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M... . .i.y. In tin' 1.1 '. tin: lllln of Life, I know 'Twofif tf tlmt, nitii un1iro1it flow, -Forever j. iiif l!i"ir lucent Mrc:inn Into try sovil'.f.ir lake of Orc.ini. Not lar.r tli.,11 1 tii eyc they lie Beneath t!ie i ,.iiiy-elini;lni: fky, And minor n'l of life awl time, 8eretie ntnl dainty p.wtonilmcl Shot tliroiIKh with Unlit' f tar and d.wn, Ami liJotteil wccl by form mul fawn, Thus hsnvtti ali'l c.itth together vie "Their fhmln:? depth to (.mctlfy. i,Hayi. when the l.une form of l.ove I liM hy storms tint nit;' nbotv. 1 gar.e In my two fprlni and H'c Lovo In Ms very verity. Alway. Mhcn Valth with MIMti,' ftrcs Of prk f ?mth died In bUterncM. 1 gaic In my two jprlnzs ami .ci A Faith that Millies Imnvirtally! AUvnj!. when Ch.irlty ami Hojie, in dmknes ImunJcn. fcrhly grope, I (iiue in tuy tivp prln? ami mj A Mulit that cetMiiy captives fiee. Ahvnyj, when Ar.on ptrvee whig Flics win re I cannot hear him sing, I gaze In my two springs anil t cc A ehann that hrlngs him hack fC me. When Labor f.ilnt ami Olory falls Anil coy Howard In li;bs exhale, I gaze In toy two r prlnti- and tee Attainment full aut heavenly. O Love! 0 Wife I thine eye are they, My fpring" from out w hoc hlnln gray Injtte the kiviet cotcjtl.il (drcam That tied my life's bright Lake of Dreams. Oval and lame and piston-pure, And trrny and utseand honor-sure: toft a a dylnc vlo'ct-hreith, Yet calmly unafraid of death; Thronged, lllw two 'ovc-entc of gray dovc., With t ife's and mother' and poor.folk'ii loves And home-loves and hli;h clory-lovcs And clciico-lovc an 1 &tory-hves, And love for all that God or mm In art nr.d nature make or plan; And lov;s (no w) for spidery lace And broideries and supple grace, And dlAntonds and the whole sweet loinid Of littles I hat hir$c life compound, And loves for God and Gpd'a bare truth, And loves for Magdalen and Ruth; Dear eye, dear eye! and rare, complct; llelng heavenly sweet and earthly sweet, 1 marvel that God made you mine, Kor, wkcu tic frowns tls then ye Rhine! 'MEAfiT AND CROSS. HV Mia. OI.tl'HANT, huthir vf-'Kfite Steunrt;" " 1011117 Mittaravt;" "T?it himiVieJ'atli;" "An Odd Conw;" ttc. CHAPTER VIII. The next morning was Easter Sun- ilav. I have tin doubt Mr. Reredos wo'nlil have been glad enough to add private iov of his own to thu rejoicings of tho festival, and might have thought It unsuitablo to declare himsolf on that inormnir could he have had a chnnco However, tlicre was not very much 'time before church hours, and to bo sure the rector ought to have boon thinking of something else. It was. 11 true Easier morning, full of sunshine nnd that new life of spring, born out of death anil darkness which to ovcry heart unist bear a certain charm. Is It fronicthing of a compensation to tho sorrowful (hat all tho wonderful silent avmhoU of Nature sneak to them with - tTspcoiai force widen does not belong 'to tho happy? Wo were all 'dwelling at ease, people untroubled our hearts were glad in tho sunshine, which to us looked il:u a promiso of pennonanco and peaco unclouded. Only' far off with an minrohension of tho thoughts and not of tho heart, did tho moaulng of the feast which wo wore keening oc" cur to .(. To Dcrwcnt and myself this was perhaps tho happiest time of our live". Perhaps to us tho Resurrection .was little more than an article of belief 1 think we thus paid something? for our happiness. At all events it did not iar unan us to perceive certain agita -tlcHt in the rector's tones a .certain -catehln of his breath in tho littlo ploas ant suivnon. not without somo small aoulenCf in it specially meaut for tho car of Alice, butperfectly "suited to the occaMon," which Mr. Uercdos deliver ed. Everybody was very attentive, mryo Tilniiricu 'Harley. Maurice had jaome liberal and lofty objection to tho -Athanahlan Creed: ho .sat down and -suiused.liimsclf reading tho Gunpow der Plot Service with secret smiles of oritto.l-iii, while ids neighbors round murmured forth wita aunlvorsal rustle vole-' tint htrenous confession of thu 'faith and he sketched a braekct(wo wero '.ttlmr proud of our church) whilo Mr. llemiliM prcaclied ids sermon, and comp.K'i.od himself genorally as a liigli ly Hupcrior man, attending church out of complacency to his friends.might bo oxneoted to do. Next day I fear Mr. Uercdos ascer tained Ixiyond question what ho had to oxpoet from Alico llarloy. With a Innk of Kloniiv limitation, stronclv ro- HtriUiiciJ. hu let me kno v on thu Mon day thu!. it was quite necessary for him to rutin i to tho rertory. Ho had some sick people toalttiiid to who demanded Ills prcrti'iu-e in hi-, own house. I did not say thai thor was only a half a mtlo r.ilutir:u between thu Rectory and the lt'ttJ I aeiiuleseed in his oxplaua (ions, inula .eeiited his apologies. Miss Roredo',, however, was much moro dilll cult to (iianago. I lteard him tell her in a low lone t hat she must got rcadv to go: and tho young lady s answer of -astoni'hmeiil, and resistance, and total ignoraiK i' of any reason whv iior pleas xtro 'Mioidil be balked, was audible etioug . in everybody in thu room. "tin :i v,iv! Leave Hllfont" shoox- clntiueii, with a gasp of amazement, 'Why I'.iould wo go away? nlrs. Crof ton ww --"lod enough to ask us for :i week, uml I am sure you could do your iluty ij'i.tf as well hero as at tho Rec tory. Ob. pleaso, Mrs. Crofton, HstoL! Tho on! Hlrk people I know of are 'that old man tit the turnpike, and hi blind daughter ho could visit them m ui tu u wall going from Hllfont as tho Rectory. 1 believe this Is tho noar- r of Iho I wo." On, but Mr. Wllliami from tho little chnnol eoes to see old Jolinnlo Duun." iutcriu(jlcd ll'tlo Derwlo: "ho was tlioro j'esterday.ana niartlia's oulto well now, and gooiito chapel like anything. Miss Jlerouovdo you know Martha wasn't always bllnu? slio used to work and make dresses wlion slie was youn, Onou tslifl lived in Sltnouborough and . learned hor trade, and 1 suppose it was t tiioro sue icanicii to no to oiianel. J Murtlm ftays they're not churclHolks ntalJ. 