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M ISO ra X* JLMJSLN^ST.
st risas trmr noaa. . - >.?1
Calmer than mid-night's deepeet hush
IR the aun-bright pommer nooning,
With iti cloudy shadows socking rest,
That.f?il on the hill-aide swooning.,
Crest night, with its solemn Btarry eyea,
Orar Ay's gat* ?ska us Whither
We go. what our pass-word is,
To the camp beyond tho river.
But sunny noon, with its sleepy smile,
Bipplaa the grain field over,
Without a thought of the,silent graves
That may lie beneath the' clover.
Knee-deep the drowsy cattle stand
Li the water's golden glimmer,
While berry bush and bramble spray
, Along tho hot wall shimmer.
The plow-share glitters in the ann
Through murdered daises clinging;
The nested birds leave bnsy boes
To do the noon-day singing.
Bright noon no eager question atks,
But like an old nnrso story,
Told as she holds us on her breast,
Croons soft of love and glory.
The weary plowman's lazy longth
Lies in the shadow narrow,
That elinga about tho haystack foot.
Careless as guarded Bp?rrow.
Oh, peaceful hour of summer noonl
Life has its mid-night slumber;
Has it no noon-day rest for us,
When cares shall cease to cumber?
A lifo ill-spent. Who has not krowu
ouo such in the course of their existence?
How easy is the earth-weary, disap?
pointed, ever-seeking look to bo dotected
in the face of one whose lifo has been ill
spent? None who once caught a glimpse
of Henri Sellier could doubt thnt his
past life had been ono of wretched dis?
appointment, and that his present lifo
was one of bitter retrospection of the
post. At tho age of thirty-three he sat
in his apartments, in an obscure street in
Paris, without a friend in tho world, or
tho means of making any. Ho was a
portrait painter by profession, but with?
out influence and with little ambition.
At the early age of fourteen he had been
compelled to work for his and his
mother's daily bread; by perseverenco
he, when sixteen, was enabled to give
his mother what he termed luxuries, but
what peoplo in better circumstances
would have considered but the boro ne?
cessities of life-a comfortable bed in a
cozy room and sufficient to eat-he was
then as happy as possible, when return?
ing home one day to his dinner, he found
his mother dead. Prom that moment he
ceased to care for himself; all he under?
took' he failed in; his employers all
blamed him; he blamed fate, and thus
for seventeen years he existed, too in?
different to do good or evil-fully per?
suaded that he was one of God's unfor?
tunates, and that to alter his destiny he
should have to conquer the world.
He had always possessed ability for
painting, and it was just after the death
of his mother that he took a fancy to it,
and the wish to paint a picture of her
urged him to study; the result was, at
the end of six months he produced a
most perfect picture of his mother; but
as no one had ever seen her, hi? genius
was unacknowledged, and once more
he gave up in despair, and for years ne?
glected his art. He traveled from place
to place, arriving at each place without
a cent. One thing he never neglected,
the cultivation of his mind. He edu?
cated himself on every learnable subject,
and, finally, having acquired all the
knowledge possible, ho dropped study,
and without any settled purpose he went
to Paris, his birth-place. The gaiety for
a time drove away his melancholy, and
in one of his joyous moods he became
possessed of the idea to once more turn
to his art. He at once, with the very
small sum of money he had, hired two
rookie-one he made a studio, of tho
other his bed-room. Not a picture was
visible in either room, nor was there tho
slightest item to indicate the artist
about either room, except a plate on tho
door with tho words, "Henri Sellier,
portrait painter," engraved upon it. For
two weeks he had been installed in his
studio, waiting for what evidently was
not going to come-a customer. In two
weeks more his reut would be due, and
it was this fact that he was meditating
over when the door opened and a lady,
deeply veiled, timidly entered. Of course
Henri rose instantly, but too astonished
at the unexpected visit of a Indy to bo
the first to speak.
"Will monsieur show me tho way to
the studio of Monsieur Sellier?"
"Madame is at present in that place."
"Then you, I presume, are Monsieur
"Madame, I am."
"Are you a good portrait painter?"
"Yes," quiotly rejoined Henri.
"By whose verdict pronouncod such,
might I inquire?"
"Ahem! My own solely, madamo."
"Could I see a specimen of your paint?
"I have but one portrait here at pre?
sent, having just arrived. I will show
it to you; but pray be seated."
