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at little distances from each other, several turrets of bay they are so numerous and destructive, that it is compact clay in the shape of sugar loaves, upon these difficult to guard against their depredations; in a few they erect others,, those in the centre running up to the hours they will demolish a large chest of books, papers, greatest height; they afterwards cover in the spaces silks, or clothes, perforating them with a thousand holes ; between them, and then take down the sides of all the the inhabitants dare not even leave a box on the floor, inner turrets, leaving only the upper portions to form but place it on glass bottles, which if kept free from the cupola or dome, making use of the clay they thus dust, the ants cannot ascend; this is, however, trifling, procure in the formation of the several chambers in- when compared with the serious mischief they sometended for magazines nurseries, &c. The nurseries are times occasion, by penetrating the beams of a house, entirely composed of wooden materials, enclosed in or destroying the timber of a ship ; for on one occasion chambers of clay, usually half an inch in width, ranged they attacked a British ship of the line, and, in spite round, and as close as possible to the royal apartment. of the efforts of her commander and her crew, after The royal chamber, which, with the rest, is arched over, having boarded, they got possession of her, and handled occupies as nearly as possible the centre of the build- her so roughly, that when brought into port, being no ing, and is on a level with the surface of the ground; longer fit for service, she was obliged to be broken up. it is at first only an inch in length, but increases in The ship here alluded to was the Albion, which was size with that of the queen, until it extends to six or in such a condition, from the attacks of insects, supmore inches. In this chamber the king and queen are posed to be the white ants that had not the ship been retained close captives, ; it is impossible they can ever firmly lashed together, it was thought she would have quit it, the entrance only allowing of the passing and foundered on her voyage home! repassing of the soldiers and labourers. The queen, in Mr. Kiloe informs me, that the drouguers or draguers, her last stage of pregnancy, is one thousand times the a kind of lighters, employed in the West Indies in colweight of the king, and her abdomen is two thousand lecting the sugar, sometimes so swarm with ants, of the times the bulk of the rest of her body, and she is equal common kind, that they have no other way of getting in bulk to twenty or thirty thousand labourers ; al- rid of these troublesome insects than by sinking the though, on her first appearance as a winged insect she vessel in shallow water. equalled only in bulk about thirty labourers; her ab- Humboldt informs us, that throughout all the warmdomen, after impregnation, increases from half an inch er parts of equinoctial America, where these and other to three or four inches in length, in appearance resem- destructive insects abound, it is very rare to find papers bling a sausage ; and she lays according to Smeathman, which date fifty or sixty years back. In one night as many as eighty thousand eggs in the course of twenty- they will devour all the boots and shoes which are left four hours; and which are instantly taken from her in their way; cloth, linen, or boots are equally to their body by the numerous attendants, and carried away to taste; in a word, scarce any thing but metal or stone, the nurseries ; hence the necessity for the numerous comes amiss to them. Mr.Smeathman relates, that a attendants, by whom she is continually surrounded. party of them once took a fancy to a pipe of fine old
In an ant-bill of such extensive size, and where madeira, not for the sake of the wine, almost the whole there is such an infinity of chambers to accomodate its of which they let out, but for the staves. He also left numerous inhabitants, there must be a vast number of a compound microscope in a warehouse at Tobago for subterraneous and winding passages. These passages, a few months; on his return, he found that a colony of which conduct to the upper part of the dome, are car- a small specie of white ant had established themselves ried in a spiral manner round the building, for the in it, and devoured most of the wood-work, leaving labourers find it extremely difficult to ascend in a less little besides the metal and glasses. circuitous direction. Very frequently, however, in It was even asserted, in a paragraph in The Morning order to shorten the distance to the upper nurseries, Herald, dated December 31, 1814, that the superb resiwhere they have to take the eggs, they project an arch dence of the Govenor General at Calcutta, which had of about ten inches in length, and half an inch in cost the East India Company such immense sums, was breadth, grooved or worked into steps on its upper rapidly going to decay, in consequence of the attacks of surface, to allow of a more easy passage.
