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quite large, and was literally filled with the paraphernalia of a practised sportsodd bits of furniture, elegant and well man. It was easy to see that there kept. Heavy crimson curtains were was one place where the native-born draped about the windows, a rich crim- Sophy did not come. son carpet covered the floor, and there The chamber of this singular Greenwere lounges and chairs of various land recluse was in keeping with his patterns, adapted for every temper of study. The walls were painted light mind or mood of body, - all of the blue, a blue carpet adorned the floor, same pleasing color. Odd étagères, blue curtains softened the light which hanging and standing, and a large solid stole through the windows, and blue walnut case, were all well filled with hangings cast a pleasant hue over a books, and other books were carefully snowy pillow. Although small, there arranged on a table in the centre of the was indeed nothing wanting, not even room. Among them my eye quickly a well-arranged bath-room, nothing detected the works of various English that the most fastidious taste could authors, conspicuous among which were covet or desire, Shakespeare, Byron, Scott, Dickens, “And now,” said my entertainer, Cooper, and Washington Irving. Sam when we had got seated in the study, Slick had a place there, and close be- “ does this present attractions sufficient side him was the renowned Lemuel Gul- to tempt you from your narrow bunk liver; and in science there were, beside on shipboard? You are most heartily many others, Brewster, Murchison, welcome to that blue den which you and Lyell. The books all showed that admire so much, and which I am they were well used, and they em- heartily sick of, while I can make for braced the principal classical stores of myself a capital -shake-down' here, or the French and German tongues, be- . vice versa. If neither of these will side the English and his own native suit you, then cast your eyes out of the Danish. In short; the collection was window, and you will observe snow precisely such as one would expect to enough to build a more truly Arctic find in any civilized place, where means lodging.” were not wanting, the disposition to I stepped to the window, and there, read a habit and a pleasure, and the sure enough, piled up beneath it and books themselves boon companions. against the house, was
a great bank A charming feature of the room was of snow, which the summer's sun had the air of refreshing négligé with which not yet dissolved ; and as I sawo this, sundry robes of bear and fox skins and then looked beyond it over the were tossed about upon the chairs and wretched little village, and the desolate lounges and floor; while the blank waste of rocks on which it stood, and spaces of the walls were broken by then on up the craggy steeps to the numerous pictures, some of them ap- great white-topped mountains, I could parently family relics, and on little but wonder what strange occurrence brackets were various souvenirs of art had sent this luxury-loving man, with and travel.
books only for companions, into such ** I call this my study," said the a howling wilderness. Was it his own Doctor; “but in truth there is the fancy? or was it some cruel necessity ? real shop";—and he led me into a lit- In truth, the surprise was so great that tle room adjoining, in which there was I found myself suddenly turning from but one window, one table, one chair, the scene outside to that within, not no shelves, a great number of books, indeed without an impulse that the lying about in every direction, and whole thing might have vanished in great quantities of paper. On the the interval, as the palace of Aladdin wall hung about two dozen pipes of in the Arabian tale. various shapes and sizes, and a fine My host was watching me attenassortment of guns and rifles and all tively, no doubt reading my thoughts, VOL. XX. — NO. 117.
for as I turned round he asked if I and as for independence, what is that, “ liked the contrast.” To be quite when one can never be freed from himcandid, I was forced to own myself self? In short, I should say one so greatly wondering “ that a den so well circumstanced as you are would die fitted for the latitude of Paris should of ennui ; that his mind, constantly be stumbled upon away up here so thrown back upon itself, must, sooner near the Pole.”
or later, result in a weariness even "Hardly in keeping with the eternal worse than death itself. However, I fitness of things, eh?”
am only curious, not critical.” “ Precisely so."
