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* The despondency we suffered at having our dear little “ I bought a young milch cow and a calf for twenty-four girl taken off in a few hours by that fatal pestilence, and dollars—she gives a good supply of milk and cream_butter vur anxiety for the safety of the other children, caused our from 74d. to 9d., per lb. I was taught to think that all difficulties, and privations, in settling, to be doubly felt. cattle would be well subsisted in the woods. In summer We are now, thank God, in perfect health, our spirits ben they certainly will thrive, even to good condition—not so in ginning to revive, and absolutely enjoying, if not a luxuri- winter. My teams of oxen are making the experiment ; ous, at least a comfortable residence in our own log-house but if they did not get bran mashes, they would have a poor --the timbers of which, about three months ago, displayed chance of seeing another summer. The first year is, to all their leafy honours in the wild forest. It consists of a cel. settlers, and to all animals under their care, the most trying lar, three rooms, and a small store-room, in the principal and inconvenient ; I mean with those who settle in the storey, and two bed-rooms in the roof, or ruff, as the Ca- Bush. The second year brings with it, its produce, nadians term it. The edifice is thirty feet by twenty-five, plenty, and its comforts. from out to out. For the five rooms, we have three flues, “ Till this last week, the weather has been delightful. I and two stoves, and mean to be very snug and warm. have been occupied in getting as many acres as I can cleared When perfectly finished, the whole expenditure will be about and prepared for cropping. Sixteen are already under L.30, Halifax currency, or L.25 British.
operation, which will make a good open about the house. “ I have discovered limestone, which my Connaughtman, If I can get choppers in time, I will finish a good many (an excellent servant,) has contrived to burn in sufficient more. The best management, in these new townships
, is, quantity for building the stack of chimneys, and plastering to clear as much as possible in the first few years, while you the interior of the house, all which he has been bandy have a sure market on the spot. enough to accomplish ; and it may answer very well for “ The task price is very moderate for such heavy work. My some little time, till I can build a frame-house, of greater brother and 1, have set ours at L.1, 85., per acre; the brushdimensions, which I mean to do. But I am most anxious wood to be collected and piled, and the logs cut to the prethat you should know how this said mansion is situated per lengths. It will fall to ourselves to collect the logs, and In order to this, I must give you some idea of the land itself. to burn all; but this, where we have our own oxell
, will “ My lot is beautifully undulated. A creek or small river pay well by the ashes, which are very profitable." winding nearly through its entire length, hetween rich flats, as they are here called, is bounded on each side, at some
There are one or two letters, probably of Dub. distance, by high banks, upon which I am leaving a belt of lin manufacture, purporting to be written by Bridornamental timber, which swells with the form of the hills, get Lacy, a charity girl, serving maid to the Rad. and is, in general, about one hundred yards in depth. Be- cliffs, which are not quite equal to those of Winifred tween those banks and the river, all trees are to be removed, Jenkins, and which throw an air of doubt and except a few maples.
