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disposal. Miss Caroline Bradshaw had been brought how much better it would be to dissolve the firm at up at a boarding-school in the suburbs of London, and once, and thus save himself from absolute ruin. Had remained there after her education was deemed finished, this advice come from any other quarter, it is probable till within a few months of the expiration of her mino- that Mr Bradshaw would have seen and acknowledged rity, at which time it was proposed by her uncle that its wisdom. Indeed, as it was, he had his misgivings; she should take up her residence in his house. As his but the fact of its being urged by his wife, was a fair ward had, in addition to a pretty face, the attraction sufficient reason why he should pursue a contrary of fifteen hundred pounds, Mr Bradshaw had, during course. The result was, that at the expiration of those few months, several overtures for her hand; but, a few months, the names of Bradshaw and Smithson to the dismay of the rival candidates, it was at length appeared in the Gazette amongst the list of bankdiscovered that Mr George Smithson, who was amongst rupts; and a very inconsiderable dividend had they to the number, was the favoured individual. This cir- offer, for Smithson had given bills upon the credit of cumstance caused Mrs Bradshaw considerable uneasi- the firm to a large amount, having in the meantime
Unhappily for her own prospects, she had no launched out into expenses which a capital of five thoureason to alter the opinion she had formed concerning sand, instead of fifteen hundred pounds, would scarcely the young man. She foresaw that poverty and misery justify. Nor was this all. He had, during his residence must be the termination of the career he was pursuing, in London, formed connections with several dissolute and she trembled lest her niece should be involved in young men, who, being, like himself, in want of suffithe ruin he was bringing upon himself, and she feared cient means to gratify their extravagant desires, occaon them also. She made several appeals to her hus- sionally had recourse to fraudulent acts in order to band, begging him, as he valued the happiness of his supply those means. This was discovered just at the brother's child, to warn her of the precipice on which time his commercial affairs were finally settled ; and she stood; but he was deaf to her pleadings. 'Caroline the consequence was, that he was obliged to fly the is old enough to choose a husband for herself, and I country, leaving his unhappy wife in a most destitute shan't interfere in the matter,' he on one occasion and hopeless condition. angrily returned. 'I would not certainly have any hand Poor Mr Bradshaw was in a state bordering on insain making up the match, because people might say nity. His naturally weak mind sunk under an accumuthat I wanted to keep her money in my own hands for lated load of sufferings, which, in spite of his inordinate the use of the firm; but she shall certainly do as she self-esteem, he could not but feel had been brought on pleases. The wife had next recourse to arguments by his own want of prudent forethought. He was with the young lady herself; but Miss Caroline thought really distressed beyond measure at the contemplation her own judgment superior in such matters to that of the misery in which it had involved his gentle wife of her good aunt. Mrs Bradshaw then tried to delay and innocent children; his niece's distress, too, and cona union which she could not prevent. She repre- sequent illness, gave additional poignancy to the stroke. sented to her husband that if he withheld his consent He could not but feel that he had not fulfilled the for twelve months, he would by that time see how part of a father or guardian towards her; and that her the young man conducted himself in the connection he premature death, or the horrors of her future life, had already formed with the family, and thus have a would be alike owing to this fact. Mrs Bradshaw better opportunity of judging whether there was any was the only person capable of action, and she in this prospect of happiness for his niece. Poor Mr Brad- emergency displayed an energy of character which was shaw's prejudices concerning the superior judgment of little expected, but which could alone be of any avail his own sex came again into full play. He was angry in saving her family from a total wreck. Her kind and at what he termed his wife's pertinacity in groundless judicious treatment of the unhappy young wife restored apprehensions, and persisted in saying he should let her, in a short space of time, to some measure of health ; the young people follow their own course. The result and her prudent counsel then induced her to make an was, that Miss Caroline Bradshaw became Mrs Smith- effort for self-support, by means of the education which son on the very day that she attained her majority. she had received. The task of soothing the irritated
The young couple had arranged, though without the feelings, and calming the perturbed spirit of her husconsent, or even the knowledge, of Mr Bradshaw, to band, was less easy; yet this she in time had the hapinvest the greater part of the bride's fortune in estab piness of accomplishing. She did not, it must be told, lishing a business in London. The fact was, that do it by vaunting her superior judgment and foreSmithson was not at all pleased with the subordinate thought, and taxing him with being the cause of all position he held in the firm. He wanted to have the the evils which had befallen them. She did not even entire management; and, above all, that the money vaguely allude to his folly, or to her having foretold the should pass through his hands, which Mr Bradshaw had event. She merely endeavoured to show him that, hitherto wisely prevented. A proposal to spend the however unprosperous his circumstances might be, her honeymoon in town did not awaken surprise or suspi- affection was unchanged, and her desire to share his cion, but this was the preparatory step for the plan fortunes unabated. She bore his petulance with calmbeing ipto execution.
