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Comte is comely, dignified, and agreeable. His ) it sometines contrives to escape when the other is stormed by profile resembles that of his grand-uncle Louis XVIII,

the fisher; whereas the crab is usually content, like the “rat à moustache and whiskers of a slightly Austrian devoid of soul,” in a hole of only one opening'; and, besides, cavalry cut being allowed for. His demeanour is gets so angry in most cases with his assailants, as to become

more bent on assault than escape; and so loses himself through easy, graceful, and unstudied. He is slightly above sheer loss of temper. And yet the crab has some points of in. the middle height, and more than slightly given to telligence about him too. Wher, as sometimes happened, he embon point-the family failing, if it be not the family got hold, in his dark, narrow recess in the rock, of some luckless favour of the elder branch. His forehead is re

digit, my uncle showed me how, that after the first tremendous

squeeze, he began always to experiment on what he had got by markably high and smooth;

his voice is sonorous alternately slackening and tightening his grasp, as if to ascer. and particularly attractive. His acquirements as a tain whether it had life in it, or was merely a piece of dead linguist, especially in English, are, it is reported, matter; and that the only way to escape him, on these trying remarkable. He is in every respect accomplished, occasions, was to let the finger lie passively between his nippers, and is a very brilliant conversationalist. The Prince it such, he would be sure to let it go ; whereas, on the least

as if it were a bit of stick or tangle, when, apparently deeming is an early riser, seldom quitting his apartment later attempt to withdraw it, he would at once tighten his grasp, and than six in the morning. Towards nine he starts for not again relax it for, maybe, half-an-hour. In dealing with an airing on horseback, accompanied by a single the lobster, on the other hand, the fisher had to beware that he servant, or by some gentleman, on a visit to Frohsdorf. did not depend too much on the hold he had got of the creature,

if it was merely a hold of one of the great claws. For a moment At half past ten he returns to breakfast. The meal

it would remain passive in his grasp ; he would then be over, the Prince adjourns to the smoking-room. He sensibl a slight tremor in the captured limb, and, maybe, talks freely upon ordinary topics, receives visitors, hear a slight crackle ; and, presto, the captive would straightand gives audience to persons coming on business. way be off like a dart through the deep-water hole, and only the During the remainder of the day he usually devotes limb remain in the fisher's hand. My uncle has, however, told

me that lobsters do not always lose their limbs with the necestwo or three hours to writing, after which, accom

sary judgment. They throw them oil, when suddenly panied by the princess, he takes a ride in the park frightened, without first waiting to consider whether the or in the environs of Frohsdorf, returning to dinner, sacrifice of a pair of legs is the best mode of obviating the which is served at seven o'clock, and lasts precisely danger. On tiring a musket immediately over a lobster just one hour. Beyond the ordinary rules of exalted captured, he has seen it throw off both its great claws in the etiquette, which are of course rigidly observed, there sometimes throws away his weapons. Hugh Miller's My

sudden extremity of its terror, just as a panic-stricken soldier is no restraint on the conversation which concludes Schools and Schoolmasters." the evening; and by ten o'clock all is quiet in the CONVALESCENT SEA-SIDE BIOME FOR OI:PHANS.-castle of Frohsdorf."

J. H.

Attached to several of the London hospitals and charitable institutions there are convalescent homes. Some of these are in healthy rural places, as at Weybridge, in Surrey, others on the sea-coast, as at Bournemouth, for patients from the Consump

tion Hospital at Brompton. This is a most useful and desirable Varieties.

form of charitable help to the poor and afflicted. During the autumn, the foundation-stone was laid of a sea-side home at

Margate for children belonging to the Orphan Working SCOTTISH CExsus.-A report on the census taken in Scotland

