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of them. Thus be once more drew round the to win for himself independence, has yet never discourse to anecdotes of travel and art; a sacrificed his soul to the vice of the old and portfolio of curious engravings was brought the successful - avarice! Such thoughts as forward, and shown to his appreciating guests; these rushed through Frances Crawford's and the marvellous Cellini cameo was once heart, and seemed well-nigh to deprive her more admired, and the effect of the relievo es- of speech; all she could utter was, in a tremamined by lamplight. Frances was holding bling voice, this strange rejoinder: You will it; but after one or two attempts to return it dine with us on Christmas-day, to meet into the artist's own hand, she laid it on the papa ?" table. After a little while, the owner took it “O yes, of course, with pleasure,” replied up; but he seemed awkward and confused, as the artist; but the changes which passed if he knew not what to do with it. Presently across the beautiful face he had studied that he stammered out: “ If Mrs. Crawford would day for hours could not be unobserved by him, do me the favor to accept this Minerva's head, and though without a suspicion of the truth, as a slight memorial of these sittings, I should his curiosity was aroused, and he said smiling : be more gratified than I can express.'

May I ask who your father is ? Perhaps “ So valuable a gift !” exclaimed Frances. an old acquaintance, or some patron of art, “ Indeed, you do me too much honor, are too whom I ought to know? I need hardly say, generous ; how can I accept it?"

I asked no question of your groom save your “I must appeal to you, Mr. Crawford,” re- name and address.” turned the painter, " to use your influence, There was again a pause, the painter wonand not to disappoint me. I know no one else dering what could have occurred to cause the worthy to wear such a gem.

agitation he perceived ; yet, amid all, congrat“It is a magnificent gift," replied Mr. Craw- ulating himself at having caught a new ex: ford, " and it would be churlish indeed to re- pression for his Ida. Pardon me," he fuse the acceptance of it. Yet you lay us continued, " if I have given pain : if this is to under deep obligation."

be an acted charade, I can await the solution." I am obliged," said Ireton, passing the “ We meant it so," said Frances; 6 but I cameo to Frances. “I can fancy it is sentient find I cannot act out my part. Ah, you have enough to know that it has only now found its promised, and you will not recant?” true mistress.'

“ The name!” asked Ireton, still smiling, “If I wear it though," said Frances, hold- for the fancy possessed him that it was some ing forth her hand, and grasping that of the rival painter whom he was to meet, and toartist very warmly," it must be on a condi- wards whom rumor had fabricated some story. tion."

of jealousy or envy. Any that you please."

• William Ireton!” said Frances very softOnly, that you dine with us on Christmas- ly, yet looking, though timidly, at her uncle day, to meet dear papa ;" and Frances smiled as she spoke. as only the Ida could.

His eyes drooped beneath her gaze, and he " You are most kind; I shall be proud and sank into a chair and buried his face in his happy. But, ah ine !" continued the artist, bands. The sobs that once before that even• 1 had nearly forgotten : you must have the ing had been stifled, refused again to be stones that belong to the brooch, in case you driven back, and the large tears dropped prefer the settings ; I do not : perhaps you through his fingers. Even Edward Crawwill like them, though, for a ring or a clasp, ford's manly spirit was moved, but he felt und they are utterly useless to me;" and himself powerless to act in the drama which while he was speaking, the artist pulled out was going forward. Frances, too, was weepthe drawer of a cabinet, in which, among ends ing freely now, but not tears of sorrow. She of string and sealing-wax, old coins, steel-pens, approached her uncle, and moving his hands worn pencils, bits of India-rubber, and heaps from his face, as she stooped over him, of other heterogeneous refuse, there rolled printed a gentle, loving kiss upon one of them. about some twenty or thirty large diamonds Her action broke the spell of coldness and reof the finest water.

straint. Pembroke Ireton wound his arms Frances Crawford was used to costly orna- round his young relative, drew her tight to ments and elegant attire, and had diamonds his heart, and kissed her cheek with parental of great price in her jewel-box at home; fondness. All he said was: “And you must therefore, it was not acquisition of the gems be my child henceforth - always. now offered to her that touched her heart or It was enough. Frances laughed amid her affected her to tears. But she instinctively own April tears, and wiped away those of felt that, despite his early errors, this her uncle herself, parting the thin locks which estranged uncle had a fine nature, for no nook had fallen over his forehead, as she might or cranny of it enshrined a meanness. And have done the rich tresses of a pet child. it is surely one test of nobility, when a man Oh, how these gestures of tenderness went to. approaches ffty, and having had the discretion I the heart of the lonely man, who had once

