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the night, that husband and wife may see one another encircled me with her caressing arms, and filled my soul again; come to me in the third watch; let me renew the with happiness. 'I pray thee,' she said to me, “to weep illusions of the past.

no more when thou rememberest me; henceforth, I will In the second moon, at the birth of the spring, the sun come thus each night to visit thee in thy dreams.' shines longer in the sky, and each family washes its robes and linen in pure water. Husbands who have still their wives, love to adorn them with new clothes; but I, who

THE STRANGER. have lost mine, I am a prey to a grief that wastes my life away. I have removed from my sight the little shoes that The wedding-bells are ringing as if it could not be enclosed her pretty feet. Sometimes I have thought of That there was any heart to-day which was not full of glee. taking another companion; but where should I find another the wedding-bells are ringing ; you hear it in their sound so beautiful, so witty, and so kind!

In the third moon, at the epoch called Tsing-ming, the That this is a high holiday for all the country round. peach-tree opens its rose-coloured blossoms, and the willow The wedding-beils are ringing, drums beat, and bugles begins to display its green tresses. Husbands who have still their wives, go with them to visit the graves of their relations. But I, who have lost mine, I go alone to visit A stranger passing through the place the cause of this

would know. her grave. When I see the spot where her ashes repose, burning tears stream down my cheeks. I present to her He asks the brawny blacksmith who stands before his shed, funeral-offerings; I burn for her images of gilded paper. Wearing a coat with buttons bright, as if he too would “Tender wife!' I exclaim, with a tearful voice, where art

wed. thou? Tender wife! where art thou?' But, alas, she is deaf to my cries! I see a solitary tomb, but I cannot The blacksmith answers smiling: 'You come from far see my wife.

away, In the sixth moon, at the epoch called San-fo, it is difficult to support the burning heat of the day. The rich Else you would know of Lady Grace, and of her weddingand poor then spread their clothes to air. I will expose a

day. silken robe to the sun's hot rays. Look, liere is the robe 'Tis a day of great rejoicing; and if your heart is light, she wore on festival days !_here are the elegant shoes I'd bid you see our village sports, and join the dance that enclosed her pretty feet! But where is my wife? Oh, where is the mother of my children? I feel as if a

to-night.' cold steel-blade were dividing my heart. The fifteenth day of the eighth moon, when her disc "That's Lady Grace,' the blacksmith says—' she with the

The stranger stands there gazing—the carriages pass by: shines with its greatest splendour, men and women offer to the gods melons and cakes, which have a rounded form

brarc, bright eye.' like that of the orb of night.* Husbands and wives go Gay horsemen follow after the carriages and four, two and two to walk in the country, and enjoy the sweet moonlight; but the round disc of the moon can only remind And all are trotting merrily towards the church's door. me of the wife I have lost. At times, to relieve my wo, I Without the church the stranger stays, and hears the pour for myself a cup of generous wine; at times I take my guitar, but scarcely can my trembling hand draw forth He hears her voice—his eye grows dim—his heart grows

words begin; a sound. My relations and friends come, turn by turn, to

cold within. invite me; but my heart, full of bitterness, refuses to share their pleasures. In the ninth moon, at the epoch called Tchong-yang, The pride of all the country side comes smiling forth

And now the altar 's silent, and with her joyous train, the chrysanthemums open their golden cups, and every garden exhales a balmy odour. I would gather a bunch again. of newly blown flowers

, if I had still a wife whose hair they But soon her footstep falters, and soon her smile has fled : could adorn. My eyes are wet with tears, my hands are contracted by grief, and beat my fleshless breast. I enter How can it be that she is sad, who was this instant wed? into the elegant chamber that was once my wife's; my two She sees the stranger standing there, and it seems as if children follow me, and come sadly to embrace my knees. Each one takes me by the hand, and calls me with a "Twixt her and all her gladness, a shadow on the way.

there lay, choking voice. By their tears, their sobs, their gestures, they ask me for their mother.

