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his tone softened. “Now is my heart One morning, in the beautiful month of inclined to pity thee.” After a short May, Donagha was quietly smoking his silence, he proceeded ;—“I told thee doodeen (pipe) in the chimney-corner, that I had pledged myself to the ruin of when his wife, coming in from the well his race—yet, for thy sake (for thou art with a can of water, opened upon him all the sole being whom for a long period at once, as if there were a thousand beaI have seen near my threshold), for thy gles in her throat. You lazy good-fortrust in the mercy of one whom men nothing stocagh,' said she, have you have shunned even like a beast of prey, I nothing else to do this blessed morning will”-He now threw himself on his but to sit poking over the ashes with your knees, and a spasm shook his frame with doodeen stuck in your jaw? wouldn't horrid violence.—“ Yes, I will forego it be fitter for you to be gathering my vengeance-go hence speedily ere brosna (fire-wood), than to be sitting there I recall my pledge-but-but-grant me as if you were fastened to the sieshtheen one return for this vast sacrifice. When (low-seat) with a twelvepenny nail?' All thou callest my mercy to thy recollection, this she said and much more, to which do not carry with thee the memory of my he made no reply, but quietly took his -branded humanity :-by one at least in billhook and went to the forest. I don't the world's crowd, I would be remem- know what made him so quiet with her bered like my fellow-men, divested of my may be he wasn't in a fighting humour, and repulsive attributes-remembered with may be he thought it best to get out of her pity (which from thee I would not spurn) way, for they say a good retrate is better but not with scorn!"

than a bad fight any day. A beautiful fine Little more passed in the hut that day it was, sure enough; the sun was night. The swift passage of a steed was dancing through the trees, and the little heard in a hamlet wlrich skirted the birds were singing like so many pipers; desert plain, and, ere morning dawned, so that it was like a new life to Donagha, the withered tree was dashed down by who, feeling the cockles of his heart rise the tempest. The dwarf had quitted his within him, took up his billhook, and hovel : the door was swinging to and fro began to work as contented as if he had drowsily to the breeze; and the existence nothing at home to fret him. But he of the strange being who inhabited the wasn't long at work, when he was amazed hut, is now merely an exaggerated legend. at the sound of a voice that seemed to

come out of the middle of the wood;

and though it was the sweetest voice he A GOOD RIDDANCE OF A BAD WIFE; from frightened at it too a little, for there was

had ever heard, he couldn't help being Mr. Cropton Croker's Legends of something in it that wasn't like the voice the Lakes.

of man, woman, or child. "Donagha,' « THERE was once (says an Irish story- said the voice; but he didn't much like teller) a man named Donagha Dee, who to answer. Donagha!' said the voice lived in a small cabin, not far from a fo- again; and he then thought it would be rest, in the heart of Kerry. Ireland at that better for him to speak. Here I am,' time was not so bare as it is now, but was says he; and the voice answered, “Docovered with great forests, insomuch that it nagha, don't be frightened, for sure I'm is said a squirrel might have traveled from only St. Brandon, that's sent to tell you, Dingle de Couch to the city of Cork with- because you're a good Christin and mind out once touching the ground. Now, your duty, you shall have two wishes you must know, that Donagha was a very granted to you; so take care what you poor man, and had a scolding wife, so wish for.'--. Och, success to you for one that, between his wife and his poverty, he saint any how,' said he, as he began to could scarcely ever get a moment's peace. work again, thinking all the time what in A man might, perhaps, put up with a the wide world he might best wish for. cross word now and then from a woman Would he take riches for his first wish ? if she was pretty, or had any other good then what should he take for the second ? about her, but, unluckily, Donagha's a good wife ?-or wouldn't it better to wife had nothing at all to recommend have no wife at all? Well, he thought her; for, besides being cross, she was as for a long time, without being able to old and as ugly as the black gentleman make up his mind what to wish for. himself; so you may well suppose they Night was coming on, and so Donagha, had but a dog-and-cattish sort of life. gathering a great bundle of fire-wood up,

