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I was amazed, dumbfounded by the fellow's lying I-I am a Frenchman-you-you know to the ends intrepidity of face and tongue, which he observing, of-of my nails; but some--somehow there is someand blushing to observe-he was not entirely depraved, thing in tears - the- the tears of a charming, it seemed—blurted out, that a man might have strong amiable maiden, which – which melts the stoutest moral courage, however weak in merely physical heart! That is positive, demonstrable!'

*You here!' I thundered, addressing the French“Yes, strong moral or immoral courage : I see that woman, from whom I had not turned my eyes; how plainly enough.'

dare you shew yourself here, Louise Féron ?' The young humbug was but momently abashed, 'How dare I shew myself here, Mr William Linwood!' and evidently quite aware of the pleasure he was retorted the virago. Well, I dare, that's all! Ay, affording me, said jauntily:

and I shall dare much more than that, young man, if So confident are we all that the once interrupted I find it useful or expedient to do so. Be advised by ceremony will be definitively celebrated before another me Ah, mesdames, you are going !-our time day has flown, that the ladies, my father tells me, have must then be also expired. Come, Clémence!' already arrived in Havre.'

‘Hélas !' spouted Harry Webbe, who had entered • What ladies have arrived in Havre?'

the cell with Madame Dupré and Miss Wilson'Madame de Bonneville and Mademoiselle Clémence, Madame Dupré and Miss Wilson. Immediately, there

*Pleasures are like poppies spread,

You seize the flower, its bloom is shed; fore, this hateful jail-bondage is thrown off, I shall

Or like the snowfall in the river, enter into that of wedlock, of which the fetters are

A moment white-then melts for erer. Love's own sweet constraint.'

Or‘Such sugar-plum stuff! I am almost tempted to believe I am talking to a girl in sex as well as heart.' The measured tramp of armed men approaching along

The only excuse I can offer for this unbecoming the stone corridor arrested his heroics, and took the outburst is the fellow's ill-glozed, mocking taunts, colour out of his cheeks. •Halte!' exclaimed a hecwhich his mere words fail to convey an adequate toring voice of command just without: the door was idea of.

flung open, and at the entrance gleamed the bayonets Something I am not aware of must have occurred to of a company of grenadiers. The commanding officer vex you,' resumed the simpering rascal, who was not stepped forward, bowed slightly to the ladies, and at all put out or ruffled by my rudeness. 'Ah, my requested the sergent de ville and chief jailer, by dear Linwood, I only wish for your sake that a like whom he was accompanied, to point out his prisoners. happiness to that which awaits my acceptance'

“They all three happen to be here,' replied the "Two ladies,' interrupted one of the prison officers, sergent de ville. Harry Webbe, Englishman,' he throwing wide the door—'two ladies, with permission continued, reading from a paper, and placing his hand to see Monsieur Webbe, Englishman.'

upon Webbe's arm, 'capitally charged with breach of I leaped aside into a recess, and the next moment his parole; William Linwood, capitally charged with in glided the bright presence of Maria Wilson. aiding the escape of said Harry Webbe, and further, Harry Webbe sprang forward with outstretched arms with having travelled in France under the assumed to meet her, and she refused not his impassioned names of Jean Le Gros and Louis Piron; Jacques embrace. How could she, I afterwards argued with Sicard, Frenchman, charged with having furnished myself, he being her almost husband, and in bonds; said William Linwood with a false passport, and aiding notwithstanding, however, which palliative consider- his escape from justice.” You have them all three, ation, I have ever since taken credit to myself Capitaine Dubourg.' for not having forth with murdered the fellow with What is the meaning of this ?' exclaimed Madame the heavy iron candlestick upon which my fingers de Bonneville. What are you going to do with these closed with homicidal force. Madame Dupré, who young men, Monsieur le Capitaine ? closely followed Miss Wilson, caught sight of me, My duty, madame,' replied the officer, is to and imagining I was a partner in Harry Webbe's conduct them before a court-martial now sitting, by cell-domicile, acknowledged me by a friendly nod, whose sentence they will be either shot or liberated followed by a slight scream as I rushed past her into within a couple of hours at furthest.' the corridor - thence to the quadrangle-anywhere to escape from those poniard-like caresses, vows, kisses, tears!

