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shaken you,'observed she, ever com equable tones of my step-mother, as passionate to physical ailments. she turned to her guests, that we
Shaken her-Bertha !' repeated should all have been out when you my father. 'Stuff! I defy any came. You must have waited here amount of tumble to ruffle Bertha's some hours. Such a pity!' equanimity. She's a thorough Cor. We went down to the shore to nish woman-bred among the cliffs look for Bertha among the rocks,' and rocks of our rough coast, till said Geoffrey; 'I wonder we did she's almost rock herself. Ar'n't you, not see you,' he continued, addressBertha ?
ing me, since you were there. We Quite, sir.'
called you-we hunted for you. You * Not quite," said Geoffrey, seat must have wandered very far.' ing himself beside me. 'Ah, those “Yes,' I replied, briefly, 'I had.' poor little hands-how terribly they "I am afraid you are tired,' he have been cut by the cruel rocks. pursued, in a lower tone, and yet I Why don't you bind them up, do so wish that we may have one of Bertha ?
our happy twilight loiterings up "Ah, let me-let me!' cried Mary. and down the shrubbery walk this She knelt down at my feet, and evening. Will you, Bertha ? drew forth her delicate little cam 'No, I cannot-I am weary,' I bric handkerchief, and gently took said. My own voice smote strangely hold of my hand. I held my breath on my ear, it was so harsh. But he -I might have borne it only I did not notice it--for Mary was saw the look of his eyes as they speaking to him. were fixed on her. I snatched the Mrs. Warburton has no objechand away, and drew back my chair tion-she may come.' from her as she leaned against it. “Ah, Bertha, will you come back She would have fallen forwards, with us to F- this evening?' said but that Geoffrey's arm was quick to Geoffrey, with great animation ; support her, and to raise her to her that will be better still. Will you feet.
* Dear Bertha, did I hurt you ? •It is impossible,' said I, still she inquired - and she would per- quietly ; 'I cannot leave home.' sist in hovering round me, looking I had to meet the entreaties of at me with her affectionate eyes Mary—the anxious remonstrances of while he watched her, and loved her Geoffrey. At length they left me, more, I knew, for her care of me. and talked apart together. It was
'I cannot bear to be touched,' I about me, I knew. He was uneasy answered; I am afraid I must for about me thought that my confinefeit my character of being perfect ment to the house during Mrs. Warflint after all--for you see this burton's illness had been too much casualty has somewhat disordered for me. He said so, when he came my nerves.'
up to me again. * Nerves !' growled my father ; • And I have been thinking that *the first time I ever heard the you ought to have some one to take words from your lips. Don't you care of you, dear Bertha; and if you take to nerves, for mercy's sake! do not feel well enough to leave
There is no fear of that,'cried I, home, Mary shall stay here with laughing ; 'and pray don't let any you, and nurse you. She wishes to one alarm themselves about me,' I do so.' added, looking mockingly on the I yet retained enough of reason to anxious faces of Geoffrey and Mary, keep calm in order to prevent that * I am perfectly able to take care of plan's accomplishment. I had half myself, wounded though I am. I anticipated it-I dreaded that I ought to apologise for occupying so might presently encourage it-and much of your time and attention. then! "No, I dared not have her
Don't talk like that, Bertha,' said left with me. So I whispered to Geoffrey, gravely; you know what Geoffrey that he must not propose concerns you, concerns us!'
such a scheme-that it would ruffle Us! The word stung me into fury, my step-mother to have an unpreand I could not trust myself to speak. meditated guest in the house that
'I 80 regret,' said the polite, evening—that it could not be.
* Ah, poor Bertha !' he said ten. I trod the garden path to and from derly; dear Bertha! Some day to and fro-thinking she shall be better cared for.'
His pity-his tenderness-mad. Bertha-Bertha ! oh, come !" dened me. I started from my seat, A voice, strained to its utmost and went out into the cool evening yet still coming faintly, as from a air. Mary followed me.
distance, called upon my name. I See, the moon is rising !' cried I know I must have heard it many merrily. Did you ever see the times before it penetrated the chaos moon rise over the sea from our of my mind, and spoke to my com. rocks, down there! Our beautiful prehension. Then I knew it was
Mary, who had long ago hastened No-let us go there and watch down among the rocks, and who won. it. Papa and mamma won't be here dered, doubtless, that I did not join with the carriage for a whole hour her. I paused and listened again. yet, and your papa is going to carry 'Oh, come! Bertha, Bertha, help off Mr. Latimer to look at some me!' horses. And I love the rocks The voice sunk with a despairing don't you P'
cadence. What could it mean-that • Ay — the happy, beautiful earnest supplicating cryp I was rocks !
