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knowledge of the character and resources of the most impassioned of verses that ever modern governments; he had been per- emanated from the glowing bosom of an mitted to study the most powerful of the ardent youth of eighteen : Well, well; forancient empires, in its eminently suggestive give us, dear reader, we were all under ruins ; he had carefully observed the various “sweet s
| not all, for one of elements that constitute the colossal strength our party, the fair girl that leaned on my of his own country at home; and now he shoulder, Miss Lee (or rather Amy Lee, as was to become acquainted, by personal ob- she was more generally addressed), was an servation, with those important and exten- under-teacher, and had passed hernineteenth sive dependencies in distant parts of the birthday. And now I must say a few globe which the colonial policy of Eng-words about Amy Lee, for she it is who has land had made scarcely less thoroughly occasioned this short sketch. She was first English than the mother country. It was placed as a parlour-boarder at Mrs. Go's; wisely determined that the first colony the her mother was dead, and rumour said her Prince should visit, should be the flourish father was immensely rich. When Amv had ing dependency on the other side of the just finished her second year at Mrs. G.'s, Atlantic that has remained faithful in its her father died-penniless! Oh, it was a attachment to Britain, notwithstanding the sad blow to poor Amy! and to know, too, independence established by a very large that the year's school-bill was not paid. portion of her North American possessions, But her noble spirit devised a plan whereby and despite the numberless attempts subse- she might, in some degree, repay her friend quently made to draw her into that powerful and governess. Amy begged Mrs. G. would union.' Canada, though originally a French allow her to remain as an assistant-teacher settlement, and made ours by conquest, has during the ensuing year. Mrs. G. knew proved her loyalty on more than one emer- Amy's abilities, and at once consented. She gency, and the recent organization of “The knew also, hard as the trial must be, it Prince of Wales' Regiment," is only one of would be more satisfactory to Amy's sensimany satisfactory proofs that might be ad tive spirit, and so poor Amy began the year duced of her devotion. The same spirit as an under-teacher at Mrs. G.'s. We had, prevails throughout New Brunswick, New- | from Amy's first entering the school, been foundland, and every portion of the Ame warm friends, but now we could enjoy each rican continent under British protection. other's company more unrestrictedly. Amy
The Prince met a most enthusiastic recep was my companion in our daily walks ; we tion in Canada and the United States. were in the same class (for Mrs. G. would He was looked upon in both countries as have Amy continue her studies), and she representing not only the majesty of Eng. / slept in my room. One night (the night land, but also her people and her popular preceding the fourteenth) I had been telling institutions, for which it is now evident her from whom I expected valentines, and that all Americans entertain the highest in return to my pressing inquiries to know and most cordial respect, and the feelings of the same from her, she blushed deeply, and good-will. It is a most pleasing considera- said, that for the last few years she had tion that the tour of the Prince has not punctually received one, containing the been beneficial to himself only, but has same initials, and addressed in the same served the very important purpose of draw hand-writing; she had endeavoured to recall ing closer the thousand ties of nature and amongst her acquaintances some one whose of sympathy that unite the English and initials corresponded with those she received, American nations.
but had failed. She thought now, should the gentleman have heard of her misfortunes.
and that the reputed wealthy heiress was A REMINISCENCE OF ST. VALEN
now only an humble teacher, he would most TINE'S DAY.
probably, like the rest of her friends, (?) It was a cold snowy morning in February, pass by on the other side.” Amy's eyes (the fourteenth, we believe, dear reader,) were full of tears, she said no more, and we when a group of young girls were closely | retired to rest. huddled round the large blazing fire in Morning came, and, as I before said, we Mrs, G.'s school-room. We were down un- were gathered round the fire. Amy was usually early that morning, for expectation near me, I looked at her now and then. I had warmed and quickened our benumbed saw she was striving to appear indifferent fingers. Which of us did not picture a large to the gossip of the rest, but I knew she embossed envelope, containing the fairest was as anxiously awaiting the postman's of cherubs, the most graceful of forms, and I knock as we.
