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AN INCIDENT IN THE LIFE OF
Rufus Rugsdale. In the midst of the hilaWASHINGTON.
rity, the sound of a cannon burst suddenly
upon the ear, startling the guests, and susAs the barge gained the oppo- pending the dance. Washington and the site bank, one of the rowers leaped ashore, officers looked at each other with surprise, and made it fast to the root of a willow but their fears were quickly dispelled by which hung its broad thick branches over Rugsdale assuring them that it was only a the river. The rest of the party then discharge of ordnance in honour of his dislanded, and, uncovering, saluted their com- tinguished visitors. The joy of the moment mander, who respectfully returned their was again resumed; but the gloom of suscourtesy, By ten o'clock you may expect picion had fallen upon the spirit of Washme," said Washington. "Be cautious, ington, who now sat in moody silence apart look well that you are not surprised. These from the happy throng. A slight tap upon are no times for trifting.” “Depend upon his shoulder at length roused him from his us,” replied one of the party. “I do," he abstraction, and looking up he perceived responded, and bidding them farewell, de- the person of the Indian standing in the parted along the banks of the river. bosom of a myrtle-bush close to his side.
That evening a party was to be given at “Ha! again here!” he exclaimed with the house of one of his old and valued astonishment; but she motioned him to be friends, to which he, with several other silent, and, kneeling at his feet, presented American officers, had been invited. It was him with a bouquet of flowers. Washington seldom that he participated in festivity, more received it, and was about to place it in his especially at that period, when every mo breast, when she grasped him firmly by the ment was fraught with danger: neverthe-arm, and pointing to it, said in a whisper less, in respect to an old acquaintance, “Snake! snake!” and the next moment backed by the solicitations of Rufus Rugs- mingled with the company, who appeared dale, he had consented to relax from the to recognise her as one well known and toils of military duty, and honour the party, esteemed. for a few hours, with his presence. After Washington regarded the bouquet with continuing his path for some distance, along wonder; he saw nothing in it to excite his the river's side, he struck off into a narrow suspicion; her words and singular appearroad, bordered thicklywith brushwood, ance had, however, sunk deeply into his tinged with a thousand dyes of departing heart, and looking closer upon the nosegay, summer-here and there a gray crag peeped to his surprise he saw a small piece of paper out from the foliage, over which the green in the midst of the flowers. Hastily he ivy and scarlet woodbine hung in wreathy drew it forth, and confounded and horrordalliance; at other places, the arms of the stricken read — “Beware! you are bechestnut and mountain ash met in leafy trayed!” fondness, and cast a gloom, deep almost as It was now apparent that he was within night, Suddenly a crashing among the the den of the tiger, but to quit it abruptly branehes was heard, and like a deer a young might only draw the consummation of Indian girl bounded into the path, and treachery the speedier upon his head. He stood full in his presence. He started back resolved, therefore, to disguise his feelings, with surprise, laid his hand upon his sword and trust to that Power which had never
- but the Indian only fell upon her knee, forsaken him. The festivities were again placed her finger on her lips, and, by a sign renewed, but almost momentarily interwith her hand, forbade him to proceed. rupted by a second sound of the cannon. “What seek you, my wild flower?" said The guests now began to regard each other the general. She started to her feet, drew with mistrust, while many and moody were a small tomahawk from her belt of wam- the glances cast upon Rugdale, whose counpum, and imitated the act of scalping an tenance began to show symptoms of unenemy--then again waving her hand as easiness, and ever and anon he looked from forbidding him to advance, she darted into the window out upon the broad green lawn the bushes, leaving him lost in amaze- which extended to the river, as if in expecment.
