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for the Roinan Emperors, not a farthing less I no, s'belp! The gentleman said good morning, and left; but mo!"

| Isaacs was too indignant to take any notice of his vale“No, Isaacs; it is quite out of the question. We dictions. shall not do business to-day, I see. There is nothing Time passed, and Isaacs' stock had undergone several else here that I care about, so I shall wish you a good changes, the “Roman Emperors," however, still conmorning."

tinuing to occupy its old place; when one day a wellThe gentleman left the shop; but he had scarcely known customer entered the shop, and informed the reached the next turning, when Isaacs overtook him, dealer that he was in want of a large picture; any and laying his thin, wiry hand on his arm, said: rubbish would do, so as it was cheap, to cover a space “ There, you may have it for tifty pounds."

on his dining-room wall, where the paper had been “Ridiculous, Mr. Isaacs," said the stranger. “Quite damaged by the damp. out of the question. I shan't give fifty pounds for the “ You see, Isaacs," he said, “I don't want to go to rubbish. Fifty pounds, pooh, nonsense !"

the expense of papering my dining-room just now, and “Ah, well,” exclaimed the Jew with a sigh, “I can't I want something large and cheap to hide an ugly mark take less than fifty ; no, s'help me;" and he returned on the wall.” to bis shop, while the gentleman proceeded on his “I can suit you to a hair's breath, I warrant," said way.

Isaacs. “You may have the Roman Emperors, there, About a week after, another gentleman presented for five pounds. The frame is worth all the money." himself at Isaac's shop.

“Five pounds !" said the visitor; “Oh, dear, no Mr. “Good morning, Mr. Isaacs. I see you have the Isaacs, I could paper my room for that. The picture is usual collection of rubbishi-ha! ha!"

large enough, in fact, just the size; but I want someIt sometimes suited Mr. Isaacs to humor his cus- thing cheap ; something cheap, Mr. Isaacs." tomers, so he echoed the stranger's “ha! ha!” and said, “Father Abraham !” exclaimed the Jew; “what “ very good, very good !"

would the man have? I've been offered fifty pounds After looking round the shop for some time, the for that picture, and now I will take five." visitor at last turned his gaze upon the huge picture, “Well, I can't help that, Mr. Isaacs; you know which covered half the wall.

what I want, and if you've got anything about three “ What's this you have here, Mr. Isaacs ?” he inquired, pounds ten that's large enough, I shall be glad. But I in a careless tone. “There's quantity, at any rate, if want it at once." there is not much quality about it."

“That's the only picture I have that will suit you," “Ha! ha! very good,” said Isaacs, chuckling; "there said the Jew; “but I can't take less than five pounds is quantity there, if you like. But, would you believe no, s'help me; not a farthing." me? a gentleman offered me fifty pounds the other day “Well, there's no harm done, Isaacs. Good day; for that picture. Fifty pounds he offered me, and dare say I shall find what I want; good day." counted out the money. But, no; I had not the con- “Hil sir, stop!” cried Isaacs, as the gentleman was science to take it. No, s'help me."

stepping into the street. “How much did you say? Ah, you are an honest man, Mr. Isaacs. I esteem What is the most you will give ?" you for that. Fifty pounds! Why the picture is not “Three pounds ten; not a farthing more." worth half that."

“Say a sovereign more; say four pounds ten." “Ah, yes, it is,” said Isaacs, • quite worth the half of that. Oh, yes, s'help me.”

“Well, then, split the difference; say four pounds, “Oh, no, Isaacs, nothing of the kind. I wouldn't and its yours." give more than ten pounds for it. It is only fit to bang “Four pounds & well, I will not be hard with you, up in the hall."

Isaacs; I'll give four pounds." The bargain was con“Eh, what ?" said the Jew. “How much will you/cluded there and then, and the money paid. In an give? Say fifteen pounds."

hour after a van arrived at the door, and the Roman “No; decidedly not.”

Emperors was transferred to new quarters; namely, to “Well, say ten; you shall have it for ten pounds. I the house of the wily connoisseur, to whom Isaacs at should like you to have that picture—it's a fine pic- first offered the picture for seven hundred pounds. ture, mind; and worth double the money-double the The “Roman Emperors" may now be seen in the money."

Jesuits' College at Stonyhurst. It is there known as "Fine picture, nonsense! it's a great lumbering Murillo's celebrated picture of the “Jesuit Fathers," piece of rubbish. I tell you what, Mr. Isaacs, I and had the gentleman who originally discovered it in wouldn't have it at a gift."

