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what matters that? When she opens her mouth the very stones dance, as they did of old round the virtuous Amphion, who, by the bye, must have had an enormous organ of music. No one enquires whether Nightingales are humpbacked-hey? - and as my Edward has certainly no occasion to look for personal beanty:

Car.- But I am afraid—your son could never' endore such skeleton

Rick. He is a fool. What is written in the Bible All Aesh is hav- Is it not ?

Car.. Yes--but it must however have been : once grass.

Riick.—You would do me a great favor, if you could peřstade him to marry.

Car.-I? Riick.–Yes-you are his bosom friend.—What do you think? how would it be, if, in order 10 bave more trequent opportunities of talking to him about marriage, you were both to sleep in the same room ?

Car.-If it is your wish.
Ruck.-You must not take it ill.
Car.- Not at all. Quite the contrary.
Riick.- Perhaps you are

not accustomed to sleep in the same ♡ room with another person ?

Car.- I have been obliged to accustom myself to it lately.

Rick.-Delightful! Now I beg you'll represent marriage as a delicious' ibing to him.

Car.-I'll do my very best,

Rick.How would it be if you were to give him a good example ?

Riick.-Yes, yes, if you were to marry yourself?
Car.–Why it a good match were to offer.

Riick.--A good match! what do you mean by a good match,
Car.-Oh no,

0—that I don't want-I am rich enough. Riick.---Organs then ?

Car.---I require only true love and fidelity---On other points I am easily satisfied.

Rück.---Hark you, Mr. Von Hellstern, if you require nothing more, I can supply you with thoso. Car.---Oh if

you wonld do ibat ! Riick.---You please me so much, and you have such an ex.



cellent skull, that it rcally would give me great joy to be very Dearly connected with you.

Car.---If you were but serious.

Rick.---I really am. When that anonymous rascal wrote me word that you were

woman and married to my son | actually did not know whether I should be angry or wheiher 1 should con.. gratulate mysell.

Car.---Oh you inspire me with courage to confess.

Rick.---Bit I may still have the bappiness of seeing my family increased by you ? hey ? Car.---You would really have no objection ?

Ruck.---Not the slightest. On the coutra ry 1 propose the match to you myself

Car.---And if it were alıcady concluded ?
Rick.. - Impossible.
Car.--- But if.

Riick.--- In this short time? You must be a conjuror then ! you bave only seen the girl at dinner.

Car.--- (sturls) The girl ?

Riick ---The girl ? Why yes, my daughter. I have only one girl in the house.

Car.---(recovers herself) Exactly so.
Riick.---And you have already concluded a match with her!

Car.---Why not quite concluded, but all preparations made by : glances.

Riick.--- Indeed! 1 remarked nothing at all. But certainly it is only maternal sentinels who observe such glances, and call out immediately---Who's there? Well so much the better--- If the girl pleases you.

Car ---Oh she is the most charming

Ruck.- She has a pretty face. A liule sert, but in other res. pects a very good child. Nature has certainly not gisted her weib well developed organs.

Car.–As I said, I require but little.

Ruck.-The love of offspring is there, for that I pledge myself and besides that a little of ihe organ of number. She will be able to

manage the household acconipts very well. She is not deficient in the organ of firmness eillier, nearly all women have that, namely obstinacy.

Car.-It generally depends upon the husband however to dis pose that to good purposes.

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Ruck. Ýes if the husband always had the organ of acnteness. Car.-Oh in this mailer he only needs gentleness and love.

Ruck.—The organ of love! ha! ba! ha! You are an arcb rogne Mr. Van Hellstern. But you are right. We are agreed then upon the principal points. It is true I cannot give you a fortune with my daughter. But the property she'll inherit after my deach. She may then vie with a princess were she even

as then even the 20 Lacedæmonians who fought at Thermopylze I will also give you in my will permission to cnt of my owth bead. It really is, without boasting, by no means a bad one.

Car.--You overwhelmi me with kindness.
Ruck.- Not at all, for when I am dead, I care no more about

skull. Bat should you die first, I stipulate that I may cnt off your head.