THE MONTH: The Bourbon flag was still flying from the tower

SCIENCE AND ARTS. of St Thomas's Church-a great fact, to which my attention was directed by one of the prisoners, who Trat sociology is a science worth studying, may now must have supposed I had not before observed it—a be accepted as a truth, after the well-deserved recognicourtesy which I repaid by a coarse malediction upon tion it has had in the social conference at Birmingham. flag and Bourbons both. Like Mr Dickens's vivacious Was anything significant meant in selecting the town Fanny, I was just then violently wishing myself dead that makes all the muskets and bayonets for a demon-a state of mind not at all conducive to political stration eminently favourable to peace, hostile only to enthusiasm. After a dozen or two furious turns up social evils? Birmingham has already made attempts, and down the yard, I bethought me of Sicard, and not seeing him, made for our cell, passing the open after its manner, towards the solution of some social door of Webbe's with hasty strides and averted glance, problems. Seven thousand of its artisans are members though it was impossible to altogether avoid hearing of building societies; and a number more are about that the lovers were cooing and billing, laughing and to purchase Aston Park, containing a fine old Tudor weeping, all in a breath.

mansion, about three miles from the town, to be used I was de trop again! Jacques Sicard and Made- as a people's park. Truly they have need of it in a moiselle Clémence were sighing, sobbing, and em- place so befouled by smoke! The Mechanics' Institute, bracing each other under the gaunt sanction of a which did not flourish, has been replaced by a Midland tall, large-boned, fierce-eyed Frenchwoman. Clémence jumped up, blushing and confused ; and Maitre Institute—an architectural ornament to the town-the Sicard, vainly striving to brace his voice up to a scheme of which, as its promoters believe, involves a manly' firmness, brokenly, huskily exclaimed: 'Ex- principle of real vitality. excuse this weak - weakness, Monsieur Linwood : Among noticeable items of things social, we find

from a recently published report, that in 1856 the to the nitrate, after which the negative is laid on, and visitors to Hampton Court numbered 161,764; and to watched till a satisfactory impression appears, and this Kew Gardens, 344,140.– A Normal School of Design having been fixed, the block is ready for the engraver. is opened at the South Kensington Museum ; and from This power of reproducing the images of objects the same establishment framed boards, striped with a implies, as is obvious, the most desirable accuracy of series of colours, have been sent to various public representation. And besides these we hear of transinstitutions in the metropolis and elsewhere, to test parent enamel photographs, of which the picture is the effect of the atmosphere on coloured surfaces. One preserved by enclosure between two plates of glass. balf of each board is glazed, and will consequently be Nothing shews better the popular appreciation of the affected by light only, while the other will exhibit the photographic art than the success of the Architectural combined influence of light and air. Periodical obser- Photographic Association, which, set on foot last May, vations of the several boards will be taken.—The now numbers six hundred members. As their name evening classes at King's College are re-opened; and indicates, they occupy themselves with takicg pictures at the Working Men's College, where Rev. F. D. of buildings, and at times, of engineering works, for Maurice is still the principal. Observe, too, govern- which purpose the art is peculiarly valuable. What ment are willing to allow two working-men, students the Association have already accomplished may be of this college, to compete in the civil service examin- seen in many print-shops: views of the principal ations. The designs for subways, one of the subjects public and private edifices from all parts of Europe, which our Metropolitan Board of Works have had and now we are told there is a certainty of the under consideration, are on show at the Society of operations being extended into India, China, and Arts. These subways are underground passages or other countries of Asia.' Photography is used, too, by tunnels along the streets, intended to receive all the surgeons to preserve the history of a case' by a series gas and water pipes and telegraph wires, and give of pictures which shew the course of the disease or the access to sewers, without disturbing the surface of the cure. street—a frightful inconvenience in our busy thorough- The Manchester Exhibition having been closed at fares. Some of the plans are highly ingenious, and the time appointed, a meeting has been held to decide embody a system of ventilation by means of existing what shall be done with the building. The question chimneys. Now that the Times has had a leader on was left unsettled. We are glad to learn that, so far the scheme, we may hope that something will come as can be at present ascertained, no loss will fall on of it.-Endeavours for the public welfare do indeed the promoters of the great experiment-for experiment advance, notwithstanding the stringency' in the it was. The Exhibition was open 142 days, during money-market and disturbance of trade: Halifax has which time it was entered by 1,053,538 paying visitors. scarcely got used to the novelty and pleasure of a The receipts from all sources amounted to L.98,500 ; people's park, ere Blackburn is put in possession of the expenses will hardly be less than L.100,000; but a similar enjoyment; and Wolverhampton, half-stifled the sale of the building and fittings will bring a conby the smoke of the black country,' has started a siderable sum to the credit side. The total of visitors Working Men's College, with fair promise of success. is not so great as was anticipated; this, however, is a -And last, shewing what women can do when they result which may be looked at from the circumstantial have a mind, female clubs against celibacy have been as well as from the sanguine point of view. We say it formed in Var and Gironde on the other side of the advisedly, that the great mass of our working-classes Channel. Two hundred members constitute a club; lack that necessary amount of previous cultivation they pay an annual subscription of ten francs each, which would enable them to understand and enjoy which provides a sufficient dowry for the happy few such a collection of historical portraits-to say nothing who may be married within the year. With such of other works of art-as was exhibited at Manchester. an unequivocal allurement, they all in time get hus. And we should not greatly err if we included a majobands; and to keep the club going, they continue their rity of those who claim to rank above the working. subscriptions for ten years after marriage.

