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In a recent note it was stated that the de- man asked any question, boldly replied to could ningle, or the most splendid liberality composition or decay of eggs might be greatly the question addressed to the father of the collect; nor did the nuptial evening afford a retarded by the use of a coating of paraffine. bride, “Who giveth this woman to be married | banquet less grateful to the intellectual senses. A second application of this substance has re- to this man?” “My sponsors in baptism !" The inind was regaled with all tbat is capticently been made, with favorable results. A Another frightened youth, remembering in | vating in colloquial fruition, and transported number of American peaches which had been the presence of some beautiful bridesmaids with all that is divine in the union of congecoated with melted paraffine and packed in hay the answer to one of the questions in the order nial spirits : recently arrived in London in a fresh state, of baptism, replied to the question, “ Wilt • While hovering seraphs lingered near, and were eaten after a lapse of more than thou have this woman to thy wedded wife?And dropped their harps, so charmed to hear!'" twenty days. This application of paraffine is “I renounce them all, and, by God's help,

In the happy coming-time, when the sexes protected by letters-patent granted to Mr. R. will endeavor not to follow nor be led by

shall stand upon a footing of perfect equality, Loomis, of this city, and includes the preser- them !"

the dupos of fair flirts will, doubtless, find vation of eggs, fruit, and vegetables.

Readers of Thomas Hardy's story, “Far twelve good women and true ready to make

from the Madding Crowd,” will remember the THE French town of Nérac is about to be

defaulting damsels pay for promise-breaking. scene in which Bathsheba, on taking charge lighted by gas made from cork-waste and cut

A jilted lover will not need to take his revenge of the farm, inquires how it came to pass tings. These are distilled in a close vessel

in an irregular way, like the gentleman who that Mrs. Ball ever consented to name her son advertised in the General Advertiser : “ Whereor retort, and the gas obtained is said to be

"Cain.” Joseph Poorgran and the others brighter and whiter than that of coal. The

as, on Sunday, April 12, 1750, there was seen explain that the "

pore ” woman was flustered blue or non-luminous zone is smaller, and the

in Cheapside, between the hours of four and at the time of the christening, and got the five in the afternoon, a young gentleman, gas itself has a greater density than that from

Bible brothers mixed up in her mind, and ordinary coal.

dressed in a light-colored coat, with a blue thought at the moment “as how it was Abel

waistcoat trimmed with silver lace, along with what killed Cain, and not t'other way; how

a young lady in mourning, going toward St. Miscellanea.

ever, they tried to soften it down a bit by call- Martin's near Aldersgate. This is, therefore, ing him . Cainey.!"

to acquaint the said gentleman (as a friend) On the same principle in England, at a

to be as expeditious as possible in the affair, E give below the last of our budget wholesale parish wedding, where some dozen

lest otherwise he should unhappily meet with couples were to be united en masse on a Sunof “Wedding-Anecdotes :"

the same disappointment at last, by another day, a shy sort of man got crowded in the

stepping in in the mean time, as a young genSometimes the united services of clergymen wrong place, next to a strong, bustling wom- tleman has been lately served by the aforeof differing persuasions make the marriage- an, who had likewise missed her man, and,

said young lady, who, after a courtship of ceremony a trifle difficult. A Methodist min

before they knew it, they were married, as these four months last past, and that with lier ister, who was about to marry an Episcopal was also the odd couple number two. Here

approbation, and in the most public manner lady, called upon her minister to secure his upon the shy man made so bold as to tell the

possible, and with the utmost honor as could services, and to ask that a friend, who was a minister of the mistake, and, while he was de- possibly become a gentleman. Take this, sir, presiding elder in his church, might assist in bating in his own mind what was to be done, only as a friendly hint.” Far less courteous, the office of marrying. The Episcopal brother, the old woman exclaimed, “Sure, and let it under similar provocation, was the discarded who was a High Anglican, replied:

be; isn't

fair all round, after all, and isn't suitor who proclaimed: “Whereas, Parmelia “I would like to oblige you, sir, in your one man as good as the other? the divil a bit's B— did promise to marry me on the 19th wish, “but I fear I cannot, as I do not recog- the difference, says Bridget McShane !'' instant, but, instead of doing so, did flunk and nize the validity of your orders !”

