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just at this time suspended. Bashful. forward-his movement was too quick ness was forgotten in his anxiety, and he and abrupt to say he advanced-exclaimboldly addressed, without blushing, a ing, “How delighted I am to find you person he had never seen before.

at last,” when she turned and presented “I must beg your forgiveness, sir, for to his bewildered gaze a very beautiful the liberty I am taking, but you men- set of features indeed, but not at all those tioned the name of-of-a person-a of his lovely unknown! He stood as if lady--whom it is important for me to rooted to the floor; blundered out some

I have been seeking her for several vague attempt at an apology; and wishmonths, but in vain. You would impose ed himself and the omnibus somewhere upon me the most lasting obligation, by into the interior of Caffraria. favouring me with the address of that ten thousand pardons, Miss-- Madam-I lady-of Miss Somerville.” The stranger am sure-1-that is - I thought-I appeared a good deal surprised, a little wished to see Miss Catherine Somersuspicious, and somewhat affronted, and ville.” “ You do see Miss Catherine it was evident that his first impulse was to Somerville," answered the lady. John give a cool and rather uncivil reply; but Atherton Hastings began to blush, and he was a good-natured fellow, and when look like a fool; and then, not knowing he took time to reflect on the agitation, what better to do, made several bows, the earnestness, and, above all, the ex- and retreated with all possible haste, retremely genteel look of the person who peating his efforts to utter something at thus addressed him, his heart relented; least in the shape of an explanation. By and after a little parly, he consented to the time he had reached the door, he was tell our Virginian all he knew, which, in not very distinctly advised whether his truth, was but very little. His acquaint- hand or his foot was the proper instrument ance with MissSomerville was exceedingly wherewith to open it; he succeeded, slight, he said; she was from Boston, and however, in turning the handle, and now on a visit to one of her friends in rushed out like a madman, overturning New York; the address of that friend he in his precipitate flight the footman, who gave, and then John Atherton Hastings, just then was coming in with a salver with many thanks, made his bow, and loaded with costly glasses, decanters, and wended his way, with his faith in the goblets, of which, in another inoment, not virtue and excellence of the omnibus one but was smashed into less than seven more firmly established than ever. distinct fragments. How he got out of

In the evening he knocked at the door the house, our Virginian never precisely of the house which contained his now knew; bụt out he did get, somehow or discovered incognita; his agitation was other, and hurrying to his hotel, shut absolutely oppressive, and the rat-tat-too himself up in his own room, and enacted of the knocker was scarcely louder than the part of a lunatic for the rest of the that kept up by his heart. A servant ap- day. peared—“ Miss Somerville!”

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Time will wear out the deepest griefs ; home.” Here was a disappointment. at any rate it wore out the mortification “ When would he be certain to find her and rage of the collegian. In the spring within ?" “ She was to leave town the of the next year he was again in New next day at four o'clock; would probably York, and again (so the fates willed) be at home all the morning.”. Mr. took a seat one day in an omnibus. There Hastings left his card, and would call at were three or four passengers; and his eleven; and then he went to the theatre, ride altogether was pleasant enough. He not to enjoy the play, but simply because got out at the corner of Broome-street, he knew not what else to do with him and the first man he met, full in the face, self.

as he stepped from the vehicles, was one The City-hall clock struck eleven the of his class-mates at college.

