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INSIDE OF THE EARTH. lume of 500 pages, each of 34 lines, A Leipzig professor has published and of ten words in each line, contains a work, in which he proves that the 170,000 words, the presses of the At- earth is hollow, the entrance to it in las may be said to have printed in the Poland, and that within there is fire, course of the time in question sufficient water, air, amphibious animals, fish, matter for 14,230 octavo volumes. insects, birds, quadrupeds, and men ; Now, the whole of this was produced, and he even describes the details of as we before stated, in a few hours, by the subterranean life they lead. means of one only, and that a very simple apparatus, consisting of two larger and two lesser cylinders put in motion The " march of intellect” has by a steam-engine of Maudsley, of reached its ultima Thule.-" The force four horse power, nuanaged by three of reason can no further go.” M. boys, whose interference on the occa- D'Arcet, of the French Institute, bas, sion was strictly limited to the pre we are told, succeeded in preparing senting the end of the enormous blank from potatoes (the natural food of sheet to the first cylinder, and to the pigs) and ground bones (the natural receiving it in a few seconds, printed food of none but raw-head and bloodyon both sides, as it was discharged by bones giants, and “ such large deer"), the last cylinder.
an excellent sort of bread, in every way resembling, as to taste, appear
ance, &c. the “ best wheaten bread” Perhaps we no where find “the of our bakers' shops! What shall we ruling passion strong in death,” 80 say to this? It is the imaginations of strikingly displayed as in France. the nursery “ reduced to practice.” There is an anecdote told in relation « Fee ! faw ! fum ! to Talma, which (whether true or
I smell the blood of an Englishman !
Let him be live, or let him be dead, not) is very characteristic of the man
rll grind his bones to make my bread!" ner in which the French, more than any other people in the world,“ make
LITERARY NOTICES. up their mind" to die, and make their
The distinguished author of Bramarrangements accordingly ! When bletye House, Zillah, &c., has a new Talma was about to set out for a pro- novel in considerable forwardness, of vincial town, where he had engaged a humorous kind, called The New to perform for a certain number of Forest. nights, he received an anonymous let A Series of Tales, in two volumes, ter from a person who begged him to under the title of Sketches of Irish hasten his arrival as much as possible, Character, from the pen of Mrs. S. C. for that he (the writer of the letter) Hall, the Editor of The Juvenile Forhad made up his mind to die immedi- get me Not, is announced for publicaately after his finances were exhaust- tion in April. ed, but was exceedingly anxious to Mr. T. Hood requests to state that see Talma once more—which, howe- he has no further connexion with the ver, he would not be able to do with Annual called the Gem. The Annianything like comfort and satisfaction, versary, we hear, is dropped as an unless Talma arrived at the town Annual, but is to appear in the form of within two days—his finan- of monthly Numbers, with beautiful cial arrangements standing as fol- engravings, and to commence in July. lows:--in hand five francs :
The Davenels, or a Campaign of
fr. s. Fashion in Dublin, a novel, by a perBoard and lodging for two days 2 10 son of high consideration in Ireland, Admission to the premières loges 20 is nearly ready for publication. Poison.
A Novel, entitled D’Erbine, or the 5 0 Cynic, will shortly appear.