When these these insects. Mr. Smeathman observes, that freinsects quit their nest on any expedition, they construct quently the main timbers which support a building will covered galleries of clay, which sometimes run to a be so completely excavated, as to leave scarce any thing considerable distance, and under these they continue but the shell; so that, although the supporting timtheir extensive and highly dreaded depredations. bers appear whole and firin, yet the least pressure
The destruction of trees, and of timber buildings, against them'would occasion the whole building to fall by some species of these insects is incredible. Yet to the ground: though the mischiefs they commit are very great, such Mr. Smeathman divides these insects into three oris the economy of nature, that they are probably counter- ders. First, the working insects, or labourers. Second balanced by the good produced by them, in quickly de- The fighters, or soldiers. Third, The winged or perstroying dead trees and other substances, which would fect insects, which are male and female, and capable of otherwise, by a tedious decay, serve only to encumber multiplying the species, these last he calls the nobility the face of the earth. Such is their alacrity and de- and gentry, because they neither labour nor fight. The spatch in this office, that they will in a few weeks, de- different functions of the labourers and soldiers, or the stroy and carry away the trunks of large trees. The civil and military establishments, in a community of total destruction of deserted towns is accomplished in white ants, are illustrated by Mr. Smeathman in an two or three years, and their space filled by a thick attempt to examine their nests or city. On making a wood, notthe least vestige of a house remaining. breach in any part of this structure, with a hoe or pick
Mr. Forbes observes, in his memoirs, that at Bom- axe, a soldier immediately appears, and walks about
the breach, as if to see whether the enemy is gone, or these insects, The labourers among them, employed to examine whence the attack proceeds. In a short in these services, are not a quarter of an inch in length ; time he is followed by two or three others, and soon but the structures which they erect rise, as has already afterwards by a numerous body, who rush out as fast been observed to the height of ten or twelve feet, and as the breach will permit them, their numbers increasing upwards, above the surface of the earth. Supposing as long as any one continues to batter the building. the height of a man to be six feet, this author calculates During this time they are in the utmost bustle and that the buildings of these insects may be considered, agitation, some being employed in beating with their relatively to their size and that of man, as being raised forceps upon the building, so as to make a noise which to nearly five times the height of the greatest Egyptian may be heard at three or four feet distance. On ceasing pyramids; that is, corresponding with considerably to disturb them, the soldiers retire, and are succeeded more than half a mile ; and their tunnels would expand by the labourers, who hasten, in various directions, to a magnificent cylinder of more than three hundred towards the breach, each with a burden of mortar in his feet in diameter. It may be added, that, with respect mouth, ready tempered. Though there are millions of to the interior construction, and the various members them, they never stop or embarrass each other, and and dispositions of the parts of the buildings, they apwall gradually arises to fill up the chasm. A soldier pear greatly to exceed that, or any other work of human attends every six hundred or a thousand of the labourers construction, seemingly as a director of the works ; for he never touches the mortar, either to lift or carry it. One in particular, places himself close to the wall under repair,
LOVE IN INFANCY. and frequently makes the above mentioned noise, which is instantly answered by a loud hiss from all labourers
Ah! I remember (and how can I
But evermore remember well!) when first within the dome ; and at every such signal, they evi- Our flame began, when scarce we knew what was dently redouble their pace, and work as fast again. The flame we felt; when as we sat and sigh'd, The work being completed, a renewal of the attack And look'd upon each other, and conceiv'd
Not what we ail'd, yet something we did ail; constantly produces the same effects. The soldiers
And yet were well, and yet we were not well, again rush out, and then retreat, and are followed by And what was our disease we could not tell. the labourers loaded with mortar, and as active and as Then would we kiss, then sigh, then look: and thus, diligent as before.