run off, 1 brand her as a liar and a person of “My orders not valid, sir?" exclaimed the indignant Wesleyan. “I tell you, it's a purer

We select from All the Year Round a sec

bad character generally.” Possibly the fickle

Parmelia bad very good reasons for changing ministry that has come down from John Wes- ond batch of “ Notifications Extraordinary,” her mind; at any rate, the rejected groom ley than a ministry that has come down by

being wholly on matters matrimonial : might have vented his wrath io milder terms. your apostolic succession through all their

Mary Dodd, of Livingston County, Kentucky, dirty popes!

A Leavenworth official proclaimed his hap

was fully justified in denouncing a gay deceivAs a general rule, ministers find, on the piness and warned off all aspirants to the hand

er as she did, in the Kentucky Reporter, of the principle that "a bird in the hand is worth of the woman whose affections he had secured

5th of September, 1817: “ Take notice, and two in the bush," that it is always better to as follows: “Engaged: Miss Anne Gould, to beware of the swindler Jesse Dougherty, who take the fee at the time of the wedding than John Caudal, city marshal, both of Leaven

married me in November last, and some time to wait for any after-judgment of the matter. worth, Kansas. From this time henceforth

after marriage informed me that he had anothA certain clergyman to this day bears a grudge and forever, until Miss Anne Gould becomes

er wife alive, and before I recovered the vilagainst New Jersey because a Jerseyman, af- a widow, all young men are requested to with

lain left me, and took one of my best horses. ter his wedding, asked if he should pay at the draw their particular attentions.” If Kansas

One of my neighbors was so good as to follow time or settle when he came for the certificate. lovers are given to publishing their little ar- him and take the horse from him, and bring The modest minister said, “Oh, when you rangements in this way, a Kansas newspaper him back. The said Dougherty is about forty come for the certificate." And that man has must be almost as lively reading as the Cher

years of age, five feet ten inches high, roundnever come yet !

okee Times, which, recording the marriage of shouldered, thick lips, complexion and hair There seems to be a strange atmosphere | Mr. Sariah Pratt and Miss Mary Foote, says:

dark, gray eyes, remarkably ugly and ill-naof mistakes about the wedding-service. Even “Sariah is one of the best boys Cherokee tured, very fond of ardent spirits, and by prothe printers join ir this. An English edition ever had, and, now that he will Foote it the

fession a notorious liar. This is, therefore, to of the “ Prayer - Book” came out some time rest of his journey, we wish both him and his

warn all widows to beware of the swindler, as ago with the following misplacement of a sin- handsome young wife a happy wedded life, all he wants is their property, and he cares gle letter: “Wilt thou love, honor, and cher- with a good round number of Pratt-ling re

not where they go after he gets that. The ish,” etc., etc., “and, forsaking all others, sponsibilities to cheer the way and make life

said Dougherty has a number of wives living, keep thee only unto her as long as ye both truly blest.” The Cherokee editor's playful- | perhaps eight or ten (the number not positiveshall like”—a change from "live" to

ness would hardly have been appreciated a ly known), and will, no doubt, if he can get well suited to the changing habits of present quarter of a century ago, when the following them, have eight or ten more. I believe that matrimonial life ! specimen was thought a neat thing in mar

is the way he makes his living.-Mary DODD." Another very common mistake among ig- riage notices: “Married simultaneously, on norant people, who want the Episcopal ser- the 24th ult., by the Rev. J. W. Wallace, J. vice, is in the alliterative sentence, “ To have H. Burritt, Esq., of Connecticut, to Miss Ann

A WRITER in Charnbers's Journal, from and to hold from this day forward." I know W. Watson; and Mr. Augustus Wood, to Miss whom we have formerly quoted, thinks that a clergyman who assures me he very frequent- Sarah Wair, Columbia County, Georgia. The

Americans are very fond of using the word ly has it rendered, “ To have and to behold ceremony was conducted under the most enfrom this day forward."

