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simple and gentle than his demeanour; it was of Oxford in June 1853, was a fellow of at the same time that courteous and deferential the Royal and Geological Societies of Lonmanner which characterized the high-bred gen- don, and for many years secretary of the tleman of a period that has all but passed away, Royal Society of Edinburgh. The Alpine and of which, if we have parted with the for- Club on its first establishment in 1858 had mality, we have also lost much of the refine- elected him an honorary member, and the ment; and under that manner there was the Institute of France had conferred upon him utmost sincerity, guilelessness, benevolence, and in 1842 the high distinction of being one of sympathy. It has happened to few to be at once its corresponding members. A similar honso reverenced as a philosopher and so beloved as a friend. He was cherished by great men who our had been voted him by the academies have gone before him, Arago, Whewell, and and scientific societies of Palermo, Haarlem, Brewster, and he will be deplored by many Rome, Berne, Heidelberg, Geneva, and great men who yet remain, Herschel, Airy, Vaud, and he was an honorary member of Sedgwick, Murchison, and Thompson, who well the Royal Medical Society of Edinburgh knew his services to science and who were at- and numerous other institutions. In the tached to him as a friend and fellow-labourer. after part of last year he was compelled to

relinquish the Principalship of St. AnBetween 1828 and 1862 he published no drew's, and again to place himself under less than 118 important memoirs on scientific the care of his friend Dr. Symonds at Clifsubjects. Of these 101 appeared before 1852. ton, where he died, as we have already He received the Keith medal of the Royal stated, on the last day of the year. He Society of Edinburgh on three occasions, married, in 1843, Alicia, daughter of Mr. and the Rumford and other medals of the George Wauchope of Edinburgh, by whom Royal Society of London for various papers he had a family of two sons and three contributed by him to the Transactions of daughters, and who survives him. these bodies. He also received the hon

R.C.N. orary degree of D.C.L. from the University

A RECENT number of an Italian journal in this mies of progress attempted by every means in city pays a just tribute to the eminent services their power to give the semblance of truth. Nor of our countryman, Mr. Henry T. Tuckerman, were the writings of Tuckerman confined to the in behalf of the literary and political interests American Union. The reformed ministry, being of Italy, for which he has just been honored by anxious to know the impression which their bold the King with the Insignia of the “Order of projects had produced abroad, instructed the Officer of the Crown of Italy.” In the article representatives of their Government to collect to which we have referred, the writer says: “Mr. and forward whatever came to light on this subTuckerman, who in early youth resided for some "ject in the countries to which they were accredtime in Italy, has not only studied the liberal as-ited. In consequence of this request, the works pirations of the country, the obstacles by which of Mr. Tuckerman were sent to Italy, and their she has been cramped for ages, and the hidden salutary effect was soon recognized by Cavour, treasures of her resources and power, but has who expressed his gratitude in a letter to the treated the problem of her resurrection, in vari- author, full of the most flattering acknowledgous literary works of great elegance and bril- ments, which he wrote in the midst of the liancy, showing to his countrymen how much gravest cares of State. We have already said sympathy was due to those who had attempted enough to call forth the grateful feelings of every to free themselves from the ancient slavery to Italian towards this writer. But the interest which they had been condemned by incessant for- which he has always taken and always will take eign invasions and protracted despotism. It is in the affairs of Italy is not restricted to his. owing in a great measure to the Italian Sketch writings. His activity and zeal were conspicuBook,' • Sicily,' 'Biographical Essays on Pe- ous in collecting the contributions which were so trarch, Alfieri, Ugo Foscolo, Pellico, Leopardi, generously offered by the Americans in the wars D'Azeglio, Garibaldi, and various other essays of 1818 and 1859. How warm and sincere a and articles which treat the subject with exqui- friend to Italy and the Italians Mr. Tuckerman site taste and profound knowledge, that the na- has proved himself is well known to all the distional programme which was conducted with so tinguished exiles who within the last twenty much energy and wisdom by the supreme genius years have sought repose under the free instituof Cavour, found in the United States so many tions of that noble republic, and found in him a generous friends and advocates, and that public cheering support in their exile.". opinion was not led astray by the false reports