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tied it well, and, heaving it upon his walking in a pleasant village," that in early shoulder, walked home. He was fairly youth I used to spend some time here, spent with the work of the day, so that and I much wish to go over all my old it was no wonder he should find the load walks.”—“We shall gladly accompany on his shoulder rather too much for him; you," replied the elder sister; “ but," and, stumbling with weariness, he was

added the younger one,

“ if you expect obliged at length to throw it down. , Sit- to see as pretty walks as formerly, you ting upon his bundle, poor Donagha was will be painfully disappointed.”—“'Inin great botheration; the night was clos- deed! I should have thought that the ing in fast, and he knew what kind of a trees would have been so much grown, welcome he'd have before him, if he either that the country would have been greatly staid out too late, or returned without a improved." — “ By no means; for so full load of firing. "Would to Heaven,' many trees have been cut down, and one says he in his distress, and forgetting the large field so shamefully robbed of them, power of his wish, this brosna could that our walk there is quite spoiled : I carry me instead of my being obliged to hate to go near it."-" But do go thither carry it.' Immediately the brosna began once more, to oblige me, for I think I to move on with him, and, seated on the recollect the field in question. Did it not top of it, he cut an odd figure; for, until belong to colonel I-?"_" Yes: it is he reached his own door, he never stop- his tasteless, selfish son, who has succeedped roaring out a thousand murders, heed to the property, and has cut down was so vexed with himself at having those fine trees, and pulled down the thrown away one of his wishes so fool- house, meaning to rebuild that, and erect ishly. His wife Vauria (Mary) was stand- another house where the trees stood. Now ing at the door looking out for him, ready was it not a shame?”—“No," replied the to give him a good saleting ; but she was lady, smiling at her young friend's angry fairly struck dumb at seeing him so queer- expressions; “ young — prefers the ly mounted, and at hearing him cry out useful to the ornamental; and there is no in such a manner. When she came a harm in that.”—“No harm in spoiling little to herself, she asked him how he the innocent amusement of a whole vilcame to be riding upon a brosna ; and he lage? Why could he not build his houses could not help telling her the whole story elsewhere? If he had only cleared away just as it happened. It was then that she space enough for his own residence, one was mad angry in earnest with bim, to might have forgiven him ; but, from the think that he would throw away his luck. mere love of money, as it seems to me, Worn out and perplexed, he was not able to cut down his timber, and spoil his own to bear it, and at length cried out as loud prospect at the same time; indeed, I as he could, 'I wish to Heaven, you old never knew any thing more meanly avariscold, that's the plague of my life, that cious, absurd, and barbarous.” “But if he Ireland was between us. No sooner spoils his own prospect as well as that of said than done, for he was whipped up others, he is at least impartial ; and who by a whirlwind, and dropped at the north- knows, Fanny, what happiness may be eastern side of Ireland, where Donaghadee the result? A young married couple now stands; and the same blast carried may inhabit the new house, the erection off Vauria, house and all, to its most of which you cannot forgive; and domessouth-western spot, beyond Dingle, and tic bliss, and a fine family of children, may not far from the great Atlantic ocean. ere long be found, where before nothing The place, to this day, is known by the appeared but mere ornamental trees!” name of Tig na Vauria, or Mary's house; “ Nay, it may just as likely be hired by and, when people would speak of places an old bachelor or an old maid, or an wide asunder, it has become a sort of unhappy couple, or a disagreeable one proverb to say, as far as Tig na Vauria whom we cannot visit; for that must be from Donaghadee.'

all chance," replied the young lady pet

tishly. “True," replied her friend ; but, THE OLD TREES AND THE NEW HOUSES; by advancing years to give way to such

as I am too much sobered in my feelings OR,THE IMPROPRIETY OF HASTY JUDGE

indiscriminate, and I may add, unchristian MENTS, by Mrs. OPIB; from the Win

censure as the sensitive young are apt to ter's Wreath.

