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Chapter NumberIX - XII
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Newspaper TitleThe Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933)
Trove TitleLife in the East
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LIFE IN THE EAST.

Slï Br 0APTAI» ABMSTB0N8.

Chambu IX.

Almost overy Englishman nourishes in his own mind a poet's dream of oriental scenery magnificence, or beauty, his fanoy oalls Up'

pictures of bright skies, palm trees, soft climate and abovo all things, sweet perfumos, and this feeling is, to a certain degree, realised by the first viow of Stamboul, and the rosily lovely shores of tho BoBphorus But, the moment you land, like a puff of smoko, j our fairy visions vaniBh The dingy, rickety houses, the filthy black mud of those hilly, stony streets, with their squalid inhabitants, banish anything h]^ fancy No enthusiasm can stand tho oontaot of

such q reality

At tho Custom houso, also, tho friends were astounded at the bungling, olumBy, confused manner of transacting business , all their ac- counts kept on scraps of paper, and all huddled into a bag, and hung upon a nail Fitzhard ing was infoimed that an oflicoi would be sent on board his yacht, to examine his books, and though this waB very politely hintod, there wap

an annoyance in it, ttD

"A couple of days will do for me hero, Edgar," ho said, as thoy pushed their way through a orowded bazaar, "it is a bad time for inspecting the ounoBities of tho place Coming baok, I will have a look at thom, that is, if I

got back "

"les, by Jove, a man may say that who comosouthore Wbatwith cholera,fovor,andth« chances of war, I shall count him a lucky follow that gets back to old England in a whole skin."

By this time thoy had roached the front of one of the most famous and most frequented coffoe houses m Stamboul AU classes in tho city fiequented those places of entertainment and amusement, though, in most of thom, you get bad coSee, bad tobacco, and, in overy re- spect, bad accommodation, yet thoro tho Turka go, to smoke thomsolvos into unconsciousness, and to dream thoy are wafted into tho abodeB of their Houns Howovor, the houso selected by Lieutenant Erwin waa a first i ato place of ro°ort It stood facing the wators of tho Bo<phorus, and could boast all kinds of luxuries Ordering some re- freshments and cigars, the young men sat down, and with curiosity regarded the sceno around. Thoy were in an immonso saloon, with divers recosBOS and pnvato coinors Opening mto othor chambers, there was a group of dancing girliand a band of musicians At one ond, a famous story teller wbb holding forth to a party of long bearded, gravo looking Turks smoking their chibouks, Armenians in their long robes , Europoans, in all manner of costumes, speci- mens of all kinds-army, navy, artillery, and oavalry-each enjoying the luxury ho inoBt de- sired It was a Babel of tongues, but all con-

founded m one continued buz

The two young mon sat at nn open window-, looking down upon tho wators of tho Bosphorus, which offered to tho sight a much moro eleva- ting and inspiring scone

" What a paradise thia might bo made," ex- claimed Titzliurdiug " Natu'o baa boon lavish in her bounties, but the crood of the prophet mars all, it will tako cea tunes to root out old oustoma and prejudices amongst tho Turks "

"This war," replied Edgai, "will do a great deal in that way Thoy say tho oreod of Ma- homet is doomed Wo oomo to save the Turk , but, conquor or fall, tho Turk is fatod to become oxtinot But toll mo-for wo Bliall have little timo to ourselves in this mooting-how do you intend to procood in your project ? I almost rogrot that I am not at liberty to share your perils, if thoro aro auch in your path "

"I havo thought of that, Edgar , but I would not bar your path to promotion I trust you wül have a fair Held to gain laurels ia Of course, the war has ohangod my plans altogether, there ib Borao difficulty now, but EtiUI am resolved oven to risk hfo in discovering my sister "

" There is another thing strikes me, Harry,' ' Baid Lioutenant Erwin, laying his baud on hw friond'a arm, " you who used to bo the life and soul of our moss, whoso spirits novel flagged under peril or difficulty-how ia it I seo you so depressed ? You cannot hide your feelings from your old friend and companion "

"Wall, I admit it, Edgar, I am somewhat low, but shall I make you my fathor confessor?"

bo addod, with a smile

" Oh; by Jupiter ' now I soo through tho mat- ter In lovo at last, I'll stake my existence you, who always laughed ata midshipman being

in lovo "

" Taith, Edgar," returned Henry, with one of his old laughs, "do not you talk to me of lovo, overy petticoat you saw, whother it covered the ankle of a mulatto or one of the copper colored damsels of Caps Const, became an object of attraction for the time '

