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hard straining and pinching from the family stock, and and passes off in vapour ; and this effect would continue thought how glad she should be to cover their poor feet with until the clothes were actually dried by the heat of the body, the same—and holý then they could accompany her to rehear A damp bed may be frequently detected by the use of sals, which they had hitherto been precluded from doing, by warming-pan. The introduction of the hot metal cas reason of their unfashionable attire, -in these thoughts she the moisture of the bed-clothes to be immediately converted reached the second landing-place—the second, I mean from into steam, which issues at the open space in which the the top-for there was still another to traverse.
warming-pan is introduced. When the warming-pan i Now virtue support Barbara !
withdrawn, this yapour is again partially condensed, and And that never-failing friend did step in—for at that mo- deposited on the surface of the sheets. If the hands be ment a strength not her own, I have heard her say, was re- introduced between the sheets, the dampness will then he vealed to her--a reason above reasoning—and without her distinctly felt —a film of water being in fact deposited en own agency, as seemed (for she never felt her feet to their surface. move) she found herself transported back to the individual DANGER OF DRYING CLOTHES IN AN INHABITED desk she had just quitted, and her hand in the old hand of ROOM.— The danger of leaving clothes to dry in an inha. Ravenscroft, iho in silence took back the refunded trea bited apartment, and more especially in a sleeping-room, sure, and who had been sitting (good man) insensible to the will be readily understood. The evaporation which takes lipse of minutes, which to her were anxious ages; and place in the process of drying, causes an absorption of heat, from that moment a deep peace fell upon her heart, and she and produces a corresponding depression of temperature in knew the quality of honesty.
the apartment. A year or two's unrepining application to her profession,
HEAT AND LIGHT.-Innumerable operations of nature brightened up the feet, and the prospects of her little sis, proceed as regularly, and as effectually, in the absence of ters, set the whole family upon their legs again, and released light, as when it is present. The want of that sense which her from the difficulty of discussing moral dogmas upon a it is designed to affect in the animal economy, in no degret landing-place.
impairs the other powers of the body ; nor in man does I have heard her say, that it was a surprise, not much such a defect interfere in any way with the faculties of the short of mortification to her, to see the coolness with which mind. Light is, so to speak, an article rather of luxury the old man pocketed the difference, which had caused her than of positive necessity. Nature supplies it, therefore, 106 such mortal throes.-Last Essays of Elia.
in an unlimited abundance, nor at all times and places, but rather with that thrift and economy which she is wont
to observe in dispensing the objects of our pleasures, com. USEFUL KNOWLEDGE.
pared with those which are necessary to gur being; but
heat, on the contrary, she has yielded in the most ut. SUMMER AND WINTER CLOTHING.If several pieces bounded plenteousness. Heat is everywhere present. of cloth, of the same size and quality, but of different co- Every object that exists, contains it in quantity without lours, black, blue, green, yellow, and white, be thrown on known limit. The most inert and rude masses are presa the surface of snow in clear daylight, but especially in sun nant with it. Whatever we see, hear, smell, taste, or feel, shine, it will be found that the black cloth will quickly is full of it. To its influence is due that endless variety of melt the snow beneath it, and sink downwards. The blue forms which are spread over and beautify the surface of the will do the same, but less rapidly; the green still less so; globe. Land, water, air, could not for a single instant thie yellow slightly ; and the white not at all. We see, exist as they do, in its absence ; all would suddenly fall therefore, that the warmth or coolness of clothing depends into one rude formless mass-solid and impenetrable. The as well on its colour as its quality. A white dress, or one
air of heaven, hardening into a crust, would envelop the of a light colour, will always be cooler than one of the same globe, and crush, within an everlasting tomb, all that it quality of a dark colonr; and especially so in clear weather, contains. Heat is the parent and the nurse of the endless when there is much sunshine. A white and light colour beauties of organization, the mineral, the vegetable, the reflects heat copiously, and absorbs little; while a black animal kingdom, are its offspring. Every natural strucand dark colour absorbs copiously, and reflects little. From ture is either immediately produced by its agenry, maizthis we see that experience has supplied the place of science tained by its influenee, or intimately dependent on il in directing the choice of clothing. The use of light colours Withdraw heat, and instantly all life, motion, form, and always prevails in summer, and that of dark colours in beauty, will cease to exist, and it may be literally said, winter.
