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Possessing not one quality to recommend it, and endowed with disadvantages palpable to all, it has No sooner had she sang, than, with a frown, continued to be our head-dress till the present day, Revenge, that heavy man, in spite of the march of that intellect it may be Stalk'd in, and cheering shouts of. Bravo, Brown! supposed to cover. It is seen in Parisian prints Throughout the audience ran. before 1787."

He gives the orchestra a withering look,

He draws his blood-stain'd sword,
SHORT WAISTS.

And growls, I mark'd it in the leader's book, In 1794 short waists became fashionable ; and you know I want a chord.' that portion of the body which fifteen years pre- | The orchestra wakes up at last. viously had been preposterously long, reaching The double drums they beat. nearly to the hips, was now carried up to the arm. And the trombone gives a blast, pits. This absurdity occasioned a waggish parody | Lenuthening at least six feet. on the popular song,· The Banks of Banna,' which

At every bar, Revenge, with measured stride, begins withi

Perambulates the stage from side to side : "Shepherds, I have lost my love ;

| Then hides behind the door for some one coming out, Have you seen my Anna ?'

Who walks most unsuspectingly about,

Follow'd by dark Revenge, who very neatly | The parody began with

Contrives to keep out of his sight completely ;
Shepherds, I have lost my waist ?'

Waiting an opportunity to see
Have you seen my body?'

Revenge and Victim exeunt, both o. P.
The gown was worn still open in front, but with- With eves upraised and ringlets curling,
out hoops, and fell in straight loose folds to the Pale Melancholy-Mrs. Stirling-
feet, which were decorated with shoes of scarlet Came from the prompter's little seat
leather. Immense earrings were worn ; the hair Her lamentations to repeat;
was frequently unpowdered, and from 1794 to And while she pours her pensive cries
1797 large ostrich or other feathers were worn, On all the wings and flats around,
singly, or two and three together, of various There is an echo in the flies
bright colors, blue, green, pink, &c., standing That seems to mock the mournful sound.
half a yard high."

| Through box and pit the plaintive accents stole, Mr. Fairholt is entirely intolerant of the hoop. Hung o'er the orchestra with fond delay, And yet there is something to be said for it. It Through the house a charm diffusing, had a " pride, pomp and circumstance," which, The sound not e'en the gallery losing, when it enclosed a duchess of Devonshire, one Till in the slips it dies away." might somehow think to be only a kind of! So much for the Passions !_now for one of the proper “hedge” for so bright-eyed and potent a characters of the drama:divinity.

"THE STAGE SUPERNUMERARY. From the Athenaeum,

" Alas! there is not in the range of dramatic The Quizziology of the British Drama. By Gil- character a more striking instance of the weakness BERT Abbot À BECKETT. Published at the of theatrical human nature than is presented by the Punch Oflice.

supernumerary; whose career, from the last bar

of the overture to the speaking of the 'tag,' is one This is as light and pleasant an hour's reading as

continued course of feeble-minded vacillation, abject the student need desire, - with the thermometer, in

subservience, or abominable treachery. He is led the shady corner of his study, marking eighty-six.

away by a bit of bombast from any ranting bero Its object is, says the author, “ 1st, to describe the

who will ask him if he is a man, or a Briton, or a passions as they appear in many of our modern Roman, or whether the blood of his ancestors runs plays ; 2ndly, to show the characters most in use

through his recreant veins ; and he will agree, ata by some of our dramatic authors; and, 3rdly, to

moment's notice, to take part in any desperate present examples of those passions and characters

enterprise. He will appear at one moment as the in operation, through the medium of scenes sup

friend of freedom, dressed in green baize, pointing posed to be selected from the works of the most

with a property sword to the sky borders, and joinpopular writers for the stage.” With some por

ing some twenty others in an oath to rid his country iion of the contents of its volumes, its readers may la

of the tyrant: but he will be found five minutes have already made acquaintance elsewhere; but

afterwards rigged out in cotion velvet as a seedy other parts are, so far as our experience goes,

noble in the suite of the very identical tyrant. He new :--and as, in catering for the mental recreation

will swear allegiance to the house of Hapsburg, at of our own readers, regard should be had to ex

