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in the morning, in going to the fields, he searched for it to gaze once more on the scenes he was about to leare. by the margin
of the Loue. This idea speedily took en- The bell in the old church-tower was still ringing, and tire hold of his imagination, and became with him a con- some good people, on whom time had stolen a mareb, stant and overmastering thought. In fine, he ended by carrying their prayer-books in their bands, quickened persuading himself that he should succeed in obtaining their steps to arrive in time for the sacred duties of derothe precious gem; and he did succeed. One night in tion. For a moment his soul melted within him at this autumn, no one knows how, he arrived just at the place spectacle, which awoke so many sweet remembrances; Where the Vouivre was bathing in the waves of the river, but again the dreams of fortune put an end to the pious beheli the diamond glittering in the foam at its side, emotion. He turned his head as if to shake off a danseized it, and fled with haste. Hardly had he grasped gerous temptation, began his journey anew, and, towards ] the prize, when he heard a lamentable cry, without doubt the evening, he entered by the sculptured gateway witbia proceeding from the poor blind Vouivre. This token of the walls of Besançon. profound grief arrested his attention for a moment; he Once there, he stopt, not knowing well to what side to even stopt and went back a few paces, led by a sentiment turn himself. With his diamond in his hand, indeed, he of compassion; but the wish that he had so long indulged imagined, with the confidence of a young man, that be, --the ardent desire to possess this precious stone-again was rich; but yet it was necessary to find a merchant, mastered him. He entered his father's dwelling all and especially a lodging where he might pass the night. breathless and aghast, and hastened to lock himself in his Whilst he dosed about from place to place, bis eyes in the chamber. His anxious mother came and knocked at the air, counting the store;s of the houses, and seeking for a door; he affected to be asleep, though he slept not. He sign of good augury, he was stopped by a little black man, held the diamond in bis hands, gazing on it with atten- whose face, in attempting a smile, grinned after a frighttion; and as he gazed, he felt awakening within him im- ful fashion. The old women of Mouthier who detail this petuous desires, strange visions, of which he had never veritable history, insinuate the darkest suspicions as to been conscious before. In the dazzling rays of the dia- the character of this personage. But the fact is demonmond he thought he bebeld opening before him a new strable, from the testimony of Paul, that he bad neither world, glittering with gold and jewels, and peopled with a great pair of horns, a flaming eye, nor a cloren boof. ideal creatures, who danced and sung under a sky of azure He was, in fact, dressed very decently, and his language lighted by innumerable suns. He still heard resounding and manners indicated a man perfectly well brought op in bis retreat the desolate voice of the Vouivre; but he and rather polished. He approached Paul hat in hand, and had already shut his ears to the tender accents of his inquired with great appearance of interest the object mother, and closing them also to the lamentations of the his search ; offered to conduct him himself to a very good unfortunate victim of his cupidity, he threw himself upon hotel, where they only received, he said, persons of a his bed, and indulged, half-sleeping, half-waking, the spectability; then, marching alongside of our hero, de most fantastic fancies.
