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DR. HENRY G. PIFFARD, of New York, contributes to the Medical Record, July 10th, a valuable paper on “The Diffraction Spectra of Colored Fluids," in which the writer not only presents, in a forcible manner, the advantages of the diffraction grating over the prism in spectrum analysis, but also, by the aid of a simple formula, shows how the wavelength corresponding to any line may be readily and accurately determined. Those familiar with the spectroscope and its uses will readily recognize the value of any simple method for obtaining a mathematical expression for any or all of the lines of the spectrum under examination. In addition to the statement and practical application of this formula, Dr. Piffard devotes special attention to a discussion of the relative value of the two methods of analysis, together with brief reference to the several forms of diffraction gratings. Experience has unquestionably demonstrated the fact that in chemistry the service of the spectroscope will be mainly confined to the examination and comparison of absorption spectra, and hence any contribution to this branch of knowledge can but be of great significance and value, and from the fact that the writer, whose work we have noticed, speaks from actual and careful personal observation, his suggestions merit, and will doubtless receive, special attention.

He walked beside the strong, prophetic sea,
Indifferent as itself, and nobly free;
While roll of waves and rhythmic sound of oars

Along Ionian shores,
To Troy's high story chimed in undertone,
And gave his song the accent of their own!
What classic ghost severe was summoned up
To threaten Dante, when the bitter bread

of exile on bis board was spread,
The bitter wine of bounty filled his cup ?
We need not ask; the unpropitious years,

The hate of Guelf, the lordly sneers Of Della Scala's court, the Roman ban,

Were but as eddying dust

To his firm-centred trust;

For through that air without a star Burned one unwavering beacon from afar, That kept him, his, and ours, the stern, immortal

man! What courtier, stuffed with smooth, accepted lore

of Song's patrician line, But shrugged his velvet shoulders all the more,

And heard with bland, indulgent face,

As who bestows a grace, The homely phrase that Shakespeare made di

vine?
So, now, the dainty souls that crave
Light stepping-stones across a shallow wave,
Shrink from the deeps of Goethe's soundless song!

So, now, the weak, imperfect fire
That knows but half of passion and desire
Betrays itself to do the Master wrong;

Turns, dazzled by his white, uncolored glow, And deems his sevenfold heat the wintry flash of snow!

IV.
Fate, like a grudging child,

Herself once reconciled
To power by loss, by suffering to fame;

Weighing the Poet's name
With blindness, exile, want, and aims denied ;
Or let faint spirits perish in their pride;
Or gave her justice when its need had died;

But as if weary she

Of struggle crowned by victory,
Him with the largest of her gifts she tried !

Proud beauty to the boy she gave :
A lip that bubbled song, yet lured the bee;
An eye of light, a forehead pure and free;
Strength as of streams, and grace as of the

wave!

Round him the morning air
Of life she charmed, and made his pathway fair;

Lent Love her lightest chain,
That laid no bondage on the haughty brain,
And cheapened honors with a new disdain:

Kept, through the shocks of Time,
For him the haven of a peace sublime,

And let his sight forerun
The sown achievement, to the harvest won!

Miscellany :

NOTEWORTHY TAINGS GLEANED HERE

AND THERE.

09 V the occasion of the celebration in New

York, August 28th, of the one hundred and twenty-sixth anniversary of the birth of Goethe, a poem of great beauty and force was read by Mr. Bayard Taylor. As many of our readers may desire to preserve this production in a more permanent form than can be afforded by a morning newspaper, we reproduce it here:

I.

V.

Which blood and time so long had held apart,

Till the white blossom of the Grecian Art
The world saw shine once more, upon a Gothic
stem!

