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THE CHILD'S CORNER:

THE GARDEN :-January, 55; February, 110; Emily Tarlton—by Hannah Clay-95

March, 166; April, 223; May, 279; June, Field-flowers' Triumph-by R. A. C.-143

334 Ganselinda; or, the fatal Consequences of Vanity-by Albert Taylor-255

THE TOILETTE :-Costume for January, 55 ; FebThe Alabaster Vase—by Hannah Clay-200 ruary, 110; March, 166; April, 222; May, 278; The Ambitious Fir-tree-by A. L.-33

June, 333
The New England Boys; or, an Incident in the
Life of a Philosopher, 317

The Abduction ; a Tale of Ireland in 1794-by J.

W. Crowe, Esq.-210, 239 THE WORK TABLE—by AIGUILLETTE :

The Christmas Wish-by Frances Brown-24 Bead Border to the Anti-macassar, 205

The Daughters of Elizabeth of Bohemia, 182 Black-currant Leaf Purse, 320

The Early Closing Association, 215 Braiding Pattern, 37

The Emigrant's Friend—by T. B. P.--245 Chemisette in Irish Guipure, 319

The Frontier House; or, Old Times in the Cigar Case in Crochet, 92

Granite Stato-by Mrs. Sarah Josepha Hale Collar Embroidered in Application, 202 Crochet Anti-macassar, in white and coloured The Goldsmith of St. Denis-294 cotton, 259

The Hermit of Hatfield Chase-by R. H. BrownEmbroidered Shoe for an Infant, 149

40 Floral Card-basket, 36

The New Exhibition at Sydenham-by Maria NorGuipure Point Collar, 36

ris-206 Handkerchief in coloured Embroidery, 94

The Past—by F. M.-155
Hand-screen in Crochet, 146
Lace to trim a Child's Frock, 318

The Slavery Question, 153
Mousquetaire Collar in Broderie Anglaise, 148 'The Wild Flowers of early Spring-time, 124

The Tragedian's Trunk, 101
Mousquetaire Collar in Point-lace, 95

The Woman of the Writers-by Mary Cowden Netted D'Oyley, 39

Clarke- Richardson-232, 301 Netted D'Oyley, No. III., 149

Three Eras in the Life of a Prima Donna-by Miss Netted D'Oyley, No. IV., 262

Susan A. Stuart-190
Netted D'Oyley, No. V., 204
Netted and Embroidered Purse, 203

Tulips, 215
Petticoat Trimming, in Broderie Anglaise, 261
Point Lace Cuff, 318

Visit to Glendalough-by G. M. E. Campbell Radiated Diamond-patttern Anti-macassar, 204

321 Slipper, braided with French Soutache, 260 Star-fish Lamp Mat, 37

Wild Flowers of June, 291

POETRY.
An Anacreontic: The Whim of a Water-drinker- Patience-by Maria Norris-9

by W. C. Bennett-300 Answer to a common Complaint-by S. Y. N.—199 Sad Songs (an Apology)—by Charles H. Hitchings

-181 A Commentary-by Charles H. Hitchings-121 Answer to Enigma-by X. Y. Z.-199

Song-by Ada Trevanion-300 An Irish Benediction-by Mrs. Abdy-122

Song (Clouds shine and fly)—by the Lady Emme An Italian Town-by C. H. H.-289

line Stuart Wortley-133 A Lay of Venice-by Lucinda Elliott-289

Sonnet for the New Year-by J. B.-101 A Plea for Italy-by Golding Penrose-134

Sonnet-by Dora Greenwell-89 A Rhapsody (concerning Shakespeare)-by a Bigot Sonnets to E. S. P.:-by Calder Campbell—290 -65

Sonnets—by Maria Norris—23, 65

Spring and Summer-by Percie-123 Blanche-by the Lady Emmeline Stuart Wortley – Spring—by Lucinda Elliott—230