* But you forget these shelves. Those “You think, then, because a fellow books are my friends; of them I never chooses to live in barbarous Greenland, grow weary, they never grow weary he must needs turn barbarian ?" of me; we understand each other per
“ Not exactly that, but we are in the fectly, — they talk to me when I would habit of associating the appreciation listen, they sing to me when I would of comfort and luxury with the desire be charmed, they play for me when I for social intercourse, — certainly not would be amused. Ah! my dear sir, with banishment like this."
this country is great as all countries “Then you would be inclined to are great, each in its way; and this is a think there is something unnatural, in great country to read books in. Upon short, mysterious, in my being here, my word, I wonder everybody don't fill tastes, fancies, inclinations, and all ?” ships with books and come up here,
“ I confess it would so strike me, if burn the ships, as did the great SpanI took the liberty to speculate upon it." iard, and each spend the remainder of
“ Very far from the truth, I do assure his days in devouring his ship-load of you. I am not obliged to be here
books." more than you are. I came from pure "A pretty picture of the country, choice, and am at liberty to return truly ; but let me ask how often do books when I please. In truth, I do go reach you ? " home with the ship to Copenhagen, “Once a year, — when the Danish once in three or four years, and spend ship comes out to bring us bread, sugar, a winter there, living the while in a den coffee, coal, and such-like things, and much like what you here see ; but I to take home the few little trifles, such am always glad enough to get back as furs, oil, and fish, which the natives again. The salary which I receive have picked up in the interval." from the government does not support “ Books to the contrary, I should me as I live, so you see that is not a say the ship would not return more motive. But I am perfectly independ- than once without me, were 1 in your ent, have capital health, lots of ad- situation." venture, hardship enough (for you must So
would think me a sensible know that, if I do sleep under a sky- fellow, no doubt, if I would pick up blue canopy, I am esteemed one of the this box and carry it off to Paris, or most hardy men in all Greenland) to may be to New York ? " satisfy the most insatiate appetite and “ That's exactly what I was thinkperverse disposition."
ing; or rather it would certainly have “Sufficient reason, I should say, for appeared to me more reasonable if you a year or so, but hardly, one would had built it there in the first instance." think, for a lifetime."
“Quite the contrary, I do assure you, " Why not?"
- quite the contrary. Indeed, I can “Because the novelty of adventure prove to your entire satisfaction that I wears off in a little time. Good health am a very sensible man; but wait until never gives us satisfaction, for we do I have shown you all my possessions. not give it thought until we lose it, so Will you look at my farm ? " that can never be an impelling motive ; Farm ! — well, this was, after all, ex
hibiting some claims of the country to while this was being done observed the consideration of a civilized man. that he had provided for the safety of A farm in Greenland was something I his brood by securing in the centre of was hardly prepared for.
their house a large stove, which was now The Doctor now rose and led the cold, but which in the winter must give way to the rear of the house, into a yard them abundant heat. And so the Docabout eighty feet square, enclosed by a tor, besides his round red radishes and high board fence.
his nice fresh butter, had pork and “This is my farm,” said the Doctor. milk and eggs of native growth. 6 Where ?"
The next object of interest to attract “ Here, look. It is n't a large one." attention was the Doctor's “smokeAnd he pointed to a patch of earth house," then in full operation. This about thirty feet long by four wide, en- was simply a large hogshead, with closed with boards and covered over one head pierced with holes and the with glass. Under the glass were grow- other head knocked out. The end ing lettuce, radishes, and pepper-grass, without a head was set upon a circle of all looking as bright and fresh and stones, which supported it about a foot green and well contented as if they, above the ground, and inside of this like the man for whose benefit they circle a great volume of smoke was grew, cared little where they sprouted, being generated, and which came puffso only they grew. The ten round red ing out through the holes in the head radishes of the recent luncheon were above. Inside of this simple contrivaccounted for.
ance were suspended a number of fine “So you see,” exclaimed the Doctor, salmon, the delicate flesh of which was “ something besides a lover of books being dried by the heat, and penetrated can take root in this country. Are you by the sweet aroma of the smoke, which not growing reconciled to it? To be came puffing through the holes. The sure they are fed on pap from home; smoke arose from a smouldering fire of. but so does the farmer who cultivates the leaves and branches of the Andromethem get his books from the same da (Andromeda tetrigona), the heather quarter.”
of Greenland, a trailing plant with a “ How is that? Do you mean to say pretty purple blossom, which grows in you bring the earth they grow in from sheltered places in great abundance. home?"