But now the look is over-she turns away her eyes : The first day of the tenth moon, both rich and poor The past it can be hers no more-her path before her lies. present winter-clothes to their wives. But I who have no

E. F. wife, to whom shall I offer winter-clothes? When I think of her who shared my bed, who rested on the same pillow, I burn for her images of gilded paper, and my tears flow fast. I send these offerings to her who now dwells beside the Yellow Fountain. I know not whether these funeral

Every one must have observed the destructive combingifts will be of use to the shade of her who is no more, but ation of lead and iron from railings being fixed in stone at least her husband will have paid her a tribute of love with the former metal, and the oxygen of the atmosphere and regret.

keeping up the galvanic action between the two metals. In the eleventh moon, when I have saluted winter, I call This waste might be prevented by substituting zinc for my beautiful wife. In my cold bed, I double up my body, lead, in which case the galvanic influence would be inverted : I dare not stretch out my legs, and half of the silken the whole of its action would fall on the zinc, and the iron counterpane covers an empty place. I sigh and invoke would be preserved ; and as zinc is oxidated with difficulty, nights.' At the third watch, I rise without having slept, formed of the oxide of zinc, for the same reason, preheaven; I pray for pity on a husband who passes solitary it would, at the same time, be scarcely acted on; the one

remaining uninjured, and the other nearly so. Paint and I weep until the dawn.

In the twelfth moon, in the midst of winter's cold, I called serves iron exposed to the atmosphere infinitely better my tender wife. “Where art thou?' I said. “I think of thee than the ordinary paint, which is composed of oxide of all day, yet I cannot see thy face. The last night of the lead.— Timbs's Popular Errors. year, she appeared to me in a dream : she pressed my hand in hers; she smiled on me with tearful eyes; she Printedand Published by, W. and R. CHAMBERS, 47 Pater

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elsewhere their haggard looks and aching heads. Some RECKONING THE WINNING S.

set out for Paris, some for London, some for Vienna, In England, the grand epoclis of the year are con- some for Berlin, some for St Petersburg, some for nected with the fate of grouse and partridges : on the America; a good many lose themselves by the way, continent, with a thing of far more general and absorb- and sinking into some obscure pitfall, never turn up ing interest. The great resorts of fashion there, where again till the following spring; not a few, on getting people crowd to drink nasty water and enjoy, or home, shut themselves up in their room to examine pretend to enjoy, fine scenery, have a third attraction the pin-holed cards they have brought away, containmuch more powerful-public and licensed Gaming ;| ing the history of the campaign, and invent from and to many, of course, the opening and closing these data an absolutely infallible system of play by days of the tables are the most memorable dates which to lose their money next year; while of those in the calendar. Paris, although more abounding in who reach London, a fair proportion forget the way eau de vie than in mineral springs, and in monts de to their clubs and their old landladies, and are fain pieté than in picturesque hills, was formerly the most to swell the competition for cabmen's boxes. distinguished of the temples of play, paying two But the bankers ? What becomes of them ? How million francs a year to the government for its licence; have they fared in the conflict? The answer to these but it has now lost this dignity by the interference of questions is curious; and it so happens that we are the legislature, and its great salons de jeu have retired able to throw some light upon a subject hitherto into the dangerous obscurity of the hells of London. shrouded in mystery. One or two other places have likewise been erased from We shall take the principal temples of play seriatim, the list, which now chiefly consists of Baden-Baden, as we have catalogued them above. Wiesbaden, Homburg, Ems, Spa, Geneva, and Monaco. Baden-Baden pays an annual licence of 300,000