1 Well, upon my honor, Harry, you must ad- mit that the flutter of a petticoat in the wind is always a signal for a mid's heart to get a palpita* tion We could not live without a little love now and then It is the salt junk and tough dough we eat causes this curious kind of indi- gestion , but now I seo it's a complaint of that kind that affects you I'm quito easy So you are caught atlast What is she? A woman, of courso, but, as our long bearded allies say, ' Bishmilla,'-may your Bhadow never be less. Toll me- Eh, who the deuco havo wo now'" suddenly exclaimed Edgar Erwm, interrupting his discourse, and looking up

His companion turned also, and, as ho did so, he beheld a tall man, habited m tho long flow- ing robes of an Armenian, with a high, oomcal cap His immense beard, whiskers, and mus- taches, concealed overy part of his faco, except his long hooked nose and a pair of piercing grey eyes, darting eager and inquiring glances

at the two young mon

" Signors," said the man, in good Italian, " I am an astrologer and fortune teller, for ten copecks I will disclo«o to you the past and pre- sent, and for ton more, the future "

" What the deuce is the fellow saying 9" cried Lieutenant Erwin "I can manage enough French to keep mo from starving, but of Italian,

not a word "

"He says he is a conjuror or fortuneteller, and will tell you the past and the present "

" Confound his impudence," said the sailor, laughing " I can do that myBolf Can't ho do anvthing better than that ?"

" If you give him twonty copecks he will give you a peep into the future " J

" Now, that's just what I do not want to know I hato forestalling things If I am to be shot in this war, it would not servo me a jot to be

told so "

" Well, friend," said Fitzbarding, facing the silent and motionless figure of the Armenian, " neither my friend nor myself are at all fond of

Mtrologors or fortuno-tollers ; but here aro a few copecks for your troublo and loss of timo in ac-

costing us."

" And yot, signor," returned tho Armenian, in a calm, Bteady voico, " though you oro not an admirer of astrologers, you have lately felt a deep interest in an astrologer's fair daughter."

Fitzharding gave a Btart, quite observable to his friend, and his cheek flushed, na ho fixed his eyes, with an inquiring glance, upon the Ar-

menian.

" What the deuco has he soid to moko you flush in tho face so, Fitzharding ?" demanded

lieutenant Erwin.

Before our hero could muster his thoughts or reply, four or five English naval officers carno laughing and chatting across the room, and, see- ing Lioutonant Erwin, thoy advanced towards

him.

Tho Armenian, in o low voice, said, bonding his head towards our hero, " I shall bo hore, signor, this same hour to-morrow ; if you will bolievo in the stars, I moy give you intelligence worth moro thun four hundred copecks ;" and, turning rapidly round, ho mixed with the crowd that bustled and moved through the wide saloon

''.'of the ooflee-houso.

Fitzbarding was introduced, by Lieutenant Erwin, to his brothor officers ; and a couple of bottlos of ohampagno having been diflOUBsed, they all returned to their boats. Our hero ohangod his attire, and thou proccodod to dine on board the - frigate, commanded by his old friend and forinor commander, Captain

, P- _

Chapteb X.

A SIGHT of anxious thought followed tho dinnor on board tho frignto, where Fitzbarding had been received with all the genuino kindness and hospitality for which British sailors are famed j and to tho exhilirating effcctB of which ho, for a fow hours, had yielded. But again alono in his yacht all his uncertainties roturned, and sloop was long banished by the conflict. The rosolve to Beek his sister was as strong us evor¡ but his hitherto determined devotion to tho young princess had vanished boforo tho cap- tivating ¡nflúenco of Irene. In vain ho con- sidered it impossible for him to wed the daughter of a man who acknowledged himself to be a charlatan, and to whoso mysterious couduct ho could obtain no clue. Even whilst ho mado tho resolution to think of bia lato companions no moro, tho vision of Irono rose to his viow, und his heart told him^ho loved her. Nor waa tho romornbranco of Ida without ita effect; her affection, novcr sought to bo concealed, soothed his agitation, and, in spito of tho suggestions of pride, ho troaaured tho momory of their few

short wooka of intercourse

The words he hoard from tho Armenian in the coffee-house were strange but ho wondered more at tho roan's motivo for seeking him than at tho knowlodgo he posscESed concerning his affairs. Ho would mit become tho dupo of a mere jugglor ; but ho would seo him again, and for that purposo his provious intontion of leav- ing in company with tho frigate Bhould be

abandoned.

Tho next morning, as he sat at breakfast with Mr. Bernard, the latter said

" There is a fine leading wind through tho BosphoruB, sir, into tho Black Sea, and it's a rare wind hore j do you think you will sail to- night?"

" Yes," returnod Fitzbarding, " perhaps bo fore sunset. I am anxious to roach tho fleet ; so you may be ready the moment I roturn on board. I have on oppointment atacoffoo-hoUBO to-day, at 2 o'clock, which will dolay mo un hour j so that wo shall have daylight to make a

«tart with."

