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pleteness in the estimation of those whose judgment | THE DEW-DROP AND THE strEAM.
was to be regarded ; and the work of rejection has
therefore, in this respect also, been exercised with..

ihl The following beautiful lines, which we find in
a more sparing hand, than the writer's own choice, a newspaper, are said to be the production of a
would have dictated. The selections have been i servant girl from Devonshire.
made from some twenty volumes of letters; the The brakes with golden flowers were crowned,
whole MS, collection, including revolutionary cor- ! And inelady was heard around-
respondence, drafts of official papers, and iniscel. When, near the scene, a dew-drop shed
laneous documents extending to nearly fifty. Its Justre on a violet's head,
These papers were all carefully arranged by Mr. And trembling to the breeze it hung!
Wolcott himself. It is believed that the general The streamlet, as it rolled along,
value of what is published, will be regarded as an The beauty of the morn confessed,
apology for any defect in judgment in the selection. And thus the sparkling pearl addresser :
The letters of Hamilton, Cabot, Ames, Griswold, « Sure, litile drop, rejoice we may,

, and others, will be in the eyes ou cery. For all is beautiful and gay ; dent a mine of political history. They will give al c

| Creation wears her emerald dress, more just view of the actual opinions and objects

LOS And smiles in all her loveliness.
of those men, than the hostility of their opponents A

my of their opponents And with delight and pride I see
has hitherto permitted. They will be found honor. Th.
able alike to the patriotism and the sagacity of the Thy lustre with a gem might vie,

| That little flower bedewed by thee
federal leaders.
“ The bulk of the work has arrested it at the

| While trembling in its purple eye."
downfall of the federal ascendancy. Should, how- " Ay, you may well rejoice, 't is true,"
ever, public favor justify its resumption ; materials, | Replied the radiant drop of dew-
and those of equal value, remain for an exposition

|“ You will, no doubt, as on you move,
of the subsequent history of that party, and of the To flocks and herds a blessing prove.
principles and acts of their successors in power. But when the sun ascends on high,

" By some, the editor may be censured for the Its beam will draw me towards the sky; harshness with which he has treated political oppo- And I must own my little powernents—whose enmities have long since died with I've but refreshed a humble flower." them, or at least long since become inactive. To - Hold !" cried the stream, “nor thus repinethose he would say, that a willingness to shun For well 't is known a Power divine, controversy, to avoid embittering the feelings, or Subservient to His will supreme, wounding the affections of the living, would have Has made the dew-drop and the stream, induced him to spare attacks upon individuals—had Though small thou art. (I that allow.) not higher than mere personal considerations dic- No mark of Heaven's contempt art thoutated his course. He has felt himself not only the Thou hast refreshed a humble flower. vindicator, but in some sort the avenger, of a by- | And done according to thy power." gone party and a buried race. The men whose characters and conduct he has held up to scorn or

| All things that are, both great and small, to reproach, spared none. No integrity in public One glorious Author formed them all : service. or purity in private life, no sanctity of This thought may all repinings quell; official reputation, or of domestic ties, were by them. What serves his purpose, serves him well. regarded. Deliberately and wickedly they lied down men whom they could not cope with in al RISE OF THE MULGRAVE FAMILY.-The first fairer field. Their hatred followed the federalists diving-bell we read of was nothing but a very to the place of daily toil and to the evening hearth; | large kettle, suspended by ropes, with the mouth it stopped not with their overthrow, nor relented at downwards, and planks to sit on, fixed in the midtheir graves. It mingled with the funeral wail of dle of its concavity. Two Greeks at Toledo, in a nation at the death of Washington ; it exulted | 1588, made an experiment with it before the Emover the assassination of Hamilton ; and trampled peror Charles V. They descended in it, with a