School at Haverstock Hill, and the Alexandra Orphapage for in 1871, showing the occupations of the people, has just been Infants, Hornsey Rise. No institutions in London are better issued. Of the 3,360,018, which is the total population of Scot. managed than these orphanages, and the committee, with their land, it appears that 1,468,585 followed occupations of some usual prudence, resolved that the home should be opened free kind. The professional class during the ten years has increased from any debt. The treasurer of the orphanage is Basil Woodd by 2,567, and now numbers 54,198. The commercial class dur. Smith, Esq., J.P., and the lion. secretary is Mr. Joseph Soul, ing the same period has increased by 31,773, its total number 73, Cheapside. being 114,694. In the agricultural class, however, there was RUSSIAN CHORAL SINGERS. -The lovers of national music the marked decline of 102,289, the total number now being have lately had opportunity of hearing two companies of 270,008, instead of 372, 257, as in 1861. This fact, says the vocalists, strangely diverse and strongly contrasted, but both of report, “fully bears out the conclusion we arrived at, that the

them comparatively novel and very characteristic. The first prosperity of our country is every year becoming more and more were the American Jubilee Singers belonging to Fisk University, dependent on the prosperity of our commercial, inanufacturing, a college for coloured students, for the extension of which they and mining industries.'

have been giving benefit concerts on both sides the Atlantic. REVEREND AS A TITLE. –The refusal of a clergyman, sanc- Many genuine negro melodies were admirably sung by this tioned by a bishop, to allow a Wesleyan minister to put the company of young male and female “darkies," some of the prefix of Rev. on the tombstone of his child, has brought out religious or revival tunes and hymns being especially quaint the curious historical fact that the title Reverend, as applied to a

and expressive. The Russian company consisted of eight clergyman, was unknown before the midulle of the 17th century.

female voices. Their singing, while highly artistic, had There were “most grave, potent, and reverend seignors" before nothing artificial or "stagey" about it, but gave idea of the that time, and occasionally a learned and pious author was choral effects produced by careful training of naturally sweet styled " reverendissimus,” but the conventional use of the word peasant voices. The choruses of the “Harvest Song,” and for all clerks in holy orders is of recent origin. The Bishop of other national melodies, were interesting and peculiar in method Lincoln's statement on the subject is a strange reductio ad absur

and rhythm. Specimens of Swedish, Danish, and German dum. According to his rule the title would be withheld from

national melodies were also effectively given. men of eminence like the late Thomas Chalmers and Norman

METROPOLITAN FIRE BUGADE. — The fire-engine brigade of Macleod, although they were royal chaplains, and also from learned and pious divines, like President Edwards or Professor

London has now for nearly nine years been under the Metropo.

litan Board of Works, having previously been supported by the Tholuck, or venerated missionaries like Livingstone and Moffat, while it must be given to every young mountebank who assists

various fire insurance companies. The total strength of the at the semi-popish service in a ritualistic church. The Arch.

brigade, includiug the chief officer and four superintendents, is

395. Every one knows the laborious and often dangerous work bishop of Canterbury, with his usual moderation and good sense, protested against this abuse of ecclesiastical terminology. It

of these useful public servants, and we are all proud of the gal. appears that before the eighteenth century, the prefixes Master,

lantry and efliciency of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. But the Mr., and at an earlier period Sir, were in use for the clergy. In

pay, and more especially the pension arrangements, are not such

as the services and risks of the men onght to secure for them. Iceland (is it so in Norway also ?) the common title for a minis

So much is this the case that during this period of nine years ter is Sira at this day.

more than 400 men, a number exceeding the whole strength of LOBSTERS AND CRABS.-The hole in which the lobster the corps, have left for other employments with better remunera. louges has almost always two openings, through one of which tion. The general good character and hardy training of the

