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placed her in a situation so repugnant to com-| “Bring your shea ves with you — your sheares mon feeling, as that of being the enamored with you!”, consoler of her own daughter's lover. Could As he had sometimes felt, gazing up from the we but forget this blemish, how much is there deck at midnight into the boundless starlit depth to admire in the delicacy with which the prog- overhead, in a rapture of devout wonder at that ress of her love for Esmond is traced the endless brightness and beauty - in some such a long martyrdom of feeling which she suffers way now, the depth of this pure devotion (which so gently and unobtrusively the yearning smote upon him, and filled his heart with thanks

was, for the first time, revealed to him quite) fondness which hovered about him like a holy giving. Gracious God ! who was he, weak and influence! Mr. Thackeray's worship for the friendless creature, that such a love should be sex is loyal, devout, and pure ; and when he poured out upon him? Not in vain, not in vain, paints their love, a feeling of reverence and has he lived -- hard and thankless should he be holiness infinitely sweet and noble pervades to think so — that has such a treasure given his pictures. Many instances may be cited him. What is ambition, compared to that, but from this book ; but as an illustration we selfish vanity? To be rich, to be famous ? What would merely point to the chapter where Es- do these profit a year hence, when other names inond returns to England, after his first cam- sound louder than yours, when you lie hidden paign, and meets Lady Castlewood at the ca- away under ground, along with the idle titles thedral.

engraven on your coffin? But only true love

lives after you — follows your memory with They walked as though they had never been secret blessings — or precedes you and intercedes parted, slowly, and with the gray twilight closing for you. Non omnis moriar — if dying, I yet round them.

live in a tender heart or two ; nor am lost and “And now we are drawing near to home," she hopeless living, if a sainted departed soul still continued. “I knew you would come, Harry, loves and prays for me. if- if it was only to forgive me for having spoken unjustly to you after that horrid, horrid How cruel must be the necessities of novelmisfortune.” “You had spared me many a bitter night had our interest in the actors in this exquisite

writing, which drove Mr. Thackeray to spoil you told me sooner,” Mr. Esmond said. " I know it, I know it,” she answered, in a

scene by placing them afterwards in circumtone of such sweet humility as made Esmond stances so incongruous ! Mr. Thackeray is, repent that he should ever have dared to reproach we believe, no favorite with women generher. “I know how wicked my heart has been; ally. Yet he ought to be so ; for, despite his and I have suffered, too, my dear. I confessed to sarcasms on their foibles, no writer has enMr. Atterbury - I must not tell any more.

He forced their virtues more earnestly, or repre- I said I would not write to you or go to sented with equal energy the wrongs they you ; and it was better, even, that having parted, suffer daily and hourly in their hearts and we should part. But I knew you would come homes from the selfishness and sensualisin of back-I own that. That is no one's fault. men. There are passages in this book for And to-day, Henry, in the anthem, when they which they may well say of him, as that sang it, . When the Lord turned the captivity woman said of Dickens for his " Christmas of Zion, we were like them that dream, I Carol,” “ God bless him!” They do not fordream. And then it went, “They that sow in give him, however, for the unnatural relation tears shall reap in joy; and he that goeth forth Castlewood, and he is too wise an observer

in which he has placed his hero and Lady and weepeth, shali doubtless come home again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him ;- not to regard this as conclusive against his I looked up from the book, and saw you. 'I own judgment in the matter. knew you would come, my dear; I saw the Mr. Thackeray will write better books than gold sunshine round your head."

this, for his powers are ripening with every She smiled an almost wild smile, as she fresh emanation from his pen; his wisdom is looked up at him. The moon was up by this inore searching, his pathos sweeter, his hutime, glittering keen in the frosty sky. He could mor of a more delicate flavor. He fills a see for the first time now, clearly, her sweet care- large space now in the world's eye, and his worn face.

reputation has become a matter of pride to “Do you know what day it is ?" she con- his country. He is not a man to be insensitinued." It is the 29th of December — it is ble to the high regard in which he is so your birthday, But last year we did not drink widely held, or to tride with a fame which it – no, no. My lord was cold, and my Harry has been slowly but surely won. Kind wishwas likely to die, and my brain was in a fever, es followed him to America from many an come again, bringing your sheaves with you, unknown friend, and kinder greetings await my dear.” She burst into a wild flood of weep- the return of the only satirist who mingles ing as she spoke ; she laughed and sobbed on loving-kindness with his sarcasm, and charity the young man's heart, crying out wildly, and humility with his gravest rebuke.


