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At the end of one of the walks, fixed against the wall, was long stick with a varrow strip of white linen altached to the upg per end of it. A young lemale of prepossessmg appearance was walking up and down before it, and every lime she passed, she gave an anxious look at the lille vane us it Butlered in the wind, My conductress, seeing that I looked for an explanation, related
me the history, briel as melancholy, of the young person, She had been wooed and won big a lieutenant of a But the match was disapproved out by her relatives, who used ibeir Ilmost endeavours lv break it off. When ever hinten eller failed to sverre lier from her determination, the parents' consent was reluce tantly given. At the important period the ship in which he was jatud, was ordered off to a foreigti station, at i week's youice, and being unable to procure bis discharge he was compelled to defer the multiage until his returi. At the end of three
of wis arrival in the charmel, and the faithfui, happy girl counted the hours as they few. But her joy was soon damped; strong casterly winds kepi the ship froin ber destination, and ailer heating about for many days she was driven upon the Irish coast, ju a beavy gale, and every soul on board perished. The fatal news Wits concealed from the poor girl as long as possible'; when it was wid the slock proved too great lur her anxious and sena silive mind, and Bedlam was the consequence. She bowerer lived on in a comparitively happy state, still bolding the belief ibat ber Jover was baling about the mouth of the channel, and hee, iug an unceasing walch upon ber tiny weathercock 10 uole any change in the wind.
1. another corner of the garden, under the shade of a fine lavender tree, was Staud a lemale in a loose while lobe. Her long auburn hair was hanging carelessly round her with a few flowers woven amongsi il. On one side of her was a low mound of earth, besprinkled with daisies, and surmounted by a small wooden cross. The young creature was too deeply engaged gazing at the inde cross and the wild fowers, 10. nouce our approach, and when, after standing a while' by lier side, she did perceive us, it was with a long and vacant siare, as though in a trance.-She hud married early and well, and lived for a year or (wo in affius, ent happiness. Of a highly excitable and sensitive disposition, her passions, whether of good or of evil, carried her along far from the paths of reason, and brooked not control. In ihe present in stance the full ide of her feverish, womanly affections swept her heart in its mighly course, towards one only object, her husband. In him, and on him ber cherished all of happiness was placed, the exclusion of every other objeci, every
other duty. He was ber mind's duty, her heari's idol; and while she lived and loved in his presence alone, she seemed to wish to thank of bouglıl else, whether of this world or the next.
Her deep passion grew deeper with ume, and made ber negleci first her friends, ihen her only child, and lastly her God. The voice of religion was drowned in die ravings of an inordiuale affection. Bu a leare
She was very
fnt punishment was at hand. Her child sickened and died. She beaded it not, and clung the closer to her husband. Al lası he was seized with fever and it was only ihen that some faive idea of her real condition gleamed upon her. Sull her whole mmd was absorbed in him alone. It is true she prayed for his recovery, bunt in a wild and fearlel manner, without faith, and therefore without hope. He died, and with him perished her reason. ineffensive in her madness i bich wok rathet a childish turn. Her chief delight appeared to be sitting and watching the fowers that grew upon the little moond which she called his grave, whilst she would at brokon intervals chant some soft love-dirty which he bad · been fond of in happy, bre-gone days. There wee times, however, wlien reason partly returned, and she would then sit, weeping and praying for hours togeihei. She was in such a mood when we vie sited lier, and upon niy gnide asking what she was about she burst intó lears and pointed to the flowers and the cross. Then suddenly drying her eves she wook iny band in hers and asked had I evet logeil." “Vind" she added, “o should you ever bare a young and heatiful wise, let hij not carry away your setiðr's, lest you should in learing all for her, luse all in her. I loved this once:- but I'm pernislied or it, and have not only this little cross and these few daisies to look at and love. I sometimes look at the prelty flotters so long that I faner I see his features in them: and then thet will change, and the flowers stare, and grin at me like fiends and devils—so horribly—as is in mockery. and vet I gaze on, hopiny once more to his beanulol face. And then at vighi, while I am asleep and dreaming, little angels come and the grave to frighten away the devils, and in the morning i find their tears glittering like pearls and diamonds, in the daisies.cups, and then I can't belp crying, and my tears are mixed with theirs."
Leaving the poor widow we passed several groups of females amusing themselves in a variety of ways, and of whose mouincul histories my conduciress gave me some particulars One rather elderly lady, was of free.clio extraction and had been berest of reason on bearing of her parents' death by the guillotine. Another, almost
child, had become idiotic through a fright received from some joke played upon her hy her si hool-lellows. Several bad lost their reasot during violent levers, and there were others who had been seized with a melancholy madness frurn disappointed love.
In a sequestered nook of the garrlen where there was not flower or a shrub to be seen, and where even the trees had unhealthy look from the poorness of the soil, sat a roung girl of rather interesting appearance, whose features bore marks of deep and settled melancholy:
Her hands were folded across her hosom, and her eyes were rivetted mpon the gronnd. We stood hr her side for some minutes, but finding ourselves nonoticed, passed on. of good famils, she had been bronght up in the lap of luxury and grity, and had received a first-rate educativn, of which howo erer, as is but too frequently the case, religion formed no portion..