6 Chaos has come again." COLD FROM DAMP CLOTHES. If the clothes which cover the body are damp, the moisture which they contain has a tendency to evaporate, by the heat communicated to
DUTCH SERVANTS AND NOBLES. it by the body. The heat absorbed in the evaporation of Dutch servants are the greatest thieves in Christendon. the moisture contained in clothes, must be, in part, supplied Even their masters do not scruple to tell you that thieving by the body, and will have a tendency to reduce the tem is a part of a servant's perquisite, which he, therefore, no perature of the body in an undue degree, and thereby to doubt, makes a chief consideration in his calculation of the produce cold. The effect of violent labour, or exercise, is to value of any given family he engages with. A gullible
, cause the body to generate heat much faster than it would rich, easy-tempered lodger must, of course, very much disdo in a state of rest. Hence we see why, when the clothes | pose him to abate his demand for wages. But it is thieving have been rendered wet by rain or by perspiration, the tak- of a peculiar kind,-sly, nimble pilfering, under a mask ing of cold may be avoided, by keeping the body in a state of the most guileless simplicity, without any of the glorious of exercise, or labour, until the clothes can be changed, or risks of robbing upon a daring scale. They will open sour till they dry on the person ; for in this case, the heat carried buffet and nibble at a cake, or empty an unperceived portion off by the moisture in evaporating, is amply supplied by of your wine or liqueur. But every thing is done tout douce. the redundant heat generated by labour, or exercise. DAMP BEDş.—The object of bed-clothes being to check lustrative :-“ One day," says he, is my servant suspected
ment. The following extrct from a friend's letter is ils the escape of heat from the body, so as to supply at night that a larger portion of sweetmeats had been abstracted; but that warmth which may be obtained by exercise or labour as he was in possession of the key of the buffet, his misgirduring the day, this end is not ouly defeated, but the con- ings acquired no force. It occurred to me at last
, that the grary effect produced, when the clothes by which the body housemaid who swept the apartments (she was the only seris surrounded contain moisture in them. The heat sup vent who had access beside my own) might have another plied by the body is immediately absorbed by this moisture, key. To ascertain the fact, a trap was set by placing an
empty wine-bottle in such a situation, that when the door * Compiled from Dr, Lardner's last volumc.
of the buffet should open, the bottle, hy one of the most in
evitable of necessities, must tumble and be shivered to pieces. to look at the site and the buildings of a city so famous A whole day elapsed, and the bottle remained in situ. The for its manufactures, and its superiority in dying in bright morning.came, aud with it came Molly into the rooms to dust, about the time when her appropriations were suspected elderly Frenchman sitting in the street at a small writing
and permanent colours. f Near the hotel I observed an to commence. I lay in the adjoining apartment, eagerly awake to every stir and movement of her operations. The desk, and several people gathered round him. I joined the window, I observed, she carefully shut. Her dustings were, circle, and found the man engaged in writing in a very ex. on former occasions, usually over about eight o'clock. Half-traordinary manner. To a belt firmly fastened round his past eight arrived, but all was quiet, and my patience, nearly waist, there was attached a socket with a pen in it projectexhausted, had given place to self-reproach for indulging ing forwards. This pen, by a motion of his trunk, he dip what might, after all, be only an ungenerous suspicion. The thing was given up in despair, and I turned to compose ped into the ink-stand before him, and then proceeded to myself to sleep. Crash went the apparatus of the thief-trap, write upon the sheet of paper fixed to the desk. To describe accompanied with a scream, so loud that it might be heard his manner of writing, I have taken the liberty of coining in the street. I jumped out of bed. Lo! Molly on bended