Presently Mrs. G. came, the rest of the days. But I had caught a severe cold, and pupils made their appearance, prayers were for weeks I was confined to my room. My read, and breakfast begun. Generally, the parents feared consumption, and they were postman came while we were at breakfast, advised to take me to some watering-place but this morning he came not, delayed, as soon as I could be removed. We spent doubtless, by the contents of his leathern the summer months at a pleasant little bag. We had just begun our lessons, our town, where I quickly regained my health fingers were nervously twitching our book- and strength. It was late in the year when corners, when the servant entered bearing we returned home, and as I was still cona tray piled high with seeming letters. sidered something of an invalid, nothing
“Attend to your lessons, young ladies," was said of my returning to school. Christsaid Mrs. G., as she caught the eyes of mas and its festivities passed away, and I above thirty girls fixed on the tray. And longed to return to Amy. One day 1 rethen she opened and read carefully each ceived a letter from Mrs. G. hoping I should one, when, if it contained nothing objec- return to her as soon as my health would tionable, it was passed to the young lady permit. She said she had enclosed a letter for whom it was intended. Mine were from Amy, which she believed contained a amongst the first given, and so delighted very pleasing inquiry. Mrs. G. went on to was I with the beauties they contained, that say that a few days after I had left she reI had forgotten Amy and her anxiety, when ceived a letter from a gentleman (a near I heard her name pronounced in rather a neighbour, as she afterwards learned,) saysurprised tone. “Miss Lee! here,” said ing he was well acquainted with Miss Lee's Mrs. G., while Amy walked blushing to her sad reverse of fortune, had seen her noble table. “Take it," said she; “I believe it efforts, had admired and loved the spirit is an original one,” she added, smiling. that dictated such a path, and begged he Amy just glanced at the direction, blushed might be allowed to see her. He concluded deeper than before, and quietly put it in by apologising for such an intrusior., he her pocket. I had no opportunity during being a perfect stranger to both. His letter the day of speaking to her, but when I re- was signed “HARRIS HERNLY.” tired to my room at night, Amy was already | Mrs. G. then communicated this intelthere, seated by the little table, and reading, ligence to the surprised and almost frightas I imagined, the note of the morning. ened Amy. ?
orning.ened Amy. The gentleman called upon There was such a pleased look on her face Mrs. G. and revealed to her his sentiments; that I almost longed to be acquainted with he had first seen Amy at her house, where the cause. “Come, Nellie," said she, and she had occasionally visited before she beI went and knelt by her knee while she came a pupil. He had admired her gentle read in a low voice the verses that had face and unassuming manners, and aftergiven her such pleasure. They were full of wards, when made acquainted with her unsympathy for her past misfortunes, and (I fortunate situation, his affection had ripened, remember the last verse well) concluded strengthened. He pressed Mrs. G. to acthus:
cept a cheque for a hundred pounds in lieu “O, clasp thy little hand in mine,
of Amy's services, and begged she would Sweet Amy Lee,
introduce Amy to him. I gathered from And whisper to my heart““ I'm thine,"
her letter it had been a trying moment for Sweet Amy Lee; I'll shelter thee from every storm,
poor Amy, but he with whom she held conAnd guide thee while on earth we roam,
verse possessed a spirit noble as her own, Until we reach our heavenly home,
and gentle Amy at last consented to become Sweet Amy Lee.-H. H." his wife. "How beautiful !” said I, enthusiasti- Amy's note was a request that I would cally, when she had finished; but she looked fulfil a promise I made her in our early too happy for reply, and we were soon school-days, namely, that I would be her asleep.
bridesmaid. The happy event was arranged The next day I was sent for suddenly to take place on the fourteenth of February. home; a hasty good-bye to Amy and my Of course, I attended. The wedding took teacher, and I was hurried away. A be- place at Mrs. G.'s, who was as much overloved elder sister was dangerously ill, and joyed as myself at the good fortune of our had expressed an earnest desire to see me. beloved Amy. It is almost needless to add, Ere I arrived a change had taken place-a Amy Hernly is my true friend still. hopeful change—and it was determined, This, dear reader, is my most pleasing should my sister's health continue to im- reminiscence of a St. Valentine's Day. vrove, I should return to school after a few !
