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News will give our readers a good idea of tenderness and of regretful remorse, which As of some one gently rapping."

the characteristics of the performance : “Both add so greatly to the beauty of these latter and the inild-mannered Benedict informed the

its merits and its faults will be easily scenes, seemed indeed to miss some of their parson that at last, after a long wrestling of

anticipated by his admirers. There is the effect; but the final combat and death-strugspirit, his “ dear Jane" had consented to say same tendency to capricious emphasis and to gle has probably never been equaled for pictobey.” But how that compromise was

eccentric modulations of the voice, the same uresque force and intensity. There was nothbrought about, no one ever knew.

habit of excessive gesture and of movement ing here of that mere dexterity of the pracI have often heard this same clergyman re

which appears to have no special interpreta- tised swordsman which it was said gave to the late how, after a wedding-ceremony on one tive value. Something in his utterance of acting of Edmund Kean in this scene someoccasion, which occurred in his own parlor,

lines seems, as before, to lack to a certain de- what the air of a fencing-master's lesson. It the husband whispered to his brand-new bride, gree the true tone of sincerity ; but the secret was widely different, too, from the grace of as they approached the door, “ Mary, have you

ot'the spell which this extraordinary actor ex- the actor's sword-play in the final scene of got any small change?”

ercises over the imaginations of audiences is • Hamlet. There were no sickly fears or suThe old Swedes' church in Philadelphia not difficult to discover. It lies in the imagi- perstitious fancies in the savage cuts with was the famous marrying-ground for nearly

native power with which he is able to depict which, striving desperately against the fates, two hundred years to all the neighborhood

the most terrible passions of the human soul he made aim again and again at his implacable and the churches in that vicinity. The record

in a great crisis of action, and in the wonder- foe. The words, "Before my body I throw book of that venerable parish is teeming with

ful expressiveness of countenance which on my warlike shield,' seemed to become invested marriages. There has to be an extension" these occasions never deserts him. To the with new force and meaning as the actor, castmade to that department in every new regis

play-goer whose memory is haunted with the ing away this usuless incumbrance, grasped ter. Notes and memoranda adorn the pages

Macbeths of the past, there is a peculiar pleas- his huge sword-handle with both bands and of the “ wedding-columns” explanatory of

ure in the total absence in all Mr. Irving's per- hurled blows at his adversary with a blind the different couples. One clergyman kept a

formances of mere conventional details. We furs which evidently tends to precipitate his list of foreign sailors (with a wife very prob

believe it has always been customary in the fate. To pluck a dagger from a sheath and ably in every large port) and runaway country- dagger-scene to confront the audience looking aim a dying blow at a foe, as Mr. Irving does girls whom he had refused to unite in matrimo- upward, as if the imaginary weapon were hov- here, is a detail of the actor's art common ny because of his suspicions, or because of the ering in the air somewhere between the per- enough in itself; but in its suddenness, and lateness of the hour, or of the absence of wit

former and the audience. Mr. Irving, on the in the quick and manifest subsidence of the nesses. Colored weddings have always a rich- contrary, sees the dagger at a much lower effort as with outstretched arms tlie wounded ly bumorous side. The colored race is a sus

point as he follows across the stage, drawn as man staggers and falls, it presented touches ceptible, imitative one, and when they are fine,

it were by its fascination toward the arched far beyond the reach of the more melodra. as at weddings, they are generally superfine. entrance to the chamber of the king--a fine matic actor. The effect upon the imagination A clergyman was called on upon one occa

point being his averted hands, as if the man, of the entire audience could be felt." sion to officiate at a colored wedding.

infirm of purpose,' and couscious of the spell ** We assure, sah," said the gentlemanly

that is around and about him, could not trust darkey, “that this yere wedding, sah, is to

himself to .clutch' the airy weapon save in According to a London journal, the “ busy be very é appropos'-quite à la mode, sah." words. In the banquet-scene a striking effect bee” of England has recently developed a re

“ Very well,” replied the clergyman, “I was produced by the actor dashing from his markable taste. This model insect is said to will try to do every thing in my power to

brows the coronet which he had been wearing "improve the shining hour" by devouring gratify the wishes of the parties.”

