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herself to Malle. Rose, attracted probably by the daughter up in his arms, and hugging her to the sweetness of her countenance, her sadness, and honest breast where she hid her tears and her. her silence. Her speech could not have attract- blushes, he departed, leaving poor Malle. Rose ed Betsy, for in common with many of her ex- too much bewildered to speak or to comprehend iled country-folk, she had not in nearly en years' the happiness that had fallen upon her, and the residence in England learned to speak five En- whole school the better for the lesson. glish words. But something had won her affection. She had on first being called by the gov- | THE DREAM OF THE WEARY HEART erness, from the dark corner in which she had THE Weary Heart lay restlessly on his bed, cnsconced herself, crept to the side of the young 1 distracted with the strife of the day. WeaFrenchwoman, had watched her as she wove her ried indeed was he in heart, and wavering in the straw plaits, had attempted the simple art with simple faith which had blessed his childhood. some discarded straws that lay scattered upon The world was no more beautiful to him, his the floor ; and when Mademoiselle so far roused fellow-man was no more trustworthy, and heaven herself as to show her the proper way, and to was no longer regarded as his distant, though furnish her with the material, she soon became native home. One thing only seemed, to his a most efficient assistant in this branch of in- changed heart, the same; it was the ever-varydustry
ing, ever-constant moon, which shed her broad, No intercourse took place between them. In fair light as serenely on his aching brow as when deed, as I have said, none was possible, since he nestled, a happy child, upon his mother's neither knew a word of the other's language. breast. Betsy was silence personified; and poor Malle. Soothed by this pure light, the Weary Heart Rose, always pensive and reserved, was now slept at length; and in his sleep, his troubled more than ever dejected and oppressed. An and toil-worn mind went back-back to the early opportunity of returning to France had opened hours of life-back to the lone old house, so to her, and was passing away. She herself was loved in childhood, so seldom thought of now. too young to be included in the list of emigrants, In this old home all seemed yet unchanged, and and interest had been made with the French he would fain have busied himself in tracing out Consul for the re-admission of her venerable pa- memories of the past; but a low sweet voice rents, and perhaps for the ultimate recovery of bade him gaze steadfastly on the lozenge panes some property still unsold. But her grandfather of the long lattice window, where the sun of the was so aged, and her grandmother so sickly, that early spring-tide was shining gayly through the the expenses of a voyage and a journey, then mazy branches of the old elm-tree, and bordervery formidable to the old and the infirm, were ing its traceries with glimpses of purple and beyond her means, beyond even her hopes. So golden light. But gradually, and even as he she sighed over her straw-plaiting, and submit- looked, the sun became brighter and hotter, and ted.
as his heat momentarily strengthened, Weary In the mean time the second Saturday arrived, Heart saw the green leaves creep out, one by and with it a summons home to Betsy, who, for one, and place themselves daily between the win. the first time gathering courage to address our dow and the sun, so as to intercept his fiercest good governess, asked “if she might be trusted rays; until at length, when the sun had attainwith the bonnet Mdlle. Rose had just finished, ed his greatest power, these leaves were all to show her aunt—she knew she would like to arranged so as to shade the window, as a bird huy that bonnet, because Mademoiselle had been overshadows her young; and the room was as so good as to let her assist in plaiting it.” How much refreshed by the cool green light, as it she came to know that they were for sale nobody had formerly been gladdened by the spring-tide could tell ; but our kind governess ordered the beams. Then Weary Heart was softened; yet bonnet to be put into the carriage, told her the he feared to breathe, lest the dread winter-time price-(no extravagant one !)-called her a good should come, when the cool leaves which brought child, and took leave of her till Monday.
