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ployed, but have also pronounced them last from eleven to eight o'clock, thus more trustworthy, more easily managed, allotting nine hours to each relay; a period and, we may add, sooner satisfied with which may be termed long, if considered lower wages. So well pleased, indeed, are positively; or short, when viewed compathey with the result of their experiment, ratively with the twelve or fourteen hours that about thirty more women are now em- of the miserable needlewoman or dressployed at the branch offices, viz., eight at maker. But though the hours these young Charing Cross, two at Fleet Street, two at women are on duty are long, we must not Knightsbridge, etc.; and eventually, there forget that the machines are not always in is no doubt they will fill posts in all the motion, and even when working are far branch offices in England. As you enter from producing fatigue; we noticed many the long room where these young girls are of the girls employing their spare minutes working, the continual clicking of the with knitting pins, light needlework, and needles immediately strikes the ear; and a books. The young girls now working at little observation teaches us that in one Lothbury are chiefly the daughters of small corner London is holding conversation with tradesmen, but several are the children of Liverpool, while in another Manchester is government clerks — Somerset House or receiving a long message from London; Treasury-men-while three or four are the here Temple Bar is discoursing eloquently daughters of clergymen. of deeds and parchment, there Yarmouth is Should the proposed extension of female telling about her fish and shipping. Two clerks to the branch offices be carried out, girls sit at each machine, the one spelling an inestimable boon will be presented to a the words as rapidly as letter succeeds very large and most deserving class of letter, and the other writing it down as women, who, if not gifted with the power the word is pronounced. When the whole of imparting knowledge, have, as is too well of the message is received, it is forwarded known, no resource at present but their to another table, where it is entered, an needle, for obtaining a livelihood. Other abstract made and its number registered; it companies, the Magnetic and the London is then passed on to another table where District Telegraph Companies for instance, another girl prices, seals, folds, and directs (the offices of both which are in Threadthe paper, which is then delivered into the needle Street,) are following the steps of hands of the messenger and despatched to the International, and have already engaged its ultimate destination.

a number of hands, who are now being duly The instrumental clerks earn from eight instructed for their employment. But the to eighteen shillings per week, and the honor and the credit of the movement is superintending clerks from twenty to thirty due to the Electric and International Comshillings. These latter are responsible that pany: nor can we close our paper without no message is unnecessarily delayed, that offering our most grateful thanks to the the papers are properly filled in, and the committeə of that company for the liberal words correctly spelt. The instrumental manner and praetical form in which they clerks are, of course, by far the more have viewed the important question of numerous; they are all young, none being female labor. received into the establishment after their All communications respecting employtwenty-third year, but they may enter as ment may be addressed to Mrs. Craig, Inyoung as sixteen : for, quickness of percep- ternational Telegraph Company, Founders' tion and steadiness of vision being the two Court, E.C.; or she may be seen there any great requisites for this business, it will be Saturday, from two until four o'clock in the readily understood that this training cannot afternoon, by applicants desirous of being commence too early in life. Six weeks is received into the establishment.- Englishconsidered the average time for learning the woman's Journal. fluctuations of the needle, etc., after which period payment for service commences, nor as any fee required for instruction ; but if,

DIFFICULTY is a severe instructor, set over us at the end of two months, the pupil cannot by the supreme ordinance of a parental Guardian conquer the movement of the hands, she is and Legislator, who knows us better than we dismissed as incompetent to master the know ourselves, and he loves us better too. He art.

that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and As the office is obliged to be open twelve sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. hours, there are three staffs, or “relief to an intimate acquaintance with our subject, and guards." The first works from eight to compels us to consider it in all its relations. It ive, the second from nine to six, and the will not suffer us to be superficial.—Burke.

men of humanity- and half-way up the THE MAD BALL.

avenue met Dr. White, coming to meet us. “ WELL, young people, if you intend to It is a strange place, the Asylum; an old come with me to the ball, it is time we grey romantic building, surrounded by fine were away,” said my uncle, to a merry old trees, and beautiful gardens. Once party assembled in the Ecclesford drawing- upon a time it was called Muddelhed Chase, room, one evening in July, 1856.