The gaming season begins in spring, when the leaves francs. The present lease is for seventeen years from come out green and glittering in the sun, and closes 1854, a period of eight years being fixed, and the in most places on the 1st of November, when they remainder renewable, either on the same terms or at drop sear and withered from the trees. The 1st of an advanced ratio. In four years, therefore, the November has more general excitement than the bankers will have the option either of giving up their opening date, for on that day there comes into play a lease or submitting to a perhaps considerable augnew element of interest; a new class, hitherto rigidly mentation of the licence. This large sum does not excluded, being then for the first and only time in the go into the pockets of the Baden government. It is season, permitted to approach them. Many a wistful laid out, through a special commissioner of the Baths, glance have these latter been accustomed, for months in embellishing the place-in gilding refined gold and past, to throw at the shut doors; many an investi- painting the lily, for the whole locality is a paradise gating look have they fixed upon the pale or flushed of beauty as it is. The seven less important baths faces, the dead or burning eyes, of the privileged receive only 50,000 francs among them, that of Badenclasses emerging from them; but now at length their Baden taking the lion's share. In addition to the turn comes, they are permitted to enter within the licence, the expenses are of course heavy, making up sacred precincts, and to feel in their own experience the the aggregate costs to not less than 700,000 francs ; glorious excitement of play. The time allowed them, but notwithstanding this, the net profit of the last it is true, is short-only a single day; but that suffices season amounted to above two millions ! Nor is there for the purpose: a few francs or florins don't take long, any chance of a reduction of this large sum in future and luckily they have no fund to fall back upon when years, so long as the place retains the prestige of these are swept up by the good-natured bankers. In, fashion ; for a curious clause in the treaty defends therefore, they flock-gentlemen's servants, waiters, Baden-Baden even against the effects of its own justice hotel commissionaires, petty trades-people of the town, or generosity by forbidding it to renounce either of its shopmen, neighbouring villagers, agricultural labourers, two zeros with which the game of roulette is played, farm-servants, with the wives of all who have wives to or the refait, as it is termed, of rouge et noir. On bring, and boys and girls from their first teen to their the other hand, it is not permitted to be too greedy of last-all are welcome to the honour of risking their business ; its tables being limited to the present three year's savings upon the identical table which yesterday -namely, one for rouge et noir and two for roulette. ingulfed the inheritance of princes.

The above is the speculation of a private individual, In the meantime, the members of the other class, for but the tables of Wiesbaden and Ems belong to a whom the season is already at an end, prepare to carry joint-stock company. They pay for the double licence

115,000 florins; but are prepared, it is rumoured, to its bank. In anticipation of this, the manager, in offer 100,000 florins more for permission to keep their imitation of the autocrats of the Opera, has been play-rooms open during the winter months. The recently on a tour among the other gaming temples to expenses of this company for the season are estimated recruit his staff, and has already at a fabulous sum at 750,000 francs; yet at the last division of profits, engaged the services of one of the best croupiers of a dividend was declared which entitled each of the Homburg. 25,000 shares to 49.30 francs. This exhibits a net At Monaco, the society gives the prince one-fourth profit for the season of 1,232,500 francs! Baron de of the profits, guaranteeing to him 25,000 francs as the Wellens, the gérant or manager of the society, receives minimum. This year its receipts (about 80,000 francs) in lieu of salary, for what is reckoned his able services, are said to have fallen short of its expenses; but 5 per cent. on these profits--an allowance which makes notwithstanding this, as well as the unfavourable eye up the very respectable income of 61,625 francs or with which it is regarded by Sardinia, the prospects of L.2465. As this sum, for six months' work, is more Monaco are good, as by and by a ramification of than equal to the salaries of all the Grand Duke of railways will encircle it like the net of a spider. This Nassau's ministers for a year, it has excited some is believed to be the only instance in which the reignremark; and at the last meeting of the society to hear ing prince is a personally interested director of the the Report, one shareholder, astonished and alarmed Bank. at the announcement of so large a recompense, declared On casting our eye over the foregoing figures, we that it was absolutely 'scandalous.'