scribing to him the monuments of Besan çon, the preThe morrow was a Sunday. From an early hour all menades, and the public spectacles, he gained his confthe family prepared to go to mass. The young girls took dence so completely, that the young adventurer hesitated from the walnut-wood cupboard their most becoming not to disclose to him who he was, what discovery he had dresses and most tasteful handkerchiefs; the boys plunged made, and what motive had now brought him to the their heads in a bucket of water, then combed with care ancient capital of Franche-Comté. their flowing locks. Their father, old Dubois himself, dis- * Really, my young sir,' exclaimed the unknown, you played no little satisfaction in performing his rustic toilet. ought to bless your stars which have thrown me in your He was church warden of his village, and required to way-you could hardly have been more lucky; for knot appear in suitable style in the chief seat of the church. that I am Master Finlappi, celebrated throughout the Paul declined going with the rest under pretext of a vio province as one of the most expert jewellers in existlent headach. For more than two hours he had been ence. There is not a pair of ear-pendants, a valuable seated on his bed, turning the diamond over and over in bracelet, a collar of pearls, which does not pass through his hands, and revolving successively in his imagination my hands; nor do I circumscribe my enterprises within an array of the most fantastic visions. Throughout this the limits of the towns of Franche-Comté. I have a mafeverish hallucination, and these vague and floating gazine in Paris itself, and you must go there if you desire chimeras, one idea took obstinate hold
of his mind-the to avail yourself properly of the treasure which fortune idea of departing, of abandoning the humble rural dwelling has thrown in your way. Plague it! the diamond of the where his diamond would be a useless treasure, and Vouivre! Long have I desired to see that wondrous jewel; going to some great city in search of those joys of fortune and I shall give you for it, without biggling, a sum large which its price could procure. In a short time this idea enough to stupify you. Ah! you are happy, young man! became a project, and the project a decision. For a you enter life by a splendid door-by the door of geld; moment he felt disquieted at the thought of the solici- and it now only remains for you to cut a high figure in tude which his mysterious departure would cause to his the capital of France, to move on a level with the richest parents, especially the anguish which it would create in lords, and to see the king.' the mind of his mother. • But,' said he to himself, “I • To see the king !' cried Paul, who had listened to this shall write them from the place where I shall sell my harangue of the jeweller with growing enthusiasm. You diamond; I shall send them enough of mone to buy think I may hope for the honour of approaching the king' vineyards and fields, and I shall revisit them when I have • Yes, certainly,' replied Finlappi; .and I am the man seen the world.' But he did not say, he was not himself to give you the means, if you choose to confide in me. conscious, that the possession of this long-coveted treasure Don't think of thanking me; in acting thus, I merely had already changed his heart. At night he had concealed follow the bent of my own inclination. Your appearance the diamond from all eyes as he would a theft; in the interests me; and then, I may tell you, I love generous morning he had told a falsehood; and he now proceeded souls-people who are born under a friendly star, and sbo, coolly to commit a heartless cruelty in deserting the pa- from their first step in life, find themselves fondled by ternal roof.
fortune. There is pleasure in obliging these people, for No sooner had he seen his parents on the road to the one knows that services rendered to them fructify like church, than he dressed himself, shut the door, and cir- seed sown in fertile soil. As for those unfortunates who cling the village by a road which skirted the plantation labour-who waste their lives in trying to amass day by of Hautepierre, he directed his course towards Besançon. day, by the sweat of their brows, what will buy them a Arrived at the summit of a hill whence the valley of cabin and the corner of a field, these are wretches whom Mouthier could be seen in all its fresh and picturesque I cannot look on without profound contenipt.' beauty, with its magnificent girdle of wood and rocks, and * Alas!' sighed Paul to himself, my fatber works the plain of Lods, with its forests of fruit trees, he turnou 'thus, and he is nevertheless a worthy man.' But he
dared not utter this reflection aloud, for fear of appearing ing shown him into his chamber, had only demanded a before his new friend unequal to his situation.
sight of the diamond, with the splendour of which he * Thus, then,' added Finlappi, 'if you desire to have seemed quite dazzled. my assistance, I shall charge myself with disposing of your • You shall see me to-morrow,' he had said, and shall jewel; and, in fact, I know a very high personage, who be satisfied with me.' would gladly give several of his castles for such a diamond. The next day, in fact, at an early hour, he entered You shall set out for Paris; I myself require to go thither Paul's room, carrying under his arm a sack of money. in a few days, and I shall meet you there.'
Behold,' said he, 'five hundred crowns, which I now * But-for getting there- stammered Paul.
pay you to account of the bargain I hope to see very soon "Ab! I guess what you wish to say. You have come concluded between us. You can set out this very evenfrom our village of Mouthier, where one sees doubtlessing, and you may wait for me the Hotel du Faucon, more pebbles than pence, and your purse is probably Rue Dauphine.' bardly so well lined as you could wish. Well, well; I Paul shook his friend's hand with an expression of most myself shall advance the money necessary to convey you ardent gratitude. He employed the rest of the day in comfortably to Paris; and in order that you may not sup- exchanging his simple peasant's attire for a more distinpose I wish to take advantage of your youth and confi- guished dress, and that same evening was on the road to dence, you shall carry the diamond with you, and you will | Paris. only give it up to me there in exchange for a whole pile Two hours after his arrival in the capital, Paul was of money.'