VI.
His measure would we mete?
It is a sea that murmurs at our feet.

Wait, first, upon the strand:
A far shore glimmers — "knowest thou the

land ?"
Whence these gay flowers that breathe beside

the water ?
Ask thou the Erl-King's daughter!
It is no cloud that darkens thus the shore:

Faust on his mantle passes o'er.
The water roars, the water heaves,

The trembling waves divide:
A shape of beauty, rising, cleaves

The green translucent tide.
The shape is a charm, the voice is a spell;
We yield, and dip in the gentle swell.
Then billowy arms our limbs entwine,
And, chill as the hidden heat of wine,
We meet the shock of the sturdy brine;
And we feel, beneath the surface-flow,
The tug of the powerful undertow,

That ceaselessly gathers and sweeps
To broader surges and darker deeps ;
Till, faint and breathless, we can but float
Idly, and listen to many a note
From horns of the Tritons flung afar;

And see, on the watery rim,

The circling Dorides swim,
And Cypris, poised on her dove-drawn car!

Torn from the deepest caves,

Sea-blooms brighten the waves:
The breaker throws pearls on the sand,
And inlets pierce to the heart of the land,

Winding by dorf and mill,
Where the shores are green and the waters still,

And the force, but now so wild,
Mirrors the maiden and sports with the child !
Spent from the sea, we gain its brink,

With soul aroused and limbs aflame:
Half are we drawn, and half we sink,
But rise no more the same.

VII.
O meadows threaded by the silver Main!

O Saxon hills of pine,
Witch-baunted Hartz, and thou,

Deep vale of Ilmenau !
Ye know your poet; and not only ye:

The purple Tyrrhene Sea
Not murmurs Virgil less, but him the more;

The Lar of baughty Rome

Gave the high guest a home:
He dwells with Tasso on Sorrento's shore !
The dewy wild-rose of his German lays,
Beside the classic cyclamen;

In many a Sabine glen,
Sweetens the calm Italian days.
But pass the hoary ridge of Lebanon

To where the sacred sun
Beams on Schiràz; an lol before the gates,

Goethe, the heir of Hafiz, waits.
Know ye the turbaped brow, the Persian guise,
The bearded lips, the deep yet laughing eyes ?

A cadence strange and strong

Fills each voluptuous song,
And kindles energy from old repose;

Even as first, amid the throes

of the unquiet West,
He breatheà repose to heal the old oprest!

VIII.
Dear is the Minstrel, yet the Man is more;
But should I turn the pages of his brain,
The lighter muscle of my verse would strain

And break beneath his lore.
How charge with music powers so vast and free,

Save one be great as he ?
Behold him, as ye jostle with the throng
Through narrow ways, that do your beings

wrong-
Self-chosen lanes, wherein ye press

In louder Storm and Stress,
Passing the lesser bounty by
Because the greater seems too high,
And that sublimest joy forego,

To seek, aspire, and know !
Behold in him, since our strong line began,

The first full-statured man!

Whose voice shall so invade the spheres
That, ere it die, the Master hears?

Whose arm is now so strong
To fling the votive garland of a song,
That some fresh odor of a world he knew

With large enjoyment, and may yet

Not utterly forget,
Shall reach his place, and whisper whence it

grew ?
Dare we invoke him, that he pause
On trails divine of unimagined laws,

And bend the luminous eyes
Experience could not dim, nor Fate surprise,
On these late honors, where we fondly seem,
Him thus exalting, like him to aspire,

And reach, in our desire,
The triumph of his toil, the beauty of his dream !

II.

God moulds no second poet from the clay
Time once hath cut in marble: when, at last,

The veil is plucked away,
We see no face familiar to the Past.

New mixtures of the elements,
And fresh espousals of the soul and sense,

At first disguise
The unconjectured Genius to our eyes,
Till self-narsed faith and self-encouraged power

Win the despotic hour
That bids our doubting race accept and recognize !

III.
Ah, who shall say what cloud of disregard,
Cast by the savage ancient fame

or some forgotten name,
Mantled the Chian bard?