find that the half-dozen banks we have specified must "Well, gentlemen,' said the baron with his usual have gained at play in a single season- putting serene courtesy, 'I admit that the sum which produces profits and expenses together-seven million francs. this amount at five per cent., and pays you so hand- Nor is this extraordinary fact to be taken as somesome a dividend, is a large one. I am sorry you are thing peculiar to the present year: it is probably dissatisfied with it: but another year the misfortune nothing more than the average annual rate at which might 'be remedied; and I am sure if I could do the visitors of the places indicated submit to be anything that would give you satisfaction: But shorn. And who are these visitors ? Our readers here he was interrupted by a general laugh, and the may perhaps suppose them to consist of the mass of Report was received with acclamation. At Wiesbaden tourists who throw away here and there, without there are two tables for roulette, and two for rouge a thought upon the subject, a handful of five-franc et noir; at Ems one for roulette and one for rouge pieces, or a few napoleons ; but the fact is, that the et noir.

most important of the victims are themselves intending Homburg pays a licence of 50,000 florins, for which victimisers, that the most feathery of the pigeons are it is at liberty to keep the tables open throughout the the knowing ones, who, after mature study of the entire year. The lease is for fifty-five years, of which doctrine of chances, set forth every year from England, sixteen have expired; the cost of all buildings, embel- France, Germany, Russia, America, for the avowed lishments, and improvements to be defrayed by the purpose—to use their own language-of giving a lesson society. The capital is divided into 10,000 shares ; to M. le Baron de Wellens, of taking the shine out of which received for last season (summer only) a dividend M. Benazet, and of sewing up M. Blanc! of 53 francs per share, giving a total profit of more If these knowing ones, on sitting down to play a than half a million. The owner of more than half game of mere blind chance with a friend, were asked these shares is a single individual, M. Blanc, the to give him odds, they would laugh at the idea. Odds, manager. There are five tables, three for roulette and they would say, are given only in games of skill, such two for rouge et noir; and they have this remarkable as billiards, to balance the inequality of the players, distinction, that the play is with only one zero. This but in games of chance there is no inequality to does not affect stakes of less than 500 florins, but still balance. Yet this is precisely what they do with the it tends so far towards equalising the chances between Banks, which are secured certain odds by their fundathe gamesters and the bank, that in April next the mental rules. In playing either with the friend or the second zero, customary at all the other tables, is to be bank, however, in this unequal way, it is by no means added.

impossible, despite the odds, that they may win: but Spa, since the suppression of the tables at Aix-la- with a difference. On finishing the friendly game, Chapelle, has become a flourishing concern. The they pocket their winnings with a laugh, and deterCompany set apart 150,000 francs for the general mine not to risk them by repeating the frantic play, at expenses of embellishment, &c., and then divide the which success was a kind of miracle; but success at spoil with the state. This year's profits have exceeded the rouge et noir table is another matter : their mind a million francs. There is only one table for roulette, is confused by the magnitude and complexness of the and one for rouge et noir.

whole affair, by the mystery of the bank, the hope. Geneva, like Spa, pays no licence; but, unlike Spa, less, fearless, bloodless serenity of the automaton-like it has no connection with the government. Although it croupier ; they are incapable of reasoning as they do in has enemies in the state council, however, the company the other case ; the play, on the same terms, continues are domiciled in the private mansion of the President of from hour to hour, from day to day, from week to the Council himself, whom it gratifies with a rent of week, and if they can hold out so long, from month to 25,000 francs. The general expenses here are about month, till they reach the inevitable goal of ruin at 125,000 francs, and the net profits 300,000 ; but this last. In the one case, in short, it is possible to win: in is nothing to its future, if it can only get over the the other, impossible. enmity in the council, and be allowed to keep open The principle is so clear, that there would be no the tables till the railway from Lyon, expected to be chance of mistake, were it not that the prestige of ready shortly, acts as a duct for treasure to pour into the tables is kept up by the spectacle of temporary

success, while few or none are present at the final are more sanguine as to the antidotal power of the result: except when that is signalised by the report revelations of this paper. Seven millions a year against of a pistol, the withdrawal of the effigy whose last one is an awkward fact to get over. How do you like stake has been lost, and the scattering of the saw- giving odds under the circumstances ? dust upon the floor preventing the company for a few minutes from closing round the table as before, to

