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through the timber, or the pterodactyl wing- / of the “Father of the Forest;” and numer ing its way amongst the colossal vegetation. ous large trees have been overthrown or There stood the * Mother of the Forest,” broken off by it when it crashed to the withered and bare, her full height 327 feet, ground. 300 feet from the root it snapped her girth 78 feet without the bark, for this in two, and the upper portion of it has had been removed from 116 feet of the decayed away, and almost all trace of it lower portion of the trunk, and the scaffold. has disappeared; but at the point of fracture, ing erected for the purpose still stood round or 200 feet from the base, its circumference the tree. This outer shell thus removed is 54 feet (18 feet diameter). According, is now put up, we believe, in the Crystal therefore, to the average taper of the other Palace at Sydenham. Thus the two finest trees, the unbroken stem must have been at trees growing when the forest was first dis- least 435 feet high - more than twice the covered have both been wantonly de- height of the Monument, 95 feet higher stroyed for the gratification of curiosity- than the great chimney at Saltaire, and lovers. There is, however, a still greater 30 feet higher than the top of the cross than these, decayed and fallen - a stupen- which crowns the dome of St. Paul's dous ruin lying half-buried in the ground. Cathedral ! It appears to have been destroyed by the fire The fresh ripe cones of the Wellingtonias which has evidently devastated the grove strewed the ground, and of these we years ago, for many of the standing trees gathered a plentiful stock; and then, having are partially charred, and this one has been sufficiently gratified our curiosity, we took burnt into a hollow shell. At the base its to our buggy once more, and on the followgirth is 112 feet, and we walked inside the ing day regained that luxurious city San innnel through the trunk for 200 feet with Francisco. our bats on. Great must have been the fall

USES OF DECAY.

So, when the mists of life rise up, and poise SUMMER, as rich in shadows as in suns,

Along the crumbling edges of the grave, Spreads her thick foliage thicker every day; What quick regrets, what keen remember'd She is most bounteous; her free spirit shuns

joys, To give and take away.

The weak heart has to brave ! But thon, grave Autumn, dealest otherwise :

Yes, thou canst show us some things; canst Creating noble colour, and withal

betray Rifing the woods that bear it, till our eyes

The gaunt square mansion or the ruin'd Can penetrate them all.

wall;

Thou, Autumn, dost it for us every day;
And then, what hidden wonders do we see !

And Memory is thy thrali.
What half-forgotten glimpses of our past,
Veild since the spring, though each dismantled But, not the baring of the summer trees,

Nor dying down of tall obstructive flowers,
Peer out again at last!

Nor poise of mists above the yellow leas,

Nor glow of sunset hours, – Love them or hate, we cannot but behold:

Gable, and church, grey turret and blue hill, Not all that thou canst do or we can dream, Or bran-new horror built with recent gold

Wins for our purblind souls this one poor All are before us still.

bliss

To see beyond and through the things that So, if the great sea ebb, full many a wreck

seem, Above the branching coral grimly towers;

To that which only Is. Full many a ragged skeleton on deck

Arthur Munby. Lies deep in iving flowers.

tree

PART XII.

CHAPTER XLI.