in terror of the gaze of the murdered Banquo. peaches, nectarines, and other rare fruits, the So, after the dinner and dancing and sup

Mr. Irving follows Macready in crouching be- cultivation of which has been a source of anx. ping was over, the groom's “ best man" called side the chair of Lady Macbeth and concealing ious pleasure to the cottage-gardener throughagain on the minister, and left him a ten-dol

his face after the words, 'Unreal mockery, out the spring and summer months. "The lar fee.

hence'—though instead of covering his face question is,” says this journal, “ whether the “I hope every thing was as your friends with his hands he raises a part of the crimson bees or the peaches shall be disestablish:ed; desired it?" said the urbane clergyman.

cloak which he is wearing. Up to the end of or whether the two cannot coexist. To cover " Well, sah, to tell the truth, Mr. John- the fourth act perhaps the most disappointing the ripe fruit-unripe it will not be touched in son was a little disappointed," answered the feature in the performance was the partial fail- the bees-with a thin curtain, which would groomsman.

ure to exhibit the bolder qualities which lie at exclude the irtruding insects, but would not · Why, I took my robes," said the minis- the foundation of Macbeth's character. In the cut off the access of air, and heat, and light, ter.

concluding act, where tbe desperate will rev- is an easy remedy which needs not be beyond 6. Yes, sah--it wasn't that."

els in the bustle of preparation for war, this the resources of any cottage - gardener, and "I adhered to the rubrics of the Church." defect was inobly redeemed. It is for this would be a complete solution of the prob“ Yes, sah, that was all right.” reason that the momentary prostration, when

lem."

We shouid judge that blossoms and “I was punctual, and shook hands with

Macduff revealed the tatal secret that his an- flowers must have been few and poor ere the couple. What more could I do?”

tagonist was fighting with no man of woman the bees would have attempted a forage on “ Well, sah, Mr. Johnson he kind o felt born,' became so effective. The touches of fruit. hurt, you see, because you didn't salute the bride!

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EARLY on the morning of the 15th of

jects them daily to worse tortures from mos- made from oranges, and dulce, a kind of mo. March we arrived at the missionary quitoes and ants, not to mention other sting- lasses made from sugar-cane. The coffee station of Cashiboya.

ing insects and reptiles, than the severest they pulled from a bush growing not threc March 16th.—This morning we visited penance that the Church of Rome ever inflicts feet from the window. Padre Ignacio, who Cashiboya, which is five miles back from the upon her children in Europe. We visited is at the head of the two missions, besides Ucayali, and near the shore of a lake, whose the priory, and were most hospitably enter- his other duties, is trying to arrange into dark waters were teeming with fish, and tained by the padres. They were clothed in some sort of form three or four Indian lancovered with wa

guages. The lanter-fowl. It is the

guages of which lower of the two

the old father is Franciscan mis.

making a diction sions established

ary are those of on the Ucayali. It

the various Indian was established af.

tribes on the river; ter the desertion of

the Inca, or QuiSarayacu ; and, af

chua, serving in its ter our experience

very corrupt form with the Indian

merely as a compopulation down

mon medium of below, it was truly

communication be. refreshing to see

tween the natives what life and en

and the half-breed ergy had been in

traders or visitors stilled by Padre

to that region. Ignacio into his lit

They had a very tle congregation.

impressive service We found here a

at church. During fine church in state

the performance of construction. It

not a whisper was is one hundred and

heard; the men forty feet long, by

sat on one side, forty feet wide,

the women on the and built of solid

other. The serblocks of mud,

mon was dispensed whose dimensions

with, we not be a re six by four by

ing supposed to be three feet, and the

edified with an ha. whole is of a char

rangue in Inca. acter creditable

The town conto an experienced

sisted of about one builder. The work

hundred houses, is being performed

and was clean to by the Indians of

a nicety. The Inthe mission, and

dians were the hapunder the personal

piest and most insupervision of Pa

CONIBO INDIANS.