But Fortune's darling stood unspoiled :

Caressing Love and Pleasure,
He let not go the imperishable treasure :
He thought and sported ; caroled free, and

toiled;
He stretched wide arms to clasp the joy of Earth,

But delved in every field
of knowledge, conquering all clear worth
of action, that ennobles through the sense

Of wholly-used intelligence:
From loftiest pinnacles, that shone revealed
In pure poetic ether, he could bend

To win the little store

Of humblest Labor's lore,
And give each face of Life the greeting of a friend !
He taught, and governed--knew the thankless

days

or service and dispraise;
He followed Science on her story ways;
He turned from princely state, to heed

The single nature's need,
And, through the chill of hostile years,
Never unlearned the noble shame of tears !
Faced by fulfilled Ideals, he aspired
To win the perished secret of their grace-
To dower the earnest children of a race
Toil never tamed, nor acquisition tired
With Freedom born of Beauty-and for them

His Titan soul combined
The passions of the mind,

Dear is the Minstrel, even to hearts of prose; purpose of seeking for the hiding-place of a always smacks somewhat of dissipation. I But he who sets all aspiration free

fabulously large diamond, concealed, under I have been often to the theatre seems to save Is dearer to humanity.

know not what circumstances, either in the of frivolity, perhaps even of extravagane Still through our age the shadowy Leader goes ; city or in its near neighborhood. I am igno- They manage these things better in German Still whispers cheer, or waves his warning sign; The man who, most of men,

rant of the rules and regulations of this club where theatre-going enters as much into ti Heeded the parable from lips divine,

whether the entrance is heavy, the subscrip- daily existence of men and women as the mea And made one talent ten!

tion high, or how many black-balls exclude. they eat and the clothes they wear. The dri BAYARD TAYLOR. I should imagine that the search for a single ma is regarded seriously; the stage is ni

gem, among the streets, and squares, and sub- looked upon merely as a source of amusi

urbs, of a large city, must be very much like ment; it is treated as a potent means of edt MR. LATOUCHE, from whose “Travels in

looking for a needle in a bottle of hay; nor do cation, moral as well as intellectual. Prince Portugal” we have already quoted several I well see how such a search could be set-about of the smaller states are princely in their sur times, tells us something of a general faith

without exciting comment and suspicion. I port of the drama: the Ministry for Public In

presume the members perambulate each oth-struction votes its yearly sum, and the grand among the Portuguese in hidden treasures :

er's gardens after nightfall with dark-lanterns. duke aads his munificent contribution; a It is hardly to be believed with what child- They must, of a truth, be men of a solemn and Goethe says, German culture owes more to th ish credulity stories of hidden treasures are earnest temperament if they can meet together liberality and generous encouragement of th told and accepted in all parts of Portugal. and preserve their gravity. Perhaps the club little, despised, so-called “tin-pot" state gov There is more time and labor wasted in search is broken up now, and for this very reason, ernments than she is ever likely to owe to th ing for imaginary concealed riches than would and that solvuntur risu tabula, they could not more distant imperial sympathies of a unite earn real wealth if properly directed. Some look each other in the face without laughing. Fatherland. Had Dresden, Weimar, Hanover small foundation, indeed, for this general I am not aware that the belief of the mem Stuttgart, and Brunswick, been only provin credulity exists in the hoarding propensities bers of the Diamond Club in the hidden stone cial towns, surely results would have been fa necessarily produced in former times of inse rests upon any thing resembling evidence, or different from what they are. curity and danger; and one or two well-at upon any thing at all, except the fact that a According to the terms of your abonnemen tested instances of the discovery of hidden great number of fine gems, particularly dia- you will be able to go more or less frequently treasure have come to my own knowledge.monds, do exist in the country. The Portu to the theatre. Generally a lady will arrange An English merchant having occasion to make guese obtained many precious stones of great to have her fauteuil on the same night with some repairs in a house rented by him, in or value from India during the palmy days of and in the immediate vicinity of, friends near the town of Regoa, the workmen, either their connection with that country; and more Men are not allowed in the dress-circle, noi in pulling down a wall or in taking up a floor, still, chiefly diamonds, from their Brazilian women in the stalls, which are devoted to the came upon a receptacle containing about two dependencies. I have seen, at evening par- ubiquitous military. Officers obtain their abonhundred millreis, in gold and silver coin-about ties in Lisbon and Oporto, a far greater show nement under specially favorable conditions, forty or fifty pounds. A goldsmith of Viseu of good diamonds than would be seen, on sim and are free to come and go without worry from told me that the garden-wall of a neighbor ilar occasions, in London or Paris; the stones, box-keepers or seat-guardians. It is the corthreatening to fall, it was ordered to be pulled indeed, mostly ill-cut and ill-set, but repre- rect thing for them to put in an appearance for down; and that on ono very heavy stone in it senting an immense money value.