Besides moss, this is the only vegetable “ Even so.
This is good rich Jut- production of North Greenland that will land earth, brought in barrels by shipburn, and it is sometimes used by the from Copenhagen."
natives for fuel, after it is dried by the An imported farm! One more nov- sun, for which purpose it is torn up and elty.
spread over the rocks. The perfume shall see my barn”; - and of the smoke is truly delicious, which we passed over to a little tightly made accounts for the excellent flavor of the building in the opposite corner, where salmon which the Doctor had given me the first thing that greeted my ears was for lunch. Nothing, indeed, could exthe bleating of goats and the grunting ceed the delicacy of the fish thus preof pigs jeand as the door was opened, I pared. heard the cackling and flutter of chick- The inspection of the Doctor's garens. Twenty chickens, two pigs, and den, or “farm,” as he facetiously called three goats!
it, occupied us during the remainder of “ All brought from Copenhagen with the afternoon; and so novel was everythe farm”; - and the Doctor began to thing to me, from the Doctor down to talk to them in a very familiar manner his vegetables and perfumed fish, that in the Danish tongue. They all recog- the time passed away unnoticed, and I nized the kindly voice of their master, was quite astonished when Sophy came and flocked round him to be fed ; and to announce “ dinner.”
We were soon seated at the table the news' is one year old ? It is where we had been before, and Sophy none the less news to me ; and, besides, served the dinner. Her soup was ex- not Gibbon, Shakespeare, and cellent, the trout were of fine quality Mother Goose still more ancient?" and well cooked, the haunch was done I could but smile at this ingenious to a turn, the wines were this time device; and the Doctor, seeing plainly rightly tempered, the champagne need- that I was deeply interested in his novel ed not to be iced, more of the round mode of life, loosened a tongue which, red radishes appeared in season, and in truth, needed little encouragement, then followed lettuce and cheese and and rattled away over the rough and coffee, and then we found ourselves at smooth of his Greenland experiences, another game of billiards, and at length with an enjoyment on his part perhaps were settled for the evening in the Doc- scarcely less than mine ; for it was easy tor's study, one on either side of a ta- to see that his love of wild adventure ble, on which stood all the ingredients kept pace with his love of comfort, and for an arrack punch, and a bundle of that he heartily enjoyed the exposures cigars.
of his career and the reputation which Our conversation naturally enough his hardihood had acquired for him. I ran upon the affairs of the big world on perceived, too, that he possessed a the other side of the Arctic Circle, – warm and vivid imagination, and that, upon its politics and literature and sci- clothing everything he saw and everyence and art, passing lightly from one thing he did with a fitting sentiment to the other, lingering now and then of strength or beauty, he had blended over some book which we had mutually wild nature and his own strange life fancied. I found my companion per
into a romantic scheme which completefectly posted up to within a year, and ly filled his fancy, -- apparently, at least, inquired how he managed so well. leaving nothing unsupplied, - and this “Ah! you must know," answered he, he enjoyed to the very bottom of his
that is a clever little illusion of mine. I'm always precisely one year behind The hours glided swiftly away as we the rest of the world. The Danish sat sipping our punch and smoking our ship brings me a file of papers for cigars in that quaint study of the Docthe past. twelve months, the principal tor's, chatting of this and of that; and reviews and periodicals, the latest a novel feature of the evening was, that, maps, such books as I have sent for as we talked on and on, the light grew the year previous, and, beside this, the not dim with the passing hours; for bookseller and my other home friends when the hand of a Danish clock which make me up an assortment of what they ticked above the mantel told nine, and think will please me. Now, you see, in ten, and eleven o'clock, it was still devouring this, I pursue an absolute broad day; and then in the full blaze of method. The books, of course, I take sunshine the clock rang out the “witchup as the fancy pleases me; but the ing hour” of midnight. The sun, low reviews, periodicals, and newspapers I down upon the northern horizon, poured turn over to Sophy, and the faithful his bright rays over the hills and sea, creature places on my breakfast-table throwing the dark shadow of the mounevery morning exactly what was pub- tains over the town, but illuminating lished that day one year before. Clever, everything to right and left with that is n't it? You see I get every day the soft and pleasant light which we so news, and go through the drama of the often see at home in the early morning year with perhaps quite as much satis- of the spring faction as they who live the passing After the clock had struck twelve, we days in the midst of the occurring threw our fur cloaks over our shoulevents. Each day's paper opens a new ders, and strolled out into this strange act in the play, and what matters it that midnight. Passing through the town,
