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The horse exhibited signs of such an intelligence. cheeks. These plumed symbols produced a painfal His muzzle was protruded forward, and now and recognition; I knew that it was the head-dress of then he was heard sniffing' the air; in addition to Oceola. this, he walked in a direct line, as if making for some I looked further. Several groups were beyond; desired object.
in fact, the whole open space was crowded with The news produced a cheering effect, and we were prostrate forms. advancing in better spirits, when all at once Hickman There was one, however, that soon occupied my drew up and halted the line.
whole attention. It was a group of three or four indi. I rode forward to him to ascertain the cause. I viduals, seated or reclining along the grass. They found him silent, and apparently reflective.
were in shade, and from our position, their features "Why have you stopped ?' I inquired.
could not be recognised; but their white dresses, and “You must all o'ye stop here a bit.'
the outlines of their forms—soft, even in the obscurity "Why must we?' demanded several, who had of the shadow-told that they were females. Tro of pressed alongside.
them were side by side, a little apart from the rest; “'Taint safe for us to go forrad this way. I've one appeared to be supporting the other, whose bead got a idea that them varmints is by the pond. rested in her lap. They've camped thar for sartin—it's the only water With emotions fearfully vivid, I gazed on these two i thar is about hyar; an' it's devilitch like that thar forms; I had no doubt they were my sister and Viola. they've come thegither an' camped. If that be the case, an' we ride forrad in this fashion, they 'll hear us a-comin', an' be off agin into the bushes, whar we'll
THE MONTH: see no more o' 'em. Ain't that like enough, fellers ?' The interrogatory was answered in the affirmative.
SCIENCE AND ARTS. "Wal, then, continued the guide, “better for yez The most lively floating topics of late are: the prepaall stay hiyar, while me an' Jim Weatherford goes rations for laying down the Atlantic telegraph cable forrad to see if the Indyans is thar. We kin find the —the fitting up of the Leviathan—the new arrangepond now. I know whar it lies by the direkshun the ments, and the Technological Museum at the Crystal hoss war takin. It ain't fur off. If the redskins Palace—the opening of the Royal Academy Exhibition ain't thar, we'll soon be back, an' then yez kin come with an admirable collection of paintings—the underon to it.'
ground railway-the London drainage, and Thames This prudent course was willingly agreed to; and embankment question—the recasting of Big Ben, and the two hunters once more dismounted, and stole the noble aspect of the Parliament House, nor that forward afoot. They made no objection to my going the towers are stripped of their scaffolds—Professor along with them; my misfortunes gave me a claim Owen's lectures on palæontology at the School of to be their leader; and, leaving my bridle in the band Mines—the soirées given at Burlington House, by of one of my companions, I accoinpanied the guides Lord Wrottesley, president of the Royal Society, and upon their errand.
Mr Bell, president of the Linnean Society-and the We walked with noiseless tread. The ground fifteen candidates selected for election into the Royal was thickly covered with the long needles of the pine, Society, among whom are David Livingstone, Harres forming a soft bed, upon which the footstep made no the psychologist, Haughton the geologist of Dublin, sound. There was little or no underwood, and this H. D. Rogers of Boston, now professor of natural enabled us to advance with rapidity. In ten minutes history at Glasgow, Waugh, chief of the trigonometriwe had separated far from our party.
cal survey of India, and discoverer of Mount Everest, Our only care was about keeping the right direc- the highest peak of the Himalayas, and others of tion. This we had almost lost-or believed so—when, good repute. Moreover, people have not yet left off to our astonishment, we belield a light shining through talking about Buckle's History of Civilisation, a book the trees. It was the gleam of a fire that appeared of 800 pages, which comprise a part only of the to be blazing freely.
introduction. What will the history itself number? Hickman at once pronounced it the camp-fire of the Most readers consider the book to be like the author's Indians.