telligent I had ever dre Ignacio. He

seen, and, after the and his assistant,

service, several of Padre Domingo, are monks of the order of St. their serge gowns, confined about the waist them strolled into the priory to bring Francis. Here, in voluntary exile, and among by a knotted cord. The crown of the head fowls, and to kiss the hands of the padres. Doillions of stinging and biting insects, they was cleanly shaven. By special permission About three P. M. we got back to the launch, are carrying out, both by teaching the In. from their order they are now allowed, while and were spending a most tranquil Sunday Jians and by a conformance to the dress of on the river, to wear sandals. Every thing evening, when a duck, sent by the devil, Cheir order, the vows that they have as. that they gave us was manufactured by their came into sight. The temptation had the sumed. Their dress, from its peculiarity, sub- own hands, viz. : cachaça, a very good wine desired effect; and, getting into a canoe, with a companion in the stern to steer, I student, speaking four or five languages, and they got into trouble and ate a Chilian boy. started in pursuit. The bow of said canoe evincing a great passion for talking about I infer that he has never been able to forget was almost immediately run into a South astronomy. Night soon closed in upon us; his own pangs of hunger on that occasion, American hornets'-nest. All the bornets I and as the old canoe, under the light of the for he had rather die, it seems, than give us had ever seen before weren't a circumstance stars, was propelled along by the Indian, tak- an abundant meal. My ignorance of the to these. I had to take seventeen at a time, ing a direct cut for the settlement, now fol- Spanish tongue has gotten me, I fear, into a and it finally resulted in my having to take lowing the course of the river, and now going serious difficulty with him. Not long since, to the water. However, we continued after straight through the forest, he, although his by some chance or other, he gave us a sumpthe duck, When within good range, my head was shaven, his feet sandaled, and a tuous dinner of wild-hog and armadillo. In friend stood up to perform with his Joe knotted cord was wound around his waist, order to encourage him to do the same again, Maaton ; and the first thing he knew Joe sang me many an old Spanish serenade. Cal- I endeavored to compliment him as I passed Manton kicked him overboard. We returned, laria is a much older station than Cashiboya, by the galley, but as the word in Spanish convinced that it was wrong to hunt on Sun- and is distinguished by the same cleanly ap- meaning "cook” is very similar to that day evening. Here four of our Indian crew, pearance, and possesses a great number and meaning “ hog,” I unfortunately commenced who had formerly wandered down from this variety of fruit-trees. Its Indian inhabitants my remarks by addressing him as “Old Hog," place to Yquitos, could not resist the temp- seemed very happy. I did not learn the num- and I really believe that, if he ever gets a tation to return to the flesh-pots of Egypt, or ber of its population.

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chance now, it will give him infinite pleasure rather of the Amazon, and therefore deserted March 24th.--All the surrounding country to starve me to death. during the night. This caused quite a lengthy being submerged, the fuel has to be cut on a March 22d.-Cut some wood this morn. delay; and, although the padres used every little knoll, which happens to be above water, ing; got under way at 1.13 P. M.; soon enexertion to get them to return, they were un. and has to be brought in canoes, about fif- tered the mouth of the river Pachitea, where successful, the men having gone far back into teen miles to the vessel. However, this morn. we had instructions to remain until joined the forest.

ing, having embarked a sufficient quantity to by the larger steamer, having on board the March 19th.–Started at an early hour, enable us to reach the river Pachitea, at half- remainder of the Hydrographical Commis. taking along with us one of the padres, who past seven we got under way. The Ucayali sion, and which had been detained in Yqui. wished to visit the station of Callaria above. is still rising, and the banks present, if pos- tos in consequence of having to undergo some He is a jovial companion. When he is not sible, a more desolate appearance, as we pro- slight repairs. reading, or repeating bis prayers, he is al. ceed.

