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piness, and love, the mild spinster was the very person to Maruchna, a mystery of sinister import. The mind of the have smoothed down irritation and softened asperities. old woman was, in fact, super-abundantly imbued with the
But at the Pasieka of Zwieta'nothing of the kind existed ! superstitions of her native province. In addition to the mal The farm flourished; the children flourished; the bees with which she paid her devotions to every saintly image er flourished ; while the neighbours applauded, and the pa- Christian shrine suspended among the oak-trees of the neigh. rents gave thanks to Providence, with smiles on their rubi- bouring woodlands, (a remnant probably of the ancient cand faces, and tears in their clear blue eyes. The rich Herulian rites which apportioned a presiding divinity to incense of the bee-garden formed a fragrant atmosphere every tree, plant, and flower,) she persisted in ber yearly round their dwelling; and the hives that rose like golden sacrifice to Waisgantho, the god of the flax-fields, and other globes in the stages of the hive shed, and the wild swarms deities of equally minute capacity. It was Maruchta wa cultivated as stock, in the woodlands of the farm, seemed still insisted on the necessity of propitiating Peroun, the to rejoice in contributing to the stores of the happy family. god of thunder, whenever the forked lightning menaeed the Sometimes, 'indeed, late in the autumn, the bears were bark roofs of Zwieta ; it was Marachna who persisted in known to come down from the Lithuanian forests, and pil spreading annually, in the adjoining forest, the banquet of lage the wild honey-combs they had been auxiously watch- dainties intended to appease the manes of the dead! ing through the summer; or the spider would make its in Now among other superstitions expunged when the vic. vidious way into the hives; or the moth deposit her bale- tories of the Teutonic Knights overthrew, in the sixteenth ful eggs among the combs. But these were minor griev- century, the heathen altars of Samogitia, was the worship ances ;-and the effigies of the Holy Marya, and St. Jozef of the Givoite, or sacred serpents, which infest its spreading with his branch of lilies, erected over the gateway of the forests; and towards which, the lapse of three ages has Pasieka were greeted morning and evening with tokens of scarcely availed to obliterate the bigoted reverence of thpraise and thankfulness.
peasants. It is esteemed superlatively unlucky to destroy Such was the happy family united in the bee-garden, de- the large wood-snakes which feed upon the wild honey ploring the misadventure of one of their winged favourites ; | And as it chanced that the incident which introduced young when their lamentations were suddenly interrupted by a Ludwyk to the esteem of Jakubowa, was the hardihood clear, strong, cheerful voice from without the paling. with which he had rescued her little Janek from the coil of
- What-what has happened ?” cried the intruder ; one of these legendary divinities, the stranger had been and instead of waiting a reply, a fine young man bounded marked, from the moment of crossing the threshold of over the fence—without much regard to the beds of thyme, Zwieta, with the reprobation of its ancient sybil ! mignionet, marjoram, and annis, among which he alighted, “ He is no Samogitian born, who would venture tə and made his way towards the little sorrowful group. bruise the head of one of the wily watchers of the wood
" She is dead, Ludwyk !"-murmured Aunt Anulka, per had been her private insinuation to Aunt Anulka ; wha ceiving that the eyes of the intruder were fixed upon the discerning no evil in any created thing, could neither be motionless body of the bee.
moved to chime in with her invectives, nor to applaud the « Fetch me quick a plantain leaf, Maruchna!” cried he, extermination of the serpent. tapping the shoulder of an aged woman, the domestic nurse
“ The time will come when you will see the thing as I of the farm.
do," persisted the nurse ; “ for although this busy doer of “Go thou, Benisia, child,” growled the old lady, appa- nothings may affect to come probing the earth here, and rently impatient of his authority.
smashing a pebble stone there, as if he would not let the all. And in a few moments the little insect, relieved from the wise Creator keep a single mystery to Himself, I mislock oppressive heat of the touch and breathing of her attend.
me that other causes may be found for his wanderings than ants, stretched her contracted legsrolled heavily on her
the love of stocks and stones, or the prying into chalke side, and uttered the faint murmuring so long listened for
pits.” in vain.
