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of the common gossips of the place, and ful indications in every case, there were still she shrank from asking even kind Mrs. few subjects on which she did not speak Godwin herself. Mr. Godwin, she observed, with her intimate friends, and sometimes seldom if ever mentioned Harry's name - she spoke both warmly and eloquently. that in itself was a bad symptom. Archy Thus, the very first time that Margaret seemed to know nothing, and of course sus- was alone with Mrs. Godwin, and likely to pected nothing. His intercourse with the be so for a considerable length of time, the people of the place was necessarily very subject which was upon both their hearts limited, and unless the Godwins should was fairly entered upon, soon, however, to make him acquainted with the stories told be interrupted by Margaret's earnest excla-about his brother, it was not likely that mation,-"But what is it, my dear Mrs. they would ever reach his ear.

Godwin ? I do not so much as know what "Some day," said Margaret, “I will know all this is about." all, even if I ask Mrs. Godwin myself;" and “Not know?" exclaimed her friend, with if she shrank from making the inquiry at the utmost astonishment. once, it was from no misgiving in her own “No; I would neither ask my aunt, nor mind that her friend had been guilty of any

allow her to tell me." act of moral culpability. “ He has only “You are a strange girl! Why, I thought been doing some of his old rash acts," she you took a deep interest in Harry Dunlop." said to herself, "setting public opinion at “So I do. Perhaps too deep to sit still defiance, and bringing blame upon himself and hear him abused.” for nothing. Perhaps some wild sea enter- “Oh, I understand you now! Well, you prise has kept him out late at night, or he remember Tom Lawson, a young farming has been seen in the company of strange man that Mr. Dunlop took away with him ? people—fishermen or sailors. Something of

Something of He was engaged to a smart pretty girl, the that kind must have brought these unac- niece of James Halliday, the fisherman who countable suspicions upon him, for that lives down in the little bay yonder—not a Harry has been wicked or mean I never good man, and one whom I suspect of being will believe."

at the root of all this mischief." The real charges brought against Harry

" What does he say? I know James Dunlop were such as Margaret never would Halliday, and have seen his niece, who have dreamed of, still less could have be- appeared to me a respectable, nice kind of lieved ; and yet they were just such as no girl.” one could contradict, or clear him from. “Yes, altogether respectable; no one can They would have been no very improbable say anything to the contrary. And observecharges to bring against many young men, it is not a case of open wickedness which and it required a very intimate knowledge they attempt to bring forward, or we might of Harry, and a thorough acquaintance with all have joined to contradict it; but of his character, for any one who heard them treachery and deception.” under present circumstances to reject them “Such as Harry Dunlop never would, nor as entirely untrue.

could, be guilty of!" It would scarcely have been in keeping “ So I say, and I say it the more conwith a character like Mrs. Godwin's to avoid fidently because I do not believe that speaking on any subject closely interesting treachery and deception ever come at once. to Margaret and herself. Even had the I believe there is always some preliminary subject worn a darker aspect than this did failure of principle, or weakness of character, to her, she would have been almost sure to or something of that kind, to indicate speak, unless indeed it had been one of the probability of deception before it occurs confirmed disgrace and shame; and as it to any considerable extent; and Harry was her general practice to find out the Dunlop was clear as the day, like a rock in bright points in every picture, and the hope- his firmness and decision-almost too bold and stern in his integrity : nothing could different girl from herself,—and could have shake him-nothing could make him yield. carried on a conversation such as these But for all that, appearances are against him. people described ? There is no doubt but that he was seen more Margaret had no proof to the contrary. than once walking with Nelly Armstrong, Harry Dunlop had never written to her. deeply absorbed in some kind of confi- Even in the close and interesting communion dential intercourse; and the report goes of mind with mind, or rather of soul with in this way--that while planning to get the soul, which had marked their intercourse girl over to Canada, ostensibly to join her that evening, and made it memorable, he affianced husband, Tom Lawson, he has been had said nothing to her except as friend secretly scheming to get her over to be his might speak to friend. He had given her own wife."

no pledge by which she might hold him "Absurd ! impossible!”

under any especial bond to herself. He was “Yes, I say absurd, and impossible, too; free, as regarded her, to speculate upon any but then he was seen walking with Nelly wife that might suit his heart and home. late on the cliff, he was a frequent visitor at And yet there was undeniably a something, her uncle's cottage, he was seen in earnest which it would have been impossible for her conversation with her late on the even- to define, which made this story, if true, ing before you and Agnes left to return to assume an air of meanness in him, and of school."