classes in the same category. We are of those who The decimal-coinage question is not forgotten: hold that the world will not go one jot the faster for another move in favour of it is to be made in the being driven, and that education has much to do before approaching session of parliament. The dingy old the time shall be ripe for the influence of pictures. museum at St Bartholomew's Hospital has been Meanwhile, we record that a statue has been erected renovated by Mr Owen Jones, and now the visitor to Madame de Sevigné at Grignan; to the poet Moore or student walks through a cheerful and elegant - Tom Moore-at Dublin; one in bronze by Steell, apartment with facilities for examination heretofore in Edinburgh, to the second Viscount Melville ; and impossible. On the other hand, the hospital sustains a one on horseback to Lord Hardinge, in the court-yard loss in consequence of Dr Stenhouse being obliged of Burlington House. This is about as congruous a to resign the professorship of chemistry through ill situation for a warrior, as the front of the Horse Guards health; his place is supplied by Dr Frankland from would be for a statue of Sir Humphry Davy. Luckily, Owen's College at Manchester, a gentleman whose the equestrian figure is only to remain within the reputation ranks high among chemists.—The Photo- precincts of learning and science for three months, to graphic Society having taken to themselves a local be a sight for the Londoners, before it is shipped to habitation-they achieved a name some time ago, its ultimate destination-Calcutta. opened their session in their new rooms, in Coventry Mr Alvan Clark of Boston, United States, has made Street, which will serve for meetings, and for their a discovery highly interesting to astronomers: it is, public exhibitions. The society flourishes, and so does that certain stars in some of the northern constellations their art. Black leather is now used for photographs : which have hitherto been regarded as single, are, in by what is called the 'vitro-heliographic process,' fact, double; and it brings matter to that important pictures are taken on slabs of porcelain; and the sun question respecting the changes stars undergo which is now made to supersede the draughtsman in prepar- are perceptible only after the lapse of years. Struve of ing wood-blocks for the engraver. The block is first Pulkowa, whose survey of the heavens is well known, wetted with a solution of alum, and dried; then with did not observe the stars here in question as double when a camel-bair brush is washed all over with a glue he was constructing his stellar charts.--Of discovering composed of soap, gelatine, and a solution of alum, little planets there is no end; we are now at the fortywhich keeps the wood firm and free from damp. The ninth, to which the French astronomers have given the surface for the image is then placed for a few minutes name of Pales; the forty-fifth is Eugenia, in honour of in a solution of chlorhydrate of ammonia, and exposed the empress. Will the emperor bestow his name on the

fiftieth? or are globes not bigger than Paris too small geological visit of inquiry to Vesuvius : it might be for his ambition ?-Photography is to aid astronomy worth his while, on the way home, to examine the yet further, and with a view to initiate a method deposits of coal and iron-ore which have lately been of determining the positions and magnitudes, the discovered at the foot of the Apennines.—Mr Henwood, Society of Sciences at Haarlem have offered a prize for whose mining surveys we have at times noticed, has the best photographs of stars. Whether Mr Bond of lately returned from a survey of the Chanarcillo mines Cambridge, Massachusetts, will gain the prize, we know in Chili

