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mous surface of the balloon, to drag the ment, will, doubtless, be too happy to car along the ground, as if it were invest one at least of their labours with drawn by fiery and ungovernable horses. a more useful and more noble characNow arrived a moment of difficulty ter. and danger, which also had been foreseen and provided for by M. Barral. Our limits warn us that this article, If either of the voyagers had singly which has already exceeded customary leaped from the car, the balloon, light. bounds, must come to a close. We ened of so much weight, would dart up must, therefore, leave to others to puragain into the air. Neither voyager sue the consequences of the inventions would consent, then, to purchase his which we have in these pages hastily own safety at the risk of the other. M. indicated. What social, commercial, Barral, therefore, threw his body half and political changes may not be looked down from the car, laying hold of the for, when all the great centres of popuvine-stakes, as he was dragged along, lation, industry, and commerce have and directing M. Bixio to hold fast to been brought into intellectual contact ! his feet. In this way the two voyagers, when persons and things are carried by their united bodies, formed a sort of over the surface of the land at a mile anchor, the arms of M. Barral playing a minute, and intelligence at the rate the part of the fluke, and the body of of a couple of hundred thousand miles M. Bixio that of the cable.
per second ! ! In this way M. Barral was dragged The author of some of the most poover a portion of the vineyard rapidly, pular fictions of the day has affirmed, without any other injury than a scratch that in adapting to his purpose the reor contusion of the face, produced by sults of his personal observation on one of the vine-stakes.
men and manners, he had found him. The labourers just referred to mean- self compelled to mitigate the real in while collected, and pursued the bal. order to bring it within the limits of loon, and finally succeeded in securing the probable. No attentive and conit, and in liberating the voyagers, whom templative observer of the progress of they afterwards thanked for the bottles the arts of life, at the present time, can of excellent wine which, as they sup- fail to be struck with the prevalence of posed, had fallen from the heavens, the same character in their results as and which, wonderful to relate, had that which compelled the writer alluded not been broken from the fall, although, to to suppress the most wonderful of as has been stated, they had been dis- what had fallen under his eye, in order charged above the clouds. The asto- to bring his descriptions within the nishment and perplexity of the rustics bounds of credibility: can be imagined on seeing these bot. Many are old enough to remember tles drop in the vineyard.
the time when persons, correspondence, This fact also shows how perpendi- and merchandise were transported from cularly the balloon must have dropped, place to place in this country by stage. since the bottles, dismissed from such coaches, vans, and wagons. a height, fell in the same field where, In those days the fast-coach, with in a minute afterwards, the balloon also its team of spanking blood-horses, and dropped.
its bluff driver, with broad-brimmed The entire descent from the altitude hat and drab box-coat, from which a of twenty thousand feet was effected dozen capes were pendant, who “hanin seven minutes, being at the average dled the ribbons" with such consum. rate of fifty feet per second.
mate art, could pick a fly from the ear In fine, we have to report that these of the off-leader, and turn into the adventurous partisans of science, no- gateway of Charing Cross with the thing discouraged by the catastrophe precision of a geometrician, were the which has occurred, have resolved to topics of the unbounded admiration of renew the experiment under, as may the traveller. Certain coaches obtained be hoped, less inauspicious circum- a special celebrity and favour with the stances; and we trust that on the next public. occasion they will not disdain to avail We cannot forget how the eye of the themselves of the co-operation and pre. traveller glistened when he mentioned sence of some one of those persons, who the Brighton “Agę," the Glasgow having hitherto practised ærial navi. “Mail," the Shrewsbury “Wonder," gation for the mere purposes of amuse, or the Exeter “Defiance,"—the Age,
which made its trip in five hours, and should be supplied to order, at a fixed the Defiance, which acquired its fame price, in any quantity required, and by completing the journey between of any prescribed force ; that conducLondon and Exeter in less than thirty tors would be carried from this building hours.
