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through the passage into a small back-room, here, and then instantly afterwards at the and placed her on the bed, which was her strand, where no one was yet to be seen.
• Tell your mistress,' he continued, 'that • He will be here in a minute,' said Mag- I came over, being in the neighbourhood, gie faintly. Go out and see if she is come on business. I cannot stay, but I shall be too. Leave me here, and go and see.' down next week.' He was turning away,
Profoundly wondering, yielding to the leaving Jane in speechless astonishment, energy and terror of the child, Jane left when he spoke again, with evident effort. her, and went to see. Henry Hurst had •I cannot understand her being away landed from the boat, dragged it on to the from home, for she expected me. You beach, and he was coming up the slope. don't happen to know whether she wrote His face was perfectly colourless, and he any letters yesterday, do you?' walked with rapid, uneven steps. At the No, sir, I don't,' said Jane. "I posted gate he hesitated for a moment, but the one on Friday, but I don't know since then. next he passed in, glancing round him. He She posted a letter on Friday. To whom? recognised Jane with a slight but percepti- He hardly dared to ask; what would he not ble start, and addressed her angrily, remov- give to know? ing his hat and passing his hand two or three Of course it was not to me,' he said, times across his forehead.
or I should have received it.' “So you are here, are you?' he said. . I don't know, sir, I'm sure.' • What do you mean by gadding about, and * Don't forget my message. Good-day.' leaving no one but that lying little cripple He was gone. Jane stood in the doorhere? Where's your mistress ? '
way until she lost sight of him, striding ‘My mistress Hasn't she come back along the shore to the right. Then she with you ? ' said Jane, more and more be- looked to the left, and saw the boatmen wildered.
and the women coming back from Sand• Come back with me! No!' said Henry bam. Hurst hoarsely:
• How should she come She opened the door of the room in which back with me when I haven't seen her?' she had left Maggie, said briefly, “Master
He stood in the little garden path, and is gone, and your father is coming along made no movement to enter the house, by the water-edge;' and then ran rapidly though Jane had made way for him, and down the slope, and along the strand, until though his boots and the ends of his trousers she met the returning boatmen. were wet, and dabbled with the sand of the In a little while James Burton was beside beach.
his child, whose agitation, at first increased • Haven't you seen her, sir ?' said Jane; on seeing him, was somewhat allayed when * that's very strange. She went to Green she told him her story. He heard it with Island this morning in Burton's boat, and wonder, and with growing alarm at every me being out when you came home, Maggie word she said. The other boatmen bad Burton told me you were here, sir, and that come up with him to the house, and Jane you had gone to the island.'
repeated to them all the positive statement * So I did,' said Henry Hurst, speaking of her master that the lady' was not on rapidly, and glancing along the strand. the island. Each man looked at his neigh
That confounded little monkey sent me on bour, but no one spoke. Presently Burton a fool's errand; when I had no time to came out of the room where he had left his
Mrs. Holmes is not there. little girl, his face pale, and almost as Can't you tell where she is ?'
frightened as Maggie's own. • She must be there,' said Jane; she • We must go and look for her,' he said went in Burton's boat, and he was to fetch briefly. * Alive or dead, she's there. You'll her; and there ain't no boat as she could come with me,'-- he laid his heavy hand on bave got away in.'
Jackson's arm, - and we'll leave the child • But I tell you she isn't there,' said with your wife. He went back into the Henry Hurst. I have been all over the room, and came out again, carrying Maggie island, and she is not there. If she was in his arms, her head covered with her pinthere at all this morning, some boat has afore, her face against his breast, and ber picked her up. At all events, I can't stay hands round his neck. She sobbed convulhere now.
