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out by watching and fatigue the poor woman, welcome to the new year, and awoke glad echoes bad fallen asleep.
in the hearts of the husband and wife, so Vyra struck a match and lighted a candle; strangely reunited, after long and weary separa. then she softly replenished the dying fire, and tion; and presently Myra stole to their side, and draving a little stool before it, she sat down to took her father's hands in her's; and then he Farm her ice-cold feet. The house was very bent down and kissed the upturned face of the still and silent-painfully so, almost; and once child who had been the unconscious means of or twice Myra thought she heard a stealthy step bringing him back to his home again. And approaching the door and going back again after | as the first hours of the new year went an interval.
by, Will Dawson told the story of his life during The minutes sped swiftly; eleven struck, the the old years that had passed-told how he had half-hour after chimed; it would soon be New repented of his desertion of his wife and child, Year's morning! Myra put on more coals, and and how he had gone back to his native village sat on, patiently listening, now to her mother's only to find that they had disappeared, leaving regular breathing, and again to the stealthy no clue by which to trace them-how he had step upon the stairs. On flew the minutes, the returned to London and his evil companionshall-bour saned, and was gone, and suddenly, how he had made money and lost it-how he as the last stroke of twelve sounded from many had been wild and steady by turns, wildest and a tower and steeple far and near, the merry bells most reckless when the thought of the home he raog out the old year and rang in the new! had wilfully lost would rush back upon him.
Mrs. Dawson started and awoke, 6 Where He told of the night that he had rudely am I?" she cried. “I hear the joy-bells.” snatched the locket from Myra's neck-of how
"Mother" -and Myra knelt by her side and he had opened it to find his own face within-of beld up the locket -_-" see. I have brought it how he had fled from the jeers and questions back to you again. It was not lost."
of his comrades, and of his firm resolve never With a glad cry the poor woman interrupted
to be one of them again. He told how he had her, and, snatching her treasure she pressed it
wandered about, day after day, hoping to find
his little daughter, with whom he had been so to her lips and to her heart. “Have you come back to me?" she said, caressing the little
strangely brought into contact-and how, as the trinket as if it had sense and feeliug. “My
weeks passed, he had given up the search ie love! my husband ! it was breaking my heart
despair, and steadily settled down to work again.
He told of how, the night Myra had found him, to be without you when the new year came
he had been sitting, with the locket before him,
trying to devise some means for finding the Myra laid her face upon her mother's knee, owner, and of how he had fallen asleep, to awake and cried silent tears of joy, and neither of them
and find his child beside him. But when his own heard the door softly open and close, neither of
tale was ended, and he asked, with a voice that them heard a swift, strong tread cross the room,
faltered, for the story of his wife's life since last or saw the figure which was gazing at them with
he had left her, begging of her not to spare one tear-dimmed eyes. But all at once some subtle detail of her struggles or her sufferings, she instinct made the woman turn her head, and,
would not listen to him, but whispered, as she though ber sight was failing, and though the drew his head down upon her faithful heart, light was dim, she knew her husband. He " I had no life without you, Will. It will begin held out his arms to her, and she threw herself into them with a low, happy cry, while Myra "And Will made answer with a reverent still sat upon the ground, speechless with sur- « Amen!” prise.
"Mary!” said the voice which had spoken so kindly to the child at parting an hour or two before - “My true wife! you had such wel. come for my picture, that I was not afraid to REMEMBERED HAPPINESS.Mankind are always test your welcome for me. You'll forgive and happier for having been happy; so that if you make forget, won't you ?”
them happy now, you make them happy twenty years The little locket, which had been a slender, hence, by the memory of it. A childhood passed but strong link of gold between the husband and with a due mixture of rational indulgence, under fond wile, slipped, quite urheeded, from Mrs. Daw and wise parents, difl'ases over the whole of life a 'son's grasp, ae she wound her arms round her
feeling of calm pleasure, and in extreme old age is the long-lost William, and strained hiin to her
very last remembrance which time can erase from the
mind of man. No enjoyment, however inconsiderable, heart. What was the inanimate likeness now,
is confined to the present moment! A man is the when the man so loved, so mourned for, and so
| happier for life from having made once an agreeable fondly remembered, had come back to her
tour, or lived for any length of time with pleasant again?
people, or enjoyed any considerable interval of innoAnd so the merry bells pealed their glad 'cent pleasure.