sauntering leisurely through the streets of the city, of which At this liberal proposal, Paul well nigh flung himself they talked at Mouthier as of a fabulous region. From into the arms of the jeweller, and felt as if he could the Rue Dauphine, where he had gone to lodge according to clasp him to his heart.
the directions of Finlappi, he very naturally directed his Oh! the generous man!' thought he; "what energy steps towards the Pont Neuf; and what was his astonishof character! what an enlightened mind! and what great. ment, when, at the corner of that bridge, he perceived, ness of soul! And our good curé, who told me so often, in the midst of a chaos of people, horses, and carriages, that in the towns it was needful to be on our guard against the jeweller himself, who he believed to be yet at Besanthieves and rogues! My debut has been most fortunate; çon. for here is a gentleman who sees me for the first time, • Eh, what!' cried he, overjoyed at the rencounter; and yet treats me with unequalled kindness.'
'my dear sir, is this you?' • What are you thinking about ?' demanded Finlappi. Yes, my young friend,' replied the jeweller, in a merry
*Ah! my worthy sir,' replied Paul, I think that I tone, “it is myself in person as you see-same coat, same cannot sufficiently prize the chance which has brought me hat, same figure. I have found means of transport more in contact with a man like you; and I should much wish, rapid than yours. It is already two days since I came to before going to Paris, to write to my parents, and tell town, and I have done something to the purpose. In the them all my good fortune.'
first place, I have seen the person of whom I spoke to Wait a few days. When you have seen the capital, you, and who I expect will buy the diamond. In the when you have been presented at court (for it is necessary second place, I have found you a convenient residence, for you should be presented at court), when, in fact, you are you can only remain at the hotel for a short time. You actually in the enjoyment of the splendid fortune which shall live near the Palais Royal, the most elegant quarter you hold in your hands, you will be much better able to of the world, with a house, servants, and carriage of your gladden the hearts of your parents in recounting so many own; and this very day, if you please, you may commence marvels.'
the life of a gentleman, I have only to request you to "You say well, sir,' replied Paul; "and I shall be able confide the diamond to me, that I may show it to the to send them from Paris many rich presents, which can- person who wishes to purchase it. I shall immediately not perhaps be procured in Besançon.'
send you some thousand crowns for your present expenses "That is quite true. You shall send to the good lady - spend your money freely, and when you require more, your mother robes of velvet, laces to the young ladies there is my address-write me or come and see me-my your sisters, and damask arms and gold chains to your purse is open to you.' brothers.
Paul had experienced so many strange emotions in the This time Paul regarded the jeweller with something space of eight days, that these words of the jeweller no more than suspicion; but the countenance of Finlappi longer surprised him. He accepted without any reflecbetrayed not the slightest appearance of irony.
tion the proposition that had been made to him; received All right," said Paul to himself
, he speaks seriously, the money transmitted to him without even looking at it; and it is certain that I am at this moment immensely and freely installed himself in the dashing house procured rich,
for him by Finlappi. There is nothing in the world to Meantime the youth and his conductor had arrived at which people habituate themselves so easily as a favourthe middle of the Rue Battant, one of the most populous able change of fortune. From the moment that we come and bustling streets in Besançon.
to have wealth, we seem to have been born for it, so Look,' said Finlappi, showing to his companion a large speedily do we find ourselves at our ease--so soon, as if house, the walls of which were blackened by time, there by a species of intuition, do we get accustomed to the is the Hôtel du Croissant, the hotel of all the rich people manners and language of the rich man. At the moment and of all the gentlemen in the province. I shall myself of entering within the gilded and carved apartments where introduce you; and to-morrow, if you wish to follow my he was to reign as master, Paul, the innocent child of advice, I shall send you a sum of money which will enable the village, felt himself instantaneously transformed. He you to journey at your ease.'
