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from my aunt respecting the Miss Tribs, she asked" los e arrangements made for us by

our neighbours ? 11 the Tweedles, --- Mr. Mrs. and the young ladies

," was the answer, " on one side you have and gentlemen,-a very noble, amiable, and quiet family, I assure you, and famous musicians." **** There, Mr. Prance !" cried my aunt, “what'a' treat for you!" 10 re, Bois Despes enw **** it's

“Well ma'am,--Miss o Oakley occupies the second floor, on the other side, aud Captain Stormaway (a 'terrible cripple, poor gentleman lie is, with the gout) the ground one, and in the other houses".

Thank you," said my uncle, that's all we want to know?”—for Mr. P. is extremely" averse to talkative women, and albeit, was annoyed by his sposa's expedition, and forced endeavours to prove, in spite of reason, every thing so charming in bis new quarters : perhaps he had reason to grumble, when Harry cracked further an already fractured window pane, and when I in drawing a chair from a snug corner, caused its off leg, to come off ; -weary, however, with his journey, be soon fell asleep. My aunt yawning seemed much inclined to follow his example, and my cousin and self, having nothing better to do, huto halfway out of the window, in the pleasant summer «gloamin,' until the hour of repose at length arrived, listening to a variety of sounds which seemed rather strange to occur in quiet lodgings. On our right the Tweedle family were having a concert; on our left, Captain Stormaway was swearing, as we presumed, at every twinge, --in a manner to have shamed Auld Hormie : thump-thump-thump as from the crutch of some Diablo Cojuelo, with shrill and incoherent exclamations proceeded from Miss Oakley's apartment above him ;-and immediately us, our own servants were loudly carousing with the land lady and fair “ May-ry," after the fatigues and deprivations of their journey. These sounds met my ears as distinctly, as if they were taking place in the drawing-room, where we sat, thanks to the lath-and-plaister houses which are now up as easily as an Inn-keeper's bill, expressly it should seem for the delectation of every family, by the exposure of every family's affairs, -and thanks also to the generous

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communications caused, in hot weather, by open windows. A drum was bcating, not far from Sea-point Terrace, and our dapdlady, who came to say farewell to my aunt, and to

hope she would find everything comfortable," informed ys, that it was the drum belonging to a band, which the Hon. Ms. Tweedle was

ş endeavouring to get up amongst thę, rustics of Dullbeach, and that the drummer, a very pains-taking poor man, was assiduous in liis practise : of, 19. use her own phrase, was always a-going.' 91. Early next morning, I was aroused by a clamour, of which words can give but an inadequate idea. From the house of our musical neighbours proceeded sounds, which indicated the practise of all the youthful Tweedles, if the Leads of the house were not at it also. Saugh! saugh! saugh! went the hoarse violincello ; tootle, tootle, tootle, the fiute; tweedle, tweedle, tweedle-thump, tbump, -a couple of piano-fortes, ill in tune, and jangling to ether two compositions in different times and keys! Beautiful! The tinkling of a harp was added to these noises;-a female yoice $f'ull The Shrill as the Alpine eaglet's soaring cry,” was screaming forth a song at the top of the house ; and a clarionet woke a clarion which must have alarmed all the crows in the neighbourhood. My uncle was ringing furiously for the servant, W10, taking early advantage of a s katering place, was gone to bathe,” and my aunt was

scolding, who and what coucerning, I know not. Harry and to who had agreed to rise early for a stroll exploratory, sauntered forth towards the beach, and coming upon a fhouse that displayed in large gold letters over the door, the attractive word " LIBRARY,”—beheld a young woman before it, whose appearance bespoke her, in station, above a mere servant, but below a gentlewoman: ber hair was én papillotes, and worn without a cap, yet sbe had a broom in her hand, on which she leant in an interesting attitude, and ever and anon, like Billy Lackaday, put up her white , handkerchief to her eyes ; a young man genteely dressed, seemed to endeavour to console her, but ever as he peered into her, yery pretty face, and attempted to suatch a kiss, she, with much admirable coquetry, turned slowly round,

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or twisted herself from him with the pliant sinuosity of the serpent kind 4. the youth, with gentle force, wrested the broom from her noc unwilling bands, and began to sweep the ground before the door Miss turned into the house, and her beau, observing the eyes of Harry and myselft, intently fixed on him, drew himself up with a proud and scornful air, flangn down the broom, and pettisbly turning upon his heel, followed her into the house. “Bah!? exclaimed Hariy, giggling with delight at this little scena ; and after an hour's saunter upon the beach,' we returned to : Sea-point Terrace, where we found aunt Prance, in what is politely terined."a great fuss," -- by reason of the applications, rivalries, and quarrels, of bakers, butchers, grocers, w laundresses, fish-wives, and bathers, all candidates for the custom of "the new family."