“institution :" gaging forms of decency, and was ministered The nervousness of the parties to be mar- with sober and impressive dignity. The sub- Institution, originally a political word, has ried very often accounts for some of these sequent hilarity was rendered doubly enter- been given a very wide meaning. Besides mistakes. A pretty-well frightened groom on taining by the most pleasing urbanity and speaking of the “institutions of the country,one occasion, feeling that he must be brave corum of the guests; the convivial board ex- American writers mention the buzzards of and speak up well when the officiating clergy- | hibited an elegant profusion of all that fancy Charleston as one the institutions of that




city, and inform us that a taste for driving is the fact that, " in this complication of Euro- the fire of coals can offer. Every one in that one of the institutions of New York. Writing pean difficulties, a favorable opportunity was magic world sees what he brings the power of from China to the New York Times, Mr. Sew- atforded to American goaheaditiveness."

seeing. Few people are tempted with crowls ard described a typhoon as "an Eastern insti

of faery, few but children, to whom fire is tution, which, though doubtless entertaining

still magical, and the pictures of fire-land as as a topic for future narrative, is seldom amus

The subjoined, from the London Daily real almost as the scenes of daylit life. We ing as an experience.” News, on the first fire of the season, is very

lose this constructive imagination as we grow

older, and “look before and after,'' :s we sit He gives also instances of some of the good, but we wish the writer would under

by the fire, instead of watching the wonderful quaint phrases arising from our political stand that not every American is devoted to

pictures of a world outside space and time. lise :

the stove. In the South the open fire is the Some of these strange phrases are derived rule, and it is far from being uncommon in

The revival of “ Macbeth” at the Lyceum from the babits of animals. A party is said the North and West :

(says the Pall Mall Gazette) has stirred up the to snake when it follows an underhand policy;

spirit of Shakespearean criticism to give forth

The first fire makes an epoch like the first if a politician proves false to his pledges, the

some very astounding utterances. Perhaps snow-fall of the new winter: it brings back papers announce that he has " crawfished aw

the wildest of all are to be found in certain fully," an allusion to the retrograde motions

niemories of old enjoyments suited to the letters which have been published by Dr. of the crawfish. When a group of members

season; it almost makes us forget to look for- Charles Mackay in the Athenæum. A Celtic support a bill in which they have no direct

ward to the long, inevitable season of cold and scholar is still a rara acis among us ; and perinterest, in order to secure the help of its pro

of sunless days. Certainly this is an advan- haps it is well that it is so, since it seems immoters for a bill of their own, they are said to

tage we possess over our kinsmen of the Teu- possible for a knowledge of Gaelic and a spirit be “log-rolling," a term taken from the back

tonic race who use stoves-over the German, of impartiality to exist in the same brain. Of woods, where a man who has cut down a big

the American, as also over the Russian. Mon- the philological blindness induced by Celtic tree gets his neighbors to help him in rolling

taigne mentions how he was once amused by studies, Dr. Mackay is a brilliant example. it away, and in return helps them with their

hearing a German gentleman defend stoves on Not long ago, in a little book about English logs. To gas" is to talk only for the pur

exactly the same grounds as Frenchmen usual- literature, he gravely set forth that "quick" pose of prolouging a debate. A man who can

ly spoke up for tires. Surely the patriotic Teu- -a good English word if ever there was cnebe depended upon by his party is said to be

ton would scarcely have said that much of the with its cognate “ queck,” still passing cur

religio foci clings to the stove. Warm that sound on the goose." On the other hand, a

rent on the main-lard to vouch for its Teutonie doubtful supporter is spoken of as “ weak in

device may be, and capable when scientifical- pedigree, was derived from the Gaelie wag, the knees." Determination is backbone.