assumed a tone high and sharp, and a gesture superb and Paul was no longer disposed to make the least objection imperious. At first he hesitated to ask certain services to anything the jeweller said. He felt himself subdued, from his domestics; but he soon came to treat them withfascinated, by the look, by the tone of voice of this man, out regard and without pity; he scolded, he fretted himwhom he regarded as the most noble and generous being self every moment, at the insolence of the one and the that it was possible to find on the face of the earth. At awkwardness of the other, at the meagre invention of his night, when alone in the chamber that had been assigned cook, or the laziness of his coachman. He was speedily to him in the hotel, after having made a hearty supper, surrounded with friends, all young men of the first dislike a man who does not need to restrict himself by any tinction, swaggering in spangled dresses, with plumes in vulgar calculations of economy, he set himself to review their hats and swords at their sides, and holding it an in his mind all that he had beard; and as each word suc- honour to cultivate the esteem of Paul and make themcessively recurred to him, he felt penetrated with a de- selves agreeable to him. At first they called him, in his light altogether inexpressible. The jeweller, after hav: town house, and in the circles which he gathered roun? bim, M. le Chevalier; but this was soon after changed, the jeweller, to deniand from him fresh bags of gold, he with unhesitating liberality, for the style of Baron. That was at the very first stupilied with the strange physioge one of his associates, however, who displayed for him the nomy of Finlappi. greatest devotion, declared that he could never reconcile • Ah! Mr (ichtleman,' said the old merchant, with an 11 himself to see his best friend restricted to so modest a air of merciless mockery, you go it at a fine rate! I did title; that he knew from unquestioned sources, by re- | think you a little simple and inexperienced, but certainly searches made with D’Hosier himself, that Paul was a not to this point. In two words, you have deroured the i marquis, and that from henceforth it was incumbent on fortune of a count. No doubt you are a metrus; bat every one to call him by that title-and Paul, nothing see-behold your receipts.' (The jeweller had been careloath, immediately assumed the designation of the Mar- ful to obtain from Paul a receipt for each sum that he quis du Bois. But if these friends offered each day strik- had given him.) For myself, howeror, I bave not yet ing proofs of their respect and admiration, and of their sold your famous diamond, and till it.is disposed of, I desire to see him figuring honourably in the world, he have nothing more to give you.' treated them on his part with superb generosity. Balls Nothing more!' cried Paul, who that very day had and spectacles, promenades and suppors, followed each several obligations to meet. other in rapid succession; the simple Paul paid for all Nothing more!' repeated Finlappi, with a tone of the parties of pleasure that his friends conducted him to mockery. without a grumble; at the gaming-table and the bazaar, • Very well! then return me the diamond that I liare these agreeable gentlemen found themselves quite unem- intrusted to you.' barrasscd-this one had forgot his purse, the other had I wish for nothing else, if you will have the goodness lost at cards his income for a year; but Paul, though los- to reimburse me the sums that I have advanced to roi' ing himself, yet deemed he had wealth enough to gratify "Scoundrel!' exclaimed Paul, with an accent of furn, all the wishes of his companions, and redeem all their ' That matters little, my young sir; each of us has his disasters. A respectable old man, who lived near him, own business to mind. I have your diamond in my hards, and who met him from time to timné, said to him one day: it is true, but you have my money; return it to me pith
* Take care, sir; these people are deceiving, robbing, the legal interest, and every thing shall be settled.' and laughing at you. I have not the honour of your ac
you know that is impossible.' quaintance, and you may perhaps think it strange that I 'I know that you are a young man of the highest propresume to give you this advice; but I do so from a charit- mise, and that you have the most noble friends in the able motive, and I hope it will not be thrown away.' world. Go and demand from them the few hundred
Indeed!' cried Paul; "how dare you question the thousand pounds that you owe ine, and we shall be at one. honour and delicacy of half-a-dozen perfect gentlemen?' Have they not sworn a hundred times that they were deAnd he precipitated himself with fresh ardour into the voted to you in life and in death ? and what is this but a tumult of enjoyments towards which he was beckoned by miserable trifle for friends who so ardcntly love you? the plaudits of his allies.