balm to his heart, should fall away from him and Two hours after Betsy and her father re-ap- | die. peared in the school-room. “Ma'amselle,” said Gradually, however, the sun became lower in he, bawling as loud as he could, with the view, the heavens, and his heat was less fervid upon as we afterward conjectured, of making her un- the earth. Then the leaves went noiselessly derstand him. . "Ma’amselle, I've no great love away, in the same order in which they had come for the French, whom I take to be our natural One by one, they crept silently out of sight, like enemies. But you're a good young woman ; earnest hearts whose mission is fulfilled; and you'ye been kind to my Betsy, and have taught yet so glad were they for the consciousness of her how to make your fallals ; and moreover the good which they had been given power to you're a good daughter : and so's my Betsy. do, that when the Weary Heart observed them She says that she thinks you're fretting, because more closely, he could see how bright a glow of you can't manage to take your grandfather and joy decked even their dying moments, and in grandmother back to France again ;-so as you how frolicsome a dance many of them delighted let her help you in that other handy-work, why ere they lay down on the cold earth to die. you must let her help you in this." Then throw. The dark winter had now come on, and anx int a heavy purse into her lap, catching his little iously poor Weary Heart watched the lozeng
panes. He saw the branches stand up bare and desolate against the gray and chilly sky; but
NEW DISCOVERIES IN GHOSTS. soon he saw beautiful things come and sport TCLIPSES have been ascribed sometimes to upon them. The snow piled itself in fairy ridge V the hunger of a great dragon, who eats the ways along the boughs, and even on the slender- sun, and leaves us in the dark until the blazing est twigs; then the sun would shine brightly out orb has been mended. Numerous instances are for an hour at mid-day, and melt the quiet snow, ready to the memory of any one of us, in illusand the laughing drops would chase each other tration of the tendency existing among men te along the branches, sometimes losing all identity, ascribe to supernatural, fantastic causes, events each in the bosom of its fellow-sometimes fall wonderful only by their rarity. All that we daily ing in glittering showers to the ground. [And see differs from these things no more than inashe saw that it was from these glittering showers much as it is at the same time marvelous and that the snowdrops sprang). Then, when the common. We know very well that the moon, sun was gone down, the frost would come ; and seen once by all, would be regarded as an awful in the morning the silver drops would be found, spectre : open only to the occasional vision of a spell-bound in their mirth; some hanging in few men, no doubt she would be scouted by a long, clear pendants, full of bright lights and large party as a creation of their fancy altogether. beautiful thoughts, far above the rest—and The list of facts that have been scouted in others, shorter and less brilliant, with one part this way, corresponds pretty exactly to the list transparent, and another part looking more like of human discoveries, down to the recent imthe snow of which they were born. But these provements in street-lighting and steam locolast always hung hand-in-hand. And when the motion. The knowledge of the best of us is but sun came out again by day, these were always a little light which shines in a great deal of darkthe last to disappear; for they also were like ness. We are all of us more ignorant than wise. faithful and kindly hearts. They were partly The proportion of knowledge yet lying beyond raised far above their original nature, and yet the confines of our explorations, is as a continent they still bore many traces of the source from against a cabbage garden. Yet many thousands whence they sprang. And when the beautiful are contented to believe, that in this little bit of crystals faded away like the brilliant yet chilly garden lies our all, and to laugh at every report mind, which has no sympathy or trust for its made to the world by people who have ventured fellows, the others would still remain, hand-in- just to peep over the paling. It is urged against hand, to cheer and deck the naked tree. inquiries into matters yet mysterious-mysteri
Sometimes, too, in the early days of February, ous as all things look under the light of the first the sun would shine fiercely out ere the green dawn of knowledge-Why should we pry into leaves had come to shade the room at noon-day; them, until we know that we shall be benefited but then came a winged messenger to sit on the by the information we desire ? All information dry branches, and to tell the Weary Heart, in a is a benefit. All knowledge is good. Is it for sweet song, that the real spring was not yet man to say, “ What is the use of seeing ?" upon the earth; but that at the right time the We are in the present day upon the trace of Icaves would most surely reappear, and “ fail a great many important facts relating to the imnot.” And when he had repeated his message, ponderable agencies employed in nature. Light, he would add another stanza, and tell how he heat, and electricity are no longer the simple needed the shady foliage even more than man matters, or effects of matter, that they have aforehimself, but that he pined not for it, because he time seemed to be. New wonders point to more knew that to all things there was an appointed beyond. In magnetism, the researches of Faraseason ; and that when his nesting-time came, day and others, are beginning to open in our so would the green leaves come also to shelter own day, the Book of Nature, at a page of the and encircle the frail home of his young ones. very first importance to the naturalist; but the
