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COPYRIGHT, 1886,
BY HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY.

RIVERSIDE, CAMBRIDGE :
ELECTROTYPED AND PRINTED BY

8. 0. HOUGHTON AND COMPANY.

CONTENTS.

Art, L

590

PAGE
About the Pacific

690
Americana

Justin Winsor

317
American Soldier in China, An

A. A. Hayes

193

133
Aryan Homestead, The

E. P. Evans

633
Balzac, Honoré de

George Frederic Parsons

834
Brother to Dragons, A

289
Brown, John

272
Children, Past and Present

Agnes Repplier

508
Classic and Romantic

Frederic Henry Hedge.

309
Country Gentleman, A

M. 0. W. Oliphant

99, 230
Dulbam Ladies, The .

Sarah Orne Jewett

455
Folk Tales

419
Free Negroes of North America, The

David Dodge

20
Garrison, William Lloyd

120
Genesis of Bird-Song, The .

Maurice Thompson

613
Glimpse at 1786, A

Edward Stanwood

777
Golden Justice, The

William Henry Bishop

620, 721
Grant

Thomas Wentworth Higginson

384
Half Score New Novelists, A

258
Historical Methods

553
In the Clouds

Charles Egbert Craddock 1, 200, 389, 517, 669,

816
James, Crawford, and Howells

850
Longfellow .

702
Marsh Rosemary

Sarah Orne Jewett
Memories of London.

W. J. Stillman

601
Ministerial Responsibility and the Constitution

Abbot Lawrence Lowell

180
Mohl's, Madame, Salon

560
Morris, Gouverneur

Henry Cabot Lodge

433
Mulford, Elisha

H. E. Scudder

862
New Portfolio, The

Oliver Wendell Holmes

91, 369
On the Present Condition and Prospects of Architecture

Henry Van Brunt

874
Political Consequences in England of Cornwallis's Surrender at
Yorktown

John Fiske

46
Princess Casamassima, The

Henry James 66, 145, 326, 485, 645, 789
Problems of the Scarlet Letter

Julian Hawthorne

471
Reformation of Charity

D. 0. Kellogg

449
Responsible Government under the Constitution

Woodrow Wilson

542
Rhapsody of Clouds .

254
Roman Gentleman under the Empire, A.

Harriet Waters Preston

741
Salem Cupboards

Eleanor Putnam

220
Shakespearean Scholar, A

408
Shylock vs. Antonio

Charles Henry Phelps

463
Some French Illustrations .

563
Statue of Leif Erikson, The

Henry Van Brunt

813
Stedman's Poets of America

128
Stuart, General J. E. B.

415
Tennyson : the Conservative

423
Travel and Art.

276
Two Bites at a Cherry

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

81
United States, The, after the Revolutionary War

John Fiske

351
Valentine's Chance

Lillie Chace Wyman

763
Waldstein's Art of Pheidias

698
Weakness of the United States Government under the Articles of
Confederation

John Fiske

577

Barter, Julie K. Wetherill

Before Sunrise in Winter, Andrew Hedbrooke

Coup de Grace, The, Andrew Hedbrooke .

Eve's Daughter, Andrew Hedbrooke

Glaucus, Edith M. Thomas

Heart's Call, The, Edith M. Thomas
Hidden Forces, A. M. Libby .
Homestead, The, John Greenleaf Whittier
King Raedwald, Helen Gray Cone

POETRY.

90 Life Beyond, Christopher Pearse Cranch .

507 Prisoners, Paul Hermes
815

Revelation, John Greenleaf Whittier
368 Salutation, A, Louise Imogen Guiney
45

Secret Out, The, Paul Hermes

612

Sesames, Helen Jackson

148 Sibylline Bartering, Andrew Hedbrooke

178

Thrush, The

761 To Zeuxis, W. W, Story

BOOK REVIEWS.

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McClellan's Life and Campaigns of Major-General

J. E. B. Stuart

415

McClellan's Oblivion

Morse's Japanese Homes and their Surroundings 694
O'Meara's Madame Mohl; her Salon and her
Friends

561

Percival's Roumanian Fairy Tales

423

Picard's A Mission Flower

265
Pyle's Within the Capes

264

Sanborn's Life and Letters of John Brown . 272

Schuyler's Colonial New York

557

Schwatka's Along Alaska's Great River

693
Stedman's Poets of America

128
Sullivan's Roses of Shadow

263
Tennyson's Tiresias and Other Poems

423
Tiernan's Suzette

268

Villars' Le Monde Pittoresque et Monumental 568

Waldstein's Essays on the Art of Pheidias

698
White's Studies in Shakespeare .

409

Winsor's Narrative and Critical History of Amer-

ica ..

565

CONTRIBUTORS' CLUB.

Books of Refuge, 710; Charms of Similitudes, The, 282 ; Cheerfulness of Birds, The, 138 ; Crazy-Quilt Memory,

The, 570 ; Dialect Difficulties, 136; Dictionaries for Different Ages, 565; Fairview or Plainfield, 126; Friend-

ship Ideal and Actual, 571; “H” Malady Again, The, 715; Hap-Hazard of our Friendships, The, 857 ; In-

voluntary Poetry, 858 ; Is there a New Poet ? 429 ; Monotony of our Minds, The, 427; Nature as an Intimate,

567 ; On Keeping the Peace, 281 ; Pseudonyms, 427 ; Russian Mournfulness, The, 280 ; Secret of the Charm in

Certain Sonnets, The, 713; Sir Oracle, 568; Simple Story, A, 139; “ Wanted, A Friend," 712 ; “ Wires

Down," 572

BOOKS OF THE MONTH

141, 284, 431, 574, 717, 860

THE

ATLANTIC MONTHLY:

A Magazine of Literature, Science, Art, and Politics.

