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OR THE OLD MAN'S TALE
“Oh, only to go for a cruise with us, live as we EDITH MORTIMER,
“It is now about thirty years since, that Sir do, and drink the same sort o' stuff as you've just
Walter Middleton brought home his young and swallerd till all's blue.'
lovely bride, to reside entirely on this his paternal " All right,' says I, 'I'm your man.'
estate, which had passed uninterruptedly from one “Thought you wouldn't want much coaxing,' FOR many years past I have been in the habit of generation to another in his family. The whole says the captain.
indulging myself with two or three months' country round, as well as the villages, was as"Des say not,' says I. Must just send home to holiday, rambling from place to place in parts of sembled to welcome the best of landlords, and the my wife, to tell her where I'm gone to.'
England, and luxuriating in the lovely scenery kindest and most generous of masters to his “* Can't be done,' says the captain.
which is to be found in so many spots of that highly home and loving tenantry. There were great doings, “ Poor devil, how she will fret,' says I.
favored island ; a delightful change and recreation sir, each one vieing with the other to show their ""Yes,' says the captain, stowing his pistol away, from the close study and dingy atmosphere of a law- joy and respect. Well, sir, all went on as happy as 'I should say so;' and then he gives me a knowing yer's chambers.
could be, and again in eight months' time there look, as much as to say, 'you're a pretty fellow to I have met with several amusing characters, some were fresh rejoicings, for an heir was born, and a fret about.' Well, presently he has a short talk strange accidents, and many curious and pleasing fine noble baby he was, sir. Eighteen months afterwith his men ; and then he comes to me, and says, anecdotes; but with none have I been more im- wards, another fine boy was born, and then my lady • Mind for a lark, old boy ?'
pressed than with the following narrative, which I had no more children. I had often heard say her “ Don't mind,' says I.
will present to the reader, as near as possible in the ladyship wished much for a daughter, but she never ** Just skin of that dusty old toggery of yourn, words it was given to me. To avoid painful recol- had one of her own, although there was one afterand slip into a bran new suit we've got up in the lections to relatives (should there be such), I shall wards she loved as dearly as if she had been her own cave yonder.'
not disclose the locality, and the names are pur-child born. “ All right,' says I. Well, you see, I'd no sooner posely fictitious.
“ The two dear lads grew as fine upright bandpeeled, than the smugglers, who are up to all kinds Towards the close of a beautiful summer's day, I
some boys, sir, as you ever saw; they were kind and o'dodges, pitches my old clothes into the kiln, to was watching, from the brow of a hill
, a most glori- affable to all, and were the admiration of not only make believe that I'd tumbled in,
ous sunset, which, illuminating a deep and richly their doting parents, but of all the gentry round; « « But how about your bones ; they could n't a wooded valley below, discovered to my view a large indeed, sir, they were noble boys. I was returning flung them in, any how ?' mansion, surrounded with magnificent trees and
home one day rather earlier than usual, when I met " Why, no,' replied Whitey-Brown Tom, 'that shrubs, and all the appurtenances of a gentleman's
messengers galloping to and from the hall, women wouldn't a been easy, and me here to tell all about seat of no mean character. Looking for some per- and children running about crying, and every one in it. No; but you remembers, there used to be a son of whom I might make inquiry respecting the
distress, and then they told me, sir, that Master dung-heap yonder, full o' all sorts o' bones ; and old owner of such an enviable residence, I perceived an Walter (who was about seven years old), had been whats-i'-name, the ragman, used to pick 'em out to old man sitting pensively below me, his long grey thrown from one of his father's spirited horses, sell ; so the cunning smugglers, knowing I should hair waving with the summer breeze, his hands which he had, in the absence of the groom, imprube missed, chucked a lot of 'em along with my tog- clasped, and his eyes intently fixed on the house I
dently mounted. He was insensible, and it was gery into the fire, saying, “ Never mind, old fellow; had just descried. I coughed, and made as much feared very much injured ; for many days his life here's a job for the coroner, and your wife at the noise as I could in approaching him, that I might was despaired of, and we all grieved for the poor same time.",
not come too suddenly upon him, for the green turf sorrowing parents' sufferings, as well as for the “* And sure enough,' says I, “the deception was
was soft as the finest carpet. He turned his head, noble-hearted boy, for he was more beloved than his first-rate. Why, the whole county, coroner and all, arose, and to my “ good evening") replied in so brother whose disposition was not so amiable. b’lieves you as dead as a b'iled lobster.' mournful and gentle a voice, that I could at once
“ Well, sir, after many months of severe pain the “I know they do,' said Whitey-Brown Tom. perceive his meditations were of a sad nature.