1 ilon't think they want Mr. .ltorcdoi to go tlioro." "Vdu'vc not very oomnlimontarv, quiver of his Up, which I recognized nt a sign ot 1 lie passion nun u -p moriiii cation tugging at his beait, It would have neon a renii to mm to uursi out in nn oliullilion of rago or impatience against somebody, and I instinctively put out my nanii to protect my mij, "Hut it is' sometimes my duty to go where lliev don t want me," ho added, with a laugh so slgnllieant; "and with many regrets and many thanks to Mr'. Crotton wo must still go oacK io-uny. haunt, get ready, plea'e." Tn nliv for thu unfortunato rector, who, I saw, longed to cseapo front tho room, tlio inquisitive tonus 01 .ur?, rMnrn. whn wiw tiri!unt. and tho tils- llnct slntetuent from Dcrwle, which I knew In lie Impending, to the ell'ect that of Ids own certain knowledge no body was ill in tho vlllago.I interposed, nml wo mndn a conmromlsc tho rec tor left us and his bistor stayed. Miss Unrndos was nrofoundlv nlea-'cd with tho arrangement. Perhaps her dear ninniMiit .11,1 nut I'nlllllll' In hor Ills 1)1-1- vato reasons for so hasty a return, and I nm not sure that she was not qiillo as well satlslied with Ids absencu.whleli might have possibly spoiled her own particular sport or intcrferred with It nt lenst. Ro ho went awnv with ti cer tain impetus and hasto upon him his ronianco cotno to an cfl'ectunl end, and Ills sensations fcomcwhat blt!er Ho was not lackadaisical, but savage, ns men aro uiidertholrmortlfleatlon when thov nro no longer in their llrst youth. I daro sav. If ono could havo rend his thoughts, there wore ferocious denun ciations there against tho women who bcgullo a man to commit himself so Intaiiy, wiucn wouiu navo ocen very un just to poor Alice. I urn afraid it Is very cold. hearted of mo to sneak so lltrhtly of a seriousuisappotntincnt, which tins certainly was to Mr. Rcrcdos. I havo no (toubt ho was reatiy unnap ny; out 1 thought It a good symptom tiiat tho unhappincss took a savago turn. Miss Reredos left behind, pursued as I havo Bald, hor own sport. Sho was prettier than 1 thought her at first sho had a littlo of that teasing wit which clover young ladies excreiso upon at tractive young men, and sho had ti strong sentimental re?crvc, much moro In kconltiff with her palo comploxlon and black rlnglots than tho lighter mood. A couplo of tlays had not passed over us before wo all per eclved that tho poor lamo hoy, John nie llarloy, was nonoiessiy tanon in ncr tolls. Just at first nobody had paid particular attention to tho Inlorcourso between theso two. It was very kind of Miss Reredos to talk to the unfortu natu young man, and interest hersolf about his" pictures, and listen to his drcams;aiut so wonderful n promlncnco has ono's own eves, however unselfish, that 1 bcliovo Allec was quite of opinion that Miss Reredos, expecting 10 uo con nected with the family by and by, was pavin-r all t'.-.eso friendlv attentions to Jolinnlo by way of conciliating herself. Nothing could bo further from tho in tentions of tho rector s sister, bhe was selves to perfection In the "unmarried woman" the w-unan who has eimw to maturiiy without having ho closer claims of husband and children to charm her out of her thoughts and the oriesthough It Is only In a very gra cious subject that such nn oxaniplo as Alico H.ii ley could bo produced. strongly of opinion that each man for himself was the mostsatistactory rule, nud being possessed of that spirit of conquest wnich somo women havo by natiirc,comniuncoil her operations front tho moment of entering tho house. I do not think sho could help it, poor girl it was natural to her. llicro wore in Hllfont only two persons acccssiblo to hor I'lmrms" Muni-ice. in evorv wav nn eligiblo victim, and poor cripplo John nie, to whom, ono count navo supposed, not oven a coquettish girl nt a loss for a nrov. would havo had tho heart to oiler her sweet poison. Hut tho heart, I fear has littlo to do with such concerns, nnd almost before tho suspicions of the other women of tho party, from mysolf down ward, were awakened, the mischief was dono. Miss Roredos, wo had no tlilll culty in perceiving, had set her heart upon tne suujugation oi luanricc.wnoui or for anv personal reason or for sport or as a means of retallatlon.it was diffi cult to toll, and really I was not in tho least concerned about tho peaco of mind of the Fellow of Kxeter. uut Jolinnlo! wo nil roso up together to his defence, with secret vows of self-dovotlon. All thu women ot us guarded him about, shielding his littlo table and Ids stereo scope from tho approach of tho enemy oven Di. tall, timid, and twotvo ycaro old, stood by tho lad with a natural in stinct. But wo wore too late. Ho an- sworcd Miss Polly, I fear.rnthor sharp ly, turned his back upon myself, nnd gavo Mrs.Clnra a brotherly push away irom him. Ho wanted nono of us ho wanted only tho Siren who was charm ing tho'poor boy among such rocks and quicksands as his frail boat had never vet vontured upon. When Miss Rorc dos addressed herself to Maurice, his unfortunate brother turned savago looks upon that all-accomplished young man. In our first indignation wo wore all rather cold to Miss Roredos, and Johnnlo, quiek-3ightod as ids infirmi ties helped to make him, perceived it tn a moment, and resented mo ncgicct, which of course ho attributed to our envy of her perfections. Then wo tried nrtillco inuead, nndUiara, sister ot tlio victim, got up a very warm suddou re gard for tho enchantress, whoso opin Fou she sought upon ovorythlng: but this Miss Roredos