SKETCHES IN SCANDINAVIA.
The country of the Vikings! Yes, thither Itails it is unworthy a description. The salons determined to go whilst the clash of arms and are all decorated à la Française, even to the the din of battle was heard; 'twas ere the battle King's smoking-room. The only pictures are field had been deluged with blood I set off to those of his Majesty's father and mother—the the vantage ground, that was free and open to latter a German princess, and a very beautiful travellers, and reached Christiania about the woman. Two or ihree Norwegian scenes, withmiddle of July.
out interest as works of art, complete the galThe town itself is not seen until within gun- lery. The pleasure-grounds are open to the shot of the place, on account of the numerous public, and appear to be a very favourite resort islands in the Fjord shutting out the view. These of old people and nursery-maids. islands answer two important purposes. First, Almost in the same vicinity are the gardens they serve as an advanced guard to warn one of Klügensburg--a sort of Cremorne on a of the dangers incidental to a rocky coast, and limited scale. About four miles distant is a again as a shelter to craft running in for protec- pretty little summer villa called “Oscar's Hall,” tion when the Skager-rack is stormy.
belonging to the Crown Prince, and which is The city lies as it were in the basin of an visited annually by his royal highness. It amphitheatre, and is thickly studded with trees looks like a miniature castle, and commands a of the spruce fir, pine, and beech. The build- fine view of the beautiful environs, but espeings are chiefly of wood. In the country one cially of the fjord, and the little islands dotted sees log houses ; but in the town they are con- over its blue surface. All the charm lies in its structed of painted white boards, with coloured exterior and the site; within these are only a roofs in imitation of tiles.
few royal portraits and some half-dozen cabiThe people are evidently fond of light and nets, but no furniture. I must next tell you of space, for the windows are large and numerous; a visit to a Norwegian family residing in the their rooms are well furnished, but without country. The courteousness of some fellow. carpels. The cathedral is of grey stone, and, travellers obtained for me this invitation to tea. after that of Dronthjem is the finest in the Before discussing the viands it was proposed country. This is only a passing glimpse, for that we should go to a retired lake-like expanse we were again soon under weigh, and clear of of the fjord in an open boat, accompanied by the inlet and islands, and steaining away from our hostess, her pretty daughter, and eldest the Fjord of Christiania at the rate of ten knots son. There we remained for an hour, having an hour. The sun went down as if bebind a landed on a little island to gather wild strawglowing furnace, leaving such a halo that I berries and enjoy the lovely scene around us. could see to read on deck at midnight. I was In accordance with a national custom we comwaiting until it should become dark, but for menced by taking a glass of ale all round. The that result I might have waited long enough, as standing dish of the country is salmon, and the there is nothing to indicate the approach of various ways in which it is served reminds one night in these latitudes at this time of the year. of the variety one gets at a fish-dinner at The numerous islands, the projecting promon-Greenwich. Here it is presented in every contories, lofty wooded mountain sides, and the ceivable and inconceivable form that the most lake-like character of the scenery, render the appetising could desire. There is cheese, too, approach to Christiania very interesting. It is ad libitum ; but I will mention only two kindsbeautifully situated at the northern extremity of one resembled Gruyère, and the other of a the Fjord. The city is built on a slope, and its pale chocolate colour. The latter is a compound numerous villas embowered in trees give it a of goat, cow, and ewe-milk, sugar, ground-nut, peculiarly attractive appearance. The houses cream, and half a hundred other ingredients. are principally of wood in the suburbs, and It looks like a little pillar on the table, in its look almost as white as snow; in the town they white paper-case. Of making of bread, too, are built of stone, on account of some recent there seems no end. There were rolls like our fires. The streeis are spacious, and running at own, slices of black rye-bread, and piles of flatright angles. The showy shops are few and far brod. The latter were artistically arranged, between, and have no shutters, inside or out: and the effect produced was that of the scat. they are never found necessary in this honest tered remnants of a fleet, and a ruined city community.