to all parts of the country, by which The rapid circulation of intelligence such lightning should be sent at will ; was also the boast of those times. that in the attics of this same building With what pride was it not announced would be provided certain small inthat the news of each afternoon formed struments like barrel-organs or pianoa topic of conversation at tea-tables the fortes, played on by boys; that by same evening, twenty miles from Lon- means of these instruments, the aforedon, and that the morning Journals, said lightning should, at the will and still damp from the press, were served pleasure of the said boys, deliver mesat breakfast within a radius of thirty sages at any part of Europe, from miles, as early as the frequenters of Petersburgh to Naples; and in fine, the London clubs received them. that answers to such messages should
Now let us imagine that some pro- be received instantaneously, and by found thinker, deeply versed in the like means: that in this same building resources of Science and Art at that offices should be provided, where any epoch, were to have gravely and pub. lady or gentleman might enter, at any licly predicted that the generation ex- hour, and for a few shillings send isting then and there would live to a message by lightning to Paris or see all these admirable performances Vienna, and by waiting for a few mobecome obsolete, and consigned to ments, receive an answer! the history of the past; that they If such predictions had been hawould live to regard such vehicles as zarded by any individual, however the Age and Defiance the clumsy ex- eminent might be his reputation, and pedients of past times, and their celerity great his acquirements
, he would be such as to satisfy those alone who inevitably set down as a fitter occuwere in a backward state of civili- pant of Bedlam than any other place sation!
of abode. Yet most of these things Let us imagine that such a person have come to pass, and the rest only were to affirm that his contemporaries wait the completion of the mechanism would live to see a coach like the Exe- necessary to execute them. Such ter Defiance making its trip, not in things have become so interwoven with thirty, butin five hours, and drawn, not our daily habits, that familiarity has by two hundred blood horses, but by blunted the edge of wonder. a moderate-sized stove and four bushels Compared with all such realities, of coals !
the illusions of Oriental romance grow · Let us further imagine the same pale; fact stands higher than fiction in sagacious individual to declare that the scale of the marvellous ; the feats his contemporaries would live to see of Aladdin are tame and dull; and the a building erected in the centre of Genius of the Lamp yields precedence London, in the cellars of which ma- to the Spirits which preside over the chinery would be provided for the Battery and the Boiler. fabrication of artificial lightning, which
SCENES FROM AN ARTIST'S LIFE IN PARIS, FEBRUARY, 1848.
“ Farewell] a word that must be and hath been,
A sound which makes us linger-yet-farewell!"-CHILDE HAROLD.
Partings are rarely otherwise than can to get a bow from you; I suppose sad; even the schoolboy has his little you have thrown away your manners grief when starting for the holidays. to travel more at ease and lightly." It may be for a boy-friend, a tree, a Blue-eyes looked up. Brandon met flower, a pet, the young housemaid, or them, and expressed a thousand parthe old housekeeper; it is sad, indeed, to dons for not having bowed before, but part from what we like or love; the he really had not seen her, her side last shake of hands, the last look, the face was turned-as if he didn't know last kiss tears the heart. But by how Blue-eye's profile, nor ever touched much sadder is it to neither press the it with his lips. Well, well, if lies can hand nor kiss the lips which we have be excused, they must be love's red often pressed and kissed with fervent lies, that publish their disgrace in Warmth, when parting, at the most, blushes, and publicly atone, as Brana for four and twenty hours, to say fare. don's cheeks did on the moment, for well in an affected tone of carelessness, the errors of his lips. feeling one is watched, suspected, when “ I assure you,” added Brandon, “I months must intervene before we kiss had no intention of going away without those lips again, if ever.
taking leave of you, Mary, as well as There are such trying scenes in life, of all my kind friends here." Manly and and we remember one.
outspoken in words, but only a throwBrandon, to his horror, was ushered ing of dust into honest people's eyes ; he into a crowded drawing-room. Though had devotedly hoped and prayed to find, no skilled man of the world, the youth and yes, why should not it be writhad still sufficient power with his lips ten down ?-and kiss, Blue-eyes alone to work them into one of those every- within that very drawing-room, the day smiles in common use; and though hostess and his other friends being out. he had not seen, he guessed the pre- “ I am very sure," said Blue-eyes, sence of two soft blue eyes, which, "you would not do any thing so rude.” guarded as they were, still looked on This was perfectly true ; he was in: no one half so kindly as on him, and capable of it. seemed to feel and know the cause The conversation flagged, rallied; why they had been as yet unnoticed by flagged again ; some visiters went off, the new arrival.
fresh came in ; Blue-eyes and Brandon “ You leave us to-day, Reginald,” so placed as not even to talk commonsaid the hostess, mother of Blue-eyes; place, with which skilled hands can and being also an old friend of Bran- sometimes baffle a whole company, and don's, used his Christian name.
interchange their thoughts. “Yes, I leave to-day."