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thought the intellect able to satisfy the mighty " My Ida !” exclained the artist almost yearnings of humanity! Still holding Frances simultaneously with the other. “Yes, come by his side, Pembroke Ireton stretched out to us." his hand to her husband, saying, with a sort The blind father was leaning one elbow on of cheerful happiness : “A trick; but I for the chimney-piece — a favorite and familiar give you, for it has made me a new man. attitude with him — while the other hand Only remember, she is mine as well as yours ; rested on his brother's shoulder; for Pembroke you inust let her be my daughter.”.

had sunk into a chair that stood near. The " But, Uncle Pembroke," replied Frances, light of a shaded lamp fell softly on the two and the words ran together as if they had countenances, showing them in full relief ; been often coupled – -"Uncle Pembroke, you and Frances was alınost startled at the will have to love Bessy and Lotty, and my different expression which shone through tall brother Herbert, and Willy and Little features singularly alike in their outline. Charles.”

That placid expression, so often remarked in " Ah, but they can never be Idas !” the blind, seemed ruffled, it is true ; but

“ Shall you wait till Christmas-day?" rather as a clear stream is stirred by the asked Frances in a whisper.

summer breeze in the summer sunlight, and “ No, the sooner we all meet the better.” so shines the brighter, than by any barsher

“Why not to-night?" asked Edward cause. He looked ten years the younger of Crawford.

the two. • Why not, indeed? I am feverish — rest There were lines of positive anguish on less, until it is over.”

Pembroke Ireton's countenance, for if this

meeting brought joy, it also awakened longAgain the family group are seated round buried memories, that seemed to stalk abroad the blind merchant's fireside, only now the like disturbing ghosts. The happiness of the tall brother who is succeeding him in his reconciliation itself taught him to measure business is of the party. Again the knock at the loss he had experienced during the estrangethe evening hour, so unusual a time for chance ment of half his lifetime. He rose as Mrs. visitors ; again the quick ears of the blind Crawford entered the room, and presently she man recognize well-known voices, and he ex- stood between him and her father. claims: * Frances and Edward — but they " Uncle Pembroke” threw his arm lightly are not alone. If — if — it should be'' - round her waist, and the blind father, feeling

And then the door opens, and in a few her close presence, did the same; thus again brief moments the brothers, separated for five- their hands met, and most fitly as it seemed. and-twenty years, are face to face.

Frances laughed merrily, but, releasing herself At this instant, there was something curi- from this somewhat aiskward embrace, kept ously“ regal” in the deportment of Frances firm hold of a hand of each. Crawford. The artist's quick appreciation “I see clearly,” she exclaimed with mock of her qualities had been true and deep; gravity," that there is no such thing as conwhenever it seemed to her worth while to tentment in the world ; and this, I suppose, lead or to govern, she did so with an authority because the prizes in life are more fairly dithat became her so much, and which she vided than we would have them. Here is assumed so naturally, that no one ever Uncle Pembroke, with a fame not second to thought of disputing it. Accordingly she that of any living painter; that is his prize. passed her arm through that of the tall You, dear papa, bave drawn from fortune's brother, and motioning to the younger child wheel a wife that dotes upon you, and a quandren to follow, led them out of the room tity of unruly children, that always have their before they had time to question her will. own way, and only pay you back for their in

“Now, stay up stairs till you are wanted," dulgences by a vast amount of love. Uncle she exclaimed with her beautiful smile; Pembroke thinks your prize the more precious " and don't detain me with questions, for of the two, and, ridiculous as the idea is, we they cannot do without me a moment longer. must humor it, I suppose.” Ah, Edward!" she continued, seeing her “ It is hardly kind to say that he is right," husband and her mother close by, “ that is exclaimed the blind man with much feeling. right; take dear mamma into the little draw “ But it is true,” sighed the artist. “Prining-room. I know,” and this Frances cess! I hear but to obey." whispered to her husband—“I know mamma " Of course. But if I consent to be your is thinking of my namesake, and I give you child,' and papa and Edward give me away to the charge to melt her to forgiveness." Then you, it is to be quite understood that the retracing her steps, she gently opened the whole family shares in your artist-glory, door of the dining-room

Henceforth, we are all to walk inches taller, “It is Frances," said her father. “ Come in fact, as if we wore high-heeled shoes – in."

which our pride in you will constitute."

