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in any words having the appearance of ment in a very particularly good humor, sense in them, unless they agreed with every she could not prevent a slight degree of word you said. There is one thing, how- scorn from showing itself both in her look ever, that I will say, because in that no- and manner, as she prepared to reply to body can contradict me, I will say that this question. She had, however, not the though I often talk like a fool, there was least inclination to quarrel with Mr. Roonce in my life that I acted like a wise man, berts, quite the contrary, and she therefore and that was when I married you, my dear. conquered her feelings sufficiently to answer I hope nobody will put a gag on me when I without any appearance of rudeness. want to say that."
“ No, sir, she did not; and to tell you Mrs. Roberts acknowledged this civility the truth, my poor dear Mr. Roberts," she by a bow, and a smile, and then went on added, after pausing a moment, " to tell to explain her intentions for the future. "As you the truth, my dear, I certainly think soon as this matter is settled, Roberts, I that if she had, I must in justice to myself shall be for leaving Paris and going to Ba- have refused her flatly, however well I might den-Baden. The season here, you know, like the arrangement if brought about in a must be very soon drawing to a close, and proper, ladylike manner.
But for Lady no people of real fashion ever stay any where Moreton to have addressed such a proposal after invitations begin to grow slack. Be- to me, would have been taking a mosi unsides, as I could easily make you under- warrantable liberty—a liberty which I truly stand, if I had time, there are many other believe she would not have ventured to take reasons which would make our leaving with me for any consideration that could be Paris desirable, when we have got dear Ber- offered her." tha Harrington with us. In the first place “ Now, then, my dear love, I must beg there would be something extremely disa- you to have the kindness to explain all this greeable in having Lady Moreton and La- to me," replied Mr. Roberts, Jooking, as he dy Forton for ever spying to find out felt, poor man, most completely out of his whether Edward was beginning to be at- depth. “ I cannot comprehend why her tentive to her, and all sorts of curious peep- ladyship should be afraid of paying you such ing besides; and, in the next place, Rob- a very flattering compliment.' erts, it will be quite as well after we leave “ A compliment, indeed! But it is no Paris that you should call her your ward. good to be vexed at such nonsense. Now This sounds respectable in every way, and don't fancy I am angry, Mr. Roberts; I do when there are no people near who are assure you I am not; only it is impossible likely to know much about her, or to ask to help being surprised at such very odd any troublesome questions, there cannot notions. The truth I suspect is, my dear, possibly be any objection to it. But, let us that you do not yet quite appreciate the be where we will, Mr. Roberts, don't, for place I hold in society. It is not merely mercy's sake, go about talking of our hav- the being this man's wise, or another man's ing engaged a young lady to come and wise, which setiles this point for one. It board with us."
may do so indeed when the woman is a “ No, my dear, I will not,” replied Mr. mere ordinary sort of character, with Roberts, with the unmistakeable air of be- no particular abilities to distinguish her ing very much in earnest. “ You may from the rest of the world; but I should quite and entirely depend that I will not; have thought, Roberts, that you had for I give you my word that now you have known me well enough by this time to be pointed it out to me, I see perfectly well aware that I lay cluim to other sorts of diswhat you mean, and I am altogether of your tinction besides that of being your wife, my opinion about it. I see as plain as pos- dear.” sible that it does not sound as it onght to, “ To be sure, Mrs. Roberts, I do know and I ought to be thankful for always hav- it, and I don't see very well how I could ing one near me who can so well set me help knowing it,” he replied, with the very right when I am wrong. But do tell me least little twinkle of a smile in his eyes; one thing more, my dear, will you? Did" but spite of that, I don't quite catch the her ladyship, downright and bonâ fide, as reason why your dear friend, Lady Moreton, we say, did she bona fide propose that this should be so terribly afraid to speak to rich young lady, her niece, should come you, especially when what she had got to and live with us ?”
say was so very agreeable.” Although Mrs. Roberts was at that mo " It is quite in vain, my dear friend,"
From the Athenæum.