Mouth of river Pachitea-latitude, 8° 43' ways laughing and talking agreeably, but the March 26th.-Anchored, about night, at a 30' south; longitude, 74° 32' 30' west of hottest dinner in the world would get cold Conibo Indian settlement, two miles below Greenwich. Distance from Yquitos, seren during his grace.

the mouth of the river Pachitea. We have hundred and sixty · five miles. Elevation March 20th.—Passed, this morning, on seen, during the last two days, hardly more above sea-level, 154.837 metres. Average the left bank, the mouth of the river Aguitea, than a few half - submerged Indian huts, current from Sarayacu to this point, three a deep-looking stream, that has never yet and these generally deserted by their inbab- and one-tenth miles per hour. The banks been explored. It is said to extend up into itants. The Conibos of this settlement are here were low and under water, and we proa hilly country, and to be inhabited by can- genuine specimens of the wild man of the ceeded twelve miles up the river before we nibal tribes, that are very hostile. We hope forest, and this village is quite a large one were able to land, the banks then being only to explore it on our return. Among the In- for these wandering vagabonds. Although two or three inches above the water ; but, as dians, there is a rumor of gold being found they have selected the highest point in the the Pachitea had begun to fail, we deteron its head-waters. About six P. M. we com- surrounding country for the site of their vil- mined to anchor, and immediately sent the menced to go around a tremendous vuelta lage, they are now living either in the tops crew on shore to clear away a place for the (bend in the river, somewbat like a horse- of their houses, or else are floating about in erection of a kitchen and for taking observa. shoe), and, a little after dark, dropped anchor canoes among the plantain-stalks, the water tions for latitude and longitude. at the mouth of a little quebrada, upon which being some two feet over where the hearth- We are now at the dividing-line between the is situated the little settlement of Callaria. stones are supposed to be. These Indians hunting grounds of the Conibo and Cashibo

March 21st.-Started in the launch to go were in luck, having just killed quite a num- tribes of Indians. The former are cannibale, up this quebrada to Callaria, but, after going ber of wild-hogs and armadilloes. Fortunate- and inhabit both banks of the Pachitea. The four or five miles, we found the turns so short ly, they were disposed to sell them at a price latter are a powerful tribe that inbabits both that we had to abandon it, though the water thought to be reasonable by our captain and banks of the Ucayali for a short distance in the channel of the stream and all through caterer. For one fish-hook he bought a large above and a long distance below the mouth the surrounding forest was of a sufficient hog, and other things proportionately cheap! of the Pachitea." With the exception of not depth to float the Great Eastern. As soon Among our purchases were two armadilloes, being cannibals, and having bad occasional as we came to anchor, several of the party which were found delicious eating.

intercourse with the traders who come up tbe started in a canoe for the village. Early the I have forgotten to say how our little can. river in canoes, they are quite as barbarous next morning, our dispensario, or steward, nibal is progressing. He was taken ashore at as their neighbors. Two brothers, chiefs of returned on board, bringing a note from one Callaria by the padre, who made of him a good the Conibo tribe, known as Pedro and Cleof the party, telling me to come up to the Catholic to all intents and purposes, for he mente, reside a few miles above the mouth station; that one of the padres had a fiddle, returned the next day with more charms and of the Pachitea. On account of their near and that there were lots of cachaça, wine, and crosses hung around his neck than can be vicinity to the Cashibos, it is necessary that other good things, at the priory, and he was imagined. However much his spiritual con- they should keep a strong force about them. having a splendid time. The condition and dition may have improved, his physical one is Clemente, who seemed to have the stronger appearance of the dispensario, who had spent fast failing, for he is daily falling off, though will of the two, soon boarded us with quite the night there, fully corroborated this state- the amount of plantains and miscellaneous a number of his retainers. The young bloods

It was, however, too late in the day “grub" consumed by him is enormous. Al- were gotten up in the finest style imaginable. to start.

though we won't allow him to eat us, he de- | They wore bracelets of beads and monkeys'. March 23d. We had to remain another vours the mosquitoes who feed on our blood, teeth, and many strands of the same (with day, waiting to embark wood. At about two and thus gets a taste of us after all!