ly adapted of giving perpetual summer within five, by some occult symbolism about the five

the house. But as the stove is used in Conti“ Backbone," says a leader in the Republic of

senses. And he now tries to make out by a New York, “is the material that makes an

nental cities merely to heat the air which is deal more of the same sort of fanciful rodó

in the house without circulating or changing montade that all the obsolete or obscure words upright man.” A party that always votes together is said to "vote solid." A party con

it, stuffiness is its first-born and drowsiness its used by Shakespeare are Celtic; nay, that the ference is a caucus," its programme is a

next of kin. “Men scarcely know how beau- poet himself was a Celt, both on the father's “platform," and these two words, we may re

titul fire is,” Shelley says, and certainly no and the mother's side. As to the mother, ber mark en passant, are being too freely used in

stove-using race of men can know by daily family took their name of Arden from the sonne quarters even among ourselves.

experience. It was the most natural thing forest in which they lived, and to try to found member of Congress does not make a speech,

that the domestic religions of the ancient a pedigree from the poet's father writing his he " orates ; " if he can embarrass his adver

world should cling about the hearth, where name “Chaksper” is simply ridiculous, as it sary, he rejoices at having "cornered him;"

the lovely, mysterious element plays, making is extremely doubtful whether he could write if his speech is a good one, it is a “ rouser;

light and warmth in his sport. No wonder his name at all; and if he wrote it in any such if it fails, it is a fizzle," so called from the

the Lares, the spirits of dead ancestors, liked form, it is clear he could not spell, as the earhiss of the priming in a gun that misses fire.

to hover there, and forget their gray Elysium. liest bearer of the name, who was somehow of

No wonder that the city hearth was a holy other connected with the Port of Youghal, in He is of opinion, however, that with us thing, where the fire was never to fade. But the time of Edward III., wrote it Shakespete. trade has even more cant words than poli- fancy a vestal virgin tending a sacred stove ! The meaning, one would think, is as evident

The idea is absurd on the face of it. Far bettics, and gives the following instances :

as the meaning of Brakespeare, or any other ter for the poetry if not for the comfort of the compound of the sort. But Dr. Mackay cannot Money has forty or fifty different names-- thing even a French fire, like that of the mar- see it, and tries to make out that the word is the such singular terms as dye-stuffs, spondulics, shal on which our correspondent has moral. Celtic “shac, or seac, dry, and speir, shanks, 83 shadscales, and charms, figuring in the list. ized; far better the pine-cones with their we have in our day the Saxon names of SheepInsolvent banks are called wild-cat banks, fragrance, the logs that burn capriciously, the shank and Cruikshank, suggested by a pe and their notes are wild-cats. The smallest

heat that goes up the wide chimney, than the sonal malformation or deformity in days when cobbler's shop is a “ boot-store;" a draper's practical stove of Germany. It is well that a surnames were not common, and applied 2x i is a “ dry-goods store;' and to“ run a store" man should be able to say, “ lla, ha ! I have nickname to some early ancestor of the fanis to keep å shop. A figure of speech derived seen the fire," even if he can scarcely add in ly.” The obvious answer to this is, that in from the last expression is “to run your face,” conscience that he has been very thoroughly days when people called each otherSheep which means to go upon credit. “To make a warmed, which it must be confessed he rarely shanks! “ Crooksbanks" they were perpile” is to make money; to be" dead broke” is in really cold weather. It is a pleasant cus- fectly capable of putting together the simple is to become bankrupt. These commercial tom that has come in of burning old drift-wood ! compound “Dry-shanks,” if they bad wished phrases penetrate into

every - day life.

in London fireplaces. The salt timber crackles to make any personal remark about the poet's “ What's to pay ?” means simply what's the very cheerfully ; a hundred delicate shades of

ancestor, without taking the trouble to fish UP matter? " A drive in these hills pays," says yellow and violet and blue and green and purple two Gaelic words, of which probably they had & writer in an American magazine;“ it is pure flames shine out, and the cavernous wood-fire never heard, to express their contempt for his enjoyment.” Another Americanism, “to be presents more pictures to the imaginative than shanks. well posted up” in a subject, originally derived from the posting up of a ledger, has been adopted by some English writers. Simi

