Newspaper of Burlington Free Press, 8 Şubat 1839, Page 1

Newspaper of Burlington Free Press dated 8 Şubat 1839 Page 1
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NOT THE GLOIIY OF CHSAR HUT THE WELFARE OF It O M E . BY H. II. STACY. FRIDAY, FEKB1UARY 8, 1839. VOL. XIINo. 607 From lil.ickwoud's Edinbuigh Magazine, THE ONTx ItING, ctiArrF.it iv. Sir Charles Hurcnmt wns 11 man nrrivrd at nbout half lite term of ihrcc-scorn years nil ten, Inn appealed rniher younger li.tr his ngp. He wns of miilille size, mid pleasing appearance, vii!i fo.i tme mme icgular than cxptcssive, and an it ir ol much c.ifo and politeness. Tiute and lefincnicnt had been the business of his life. 1 1 i.4 large foi liinn had been chiefly employed in itio enjoyment and Hcciiiniilalioii of elegant luxuries. His Imii'c wait admirably arranged nml beautifully furnished. Ih pictures iiml other wink of ail nlwnys rosily nml striking, ifnot iilwayn of ihe tli-cpfsi significance The regularity nml " cotniilutciic.-'d nf his whole es tablishment an.l existence weie nolcil even among (lie British niistnrr.iry. Hi parlies weie the highest models of good. breeding ami cu It v. l ed relaxation, combined Willi splendour. In ilic in. inner of llic host, wiili n peipciu.il sell' consciousness llial gave something of coldness anil lean ve. ilicio win also an unfailing t-p.'lcomuinn.l, anil ininpsl though rnmolli concern for others, such as fiom iis iinvary in consistency it con Kl hardly lie, was in its kind nwl nlltamivo. Ii was not iho deleted, llic Im mane, not even the beautiful which he unceasingly niiucil in realizing ; Ijiii ns much of nil ihesc in m'ght he necessary In i cmh-r him the most popu'ar, admired, and flattered lender nf t'lugljali suciety. Kveiy one fell in his cnmpiny us if in a wcll pre portioned ami lighted gallerv surrouiide I with "race (id anil hat moniom objects. 'I'liey wein nuly llic few lo whom it occuncil tli.it there could hp any thins wanting in older to render llic galleiv a home. On die next tlav bir one aller lint on which he had met Miss Lnscelles at the h ill, he lefi London for his country peat, where he had invited a party nf fiiends lo join himself nnd his sister, and IMari.t ntnong ilicin. Ileecliiirsl wnsn stalely F.liz ibeill in house, waiitui2, Indeed, the majesty of u (iiecli Temple, and ihe lehgion nl u (Inthic cathedinl, and llie massive grimncss of a feudal casile ; hot having what I tills a hnu.-P. family recollection.', ipacinnsncs, eoovenii nee, dignity, pici in r?tiifriRJa, Htiil the luok ofa pearrlul and beloved abode for man. It was surrounded by n large paik, ofluokcn mrfarp, ami noble limber, nuiciscd Dy a swill and (parkling sireim. 1'heie was beauty in its long avenues of elm and hnise chestnut, in its woods of oak and knolU of beeches, in iliu smoodi pxp.in-es of vcidurc.iind llic colooi iii! ol'lhe e.lev.ili.iiis ndoi li ed wiili feili, pahHlniveieil bioum, and golden. tint id furze. TIicih weie swans upon the liter, and anllcied herds heneaih the fiili.iire- Abnn llie house were irnai'es with (bulits nf stairs, and fouii tains with iptaint figutes and a piofu-ion of i lie rarest uud most plea-dug floucrs. And u large old t'l'liioued gaiden, which ran along one side of the building, conliiined among many other lull grown trees, Mpri'ftc?, ced.irs, and plane trees ol gient ;ige, mid lied' 01 ru.li bloom Eiiirounilui liinnz'2 01 ni.ii l.lc sluices .ind duided by walks ol udwu gieen Wiihin the linuseweicsie.it g.illei ii", lulls, and cliambeis, izoiL'eoin wiili iiiiikiik: I'liuiiiiiie, which had been added wliaieu'r of gr.icelul and commodious modem ait devises, and coiilaimn large collection of nirluies. In the evening of the day on which Sir Clint lei arrived at Beechursl, eeieral of lii guesis also ip.iched it. They weie persons of very different kimls. I'he mort iptn.iikalilu ofllieni WPie U'al. tingham, an exquisite rather than n vciy popui.ir poet, and Hastings, :i irateller, who had visited iilait.-.t c-.eij pan of the w.nlil. Willi lliegq weic two or three artists and men of letters, as many young men nf rank and Untune, and a few I nlies, friends, or whom 'he chose to call so, of Miss liar. roan, Sir Chatles's Mster. Among ihpse was numbered Maria Lascelles, who c.imo under the care ol her mini, .Mis, iViigciit. Her moil.er h.itl been sister lo Mr. Nugpiit. .Mis. Nugent was cousin of Sir Cliatles llarcoiirl. The Mount, which the Niigents lived, was at llic distance but a few miles from liceclmrst. Maria luuked wiili a good deal of curiosity nt Wnlsinghain and Hastings, uliom, except in large focieues, blip liiid never tceu lielore. llic poet was a man of middle azc and memorable appear. nnce, with a face