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In love at First Sight.'
! able temper in a tender place—and It would be speaking with inexcus- Amelius reaped the benefit of it. able rudeness to say plainly that she Mrs. Farnaby walked straight up to told him a lie. Let the milder form him, put her hand in his arm, and led of expression be, that she modestly him into the hall. concealed the truth. “I don't know I had my suspicions,' she said anything about it,' she said.
and I find they have not misled me. I do,' Amelius remarked smartly. Twice already, I have warned you to She persisted in looking at the il- let my niece alone. For the third and lustration. Was there an infection last time, I tell you that she is as cold of imbecility in that fatal work? She ! as ice. She will trifle with you as long was too simple to understand him, as it flatters her vanity ; and she will even yet! You do-what?' she in- throw you over, as she has thrown other quired innocently.
Have your fling, you fool* I know what love at first sight is,' ish fellow, before you marry any body. Amelius burst out.
Pay no more visits to this house, unRegina turned over the leaves of the less they are visits to me. I shall exMagazine. "Ah,' she said, 'you have pect to hear from you.' She paused, read the story.
and pointed to a statue which was one 'I haven't read the story,' Amelius of the ornaments in the hall. “Look answered. I know what I felt my- at that bronze woman with the clock in self-on being introduced to a young her hand. That’s Regina. Be off' with lady.
you-good-bye!' She looked up at him with a smile. Amelius found himself in the street. 'A young lady in America ?' she Regina was looking out at the diningasked.
room window. He kissed his hand to In England, Miss Regina.' He her : she smiled and bowed. “Damn tried to take her hand, but she was the other men !' Amelius said to himtoo quick for him. In London,' he self. “I'll call on her to-morrow.' went on, drifting back into his customary plainness of speech. “In this very street,' he resumed ; seizing her hand before she was aware of him.
CHAPTER XI. Too much bewildered to know what else to do, Regina took refuge desper
ETURNING to his hotel, he found ately in shaking hands with him.
three letters waiting for him on "Good-bye,' Mr. Goldenheart,'she said, the sitting-room table. giving him his dismissal for the second The first letter that he opened was time.
from his landlord, and contained his Amelius submitted to his fate; bill for the past week. As he looked there was something in her eyes which at the sum-total, Amelius presented to warned him that he had ventured far perfection the aspect of a serious young enough for that day.
man. He took pen, ink, and paper, May I call again soon ?' he asked and made some elaborate calculations. piteously
Money that he had too generously lent, "No!' answered a voice at the door or too freely given away, appeared in which they both recognised-the voice his statement of expenses, as well as of Mrs. Farnaby.
money that he had spent on himself
. Yes!'Regina whispered to him, as The result may be plainly stated in his her aunt entered the room. Mrs. own words : Good-bye to the hotel; I Farnaby's interference (following on must go into lodgings.' the earlier events of the day) had Having arrived at this wise decision, touched the young lady's usually plac- he opened the second letter. It proved
to be written by the lawyers who had your heart on her, that she is worthy already communicated with him at of you! So many women are cruel Tadmor, on the subject of his inherit- and deceitful. Some of them will ance. Dear Sir,- The enclosed, in- make you believe you have won their sufficiently addressed as you will per- love, when you have only flattered ceive, only reached us this day. their vanity; and some are poor weak beg to remain, &c.'
creatures whose minds are set on their Amelius opened the letter enclosed, own interests, and who may let bad and turned to the signature for infor- advisers guide them, when you are not mation. The name instantly took by.
Take care, my
friend-take him back to the Community : the wri
care ! ter was Mellicent.
'I am living with my sister, at New Her letter began abruptly, in these York. The days and weeks glide by terms:
me quietly; you are in my thoughts Do you remember what I said to and prayers—I have nothing to comyou when we parted at Tadmor? I plain of, I wait and hope. When the said, "Be comforted, Amelius, the end time of my banishment from the Comis not yet.” And I said again, “You munity has expired, I shall go back to will come back to me.”