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round. Immediately behind the Paint Rock, , ments," says one of the gentlemen, compos-
on which we are gathered, stands an abrupt edly.
and rugged hill, towering several hundred “Yes, I believe I will go with you,” says
feet higher, and showing an almost precipi. Mrs. Cardigan. “It is very stupid to do no
tous side.

more than hundreds of other people have
“I wonder what you will propose to do done."
next?” I say. “Who do you fancy will risk “ That sentiment has been the cause of
his neck by climbing that mountain with more foolish risks than could be reckoned,”

says Eric, “but, if you are in earnest about “The view from there must be very fine," climbing the hill—and are not afraid of a she remarks, "a great deal finer than this, sunstroke—I'll take you up.” which I don't consider at all remarkable.—Mr. “Thank you,” says Mrs. Cardigan, graLanier"_she turns with her sweetest smile ciously. “People never have sunstrokes in to that gentleman—"will you go with me?” the mountains, I believe.—Well, Miss Nor

Mr. Lanier hesitates. Pity him, all pru- wood, are you ready?” dent people who dislike unnecessary exertion Yes, Sylvia says she is ready, and she and avoid useless risks! He is comfortably rises without a glance at her companion. seated under a pine-tree, fanning the young But that unhappy man rises also, with an lady who proposes this feat, and, being as heroic attempt to look cheerful. averse to it as a man could be, he looks at I haven't an idea that you can reach the the mountain in troubled silence for an in-top—and I'm sure you'll be sorry that you stant. Then he says:

made the attempt,” he says;

“but of course “You have no idea what you are propos- I'll do my best to take you up."

ing. It is quite impossi. “Pray don't come on my account,” says
ble for you to ascend that Sylvia. “I need very little assistance in
hill. There is no path, climbing."
and the side is terribly This is not very gracious encouragement
steep-it would be dan- to overheat himself in the most unpleasant
gerous to attempt such a manner, besides risking his neck; but Mr.

Lanier feels that he is put upon his mettle,
Dangerous ! ” Her and he will not recede.
lip curls. Every thing " Lead the way, Markhan,” he says. “You
is dangerous, except walk- understand this business of scrambling over
ing on level ground and rocks and swinging to bushes better than I
even then one might fall do."
in the river. I know I “Eric shall not lead the way!” cries
can climb up there—and Sylvia, springing forward. “I made the pro-
I mean to do it!"

posal, and I insist upon going first." Bravo, Miss Nor- Poor Mr. Lanier! It is impossible not to wood!” cries an unexpect- laugh at the glance with which he regards ed voice—the voice of a the height before him as he follows the young gay young widow, who lady, who-with her riding-skirt looped to has been devoting her fas- her ankles—takes her way along the neck of cinations to Eric, "IT land which connects the rock with the moun. you succeed, I'll follow


“How much energy Miss Norwood has !” “Had you not better says Miss Hollis, with a little shudder. “I come with me, Mrs. Cardi- do not think I should like to be her escortgan ?” says Sylvia. “Per- on a mountain." haps, after we have made “She certainly puts Lanier through a the ascent, some of the course of exercise which lie would not be gentlemen may feel it safe likely to undertake of himself,” says a symto follow."

pathetic gentleman. “I'm sorry for the fel“More likely we shall low, and I shouldn't be surprised if she broke be obliged to go below his neck and her own too." and gather up your frag- “There's not the least danger of her



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breaking her own neck," puts in Charley's | hand, and planting her alpenstock with the We look and laugh. He is very much of quiet voice. “She climbs like a deer, and other. Eric and Mrs. Cardigan take a slight- a dandy in the matter of dress, this hapless her head is as cool as—as an iceberg. But ly different route, and the two couples keep gentleman, and to see all bis coat-pockets

tolerably well abreast of each other. Now bulging with stones, and crammed with ferns
and then they pause to rest, and once we see and mosses, is a sight which might more the
Sylvia mounted on a large rock, waving her gravest to mirth, and the most insensible to
handkerchief to us in an ecstatic manner, compassion.
while Mr. Lanier leans exhausted against it. “She wanted to fill my hat, too,” he says,