“ I have felt pride in Pembroke’s genius all and Bessy among his "violet-hooded doctors.” my life," exclaimed Mr. Ireton, “ and I am This, however, is all that he has done for a thus the richer of the two."

long time, for the entreaties of affection have “But not the pride, open, joyous, and trium- prevailed, and he spares his eyes as much as phantly we shall feel now. Halfour acquaint- possible, and follows the instructions of his ances do not know of the relationship; and, medical advisers, who give him more hope by the way, I must now revise my visiting than he before entertained of preserving the list,” and Frances tossed back her head, as if blessing of sight. Once more the brothers she were rehearsing the part of a newly-made are fondly united; and the past is not always duchess.

a prohibited subject. Pembroke Ireton conBeneath her playful manner she had spoken fesses his belief

, that, with

the fulcrum of dotruths, which brought a host of healing influ- mestic happiness, he should have achieved ences with them - truths, too, which bridged even greater things in Art than he has done ; over all the rough places in the reconcilia- that, as the heart withers, the intellect contion.

tracts; and that no belief in a vocation is any It was said that Frances Crawford had real excuse for the omission of one near human never acquired a nick-name ; but it is the case duty: moreover, that the Human Life is the no longer, for her husband and her uncle at fountain of inspiration to poets and painters, least commonly call her " Ida," and in their and that to act poetry, is far nobler than to merriest moods, address her as “ Your High- write or paint it. Long years of loneliness ness." This is not to be wondered at, seeing were the penalty of his former fatal mistake ; that Pembroke Ireton has already painted but through his brother's family the artist at three pictures of the Princess," contriving, last experiences very many of the blessings of by the way, to introduce the heads of Lotty domestic life.

From the Critic. his Indian illustrations, and Lang, once of the

Mofussilite, and noted in connection with lotee SIR ROBERT PEEL's speeches are in course of Persaud, has begun a trashy Indian tale, The republication, pure and simple, from Hansard's Wetherbys, Father and Son, appearing in melancholy pages, and a reprint of the Iron Fraser's Magazine. From Fraser, also, Duke's parliamentary oratory is also under Kingsley is reprinting his Hypatia, the worst of way.

A likely enough biographico-historical all his novels ; for though he can copy and color, monograph is a talked-of life of Queen Christina he cannot create, and if he wish to be effective, of Sweden, which might well in due time be he must return to the men and to the scenery followed by one of a very different female sov- of contemporary England. A new fiction apereign, Catherine of Russia. The judicial Grote proaches — Sir Frederick Derwent — by the is on the eve of an eleventh volume of his author of Smugglers and Foresters, and of History of Greece; and a fourth volume of Fabian's Tower, who needs only care and culhis History of Greek Literature is perhaps tivation to rise considerably above his present already due to the perseverance of Colonel element of the Minerva Press. Mure, of Caldwell, the representative of one of

From the correspondence of Jeffrey and Moore, the oldest of Scottish families, and who the other published in the memoirs of the latter, it would day moved for and obtained still another select appear that five-and-thirty years ago the circucommittee on the National Gallery. Dr. Layard lation of the Edinburgh Review was 13,000 per has just published more Discoveries in the number ; is it half as much now — now that the Ruins of Nineveh, and already, no doubt, has reading world has so vastly augmented in wealth received a commission for another one ; for the and population ? Our so-called “higher” periDr., without vacating his seat for Aylesbury, is odical press is sinking to zero in matter, manner, off again to the East to assist Lord Strafford de and motive. The last number of the WestminRedclyffe in soothing the dying moments of the ster had actually in it articles from two Yankees, Turkish Empire ; and before he left for that one of them on Daniel Webster, by a person who, pious work, did not the London corporation instead of being thankful that he was printed at bestow on him the freedom of the city in a gold all, is complaining on the other side of the box? The Sacred East, if but tolerably handled, Atlantic that his precious lucubration was altered always commands attention from the English and abridged! Alison, the historian and chief reading public, and Dr. Lepsius”. Egyptian political contributor to Blackwood, was made a Letters are aveady at their second edition. But baronet by the last administration, and Croker the East has its modern political interest as well of the Quarterly has always been looked on as the as its ancient sacred one ; and if a hundred and stanchest of Tories. Yet each, in his several pubfifty millions of Hindoos are under the sway of lication, smiles on the coalition-ministry! You England, why should not Mr. George Campbell

, want to know the reason why?" Because Mr. related to my lord the Chief Justice of that name, Disraeli gibbeted Croker as Mr. Rigby, and follow up his former book with an India as it laughed at Alison as Mr. Wordy. Alas ! sarmay be? Even in our light literature, Hin- casms, like the curses" and "chickens” of dostan is making itself felt :- Mr. Punch has the proverb, always at last " return home." CCCCLXX. LIVING AGE.