In those days, however, it was the country Where was the ball to be ? At the Staf- residence of an old family, who afterwards fords'? No. At Stonebrook ? No. At the got into debt, and managed, somehow, to grand old manorial hall, which had been lose by degrees all their lands; the house in the family of Sir Henry Leigh for time went last, and was bought for an asylum. immemorial? No; it was at none of these. But it had still the air of an old manorWas it the county ball at the assembly, house. I suspect the old family ghosts did rooms over at N- No; for that had not quit the hall with their descendants, taken place some time ago, and two mar- 'but preferred to remain in the old place, like riages had been the consequences of it. cats; for it was whispered in the neighThen where was this mysterious ball to be bourhood, that, on quiet nights, strange, held?

wild, unearthly sounds might still be heard AT LITTLE MUDDELHED ASYLUM !!

issuing from that western tower, where it

was said that the bad Sir Ralph killed his Now, reader, do not turn away uncredu- brother. dulously, for I can assure you it is quite We crossed the flower-garden, and came true. I do not mean, of course, that invi- round by the lime-trees at the end of the tations were issued by the inmates of the shrubbery to the turf in front of the house. Asylum to the elite of the neighbourhood. As I looked up at the turrets, dim and inThe ball was among themselves; but my distinct in the gathering gloom, I thought uncle happened to know the resident phy- of Maud comingsician, and it was by his invitation that we

“Glimmering through the laurels, were going to Little Muddelhed on this At the quiet evenfall, occasion, to act the part of spectators.

In the garden, by the turrets There was a general rush for bonnets and Of the old manorial hall.” shawls, and away we started. How well I The Doctor led us through the porch, up remember that pleasant summer evening a long flight of steps, into a room where we walk! Uncle and aunt led the way, fol- took off our bonnets; froin whence again lowed by the rest of us, in scattered groups; we proceeded up long flights of stairs, and the boys, wild with fun, running about and innumerable passages, till we entered a teasing cousin Ellie about her hat—a recent large corridor, at the further end of which arrival from London, which she had now was the ball-room. At our first entrance put on for the first time. I was a little my eyes were dazzled with the blaze of behind, with Charles Grey, and-yes, and light which they encountered. As they reCousin Harry, for I remember his saying covered, I began to perceive that the hall to me

was beautifully decorated with flowers—the "I saw the branches of the tree

work, we were told by the Doctor, of the Bend down, thy touch to meet;

inmates themselves. There were rows of The clover blossoms on the grass, Rise up to kiss thy feet ;"

benches round the room, on which those

patients who were not dancing were seated. and Charlie's overhearing him, and saying, of course, no one was allowed to be present laughingly, that the party spoken of in that who was not quiet and well-behaved. They poem was on her way to church, whereas I were at a quadrille when we entered. The was on my way to a lunatic asylum-a fact steps of some of the dancers were certainly which was certainly natural enough, but rather peculiar, and several grotesque which rendered the verse inappropriate. figures caught my eye; whilst among them,

The distance between Ecclesford and the on the other hand, there were very many Asylum seemed very short that night. The persons whom no one would have believed air was so cool and pleasant after the heat to be insane, they were so self-possessed of the day, and the perfume of the wild and quiet. We had not been many moroses in the hedges so sweet, that I felt ments in the room, when a good-looking, quite sorry when we reached the lodge gate, gentlemanly man came up, and made some and Harry had to stop the old ballad he was observation to my uncle. I did not hear repeating to me. We were let in by an old what he said, but my uncle smiled, and porter-such a curious shrivelled-up speci. I entered into conversation with him. They very much.