, and with valuable information for the Geolonot; but he succeeded so well some months ago in gical Society of Cornwall. His labours have thus photographing portions of the heavens, that the angles taken him, in the space of twenty-three months, to the between the stars could be measured on the plate.- Himalayas, the Andes, to the Pyramids, and Niagara. Professor Wolf, of Berne, is about to publish tables - The use of sulphur to check the vine-disease in of observations of the solar spots made in Italy and Portugal, has been found to protect the grapes at the Germany during the last century, as he is satisfied that expense of the wine, to which the mineral imparts a they confirm his views as to the periodical recurrence disagreeable flavour.-M. Trécul, in a communication of those spots within definite terms of years.--Mr made to the Academie, on the Circulation in Plants, Porro, the skilful optician, has invented a telescope, or shews that it is the circulation which produces the helioscope, which has no dark glasses, and in which vessels; in other words, that it is the function which the glare and heat are so effectually neutralised, that creates the organ.'-A suggestion has been made that observations can be carried on without annoyance to the horse-chestnut, being now in demand for commerthe gazer's eye. Seen through this instrument, the cial purposes, rows of horse-chestnut trees might be spots on the sun resemble bare patches of ground in planted with profit in the rural districts, by the roada great field of snow.-Hansen of Seeberg is one of the sides, and in avenues across commons. But the best most renowned astronomers of Europe ; his Lunar farmers say that we have too many trees already, and Tables, the result of long years of careful obser- macadamisers dislike too much shelter for the roads. vation, have just been published, at the cost of our Orchards, it is said, might also be formed on the slopes own government, in a large quarto volume, copies of railway-cuttings—a question for the constructors to of which, under direction of the astronomer-royal, decide. Some years ago we mentioned that strawberryhave been presented to observatories in all parts of beds would be likely to succeed on the slopes; and the world. Herein science is benefited, and praise travellers on the Great Western may now see straw. should not be withheld from those to whom it is due. berries growing in certain places on the sunny side of Already, the Tables have proved of good account, the line.-M. Brown-Séquard, a distinguished physioMr Airy having, by means of them, settled a question logist, whose name has more than once been brought which has long baffled astronomers-namely, the exact before readers of the Journal, has demonstrated the date of the eclipse which took place on the day of the view originally put forth by Haller, that the irritabattle of Larissa. It was May 19, 556 B.C. This may bility of the muscular system is independent of the seem a dry question; it is, nevertheless, as the astro- nervous system-able to act without the co-operation nomer-royal says, 'valuable, not merely for its chron- of the nerves. He has now, he believes, established ological utility, but also for its accurate determination the fact, that the irritability depends on the action of of an astronomical epoch.'

the blood, rich in oxygen, upon the contractile organs' Some further advances have been made towards of the muscular system. utilising the eleetric light. M. Legrand, engineer of Alas for the hopes of bell-founders, clockmakers, and the French light-house board, recently threw a beam of campanologists ! Big Ben is cracked, and just as the electric light from the heights at Chaillot into the quarter-bells were all cast and ready to hang. We Champ de Mars at Paris, the illuminating effect of hope the accident is not ominous. On the other hand, which was regarded as successful. The essential diffi- the great gun, or monster mortar, as some call it, has culty which has hitherto attended the use of carbon been tried with astonishing results in Woolwich points, is said to be overcome in the new apparatus, marshes. A charge of 100 pounds of powder sent the in which mercury is substituted for charcoal.

ponderous 36-inch shell 2250 yards; and with 150 Messrs Schuessel and Thouret of Berlin are exhibit-pounds it flew roaring far beyond the butt, and buried ing their new 'fire-preventive,' which is of such a itself deep in the earth.-A patent process for blasting nature that it protects alike the solidest and lightest rocks by heat is announced: holes are bored in the of combustible substances. Small tables and other rock, and then filled with a composition which splits articles of furniture painted with it may be put into a the solid mass, not by explosion, but by the generation large wood-fire for ten minutes, and suffer no hurt, the of a sudden and intense heat.-Accounts from Canada article being only partly carbonised where actually state that the works of the great Victoria Bridge at touched by the fire. "Wooden shavings,' say the Montreal are advancing favourably; and that the inventors, prepared with our secret, being thrown booking of emigrants through from England to the upon a brisk fire, will not catch fire.' Sheets of paper west at one charge is quite successful. will burn only where left uncoated; muslin, linen, woollens, the materials of curtains and bedding, cannot be made to propagate fire if but once rendered proof

