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to retail them at the Ministry of For- that could encourage zeal and reward eign Affairs. Of my colleagues I see research. The boy's treatment of him as little as possible, tho' when we do pleases me much, it smacks of the meet, I feel an unbounded affection gentle blood in his veins. Poor lad, for them. So much for my life, dear there is something very sad in his Harcourt; on the whole, a very tolerable kind of existence, which if few “ You need not have taken such would envy, still fewer would care trouble about accounts and expendito part with.

ture : of course, whatever you have "I now come to the chief portion done I perfectly approve of. You of your letter. This boy of Glencore's. say that the boy has no idea of money I rather like the account you give of or its value. There is both good and him, better than you do yourself. Im- evil in this; and now as to his future. aginative and dr amy he may be, but re- I should have no objection whatever inember what he was, and where we to having him attached to my Legahave placed him. A moonstruck, ro- tion here, and, perhaps, no great diffimantic youth at a German University. culty in effecting his appointment; Is it not painting the lily ?

but there is a serious obstacle in his “I merely intended he should go to position. The young men who figure Göttingen to learn the language,always at embassies and missions are all coga difficulty if not abstracted from nate numbers.' They each of them other and more dulcet sounds. I never know who and what the other is, meant to have him domesticated with whence he came, and so on. Now some rusty Hochgelehrter, eating our poor boy could not stand this sauer kraut in company with a green- ordeal, nor would it be fair he should eyed Fraulein, and imbibing love and be exposed to it. Besides this, it was metaphysics together. Let him moon never Glencore's wish, but the very away, as you call it, my dear Har- opposite to it, that he should be court. It is wonderfully little con- brought prominently forward in life. sequence what any one does with his

He even suggested one of the Colonies intellect, till he be three or four- as the means of withdrawing him at and twenty. Indeed, I half suspect once, and for ever, from public gaze. that the soil might be left quietly to “You have interested me much by rear weeds 'till that time, and as to what you say of the boy's progress. dreaminess it signifies nothing if there His tastes, I infer, lie in the direction be a strong physique. With a weak which, in a worldly sense, are least frame, imagination will play the profitable ; but after all, 'Harcourt

, tyrant, and never cease 'till it domi

every one has brains enough, and to nate over all the other faculties; but spare, for any career. Let us only dewhere there is strength and activity, cide upon that one most fitted for him, there is no fear of this.

and depend upon it, his faculties will “You amuse me with your account day by day conform to his duties, and of the doctor ; and so the Germans his tastes be merely dissipations, just have actually taken him for a savant, as play or wine is to coarser natures. and given him à degree 'honoris "If you really press the question

May they never make a of his coming to me, I will not refuse, worse blunder. The man is emi- seeing that I can take my own time nently remarkable,--with his opportu- to consider what steps subsequently nities, miraculous. I am certain, should be adopted. How is it that Harcourt, you never felt half thé you know nothing of Glencore-can pleasure on arriving at a region well he not be traced ? stocked with game, that he did on “ Lord Selby, whom you may refinding himself in a land of Libraries, member in the Blues formerly, dinen Museums, and Collections. Fancy here yesterday, and mentioned a comthe poor fellow's ecstacy at being munication he had received from his allowed to range at will through lawyer, with regard to some property all ancient literature, of which hither- in tail; which, if Glencore should to a stray volume alone had reach- leave no heir male, devolved upon him. ed him. Imagine his delight as each I tried to find out the whereabouts day opened new stores of knowledge and the amount of this heritage ; but to bim, surrounded as he was by all with the admirable indifference that


characterizes him, he did not know sick list, and it is as well my rest or care.

should remain undisturbed. “As to my Lady, I can give you no “I wish you had any means of information whatever ; her house at making it known, that the article in Florence is uninhabited; the furni- the Quarterly, on our Foreign relature is sold off ; but no one seems to tions, is not mine. The newspapers guess even whither she has betaken have coolly assumed me to be the herself. The fast and loose of that author, and of course I am not going pleasant city are, as I hear, actually to give them the eclat of a personal houseless since her departure. No denial. The fellow who wrote it must asylum open there with fire and cigars. be an ass ; since had he known what A number of the destitute have come he pretends, he had never revealed it. down here in half despair, amongst He who wants to bag his bird, Colonel, the rest, Scratchly-Major Scratch- never bangs away at nothing. I have ly, an insupportable nuisance of flat now completed a longer dispatch to stories and stale gossip; one of those you than I intend to address to the fellows who cannot make even ma- Noble Secretary at F. O., and am levolence amusing, and who speak yours, very faitħfully, ill of their neighbours without a

