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twenty. Positively I have not a care on earth.”|cent young monsters of a family of Centaurs,

“When will we have the wedding ?” asked had given her an invitation to a fox chase ; an the wife, with a smile which discovered some- invitation which, making an experiment with the thing of the hopeful cheerfulness of the husband. "atra cura post equitem,” she readily accepted.

** I did not forget that. Time defeats us too Animated by the exercise, and gathering that conoften to trust over much. A month from to-day fidence in self which the swift but controlled mothe wedding will take place. What a lucky dog tion of a free horse creates in the rider, Minny Tom is, to be sure. Thank you, my little fairy came in a resolute humor to the rendezvous. of the primp cap, for this son who secures so Major Wright, his daughters and a number of much to us. We must send for Georgiana. She other persons were assembled in an open field must come from school to her brother's wed- when Miss Blair arrived. Dogs were howling, ding."

whining and yelping, horses were snorting and With such talk Herries cheered himself after pawing, young gentlemen were laughing, elderly his successful visit to Lindores. His cares seem- gentlemen were directing and swearing. ed to have been broken up and blown away, like “ My dear young lady,” cried Major Wright, a bank of cloud which a March wind assails, and who had come to the ground in a sulky, and lashes, huddling, beyond the horizon. His wel- seemed, by ridding himself of a superfluous coat, kin was blue again, and flooded with a sunstream. to be preparing to get on horseback-"my dear

Meantime, as the days flew by, Minny Blair young lady, you are quite an acquisition, and I became less and less braced for the sacrifice, to appoint myself your servant in the ride. But which, in a moment of extreme emotion, she had here comes that black-guard Tom Herries, to dedevoted herself. The first visit of poor Tom prive me of the greatest pleasure in the world. Herries gave a beginning to this unnerving pro- Tom, you rascal, what are you doing in that excess. She spent a wretched night after enduring traordinary toggery? Do you think that you cut the interview with her intended bridegroom, a creditable figure ?" whose misfortune it was to conceal many genu- “Whatever mistake there is, Major, Jerry Madine qualities, of which the reader will become dox the tailor made. But attend to your own cognizant, under a mask of awkward folly. business.” What an end did this marriage seem to those Major Wright, without deigning an answer to beautiful dreams which the imaginative girl had Tom's rebellious request, brought his long whip treasured, and which the young and pure of her over his right shoulder, and then into contact sex, even where the instinct of love is yet ob- with a particular portion of the body of a small jectless, “ the maiden meditation fancy free,” al- boy who, doubled up behind him on the bars of ways pour upon the future! Poor Minny con- the sulky, held a saddled horse by the bridle. cealed, as well as could be, the despondency into The manœuvre displayed practice; the tip of the which she sank deeper and deeper. Her nature thong came down with precision; the little knot had an unusual degree of force, and those con- of a boy unrolled himself as a matter of course, trolling grasps with which the strong of soul hold got down and led the horse forward. The dogs, down their feelings and hide their sufferings were meantime, had been turned off into a swampy possible to her; she could put self down, and thicket near at hand; as the Major mounted they cheer the old man who had devoted her to wretch- broke suddenly into full cry. Almost at the same edness, with a brave ease and quite a genuine instant a member of the party gave the view appearance of contentment with her fate. But halloo. The fox had waited to be flushed like a this noble hypocrisy, exacting so much of her, woodcock, and now made a gallant dash forward was a stifling mask which might be assumed for at his best pace, with the pack thundering after a time, not worn constantly. She found her best him, all in a body, over open ground. escape from it in those out-of-door exercises to “He'll never get clear. They'll have him which she had always been accustomed, wan-down at the first fence. We must give up all dering walks to the woodlands, or gallops over hopes of a run,” sighed a rosy old gentleman, as the breezy slopes.

the well-disciplined party awaited with drawn The beautiful weather of which I have spoken reins the moment for dashing on after fox and continued, with only some temporary interrup- hounds. tions. On a day as bright as that which saw her " He's over.

