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and my double, who was Mr. Frederic and slept late; then came for orders, Ingham by as good right as I.
with a red silk bandanna tied round his | Oh, the fun we had the next morning head, with his overalls on, and his dressin shaving his beard to my pattern, cut- coat and spectacles off. If we happened ting his hair to match mine, and teaching to be interrupted, no one guessed that he him how to wear and how to take off was Frederic Ingham as well as l; and, gold-bowed spectacles! Really, they were in the neighborhood, there grew up an electro-plate, and the glass was plain (for impression that the minister's Irishman the poor fellow's eyes were excellent). worked day-times in the factory-village Then in four successive afternoons I at New Coventry. After I had given taught him four speeches. I had found him his orders, I never saw him till the these would be quite enough for the su- next day. pernumerary-Sepoy line of life, and it v I launched him.by sending him to a was well for me they were. For though meeting of the Enlightenment Board. he was good-natured, he was very shift- The Enlightenment Board consists of less, and it was, as our national proverb seventy-four members, of whom sixtysays, “like pulling teeth” to teach him. seven are necessary to form a quorum. But at the end of the next week he could One becomes a member under the regusay, with quite my easy and frisky air,- lations laid down in old Judge Dudley's
1. “Very well, thank you. And you ?” will. I became one by being ordained This for an answer to casual salutations. pastor of a church in Naguadavick. You
2. “I am very glad you liked it.” see you cannot help yourself, if you would.
3. “There has been so much said, and, At this particular time we had had four on the whole, so well said, that I will not successive meetings, averaging four hours occupy the time."
each, -- wholly occupied in whipping in a 4. “ I agree, in general, with friend quorum. At the first only eleven men on the other side of the room."
were present; at the next, by foree of At first I had a feeling that I was go- three circulars, twenty-seven ; at the ing to be at great cost for clothing him. third, thanks to two days' canvassing by But it proved, of course, at once, that, Auchmuty and myself, begging men to whenever he was out, I should be at come, we had sixty. Half the others home. And I went, during the bright were in Europe. But without a quoperiod of his success, to so few of those rum we could do nothing. All the rest awful pageants which require a black of us waited grimly for our four hours, dress-coat and what the ungodly call, af. and adjourned without any action. | At ter Mr. Dickens, a white choker, that in the fourth meeting we had flagged, and the happy retreat of my own dressing- only got fifty-nine together. But on the gowns and jackets my days went by as first appearance of my double, - whom I happily and cheaply as those of another sent on this fatal Monday to the fifth Thalaba. And Polly declares there was meeting,- he was the sixty-seventh man never a year when the tailoring cost so who entered the room. He was greeted little. He lived (Dennis, not Thalaba) with a storm of applause! The poor in his wife's room over the kitchen. He fellow had missed his way, - read the had orders never to show himself at that street signs ill through his spectacles, window, When he appeared in the (very ill, in fact, without them,) --- and front of the house, I retired to my sanc- had not dared to inquire. lle entered tissimum and my dressing-gown. In
finding the president and short, the Dutchman and his wife, in the secretary holding to their chairs two old weather-box, had not less to do with judges of the Supreme Court, who were each other than he and I. He made the also members ex officio, and were begfurnace-fire and split the wood before ging leave to go away. On his entrance daylight; then he went to sleep again, all was changed. Presto, the by-laws
were amended, and the Western proper- men are generally expected, and returned ty was given away. Nobody stopped to in the evening to us, covered with honors. converse with him. He voted, as I had He had dined at the right hand of the charged him to do, in every instance, chairman, and he spoke in high terms of with the minority. I won new laurels as the repast. The chairman had expressed a man of sense, though a little unpunc- his interest in the French conversation. tual, — and Dennis, alias Ingham, re- “ I am very glad you liked it,” said Denturned to the parsonage, astonished to nis; and the poor chairman, abashed, see with how little wisdom the world is supposed the accent had been wrong. governed. He cut a few of my parish- At the end of the day, the gentlemen ioners in the street; but he had his glass- present had been called upon for speeches off, and I am known to be near-sight- es,—the Rev. Frederic Ingham first, as it ed. Eventually be recognized them happened; upon which Dennis had risen, more readily than I.