“ What mischief should there be in the youth?"_r“ Look at the raggedness of her wings! The pszczoleczka* plied Anulka, turning her spindle with a degree of r*has been injured by a bird,” said Ludwyk, in reply to the pidity forming a miraculous contrast to the slow progres admiring congratulations of his companions.
of her conclusions. " He saved the little Janek from “ Boh !" cried Maruchna morosely. 6. The strife of
a strait which, if in truth no peril, was still a parlous the hive nearest the roof of yonder shed, tells another story.
fright;"A strange matka has intruded into the Roy Pszczo; there
Thereby misleading the lad into irreverence towards the has been a fight, and the poor soul was overmatched. 'Tis customs of his forefathers,” insinuated Maruchna. well that the Jegomosc Jakob returns to-night from Wilna,
« And he has instructed my sister and myself in the mys--for since he has gone away, methinks, every thing hastery of nature which so often causes us to find our bees dọad gone wrong at the Pasieka."
or dying at the bottom of the tulip-cups; "This last ejaculation, directed by a glance of her deep-set
“ Thereby inducing you to root up the choicest bed of eye towards the skilful young bee-doctor, bore an especial tulips between this and Memel !" continued the sȚbil
. reference to Ludwyk's introduction into the family at “ He has kindly instigated to Grzegorz, the Pasiocznik, Zwieta. It was not indeed till the departure of Jakob into the advantage of making merchandize of the medicinable Lithuania for the fulfilment of his contract of flax from the fies that gather upon our ash-trees;" — preceding lint harvest, that the stranger had made his ap " Thereby withdrawing his time and notice froin the linepearance in Samogitia. The object of his sojourn there was crops," grumbled the old lady. even yet a mystery; and in the eyes of the mistrustful « And he has bestowed upon my niece, Dzidzilia," con
*Diminutive of endeatmetit for pszezola, or bce. tinued the spinster, directing a smile of implication towards
the nurse, " a chaplet of Lithuanian amber, such as might true a lover, to venture on opposing the fiat of the virginfit the devotions of Queen Hedwig of blessed memory!”. president of the Pasieka ; more especially when it was
* Thereby," cried Maruchna, roused by the insinuation backed by the menacing aspect of the old nprse, peeping to her utmost pitch of displeasure, " putting nonsense into over the shoulder of Anulka. Jakubowa had already enthe young girl's head, during the absence of the Jegomosc. gaged him to return at supper-time, and take a share in the The saints be praised, my good master will be amongst us family-festival ; and he trusted to the star which prospers anon and all this new-fangledness sent flying forth at the the plottings of lovers to obtain for him, in some interval chimney vent. Swift to come swift to go!-- Master of the feast, a few minutes explanatory conversation with Ludwyk's footing at Zwieta may be a trifle less sure than the beauty of the Pasieka. Meanwhile, the sweet farewell he dreams of !”_
glance and still sweeter farewell smile directed towards him It was not likely that the worthy Jakubowa should allow by Dzidzilia, as he crossed the threshold with Janek and the Boerhaave of the Ul to depart dry-lipped from her pre- Benisia, and their favourite dog sporting around them, mises. Ludwyk was now invited in; and pledged in a afforded almost a sufficient balm for his mortification. cup of Lipiec that would have done honour to the far-famed And yet, on emerging from the porch of Zwieta, the mead-vats of Kowno ;-thrice sacred to the Lithuanians, as luxuriant fragrance of the lime-trees (to whose blossoms producing the favourite beverage of Kosciuszko.
the Lipiec of the Pasieka was indebted for the superior “I was about to inquire,” said the young man in a hesi- whiteness of its honey,) appeared so soothing, and the tating tone, “whether any of you would accompany me freshness of the evening air so inspiriting, that he was balf over the hill towards Rosienie ?-_Grzegorz the Pasiecznik inclined to return to the farm, and strive to move the achas been telling me of a stratum of clay above the brook- quiescence of Aunt Anulka.lands, where fossil shells are found."