" Hastnext morning, as our Virginian once ings !” exclaimed one, and “ Walters !" more lifted the knocker at number -, the other. Why, Jack, where have in Broadway; Miss Somerville was at you come from?” said Walters; and home, in the drawing-home, and alone. “ Walters, my dear fellow, what brings The servant ushered him to the door of you to New York?” and then by way of the apartment, threw it open, and an obtaining satisfactory answers to these nounced “Mr. Hastings." The lady was and several other mutual queries, the standing at the window, performing young men linked arms, and betook some nameless and delicate duty to seve- themselves to a stroll. The conversation ral rare exotics, whose fragrance per- that then ensued is no way likely to fumed the air; the young man rushed prove instructive or entertaining to read

ANECDOTE OF DR. JOHNSON.

ers in general, save and except one small Catherine Somerville, partly from facts piece of information elicited by our hero; that had recently come to her knowledge, to wit, that Richard Walters was now and partly conjectural. There is nothing on his way to Boston, with his sister, more to be told, save that our Virginian, and a young lady who had been staying having nothing especial to keep himself for more than three months at his father's and his horses in New York, accompahouse in Virginia, on a visit to the sister nied his friend and the two ladies to aforesaid; the object of the present jour- Boston; that in process of time there ney being a return of that visit by one was a wedding, and that both John of equal duration, on the part of Miss Atherton Hastings and his pretty wife Walters, to her friend and late guest Catherine, very often exclaim, with a Miss Catherine Somerville. The reader smile that does not betoken much of may fancy the sudden effect of this bit unhappiness, one may do a worse thing of intelligence, on the susceptible heart sometimes, than take a ride in an omof John Atherton. The result was, that nibus.” in less than ten minutes he had told all

MISCELLANIES. his perplexities to his friend, and both were striding as fast as their legs could transport them, in the way that led to Dr. Johnson, being introduced to a the house where the glasses had suffered reverend prelate who had long been from Hastings' impetuosity, and at which desirous of knowing bim, the latter Miss Somerville and her friend Miss took the opportunity of walking with the Walters were staying during their brief doctor through St. James's Park, for the residence in New York.

purpose of improving his acquaintance. Walters had heard, from Miss Somer- The doctor, however, did not happen to ville, of the strange caper played off by be in a very communicative humour, and his present companion; but that young the bishop was at a loss what kind of a lady, with very commendable delicacy, remark to venture upon by way of openhad always refused to mention the name ing a conversation; at length, after a of her eccentrio visitor, and he therefore pause, turning to his companion, he obknew nothing of Atherton's agency in served that the trees around them grew the matter; touching the pocket-book, very large and strong. “Sir,” said the he could give no explanation.

cynic, “they have nothing else to do.” But if he could not, Miss Somerville could; and she did, too. It was, un- There are a thousand quotations-scraps doubtedly her chattel; the gift of a very of metre or morality-floating about the dear brother, an officer in the navy, and world, and familiar in everybody's mouth just at this time on service in the Medi- " as household words,” which it would

It was his hair that the grievously puzzle the utterers to assign locket contained; and the young lady to their legitimate places. The bit of with large black eyes and the mischievous information given in the extract with mouth, was her, Catherine Somerville's, which this paragraph concludes, will be cousin. At the time of the adventure totally new, we suspect, to the majority which formed the opening-scene of this of our readers :-“ Sir John Mennis is drama of misadventures, the said cousin, the author of " Musarum Deliciæ, or the Harriet Evertson, was about departing Muses' Recreation.'" London, 1656. for Charleston, where she resided ; the In this volume are the lines, eventful ride in the omnibus was one of

• He that fights and runs away, her wild frolics ; the abstraction of the

May live to fight another day," pocket-book was partly another, and partly the result of a certain supposed which have been generally, but erronesecret affection, cherished, in spite of ously supposed too form a part of her teeth, by Miss Harriet Evertson, for Hudibras. the young sailor whose hair it contained; her design was to take out the glossy A gentleman, well known for his parsi. ringlet, have another inserted, and then monious habits, having billeted himself restore the book to its rightful owner ; on his acquaintances in Edinburgh durbut this design was frustrated, as has ing the royal visit, was talking to a friend, been seen, by its loss in the omnibus; on his return, of the great expense of and the time of her departure was too living" How much now do you supnear at hand to admit of any steps for its pose I spent in Edinburgh ?” “I do not recovery

know,” replied his friend,“ I should supSuch was the account given by Miss pose about a fortnight.