irf which covered the dust of Ames. That lighted candle, to a considerable depth. In 1683, they wrested from the federal party the government William Phipps, the son of a blacksmith, formed á of the nation was nothing; it is the means by which project for unloading a rich Spanish ship sunk on they compassed its destruction, the use they made the coast of Hispaniola. Charles II. gave him a of their victory, and the lasting consequences of vessel with cverything necessary for his undertaktheir misgovernment which are condemned. To ing; but being unsuccessful, he returned in great whom is it owing that the names of the great foun- poverty. He then endeavored to procure another ders of the republic are by-words for political hacks vessel; but failing, he got a subscription, to which to carp at? To whom is it attributable, that how- the Duke of Albemarle contributed. In 1687, ever just a measure, however called for by national Phipps set sail in a ship of 200 tons, having policy, it is enough to term it • federal to defeat it? previously engaged to divide the profits according To whom that the hireling of party finds reason to the twenty shares of which the subscription enough for the denial of individual justice in the consisted. At first, all his labors proved fruitless ; opinions of the applicant? To whom that dema- but at last, when he seemed almost to despair, he goguism rides triumphant to high places, corrup was fortunate enough to bring up so much treastion prevails in the morals of the nation, and sedi. ure, that he returned to England with the value tion is fostered to the overthrow of law ?

of £200,000. Of this sum he got about £20,000, “To the historian there is no statute of limita and the Duke of Albemarle £90,000. Phipps tions against political crimes.

was knighted by the king, and laid the foundation

of the fortunes of the present noble house of Mul"The evil that men do LIVES AFTER THEM.'"

grave. Since that time, diving-bells have been very loften employed. - Mechanics' Magazine, No. 1119.

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From Chambers' Journal. lit," she continued ; "and even if I did, I should THE NEUVAINE OF THE CHANDELEUR.

not be the more anxious about it. What is it to

| me what husband I shall have, provided be be a A TALE-FROM THE FRENCH.

man of honor, birth, and fortune! My parents THERE is in country life a charm unknown to will give me to no other; so I don't trouble myself the inhabitants of large cities, particularly in early about the matter so long beforehand." youth. A city life may be preferred in the age of 1,

ferred in the soul “Nor I either," said Theresa, drawing her activity of the passions, when the spirit of enter- chair close to that of Marianne. “But the spell !** prise and the thirst for success animate the soul: Impatience was now at its height, and that of but the country is the element of childhood and Marianne was not less than ours; for she always youth, where the tenderest and most exalted sen- , look more pleasure in talking than any one else timents of the soul may unfold and expand. In did in listening to her. Throwing a glance of salthe country, the familiar abandonment of the early isfaction over her audience-" You must know, relations of life is prolonged, without danger. uil she resumed, "that there is no devotion more beyond the age when the least familiarity becomes acceptable to the blessed Virgin than the Neuvaine dangerous and suspected among young people in of the Chandeleur ; and on that account it is large cities. In the country, habit prolongs those thought that she recompenses with peculiar favor innocent pleasures, under the attentive eve of persons who pay her that bomage. But there are mothers, even in the ardent season of youth.' One so many ceremonies in the experiment in question, is already a man in mind, but a child süll in tastes. that I am afraid I shall go wrong, if Emily do not At the age of eighteen I loved the fair young girls, give me a liule help. She was with us the day amongst whom I passed the happiest hours of the that Clara told me all about it." day, with all the affection of a heart accustomed "1!" returned Emily disdainfully-"I never to love them, but without fever, without inquietude, take any part in your conversations." and almost without preference.

