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be on the hard seats and cold pavement of the middle aisle ? | ly accessible ; Lutton's, for improvements in easy-chains ; -Then we are presented with a sketch of the Higher Or- Halloway, for a wing-gudgeon valve for steam-engine ; ders promenading, and riding, and driving in Hyde Park ; Sawyer, for a machine for cleansing paper pulp; Quimby, -Sunday Soirée Musicale in St. James's Square, gives for an improvement in the truss for vessels ; Urquhart, for another edifying glance at people of condition ;-Sunday an improvement in setting the teeth of mill saws; Carol, Ruralizing affords a view of the Lower Orders, gathered for an improvement in the duster for cleaning rag; and together “ a-recreating" themselves on a Sunday in the fields Brown, foran improvement in theconstruction of the drydock. between Primrose-hill and Highgate, exbibiting mechanics Besides these, a list of 13 new patents is given, takes and others with their better halves toiling up the hill, some out for an improvement in the manufacture of wrought-iros dragged-looking, over-worked artisans, dragging a chaise chains, applicable to various purposes ; certain improve after them full of squalid children, while here and there, ments in machinery for making nails ; certain improve interspersed among the crowd, are abundance of peripatetic ments in machinery, to be worked by steam or other power, pastry cooks and confectioners, winding in and out with applicable to raising water, and to other purposes ; id. “ Hot kidney pudd'ns!"-"Hot mutton pies, and no vet uns provements in producing leather from hides and skins; an --all hot !” — “ Brandy balls !”- “ Cock-tail!";—“ Hot improved process for generating heat, applicable to the sussengers-all hot !"_“ Tauss an win 'em !—Tauss an heating of boilers and retorts, and to other purposes for win!" The humorous pencil with which all these sube which heat is required ; an improved apparatus or machine jects are pourtrayed by Mr. Cruickshank places the Phari- for cutting files and rasps ; a machine or apparatus for presaical attempt to legislate against the pleasures and pas- venting accidents with carriages in descending hills
, or in times of the humbler classes in a more forcible light than other perilous situations; an improved button; improre. could have been produced by the most talented invective. ments in the means, apparatus, and machinery for exhibit.
ing scenery paintings, or certain descriptions of pictures: PROGRESS OF ARTS AND INVENTIONS. engine for producing motive power, whereby a greater quas.
tity of power is obtained from a given quantity of fuel than
heretofore ; certain improvements in looms or machinery TRIUMPH OF STEAM. An omnibus, worked by steam, for weaving fabrics ; certain improvements in machinery has begun to ply between Paddington and the Royal Ex. for cutting marble and other stones, and cutting or forwicz change London. It carries fourteen passengers ; and is so mouldings in grooves thereon ; improvements in certas constructed, that it can stop to take up, or let out passen- machinery for manufacturing lace, commonly called bab. gers, at a moment's notice, and that, too, without the ma. bin-net lace. chine receiving that sudden check or impetus which takes BRICK-MAKING BY MACHINERY INSTEAD OF BT place in the stopping or starting of a carriage drawn by HAND.-We thank a correspondent for the description de horses. Coke is used ; and therefore there is no inconveni- has sent us of Nash's Patent Brick Machine, althongh the ence resulting from the smoke of the furnace. The success
terms in which we may speak of its merits may not altoof this undertaking at once settles the point of steam car- gether come up to our or his wishes. We have no doubt that riages being capable to be employed on ordinary roads ; for the machine fully answers its intended purpose, and that it here we have a steam coach, of handsome form, threading will produce from eight to sixteen thousand bricks ia a day; its way, with ease and safety, through the vast crowds that but in the present state of society its very excellence in throng the streets of London, at the rate of ten miles an superseding human labour, is the principal objection hour, and over roughly-paved streets. It is one of the most have to offer to its introduction. If the people of this successful efforts connected with the application of steam.
