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16th of March for us to go and meet the English home, as many letters affirm. Martineaus and Brights, and remain all The delightful novelty to my small self night. There was no evading this ; so he of a peep at the glitter of little dinneris going, but I refused. Her husband parties was as surprising to me as if I is a mighty banker, and she is sister of could have had a real consciousness of the present Chancellor of the Exchequer, its contrast to all the former simplicity W. E. Gladstone; and they are nobly con- of my parents' life. Down the damask nected all round. . . . Mr. Hawthorne trooped the splendid silver covers, endoes not want to go, and especially curses trancingly catching a hundred reflections
, the hour when white muslin cravats be- from candle - flame and cut glass, and came the sine qua non of a gentleman's my own face as I hovered for a mofull dress. Just think how reverend he ment upon the scene while the butler must look! I believe he would even ra- was gliding hither and thither to comther wear a sword and cocked hat; for plete his artistic arrangements. On my he declares a white muslin cravat the last father's side of the family there had abomination, the chief enormity of fash- been a distinct trait of material elegance, ion, and that all the natural feelings of a appearing in such evidences as an exquiman cry out against it, and that it is alike site tea-service, brought from China by abhorrent to taste and to sentiment. To my grandfather, with the intricate monoall this I reply that he looks a great deal gram and dainty shapes and decoration handsomer with white about his throat of a hundred years ago; and in a few than with a stiff old black satin stock, chairs and tables that could not be surwhich always to me looks like the stocks, passed for graceful design and finish; and that it is habit only which makes and so on. As for my mother's traits him prefer it. ...
of inborn refinement, they were marked March 16th. My dear father, Mr. enough, but she writes of herself to her Hawthorne has gone to West Derby to sister at this time, “You cannot think dine ... and stay all night. He left how I cannot be in the least tonish, such me with a powerful anathema against is my indomitable simplicity of style." all dinner-parties, declaring he did not Her opinion of herself was always humbelieve anybody liked them, and there- ble; and I can testify to the distinfore they were a malicious invention for guished figure she made as she wore the destroying human comfort.
first ball-dress I ever detected her in. I Mr. Bramley Moore again seized Mr. was supposed to be fast asleep, and she Hawthorne in the Consulate, the other had come to look at me before going out day, and dragged him to Aigbarth to to some social function, as she has told me dine with Mr. Warren, the author of she never failed to do when leaving the Ten Thousand a Year and The Diary house for a party. Her superb brocade, of a Physician. Mr. Hawthorne liked pale-tinted, low-necked and short-sleeved, him very well. Mr. Warren commenced her happy, airy manner, her glowing to say something very complimentary to though pale face, her dancing eyes, her Mr. Hawthorne in a low tone, across ever-hovering smile of perfect kindness, an intermediate gentleman, when Mr. all flashed upon me in the sudden light Bramley Moore requested that the com- as I roused myself. I insisted upon pany might have the benefit of it. So gazing and admiring, yet I ended by inMr. Warren spoke aloud ; and then Mr. dignantly weeping to find that my genHawthorne had to make a speech in re- tle little mother could be so splendid turn!
and wear so triumphant an expression.
“She is frightened at my fine gown!” Hospitality was abundant in our first my mother exclaimed, with a changed
look of self-forgetting concern; and I fused to permit herself even momennever forgot how much more beautiful tary extravagances. To those who will her noble glance was than her trium- remember duty hosts of duties appeal, phant one. A faded bill has been pre- and it was not long before my father served, for the humor of it, from Salem and mother began to save for their chil. days, in which it is recorded that for the dren's future the money which flowed year 1841 she ordered ten pairs of num- in. Miss Cushman's vagary of an amusber two kid slippers, — which was not ing watch-chain was exactly the sort of precisely economical for a young lady thing which they never imitated; they who needed to earn money by painting, smiled at it as the saucy tyranny, over a and who denied herself a multitude of great character, of great wealth. My pleasures and comforts which were en- father's rigid economy was perhaps more joyed by relatives and friends.
unbroken than my mother's. Still, she In our early experience of English has written, “I never knew what charsociety my mother's suppressed fond- ity meant till I knew my husband.” ness for the superb burst into fruition. There are many records of his having and the remnants of such indulgence heard clearly the teaching that home duhave turned up among severest hum- ties are not so necessary or loving as duty drum for many years; but soon she re- towards the homeless.
Rose Hawthorne Lathrop.
A TEAR BOTTLE.
Glass, wherein a Greek girl's tears
Once were gathered as they fell,
Is •there still no tale to tell ?
Buried with her, in her mound
She is dust long since, but you
Iridescent as the dew,
Fashioned faultlessly, a form
Graceful as was hers whose cheek
While you heard her sorrow speak.