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VOL. I.

From Chambers' Journal.

reservoir of nitrogen - the main desideratum THINGS TALKED OF IN LONDON.

for the worn-out fields of Europe — cannot

long be left within a few miles of the sea, March, 1853.

passed almost in sight by our steamers, yet The sudden arrival of winter with a low still nearly inaccessible, at the foot of the temperature, has again verified the registrar- Andes.” A company to work the Peruvian general's statement, that a fall of the ther- nitrate might be formed, with much better mometer to freezing-point never fails to raise hope of success than in prospecting for Ausby some hundreds the weekly return of tralian nuggets. mortality in the metropolis. The mean tem Connected with this subject is a result of perature of the second week in January was “unrestricted competition,” which is re45 degrees, and the deaths were 1001; in garded with some interest — the Levant is the second week in February it had sunk to becoming our chief source of corn-supply. 29 degrees, and the deaths numbered 1328 We had so long been accustomed to look to a remarkable and seriously suggestive increase. the United States and the shores of the Baltic “It appears," says the registrar, “that for surplus grain, that few persons thought of while persons of all ages have suffered, the the course of trade taking a new direction. In severity of the weather has been most fatal to 1841, we imported 230,000 quarters from the persons in advanced life. Well-heated apart- Russian ports on the Black Sea, and the ments, warm clothing, and comfortable fodg- Turkish and other ports on the Mediterranean. ing at night, at all times necessary in this In 1852, the quantity from the same places climate, are indispensable at this season was 1,700,000 quarters; shipped chiedy at to the aged, who find it difficult to support Galatz, Ibrail, and other Turkish marts, life when the temperature has fallen below which serve as outlets for the superabundant a certain point.” For the moment, the sub- produce of Hungary and the Danubean provject is exciting attention ; and well it may, inces. Egypt, also, sent us last year 276,000 for it is too certain that we have habituated quarters. Nearly the whole of this trade is in ourselves to neglect the precautions which the hands of Greek merchants established in winter always necessitates, even in our, of England. It gives us an additional reason for late, mild climate. Of all preservative agents, preserving amicable relations with the east, caloric is the most potent, and yet the fact is and explains why the Turks do not wish to too commonly ignored. It will have to become give up Kleik and Sutorina to Austria. one of the dogmas of public health doctrine. Another indication of social advancement is

From all accounts, great exertions are seen in the Excise returns just published; being made to improve agricultural operations. Paper, for instance the quantity charged A digging-machine has just been invented in with duty in 1851, was 150,903,543l. ; in Oxfordshire, which is said to do its work far 1852, it was 154,469,2111. There is a great more thoroughly than the plough, and far increase, too, in the article of soap from more in accordance with the needs of modern 205,199,3211. in 1851, to 224,059,7001. in husbandry. And the Agricultural Society 1852. What would it not be with the duty having offered a prize for a manure equal to off? An improvement has lately been introguano, at a cost of 5). a ton, Mr. Pusey has duced in the manufacture of paper from straw; shown that the conditions are satisfied by and at a mill near Dublin a kind is now made nitrate of soda, and at a charge less than that which is white, smooth, and suitable for specified. He says, in illustration, that forty- writing-paper. Ireland is advancing also in sis acres of land, if cropped with barley, and another branch of industry - the manufacture dressed with seventeen hundred weights of of beet-root sugar. The produce of last year nitrate, would yield an increase of eighty sacks amounted to 142 bags, containing from three beyond the quantity usually obtained. A cargo to four hundredweights each; these have just of this fertilizer was brought to England in been sold ; and it is now contemplated to 1820, but for want of a purchaser, was thrown start two other establishments, on which overboard ; a second importation took place in 40,000 tons of the root may be produced in a 1830; and from that date up to 1850, the quan- year. At present, 230 persons are employed tity brought from Peru, where the supply is in- in the manufacture; but if the project be carexhaustible, was 239,860 tons; value, 5,000,- ried out, this number will be largely increased, 0001. With the price reduced to 81. a ton Mr. and a great addition made to Ireland's inPusey observes, " our farmers might obtain dustrial resources. The Irish farmers might from their own farms the whole foreign supply also turn their attention to the growing of of wheat, without labor, and with but a few chicory, with good assurance of a market, months' outlay of capital. I do not mean to since government have rescinded their order say, that no failures will get occur before we concerning the adulteration of coffee, and now obtain a complete mastery over this powerful the retailers are left free to mix at their own substance; but I am confident that, as Cali- discretion. fornia has been explored in our day, so a vast Captain Penny is trying to get up an