young master was restored, but he was a cripple for "'Twas intended they should. Why, lor bless ye, After two or three observations on the fineness of life, and looked so thin and delicate from his close Ive only to show my phiz in a glimmering night, the season, and the beauty and magnificence of the confinement, that it was long before he regained the and I clears the way like a double-headed shot. view before us, I asked, "To whom does that flesh and strength he had lost. Great was the But mum's the word, old boy ;' and so we has a splendid place belong ?” “Ah, sir," he replied, “I grief that Sir Walter and his good lady suffered good swig at some o' the right sort o' stuff he'd got was thinking of the owners of that forsaken house, when they saw their darling child's altered appearabout him-cuffs another yarn or two ; and then when you spoke to me, once so happy, now, sir, if
ance. Everything that could be done was done ; giving me a gripe, he was off to join his gang at the living, how miserable ; but no one knows, sir, the they took him to London for better advice, they took back o' the point.”
place is all shut up, and has been uninhabited for him abroad for change of air, and to try the effect of “Capital !" shouted the two lime-burners, whose years, save by an old family servant and his wife, some wonderful baths, and he was improved very belief in ghosts had given way to undisguised admi- and if they know where the poor master and mistress much on his return home, but he was lame, sir, and ration of the scheme the smugglers had so success- are, they have never told.
his growth was very slow. But he had everything fully practised.
"Oh, sir, when I remember the happiness that besides, a noble handsome face, a kind benevolent “ And so you see,” continued old Bill,
was in that joyful house, and indeed, sir, in all the heart, a sweet even temper, and words and good a'ter that, those who know'd how to put block and
village round when blessed with their presence, and advice to all; he was always loving and obedient to strap together, cou'd understand how it happen'd think of what has happened since, my poor heart is his parents, kind above all, sir, a humble pious that Whitey-Brown's ghost always wos them sort o' nights best suited for running a boat o ready to break. (Here the old man was obliged to Christian. No wonder, then, that he was doted on
stop to wipe away his tears.) But grief, sir, does by his beloved parents, who saw in him their prayers tubs or backey- at the back o' the point; but in not kill; no doubt God sends it to wear us from answered, and their fondest hopes realised. Master course,” sighed old Bili
, “ the trick got stale at last, this world of pain and sorrow for our good, but it is Edmund was thought by some to be handsomer than for it got wind that the appearance of Whitey-Brown sometimes very hard for a poor sinner like me to Master Walter (but to my mind he wanted his and running a cargo meant the same thing; and the think so."
brother's bright, loving look); he was a fine tall last time a coast guard sent a brace o' bullets nearer
I was much struck with the venerable looking youth, proud of his figure and appearance, and from his ghostship than was pleasant; and since then I s'pose he's shifted his quarters, for I've heard nothin' man's impressive manner, and the tears which con- having had no interruption to his studies, like his on him since."
tinued to roll down his poor withered cheeks. I poor brother had, he was, they said, a greater
begged him, if not too painful a task, to tell me the scholar. Had it not been for Master Walter's sad If the Doge of Venice were to lose his sight, melancholy story, for I saw that something dreadful accident, when they were grown up, sir, two finer what useful article would it be converted into ?-A had occurred. He consented, and seating himself young men could hardly ever have been seen. Venetian blind. by my side, began his mournful tale.
“Well, sir, years passed on, all things were so
well ordered at the Hall, that there were always us as far as we go, and we can join you afterwards ?' discover where Mr. Edmund was gone to (he had happiness and comfort there; the young gentlemen What! he exclaimed, his fine face glowing with sent the horse and servant back), but without suchad finished their education, and those that were passion, 'what! ride with you, and see him sitting cess. Mr. Walter went to London, and would have competent to judge said they were very clever ; by your side. Neder.' And dashing through the gone further in search of his wayward brother, but when, quite suddenly, Lady Middleton was sum- opposite folding doors, he left her standing pale and his parents would not let him. moned to the death-bed of a dear friend, who be- frightened at his violence. All at once the truth 'In the meantime Miss Edith became thinner and queathed her orphan daughter, the lovely Edith seemed to burst upon her, and with a downcast palcr ; she accused herself of being the cause of all Mortimer, to her kind guardianship and care. They ilushed look, she returned to the room.