That snap of Black Bell's just consent yielded to the approaching marriage, missed him,” cried Major Wright.

• Set forMinny Blair rode her swift mare Flight at a res- ward--slowly." trained gallop over a firm road at the foot of the Thirty good horses went forward with one Lindores' hill. A servant followed her at a short will. Tom Herries rode at Minny Blair's side, distance. She rode to a rendezvous. Our friend, Flap-ear keeping an even stride with Flight. Major Wright, and his daughters, two magnifi- Poor Tom, generally an ardent fox-hunter, looked

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moody. A minor trouble had grown out of Ma- "By breaking my neck in this ride." jor Wright's critical remarks upon his coat. His "He possesses generosity and courage," mused tailor, perhaps a runaway English apprentice, Minny. She smiled kindly, but gave no answer had made it after a subdued and correct English in words. fashion; Nimrod might have approved of it- Riding side by side, the unmatched lovers took Major Wright did not. Tom was enflamed with every obstacle with equal strides; the chase had disgust for it.

kept a direct line ; only Major Wright and his • But," he resolved, “I will carry it with the elder daughter, Miss Boadicea, were well up foremost, and a tumble or two will make it plain with them. The crowd came in long-drawn and common enough. However, if I live, I shall array behind. The chase had continued an hour beat Jerry Maddox."

at a quick pace. Miss Araminta Wright, who But this minor annoyance was only one trivial surely would otherwise have been with the first, cause of his moodiness.

loitered with a lover-a young townsman who The party presently came to a strong fence thought a gallop a dreadfully fast gait, and was with a single panel half down. All took it, in by no means comfortable in a pair of close-fitturn, at the gap-all except Tom Herries. He ting buck-skin breeches, which the same innodiverged and selected a high and strong panel; vating Jerry Maddox had made for him. he touched Flap-ear with the spurs, lifted him Major Wright, observing Tom Herries and and went handsomely over.

Minny Blair, said to himself : A good, and bold horseman,” mused Minny “I never before thought 'em matched." Blair.

Then he shouted to them. They were fifty A word from the lady showed Tom that her yards before him, but his voice was sharp and criticism had been favorable; and this word practised, and they heard him very well. chained him all the more surely to her side. As “ Turn to the right-bear down.” they rode on, Minny was forced to perceive that Tom and the lady made no answer, but galher lover was many times on the point of speak- loped straight on. ing, and that the subject which occupied him was “Bear to the right," shouted the Major again. quite too engrossing for his enjoyment of the - The Deep Cut is half a mile ahead—just before chase.

you." “ You have something to say to me, Mr. Iler- " I know that very well," Tom shouted back. ries,” she said kindly.

“I think I shall go over it, Major. Remember “Yes," Tom answered ; " but how did you Rattlesnake Bob.” know it, Miss Minny ? It is kind of you to give “ Hold up-hold up,” cried the old fox-hunter. me a chance of speaking what I have to say. 1 * It is a real gull-thirty feet across, and fifty feet could never find courage to speak out on my deep. Turn you fool-turn to the right." legs; but on horseback it is different. I feel my- * Rattlesnake Bob rode at a gully thirty feet self more of a man when I have a fast horse wide,” answered Tom, without turning in his under me.”

saddle. “Speak, Mr. Herries—I am listening." “I exaggerated,"screamed the Major. “Be

“Miss Minny, the old folks have arranged that sides, he fell in. Stop-stop-for God's sake." we are to be married. If any man in the world As he said this, Tom and Minny Blair, gallopsays that any man in the world—you see I hitch ing over descending ground, came within view of in what I had to say already; but I mean no the guliy. It was indeed more than enough to man in the world ever loved a person more than justify Major Wright's remonstrance. The gathI love you. Do you see the cabin there—to your ered waters of a wide extent of sloping country, left? I would give the best part of my life if you contributed in rills, made a torrent here after were a poor girl living there, that I might show every dashing rain, and had ploughed out not a how dearly I love you, by lifting you up to be mere gully but a frightful chasm.

