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This person was a brave young chief, who had filled observed in one corner of the room. The apartment a confidential and important post under Riego, and who, was lighted by a curtained lattice ; but though the il. by his intrepidity, activity, and ceaseless vigilance, had lumination was not strong, particularly to vision that been greatly instrumental in the success of that partisan had just passed the broad glare of day, it was sufficient warfare in Catalonia, which cost the royalists so much to show that the bed was occupied by a female, who had blood and treasure, and so long upheld the sinking partly risen from the couch, whose cheek was flushed, hopes of his coinpatriots. To seize and slay Don Cas- and whose dark eyes glowed like fire probably with tro de Valero, the name of the youthful and interesting indignation at this rude intrusion. Charles threw his chief, was deemed so important an object by the mo- arms round the neck of the female, replaced her head narch, that immense rewards had been offered for his upon the pillow, kissed her burning brow, and with a apprehension, and numerous parties had been sent in tremulous, but soothing voice, bade her not be alarmed, every direction in which rumor alleged that he had fled. for that he would defend her with his life. Then, The troop of mercenaries who had been despatched to turning sternly to the leader of the Spanish soldiers, he Mahon were stimulated by the hope of reward, to much commanded him to pursue his search with all despatch, greater activity than usually characterizes Spanish sol- and leave the apartment. The Spaniards, who by this diers, who are at once a by-word for indolence and ra- time had risen to their feet, looked at each other, at pacity. They had closely searched the house of every Charles, and at the female with blank astonishment; person suspected of the slightest disaffection, and had nor was their confusion lessened by the torrent of infollowed every imaginary clue with the keenest zeal of vective which the old woman, who had now also enavarice. They had even visited the foreign national tered the room, poured out upon their heads. the offiships in the port, and had procured strict orders to be cer who had charge of the party, after a moment spent issued, forbidding the officers from harbouring or ren- in casting scrutinising glances into every corner of the dering any assistance to those who were held as traitors room, directed his men to withdraw; and then mumbling by the government within whose waters we lay. out an apology, in which he intimated, with an impu

On the after noon in question, in consequence of dent leer, that he was now convinced that Charles's certain hints which had been communicated to this visits to this house had a different object from what party, they had renewed their search, and at the time had been suspected, he also left the apartment. There we came up were about entering an bumble dwelling, was no further excuse for me to protract my stay, and which, as I learned from the crowd, was occupied by I turned and followed his retreating steps. a poor old widow woman and her niece.

We were yet

"She is handsome,” thought I, as I walked slowly at some distance when we noticed the house at which

