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nose, and brownish hair, and a person conspicuously tall. above speech was probably felt as she intended it should As a whole, her own opinion was that she looked rather be, her cousin managed to conceal her emotion. well. She was thought clever, was bitter and sarcastic, Mr Russel's farm,' resumed Miss Melrose, 'is always prided herself on penetration, had a great deal of good understood to be held at a high rent; they have lived sense, was acquainted with what passed in people's houses, up to, and perhaps even beyond, what their income and many other things which the uninitiated would have can possibly be. Just at this very time, for instance, the been at a loss to understand how she came to know. Miss three youngest girls are drawn to and from school in a Katie was reckoned good-looking, with some degree of double gig, and they have a turnpike gate to pass into the justice. She was amiable in disposition, although, be- bargain.' tween her own affectation and the influence the cha- Oh, cousin Ellen, what an odd advertisement this is,' racter of her sister exerted over her, she was perhaps as cried her namesake, “Wanted immediately, a man of much spoiled as her good nature would allow. Miss Ellen good character, at a salary of £500 per annum, to mind Melrose had always thought that her late uncle was a his own business, and a further sum of £500' to leave simple sort of body, easily taken advantage of, and she other people's alone; for further particulars apply to the concluded that he had died poor ; in fact, she was almost Secretary for the Home Department.' What a pity that certain that the family must be ill left : but then Miss it is not a woman that is wanted, for we could have supMelrose was not altogether certain, and she was nervously plied her nicely.' anxious to be so. When she was at Hollyhurst (she re- At this point in the conversation, Charles and Mr Balmarked at a family consultation) she had kept all her lantyne rejoined the party ; and the remainder of the eyes about her, and they seemed to want for nothing. evening was spent both pleasantly and profitably. Indeed, on one visit, she had been nearly cajoled out of When Mr Ballantyne retired to his chamber, if he had her usual composure by observing the acquisition of a very expressed his thoughts they would probably have run in handsome pianoforte. Of course it would have thrown this way, 'Well, Agnes Melrose is certainly a superior light on the matter if Miss Melrose had been informed girl-so modestly simple, with a good store of retiring that it was the gift of Mr Cameron, a maternal uncle of talent. Miss Ellen Melrose is a bold speaker, but makes the Melroses. The present visit of the Misses Melrose, some sensible remarks; what an affected girl her sister therefore, was partly the result of curiosity, partly of is !' The strain of remark in the chamber of the Misses friendliness; they wished to see how their relations were Melrose was somewhat different. “I declare, Kate, did getting on, and they had no objections to assist them if you ever see such a simpleton as Agnes Melrose is ? She they would have explained their situation, and asked seems quite devoid of any penetration. Mr Ballantyne is advice. But Miss Melrose saw no necessity for exercising thought to be a man of sense; and report says she was delicacy by assisting poverty in connexion with pride; the cause of his visits to Hollyhurst.' Miss Katie had and, as she said to her sister, 'Give one present and they observed Mr Ballantyne's attention directed to her several will expect more; and, of all things, greediness is what times, which her oddly affected manner sufficiently acI cannot tolerate. The conversation was mostly confined counted for; and she tacitly agreed with the opinion that to commonplaces after the arrival of the cousins, al- he must be a man of sense; and on the second point of though Mrs Melrose did what she could to entertain her her reply she wished to draw out her sister's judgmentvisiters. Mr Ballantyne and Charles had gone for a walk, Mr Ballantyne may be a man of sense,' continued Miss and both she and her daughters felt a kind of restraint Ellen ; 'if so, he seems to keep it to himself, as he hardly which they were unwilling to acknowledge even to them- ever said a word ; and as for his visits being on Agnes's selves—the result, perhaps, of a half consciousness that account, he may come to amuse himself; but for a serious their looks, words, and actions were to be weighed and thought of her, it is absurd. What could he see in her ? commented on at the first opportunity. At length Agnes Perhaps, as she may be silly enough to get entangled, not inquired for a family of the name of Russel, who lived on suspecting that he means nothing, it would be a good the opposite side of the river from Hazelbrae, the mem- thing to give her a hint.' With this laudable resolubers of which she had met while visiting there; to which tion the Misses Melrose resigned themselves to their Miss Melrose replied, that she understood Miss Russel pillows and repose. Mr Ballantyne took his departure was about to be married.
