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ON THE COLD NORTH SEA.
Yet sweet as days when skies are blue,
And cherries redden on the wall,YE who sit by the glowing hearth
When blossoms, fed with sun and dew, With friends you love to see,
Their beauty silently renew,Pause awhile in your pleasant mirth,
Yea, sweeter, more desired of all
Is holly time.
For now, as if the Incarnate Word
Walked it again, the sterile earth, On the cold North Sea.
Remembering the glad tidings heard
Of angels, to its heart is stirred And, as the yule-log blazes up,
With promptings of renewing birth, Though rough and poor we be,
This holly time. You'll think of, us, and drain a cup
To all who sail the sea.
Joy in life's pulses throbs and burns,
The hours star-crested, sweep along, Where wives and bairns are looking out,
Shedding delight from brimming urns; With chilly fear and creeping doubt,
Youth to the heart of age returns, On the cold North Sea.
And fans the ashen brands of song
At holly time.
The sacred hearths, when yule-flames rise, But tight and trim our vessel swims,
Are altars whereon, each apart Across the tumbling sea.
The households offer sacrifice We feel no doubt, we have no fear,
Out of the tender sanctities Our hands are strong, our eyes are clear,
And superstitions of the heart, Though clouds of spray are driving past
This holly time. Our swelling sails and bending mast, On the cold North Sea.
Thus do celestial glimpses bless We trust in Him whose sacred form
The stricken world, as though its woes, Once walked upon the sea ;
Its sins, its sorrows fathomless, Whose voice allayed the angry storm
Had ended, and the wilderness On holy Galilee.
Began to blossom like the rose Although we hear no church bells chime,
In holly time! We bless the happy Christmas time.
Gentleman's Magazine. Our Father loveth great and small ; His hand, unseen, protects us all, On the cold North Sea.
MASON JACKSON. Illustrated London News.
THE SUBTERRANEAN REPORT.
called for shortness,“ the chief; ” of a burly and portly figure, with a beardless
face, and a large bawk-nose, he plays here A FRAGRANT strawberry glistens on the the marquis. His German is a sort of jarground, beautiful to the eye, and luscious gon, but he rules over the subordinate to the taste. If there were some method cook and kitchen-maids, with absolute of seeing, or even of hearing, what was go-sway. ing on at the root of the plant, we might The watchmen have dined. perhaps be able to discern how the am- table is laid for more than a dozen persons, monia, homely, and of very pungent odor, and they come in one after andther. turned up conceitedly its nose, as much as The first who makes his appearance, or, to say, What indeed would all this be with rather, the one to whom the first entrance out me?
is conceded, is the head-coachman, BertThe potash, on the other hand, brightly ram, with a powerful, gigantic form. He glistening and sweet-smelling, is under no has a great red beard, parted in two wavnecessity of saying anything, for its very ing masses coming to a peak, with an emappearance says already, All the scientific broidered waistcoat covering his hips, and men of the upper world speak on my be over it a striped blue and white jacket, half.
with just a slight badge of distinction from And the hard, silicious earth, in its com- that of the other coachmen. förtable repose, might be understood to With a. greeting to the whole corps of say, I am an aboriginal inhabitant, and servants, Bertram seats himself at the head what do these transient fellows want? of the table with Joseph on his right, and To-day here, and to-morrow gone; I have the head-gardener on his left. Next to already lived through a great deal, -every- this one, a little man, with seamed face thing goes by fashion.
and rapidly glancing eyes, takes a seat; The maggot-worm grubs at the root, this is Lutz, the courier. Then the rest blinking with its cunning eyes, and thinks, seat themselves, aecording to their rank, The rest are happy in rendering service, the stable-boys and the men working in the but I-I fatten myself. The earth-worm garden being placed at the lower end of rolls itself along in a proud feeling of tri- the table. umph that it can go through the streets and The first female cook, a special favorite water-courses, whereon everything is mov- of Fräulein Perini, insisted strenuously ing hither and thither. A mole, that has upon grace being said before dinner. nestled in the neighborhood, lies in wait Bertram, the travelled coachman, a defor the moment when the maggot-worm is cided free-thinker, always busied himself taking a little nap, after its surfeit, and during the blessing with his great embroidgobbles it up;
ered waistcoat, which he drew proudly Such are the manifold operations of life down over his hips. Joseph folded his and movement down there at the roots, hands, but did not move bis lips; the rest and such also are those in the servants' prayed silently. room of Villa Eden above.
