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suing the route indicated by the father, takes him for her affianced lover, and he passed the castle of Lewenstein in the dances with him until he expires from night, and averted his tearful glance exhaustion. My sister, alas! is a Willis, from the dwelling of her to whom his and I have often beheld her in the moon. affections were indissolubly united. light.”
At the moment that Emelka recovered The old woman would then relate the from the swoon into which she had sufferings of her relative, and Emelka fallen, a message arrived from the mo- felt some alleviation of her own sorrows nastery, to the effect that Gyula had while listening to these strange narbeen carried away by a torrent through ratives. which he had endeavoured to pass, and It was in the spring of the following was drowned.
year, when the Baron of Lowenstein At this intelligence, the maiden be entered, one morning, into his daughter's came dangerously ill, and the Baron, who apartment, introducing the Lord of Zehad no other child, began to experience metreny, whom he presented as her future the pangs of remorse. He lost no time husband. Emelka, with her habitual in sending for a leech, who had the repu- obedience, raised no objection, well knowtation of curing the most difficult dis- ing that all entreaties would be useless, orders; but all the efforts of science and and she therefore appeared resigned to skill were unavailing, for Emelka lan- her fate. The maiden, however, felt the guished and pined away like a flower in hand of death upon her, and prayed to autumn. Winter came, with all its heaven for help. The supplication was rigours. The Baron was often absent, heard, and, day by day, her steps became hunting the wild boar, of which pastime more feeble; the eyes, formerly so beauhe was passionately fond, and it was tiful and brilliant, were lustreless with during one of these excursions he formed weeping, and, on seeing the long, black an intimacy with the Lord of Zemetreny, tresses of hair, almost covering her attewith whom he had long conferences. nuated formn, she might have been likened
During the days of the dreary season, to a skeleton, covered with the mantle of when nothing was heard but the wind the last enemy. She passed away from whistling through the leafless forest, the earth saying to her fathercries of wild fowl, and the rough voices “I pardon you for having removed of the sentinels on the castle walls, Gyula from me!” Emelka would request her nurse, who The loss of his daughter was a terrible was seated at the bedside, to relate some blow to the proud Baron. The violence olden traditions, of which she had a won upon her affections, of which he had been derful store in her memory: the history guilty, filled him with remorse. He and exploits of some noted Hungarian, caused the coffin, containing the remains of a past age, generally being the theme of his child, to be conveyed to a solitary She would also tell of the successes and grotto, and, renouncing the world, abode mischances of love: how the perjured there as a hermit. were always punished by supernatural The misfortunes which had overtaken beings, who issued from the earth to the inmates of the castle of Lewenstein, avenge betrayed love.
spread far and wide, and reached Croatia. Of all these popular stories, Emelka Gyula obtained leave of absence, and preferred one relating to the Willis, immediately departed to visit the spot which the nurse would invariably com- endeared to him by so many tender mence thús :
events. “ The Willis, my dear child, is a maiden “If my life is henceforward but a who dies with the crown of the affianced faded flower," he said to himself. “I upon her brow, and such spirits wander, will, at least, strew with its last leaves unceasingly, about the most unfrequented the spot where my dreams of happiness paths. If by hazard they meet a solitary were first awakened. I will also watch traveller, the youngest of the Willis | by the remains of Emelka, even if the
haughty old Baron should strive to pre. THE CONTROL OF THE AFFEC
TIONS. It was evening when he arrived, after a toilsome journey, under the walls of
A GREAT MAN'S ADVICE TO A YOUNG Lewenstein Castle. Although the winds were stirless in the forest, a singular It was in 1758, long before the War of agitation appeared to prevail amidst the Independence, that Colonel Washingtonfoliage, and mysterious sounds arose as he who was to become the founder of around him. It seemed as if every glade the American Republic was then called was inhabited by some sylph, and that-crossing on military business a ferry of spirits attended upon him, and influenced “the Pamunkey, a branch of the York all his actions. As the clock of the castle River," was stopped by a request to par. sounded the hour of midnight, Gyula re- take of the hospitality of a Mr. Cham. cognised the path on which he was about berlayne, the owner of a domain in Vir. to enter, as one said to be frequented by ginia, where the colonel's name was hothe Willis. A plaintive song presently noured. The strict Washington insisted arrested his attention, followed by the on pressing forward, but the Virginian sound of feet moving in the dance, and Amphityron would take no denial, urging on turning round, he beheld near him a among other temptations that he would group of these singular beings, with long introduce his friend to a young and hair, in which flowers were entwined ; charming widow then beneath his roof. wedding garlands on their heads; and This was a Mrs. Custis (née Dandridge), precious rings, that shone like gleams of aged twenty-six, who had married a genlightning through the darkness, upon tleman who was both a colonel and an their fingers.
eminently successful planter. By his The song rose louder, full of sweetness premature death, Mrs. Custis “found herand melancholy. From the circle of the self at once a very young and among dancers, a maiden, more beautiful and the very wealthiest widows in the colony." languishing than the others, came for- Colonel Washington came to dine, and reward and took the traveller by the hand. mained to woo. He was fascinated by “Emelka," cried Gyula.
the widow, and, marrying her, never She raised him in her arms, and at the lived to repent the step. The new Mrs. touch, which thrilled through his frame, Washington had a step-son, whose son, he passed away in death.
