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was as smooth as honey? It strikes me the cab drove at a smart pace off to one of that if this match is to be cemented, there's the thoroughfares leading out of Regentno time to be lost, for if it should be dis. street. It was finally pulled up before the covered at Windmere that I am not the door of a house whose windows were Simon Pure I have affected to be, my obscured by dust, and whose whole frontinterests in the old fellow's property may age looked as if it had sustained the be most seriously damaged. I wish I blight of a Chancery suit. could get rid of this marriage altogether-- The tiger jumped down and gave a loud but the old chap has made it his hobby, rat-a-tat-tat-tat at the door, which was

and, there's no helping it. I must be presently opened by a dirty-looking ser· sacrificed--it's a hard case, though,” said vant woman, who held the door slightly

he, sneeringly, “but, never mind, once open with one hand, and applied her my rights settled by law, I shall show apron to her dirty face with the other. my gentle Chloe a new version of the “Is Mr. Moses within ?" asked Mr. marriage law,”-thus muttering and ex- | Langford ulting, he tossed the letter down upon the 1 “Yes, sir," said she ; and the gentletable and bade his valet to post it directly. man immediately entered without cere

“Now, what shall I do for cash ?” he mony. Passing through a narrow passage said to himself, as soon as the valet had left, he took the freedom of entering at once “I lost a round hundred at cards last into Moses's presence; and from the fanight, and the day previous nearly a miliarity of his proccedings, it will readily thousand on the Derby. That confounded be observed that this was not the first ac*Fly-by-night' completely sold ine. Il quaintance. declare I'll never back the favourite again. “Good morning, Moses," said Mr. Wednesday is the settling day, and if I Langford, holding out his hand. am not at my post, I shall be black-balled, “Good morning," said Moses, looking and my chances of winning back will be up through his spectacles, and removing å destroyed. I must do something, and do ledger lying before him. “ Glad to shee it at once. I'll off to old Moses, and see you, Mishter Langford,-sit town, shir, I how his pulse beats. Confound the things! pray you." I expected the old fellow would have sent Mr. Langford sat down, and removing me a cheque from Windmere ere this. his hat, tossed it upon the ground. “Now, But no matter! there's all the more to Moses," said he, “I want money-and come hereafter.” At this moment the valet money I must have !" entered the room, having returned from i “ Itsh a very scarsh article, Mr. Langthe post-office. « John,” said Mr. Lang- ford, very scarsh. I've been looking ford, “order William to bring round the into the Times this morning, and I see cab directly."

the market is ver closh, ver closh indeed, In a few moments a stylish cabriolet Mushter Langford !" upon easy springs and light wheels, drawn I “Oh, hang the market,” said Langford. by a tall prancing horse, drove up to the “ you're as rich as the mint: why look door. It was one of those vehicles in at these boxes," said he, pointing at some which the fast-men of London loll away old iron chests, "why there's enough in their idle hours, by driving about with no them to pay off the national debt," and as other purpose, than that of quizzing the he said this, he laughed heartily, and fashionable company that 'flock to the thrust his fingers into old Moses's ribs. usual drives and promenades. Hanging “Oh, ton’t,” said Moses, beginning to on behind was one of those diminutive cough under the infliction, “my preath specimens of humanity decked out in buck- | is very pad, ver' pad, indeed, Mishter skin breeches and top-boots, commonly Langford.” called “a tiger.” It is difficult to say "Your breath is bad, is it? Then whether man or beast is most satirised by what's the good of your hoarding up your the application of such a name to such an money 'till the last? out with it, and do object!

good with it, old fellow; and save your Mr. Langford stepped into the vehicle, soul from perdition !" the tiger sprang upon his place, and then “Py my word," said Moses, “I am

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verpoor, very poor, indeed. I lose so always willing to oplige-put money is much py pad debts, it almost drives me so scarce, the market is so closh!”

“Confound you, and your money too,” "Well, you know," said Langford, " I said Langford, enraged at the disappointalways honoured my acceptances, Moses !” ment: " you're a rascally old usurer;"

Oyesh, you 're a very honourable shen- and rising up hastily, he left the house, Heman, ver' honourable inteed. Put der slammed the door, and' drove off. are some ver' grate rogues in der world, “The risk wash too great," said the Mishter Langford," and the old man put miser, rubbing his hands, as he unlocked on a care-worn look.

some of his boxes and pulled out bags of *Well now, Moses, you must be liberal gold, at which his eyes stared as in wild with me this time; I want a large sum.” worship. “I could not afford to lose any

"A large sum! how mush, Mr Lang- more," and he shook his head and beard. ford?"

Another knock at the door startled him, "A thousand pounds, Moses."

and he hurriedly swept the treasure into the "A thousand poun's--I hav'nt so mush chest. It was a new customer for aid. But n de world !"

Moses, though his eyes had just glanced "Oh, come, come,” said Langford, over thousands, affected poverty again, and that won't do Moses, you've got it, and extorted usurous terms from his victim. unust have it-liberal interest you know!" Langford again reached his chambers. "How mush?" asked Moses.