* half-past seven, and by the time the second price treme cases of temperature, we can scarcely do

comes in, he will be marching as one of a select better than amuse them with an example under

party of the friends of freedom who have taken an each of the above three several heads. —The fol

oath to roll the House of Hapsburg in the dust. Towing are fragments from the writer's 'Ode to the Perhaps, like a perfidious villain as he is, he will Stage Passions' :

be carrying a banner inscribed with the words, " Next Anger rush'd-'tis Hicks, by Jove! • Down with the oppressor,' on one side, while on Loud thunder in his voice he hurls;

the other, which he keeps artfully out of sight in His superhuman rage to prove,

order to hide his treachery from the audience-are He tears his long black worsted curls.

emblazoned the arms of the House of Ilapsburg, And now doth wan Despair appear.

of which the alleged oppressor is the chief. On lle draws his breath-nor draws it mild, the field of battle the conduct of the stage superBut fiercely asks the chandelier

numerary is contemptible in the extieme ; fur he To give him back his only child.

either falls down before he is hit, or takes a mean advantage of a fallen foe by striking an attitude, the youngest son of Captain Bagot, whilst gatherwith his foot resting on the chest of one of the ing some wild flowers in the plain, and shortly afvanquished enemy. Sometimes the supernume terwards by myself, not far from the same spot, rary gives himself up from seven until ten to a but on a rise or hillock, to the top of which I had reckless career of crime, carousing in a canvass ridden in order to obtain a view of the surrounding care, or plundering pasteboard caravans, except at country ; one of our flocks of sheep having been intervals during the evening, when, perhaps, to dispersed during a thunder-storm, and I being at swamp the voice of conscience, he drinks half and the time in search of them. After being out nearhalf in the dressing-room with his wicked accon- ly the whole day in drenching rain, and benumbed plices. The face of the supernumerary generally with cold, I ascended this little hill, prior to returnshows the traces of a long career of crime and ing home, for one last survey of the surrounding burnt cork; nor is there a feature upon which re-country: the very spot I pulled the horse up at morse or rouge has not committed ravages. He was beside a large protruding mass of clay-slate, frequently has his arms and legs bare ; but, as if strongly tinged and impregnated with the green he had shrunk within himself, his skin or fleshing carbonate of copper. My first impression was that is frequently too large for him, and forms folds of the rock was covered with a beautiful green moss; a most extraordinary kind at the joints of his knees but on getting off the horse, I quickly found, by or elbows. Sometimes his chest is left bare, and breaking off a piece from it, that the linge was as his skin, as far as the neck, appears to be of a rich bright in the fracture as on the surface. My acorange color ; but the throat, which is cut off, as it quaintance with mineralogy was not sufficient to were, by a distinct line, is of a different shade alto-enable me to pronounce on the precise character gether. Sometimes, when the scene is laid in of the rock, but I had little doubt it was tinged India, the supernumerary has his skin tied on to with copper, from the close resemblance of the him ; from which it would seem to be a theatrical color to verdigris. * * * theory that the darkness of color peculiar to the “To Captain Bagot, with whom I had long negro race is owing to the use of leggins and waist been on intimate terms, I confided my discovery; coats of black worsted. The stage supernume when he also produced a similar specimen which rary is something like the antelope in his facility of was found by his son ; and on a subsequent visit to descending precipices, and he will make his way the place, we found that the two spots were within with the greatest ease among rocks that appear in close proximity of each other, although at first, from accessible. He will come from the very highest the one being on a hill and the other in the plain, we mountain-pass in two or three minutes, and he thought they were two different places. To make undertakes needless difficulty by going a round- a long story short, we soon ascertained that the about way and traversing the same ground several specimens were undoubtedly copper ores: the distimes over; though he knows that the remotest covery was kept of course secret ; we got eighty peak is not a minute's walk from the footlights. acres surveyed, all the forms as laid down by the