country were one large family, united by one common isThe Repertory of Patent Inventions for May, contains terest, every invention for facilitating buman labour Fuch the specifications of two new patents, the one is that of Gibbs be bailed as an unmixed good, as it would add to the core and Applegarth's improvements on steamu carriages, the other mon stock of the necessaries and comforts of life, and alis that of Trevithick's improvements on the steam engine, low each individual of the community more leisure thau he and in the application of steam power to navigation and previously
possessed for recreation, mental or bodily. Mr. locomotion. What Mr Trevithick claims as his invention Owen's plan aimed at the realization of such a community
, is this :
but with whatever success the attempt might be attendal Firstly, the interposing between the boiler and the working on a small scale, it requires all the enthusiasm of a partisan cylinder of the steam engine, a long many-curved heated to expect to see such a state of fellowship extended to i pipe, through which the steam is forced to pass with great nation. The great evil of which the people of this country rapidity, without being permitted to come in direct contact
so justly complain, is the want of full and regular emplo with water, by which arrangement the steam is made to ment, and this evil has nnquestionably been aggravated by absorb additional heat, and, at the same time, allowed to the substitution of machinery for human hands. Mr. expand itself into a greater volume. Secondly, placing the Macculloch, and some other political economists tell us that working cylinder of the engine within such part of the Hue those members of the community who are deprived of or chimney as shall insure the cylinder to be kept hotter their ordinary occupation by the introduction of machinert
, than the steam used in it, by which means the expanding may turn to something else; but in many cases the propos of the steam is still farther promoted. Thirdly, propelling ed alteration is little more than mockery, a mere figure of à navigable vessel by the force of the recoil, produced from speech. There are few trades more humble or laborious water received, with a moderate degree of velocity, into a than that of the brick-maker ; and if he is driven from receptacle near within the stern, in the direction of the his station by machinery, what is he to do ? If he apply course of the vessel, and ejected with great velocity in a direction opposite to that course, the velocity of the jet that the labour market is already overstocked ; that there
for spade-work, or for employment às à porter, he will find being at least double the required speed of the vessel to be are, if we may use a vulgar but significant phrase
, “ more propelled. Fourthly, applying a boiler combined with a pigs than teats.” In this predicament he and his family steam-expanding apparatus, as before described, instead of a may starve or become paupers ; and instead of spending boiler alone, to a locomotive engine, whereby the power of eighteen shillings or a pound, the amount of his was the steam is applied after the steam has undergone the ex- weekly, with his neighbours, the baker, the butcher, groter
, panding process; and whereby a diminution is effected in tailor, shoemaker, &c. he becomes burthensome and useles the weight of the boiler, and in the weight and consumption to the community, in order that men may procure their of water and fuel.
bricks a few shillings a thousand cheaper thau they could Accounts are given of the following patents, viz. :Paliner, for improvements in making candles
, candle- British society every improvement, therefore, that has for
previously to the discovery. In the present condition of sticks, &c. ; Swan, for certain improvements in brewing; its object the superseding of human labour, éspecially that Durrant, for an improved method of securing and preserv- of the humblest description, instead of being a positive groet ing printed, written, or plain papers, &c., so as to be readi- as it ought to be, becomes a positive
serious sound to a young lady, and yet it was much whis.
pered among Ellen's friends, that, in a few years, she would CONSUMPTION.
be monstrous. The gentlemen thought otherwise, and Will my young friends forgive me, if, under the cha- swore it was all envy, for they could not see a fault in racter of a fictitious story, I should in reality preach them Ellen Eskdale, and perhaps she did not see many in hera sermon; and that on the gravest of all possible subjects self; for she had ears to bear all that love and flattery on the subject of death ?
could offer, and eyes to see, when gazing in the tall mirror, We learn, from an immense number of the publications that love had hardly been too partial, or flattery too proet of the present day, how the righteous pass away from works fuse. Though trained, and pushed, and bribed forward, in all
to rewards ; and, from the public papers, how the murderer the accomplishments of the age, Ellen's chief excellence was and malefactor expire on the scaffold; but there is an ex. in music; and never did she look more beautiful than when tent of intermediate space filled up by those of whose fate we her light and ivory fingers touched the harp; for then a
know comparatively nothing; those who act, unheeded, rich mass of sunny hair fell over her cheek and forehead, a their little part upon the stage of life, then die, and are often thrown back with girlish carelessness, when she for. forgotten.
