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gain, that the temptation to do him an in- which I can adduce myself... You have jury, if I thought it one, is not strong. For nearly driven me into it, by telling me that your little boy, Lady Glencora, I think your I should degrade his house. It is almost fears are premature.” As she said this, incumbent on me to prove that you are there came a smile over her face, which wrong. But you had better leave me to threatened to break from control and almost settle the matter in my own bosom. You become laughter. “But, if you will allow bad indeed.” me to say so, my mind will not be turned After a while Lady Glencora did leave against this marriage half so strongly by her, -- to settle the matter within her own any arguments you can use as by those bosom, — having no other alternative.
SIR RICHARD MAYNE, Chief Commissioner of which we are often compelled to borrow. And the Metropolitan Police, died on Sunday, at the we doubt if any English writer now living writes age of 73. When only 38 years old, and a ris- so pure a classical English as was written by Na ing barrister, he was selected by Sir Robert thaniel Hawthorne.
Spectator, 26 Dec. Peel to organize a police for London, till then almost unprotected. In the teeth of the most bitter criticism, he, in conjunction with Colonel Rowan, organized the Force on its present basis, making London from 1829 to about 1862 the The Rev. Henry Ward Beecher is notoriously most secure capital in Europe, or perhaps in the a bold man, and he has lately been doing a bold world. During the last six years the violent thing. While we in England have been having criminals of the metropolis, aided by causes dis- a fight over scientific lectures on Sunday evencussed elsewhere, proved almost too strong for ing, and some of the friends of such lectures his little army of order, but for more than a have been taking their stand on the legal right generation the cool barrister maintained real to establish such things for the instruction of peace and security through a city which is a people, while others have been taking shelter kingdom at an expense of 3s. 6d. a head a year. under the title of Recreative Religionists, Mr. In his youth, and prime, and green old age, we Beecher has been able, unmolested, to get a doubt if the country ever had a more successful scientific gentleman to deliver physiological lecservant than Sir Richard Mayne, to whom it tures on Sundays in the school-house (schoolgave nothing but a moderate salary, a K. C. B., church we should probably call it in England) and some strictly official esteem.
belonging to his place of worship at Brooklyn, Spectator, 2 Jan. It has been justly said that this innovation is enough to make his father turn in his grave.
The American Minister, Mr, Reverdy Johnson, distributed yesterday week the prizes awarded by the Birkbeck Institute to pupils of both sexes. WITH regard to the emphatic protest made by After commenting, as he was in duty bound, on Mr. Sims Reeves against the high musical pitch the importance of feminine culture, and also at present existing in England, the Musical awarding the usual compliments to the memory Times informs us that a reformation is about to of Lord Brougham and Dr. Birkbeck, Mr. Rev- be attempted. “ During the ensuing season a erdy Johnson, speaking of America and England series of six concerts will be given, at St. James's with a touch of true American humour, - not Hall, in which the standard French pitch will be the less humourous because what he said may adopted. These concerts will consist exclusively have had its truth, — went on to remark that of sacred music (and mostly of oratorios), ani “ not only are our institutions identical, but we Mr. Sims Reeves has pledged himself to sing at speak the same language; and although we each performance. Amongst the works to be speak it better than you do, we understand each given, Handel's “Jephtha' will be one of the other, and by and by you will be able speak most interesting, not only on account of its bethe language as well as we do.” It has really ing almost a novelty to a London audience, but been shown, we believe, that a great many of because the tenor part is 80 peculiarly fitted to what we call Americanisms are good old English the grandeur and power of Mr. Reeves' style idioms used in their good old English sense. and voice. There will be a carefully chosen But even the true Americanisms have the fla- band of between fifty and sixty performers, and vour of an originality, a strength, and youth the chorus will consist of Mr. Joseph Barnby's which are not very visible in England, and choir.”
BOOK IV. CHAPTER I.
There was a frantic bustle in the alders
and willows, and almost as frantic in the THE STRUGGLE 'IN A CHILD'S HEART.
great meadow, wbere the girls from the The sparrows in the alders and willows convent caught hold of each other, chaton the shore of the convent-island twittered tered together, tittered, teased one and chattered noisily together, they had so other, and laughed. much to say to each other about what they Apart from her noisy companions, and had experienced during the day; and who frequently passing under the alder-trees knows whether their to-day was a where there was such a merry gathering much longer interval of time than ours ? of the birds, walked a girl slender in form One puffed up by his experience --- perhaps and graceful in movement, with black hair we should say her experience, for the and brilliant eyes, accompanied by a tall feathers bad lost their colors from age- and majestic woman in a nun's dress, sat quietly in the crotch of a bough, com- whose bearing had an expression of quiet fortably resting against the trunk; he and decisive energy. Her lips were natuechoed and re-echoed his delight at the rally so pressed together, that the mouth splendid time he enjoyed over the river, seemed only a narrow streak of red. The under the closely-trimmed branches of a entire brow was covered with a white kershady linden, in the vineyard by the chief, and the face, the large eyes, the shore.