The lady looked first at the door, then
at Henri, and finally at the proffered
chair, in which, after a moment's hesi?
tation, she sat. Henri placed a foot?
stool before her-au action which some?
what amused the ludy, and caused her
to haigh audibly; Henri, very much
puzzled at her merriment, knew not
what to say. The truth wna, he had
never done the slightest office for any
lady but his mother, and her comfort
was a foot-stool. Henri, forgetting the
age and weakness of his mother, and
never having been thrown in contact
with any other woman, fancied, of
course, that to one and all were the same
things necessary and agreeable. The
pause that followed his action was most
awkward, and was likely to bs a long
one, bad not the lady risen suddenly,
apparently with the intention of going.
."Pardon, madame, I would ?how yon
"At once, thou, I am in haste."
In another moment Henri had pro?
duced from some remoto corner of tho
room, his mother's picture, .and bold it
np to his visitor, who raised lier veil.
"How beautiful I" (' ? .
"Wonderfully beautifnll" exclaimed
"I seo monsionr is a most enthusiastic
admirer bf' himself, ??d not without
cause; for certainly tho painting' is yery*
artistic tho resemblance of the portrait
I cannot, of course, judge of. Who is
"Pardon my rude remark, monsieur,
I well understand yonr admiration."
"Worse and worse," thought Henri,
wi se exclamation had been caused by
the more than human beauty of thelady.
To paint her pictnro would be moro
pleasure than Henri had ever thought to
experience in his life.
"I wish you to paint my pioture ns
carefully as this is done. I will como
to-morrow, and sit as often and long as
necessary. I will pay you any sum you
Damo to have as fine a pictnro as this,
and I wish it nt the end of two months.
Will you do it?"
"With all tho pleasure in the world;
and to-morrow, if agreeable, I will nqmo
for tho first sitting."
"At what hour will you be disen?
gaged?" inquired tho lady, preparing to
"At any hour-I mean after 1"-added
Henri, remembering it would not do to
confess his timo all his own to a stranger.
"Then at 2."
"Good morning, monsieur."
"Good morning, madame."
"Who and what is she? Evidently
some one with plenty of money and
nothing to do," soliloquized Henri.
"What beauty! For the first timo I feel
enthusiasm in my art; would to-morrow
wero hero," which to-morrow arrived
in duo course of time, and with it the
"You see I am punctual, monsieur."
"For which I thank yon, madame."
Before wo commence, I think it but
right to explain my coming to you alone,
and somewhat mysteriously. I am Mlle.
Hassan, tho daughter of Doctor Hassan,
of whom you may havo heard. Wo are
the only two surviving members of our
family, and what I do is very difficult to
conceal from my father. I wish to sur
Erise him with a picture of myself on
is birth-day, which comes, strange to
say, on tho same day as mine. If I went
-pardon me-to any artist well known,
some of my friends would be sure to find
it out; and unless I surprise him, I
would not care to give him the portrait.
Now you know what I think was bat
right you should know, and if you are
ready, we will proceed."
"Henri was bewildered and charmed
by the innocent manner in which she ex?
plained what to his mind was entirely
unnecessary. How he wished he had u
dozen portraits of her to paint, and that
sho would sit for them all.
The arrangements were soon made,
an?" both were in their respective posi?
tions. Tho position was fco new to both
that for some time they were both great?
ly embarrassed. Henri was a fine-look?
ing man, and excessively fascinating in
manner. Mademoiselle Hassan was
yoang and beautiful, and, naturally,
both facts did not pass unnoticed by
either of them.
"May I talk?" inquired mademoiselle.
"To bo sure; the more natural you are
the better the portrait will'-bo."
"Bat I am not naturally a chatter?
"You misunderstand mo."
"No; I but jest."
A long silence followed tho permission
"Is not mademoiselle tired?" Henri
inquired, at tho end of an hour.
"Yes; very. Won't that do for to?
"Certainly; I can continue nlone."
"This is odd ; but I will come early to?
morrow, and stay ever so long. Good?
Heleno 1 lassa n's friends would doubt
less have censured her for her conduct,
but there would have been more harm in
their censure than was dreamed of by
Helene in her action. Henri was lost in
admiration after her departure, when a
knock roused him from his reverie.
Turning, ho beheld a gentleman stand?
ing, hat in hand; ho was a man about
fifty, possessed of a remarkably woman?
ly countenance, and Henri was struck
with tho idea that he had somewhere
soon his face before.
"Are you Monsieur Scllier?"
"I wish to have my portrait painted.
I wish you to devoto all your care and
attention to it. I intend it for a sur?
prise, and it is for that reason I como tc
you instead of going to sonio of tin
artists of tho day. Let mo seo a speci?
Agaiu was Houri's mo th or produced,
and again did it produce perfect satis?