next day; the Misses Melrose stayed a week, during which * Then,' said Agnes, 'I am sure I wish her every hap- they saw all that was worth seeing in the neighbourhood, piness.'
paid a number of visits, shopped, and bought anything So do I, poor thing,' said Miss Melrose, emphatically; they had a fancy for, and returned home not much wiser 'but if all be true that is said, chances seem against her. than when they came, with the good wishes of their rela
But then the half of what is said is not true,' quietly tions, and the promise of a visit from Ellen and Marion rejoined Agnes.
when the vacation should arrive. It is proverbial that what every body says must be Meanwhile, Charles was fully occupied studying for the true,' said Miss Melrose, piqued at'her cousin's lack of medical profession; Agnes was perfecting her knowledge curiosity.
of French and Italian; Ellen and Alice, who were the • Yes, if every body, on the same subject, were to say musicians of the family, were getting lessons at the pianothe same thing; but you will probably not find two re- forte; Marion devoted her time to drawing sketches from ports alike on the most commonplace occurrence of the nature, in which art she also taught her sister Alice to day.'
excel. Their Hazelbrae friends did not see the need for Well, Agnes, I don't mean to turn counsel for the Mrs Melrose bestowing an education on her children which proverb. But about Eliza Russel's marriage, although it must be so expensive; in their opinion, to teach them is no great match, where there are so many daughters more of household work, and less of what might never be they will probably be very glad to get one off at all of any use to them, would have been much better. But feasibly.'
in reality the education of the girls had cost comparatively 'I should not think,” said Agnes, 'that Miss Russel is little. Alice had never been at school at all; her sisters a woman to form a disreputable connexion merely for the had been her only teachers; they had greatly assisted in sake of getting off, as you seem to think.'
bringing themselves forward, none of them having been 'I don't know,' said Miss Melrose; but where there more than two years at any school. With respect to are four or five daughters, and little or no provision for household work, since they had left Hollyhurst they had them, when one of them happens to get an offer of mar- not even kept one servant--the only circumstance of any riage, if it is not all the more out of the way, I think she importance which their cousins, in their late visit, had would be wrong to let it slip.'
possessed themselves of, and indeed it was so obvious that Miss Melrose had a peculiar knack of speaking to and it was no triumph of tactics to find it out, at a person at the same time, and then watching the The Melroses were happy-happy in each other's society, countenance for the effect produced; yet, though the l happy in having neither poverty nor riches. This might
be termed the happiest period of their existence : their tion as day governess either in a family or a school; she paths in life as yet lay together; care, that cankerworm made many applications, but all in vain; she advertised of the mind, had not as yet gnawed the root of their several times, but without effect; and they know little of peace, and they had hope for the future.
heartsickness who cannot comprehend the feelings with One morning Agnes was walking in the garden; a which, time after time, she returned from the office of balmy bright spring morning it was, the genial influence the advertising paper, and still no communication for of the season imparting lively feelings of pleasure to her her, while the expense of advertising made considerable mind. She had been planting roots and sowing annuals, inroads on the little store which was all that kept them and she was gathering some of those delicately tinted from absolute want. Meanwhile, they determined to take flowers peculiar to the season, to fill the vases in the par- in plain work, and for that purpose they made applicalour, when two letters were put into her hands; the one tion at a clothing establishment, kept by a Mr and Mrs addressed to her mother, the other to herself. She re- Jones. On first entering, Mrs and Miss Melrose were moved a little into the shade of a clump of bays, and with put into the showroom, where they were met by Mr and a trembling hand broke the seal of the latter, for she half Mrs Jones with a respectful bow and smile. "I believe,' guessed who its writer was and its import. As she read, a said Mrs Melrose,' that you give out work here.' blush and a smile gathered on her cheek. When she • Ah!' said the lady, Mr Jones, the shirts that were reached the last words, ever affectionately yours, Robert ordered this morning had better be cut out immediately.' Ballantyne,' she felt what can be felt but once or twice Mr Jones disappeared. “Yes,' said Mrs Jones, “I do give in a lifetime, and oh how fleeting—a sensation of perfect out work; if your object in coming here be to ask emhappiness! She folded up the letter, arranged the flowers ployment, I should like to see a specimen of what you in her hand, thought what a delightful morning it had can do, and a reference as to character.' been, and then recollecting that breakfast might be wait- Mrs Melrose coloured deeply, but checked the rising ing, she turned to go in; accidentally she glanced at feeling, whatever it might be, and replied, “I can easily the sky-the glory of the sun was hidden, dark portentous send a specimen of work, but, for'masses of cloud were looming across the heavens, and drops Well, well,' said Mrs Jones, 'I daresay I can trust began to fall. "Ah!sighed Agnes, “the brightest morn- you; you may send this afternoon.' ing sometimes ushers in the blackest day!' Quickening