289 Charissa, 181

The Child and the falling Leaves—by Ada TrevaChide not harshly-by S. Y. N.-231

nionCountry Lanes—by Mrs. Abdy—248

The Flower-girl's Song-hy Lucinda Elliott-65

The Footstep on the Stair-by Mrs. Octavius Freire Dead !-by W. C. Bennett-189

Owen-249 Defeated Manœuvres-by E. C. W.-290

The Innkeeper's Daughter-by S. Y. N.--300 Enigma-by X. Y. Z.-78

The Little Hand-by James T. Fields-230 Fallen Stars—by the Lady Emmeline Stuart Wort- The Murmuring Breeze-by Ada Trevanion-123

The Love-test-by Liolett-135 ley_74

The Railroad by the Sea-by Mrs. Abdy--180 Happiness—by Edward Davies, Esq-122

The vedish Bridal Wreath-by Mrs. Abdy-7 Lines—by Robert H. Brown-181

The Trı sure-finder-by W. C. Bennett-78

The Voice—by Mrs. Abdy-290 Marian, a Song-by Francis Bennoch-64

The Violet's Whisper-by Ada Trevanion - 181 Monody on the Death of Daniel Webster, 22

The Voyage of the Fancies -- by Charles H. HitchNone ever loved in vain-by C. H. H.-231

ings-89
Ohs--by the Lady Emmeline Stuart Wortley-189 The Witch-by Calder Campbell -- 64
On the Portrait of the Hon. Julia Maynard-by To Mary-by Grace Greenwood-8
Mrs. Newton Crosland-23

To One afar-by Grace Greenwood-180

Printed by Rogerson & Tusford, 240, Strand, London.

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CHAP. I.

The stranger raised his head, and from be

neath bis bushy and impending eyebrows darted MAY-FAIR.

a half contemptuous, half irritated look, which

could not have failed to overturn the assurance "At last!" murmured an aged, sallow, and of any individual less self-possessed than a Lonill-dressed traveller, as, with a fastidiousness don waiter. which appeared altogether supererogatory to the “Everything! Indeed. Such a provision dingy but dignified waiter, and the ringletted leaves no difficulty save that of choice. Send chambermaid of a second-rate hotel in Holborn, me, in that case, a dish of curried quails. Halfafter having personally ascertained the safe dis- a-dozen birds will suffice.” posal of his by no means superabundant lug- “Sir!" said the startled functionary, dallying gage in his destined bedchamber, he flung with the very questionably-coloured napkin himself down, wearied and considerably out which dangled from his arm ; '"quails are not of temper, in one of the close boxes of the now in season.” coffee-room. “At last I am once more in Lon- “Ha, really;" was the quiet rejoinder ; "that don. London! the remembered paradise of my is unfortunate. And so you actually have seaboyhood, the bright dream of sixty years of sons here-here—” and he pointed to the dirtexile, the goal of all my hopes—and this murky, begrimed window, rendered still more opaque muddy, miserable huddling together of smoky by a yellow, sullen-looking November fog; houses, deafening din, rusty-coated men, and seasons - well, I should not have thought it. bespattered women-this is London! Oh, Re- Do the seasons affect your sheep? If not, bring ginald Lyle, Reginald Lyle! like the many fools me a dish of mutton chops, a plate of potatoes, at whom you have amused yourself by laughing a bottle of pale ale, and pens, ink, and paper.” throughout the course of a tolerably long life, it “ Directly, sir.” would appear that you too have in your turn “ The writing materials first, if you please. been wasting your time and exhausting your Do the chops lightly; boil the potatoes with energies in the pursuit of a flying feather, which, plenty of salt; bespeak a messenger, as I shall now that you have caught it, is glued to your have need of one to deliver my letter, and desire fingers by the mire and filth of all the kennels the landlord to come to me.” over which it has skimmed in its progress. A "Immediately, sir." worthy climax to an existence of labour truly is The traveller took up the “ Times," which this. Faugh! who can breathe in an atmosphere lay on the table before him; turned to the so thick, that by submitting to the exertion, he arrival of the Mexican mail, read the article might cut it like mustard, or by besmearing it attentively through without the omission of a over bis countenance henceforward walk through word, and then refolded the paper as though the the world as invisible, in so far as regards his remainder of its contents were utterly unimreal complexion, as the Man in the Iron Mask ? portant." Comfort in London-pshaw! It is a mere myth, “ Did you desire to see me, sir?" courteously the invention of some scatter-brained idiot. i demanded a stout, partially-bald, and whitehave seen enough already; I could write a book cravatted individual, as he approached the on it. And I was born here: no wonder that stranger, as my poor mother gave me breath her own was If you are the master of the house, I did;" taken from her. Two such insignificant indivi- was the reply. “Be good enough to change duals had no right to expect that there would this £50 note; to oblige me with a bottle of your be enough for both of them here !