and had said, " There has been so much I “set him again" at the exhibition said, and, on the whole, so well said, that of the New Coventry Academy; and I will not occupy the time.” The girls here he undertook a “speaking part,” — were delighted, because Dr. Dabney, the as, in my boyish, worldly days, I remem- year before, bad given them at this occaber the bills used to say of Mlle. Céleste. sion a scolding on impropriety of behavior We are all trustees of the New Coventry at lyceum lectures. They all declared Academy; and there has lately been “a Mr. Ingham was a love,-and so handgood deal of feeling” because the Sande- some! (Dennis is good-looking.) Three manian trustees did not regularly attend of them, with arms behind the others' the exhibitions. It has been intimated waists, followed him up to the wagon he indeed, that the Sandemanians are lean- rode home in; and a little girl with a ing towards Free-Will, and that we have, blue sash had been sent to give him a therefore, neglected these semi-annual rosebud.
rosebud. After this debut in speaking, exhibitions, while there is no doubt that he went to the exhibition for two days Auchmuty last year went to Commence- more, to the mutual satisfaction of all ment at Waterville. Now the head mas- concerned. Indeed, Polly reported that ter at New Coventry is a real good fel- he had pronounced the trustees' dinners low, who knows a Sanskrit root when he of a higher grade than those of the parsees it, (and often cracks etymologies with sonage. When the next term began, I me, so that, in strictness, I ought to go found six of the Academy girls had obto their exhibitions. But think, reader, tained permission to come across the rivof sitting through three long July days er and attend our church. But this arin that Academy chapel, following the rangement did not long continue. programme from
After this he went to several ComTUESDAY MORNING. English Composition. mencements for ine, and ate the dinners SUNSHINE.” Miss Jones.
provided; he sat through three of our round to
Quarterly Conventions for me, — always Trio on Three Pianos. Duel from the Op- voting judiciously, by the simple rule era of " Midshipman Easy." Varryatt. mentioned above, of siding with the coming in at nine, Thursday evening! minority. And I, meanwhile, who had Think of this, reader, for men who know before been losing caste among my the world is trying to go backward, and friends, as holding myself aloof from the who would give their lives if they could associations of the body, began to rise in help it on! Well! The double had suc- everybody's favor." Ingham 's a good ceeded so well at the Board, that I sent fellow,- always on hand ”; “never talks him to the Academy. (Shade of Plato, much,— but does the right thing at the pardon!) He arrived early on Tuesday, right time”; “is not as unpunctual as he when, indeed, few but inothers and clergy- used to be, — he comes early, and sits
through to the end.”
“ He has got over " It looked well,” if nothing more. Now his old talkative habit, too. I spoke to a this really meant that I had not been to friend of his about it once; and I think hear one of Dr. Fillmore's lectures on the Ingham took it kindly,” etc., etc.
Ethnology of Religion. He forgot that he This voting power of Dennis was par- did not hear one of my course on the kt ticularly valuable at the quarterly meet- Sandemanianism of Anselm.” But I ings of the Proprietors of the Naguadavick felt badly when he said it; and afterFerry. My wife inherited from her fa- wards I always made Dennis go to hear ther some shares in that enterprise, which all the brethren preach, when I was not is not yet fully developed, though it doubt- preaching myself. This was what he less will become a very valuable proper- took exceptions to,—the only thing, as I ty. The law of Maine then forbade stock- said, which he ever did except to. Now holders to appear by proxy at such meet- came the advantage of his long morningings. Polly disliked to go, not being, in nap, and of the green tea with which fact, a “ hens’-rights hen,” and trans- Polly supplied the kitchen. But he would ferred her stock to me. I, after going plead, so humbly, to be let off, only from once, disliked it more than she. But one or two! I never excepted him, howDennis went to the next meeting, and ever. I knew the lectures were of value, liked it very much. He said the arm- and I thought it best he should be able chairs were good, the collation good, and to keep the connection. the free rides to stockholders pleasant. Polly is more rash than I am, as the He was a little frightened when they reader has observed in the outset of this first took him upon one of the ferry-boats, memoir. She risked Dennis one night but after two or three quarterly meetings under the eyes of her own sex. Governor he became quite brave.