I remarked the quiet which everywhere for some time quiet. My companion, prevailed, and how all nature seemed breaking in abruptly, said: “I think I to have caught the inspiration of the promised to prove to you that I am the hour. Not a soul was stirring abroad; most sensible fellow alive. Now let the dogs, crouching in clusters, were all me tell you, to begin with, that I would asleep; and it seemed as if my little ves- not exchange this view for any other I sel lay under the shadows of the cliffs have ever seen. It is one of which I with a consciousness that midnight is am very fond ; for at this hour the rea solemn thing even in sunshine ; and
here see is frequently never did the sun shine more bright repeated; and, to compare big things ly, or a more brilliantly illuminated with little, it might be likened to some landscape give stronger evidence of huge lion sleeping over his prey,
which day. But wearied nature had sought he is not yet prepared to eat, quick repose, even though no “sable cloud to catch the first sound of movement. with silver lining” turned upon the There is something truly terrible in world its darkening shadow, --- for the this untamed nature. Man's struggle hour of rest was come. Walking on here gives him something to rejoice in; over the rough rocks, we came at and I would not barter it for the effemilength upon the sea, and I noticed that nate life to which I should be destined the very birds which were wont to pad- at home, on any account whatever. dle about in great flocks upon the wa- Perhaps, if I should there be compelled ters, or fly gayly through the air, had absolutely to carn my daily bread, the crawled upon the shore, and, tucking case might be different, for enforced their heads beneath their wings, had occupation is quite too sober an affair gone to sleep. Even the little flowers to give time for much reflection; but I and blades of grass seemed to droop, as should most likely lead an idle sort of if wearied with the long hours of the life there, and should simply live withday, and, defying the restless sun to out- so far as I can see — a motive. rob them of their natural repose, had I should encounter few perils, have fallen to sleep with the beasts and few sorrows, fewer disappointments, and birds. The very sea itself seemed to want for nothing, -- nothing, indeed, but have caught the infection of the hout, temptation to exert myself, or prove my dissolving in its blue depths the golden own manhood in its strength, or enclouds of day.
joy the luxury of risking the precious The night was far from cold, and, breath of life, which is so little wo selecting the most tempting and sunny and which is so easily knocked away. spot, we sat down upon a rock close You have seen one side of me, how beside the sea, watching the gentle I live. · Well, I enjoy life and make the wavelets playing on the sand, and the most of it, after my own fashion, as evchanging light as the sun rolled on, erybody should do. If it is a luxurious glistening upon the hills and upon the fashion, as you are pleased to say, it icebergs, which, in countless' numbers, but gives me a keener relish for the oplay upon the watery plain before us, posite; and that it does not unfit me for like great monoliths of Parian marble, encountering the hardships of the field waiting but for the sculptor's chisel is proved by the reputation for endurto stand forth in fluted pillar and solid ance which I have among the natives. architrave, - floating Parthenons and If I sleep between well-aired sheets one Pantheons and Temples of the Sun. night, I can coil myself up among my
The scene was favorable to the con- dogs on the ice-fields the next, and sleep versation which had been broken off there as well, — I care not if it's as cold when we left the study, and the Doctor as the frigid circle of Lucifer. If I have came back to it of his own accord. I a penchant for Burgundy, and like to was much absorbed with the grandeur of drink it out of French glass, I can drink this midnight scene, and had remained train-oil out of a tin cup when I am cold