The pale moon went down, and the day broke contents of which until this time have been upon the earth, and Weary Heart went forth to wholly unsuspected. Behind a cloudy mass of nis daily toil. But he bore not with him the fraud and folly, while the clouds shift, we perfevered mind and the throbbing pulse which had ceive a few dim stars, to guide us toward the been his companions for long and dreary months. I discovery of wondrous truths. There are such His vision had faded, but the green leaves were truths which will hereafter illustrate the conever before his eyes. The song of his dream- nection, in many ways still mysterious, between bird rang not in his ears, but his faith and trust the body of man and the surrounding world. were restored to him; and he once more took Wonderful things have yet to be revealed, on his place in creation as an elevated, yet depend subjects of a delicate and subtle texture. It ent child of Heaven-one in the mighty brother- behooves us in the present day, therefore, to hood of human hearts—one in the band of will learn how we may keep our tempers free from ing students of the teachings of the glorious sun prejudice, and not discredit statements simply and stars, of the opening flowers and the spark- because they are new and strange, nor, on the ling streams, of the singing birds and the ever- other hand, accept them hastily without sufficient Vargar clouds, of every form of beauty in which proof. God has written bis message of love, ard of On questionable points, which are decided br nercy, and of truth, for man's behoof.
research and weight of evidence, it would ve well if it were widely understood that it is by no scampered across the floor, and shook the chair means requisite for every man to form an Ay or by my bedside. Wide awake and alone in the Nay opinion. Let those who have no leisure for broad daylight, I have heard the voices of two a fair inquiry play a neutral part. There are nobodies gravely conversing, after the absurd hundreds of subjects which we have never ex- dream fashion, in my room. Then as for specamined, nor ever could or can examine, upon tral sights: During the cholera of 1832, I, then which we are all, nevertheless, expressing every a boy, walking in Holborn, saw in the sky, the day stubborn opinions. We all have to acquire veritable flaming sword which I had learned some measure of the philosophic mind, and be by heart out of a picture in an old folio of “ Parcontent to retain a large army of thoughts, equip- adise Lost." And round the fiery sword there ped each thought with its crooked bayonet, a was a regular oval of blue sky to be seen through note of interrogation. In reasoning, also, when parted clouds. It was a fact not unimportant, we do reason, we have to remember fairly that that this phantom sword did not move with my “not proven" does not always mean untrue. eye, but remained for some time, apparently, And in accepting matters on testimony, we must only in one part of the heavens. I looked aside rigidly preserve in view the fact, that, except and lost it. When I looked back there was the upon gross objects of sense, very few of us are image still. There are hallucinations which qualified by training as observers. In drawing arise from a disordered condition of the nervous delicate conclusions from the complex and most system; they are the seeing or the hearing of dimly comprehended operations of the human what is not, and they are not by any means unframe observed in men and women, the sources common. Out of these there must, undoubtedly, of fallacy are very numerous. To detect and arise a large number of well-attested stories of acknowledge these, to get rid of them experi- ghosts, seen by one person only. Such ghosts mentally, is very difficult, even to the most can- ought to excite no more terror than a twinge of did and enlightened mind.
rheumatism, or a nervous headache. I have no faith in ghosts, according to the old There can be no doubt, however, that, in our sense of the word, and I could grope with com- minds or bodies, there are powers latent, or near fort through any amount of dark old rooms, or ly latent, in the ordinary healthy man, which, in midnight aisles, or over church-yards, between some peculiar constitutions, or under the influsunset and cock-crow. I can face a spectre. ence of certain agents, or certain classes of Being at one time troubled with illusions, I have disease, become active, and develop themselves myself crushed a hobgoblin by sitting on its lap. in an extraordinary way. It is not very uncomNevertheless, I do believe that the great mass mon to find people who have acquired intuitive of “ghost stories," of which the world is full, perception of each other's current thoughts, behas not been built entirely upon the inventions yond what can be ascribed to community of of the ignorant and superstitious. In plain interests, or comprehension of character. words, while I, of course, throw aside a million Zschokke, the German writer and teacher, is of idle fictions, or exaggerated facts, I do believe a peculiarly honorable and unimpeachable witin ghosts—or, rather, spectres—only I do not ness. What he affirms, as of his own knowlbelieve them to be supernatural.