a new Greco-English word, viz., Gastrography. By certain knee, with hands and eyes uplifted, and the bottle smashed, and multiplying and reflecting the evidence of her guilt in movements of his trunk and belly he directed the pen upon a thousand fragments. She cried and sobbed, and made the the paper so as to write quite evenly, and to form all his most dolorous noise that Dutch can be imagined capable of, letters and words quite regularly. The writing was beautibut, excepting what might be inferred from the pathetic ful in the French character. I paid him for a specimen of tone of the cadence, the appeal was all lost upon me. For the same reason, my rebuke must have been lost upon her, his penmanship. I gave this to a friend. I regret that I if I had attempted it; so that she got off better than I in. did not keep it as a rare curiosity, for I believe it is now tended, certainly much better than she deserved. I should lost. Instead of saying of this man, that he wrote a “good have informed her master of the particulars, but I knew it hand,” we should say that he wrote a “good belly." would lead to no result, save that, perhaps, of getting the
G. girl removed, and a worse in her place. Besides, it was far from clear that the master might not himself be a sleeping partner in the proceeding."
FOU'R-AND-TWENTY FIDDLERS. A common ruse is to hide a thing until it is missed : if
There is a Comic English Song beginning—“ Fournot missed, it is so much clear gain. Should the thief be and-twenty fiddlers all in a row," &c. Why, “ four-andtaxed and pushed hard, seeing no way of escape, he will twenty," (or twenty-four) fiddlers? Is the public aware of affect to make a most eager and prying search into every the origin of this number of fiddlers ? No! Very well, then hole and corner of your apartments, which, however, will end in nothing, unless you rise in your tone, or begin to
we shall tell the public all abow it. talk about the police, when the missing article is sure soon
Once upon a time, during the reign of Catherine de Meer or later to come forth, the affected discovery most pro. dicis in France, a violin-player, named Baltazarini, with bably backed by indignant expressions of rage, for neither his band of violin-players, was sent to her from Piedmont. Cæsar nor his wife, on these occasions, will be suspected. He received from her certain musical and official situations.
Next to their love of money, there is no Dutch passion His ingenuity in contriving magnificent “ Balets” (Ballets,) more dominant than the pride of birth. To impute to their grandees a pedigree much later than the flood, of which &c., for the Court, drew upon his fortunate head other their country exhibits such unequivocal marks, were posi- honours and emoluments. The extravagance of Henry III. tive scandal. But to speak the fact, they hold a very lofty in these shows and musical mummeries, &c., was so great head on the score of ancestry ; and yet is their nobility,
as to milk his subjects nearly dry. compared with their despised Belgian neighbours, only as the cheese of the spring to the rottenness of ripe decay,
Well, these fiddlers remained in glory ; and some of Their aristocracy are the veriest quintessence of ultraism, them died out, and were replaced by others; and, at last, and in every way worthy to companion with their hopeful there was a body of these fiddlers constituted as “ les vingtprototypes of Austria and Russia. In conversing on poli- quatre vio‘ons du Roi,” some time about the end of 16th, or tics, there was an insufferable hauteur whenever they the beginning of the 17th century. touched upon any subject connected with popular rights. Occasions of this kind not seldom occurred to me pending
These twenty-four fiddlers were officers of the king, and the discussions on the Reform Bill. Nothing gave nie more were obliged to play every Thursday and Sunday at the king's delight than in these discussions to let them hear a little of dinner, and at all the balls and ballets given by order of our English notions, when I seldom failed to set the bile of his Majesty. The expense of one of these extravagant fites the most phlegmatic listener in a ferment. “ You are a Whig, I suppose ?” said a lady, with whom I had been con given by Henry III., on the marriage of the Duc de Joyeuse versing at a soirée about the barbarities of the Russians to to Mademoiselle de Vaudemont, in 1581, is estimated at the Poles, eyeing me certainly with not the most feininine L.250,000 sterling!!! softness. “ And can I do better, Madam,” said I, “ than Is our patient public satisfied ? We think so! The follow the example of my own most excellent sovereign ?"
