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Beyond all measure astonished by the strange occurrences
which had passed with so much violence and rapidity, the
locksmith gazed upon the shuddering figure in the chair like
one half stupified, and would have gazed much longer had
not bis tongue I.ti loosened by compassion and humanity.
?? You are ill," said Gabriel. "' Let me call some neigh?
bor in "
'? Not for the world," she rejoined, motioning to him with
her trembling hand, and ?tili holding her face averted. " It
j.- enough that you have been by to joe this."
"Nay, more than enough?or less," said Gabriel.
*? Be it so." gbe returned. " As you like. Ask me 1:0 mure
questions, 1 entreat you."
?? Neighbor," -aid the locksmith, after a pause, " is this
fair, or reasonable, or just to yourself? Is it like you, who
have known me so long and -ought my advice in all matters
?like you, who from a girl have hud a -trong mind and a
Staunch heart ?"
?? J have had need of ihcm," she replied. "1 am growing
old, both in years and care. Perhaps that, and too much
trial, have made them weaker than they used to bo. Do not
speak to me."
?? J low can I see what I have seen, and hohl my peace?"
returned tin- locksmith. " Who was that man ? and why has
his coming made tin- change in you ?"
She was silent, but clung to the chair as though to save
herself from falling to the ground.
??I take die license of-an old acquaintance, Mary." said
the locksmith, " who bos ever had a w arm regard for you, and
uiav bo have tried to prove it w hen he could. Who is this ill
favored man. and what ha- he to do with you ? Who is this
ghost, that i- only seen in the black night? and bad weather ?
How does be know and why does he haunt this house, whis>
poring through chink- and crevices, as if there was that be?
tween him and you w hich neither durst so much as speak
aloud of? Who is he?"
?? Yon do well to say he haunts this houso." returned the
widow faintly. " His shadow has been upon it and me. in
light and darkness, at noonday .and midnight. And now, at
last, he has come in the body ! '
'? But he would n't have gone in the body." returned the
locksmith, with, some irritation, " if you had left my arms and
legs at liberty. What riddle is this?"
*' It is one." she answ ered, rising as -he spoko, " that must
remain for ever a- it is. I dare not say more than that."
'? Dare not!" repeated the wondering locksmith.
'? Do not press me." she replied. " I am sick and faint,
and every faculty of life seems dead within me. No!?Do
not tow h me, either."
Gabriel, who had stepped forw ard to render his assistance,
foil back as she made this hasty exclamation, and regarded
her in silent wonder.
" Let me go my way alone," she said, in a low voice, " and
let the hand- of no honest man touch mine to-night." Whnn
she had tottered to the door she turned, and added with a
stronger effort: "This U a secret, which, of necessity. I
trust to yon. You are a true man. A- you have ever been
kind to me, keep it. If any noise was beurd above, make
some excuse?say any thing but what you really saw, and
Mvet lot a word or look between us recall this circumstance.
I tru-t to you. Mind, I trust to you. How much 1 trust,
you never can conceive."
Fixing her eyes upon him for an instant. shi> withdrew and
left him there alone.
Gabriel, not knowing what to think, stood staring at the
door with a countenance fi ll of surprise and dismay. The
more he pondered on w hat had passed, the less able he was
to give it any favorable interpretation. To find litis widow
woman, whose life tor -o many year* had been supposed lobe
one of solitude and retirement, and who. in her quiet, suffer?
ing character, hail gained the good opinion and respect of all
who knew her?to find her linked mysteriously with an ill
omened ma:', alarmed at his appearance, and yet favoring his
escape, was a discovery that pained as much as it startled
him. Her reliance on his secrecy, and his tacit acquiescence,
increased his distress of mind. If he had spoken boldly, per?
sisted in questioning her. detained lie: when she rose to leave
the room, made any kind of protest, instead of silently com?
promising himself, as he felt he had done, he would have been
more a' ease.
" Why did I let nor say it was a secret, and -he trusted it
u nie F" sai.l Gabriel, putting his wig on one side to scratch
bis bead with greater case, a nd looking ruefully at the lire.?
'? 1 have no more readiness than old John himself. Whv
did n't 1 say firmly, ' You have no right to such secrets, and
I demand of you to tell me what this mean-.' instead of stand
tag gaping :it her. like an old mooncalf as 1 am I But there's
my weakness. 1 can be obsrinatc enough with men, if need
be, but women may twist me round their lingers at their
He took his w ig off outright as no made this reflection, and.
warming his handkerchief at the lire, began to rub and polish
his bald head w:th it, until il glistened again.
