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Colonel's face with a vague anguish. But she, too, selves in someway occupied a position parallel to a “bruiser,” one of the “ fancy,” a prize-fighter, in had her reflections. Never till that moment had she Lyman's.

short, and imagined that he was on the look-out for so deeply felt the curse of her greatness.

At length he felt that he must yield or die. Each big men, to prove the strength of that athletic A suitable husband that is a giant, a monster day he grew paler and more haggard in appearance, frame of his! It was a weary task that, giant. like herself And this man before her, whose first whilst his strong frame grew gaunt, and his fingers hunting. glance in the railway car had made him the idol of looked long and thin as an old man's.

Nevertheless, an occasional seven-foot man her dreams, who in her eyes was already a Demi- Blanche, whose youth and innocence sustained turned up; and John never failed to make his acGod. She must not even dare to dream of pleasing her, though herself consumed with love for her quaintance, and drink with him at bars, and otherhim—she who could have knelt down and kissed his handsome benefactor, did not understand the condi-wise conciliate his friendship. But they were, for feet; she who had a heart so full of love, and for the tion of her friend s mind. She dimly comprehended the most part, huge, ignorant, good-natured clowns, first time felt it beat in sympathy with another's ! that she could never be happy—that is, his wife ; no more fitted to charm the delicate and intelligent

The position was sublimely embarrassing. Be- but she imagined that her misfortune rather in- Blanche Hendrickson, than a statue of the Indian tween two noble natures a difference of twelve Auenced the young colonel's taste and feelings, than god, Bramah, with three heads, or a Greek centaur. inches became an abyss without bottom, from which his conventional instincts. She did not know that At length, on the banks of the Mississippi, Lyman arose the incense of a passion without remedy, and her love was returned, much less that it was recog- fell in with a young man, scarcely two-and-twenty without hope.

nized by Lyman. She imagined that her secret was years of age, who seemed to be the very object of The next day Blanche was comfortably installed her own, and she wept, when alone in bed, many a his search. He had more than the required seven in handsome apartments, where every attention was long hour, over the almost utter hopelessness of her feet; his figure was well-proportioned, if somewhat paid to her, and the possibility of annoyance from im- position.

slender;

dark curling hair, a face glowing with pertinent curiosity carefully guarded against. Every

In such large physical natures, the passions often health, black fiery cyes, and an innocent naïvetè in day the Colonel came to the door in his carriage, Lake an unusual developement. Blanche suffered his gestures and language, at once captivated the and drove out with her into the country, where they terribly. A slow fever consumed her life. She colonel's favor. He had been tolerably well eduwalked and talked comparatively unobserved, wbilst, poured out her soul in verse; and it was the acci- cated at St. Louis, and had been engaged in various to save her the unpleasantness of entering stores, dental discovery of one of these effusions that com- enterprises. But his tastes were literary, and when he himself bought all, and more than she could pletely opened the eyes of Lyman to the spiri- he found in Lyman a man of superior attainments possibly require for the purposes of her toilette and tual relations established between himself and his and communicative mind, he at once formed'an enher art. protegée.

thusiastic friendship for the accomplished stranger. Now, if John Lyman had one vice or rather virtue

One day, the Colonel determinately put the ques. Many days did not elapse before the young giant in excess,

it was pride, and.“ by pride the angels tion to himself :" Shall I, or shall I not, marry Blanche had confessed to Lyman that to visit New York was fell." Hendrickson ?"