the misery her dear parents (as she called them) returned after a short time to the Hall, equally "A few minutes passed, when Mr. Walter drove suffered. Well, sir, at last a letter did come from pleased with each other, and Miss Edith was treated up to the door, and giving the reins to the groom, Spain, from Mr. Edmund, begging his parents' foras a daughter both by Sir W. and Lady Middleton, he cried out in a cheerful voice, Now, Edith,' giveness, but saying he could not return home. and the young men considered her as their sister. and then seeing me --(I opened the door for her), he
“Miss Edith began to look more cheerful, the mar“Well, sir, the poor people soon began to say she said, 'Good morning, Benson ;' then casting his riage day was fixed, and Mr. Walter now drove her was an angel sent from heaven to be a blessing to the bright black eyes upwards, as he came up the steps again to visit the sick. A little girl, one of the school village. In health, in sickness, and in death, she to meet her, he exclaimed, 'Why, dear Edith, what children, was very ill ; Miss Edith as usual went to was the comforter of all ; young and old rejoiced to is the matter?' I did not hear her reply, but when see her, nursed her in her lap, and when she was see her face ; Lady Middleton had always been they drove off together, I had sad thoughts that their coming away, the child clung to her, and kissed her meek, kind, and charitable, and in the habit of visit- cup of joy would not be free from sorrow; but oh, at parting, when Miss Edith observed to her mother, ing at the cottages, but Miss Edith now took her sir, I had no thought of how much sorrow. she thought the child's breath very hot, and as she place, and every one was well cared for. The young “It was too true, sir, Mr. Edmund was madly in had so much fever, she advised her at once to send squire had never mounted a horse since his accident, love with his brother's intended wife; for Mr. for the village doctor. He came, and pronounced having given his parents a promise he would not, Walter had, with his parents' joyful consent, been the child to have scarlet fever, and hearing that Miss but he had a pony chair with two beautiful grey accepted by Miss Edith. To them Mr. Edmund's Edith had just left, he hastened to the hall, to beg ponies, that he used to drive Lady Middleton in, to attentions appeared only natural, they did not dream that she would use every precaution, feeling in his visit the cottages, so while she was reading by the of the sad reality.
own mind great fear that it was too late, and that it bedside of one he would be reading to and comfort- “Well, sir, the young squire, as well as Sir would be more than she could bear in her delicate ing another, for he was truly a young Christian. Walter and Lady Middleton, wished the marriage to state, should the disease assume a dangerous form. Well, sir, my lady's place was soon taken by Miss take place, but Miss Edith put it off from time to Well, sir, the poor little child's was a dreadful case ; Edith, and you know how people will talk; it was time ; for although it was not then known, Mr. she soon died, and a few days after Miss Edith sickreported that she and Mr. Walter were engaged to Edmund had, after vainly trying to supplant his ened. Oh! what sad news it was to us all, and be married, and a lovely young couple they were, brother, sworn to her that she should never be his what a dismal house it was at the hall. Poor Sir sir. Why, even our good old rector, Mr. Barton, brother's wife, and she feared lest he should do Walter and Lady Middleton were overwhelmed with was heard to say that they were born for each other, something dreadful, and cause misery to thuse she grief, for she was the joy of their life. Mr. Walter and that he hoped, before he finished his course here, loved so well. She hoped, by giving him time to wept and prayed for his beloved one ; he would he should be permitted to join their hands ; and he see his folly, he would try and overcome it. listen to no entreaty, but kept watch day and night by was a very careful gentleman too, sir, so every one Every one saw that she was not herself; she Miss Edith's bedside. So long as she was sensible, thought he had good reason for saying as much as became thin and pale, and very nervous, and would she made him go out in the fresh air, every day and that.
neither be driven by Mr. Walter, nor ride with Mr. tried to comfort all. She felt she should not recover, • Mr. Edmund, like his father, rode very spirited Edmund. At last she became so ill, that advice was but she looked forward to a happier meeting above. horses, and was much admired by the ladies on thought necessary, notwithstanding she persisted in Oh, sır, I cannot tell you all she said to those around horseback, where his commanding height and figure saying that nothing was the matter with her. The her; her life was peace itself, and her death was were seen to great advantage. They said, he doctor advised the marriage to take place imme- peace. She sent her love and forgiveness to Mr. always wanted Miss Edith to ride with him, that diately, and Mr. Walter to take her to a warmer Edmund, and she bade them all seek comfort and she might see it; and at last it was whispered at the climate, as he feared she inherited her mother's dis- consolation where alone it can be found. Hall, by the servants, that Mr. Edmund was in love ease, who had died of consumption : but it was “The sorrow of that house was grievous, but too, with Miss Edith.