an hour or so during the evening. If his royal being removed, an earthen pot was laid bare

highness be there he is better pleased to see in a little hollow behind where it had stood, OF music and the theatre in Germany the the parterre of his pleasure-house filled with and in this pot were found no less than seven

author of "German Home-Life” writes the gay uniforms. Should the play weary or the golden moidores! These discoveries were not

ballet bore him, he can look down with pride magnificent ones, and it is not likely that the following:

on his gallant little army, and think what fine few which now and again are made, are more Among the amusements of German life fellows it is composed of. Next to the royal so; but they serve to keep up the prevailing that bore, the so-called “musical party” is box is the Fremdenloge, generally occupied by appetite for treasure-seeking.

unknown. People who love music come to distinguished strangers passing through the There has always prevailed a belief that an gether; they play their trios or quartets; sing town. The names and titles of its occupants immense treasure was hidden away-I have their duos and solos, madrigals and glees; will be duly chronicled in to-morrow's Annever heard under what circumstances-in the stop, take this or that passage over again; zeige. You are at liberty to sell your ticket of uninhabited royal palace of Queluz, near Lis discuss the composer's intention; try it one abonnement should other engagements prevent bon; and ineffectual efforts have from time to way and another, enjoy it, and pass on to fresh your availing yourself of it. The agent will time been made to find it. A few years ago, enjoyments. There is no yawning audience charge you a small commission for conducting great interest was suddenly created by the an bored to death in the background, longing to the transaction. A lady goes to the theatre nouncement that an old sergeant of artillery talk; guilty, perhaps, of that indiscretion, to with her maid or a friend, and, without any imhad sent, on his death-bed, for a high officer the fury or despair of the performer, and the propriety, returns after the same simple fashof the court, and had confided to him that he mute misery of the hostess. There is no ion. The performances will begin at half-past -the sergeant-was the sole survivor of the “showing off” and forced acclamations, no six or seven at latest, and she will be at home party which had been intrusted with the con grimace, and no vanity in the German evening. again by nine or sooner. In the theatre, as in cealment of the treasure in question. He then These lovers of music meet together with the the coffee-garden, strict division of the sexes. proceeded to describe accurately the situation reverence and simplicity of primitive Chris- In larger towns, where the passing through of in which it was to be found. There was, as tians reading the legacies of the evangelists; many travelers makes the local laws less strinmay be imagined, prodigious excitement and, having interpreted their beloved masters gent, it is not unusual to see men and women among the lords and ladies of the court; and, to the best of their abilities, go their quiet sitting together, but they are almost invariably on a certain day, a large party of them went to way rejoicing. Of the absurdity of gathering strangers and pilgrims. Birds of passage enthe deserted palace. The particular plank a crowd of unmusical people together, calling joy a freedom in such particulars that the designated by the sergeant, in the particular | it a “musical party,” and paying a profes- Einheimischen cannot boast; and it is all these room which he mentioned, was found. The i sional person to bore the assembly, the sincere easy privileges, these rational, inexpensive, workmen brought for the purpose forced it up German mind is, happily, incapable.

and early amusements, that make a residence with their tools, and between it and the ceil After these open-air concerts you have the in Germany so charming to English people ing below was found a space, in which tbere theatre. With us the flare of the foot-lights of intelligence but small means. was-nothing at all! Then more planks were pulled up, then the floors of other rooms, then holes were made in likely-looking places in

Notices. the walls; but still no treasure, and the courtly party had to return without it: but the palace of Queluz has been left in a state the re

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BOUT two miles northeast of the rail. | withal that the least sound bas a startlingably the oldest—in the State of New York.

way-station at Fishkill, on the Hud- ring, and is easily magnified by the imagina. In 1682 Gulian Verplanck and Francis Romson, stands the old Verplanck Homestead, one tion into a savage war-whoop.