talked on different subjects—the state of the No, my dear young ladies, it is quite country, &c., &c. After some time my true; he threatens to strike any one who uncle was called away, and the gentleman ventures to touch him, he is so afraid of advanced to me, and asked me how I liked being tarnished.” the ball. I thought he had mistaken me There was a girl whom I watched for a for some one else, but I did not like to tell long time. She was standing leaning him so, and simply answered, that I liked it against the opposite wall, looking dreamily

“Yes,” said he, “it is plea- at a bouquet in her hand. She could not sant to see the poor people enjoying them have been more than seventeen, and was selves. But, speaking of asylums, did you very pretty, with a soft melancholy expreso ever hear thé story of the lunatic who had sion on her sweet face. Her hair fell round escaped from one, and was walking across her neck in long thick curls; she was the country, when he came to a large build- simply and tastefully dressed. I called ing. He stopped, and asked a man who was Dr. White's attention to her, and asked if passing, what it was. • A mad-house, Sir,' she was really a patient. There came a was the reply. You're wrong, then, my shade over his benevolent face as he looked man,' said the lunatic, 'for it's not the at her, and replied, “ Yes, poor thing, she house that's mad, but the people that are in is.” At that instant she raised her eyes,

And, laughing at his own story, the perceived us, crossed over quickly to the gentleman left me. " Who is that?” asked place where we were standing, and said, in 1, of Dr. White; “surely he is not a a low, quick voice, “If you please, Dr. patient?"

White, I must go to B-to-night; I “Indeed he is, and has some very odd must, indeed.” notions. But here comes our Queen.“What, my dear? would you go away,

Up came a woman wonderfully dressed, and leave us ?" said he, in his kind, fatherly with a large red turban wound round her way. head. She shook hands with the Doctor in She laid her small hand on his arm, the most empressé way.

looked up in his face, with a wistful look in “I hope your Majesty is well, to-night,” her large eyes, and said, “I will be very said he, with a low bow. "I have taken sorry to leave you all, but I must go." the liberty of bringing a few friends to see “But it is too late, to-night; won't you you."

wait for another day de She turned to us with a most condescend- “Very well, I'll go to-morrow;" and she ing air, saying, “I am always happy to see walked back to her former position. any friends of yours, Doctor White;" and “Oh, surely she will get well,” said I taking the slice of cake which she held in “wont she?" her hand, she broke it into minute frag- He shook his head gravely. Oh, how ments, and handed one to each of us, with that sad sweet face haunted me all the a gracious smile. Then she turned, and evening! In whatever part of the room I

was, I could not help turning, again and “That is Mary, Queen of Scots ! I can again, to look at the slight, drooping figure, assure you, young ladies, we are very aris- of that poor young girl. tocratic here. That man leaning yonder is “I will show you another lovely face,” James the Second; he is in a bad humour to said the Doctor, leading me up the room. night, for his rival monarch, Queen Mary, "There, look at that lady seated in the armis monopolizing the public attention." chair.''

At that moment some one touched me, “ That old lady, with the silver hair? and, looking round, I saw an old woman Oh, what a very beautiful face! How like with what seemed to be a large tower on it is to that picture of the Madonna, at her head, composed of layers of caps of dif- Ecclesford, though, of course, older look. ferent kind. She pointed to where the ing." queen was, talking to some of her subjects, “Her's is a strange history. She is and said, in a tone of the most supreme happy and contented here, for she has quite contempt, “ Look at her, she is quite mad!” lost her memory. It would be a blessed

“Do you see that man crossing the room thing, if that poor young woman you saw on tiptoe ?” said the Doctor, smiling. “He were like her, in that respect.” thinks that he is made entirely of silver, Soon after this, Uncle made a move to and walks carefully, lest he should break leave, and we were retiring from the ballhimself.”

room, when that girl came up, and, placing "Oh, Doctor White! are you not im- her flowers in my hand, turned quickly posing on us?”

away, before I could thank her. I have

sailed away.