by the idea that he might come in at any

minute, bringing back a crowd of recollecThe result of Miss Marjoribanks's wise tions with him; and it was a perpetual precaution and reticence was that Sir John wonder to her how he would take the inRichmond and the Doctor and Colonel evitable difference, whether he would accept Chiley were all on Mr. Ashburton's com- it as natural, or put on the airs of an injured mittee. They might not agree with his man. Lucilla did not go out the two after principles; but then when a man does not noons after her meeting with Mrs. Woodstate any very distinct principles, it is diffi- burn, partly that she might not miss him if cult for any one, however well disposed, to he called — for it was better to have it over; disagree with him; and the fact that he was but Mr. Cavendish did not come on either the man for Carlingford was so indisputable, of these days. After that, of course, she that nobody attempted to go into the minor did not wait for him any longer. But on matters. “ Mr. Ashburton is a gentleman the third or fourth day, when she was in known to us all,” Sir John said, with great Miss Brown's photographing room (the effect, in his nomination speech; and it was eldest Miss Brown was not married, and was a sentence which went to the hearts of his a mother to the younger girls, and always audience. The other candidate had been a enthusiastic about sitters), Mr. Ashburton long time from home, and it was longer still called about business, and Thomas came to since anybody in Carlingford could be said fetch Miss Marjoribanks. She was sitting to have been benefited by his residence there. with the greatest good-nature for half-aHe had had all his things down from town, dozen pictures, knowing in her secret heart as Mr. Holden, the upholsterer, pithily re- all the time that she would look a perfect marked — and that made a great difference fright, and that all Carlingford would see to start with. As for Mr. Ashburton, though her grinning with imbecile amiability out it is true nobody knew what he thought of the hazy background of Miss Brown's about Reform or the Income Tas, everybody Cartes. Lucilla knew this, and had hitherto knew that he lived at the Firs, and was avoided the process with success; but now supplied in a creditable way by George she gave in; and as the Major was there, Street tradesmen. There was no mystery of course they talked of the coming election, whatever about him.

People knew how which, indeed, at present was almost the much he had a-year, and how much he paid only topic of conversation in Grange Lane. for everything, and the way in which his “Of course, you are on Mr. Ashburton's accounts were kept, and all about him. committee," said Lucilla; “ you must be, or Even when he had his wine direct from the going to be, after what you said the other growers (for naturally his own county could day at lunchnot supply the actual liquor), it was put in * What did I say?" asked Major Brown, Carlingford bottles, and people knew the with an air of dismay; for to tell the truth, kinds he had, and how much, and a hundred his heart inclined a little towards poor Mr. agreeable details. And then," he was a Cavendish, who was an old neighbour, and gentleman as was always ready to give his to whom Major Brown could not but think advice,” as some of the people said. All the Marjoribanks and others had behaved this furnished an immense body of evidence rather cruelly. But then in these electionin his favour, and made Sir John's remark eering matters one never knows what one eloquent. And then Carlingford, as a gen- may have done to compromise one's self eral rule, did not care the least in the world without meaning it; and the Major was a about Reform. There were a few people little anxious to find out what he had said. who had once done so, and it was remarked “Dear Major Brown,” said Lucilla, in Grove Street that Mr. Tozer had once seriously, “I am so sorry if you did not been in a dreadful state of mind about it. mean it. I am sure it was that as much as But he was quite tranquil on the subject now, anything that influenced Mr. Ashburton. and so was the community in general. And He was turning it all over in his mind, you what was really wanted, as Lucilla's genius know, and was afraid the people he most had seen at a glance, was not this or that esteemed in Carlingford would not agree opinion, but a good man.

with him, and did not know what to do; and But at the same time it would be vain to then you said, What did it matter about deny that Miss Marjoribanks looked forward opinions, if it was a good man ?- that was to a possible visit from Mr Cavendish with what decided him," said Miss Marjoribanks, a certain amount of anxiety. She was not with sad yet gentle reproachfulness. “I frightened, for she knew her own powers; am so sorry if you did not mean what you but she was a little excited and stimulated said

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“ Good heavens! I don't remember say- be relied upon; but an ordinary commoning anything of the sort,” said Major sense sort of talker is free from such susBrown. "I- I am sure I never thought picion. Mr. Ashburton was very sorry to of influencing anybody. It is true enough hear that Mrs. John Marjoribanks had bad about a good mau, you know ; but if I had nights, and suggested that it might be imagined for an instant that any one was nervous, and hoped that the air of Carlingpaying attention

By George ! it was ford would do her good, and was very glau you that said it, Lucilla - I remember to hear that her son was getting on so well now.”