anxiety, sir, that was destroying her health. God was there, sir, supporting with his everlasting Many tales were spread, but I never listened to
Old Mr. Barton said, he “All was in busy preparation, but neither Mr. arms the sorrowing ones. them, and would not believe them, until one day, I | Walter or Miss Edith seemed themselves. Mr.
had no need to go to teach, he might to learn. bad been transacting a little matter of business for Edmund's temper grew worse and worse, and one “ The day poor Miss Edith was buried, which will Sir Walter, and was waiting in the hall for a letter, day, when his good brother was trying to soothe never be forgotten by many here, sir, the poor young when Miss Edith came out of the morning room, him after some trifling offence, he desired him to squire would stay until the coffin was hid from his with her bonnet and shawl on, ready to go with Mr. keep his advice to himself, Mr. Walter replied, sight, and as he turned mournfully away, he was Walter in his pony chair. She was followed by Why, dear Edmund, do you continue to pain me heard to say, 'I am coming, Edith.' He walked Mr. Edmund, who said (I thought, very angrily); with your strange behavior ? you well know that, slowly home, and upon entering the library where • Why must you go? You had much better put on almost all my life, I have given up my own wishes Mr. Barton was consoling Sir Walter and Lady your habit, and take a ride with me over the hills.' to yours ; what would you have ?? Give me Edith, Middleton he threw himself into his parents' arms, She replied in her usual sweet manner, “I cannot, then,' he said, in a voice hoarse with passion. and then going to Mr. Barton, he said, ' Pray for Edmund, I have asked Walter to drive me to see What do you say, Edmund ? do I hear you aright? me, that my sins may be forgiven, and comfort my poor old Mrs. Jones, who is very ill. •Never mind my Edith, my own dear Edith-you know not what dear father and mother, for I am going too; I am that,' he said, “Walter can go by himself, and leave you say, Walter. Hear me,' he cried, 'I will not very ill, I have striven to keep up till to-day, but a message ; you surely must prefer a ride on such a survive the day she becomes your wife.' Then now I must go to bed, to rise no more in this world.' glorious day as this.' • No, Edmund,' she returned, rushing to his room, the headstrong young man It was then perceived that the eruption had appeared, 'I promised Mrs. Jones to go and read to her, and I packed up a few clothes, and calling for his servant, he had taken the fever, and in less than ten days, cannot, for my own pleasure disappoint her; her rode off no one knew whither.
the vault was again opened, and the young heir was time is short here, and I should never forgive my- " It then became necessary to explain to Sir laid by his beloved's side. Oh, sir! that I could self for neglecting any opportunity of offering her Walter and his lady their son's previous conduct, have died for him, and spared his poor afflicted the little comfort I am able to give her. But, which had for months been preying on Miss Edith's parents that awful blow. Well, sir, we poor ignoadded she, in her coaxing way, why not ride with gentle frame and spirits. Every effort was made to rant mortals thought there had been trials and
troubles enough, but God thought otherwise. A very downy moustaches. Alexander was twenty letter came to say Mr. Edmund was dangerously ill years of age, fair-haired, and blue-eyed, with a deliin the south of France, and begged his parents to go cate nervous temperament, a graceful figure above
TOR a whole week these two charming young to him, as he said he could not die happy without the medium height, and hands and feet small enough
people had been, in obedience to the laws of seeing them, and expressing his now heart-felt re. for a girl. He was not a bit of a fop, but a fair nature, looking at and admiring one another with
all their might. pentance for the misery he had caused. specimen of Young America, as recently developed
But Alexander was too sensitive and romantic a They set off immediately, taking with them by the increasing wealth and luxury of the age.
youth to put in practice any of the ordinary means from London an eminent physician, they arrived had been carefully educated, and had not long left just in time to see their last hupe close his eyes, and Harvard University, to commence the study of the the very young is too delicate a plant for contact
of communication available in such cases. Love in to lay him in a foreign grave.