ness, and his only half-subdued pride with patience, Three weeks after his niece's marriage, Mr Brad- trying to soften the rigour of their present situation, and shaw received a letter from his young partner, stating selecting opportunities for offering wholesome advice, that he had just had the offer of a dashing shop in and forming judicious plans for the future. Though Regent Street on very advantageous terms; that they weak-minded and imprudent in the extreme, Bradshaw wished, therefore, to take up their residence in London, was not an unprincipled man. Notwithstanding the instead of returning to B-; and that, in the event | late unhappy affair, his character for integrity was not of Mr Bradshaw approving of the arrangement, he impeached. Mrs Bradshaw, therefore, advised that they and his beloved Caroline were quite willing that the should return to their late residence in Church Street, profits of the concern should be equally shared with their which was still untenanted, and recommence business dear uncle. All he desired was, he said, to have the on a small scale, trusting to the generosity of their forsuperintendence of the London business left wholly to mer customers for a renewal of their favours. She went himself. Mrs Bradshaw, with her customary pene- on to say that she would cheerfully confine the housetration, perceived that this was likely to involve them hold expenditure within the limits of their profits, what. in still greater trouble. She foresaw that it would en ever they might be; and not only so, but proposed, if able Smithson to make what use he pleased of his possible, laying aside some portion of those profits for partner's name; and now that he was removed from the purpose of paying at least a part of the debts they under their eye, it was likely that he would become had themselves incurred. Bradshaw listened, for the more improvident and reckless than ever. She again first time in his life, with something like complacency ventured to expostulate with her husband, representing to this prudent counsel. He was too well satisfied with
the plan to raise even an objection; and though his * But are you sure that my stay will not be deemed an pride would not allow him to acknowledge it, he was intrusion by Mrs Bradshaw? the traveller hesitatingly really much pleased with the part she had taken in the interposed; adding, 'It is not, I know, always agttewhole matter. Mrs Bradshaw, too unostentatious to able to ladies to perform the rites of hospitality for a feel any desire for commendation, was satisfied with stranger, without any previous intimation of the visit.' accomplishing what she felt to be right, though she • Mrs Bradshaw never thinks of opposing anything I would certainly have been pleased with an expression do or say,' the little man pompously returned. of approbation, and she immediately set about the ne Indeed!' cessary preparations for removal.