Mr. George Washington Parke Custis, The following morning, on proceeding is the author of certain “Memoirs ” of through the valley, the Baron perceived the great man, just issued, and he and the corpse of the young Squire.
his sister were adopted by Washington. “Pardon me, Heaven," he exclaimed, This young lady, “Nelly Custis,” when raising his eyes imploringly.
sixteen, and after her first ball, had told He bore the inanimate body into the her revered guardian that she cared grotto, near the coffin containing the nothing for “ the youth of the present remains of his daughter, and took his day.” The sound and sensible advice melancholy watch beside them, while, then given by Washington, at that time from that day, he saw often in his President of the United States, to his dreams the apparitions of the young adopted daughter, is of universal applilovers hovering around his hard bed, and cation to those who, as she then was, are gazing upon him with a look of pity and unengaged :consolation.
“ Love is said to be an involuntary
passion, and it is therefore contended that NUMBERS engage their lives and labours, some it cannot be resisted. This is true in part to heap together a little dirt that shall bury them only, for, like all things else, when nouin the end; others to gain an honour that at best rished and supplied plentifully with ali. can be celebrated but by an inconsiderable part of ment, it is rapid in its progress; but let the world, and 18 envied and culumniated by more than it is truly given,
these be withdrawn, and it may be stifled
in its birth or mnch stinted in its growth. be no great departure from truth to say
Betty always dresses fewer potatoes when so-and-so.” My dear wife, after having she expects anybody, and that the quan- been inaccurate, is also unpunctual, and tity diminishes in the proportion that the returns half an hour after time. Dinner company increases; so that if we should is at least an hour delayed altogether; ever attain to a 'large dinner party – and sometimes my business will not perwhich our income has never yet admitted mit of my waiting for it. My Julia of—Betty would probably send us up one always makes out, somehow or other, that potato, or probably half of one. Take the fault entirely lay with myself and eggs again : I am a particular kind of Betty; but this arises, I think, from her man-having lived a bachelor life before temper being a little ruffled by the sense marrying my dear Julia--and I like my of her own little shortcoming. eggs boiled just three minutes, or three Now I will not advert to the stale topic minutes and a half, if they are large. of shirt-buttons. No doubt much petty Now Betty cannot do this. She was chagrin arises from the absence of a but. always making my eggs hard as stones, ton at neck or wrist, when one has just or bringing them up raw; because she enough of time to dress and go to busihad no accurate notion about such an in- ness; and these laundresses are always tricate subject as the boiling of eggs. She divesting one's linen of its buttons could never see that if you put them into (through their want of accuracy); but cold water it was impossible to calculate this shirt-button has been harped on long when to take them out, on account of the enough, and I think married ladies have fire sometimes being brisk enough to heat been so worried on this subject, that I the water quickly, and sometimes slow begin to take their part out of mere pity. enough to heat the water tardily. Poor But there is one thing I wish my wife Betty would plunge the eggs, too, when would remember, and that is to put a she had been warned of the cold water, clean towel on my horse for every used into water in a state of violent ebullition one that she takes away. She takes away and crack all the shells, which were then my towels for the wash quite regularly, brought up free of their contents. I was but I must generally stamp about the at length compelled to have my saucepan room with a dripping face, before I can up into the parlour, and I can now cook get any in return; and then keys have my eggs three hundred and sixty-five to be found, drawers unlocked, Betty has times in the year, without a failure. But to scamper about, before I can be supJulia says, with a roguish sneer, that I plied. I have generally to petition for
a particular accurate man.” soap, too, a day or two before I can obMy dear wife (the best of women) may tain a piece. have a little feeling when she makes these Now, my dear ladies, and my dear remarks—when she says, “Oh! you are Betties, moralists have told you how one in a thousand” — and, “Men are much better things are managed with always twaddling about what they don't order and punctuality than without them understand;" for, between you and me, -how much more easily even. I would I have sometimes to grumble at her, on add that the affairs of a house can also account of her little inaccuracies. When be managed better and with less trouble she goes out before dinner to visit a through the exercise of Accuracy. It is friend, she has generally taken something as easy to make tea and coffee, to boil with her-some bunch of keys, or some- eggs, potatoes, or joints of meat, to roast thing else which Betty ought to have and fiy, and to perform other domestic had-or forgotten to leave out something duties as accurately as not; and it is infor Betty-or neglected to give some finitely more comfortable. Don't say a order to Betty, or to send something in, word about grumbling old married paraccording to promise; so that when I | ties, who have been bachelors; and don't arrive home with an impatient stomach, recriminate. I acknowledge, once for all, dinner is not ready: “Missus did'nt leave that men are worse than women, and out so-and-so,” or, “ Missus forgot to do their faults graver.