Isaacs' shop given the seven hundred pounds which the “Eh, what? Not have that picture at a gift. O Jew asked for it, he would have had it a decided barLord, hear him! s'help me."

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SELF-REVERENCE, self-knowledge, self-control ;-
These three alone lead man to sovereign power:
Yet not to power alone-power of itself,

Would come uncalled for—but to live by law;
And because right is right to follow right-
Were wisdom in the scorn of consequence.-TENNISON.

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Yes, there are the tower-like stacks of chimneys, and Yet must we own, if ever bachelor had cause to there the little turret with its bell-less cupola, and point with pride to her who won him from his celibate, there the uneven outline of the rugged roof, and there Frank Harper had. Nor marvel we that he is now a the jutting profile of a dormer-window, the circular and happier as well as prouder man than in those boistermassive pigeon-house, the clustering stacks, the orch-ous times, which latterly have merged in calmer, wiser ard trees, and every stable, barn, and shed, standing days. Lizzy Field (we cannot for the life of us forget out in bold, black, clear relief against that glowing sun- her maiden name), when first we knew her, was set sky, and forming in their combination as sweet a mistress of a village school—her cottage nestling withpicture, reader, as you or we could wish to look a little elbow of the valley—a leafy corner, a sort of We have a hearty liking for this odd, old, rambling, lonely hollow in the world's huge hedge-row, just meet overgrown farm-house-a partiality that has grown and for such a violet to blossom in. thriven with our strengthening intimacy with its An orphan, and a poor one—those with whom cominmates. “Bachelors' Hall !” we used to call it. Mar- munity of poverty had placed her on a level, pitied, ry, it must change its appellation now. To think that while the wealthier of her neighbors befriended her. ever such a fine, frank, free-hearted bachelor, as this They raised a fund to educate the daughters of their our ancient comrade was, should forsake his boon com- needy tenants-and gave to Lizzy the control of these panions, renounce old habits, and become—a married young sun-browned damsels. man. We scarcely can forgive so serious a secession And, by the way, it was amazing to observe how from the little knot of which he was the head and great an interest the brothers of the patronesses forthfront. He, too, that railed with such exceeding mirth- with took in all that related to the management of this fulness against “ those tame, life-lacking animals, called said school, how perseveringly they would persist in husbands!” Well-a-day, ere long we shall mistrust the escorting their sisters to the cottage, and how repeatedpermanency and firmness of our own most settled preju- ly it happened that these fair relatives felt called upon dices and prepossessions.

to chide them for the earnestness with which, when

there, they bent their eyes upon its pretty mistress ; so fidence, the strong love, the unfaltering faith of woman, . that color came and went, mantling and melting away had been so misplaced, and could meet with such return beneath her pure transparent skin, as rapidly as a -chilled, grieved, and, for a moment, terrified her. Far young bird's heart would beat beneath the boyish grasp worse was it with him. Before the majesty of injured of its delighted captor. Yet Lizzy never dreamt that innocence, Frank Harper stood rebuked, humbled, there was aught of such marked note and excellency in repulsed. He crossed the threshold of her cottage, those small features, that petite oval face, and those strode hastily towards home, and when he could collect soft hazel eyes, as made the village schoolmistress a his scattered thoughts, call into play the better feelings standing toast with many a farmer's son ; por nourished of his nature, and dispassionately exercise his sobered in her mind a solitary fancy that the most uncharitable senses, would fain bave shut the occurrence out, as some could torture into an imputation of vanity. Uncon- unreal, distasteful dream, in which he had been playing sciously the pretty mistress of the Thundridge School | a reluctant part. made woeful havoc with more hearts, and turned more! And now we overleap an interval of months, each heads than we have patience to enumerate. Dazzled with its little item of events to swell the general sum. with a face which he had seen less frequently than Long, melancholy months-monotonous and wearisome heard of, our bachelor himself felt the icy envelope of were they to Lizzy Field. The bitter experience of so unconcern, wherewith his heart had previously been much perfidy and contemplated wrong saddened and crusted, melt gradually away beneath the sunshine depressed her. Duties became a matter of listless, which came beaming from the face of Lizzy Field. automaton performance; pleasures assumed the form of Then, too, his bachelor acquaintance, from time to irksome tasks, shunned eagerly, and participated in tiine, were marrying around him. His bachelor parties with evident repugnance. were proportionably falling off. He saw likenesses in All intercourse between the cottage and the farin was, little of those whilom single gentlemen springing up to of course, peremptorily cut off. The retrospect to Frank make their whilom solitary hearthstones glad. More- was full of shame and unmitigated regret. It humbleil over, winter was at hand. Its long evenings would be —it enlightened him. His notions of the female chasometimes lonely ones. His housekeeper was growing racter, sooth to say, had, up to that time, been strangels old and deaf, and inactive withal. The roomy house tinged with error. He had admired its polished surappeared 80 void, and even the snuggery which he had face, but never pierced its depths; jested upon its appafitted up with such especial care and nicety might, nay, rent weakness, but knew nothing of its actual strength; surely would, be far more lightsome, ay, and pleasanter amused himself with its frivolity, but was ignorantwithal, if a young and pretty mistress were received profoundly ignorant—of the calm and settled seriouswithin its walls. Was Frank Harper in love with ourness of purpose, the self-sustained, intrepid resolution rustic beauty? Undoubtedly ; he was received, accept- of which it could be capable, when exigence required. ed, and by consent of village rumor, unanimously Homage, however, now supplanted admiration, passion acknowledged to be the chosen suitor. Would the succumbed to principle, and the acknowledgment of owner of broad acres confer his name upon the poor injury eventuated naturally in a desire for its atonement. schoolmistress? This latter was a question rumor To compass this (a delicate and difficult embassy to would not take upon itself to answer, but met it ever venture on), a skillful mediator—the penitent's pet with a look of wondrous gravity, shrugging its shoul-sister-volunteered her services. And even then, with ders with a solmn "hem !as though it owned a secret“ all appliances and means to boot," we doubt if this apt which it did not care to publish. Whether this am- mediator, urged though she was by affection for her biguity was justifiable will presently be learnt.