HORACE UPTON, single spark of wit. He has left three “Whose Magnesia is it that concards upon me, each duly returned ; tains essence of Bark ? Tripley's or but I am resolved that our inter- Chipley's, I think ; find it out for me change of courtesies shall proceed no and send me a packet through the further.

office; put up Fauchard's pamphlet “I trust I have omitted nothing in with it, on Spain, and a small box of reply to your last despatch, except those new blisters, Mouches they are it be to say, that I look for you here called; they are to be had at Atkinabout September, or earlier, if as son's. I have got so accustomed to convenient to you; you will, of course, their stimulating power that I never write to me, however, meanwhile. write without one or two on my fore

“Do not mention having heard head. They tell me the cautery, if from me at the clubs or in society. dexterously applied, is better ; but I I am, as I have the right to be, on the have not tried it."



We are not about to follow up the a youth of some eighteen or nineteen correspondence of Sir Horace, by de- years; his features, eminently handtailing the reply which Harcourt sent,

some, weat

an expression of gloomy and all that thereupon ensued be- pride, as in deep pre-occupation he tween them.

gazes out over the bay ; to all seemWe pass over then some months of ing, indifferent to the fair scene before time, and arrive at the late autumn. him, and wrapped in his own sad

It is a calm, still morning; the sea, thoughts. The other is a short, streaked with tinted shadows, is square-built, almost uncouth figure, without a ripple; the ships of many overshadowed by a wide straw hat, nations that float on it are motionless; which seems even to diminish his their white sails hung out to bleach ; stature; a suit of black, wide and their ensigns drooping beside the ample enough for one twice his size, masts. Over the summit of Vesuvius, gives something grotesque to an apfor we are at Naples, a light blue cloud pearance to which his features conhangs, the solitary one in all the sky. tribute their share. A mild, plaintive song, the chant of It is, indeed, a strange physiognomy, some fishermen on the rocks, is the to which Celt and Calmuc seemed only sound, save the continuous hum equally to contribute. The low overof that vast city, which swells and hanging forehead; the intensely keen falls at intervals.

eye, sparkling with an almost imp-like Cloge beside the sea, seated on a drollery, are contrasted by a firmly rock, are two figures. One is that of compressed mouth, and a far-projecting under jaw, that imply sternness “There is something ignoble in even to cruelty; a mass of waving mechanism," said the boy angrily. black hair, that covers neck and “Don't say that, while your heart shoulders, adds a species of savagery is beatin' and your arteries is conto a head, which assuredly has no tractin'-never say it as long as your need of such aid. Bent down over a lungs dilate or collapse. It's mechanlarge quarto volume, he never lifts his ism makes water burst out of the eyes ; but, intently occupied, his lips ground, and, swelling into streams, are rapidly repeating the words as he How as mighty rivers through the reads them.

earth. It's mechanism raises the sap “Do you mean to pass the morning to the topmost bough of the cedar here ?” asks the youth at length, “or tree that waves over Lebanon. 'Tis where shall I find you later on ?" the same power moves planets above,

“I'll do whatever you like best," just to show us that as there is nothing said the other in a rich brogue, “I'm without a cause—there is one great agreeable to go or stay, 'ad utram and final · Cause' behind all.” paratus,'” and Billy Traynor, for it And will you tell me," said the was he, shut up his venerable volume. boy, sneeringly, “that a sunbeam

“I don't wish to disturb you,” said pours more gladness into your heart, the boy mildly, "you can read.” “ I because the machinery of a prism has cannot ; I have a fretful, impatient explained to you the composition of feeling over me, that, perhaps, will light ?” go off with exercise. I'll set out then “God's blessings never seemed the for a walk, and come back here towards less to me, because he taught me the evening, then go and dine at the beautiful laws that guide them,” said Rocca, and afterwards whatever you Billy, reverently : "every little step please.”

that í take out of darkness is on the “If you say that, then,” said Billy, road, at least, to Him.". in a voice of evident delight, “ we'lí In part abashed by the words, in finish the day at the Professor Ta- part admonished by the tone of the deucci's, and get him to go over that speaker, the boy was silent for some analysis again.”