“At a short distance from the site of the town, the right absurdity over the book. The Editor indeed says, bank takes a bend, as it were, across the flats, and on that the name of the fair writer is a fictitious one, but my house is placed, commanding from its windows a second he should also have mentioned that the epistles smaller stream, with rising ground beyond, and a handsome themselves are arrant fictions ; nor do they at all point of land, embellished by a considerable clump of the harmonize with the spirit or the serious purpose of best trees. The quality of the timber denotes the richness of the soil. Ours consists of maple, beech, butternut, elm, a volume, which we conceive an important addiwhite ash, hornbeam, a sprinkling of oak, and some cherry tion to the late numerous works upon Canada. and bass wood; all indicating a prime soil
, and with great The emigrants though of a genteel class and dearly correctness, as I find it to be, in surface, five inches of black loving “ould Ireland,” seem to have found it per. vegetable mould, over a few inches of clay loam, with a substratum of strong clay—and almost all my land, of this haps too hot, and certainly much too poor to hold description, is an extended level of wheat soil, without the them, as men and women bred and educated as least unevenness. The knowing ones who have seen it, | ladies and gentlemen expect to be maintained say it will give wheat for ever ; and speak of fifty busivels themselves, and to leave their children. They, acto the statute acre. This I think scarcely possible, as I cordingly, after due inquiry and deliberation, saw a standing crop, which I thought much better than any formed the sensible resolution of transferring about you, and which the Fingallians would say, was
the load of the earth,' yet I ain told it produced but forty themselves, before they had run down to the last bushels ; but this is a wonderful return, upon the small guinea, to a land where there were no large landed acre, particularly when you consider that the stumps, after absentees, and still abundant elbow-room for active, clearing, occupy nearly one-fourth of the ground. “ To so handsome an establishment, it is necessary to though possessed of no more capital than, in our
intelligent, persevering, and industrious gentlemen; have a suitable approach. I have laid one out with some taste, useless, however, to man or beast, till the snow comes
wealthy community of paupers and aristocrats, - now knee deep, of glutinous mud, that would slip off would be considered adequate for one or two your Wellingtons like a boot-jack. This is one of our years' maintenance of a respectable family. Con. miseries, and must be that of all new settlers for a short ceive the misery of a fashionable family doomed time. We are in daily expectation of this much wished-for to live upon from L.500 to 1.800 a-year! Yet this frost and snow. These last three days have given some me is the sum of capital required by the class of pernace, (promise, I should say,) of its setting in. part of my furniture which lies at Kettle Creek, must re- sons, to whom these letters will be useful. For main there till the sleighs can work. The waggon and oxen this is not exactly a poor man's book ; though would be swamped at present in the sloughs and mud-holes. from it he may learn in time, that wages in Canada
“ It snows lightly at this moment ; and I have every hope that I may have tables and chairs for a party of nine
are principally increased by harder work and longer teen, to dine under this roof, this day fortnight, being hours than at home. The labourer is, however, Christmas Day. Here we think nothing of the
expense, the undeniably much better fed; and he has the strong larder is so cheaply and abundantly supplied. 'We are and cheering inducement to exertion, that the posmuch worse off
, however, than we shall be next year, veni- session of a few pounds, will enable him to become son being our chief article of consumption-brought to our himself an independent land proprietor
, when his door at one halfpenny a pound. We have occasionally beef, (not the best,) with mutton and fowls ; potatoes bad, labours will be all for himself.' He may work on and dear.
in the animating belief that his sinews are strained,
and his sweat poured forth for the exclusive advan- elsewhere, till nearly the present date, when we are at tage of his children. The facility of obtaining length settled, but not unexpensively, till next year, when safe and profitable employment for children, is of who are a single man, can apply all your time, and energy,
the produce of the farm will begin to tell; whereas you, itself motive sufficient to encourage the poor man and money to settling yourself prudently and comfortably, to brave the unavoidable hardships of emigration. and make us happy by remaining with us till you do so. According to these letters, the wages of a good I only fear that if you do not come soon, you will not be general farm servant, is about L.25, a-year, with able to find land near us, so fast are the lots disposed of
You need have no scruple about adding to our establishample food. A maid-servant receives from L.5, to ment, if you can live on venison and many other good L.6, in the new settlements ; but a good female things that cost but little. My cellar also defies you. I servant will probably get more. The labour of have a very snug one, moderately stocked with choice Te. both sexes is hard and constant; as baking, brew- neriffe at 73. the gallon, Brandy at 10s., Rum at 4s. 6d., ing, sugar-making, candle and soap-making, ashes and Whisky (very good) at Is
. 8d. No locks or bolts
here, which is rather new to me. The Canadians never burning, and the manufacture of coarse cloth, rais- steal, but are sharp enough, and will take advantage when ing flax, &c., &c., are all household employments. they can. The new Canadian settlers have not yet reached “I have now told you many of the favourable circumminute division of labour. We shall conclude stances of the country, which are decidedly very great ; these extracts with part of a letter from Mr. Wil. still, however, an Irish day of recollection, sinking the
spirits down, down! will occur ; and sonetimes, notwith. liam Radcliff, to a friend in Dublin. It is to our standing the outrages and the murders
, the politics, and the mind very natural, and charmingly Irish.