THE PARIAH'S REVENGE. drink in the absorbing announcement of a new game, Le jeu est fait. Not, however, that such catastrophes I was once acquainted with a Frenchman who could are common, although they have happened ; people smoke any two Germans down. He was an artist, are more considerate now-a-days than to enact such and, when I knew him, an exile, having got mixed scenes in public: when they do sink under their mis- up in some of the conspiracies against Louis-Philippe ; fortunes—at least, when we English do so—it is into a but he always declared that his uncommon skill in the chair by the tap-room fire opposite the cab-stand. art of consuming tobacco had been acquired during

The reason why the last day of the season is the his residence in British India, where he was employed most popular, may be deduced from the foregoing for years in copying sculptures and inscriptions from The visitors have no second day, or week, or month the ancient tombs and temples for the Institute of to insure their ruin: some, therefore, may win; and a France. Of his other experiences in the land of the single instance of success is worth more to the fame of Brahmins, he was not inclined to talk much on English the tables than a whole village of bankrupts. Only ground; but one evening when we sat together, and fancy that happy grisette, who, with flushed face, and his long pipe was in full play-my friend was generally yet shivering as if from cold, carried to the princely most fluent then-our conversation happened to turn rooms in the morning her whole worldly fortune, on the extent of empire England had obtained in which she had hoarded in an old stocking, consisting the east. of two pièces de cent sous, and who could hardly be got 'A curious study they are," he said, the Hindoo out of the doors by force at night. She had won; she and his ruler. Nature never intended the two races was winning-what cruelty to break off her golden to occupy one country: suppose they were willing, dream in the midst! Happy grisette! another deal of it is an absolute impossibility that they could ever the cards, another whirl of the roulette, would in all understand each other. The Oriental character and probability have stripped her of every sou; but kind that of the Anglo-Saxon are the opposite poles of fortune has turned her out of doors, the mistress of mankind; hence the rule of England in India has had six bright and heavy crowns. It is true; Victoire no moral result. It has familiarised the natives with was one of the great majority who lost; but does not European commerce, and, to a certain extent, with her treasure make up for it, and will not the wedding European science too, but the Hindoo and the Mussulcome off just the same as if nothing had happened ? man remain as far from Britain as their ancestors." This grisette will always be a benefactress of the My response was about missions, and schools, and Bank, for she will become a traditional heroine of her time. village; and as each new season approaches, her Well,' said my friend, 'we would never agree, and six pieces will be multiplied by report in at least it's no matter; but I'll tell you an adventure which arithmetical ratio.

rather enlightened me on the subject when I was new It is an old notion of ours that if a man will have in India. This he did as follows: the folly to throw away his money on so hopeless. It was at Agra, the ancient capital, where the a speculation, the less he knows of the doctrine of sultans of the Persian dynasty reigned and built chances, and the less he bothers himself with pricked before the days of the Mogul. The modern city is cards, the more easily he will get off. Many years still of great importance. There are holy places within ago we witnessed a circumstance at Frascati's, in Paris, its walls for Hindoo and Mohammedan, an English which quite demolished our faith in the doctrine. garrison, and a considerable trade; but all round stand The rouge et noir room was well filled with visitors of the witnesses of earlier power and splendour-temples both sexes, and the playing went on pretty briskly. A and palaces, and regal tombs-scattered for miles new deal took place-le jeu est fait—and the company over the country, and interspersed with palm-groves, obeyed the signal. The red wins. Some left their native hamlets, and the bungalows of the English resimoney on the red; some transferred it to the opposite dents. I had a full twelvemonth's work among them; side. The red wins again, and is the favourite. Again and among other acquaintances made in my peregri-again. The players become suspicious: the doctrine nations, was that of an English family named Jackson. of chances is now dead against the red, and the black is They had what might be termed a strong position in loaded with gold and silver. The red wins. The red Hindostan. Mr Jackson was a high law-officer for the wins—again—again. People don't know what to do. province; Mrs Jackson's brother was at the head of They have lost enough on the black; but what knowing the Agra custom-house; their son was a captain in one would trust the red? They stand looking on, except one of the regiments of that native army by which a few who persist—but cautiously—with the black, and England keeps her hold on India ; and their daughter fewer still who put down a trifle on the red with a was married to one of the Company's judges in Calcutta. smile, as if they did it in jest. The red wins. Again With their family interest so well represented, and -again. The red wins, in short, to the very end; and titled connections in one of the midland counties of a game which, without the intervention of the doctrine England where they were born, you may believe that of chances, ought to have broken half-a-dozen banks, the Jacksons were rich and important people. They terminated in comparatively little mischief to either had a house in the city of Agra, chiefly for the transside. Whether a circumstance like this ever happened action of business, and an extensive bungalow in the before or since, we cannot tell; but what we have outskirts, situated on the banks of a rivulet, surrelated, certainly did occur in our own presence, at rounded by a garden full of Indian flowers, shaded a time when we visited, from curiosity, all sorts of from the southern sun by tall palms, and commanding places as well as gaming-tables.