tribe that resembles the brittle stars in its ZOOLOGY-No. XI.
power of breaking itself up. This is described so humorously by Professor E.
Forbes, that I use his own words, and refer STAR-FISHES (continued): -- ORDER ECHI- such of my readers as are of opinion it is NODERMATA.
good to be merry and wise,” to his History “In hollows of the tide-worn reef, of British Star-fishes. Left at low water, glistening in the sun, " It is the wonderful power which the Pellucid pools, and rocks in miniature." Luidia possesses, not merely of casting
away its arms entire, but of breaking them The common Cross-fish (Uraster rubens) voluntarily into little pieces with great is plentiful round our shores; and is most rapidity, which approximates it to the generally from eight to twelve inches in Ophiure. This faculty renders the prediameter. I have seen one, measuring servation of a perfect specimen a very diffinearly twelve inches across, taken out of cult matter. The first time I ever took one the stomach of a cod-fish, though by what of these creatures I succeeded in getting it arts of persuasion the cod had induced its into the boat entire. Never having seen victim to fold its arms into a convenient one before, and quite unconscious of its compass for being gulped down, was beyond suicidal powers, I spread it out on a rowing my comprehension. It is sometimes found bench, the better to admire its form and with six rays, and sometimes with only colours. On attempting to remove it for four; and occasionally four rays of the preservation, to my horror and disappointproper size, and one in course of formation; ment I found only an assemblage of refor if an arm be amputated by any casualty, jected members. My conservative endeaanother grows in its stead. It is a common were all neutralized by its destructive opinion among fishermen, when they see exertions, and it is now badly represented one of these animals minus a ray, that the in my cabinet by an armless disc and a loss was sustained in an attempt to take a discless arm. Next time I went to dredge gaping oyster out of its shell, that the on the same spot, determined not to be valves of the shell had closed on the in- cheated out of a specimen in such a way a truding arm, and that the Cross-fish, second time, I brought with me a bucket of finding too late he had “ caught a Tartar, cold fresh water, to which article star-fishes was glad even with the loss of an arm, to have a great antipathy. As I expected, a effect his escape. There is no doubt the Luidia came up in the dredge-a most Cross-fish is injurious to oyster-beds, but in gorgeous specimen. As it does not genea different way. He is said to pout out the rally break up before it is raised above the lobes of his stomach, so as to convert them surface of the sea, cautiously and anxiously into a proboscis, and by means of this in- I sunk my bucket to a level with the strument to apply to the oyster a poisonous | Iredge's mouth, and proceeded in the most or benumbing secretion, after which he can gentle manner to introduce Luidia to the devour the mollusc at pleasure.
purer element. Whether the cold air was When the Cross-fish is brought up in the too much for him, or the sight of the bucket dredge, and thrown on the deck or the too terrific, I know not, but in a moment rowing-bench of a boat, he appears per- he proceeded to dissolve his corporation, fectly helpless. But drop him into a bucket and at every mesh of the dredge his fragof sea-water, and his aspect is soon changed. ments were seen escaping. In despair I Long, slender, white, worm-like bodies are grasped at the largest, and brought up the extended from the under surface of each extremity of an arm, with its terminating arm; as their number increases, you would eye, the spinous eyelid of which opened and almost fancy you were looking at a colony closed with something exceedingly like a of polypes, rather than a remarkable series wink of derision.” of instruments, which serve not only for We now come to the Sea-Urchins, a progression, but also for seizing and over- family in which the rayed appeararice is powering a prey. Each is, in fact, a sucker, different from what it is in the star-fishes. and takes a firm hold of any surface to The form is somewhat globular, occasionwhich it is applied, so that what was before ally depressed, and covered with spines, a helpless looking creature, is soon observed, which are different in different groups. Its marching with an easy gliding motion spiny covering reminds one of that of the across the bottom of the bucket, or even Urchin, and the term Echinodermata, which ascending its perpendicular sides.
is applied to the entire order, does no more There is, however, one species of this I than express in a single term the fact, that