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Came bright even to wildness—she either Mary or her children; it was started up, as if with supernatural mere destitution that had reduced them strength, from the straw on which she to the weak condition in which they had was lying, and shrieked, “My father !” been found; and now, enjoying every
So hollow, yet piercing, was her comfort tbat affection could devise, they voice, that it aroused Mr. Filmore from gained strength apace. his paralysis. Rushing franticly to Shortly after this there was a great wards her
feast given at Ivy Cottage, for the master My Mary!” he exclaimed, my said -“ It is meet that we should be own Mary! restored to me thus after merry, seeing that this my child was so long bereavement! Starving in dead, and is alive again-was lost, and wretchedness and misery, while thy is found."
C. J. JUNIOR. parents possess all things richly to enjoy! Well! Heaven be praised for THE THUNDER-STRUCK. thy restoration even thus!" Then tears
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It was a fearful thing to hear how I feel, however, that I should not prowildly that hapless woman addressed tract these painful scenes ; and shall her father!-To hear her tell him in an therefore hurry to their close. The incoherent manner of the miles they had first letter which I had despatched to travelled the privations they had en- Oxford after Mr. N—, happened to bear dured-and, oh! the crimes they had on the outside the words “special perpetrated! - To hear her enquire haste !" which procured its being forhurriedly, and without waiting for re- warded by express after Mr. N- The ply, whether her mother still lived ? consternation with which he received what had caused their change of for- and read it may be imagined. He set tune ?-and where did they then reside? off for town that instant in a post-chaise But the bewildered father stayed not to and four; but inding their speed inanswer her ; telling the husband to sufficient, he took to horseback for the clothe his wife and children in what last fifty miles, and rode at a rate which few garments he had brought, he darted nearly destroyed both horse and rider. swiftly across the fields to his own Hence his sudden appearance at my house-threw his wife into a paroxysm house, and the frenzy of his behaviour! of joy by informing her that he had tid- After Miss P- had been carried up ings of his daughter-went into the stairs, it was thought imprudent for Mr. stable, and, saddling his horse, pro- N- to continue at my house, as he exceeded again to the hovel, in order to hibited every symptom of incipient remove his daughter to a comfortable brain fever, and might prove wild and habitation.
unmanageable. He was therefore reThe meeting of the mother and daugh- moved at once to a house within a few ter was an affecting scene! They re- doors off, which was let out in furnishmained for some moments locked in ed lodgings. Dr. D-accompanied hiin, each other's arms, and mutually weep. and bled him immediately, very copiousing. Then Mary told of the miserable ly. I have no doubt that Mr. N - owed existence she had dragged on since the his life to that timely measure. He base desertion of her parents. How was placed in bed, and put at once unthey had wandered over the whole der the most vigorous antipblogistic kingdom, her husband endeavouring to treatment. support his family by hay-making and The next evening beheld Dr. Dreaping in summer, and by robbery and the Dean of -, and myself, around the fraudulence in winter — how, a short bedside of Agnes. All of us expressed time since they had visited her native the most gloomy apprehensions. The village, where she made every enquiry Dean had been offering up a devout for her parents, in order to crave their and most affecting prayer. forgiveness and assistance ; but could “ Well, my friend,” said he to me, gain no other tidings of them than that she is in the hands of God! All that they had become great folks,” and man can do has been done ; let us rehad long since left that place; and sign ourselves to the will of Provithat, reduced to the lowest state of de- dence !" spair, she had that morning lain down Ay, nothing but a miracle can on the straw, praying she might soon save her, I fear!” replied Dr. Dbe as the lifeless girl beside her! “ How much longer do you think it
There was no particular disease on probable, humanly speaking, that the
system can continue in this state, so as more frightful spectacle I never witto give hopes of ultimate recovery ?” nessed. In a moment both Dr. D- and enquired the Dean.