got herself in any of her favourite airs. It is from this class of beings that I have selected the Could the bright eye, the blooming cheek, or the polished individual who is to furnish to the attentive reader food for forehead-could all, or any of the attributes of beauty, sup
serious reflection during the perusal of a few dull pages, in port us in the hour of trial, or cheer us on the bed of sick. in order that we may lift the veil by which the moral secrets ness, they would then be worth cherishing and mourning
of the fashionable and well-bred may be concealed from for ; but there must be something else, my young friends, vulgar observation, and see for once how an amiable and to render the pilgrimage of life a path of pleasantness and very beautiful young lady may die.
peace. Rich as you may be, the grave has closed over the There lived, in a certain large city, a family of the name possessor of greater wealth than yours. Fair as you may of Eskdale, consisting of a highly respectable gentleman, be, the worm has fed upon a cheek as lovely. Young as his lady, and three daughters. To describe them individu- you may be, death has laid his icy hand upon those who had ally would be a waste of words and patience, they were so
rot numbered half your years. But, as this is not the style of much like balf the people one meets and visits with. One preaching which I have the talent, or you the patience to thing, however, ought to be remarked about this family, pursue, we will, if you please, return again to the family though by no means peculiar to them, that, while living in of the Eskdales ; not as we first beheld them, but after a a populous city, where the loud death-bell was often heard summer had passed away; and the assemblies, the concerts, to toll, and where as often a solemn funeral was seen to the plays, and the parties of another winter had compass along the streets; yet, for themselves, they never thought menced. of death. It is true they had been made aequainted with
Ellen was still the centre of attraction, and still she was some instances of fatality within their own sphere of ob- not wholly sophisticated, but would sometimes look, and servation ; for once their white muslin dresses came home speak, as if at the bottom of her heart there were left some from the washerwoman's uncrimped, because, as she said, latent feeling, that struggled to be free from the yoke of her youngest daughter then lay a corpse in the house; and fashion—that rose in fruitless efforts to assert itself no their old footman, Thomas Bell, died in the work house the longer the slave, but the minister of pleasure. day before the five shillings which they sent him reached These ebullitions of feeling, however, came like angel his necessities. And, in high life, too, had they not known visits; and, when they did come, they were so faiut, so ill. it? Had they not all worn fashionable mourning for their defined, and generally so mixed up with various and con, most revered monarch, King George the Third ? ' And had tending emotions, that no one knew from whence they they not lost a maiden aunt? And were not the fountains flowed, whether from heaven, or earth; no-not even the of their grief staid by a legacy of six thousand pounds ? fair possessor herse'f; only the ladies wondered at those Yes,-they remembered all these things, and yet they times how so young a girl could venture to talk sentiment ;
looked upon death only as a frightful and far-off monster, still more, how she could make it answer, when they had is who might never come to them ; so they lighted up their so long talked it in vain ; and, at the same time, the gentleí drawing-room, and let down the rich damask curtains, and men would begin to doubt whether they might not do worse.
drew in the card-tables, and never thought of death. Per-than make serious proposals to Ellen Eskdale. haps, one reason might be, they had never known sickness. Miss Eskdale, the oldest sister, had been striving for the It is true, the mother sometimes presented, at the breakfast last five years, to attain that footing in society, which had table, a countenance pale and cloudy as a morning in No. been awarded to Ellen, apparently, without any effort of veinber, but the evening party always found her adorned her own. In loveliness, her own face would not stand the with ready smiles, and new-made blushes ;-smiles that test of a comparison with her sister's ; and in accomplishbetrayed no meaning, and blushes that told no tale but ments, she was far behind her; so taking to herself another
standing, or rather, hanging her orb in another sphere, she Ellen Eskdale, the youngest of the three fair sisters, was, determined that their rays should never intercept each other, at this time, making her first appearance in the fashionable and having failed to be a beauty, Miss Eskdale became a world. She had grown prodigiously during her last year blue; and corresponded with (at least wrote to) great au. at school, and now, though a little in danger of becoming thors, and patronized 'poor ones, and held in her charmed too stout, was as lovely a young creature, both in form and possession the first manuscript copies of half the bright efface, as you could well behold.
fusions that annually come forth, to delight or disappoint “ A little in danger of growing too stout," has a very the expectant wiuter circle.
