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him to your care again,” said indignant erful resolution to extricate myself from mamma, as one who withdrew a blessed the bewitching influence which had surprivilege.
rounded me, I arose, and went straight“ Don't say that, mother; it would be way to the parlor. Could it be that a a punishment too severe,” said the mis- flash of pleasure beamed on Miss Tarchievous little pale sister, in tones of pity, lingford's face? or was I a deluded gosand her face brimming with mirth. ling? The latter suggestion seemed the
Everybody laughed, and peace was re- more credible, so I cheerfully adopted it. stored.
* We have missed you, Mr. Plovins,'
said the fair enslaver; “ I hope you have On the third evening, misery came not been unwell ? " to me in an envelope post-marked New “ Unwell? -oh, no, no!" York:
“ You have not been near me — us, to
day,” (reprovingly,) “not even at din"MY DEAR PLOVINS :
ner; and the trout were superb." “ I shall be with you the night after you A sudden hope mounted within me. receive this. Engage a room for me. " Miss Tarlingford, pray, excuse me,Have you seen anything of a Miss Tar- your first name, may I ask what it is?" lingford, where you are staying? You “ Arabella is my name, and” (whispershould know her. She is very brilliant ingly) “ you may use it, if you like.” and accomplished, but is retiring. I am “ Oh, hideous horror! And this is what willing to tell you, but it must go no far- they call flirtation," I thought. And ther, that we are betrothed.
the hope which had risen blazing, like a Yours, in a hurry,
rocket, went down fuliginous, like the “ FRANK LILLIVAN." stick.
“ Mr. Plovins, I will say you are very My heart was as the mercury of a - very inconstant, to be absent all day, thermometer which is plunged into ice; thus.” but I preserved an outward composure. “ Miss Tarlingford, it is not inconstanTurning over the pile of letters awaiting cy, it is billiards.” owners, I came upon one, directed in Lil- “ Billiards !” livan's handwriting, to Miss A. Tarling- “ Billiards. I adore them. You know ford, etc., etc.
nothing of billiards; women never do. To think that a paltry superscription They are my joy. Pardon me,” (with a should carry such a weight of tribulation sudden uprising of the moral sense,) "I with it!
have an engagement at the billiard-room, I thus discovered that my lines bad and I should be there." fallen in unpleasant places. I was fishing “ Dear me! I should like to do bilin a preoccupied stream, and had got my- liards.” self entangled.
Heaven forbid !" I avoided the public table, and shrunk
Why so, Sir?” from society. During the whole of the “ No, I do not mean that; but ladies next morning, I kept aloof from the temp- never play billiards.” tations of Tarlingford, and took to bil- “I suppose there is no reason why liards.
they should not ? ” In the afternoon, as I sat gloomily in " A thousand.” my room, with feet protruding from the Why, what harm ?” window, and body inclined rearward, * My dear Miss Tarlingford, if your (the American attitude of despair,) the first name were not Arabella, - alas, alas! piano tinkled. It was the same melody - there would be none." which had attracted me a few happy days “ Nonsense! now you are laughing at before. Strengthening myself with a pow- me. Come, you shall teach me billiards."
“ It cannot be, Miss Tarlingford.” (Low billiard-table; especially when the entragedy tones.)
chantress is utterly ignorant of the duWhy not?”
ties required of her, and confidingly “ Because your name is Arabella." seeks manly encouragement and guid“ Very well, Sir, if you do not like
Controlled by the hand of beaumy name, you need not repeat it.” ty, the cue becomes a magic wand, and
“ I adore it; it is not that. Forgive the balls are no longer bits of inanimate me."
ivory, but, poked restlessly hither and “ Then I will get my hat”;- and her thither, circulating messengers of fascilight footsteps tapped upon the stairs. nation.
Here was a state of things! Where I know, for I have been there. were my firmness and my resolution now? Had Miss Tarlingford turned her Where was the Pythian probity for which, thoughts toward the bowling-alley, I according to my expectations, Lillivan might without difficulty have retained was to have poured Damoniac gratitude my self-possession ; for her sex are not upon me? Was I, or was I not, rapidly charming at ten-pins. They stride ramdegenerating into villany? I felt that I pant, and hurl danger around them, aimwas, and blushed for my family.
ing anywhere at random; or they make If her name had been anything but small skips and screams, and perform Arabella, — anything the initial of which ridiculous fings in the air, injurious to was not A, then I could have justified the alleys and to their game; or they myself; but now,- and I was about to drop balls with unaffected languor, and teach her billiards ! To what depth of develop at an early stage of proceedings depravity had I come at last !
a tendency to gutters, above which they She rejoined me, beaming with antici- never rise throughout; and all this is pation and radiant with the exercise of annoying, and fit only for Bloomers, who running down-stairs. Together we en- can be degraded by nothing on earth. tered the billiard-room.
