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140 Stammering .......
12 Store Candles
83 Street Etiquette ......
48 Observatory, Greenwich ....... 166 Sundower, Advantages arising from
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30 Tea and Coffee, Pouring out
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121 Wheat, per Quarter, and per Barrel,
100 Difference between the Price of.. 15
51 Woman, Mental Qualifications of.. 9:
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and the truly happy couple had seated themselves in an apartment where nothing seemed left for the most fastidious taste to desire. It was not that the residence was particularly spacious or magnificent. If the truth must be told, it was only a suburban villa, very similar to hundreds of what are called genteel residences in the vicinity of London ; but it was so perfect in its furniture and general equipments, all having been arranged in reference to harmony, rather than splendour—to comfort, rather than display, -that the young wife must have
been deficient in feeling, as well as in THE MOTHER'S MISTAKE. taste, not to have viewed with grateful
satisfaction the cheerful welcome afforded by such a home.
Those who imagine that a bride should only be accounted happy whose home is
a baronial mansion, surrounded by parks A joyful exclamation, almost simulta- and pleasure-grounds, will probably smile neously uttered, was the first sound which at the idea of our little villa being the broke upop the silence of an elegant and scene of any kind of enjoyment worth newly.furnished drawing-room, where a writing about; and yet, even this smug recently married couple exulted in the residence had its fountain, terrace, and happy feeling that they were now at their portico ; its grassy lawn and winding own home. The words in which they walks ; its bower, and its weeping willow; expressed their satisfaction were familiar all as picturesque, in their way, as art and common-place enough; but, in the could make them; but all on a scale so present instance, not without meaning, minute as to render the ingenuity of the for an exploring tour had just been made design as wonderful as the taste with around the house, garden, and premises, which it was carried out.
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It was the general grouping, then, of noticed ; and we do so with delicacy, this home scene—its completeness and scarcely knowing whether this peculiarity harmony, which so forcibly arrested the ought to be classed as an excellence, or attention of the beholder: nor was the as a fault. Mrs. Clifton was eminently exulting husband afraid to put his few prospective. In all she did, in all she familiar words in the form of a question, said, and in all she thought about, the as if, in fact, inquiring—“Is this not future was especially considered. Pity it sufficient ? " or, “have you any wish was, that while so many were wanting beyond this?” To which the wife re- this essential requisite to common pruplied with equal frankness, “ You have dence, Mrs. Clifton should have a littleindeed done all, and more than all, just a little too much of it. But so it I could have imagined, to make me happy."
At first this characteristic looked amiSo far so good ; we will not, under pre- able enough, for the kind lady cared for sent circumstances, institute the ungra- other people's future as well as for her cious inquiry, how many newly-married own. At first this peculiarity looked pru-, couples liave sat down thus satisfied at dent, and promising in the highest degree; first, yet found, in an incredibly short for all changes and accidents in life seemed space of time, that a thousand things were to be provided for by this far-sighted woneeded which they felt no want of then, and man, who had a resource for every emerthat much of what looked so perfect on gency, and a plan for everything likely or first inspection, required to be altered or unlike to take place. removed.
“What a treasure of a wife Mr. Clifton The reader, however, has little of this has found !” was, consequently, the frekind of discontent to apprehend from quent exclamation of those who called on our happy couple, whose tendency of mind the newly-married pair ; and, " If you were was rather in an opposite direction; so that, only like Mrs. Clifton,” was the invidious upon the whole, they were disposed to be ex- remark of more than one discontented ceedingly well pleased with their outward lord of creation, on finding his own domescircumstances, with each other, and with tic future not provided for according to themselves. “Comfortable people,” they his taste. And no doubt this charactermight very properly be designated, and istic trait was a great excellence in the everything around and about them was young wife, as it would be in any wife in keeping with this epithet.
either young or old, only it wanted one Mr. Clifton, for that was the gentle- requisite for ensuring any amount of sucman's name, was a city merchant, the son cessful results--that the prospective vision of a city merchant, and highly respected should be true, as well as far-reaching ; or amongst his fellow merchants as a shrewd, the mistakes it is liable to make may be active, and promising young man. His fatal in proportion to its extent. ambition was reasonable, as the world
question, however, did not goes; for he only wanted to be rich and think she could very easily make any miscomfortable, and these results he seemed takes, because she always looked at a subas likely to secure as half the men, or ject in every point of view, turned it over gentlemen, with whom he was in the and over, examined, reconsidered it, and habit of transacting business.