edge, we have no right to disbelieve. Many of That, in certain states of the body, many of us have read the marvelous account given by us in our waking hours picture as vividly as we him of his sudden discovery, that he possessed habitually do in dreams, and seem to see or hear the power in regard to a few people—by no means in fair reality that which is in our minds, is an in regard to all-of knowing, when he came near old fact, and requires no confirmation. An ig- to them, not only their present thoughts, but norant or superstitious man fallen into this state, much of what was in their memories. The demay find good reason to tell ghost stories to his tails will be found in his Autobiography, which, neighbors. Disease, and the debility preceding being translated, has become a common book death, make people on their death-beds very liable among us. When, for the first time, while conto plays of this kind on their failing faculties; versing with some person, he acquired a sense and one solemnity, or cause of dread, thus being of power over the secrets of that person's past added to another, seems to give the strength of life, he gave, of course, little heed to his sensareason to a superstitious feeling.
tion. Afterward, as from time to time the sense Concerning my own experience, which comes recurred, he tested the accuracy of his impresunder the class of natural ghost-seeing, above sions, and was alarmed to find that, at certain mentioned, I may mention in good faith that, if times, and in regard to certain persons, the myssuch phantoms were worth recalling, I could fill terious knowledge was undoubtedly acquired. up an hour with the narration of those spectral Once when a young man at the table with him sights and sounds which were most prominent was dismissing very flippantly all manner of unamong the illusions of my childhood. Sights explained phenomena as the gross food of ignoand sounds were equally distinct and life-like. rance and credulity, Zschokke requested to know I have run up-stairs obedient to a spectral call. what he would say if he, a stranger, by ajd of an Every successive night for a fortnight, my child- unexplained power, should be able to tell him ish breath was stilled by the proceedings of a secrets out of his past life. Zschokke was defied spectral rat, audible, never visible. It nightly, to do that; but he did it. Aniong other things at the same hour, burst open a cupboard door, he described a certain upper room, in which there was a certain strong box, and from which I quite certain that they go far to point out a new certain moneys, the property of his master, had line of investigation, which promises io yield been abstracted by that young man; who, over- valuable results. So much of them as concerns whelmed with astonishment, confessed the theft. our subject may be very briefly stated. It would
Many glimmerings of intuition, which at certain appear that certain persons, with disordered times occur in the experience of all of us, and nervous systems, liable to catalepsy, or to such seem to be something more than shrewd or lucky affections, and also some healthy persons who guesses, may be referred to the same power which are of a peculiar nervous temperament, are more we find, in the case just quoted, more perfectly sensitive to magnetism than their neighbors developed. Nothing supernatural, but a natural They are peculiarly acted upon by the magnet, gift, imperceptible to us in its familiar, moderate, and are, moreover, very much under the influence and healthy exercise, brought first under our no- of the great magnetic currents of the earth Such tice when some deranged adjustment of the mind people sleep tranquilly when they are reposing has suffered it to grow into excess--to be, if we with their bodies in the earth's magnetic line, may call it so, a mental tumor.
| and are restless, in some cases seriously affected, We may now come to a new class of mysteries if they lie across that line, on beds with the head —which are receiving, for the first time in our and foot turned cast and west, matters of comown day, a rational solution.