Car..--)t is at your service.

Rịück.- Done. I'll call my daughter, we will strike the iron while it is bot.



Capitál! Í am the son's wife, and I am to be the daughter's busbarid! I think the girl will get me out of the dilen ma herself. She is eighteen years old, pretty and consequently not without an ada piirer. If however she has vone slie music be tormented a little, lor not w have turned some man's brains at eighteen is a crime against divine love.



Riick.—Come along, come! You shall know directly what is the maiter. Do you see Mr. Von Hellstern ihere? How does he please you?

Em.--I only know him as my brother's friend, and as such i esteem him highly.

Rijck.--And he deserves it a hundred times more than your Mr. Vou Bombeck. Why you can recognize his organ loi music ten

paces off.

Em.-It will afford me pleasure is lie will accompany me pow and then.

Riick.-Yes, yes, he will accompany you, that is to say, to the allar and from itence to the bride-chamber.

Em..--My dear Fatlier-
Riick.---And afterward you may sing together as much as you please.
Em.---I trust-

Riick.---That I am only jesting---10, no,---it is my fixed purpose. Bow to your betrothed.

Cur - The kind glances which you cast at me during dinner lead me to hope that my proposals are not altogether unwelcome to you,

Em.- How Sir ? ( cast glances al you, and those kind glances? Rick.-lYome, dont deny it. I know all -- you need not be ashamed of them. You hear that I give my consent.

Em.--My dear Father, I do not even know the gentleman yet.

Riick.--Yon have only to feel his skull, and you will know him through and through. Now you may

see what advantages my. system conters. Wlvever in Milure is deceived in his choice of a wile has nobody but laimself to ļhank lor it. I am ouly afraid that some scuundrels will soon bring wigs into fashion again to bide their bad organis.

Car.-You know, my dear Father, that even if the gentleman were made up of organs of music from head to loot I can never be his.

Rijck.---There you have it ---the obstinacy

Car.---That does not discourage me in the least. I'll bet that belore evening the young lady sinks in my arous.

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Ed... There is a police officer standing rithont who desires to know wbether it is true that you have accused of theft an iuno

man who offered himself for your service ? Rick..--The fellow who was with ine carly this morning ? Certainly. He is a thief. He steals like a raven. 1 advised him.19 bave himself locked up or he would soon conue to the gallows

Ed.---Did he steal anything join you?
Riick.-.-What? No.
Ed.---Have you any proof then ?

Riick.---An organ of thest as large as a cabbage-stock ; is nog that proof enough?

Ed.---The police, it would seem, have not yet thorongbly com. prehended the new system ---Tibe man has complained, and has proved that he has been an honest tellow all his life---Allahu know him wituessed in his beball, and I'am afraid you will be obliged to pay a fiue of 50 duilars. Ruck.-Not even

a rope
will I

pay for to hang the rascal with. Where is the police-officer? If the man lias only a reasonable skull, why he will clearly see (exit quickly.)

Ed.-I must follow him, for it the officer should unfortunately be broad or Aal headed, my father is likely enongh to insult him al so (exit.)



Car.–And so you won't marry me?


Car.–Very decided. But it is not possible that you can be


Ein. You have a great deal of confidence in your worthy person.

Car.-What have you to except to in my person Am I ugly, am I slupid ? *Em.-If I must be sincere, I find you are intolerably vain.

Car.-Don't you know that now-a-days, it is allowable for every one to be conscious of his accomplishments ? Aud that modestys is only a miserable negative vulue ?

Em.-Pardon me. I had an old Governess who anxiously clung to the notions current in the middle of the last century.

Car.-I'll soon cultivate your mind. You must know that I have just left the universily, whicre I studied philosophy, of course the newest, conseqnently i despise everything, particularly people who have had the illis fortune to be buna lwenty years before my sua

I am a poet lov, and my rhymes ring us luud as the bell of an Italian mule. In society I know everything best; at the Theaure, I hiss; and am not fit for any employineut. What worë would you require!

Em.-I really do admire you !

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