the great object of his ambition, but that the meanis He loved Blanche for her sweet, gentle, noble dis- After a brief but terrible struggle, pride and were wanting. The Colonel instantly offered to position ; he burned with admiration for her lovely vanity-or, if you like it better, wisdom and pra- supply them; nor was it many weeks before Walter face, her polisised shoulders so dazzlingly white, her dence-gained the victory over passion. But far Long, whose name curiously harınonized with his fcct and hands so small, in proportion, and her nobler and more generous was the inotive which height, found himself cstablished in the Enpiro movements so dignified and graceful—so like a bom dictated the next resolution of John Lyman. City, introduced to tho editors of the best papers empress of mortality! But his infernal pride con- Unable to wed Blanche himself, he determined to and magazines, and making his way as rapidly as quered even passion One step further, and he sacrifice his own feelings utterly, and to find her, if could be expected along that stony causeway, which knew that all escape would be impossible. He knew possible, a husband whose own loftiness of stature some call “ literature," some the “press," and a few that she loved him. He read the dreamy voluptuous might raise him above ridicule, and present a con- of us, who have the insanity to set up as poets sadness of her eyer, over which the whit, eyelids sistent appearance to the world.

and martyrs, by a name which can be more gracedrooped so languidly, with unerring penetration.

No sovner

was the idea conceived, than the fully expressed in Italian than English-the InHe knew that he had but to breathe the word " love,''Colonel, with the enthusiasm of a martyr, hastened ferno. and that all—the dreamy eyes, the polished shoulders, to put it into execution. He pleaded inevitable Nevertheless, Walter suffered less than many the queenlike shape, aye and the queenlike soul, would business, took an affectionately fraternal farewell of from literary trials and disappointments. His mobe his -- his to possess without reserve, as freely, as the heart bruken Blanche, and at once commenced desty and candor predisposed in his favor many a generously given, as he had freely and generously his voyage of discovery.

hardened old editor, while liis gigantic figure savci given his brotherly assistance to poor Blanche “Are there any tall men in your town ?” he en- him at least from being passed over without attenherself.

quired of the landlord, barkeeper, or waiters, at every tion, or forgotten when once known. Also the But he recoiled from the thought of seduction town he arrived at.

Colonel had introduced him to Blanche Hendrickson, from nobility of principle; and, alas! recoiled yet

“ Guess there are !"

and Walter was in the vortex of all the doubts, fears, more strongly from the idea of a love involving so

“ A few, I reckon."

and glowing illusions of a first and serious passion. humiliating a contrast as his fancy suggested, in

“ One or two, sir."

Blanche could not fail to appreciate his good quali. flights, which it is neither necessary nor desirable

" Piles of 'em!"

ties, and admire his talent. Neither could she fail to follow. As for marriage, he dared not face the

Lots--heap8—any amount !"

to feel a certain degree of sympathy with a young ridicule inseparable from the idea-and yet he

These were the usual replies to his first inquiry. man afllicted, like herself, with a peculiarity so trouloved, loved deeply, passionately, irresistibly. But

“What do you mean by tall men ?'' said the blesome and so incurable.

Colonel. John was mad, and pride was his keeper.

" It is all right," said the wise Colonel. Often, whilst seated by the side of Blanche, when

“Why, sir, there's Joe Baggs, or Jack Straw, or course, they will love one another; they are young, her excessive tallness became less conspicuous, he Ton Nollekens (as the case might be), stands a good handsomo, well-matched—I have done my duty as a forgot for an instant the chasnı that divided them ; six foot two (or three-perhaps four) in his stock-man." And John Lyman, after amply providing for and was on the verge of wildly clasping her fresh ings !"

the wants of his protéges, started for Europe by the young beauty to his broad honest breast, and lavish- · Have you nothing bigger to show than that?" Liverpool stcamer. ing untold kisses upon lips which seemed expressly said Juhn Lyman contemptuously.

He travelled through France and Italy, and visited created for kissing !-suddenly, the recollection of “Well, surely,” said more than one of the men Greece, Turkey, and Egypt. From time to time be her e tature would rush back upon his heart like a thus questioned, “ you are the sort of a man to lick received letters from Blanche and Walter. An unstream of ice-water, and the revulsion of feeling a tolerably big 'un. Hows’ever, there's Joe Bagys satisfactory gloom scemed to pervade the writings produced a languid sense of despairing grief, which ain't no chicken either.” &c.

of both. Blanche spoke more of his progress in is scarcely conceivable to those who have not them.