" And yet." said the locksmith, softening under this sooth?
ing process, and stopping to smile, " it may be nothing. Anv
-drunken brawler, trying to make his way into the house, would
have alarmed a quiet soul like her. But then"?and here
was the.vcxatiun?" how it came to be that man?how comes
he to have this influence over her??how came-he to favor
his getting away from me !?and, more than all, how came
she not to say it was a sudden fright, and nothing more I It '
a sad thing to have, in one minute, reason to mistrust a per?
son 1 have known so long, and an old sweetheart into the bar?
gain : but what else can I do, w ith all this upon my mind ?
1? that Barnaby outside there ?"
Ah! cried lie, looking in and nodding. "Sure enough
it s Barnaby?how did you gue-s ?"
?' By your shadow." said the locksmith.
"Oho!" cried Barnaby, glancing over his shoulder. "He's
a merry fellow , that shadow, and keeps close to me. though I
am silly. We have such pranks, such walks, such runs, such
gambols 0:1 the grass. Sometimes he'll 1m- half as tall as a
church steeple, and sometimes no bigger than a dwarf. Now
he e,?.% ?? !?.fore, und now ix-hiud, and anon he '11 be stealing
slyly on, on this side, or on that, -topping whenever I stop,
and thinking I can't see him. though l have my eve on him
shaqi enough. Oh! he's a merry fellow. Tell me_is be
silly too f I think he is." %
" Why V asked Gabriel.
?' Because he never tires of mocking me. but does it all dav
long. Whv do n't you come
Lp stairs. He w ants vou. Stay?where s his shadow ?
Come. You're a-wise man; tell methat."
'? Beside him, Barnaby; beside him. 1 suppose." returned
the locksmith.
" No!" h<- replied, shaking his head. " Guess again."
"Gone out a walking, maybe ?"
" He ha- changed shad iws with a woman." the idiot whi?
I>**rvd ia his ear. and then fell back with a look of triumph.?
?I f deoirr too to understand the irnc pr
?? Her shadow "? always with him. and his with her. That ?s
snort 1 think, eh ?"
?? Barnaby,'' said the locksmith with a grave look : come
hither, lad."
"I know what you want to say. I know !" he replied,
keeping away from bim. " But I fm running. I'm silent. I
: only say so much to you?are von rcadv F" As he -poke, he
1 caught u]> the light, and waved it with a wild laugh above
bis head.
"Softly?gently." -aid die locksmith, exerting all bis in?
fluence to keep kim calm and quiet. "I thought you had
been asleep."
"So I have been asleep." he rejoined with wid-dv-opened
eyes. "There have been great faces coming and going?
close to my fare tun! then a mile awav?low places to creep
through, whether I would or nor-high church ss to fall down
from?strange creatures crowded up together neck and heels,
to sit ujxin the bed?that's sleep, ell ?"
" Dreams, Barnaby, dream*." said the locksmith.
"Dreams!" he echoed softly, drawing dose to him.?
" Those are not dreams."
j ?? What are," replied the locksmith, "if they are not ?"
?? I dreamed." said Barnaby, passing his arm through Vnr
j tlon's and peering close into bis face as h.. answered in a
! whisper, " I dreamed just now that something?it was in the
shape of a man?followed me came softly after mi ?
would n' letmobc?hut was always hiding and crouching, like
a eat in dark corners, waiting till I should pass : when it
crept ou* and came softly after me.?Did you ever see me run ?"
?? Many a time, you know."
??Vou never saw me run as I did in this dream. Still it
came creeping on to worry me. Nearer, nearer, nearer?1
ran faster?leaped?sprang out of bed, and to tue window?
there, in the street below?but he is wailing for us. Are you
coming 1"
" What'sin thestreet below, d-nr Barnaby '" said Vardon,
imagining that he traced some connection between this vision
: and what had actually occurred.
Barnaby looked into his face, muttered incoherently, waved
[ the light above his head again, laughed and drawing the lock?
smith's arm more tightly through bis own. led bim up the
-lair- in silence.
They entered n homely bed-chamber, garnished in a scanty
way w ith chairs w hose spindle-shanks bespoke tie-ir age, and
other furniture of very little worth : hut clean and neatly kept.
Ilerjining in tin ea-yi-hair before the fire, pale and weak from
loss of blood, was Edward Chester, the young gendeman that
had been the first to quit the Maypole on the previous night,
w ho. extending iiis hand to the locksmith, welcomed him as
his preserver und friend.
" Say no more, ?ir, say no more." said Gabriel. " I hope
I w ould have done at least as much for any man iti such a
strait, and most of all for you, sir. A certain young lady."
ho added, with some hesitation, " ha- done us many a kind
turn, and we naturally feel?1 hope 1 give you no offence in
saying this, sir ?
The young man smiled and shook his head: at the same
time moving in his chair as if in pain.
