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of the world. But the country is still said to be able guishable from the common houses in the streets, to furnish subsistence for 78,000,000 of human except by their large dimensious. The palaces of

beings—so that it is not to the poverty of the soil we the grandees that contain either statues or pictures AF FTER Italy, Spain is unquestionably the most must attribute the decrease in its numerical power. of value, are few in number.

interesting country in Europe. Its history War and bad government have been the curses of The old palace was burnt down to the ground in is a wonder-a marvel; there is no territory in Spain for ages; but what good could be expected of 1734; and Philip Juvara was commissioned by Christendom so fertile in romantic associations. a country burthened with half a million of nobles Philip V. to give a plan for rebuilding it in the most Its annals carry us far into the recesses of the past; and a hundred and fifty thousand priests and nuns ? splendid manner. The model he made is still in exand prominent among its records is the fact that it The wonder should be that the nationality held to- istence, but was rejected on acoount of the immenhas twice been the debateable ground between gether for a single year.

sity of the size and the greatness of the expense, Europe and Africa. Rome and Carthage contended

The capital of this deeply-interesting country, like as well as of the want of sufficient room to place it, for empire on its soil; and when the Saracens made St. Petersburg, owes its origin to political conside the king being determined, on account of the air, to their chivalrous effort for the possession of Chris-rations and the caprice of the sovereign. Madrid have it rebuilt on the exact spot where the old one tian Europe, Spain was one of the advanced posi- stands on several low hills in the midst of an im- had stood. Juvara dying before he could prepare a tions on which they seized.

mense plain, bounded on the side of Old Castile by second design, his disciple Sacchetti produced that Its authentic history commences with its consoli- the mountains of Guadarama ; on every other side it which has been carried into execution. It is all of dation into a Roman province, under the first impe- seems to have no other boundary than the horizon. white stone, each of the fronts being 470 feet in rial Cæsar. This was for a long time adopted by The population is about 250,000. There is this to length by 100 in height. This pile towers over all Spanish writers as their historic era, being thirty- be said in favor of the site : it is nearly in the centre the country, where nothing intercepts the view for five years earlier than that which is generally as

of Spain, and the air is pure, but the climate is vari- many miles. The entrances and ground floor appear signed to the birth of the Saviour. In Arragon this able and far from genial—the cold of winter being more like those of some mighty fortress, than of the continued to be in use till the year 1358, in Castile severe, and the summer heat overwhelming. By peaceful habitation of some powerful monarch, a trzenty-five years later, and in Portugal so late as going only thirty or forty miles southward, many hundred leagues removed from his frontiers. The 1415. The earliest known division of Spain was

advantageous and beautiful situations might have range of large glazed arches round the inner court into Citerior and Ulterior-Hither and Further-been chosen ; but it would seem that the royal resembles the inside of a manufactory. This is the Spain in reference to the Iberian chain ; but soon founder bad determined to fix his capital on a spot more unpardonable, as they had at no great distance, after this we find it divided by Roman writers into which no Roman, Gothic, or Moorish sovereign had in the Alcazar of Toledo, as elegant a colonnade as three provinces—Lusitania, Hispania Bætica, and thought worthy of occupying, till Philip II. removed the nicest critic could desire. The beautiful circuHispania Tarraconesis. Under the latter Roman his court to this place. Madrid was only an obscure lar court of Granada might have suggested noble emperors some alterations were made in this divi- town in a naked and sterile district, destitute alike ideas to the architect; but at that time, perhaps, the sion, and it was afterwards totally obliterated by the of trees and verdure. It belonged to the archbishops very existence of such a thing was a secret at desolating invasion of the country by the northern of Toledo, and as if in contempt oî the noble river Madrid. nations. The modern division of Spain results which washes the ancient capital, Madrid is built on But the interior is gorgeous. The ceilings ara. from the formation of distinct and independent king- the banks of the Manzanares—one of its tributaries Chef d'quvres of Mengs, Corrado, and Tiepolo. The doms and principalities on the expulsion of the —which in summer is a mere rivulet, creeping richest marbles are employed with great taste in Moors, between the middle of the eighth century through a wide bed of sand. Overlooking the de- forming the cornices and socles of the rooms, and and the end of the fifteenth. The Asturian mon- fects of the situation, Madrid may be admitted to be the frames of the doors and windows. What enarchy was the germ of the Spanish greatness. The a very fine city. The houses are lofty and built of hances the value of these marbles is the circumsmall province which it comprised was at one time stone ; the streets are well paved and clean, and the stance of their being all produced in the quarries the only portion of the country unconquered by the public edifices, not being blackened with smoke, of Spain. Moors. At length, towards the close of the fif- look as if they were newly erected