Making a hasty meal, Fitzharding proceeded in his gig to Topkhanc, and thence to tho coffeo houeo, which contained its usual amount of visitors. Seeking out as private a recess as possible, ho waited pationtly the arrival of the Armenian. Amused for a timo by the singular spectuolo tho saloon exhibited-so many and so .varied wore the costumes ; at length ho boheld the Armenian making bia way through the crowd, his keon, groy oyes roaming all round the various recesses of tho Baloon, till his glance settled upon our hero, to whom ho at once ad- vanced, and making a vory humblo salutation, Btood silently, with his eyes bent upon the floor. Titzhardmg did not uttor a word, but aoruti niscd tho mon from head to foot, and from pre- sent, combined with yesterday's observation, felt satisfied that ho was not an Armenian.

The man at length liftod up hie. eyes, saying

in a low voico

"Signor, I havo been consulting the stars,

and-"

" Stop there," replied Fitzharding, in a firm and rather commanding tono j " I do not want to baie any more of such cant and hypocrisy. I havo seen quite onough of BBtrologors, con . jurors, and oharlatuns; thereforo I will now

speak plainly," and, taking from his purse, as he epoko, some piecos of gold, he laid them on the table, adding, " that money sholl bo yours

on certain conditions."

Tho man'B eyea glietoned as they rostod on the coin ; but he bowed his head, and crossing his urn«, said meekly

"Let the signor speak his will."

Fitzharding had selected a lonely recess, and ordored a few rather expensive luxuriea, re- questing the attendant not to placo any one in the some recess with him ; he wos thorofore quite out of hearing.

"You have," he began, addrossing tlio Ar- menian, " obtained certain information (how, it matters not to mo) of persons with whom I am acquainted ¡ now, if you can give me any im- portant information respecting thoBO peisons, 1 will double that sum. Pray, aro you aware of whom I am speaking ?"

" Perfectly, signor j" returned the Armenian, "you are speaking of a person calling himself Paakovoi, whom you met in Gibraltar, and whom you brought hero in your yacht. Ho had two young and very hondsome females with him ; one he represented as being hie daughter -the other as a Greek maiden. Am I correct,

signor ?"

"You are," observod Fitzharding, in an agi- tated voice and flushing cheek, wishing, yet dreading, to hear more ; but, looking the Ar- menian steadily in the face-" now answer me a few questions. lu the first-placo, was the signor's name Paskovoi? and was one of tho females his daughter?"

"No, aignor, hia name is not Paskovoi i neither is either of tho females his daughter."

" Then, who are they ?"

" Signor, I will even answer you. As your offer of payment is liberal, I would serve you 'airly. I shall neither injure you or this Pas- kovoi, aa he calls himself; but, signor, I must have your sacred word, that what I confide to you goes no further. It is a somewhat dan

gerous revelation ; but I want gold, and for gold I would do much. Hove I your word, signor, neither to quostion mo concerning my- self or my proceedings, and that, whon wo both leavo this coffee-house, you seek no further to

troco mo ?"

" You have my solemn word, that in no way shall I Beek to injuro you, or, in fact, make tho slightest inquiry after you. In an hour from the timo wo separate I shall be undor weigh for Sebastopol."

Our boro felt singularly excited as ho thought of tho beautiful, tho fascinating Irene proving to bo a different person than what his mind and thoughts pictured her. Ho burned with curi- osity, and yet almost wishod to refrain from furthor questioning j but, making au offort, he conquered his feelings, and said

" Now then, say, who is this PuBkovoi ? and who are the females with him? Thero is a sum," putting down a few moro eoics, " that may tempt you to speak tho truth."

" I shall speak tho truth, signor, and state only what I know to bo truths, and which I heard myself from this Paskovoi." As ho spoke those words, the Armenian closed tho glass doors of tho recose, and pulled the ourtainB across the glass, so as to prevent anyone oven seeing them discoursing. Ho thou continued-" Signor, the man you knew as Paskovoi is a Russian."

"A RuBsian !" exclaimed Fitzharding, though uotmuch surprised. "And the young female sailing him father ?"

"Allí know of hor, signor, is, that sho also is Russian ; that sho was taken to Englnnd seven years ago, by that mau calling himself Paskovoi, to bo educated and trained, so ,as to follow the samo occupation as her supposed

fathor."

Fitzharding started.

"What! her fathor profeBsos .to bo an uBtro logor; surely, suroly, ho does not moan to

niako-"

"Nay, Bignor," interrupted the Armenian, calmly, " you aro in error j PaBkovoi, though quite capable of being an astrologer or wizard, is not such in reality. He is a paid spy or agout of Russia, and it was intended that his supposed daughter should havo become one

also."

Confounded and dismayod, a fooling of in- finito disgust carno over our boro. So abhor- rent ia the character of a spy.