up the street, pondering on the secret which had thus the soldiers paused, and we could perceive the withered been accidentally revealed to me, and thinking how I old duenna standing on her threshold, throwing her might disentangle my friend from the net of this fair arms about with great vehemence, and sputtering with Spanish woman—"yes, she is handsome - just the cast amazing volubility every variety of guttural execration, of countenance which I should suppose would have fasof which the Spanish language has so large a store. cination for one of his brave and romantic nature. Her The blood mounted to Charles's forehead, and the fire black and piercing eye, the noble profile, the scornful to his eye as this sight drew his attention; and spring. expression of her lip, as she darted her keen glance ing forward with great eagerness, he rushed by the upon the soldiers—these traits of beauty did not escape crowd of mendicants and idle spectators whom the cir- me, feebly lighted as her apartment was.” And my cumstance had collected, broke through the ranks of mind reverted from this Spanish paramour to the conthe soldiers, and stood in the midst of the dwelling, templation of the delicate and tender beauties of the before the foremost of their number had gained admit- fair-cheeked and blue-eyed wife, who, far away, was tance. I did not pause to consider whether this im- anxiously counting the hours that should restore her petuosity of my friend arose from a generous but im- husband to her arms, and who, herself incapable of prudent feeling of indignation at the object of their change, had probably never entertained a doubt of his search, or from some less selfish motive; but made all fidelity. I am not much given to the melting mood, haste to follow him. My progress, however, met with but I confess that my meditation on this subject drew more obstruction than his unlooked-for movement, and from me a heart-felt sigh. I was not able to rejoin him for more than a minute. I was still brooding on what had just passed, when when I at length forced my way into the building, I Charles rejoined me. The few words that passed befound him defending a door which led to an inner apart- tween us on our meeting satisfied me that this was not ment, and surrounded by the mercenaries, all jabbering the time for rebuke. He bade me remember that I together their vehement and incoherent menaces. owed to accident the discovery I had made, and enjoined yet, no blow had been struck; but it was evident, from upon me, by our ancient friendship, neither to question the violence of their gestures, that hostilities would not him por utter a syllable to any other person. I gave much longer be delayed. As I entered, they hud- the required promise the more readily, as I reflected that dled closer round my companion ; and pushing against in a very few days we should sail, and that distance, in him with one sudden and united impulse, the door all human probability, would put an end to this unbroke from its fastenings, and the whole party fell vio- worthy attachment, as it had made him forgetful of the lently to the floor. I have before said that Charles was ties of honorable love. We soon executed the duty we strong and agile, but I was not prepared for such a dis- were sent upon, and returned to the ship. play of muscular energy and activity as he now ex- The relief-vessel, of which we had been in daily exhibited in releasing himself from the superincumbent | pectation, arrived on the evening after this adventure, crowd of prostrate and grappling soldiers. In an in- and sailing orders were thereupon immediately issued. stant he was on his feet, and beside a bed, which I now All further going ashore was forbidden; and the sig


nal, commanding on board all who were ashore, was young officer, more prying than the rest, had whispered run up at the fore. Charles was among this number, to his companions that through a crevice of the door and by all but him this order was promptly and gladly he had once beheld a female figure sitting in the nare obeyed. A fine breeze had sprung up at sun-set, and row apartment. A fresh, fair wind, and a short pasfor more than an hour we lay waiting for him with our sage, allowed less time for gossip of this sort than anchor apeak, and our loose topsails flapping idly against there would otherwise have been ; and the demeanor of the mast. The capstan-bars were shipped and manned, Charles, too, was not of a kind to encourage loose jests the crew all at their stations, the accommodation-ladder or prying curiosity. unrigged, and every thing ready to be off. The com- We at length came to anchor in the noble bay of modore walked the quarter-deck with quick, impatient New-York. I remember the evening well. I remem. steps, and murmurs were heard from various groups, ber how gloriously the sun, as it sunk behind the rochiding the delay of the dilatory officer. A midship- mantic promontory of Weehawken, burnished the spires man, who had been despatched in one of the cutters for and roofs and windows of the city, till it seemed a city him, had returned some time before after a fruitless of sapphire and topaz and gold. And when these hues search,