Pardon me, Miss Minny, if I am too “ Do you mean to try that leap ?" said Minny bold."

calmly, as she saw the gulf full in front, at a dis“We are to be man and wife, Mr. Herries," tance of some four hundred yards. replied Minny coldly, “and, of course, you are Answer me one question.” Tom llerries renot over-bold in saying that you love me.” plied with fire in his eyes. “Do you love me,

“Thank you,” sighed poor Tom, “but you Miss Minny, or am I to marry you and break our talk so coldly, and look so sad, that I am afraid hearts ?" Tom reduced his speed as he spoke. the old folks are forcing you to marry me. If “ Do not try the leap," said Minny. "I warn so, say the word; I think I can manage the mat- you." ter."

“Yes or no.” Tom raised his reius ; the fire “How would you manage it, Mr. Herries ?"l of his eyes burned brighter.

my wife.

The mind will sometimes take in at a glance called to his daughter, whose large-featured face, the full picture of life; condense thoughts and surrounded with superb red curls, he saw thrust passions into the throb of a moment. Minny forward beyond the brink above. Blair, as Tom Herries spoke, sounded the pres- “Gallop down and head the crowd; bring ent, and despaired of the future. Then a reso-Gaunt; you'll find him amongst the foremost; lution, as swift as that with which Bianca Ca- ride fast, you jade, ride fast.” pello halved the poisoned cake and ate with her As he spoke a shadow fell on the ground near husband, took possession of her.

him; he was knecling with the head of Tom " Perhaps you are wise,” she said. “Death Herries on his arm; as he looked up from this is nothing."

posture he saw Minny Blair coming to join him. Tom Herries saw the purpose of the gallant The red face of the immense gully was in most girl; a sudden appreciation of this sole fellow- parts nearly precipitous, but Minny had chosen ship of which she could assure him, made him her path well, and the nimble-footed girl was furious with joy.

presently at the bottom. Major Wright, thundering on, screamed with “ If the boy is dead," said Major Wright, “a a cracked voice :

good rider, and a bold fellow has gone to his ac" Stop-stop-you d—d fool."

count.” Tom, now within a hundred yards of the chasm, " And a generous and true-hearted man”answered:

added Minny Blair, with white lips, as she sought "Good-bye, Major. Your fine story gave me with tremulous fingers for the pulses of life. this glorious idea."

" See how this arm falls,” said the Major ; “ Be wary,” almost whispered Minny Blair, and here is a bloody cut on the head. Look at with a sudden return to love of life. " It is pos- his neck. It is as white as your own, and as sible to get over.”

round as a column. And his breast here--what Flight and Flap-ear were within ten yards of muscle the boy shows !" the brink. The sharp whip of the lady stung

Minny searched the wound on the head, cleanthe shoulder of the gallant mare. Flap-ear felt sell it of the clay, and bound it up with the kerthe grinding rowels tear his flanks. Then both chief from her neck. Then with no feminine bounded. Major Wright dashed a hand over his fastidiousness she placed her fingers upon the eyes to clear their vision. He saw the mare natural surface above poor Tom's heart. clinging to the opposite brink of the chasm, Min- Meanwhile Miss Boadicea, with fast riding, ny bending forward in the saddle to aid her. had overtaken Dr. Gaunt. Long, slim, sallow, His heart was in his mouth. But in another high-cheeked, with hat aslant from the stress of moment he found words. " Thank God,” he the wind, and skirts puffed wide, loose-riding and said ;--for he saw Flight rise with a struggle, enthusiastic, the good Doctor took his fences and which broke away several feet of the bank, and snuff alternately and with equal precipitation. escape with her burthen. Tom Herries was not

lle reminded one, in some points, of Punch's visible.

imagination of Lord Brougham hunting the wild boar at his French chateau. Miss Boadicea, overtaking, laid violent hands on him.

“ You must come, Doctor. Mr. Herries is

hurt. Father sends for you.” CHAPTER VI.