law, for which he was destined nominally, though with the coarseness of the world. Thus, though by “ Tho hall was closed, sir, when they left, and in reality as heir to the wealth both of his father giving a dollar to a servant-girl, Alexander might, they have never returned; they wrote, that they the judge, and of his uncle the banker, he might, could not come back to their now childless and deso- with little danger, feel indifferent to the chances of and ascertained her name and every particular, it
no doubt, have conveyed a letter to his innamorata, late home. Mr. Barton still dispenses their bounty his profession. to the poor cottagers, and no one is allowed to want. Alexander was a great reader. He learned all dent imagination to adopt so very simple and gross
never, for one instant, entered his dreamy and arAll know from whom it comes, but no one knows Harper's brown-covered novels, and bought all the
an expedient. where the poor broken-hearted parents are." new poems. He himself was busy writing a poem, A fresh gust of tears obliged the old man to stop to be called, “ The Falling Star.” Those who had tion of a means of communication which required
On the other hand, he was delighted at the invena few minutes, when he said, “ I have tried to make seen parts of it, declared it was
very fine;" a
no confidence in strangers. This means of com my story short, sir, I fear I have wearied you ; but I statement which friends are very often in the habit
munication was his uncle's despised present---the have not told you half the goodness of those that of making under similar circumstances-whether,
fishing-rod. are gone, or what a sad blank their absence has because it is much easier to praise than to criticise, caused. We all thought that our little village was or because friends naturally take a partial view of the fishing-rod for all the guns in the world.
At that moment, Alexander would not have given to be • The Happy Village ;' we looked forward to one another's productions. For my part, I have
Now the street in which Alexander lived was a see these young Christian children growing up always said, “ Save me from my friends, and leave highly respectable street, but rather narrow. I But, sir, “Man proposes and God dis- me to take care of my enemies.”
shall not more minutely describe it, because I do not poses.' No doubt all is right, but the tears will
Presently, Alexander went to the window, threw
wish to shock its highly respectable inhabitants by come, sir, whenever I look on that deserted mansion back the Venetian blinds, and gazed out into the with its closed doors and windows.".
describing the sort of goings-on to which their night. It was fine, but dark. The moon had not I thanked the old man for his mournful tale, and yet filled her horns, or even began to fill them.
street is subject. Many profoundly matter-of-fact wishing him good evening, returned to the inn, However
, Alexander did not want moonshine. To persons engaged in the importing of hardware, and where I learnt from the landlady that all I had heard | a brilliantly lighted window opposite all his atten- that street, and who knows what effect the idea of
other profoundly matter-of-fact businesses, reside in was correct. The melancholy recital deeply inter- tion was devoted. In that room sat a beautiful girl ested me, and I wrote it down in my journal in the of perhaps seventeen years, with dark lustrous hair, have on the minds of these worthy traders !
romantic proceedings in their neighborhood might old man's simple style and words.
large gentle eyes, and a skin of ivory. She sat in
Alexander having conceived his plan, lost no time burning between the windows of the room fell full Contributed to the Illustrated N Y. Journal.
attached to the line by the hook, and dangling from upon her. For some minutes Alexander Crosby HOOKING A WIFE.
the rod out of the window in a few seconds. By feasted his eyes upon this exquisite tableau vivant.
the aid of a chair-back, the rou was fixed at an angle, Then placing his own camphene lamp—for gas he had none-on the marble dressing-table,
and one swing of the line by Alexander's dexterous between
hand, landed hook and letter in the apartment of the “ VERY ERY kind of the old boy,” said Alexander- his own windows, he also took up a position in
unknown beauty. not Alexander the Great, but Alexander which his face was visible to the young lady. Both
The result was that the young girl hastily unCrosby, son of old Judge Crosby, of the Supreme then gazed at one another, with a charming appear- hooked the letter, closed her blinds and disappeared Court. Very well meant, no doubt, to send a ance of innocence and unconsciousness, till a sud
from Alexander's view for that night, leaving him a fishing-rod to a man who hates fishing as he does den thought occurred to Alexander, of such extraor
prey to cruel doubts and perplexities which rendered physic. Now, if he had sent me a gun, it would dinary brilliance, that to defer its application was
sleep impossible. have been of some use, for I was always fond of not to be thought of.
However, on the following night, he perceived that gunning, when I got the chance. But as for fish
As a preliminary measure, Alexander clasped his
the blinds were only partially closed, and by the aid ing, I never could see the fun of it. Besides, hands, bowed, touched his heart, and by divers of the invaluable fishing-rod, sent a second letter, there's something sneaking and treacherous about other gestures attracted the attention of the young full of young passionate protestations, winding up baiting a hook with a confounded imposition of an lady in the opposite room, who made an affectation
with these words :
Then artificial Ay, to take in a poor little unfortunate of not seeing what she saw perfectly well.