at once cjlm, ilioughiful, refined and elevated. I le w;i not so remaikuble for the grace of manner which is spontaneous, and the result of the whole character am', structure, as for the dignity which is its origin, and till quite habitual is always ppll. conscious. I lie cliauges ol Ins conn tenancc were not lapid, and t Im signs of cmo lion were few and slight. His conversation was ready, universal, finished ; and it would have bern haul for any cultivated person lo see him without teceiviug an impres-iiin of the inmost bright nod fulness of mental accomplishment. Every body admitted that he said to them all that limy had a right to hear, and even gave, lliem images nnd thoughts ot winch iltpy li.ul liltlc previous con ception. Hut almost every one n'so fell thai be Iweeu the inner man and '.hem litem was an insur mounlablc ban ler, a mediuiii olmost pinning inn crystnline, but innst cold nud m.i.-sive ice ; nnd fiom this very cause he had the greater power ol anuria and fafcinaiui'', by fice and spontaneous nunc meats, the few, mid those chiefly women, with whom lie had ever chosen lo appear mi terms o fMiitiathv. His poems weie pre-eminenily light clear, and rounded, delineating innumerable chapes of beamy, chosen wiili rare felicity fiom all iiatuie and life. ISut ihev dealt wiili the painful, the aus tere, and llic sublime nuly so far as these could be 1 subdued and brightened to the pin poses of graceful and leiene nil Nay, even his own exisience which had been to him a woik of art, seemed run flriicled on I lie same principle. He h id apparent' ly cut off from it whatever elements of ampler and moie awful being he could not, as mi urpisl and a worker in outward life, llioiouglily comprehend, rise abovp, and at will eontinl. He htuk'iI fi ivo, lous only to ibe grniely lriv.il. He passed for ma cular nnd prophetic w iih many of those whose faith in the invisible is cherished as n tense of dominion over a nobler realm than ihe oiitwaid, raiher than as the consciousness ofa thankful subjection. To him, in tome things, Hustings iifioided a pica 5ii ill contrast, lie was a man on whom twenty jeira of hardship and adtentuie sat hghilv and cheerfully. His f't and alert figure Milled well wiili his undistinguished, but lively mid sluewd countenance. Ilis conversation was In n gic.it dc. gree made up of common retnaika upon uncommon things and people ; nud where he had only common objects lo deal with, communes', of llie common were nil Ilis views nnd feelinas. but when he spoke of the Brazilian fmcfts, the Sfppcs of Tarlary, or the plains of Caffraiia, the lupin gave an inteiest which never would have arisen lioni t lie spe.iKer, Lighldieaned courage, nml good humored kindli ness. had been the ostrich winirs to heln him smooth Iv over the world. Uv tirofessi'iti it sailor, and still holding a lieulen mi's commission, he. hadtient the lonz inlei vals of his tervica in travelling, He had been present, in the same year, ill the levees of the American President and the Persian Scb.ih, nnd had made the I'ope laugh by an anecdoto which lie lud picked up n few weeks befuin in n 'I'ltrkmau tent. In every land he had made friends of all hn lud lived among, and evrn seemed lo have formed an Htiiicahlo aiqiiaiiiiance with ihu beasts, mid plants, nnd llie very aspect of lite different countries. He knew something of natural history, nnd had n collection of curiosities, some of which, lis they banrened In fall under bis band, he would rurrv with him for a week or two, wherever he might be, and llten lock them un sisain. in some Iiiil'u se.i alil. fill- nnnlticr imnr ianmiinnl nf in..ra IV1n Im knew tupeificially, but on many Bides, and dealt wiili them by inttinctivn cheerful readiness and good-fellowship, rather than from any ijbtrmalic moicilefiiiiln or imp.issibtn than his, nnd although they embraced ihe five regions of llic globe and nil its seas, they were still but narrow. All men. how ever, derived pleasure from so clear, self.pnssessed, niid brlght a presence, lie was In manv n coidl.il against ilia, melancholy which he had never felt, for up lust fii.iiiow ol it iliove him on new under ikings ; nnd fiesli scenes and obiccts were to him ulwavs delightful. Of the test oflhe cnmninv. Maria found none so noticeable us these. Some hail r.nricd their pecul- ir leclinic.il talent, whatpier it might be, up to r.nn lsidcrabln skill -. hut l ie mini hat i w udled within tho woikm.in. Otheis uoncared lo have merged their vvhole individual cliaracters in habit and social position In tho hesl, what iheie was of genuine, and large, did not come so prominently uu the surface us to be discernible by a tupid glance. CHAPTElt V. On tho tlay nftor thoir