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before the fire upon an easy chai:, with a moon, and acrostics for all the babies in newspaper lying idly upon his li p, and at the neighbourhood ?" frequent intervals took snuff from a large “She goes to the wall, there can be ram's horn, mounted with silver. The little doubt upon that subject," said the room was spacious, magnificently furnished, Captain, “ at least for the present. The and servants in livery moved noiselessly stakes are mine," he continued. about, to receive orders.
“Luck's changed," said Charles, be"What say yon, Langford, to a hand at ginning to feel his losses. "Oh," said cards?” asked the Captain.
he, in continuation, “as for the ladies, “With all my heart," replied Charles : their dispositions I have always found very “it's some time now since I've seen a elastic. I presume that no hearts will be card, for I've been obliged to do the broken about me. Besides, sixty thoureligious lately."
sand charms in a woman are not often "'Pon my word,” said the Count, found, now-a-day." “that's very much good,-you have been “What sort of a girl is she?" asked doing the religious, no doubt !" They all Elleswood. laughed at the Count's attempted wit, / “A sort of lass that would do to carn which nevertheless expressed a truism. a milking-pail, or to be a nursery-maid
“Waiter ! cards,” called the Captain. and take out children for exercise-with The cards were brought, and the play / not one mark of the finished lady about commenced,
her," said Charles. “That's the sort of “You're a lucky fellow," said the Cap- thing old Langford ties me up to." tain, as Charles made a fortunate cut. "And a very good sort of thing, too," The Count and Lord Elleswood drew said the Count; "you can be your own near to watch the play.
master still. Don't you know, I'd much “One to you,” said the Captain. And rather marry a wife of that sort, and have the play went on, and conversation pro- my own way, than some gay courtezan ceeded at intervals.
who would make a fool of me in the eyes “So you found the old bachelor come of the world ?” out handsomely, Charles, eh ?" said Lord “There's something in that," said Elleswood.
Charles. “But then she's such a prude, : “Like a trump-like a trump!” said so full of Scripture and logic, and has so Charles; "he came down with a thousand many touches of the pathetic, that one pounds on my departure. But more than gets weary of the monotony." that, the old fellow distinctly told me that “The stakes are mine again," said the I am to be his sole heir; and as he's Captain. “Why, Langford, your guarknown to be good for some sixty thousand, dian angel, whoever she is, doesn't watch - that's something
over your fortunes well!" “You may say that,” said the Count. | “Oh, never mind, never mind," said “ 'Pon my honour you're a lucky fellow, Charles ; "I'm equal to anything now Langford, a very much lucky fellow.” I shall soon be a married man, ha! ha
“The stakes are mine," said Charles, And then, with broad lands and funds taking them up. '
almost inexhaustible, who cares for the “Yes; it's all on your side to-night," loss of a few hundreds ? Waiter, said the Captain.
bottle of champagne!” . “There's one condition the old fellow The conversation, the play, and the imposed upon me, though," said Charles, drinking, proceeded. Jests became loos " that I don't half relish-he makes me and vulgar, and shouts of merriment were marry some prudish country lass who has succeeded by words of strife, as the inte got into his graces a sort of Ruth, or rest of the play deepened. We will no Rebecca, that one might paint and frame follow the details of the gaming and disse for the picture of a saint."
| pation further than to say that Charles “Oh, ho !" said Elleswood; "a wife Langford, at an early hour of the morning already provided. What, then, becomes of left the gaming-house,-having lost nearly the lovely Miss Beauclerk, the sentimental the entire sum which the munificence young lady who writes sonnets to the his uncle had lately placed in his hands in the full confidence that it would be em- growing strength of feeling which he had ployed for honourable and benevolent pur- observed. He had not, however, ventured poses. As Charles rambled homeward in to throw out any suspicions respecting à state of intoxication, he muttered to Charles Langford's character, because he himself,
felt that as yet they were bare suspicions, “What care I! Sixty thousand pounds i and might be uttered to the injury of an will stand many such a night as this, and innocent man. Alfred was a thoughtful perhaps bring heaps of winnings, when and intelligent boy, of most ardent attachmy stars are favourable. And then my ment; and from the trials he had underwife,-all hail, my pretty little prudish gone in his boyhood, and the kindness he wife! If she's not handsome and bril. had received from his cousin and her liant, why she's pretty, - deuced pretty; father, he felt towards her all the strength and her habits won't dip very deeply of a brother's love. When, however, he into my pocket. Besides, she'll be able ; received a letter from his cousin telling to keep me within bounds. I fancy I him that she was engaged to Mr. Langhear her saying, 'Charles, my dear Charles, ford, he felt a sudden shock, and accused is this a state in which to come home himself of having neglected to make into your loving Ellen ?' or Charles, you're quiries upon the grounds of the suspicions very extravagant, very; I know we shall he entertained. He determined therefore come to ruin, Charles, if you go on like to lose no opportunity before he either disthis :' and I shall say · Ruin, my dear, abused his mind of prejudices, or endeathere can be no ruin where you are, love. voured to save his cousin from an unYou are a fortune to anybody, my happy union. darling! Ah, ha! how exceedingly in. In his professional career, Alfred was teresting! Charles, you're a great making rapid progress. He pursued it scoundrel - upon my word you are !" not merely as a labour or a means of gain, Thus stammering out his ridicule, he but as a science which he deeply loved. reeled against the door of his chambers ; | He rose early in the morning, and perusand admitting himself by a latch-key, he ing books of authority in science, making soon fell into a deep and unnatura) experiments in chemistry, or dissections slumber.