Poor John! they took him for a “fighting man,” | literature than of Walter himself. Walter spoke

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much of Blanche, but without arriving at any conses

erection of these buildings, their zeal receiving every

BE LLS. sion such as the Colonel expected. After eighteen

possible encouragement from the Romish Church, muntlıs absence, his affairs compelled Lyman to THE history of bells, in some form or other, goes is in effect it does from the Protestant Church at

this day. The Abbot of Croyland (Turketul), in the re:urn to America.

back to a very remote antiquity, and comOn arriving in New York, the Colonel's first visit menced, doubtless, when the sonorous quality of tenth century, one of the oldest ecclesiastical estabwas to Walter.

metals was first known; and when in addition, it lishments in England, bestowed upon bie abbey The young giant was seated at a table corered by was found out that a hollow shape was more capa.ric, his successor, added to this six more bells, which

a great bell, which he named “ Guthlac ;” and Egela confused pile of papers. His eyes were sunken, ble of vibration, and consequently of giving forth a his features were pale and thin, and his expression sound than any other. Bells were known to the

he also denominated Pega, Beda, Tatwin, Turketul, one of sombre desperation.

Jews, for a tinkling instrument is spoken of in the Betelem, and Bartholomew. These bells were so He welcomed the Colonel cordially, but with the days of Moses, and small bells were afterwards admirably proportioned, that they were in tune with feeblest of siniles. attached to the priestly robes. The Greek, Roman, of them, that “ they made a wonderful harmony, and

“Guthlac;" and Ingulphus, a monkish writer, says "I am glad you have returned,” he said gloomily. and other nations, used them in religious ceremo- there was not at that time such a well-tuned peal of Why so, Walter ?" nies, as they did for facilitating the duties of the

bells in all England." · I have a letter for you." household, and for the general purposes of life.

This was the origin, no doubt, of that peculiar " From whom?"

Strabo, the historian, states, that the responses of From Blanche." the oracle in the vocal woods of Dodona were partly has characterised it as being the country for scien

taste and fashion for bell-ringing in England which “A leter from Blanche!" exclaimed the Colo- conveyed by bells, and a monument erected by the tific and musical ringing beyond all others. Hitherto nel. “Where is it? Why does she give you let- gratitude of the Romans, upon a certain occasion, to the resources of the art had been undreamt of, a ters for me?"

Porsenna, was decorated with pinnacles, surmounted “ Here it is.”

mere mechanical order and a regular succession of by bells ; and towards the end of the fourth cen- sounds being all that was attempted. In an old "To Colonel John Lyman-to be opened after my túry, Paulinus, Bishop of Nola, introduced them the work on the “ Art of Bell-ringing” (dated 1688), wo death! When did she give you this ?"

first into the Christian Church, for the calling toge- have laid down, according to the true principles of Yesterday."

ther of people of worship, and from thence they harmony, cvery possible change of diatonic sound “ She was then alive ?"

gradually spread their uses abroad in all the churches “ Yes, but confined to her bed."

from two bells up to twelve, many passages of which of the Western Empire, and were finally adopted by The Colonel tore open the letter unscrupulously, the Greek Church, though the people of the East eccentric, but very great musicians. As a rule, they

are only to be found in the compositions of soine and read almost at a glance the brief contents- have a dislike to bells; and when the mosque sup- are totally new, perhaps irreconcilable ; but Bee“ I love you; I die! Nature afflicted me with planted the Christian Church in Constantinople, thoven and Spohr have taught us, that the impossi

bells were disused, the sound being, lo this day, a ble in music must no longer exist. Thus, in the her curse! Think with kindness of, • Yours, eternally,

BLANCHE."
horror and an abomination to a true Moslem. Con-

arrangement of natural sounds without the intersidering how discordantly they must have been rung vention of any semi-tone, flat or sharp, on twelvo Poor Blanche!

at those early periods, this is not to be wondered at. bells, can be produced the immense number of fortyThe Colonel flew rather than ran towards the Indeed, we have a furtive hint of this dislike to

seven thousand nine hundred millions sixteen thousand house in which Blanche Hendrickson lived. He bells, conveyed without comment, as if the quaint changes ! ascended the stairs, three at a stride, and in another but enthusiastic writer told the incident of a stern

It appears that bells, as associated with charches, instant was at the bed-side of his beloved. When sense of truth and duty, which would otherwise became in England of very general use at a very she saw him Blanche half rose, and involuntarily have willingly been passed over.