them away:

those flowers still, I could not have thrown | Ellie caught my hand; her face was very

white, and her lips pressed close together. Cousin Ellie and I were a little in advance Nearer and nearer came that slow step up of the others. She was telling me some in the stairs. There was only one short flight teresting facts about the patients, when she between us now. suddenly stopped, and looked round her. Suddenly, we heard voices and rapid foot

66 Amy! where are we?as young ladies steps below. Another moment, and the always say, when recovering from faints. Doctor came running up, followed by Uncle “Surely, this was the flight we came up-, and Harry. The madman stopped, and and yet I don't remember that stained turned towards them. The Doctor looked window; do you?”

at him; and then, putting his arm in his, “No; I think we have gone wrong; let led him away; us go along this passage. I think I heard “Girls, girls, what did you mean by run, the voices of the others there, a few moments ning away? A pretty chase you have led ago."

us, ,said 'Uncle, as soon as he could speak. “How stupid of me, to forget my way! But, poor dears, how white you look! Come along.

Ellie, take my arm, child. Harry, take And so, away we went, up one stair and care of Amy." down another, as soon as we came to the What a storm of questions, reproaches, end of the passage, entering another the caresses, were showered upon Ellie and me, very same in appearance. We were getting when we joined the rest; and how glad we quite bewildered and frightened. What if were to get fairly outside the porch, out one of those doors should open, and some into the fresh air again. furious madman pounce upon us? This I quite forgot about the fright, in a very was a most uncomfortable idea. What short time, listening to all that Harry had were we to do? Where was the clue by to tell me about the insane, and how difwhich we were to escape from this per ferently they were treated now from what plexing labyrinth? At last we came to a they were in the days of chains and scourgpause, and looked at each other in silence. ing. But we did not talk all the time

“I think we are too far down; let us go about mad people. It was very pleasant up that long flight,” said Ellie, at length. walking home through the quiet lanes, be

Up we went, till we could go no further, neath the dark blue sky, where the tiny for the flight terminated in a broad landing stars sat smiling at us from their golden place. “What are we to do now, Ellie ? thrones. I remember that as we were crossShall I knock at that door?” said I, going ing the bridge, and looking down at the forward to it.

moonbeams playing on the quiet water, a “Stop, Amy-I hear a step below;" and nightingale broke forth into a flood of song she looked down. “Oh, Amy, look! look !" from the branches of the weeping willow on

I looked quickly, and saw, standing be- the river side. I don't know that I would low, one of the patients whom I had noticed have remembered this, unless Harry had in the ball-room, and in whose eyes I had spoken about it. remarked especially a strange wild light, So we reached home, and I put my flowers peculiar to the insane.

carefully in water. I lay long awake that We stood motionless, watching him. He night. 'I felt almost ashamed of being so was standing as if uncertain whether to happy, when I compared my bright future turn to the left, or come up the stairs which with the future of that poor young girl. led to us. At the moment, as Ellie stooped over the bannisters, one of her hair-pins Last year, when I visited Ecclesford, I dropped from her head, and fell with a asked Aunt if she was still there, and Aunt tinkling sound on the stone at his feet. He told me that she had died some weeks looked up, saw us, and then began slowly before. to ascend, looking stealthily at us from "Sleep sound, beloved, we sometimes say, time to time with his glittering eyes.

But have no power to charm away Ellie flew to the door behind her, and Sad dreams, that through the eyelids creep; knocked. No answer. She knocked again But, never doleful dream again -louder-louder-still there was no sound

Shall break the happy slumber, when within. She turned the handle, and then

He giveth His beloved sleep." shook it with all her strength. The door was locked!

THERE is this difference between hatred and We could do nothing now but await his pity: pity is a thing often avowed, seldom felt; coming. I stood fascinated with terror. I hatred is a thing often felt, seldom avowed.