brother and high esteem for Lizzy's worth, would have One evening, fushed with wine, and fresh from the gained her point, had it not been for certain sentiments raillery of some who simply ridiculed, and some who of pity which were beginning insensibly to mingle with really envied him, Frank paid a promised visit to the the angry and contemptuous feelings that had at first cottage, and we marvel at him. It must have been possessed the latter's mind-certain faint hopes strugthe wine, and not the man that spake. We will not gling against confirmed belief-charitable wishes that wrong him by the hint of a belief that suber manhood were disposed to catch at any extenuating plea; wine, could have so forgotten itself. Had he not sisters ? delirious passion, ought to lessen the offence, and transWere they not likewise orphans ? Conld hot and heady form seeming forethought into unconsidered impulse. passion whelm totally in oblivion a brother's feelings? | But whatsoever were the causes, the result was happy, In charity we let his words pass by, and find no record. the mediation eminently successful. Suffice it, that the quick and apprehensive spirit of the woman caught at the hidden meaning which he lacked

" His loving words her seem'd due recompence

Of all her passed paines : one loving houre the daring, the effrontery explicitly to avow. Her eyes

For many yeares of sorrow can dispence, were lightning-her mind a crowd of startled and indig

A dram of sweete is worth a pound of soure. nant feelings, finding imperfect vent in a torrent of

She has forgott how many a woeful stoure

For him she late endur'd: she speakes no more impetuous reproach—her heart the hot arena of a fierce

Of past : true is, that true love hath no powre and bitter strife 'twixt love and hate, contempt and pity,

To looken back: his eies be fixt before." sorrow and surprise. To find that such a leprous spot could taint his fair-seeming purpose-to learn that con- Joyously rung out the bells upon the sunny ninth

of May, the day of Lizzy's bridal, that ceremonial which/ Then we believe Frank Harper to have been, as at was solemnly to seal the reconciliation between her this moment we believe him still to be, as happy and lover and herself. The church-tower heaved and as proud a husband as ever knelt beside a young and swayed as though it were instinct with life; yet with an blushing bride, poor in the ordinary acceptation of the even, steady pulsing, as a strong man's chest might word, but rich in the wealth of an unsullied mind and heave at every respiration of his lusty lungs. The virgin heart. The narrow education which outward sound went floating up the valley far and wide; it wan- circumstances had so materially restricted in early lite, dered into hollow lanes, and found a separate echo has been since repaired by the acquisition of accomfrom each surrounding eminence-it filled the air with plishments befitting the sphere in which her marriage blithe, exhilarating music, and made the very sunshine has entitled her to move. But still the unassuining seem inore glad, the overarching heavens more blue, the gentleness of manner—the innate nobleness—all that earth more green, and kindled in the eyes of all who previously conferred upon her character its dignity, thronged the porch, lined the church-yard path, and attractiveness and strength-remain the same, nnclustered round the gates, to greet the egress of the changed and undiminished. Indeed, no one who, since wealthy fariner and his pretty bride-a cheerful sparkle the wedding of its master, has shared the shelter of that said, as plainly and distinctly as a glistening eye its roof, can regret that this old rambling pile has could say, “ God bless them both !"

| ceased to be “Bachelors' Hall."


