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alarmed and uneasy ; Trafford and Miss Talbot | from infancy; I have loved and cherished you are gone to White Mead, believing, from the and by the claim those days give me you must message delivered by your maid, that you were bear me now. You stand upon the very verge too tired to accompany them ; but it was im- of an abyss-one step further, and you must possible for me to go to that horrid place in such fall ; no power of mine, or any earthly hand, a state of wretched uncertainty about you, for can save you; and before it is too late you must Morris confessed to me that you had left the listen. house to go she knew not where. But you are “Against the advice of old and loving hearts ill, you are fainting,” he exclaimed, putting for you chose and married your husband; you were ward bis band, as he saw Mabel's cheek and lip told of his habitual faithlessness and jealousy; become white and ghastly; but Mrs. Clavering you knew he had not that only stay, upon which passed quietly but quickly between them, say- a wife can securely rest her happiness—I mean ing

a reverence and sense of religion ; you knew * My niece is fatigued, Colonel Montague; I that he rarely entered the Church of God, and will beg you to excuse her to-night; and tell rarer still bowed to her discipline; yet you marSir Edward, that I hope in the morning she will ried him, and, doing so, deliberately took upon be sufficiently recovered to take me with her to yourself the weight of all those sorrows and Haydon, where I intend to trespass upon bis neglects, which a man of such habits must inflict bsspitality while my cottage is under the hands upon his wife. No delinquencies in a husband of the painters and masons."

can excuse a wife from the performance of her Montague bowed with an angry and discon- duty, even if they were unknown to her when Certed frown; then fixing his eyes, with their she married ; still less can those of whose existstrange fascinating beauty, upon Mabel, while ence she was previously aware be permitted to his voice deepened into low musical cadences, do so. In defiance of the older judgment of he said

those who loved and would have guided you, " You do, indeed, look ill and weary, and will you selected Sir Edward Trafford, and knowing be best alone ; but ere I retire, will you give me all his faults, solemnly promised, at the Holy fre minutes' audience, to speak upon a matter Altar of God, to love and obey him until death." of importance to yourself, before I see Trafford.” Mabel turned hastily away.

“ How do you proMabel shivered; the remembrance of their pose to justify yourself in hate and disobeLast interview, and its burning words, made her dience?" Mabel bit her lip angrily, as if to cower; for although she had been faithless curb some vehement reply. Mrs. Clavering neither in act nor speech, yet her heart was full went on : "There is no justification ; and unless of accusing memories of her frantic and disloyal you humble your pride, moderate your expectabaste for vengeance, and the rashness which, by tions, and faithfully adhere to a wife's allegiance, laying bare her misery to the soldier's gaze, had happiness and respect are lost to you for ever.” thus humbled her to his presumption.

“ What! own that I am wrong, and he right " You will come into the air?" he continued, acknowledge myself a slave, and he my master ; in the same low, pleading tones; "this room is thankfully receive a civil word, and now and cose

, the roses are too powerful.” And as he then a smile spared from the claims of a rival; spoke, he offered his arm.

sit down with her at my own table, hear her She looked op; the expression in his eyes voice, see his- Aunt, I would die rather.” served her at once; she recovered her haughty

“ Were death a lawful refuge from such grief, self-possession, and said, passing to the door and had we a right to abandon duty whenever it " You will excuse me; my aunt knows all my

became painful, no one would hesitate, in such a afairs, and any matter of importance to me

case as you have drawn, to die; but it is not so, must be one to her also. - Dear Aunt Cla

and there is no provision in the marriage servering, you will come to me presently.” And with a stately inclination of her head she left the

vice, or God's laws, excusing a wife's desertion

of her post in the event of disappointment or room. In a few minutes the startled gallop of

suffering. But this is arguing that your husi horse, plunging furiously from the cottage

band is all to blame, and you faultless; and door, informed her that the baffled enemy was

well you know, Mabel, that it is not so.”