I lost all power of motion. Here, then, "I cannot say,
I replied with a was the spell broken! The trance sigh. “She must sink, and speedily. over!-I implored Dr. D— to recollect She has not received, since she was himself, and conduct the Dean from first seized, as much nourishment as the room, while I would attend to Miss would serve for an infant's meal!" P- The nurse was instantly at my
“I have an impression that she will side, shaking like an aspen-leaf. She die suddenly,” said Dr. D-; “possibly quickly procured warm water, sponges, within the next twelve hours; for ( cloths, &c., with which she at once wipcannot understand how her energies ed away and encouraged the bleeding. can recover from, or bear longer, this The first sound uttered by Miss P- was fearful paralysis !”
a long deep-drawn sigh, which seemed “Alas, I fear so too !"
to relieve her bosom of an intolerable “I have heard some frightful in sense of oppression. Her eyes grastances of premature burial in cases dually closed again, and she moved her like this,” said the Dean. “I hope head away, at the same time raising in Heaven that you will not think of her trembling right hand to her face. committing her remains to the earth, Again she sighed—again opened her before you are satisfied, beyond á eyes, and, to my delight, their expresdoubt, that life is extinct.” I made no sion was more natural than before. She reply-my emotions nearly choked me looked languidly about her for a mo-I could not bear to contemplate such ment, as if examining the bed curtains an event.
—and her eyes closed again. I sent for “ Do you know,” said Dr. D-, with some weak brandy and water, and gave an apprehensive air, “I have been her a little in a tea-spoon. She swalthinking latterly of the awful possibi- lowed it with great difficulty. I orderlity, that, notwithstanding the stagna- ed some warm water to be got ready tion of her physical powers, her mind for her feet, to equalize the circulamay be sound, and perfectly conscious tion; and while it was preparing, sat of all that has transpired about her!” by ber, watching every motion of her
“Why-why"-stammered the Dean, features with the most eager anxiety. turning pale" what if she has --has “How are you, Agnes?" I whispered, heard all that has been said!" *
kissing her. She turned languidly toAy!” replied Dr. D, uncon wards me, opened her eyes, and shook sciously sinking his voice to a whis- her head feebly-but gave me no anper, " I know of a case-in fact a friend swer. of mine has jast published it-in which “Do you feel pain anywhere ?" I a woman"- There was a faint knock- enquired. A faint smile stole about ing at the door, and I stepped to it, for her mouth, but she did not utter a sylthe purpose of enquiring what was lable. Sensible that her exhausted wanted. While I was in the act of clos- condition required repose, I determined ing it again, I overheard Dr. D-'s not to tax her newly-recovered enervoice exclaim, in an affrighted tone, gies ; so I ordered her a gentle com“Great God!” and on turning round í posing draught, and left her in the care saw the Dean moving from the bed, of the nurse, promising to return by his face white as ashes, and he fell from and by, to see how my sweet patient his chair, as if in a fit. How shall I went on. I found that the Dean had describe what I saw, on approaching left. After swallowing a little wine the bed ?
and water, he recovered sufficiently The moment before, I had left Miss from the shock he had received, to be P- lying in her usual position, and able, with Dr. D—'s assistance, to step with her eyes closed. They were now into his carriage, leaving his solenn wide open, and staring upwards with benediction for Miss P-. an expression I have no language to As it was growing late, I sent my wife describe. It reminded me of what I had to bed, and ordered coffee in my study, seen when I first discovered her in the whither I retired, and sat lost in confit. Blood, too, was streaming from jecture and reverie till nearly one her nostrils and mouth-in short, o'clock. I then repaired to my patient's
room ; but my entrance startled. her * In almost every known instance of reco
from a sleep that had lasted almost very from Catalepsy, the patients have declared that they heard every word that had been
since I had left. As soon as I sat down uttered beside them.
