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low chair, and, without so much as « Then I must be busy," replied
by your leave,' begins to wring her Madge, in a wild, hurried manner, hands, and cry Lord ! Lord !' and smiling at Peverell, with a look • What do you want, good woman ?' of much importance, as if what she said I. But I might as well have ad- bad to do were some profound secret. dressed myself to the walls, for • Lord ! “ You'll not betray me, if I tell you !" Lord !' was all her moan."
she continued, taking his handPeverell hastened into the room, “ Feel !” and she placed it on her and there he saw poor Madge-her heart. “ One, two; one, two; one, face buried in her hands, rocking to two-and so it goes on; it cannot and fro, weeping most piteously, and beat beyond two! Oh, God ! in what as Francis had described, ever and pain it is before it breaks !" anon calling upon the Lord, but in a She now returned to the chair tone of such utter wretchedness that it from which she had risen, at the pierced his very heart.
sound of Peverell's voice. He apHe spoke to her. She started up proached nearer; and (with a view at the sound of his voice, looked at rather to draw her gently from her him, and then inournfully exclained, own thoughts, than from any desire while she pointed to the ground that she should leave his house) he They have buried her!”
asked her if she would go home ?” " Then be comforted,” said Peve “ Yes,” she replied ; “ bear with rell, in a kind and soothing voice; me yet a little while, and I'll go. It “ your hardest trial is past.”
is near the time I promised Marian, “ What a churl he was !" continu- when last I kissed her wintry cheek, ed Madge, not heeding the words of as she lay shrouded in her coffin; and Peverell; “I only asked him to keep I may not fail. Lord ! Lord ! what a the grave open till to-morrow, and he troubled and worthless world this denied me! Only till to-morrow—for seems to me now! A week ago, and then, said I, the cold earth can cover the sun, and the moon, and the stars, us both. But he denied me! So I and the green earth, and all that was fell upon my knees, beside my Mari- upon it, were dear to mine eyes; and an's grave, and prayed that he might I should have wept to look my last at never lose a child, to know that bless- them! But now, I behold nothing it edness of sorrow which lies in the contains, save my Marian's grave ! thought of soon sleeping with those You will see me laid in it, for pity's we have loved and lost! It was very sake-won't you
?” wrong in me, I know, to wish to call * Ay,” said Pererell, 6 but that down such affliction on him--but he will be when I am grey, and thinking denied me—and I had to hear the rat- of my own : so, cheer up. He that tling dust fall upon her coffin—ay, and shall toll the bell for thee, now sleeps to see that dark, deep grave filled up; in his cradle, I'll warrant." as if a mother might not have her own She beckoned Peverell to her, and child !"
taking his hand, she again placed it on “ Poor afflicted creature !” ex- her heart. A sad, melancholy smile claimed Peverell, in a half whisper to played for a moment across her pale himself.
wrinkled face, and her glazed eyes “ Yes !” said Madge, drying her kindled into a fleeting expression of tears with her hands. “ Yes ! I have frightful gladness, as she feebly exwalked with grief, for my companion claimed, “Do you feel ! One !-in this world, through many a sad and one ! one !-- and hardly that. - I weary hour. But I shook hands with breathe only from here,” she continuher, and we parted, at the grave of ed, pointing to her throat. « Feel! Marian. I buried all my troubles -feel!-one!-one !-another Show there. What is the hour ?"