In the time of the First Empire, among the forçats, or | However, he could not quite subdue his ancient propenconvicts, of the Bagne at Rochefort. was one named sities; having entangled himself in a pecuniary misCognard; a man of remarkable courage and decided direction, he was arrested; but, twice he managed good breeding. One day Cognard was missing. He to escape. On the second occasion, he put himself had slipped his chains and flung away his bullet, and at the head of a brave band of French prisoners of the guns of Rochefort thundered after him in vain. war; seized a Spanish brig; passed into France; and, Cognard got safely away to Spain ; and though the by virtue of his courage and his name, was made chefgardes chiourmes (the guards of the Bagne) twirled d'escadron, on the grand staff of the Duke de Dalmatia their moustaches and sacréd in right royal style, the —the brave and virtuous Marshal Soult. Soon after, forçat was beyond their reach.

he was made chef-de-bataillon of the hundredth regiCognard, as a gentleman travelling for pleasure, ment of the line, and bis fortune seemed to be secure. became acquainted with the family of the Count Pontis At Toulouse and at Waterloo he signalized himself de Sainte Hélène. The acquaintance ripened into inti- greatly, received many wounds, and performed many macy, and the pleasant French gentleman who had so acts of gallantry; for these he was rewarded with much to say on every subject, was soon rarely absent the cross of the legion of honor: no common reward in from the count's château. But, sorrow fell on the hos- those days. In eighteen hundred and fifteen, the Duke pitable Spaniard. One by one, mysteriously and as it de Berri made him successively Chevalier de Saint they were pursued by some relentless fate, every mern- Louis, chef-de-bataillon, and lieutenant-colonel of the ber of the Pontis family disappeared. Sudden deaths, troops of the Seine. There was not a man in the army and lingering deaths, nameless diseases, and horrible who did not envy anıl admire the gallant and successful accidents, cut them off one by one; the pleasant French Count Pontis de Sainte Hélène. gentleman always at the side of the sufferers, soothing One day, the Count was in the Place Vendôme, the dying with rare drugs; and generally at hand in assisting, at the head of his troops, in the painful ceretime to see, but not to prevent, each catastrophe. Did |mony of a military degradation. He was in full any light break in upon the last Pontis, as he lay on his uniform, glistening with stars and crosses, and gay bed of death, slowly following the rest of his brave kin- with many-colored orders; surrounded by the best and dred, and the French gentleman mixed him draughts noblest of the land, and standing there as their equal. and prepared him potions, and learnt from him all the A voice at his elbow calls “Cognard !” The count particulars necessary for conveyancing and managing turns. He sees a dirty, haggard, low-browed ruffian, his estate? Did one look of triumph froin those cruel whose features he only too well remembers ; for, years eyes ever reveal the fatal tragedy to the dying man? ! ago, within the fatal walls of Rochefort, t at lowCognard never confessed this; all he told was, that as browed ruffian had been his chained companion, manasoon as the Spaniard was dead, he possessed himself of cled to him limb to limb. To put a bold front the jewels, plate, and money left; of the title-deeds of on it was all that the count could do; to order the man the estate, and of the patent of nobility. And, with these, to be thrust back; to affect indifference, ignorance, dishe entered the Spanish army as sub-lieutenant Count dain-he saw no better way of escape. But, his chainPontis de Sainte Hélène.

mate, one of Cognard's inferiors, was not to be so easily In a short time he was raised to the rank of chef-l put off. He denounced the lieutenant-colonel, in the d'escadron; and after having distinguished himself gal-hearing of them all, as an escaped convict, and gave his lantly at Monte Video, he was made lieutenant-colonel. real name and history. General Despinois ordered the

arrest of his officer; and four gendarmes seized him, in: Six months afterwards he was caught; tried as an face of his troops. He demanded and obtained permis- escaped convict, and for forgery, and murder; coasion to go to his hôtel, for a change of clothes ; when demned to the galleys for life; and, in a few years, died there, he seized a brace of pistols, presented them at Brest an outcast and degraded forçat. If it had not at his guards, and while they stood stupefied and thun- been for that voice on the Place Vendôrne, Cognard the derstruck at his daring, he rushed from the hôtel, and convict might have died Count Pontis de Sainte Hélène, they saw him no more.

| Maréchal de France.