lecture on Women at the Royal Institution : brilliant, At first, we thought of returning and bringing on but fallacious. Mr Buckle, nevertheless, is perhaps our party; but upon reflection, it was determined to the most remarkable person now rising in the literary approach nearer the fire, and make certain whether it hemisphere. He is described to us as a young man was the enemy's camp.
of fortune, who, up to eighteen, received scarcely any We walked no longer in erect attitudes, but education-has never been at any school or collegecrawling on hands and knees. Wherever the glare but has nevertheless studied profoundly, and made penetrated the woods, we kept under the shadow of wonderful acquirements. He lives quietly with his the tree-trunks. The fire burned in the midst of an mother in London, and may be said to spend his days opening. The hunters remembered that the pond and nights amongst books, of which he possesses a was so placed : but we now saw the sheen of water, vast store.—And students are congratulating one and knew it must be the same.
another, and Mr Panizzi, on the success of the We drew nearer and nearer, until it was not safe new reading-room at the British Museum, as prored to advance further.
by the fact, that it was visited by 94,370 readers We had arrived at the edge of the timber that in 1857; that is, including the visits to the old room surrounded the opening; we could see the whole from January to May, the new roon not having surface of the open ground: there were horses been opened till the latter month. This is a picketed over it, and dark forms recumbent under triumph, and Londoners may well be proud of a the fire-light. They were murderers asleep.
room which has not its equal in the world. The Close to the fire a man was seated upon a saddle; number of readers in 1856 was 53,422. he appeared be awake, though his head was drooped As regards the telegraph, there appears now to be to the level of his knees. The blaze was shining a better chance of success than could by any possiupon his face; and both his features and complexion bility have been expected last year, considering the might have been noted, but for the interposition of hurried way in which the preparations were made. paint and plumes. The face appeared of a crimson Great schemers too often forget that time shews red, and three black ostrich feathers fell straggling but little respect to the things he has not had a over his temples till their tips almost touched his pretty good share in the formation of. In the present
instance, the cable has been coiled on board the mining subjects: a plan has been laid before the
The Crystal Palace, besides certain desirable im- In France, M. Beclard has made some curious provements in the interior arrangements, has now, in experiments on the Influence of Light on Animals, the second gallery of the great transept, an excellent and finds that those creatures which breathie from collection of natural products and manufactures, the skin, and have neither lungs nor branchiæ, forming an instructive technological museum. It has undergo remarkable modifications under different been arranged and classified by Dr Price; and now, coloured rays. He exposed the eggs of flies (Musca with this and the museums at Kensington and the carnaria) under bell-glasses of six different colours : British Museum, it will be the Londoners' own fault little maggots were hatched from all; but those if they become not well informed on common things, under the blue and violet rays were more than a and uncommon things too.
third larger than those under the green. Frogs, As regards the metropolitan drainage-question, a which by reason of their naked skin, are very sensi. new report has been drawn up, shewing that the tive to light, give off half as much more carbonic acid former estimated cost may be reduced in amount: it in a given time under the green ray as under the red; recommends that the outfalls should be placed on but if the frogs are skinned, and the experiment is each bank of the Thames between Woolwich and repeated, the excess is then with those under the red Erith; and asserts—what has long been known by ray. Frogs placed in a dark chamber lose one-half
best acquainted with the subject--that the less of moisture by evaporation, than when placed in statements so often made as to the noxious influence common daylight. Hence it appears that these poor of the Thames is an exaggeration. A tidal river amphibia, which some physiologists believe were must necessarily be muddy; the water in its recurrent created for experimental purposes, after having furflow produces no ill effects; it is the mud-banks only nished data as to the phenomena of the muscular and which taint the air. Hence, by carrying the outfalls nervous systems, the effect of poisons on both, and down to the locality proposed, and by embanking the thereby advancing the science of physiology, are now stream in its passage through the metropolis, the to be tortured into manifestations of the influence of deposition of mud will be prevented, and the bottom light, for the benefit of humanity.