"I do not say you take any part in them," On the 24th of January, 1802, we were all replied Marianne, “but you listen to them." assembled, as usual, before the hour of supper- Then, after biting her pretty fingers for a little, for suppers were still in fashion—and were talking she added-" The Neuvaine must be commenced confusedly around our mothers, who were gravely, this evening, by praying for eight hours in the conversing on matters not less frivolous. The chapel of the blessed Virgin. Afterwards, you question debated amongst us was the choice of a must hear first mass every day, and return to game.

prayer every evening with unabated piety and ** We should not be at a loss," said the dark-, unshaken faith until the first of February. It is haired Theresa, if Clara were come. She koows terribly difficult. Then, on the first of February, every game that has ever been invented ; and you must hear all the masses, from the first to the when, by chance, she happens to forget, she invents last, in the chapel. In the evening you must hear one immediately."

all the prayers, and all the instructions, without *Clara will not come," said Marianne. "I am missing a single one. Stop, stop. I was near sare of it ; for this evening she commences the

forgetting that you must also have confessed on Neuvaine of the Chandeleur."

that day; and if, unfortunately, you have not “ The Neuvaine of the Chandeleur !" cried I in received absolution, all you have done will be my turn. "I did not know she was so devout." labor lost; for the essential condition of success

"It is not for the sake of devotion," said Emily is, that you enter your chamber in a state of grace. with ill-natured gravity ; " it is through supersti

| Then tion or ostentation."

“Then you find the husband there before you !" " Through superstition !" replied Marianne : cried Theresa. * superstition indeed! The most whimsical, the “You are in a great hurry," replied Marianne most fantastical, the most extraordinary, the most coldly ; "I am not yet through the half of my extravagant- "

instructions. Then you again begin to pray; you " But what is it?" I interrupted. laughing, shut yourself up, in order to fulfil the conditions of * You excite my curiosity without satisfying it.* a severe retreat ; you must be fasting, and yet

"Pshaw!" said she, looking at me with an have everything disposed for a banquet. The table ironical expression : " it is too stupid for such a must be laid for two persons, and furnished with wiseacre as you. As for the rest, they are not two complete services, with the exception of ignorant, I imagine, that the Neuvaine of the knives, which must be avoided with the greatest Chandeleur is a particular devotion among young possible care. I need not tell you that the table people of the lower class, the object of which is linen must be perfectly white, and as clean, as fine, - How shall I tell it !"

and as new as can be got, that good order and " The object of which is ?" murmured a dozen 'good taste may reign in the little apartment ; for voices, whilst a dozen pretty necks were stretcbed these things are always attended to when a person towards Marianne.

of consideration is expected. The repast consists ** The object of which is," resumed Marianne. of two bits of consecrated bread, brought away * to know beforehand what husband they shall from the last inass, and two glasses of pure wine,

placed of course at opposite sides of the table. " The husband they shall have!" repeated the Only the middle of the service is garnished, if dozen voices, with as many different inflections : possible, with a porcelain or silver dish, whxeh *and what connection can the future husband contains two sprigs (carefully blessed) of myrile, have with an act of devotion like the Neuvaine of rosemary, or any other green plant-boxwood the Chandeleur ?"

excepted--placed side by side, not crosswise. * You all know very well that I don't believe This also is a point which it is essential to observe."

" Then?" asked Theresa, and the whole cirele • Neuraine, a nine days' devotion.

repeated the question like an echo. + Chanddeur, Candlemas.