No, no !_let us hasten across the hills !" cried little “ Any of us ?--All of us, did time allow,” cried Jakubowa, Benisia, leaping on before, with an energy that defied all heartily ; " for it lies hard by the ford which Jakob will hope of a retrograde movement. cross, if God pleases, this very afternoon on his way home “ On-on-on 1"-shouted her brother Janek ; and both ward to Zwieta. As it is, Janek will gladly away with were soon out of hearing on the pathway traversing the vast you—(eh! lad ?)—and Benisia,—if you care to be troubled fields of buckwheat perfuming the mellifluous lands of with a baggage who taxes your time to carry her over the Zwieta ;-inaking to themselves panpipes of the hemlockbrooks and dykes,—But for me, you must fain excuse me. steins, or crowning each other with garlands of wild poppy. I have still the buckwbeat to sift and the manna to seethe It was a delicious evening. A sprinkling of rain had for the supper furmenty. For you are to know, friend fallen in the morning, the last drops of which a gentle Ludwyk, 'tis a custom of old esteem at Zwieta, that Jakob, breeze was drying upon the lime-leaves ; a breeze that ever -on returning home from his lint-sale and bringing me and anon swept upward along the slopes, as though to reap from Wilna a luck-penny or new tunic-stuff,—shall find the exhaling sweetness of the earth and its blossoms. Even a bowl of choice furmenty simmering for his supper." while watching the career of the sportive boy and girl, as
“ And Dzidzilia ?”—hesitated Ludwyk, who, notwith- they chased each other along the hand-bridge of the streamstanding his short intimacy with the family at Zwieta, was let threading the valley ;-even while listening to the already familiar with the episode of the manna-grnel and creaking wain, (which with its harness of plaited bark and tunic-stuff. “ Has your daughter work in hand ;-or linchpins and joists of mountain ash, presented so primeval
an object while jolting along the rude harvest road ;)even “ How say you, lass ?"--cried the kind, cordial mother. when soothed, after its discordant rumble, by the mellow " is the manna turned dry for me upon the sieve ;—and even-song of the black birds perched on some stunted oak will you away with Ludwyk over the fields to meet your amid the streaming effulgence of the evening sun-Ludwyk father"
could not but admit that the weather was heavenly, the .“ If you desire it, mother,” said the fair girl with a sylvan scenery enchanting,—although the company of his blush emulating the crimson ensign of her native country. lovely Dzidzilia, enhanced not its manifold delights. He
"IfI?-nay-'tis as you wish!" cried Jakubowa, mak-seemed to tread on air. Nature was happy around him,ing her way towards the kitchen in pursuance of her duti, his heart was happy within him ; --happy with the conful preparations for the arrival of the Jegomosc.
sciousness of worth,--happy with the inward-beaming sunAnd Dzidzilia, readily accepting the sanction of her mo shine of content ! ther, was about to array herself in the flowing veil forming At the auspicious age of three-and-twenty, Ludwyk was part of the singular costume of a Samogitian peasant, when still somewhat of an enthusiast. In Warsaw, his spirit Aunt Anulka (at the instigation of the severe Maruchna) might have been tamed down into soberness by the convencame forward with an intimation that the assistance of her tions of society or the practicality of business. But unpretty niece was indispensable to herself, to set the bleach-versed in the usances of cities, like an insulated tree green in order previous to the arrival of the Dzierzawca.*
watered by the rain, fanned by the winds, and warmed by Howbeit, heavily disappointed by this arrangement, young, the beams of Heaven--the generic characteristics of his Ludwyk was obliged to put a gracious face upon the mat nature were still distinctly prominent. Impetuous, san. ter; and to accept the company of the children as cheerfully guine, impatient of injustice, -his pride lay in defiance to as though it formed the real motive of his invitation. Ile the oppressor ;-his happiness in the goodwill of his fellowhad been earnestly bent indeed, upon obtaining a private creatures ;-his trust-in the strength of the Omnipotent ! interview with the bright-eyed Dzidzilia, previous to the
But notwithstanding its'engrossing devotion to the cause return of her father ;—but was too young a lover, and too of the injured, the heart of the young Bee-hcaler was now
* A farmer or Dzierzawca, is called Jegomosc by the peasants, enthralled by a person by no means to be included in the
* Leave we the world of spirits and libations " aried
