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picions of this young person.

Who On former occasions I was a moneycan say that, overcome by remorse, he less adventurer ; now I possessed sufmay not have seized the time of his fa- ficient capital, and was able and ready ther's absence to replace the money ?” to embark in whatever promised the

To my amazement up gets a little old best returns with the smallest personal man from the corner. “Well, you are risk. Several schemes presented thema low cuss,” said he ; and, taking up a selves as worthy the application of inbasket beside him, hobbled out of the dustry and talent, but none of them room. You may be sure I said some altogether suited my tastes. I thought pretty sharp things to him, for I was at times of travelling as a Physiological out of humor to begin with, and it is Lecturer, combining with it the busione thing to be insulted by a stout young ness of a practitioner. Scare the audiman, and quite another to be abused ence at night with an enumeration of by a wretched old cripple. However, symptoms which belong to ten out of he went away, and I supposed, for my every dozen of healthy people, and then part, that I was done with the whole doctor such of them as are gulls enough business.

to consult me next day. The bigger An hour later, however, I heard a the fright, the better the pay. I was a rough knock at my door, and, opening little timid, however, about facing large it hastily, saw my red-headed young audiences, as a man will be naturally if man with the cripple.

he has lived a life of adventure, so that, “Now," said the former, catching me upon due consideration, I gave up the by the collar, and pulling me into the idea altogether. room among my patients, “ I want to The patent-medicine business also know, my man, if this doctor said that looked well enough, but it is someit was likely I was the thief, after all ?” what overdone at all times, and re

" That 's what he said," replied the quires a heavy outlay, with the poscripple ; “ just about that, sir."

sible result of ill-success. Indeed, I I do not desire to dwell on the after believe fifty quack remedies fail for conduct of this hot-headed young man. one that succeeds ; and millions must It was the more disgraceful, as I of- have been wasted in placards, bills, fered but little resistance, and endured and advertisements, which never rea beating such as I would have hesi- turned half their value to the specutated to inflict upon a dog. Nor was lator. If I live, I think I shall beguile this all; he warned me that, if I dared to mry time with writing the lives of the remain in the city after a week, he would principal quacks who have met with shoot me. In the East I should have

They are few in number, thought but little of such a threat, but after all, as any one must know who here it was only too likely to be prac- recalls the countless remedies which tically carried out. Accordingly, with are puffed awhile on the fences, and dismuch grief and reluctance, I collected appear to be heard of no more. my whole fortune, which now amounted Lastly, I inclined for a while to unto at least seven thousand dollars, and dertake a private insane asylum, which turned my back upon this ungrateful appeared to me to offer facilities for town. I am sorry to say that I also money-making ; as to which, however, left behind me the last of my good I may have been deceived by the luck, as hereafter I was to encounter writings of certain popular novelists. only one calamity after another.

I went so far, I may say, as actually Travelling slowly eastward, my spir- to visit Concord for the purpose of its began at last to rise to their usual finding a pleasant locality and a suitlevel, and when I arrived in Boston I able atmosphere ; but, upon due reflecset myself to thinking how best I could tion, abandoned my plan as involving contrive to enjoy life, and at the same too much personal labor to suit one time to increase my means.

of my easy frame of mind.


Tired at last of idleness and of I immediately lodged information with lounging on the Common, I engaged the police as to the unpatriotic designs in two or three little ventures of a of the rascal who had swindled me, but semi-professional character, such as whether or not justice ever overtook an exhibition of laughing-gas; ad- him I am unable to say. vertising to cure cancer; send ten It was, as I perceived, such utterly stamps by mail to J. B., and receive spilt milk as to be little worth lamentan infallible receipt, etc. I did not ing; and I therefore set to work with find, however, that these little enter- my accustomed energy to utilize on prises prospered well in New Eng- my own behalf the resources of my land, and I had recalled to me very medical education, which so often beforcibly a story which my grandfather fore had saved me from want. The was fond of relating to me in my boy- war, then raging at its height, appeared hood. It briefly narrated how certain to me to offer numerous opportunities very knowing flies went to get molasses, to men of talent. The ath which I and how it ended by the molasses chose myself was apparently a humble getting them. This, indeed, was pre- one, but it enabled me to make very cisely what happened to me in all my agreeable use of my professional knowllittle efforts to better myself in the edge, and afforded rapid and secure Northern States, until at length my returns, without any other investment misfortunes climaxed in total and un- than a little knowledge cautiously emexpected ruin.