THE LOST DIAMONDS. by the preventive. The substance, they say, is cheap, I POSSESSED some valuable diamonds which had been and it may be applied to articles mixed with the colour during the process of dyeing, or with starch unset, and, as I was on a visit to Paris, I thought I during that of washing. The appearance of wood would have them re-set. A friend—an old, dear, and prepared with it is not altered, nor has it any valued friend—accompanied me to a jeweller's to make unpleasant smell.

inquiries as to what would be the cost. The tradesPaper that will bear printing on without the usual man, after examining them carefully, pronounced them preliminary wetting, has long been a desideratum; to be of great value, and said the cheapest form of and we hear that such a kind of paper has not only setting would come to about thirty pounds. We did been made, but that it has been worked up into not, at the moment, decide about it, and as, shortly printed books, and published. Printers of all degrees will rejoice when it becomes as available as the afterwards, business compelled me to leave Paris, I ordinary sorts of paper.

deferred the arrangement of my diamonds till my The Cyclops has sailed to aid in laying down the return.

Just before I came away, I changed my Red Sea telegraph.—Sir Charles Lyell is paying a maid - an Englishwoman — for a French femme de

chambre, the former having matrimonial designs; and, By the bye, Dr S-, when do you intend to consequently, not being quite willing to trust the let me have my diamonds ? You have carried on stranger, I undertook to pack my jewels, &c., myself. the jest quite long enough now, and given me a severe For this purpose, I had my jewel-case and desk fright.' brought to the drawing-room, and began arranging my He turned deadly pale ; there was no mistaking his ornaments and papers. Whilst I was thus occupied, change of countenance. two gentlemen called successively; the latter being "Your diamonds, Mrs I don't know what Dr S, the friend who had accompanied me to the you mean !' jeweller's. During the time I chatted with him, I Why, you know you took them the night I was took out the diamonds, wrapped them in white paper, packing up-for a jest, of course—but it is really tied them with narrow ribbon, and sealed the tiny time to end it now. I know it was you who did it.' packet with green wax. I then placed it in a small * From a mesmerist, I suppose,' said he, but without box, and put it into my jewel-case. At that very expressing the least indignation at the charge. Really moment my maid asked if she could speak with me, some day you will go mad about mesmerism!' and excusing myself to Dr SM, I left him; never, I confessed that I had been to Alexis. of course, dreaming of locking up my half-packed "Well,' said he calmly, 'I shall go to him also.' jewels.

A few days afterwards he called on me, producing I was absent a few moments, and found everything, a written paper from Alexis, declaring that he did apparently, as I had left it. I finished my packing, not mean Dr S-by his description. I became and the jewels remained in their hiding-places till I indignant: had reached, and been some days in London. Then • You have bribed him to give it you !' I exclaimed. the wish to have the diamonds re-set returned, and I 'I also have again visited Alexis, and was reproached went to seek them, in order to take them to Roundell by him and the mesmerist for exposing them to a and Bridges. I opened the case, lifted off the lid of judicial trial for what they had told me. I believe the small box, and found the diamonds gone! I you have the diamonds; I insist on your returning searched every other box in the case, hoping I had them.' mistaken their whereabout, but no—the diamonds Again he grew deadly pale, and repeated: 'I did were lost. I need not say how grieved and puzzled I not take them.' was, and how inexplicable the loss appeared. No I was very angry.