| Then," replied Marianne, " having opened the

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door, that the expected guest may enter, you take reason against it. “Why," said I to myself your place at the table, devoutly commend yourself when I had proceeded some steps towards the to the protection of the Virgin, and go to sleep, in church" why may it not be so? Nature has expectation of the effects of her favor, which never twenty mysteries more marvellous than this, and fail to be manifested according to the person who no one doubts them. Gross and apparently insenimplores them. Then begin strange and wonder- sible bodies have affinities between them, which ful visions. Those for whom Heaven has prepared attract them to each other through incalculable on earth some mysterious sympathy, see the man space. The magnet, if consulted under the equaappear who is to love them if he meet them—who tor, recognizes the pole; the newly-hatched butwould have loved them, at least, if he had met terfly flies unerringly towards his unknown mate; them : the husband they should have, if favorable the pollen of the palm-tree goes upon the winds of circumstances brought them together. It is also the desert to impregnate the solitary flower that pretended, for a positive fact, that the Neuvaine awaits it. And is it prohibited to man alone, has the peculiar privilege of causing the young otherwise so privileged, to foreknow his destiny, man of whom one dreams to dream the same ihing, and to join himself to that essential part of himand inspiring him with the same desire to find that self which God has prepared for him in the half of himself which has been revealed to him. I treasures of his providence? To believe in such That is the bright side of the experience. But neglect, would be a calumny against the power and woe to the young girls whom Heaven has neglected goodness of the common Father.” in the distribution of husbands, for they are tor- I had fulfilled all the obligations of the Neumented with frightful prognostics! Those who vaine; and after having finished my preparations, are destined for a convent, see, it is said, a long I opened my door to the approaching apparition, procession of nuns, chanting the hymns of the and had hardly regained my arm-chair, when I church, slowly defile before them. Others, who was surprised by a most profound sleep. I know are to die before the time, are present at their own not how long it lasted; but it suddenly seemed to funeral, the sight of which freezes the blood in me that I had ceased to sleep. My chamber retheir veios. They are awakened with a start by sumed its usual appearance by the vacillating light the light of funeral torches, and the sobs of their of the candles. I distinguished every object-ihe mother and friends, who weep over a coffin hung slightest noise. Hearing a slight murmur, like with white."

that caused by the motion of a plume of feathers, "I solemoly declare," exclaimed Theresa, I looked towards the door, and saw a female enter. "that I will never expose myself to such terrors. I wished to rise and receive her, but an invincible It makes one shudder even to think of them." power retained me in my place. I tried to speak,

* You might, notwithstanding, expose yourself but the words remained glued to my tongue. My to them without fear," replied Emily. “I war- reason was not lost in this mystery. I felt that it rant you would sleep soundly till morning, and was a mystery, and that the prayers of the Neushould be wakened as usual to take your Italian vaine had been heard. lesson."

The unknown approached, without seeming to ** That is my opinion too," said Marianne ; perceive me, as if she had obeyed a kind of * and I should be very much astonished if it were instinct, an irresistible impulse. She seated hernot also that of Louis, who seems buried in his self in the arm chair which I had prepared for reflections, as if he were trying to explain a diffi- her, and, with downcast eyes, remained thus excult passage in some Greek or Latin author." posed to my view. I certainly had never seen her

*don't know," I replied ; " and you will before, and I felt, in the vague consciousness of a excuse me if I do not pronounce judgment so dream, a conviction that this existence, strange as hastily on a belief supported by the testimony of it was to all my recollections, was not the less livthe people, whose opinions are generally founded ing and real. I will not speak of the beauty of upon experience. But pardon, dear Marianne, if this female ; portraits cannot be drawn with words; the details you have just given, with your usual I have often doubted whether they can be with grace, have left me still something to desire. In colors. I did not ask myself why I loved her ; I your recital you have mentioned young girls only knew that I loved her ; for it must be recollected as being benefited by the effects of the Neuvaine that the apparition of the Chandeleur is conjured of the Chandeleur. Do you think that the Virgin up only through a complete and absolute sympathy does not grant the same favors to the prayers of between the persons whom it brings into rapport. young men ?"

The stranger seemed to be dressed, like myself, * By no means !” she exclaimed ; "and I beg for a bridal feast; but her garments were not pardon for being so remiss. The Neuvaine of the familiar to the brides of my province. They Chandeleur, performed with this design, has the recalled to my mind those I had often remarked, same virtue with respect to all unmarried persons, in similar circumstances, in a town at some diswithout distinction of sex. Would you have any tance. It was the graceful costume of Monthéliard, strong desire to try it?"

which the highest society in the country still pre"Truly," said Emily, “it would be a fine thing served by tradition, in certain solemn ceremonies, to see a rational young man, accustomed to the and which is probably now abandoned by the peosociety of men of learning, and whose father was ple themselves. She had placed beside her, on the friend of M. de Voltaire, giving credit, like an the table, one of those little bags in which young ignorant child such as Clara, to such shameful ladies keep those trifles which they are pleased to Colly."