I gasp-see !-see-" “ Hard upon two," replied Peverell. She ceased to speak; the hand
which retained Peverell's relaxed its was as a blighted tree, that perishes hold-her head dropped-one long- not at the root, but is withered in all drawn sigh was heaved-and poor its branches. Tears, I had none. Madge resigned a being touched with One gracious drop, falling from my sympathies and feelings not often geared orbs, would have been the found in natures of nobler quality, in blessed channel of pent-up griefs that the world's catalogue of nobility. If, seemed to crush my almost frenzied among the thousand doors which death brain. Sighs, I breathed not. They holds open for mortal man to pass would have heaved froin my bursting through, ere he puts on immortality, heart some of that misery, which loadthere be one, the rarest of them all, ed it to anguish. Sleep never caine. for broken hearts, this hapless crea- I was denied the common luxury of ture found it. A self-accusing spirit the common wretched, to lose, in its bowed her to the earth, with the sweet oblivion, its brief forgetfulness, sharpest of all griefs—a mother's an- the sense of what I was. Death, naguish for an only child-lost to her, tural death, closed his many doors as gamesters lose fortunes-thrown against me. All that lived, except away by her own hand.
myself-the persecuted, the weary,
and the heavily laden of man's racePITZMAURICE THE MAGICIAN. could find a grave!
I, alone, looked I have lived three hundred years! upon the earth, and felt that it had no In that time-in all that time, I have resting place for me! God! God! never seen the glorious sun descend, what a forlorn and miserable creature but followed still its rolling course is man, when, in his affliction, he canthrough the regions of illimitable space. 'not say to the worm, I shall be yours ! I have shivered on the frozen moun- I might have cast away, indeed, the tains of the icy north, and fainted be- YENARKON—the Giver of Life-the neath the sultry skies of the blazing elixir of the Sibyl—but that would east : the swift winds have been my have been to subject myself to a powviewless chariot, and on their career- er of darkness, in whose fell wrath I ing wings I have been hurried from should have suffered the casting away cline to clime. But, nor light, nor of nine eternal soul ! air, nor heat, nor cold, have been to Thus the stream of time rolled on, me as to the rest of my species; for I burying beneath its dark waves, our was doomed to find in their extremes little span of present, in the huge a perpetual torment. I howled, under ocean of a perpetual past, and devourthe sharp, pinching pangs of the icy ing, as the food of both, our swist denorth ; I panted with agony, in the caying future. But I floated on its scorching fervor of the blazing east : surface, and beheld whole generations and when mine eyes have ached, with flourish and fade away, while age and vain efforts to pierce the darkness of silver hairs, growing infirmities, and the earth's centre, they have been sud- the closing sigh that ends them all, denly blasted with excessive and in- mocked me with a horrible exemptolerable delight.
tion. I remained, and might have reAll the currents of human affec- mained, for ages yet to come, the fixtion—all that makes the past delight- ed and unaltered image of what I was, ful, the present lovely, and the future when in Mauritania I encountered the coveted, were dried up within me. potent Amaimon, the damned magiMy heart was like the sands of the cian of the den, but for that-woman's desart, parched and barren. No liv- faith, and man's fidelity--which have ing stream of hope, of gladness, or of made me what I am! desire, quickened it with human sym This was my destiny. Now mark, pathies. It was a bleak and withered how I became enthralled to it; and how region, the fit abode of ever-during it befell, that at last I shook it off, and sorrow and comfortless despair. I found redemption.
In my middle manhood, when sacred, city of Jerusalem-that chosen scarcely forty summers had glowed seat of the Godhead—that Queen within my veins, I left my native Ita- among the nations. Eclipsed, though ly, and journeyed to the Holy Land, it was, and its majestic head trodden upon the strict vow of a self-imposed into the dust, by the foot of the infipenance. It was for no sin committed del, my gladdened eyes dwelt upon in my days of youth, but for the satis- what was imperishable, and my wrapt faction of an ardent piety, and the imagination pictured what was degrowing spirit of a long enkindled de- stroyed. The valleys of Jehosaphat votion. I had patrimonial wealth in and Gehinnon, Mount Calvary, Mount Apulia ; I had kindred; I had friends. Zion, and Mount Acre, stretched beI renounced them all, to dedicate my- fore me. The palace of King Herod, self, thenceforth, to the service of THE with its sumptuous halls of marble and CROSS. My purpose was blessed, by of gold—the gorgeous Temple of Soloa virtuous mother's prayers, that I mon—the lofty towers of Phaseolus might approve myself a worthy soldier and Mariamne—the palace of the of Christ ; and it was sanctified by a Maccabees — the Hippodromne - the holy priest at the altar.
houses of many of the prophets-grew Even now, the recollection is into existence again, beneath the crestrong within me, of the feelings with ative force of fancy. I stood and which, as the rising sun illumined the wept. I knelt, and kissed the consetops of the surrounding hills, I ap- crated earth which once a Saviour proached the once glorious, and still trod.