returned Mrs. Roberts with a sigh,"totally " And pray, sir, what have I been saying and entirely in vain, to attempt making you to you for the last hour ? Have I not been comprehend all the little niceties of high- showing you as plain as that the sun is in bred manners and of high-bred people. the heaven, that I do not mean to go on in Lady Moreton's proposing to me that her this way; or, in other words, that what I niece should come and make part of my do mean is to make your poor little income family, would be something absolutely in- half as much again as it is at present? Have sulting. No, sir, if we do make up our you understood me, Mr. Roberts, or have minds to think such a thing desirable, the you not ?" said his wife, with some appearonly possible way in which it can be brought ance of displeasure. about will be by my offering to do them Mr. Roberts sighed; but he took up the this great and most important service as a pen, did with it as he had been desired to friend; confessing however, frankly, at the do, and only said as he presented the check same time, that one great reason for my do- to his lady, “ I hope, my dear, that it won't ing so, independent of my affection for them, be inconvenient to my lady to let the young arises from my wish of securing for my own heiress come to us immediately." dear girls so eligible a companion. This is the way, sir, in which these sort of things are always done among real ladies and gentlemen." · Yes, to be sure, my dear, I see it all
LOWELL OFFERING, now,” replied Mr. Roberts, laughing. “ There's a proverb, you know, that goes to it exactly, 'the truth is not at all times to be spoken.' Do it exactly in your own
Knight's Weekly Volume-No. 1. William
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–No. 2. Mind among the Spindles : a Sewell done. Upon my word and honor I lection from the Lowell Offering:-No. 3. would not interfere with your management The Englishman in Egypt. By Miss Lane. of the business for any thing that you could
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vis. Vol. I. my dear Mr. Roberts," said she, with a pleasant, good-humored smile, "and depend We shall hereafter treat separately of the upon it I will set about the negotiation with third volume of this rapidly-growing library. all convenient speed, and, if nobody inter- readers to call for critical examination. Nos.
The first treats of a subject too familiar to our feres with me, I don't feel the least doubt 4, 5, 6, and 7 again, are old friends, and need but that I shall bring it to a favorable ter- no more than a word of welcome. There remination. Meanwhile, my dear, I must mains, then, but the selection from "The Lowtrouble you to give me another check for ell Offering; and this, as we had already dealt a hundred pounds. There are a good with its matter (Athen. No. 722), must have many little things that dear Edward and the Martineau, which, as a cordial recommenda
been passed over, but for a letter from Miss girls cannot do any longer without, besides tion, and a pleasant piece of writing, must be several small housekeeping bills that the advantageous to the publication, and not withpeople neglected to send in last week. out interest to the reader :Here's your check-book, dear, and here's "Your interest in this Lowell book can the pen and ink.”
scarcely equal mine; for I have seen the fac“Why, my dear Mrs. Roberts, this is the tory girls in their Lyceum, and have gone seventh.” It is, upon my word and honor, myself familiar on the spot with factory life in
over the cotton-mills at Waltham, and made Mrs. Roberts, this is the seventh hundred New England; so that in reading the OfferI have drawn for since we left London," ing,' I saw again in my memory the street of replied the frightened husband. “ It is a houses built by the earnings of the girls, the great comfort, to be sure, the knowing that church which is their property, and the girls you pay ready money for every thing, but themselves trooping to the mill, with their yet, my dear, you must see that it will be healthy countenances, and their neat dress and impossible for us to go on in this way. I quiet manners, resembling those of the tradescan't bear to refuse you, as long as I know was merely for one day, in company with Mr.