bouts obtained a deed from the Indians of of the precious landmarks of our history. The house is of the Dutch style of archi- seventy-six thousand acres of land in this It stands some half a mile from the river's tecture, built of stone and wood, one and a vicinity. It was described as extending back edge, and is surrounded by extensive gardens, I half story high, with dormer - windows. It into the woods from the river, “four hours

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handsome lawns, and broad, green fields dot- | has a broad, sheltering piazza on both the going,” or sixteen miles. A patent was isted with clumps of stately trees. The whole east and west fronts (which are fashioned to sued by Governor Dongan, but, Mr. Ver. has the appearance of an English park. To match), covered by a continuation of the planck dying in the mean time, Hon. Stethe south is a patch of the primeval forest, house-roof. It is approached by a private phanus Van Cortlandt was joined with Romdense enough to ambush a whole tribe of the avenue from the main road on the east. bouts and Jacob Ship as the representatives original lords of the property, and so silent It is one of the oldest homesteads—prob- of the Verplanck heire. In the subsequent

division of the estate the homestead fell to It was under this slanting roof that the ble entrance-ball upon a fair Dutch garden. the children of Mr. Verplanck, and has ever idea first found expression which was pro The counting-room was upon one side of the since been in the family.

posed by Colonel Nicolu, on behalf of him- passage and the drawing-room, bright with The house bas been carefully preserved, self and others, to Washington at Newburg, gilding, upon the other. The lady was parwithi all its antique peculiarities. During the that he (Washington) should be made King ticularly accomplished, and versed, not only Revolution it was the scene of many an in of the United States, for the "national ad in the several modern languages, but in teresting episode. In 1778 General Lafayette vantage !" It is said that Washington was Greek and Latin, speaking the latter fluwas for some time dangerously sick there with astonished and grieved, and severely repri- ently. a ferer, and was attended by Dr. John Coch manded Nicola for entertaining such a thought It was this lady who, in her beautiful old rani. During his convalescoce he was visited for an instant.

age, trained her grandson Gulian, so well by Dr. Thatcher, who says, in his journal, Here, too, the celebrated Society of the known to New York political and social life, that he was received by the marquis “in a Cincinnati was organized. The meeting took and to all lovers of Shakespeare, to love polite and affable manner.” Long before place on the 13th of May, 1783, in the square books and study. She taught him, when a then wheat had been shipped from this place room to the north of the broad hall which mere babe, to declaim passages from Latin to France and exchanged for pure wine, with runs through the house. Baron Steuben, as authors, standing on a table, and rewarded which the vaults of the mansion were well the senior officer, presided, and his chair was him with hot pouvd-cake. It is said that she stocked, and it was cordially bestowed upon placed between the two windows which ap- used to put sugar-plums near his bedside, to the young nobleman and his friends. Dr. pear at the left hand of the door in the be at hand in case he should awake and take Thatcher describes Lafayette as elegant in sketch. The society originated in the mind a fancy to repeat his lessons in the night, figure, with an “interesting face of perfect General Knox, its object being to ce. The boy was a born scholar. He took to symmetry, and a fine, animated, hazel eye." ment and perpetuate the friendship of its books as other boys take to marbles. He

It was the headquarters of Baron Steu-founders, and transmit the same sentiment entered Columbia College at eleven. The ben, the celebrated Prussian disciplinarian, to their descendants. Washington was made tradition is that he studied Greek lying flat on at the same time that Washington was in its first president, and officiated until his the floor, with his thumb in his mouth, and Newburg, on the opposite shore of the Hud-death.