At the bottom of the palace yard is an old buildteenth century, by the marriage of Ferdinand, fifth The handsomest buildings are the palaces and ing called the Armeria, containing a curious assortKing of Arragon, with Isabella of Castile, the churches. The principal of the former is the ment of antique arms and weapons. No notable crowns of Asturian, Leon, Castile, Arragon, and Palacio Real—the residence of Queen Isabella. We house has its fire-grates half so bright as these coats Granada were united.

give an engraving of the exterior of this imposing of mail. They show those of all the heroes that The discovery of America soon followed, and edifice, and, to describe it, we must enter into a few dignify the annals of Spain : those of St. FerdiSpain in one generation became the greatest coun- historical details.

nand, of Ferdinand the Catholic, his wife Isabella, try in Europe. Situated between two seas which The first king that made any long abode in Charles V., the great Captain Gonsalo, the King of spread its commerce into every port, it collected on Madrid, was Henry IV. Before his reign, it was Grenada, and many others. Some suits are emeither hand, in the time of its maritime greatness, but an insignificant place, with a small castle for the bossed with great nicety. The temper of the sword the wealth o both the Indics; while, on the only convenience of the princess who came to hunt the blades is quite wonderful; you may lap them round side on which it is accessible to foreign invasion, the boar in the environs, which were then as woody as your waist like a girdle. Pyrenees-present a formidable, though it has not they are now naked. Its situation on a hill over- The present occupant of the Palacio Real (which proved an insuperable barrier. looking many leagues of country, open on every side we engrave) is Maria Isabella, a sove

overeign who first The greatest longitudinal length of the Spanish to a wholesome circulation of air, and abundance of saw the light on the 10th of October, 1830, and who peninsula, from Cape Finisterre to Cape Creus, is good water, induced the Emperor Charles V. to ascended the throne of Spain on the 29th of Sep650 miles ; its breadth, from Cape Ortegal to Gib- build an ample palace here, which he intended to tember, 1833. Of the war waged in her behalf, in raltar, 550 miles. Exclusive of Portugal, its super- make his chief residence, as he thought the climate which England assisted, we will not detail any parficial extent may be stated in round numbers at best adapted to his constitution. The sovereign ticulars. All that we would venture to say is, that 176,500 square miles. No European country, ex. being once fixed at Madrid, the nobility soon aban- abundance of valuable life was sacrificed in placing cept Switzerland, is so mountainous.

doned their hereditary castles and houses in other on the throne of one of the largest kingdoms of As to the population, it was, according to the last cities, to follow the court. They were under the Europe, a child, who-although now only a girl in census, 12,000,000—of whom it was declared that necessity of settling in the houses they found ready years—has become a scandal and a reproach to the one-twentieth were nobles, 300,000 were domestic built, and for that reason, added to the supine indif- whole of Christendom. Her shameless conductservants, and 150,000 priests and nuns. Under thc ference that seized the Spaniards during the last which can only be paralleled by a reference to some Romans, the total number of inhabitants was two-thirds of the seventeenth century, and nearly of the female wantons who have swayed the desti40,000,000 : 80 that, as regards people, Spain has half of this, must of the great families still continue nies of Russia-has plunged the country in the wofully dėgenerated since the days of the conquerors 'to inhabit vast ranges of ugly fabrics, not distin-horrors of another revolution; and this time the indignation of the proverbially loyal Spaniards is ration and jealousy of neighboring nations. In On approaching from St. Petersburg, the first oblevelled personally and directly at the sovereign. fact, viewed in every aspect, Spain is a remarkable ject seen in the vicinity is the residence of Peter the She has outraged even their lax ideas of decorum country ; and we can only regret that the immo- Great---it is not far removed from the old palace. It and morality; and unless she abdicates, or is forci- rality of the court and the corruption of the laws is called Marly, and is beautifully surrounded by bly dethroned, her fate will unquestionably be terri-have tended so much to degrade her in the estima- trees ; the house is quite small, and not very unlike ble. It is only a few months since her life was tion of the world.

a Dutch farm-hous2. In this snuggery Peter died. threatened by a fanatic priest; and as there are