In the “ Clavis

early time. In one of the excerpts of Egbert (one stretched out her arms. John Lyman folded her to Campanalogia,” we read that “the city of Bor- of the last of the Saxon kings in 750), he comhis heart. They told all their love ; with a thousand deaux was deprived of its bells for rebellion, and mands that the priest shall, at the proper hours, kisses they repaid themselves for their long suffer. when it was offered to have them restored, the peo- have the bells summoning people to church sounded, ings. But it was too late. That night Blanche ple refused it, after having tasted the ease and con- and thus to the religious sentiment they assisted to burst a blood vessel in the lungs, and died in the veniency of being freed from the constant din and contribute a harmony of sound and of order, by arms of her lover.

jangling of bells.We can imagine how the marking the divisions of time, which sen:iment we Towards evening of the next day, a sombre figure writer must have pitied the lack of skill among cling to as to one of the dearest and most suggestive ascended like a spectre the stairs of Walter's abode. them!

of our old associations. There was a confused crowding and talking in the

When the Greek Church, therefore, succumbed to Most of the old classic writers have made men. room as the pallid stranger entered. A dead body the religion of the Prophet, their bells were dc- tion of bells. The early Egyptians are stated to was propped up in an arm chair, and a small double stroyed, save such as existed in remote situations, have used a bell, but one of such singular nalure barreled pistol was lying on the door. Walter had as at Mount Athos for instance, from whence the and construction as cannot very well be coinprecommitted suicide.

sound could never reach the ears of the irate hended, much less described. It was of wood, and “Behold your work!" said a voice. infidel.

beaten with a hammer of the same material. The But it was a voice which caused no air to vibrate.

The sizes of bells, as the art of casting advanced, sound must have been of a most mournful and even It was the voice of John Lyman's conscience.

were considerably increased in the sixth century. lugubrious nature, if we remember the little vibra

In 610, Clothaire II., Emperor of France, while be- tion there is in this substance.
SONNET TO ALEXANDER SMITII.

sieging the city of Sens (Champaigne), is said to Bells were baptized with much pomp and reverА

NAME is sounded o'er the breathless world, have been so dreadfully alarmed at the sound of the One can scarcely doubt but that the brave
And fame's broad banner is again unfurled,

great bells of St. Stephen's Church, that he and his old Abbey of Croyland witnessed more than one imTo float in triumph o'er a poet's head,

forces retreated in dismay, and abandoned the pressive ceremonial on the dedication of its joyous Mighty as those who slumber with the dead; Mighty as those, who in the olden time siege.

and musical bells. We have authentic records of Struck the loud lyre. and built the deathless rhyme, In England, bel's became generally adopted with their baptism since that time. In the pages of the Unheralded and unannounced, he came,

the extension of parish churches, and hence was chronicler Weever, the bells of the priory in DunAnd all the earth grew brighter for his fame.

necessitated that graceful addition to the religious moy (in Essex) were baptized by the names of St. So on a sudden, from black clouds of night, The sun bursts forth. Nooding the air with light.

edifice, the tower or belfry, these being built to the Michael, St. John, the Virgin Mary, the Holy All hail to thee, young hard. of promise rare ! utmost height that the funds of the church or the Trinity, &c. In the year 1876, the great bell of All hail to thee, whose brows already wear

skill of the architect could carry them; and it be- Nôtre Dame was baptized by the name of the Duc Bays bright and deathless! In all Scotia's past

came an element of religious zeal among the devout, d'Angouleme. Scarcely a dozen years had passed, There's not a name lottier than thine, cho' last.

as to who could bequeath the largest gifts for the ' however, when religion had been voted extinct, and

ence.