the fingers of the other hand employed in son. It was during that most trying period The chairs used on this memorable occa- twisting a lock of the brown hair on his foreof the Revolution, the year of inactivity of sion are still preserved. Some of them are head. Congress, of distress all over the country, of wood, and may be seen upon the veranda He rose to eminence in the law, in poliand of complaint, discontent, and almost re of the house. Other articles of furniture, tics, and in literature. He served in the volt, among officers and soldiers throughout rendered priceless through contact with illus State Legislature, and was sent to Congress. the army. Barracks extended along the line trious men, are cherished with tender rev. One of his chief acts while in the councils of of the road south of Fishkill village for a erence. A mabogany side - board, dark as the nation was to secure the passage of a bill mile and a half, beyond which there were a ebony from years, stands in the same corner (in 1831) for the additional security of literfew log-houses, where it was said the soldiers of the dining-room which it has occupied for ary property. In 1834 he was the Whig canwere sent to hide when their clothes could be a century. It seems invested with tongues, didate for the mayoralty of the city, but Cormended no longer and actually fell off them. and harrows the visitor's mind with the elo- nelius W. Lawrence, the Democratic candi

There is a cozy room opening from the quence, wit, learning, magnetic genius, and date, was elected by about two hundred magreat dining-room of the Verplanck Home cultivated wisdom of that by-gone and golden jority. In 1855 he was made Vice-Chancel. stead, which the baron used for his library. period.

lor of the Board of Regents of the University The antique shelves remain, and the decora The new part of the mansion, of which the of the State of New York. He was also one tions are all of the century gone. One day sketch reveals a corner to the left, has been of the six gentlemen, “ of the very highest Washington, Knox, Hamilton, and Morris, in existence about seventy years. The draw- character," who formed the Board of Combad been dining with the baron, and retired ing-room is a model of elegance and good missioners of Emigration charged with the to this apartment for a confidential wail over taste in its appointments, and contains, oversight and care of the vast influx of stranthe miserable state of the treasury. Morris among other relics, some fine specimens of gers from the Old World. It took eight kvas complaining bitterly.

cut-glass ornaments from the “Old Walton years for this board (which was at that time “Are you not a financier? why do you not House" before it was dismantled ; also some wholly free from party influences) to obtain continue to create funds ?" said the baron. antique vases of great beauty, and an easy- the privilege of a special landing-place for im

“I have done all I can ; it is impossible chair of Walton memory. Another heirloom migrants. But finally a grant from the Leg. to do more,” replied Morris. is an arm.chair of Bishop Berkeley.

islature enabled them to lease Castle Garden “But you still remain financier without The Verplanck family are one of the old for this purpose. Mr. Verplanck ministered finances?"

est and most honorable of the New York to the public welfare in innumerable ways. “ Yes."

families of Holland origin. Every genera He was a trustee of the Society Library, one of “Well, then, I do not think you are so tion, since the old Indian sachem Sakora- the wardens of Trinity Church, one of the gov. honest a man as my cook. He came to me ghuck signed the deed by which he and his ernors of the New York Hospital, one of the one day and said: 'Baron, you have nothing tribe parted with their hunting-grounds, has most active members of the New York IIisto cook but a piece of lean beef which is had its good and gifted men. Judge Daniel torical Society, and one of the trustees of the hung up by a string before the fire. Your Crommelin Verplanck was, for many years, a Public School Society. He was an author of negro wagoner can turn the string as well member of Congress; his city bome was a no little distinction-some of his legal writas I; you have promised me ten dollars a large, yellow mansion standing on the spot in ings are among the most elaborate, learned,

onth, but, as you have nothing to coo I Wall Street where the Assay-Office has since and exhaustive that have ever been produced wish to be discharged and no longer be been built. He was a gentleman of great in- in America—and was editor of one of the chargeable to you.' That was an honest fel. telligence and force of character. He mar- best editions of Shakespeare printed in this low, Morris."

ried the daughter of Dr. Johnson, the first country. Marquis de Chastellux, a member of the president of Columbia College.

He spent his summers in the old homeFrench Academy, who came to America as a His father was Samuel Verplanck, who was stead, and it was here that many of his finest major-general with Count de Rochambeau, betrothed to his cousin, Judith Crommelin, literary conceptions saw the light. He enterspent some days with the baron at the Ver. when seven years of age. She was the daugh- tained generously, and most of the celebrities planck homestead. Mabois, the distinguished ter of a wealthy banker of the Huguenot stock of his day were, from time to time, invited to Secretary of Legation from France, was also in Amsterdam. When the young man was this lovely retreat. for a short time the baron's guest at this of the proper age he was sent to make the Few houses are hallowed by more varied place, and spoke in his letters of the military tour of Europe and bring home his bride. or charming associations than the Verplanck precision with which every dish was served | He was married in the banker's great stone Homestead on the Hudson.