“ Have I flirted and disgraced, betrayed and "Daring, insolent man!” exclaimed Mabel, ber eyes flashing, as her aunt joined her after the despised, all duty and shame, as he has doneColonel's departure; “ see to what insults he,

ecoffed at the one, and gloried in the other ?” who should have protected and screened me

asked Lady Trafford, passionately. with his life, has exposed me.”.

“No! but have you been patient and gentle, say, Mabel, to what your own impe- forbearing and charitable," seeking to win tuous folly has subjected you; no slight, or even

backabandonment by your husband, could have re- “ Win back !” echoed Mabel contemptuously. duced you to the degradation of any man's pro- Aunt Clavering, am I an idiot, or a child, that fession of love, if your

own rash passion had not you talk to me thus ? or am I gone mad, and lowered you below esteem.”

have forgotten myself? am I a woman and a " Aunt Clavering, if —."

wife, with a sworn right to love and honour? "Pray be silent, and hear me, Mabel : I have, if I am, while this brain can battle for my more than your father and teacher, reared you I claims, and this heart beats to assert them, I will

gone.

Rather

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never win back.' Win back! · Aunt Clavering, women than those of most; and seeing very what do you take me for?”

little of him, and in that little only the best side, “A passionate and wayward girl, stung by a receiving from him all those attentions my heart new sense of the first real sorrow which God has and pride so coveted, I was soon won to love ever yet seen fit to darken her happy life with him. I never inquired what his mental qualifi, But not the desperate and lawless fury, despiser cations were ; and as to his moral worth

, I alike of God's laws and man’s, that you would thought that a man who spoke so lovingly of have me think you."

his sisters, and kindly of all the world-rbo “ You do not, you cannot guess what I am offered, if I would accept him, to make my enduring,” murmured Mabel, her pride giving family his, taking my place in providing for way before her aunt's calm voice.

them-must be admirable ; so we were married. “I can, Mabel; your heart is quivering with The first few months were spent in joy; more the first sting of that poisoned arrow, which in loving, tender, courteous, no husband could be; your case may be withdrawn and healed, but liberal to my family, generous to myself

, I which rankled and festered in mine for thirty thought my lot was indeed cast in pleasant years."

places. But after a time my health, never good, “ Yours?" and Mabel gazed moodingly upon failed entirely; I had neither strength nor spiher aunt's working features, until, struck with a rits for society or amusements ; my family insudden pity and contrition, she caught her hand creased rapidly; and from an active and some and kissed it.

what brilliant companion, I became weak, ner“Yes, Mabel; I had thought never to let the vous, and depressed by constant suffering. Now story of those years pass my lips, but the tale came the mutual discovery of our unfitness for may do you good, and in this most perilous hour each other : in no one taste or pursuit had we, of your life give my advice weight with you." sympathy; science, literature, both dear to me * Sit down and listen :

the more so that I was unable to seek pleasure “ Much of what I shall tell you is known to in active exertion-were distasteful to him; the all who know me, but more rests now only be convivial and sensual indulgences he loved were tween myself and God; into that confidence you abhorrent to me; and wearied with my shall be admitted, but with you it must remain, tinued illness, disappointed in my fading appear and only in faith of your integrity do I lift up the ance, and annoyed by my disapproval of his veil.

luxurious and licentious habits, my husband “«When I was a girl of eighteen my father grew tired of his thraldom; while I, conscious died, and what I had long suspected and feared how real were my sufferings, how much has irre; was then discovered : his

extravagant habits bad gularity added to them, how incapable he was of dissipated all our means, and my mother, my entering into the higher and better part of my self, and sisters, were penniless. For their sup- nature, and how fondly and faithfully I loved port 1 tamed 'my proud spirit to accept the him, began to feel and resent his neglect and situation of governess in a family, whose liberal indifference. A frightful attack of illness, accent payment gave me the power to support those I lerated by my wretchedness of mind, rendered loved, in decent comfort. Great remuneration it necessary, in the opinion of my medical men, was all the advantage

of my post

; for to a young that I should leave home for some months ; but undisciplined heart like mine, full of the pride to this he would not consent, although at the of birth, and unbecoming consciousness of my very time I knew, and so did they, that other own moral and mental superiority, it was a ties had usurped the place of home. I felt, I galling thing to bear the slights and insults of saw that I was of no consequence ; no love for my employers, and the bitterer patronage or me dictated the refusal to part with me; civil contempt of their friends. In those impe- was his wife, his sworn dependant, and must