After some little experience in their new employment, her steps, she entered the house, and gave the other letter they found that the five of them, working from six in the to her mother. Mrs Melrose read it, then calmly handing morning until ten at night, could not make more than it over to Charles, requested him to read it aloud. The 12s. a-week, and frequently they were hurried to such contents were stunning: the bank had failed in which the an extent that, when they got the order finisbed, whole of their money had been deposited, and they were they could scarcely see, so much were their eyes injured absolutely beggars. It certainly required more than ordi- by over-fatigue. One day Agnes hastened to the warenary fortitude to look this unexpected calamity in the house with a parcel of work they had just finished; she face. In the event of the affairs of the bank being ar- expected Mrs Jones would settle her account, which ranged, there would probably be a dividend for the credi- amounted to 19s., but the forewoman took the work, and tors; but how small might it be, and how long time might said Mrs Jones would settle with her some other day, as elapse before even this moiety of the original sum could she was engaged at present. Agnes asked if she would not be realized! What then were they to do? was the ques- settle it for Mrs Jones, as she was in want of the moner. tion they asked of each other. Something they knew must I would if I could,' said the forewoman, feeling for be done, and Mrs Melrose was not the woman to drop into Agnes; but Mrs Jones makes all the payments herself.' supineness, when exertion was necessary. It is evident,' | Agnes turned with a heavy heart to go down the stairs, said she, that we cannot remain here, for however con- as she well knew that they had not in their possession venient this house may be, it will be much too expensive what would buy to-morrow's food; with tears in her for us in our present circumstances; neither in this town eyes she hurried home. On her arrival she found that a is there any way open to a woman in which she might new domestic arrangement had taken place. A lady, missupport herself. The best thing I think we can do is to taking the direction with which she had been furnished, remove to Edinburgh. We will surely find employment had called and requested a sight of the rooms that Fere there, and Charles will be nearer the University also ; to let. Mrs Melrose had never thought of letting part although,' Mrs Melrose's voice quivered, “how he will be of her house, but as they had a small parlour and bedroom able to pursue the profession he has chosen for himself I which they might do without, she asked the lady to walk do not very well know. Mrs Melrose had often thought, in and view them; the stranger professed herself pleased, while her children were being educated, that if ever they and engaged the apartments for a month. She gave her required to earn their own subsistence, their acquirements card as Mrs Irving, Coldame, East Lothian, and said that might be of great use to them, but now, when that time Mr Irving and herself had come to town for a short time came, she could not trust herself to think of parting with to arrange a little business. Whatever Mr Irving's busithem. What she anxiously hoped was, that a kind Pro- ness might be, that of Mrs Irving was to seek out a suit. vidence would open up to them some path of exertion, in able governess for her children. At first she was atwhich they might be enabled to keep together, however tracted by the gentle unassuming manners of Agnes Melhumbly and sparingly they might live. Agnes ascended rose, and she resolved to observe her, and the general the stairs to her own room, and sat do to answer her its of the family, and if she found her possessed of the letter. She had decided as to what was her duty; she qualifications she most desired, to offer her the situation. acted upon the decision she had made, and sent a refusal. At the end of the month Mrs Irving felt perfectly satisShe might accept the offer it contained; she might secure fied, and explained her wishes to Agnes. I have three for herself a home, and such a hoine! Then all the bright children,' said she,' and give £10 a-year—not that I think visions of the morning rushed through her mind: but that enough, but I cannot afford more; I can promise would she forsake her mother, sisters, and brother, in the you a happy home, and leave of absence as often as you midst of poverty, perhaps even of actual want? She knew can reasonably wish it.' Agnes went to consult her Mr Ballantyne's generous disposition, and she did not tell mother, and although it was hard to part, both saw that him the reasons for the determination to which she had it was the best thing they could do in the circumstances; come, although perfectly aware that her conduct might so it was finally arranged that Agnes was to be expected prejudice him against her-and it is not easy to feel our- at Coldame the following week, and Mrs Irving, in rising selves lowered in the estimation of those whom we really to depart, said, 'I always pay the salary in advance;' and love. No one but herself knew of the noble sacrifice, and laying £10 on the table she took her leave, well pleased she dried her tears, in considering for whom she made with the arrangement she had made. it, and that she had done her duty at whatever cost. • What I will now be able to give you, dear of sother,
They went to Edinburgh. Agnes wished to get a situa- I said Agnes, 'will be of great help to you; but still få
cannot give up sewing, and when I am away I will be al- from thinking that he was acting with undue precipitation. ways thinking that you will be injuring your health with As soon as this unexpected arrangement had been made, such constant exertion.'