ployed. In the first place, I deposited The event which deprived me of the my small remnant of property in a safe hard-won earnings of years of inge- bank, and then proceeded to Provinious industry was brought about by dence, where, as I had heard, patriotic the baseness of a man who was con- persons were giving very large bouncerned with me in purchasing drugs ties in order, I suppose, to insure to for exportation to the Confederate the government the services of better States. Unluckily, I was obliged to men than themselves. On my arrival I employ as my agent a long-legged sea- lost no time in offering myself as a subcaptain from Maine. With his aid, I stitute, and was readily accepted, and invested in this enterprise about six very soon mustered into the Twentieth thousand dollars, which I reasonably Rhode Island. Three months were hoped to quadruple. Our arrange- passed in camp, during which period ments were cleverly made to run the I received bounties to the extent of six blockade at Charleston, and we were hundred and fifty dollars, with which to sail on a certain Thursday morning I tranquilly deserted about two hours in September, 1863. I sent my clothes before the regiment left for the field. on board, and went down the evening With the product of my industry I rebefore to go on board, but found that turned to Boston, and deposited all the little schooner had been hauled but enough to carry me to New York, out from the pier. The captain, who where within a month I enlisted twice, met me at this time, endeavored to earning on each occasion four hunget a boat in order to ferry us to the dred dollars. ship, but the night was stormy, and we My next essay was in Philadelphia, were obliged to return to our lodgings which I approached, even after some Early next day I dressed and went to years of absence, with a good deal of the captain's room, which proved to doubt. It was an ill-omened place for be empty. I was instantly filled with me ; for although I got nearly seven doubt, and ran frantically to the foot hundred dollars by entering the service of Long Wharf, where, to my horror, as a substitute for an editor, — whose I could see no signs of schooner or pen, I presume, was mightier than his captain. Neither have I ever again sword, - I was disagreeably surprised set eyes on them from that time to this. by being hastily forwarded to the front under a foxy young lieutenant, who “ His discharge, sir ?” brutally shot down a poor devil in the “Yes, I said that. Who's next?” streets of Baltimore for attempting to “ Thank you, sir,” groaned the man desert. At this point I began to make with the back. I

“ How soon, sir, do use of my medical skill, for I did not you think it will be ? " in the least degree fancy being shot, “Ah, not less than a month," replied either because of deserting or of not the surgeon, and passed on. deserting. It happened, therefore, that Now as it was unpleasant to be bent a day or two later, while in Washing like a letter V, and as the patient preton, I was seized in the street with a sumed that his discharge was secure, he fit, which perfectly imposed upon the naturally took to himself a little relaxaofficer in charge, and caused him to tion in the way of becoming straighter. leave me at the Douglas Hospital. Unluckily, those nice blue eyes were Here I found it necessary to perform everywhere at all hours ; and, one fine fits about twice a week; and as there morning, Smithson was appalled at findwere several real epileptics in the wards ing himself in a detachment bound for I had a capital chance of studying their the field, and bearing on his descripsymptoms, which finally I learned to tive list an ill-natured endorsement about imitate with the utmost cleverness. his malady.