, tuous days, before sorrow bad taught religion while he commanded, abide his pleasure. My and wisdom, none but God can tell how often woman's pride rose in rebellion, and I should my heart swelled indignantly, and I wept myself have left

, and defied

him, but at my side was that to sleep; while but for those I loved, I would good man, God's holy minister, who, witho have thrown up my office, and worked for my stern but honest faithfulness, laid my plain daty bread in a garret-anywhere, so that I could before me; read over to me the solemn marriage have been alone ; but their images-my mo- service, and bade me, while I had life, remain at ther's wants, my sisters' respectability-all re- my post. God has placed you here," he said; strained me, and I suffered on. Looking back and for no unkindness or contempt may you after the interval of thirty-two sorrowful and desert your place. While the opinion of one subduing years to that time, I see with much of competent Judge allows you hope of life in rashness much of trial and temptation too; staying, you have no right, and it is a crime, to and I am thankful that, sorely tried as I was, leave the appointed home where your lot is cast." God held me to my bitter duty. After two And so, through that weary year I stayed ; the years, there came to visit the family of my em- child given to me during that time, inheriting, as ployer a gentleman of whom I had heard my the physician had foretold, the maladies of fits pupils talk much. I have been from infancy a mother, pined and struggled through a few passionate admirer of beauty in all things, and agonized months, then died. I can at the mo in your uncle I saw the bandsomest man I have ment remember the feeling almost of hate ever beheld; bis manners were softer, gentler to towards my husband which possessed my soul,

as I looked upon that fading, suffering child, most, prayed for me that I might have strength istened to its low moan, and watched its large to do right. Love was over, then, between my

piteous eyes wander and wait as if in search of husband and myself: a harem slave, a mistress e relief

, and then saw its innocent spirit pass away. for my house, well-mannered and amusing to * Nothing, Mabel, that you have ever borne can his guests, was all my worth; he forbade my

equal the misery and maddening grief of those asking how and where he went; and when abhours

. I felt as if my very heart would burst, sent, I knew less of his locality and time of and I must vent my fury, and then die; but my return than his mere acquaintance. monitor was near me still, and when I needed it

(To be concluded in our next.)

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GOSSIP FROM PA RI S.

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Paris, July 19.

When the coffin-covered with the mantle, MY DEAR C

ornamented by fleurs de lis, preceded by the I sit down to commence our monthly gossip, sceptre and the crown, the hand of justice, and with very little idea of what I am going to relate the sword of war, surrounded by all that greatto you of interest. The Eastern question absorbs ness bas the most imposing-arrived on the the attention of every one, directly or indirectly; threshold of the sepulchre, it stopped ; the master but as I suppose you hear enough of it in Eng- of the ceremonies knocked at the door three times, land

, ! vul generously spare you the recital of asking entrance. The prieur of St. Denis—the what is said here on the subject.

crosier in his hand, the mitre on his head, and Some disappointment has been caused by the the cross on his breast-advanced, surrounded report that the inauguration of the monument to by the clergy in their magnificent costumes; and the memory of the Emperor, at the Invalides, the following dialogue ensued between him and has been deferred till next year. At the conseil the person at the head of the royal funeralheld at the Tuileries, to discuss the programme procession :of the ceremonies for the occasion, the Emperor “Who comes to this sacred place ?" presided; and among those present were the A Christian." King Jerome, the Ministers, and Generals Or- “ What mission had God confided to him on kano and Sauboul, Governor and Commandant earth ?” des lacalides. General Sauboul suggested that “ He was King." Napoleon le Grand, as well as his posterity, being “ And how did he fulfil his duties? What among the number of French Sorereigns, it has he done for others ? Has he prayed ?-has would be conforming to the national custom, as he suffered ?-has he pardoned?" well as to the Emperor's own idea, to follow, in “ He has suffered, prayed, and pardoned.” this case, the precedent which has already been “ What, then, does he ask of us?” adopted for several Monarchs since St. Louis