Of the second sister, it could not well be said that she Ellen had been gazing on his face with the sweet cong. had ever been guilty of any aim at all, and, therefore, feel dence of a child, and, perhaps, it was the steady look of ing no loss in her sister's gain, she would often kindly, and her clear and cloudless eyes which, somehow or other, bad almost affectionately, fall in with her wild fancies, when impelled him, almost unconsciously, to speak what she had Ellen's exuberance of spirits exacted from others a some demanded, the whole truth; which he did at once, boldly, what unreasonable submission to her own whims and fol- and thought no more about it; but, had he been a nice ob lies.
server of woman's character, he would have seen that the Gay evening parties came and went ; and who was hap- ready smile of expectation had passed away from Ellen's pier than Ellen Eskdale ?
lips, that the blush had faded from her cheek, and that, Of all the young gentlemen who flocked to her father's though she instantly took up a new print, and began to house, there was none more constant in his visits, more at- expatiate upon its beauties with rapturous enthusiasm, she tractive in his person, or more pointed in his attentions, bent down her head lower than was necessary, that her thick than Harry Wentworth, a young man of enviable fortune, falling ringlets might conceal her altered countenance, while just whiling away the winter months, before commencing she wiped from her eye the first tear that Harry Wentworth his travels on the continent.
had ever made her shed. It was, for a long time, matter of doubt with the two It might be that he did not know the degree of feeling elder sisters, which of the three could possibly be the object of which Ellen was capable ; or that, in his own heart, of attraction, but the whole secret had been revealed to there was no such deep and hidden fountain; for he never Ellen during a long moonlight walk by the side of the dreamed that he had given pain, and would palmost rather river, late in the autumn, when a party of pleasure had have wept himself, than that eyes so beautiful should have been formed to visit the ruins of a castle, situated some been dimined with tears. It was, however, but a light and miles up the stream. Ellen had always been afraid of passing cloud, and those eyes again beamed forth in all water, and Wentworth was happy to be her escort on the their wonted brightness; music and dancing drowned the shore. The dew was falling heavily, the grass was thick evening in noise and confusion, and all was sunshine and and long, and Ellen found a more dangerous enemy than glad summer beneath the roof of Mr. Eskdale, in spite of she had feared : for she dated from this night the com
the wintry blast that howled without. mencement of a thick and frequent cough, which was, at
“ What can be the matter with Ellen Eskdale ?" said a times, exceedingly troublesome. But it was surprising how lady to her companion, one evening, as they returned home little she thought or cared about the cough ; for, on this
from the play. night, her lover had declared himself, and though she had
“Oh, in love, to be sure,” was the reply; for her comuinsisted that nothing should be said on the subject, as she panion was a gentleman. was quite too young to think seriously of such a thing, she
“She need not pine away for that,” said the lady, * for had kindly promised that she would try to think of it; Wentworth seems as much in love as she does. She must and there is every reason to believe that it did really occur he ill: that cold of hers lasts so long. Did you not observe, to her thoughts almost as often as her lover himself could the other day, at Mrs. Beverley's, how she leaned upon the desire. There was such unspeakable satisfaction in know. harp, and how dreadfully worn-out she looked, after the ing that the very man, whom her sisters were trying every
first dance ?" art to fascinate, was secretly and surely devoted to her. He
“ As for the leaning upon the harp," replied he of the was so handsome, too_s0 gay—so fearless_-30 playful in charitable sex, “ it was to show off her figure ; and young his disposition—and in everything so much like herself ladies always look languid, when they can, to excite in
terest." Oh! it was worth all the world to hear the whispers of Harry Wentworth, when he tried, amongst the crowd, to
“ Well," coutinued, the lady, " these beauties never last. catch her attention for a moment, while she would pass on
I wish poor Mrs. Eskdale may not lose her daughter yet."
It was true enough : Ellen was now often so weary that with affected carelessness, not unfrequently returning to assure herself of the reality,
she could hardly walk up stairs, when the family retired “ What is all this harangue about ?" said she to her about her eyes, that might well have startled the fears of
to rest; and in the morning there was a cold glassy look lover, after they had listened, for a few moments, to a little
a more anxious and experienced parent; and her mother party of grave personages, gathered round Miss Eskdale.
did at last begin to think something must be the matter; “ Your sister,” replied he, “is edifying her friends on
for Ellen could not sing as she was wont; the highest tones the subject of suicide; she is telling them the nature of dif- of her voice were almost entirely gone, and she seldom got ferent poisons, and what is the readiest mode of quitting the through a piece of music without a violent fit of coughing. world."