tation of some one's arrival. “ There is danger," said he to himself, " What can detain them?" he muttered after a short pause, and recovering from his to himself. “ Can they have deceived me? surprise. “That Indian's manner betokens Why answer they not the signal" At me no good, but my trust is in God; he has that moment a bright flame rose from the never yet deserted me;" and resuming, his river, illuminating, for a moment, the surpath, he shortly reached the mansion of rounding scenery, and showing a small boat,
with instructions for raising tree mignion- | after all; and no one with the slightest idea ette. About the end of April is the best of taste would thank you for a score of them. time to sow seeds for this purpose; and as You must therefore leave as many leaves as the little mignionette tree will be expected you can the first year, and the stems of your to last for at least twelve years, it is essen- trees ought to look as feathery as the legs of tial to lay a good foundation to commence a bantom fowl. The second year cut off with. A good rich compost is the first more than half of these side spurs, beginthing needful, which may be composed of ning at the bottom, and only taking off a one-third cow-dung, rather better than one- pair at a time, and in a fortnight another third rich mellow loam, and the remainder couple, and so on progressively. You must silver sand, with a handful of dry lime not permit any flowers to perfect themselves mortar to keep the compost from getting the first season. The second year you may too close. Having got your mould ready, allow your trees to bloom after the middle of take as many three-inch pots as you will October all the winter, but before that nip require plants; drain them with pieces of off all the buds as fast as they appear. When crock, broken pot, and over that a little of the first pots become filled with roote, say the roughest of your compost; fill up, about Midsummer, shift them into five-inch nearly level with the top of each pot, and pots, and give them another shift about the place three or four seeds in the centre of end of July, but never shift them after each pot; cover them with earth, and press August, as a check would destroy them altothem down very close. Water and place gether.—G. M. F. G. them in the window. If the seed is good, they will germinate in ten days. The moment they appear above ground give A SUBURBAN PICTURE OF NICE. them plenty of air. When the weather is fine put them outside the window from ten every day more and more enlivened by
As February advances, the streets become to four in the afternoon. They will not
groups of picturesquely - attired market require much water, a gentle shower from a rose water-pot the first thing in the morning wide, flat baskets full of flowers, and
women passing to and fro, crowned with being quite sufficient, as they will then have carrying over each arm other baskets, time to drain and
dry before you take them equally rich in fresh and fragrant nosein for the night. When they are of sufficient
gays. No brilliant exotics, nor even rare size to choose the strongest plant pull two or three of them up, that is to say only leave plants, as much as a wealth of gathered
violet, crocus, and anemoneone plant in each pot. When you have fixed on the one plant that is to form the future Sweet nurslings of the vernal skies,
Bathed in soft airs and ted with dew, tree, place a neat little stick down by the side of it; this stick must be a foot long, that inspire alike languid invalid and silent and pushed right down to the bottom of the mourner by a lonely hearth, with a strong pot. When the plant is two inches long, human yearning to be away in the quiet you must tie it loosely to this stick with shady nooks where these “stars of earth's à piece of bass. Keep tying it as regu- firmament” shine in all their own pure larly as it grows, and when it reaches beauty. Away from the thronged, hot, the top of the stick give it a larger one, if public promenade, with its white, blinding you wish a long stem, but this is a matter glare of sun-calcined limestone; its aloes, of taste, and according as you wish it taller cypresses, and every green herb bordering change the stick. All that is necessary now, the way, scorched, shrivelled, and coated is, that as soon and as often as side branches over with flour-like dust, until the colour appear on the stem, you should stop them of leaf or blossom is no longer perceptible ; at the second joint. Some people who do through the unwatered streets, where every not know how to estimate the value of leaves now and then the odour from stagnant cut off the side shoots close to the stem at ditch, leaky gas-pipe, or defective drain, once; but the substance of the stems and renders you actually grateful when the trunks of all trees, and mignionette trees breeze wafts in your direction the whiff especially, is 'first performed by the leaves ; of a passing cigar! till you at last breathe and by cutting off all the leaves in that more freely as, leaving the dusty carriagefashion the stems of your trees will grow in road, you begin ascending one of the the form of a fiddle-stick, or be the same narrow mule-tracks that wind among the thickness all the way up; and if you grow olive-yards on the hills. And in these hills, it that way, no matter how fine the head, with their elastic bracing air, cool bowery the stem will only be the ghost of a trunk | paths, lovely sequestered glades, and glori