class of victims. Dzidzilia Bremglict was not only fair and served the venerable figure of Marachna stumping, sticka young, and wealthy after her degree, but blest in the espe- hand, toward her and as the decrepitude of the old mute cial regard of the district, the fond affection of her parents, upon whose knees Jakob, albeit a man in years, had hisset and the doating and triumphant partiality of the aunt and been reared and nurtured, prevented her in general freno: nurse under whose eyes she had grown up as a wonder of tending her perambulations further than the musky pani perfection. The Samogitian maiden had never lieard a harsh of the Pszezolarnia--the gentle girl retraced her steps to word;-never seen an angry countenance,-never experi. lend the support of her arm to the old woman in reseru enced a sorrow,-never shed a tear, unless in compassion to
of whom she had been reared. the wants or woes of some poorer neighbour. And then her « Rest we here !" cried Maruchna, staying the step.4 features were so delicate, her smile so radiant, ber voice so her fair conductress, as they reached a spreading line ter joy-bеspeaking !-No wonder that Ludwyk pondered over the pride of the Pasiekaz-whose shapely cone of pure her perfections during his ramble with a beating heart ;
-green adorned the entrance to the bleaching-ground. and resolved to ask her in marriage of her father as early as we here, nursling ! There are no eaves-droppers under t' decency would permit, after the Dzierzawca's return. Nay, linden but our trusty bees, who are neither tatlers nor ta: -he was even engaged in composing his demand after the bearers ;—or at worst, a brood of green-finches nestling most approved courtesies of Samogitia, when a loud outcry their callow down. Rest we here, Dzidzilia !” Ande. from little Benisia disturbed him from his reverie ; and he ing herself on a rude log-bench, constructed by Jakob bit: beheld his charge, Janek, the pride of Jakubowa and of the self in his days of his courtship to Jozefa,—she motioned in Pasieka, mounting the trunk of a hoary mountain-ish in their daughter to take place beside her, search of the pendent nest of the Remisz or Lithuanian “ Aunt Anulka," remonstrated Dzidzilia, intimidated : titmouse !
the austere countenance bent upon her by the sybil, est Poor Ludwyk might be pardoned for exclaiming some
me use my utmost haste in gathering in the webs, lo! what vociferously against the ornithological pursuits of the young adventurer in a tone of authority and reprehension, “And I,” interrupted Maruchna, “bid thee eschew bass savouring of the future brother-in-law. But his anger was and listen leisurely to my words !” of brief endurance ; and the happy thoughts of the young Nor did the damsel hesitate in her obedience. There 574 lover soon shaped themselves to one of the popular carols of something in the white hair and furrowed face of the 3his native province.
cient of days, which mingled a degree of awe with the air.
tion testified towards her by her master's children. Ti 'Tis morntog,-ho !-O'er wilds and woods
Dzidzilia Brenglicz's eye, accustomed only to sights of tas Shine out thou gladness-bringing Sun!
and looks of love, the terrific sublimity of eternity #1 Leap, leap for joy, ye sparkling floods !
typified by the vencrable age of her father's nurse. She was Breathe warbling groves, your orison.
the only thing connected with a past century in the home. 'Tis noonday,-ho!-Sweet incense fling,
hold of Zwieta ;—all else was in its prime, all else brig!' Rose from thy censer's treasuries ;
and flourishing ! Skim o'er the pool, re light of wing ;
A silence of several minutes folloired her choice of a Ope, daisied meads, your thousand eyes
resting-place; and never before had Jakubowa's daughter
noted with impatience the whirring murmur indicative o Tis evening-ho!-Turn, meek.eyed herds Turn gathering flocks uuto your fold;
the banqueting hour of the pensioners of Aunt Anulka's Home, to your nests, ye wandering birds,
hives. It seemed as though the bloom-charged branches The West pours down its molten gold
over-head were alive with bees! Yet when she raised
eyes towards the roofing of pale emerald, it was rather bu *Tis nightfallhol-Keep, starry sky, Stern watch upon the stealthy carth!
avoid the scrutinizing glances of Maruchna, which she Sing chirping crickets, merrily;
fancied were fixed upon her face, than in reverence to the Crackle bright brands upon the hearth,
little votive altar, appended there in sanctification be the "Tis night
hands of Grzegorz, the pious Pszczelnik, or bee-tender of the 'Tis midnighty-ho!-Ou fail-worn floor,
“You are sorrowful, good mother,” cried the young pirt
, The weary household sinks to sleep.
at length, perceiving that tears were gathering in the eyes God guard our rest!
of the nurse, as she sat contemplating the eldest-born of her Could the high-spirited Ludwyk have conjectured, as he master's house. stood musing, lover-like, by many a spreading tree; or smil
“ No !" ing in vague but happy self-abstraction as he glanced down “ Sick then?"--still interrogated Dzidzilia. ward from the hill to the valley,—wherein the solitary vul.