KATIE'S SKATING LESSON.
the breeze as she floated past, her long golden
curls dancing in the wind. The exhilarating It is but a few days since my niece exercise gave a warm glow to her cheek, and Katie came to visit me; it was at the com- a brilliant sparkle to her eyes that was truly mencement of this long frost, which has bewitching. A deep sigh at my side recalled turned our village into a scene of gaiety, my revery. I turned quickly. very unusual in such a secluded nook of old * Reuben, you here." England. Lying low, the country was very A crimson flush deepened on the young much inundated by the floods, which suc- man's cheek as I held out my hand. cessive frosts have turned into broad fields “I am but a looker on; I do not skate.” of ice, and pleasure-seekers come far and I knew as much, but that did not account near for skating upon its glassy surface. for the painful flush, then the sudden
Katie Snow being a gay, bright little paling, of his bronzed cheeks. I noted thing, I am afraid has often been wearied this as he turned from me to the ice. in her visits to her old-maidish aunt, but Reuben Carson was the son of a neighbour. not this time, the reason for which I will whom, having known from a child, I loved relate.
almost as one of my own. He had been It was the morning after her arrival, and the stalwart playfellow of my little Katie Katie stood at the breakfast-room window, in her frequent visits, and they had grown which commanded a full view of the first up together without my suspeeting a warmer skating upon the floods. Suddenly she than fraternal feeling to exist between turned, startling me so that I ran the needle them. Later events had enlightened me as I was using partly down my thumb-nail. to the state of his affection; but alas! could
“ Auntie, I intend to try akating to-day." flighty little Katie ever return such a deep,
I was too much shocked at the idea sug. I true, honest affection ? Again Katie flew gested to speak for a moment or two, an past, her hand clasped firmly by Frank, Tet it was merely the suddenness of de and, as she smiled up at him, once more the proposition that startled me. Why should crimson flush mounted to the very brow of not ladies skate? Truly, such things were Reuben. He clenched his hands tightly, not thought of in my young days, but the and turned aside. world had progressed whilst I stood still. Day after day was this scene enacted.
“Certainly, my dear, if you wish it." Katie progressed in her skating, but still Accordingly, Katie's little foot was measured she was too timid to proceed without Frank's and fitted, and we started together to the protecting hand. Though he suffered ice, where a group of ladies were already agonies in watching, yet, daily, Reuben apcongregated, but as watchers merely. The peared on the scene. Wilful, saucy, wicked sight of Katie's skates brought a crowd of little Katie, could she guess the torture he cavaliers to her side, each eager for the was enduring? honour of fastening them on. Katie's choice! One afternoon a snowstorm came on; I was a young man rather below the medium could not stay longer on the ice, but Frank height, fair complexioned, and slight in and Katie pleaded 80 eagerly that the figure, certainly with no good looks to re- lesson might not be relinquished, that I commend him, and whom I knew distantly left them. Was Katie fascinated ? I could as Frank Dacre, the son of our village not tell, neither could I wonder if she lawyer, who was practising in a distant were. Certainly Frank was polished, town, now at home for the Christmas holi- agreeable; and there was a power in his days.
| light blue eyes that I felt might captivate Even though my own niece, I cannot help my little Kátie. saying that Katie Snow is one of the most I left Reuben with injunctions to see precious little flirts I ever met with-not Katie home, and departed. Until the twione of those heartless coquettes than which light had grown very deep, I sat by the nothing is more detestable, but to the window, partly shaded by the heavy crimpiquancy of a child she adds the most wilful son curtains, watching the moon slowly saueiness that ever made a man's heart ache. rise, and listening for the expected foot
Such was Katie that day, as guided by steps. Presently I heard them upon the two strong hands she skims the ice, heartily walk; now figures passed by the window ; enjoying her first skating lesson. Now it was Reuben and Katie alone. They growing bolder and more expert, one guide entered the room (over which the glowing is sufficient, and Frank Dacre alone remains embers cast a subdued rosy light) eviat her side. Fie, Katie ! this is skating, dently too preoccupied to notice me in my indeed. The silvery laugh was wafted by I far corner
Katie was slowly removing her wrap
ERRATA. pingsher bonnet fell on the floor. She stepped lightly to Reuben's side; her voice The errata was unknown before the intrembled as she spoke :
vention of printing. The correction of a "You forgive me. Reuben ?"