“ Poor girl ! she has quite outgrown her strength," saini “ Ob! that does not concern me,” said Ellen, “ for I the mother; "she must have tonics." So Ellen tried to shall never be tired of living ; shall you Harry ?"
nics, and her cough was worse than ever; but it was not .“ Not if you will promise to live with me."
before she was obliged to give up dancing, too, that the fa. “Now tell me the truth for once," said she, looking up mily had recourse to medical advice. into his face," the truth, and nothing but the truth; for,
“ A slight pulmonary affection," said the doctor ; and he mind you, I have a charm by which I know a falsehood, rubbed his hands, for he saw before him a good winter's and you have told me a great many of late ; tell me then, work, truly, whether you could live without me ?"
Some persons, on looking back, would have been alarmed Wentworth paused for a moment, and then coolly an. to see how much had been given up during the last few sweredm" I think I could."
weeks; but Ellen only laughed, and told Wentworth she
was growing quite a sàint ; and that, after Christmas, she gazed, till she was wearied out ; and then she turned would put on a plain cap, and go and sit with sister Cart within, and opened her box of trinkets, which had pleased wright, at her class-meetings.
her so often ; but now they failed in producing any other All could have been borne; her bad nights, her cough, effect than a slight touch of pain-it might be a faint-apher weakness and all borne cheerfully; but now the ill-prehension that what had been would never be again, which natured old doctor forbade her going out, except in the mid- had well nigh brought the tears into her eyes ; so she dle of the day, and when the weather was mildest. Her asked Marston for her music; but music, without either evenings must be spent at home, quietly, and withont any voice or instrument, is the dullest thing in the world, and excitement." If the family would stay with her, and Harry this failed her, too. What could she do? Swallow her Wentworth, and two or three others would come, it might sleeping draught two hours before the time, and beg of be endured; but sometimes she was left entirely alone; Marston to assist her into bed, for she was weary of herand, worst of all, had run through the last volume of the self, and everything beside. last novel before they returned. On Sunday, however, she In a few days, however, Ellen had so far recovered as had them all safely enough, and, Wentworth, too, and a merry to regain the wonted tone of her mind, and with this tranevening they managed to pass together; for they had, sient and delusive convalescence, came busy thoughts of that everybody to describe, and to mimic; and when Ellen had world in which she had been so bright a star--that untheir follies second-hand, it was almost as entertaining as grateful world, that never missed nor mourned her waning if she had seen them herself. But even these amusements light. began to pall upon her; and sometimes, when they looked As soon as her strength would permit, she amused herround for her ready laugh, she had turned away her face, self with looking through her wardrobe. One by one, her and was quite unable to laugh at all.
rich dresses were unfolded ; the dressmaker was called in, Oh, the emptiness of folly, when mortal sickness falls to alter them to her present shape; and ah! it was like a upon the heart !
mockery of the grave, to see her tall thin figure, decked out It was at the close of one of these Sabbath evenings, when in the vestments of fashion, and folly, and to hear her dif. her sister and Wentworth had been unusually animated, ficult and laborious breathings, and the short quick cough that Ellen suddenly burst into tears, and left the room. that perpetually interrupted her directions, as she told how
“ What is the matter with that silly girl ?" said Miss the trimmings, the fullness, and the folds, were to be so Eskdale; “she grows so fretful, there is no such thing as placed, as to conceal the alteration in her wasted person. pleasing her.”
Oh! it needs religion to wean us from the things of “ No," said her sister Mary, “ you should not say so; earth! Ellen was never fretful, but her spirits are so weak now, There is nothing like a return to the domestic scenes, and that the least thing overpowers her ;” and so saying, Mary pursuits of a family, for giving spirits to an invalid ; and followed her up stairs.
Ellen, when released from the prison of her own room It was well that she did; for the poor girl, having at really fancied she was gaining strength. With her return. last given full vent to her feelings, in a violent fit of hys- | ing spirits, the hopes of the family returned, and with their terics, the rupture of a blood vessel was the natural and hopes, the longing to be again in the world, just to tell fearful consequence.