Charles hastened home to tell his mother the good news. "Oh, we will take care that shall not happen,' said Fifty pounds a-year! it seemed comparatively an indeEllen and Marion, and Alice promised likewise.
pendence; it was happy tidings to that family. We quesThe case of Charles was certainly the hardest : attend- tion if the bequest of a fortune would have caused more ance at college was at present out of the question, and joy, for the poor have a pleasure in making ends mcet of the thought of hanging a burden on his mother and sisters which those who never know what it is to want can have exerted a most depressing influence on his spirits. His no idea. mother had often thought of applying in his behalf to Agnes went to her situation with a mind comparatively their Hazelbrae friends, but she had never hitherto laid relieved, as respected those at home. The plain work was open her affairs to them, and she naturally shrunk from to be given up; her mother would live at ease; they were the numerous questions and superabundance of advice to give and receive letters every week. It will not be which such an application would assuredly have called supposed that a thought of Mr Ballantyne never crossed forth. Besides, she still clung to the hope that their the mind of Agnes. For two years she had not seen dividend from the bank, were its affairs but arranged, him, and heard of him only through the public papers ; would, along with to the proceeds of their own in- she knew that his writings were read, cited, and admired, dustry, both support them and enable her son to prose- and that the degree of D.D. had been conferred on him; cute his studies. But when Charles looked forward to she read of his translation to one of the metropolitan the long period which must elapse before these studies churches, and she wondered whether, among his accumucould be completed, and to the painful struggles which lating honours and avocations, he had forgotten her or often characterize the first years of a physician's life, he not. She wronged him if she supposed he had; the letter felt that he must choose some line of life which, if not had surprised him, for he had believed himself warranted ultimately more lucrative, would at least secure him in expecting a different answer; but he read it more in the means of present support. To arrive at this con- sorrow than in anger. He suddenly recollected that he clusion cost Charles no small effort. He was ardently must visit D-, and he would call on the Melroses and attached to the profession he had chosen, and with the say farewell at all events. What was his disappointment glowing enthusiasm of a young and ardent mind, he had on finding the home they had tenanted shut up, the garoften allowed his imagination to revel in visions of future den overrun with weeds, and the aspect of every thing so eminence, when, difficulties overcome and his professional changed that he could scarcely believe it to be the same. character established, he might at once secure a liberal He made inquiries at the neighbouring house; they had income to his own dear family, and be the happy instru- gone to Edinburgh, what part of it they did not know; ment of blessing the poor and helpless around him. But he prosecuted his inquiries, but could find no clue to their the decision once made, he did not allow himself to repine residence, and was at last compelled to relinquish the at the renunciation of his first choice, but resolutely set search. On his translation to Edinburgh he thought he himself to discover some more eligible pursuit than that might have some chance of meeting them some way or of medicine. Charles's favourite resort, when the family another, and so it happened; for one day he met Charles lived at Hollyhurst, had been the house of an old sea- just as he was coining out of Mr Gardner's. The delight captain who had retired on a respectable competency, was mutual, and many were the questions asked and anthe fruits of a long life spent in voyages between Bri- swered. Mr, or as we must now call him, Dr Ballantyne tain and Spain. This weather-beaten seaman was a accompanied Charles home. He was surprised that Mrs