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'But Lady Dashwell always went herself. She took hers to a goldsmith in Oxford Street, I have heard. Come, dear, let me take mine, and then all these annoyances will be at an end.' 'Why, Amelia, I am not a beggar! I'll go and get the money of my mother at once. I can do so; but the necessity for it never before appeared to be so pressing.'
'Then you forgive me, dear Stanley?'
He embraced her, and left her comparatively happy. She did not expect that he would have been so calm, although it was manifest even to her that his naturally impetuous spirit was being by some process gradually subdued.
On reaching the widow's residence, Stanley found her sitting in solitude at the drawing-room window, envying the owner of every carriage that passed, and conceiving it to be by far the greatest luxury under heaven. She had no carriage; and the thought of this formed her chief affliction. She felt that she could with fortitude have endured the loss of anything but that; which was certainly nothing but natural, seeing that the things which we have will appear very poor when compared with the things we have
C 'Mother,' said Stanley, as he took a seat beside her, 'have you any money at your banker's?'
This question amazed the widow much. The tone was so excessively novel. It had theretofore been invariably, 'Mother! I want some money, and must have it; and if you haven't got it, you must get it!' Her amazement may hence be understood.
Why, my love,' she replied, on recovering herself somewhat, 'I have a little.'
'I wish you'd lend me some for a short time,' said Stanley. You shall have it again.'
'Certainly, my dear. How much do you want?'
'How much can you spare?'
"Why, I scarcely know, my love. Will twenty or thirty pounds be enough?'
'I wish you could let me have a hundred.'
'A hundred pounds, my dear, is a large sum to me now!'
'I know it, mother: I know it. You need not remind me of that. The question is, can you let me have it? I am pestered to death by a parcel of petty people, whom I am anxious to pay."
'Well-well, you shall have it. But be cautious, my Stanley,-for Heaven's sake be cautious, there's a dear! I dare say, my love, that you do the best you can; and I know it to be very distressing to retrench; but the necessity for living within your income, limited as it is, dear, must not be overlooked.'
'I know, mother—I know all about it. Just give me a cheque.'
'I have been thinking, dear,' continued the widow, as she very slowly opened her desk,- I have been thinking-and it's strange that it never struck me till this morning-that if we were to live together, dear, in one house, you know, so that we should have to support but one establishment, we should be able to live in better style, besides being
'Yes-yes,' interposed Stanley, with impatience. We'll talk about that another time. I'll see about it. Let me have the cheque.'
The cheque was accordingly drawn, and when he had taken leave hastily, although with somewhat more affection than usual, he proceeded to the banker's without delay.
In which the venerable gentleman appears just on the verge.
As Amelia had conjectured, the constant applications of the tradesmen for the settlement of their accounts formed the principal topic of conversa. tion among the servants. They felt perfectly sure that the establishment was about to be broken up; and as the gentle Joanna conceived it to be her duty to relate all the particulars to her venerable friend, the day was named for the consummation of their bliss exactly three hours after Stanley had made the heart of poor Amelia glad by placing the entire hundred pounds in her hand to be appropriated to the purposes for which it was obtained.
It may also be stated as a remarkable coincidence, that Bob-whose spirits were governed by Amelia as absolutely as the thermometer is gov erned by the air, was on that very evening unusually gay. He had been to the banker's with his master; he had seen his mistress on his return ; he had seen her twice, and well knew by the joyful expression of her countenance that a favourable change had taken place.
When, therefore, he entered the kitchen in which the blooming Joanna and her venerable friend were sitting téte-à-tête with very great affection, he exclaimed in the joy of his heart, 'Now I don't care a dump! It's all right! I know it is by missis! Blest if I mind standing a couple of pots
'Vot! 'ave you got yer vages?' inquired the venerable gentleman.
'No; but I shall get 'em, safe. But that ain't what I look at. I warn't even thinking of them. I know it's all right now with master; that's all I care for. I know it by missis's looks. I'll bet ten to one on it, brandies and waters. She can't deceive me.'
'Looks is werry deceptive,' observed the venerable gentleman. 'It's a werry old sayin', and a true un, that you mustn't take people by their looks.'
'Oh, but missis is one which can't be mistaken. Let me look in her face, and I know what's o'clock. I can tell in an instant. There ain't a ha'p'orth of any mistake about her.'