small eyebrows, the sharp nose, the closely The waiter there had long delayed re- pressed lips, and the projecting but rather moving the remnants of an English break- bandsome chin, had something commandfast, and there were cakes, the pieces, ing and immovable. alas ! too large, abundance of eggs, honey, ** Honored mother," began the maiden, and sugar; it was a feast without parallel.“ you have read the letter from Fräulein He considered that the real joy of existence Perini ? ” had its first beginning when one wished to
- it was the superior — only know nothing more of all other things, and turned her face a little; she seemed to be had supreme satisfaction in eating and waiting for the maiden — it was Hermanda drinking alone. Only in mature life did Sonnenkamp - to speak further. one really come to that perception.
As Manna, however, was silent, the
supOthers would listen to nothing from the erior said: swaggering fellow, and there was an ir- “Herr von Pranken is then to make regular debate, whether lettuce-seeds or us a visit. He is a man of good family young cabbage-heads were not much better and good morals, he seems a wordling, but than all the cooked-up dishes of men. A he is not one exactly. He has, indeed, the young rogue, futtering around his roguish impatience of the outside world; I trust, mate, reported to her that behind the fer- however, that he will not press his wooing ryman's house, there hung from the garret- as long as you are here our child, that is to window a bulging bag full of flax-seed; say, the child of the Lord.” if one only knew how to rip open the seam a She spoke in a very deliberate tone, and little, one could gradually eat up all the now stopped. tidbits, but it must be kept a profound “Let us go away from here; the noise secret, else the others would come too; and of the birds above there allows one hardly hemp-seed, it must be acknowledged, was to hear herself speak.” just the most precious.good which this whole They went by the churchyard, in the round earth could furnish. The rogue was middle of the island, to the grove growing of the opinion that her delicate bill was near a small rocky ledge, which the chilexactly the nice thing to pick open the dren called the Switzerland of the island; seam; it was the most contemptible base- there they sat down, and the superior conness in human beings, to hang up in the tinued : open air just the most tempting dainties all “I am sure of you, my child, that you fastened and tied up.
will decline hearing a word from Herr von A late-comer, flying up in breathless Pranken that has any reference to protestahaste, announced that the scarecrow, stand- tions of love, or to the soliciting your hand ing in the field, was nothing but a stick in marriage." with clothes hung upon it.
“ You know, honored mother,” replied “ Because the stupid men believe in Manna, - her voice was always pathetic, scarecrows, they think that we do too,” and as if veiled with tears, “you know, laughed he, and flapped his wings in as- honored mother, that I have promised to tonishinent and pity at the manifest sim- take the veil." plicity.
“I know it, and I also do not know it,
for what you now say or determine is for of the sunset sky, the violet haze of the us like a word written in the sand, which mountains, and the river glowing in the the wind and the footsteps of man may red beams of evening, she shut her eyes efface. You must go out again into the again, and made a repellant movement with world; you must have overcome the world, her hand, as if she would have said, -I before you renounce it. Yes, my child! will have nothing of thee; thou shalt be the whole world must appear to you like paught to me; thou art only a doll, a lifeyour dolls, wbich you tell me of, forgot- less thing, on which we waste our love. ten, valueless, dead,
-a child's toy, upon With trembling voice Manna mourned which it is scarcely conceivable that so over her rent and tempest-tossed spirit; a much regard, so much love, should be few days before she had sung and spoken lavished.
the message of the heralding angels, while For some time all was still, nothing was dark demons were raging within her. She to be heard but the song of the nightingale had spent the whole day in prayer, that she in the thicket, and above the river ravens might be worthy to announce such a meswere flying in flocks and singing – men sage, and then in the twilight a man had call it croaking- and soaring to their nests appeared before her, and her eye bad rested in the mountain-cliffs.
on him with pleasure; it was the tempter * My child,” began the superior, after who had approached her, and the figure a while, “to-day is the anniversary of my had followed her into her dreams. She had mother's death; I have to-day prayed for risen at midnight, and wept, and prayed to her soul in eternity, as I did at that time. God that he would not suffer her to fall into At the time she died - men call it dying, sin and ruin. But she had not conquered. but it is only the birth into another life She scorned and hated the vision, but it at that time, my vow forbade me to stand would not leave her. Now she begged that by her death-bed; it cost me hardly a some penance might be imposed upon her, struggle, for whether my parents are still that she might be allowed to fast for three out there in the world, or above there in days. heaven, it makes no difference to The superior gently consoled her, saying Look, the water is now tinged with the that she must not blame herself so bitterly, glow of evening, and people outside, on because the self-reproach increased the ex. the hills and on the banks, are speaking, in citement of fancy and feeling. At the raptures of nature, that new idol which season when the elders were in bloom and they have set up, for they are the children the nightingales sang, a maiden of sevenof nature; but we are to be the children teen was apt to be visited by dreams ; of God, before whose sight all nature Manna must not weep over these dreams, seems only a void, under whatever color but just scare them away and mock at them; it may appear, whether clothed in green, or they were only to be driven off by ridicule. white with snow.”