plete indifference to the healthy animal. These The blind poet, Pfeffel, had engaged, as aman- | “sensitives” are not only affected by the magnet, uensis, a young Protestant clergyman, named but they are able to detect, by their sharpened Billing. When the blind poet walked abroad, sense, what we may reasonably suppose to erist, Billing also acted as his guide. One day, as they a faint magnetic light : they see it streaming were walking in the garden, which was situated from the poles of a magnet shown to them, in a at a distance from the town, Pfeffel observed a room absolutely dark; and if the sensibility be trembling of his guide's arm whenever they pass- great, and the darkness perfect, they see it ed over a certain spot. He asked the cause of streaming also from the points of fingers, and this, and extracted from his companion the un- bathing in a faint halo the whole magnet or the willing confession, that over that spot he was at- whole hand. Furthermore, it would appear ibat tacked by certain uncontrollable sensations, which the affection by the magnet of these sensitives he always felt where human bodies had been does not depend upon that quality by which iron buried. At night, he added, over such spots, he filings are attracted ; that, perfectly independent saw uncanny things. “This is great folly," of the attractive force, there streams from mag. Pfeffel thought, “and I will cure him of it.” The nets, from the poles of crystals, from the sun and poet went, therefore, that very night into the gar- moon, another influence to which the discoverer den. When they approached the place of dread, assigns the name of Odyle. The manifestation Billing perceived a feeble light, which hovered of Odyle is accompanied by a light too faint for over it. When they came nearer, he saw the healthy vision, but perceptible at night by “ sendelicate appearance of a fiery, ghost-like form. sitives.” Odyle is generated among other things He described it as the figure of a female with one by heat, and by chemical action. It is generated, arm across her body, and the other hanging down, therefore, in the decomposition of the human hovering upright and motionless over the spot, body. I may now quote from Reichenbach, who, her feet being a few hand-breadths above the soil. having given a scientific explanation upon his The young man would not approach the vision, own principles, of the phenomena perceived by but the poet beat about it with his stick, walked Billing, thus continues : through it, and seemed to the eyes of Billing like “The desire to inflict a mortal wound on the a man who beats about a light flame, which al- | monster, Superstition, which, from a similar ways returns to its old shape. For months, ex- origin, a few centuries ago, inflicted on European periments were continued, company was brought society so vast an amount of misery, and by to the spot, the spectre remained visible always whose influence not hundreds, but thousands of in the dark, but to the young man only, who ad- innocent persons died in 'tortures, on the rack hered firmly to his statement, and to his convic- and at the stake; this desire made me wish to tion that a body lay beneath. Pfeffel at last had make the experiment, if possible, of bringing a the place dug up, and, at a considerable depth, highly sensitive person, by night, to a churchcovered with lime, there was a skeleton discover yard. I thought it possible that they might see, ed. The bones and the lime were dispersed, the over graves where mouldering bodies lay, somehole was filled up, Billing was again brought to thing like that which Billing had seen Madethe spot by night, but never again saw the spec- moiselle Reichal had the courage, unusual in her tre.
sex, to agree to my request. She allowed me, This ghost story, being well attested, created on two very dark nights, to take her from the a great sensation. In the curious book, by Baron Castle of Reisenberg, where she was residing Reichenbach, translated by Dr. Gregory, it is with my family, to the cemetery of the neighborquoted as an example of a large class of ghost ing village of Grünzing stories which admit of explanation upon princi- “The result justified my expectations in the ples developed by his own experiments.
fullest measure. She saw, very soon, a light, The experiments of Baron Reichenbach do and perceived, on one of the grave muunds, not, indeed; establish a new science, though it is along its whole extent, a delicate, fiery, as it
were a breathing flame. The same thing was every day, new marvels, the old spirit of bigotry, see.: on another grave, in a less degree. But which used to make inquiry dangerous in science she met neither witches nor ghosts. She de- and religion, still prevails in the minds of too scribed the flame as playing over the graves in many scientific men. To be incredulous of what the form of a luminous vapor, from one to two is new and strange, until it has been rigidly spans in height.