Though the stage supernumerary is frequently a old land-sales regulations were complied with; the ruffian while upon the scene, he is exceedingly section was advertised for a whole month in the harmless and humble directly he gets to the wing; government Gazette, and we became the purchas, when he is glad to creep into any quiet corner, to ers of it at the fixed government price for waste avoid being ordered out of the way by the prompter, lands of £i per acre. At that time there were tumbled over by the call-boy, and sworn at as well still a number of eighty-acre land orders' unexas knocked down by a blow from a flat by one or ercised in the colony, any one of which might have two of the carpenters."

claimed this section; nor could we attempt to buy one of them without running the risk of exciting

attention : and we therefore preferred quietly wait

From the Spectator. ing for the expiration of the usual time required, MR. DUTTON'S SOUTH AUSTRALIA AND ITS

and then tendering the money, trusting to the gen

eral depression of the times, that no one would feel MINES.

inclined just then to become possessed of any For some years past, Mr. Menge, a German more land ; in which we were not mistaken. naturalist resident in Australia, had predicted that “Having secured the land, the next step was to the range of mountains running north from Encoun- ascertain the value of the ores, and whether they ter Bay to nearly the 32d degree of (South) lati- would remunerate us in working them. To ascertude would be found rich in mineral treasures ; but tain this, we sent a box of specimens to England; with the usual fate of prophets in their own place and did not begin working the mine till the encourof residence. Towards the close of the year 1842, aging report of Mr. Perceval Johnston reached us, however, the inferences of Mr. Menge were con- which gave an average of 23 per cent. for the surfirmed by an accidental discovery, as singular as face out-croppings. We then lost no time to any which has taken place in the history of mines; begin working with a small body of men. and perhaps more singular in its large results, because it opens up a national branch of industry in “Amongst the general population of the colony calculably important to a new colony as supplying there were some few Cornish miners, who were it with a ready means of export-if the colonists quietly following pastoral and agricultural pursuits : have the good sense not to waste too much capital when we gave notice of intending to work the and industry in searches after treasures under the mine, the pickaxe was quickly resumed by them ; earth. The lucky discovery of Mr. Dutton and and we gave them a liberal 'tribute' for the first his friend and fellow-settler occurred in this year, (3s. 6d. per 11.,) to set the thing going. wise.

| These men were highly successful, and raised a "The Kapunda copper mine is situated close considerable quantity of rich ore.” to the river Light, forty-five miles due north of We need not further pursue the prosperous forAdelaide.

| tunes of Messrs. Bagot and Dutton, the quantity " It was discovered in the latter part of 1842, by of ore they raised, its iepute at Swansea, its par

ticular and average prices, with the advantageous entail fresh ones. All this is well enough done ; site of the mine, its admirable roads and cheap but the general information is not new to those cartage, or the additional 100 acres the partners who have given any attention to the subject. boughi-no longer at the rate of £i per acre, competition having run up the 100 acres to £2,210. Suffice it to say, that part of the first

The Last MOMENTS OF The Pope.-On Whityear's produce (1844) sold for £6,225; the whole Sunday

Sunday the Pontiff determined to have mass said colony was set agog after mining speculations ;

Tin his chamber, and to take the communion himself. and it may yet turn out that more will be lost in This was opposed, and he was obliged to almost searching for metals than gained by finding them get angry in order to have his wish complied with: -as has hitherto been the result in every country,

and if he had not done so, he would have died mining, according to Adam Smith, being in fact

fact without the sacrament. His valet-de-chambre said gambling.

to him, “ But, Holy Father, you will alarm the Thus far, however, the success has been won whole city; they will say that you are very ill.“* derful. Including Mr. Dutton's or the Kapunda,

da" Certainly," replied he, “ I am very ill; I feel it; no fewer than eleven distinct mines have been dis- / and do you want me to appear before God without