faded away, and night succeeded, I remember how beauAt length the patience of our commander was en- tiful its thonsands of lamps shone through the darkness, tirely exhausted, and he had given the order to weigh while every here and there a long thread of fire ascended and make sail, when the quartermaster on the lookout into the air, denoting the spots where gay throngs were bailed a boat, which had just pulled into sight through assembled for evening recreation. At last the full the gathering dusk of evening. The answer of “Ay, round moon rose over all, shedding its mellow lustre ay!" told that it was Charles, and directly after a shore- through the air, and “gilding pale streams with heaboat glided alongside. In reply to the sharp rebuke of venly alchemy." the commodore for having been so tardy in obeying I had the first watch that night ; and as I paced the the signal, he said something about the necessity he deck to and fro, various, tumultuous, and mixed emohad been under of purchasing certain stores for the tions occupied my breast. Charles and his poor wife mess; though it was observed that his explanation had were prominent subjects of my thoughts; and I need not all the clearness of tone and manner which usually hardly tell the reader that I feared the happiness of characterized his official communications. The displea- the latter was about to receive a cruel shock. And sure which the delay occasioned, was not diminished yet I had some strong misgivings on this head. As when it was found that the mess-chest, in which he had many officers as could be spared from the ship had brought off these stores, was so large and cumbrous already been permitted to leave her, and Charles was that a yard-tackle had to be got on the main-yard in among the number. Thc same big, clumsy, cumhrous order to hoist it on board. The men themselves, though chest, which had already been the subject of so many Charles was a great favorite with them, seemed to be painful reflections in my mind, accompanied him; and displeased that he had caused so long a detention ; and I was half disposed to turn away in anger, when he when the tackle was hooked on, they ran away with paused at the gangway to say a parting word to me. the fall with a degree of spiteful velocity that made “ You will breakfast with Matilda and me to-morrow the chest run swiftly up to the yard-block before the morning ?" said he, and a faint smile curled his lip as boatswain's mate could pipe belay. My eye happened he gave me the invitation. I could not satisfy myself to be fixed on Charles while this maneuvre was per- wholly what was the meaning of that smile ; and in formed, and I thought he evinced more anxiety on the pondering upon that and other kindred topics, my subject than a few sea-stores were worth. The chest, watch passed away, and my relief was upon deck before however, was lowered more gently than it was hoisted, I was aware that half the time had expired. and by Charles's direction was conveyed into his own Never was guest more punctual to his appointment state-room. The ship now got under weigh, the can- than I was with Charles the following morning. As I vas swelled out to the breeze, and the Mahonese pilot, entered the hall, the first thing I noticed was the messfor a time the commander of our frigate, took his stand chest, which had given me so much uneasiness. In the the after-hammock-cloths, and issued his orders in the breakfast parlour I found my kind friend and his sweet dictatorial tone which those are wont to use who are wife. She was all radiant in smiles, and never looked dressed " in a little brief authority.” In less than an half so charming. Charles looked happy, too —very hour we were laying in our course, under a pleasant happy; but there was an expression of mischief topgallant breeze, for Gibraltar.

mingled with his smile that I could not exactly com. I need not dwell on the incidents of our home-ward prehend. The explanation, however, was at hand. In passage; for I have no storms or shipwrecks to tell of ; the recess of one of the windows sat a young man, no hairbreadth escapes, or moving incidents of any de- whom I had not noticed as I entered the room. Charles scription. A mystery seemed to hang around the mess- turned to introduce me to him. It was the young and chest in Charles's state-room, and some strange stories handsome chief, Don Castro de Valero; and, as he got to he whispered through the ship concerning it. rose and extended his hand to me, I caught a side view For my part, I had my own suspicions, and they were of his features, and beheld the same noble profile which of a kind which troubled me a good deal. One thing we had so struck me in the supposed neice of the old all noticed ; that though this chest professedly con- duenna in Mahon. I comprehended the whole mystery tained stores for the mess, no stores were ever produced now in a moment, and only wondered at my stupidity from it. On the contrary, it was affirmed, that various in not conjectariug the truth before. delicacies from our table found their way to the chest. “ And you see," said Charles, “ that I was not 80 Another voice than Charles's, too, it was said, had been great a villain as you were inclined to think nie.” heard there, two or three different times ; and one “ Forgive me, my dear friend. But why this long

concealment ? Surely, after we were at sea

* We were officers of a national vessel, and our go. vernment was responsible for any violation of the strict laws of neutrality. If the king of Spain could show that De Valero was brought to this country by one of our frigates, how should we resist his right to have him rendered up? How he reached this country is therefore his own secret ; and, remember, you yet only know by conjecture the contents of the messchest."