• I wouldn't allow it; and, to do her justice,' he purB had, for nearly a century, been one of those sued, ó she never showed any inclination to dispute my quiet country towns in which the only variations known authority. All the complaint I can make of her is, that are the deaths of the elder members of the families, and she is a little too forward with her advice sometimes. the younger ones springing up into their places—the But that has nothing to do with the present matter; changes of the seasons, and the alternations of day and she'll make you welcome, I promise you. I never yet night. The inhabitants had gone on for so many years knew her look black upon a guest, let me invite him in the same routine of events, that they looked upon when I would.' anything which prognosticated advancement as an ab You seem, my good friend, to have been lucky in solute evil. This state of things, however, had its day, your choice of a wife at all events,' the traveller oband also its termination; for a railway was just at this served; and your description of your home is so ipperiod brought so near to the place, that it was deemed viting, that I cannot resist the very strong inclination requisite to have a station there; and such a circum- I have to avail myself of your kind offer.' stance of course turned the heads of half the inhabitants, * That's just what I wanted you to do. I'm not a by exciting a desire for speculation. As in all other re man for unmeaning compliments, cried Bradshaw; and volutions, the results were various : to some it wrought as he spoke, he with some difficulty linked his arm evil, to others good. In this instance, however, the within that of his companion, and bustled towards his preponderance was of the latter; and amongst those in- dwelling. Are you married, Rawlins ?' he abruptly dividuals who benefited was Mr Peter Bradshaw. His asked after a brief pause. small unpretending shop by degrees assumed a more • Oh yes, I've been married these seven years.' substantial and stylish appearance; and three years . Then I shrewdly guess that you have been foolish subsequently to the period when we commenced our enough to let your wife get the upper hand: is it so ?' narrative, at which time his lease had expired, he was * You're quite mistaken there, my friend. My idea able to renew it on highly advantageous terms. The of happiness in married life is for man and wife to go fact was whispered, and not without some ground, hand in hand, and to have no upper hand in the matter.' though he would not own its truth, that he on this * Oh-oh! that is your opinion, is it? Well, I can't occasion consulted his wife regarding the length of time say it is mine. I could never live with a woman who it would be most prudent to extend it.
did not allow me to be master.' Mr Bradshaw was one evening strolling, business * Nor I, my friend; but then I would, at the sam hours being over, in the precincts of the railway sta- time, allow her to be mistress.' tion, amusing himself by watching the passengers alighit * Then you are under female rule, after all, Rawlins?' --some looking anxiously after their luggage, some • Not a bit of it; but I am under female influence.' greeted by beloved and familiar faces, others seemingly The friends had by this time reached the door of the lonely, and with little of worldly wealth to look after-- house; and the cheerful smile which sat upon Mrs when a smart rap on the shoulder, and a hearty • How Bradshaw's countenance, when told by her husband do you do, my old friend?' from a voice the tones of that he had brought home a guest for the night, and which were not unknown to him, aroused him from his the alacrity with which she set about the necessary cont plations, and he the next moment recognised the preparations for his accommodation, clearly indicated features of an old schoolmate. • Bradshaw, my dear that the draper's statements were perfectly correct. fellow!' exclaimed the traveller, now bending to seize | The absence of the lady gave the gentlemen an exhim by the hand, and shaking it with earnestness ; cellent opportunity for unrestrained confidence. Rav. • I'm glad to see you--glad to see you; on my word, lins would not have hesitated to tell his tale if Mrs this is an unexpected pleasure.'
Bradshaw had been present, but poor Mr Bradshaw • It is so on my part as well as on yours, my good never could allude to the circumstances of his late friend,' our hero returned, surveying with a pleased ex- failure in the hearing of his wife. The shrewd reader pression the almost gigantic form of his quondam play- may possibly give a broad guess for what reason, but it fellow.
was unacknowledged even to himself. Rawlins, at the • I lost sight of you when I settled in London,' the request of his host, related his story first; but as it traveller resumed; but I've often thought of you. We was void of interest, excepting to those who had a used to be cronies at school, you know.'
personal regard for him, we will not tire the reader *Yes,' Bradshaw rejoined, with a very undignified with the recital. he-he-he!' 'You used to fight my battles, correct • My narrative is, you see, very barren of incident, all my exercises, and work my sums, for I never had he observed as he concluded. “I have had no hairmuch taste for such things.'
breadth escapes; no sudden reverses; no accounts of No, nor ability neither,' thought his auditor; but he being dragged to a prison either_for my own or any loved his little protégé, from the very fact of his having one else's debts; and now, shall I tell you what has always looked up to him as a protector and friend, and been the key to my prosperity?' was really pleased with having met him again.