best wine--no matter by what name you call it, “ Did you call, sir?"

you do not inflict upon me what is “No, I did not. But since you are come un- known in England as Madeira; and to direct bidden, good enough to tell me what you your servant to be expeditious with the writing have in the house that is eatable,"

materials which I require." " Everything, sir,"

The urbane landlord bent low, possessed

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himself of the note, and disappeared as noise- should adjourn either to my chambers or to lessly as he had come.

your own house before we venture upon so imMr. Lyle amused himself for a moment by portant a topic. Should we chance to be overdrumming with his fingers upon the table; and heard by any individual even remotely interested he was still so engaged when pens, ink, and in your design, our own want of caution may paper were placed before him. In less than a induce its failure.” quarter of an hour he had concluded a brief " Perhaps you are right," was the somewhat note, which was forthwith despatched; and had impatient reply; "and since it appears that I scarcely terminated his frugal repast when he , have in fact a house of my own, there can be no heard his name uttered in a tone of hearty but I reason for either of us to breathe this pestilential respectful welcome, and rose to return the tavern atmosphere even for another hour. Will greeting with equal warmth.

you do me the favour to inform me where I This is kind of you, very kind, Mr. Brun- reside ?” ton;" he said, as he established the new comer “I have obeyed your commands to the letter, beside himn. “You are, I find, as punctual per- and have secured for you a small but convenient sonally as by letter. I am, I have long been, bachelor's box in Heriford-street, with a suitable much' indebted to you; nor is the obligation establishment." likely to be lessened for some time to come. No spare hed-room, I trust?" We have wo before us, sir."

Not one; but excellent stabling, and a good “ We have, indeed, Mr. Lyle, serious work ; cellar." but one of no great difficulty, and still less risk.”

"I am obliged to you; but am I to inser

that I could not offer a night's hospitality "I am not so sure of that, my friend. The to a stray cousin, even in the evert of a thunend wbich I propose to myself cannot be at- derstorm or a tornado ?” tained without both patience and judgment; but, with your assistance, I do not despair of carry; tainly."

“Not without personal inconvenience cering out my project; for I imagine that the blood

« All is then as it should be; we have unof the Lyles has not in every instance flowed in derstood each other to a miracle ; once more molten gold." “Why, not exactly; certainly not quite so; orders.”

I thank you; and am now perfectly at your when the parent stream becomes divided into several channels, it must run shallow in some trunk and portmanteau of Mr. Lyle duly packed

The bill was paid from the £50 note; the of them.” “ Just so."

away by the coachman of his friend, şvhose “Indeed, Mr. Lyle, to be candid with you, I tlemen entered the vehicle, and in somewhat less

brougham was still in attendance; the two genbelieve that an influx of the tide to which you than an hour, which was almost entirely occuallude would not be unacceptable in several pied by the bitter anathemas of the traveller, as directions." “That will not do, sir;" said the traveller, still among waggons, drays, omnibuses, and

they were from time to time brought to a standcontracting his singular eyebrows ; " that will hackney cabs, they reached Hertford-street; not do. You are aware of my determination.” “ You still adhere to it then?"