If he had resented such an suspicion, however, of the only person present at their accusation; if he had been violently angry with me, packing distressed me; I should as soon have sus or very indignant, I should have believed him innopected my nearest and dearest relative. Some time cent; but that pale, troubled face, those calm, meek elapsed ere I again found myself in Paris; and then, denials! I rang the bell. Shew Dr

Sout.' And from all sides, I heard the fame of Alexis, the subject' turning from him indignantly, I left the room. Of whose trance-powers approached the miraculous. A course, we met no more. strong desire and curiosity awoke in my mind to ask Years rolled on. I thought I had lost both my friend him if he could, in his clairvoyant state, give me any and my diamonds. We were again in London. One tidings of my lost jewels.

morning my husband wanted something I had in my I must mention here, that shortly after my return to dressing-case. I carried it into his dressing-room, Paris, I had received my former waiting-woman back seated myself, and began looking for it. At length i again, and that I now made her accompany me to opened the little box, memorable for having held the Alexis's house.

small white paper parcel. My husband will tell you We were received with great civility by the mes- that the next moment I startled him by a cry. merist, who, having thrown his subject' into a sleep, • What is the matter, Emily?' desired me to place my hand in his, and ask him any Oh!' I gasped, 'the diamonds—the diamonds !' question I chose. I obeyed, saying simply:

Yes, there they were: they had never left their first • Why do I come to you?'

hiding-place. It happened thus: The box had a • Madame a perdue quelque chose.'

deep lid, the green wax was still wet when I shut it • What is it?'

down; it adhered to the lid, and remained there. * Ah, je vois ! A little packet it is of white paper, Every time before, when I had removed the lid, I had tied with ribbon, and with a green seal.'

put it down as I took it off-the top upwards. Now, I was startled.

by a strange chance, I turned the top down, and behold •What does it contain ?' I asked.

the diamonds were within it. I leave you to imagine Il contient des pierres blanches. Eh! des diamans !' how grieved I was at my unjust suspicions of my dear •You are right; now tell me-Where have I put it? old friend. If I had known where to find him, I should I have lost it.

at once have written to beg his forgiveness. Happily, Non; madame ne l'a pas perdu. Elle a été bien I at length heard of him. I was invited to dine with volé.'

an old East Indian friend, who on my arrival said: • Volé! mais Can you see the thief?'

'I have an old friend of yours staying with me-Dr Oui, madame ; il fait comme ça.' And he mimicked S80 exactly the face of my old friend, that my attendant 'I am so glad. Shall I see him ?' exclaimed immediately:

No. I told him you were coming, and he said he O ma'am, it is Dr S!'

would dine at the club, for that you would not sit in •What is his name?' I asked breathlessly.

the same room with him.' His Christian name is the same as my own. I can • Did he tell you why he thought so ?' see no more.'

“No; he said you were angry with him.' Alexander was my friend's name; the clairvoyant, The meek, generous-hearted man had never even Alexis. Need I say I left the mesmerist's, after paying hinted at the cruel injustice I had done him. As soon my napoleon, fully assured of the culpability of my as I returned home, I wrote him the most penitent former friend. But what could have induced such a of notes—and was forgiven. Thus I recovered both my man to rob me? Some dire temptation it must have friend and my diamonds; but I have never quite been. I would give him every opportunity of retriev- forgiven mesmerism for the pain it caused me; nor ing his error, but at the same time I would recover can I to this day explain by what unaccountable my lost diamonds. The opportunity for speaking to means Alexis was able to tell all about my loss, and him occurred very shortly. We met a few days after yet to be so grievously far off the truth. wards. Assuming a jesting air, I laughed, and said: I must add, that I went to a juge about the diamonds,

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and he would have given me a writ on Dr S—, but that'he abused the privilege which men have of being old friendship prevented me from exposing him in any ugly,' was amused at this kind of skeleton correspondway. How rejoiced I was that I had not done so! ence; and under the affected name of Pisandre, he filled

up and addressed one of these forms to the celebrated Mademoiselle de Senderi in her pseudonyme of Sappho.

This strange billet-dour is still extant; one of the oldest, Verbal and written guarantee.--It is commonly believed of a prepaying envelope.

Quarterly Review.

we presume, of penny-post letters, and a curious example that if a man accompanies his friend to a shop, and passes his word for the debt he may there contract, the guarantee is good in law. But this is a mistake: the purchaser is the person to whom credit is given, and the other can THE DARK HOUR ERE THE DAWNING. take the debt upon himself only by means of a written

She rocks her baby to and fro, promise.