OLD QUOTATIONS,

terranean.

EXTRAVAGANT EXPENDITURE.

AN HISTORIC TALE.

THE ANGLO-SPANISH BRIDE; helmet of any kind on his head, but a

broad-brimmed hat of tawny hue, with (From the untranslated works of Cervantes.)

a great variety of feathers laid across it

in front ; he wore a broadsword with the (For the Parterre.)

richest trappings, and trunk-hose a la

Esguizara. In this array, with his elasCHAP. III.

tic step, he was compared by some to Ricaredo would not enter the port Mars himself; while others, remarking with demonstrations of joy, on account the beauty of his face, are said to have of his commander's death ; and there- likened him to Venus, assuming that fore, intermingling the marks of cheer. disguise to play some jest upon the god fulness with those of sadness, now was of battle. heard the shrill clarion, and now the Having arrived before the queen, he hoarse-voiced trumpet,—then again, the knelt and said :spirit-stirring drum, and the brisk sound “ Dread sovereign, by dint of your of clashing arms,—to which the fife good fortune, and in furtherance of my responded with its most plaintive and desire-my commander, my lord of Lanmelancholy notes. From one top- caster, having died of apoplexy, and I, mast hung, reversed, a banner of the thanks to your majesty's generosity, crescent; from another, a long flag of having succeeded him—fortune threw in black taffety, the points of which touched my way two Turkish galleys, having in the water. Bearing these conflicting tow that great ship which lies out yonder. signals, he entered the river of London I engaged them-your soldiers fought as with his own vessel; for, as there was not ever- and the corsair vessels were sunk. depth of water enough to bring up the In one of our own, in your royal name, great Portuguese ship, it was left in the I gave "liberty to the Christians, who open sea.

thus escaped out of the hands of the These contradictory sounds and en- Turks. I have brought with me only signs held in suspense the vast crowds one Spanish man and woman, who-deof spectators assembled on the shore. sired, for their own pleasure, to come They saw plainly, by some of the colours, and look upon your glorious presence. that this smaller essel was Lord Lan- That great ship is one the Portucaster's flag-ship; but they could not guese Indies, which, having suffered by understand how the other vessel that had a storm, was captured by the Turks with gone out with it should have been little or no trouble. According to the changed into that huge ship which was account of some of the Portuguese that left down at the sea. However, they were on board of her, the spices and were relieved from this uncertainty when other merchandize, in pearls and diathey saw the brave Ricaredo himself monds, which she contains, are worth leap into the ship's boat, in full, rich, above a million. Nothing has been and resplendent armour. He, without touched, nor had the Turks laid their any attendance but that of the innume- hands upon anything; for heaven had rable multitude that followed him, went intended the whole, and ordained that it straight to the palace, where the queen, should be kept for your majesty—to placed at a corridor, was already awaiting whom, for the gift of one only jewel, I the news from the two ships.

shall fully owe ten more such cargoes ; Among the other ladies in attendance which jewel your majesty has already on the queen, was Isabella, dressed in the promised me—my good Isabel'1—with English costume, in which she looked as whom I shall be richly rewarded, not well as she did in the Castilian. Before only for this service, such as it is, which Ricaredo arrived, there came another per- ' I have done your majesty, but for many son to the queen, and announced his ap- more which I purpose to do in order to proach. The sound of Ricaredo's name repay some part of the infinite sum for threw Isabella into agitation; and at that which, in bestowing on me this jewel, moment she at once feared and hoped the your majesty makes me your debtor.” event of his coming. Ricaredo was tall, “ Rise, Ricaredo," answered the handsome, and well-proportioned; and as queen; and believe me, that if for a he came clad in back and breast plates, price I were to give you Isabella, so gorget, arm and thigh pieces, with pistols highly do I value her that you could pay in his girdle, richly chased and gilt, he me for her neither with all that ship looked extremely handsome in the eyes contains, nor with all that remains in the of all who beheld him. He had no Indies. I give you her because I promised her to you, and because she is wor. thigh-pieces to see what was underneath thy of you, and you of her. It is your them; feeling his sword-and, with worth alone that merits her. If you childish simplicity, going close up to have kept the jewels in that ship for me, look at her own face reflected in the I have kept your jewel for you ; and polished armour; and when she had although you may think I do not much done, she turned to the ladies and said :in restoring to you what is yours, yet I “Oh, ladies, I fancy that war must be a know that therein I do you a great most beautiful thing, now I see that men favour; for the treasures that are pur- in armour look so handsome, even chased with desire have their value in among women.” the heart of the purchaser--they are “ And so they do," answered the lady worth the value of a heart-to which no Tansi. “ For look at Ricaredo-does price in the