It would extend this little history far but he is so kind and obliging !-and beyond its prescribed limits, to conti- then, you know, those men are such nue a minute detail of those progress- lounging creatures of habit ; when he ive circumstances which more imme- is once comfortably established on that diately influenced the happiness and ottoman,” pointing to one at the foot interests of Horace and Millicent, of her harp, “ there's no driving hinn during the remainder of Dr. Hartop away, though I often tell him”. and Lady Octavia's sojourn at Sea With what arguments her ladyship so Vale. The leading incidents must conscientiously essayed to “ drive" suffice to keep unbroken the thread of Vernon to his duty, Miss Aboyne gave the narration. Miss Aboyne failed her no time to explain ; for even Milnot (however disinclined) to return licent's gentle spirit was moved by Lady Octavia Falkland's visit, within the obvious malice and intentional a few days after that honor had been impertinence of the insinuation ; and conferred on her; neither did Lady rather haughtily interrupting Lady Octavia fail, during their tête à tête in Octavia with an assurance, that she her luxurious boudoir, to call Milli- arrogated to herself no right whatever cent's attention to sundry objects, af- over Mr. Vernon's disposal of his fording indubitable proof-in the shape time, which must be well employed in of copied music, verses, sketches her ladyship's service, she made her for albums, &c. &c.—that the whole farewell curtsey, and returned to her of those long mornings, during which own solitary home. Lady Octavia's she saw little, and occasionally no eye followed her to the door, with an thing, of Horace, were not devoted expression that said, “ So— let the to the serious duties which she had stricken deer go weep;'
:'" and that been fain to persuade herself occupied shrewd meaning implied something at least the greater part of them. very near the truth. The arrow had Had any lingering doubt still clung struck home. about her heart, Lady Octavia's con From that morning Miss Aboyne siderate assurance (as the visiter rose considered herself absolved from the to retire) was intended to remove it duty of returning any other of Lady effectually. “I assure you I am Octavia's visits—who, on her part, quite shocked, Miss Aboyne," she becoming sensible that they did not said, with the sweetest deprecating coöperate, as she had expected, with manner in the world, « at monopoliz- her amiable purpose, soon discontinuing so much of Mr. Vernon's time; ed them altogether.
But the worthy
* See page 202 26 ATHENEUM, vol. 2, 3d series.
Doctor, desirous of testifying, in the that inconvenient distance) with the most flattering manner, his gracious speech he had conned in readiness. approbation of Vernon's choice, made Already, to Vernon's horror and Mila magnanimous effort to honor the ob- licent's dismay, he had begun, “ My ject of it, by paying his personal re dear Madam! it is with infinite satisspects to her at her own dwelling; it faction that I do myself the honor” is more than probable, with the bene -when a heavy cloud, which, unvolent intention of bestowing on her observed by the pre-occupied divine, a few of those valuable hints on do- had been gathering over head, began mestic economy, and the rearing up of to discharge its liquid stores so suda large family, with which, at all con- denly, that the faithful valet, who venient seasons, he was wont to favor waited not his master's commands to his fortunate and grateful curate. face about, gave the necessary word But adverse circumstances diverted to the officiating footman, and the from Millicent the good fortune intend- Bath chair, with its reverend contents, ed for her; the anticipation of which under shelter of the parapluie, was (for Horace had prepared her for the safely wheeled into the Rectory hall, visit) had in truth grievously disquiet- before Millicent had well recovered ed her. Carefully enveloped in a her alarm in the uninvaded sanctuary warm roquelaure, (for though the of her little parlor. noonday sun was scorching, the morn Two months and more than half a ing had been showery,) escorted by third had passed away, since that May Mr. Vernon on one side, and his own morning (almost the latest of the valet, with a parapluie, on the other, month), a few days prior to the stranthe Doctor (having previously forti- gers' arrival at the Rectory, when fied himself with a basin of vermicelli Vernon had won from Millicent her soup) was wheeled in his Bath chair unreluctant proinise to be indissolubly through the village of Sea Vale to Miss united to him that day three months. Aboyne's cottage-or, more properly What changes had taken place since speaking, to the garden gale leading to then—not in the fortunes and apparent the little dwelling, and there his further prospects of