the addition of a necklace of alligators'. P. M., a canoe arrived, bringing the Padre of We have another curious character aboard teeth) about their necks. Pendent from the Callaria. He was so cordial and pressing in in the capacity of cock. He is a wild Peruvian nose was worn an ornament of silver made his invitations, that I was persuaded to go from the Pacific coast, and the most inveter of a coin beaten out thin until about an inch back with him, although I knew that I would ate grumbler I ever heard. He informed us and a half in diameter, worth originally about have a canoe-passage of five hours. He was the other day (I suppose his proximity to the forty cents. Another singular custom, which A young man, and a Spaniard by birth. He cannibals makes him sufficiently penitent lo they seemed to consider ornamental, was very intelligent, and apparently a hard confess his sins) that on one occasion at sea A hole was made in the lower lip, entirely

ment.

was this:

through to the teeth, in which was inserted a April 8th.—The monotony of the day is young to an enormous proportion, and ultiwooden pin, nearly half an inch in diameter, only broken by the arrival, every hour, of the mately results in death, unless the habit is and projecting an inch and a half from the Conibo canoes bringing wood. Old Clemente abandoned. There is a wall of mud in face. They were all clad in their cushmans, has undertaken to place fifteen hundred Yquitos, the top presenting a very uneven or toga-like gowns, with the exception of one sticks here for us, making us, however, pay and gapped appearance, and this is pointed fellow who possessed a pair of trousers of for half of it in advance; and his warriors out to the stranger as one of the wonders which he was extremely proud, and which, seemed quite expert in the use of the axe. of the place, its irregular appearance bein for fear of getting wet in his canoe, he April 9th. -- Last night all the axes used due to its being eaten out by the women brought along under his arm, and, after the for cutting wood, and gotten from the launch and children. It is a well-vouched-for fact salutations were over, proceeded to put on in by Clemente's men, were returned to us, and that two Indian boys, on board a Peru. our cabin.

they informed us that they would not cut vian steamer on the Marañon, who were As we are now on the border of a canni. any more for several days. We inquired the never allowed by the captain to go on shore, bal country, we keep a sharp lookout. A few cause, and found that they were going on a to prevent their eating earth, ate up two years ago two Peruvian officers were killed war expedition against the Cashibos. They go | huge earthen jars, such as are used in these and eaten at a point about eight miles above on these forays every two or three months. countries to keep water cool, and which had here. There are not many mosquitoes to- These, with fishing and hunting, are the le- been put in charge of these cabin-boys until night, and we are watching with great anxie. gitimate and sole occupations of their lives. needed. ty to see if their non-appearance is due to Clemente, who has the worst face I ever saw, May 12th.—No steamer yet; but this their not being here or to their not having goes in command of the Conibos. He pos. | morning, when we went ashore to spend the found us out.

sesses an old gun, that he had somehow ob. day, as usual, in our hammocks, which we April 5th.-Have been waiting here nearly tained ; and, for several days, he has been bad swung in the old chief's shanty, we a week. The number of mosquitoes and trying to get three loads of powder from us, found the Indians bustling around more sand-flies surpasses any thing in that line which, he said, would serve him. He and than was usual in tbeir preparations for huntthat we have seen before. Our captain tells his whole tribe are as cruel and superstitious ing and fishing; and they at once volunteered us that there is a Peruvian proverb to this as possible. It is reported that, a short the information that the steamer Tambo effect: “The Ucayali River is only fit as a while ago, Clemente had ten Cashibo cap- would be here in a few days. They said place of banishment for a man who has killed tives put to death, because one of bis rela. that during the night the birds had told his mother."

tives died. Also it is a custom among them, them so; and the old chief even declared In order to kill time, we tried hunting ; | if one of the tribe dies, to burn his house, that he had heard the paddles. They assured but this we found hardly paid. The best cut up his canoe, kill his slaves, and utterly us that, days before our arrival in the launch, hunting-ground in the vicinity is a narrow destroy every thing that had belonged to they knew, by the cries of the birds, we were point of land lying between the mouth of the bim, except his wife, thinking them all be coming. We truly boped they might be Pachitea and the river Ucayali. This the witched.