Io voglio morire covered : of which six are copper. three lead, and having taken the bread of life? two mixed. In description, these are all prómis- da frate, non da sovrano." (I wish to die as a

The malady made ing: but the only two whose produce is in the monk, and not as a sovereign.) market seem to be the Kapunda and the Monta- such rapid progress the following night that the cute-the latter discovered soon after the Kapun- car

the Kanun, cardinal confessor, whose duty it is to assist dying da, in as accidental a way, though not managed by pontifis, could not

hu pontiffs, could not be summoned in time; it was such prudent people as Messrs. Dutton and Bagot, the assistant cure of the Pontifical · Palace who Of these two mines, the price of the ore in 1815. at gave extreme unction to the Pope, the curé not Swansea, was £13 11s. 2d. per ton for the Mon- having arrived. Gregory XVI. had expired when tacute, and £24 15s. 3d. for the Kapunda; the

Cardinal Bianchi, his confessor, entered his chamlast being the highest price of any copper-mine in

nber. The other ecclesiastics, who were summoned the world. The money returns were

according to custom, had only to watch over the

mortal remains of their master. The Pope expired Montacute, ... 277 tons, yielding £3,754 in the arms of Cardinal Lambruschini, who had Kapunda, · · · 243 tons, yielding 6,017 | hurried up with all the speed of his horses, and who

It is not to be supposed that South Australia has assisted him in his last moments with the tendereither capital or skilled labor to work these mines ness of a friend and a son. The ó Ami de la Rewith effect, and both are looked for from this coun-Iligion' says :-“ Pope Gregory XVI. has made two try. British miners and British money are to be of his nephews his residuary legatees, and apexported. Some of the mines belong to compan- pointed Cardinal Matei his executor. The Pontiff ies; probably all are open to the purchase of has left several legacies to the Propaganda, the shares; and they are exciting interest in the convent of St. Gregory, the monks of the Camalcity,” as considerable as any other legitimate dules, and some of his household. The fortune speculation. It is probable that the object of this which he has left has been greatly exaggerated. work is to bring them prominently before the eyes A more just idea of it may be formed when it is of the world. The mass of mankind, however, considered that the civil list of the popedom does should be slow to meddle with such speculations, not amount to more than 80,000f. a year. A rich unless with money they can afford to lose. A new | library, some valuable paintings, jewellery, and mine, under the best of circumstances, is an uncer- works of art, with other property of unimportant tainty ; and old ones are not over sure, for we amount, forrn the whole of the inheritance left for know not how soon the supply of ore may dimin-1 his nephews in the Venetian states, instead of the ish or be procured with greater difficulty. It is a millions at which it has been estimated.” speculation very proper for city capitalists, since The papers announce the death, at Woolwich, they have a general knowledge of the subject, and of Mr. Marsh, the chemist-whose name has acmeans of attaining particular information ; but the quired a European celebrity, as the inventor of the annuitant or person anxious to employ surplus capi- test for arsenic now generally used in medical jutal should ponder very closely before he embarks risprudence.-Athenæum. in schemes, either at his own prompting, or the solicitations of others, unless he is thoroughly persuaded of their judgment and honesty. In fact,

GOOD NIGHT. the person wishing to invest may take this with

BY F. A. B. him, that whatever he gains beyond the interest of Good night, but dream not, lest the clinging form, the English funds is got at some risk or expense, Which thou didst coldly cast from thy embrace, or inconvenience equivalent to expense.