-M. de la Rive, will never be left dry at low-water. The most harm- in the third volume of his Treatise on Electricity, ful condition of river-water is when mixed with sea- just published, reviews the whole science of electrowater, as near the mouth. The report insists upon physiology; and reminds practitioners that, as the the embankments, not only for the improvement of difference between the electricity of the muscles and the channel, but also for the architectural embellish- of the nerves is now clearly established, so must they ment of the city, and the recreation of the inhabitants. be careful in applying their remedies, not to waste on And are not open spaces for recreation indispensable the muscles, which are the best conductors, the electric in a city where, as in the week ending March 13, currents intended solely for the nerves. a child is born every five minutes ? There is to be The Geological Society have had a paper on a new park of forty acres in the neighbourhood of the Changes of Level in Sicily, Wales, and Scotland ;' Kensington Museum ; why not lay out Smithfield as and one on the Natural Origin of Rock Basins '-a playground for the benefit of those who do not live at question which, it might be thought, had been decided Kensington ? Play favours physical development; long ago in favour of nature. Sir Charles Lyell is hence London and Londoners would alike be gainers.busily employed on the important subject of volcanic
Papers have been read and discussed before the geology; and it appears, to the no small pride and Society of Arts, on the progress of the electric tele- encouragement of geologists, that the more discoveries grapkı-on iron-and the progress and present state re made in their favourite science, the more do there of British mining; the last no unimportant subject, appear still to make. Mr Henwood, while considering seeing that our metalliferous products are valued at the numerous observations he has made on the temL.35,000,000 a year. One of the results of the war perature of mines, sets on foot the inquiry: whether with Russia was a marked improvement in the manu- the heat below the surface is caused by central fire, facture of iron, and this has suggested the way for or by the simple juxtaposition of different rocks ? further improvements. Bessemer's process is still And talking of mines, there is something to wonder being experimented on, with a view to perfection; at in the returns from the Burra Burra copper-mines, and there is another kind of interest attaching to South Australia. The first excavations were made
in September 1845, by twelve miners; now the distance at which the mischief is observable is 2015 number of miners is more than a thousand, the ore metres (a little over an English mile); the least 60 hitherto dug has yielded 28,000 tons of copper; and metres. They enumerate thirty-four kinds of trees a settlement numbering 5000 souls is established in which appear to be most susceptible of harm, beginthe neighbourhood.—By news from Bahia we learn ning with the common hornbeam (Carpinus Betule) that about eighty leagues from that city, near the and ending with the alder; and between these two San Francisco river, a great natural deposit of nitrate occur, in sequence, beech, sycamore, lime, poplar. of soda has been discovered, extending for sixteen apple, rose, and hop. As regards the effect on the miles along a valley.--Mr Colquhoun Grant, in a health of men and animals, the commission find the paper published by the Geographical Society, gives proportion of deaths per cent. to be lower now in the a description of Vancouver's Island, well worthy of surrounding population than before the factories were consideration, seeing how much has been said con- established: from 1 in 58 it has fallen to 1 in 6. cerning that island as a field for emigration. It is One reason for this improvement may consist in the 270 miles long, and from 40 to 50 miles wide on better means of living arising out of the wages earned the average, with but comparatively a small propor. in the factories. However, the commission wind up tion of land available for cultivation, which is found their report with an assurance that health, either upon the coast. The interior is described as hope- of men or horses, suffers nothing from the factories, lessly barren and dreary. The settlement of Victoria, and vegetation so little, that farmers and graziers founded in 1843 by the Hudson's Bay Company, is may dismiss their fear, and the government refrain one of the pleasantest sites. But worst of all is the from interfering. climate; nothing but snow and rain from October to The Academy of Sciences at Vienna is actively March, and parching heat for the rest of the year. engaged in multiplying stations for meteorological In the words of the Jesuit missionary—'huit mois observation throughout the Austrian empire – In d'hiver, et quatre mois d'enfer.'