by her, she opened her eyes--and my
heart leaped with joy to see their in “The world come to an end-do you creasing calmness -iheir expression mean?” She nodded, with a disturbed resembling what had oft delighted me, air" Oh, no, no! It was merely a while she was in health. After eyeing thunder-storm.” me steadily for a few moments, she “ And is it quite over, and gone?" seemed suddenly to recognise me. “Kiss “Long ago! Do you feel hungry?” me !" she whispered, in the faintest Ienquired, hoping to direct her thoughts possible whisper, while a smile stole from a topic I saw agitated her. over her languid features. I did kiss “Did you ever see such lightning ?? her; and in doing so, my tears fell up- she asked, without regarding my queson her cheek.
tion. “Don't cry!" she whispered again, “Why-certainly it was very alarmin a tone as feeble as before. Shé ing." gently moved her hand into mine, and “Yes, it was! Do you know, Doce I clasped the treinbling, lilied fingers, tor?" she continued, with a mysterous with an emotion I cannot express. She air-“1-1-saw-yes—there were ter noticed my agitation; and the tears rible faces in the lightning' came into her eyes, while her lip qui “ Come, child, you rave !" vered, as though she were going to -" They seemed coming towards speak. I implored her, however, not the world" to utter a word, till she was better able Her voice trembled, and the colour to do it without exhaustion ; and lest of her face changed. my presence should tempt her beyond “Well--if you will talk such nonher strength, I once more kissed her- sense, Agnes, I must leave you. I will bade her good-night-her poor slen- go and fetch my wife. Would you like der fingers once more compressed mine to see her?" and I left her to the care of the “Tell N- to come to me to-daynurse, with a whispered caution to must see him. I have a message for step to me instantly if any change took him!” She said this with a sudden place in Agnes. I could not sleep! I energy that surprised me, while her eye felt a prodigious burden removed from brightened as it settled on me. I kissmy inind; and woke my wife, that she ed her, and retired. The last words, might share in my joy.
surprised and disturbed me. Were her I received no summons during the intellects affected ? How did she know night ; and on entering her room about -how could she conjecture that he nine o'clock in the morning, I found was within reach ? I took an opporthat Miss P- had taken a little arrow- tunity of asking the nurse whether she root in the course of the night, and had mentioned Mr. N—'s name to her, slept calmly, with but few intervals. but not a syllable had been interchanShe had sighed frequently; and once ged upon the subject. or twice conversed for a short time Before setting out on my daily visits, with the nurse about heaven-as I un- I stepped into her room, to take my derstood. She was much stronger than leave. I had kissed her, and was quitI had expected to find her. I kissed ing the room, when happening to look her, and she asked me how I was-in a back, 1 saw her beckoning to me. I tone that surprised me by its strength returned. and firmness.
“ I must see N-this evening !" said “ Is the storm over ?" she enquired, she, with a solemn emphasis that startlooking towards the window.
led me; and as soon as she had uttered “Oh yes—long, long ago !" I replied, the words, she turned her head from me, seeing at once that she seemed to have as if she wished no more to be said. no consciousness of the interval that My first visit was to Mr. N-, whom had elapsed.
I found in a very weak state, but so “And are you all well ?-Mrs. —," much recovered from his illness, as to (my wife,) “how is she?"
be sitting up, and partially dressed. He - You shall see her shortly."
was perfectly calm and collected ; and, “Then, no one was hurt ?"
in answer to his earnest enquiries, I “Not a hair of our heads !"
gave him a full account of the nature of “ How frightened I must have been !" Miss P's illness. He received the “Pho, pho, Agnes! Nonsense! For- intelligence of the favourable change
that had occurred, with evident though “ Then-the world is not there has silent ecstasy. After much inward been no-is all the same as it was ?" doubt and hesitation, I thought I might she murmured, eyeing me apprehen- venture to tell him of the parting—the sively.
iwice-repeated request she had made.
The intelligence blanched his already plied Miss P- faintly. She gazed pallid cheeks to a wbiter hue, and he earnestly at the magnificent object for irembled violently.
some minutes; and then abrupily said “ Did you tell her I was in town? to me— He will be here soon ?" Did she recollect me ?"