" It's no great mattet." he said, in answering to the lock?
smith's sympathising look, "a mere uneasiness arising at
least tis much from being cooped up here, as from the -light
' wound I have, or from the los, of blood. Be seated. Mr.
j "If 1 may make so bold, Mr. Edward, as to lean upon
; your chair," returned the locksmith, accommodating his ac?
tion to his speech, and bending over him. "I'll stand here
for the convenience of speaking low. Barnaby is not in his
quietest humor to-night, and at such limes talking never does
j him good."
They both glanced at the subject of this remark, w ho had
taken a scat on the other side of the tire, and smiling, va?
cantly, was making puzzles on his fn:ers with a skein off
I string.
" Pray, tell me. sir," said Vardon. dropping his voice stil
lower, "exactly what happened last night. I have my rea?
son for inquiring. Vou left the Maypole, alone '"
'? And walked home alone until I had nearly reached the
place whereyou found tnowben I heard the gallop of a horse."
" ?Behind you ?" said the locksmith,
j '? Indeed, yes?behind mo. It was a -ingle rider, who
soon overtook me, and checking his horse, inquired the way
; to London.
" Vou were on the alert, sir, knowing how many highway
' men there are. scouring the roads in nil directions f" said
, Vardon.
?? I was. but I had only a -tick, having imprudently left my
pistols in tbwir holster-case with the landlord's son. 1 di
' rccted him as he desired'. Before the words had passed an
' lips, he rode upon me furiously, as if ben: on trampling me
down beneath his horse's hoofs. In -tatting aside 1 slipped
and fell. You found me with this stab and an ugly bruise or
two, and without my purse?in which he found little enough
for hi- pains. And now, Mr. Vardon,'* he added shaking the
locksmith by the band, "saving the extent of my gratitude
to vou, you know as much us 1."
" Except," said Gabriel, bending dow n yet more, and look?
ing cautiously toward their silent neighbor) " except in res
? pect of the robber himself. W hat like was he. -ir ' Speak
j low, if you please. Barnaby means tu? harm, but I have
j watched him oftcner than you. and I know, little as you
! would think it. that he's listening now."
It required a strong confidence in the locksmith's veracitv
? to lead any one to this belief, for every sens,- and faculty that
: Barnaby possessed, seemed to be fixed upon his game, to the
exclusion of all other tilings. Something in the young man's
j face expressed this opinion, for Gabriel repeated what he had
just said, more earnestly than before, and ?ith another glance
; toward Barnaby. asked what like the man was.
''The night was so dark." said Edward, "the attack so
sudden, and be so wrapped and muffled up. that 1 can hardly
say. It seems that?"
"Don't mention his name, sir." returned the locksmith,
' following his look toward Barnaby: " 1 know he saw him. 1
' want to know w hat you saw."
"All I remember is." said Edward, " that as he checked
his horse his hat was blown off. lb- caught it aid replaced
i it on his bead, which I observed was I...und with a .lark
handkerchief. A stranger entered the Maypole while I was
there, whom I bad not se.-n. for I sat apart for reasons of
my ow n, and when I rose to leave the room and glanced
round, be was in the'shadow ofthe chimney and bidden
from my sight. But if he and the robber were two different
persons, their voices wen' strangely and most remarkably
' alike; for directly the man addressed mein the road, I recog?
nised bis speech again."
i " It i- as 1 feared. The very man was here to-night,"
thought the iockstnith, changing color. " What dark historv
! is this !"
?? Halloa !*' cried a horse voice in his ear. " Halloa, hal?
loa! Bow. wow, wow ! What "s the mater here ! Halloa!"
j The speaker?who made the locksmith start, as if be had
seer- some supernatural agent?wa- a large ni\en: who had
perched upon the top of the easy chair, unseen by him and
Edward, and listened with a polite attention and a most ex?
traordinary appearance of comprehending every word, to all
' thev had said Up to this point ; turning hi- head from one to
' the (jther, as if his orhee were too judge between them, and
it were of tlio very last importance that he should not lose a
" Look at him .'" said Vardon. divided between admiration
of the bird and a kind of fear of him. " Wa- there ever such
a knowing imp as that.' Oh he's a dreadful fellow !"
The raven, with his head very much on one side, and his
bright eye shining like a diamond, preserved a thoughtful si?
lence f... a few seconds, and then replied in a voice so hoarse
and distant, that it seemed to come through his thick feathers
rulher than out of his mouth.
" Halloa, halloa, halloa ! What s the matter here .' Keep
up your spirits. Never say die. Bow, wow. wow. I'm a
devil. I'm a devil, I'm a devil. Hurrah !" And. then, a? il
exulting in his infernal character, be began to whistle.
" I more than half believe ha sjieaks the truth. LTpon my
w ord I do." ,:iid Vardon. " Do you see h c.v he looks at me.
as if ho knew what 1 was siying ?"
inriplr? of Ihr Corrrnntcnl. I wi?Ji tbcm carried
To which the bird, balancing himself on tiptoe, os it were,
and moving his body up and down in a sort of grave dance,
rejoined, " I'm a devil. I ?m a devil. I m a devil," and flapped
his wing- against hi- sides as if he were bursting with laugh
, tcr. Barnaby clapped his hands, and fairly rolled upon th
ground in an ecstacy of delight.