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men easily obtain for them advancement in pay and position. | humanity forbids us to allow snch & vmedy to work, and of More than a tenth of the whole number have either died during course all the power of the British Government has been used these nine years, or have been killed when on duty at fires, or to check it. But if the population is to go on increasing at a been discharged as disabled or invalids. This is not a state of ratio of which we have little idea, it must be to our works, things that ought to exist in a service so arduous and useful. wisely selected and well executed, that we only can look to Let the pay be increased so as to retain trained and efficient relieve us from difficulties from which otherwise we should have men, and let provision be made for pensions to their families, as no escape. It is the civil engineer who must provide the canals well as gratuities for special services. It is not a creditable which will diminish the effect of famines; who can neutralize thing for a body like the Board of Works to allow efficient men the visitations of the famine from which the population have so constantly to be tempted from the brigade, and in cases of suffered, and who must make communications by which relief fatal accidents to leave help to come from charitable subscrip- can be rapidly and economically brought to the distressed distions.

tricts. But, before all, it is the civil engineer -in making

canals, railways, roads, and bridges—who will stimulate the SUTTEE. ---It seems that cases of suttee still occur in remote growth of wealth so as to enable this population, in times of villages of Central India and Rajpootana. . A few months ago difficulty as well as in times of plenty, to sustain itself without the ancient rite was performed by the family of a money-lender asking for external aid, or falling back on Government support, in Bikanir. On that occasion the chief culprit was sentenced and without pledging the industry of future generations for its by the Rajah to ten years' imprisonment, and a fine of 200 relief. It is from the increase of population and from the rupees was levied on his village. Similar attempts have been necessity of relieving periodical famines that the dangers of your mado elsewhere to carry out the same barbarous usage, and the Indian finances arise, and it is only from a wise system of pubstrangest thing is that they are frequently made among the lic works that these dangers could be counteracted, and it is lower classes, who in India, as elsewhere, are prone to imitate only by civil engineers who will give their heart to the the manners and customs of the higher classes. In India, work, and who will remember that economy as much as effiwhere the metempsychosis was always a cherished belief, they ciency is the glory of their profession, that these works can are also spurred by the hope of rising to a higher state of exist be carried on. But we can hope that the work will be so ence after death. The practice in such cases appears to be that, constructed as to attain this end. If they are to be constructed after the funeral pyre has been left more or less burnt down,

on a lavish and reckless principle, they will not bring relief ; the widow should slip away from her house, perhaps under they will rather add embarrassment. If, however, they are pretence of going for the customary purification by bathing conducted with an earnest sense of duty, and a regard to the after a death in the family, and seat herself on the smouldering necessities of the people, then they will be the salvation of heap. If the fire has burnt too low to consume her, it is enough India.” to ignite her clothes and lead to her death, then or afterwards, from the burns inflicted, unless she is discovered and rescued

CASUALTIES IN THE ASILANTEE WAR.--A War Office return immediately, as sometimes happens. More often, perhaps, shows that the total strength of the force engaged in the some member of the family, on coming up and finding the recent war with Ashantee (exclusive of native levies and West widow already scorched, will leave her where she is, adding | Indian regiments) was 297 officers and 2,290 non-commissioned fuel, if necessary, to the fire, in order to complete an act which officers and men, making 2,537 in ali. The casualties from disease he may still regard as a religious duty.-Allen's Indian Mail. were 511-viz., 11 officers and 33 men died, 50 officers and 248

men invalided home, and 169 men left on board ship or in LAKE TITICACA.— The “Scientific American” states that hospital. The casualties from engagements with the enemy rere Lake Titicaca, on the crest of the Andes, is the highest large 202-viz., four officers and two men killed in action, one officer body of fresh water, and that the lake never freezes over. Two and ten men died of wounds, six officers and 49 men severely little steamers of 100 tons each do a trisling business. Steam is wounded, 21 officers and 109 men slightly wounded. The generated by llama dung, the only fuel of the country, for there casualties after arrival at home (up to 31st of May, 1874) were are no trees within 150 miles. The steamers actually cost their ten-viz., one man died of wounds, and two officers and seven weight in silver, for their transportation (in pieces) from the men died of disease in Africa. Allowing for two double entries coast costs as much as the original price. A steamboat company the total is 71 died and 750 wounded or invalided. has asked from Bolivia the exclusive right of navigating Titicaca and the Rio Desaguadero to Lago Pampa, with guarantee of