manuscript was an easy process. When I scarcely recognised that subdued tone the writer perceived an error he effaced it as Katie's, and he great, big, bashful with a sponge before the ink dried; or he Reuben-stooped to encircle the slim fairy erased the defective word or words, and figure with his great strong arms. He did placed a mark beneath. An account of the not answer verbally, but no doubt quite as errata prefixed or added to the most memoexpressively. It was no time to remain rable books published since the discovery of concealed. I came forward; both started, | printing would form an extremely interestand Katie's quick blushes were perceptible
perceptible ing chapter in literary history. During the in the firelight.
first half of the seventeenth century the “Oh, Auntie ! do you know—.” She works printed in Paris were so incorrect, we was in my arms, the sentence unfinished ; are told, that a State order was issued on I clasped her tightly. “I guess all, my the subject, to the effect that "80 few good darling; Reuben, I am happy indeed." books are issued at Paris, and those that are He grasped my hand.
printed appear so imperfect, from the bad "Miss Snow, I dared not have hoped so paper used and the few corrections made in much; I am doubly blessed.” The glowing them, that we must pronounce it a kind of light revealed tears in his dark, earnest eyes. | disgrace, and consider it a serious loss to
It was late ere Reuben left, and then I the State.” The same faults prevailed in summoned Katie to account.
other countries; and even the Bible, in the She laughed, and her eyes were dancing correction of which unusual care was always through some very bright tears; a rosy exhibited, has been frequently disfigured blush suffused ber face.
by typographical blemishes. We can call “What else could I do, Auntie ?”-she to mind only a few of these at the moment, paused a moment, then hid her face upon but some of our antiquarian readers will my shoulder. “I knew Reuben loved me, doubtless enable us to extend the list conand and that he couldn't tell me so." siderably. Pope Sixtus V. published an
“And so," continued I, you thought to edition of the “Vulgate” in Rome, of which tantalise him
into confession : a dangerous | he had carefully supervised the correction
into confession ; a dangerous game, Miss Katie, though successful in this of each proof. At the end of the work he case. I did not think you such an accom- attached a bull excommunicating any perplished coquette.”
son who ventured to alter the text. This " Aunt, it was not coquetry. I really bull entertained the people exceedingly, for wanted to learn skating, and when Frank the Bible was discovered to be so full of offered to teach me "
errors that he was compelied to suppress You could not of course refuse. Well, the edition. In a Bible published in Londarling, I did not expect the skating lesson don, 1634, the passage (Psalms xiv.), “The to be so full of meaning. I pity poor fool hath said in his heart there is no God.” Reuben, the victim of a double scheme.” was printed : “ The fool hath said in his
“Auntie, you shall not,” — (her tiny heart there is a God.” Another Bible conhand was placed over my mouth)-"you are tained almost as strange a misprint (Ruth teazing. Reuben has forgiven me, and iv. 13): instead of “The Lord gave her owns that Frank's possession of my hand conception,” it read “ The Lord gave her first taught him the power and fervour of corruption.” Thc editions of Field, printed his love, and that but for the skating for the University of Cambridge, are full of lessou he would have been content to con faults. It has been said that he received a tinue loving me in a kind of abstract, dis large sum of money from the Independents tant way; so you, too, must own Katie's for altering the passage in the “Acts of the skating lesson has done some good.”
Apostles” (vi. 3), which ends with the “Yes, indeed, since it has turned bashful words, “whom we may appoint,” &c., to Reuben into a bold, happy, successful lover." “whom ye may appoint,” &c., thus causing
Snow. the right of choosing pastors to emanate
from the people themselves, and not from
the pastors. Some one was asked what works he had in the
In the same Bible we find press ? “Why, the History of the Bank, with (1 Cor. vi. 9), “Know ye not that the notes; the Art of Cookery, with plates; and the unrighteous shall inherit the kingdom of Science of Single-Stick, with wood-cuts."
| the head with a heavy hammer; it stunned them NOTES AND QUERIES FOR
certainly, but, by laying them with their mouths NATURALISTS.
open to the wind, they soon revived, got up, and
ran about "all right."--M'Clintock's Voyage of NOTES.
the " Fox." ESQUIMAUX Dogs.