In that first garden of our simpleness, Thus the pleasure of seeing them come out to fight
We spent our childhood ; but when years began
To reap the fruit of knowledge; ah! how then or work alternately, Mr. Smeathman observes, may be Would she with graver looks, with sweet stern brow, obtained as often as curiosity excites, or time permits ; Check my presumption and my forwardness ! and it will certainly be found, that one order never at
Yet still would give me flowers, still would me show,
What she would have me, yet not have me, know. tempts to fight, nor the other to work, let the emergency be ever so great. The obstinacy of the soldiers is remarkable : they fight to the very last, disputing
THE MINING CURATE. every inch of ground so well, as often to drive away the negroes, who are without shoes, and make white
BY JOHN CARNE, ESQ. people bleed plentifully through their stockings.
It is exceedingly difficult to explore the interior part A wide and a wild parish is that of Calartha. Its of a nest or hill. The apartments which surround the aspect is strange and unusual; for the mines with which royal chamber and the nurseries, and indeed the whole it abounds are situated on the brink of precipices, and fabric, have such a dependence on each other, that the even carried out into the sea. The edifices attached to breaking of one arch generally pulls down two or three. them are seen fixed on isolated rocks, in the midst of
Another great obstacle is the obstinacy of the soldiers. the wave; while the rich produce drawn from the as above stated, neither can a building be let to stand bowels of the deep, far beneath, is conveyed, with sin. so as to get a view of the interior parts without inter- gular ingenuity, over the lofty cliffs that tower behind. ruption; for while the soldiers are defending the out- If any one is satiated with luxurious scenery, (and it works, the labourers keep barricading all the way, will sometimes satiate); if he would exchange groves, stopping up the different galleries and passages which meadows, and fertile fields, for some new aspect of the lead to the various apartments, particularly the royal ever-varied and impressive face of nature, let him come chamber, all the entrances to which they fill up so art- to this territory. The miner thrives, so does the farfully, as not to let it be distinguished while it remains mer who lives in the few cultivated and romantic moist; and, externally, it has no other appearance than valleys ; the fisherman, also, plies his trade with great that of a shapeless lump of clay. It is however easily success off the coast ; but the clergyman has scarcely found, from its situation with respect to the other parts enough to keep soul and body together. Notwithof the building, and by the crowds of labourers and standing the numerous population of the parish, he has soldiers which surround it, who show their loyalty and only forty pounds a-year. Now, the man who, at the fidelity by dying under its walls.
time of our acquaintance with the affairs of Calartha, These insects, according to Mr. Smeathman, con. was the appointed religious instructor of its inhebitants, struct works which surpass those of the bees, wasps, was, in every respect, admirably suited to his office. and other insects, as much at least as those of the most His form was spare and fitted for activity ; his features polished European nations excel those of the least cul. aquiline ; and his large grey eye for ever restless. tivated savages. Even with regard to man, his greatest Had he doffed the cassock, and assumed the broad. work, the boasted pyramids, falls comparatively far brimmed hat, and the coarse woollen jacket and trowshort, even in size alone, to the structures raised by sers of the miner, and descended every day into the earth, he would have found there a better return for his time. One reason of this perhaps was, that Sunday labour than the marble hearts of his parishioners were was his day of triumph, and he felt it to be so. After disposed to give him. But then his profession made sinking, in temporal things, below his parishioners him a gentleman ; he had received a good education, during the whole of the week; after pining for comand had lived, for some time at least, among scholars forts which they enjoyed to the full,—he found himself, and men of taste,-having been maintained at the on this day, elevated above them,—was their instrucUniversity by one of the foundation societies, who tor, their pastor, looked on by them as a man of learn. often send there candidates for holy orders. Poor man! ing and of power. He was far better adorned, also, from the moment he set his foot in Calartha, his daily than on week days: the gown left by his predecessor and nightly study seemed to be, how to supply the was in very good condition, and his appearance, on the wants of nature in a comfortable and sufficient manner: whole, was respectable and impressive. Then, after it would be profane to say luxurious—for what had he the service, the hand was held out more freely and reto do with luxury? He was acutely sensible he had spectfully: the squire stopped in the aisle, and the rich nothing to do with it.