“Christian sepulture-the prayers which con, namely, that of dividing the remains in two parts: sole—the blessings which lead to Heaven." the body to be placed in the Mausoleum of the

“Let him enter, then,” answered the prieur, Localides, and the heart at St. Denis. At this

"since he was a Christian, and since be fulfilled proposition Prince Jerome rose up, and in the his duties; the altar is ready for prayers, and the most energetic manner, protested against such a sepulchre for rest.” proceeding; declaring that he refused to sanction this mutilation of his brother's remains. The the stone of the tomb was raised, and the royal

The gates then turned on their bronzen hinges, Emperor, after a moments reflection, broke up remains brought in. the assembly, and adjourned the inauguration till the month of May, 1854, without deciding

M. Auguste Barre has been directed by the where it should take place. This is the account Emperor to execute a monument for the

tomb given by the Revue des Beaux Arts.

of the Reine Hortense, in the church of Rueil. Those who have visited St. Denis will remem- The Queen-mother, Christine of Spain, with ber the magnificent bronze-door placed in the her husband, the Duc de Rianzarès, and their vaults beneath the high altar, at the western side family, are established at Malmaison, formerly of the temple. This door was that of the Im- the residence of the Empress Josephine (the perial tomb prepared by Napoleon for himself; original name of Malmaison was a maladrerie

, there can be no doubt, therefore, of the Em- or hospital - Maison du mal). It is said that in peror's intention of having his remains placed her youth it had been predicted to Josephine

that she should be Queen of France, and that It may not be uninteresting to relate the forms she should die in an hospital. She died at which were gone through, in former days, at the Malmaison, and therefore there are some who reception of the Royal remains at St. Denis. consider the prediction verified. Christine has

in St. Denis.

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restored it to the state in which it was during he had not payed; he bad purchased but one. the life-time of Josephine, its former mistress. A quarter of an hour before, this same youth There have been some difficulties on the sub- had gone to a fleurist's, in the Passage de l'Opera

, ject of the etiquette for the exchange of visits with the intention of buying a bouquet-for between the Emperor and Empress and the a fair lady of his acquaintance; and not finding Queen-mother; but it was decided that Louis one (not sufficiently fine, but) sufficiently erNapoleon should first visit the Queen-mother, pensive, he made the fleuriste cut off the upper who then should visit the Empress Eugenie, who portion of a rose-tree-of the kind called black was forinerly the subject and intimate friend of rose. Round the stalk of this bouquet-or, rather, her daughter, Isabella II.

rose-tree (worth about forty francs)--this proDuring the short time the hot weather lasted, digal gentleman twisted a billet--not a billetsevere measures were taken to guard against doua ; but, what was much better, one for a the serious evil of hydrophobia. The following premiere loge at the Opera Comique for Haydée. notice may be seen posted up :

I do not know what has been the result of the M. le Préfet de Police has issued this decree this sort of affairs, the fact of the gentleman

discovery: probably, as is generally the case in concerning dogs AND bull-dogs...."

being able to pay for as many cigars as he chooses So we are now informed of a fact which we to smoke, and consequently under no temptation were up to the present time ignorant of, for it to steal, will be considered a proof of his innois clear that bull-dogs cannot be classed as dogs. cence. We have seen such things in England, This ordonnance of M. le Prefet reminds me of also; they must be very edifying to the poor