No sooner was the soup removed, and a Herr Sonnenkamp has a wise rule, al- little wine sipped, — for the servants had though many consider it hard-hearted, that their wine every day, than Bertram all his servants must be unmarried. They started the talk, and upon a very definite receive good wages, are in want of noth-topic. ing, but make no pretension to family life. “I was just waiting to see whether LieuA beggar never comes into the well-tenant Dournay would recognise me; I bekept garden, for he would disturb its com- longed to his battery.” fortable serenity. He receives alms, at the " Indeed!” Joseph delightedly chimed entrance, from the keeper of the lodge, and in. "Ho was right popular, I'm certhe old cook,oftentimes complains that the tain ?". remnants of food, which might nourish Bertram did not consider it incumbent many a hungry one, go so utterly to waste. upon him to give a direct reply. He only
It is noon. They take their meals here, said that he could never have believed that long before the table of their master above is Herr Dournay would ever become a serset. Two grooms, and a third coachman, vant. who keep watch in the stables, eat by them- “ Servant?" selves in silence, for they must relieve the “Yes, a servant like us; and because others.
he knows something of books, a tutor." The superintendent here. below is the Joseph smiled in a melancholy way, and head-cook, dressed in light clothes, and I took great pains to bring the table over to Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1868, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Mass.
a correct view. First he praised the cele- | who was the special butt of the circle, was brated father of Eric, who had received at more and more spurred on to talk, and least twenty decorations; and his mother, bantered till he became blue in the face. who belonged to the nobility; and he was Bertram, taking both waves of his long very happy to say that Captain Dourday beard in his hands, exclaimed :understood all about the sciences, and “If any one should tell me that, I'd to throw at their heads the very hardest show him how his teeth taste." Dames which he could get hold of, — An- Just let people talk," said soothingly thropology, Osteology, Archæology, and the head-gardener, with a smile in advance Petrifactology — all these the captain was at his own wisdom, as he added, “ As soon master of; he was a complete university in as a man gets on in the world he must himself. But he did not succeed in con- make up his mind to be slandered.”. vincing the company that Eric was any- One of the hostlers gave an account of thing else than a servant.
a scuffle which had taken place between The head-gardener said, in a high-Prus- them and the servants of the so-called sian dialect:
wine-count, who reproached them with be"Anyhow, he is a handsome man, and ing the servants of a man whom nobody sits his horse well; but he don't know a knew anything about, — who he was, or thing about gardening."
where he came from; and that one of them Lutz, the courier, praised Eric for had gone so far as to say that Frau Sonspeaking good French and English, but of nenkamp was a purchased slave. course, when it came to Russian, and The secret, and, in fact, 'not very edifyTurkish, and Polish, the learned gentle- ing history of several families was now reman didn't understand them; for Lutz him- tated, until the stout female cook cried out self, as a journeyman tailor, having made at last : the tour of all countries, understood all “Do stop that talk! My mother used ·languages. He had attended formerly to say, that Fräulein von Pranken, the present Count
• Whether houses be great or small, ess Wolfsgarten, and two English ladies,
There lies a stone before them all." on their travels; now he acted as courier for Herr Sonnenkamp on his journeys, and The second gardener, a lean, thin man, was idle the rest of the time, unless one with a peaked face, called the squirrel, who calls work the carrying of the letter-bag often had prayers with the pious people of to and from the railroad station, and the the neighborhood, began a very evangelical playing of the guitar, which the little man discourse about evil speaking. He had, practised a good deal, with the accompani- originally, been a gardener, then a policeman ment of his own whistling. He had also a in a northern capital, where Sonnenkamp besecret service.
came acquainted with him, and placed him There appeared to be a tacit agreement back again in his first occupation, employat the table, that they should make no re- ing him frequently in commissions that ply to anything that Lutz said; he only called for special circumspection. received a smile from the second female An ancient kitchen-maid, who sat apart, cook, with whom he had a tender but not holding in her lap the plate from which she acknowledged relation.
was eating, cried suddenly: A man with Sarmatian features and a. “ You may say what you please, the genPolish accent claimed for Herr von tleman who has just come marries the Pranken the credit of having brought the daughter of the family. Just bear that in man into the house. Bertram gave Joseph mind. Mark my words. He hasn't come a slight nudge, and proceeded to praise Herr for the young gentleman, but for the young von Pranken in the most eulogistic terms, lady. There was once on a time a prince while Joseph winked slyly, as if he would and a princess in the castle, and the prince say, Just so; this shows again that the Pole put on a servant's dress — yes, laugh away, is in the secret service of Herr von but it is just so." Pranken.