speedily discovered. exposed, anil ovn'i'd in; moro was no help for it tho damaj'o which wns done, was done, and could not bo re- pared Meanwhile the flirtation with Mau rice did not advance so satisfactorily ho was so much teenstomed to ndmiro himself, that tho habit of admiring nn other came slowly to him; and then, as Miss Reredos took tho Initiative, ami did not spare to bo cleverly rudo to ti:o vountr man. he. takhu? n'dvnntaL'o of his privileges, was clevorly rudo to her in reply, from which fashionable modo of beginning, they advanced by degrees ..,.. ... (.! .1 .n.. ... r t, iu uiuM'i inuiKJMiip, or, in luuoi. luiiiu- iarity of address. Alico looked on nt all this wLh tho most solemn disap proval it was amusing to seo the dead gravity of her glances towards them, the, tacit displeasure, and shame, and rebutment on account of "hor sex! ' Poor Alice took tho responsibility on her own shoulders; sho watehotf tho levity of tho other girl, who did not ro semblo herself in a single particular, with a solemn suuso of being involved in it, which struuk mo as tho oddest comicality I had soon, Could anybody sijpposo Maurice llarloy concorncil about another man's shortcomings only l-iciMiiso the culprit was a man, nnd one of his own ncxi If it hud not been so entlroly true and sincoro, It would linve beon absurd this championship of Alice1, only women over dream of such an esprit do corps but sho main tained it with such absoluto good faith and solemn gravity, that whllo ono laughed ono loved hurthe bettor. Tlioro sho sat, sovore in hor youthful virtue, gravely belluvlug herself old, mid past tno porioit ot youth, nut in her n?art as high-flying, as obstinate, as herojeal as if sho worn suventeon. Mi. Clara know uotblng of that romance; por hans there uru delicate touchoof total Mittu oiuotgn wbioh only ibow tiim- CHAPTER IX. "Well, rcallvt" s.tlil little Mrs. Sedg wick, bridllng'wlth offended virtue, "I don't thins 1 am very hard upon n lit tlo Innocent Hlrtlng sometimes, you know, there's no hnrm in it and young people will amuse themselves! but real' ly, Mrs. CrofUn, that Miss Reredos Is qultu rediculous. I do wonder nr my part how men can bo so taken In! and our Miurlco who Is so clever! mil she is not even pretty If sho had been pret ty ono could have understood." "Mv dear Clara," said 1. "perhaps It is not very complimentary to jour brother, but'l do think tho most sensi ble thing Maurleu could do would bo to fall in love, i don't say oi courso witn M ss Reredos; but then, you see, wo can't choose tho person. If ho fell des norato!v In lovo nnd made a fool of hint- f elf. I iim sure I should not think any worn) of hltr, and It would do him no harm." Doth tho slster3 drew up their should crs a little, andcomniunlea'.od between each other n tclotrranhlc clanco of ills pleasure. Detwecn themselves they could ho hard enough upon Maurice, but. utter thu tno of kinsfolk, could not bear tho touch of n stranger. "Really, I cannot say, I should bo very grateful to Mnurico for such a sister in-law," said Clara, with n toss of her head. 1 bm't think thcro is very much to fear," said Miss Polly. "Do you know what littlo Derwlo told mo, yesterday? Ho said a poor woman In tho vlllago had tlirco or fqttr children 111 with wliooplng-cough-at leastso Iuudorstood tlio chlldfroni tlio sound ho matlo to show mo what it wns. Now. 1 really think if I wcro you Claro, I wculd not let that child wander so much nbont tho village. Neither Di nor Emmy hns over had wlioop-cough, and I shall bo almost frlghtoncd to let them go out of doors." "Oh, I a9suro you it's nothing, Miss Polly!" cried Clara; 'mino had It two years nco oven tlio baby and took their walks just the same In all weathers; and they must havo it ono tiruo or oilier, you Know and suci great irirls as your nclce3l Our ehll urcn all got over it perfectly well. Though Hugh saya 1 Hin ridiculously timid, I never was tho least afraid. Their chests wero rubbed ovorv night and thov had something which Hugh savs it was polite to call mo Heine. Oh T assure vou there's nothin"' to bo nt all afraid of I especially at this lime of the vcar." "1 daro say that s very true, my dear," said Miss Polly, who took littlo Clare s nutsery insinictions and assttr uncus in vcrv goo I part, "but it isn always so. There's my poor littlo nephew, littlo Willoughbv-dear, dear! to think v.'hat a strong man his father is, and how delicate thai pour child looks! I can't help thinking some times it must bo his mother's fault though to bo suro thov havo tho best of nurses, nnd Lady Greenfield can't bo expected to mako a slave of herself unit poor dear littlo soul was very ill with tho whooping-cough. Clara -all children nro not so fortunato as your pretty darlings; ami mat reminds mo. Clara, that you havo novcr scon Eli nor's letter yo'.; she mentions her nepliow In it, ns I think I told you; so, tliojgh Its almost all about Emmy, mv dear children's mother, if you'll wait a minute, I'l just bring it down." Saying which Miss Polly left tho room, Alico sat rather stiilly at her work and looked very busy so very busy that 1 was suspicious of somo small gleam of interest on her part touching tho contents of Lady Green field's letter. "Miss Polly does notlovo lndy Green field too much," said Clara, laughing; "but," sho added, with a littlo Hush of sngry anticipation, "It's nothing to laugh at, after all. Supposo Mnurico wore to marry Miss Roredos! Oh; Mrs. Crofton, isn't it shocking of you to put such dreadful thoughts in ono's bond! Fancy, Alico! and to settle down here about to bo near us! I am suro I novor could bo civil to hor; and what do you suppose mamma would say?" '"Maurice lmi nothing but his fellow ship," said Alico. "Well, to bo sure, that is tome com fort,' said Clara; "but then I daresay ho might get