An hour passed. In one hour more “ We'll all miss you very much." Brandon had to start. Brandon felt “ You're very kind to say so." sick at heart, and then grew desperate. “ Tom, especially."
Blue-eyes trembled, looked to Bran. "I wish to Jove," said the gentle- don, paled, blushed, and while her lips man alluded to, “ I was going with made answer to common-place remarks, you, but here I'm stuck."
her heart throbbed tumultuously with " I wish it too, Tom;" while Bran- love and with despair. don's heart added, “but alone, Toni, The clock upon the chimney struckand in my place.”
à quarter gone from Brandon's hour; “ You have not looked, or bowed to three quarters still remained to pack Mary (Blue-eyes) yet,” remarked the a trunk, catch a railway train, and bid hostess. “She has been trying all she adieu to all he cared for most in life:
It was lacky Brandon's residence was near his friends, and both were near the station, or Brandon might as well have given up his journey for that day, at all events.
“Do you know, Reginald,” said Tom, “ you had better not be late ? its devilish near the time.” This was a heartless vagabond, whose delights were luggage, and confusion, and seeing people off.
“I must show you,” said Blue-eyes to a lady visiter, “ the worsted pattern I am working for a stool."
“ Do ; that's a dear."
“ You are a little in advance of railway time," answered Brandon to his friend.
“ I am not so sure of that,” rejoined young Tom.
Blue-eyes had risen for the pattern, and stood between the chair that Brandon sat on and the table in the drawer of which the pattern lay.
“ I'll not be responsible, recollect, if you are late, Reginald," said Tom, after a moment's pause, in the tone of a man who has discharged his duty, and buttons his coat.
It was the very gentlest pressure in
the world, more touch than pressure, and yet i: passed, like an electric shock, to Brandon's heart. Strange connex. ion that between a heart and a little band that touched another band.
"Do you know, Reginald," said the hostess, who up to this had been engaged, nose to nose, with a leading lady scandal-speaker of the day, “I quite agree with Tom, it's getting very near the time."
«i Well, I believe I must at length bid you all good bye,” and Brandon
The worsted pattern fell, and Mary stooped, and Brandon too, to pick it up; and on his cheek he felt dear Blue. eye's warm breath beating, and clus. tering light brown ringlets fall, and heard the whispered Saxon word “farewell," and that was all; they picked the worsted pattern up.
“Come, now, bolt," whispered Tom, who was deep-seeing, and humane at heart, “ don't mind the rest."
“ Mother, Reginald hasn't time to shake hands with you all, so he won't make any jealous, but bids you all good bye through me;" and Tom pushed and bustled off with Reginald Brandon.
“ The letter killeth-the spirit giveth life." That night a girl knelt in prayer by smoking, too-they say it leads to bad, her bedside. The sin must truly have besides 'twould spoil his lovely teeth ; been great, the crime of darkest dye, he always shows them when he smiles; which the apparent fervour and deep and, oh! preserve him, too" (here sorrow of that prayer and girl would there were tears and sobs), “ from not have blotted out for ever in the loving any one but me." And so the sight of heaven. The recording angel, prayer went on; a strange medley, it as he noted down that broken, irregular is true, of vanities and sinful aspira. appeal, may have dropped tears for tions. Condemnable it may be in the secretgrief seeking relief from heaven; eyes of stern critics; but recollect, good but they were not tears that blotted friends, that you must take our heroine out; they served to register for ever as you find her; and she's not an a girl's heartfelt prayer for him she angel-never tried to pass for such, loved.