bewildered, at first ; and then I Come, then, I know the way. thought it must have been my own She ran on before; I followed slowly, fancy that invested the dim sounds vaguely feeling that the air was with such a wild and imploring tone. pleasant and cool to my brow, and But I hurried through the wicket that it was easier to breathe out of and down the path, when, midway, the house. Before I reached the I was arrested by another cry, more wicket, through which Mary had distinct now, because nearer. already disappeared, I was joined by • Save me! Bertha, Bertha Geoffrey.
help!' You said you were too tired to Then I understood all. Her in. walk with me,' he said in smiling experienced steps had wandered into reproach ; but you are going with one of those bewildering convolutions Mary. Well, I forgive you. And, of the rocks, and the advancing tide ah! Bertha, let me tell you now
now barred her egress. I stood No, no, I can't wait,' I cried; motionless as the conviction flashed besides-don't you hear my father upon me. Quick, shrill, despairing calling you! He is impatient--you came the cries, now. must go to him directly.'
Come to me, oh, come and save Soit!' He turned away shrug. me! I shall be drowned-drowned. ging his shoulders with an air of Oh Geoffrey, Geoffrey! help me! forced resignation. I watched him Don't let me die - come to me, till a turn in the path hid him, and Geoffrey ! the sound of his footsteps ceased. Even in her desperation her voice I was quite alone in the solemn took a tenderer tone in calling on stillness of the twilight. A faint his name. And I did not move. odour stole from the flowers that Shriek upon shriek smote on the nodded on their stems in the evening stillness; but well I knew that all breeze; the murmur of the waves ears save mine were far away; that flowing in on the shore below came the loudest cry that could come from hushingly to my ears; and the moon the young, delicate girl, would never was just breaking from a great white be heard, except by me. Soon, ex. cloud-its beams lay on the sea in a hausted by her own violence, her long trembling column of light. The voice died away into a piteous wail. purity, the peace of the time fell on ing, amid which I could catch broken my heart like snow upon a furnace. words-words that rooted anew my There was that within me which was stubborn feet to the ground; words fiercely at war with everything calm that scorched and seared me, and or holy. I turned away from the hardened into a purpose the bad moonlight - from the flowers; and thoughts, that at first only confusedly with eyes bent fixedly on the ground, whirled and throbbed at my heart.
Court presented a singular combina- lish memoirs the documents tion of French gallantry and military whether they be despatches, letters, absolutism. And the third and last or journals-play the most conspiperiod is the age of Frederick the
cuous part in the work, and the narGreat and his successors.
rative is often meagre enough. Dr. Vehse has availed himself of In the work before us, which all the recent contributions to his does not profess to do more than tory, such as the despatches, me record the on dits of past times, Dr. moirs, and journals of those who Vehse seems to have taken as his were engaged in diplomacy, or had motto a passage from St. Simon's peculiar opportunities of knowing memoirs, c'est souvent une pure the secret details of political life. bagatelle qui produit les effets qu'on Dr. Vehse pays a well merited com veut attribuer aux motifs les plus pliment to the important works that
graves. have lately been published in this In the sixteenth and even in the country. He states that he has in seventeenth century the dynasty of variably found English writers giv- the Hohenzollerns were not great ing the best reports of public mat geniuses or heroes ; they patiently ters; that they are the most clear bore the yoke which the Austrians sighted and the most unprejudiced had placed on the neck of the whole in their accounts, and that therefore of the German nation. They bent their judgments are more to be to the storm until the time of the trusted than those of other diplo. Great Elector. matists. In Germany, with perhaps The first five Electors of Branthe single exception of Count Keven denburg, from the time of the Refor. huller, who wrote memoirs in the mation till that of the Great Electime of the Great Frederick, the tor, were not remarkable for any task of writing history has been great intelligence, but they had the confined to men who made letters a good fortune to be served by men profession, and who were more ac of distinguished abilities. quainted with books than with men We will not for this reason follow and the passions that influence them. Dr. Vehse through the account he Works like those of Bishop Burnet; gives of the earlier Electors of memoirs like those of Horace Wal. Brandenburg - the Joachims, the pole of the Court of George II.; Hectors, &c.; but we must find valuable contributions to the history room to present our readers with a of our own time, like the diaries and sketch of the life of a man who correspondence of Lord Malmesbury, played a remarkable part during the memoirs of Lord Hervey, the the reign of the Elector John George memoirs just published by the Duke of Brandenburg: of Buckingham of the Court and Dr. Leonhard Thurneysser was Cabinet of George III. ;-French born in 1530 at Basle. His father, memoirs like those of Cardinal de who was a