Here are five shillings for Bur- sively and shuddered, but she did not unton for the use of his boat — confound it ! cover her head or look up for a moment. I've torn my coat, and my hands too, drag- So the men went down to Jackson's cotging it about.'
tage, and Burton gave his child in charge Ile glanced at the woman's stolid face! to Mrs. Jackson, who was very white and
silent, for the lady' was well liked by them clothes, which Burton had handed over to all, and there was one fear in every heart. him. Suddenly he protruded his head and As Burton disengaged himself from the shoulders over the edge of the ravine, and child's arms she whispered to him earnestly, grasping the edge with one hand, put the entreatingly. Mrs. Jackson followed him other out bebind him, and lifted it with a to the door.
gesture which caused them all to stoop and 'I only want to ask you one question,'| look into the calm-flowing water beneath. she said. · Had she her bathing-things After a few minutes, which passed in with her?'
profound silence, James Burton raised himYes,' said Burton, she had.'
self, first into a sitting position and then • Then she's drowned, she's drowned !' to his feet, and said, to his comrades, in a cried Mrs. Jackson, wringing her hands. hoarse tone, * She's drowned ; and I always said it!! She's there, mates, she's there. She's
The four men landed at Green Island in lying dead upon the rock; I can see her silence, and proceeded, led by Burton, to face under the water. What shall we the seaward side, to the sandy cove which do?' he knew to be Alice's favourite resort. There was no one to answer him. The There was no sign of any human presence bank they were on was ten feet above the there. The quiet water was .flowing high-water mark, and they had no ropes. through the Long Hole, cutting off one We must wait,' said Jackson, until extremity of the island from the little do- the tide falls.' main of the mainland. Having gone all • But if it should carry her out with it?' round the exterior of the island in vain, the • It will not do that,' said Burton, or it searchers mounted the steep side of the would have done it before now.' little ravine, and there they came upon the After a hurried consultation, it was first trace of what they sought. . About agreed that two of the men should go to halfway up the ascent there grew a sturdy the shore in one of the boats to give notice furze-bush, by the side of a bare patch of of the accident, and to bring back coverings stone, hollowed out by a caprice of nature in which to wrap the dead body; also to into a rude likeness of a basin, and there bring the servant, if she could be induced were several articles of female attire to come. rolled-up together, and put away with evi- The two men went away, and Burton dent intention. Burton lifted them rever- and Jackson began their terrible watch, ently; there was a terrible significance in under the glorious May sky, with the dancthe respect with which he handled them. ing waves around them, the song of the Not so do we touch the garments of the birds in the air, and under their eyes the living; sudden reverence for these soulless tranquil flow of the lucid water - now things comes to us only when they are the sparkling with light, now shaded, dimpled representatives of the tenement of the soul by a passing cloud, but falling, falling, which has gone beyond our ken.
inch by inch, lessening its merciful, softenThe four men stood close together, and ing interposition between them and the awspoke in the lowest whispers.
ful, stark, dead face beneath it. She took her clothes off bere, and went The men kept their watch. People bein to bathe,' said Jackson; the tide gan to collect upon the shore, and there comes up to the stones under this here were murmuring and movement among place, and there would be no mark of her them, as the silent sentinels above the feet.'
ravine could see. Time passed — the mes• She'll be washed-in with the next tide,' sengers did not return. said one of the other men; it's going out • They have gone to tell the police, and fast. We sha'n't find her before night, to fetch a doctor,' whispered Jackson ; but inates.'
Burton shook his head, and answered Burton had now reached the summit of never a word. the little ravine, and laid himself down on The water fell, and fell. The dim, the ground along the edge exactly over-blurred, awful outline above the rock belooking the mass of rock which formed a came more distinct. One round limb had kind of table in the centre of the Long fallen over the edge of the mass of stone, Hole, and over which the bright-green and the white foot was moved gently by water was flowing peacefully, shining bril- the gurgling, rippling wave. liantly under the sun, high in the serene The water fell, and fell, until at length beavens. Uncertain, and yet but too the form, in its long dress of brown serge, surely convinced, his companions stood became visible, flung upon its couch of about him, Jackson holding the bundle of l hard rock, the head fallen over the edge;
the long, fair hair, heavy with weeds and ton lifted up and looked at; then he moisture, trailing by the side. When only dropped it, and caught Jackson's arm, as a few inches' depth of water covered the he was about to lift the head and shoulders dead body, the two men went down the of the corpse. side of the ravine, and waded into its • Don't touch her,' he whispered in the entrance, above their knees at the first man's ear. Don't lay a hand on her till step. As soon as they reached the rock, there are more here to see and swear to the explanation of the position of the body how she's found. What brings her bathwas manifest. The long, heavy bathing- ing-sheet under her? What should she dress was torn at one shoulder, and a jut- take it into the sea for? What brought ting fragment of rock bad caught and held her clothes upon the hill ? Don't touch it securely, resisting the motion of the water, her, mate; don't touch her. This is no acwhich, indeed, was almost imperceptible. Icident; there's foul play here.' Beneath the bathing-dress upon the rock, And he muttered to himself, “Maggie's something white was trailing. This Bur-right, by Heaven!'
