« ÎnapoiContinuați »
FLOWER GARDBX, continued - Page MISCELLANEOUs, continued :- Page POETRY, continued :-
131 Go on!"
46 Her Last Letter..
196 Language of Flowers, The..... 286
282 Lines addressed to a Young Lady
118 Love in the Reign of the Roses .. 143
103 Loves and Fate of the Dragon-fly
10 Lyric of Life, A...
15 Suicide, The
Time to Die, A
Balls, Camphor .....
22 Chilblains, Cure for ............ 299
144 Delectabilis, Odor............... 240
264 Drawings, to Set Chalk & Pencil.. 299
Lumbago, for the ...
Skin, Discolouring of the ..... 117
Verbena, Essence of.....
168 Victoria, Bouquet de la Reine .... 240
See also Amateur's and Mechanic's
Friend, Appendir, Cookery, fc.
Corn, Yield of.....
Passengers, Railway ..........
Telegraph, Electric .............. 316
240 Wells, Depths of ................ 316
Flower Garden, Enigmatical.. 270, 301 Balloons, Parachutes, &c......... 7
Coral Polype, The.....
Ornithological Enigmas ....... 210, 241 Seasons, The
Proverbs, Contradictions to ...... 331
Puzzles ..30, 60, 90, 119, 181, 210, 240,
270, 300, 330, 342.
Discontented Weathercock, The.. 225
46 Autumn Storm among the Moun- Frank Meanwell, 3, 33, 63, 93, 123, 153,
183, 213, 213, 273, 303, 333.
THE EDITOR AND HIS FRIENDS.- APPENDIX.]
133 Scripture Passages
25 Shoes ..
Bath, To heat ..
130 Heraldry ....
98, 106, 254 Soap, Castile
59 Soyer's Stove
Blind, Teaching the
87 Insects, to kill
135, 152 Terra Cotta
Burns, Cure for
252 Trees, Metallic
35, 178 Lords Spiritual and Temporal 202 Whalebone
Cotton or Linen.....
following subjects will be found an-
swered by paragraphs bearing corres-
ponding numbers, and arranged under
the head of "Questions Answered.”
14 (The Numbers refer to the Paragraphs. ]
184 Butter, Powdered..
Drunkards, Liability of
57 Oil, Sallet...
Drunkenness, Remedy for.. 172 Old Maids
269 Oxy-hydrogen Light.
238 Dragon Flies
86 Passing Bell, The.
65 Economical Living
Edwin and Emma..
41 Gordius Aquaticus
185 Penny Banks
33 Percha, Gutta..
i, 90 Lightning..
Electrical Eel, The
137 Rose Leaves ..........
43, 47, 125 Piano Forte.
217 Sea Weeds
ETIQUETTE, 27, 29, 81, 103, 113, 151, Pies, Cups in
69 Shop Tickets ..............
155, 169, 170, 187, 198, 219, 235, 261. Pigeon Houses
13 Tulips ......................
FRANK MEAN WELL,
MISTAKEN PURPOSES ;
A TALE OF THE MONTHS.
“I SHALL sell out to-day, my dear, all my curly-headed boy, his only child, and halfshares in the Grand Marine Joint-Stock jokingly said—“Come, Frank, repeat to Mining Company," said Mr. Meanwell to your mamma the lesson that Mr. Capel, his wife at breakfast; "yesterday they my clerk, taught you the other evening. reached seventy pounds premium, and we Come, sir, what is the first axiom in the cannot expect them to rise any higher ; speculator's catechism ?" indeed, it will not be safe to keep them any The boy, whose age might be about ten longer : if it had not been for Parker, I years, got down from the chair in which he should have sold out the day before yester had been sitting, folded his arms behind day. I have no other shares; and after his back, and striking the attitude of a to-day, I shall have nothing more to do schoolboy repeating a task, said with a sewith this harassing kind of life.”
rio-comic air-"Clever men create shares, “I am sure, Harry, I shall be glad to and silly people buy them ; and thus the see you less anxious, and more at home,” wise relieve the foolish of the money with replied his affectionate and gentle wife. which they are not fitted to be trusted."
"Well," said he, “I will make an end “Ha! ha! ha! very good,” said Mr. of it to-day. I have risked our all in this; Meanwell; "and can you now remember the and you will be satisfied, I think, when I second answer in Mr. Capel's catechism? show you my banking book to-night; for I forget the exact question, but I dare say I will sell all to-day, though Parker, and you can tell me the answer, you little Bamford, and the rest, may remonstrate." wag."