Upper Canada, the education office at Toronto has Another fact connected with geology is the com- made arrangements whereby certain senior grammarposition of building sandstones, on which some schools all over the province shall be furnished with important information has recently been laid before trustworthy instruments made in England for taking the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Mr Bloxam made complete series of observations; from all of which experiments on sandstone taken from Craigleith we may hope for valuable results. There are, again, quarry and other places near Edinburgh, and finds, certain curious weather-facts to record : on the 21st as one of the causes of disintegration, that even pure of April it was hotter in Turin-65 degrees-than in water will dissolve something out; carbonic acid any of the stations in correspondence with Paris, two more; and free mineral acids, such as are found in of which are Algiers and Madrid; but here in London the rain-water of towns, most. The absorbent power on the 16th of the same month, the temperature is astonishingly great: a block of stone, submitted rose to 76 degrees, and the day ended with a beavy to a drying process, lost nearly six fluid ounces to thunder-storm. the cubic foot ; another block, soaked in water, Lovers of ancient art will be gratified to hear that gained more than three pints and a half to the cubic a considerable collection of the Budrum antiquities foot. Remarking on these properties, Dr George are now in the British Museum. They are believed to Wilson truly says, 'the error of those who hope to be of the age of Mausolus. The postmaster-general's render buildings dry, by constructing their walls of report shews that the number of letters delivered solid sandstone, will be sufficiently apparent.' Archi- within the United Kingdom in 1857 was 504,000,000, tects and builders will do well to bear these facts in an increase of 26 million over 1856. As many letters mind when drawing plans for new houses, or when pass through the Manchester post-office alone as were examining the specimens of building-stone from delivered in the whole of Russia in 1855-namely, 16 Scotland in the Crystal Palace.
million. The average distribution of that astounding An inquiry instituted by the Belgian government number of letters was 21 to every person in England, merits attention. For some years, a notion had 16 in Scotland, and 9 in Ireland. grown into a belief that certain manufactories were prejudicial to health and vegetation, and so much
DR ELIZABETH BLACKWELL. disquiet arose thereupon, especially in the province of Namur, that the governor reported it to the home It is not customary for one periodical work to make department at Brussels. A commission was appointed, extracts from another ; but there may be instances in which two chemists and two botanists, who, commencing a breach of the rule will be held as justified. We find, in their inquiry in June 1855, pursued it carefully for the second number of a new monthly magazine, styled the several months, confining themselves to factories in English Woman's Journal, a piece of actual life-history which sulphuric acid, soda, copperas, and chloride of of a most heroic and touching character. By presenting lime were made. The two chemists watched the some parts of it to a wider circle of readers, we believe
at of chimneys. They consider soda-factories to be the a profoundly interesting story, and making known to them most noxious, and tall chimneys more hurtful than a clever and promising aspirant of the periodical press, short ones, because of the greater surface over which having specially in view the advancement of the interests they diffuse the vapours; and tall chimneys, by fessional education of a young Englishwoman residing in
of womankind. The narrative is an account of the pro- i. quickening the draught, discharge gases which other. America, who has somewhat astonished the world by bei wise would be absorbed in the passage. Hence, coming a regular diplomaed physician, and settling in that contrary to the commonly received opinion in this country, they hold that there is less dispersion of capacity in New York. The narrative is the production of
an admiring and sympathising sister. Elizabeth Blackwell deleterious vapours with a short chimney than a
was the eldest of a family of seven, thrown with their
mother on the world by the early death of their father The botanists on their part shew, as might be anti- in embarrassed circumstances. She had a severe struggle cipated, that the effect on vegetation is most shewn for some years, striving to maintain herself and help the in the direction of the prevalent winds, and more junior branches by teaching. At length, having by during rains and fogs than in clear weather. They inconceivable self-denial saved a little money, she entered establish beyond a doubt the hurtful influence of upon a course of education for the profession of a smoke, due to the presence of hydrochloric and physician, being of opinion that women are fitted to become sulphuric acid, and they find that the greatest medical practitioners, and that she would be doing her
sex some service by shewing them the way. It will be difficulties she had had to overcome in gaining access found in the ensuing extract, what difficulties, in addition to them. to those of poverty, she had to overcome before the But the position she had striven so hard to attain attainment of her wishes.