farmer without the door, to exchange kind and friendly Men's minds soon grow submissive to their situa- words with him: and an invitation to dinner, from tions; and after a vain and ineffectual struggle of a some one or other, sometimes followed. There was a few weeks to keep up appearances, to vie in many
singular difference in all his demeanour, and tone, and things with his neighbours, to be thought to have a bearing, on this day: his look was no longer restless decent table, to be seen to wear a decent dress,-he and depressed, nor his attitude stooping, nor bis air gave it up in despair, just in time to save himself from soft and cringing: he spoke fast and free, sat at the total ruin. It may be said that a bachelor, in so dis- friendly table as a gentleman should, and thought no tant a province, where there was no competition to en
more of his forty pounds a-year. The privations of the hance the price of a single article, need not be ruined,
whole week rendered the now loaded board an exquisite with econony, even on forty pounds a-year: but the luxury. Perhaps, for his own peace, he had better never Curate had a mother and sister to maintain ; and they have sat there ; for, on his return at night, he was betook a little house on the slope of a hill, and lived to
set with the fruitless remarks and desires of his mother gether in it. How they lived; how they lodged ; what and sister, who were hardly ever asked out on these they ate and drank,
,-are mysteries that have never yet occasions; and during the ensuing week, the daily and been sufficiently explained.
frugal meal was often embittered by their repinings. Now, the Curate was no economist: had the money
To entertain a friend in his own house, was a thing found its way entire into his hands, it would have all
that never entered his head: had he dared to make the melted away like the mists on one of the neighbouring attempt, he might as well have faced two hungry harhills : he would often give, and wished always to give, pies, as meet the looks and words of his rigid relatives. to the poor : he loved, but not to excess, a cheerful He was often to be seen of an evening seated in the glass, and sometimes would cast bis eye on his thread- little window-seat, overlooking the road; and there he bare coat, with a determined purpose to have a new
feasted his eyes on the joyous groups that returned one, All these indulgences would quickly have made
from the market of the neighbouring town, where they frightful invasion on the income, if the mother and had eat and drunk, and where now returning, in the sister had not received the quarterly ten pounds with
fulness of their hearts, to a comfortable home to their
own warm hearth. And then a knot of farmers would an eager grasp, and watched over its little, gradual ebbings, with a lynx eye and an iron hand: the money jog merrily by, talking, in loud voices, of the current bad as well been at the bottom of the tin shaft in the prices, the coming harvest, and of their own well-stored vale below, for any indulgence it brought to him who
barns and yards.
“ And why should so great a gulf toiled for it. It was in vain that the son sometimes be fixed between the pastor and his flock ?" was a quesappealed to the parent in moving terms, when, returned tion he might well ask himself. Even when twilight from a hot and dusky walk in the midst of summer, he had spread its dimness over dwelling and path, the begged hard for a few shillings : “ James," said the form of the Curate might still be seen seated there : old lady, “ remember the dignity of the cloth. Would for candle-light was spared, with infinite care and skill, yon lower youself by drinking, may be, more than you
within the walls ; and not till the middle of November, can bear? Go and finish the discourse you're writing, was any fire allowed. So he loved to linger over the bit by bit, all the week : 'tis a beautiful piece o' writin, last gleams of light, rather than turn to the void of his and there's no doubt the squire will ask ye to dinner
cheerless habitation. To defend himself from the inafter harin of it." The son looked down at the sound creasing cold, he used to put on his ancient and rusty of dignity of the cloth: both his elbows were struggling great coat, and fold it tightly round him. The want through the time-worn vestment; yet he rose with a of light was supplied from the public house of the vilsigh, took down his manuscript, drew the table near lage, which was directly opposite, and only a few yards the window, and was soon plunged in the very depths distant; for, the rooms being as usua), profusely lightof his subject.