examined and proved true, is one essential ele"Some time afterward I took her to two great ment of a mind seeking enlightenment. But, to cemeteries, near Vienna, where several inter- test and try new things is equally essential. Bements occur daily, and the grave mounds lie all cause of doubting, to refuse inquiry, is because about in thousands. Here she saw numerous of hunger to refuse our food. For my own part, graves, which exhibited the lights above de- I put these matters into the livery of that large scribed. Wherever she looked, she saw masses body of thoughts already mentioned, which walk of fire lying about ; but it was chiefly seen over about the human mind, armed each with a note all new graves, while there was no appearance of interrogation. This only I see, that, in addiof it over very old ones. She described it less tion to the well-known explanations of pheas a clear name than as a dense, vaporous mass nomena, which produce some among the many of fire, holding a middle place between mist and stories of ghosts and of mysterious forebodings, flame. On many graves this light was about new explanations are at hand which will reduce four feet high, so that when she stood on the into a natural and credible position many other grave, it reached to her neck. When she thrust tales by which we have till recently been puizher hand into it, it was as if putting it into a zled. dense fiery cloud. She betrayed not the slightest uneasiness, as she was, from her childhood,
KEEP HIM OUT! accustomed to such emanations, and had seen, “ W HAT noise is that?" said a judge disturbin my experiments, similar lights produced by V ed in the hearing of a case “It's a man, natural means, and made to assume endless my lord," was the answer of the doorkeeper varieties of form. I ain convinced that all who What does he want?” “He wants to get in, are, to a certain degree, sensitive, will see the my lord.” “Well, keep him out ?" same phenomena in cemeteries, and very abun- The audience is comfortably seated ; the case dantly in the crowded cemeteries of large cities; is going forward ; to make room for the newand that my observations may be easily repeat-comer, some must shift their seats, and perhaps ed and confirmed.” These experiments were be jostled about a little; so they are all perfectly tried in 1844. A postscript was added in*1847. satisfied with the judge's dictum of “Keep him Reichenbach had taken five other sensitive per- out." sons, in the dark, to cemeteries. Of these, two! You have yourself been in an omnibus when were sickly, three quite healthy. All of them con- a stout passenger has presented himself to the firmed the statements of Mademoiselle Reichel, conductor, and petitioned for a place. You are and saw the lights over all new graves more or all snugly seated—why should you be disturbed ? less distinctly; “so that," says the philosopher, “ The seats are full !” “Keep him out !" But * the fact can no longer admit of the slightest the intruder is in, he presses forward to the inner doubt, and may be every where controlled." | corner, perhaps treading on some testy gentle
“Thousands of ghost stories," he continues, man's toes. How you hate that new-comer, “will now receive a natural explanation, and until you get fairly “shook down" and settled will thus cease to be marvelous. We shall even again in your places! The door opens againsee that it was not so erroneous or absurd as has another passenger!“ Keep him out !" cry the been supposed, when our old women asserted, as company, and strange to say, the loudest vocifevery one knows they did, that not every one erator of the whole, is the very passenger who was privileged to see the spirits of the departed | last came in. He in this turn becomes conservwandering over their graves. In fact, it was at ative, after having fairly got a place inside. all times only the sensitive who could see the im- It is the same through life. There is a knockponderable emanations from the chemical change ing from time to time at the door of the constigoing on in corpses, luminous in the dark. And tution. “What's that noise ?" ask the men in thus I have, I trust, succeeded in tearing down | power. “It's a lot of men, my lords and gentleone of the densest vails of darkened ignorance men.” “What d they want?” “They want and human error."
to come in." “ Well, keep them out!” And So far speaks Reichenbach; and for myself, those who are con fortably seated within the pale. reverting to the few comments with which we re-echo the cry of “Keep them out." Why set out, I would suggest, that Reichenbach's should they be d sturbed in their seats, and made book, though it is very likely to push things too uncomfortable ? far—to fancy the tree by looking at the seed-is! But somehow, by dint of loud knocking, the yet not such a book as men of sense are justified men, or a rush of them, at length do contrive to in scouting. The repetition of his experiments get in; and al er sundry shovings and jostlings, is very easy if they be correct. There are plenty they get seat-d, and begin to feel comfortable, of “sensitives" to be found in our London hos- when there is another knocking louder than be pitals and streets and lanes. Unluckily, how-fore. Woule you believe it? the last accommo ever, though we live in an age which produces, dated are now the most eager of all to keep the