man class of our country. My visit to Lowell there is any money left. But, upon my Emerson's party,,he (the pride and boast of word and honor, we must not go on so." New England as an author and philosopher)
being engaged by the Lowell factory people to ment tea was over, for a walk, and, if it was lecture to them, in a winter course of historical winter, to the lecture-roon, or to the ball-room biography. Of course the lectures were de- for a dance, or they got an hour's practice at livered in the evening, after the mills were the piano, or wrote home, or shut ihemselves closed. The girls were then working seventy up with a new book. It was during the hours hours a-week, yet, as I looked at the large au- of work in the mill that the papers in the Ordience (and I attended more to them than the sering' were meditated, and it was after work lecture) I saw no sign of weariness among any in the evenings that they were penned. There of them. There they sat, row behind row, in is, however, in the case of these girls, a strongtheir own Lyceum-a large hall, wainscoted er support, a more elastic spring of vigor and with mahogany, the platform carpeted, well cheerlulness, than even an active and cultivatlighted and provided with a handsome table, ed understanding. The institution of factory desk, and seat, and adorned with portraits of a labor has brought ease of heart to many; and few worthies ; and as they thus sat listening to to many occasion for noble and generous their lecturer, all wakeful and interested, all deeds. "The ease of heart is given to those well-dressed and lady-like, I could not but feel who were before suffering in silent poverty, my heart swell at the thought of what such a from the deficiency of profitable employment sight would be with us. The difference is not for women, which is even greater in America in rank, for these young people were all daugh-than with us. It used to be understood there, ters of parents who earn their bread with their that all women were maintained by the men of own hands. It is not in the amount of wages, their families; but the young men of New however usual that supposition is, for they England are apt to troop off into the West, to were then earning from one to three dollars a settle in new lands, leaving sisters at home. week, besides their food; the children one dol- Some few return to fetch a wife, but the greatJar (4s. 3d.), the second-rate workers two dol- er number do not, and thus a vast over-prolars, and the best three; the cost of their dress portion of young women remains; and to a and necessary comforts being much above multitude of these the opening of factories was what the same class expend in this country. a most welcome event, affording means of It is not in the amount of toil; for, as I have honorable maintenance, in exchange for pining said, they worked seventy clear hours per poverty at home. As for the noble deeds, it week. The difference was in their superior makes one's heart glow to stand in these mills, culture. Their minds are kept fresh, and and hear of the domestic history of some who strong, and free, by knowledge and power of are working before one's eyes unconscious of thought; and this is the reason why they are being observed or of being the object of any adnot worn and depressed under their labors. miration. If one of the sons of a New England They begin with a poorer chance for health farmer shows a love for books and thought, than our people; for the health of the New the ambition of an affectionate sister is roused, England women generally is not good, owing and she thinks of the glory and honor to the lo circumstances of climate and other influ- whole family, and the blessing to him, if he ences; but among the 3800 women and girls could have a college education. She ponders in the Lowell mills when I was there, the ave- this till she tells her parents, some day, of her rage of health was not lower than elsewhere; wish to go to Lowell, and earn the means of and the sease which was most mischievous sending her brother to college. The desire is was the same that proves most fatal over the yet more urgent if the brother has a pious mind, whole country-consumption; while there and a wish to enter the ministry. Many a clerwere no complaints peculiar to mill life. At gyman in America has been prepared for his Waltham, where I saw the mills, and conver- function by the devoted industry of sisters; sed with the people, I had an opportunity of and many a scholar and professional man dates observing the invigorating effects of mind in his elevation in social rank and usefulness from a life of labor. Twice the wages and half the his sister's, or even some affectionate aunt's toil would not have made the girls I saw hap- entrance upon mill life, for his sake. Many py and healthy, without that cultivation of girls, perceiving anxiety in their fathers' faces, mind which afforded them perpetual support, on account of the farm being incumbered, and entertainment, and motive for activity. They age coming on without release from the debt, were not highly educated, but they had plea- have gone to Lowell, and worked till the mortsure in books and lectures, in correspondence gage was paid off, and the little family proper. with home; and had their minds so open to ty free. Such motives may well lighten and fresh ideas, as to be drawn off from thoughts sweeten labor; and to such girls labor is light of themselves and their own concerns. When and sweet. Some, who have no such calls, at work they were amused with thinking over unite the surplus of their earnings to build the last book they had read, or with planning dwellings for their own residence, six, eight, the account they should write home of the last or twelve living togther with the widowed mo. Sunday's sermon, or with singing over to them- ther, or elderly aunt of one of them to keep selves the song they meant to practise in the house for, and give countenance to the party. evening; and” when evening came, nothing I saw a whole street of houses so built and was heard of tired limbs and eagerness for bed; owned at Waltham; pretty frame houses, with but, if it was summer, they sallied out the mo- the broad piazza, and the green Venetian