ELEMENTARY EDUCATION IN FRANCE.
The system of elementary education Years.
lost. was not introduced into France until
1815 hf.yr. 317
9,940fr. after the general peace, when a few 1816 641 70 friends to the country, aware of the 1817
26,995 750. 588
18,079 75 advantages to be derived from its
399 adoption, occupied themselves in en- 1820 462
20,156 60 deavoring to establish it. A society
16,572 02 1822 427
16,485 85 for the purpose was formed, in 1815,
1823 403 42
27,427 and at the beginning met with all the 1824 388 32
423 encouragement from the public which 1825
394 could have been expected. The fa
18,157 30 1827 600
21,056 75 vor, however, in which it was held, 1828 1408
43,974 70 did not proceed increasing in a de The falling off in 1819 is attributed gree adequate to the merit of the sys- to causes connected with politics, and tem ; and, during the greater part of to the retirement from the administrathe time which has elapsed since the tion of public affairs of General Desfoundation of the institution, the sup- solles, a great promoter of the objects port afforded it has remained station- of the society, and who afterwards ary, or even declined, as will be per- became its president. He died in the ceived from the following statement course of that year. The funds, it recently published by order of the so- will be remarked, have not diminished ciety, whose excellent objects, howe. in proportion to the defalcation of ver, it is satisfactory to perceive, seem subscribers ; owing to the zeal of a at length to be more justly appreciat- certain number of the members who ed, as within the last two years it has bave remained constantly faithful to received a vast increase in its num- the cause. In 1823, the funds of the ber of subscribers and funds :
society received an augmentation of
10,000 crowns by the donation of a gress of this system of education, is single individual. The juries at the frequented by 237 children. Of the assizes, convinced of the advantages two schools for girls, that at the Halle derived to the country from the socie aux Draps counts 410 children ; that ty, are in the habit of making a sub- of the Clos de St. Jean de Lateran, scription in its aid. The Bank of 277. To the former of these, the. France gives annually 2000fr., and the name of Larochefoucauld-Liancourt, minister of the interior 1000. The so dear to France, is attached : to the year 1829 promises, with certainty, a other, that of Basset, after an estimastill further and considerable increase ble member of the society, lately de. of subscribers and funds. Twenty- ceased. The schools of Paris, ineight societies, of a similar descrip- cluding the three just mentioned, tion, in different parts of France, cor amount to thirty. According to the respond with that of Paris. Among last year's statement, twenty-five of other places, Lyons has a society es these furnished education to a total of tablished, with subscriptions to the 3,760 children. On the 1st of May, amount of 150,000frs., to be paid the whole number of pupils, children, within five years. This association and adults, in the thirty schools, was offers to the masters desirous of es- 4,177 : of these, the adults announted tablishing primary schools, to allow to 491, admitted to eight evening them the necessary funds for setting schools. By the exertions of the up schools for mutual instruction, on Count de Chabrol towards the formacondition of their receiving five pupils tion of new schools, or the enlargegratuitously for every 100frs, advanc- ment of old ones, an increase is about ed. This measure is represented to to take place of 2,200 pupils. The have been attended, with beneficial Normal elementary school, founded consequences. At Marseilles, an old by the Prefect of the Seine, is attendsociety for the promotion of Christian ed by 95 tutors, youths designed for morality has been converted into an masterships, of the age of sixteen and education society. At Nancy, a Jew- seventeen years.