but just a fair, very fair, weak-perThe prayer, perchance, might not haps, too, some might call it very have been considered orthodox, judged weak-kind, loving sister, woman. by a bench of modern bishops ; there And still, in spite of all, that prayer were such words, and vows, and wishes was gentle, holy, true; and such, perbreathed, as one but rarely meets with chance, in spirit, too, as early Christians in church rubricrons and rituals; for may have breathed, when prayer as instance, there were phrases of this yet was young, and clumsy, and homely, nature uttered: “ Ohi may we meet full many a day ago, in their own dear again "_" Never to separate"-Pre- land of Syria. serve him from all ill, from debt, from For true it is - and pity that it wine, from cards"_" And, oh! from should be true-in latter days, there
has crept among our churches, to a from that which now exists. Superior great extent, a certain cold, formular, it might be in the show of learning, sacerdotal slang, which, whether it be but in purity, universality, and, perused for discourse or for prayer, is chance too, in humility, three cen. grating to the ear; and if it ever reach turies behind. a heart at all, it must be one most The prayer that girl breathed to regularly predisposed, and nothing of heaven, we must suppose was heard, a rebel.
unit though it was, amid the many And, notwithstanding the increased prayers—how many of a different sort erudition of the age, and with it, too, —that rose from earth; for soon reli. the proved abilities of many valued ance came, and hope, with faith, too, in chiefs of the great Established Church that hope. While, following them, came in England, it may be fairly speculated tears of gratitude, and gentle dreams whether, if the liturgy of that Church of joyous meetings unobserved, with was lost, in manuscript and memory, love, embraces, kisses given, and these and had to be re-written, we would were sealed with sleep. not have a very different production
We meet our hero on a different ber, bath, and boudoir, where even scene from that on which we left him. princes should have tapped most lov. He is borne along with the armed ingly to be admitted ; there the Bourpopulace, who mount the staircase of bon women, frced from those eyes the grandest palace in Europe ; the that do so love to pry into, and stare old master has flown through one upon the great, might bathe, as Venus portal, as the new masters have en. does, without restraint, and robe, un. tered by the other. Their fathers did robe, disport themselves as willed the same before them ; it is an old their humours and light whims. chapter of French history reprinted Love gifts, pretty trifles, locks of the rehearsal of a favourite play. braided hair, garters blue or red, san.
Reginald Brandon's head was addled; dals, robes for night and day; there the clamour and fierce looks, with the they were strewed, torn, borne off in wild laughter, and wilder greetings of triumph. It was feeling, as it were, the victors, their swords and sabres the glory of the thing, to roll about a waving in the press like tails of game royal bed, attired in a royal robe : hounds. The joy was great, indeed; it was a real democratic revel. the fox bad been unearthed at last. But life is everywhere made up of
His head, indeed, was addled—the contrast ; it is strange, it is true, Re. scene was like a vivid dream—the day ginald had wandered at hap-hazard of Marie Antoinette again ; but still through the Palace of the Tuilleries, he bore along through antechambers, avoiding when he could the densely galleries, grand apartments. Emo. crowded chambers. At length he tions force most men, at least the reached a little spiral staircase, thickly young, to join or to oppose. Reginald carpeted; he followed, and it led him was not the straw to struggle with to à room, whose door was closed, that stream, and so he yelped in with and on the panelling there was written the savage pack, hurrah'd, yelled, and in fresh ink, not yet well dried, the played his part right manfully in that sentence : « Salon de lecture"_" On wondrous carnival.
ne doit pas y entrer”-“Vive la Re. And they were hot upon that old publique, le 24 Fevrier.” Our hero king, too; the very logs were blazing disobeyed the order, and went in; he still, and not half burnt on the hearth, found himself in presence of an old where, hearing counsel from a motley man, seated tranquilly in an easy chair, cabinet of boys and women, and stray reading a book, from which he raised men, he lingered, for the last time, as his eyes as Brandon entered. There a king.
was euch a quiet in the room, so difThen in they broke, through cham- ferent from the scene below, and such