arrival at Beech- ttr.ui, Sit ('linrlca Ilarcoiirt rnilo with Mnr'm, ml two or llirco ollifirts, lhrotiri the piiu, nml into tho wiltlest of its forust i;cciierv. I'ho shift inn; vtstns, broken nncnins?, nnd den,) recessi's", nfl'inlcil on ever vnrynrr m- torch One or olhcr was perpetually cal linp; llie ntfntion of the rest lo Ilia rough bnrontnl boldnes-t of some lingo olil slnin to tlie rjrnci.'ftil oiilline nnd nnblo branch 03 ol point) tnnlnre, slill umlrcny nig tree to tho lull nnd splendid cnloiirinos of tho biliao. An nrlist who was with Ihctn, ofirn tried to mark nut some view into a Itstinct and framed picture. VVnlsinrriinm. ton, entered eagerly into this fiUuly, but itten, nlso, epola- to IMaria, in n strntn that t-ho bettor sympathized with, of the merely nriificial toclintcal character of all such at tempi., ond bow completely (hoy confess our mcnpicily to apprehend and represent the unity of nature a a whole, ond so cn lenvotir lo impress a fictitious unity on innie t-mallcr and nmin . manageable part. She uas full of enjoyment, and said that a inrest was, to her, impcrisliaulo lairy land. fler a rido of nn hour, tliey passntl out of the enclosed imrk nrttl woodland, nud cimo through a deep gnon flowery lann. on to I It.; odgi! of a common covered with furze and heath, and saw at no great dts. lance a .-mall, hut verv neat farni-iiouo. with its farm-buildings close about it, ovcr- hndowod by threo or four old elms, and appearing t lie ancestral abode of qtnel pros, pertly- Marin was so pleased at the sight, hat Sir Charles proposed to visit the ftirin or, who was a tenant of his ; and they were nil soon nt the gate of tho little garden in front of tho lintisi!. Under Ihe guidance of their Imst, who knew the house, thev wont traight into the kitchen. Vil?on, tho l.irmer, had come in Irotn the fields, nud was sitting in his brown arm-chair, while hi-- wife was busy preparing dinner, The nnn was dark cnmplexiuucd, spare, nnd with a keen and hnne.-t look, which trained strength and clnractor from a cer tain i wist ot the face, drawing one eyebrow somewhat up, and similarly disposing one side of tin-! firm mouth- The wile looked clean and kind; and in both, the ease ond cision of maunor were remarkable with winch thev received their landlord and hi companions. Sir Charles, when out shooting had often visited them, and now tiskcil for their only stin James, who had not yet come in from work, but was said lo be quite well. Maria spoke quietly and good-naturedly to the woman, who answered her with snfiieieui intelligence, till the visiters were all surprised by tho entrance of a young woman from another room. She was n tall und handsome country girl, in her common dark dress, with her nrms barol, und looking as if eho Imd come straight (mm the dairy. Sir Charles ask ed who she was, as he did not remember to have seen her, nnd the farmer said she was an orphan niece, who Inn! lately come to live with them. Ann blushed all over when fsho saw tho unexpected company; but even when the blush subsided, she had a deep nnd bright red complexion, which looked all warm nnd living, and in her was plnnring. though in n lady it wouUI hardly have been admired. Her rather squnro face was, however, regularly formed; and her dark eyes and hair, white teeth, and look of perfect good humour nnd simplicity. made her a very agreeable spectacle. Her figure was robui-l, but graceful. Every one looked at her with a smile, and Maria with the kindliest goodwill and admiration. The luntllord firM "spoke to her, and said he Imped she liked Burntwood. Ye, sir, very much ; uncle and aunt ara very good to (tie. And. I am sure,' he said, laughing, 'James is equally good to yon.' 'Ye, sir;' and the girl coloured and Inoked down. 'Well, you must not bo ungrateful to him tor his kindness, you know.' Maria made an answer unneccusary by asking for a glass of water, which tho girl went for, and before she returned, James himeif camo in. Ho was at! nctivo tempered, and lively-looking man, with lo-s appearance ol linrd slronglli than lit fmlior I'nr he had not had so much In fight ngnuist but n fuco and manner Ihat were sure signs of thorough irulli and allectton atcness. "That scene," said Walsinghnm, after thev worn nil again on horseback, complete I.syll. Thero are people whoso aspect and manner givo ono at once so satisfying an imago ol active clieoriitl it lo. in perfect harmony with their ctrcumsiaii ces, that one feels, to enlarge their sphere or llieir minds would be to spoil ihe whole; and if you supposo until changed, it be comes nut an altered but a totally differ nut thing. Those pcoplo are without knowing it, and sn long as they do not attt-mpl la