in India ; and aunt Jemima could not help Please don't make fun of me,” said Miss approving of him, and feeling that he was Marjoribanks, “ as if anybody cared what a person of substance and reflection, and I say about politics. But I know that was not one of those fly-away young men who what decided poor Mr. Ashburton. Indeed, turn girls' heads, and never mean anything. he told me so; and when he finds you did Lucilla herself gained something in Mrs. not mean anything

John's eyes from Mr. Ashburton's high “ But, good heavens !-1-I did mean opinion; but at the same time it was quite something,” cried the accused, with dismay. clear that he was not thinking of anything And he grew quite inarticulate in his con- sentimental, but was quite occupied about fusion, and red in the face, and lost his head his election, as a man of sense should be. altogether, while Lucilla sat calmly looking Lucilla came in with a fine bloom on her on with that air of virtue at once severe cheeks, but still with a shade of that sadness and indulgent, which pities, and blames, and which had had so great an effect upon hopes that perhaps there is not so much Major Brown. She had taken off her hat harm done as might have been expected. before she came in, and dropped into her This was the position of affairs when Thomas chair with an air of languor and fatigue came to say that Miss Marjoribanks was which was quite unusual to her. “It makes wanted, as she had told him to do when her such a difference in life when one has somecandidate came; for, to be sure, it was only thing on one's mind,” said Lucilla, and she next door. It was terrible to hear the soft sighed, as was but natural; for though that sigh she gave when she shook hands with did not effect the energy of her proceedMajor Brown. ." I hope he will not feel it ings, she knew and remembered at moments so much as I think; but I should be afraid of discouragement how seldom one's most to tell him,” said Lucilla; and she went disinterested exertions are appreciated at away, leaving the good man in a state of be- the end. wilderment and embarrassmint and doubt, “ You want your lunch, my dear,” said which would have been much more un- Mrs. John. pleasant it he had not felt so flattered at Perhaps I do," said Miss Marjoribanks, the same time. “I never meant to in- with a mournfully affectionate smile. “I fluence anybody, I am sure,” he said, with a have been sitting to Maria Brown. She comical mixture of complacence and dis- has taken six, and I am sure they are every may, when Lucilla was gone. “I have one more hideous than the other; and they always said, papa, that you don't think will go all over England, you know, for the enough of the weight people give to your Browns lave hosts of people belonging to opinion,” Miss Brown replied, as she gave them; and everybody will say, 'So that is the final bath to her negatives; and they Miss Marjoribanks. "I don't think I am vain both left off work with a certain glow of to speak of,” said Lucilla, “but that sort comforted amour propre, and the most of thiags goes to one's heart." benevolent sentiments towards Mr. Ashbur- “ These amateurs are terrible people,” ton, who, to tell the truth, until he got his said Mr. Ashburton, in his steady. way; lesson from Miss Marjoribanks, had never " and photographs are a regular nuisance. once thought about the opinion ot' Major For my part Brown.

“Dini say that,” said Miss Marjoribanks. He was sitting with aunt Jemima when " I know what you are going to say; and Lucilla came in, and talking to her in a you must sit to her, please. I have said steady sort of a way. Nothing could have alrearly she must do one of you; and I will made Mr. Ashburton socially attractive, but tell you presently about the Major. But still there are many people to whom this wait and talk to aunt Jemima a little, for I steady sort of talk is more agreeable am so tired,” said Lucilla. She was lying than brilliancy. When a man is brilliant back negligently in her seat, with that air there is always a doubt in some minds of languor which so many young ladies exwhether he is trustworthy, or sincere, or to cel in, but which was for her a novel in

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dulgence. Her hand hung over the arm of had by no means the air of thinking that it her chair as if there was no longer any didn't matter for a gentleman. As for Miss force in it. Her head fell back, her eyes Marjoribanks, it would be impossible to say were half closed ; it was a moment of what mists of illusion dropped away from abandonment to her sensations, such as a her mind at the sight of him. Even while high-principled young woman like Miss she smiled upon the new-comer, she could Marjoribanks seldom gives arvay to. But not but ask herself

, with momentary dismay Lucilla went into it conscientiously, as into Had she really gone off as much in the everything she did, that she might regain same time? her strength for the necessary duties that “I have been looking for you,”. Miss were before her.