The bed on which he breathed his last and the bedplenty of such in Spain, we should say, that of all

clothes are all preserved, as when he occupied the the public characters who appear on the stage of PALACES OF THE EMPEROR OF RUSSIA. chamber. On his pillow are his caps and nightEuropean political life—her existence is the most

clothes, and his robe de chambre lies on the coverlet precarious. It literally hangs by a thread. But

NICH
ICHOLAS, the Emperor of all the Russias, is

of the bed. Nothing can be more simple than all

the furniture. however detestable may be the character of the

Th» rooms are small, and you can magnificently lodged---for those well acquainted monarch, we ought not to let our opinion of Spain with the different kingdoms of Europe state, that no

fancy that the old people who lived in the cottage and the Spaniards be colored by prejudice. Spain monarch possesses a greater number of or more small chamber are his slippers, boots, and sedan

ha just stepped out. In the room adjoining the itself is one of the finest and richest countries in imposing residences. His palaces stretch at in- chair

, and other articles of personal dress. In a the world. Three-fourths of the mountains are tervals from St. Petersburg to Moscow ; but no composed of beautiful marble and alabaster. In doubt the railway between those places will in time

small corner-cupboard are his camp equipage, as Catalonia alone, we are told that there are 177 render the majority useless. Those in the capital the kitchen are covered with blue Dutch tiles. No

plain as tin, iron, and brass can be. The walls of different kinds, without including the jasper of Tor- and the neighborhood are grand edifices. The Imtoza. The green marble of Granada and the flesh-perial Winter Palace in St. Petersburg is a splendid

thing indicates that royalty ever resided here but colored have a brilliancy to the eye and a fineness building, but its walls are cemented with human Japanese cabinets and beautiful stands. His escri

some good Flemish pictures, and a few elegant to the touch which rank them with the most re-blood; and the circumstances we are about to relate toire remains as he last used it. A long, narrow cherché oriental substances. Several of the pro- show the ruthless disposition of its barbarous saloon, which is really a covered gallery, has many vinces of Spain are still enriched with mines of gold

master. and silver, and lead and quicksilver.

In 1837 the old palace was destroyed, and the receive his visitors. The dining-room was a small

portraits; and here the emperor used to walk, and And those who admire the fine arts, historical re- present Emperor, by royal ukase, ordered a new collections, and the monuments of antiquity, may in building to be completed in a year.

apartment, with a circular oak table, and the panels Spain walk over the ruins of Saguntum, Numanlia, That degrading servility which belongs to despotic old black oak. From a noble terrace, paved with

of fine Japanese work; the lower wainscoting of Tarrogona, and Merida—the theatre of the cam-courts, and which shrinks not at blasphemy, made

marble, Peter could gaze upon his infant navy, paigns of Hannibal, the Scipios, and the unfortunate one of the courtiers say to the gratified despot, sons of Pompey; they may repose in the shade of that it had taken even God a week to construct the lying off Cronstadt. The rocks of the sea-shore

come quite up to the balustrades of the terrace, and the ancient fountains of Sertorious, and read the world." It was done by forced labor night and name of Optimus in the inscriptions in the native day--a gang of six thousand working at a time, with beth used to retire from the pomp of royalty to this

greatly add to the scenery. The Empress Elizacountry of Trajan and Adrian. But the monuments unlimited drink all the while. Many died, few quiet spot, and is said to have cooked her own which the Roman people left in every part of the were paid, and the Marquis de Custine says :

dinners. empire are not the only ones in Spain. A people “ These unfortunate men had to undergo a diffeless powerful, although equally celebrated —less rence of temperature of from fifty to sixty degrees on

The next attraction is the cottage of Catherine, known, though as worthy of being 50—have left in entering and leaving this abode of death, transformed the interior of which is excessively rich ; and its the Iberian peninsula perhaps the only monuments by means of their sacrifice into the seat of vanity, mirrors and wonderful collection of china and glass which exist of them in the world. The Arabs magnificence, and pleasure. Labor in the mines of entirely captivating. In no palace is there seen spent ages in embroidering the walls of Granada the Ural is less injurious to life, yet the workmen such magnificent specimens of Dresden porcelain as and Cordova, and in completely clothing them with employed at St. Petersburg were no malefactors.