indulge in, I cannot call this “ PERHAPS

poor young you are aware,” said a lady hard names, because he has thought to two young friends, with whom she was it right to make the most of his property; and you must own, my dear girl, that, dear friend, you are by this time quite tehad he committed an immoral action, you conciled to poor young L."-“ Yes, could not have spoken of him much more that she is," answered her sister ; " and severely than you have now done, or those are not the only pleasing novelties seemed to dislike him more."

which you have to become acquainted Her young companion blushed at this with. There are two of them (pointing to reproof, and looked so distressed, that her the children), and there are more in that elder sister said, “ Do not mind what house, the building of which Fanny was Fanny says; she often speaks withoạt resolved never to forgive."- "_" But 1 thinking, and I am sure she wishes young trust she knows better now.' Oh,

no harm.”—“ Certainly not,” re- yes; and she is quite a convert to your plied Fanny ;

" but I wish him no good opinion, and would not have the trees for spoiling my favorite walk : however, back on any account. Now, with your as I never saw him, and know nobody leave, I will introduce you to the owners who knows him, what I say is from my of the house, who, I may say without own feelings merely, and should therefore offence to Fanny, are as happy as possigo for nothing, as the phrase is.”—“I ble, and have children, who are quite as shall say no more on the subject," said fine and flourishing as ever her former her

reprover, as I quit this country to favorites were, and quite as ornamental morrow for Portsmouth, and am going to (she now thinks) to her evening walks.”leave England for many years. But if I “ I am glad she has retracted her opishould live to return, dear Fanny, per- nion,” replied the lady from India; “ but haps I may find my picture realised; and whose sweet children are these?'-"Henyou, sobered in your judgement, by having ry

Ls."" And to whose house are a few more years over your head, may be you leading me?”—“To Henry 1's. willing to admit that young may That which he originally built for himbe a worthy man, though he has cut down self, he has given up to his mother and useless trees, in order to make room for sisters, and he now lives in this, having useful houses.”

changed Fanny's aversion into warm approThe lady sailed for India, and at the bation, by making her, seven years ago, its end of ten years returned to England. happy mistress.”—“ It is even so," said As she felt a strong wish to revisit the Fanny, coming forward to receive her scenes of her youth, she soon directed her friend's congratulations, and welcome her course with her two friends to the well. to her pleasant abode. “Oh! Fanny, you known paths; and at length they reached little foresaw-"-"No, but it seems the long-remembered field, where she that you foresaw a great deal; and you found two large good-looking houses, at will readily believe that I have often resome distance from each other, which had collected your reproving words."--"Rebeen built since she went away, and proving words ! what were they ?”where the trees had once stood. She also «« You very properly censured the young saw gardens, tastefully laid out in gravel- for forming hasty unreasonable opinions walks and shrubberies, with orchards and severe unchristian judgements."behind the houses. “ What a charming “Aye, poor

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-, I remember you new creation this is !" cried she; “ what had no mercy on him then.”—“No, but an improvement on the old field, even I am now delighted to own that my huswith all its fine trees! Surely my friend band was always wiser than myself; and, Fanny must be reconciled to the loss of while I am deeply thankful for the unthem now.''-"There she is to answer for merited happiness which I enjoy, I fully herself,” replied the person spoken to; intend to teach my children, that we and the lady turning round, saw the fair ought never to judge hastily or harshly of Fanny changed from a blooming slender the conduct or motives of others, but to be girl into a handsome portly matron, and more especially on our guard against the her elder sister with her, leading two beau- temptation to censure their actions, when tiful children.