But billiards ! what statuesque posNow this I declare: the ball-room, tures, what freedom of gesture, what with its flashing lights, intoxicating per- swaying grace and vivacious energy this fumes, starry hosts of gleaming eyes, re- game involves ! And then the attendant fulgent robes, mirrors duplicating count distractions, — the pinching together of less splendors and ceaseless whirl of van- the hand, to form the needed notch, the ity, may add a tenfold lustre to the charm perfect art of which, like fist-clenching, is of beauty, and I know it does; the opera- unattainable by woman, who substitutes box embellishments of blazing gas, and some queerness all her own,- the fierce glittering gems and flowers, fresh from grasping and propulsion of the cue,native beds of millinery, all-odorous with the loving reclension upon the table when divinest scents of Lubin, harmoniously the long shots come in, the dainty foot dulcified, have their value, which is great uprising, to preserve the owner's balance, and glorious, no doubt, and regally doth but, as it gleams suspended, destroying woman expand and glow among them; the observer's,- all combine, as they did in numberless ways, and aided by num- this time, to scatter stern promptings of berless accessories, do feminine graces duty beyond recalling. nimbly and sweetly recommend them- First, Arabella's little hand must be selves unto our pleasant senses; but this moulded into a bridge, and, being slow I will for ever and ever say, —
to cramp itself correctly, though pliant as where, neither in gorgeous hall, nor gild- a politician's conscience, the operation of ed opera-box, nor in any other place, nor folding it together had to be many times under any other circumstances, may such repeated. Next, shots must be made for bewildering and insidious power of maid- her, she retaining her hold of the cue, to enly enchantinent be exercised as at the get into the way of it. Then all went on
- that no
smoothly with her, turbulently with me, sure I don't see why,- and she is retiruntil, enthusiastically excited, she must ing.” be lifted on to the table's edge, “just to Retiring ! — the very word !” try one lovely little shot,” which escaped " What word ? You vex me; you her reach from the ground.
puzzle me; take me down.” My game was up!
“ Forgive me, dear Arabella! I'ın too We were alone. Arabella perched up- delighted to explain. I never will exon the table, jubilant at having achieved plain. I thought it was you on whom a pocket, - I dismal and blue, beside her. Frank's affections were fixed.”
“ There, take me down,” she said. “ Dear, no! Frank is sensible ; he
I looked around through each window, knows better; he has judgment "; and inclined my ear to the door, swept an she laughed a quiet laugh, and made as arm around her waist, and forgot to pro- if she would jump down. ceed.
As she descended, two heads caromed “ Oh, Arabella! Arabella! wherefore together with a click. It was the irreart thou Arabella ?”
pressible influence of the billiard atmosyou
wish I were somebody else ?” phere, I suppose. No one contemplated she asked, slyly.
it. “ No, no! but what of Frank Lillivan ?”
That evening, when Frank Lillivan “ Frank, do you know him ?” (With arrived, I met him at the door. a luminous face.)
“ God bless you, Frank!” said I; * | 6 And he has told me
forgive you everything. Say no more." What?"
“ Hollo! what's up ? ” cried Frank. “ Of his relations with Miss Tarling- “ Well, certainly, it was a little impruford.”
dent for you to neglect writing the whole “ With Anna, - yes.”
address of the letter you sent to Anna 6 What Anna ? Who is Anna ?” Tarlingford. I thought it was for Ara
“ Dear me! my sister Anna. Don't be bella.” absurd 1"
“ Dear me!” said Frank, twinkling, “But I never knew”
“ what then?" “ No,—you knew nothing of her; the worse for you! You avoided her, — I'm
That is enough
The Bonapartes, we know their bees,
Spin, spin, Clotho, spin !
The cock that wears the eagle's skin
Spin, spin, Clotho, spin !
'Neath Gregory's throne a spider swings
Spin, spin, Clotho, spin !
Smooth sails the ship of either realm,
Spin, spin, Clotho, spin!
THE AURORA BOREALIS.
Tue aurora borealis, or rather, the polar aurora, — for there are auroræ australes as well as auroræ boreales, - has been an object of wonder and admiration from time immemorial.
Pliny and Aristotle record phenomena identical with those which later times have witnessed. The ancients ranked this with other celestial phenomena, as portending great events.
In a Bible imprinted at London in the year 1599, the 22d verse of the 37th chapter of Job reads thus : “ The brightness commeth out of the Northe, the praise to God which is terrible.” The writer of the Book of Job was very conversant with natural objects, and may have referred to the aurora borealis and
the phenomena immediately connected therewith.
In 1560, we are told, it was seen at London in the shape of burning spears, a similitude which would be no less appropriate now than then. Frequent displays are recorded during the fifteen years following that date. During the latter half of the seventeenth century, the phenomena were frequently visible, oftentimes being characterized by remarkable brilliancy. After 1745, the displays suddenly diminished, and were but rarely seen for the next nine years. The present century has been favored to a remarkable degree. The displays during the years 1835, '36, '37, '46, '48, '51, 52, and '59, have been especially grand.