poverty of that unhappy country, I would give all I am “Let no one persuade you against bringing out your worth to be walking beside you, shooting the Enfield botdogs; they would be invaluable. I have not been able to toms, as in those happy days we have spent together; again, see, or hear of a good one in this country. A flock of these feelings vanish, when I look at my rich land, unenabout thirty turkeys came round the house last week; my cumbered by rent or taxes, and ask myself, if I were back man fired at them, and, like sportsmen that you and I have again, how could I command such certain independence. met, boasted that he had knocked as much feathers out of
“ If I had my friends all here, I should be the happiest one of them, as would make a good pillow, but the larder
man breathing. fared nothing the better. They are very numerous, but
“I inspect my choppers, and am much interested. They very wary—and run faster than an Indian. If you were
say here, that once we see the crops growing, we shall never with me, we could shoot more game in a day than a good think of home again ; but this is a bold assertion. horse could carry home. When I can spare time to go out,
“I do not feel at home here yet. My former life, my sca I can, without failure, bring back one, two, or three deer, voyage, and travelling some seven hundred miles through any day I please. They are in hundreds in the lands ali
a new country, appear more like a dream than reality; my round, and nothing can be more certain than the Calderyery existence in these drowsy woods appears doubtful, till wood rifle, which I brought from home. It has obtained ! rouse myself by thinking on my College friends, my hunt. a great character here, from my having tried it at a mark, ing days, the animating hounds, the green open fields, and against an Indian chief, whom I beat unmercifully.
the scarlet coats. “I have already cleared five acres, and by February, thirty are to be completed for me, and an equal number for shell ; come by New York, don't loiter on the road to
“ What I have still to say may be comprised in a nut. my brother, at L.1, 8s. per acre, for brushing, piling
ready waste your money; bring out rape-seed, hay-seeds, garden, to burn, chopping, and cutting into lengths. The drawing together, and burning, to be executed by onrselves. The seeds, especially those of culinary and aromatic herbs, and workmen demanded much more, and had not we been a
sail in April, if you can. full party with a little steadiness, and some money stirring It would be cruel to doubt the powers of the among us, they would have beaten us out, whereas we are Calderwood rifle ; though, we could advise no now victorious, and the defeated party, perfectly contented, Scotch or English emigrant, to trust his family in the expectation of touching a little hard cash, of which they have very little, and are passionately fond. I could provision in his first year or any future year, to never have imagined that the axe could be used with such the “bringing back” even one deer a-day." dexterity; I really think that two Canadians would clear These are the sweets, not the utilities, of the long all Gerardstown in a fortnight; they would take but two hard life of endeavour, which must precede the blows to every tree in the plautations. “ Desire all friends who come out to bring delft, but not
beatitudes of the emigrant of moderate capital. glass—as the latter is as cheap here, as the former is ex- At Adelaide, a church is to be built, and a log travagant in pricemalso, hardware of the necessary kinds, schoolhouse was to be erected immediately. Mr. and spades and shovels, which are ill constructed in this Thomas Radcliff gives his father an account of the country,—but, above all, a hay-knife. Here they cut their state of religion in the province. The number of hay with an axe, and, 1 may say, do almost every thing Methodist Missionaries is considerable. with that universal implement.