{ { In the course of the day, the Tweedles called upon us, having heard that “Mr. Prance was distractedly fond of music, and a capital performer on the violin;" which instru.. ment, he never touched in his life--but, as my poor grandal mother P. used to say-"good law, my dear!'a story never loses by the telling !"--and this story, in its worst sense, our new friends bad received from Mrs. Mudge, our veracious landlady! Music, we soon discovered, was, with Mrs. Tweedle, the summum bonum of human bonor and felicity: it was, or had been made, the accomplishment of her numerous family, and she commented with extreme satisfaction


progress they bad made in it, her plans for their improvement, who were, and bad been, and weret: to be their masters ;-she told us also upon what instruments they performed, and attempted an explanation, intended no doubt to be lucid of Chaldin's Theory of Acoustics, but which stultified my uncle, and dumb-foundered my aunt. In the midst of her oration, our gouty neighbour's voice assailed usin loud, hoarse accents-and profane terms : "Tis only Captain Stormaway, poor man!” cried she, “under a twinge ; you mustn't mind him, for he's always thus,''

c1 and she proceeded with her subject, quite reckless of the pangs of suffering humanity. Presently, the clarionet, from her own house, sent forth a shrill and discordant blast. “Tis only my son Edward practising," said Mrs. Tweedle, observing my aunt start, -"you are nervous, I fear, Mrs.

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Prance ? well don't mind him, you'll often hear him, for te I make my young people practise every day, ' And so, as la was saying"44&c. &c. Ere long we heard, from Miss i Oakley's apartment, thump-thump---the fall, it seemed,ift of a heavy piece of furniture, and a piercing scream. " Don't be alarmed Mrs. Prance,!! eried the lady. If your fair neighet bour is only lame anel insane -- so that you must often expect to-bear' strange noises from her room; insane, but quite harmless, ": ' I understand; and so to proceed, &c. &c. &c; Thus, dit this tiresome woman, wile away above a : coople of hours, but upon takiug leave, offered the amende honorable I presume, by asking us to spend the evening with her, and to come early, as she meditated a walk, ere the rousid commenced..!

Accordingly, at seven o'clock, we stepped in to Mrs. Twoedlets, Landa were courteously received by herself, husband, four daughters, and two sons: a third, Edward, she told us, was gone to the Library, in order to assemble the band before it, and hear them practise together a little ere we arrived. Towards the Library we now bent our steps, and had we inot already known the way, a tremendous clang of many instruments, would bave guided us thither ;-and, upon reaching the spot, we discovered the young lady of oar morning's adventure. to be the Librarian's fair daughter, and her officious lover, Mr. Edward Tweedle ! The young

man blushed at the apparition of Harry and myself, andi at first fought shy of us, but afterwards deeming it better to put a good face upon the matter, came boldly up, and entered into conversation with us ; possibly too, conceiving, that amongst young people reigus such an esprit de corps, such a fellow-feeling for sins of the heart, in affairs of the said heart, that though perfect strangers, he was as secure of honorable silence on our parts, respect ing his flirtation, as if he had requested it. Mr. Edward Tweedle was perfectly right, and though the silence of youth on these and other subjects may sometimes be perfectly wrong, yet who sliall be cynic enough to condemn the tacit, but unhesitating mutual reliance of the beautiful age of kindness, confidence, and unsuspicion ? Harry, however, had a mind to torment the enamoured youth a little, though in a sly, good-humoured manner--for he cannot be iil.

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humoured; so, after a few minutes conversation with Mr. Edward, he said "and allow me to ask, are the yirs, of this band the only ones which attract you to the Library? Do you attend morning and evening? And do you find that all parties keep time pretty well, and harmonite tolerablyi? 5. The confused Damon replied, by asking if we found Mrs. Mudge and the tradespeople civil? 1

Pretty well,” said I.

But,” added Harry, with his usual astonishing assurance, and giving young Tweedle a particularly significant look, “much reliance cannot be placed on first professions and civilities, because you know what the old proverb says about brooms, new, brooms I meau.'

" Come, come,” cried Master Edward smiling," don't quiz; your allusion I perfectly well understand, but-but

the placed his finger on his lips, and glanced at his family.

199 2002 2291981 Fear not,” replied Harry; “ I am not one, to doras you did this morning, kick, or rather, brush up a busf,”ai

The young men laughed at this eatraordinary piece of wit; and, at that moment, Miss Rosa Tweedle came as ambassadress from her mama, to request that her brother would mare the band play the overture to Fidelio, and some diabolical arrangement from Robert le Diable, Batls compositions being quite new, and not fully mastered, wliat sort of performance groupd our cultivated ears, I leave the reader to judge, after a half hour's vain endeavour to move the honorable baud-mistress to select, for display, something old, and which they could play.

Poor creatures !" quoth Mirs. Tweedle complacently, as we were returning, « 1 thought it only my duty, as I come here generally every summer, to institute, in order to keep these men from the ale-house after the conclusion of their day'3 labour, a little improving and agreeable pastime.”

Pastime, madam!" exclaimed my uncle ;." I should think the study of music, as you require it to be taught and learned, is anything but a pastime

• Hush! bush hush! Mr. Prance, for heaven's sake, or you will have the young people hear you ; and I have, as it is trouble enough to drive them to practice and study,

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