“Go ahead!" " At him again!" "That's

right !" whispered some of the Opposition WHILE the legislature of Missouri was in members, who could command gravity enough session, a few years ago, a green fellow from the to speak. country came to Jefferson to sell some chickens. “I say, sir (in a louder tone to the speaker) He had about two dozen, all of which he had - cuss your pictures, let me go — fair playtied by the legs to a string, and this being di- two to one ain't fair (to the speaker and servided equally, and thrown over his horse or his jeant-at-arms) ; let me go. I say, sir, you up shoulder, forined his mode of conveyance, leav- there (to the speaker), you can have 'em for ing the fowls with their heads hanging down, six bits ! won't take a cent less. Take 'em home with little else of them visible except their naked and eat 'em myself before I'll take Drat legs, and a promiscuous pile of outstretched your hides ! don't shove so hard, will you : wings and rufed feathers. After several ineffect- you ’ll hurt 'em chickens, and they have had ual efforts to dispose of his lond, a wag to whom a travel of it to-day, anyhow. I say, you sir, he made an offer of sale, told him that he did up there" not want chickens himself, but perhaps he could Here the voice was lost by the closing of the sell them at a large stone-house over there (the door. An adjournment was moved and carried ; Capitol); that there was a man over there buy- and the members, almost frantic with mirth, ing for the St. Louis market, and no doubt he rushed out to find our friend in high altercation could find a ready sale.

with the door-keeper about the meanness of The delighted conntryman started, when his selling his own chickens, and letting nobody else informer stopped himn. “ Look here,” says he ; sell theirs ; adding that, “if he could just see "when you get over there, go up stairs, and that man up there by himself, he'd be bound then turn to the left. The man stops in the they could make a trade, and that no man could large room. You will find him sitting down at afford to raise chickens for less than six bits.” the other end of the room, and now engaged with The members bought his fowls by a pony a number of fellows buying chickens. If a man purse, and our friend left the Capitol, saying as at the door should stop you, don't mind him. he went down stairs : “Well, this is the roughest He has got chickens himself for sale, and tries to place for selling chickens that ever I came across, prevent others from selling theirs. Don't mind sure.” him, but go right ahead."

Following the directions, our friend soon found himself at the door of the Hall of Repre IMPROVED RETURNS FROM THE RAILWAYS. sentatives. To open it and enter was the work A statement of the weekly published traffic of of a moment. Taking from his shoulder the eleven of the principal railways, for the twentystring of chickens, and giving them a shake to six weeks ending 26th December, 1852, which freshen them, he commenced his journey towards has been drawn out for private circulation, by the speaker's chair, the fowls in the mean time Mr. Reynolds, accountant of the Great Northern, expressing, from the half-formed crow to the strikes us a good deal as indicating the improved harsh quaark, their bodily presence, and their prospects both of railways and of the country. sense of bodily pain.

We should not indeed have adverted to such a I say, sir".

Ilere he had advanced about document, if it did not serve as a convincing a half-dozen steps down the aisle, when he was proof of the rapidly advancing prosperity of seized by Ma-Sackson, the door-keeper, who England at the present moment. It appears, happened to be returning from the clerk's from this paper, that the returns from all the desk.

eleven railways in the summer weeks of 1851, “What are you doing here with those chickens? excepting a few, greatly exceeded those of the Get out, sir, get out!" whispered the door-corresponding weeks of 1852 - a fact which is keeper.

readily accounted for by the extraordinary “No you don't, though ; you don't come amount of travelling crented at the earlier that game over me. You've got chickens your- period by the Exhibition. But when we come to self for sale ; get out yourself, and let me sell the middle of October, a remarkable change mine. I say, sir (in a louder tone to the speak- takes place. The receipts of 1852, after that er), are you buying chickens here to-day? I've period, in every railway, greatly exceed those got some prime ones here." And he held up of the corresponding weeks of 1851. We find, his string, and shook his fowls, until their music on the London and North-western, an advance made the walls echo. “Let me go, sir (to the of 20001., 30001., 40001., and even 50001., on door-keeper) ; let me go, I say. Fine large some weeks. On other lines, the advances are in chickens (to the speaker) ; only six bits a proportion, and the general consequence is, that dozen.'

on the Midland, Lancashire and Yorkshire, " Where's the serjeant-at-arms ?” roared the Eastern Counties, York and North Midland, spcaker. “Take that man out."