Manna kissed the hands of the superior. “I believe, I comprehend that,” Manna It became dark. The sparrows were sisaid assentingly.
lent, the noisy children returned to the “ That is why I say it to you," continued house, and only the nightingale sang conthe worthy mother. " It is a great thing tinually in the shrubbery. Manna turned to overcome the world, to thrust it from back to the convent, the superior leading one's self, and never to long for it a single her by the hand. She went to the large instant, and to receive in exchange the dormitory, and sprinkled herself with holy eternal blessedness, even while we dwell water. She continued praying silently long here in the body. Yes, my child," she after she had gone to bed, and fell asleep laid both bands upon the head of Manna, with her hands folded. and continued, " I would like to give you
The river swept rustling along the valley, strength, my strength - no, not mine, that and swept rustling by the villa where Rowhich God has lent me. Thou art to struggle land slept with contemptuously curled lip; hard and bravely with the world, thou art it rushed past the streets of the little town to be tried and sisted, before thou comest where Eric was speculating upon this and to us forever, to the fore- 'ourt of the that in the doctor's house; it rushed by the Kingdom of Heaven."
inn where Pranken, leaning against the Manna had closed her eyes, and in her window, stared over at the convent. soul was the one only wish, that now the The moon shone on the river, and the earth might open and swallow her up, or nightingales sang on the shore, and in the that some supernatural power would come houses thousands of people slept, forgetting and lift her up over all. When she opened joy and sorrow, until the day again dawned. her eyes, and saw the marvellous splendor
A GREEN TWIG.
While she was thus drawing, and frequently running her eye over the children
left under her care, she had a book open by On the west side of the convent, under her side; it was Thomas à Kempis. While the lofty, wide-spreading, thickly-leaved putting in the stars, which she did with that chestnut-trees, beeches, and lindens, and delicate and beautiful finish attainable, perfar in among the firs with their fresh shoots, haps, only in the convent, she snatched a stationary tables and benches were ar- few sentences out of Thomas à Kempis, ranged. "Girls in blue dresses were sit- that her soul might be occupied with higher ting here, reading, writing, or busy with thoughts during this trisling occupation. their hand-work. Sometimes there was a The stroke of oars sounded from the low humming, but not louder than the hum- shore on that side: the girls looked up; a ming of the bees in the blossoming chestnut- handsome young man was standing in the trees; sometimes a moving this way and boat, who lifted his hat and waved it, as if that, a change in one's position, but not saluting the island. more than the fluttering of a bird in the “Is he your brother ? your cousin ? " trees overhead.
was whispered here and there. Manna sat at the table beneath a large No one knew the stranger. fir-tree, and at a little distance from her, The boat came to land. The girls were on a low seat under a lofty beech on whose full of curiosity, but they dared not intertrunk many names were carved, and on mit their work, for everything had its alwhich was suspended a framed picture of lotted time. Luckily, a tall, fair-complexthe Madonna, sat a little child; she looked ioned maiden had used up all her green up frequently at Manna, who nodded to worsted, so that she must go to the conher, indicating that she must study ber vent for more, and she nodded significantly book more diligently, and be as busy as the to the others that she would find out who rest. The child was nicknamed Heimchen, was the new arrival. But before the blond because she had suffered so much from girl could come back, a serving-sister aphomesickness, and Heimchen had become peared, ard informed Manna Sonnenkaip the pet of all the girls. Manna had cured that she was to come to the convent. Manthe child, to all appearance at least, for on na arose, and Heimchen, who wanted to go the day after the representation of the with her, was bidden to remain ; the child sacred play, she had received permission quietly seated herself again on her little from a lay-sister who presided over the gar- stool under the beech-tree from which dening, to prepare for the child a separate hung the picture of the Madonna. Manna little garden-plat; and now she seemed to broke off a little freshly-budding twig from be taking root in the foreign land, as did the tree under which she had been sitting, the plants which she had since watered and and placed it in her book as a mark; she cared for, but she was inseparable from then followed the sister. Manna.