“ Four-and-twenty fiddlers, all in a row," instead of being This was an argumentum ad verecundiam, especially as she had just been enlarging on the many virtues of her own
“ all down below !" as the song says are now shown up, monarch, she seemed no way prepared to gainsay. Still, all in a row! Why, Paganini was (is) nothing to this, for the venomous expression of her countenance remained una he is no courtier ; he exists upon popular support! What bated, leaving not the smallest doubt in my mind, that her tongue would have done it ample justice, if the rules of says our patient public to that ? good breeding in her own house had not interposed in my favour.-From Sir Arthur Brooke Faulkener's Visit to the * The lofty houses in Lyons, of five and stx storeys, looking gloomy Loro Countries.
enough in the narrow streets and even on tbe side nest the river, put an Edinburgh man in mind of the “ Lands" iu the old town of "Auid Reikie."
+ British Silk-dyers and others would do well, now-a-days, to inquire CURIOUS PENMANSHIP-GASTROGRAPHY.
into the peculiar nature of the water at Lyopi, and other circum.
tances, so as to enable them to dye their goals as brightly and as per. When I was in the city of Lyons, in the spring of 1819 manently. "La teinture de Lyons," has been celebrated for centuries,
'l be advanced state of chemical knowledgc, &c., ought to help such me I went out in the evening of my arrival to take a walk, and quiries. Perbum sapienti. A word to the wise
ELEMENTS OF THOUGHT.
bited by human beings, until about twenty years ago, when
a lawless band of robbers who at that time infested the MINISTERS. There are a generation which measure eastern coast of Scotland, and were prowling among its their time not so much by the revolution of the sun as by dilapidated walls to elude the public gaze, discovered a the revolutions of power. There are two eras particu- kind of subterraneons passage, which winded, with a genularly marked in their calendar; the one the period they are tle declivity to the ground Aoor of the building, and ended
in the midst of several vaulted apartments. Here they at in the ministry, and the other when they are out, which
once determined to construct a 'retreat, as it afforded not have a very different effect on their sentiments and reasoning. only a commodious depot for their spoils, but also a secure Their course commences in the character of friends to the hiding-place in case of danger. They accordingly set to people, whose grievances they display in all the colours of work, and fitted up their new habitation in a tolerably variegated diction ; but the moment they step over the thres- comfortable manner; secreted and secured the entrance se hold of St. James's, they behold every thing in a new light, observation. They then concentrated in it all the plunder
well that an occasional visiter might pass by it without the taxes seem lessened, the people rise from their depression, they had concealed in other parts of the country; and thus the nation flourishes in peace and plenty, and every attempt the venerable walls of Tantallon were so far perverted fros at improvement is like heightening the beauties of para their original purpose, that, instead of being a defence, they dise, or mending the air of elysium.—Hall of Leicester.