"Why, you've been a fortunate fellow, that's all; you • Come home and take supper with me, and I'll intro- always were so; you never got into the scrapes that I duce you to my good lady,' Bradshaw continued. “I've did when you were a boy.' been an unlucky wight, but I'm getting on pretty com • Fortune has had nothing to do with it, my friend,' fortably now. How has the world treated you?' Rawlins exclaimed. The secret of my success is this
“Oh, I've managed at least to avoid failure; but I'll -I made choice of a good partner; and'accept of your kind invitation when I've secured a bed Ah, you were lucky there at all events,' Bradshaw at the inn, and then we'll make mutual revelations.' interposed. My partner has been my ruin.'
• Make our house your home for the night,' exclaimed Rawlins looked up in astonishment. •What! that the draper: 'we can find you a bed; and I see,' quiet, gentle-looking woman?' he remarked. Why, I glancing at the carpet-bag his friend held in his hand thoughtI see you have your luggage with you. Let us go 'She! No, I don't mean her: I mean the partner I home at once.'
took into my concern.'
Rawlins laughed heartily at his own blunder. 'I beg ended : he scorned to make use of her good sense and Mrs Bradshaw's pardon a thousand times,' he said; judgment, supposing, like you, that women ought not 'but, my good fellow, I was alluding to my wife when to be consulted in any matters beyond the household I spoke of my partner. I have had no other partner- economy. My uncle was less happy in his selection. I have needed none.'
He married a giddy, thoughtless woman. Still, had he • I took a young man into my business because he treated her with confidence, and showed her that he brought a thousand pounds, but he turned out a sad considered she had an equal interest with himself in rogue.
his commercial success, he might possibly have corAh, I had no such inducement,' Rawlins interposed. rected her thoughtlessness; but as this was not the 'I selected a partner with good sense and good prin- case, she was always carrying on some petty deception, ciples; that was of far more value than a thousand which wholly destroyed their original peace. I learned pounds; and the secret of my success, my friend, is my a valuable lesson, however, from their experience. having made use of those qualifications, and placed un- Thinks I to myself, when I marry, I'll have a wife I bounded confidence in her.'
can trust, and then I will trust her. She shall see that The little draper looked somewhat disconcerted, and I expect her to take an interest in my wellbeing in glanced quickly round, to observe if Mrs Bradshaw everything. She shall be my confidant in every affair were within hearing.
relating to my interest or my feelings; and she shall * Pshaw!'he pettishly exclaimed ; 'you've been a for- have no temptation to deceive me, because she shall tunate fellow, that's the upshot of the matter.'
not have any cause to complain that I am ungenerous. 'I tell you once more, my good friend, that fortune Well, I put these resolves into practice, and it has fully had nothing to do with it; but we wont get into a dis- answered my expectations. Depend upon it, my friend,' pute. Let me hear your story; I fancy it has more he concluded, perceiving his companion was lost in a interest than mine.'
fit of musing— *depend upon it, there is no happiness Bradshaw was not sorry change the subject; and in the marriage state without mutual confidence. The putting on a very dolorous aspect, he commenced his more a woman is trusted, the more she will feel that woful tale. Happy would he have been had Rawlins the interests of her husband are her own; and I believe allowed him to proceed without interruption ; but, as that extravagant, mismanaging wives, are more frethe poor little draper thought, some evil genius pos- quently made so by the want of this confidence than by sessed him, and induced him to make occasional queries, any other circumstance.' which were by no means pleasant to answer. These The entrance of Mrs Bradshaw, followed by a little were— But what did your wife say to this ?' What handmaid with a well-cooked savoury supper, put a did Mrs Bradshaw advise ?' 'Surely Mrs Bradshaw stop to the conversation, also to poor Bradshaw's rewas more quicksighted ?' •Women are good advisers in verie; and in performing the rites of hospitality to such cases,' &c. The poor man got more nervous than his friend, he forgot, or at least pardoned, his telling ever when obliged to confess that Mrs Bradshaw had him a truth which no one had ever had the moral opposed his taking the new shop and the long lease; courage to tell him before. that she did object to young Smithson as a partner; It was nearly three years ere the two friends again and that she had done her utmost to prevent his niece's met, and then it was by the same fireside, though the marriage ; but he made an attempt to get out of the room they occupied contained many useful and ornaraillery which, though not very quicksighted himself, mental articles which it had not done at the former he could not but foresee would follow, by lamenting that meeting. Mrs Bradshaw being present the greater he had been born under such an unlucky planet. part of the evening, Rawlins could not allude to the
* The planets have had no more to do with your dis subject of their last conversation ; but he thought, from asters than I have, my worthy friend,' Rawlins inter the fact of her being present, that there was some imrupted him by exclaiming ; but I'll give you a piece provement in the quarter where he most desired it. of information for which, if you make good use of it, At length he found an opportunity of whispering a you'll thank me if, at the end of another ten years, we word in Bradshaw's ear; but as it was a whisper, and should meet again.'