ed, a partial glare was received from them through the It might be thought that the imagination would windows of the Curate's apartments. But this was freeze, and the power of composition be arrested by the more to his annoyance than his comfort. Much has hourly pressure of petty sacrifices and denials, the been said of the torments of Tantalus; but as much, uncertainty, when he rose in the morning, whether any and with equal justice, might be said of the sufferings sofficient refection would be that day given to the out- of this thirsty, poor, and much-desiring man, who sat, ward man: but it did not seem so; at least his public from hour to hour, in a partial gloom, in which all the discourses were oftentimes very good, and even elo. senses are more vividly awake, listening to the ringing quent, and had evidently been the work of care and or glasses, and the calls, continually repeated, for more
NO. LV. VOL. V.
supplies of some refreshing beverage, of new and old ale, and even wine. Oft did he retire to rest with a spirit tried to the very core.
Alas! it needs not a guilty conscience to embitter life : salt tears will stream down blameless cheeks.
Thus passed away two or three years; when one morning saw him summoned to a different scene,--to attend one of his parishioners, whose dwelling was at some distance. The man was dying, and over his bed bent a form and face that the eye would hardly look for within such walls : his condition in life was only that of a peasant, yet the daughter, who was his only child, was, in all opinions, the loveliest girl in the parish. Often, with surprise, had the Curate marked her beauty from the pulpit; and, in bis few visits to the cottage, he had entered into conversation with her, and found, by the words that fell gently from her lips, that she had treasured his sermons in her memory and heart—the sweetest flattery, perhaps, that woman can pay to a youthful minister. He thought little of these things at this moment, however, but drew nigh to the side of his parishioner, and spoke to him in earnest and heart-felt tones : the man raised his hand in token of satisfaction, and seemed to devour every word he heard ; but his eye, on which the world was now closing, was not lifted to heaven, but bent on the girl who hung over him. She was to be an orphan; and it seemed to be more than he could bear: he strove to man his spirit and call faith to his aid. But it might not be the dread reality of the moment would not yield to the hope of future protection, which the minister strove to incul cate. The parishioner, a man of strong but untutored mind, listened in seeming calmness for some time; but when death drew near, he struggled against the stern summons, laid one hand firmly on his daughter's form, and when he felt that hand loose its hold, he turned his
small pittance of his household ? If he did, the delusive hope flitted in a moment away, like a cloud from the bosom of the rocky hill on which his dwelling stood : yet, in spite of fate, he continued to love, and in the meantime, exerted all his little influence in the parish to improve the condition of the orphan.
Thus passed away a year, at the end of which a change came over his fortunes,-a sudden and a great change. An old sister of his mother's died, and left to her nephew the property which had been the reward of a whole life of griping and saving. They were all at their scanty breakfast when a letter, with a black seal, was delivered : the son took and opened it; a sudden light came to his eyes that had long been a stranger there, and a deep flush passed over his cheek : for it was the letter containing the account of the bequest. The strong emotions that seized every one were some time in subsiding. There was now a delightful certainty that poverty would dwell with them no more ; life had never brought an hour so elevating ; they shed tears, and then they laughed loud and long, in the fulness of their hearts ; for the bequest amounted to nearly a thousand pouuds, As it was all left to the son, he had, of course, the entire disposal of every farthing ; and while the mother and sister naturally wished to surround their little household with comforts and enjoyments, and extend their consequence among the neighbours, he was occupied with different thoughts. The use be made of the nioney affords an instance of the strange waywardness of the human heart. sooner reecived the sum, than the insatiable desire of increasing it, like a demon, entered his heart. The strong and sudden novelty of the event had its share, perhaps, in this ; to a man to whom the command of a few shillings at a time had been an object of desire, the possession of so much wealth was exquisite,