in anatomy, he made such rapid progress How differently the nights were spent as to gain the esteem of all around him. at Windmere! A day never passed in Dr. Montague found him a very material which Ellen did not think seriously of the assistance, especially as Alfred, while he sacred duties upon which she was soon to did not neglect the established and orthoenter; she strove by constant exercise of dox principles of medicine, enthusiastically mind and soul to prepare herself for the read upon all the new discoveries emanating solemn obligations of a wife. And nightly from men high in the walks of the professhe offered up prayers to Heaven for the sion, and brought these under Dr. Montawelfare of him whom she looked upon as gue's attention in a manner which enabled her future protector.
him to keep up to the spirit of medical Time passed on, and if Charles's let. | progress without the drawback of much ters spoke truly, he loved ardently enough. reading in the midst of excessive duties. He was an entire man of the world, and Dr. Montague's family consisted of five knew precisely what chords to touch; he children, three of them being daughters, and was well aware that his conduct to Ellen two sons. One of the sons held a position would be known to his uncle, and would under Government, in a foreign port, the inaterially influence his disposition; and other had recently taken holy orders. Of therefore with the view of keeping favour the daughters one had married, and re.. with the Squire, he continued to practise sided in the city of Edinburgh, the other a cruel deception upon the heart of a two remained at home, and were frequently virtuous and loving girl.
Alfred's companions. In her letters to her cousin, Ellen had. One day an opportunity arose for Alfred always mentioned her attachment to Mr. to glean some particulars about the chaLangford in the strongest terms; and Al- !racter of Mr. Langford, which was some. fred had felt much anxiety respecting the what unexpected. Dr. Montague's bro
EVENINGS, AT HOME;
However great was the expectation of
the boys to know the fate of the unhappy OR, WINTER IN SPITZBERGEN.*
voyagers, yet they felt still greater desire (Continued from page 119.)
to fulfil their promise. Max, especially,
thought about it the whole morning, how THIRD EVENING.
he should perform his commission, and
Gustavus went cordially hand in hand I need not assure you that all the four |
| with him. Both of them thought only children, Max, Gustavus, Maria, and Julia,
of this one thing. The sisters, indeed, awaited the progress of the story with the
often laughed when they noticed their bromost anxious curiosity. They talked the
thers' unusual soberness. Julia made whole morning about it, and inquired
many a sportive attack on them, and proamong themselves how it would go with
bably Max and Gustavus would have erred poor Ivan and his friends, when Max re
in their purpose, if they had not fedt collected what an obligation he had taken
themselves too greatly flattered by their on himself to try and explain to his sisters
father's confidence in them. what causes the difference in the length
Finally ; after a long examination and of the days and nights. He and Gustavus
consultation-for their father left them had promised this. The confidence of
alcne purposely, without giving them the their father, as well as the expectation of
slightest aid-their plans were ready for their sisters, were important to both of
communicating the information. Maria them; they felt themselves dignified by
and Julia were called, and their father so honourable a commission.