Joseph and Bertram exchanged glances. ow they speculated whether Herr von full of meaning. Pranken would take up his abode in the Now there was a general joking. Every house after his marriage with Manna, for one wished to have his fortune told by old this event was regarded as a settled thing. Kate. The courier made fun of supersti
A gardener, who stammered a little, re- tious people, but assumed a very forced marked that it was said at the village inn, smile when Bertram called out: that Herr Sonnenkamp had been a tailor. “Yes, indeed, the tailors are all enlightAll laughed, and the stuttering, gardener, 'ened, they don't believe in hell.".
There was no end to the laughing now. but he had for companions many Suddenly a voice sounded from the ceil- timents, and he must watch sharp lest they ing:
be turned into “ Bertram is to put the horses to the Just as was writing the word, he stopped ; glass-carriage, and Joseph to come up." that was not the propertone. He destroyed
The company at the table broke up; the the sheet, and began again. He narrated, hostlers went to the stables, where they simply and briefly, the interview with Pransmoked their pipes, the gardeners to the ken, Clodwig, and Bella, saying that as the park and the green-houses. Joseph told Homeric heroes were under the special protwo servants to set the dinner-table, and tection of the gods, so to-day a different there was stillness under ground. Only and better one was vouchsafed, and he was the kettles bubbled and hissed, and the accompanied by the spirit and noble charchief surveyed with lofty mien the progress acter of his parents. In speaking of Roof his work.
land, he said that wealth had a peculiar An hour later, Lutz received the letters power to excite the fancy, and a mighty enwhich he was to carry to the station, and, ergy in carrying out its purposes, for Roin a very casual and innocent way, related land had already removed her into the small, that the new tutor had as adherents in the vine-covered house: house, Bertram, who was formerly stationed The bells were ringing in the village, and in his battery, and Joseph, who considered Eric wrote with flying speed about his conhimself committed to him as coming from ception of the noble vocation of guiding the University. It had never been said in in the right path a human being upon so many words that Lutz was to be a spy whom was conferred the great and influential over the servants, but it was understood, as power of wealth. a matter of course, between him and his And now, mingled with the ringing of the master.
bells, there came suddenly the recollection of that narrative in the Gospel of the rich. young man coming to Jesus. He did not
remember the precise question and answer, A SUNDAY FILLED OUT.
and he looked for a Bible in Roland's libraEric had wished to write a letter to his ry, but there was no Bible there; yet it mother out of fairy-land, when he rode as seemed as if he could go no farther until if under a spell of enchantment through the he had become exactly acquainted with that wood, where all was music, fragrance, and incident. brightness. 'Yes, then! It was only a few He went down into the garden; there he days ago, and yet it seems as if years had came across the gardener, the so-called elapsed. How much in these few days had squirrel, who was very happy to be able to Eric thought, seen, experienced! The let- give an affirmative answer to the question ter is an entirely different one.
whether he bad a Bible. With words full On Sunday there was a change in the of unction he brought one to Eric, who household arrangements, no common break- took it with him to his room. fast being served. When Eric met Son- He wrote no more, he read for a long nenkamp in the garden, the latter asked time; then he sat there motionless, his him if he would go with them to church. head resting upon his left hand, which covEric answered no, at once, adding in ex- ered his eyes, until Roland returned from planation, that by going he should be guilty church, and laid down his prayer-book. of an act of hypocrisy; as a mark of re- As Eric grasped now the hand which had spect for a confession not his own, he might deposited the book, the inquiry darted perhaps be willing to go, but a different through bis soul, Wilt thou be able to give view would be taken of it.
the youth a like firm trust as a compensaSonnenkamp looked at him in surprise. tion, if thou shouldest — But this straight-forwardness seemed to His thoughts were interrupted, for Roland have an effect upon him, for he said, said,
Good;. one is at no loss to find out “You have procured a Bible, then ? " your opinion."