well-informed person. He had collected rather an ex- Melrose knew nothing of the relation in which he stood tepsive library, in which were comprised, among other to Agnes, till he himself explained; then the generous works, a number of Spanish romances. These Charles, nature of her conduct burst on both at once. who at that time was an ardent lover of fiction, eyed night he wrote to her renewing his former offer. Agnes with feelings of great curiosity, till at last their owner, received this letter in a very different scene from that in Mr Haxton, one day jocularly remarked, “I daresay, which she had received the last. Mrs Irving was playCharles, you would almost learn the language to be able ing on the piano, while she was dancing with the children, to read these books.'-" That I would,' replied Charles, as the letter was handed in to her; she recognised the eagerly; and the study of the language, begun almost well known characters and pushed it into her bag, to open in sport, was carried on in earnest, and Mr Haxton's it in private. pupil was, in no very long time, able to read with Mamma,' cried Mary Irving, ‘Miss Melrose is dancing ease the bitherto tantalizing volumes. One day, while all wrong;' Charles was slowly sauntering on Leith Pier, watching “I think she is crying,' said little Fanny. Pray, Miss the London steam-boats going out, he was suddenly met Melrose, why do you cry? I am sure mamma is not by his old friend Mr Haxton, accompanied by another angry with you. gentleman. After a cordial greeting had taken place, Mr I daresay Miss Melrose is tired'; we have all had Haxton, turning to his companion, remarked, " This is the enough of dancing to-night,' said Mrs Irving, closing the very young gentleman I was talking to you of, but I am piano; "come and I will show you some of the coloured afraid your situation would not suit him, for I believe he plates papa has brought us.. is studying for the medical profession.'
Agnes, thus relieved, retired, and with mingled feelCharles here interposed, saying, that he had lately ings perused her letter. If she resigned her situation, changed his views in that respect, and that he was rather then her mother's income would be seriously diminished. undecided at present as to what he should turn his atten- The thought suddenly struck her that Marion or Ellen tion to.'
might be able to take her place. She immediately wrote to Well,' rejoined Mr Haxton, “here is my friend Mr consult her mother, and having obtained her approbation, Gardner in want of a clerk acquainted with the Spanish she, with much hesitation and many blushes, mentioned tongue: I was just mentioning to him your attainments the matter to Mrs Irving. That lady, though grieved as a linguist, and I daresay he would be very willing to to part with Agnes, was too much her friend to stand in engage you if you could think of turning your attention the way of her happiness, and immediately agreed to to the mercantile line; the salary he offers is £50 for the welcome Marion to Coldame in Agnes's stead. It was first year, with the prospect of advancement.'
finally arranged that Agnes Melrose was to become Mrs Mr Gardner at once seconded this proposal, and Charles Ballantyne on the 16th of June following, and an invitafeeling that, in his fallen circumstances, it was far too tion to the marriage was sent to Hazelbrae. good an offer to refuse, the arrangements were quickly "Well,' said Miss Melrose, ' I never was as much concluded, Mr Haxton's recommendation being a ground astonished before at a marriage; however, it is a good of confidence to both parties, preventing either of them pack that pleases the merchant."
'Dr Ballantyne is certainly no great beauty,' remarked They were just at the place where the boat was Miss Katie; there is something strange about his eyes. secured; and Ellen was seated in it, rowing up the river,
* At any rate, his hair is a very ugly colour,' remarked on her way to visit the castle, before she very well knew Miss Ellen.
what she was doing. The hill on which the castle was • The mind's the standard of the man,' interposed Mr situated was very steep, and seemed as if it had been laid ! Melrose.
