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recognized a man by having previously evening parties of the London season, seen his portrait.” The only painter and nothing but a strong sense of duty who calls forth a hearty burst of un- would have tempted him to take a seat qualified enthusiasm is Murillo, who on the platform at an anniversary meetseems to him “about the noblest and ing, though the most eloquent lips in purest painter that ever lived, and his England had been set down in the proGood Shepherd the loveliest picture I gramme. And as for a presentation at have ever seen.” This strong expres- Court, beyond all question he would sion may be explained by the fact that have preferred to fight a duel or go Murillo, like Hawthorne himself, com- into battle. bined a delicate sense of ideal beauty He is silent upon all the games, athwith the most accurate observation of letic exercises, and amusements which real life, and could paint equally well in England are embraced under the an old monk or a lovely infant. comprehensive name of sport, and in

He speaks of his last visit to the which the nobility and gentry ke so Exhibition in terms which show that much interest and spend so much he had made good progress in the money. He has never a word to say study of art :

about cricket or yachting or fox-hunt. “ September 6th. I think I paid my ing or horse-racing. To be in England last visit to the Exhibition, and feel as four years, and yet never be at Epsom if I had had enough of it, although I on a Derby day, is as exceptional a thing have got but a small part of the profit it as to be a Mussulman and never make might have afforded me. But pictures a pilgrimage to Mecca; yet Hawthorne are quite other things to me now from never witnessed this unique and charwhat they were at my first visit; it acteristic spectacle. All forms of ani. seems even as if there were a sort of mal life are unheeded by him. English illumination within them, that makes horses, English cattle, English dogs, me see them more distinctly." — Vol. are all matchless in their way, but he

sees or heeds them not. Indeed, we Of music, other than street music, do not remember that any animal is inthere is no record whatever in the troduced into any of his romances. He Note-Books. The opera had no at- was probably never the proprietor of a tractions for him, and the same is true horse or a dog, and was never seen on of those musical festivals in the great the back of a horse. In this respect cathedral towns of England, where the he presents a marked contrast to both grand strains of Handel, Haydn, and Scott and Dickens, who show their Beethoven are heard as they can be fondness for animals by often putting heard nowhere else, with the best art- them into their books. ists in the world for the solo parts, and We had marked other passages for a vast tide of trained voices on which extract, but our notice is already long to float the choruses. He is equally enough, and we must come to an end. silent as to the theatre. There is noth- Were we to copy everything that struck ing in his journal to prove that he ever us as remarkable in the reading, we attended a dramatic performance dur- should transfer to our pages about half ing all his residence in England. And the work. We have given our readers he passed by on the other side, without enough to satisfy them that they have heeding, many things which most for- in the English Note-Books a book of eigners are particularly anxious to ob- permanent interest and value, both serve. It does not appear that he ever from its essential literary merit and was present at more than one debate in from its autobiographical character, as the House of Commons, and by that he illustrating the mental and personal was evidently wearied. It is not strange traits of the most original genius in the that with his shy and reserved habits he sphere of imaginative literature that our should have avoided the great balls and country has yet produced.

G. S. Hillard.

II. p. 331.

IN THE OLD CHURCHYARD AT FREDERICKSBURG.

N the old churchyard at Fredericksburg

A gravestone stands to-day,
Marking the place where a grave has been,
Though many and many a year has it seen

Since its tenant mouldered away.
And that quaintly carved old stone

Tells its simple tale to all :
“Here lies a bearer of the pall

At the funeral of Shakespeare.”
There in the churchyard at Fredericksburg

I wandered all alone,
Thinking sadly on empty fame,
How the great dead are but a name,

To few are they really known.
Then upon this battered stone

My listless eye did fall,
Where lay the bearer of the pall

At the funeral of Shakespeare.
Then in the churchyard at Fredericksburg

It seemed as though the air
Were peopled with phantoms that swept by,
Flitting along before my eye,

So sad, so sweet, so fair;
Hovering about this stone,

By some strange spirit's call,
Where lay a bearer of the pall

At the funeral of Shakespeare.
For in the churchyard at Fredericksburg

Juliet seemed to love,
Hamlet mused, and the old Lear fell,
Beatrice laughed, and Ariel

Gleamed through the skies above,
As here, beneath this stone,

Lay in his narrow hall
He who before had borne the pall

At the funeral of Shakespeare.
And I left the old churchyard at Fredericksburg;

Still did the tall grass wave,
With a strange and beautiful grace,
Over the sad and lonely place,

Where hidden lay the grave ;
And still did the quaint old stone

Tell its wonderful tale to all :
“ Here lies a bearer of the pall
At the funeral of Shakespeare.”