At your lips I listen long
For some whispered word of her,
In your haunted heart to stir.
But your crystal lips are dumb,
Hushed the music in your heart :
Back again and bid it start!
Long is Art, but Life how brief !
And the end seems so unjust :
Frank Dempster Sherman.
THE SEATS OF THE MIGHTY:
BEING THE MEMOIRS OF CAPTAIN ROBERT STOBO, SOMETIME AN OFFICER IN THE
VIRGINIA REGIMENT, AND AFTERWARDS OF AMHERST'S REGIMENT.
were as good as an army against us, the
Upper Town and citadel were practiMy hurt proved more serious than I cally impregnable, and for eight miles had looked for, and the day after my west of the town to the cove and river escape I was in a high fever. General at Cap Rouge there was one long preciWolfe himself, having heard of my re- pice, broken in but one spot; and there, turn, sent to inquire after me. He also I was sure, men could come up with stiff was ill, and our forces were depressed in climbing as I had done. Bougainville consequence; for he had a power to in- came to Cap Rouge now with three spire them not given to any other of our
for he thought that this accomplished and admirable generals. was to be our point of attack. Along He forbore to question me concerning the shore from Cap Rouge to Cape Diathe state of the town and what I had mond small batteries were posted, such seen, for which I was glad. My ad- as that of Lancy's at Anse du Foulon ; venture had been of a private nature, but they were careless, for no conjecand such I wished it to remain. The tures might seem so wild as that of bringgeneral desired me to come to him as ing an army up where I had climbed. soon as I was able, that I might proceed “ Tut, tut,” said General Murray, with him above the town to reconnoitre. when he came to me on the Terror of But for many a day this was impossible, France, after having, at my suggestion, for my wound gave me much pain and gone to the south shore opposite Anse I was confined to my bed. Yet we on du Foulon, and scanned the faint line the Terror of France served our good that marked the narrow cleft on the cliff general, too ; for one dark night, when side, “tut, tut, man,” he said, “'t is the wind was fair, we piloted the re- the dream of a cat or a damned mathemaining ships of Admiral Holmes's di- matician.” vision above the town. This move was Once, after all was done, he said to me made on my constant assertion that there that cats and mathematicians were the was a way by which Quebec might be only generals. taken from above; and when General I cannot write with what pride Clark Wolfe made known my representations showed the way up the river one evento his general officers, they accepted it ing, the batteries of the town giving us as a last resort, for otherwise what hope plunging shots as we went, and ours at had they? At Montmorenci our troops Point Levis answering gallantly. To me had been repulsed, the mud flats of the it was a good if most anxious time: good, Beauport shore and the St. Charles River in that I was having some sort of com
pensation for my own sufferings in the to Bougainville's earthworks in the cove town; anxious, because no single word at Cap Rouge and insolently emptied his came to me of Alixe or her father, and six swivels into them, and then came out all the time we were pouring death into and stood down the river. When I it. But this we knew from deserters, found what he was doing, — for I was that Vaudreuil was Governor and Bigot now well enough to come on deck, — he Intendant still; by which it would seem said he was going to see how monkeys that, on the momentous night when Dol- could throw nuts ; when I pressed him, taire was wounded by Madame Cournal, he said he had a will to hear the cats in he gave back the governorship to Vau- the eaves; and when I became severe, dreuil and reinstated Bigot. Presently, he added that he would bring the Terfrom an officer who had been captured ror of France up past the batteries of as he was setting free a fire-raft upon the the town in broad daylight, swearing river to run among the boats of our fleet, that they could no more hit him than a I heard that Doltaire had been confined woman could a bird on a flagstaff with in the Intendance from a wound given by a stone. I did not relish this foolish a stupid sentry. Thus the true story had bravado, and I forbade it; but presently been kept from the public. From him, I consented, on condition that he take too, I learned that nothing was known of me to General Wolfe's camp at Montmothe Seigneur Duvarney and his daugh- renci first, for now I felt strong enough ter; that they had suddenly disappeared to be again on active service. Indeed, from the Intendance, as if the earth had I found myself far stronger than the swallowed them; and that even Juste general, who, wasted by disease, seemed Duvarney knew nothing of them, and like a man keeping himself alive for was, in consequence, much distressed.