“ Still less !" ture sat perched upon his insulated barrier-stone like a warn “ What ails you then, dear, good Marysia ?"—cried the ing effigy of rapine,—could he have dreanıcd, during that daughter of Jakob, still more and more alarnied. cheering summer walk, what mischief was plotting against
« Nothing, child ! "T'is you who are ailing='tis you who his peace under the mossy roof of the Pasieka, he would will soon be sorrowful! A cup of bitterness is in store for most assuredly bave preferred remaining at Zwieta to assist you, Dzidzileczka ; and the old woman (would, fain pat in the seething of the manna, and to keep watch against his away the draught, or pour it forth in libation to the evil enemies.
Ones," Scarcely had Midzilia ynitted the honse, after his depar. turr, on her errand to the bleaching ground, when she ob- Dzidzilia, fully on her guard against that abundant chapter
of Maruchna's eloquence ;_"and tell me explicitly your own life, father, by mere vigour of arm, when, but a seafears, and gently your instructions."
son ago, you joined the bear hunters of the Niemen ? “ Can I speak gently of that which concerns the ruin of
« « To what avail,' cried my father, seek you to gainmy master's house ?” cried Maruchna. “ I behold you on
say my words ; which nought but parental love arra;s in the brink 'of perdition; and must hold you back from the judgment against your choice ? Pawel is all that is good, abyss, even though my grasp be rude as the iron gauntlet of brave, generous, handsome! But I would not witeingly Lesko the warrior. I have a greivious tale to tell. Listen
tell over a daughter's dowry to the son of a slave; and never, and be admonished !"
were he thrice ennobled, and willing to accept her dowerless, « Of all the hirelings of Zwieta, my Dzidzilia,—(as the whose polluted veins rankles the filthy poison of the Plica !""
would I bestow the hand of my Marysia on one within reverence of my masters is a token,) I alone am no bonds.
“ And upon this declaration you were obedient, and gave woman of the land.-Yet the whole generation now flourishing around me at the Fasiek.1,—your father, with his noon- up your lover ?” inquired the pretty Dzidzilia bending her
eager eyes upon those of the venerable sybil. day manhood,—Anulka, the kind aunt,-yourself—the
“ No!" replied Maruchna in a low hoarse voice. “ I younglings-all were swathed by my hands, and tended in
was over bold in defying the vengeance of God. For the innocent helplessness upon my knees.—I love you all, for following year, having lost my kind father, instead of dearly did I dote upon your father's infancy ;-1 doted marking double reverence to the words of his lips when upon your father's infancy, for I had nothing else to love ! those lips were cold in the grave, I turned aside from the -I had been a wife, a happy wife ;-I had been a mother, desolate home where I was now an orphan, and became the
a joyous, triumphant mother :—but that was past. All wife of Pawel !" were gone-all withered ; I was alone, -oh! how bitterly,
“ But you were happy, dearest Maruchna ?" cried Dribitterly alone!
dzilia, her feelings deeply interested by a tale of love and 2 My father, like our own good Jakob, was a flourishing wilful wedlock. farmer on the Polcsian frontier of Lithuania, of good cre
“ Happy ?”—reiterated the old woman with fervour. dit, and such fame for honesty and worth as caused the hand
“ Why is there no brighter word in the mouths of
men, to of his daughter to be sought of many suitors; his daughter designate the joy of those who, loving long and long Marysia,—for no peevishness of humour had then obtained estranged, are at length united for eternity in the blessed for the free-hearted girl of the Niemen the accusing name of marriage bond ? Every thing was rapture around us ! Maruchua. But to me, their various suits were a matter | The skies, the earth, the very household duties which elseof mere importunity; for, from my earliest years, my heart where had seemed irksome, were a delight when ministered was pledged to one whose qualities were so great and noble, to the service of my husband. 'Happy ?-_What could sur's that nothing,—no! not even my parent's malediction,- pass the happiness of being his ; of finding him ever near could more me to deplore that Pawel was of ignoble birth, me,—with love upon his lips and transport in his eyes ? and son to a serf of Derenczyn. His father, it is true, had | Yet something did surpass it; for soon I was fated to hold prospered ; and rented extensive lands of the house of Sa. a babe of Pawel's within my arms, my husband's very self picha, to which his own and his children's service was due in smile and features; and while listening to his sportive in perpetual villanage. For however well endowed with declaration that it resembled only me, to bend my ear to worldly belongings, Pawel was in truth a slavema denizen ; the gentle murmurings of the fondled one; faint, low, -and his children must perforce be born in bondage ! plaintive, love-stirring! Happy? All-righteous God, what
« <But 'tis not this alone that moves my interdiction,' earthly happiness could out-measure mine?” cried my father, when I ventured to frustrate a more pros.