where, in hourly expectation of their new master, “ Positively.”

the well-chosen and well-appointed household

were in readiness to receive him. " It must be as you will. But perhaps, when you become acquainted with your several rela

Nothing, at least nothing which could be tives, you may be induced to change your

secured ready-arranged at a given sum per mind."

annum, could be better chosen, or present a “I never change my mind, Mr. Brunton; I

more perfect aspect of comfort and at-homeness have never done so from a boy, and I never

than the small but elegantly-furnished house sliall. But are you convinced that you have prepared for the reception of Reginald Lyle; discovered all these worthy relatives of mine?”

who, after a rapid glance round the apartment . I have no doubt of it; for, in compliance into which he was ushered, with its enormous with your directions, I have spared neither cost mirrors, silken hangings, and Audebon carpet, nor labour to do so."

took his stand upon the hearth-rug, and once “ Be good enough to favour me with the re

more extended his hand to his companion. sult of your exertions over our wine. Excuse You are an admirable caterer, Mr. Brun. my impatience, but I am naturally desirous to ton;" he said ; “ I could not have more satisfacpossess a carte du pays, without which I shall torily fulfilled my wish in my own person. be unable to arrange my own movements.” Small but snug; enough for my individual pur

The lawyer, for such' he was, glanced some pose, and nothing to spare. I am already bewhat uncomfortably about him; the room was ginning to feel less disgusted with this vaunted rapidly filling, and with the caution natural to London of yours.” his profession, he was unwilling to enter upon Nay, but, my good sir;" expostulated the so confidential a subject within hearing of idlers lawyer; you will pardon me if I reinark that and eaves-droppers,

the disgust to which you allude was in a great “Will you pardon me, Mr. Lyle,” he said degree your own voluntary creation. I had exdeferentially, "if I venture to suggest that we pected your summons from Mivart's or the Cla

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rendon, instead of which you had established not lived altogether in vain ; and you must help your quarters in a Holborn caravanserai." me to do this."

“ Good enough for my coat ;" smiled the tra- “ You may do more, much more than even veller, glancing with a quiet smile at the rusty this, Mr. Lyle; you possess the means of begarment which had already excited the well-bred stowing happiness on many." surprise of the butler and his powdered assis- “ No, sir; no,” exclaimed his companion ima tani. " To-morrow I must trouble you to have patiently ; “ I will confer no puny benefits; I my luggage passed through the custom-house, will not gild over a score of struggling medio. and to give me a list of your tradesmen : you crities, only to teach them to yearn after luxuries know that I shall for a time be a mere child in beyond their grasp, and to affect the threadbare this mighty Babylon, but I do not wish my dignity of would-be greatness. One shall have deficiencies to be exposed to my loving relatives. All; nothing can alter my determination, unShall we ring for coffee, Mr. Brunton-and less indeed among the descendants of the Lyles cigars, and settle ourselves for the evening?" I should not find an individual in precisely the

“ With all my heart, Mr. Lyle; and while we position requisite to render hiin eligible to beare awaiting them, suffer me to congratulate you come my heir; in which case you have schools not only upon the admirable passage which you and hospitals enough in England to disemhave made, but also upon your domestication in barrass me of my ingots.” your own house. After all, sir-after all, con- And may I venture to inquire the nature of fess that although we may be deficient in many the qualities which you desire in your sucof the luxuries, and much of the splendour cessor ?" of your Mexican home, Old England is Old Only one, sir; only one. I am, as you will England still."