JOHN C. MILLS.

which the world boasts of as wonders of the founder's art :-Great Bell of St. Paul's, 8,400 pounds ; Great Tom of Lincoln, 9,894; Great Tom of Osford, 17,000; Bell of the Palazzo, Florence, 17,000; St. Peter's, Rome, 18,607; Great Bell, Erfurth, 28,224 ; St. Ivan's Bell, Moscow, 127,836 ; Bell of the Kremlin, 443,772 ; which last, broken and suspended, is the admiration of travellers. Its metal has been valued at the enormous sum of £66,565 sterling, and in its fusion the devotion of the people produced great quantities of gold and silver, thrown in as votive offerings.

Next to the Russian bells, as to size, are those of China, and perhaps for tone, their sonorous metals, or, to speak more properly, the proportion of alloy of which they manufacture their bells and gongs, is not to be excelled by those of any other country. Bells are not, however, in any general use among them, for, since the native princes were displaced by a Tartar dynasty in 1644, they have almost fallen into total desuetude.

The Emperor Yong-lo, who began his reign in 1403, and transferred the seat of government from Nankin to Pekin, celebrated the event by casting nine bells, of enormous bulk, one of which was of iron. Seven of them were to be seen about the middle of the seventeenth century, and were said to be exceedingly well cast. One had a diameter of 12 feet 11 inches, and was 13 inches thick. They were struck also with wooden tongues, but there is a difference of opinion as regards the tone produced existing among writers.

In the festive seasons of the year, with what a fervid gladness do the brave bells cast their wild and melodious cadences into the space around them! How joyously do they welcome in Christmas! How lustily do they bid adieu to the old year, and welcome the new one in, with the clamor that is like the thunder of an organ! In the stillness of the Sabbath morning, their summons to the worship of the Creator takes a solemnity that is most impres

sive, and they thus lend their voice to the “praise [ST. ILAN S BELL, MOS cow.)

and the glory of God” with as much reality and zeal unnecessary, and the Almighty declared as fabulous | torian (Major) writes, in 1518, that “whilst he was

as the whole inanimate universe is, with one accord, as Jupiter by the voices of those philosophical and of Christ's College, he frequently lay in his bed to testifying to the grandeur and the majesty of the

Giver of all good! revolutionary writers, who taught the people infi- hear the meiody of the bells, which were rung early delity combined with science. This ceremonial in the morning on festivals, and being near the river

To the poets, bells have been suggestive of imamust have been of significant consequences. Alcuin (so the college stands) was heightened by the rever-gery as powerful

, apt, and beautiful, as any that

earth, air, and sea ever offered. Hamlet in his mad(a learned English ecclesiastic), who lived in the beration from the water." time of Charlemagne, and who was held in much In the commencement of the sixteenth century

ness is mourned by the “fair Ophelia” as one whose

mind had become “ like sweet bells jangled out of respect by that monarch, states that the christening, eight bells were hung in churches, and as the numor the blessing, of bells had become an established ber (the octave of music) suggested the varying of tune;" and Orlando, when wandering with good usage in the seventh century. melody, the art of ringing made such vast strides, old Adam in the forest of Arden, adjures the Duke

and his “co-mates” to grant them both relief, when After the ringing of church-bells had been estab- that in 1677 a scientific treatise was published, enlished as a science, though even then not by any titled “ Campanalogia,” or the art of ringing. By

exhausted by weariness and languor, if they have means perfect, it was customary with many to leave the end of the same century, the number had been

“Ever been where bells have knelled to church"donations in their wills, as a gift to the ringers for increased to ten, and subsequently to twelve, at which And his petition is assented to—they attending at certain hours on certain days named. number we believe they now remain.