be any thing other than whal they are, a perfect representation o nature and life. Tho mora limits of the family mark them nut as distinctly as a poet could desire; anil at the same time, they arc constant living combination with all the would, no doubt, introduce confusion and nuxiet v among them." If all there." said Maria, "ho ns penco fill as it looks, I cannot inngine it In have become and eoniinttcd so, except by means of religious fault and principle ; ami, surely, no leclings or reflections of any other kind could raise thum so high as Ihnt." ' Probably, " replied Walsinghnm, "llieir fnith is a mere dutiful wnrm-hearlcd ac quiescence in things that they as litiiu un derstand as if their utblo weroeiill in llo brcw and Greek. And well for (hem thai it is so. What vain self-upbraidings and fears ond whtit vnguo monstrous images of frt nciorl good and evil, would press on and destroy their quiet hearts nud confound their cheerful activity, if yon could awaken solf-concioi!3iicss in them, and mako them dream of conversions, beautiludes, and per ditions!" Maria looked down and spoko in a low voice, but very earnestly, wlnlo she said "Surely, however lit t to they may under stand their faith, it must, if they have it at all, be essentially tho same, and produce llie same fruits in their hearts, ai in tin most intelligent and expanded Christians." Maria blushed deeper and deeper while saying this, for sho felt herself engaged unawares in a dispute with one of the most celebrated of her contemporaries. But ho only nnwcred with a blund smile "I fear wo often deceive ourselves by using the same word for very different things, und porps 'faith' is one of them. In a wio man itjncati knowledge, and in a foolish one ignorance." II 3 then turned to Sir Charles, and asked him if ho could tell them any thing of (he history of the family. "I have been thinking, "Jiio replied "how little we can trust appearances such as those which yon nnd Mis Lnscelles have been talking of. So far from the Wilson family havtng had the quiet anil hippy existence you imagined, they met with ti diimc.-tiu misfortune little nine tlniti a year ago, wince seemed likulv to kill both the rV.hi'r and mother. He-idu llie son whom yon saw, they had an only daughter a small delicate looking, pretty blue eyed girl. She s"enn'd only eighteen, but I believe was in reality of age, when she became acquainted with u young man who was private tutor in n family in the neigh borhood. After n few months' uequnin tanco she wa.s persuaded to go off Willi him. It was stud Ihat ihoy were secretly married ! but from thai I innj to I bia iiolliin;,' has been heard of en her of them." "Ah !" said Walsingham ; "I dnru say he talked scniiment and speculation to her, and turned her hend with tho uncongenial element. II.nl she fallen in love with farmer's son who had never thougnt beyond his calling, no harm could have happened." Mnna said nothing, but. she thought, Had sho been a person of religious princi ple she would not have th-fied hei parents in such a mailer, nor run the rirk of break, ing their hearts ; and religion might have enlarged her mind as effectually as her lover s philosophy. CHAPTF.n VI. I neniiernuou nl hip tollowing day was so rainy that none of the party could leave the house, and several of thorn were assptn bled in tho larsre and noblo library Wnl singhain talked lo Maria, and evidently felt much pleasure in drawing out her clear and strong sense for all that had lain within her sphere, us well as much admiration ol her bcauiy. She had at first been a little afraid of him, for genius is n power which, till we become lamiltar with it, has some thing Ihat disturbs, nav repels, ns well a fascinates. But sho possessed herself too deeply for this lo lost, and was too open to all higher impressions not to be won by hi calm nud manifold significance. Mis Constable, who was near, then said ' IIo w tiresome ibis rain is! I wish one could have n world without ruin A man ofscience, who wns standing nenr, immediately began to explain, learnedly how impossible this would he, without chonging all tho other characters of tho K tho world in which they act, nnd with wlmlo human neighbourhood, But if you I r mutrr, I tin m .nltn.l mn.n lu!,lli. . lewi. No mansaw mire clearly nnd moved moral , ri ,. ... ,., j l lighil, wiihlnl.ii own limit., but no llraiti could baltofcel,noro earnestly thai they do, yoi lobe ns to its atmosphere nnd production?. Wnlsinghain turned, smiling, lo Maria and said -'In truth we can form no com plele and consistent picture of any other stale of existence than this, nor construct the ideal of nny fairer world.' Do you think ilns stntc of existence complete anil consistent? It seems lo me full of endless contradictions.' 