N. Y. Tribune. to which the clerical reaction party and the ene


life's journey, “ Follow thou me." We READ BY ANOTHER'S EYES,

moderns must recognize what is pure and

lofty in noble natures, though cramped by On looking at the picture, the next day, the many limitations incident to our age Bella was painfully dissatisfied with her and individual constitution. work. What she had done with so much Bella's pencil worked rapidly while he care and diligence seemed to her false in was speaking, and she often nodded her drawing and expression. She grew posi- head assentingly. When he ended she tively angry over it, and would have made looked full at him, and said, a fresh beginning had not Clodwig, by his · You are the best teacher I ever met gentle persuasions and judicious praise of with; " then, with beaming eyes and glowing the many excellencies of her picture, suc- cheeks, she turned again to her work. ceeded in soothing her. She could not • That depends upon the pupil," anhelp saying, however, with some bitterness, swered Eric, politely acknowledging the that it was her fate to have everything she compliment. undertook turn out otherwise than she had “I want you, now," continued Bella, desired, and upon Clodwig's assuring her still blushing deeply, “I want you to lay that such was the necessary result of every your hand on Roland's head. Please do ; attempt to embody, our conceptions, she it will give precisely the effect I desire. exclaimed impatiently, “ I am not what I Please do as I say." am.” The real cause of her discontent He consented, protesting at the same was hard to determine. It was more than time that the idea did not please him, for the mere dissatisfaction of the artist and Roland should learn to carry his head free. disappointment in her own powers,

Bella shook her head with vexation, and The strict discipline which Eric had wish- continued her work, no longer, however, ed to maintain was now much broken in on the figure of Eric, but solely on that of upon. Bella always carried through what- Roland. ever plan she had laid out for herself, acting “Now I have it !" she suddenly exupon her favorite theory that it was well to claimed ; that is it! You resemble Muallow men to think they had some authority, rillo's St. Anthony. but that must be all.

• That is just what I noticed,” cried RoRoland soon turned the conversation to land. Manna scolded me for it at the the subject always uppermost in his mind, musical festival.” the life of Franklin. Bella expressed a Clodwig also agreed with his wife. wish to learn something about it, and Clod- “It is a favorite picture of mine," he wig, after a little sketch had been given of said. “How plainly I can see it now bewhat had been already gone over, was fore me! The figure of Anthony on his quite ready to resume the reading where it knees, with a knotted staff beside him; the had been dropped before. Eric and Ro- landscape barely indicated; a tree in the land, who sat upon a raised platform, list- background, and the thicket near by. Anened eagerly. The reading gave rise to gels are playing on the ground and floating many an animated discussion, for Bella en- in the air; one turns over the leaves of the tered with remarkable ease and readiness Saint's book, while another holds up to an into everything that was presented to her. angel hovering in the heavens a lily which Eric was disturbed by her speedy detection has grown from the earth; the flower thus in Franklin of " a certain dry pedantry, forming, as it were, a link between heaven a stinginess of nature,” which her acute and earth.” criticisms set forth in strong relief. He Eric was somewhat embarrassed by Rocould feel the emotion her words caused in land's relating how he had fallen asleep in Roland, who was sitting on his knee. the chapel of the convent, and how suddenly

In these days, it is impossible for a young the black nun stood beside him, and he saw man of Roland's antecedents and present the picture above him. position to preserve a perfect ideal. If A request of Eric's that the reading rightly guided, and established on a solid might stop here, and the reasons on which footing, it might perhaps be useful for him he based bis request, assumed various shapes to see his ideal attacked, and even dis- in the minds of his hearers. torted.