Vol. LVII. - JANUARY, 1886. No. CCCXXXIX.

IN THE CLOUDS.

I.

for hours on a rock on the summit,

smoking his pipe and idly watching the In the semblance of the cumulus- varying aspects of the great peak. Somecloud from which it takes its name, times it was purple against the azure charged with the portent of the storm, heavens ; or gray and sharp of outline the massive peak of Thunderhead tow- on faint green spaces of the sky; or ers preëminent among the summits of misty, immaterial, beset with clouds, as the Great Smoky Mountains, unïque, if the clans had gathered to claim the impressive, most subtly significant. changeling

What strange attraction of the earth “ 'Pears-like ter me ez I could n't laid hold on this vagrant cloud-form? herd cattle along of a mo' low-sperited, What unexplained permanence of des- say-nuthin' critter ’n ye be, Ben,” his tiny solidified it and fixed it forever in partner said one day, sauntering up the the foundations of the range?

slope and joining him on the summit. Kindred thunderheads of the air lift “ Ye jes' set up hyar on the bald an' above the horizon, lure, loiter, lean on gape at Thunderhead like ez ef ye war its shoulder with similitudes and con- berest. Now, down in the cove ye altrasts. Then with all the buoyant lib- ways air toler'ble good company, — nimerties of cloudage they rise, - rise! ble-tongued ez ennybody.”

Alas! the earth clasps its knees; the He thrust his cob-pipe into his mouth mountains twine their arms about it; and pulled away silently at it, gazing at hoarded ores of specious values weigh the smoke as it curled up with delicate

It cannot soar! Only the sinuosity and transparently blue. cumbrous image of an ethereal thing! Ben Doaks did not reply at once. Only the ineffective wish vainly fash- There was no need of haste on Piominioned like the winged aspiration ! go

Bald. It may have said naught of this to “ Waal, I dunno but it air a sorter Ben Doaks, but it exerted strenuous lonesome place, au’a-body don't feel fascinations on the sense alert to them. much like talkin' no-ways,” he drawled at Always he turned his eyes toward Thun- last. “ But ye 'll git used ter it, Mink,” derhead, as he came and went among he added, in leisurely encouragement. his cattle on the neighboring heights of “ Ye'll git used ter it, arter a while.” Piomingo Bald, a few miles distant to Mink looked down disconsolately at the northeast. Often he left the herd- the vast array of mountains below him er's cabin in the woods below, and sat on every side. The nearest were all

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tinged with a dusky purple, except for that hung down upon his collar, curling the occasional bare, garnet - colored like a cavalier’s. He had a keen, clear stretches of the "fire-scalds," relics of profile, a quickly glancing, restless dark the desolation when the woods were eye, and his complexion was tanned to burned in the autumn; the varying tints a rich tint that comported well with the were sublimated to blue in the distance; out-door suggestions of his powder-horn then through every charmed gradation and belt and shot-pouch, which he wore, of ethereal azure the ranges faded into although his rifle was at the cabin. He the invisible spaces that we wot not of. maintained the stolid gravity characterThere was something strangely over- istic of the mountaineer, but there was whelming in the stupendous expanse of a covert alertness about him, a certhe landscape. It abashed the widest tain sharpness of attention almost inliberties of fancy. Somehow it discon- imical, and slow and dawdling as he was certed all past experience, all previous be gave the impression of being enprejudice, all credence in other condi- dowed with many an agile unclassified tions of life. The fact was visibly pre- mental faculty. sented to the eye that the world is made His eyes followed the flight of a bird of mountains.

soaring in great circles high above the That finite quality of the mind, aptly “bald,” sometimes balanced motionless expressing itself in mensuration, might in mid-air, — a pose of ineffable strength find a certain relief in taking note of and buoyancy, -- then majestically cirthe curious“ bald” itself, — seeming cling as before. some seventy or eighty bare acres on the “ That thar buzzard 'pears ter be summit. Wild grass grows upon its a-loungin' around in the sky, a-waitin' gradual slope; clumps of huckleberry fur we-uns ter die,” he said, lugubriously. bushes appear here and there ; occa- Doaks broke with an effort from his sional ledges of rock crop out. A hardy reverie, and turned his languid gaze on flower will turn a smiling face respon- the malcontent herder. sive to the measured patronage of the “In the name o' heaven, Mink Lochilly sunshine in this rare air. The rey,” he said solemnly, “what is it ye solemnity of the silence is broken only do like ter do?” by the tinkling of cow-bells, faint, far, Despite the spark of irritation in his from the herds of cattle among the eye, he seemed colorless, especially as woods lower down on the mountain contrasted with his comrade. lle had side.

a shock of fair hair and a light brown “I never kin git used ter it,” said beard; the complexion which is the Mink, desperately. “I never kin git complement of this type had freckled in used ter hevin' sech dumbness about me, its exposure to the sun instead of tanan' seein' the time go so slow. 'Pears ning, and added its original pallor to the ter me some fower or five hunderd year negative effect. He had good features, sence we eat bre’kfus, - an' I ain't inconsequent in their lack of any marked hongry, nuther."

peculiarity except for the honest, candid Ile was a tall, singularly lithe man look in the serious gray eye. He too of twenty four or five, clad in a suit of wore a broad white wool hat and a suit brown jeans. He wore his coat closely of brown jeans. buttoned over his blue-checked cotton Mink gazed at his companion with shirt, for the August days are chilly on an expression of brightening interest. Piomingo Bald. His broad-brimmed He found himself and his own idiosynwhite wool hat was thrust back on his crasies, even when berated, more agreehead, showing his tousled auburn hair able to contemplate than the mountains.

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