F. W. Zoring. VOL. XXVI. — NO, 155.

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JOSEPH AND HIS FRIEND.

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on hand, purchased without Joseph's CHAPTER XXIII.

knowledge and with entire faith in the IN N the mean time the Hopetons had virtues of the Amaranth. Although

left for the sea-shore, and the two she still clung to that faith with a deswomen, after a drive to Magnolia, perate grip, the sight of the boxes did remained quietly on the farm. Julia not give her the same delight as she employed the days in studying Lucy had felt in ordering them. She saw with a soft, stealthy, unremitting watch the necessity of being prepared, in adfulness, which the latter could not sus vance, for either alternative.

It was pect, since, in the first place, it was a not in her nature to dread any scene faculty quite unknown to her, and sec or circumstance of life (although she ondly, it would have seemed absurd be had found the appearance of timidity cause inexplicable. Neither could she

very available, and could assume it adguess with what care Julia's manner mirably); the question which perplexed and conversation were adapted to her her was, how to retain and strengthen

She was only surprised to find her ascendency over Joseph ? so much earnest desire to correct faults, It is needless to say that the pressuch artless transparency of nature. ence of Lucy Henderson was a part Thus an interest quite friendly took of her plan, although she held a more the place of her former repulsion of important service in reserve. Lucy's feeling, of which she began to be sin warm, frank expressions of friendship cerely ashamed.

for Joseph gave her great satisfaction, Moreover, Julia's continual demon- and she was exhaustless in inventing stration of her love for Joseph, from ways to call them forth. which Lucy at first shrank with a deli “ You look quite like another person, cate tremor of the heart, soon ceased Lucy,” she would say ; “I really think to affect her. Nay, it rather seemed to the rest has done you good.” interpose a protecting barrier between “I am sure of it,” Lucy answered. her present and the painful memory “Then you must be in no hurry to of her past self. She began to suspect leave. We must build you up, as the that all regret was now conquered, and doctors say; and, besides, if — if this rejoiced in the sense of strength which speculation should be unfortunate — 0, could only thus be made clear to her I don't dare to think of it ! -- there will mind. Her feeling towards Joseph be- be such a comfort to me, and I am sure came that of a sister or a dear woman to Joseph also, in having you here unfriend; there could be no harm in til we have learned to bear it. We cherishing it: she found a comfort in should not allow our minds to dwell on speaking to Julia of his upright, unself- it so much, you know; we should make ish character, his guilelessness and an exertion to hide our disappointment kindness of heart.

in your presence, and that would be The work upon the house was nearly such a help! Now, you will say I am finished, but new and more alarming borrowing trouble, but do, pray, make bills began to come in; and worse was allowances for me, Lucy! Think how in store. There was a chimney-piece, everything has been kept from me that "the loveliest ivory veins through the I ought to have known !” green marble,” Julia said, which she “Of course, I will stay a little while had ordered from the city ; there were for your sake,” Lucy answered; “but boxes and packages of furniture already Joseph is a man, and most men bear

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bad luck easily. He would hardly bad !” she then cried : "but, no ! it's thank me for condoling with him.” my duty to hear it, my duty to bear it,

* O, no, no !” Julia cried ; - Lucy has taught me that, — tell me thinks everything of you! He was so all, tell me all, this moment!” anxious for you to come here : he said “ You and your father have ruined to me, 'Lucy Henderson is a noble, me : that is all.” true-hearted girl, and you will love her "Joseph !” The word sounded like at once,' as I did, Lucy, when I first the essence of tender protest, of heartsaw you, but without knowing why, as breaking reproach. Lucy rose quietly I now do."

and moved towards the door. A warm color came into Lucy's face, “ Don't leave me, Lucy!” was Jubut she only shook her head and said lia's appeal. nothing

“ It is better that I should go,” Lucy The two women had just risen from answered, in a faint voice, and left the the breakfast-table the next morning, when a shadow fell into the room But, Joseph,” Julia resumed, with through the front window, and a heavy a wild, distracted air, “why do you step was heard on the stone pavement say such terrible things ? I really do of the veranda. Julia gave a little not know what you mean. What have start and shriek, and seized Lucy's you learned ? what have you seen ? " arm. The door opened and Joseph was " I have seen the Amaranth!” there. He had risen before daybreak “ Well! Is there no oil ? " and taken the earliest train from the O yes, plenty of oil!” he laughed; city. He had scarcely slept for two "skunk oil and rattlesnake oil! It nights ; his face was stern and hag- is one of the vilest cheats that the gard, and the fatigue, instead of ex Devil ever put into the minds of bad hausting, had only added to his ex