were tenanted by a troop of maurauders, who carried on
an extensive and systematic work of spoliation throughont FACTIONS IN ENGLAND. After the manner of the an the land. As Tantallon was now headquarters, they lived cient factions, we hear much in England of the Bedford party, longer and oftener there than at any other place, and so and the Rockingham party, an the Portland party, when cautiously did they conduct themselves, that although they it would puzzle the wisest man to point out their political
were often seen in the villages around, not the most distant distinction. The useful jealousy of the separate orders is suspicion was entertained, either of their habitation or pro
fession. When their stock of provisions became scanty, extinct, being all melted down into one mass of corruption. they set out on a new crusade of depredation, always lear. The House of Commons looks with no jealousy on the House ing one of the number as guardian of the fortress. How of Lords, nor the House of Lords on the House of Commons. long they lived in this manner at Tantallon is not certain; The struggle in both is maintained by the ambition of power- had it not been for the indiscretion of him who was left as
and they might have kept their quarters a great deal longer, ful individuals and families, between whom the kingdom is warder of the castle on one of their foraging excursions thrown as the prize; and the moment they unite, they per. This man was a most devoted worshipper of the jolly god ; petuate its subjection, and divide its spoils.—Hall of Leices and one day, having remained rather long at his devoirs, he
got himself what a sailor would call “ half sea's over ;" and It is a fine remark of Rousseau's, that the best of us differ head through a small window in the wall, towards two
being somewhat merry inclined, he went and thrust his from others in fewer particulars than we agree with them
women who were employed weeding corn in an adjoining in. The difference between a tall and a short man is only field. When they looked at him, he distorted his face like the a few inches, whereas they are both several feet high. So a clown in a pantonime; and having on his head a nightcap wise and learned man knows many things, of which the vul
he made a singularly grotesque appearance. At a sight so gar are ignorant !--but there is still a greater number of
unusual the women stared with amazement; nor did they
recover from their fright until the robber (who perhaps things, the knowledge of which they share in common with thought, by this time, that his imprudence had carried him him.- Hazlitt.
too far) withdrew froin the window. They then went home NATURAL CONNEXION BETWEEN THE FEELINGS AND immediately, and related to their master what a curious
being they had seen looking throuyh one of the windows of In morality and philanthropy, original thought is often its head, they could not specify its shape or determine whe
Tantallon; but from only seeing what they supposed to be the result of strong feeling. Necessity is the mother of that ther it was human or supernatural. The farmer, who was invention which has selfish for its prænomen. There is an a bold athletic man, instantly collected a number of his invention, which affiliates itself on sympathy. However men, who armed themselves with pitchforks and such rus. anatomy may reverse the relative position, the heart is as
tic weapons as the place afforded, and himself, accoutred
with his yeomanry sword and pistols, marched at their head, a heaven to the head ; and emotion is the angel that comes resolved to besiege the nondescript in his castle, and force and troubles the thick stagnation of the thinking pool, and him to capitulate, if he would not surrender at discretion. gives it the power of healing. When the evils which press When they arrived at Tantalion the women pointed out upon the feebler portions of humanity can make themselves the place where they saw him. After a long search they understood and felt by the stronger, the discovery of the discovered the secret entrance; but the robber
, who was remedy, and its application, is drawing nigh. This is bet- having taken the place of inebriety, had obstructed their way
aware of what was going forward, and fear of discovery ter than the sentimentality of a sighing beart. It is turn
with every thing in his power, so that it was not till after ing emotion to good account. Tears, like other water, an obstinate struggle that they reached the interior and should not run to waste. The moralist should be like the captured the enemy. And now it was that they understood practical engineer, who, if he finds a full flowing stream, the nature of his employment, and the extent to which it gives a blessing on its beauty, and then puts up a corn or a
had been carried. Here were found clothes of every decotton-mill.Monthly Repository.
scription and quality ; meat also of every kind, and a num
ber of live poultry, that they could have fresh at pleasure. Economy is the parent of liberty and ease.-Swift. Their cellar was stocked with the choicest wines and spi. THE ROBBERS OF TANTALLON."
rits, both foreign and British ; they had also a good collec.
tion of plate and other valuables, from which it appeared TANTALLON is the name of an old castle, situated that they had lived in a splendid and luxurious manner. to that place where the sea rock, immense, amazing Bass, A warrant was immediately obtained for the commitment looks o'er a fertile land.” It was built, as tradition says, of the robber; several of the others were apprehended soon to repel the invasion of the Danes, and has been for many after, tried and transported for life. And thus was Tan. ages in ruins; nor was it supposed capable of being inha- tallon again bereft of inhabitants, and its grey walls left * For the truth of the above story, which is from a correspondent,
to moulder in peace beneath the silent but sure decaying we do nut vouch,
hand of time.