Atlantic Club Book.

and toil; but the pride of former fame, and the selfknowledge of intellectual power, which time could not utterly corrode, yet sustained the veteran practitioner, and bore him buoyantly over the waves of envious and covetous jealousy. He and I were left alone in his library where the dialogue bad occured, and for some minutes he was bitterly and deeply fretted and excited. It mortifies our vanity indelibly, and sears us to the core of the heart, to discover that the world is tired of us—that the old favourite is no longer to be greeted and welcomed with the customary applause. No man wishes to resign, not even to his child, his rank and station in existence :—the very labours and annoyances of office are, by long time and use, endeared to us : we look on them as on old friends, and I do not think that even the gladiator of old would accept the Rudis wil. lingly and with joy, even though it freed him for ever from the blood-shedding and mortal combat of the



The chamber's glimm'ring lamp, a child

In restless sleep betray'd, Of aspect delicate and mild, For patient sufføring made :

Her cheek was pale as death,

And pale her lips ! whose breath
Disturbed at times bright locks of silken hair,
As gossamer is moved by summer air.
And there was slumbering a boy

Of strong and healthy limb,
To him all visions were of joy,
No sorrow burdened him,

Still smiling as he dreamed:

How different they seemed!
He like a full-blown rose of beauteous May;
While she, as pale and drooping jasmin lay.
The mother watched, with silent grief,

Beheld her child expire,
As rain-drops gradual quit the leaf,
Or as lute-tones retire ;
Full oftimes would she bend

In prayer, then hope would blend
A moment with her thoughts, till all doubts fed
The speechless look-the coldness of the dead.

. C.



“ Is it really so, Mr. ? Are the indentured tyros of the profession dissatisfied with me? and dare they to brand upon my character and name, the scorn and stigma of the superannuated ? ls' solve senescentem' to be prescribed for my case? And think you, Sir, that I will yield to the puerile attempt to force me to retire, and resign the post which I won and retained by iny own honorable and untiring exertions ?--But I will never quit the stage while I can play my part ; not even, Sir, for the free benefit so generously promised.”

But, Doctor, you misunderstand the purpose-you mistake the motive.

Sir, I shall not irritate myself by further discus. sion. You will have the goodness to meet me at the hospital to-morrow morning-I shall myself operate upon the case you allude to ; you will then see I have not forgotten the little skill you liberally admit I did posse88. have determined, Sir, and will abide the result with my life.”

Such was the conclusion of a conversation I was an auditor of, that passed between Doctor

and a gentlemen, the bearer of a proposal from several junior professional expectants, who were desirous to induce bim, by the offer of a considerable sim, to retire from a high medical situation he had held for nearly half a century, being of opinion his age and consequent infirmities now demanded a release and repose from anxiety

“ How ungrateful is our fellow-man,” said Doctor

to me. “I gave my life and all its powers for the benefit of the necessitous, and to reward me they push me from my seat; and I who always abhorred the ostentation that is generated by success, must terminate my life and practice with a boyish boast.”

I said every thing that could calm and console him, and at bis request promised to accompany him on the morrow and give him any assistance he should require. The next day rose black and wintry, and my spirits were frosen and desponding as I proceeded to my appointment; not that I ditrusted either the steadiness or ability of my friend, but remembering the stake he had to play for ; two lives were on the chance, and the difficulty he would encounter in trampling down and disregarding the stingings of an inflamed temper, conspired to alarm me for the event which rested so entirely upon the stoical calmness of the operator. When I called at his house his servant informed me that he had driven off an hour before. When I reached the hospital the operating-room was filled with the pupils who walked the several wards ; they sat on the benches arranged round and close to the walls. In the centre the space was kept clear for the several instruments, and the chair in which the unfortunate snfferer was to be screwed down. I took up ny place close to Doctor

who was speaking to some of the elite of the profession who had met to consult and detail the case. He requested me to give some directions to his assistants, and to stand near him during the operation. All in the room were now silent- awfully so ; every preparation was complete, and the opening of the doors looked for with a harrowing anxiety. Doctor was certainly the most collected and resolute of the assemblage ; his feelings were heroically braced up, and strengthened by a noble struggle of fortitude: a slight and involuntary shudder was observed when we heard the order, “ bring up the patient.” The man was immediately carried into the room attended by his only son, who was scarcely able to veil his trembling and fearful apprehension ; his face was palepaler than his father's, and he appeared as if he was suffering in his own person the pain and torment of his parent. “ Which is the Doctor, Richard ?" The boy pointed him out, and they looked on one another as two opponents in deadly fight might gaze, before they crossed their blades, upon the face and weapon of their adver