call their work, and on the steel-clasp of which I I made no reply, but rose quietly, under pre- perceived two letters engraven, which must have tence of suddenly recollecting some engagement; been the initials of my future bride. At length and gliding gently from chair to chair behind the her eyes met mine. I could scarcely support the elder ladies, I seized my hat, and ran to the chapel fascination of that heavenly look. Never did the of the Virgin to commence the Neuvaine of the fire of innocent affection animate eyes more lovely, Chandeleur ; for, in truth, I saw no plausible nor better reveal those secrets of pure love for which no human voice can find words. A strange and my father rejoiced in the certain hope of my cloud, however, suddenly darkened her brow; her recovery. bosom palpitated; her eyelids became moistened! One day my father entered my room, which I with tears, which she tried to restrain. She gen. had not yet lest. “Heaven be praised !" said he, tly pushed away the bread and wine which I had affectionately pressing my hand; “ my son is replaced before her, took one of the sprigs of conse- stored to me." After a few minutes' silence, crated inyrtle, and slipped it under one of the he added, “ Louis, I am come to speak to you knots of her bouquet. She then rose, and departed on a subject which I have much at heart-your by the way she had come. I was then relieved marriage." from the horrible constraint which chained me to ! I looked at him in surprise. “Don't you think, my seat, and I darted after her, to obtain one father," I replied, “ that there is still time enough word of consolation and hope. “Oh! whoever to trouble ourselves about that? I am not yet you are," I exclaimed, “ abandon me not to the twenty." terrible regret of having seen you, and never being “ It is a matter which concerns you deeply," he able to find you out again! Think that my future returned ; " and why not? I married too late, or happiness depends on you, and make not the else the years have passed away too quickly ; and sweetest moment of my life an eternal misfortune! I should lose one of the sweetest enjoyments of Tell me, at least, I implore you, whether I shall life if I died before having been loved by a again press this hand which I bedew with my daughter whom you should have given me, withtears—whether I shall see you again?"

out having played with your children, without "Once more !" she replied ; "or never! never!” leaving behind me the remembrance of my features she repeated with a mournful cry, and vanished. and affection to a new generation. This, my son,

I felt my strength fail, and my limbs sinking is the material immortality of man, which alone the under me, and was obliged to lean on a chair for weakness of our organs and intelligence permits support. At this point I was awakened to broad us to foresee clearly. The other is a great mysdaylight by the bursts of laughter of a servant tery, which religion and philosophy prudently who was removing the preparations of my noctur- abstain from attempting to explain. Your marnal collation, and which he attributed to the fan- riage, then, has become, for your own sake, the tasies of somnambulism to which, indeed, I was principal object of my thoughts and hopes; howsubject.

ever, I do not wish to put any force on your incliI was not of a character easily to lay aside ideas nations, but leave you perfectly free in your choice with which I had once been strongly impressed. and establishment : and I shall never depart from This unknown female, whom I loved with all the this promise." strength of my heart, even to distraction, and who “You overwhelm me with gratitude and joy!" perhaps was not in existence, became my fixed I exclaimed, embracing him. “On my side, I idea-the only thought of my life. I shunned swear to you that I will never bring a daughter society, and sought for solitude ; because it was into your house whom you will not have adopted only when alone that I could freely indulge in the beforehand.” contemplation of my wishes and hopes. To what “As you will," said my father; “ however, friendship, or to what complaisant credulity, could this idea which I must now sacrifice to you was I have dared to confide them! I imagined that the sweetest dream of my old age. Suffer me to some unforeseen circumstance would shortly bring speak of it to you for the last time. I have perme in contact with my visionary betrothed. Iex baps never mentioned before you the name of one pected her. I fancied I should find her in every of the friends of my youth, the remembrance of strange female whom I saw at a distance ; but she whom recalls the only real friendships we gener. always escaped me, like the dream in which I had ally enjoy in this life--ihe sincere and disinterested seen her. My reason and health sunk under this friendships of the college. Though a great differ. perpetual succession of powerful emotions. The ence of vocation, habits, and abode, seemed to physician, vainly called to my bed of grief, in a hare separated us forever, yet I have never for. few days gave up all hope of me. In the mean- gotten him. He became a colonel of artillery. while, I had neglected no means to discover my He emigrated, and this circumstance rendered our mysterious friend. Under the seal of profound separation irrevocable ; for I, like many others, secrecy, I communicated to a schoolfellow of mine, had followed the movements of the Revolution who lived at Montbéliard, the initials of the bag, when I was far from perceiving its aim and results. with a most circumstantial portrait of the young This transitory direction of a mind deceived by girl whose name they were meant to express. Tappearances, gave me a political credit which I