a glorious prospect of splendid ruins and eastern We are not sure that much good has been effected by vegetation. There they lived in a degree of material the numerous moral treatises against gaming, or the luxury known only to the Anglo-Indian. Nothing equally numerous stories of ruin and misery the habit was wanted that wealth could purchase, and they has occasioned. Gamesters, we fear, don't read moral possessed the love for elegance and taste; so the great treatises, and moral examples are looked upon as lawyer and his lady were considered the elite of Agra mere illustrations of the doctrine of chances. But we society, and my acquaintance with them could only be

accounted for on the ground that Europeans out of Zelle's dress, which was a tasteful compromise between uniform were rather scarce, that life is somewhat dull the costumes of Europe and India, was always more in the Company's territory, that the Jacksons wanted studied, and her black hair more carefully braided, their portraits, and that I was wanted to paint them. when the captain was at home. Of course, it was

They had resided almost thirty years in India, and by accident; but I once espied something very like believed themselves thoroughly acquainted with it and an assignation in the garden, though, from circumits people. So they might liave been as regarded stances too minute to be so long remembered, I time and opportunity ; but unfortunately the Jacksons believe that the siege did not advance as rapidly had brought the English midland counties with them, as the gallant captain could have wished; and Mrs and never could get rid of the burthen. They reasoned Jackson had a mighty opinion of her maid. It was on the dwellers by the Jumna exactly as they would not easy to make an impression on the heart of that have done on those beside the Trent, and applied the very respectable lady; but Zelle had achieved it, for rules of conduct laid down for Jim and Bill, in all the the girl was clever and handy. I was told she could rigour of their Angloism, to Ali and Ranou. Mr mend and clear-starch, mark and cut out as well Jackson was an upright, honourable man, with little as any maid from England; that she never had depth and much narrowness of mind. Of his spouse been known to tell a fib, black or white; might be I will only venture to premise that she did not pretend trusted with anybody's wardrobe or jewel-case, and to be interesting, and the only part of her conversation gave no trouble on the score of caste. Mrs Jackson I recollect is a lament over the inferiority of meat in also said that the girl was sincerely attached to her India, and a wonder that the Hindoos did not leave family; and with good reason, for they had been great off worshipping idols when they were told it was benefactors to her and all her relations; and the wrong. Their son-of whom I saw a good deal, his good woman was accustomed to relate how Zelle's regiment being then in garrison at Agra—was a liand- life, as well as that of her four sisters, had been saved some young man, with very red whiskers, and a great, in their infancy by the attorney-general's interference though silent, esteem of himself; and of their daughter with that peculiar institution which, in some parts of I know only that she was a young married lady of Hindostan, saves the higher castes the trouble of remarkable propriety, and had two really beautiful providing trousseau and wedding-feasts; how her children, twin-boys, around whom the whole family's mother had been prevented from becoming a suttee affection, and much of its pride, was gathered.