THE CANINE INVASION. DELIGATS OF DOG DRIVING.-I shall not easily
Having observed, some days ago, that a few of forget the trial my patience underwent during the
the dogs were falling away--from some cause or six weeks that I drove that dog sledge. The
other not having put on their winter clothing leader of my team, named “Omar Pasha," was
before the recent cold weather set in,-they were very willing, but very lame. Little "Rose" was
all allowed on board, and given a good extra coquettish, and fonder of being caressed than
meal. Since then we can scarcely keep them whipped. From some cause or other, she ceased
out. One calm night they made a charge, and growing when only a few months old; she was,
boarded the ship so suddenly that) several of the therefore, far too small for heavy work. “Darky"
men rushed up, very scantily clothed, to see what and "Missy” were mere pups; and, last of all,
was the matter. Vigorous measures were adopted came the two wretched starvelings, reared in the
to expel the intruders, and there was desperate winter, “Foxy" and " Dolly." Each dog had its
chasing round the deck with broomsticks, &c. own harness, formed of strips of canvas, and was
Many of them retreated into holes and corners, attached to the sledge by a single trace, twelve
and two hours elapsed before they were all driven feet long. None of them had ever been yoked before, and the amount of cunning and perversity
out; but though the chase was hot, it was cold they displayed, to avoid both the whip and the
enough work for the half-clad men.-M'Clintock's work, was quite astonishing. They bit through
Voyage of the "Fox." their traces, and hid away under the sledge, or
ALPINE EAGLES. leaped over one another's backs, so as to get into
The Alpine eagle, particularly the one known the middle of the team, out of the way of my as the “ Lamb Vulture.” not for its gentleness--whip, until the traces became plaited up, and the
| by no means confines itself to preying upon dogs were almost knotted together. The con
mutton or similar fare. He is sometimes terribly sequence was, I had to halt every few minutes, a
minutes, disposed to taste human flesh, and not unfrepull off my mitts, and, at the risk of frozen
quently succeeds in his attempts to procure it. fingers, disentangle the line. I persevered, how in Hundwyl (Appenzell) such a daring robber ever, and, without breaking any of their bones,
carried off a child before the very eyes of its succeeded in getting a surprising amount of work
| parents and neighbours. In the Silver Alps out of them. Hobson drove his own dog sledge (Schwyz) an eagle seized a herdsman's child seated likewise, and as long as we were together we on the rocks, began forthwith to tear him to helped each other out of difficulties, and they pieces, and dropped him into the abyss before the were frequently occurring; for, apart from those herdsman could drive the bird away. In Bernese I have above mentioned, directly a dog sledge is Oberland. Anne Zurbuchen, a three-year-old child stopped by a hummock, or sticks fast in deep was taken out by her parents during the hay. snow, the dogs, instead of exerting themselves, making, and placed
erting themselves, making, and placed by them on the ground near lie down, looking perfectly delighted at the cir- a stable. The child soon fell asleep. The father cumstance, and the driver has to extricate the
covered the child's face with a straw-hat, and sledge with a hearty one, two, three haul, and
then went on his way to his labour. As he soon apply a little gentle persuasion to set his canine
after returned with a bundle of hay, he found the team in motion again.
child no longer there, and sought for it for a time Punishment.--Pour dogs! they have a hard life in vain. In the meanwhile, the peasant Heïnrich of it in these regions. Even Petersen, who is Michel passed by a wild path in the direction of generally kind and humane, seems to fancy they the mountain brook. To his astonishment he must have little or no feeling. One of his theories | heard a child crying. Proceeding in the direction is, that you may knock an Esquimaux dog about of the sound, he speedily saw from an adjacent the head with any article, however heavy, with height an eagle rise, and for a considerable time perfect impunity to the brutes. One of us up hang poised over the precipice. The peasant braided him the other day because he broke his hastily ascended, and found the child lying on the whip-handle over the head of a dog. “That was very edge of the cliff, with no other injury than to nothing at all,” he assured us. Some friend of his the left hand and arm by which it had been seized, in Greenland found he could beat his dogs over i but with the loss of sock shoes, and cap, dropped