perceive, by no means exacting ; but before I " That is a point beyond all argument, my confide to you this my secret, you must pledge good sir; but remember that even while I thank your solemn word as a gentleman, neither you for your congratulations, which I feel to be directly nor indirectly to reveal to any one my perfectly sincere, I may be permitted to look fixed and unalterable purpose ; for should I forward with some small degree of anxiety as ascertain that through your treachery, or even regards the actual amount of either comfort or your inadvertence, the secret had transpired, and happiness which awaits me in my own land. I that the plan of my whole life had thus been left it a mere hoy, a troublesome supernumerary frustrated, from that moment we must become in a numerous family; dismissed by a well-born absolute strangers." but slender-portioned father, a young stepmother “ Fear nothing, Mr. Lyle;” said his comwith a tribe of relatives of her own, and sundry panion somewhat haughtily ; “I am honest brothers and sisters who were already beginning enough to be trusted, and old enough to be to jostle each other on the great highway of life, cautious; while, in a transaction of this nature, with the paternal blessing, my passage paid to which must be considered as purely profesLima, a hundred pounds in my pocket, a letter sional, my sole duty becomes fidelity and obediof introduction to one of the first firms in the ence to my employer." country, and an intimation that if I threw away “ Pardon me, my good friend,” said the tramy chance, the next must be of my own pro- veller; “ if I have unwittingly wounded your viding. I profited by the warning; the chance feelings, when I only sought to impress upon was not thrown away: I have returned to Eng- you the extreme importance which I attach to land a wealthy man. But, sir, I bring back this—what shall I call it ?-whim, if you will, with me the results of sixty years of toil. I have which I have been nursing for the last thirty outlived father, brothers, and sisters; and those years as tenderly as ever mother nursed a who now bear my name, and claim my blood, crooked and peevish bantling, in which no one are strangers to me. I am alone in this great could discover any attraction but herself. And crowd; an alien alike from its affections, its never allude again, I entreat of you, to our profeelings, and its habits. You must forgive me fessional connexions. We have met to-day for for thus speaking of myself, for even you are in the first time, it is true; but we had previously some degree a stranger; and, as it is to you that made an acquaintance of some standing, and I essentially look for sympathy and companion- which in the course of years has spread itself ship, it is necessary that we should at once over some reams of paper. I could have borne become better acquainted. Thus, then, I am the loss of your friendship in Mexico - I cannot alone. It is more than probable that many dispense with it in England.” would be content to accept this isolation if it * Enough, enough ;" said Brunton; "and were gilded, as in my case, by the gold by which now you have my word, my solemn word, that it is accompanied; but with sordid natures of I will keep your secret, which I confess has that stamp I could have nothing in common. greatly excited my curiosity.”. Other men have family ties, family affections, Mr. Lyle smiled, but a sigh escaped him at family anxieties, which have remained unknown the same time. “ First of all,” he said, “ do and unfelt by me. I have lived for gain; but me the favour to introduce me, in so far as you believe me when I declare that I have long are able to do so, to the whole range of my kinceased to value it for its own sake. I pine to dred, men, women, and children; their ages, cirtaste before I die the happiness which is re- cumstances, and habits; and the mighty secret flected from that of another-to feel that I have will probably reveal itself in the process.”

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“So be it then," was the reply of the lawyer, questionable whether he may at all times be as he drew a folded paper from his pocket enabled to obey any summons with which you book. ." You see that I have come prepared, find yourself inclined to favour him.". for I was unwilling to trust to my memory in so “ Ha!” said Mr. Lyle, glancing down upon important a matter. In the first place, then, I his own coat-sleeve ; " under a cloud with his you are wrong in supposing that you had out- tailor, I presume. In short, my dear sir, I am lived all your sisters. The younger one, Miss to understand, if I see my way clearly, that this Penelope Lyle, still survives."

precious nephew of mine, Mr. Octavius Lyle, is “ Ha! little Pen, whom I left a baby in arms an agreeable vagabond, with a smooth tongue —and yet she never wrote to inform me of her and a genius for blowing the flute; a diner-out existence."

when he cau borrow a decent suit, and wheedle Nevertheless, it is a certain fact that she an invitation; paying his privilege with a fine lives."