in this gem of a palace; and the gorgeousness of an assemblage of ornaments, the grace and lightness Those who painted wore a glass cap, that they might

some of the apartments strike forcibly on the imagiof the details of which are equal to the grandeur of retain the use of their senses. Nevertheless, the nation, after the contrast witnessed in the humble the masses. While those voluptuous people orna- sovereign was called “father." A considerable apartments of the great monarch. The pleasuremented in this manner the baths and retired cham- number died every day, but the place of the victims grounds and charming villas and gardens connected bers of their seraglios in the south, the Goths raised was instantly supplied by other champions.”

with the present abode roğalty are extremely the dark and austere monuments of their religion in The palace was finished ; but an atrocious odor beau:iful. The verdure of the sward, with the the north. Forests of coluinns supporting pointed pervaded the apartments, as if the dead bodies foliage of the woods, wird 6.c gay flowers of the roofs, lighted by windows stained with glaring of those who had perished were festering: some of thousand garden-beds and borders, transcend all colors, immense iron gates, loaded with carved or the roofs of great rooms fell in, and it took a luis that is known of beauty in the country life of any naments, and marble mausoleums, casting long sha- time to make it habitable. Milton alone can de part of the world. The gardens are very extensive dows on funeral inscriptions, present another kind scribe the Czar, as he sat on the throne, bidding--the drives inclose thirty miles ; and fish-ponds of monument more solemn and mure historical. thousands die for his vanity :

temples, villas, &c., are too numerous to allude to in At last the era of the revival of the arts, in the age

detail. The bathing-house of the imperial family is of the Medici, commenced in the reign of Charles

Horrid king, besmeared with blood

a most admirable building; and from a chaste

of human sacrifice, and parents' tears V.; and it may be supposed that Spain, which at

inarble structure you walk down into a large sheet that period was superior to the rest of Europe, was In the summer season this northern Nero betakes of water, surrounded by a dense foliage of lofty not inferior to it in this kind of glory. In short, all himself to a beautiful summer palace he has at trees. The vast amount of water at command who delight in the knowledge of politics, laws, Petershoff, a place about thirty miles from the enables the imperial owner to rival, if not to surpass, manners, and customs, will find in Spain an original capital, on the Russian side of the Gulf of Finland, the celebrated water-works at Versailles. Every people, whose character retains much of its primi- and within siglit of the celebrated fortress of Cron- possible surprise awaits the wanderer through these tive purity. Half the country lies fallow, but the stadt.

grounds. You are standing to admire some beautiother half proves what might be made of it. All We give an engraved illustration of this summer ful tree; the guide has touched a spring, and every its productions are of a remarkable quality. The palace.

branch, and every twig, and every leaf, is turned olives are twice as large as those of Provence. The Its position is good; it is at the mouth of the into crystal ; and a fountain rises from that tree, wines of Alicant, Xeres, and Malaga are sufficiently Neva, and commands a fine view of Cronstadt, from which is metallic, although the spectator supposed known, and the woods have long excited the admi-' which it is perhaps ten miles distant,

it to be a production of the forest.

THE

ROOK.

AND THE KNIGHT.

NO. 1.

BLACK

WHITE

moves

NO. II.

WHITE

BLACK

P. moves.
P. moves.

III.

WHITE

BLACK

NO.

IV.

BLACK

WHITE 1. Kt. takes R.

BY B. C. E.

While passing over exquisite bridges from island them all. It is built much more in the European to island, and in boats drawn by stationary ropes, style than any of the rest. The materials used are

The Rook is considered to be worth a Bishop and the imperial gondolas, which are much used by the marble and stone. The building consists of a splen- two Pawns, or a Knight and two Pawns. royal family, frequently dart by. did centre and double wings, and is approached by a

THE BISHOP On one of the islets there stands what seems to stately triumphal gateway. It stands on the Euro

The value of these two pieces is estimated to be be a beautiful temple, which is reached by a move- pean shore of the Bosphorus, near Tophana, and precisely silnilar ; and about equal to that of three able platform, propelled by two men drawing ropes facing the entrance of the Sea of Marmora.

Pawns. on either side of it. Never was there a more bliss- The view from this point is said to be one of the

SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS. ful retreat than this peaceful spot. The temple is a finest in Constantinople. The Bosphorus, which lovely miniature villa. Statuary decks the outer separates the continent of Europe, and connects the niches of the walls. The entrance is through a Black Sea with the Sea of Marmora, is about fifteen 1. R. to Q. Kt. check. B. interposes.