SAY, WHAT IS LOVE? sary, knowing they were the arbiters of their mutual fate. In the eyes of both were reflected the coolness

Say, what is love? a fond day dream, and courage of men who had summoned from the depths

Where nothing is, but all things seem ; of their spirits and the strongest tension of their nerves,

Where souls in tender trances lie, the resolution and the power to perform and endure the

And passion feeds upon the eye. deed and crisis that now awaited them. Doctor

A thought now sooths and now alarms; walked over to his patient, kindly grasped his hand,

A sigh, a tear, a folly chaims ; and asked him did he feel himsef quite strong and pre

Why, Reason, why the slumber break !

Ah, spare the agony to awake, prared.

“I have made my peace with heaven, Sir, and trust my life into your hands, with confidence and without THE INCONVENIENCE OF HAVING AN fear ; only it would give me ease if you would comfort

ELDER BROTHER. my poor boy, and persuade him to think no more of staying near me : it would break the poor child's heart I do not care for the paternal acres. To say the to see me die." But the boy kept fast clinging to his truth, Halber Hall never pleased me. As a child, I defather's hand, and would not quit him. The first and tested the long, dark avenues of stunted trees; and the ouly tear then trickled down the father's cheek, and he heavy, melancholy stream of moaning water ; and the whispered a blessing on his faithful son ; and drawing long passages, with their doleful echoes and their counthim near to the chair, looked faint at him, and then to less doors, and the vast chambers, with all their pomp Doctor --. “I am ready now, Sir ; go on in God's and pageantry of faded furniture and family portraits. name.” The nerve, the promptitude, and the energy I am happier here in Lincoln's Inn, though one floor with which the amputation was commenced and ended, is my palace, and one lackey my establishment; and I worked a wondrous change in the manner of the spec- leave the Hall, without a sigh, to my elder broiher. tators ; they were baffled in the calculation of a pro- I shall not die for the lack of ten thousand a year. bable failure, and confessed with surprise, the flaming I never longed to keep hounds, or an opera dancer : to forth of the old fire of enthusiastic ardoor and ability give champagne dinners, or to represent a county ; to that had lighted on the veteran to his pristine reputa- win at Doncaster, or to lose at Rouge et Noir. Your tion. The man fainted, however, and remained in a true Epicurian does not need great wealth. I can afstupor and total dereliction of the animal functions for ford to wear a tolerable coat, and drive an unexceptionsome minutes : during this time the operator watched able cabriolet ; to be seen sometimes at the Opera, and the scarcely breathing form, as Niobe would be sup- keep myself out of reach of the Bench ; to throw away posed to look upon her expiring offspring while yet a a trifle at Piquet, and cook a wild duck for my antagohope remained that God might spare them. His opinion nist. These things content me; and, except when relieved the load that pressed upon my heart, when he some unusual temptation has awakened my appetite, or said calmly, but still with scorn and triumph, “ The some more than common loss ruffled, for a time, my man will live,' and the boy, in a conviilsion of weep- philosophy, I would not readily exchange them for the ing, embraced his parent's deliverer.