Tadmor; and there you will find me, I remind
you of this, my friend Amelius, the first to welcome you directing to your lawyers, whose names when your spirits are sinking under I remember when their letter to you the burden of life, and your heart was publicly read in the Cominon turns again to the friends of your early Room. Once or twice a year I shall days. continue to remind you of those part- Good-bye, my dear-good-bye !' ing words of mine : there will be a Amelius laid the letter aside, touched time perhaps when you will thank me and saddened by the artless devotion for doing so.
to him which it expressed. He was. * In the meanwhile, light your pipe conscious also of a feeling of uneasy with my letters; my letters don't mat- surprise, when he read the lines which ter. If I can comfort you, and recon. referred to his possible entanglement cile you to your life-years hence, with some beautiful English girl
. Here when you too, Amelius, may be one of (with widely different motives) was the Fallen Leaves like me—then I Mrs. Farnaby's warning repeated, by shall not have lived and suffered in a stranger writing from another quarvain ; my last days on earth will be the ter of the globe! It was an odd coinhappiest days that I have ever seen. cidence, to say the least of it. After
Be pleased not to answer these thinking for a while, he turned ablines, or any other written words of ruptly to the third letter that was mine that may follow, so long as you waiting for him. He was not at ease, are prosperous and happy. With that his mind felt the need of relief. part of your life I have nothing to do. The third letter was from Rufus. You will find friends wherever you go Dingwell; announcing the close of his -among the women especially. Your tour in Ireland, and his intention of generous nature shows itself frankly shortly joining Amelius in London. in your face ; your manly gentleness The excellent American expressed, and sweetness speak in every tone of with his customary absence of reserve, your voice ; we poor women feel drawn his fervent admiration of Jrish hospitowards you by an attraction which tality, Irish beauty, and Irish whisky. we are not able to resist. Have you • Green Erin wants but one thing fallen in love already with some beau- more,' Rufus predicted,' to be a Paratiful English girl? O, be careful and dise on earth-it wants the day to prudent! Be sure, before you set come when we shall send an American minister to the Irish Republic.' Laugh- | My back is set up, sir, against that ing over this quaint outbreak, Amelius family. You do well to drop them ; turned from the first page to the second. and, above all things, mind what you As his eyes fell on the next paragraph, are about with the brown Miss, who a sudden change passed over him ; he has found her way to your favourable let the letter drop on the floor.
opinion in such an almighty hurry. One last word' (the American Do me a favour, my good boy. Just wrote about that nice long bright wait till I have seen her, will you ?' letter of yours. I have read it with Mrs. Farnaby, Mellicent, Rufus-'strict attention, and thought over it all three strangers to each other; and considerably afterwards. Don't be all three agreed nevertheless in trying riled, friend Amelius, if I tell you in to part him from the beautiful young plain words, that your account of the English woman! “I don't care,' AmFarnabys doesn't make me happy- elius said to himself; “I'll marry quite the contrary, I do assure you. Regina, if she will have me!'
WORD went forth upon the morning wind,
Melodious falling on the dewy air,
This word bring consolation everywhere
A subtle charm for sorrow or dull care :
A message linking earth to heaven above.
O sweet and low the morning wind said--Love.
DINNERS AND DINERS.
BY FREDERICK A. DIXON, OTTAWA.
DELL me what you eat and I
sers. The women, whom nature has will tell you what you are,' afflicted with the same misfortune, are says Brillat Savarin-Counsellor in the angular, get tired at table, and live on French Court of Cassation in 1826, tea and scandal.' and notable for having written one of Though both Lord Byron and the best books of gastronomic gossip Goethe objected to seeing women eat, extant—and physiology more than and the affectations of fashion for a bears him out, for, given the food, it long time made healthy appetite in is not impossible to tell what may be, the female a thing of shame, Monto predicate the combination of animal sieur Savarin thought differently, and tissue which that food will produce, says :and as the relationship between mind The penchant of the fair sex for and body is very close, to draw no in- gourmandise has in it something of secure conclusions as to mental powers the nature of instinct, for gourmandise and moral bent. Indeed one writer is favourable to beauty. A train of has gone so far as to propose a system exact and rigid observations has deof dieting our children so as to create monstrated that a succulent, delicate in them the capacity for the life of the and careful regimen repels to a dissoldier, the statesman, or the poet, tance and for a length of time the exupon the principle exercised in the ternal appearances of old age. It gives community of bees, where, by a certain more brilliancy to the eyes, more judicious course of feeding, the eggs of freshness to the skin, more support to commoners are made to develop into the muscles, it keeps off wrinkles.' the full blown magnificence of the If such be the results of judicious Queen. Certainly some constitutions, dining, how noble an art are we disfrom perhaps hereditary causes, lend cussing. What honour is not due to themselves more readily to the influ- cookery, what praise to cooks? ences of food than others.