K to R. long passage, roofed with ivy; a high wall is covered miles in length, and varies from three quarters of a 2. R. takes B. check.

3. B. takes P. at Q.'s 5. R. to Kt. with the same, so trained as to allow medallions and mile to a mile and a half in breadth Its blue waters

4. B. takes P. check.

R. interposes. marble intaglios on the wall to appear as within a are held in on both sides by continued ranges of 5. R. takes R.

anything. frame. Here is a fou: :ain, in the centre of a large undulating hills, and its valleys, full of delicious 6. R. discovering

check and mate. basin---flowers, rare and fragrant, and some most verdure, are the resort of the élite of Constantinople. precious groups of statuary, forming a coup-d'æil at once fairy-like and enchanting. Opening on the

1. Kt. to K. 4.

CHESS. fountain is a fine, spacious, summer room, fur

2. R. to Q.8.
3. B. to Q. 5.

P. takes B. nished with a rich divan piled up with cushions.

TO CORRESPONDENTS. 4. R. to K. 8, checkmate. In front of it stands a small, low table, supporting

NO. a reclining Cleopatra, 1:2 poisonous asp upon her L. M.--You will find solutions to our former Problems in the

first number of each monthly part. Many of our subscriarm, and her left hand resting upon her heart.

1. K. to K. 2

K..takes Kt. bers taking the work monthly would get Problems and soHere, too, is a beautiful mosaic table. The next lutions at the same time, were the latter published weekly.

2. B. to Q. B. 7.

K. to Q. 5. 3. B. to Q. 6.

K. to B. 6. room is peculiarly tasteful, and full of comfort. The s. N.-The great Chess-match between Messrs. Rousseau

4. B. to K 5, checkmate. table, writing-desk, statuary, all looks as though the

and Stanley, was played at New Orleans in the year 1815 ;

Mr. S. winning, at the rate of 11 to 7, four games, also, most fastidious taste had directed the position of

being drawn. each object. The garden of this isle is radiant with G. B.-Both positions are faulty ; also, the one sent by

P. to K. B. 6. 2. Kt, to K. B. 6.

P. to K. B. 7. roses, azaleas, fuschias, and carnations. The palace C. L.

3. Kt. to K. 4.

P. Queens, &c. is a large building, painted yellow, and picked off J. N.-Will obtain the information which he desires by pe

4. Kt. checkmates.

rusing our last number. with white. It has no very great architectural merits ; but the chapel, which stands at one end,

Secretaries and other officers, or members of Chess PROBLEM NO. V.

Clubs in the United States and British North America, are has a gorgeous dome, which reflects every ray of

requested to put us in possession of such information as will light í.om its gilt surface.

Black.

enable us to publish the times and places at which their Such is the summer residence of the great despot

meetings are held. Communications on all subjects of inteof modern times. In this place resided Constantine,

rest connected with the game, from amateurs generally, will the clder brother of Nicholas, and heir of the throne.

be always acceptable ; and due attention to all queries as to the Laws and Customs by which Chess play is regulated,

may be at all times relied upon.
QUEEN VICTORIA'S
NEW PALACE, BALMORAL, SCOTLAND.

NIGHT SONG.
EAR

ARTH, like a Lover poor and low,
UR illustration shows the style of building that

Feasts on Night's queenly beauty now; has been selected for Queen Victoria's new

While I, with burning heart and brow, palace in the Highlands of Scotland. It is a struc

Awake to weep for thee, Love! ture wholly faced with dressed granite, the mould

The spangled glories of the Night,

The Moon that walks in sost, white light : ings and ornamental portions having been carved on

These cannot win my charmed sight, the spot. It will have two square towers when

Or lure a thought from thee, Love! completed, and modern agrémens will not have been

I'm thinking o'er the short, sweet hour, omitted. There are two fountains in the grounds,

Our hearts drank up Love's growth of power, werked by a steam engine, which will throw the

And summer'd as in Eden's bower,

When I was blest with thee, Love water sixty feet high; and it may safely be said that

White.

There burn'd no beauty on the trees, altogether this New Palace will be as complete as

White to play and checkmate in four moves.

There woke no song of birds or bees, modern art and architectural taste can make it.

But Love's cup for us held no lees,

And I was blest with thee, Love!
RELATIVE VALUE OF THE CHESSMEN.

Then grand and golden fancies spring
THE SULTAN'S NEW PALACE.