n living if lie tried, nnd Hugh could oven ' Hero Miss Polly came in with hor let tor, so wo did not hoar at that moment what could bo dono by Hugh, who, in tuo oyca ot ins littlo wife, was happily a person all-powerful. "My dear," said Mi3 Polly, laying down tlio letter in Iter lap, and mak ing a littlo preliminary locturo In ex planation, "j on rcmembor that Emmy, my niece, two years ago, married again. Well, you know, one couldn't well blamo her. Sho was only ono-nnd twenty, poor littlo soul, when sho was loft with these two children; and I was but two glad to koop tho littlo girls with mo, so sho was quite what people call without encumbrance, you seo. So sho marled that curate whom she had mot at K'nosior. Well, its no use dis guislng it Lady Greenfield and I aro perhaps not suoli great friends as wo ought to bo, and Linmy has a temper of hor own, ami is just tho weak-mlnd- oit sort or mtio soul that win worry her self to death over those slights and nn noyancos that good near neighbors can do to oach other sho ought to know hotter, after all she's gono through So hero's a lottor from Elinor, tolling me, of courso, she's ns innocent as tho day, and knows nothing about it and so Forry ior poor dear mtio j;mmy nnd so good and svroot-tompcrcd her self, that roally, If I wero as near to her as Emmy Is, I do believe I should do her a mischief. Thero'u tho lottor, Claro; you can road that part about Hertlo out aloud If youpleaso perhaps lin rrlrlj nit.rlit III-,. n l.nnw It " With whloh, sinking off n littlo boat of exasperation whloh had gathered auoui us, wiss rouy resumed ncr usuat work and placidity. I confess it was not without a smilo I read Lady Greon Hold's letter. I fortunately was under his own cxnspcrated littlo wlfo in tho ottngc, which unlookcd tor rosttit Luly Gruenllcld look tho uarllest op pottunlty ot coiuinuuluatlng to hor dear Polly, with eo-dolonccs over Em my's want of spirit ami weak propensi ty, poor child to rco neglect una slight when nothing of thu kind was meant. I was so long getting over Ibis that, liavinL' heard from hint recently myself, I did not mako Hint knMo I might liavo done lo road w hat Lady Greenfield had to say about Hertle. I was romindcd oi this ny seeing sudden ly over tho top of tho letter a slight, quick movomcnt mado by Alice. It wns only tuo most common eiinngo oi position nothing could bn morn natu ral; but thero was a certain ludcscrlb nblo something of impatience nnd mis- penso in It which I comprehended by no temptations of the kind myself If i nan noun, i dnrnsay i siiouid navo turned out oxaotly llko my neighbors; but the spectators of a domostio squab bio or succossful piooo of nolghborly oppression nnd tyranny always seo tho ludicrous sldo of it, and I could under stand my lady's mild mallco and cer tainty of not being to blamo, so well. It appeared that tho poor littlo Emmy, eomplotolv ovorpoworod by Lady Grconlioid's neighborly attentions, had In hor turn worried nor curate, and that tho result of tholr united efforts was tho withdrawal of the young cler gyman, who did not feel himself able to copo with my lady at tho Hall nud sudden instinct. I stumbled Imme diately down lo the paragraph aljout iscriio: "Pr:,v tell Claro Croflon,"wrolc Lady Greenfield, "in case sho should not havo hoard from Hertlo lately which is very likely, for young men, I know, don't always keep up their correspondences ns thov ought, especially with elderly femaio rolatlons, llko (fear Claro and myself that I had a lottor from my nophow by tho last mall. Ho has not dono yet lamenting that ho could not got homo nnd go to tho Crimea, but says. his old brigadier is suspicious of tho Native army, and prophesies that tnero win no somo commotion among them, wlilch Horllo thinks will bo great fun, nnd that a thorough cutting down would do theso pampered fellows all tho good In tho world: so ho says you know, ns boys will talk but tho Com pany's ofliccrs lntigh at tho idea. If nil keeps quiet, Hertlo says ho is rath or sick of India ho thinks ho will cotno back and sco his friends; ho thinks porhapshls dear Cousin Claro has somebody in hor pocket whom sho means him to marry. To bo suro,nftor giving him Estcourt It would bo only right that sho should havo a voto in cliolco of his wife. Such a great mat ter, you know, for a boy llko Hertio.his father's fourth son, to conic into a pret ty littlo nroporty llko Estcourt and so good of dear Clare! pray toll her, witn my nvo. jNot Having taken tuo precaution to glanco over this, ns I ought to havo dono from my previous acquaintance with "dear" Elinor, I had stumbled In to tho middle of that statement nbout. tho somobody whom Cousin Ciaru had in hor pocket before I was aware; and aftor an awkward pause.fclt constrain ed to proceed. Thought tho mallco of rplstlo altogether would defeat itsolf, and went on accordingly to the end of the sentence, then 1 folded up tlio letter and gavo it to Miss Pollv. "I wonder does Lady Greenllold mean to mako mo so thoroughly uncomfort able when Hcrtio comes 'homo that I shall not let him como hero nt all," said I; "ortojtorrify tno out of tho pos sibllty of introducing him to anybody, lost 1 should bo said to inlluoneo his choice? Hut Indeed she need not lake tho trouble. I know Hertio, nnd Hcr tio knows mo much too well for tho success of uny such attempt. I will not havo my liberty infringcdJI upon, ,1 nssuro you, Miss Polly, not by half a dozen Lady Greenfield." "My dear, you don't suppose mo an uccessory?" said Miss Polly, with a littlo spirit. Did any ono over seo such a wanton mischlcf-mnkor? I think sho takc3 quilo a dollghtin sotting pen p!o by the ears If Hertlo over did say suoli a thing, Clare," said Miss Folly, with a littlo vohomencc, "about some body in your pocket, you know, I could swear it was