Lady B. that dear Ellen was recovering; and then the From this time, Ellen never spent the night alone ; party at Sir Robert Long's, could they refuse that, now Marston, a middle-aged woman, who had been in the fa- that Pa and Sir Robert had had a difference about their mily for many years, had a bed placed beside her, and she game ; it would look as if the ladies of the family wished to was reduced to the necessity of being in all respects an in- keep it up—no, they must go, and not one of them only, valid.
but all. Marston would sit with Ellen ; 80 they dresse Still there seemed to be no immediate danger. It was a themselves, and kissed her very kindly, and left her; and case which needed care and quiet. Marston was an excel. she sat for a long time listening to the sound of the car. lent nurse, and the kindest creature in the world; so there riages, as they rolled along the street, each conveying its rich was no need to sit much with Ellen, especially as the dear freight to the door of the wealthy Baronet. girl was not allowed to converse ; and thus she was left, It so happened, on that day, that Wentworth had not hour after hour, to muse in solitude ; for those who were been invited, and hearing that his mistress was again visi. nearest and dearest to her, knew not that love that will ble, and having nothing else to do, he went and knocked steal into the darkened chamber, and watch by the bed. at that busy door, that was for ever turning on 'its hinges. side of a beloved object, not only enduring, but choosing Oh, fhow well did Ellen know his step, as he lightly skipthat faithful vigil, before all the pleasures of the world— ped up the stairs ! she tried to meet him at the door of that soul-felt and expressive stillness, when affection, like the drawing-room: but her breath failed her, and she could the evening dew, sheds her silent influence on the drooping only look a welcome kinder than words. soul. : /
When her lover first beheld her, he started back; for There was no immediate danger :-Ellen's excellent con there is a disease which makes rapid inroads upon beauty, stitution rallied again, and she was able, once more, with in the course of a few days, without the sufferer being aware the help of Marston, to pace slowly to and fro in her room, of any change; but he soon recovered himself, and began casting many a wistful glance at the dull window, that to apologize for his long absence, by a thousand excuses, looked out upon a square of formal garden, where the which Ellen often interrupted by her exclamations of pleashrubs were matted up, and here and there a wasted drift sure, that he had come at last, and so opportunely. of dirty snow told of a chilly and humid atmosphere, with “ I began to think that you would never come' again, it all its, melancholy accompaniments. Ellen gazed, and is so long since you have been here. Oh, I am so glad to
see you, it is so dull shut up here alone, when they all leave Regardless of the wonted placidity of her countenanet, ale me; but come, sit down, and be as happy as you can, and wandered from one stately room to another, by habit ad. tell me all that you have seen and heard since we last met; justing all the little ornaments which had been misplaced, but do not make me laugh, for I have a wretched feeling without knowing what she did ; and often both she and here," (laying her hand upon her breast,)“ and laughing her daughters stole, on tiptoe, into the sick room, asking hurts me worse than anything ;" so they sat down together, the inexhaustible question, Did Ellen want anything but and fixed their eyes upon the fire, and were both silent for never staying long beside her; for the stillness was intolera. a long time.
ble to them, and they knew not what to say, Marston was « Did you ever see any one in a consumption ?" was the an excellent nurse, and Ellen wanted nothing. Poor child! first question which Ellen asked ; and her lover started, for she wanted that best of friends, a friend who will kindly he had been thinking of the very same thing.
and candidly tell her the truth ; for though she knew that “No, I never did, and hope I never shall; your illness she was daily giving up one thing after another, and grada. is not consumption, dear Ellen ; it is not, it shali not be.” ally losing ground, such is the deceitful nature of this dis.
« Then what can be the meaning of all this fever; and ease, that she did not feel at all certain that it would terni. why cannot I get rid of this horrid cough ; I strive against nate in death. Her physician was the only person who it, indeed I do; and sometimes I think it is all fancy, I thought of revealing the awful truth, and a consultation feel so well ; but oh! Harry Wentworth, if it should be !" was held on the subject, to consider whether it should be And she fixed her eyes upon him, with such an expression done, and how. of wild and convulsive agony, that he almost shrank away. " It may be right," said one, “ but I could not tell ber
Wentworth was not entirely a stranger to the thought of for the world;" and another, and another, excused herself death, but he had only thought of dying as a man, or a until, at last, the lot fell upon the physician, a man who soldier, in the cause of honour, or on the field of battle : sibilities of woman's heart; so he took up his cane, and
had neither wife nor child, nor knew any thing of the setuthe certain symptoms of a lingering and fatal malady had
went straight into the sick-room, and sat down by the bed. when he looked upon the being he had regarded as least side. It has been thought right, Ma'am," said he, and he mortal, and met the glaring of the hollow eye, and saw the cleared his voice; “ it has been thought right, by your fafalling away of the fair cheek, the wasting of the once
mily, to depute me to be the bearer of unwelcome informaz. rounded lips, and felt the earnest pressure of the thin and head.