At these last words, pronounced with an air of most It is hardly necessary to say, that such a mode of life insulting irony, Paul could no longer contain himself; he caused the money he had received from the jeweller to flew upon the jeweller, seized him by the collar, and pass very rapidly out of his hands. Three weeks had threw liim on the floor. hardly glided away ere he again felt compelled to fall • Help! help!' cried Finlappi, with a choked voice. back on the coffers of Finlarpi.
At this moment a detachment of the watch appeared • Bravo! my young gentleman,' said the jeweller, see- before the door; and hcaring the outcry, the archers ing him enter his shop. I observe with pleasure, that if burst into the house, where they found the old jeweller fortune has treated you generously, you are not one of on his knees, trembling and struggling under the vigorthose stupid beings who believe themselves obliged to ous hand of his youthful antagonist. Without deigning hide from the eyes of the world the wealth they ought to listen to any explanation, they put an end to the scuiile gaily to enjoy. I have not yet sold your diamond, but by carrying both parties to prison. the affair, I expect, will very soon be settled. Meantime, As soon as Paul, crushed and frightened by such a to continue the course of your ainiable existence, take this catastrophe, bad recovered his powers of reflection, he bag of gold, and do not spare it.'
demanded pen and ink, and wrote to each of his faithful While thus speaking, the jeweller had in his look, and friends a letter in which he recounted the indignity that in his voice, an expression of sarcasm, cold, wicked, which had been put upon him, the odious machinations of which struck Paul as singular. The young adventurer, how- he had been the victim, and concluded by calling for ever, made no remark; he threw the gold carelessly into prompt relief. This correspondence finished and dis. the pocket of his coat, and went with a light step to re- patched, he waited every moment to see appear in bis join the cohort of his gay companions.
dungeon all those worthy young men who had so often The week following he returned to demand the same made to him such magnificent protestations. But one sum, and that demand lie repeated some days after; for day, two days passed away, and no one came. On the the society in which he lived attracted him more and evening of the third, while reclining wide awake on his more, and each new flattery of his pretended friends was couch of straw, his ear open to every sound, he heard the like a new letter of credit drawn upon him, which he voice of a turnkey, who, thinking him asleep, said to one hastened to honour with a confidence quite unequalled. of his companions :-They, of course, loaded him with praises-lauded his Would you believe that the young man in this cell, exquisite taste, his polite conversation, his greatness of who has so simple a look, is a daring robber? He has soul-every thing, from the tie of his cravat to the cut of stolen one of the richest diamonds from a magazine in his coat, which ought, they maintained, to attract the at- Paris, and cheated an honest jeweller out of more than : tention of the greatest lords, and make a revolution in hundred thousand pounds!' the fashions. Already the king had noticed him in pass- Really!' cried the other; 'is it possible ? ing, and had testified a desire to see him. Ladies of high "Oh, yes! I can assure you of the fact; for that slashbirth wished to draw him within their circles. They ex- ing thief, who has already been in prison for I don't know pected every instant the arrival of a gentleman of the how many bad actions, and who calls bimself the Vicomte bedchamber, who should come to request his appearance de Basan, said so positively to our comrade Auguste, who at a private levée at Versailles. At these unmeasured carried a letter to him from this youngster.' praises, Paul reared his head haughtily, viewed himself This scoundrel, this sham viscount, was the identical in the glass, assumed the attitudes of a fool, and handed gay and smiling cavalier who had seemed most ardently over to his panegyrists, with a liberal hand, all that he attached to the fortunes of Paul, and whom the poor possessed.
youth of Franche-Comté regarded as his most powerful But when he presented himself for the last time before and devoted friend. On learning this frightful truth
one of his associates, he felt a dreadful presentiment as to changed his embroidered dress for a rustic frock, his lace the character of the others, and rolled himself on his collar for a cravat of linen, his top-boots for a pair of couch with tears and cries of despair.