J at table. house, the doors opening from the wide mar.

MAR LAMB.

“Nice" was Miss Basil's idea of full dress. “I do not understand you, Mr. Hendall." THE LITTLE JOANNA.* As soon as she had delivered this command, “It is nothing," Arthur said, turning

she shut the door, and Joanna was left alone away hurriedly, and muttering to himself A NOVEL

with her “feelings." Between the indigna- that he was a fool; and Joanna, after a moBY KAMBA THORPE.

tion excited by the ignominious misnomer ap ment of bewildered hesitation, passed on her plied to her treasure, and the surprise caused way, in a strange flutter at the thought that

by “the grandmama's "unexpected summons, possibly Mr. Hendall was in some way conCHAPTER XIII.

she was in a state of excitement that inter cerned in “ the grandmamma's” message. A REVELATION.

fered sadly with the performance of her toi Mrs. Basil was in the sitting-room, which

let. She put on a fresh muslin in trembling now was made to serve all the purposes of a JOANNA went at once to her own little

haste, tied a ribbon around her refractory parlor. A cheerless apartment it was — a room. She wished to be alone; but she did locks; then, unable to adjust her collar to dingy carpet was on the floor, worn, oldnot wish to think about Mr. Hendall, nor

her satisfaction, she ran to Miss Basil's room fashioned pieces of furniture stood at decowhat he had said, nor how he had looked ; to ask for aid.

rous right angles in their fixed places, and she was afraid, she knew not wherefore: so

The door of Miss Basil's room was ajar, the severe old family-portraits frowned on she took a pin from her toilet-cushion, and, and Joanna was arrested on the threshold by the sober-colored walls. There was nothing fastening her treasured picture to the wall,

the sight of her cousin, in her best dress-a bright to be seen here, except the boneyshe sat down in front of it, her hands clasp- plain, somewhat worn black silk-saying her suckle and the sunshine at the open window. ing her knees, her dainty, fresh, and piquant prayers in her accustomed corner.

Near this window Mrs. Basil was seated in face upturned-a pleasing picture herself, had

Joanna shook with a superstitious thrill. a sort of state--ber draperies disposed with any one been by to see.

The sight of Miss Basil saying her prayers care, her ivory-headed staff beside her, her But there was no spell in “The Blue after nightfall

, or before the dawn, was not dainty hands folded in her lap, and an expresbird's Nest” to bar all thought of Arthur

alarming; but "something dreadful must sion of studied blandness enthroned upon her Hendall, and Joanna really did not see the

surely be going to happen,” she thought, countenance. picture upon which her eyes were fixed as she

" when Pamela takes time to dress up and Opposite her stovd, or rather moved, a sat pondering in her very young head the dis

say her prayers in broad daylight.” But Jo young man, tall, vigorous, sunburned, with tressing question, Had she been cruel and dis

anna did not tremble long at the sight. "I brown hair and beard, and large blue eyes. dainful in rejecting the picture-frame, or had dare say,” was her sober, second thought, ¡ His face lacked the perfect contour and delishe acted-commendably? It was a ques "she is only praying that I may be relieved cate finish that distinguished young Hen. tion to be decided by herself alone, for she

from the bonds of vanity and presumption ; dall's; but it was, nevertheless, a pleasing wouldn't have Pamela know her thoughts that's the way she characterizes me.” So she face, at once expressive of strength and tenhow very, very silly they would appear to the

pinned her collar as best she could, and went derness. wise Pamela! Joanna, pressing her hands down-stairs.

