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are natures to whom the occupation She was talking to herself all is natural and easy. It is the in- this while, only feeling an intense justice of the thing that hurts me. relief in the sense that there was

“I have often thought,” re- someone in the same room with marked Coventry reflectively, "that her whom she could trust utterly. I ought rather to have christened Coventry asked no questions ; he you Themis than Minerva, you let her talk on and ease her heart, have such an instinctive love of and when she paused he turned to justice in your character.”

her and said, “ Laura has come “But,” said Ernestine, “there between you two, and spoiled the is such a crying lack of justice here, harmony of your lives. But why that one who knew all the circum. let her spoil_them altogether? stances must perceive it.”

Why not let Dr. Doldy at least “ You know too much for your understand the motives of your peace of mind,” said Coventry, actions ?" looking at her with that expression He had touched, as he well in his eyes which seemed to draw knew, upon a tender spot. Ernesout her soul.

tine would have given ten years of And too little to be of any

real life to have Dr. Doldy understand use,” she answered; “but I am so her conduct aright. thankful I had the courage to come No, she said, starting to her away before this was done. If I feet; “that may not be. I have were with Arthur now, I think I tried to see the right, and will try could not hold my tongue, and let to follow it. I have a secret to Laura get all she wishes by just keep, and I will keep it; but I will putting her foot upon her lover. not be paid for keeping it." The cold and bloodless cruelty of With which enigmatical speech this is to me intolerable. I could she departed, forgetting to say not have borne to see him sink into good-bye. Coventry was too abthis degradation of selfishness with sorbed himself to notice her rudeher-I should have betrayed her.”

ness,

(To be continued.)

CONTEMPORARY PORTRAITS.

NEW SERIES.—No. 8.

CHARLES DARWIN, F.R.S.

CHARLES ROBERT Darwin was born on the 12th of February, 1809, at Shrewsbury. His father was Dr. Robert Waring Darwin, F.R.S., his grandfather the celebrated Dr. Erasmus Darwin, and his maternal grandfather Josiah Wedgwood, F.R.S., the well-known potter. He was educated at Shrewsbury, under Dr. Butler, from whence he proceeded to the University of Edinburgh; there he stayed two years, and then entered Christ's College, Cambridge, where he took the degree of Bachelor of Arts. In 1831 he sailed with Captain Fitzroy in the “Beagle," on her voyage round the world, returning at the close of 1836. In 1839 he married his cousin, Miss Emma Wedgwood, and ever since 1842 he has lived at Down, near Bromley, in Kent.

Mr. Darwin's journal of researches into the natural history and geology of the countries visited by H.M.S. "Beagle" is universally admitted to be one of the most instructive and most charming books of travel in the English language. During his voyage he paid much attention to the interesting problem presented by the peculiar conformation of coral islands, and in the year 1842 he published his celebrated work on this subject. The circular or oval shape of so many reefs, each having a lagoon in the centre closely surrounded by a deep ocean, and rising but a few feet above the sea level, had long been a puzzle to the physical geographer. The favourite theory was that these were the summits of submarine volcanoes, on which the coral had grown. The great size of some of these “atolls” was, however, a serious difficulty. Again, as coral does not grow at greater depths than about twenty-five fathoms, the immense number of these reefs formed an almost insuperable objection to this theory. The Laccadives and Maldives, for instance, meaning literally the “ lac of islands” and the “ thousand islands,” are a series of such atolls ; and it was really impossible to imagine so great a number of craters, all so nearly of the same altitude. Mr. Darwin showed, however, that so far from the ring of coral resting on a corresponding ridge of rock, the lagoons on

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CONTEMPORARY PORTRAITS.

NEW SERIES.—No. 8.

CHARLES DARWIN, F.R.S.

CHARLES ROBERT DARWIN was born on the 12th of February, 1809, at Shrewsbury. His father was Dr. Robert Waring Darwin, F.R.S., his grandfather the celebrated Dr. Erasmus Darwin, and his maternal grandfather Josiah Wedgwood, F.R.S., the well-known potter. He was educated at Shrewsbury, under Dr. Butler, from whence he proceeded to the University of Edinburgh; there he stayed two years, and then entered Christ's College, Cambridge, where he took the degree of Bachelor of Arts. In 1831 he sailed with Captain Fitzroy in the “Beagle," on her voyage round the world, returning at the close of 1836. In 1839 he married his cousin, Miss Emma Wedgwood, and ever since 1842 he has lived at Down, near Bromley, in Kent.

Mr. Darwin's journal of researches into the natural history and geology of the countries visited by H.M.S. “Beagle” is universally admitted to be one of the most instructive and most charming books of travel in the English language. During his voyage he paid much attention to the interesting problem presented by the peculiar conformation of coral islands, and in the year 1842 he published his celebrated work on this subject. The circular or oval shape of so many reefs, each having a lagoon in the centre closely surrounded by a deep ocean, and rising but a few feet above the sea level, had long been a puzzle to the physical geographer. The favourite theory was that these were the summits of submarine volcanoes, on which the coral had grown. The great size of some of these “atolls” was, however, a serious difficulty. Again, as coral does not grow at greater depths than about twenty-five fathoms, the immense number of these reefs formed an almost insuperable objection to this theory. The Laccadives and Maldives, for instance, meaning literally the “ lac of islands" and the “ thousand islands,” are a series of such atolls ; and it was really impossible to imagine so great a number of craters, all so nearly of the same altitude. Mr. Darwin showed, however, that so far from the ring of coral resting on a corresponding ridge of rock, the lagoons on

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