"When shall I come?"
"To-morrow, at 4."
"I nm a physician, and can sparc bul
little time. Hore is my card."
Henri took tho card, bowed his visitoi
out, and thou looked at tho card in hie
hand. What was his amazement tc
read "Duran Hassan, Physician, Ruc
"This is au adventure, and a porplex
lng one. My life begins to be a Utile
less monotonous. How I long to bo rieb.
I should-well, make a fool of myself, J
dare say;" . "
The next day, Mlle. Hassan came ear-'
lier than expected.
"I am going to remain two hours, ls
that not nice? Yon can do a great deal
in that time." .&)\i<tr.
"Likewise yourself, mademoiselle."
"Yon give mo pleasure; for it is a great
pleasure to talk to you."
"Thank yon. You are tho first one to
make the discovery, except papa; bat.
'then he takes a pleasure even in looking
"You are very fond of each other?"
"Fond is too cold a word; we are all
the world to each other."
"Greater than you imagine."
A pause followed, and then Heleno ab?
"Have you been an artist all your
"Is it pleasant to bo one?" ?.
"All things are alike to me."
"You have a happy disposition."
"On tho contrary-n most unhappy
"I am so sorry."
"Do you paint many pictures?"
"Yours will be tho second I havo
painted in my life."
"And if it is good, you shall come
homo with it when it is done, and papa
will get you lots of people wdio want lots
"You are very good."
"If I am, it is an easy thing to bo when
I am surrounded by so much goodness at
home. Will you come?"
"Your father would bo displeased."
"At anything I do? How absurd."
"Then I will come."
"And now I shall go; it is almost 4."
"What!" exclaimed Henri.
"I know I should trespass on your
"This afternoon I confess you do."
"Pardon mo for it, and you must pro?
mise to tell mo when I do so again."
This time Helene extended her hand
when she left, much to Henri's rapture.
"What au angel ehe is," thought
"Poor artist, I wish I could help him
to fame. He is very hundsome."
Scarcely had Heleno entered her our?
ringo when her father arrived, even be?
fore Henri could conceal all trace of his
"Monsieur is occupied in painting.
Might I see tho portrait?"
"I disliko to refuse, bnt I have nn ob?
jection to showing my work unfinished."
"As you wish. And now let's to work,
my time is precious."
"You aro in a very obscure part of
Paris. Your talent will bo unappreciated
"I know it, but-"
"Cannot help it, I presume. The old
story, au artist, and poor, of course."
"There, don't fly into a passion. I
was once much poorer than yon are,
until a friend took a fancy to, and an in?
terest in mo. He lived to see me pros
1>cr, then died, leaving me his wealth.
! have taken a fancy to you, and will as?
sist you. I will be the same friend to
you," with the exception that I .shall not
die if I can possibly avoid it. You shall
como to my house when my portrait is
finished, and I will introduce you to
somo newspaper men, a' fow old fogies,
and some famous but undeserving dab?
blers in tho same profession you follow."
"I shall be most grateful."
"First, are you worthy? I mean, are
vou educated and single?"
"Tho first is essential, tho second is
preferable, for all artists, when poor,
murry icongenial, unappreciative wo?
men, and when they become rich-if
they ever do with such wives-they see
their mistake, seek to remedy it, and
make matters woree. They full in love
with some ono they can't marry, for tho
reason that they have married some one
they can't love."
"Your arguments aro odd, but forci?
"Facts, my friend, as you will notice
ns you rise."
At tho end of tho hour Monsieur
Hassan took his departure, after conver?
sation in which ho had touched upon al?
most every subject, to test the quality
of Henri's mind and education. The
result was he was delighted, and only
wished he conld at once assist him; but
ho must first seo his picture. If ho had
no talent he would mako something olso
Houri feared to be cuuguino, for had
ne' everything failed him, and just at
the mi .ont of realization?
V.'eeks llew by, each day bringing his
two visitors, und each day did he lose a
portion of his heart to Helene, and feel
stronger friendship for her father--books
wero sent to him, costly pictures deco?
rated his wall and with euch gift came
the words, "do not try to guess tho do
! nor," writton on a card. Ot' courso Hen
' ri felt oonvinced Monsieur Hassan was
i his good angel, and knowing him to be
i somewhat eccentrio, he refrained with
' great effort from mentioning them to
him. Finally came thc day of tho last
.sining, lit lone wu? charmed, and was
I au ecstatic over he? picture ns a child
over a doll.
"Now, when will it como home?" To?
day is Monday, and on Friday is papa's
birth.day-yon are to come too, remem?
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