York, Newcastle and Berwick, and the Great “ Now don't, will you? I ain't hard to trade Northern – six of the eleven there is an with. You let me go (to the door-keeper); increase of the totals of the half-year '52, a reyou 're sold your chickens, now let me have a sult which no one could have anticipated as to chance. I say, sir (to the speaker in a loud happen in the year immediately following on voice), are you buying chickens to"

the Exhibition. — Chambers.

From Chambers' Journal.

elements, cod-oil, as is well known, bas been

in extensive use for the last ten or twelve REVIVAL OF OIL-ANOINTING.

years, and with singular effect. In many PROFESSOR. Simpson of Edinburgh has been instances, however, oil when swallowed is the means of bringing to light a curious found to excite nausea ; and in such cases, corroboration of the sanitary value of the the introduction of this saving agent by exterancient practice of anointing with oil. It ap- nal application is likely to be productive of pears that the learned professor, when recently beneficial consequences. Means are to be visiting the manufacturing town of Galashiels, taken to get rid of the disagreeable odor of the was casually informed that the workers in cod-oil, and when freed from this objection, the wool-mill in that place were exempt from there can be few or no drawbacks to the the attacks of consumption and scrofula. On ancient custom of anointing. That it adds inquiring of the medical men in the vicinity, rapidly to the weight of the emaciated, has the truth of the statement was confirmed ; and already been proved by actual experiment; it was then deemned expedient to pursue in- and one instance may be mentioned of an investigation on a broader scale. Communica- dividual who gained a stone in weight in the tions were accordingly sent to physicians short period of four weeks. The use of oil in residing in Dunfermshire, Alloa, Tillicoaltry, this way is not disagreeable, but on the conInverness, and other districts where wool- trary is found to be productive of pleasant mills are in operation; and in the case of all, sensations. It has only to be added, so far as it was ascertained that similar immunity was the medical action is involved, that the mode enjoyed from the fatal diseases mentioned. It in which the oil strengthens delicate patients, further appeared that, in some of the locali- is by its being received into the blood, the ties, scarletina had to be added to the list; chemical character of which undergoes a vital and, also, that employment in the mills not change by the process. only preserved health, but children of delicate If anointing should come into fashion, it constitutions were sent to be wool-workers for will be merely a return to the customs of the the express purpose of acquiring strength, a olden time. “ The Jews,” says Dr. Cox in result in almost every instance attained. his Biblical Antiquities (p. 155), “ addicted

The question now came to be, to ascertain themselves to anointing, which consisted the precise cause of this singular result of either of simple oil or such as had aromatic mill-work. Cotton-mills did not produce a spices infused. They applied ointments chiefly similar effect, and workmen in certain depart- to those parts of the body which were most ments of wool-mills were found to be subject exposed to the atmosphere, by which means to the ordinary inaladies of the country; it they were considerably secured against its therefore soon became evident, that the cause changes and inclemencies.” The allusions to was referrible to the great quantity of oil con- anointing with oil, not only the head and sumed in the preparation of the raw material beard, but the feet and other portions of the in wool-working. A coat or any other portion person, are well-known features in Bible narof-dress, when hung up in one of the rooms, rative. was found to be saturated with oil in a few Homer makes frequent mention of oil in

and the operatives must, therefore, be connection with the bath; and when Ulysses held to draw into their system a large amount enters the palace of Circe, we are told that after of oleaginous matter, either by inhalation or the use of the bath, he was anointed with by absorption from the clothes through the costly perfumes. Passing down to later times, skin, the latter being probably the principal it is a very significant fact, that consumption mode in which the substance is imbibed. The is rarely if ever alluded to by medical writers hands and face of the workers are constantly among the Greeks and Romans; and it is all but besmeared, but under their clothing there are certain, that the rarity of the distemper was scarcely any marks of discoloration, although attributable to the constant external use of oil. it is obvious that the oil must be received in the matters of bathing and anointing, through all the pores of the body, and, indeed, they imitated the example of the Greeks ; the greatest quantity will penetrate where and attached to each Roman bathing-estabthere is the least facility for external evapora- lishment was an unctuarium, " where,” says tion.