Crying aloud in anguish wild : Tender in payment.-If you offer to a creditor what

'I cannot bear that deadlier wo, you conceive to be the just amount of your debt, you think you have made a legal tender; but that depends

So, God of mercy, take my child.' upon your discretion in making it. If you clog the offer

Poor soul! her act belies the prayer with any condition, even the stipulation for a receipt in She breathes into the midnight airfull, it is invalid: a legal tender, to be good, must be

It is before the dawning. entirely unconditional.

Copper and silver as tenders.- Various good stories are For while she speaks, her arms enfold told of revengeful debtors tendering in copper money the

The babe with a still tighter clasp; sums they were compelled to pay, and at so critical an

As fearing Death, so stern and cold, hour of the day that their busy creditors would almost

Should hear, and rend it from her grasp. rather have done without. But this is all fudge. Copper coin is not a legal tender when the debt is of an amount

She knows not-were that dark hour past that can be paid in silver or gold; and even silver is not

Of hers, 'tis doomed to be the last, legal to the amount of more than forty shillings. Bank of

The one before the dawning. England notes are as good a tender as gold; but they again are convertible on demand at the Bank into gold at You had not wondered at the prayer, the mint price.

If you had seen that hovel poor, Civil liability of drunkards.- We all know that offences

And known what she had suffered there, against the person are held to be aggravated rather than otherwise by their being committed under the influence

Since first the grim' wolf' forced the door: of intoxication; but it is less known that a drunkard is

But the prayer sped; the widow's pride, securely bound by his written deeds. The signature of a

Of sickness-not of hunger-died, drunken man is vitiated only when the drunkenness was

An hour before the dawning. produced by the contrivance of those to whom the bond was given, or when the intoxication went the length of

Half thankful, half remorseful, now depriving him entirely of reason.

This only treasure, hers no morePlants belong to the ground.—When you give up your Tears raining on its marble brow, occupation of a garden, and do not choose that the

She lays upon her pallet poor, trees and shrubs you have planted should become the Then whispers : ‘Would I too might die, property of the landlord, you are tempted to cut them

And so together we should fly down if you cannot remove them. Don't; or you will subject yourself to an action at law. Leave your own

To seek a brighter dawning.' flowers, too, and your own box-borders, or else prepare to stand the consequences of a contravention of the law.

The dawning came, and with it brought Ladies, mind what you are about !-A lady thinks her

Tidings of friends, and wealth restored; property is her own till the marriage-knot is tied: but They fell scarce heeded, as she sought she is mistaken. From the moment she has accepted

The little corpse, and o'er it poured the offer of marriage, everything she possesses, or is Her wild lament, her ceaseless moan to possess in reversion, becomes the property of her That such had found her all aloneintended; and no deed involving its transfer, executed

No child to share the dawning. by her in the interval before marriage, is valid. The reason is that the intended covenanted for herself and her havings at the moment of the engagement, and she

A hungry bee will strive to sip has no right to disappoint him. These items are con

Sweets even from a faded rose : deused from Mr Timbs's Popular Errors Explained, and

Thus hangs she on the pallid lip serve as a specimen of the useful and sometimes curious

So long, one almost might suppose information to be found in the book. It may be well to That she is striving with her breath remark that, being matters of English law, they are not To thaw away the frosts of death, necessarily applicable to Scotland.

Which yield not to the dawning.

POSTAGE ENVELOPES.

And now she murmurs day by day : M. Piron tells us that the idea of a post-paid envelope

* O God, that I had learned to wait; originated early in the reign of Louis XIV. with M. de "Tis so much harder than to pray, Velayer, who in 1658 established (with royal approbation)

As I have found, alas ! too late. a private penny-post, placing boxes at the corners of

I might have deemed the worst was past, streets for the reception of letters wrapped up in envelopes,

And that dark hour must be the last, which were to be bought at offices established for that

The one before the dawning.' purpose. M. de Velayer also caused to be printed certain

RUTI BUCK. forms of billets or notes, applicable to the ordinary business among the inhabitants of great towns, with blanks, which were to be filled up by the pen with such special Printed and Published by W. and R. CHAMBERS, 47 Pater.

noster Row, LONDON, and 339 High Street, EDINBURGH. Also matter as might complete the writer's object. Pelisson,

sold by William ROBERTSON, 23 Upper Sackville Street, Domis, Madame de Sevigné's friend, and the object of the bonmot and all Booksellers.

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