out in terraces; the marks of many trees which had been • After all,' concluded Miss Ellen, “it is a better match cut down were still visible, and several fine old elms had than Agnes Melrose could have expected; I am really been left standing here and there, as mementos of what glad one of them is to be so well settled, poor things !' had been. Tradition said some of them marked the graves
Dr Ballantyne, it must be confessed, had no trait in of border chieftains, who had fallen in the frays of which common with the heroes which would-be heroines dream the neighbourhood around had been the frequent witness. of. He seldom or never fell into a reverie when in com- On entering the castle they were startled by the flight of pany; on the contrary, he was always particularly alive to a pigeon, which had been disturbed in its quiet retreat by what was going on; neither had he rich brown curls, nor their entry. They stood for some time in silence, under a raven clusters of hair, shading a browsicklied o'er with ruined arch, gazing around them : the trees were shading the pale cast of thought.' His hair (alas! it is too true into the mellow tints of autumn, the hills were dotted with that facts are stubborn things') was of a decidedly sandy sheep, and the valleys were rich with the newly cut corn; hue, but the expansive forehead and expressive blue eye the village lay romantically embosomed among hills in betokened a mind both deep and quick ; added to which, the distance, while the river wound along like a rast were a fine complexion and beautiful teeth, together with magnifying mirror, both adding to and reflecting the a tall well-made figure; so that even to the eyes of Miss beauties by which it was environed. Mr Russel was the Ellen Melrose he might have presented a passable ex- first to break the silence. ' Ellen,' said he,' do you see terior.
yon hill?' pointing to one he described particularly. Leaving it to the imagination of our readers to call up Yes,' said she, I see it quite distinctly—what about the liveliest ideas of matrimonial bliss, and to suppose all it?' realized in the experience of Agnes Melrose and Robert Well,' said he, Glenmaben just lies at the foot of Ballantyne, we will leave them for the present, and follow that hill.' the history of another member of the family. A fort- • Glenmaben,' she slowly repeated. I never heard of night after the wedding Marion went to Coldame; and in it before.' the following August Ellen set out to pay a visit to • Did you not? It has just newly got a master, and he Hazelbrae. She left Edinburgh with a mind quite free wishes to know if you will be its mistress; and, dear from care, and an intention to enjoy the change very Ellen,' said he, sinking his voice to an earnest whisper, much-and she did enjoy it; but she returned home care- can you, will you be my wife.' ful about many things, to account for which it will be That evening vows of affection were exchanged beneath necessary to recapitulate some particulars concerning her the ruined arch, and signed and sealed in the usual kay visit. One day Miss Melrose proposed an excursion in which such engagements are ratified. Ellen got home across the river, to spend the evening with the Russels, in safety. Against all the rules of romance, she neither who have been already mentioned in the course of this fainted, nor did the boat upset in the river, nor did she narrative; and · Ellen,' said Katie, ‘you had better pay even wet her feet in stepping to the bank, but she arrived some little attention to your toilet, as Mr Tom is just in just about an hour before her cousins. They had had a want of a wife, now he has got a farm of his own.' pleasant party, though there were not so many there as Whether Ellen had acted on Miss Katie's hint or not, is had been expected, Tom Russel for one ought to have not exactly known, but certain it is that Mr Tom found been there, but never made his appearance. Ellen did his way to Hazelbrae most unaccountably often as long not, in approved boarding-school fasbion, sit down that as Ellen was there. He wished to consult Mr Melrose on night, and in a thrice-crossed epistle pour out her feelsome little point, or he had a message from his sister to ings on the occasion to some soi-disant beloved school comMiss Melrose, or he was that way at any rate, and could panion; but, on her return to Edinburgh, she immediately not think of passing without calling to inquire for them. submitted herself to her mother's direction. Mrs Melrose The Melroses were invited to a party at a friend's house, told her that she thought both were too young as yet to four miles distant. On the appointed day Ellen felt undertake the responsibilities of such a connexion, and very much disinclined to go, and at length prevailed on that it would be advisable to defer their union for at least her cousins to carry an excuse for her. Their departure two years. Ellen bowed to her mother's decision, and Tom left her the entire evening at her own disposal, for it was had nothing for it but to submit to the arrangement with the harvest season, and her uncle was busy in the fields; the best grace he could. so, to take advantage of the occasion, she threw on her Six years had now elapsed since the Melroses left bonnet and shawl, and set out to have a delightful soli- Hollyhurst; three of these had been spent in the bitterest tary stroll,' as she said to herself. Whether she had any struggles of poverty, and three in a state of comparative other expectation cannot very well be determined. She ease. Agnes had been married for a year; and Marica pursued a little pathway that led to her favourite walk had been the same length of time at Coldame. Charles by the river side, and then turned in each direction to ad- had ceased to regret his early sacrifice. Since he enmire the landscape around her. She thought upon the tered Mr Gardner's office he had risen gradually in reconfined alleys and dirty hovels—the many disagreeable sponsibility; and now he was in receipt of a salary which sights and sounds which'obtrude themselves upon the eyes enabled him to save a considerable sum every year, in the and ears even in the vicinity of the abodes of splendour in prospect of beginning business for himself; while the ten a large city—and surveying the beautiful and peaceful shillings in the pound which had been realized from the scene sleeping beneath the calm rich light of a harvest assets of the bank, proved a very welcome addition to the moon, Truly,' she exclaimed, God made the country, income of the family. Marion liked Coldame very much, man made the town. This is very delightful; I dare say but as there no longer existed any necessity for her conif Marion had been here she would have sketched that tinuing in a situation, her mother preferred baring her fine old castle, with the moonbeams piercing the crumb- home again; and although Mrs Irving and her gorerness ling casements—I would really like to visit it some night parted with mutual regret, Marion's heart bounded at by moonlight,' said she, half aloud.