• To-day's experience convinces me," With all the eloquence at his command, he said, a that we cannot control our Eric stated the difficulty that beset the en- thoughts or pursue them to any worthy lightened mind of the present day, in hav- issue, when obliged to remain in a position ing no authoritative voice in the place of foreign to those thoughts, or in one at least that of the Church, to say at every point of that has no connection with them. There

is a mysterious sympathy between our convent, and add this to the many other thoughts and the position and state of our experiences of his past life which Manna, bodies."

would have to forget. Eric's words worked in four different Lina meanwhile received his attentions ways upon the party assembled.

In his very unconcernedly, showing equal friendliown case, they served to describe his posi- ness of manner towards both him and Eric, tion as tutor. Roland thought of the ma- whom she always called her brother in sons at work on the castle, and wondered music. what they must be thinking of while perched There was a constant stream of jesting in mid air on their scaffoldings, or while and laughter in the Villa and park. One hammering the stone. Clodwig, too, must day Pranken induced his brother-in-law to have found the words bear in some way go boating with Lina and himself, while upon his life, for he shook his head and Bella remained at home to draw. He pressed his lips hard together, as he was wanted to take Roland also, wishing, with wont to do when thinking. But upon Bella a certain recklessness, to leave the other they produced the most striking impression; two alone together for once. But Roland she suddenly let fall from one hand her would not leave Eric; he even openly pencils, and from the other the bread which avoided Pranken's society. she used for the occasional erasing of a Lina sang gaily as they sat together in line. Eric instantly restored them to her, the boat. Her love-songs were given with a and she took them from him with a vacant sweetness, an abandonment, that Pranken look and no word of thanks. He had had never heard from her before. Clodwig brought before her the picture of her mar- described her singing to his wife, on his reried life. Thus this one key-note had turn, as being as simple and beautiful as a struck four different chords.

field flower. For a long time no word was spoken. Bella begged the Justice and his wife to

The presence of Clodwig and his family at let her take Lina back with her to WolfsVilla Eden caused great excitement in the garten. The Justice's objections were overneighborhood, and appeared to place the ruled by his wife, and Lina was full of detutor in a very peculiar position. Pranken, light at setting off with Bella and Clodwig. however, viewed the matter quite different- Pranken rode beside the carriage. ly, and, as acknowledged son of the house, The quiet of this loneliness weighed heavinvited to Villa Eden the Justice, with ily again upon Eric and Roland, after the his wife and daughter, who had just re- animated society of the last few days. Eric, turned from the Baths.

beside, was out of tune, weary and dull. His manner towards Lina was particu- He found it a burden to be obliged to delarly friendly and intimate; he took long vote himself from morning to night to this walks in the garden with her, and made boy, to have to watch his undisciplined, and her tell him about her life in a convent, often capricious, fluctuations of mind. He which she did most amusingly, giving com- longed for the society of Clodwig; still ical descriptions of the sisters, the Supe- more, though he hardly acknowledged it to rior, and her different companions. Her himself, for that of Bella. There had been only object in staying at the convent had a novelty, an animation, an excitement, an been the learning of foreign languages. atmosphere of graceful elegance, about the Lina's perpetually gay spirits began to rooms, which were now so desolate. Neverhave a cheering effect upon the melancholy theless, he resisted for several days Roland's Pranken. Something of the Pranken of entreaties that they should make the promold times was roused within him. Why ised visit to Wolfsgarten. The house had need the present be empty and barren ? it been entrusted to his care, and he refused said. Beila has her flirtation with the Cap- to leave it, until Pranken, at length, offered tain, why should he not have his with Lina ? to take all the responsibility upon himself. Why not. indulge in a little harmless jest- There was a sting in his words, as he said ing, perhaps even admit the excitement to Eric, of some feeling. He could controlehimself “You were present at the musical festival, at any moment.

and left the house then in charge of only The old Pranken, the Pranken of the the servants. Besides, as I say, I assume days before, seized his rescued moustache the entire responsibility." with both hands and twirled it in the air.