by Mrs Jackson's cousin, then in the Agra mission, The letters from Calcutta were full of them; their though the poor creature was scorned for it by all sayings, their doings, and their general progress. They her heathen people, and somehow fell into the Jumpa were the theme to which Mrs Jackson returned from afterwards;' how her three brothers got advice and the two leading subjects I have mentioned--the topic assistance from every branch of the Jacksons to take to which the lawyer came down from his official up honest trades, when the Company dispossessed them dignity, and on which the captain condescended to of some land to which they had no right in law; how, in unbend his mind. The twins were now in their fourth consequence, one had a place in the custom-house, one year, but the old people had not seen them since their had become a soldier in the captain's regiment, and one first summer. The distance between Agra and Calcutta a small merchant in Agra. Mrs Jackson always wound made the visit of the judge's lady to her parents rather up that recital of benefits by stating, that Zelle had rare. However, in the third quarter of my acquaint- been three years at the school for native girls; that ance with the Jacksons, it was publicly announced she could read Englishı as well as Hindostanee; that that Mrs Lester was coming with the dear children, she never refused a tract, and the missionaries had and I was engaged to paint their portraits.

great hopes of her. Like most families of distinction in British India, Mrs Lester's visit had been expected to take place the Jacksons kept a considerable retinue. The requi- in that cool and pleasant season of the Indian year, sitions of caste, which always limit the Hindoo's which the English residents persist in calling the labour, and the indolence superinduced by a tropical winter, because it extends from October to March, and climate, contribute to augment the number of these their Christmas dinners come off in the midst of it. household troops. My friends had servants of all Intervening between the time of rain and the fierce sorts and sizes; but among them there was none in heat, it seems the natural season for travelling; but by more esteem or trust than a native girl, who acted as those many casualties which beset the goings forth of Mrs Jackson's own maid, and held besides sundry ladies-who will take everything with them, as well as important offices, such as the charge of the household maids and children-the judge's spouse, for he himself, linen and the dealing out of the spices. They called good man, stayed at home in hot Calcutta, found it her Zelle; and when her good mistress was in a impossible to set out so early as she had intended; hurry, it became Sally sometimes, but I believe her but as she travelled in the most expeditious manner, proper name was Zelleya. She was a Pariah, at least by boat and palanquin, it was hoped the family would she did not object to do or touch anything; but her reach Agra before the regular deluge set in. Meanappearance had something of high caste in it, for that time, my commission to paint the children had widened peculiar institution of India has the advantage of to a family group. Somebody had suggested that the making the classes known without the help of dress moment of arrival would be the most striking scene; or equipage.

and as it was necessary to witness the ceremony before Zelle had the tall, slender figure, the features of transferring it to canvas, I was bound to be at the that fine mould which might be termed the classical Jacksons' bungalow in good time on the day the of Hindostan—the upright carriage and elastic grace, visitors were expected. Having English patrons to the long, shining hair and pure olive complexion, deal with, I was punctual. Mrs Lester and company which distinguish the Brahmin's daughter. She was were due early in the afternoon, and the house was on young, too-- I think not more than seventeen. By the qui vive for hours; but there was no arrival. the way, that is not counted extreme youth in the Towards evening, the rain, which had fallen in east; but there was a cold glitter in her black eye, occasional showers for some days, as it does at the which, in spite of so much beauty, would not have beginning of its season, came down in good earnest, charmed me. I thought Captain Jackson had come to with a fag-end of a thunder-storm, which we heard a different conclusion. The near neighbourhood of his raging far to the southward, and the Jacksons comgarrison made him almost a resident with his parents, forted themselves with the hope that the travellers had and my frequent visits, in the double capacity of artist taken refuge in some tomb or ruin, of which there was and friend to the family, enabled me to observe that I no lack on their way, and should come on as soon as

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