himself came in to correct many things, Max was of a penetrating mind; what
at or to make them still clearer, which were he knew he knew thoroughly; for it was
probably not wholly clear to his sons. a principle with him to learn everything
Max and Gustavus had inclined the accurately, and never to stop in his views
large table on one side by means of a half-way. With Gustavus this was not
support under it, so that the flat surface the case; he could indeed comprehend
had the same direction with the actual anything much easier than the more tardy
course of the earth, or, as Max expressed Max, but also on this account he forgot
himself in scientific language, parallel again much sooner what remained firmer
with it. in his brother's memory. Both had made
In the middle on this table level, was more than common advances in geography;
fastened a large gilt ball by a peg, on to examine maps and study them, was for
the projecting point of which hung down them no labour, but a pleasure. They
a yard and a half of thread. On the end sat down to them with full as much delight
of the thread, a parti-coloured ball was as other children have in sitting down to
fastened, and a circle drawn on the table enjoy pictures. But they knew not only
with chalk, so large that it marked out countries and seas, rivers and mountains,
the course of the ball which hung on the but also the relation of the earth to the
thread, other heavenly bodies and planets; they
Both of the girls, their pupils, looked knew the circumference of the earth, and
at this apparatus ; it was probable, in its place in respect to the sun. Their
their view, that the gilded ball might father, to whom this kind of knowledge
represent the sun, and the parti-coloured was most agreeable, had brought forward
one the earth. It proved to them that his sons very far in this branch of human
Max and Gustavus had thought it all over, science. He did not, therefore, ask too
and drawn it out correctly. nauch when he requested of both of them
With a somewhat important mien, Max that they would explain this subject to
came forward to the table. “ You know, their sisters. He could, in this way, best
Maria and Julia,” he began, “that the learn whether bis two sons themselves
sun is fixed—that the earth revolves around thoroughly understood what they were to it, and completes its course in a year. make plain to others.
The direction in which it goes round the • From the German of C. Hildebrandt, by
Hildebrandt, by sun, I will now show you ; and you will
sun, b) E. G. Smith.
yourselves wonder how clear and evident
will be made to you the difference of the Pole is hardly any longer shone on by the length of the days and nights. Look at sun, and the nearer the regions of the this ball; it represents the sun, which is northern half lie to the Pole, so much fixed in the central point of this circle. longer are the nights, and so much the This other ball denotes the earth, and you shorter are the days ; while, on the other observe on it in the middle a line.
half of the earth, exactly the opposite MARIA. Which no doubt represents takes place. This portion now is longer the equator on the line ?
shone on by the sun, and, as you see, the Gus. Yes. Here you see two letters, South Pole has the sun continually upon N and S, by which are designated the it. If the earth now, about the 22nd of North and South Poles. On the ball are, December, has reached the highest point, besides, some parti-coloured lines which then we have the shortest day, or the beI have drawn, and which may represent ginning of winter. From this time the the portions of the globe.
earth goes deeper again, the sun appears Max. Now look sharp. The earth to rise higher, the days increase, and the stands now as you see here, unequally earth, on the 21st or 22nd of March, lower than the sun, which naturally stands comes again into the same direction with as much above.
the sun, -day and night are equal,-the MARIA. So it does!
earth sinks deeper,—the sun comes up Max. The North half of the earth is higher, until we again reach the end of turned to the sun. It is therefore longer June; and, with the longest day, we once shone on by the sun in this direction than more have the beginning of summer. the South half; and the region about the FATHER. You have performed your North Pole has the sun hardly out of commission very well. I hope your sisters sight, while the South Pole scarcely re- have understood you. As soon as I have ceives anything of it.
time, I will draw a table on the globe Julia. Very correct and clear.
there, by which you will know accurately Gus. Now, therefore, it is summer on how long, in any region of the earth, is the North half of the earth; the sun the longest day and the longest night. stands at its height, and the days are the | JULIA. It is very clear to me. I should longest. But now look close. Now the hardly have trusted the commission to my earth begins its course. It makes a circuit brothers. on this chalk line around the sun, and MAX. Hem! it is not so very hard. turns like a ball, that is, running on at One must only himself see rightly into the same time around itself once in twen- | the matter. ty-four hours, - a motion from whence, FATHER. Very true. But there is one as you see, day and night takes place. The thing more--how great the distance is at whole northern half, especially the North which the earth revolves around the sun. Pole, is always yet longer shone on by the You can conclude from this that, at every sun than the South Pole.
| beat of the pulse, we move nearly four Max. The earth continues to rise miles. higher, until it has the same direction with JULIA. That is what I call going ahead! the sun, that is, the same elevation or FATHER. Certainly; for the distance height. The northern half, in this way, which the earth passes around the sun, or every day will be somewhat less shone on its orbit, as it is called, amounts to more by the sun. The days become shorter, 1 than one hundred and twenty millions of the nights longer, until the earth, about miles (or about two hundred and ninety the 22nd of September, comes in the same | millions of English miles). direction with the sun, and the days and And now to go back to our unfornights are of equal length.
tunates, whom we left yesterday in a situaGus. And then we have the beginning tion of the greatest possible danger. The of autumn.
dread shock, and the violent leap, the Max. Now the earth goes farther, con- sudden silence, and the then ever-increastinually rising higher, and naturally iting howling and roaring of the waves must appear to us as though the sun came beating against the sides of the ship, to stand constantly lower. The North | threw all of them into despair. Even