unable to withstand the siege. Enough, how. If cleanliness be next to godliness the Nor- ever, of the bill of fare: it will suffice to give an wegians must certainly rank high in the Chris. idea of Norwegian hospitality, of which we had tian code; for, go where you will, there are the received so excellent a specimen. Let us return same indications of fondness for space, air, and to our subject by another glance at the people, water. The palace is in a conspicuous position: who may be said to be in a happy case, inasit is of a quadrangular form, and has six mas much as there is not a soul amongst them who sive Doric columns in front. In all other de- | does not receive a suitable education. The
lower grade are civil, obliging, and polite, streets are wide and regular, but they look de. doffing their hats constantly as one passes serted, and the city lacks life, although it is through the streets. There is a high-bred air reputed a good place for business. The palace and demeanour in the higher classes, which, is the largest wooden structure in existence; added to their courteous, pleasant manners, the houses are built of the same material, makes their society very agreeable.
usually painted white, which gives the place so The University museums are admirably ar fresh and modern an aspect as almost to belie ranged, especially the natural history and ana- its antiquity. There is a cathedral, which seven tomical departments. The best pictures had | or eight hundred years ago had few rivals ; but been sent to the exhibition at Stockholm. The it is a sort of conglomeration of architecture, only good painting left was executed by the from the numerous repairs it has undergone. King, who is a clever artist, and a patron It is here that the kings are crowned. Churches of the fine arts generally, as well as a poet. I are numerous: there is a national bank, and a Ignorance of the language leads to frequent savings-bank attached to the post-office. There mistakes, for instance, I asked the waiter to are some magnificent waterfalls and interesting
g me a foot-bath at night, and when the copper-mines about four miles out, which all hour arrived he appeared with a bottle of soda- strangers should visit. water!
On leaving Dronthjem we went to Molde, On Friday, August 13th, we went by railway which was only a journey of five hours by sea. io Eidwold, on Lake Moësen, and thence by The opposite coast is a lofty range of snow. steamer 0 Lillehammer, where we slept. On capped mountains, jagged here and there with the following morning a very ample breakfast a rocky boulder almost touching the clouds, was provided, consisting of salmon steak, mut- and on which even snow cannot linger. The ton chops, eggs, several kinds of bread, excel windings of the Fjord to its termination in the lent botter, rich cream and strawberries, tea direction of the valley of Romsdale cannot be and coffee. We hired a carriage for four, with surpassed for beauty throughout Norway, for a pair of horses, and occasionally three, to con the eye rests continually on sombre, craggy vey us to our destination. The stations are mountains, lofty precipices, and every variety generally way-side ions, about nine miles apart; of scenery that helps to make an attractive at them we procure fresh horses. There are no picture. public conveyances in this country; travellers A fjord is not a tiny inlet into the heart of are taken from one place to another in a vehicle the mountains, as one is wont to suppose, for called a cariole. The seat is, in shape, like the some of them run up at least fifteen or twenty bowl of a salad. spoon. Imagine yourself placed miles, such as the Hardanger and the Soigne. on a cushion, with your legs stretched out at The outline of the mountains, forming the narfull length towards the splash-board, and covered row gorge of the Romsdale, in one particular with a leathern apron, under which aspect you're spot is so irregular and jagged that human insupposed to be comfortably equipped for your genuity has discovered in it a striking resemjourney. The boy who brings back the horses blance to a marriage party at the altar. Perhaps sits behind, where there is just sufficient space my imaginative powers were at fault, for I must to strap on an ordinary-sized portmanteau. confess it required some of a very prolific order This is the arrangement, whether for ladies or to conjure up the dramatis personce out of the gentlemen. Moreover, you have to drive your granitic group before me. At last I could disself-no very objectionable occupation, as the tinctly see the priest, the bride, and what looked horses are sure-footed, and go at a spanking