Imagini ale paginilor



not a mature one.

[ocr errors]

PorCHES FOR THE PEorle.- Are tre not still behind the old | tepid water, and place the pots in a light, airy position in the Greeks, and the Romans of the Empire likewise, in the amount

If the pots can be stood on bottom heat all the better. of amusement and instruction, and even of shelter, which we Let them remain there till Day-day, then take them to a warm provide for the people ? Recollect the-to me--uisgraceful greenhouse, keeping them rather dry, and let them have the fact, that there is not, as far as I am aware, throughout the benefit of a good scorching sun. This is a very important point. whole of London, a single portico or other covered place, in June 1st, take them back again to the stove, gradually giving which the people can take refuge during a shower; and this in more water, and it will be very strange indeed if you do not the climate of England ! Where they do take refuge on a wet soon see the bloom spikes coming up from amongst the bulbs. day the publican knows but too well; as he knows also where Once they are seen, this is the time to give liquid manure, but thousands of the lower classes, simply for want of any other not before. After blooming this time let the plants remain in place to be in, save their own sordid dwellings, spend as much the stove till the middle of August, then take them again to as they are permitted of the Sabbath day.-Canon Kingsley. their country seat for about six weeks, giving them the benefit HIGHLAND EMIGXATION." In these days of poverty erery

of all the sun they can have ; after which they must be again man was content to live like his neighbours, and never wander- taken to the store and treated as before, and about Christmas ing from home, saw no life preferable to his own ; except at you will have a good stock of blooms to cut from. This is all the house of the laird, or the laird's nearest relations, whom he I can promise. I hear of some gardeners blooming them three considered as a superior order of beings, to whose luxuries or times a year, but I think it only occurs accidentally now and honours he had no pretensions. But the end of this reverence then-it may be a retarded bloom ; but to bloom the same bulb and submission seems now approaching. The Highlanders three times a year is more than I can promise, and I think is have learned that there are countries less bleak and barren than not practicable. The important points are-1st, 'To mix the their own, where instead of working for the laird, every man soil well together. 2ndly, Not to give too much pot-room, but may till his own ground, and eat the produce of his own labour. to choose pots according to the size of the bulbs. Like all other Great numbers have been induced by this discovery to go, every plants, they bloom best when the pot becomes full of roots. year for some time past, to America.”-Dr. Johnson, 1773. 3rdly, Place a little moss over the crocks before putting in the Luther's Defects.--Was Luther, then, a perfect character ? soil

, thereby keeping the drainage good. Athly, After fresh No, a very imperfect one. Ile was a sincere Christian, but potting be sparing of water until growih has commenced, or you He was given to see some truths and to

may rot your bulbs. 5thly, Give them the full benefit of the attain to some virtues, in such degree as few others have cen;

sun as directed. 6thly, Do not give liquid manure until the but the completeness of the Christian character-its symmetry

bloom spikes appear, and do not put the plants in a corner after ---certainly was not his. A good many fruits of the Spirit were

flowering. ---Journal of Horticulture. wanting in him. Meekness, long.sullering, gentleness, these SEOFDOM IN SCOTLAND. -Robert Chambers, in his “Domestic were not his; and without these a man cannot be a model man. Annals,” relates the following story told by the late Robert Luther was an instrument fitted for his work, but not a pattern Balil, a mining engineer. He had gone on a visit to the owner for all time. He had, too, considerable mental weaknesses, as of the Clyde Ironworks, and heard a conversation between him I think. His writings are not altogether possessions for and a miner named Mess Nook. “Mess Nook,” said his emposterity; they are truly straightforward and emphatically ployer, “you don't appear from your style of speaking to be of practical ; but they, for the most part, aspire to only immediate this part of the country ; where do you originally come from ?” usefiulness, and they attain to little more than they aspire to. Oh, sir,” answered Ness Nook, " do you not know that your They are not consistent one with another, and they are not father brought me here long ago from M Nair's, of the Green! safe guides for this age, though they were the best for his own. Your father used to have merry mcetings with Mr. M‘Nair, and Luther was not a patient man, and none but a patient man one day he saw me and took a liking to me. At the same time can be a good theologian. Wherever Luther goes beyond the Mr. M.Nair had taken a fancy to a very nice pony belonging to plain letter of Scripture, it appears to me that he goes astray ; your father ; so they agreed on the subject, and I was niffered wherever he theorises, he had better be silent; when he is away for the pony. That's the way I came here." The man betrayed in Philistine ground—that is, into philosophical-he had, in short, been a slave, and was exchanged for a pony. The loses his strength, and becomes much as other men. The Scottish colliers, coal-bearers, and salters were not fully eman. scientific intellect and philosophic temper did not shine ont in cipated till 1799, when an Act was passed for the purpose. him at all. He was an admirable advocate, but the judicial (which is the highest) was not his. His views of great ques.