right, and accounted for it in this way: i. e., water had just receded from, leaving an im- April 10th.-Several of the canoes be- a steamer is a thing so uncommon on the Upmense area of blue mud interspersed with longing to the war-party stopped alongside per Ucayali that the water-fowl is very much numerous shallow ponds and lakes. The for- of us, as they repaired to the place of rendez- frightened by it, and flies away, and, as a est and undergrowth were very thick all over vous. They had the war-paint on thick; in water-bird keeps to the water-course, it flies this tract. This was our manner of hunting : the bottom of each canoe was a splendid as- in advance of the steamer. The Indian, who We took an Indian guide, who would go be. sortment of bows, arrows, and war-clubs, all is familiar with the cry and speed of every fore, and, as he walked, cut right and left carefully covered up to keep off the rain. bird, notices that both are unusual, and among the tangled undergrowth and vines On these expeditions they carry a supply of makes a very safe surmise ; viz., that somewith a huge knife, thus making a trail for us masato, and, it is said, can subsist on it alone thing unusual is coming up the river, and to follow, and giving us a thread by which to for several days.

that that something must be a steamer. It return. These Indians never enter the forest April 18th.—The water being sufficiently remained to be seen whether they were true without making a trail, and are so expert low to give us a good landing, we went back prophets. that they can lop away all opposing vines down the Pacbitea, and anchored two miles

NELSON B. NOLAND and bushes as fast as a man cares to walk. from its mouth, at the Conibo settlement on (Civil Engineer of the Hydrographical Commission

of the Peruvian Amazon and its Tributaries). As you proceed, following up the track of the Ucayali, before mentioned. We could some large animal which you are destined, not account for the delay of the other steamnine times out of ten, never to see, the per

er, but would have to remain here until she THE LITTLE JOANNA. spiration is streaming from every pore. The arrived, or our provisions were exhausted. mosquitoes are holding high carnival over Our only amusement was to watch these

A NOVEL you, as your hands are occupied in keeping dirty devils make their women work, while

KAMBA THORPE. briers and spider-webs out of your eyes, and they themselves sat serenely down and whitin pulling thorns out of your feet. Your tled their bows and arrows. In this settlehead every now and then comes in contact ment there are, at least, some hundred men,

CHAPTER XXVII. with a hornets'-nest, and there is a constant women, and children; and, of this number, shower of red-ants from the trees above. I was surprised to find that not more than Every few minutes you will see your guide one-third were born Conibos. The rest bemake a hop, skip, and a jump, and find that longed to different tribes, and had been cap- Poor little Joanna, in consequence of he is going over a migrating colony of big tured, at various times, and made slaves and Anita's revelations, began now to be pos. black ants. There was certainly a consider wives of.

sessed by a dire foreboding of trouble. She able quantity of game in the country, for we April 25th.—José, our little cannibal boy, could not endure to have her sister out of found numerous tracks of tapirs, jaguars, ron. has been undergoing punishment to-day for her sight, and the espionage she exercised sokos, and of a species of small red deer, eating a brick. He is not allowed to go over her was a source of exquisite amuse but could meet with very few of these anj. on shore, to prevent his eating earth; and ment to Anita, who was as gay as if she had mals in the daytime. After enduring this to-day he was detected eating a soft brick, not a care in the world. Yet the charade. torture on six different occasions, I summed with which he had been instructed to clean party had not lost all attractions for Joanna; up the damage I had done to South American the knives. The Indian children of this part she still looked forward to it eagerly, and game, and found I had killed one wild-hog, of the country have a great craving for was always ready to carry notes between Owne parrot, one eagle, six monkeys, captured earth, and those who are not killed by eating Anita and Mrs. Carl Tomkins. two tortoises, and wounded a jaguar. I con. it when young, retain the love for it after Nevertheless, as the bappy time drew aluded it was more entertaining to stay on arriving at the age of puberty. It has the near, Joanna's rague anxiety about her sis. board the vessel and shoot at alligators. effect of swelling out the stomachs of the ter increased, and, in addition to this, she