The reply came at length to cheer my heart, in have had the happiness of seeing sometimes useone of those moments of extreme anguish when ful. My friend, undeceived in his turn from my exhausted strength seemed no longer able to another kind of error, sighed for his country, struggle agaiast death. The ideal being of whom always so dear to every well-constituted heart. I I dreamt on the night of the Chandeleur really succeeded in obtaining his eradication, in restorexisted! The resemblance was perfect, even to a ing him to his hearth, his paternal fields, and small mark on the back of her neck, which I had native air. We have not seen each other since, noticed in her retreat. Her name was Cecilia, but his letters cease not to testify an affectionate Savernier ; and these names corresponded with gratitude, which sweetly repays me for my efforts the letters I so well remembered to have seen on in his behall. Mutual confidence has made us the steel-clasp of the bag. She usually resided acquainted with the most trifling particulars of our with her father, in a mansion situated at some dis-inmost thoughts and fortune. My old friend Giltance from the town of Montbéliard, where ber bert knows I have a son in whom I repose all my beauty and virtues were the theme of every con. hopes of the future. He has a daughter whose versation. Thus my illusion assumed a body : praise is in every mouth, and who will certainly any chimera became a reality ; my languor disap- take her husband as happy as she has made her peared with my anxiety; my health improved ; * Getting his name struck off the list of the prosenbed.

father. I do not conceal from you that we had establish it. You will be present at your cousin seen in this projected union an agreeable means of Clara's wedding as you pass, for she lives halfreuniting ourselves for the remainder of our days. way, at the Bois d'Arcey." It was a life we had fondly planned in our foolish " Clara's wedding!” I exclaimed in surprise. confidence ; so true is it that we deceive our-" Is Clara going to be married ?" selves at every age, and that old age, matured by “Yes," replied my father. “I wish she may experience, is as apt to give way to illusions as be happy; though there is something extraordiyouth itself. This prospect was delightful! It nary about the whole affair. This year she remust be renounced !"

fused three highly-advantageous offers, and her ** Pardon, my father; a thousand pardons ! mother thought she was disposed to embrace a Why has Heaven condemned me to acknowledge religious life, when a strange young man, who had your affection so badly?”

arrived in town only a day or two before, obtained ** Never mind," said he ; “I shall easily forget her consent in their first conversation. The referthe joy I promised myself in seeing my hopes ences he gave as to character and fortune were realized by thinking of yours. After all, it is satisfactory, and their two families promptly a pity, for Cecilia Savernier is considered a hand agreed to the match. Clara is happy in this union, some girl in a country where it is difficult to which the Virgin, she says, had in reserve for her choose

since the night of the Chandeleur. But what say "Cecilia Savernier !" I cried, jumping to my you? Does the arrangement I have proposed suit feet; " Cecilia Savernier' Oh, father! have I your inclination ?" heard you rightly?"