minutes. “ You know, Billy,” said “Ì have no taste for chemistry. he, at length, “that I spoke in no It always seems to me to end where irreverence that I would no more it began,” said the boy impatiently. insult your convictions than I would “Where do all researches tend to ? outrage my own. It is simply that how are you elevated in intellect ? it suits my dreamy indolence to like how are your thoughts higher, wider, the wonderful better than the intelnobler, by all these mixings and man- ligible ; and you must acknowledge ipulations ?

that there never was so palatable a “Is it nothing to know how theory for ignorance." thunder and lightning is made? “Aye, but I don't want you to be to understand electricity, to dive into ignorant,” said Billy, earnestly; "and the secrets of that old crater there, and there's no greater mistake than supsee the ingredients in the crucible posing that knowledge is an impedithat was bilin' three thousand years ment to the play of fancy. Take my

word for it, Master Charles, imagi“These things appeal more grandly nation, no more than any one else, to my imagination, when the mystery does not work best in the dark.” of their forces is unrevealed. I like to “I certainly am no adept under think of them as dread manifestations such circumstances," said the boy. “I of a mighty will, rather than gazeous haven't told you what happened me combinations, or metallic affinities." in the studio last night. I went in

“And what prevents you?said without a candle, and, trying to grope Billy, eagerly, " is the grandeur of my way to the table, I overturned the the phenomenon impaired, because it large olive jar, full of clay, against is in part intelligible? A’int you ele- my Niobe, and smashed her to vated as a reasoning being, when atoms." you get, what I may call, a peep into “Smashed Niobe !" cried Billy, in God's workshop, rather than by im- horror. plicitly accepting results just as any In pieces. I stood over her sadold woman accepts a superstition ?" der than ever she felt herself, and I

ago ?

may, if

you have


" Every

the sea.

have not had the courage to enter the “ An intellectual spendthrift," studio since."

sighed Sir Horace. "What a hope“Come, come let us see if she less bankruptcy it leads to." couldn't be restored,” said Billy, “My notion is 't would be spoiling rising “Let us go down there to- him entirely to teach him a trade or gether.”

a profession. Let his great faculties You

any fancy shoot up without being trimmed or —there's the key,” said the boy. trained-don't want to twist or twine “I'll return there no more till the rub- or turn them at all, but just see whebish be cleared away," and so saying ther he won't, out of his uncurbed he moved off, and was soon out of sight. nature, do better than all our disci

Deeply grieving over this disaster, pline could effect. There's no better Billy Traynor hastened for the spot, colt than the one that was but he had only reached the garden backed till he was a five-year old.” of the Chiaja when he heard a faint, “He ought to have a career,” said weak voice calling him by his name ; Sir Horace thoughtfully: he turned, and saw Sir Horace Upton, man ought to have a calling, if only who, seated in a sort of portable arm- that he may be able to abandon it." chair, was enjoying the fresh air from “Just as a sailor has a point of de

parture," said Billy. “Quite a piece of good fortune to “ Precisely,” said Sir Horace, meet you, Doctor,” said he smiling; pleased at being so well appreciated. “ neither you nor your pupil have “You are aware, Doctor," resumed been near me for ten days or more."

he, after a pause,

" that the lad will “ 'Tis our own loss then, your Ex- have little or no private fortune. cellency,” said Billy, bowing ; "even There are family circumstances that a chance few minutes in your com- I cannot enter into, nor would your pany, is like whetting the intellectual own delicacy require it, that will razor- I feel myself sharper for the leave him almost entirely dependent whole day after.”

on his own efforts. Now, as time is “Then, why notcome oftener, man? rolling over, we should bethink us --are you afraid of wearing the steel what direction it were wisest to give all away ?"

his talents—for he has talents." 'Tis more afraid I am of gapping “He has genius and talents both,” the fine edge of your Excellency, by said Billy; "he has the raw material contact with my own ruggedness,” and the workshop to manufacture it.” said Billy, obsequiously.