Dr. Adam, the visitors were anointed The application of this discovery to practi- all over with a coarse cheap oil before they cal medicine is calculated to be of important began their exercise. Here the finer odorifeservice, in so far as some of our most serious rous ointments which were used in coming out maladies are concerned. Consumption, as of the bath were also kept; and the room was now understood, is supposed to arise from so situated as to receive a considerable degree defective nutrition — there being in consump- of heat. This chamber of perfumes was quite tive and scrofulous subjects a deficiency of full of pots, like an apothecary's shop ; and fatty as compared with albuminous matter ; those who wished to anoint and perfume the and" to restore the equilibrium of the two l body, received perfumes and unguents.” In LIVING AGE.





larger bathing-establishments, the elæothesium gouty or rheumatic. The east is known to be was flled with an immense number of vases ; a dry wind, and never, except in very stormy and the extent to which oiling and perfuming weather, is it accompanied by rain. After a were practised by the Romans, may be judged continuance of this wind, the leaves of plants by the following reference to the ingredients become dry and shrivelled, evidently suffering employed :—"The vases contained perfumes from want of moisture. Now, without preand balsams — very different in their com- suming to propound any medical theory, we positions, according to the different tastes of may suggest, that it is just possible the east the persons who anointed themselves. The wind may in some measure produce its disrhudinum, one of those liquid perfumes, was agreeable influence on the human system by composed of roses; the lirinium, of lily; parching and drying up the skin ; and in this cyprinum, of the flower of a tree called cypria, view, anointing, by acting as a lubricant, which is believed to be the same as the privet; may go far to counteract the baneful influence. baccarinunn, from the foxglove ; myrrhinum At any rate, it is easy to try the question, if was composed of myrrh. Oils were extracted it is supposed to be worth trying, by experifrom sweet marjoram, lavender, and the wild ment. vine - from the iris, ben, and wild thyme. As to the kind of oil — that of the cod apThe last three were employed for rubbing the pears to be the strongest; and if it could be eyebrows, hair, neck and head; the arms divested of its infamous odor, it probably were rubbed with the oil of sisymbrium, or would be the best. But some authorities are water-mint; and the muscles with the oil of of opinion, that any kind of emollient is suitaanarcum, and others which have been men ble : in this view a wide range of selection, tioned.' After anointing, the bathers passed founded even on the basis of Roman ingredients, into the sphæristerium - a very light and es, is open for use ; and when to these are added tensive apartment, in which were performed the discoveries of modern chemistry, it is evithe many kinds of exercises to which this dent that the most fastidious may have their third part of the baths was appropriated; of tastes gratified. Friction of itsel has always these, the most favorite was the ball. After been regarded as of great therapeutic value; exercise, recourse was a second time had to and the harder the rubbing with oil, the more the warm-bath – the body was then scraped beneficial will be the result. If the body has with instruments called strigils, most usually need of oleaginous aliment, it will absorb it of bronze, but sometimes of iron ; perfumed as greedily as the parched earth drinks in rain oil of the most delicate kind was then ad- after a season of drought. In the experiments ministered anew ; and the process of lustra- we have ourselves instituted, the body, when tion was complete.

rubbed at night, shows no traces of lubricaLet it be remarked, that a considerable tion in the morning, and the sleeping-dress is amount of friction was used by the ancients little if at all affected. Careful housewives when the oil was rubbed in; and also that may be alarmed for their napery, but, with exercise of an exciting and laborious kind ordinary attention, there is little danger; and followed the unctuous manipulation. In like even supposing there were some trilling inmanner, the woul-workers are in motion conveniences, the benefit expected may surely throughout the whole day; and from the be esteemed a fair equivalent. return they receive for their daily labor, it is not probable that they have it in their power to indulge in those dietetic luxuries or excesses

New ANTIQUITIES. We have, on various ocwhich create dyspepsy in other circles. The inference is, that exercise must go hand in casions, warned our antiquarian readers against hand with the oil, and that other physiologi- vertu, especially of certain medieval seals in

spurious fabrications of articles of curiosity and cal conditions must be strictly preseryed, jet, a substance easily engraved or fashioned before anointing can certainly be depended on into any shape. The unprincipled fabricators of for conferring its full tale of benefit on human- these objects, encouraged, no doubt, by their ity. There may, indeed, be frequent in- success among the unwary, continue to follow stances of persons benefiting by external appli- their criminal occupation, and have lately atcation when all other aids fail in making the tempted a higher flight. We have lately been least impression ; but in ordinary cases, the shown a jet seal, bearing the head of the Empe safe course for all who can command sufficient ror Severns, with his name and titles! We air and exercise, is to regard anointing as an believe the atelier of the rogues whose ingenuity adjuvant, not as a specific - an element of is exercised upon these counterfeits, is somewhere cure, but not as constituting the entire in Yorkshire. While on this subject, we may

mention that we have been informed, that at There is a certain class of people to whom monastic and other mediæval brass seals are kept

many of the curiosity-shops in London, forged this practice may be peculiarly serviceable

on sale ; and some of them being casts of real those who are disagreeably or injuriously specimens, are well calculated to dupe the ineraffected by easterly winds, especially the perienced. — Literury Gazette.