“ – have with holy bell been knolled to church." Nell Gwynne, who is said to have “possessed every The statistics of bells in the British Islands, at Among those who are considered as having carvirtue but that of chastity," left for the bell-ringers the beginning of the present century were as fol- ried the art of bell-ringing in England to its greatest of the church of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, London, lows :—8 peals of 12 ; 43 do. of 10. About 500 height, are Francis Roberts, author of cater-ringing, a sum for a weekly entertainment of this kind. peals of 8 ; 600 do. of 6; 300 do. of 5: no mention and George Gross, who created a peal of 7,001

The first regular peal of bells, traced out by a being made of those smaller churches, which possess changes. The names of Stedman and Anable, too, genuine lover of the art, was a peal of five, that, in but one, the single monotonous tone of which, inces are held in high respect, while Holt and Charles 1456, was presented by Pope Calixtus III. to King's santly pealing for half an hour, is, indeed, enough to Wells receive their fair tribute at the hands of other College, Cambridge, where they remained till 1750, make the captious turn Turk, and go the length of historians. Also, the triumvirate, William Jones, the largest in the kingdom, the tenor weighing condemning the whole, for the suffering inflicted. John Reeves, and Thomas Blakemore, who wrote a 64,000 pounds, and it is of this peal that the his-/ Let us here add the weights of the great bells compendium of bell-ringing.

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THE BEAUTIFUL BEGGAR.

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A BALLA D.

IT

was in summer's brightest days,

Beneath a mighty tree, Good shelter from the noontido blaze,

Sat knights and ladies three.

Each laughing pair of lovers there

Conversed in merry mood, When lo! a girl with golden hair

Came slowly from the wood.
The sun had browned her sweet fair face,

IIer feet were travel-sore,
A mandolin with touching grace

Upon her arm she bore.
Right sweetly did she sing to them,

A tear in each blue eye,
That sparkled like some costly gem

Which sceptred monarchs buy.
And thus she spake—“O ladies fair!

O noble cavaliers'
Dy your bright eyes and beauty rare,

And by your matchless spears ! “I ask not silver for my song,

But golden pieces bright ;
For ye may love and revel long

Nor seo so sad a wight!
“ In Barbary, the Moslem's slave,

My lover sighs for me :
And I were rather in my grave,

Than thus, alone and free!
"He was the bravest of our youth,

And loved me when a child, And never treason to the truth,

His noble lips defiled! “ 'Tis for his ransom, that I sing

And beg from day to day, That I have sworn from earth to wring,

And for his freedom pay!" Then rose the first gay cavalier,

And said—“My pretty maid," Whilst brushing from his eye a tear,

“That ransom shall be paid ! “No gold bave I, my debts are long,

And sad to call to mind ; But I've a horse both young and strong,

For martial use designed. “ That horse is thine, its price will aid

To set thy lover free."“Nay, then, his ransom shall be paid !"

Cried knights and ladies three. The second knight his dagger gave,

The finest work of Spain ; His mantle trimmed with ermine brave,

The third to doff was fain. And each fair lady from her ear

Unloosed her rings of gold,
And gave them to her cavalier,

To help that maiden bold.
And by those knights and ladies three,

That ransom straight was paid,
And eke a happy wife was she,

That fair and faithful maid.
Nor ever lacked a charger knight

Who sat beneath that tree,
Nor ermined cloak, nor dagger bright,

To set a captive free.
But ladies fair and lovers brave,

All prospered from that day,
On which the noble spendthrifts gave

Their little al' away.

4.1.250K.SC.N.Y.

This very beautiful Engraving is from the pencil of the celebrated John Gilbert. It is intended as an illustration of the argument set forth in Tupper's Proverbial Philosophy upon the subject of "Mystery.” As a work of art it is a perfect gem, and does honor to Mr. Gilbert, whose able and prolific pencil is winning for him an exalted reputation both in England and this country. We have not room for Mr. Tupper's entire poem on this subject, but we quote a portion.

OF MYSTERY.

BY MARTIN F. TUPPER.

ALL mysteries ;

And yet the secret of them all is one in simple grandeur : All intricate, yet each path plain, to those who know the way ; All unapproachable, yet easy of access, to them that hold the key: We walk among labyrinths of wonder, but thread the mazes with a cluo ; We sail in chartless seas, but behold! tho pole-star is above us. For, counting down from God's good will, thou meltest every riddle Into Him, The anxiou of reason is an undiscovered God, and all things live in his ubiquity: There is only one great secret ; but that one hideth everywhere ; How should the infinite be understood in Time, when it stretcheth on ungrasped forever : Can a halting Edipus “ of the earth guess the enigma of the universe ? Not one ; the sword of faith must cut the Gordian knot of nature.

manners.