treachery to her. "On that evening?" exclaimed Margaret, If true! Margaret was shocked, grieved, earnestly, and she remembered almost in- disturbed, perhaps, beyond what she had stantaneously all that took place-her long ever been in her life before ; but after walk with Harry on the seashore that even- looking thoughtfully upon the ground for ing, not only what they had talked about, some time, she raised her clear eyes, and but the very tones of his voice-his looks-fixing them full upon Mrs. Godwin's face, everything-even to the slightest expression said calmly, but firmly, “I don't believe which had been associated in her mind with it.” that memorable evening; and was it possible, “No more do I," said the cheery little she thought, woman-like, that he could have woman, and they walked on together more walked with another girl after that-a very happily, talking pleasantly of other things.

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THE HOME LIFE OF H.R.H. THE PRINOE OONSORT,

“We know him now, all narrow jealousies
Are silent: and we see hin as he moved :
How modest, kindly, all-accomplished, wise
With what sublime repression of himself ;--
In that fierce light which beats upon a throne,

And blackens every blot."
NAINE summer's day, nearly thirty years

ago, there was a grand ceremony at
Westminster Men talked of it in

lands severed by half the circumference of the globe. It absorbed the thoughts of millions throughout the British Isles. The sceptre of these realms had fallen from the grasp of our grey-haired sailor King, and been taken up by a young and gentle girl. Not the gorgeous

equipages, the State pageantry, nor yet the imposing grandeur of the vast multitudes. chiefly arrested attention-it was her fair, calm face that was the sight most coveted as she then passed to her coronation. Manly eyes moistened as they watched it on her progress to the great Abbey, and as she returned, her smoothly-banded hair crowned with the diadem of England, Christian hearts swelled with an emotion such as Christianity approves. For loyalty is no earth-born sentiment. The King immortal and invisible does not borrow from, but lends His titles to, mundane princes. His relationships to us are only reflected by our relationships to each other.

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Two years later, the great Dover road was heard, and when it did succeed, it was instantly thronged with spectators, for railways were silenced by the nation's expression of indig. yet in their infancy. The fair lady who wore nant reprobation, the Imperial crown of these realms was about But however appreciated whilst living, it to share so much of its burden as was per- was not till that sad morning wben the shock mitted to her with a young German Prince of of grief fell upon every heart and home in the the Protestant line of Saxony; and again the land, and eyes that had scarcely ever been multitudes had gathered for a momentary dim with tears, overflowed for their Queen, in sight of a single face. That face was one to the desolating bitterness of her great bereaves photograph itself on the memory. It bespoke ment-it was not till then that England could a cultivated intellect, a gentle heart, and dig. really know and feel how much she owed to nified firmness of character. The sweet gravity the wise counsel and conduct of her noble of its expression, indicating a sense of the Prince. The telegraphic communication which, responsibility about to be assumed, was wel. on that Sabbath morning. stilled the voice of come to all who valued the happiness of the prayer in so many Christian temples for one Queen and the welfare of the country.

who needed prayer no more, aroused and Years sped on, and the opening promise of quickened the pulsations of the national heart : "twain lives made one,” was developed in the and that heart, throbbing in closest sympathy Home Life of a Royal Household, which pre- with the sorrow of the best of earthly sove, sented such a picture of “wbatsoever things reigns, bespoke, in language which could not are pure, lovely, and of good report," that the be misunderstood, the sense of a loss wbich nation's loyalty, advancing far beyond the the country felt could scarcely be over-esti. principle of allegiance to the throne, deepened mated. into a feeling of almost personal attachment Since the hour of this great sorrow, years and affection towards the Queen and her Hus- bave again sped on, and we may truly say, band.

whilst time has fled, our Queen in her widowed The royal pair became a notable pattern of loneliness, whether in her household or upon those private and domestio virtues which, next ber throne, has not been less queenly than to the “righteousness” which “exalteth a before. We know there have been those who people,” are the truest elements of a nation's have found occasion for censure in Her Ma. strength and prosperity. Those who bear in jesty's partial retirement from the world's mind how demoralising and wide-spread must gay circle-where grief is so often disguised be the influence which the profligacy of a from the eye, but continues nevertheless as Royal Court necessarily exerts, are able to a canker-worm to feed on the heart. But appreciate the reformation in social and family even that retirement, we doubt not, has had life which the Queen and her Consort so its influehce for good : and whilst Christian powerfully promoted in the land.