?? Strange companions, sir," said the locksmith, shaking
his h?'ad and looking from one to the other. " The bird has
; all the wit."
" Strange indeed.!" said Edward, holding eul bis forefinger
to the raven, who. in acknowledgement of the attention, made
a div.- at it immediately with his iron bill. '* Is 1.Id ' '
i " A mere boy. -ir." replied the locksmith. " A hundred
and twenty, or thereabouts. Call htm down, Barnaby. my
i man."
" Call him echoed Barnaby. sitting upright upon the floor,
and staring vacantly at Gabriel, as he thru-: his hair back
from his face. ?? But who can make him come! He calls
me, and makes me go where he w ill. He goes on before,
' and I follow. He '? the master, and I'm the man. I- thai
the truth. Grip ?"
Tic raven gave a short, comfortable, confidential kind of
croak :?a most expressive croak, which seemed to say " You
need n't let these fellows into our secret-. We understand
' each other. It "s all right."
? I make him eome 1" cried Barnaby. pointing to the bird.
?? Him, who never goes to sleep, or so much as u inks ??Why,
any time of night, you may see his ayes in my .lurk room, -hi?
lling like two sparks. And even rjTgbt, and all night tdo.hcs
broad awake, miking to himself, thinking w hat he shall do to?
morrow, where he shall go, and w ha; he shall steal, and hid".
; and burv. I make him come! Ha. ha ha i"
On second thoughts the bird appeared disposed to come of
himself. After a short survey of the ground, and a few side?
long looks at the ceiling, and at every body present in turn,
he flutl trcd to the^fioor.and went to Barnaby?not in u hop,
or walk, or run, but in a -pace like that of a very particular
gentleman with exceedingly tight boots on. trying to wall.
fast over loose pebbles. Then, stepping into his extended
bond, and condescending to be held out at arm's length, he
gave vent to a succession ??!' sounds, not unlike the draw ing
of some eight or ten dozen of long corks, and again asserted
his brimstone birth and parentage w ith great distinctness.
The locksmith shook his head?perhaps in some doubt of
the creature's being really nothing but a bird?perhaps in
pity for Barnaby, who by this time had him in his arms, and
wa- rolling about with him on the ground. A- In- raised his
eyes from the poor fellow he encountered those of bis mother,
who had entered tho room and was looking on in silence.
She was quite white in the face, even oh her lips, but had
w holly subdued her emotion, and wore her usual quint Ina
Vardon fancied as In- glanced at Ihm that she shrunk from
his eye; and dial she busied herself about the wounded gen?
tleman to avoid him the better.
It wa- time he went to bed. she said. He was to ; ?
1 moved to his own home on the morrow, and be had already
exceeded hi- time for sitting up. by a full hour. Acting on
tlii- hint, til.- locksmith prepared to take his h ave.
" By ili" bye." said Edward, as he shook him by the hand,
and looked from him to Mrs. [Judge and back again. " what
noise was that below? 1 heard your voice in the midst of
it. and should have inquired before, but our other convcrsa
, tion drove it from my memory, What was it ?"
Ilm locksmith looked toward her and bit his lip. She
leant against the chair, and bent her eyes upon the ground,
j Barnaby too?he was listening.
" Some mad or drunken follow, sir," Vardon at length
made answer, looking steadily a? tho window n- he spoke.?
?? He mistook the bouse, and tried to force an entrance."
She breathed more freely) but -tood quite motionless. As
i the locksmith -aid " Good night." and Barnaby caught up
i tin- candle to light him down the stairs, -he took it from him,
ami charged him?with more haste and earnestness than so
slight an occasion appeared to warrant?not to stir. The
raven followed them to satisfy himself that all was right be?
low, and when they reached the street door stood on the
bottom stair draw ing corks out of number
With a trembling hand -he unfastened the chain and bolts,
and turned the key. A- -he had her hand upon the latch,
the locksmiuh said in a low tone.
'? I have told a lie to-night, for your sake. Mary, and for,
tie- sake of by-gone times and old acquaintances, when I
: would scorn to do so for my own. I hope I may have -lone
; no harm, or led to none. 1 can't help the suspicion- you
have forced upon me, and I am loath. I tell you plainly, to
leave Mr. Edward here, l ake care he comes to no hurt. I
doubt the safety of this roof, and am glad he h ave, it so
-non. Now, iet me go."
For a moment she hid her face in her hands ami wept:
but resisting the strong impulse which evidently moved her
to reply, opened the door?no wider than was sufficient for
the passage of his body?and motioned him away. ? As the
locksmith -too,! upon the step it was chained and loekod be?
hind him. and die raven, in furtherance of these precautions,
barked hko a lusty house-dog.