'Our business hero is precisely that of removing or reconciling these, anil rounding olFour life into n3 smooth and large n circle as possible." 'I cannot get over tho feeling thnt Ihe work is hero hopeless, nnd that we can never be nt penco but by trying to grow out ol our natural state into a totally dtller ent, and fui higher and purer one. 'But can you form nny distinct imago of such a state, with all Us suitable outward accompaniments? They must. I fancy, be only fragments and shadows nf what v;c sen about us here. One swallow, you know, docs not make a summer, nor will one picture nf an angel with while wings and n diamond crown fill up the notion of an eternal heaven.' Perhaps we cannot frame anv such ideal as ynu speak nf. I am sure" I cannot. Hut, on the other lined there is surely a want in human nature of a higher lilo titan that nf mere labor ami pleasure. Wo can

not say exactly in what rnrms that lifu, if it wero all in all, would clothe itself. But it would bo misery and despair to givo up the nope cu ti. 'I bclievo that whatever il really promises nf good is attainable now by due cultivation, and that, ton, in a real world which perfect ly suits us, and which we may daily belter understand, rule, and embellish.1 'I cannot evrn wish tosubduo Ihe longing nflnr a blescdiicF8 for which Ibis wnrhl af fords no adcqua'.o imago and no congenial homo" I fear it is this raguo longing for that which wo can do nothing to realise that renders all our efforts uncertain, snd, and, fruitless. Beltevo that here, on this earth, is our true heaven, and we can make it ho. Thus, too, only can wo escape all tho in ward slrngjle and convulsion between llic inevitable Actual and a Possible never to bo attained.' 'No dotihtyoti would then cut llie knot; but, is there not still a thread which unites us to the hope, vague antl colourless ns it is, ofa noblur being in a tnnre appropriate scone ?' 'Be it en,' said Walsingham, with his tranquil smile. 'For my part I only hope at present that you will not send mo nway from you to look for any happier ideal post lion. I am contented where I am.' Marin, ton snnl"! faintly, but said noth. ing. After a pause Walsingham, who had looked down as if in thought, went on, 'In fact, wo loose by our careless indo lence Ihu advantages we might enjoy, and at the sinie linn dream nf those which are impossible. We will not walk because it is less trouble to dream of flying. No wonder vo make little nf our lives compared with then capacities, when so few ever Hunk of what they are enpah'e. The world we live in is to most of ns to mean, dun, and narrow, that it would seem ns il our -ight would servo us for no letter purpnse than i he blind man's string an I dog. name ly, to keep u.s out of ponds and ditches.' This was more than is usually said at a breath in society, hut walsingham spoke so gracefully, tun! his fame stiiotl so high, that all wero plea-vd to hear him. The only person who seemed much surprised was Miss Ilarcoiirt, who looked up, and exclaimed 'Dear me! what ttrangc ideas ! I ntn sure they never would have struck inc." Hustings had hoen listening for some minutes to the conversation, which ho now tool; up thus : tor my part, I ntn of Miss Lascclle s mind. I confess I think one always feels the want of a change after a few weeks' residence in one place; and I suppose, when I have seen all the islands in the Pacific by tho way, I mean lo go there next week I shall want to embark for ono of the planets, or take a flight to the moon.' 'I hope.' said one of tho younger men, 'if you imitate Astnlpho in that, you will not, nt least, bring back any of tho foolish brain that arc kept there. We have cn ough here.' 'Perhaps,' s.iitl Sir Charles, 'you would at least be tired Ihere, and wish yourself once moro in England, Now, I am con tent lo begin by slaying here.' Hastings anawerLU-- j "I know no country I tiro of so soon a I England. All the hold fresh character of men is worn a.vay by conventional relino. metit, and lifo is smothered under n heap of comforts. Ono learns something bv lying in wait among the rock, with a rifle in one hand, and an Indian chief as com piinion, when a herd of n thousand bisons rush over the plain to the hanks of some great river, anil beait alter beast, squadron after t-quadron, plunge with a crash, and swim to fruh pastures ; or when nun finds, in ihe wide solitude, the hut ol some Indian girl, perhaps the survivor of her tribe, who has escaped from the massacro, and lived lor a vcar alone on the animals sho has trapped, singing, while the sews their skins into clothes, some inclancholly song of the old days; or when