A FEW WORDS ABOUT BEARS. In what we are going to say about bears, we disclaim having been suckled by a bear. Two Swiss cantons any sort of allusion to certain varieties of the human have taken the bear for their arms; and the Emperor kind; we speak only of veritable bears—animals Frederick II. founded at Saint Gall the Order of the more sociable at times than their brothers by metaphor. Bear. And as we are not writing their natural history, we We read in Saint Foix, who cites his authorities, that shall not pause to describe them, but shall merely when the Ostiacks have killed a bear, they make bin observe, that the savans have given to the bear and the the humblest excuses possible for having taken his life, monkey an origin in common with ourselves. We are, representing to him that, in point of fact, it was not in fact, according to the authorities above mentioned, they who had taken his life, because they had not bears-only a little advanced. They suggest that, in forged the iron by which he had been pierced ; than his manner of fighting, the bear erects himself upon his which, it must be confessed, nothing could be more hinder feet, like us; and, to carry the resemblance still polite and convincing. further, that he hits with his fists, throws stones dex- When the Canadians have killed a bear, one of the terously, licks his paws, loves dancing, and is suscepti- hunters places a pipe between the animal's teeth, in ble of education. Our present purpose is to say a few sign of reconciliation. words concerning some celebrated individuals of the The devil has often taken the shape of a bear—a disbear family.

tinction duly appreciated by the bear, no doubt. We shall have occasion, in a few minutes, to speak Saint Ghislain (or, as some call him, Guillain) is said more at length of the bear of Saint Ghislain. Mean- to have been of Greek origin, and was Bishop of while, we will notice the bear of Saint Vaast, Bishop Athens. He was dispatched into the province of of Arras, an animal which that holy prelate trained so Hainault from Rome by Pope Honorius; but we prefer well that it rendered him eminent service, in memory thinking that he was a Belgian, as his name indicates. of which the monks of Saint Vaast had always a bear However that may have been, he retired from the in their abbey.

world in 648, and built himself, near Mons, a little her. Saint Corbinian obliged a bear to carry him instead mitage, where he lived in such great sanctity that the of bis ass, which this bear had eaten. Saint Martin of example of his virtues, as well as the unction of his dis Verton did the same thing.

courses, decided Sainte Valdetrude and Sainte Aldegonde We read in the Reverend Denis-le-Chartreux, that ato embrace a religious life. He made, it is said, a wul. Norwegian hermit passed many months in the society titude of conversions. of a bear, with whom he now and then conversed, and One day, as King Dagobert, who reigned over both in whom he found much more uprightness than in the France and Belgium, was hunting in the forests of common run of men.

Hainault, he strayed from his company in pursuit of a Bears have done many good actions. Of these we large bear, which, knowing what it was about, sought note one performed in the service of Saint Columba, refuge in the hermitage of Saint Ghislain. The Saint who was protected by a she bear against the evil designs was at his devotions, and did not look round. The of a brigand.

bear squatted beside a basket, in which the hermit left Formerly there were great numbers of bears in the his sacerdotal ornaments. Soon after, King Dagobert forests of Belgium. A large one, pursued by the entered the hermitage, and was not a little startled and Emperor Charlemagne, took refuge in the church of surprised to see the monstrous animal lying at the feet Sainte Gudule, at Morzèle, and miraculously affected by of an old man engaged in prayer. the sanctity of the place which had given him an asy- Saint Ghislain turned at the noise made by the lum, he would not afterwards leave the innocent vir- prince's entrance. He then perceived what had occargins, with whom the bear lived like a lamb. So say red, and begged the life of the bear. Dagobert immethe old chroniclers.

diately recognized the man of God, whose name was In many ways the bear has been held in honor. celebrated throughout the country, and accorded that Without speaking of the two constellations which shine which he had solicited ; and after embracing him, sad in the heavens under his name, we may mention that a praying him to rely upon him for countenance and supSwedish family (as you may read in Olaus-Magnus) port, he retired and left the saint with his bear. prides itself upon its descent from the warrior Ulphon, No sooner was the king departed than the bear son of a bear. Don Ursino le Navarino was proud of arose, took up the basket with its contents, and, laden

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