Should in thy sleep return, and still and warm Should Mr. Dutton's object have been to get up Creep to the breast that was its resting-place. any South Australian mining interest in this country, it is very skilfully masked; for only a small Good night, but dream not, lest the pleading eyes, portion of his book is devoted to this topic. The Whose tears thou seest fall down like winter remainder of the volume contains a general account rain, of the colony, after the usual fashion in which should o'er the darkness of thy slumbers rise, these things are done. There is the story of the In that long look of helpless, hopeless pain. original foundation and of the successive governorships of South Australia ; a view of its geographi- Dream not, lest, with the hour of love returning, cal features, climate, and natural productions ; Thy former love should to thy heart return. with a sketch of the society and present condition Alas! as soon might'st thou seek light or burning of the colony, which has now emerged from its In the grey ashes of a funeral urn. difficulties, if over rash mining speculations do not

New Monthly Magazine.

From the Edinburgh Tales. 1 “ This is our laboratory," said she, throwing

open a door which emitted a rich steam of spicy THE ELIZABETHINES. BY MRS. GORE.

decoctions; and I perceived that the antique oaken Sad as the heart of Roth, when, sick for home,

compartments within, were closely filled with mysShe stood in tears amid the alien corn! KEATS.

terious jars which appeared to contain all “the

syrups of the east." A little boy beside the polI have had reason hitherto to complain of ill-for- ished counter was receiving from the hands of an tune in the visits I have made to convents and mon- old nun, a basket of medicines for his sick mother ; asteries. Other travellers are sure to meet with accompanied by more counsels and injunctions than some interesting novice or dignified lady abbess- I thought so small a head right well retain ; and soine celestial sister already "enskied and sainted in an inner chamber I caught a glimpse of three

-or some wasted votary, bearing the impress of reverend sisters seated round a table, on which secret and silent affliction-of suppressed passions stood an air-pump, an electrifying machine, and a -of self-resignation! For my own part, I must ac- ponderous pair of scales. Their dress—the flowknowledge that I never yet chanced upon a clois- ing black robe and milk-white scapulary, worn tered victim in any way worthy of sympathy. The somewhat after the fashion of a Roman contadina reverend mother has usually proved a cross old wo- —their dignified gravity, which might have become man much addicted to snuff; with a skin like yel- " Tynemouth's haughty prioress," formed a strange low flannel, and a gait like that of the fairy Cara-contrast with their several occupations; which bosse ; and I have always found the sister appoint- were those of pulling lint, weighing poppy heads, ed to do the honors of the convent, dull, corpulent, and shelling small seeds for some medicinal purmiddle-aged, and contented, as well as self-con- pose. tented. The only nun I ever saw who could lay After exhibiting “an alligator stuffed," and claim to personal beauty, was a very lovely crea- some other objects of natural history-the marvel ture, with whom, some ten years ago, I passed a and glory of the simple nuns—Sister Agatha led rainy afternoon at Tournay. Instead, however, of me successively through the wardrobe, where a adding the grace of pensive Eloiseism to her other detachment of ihe nuns were busily stitching garattractions, the holy sister proved as arrant a gig- ments for the rest of the community-through the let as any reproved by the Lady Beatrice of the sacristy, where ahother division was occupied in Tor Hill; and laughed and crowed like an idiot, preparing decorations for their church, to be used while I sat admiring her skill i Rung—a most on some ensuing solemnity-and finally, into the unsentimental employment for a heroine !

kitchen of the convent—the neatest and most appeHenceforward, however, I will make no com- tizing, I should think, that exists in the German plaints on this head; for I have recently witnessed empire. . a scene within the walls of a religious institution, Wherever we passed, the nuns crowded round which has proved the source of many deep and to kiss the hand of my conductress, and to welcome painful emotions. I will not call it interesting, for her with loquacious delight. She was evidently a such a terın is most unfitly applied to the real right-person of importance and a favorite, for even the earnest calamities of human life.