Dzidzilia now drooped her gentle head on the bosom of
She wished that Maruchna might not see her perous marriage, urged upon me by his will, by a confession the nurse. of my attachment. There is that in the young man's blood weeping at the touching holiness of such a picture. which would make a wretch of my Marysia.-Mark you “ The aged father of my husband died, ere I again benot the sign of the Plica-stricken upon him and all his came a mother," said Maruchna, labouring to assume a race?' I shuddered, Dzidzilia! for that word was indeed a calmer demeanour. “And now, we were rich indeed. The word of warning! Yes!' continued my father, “Pawel old man had a lease of especial favour from Prince Sapieha, is come of parents whose industry and integrity may have of the forest of Szczoth, with its beaver-dams and rights of effaced all blemish of their birth : and it were as well to manorage ; even where the weeping pine abounds, and the deny the hononr of the Burgher of Krakow, as of Pietrus, largest and clearest masses of Lithuanian amber are dug up the father of your lover. But 'tis now thirty years, Mary- from the sand. Our commerce prospered, we had a dwell. sia, since my eyes have kept watch over the doings of his ing in a wild fast by the river side, with a hamlet as of our house. Three of his goodly sons has that fearful malady own around us. Every thing was within those walls that laid in the grave; the fourth is a raving lunatic in the hos- could make glad the heart of man. Pawel was cheerful, pital of the Camaldolite convent at Minsk. Shall I give laborious, forbearing; our hirelings duteous, our trade my daughter to the fifth ?
thriving, our babes, (there were three now rolling on the * It may indeed be thus, father!' I replied. But my moss beside our forest door,) our babes beauteous as the Pawel is free of foot as free of heart. The blood dances imaged cherubim of heaven! All three were alike fair, lightly in his veins, and he, at least, is exempt from the alike gracious; but it the sport of Pawel to excite my frightful contamination that besets his race. Who so active mother's wrath by accusing me of partial favour towards in the round of the Kruciaszczy, when at eve we dance un the second, my little Jozia ;--- with her plaintive voice as der the linden trees ? For three successive winters has he of the calling quail,-her curls of golden brown floating won the premium as largest owner of wolf skins deposited over her graceful shonlders,—and her mild blue eyes that in the mayorality of Minsk. And did he not preserve your beamed as with the emanating spirit of God ! A moment !"
posed “ The memory of Dr Priestley," upon whom he
this country, and congratulated the company that the lived born, of slow and gradual suffering, as if pining for the (Cheers.) He beheld before him men of different religione
vour to da honour to a man who was unhonoured in his
raday, Mr J. Taylor, concurred in expressing their nuaire
Sest Hemca - faltered the aged woman, pressing her hands upon her hold it in reproach, or imbibe injurious alarm on his man breast. “I must gather breath to speak of all this." behalf. I dared not complain, I dared not even we 1
« Let me forestal the relation, dearest Maruchna .” cried could only pray,--pray,---pray ;-clasp my hands in heart. her nursling, willing to spare her the pang of farther ex. broken fervour and supplication, and trust that the 213 planation.' “The Almighty who dealt forth of old his nest voice from the wilderness would reach the pitying judgments upon the patriarch whose flocks were fairest and of the Almighty! whose offspring loveliest, smote you also with the chasten « But that merciless ear was closed against my entre ing of his hand! I see it all.”