blinds, that give such an air of coolness and greatest, and probably the last, of those men who pleasantness to American village and country rose by the sole energy of their natures and the abodes. There is the large airy eating-room, capricious influences of Asiatic manners, from the with a few prints hung up, the piano at one lowest orders of society to all but the supreme end, and the united libraries of the girls, form- dignity of the Mussulman empire. Like Hyder ing a good-looking array of books, the rocking Ali, or the low-born heroes who, in past ages and chairs universal in America, the stove adorned in various countries, disputed the ascendency of in summer with flowers, and the long dining within himself resources equal to the pressure of
the cross over the crescent, Mehemet Ali found table in the middle. The chambers do not an- the most eventful times, and superior to the de swer our English ideas of comfort: There is clining tendencies of his race and of his creed. there a strange absence of the wish for priva- But, unlike any of the other heroes of Mahomcy; and more girls are accommodated in one medan bistory, he was resolute without fanatiroom than we should see any reason for in cism; and be combined to a remarkable degree such comfortable and pretty houses. In the the habitual exercise of arbitrary and absolute mills the girls have quite ihe appearance of la- power with a true respect for more civilized coundies. They sally forth in the morning with tries and a practical tolerance of other forms of their umbrellas in threatening weather, their religion. If we attempted to sum up bis charac calashes to keep their hair neai, gowns of print ter in one word, it would be in that of “self-posor gingham, with a perfect fit, worked collars session.” The most cruel and violent acts of his or pelerines, and waistbands of ribbon. For life, such as the destruction of the Mamelukes, Sundays and social evenings they have their were performed with a coolness and design quité silk gowns, and neat gloves and shoes. Yet distinct from the ordinary excesses of oriental educaied and thoughtful people, —they are but the steady growth of that power which the through proper economy,—the economy of vengeance. The administration of Egypt was
conducted with the same stern indifference to all able to lay by for such purposes as I have Pasha was láboring to establish. During the mentioned above. The deposits in the Low-events of 1840, when a less prudent or a more ell Savings' Bank were, in 1834, upwards of timorous man might have compromised his exist114,000 dollars, the number of operatives being ence by an act either of defiance or of submis. 5000, of whom 3800 were women and girls. I sion, he kept his temper, and therefore he kept thank you for calling my attention back to this his pashalik. To his immortal honor, he forwardsubject. It is one I have pleasure in recurring ed the British mails to India whilst our fleet was to. There is nothing in America which ne-attacking Syria and menacing Alexandria; and cessitates the prosperity of manufactures as of on no subsequent occasion has he betrayed the agriculture, and there is nothing of good in smallest resentment for conduct which, on the their factory system which may not be emula- part of certain high servants of the Crown of ted elsewhere-equalled elsewhere, when the England, was harsh, impolitic, and unjust. Inpeople employed are so educated as 10 have deed, we may here allude with peculiar satisfacthe command of themselves and of their lot in tion to the very marked reception given by the life, which is always and everywhere controlled | when he passed through Egypt a few weeks ago;
Pasha to the present Governor-General of India, by mind, far more than by outward circum- and we trust that the treaty which was rapidly stances. I am, &c.
H. MARTINEAU. negotiated at that interview, will afford a perma. Could more be said without weakening the nent and effectual protection to our overland comcheering impression of the above ?
munications with India. Lastly, as if even death itself was not to find him unprepared, or as one who is anxious to witness at least the commencement of his own posterity, the old man retires from the shores of the Nile, which he has once more opened to life and to a second great ness, and betakes himself in meditation, if not in devotion, to the consecrated City of the Prophet. It is, however, premature to assume that bis ca.
reer is already closed. His life is probably even MEREMET Ali.-Since the Emperor Charles now better than that of Ibrahim; and in the viV. retired to the monastery of St. Just, the world cissitudes which are now crowded on the surviv. has scarcely witnessed so singular and unexpecting members of the Ottoman empire, it is impos. ed an act of voluntary abdication as that of Me- sible to foresee any secure repose but in the grave, hemet Ali, which has just been announced by the Some uncertainty, indeed, still hangs about the French telegraph. Although the retirement of actual fulfilinent of this great and sudden deterthe Pasla of Egypt from public affairs to the pre- mination. Within a few weeks, and by the last cincts of the Holy Cities, cannot be compared, in accounts from Egypt, the Pasha was in all his political importance, to the seclusion of the august usual vigor of body and mind-full of projects head of the House of Austria in the 16th century, and active designs which seem calculated rather yet as an instance of individual force of charac. to prolong the duration of his life and power, ter, it is not less remarkable ; and it would seem than to forestall the close of them; and at no time as 'if the most signal renunciations of political was the abrupt cessation of his interest in public greatness were to crown the lives of those men affairs more unforeseen.— Times. who had been most eager in the pursuit of it.Mehemet Ali will occupy a conspicuous position in the history of oriental nations, as one of the
half assumed, the heedless gamesomeness
which too often led Montford into dilemmas From Fraser's Magazine.