“What can be done ?" said he, muttering "Twenty per cent,” said Langford. to himself; "these debts must be paid.” A "It can't pe done at the price," said thought seemed to strike him. He pulled loses; "the market is ver' closh-ver forth a pocket-book, and took out a couple osh inteed!”

of cheques. “Shall I risk it ?” he said ; *Oh, nonsense, that's a tremendous and stood with his eyes fixed, as in anxious terest, Moses."

thought. “ It may never be discovered ; "Lor' pless you, Sir--we get double an' the old fellow left his book in my way, and eble that now from the firsht noplemen." I tore out a couple of the leaves-just out " Then what are your terms, Moses." of curiosity, of course. If I force on this ** Why, as itsh to you, and you're a marriage, then I shall have plenty; a good Ishtomer, ve'll say fifty per shent, for thirty thousand will be mine--ha! ha!-short date, say two or three months—but and I can honour these paltry demands ra longer time, I musht sharge more.” | before they become due. There is the old So the dialogue continued, between the fellow's autograph," said he, pulling out endthrift and the miser. And at length a letter and unfolding it; " and there's was decided that Langford should have my fac-simile-good-pon my honour thousand pounds upon giving a four clever- very clever! Let's see, now !" and onths' bill for two thousand. The bar- he proceeded to fill in a cheque. “That in seemed almost concluded when looks well !" Then he filled in the other. oses startled Langford and shook his “Capital! Now I think all will be right; pes by saying “Put I musht have se- but I must n't go to Moses until to-morrity."

row. He must think that I receive these "Security?”' exclaimed Langford in a in the morning. I will say they are postge, "you said nothing of that before- dated thirty days to suit my convenience r have you done so in any of our pre- and my uncle's banking account, and ous transactions !”

then the old Jew will discount themah. "No; put you see de amount is ver' | ah! the old dog, I'll get at his blood yet !'' , Mishter Langford, ver pig indeed. So saying, he folded the cheques and reow if you have a little deed, of houses turned them to his pocket-book : then land, or if your rich uncle vill pack a ringing the bell, he ordered the wine to be 11-or anyting just to make me a little set upon the table, and determined to cure!

blunt his feelings of compunction, feeble " You won't do it without ?

though they were, by an effort to drown the “I can't indeed, Mr. Langford,” said conscience which stirred within him. loses, in a positive manner. “I'm! .

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FEMALE CHARACTERS OF THE fusion of that hour, to wear the plumes BIBLE.

which decorated their white linen turbang

aslant. IV.-QUEEN ESTHER.

A dazzling light was thrown over the Let us fll ourselves with costly wine and oint. richly-laden table by silver chandeliers. ment: Let no flower of the spring pass by us: while the hall resounded with music and Let us cover ourselves with rose-buds ere they merry laughter. This was the seventh day be withered."--Wisdom of Solomon.

of the royal feast--a feast given by the king 'Twas night in Persia. Elam's burn- to all his officers and nobles, in commeing god had passed to other lands, leave | moration of the peace which his unremitted ing his starry train “to rule the night.” | efforts had procured to the one hundred Arcturus and all his sons were out-Orion and twenty provinces of his vast kingdom, and the Pleiades shedding soft brilliancy Silence was commanded at the table, and over many a perfumed vale, mountain, and the king spoke: desert lone. Gently their rays were flung “This is the last day of the feast, ing over the stately city of Susa, and fairy lords,” he said, “let it in joy and mirth gardens of the royal palace. Here, exceed the rest. Stint not the wine, 'tis flowers, rare and lovely, were giving forth parent of wit and merriment. And yet I. their fragrance to the night. Myriads of would not force your will let it be the roses, jessamines, myrtles, and sweet olean law of our feast that none drink in cours der-glowing pomegranate, almond, grace- tesy more than it pleasureth him." ful chinar and citron, were gathered in Loud applauses followed this gracious gorgeous groups, or bending over the address from their monarch-the golden silvery and gushing fountains.

flagons were replenished, and jewelled cups A royal banquet-hall arose in this sweet flashed in the light. Eden. Gorgeous in its magnificence, it! “Still it becometh not me," continued the was worthy its royal master. The floor was king, "to argue in the praise of wine; for a rare mosaic of marble and porphyry and what sayeth the writer, * . It reduces the alabaster, which gave it the glow of a king, the infant, the poor and rich, to one rich painting. Pillars of marble encircled level. It maketh the heart so joyous that the apartment, suspended to which by monarchs and governors are no longer silver rings were hangings of rich stuffs, feared—the love of friends and kindred i of white and green and scarlet, looped up forgotten, and swords are often drawn with silver cords. A table in the form of between them.'" a crescent occupied the centre of the “Bravely hath my lord spoken of wine, room, covered with every rare viand and said his favourite, Mamucan, who sat next delicious fruit, with delicately sculptured to him; “it is truly a potent thing, and vases and cups of gold and silver set with readily masters man, the lord of the precious stones ; bearing the most exquia earth. But if I dared hazard an opinion, site wines of Helbon and Damascus, the there exists a more powerful thing thas sweet water of Choaspes, sacred to the wine.” royal table.