But ain't you got nothink else in this case to go by?
'Yes; but that, and nothing else, would be plenty for me.
is something else. We went out about four o'clock all in a hurry, and drove to old missis's house. Well, master went in with his tail very lowI never see a man much more downer in the mouth; but he hadn't been there long, before he came out, and pelted right down to the banker's. Well, I knew there was something rayther extra in the wind, so I watched him; and when he came out, p'r'aps he warn't a little altered! I never see such a change in a man in my life! Well, he got in, and cut back; and when he pulled up at the door missis was on the quivy, as the
French says, at the window; and the minit she sees him I knew how it was. I could tell, I'd oath it. And when I went up just now, the whole thing was as clear to me as chrystial.'
Well, I only hope your words may come true,' said Joanna.
'I'm right for a million. I'll lay any odds. It's the Monument to a Molehill.
'I knowed a young ooman,' observed the venerable gentleman, assuming that profoundly philosophical expression which he invariably wore when about to illustrate any particular point by analogy,-I knowed a young ooman-and a werry nice young ooman she vos-vich vos in a decline. Werry well. For a matter of more than three 'ear she vos a-goin', and a-goin', and a-goin' gradual; but she never for all that believed she vos a-goin', although she vos terrible thin, and looked as pale as any sheet of vite paper. She voodn't believe it, cos she alvays had a appetite, and vood alvays be a-eatin' from mornin' till night, in the most onsatisfyin' manner you ever 'eared tell on. Werry well. Now, ven her flesh vos vasted nigh hall off her bones, and she looked like a skeleton kivered vith kid, and hevery soul as looked at her thought that go she must, she all at vunce had the most beautifullest colour as ever vos seen upon a peach! She looked like an angel as she sit all in vite; and as her little tiny fingers vos a-playin' vith her curles, she vos asmilin' as sweetly as if her little sisters in heaven vos a-visperin' to her softly, "Hope-still hope!" And I remember,' continued the venerable gentleman, as he wiped away a tear, which the vivid recollection of this scene had called forth, I remember one sanguine friend, vich loved her, exclaiming ven he seed this 'ere colour in her cheeks, "Now she's all right? vot a favourable change! Blessed be God, she'll get over it now!" But vot vos it? Natur' blushing to part so pure a soul from a body so fair; nothing else! In an hour after that exclamation vos uttered, she died. Werry well. Now this seems to me to be a case werry similar; the pockets of your master is got the same complaint; havin' overrun the constable, his means has been long in a decline; and although he may jist now be suddenly flush and you may, in sconseqvence, vishin' him vell, feel yourself justifiable in offerin' to bet any hods it's all right, it strikes me forcible that this here flush is on'y a sign that the whole 'stablishment's jist on the p'int of goin' to pot. That's my sentiments. I hope I may be wrong; but that's jist vot strikes me. I shall be werry sorry, mind yer, to 'ear it, cos I do think your master's a trump; vile your missis, accordin' to all accounts, is a werry good sort.'
'She is a regular good 'un!' cried Bob. A out-and-outer! I never see her feller yet; and nothing would hurt my sentiments so much as to see your blessed words come true; for I'm sure that if anything rotten was to go for to occur, she'd break her heart.'
Vell, I hope I may be wrong. But I 'spose you know Joanna's agoin' to give vornin'?
'Well, she may if she likes, in course; but I won't: I'd stop with 'em if it wos on'y for my vittles.'
'She is not,' rejoined the venerable gentleman, 'a-goin' to give vornin' cos she don't git her vages, but in sconseqvence of other circumstantials.'
Oh, that there's the day o' the month, is it?' cried Bob, who saw Joanna blush at the moment, and look very archly, while the venerable gentleman chuckled, and drove his fingers into Bob's ribs, and rubbed his hands with great glee. 'I see! Well, I wish you joy with all my heart. In course I stand godfather to the first?'
'Robert,' cried Joanna, with a most roguish look. 'Lor! how can you go on so?'
'Oh! but I expect it; and if it's a heir, I'll make him a present of a new hat to begin life with. But when is it to be?'
'Vy, as a mutual friend to both,' replied the venerable gentleman, 've don't mind telling of you, cos ve vant you to give avay the bride-hif you'll do us the honner?'
'In course! Oh, yes! You do me proud! Well?'