VALUE OF LAND IN KENT.-The Godinorsham Park Estate, 6 per cent. on the capital and a share in all new mines dis.

near Canterbury, was recently offered for sale, and, after spirited covered. Professor Orton, the latest traveller in the region, bidding, was knocked down to Mr. J. Cunliffe Kay, of Farfield calls attention to the fact that Lake Titicaca is not so high as

Hall, Yorkshire, for £225,000. The estate comprises a mansion usually given in geographical works by about 300ft. Its true

and 5,045 acres. altitude is 12,493ft., and in the dry season it is 5st. less. This DERWENTWATEN FLOATING ISLAND. --At a recent meeting of fact has been revealczł by the consecutive levellings made in the Keswick Literary and Scientific Society a paper was read by building the Arequipa railway just finished, which reaches

Dr. Knight on the subject of this island." It has generally, it from the Pacific to Lake Titicaca. Lake Titicaca is about the

seems, been observed in the latter half of a warm and dry sumsize of Ontario, shallow on the west and north, deep towards mer, remaining visible for uncertain periods varying from a few the east and south. On an island within it are the imposing days to several weeks. In size it is sometimes only a few square ruins of the Temple of the Sun, and all around it are monu- yards, but sometimes has exceeded an acre. The weeds cominents which attest the skill and magnificence of the Incas.

mon to this and other lakes grow on its surface. A feature in There ara also the remains of burial towers and palaces which this island is that this thickness of vegetable matter is found to antedate the Crusades, and are, therefore, pre-Incarial.

be impregnated with large quantities of gas, which, on examiIndia as a Field FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING:— The Marquis of bureted hydrogen, or marsh gas, and nitrogen, with a little car

nation by Dr. Dalton, was found to consist of a mixture of carSalisbury, in delivering the prizes at the Indian Engineer Col.

bonic acid. The islands-for there are sometimes more than lege, thus spoke of the prospects of India :-"Our military one-generally appear at the same place, about one hundred position is well assured and quite impregnable. Our financial position, setting asiile the question of public works, is flourish- yards from the shore, opposite Cat Gill, and at the mouth of

the Lodore stream. Two theories have been advancel to ex. ing; but we have before us a tremendous problem to solve a plain this phenomenon. The gas imprisoned in the grass will tremendous difficulty to overcome, in the question of public account for its floating, but will this explain the rising up of works.

We must do them, and if we do not select them wisely what is really the soil at the bottom of the lake? Dr. Dalton and execute them cheaply, we are involved in a difficulty from which we never may escape. We have these difficulties placed connects the appearance of the islands with the running of the

and others are of this opinion, while local opinion somehow before us by the excellence of the rule which we have brought stream which forms the cascade in Cat Gill. That stream sinks to India. Únder the peaceable government of the British people in dry weather, while in wet it follows a regular course to the the Indian nations are increasing with great rapidity, and right of its delta. Can this water pass by an underground are threatening us with one of those problems which, when they channel into the lake, and so elevate or contrive to loose the were suggested by Malthus fifty or sixty years ago, were thought to be a mere dream, but which have come upon us with all the peat material, the gas in which will account for its floating? elements of stern reality. The population is increasing at a vast ROMAN CANDLES.- According to the “Tourists' Church rate ; it is a population that will not emigrate, and it has not Guide,” in 166 churches in England and Wales, vestarents are yet learnt to accumulate for itself. Under former rulers this used, and while in 513 of the churches enumerated candles are increase would have been met by famines, which would have placed on the altar, in 274 they are lighted. This refers, of been allowed to do their work without hindrance. But our course, to Anglican churches, not Romish chapels.