Gorges had always been very kind to us; Thus far I never had any difficulty with and when he gave his great annual party him. Indeed, being of that type which to the town, asked us. I confess I hated is called shiftless, he was only too happy to go. I was deep in the new volume of to be told daily what to do, and to be Pfeiffer's “Mystics,” which Haliburton charged not to be forthputting or in any had just sent me from Boston. “But how way original in his discharge of that duty. rude,” said Polly, “ not to return the GorHe learned, however, to discriminate be- ernor's civility and Mrs. Gorges's, when tween the lines of his life, and very much they will be sure to ask why you are preferred these stockholders' meetings away!” Still I demurred, and at last she, and trustees' dinners and Commencement with the wit of Eve and of Semiramis collations to another set of occasions, conjoined, let me off by saying, that, if I from which he used to beg off most pite- would go in with her, and sustain the iniously. Our excellent brother, Dr. Fill- tial conversations with the Governor and more, had taken a notion at this time the ladies staying there, she would risk that our Sandemanian churches needed Dennis for the rest of the evening. And more expression of mutual sympathy. that was just what we did. She took He insisted upon it that we were remiss. Dennis in training all that afternoon, inHe said, that, if the Bishop came to preach structed him in fashionable conversation, at Naguadaviek, all the Episcopal clergy cautioned him against the temptations of of the neighborhood were present; if Dr. the supper-table,- and at nine in the Pond came, all the Congregational cler- evening he drove us all down in the carrygymen turned out to hear him; if Dr. all. I made the grand star-entrée with Nichols, all the Unitarians; and he Polly and the pretty Walton girls, who thought we owed it to each other, that, were staying with us. We had put Denwhenever there was an occasional ser- nis into a great rough top-coat, without his vice at a Sandemanian church, the other glasses, - and the girls never dreamed, brethren should all, if possible, attend. in the darkness, of looking at him. He sat in the carriage, at the door, while we nis and asked him to hand Mrs. Jeffries entered. I did the agreeable to Mrs. down to supper, a request which he heard Gorges, was introduced to her niece, Miss
with great joy. Fernanda,-1 complimented Judge Jef- Polly was skipping round the room, I fries on his decision in the great case of guess, gay as a lark. Auchmuty came D'Aulnay vs. Laconia Mining Co., -I to her “in pity for poor Ingham,” who stepped into the dressing room for a mo- was so bored by the stupid pundit,- and ment,-stepped out for another,- walked Auchmuty could not understand why I home, after a nod with Dennis, and ty- stood it so long. But when Dennis took ing the horse to a pump;- and while I Mrs. Jeffries down, Polly could not resist walked home, Mr. Frederic Ingham, my standing near them. He was a little flusdouble, stepped in through the library tered, till the sight of the eatables and into the Gorges's grand saloon.
drinkables gave him the same Mercian Oh! Polly died of laughing as she courage which it gave Diggory. A little told me of it at midnight! And even excited then, he attempted one or two of here, where I have to teach my hands to his speeches to the Judge's lady. But hew the beech for stakes to fence our little he knew how bard it was to get in cave, she dies of laughing as she recalls even a promptu there edgewise. “Very it,- and says that single occasion was well, I thank you," said he, after the eatworth all we have paid for it. Gallant ing elements were adjusted; "and you ?” Eve that she is! She joined Dennis at And then did not he have to hear about the library-door, and in an instant pre- the
mumps, and the measles, and arnica, sented him to Dr. Ochterlong, from Balti- and belladonna, and chamomile-flower, more, who was on a visit in town, and and dodecathem, till she changed oysters was talking with her, as Dennis came in. for salad, and then about the old prac“ Mr. Ingham would like to hear what tice and the new, and what her sister you were telling us about your success said, and what her sister's friend said, among the German population." And and what the physician to her sister's Dennis bowed and said, in spite of a friend said, and then what was said by scowl from Polly, “ I'm very glad you the brother of the sister of the physician liked it.” But Dr. Ochterlong did not of the friend of her sister, exactly as if observe, and plunged into the tide of ex- it had been in Ollendorff? There was a planation — Dennis listening like a prime- moment's pause, as she declined Chamminister, and bowing like a mandarin,
“I am very glad you liked it," which is, I suppose, the same thing. Pol- said Dennis again, which he never should ly declared it was just like Haliburton's have said, but to one who complimented Latin conversation with the Hungarian
“Oh! you are so sharp, Mr. minister, of which he is very fond of tell- Ingham! No! I never drink any wine ing. “Qucene sit historia Reformationis at all, - except sometimes in summer a in Ungariâ ?” quoth Haliburton, after little currant spirits,- from our own cursome thought. And his confrère replied rants, you know. My own mother, gallantly, “In seculo decimo tertio,” etc., that is, I call her my own mother, because, etc., etc.; and from decimo tertio * to the you know, I do not remember," etc., etc., nineteenth century and a half lasted till etc.; till they came to the candied orange the oysters came. So was it that before at the end of the feast, - when Dennis, Dr. Ochterlong came to the “ success," rather confused, thought he must say or near it, Governor Gorges came to Den- something, and tried No. 4, _“I agree,
in general, with my friend the other side * Which means, " In the thirteenth centu
of the room," --- which he never should ry," my dear little bell-and-coral reader.