“What hot work it must be!" say the “but I bumbly submitted that I had no way lookers-on.

to carry it except on my head, and it would "I am as devoted to Nature as anybody," bave been inconvenient to have had several remarks Miss Hollis, “but I must say that I pounds of stones and moss in it." think such an exertion as this foolishdon't “Not to such an enthusiast as yourself, I you, Mr. Kenyon ?”

should think," remarks one of the amused "I am opposed on principle to all unne- by-standers. cessary exertion," answers Mr. Kenyon, “and Eric on his part is laden with a fragment just now I am so well satisfied to be un of rock so large that no pocket which was der this tree—with you—that the finest view ever made would contain it, and how be bas in the world could not tempt me away." managed to bring it down the mountain

As the adventurous climbers mount high not to speak of bringing Mrs. Cardigan also er and yet higher, it makes one giddy to look -we are unable to imagine. at them, hanging by such precarious foothold “He seemed to have no difficulty about on the precipitous hill. Several times we it,” says that lady; "but, if an emergency prophesy that they will be forced to return had arisen, I am sure he would have let me without gaining the summit, but they go on go and kept the rock.” undauntedly, sending showers of loose stones “I should have been more excusable in

down the mountain at every step. Occasion such a case than you think,” he answers. "Once we see Sylvia mounted on a large rock, waving ally we lose sight of them among the rocks “I have several specimens of the Paint Rock, her handkerchief."

and bushes, but again they are in full view, but none so perfect as this. Look at the

and we can see them, for they have joined streaks of color on it-why, it is admir. I wouldn't insure Lapier's neck,” the speak forces, dragging each other up some particu- able!” er ends, calmly.

larly steep ascent. At last, a faint, pro- “And unique, I suppose ; while women The ascent of the hill is slow and very longed shout tells us that they have reached are easy enough to find," she says, laughing. difficult. Sylvia was correct in saying that I the top, and we recognize Mrs. Cardigan in –“But I hope nobody thinks me in earnest,"

the figure that waves a she goes on, turning to the others. “Wr. handkerchief on an alpen- Markham is the most capable and careful es stock exultantly.

cort, and when he needed both bands to as“The question now is, sist me he laid his specimen tenderly dowo, how long will they stay and then went back for it." there?” says a member “ But what did you see to repay you for of the party, who is anx. all this?” we ask. ious for his dinner.

“See!” replied Sylvia ; "why, twents They remain for what times at least as much as you see here. Hupseems to us a long time, dreds of mountains in that direction"and it is not until most sweeping motion toward North Carolina – of the gentlemen have “and the whole State of Tennessee as far as made themselves hoarse the Cumberland Mountains. — Didn't me by shouts that are prob. Eric ?” ably not heard, and cer- “Not exactly the whole State," says Eric, tainly not answered, that “ but the Cumberland Mountains certainly. they begin the descent. We were on the top of the ridge, and the This is almost as difficult view was very fine." as the ascent, and it is Soon after this—the day having considstill some time before erably passed its meridian — we scramble they appear on the rock, down the steep path at the side of the rock, with faces flushed scarlet, and take our way to the carriages. Standing dresses torn, and an utter there in the cool shade of the trees that insolvency in the matter fringe the river, we look up at the great clif, of breath. Sylvia speaks and are struck afresh by its majesty. Its first.

rugged escarpments stand out boldly, for no “ Look at my gloves !” shrub grows on the broken and irregular face she says, extending her of the precipice. hands.

When we are about to start, Eric says: We look, and appre- By-the-by, Charley, since you found the ciate fifty per cent. high- ford so good, we might as well cross there er the difficulties of the instead of undergoing the delay of the ferry."

ascent. The gloves are A quick glance passes between Charley ". Look at my gloves !"

dog-skin gauntlets, and and Sylvia — a glance compounded equally the entire palms are peel of amusement and consternation—then the ed off white.

former answers, coolly : she requires little assistance—which is for- "You should keep those in remembrance “I wouldn't advise you to do so. The tunate, since it is evidently quite as much as of the Paint Rock Mountain," says some one. ford is, well, rather deep. We crossed there, her escort can do to assist himself. She “She has plenty of mementos,” says Mr. but we decided to try the ferry-boat on our leads the way, grasping the bushes with one Lanier. “Look here!”