* In five minutes—the fox will be down in four," Major Wright, by a circuitous course, reached remonstrated Dr. Gaunt. the bottom of the Deep Cut. Ile hurried to the Miss Boadicea, with a “gentle force,” wrenchspot which must have received the falling man ed the old gentleman's hand from its hold on the and horse. He came near it; he gave that first reins, drew these over his horse's ears, and led eager look which we give with beating hearts, him at a canter to a place of descent into Deep when we dash on to learn if life has become Cut. Dr. Gaunt took snuff out of his waistcoat death. The horse was lying on his back, with pocket, like Napoleon. his neck bent beneath him, and the foaming When the Doctor had examined Tom llerries mouth turned up near the saddle. There could in silence, for a minute, he said : be no lile with such a posture. At the distance “ Life is still in him." of several feet from the dead horse lay the rider. Major Wright suorting like one of his horses, Major Wright bent over him.

blew off a thousand motes of trouble. But he * Tom-Tom-my boy"-cried the old gen- quickly askedtleman—" if there's any life left in you, for God's “Will life stay in him ?” sake inform me of the fact."

Get him up,” answered Dr. Gaunt; "get him Tom Herries made no answer. Major Wright'up without a rub. We may save him.”

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“Thank God," escaped Minny's lips, with a “You must excuse me,” answered the poor subdued sob.

girl, only slowly recovering a firm tone. " I ride News of the fall into the Deep Cut had reach- after Mr. Herries." ed the hunting party at various stages of the The young ladies stared. chase. Some were already at hand to aid in “Well, I thought Miss Minny detested Tom getting Tom Herries up. When this had been Herries !” said Miss Boadicea. accomplished, Dr. Gaunt plied his art with judg- “ They are lovers. Love-love !" sighed Miss ment. In a short time plain signs of returning Araminta, looking affectionately upon the young animation appeared. At last the lips moved, gentleman from town. and the eyes opened.

“Do your ladies," inquired this latter, who had The left arm is broken, and the cut on the conceived, from her unimpressed demeanor, that head has let out a great deal of blood," said the Miss Blair appreciated himself too lightly—“do Doctor. “But the bleeding has saved the brain. your ladies ride off, in this way, after their sweetIf there is no serious internal damage, we will hearts, as a general thing? But a person who make him all right again. Go some of you to could bring herself to take such a jump as this, the next cabin and bring the door and a bed. over such a terribly deep place, is capable of the What an escape to be sure ! He must have been most extravagant actions." terribly stunned,” concluded the old gentleman as Minny Blair, unconscious of this censure, galhe looked over, and down, into Deep Cut. loped away, saying:

“ If the boy is alive this day month," said Ma- “ To-day has made a great change in my jor Wright with a fine energy, “I'll give him views.” such a dinner as will put the county under the Some hundred yards before her Dr. Gaunt and table; and, Gaunt, we'll drink his health before Major Wright rode, one on each side of Tom a tip-top appreciating company as a fine, dash- Herries. ing, dare-devil fellow. We will. I have made " What are you thinking of, Gaunt?" said the up my mind. After that," added Major Wright, Major. “Does the boy's case look worse?" “never say die."

“ No-he does well enough,"replied Dr. Gaunt. “We must bring him through,” said the Doe- He added after a sigh—“We lost the best end tor enthusiastically.

of the run.

What became of the fox, gentle“And this dear young lady," the Major con- men ?" tinued, “has positively succeeded in doing what this stout young fellow showed a glorious spirit

[To be Continued.] in only attempting. The mare beats the world at a level leap. We must meet here shortly to measure the distance accurately. We must also look about for some expert writer to put the young lady and her mare into a spirited description. Gaunt-if it wouldn't disturb Tom, I should like very much to make myself comforta

A VISION OF LIFE. blo with a shout or two."

By this time a door and bed had been procur- I heard upon the plain of life ed; Tom, placed on these, was borne homeward.