“ I have bought a waggon and pair of horses ; one of “ Wherever a settlement is formed, there they are to be them a choice saddle horse, fully equal to my weight, which found. Many of them are excellent men, and all of them however is much decreased. He cost me a hundred dollars, are really or apparently zealous; and from all I can hear and such a one would bring a hundred pounds with you. they have done infinitely more among the Indians in pro. They are very good here, and very cheap.
moting a knowledge of Christianity, than our clergyinen “Now, my dear A. as to advising you whether to come have been able, or anxious to effect. I know that there out or not, as I promised to do, I can safely say, from all exists, at this moment, a demand, (in mercantile phraseo. that I have seen and heard, that if you can contrive to logy,) for thirty, or forty Church of England clergymen. reach my house, with five hundred pounds in your pocket, “ If care be taken to select able, zealous and active you may, with your present experience, ensure yourself a men, the happiest results will follow ; but if a swarm of certain and gentlemanlike independence.
Drones be sent among us, attracted merely by the temporal “Think what an advantage you would have over me, advantages of a settlement, without higher motives and who have spent a little fortune in bringing out a family, anxieties, the degradation of our religion and the general and in the delays and heavy cost of their voyage, journey, contempt of inefficient ministers, must be anticipated. lodgings, residence in towns, and charges at taverns and “ But I much fear that the government of the parent
country has let the time pass by, when good might have been a recent shower, should be avoided, because water being as effected through the instrumentality of our clergy. The excellent conductor, might determine the course of an ele. Methodist dissenters have obtained an ascendency over our trical discharge towards a person in contact with it, or the infant population. Their habits of domiciliary visitation, its immediate neighbourhood. All high trees and simila their acquaintance with the tastes and peculiarities of the elevated conductors, should also be avoided, as they are in Canadians, their readiness to take long and fatiguing rides, more danger of being struck than objects on the ground in the discharge of their self-imposed labours, render them and, therefore, a person in contact with them exposes bioformidable rivals to our more easy-going clergy.
self to imminent danger, should the course of the lightning “I repeat, that it is of the utmost importance to send us lie in that direction. But, to take our station at the men of character and high religious attainments, deeply tance of thirty or forty paces from such objects, or, at end convinced of the responsibility attached to their calling, and a distance as may prevent us from being injured by the determined that every other pursuit, and care, shall be se. splinters of wood, should the tree be struck, is more secure condary to the great purpose, for which they are designed, than even in the midst of an open plain. Persons in a and to which they should be principally devoted.” houze not provided with thunder-rods, should avoid sitting
Other observations are made by this gentleman near a chimney or fire-place, whether there be a fire in the which we cannot so entirely approve. It is evident grate or not. For when there is a fire in the grate, the te
contains the following conductors_Alame, smoke, rariun. that the good example of the United States, in air, and soot. Even when there is no fire, the soot st. which provision is always made for education, is which the flue is lined, is a conductor; and, from the superint not lost upon the Canadian Government,
height of the chimney-shaft above every other part of the
building, it is more liable than any other part of the ha PRECAUTIONS TO BE USED DURING A
to be struck with lightning. In a house, too, gilt murun THUNDER STORM.
or picture frames, lustres or burning candles, bell.wire,
and all metallic substances, should be carefully avoided, as It is still to be regretted that, notwithstanding the discoveries of modern philosophy respecting the electric fluid, termine the course of an electric discharge. The safest pasi
they afford so many points of attraction, which might es and the laws of its operation, no thunderguard has yet tionfis in the middle of the room, if not near a lustre, a bello been invented which, in all situations, whether in the
or any thing hanging from the ceiling; and if we place the house, in the street, in the open field, in a carriage, or on
chair on which we sit on a bed or mattress, almost ever horseback, shall serve as a complete protection from the possible danger may be avoided. Such are a few marins ravages of lightning. Till some contrivance of this kind easy to be recoliected and put in practice, by attending to be effected, it is probable that the human race will still be which, not a few accidents from electrical explosions migás occasionally subjected to accidents from electrical storms.
be averted. Such accidents are more numerous and fatal, even in our temperate climate, than is generally imagined.