“ Ah, parbleu ! tbat's true,” said M. Durand, rousing
himself; “ my dream had made me forget every thing. I A PARISIAN GOSSIPPING. You wish to know something of the manners of the dreamt I was in a field picking sorrel, when, all at once French; not of the very high in rank, who have not much, language apart, to distinguish them from those of the same “ Upon my word, a pretty time to be telling dreams! class in Loudon, Vienna, or St. Petersburgh ; but of the I tell you my mistress is very ill. Run, fetch the doctor French people, en masse, the middle classes in particular. and nurse. You know Madame Moka, Rue Nonaindieres ? You go to Paris by land and water ; see a few of the sights; Make haste, Sir, whilst I return to my mistress, who ought eat of a few of the dishes ; languish under fatigue, or fume not to be left alone." with passion; and return, thanking heaven you are once
So saying, she quitted the little closet where M. Durand more in a land where English is spoken freely, and coal had been sleeping, in the expectancy of that event with burned in large quantities; and though you may thenceforth which he had just been made acquainted. This loft served occasionally adventure on “ They order these things better
as a store, and the walls were furnished with shelves, loaded in France,” you are in reality as ignorant of French character with plants and roots, whilst others were hung to dry
on cords, which were suspended from the roof in every di. and manners as before you packed your valise. You try books of travel, and learn at second hand, through a dim misty rection. Under these aromatics M. Durand found a tempomedium, what you may have already seen. This is not
rary couch, so that when he got out of bed, he might have
been mistaken for a hortus siccus. very satisfactory; and now we beg to recommend our method of learning something of French society. It is by the
“ Well, weil, Catherine, I'll go, I'll run," said the her. perusal of those lively gossipping works of fiction which balist yawning ; but all at once it occurred to him, how are level to ordinary life ; the JEAN* of C. Paul de Kock, odd it was his wife should be taken ill at night, when he for example, from which we take the birth and christening had settled in his own mind that she would be delivered in of the hero; premising that, after the perusal, something the day time—“ but I suppose," thought he, “a man may must be known of the inside of Parisian dwellings ; of the be very easily mistaken in affairs of this kind.” amiable manner in which female servants live with their
In trying to recollect his dream, M. Durand's head fell mistresses; the invariable good-humour and politeness on the pillow, his eyes closed, and he was soon suoring which accompany the familiar intercourse of neighbours, again, no doubt with the view of dreaming out his dream. and obtain a relish of the humours of our “natural enemy."
Catherine had returned to her mistress, whom she found
still suffering, and fretting herself at the non-arrival of M. Francis Durand, herbalist, in the Rue St. Paul, was
the accoucheur, whom she was persuatled would never come a man of about forty years of age, who stuck close to his
in time. Madame Durand was the more uneasy, as, business as much from taste as from its having proved a though approaching to her thirty-fifth year, she had never lucrative concern : he flattered himself there was not a bo- been a mother, though most ardently desiring that event. tanist in Paris could compete with him in the knowledge
« Well, Catherine,” she exclaimed, as her maid returned. of herbs, and of course he felt very indignant when he was
“ My master slept as if he was deaf; but I awoke him called a seedsinan, as he sometimes was, by people who ought at last. He has run off for the nurse and midwife." to have known better. He had been in bed since eleve
“Ah! I hope he will make haste. Oh ! how I suffer o'clock, according to his invariable custom, which he had But then what pleasure I shall feel in embracing my own never broken, even on the day of his marriage ; and M. | child !" Francis Durand had been twelve years united in holy ma. " Ah, to be sure, yes, after twelve years' marriage-time trimony with Miss Felicia Legros, daughter of a cloth. was slipping away. I am sure it will be a boy. I have merchant in the city.