It was a good idea, during this pause in his life, to amuse himself with the Justice's Lina. He could imagine himself transported back to the days before that visit to the BEAUTIFUL it is in the valley, on the river's



bank, where the waters glide by so swiftly, | fully. Could these men be helped by yet so undisturbed; beautiful to see how money? No; their life might be made they glisten in the daylight, reflecting every richer, but they must still work. passing change in the sky, and bearing to The young man who shaped the vessels was and fro the hurrying boats; and again in dumb. He would give Roland a friendly the evening, to hear the quiet murmur of glance when he entered, and then quietly keep the stream, as it lies under the radiance of on with his work. The master praised hini the moon. But beautiful it is also to look very highly to Roland, who, being desirous from the mountain-top, over the forests, the of doing something for him, presented him terraced vineyards, the villages, the cities, with his handsome pocket-knife. It conand the far-reaching river.

tained many instruments within it, and A fresh impulse and animation were now much delighted the poor mute. given to the life at Wolfsgarten. The pic- Roland told Eric what he had seen, and ture of Eric and Roland was brought to what thoughts had come into his mind. He completion, and Eric set in order Clodwig's had noticed that the workmen had their food cabinet, thus introducing his pupil to the brought them, from a great distance, by old curiosities of antiquity. There was singing women and little children, and asked whethand laugliing, there were walks and rides er no better arrangement could be made in the neighboring forests, and many a for them. memorable conversation.

Eric looked at the boy with unsympaBella often took the parrot with her when thizing eyes as he spoke. How he would she walked with Eric through the park and once have rejoiced in this proof of his puthe forest. The bird took a great antipathy pil's interest in the welfare of his fellow-men; to Eric, and would scold at him from its but now he seemed wholly absorbed in other place on its mistress's shoulder. Some- matters. times she let it loose with the injunction, A beautifully engraved card brought to “Be sure and come home at night, Koko;" Wolfsgarten a piece of news that proved a and Koko would perch upon a tree, and fly fertile subject of conversation,- the betroththis way and that, through the forest, always al of the Wine-count's daughter with the returning at evening. Her freed slave, son of the Court-marshal. It seemed an exBella called him, at such times.

traordinary step on the part of the young Now, however, Koko had been absent man, who was suffering with a mortal distwo days. Clodwig offered every reward ease, but still more extraordinary that the

the bird back again, never remarking lady, a fresh young girl, overtlowing with how quietly his wife took her favorite's loss. life and health, should have made up ber

As a matter of course, Bella walked with mind to such a union. Lina, who was well Eric while Roland and Lina roamed about versed in the private history of every one together in the forest, Lina delighted at be- in the neighborhood, accounted for it by ing allowed to revel in a child's freedom. saying that the Wine-count's daughter had At other times, when Eric and Bella were always expressed a great desire to be a widstrolling through park and forest, Roland owed baroness. There was a deep underwould sit in the potter's workshop, where tone of meaning, a something not wholly the clay from the neigboring hills was expressed, in Bella's way of speaking of this moulded. He had the whole process ex- connection, particularly when addressing plained to him, and was amazed to see what Eric, which seemed to take for granted that care and labor a single vessel required. he would understand what she half conTwo boys, of about his own age, trampled cealed. the clay with their naked feet in order to The newspaper brought another piece of render it pliable, after which workmen intelligence, the return of the Prince's brothformed it into tiles and architectural orna- er froin America, where he had been a carements. At a potter's wheel sat a handsome, ful observer; and his bringing with him for powerfully-built youth, turning it with his the Prince a freed slave, in the person of a bare feet; then he lifted the clay with great handsome African. care into the required shape, formed the While they were still discussing the imrim and the nose, and almost tenderly raised pression which a sight of the American the finished vessel from the wheel, and set Republic must make on a German prince, it in its place on a shelf with the others. Roland came in from the forest, exclaiming, He always took precisely the quantity of —"I have him! I have him!” clay required for the vessel, and never al- He was holding the parrot by his claws. lowed his heavy hands to make on it an “ There you are again, my freed slave!” impression which he had not designed. cried Bella, as the bird tore himself from