they interfere with our own gratifications, The lady smiled archly, as she shook and have a tendency to abridge our own hands with Fanny, and pointed to the self-indulgence.” houses; and the latter also smiled, blushing as she did so, with a look of great meaning. “See there!" said the lady from India; “what improvements and fine new things are these! Surely, my

but without any message from her, or THE TRIALS OF LIFE,

any particulars respecting her health. by the Author of De-Lisle. The earl answered his enquiries in general

terms, which were not more satisfactory As the novel of De-Lisle met with a than the replies of the servants. Every favorable reception from the public, the one seemed in league to torment him ; writer was encouraged to make another some by their ignorance, and others by attempt in the same branch of literature; their wonder at his being so inquisitive. and the present work, we think, will not He thought lord Amesfort ready to appear detract from the reputation which the obliged to any one but him for their anxformer acquired. The materials of the iety for the lady of the house; and one story, though sometimes confused, are old woman, who had been long on a visit, rich; the incidents, though too numerous, put the finishing stroke to his misery, by are frequently striking; the narrative is hinting, with a very important face, that, fluent and interesting, and the conversa- as her good lord did not appear alarmed, tion is occasionally very spirited. there were doubtless reasons for her lady

This work consists of two parts or tales, ship's illness that would be far from dione of which relates to the family of the stressing to him. Montresor had never earl of Amesfort.-Adolphus Montresor, before felt the emotion of hatred toward being placed under the guardianship of any living being, and he now turned that nobleman, finds him a gloomy and abruptly from his officious informant, that repulsive being, a contrast to his fasci- his eye might not glare abhorrence on nating wife, whose attractions are instant- her. He longed for wings to transport ly felt by the young ward. After a short him instantly from the castle.--Such stay under his guardian's roof, the youth was the power of imagination, that, when repairs to the metropolis with the peer's next he met the earl, he almost fancied nephew lord De-Calmer,—and the two there was on his countenance less than companions contract a regard for each ordinary gloom. It was only for a moother, although Adolphus, aware of the ment; for, as he scanned those lines of uncertain temper of his new friend, is thought, he felt they were not intersected alarmed at the symptoms of love shown with one solitary feeble ray of pleasure. by him for Emily Montresor. The de. The tranquillity that sat on his features parture, however, of this young lady for was not that of repose, but of stagnation; the country, and a promise made by her and, when some imnsient motion ruffled lover to advance no claims upon her until the sullen stillness of the surface, it subhis affection had stood the test of a longer sided instantly. acquaintance, allay those apprehensions, which are afterwards more fully set at “The parting was not unkind; but rest by an order for De-Calmer's military Adolphus felt uncomfortable at his own service in Spain. About this time a new coldness, with which he reproached himcharacter, Isabella Albany, is introduced, self, as being a sort of ingratitude; dis- sensible and virtuous lady, whom simulation of any sort was foreign to his every one respects, but no one falls in nature, and to be otherwise than stiff and love with. She pays a visit at Amesfort- constrained was, at that moment, imposPark, and there meets Montresor, for sible. When he had left the room, he whom she conceives a strong but not ac- suddenly remembered something more knowleged regard. An accident proves he had to say, and returned. When he to her, and to all beside, that Montresor is had quitted his guardian, they were both inspired with a romantic love for the standing : a profound bow, on his part, countess, and that his love is returned. and a half inclination from the haughty The eart now dismisses the youth, but peer, had concluded the ceremony of without any mark of resentment for the taking leave. What, then, was his wondiscovery just made. Two or three days, der, to find lord Amesfort, on his return, however, elapse before his departure, dur- lying with his face buried on the sofa, ing which the countess is recovering from uttering a faint moan, which was suffoindisposition, and kept aloof from Mon- cated by rising sobs! -Have you burt tresor by the contrivances of Miss Albany. yourself, my lord ?' he said. The following extract will show the state “The earl sprang on his feet, as though of affairs at this period.

a ; « Two weary days Adolphus dragged trembled in his bloodshot eyes; but

the on, not only without seeing the countess, wild sternness of his air seemed alike to