'Well, then, Joanna gives vornin' to-morrow; ve shall be arskt for the fust time in church next Sunday; and as she vill leave on the ninth of next month, the job's to be jobbed on the tenth.'
'Bravo!' cried Bob. mean to pass the day?'
The time's drawin' very near!
How do you
'Vy, ve don't think it's vuth vile to make much fuss that, under all circumstantials, may be dispensed vith; to enjoy ourselves, you know. Ve mean to be jolly. shall be spared. Ve'll 'ave everythink comfortable and reg'lar, you know.'
ve think that but ve mean No expense
'Well, all I can say is, I hope you'll be happy.'
'Safe!' replied the venerable gentleman with much ardour; when, turning to his betrothed, he added, Can there be hany doubt about it ?'
'Not the least, dear,' replied Joanna, with a most winning smile. 'I am sure we shall be happy.'
'I should think so!' cried the venerable gentleman. Vot is there to perwent it? I don't mean to say I'm so young as I vos p'raps twenty ear ago, but vot o' that? The constitution's the p'int! If that's sound and reg'lar, vy vot's the hods?'
'But you don't look old in my eye, by no means,' observed the affec
'Don't I?' returned the venerable gentleman, with one of his most fascinating smiles. 'You're a rogue!—I know you're a rogue, and there's no mistake of any sort about you. Howsever,' he added, looks isn't the p'int: the great and grand thing is the glorious constitution; and, as mine's as sound as a apple, it makes no hods about the hage.'
Joanna agreed with him perfectly, of course; and, as he shortly after this took leave of his beloved, Bob accompanied him to the nearest public house, with a view of talking matters over in private.
Here Stanley's affairs were again freely canvassed; but, although Bob endeavoured to make things appear as bright as possible, his venerable friend adhered still to the opinion he had expressed - an opinion, the perfect correctness of which was on the following morning, by an act of consummate villany, proved.
THE STAGE-COACHMAN ABROAD.
BY DUDLEY COSTELLO.
THE winter of 1838, which visited England with such severity in the month of January, set in much earlier in the north of Germany; and the middle of December, 1837, found the waters of the Elbe encumbered with great quantities of floating ice, which threatened every day to close the navigation of the river. After a sojourn of some months in that part of Europe, I arrived at length at Hamburg during the week of public festivity which announces Christmas. The gaiety which pervaded this bustling city, contrasting forcibly with the dulness of the German towns through which I had recently passed, was almost a sufficient inducement to devote a week to the amusements of Hamburg; but the state of the river, and the prospect of an overland journey to Amsterdam in the month of December, were considerations of greater weight, and, accordingly, I secured my berth in the John Bull steamer, which was to sail early the next morning, though, at the time I did so, I was in doubt whether my baggage from which I was separated by the agreeable stagecoach regulations in this part of the world—would arrive in time to allow of my departure.
Although every minute usually appears an hour when we are in expectation, there was no tedium throughout that day; the Jungfernstieg, with its numerous cafés and crowds of people, the fairs in the streets, the attractive shops, where Persia and Russia combined to furnish Christmas comforts, and the novelty of a large city, all offered the means of making the time pass quickly. The table-d'hôte at the Hôtel de Bellevue (where, by the way, they pride themselves on their mock-turtle soup,) was very good, but very dull, there being only three persons at dinner in a salon capable of holding sixty; and I was glad to be released from it, especially as the arrival of my baggage was at length announced. To order a carriage to be ready at ten o'clock to convey me to the dock-yard,—to change some German coin for English, in which transaction (of course) the waiter cheated me, and then to wander through the city as chance directed, were all that remained for me; and, having witnessed the humours of the Weihnachts Feste' of Hamburg, I returned to the Bellevue in time for my drosky, and set out for the steamboat. In about half an hour, after paying all the tolls,-which are numerous and heavy,—I found myself on the quay, bargaining with a boatman, who undertook to transport me on board for something more than the usual consideration. The augmented price was, however, well earned; for the quantity of ice in the eam rendered our voyage in search of the steamer something like (though at humble distance) an attempt to discover the northwest passage, so often were we compelled to try back in search of clear water, and so necessary was it to avoid collision with the miniature icebergs. At last we reached the John Bull; and I was not sorry to find myself in a warm cabin, with everything safely stowed away, and my meissen pipe diffusing its fragrance in a very satisfactory manner.