sisters occupied in the confectionary in preparing The convent of the Elizabethines, or Elisabethin- delicacies for their convalescent patients, lefit their erinnen, is situated in one of the suburbs of Vien- sugar to burn while they indulged in a passing gosna; and was endowed by the Queen of Hungary, sip with Sister Agatha. whose name it bears, as an hospital for fifty poor. The order and distribution of the extensive buildwomen, to be served and attended by as many pro- ing were admirable ; and the long spotless corridors fessed nuns. The institution closely resembles paved with polished Salzberg marble-he creamthat admirable one founded by Saint Vincent de colored stone used for lithographic engravingPaale--the Sæurs de la Charité -and maintains the formed a striking contrast with The usually filthy same character of universal benevolence, of self-de-passages of Vienna mansions, and spoke strongly nying and pious activity. In addition to the fifty in favor of the superior cleanliness of female occuobjects received into the ward of the hospital, the pations. Elizabethines distribute their charitable offices to “You are fortunate," observed Sister Agatha, euch of the neighboring poor as apply for assistance as we ascended the stairs, " in having visited us at or advice; and the holy sisters are not only adored the hour appointed for the reception of visiters into by those who have been restored to health through the ward. It is the bright season of our day, and their skill and gentle care, but are regarded as the will diminish the painful impression arising from tatelary angels of the quarter in which their con- the sight of the afflicted." vent is situated.

As she spoke she threw open the door of the Anxious to observe the internal regulations of an hospital-a long gallery containing fifty beds, each institution I had so frequently heard named with bearing a German inscription, purporting that the the blessings of gratitude, I presented myself at the wants of its sick tenant were relieved through parloir of the Elizabethines, and having referred the love of God.” A murmur of joy and surprise my request for admittance to the reverend mother, saluted the entrance of Sister Agatha into the I was instantly and graciously received.

ward ; and the numerous visiters, many of them The sister appointed by the abbess to conduct me belonging to a highly respectable class of life, deover the building, was a cheerful intelligent wo-serted the beds of their sick friends to salute her man-cheerful from the consoling sense of duties with expressions of welcome and gratitude. Many diligently performed, and from the remembrance of of the poorer order, unable to lose their time, al a long life spent in the services of her fellow-crea- though in the offices of affection, had brought their tures. She was gentle and even elegant in her ad-work; and were diligently knitting or sewing dress, although slightly deformed in person ; but I while they listened to the monotonous recitals of beg my readers will not despond over this untoward the sufferers--the mother, the sister, the friend circumstance, for I respectfully forewarn them that they were come to visit. On several coverlids la Sister Agatha is not the heroine of my adventure. I little tokens of interest-flower, a biscuit

CIVIII. LIVING AGE. VOL. I. 21

handkerchief-or some other humble offering, be-ture's feelings, that compassion induced me to restowed by the poor, in honest good-will, upon the move her to the end of the ward; where her desstill poorer; and every ghastly countenance among olate condition is less apparent to others-less the sufferers was lighted up by an expression of painful to herself.” joyful and grateful excitement. There was one At this moment we entered the church ; and among them, old, and apparently heavily afflicted, from a feeling, intelligent woman, Sister Agatha who was gazing with an intensity of affection, al- became at once the narrow devotee- the blind vo most painful to behold, upon a well-dressed young tary of superstition. Her order, and its dignity man, a student of some German college, who sat -her church and its relics-her director, and his beside her bed, holding her poor thin hand. anathemas, became paramount in her mind ; and

Their history was evident. She had sacrificed she proudly claimed my admiration for the skelemuch to secure to a beloved son the education and ton of the giant St. Columbus, which sparkled appearance of more liberal means; and if I might through its glass coffin with ribs set in false stones judge by the affectionate expression of the young and tinsel--and for the choir behind whose mysscholar's countenance, her motherly self-denial wasterious curtain, the hymns of the veiled Elizabethneither unappreciated nor unrewarded. Several of ines are heard with reverence by the congregation. the convalescent were dressed and seated among From the church we passed into the inner sacristy; their friends, and the appearance of some even jus- where the good nun expatiated right eloquently tified the information I had received, that the poor upon the beauties of several gilt calvaries and holy and needy were detained by the Elizabethines long sepulchres, presented to their treasury by Maria after their recovery, provided they were unable to Theresa and her successors. Despairing of bring. work for their maintenance elsewhere.

ing her back to the subject of the dying woman “ It must be highly gratifying to your feelings, above, I prepared to take my leave by presenting dear sister, to see those poor creatures restored to a trifling offering towards the funds of the instituhealth and usefulness through your ministry," said lion; and I was indiscreet enough to venture a I to my guide. “There are many here whose second donation, with a request that it might be looks do equal honor to the skill and to the ten- applied to the especial use of the poor deserted derness of those by whose care they have been woman. tended."