was not without certain inconveniences, inseparable 'In May 1847, after three years of incessant applica- from the nature of the case; and though she had tion, during which the closest study had occupied every weighed, and was prepared to endure them, for the moment not engaged in teaching, she left Charleston, sake of the knowledge that she could obtain in no and went to Philadelphia, where she endeavoured to obtain other way, it will be readily understood that a young admittance to the medical schools, but without success. and sensitive woman could not find herself placed in so The physicians at their head were either shocked or novel a situation, and assist at all the demonstrations angry at her request, and the doors of all those schools involved in a complete course of medical exposition, were closed against so unprecedented an application; without occasional severe trial to her feelings. Aware and finding it impossible to avail herself of the facilities that the possibility of her going through with such a provided for students of the other sex, she now entered course depended on her being able, by her unmoved upon a course of private anatomical study and dissection deportment, to cause her presence there to be regarded, with Professor Allen, and of midwifery with Dr Warring- by those around her, not as that of a woman among ton of Philadelphia. But although she could undoubtedly men, but of one student among five hundred: confronted learn much from the private lessons of competent instruc- only with the truth and dignity of natural law, she tors, she felt that so fragmentary a mode of study could restricted herself, for some time after her entrance into not give her the solid medical education resulting from a the college, to a diet so rigid as almost to trench upon regular collegiate course; and, moreover, as it was her starvation, in order that no involuntary change of colour aim not to incite ignorant or half-educated female pre- might betray the feeling of embarrassment occasionally tenders to an unauthorised assumption of the physician's created by the necessary plain-speaking of scientific office, but, on the contrary, to procure the opening of the analysis. How far the attainment of a self-command legitimate approaches of the medical career to women which rendered her countenance as impassible as that seriously desirous to qualify themselves for the worthy of a statute can be attributed to the effect of such a discharge of its duties, by passing through the course of diet, may be doubtful; but her adoption of such an preparation prescribed to men, her admission to a regular expedient is too characteristic to be omitted here. medical college, and the acquisition of the medical diploma * From her first admission into the college until she -as a sanction for her own course and a precedent for left it, she also made it an invariable rule to pass in and other women-were essential to the carrying out of her out without taking any notice of the students; going plans. She therefore procured a list of all the medical straight to her seat, and never looking in any other colleges in existence in the United States, and proceeded direction than to the professor, and on her note-book. to address an application for admission to each of them How necessary was her circumspection to the proin succession.
secution of the arduous task she had assumed, may be ““ I am sending out arrows in every direction, uncertain inferred from an incident which occurred during the which may hit the mark," she remarks in a letter written lecture in the amphitheatre, a short time after her at this time.
admission. The subject of the lesson happened to be a ‘Her application, though accompanied by a certificate particularly trying one; and while the lecturer was of her having gone through the requisite preparatory proceeding with his demonstration, a folded paperstudy under Dr Dickson, was refused by twelve medical evidently a note-was thrown down by somebody in one colleges. In some cases, the refusal was couched in the of the upper tiers behind her, and fell upon her arm, shape of a homily on the subordinate position assigned to where it lay, conspicuously white, upon the sleeve of her woman by nature and society, and her presumption in black dress. She felt, instinctively, that this note conwishing to enter a sphere reserved to the nobler sex; or tained some gross impertinence, that every eye in the an exposition of the impropriety and indelicacy implied in building was upon her, and that, if she meant to remain a woman's attempting to learn the nature and laws of her in the college, she must repel the insult, then and there, own physical organisation. For several months it appeared in such a way as to preclude the occurrence of any as though even her tenacity of purpose would fail to similar act. Without moving, or raising her eyes from break through the barriers of prejudice and routine her note-book, she continued to write, as though she opposed to her on every side. But at length her path, had not perceived the paper; and when she had finished so long obstructed, began to grow clearer.