onu falls in at some haunt of Asiatic horsemen with nn old hermit, who htu lived a devotee perhaps lor sixty or seventy years, and thinks the first European he sees must be some spirit whom he has met with belore inn previous stale of oxiftenco when perhaps, loo, Hie next hour you have to fight your way among a troop of Kurds, through an ntn. bush of robbers, nnd must ride lor twenty four hours without stopping, and with your hand un your pistol, if you would escape alive." Walsingham said, quietly "You mentioned that one learns some. (lung in this way. Proy, what does one learn .'" "Oh, no school learning, perhaps, but one gets new notions and images into ones heud. You know the world better, nud mankind, und what you can yourself endure and do." Perhaps all this may be learned mnrc accurately and deeply in the midst of our ordinary life, il wo will nuly keep our eyes open, and be always striving and shaping. And as in endurance, a life of action ntiinng men will always bring with it sufficient trial most perhaps, to the mind where least lo tho muscles." 'Ah, so be it for those who like it. I am never so cheerful and so much at easu as when there is danger in the way, and cn'crpriso and unvclly to lead mo on. It docs not seem worth while to take all the pains yon speak of nbiuit so commonplace an existence a? ours ts here.' 'Surely no existence is common plncn In him who lives to uncominon aims. The meanest work carried on with insight and hope, with u feeling of the Beautiful, and with reference to tho whole, of which we and it are parts, becomes In'ge and impor tout. Suphoclo.s writing his trtigedy, and the fltuno, by the light of which ho saw lo write, each was working its vocation. But if the lamp would flare about and set first the tragedy on fun, and then Ihe house, it had better been extinguished at first. AH that is essential in rotiianca lieu diffused throughout ordinary life, which, for those who live worthy, culminates to crcaiiva art. A dow-drop is walcr as fresh as Hip- pocrcuo or Niagara.' 'It is no amusement tn mo to play at taking brass counters for gold,' 'Ay, bul what if wn could turn lliem to purer geld than ever camo from the minu ? Would il not bo bettor worth while to stay at home nd learn that art than to spend years in gathering yellow sand, und find, perhaps, at last, mat it Is worthies .' Uhil dron, indeed, hoard counters as if thev wero coin. Bul men too often throw awa'v the true coin ns if they wero counters.' Several of ihu company had now gathered round the littlo group. Sir Charles wu plrnsed that so celebrated n man ns Wnl singhain spoko so freely and earnestly in his house. Remembering thnt his reading was much ndmired, ho now enmo to him and nked him if he would rend. Walsing ham, whom Maria's presence seemed to havo lured onward,, and unfolded, looked at her, caught lior eye, which sparkled nl the proposal, and taking down n volume from the bookcase, read the following narrative. CHAPTF.n VII. 'When I was in Italy some vcars ago, I knew a young Englishman who was in tho habit of seeking places to residn in, little frequented by his countrymen, lie wns a over of solitude nnd study, and addicted tn reverie; and much nt I: is lite wns a gentle and shimmering dream that glided lo the music of romnntic traditions. At the lime I must, now refer to, he hail selected as his nhodc one of tho deserted palaces oflhe Venetian nobililv on the binks of the Brcn. ta. But he had no acquaintance with the owners to interrupt his solitude, for ho had hired it from the steward to whom their affairs wore entrusted. U had attracted his fancy, though it was much out of order, from having a gallery of pictures, chiefly portraits, still remaining, nnd in (fund pros c'vntion. There was also a large neglect ed garden with a terrace along tho river, nnd in Its shady overflown walk" the Eng- li.-hinau sat or wandered for many hours of the day. But he also spent much tune in the picture-gallery, conversing with Hie grave old senators, saturating his mint! with tho colours of Tintore.lto, and Paolo Vero nese, and contemplating like a modern Pans llie goddesses ofTitian's pencil. But there wns one picture which gradually won his v.ry heart- It was a portrait by (liorgione of a young Venetian lady; ond Iho old servant of the house called her hi Celcslina. Sho had tho full and luxurious Venetian form; but, unliko any of the other female portraits, thero wa3 a profusion of rather light brown hair flowiog down her back, as one sees in some of tho early Ital inn pictures of tho Virgin, nnd the sunny streams fell from n wreath ol bay leaves Her dres was of dark green silk. An antique but of an old man wns represented on a table