“For pity's sake, if you would save my life, send devil of a fish. Well, it's a handsome rod, and the young man sat down and wrote—he felt no
me a line in reply! there it may lie till I find somebody to give it to, repugnance to letter-writing now,
“P.S.-I will thow the line across again, with who can appreciate it. Meanwhile, here goes for a “ BEAUTIFUL AND ADORABLE YOUNG LADY
something attached to it to steady it." letter to Uncle Tom-Uncle Tom—what a niggeri
“Since I have seen you from my window, I can This something was a small daguerreotype of fied sound it has !-to thank him for his pre- think of nothing else. My soul is quite absorbed by himself, which he happened to have by him. sent !”
musing on your loveliness. I have left off smoking, After a short interval, the following note, in a Alexander opened his desk, and sat down to write. I scarcely eat, and as for studying law, I might as trembling hand, was returned to Alexander : By the time, however, that he came as far as “My well attempt to fly on the back of a camel ! dear Uncle," he laid down his pen, and fell into the “I love you more than anything upon earth. I am “SiR :-I fear that it is very wrong of me to anfollowing reflection : sure you are as amiable as you are pretty, so sweet
swer you. I know not what to say. My head is " Next to fishing, there is nothing I find such a is the expression of your dear eyes. Where can I quite confused. How can you love me from only bore as writing letters. I believe I'll write that see you ? where can we meet? I shall die. I have seeing me at a window? Surely you are deceiving note tomorrow morning.” So Alexander threw a Colt's revolver in my desk---if I am so unfortunate me or yourself! down his pen, and, going up to the glass, began to as to offend you. Yours, eternally and adoringly,
• Yours, truly, brush his hair, and complacently regard a pair of|
It is unnecessary to give all the correspondence. brought up the largest number of children on eight dyspeptic, crooked, puny, and “ill thriven” men and Enough, that, at the end of another week, Emily shillings a week, without coming upon the parish,— women. agreed to meet Alexander in Madison Park, and hear an agricultural miracle indeed! But what the ba- Mothers greatly want educating as to the physiohim personally plead his suit, which he did so nuc-bies or children so brought up were we know noth- logical condition of those whom they rear. They ceesfully, that the only objection she made to his ing about. Yes! The babies have certainly been should know more of the qualities and uses of pure kissing her, was that “people might notice it." overlooked in the distribution of prizes.
water and pure air: and the necessity of simple and which, as Madison Park is destitute of any properly Announce a prize for the best baby and what regular diet. They cram too much. Instinct, not constituted shrubbery, was a very just remark. mother is there that would not immediately put in judgment guides them. Instinct in wild animals
“Now,” said Alexander, “suppose we get mar- her baby for the prize, in the confident expectation may do well enough, but with civilized human beried at once ?"
that the dear baby would win it? Is not each and ings reason and judgment are requisite for their “. Get married at once! Oh dear, No! That is every baby the sweetest, best, and most delightful proper physical training. not to be thought of.” little darling that ever did or ever will exist ?
We educate gardeners to train plants and flowers ; Why not ?"
The adjudgers of the prizes at such an exhibition we educate agriculturists to grow wheat and tur“What will our friends say?"
would ve a difficult office of it. How could they ips in perfection; we educate sheep-farmers and “What does it matter? They are not to be mar- refuse to listen to the commendations of the exhibi- graziers to rear prize-stock ; but we do not educate ried. We are the only persons interested. Come, tors? “Isn't it a princey-mincey ?” “ Look at this either man or woman to train physically sound and my dear, darling Emily, I shall go mad if you re- little lovey—such a jewel of a baby, with its cherry healthy human beings. Here, we conceive, is a fuse! I cannot live another day without you! I lips and its legs of Britain ! Bless its darling great oversight; for it is in the sound physical man am dying for you !"
father's nose and eyebrows, and its cherub-cheeks, that the sound moral man lies concealed. Emily relented.