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was haunted by the presentiment, growing, | I was looking at. Your dress needs just that of exercise. It's a fine cloudy morning for a perhaps, out of the very eagerness of antici. for finish."

walk, and I'll just run in to Lebrun's and ex. pation, that she was never to wear the beau- If any thing could revive Joanna's droop- change that belt-buckle, since you don't like tiful dress Lebrun sent home two days before ing spirits, it was an announcement like this. it, and, if it should rain, just send the car. the appointed evening. It hung in the large, “I do believe it will blow over, 'Mela," riage for me." old-fashioned wardrobe in the hall, and many said she, leaning out of the window to study When Miss Hawkesby arrived at Letimes a day did Joanna go to inspect it, with he angry sky. "And I'll go this moment to brun's, Mrs. Ruffner was in the back-room a sad longing in her eyes.

ask the grandmamma about the carriage.” enjoying the only refreshment Middleborough Joanna, I do wish you wouldn't look “ But you are not to go into town, re- afforded her. It was the work of but a few 80," said Miss Basil, querulously, quite at a member, Joanna; Miss Hawkesby will excuse moments to exchange the buckle with the loss for an epithet. “I sbould like to see you, I know. Your system is evidently dis- obnoxious device of the Cupid and rose-bud you take some satisfaction in the trouble your ordered, and I can't have you run the risk for another with a pair of clasped hands fig. aunt has been at to please you." With all of bringing on a bilious attack by any over- ured thereon; but Mrs. Ruffner could always her insensibility to the vanities of dress, exertion. The party to-night will be more spare time to listen to those interesting items Miss Basil was not insensible to the praise than enough for you in the present condition which Miss Crane detailed with that favor Miss Hawkesby had bestowed upon Joanna's of your system—"

of mystery so irresistible to a speculative training, and she had a very natural anxiety Oh, never mind my system, Pamela !” | mind, and Miss Crane, who loved an appreci. to maintain the good impression her faithful cricd Joanna, ungratefully.

“I won't go

ative listener, could have talked by the hour, care had made upon the discriminating old into town, if you say not; but don't begin but that the claims of business forbade; lady.

to talk about a bilious attack; you know I and even the claims of business she had “ 'Mela,” said Joanna, with a caressing never did have one."

been known to neglect for the sake of gossip touch of the foam-like frills and flounces, “I “I don't know," said Miss Basil; “ de- --conversation, she called it. know in my heart that I am not ungrateful; pression of spirits is a pretty sure sign.”

There was no one, therefore, to wait upon but something will happen, you'll see. I shall But, indeed, my spirits are not de- Miss Hawkesby, except the slow and awkward never wear this dress." It was now the morn- pressed," said Joanna, as she ran down- lass of fifteen whom all Middleborough agreed ing of the day appointed for the charade- stairs to seek Mrs. Basil. "Nobody that in condemning, and who now looked in vain party.

expects to wear moss-rose-buds can be de- from box to box for the moss-rose-buds, Nonsense!" said Miss Basil; your sys- | pressed in spirits.”

wbile Miss Crane, in the back-room, was tell. tem is out of order, Joanna ; I knew just how Now, a rumor had reached Basilwood / ing to Mrs. Ruffner all that she knew, and a it would be when you took to running about that morning that Mrs. Stargold was alarm- good deal that she did not know. in this July sun. All the Griswolds are down ingly ill, and, under the circumstances, Mrs. 011 Miss Hawkesby, by no means the with chills, and I do suspect that is what is Basil felt it to be ber duty to drive over and most amiable of women, lost her temper at the matter with you. Let me feel your nose, inquire about her cousin Elizabeth ; and she last, and spoke her mind pretty freely about child."

very obligingly consented to go a little out incompetent clerks; but, in the midst of ber “Oh, please don't, 'Mela," said Joanna, of her way in order to leave Miss Hawkesby tirade, Mrs. Basil entered, and created a wowhose nose always indignantly resented this at Lebrun's, promising to send the carriage mentary diversion. mus probandi. “I did but go three times back for her. ...