“What may that be, Mamucan ?" said Around this luxurious board, reclining bis royal master. “Say on !". upon silver couches covered with purple “It is the king,” said the favourite. "Ma cushions, were the chief nobles of the is lord of the earth, you say; he plante court of Artaxerxes. In the centre was the vineyard, and maketh the wine, and dou the monarch, arrayed in robes of scarlet | not the king command all men? In and purple, adorned with gold and jewels, command to kill, they kill; if he comand wearing the royal tiara, of cloth of inand to spare, they spare ; if he bid them silver and purple silk twisted, which to go to war, to break down mountains bore a short plume, erect in front. Next walls, and towers, it is done; if he con the king sat his seven councillors,--the mand to make desolate, to build, to cut heads of the seven noblest families in down, to plant, man obeyeth him. Com Persia, descendants of the conspirators fess, then, all ye who hear me, that the against the usurper, Smerdis, the Magian, and privileged, in memory of the con

Esdras.

king is the most powerful thing in the rebuke me, for why should not my counworld.”

: tenance be sad when the place of my “ Yes, wine is strong, and the king is fathers' sepulchre lieth waste, and the strong, but I know what excelleth both in gates are consumed with fire ?" power,” said Prince Admath.

"Nay, do not mar our joy by thy gloom. "Speak on," said the king.

Cheer up, Nehemiah --come, tell us which "It is woman, my lord. If mankind thou thinkest strongest in the world. rule the world, doth not woman rule him ? wine, the king, or woman ?”. He that planteth the vine, and the king “They are all excellent in strength, my who commandeth sea and land, owe their lord : but, О king, there is something more existence to her. A man leaveth his powerful than these!” said the Hebrew, mother and country for his wife. For her “And what may that be?" asked the king, he will hold as dust all gold and gems and smiling to the courtiers, who all looked every precious thing of the earth. Will forward, expecting some amusement at not a man labour more faithfully for the the captive's reply. woman of his love than for his king? Truth is stronger," replied the Yea, he will rob, and spoil, and brave the Hebrew. “Earth and Heaven bow to the dangers of the sea, the fury of lions and power of Truth. In wine, and the king, the terrors of darkness, to gain treasure to and woman, is error and death; but Truth lay at a woman's feet! Men have lost endureth always, and conquereth for their wits, have become slaves, have evermore. True is the earth to her seasinned and have perished for woman's sons, and swift and true the stars in their sake. Even the king, commander of the course. In the judgment of Truth there earth, does not he in turn obey a woman? is no unrighteousness; but the children of Have I not seen his fair slave, Apamé, men are wicked. Truth is the strength, sitting beside him on the throne, taking and kingdom, and power, and majesty of the crown from his august head to place all ages. Blessed be the God of Truth !"" upon her own ? - nay, even strike the The Hebrew was silent; a sudden awe monarch unchidden! Have I not seen | fell upon the assembly, and they exclaimed him fear her anger, and even flatter to be as if with one voice-"Great is Truth and received into favour again? Then ac. mighty above all things !" knowledge, o king! and ye, o lords ! “Well hast thou spoken, Hebrew," said that woman hath more power than wine the king. “I here pronounce thee conor the king.”

queror in this our argument, and will give Universal applause crowned the orator thee any boon thou shalt ask !” who had so skilfully advanced the claims The Hebrew, with a silent ejaculation of the female sex to sovereignty. He was to his God, knelt before Artaxerxes. “If declared conqueror in the debate, and it please thee, O king !" he said, “ let me the sparkling cups were once more filled be sent to Judea with power to rebuild our high to the honour of woman. A momen. | holy temple, and the God of Truth shall tary silence succeeded the clamour, during bless thee evermore ?" which a deep sigh was heard in the apart. “Thy request is granted. Remind me inent. All started at this unusual sound of this to-morrow, and I will write the in the banquet-hall, and the king, turning, fitting orders.” beheld beside him his cup-bearer, a Hebrew With many thanks, and a heart filled captive, who stood with his arms folded in with gratitude to God, the Hebrew fell his linen mantle, his eyes fixed pensively back behind his beneficient master. on the ground, and his whole figure so “The Hebrew is wise," said the king; expressive of mournful musing, as to pre- “but he has thrown a shade over our sent a complete contrast to the merry and mirth. Come, fill up, my lords—let us gaily-dressed courtiers.

drink to woman. I give you the fairest in "How now, Nehemiah ?" said the king, Persia, Queen Vashti !" * why art thou so sad? Why this heart. When they had drank, Prince Mamucan sorrow when all are so gay ?"

observed: “We drink to her beauty, my “Let the king live for ever !” said the lord, upon our faith in your taste; for the captive Hebrew; "and let my lord not lovely gneen hath never blest our eyes."

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