goldsmith, brought his Retz, the Duke of Sully, St. Simon, son up to his own profession, but and so many others, who have thrown apprenticed him afterwards as famulight on the history of the periods lus to a certain Dr. Huber, of Basle, in which they write ; – histories for whom the lad prepared medicines written by men who, like Mr. and collected herbs, and in whose Macaulay or Mr. Grote, are politi- service he studied Paracelsus. cians as well as authors--for works Thurneysser married at seventeen, such as these we look in vain in but deserted his wife at the end of Germany. There is one marked a year, when he commenced his difference that must strike even the travels. He went first to England, most careless reader between the then to France, fought under the English and the French memoir wild Margrave Albrecht Brandenwriters. The French invariably are burg-Culmbach, and was taken prigreater masters of form; they give a soner in the battle of Sievershausen flowing, eloquent, well arranged in 1553. He then supported himnarrative, full of life and vigour self by working as a miner and the necessary authorities and docu. smelter. As his wife had divorced ments being generally thrown into him, Thurneysser married the the appendix ;-whereas in the Eng. daughter of a goldsmith at Con
61 stance, with whom he went, in 1558, Brandenburg far superior to any. to Imst, in the Tyrol, where he thing that had yet appeared. His started a mining and smelting busi knowledge of mathematics, astroness on his own account. In 1560 nomy, and astrology was very conthe Archduke Ferdinand, of the siderable, and enabled him to pubTyrol, took Thurneysser into his lish almanacks, in which he preservice, and sent him on his travels. dicted coming events, and the manFor five years he again wandered ner of their fulfilment was explained about the world, visiting Scotland in subsequent tables. These almaand the Orkneys, Spain, Portugal, nacks had a prodigious sale. The Africa, Barbary, Æthiopia, Egypt, great defect in Thurneysser's mind Arabia, Syria, and Palestine, re was a want of philosophical clearturning in 1565 to the Tyrol, by way ness; his knowledge was undigested, of Candia, Greece, Italy, and Hun- without order or arrangement; but gary. He remained in the service spite of this he was one of the best of the Archduke inspecting
mines, naturalists of the sixteenth century; &c., until the year 1570. His ex his activity was boundless, and his traordinary knowledge of metals
head full of projects. and chemistry made him regarded The Elector named Thurneysser as the wonder of his age his body physician, with the yearly second Paracelsus. He wrote books salary of 1352 thalers-a large sum on the influences of the planets, for those days; moreover he had an and their effects on the bodies of allowance for horses, and other men and beasts, but the style of his extras. He also made money by works is diffuse and unintelligible. the commission on the purchases he
The Elector John George's second effected for the Elector, of silver wife, Sabina of Anspach, was ill, and gold plate, in Leipsic, Nuremand Thurneysser was sent for. In berg, and Frankfort. For fourteen the course of the consultation Thur.
years Thurneysser maintained his neysser, to the astonishment of the ascendancy in the court of BrandenElector, described sundry bodily burg. Shortly after his arrival in infirmities of the Electress, which in Berlin, the Elector had given him his opinion might be attended with rooms in what had been the Frandangerous results. The Elector, ciscan or Grey Convent, where struck by this knowledge, put his Thurneysser lived in great style. wife under Thurneysser's charge; He built a large laboratory, in which the cure was effected, and the doc were prepared his arcana-gold tor's fortune was from that moment powder, golden drops, amethyst made. He was employed and con waters, tinctures of sapphires, rubies, sulted by all who had mines or alum emeralds, &c., which soon made the works, while the court ladies spread inventor's fortune. He held a sort his renown far and wide. Letters of minor court in the Grey Convent: came from the remote country dis his household seldom consisted of tricts, from married and unmarried less than 200 persons, some of whom ladies, begging the learned doctor to were employed in copying letters, send his fair correspondents cosme while others worked in his laboratics, with particular descriptions how tory, or acted as messengers or trato use them. The postscript gene
vellers. He also set up a printing rally added that he was on no ac establishment in the Grey Convent, count to betray them, and not to which was provided not only with give any cosmetics to other people.' German and Roman, but with Greek,
Thurneysser had a remarkable Hebrew, Chaldaic, Syrian, Turkish, memory, and a great thirst for know Persian, Arabian, even with Abysledge. He had closely studied na
Almost all these ture in various countries, and had workers in the laboratory and for learned much from books. He knew the press were married men, and Greek and several of the Oriental lived with their wives and children languages ; Latin he had learned in in the convent; the expenditure, his forty-sixth year, at Berlin. He therefore, was considerable. Whenknew sufficient drawing to illustrate ever Thurneysser walked abroad, he his anatomical and botanical works. was accompanied by two pages of He made a map of the March of noble blood, who had been sent by