only heard by the person to whom it was spoken, we “Oh, I hope we shall meet long before that!' cried cannot be expected to make the reader acquainted with Bradshaw,
it. The answer of the little draper will, however, pos• I hope we shall; but be that as it may, you will sibly elucidate the mystery. It was this: "I've not thank me for the information whenever you see me.' forgotten it, my good fellow ; I've not forgotten your • Pray, what may it be?'
prophecy, and I can't help fulfilling it. Thank yem'I am afraid you will not make use of it without a thank ye!' little reluctance, Rawlins resumed ; but I'm confident that the result will fully recompense you for the effort
GENUINE CONVERSATION OF A CURIOUS MAN, it may cost you. It is this, my friend :-All your nisfortunes have arisen from your having pursued a course A GENTLEMAN remarkable for his curiosity, retired in his diametrically opposed to that which I have taken ; that latter days to a rural villa near one of the principal rivers is, from your having scorned the counsel of your wife.' in Scotland, where time used to hang rather heavily on his Poor Bradshaw at that moment wished his old school
hands. Nevertheless, his curiosity was active, and he was
wont to go forth every day to the roads, and to a ferry mate anywhere but where he was; still he made no remark.
station in his neighbourhood, where lie would assail tri
vellers of all kinds, in order to make them give an account Now, I tell you what it is, my good fellow,' Rawlins of themselves. He would make even beggars stand and proceeded, ' we lords of the creation are apt to plume deliver-their histories; after which they were usually surourselves on a superiority we do not possess. We give prised when he gave them only a civil good-morning. A the ladies credit for affection, gentleness, kindness, and lady who lived near his house was one morning walking in all that sort of thing, but we fancy that all the intelli- her garden, when she became an involuntary listener to the gence, good sense, and sagacity are thrown into our following conversation, in wlich she was herself referred scale—that is, our pates. I had an early opportunity of to; the interlocutors being the curious man and a peasant observing this. My father and a twin brother were part- whom she had despatched on a small piece of business :ners in business, and occupied adjoining houses. They
Well, honest man, what's this you've got in your cart ?'
Some draff.' married, and commenced the world together, and they were as alike in character as in age. They were up
Draff! What are you going to do with draff?'
• It's for Miss right, well-meaning men, and were, in consequence, much
Miss - ! What is she going to do with draff?" esteemed; but they both held the lordly views of which • It's to feed her cow, I reckon.' I spoke. My father, happily for his family, made a And where have ye gotten't?' wise choice in his partner for life; but there his wisdom * At the New Town.'
"At the New Town! Wha did ye get it frae?' Frae Lord Belhaven.'
THE KILT, THE CLAYMORE, AND THE COTTON 'Lord Belhaven!! (Great surprise.) How do ye come to
UMBRELLA! get draff frae Lord Belhaven?' * It's frae his distillery:'
TUNE-Cam' ye by Athole ? Oh, ay, the distillery. Ye've got it frae Lord Belhaven's Cam'ye by Badenoch, lad wi' the paletot? distillery. But ye wadna get it for naething?'