world is adequate. Isabella he not seem like the sun himself come is yours.

There she is. Whenever you down upon earth and going through the please, you can take entire possession of streets in that attire ?" her; and I believe it will be with her All the ladies laughed at the child's good-will—for she has good sense, and remark, and at the lady Tansi's inconwill know how to estimate the kind- gruous simile. Nor were there wanting ness you do her--for favour I will not evil-speakers who called it an imperticall it-as I choose to do myself the nence in Ricaredo that he had come honour to consider that only I can do armed to the palace; although he was her a favour. Go and repose yourself; exculpated by others, who said that, and come to me to-morrow, for I want being an officer, he was at liberty to do to hear a more particular account of so, in order to shew his gallant bearing. your achievements; and bring me those Ricaredo was received by his parents, two persons you mentioned, who desired friends, kindred, and acquaintances, with to come and see me, that I may return every mark of cordial affection. A them my thanks.”

general rejoicing was made that night in Ricaredo kissed her majesty's hands London, for his good success. Isabella's in acknowledgment of the many favours parents were already lodged in Clotaldo's she was doing him.

house: Ricaredo having told him who they The queen then retired; and the were, requesting him at the same time to ladies came round Ricaredo. One of give them no tidings of Isabella until he them, named the lady Tansi, who had himself should make the communication : become a great favourite of Isabella's, the same intimation was given to the and was regarded as the most clever, lady Catalina his mother, and to all the free, and witty of them all, said to him:

and women

of their “ How is this, Senor Ricaredo? household. Why these arms !--Did you think, per- That same night, with many boats and adventure, that you were coming to fight barges, and in the view of numerous with your enemies ? Truly, all of us spectators, was commenced the unloading here are your friends-excepting indeed, of' the great ship, which it took more than the lady Isabella, who, as being a Spaniard, a week to empty of the great quantity of is obliged to bear you no good will." pepper and other precious merchandise « Let her but remember bear me

that were stowed in her hold. any, lady Tansi,” answered Ricaredo, The next day, Ricaredo repaired again “ for so that I but dwell in her remem- to court, taking with him Isabella's brance, I well know that her will towards father and mother, in new apparel, made me will be good; since her great virtue, after the English fashion, telling them excellent understanding, and incompa- that the queen desired to see them. They rable beauty, are quite inconsistent with all three arrived where the queen was, the deformity of ingratitude.”

with her ladies about her, expecting To this Isabella replled; “Senor Rica- Ricaredo, whom she was pleased to redo, since I am to be yours, it is for you favour and flatter by having Isabella to take in me all the satisfaction you close at her side, wearing the very same desire, in recompense for the praises you dress in which she had first beheld her, have bestowed upon me, and the favours and looking no less beautiful now than you intend to do me.

she had done on the former occasion. Ricaredo had other pleasant conver- Isabella's parents were full of astonishsation with Isabella, and with the other ment and admiration, to see so much ladies, amongst whom was a little girl grandeur and elegance combined. They who kept her eyes all the time fixed fixed their eyes upon Isabella, but did upon Ricaredo's garb-lifting up the not recognize her; although their hearts,