"In league with that ill-looking figure that might have
fallen from n'gibbet?In- li-tening and hiding here?Barnaby
firsr upon the spot last night?can she who iia- always borne
so fair a name be guilty of such crime- in secret.'" said the
( locksmith, musing. " Heaven forgive me if I am wrong, and
send me just thoughts; but she i. poor, the temptation may
be great, and we daily bear of tiling- a- strange.?Av. bark
, away, my friend. If there any wickedness going on. that
raven's in ii. I 'II be sworn."
Mrs. Vardon was a lady of w hat is commonly called an
uncertain temper?-a phrase which being interpreted signifies
a temper tolerably certain to make every body more or less
uncomfortable. Thus it generally happened, that when other
people were merry. Mrs. Vardon was dull : and that when
; other people were dull. Mrs. Vardon was disposed to be
amazingly cheerful. Indeed, the worthy housewife was of
such a capricious nature, that she not only attained a higher
pitch of genius than Macbeth, in respect of her ability to be
wise, amazed, temperate and furious, loyal and neutral in un
instant, but would sometimes ring the changes backward and
forward on all possible moods and flights in one short quarter
of an hour; performing, a-it were, a kind of triple bob major
on the peal of instruments in the female belfry, with a ski 1
fulness and rapidity of execution that astonished ail who
heard her.
It has been observed in this good lady (who did not want
for persona] attractions, being plump and buxom to look at.
; though like tier fair daughter, somewhat short in stature,)
that tin- uncertainty >?( disposition strengthened and in
, creased with tier temporal prosperity; and divers wi-e men
and matrons, on friendly terms with the locksmith and his
. family, even went mi far as to assert, that a tumble down
some half-dozen rounds in the world's ladder?such as the
breaking of the ba.uk in which her husband kept his rrmncy.
i or some little fall of that kind?would be the making of her.
and could hardly fail to reader her one of the most agreeable
companions in existence. Whether they were right or wrong
? in this conjecture, certain it is that minds, like bodies, w ill
often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mete ox
cess of comfort, and like them, are often successfully cured
; by remedies in themselves very nauseous and unpalatable.
Mrs. Vordon's chief aider and abettor, and at the same
time her principal victim and object of wrath, was her sin?
gle domestic servant, one Miss Miggs : or as she w as called,
. in conformity w ith those prejudices of society which lup and
top from poor housemaids all such genteel excrescences?
Miggs. This Miggs was a tall young lady, very much ad
dictcd to patten, in private life; slender and -hrewish, of a
; rather uncomfortable figure, and though not absolutely 01
, looking, of a sharp and acid visage. As a general principle
and abstract proposition, Miggs held the male sex to be
! utterly contemptible and unworthy of notice ; to be tickle,
j false, base, sottish, inclined to perjury, and wholly und?
; serving. When nn>st exasperated against them ( which,
j slander said, was when Sim Tappertit slighted her most.)
i she was accustomed to wish with great emphasis, that the
: w hole race of women could but die orl, in order that the men
n::ght be brought u know :he rva: value of the b!es?;ngs by
mt?I a?k uothin-; more."?Harriso.v.
which they set so Ii::!.. store; tiny, her fooling for Ivr order
ran so high, thn: she sntnerimes declared, if she could
only have good security for a fair, round number?say ten
thousand?of young Virgin* following her example, -he
would, to spite mankind, hang, drown, stab, or poison her?
self, with a joy past all expression.
It was the voice of MiggS that greeted the locksmith, when
he knocked a; his own house, with a shriil cry of " Who'.
there ? "
" Me. girl, me." returned Gabriel.
?? What, already. <:r ' " said Miggs. opening the diver with
a look ot surprise. ?? We are just getting on our nightcaps
to sit up?me and mistress. Oh, she has been so bad .' '*
Miggs said thi> with an air of uncommon candor and con?
cern : but the parlor door was standing open, and as Gabriel
very well knew for whose ears it was designed, he regarded
h. r with any thing but an approving look as he passed in.
'? Master'.- come horn.-, mini." cried Miggs, running before
him into the parlor. " \ ou are wrong, mini, and I w-as right.
I thought lie wouldn't keep us up so late, tw o nights running,
mini. Master's always considerate so far. I'm so glad,
mini, on your account. I'm a little "?here Miggs simpered
?" a little sleepy myself: I 'H own it now. mini, though I
said I wasii't when you a.-ked me. It an't of no consequence,
mini, of course."
?' You had better.'' said the locksmith, who mos; devoutlv
wished that Bamaby's raven was at Miggs' ancle.-. ?? vou had
better go to bed at once, then."