I soon got to know three or four The surgeon came next on O'Callamen, who, like myself, were personally han. “Where's your cap, my man?” averse to bullets, and who were simu- “On my head, yer honor," said the lating other forms of disease with more other, insolently. “I 've a paralytics or less success. One of them suffered in my arm.” with rheumatism of the back, and “Humph !” cried the surgeon. “You walked about bent like an old man; have another hand.” another, who had been to the front, “ An' it 's not rigulation to saloot was palsied in the left arm ; and a third with yer left," said the Irishman, with kept open an ulcer on the leg, by rub- a grin, while the patients around us bebing in a little antimonial ointment, gan to laugh. which I sold him at five dollars a box, " How did it happen?" said the surand bought at fifty cents.

geon. A change in the hospital staff brought "I was shot in the shoulder,” anall of us to grief. The new surgeon swered the patient, “about three months was a quiet, gentlemanly person, with ago, sir. I have n't stirred it since." pleasant blue eyes and clearly cut fea- The surgeon looked at the scar. tures, and a way of looking you through “So recently ?” said he. “The scar without saying much. I felt so safe looks older ; and, by the way, doctor," myself that I watched his procedures to his junior, “it could not have gone with just that kind of enjoyment which near the nerves. Bring the battery, one clever man takes in seeing another orderly.” at work.

In a few moments the surgeon was The first inspection settled two of us. testing, one after another, the various

* Another back case," said the ward muscles. At last he stopped. “Send surgeon to his senior.

this man away with the next detach“ Back hurt you ?” says the latter, ment. Not a word, my man. You are mildly.

a rascal, and a disgrace to these good “Yes, sir; run over by a howitzer; fellows who have been among the bulain't never been straight since."

lets." “ A howitzer ! " says the surgeon. The man muttered something, I did Lean forward, my man, so as to touch not hear what. the floor, - so. That will do.” Then, “Put this man in the guard-house,” turning to his aid, he said, “Prepare cried the surgeon ; and so passed oa, this man's discharge papers.”

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As to the ulcer case, to my amuse- Mifflin for a year, and kept at hard labor, ment he was put in bed, and his leg handling and carrying shot, policing locked up in a wooden splint, which the ground, picking up cigar-stumps, effectually prevented him from touch- and other like unpleasant occupations. ing the part diseased. It healed in Upon my release, I went at once to ten days, and he too went as food for Boston, where I had about two thoupowder.

sand dollars in bank. I spent nearly As for myself, he asked me a few all of the latter sum before I could questions, and, requesting to be sent prevail upon myself to settle down to for during my next fit, left me alone. some mode of making a livelihood; and

I was of course on my guard, and I was about to engage in business as took care to have my attacks only in his a vender of lottery policies, when I absence, or to have them over before first began to feel a strange sense of he arrived.

lassitude, which soon increased so as At length, one morning, in spite of quite to disable me from work of any my care, he chanced to be in the ward, kind. Month after month passed when I fell at the door. I was carried in away, while my money lessened, and and laid on a bed, apparently in strong this terrible sense of weariness still convulsions. Presently I felt a finger went on from bad to worse. At last on my eyelid, and as it was raised, saw one day, after nearly a year had the surgeon standing beside me. To elapsed, I perceived on my face a escape his scrutiny, I became more large brown patch of color, in conseviolent in my motions. He stopped quence of which I went in some alarm a moment, and looked at me steadily. to consult a well-known physician. "Poor fellow !” said he, to my great He asked me a multitude of tirerelief, as I felt at once that I had suc- some questions, and at last wrote off a cessfully deceived him. Then he prescription, which I immediately read. turned to the ward doctor and re- It was a preparation of iron. marked : “ Take care he does not hurt “What do you think,” said I, “ is bis head against the bed ; and, by the the matter with me, doctor ?” by, doctor, do you remember the test “I am afraid,” said he, “that you we applied in Smith's case? Just tic- have a very serious trouble, — what we kle the soles of his feet, and see if it call Addison's disease." will cause those backward spasms of " What 's that?” said I. the head."

“I do not think you would compreThe aid obeyed him, and, very natu- hend it,” he replied. " It is an affecrally, I jerked my head backwards as tion of the supra-renal capsules. hard as I could.