the thought of being once more among her own beloved • Nothing more easy,' said a voice behind her; and, relatives. At the time fixed, Ellen went to Glenmabes, dear Ellen,—the conclusion of the sentence was whispered her future happy home; and the domestic cares which at her side. 'I have just rowed across,' said young Mr such a situation brought along with it acted as a happs Russel ; ' did you not hear my oars on the river?' counterpoise to the levity of her natural disposition. 'I was not listening particularly,' said Ellen.
The last time the Misses Melrose of Hazelbrae were in
Edinburgh, they called on Mrs Dr Ballantyne : Miss Ellen and I testify that Mohammed is God's Apostle! There said she would be much afraid that little Agnes was going is no strength nor power but in God the High ! the Great! to have red hair; Mrs Ballantyne, however, did not seem To God we belong, and to Him we must return! He much alarmed about it. Miss Katie remarked that baby's then covered himself over with his quilt, as if for proteceyes were as like papa's as they could look. If this com- tion, and lay with throbbing heart, expecting every parison was not intended as a compliment, it was taken moment to have his soul torn from him by the inexorable as the greatest that could be offered, and all such sympa- messenger. But moments passed away, and minutes, and thising remarks fell pointless to the ground. Mrs Mel- hours : yet without experiencing any hope of escape ; for rose, with her two daughters and son residing under her he imagined that the Angel was waiting for him to reroof, enjoys an honoured and a happy old age : amply re- sign himself, or had left him for a while, and was occupaid in the good conduct and prosperity of her children pied in receiving first the souls of the many hundred hufor all her previous anxiety and exertions.
man beings who had attained their predestined term in
that same night, and in the same city; and the souls of ARABIAN TALES AND ANECDOTES.
the thousands who were doomed to employ him elsewhere. Daybreak arrived before his sufferings terminated; and his neighbours, coming according to their promise, entered
his chamber, and found him still in bed ; but observing that DREAMS are regarded by the Muslims as being often true he was covered up, and motionless as a corpse, they warnings or indications of future events. This belief, doubted whether he were still alive, and called to him. sanctioned by their Prophet, will be well illustrated by the He answered, with a faint voice, I am not yet dead; but following anecdote, which was related to me in Cairo, the Angel of Death came to me in the dusk of the evenshortly after the terrible plague of the year 1835, by the ing, and I expect every moment his return, to take my Sheykh Mohammed Et-Tantawee, who had taken the soul: therefore trouble me not; but see me washed and trouble of investigating the fact, and had ascertained its buried.'—' But why,' said his friends, 'was the streettruth.