have said but at a public meeting. But You have rightly guessed that the question meaus, “ What is the history of the Reforma
Mrs. Jeffries, who never listens expecting tion in Hungary?"
to understand, caught him up instantly
with, “ Well, I'm sure my husband re- Ingham's name on the voting-list; and, turns the compliment; he always agrees as I was quite busy that day in writing with you, though we do worship with some foreign letters to Halle, I thought I the Methodists ; – but you know, Mr. would forego my privilege of suffrage, Ingham,” etc., etc., etc., till the move and stay quietly at home, telling Dennis was made up-stairs ;--and as Dennis that he might use the record on the votled her through the hall, he was scarcelying-list and vote. I gave him a ticket, understood by any but Polly, as he said, which I told him he might use, if he liked “ There has been so much said, and, on to. That was that very sharp election the whole, so well said, that I will not in Maine which the readers of the “ Atoccupy the time.”
lantic” so well remember, and it had His great resource the rest of the even- been intimated in public that the minising was, standing in the library, carrying ters would do well not to appear at the on animated conversations with one and polls. Of course, after that, we had to another in much the same way. Polly appear by self or proxy. Still, Naguahad initiated him in the mysteries of a davick, was not then a city, and this discovery of mine, that it is not necessary standing in a double queue at townto finish your sentences in a crowd, but meeting several hours to vote was a by a sort of mumble, omitting sibilants bore of the first water; and so, when I and dentals. This, indeed, if your words found that there was but one Frederic fail you, answers even in public extem- Ingham on the list, and that one of us pore speech, - but better where other must give up, I staid at home and finishtalking is going on. Thus,“ We missed ed the letters, (which, indeed, procured you at the Natural-History Society, Ing- for Fothergill his coveted appointment ham.” Ingham replies,—“I am very gli- of Professor of Astronomy at Leavengloglum, that is, that you were mmmmm.” worth,) and I gave Dennis, as we called By gradually dropping the voice, the in- him, the chance. Something in the matterlocutor is compelled to supply the an- ter gave a good deal of popularity to the swer. “Mrs. Ingham, I hope your friend Frederic Ingham name; and at the adAugusta is better.” Augusta has not journed election, next week, Frederic been ill. Polly cannot think of explain- Ingham was chosen to the legislature. ing, however, and answers,— " Thank Whether this was I or Dennis, I never you, Ma’am; she is very rearason wewah- really knew. My friends seemed to wewoh," in lower and lower tones. And think it was I; but I felt, that, as Dennis Mrs. Throckmorton, who forgot the sub- had done the popular thing, he was enject of which she spoke, as soon as she titled to the honor; so I sent him to asked the question, is quite satisfied. Augusta when the time came, and he Dennis could see into the card-room, and took the oaths. And a very valuable came to Polly to ask if he might not go member he made. They appointed him and play all-fours. But, of course, she on the Committee on Parishes; but I sternly refused. At midnight they came wrote a letter for him, resigning, on the home delighted, — Polly, as I said, wild ground that he took an interest in our to tell me the story of victory; only both claim to the stumpage in the minister's the pretty Walton girls said, -- Cousin sixteenths of Gore A, next No. 7, in Frederic, you did not come near me all the 10th Range. Ile never made any the evening."
speeches, and always voted with the miWe always called him Dennis at home, nority, which was what he was sent to for convenience, though his real name do. He made me and himself a great was Frederic Ingham, as I have ex- many good friends, some of whom I did plained. When the election-day came not afterwarıls recognize as quickly as round, however, I found that by some Dennis did my parishioners. On one or accident there was only one Frederic two occasions, when there was wood to