66 In a few moinents I expect him. But, No one has breathed your name to Agnes, why do you wish to see him ?” her !” I replied. * *
She siglied, and shook her head. Well, Doctor-if, on the whole, It had been arranged that Dr. Dyou think so—that it would be safe,” should accompany Mr.N- to my house, said N-, after we had talked much on and conduct him up stairs, after strongly the matter-“I will step over and see enjoining on him the necessity there her; but-it looks very-very strange!” was for controlling his feelings, and
“Whatever whim may actuate her, displaying as little emotion as possible. I think it better, on the whole, to gra- My heart leaped into my mouth- as the tify her. Your refusal may be attend- saying is—when I heard the expected ed with infinitely worse effects than an knock at the door. interview. However, you shall hear “N- is come at last !” said I, in a from me again. I will see if she con- gentle tone, looking earnestly at her, to tinues in the same mind; and, if so, I see if she was agitated. It was not the will step over and tell you.” I took my She sighed, but evinced no treleave.
pidation. A few moments before stepping down “ Shall he be shewn in at once?" I to dinner, I sat beside Miss P-, mak- enquired. ing my usual enquiries ; and was gra No-wait a few moments,” replied tified to find that her progress, though the extraordinary girl, and seemed lost slow, seemed sure. I was going to kiss in thought for about a minute. “Now!" her, before leaving, when, with similar she exclaimed; and I sent down the emphasis to that she had previously nurse, herself pale and trembling with displayed, she again said
apprehension, to request the atiendance 6 Remember! N MUST be here of Dr. D- and Mr. N-. to-night!”
As they were heard slowly approachI was confounded. What could be ing the room, I looked anxiously at iny the meaning of this mysterious perti- patient, and kept my fingers at her pulse. nacity? I felt distracted with doubt, There was not a symptom of flutter or and dissatisfied with myself for what I agitation. At length the door was had told to N-. I felt answerable for opened, and Dr. D— slowly entered, whatever ill effects might ensue; and with N- upon his arm. yet, what could I do?
his pale, trembling figure was visible,
a calm and heavenly smile beamed upon It was evening, - a mild, though the countenance of Miss P-. It was lustrous, July evening. The skies were fullof ineffable loveliness! She stretched all blue and white, save where the re out her right arm : he pressed it it to his tiring sun-light produced a mellow lips, without uitering a word. My eyes inixture of colours towards the west. were rivetted on the features of Miss Not a breath of air disturbed the serene P~. Either they deceived me, or I saw complacency. My wife and I sat on a strange alteration as if a cloud were each side of the bed where lay our stealing over her face. I was right! lovely invalid, looking, despite of her We all observed her colour fading_rarecent illness, beautiful, and in compa- pidly. I rose from my chair ; Dr. Drative health. Her hair was parted also came nearer, thinking she was on with negligent simplicity over her pale the verge of fainting. Her eye was fixed forehead. Her eyes were brilliant, and upon the flushed features of her lover, her cheeks occasionally flushed with and gleamed with radiance. She gently colour. She spoke scarce a word to us, elevated both her arms towards him, as we sat beside her. I gazed at her and he leaned over her. with doubt and apprehension. I was “ PREPARE !” she exclaimed, in a aware that health could not possibly 'low thrilling tone ;-her features beproduce the colour and vivacity of her came paler and paler-her arins fell. complexion and eyes; and felt at a loss She had spoken- she had breathed her to what I should refer it.
last. She was dead! Agnes, love !-How beautiful is the Within twelve months poor N- folsetting sun!” exclaimed ny wife, draw. lowed her; and, to the period of his ing aside the curtains.
death, no other word or thought seemed - Raise me! Let we look at it!" re 10 occupy his mind but the inomentous
As soon as
warning which issued from the expiring “ A cold night, Mynheer," said one lips of Agnes P-, Prepare !