Elinor, and nobody oiso, who put it into Ms head." Hytho merest inadvertence I nm sure, certainly not by nny evil intcntion.Miss Polly, ns sho dollvercd theso words, nl- lowcd hor mild glnncos to stray towards Alice I nttho'samn moment chanced to givo a furtlvo look In tho samo di rcction. Of courso, just at the Instant of danger, Allc?. who had been Immov nblo hitherto, suddenly looked up, nnd dotccto I us both. I do not know what meanings, of 'which they wero innocent, nor sonsittvo prido discovered in our oyes, but sho sprang up with nn iir.pn tfonco and mortiUcationquito lrrcstrnln able, her very neck growing crimson ns sho turned her holdout ot mv sight I understood well onough that burning blush of shamo, and indignation, and wounded prldo; It was not tho blush of a love-sick girl, and my heart quaked wnon it ooenred to mo that Lady Green item migut possibly navo dono a moro snbt'o aet of misohlef by her letter than oven sue intonuon. wnoin wns i so likely to havo in my pocket as Alico nancy r And supposo Hertlo wcro cohting homo with tender thoughts to wards tho friend of his boyhood, and perhaps a littlo tender, plosant wonder, inn ot suggestions, wny Alico nnrioy, nnd sho nlono, out of hor lmraediato companies, should remain unmarried what good would that laudable and much-to-bo-dcslrcd frame of mind to do to tho poor boy now? If ho came to Hllfont thU vory night, tho most pas3ionato lovor, did not I know that Alloo would reject him much more ve hemently than sho had rejeotcd the roc- tor seorniuny, iiccaitso conscious ot tho secret inclination toward him, which nlas! lay treacherous at tho bottom of her heart? Oh, Lady Greenfield! oh, dcarost of "doar ' minors! if you had nnywheru two most Mnccro well-wishers, they wero surely Eiss Polly and myself! To be continncd. Moro About Small Farms, According to tho census there wore 4,008,007 farms In tho United States In 1880. No doubt this number has in creased porlinps 200,000 sinco thpn, as emigration has been largo and there has boon a fovor for "going West;" but tho fact to bo especially noted is, that only 189,211 wero farms of loss than ton acres. It was supposed that tho number of markot garden farms was much larger. Farmers' clubs and farmers' journals havo bcon scolding agriculturists for working smnll farms, but pooplo genorally know tholr own interests best. Land Is constantly growing in vnluo In tais country, and at the end of a long Ufa tho farmer with tlio most land Is host oil. Ho may havo mado no moro than a bare living with his In ond acres; but tho land, which, when ho bought was wor .h on ly tlvu dollars an acre, lias a markot value of from fifty lo ono hundred and llt'tv dollars an noro, Then Again, whllo land is cheap It does not pay to spend monoy in costly manures, or to farm high; It Is moro prolltablo to buy virgin land and oxhaust It by ropoatod cropping. Yet over nnd over again the critics of thu farmers tell tuura that thoy ought to neglect wheat and corn and grow cuoumbors and borrios on tcn-noru lots; but Miu aotual experi ence of tho farmer Is that it is tho largo farm whloh pays best in tlio long nm, When land gets vory doar, then will como tho tlmo to o r.plny costly man ures and laDorln tho cultivation of tho Richard Grant IVhlto's Recollections of! t Pflttl. June Ccnt'iry, Tho season of 1850 was romnrkablo for two musical events ono tlio first complete performance In America of Mozart's Zauborllote'," tho other tho llrst appearance of a new nnd vory young prlnia-donnn. On iU:o of my visit i somo years before lo Miulatuo Harlll-Pattlboforo mentlncd. whomn I found to bo a motherly looking, If not matronly, woman, who showed all of hor forty-Iivo or fifty years, I observed a slender, swarthy, brlght-cycd littlo girl, in short skirts, who ran Into tho room nnd chirped at her mpthor, nnd ran out of It, caroling ns sho went through tho pa iFago-way, nnd then rap In and out again in tho s.nno fashion, until tlio middle-aged prima-donna with whom I was talking called out, rather .harply: "Atclii)tt,tacdc! cvcnitcamc, o an date via." The child choro to conic, but soon sho left her mother's side for initio, nnd then with tho freedom of Italian child hood, sho who was to bo tho "iitv 1'a'ti" of tho present day half sat upon my kneo, swinging ono littlo red stoeklnged leg ns sho glnnccd from her mothers face to mine. I asked Mn datuo Harlli-Palti If hor littles daughter promised to bo n singer llko hor sisters nnd her mother, to which she replied: "Lo upcro; lo credo." And then, "CmU itno poco, Adciimu per il si rjnora"; nnd sho suggested something, whereupon tho girl, without leaving her porch, sang, like a bird, a littlo Italian air that I did not know, and soon ran away on somo childish er rand. I did not sco her again before sho mado her appearance, on the '-Mth of November, 18.58, as Lucia of courso, Donizetti's Lucia. Moantlmo she had beon taught by Maurice Strakosch, who had married her oldest sister, nnd I supposo by her half-brother, too, Antonio Harili, an oxcellont master, who "formed" many of tlio best amateurs In Now York. Hut to bo with her mother must have boon "a liberal education" In music; and tho examples before hor night and day, tho very atmosphoro sho breathed, tended to foster her musical talents. All Hint she had to furnish wn.i vntnn. intelligence, and practlco Hor debut, it need hardly bo recordod, was a very remarkablo performance considering hor nge: sho was then but sixtcon yoars old. Hor voico was n llutoOlkc, lloxlblo soprano, which sho delivered with purity nnd managed with groat skill nnd tnsto. Still, sho was not oven lr. vocalization a prima-donna; more over, her volco lacked ampllttulo, rich- nuss, power, aim ner manner, n t inntr i uotuwkard or constrained, was that of a very young girl. Uut her