before her, and her right hand nnd raised forefinger seemed to indicate that both she and the spectator on whom her divine eyes were fixed, must listen to I "some expected oracle Irorn the marble lias. Stio might havo served as a lovely symbo of the fresh p:oent world listening lo the fixed and Sibylline past. Her eyes were large and dark, but not lustrous; they seemed rnther heavy, with an inward thoughtful melancholy, as if there were something in her situation or character more solfinn than her years or circumstnn ces could have led us to expect. There was. however, no tradition of her story except that she wns a daughter of the fam ily which still possessed the palace and the picture, and that sue had died in early lite 'Before this figure the vnung Englishman would remain for an hour or two nl n tune endeavoring to shape out fur himself some distinct view ot her being anil storv. l ln wns idle work, ns il led him to no definite nnd lasting creation, but it occupied him for the tunc ns well as any thing else that ho was Itkelv to have done. By anil by hi? fancy so gained upon him that he had the chamber next to ihat part of tho gallery where llic picture was, arranged us hi bed room, so that he might he HFnr his in corporeal mi-tress even during tho hours o sleep. One night, soon after this change had been made, whilo he was lying in b and mining nf Celcslina, ho thought h heard a noiso in the gallery consecrated lo her, low voices, and n light step. IIo felt I believe, nny cherished, somo dash iiiperstilioos fear in his character, ami he ltd not rise to examine into the inaitcr I II' next night was mat ot tnc tun moon and again he heard the same sound ; am again for Hie third time on tho night lol fnwing. Then it ceased, and for someday ho was in much perplexity. The gallery by day light presented no appearance change. IIo brooded over tho reincin brance, whether founded in fact or una nation, till it struck him lint, pcrhap thoro was a connection between the sound and the nge nf'iho moon when Ihey were heard, nnd ihat if so. they might possibly rottirn at the next corresponding period Ho rrow Ihin and nervous with anxiety nnd resolved nt nil hazards to endeavour lo clear un the secret. The night before tho full moon came, and with it the sound tho li"hl whispers mourned and sang alon the high walls uud ceilings, and the step flitted like fairies Irotn end to end of th "tillcries. But even now ho could not re solve to pari with the tremulous pleasure oflhe mystery. The following night, that oflhe full moon, he fell worn-out, fretted, and de.spurnte. Again the sounds were heard, tho doors opened and closed, the slops throbbed in his heart, the indistin guishable words flow on, till ho caught in n low but clear lono, the name ot hclsiina. He seized a sword and topped silently to a door near him which opened into llie gallery, and was in deep shadow, Unclos ing il slowly, no iooi;eu uowti me tong room, nud there opposite the place nl (tic well-known picture, stood, in the bright moouhghi, Celcslina herself upon the floor The rijrht hand was raised like that un the canvass, as if lo listen, and thu oyer were looking earnestly into the depth ol gloum which hid tho Englishman. IIo let fall his sword, let no ihu door, which cloi-ed before him, and when he had again cournyij to open it ihu gallery was umpty and Iho still clear light fell only on u vacant surface. The ennscquunco to him of this event was u'vero illness, and a menu onu iciiow conntrytnan wns sent for from Venice to nttetid his sick-bed. This visitor gradually obtained on outline of thu facts from tho sufferer, and then npplied to the old Italian servant in nrder lo nrrivo at a reasonable) explanation. But he stoutly denied oil knowledge of any thing that could throw light upon Ihe mailer. Nox. day ilia friend found upon his table a slip of paper, on which was written in a beautiful fernalo hand, a request thnt he would present him. self in the eastcrmost arbor of llic garden at tho hsur nf seisin. He of course did so, and found (hero n lady in a dark dress, anil closely veiled. She said, in fine lln linn that sho had begged to see him, in order to repair, if pnssihlo. tho mischief wlncli had been nccidcnlnUy done. 'Mv father, sho continued, 'tho owner of this palace, a f n proud but impoverished Venetian fam ily. His son is an ollitier in an Austrian Regiment, which has been stationed for some years in Hungary; nnd I am tho old man s only companion. IIo i, perhaps, a lilth! peculiar und eccentric m Ins Haunt and character, and nil his strongest feelings are directed towards the memory of his ancestors wlioo abode is now occupied by our friend. Nothing but necessity, would have induced him In lei to a stranger, nnd to reside in n small house in tho neighbor hood which vve now inhabit. He slill per petually recurs to the traditional stories of In family's former greatness ; and il 13 a favorite pniut of belief with him that his daughter closely resembles tho Celcslina whose picture is in the gallery, and whoso tut tuc she bears. Oving to Ibis fancy, ho is never sati.