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reproach them for falling on any one who' evident feebleness of mind and body. dared to witness them. So much misery Agitation and cold seemed so completely and so much anger united, shocked the to have unnerved her, that her head sank already-oppressed Adolphus. He apolo- on her shoulder, and she fainted; and gised for his intrusion more by gesture Adolphus received in his arms the sensethan words, and, with eyes bent to the less form of one whom he idolised. I ground, again sought the door."

beseech you,' said Miss Albany, earnestly, The youth has an unexpected inter- "lay her on the bench, and leave us;' but view with the beloved countess.—“He she spoke to the winds. A long sigh forced his way into a grotto, where seated broke the spell of insensibility, and lady on a mossy bench, supported by Miss Amesfort moved her lips, but without the Albany, was the countess herself. He stood power to speak.- If you will untie the transfixed in silent astonishment. No pony,' said Adolphus, I will place her gleam of satisfaction crossed his mind at upon it; and, if you can then support the conviction of her recovery; for love her, I promise to leave you

that moment. is a selfish passion, even with the most - Isabella flew to the animal, and brought generous dispositions : he was alive but it instantly as near as possible, anxious to to one feeling, she might have seen me, shorten this interview. Involuntarily, the and she would not!'-Pardon my intru- countess returned the pressure of the arms sion !' he said at last in a frozen accent that supported her.- O that this little for he was too proud to make it a re- spot of earth were our world!' said proachful one: I am happy to see your Adolphus. Would it not be a happy ladyship, out again;' and, bowing, he re- one, my love?''Too happy!' murmured treated hastily. His precipitation only the lady, forcibly extricating herself from retarded his progress through the over- his embrace, and looking round for Isagrown brambles : he opposed his strength bella. You cannot walk to her,' said to the fragile boughs, which opened before he;, but the sooner you get out of this him, and rebounding struck against his cold place the better. And she suffered face. If you could be more patient, you him to carry her through the tangled enwould suffer less,' said the warning voice trance of the grotto, and place her in of Isabella. It was the tone of kindness silence on her horse. Isabella impatiently and commiseration, not of taunting re- threw her arm round her, and Montresor proof; and he felt all it was intended to reluctantly withdrew his. The countess convey; yet at such a moment to talk of now laid her almost powerless hand on patience was an insult to his impetuous the burning brow of Adolphus, and said feelings, and he turned to her with a smile firmly, ‘God bless you, Montresor! whereof scorn. She stood at the narrow and

ever you go: but remember, we must darkened entrance of the grotto, as if pur- meet no more!'- Never ?' cried he, in a posely to conceal her who rested within, tone that wrung even the heart of Isabella. or like some fabled deity placed there to • Never!' solemnly repeated the countess, guard her. There were at all times a pe- with the strength of despair.” culiar grandeur and self-possession in her Montresor is still an object of interest manner and air, which had often struck both to his guardian and to the countess ; Montresor, but never so forcibly as now. and, when he is endangered by an infec-Yes,' he said, unconsciously speaking tious fever, he finds himself, after recoaloud his thoughts, 'you are my barrier!' vering from a state of delirium, nursed -Only, rejoined Ísabella in the same by the object of his love in her own house, under-tone, from guilt and misery.' The old passion is thus renewed, note

“The countess was like one stunned by withstanding the interference of Miss the unexpected meeting with Adolphus. Albany, and a scheme of elopement, deShe buried her face in the withered moss, liberately formed, is only prevented by and was awakened to the consciousness of the arrival of the peer, who, after a soexistence by the severity of the cold. She lemn remonstrance ineffectually made, raised her languid head, and, perceiving puts an end to the intrigue by declaring Isabella, made a feeble effort to join her. that the lady whom Adolphus was seeking Again the figure of Montresor was before to seduce was his father's wife. her. “Is it a vision?' she said, with the The hero goes abroad, to allay, by new feeling of uneasy doubt with which we scenes, the bitter sense of his disappointsometimes view beings in a dream. The ment. In the mean time, his sister Emily, unsettled expression of her countenance shocked at De-Calmer's supposed deseralarmed him, and he was grieved at her tion of her, and harassed by other mis.

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