Marjoribanks resumed; " I waited in for And it was at this moment that Thomas you Tuesday and Wednesday, and it is so appeared at the door with a suspicion of a odd you should have come just at this mingrin appearing at the corners of his sober ute. Aunt Jemima, this is Mr. Cavendish, mouth, and announced Mr. Cavendish, who whom you have heard so much about came in before an ordinary woman would and don't go, please, Mr. Ashburton — you have had time to open her eyes. This was two must know each other. You will be the moment he bad chosen for his first visit;, hearing of each other constantly; and I supand yet it was not he who had chosen it, pose you will have to shake hands or somebut fate, who seemed to have in this respect thing on the hustings- so it will be much a spite against Lucilla. It was not only the best to begin it here." the embarrassing presence of his rival, But the two candidates did not shake but the fact that neither of the two people hands : they bowed to each other in an in the room knew or had ever seen Mr. alarming way, which did not promise much Cavendish, that put a climax to the horror for their future brotherliness, and then they of the situation. She alone knew him, and both stood bolt upright and stared at Miss had to take upon herself to present and in- Marjoribanks, who had relapsed, in the troduce him, and bridge over for him the pleasantest way in the world, into her easylong interval of absence, and all this chair. with the sense of being in the enemy's “Now, please sit down and talk a little,” interest, and to a certain extent false to Mr. said Lucilla; “ I am so proud of having you Cavendish! Lucilla rose at once, but she both together. There never has been anywas not a woman to make pretences. She body in the world that I have missed so did not throw off all in a moment her much as you — you knew that when you fatigue, and dash into spasmodic action. went away, but you didn't mind. Mr. AshShe held out her hand silently to Mr. burton is very nice, but he is of no use to Cavendish, with a look which spoke only af- speak of in an evening," said Miss Marjorifectionate satisfaction in a friend's return. banks, turning a reflective glance upon her She did not even speak at all for the first own candidate with a certain sadness; and moment, but contented herself with a look, then they both laughed as if it was a joke; which indeed, if he had been younger and but it was no joke, as one of them at least less preoccupied, would no doubt have must have known. touched his very heart.

Lucilla," said Mrs. John, with conster“ So you have really come back," she nation, “I never heard anybody talk as you said. I am so glad! after all that people do; I am sure Mr. Ashburton is the very said about your being married and dead and best of society, and as for Mr. Cavendish" ever so many stupil things. Oh! don't “Dear aunt Jemima,” said Lucilla, look at me, please. It doesn't matter with " would you mind ringing the bell? I have a gentleman, but I know as well as if you been sitting to Maria Brown, and I am alhad told me that you think me dreadtully most fainting. I wish you gentlemen would

sit to her; it would please her, and it would I entertain such a profane idea!” said not do you much harm; and then for your Mr. Cavendish; but he was considerably constituents, you know.”. embarrassed, and he was a great deal stout- “I hope you don't wish me to look like er, and altogether different from what he one of Maria Brown's photographs to my used to be, and he had not the light hand constituents," said Mr. Cavendish; but “then of his youth for a compliment. And then I am happy to say they all know me pretty he sat down on the chair Thomas had given well." This was said with a slight touch of him; and he looked uncomfortable, to say gentlemanly spite, if there is sucb a thing; the least of it; and he was getting large in for, after all, he was an old power in Cardimensions and a little red in the face, and lingford, though he had been so long away.