that, by compromising the credit of the One of the most extensive provinces in corps, might have provoked graver punishthe Deccan—as that portion of India is ment if subjected to the pitiless analysis of termed which is situated between the riv- higher authorities. Not that a single grain ers Nerbudda and Kistna—is the Goandwan- of vicious or dishonorable feeling could be na, a wild, mountainous, and unhealthy sifted by even malevolence from the volatile districi, though the care and culture of the matter which formed the faults of my few Mahratta families from Nagpore, that friend; but he was ever and anon offending are found in certain parts, have rendered the gravity of official ceremony-insulting, them fertile and productive. The general out of mere schoolboy fun, the prejudices aspect of the country, however, is unfavor- of the native population-and erring against able; and where occupied by the native the common discipline of the service. Goands, almost an entire sheet of jungle. Complaints were constantly being brought This wretched tribe, perhaps the very low- against him by the inhabitants of the towns est in the scale of all the natives of India, and villages through which we passed ; though Hindoos of the Brahminical cast, now the house of a surly Mahommedan profess peculiarities that are at variance had been forcibly entered, now a sacred with the tenets of Brahma, permitting them- pigeon had been shot at while roosting on selves the indulgence of animal food, and the very pinnacle of a pagoda; yesterday abstaining only from that of the cow. For half-a-dozen palmyra-trees had been pilfered many years the tradition popular among the of their tari-pots ;* and to-day some namenatives of Lower India, that among the Go- less offence had been offered to the idol of ands there were certain sects that offered Vishnoo itself; while once upon a time he annual human sacrifices to the destroyer, was likely to have fared still worse for havwas ridiculed by the European community; ing dared to pursue one of the dancing but later investigations, and the testimony girls belonging to the temple into the very of an intelligent and inquiring officer, Cap- precincts of that prohibited edifice. But tain Crawford, of Bengal, whose intimate to proceed. We had traversed a considerknowledge of the habits and customs of the able quantity of the ground with various east has seldom been equalled, have proved, success ; a few hares and green pigeons had beyond all doubt, the prevalence of this re- been bagged and confined to the care of volting and terrible practice. It was in the Calvert's kootay-walla (dog-keeper), and gear 1819 that a singular chance, or rather the day beginning to heaten into true Oria series of rare events, confirmed my own ental fervor, we were on our return when belief in the existence of a crime, which we came unexpectedly upon an old grey was then darkly hinted at, but which was pagoda in ruins, and so completely hugged only credited by the sepoys and natives of in by trees, that we saw it not until we were Madras.
close upon it. A sharp bark from Calvert's The regiment to which I was at that pe- dog attracted our attention towards it, and riod attached, was en route from Bengalore, running round the corner of the building, in Mysore, to Chanda, in Berar, a distance we beheld a huge brown monkey, squatted of no less than six hundred miles; when on an arch of the temple, and indulging in one morning, after reaching our encamp- a series of facial contortions. Montford ment for the day, I sallied out into the jun- raised his gun. gle, with a brother officer, whose fowling “Mut maro, sahib!” (do not fire, sir!) piece made frequent and welcome additions cried the dogboy, in evident alarm,“ it is a to our common-place marching fare. Cal. sacred monkey, and the Brahmins will be vert Montford was a gay-hearted, handsome, displeased." generous fellow, and the favorite of the
But scarcely had the warning passed his whole corps, from the bluff old command-lips ere Calvert fired, and down at his feet ant to Meer Ali, the flugelman; though, in fell the poor animal quite dead. truth, he was apt, in the exuberant hilarity At the same moment forth from the disof youth, to commit vexatious solecisms in mantled pagoda there rushed a being of so the serious matter of military etiquette. appalling, so spectral an appearance, that Our kind, but stern commanding officer,
The pot, suspended from the cocoa-nut, date, Major Beckett, was frequently obliged to and palm-trees, to recei their sap, or viny juice, check, with a severity that was sometimes for which at certain seasons, they are pierced. November, 1844.