tion;" and he paused again, for Ellen turned away her
“ I doubt not, Ma'am, you understand my meaning: feverish hand, his spirits failed within him; for it was be
--all has been done that medical skill affords, but there are yond what his imagination had ever pictured, what his for diseases which baffle the art of the physician; something, titude was able to endure, and he felt that he had no con
however, may yet be done to alleviate suffering; and allow solation to offer in such an hour as this.
me to assure you, Ma'am, that nothing shall be omitted on It is true he loved her—but how ? Not as a fellow-pil
Ellen gave no sign of intelligence, either by word or mogrim through a vale of tears, journeying on towards a bet. tion. She had by this time buried her face in the pillow, ter land :—not as a creature of high hopes and capabili. so that, if he had said more, she would not have heard it; ties, whose talents are to be matured, and whose good feel. and the physician, with the satisfaction of having discharged ings strengthened into principle. He loved her as man too
his duty, rose, and gravely and quietly took his leave. often loves woman, for the sake of her bright eyes, her shin- doing their duty. Pills were compounded, physicians were
Indeed, every one in the house seemed to think they were ing hair, and the symmetry of a graceful and elastic figure. feed, parties were given up, bells were muffled, and knockers He loved her as a fair and charmed creature, who was to wrapped in leather,—what more could they do? Nurses be exclusively his own—to minister to his gratification, to
were hired, receipts were borrowed, and fruits of every sooth him when weary, and to supply fresh stimulus to his thing more! and still the poor girl lay stretched upot her
description were purchased at any costy,they could do 14tastes, when sated with fruition. How then should he find uneasy bed, her face turned towards the pillow to hide the consolation for such an hour as this! He could only fold profuse perspiration that stood in pearly drops upon her to his bosom this frail and fading beauty-kiss off the forehead, and the still more copious flow of burning tears falling tears and tell her, that she would not, could not lable agony within.
which gave some evidence to the beholder of the uncontrol. die.
They could, indeed, do nothing more; for death had set Oh! it needs religion to reconcile us to the thought of his seal upon that beautiful form, and she was sinking into death!
the fathomless depths of eternity-passing away, in the After this distressing interview, Wentworth had no dis- from all its exquisite enjoyments ; while those who had
pride and the promise of her youth, from all its glory
, and position to come again; and, if he had, it would probably cherished her infancy, and exulted in her ripened years : white have been in vain, for the poor invalid was very soon con
knew that they were rearing an immortal fabric to steed fined to her own room, and strictly forbid to see any one, looked upon their miserable child, and wrung their help
for ever, a witness of their faithfulness or their neglect, except her own family, who now were all sufficiently con. cerned at the sad change, and would probably have made but no one pointed out a ray of hope, or spoke one word
less hands, and mingled their melancholy wailings with her any sacrifice of their wonted amusements to save her.
of comfort, or even thought of the blessed Sarion, who . Mrs. Eskdale was by no means an unfeeling woman, walked upon the troubled waters in the majesty of his de though her fears had been late in taking alarm ; but now
nignant love. Trembling, fearful, hopeless, she was about she felt, in its full force, how much dearer to her was the
to be pushed off from the frail bark of mortality; and where
now were all the energies of that strong and buoyant heart? life of her child, than all her wealth, her rich furniture, and Hope, that burns brightest in the youthful bosona_hope
, her fashionable guests.
that too often deceives us in the intricate wilderness of life, But what could she do? The ablest physicians were
but is ever ready to stand forth in undeniable rality on the consulted, and there was no hope ;-her child must die over the ruins of her own fantastic realm," and faith, ber
brink of the grave~where was Ellen's hope? We pung