?' Thanking you kitaiiy. sir." returned Miggs. ?? [ couldn't
take my rest in peace, nor fix my thought- upon my prayers,
otherways than that I knew mist res- was comfortable in her
bed this night: by rights -ho should have been there, hours
?? You 're talkative, mi-tress." said Vardon, pulling off his
great-coat, and looking at her askew.
?? Taking the hint, sir." cried Migg*. with, a flushed face,
?? and thanking you for it most kindly. I w ill make hold to say.
that if 1 give offence b\ having consideration for my mistress,
I do not ask your pardon, but am content to get myself into
trouble, and to be in sufFering."
Here. Mr-. Vardon. w ho. with her countenance shrouded
in n large night-cap. had 1.n all this time intent upon the
Protestant Manual, looked round, and acknowledged Miggs'
companionship by commanding her to hold her tongue.
livery little hone in Migg-' throat and neck developed
itself with a Spitcfulness quite alarming, as she replied. " Yes.
mim. I will."
"How do you fmd yourself now. my dear'" said the
locksmith, taking a chair near bis wife (who bad resumed
her book,) and tubbing hi- knees haul as he made the inquiry.
'? You 're very anxious to know, a 'nt von I " returned Mrs.
Vardon, with her eyes upon the print. " Von. that have not
boon near mc all day, and w ould n't have been if I was dying!"
?? My d-ar Martin." -aid Gabriel.
Mr-. Vardon.turned over the next page: then went back
again to the bottom line over the loaf to be quite sure of the
last word-: and then went on reading with an appearance of
thi- deepest interest and study.
?? My dour Martha." said tin. locksmith, " how can you
say such things, when you know you don't mean them ' If
you wore dying ! Whv. if there were any thing serious the
matter with you. Martha, should n't I be in constant attend?
ance upon vou ?"
?? Yes," cried Mrs. Vardon, bursting into tears. ?? yes. you
w ould. I do n't doubt it, Vardon. Certainly you wojuld.?
That 's as much as to toll me that you would be hovering
? round me like a vulture, waiting till the breath was out of mv
body, that you might go and marry somebody else." '
Miggs groaned in sympathy?a little short groan, checked
in it- birth, and changed into a cough. It seemed to say, "I
can't help if. It'- wrung from me be the dreadful brutality
of that monster master."
i ?? But you II break my heart one of those days." added
Mr-. Vardon, w ith more resignation, " and then we shall both
bo happv. Mv only desire is to see Dolly comfortably settled,
and when she is you may settle me a- soon as you like."
" Ah !" cried Migg-?and .Ighcd again.
Poor Gabriel twisted his wig- about in silence lor a long
time, ainl then said mildly, '" Has Dolly gone to bed !"
?? Your master speaks to vou." said Mrs. Vardon, looking
sternly over he shoulder at Miss Miggs in waiting.
" No. my dear, I spoke to you." suggested the locksmith.
?? Did you hoar in". Miggs I" cried the obdurate holy,
stamping her foot upon the ground. " Vou are beginning to
despise me now. are you .' But this is example .'"
At thi- cruel rebuke, Miggs, whose tears were always
ready, for large or -mall patties, on the shortest notice, and
' the most unreasonable terms, fell a crying violently; holding
both her hand- tight upon her heart meanwhile, as if nothing
le-s would prevent its splitting into small fragments. Mrs.
Vardon, who likewise possessed that faculty in high perfec?
tion, wept too. against Miggs; and with such effect that
, Migg- gave in after a time, and, except for an occasional sob,
? which.mod to threaten some remote intention of breaking
out again, left her mi-tre-s in possession of the field. Her
superiority being thoroughly asserted, that lady 30On desisted
likew ise, and tell into a quiet melancholy.
The relief was so great, and the fatiguing occurrences of
last night so completely overpowered the locksmith, th.it he
nodded in hi- i hair, and would doubtless have slept then? all
night, but for the voice of Mrs. Vardon, which, altera pause
of .-ome five minute-, awoke him with a start.
?? If I am over." said Mrs. V.?not scolding,but in a sort
I of monotonous remon-t ranee?" in -pints, if I amovcrchccr
fitl, if I am ever more than usually disposed to be talkative
ami comfortable, this i- the way I am treated."
??"Such spirits as vou was in too. mini, but half an hour
ago!" cried Migg-. "I never see such company."
?? Because." said Mr-. Vardon, " because I never interfere
or interrupt: because I never question where anybody comes
or goes; because my whole mind and soul is bent on saving
where I can save, and laboring in this house:?therefore,
they try me as they do."