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CHAPTER XI.

MR. FIREBRACE'S LETTER.

need, and that Anthony King was not there accordTHE SALE OF CALLOWFIELDS. ing to his engagement.

The sudden rupture between Miss King and her

companion had obliged the latter to take immediate " There is a chain of causes

measures to obtain a shelter, for settled home she Linked to effects."

had none, nor relatives to whom she could apply -Dryden.

Her circumstances were easy for one who FEW words of explanation are necessary to could say her favourite poem by heart, but they

show how it was that Kezia was thus pro- were too narrow to enable her to live without strict ided as a friend in the hour of the poor little abbé's economy. No. 1191.-OCTOBER 24, 1874.

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When, therefore, her goods were packed, the Kezia, while he is mourning over his troubles, and question where to bestow them and herself

, which with a sorrowful heart going to give his last had agitated her during the packing, became press- lesson to Fisher, is taking her farewell of Miss King. ing; but she woull not show any sort of hesitation, The abbé, whilo he is rejoicing that he has escaperi lest Miss King should mistake it for a wish to stay, at least one of the trials of Job, falls into it, and is so she got into a fly, laden inside and out with her laid on a sick-bed; while Kezia, a first-rate nurse, belongings, and directed the man to drive to a street with a heart most tender, is, through the word of where she had lodged in former days. On her a little serving-girl, brought under the same roof. arrival she found the house full, but the landlady, If the loss of his fortune had come on him without who remembered her with the friendliest of feelings, preparation, surely the gain of such a friend hari spared no pains to inquire for such a home as she been equally unlooked for. Kezia, four-and-twenty knew would suit her purse and her taste; -alas! | lours before she stood by that sick-bed, would have such were not to be had around that neighbour- laughed at any one's predicting it; she had acted hood.

according to the dictates of her spirit and temper, Now it happened—how often it happens thus, that yet she had gone by an over-ruling Power to work a critical juncture meets with the supply of its need intended for her to do. in the way least expected !-it happened that the little “He led them by a way that they knew not," ermaid-of-all-work, who formed the establishment of plains much in every life. the friendly landlady, had lived next door to Mrs. But Anthony ? When he left his aunt's house Higgins, and she had been in the street that very he had repaired with no expectation of success to the day to fetch the remainder of her wardrobe. As was gentleman who had unwittingly disappointed him so natural to all lodging-house officials, she had looked grievously, and he found that unforeseen events had without any private end, but merely from habit, at entirely changed his decision, and that he was going the windows of the houses in the street, and in the abroad that very night. top rooms of Mrs. Higgins's she had seen the white "I despaired of obtaining your help, Mr. King, card, which she well knew meant "these rooms to or I should have applied to you," he said; “ and let,” so she said suggestively, for she was not sure if even now, on so short a notice" it would do, as the lodgings were inferior to her But Anthony was too happy to engage himself at present mistress's :

once, and writing a hasty note to the abbé, which “ There's Mrs. Higgins's, next door to where I Mrs. Higgins (who did not receive it till he was come from ; she've got two top rooms, but she don't shivering in bed) had stuck behind the looking-glass, keep never a gal."

he had prepared as quickly as he could for his “But it's very respectable, miss," said the land journey, and left Southampton that night. lady, who wanted to get Kezia settled somewhere, as “ Poor Montmorenci !" he exclaimed, many times; with all her good wishes she had not much time to “who will help to comfort him in his trouble? Well, spare; “ very respectable, and you know, miss, if the Lord will provide.” If he could have seen his you don't like it you shall have your old rooms as friend of that morning standing over the unconscious soon as ever they are at liberty."

abbé with grave concern ; if he could liave seen her And so Kezia went-glad to go somewhere-to the active, thoughtful kindness in his behalf, he would lodging of “Madame Higgin,” in “ the street of have said, He has provided.” objectionable name."