phrase, and pandering to the weakness of his " Where? and how?"

host in order to consume his champaign. Look The where is Brompton; here, in the imme- you, Brunton; I was once the disgusted witdiate neighbourhood of town. The how is on an ness of a scene of this description. A friend of annuity of two hundred pounds bequeathed to mine, a wealthy man, widowed and childless, her by her godmother.”

who was known to be, as I am now, engaged in “ Little Pen! She, however, is only my that most uncommon of all pursuits, hunting half-sister, the child of my step-mother. ' Pass for an heir, had picked up just such an agreeher by; she is ineligible.”

able and specious gentleman as you describe, “ Mr. Percival Lyle, the son of your second whom I had the distinguished honour of meetbrother; a merchant in the West India trade, ing at his table. It was a fine display of talent, married, with a family of three daughters.” my dear sir; a wonderful exhibition of the duc“ In what circumstances ?”

tility of the human mind. My friend chanced “ Supposed to be flourishing. The lady to express his regret at the departure of an old drives her carriage, the gentleman his dennet, acquaintance for England; “It must, indeed, and the children are educated at home. They have been a sad trial to you, sir,' remarked his reside in Bedford Square.”.

protégé with great sympathy. 'Well, after all, “ Proceed, if you please.”

I don't know,' was the retort;' he was so in“ Mr. Lancaster, the son of your elder sister. sufferably self-sufficient, that he occasionally A bachelor, employed in a government office, tried my temper beyond all endurance; and with a snug salary.”

more than once I have wished him safely landed “ And next?”

at home, and established in what he was pleased “Mrs. Stainton, the widow of another of to call the bosom of his family.'— A happy reyour nephews. This lady is the head of a lease, indeed, sir,' was the rejoinder of the parafashionable school at Clapham, with two sons; site; and this false and sulsome adulation conone a civil engineer, and the other curate of a tinued throughout the evening, increasing the West End chapel.”

folly of the patron, and the degradation of the " Have you reached the end of your list? If protégé, until the heart of an honest man heaved 80, the hospitals will be richer by some thou- with indignation, and his soul swelled with dissands."

gust of his own species. Have we done, Mr. Mr. Brunton paused a moment in astonish- | Brunton ?" ment, and then resumed :

“Such is the catalogue of your remaining " I have one more name registered ; Octavius relations, sir; and I believe it to be a correct Lyle, the orphan son of your last brother, whose one.” name he bears."

“ I thank you. It might have been more " And what may be his profession?” satisfactory-commencing as it does with an

“Really, Mr. Lyle,” said the lawyer ; "you old maid, and ending with a scapegrace. Howhave now asked a question which I am totally ever, these are circumstances over which we unable to answer; not from any want of exer- have no control; and my next step must be to tion, believe me; but simply because I fear that announce my arrival, and to tender the right your young, relative would find great difficulty hand of fellowship to each and all of my worthy in solving the problem himself. Do not, how- kinsfolk. It is at least convenient that they ever, I beg of you, allow this fact to prejudice appear to be collectively within my reach.” you against him; for, in so far as I have been There was a pause. The lawyer was still at able to ascertain, no fault is to be attributed to fault; and his companion sat, Aung back in his the young man himself, who has constantly well-cushioned chair, gazing intently into the evinced a great desire to work his way in the fire, and apparently lost in thought, although world, but who is one of those unfortunate offcasts bis countenance remained as impassive as of fortune, who always begin everything at the though neither care nor anxiety had ever ruffled wrong end, and at the wrong moment. I have him. Mr. Brunton smoked on in silence, half heard, however, that he is possessed of consi- vexed and half-amused by the position in which derable talent, and an energy which will not he found himself; and meanwhile his host had yield to the pressure of adverse circumstances ; evidently as much forgotten his very existence although I fear that he occasionally finds him- as though his name had never been uttered in self in a position which must render it extremely | his presence.

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