rent-roll and the three per cents. of my elder brother. Professional etiquette and decorum did not restrain As for the title, it is not to be mentioned seriously the tribute and expression of congratulating praise as the object of a reasonable man's anıbition. In old which was warmly and passionately expressed. My times, a belted lord had certain privileges and pastines, friend did not then appear to feel or regard their wa- which might make life pass pleasantly enough. It was vering testimony to his merit. I saw him suddenly interesting to war upon his equals; it was amusing to shudder, drop powerless the knife, and sink, pale and trample on his inferiors ; there was some merriment in fainting on the chair, the object of his anxiety had the demolition of an abbey—there was some exciteJately vacated. We threw up the window of the apart- ment in the settlement of a succession. Now-a-days, it ment and procured him water, but he stirred not, and is as well to be called Tom, as my lord ; unless you his limbs drooped more and more to the ground, as a have a mind to dine at the dullest tables, and inake tree inclines gradually to its fall : at last he raised his speeches to the drowsiest audience in the world. So I eyes to mine, and in fluttering accents said, “ Well, I resign my chance of the peerage without reluctance ; won that plaudit before I resigned. The old despised and, besides, the coronet must pass from the temples of hound could yet track out the game, and show the yelp- its present apoplectic possessor over an artillery officer, ing pack the course to follow. I am dying—the phy- a rural dean, and an attaché to an embassy, before it sician cannot heal himself.” (Delirium then came on.) decorates the honored brows of my elder brother. “In a week that man will be discharged cured : and But when I have resigned philosophically all long. mark you—no monument over memmy name will live, ings after these distinctions and advantages, which for I have been my own sculptor. Resign ! never-but would be mine if I could date my birth but a twelveI will die--I am expiring. Hold me—firmly.” The month earlier—when I have congratulated myself that tormeut all must feel when life is disunited from its I am not bound, by any necessity or interest, to do casket then subdued him. One groan--one sigh-and battle for the privileges of the Order, or talk nonsense we looked upon the lifeless being that had saved the in support of the game laws—why am I to be crossed life, but who was stretched a sacrifice to his nervous ap- at every turning by some hateful momento of the infeprehension and too sensitive feeling.--Irish Monthly | riority to which my unlucky planets have doomed me? Magazine.

why are smiles to grow colder, and conversation more constrained, at my approach ?—why are my witticisms listened to with such imperturbable gravity ?--and why does Lady Mondragon look zero when I bow, and tura

away to whisper. viper' in her daughter's ear?

He must make me known to the Somerses,—their cook Thus it has been from my infancy. My mother, to was Ude's first pupil ;--of course I should belong to be sure, had the usual maternal peculiarities, and was the club,—his influence was omnipotent there. A few always in our nursery squabbles the unfailing protect- weeks elapsed; and Tom Manille was riding my ress of the party which was most immediately deperident brother's horses, and drinking my brother's chamberupon her protection. But she died, poor lady, almost tin. He always calls me my dear fellow,' and never before I could be sensible how much I needed her al- passes me without a most encouraging nod; but I have liance, leaving me to carry on the war unaided against never dined with the Somerses, and last week I was an adversary whose auxiliaries were many and zealous, black-balled at the club. in the butler's pantry and the servant's ball, in the I wrote a treatise on the state of the nation, and subtenant's cottage, and the keeper's lodge. I was as

mitted it to an eminent publisher

He was wo

wonderfully handsome as Frederick, but his dress was more care- delighted with the work. The views were so sound, fully tended, and his dress more studiously arranged ; the arguments so convincing, the style so pure, the ilI was as ravenous as Frederick, but his acquaintance lustrations so apposite. I began to look forward to an with the cellar was more close, and his visits to the infinity of popularity and an eternity of fame; I dreamed store closet more frequent; I was the bolder rider, but of laurel wreaths, calculated the profits of tenth edimy pony was as rough as a bear; I was the better shot, tions. In imagination I was already the pilot of popubut my gun was as heavy as a blunderb iss; both lar opinion, the setter up and the putter-down of cabilearned the same lesson, but the praise and the shilling nets, But when I struck out the magical M.P. from were for him ; both plundered the orchard, but the re- the proof sheet of my title-page, my fall was immediate proof and the correction were for me. And when our