He believed without seeing, and when he wrote So far have we accounted for Kezia, who left the next day a full history of his detention and Miss King, it may be added, in a state of conflict present destination, he exhorted tho abbé earnestly between self-congratulation and regret.

She was

to go for comfort to that sufficient and only sufficient not sorry to be delivered from the annoyances which source, relating his own story as an encouragement. had often chafed her; she was also glad to be quit That letter went with all others behind the lookingof so decided an ally of her nephew and maligner of glass. Mr. Case; but she missed her constantly in the thousand ways she had ministered to her personal comfort and saved her trouble. One soothing

Blend in my calm and meditative strain thought she had, that supposing Kezia should outlive

Consolatory thoughts, the balm for real pain."

-Sonkey. her, only supposing this, she should not now be at all called on to mention her in her will. This did not “You not speak French?" said the abbé, after Kezia gratify her because the property would go intact to had formally introduced herself to him, as lie sat in Anthony, but because she would be saved from the the new chair in his robe de chambre and nightcap, act of giving, so completely had selfishness wound well propped with pillows, and close by the fireitself round her heart and strangled every generous side; "You not speak French ?” feeling

“Nong, munsloo,” said Kezia, with an apologetic Before we go on to Anthony, let us notice how re- shake of the head. “I have never had even an alimarkably people and things are moved to do the mentary education in your beautiful language." things designed by Providence, while they think " Eh bien! ver good.

Den I speaken English, they are altogether free agents, serving, and pleas- madame ; I return you my tousand tanks; you have ing, and suiting themselves. Just take this chain of been my ver good friend; you have take pity on de events, and look back and see if you cannot find poor miserable, and you are in my heart to be task many in your past experience quite as indicative of ver mush." the work of an over-ruling Hand, quite as illus- “Oh, don't say a word about it, my dear sir; you trative of the words, “A man's heart deviseth his know we were sent into the world to help ono way, but the Lord directeth his steps."

another," said Kezia, with the kindest voice, for the The abbó is friendless, has no help in the hour of felt sincerely for the dejected air of the sick man, extreme iced.

whose little white face quivered as he spoke.

CHAPTER XII.

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The abbé endeavoured to renew his protestations, "Now, my good munsloo," said Kezia, coaxingly, but Kezia was peremptory in her commands that he you mustn't be wilful. I must have my way toshould be quiet, saying, “Remember, this is your day, and—? tirst day up, and if you over-exert or agitate your- Why you say ine sloo, shoo ?exclaimed the self you will have a relapse. As it is, I hope you abbé, peevishly, for in his most grateful moments ho will soon be as well as ever.”

had never borno without distress that attack on his “I am soon as well as ever!” said the abbé, in a ear; “I must have my lettaire, madame. Why not desponding tone; “Eh, madame, never! never! I Madame Higgin give me my lettaire ?" am poor unfortunate; ver miserable." Here he “I would not allow her, munshoo,” said Kezia. broke down, overcome by the remembrance of his " What would have been the sense of giving you loss, which had dawned on him as he regained his letters, when you could neither read nor write?" memory.

“But I lose all my pupil; and I have lose all my ** Ah!

you have met with troubles. I am very money, and what I shall do ?” cried the abbé, desorry for you; but all meet with them one way or spairingly. another. If we escape Skylly we get into Chabdyris," “Do? Get well, and they'll all come back again, said Kezia, with a very literary expression.

depend upon it," said Kezia, cheerily. “ I found all The abbé had never heard those two famous diffi-| the letters behind the glass three days ago, when I culties so translated, therefore he only stared at her came to smarten up the room, and I put them all and bowed his trembling head as politely as his into that pretty basket, and to-morrow you shall weakness would permit.

have them." Meanwhile, she would not allow any further con- “I shall have dem now," said the abbé. versation, but offered to read to him, as he understood you, madame, to give me my lettaire.” English ; it might soothe or amuse him.