With childish pleasure he informed him that The tone was ambiguous, but Eric inter- by means of the gardener it had been repreted it favorably.
ported all over the house. Eric felt obliged After all had gone to church, Eric sat to declare to the boy that he held this book alone, writing to his mother. He began by in high esteem, and thought there was no saying that he seemed to himself like Ulys- other to be compared with it, but that he ses thrown upon a strange island; he had, had none of the customary ecclesiastical reyindeed, no fellow-voyagers to take care of, erence for it..
• Do you know this ?” Eric asked, point-| lost his toes? Why should they see a trouing to the passage about the rich young bled countenance ?' He informed Eric that
he had frozen bis toes in the Russian camRoland read it, and when Eric asked paign, and had been obliged to have them him what he thought of it, Roland only amputated; and he smiled very cheerfully, stared, for he had evidently not perceived as he said: the difficulty of the problem there enun- “Yes, truly our German proverb is right. ciated. Eric avoided enlightening him now Every one knows best himself where the in regard to the meaning of the parable; shoe pinches.". he would wait. A seed-grain lies at first He nodded his agreement with Eric, who motionless in the earth, until it is stirred in- made an application of the proverb to the to activity by its own vital 'forces. Eric various relations of life. knew that at this moment such a seed-grain Then he asked Roland whether his mother had fallen into the child's soul. He would had yet risen; for Frau Ceres made the no bide quietly the time when it should germi- small sacrifice of getting up at nine o'clock, nate and spring up:
and, what will be considered a not much inHe complied with Roland's desire that he ferior one, of completing her toilet in a sinwould go with bim to meet the major, who gle hour, and going with the family to came every Sunday to dinner. They walked church. She always made up, therefore, for a while in the road und the • nut-trees, for the lost sleep by going to bed again beand then up the hill through the vineyards. fore dinner, and putting on afterwards, for They saw, near a large open space where the first time, her real Sunday apparel. stakes only were standing, the Major, with When they reached the level road, the whom we have already become acquainted architect met them, on his way also to dinat Wolfsgarten; he was to-day in full uni- ner; he joined Eric, while Roland went form, with all his badges.
with the Major. The men were all obliged Whilst the established nobility of the to look at Roland's dogs, before they assem-: region were very reserved in their visits to bled in the balcony-saloon. They found the Sonnenkamp mansion, the Major was the doctor and the priest already with Herr the banner of distinction to this household, Sonnenkamp. Frau Ceres being especially delighted that Eric had scarcely been introduced, when a man with so many badges should devote Frau Ceres appeared in splendid full dress. . himself to her in so friendly a way. Evil The Major offered his arm, the servants tongues, indeed, reported that the Major, drew back the folding-doors, and they went in consideration of this attention to the through several apartments into the diningladies, and this Sunday display of his hall. badges, received no trifling addition to his The Major had his seat at the left of Frau not very large pension, but this was pure Ceres, and the priest at her right; next to scandal, for the Major, or rather Fräulein- him was Fräulein Perini, and then the phyMilch, strenously refused to accept presents sician, Sonnenkamp, the architect, Roland from any one in the region, nor would they and Eric took their respective seats. allow themselves to be in any manner depen- The priest said grace to-day aloud. The
conversation was, at first, wholly incompreThe Major was very happy to see them hensible to Eric, for it was of persons and both.
circumstances that he knew nothing about. “ Have you got him so soon ?.” said he to The great wine establishment, the son of Eric. “ Be sure and hold him by a tight whose proprietor had bought, with Pranken, rein."
the beautiful horses, was often mentioned. And, pointing to the vineyard, he said : The head of the firm had realized enormous “Next season we shall have there 80 profits, at a sale held at one of his wineHerr Sonnenkamp says — the first wine. vaults up the stream. It was reported that Have you ever drunk virgin wine ? " he intended to give up business entirely,
Eric answered in the negative, and the and to reside at the capital, for the shrewd Major delighted in being able to explain to old gentleman was very desirous of gaining him that the first product of a vineyard was the consideration and good will of the so denominated.
court. The Major's gait was nothing but a per- “I give him credit,” cried the doctor, petual plunge forward and a recovery of of being infatuated with the notion of gethimself again; every two steps he stopped ting ennobled." and looked round, always with a smile. He Herr Sonnenkamp, who just that mosmiled upon every one he met. Why were ment bad put into his mouth some fish people to be made unhappy because he has cut up very fine, was seized with such a sud