the affianced pair, but in progress was arrested by an unforeseen their feelings, habits, and relative cirand insurmountable obstacle. The cumstances ! Vernon had gradually humble gateway was not wide enough, absented himself more and more from by at least a foot, to adınit the Doctor's the cottage ; for some time excusing equipage ; (it would scarcely have af- himself to Millicent, and to his own forded ingress to his own portly per- heart, on various pretences, which, son ;) and the little gravel walk, still however, he felt would not bear the flooded by recent showers, was im- test of investigation. By little and passable to the rheumatic gouty feet little he discontinued even those poor that trode “ delicately' even on Brus- unsatisfactory apologies, and Millicent sels carpets. Moreover, on casting was best content that it should be so; his eyes despairingly towards the cot- for even her blindness (the wilful tage door, at which stood Miss blindness of affection) was dispelled Aboyne, (who, on perceiving the di- at last, and she felt within herself, and lemma of her honorable and reverend knew to a certainty in her own heart, visiter, had come forward thus courte- that she should never be the wife of ously,) he conceived a well-founded Horace Vernon. Yet did she not, for suspicion, that even arrived at that one single moment, suspect the sinceinner portal, he should fail in effecting rity of his intentions ; nor doubt, that an entrance ; wherefore, like a true when the illusion was dispersed (she philosopher, accommodating himself knew it to be an illusion) which now to circumstances, he gave two or three warped him from his better self, he prelusive hems, with a view of com- would return to himself and to her, plimenting the future bride (even from with bitter self-upbraiding, and passion
ate avowals of his own culpable weak- which was to unite them indissolubly. ness, and honorable anxiety to fulfil For some time past, however, it had his engagements with her. Nay, she been mutually understood, rather than doubted not that she was still dear to arranged, between them, that their him—she scarcely doubted that the best marriage should not take place till afaffections of his heart were still hers, ter the departure of the strangers, however appearances might have led who stay at the Rectory was not to a different conclusion—but she more likely to be prolonged beyond the first than doubted, whether Horace Vernon week in September. That period and Millicent Aboyne could ever be now drew near-and Vernon rememagain as they had been to each other; bered that it did, with a strange mixtherefore she felt in her heart that it ture of discordant feelings. He felt was better they should not be united. like one who has been long living, as Yet, for all this, there was no change in a dream, under the influence of in ber manner to Vernon-scarcely sonie strange illusion, which was any perceptible change-only, per- about to break away and leave him to haps, in lieu of the sweet familiar the sober realities of his appointed cheerfulness with which she had been lot. That morning, one of those triwont to carry herself towards him, vial occurrences which often lead to there was a shade of deeper serious- important results in human affairs, ness, of more affecting tenderness, in tended very materially to hasten the her deportment, such as might have dispersion of bis airy visions. нө betokened, to a curious eye and a keen had been present-for the time forgotobserver, something of those feelings ten—when the letter-bag was brought with which the heart of one bound in to Doctor Hartop, who delivered in secret on some far journey, may be out from its contents, one from Falksupposed, on the eve of departure, to land Park to Lady Octavia. It was yearn towards a beloved friend, still from one of her sisters, and the matunsuspicious of the approaching sepa- ter so interesting, so redolent of preration. Millicent's generous confi- sent pleasures, and fêtes in preparadence in Vernon's bonor (in his ho- tion, of noble and fashionable guests notable intentions at least) was not arrived and expected, (fashionable misplaced. Never, for a moment, had men more especially, some of whom he harbored a thought of violating his were alluded to in slang terms of faengagements with her; and his heart, miliarity, sanctioned by the modern as she had been fain to believe, still manière d'être of high-bred, rather turned to her as towards its real home, than well-bred, young ladies,) that the at every lucid interval (the term is fair reader for once gave way to the not inappropriate) of his spell-bound fulness of her heart, (seldom was her infatuation; and on more than one ladyship guilty of such vulgar unrelate occasion, when some accidental serve,) and poured out its feelings incircumstance, or thought suggested to the somewhat