I dimly remembered that there were " That will answer,” said the sur- such organs, and that nobody knew geon, to my horror. “A clever rogue. what they were meant for. It seemed Send him to the guard-house when he the doctors had found a use for them gets over it.”

at last. “ Happy had I been if my ill-luck had “ Is it a dangerous disease?” I said. ended here ; but, as I crossed the yard, “ I fear so," he answered. an officer stopped me. To my disgust “Don't you know," I asked, “ what's it was the captain of my old Rhode the truth about it?” Island company,

“Well,” he returned gravely, “ I am “Halloa !” said he; “ keep that fel- sorry to tell you it is a very dangerous low safe. I know him.”

malady." To cut, short a long story ;


Nonsense,” said I, “I don't be. tried, convicted, and forced to refund lieve it,” — for I thought it was only a the Rhode Island bounty, for by ill doctor's trick, and one I had tried luck they found my bank-book among often enough myself. my papers. I was finally sent to Fort “ Thank you," said he," you are a

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very ill man, and a fool besides. Good

What I dreamed was not very agreemorning.” He forgot to ask for a fee, able. I thought I was walking up one and I remembered not to offer one. of the vilest streets near my old office,

Several months went by; my money when a girl spoke to me, –a shameless, was gone; my clothes were ragged, and, worn creature, with great sad eyes, like my body, nearly worn out; and I not so wicked as the rest of her face. am an inmate of a hospital. To-day I Suddenly she screamed aloud, “ Brothfeel weaker than when I first began to er! Brother !" and then, remembering write. How it will end I do not know. what she had been, — with her round, If I die, the doctor will get this pleas- girlish, innocent face, and fair hair, — ant history; and if I live, I shall burn and seeing what she was, I awoke, it, and, as soon as I get a little money, and cursed myself in the darkness for I will set out to look for my little sis- the evil I had done in the days of my ter, about whom I dreamed last night. youth.


MANY years ago

now more than credited to Sir Walter Raleigh' under two hundred and fifty - some the title of “The Lie." one in England wrote a short poem Joshua Sylvester was in his day a bearing the above emphatic title, which writer of some note. Colley Cibber, in deservedly holds a place in the collec- his “Lives of the Poets,” is quite lavish tions of old English poetry at the pres- in his praise, and says his brethren in ent day. It is a striking production, the sacred art called him the “Silverfamiliar, no doubt, to most lovers of tongued." The same phrase has been ancient verse, and, although numbering applied to others. only about a dozen stanzas, has out- In his “Specimens of Early English lasted many a ponderous folio.

Poets,” Ellis “restores” the poem, with I say, indefinitely enough, that this the title of “ The Soul's Errand,” to little poem was written by some one, Sylvester, as its “ancient proprietor, and strange as it may appear, the name till a more authorized claimant shall be of that one is still in doubt. Its produced.” authorship was attributed, by Bishop Chambers, in his “ Cyclopædia of Percy and others, to Sir Walter Ra- English Literature,” prints the poem, leigh, and sometimes with the fanciful with the title of “ The Soul's Errand," addition, that he wrote it the night be- and he also gives it to Sylvester, fore his execution. The piece, how- the now generally received author of ever, was extant many years before the an impressive piece, long ascribed to world was disgraced by that deed of Raleigh.” wickedness.

Sir Egerton Brydges, in his “ CenAfter a while it began to be ques- sura Literaria,” doubts Percy's right tioned whether the verses were really to credit Sir Walter with the poem of written by Sir Walter. Some old- “ The Lie," of which he says there poetry mouser appears to have lighted is a “ parody” in the folio edition of on an ancient folio volume, the work of Sylvester's works, where it is entitled Joshua Sylvester, and found among its “ The Soul's Errand.” contents a poem called “ The Soul's The veteran J. Payne Collier, the Errand," which, it would seem, was emendator of Shakespeare, has recently thought to be the same that had been put forth a work, in four volumes, en


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