like a little angel as it is,-oh-wow-a-wah !" The Another“ point” in a prize baby is moral trainThey were married that afternoon It was rather exhibitor forthwith almost smothering the exhibited ing ; such as good conduct, good manners, polite
baby with a kind of convulsive avalanche of kisses. ness, self-control, obedience, discipline. The baby " Ah!” said Alexander, as he pressed his young Even defects in babies would be apt to be under that cries for everything it sees placed upon the bride to his heart; “I had great difficulty in catch stated or palliated by the exhibitors. The baby that table is not worthy of a prize. The baby that screams ing you with a hook and line ; I will take a net the screams, -"* Is it not high-spirited and clever ?" The because at the proper hour it is required to go to next time."
baby that crows,—" Is it not cheerful and sweet- bed,—that cannot be left five minutes to itself withThe next day, there were some fine scenes, I can tempered ?" Is not the fat baby healthy, and the out “getting into a mess,"—that slaps its mother or tell you. Emily's parents were as wild as cata- thin baby genteel? Then the little baby is elegant, nurse in the face when its little desires are thwarted mounts, till they found out how it was, when as the and the big baby is robust. There is never a fault that thrusts its thumb into its mouth when brought match was a good one, old Mrs. Johnson forgave her amongst them, if you will but take the loving esti- into a room,—that won't go to sleep without being son-in-law, and declared that he was a very charm- mate of their mothers. Well, indeed, that it is rocked or pushed,-such a baby, according to our ing young man. so!
notions, would not be entitled to a prize, because all The Judge had seen so much of life, and tried so But who are to be the judges in such a case ? Are these indicate bad discipline and management on the many divorce cases, that he had concluded at last they to be bachelors or married men-maidens or part of the mother. that human nature was no such fool after all, and as matrons-nurses or mothers ?
The baby entitled to the prize would be, not the his son evidently loved his wife, Old Crosby kissed We have heard of a bachelor who declared in softest and sweetest-tempered baby,—for there may Emily, and offered them apartments in his house company that of all children he most liked those who be little merit in constitutional softness—but the till they could get one of their own.
cried the loudest. And why? Oh! “ because he baby that exhibited the most careful training--that As for the rich old banker-uncle, when he heard was sure they would immediately be taken out of obeyed its parents the most promptly—that controlthat the bride had been hooked by means of his the room !” The barbarian! So, at least, thuught led its little passions and desires the most cheerfishing-rod, he took her under his especial protec- all the mothers present. No; bachelors will not do fully—that submitted to the discipline of home in tion, and made the same joke regularly once a day for judges at the Prize Baby Exhibition. They matters of food and dress and manner with the greatfor the rest of his life to the effect that “ St. Peter might be perfectly disinterested, because they are est alacrity and goodwill. And the prize given to was a fisher of men and a saint, but that his nephew supremely indifferent. But they are not men to such a baby would be the highest certificate of merit followed a holier calling in becoming a fisher of wo- see the fine points of babies ; and therefore are no and honor that could be awarded to the mother, for men." This joke was considered very great, and more to be thought of as judges in this case than a all the credit of that child's training would belong very much laughed at by men who wanted to get jury of admirals would be for an exhibition of short to her. their bills discounted easily. horns or Leicesters.
In conclusion, we would not have it supposed that Narses are too foolishly fond and glowingly éulo- this article is a mere piece of pleasantry. The thought
gistic to act in a judicial capacity as to the merits of ful reader will see that there is a meaning in it. PRIZE BABIES. babies ; maidens are too coyly indifferent—though
perhaps only quasi-indifferent ; and therefore we
IS LIFE ALL VANITY? AN exhibition of babies has recently been held, of families for the judges in our proposed Prize according to the papers, in Western Canada, Baby Exhibition,—the solid and sensible mothers,
LIFE answers me, if ended here be life, at which prizes have been given to the best and the and impartial and rigid fathers of large baby expe
Seize what the sense can give-it is thine all, rience.
Disarm thee, Virtue-barren is thy strife ; most approved babies.
Knowledge, thy torch let fall.
Seek thy lost Psyche, yearning Love, no more! about turnips so interesting as there is about babies? baby? Every judge will have his or her own no
Love is but lost, if soul be only breath, And yet we give prizes to those who grow the big- tions on that subject ; but we will venture here to Who would put forth one billow from the shore, gest turnips, but none to those who rear the finest advance our own.
If the great sea be-Death? babies.