wooden shoes, and his cap and feathers for a coarse hat. Called before one of the functionaries of the police the The peasant made a good bargain, and Paul found himday after he had made this fatal discovery, Paul regained, 'self in the simple costume which he had worn before, and by the lively reaction of this first misfortune, his original which he never again desired to change. ingenuousness, and freely and simply detailed all that He arrived at the summit of the hill whence he had had befallen him, from the evening when he found the formerly turned to take a last survey of the village, at diamond of the Vouivre to that on which he had been so twelve o'clock on a fine spring day. The enviroirs of the ignominiously committed to prison. The person who valley were already gay with flowers, which shed their questioned him, however, regarded the greater part of perfume on the air; the hills, the meadows, the fields, his story as an infamous falsehood, and commanded the were carpeted with fresh verdure; the birds chirped upon guards to reconduct the audacious robber to his dungeon, the branches of the blossomed hawthorn, the waters of and watch him more closely than ever. Even at the time the Loue glittered in the rays of the sun through the of which we speak, people had begun to attach but little branches of the trees, and the bell for midday prayer faith to popular traditions. The police official had, be tolled from the tower of the parish church. Hero and sides, been long habituated to distrust all fine words and there were seen, among the hills and valleys, a peasant all appearance of innocence on the part of those who were returning to his labour, a woman carrying dinner to the summoned before his redoubtable tribunal. And here he workers in the fields, or a child running along a by-path; was asked to beliere that in a rivulet of Franche-Comté and there seemed in this grand and picturesque scene, had been found a winged snake, carrying in its forehead, gladdened by a lovely day, animated by rural motion, like the luminous pupil of an eye, a diamond larger and overrun with innumerable flowers, and decked out with finer than all those that glittered in the diadem of the so much grace, an attractiveness and tranquillity which king! In truth, it was a proof of great good nature to would have ravished the dullest imagination. have listened with so much patience to such an old "Ah! wretch that I am,'cried Paul, clasping his hands woman's tale!
and casting his eyes with profound admiration over the However, it soon came out that the jeweller, locked up prospect which surrounded him; ‘here was repose, bere like Paul in a close dungeon, barricaded and chained, had was happiness, and I left it all-all for folly-for degraeffected his escape; nor could the sagacity of all the keep- dation! Pardon me, merciful Heaven!' ers united divine by what hole or crevice he had taken While offering up this cry of regret, he approached the flight. This inexplicable incident, which they could vineyard where he had worked with his brothers, gliding attribute to nothing but magical power, threw the first step by step, like a guilty one, behind a hedge of plumfavourable gleam on the cause of the young adventurer. trees. When he gained the field where his father laboured, In so strange an affair, when one piece of witchcraft.was he beheld all the family seated on the ground, and paradmitted, it was less difficult to admit a second. Then taking of the frugal repast of the day; his brothers and it happened, luckily for the son of the vinedresser, that sisters eating with a keen appetite, and talking gaily of he found a judge, highly respected and very learned, who the good promise of the vines; his father seeming to lishad travelled in Franche-Comté, and had there heard in ten to them, though with a care-orn look; and his many parts of the diamond of the Vouivre, and who, bav- mother seated some steps apart-his mother, pale and ing himself examined the youth, felt convinced that he wasted, her head resting upon one of her hands, who ate had really found the precious stone on the margin of a not, listened not, and spake not. At this sight he restream, and that he was no farther guilty than as having mained master of himself no longer. His heart melted resigned himself to the blandishments of a gay life, and within him, and a cry of anguish escaped from his lips. maltreated the jeweller, as witnessed by the archers. On Mother! mother!'' he said, and threw himself into the the report of this judge, whose opinion in a great measure arms of the poor woman, whose voice became choked ruled the minds of the others, Paul was declared innocent with sobs. of the crime imputed to him; and as it was thought that "It is he!' cried the father, wiping with his horny hand he had been punished enough by the grief he had mani- a tear from either eye. • Thou art restored to us again, fested while in prison for the violence towards Finlappi, my poor boy, and we shall not ask thee what thou hast he was immediately set at liberty by order of the tri- done since thou didst leave us. There is work here; wilt bunal.