From out my heart, on splendid wing, Notwithstanding that the protection of his King Like Chrysalis from Life's winteringTHE English talk of the extravagance of George from danger, is one of the main considerations of a

Burst bright and summeringly, Love !

And as a Chief of battle lost IV., and sometimes complain even because so player, yet has that piece, when judiciously directed,

Counts, and recounts, his stricken host, much money has been spent by Victoria on Buck- much individual capacity, both of attack and de

Stands tearful Memory, making most ingham Palace. They are happy fellows compared fence, the more particularly so, when Pawns are

or all that's toucht with thee, Love. with the Turks. Every fresh Sultan feels bound to concerned toward the ending of the game. Under

Perchance in Pleasure's brilliant bower build a fresh Palace, and each one is to be more the circumstances of the case, however, relatively

Thy heart may half forget Love's power,

But at this still and starry hour gorgeous than the last. So Constantinople abounds i considered, no estimate of the King's value could be

Does it not turn to me, Love? with palaces, and each built with a style of its own. by any means attained.

Oh, by all pangs for thy sweet sake, The one now building at Dolmabagdsche, on the

QUEEN.

In my deep love thy heart-thirst slake, Bosphorus, by the present Sultan, which we illus- The average value of he Queen is supposed to be

Or, all too full, my heart must break :

Break! break! with loving thee, Love! trate in this number, promises to be the grandest of equivalent to that of two Rooks and a Pawn.

OUR

THE KING.

THE

THE

BY 0. B. B.

WITH

Fresh flowers,

To kiss his brow

To shroud his mortal form
Eternal from the storm!

CHANT OVER A GRECIAN YOUTH * A strait, Reuben ?"

“ Dissembler!” cried the young man, stopping “Ay, a cruel one : I want to absent myself for her words with a kiss ; "you know that I have not From the tragedy of Marco Bozzaris."

three hours—and how to account for my absence I a thought I would conceal from you.”
know not, unless you will assist me."

His cousin remained silent : woman like, she flowers strew,

The daughter of the host of the Fair Rosamond, waited for the proof.
And tears bedew,
As to the earth,

like most young girls, was a little inclined to be "You noticed the strangers who arrived last From whence his birth,

jealous. She remembered, with a pang, that her night?" he continued. Consign his worth !

lover had admired the sparkling eyes and jetty locks “ The fierce, rude men,” exclaimed the girl, No shroud his limbs do lave,

of a certain miller's daughter, at Woodstock. " who drank so much wine, and swore so terribly ? No box demeans his grave;

“I assist you,” she answered pettishly; "you I did. But what of them? My father knows them :
But to the earth we lay his face,
And ne'er his form in trammels caso, require no assistance or permission from me! I he would not draw his best sack and Bordeaux upon
Then o'er his body lay

dare say they will not miss you in the house." the credit of their swords and swaggering words. Bright flowers,

“Do you think so ?" said the young man, with an They are soldiers, I heard their leader say, recruit-
Sweet flowers,
air of abstraction.

ing for the service of the queen.”
To waft his soul away!
“ And if they do," continued the girl, the tears

“Now, heaven forbid,” exclaimed the youth, With tears bedew,

starting to her eyes at what she considered the pre- crossing himself -for he was Catholic—“ I would And flowers strew,

meditated unkindness of her cousin, “the cause rather than a hundred golden nobles that she knew
To wast his soul away,
will amply justify you, no doubt."

nothing of this matter."
To watt his soul away.
Reuben started, and, taking her by the hand, de-

" What matter?”
The earth her bosom bares,
manded, in an agitated tone, if she knew the cause.

Not to keep the poor girl longer in suspense, her
To ease his mortal cares,

“I can guess it," answered the maiden, bitterly. lover proceeded to explain to her how, following the of purest snow,

" Then I am sure,” he said, “ you will assist advice of the old trader, he had, during the night, me! But how came you to know—did you over-climbed up the old porchway to the window of the hear

chamber in which Basset and two of his companions So lay his hero leart to rest Upon a mother's fondling breast ;

"I am no eavesdropper,” interrupted the girl, slept; and that he had heard sufficient of their conHis check upon the sod, proudly.

versation to know that the object of their visit was His spirit flown to God.

