. That piece of ground is a favourite your own. Besides, I have some little fortune myself, spot with me; it is a lovely place-I often go and that would come under your control. So you there. Remember, my brother is owner here—he see the advantage would be decidedly in your favour. is not likely to remain a bachelor all his life-and Ha, ha, ha!'

my mother may desire to have a home of her own. • Nay, Miss Randolph; I should not think of But no; I shall give you no reasons; make the gift controlling yours; and if you will accept my or not as you please.'

"And if I do, you will’• Your hand, sir? If you would win a woman, you Name conditions, and I will not accept it—not if should offer your heart-hearts, not hands, for me.' you ask me on your knees. Ha, ha, ha!'

“You know that is yours already; and has been 'I shall make none, then: if you will accept it, it for long years : all the world knows it.'

is yours. You must have told the world, then; and I don't Ah, that is not all, Master Arens. You might like it a bit.'

take it back, just as easily as you have given it. * Really, you are too harsh with me: you have How am I to be sure that you would not ? I had many proofs of how long and devotedly I have must have the deeds.' admired you. I would have declared myself long • You shall have them.' since, and asked you to become my wife'

And when ?' . And why did you not ?'

"Whenever you please_within the hour, if you Ringgold hesitated.

desire it.' *The truth is, I was not my own master-I was 'I do, then. Go, get them! But remember, sir, I under the control of my father."

make no conditions--remember that.'

hand

"Oh,' exclaimed the overjoyed lover, 'I make none. Among the most successful are those by Mr Lovering I have no fears ; I leave all to you. In an hour, you of Philadelphia : he planted half an acre; the canes shall have them. Adieu !'

grew from ten to twelve feet high, and yielded excelAnd so saying, he made a hurried departure. lent sugar, specimens of which were exhibited both

I was so astonished by the nature of this dialogue raw and loaf. It appears that frost is not prejudicial -80 taken by surprise at its odd ending-that for a to the sorgho; but it deteriorates in the hot autumn, time I could not stir from the spot. Not until Ring- or Indian summer of the States, the juice being gold had proceeded to some distance did I recover affected in a way that prevents crystallisation. One self-possession; and then I hesitated what course to instance is reported of an acre of sorgho having pursue --whether to follow him, or permit him to produced 6800 gallons of juice, which is equivalent depart unmolested.

to nearly 4500 pounds of sugar, and 274 gallons of Virginia had gone away from the ground, having molasses. Might not this cane be profitably cultiglided silently back into the house. I was even vated in some of the countries of Southern Europe, angrier with her than with him; and, obedient to and take the place of diseased and dying vines ? Let this impulse, I left Ringgold to go free, and went Baron de Forrester, who has the welfare of Portugal straight for an explanation with my sister.

so much at heart, take the hint. Trials might be It proved a somewhat stormy scene. I found her made, too, in Australia and Natal.-The quantity in the drawing-room in company with my mother. I of maple-sugar made in the United States is about Btayed for no circumlocution; I listened to no denial 30 m on pounds a year. It has recently been found or appeal, but openly announced to both the character that soap is the best clarifier that can be used in the of the man who had just left the house-openly manufacture of sugar. The effect of guano on the declared him my intended murderer.

growth of the sugar-cane has been strikingly shewa Now, Virginia! sister! will you marry this man?' at Mauritius. Before that fertiliser was introduced,

"Never, George-never! I never intended it, the produce was about 2500 pounds per acre; now it Never!' she repeated emphatically, as she sank upon is 6000, and on some estates, even 8000 pounds to the sofa, burying her face in her hands.

the acre. My mother was incredulous-even yet incredulous! Agassiz, who resists all the royal and imperial

I was proceeding to the proofs of the astounding offers made to lure him back from America to Europe, declaration I had made, when I heard my name is publishing a great work, entitled Contributions to loudly pronounced outside the window: some one the Natural History of the United States; two bulky was calling me in haste.

volumes have appeared, and eight more are to follow. I ran out upon the verandah to inquire what was He has good opportunities for study, for it is said wanted.

that the Academy of Natural Sciences at Philadelphia In front was a man on horseback, in blue uniform, has the largest ornithological collection in the world with yellow facings—a dragoon. He was an orderly, -27,000 specimens of birds.- In addition to boring a messenger from the fort. He was covered with artesian wells along their south-western desertdust, his horse was in a lather of sweat and foam. routes, the United States government have introThe condition of both horse and man shewed that duced the camel in experimental journeys over those they had been going for hours at top-speed.

scorching plains, and with satisfactory results.The man handed me a piece of paper-a dispatch Henceforth, Ottawa, a young city, admirably situate hastily scrawled. It was addressed to Gallagher and for agriculture and trade, is to be the capital of myself. I opened and read:

Canada.—The president of the Canadian Institute, * Bring on your men to Fort King as fast as their established at Toronto, congratulated the members in horses can carry them. The enemy is around us in last annual address, that their number is now numbers ; every rifle is wanted-lose not a moment. 600; that the Journal of their Proceedings is regu

CLINCH.' larly and successfully published once a month ; that

the Toronto Observatory, founded twenty years ago

to co-operate in the great scheme of magnetic obserTHE MONTH:

vations instituted by the Royal Society, was not

abandoned when the object was accomplished ; but, at SCIENCE AND ARTS.

the instance of the Institute, was provided for by the SOME of our hard-worked savans took advantage of provincial government, and has been rebuilt with the Easter holidays to go and refresh themselves stone, and equipped with the best instruments at a with the sight of primroses and young grass in the cost of L.5000. This is something to be proud of, for country; those who were botanists seized the oppor- it is the only one of the colonial observatories which tunity for new observations on the development of has not been given up. More than 100,000 observabuds ; for certain among them--the botanists, not the tions were made at Toronto, and, owing to the peculiar buds-are excogitating a new theory with respect to local phenomena, they are of especial value. General those vernal phenomena.- The Bombay Geographical Sabine has published them, and brought out the Society announce in their proceedings that they have results in three quarto volumes; a fourth is yet to received a specimen of the walking-leaf from Java appear; and these, to quote the president's words, with eggs and young; and what seems more curious will carry the name of Toronto into all parts of the still, a walking-flower, described as a creature with earth where science is cultivated; and it is not too a white body, pink spots, and crimson border.'— The much to say that the name of a Canadian city, which discovery has been made in Algiers that a field may will be sought for in vain on maps twenty years old, be planted with madder, and fed off by cattle for three has now become, by means of its observatory, familiar or four years, without any detriment to the roots, in the mouths of European savans as a household which are afterwards as good for dyers' uses as those word.' The Prussian authorities are recommending cultivated in the ordinary way.-The sweet sorgho all Prussian emigrants to choose Canada in preference (Sorghum saccharatum) is found also to be good food to all other countries, especially to Brazil. for cattle; and paper can be made of the stalks.-| Two Frenchmen claim to have ascended to the The sorgho, which, as our readers will remember, very summit of Chimborazo-a feat that baffled was introduced from China, and is known as the Humboldt.- At a recent meeting of the Geographical Chinese sugar-cane, bas attracted great attention Society, Mr Graham gave an account of his travels to throughout the United States, and in every state a Scripture land hitherto unvisited by Europeans, experiments have been made on its cultivation. and his exploration of the now ruined cities, which were once under the rule of Og, king of Bashan. in one or two places where a barometer was already Considering their antiquity, they are in remarkable kept, the men seeing a fall of the mercury, stayed at preservation; the houses lofty, with great slabs of home; while at neighbouring ports, where no such stone for roofs, and stone doors carved into panels, friendly monitor was at hand, the men put to sea, and ornamented. A dead silence prevailed; yet so were caught in a storm, and some perished.-An few are the signs of decay, that Mr Graham paced the endeavour is making to advance meteorology as a streets expecting every moment to see one of the science, by a widely extended scheme of observaold inhabitants step forth to meet him.

tions, which will include Petersburg, Algiers, Dublin, Sir George Grey, governor of Cape Colony, is Lisbon, Greenwich, Bourdeaux, and other places making a collection of all the newspapers, vocabu- Paris to be the centre for discussion and publication. laries, and scriptures in native African dialects To facilitate the work, the mean of the several which he can meet with, to be kept in the Library phenomena at the different stations will first be at Cape Town. He does not confine his researches established, so that only the variations from that to the south, but intends to include the whole of mean will have to be recorded. Especial attention is Africa in his scheme, if possible. This is doing a good to be paid to the wind, on which the weather so much work, one that will be eminently useful to philolo- depends ; and as the stations will intercommunicate gists, and prove the means of preserving a knowledge by telegraph, it is thought that predictions of changes of dialects which, in the course of a generation or of the weather will be possible. two, will no longer exist as living speech. Mr Moffat During the past winter an unusual cold prevailed (Livingstone's father-in-law), assisted by Mr Ashton, in the south of Europe, after a spring-like temperais publishing a monthly paper in the Bechuana ture had set in here in England. At Turin and language at Kuruman.