Saw ye the Highlanders, loyal, good fellows? Na.'
Wrapped in their dripping plaids, wiping their rusting blades, * And what did ye pay for't then?'
'Waiting their Queen under cotton umbrellas! 'Twa shillings the sack.' * And ye'll ha'e to get something to yoursel'?'
Badenoch, Badenoch, who isn't proud of thee! I'll get a shilling, I reckon.'
Were not thy sons ever loyal, brave fellows? Ay, a bhilling to yoursel. But there would be a toll?' Who wouldn't rush to thee, ay, stand a crush for thee? Yes, sixpence.
Though it should pelt, ye have store of umbrellas! Ay, sixpence for a toll. Twa shillings a sack for the draff is four shillings ; a shilling to yoursel' makes five ; Macpherson of Cluny, and Tulloch, I feel for them; and sixpence for the toll makes five-and-sixpence. Five
They've drawn out their men like Castilian guerillas; and-sixpence in all. My friend, I begin to understand you
To welcome their Prince and Queen, such a sight ne'er was senYou've got twa sacks of draff frae Lord Belhaven's
Highlanders ranked under cotton umbrellas! distillery at the New Town for Miss -'s cow, at twa
Highlanders, Highlanders, well have ye fought of yore, shillings the sack, with a shilling for yoursel', and sixpence
Led by the sound of your bagpipers' bellows ! for a toll, being five-and-sixpence in all. Good-morning
Now for your tartans green, find ye a proper screen, t'ye. Jenny (addressing his wife, who always walked be
Under your chiefs-and your cotton umbrellas! hind], come away home to breakfast.'
But ye had example set, under the heavy wet;
Didn't the Queen, as the newspapers tell us, SACREDNESS OF THE QUESTION OF SANITARY LAWS.
Ay, and the Prince and train, land in the pouring rain, The aristocracy only visit the cities in the season, and Under the shelter of goodly umbrellas?' spend the rest of the year in the purest of atmospheres and the healthiest of mansions. Even when up,' they
Wet Caledonia! who wouldn't drown for thee? have a city within a city-spacious houses, wide streets,
Are not your sons loyal, brave-hearted sellows! remote from manufacturing nuisances. Merchants, and the
Keeping their powder dry, while with a smotbered cry, higher class of tradesmen, have the country or suburban
Comes a damp welcome from under umbrellas ! villas, and, whatever the air they breathe in the day, spend -September 1847. the evenings, nights, and mornings far away from smoke and smell. All who can afford it, have their annual excur
'Her Majesty,' says the correspondent of the Morning sion * to lay in’a stock of health and spirit for the year.
Chronicle, landed under cover of a goodly umbrella, carried by It is not so with the vast majority. They have no such
her own royal hands. The judicial authorities of the county of
Inverness-Mr Tytler, the sheriff, and Mr A. Fraser, one of his chances for health and existence. From hour to hour, substitutes-were in due attendance; and there was a tolerable day to day, and year to year, they must go on respiring in turn-out of the men of Lochaber, with plaids, kilts, claymores, the same tainted atmosphere in which the majority came and cotton umbrellas, who waved glittering blades and dripping into the world. As we pass through the streets, and ginghams, and shouted Gaelic salutations to the wife of the hasten, with mixed terror and disgust, first through one
king"--for such, I understand, is the literal signification of Bhan ill savour and then through another, by filthy corner, open
Righ-the Erse words meaning Queen.' grating, dark alley, or noisome workshop, we should remember that these airs of hell, the merest waft of which
DOGMATISM. is enough to turn our stomachs, are the fixed conditions under which many thousands live and die. It is for them, Maintain a constant watch at all times against a dormatic not for us, not for the fortunate and free, that sanitary spirit: fix not your assent to any proposition in a firm and laws are needed. Their case imparts necessity and sacred unalterable manner till you have some firm and unalterable ness to the question.-Times.