her notes, she slowly lifted the arm on which it lay, until Among the applications she had made throughout the she had brought it clearly within view of every one in the length and breadth of the United States, one had been building, and then, with the slightest possible turn of the addressed to the Medical College of the University of wrist, she caused the offensive missive to drop upon the Geneva, in the state of New York. The faculty of that floor. Her action, at once a protest and an appeal, was institution having considered her request, agreed that perfectly understood by the students; and, in an instant, they saw no reason why a woman, possessed of the the amphitheatre rang with their energetic applause, requisite preparatory acquirements, should not be admit- mingled with hisses directed against her cowardly ted; but feeling that the question was one whose decision assailant. Throughout this scene she kept her eyes must rest, practically, with the students themselves as it constantly fixed upon her note-book, taking no more would have been easy for them, if so disposed, to render apparent notice of this welcome demonstration than she a place in the amphitheatre untenable by a lady—they had done of the unwelcome aggression which had called determined to refer the matter to them, and, having it forth. But her position in the college was made from called them together, left the application with them that moment; and not the slightest annoyance of any for examination and decision. The students, having kind was ever again attempted throughout her stay. discussed the subject, decided unanimously in favour of On the contrary, a sincere regard at once kindly and the new applicant; and a “ preamble" and "" resolutions” respectful, was thenceforward evinced towards her by were drawn up and voted by them, inviting her to enter her fellow-students; and though, for obvious reasons, the college, and pledging themselves“ individually and she still continued to hold herself aloof from social collectively, that, should she do so, no word or act of intercourse with them, yet, whenever the opportunity of theirs should ever cause her to regret the step."
so doing presented itself in the course of their common 'A copy of these “resolutions,” accompanied by a studies, they always shewed themselves ready and letter of invitation from themselves, having been trans- anxious to render her any good offices in their power, mitted to her by the faculty of the university, she went and some of them are among her truest friends at this to Geneva in November of that year, was entered on the day. college books as “No. 417," and threw herself into the * The feeling of embarrassment which had caused her study of the various branches of medical learning thus so much pain on her first appearance among her fellowopened to her, with an ardour proportioned to the students was, however, soon modified by familiarity with
topics forming the subject of daily study, and was at place, as just described. The church was crowded to length entirely absorbed in the growing interest and suffocation; an immense number of ladies being present admiration excited by the wonderful and beautiful me- attracted from every point of the compass, from treaty chanism of the human frame. But the suffering it had miles round, by the desire to witness the presentaties caused her, on her entrance into the college, suggested of the first medical diploma ever bestowed on a woma; to her the desirability of providing a first-class medical and among the crowd were some of her own family, wie school for the reception of female students only—an had come to Geneva to be present on the occasion institution which she hopes to establish in the course of When the preliminary ceremonial had been gone throczi time.
with, and various addresses had been delivered, the * But though the “lady-student” had thus made good wearer of the black silk dress ascended to the platform her position within the walls of the college, the suspicious with a number of her brother-students, and received and hostile curiosity with which she was regarded in the from the hands of Dr Lee, the venerable president a little town was long in subsiding. She could not, at the university, the much-desired diploma, which is first, obtain admission to a suitable boarding-house; the its seal and blue ribbon, and the word Dominus changed heads of those establishments having been threatened to Domina, admitted her into the ranks of the media with the desertion of their “ best” inmates if she were fraternity, hitherto closed against her sex. Each studest, received. As she went through the streets, on her way on receiving the diploma, returned a few words of thanks. to and from the college, audible whispers of " Here she On receiving hers, Dr Elizabeth replied, in a low voice, comes !" or rude cries of " Come on, Bill, let's have a but amidst a hush of curiosity and interest so intense good look at the lady-doctor!" would meet her ears; and that the words were audible throughout the building: not only idle boys, but well-dressed men and women, ““I thank you, Mr President, for the sanction giren would place themselves before her, or draw up in little to my studies by the institution of which you are the knots along the pavement, to see her go by, as though head. With the help of the Most High, it shall be the she had been some strange animal from another planet, endeavour of my life to do honour to the diploma you But the passage of the quiet-looking little figure, dressed have conferred upon me.” with the utmost simplicity, taking no notice of the rude The president, in his concluding address, alleled people about her, and looking neither to the right hand to the presence of a lady-student during the collegiate nor to the left, gradually ceased to excite remark; and course then closing, as "an innovation that had been when she had been called upon by the wives of some of in every way a fortunate one;" and stated that the the professors, the most respectable” of the boarding- zeal and energy she had displayed in the acquisition of houses consented to receive her as an inmate. ..