thou set thyself to it steadily, and think no more of those The poor boy sprungamut of prison with an explosion of absurd ideas thou hast picked up I know not where ?' joy impossible to describe. He was free, he once more "Ah! I desire nothing else,' said Paul, embracing in breathed the air of the street, and was able to come and turn all his brothers and sisters. go at his pleasure. But he found himself alone upon the “Eh, well, wife,' said the vinedresser, hand us a parement of Paris, despoiled of every thing, without a spoon. The poor boy is hungry, perhaps, and will not friend, without a protector, without a single soul who, in refuse to partake of this dish of curds and whey, although this immense city, was likely to take an interest in his he has doubtiess tasted finer viands in his travels.' extraordinary fate. The thought of his follies, of his ex- Paul seated himself upon the ground, and gladly ate of travagance, wrung his heart like an iron vice. He seated the rustic meal that had been offered him; and to prove himself on a post at the corner of an unfrequented street, that he had returned fully corrected of his errors, he took and wept, and prayed; and when he had paid this sor- a hatchet, and worked on till evening with intrepid resorowful but salutary tribute of repentance, he felt himself lution. all at once filled with a new-born resolution, and endowed But at night he went to find the good old cure, to whom with a strength he had never felt before.' He searched he recounted all that had befallen him. The worthy in his pocket, found there yet some pence, the only priest replied remains of his wonderful fortune, and then rose and My child, a fortune which comes to us without being departed.
duly earned, engenders nothing but foolish pride and fatal He departed, and went straight along the road to Be- illusions. Enjoyment is to be found only in the wealth sançon, which he had formerly traversed under so many which patient labour has acquired, and true happiness in foolish illusions. He now walked on foot, his head dc- doing our duty.' pressed, his spirit afflicted, but cured of many fatal The old woman who narrated this faithful history, thoughts and dangerous chimeras. At the end of that added that Paul profited by these wise advices, and that road was an assured refuge—the paternal roof-the quiet he became, like his father, a worthy labourer and respecthearth, which he could again approach, with a heart pro- able head of a family. faned and defiled indeed, but deeply repentant. At some Let us also hope that the well-drawn moral of the old distance from Paris he met a peasant, with whom he ex- I curé will not be lost upon our young readers.
LECTURES TO YOUNG MEN ON RELIGION,
plant, every blade of grass, every drop of dew which
sparkles upon it, has an intelligible language whereby to SCIENCE, AND LITERATURE.
express its Creator's praise, if only we have the wisdoni CATILINE evinced his shrewdness when, having resolved to to read that language aright. It is something more than ! subvert the liberties of Rome, he began his career as a
a poetical image to say that there are .sermons in stones - for not only is it true that, from the positions they
11 conspirator by endeavouring to corrupt the young men of occupy and the character inscribed upon them, we can the city and train them to deeds of daring and crime. read the wondrous history of the earth, but each mass i The importance to its welfare of that class of the com- of stone, in its very structure, speaks to us of a wisdom || munity whom he sought to seduce can scarcely be over
which is infinite. But for the nice adjustment of the estimated. They form, indeed, the flower and hope of particle weighed and measured with the nicest accuracy,
various particles which compose a block of stone, each every nation. And there is no one who in the least de- they would not cohere, and would exist only in the form gree cares for the best interests of society, but must re- of dust. The utinost advances which the science of che- | gard with intense pleasure every effort to impress the mistry has made, have served to do little more than reveal minds of young men with a sense of the claims which
to us this principle of nice adjustment, and how very far society bas on them—the peculiar dangers to which they knowledge of Him, who not only understood all the rela
beyond our researches in science must have been the are exposed--the duties they are especially called to exe- tions of matter, but arailed himself of them in a variety cute—and the influence which their training and conduct of arrangements altogether inconceivable. And if even in youth cannot fail to exert on their happiness and use in the unformed, unorganized materials which are scatfulness in mature years. In several cities and towns of tered over the earth, or lie beneath its surface, God has Scotland courses of lectures have been delivered expressly ible and striking are the traces of it which we find in the
proclaimed his infinite wisdom, how much more discernwith this view, and we cannot doubt that these have been varied and beautiful forms of organized existence, from attended by the happiest results. We would humbly sug- the complicated structure of man himself down to the gest, hoping that ere long the biut may be acted on, that simplest forms of vegetable life. God speaks to us of similar courses might be got up for the especial benefit of himself-reveals his own character, and declares his glory young women. We can scarcely think them less needed, lation as that every thing we see shall bear to our minds
in them all-and it is our part so to understand this reveand we are positive they would not be less welcome.