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giving presage of the happiness they her eyes, her mother fixed hers upon approached so nearly, leaped within their her countenance, and stopped short to bosoms, not with anxious alarm, but with examine her more attentively. And now a certain feeling of pleasure which they in Isabella's memory some confused themselves knew not how to account for. notion began to be awakened that somen

The queen would not let Ricaredo where or other, in former time, she must remain on his knees before her. She have seen the woman now before her. made him rise and seat himself upon a Her father was in the same uncerstool which she had placed for the pur- tainty, not daring to give full credit to pose-an unwonted favour from the the fact which his eyes declared to him. haughty temper of the queen-which Ricaredo was earnestly attentive to made some one say, “ Ricaredo sits to- mark the sensations and emotions of the day, not on the stool they have set for three doubtful and agitated breasts which him, but on the pepper he has brought.” hung in such suspense and perplexity as Another, following up this remark, ob- to their mutual recognition. served ; 5. This verifies the common The queen observed the uncertainty saying, that gifts can break through on both sides, and moreover the unrocks; since those which Ricaredo has easiness of Isabella, noticing the unusual brought have softened the stony bosom tremor in which she seemed, and that she of our queen.

And a third added, — lifted her hand repeatedly to her head, as “ Now that he is so well in his seat, if to adjust her hair. many a one will venture to tilt with Isabella meanwhile was wishing that him.”

she whom she thought to be her mother In fact, this novel honour which the would speak to her, as perhaps her hearqueen vouchsafed to Ricaredo gave occa- ing would then relieve her from the sussion of envy to many of those who wit- pense into which her eyes had thrown her. nessed it; for every grace that a sovereign The queen told Isabella to desire that bestows upon his favourite, is a shaft woman and that man, in Spanish, to tell that pierces through the heart of the her what had induced them to decline envious.

enjoying the liberty which Ricaredo had The queen desired to know from given them-seeing that liberty was the Ricaredo the particulars of the battle thing dearest not only to beings possessed with the corsair vessels. He accordingly of reason, but even to the animals, which related it afresh, attributing the victory possessed it not. to God and the valorous right arms of Isabella put this question in full to his soldiers, giving praise to them all, her mother; who, without answering her but specifying more particularly the a word, regardless of everything, half deeds of some who had distinguished stumbling, and forgetful at once of all themselves above the rest—thereby reverence, all fear, and all courtly promoving the queen to shew favour to them priety, hurried up to Isabella, lifted all, but more especially to the more dis- her hand to her right ear, and there tinguished. And when he came to relate discovered a black mole, which mark his having given liberty, in her majesty's confirmed her suspicion. Thoroughly name, to the Turks and Christians, he convinced that Isabella was her daughter,

she threw her arms round her, and ex« This woman and this man here claimed aloud, “Oh, daughter of my present (and he pointed to Isabella's heart! oh, dearest treasure of my

soul !” parents) are those of whom I told your and, unable to say more, the sunk faintmajesty yesterday that, desiring to be. ing into Isabella's arms.—(Illustration, hold your greatness, they had earnestly see p. 193). solicited me to bring them with me. Her father, no less tender than discreet, They are of Cadiz; and from what they spoke his feelings only by the tears that have related to me, and what I have stole silently down his venerable face and observed in themselves, I know them to beard. be persons of good quality and virtuous Isabella laid her cheek fondly to her character.”

mother's; then turning her eyes

towards The queen commanded them to ap- her father, she gave him such a look as proach.

told him at once the pleasure and the Isabella raised her eyes to look at those uneasiness which she felt at beholding who were said to be Spaniards, and them there. moreover from Cadiz—desirous of learn- The queen, in wonder at such an ing if perchance they were acquainted occurrence, said to Ricaredo, “ It strikes with her parents. Just as Isabella lifted me, Ricaredo, that you have been the

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