Naples its rigour was excessive; at Ferrara the Po In commercial phrase, Turkey is looking up, and is was frozen, and men and cattle crossed on the ice ; about to satisfy one of her chiefest wants—means of Malta shivered; Constantinople was frozen up and communication between the interior and the sea- half-starved for want of food, owing to the deep snow coast. Smyrna already exports twice as much as any having blocked the streets and roads; the highlands other Turkish port; what will it be when the pro- of Algeria wore for a while a strange white winterjected railway of seventy miles to Aidin is completed, coat; and it even actually snowed at Cairo. We running through the rich fruit district of Asia Minor, need hardly say that such a phenomenon was never along the valley of the Meander, and within nine miles before witnessed in Egypt, not even by the oldest of ancient Ephesus? It is expected that marvellous inhabitant, nor yet his great-grandfather. quantities of silk, grain, and madder, besides fruit, At Brussels on the 17th January an extraordinary will be brought down to Smyrna. Another line of perturbation of the magnet was observed, shewing a 250 miles is to run from Samsoun, on the Black Sea, considerable excess in all the phenomena-intensity, through Pontus, to Sivas, the ancient Sevastia, in declination, &c., which lasted nearly the whole day; the valley of the Halys. There is something almost an aurora, too, was visible in the early morn; and startling at first in the thought of railways, scream- soon afterwards came the news of the earthquake in ing locomotives, and first, second, and third class the Neapolitan territory on the night of the 16-17th. penetrating those old countries, rattling along within The earthquake shocks have not yet ceased; and three leagues of one of the Seven Churches, and the city of Naples itself has been shaken. The carrying new resources and new energies into the convulsions have been felt further east, and we hear land which recalls the names of Mithridates, and that Corinth has ceased to exist except as a heap of Pythodoris, and Cæsar's Veni, vidi, vici.- Experience ruins.-Science has a footing in Naples, St Januarius has shewn in Egypt, on the line from Alexandria to notwithstanding, and a quarto volume has recently Cairo, that the greatest profit is made from the fares of been published by the Academy of Sciences in that the fellahs—small peasant-proprietors—who travel in city, giving full particulars of the eruptions of numbers, and with a frequency truly surprising. We Vesuvius in 1850 and 1855, with ample maps and commend this fact to the consideration of railway plans; and there is no doubt that Signor Scacchi, a directors here at home who may be in doubt as to first-rate geologist, will draw up an account of the the advantage of running third-class carriages with calamitous phenomena of the present year.-And, every train.

incredible as it may appear, there is a Royal Academy Russia is doing great things in the south-levelling of Sciences doing good work at Madrid, publishing roads, improving old harbours, and deepening the their Memorias in quarto, filled with able articles on mouths of the Volga at Astrakhan by steam-power. the climate, geology, and natural history of the The American engineers who went to raise the several provinces of Spain. One of the latest contains sunken vessels in the harbour of Sebastopol, have a geological description of the Sierra Morena. signally failed. The teredo, that active tunnel-borer, Mr Dawson, inspector of roads, &c., at Newcastlehad anticipated them, so that the great men-of-war on-Tyne, has laid a Report before the corporation were found too weak to be lifted, and to have too of that town, shewing the comparative cost of little cohesion to be blown up; so there is nothing macadamised and paved roads. The maintenance, for it but to leave the once proud fleet at the bottom he says, of 275,249 square yards of paving for till the worms have finished it. Altogether, eighty a year cost less than a half-penny a yard, while vessels were sunk—an amazing number.-Elsewhere, to keep up 115,096 yards of macadam cost, for Brother Jonathan has been more successful : his the same period, 4£d. a yard. Hence there was an enterprising divers have got into the hold of the expenditure of L.2000 more than would have been San Pedro, a Spanish war-ship that blew up in the incurred for paving. Nearly 5000 tons of stone were Bay of Cumana in 1815, with three million dollars on broken and laid on the macadamised road; and of board, while on her way to punish the revolutionary this, great part is wasted for want of heavy rollers to Mexicans.

press it at once to a solid surface. In this latter The Board of Trade are going to do something respect, Hull sets a good example, for there the rollers wise and praiseworthy, and that is to set up a baro- are used. It is known to engineers that in the fixing meter for the use of fishermen at the several fishing- of screw-piles the timber is apt to twist, whereby its ports around the coast, beginning with Scotland; strength is diminished. M. Oudry, an engineer at thus accomplishing the recommendation made by Dr Bayonne, has contrived a wrought-iron case or tube, Stark, president of the Meteorological Society of in which he encloses the pile during the screwing in, Scotland, as mentioned in our last. It appears that then taking it off, uses it for others. A school of stokers is established at Lille, where the men are to bodies have the property of storing up light in a state be taught the elementary properties of steam, the of persistent activity. It is found that the process is utility and manipulation of the different parts of the accelerated by the use of a heated metal plate; and machine, the way to burn coal with efficacy and eco- we hear that an ingenious individual has exhibited nomy, and so forth. With such a course of instruc- to the Franklin Institute at Philadelphia copies of tion as this, the loss and other ill consequences which engravings take by laying the engraving face down. attend on the ignorance of stokers will no longer ward on a prepared board, and passing a hot iron have to be complained of; and in case of accident to over the back. the driver, there will be a man ready to take his place.- A late return shews that 109,660 persons are employed on the railways in the United Kingdom,

HOME WA R D-BO UN D. exclusive of the lines not yet finislied.