From an induction of a variety of facts of this kind, as stated in the
USEFUL HINTS AND RECEIPTS FOR WARM public papers and other periodical works, in the year 1811,
WEATHER. the author ascertained that more than twenty persons were killed by lightning, (or at the rate of a thousand persons
CHEAP Cooling BEVERAGES.--'The water in which every fifty years,) during the summer months of that year cucumbers is cooked may have any eucumber paringse within the limits of our island , besides the violent shocks scraps put to it, and be boiled up, strained, and sweetena! experienced by others, which did not immediately prove for a cooling draught. Water with melon the same.com fatal, and the damage occasioned to sheep and cattle, and
and Housewife's Manual. to public and private edifices ; and it is worthy of notice, that most of the individuals who were killed by the light
RHUBARB or rhubarb stems yield, at this season, far este ning had either taken shelter under trees, or were in situa- acid juice than it is desirable to have in tarts, pies, er sters tions adjacent to bells or bell-wires. The experience of of this useful spring vegetable. Drain off what is considered succeeding years proves that a similar number of disasters superfluous when stewing the stems, preparatory to making of this kind annually take place. It is, however, more than probable, that at least half the number of accidents your pie, sweeten this, and keep the syrup to mix with arising from the same cause might have been a verted, had water for a refreshing summer drink, which costs estang the nature of lightning, and the laws which regulate its save the sugar. The drink is exceedingly pleasant, and, I movements, been generally known. Seldom a year passes should presume, perfectly wholesome ; but, perhaps, sine but we are informed by the public prints of some person of the Schoolmaster's medical friends may inform bin ca or other having been killed by lightning, when taking shelter under a large tree, -of whole families having been
the latter subject. struck down when crowding around a fire-place, during a BLOSSOM OF THE LIME Tree- send you anatber thunder storm-of one person having been struck when receipt which, though unknown in this country, is of value. standing beside a bell-wire, and another while standing the present favourable season promises an abundant crop under a bell connected with the wire, or under a lustre of this valuable production of nature's laboratory, of which hanging from the ceiling,
in France, every family endeavours to keep a store fer There can be little douit that a considerable number of the purpose of making an infusion, which is administered such accidents would have been prevented had the follow- with great success in cases of colds or severishness, in which ing facts respecting the nature of lightning been extensive it has a most azreeable and soothing effect
. The procese ly known :-That lightning is a fuid of the same pature, of gathering and preserving it is very simple
. When the and is directed in its mocions by the same laws which re blossom is mature, it should be gathered from the trei gulate the motions of the electric Huid in our common chec- and spread out on linen sheets in the sun until perfectis trical machines ;-—that it is attracted and conducted by dry; a portion of the young and tender leaves of the tret trees, water, moisture, flame, and all kinds of metallic sub are sometimes plucked and dried along with the blossopii stances ;—that it is most disposed to strike high and point- it way be kept in linen or paper bags. To make the info ed objects ; and that, therefore, it must be dangerous to re-sion, a large handful of the dried flowers is put into a el main comected with or in the immediate neighbourhood of pot, and treated as tea, which being sweetened with a litla such objects when a thunder-cloud is passing near the earth. honey or sugar, is taken hot on going to rest.
Hence the following precautionary maxims have been deduced, by attending to which the personal accidents aris:
* It has been generally thought that the cellar is the most ser** ing from thunder-stormis might be, in a great measure, pre
situation during a thunder storm ; but this is true only in certain et
When the lightning proceeds from the clouds, it is unquestion about me fented. Iu the open air, during a storm, rivers, pools, and *}ery mass of water, even the streapılets arising from
the lightning proceeds from the earth, it is less secure than the hubad parts of the building. -Dick's Diffusion / Knowledge,
BY MRS. S. C. HALL.