betted an ounce of snuff nyith Madame Moka, who says it M. Durand, then, was in bed, and alone, for a reason will be a girl." you shall soon know. M. Durand slept soundly, becausa “ Ah! boy or girl, I shall love them equally well." his deep knowledge of simples did not so far excite his mind "I have a great mind to call our neighbour, Madame as to interfere with his repose. His maid, Catherine, had Ledoux." been for some time shaking his arm, and bawling in his " Oh, presently, ( z herine ; but I have not heard the ear, before he opened his eyes, and, raising his head from street door shut; are , ou sure your master is gone ?” the pillow, asked, “ What do you want ? What's the mat “ Why he ought to be by this time in the Rue St. No ter? eh, Catherine ?"
naindieres." “ What's the matter, Sir? Why, have not I been telling « Go see, Catherine." you for the last quarter of an hour that my mistress is in The servant, by way of satisfying her mistress, returned great pain--that she is getting worse and worse, and that, to the garret, and, long before she reached the bed, was in a very short time, the business will all be over.” saluted by the strong steady snoring of M. Durand. Ca
M. Durand raised himself on his elbow, pushed his night-therine was a bouncing lively girl of about twenty-eight cap back on his head, and gazing with a vacant counte- years of age ; having lived as a faithful servant eight years nance on his maidą“ Why, what's the matter with my in the family, she occasionally took a iittle liberty with her wife ?"
master. She felt very angry on finding him again asleep, " Matter with your wife !” screamed Catherine, again and immediately seized on the warm blankets, under which shaking the drowsy herbalist ; “ why, don't you recollect the poor her balist had ensconced himself, and threw them the situation of my mistress ?--that she expects every mo
on the floor. It was the month of March, and very cold, ment to"
and Catherine thought with justice, that the nipping air • This work is just translated under the title of the Modern Cymon. disclosed M. Durand in an extremely simple dress ; but in
would most effectually arouse her master. This operation The translation is executed with much spirit.
never escape the rheumatism. I'll take pretty good can middle of the night! I ought to have routed out my friend
Talking to himself in this way, M. Durand travernd
cases of emergency, age or ses should no longer be thought her own appearance, and gave the world to understand a of.
had repeatedly refused a fourth husband ; ami' when a mi Catherine's plan succeeded. M. Durand felt the keen man has had fourteen children, her opinion, in similarcami, wind blowing on him, and turried and turned again, with ought to have great weight. Thus Madame Ledous, who out getting at all the warmer. At length he opened his flattered herself that, in case of necessity, she could act 28 heavy eyes, and was not a little surprised at finding the ser- midwife, was by no means disturbed by Catherine's mbuvaut at his bed side, and himself so totally devoid of cover mons; it was a pleasure to her to witness the entry into the ing.
world of a little innocent; and, as all women have not tha « What's the matter, Catherine ?” said M. Durand taste, when such an event was about to take place in thu gravely, trying to pull dowu the tail of an extremely scanty neighbourhood, it was rare indeed that the parties interested shirt.
did not apply to the widow of the stationer, the upholster, “What, Sir! is it possible that you have gone to sleep and bailiff. At Catherine's first summous, she replied, again, after my telling you that Madame was so ill, and “ Here I am, I'll follow you; I'll just put on diy govt sal when we thought you had gone for the midwife and nurse ?" go down.” And in fact the servant had scarce entered bu
" Ah, my God, you are right, Catherine ; it was that mistress's chamber, when the door again opened and the made me dream I was at a baptism."
saw Madame Ledoux, who, with the candle in her beste “ Well Sir, but the child must be born before it is bap- her immense height--white dressing-gown, and cap stack tized."
on the top of her head, would have made an excellent ghos " That's true; but how the devil came I in naturali- in an old castle, bus ?"
“ Well, neighbour, has the time arrived.": « Come, come, I will not leave the room again till I see « Oh, yes, Madame Ledoux; I believe this time there ca you out. Here are your stockings and your pantaloons." be no mistake,” replied Madame Durand.