door left unlatched P'_“I latched it,' he answered, but A tradesman, living in the quarter of El-Hanafee, in the Angel of Death may have opened it.'— And who,' Cairo, dreamt, during the plague above mentioned, that they asked, " is the man in the court ?' He answered, eleven persons were carried out from his house to be : I know of no man in the court. Perhaps the Angel, who buried, victims of this disease. He awoke in a state of is waiting for my soul, has made himself visible to you, the greatest distress and alarm, reflecting that eleven was and been mistaken in the twilight for a man.'—' He is the total number of the inhabitants of his house, including a thief,' they said, 'who has gathered together every thing himself, and that it would be vain in him to attempt, by in the house that he could carry away, and has been struck adding one or more members to his household, to elude by the plague while doing so, and now lies dead in the the decree of God, and give himself a chance of escape: court, at the foot of the stairs, grasping in his hand a 80, calling together his neighbours, he informed them of silver candlestick. The master of the house, after hearhis dream, and was counselled to submit with resignation ing this, paused for a moment, and then, throwing off his to a fate so plainly foreshown, and to be thankful to God quilt, exclaimed, ‘Praise be to God, the Lord of all creafor the timely notice with which he had been mercifully tures! That is the eleventh, and I am safe! No doubt favoured. On the following day, one of his children died; it was that rascal who came to me, and said that he was a day or two after, a wife ; and the pestilence continued the Angel of Death. Praise be to God! Praise be to its ravages among his family until he remained in his God!' house alone. It was impossible for him now to entertain This man survived the plague, and took pleasure in rethe slightest doubt of the entire accomplishment of the lating the above story. The thief had overheard his conWarning. Immediately, therefore, after the last death that versation with his neighbours, and, coming to his house in had taken place among his household, he repaired to a the dusk, had put his shoulder to the wooden lock, and friend at a neighbouring shop, and, calling to him several so raised the door, and displaced the latch within. There other persons from the adjoining and opposite shops, he is nothing wonderful in the dream, nor in its accomplishreminded them of his dream, acquainting them with its ment. The plague of 1835 entirely desolated many houses, almost complete fulfilment, and expressed his conviction and was most fatal to the young; and all the inhabitants that he, the eleventh, should very soon die. • Perhaps,' of the house in question were young excepting the master. said he, I shall die this next night: I beg of you, therefore, for God's sake, to come to my house early to-morrow morning, and the next morning, and the next if necessary, The obligation which is imposed by eating another and to see if I be dead, and, when dead, that I am pro- person's bread and salt, or salt alone, or eating such things perly buried; for I have no one with me to wash and with another, is well known; but the following example shroud me. Fail not to do me this service, which will of it may be new to some readers :-Yaakoob, the son of procure you a recompense in heaven. I have bought my El-lays Es-Suffer, having adopted a predatory life, excagrave-linen: you will find it in a corner of the room in vated a passage one night into the palace of Dirhém the which I sleep. If you find the door of the house latched, governor of Sijistan, or Seestan; and after he had made and I do not answer to your knocking, break it open.'
up a convenient bale of gold and jewels, and the most Soon after sunset, hé laid himself in his lonely bed, costly stuffs, was proceeding to carry it off, when he though without any expectation of closing his eyes in happened, in the dark, to strike his foot against something sleep; for his mind was absorbed in reflections upon the hard on the floor. Thinking it might be a jewel of some sort awful entry into another world, and a review of his past diamond, perhaps—he picked it up and put it to his life. As the shades of night gathered around him, he tongue, and, to his equal mortification and disappointcould almost fancy that he beheld, in one faint object or ment, found it to be a lump of rock-salt; for having thus . another in his gloomy chamber, the dreadful person of tasted the salt of the owner, his avarice gave way to his the Angel of Death: and at length he actually perceived respect for the laws of hospitality, and throwing down his a figure gliding in at the door, and approaching his bed. precious booty, he left it behind him, and withdrew Starting up in horror, he exclaimed, “Who art thou P'- empty-handed to his habitation. The treasurer of Dirhem and a stern and solemn voice answered, “Be silent! I repairing the next day, according to custom, to inspect his am Azraeel, the Angel of Death!'- Alas!' cried the charge, was equally surprised and alarmed at observing terrified man; 'I testify that there is no deity but God, that a great part of the treasure and other valuables had
been removed; but on examining the package which lay
on the floor, his astonishment was not less to find that * From the entertaining Notes to Mr Lane's new translation of "The Thousand and One Nights," now also published in No. XLVII. not a single article had been conveyed away. The singuof' Knight's Weekly Volume.' London : Charles Knight & Co. larity of the circumstance induced him to report it im