and hearts that testimony whereby God proclaims himself The lectures we notice at present were delivered in ever-present, all-powerful, wise and good. Limiting our Dundee, by ministers of different denominations. They view at present exclusively to those sciences wbich have have been published in a cheap and handsome volume, to do with the properties and relations of matter, and the and deserve a far wider circulation than what their mere surely cannot be denied that to man it must be a duty to
adaptations which prevail in the material universe, delivery could give them. The lectures are twelve in be able intelligently to survey the world in which he lives, rumber; of course they vary in merit, yet every one of and the spangled sky which canopies him. And as God, them will richly repay a perusal. As peculiarly in kcop- with the discharge of every duty, has associated the bigbing with the character and tone of the INSTRUCTOR, we
est amount of enjoyment, so in the investigations of transfer to its pages part of a discourse by the Rev. William science, apart from the pleasurable excitement which the Wilson of Carmylie, on the claims which science has on
mind experiences by the mere exercise of its faculties,
there are, at every step of our advancement, such suryoung men, and the manner in which these claims should prising revelations, as to convey to the soul the highest be met. In illustrating these claims he says
delight. Even without such a knowledge of astronomy, I. The study of science is, in a certain sense, a religious for example, as can only be reached through the laborious duty. Man's highest object and aim ought to be, to path of mathematical study, it is possible so to familiaknow God, and Jesus Christ, whom he hath sent,' for this rize ourselves with the visible aspect of the heavens, as is eternal life. Now, while it is most true, that from the that when we walk abroad at eventide, we shall know ibe Bible we learn all that we can know of Jesus Christ, and, name of each particular star, and where and when to lock beyond comparison, the largest share of what we can for it. A knowledge of botany, too, not difficult of acknow of God, it is also true that God speaks to us in the quirement, and which might be increased by every walk works of his hands. “The heavens declare the glory of we take into the country, would make the world a new God, and the firmament showeth his handiwork. Day scene of enjoynient to us. Nor is a competent know ledge unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night teacheth of mineralogy and geology beyond the reach of any one knowledge concerning him.' While God has spread out who will keep his eyes and his mind open to inquire. the volume of Revelation before us, and enjoined us to Possessed of such knowledge as this, limited though it search the Scriptures, and learn the testimony they have be, what various sources of enjoyment are opened upto give concerning him; he has also spread out the vo- what healthful exercise for the mind afforded—what inlume of Creation under our eye, and invites us, even in ducements to recognise an ever-present God provided. his Word, to read it as a testimony to the perfection and Here, however, I must guard against its being supposed glory of his nature. And as that man would not be guilt- that I am a believer in the theory that the prosecution of less who would shut the Bible and neglect its full testi- science will lead us ' from nature up to nature's God.' I mony, peither is he to be regarded as altogether without know no instance in which this transition has been effected sin who neglects or refuses to read the testimony which --in which the mere student of nature has been led from God gives of himself in all the works of his hand. bis observation of the evidences of intelligent and benefi.
Nature has many voices whereby to express the glory cent design to the adoration and worship of the Creator. of the Creator. The starry heavens proclaim his praise, It is true that such marks of design are everywhere apand every object on earth speaks to us of his power and parent, and force themselves upon the attention of the wisdom. It is not only a source of unceasing and most student of naiure; but the use in religion which they are diversified enjoyment, to be able in the whole of the fitted to serve is not to reveal an otherwise unknosa visible crcation to trace the handiwork of God; but, more- God. They hare done eminent service ip exposing the over, if he has been pleased to inscribe bis glorious aitri- folly of those who have denied the existence of God, but bites on the things wlich he has made, it is our duty it is ly fuith we understand that even the world ras studiously and reverenti; to read the inscription. Every framed by the word of God. There is nothing in the mere
contemplation of design and adaptation to rai-e the mind to the contamplation of a designer. But were any one to