Reuben was more and more surprised-he could nothing less than to assassinate the Lady Elizabeth Then cypress and the laurel twine, not understand either her words or manner : it was

--now a prisoner in the old palace of Woodstock. That Death and Glory may combine evident there was a game of cross purposes between

The countenance of Mabel grew pale as she To wreathe a halo round his headlinmortal crown him on his bed ! them.

listened to the tale : young as she was, she had seen With tears bedew, “ You speak unkindly, Mab,” he replied, “and

sufficient of the troublous times which followed the And flowers strew, Bright flowers, yet I am sure you do not feel so--for your heart is close of the last reign, not to tremble at the import

ance of such a secret. Sweet flowers,

too good not to feel for one of your own sex, as
Fresh flowers,

young
and beautiful as yourself."

Alas, Reuben !" she said, “what can we do?"
To waft his soul away,

“Young and beautiful she is," exclaimed the “Our duty, Mabel," answered the young man, To was his soul away.

girl ; " but not good : were she, I should not feel firmly; "and leave the rest to heaven. From what * In Greece, the bodies of virgins and youths are consigned your unkindness. Alice Maythorn, the miller's I overheard, Sir Henry Beddingfield is no party to to their graves, robed in white, without shroud or coffin, but daughter, may be all you fancy her, but I do not be- this infamous conspiracy-for the ruffians spoke of strewn with the rarest and inost beautiful flowers.

lieve it. She flirted with Farmer Ebbs, till all him as a precise and formal man, full of vain scruples
Woodstock cried shame upon her; and they do say, touching his prisoner's safety."
the captain of the guard at the palace spake more

“ He is the friend of the queen ?" timidly obQUEENS OF ENGLAND. freely of her name than befitted an honest girl.” served the girl. BY J. F. SMITH, ESQ,, “ Alice Maythorn,” repeated Reuben, a faint

“And therefore I will trust him," answered her Author of “ Stanfield Hall," " Minnie Grey," etc. glimmering of the delusion under which the pretty lover, with determination. “Mary cannot have con

Mabel was laboring for the first time dawning upon sented to the murder of her sister ; and if she has, ELIZABETH, QUEEN REGNANT OF ENGLAND. his mind ; “who spoke of Alice !"

my course would be equally clear. I must see Sir (Continued.)

" You did : your dream has been of her-your Henry, warn him of the danger, and leave the rest visit doubtless intended for her."

to heaven. I can no more !"
The simplest means will oft o'erreach
The young man stole his arm round her waist, and

“You are right, dear Reuben-always right! I The deepest cunning.

OLD PLAY

gently drew her towards him : she resisted suffi- but conspire against my own happiness when I ON the following morning the young tapster ciently to show her wounded pride, but not to disen

doubt you." descended at the usual hour, his mind evi- gage herself from his embrace.

The voice of Basset was now heard, calling loudly dently pre-occupied by some weighty matter. Even

in the stables for some one to take his horse to

“ I see, Mab,” he said, “ that I must trust you.” Woodstock: the animal had cast a shoe, and the his pretty cousin failed to rouse him from the waking

As you please, Reuben.” dream in which he was plunged, and more than once

ruffian knew too well the service his steed might

“ You know," he continued, “ that I have no render him at a pinch, not to provide against the he had to endure the reproof of the host and his bustling dame, for permitting the guests to call for thought of the miller's daughter-that all my love is accident.

centered here-here where you are! What else, liquor without attending to them.

There, Reuben,” whispered his cousin, “the think

you, has bound me so long to a home which is opportunity you wished for has arrived. But, for my Reuben,” said the pouting Mabel-perhaps she

not mine? You are not jealous, Mabel-you only sake, be cautious; for I would rather see you the missed the sly kiss which her lover generally contrived to steal before his uncle and aunt made their pretend to be, to draw my secret from me.”

husband of Alice, although I feel, she is unworthy appearance—" had you an evil dream last night ?" The heart of Mabel Auttered less violently: she of you, than any misfortune should befall you. “I had, indeed," was the reply.

was convinced—but, like most maidens, required to It would kill me." “Oh, do tell it me.”

be persuaded : it is so sweet to hear the proof of With an adieu such as lovers whisper, her cousin " It is not suited for thy ears, my pretty coz,” affection iterated from the lips of those we love. left the kitchen, where the above conversation had answered the young man ; “Mab!” he added—Mab “ I am sure, Reuben, I am not curious; and if I taken place, and made his way to the stable, where was the pet name by which he generally called her do wish to know the object of your journey, it is for the emissary of Gardiner was still calling for some -"I am in a strait.”

your sake more than mine—but you know best.” one to take his hurse.

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