science had offered a brilliant example to the xbole * From the time when she had first resolved to enter class ;" that "her presence had exercised a beneficial upon the study of medicine, until a very recent period, influence upon her fellow-students in all respects; she pursued a system of self-denial in every branch of that “the average attainments and general conduct of personal expenditure so rigid that it would be hardly the students during the period she had passed among credible to those who had not witnessed its details, and them were of a higher character than those of any class involving privations that only her exceptional tempera- that had been assembled in the college since he had been ment could have enabled her to undergo. Her arrange- connected with the institution;" and that “ the most ments were invariably made on the most inexpensive cordial good wishes of her instructors would go with ha i scale; she put up with the simplest accommodations, in her future career."" dressed with more than Quaker plainness, went about on Dr Elizabeth Blackwell is now a highly successful foot in all weathers to the utmost limit of her strength, doctor at New York, where she has been latterly joined and resolutely denied herself everything, without excep- by a junior sister, Dr Emily Blackwell, who has passed tion, that it was possible for her to do without. Her through the same professional education with equal refusing herself a little bottle of eau de Cologne, which eclat, but under greatly less difficulty. she could have bought for fourpence-half-penny, and to which, being very fond of scents, she happened one day to take such an especial fancy that she was haunted for
DEEDS, NOT WORDS. years with occasional visions of that same little bottle,
WHEREFORE bid me say I love you? was in accordance with the invariable rule she had
Nay-appeal you to the past; marked out for herself. Acts of rare generosity on her
If my deeds no tale have told you, part towards others during this period might be cited;
Words may to the winds be cast ; but with regard to herself-although additional resources
These, though every hour repeated, were placed at her disposal by her relatives in England
Ne'er had held your heart so fast. her self-denial was inexorable; every farthing thus econo
Years ago I would not bind you, mised being regarded by her as so much gained for the exigencies of future study, and treasured accordingly.
Though your pledge you bade me take; Such having been her mode of action from the beginning
Lest some future day should find you, of her student's career, it was not without an almost
For your honour's, not my sake, heroic effort that, as her course of study drew towards
Riveting, before God's altar, its close, she compelled herself to purchase a handsome
Chains you rather longed to break. black silk dress for the grand affair of her graduation,
Think not that your love I doubted In a letter written at that time, she says: “I am working
Even in its earliest spring; hard for the parchment, which I suppose will come in
But I asked myself the question : due time; but I have still an immense amount of dry
What will years of waiting bring? reading to get through with and to beat into my memory.
God be thanked--the trial ended, I have been obliged to have a dress made for the gradua
Both our hearts the closer cling. tion ceremony; and meanwhile it lies quietly in my
Why, then, bid me say "I love you;' trunk, biding its time. It is a rich black silk, with a
Look into the past, and see cape, trimmed with black silk fringe, and some narrow
If each thought of mine and labour, white lace round the neck and cuffs. I could not avoid
Were not for us-not for me.
h! the expense, though a grievous one for a poor student;
Deeds, not words, have bound us—may we for the affair will take place in a crowded church; I shall
Still by them united be. have to mount to a platform, on which sits the president
Ruth Buck. of the university in gown and triaugular bat, surrounded by rows of reverend professors; and of course I can neither disgrace womankind, the college, nor the Black
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