DESPONDENCY. — The gloomy reflections made on your birth. tions have all that compactness and manageableness which is

day are a proof that the best men never please themselves, and the consequence and the convenience of narrowness ; but the

the bad men please any but themselves. I knew your horror of significance of the Gospel as a whole was not clear to him. The presumption, and your idea that the fearing Christian is most in mysteries of the universe pressed but lightly upon him. He

the favour of Heaven ; but recollect than Honest and Hopeful cut every knot. A rough, strong, practical grasp of things got over the river better than Christian and Much-afraid in the contenteil him. He had few scruples and no fears. He would Pilgrim's Progress; " and our children say they do not per: dogmatise more than he had need to do, and thus was obliged ceive that the others were better received when they had crossed

the river.-Mrs. Thralc to Dr. Johnson. to accept consequences which he might have avoided. He saw some things far off vividly, and others close by, through eager- Newspaper Statistics. “Tiere are now published in the ness, not at all. The shortest practicable way to a point he United Kingdom 1,585 newspapers, distributed as follows :had in view, that he saw, and with his gigantic mode of striding England, London, 314 ; Provinces, 915—total England, 1,229; it little mattered what kind of ground lay between it and him ;

Wales, 58; Scotland, 149; Ireland, 131 ; British Isles, 18. firm or boggy, turnpike or trespass, over it he would go, and Of these, there are 95 daily papers published in England, 2 in went. Such an one I will not blame ; but I dare not follow.-- Wales, 14 in Scotland, 17 in Ireland, and 2 in British Isles. Nyer's Lectures on Great Men.

On reference to the editiou of this useful Directory for 1854, we EUCHARIS AMAZONICA CULTURE. - This is one of the best find the following interesting facts-viz., that in that year thero flowering plants we can grow for all first-class purposes, either were published in the United Kingdom C24 journals; of these for the decoration of the dinner-table, the bouquet, or for ladies' 20 were issued daily-viz., 16 in England, 1 in Scotland, and 3 hair. The treatment I give is as follows :- By the middle of in Ireland ; but in 1874 there are now established and circulated February my plants will be out of bloom, then any that require 1,585 papers, of which no less than 130 are issued daily, show; it will be repotted ; the soil composed of turfy loam and good ing that the Press of the country has very greatly extended leaf mould in equal parts, and one part rotten cow dung, with a during the last twenty years, and more especially so in daily little silver sand, and it will be better if a little chareoal be papers, the daily issues standing 130 against 20 in 1854. The added. Mix these well together. Place a little of the coarsest magazines now in course of publication, including the Quarterly of the soil on the crocks, then fill about half full. Select five Reviews, number 639, of which 242 are of a decidedly religious good sound bulbs, placing four at equal distances round the character, representing the Church of England, Wesleyaus, erige of the pot and one in the centre, fill up with soil, potting Methodists, Baptists, Independents, and other Christian comrather firmly. Give a gentle watering through a fine rose with munities."-Neuspiper Press Directory for 1874.


[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]



[graphic][merged small]



Often when he and Pussy had been romping together in the parlour, or demurely walking before

the old people to chapel, Mr. Waddle's looks even AS

SSUREDLY a great change must have come more than his words would seem to indicate that in

over Mr. Waddle, when he could so curtly re- ward mental satisfaction which some persons derive fuse admittance to one so near and one so dear to from a certain imaginary contemplation of the future. him as James Nicoll. The youth had often and And so the two had grown up to think of each other freely shared his hospitality; indeed, come to regard as those who could never be strangers. himself as a member of the family. Mr. and Mrs. But now what was a paltry sum of £4,000, to be Waddle were to him “ Uncle David and Aunt Ann." invested in some slow business, which after twenty No. 1182.-AUGUST 22, 1874.