“I am rejoiced to hear such an ac“You were intended for a courtier, count from one so well able to proDoctor,” said Sir Horace smiling. nounce,” said Sir Horace, blandly;

“If there was such a thing as a and Billy bowed, and blushed with a court fool now-a-days, I'd look for sense of happiness that none but the place."

humble men, so praised, could ever The age is too dull for such a feel. functionary. They'll not find ten “I should like much to hear what men in any country of Europe equal you would advise for him," said to the office,” said Sir Horace. “One

Upton. has only to see how lamentably dull "He's so full of promise,” said are the journals dedicated to wit and Billy, “that whatever he takes to drollery to admit this fact; though I'll be sure to fancy he'd be better at written by many hands—how rare it something else. See now-it isn't a is to chance upon what provokes a bull I'm sayin', but I'll make a laugh. You'll have fifty metaphy- blunder of it if I try to explain.” sicians anywhere

before you'll hit on “Go on, I think I apprehend one Moliere. Will you kindly open

you." that umbrella for me. This autumnal “By coorse you do. Well, it's that sun, they say, gives sun-stroke. And same feelin' makes me cautious of now what do you think of this boy- sayin' what he ought to do. For, he'll not make a diplomatist, that's after all, a variety of capacity imclear?"

plies discursiveness, and discursive“He'll not make anything-just ness is the mother of failure." for one simple reason, because he “You speak like an oracle, Doccould be whatever he pleased.”



“ If I do it's because the priest is Sir Horace's cheek gave a faint--the beside me,” said Billy, bowing. “My very faintest possible sign of flushnotion is this, I'd let him cultivate as he listened, and uttering a brief, his fine gifts for a year or two, in “Very well,” dismissed the messenger. any way he liked-in work or idle- “Will you give me your arm, Doeness—for they'll grow in the fallow tor?" said he languidly ; and the elaas well as in the tilled land, I'd let gant Sir Horace Upton passed down him be whatever he liked-striving the crowded promenade leaning on always, as he's sure to be striving, his uncouth companion, without the after something higher, and greater, slightest consciousness of the surprize and better than he'll ever reach ; and and sarcasm around him. No man then when he has felt both his more thoroughly could appreciate strength and his weakness, I'd try conventionalities; he would weigh and attach him to some great man in the effect of appearances to the veripublic life ; set a grand ambition be- est nicety ; but in practice he seemed fore him, and say, Go on.'”

either to forget his knowledge or de“He's scarcely the stuff for public spise it. So that as leaning on the life," muttered Sir Horace.

little dwarf's arm he moved along, “He is," said Billy, boldly. his very air of fashionable languor

“He'd be easily abashed—easily seemed to heighten the absurdity of deterred by failure.”

the contrast. Nay, he actually seemed “ Sorra bit. Success might cloy, to bestow an almost deferential but failure would never damp him.' attention to what the other said

“ I can't fancy him a speaker." bowing blandly his acquiescence,

Rouse him by a strong theme and and smiling with an urbanity all a flat contradiction, and you'll see

his own. what he can do.”

Of the crowd that passed, nearly all “ And then his lounging, idle ha- knew the English minister. Uncobits

vered heads were bent obsequiously; “ He'll do more in two hours than graceful salutations met him as he any one else in two days."

went-while a hundred conjectures * You are a warm admirer, my ran as to who and what might be his dear Doctor,” said Sir Horace, smiling companion. blandly. “I should almost rather He was a mesmeric professor, a have such a friend than the qualities writer in cypher, a Rabbi, an Egypthat win the friendship. Have you tian explorer, an alchymist, an Afria message for me, Antoine ?” said

can traveller, and at last, Mons. he to a servant who stood at a Thiers !-and so the fine world of little distance, waiting the order Naples discussed the humble indivito approach. The man came for- dual, whom you and I, dear reader, ward, and whispered a few words. are acquainted with as Billy Traynor.

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On the evening of that day, the hand- reputation of having access at any some salons of the great Hotel Universo moment to the highest personage

in were filled with a brilliant assemblage, the world of state affairs.

Doubito compliment the Princess Sabloukoff less great ministers are occasionally on her arrival. We have already in- not sorry to see the public full cry on troduced this lady to the reader, and a false scent, and encourage to a cerhave no need to explain the homage tain extent this mystification ; but and attention of which she was the still it would be an error to deny to object. There is nothing which so such persons as we speak of a knowperfectly illustrates the maxim of ledge, if not actually an influence, in "ignotum pro magnifico" as the career great affairs. of politics ; certain individuals ob- When the Swedish Chancellor uttaining, as they do, a pre-eminence

tered his celebrated sarcasm on the and authority from a species of mys- governing capacities of Europe, the terious prestige about them, and a political Salon, as a state engine,

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