?? Martha," urged the locksmith, endeavoring to look as
wakeful a- possible, " what is it you complain of.7 I really
earne home with every wish and desire to Le happy. I did,
" Wiiat do I complain of ' " retorted his wife. ?? I, it a
chill -? tiling to have one's husband sulking and fallingasleep
directly he comes homf?to have him freezing all one's warm?
heartedness, and throwing cold water over the tire-ide .' I,
it natural, when I know tie went oat upon a matter in which
I am as much interested as any body can be, that T should
wish t" know all that has happened, or tint he should tell me
without my begging ami praying him to do it.' Is that natu?
ral, or is it not .' "
?? I am very sorrv. Martha." said the good-natured lock?
smith. " 1 was really afraid you were not disposed to talk
pleasantly : I '11 tell you every thing : I shall only be too glad,
my d.-ar."
?? No. Vardon," returned his wife, rising with dignity. " I
dare -ay?thank you. I "m not a child to be corrected ?ne
minute and pelted the next?I'm a little too old for that.
Vardon. Miggs. carry the light, +i'ou can be cheerful,
Miggs, at least."
Miggs, who to this moment, had been in the very depths
of compassionate despondency, passed instantly into the live
liest -t?te conceivable, and. tossing her head as she glanced
tow ard the locksmith, bore off her mistress and the light
?? Now. w'tio would think." thought Vardon, shmgging bis
shoulders and drawing his chair near to the tire. " that that
woman eouid ever be pleasant or agreeable ? And yet she
can be. Weil. well, all of us have our faults. I ?? "ut be
hard upon hers. We have beca.man and wife, too long for
that."' , .
Ii- dozed .-.gain?not the less pjea-antly. perhaps, for his
h< artv temner.' While his eyes were closed, the door leading
to the upper stairs was partially opened ; and a head ap?
peared, which, at sight of him. hastily <lrew back again.
"I w i-h." murmured Gabriel, waking at the noise, and
lookin?- round the room. " I wish somebody would marry
Miggs. But that 'a impossible:! I wonder w nether there '*
anv maduiaa alive who would rniirry Migg? I "
O F F I C E N O. 3 0 A N N-S T.
vol. i. \o. r.
rhw was such a Vast speculation that he fell into a doze
again, and slept until the tir.- was quite burnt our. At last
he roused bimse? : and having double-locked the street-door
nccording to custom. as:J put tho key in his pocket, went off
to bed.
j He had not left the room in darkness rnanv minutes, when
the head again appeared, and Sam Tappertii entered, bear?
ing m his band a little lump.
" What the devil business has he stop up so late! " mat?
tered Sim. passing into the workshop, and setting it down
upon the forge. ?? Here's half the night gone already?
1 here only one good that has ever come to me, out of "this
cursed old rusty mechanical trade, and that '$ this piece of
ironmongery, upon my soul'. "
As be spoke, he drew from the right hand, or rather right
leg pocket of his smalls, a clumsy, largo-sized key, which he
inserted cautiously in the lock his master had secured, and
softly opened the door. That done, he replaced his piece of
secret workmanship in his pocket; and leaving the lamp
burning, and closing the door carefully and without noise,
?tele out into the street?as little suspected by the locksmith
in his sound deep sleep, as by Barnaby himself in his phan?
tom-haunted dreams.
Geology of Pennsylvania.?It is now rive years since tho
legislature of Pennsylvania provided for a Geological and
Typographical Survey of that State, and the operations com?
menced at that time have been since diligently and faithfully
carried on by Prof. H. P. Rogers, the State Geologist. We
have just received his fifth annual report on this interesting
and important subject, embraced in a pamphlet of more than
I one hundred and fifty pages. Prof. Hogers thinks that an
[ other.year will suffice to complete the explorations; the final
Report will In-a full and mos; valuable account of the geo?
logical structure and mineral wealth of Pennsylvania.
The researches have been conducted by dividing the State
into six districts, and directing the attention of the corps to
each of these in succession. The first district comprised the
South-eastern portion of the State, embracing that part of
the belt of hills known a- the South Mountains, and inclu?
ded bet ween rhb Delaware and Schaylkill rivers. The course
ami character of the range ate traced in detail. At Chest?
nut Hill, in the N. E. extremity are found serpentine and
other magncsian rocks, embedding a great variety of inter?
esting minerals. Bands of quartz and feldspar, with veins of
epidotc, tremolite, nephrite and ?oft asbestos are frequcudy
' met.
Un the Western side of the Alleghany Mountains, near
the junction ol Bee h Creek and the Tangascooack, coal beds
are found Mining from four to nine feet in thickness. At
Pbillipsburgh, also, rich coal mines are found and w rought,
to a considerable extent, as also at Mount Pleasant, Kart
luiuse, Clcarficld, ami various other local ties in this section.
Along the line of the Portage Railroad, also, new und rich
beds of bituminous coal have been discovered.
The latter part of the Report contains analyses of the va?
rious iron on's, coals, lime.tones and other substances found
in different sections of tho State.?We compile from it a
table of the richest mines, with the per cent of metallic
? iron which they respectively yield. We give in each case
the locality nearest to the mine: Metxtown, Berks Co.?