of the boatmen, shrugging his shoulders, I have no mystery to solve, no de- and looking wistfully at the flask, which nonement to make. I tell the facts as was again resorted to. they occurred; and hope they may not “ Yaw!". replied the Hollander, be told in vain!
smacking his lips, and returning the
bottle to his pocket. TO MISS ELIZ. HEMMINGS,
“ A drop of Schedam is no bad comFor the Olio.
panion in such a night," said the boat
man, endeavouring to entice a dram. Fair as the rosy blushing morn
“ Humph!” responded the other. That decks the eastern sky;
“ And would counteract the fog — No foreign aids thy face adorn, To fix the wandering eye.
Hugh-ugh! it has entered my stomach But modesty and meekness fair,
woundily." With innate grace combined,
“ Donner welter,” cried Von DonBeauty and innocence are there
derdonc angrily,“ get on with the boat." In every feature join'd.
"Ho! ho !" quoth the boatmanThy bosom, like the snow-drop, puie, “ Ho! ho!” said another—and “ Ho!
No sorrow sball oppress; Envy herself could not endure
ho!" responded many more in succesSuch virtue to distress,
sion. Myrtilla every art essays
They now energed from the crowd of To lure the unwary breast,
shipping whither they had been proAnd every wanton look displays To rob the youth of rest;
gressing for some time, and proceeded
in silence down the river. The fog apBut tell the vain, deluded fair, Virtue alone hath cbarms!
peared to be clearing away, and the Virtue alone can ease our care,
moon became more and more brilliant ; And baffle love's alarms.
but the more the air brightened, the Continue, then, ah! gentle maid, more intensely grew the cold, until it This heavenly path to run;
got to such a pitch that Mynheer shivered Let no frail thoughts thy breast invade, But female folies shun.
from head to foot, and his nose looked
like burning brimstone. The flask was Beauty's but a verpal flower, The blossom of a day,
applied to, and squeezed to his quiverThat serves to deck an eastern bower, ing lips again and again; but in vainAnd then to fade away.
every drop, every particle was conBut virtue always paints the face sumed ; and it was only now that Von With everlasting hue,
Donderdonc deigned to survey his comAnd gives the form that pleasing grace Which now appears in you.
panions, to see if aught of comfort J. D. NEWMAN. could be extracted from them, for the
cold increased instead of diminishing. THE FLASK OF SCHEDAM. With this design therefore the Hollan
der upraised the front rim of his
slouched beaver, and peered forth his " Yaw! ugh! ugh! a murrain o' little grey piggish eyes, and the perthese fogs--they'll be the death o'me,” sonage on whom they first fell was the quod Mynheer Von Donderdonc, of the boatman whom his angry exclamation goodly city of Amsterdam, who was had silenced. This worthy sat immeshuffling along one cold wintry night diately fronting Von Donderdonc, whose on the Stancen yatcht, through an opaque miserable plight he had been eyeing mist. A long pull at a portly flask fol- with malicious satisfaction. lowed the ejaculation, and the sturdy “A cold night, Mynheer,” said he, Hollander drew his mantle tighter with a most saturnine grin, and resting around him, and trudged along with his oars, he took a vigorous pull from a amended pace. A full moon that had flask of about thrice the bulk of the long been struggling with the dense Hollander's, and returned it to his fog, was now beginning to describe her pocket. Immediately a flask was raised circle somewhat more distinctly, and with one accord as it were to every other threw a grim and hazy light over the lip in the boat. profound black masses of shipping that A bottle of Schedam is a right plealay in the canals. Von Donderdonc sant companion in such a night as this made his way towards a flight of wooden - the water freezes beneath us.” steps at led down to the water's edge, And so in sooth it did, and ice and giving a signal, a boat put off from seemed to crackle and break before the the opposite side, took up the bulky keel, the air darkened too, and it began ollander and rowed away.
FOR THE OLIO.