a gigantic beadle-for, oh, forbid it ye powers ! pace-sometimes seventy miles in ten hours. that such a Daniel Lambert should ever be the The sleeping arrangements at the stations are “happy man!” The bridal crown, which Miss not agreeable, as it is impossible to get a room Bremer tells us is an indispensable ornament on to one's self; and it not unfrequently happens these occasions, was also well defined. Whilst that three or four strangers find themselves in contemplating this scene of still-life happiness, the same apartment. The bedding consists I was aroused from my reverie by a rumbling usually of dried hay, two sheets, an eider-down noise overhead and behind me, louder than any quilt, and large pillow, like those used by the thunder I ever heard. I was standing then Germans. These are some of the sweets of immediately under the peak called the Romsdale travel; and after having been all day in the Horn, which rises 4,000 feet above the bed of op air, taking, perhaps, a good deal of exer- the river that washes the gorge. I looked high cise, we did not trouble our heads about the and low, about, and around, but could perceive absence of Englisl, comforts. The King, when no indications whatever to account for the sound, coming from Dronthjem after his coronation, which continued for half a minute ; by-and-by slept at two of these stations.
I saw a cloud of dust issuing from an immense In many parts the scenery is most romantic. fissure midway up the Horn-it darkened the We saw several magnificent waterfalls ; two heavens in its ascent. Some friends who joined days snowy mountain tops were in sight. We us shortly after heard the noise at a distance of drove for miles along the banks of a majestic four miles; they believed it to be the dislodgriver, called the Nid, at the mouth of which lies ment of immense masses of rock in the interior Dronthjem. This was formerly the capital of of the Horn, but there were no outward visible Norway, until its union with Denmark. The signs, except the dust. I took a solitary walk
of fourteen miles in the valley of Aäk, and then may, indeed, call it a sea-girt isle, so numerous returned to a five o'clock dinner at the hotel, and extensive are the lakes which surrouud it. where I was gratified by the sight of some There are many places in the suburbs to which splendid sketches made by a brother of Lord the citizens resort for recreation, where they are
, who has found many fine subjects for entertained with the finest Swedish music, and his pencil in scenes so full of beauty as those can dine at a moderate charge, besides being we bave lately passed through.
supplied with punch and other less intoxicating In the passage from Molde to Bergen, one beverages. Ulricksdal is the name of the skims past a myriad little islets; the way in King's summer residence, and whether apwhich the steamers dart in and out of the narrow proached by land or water the situation is passages between them looks both mysterious equally charming. In the cathedral of Stockand difficult. The islands, in general, are holm (locally known as the Riddarkolms kyr. masses of gneiss, mica, schist, or granite, fre- | kaw) are a number of equestrian figures, round quently trap-rock, entirely void of vegetation. the walls, in complete suits of armour. Gus.
The distance from Dronthjem to Bergen is tavus Vasa is buried here, in one of the sideupwards of 400 miles of coast line, but it is ex- chapels ; and on the opposite side is the tomb tremely interesting and picturesque, combining of Charles XII., and the bullet wbich terminated either the placid lake or rapid river, from port the life of this hero at the siege of Frederickshall.. to port. The city is a large, busy place; the Other Swedish kings are interred in this church, leading street is called the Strand-gaden, and amongst them Bernadotte, or Charles XIV. The runs parallel with the harbour for half a mile. shields of the Knights of the Order of the As we passed up it, the people stood gazing at Seraphim are hung round the choir ; especially us open-mouthed, perhaps regarding us as ob- I noticed those of Prince Albert, the King of jects of curiosity to be caught up for their the Belgians, and Napoleon I. There were also museum. Alter two days' sojourn here, the various war trophies, and an extraordinary colsteamer took us up the Soigne Fjord, which lection of kettledrums; these were all fortunately occupied two days more. The farthest ex- preserved when the church was struck by lighttremity of the Fjord is called Gutvangen, where ning in 1835. we remained for the night, having three beds in The finest place on the Mälar Lake is a palace one room.