, who an account given some time ago in a French are exposed to temptation, and steal a loaf of newspaper, of an accident which occurred to a bread sometimes when starving. boating-party In relating the accident, the Here is a trait of probity in a poor boatman, newspaper said that among the persons lost worthy of mention. This man—whose name is il-y-avoit deux hommes et un Anglais — two Lagrange, and who lives at Bordeaux-picked men and an Englishman.

up on the quay a piece of paper, folded, which, I learned a useful hint the other day, which I on opening, he discovered to contain a note of think it right to confide to you, in the interest 1,000 francs (forty pounds). As he looked round of any friends you may have who are about to in search of the person who had dropped it, travel, and whose troubles and expenses

run the a gentleman approached. Looking anxiously risk of being not a little increased by the nu- about, the boatman asked him what he was lookmerous commissions with which acquaintances ing for. sometimes so unscrupulously overwhelm them; " For a note of a thousand francs," answered being much more quick at finding fault with the he, “ which I dropped a few minutes ago.". manner in which they are executed than in thanks The boatman, without making any further incommissions--some for which he had received | delighted at recovering his money, and wishing and payment. A person who had received many quiries, handed over the note. "The gentleman

, the necessary payment beforehand on his setting to reward this act of honesty, offered him fifty out-executed these punctually, and did nothing francs ; which the boatman persisted in refusing about the others. On his return, loud and nu- saying he only received payment for his work. merous were the reproaches of those whom he This is the fourth instance of Lagrange's finding had neglected.

and restoring articles of value, and refusing to "The truth is simply this,” answered he; accept a reward. “ on board the steamer I took out the different Another proof of honesty I will quote (at the papers of directions which had been confided to risk of being thought a democrat and prolixme; on each list I placed the money which had serious accusations): At a representation giren been destined to purchase the articles. While I in a miserable shed, at Rouen, when, after the was thus employed, a gust of wind came and performance, the clown went round to collect the carried off all those on which there was not sous from his audience, a gendarme who was placed the coin-the weight of which secured among them dropped into the box a piece of the the others; so, you see I am quite innocent in francs, in mistake for a two-sous piece. The the matter!”

quick ear of the poor clown guessed, by the The instances one sometimes hears of persons, sound, there was an error. That evening.com placed by fortune and birth in a position rendering counting his gains, he saw the mistake; but if such acts as inexplicable, abstracting property, was then too late. "Next

day, however, he set are quite extraordinary. Most respectable men have been frequently known to appropriate to the coin to its owner, saying he could not keep

out for the hotel of the gendarmerie, and returned themselves books, at the book-stalls, without it as it had not been destined for him. observing the preliminary custom of paying. At Their Majesties set out for Bordeaux on the present, in Paris, the quantity of cigars stolen is 20th ; but their intention is to travel incognite

. something astonishing—more especially con- I have heard, from good authority, that the lege sidering the class of persons who commit these

. peratrice est dans une position interessante. Fer depredations. One instance mentioned is that of her sake, it is to be hoped that she may not bare a young man, of birth and good fortune, who, another disappointment. the other day, was actually discovered in the act Of course you have heard, long ere this, all of slipping up his sleeve three cigars for which I about the complot at the Opera Comique:

least as much as was made public; but there and of his housekeeper-a worthy and estimable have been more of these conspiracies than peo- old lady called Madame Grillon, who, in order ple in general have any idea of; this one, how to put her theory in practice, and, forgetful of ever

, was at the instigation of the Legitimist another saying, which avers que les absents out and Orleanist party, who employ the lowest toujours tort, or, as we say, “Out of sight out dregs of the democrats, whom the true Repub- of mind,” sets out to pay a visit to her family. licans disown, and who have nought in common On her departure Melinet, finding himself rather with them, to execute deeds from which all must lonely, invites some distant relations to come turn with horror, but by which their employers and stay with him. The family, consisting of his intend to reap the profit without sharing in the god-daughter (Mademoiselle Victorine), her odium they inspire; and those who do not under- father, mother, two children, and a future sonstand this exclaim, and apparently with reason, in-law, arrive. The quiet habits of the poor old "Ah! what a dreadful blood-thirsty set the Re- bachelor are broken up; his tranquil home has publicans are; anything is better than the Re- become a scene of noise and discord, which, public