and disastrous. My language lost its elegance, and my father, with an unwonted exertion of impartiality, sent subject its importance ; and iny pamphlet lies forgotten us to the same school, and supplied us with the same in the limbo of unpublished. embryos, wanting only means of extravagance, though my hexanieter was as life, and willing to win immortality. I should have smooth and my laugh as hearty, my scholarship as been the most influential writer of the day, if I had not sound, and my pluck as indisputable as my brother's, had an elder brother. he had more patrons and more friends than I had ; and, At Brighton 'I fell in love with Caroline Merton, some bow or other, between Halbert major and Halbert She was an angel, of course, and it is not necessary minor there was a plaguy difference, though I scarcely to describe her more particularly. Her mother behaved yet suspected where it lay.

to me with the greatest kindness: she was a respectable But I was soon able to discover of what materials old lady who wore a magnificent cap, and played cassino the talisman was composed. My father broke his neck while her daughter was waltzing. Caroline liked me, in a fox-chase, and my brother was master of the kennel I am sure, for she discarded a dress because I disliked stud ; my uncle died of a late division, and my

brother the colour, and insulted a colonel because I thought represented the borough. We came into the world, and him a fool. I was in the seventh heaven for a fortbegan to jostle for places like the rest of its industrious night; I rode with her on the downs, and walked with citizens,

her on the Chain Pier. I drew sketches for her scrapI met Lord Fortalice at a dinner party. What could book, and scribbled poetry in her album. I gave

her be more condescending than his Lordship’s manner, or the loveliest poodle that ever was washed with rosemore flattering than his expressions ? He had heard water, and called out a corpulent gentleman for talking of my renown at college; he was confident of my suc- politics while she played. Caroline was a fairy of a cess in life ; he knew a host of my connexions ; he had thousand spells; she danced like a mountain-nymph, and bad the sincerest respect for my father : he could as- sang like a syren ; she made beautiful card-racks, and sure me the Duke of Merino entertained the highest knew Wordsworth by heart: but to me her deepest fasopinion of my talents, and the Lady Eleanor had cination was her simplicity of feeling, her independence pointed me out last week as a model to her son. But of every mercenary consideration, her scorn of stars and when at last his Lordship hoped my principles would garters, her penchant for cottages and waterfalls. I allow me to support the Bill which was next week to was already meditating what county she would choose be before Parliament, and understood from me that the for her retirement, and what furniture she would prefer interests of sixty-seven independent men were in my for her bouloir, when she asked me at an ill-omened brother's hands, not mine, he gradually withdrew his fancy-ball, who was that clumsy Turk, in the green civilities from me, and devoted himself thenceforth to turban and the saffron slippers. It was my elder the entertainment of a pursy divine, who spoke in mo- brother. She did not start, nor change colour : wellnosyllables, and took an appalling quantity of snuff. taught beauties never do : but she danced that night

It was introduced to Tom Manille at the Opera. He with the clumsy Turk, in the green turban and the was charmed to make iny acquaintance ; he had been saffron slippers ; and when I made my next visit she told of my good fortune at the Salon, and was aware was just sealing a note of invitation to him, and had what a favourite I had been with the Baronne de Lu- lighted her taper with the prettiest verses I ever wrote signan. Did I want a servant ?–a friend of his was in my life. going to dismiss one who was worth all the Indies. If

your father was an alderman, you may nevertheWas I looking for a hunter?-His cousin bad one les be voted comme il faut : if your nose is as long as which would suit my weight exactly. He would make the spire of Strasburg, you may yet be considered goodmy betting-book, he would superintend my cellar,-he looking : if you have published a sermon, you may would take me to a soirée chez Mademoiselle,-he still be reputed a wit: if you have picked a pocket, would give me a special recommendation to his tailor. you may by-and-bye be restored to society. But if

you have an elder brother, migrate, go to Crim-Tartary,

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