called Stokloster, belonging to Count Brabe, The fosses (as the waterfalls are called) are a descendant of the great astronomer, Tycho here both numerous and marvellous, and the Brahe. At one time it was the property of immense volume of water one sees here and Field-Marshal Papa Wrangel (as the Berliners there and everywhere would seem to indicate call him), the veteran of the Prussian army. the miraculous wand of the prophet on every The palace is a quadrangular building, with four mountain top. Three of the fosses opposite lofty octagonal towers, at each corner, domeGutvangen were 2,000 in height each, and there shaped, and slated. It is embowered amidst were others equally grand, and of much greater | luxuriant old trees, and is a most interesting, volume. The road from this latter place to venerable-looking structure. The grounds and Vossvangen runs through valleys and gorges of gardens are extensive; through the latter is a excessive interest and loveliness, rendered espe- splendid avenue of elms. The palace itself may cially beautiful by two lakes, each seven miles be looked upon as a perfect “art-treasure," so in length. Towering high above on the moun- numerous and varied are its contents. The tain tops, were extensive fields of snow and amount of legendary lore to be picked up here is glacier ice. Then again came cultivated patches not one of its least attractions. Besides of land, slopes covered with trees, either of pine weapons, and ornaments of all kinds (amongst or birch, masses of grey, sombre granite, and others a beautifuliy-embossed dagger of Beneanon glimpses of lake-like scenery, until at venato Cellinès), there are innumerable cabinets length we reach Eide, a station at the extremity filled with presents from Royal personages to of the Hardanger Fjord. In the vicinity of the the Brahe family. The paintings exhibit rather village of Odde is the largest glacier in the a low standard of art, a remark that may, I think, world, called the Folgè Fond. The steamers that apply to pictures generally throughout Sweden. ply up and down these fjords have every comfort | The walls of the corridors are covered with porand accommodation that can be desired, and the traits in fresco; they are the veriest caricatures traveller never ceases to admire the picturesque imaginable, not excepting that of Tycho Brahe beauty of these deep bays, or fjords, which give himself, in the sleeping apartment formerly occusuch a peculiar charm and character to the pied by Marshal Wrangel. The likeness of regions round about.
Charles XII., Bernadotte, and one of George The country is celebrated for its beeches, and | IV. when Prince Regent, are better specimens in some places, where the waves have washed of art, as well as a picture of Ebbe, the mistress away the shore to a steep cliff, these trees hang of Gustavus Vasa. The tapestry was faded their leafy foliage over its summit, or perhaps and tiine-worn, but if that had been its best overshadow a huge mass of moss-grown stone, days, there were a hundred other objects of giving an appearance both pleasing and grateful. interest to engage the attention in the exquisite
“Of Stockholm?” This city is “beautiful cabinets, antique furniture, and curiosities of for situation," and is everywhere so intersected very description; we lingered here for four by water as to produce a charming effect : one! ours, and even then departed unwillingly, My
Dext halting-place was Falkoping, where, if he temperament. Let it not, however, be surmised please, the traveller may find a ready-made that it's all play and no work; far otherwise. dianer, of which he may partake what he likes, The Danes are an intelligent race, and are proand as much, from a well-spread board, for the vided with every facility for mental culture in sum of Is. 3d, !-a meal for which he would the schools, libraries, museums of art and antibave to pay, at least, 5s. at any of our "great” quities, with which their city abounds. railway hotels in England.