[ocr errors]



years might yield a miserable £400 a year, to one streets, stopping here to exchange civilities with an who was about to plunge both hands-nay, to dive old friend, or there to inquire after the health of a head-foremost-into gold, silver, sulphur, and platina poorer neighbour. He proceeded on his course in a mines; not to speak of all the other investments that sort of abstracted manner, as one who revolves great lay temptingly spread within reach? There they things. Only once did he stop, at the bank where were – iron-works, coal-works, gas-works, water- his wife's £2,000 were deposited, to inquire whether works; competing manures for selection all over there were any news, at which question the manager the world; companies of every imaginable descrip- and the two clerks looked up in utter bewilderment. tion and for every conceivable purpose, from the Mr. Graham's office was conveniently situated, having importation of sardines to the discounting of tens of two entrances, the one from the main street, the thousands of pounds; all limited in liability, and sure other from a back lane. Mr. Waddle chose the latter. to yield at least twenty per cent., not to speak of the Guided by a variety of directions, such as a hand advance in the valuo of shares. In fact, success was pointing forward, or “This way,

Come in," so certain, that some benevolent gentlemen had and so forth, he found himself at last in the "waitkindly undertaken to guarantee the interest for ing-room," presently in the sole occupancy of a several years, counting profits even before they were melancholy-looking youth of about fourteen or so, made, thus roversing that stale, superannuated Mr. Graham's confidential clerk and errand-boy. adage about “catching your hare before you cook it." Martin brightened up when Mr. Waddle entered, in Besides, the “ management” was in each case unex- acknowledgment of the relation subsisting between ceptionable, and as Mr. Graham said, "Give me good that gentleman and his own family, his sister Phebe names, and I'll float anything !" And the names being maid-of-all-work at Plum Cottage. were undoubtedly good, for did they not invariably But Mr. Waddle was too much absorbed in his include at least one lord, two honourables, an M.P., own business to take special notice of Martin and several gentlemen who hailed from the best ad- Puddles. What passed in Mr. Graham's office-may dresses in the West End, and from another in some best be described by results. Suffice it that the delibe,“lane"or“court” presumably in the City--"courts rations were protracted, that Mr.Graham several times and “lanes" being, in a mercantile aspect there, some- offered to “wire up,” which his client nervously detimes symbolical of greater wealth than ordinary clined, not knowing very well what it implied, but streets or squares ?

disliking the sound of the expression; and that Mr. To be sure, Mr. Waddle felt in his inmost heart Waddle ultimately issued again into the street, metathat as he knew nothing whatever of any business phorically carrying on his two arms four baskets, save that of the tannery, he might be scarcely quali- into which he had, by Mr. Graham's advice, distrified to judge of, or to take part in, such enterprises, buted his two thousand eggs; for, as Mr. Graham at least without very good advice; but then neither had pointed out, it was not wise to carry them all in did those majors, admirals, honourables, and m.p.'s one basket, however strong and capacious. But now, understand anything about it, and yet they could if, for argument's sake, the “Great Wheal Bang" constitute the directorate of the companies. With failed to yield immediately twenty-five per cent.such a directorate, then, must he not be safe? Be- which it couldn't, however, there was Patagonian sides, strictly speaking, Graham himself knew Platina ; and if Patagonian Platina failed—which it little about it, and yet he had told Mr. Waddle couldn't—there was the Windward Islands Gas and concerning a certain individual, only lately in a small Water Works; and behind them again, the “ Irish provision shop, who had now attained to the estate of Bog-Diamonds and Peat Draining Company," all of an esquire, and was hopefully tending towards some which, as set forth in the various prospectuses, were directorship.