" Arctic Company” for the establishment of in the Journal. He was seized with fever at a whaling station in Northumberland Inlet, Kuka, and removed for change of air to a Davis' Strait ; screw-steamers to be used to favorite woody spot about ten miles from Lake fish between Greenland and Nova Zembla ; Tchad, where he died on the 20th September while the mineral deposits on the shores of last. Fortunately, his companion, Dr. Barth, the inlet, among which plumbago is said to retains his health and energy, and being well be comprised, are to be worked as an addi- provided with servants and animals, will tional source of profit. Supplementary arctic pursue his travels; when last heard of, he was expeditions are again to be sent out; the about to set out for Timbuctoo. The map of Rattlesnake has sailed with supplies for the the discoveries already made embraces a vast Behring-Strait parties ; Lady Franklin is going interior region heretofore unknown. Dr. to send the Isabel steamer, uselessly, it may Vogel, another young, German, is now on his be said, to the same region; and Captain way with stores and scientific instruments, and Inglefield is to go out to Beechey Island, at accompanied by two sappers and miners, to the entrance of Wellington Channel, in the join Dr. Barth ; and, if they do not fall victims Phænir steamer, to inquire the news respect to the climate, we may expect news of further ing Sir Edward Belcher. Dr. Rae will do explorations before many months are over, what he can in another overland journey ; A debate which our Civil Engineers have and Lieutenant Kane, with his American had about heated air as a motive-power, took, esplorers, will again join the search, resolved on the whole, an unfavorable view of the caloric to find the pole it they can find nothing else. question ; they will, however, wait the result The prodigious cost of these expeditions makes of further inquiry and experiment. In another one regret that more pains had not been quarter, we hear of atteinpts to render electrotaken to give them a systematic character and magnetism available as a locomotive power, purpose ; we should not then have had so and with greater assurance of success than any inany desultory and fruitless attempts as have hitherto attempted. We shall see. A plan been made since 1848.to discover the long-lost is being tried for converting the muddy deposit Franklin party;

at the bottom of the Thames into a potent Our Asiatic Society have had an interesting and inodorous manure, to which we may communication from Colonel Rawlinson, who devoutly wish success, as it will remove a writes that he has found a large number of cause of pollution from our river and atmosScythian inscriptions, which are allied to the phere, and save dishonest people the trouble Median dialects, and of an age prior to the of pounding red sandstone to sell as guano. reign of Nebuchadnezzar. Taking the term Hollow glass-walls are coming more into use Scythic in its widest sense, he considers the in gardens, and some attempts have been Hámite nations — Cush, Misraim, Nimrud, made at roofing with transparent tiles. In and Canaan — to be Scythian, but partially Prussia, green glass-tiles, a quarter-inch thick, intermixed in course of time with the Shemite have been introduced with entire success. races. This discovery is said to clear up An important subject has come before the difficulties which have long existed in the Society of Arts — namely “ On uniformity in patriarchal genealogies, and in the traditions weights, measures, and moneys ;” it is one of Grecian history, and it will help to a bet- which must be daily talked about if it is ever ter knowledge generally of the period in ques- to be adopted. That it ought to be, no one tion. The colonel adds that he finds much doubts who is able to form an opinion therein the Talmud to aid his researches, and he upon. Our “ Department of Practical Art” has been enabled to fix the geography of cer- is about to establish district schools of art tain doubtful places ; among these, it appears and elementary drawing; and the Museum that Birs is the ancient Sepharvaim. Another of Economic Geology is to be renamed College illustration of Scripture was found by the of Practical Science, and to coöperate with Turks in a search at Nebbi Yunus — a bronze two other industrial institutions in Dublin, statue, with the name of Esarhaddon, in the under control of the Board of Trade. This is ancient character, on the breast.

a preliminary step to the grand central college Captain Allen is so desirous to convert the at Kensington, into which it is ultimately to greater part of the Holy Land into a great sea merge. Art and science are thus to be by his project for a canal from the Red Sea, brought together ; and as we have an inspecacross the sandy tract at the head of the tor for the former, so are we to have one for Gulf of Akabah, that he has offered to go out the latter ; and thus we may consider that the and survey the spot if properly supported. It first step is taken in the scheme for giving the is a scheme we may very safely leave to future best effect to the art and science of the country generations. The exploration of Africa is at large. A new application of photography more to our present purpose, but its accom- wis talked about; it is to make light available plishment is not easy. News has just come for calico-printing. The time required for theto hand of the death of Dr. Overweg, whose process is said to be from two to twenty valuable labors have been frequently mentioned minutes, and it can be made use of for silk,

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