The first point in a baby is good health. This of But if the Soul, that great artificer, Prize pigs, prize heifers, prize long horns and course forms the basis of all future soundness in For ends its instinct rears from life, hath striven, shori horns, prize ploughs and scarifiers, prize South constitution as well as character. A baby should
Feeling beneath its patient web-work stir, Downs and Leicesters, prize cabbages and cauli- be wholesome, and in order to this must be simply
Wings only freed in heavenflowers : there is no end of prizes given at our pub- and regularly fed, washed, and clothed. We believe
Then, and but then, to toil is to be wise ; lic exhibitions.
Solved is the riddle of the grand desire, the majority of mothers know very little about the
Which ever, ever for the distant sighs, There are even prize ploughmen-those who have l rationale of baby culture, else we should have fewer And must perforce aspire.-BULWER.
THE WAR IN THE EAST. In this battle the hopes of Christendom were iis might, or eastern, and Tirnova, the ancient capi
blighted. It seems that Ladislaus, King of Poland, tal of Bulgaria, at its other extremity. The circumVARNA ARNA—the port at which the British auxiliary after a successful war with the infidels, had consent- ference of the town is nearly three miles, and before
army of the East disembarked, for the purposeed to a truce for ten years. Intelligence, how the removal of the guns from the sea-face for the of being actively employed against the Russians— ever, reaching him of the distracted condition of the defence of Silistria, there were 162 pieces of mountlies in a bay in the middle of a gulf of the same Sultan's dominions, and urged by the representa- ed ordnance of various calibres. Fully, however, one name, on the western side of the Black Sea. The tions of the Cardinal Julian, Ladislaus consented to hundred of these remained in 1828—and with the town, which has a population of about 25,000, is at violate the obligations of national faith : accord- exception of one gun on each flank, they were chiefly the extremity of the Dobrudscha—a territory in Bul- ingly he marched an army, which was met by the mounted on the fascines of the bastions; the terre garia, which stretches from the Balkan Mountains Sultan Amurath near Varna, and which received the pleine of the curtains being too narrow for the use of to the mouths of the Danube. It is strongly forti- most complete chastisement ever awarded to an artillery. Inside the works the ground rises to fied, and capable of sustaining a vigorous and pro- enemy. Both Ladislaus and Julian—the master and some height, both at the western and eastern quar, tracted defence.
disciple-perished : the former in the heat of the ters of the town. The hills thus form a slope toThe general opinion is that it is the ancient conflict—the latter in the confusion of the flight ; wards the sea—near which stands a Bysantine casOdesta. It is the see of a Greek bishop, and is and the valor of John Hunniades alone saved the tle, defended by high square turrets. This work almost the only town in the Turkish empire where Christian army from total annihilation. It is said serves as a magazine, as well as a kind of keep or the Greeks enjoy the indulgence of hearing the that the Sultan, in the midst of the battle, finding citadel. sound of a church clock; for the Turks, as is well that the enemy gained ground, while his own troops Colonel Chesney describes its condition as folknown, have a peculiar aversion to the sound of wavered, tore from his bosom the scroll on which the lows : bells; and as they begin the day at sunrise—the treaty was written, and with great indignation call- “ The town occupies a spreading valley at the head length of their days varies with the seasons of the ing upon the God of the Christians to avenge his of Lake Deuna, and has the shape of a truncated year-clocks are therefore of less utility to them than polluted name and the rights of his desecrated wor- pyramid, the base of which is towards the interior, to us. Dr. Neale thus describes the appearance of ship, renewed the combat, and broke asunder, with its apex on the Euxine. The third side faces the town in 1830 :
by a furious charge, the phalanx of the invading the north, and the fourth is washed partly by the “ The high ruins of some quadrangular towers army.
anchorage and partly by the river Deuna. Although announced at some distance the importance of the In a military point of view, Varna is a place of better fortified than most Turkish towns, it cannot, ancient city of Odestus—celebrated in history as the great importance. Colonel Chesney says, in the in a scientific point of view, be considered strong. earliest seaport of the Milesians on the Euxine, and comparative level portion of country which inter- Towards the sea, as well as towards the river Deuna, in modern times for the defeat and death of La- venes between the Danube and the Balkan, at almost are high loop-holed walls, imperfectly flanked ; ten dislaus, King of Hungary, whose army was to- sixty miles from and nearly parallel to the Danube, flat bastions, connected by long curtains and surtally destroyed by Amurath I, in the adjoining is the second line of defence. Of this Schumla may rounded by a ditch with a cunette, form the rest of valley."
be considered the centre, with Pravadi and Varna at the enceinte. The scarp and the counterscarpare