" You know best, my dear,” replied Frank was about to reply, when a servant Mrs. Meanwell. “I never understood entered the room, and laid upon the table these speculations ; indeed, the way in that marvellous production of human gewhich we seem suddenly to have sprung to nius—the morning paper, which immeaffluence, appears, nothing short of a diately absorbed his father's attention. miracle to me. But, my love, if these Mr. Meanwell was a man about forty shares in the Mining Company are so years of age, with a rather handsome valuable, and such an advantageous invest- figure, and an intelligent, cheerful face. ment as they have been represented to be, His temperament was the pure sanguine why should you be anxious to get rid of-easily elated by hope, or depressed by them ?”
anxiety. He was quickly carried away by " There are two answers to that ques- excitement, and as suddenly chilled by ill tion,” said the husband, smiling at what he news. As with all persons of his temperadeemed his wife's ignorance of business; ment, it was requisite that a steady and
one of them is, simply, that every farthing cautious judgment should guard his actions, we have is invested in these shares, leaving which were almost always hasty and impulus no cash to proceed with; and the second sive. His hopeful disposition, and thoughtanswer, Frank, yonder, I think, can give less good-nature, had led him into many
He then turned to a rosy-checked and errors in his early life, but at the age of
VOL. III.-NO, XXV.
twenty-eight he had married, and applied portant had occurred to disturb this belief, himself to the business of silk-mercer or shake his superstition, for everything with such diligence that he succeeded in had gone smoothly up to the date at which establishing a business-house of good re- this story commences. pute in London, from wliich he received Breakfast was proceeding as usual, the sufficient income to live in ease, and to pro- mother's attention being divided between cure for his only son an excellent education. the amusing conversation of her intelligent At this period of his life he came in con- boy and the duties of the table, when Mrs. tact with a person named Bamford, who Meanwell was startled by a low moan from had been in the same line of business, and her husband, from whose hands the paper who represented that he had relinquished which he had been reading slipped, as he trade for the more profitable business of fell back in his chair. The gentle and speculation, stock-jobbing, &c. Bamford affectionate wife sprang to his side with a was just the man to dazzle Meanwell with shriek of fright, and supported his head his stories of fortunes made in a few weeks, in her trembling arms. and of enormous sums of money realized “ Mary,” he murmured in a voice with little or no effort; and so rapidly did choking with emotion, “it is all over! It this influence grow, that, within a month is too late!” or twò after the acquaintance commenced, “What do you mean?-Oh! what is the silk-mercer's business was put into this ? " exclaimed his wife, “ What, what is Bamford's hands to sell, and Meanwell had the matter? What affects you thus?” determined to devote his whole attention to Some moments elapsed before the sufobtain the princely riches, which-so his ferer could explain what had caused such hopeful disposition dreamed-would imme- an alarming scene, but at last, pale and diately arise from speculation.
gasping, he pointed to the newspaper, and The public mania had raged wild and bade his wife read a paragraph to which he long. The avaricious desire to be rich, directed her attention in the column without the exchange of useful services, headed “Share Market.” It was in the and without increasing the resources and following words:general wealth of the country, seeined to
GRAND MARINE JOINT-STOCK MINING COM possess every heart. From the highest to
PANY.-A severe depression was experienced the lowest, a frenzy possessed the people. yesterday in the shares of this company, in conThe capitalist withdrew his wealth from sequence of a rumour (since confirmed) that Mr. his manufactory, and the hitherto indus-Bamford, the chairman of the company, and
holder of a large number of shares, had sold out, trious labourer took his little accumula
It was also stated that tions from the savings-bank to subscribe Mr. Billing, attorney to the company, and Mr. to some novel scheme, as romantic as the Bamford's confidential friend, had followed the tale of Aladdin with his fabled lamp. I had been allotted to him. Other awkward rumours
example, and had disposed of the shares which Guardians invested the property of their were afloat with reference to the secretary, Mr. wards; the sole dependences of widows and Parker. The effect of all this was immediately orphans were staked upon the issue of perceptible; a great anxiety to realise was mani
fested on all sides, and the shares, which were plans which had not even the shadow of quoted in the list of the day before at prices varspracticability: As long as persons were ing from £68 to £72 premium, fell to par-were found foolish enough to buy at increasing afterwards at discount--and at last so complete
was the panic, that the shares became absolutely rates, the general madness continued. Meanwell had realised considerable sums by the sales of shares, but he no sooner
Uninitiated as she was in such matters, became possessor of the profits, than, in the instinct peculiar to the sex enabled toxicated by his success, he risked the Mrs. Meanwell at once to perceive the whole of his property upon a new and magnitude of their misfortune, though she vaunted scheme. He was superstitious could not perfectly understand its nature, enough to believe that there was such a or how it had come about. Young Frank, thing as “luck," and that this fabled in- too, was puzzled, and almost alarmed by fuence was upon him to such a degree the silent anguish with which his parents that he possessed a kind of infallibility. regarded each other; so running round the Hitherto, in his speculations, nothing im- | table, and looking in his father's face, he
and had left the country.