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“Ah !” says Eric. He makes no further their edges are gilded with a radiance at “ Heavens ! how ugly he is !” she says. remark until we are in the carriage; then he which we can scarcely look.

“If he were young and handsome, now, what says: “I knew all the time that scamp was " What royal magnificence !" says Sylvia. an opening for a romance !" telling what was not true when he said the “ Sometimes the sun dies like a sovereign." “I am sure he would be young and handford was sale. It is certainly dangerous, and “Rather too much magnificence !” says some if possible," says Charley ; “but I beg he carried Sylvia through it.”

Eric. At least there are too many clouds; to observe that ugly men are by no means “How rash!” says Mrs. Cardigan. “ And I fear we shall have bad weather again.” insensible to openings for romance. I belong Mr. Kenyon is the last person I should sus- “That will be a pity," I observe, “since to that class myself, so I know whereof I pect of rashness."

Aunt Markham has consented to start back speak.” Charley is an impostor,” says Eric. to Asheville to-morrow."

"Charley, such remarks are never in good * When he throws off his indolence-which “What!” cries Mrs. Cardigan, with an taste," says Sylvia. “Don't try to extort is half affectation—he is not only energetic, expression of the most sincere dismay, “are compliments, but help me down this cliff.” but daring to recklessness."

you going to leave the Springs ? Oh, how “I thought you never required help in “ And Sylvia is as rash as he is," I say. sorry I am! I hoped we should climb a great climbing,” says Mr. Lanier, watching with “ They should never be allowed to go out to- many more mountains together.-0 Mr. Mark- some jealousy the hands which surrender gether.”

ham! how can you be so faithless? You themselves to Charley. “Sometimes they don't ask permission know you promised to take me up this moun- “ This is not climbing—it is descending,” —this morning, for instance, they did not,” tain ”—and she points to the one behind the replies the young lady, coolly, “and I don't says Mrs. Cardigan, with a laugh. cliff on which we are seated.

want to fall. It is much easier to mount than We reach the Springs in time for a late “I am at your service," says Eric. “Shall to go down." dinner, and indemnify ourselves for the fa- we climb it now?"

I do not think that Mr. Lanier is altotigue of the morning by an afternoon siesta “You know that is nonsense ; how can gether convinced by this positive statement of unusual length. It is nearly sunset when we climb it with the sun gone and twilight -or perhaps he remembers how often his we gather on the lawn near the river-bank. about to fall ? But, if you leave to-morrow, assistance was declined during the descent All the tide of watering place life is astir. I shall consider that you have broken your of the morning. At all events, he walks by People are sitting or walking under the shade plighted faith, and perhaps I shall throw my- my side as we return to the hotel-a fact of the large trees; across a stretch of green- self from this rock like tbe hapless and ubi. which does not seem to damp Sylvia's spirits, sward stands the hotel with a tide of well- quitous Indian maiden who was afflicted with for we hear her voice chatting gayly to Chardressed humanity flowing up and down its suicidal mania a hundred years or so ago." ley as they stroll in front. long piazzas ; over the river the last rays of “In that case we can't think of leaving The next morning we prepare to leave the s'inlight are shining on the crests of the bills you behind,” says Sylvia. “Why should you Springs, but, despite the conversation on at the base of which the stream flows.

not come with us? The gorge of the French Lover's Leap the evening before, most of us We are idly enjoying this picture, and Broad from this point to Asheville is a great are surprised when Mrs. Cardigan appears in Aunt Markham is telling the latest items of deal better worth seeing than any thing you traveling-dress, and announces that she has gossip afloat during the day, when Mrs. Car- can find here."

taken a seat in the stage. digan comes up. She is very handsome, this 'It would be a good idea," Mrs. Cardigan “I only regret that I shall be separated fast young widow-a brunette of the richest