Kezia looked at him doubtfully, but thinking lie He assented, and the first few sentences had the might suffer more from contradiction than from the desirable effect of sending him into a sound sleep. risk, she put the basket before him.

Kezia kept her open book on her knee and divided “Dis ! What dis?” cried the abbé, taking up the her attention between that and the beef-tea that was first. “I cannot tell what he is,” he said, peevishly simmering on the fire. It was her favourite selection of “ it is such a bad writing, and it is Englislı-andpoetical pieces, and she was perfecting herself in the with a deep sigh he threw it down. one that had produced such a strikingly rapid effect “Dis-is Mons. Antoine!” he exclaimed, taking on the abbé.

up another. “Ver good, pauvre Mons. Antoine. Every now and then she glanced at his face, almost Why he not come back! I shall see; I shall see!" lost in the pillow, as the flickering flame played upon and without any other dilliculty than arose from it, and genuine pity touched her heart. "What had weakness, he read the letter. been his trouble? He had, perhaps, lost a mother, a "He is in France--in my country ; ah! la belle sister, or a still dearer friend. She wished she knew, France! He will stay dere for many week. He is that she might also know how to console him. “He happy to be dere. He is grieve for me; yes, yes, is certainly fond of poetry," she thought; "how he good Mons. Antoine, I know you are my true friend; went off into a doze directly I began.”

you tell me good, what I musť do for my happiness." Kezia, as her patient recovered, became more inti- Having opened the other notes, which were none mate with him, and assumed the entire generalship of them very important, he returned to that which of his getting well. She presided over his diet and had so much perplexed him. regulated his hours, and although at times he won- “It is-what? I cannot tell. Oh, what a writing! dered very much at tlie new condition of affairs in Look, madame, can you say it? What is it?" which he found himself, yet he submitted with a good Kezia took it in hand with a critical air, and grace to every innovation on his liberty, being too examined it for some minutes before she pronounced feeble to resist, and, withal, sensible of the benefit he an opinion. derived from her government.

“I make it this, munsloo,” she said, at last. “I At length he was able to go into the sitting-room, agree with you, it is a very diflicult hand to read, which Kezia had decorated and warmed, and made even for me. My dear abbé' (you'll excuse me, bright and comfortable in twenty different ways. munshoo, but are you a priest ?)," she stopped to ask,

* Ah, it is ver good I am here,” he exclaimed, because, if so, you are a Roman Catholic, and then with an almost sprightly air, “it is too loflly! I how was it I found a Bible in your room?" have never seen it as dis," and his eyes wandered No, no, I am no priest; I am not abbé. It is from one improvement to another, till they rested on leetle mistake. Nover mind, will you go on?” said a sinart little basket which stood on a side-table. the abbé, impatiently.

“What is dat pretty leetle ting ?” he inquired, Kezia returned to the letter. pointing to it.

“MY DEAR ABBÍ,-You are a good follow, and “Oh, it's a mere extempory arrangement," said know how to help at a pinch. I want Tony-in fact, Kezia. 6. You shall see that to-morrow."

he must come-- and I can't find him, for he tells mo “Is dere no lettaire of my pupils, my friends ?” in his last that he has changed his lodging, and puts asked the abbé, when he had tinished complimenting no fresh address, and his old landlady knows nothing her on the room.

about him; so I trust to you to fish him up and send “Ah, well,” she said, “We'll talk of them to-mor- him over, and we will come back in triumph to old

No doubt your friends and pupils will be very England, which even in your quarter of it is fairer in glad to hear from you; but you can't write or read my eyes than ever, and how anybody can live here that to-day, so we'll talk about the letters by-and-by.” could there, is a puzzle that no Sphinx could match, "Dere is letters ?” asked the abbé, his eye bright

“Yours, ening; “give me my lettaire, inadame, I entreat

"C. FIREBRACE.you; give me my lettaire !"

Perhaps Mr. Firebrace had got less particular in

row.

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