Thon the thought Btruck him-could this in formatiou bo doponded upon ¡ and yot, what object could this man, who was, no doubt, a Russiau himself, havo in deceiving him ?

After a few minutes, looking up into tho face of tho Armenian, ho domandod

" What proof can j ou gi vo mo that what you

assort is fact?"

The Armenian put Iiíb hand within his vost, and drew forth a parchment, folded ¡ntosoveral putts, like the loaves of a book. Opening this, ho selcctod a page, and thon, turning to our boro, said

" Can you read writing in tho Russian lan. guugo ?"

" As woll as my own," roturnod Fitzharding. The mau seemed surprised ; but, holding the side of the parchment, which had an official seal of some kind attached to it, towards Fitzhard- ing, he said

" In this document the namoB of eight indi- viduals employed by the Russian Government aro sot down, the country they aro rosident in, and the signs and tokens by whioh thoy may bo known to other agents of the Government. Hero, you eee, is the name of Paskovoi-real

namo Ivan Gortsaro."

"Ivan Gortsaro, did you say?" oxclaimod Fitzharding, springing from his eoat as if elec-

trified. " Good God I that is the man that the PrincosB Wardhendorfl'-"

The Armenian foil back a paco or two, evi- dently startled ¡ for he thrust tho parchment into hisbreaBt, Baying

" How ia this, Bignor ? Do you know Ivan Gortsaro, and yet did not recognise him as Pas-

kovoi ?"

By this time Fitzharding had rccovored his proeonce of mind. Ho ousily conjectured that this man was also a paid spy of Russia, and that whatever ho knew of Ivan GortBaro, ho could know nothing of his oonnoxion with the Princess Warhendorff, and ho determined he should remain ignorant ; - but bittorly ho re- gretted that the knowledge ho had now gained was not learned wliilo ho was yet a guest on board his yacht.

Suddenly a fresh idea ontored his bruin, which drove all tho blood in his body to his head. Wub it possible that tho likeness he had always seen iu Irene to Bomebody ho had once seen, was a strong resemblance to the Princess War hendorlf. And Ida-" Heavens !" he mentally exclaimed, " Ida is as surely my lost sister,

Julia !"

Long as it takes to describo tho thoughts and reflcotious of our boro, thoy consumed but a few seconds of time. Turning to the Armenian,

ho Baid

"You have fairly earned the gold, take it, and there are a couple of pieces more. Your information is to mo valuable. Reudcr it more so, by answering mo another question : Who is tho Greek maiden that accompanies Ivan Gort sare's supposed daughter ?"

" That, Bignor, I roally cannot do. Ho told me himself that she wbb an orphan English girl, who attended upon his supposed daughter, and who had accompanied her into other lands. You have all tho information I con give you, signor. Are you satisfied ?"

" I would, if I knew where to find this Ivan Gortsare, willingly poy twenty gold pieces."

" Signor," replied the man, speaking firmly, " that I dare not tell you. On that point I am Bworn-sworn ou tho cross. No gold shall make me break that oath."

"God forbid I should tempt you," Baid Fitz- harding, seriously. " You may now go. But stay ¡ may I oak you what induced you to ac- cost mo? and how you know that I was owner of the yacht that brought Ivan Gortsaro hero ?"

"Those questions aro easily answered," re- turned the man, carefully stowing away his gold, " and you will be surprised by their sim- plicity. I was crossing the Golden Horn, from Galata, When Ivan Gortsaro was leaving your ship, I paaBod within a few yards, and recol- lected him at once. I told the man to pause who was rowing the caique I was in, for I was Btruck by the circumstance of Ivan Gortsare being on board an English yacht, with two fe- males in his company. My profession calls for a keen and watchful eye. I observed you, signor, and I recognisod you again, when I ob serfod you here, yesterday. It occurred to me to try if a gold piece or two was to bo made in my character of an Armenian fortuno-teUer. The start you gave, and your change of color when I hazarded a few sentences, proved to mo you were somehow interested in Ivan Gortsare

or tho femalos undor his charge ; and as I wantod money for a certain purpose, I hit upon the scheme by which I gained it. I havo told you the truth. My intontion has not boon to injuro anyono, and I do not think I have. You may, and, of course, do doteat tho character of a spy; but did you live undor the ¡ron rulo of a Russian Czar, you would think twico before you rofusod an olllco, hateful and dograding us

it ¡B."

With a quiet salutation, tho protended Ar- menian turned, aud opening the glass door, silently glided out amidst tho noisy and bust Hug throng without, and was lost to Fitzhard ing'a Bight, who, with his miud and thoughts fully ocoupiod with what ho had heard, left tho coQWliouso, hastonod to tho landing-place, and, entering his gig, pushod off for tho Medora.

Chaptek XI.