some last great effort, which done, or unThis officer also said that now, when done, the flame, for want of fuel, would it might seem as if both the Seigneur go out forever. and his daughter were dead, opinion had Clark took the Terror of France up turned in Alixe's favor, and there had the river in midday, running perilously crept about the feeling, first among the close to the batteries, and though they common folk and afterwards among the pounded at him petulantly, foolishly anpeople of the garrison, that she had been gry at his contemptuous defiance, he ran used harshly. This was due largely, he the gauntlet safely, and coming to the thought, to the constant advocacy of the flag-ship, the Sutherland, saluted with Chevalier la Darante, whose nephew had his six swivels, to the laughter of the married Mademoiselle Georgette Duvar- whole fleet and his own profane joy. ney. This piece of news, in spite of the “ Mr. Stobo," said General Wolfe, uncertainty of Alixe's fate, touched me, when I saw him, racked with pain, studyfor the Chevalier had indeed kept his ing a chart of the river and town which word to me.
his chief engineer had just brought him, At last all of Admiral Holmes's divi- “show me here this passage in the hill. sion was got above the town, with very side.” little damage, and I never saw a man I did so, tracing the plains of Maître so elated, so profanely elated, as Clark Abraham, which I assured him would be over his share in the business. He was
He was good ground for a pitched battle. He a daredevil, too; for the day that the last nodded; then rose, and walked up and of the division was taken up the river, down for a time, thinking. Suddenly without my permission or the permis- he stopped, and fixed his eyes upon me. sion of the admiral or anybody else, he “Mr. Stobo," said he," it would seem took the Terror of France almost up that you, angering La Pompadour,
brought down this war upon us." He The great night came, starlit and sepaused, smiling in a dry way, as if the The camp-fires of two armies thought amused him, as if indeed he spotted the shores of the wide river, and doubted it; but for that I cared not the ships lay like wild fowl in convoys it was an honor I could easily live with above the town from where the arrow of out.
fate should be sped. Darkness upon the I bowed to his words, and said, “ Mine river, and fireflies upon the shore. At was the last straw, sir."
Beauport, an untiring general, who for Again he nodded, and replied, “ Well, a hundred days had snatched sleep, bootwell, you got us into trouble; you must ed and spurred, and in the ebb of a show us the way out,” and he looked losing game, longed for his adored Canat the passage I had traced upon the diac, grieved for a beloved daughter's chart. “ You will remain with me until death, sent cheerful messages to his aged we meet our enemy on these heights.” mother and to his wife, and by the deepHe pointed to the plains of Maître Abra- er protests of his love foreshadowed his ham. Then he turned away, and be- own doom. At Cap Rouge, a dying gan walking up and down again. “It is
“ It is commander, unperturbed and valiant, the last chance!” he said to himself in a reached out a finger to trace the last tone despairing and yet heroic.“ Please movements in a desperate campaign of God, please God!” he added.
life that opened in Flanders at sixteen; “You will speak nothing of these the end began when he took from his plans," he said to me at last, half me- bosom the portrait of his affianced wife, chanically. “We must make feints of and said to his old schoolfellow, “Give landing at Cap Rouge — feints of land- this to her, Jervis, for we shall meet no
ing everywhere save at the one possible more.” Then, passing to the deck, silent place; confuse both Bougainville and and steady, no signs of pain upon his Montcalm ; tire out their armies with face, so had the calm come to him, as to watchings and want of sleep; and then, nature and this beleaguered city, before on the auspicious night, make the great the whirlwind, he looked out upon the trial.”
clustered groups of boats filled with the I had remained respectfully standing flower of his army, settled in a menacing at a little distance from him. Now he tranquillity. There lay the Light Insuddenly came to me, and, pressing my fantry, Bragg's, Kennedy's, Lascelles's, hand, said quickly, “You have trouble, Anstruther's Regiment, Fraser's Highyou have trouble, Mr. Stobo. I am sor- landers, and the much - loved, muchry for you. But who can tell — maybe blamed, and impetuous Louisburg Gren
it is for better things to come.”
adiers. Steady, indomitable, silent as I thanked him stumblingly, and a mo- cats, precise as mathematicians, he could ment later left him, to serve him on the trust them, as they loved his awkward morrow, and so on through many days, pain - twisted body and ugly red hair. till, in divers perils, the camp at Mont- “Damme, Jack, didst thee ever take hell morenci was abandoned, the troops were in tow before?” said a sailor from the got aboard the ships, and the general took Terror of France to his fellow once, as up his quarters on the Sutherland; from the marines grappled with a flotilla of which, one notable day, I sallied forth French fire - ships, and dragged them, with him to a point at the south shore spitting destruction, clear of the fleet, to opposite the Anse du Foulon, where he the shore. “Nay, but I've been in tow saw the thin crack in the cliff side. From of Jimmy Wolfe's red head — that's hell that moment instant and final attack was fire, lad,” was the reply. his purpose.
From boat to boat the general's eye