Roland watched the whole scene thought- Roland's grasp, and, perching upon his mis

to get

tress's shoulder, began a violent scolding at A few moments later, Eric and Pranken Eric.

were in the wagon driving back to the villa. Clodwig did not allow himself to be Pranken's vexation was extreme, for he had easily interrupted in a discussion he had taken the whole responsibility upon himonce entered upon, and proceeded to state self. the results of his observations in the world. For a long time neither of the three Bella took an active part in the conversation. spoke, until at last Roland broke the siIt sometimes seemed to Eric, that there was lence, by asking Eric what he thought nothing beyond a certain superficial clever- Franklin would have thought and said of ness in her ready flow of words; but he re- such a robbery. jected the criticism as a pedantic one. Pranken replied with some warmth, “I

His life among books, he said to himself, should think a son's first question would had rendered him unsusceptible to this be, · What will my father say to it ? "). easy, graceful brilliancy, while his profes- Roland and Éric were silent. Again sion as teacher led him to be always on the they drove on for a long while without a watch for an elaborate network of thoughts word being spoken. Eric was tormented and impressions where there was meant to by accusing thoughts. He seemed to himbe nothing but a simple expression of natu- self doubly a thief. These men had broken ral feeling. He now gave himself freely into the rooms of the villa by night; what up to the pleasure of enjoying the close had be done? He had forgotten the soul companionship of so richly endowed a na- entrusted to him, and, worse still, after beture. These buttertly movements of the ing received by the kindest friendship, he mind he began to look upon as legitimately bad, under cover of lofty thoughts and nofeminine characteristics, which were not to ble sentiments, in word, thought, and look be roughly criticized. Hitherto he had been faithless to the most precious trust in been familiar, in his mother and aunt, only the person of his friend's wife. He pressed with that severe and business-like consci- his hand to his heart, which beat as if it entiousness, in all intellectual and moral would burst his bosom. Those men, for matters which borders on the masculine; having stolen gold, would be overtaken by here was a nature that craved only to sip the justice of the law; but for himself, the foam of life. Why require anything what would overtake him? Conscious that further of it?

Roland's eyes were fixed upon him, he cast When Bella was one day walking with his own on the ground in painful confusion. Eric in the park, Roland and Lina mean- Finally he controlled himself, and said in while sitting with Clodwiy, she complained a trembling voice, that he should assume the of not being able to repress the religious entire responsibility; he acknowledged doubts that often beset her, while, at the Pranken's friendliness, but felt that in such same time, existence without a belief in a a case as this, no one could interpose becompensating future life was a terrible tween himself and the consequences of ney. enigma. Without wishing to weaken this lect of duty. So severely did he reproach idea, Eric sought to give her the assured himself, that Roland and Pranken looked at peace which can be found in the realms of him in amazement. pure thought. There was a strange contradiction in the hearts of these two, imagining, as they did, that they were speaking of things far above and beyond all life, while in reality they were talking of life itself, VILLA EDEN had hitherto been surand that in a way whose significance they rounded by a mysterious magic. Fear and would not willingly have acknowledged to envy had given rise to the report that there themselves.

was something wrong about the inmates; Suddenly Betram came riding towards about Herr Sonnenkamp, whom everybody them, his horse white with foam, and while saw, and Frau Ceres, whom scarcely any, at a distance cried out,

body saw. The threats of spring-guns and “Herr Captain, you must return in- man-traps posted upon the walls imbued stantly."

the ignorant people in the neighborhood " What has happened?” asked Eric. with an almost superstitious fear. It was

Clodwig came up with Roland and Lina, even said that Herr Sonnenkamp had and Pranken also appeared at the windows, smeared the trap with a poison for which all anxious to know what had happened. there was no antidote. The servants of

" Thieves ! robbers!” cried Bertram. the house affected somewhat the reserve of “The villa has been broken into, and Herr their superiors; they had little intercourse Sonnenkamp's room entered."

with others, and were hardly saluted by



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