TRANSFUSION OF THE BLOOD — SINGULAR RE- ward Miall, 60; Charles Lever, 62; John Stuart
- We find it stated in the Amico del Mill, 62; Lord Lytton, 64; Professor Maurice, 64; Popolo of Palermo, that Dr. Enrico Albanese a Harrison Ainsworth, 64; George Borrow, 65; few days ago performed the operation of trans- Robert Chambers, 69; William Chambers, 69; fusion of the blood with success at the Ospitale Barry Cornwall, 70; J. B. Planché, 73; Rev. G. della Concezione of that city. A youth aged B. Gleig, 73; T. Carlyle, 74; W. Howitt, 74; seventeen, named Guiseppe Ginazzo, of Cinisi, George Grote, 75; Sir John Bowring, 77; Charles was received at that establishment on the 29th Knight, 79; J. P. Collier, 80. of September last with a bad humour on his leg, which in the end rendered amputation necessary, the patient being very much emaciated, and la
OLD-YEAR'S NIGHT. bouring under fever. The operation reduced him to a worse state than ever, and it became
I. apparent that he was fast sinking, the pulse being The windy trouble of the western sky imperceptible, the eyes dull, and the body cold. In this emergency Dr. Albanese
bad recourse to And hark! the breeding north sweeps sadly by
Has all died out, save one long line of fire the transfusion of blood as the only remedy
And moans about the poplar's gusty spire. that had not yet been tried. Two assistants of the hospital offered to have their veins opened for the purpcse, and thus, at two different in- No snow to-night. This pitless wind alone tervals, 220 grammes of blood were introduced
Betwixt the poor pinch'd earth and callous into the patient's system. After the first time
sky he recovered the faculty of speech, and stated
“ Old year," it cries, shrill mock’ry in its tone; that, before, he could neither see nor hear, but
“I come to see the grizzly old year die!” felt as if he were flying in the air. He is now in a fair state of recovery.
0, bitter cold! beneath dark cottage-eaves
The ieicles drip slowly into length. The following are the ages respectively
, of sev- In empty woods black corpses of dead leaves eral well-known literary men and others in Eng- Curl up with torture of the winter's strength. land:
Henry Kingsley, 39; George Meredith, 41; James Hannay, 42; John Hollingshead, 42; « Old year, old year, the night flies on apace: George Augustus Sala, 43; Wilkie Collins, 45;
Impatient waits the new-call'd king without. Matthew Arnold, 46; Edward Stephen Dicey, 49; Take up thy mantle, hide thy wrinkled face; Rev. C. Kinsley, 50; John Ruskin, 51; Dr. G.
What lags the weak, despised old year about?" W. Dasent, 51; J. A. Froud, 51; Captain Mayne Reid, 51; Arthur Helps, 51; G. W. Lewes, 52; Tom Taylor, 53; Charles Darwin, 53; Samuel Smiles, 53; Shirley Brooke, 53; William Howard Hark, midnight chimes ! The weary eyelids Russell, 53; Anthony Trollope, 54; Charles
close; Reade, 55; John Forster, 57; R. Browning, 57; Faint sounds his death-knell as the sea in C. Mackay, 57; Charles Dickens, 57; John Ox
shells: enford, 57; A. W. Kinglake, 58; Dr. John The old year dies with all his wounds and woes; Brown, 59; A. Tennyson, 59; John Hill Burton, The new year comes with heedless ring of bells. 60; Lord Houghton, 60; Mark Lemon, 60; Ed-!