In leas than an hour after tho roturn of our boro, the Medora was undor full sail. The Goldon Horn was loft, and, with o strong wind, the yacht was oloaving the narrow waters of tho Boapborus, on hor passago to thoBluok Sea. Disturbod and porplexod in mind, as ho un- doubtedly was, Fitzharding could not but gaze with admiration-that for tho time absorbed all othor feelings-on the Bhores bolwoon which Mb vossol glided on those bright, sparkling, quiot waters, forming such a contrast to tho turbid waves of tho sea ho wub approaching. On ono sido was Constantinople, with its thousand domes, minarets, aud, mosquea, with tho suburbs of Gabito, Pera, and . Topbnna ¡ on the othor, Soutaii and its adjaoont villogos ; whilst towor ing over all, in the distonco, roso Mount Olym- pus. Each instant presenting frosh objects of beauty, the Bosphonia strotohoB ita silvery length, uniting two Boas and separating two

worlds.

" How extraordinarily lovely," observed our boro to Mr. Dornurd, who wus noar him, " are both sides of this beautiful water! You know thoso straits ; what plaoo is thiB before us ?"

"You should boo it, sir," suid tho master, " in all its glory, whon tho vineyards aro groo'n, and ilowors of ovory hue ave ininglod, with fig, plantain, and orango trees peeping out from amidst tho luxuriant foliago of thoso valleys, Binning domos, gilded minoróte, and glittoring kioskB. As you proceed, you will uovortholoss seo, amid all this beauty, some grim old ruins, scathed and blackened by timo."

" No doubt," observed Fitzhardin«, " thoso ruins could tell Btrungo tales and tragedies of

tho oldou timo."

'No doubt of that, sir. I don't like tho Turks-novor did ¡ but, bog your pardon, you askod what thoso buildings are. They aro tho European chutcaux. There is Rouuioli Hissar. I was told by a very intelligent Grook, who Bailed with us through this strait, that Mahomet II. built it, as fur buok as tho fificonth century. Thoro is tho Valloy of Sweet Waters."

' This sail," observed our boro, who continuod gazing upon the soeno with inlonso plousuro, " ropays the traveller for much of provious toil. Look there! thoso kiosks and magnificent gardonB ; torracos actually ovor-hanging tho watoi'B ; Imporiul palaces, in ovory shapo aud stylo of architecture'; , frowning castice, no doubt built by that onoo poworful pcoplo, tho Gonoeso. Altogolhor, it is truly imposing."

" You will seo a Btrango contrast, sir, whon you opon the waters of that dreary boo boforo

Wo aro now running thro-ugh tho Narrows ; and, ovon with this strang hreezo and press of canvas, we make but little way, tho ourront is so very strong. It's callod the ' Devil's Current.' "

" I should Uko," obsorvod Fitzhuriling, as they attained a moro opon spread, to spond a day or two in tho proper season, at anchor off Bobok, so ua to visit the Valloy of Swoot Waters. It is described as well worthy of inBpootion, for thoro meet all the youth and boauty of Turkey ; crowds of GrcokB, Armenians, ond Turks, with- out number ; story-tollers, Arabian musicians. and Circassian -dancers j ovon tho lodios of the Sultan and thoir ohildron use the fountains, and reposo beneath tho Bhado of thoso great plan-

tains."

11 do not wondor at thoir being glad to got under the ehndo of thoBO fino treos," observed Mr. Bernard, " for it is confoundedly hot in thiB purt of tho world, during tho summer mouths-quito au ovos." . ,

It was quito dark before they mudo tho waters of tho Bluck Sea, when, shaping their course for Sebastopol, their canvas reduced and all snug, tho watoh sot, and the weather looking moderato, Fitzhurding retired to his berth, not to sleep, but to pondor over tho events of the last twenty-four hours.

The intelligence ho had reooived from the false Armenian was perplexing, and, in many respects, painful. Notwithstanding his assertion Unit Irone was a Russian, and had boen edu- cated to act tho part of a spy, ho had no belief in it whatovor. In his own mind ho felt satis- fied she wob tho Princess Warhendorff'a daughter, and that Ida was his lost sistor Julia ; but to attempt to unravol tho strange mystery of their being with Ivan Gortsare, and submit ting to such deception-for he felt assured both the maidens were quite aware who they wore, and consequently v,bo ho was. Somo strange and incomprehensible causo must oxiat to pre- vent Ida, knowing their relationship, from de- claring herself. His next wonder wbb, whoro could they bo going to. They had left Constan- tinople almost immediately ; bo, at least, ho surmised from what the Russian ogont said. Pondor over each circumstance ¡vhich way ho would, he was singularly puzzled how to proceed. Tho only consolation ho had was in tho perfect conviction of his sistor and Cathorino being in

existence.