65.52 ; Hellcrstown, Lchigh Co., (two mines,) 63.00 and
? 59.42: Trexlerstown, Lchigh Co., 57.40; Bethlehem, Lc?
high Co.. (two mines,) 55.38 and58.80; Allentown, Lehiga.
Co., (two mines,) 50.51 and 55.44; BreinigsvUle, Lchigh
Co.* 52.87; Xander's, Lchigh Co., 54.06; Greenwood^
Mitihn Co.. 57.47; Warrior-mark Town, Huntingdon Co.,
52.50; Pennington Bank, same Co., 59.36; Pond Bank,
-am.- Co., 53.55: Green Village Bank. Franklin Co., 52.20,
Landisburg, Perry Co., 5.').51; Tuckhahoe, Huntingdon Co.,
?l): Warrior's Ridge 52.65 ; < 'ambria. 52 C0 ; Trough Creek,
Huntingdon Co., 69.93 : Hare's Vulley, Huntingdon Co.,
o'7.ii3: Lockporr, Westmoreland Co., 53.90; from Shamo
, kin's Company's ??.ti?. Besides thesa there is a great
nambcr of mine- yielding from 20 to 5 percent, metallic
These ores belong chiefly to three classes, magnetic iron
ore, brown oxide of iron, and compact carbonate of iron ;
the last two kind- being much the most extensively diffused.
The magnetic ores oecur only in the S. F. division of the
State; the compact carbonate of iron abounds in the untlira
cite and bituminous coal measures. The per contage given
above i- giv-n for the raw ore; after roaxtins, the ore*
would not retain quite the lame relation to each other in this
respect, the carbonate losing more e.xuaneou? muttl r by thtt
process than tho per oxide ores.
I (a the bank of the Susquebnnna, in Northumberland Co.,
i, found an impure silicate of zinc, occurring in irregular,
amorphous shaped masses, and yielding of metallic zinc 50.40,
and of lead 8.00 percent.
We will al-o make an abstract of the ar^dysis of coals,
giving the localities of all trie most Important beds with the
per ccntagc of Carbon yielded by each.
I. Anthracite. N'esquehoning min??, Northampton Co.,
B0; Mines of the Lehigh Company, Northampton Co.,
(two beds.) 88.50 and 87.70 ; Tamaqua mine i, Scbuylkill
Co., (three beds) 92.07, 30.20 and 02.45; Tiiscarora mines,
Schuylkill Co., 8S.20; Pottsvillc. Schuylkill Co., 94.105
Neclcy's tunnel, Schuylkill Co., 8.0.20; Pmegrove, 80.57;
Black S uing flap. Dauphia Co., (four beds,) 82.47, 85.84,
81.02, and 31.40; Gold Mine Gap, (two mines.) 82.15,
81.47; Raush Gap, 77.1>:J; Yellow Spring Gap, 79.55;
Rattling Run. 74.55; Big Flats, 7634; i.yken's Valley,
38.25 : Sharnokin Coal Mines, 89.00 ; Wilkes-Barrc Forma?
tion. Luzerne Co.. (two beds,) 83.00. 90.22.
II. Bituminous. Broad Top Mountain. Bedford Co., 38.80;
p urts of coke : Lick Run, Lycoming Co., 70.28; Farrausdale,
Clinton Co., 78.23: Snow Shoe Mine, Centn; Co., 78.80;
I'hilipsburgh. Clearfield Co., (three bed?,) 70.50. 79.00 and.
: 79.03 ; Ralston. Lycoming Co.. 79.50 : Karthause, Clear
field Co.. (two seams.) 87.00, 75.20 ; Curwinville, Clear
ficld Co., 73 : Blossburgh, Tioga Co., 68 ; Caledonia Clear
field Co.. (two bod?.) b':J, an<l 61-80 ; Blairsfield, Westmore?
land Co.. 69 : Shippfnsrille, Clarion Co., 50.80; Greers
burtrh Beaver Co., 04: Conneaut Lake, Crawford Co.r
61.25; Greenville, Mercer Co., 59.50; Orangeviile, Mercer
Co., 56 25.
From a eomparison of the foregoing analysis, the interesB
ing fact will be observed, that the oals from tire several bay?
s':.s Nor-.1.-we... of the Alleghany Mountains increase in tho
' quantity of their bitumen as we advance North-westward.
All the varieties of coat contain more or less Sulphur, un?
der tke form of iron pyrites disseminated throughout thecoaJ
A Chemical analysis is also given of the limestones found
. in various sections of the State : but as this is of less general
'? interest than the others, and as our outline has already reach?
ed a formidable length, we are forced to omit an abstract.
From this brief and imperfect sketch some notion may 1?.
' formed of the vast mineral resources of Pennsylvania.

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