-fied unless ha sees her dressed in imitation of thn idolized portrait. But, as he no longer inhabits the hotie, and oes not choose to present himself to tta occupier in a light which ho considers so unworthy, ho could gratify hi love for the pictures only by visiting them at nigiil. ai a time when Ihe moon nttords a ngni oy winch, imperfect ns it is, Ins ancestors ap. near to hun distinct and beautiful beings. Nor could he be 10112 contented with this solitory pleasure, but insisted that I should accompany htm. Wo have more than once entered through a door from the gar dens and it was on tho last of these occa sions that I thought I heard a noise, and while I listened, the door at the ond ot the gallery was opened, and then violently closed again. On this alarm we imme diately escaped as we had entered, and the strange consequences to your friend have been to me a source ot much regrt. Wo heard of his illness from our old servant Antonio, the only person who knew of our night'y visits. To convince yon that this is the whole secret, i have put on the dress I then wore, ami yon shall judge for your self of my resemblance to the picture-' 'So saying, she throw aside her veil anil mantle, and surprL-cd the stranger with the view of her noble eves, and of her youthful Italian beautv, clothed in the dress and rich groen silk, which closely imitated thai oflhe painted Celcslina. Her hearer was nmued by the mistake, anil delighted by her explanation. He venturned to a-k the lady, that when his sick menu should be n little recovered, she would complete her kindness by enabling him to judge for himself of the beautiful rr'seinblanco which had so misled him. She said that sho would willingly do so, and only regrelted Ihat, from her father's turn of character, it would bo almti't in possible to make hint assent to any meeting with the present oc cupier of his ancient palace. She, there fore, said that it must he again n private interview, nnd might take place ut the same spot on Ihu third day following. Her new acquaintance wns compelled to return to Venice, and so could not carry on the adventure in his own person. Bul tho account which ho gave to his friend soon restored his patient lo strength nnd cheer fulness, immediately uftct his companion's! departure he had the green and shady arbor prepared for the expected meeting A collation of choice fruits, sweetmeats, and wine were sol out in silver vessels on n imrbla table. Tho ghost sour, dressed according to his own fancy in the garb ofa Venetian cavalier nf the old time, waited for hi guest who did not fail htm. IIo thought her far moro beautiful than tho picture. They sat side by side, with the (flowing feelings of southern and imagina tive youth. Shu sang for him and played nnn guitar which he had tnken carotin place nt hand; and he fell liituself gifted with iiiidrcaint-nf happiness. Thy met again more than nnce, and walked together along the gallery, where he cruild at leisure compare her with Ginrgiono's Colestiua, and give hisnwn the deliberate preference. Bui ho was nt last dismayed by hearing from her, thai t-he was designed by her father fur a conventual life, in order to pre. serve (ho reunion uf his fortune exclusive ly fur his son- The Englishman's decision was soon tnlcen. lie, ion, was ot uouiu birth, and had wealth enough to make for liiuo in his wife nniinportant. He gained ihe father's consent to their marriage, and ho is now tho iniucss of an old hiiglisli country hoiiic. She looks nn llic portraits by Vandyke on ns wans witn ns niucii pleasure ns sho ever derived irotn tnose oi Titian, tor sho now tries to find in lliem a likeness to inure than one young Incu that often rests upon her knee. Of this now generation, the eldest ami loveliest is called) like hcrsolt, Uulosttna.' CII.U'TI'.II VIII. When Walsingham had ended, and re placed the book, Miss Ilarcoiirt took it down ngain nnd found that it was a work by Mc Jeremy Benlhaiii. Sho turned Ilia volutin over in the most helpless bewildor iiient, and then showed il to Maria and to Hastings, But the pnnt tiirnrd from tho grnup nnd said, careles-ly, 'Thoso only find who know whero In look.' On the evening ofa following day, when iho clear night had ovorsprcad a iky slill warm with sunset, ond glimmnred on a rill See fourth past.