In the midBt of his troubled reflections, our hero recollected th.o letter loft with him by Ivan Gortsuro-not to bo oponed till within sight of Sebastopol-perhaps that might throw soroo light upon this, to him, incomprehensible affair. The distance from the Bosphorus to Sebastopol íb about three hundred and fifty miles. With the breeze as it then was, in thoir favor, the Medora would run that Bpace in loss than forty,

eight hours.

On ascending to the deck next morning, Fitzharding percoivod they wore out of sight of land, the eea was considerably agitated, and tho wcatbor looked stormy and wild ¡ denso masses of cloud carno up from the south-west quarter, though tho wind had shifted more into the southward, blowing off the coast of Asia Minbr. Ho inquired-of his llrat mate if the wind had been ateady during the night.

" Off and on,Bir," replied the mate. " Squally; but wo tried tho log several times ; we never made less than nine knots, and sometimes over ten; but wo shall havo some rough weather, sir, before night."

"So I think," observed Fitzhording. "I would rather not make the coast of the Crimea

. ; during the night. It's a wild shoro with thia | i ' wind, and thoro inuBt be a vast number of trans-

ports and BhipB of war either at anchor or cruis-

ing off the coast, and these nights, though I short, aro intonsoly dark."

"You can shortou Bail, sir, at sundown, or lie | to," answered the mate, "till day-light. Mr. Bernard has juBt turned in ; and ho was think- ing the same, sir."

" I seo half-a-dozen vessels in our wake ¡ what | aro thoy ? I Bupposo you passod thom."

" Oh yos, sir j wont by them as if thoy wero at anchor. Two of thom wore largo, heavily laden transports! 'ho reBt wero private rnu'r

ohirat vessels, I should suppose. Wo passod a I frigato working to windward, sir, just about |

dawn, and Mr. Bornard showod British colors and tho royal yacht Hag."

Mr. Bernard appoarod at breakfast, and Fitzharding stated to him his opinion rospcotiug approaching the Crimean coast during tho night.

" I perfectly ngreo with you, sir. I Bee overy probability of this wind iuorensing, and it sonds a very heavy eoa, iudood, in upon the coast of tho Orimon ; it'a an iron-bound shoro. I do no1 know how our ships can ride out the heavy galos so common in this stormy sea."

During tho day tho wind aud sea increased, J

and bofore sunset tho Medora waa undor doublo

roofed top-soil», audhor top-gallant masts struck. I After sotting tho watch she wob hovo-to, and

making oxoellcnt weuthor of it ¡ Fil/.harding loft | tho dook about 12 o'clock, and ehortly after ro

tired to rest.

Towards morning tho gale increased ; but as I soon as it becamo light, Fitzharding and tho |

mastor carno upon dook to reliovo the two mates. The Modora boro away for Sobastopol. Tho

waves wero not lieur ao mountainouB us in tho

Atlautio or tho Mediterranean ¡ but a broken, dangerous kind of sea, muoh moro unmanage- able than the long swell of the Atlantic.

As the day odvauced thoy passod sovorul I vessels-some lying-to ; othora laboring heavily [

in tho brokon soas.

Tiro or thrco largo steamers woro making head against tho galo ; plunging, at times, thoir

ontiro bows undor tho wutor, sending vast olouds | of foam and spray ot or thoir decks, hiding thom

from viow.

It was tho 1st of Ootober, and tho woathor whs ovou then giving symptoms of what it would do in tho dreary winter months. Boforo 12 o'clock, tho high land of the Crimea-tho unfortunate land of the Crim-Tartiirs, wrosted from thom by cruol docoit and tho overwhelming powor of grasping Russia-was visible

Filzhurding could not but gozo upon that I lund, thou the scone of a momentous conflict, | without a strange fooling pervading his mind.

Britioh blood, us woll as that of Frunoo, had ulrondy watered that lund ; und no man oould tell how much moro was doBtiuod to flow ! Ho know not that evon at that moment our bravo army was beginning to fool tho bad policy that lod to sending so small a body of men, at so late a season of thuyoor, and so ill providod to battlo against tho might of Russia, Ho wus not then awaro that Bulnoluvu was in possession of tho British ; or, indood, any harbor cn that inhospitable shoro ¡ but ho expoctod to boo tho fleet riding at anohor boforo Sebastopol.

As thoy ran in with tho coast tho galo bogan to abate ; for tho changos in the Black Sou uro rapid and strange-from summer to wintor, and «ice versa, is only tho work of a fow hours.

Tho dark, lowering Bky bogan to open, and tho I thick atmosphere over the shore to lift, and tho j

viow to becomo extended.