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“Yes," said Lucilla, reflectively, but little black, though the gloom was moderate you are a little changed since then; a little in Mr. Ashburton's case; but as for Lucilla, perhaps — just a little - stouter, and she stood between them a picture of angel

“Gone off?” said Mr. Cavendish, with a ic sweetness and goodness, giving a certain laugh; but he felt horribly disconcerted all measure of her sympathy to both — Wothe same, and savage with Miss Majori- man the Reconciler, by the side of those banks, and could not think why " that fel- other characters of spirer and Consoler, low" did not go away. What had he to do of which the world has heard. The two in Lucilla's drawing-room ? what did he inferior creatures scowled with politeness at mean by sitting down again and talking in each other, but Miss Marjoribanks smiled that measured way to the old lady, as if all upon them both. Such was the way in the ordinary rules of good breeding did not which she overcame the difficulties of the point out to him that he should have gone meeting. Mr. Ashburton went away a litaway and left the field clear?

tle annoyed, but still understanding his in“Oh, you know it does not matter for a structions, and ready to act upon them in gentleman,” said Lucilla; and then she that businesslike way he had, and Mr. Cavturned to Mr. Ashburton - I am sure the endish remained, faintly reassured in the Major wants to see you, and he thinks that midst of his soreness and mortification, by it was he who put it into your head to stand. at least having the field to himself and seeHe was here that day at lunch, you know, ing the last (for the present) of his antagoand it was something he said”.

which was a kind of victory in its “Quite true," said Mr. Ashburton in his way:

“ I shall go to see him at I thought I knew you better than to Thank you for telling me of it, Miss think you ever would bave any thing to do Marjoribanks; I shall go as soon as I leave with that sort of thing," said Mr. Cavendish. here."

“ There are people, you know, whom I And then Mr. Cavendish laughed. “This could have imagined — but a prig like is what I call interesting,” he said. " I hope that.”. He became indeed quite violent, as Mr. Ashburton sees the fun; but it is try- aunt Jemima said afterwards, and met with ing to an old friend to bear of that day at that lady's decided disapproval, as may be lunch, you know. I remember when these supposed. sort of allusions used to be pleasant enough ; “Mr. Ashburton is very well bred and but when one has been banished for a thou- agreeable,” Mrs. John said, with emphasis. sand years ” —

“I wish all the young men I see nowadays Yes,” said Lucilla, “ one leaves all that were as nice.” behind, you know one leaves ever so “ Young men !” said Mr. Cavendish. “Is many things behind. I wish we could al- that what people call young nowadays? And ways be twenty, for my part. I always he must be insane, you know, or he would said, you know, that I should be gone off in never dream of representing a town without ten years."

saying a single word about his principles. “Was it the only fib you ever told that I daresay he thinks it is original,” said the you repeat it so ?” said Mr. Cavendish ; and unhappy man. He thought he was pointit was with this pretty speech that he took ing out his rival's weakness to Lucilla, and her down-stairs to the well-remembered he went on with energy

“I know you luncheon.

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off in some better than to think you can like that milkthings when you have to do with a prig like and-water sort of thing;" that,” he said in her ear, as they went “Oh, I don't pretend to know anything down together, “and cast off old friends. about politics,” said Lucilla. “I hear you It was a thing a fellow did not expect of gentlemen talk, but I never pretend to unyou."

derstand. If we were not to leave you "I never cast off old friends," said Miss that all to yourselves, I don't know what you Marjoribanks. “ We shall look for you on could find to do,” Miss Marjoribanks added Thursday, you know, all the same. Must you compassionately; and as she spoke she go, Mr. Ashburton ? when lunch is on the looked so like the Lucilla of old, who had table ? But then, to be sure, you will be in schemed and plotted for Mr. Cavendish, time at the Browns”,” said Lucilla, sweetly, that he could not believe in her desertion and she gave the one rival her hand while in his heart. she held the arm of the other, at the door " That is a delusion like the going off,” of the dining-room, in which Mr. Ashburton he said. “I can't believe you have gone had gallantly deposited aunt Jemima before over to the enemy. When I remember how saying good-by. They were both looking a I have been 'roving about all those ten

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