There was great questioning among those Manna worked diligently; some pale who remained: Who is he? Is he a cousin ? blue paper was lying before her, and she But the Sonnenkamps have no relatives in was painting on it, with a fine brush, pic- Europe. Perhaps a cousin from America. tures of the stars in color of gold from small The children were uneasy, and seemed shells.
to have no longer any inclination for their She prided herself especially on having studies. Manna had given to a companion the neatest writing-books, every leaf ruled the blue sash which she wore on her right very regularly with lines close together, shoulder, and this one felt it incumbent on and uniformly written upon, neither too her to keep strict order. coarse nor too fine. Manna had received, Manna came to the convent. As she ena few days since, the highest mark of honor tered the reception-room, to find the ladyever conferred on a pupil, by being unani- superior, Otto von Pranken rose quickly mously made the recipient of the blue rib- and bowed. bon, which the three classes of the children, “Herr von Pranken," said the superior, namely, the children of Jesus, the angels of " brings you a grecting from your parents Mary, and the children of Mary, had ad- and Fräulein Perini." judged to her. There bad hardly been any Pranken approached Manna, and exelection, so much a matter of course did it tended his hand, but as she had the book seein that nobody but Manna could be de- in her right hand, she gave him in a hesisignated for the blue ribbon. This badge tating manner her left. Pranken, the fluof distinction gave her a sort of right to be ent talker, only stammered out — for Manconsidered a superior.
na's appearance had greatly impressed him
the expression of his satisfaction at see- Pranken appeared perplexed, but with a ing Manna so well and so much grown, and motion of the hand which implied careful of the joy it would give her parents and consideration, kind intentions, and a sort of Fräulein Perini to see her again, so much delicate reservation, he said, looking down inproved.
at the floor, The stammering manner of Pranken, “ Honored mother, and dear Fräulein ! moved as he was by repressed feeling, Spare me from making such a statement lasted while he continued to speak further; here in the convent, and consider what I for in the midst of his involuntary agitation, bave touched upon as if it had not been said. he became suddenly aware that this evi- When I look around me here — as little dent emotion could not fail to be noticed ought certain words, not perhaps so inapby Manna, and must produce some im- propriate in the world outside, to be spoken pression upon her: He skilfully contrived aloud in this pure air, as unsaintly pictures, to keep up the same tone with which he to use a mild expression, to hang by the had begun, and congratulated himself on side of the pious, transfigured forms upon his ability to play so well a bashful, timid, these pure walls. Permit me to say to you, and surprised part. He had many animat- I have special guaranties that the poor ing narratives to give of her family at home, young man will not conduct himself unand congratulated the maiden on being al- worthily." lowed to live on a blissful island until she Manna's countenance, suddenly assumed could return to the mainland, where a an expression of noble indignation as sbe pleasant company of friends formed also a said, social mainland. Pranken contemplated “But I cannot conceive how they can with a great deal of self-satisfaction this commit my brother to the charge of a man, comparison, as pretty as it was new. who
Manna did not say a great deal; at last Pranken prayed to be excused for intershe asked,
rupting her. He conjured her by what was * Who may this Captain Dournay be, high and holy, to forget that he, in his zeal of whom Roland writes to me so enthusi- for the truth, had said anything against a astically ? "
former comrade; he had done it involunPranken winced a little, but he said tarily in his contemplation of purity and smilingly,
loveliness. He besought so earnestly, he “I was so fortunate as to find a poor manifested so good a heart, so full of huyoung man to instruct our Roland — per- man love, that Manna now voluntarily exmit me to speak of him so, for I love him tended to him her hand, and said, like a brother - in a variety of matters. “I believe you. Ah, how rejoiced I am I think that it will do Roland no harm to you are so good! acquire information from the man."
Pranken was happy, but determined that * Roland writes me that he is an intimate Eric should not be received into the family. friend of yours."
It seemed more and more puzzling to him “ Herr Dournay has probably said so to that he should himself have raised up such him, and I will not contradict it, if Ro- an antagonist; he was now doubly out of land is thus led to entertain a higher re- humor with Eric, for he had been the ocspect for a teacher. But, my dear Fräu- casion of his being untrue and unjust, and lein, I may venture to say to you that I am Pranken was too proud to be so misled, ersomewhat sparing in the use of the word pecially when a little caution on his own friend, and I would therefore rather not part might have prevented the necessity of
“ Then tell me something of the charac-it. ter of this man who calls himself your Might I venture to request you to show friend."
me the lines ? ” he now said. “My object “Excuse me from giving the particular is to see how good a judge of men Roland details. You yourself will certainly agree has become. Would you be willing to with me, that it is our duty to help toward show me what our splendid brother has the good one wbo is striving to turn from written of this Herr Dournay ?" the error of his ways, even if we cannot Manna blushed, and replied that they wholly blot out the past."
had better say no more about the captain ; “What, then, has this Herr Dournay and she besought Pranken to do all be done?” interposed the superior. “I could to remove the man out of the house, should be sorry on his mother's account, if it were still a possible thing. Pranken who was a companion of my youth; she is promised to do all in his power, and he rea Protestant, to be sure, but she is what covered his natural elasticity while he the world calls good and noble."
prayed Manna, in a lively tone, but sub