An establishment, ish school on the same plan is in ex under the title Maison Complète, was istence, and corresponds with the so- opened in 1828, in the 12th Arronciety at Paris. At Rouen, the an- dissement, by M. Cochin. It consists cient school is continued, and a new of a hall for infants, and schools for one has been opened ; a school for the boys, for girls, and for adults of the instruction of adults has also been in- respective sexes. A Montbly Bullestituted. The three schools at Paris, tin bas been substituted for the “ Jourunder the direction, and maintained at nal d’Education,” formerly published the expense of the society, continue by the society. The society express flourishing. That to which the ap es its acknowledgment to the British pellation of Gaulthier has been given and Foreign Bible Society, for placing after the Abbé of that name, who has at its disposal New Testaments for the so powerfully contributed to the pro- purpose of being read in the schools.
OCEAN! I love to gaze on thee, for thou, And heaven shines brightly in thy limpid
Thyself eternal seems to our brief thought, In Summer's calin they gently lave the Like the great God who framed thee out of shore,
KEMBLE AND THE BUTCHER.
“ Come, let us stray Where Chance or Fancy leads our roving walk."
subdued and conciliating manner, Many years ago John Kemble acted however, had no effect in the way of Joseph Surface in Sheridan's admira- appeasing the angry feelings of the ble comedy of the School for Scandal, broken-headed butcher. not improbably immediately after the When Kemble's noble friends spoke death of John Palmer, who is ac- of pecuniary recompense for the damknowledged to have been the most age, the butcher spoke of his outragable representative of that soft, smooth, ed honor and the inviolable rights of insinuating wretch, who, mingling the British subject. At length by dint cant with hypocrisy, “can smile, and persuasion the slayer of beasts began smile, and be a villain.”
to soften, and something like a smile One night during the season in played upon his much injured COUDwhich he performed Joseph, (in which tenance. That smile was hailed by he completely failed,) John Kemble the noble lords in waiting as the dawn got excessively tipsy, a circumstance of a reconciliation, and any sum in perhaps not of very frequent occur- moderation that he chose to name was rence, but replete with serious con- tended to the offended plaintiff rather sequences on this occasion ; for re- than subject the plaintive defendant turning homeward to Great Russell to the ordeal of the Clerkenwell sesStreet, Bloomsbury, Caroline sions. Street (it matters little which) where “I vonts none of your money, Mr. he then resided, he fell into a quarrel Campbell,” said the butcher—"I with a butcher who was shulting up vonts justice.” his shop. Tbe conversation, carried on “ My dear sir,” said Kemble,with less dignity by the knight of the “umph--I do assure you I regret the chopper than by him of the bowl and incidental collision between us, as dagger, ended in Kemble's breaking deeply as you possibly can-1-am the butcher's head, a feat no sooner very sorry for what has happened.” performed than proclaimed by the Vell,” said the butcher, “ that's butcher's wise, who soon collected all right and fair, and as much as ron round her an overflowing audience of gemman can properly expectorate watchmen, by whom the great trage- from another—and so I am ready to dian was conveyed to durance vile for make up the matter on one condition, the night, in that receptacle which is and destablished for the maintenance of the “ Name it, sir," said Kemble. peace, and the confinement of those “ Spare your oaths, I'll trust to your who choose to break it.
conditions ! as Sbakspeare has it." In the morning, when reason re “Well then, Mr. Campbell,” said turned, and the gentlemanly feelings the butcher. of Kemble began to operate, his “ Kemble, by your leave, sir," said shame for what had happened, and the tragedian. his disgust at having put an enemy in “ Well, Kemble then," continued his mouth to steal away his senses, the butcher, “it is not so much for being in full operation, he was pro- myself as for the people what goes to duced at Bow Street public office to the playhouse oftener than I does, answer for the sins and tumult of the that I am going to speak-I forgive preceding night; on which occasion you for all you did to me last night he was accompanied by a host of perwided you will give me your word aristocratic friends, the importance of and honor that you never will attempt whose appearance, added to his own to act Joseph Surface again.”