ing; and the hand of the avenger' was against me. To « No! none can see it as I saw it!" faltered the nurse. worst was yet to come ! - Pawel, conscious of the fate that « None can see, with the agony of my own watching, the waited him, and dreading the contagion his touch the change that came over the fair face of my cherished one! convey, now tarried hour after hour, day after day, iu The burning forehead, the pallid cheeks, the blackened lips. the desolate dwelling of his wife ;-he would no lugar < "Tis the Plica ! cried my unfortunate Pawel when he hold my hand in his ; – he would not even press his az heard the sweet voice of his child crying aloud upon us for around me when we wept together upon the grave of e aid and soothing. And I would not believe it—and in my children l–He shuddered whenever I approached him; horror, I cursed him for the word !_And even when those and oh! what glaring looks of tenderness and horror bright brown curls grew dim and clammy, and hung to-tended in his eyes, when he fixed them upon me at the gether and clung together, I would not own that it was dis- first pains of the pestilence assailed him; the heary bro a. ease that matted them in frightful entanglement; but the burning hand, the bewildered brain !_Yes dear, smoothed them, and smoothed them, as was my wont; and yes !—with him the Plica took its deadliest shape; and this kissed the pale checks of the sufferer, and said she would be howlings of a lunatic were soon heard in our happy dwell. better anon. At length, maddened with the agony of ing. Two years did I watch by him ;-even wheat watching the dishevelment of those lovely locks, I shore them gyves were upon him,—and—but why should I thu closely off, and flung them upon the blazing logs ! Dzi- agonize your gentle nature ?_He, too, died ;—and dying dzilia, there was blood upon the steel as I laid it aside. heirlers, the laws of the land awarded to the lord of the sea Dzidzilia !_within a week from that act of rashness, my all that the industry of his bondsman had amassed. A do gracious babe was in her grave
e ! And for one bitter solate widow, I was turned forth into the world. A dis moment I was glad when the earth closed over the loath.
tant kinsman at Rosienie afforded me a refuge ;-and it 2 someness of my fondling! But soon, very soon, I would there, sweet, I became the hireling of your grandsire, ał have uprooted the sod to gaze upon her disfigured face, took the new-born Jakob tenderly into my arms, as a r.. and press to my lips,—to my heart of hearts, -all that membrancer of the precious ones that had been wrested treen remained of her I loved with such overweening tenderness !
them.” “ Then remembered I my father's curse! For I knew Bremglicz, without venturing to raise her face from ei?
“One word, Maruchna !” faintly ejaculated Dzidziľ: that the fatal infection must be in the veins of my surviving bosom of the nurse. children, of my Pawel himself, and that a destiny was up- springing newly;-on Ludwyk's head the locks are of T.
“ Ou Ludwyk's hands the nails ar on our little household. I dared no longer lift my eyes upon them, lest I should descry the fatal sign upon their
cent growth ;-on Ludwyk's cheek there is a wide and fear. brows. I dared not wander forth with them into the sunshine, lest peradventure its fervours might stimulate the la-forestal my warning.—'Tis even as you dread. The youth
“ My poor child!" replied the monitress, “ your fears tent poison. If the rain rained, I dreaded its humid exha- stranger has been, and will be again, a victim to the losthlations; if the wind blew, I closed up with moss every some Plica. A fearful infection already riots in the reins cranny of our dwelling. I could not sleep by, night for of him you love !" creeping to the cradle of my boys and feeling that their lit
( To be continued.) tle hands lay calm and feverle:s on the coverlid. I could not rest by day, for stealing out to the cottages of the pea CENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF DR. PRIESTLEYsants, and questioning them of their own experience, and of On Monday the 100th anniversary of the birth-day of De the signs and symptoms of the malady: till the thought of Priestley was celebrated by a dinner at the Freemasons the new-formed nail, and new-springing hair, and scarified Tavern. Between 150 and 200 gentlemen sat down to 13flesh, became as tokens of horror to my mind! I saw ble comprising some of the most eminent scientific chartethem before me when I waked; I dreamed of them in my ters in the metropolis. Dr. Babington presided. He pre dreams by night!" Dzidzilia started, and gazed inquiringly into the face of mony to the importance of the discoveries of Dr Priestles,
pronounced a brief eulogy.-Professor Daubeny bore, testiMaruchna ; who, without notice of her agitation, speedily inore especially that which showed the carbavic acil gaso resumed. My terrors, dearest, were not premature. Both prevalent in animals, was also the food and palmum of sickened—both died ! Pawel (the gay-hearted one who so plants. Professor Cumming regretted those disgraceful prins much resembled his father)-perished first,-in fearful and ceedings by which Dr Priestley had been driven away from lia Bremglicz! three glorious, lovely, loving babes, all taken I dared not speak my grief to my husband, lest he should Priestley.