, which is composed of those who, when continuing a little longer, would drive the poor once in power, will pillage and murder us all.” man out of his senses. The housekeeper reThe unfortunate wretches who have been taken turns, and he hopes that order will soon be have, I believe, been summarily dealt with ; but restored. Vain hopes! His family insult poor little is known of their fate. There has been no Madame Grillon, who, terrified, sends in her trial; nothing has appeared in the press about resignation; when Melinet, having discovered them. It is said that Louis Philippe, by giving that, however charming Ou peut on être mieux, publicity to the trials of those who in bis reign &c., niay be set to music, and sung in chorus had attempted to assassinate bim, did wrong, as like many other things, it is much less charmin their speeches for their defence they endea- ing in reality; so he generously loads his family Foared to make themselves appear heroes ; but with presents, and dismises them. cabe an assassin ever persuade his hearers that he is a bero? At any rate, I cannot think the

Madame Legalde has quitted the Opera policy a good one which has recourse to secret Comique for the Variétés, and Mademoiselle measures . The public press is not permitted to Alboni marries the Comte Pepoli

. There is all diecta these matters; but no government can

the theatrical news, I think; and now au revoir, prevent rumours : and what is whispered on the my dear C.: be indulgent: you know this is the subject of these conspirators is terrible.

dead season in Paris. "Les Filles de Marbra” continues to attract

Always yours most faithfully, crowds; and certainly the success of this piece every respect well merited. The dialogue

P-* is full of esprit, and, in a moral point of view, it deserves the encouragement it has met with ; but in a certain class it has excited much virtuous (?)

PREPARATIONS FOR COMPANY.--A hostess who indignation. The class of ladies portrayed therein wishes that her friends should enjoy their dinner, kad great fault with the piece and its author. and that she also should enjoy it with them, must The other evening Malle. Mogador (an eques- see that all is ready and at hand before her guests trian celebrity I believe) was present at the arrive. If her servants are well trained, and accusrepresentation, and exclaimed loudly that her tomed to do things regularly, when there is no comsisterhood were unjustly treated. She further pany, there will be little difficulty when there is ; added, that if the men who accompanied her and if there is that pleasant understanding between

ate not des laches, they would give the author the head and the hands of the household which a beating; and as, notwithstanding this rather be rectified; an accident itself will occasion more

should always exist, any casual mistake will easily strong remark, her friends (feeling probably fun than fuss ; and although no host and hostess their position already sufficiently false and ridicu- should feel as unconcerned or indifferent at their kous) did not offer to administer the chastise

own table as elsewhere, the duty of seeing that noment, Malle. Mogador herself descended to the body wants anything will be manifestly a pleasant coulisse with the intention of delivering her one, whilst the simple cordiality, which delights in the author, who has, in Mdlle. M.'s opinion, so something more too, perhaps, to good appetites and cheerful countenances, and the

domestic order which is evidently, but unostencruelly maltreated this interesting and worthy tatiously, the presiding genius of the family, will go

far to enhance the flavour of the simplest fare.

Who would not prefer one or two plain popular "Le Vieux Caporal” has, for the present, sus- dishes, hot, well cooked, and served with their pended his representations. Some say that Frederic Lemaitre requires rest; which one can

proper appurtenances, to a number of so-called

made dishes, unsuitable to the condition of the Easily believe, for the role of Simon must be a cooks of those who offer them, and tasting strongly most fatiguing one. At the Theatre des Variétés, a little piece concocted

and served up, but of very little elscore called “Ou peut on être mieux qu'au sein de sa

Home Truths for Home Peace. famille ?” has appeared. It appears that this phrase, Ou peut on étre mieux, &c., is the favourite saying of an old bachelor called Melinet,

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class,

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