then acted upon the probabilities of the Mrs. Clifton,--and with her we shall case, as she believed them to be arrived at have more to do,—was in all respects a by this minute and careful examination. fitting match for such a husband. She With this prospective vision, Mrs. Clifhad a comfortable amount of property ton soon began to look upon her little of her own, and the same might be said villa, and, although as a whole it was perof her beauty, her talents, and her vir- fect for the time being, there was an end. tues in general. In none of these could it less variety of circumstances to be conbe pronounced, that her qualifications sidered, all bearing strict relation to the either exceeded, or fell short of, the com- villa, and any one of which might require fortable. Only one exception-one little soine material alteration in its present exception, on the side of excess, must be arrangements.
At first, as we have said, this provisional for so practical a thinker, for it presented faculty in the young wife appeared exceed- itself in a somewhat supernatural form. ingly hopeful and satisfactory; and Mr. The sleeper had closed her eyes with such Clifton exulted in the certainty, that his feelings locked within her breast, as none future, and that of his whole household, but an anxious mother can understand. would be taken care of. Besides which, She had commended herself, her husband, sufficient time had not yet passed to bring her household, and all that should ever be to light any glaring instance of miscalcu- hers, to the care of a kind and watchful lation; so that all went wel and even tri. Providence, and with that she had slept. umphantly, for twelve months, at least, with Very naturally, she soon fancied herself the exception of a little more bustle than watching over an infant in its sleep, and the husband saw to be absolutely necessary very beautiful it looked to her, for it was -a little more of the machinery of his her own child-very beautiful, had it been wife's contrivances kept visibly at work, any child, for what spectacle can be more than he regarded as consistent with that so than a sleeping infant ? Gazing on the domestic repose which all men seek in child, it seemed to the dreamer that a their suburban homes, on escaping from group of angels stood near, looking with the dust and turmoil of business in a benign expression of countenance upon the crowded city.
slumbering babe. She wished to ask the With these slight exceptions, all went leader of the shining band if he came with well, until the wife had a dream-a me- any message for her respecting the future morable and important dream it might training, or the future destiny of that child; have been ; but, occurring to one who but ever as she began to speak, he placed trusted implicitly to her waking senses, his finger on his lip, and then pointed to and who kept her senses rather more than the couch where the infant lay, as if to usually awake, it only faded away, like all indicate that the attention of the mother those other dreams whose very evanescence must be centred there, and confined alone has made them a proverb from the crea- to what she should behold. tion of the world until the present time. To comply with this intimation, she
The dream we speak of took place on needed no further hint, after perceiving ihe eve of a great domestic event in the that some mystery was about to be disClifton villa-an event which might rea- closed; for, as she watched with intense sonably justify any amount of female cal- anxiety, there appeared to be a misty curculation being set to work upon it, or any tain moving slowly over the head of the amount of imagination, investing the fu- little sleeper. Gradually this filmy veil ture with an interest unsurpassed by any was entirely removed, and beneath lay the which this life affords.
living brain of the future being, all spread Mrs. Clifton's future would have been out like a map, so minute in its various comparatively blank and empty, and, con- and distinctive characteristics and capasequently, much of her native talent would bilities, and yet so clearly markėd, that the have been unemployed, had no addition to eye could, without difficulty, discover the her family cares been anticipated. So smallest vein through which the blood of large an amount of prospective genius, life was flowing. however, was not destined to be thrown Nor was this spectacle appalling to the away. Additional cares, and additional beholder, but beautiful, most beautiful; joys were expected ; and oh! what a field for all the inner structure and the secret now opened—what a day now dawned upon office of each portion of the brain was the far calculating wife! But in the mean brought distinctly into view the very time she had a dream - a very foolish working of energy and life in all displayed dream she considered it, when wide awake; —the delicate and mysterious association, and although it recurred again and again, as it were, of soul and body—of nerve and and often mixed itself up in her after cal. muscle-of will and act: all these were culations, it was only to be cast aside as made manifest, so that under the observutterly worthless à vision of the night, ant gaze might be seen to grow, as it apand nothing more.
peared, out of nothingness, the future The dream was strangely imaginative development of what each portion of the