capabilities wero at once rceosrn zed bv hor nn. dionces, and hor future wns foretold by her critics, although, at that lime, mu sical criticism in Now York wns fnlh.n very much clow thu point at which it stood livo years before, and tlmt. to wiucn it nas risen s nee. T in iittnn lion ot Amorican nowsnaner-rnnili-rs was concentrated tinou ot hor nnnu John Hrown had lust been h Tho muttering of tlio great civil war in mo not romoto distanco wcro of moro Interest than tho chanting nf heavenly cherubs would havo been. Of Adcllna it was remarked, however, tlmt sho was "ono of those rate singers who iimioiir ;il long intervals on tlio musi cal horizon, to revive not oulv tho hopes of managers, but tho enthusiasm of tho public." This was iramodiatoly upon nor singing Lucia and Amina for tho first time, aftor wlilch sho went on from triumph to triumph. Nevertheless, I do not hositato to ex press my doubts of hor claims to tho position of a great prima-donna. Sho is tho best of her timo; but hor tlmo ts barren of great singers. Thero is. for example not ono great contralto, or ono frrcat tenor, or ono great baritono now before tlio world not ono whom oven managors, with nil their proton sions nud all tholr needs, will venturo to call great. What Is it to bu tho greatest In a day of such dearth? Tho boy was next to'hcad in ids class; but, as it proved, tho class consisted of him nnd a littlo girl. That Adelina Putti sings with perfect method, tho liMicst finish, and in unexceptionable tas?o. Is not to bo disputed. Whnt, then, docs sho lack to bo a groat prima-donna? Two things of tho vory first importanco a great voico and a rioh, lmpas?ionod nature. Adolina Patti, llko her sisters, is tho daughter, musically, of hor fath er, not of hor mother. Signer Patti was a rcspeotablo tenor singer, with a smooth, soft, piping voice, a corrco stylo of singing, and vory good stago mannor. Ho wns so plump, so llko a mlddle-aMd bclloadvancod Into cmiwi point, and in voico iim' person so gen erally suggestive of plnguidity, that when I laughingly pallodim i'atti do foic gras, tho nnrao stuck' to him for a long time. Now, ,this man wa9 not on ly Adolina Pntti's father, but her musi cal begetter, Noithorsho nor either of hor sisters lias a first-rato volco. Hers is much tho bost. but it laoks large ness, power, nobility, sympathy. Nor Is hor style tlio grand stylo. Her mo hod is perfect, almost .beyond criti cism: sho is brilliant, sho js exquisite ly dollcato in finish; but sho is littlo. It may bo said of hor. as Pasta sjCil of Sontng: Sho is tho best of her school, but her school Is not tho bost. Tortilla Making In Mexico. ' A rtehlv IlltutratOil miner hi thn October "Ccnturv." hv llohcrt II. l.amhcrt. elves n empiric dctcrlptlon nf "Llfo In n Mexican Street," Including the following ahout the tor tilla, tho bread of Mexico! As yon nnnronoh tho Interior of tho city at various plneos you find "tortll lorlas" occunvlns basements on a lev el with tlio street. This national com bination of tho irrist mill nnd tlio bak ery holds such an Important placo in the Mexican domestic economy thit wo may well afford timo to examine a typical establishment with care. The tortilla Is eaten by all classes tiirougn out tho nation, and it Is almost tho ex clusive food of largo numbers of tho poorer people. 1 havo mot with it nt the banquets of cabinet p,lnlstcr3nnd literary men, and tho Implements for us mnnuincturo aro invariably found In tlio humblest unlive hut. Visitors to tho Centennial will remember in tho Government bulldliicr n latere drawing of tho interior of n Puoliio Indian house; this drawing, with n vory fow variations, would represent tho interior of a humlrod ihousand Indian homos, existing from tho borders of Colorado to tho State of Yucatan. Maizo Is ev erywhere; two-thirds of tlio cultivated ground In Mexico is devoted to ho raising of it. There is a saying that thero nro but two prerequisites for a household outfit by nn Indian couplo contemplating matrimony: a "potato," or mat of reeds, which serves for a car pet mid a bod. nnd a "nictate," a fiat, inclined stone placed upon tlio earthen Moor, on which to pulvcrlzo tho corn before forming it into cakes for baking. I concur fn tho estimate of well-informed natives, that so goneral nnd cxcluslvo Is tho uso of Iudlan corn, that, wcro this crop to fall, one-thin, to one-half of tho aboriginal popula tion would porlsh of starvation. A singlo i . frost, that on the 29th of Au gust, 1874, Injured tho young plant, It is calculated, resulted in tho death of 30,000 porsons. A poDulntlon of mil lions is dopondor.t upon tho success of tho crop. Ireland is not so dependent upon tho potato, nnd millions in India scarcoly so dependent upon rice, .is the Mexican people nro upon maizo now tho foremost of all our cereals, tho monnroh of ourprnirio lands, nnd tho arbiter of stock oxchahges; it conceals from nil who will traco Its ancestry, from even the mostporslstont botanist, every cluo to its natlvo valley and to tho form of its tropic progonilor. Tlio tortilla-shop opens wit'.i wide doors upon tho stroot; tho citizen may stand upon tho Mags of tho sidewalk, buy his cakes, and not only oboy tho Injunction of tho elder Wollor, regard ing voal-plo, but, while making tlio ac quaintance of tlio chief cook, may sco, examine, comment upon, and if needs bo. direct tho whole process of manu turo. Imagine a blacksmith shop from which tlio Amnzons havo driven Vul can, leaving only tho crlmv walls, thn glowing, unehinincyed hearth, and a ore oi ounrcoai piled in the corner. I llO AmaZOIlS hnvn rnllml linot- fl,..t. sleovcs to tho sliouldor (if thoy possess u"" iiiuuuiuuiuees) r.nu navo placed themselves on thoir knees upon tho stonolloor, with tho inolincd, rough surface of the lava "mctato" before them. Upon