The Thorwaldsen Museum was bequeathed About - Helsingborg?" The King of Swe- to the public by the genius whose name it bears : den's brother has no residence in the environs. If he died suddenly in the theatre in 1844, aged not an artist, like his brother, the Royal Prince seventy-four. His remains lie in a sarcophagus is a writer of some celebrity, and has made in the court-yard : marble slabs cover the survaluable contributions in an historical form to face, and are placed edgewise, to form a recepthe literature of his country; he has also trans-tacle for the soil which is planted with ivy; the lated “The Cid" into the Swedish language. leaves seem clustered together in "rank luxuSoon after our arrival, the King of Denmark riance,” and are a more fitting emblem of the passed the hotel en route to a visit to Prince undying genius of this great man of letters than Oscar. The King of Sweden we had seen some “storied urn or animated bust” could ever days previously, returning from a shooting ex- convey. The only inscription recorded is the cursion; the Royal brothers are very popular name, date of birth, and death-quite touching with their well-beloved subjects. Our steamer in its simplicity was the “Horatio ;" the “Ophelia ” was float- ! There are upwards of two hundred of the ing about in the harbour at Elsinore, where I artist's works in the museum, of which wordlanded to visit Hamlet's grave: albeit, some painting could give you but a very remote idea say that here Hamlet never dwelt. Be that as for all that they suggest of beauty in execution, it may, the whole scene of that magnificent pro- and finish of detail, besides the solemnity of the duction of Shakspeare's is laid in Elsinore, subjects, many of which are from Scripture hiswhich lends enchantment to the place, no less tory. than to the Castle of Kronsberg.
The cathedral, called the Fruekirke (church "Of Copenhagen ?” However attractive this of our Lady), is chiefly interesting from the place may be, it has its "ups and downs." in number of Thorwaldsen's best works. Behind common with many Swedish towns, in the ob the altar is a colossal marble statue of our liquities of surface which are so terribly trying Saviour. The twelve aposties are arranged to the determined pedestrian. There is starcely along the nave, six on either side ; they are the
yard of pavement to be seen. In Copenhagen most exquisite sculptures, inspiring one w stones fiaid a “local habitation” everywhere. feelings of awe and reverence, not unmixed and the consequence is that one gets into a state, with wonder, at the mind which could conceive of pitiable ill-temper, and consigns one's boot
and the hand which could execute such marmaker, hosier, and the paviour alike to the vellous creations. In the sacristy is a bastender mercies of Pluto. The general aspect of relief, representing our Lord administering the the city is agreeable; there is a life and activity Holy Sacrament to the “Twelve,” all of whom about it that makes it pleasant to look upon. are kneeling, except James and Judas. The houses are lofty, and chiefly built of stone, The palace of Fredericksborg is about two the shops spacious, and some of the streets bave and a half miles from the city ; it is prominently an imposing appearance. Many of the leading situated on a hill, and is surrounded with garthoroughfares have tramways of iron, on which dens like those of St. Cloud, with magnificent omnibuses ply continually, and look like wooden old trees, lakes, romantic walks, bridges, and houses in motion; they go along quite smoothly, sylvan teinples. There is also the palace of and at a sufficient speed for all business pur- Christianborg, which has over the portico two poses.
bas-reliefs by Thorwaldsen's (representing "Ju
piter and Nemesis,” “Minerva and PromeThe Danes are very fond of gaiety and amuse
iheus"). Of all the classical subjects, the ment, and no city in the world caters so well
“ Triumphal March of Alexander into Babylon" for its pleasure-loving people. There is a circus,
was that which pleased me most for artistic a gymnasium, concert-halls, cafes chantants, skill. This is in a large apartment of the Rid. dancing saloons, and last, but chiefest and best, de
pest: dersal (Knight's Hall).* gardens of surpassing beauty, where almost every evening hundreds of the most respectable The “Royal Museum of Northern Anticitizens and their families meet to enjoy the quities” occupies six or seven rooms, and has entertainment provided for them. One of the no rival in the world. In it is described chroattractions in these Tivoli Gardens is the nologically the different stages of civilization, "Montagne Russe,” which people traverse only by the momentum acquired at first starting. ' * The photographs (published by Messrs. Marion, This amusement seems highly diverting to the Son, and Co., Soho-square) of many of the finest subpeople, perhaps because there is a slightly sen- jects of Thorwaldsen should be seen by all true lovers sational element in it, which suits their excitable of the beautiful in art.