Two hours aftor mid-day, thoy could mako I

our thoir situution and the lund Woro thom,,

ovory oyo on board wus directed towards the shoro thoy woro approaohiug, expecting to mako out Sobastopol lind tho alliod Hoot. Tho fleet thoy discovered atrotohing in one vost line ulong tho uliot'o. Hundreds of vessels, of all sizes,

wero lying at anchor, riding with top-musts |

Btruck, pitching hoavily on tho swolls.

" Wo aro sovorul leagues to tho eastward of Sebastopol," obsorvod Mr. Bernard to our boro, who was examining a recont ohurt of the Black Sea. "That muBt bo tho harbor of Balaclava

tho fleet aro lying off. They havo taken posses- sion of it, no doubt."

"Yes," exclaimed Fitzharding, "that must bo '

Baluclnva, by the look of tho hills and tho j

stupendous cliffs bodoring the shoro ¡" and tuk iug up his toloscopo, he dircotcd it towards tho coast. After a minute's survey, ho handed the glass to the master, saying, " ïou can make out tho old ruined custlc, porohod upon a high oliff, forming one of the entrañóos to the- harbor. Balaclava is celebrated in Genoese story."

In anothor hour they could discern the dif- ferent ships. Amongst them tho hugo Agamem- non and the Britannia, Vico-AdmiralDundus.

Looking along tho line aa thoy approached, Fitzharding could see Captain P.'s ship, on board which was 1ub friend Edgar Erwin. She was riding at anohor, very oloso to the Ven- geance, Lord E. Russell, and the Arethusa, Ouptttin Symonds.

" Whore would you like to oomo-to, sir ?" in- quired Mr. Bernard, having shortened sail. " I aupposo it will bo necessary to aBk permission to enter Balaolavu, which I would now adviso you to do, eoonor than romain in this oxpoBcd situa-

tion."

"I will do bo, to-morrow," said Fitzharding. "At prcBont, stand in and pass undor the storn of tho-frigate, and anchor between hor and the Arethusa ; there ¡b nbundanco of sou room."

As thoy nearod the-frigato, Fitzharding | beheld most of her officers on tho quartor-deok.

Amongst thom Captain P~- and Lioutonunt I Erwin. As thoy rounded her storn, Captain

P-raised bia hat, and Edgar Erwin and tho |

other officers waved theirs.

" Come-to, Fitzharding, as cloao as you can," |

cried Captain P-, through a speaking trum-

pet. We have token possession of Balaclava, I und the army has driven tho Russians beforo

thom."

" Hurrah !" pealed through tho air from tho delighted crow of tho Medoro, who, as abo passed the several vessels of war, wus gazed at with surprieo and admiration, so graceful was her build and rig, and bo man-of-war shape was everything about hor. In a fow minutes, tho sound of the chain rushing through the hawse hole was hoard, and tho yacht swung easily and gracefully to her anchor. In ub Bhort a time as auy aian-of-war's mon could do it, her sails woro furled, her yarda squarod, and with her stern to the iron-bound shores of tho Crimea, the Me- dora rode at anchor.

Cdapteb X11.

In this chapter wo must roquest our readers I to return with us across the waters of the in- hospitable sea, as the early navigators styled the Euxine, to Stamboul, to follow, for a while, the footsteps of the false Poakovoi, and tho two fair girla under his protection.

As tho oaiquo receded from tho sido of the Medora, in the Golden Horn, Ida Myroti folt lier heai t sink within, and bIio burst into tears Irone, who held hor hand m hers, and though Ida's foco waa oonceoled by tho hood of hor mantle, knew abo was weeping She know too woll tho cause , and, though hor oviti heart wub sad enough, abo proasod tho baud of her fnond and whispered words of comfoit and hopo ni hor ear, as hor houd rostod on hor shoulder

Pasko> 01 himself romaiuod in groat abstrac- tion till the boat touched tho landing placo, and then ho loused himsolf from hiB lit of íoiloction

There aio abundance of porters always at hand m Stamboul watching tho landing of Euiopcans, aud telling two of thoso mon to Uko charge of his luggage, tho signor turned to tho tn o maidens, aud tolling thom to koop thoir hoods well o\oi thoir faces, ho aisistod thom up tho long flight of stairs, and then desiring tho portors to proceed lo a shoot ho named, they all moved on, travoising tho orowdod and bustling narrow stieotB of tho city, till thoy reached that nainod by tho Si¡,noi Paskovoi, then the portois paused, demanding whioh house

PaBko^oi pointod out in this quartoi-almoat ontuoly inhabited by G rooks-a house of rathol bettor uppcuiauco than tho ieat, mid thoro, ou tho door bouig oponod by a woman of the lowor ordor of Gieoks, they dopoaitod thoir load Just as tho Signor Paskovoi waa about to follow the two ni udens mto tho house ho felt his aim grasped bj souio ono fiom bohind, and turning with a start, ho behold a tall mun m tho Ar incmati dress and conical cap, with long (lowing

beard and luustaohos

Ho still od at the strangor unonaily foi a mo moat, till ho wlnsporod a fow words in his oar 1'uskovoi looked round with a start," and then

sud

" You hero, sinoo when ?"