this stono thoy placo irom a WOOdCll trav. ha i fill nffnr handful of corn, which hns beon soak cd ntid boated la water containing a solution of quickllmo. This nlkalVno substance hns softened and loesoned tho exterior coating of tlio grain that i,.lorUn?ry ,nll,s Produces the bran. V ith a long round stono hold llko a rolling pin. this corn is rubbed to a coarsn paste whloh is pushod as fnst as it deemed sufficiently crushed, up on a pino board placed to rocoivo it. This pasto now goes to tlio cako-makor who stands near tho flro. Sho takes a suial pieco, and Holding hor handj vertically, pats it rapidly into a thin disk. Xhis Is thrown at onco upon a hot oavthon pinto, where It is soon thor oughly baked or roasted. The tortil las urns mauo nro collected hot into closely covered baskets, nud aro sold at three cents por dozon to tho people who flock around, ready to carry them oil in tholr hands or beneath pieces of protecting oloth. Enormous as is the aSrgnto of this manufacture, each shop is ominontly a retail afl'air. I once asked tho proprietress of such an establishment how many tortillas sho would sell for a dollar; sho throw up her hands and oyes nt tho visionary im mensity of tlio transaction, oxoniminr; "bood Heaven! I could not countA very great many!" Women In the Judiciary. y Ladles' Pictorial. In Unhand ladies havo hold and ox ercises judicial authority. Thus tho Countess of Pembroke was Sheriff of Westmoreland before tho era of Mafina Charta, nnd, being at that period af u diclal olllcor, sho hold a court andix orcisod tho power of a Subord$ato Judge, nnd sat with tho Judges off tlio bench nt the Apploby Azzlzcs. fclai- 7 " i . " .... .. 1 olliVb of A Camp or Chinese Lnhorers. Mr. E. V. Smalloy's third paper on the "Now Northwest" in tho Ootobor "Century" dosoribos vividly the rich region lying between tlio Rookies nnd Cascade Ranges, nud gives tho follow ing picture of a railway construction camp: Camplni' nnd travelling in tho forest was a delightful oxporiciiee, spite of rain and fatigue; but no ono of our party was sorry ono morning to bo met on tho rivor bank by an ontrincpr. whobroaght a paokago of letters and tho Information that the camps of tlio Chinoso gra lors on tho railroad wore just across tho river, that there was a wagon roau to the end of the track, and that ho had a skiff and two rowers .to set i s across tho turnulnnt n-i-nmr wo nail traversed tho whole ilUtnunn (six hundred miles) botweou tho ends of tho railroad, which aro advancing to moot noxt year on tho summit of tho Rocky Mountains. The nows that wo ouuum auu n locometivo tnat very day was received with enthusiasm. It meaut beds, baths, clean clothes, news pnpors, tolcgraras, napkins, silver lorks and n hundred other tilings noy. n ""Helm or iipnrccinici until out of nor was annnlntnil tn (III tint Lord ICeopor of England, and actVallyV01l0,'' )Vo rearranged our luggi.go, porformod tlio duties of tlio Lord Cttin- bostwod our bedding upon tho half. cellor in person. King Henry III. in tho year 12115 appointed hor LadjICeo nor of tho Great Soal, whloh post s7 held for nearly a year, and norforirod all tho judioial and ministerial duffes. Tho Coutess of Richmond, mothoU of Henry VIII, nnd Lady Hartlott wore both appointod Justices of tho Peacn nnd a thlr(lady, who was magistrate, actually sat upon tho bench of tho Assizos nnd Sessions in tlio county of Suffolk. Various judioial Inquiries re snoollnf fro ihold property wore, iu Mo roign of Riohard II, mado before "dl vors lords and ladies." It is stated by many old legal writors, whoso opinion is entitled to respect, tlmt woman aro disqualified to becomo arbitrators; but tho bottor opinion now Is that thoy may bo so, on tho ground that oyory person Is entitled to soloot nny porson ho llkos for his Judge, nud ho cannot aftorward object to tho Incompetency of thoso ho has ohoson to act as arbi trators on his bolmlf. Tho Duohoss of Suftblk, in tho roign of Edward IV, notod as arbitrator before sho rns mar ried, and tho opnipii hv her of this i office wero -not dbpunja. breed Indian, tlio Kontiiekvnmrrn. n,l tlio whlto lad who jointly managed tho pack-train, got ovor tho rlyer and wore soon driving through tho camps of tlirco thousand Clunoso laborers. It was Sunday, and work on tho grado u,,-..n.l.l 'PI... .. I DuiuMiiu'i. iuu uiujvu.s iuwn bwarmod witn men. Somo wero hay. ing ineir neans snaveu, otiiors wore combing and winding their pig tails; otiiors, stripped to thoir waist, were enjoying a spongo bath. Ono man was on his knees going through somo relig ious ceremony ovor a o7ilokon before dissenting It for tho pot. Thero wero Chinoso stores, Chinoso restautcririrs. and Chinoso gambling tents. For fit- toon miles the woods wore litorallv full of Mongolians. Not a feature of thoir Aslntlo llfo do thoy abandon, snvo that, from tho necessity of working in mud nnd dust, tnoy woar American boot. Thoir ba-kel hats, blue blouses and loose trowsers aro supplied by Chi nose merchants, nnd nlargo portion of tholr food-rthoir rlco nnu tlrlod fish uud nil tholr sweotmoats nnd dniulles comes aoross tuo rao Ho. Tho road , wua uuuu witu Chinamen driving ut hogs to tho camps to bo slaughtered for the Sunday dinner, or carrying bun dles and boxes, and boards for tent Mooring, suspended to bamboo poles, balanced on the shoulders In the exact stylo of the pictures on tho ton-ohests. Tho Chinese laborers on tho railroad cam ono dollar nnd sixteen cents a day, and are hired by gangs of forty from tho agents of tlio Six Companies in San Francisco. The usual estimate of tho cfl'octivcnojs of tholr labor, Is that three Chinamen nro equal to two whlto mon; but tlio sttporlntondenl of construction on tho railroad assorts that ho prefers the Chinese, man for man, to sttlih while labor as can bo had on