ground for it, and till you have arrived at some clear and
sure evidence-till you have turned the proposition on all ANTS IN SOUTH AMERICA.
sides, and searched the matter through and through, so But there is one variety of ant which must be excluded that you cannot be mistaken. And even where you think from all commendation. There is a small species, called you have full grounds for assurance, be not too early nor Saúba, and they are a terrible annoyance to the proprietors too frequent in expressing this assurance in too peremptory of rosinhas, inasmuch as they strip the fruit trees of their and positive a manner, remembering that human nature is leaves. An army of these will march to the tree, part always liable to mistake in this corrupt and feeble state. ascending, and the others remaining below. Those above commence their devastation, clipping off the leaves by large
WASTE OF LABOUR. pieces; and those below shoulder them as they fall, and march away to their rendezvous. It is surprising what a
There are in some of the villages of the wolds of Lincoln load one of these little things will carry, as dispropor: shire, farm labourers who regularly walk 1252 miles, in tionate to its size as if a man should stalk off beneath an
going and returning from their work, year after year; and oak. Before morning, not a leaf is left upon the tree, and several have done so for eight or nine successive years, thus the unfortunate proprietor has the consolation of knowing travelling nearly the distance of half round the world in that, unless he can discover the retreat of the saubas, and that time, besides performing their regular work. One unhole them, one by one every tree upon his premises will man can be pointed out who has walked this distance for be stripped.- Edwards's Voyage up the Amazon.
fourteen years ; and others in the same place whose yearly,
journeys to and from work amount to 1666 miles; and all THE LAW'S DELAY.
this because of the law of settlement preventing them from In the one case, there is a straight road of a mile long, ment for erecting cottages for labourers near the scene of
living near their work !--Newspaper paragraph. [An arguand without a turnpike in it: in the other case, you may their labours.) go to, or at least towards, the same place by a road of a hundred miles in length-full, accordingly, of turnings and
UNWISE CHOICE. windings--full, moreover, of quicksands and pitfalls, and equally full of turnpikes . In conducting the traveller, cyes are witty, but his soul is sensual ; it is an ill band or
A very fool is he that chooses for beauty principally; his nothing obliges the conductors to avoid the straight road, affection to tie two hearts together by a little thread of red and drag him along the crooked one: nor would they ever and white.—Jeremy Taylor. for et he turnpikes, the tolls of which are so regularly Published by W. & R. CHAMBERS, High Street, Edinburgh Casio settled, and the tills in such good keeping:-learned feet, could they be prevailed on, are no less capable of treading
by D. CHAMBERS, 98 Miller Street, Glasgow; W. S. ORS the short road than unlearned ones.-Benthamiana.
147 Strand, London; and J. M'GLASHAN, 21 D'Olier Street, Dublin.-- Printed by W. and
R. CHAMBERS, Edinburgh.
CONDUCTED BY WILLIAM AND ROBERT CHAMBERS, EDITORS OF CHAMBERS'S INFORMATION FOR
TUE PEOPLE, CHAMBERS'S EDUCATIONAL COURSE,' &c.
No. 199. NEW SERIES.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1847.
THE LITTLE DANCING-MASTER.
easy circumstances, continually talked about making his
will, and seemed privileged to say whatever he pleased, POLYDORE JASMIN was, as he said himself, ' a professor without giving offence, to any of the families which he of the Terpsichorean art;' in plainer terms, a dancing- daily visited-teasing the children, annoying the parents, master. Being a short-legged, dumpy little man, nature and turning the household arrangements into ridicule, did not seem to have intended him for any extraordi- during the whole time of his stay. On a fine summer nary feats of agility ; but an irresistible vocation had evening this amiable individual condescended to pay enabled him to overcome every physical obstacle. As M. Jasmin a visit. To the dancing-master's surprise, he was a married man, and the father of seven children, he was unusually gracious. The high polish of Madame he remained poor, in spite of the almost supernatural Jasmin's bees'-waxed floors seemed to transport him industry with which he applied himself to his art both with admiration : by an adroit transition he contrived day and night. Instead of owning a handsome and to connect the subject with M. Jasmin's proficiency in fashionably-situated salon de danse, he was allowed to his art; and he was so eloquent on both topics, that the waste his talents in a damp cellar-like room, looking heart of the dancing-master's wife swelled with pride, on the yard of a dingy house in the Rue St Denis, whilst equally gratifying feelings agitated her husband. where he daily revealed the mysteries of the light muse In his sudden fit of amiability, M. Bourreux even atto the smart shopmen and pretty grisettes of the neigh- tempted to pat the heads of the children, and say a few bourhood.