“If I return by Wolf Creek-as I from yo' all," she says, “and that I can't type, with a degree of style that would mark came-I shall fail to see the finest scenery on go on the top of the coach. One can see so even a plain woman. the river-shall I not?"

little inside-but one does not like to mount “Who will walk to Lover's Leap to sec

“ You will have seen none at all,” says on the top without a gentleman." the sunset?" she asks. “Surely you are not Eric. “The grandeur of the gorge is all At this we all look at Eric, who, after a all exhausted by our Paint Rock expedition ? above here."

moment's hesitation, does wbat is expected -Miss Norwood, I find that by climbing that “ Then I must see it!” she says. “I have

of him with tolerable grace. mountain we have enrolled ourselves on the only waited for a good opportunity to do so, “If you will allow me," he says, “I will list of heroines-did you know it?"

and I am sure I could not find a better one take a seat with you on the top of the coach. “Reputation must be easily made in this than this."

You can see nothing at all inside, and you part of the world,” says Sylvia, laughing. So the matter seems to be settled. I sug- need some one who is familiar with the river

The stroll to Lover's Leap is a short one, gest aside to Charley that he had better in- to point out the noted places to you.” and the ascent of the cliff comparatively easy. vite Miss Hollis to join our party also; but “ Oh, how delightful that would be!" We soon find ourselves on top, with the nar- he does not receive the idea with favor. cries Mrs. Cardigan, rapturously. “ But I row road winding like a thread below, and “I think we are best as we are,” he says. cannot be selfish enough to consent to such the turbulent river chafing over its rocks. “I would rather vote for decreasing than in- a thing! You must not leave your charming “If I were one of the class of lovers who creasing our number."

carriage to mount on that jolting stagemake leaps," says Charley, meditatively, “I We linger on the summit of the cliff until don't tempt me, please! Good-by.” should prefer this place for the purpose to the sunset-tints have melted into dusk and She waves her hand and turns away. Eric any other that I have ever seen.

It has sev.

the clouds have lost their splendor. Even shrugs his shoulders slightly and follows. eral advantages. In the first place, the then it is hard to turn and go-not knowing There is a moment or two of laughing disheight is good; in the second place, one could when we shall look on so fair a scene again. pute at the door of the coach, then she sufspring without difficulty into the water." The great hills stand around, wrapped in their fers herself to be elevated to the deck-seat,

" And then swim out, if one liked," says everlasting silence; the river surges along its , and he follows. Mrs. Cardigan, laughing. “But you are right | stormy way below; soft evening shadows “Please don't blame me, Mrs. Mark-it is the best Lover's Leap I have ever seen. have fallen over the valley; purple shades are ham !" she cries. “ He will go !" And I think we have the best view of the gathering on all the mountain-sides ; a faint “Don't drive the horses hard, Jobn," Springs from here."

yet lovely glow of color still lingers in the says Eric. “Take the day leisurely. We It is a very good view, indeed. We over- west; the air is delicious in its freshness. will stop at Alexander's.” look the green valley, with the hotel in the “ Why cannot one grasp such hours as With this the coach drives off - Mrs. foreground, and a beautiful stretch of vary. this, and make them last ? ” says Sylvia, with | Cardigan's blue veil fluttering like a pennon ing landscape behind. Blue, wooded hilla in. a sigh.

of victory in the breeze, while Eric holds an close it like the walls of an amphitheatre, “ Here comes the Asheville stage,” says umbrella over her. We all laugh at the sight. and we see beyond still bluer heights, with Mr. Lanier, leaning over the edge of the It is something altogether novel to see Eric the pomp of the sunset-sky spread above. It cliff.

playing the part of cavalier. is a pomp which is dazzling in its glory. Fan- Mrs. Cardigan looks over also, and drops “What a taking way some women-wid. tastically-shaped clouds of crimson and rose a flower on the head of an outside passenger, ows, especially—have!” says Charley. “If color are shot with luminous splendor, and who glances up with a start.

Eric is not taken for good by the time he

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