A strange and thrilling sound, Minny Blair remained with Miss Boadicea, whilst And louder still the anthem grew, a servant went after Flight, who browsed beyond

Deepening and swelling round;

A tone of hope-a tone of joy,— the gully. As they waited, Miss Araminta ap

From the heart of youth it broke, proached with her lover. They came on, now And it swelled and rolled triumphantly swiftly, now cautiously-cantering and walking

As the glad New Year awoke. by turns-like the measure of Mr. Poe's Ulalume. The young gentleman from town was in I saw a youthful throng appear, a gay humor. The pair had heard nothing of

Like the billows of the ocean, the misadventure-love is so engrossing. When

Swelling and heaving everywhere

With a torrent's wild commotion ; the owner of the uncomfortable buckskins was

And deeper grew the golden haze, enlightened, and looked, craning, into the depths

And louder pealed the song, of Deep Cut, his whiskers stood on end, and his As swiftly to the measured tune boots rattled in the stirrups.

Their footsteps glanced along. Miss Blair, once more in the saddle, bade the

I saw a maiden's airy form young ladies adieu, and turned Flight's head.

As it poated softly by, “Won't you ride home with us ?" suggested And love was on her smiling lip Miss Araminta politely.

And gladness in her eye;

She moved, in festal robes arrayed,

Amid that joyous train, And sweetest of the heart-tones there

Arose her sweet refrain.

Schiller's Correspondence with Korner.

FROM 1784 TO THE DEATH OF SCHILLER.

Part First ; From 1784 to 1788.

And blending with those thrilling tones

In cadence soft and deep,
The heart of one beside her there

Did measured sweetness keep;
They heeded not the gladsome crowd,

But onward, hand in hand,
They walked beneath a golden bow

That brightly o'er them spanned.

TRANSLATED BY S. E. BROWNELL.

The joyous train swept swiftly by,

The music died away-
And fainter grew the golden haze,

As fades the sunset ray ;
There fell a darkness on mine eye,

And a stillness on my heart, As I caught the music's dying swell,

And saw the light depart.

But again a solemn sound arose

All fitfully and low,'Twas a wail of disappointed hope,

'Twas a cry of grief and woe! Afar and faint at first it rose,

Then grew more loud and clear, As again the train of youth came on

To hail another year.

All darkly, like a torrent's roll,

It swept before roy sight-
Unheard the joyous melody,

Unseen the golden light.
And they who sang the song of love

Beneath the golden bow,
Sang they the blissful numbers still?-

Walked they together now ?

THE CORRESPONDENCE between Schiller, the most widely popular, the most European of all Teutonic writers, and the lamented author of

the LYRE AND Sword, whose thrilling, patriotic songs are dear and familiar to all German ears and hearts, having recently been given to the public, we have thought that American readers would perhaps not unwillingly share in the

legacy of these noble minds. This correspondence, covering nearly the whole of Schiller's life as an author, is characterized by the warmest

and noblest mutual esteem and regard, and by a singular and earnest devotion to all literary, philosophical and artistic pursuits. The letters of Schiller, in particular, are marked by a hearty frankness, often by a fervid impetuosity of feeling, clearly indicating the source of many of his earlier productions. In general, this correspon

dence will be found to contain the freest and fullest expression of the private and personal feelings and sentiments of these gifted men, any where upon record. In this respect, these letters differ widely from the “Correspondence between Schiller and Goethe," a volume of which recently appeared. The heart as well as intellect, is here brought fully into play, and we read the unreserved communications of the sincerest friendship

Many of Schiller's favorite moral and aesthetic theories, and numerous criticisms, hints and suggestions of both poets, will be found in this correspondence. Indeed, except “Goethe's Conversations with Eckerman," we know of no running commentary upon German literature by any means to be compared with this.

The origin of this correspondence is not less beautiful than characteristic. “Some days ago," says Schiller, “I met with a very lattering surprise. There came to me, out of Leipsic, from unknown hands, four parcels and as many letters, written with the highest enthusiasm towards me, and overflowing with poetical devotion. They were accompanied by four miniature portraits, two of which are of very beautiful young ladies, and by a pocket-book sewed in the finest taste. Such a present, from people who can have no interest in it, but to let me know that they wish me well, and thank me for some cheerful hours, I prize extremely; the loud

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