Lady Olivia smiled ; and then resurning an air of even
more than her usual gaiety, replied, “ Would'st have me A PASSAGE IN THE LIFE OF SIR H. DE GREY.
marry mere kail-brose and haggis ? His face and his pedi
gree are both too long for Olivia Bulwer." BEFORE young ladies had become the scientific and ra
“ What think ye, then, of the young Irish Peer?” pertional beings they are supposed to be in the present day, sisted Janet; “ the gay young Irish Peer !" and before gentlemen deemed it necessary (as a dernier re " What! he of the long-tailed family ! scores of distant sort to keep their intellectual superiority, I suppose) to cousins-dozens of near relations--ever so many fathers and discard good manners by being clubbish, political, and argu.
mothers-O's and bogs--feasts and fasts-saints and sinners mentative when in their presence; in the olden times, I pride and poverty! I will sing you their delicious melo. say—the times of stiff satins and high-heeled shoes-Lady
dies, an' ye will; but affirm truly to you, my own Jauet, Olivia Bulwer was considered a perfect pearl_a peerless that I will never be led to the altar by a compound of shilunion of loves, graces, and virtues; such a being as poets lelahs, shamrocks, and whisky." dream of; yet in reality a woman, a very woman! possessing all those dear delightful little whims and peculiari- so severe to your own countryman; him whom I call the
Janet laughingly continued : “ Perhaps you will not be ties of the sex, which, however much they may be found
second Falstaff?" fault with, constitute, after all, the half of woman's charms.
“Now out upon thee for a saucy minx !" retorted the Nobody who knows any thing of human nature will dis
lady. “ What! the knight of the beetle brow and enorpute this. Look as grave as you will about it, it is no less
mous rotundity, whose eyes wander unceasingly over the true. Let a woman be gentle, affectionate, generous, and crowded board, seeking what they may devour, even while sincere_let her, above all, have a warm and tender heart; but if she mean either to please in society, or to cage (not filled trencher! The very king of turtle ! the lord of veni
the mouth is employed discussing the contents of a wellhet) a heart into herself for life, let her be a little fond of tormenting, and studiously avoid sameness ; suiting her day that I did not look well crammed. Heard ye ever the
son! the emperor of high feeding! He told me the other self with lady-like demeanour to the society she joins, and like to mention him to me yet enlivening withal by sprightliness and good temper. A
“ Hush, Olivia !” exclaimed the younger lady. little gravity-even a pretty pout—is a pleasing variety; but the former must never be of long continuance, nor the
through yon trees. There are three gentleinen coming this latter deepen into a frown.
way. If their wit keep pace with their speed, methinks It is credibly asserted that Lady Olivia Bulwer never
they might soon win a woman's heart. By their dress I frowned ; and I can believe it, gazing upon her picture as I
can tell them to be, the Baron of Burlybrook, the young do now; that noble brow looks as if formed for heaven's poet of Upton Lea, and the gentle Sir Huon de Grey-all own light to rest upon; and the clear blue eye tells of more
suitors for your fair hand, I suppose." feeling-ay, and more intellect also-than one would sup Lady Olivia shook her head, and, after a pause, replied :pose could consistently associate with her laughter-loving “ I love to tease that young poet; but, indeed, teasing a mouth. How nobly that gallant hawk sits upon her wrist ! poet does not give one, even moderately skilled in the art, But this is nought. It behoves me to tell how, in the end of much trouble, nature baving bestowed upon him a double the month of May, that fair lady leant her head upou her portion of nerves and spleen ; consequently you have only hand, in her own favourite bower, before which sloped a to work upon his infirmities; to cough, or gently sneeze, green lawn, studded, according to the fashion of the day, when he condemns you to a listener's task-or shrug, or with divers yew trees, cut into the semblance of peacocks, move your chair, or pet your dog ; when he expects congramonkeys, and other animals. Beside her sat her youthful tulation loud and lengthened, just seem oblivious, smile, cousin, the Lady Janet Melbourne, a gentle girl, who had and say, ' Surely in some quaint book I read that tale;' or, hardly numbered eighteen summers, and looked upon her-but Janet, here they come en masse ; and, by the mass, kinswoman—who, truth to say, was about five-and-twenty
a goodly looking trio !” -with mingled reverence and affection. Their conversa
The gentlemen entered the presence with courtly grace, cion proceeded as follows :
and were received with the courtesy which a well-born « When you urge me to marry, Janet,” said the Lady gentlewoman never fails to bestow even upon disagreeable Olivia, "
you speak even as an inexperienced girl; and yet I must, I suppose, sooner or later, resign my liberty to some
guests. I trow, however, they were not all disagreeable;
for a colour mounted to the lady's brow, lofty as it was, as lordly man, who will not thank me when the deed is done.