Messieurs Mourier and Vallent exhibit in Paris a ARE you sleeping-are you dreaming ; are you dreaming, new ornamental metal, to which they give the name love, of me? oréide, from its similarity in appearance to gold. It Or are you waking, thinking of your sailor on the sea ? is made of pure copper, zinc, magnesia, salammoniac, of the day we roamed by Athol woods-your hand fast

locked in mineand quicklime fused together; and when properly prepared, is very brilliant, and is easily cleaned by of our day of happy, happy tryst on old Saint Valentine? acidulated water. -And a metallic alloy is mentioned, O Marion, O Marion, the gale is piping loud, composed of lead, tin, and bismuth, which is very And the billows leap to mountains, and the foam lies like fusible, and well suited for medals, ornaments, mould- a shroud; ings, and statuettes.- Veins of lead have been dis- Far, far from land, alone I stand, to watch till it be day, covered in the base of Plinlimmon, near Llanidloes, of Mid the rolling of the thunder, and the dashing of the excellent quality, and so rich in silver as to yield spray. twenty ounces per ton of the precious metal.- And in Huntingdonshire, on the estates of the Marquis of Sleep, sleep, my Marion-sleep and dream, my beautiful Huntley, at Orton, large deposits of iron-stone have -mine own! been brought to light, and now only await the hand Sleep is the orphan's silent land, and thou, love, art alone : of industry and enterprise. But as regards iron, Sleep, till the swelling branches bend into an arching Cleveland will be for centuries to come our English

dome; California.

Sleep, till the quiet leaves steal out to call the young

birds home. The Society of Arts have had their advertised statement and discussion about cotton, in the course of which it was shewn that if industry could only It is night, and storm, and darkness, Marion; flashing

from the sky have fair-play in India, and land could be had on proper terms-two questions, by the way, of which Darts the fitful, lurid lightning, like a threat of God's

great eye; Mr Ewart bas given notice of motion in parlia- But dream thou 'tis the Norland gleam, the harmless ment-then we might get all the cotton we want Norland light from that great empire, and more. As it is, progress He sends but as the herald of the glory of his might! has been made. In 1834-35, India sent to Eng. land 38 million pounds of cotton; in 1855–56, 170 Bless God, my darling, for the gift he dealeth unto thee, million pounds; and if we add to this the quantities Amid thy calm and sunny bowers, soft dreams of the wild sent to other countries, the total amounts to 237 million pounds.-- Another subject discussed by the And to me, whose glimpses of the land are beautiful as Society is electro-motive machines; and although

brief, Mr Allan, the author of the paper, feels confident To me, the storm-tossed mariner, the love of the green that machines driven by electricity will some day be

leaf! generally used as auxiliary to steam, the practical men who listened to him took a less hopeful view of O doubly sweet my thoughts of thee upon the surging the question. — M. Tréhonnais's paper on Agriculture and doubly dear the day shall dawn that brings me back in France, contained a bold summary of the causes which make cultivation of the soil such a miserable

again; resource among our allies. One great evil is central. When I tread your cottage-garden-pluck the wild

flower from the wallisation, attracting the principal landowners to the With my arm around my Marion's neck—the sweetest metropolis ; another, the expenditure of enormous

flower of all ! sums in the embellishment of Paris to the detriment of the country; so that artisans and labourers for- Blow, blow, ye winds ! blow fierce and strong! the heavens sake their homes, fields remain uncultivated, and the

your breath command; population, as shewn by the last census, actually I care not, 1, how fiercely, so ye blow to mine own loved diminishes.

land: A few specimens of M. Niepce St Victor's photo. In the roar of the mighty waters my spirit shall rejoice, graphs have been presented to the Royal Society. So they drown not the glad music of my Marion's The especial merit of the new process is that the welcome voice. pictures will not fade. In a communication to the Photographic Society, M. Niepce says: “Everything 'Tis by Athol that she slumbers-—'tis by Athol that she leads to the hope that pictures taken in this way will strays; be much more stable than the photographs taken by O waft me, heavens ! to Athol in the spring of the young the present process; and that this new mode of print- days : ing positives, so very simple and rapid, is the sought- There once more my steps shall wander-with thy hand for solution of the important problem of the absolute

fast locked in minefixing of photographic pictures.' Another result will By Athol woods, with thee, my Marion, on the old Saint probably be, that all the operations of photography

Valentine!

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