unsympathising ear by his good angel, had aroused his of her reverend uncle, reading to him, slumbering conscience and better feel- as she proceeded with her letter, deings, he had almost deceived the poor tached portions of Lady Jane's tantaMillicent into reviving hope and trust lizing communications, which so stiby an overflowing tenderness of man mulated her impatient longings, that ner, more apparently impassioned than she ended with, “ And now you are in the early days of their youthful at 80 well, dear uncle, why need we tachment. In some such mood of stay a minute longer at this horrid mind he took his way towards the place ? I could not survive another cottage about the period last mention- month of it.” ed, about a fortnight before the first What might have been the Doctor's of September, the day he and Milli- reply to this very energetic appeal was cent bad long anticipated as that known only to the fair appellant ; for
Vernon, taking advantage of the open licent's voice, mingled with the manly door, and being entirely overlooked, tones of her father's. And there had elipt quietly away ; and with La- again Vernon's heart smote him ; his dy Octavia's words still tingling in his parting promise to his departing ears, was in two minutes on his way friend !-how had it been fulfilled ? to the cottage, and to Millicent. In “ But it is not too late, thank God!” a strange tumult of feeling he bent he exclaimed aloud; and starting onhis steps thither-of surprise and mor- ward, he quickened bis step towards tification, and bitter self-humiliation the orphan's dwelling, as if to hasten and reproach. Other thoughts by de- the ratification of his vows, and take grees stole in, like oil upon the her to his heart then and forever. troubled waves—thoughts still com- But, at the turning of the green lane, posed of mingled elements—painful he was overtaken by his old medical and humbling, yet healing withal—of friend, Mr. Henderson, who, without Millicent and all she had been to him slackening the pace of bis ambling -faithful, patient, uncomplaining, pony, merely said in passing—" Good where there had been so great cause morrow, Mr. Vernon! you are on to excite an accusing spirit-nobly your way to the cottage, I see ; you unsuspicious of wrong—incapable of will find Miss Aboyne better to-day.” envy-inaccessible to mean jealousy, -"Better! has Miss Aboyne been though not insensible— no, he felt ill ? Pray, sir !—Mr. Henderson !"she was not—of neglect, which to and Vernon, starting forward, caught look back upon, wrung him to the the pony's bridle-rein in the eagerness soul ; and still, still, ill as he deserved of his alarm. it of her, his own-his loving Milli The good apothecary looked at him cent-his better angel-his future with grave surprise, as he answered, wife-and well should the devotion of with some severity of tone, “ Is it all his life to come strive to compen- possible you can be ignorant of the sate for his temporary dereliction! very precarious state of Miss Aboyne's Then came across him a shuddering health, Mr. Vernon ? But seeing recollection of the increased languor her, as of course you do, daily, you and feebleness, which, on two or three may not have been struck with the late occasions, he had observed and great personal change which has been spoken of to herself; but she had for some time perceptible to me.” made light of his question, and he had Alas! many days had passed of late, not dared have recourse to Nora. during which Vernon had found no Nora and he had, indeed, by tacit leisure hour for Millicent, aod this consent, for some time avoided speak- was now the third day since he had ing to each other; and if they chanc- seen her. How the fact, as if he ed to encounter, Vernon had hurried were then first aware of it, struck past, without raising his eyes to a face home to his conscience !—and with where he would have been sure to what miserable apprehension he quesread searching accusation.
tioned and cross-questioned the apotheAll these thoughts were busy in his cary!—and drew from him an explicit beart as he pursued his way to the arowal, that although he did not concottage, and—for they had melted him sider Miss Aboyne's case by any to a tenderness of which he wished to means hopeless, it was so critical, subdue the outward indication by the that her life hung as it were by a sinlongest road—that which ran along gle thread, of which the slightest agithe back of the village street and the tation, the most trifling imprudence, cottage garden—the very lane where, or any untoward circumstance, might close by the honeysuckle arbor, in dissever the frail tenure. « And to that very garden, he had been arrest- be free with you, Mr. Vernon,” the ed the first evening of his arrival at old inan continued, laying his hand Sea Vale, by the sweet sounds of Mil- on Vernon's shoulder as he spoko