loyalty may and ought to prompt the earnest From the very first, the princely character prayer that the light of another world may of Albert was manifest. Called at an early increasingly dispel the sorrowful recollections age to fill a most difficult position, he shunned connected with happiness in this which has on the one hand the fashionable vices and passed away, filling their place with the an. frivolities of youth, and on the other the en- ticipations of hope looking forward to a reunion snaring temptations of political ambition. He above, and so bracing the mind for active chose a path of his own, which has for ever service till the appointed time,-it should ever associated his name with the progress of his

be remembered that Her Majesty's partial readopted country, in manufactures, agriculture, tirement must be regarded as a personal science, and the fine arts; and, what is far matter, in which her own judgment alone could more important, identified him with every guide her; and, moreover, we must also admit philanthropie and educational movement of that hitherto this retirement has never been the age. Of course he did not always please allowed, in any single instance, to interfere all. No man in such a position could entirely with the faithful discharge of the royal duties escape either the jealousies in which even the incumbent upon her. Her walk in life may great sometimes indulge, or the vulgar detrac- have been less public than it would otherwise tion which is natural to the mean. But have been, but perhaps it has not on that throughout his career the voice of jealousy or account been less influential. The "outward detraction was very seldom able to make itself pomp and circumstance" of royalty, after all, is not the glory that excelleth. There are and richer in their common humanity than “touches of nature” which forge closer links any stately style or nice choice of royal inciof attachment than can be created in the at. dents could make them-wants eyesight to see mosphere of magnificent palaces and crowded great facts. He will be one who thinks the levées. The Queen has gained an entrance to jewels of a crown brighter than the tears of a many a palace-heart-even in cottage homes Queen, State papers more precious than the -which has opened the more readily to wel. souvenirs of a perfect bond of hearts, and come her, because the bond of sympathy had royalty too high and too unhappy a state to been formed by the hallowing influence of a have the right to be human, or to hold its common sorrow. We may have seen a little human prerogatives of love and loving memoless of the Queen, but we have certainly seen ries dearer than all its other splendour.” far more of the woman : and in the woman we Our readers are doubtless already familiar have learned the more to revere the Queen. with the extracts from the volume which have The humblest of her people have seen how appeared in most of the public journals: but they are remembered by their sovereign ; and we are sure they will welcome an attempt to those palace messages to widows and orphans present, in this and a succeeding paper, a in the hour of national calamity, whilst they somewhat more connected narrative of the spoke to the nation, are treasured as words Home Life of the Prince. seldom are treasured, in many a grateful heart. Prince Albert's father was Duke Ernest I. As a woman, in a queenly manner, Her Majesty of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. He married in 1817 has especially devoted herself to the exalted the daughter of the last Duke of Gotha. They ministry of sympathy-soothing the sorrowful, had two sons-Ernest, the present reigning cheering the sad, and alleviating the pains of Duke, born in 1818, and Albert, born on the the sick and the distressed : and we are well 26th of August, 1819. A memorandum, written assured that in the ultimate estimate of royal by the Queen in 1864, describes the Duchess, influence, any disadvantages which may be their mother, as "very handsome, although thought in some cases to have arisen from her

very small; fair, and with blue eyes: and partial retirement from public life, will be felt Prince Albert is said to have been extremely to be unworthy to be named in comparison like her.” She was, moreover, full of cleverness with the higher office which that retirement and talent. has enabled her the more effectively to dis- The Duchess died in 1831, in her thirtycharge,

second year; and the Princes were, from this It is in this light we regard and accept the period, mainly indebted for motherly care to remarkable volume—“The Early Years of His their grandmothers, the Dowager-Duchess of Royal Highness the Prince Consort”-which Coburg-Saalfeld, and the Duchess of Saxe. the Queen, with the simple, free, and unre- Gotha, who watched over them with the most served confidence which she has ever displayed, constant anxiety. From their infancy indeed, has just placed in the hands of her subjects. we are told, the grandmothers seemed to vie The original design, as we are informed, was with each other as to which should show the to furnish "a biography for his sons and two children the most love and kindness. daughters for those eyes alone that had the From the Duchess of Coburg we have the right of blood or of close friendship, to view first announcement of the arrival of the Prince, nothing as unimportant which might revive a written from the bedside of her daughter-in. forgotten touch, or deepen a familiar trait, in law to her own daughter, the Duchess of Kent, the picture of a Prince whose life and death in England. have given new meanings to royalty." But "I am sitting by Louischen's bed (at Her Majesty ultimately and wisely resolved to Rosenau). She was yesterday morning safely "make her people members of her family.The and quickly delivered of a little boy. Siebold, confidence reposed will not have been mis- the accoucheuse, had only been called at three, placed. “This pathetic book-glowing with and at six the little one gave his first cry in household fondnesses, and plain to boldness in this world, and looked about like a little its resolute wish to let nothing go of the dead squirrel with a pair of large black eyes. I that can be saved-will speak to the millions found the little mother slightly exhausted, but the things they understand best. Whoever gaie et dispos. She sends you and Edward (the does not thank Her Majesty for these pages Duke of Kent] a thousand kind messages." --beautiful with a pure and faithful affection, Her Majesty observes in a foot-note that