severally bound in honour to pay twenty-five per In short, taking all things into consideration, Mr. cont., and which in their combination might be reWaddle persuaded himself, without much difficulty, garded as constituting a sort of mutual guarantee of two things: First, it would be not only wrong, and insurance investment. but cruel, to allow young Nicoll to continue so inti- While thus Mr. Waddlo's difficulties had been in mate in his house. What would be the uso of it? course of successful removal, those whom he had left It could only excite false hopes. There was now at home were trying to solve a problem not less a gulf between James and Pussy; and to speak puzzling than his. In point of fact, James Nicoll plainly he would only be doing his duty towards had actually written that he would arrive on the Mrs. Waddle and Pussy, for whose sakes alone he morrow, and hoped to spend Sunday with “ Uncle was working and planning. Secondly, Mr. Waddle and Aunt Waddlo," before seeking his fortunes in perceived most clearly that now or nover he must the great metropolis. make his investments. Just at that moment he might Mr. Waddle on his return wrote to say that be considered as having obtained his wife's consent. it would not be convenient, and told his wife and But would the mood last? Besides, though he might Pussy why he had done só. Poor girl

, she little keep James Nicoll out of the house, there was no expected this.

She had resolved she would face saying what, or how soon, report might reach old her father along with James; she would brave his John Nicoll. The more suggestion of consulting the anger; she would leave the house and gain her old broker had filled Mr. Waddle with vague torror; bread as a teacher-in short, she was in the mood what would the reality be?

of desperate heroism not uncommon to young ladies So Mr. Waddle planted his hat firmly on his head in such circumstances. At last, softer and submissive and sallied forth. IIo had not made up his mind in counsels began to prevail

, just as it was time to wash what to invest, nor indeed to invest at all; but he away the traces of tears before her father's joining would consult Graham. Very different was Mr. them at dinner. David Waddle's mien and bearing that morning That meal, which was generally of the simplest from what it had been wont, when with mind at easo kind, ordinarily took place at the early hour of one he used to make his way through the well-known I o'clock. To an onlooker who was acquainted with



[ocr errors]

all that had taken place between breakfast and right; a veritable hero he was, waging a life-long dinner, it would have been not a little interesting to fight against a sense of dependence by realising who notice how Mr. and Mrs. Waddle were deceiving his Master was; striving against poverty by faith, each other, for the mother had resolved to encourage against neglect by humility, and against a general Pussy's hopes. Husband and wife had each a secret, disappointment of his wishes, tastes, and aspirations which it was their aim not to betray to the other by by a determined use of what he had; seeking to look or gesture. Husband and wife looked each transplant what he knew must be blighted in Greenquite unconcerned and happy — seemed peculiarly wood into another soil, where assuredly it would unsuspicious and ingenuous, and were specially spring and bloom. attentive to each other's wants.

Mr. and Mrs. Waddle had always agreed that

there was not a man more earnest and true than CHAPTER IV.-A SUNDAY OF UNREST.

their own ministor. IIis sermons just told what and A MORE complete misrepresentation could not be how he had experienced-neither more nor less. made than that of the conventional, dull, "purita- Mrs. Waddle could not persuade herself it would be nical Sabbath” in a certain set of story-books. True, otherwise on that day. To be sure, it was a strange there are odd twisted and gnarled people, and there text to choose, “ Let your conversation be without are local prejudices, and misapprehensions of those covetousness, and be content with such things as yo things in life that are the most true, good, and have ; for He hath said, I will never leave thee nor joyous; but mental or moral malformations become forsake thee.” Mrs. Waddle felt her ears tinglo apparent in other things than religion, and on other and her face burn when the minister read it out. days than the Sunday. Why, then, impute to the All the time of the sermon she never ventured to Lord's day the folly, ignorance, or hypocrisy of men, or look to the right nor the left. In expounding the see no sunlight resting on its limpid waters, but only text the preacher reversed the order of its statements. the reflection of some exaggerated grotesqueness? He began by showing how the Lord had redeemed

Ever since Mr. Waddle had possessed a home of his us, and therefore could never leave nor forsake us. own, the happiest day in it had always been that of With this blessed conviction in our hearts, he argued, the Lord-no business, no bustle, no work, no cares! we might well rest contented with such things as His All that was left behind in the work-a-day week, and wisdom and goodness provided for us. It were not only what was holy and happy carried over from it. only folly, but dangerous sin, to mingle covetousness The family had each other all to themselves—at a with our conversation or life. Yet it was there the throne of grace, in social converse, in the quiet after- enemy was always busiest, to weaken our trust, and noon walk, and even in the house of God. Body, to pierce us with many foolish and hurtful lusts. So, soul, and spirit were at rest, not idly, but, as it were, and in this strain, the sermon continued. Perhaps in the golden sunlight of His felt presence. There the preacher was a trifle too energetic, possibly all their tenderest memories had rooted and their speaking the more freely that no one could by any best thoughts and purposes sprung.