kind words, but they all drew away with instinctive Still, Monsieur Jasmin was a contented, and even a mistrust. When his stay had been somewhat prohappy man: the lightness and buoyancy of his profession longed, M. Bourreux rose to depart; but, as though seemed to have passed into his heart. His manners, suddenly recollecting himself, he turned towards his however, were very grave and dignified; and when he host, and with a bland smile observed, ‘My dear Mondanced, he became so solemn, that his pupils, like the sieur Jasmin, allow me to congratulate you before I go; courtiers of the Grand Monarque on a similar occasion, I am indeed delighted.' remained struck with awe at the imposing sight. To M. Jasmin opened his eyes very wide, and seemed say the truth, M. Jasmin had a respect for dancing; he bewildered; his wife looked at him as though for an looked upon it as a very grave affair, and could not explanation. M. Bourreux continued: “It is perhaps bear to hear it lightly spoken of, or turned into ridicule. indiscreet in me to mention this so early; but I really If anything could tend to increase M. Jasmin’s natural could not command my feelings.' equanimity of temper, it must have been the high The dancing-master and his wife exchanged glances : opinion he entertained of his art, his own person, and · What could this mean?' his family. Madame Polydore Jasmin, according to • What!' exclaimed the visitor ; can you be unachim, possessed the gift of eternal youth ; at least he quainted with an event concerning you so nearly? Nay, solemnly averred—and he believed it—that she had not then, let me have the pleasure' And without finishaltered in the least since the day of their first meeting, ing the sentence, he drew a newspaper from his pocket, when her coal-black eyes, rosy cheeks, and pleasant smile and handed it with a smile to M. Jasmin. The dancingfirst won his tender heart. Others averred that cares master mechanically glanced over the paragraph pointed and anxiety had rendered the poor woman pale and thin, out by M. Bourreux; but scarcely had he read a few and that she was only the shadow of her former self; lines, when he became very pale, and sank down on a but of this he saw and knew nothing, and his love for seat. his wife remained unabated. She was a good, simple • What is the matter, Polydore ?' cried the alarmed hearted woman, well deserving of affection, and entirely Madame Jasmin. devoted to her family: her love and veneration for her • 'Tis only the effect of joy,'coolly remarked M. Bourhusband were unbounded : she entertained, moreover, reux; he will soon come round.' the deepest respect for dancing, and looked upon M. But instead of coming round, M. Jasmin betrayed Jasmin as the high priest of that mysterious art. The increasing emotion; his little gray eyes twinkled with children of this worthy couple were like their parents- tears; and mournfully shaking his head, he exclaimed contented, good-humoured, and simple-hearted: their in a broken tone, ‘Poor fellow! I taught him how to education was very carefully attended to; for there had dance: is it now come to this ?' and with another shake not been danced a pas in France since the days of Louis of the head, expressive of the deepest melancholy, he XIV. with which they were not thoroughly acquainted. allowed the paper to fall to the ground. Madame Jas
Amongst the few acquaintances of M. and Madame min hastily picked it up, looked over the paragraph Jasmin, who were rather shy and reserved, was one of which had so affected her husband, and fairly burst their neighbours, M. Bourreux, a disagreeable, satirical | into tears, whilst M. Bourreux eyed them both with unold man, who had no children, was thought to be in disguised contempt. Not to keep the reader in suspense,