And when at an early age she lost both her parents, she fonnd herself without comfort and consolation, in the charge of gnardi. ans as austere and bigoted as her parents had been frivolous and irreligious. Rigorous followers of Calvin, they viewed with pious horror the state of their ward's mind, and from the day she came into their house, bowed duwn as the young thing was by her tecent surrows, she was ašsailed by long and gloomy orations. Thes inught her that religion was a fearful, annihilatory creed, that the Deity was a revengeful and alınost relentless being, and thal Christ was the Redeemer of a favored sew selected from all eterniiy. Day alter day were these dark teneis insuilled into her lender, unsuspecting healt: it is not to be wondered at that the girl was seized with a spiritual dread, and that her slate of excitement from sorrow and tear, threw ber into a fever. For weeks the poor chili raved of a dark eternity, of fearful spirits and of never-ending torments : no hope lit up her pale hectic franres; -110 smile played upon her parched lips, and she seemed siuking rapidly into her grave. But it was not so. A strong constitution carried her through all her bodily sufferings, and at length the lever left her, though her mind's hvalık was gone past recovery. A vic:im 10 bigotry, returning health found her a mania: of the worst, because most incurable, description, silent and gloomy. She cunVersed with no one, took no exercise and seemed absorbed in the contemplation of some lei rible thing.
Wbilst those around her sported and laughed, forgetting their madness, she was buried deep in the horrors of her condition, without one glimmermy of light to cheer the darkness withili. Surely the murderers of the mind bare as fearful a thing to answer for, as the slayers of the body.
Returning towards the building by another way, my friend pointed out to nie a patient silling on ihe edge of a little plot of grass, and amusing herself by leaping up the round pebbles on the path. She was more than ordinarily pretty, and there was a bright flash in her large, durk eje,
which indicated a villed and sensitive mind. It was one of those but ivo common tales of sorrow, She added another to the long list of the victims of man's deceit and vileness. Possessed of a warm heart, she had in her early days given her affections to one who was alterly unworthy of ihem. When her disgrace was known, albongh ihe youngest and favorite child, her proud parents shut their hearts and their dours against her. They saw only her fault, aud beeded not the frailty of their common nature. The family was respectable, and they thought it more consistent with their standing that she should wander through the streets, a houseless, friendless fugitive, than detile their hearth with her presence. Scorned and slinned by friends, as an unclean thing, ihe poor girl louk shelter beneath the root of an old servant of the family. Undanned by her helpless condition, and determined not to be a barthen to her humble friend, she sought, when well, employment as a daily teacher of music and drawing. It was a cold and cheer. jess lask; almost trodden under loot by those who bongbt her
bervices for a few shilings a month : living on the coarsest fare, and clad in the most hurnble manner, she repined not, but only thought of how much bread she had earned, of how much more toil she would endure for independance, and of what the future bad in store for her. Her's was truly a lile of pain and penance, and oh! if sufferings and privations cheerfully and meekly endured, ever brought down forgiving smiles from Heaven, surely her humble couch must have been watched over by angels of love and pity! But if spirits of peace wept over her "sorrows and rea pentance, man, pharisaical, heartiess man, had not one cold lear for ber. Her relatives saw her strength lail and her health decline, but there was no shadow of relentiny. Vice forsooth, minst not be encouraged, and while her known deceiver way received into the best circles, she, the woman and the weak victim, was spat upon and loathed as a vile creature.
She had sisters, young and beautiful as herself; sisters that should have wiped away her" tears, hent over her sorrowful couch and smiled away a part, at least, of her woe. But they were not nedir her. Oh, no, they must not be so much as seed with her, or their characa ters wonld be lost for ever. She had brothers too, young men that passed well will the world. One went regularly 10 church, and as he knelt devoutly on bis velvet cushion, listel up his eyes, and thanked bis God that he was not vile as his sister ; the other, once a roue, thought as little of her, for the subject reminda ed him too strongly of his own gav life; her name was a repro ich to him. Happily for her, we may sav, privations and sorsows proved 100 mnch for her, and after a lingering illness sbe Was wansferred trom Saint George's to Bethlehem Hospital,
(To be continued.)
Thou who hadst nothing in thy bright career
Equal 10 ty good toruline, save the day
A god-like man, and lo, the monplains they
Did bow their heads to thee, and made a way
Thy simple wish, the elements obey,
The rain doth cease, the wind no more is heard,
The sun announced thee on it's radiant car,
And Europe leared ihee wliile her sous admired,
Went shaking itongh the world, it's centre fired,
Where ihy chaotic breath 'ere it expired,
Mocked the rich spoils of monarchs, and attired
In them while borne up by thy warrior crew,
Men of all sects, for they were broihers born,
Upon their rival altars lit a flame,
Preserve," said ibey "he conqneror 10 whose namo
And to the glory beil, to thy lame,
They added itris, "O!God thy blessings pour " On him who rules a people free for evermore.
• This is in allusion to the singularly fine weather which always attended his féle days and festivals, even in the midst of the winter months. -ED. C. M.