“Twelve years is a long time in the life against her burning cheeks, wished Pamela

In the hall she met young Hendall. Noth. of a man of twenty-eight,” he was saying, as were not so wise, or that she herself were ing was further from this young man's wishes, | Joanna entered ; " and—” but, looking up, wiser, for what did ail her silly, fluttering so he assured himself, than to engage the lit- with a sort of restless expectancy, instead of beart, she could not tell.

tle Joanna's artless affections; yet her little finishing his sentence, he started abruptly And then the door opened abruptly, and airs of distance and reserve wounded his toward her, Miss Basil looked in with a much-perturbed vanity far more than the studied slights of Joanna recognized, instantly, the gentlecountenance.

any young belle with whom he could wage man she had seen at Carter's, and, thinking “Mercy preserve us, child!” she exclaimed, an equal warfare.

that he might be one of Mrs. Basil's numerin a tremulous voice that matched her anx

“Stay, stay, Joanna!” he cried, stretch ous relations, and remembering how ready ious face, " what are you doing there? I've | ing out his hands to bar her progress. “Stay that Miss Ruffner had always been to report knocked and knocked! Mrs. Basil has sent one moment; 14"

her misdoing, she quickly decided that the for you."

“But, indeed, Mr. Hendall, you must not object of his visit must be to reveal the ex"O Pamela !" cried Joanna, starting up detain me,” said Joanna, shrinking away. travagance of which she had been guilty. in dire confusion. “I-I was contemplating "The

grandmamma has sent for me."

Her first impulse was to run away; but, as this picture. See, 'Mela, is it not beautiful ? "

“My aunt!” exclaimed Arthur, dropping she stood a moment, hesitating, the stranger, Miss Basil hardly vouchsafed it a glance. his hands and recoiling. “Why has she advancing, held out his large, shapely hand, Could she have surmised what a confession sent for you?”

and said, with a kindly smile: Joanna had to make about that bit of card

“ Is it a strange thing that she should “The little Joanna, I know. But she board, she would not, it is true, have re send for me?” said Joanna, with rather a hardly remembers me, I fear.” garded the picture more favorably, but she lofty air. “I assure you, she often does.” “Oh, yes," answered Joanna, who, having certainly could not have looked upon it so But she blushed when she said this, for, conquered her cowardly wish to flee, was now indifferently. “Looking at pictures is an idle though it was true that Mrs. Basil

, upon one ready to encounter, with her usual straightwaste of time,” said she, coldly, “excusable trifling pretext or another, did often send for forward courage, whatever this unlooked-for only in children. I never could see any good her husband's granddaughter, she had never

visit might portend. “It is not so very long of them; but if you must stick that painted before accompanied her summons by any since we met.” box-top up there, don't waste your time gaz

message relative to dress, and Joanna could i “It is longer than you can realize, child,” ing on it."

not escape the conviction that the injunction said Mrs. Basil, indulgently. “This is Mr. Box-top!” gasped Joanna, indignant. to make herself nice augured something of Basil Redmond, Joanna, your grandfather's " Pamela”-she had opened her lips thus far importance to herself—perhaps the long-de kinsman and namesake. It is some years with a desperate resolve to let her inappreci- sired introduction to society.

since he left us; yet I suppose you must reative cousin know what a price had been paid “Joanna !” exclaimed Arthur, impetu-member him, as we all do." for that “ box-top;” but Miss Basil, uncon- ously, seizing her hands, and speaking in an She made this assertion with a confident scious of what she did, checked the revela-excited whisper, “if my aunt that is, if you air, as though she defied contradiction. tion with the curt words: -if your feelings—if_”.

Basil Redmond's arrival had followed so "No time, now, for one of your argu Joanna heard him, her eyes growing larger closely upon the hint of his coming, that ments, Joanna. Make yourself nice—it is and larger, and her breath coming quicker there had been no time to prepare for the Mrs. Basil's wish—and go down to her imme. and quicker, until the sound of a man's step kind of reception Mrs. Basil had desired to diately."

in the room across the hall interrupted this give him. She had, it is true, essayed with

incoherent speech. Arthur dropped her hands out delay the task of breaking the momentD. APPLETON & of ,

ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, to the year 1875, by | abruptly, and she, with surprise in voice and ous tidings to Miss Basil—a task not to be Washington. manner, said:

undertaken, she felt, without some trepida

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