ous extent of view, both seaward and profession of daubing in the most ludicrously landward, consists, to our thinking, the bad taste; walls, for instance, at the enreal charm of Nice. For the town, though trances to gateways and elsewhere, being generally considered very airy and well painted to represent venerable rough-casting, built, lies much too low to be thoroughly or cement fallen off in some places to show agreeable or healthy. Even the best locali- faring red brick-work, as exact as course ties are subject to noisome effluvia from bad colour-brush can make it; with fern, moss, drainage. The sunny and fashionable Pro- or bright green leaves depicted as growing menaud des Anglais suffers greatly in this in tufts from crevices between the imaginary respect-un wholesome vapours arising also bricks. Were the time wasted on such mean from the canal-like little brooks that creep forms of art, employed in making nice gravel down to the bay, where, as they sluggishly walks, giving an orderly aspect to the borders
, permeate through the shingle, a new com- arranging flower beds, and training pretty bination of smells, equally trying to the climbing plants to droop over blank walls, olfactory nerves, as hurtful in a sanitary it would be a great improvement to many point of view, is caused by the admixture ornamental grounds here. Still their galaxy with the brackish water of the soap, the of blossom exhaling delicious perfume, the washerwomen rub for so many hours daily cool shade of their rare trees, and above all, into these prosaic streams. It is conse- the lovely little glimpses of sea and mounquently not snrprising that there have been tain fitly framed in by arrowy cypress, everin past winters numerous dangerous fever green ilex, or stately platanus just beginning cases in this quarter, though the spacious to give promise of rich leafage, render these houses wherein the epidemic chiefly prevail- half wild gardens very delightsome after ed, look so bright and healthful among their their fashion. Many rejoice in large deep gardens of oleander, orange, and myrtle, reservoirs, filled from some distant source with clear fountains falling into marble among the hills, and distributing their liquid basins, and the gleaming expanse of the crystal store by means of little mill-streamMediterranean close in front. Yet people like conduits. Some gardens have huge who have lived in Rome or Naples laugh at ungainly erections of wheel machinery, with the fastidiousness that can complain of Nice, ropes and earthen pots for raising water. which, in comparison with these famed Here, with the simple bent pole and stoneItalian cities, seems to be clean and tidy poised bucket, are open circular wells; and á mervielle. There are villas on charming there you see others, with white domes of sites on almost every wooded knoll around, mason-work over-head, that eastern trupelbut they are not often chosen for residences lers say remind them of Sheikh's tombs. by English families. Gentlemen must have Running brooks and gushing springs are their reading-room-invalids, their doctor- very scarce throughout this district with its young ladies, their balls -children, their parched calcareous soil. Instead of these daily masters-mammas and elderly spin- familiar features of English or Scottish rural sters, their morning visits and evening landscape, here in your country rambles you parties; thus, with few exceptions, every constantly see the tiniest stone-paved canals body congregates in the town, as being more or wooden aqueducts, perhaps only a foot convenient, lively, and sociable. Whether broad, sometimes open, sometimes covered, Sardinian noble or merchant, there is scarcely conveying the precious element to tanks and an owner of these country mansions who cisterns, to be further trammelled into obedoes not throw open with oliberal courtesy dience in its progress to some artificial his garden and pleasure grounds to the pub- fountain; where the water, whether forced lic, a privilege of which strangers gladly upward in fantastic jet, or dispensed by avail themselves. Yet with all their deco- gracefully. hewn dolphin, triton, or mermaid rations of statues, seen through the soft with dripping tresses, flashes in the sunlight gloom of spreading foliage : their long alleys like a shower of diamonds, and murmurs of trellised vines, jasmine and rose-covered soothingly through fervid noonday or hushed arbours, broad Hights of steps with massive eventide. If singing birds are rarely heard balustrades; fountains, summer houses in the gardens round Nice, other music of among citron and lemon trees; the genera- nature blends with the voice of fountains, lity of gardens here have an unkempt, ne- the air being at times filled with a sound glected, air, appreciable in free forest or resembling the drowsy cawing of rooks, but tangled glen, but sorely at variance with really proceeding from the innumerable frogs English notions of trim, well-kept garden which have their abode in the tanks and or shrubbery. Then, as if to mock the reservoirs. natural beauty around, there is too often a
The art of phonographic reporting is the best RULES OF LIVING.-ADAPTED FROM THE GERMAN ever invented, but nevertheless leads sometimes
OF A. VON PLATEN. to mistakes. Not long since, a member of Congress made a speech, quoting Latin, “Amicus
1. READ frequently the following prccepts, imSocrates, amicus Plato est, sed majur veritas.'
press them carefully upon your mind, and let your (Socrates is my friend, Plato is my friend, but purpose of living by them ever grow firmer and truth is much more my friend.) This appeared livelier, and let them be to you more inviolable in the report next day as follows:--"I may cuss
than an oath. Socrates, I may cuss Plato, said Major Veritas.”