But there was a deeper cause also, and one of longer standing. The extensive parish of which he was the Curate, offered a beautiful and enticing field of specii. lation, in which any sum, vast or minute, might be quickly employed. The soil was in many parts covered with mines, whose piles of ore, worthless as well as valuable, were strewed over the surface. The Curate had often fallen in company with the miners, who formed, indeed, no small part of his parishioners; and the shrewdness and intelligence of these men had not failed to interest hiin. Then he had loved to linger, during his various walks, on the brink of these templing scenes, to survey the various and valuable produce, and watch the iron.bound vessel that rose every moment to the surface and poured its fresh treasures from the deep caverns of the earth. It had never ente ed his mind, that he could partake in the mighty adventure, that he could ever blend his own destiny with that of the inine that spread around; but now the face of things was al. tered, and he resolved to adventure boldly and skilfully the property that had been left him. It was in vain that his parent, and Rachel, his sister, implored him to pause, ere he committed so perilous and fearful a deed, --for they never could sarvive, they said, the loss of this treasure: the nature of the man was changed ; and there never was a more striking proof of the sudden in. fluence of money on a disposition hitherto untried by it. He returned brief and stern answers to the mother before whom his voice had formerly been subdued and submissive,- looked her full in the face, and met her
glazing eye on his pastor, and said, “* Man, if there's
love stronger than death, 'tis that for a desolate daughter: watch over mine, if you hope for mercy; for she is an orphan.” The tears of the girl did not fall alone; for the feelings of the Curate were moved to the uttermost. Deaths and funerals had, from babit, become to him familiar things; but a death like this assailed every avenue of his heart and memory. The sun was yet rising, and his red beams fell through the cottage window on the face of the dead, whose thin hand was still extended towards his child, as if he miserably mocked the king of terrors ; and on the features of that child was utter friendlessness. The Minister stood, with folded arms, on the other side of the bed: his earnest aspect, and compressed lips, showed him to he no passionless spectator: he bent forward, and taking the trembling hand of the girl, led her from the apartment. He hastened to his home; and thither the scene followed him, the dying charge still thrilling in his ear. On the next Sunday his eye wandered un. cousciously to the people who entered : and when the orphan girl came in her mourning, the looks of the whole congregation were instantly turned on her; for utter desolation ever commands interest and pity. A stronger feeling was excited in the Curate's mind, as he often sought the cottage, and gazed on her beauty, and loved it. But what had he to do with love, when poverty, like an armed man, stood in his path, and sternly warned the resistless stranger away? Could he, for a moment, think of introducing another to share the
glance of authority with one of equal command. The pect that might ever be of their union, -vot to love gold unhappy woman sank into a chair, wrung her hands, better than her love; and then she pointed to the and said that a curse would come on the money thus chamber in which her father died. The Curate's spirit awfully risked.
was severely tried: the look, the action, the sorrow of But there was another and more youthful eye and the kneeling girl, were almost irresistible, and he felt tone, that he dared not thus to meet. In the evening them to be so : the struggle was violent ; but pride, a he hastened to the cottage where the daughter of the new sensation, at last came to his aid. “Why will you peasant still lived: his feelings were delightful as he not," he said, “ be guided by my advice? Have I not entered; and he grasped her hand fervently, and looked in every thing sought your welfare? and you blame me long and earnestly in her lovely face. His own feelings because I seek to make our home a more wealthy one ! were full of pride mingled with tenderness : for he felt Bear this absence of a few months with patience, and that she was his own ; and, to his ardent imagination, then I will come and bring you to our home.” there seemed something exquisite in rescuing her from She rose, and spoke not another word of complaint or desertion, and executing the trust of her dying father : sorrow; and soon after he parted from her kindly as, for poverty had crushed hitherto the spirit of the Curate, ever, and sought his own dwelling on the hill. On the and shrouded every thing that was noble and generous following day she left her home, and went to the disin it. The girl spoke low and passionately, and there tant town. was hope in her voice and eye, as she wished him joy of And now the Curate knew no rest night or day. He his good fortune; for she had begun to love the kind- was not long in deciding in what adventure to placc his hearted