Sister Agatha, who had accepted my first gift “ You must remember, however," replied Sister with gratitude, pit back my hand with indignation Agatha, " that we frequently receive incurable pa- when I tendered the second. “Have you obtients; and that among so large a number, we served," she inquired, “any symptoms of partiality have the grief of seeing many die, notwithstanding in our arrangements—or any want of general comour most anxious exertions. There," she contin- fort? What do our sick require that is not inued in a whisper, pointing to the last bed we had stantly administered ? Nay–what fancy or capassed, there lies one io whom it only remains price do they express, which is not anxiously for us to administer the last offices." ' I looked, gratified by the reverend mother?" and saw a wasted pallid face, turned towards I craved forgiveness for my involuntary offence, the pillow, as though to drown the murmur of the which I attributed, and truly, to the heartfelt comcrowded ward. Her eyes were closed, and her passion inspired by the deserted condition of the slight delicate hand lay open upon the sheet in dying patient; and Sister Agatha, after silently the relaxation of debility. She was young, and examining my countenance, as if to assure heras far as I could judge from the adjustment of her self what degree of confidence she might place in Jinen, was of a better order than the other patients. my discretion, replied, “Well, well ; say no more

As I paused for a moment at the bottom of the of it-I perceive that the request, however indisbed, to look upon her with the reverence due to creet, arose from a gentle feeling. Stay!" she one who is about to put on the garh of immortali- continued, leading me back into the sacristy and ty, my shadow fell upon her face. She unclosed closing the door after us, “ you are young-you her sunken eyes for a moment, and then shut belong to the children of the world and the histhem, after a look of despairma shudder of hope-tory of that unfortunate woman may prove a uselessness, which I can never forget. I passed on ful lesson. Have you leisure to listen?" hastily; and looked at my attendant for an explana- l I seated myself by her side with grateful alaction, as she led me into a little chapel at the end of rity; and Sister Agatha, taking out her knitting, the gallery, opening into it for the service of the commenced the following narration. sick.

“I will call the poor soul Cecilia; and as I I observed that the eyes of the compassionate nun have no fear that you will discover her real name were filled with tears; but as we were now before and title, I will fairly own that she is born of one the altar, she knelt down to repeat a paternoster, of the noblest houses of Hungary-her ancestors without replying to my mute inquiry. Some min- have even been among the most liberal benefactors utes afterwards, as we were descending the stairs of the convent in which her last sufferings have towards the church of the convent, I took courage been alleviated. Cecilia became an orphan shortly to question her concerning the dying woman. after her birth; and as her fortune was considera

"You say that she will not long survive ; yet of ble, she was bequeathed to the guardianship of the all the hospital, hors was the only bed unsoothed head of her father's family. Even now you may by some kind visiter. The poor creature appears judge that she was once a lovely creature ; and totally deserted-has she no friends in Vienna?" when I add that her disposition was volatile, and

"She is heavily visited both in mind and body," her education totally neglected, you will be the replied Sister Agatha, evasively. “The Almigh- more inclined to look with lenity upon the indisty hath been pleased to deal with her as with those cretion that induced her at the age of sixteen to he loveth. When she first became our inmate, she elope from her uncle's palace, and to bestow her was placed next unto the bed of the young stu- hand and affections upon a very unworthy object. dent's mother; and the sight of his assiduous filial “It was during the occupation of the army of affection proved so great a trial to the poor crea- ! Napolcon; and as a period when the Austria

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