chance accuse him of covetousness. But it was not quite so on this particular Sunday. Whatever others may have thought, to Mrs. Mr. Waddle's mind was preoccupied ; his wife looked Waddle it seemed a message directly from heaven, troubled and anxions, and Pussy's thoughts were so precious were its consolations and so suitable its also somewhat wandering. And why was all this ? lessons. As the sermon drew to its close, she could Mr. Waddle had tried hard to persuade himsolf that have responded audibly to the description of the he was only doing that which was right and dutiful. effects of covetousness on the heart. Inwardly she He would not use his wealth for selfish purposes; he resolved to dismiss her fears and speak frankly to would do good; he would be charitable, even liberal. her husband on the subject. She had bent her head Yet the very fact that he so reasoned with himself reverently to seek strength for this task, when an might have shown him his conscionce was not at unexpected nudge intimated that in Mr. Waddle’s ease. Nor could he fix his thoughts. Even in the opinion her devotions were unduly prolonged. Then midst of his highest aspirations he would find himself for the first time she gathered what hold the demon suddenly among shares and mines, and calculations must have obtained upon her husband's spirit, and a when the first dividends might be expected, and feeling of terrible desolateness settled upon her. Mr. whether they would be twenty or twenty-five per cent. Waddle said little on the way home, and returned Of all the passions there is none which so closely with coldness the advances of his fellow-worshippers. intertwines itself around our whole thinking as that “I never wish to hear the like of that again," was to which Dr. Waddle had fallen a victim.

the first critical remark Mr. Waddle trusted himself It was a long Sunday morning-far longer than to make, when the two were again seated in the usual. At last the bells pealed, and the family pre- parlour at home. Nothing but the law and pared to sally forth to the house of God. They know morality! No gospel!” everybody in it, from the minister to the woman who " But, David was nominally the pew-opener. Not that she had I ,

“I know, I know! Speaking about things that much to do, for there were few changes in the chapel, he doesn't understand a bit. Does not the apostle and fewer strangers, and every one knew his own tell us to be diligent in business'?" pew. The minister was growing old and visibly “Yes, but--" careworn since the time his family had come to “But what?” Then, with singular inconsistency, number one son and six daugliters. They were nice not giving his wife time to answer the question, he bright girls, the Hartwells, pleasant to behold, and added, " I don't wonder, if these are his views, that still pleasanter to think upon, with their warm affec- the place is half empty. No person could get on tions clustering around their poor home more than if with such principles. The whole world would go it had been a palace, and their enthusiasm for their asleep!” poor threadbare father, as if he had been the acme “How can you speak of the good man in that of perfection and a veritable hero. And they were I way?" burst in Mirs. Woddle; for upon her mind



rushed the recollection of these many years when in woo. Yet he judged rightly; nay, scarcely, for she joy and in sorrow the minister and his family had had far more of the treasure hidden than ever he, beon their truest friends. She recalled how ho had even with his loving eyes, could discover. Then, stood by the bedside of her children, and wept and when he so unexpectedly spoke to her, asking her prayed with her husband and herself, when one after if she could ever love one so inferior to herself

, it the other of them lay up in that darkened room, had come upon her with a sudden rush, that made dressed in white, and covered with flowers, as if the her eyes swim and her head feel giddy. And he had last earthly remembrance of them were to be as misunderstood her, and imagined-well, never mind arrayed for heaven's bridal. Many a scene floated what—till he had caught her eye, and then he had past her vision with which the minister, his work gone to the other extreme. And that very evening and word, were indelibly associated. And now the he had spoken to her father in his study, and father threatened loss of her most valued friends was only had given his blessing, and mother had wept over too symbolical of the better things with which she her, and they had all prayed together, and when and her husband were to part.

they had gone in from that dear old study into their You need not take on so, Ann! Only, I think, poor parlour for tea, John had been so kind, and when a man is past his work, he had better give it offered his arm to mother, and spoken to her with up, and make way for one younger.'