Sir Huon de Grey, bending lowly on one knee, touched the My estates are more than I can manage; and methinks that attention to matters of pounds, shillings, and pence, fingers of her embroidered glove respectfully with his lips. almost unsexes a woman ; certes, it destroys the finer feels | A gentleman, to my taste, never appears to such advantage ings of her heart, and leaves her what lago sneered at--a
as upon one knee, in the attitude which Chalon and great mathematician !"
Leslie alone can paint. It would be much better than the “ Cousin, cousin,” interrupted Janet, “ you shall not so cut-and-dry bow, or attempt at it, which they make nowslander yourself in my presence: but, indeed, 'tis hard to a-days, when removing that ugly composition of felt or choose from among so many gallant cavaliers as wait your beaver from their odd-looking cropt heads: it would, I pleasure. Let us canvass their claims to your affections. think, be better, and more graceful, at all events, whenever What say you to the good Colonel Kinlock, with his crab- they entered into a lady's presence, to prostrate themselves, tree emblem and his noble plaid ? I pray you be merry, as in duty bound. I wish the king would be graciously cousin. I will not say a word of Sir Huon de
pleased to bring it into fashion. When he does, I am cerThere, do not look angry, but tell me how you are affected tain it will be universally adopted. For my own part, I to Kinlock ?
conceive it the very height of ill-breeding for a man to treat
a woman as his equal. Sir Huon de Grey was a true-born | words, so softly that they could not be heard even by Sir gentleman, and perhaps too proud of being so; he had Huon. Lady Olivia bowed her head, and Janet proceeded. known the Lady Olivia for many years, and, it was con « Gentles three, proceed to the bottom of the lawn, and jectured, loved her ;--nay, it was even said, she loved him, choose, from out the parterre, each a flower. He who bring although he had never 'declared his passion ;-but be that here Lady Olivia Bulwer's favourite of the garden shall have as it may, he never flattered her vanity, nor praised her her hand,—is it not so, cousin ?" follies; he seemed to regard her more as a brother does a Olivia again bowed her head. sister, and even calmly looked on the attentions paid by “ Tarry, tarry!" said the Baron of Burlybrook, in his other lovers to the richly-dowered lady. Many called him usual gruff voice, “What mummery is this! How are we fool for this, but he heeded it not. At this meeting, how to know but you or her ladyship may elect her favourite ever, there was a marked difference in his manner-an agi- flower on the instant ?-Lady Janet Melbourne, I am an tation, an earnestness, that the ladies could not account Englishman.” for. The Baron of Burlybrook at length spoke ; and “ It little needed your telling it, Sir; for no other would while twisting the long feather of his velvet hat carefully be guilty of the rudeness of supposing a lady would change around his finger by way of pastime, commenced thus: her emblem for the sake of a man. Hie! and do my bid.