Voltaire declares that the fate of Savarin says 'The gourmands by nations often depends on the good or predestination can be easily told. bad digestion of a premier, and it apThey have broad faces, sparkling eyes, pears to be well borne out by good small foreheads, short noses, fuil lips authority that Napoleon, at the battle and round chins. The females are of Leipsic, was suffering so severely plump, pretty rather than handsome, from indigestion, caused by a hurriedwith a tendency to em bonpoint. It is ly bolted dinner of roast leg of mutunder this exterior that the pleasant- ton, that he could not command his est guests are found. Those, on the tactical powers, and so lost the day. contrary, to whom Nature has refused History shows that it is expedient an aptitude for the enjoyments of taste that its makers should dine well. have long faces, long noses, and large But the history of cookery carries eyes--they have black and straight with it morals for nations as well as hair. It is they who invented trou- for individuals. Victory over the
luxurious on the part of the simple after long years, should be reached at has always been injurious to the vic- a kingly table in giddy, greedy, gourtors. Togo back no further, theconquest mandizing France. of Asia brought about the destruction But of all this, of the glorious feastof the Roman empire, and a nation of ings of Sardanapalus, of the Kings of hardy warriors grew to be a nation of Tyre and Sidon, of the banquets of effeminate voluptuous sots and sensu- Darius and the 10,000 guests whom alists, whom the northern hordes which Alexander the Great feasted in silver swept down upon them found no dif- chairs—there is no time now to speak; ficulty in mastering. When Charles
still the mighty halls of the Pharoahs VIII. overran Italy and stripped saw mighty banquetings, and the creaFlorence, fighting his way successfully tors of the Temple of Isis and the back to France, he carried with him Eleusinean mysteries were, no doubt, seeds of national ruin in the shape of worthy progenitors of the monastic Italian cooks and a taste for the ele- houses whose good cheer rejoiced later gant refinements of Italian cookery. days. This taste culminated in the frightful Let us take up the thread of this excesses of the thoughtless and spend history of aristology—no bad name thrift courts of Louis Quatorze, Louis for the science, by the way—at the Quinze, and Louis Seize, and a cer- point where gluttony and gourmandise tain unamiable convention of which had preeminently become Robespierre, Danton and Marat were amongst the heads of a great people, the heads, when that dexterous damsel, and stretching down into its very “ La Guillotine,” took from aristocra- heart had fitted it for its decay-the tic mouths for ever the possibility of period of Rome's greatest wealth and tasting the delights of filet de poulet à luxury—the period about the first la Pompadour.
century of the Christian era. When Adam delved and Eve span These were palmy days for cooks, -to go back to purely primitive times and a great part of the mercantile -it was probably a matter of great world was taken up with the operaindifference to the worthy pair whe- tions of supplying the complex rether their salad had the proper dress- quirements of the kitchen. They were ing or not.
No Chevalier d'Aubigné learned fellows, too, and authors, and had at that time risen to show them it is a pity that their complex works how to mix a salad ; and it is to be have only come down to us in the frag. feared that the 80,000 francs that good ments quoted by that wonderful gosgentleman made by his talents as salad
siper about the ancient table-Athenmaker would never have come to him æus in 170 B. C. The Greek bakers, had he lived in the garden of Eden. following in the wake of the victorious Then, and for long after that unfor- armies of the Republic on their return tunate little affair with the apple, they from Macedonia, revolutionized the had not learned to dine. They only simple tastes of the Romans, and with fed. Man, and woman too, probably their seventy-two different composihad a palate, but did not know it. tions of bread, showed the conquerors Still, nevertheless, on went its culti- of the world the road to a new conquest vation, slowly but surely, through the --they marched along it like heroes, savoury stew of kid's flesh and the and Rome learned to dine. It would lumps of flattened dough, baked in the be impossible here to do more than ashes, which served prince and people simply suggest to the mind the lavish in the days of the patriarchs ;-through extravagance of the Roman dinner of the grand orgies of the Assyrian, its palmy days--the perfection of the Egyptian and Persian courts, onward art of cookery-the devotion of its voto the zenith of its cultivation, which, taries—the ability of its priests. A