as much courteous respect as if she had been a real Happily, the rest was cut short by the appearance duchess ! Only no one was to know anything of of Phebe with dinner.

their engagement, and so she only smiled when any "Is Miss Kate not at home ?"

interfering friend deemed it her duty broadly to “Kate is gone to the minister's,” said Mrs. hint that she, Emma, should do something for her. Waddle, hesitating to explain more.

self and her family, and not expect to be supported “I wish she weren't so intimate there.” But that in luxury, just as if Emma had not been teaching, was all Mr. Waddle would say on this occasion, nor working, and helping all her life long ! did his wife deem it prudent under present circum- All this, and much more, chiefly about John Laing, stances to contradict him. The rest of the afternoon had Emma communicated to her dearest friend Kate. passed quietly: Mr. Waddle did not propose to go And all this about James, his legacy, his purposes, again to church, but spent most of the time dozing. what he had said, how he had looked, and a great He wondered why James Nicoll had not spoken to deal more, had Kate in turn communicated to her them, for he saw him in the minister's pew, and dearest friend Emma. And now that James Nicoll knew Pussy would meet him at “the manse, but had, no doubt, come just to do what her own John he did not even mention his name. His wife tried had successfully enacted before he went to London, to read; to fix her mind on the immutable pro- this was to be the upshot! Long and earnest was mises; to cast the anchor of her hope in some quiet the consultation between the two friends, as they harbour. But it was all in vain, and she was glad were closeted together the greater part of the afterto find the relief of tears in the solitude of her own noon. Despite her meekness, Emma could not see it in room. And now it was not only sorrow that weighed the same way as Kate. Why should Kate's heart be her down, but anxious care for her child.

broken, and James be made wretched for ever? For Kate had been so accustomed to love her early Emma felt sure that any one who had known and loved friend and companion, that she had scarcely before her Kate could never think of another. This statebecome conscious of her real relationship or feelings ment Kate was, of course, bound strongly to combat, towards James Nicoll. He was so often in their though in her inmost heart she liked and fain behouse, always welcome, always one of themselves, lioved it, at least so far as James Nicoll was conthat she regarded him quite as much part of her life cerned. Mr. Waddle's could only be a passing as her own father or mother. To be sure, since that whim! He was too good, too kind, to persist in it. legacy of £4,000 had come to him, and he had begun And would not James brilliantly succeed in London ; to form plans of life, his language and bearing to for was there ever a girl like Emma who has seen wards her had undergone some change. He had other than the brightest future before her friend's become more earnest, more attentive, more respectful. lover ? To all. such arguments poor little Pussy Now and then he had thrown out hints of bright could only oppose a tearful negative. She saw only hopes which he never could deserve to see realised, too clearly that, in her father's mood, the alternative but which, somehow or other, he yet seemed to think before her was either worldly ruin if he failed, or the would be realised. And when he had asked her sacrifice of her affections if he succeeded. In either opinion, and been at once guided by it, and then case it would be right to part finally from her lover; looked at her so intently, as one that would fain put right to her father, and especially to James, whe another question, and yet another, she had blushed should be free to make another choice. The bond and dropped her eyes. He had never spoken to her that joined them to each other must be severed, at of love, and yet she knew all about it. She had whatever cost to herself. But in reality, as Emma never fallen in love with him, and yet she loved him reminded her friend, there was not such a bond as all along

yet uniting them! How, then, could it all be arIt was quite otherwise with her dearest friend and ranged ? most intimate confidant, Emma Hartwell, the minis- At last the two resolved to take Emma's mother ter's eldest daughter. Now her John had taken her into their confidence, she was so judicious, kind, quite by surprise. Poor, meek, modest, self-distrust- and gentle. What if she would go and see James? ing girl that she was, she could have no idea that The minister's wife entered readily and tenderly the bright, clever, fine youth, who was rapidly her work. But she found it more difficult than she making his way, and was going to seek his fortunes had anticipated. as a doctor in London, had ever even noticed her, far Mrs. Hartwell was now to furnish these details. less that he thought her face the fairest

, her voice the But how could she tell the young man who had come sweetest, and her heart the gentlest, man could ever so full of hope that best for himself and her he

[ocr errors]


« ÎnapoiContinuați »