“ My friend of Upton Lea—for friends we are, despite ding.” the honourable rivalship which the love (“ adoration” in. “ It pleaseth me much," said the poet; « and I will terrupted the poet) of you has occasioned—has penned some gladly submit to such a test, if those gentlemen will also." verses to your beauty, and, if it would pleasure you to hear “ I consent,” replied Sir Huon de Grey. them, will read them now. I cannot woo in verse; yet we “ How can I be assured as to the emblem," persisted the both pray you to decide our fate this day, as our affection burly Baron. can nu longer brook the delay with which we have been “ Out, infidel !" laughed lady Janet; “ but I can use tortu red."
sure you a wreathe of her favourite flower is painted on the “ Worshipping, as we do!” concluded the poetaster, un. first page of her private tablets, which the eye of man has folding the perfumed paper, from which he read the follow
never yet rested on." ing lines :
“ Enough,” growled forth the Baron, as with the post ai “ Hail, woman, haill the star of hope, whose rays
Upton Lea, and Sir Huon de Grey, he departed.
“ Are you certain that he cannot mistake ?" said Lady Shining and smiling on each path we tread,
Olivia, as she watched their receding figures.
“Quite, quite !" replied the Lady Janet. # Once, when
speaking of your taste, I told him; and his smiles convinced All that is lovely, all that's fair, is thine;
me he has not forgotten; besides I made a V with any fisBright while it rises, dear to its decline!
gers; and after that, you know" • Oh, woman! woman!-soul of love and truth 1
“ Ay, girl, how my heart beats !_dear Huon !_And yet Joy of our manhood, transport of our youth!
it is but half a triumph : I should have liked better, if his The only hope when pleasures fade away,
love had conquered his pride."
“ You would not have respected him so much, though;
and is not that necessary for love's existence ?-But come, « I pray thee peace !" said the Lady Olivia, laughing. are you not grateful to me for getting you breathing time ? “ Dost think, good Sir Poet, that we do not know our ex- The power of speech had left you. Good, my cousin, I cellences already! Entertain us with a song that is new, would not be in love for the world ! As I live they are if it please ye-not with such a strain as that."
coming, but each has encompassed his flower in a broad green “ Your attention for one moment," interrupted Sir Huon, leaf of the giant peony, fearful lest the sun should tine ius advancing from a recess in the arbour, from whence he had beauty !" marked the group_“Gentlemen, I never presumed once to It was a quaint sight to behold the three cavaliers precross your suit; whatever my feelings were, I restrained sent, on bended knee, to that stately lady, the flowers which them within my own breast. Lady Olivia, I was a penny- were to decide their fate. The lady spoke at first in a falter.. less Knight, and too proud to trust to a lady's purse for ing, but afterwards in a firm, voice. “ 'Tis beautiful and wealth ;-but times are changed : within a week I have been fragrant," said she to the poet, as he proffered her a white left a splendid fortune, which, together with a heart that has and fresh blown lily ; " but mark, it is cold and stately, long been yours, I now tender to you openly."
devoid of feeling; yet it opens its chalice with proud heartLady Olivia looked astonished, gratified, and confused. lessness to the flirting butterfly, as well as to the industrious She could not reply, but sat, the colour now advancing, now bee, which proves it to be as undiscriminating as it is rain: fading from her cheek, when Lady Janet, with woman's moreover, even now the canker shelters 'neath its shade : 'tis ready wit, exclaimed, “Let me decide, let me answer for my not my favourite. cousin. Thus, then, gentlemen :-the Lady Olivia cannot « Most noble Baron, thy rose is glorious. I have seldom marry you all three, that is certain. Seeing, then, that seen so glowing or so beautiful a flower :-but it is gauds such is the case, she is willing to give you all the same and courts observation-it receives alike the homage of the chance of obtaining her hand.”
wise and foolish, and bestows its perfume on every zephyr « Janet ! Janet !” interrupted Lady Olivia.
that Airts amid its leaves ; it may be called the emblem of “ Hush ! do I not know best ? be quiet!” continued the voluptuousness, and so it cannot be fit for a lady's bosom." lively girl, as she pressed her rosy fingers to the lady's lips ; The colour on her cheek, as she extended her taper fingers then, in her cousin's ear, she whispered one or two gentle to take the simple offering (it was but a deep-blue violet) of