Do ye

Tax June sun is shining into Mrs. Rintoul's have been to you ; but just see how she 's family room. Though he is no longer captain ta’en it to heart - I wish you would speak to of his own sloop, her husband is to be mate her, Euphie. Here 's a decent lad coming of a considerable schooner; 80 Euphie, after a after her, and easy enough to see, after such long interval of fretting and repining, has a loss in the family, that it would be a grand made herself tolerably content. A great thing to get her weel married, and her twenty sea-chest stands in the middle of the room, years auld, and never had a lad, to speak of, and Euphie, long ago startled out of all her before - and yet she'll nae mair look the side little graces of invalidism, stoops over it, pack- of the road he's on, than if he was a black ing in its manifold comforts. The loss of the man!". sloop has deprived them of all their property, “ Is 't Robert Horsburg mother ?" asked but it has added scarcely any privation to Euphie, eagerly. their daily life, even though John has been " It is a stranger lad that hasna been lang so long ashore ; and now that he is once more about the Elie; he's ta'en the new lease of in full employment, Euphie does not veil her the Girnel farm from Sir Robert, and they say pretensions to those of any skipper's wife in he's furnishing a grand house, and a'the Elie. As for the grief attendant on their loss, gether a far bigger man than Nancy has ony it touched her only by sympathy, and her few right to look for – a decent-like lad too, and natural tears were neither bitter in their steady and weel spoken ; but as for giving shedding nor hard to wipe away. Her baby him encouragement, I might as weel preach thrives, her husband has been at home with to Ailie Rintoul's speckled hen as to Nannie her for a far longer time than she could have Raeburn.” hoped, and Euphie as wilful a little wife as ". 'Deed, I see nae call she has to set him ever, goes about her house with undiminished up with encouragement,” said the beauty, cheerfulness, and is conscious of no shadow slightly tossing her head. * If he's no as upon her sunny life.

muckle in earnest as to thole a naysay, he 's And as she lays in these separate articles nae man at a'; and I wouldna advise Nancy of John's comfortable wardrobe - each in its to have onything to do with him. proper place — Euphie's gay voice now and think I ever gaed out of my road, mother, to then makes a plunge into the abyss of the encourage John ?" great chest, and anon comes forth again, as “ Ay, Euphie, my woman, it 's a' your ain clear and as fresh as a bird's. You can almost simplicity that thinks a'body as guid as yourfancy there will be a lingering fragrance about sel," said Mrs. Raeburn, shaking her head; these glistening home-made linens, when the “ but you had naething to do but to choose, sailor takes them out upon the seas- and wi' a' the young lads frae Largo to Kinnucher that even the rough blue sea-jacket, and care-l courting at ye. And many a time I've wonfully-folded Sabbath coat, must carry some dered, in my ain mind, I'm sure, that ye gladsome reminiscence of the pretty face and took up wi' à douce man like John Rintoul merry voice bending over them like embodied at the last, when ye might have just waled sunshine.

out the bonniest lad in Fife ; but Nannie's " Eh, lassie, it's a braw thing to hae a had nae joes to speak of, as I was saying, a’ light heart,” said Mrs. Raeburn, shaking her her days — and Nannie's weel enough in her head as she came in, and sitting down heavily luoks, but she 's far mair like your father's in Euphie's arm-chair with a prolonged sigh; side of the house than mine ; and a'thegether, ** after a' you ’ve gane through too, puir considering how auld she is, and the misforbairn!

tune that's happened to the family, it sets Euphie takes the compliment quite unhesi- her very ill to be so nice, when she might get tatingly – for it does not occur to the spoiled a house of her ain, and be weel settled hersel, child and petted wife, that, after all, she has and a credit to a' her kin.!! gone through nothing at all.

“If I were Nannie, I would take nae offer “ Its nae guid letting down folk's heart," under the fourth or fifth at the very soonest, says Euphie, with some complacence. “ For said her sister. “ The lads should learn bet my part, I think its unthankful to be aye ter — and if they get the very first they ask,minding folk's trials : ane should feel them at and the very ane they 're wanting, what are the time, and be done with them — that's they to think but that the lassies are just my way.”

waiting on them ? and its naething but that *** I wish Nancy had just your sense," said that makes such ill-willy men. Set them up! the mother. “It ought to have been very But they didna get muckle satisfaction out of little trial to ber a' this, by what it might me."

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