sought to change the current of his thoughts contrast with the glaring whiteness of the by some of his humorous sayings:- foot-paths; and one could almost fancy
“Papa," said the boy, "are you better they looked sulky and ill-tempered at each now?--because I have got something to other about the tempestuous weather. It tell you. See here,” he added, pulling was a miserable January day, when the winsome slips of paper from his pocket, ter penetrated everywhere; now whistling " here is some 'scrip' to sell; I have estab- through the keyhole—now stealing up lished a company, papa, and these are the through the crevices of the floor-now shares. Why don't ġou laugh? Mr. plunging with a cloud of snow into the Capel said my company was a very good narrow court—now loaded with millions of
It is called the 'Hot Mince-pie icy crystals careering across the fields-Company, and when the people have roaring like sea billows over the roofs, bought all the shares, the chairman—that's spitting its fury down the chimneys at the me-is to eat all the pies. Isn't that hospitable fires, and rattling the slates and capital, papa ?” And the boy laughed tiles with a cheerless clatter, or tossing the aloud.
thatch into the air, and shooting a stream “ I don't know, Frank,” said his father, of snow-flakes through the damaged musingly.
covering. Winter was everywhere. ci Don't know, papa?
Why, Mr. Bam- Along the snowy streets, amidst the ford told me it was a capital idea, and that he hurrying crowd, a man with bloodshot eyes would not forget it. The shareholders are and pallid face pushed hastily and rudely to pay for the pies, and, ha! ha! the chair-on. There was a certain air of bitterness man is to eat them all, änd, ha! ha! I am in the manner in which he strode away, and the chairman, and directors, and all.” in his fixed onward look was expressed an
The cloud darkened on Mr. Meanwell's angry and stern determination. No cloak, brow; his son had taught him uncon- or over-coat, shielded him from the piercing sciously a lesson. He rose abruptly from blast. Yet he seemed to heed it not. On, the table, as if stung with sudden anger, on, he strode with fixed face towards the and leaving his breakfast untasted, walked centre of the great city. Friends met him, hurriedly about the room, muttering to and would have spoken—but he saw them himself as he went. The gentle nature of not. Hasty drivers warned him of danger his wife was too much shocked and alarmed - but he heard them not. Many, as they by his demeanour; even to attempt to saw him coming, paused on their shivering soothe, or to console; she sat like a statue, way to note him as he passed along, and with fixed eyes, listening to every word felt colder when he had gone by.
The which fell from her distracted husband. desolation of bleak January was in his heart,
“So Bamford said he would not forget it and looked out from his icy face, Medusa—and he sells the very next day. Confound like, chilling the blood of those who looked him!-if it had not been for him and his thereon. On, on he strode! tool Parker, I should have sold out before In a narrow street, in which the tall and him; but that was a part of his artful plan. dark houses seemed to be elbowing each I will find them both,” he exclaimed, in a other out, and all struggling for the little louder tone. “I will hunt them to the space they granted for the thoroughfares end of the earth. I will" The rest of here and there between them, amidst banks the sentence was inaudible, as, in a high and counting-houses, insurance companies, state of exasperation, Meanwell rushed and brokers' offices, was a building remarkfrom the room, and immediately afterwards able for the elegance with which its face from the house.
It looked like a young A bitter north-east wind went whisper- house in holiday costume, whose temper ing along the streets, on which the new had not yet been made as morose as those fallen snow muffled the usual sounds. around it; and though it was not quite so Rushing round the corners, it bore upon tall as its neighbours, it carried itself with its wings clouds of fresh flakes; while in such a jaunty air as if it considered that it eddies over the house-tops the white and was quite as good as the best of them. On feathery dust was tossed angrily into the each side of the door was fixed a large zinc air. The house-fronts seemed dingy in the plate, handsomely engraved, indicating