I threw myself into his arms; he kissed my * Perfectly," said he. “ Cecilia Savernier, forehead, went into his study, and soon came out daughter of Gilbert Savernier, late colonel of with a letter in his hand, addressed to Colonel artillery, residing at Montbéliard, department of Savernier. Next morning I .set out for MontMont-Terrible. It is of her I spoke."

béliard, happier than I can express. I fell at my father's feet in a state of agitation Alas! what are human joys! impossible to describe. Unable to utter a word, I I have said that the strange illusion that filled covered his hand with kisses and tears. My up my whole life, and absorbed my every thought father raised me anxiously, pressed me to his since the night of the Chandeleur, had to me behosom, and asked me what was the matter more come equivalent to the most positive truth. The than ten times before I had power to answer. result of my inquiries had given to it an extreme *Cecilia Savernier ! 'Tis she ; 't is she, father!" likelihood. The unforeseen concurrence of my I cried with a choking voice. "'T is for her I ask father's projects with the time and circumstances you on my knees !"

of my dream, distinguished it from the class of "Indeed," he replied ; " then your prayer is ordinary dreams. It was no longer a dream-it soon heard, since the affair is nearly all setiled. was a revelation. Constitutionally disposed to be But where can you have seen Cecilia ? Or where easily impressed by the marvellous, I abandoned can she have known you ? Montbéliard is the myself to this without resistance. Hearts that only town in France she has appeared in since her resemble mine will have no difficulty in underreturn from abroad. And when you were in that standing me. I embraced, for the first time, the part of the country two years ago, I am positively thought of a happiness which I imagined nothing certain she was not yet there."

was to disturb. "I flew towards Cecilia in all the I blushed. This question touched too nearly on confidence, all the abandonment of my heart. It a secret which I had not strength of mind to re- was at the end of January ; and I was struck with Veal, and which my father might regard either as a strange sensation when I remarked that Clara's an illusion or a falsehood. "Believe," I replied, marriage was exactly on the day of the Chande" that I have seen Cecilia, and have reason to leur. I arrived in time to be present at the cerethink that she will not be unfavorable to my love. mony. The countenances of the bride and brideWith respect to the circumstances or accident that groom expressed the most perfect happiness. brought os together for an instant, be so good, I The young man was handsome, affectionate, and beseech you, as not to question me further. engaging, but serious in his demeanor. When

* Heaven forbid!” said he, embracing me. “I the ceremony was ended, I approached my cousin, have too much respect for this kind of mystery to and pressing her hand to my lips, whispered, “I take from you the merit of discretion. There are hope, my dear friend, that this gentleman is the secret links, sympathies, known only to lovers, husband who was revealed to you on the night of which one at my age can but ill discern. This the Chandeleur?” Clara blushed, and gave me a state of things accords so well with my wishes, look which seemed to say, “How do you know that I have no desire to find out how it originated. that?” Then pressing my hand, she replied, " I Let us now think only of your marriage, which would not have married another." I felt myself will be celebrated without fail after you shall have agitated by a delightful emotion, impossible to taken your degree. This delay seems to frighten describe, in thinking that a similar happiness you; but it is not so long as you imagine. You awaited myself. will soon regain the time you have lost during Whilst ihe fêtes of Clara's marriage detained your illness. You must feel that it would ill be- me at the Bois d'Arcey longer than I could have come you to present yourself at the most solemn wished, my excellent father had advised Colonel act of life, without bringing as a dowry an honor- Savernier of my intended visit; of which the able and serious title. Besides, it is but proper latter, curious to know me first, did not think that you should first see your intended wife and proper to inform his daughter. When I had prefather-in-law, and obtain a more positive consent senied my letter to the colonel, he merely glanced than that on which we have been flattering our at it with a smile, and coming to me with open selves, before pushing things any further. As arms, “I need not ask your name," said he with your health is so much improved, I trust that a affectionate cordiality; "you bear so strong a mooth's residence at Montbéliard will quite re- resemblance to the friend of my youth, that I think

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