Minister, who had been a faithful friend in her money ; and yet the moments of suspense, ere he came distress. By his unceasing rfforts he had procured her to that decision, were beautiful. He traversed the whole the situation of lady's maid in the town at about twenty neighbourhood every day with rapid and eager steps, miles' distance, and she was to depart in a few days. canvassed with his own eyes the bearings and value of " Then you would not wish me to go now,” she asked, every enterprise. But how different were his air and “ now that the world smiles upon you; you would tone! No longer bending and dependent, but firm, rather, perhaps, that I should stay here?" He re- elevated, and clear. And many attentions and civilities turned no answer. “It is a place of pride," she re- were paid him ; for, as the precise amount of the besumed, “and of command; and my father's cottage will quest was not known, people began to imagine it much be far dearer to me than that lady's house.” He turned greater than it was. to the small window, through which the moonlight was At last he fixed upon a very flourishing, or rather shining beautifully, and she saw that his face was pale promising, copper mine, that had not been discovered and agitated. Mistaking the cause, the colour rushed more than twelve months; and here he embarked the to her own cheek, and she said something about his whole of his property. The moment he had done this, despising her now he was rich: he started at the words, a devouring thirst and gnawing anxiety seized on his and pressed her to his heart, that throbbed with an. soul: the traveller, dying in the desert, does not long guish. He had known enough of the delusions of the more intensely for the cooling water, than the Curate human spirit in the various scenes of suffering, sorrow, did for the gains that were so soon to flow from his ad. and death, that his extensive parish offerred, to be aware venture. Religion; the sermons and prayers of the that his own was now miserably led captive. “ Mary," Sabbath ; the visiting of the sick; the comforting of he said, " the bitterness of parting will be hard to bear: the dying:-all these were light as the autumn leaf, we might now be married, I know, and be happy ; but compared to the beloved, the glowing, the golden specu-but I am not rich, as you say,—not rich enough to lation. He was thin before, but now he wasted to a live in comfort: no, my love, I wish to surround you shadow. Murmurings began to rise in the parish at with enjoyments, with afluence, that all thoughts of his neglect and insensibility ; several people, who lived poverty may be chased from our dwelling as chaff be- at the distance of many miles, in their last moments had fore the wind.” And then he told her of the purposes longed for the sacrament, and seemed to linger on life's he had formed and matured, of laying out the property fading shore, unwilling to leave it without that conso. in a flourishing mine in the neighbourhood, where, in lation : yet it never came. But the misery or happithe course of a year, there was a certain prospect of its ness of others was now become quite indifferent being doubled.
to him: he rose with the earliest light, quitted the As he spoke on the tempting theme, his eye flashed, house before either of its inmates were stirring, and rehis voice rose, and his gestures were impassioned. The paired, over the moor, to the scene of the distant mine. girl gazed in surprize and sorrow, and thought of the The living object of his attachment he visited once or gentle tone, the happy smile, the look full of hope and twice in the distant town, and told her, with a sparkaffection, with which he had been wont to enter her ling eye, of his ardent hopes ; but no lover ever hung dwelling. It was clear that she must part from her with more fondness over the untimely grave of his home, and its wild and loved scenes, from which she mistress, than the Curate did, morn and ere, over the had never wandered before ; for till his golden expecta- black heaps that rose at his feet, in which he felt his tions were accomplished, as he admitted, the day of own fate involved. He sate beside them, took the their union could not come, and he would be, in fact, moist stones in his hand; minutely, darkly, distinctly as poor and dependent as ever. Her tears fell fast at traced were the veins of the rich mineral; and then he the thoughi, and a warning conviction seemed to rush retraced the path to his dwelling, and sat down silent on her mind.
She knelt before him, and, clasping his and abstracted. The puny income, that had so long hand in her own, blessed him for all the care and ten- been his sole resource, he now thonght of with perfect derness with which he had watched over her orphan contempt. “ Ten pouuds a quarter :- he had not the state, and besought him not to cast away the only pros- slightest intention of retaining his cure beyond the time