God, pervading all, is in all things the mystery of each ;

an uneasy glance upon M. D; "I want 1,500 The wherefore of its character and essence, the fountain of its virtuos and its beauties

francs for it.”
The child asketh of its mother.- Wherefore is the violet so sweet?

The young man uttered an exclamation of unaffected
The mother answe eth her babe,-Darling. God hath willed it.
And sages, diving into science, have but a profundity of words,

surprise.
They track for some few links the circling chain of consequence,

“ That is my price; I cannot take a sou less," And then, after doubts and disputations, are left where they began,

said the propriétaire, with an air of determined resoAt the bald conclusion of a clown, things are because they are.

luton.
Wherefore are the meadows green, is it not to gratify the eye ?
But why should greenness charm the cye ? such is God's good will.

“But, monsieur, it is exorbitant! You will never Wherefore is the car attuned to a pleasure in musical sounds,

let it at that rent !" And who set a number to those sounds, and fixed the laws of larinony.

“That is my business. I have as much right to Who taught the bird to build its ncst, or lent the shrub its life, Or poised in the bulances or order ine power to allract and to repel ;

ask a high price as you have to refuse it." Who continueth the world, and the sea, and the heart, in motion i

“But to-morrow will be quarter-day." Who commanded gravitation to tie down all upon its sphere ?

“ All the worse for me if I do not let it before." For even as a limestone cliff is an aggregate of countless shells, One riddle concrete of many, a mystery compact of mysteries,

· But, monsieur, I am compelled to move to-morSo God, cloudcapped in immensity, scandeth the cohesion of all thinga,

row morning. I had relied upon your room ; where And secrets, sublimely indistinct, permeate that Universe Himself:

am I to find another between this and then ?" As is the whole, so are the parts, whether they be mighty or minute, The sun is not more unexplained than the tissue of ammet's wing

“I cannot help that. I must have the 1,500. It is for you to take it or leave it.”

· Then I decide upon accepting,” replied the young A PAGE OF PARIS GOSSIP. cause it shakes the flooring, and endangers the man, for he was rich enough to pay the sacrifice,

safety of the best-built houses.” It was but the and so avoid the trouble of seeking another lodging WIT

ITH the month of June commences the season other day that an amusing scene took place between that night. of suburban excursions in Paris. The Pa- one of these despotic landlords and a young gen

• You accept !" cried the propriétaire.

“ You conrisians are slaves to usages and dates. From the

tleman well known to the circles of the Faubourg sent to pay 1,500 francs for a room that is only worth first day of this sunny month, and in despite of St. Honoré for his clegant person and agreeable 800! Then my suspicions were correct!” weather or circumstance, they hasten away to their

“What suspicions, monsieur? I do not undervilas at Asnières, Ville d'Avray, Bellevue, and

It seems that Monsieur D4, after having given stand you.” Nanterre. By a fortunate occurrence of time and notice to quit his apartment, had neglected to engage

Spare yourself useless falsehood, inonsieur. I labor, the railway of Auteuil has been lately opened, another. The fatal day approached, almost before see through your intentions, and I glory in defeating and now serves to convey the wearied habitués of he was aware of it, and he was obliged to go in your odious plans! You shall not lodge in my the salons to a new and charming colony of rural quest of another, for move he must on the morning house for any price, so there's an end of the residences lately built, called the Villa Montmo- of the second day. His search proved fortunate, matter !"

and his choice was soon made. rency, and situated in the pseudo Parc de Bonfiers,

In a pretty house

And he slammed the door in M. D-'s face, who near the pleasantest part of the Bois de Boulogne. in the Chausste d'Antin, he found a little room to turned away, persuaded that he had been dealing In peopling the park with all kinds of elegant let, with which he was greatly pleased.

with a madman. And. in fact, the man was a monoretreats, the builders have been careful to spare the

“I should have preferred a larger apartment," hcmaniac of jealousy, who imagined the whole world finest trees, and have contrived to leave them stand- said to the concierge," and one not so high as the were in league to rob him of the affections of his ing in the gardens of the various mansions. The fourth story ; but I have not time to seek a better. architecture is polygener, and every dwelling bears What is the rent ?”