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“O, poor pa !” Julia cried; “what Julia sprang forward, threw her arms a terrible blow to him!” around him and kissed him repeatedly. “6 Poor pa !' Yes, my discovery of He stood still and passively endured the cheat is a terrible blow to 'poor the caress, without returning it; then, pa,' — he did not calculate on its being stepping forward, he gave his hand to found out so soon. When I learned Lucy. She felt that it was cold and from Kanuck that all the stock he holds moist, and she did not attempt to re was given to him for services, press the quick sympathy which came for getting the money out of the pockinto her face and voice.

ets of innocents like myself, — you may Julia guessed something of the truth judge how much pity I feel for poor pa! instantly, and nothing but the power I told him the fact to his face, last ful necessity of continuing to play her night, and he admitted it.” part enabled her to conceal the bitter Then,” said Julia, “if the others anger which the contrast between Jo- know nothing, he may be able to sell seph's greeting to her and to Lucy his stock to-day, — his and yours; and aroused in her heart. She stood for a

we may not lose much after all.” moment as if paralyzed, but in reality to “ I should have sent you to the oil collect herself; then, approaching her region, instead of going myself," Johusband, she stammered forth : “O, seph answered, with a sneer. “ You Joseph — I'm afraid — I don't dare to and Kanuck would soon have come to ask you what — what news you bring. terms. He offered to take my stock You did n't write - I've been so un off my hands, provided I would

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back easy — and now I see from your face — to the city and make such a report that something is wrong.”

of the speculation as he would dicHe did not answer.

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voice rose almost to a scream, as the absurd splendor to which she had comwords burst, involuntarily, from her mitted him grew upon his mind. Filips.

nally he said, striving to make his The expression on Joseph's face voice calm, although it trembled in showed her that she had been rash; his throat: “Since you were so free but the words were said, and she could to make all these purchases, perhaps only advance, not recede.

you will tell me how they are to be “It is perfectly legitimate in busi- paid for ? " ness,” she continued. “Every invest- “Let me manage it, then," she anment in the Amaranth was a venture, swered. There is no hurry. These

every stockholder knew that he country mechanics are always imparisked losing his money! There tient, — I should call them impertinent, not one that would not save himself in and I should like to teach them a les. that way, if he had the chance. But son. Sellers are under obligations to you pride yourself on being so much the buyers, and they are bound to be better than other men! Mr. Chaffinch accommodating. They have so many is right; you have what he calls a bills which are never paid, that an ex'moral pride?! You — "

tension of time is the least they can “Stop!” Joseph interrupted. “Who do. Why, they will always wait a year, was it who professed such concern two years, three years, rather than about

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faith? Who sent Mr. Chaf- lose." finch to insult me?"

" Faith and business are two differ- “Then,” said Julia, deceived by Joent things : all the churches know seph's quiet tone, “ their profits are so that. There was Mr. Sanctus, in the enormous, that it would only be fair to city: he subscribed ten thousand dol- reduce the bills. I am sure, that if I lars to the Church of the Acceptance : were to mention that you were embarhe could n't pay it, and they levied on rassed by heavy losses, and press them his property, and sold him out of house hard, they would compromise with me and home! Really, you are as igno- on a moderate amount. You know they rant of the world as a baby!” allow what is called a margin for loss“God keep me so, then!” he ex- es, pa

told me, but I forget how much, claimed.

— they always expect to lose a certain “ However," she resumed, after a percentage ; and of course, it can make pause, “since you insist on our bear- no difference by whom they lose it. ing the loss, I shall expect of your You understand, don't you ?” moral pride that you bear it patiently, “Yes: it is very plain.” if not cheerfully. It is far from being “ Pa could help me to get both a reruin to us. The rise in property will duction and an extension of time. The very likely balance it, and you will still bills have not all been sent, and it will be worth what you were."

be better to wait two or three months “ That is not all," he said. “I will after they have come in. If the dealnot mention my greatest loss, for you ers are a little uneasy in advance, they are incapable of understanding it; but will be all the readier to compromise how much else have you saddled afterwards.” me with ? Let me have a look at Joseph walked up and down the holit!”

low room, with his hands clasped beHe crossed the hall and entered the hind his back and his eyes fixed upon new apartment, Julia following. Joseph the floor. Suddenly he stopped before inspected the ceiling, the elaborate and her and said : “ There is another overladen cornices, the marble chim- way.” ney-piece, and finally peered into the “Not a better one, I am certain." boxes and packages, not trusting him- “ The furniture has not yet been unself to speak while the extent of the packed, and can be returned to them

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