« Well, then, Catherine, since you are not afraid of my “ So much the better, neighbour : night is a better tist dressing before you—"
to be ill than the day, there is less noise
annoy you " Afraid, indeed ! a pretty thing to be afraid, when Ma- had my first three-my fifth, and my last four in the night dame is so ill !"
“ And the accoucheur—the nurse, not one is here." M. Durand made up his mind to get out of bed, and “Well, and what then? An't I with you? and any i throwing off his night-cap, disclosed a round grey head, red worth them all? My eighth child-it was a boy,he who cheeks, a bottle nose, and little grey eyes; all this supported died of a bilious fever; great pity,—for he was a fine chill, by a body neither small nor large, neither fat nor thin, made with a Grecian nose : he was by the upholsterer. I was ale one of those kind of men so often seen, and of whom it is just as you are now, neighbour. I had sent away my s impossible to form any opinion till you hear them speak, vànt the evening before, because she robbed me; and tyle> “ Here's your waistcoat.”
band was travelling, and far away. Well, I was not right “ It's dreadfully cold to night, Catherine !"
ened, but made all my little arrangements « Come, Sir, make haste; here's your cravat—".
*U Catherine, is not M. Durand returned yet. ? “ And my garters, Catherine, you did not give me them.” « Returned," said Catherine ; * oh, no, Madame, he muli “ Gracious me, can't you go without garters at this time
not have returned yet-but I told him to tou very fast." of night ?"
M. Durand had been gone nearly three quarters of an “Stay, I see one near the strawberry-plants, fraga fra- hour, and no one appeared-yet the accoucheur and sa gorum. Provided the accoucheur is at home-_”. lived at no great distance. Madame D. and Catherine bad “ Here, Sir, here is your coat."
lost all patience, whilst Madame Ledoux endeavoured “ Stay a moment, Catherine, my cravat.”
tranquillize them. « Ah, Sir, if you don't make a little more hasto
When he had gone about a hundred yards, the herbalise “ My hat, then-Oh, how cold it is to night !"
recollected that he had not asked whether he was « Run, Sir, run ; that will warm you."
accoucheur or nurse first. He stopped
, and was half day “ I will put this warm handkerchief round my neck; posed to turn back, when he reflected, that the agroupe and then,-Catherine, mind that parcel of sage, salvia sal- ought certainly to be called first ; so turning towards the vie, which has fallen from the shelf."
Rue St. Antoine, muttering to himself, he said, Confopank By way of reply, Catherine pushed her master ont of the it, how cold it is! and Catherine would not give me fixe room, ran down the stairs before him, opened the back-door
to look for my garters; if my stockings come down I shall into the alley, and shut it in M. Durand's face, just as he had turned round to retrace his steps to his room for his the winter. To be turned out alone in the street in
never to have a child again—that is to say, to be box, in pocket-handkerchief, which he had forgotten.
Satisfied that her master was gone at last, Catherine ran to call Madame Ledoux,/who lodged on the second floor, business as mine ; a godfather'is nearly the same as
Bellequeue, as he is godfather-it was alınost as much as and when she had awakened her, she returned to her mis- ther. And there was a woman robbed only eight tress.
in Rue Petit Musc; they be deucedly clever if they sterer, and a stationer ; she had had by her three husbands watch. But here is the Rue St. Antoine : how fourteen children, of whom six were married, and settled in street looks in the night from the day'; l'harlly I work and the world ; nevertheless, she was only forty-nine years old, house from another. Hem! hem! I have eweight tid a tall thin woman, stiff and unbending in her person, with already. When I get home, I will take an infusion'e
' pia a well-curled wig, and a stifly starched collar most regu- lets with some orange-leaves in it---malus ceterd." larly plaited. No wonder then she was well satisfied with
Madame Ledoux was the widow of a bailift, an uphols iobheme, fout Mhace hothing to the robbed or hat einen