A correspondent of the N. Y. “Conrier and Enits distinctive character. Here we find the Swiss

• Eight hundred francs a year," replied the boy. quirer" relates that during a visit to the Jardin des chalet, the Italian villa, the English cottage, and the

"M. D- had no obiection to economise a little, Plantes, in Paris, he strayed into the dominions of picturesque Russian homestead, ingeniously built the place suited him, and he hired it.

the hippopotamus. While leisurely regarding the amid a little shrubbery of firs and pines. The

" Très bien," said he, “I engage the room. Where unwieldy creature, a party of ladies and gentlemen Chateau and Parc de Bonflers became merged in the is the proprietor ?"

entered the enclosure from the opposite side. They Montmorency estates by the marriage of the Duchoss “ He lives in the house," replied the concierge; were preceded by the keeper of the animal, who de Bonflers with the Maréchal de Luxembourg. In

but to-day he has gone out with madame. Per- “ trotted him out” for their amusement. Among the changing owners, the estate changed its name, and haps Monsieur will leave his card.”

gentlemen of the party was one short, stout person, hence the suburb is called the Villa Montmorency.

M. DR left his card, paid a week's rent in in a round hat, brown frock, and gray pantaloonsTie Duchess de Bonflers of whom we speak was advance to secure the lodging, and departed with he being the only one who had his hat on. Among that amiable and spirituelle protectress of Jean the pleasant feeling of one who has a settled home. the ladies was a remarkably beautiful, modest-looking Jacques Rousseau, celebrated by Tressau in a The next evening he presented himself at the young lady, with the sweetest possible expression of chanson as flattering as it was severe.

house to see that all was in readiness for his arrival countenance, and clad in a simple dress of lilac It is supposed that the extension of the Parisian in the morning. The landlord made his appearance colored silk. From her evident simplicity and the Buburbs will induce many familes to adopt the Eng- at the door, the gentleman bowed, and addressed lively attention with which she regarded the movelish fashion of residing out of the city-an altera- him with the most exquisite sauvity.

ments of the animal, the visitor concluded that she tion which would seriously affect one class of persons “ It is I, monsieur. who have engaged your little was some innocent young flower, just transported in Paris, namely, the lodging-house keepers. These room on the fourth story."

from the wholesome atmosphere of a country garden. people, who call themselves "propriétaires,” and The propriétaire, a middle-aged and very plain man, At length the lady, familiarly taking the arm of the who are the terror of strangers and the bane of resi- looked at him with a suspicious and unwelcome air. short gentleman, turned to leave the spot, and a dents, have of late years arrogated the most absurd He was silent for a moment, and then speaking with chance glimpse of the gentleman's face explained rights to themselves, and, blinded by prosperity, \ ill-disguised embarrasment,

why all hats were off. The couple were the Emperor have not only augmented their terms to an uncon- “I beg your pardon sir,” he said, gruffly, " but and Empress of France. As they left the enclosciunable degree, but have imposed the most irksome there has been a mistake.”

sure to visit other parts of the menagerie, the hats and imperious conditions upon their hapless loca

“How so?"

of every one whom they passed were raised in affectaires Some will not suffer their inmates to have “My concierge was in error as to the rent of the tionate and respectful salutation, and the obeisance a piano; some interdict the presence of children, apartment.”

of all was received without ostentation by the Emunder the pretext that they are noisy and destruc- " He told me 800 francs."

peror, and rewarded with the sweetest of smiles by tive; others forbid their lodgers to give balls, “ be- “ There he was wrong," replied the other, fixing the Empress.

pretty wife.

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