2. Let your religion be that of sensible and rea“Why do you wink at me, sir?" said a beauti- sonable men. Let it consist in faith in the gocdful young lady, angrily, to a stranger at a party
ness of the great all-pervading Spirit-in a Proan evening or two since.-" I bez your pardon, vidence,
whose guiding and directing presence is madam," replied the wit, “I winkei as men dó clearly manifested in all the events of your life. when looking at the sun-your splendour dazzled
3. Permit no doubt, nor doubter to perplex my eyes."
you. It is neither possible nor conceivable that A Young lawyer who had long paid his court
you, with human understanding, should be able to a young lady, without much advancing his
to comprehend the Deity and the original creasuit, accused her one day of being “insensible to
tion of things, since you can survey only so small the power of love." " It does not follow," she
a part of the universe, and can perceive that only archly replied, “ that I am so, because I am not
through the senses, and externally. to be won by the power of attorney...
4. Communicate your principles only to those me,” cried the suitor, “but you should rem mber
who are animated by similar views. You will that all the votaries of Cupid are solicitors!”.
convince no one who does not convince himself. The reformation of the world advances at a slow
pace: let time perform its work. All projects of "Who is that pretty miss, I wonder,
sudden enlightenment have proved abortive. Tripping along the garden yonder ?”
5. Never engage in so-called religious disputes; " Ho! ho! what a query your's is now, my patron, break off such a conversation as soon as an opTo mistake for a miss what I've took for a portunity of doing so is presented.
6. The idea of a Supreme Being will necessaYet women are so much alike, I don't wonder rily lead you to the belief of the spirit's immorAt all that you've made such an innocent tality, without which life would be without meaning. blunder."
7. Neglect not the body, upon which your whole "Stop friend! Take the mote from that vision earthly existence depends. Inform yourself of
what is beneficial, and what is pernicious to it. Before you impugn the correctness of mine; Despise it not; but on the other hand also conThough pleasant your aim as a dirk-bearing sider what an inert, useless, and mouldering mass cateran,
it is, as soon as it lacks life, its animating principle. Yet pointless and wide flies the dart of your 8. Let the object of your life be, improvement
in what is good. All is good which contributes Since you cannot distinguish a maid from a to the health of your own body and mind, and
that of others. No wonder you mistake a miss for a hit;
9. For the perception of the good, a sincere deOn the white breast of either you can't stain a sire is sufficient. But it is only by reflection and feather,
observation of ourselves, that we attain to that Your hit, man of Uz, is a miss altogether.” rapid penetration and that nice power of distinc
tion, which are so necessary in the manifold and "GENTLEMEN of the Jury,” said a western law- complicated events of life. yer, “I don't mean to insinuate that this man is 10. Never lose sight of that aim of life, not a covetous person, but I will bet five to one that, even in little things. Believe that no action is 80 if you should bait' a steel trap with a new three- insignificant that some virtue may not be propenny piece and place it within six inches of his moted by it. In bodily suffering and disagreeable mouth, you would catch his soul."
occupations, exercise at least patience, of which A MAXIM BY A MISANTHROPE.-The last place man stands so much and so frequently in need, in which I should look for the milk of human and which is the best safeguard against illkindness is the pale of civilization.
humour. In a case trying to prove a man drunk, an Irish 11. The good man contributes to the welfare of witness was asked by the Judge if he thought the others not alone by positive act and instruction ; man the worse for liquor? He replied, “No in but his life resembles a fruit-bearing shade tree, faith, he thought him the better for it.”
by which each passer-by finds shelter and refreshDR. JOHNSON left it on record, that as he was ment, which disinterestedly and even involuntapassing by a fishmonger who was skinning an rily scatters happy germs upon the surrounding eel, he heard him curse it because it would not soil, whereby it produces what is like and similar
itself. IT WASN'T FOR WANT.-An Irishman being 12. Whatever you do, trust in Providence, and asked why he left his country for America ? also in yourself. Both united, will extricate you replied " it wasn't for want, for he had plenty of from every dilemma, encourage you in every unthat at home.”