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"the eyes were blue;" but the Duchess after- the contemplated change.” The strength of wards repeats her statement, which proved the Prince, indeed, was in his mind rather than correct. And, in that second letter, she also in his body. He was healthy, but never robust. speaks of the " little May flower” born in the King Leopold describes him as “looking delisame year--three months before: the said cate in his youngest days,” but adds that “he "May flower” being no other than the Princess was always an intelligent child, and held a Victoria.

certain sway over his brother, who rather The Prince was baptized in September, 1819, kindly submitted to it.” by the names of Francis Charles Augustus The two Princes were evidently much like Albert Emmanuel, but Albert was the name other boys--a fact not necessarily surprising by which he was always. known. He must to anybody that we know of, except gold-stickscertainly have been a most charming child. in-waiting and the like. We have a joyous The following is his mother's description of little letter, commencing, Papa took me to him when he was eight months old, in which breakfast, and I got a beautiful crown piece”she contrasts the two brothers :

for by this time the Prince has mastered the

“ dreadful elements;” but they don't always “Ernest est bien grand pour son âge, vif et intelligent. Ses grands yeux noirs pétillent

agree with him, for he puts down in his boy. d'esprit et de vivacité. . . . Albert est superbe

memoranda : - d'une beauté extraordinaire; a des grands .... I cried at my lesson to-day, because I yeux bleus, une toute petite bouche-un joli could not find a verb: and the Rath pinched nez-et des fossettes à chaque jouemil est me, to show me what a verb was. And I cried grand et vif, et toujours gai. Il a trois dents, about it, .... et, malgré qu'il n'a que huit mois, il commence déjà à marcher.”

He relates how he had “ beer and cheese" at

Ketschendorf-for it is only in fairy tales that Something, perhaps, must be allowed to a

Princes live on butterfly-wings and sunbeams; mother's partiality, but a portrait of the and here is a very naïve bit of boyhood :Prince at the age of four prefixed to the

9th April. volume amply supports the praises that are

I got up well and happy; afterwards lavished on his beauty in childhood. It is as

I had a fight with my brother. beautiful a child's face as could be conceived. As a portrait it is an exquisite work of art, It is a little sad to notice that on the 10th bat painters rarely draw, even from fancy, so also “I had another fight with my brother;" lovely a face.

though conscience, or the Herr Tutor, has ap. The education of the two young Princes, pended to this second the observation “that notwithstanding one or two serious disadvan. was not right.” tages, was from the first excellently conducted; While the Princes were thus variously enand their life during the next fourteen years gaged at books or fraternal cuffs at Coburg is described in a good deal of interesting detail. and Rosenau, the father was made Duke of

We have pictures of the little one at the Gotha, and the boys went there under their mature age of two when he drags his "uncle grandmother's care. The Duchess's views were Leopold” about the castle, and is “ teething, clearly sensible, since she concludes a letter on like his little cousin in England”-always with their regimen with the remark that “a well. his elder brother Ernest. At five we see him regulated diet, and as much air as possible, transferred from the nurse to the care of the are better than all the medicines.” tutor Herr Florschütz, under whose charge The prince at this time must have had great the brothers remained for fifteen years, until qualities, for they were recognized by his playthey had completed their education at the fellows; and boys are no panegyrists nor tuft. University of Bonn.

hunters. Playing at "dukes and emperors Their removal from female care at so early at Gotha, we find young Albert chosen to the an age caused very natural anxiety in their latter responsible title, which he wore till bedgrandmother at Gotha, for the Prince was time with success. The strength and nobleness subject to dangerous attacks of croup. But of his character are also brought into view, we are told that the Prince from a child under a severe attack of croup. His tutor thus showed a great dislike to being in the charge of describes him :women, and rejoiced instead of sorrowing over “I shall never forget the goodness, the affec.

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