Mrs. Basil was in no good humor hersell

, with Anita's notes ; and I'm just as well as Joanna was not the only person that as was evident from the emphasis with which ever I was in my life. But I have a-pre- watched the clouds that morning, as may be she carried her ivory-headed staff. sentiment. I suppose it's all a punishment readily inferred, considering how many were “How did you find Mrs. Stargold!" asked for my devotion to the pomps and vanities, interested in the charade-party; but, without Miss Hawkesby, turning her back upon the 'Mela, that I feel in my heart I shall never any special interest in charades, Mrs. Ruffner array of artificial flowers, among which not a wear this dress."

was anxious to persuade herself that the rose-bud could be found. " What is the matter with the dress, clouds did not portend rain.

"I did not see Mrs. Stargold," said Mrs. child ?" said old Miss Hawkesby, coming “Jane," said she, after their late break- Basil, indignantly. “I rarely ever see her. into the hall just in time to hear this last fast, “! begin to believe that it will not I have good reason to suppose that she sentence. “Doesn't it fit?" rain."

knows nothing of my attentions; but I am “There is nothing in the world the mat- " It looks very threatening,” said Miss supported by a consciousness of having perter with the dress, but I am sorry to say that Ruffner.

formed my duty. Still, it would have been a Joanna is whimsical," said Miss Basil, in a Oh, looks are nothing, you know; and I consolation, in this, my cousin's last illnessdeeply-injured tune.

don't believe that Cousin Elizabeth is so very it would have been a great consolation to "It is the way of girls," said Miss Hawkes- ill; it's merely excitement. Those everlast- have had an interview with her." by, imperturbably.

ing papers Mr. Redmond brought for her to Last illness ! ” repeated Miss Hawkesby. " Indeed, I am not whimsical, aunt," said look over, they just keep her in a constant “Oh, my dear madam, I don't believe any Joanna ; " and as to the dress, it is heavenly; fret about business."

thing of the kind. Mrs. Stargold is not gobut a fear possesses me that I shall never "I think so myself,” said Miss Ruffner, ing to die yet, I hope! Why, she is only a wear it. Do you not see that it is clouding sourly. “It is all nerves with Cousin Eliza- year older than I am.”—Then, turning sudup for a storm ? The charade-party will have beth-but one dares not say so.”

denly upon the bewildered incompetent beto be given up.”

“Dr. Garnet says so," replied Mrs. Ruff- hind the counter, she said, fiercely: " Wall “ Pooh! pooh!” said old Miss Hawkes- ner, with satisfaction.

you have the goodness to desire some one by. “Middleborough is too desperately dull “He should not be encouraged to express else to attend upon me?” Wbereupon, the to submit to such a misfortune. Why, Anita his opinion so freely," replied Miss Ruffner, girl, poor thing, started into a sort of galranis gone to the rehearsal, you know, in spite quickly. “The best thing he could do for ized haste, opened the glass door leading into of the clouds. The storm will blow over, her would be to forbid positively all worry the back-room, whence issued these words: doubtless-"

about business. She ought not even to see * Depend upon it, ma'am, there is truth in “We are needing rain sadly, though," those papers, and, if I could have my way, this I tell you. All these years we've looked sighed Miss Basil, parenthetically. she shouldn't."

upon Miss Basil-yes, Sarah, in a moment; "And if it should rain, other days will “But you cnn't have your way,” said nobody of consequence this cloudy morning dawn. Depend upon it, Middleborough is not Mrs. Ruffner, complacently; " so what is the but I always had my doubts of a woman that going to give up the charades. However, use of fretting? You know Cousis Elizabeth

could not be persuaded into the fashion of the your dress does not suit me perfectly, Joan- won't say much about her way; but she is day.—Shut the door, will you, girl?—For all na; it needs something more ; and if Mrs. sure to have her way. I sha'n't worry; she'll she's kept herself so secluded, the mystery Basil will allow me the carriage, I will drive do very well, now that she bas had ano- will out, like a thunder-bolt, some day." in to Lebrun's, and by some :noss-rose-buds dynes; and, as for me, I'm suffering for want Mrs. Basil looked at Miss Hawkesby in

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