TRALIAN GOLD. LORD Loudon, lieutenant-general in the service of King George, and colonel of a In January, 1849, a shepherd went to regiment of Highlanders, being at Inver- Mr. Charles Brentani's shop at Melbourne, ness, with about two thousand regular and offered for sale a piece of quartz, thickly troops, the Prince Charles intended to await interspersed with gold. “A great many the arrival of the other columns before questions were naturally asked, and, in approaching nearer to that town. In the reply, he described himself as a shepherd mean time, Lord Loudon formed the project upon a station in the Pyrenees, in which of seizing, by surprise, the person of the locality he had picked up the gold; he Prince, who could have no suspicion of any added that he knew where there was plenty attempt of the kind, conceiving himself in more to be procured. Mr. Brentani obperfect security at Moy; and his lordship tained the assistance of two working would bave succeeded in this design, but for jewellers, Duchene and Forrester, and had the intervention of that invisible Being who a proper assay made. The mass was found frequently chooses to manifest his power, to be pure gold, and the shepherd, who in overturning the best contrived schemes gave his name as Chapman, was sent for of feeble mortals. His lordship, at three and fed and clothed by Mr. Brentani, who o'clock in the afternoon, posted guards and listened in amazement to the description a chain of sentinels, all around Inverness, which was given by his lodger of the auriboth within and without the town, with ferous regions of the Pyrenees. Excited positive orders not to suffer any person to by dreams of treasure, he planned an expeleave it, on any pretext whatever, or what- dition that, in company with the lucky ever the rank of the person might be. He shepherd, should proceed to the spot. The ordered, at the same time, fifteen hundred party left Melbourne with the utmost men to hold themselves in readiness to secrecy, taking with them a dray which march at a moment's warning; and having they proposed to fill with gold. M. Duassembled this body of troops without noise, chene returned to Melbourne some time and without alarming the inhabitants, he after; it appeared that his more knowing put himself at their head, and instantly set companions had, according to his statement, off, planning his march so as to arrive at given him the slip, not desiring that he the castle of Moy at eleven o'clock at night. should share in their good fortune; but

While some English officers were drinking this account did not appear satisfactory to in the house of Mrs. Bailly, an innkeeper in Mrs. Brentani, who seemed to have a Inverness, and passing the time till the pretty good guess of the errand her husband hour of their departure, her daughter, a had gone out upon, and in her alarm for girl of about thirteen or' fourteen years of his safety, she charged Duchene with age, who happened to wait on them, paid having taken away his life; and, to save great attention to their conversation, and himself, he made a full disclosure of all the from certain expressions dropped from them, particulars. So far from allaying the terror she discovered their designs. As soon as of Mrs. Brentani, these facts only increased this generous girl was certain as to their it, and Duchene, who was a Frenchman, intentions, she immediately left the house, would most likely have been incarcerated escaped from the town, notwithstanding the upon the charge of murder had not Brentani vigilance of the sentinels, and took the road and the party opportunely returned. The to Moy, running as fast as she was able, public curiosity was naturally excited by without shoes or stockings, which to ac- the strange disclosures which had been celerate her progress she had taken off, in made, but all inquiries for a while were order to inform the Prince of the danger avoided. The party, however, had picked that menaced him. She reached Moy, quite up two large nuggets weighing upwards of out of breath, before Lord Loudon; and the twenty ounces each. But the most extraPrince with difficulty escaped, in his robe- ordinary part of the affair was, that Chapde-chambre, nightcap, and slippers, to the man had disappeared. How, or under what neighbouring mountains, where he passed circumstances, it is impossible to say, as the the night in concealment. This dear girl, whole story is involved in mystery. That to whom the Prince owed his life, was in the gold was found in the place indicated great danger of losing her own from her by him appears certain, and it is to this excessive fatigue on this occasion; but by strange individual, therefore, that we are the care and attentions she experienced, her indebted for it-but he never again reaphealth was re-established.

peared on the public stage.

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