tho Pnclllo coast. Tho railroad operations havo caused to grow up at Cablnot Landing, a gro tosquo nnd hideous town of tents nnd nhantlcs clinging to thu hillside among the pines n town subsisting' on tho wanl3 ..nil weaknesses of the working men, nnd Haunting In their faces fa cilities for nil tlio coarser forms of vice. Across tho rivor from this pan demonium of frontier dirt, drunkenoss nnd debauchery is nnothor transient railroad town, whoro the engineers nnd overseers live, with thoir wives and children, In clean tents piettlly em bowered witli ovorgrecn?. PRACTICAL SCIESCh'. Subiimrlno Navigation. Tho submarino vessel nowbolngcon struotcd nt Huchurcst, It is elaimod, will accomplish what no other subma rine craft has ever beon found equal to. Tho plan contemplates a vosscl capa bio of moving underwater for twolvo hours without any ronownl of nir. Steam Is tlio motor employed, nud tho speed reckoned upon 13 greater than that attained by sailing vessels. Prac tically, tlio manngomont consists in simply sinking tlio vessol by opening vnlves, but Its return to tho surfaco in volves moro complex operations. An electric light, which is to bo supplied, will, It Is nsccrtained, render objects fnirly distinguishable For renewal of nir It Is not necessary that tho vessei rlo to tlio surfaco tho means resorted to for this purpose being nn apparatus that can bo sent up, nnd which, by working a pump, forces air into suita ble rocoivors. Curlmn i:icctrlcnl Development. Tlio London "Globe" says Hint "a curious Instnnco of electrical develop ment by friction hns bon observed Fn a Horlin brewery, though not without causing a good doal ot nlnrm among the workmen. Tho building is con structed of stono and iron, tlio floor bo Ing laid in asphalt. In tho upper sto ry f tho malt house wns a inalt-eloan-Ing machino from which tlio mult was taken through nn iron shoot to wagons below for distribution through tho works. It was found that if tilts ma ohlno romnlned in operation for a length of time, olectricity was devel oped by tho friction of tlio malt with tho shoot, and iu tlio most isolated por tions of it tlio tension of tlio electricity wns such as to causo a continuous stream of sparks. Tho malt Itsolf crackled, while tho sparks flow trom it to tlio hands of those standing by, who looked upon tho manifestation as ono of demoniacal origin. An export wns called in to ox n nil no tho nhnnommmn. nnd tho subject was brought before tho Electrical Technical Union. Dr. Wer ner Siomons showed how, through tho inlluoneo of tiio asphalt Moor, the malt room was so insnlatcd from tho othor portions of the building as to become a largo Loydon jar." Tosln of Diinibtllty In titonc. Tlio assumption that tho particles of building stone most liable to bo in con tinued contact with rain from town at mospheres aro those which aro most subject to decay, has bcon practically tostod by a London chemist and tho re sults nro both interesting and valuable. Supposing the ondurnneo of a slliclous stono might thus bo moas Ted by its resistance to nclds, tho plan pursued was to uso stronger solutions than th of rain, nnd tints to approach to tho ac tion of long periods of tlmo. A fow specimens tried in this mannor proved the ndaption of tho tost. Pieces of stono of nbout ono cubic inch in slzo woro brokon, by allowing a hammer lo fall upon thoni, tho num .or of blows re quired to nroduco fracture being count ed. Similar pieces wero stooped in dlluto acid; both sulphuric and rauri- nuo aciu woro employed and tlio latter preforrcd. Tho numbor of blows now ncnessary wns noted, nnd it was fouml that whllo somo sandstonos gave wav at onco nnd crumbled into powder, otiiors reslstoi long; ono very donso slliclous stone was but littlo affoctod, though this lattor was brought from a country locality. IVImt nro OlouiU? Popular Selenco Monthly lor October. Aiioiigu too eionus aro such familiar objects, very littlo is known about thorn, and tho processes by which thoy aro formed and give back their mois ture to tlio onrth aro unsolved myster ies. Thoy can not bo classified' as belong ing to tho Eolid, fluid, or gaseous form of mattor. Yet thoy aro defined ns be ing "a collection of watery partiolos In thu state of vapor, suspended iu tho air." If they aro ordinary vapor, thoy iiiuat uo govoruou Dy mo jaws whloh aflect vapors. Brando dollnns ntinnr thus: "When liquids and curtain sol. ids aro hontcd, thoy hecotuo con verted into elastio Muds or vapors, which diflbrfrom gases In this respect, Hint thoy nro not undor common cir cumstances permanontlv elastio. but rosumo tho liquid or solid form when eoolod down to ordinary tomperaturo." According to this definition, olouds can not bo composed of ordinary vapor, for undor all conditions thoir tompornturo must bo bolow tho condonslug point of water-vapor. At tho elevations at whloh clouds aro often scon, they nro in tho regions of perpetual congelation; and iis thoy float above the hlghost mountains thoy must bo exposed, ovon in tho sunshlno, nnd certainly in tho night, whon tho solar boat is not pourodupon thorn, to temperatures coldor than tnoso of tho frigid zonos. Ono of tho colorO pupils of tho ' Hampton, g ghstUuto illustrated tho opposlto meanings of "pro" nnd "con,1 by giving as examples progress and Congress. Ho had oviduntly bcon reading tho proceedings of the roconfc. sossloii. A oolobratcd lawyor onco said that tho throo most troublosomo clients ho ovor had woro a young lndy who want ed to bo marrlod, a woman who want c,?,V!lvorco', ftnd unoJd maid who didn't know what sho wanted. Whon a lawyor was onco stating his point for tlio twolfth time, tho Judgo Interrupted him by Baying: "You havo made that point cloven times already." "Truo, your Honor," was tho law yor s roply; but thcro ate twolyo mo ou tho jurj."