"Smeo Gottzon died of the choloia,' re tin nod tho stranger

"Well, como back in an houi," lemarked l'liskovoi, Booiningly much chagrined, " uud wo Mill hn\e atalkovoi oui uffaiis

"Veiy good," returned thu Armenian in Bubb " How luckily I eaught Ufjiinpso of jon coming up from tho landing placo "

Paskovoi cast a look of voxaliou aftoi tho toll foiLU of tho Aimonian, muttoiiug

'Lucky, jon call it My oui Btar sont you

in my puth "

Ho thon ontorod tho houso, and found the t»o gnls sitting m a laigo und woll furnishod oliinnbor, und tho Greek domoatio \oiy busy in putting aaido thoir mulUmgs, und sooiningly

anxious to mako thom coinfoitublo

" Who uro your minutes now?' doniuiided

Paskovoi ol tho woman

"Not a soul thoso luBt throo days," she ro

plied

" So much tho bottor Howovor, j ou munt go out and puroliaso souio noccssaues , we ahull lenittiu a duy or two-porhopB it may bo moro, though I think the steamer sails to monow Hon ci 01, I will go and inquire Is thoro any- thing, lrono, you would wish mo to purchase foi joui comfoit,previous to Bulling ?"ho domandod of his supposed duughtoi

"I requue nothing, ' suid Irouo, with a Bigh, " oxcept to return, as soon us posBiblo, to my

boloved mother '

" Your wish will soon bo gralifiod," returned Puskovoi, ' for 1 trust tho stoumor for irobizond sails in tho morning I will go this moment and inquire , tho ofhco ib close by " So Buying ho left tho ehambor, tho womuu going out uftoi him, and looking tho dooi, put tho koy in hor girdlo The f,irls, thus loft ulone, sat foi an in «t int Bilont and motiouloss till lrouo, putting hor aim lound Ida b nock, drew hor towuid» hoi-, and kisHiug her pilo chock, said

" You must not givo wuj to despondoney, bclovod Julia, at this pul ling from your brother, it will only bo for a tirao Surolyit vasa ¿rout and unoxpoctcil bloBEing for you to soo bun, to know him, and lo bo ublo to say ho is all a fond

eistet could wish '

" Yes, it was a blossing dour Oithorino, ' re turned Julia Titfliarding-for such waB tho roal name of tho fair Ida Myroti ' A noblo, gonor OUB, truo heaitod being is my dear Honrj 1 gloiy in him Ah, Oalhorino, how ofton have you and I talked of him, und pictured lum to ourselves You loved lum as a boy, Oalhorino Now, confesB, doOB ho not only roahso our im aginaiy portraits, but infinitely surpasB thom ?'

Thoro was a flush on Oathoriuo'B chook as sho replied

" Ho ib, m truth, all yon could wibL him to be At times you frightonod mo, on board tho yuolit Your feelings, oftentimes, woio near bo trujingyou "

" Yes," said Julia, " thoy frequently ovoi powered mo Ue must huvo thought my con duct very strange., if not unfeminino Do you romomber how positivo I waa it was ho ? Ho saw mo at tho opera. But I toll you whut makes mo moro deprossod than I otherwise should bo, now that I know my dour brothor has not forgotton his lost slater, but ia actuallj pi o coeding lo mik his hfo in sourchmg for her "

"Then what ia it so particularly depresses you, Julia, knowing Ivan Gortsaro has loft a letter that will bo tho means of guiding him to you, and that a few thousands will restore you to his protection and to your country ' Alas I Julia, it is I that fool tho doproiBion you spoak of acutoly You, whom I lovo with, if possiblo, moro than a sister's tenderuoss, will bo sapuratcd from me, for perhaps yoars may not hborato my bolovod mother or myself"

" And do you think, my own Catborino," Bold Julia, in a tone of gentle reproach, " that I will leave you in captivity ? No, no I havo reud both your heart aud Houry'a You lovo linn, Catherine You alwaye loved him, oven its a child , but now your love equals his own , and I know ho will nevor bo happy till ho finds you end throws himself ut your foot and devotes himself to you forever "

" And j et," answered tho young Princess, for our rendors, of course, uro, long before this, owaio that lrono Paskovoi is no othor than Catherine, daughter of tho Princess Warben dorlT-the title bemg hereditary m tho femólo huo " And yet," added tho young Princess in a touching and mournful tono, " ho parted with mo, thinking we should never moot again "

" YeB, dear Outhormo, but did you observe thp tembló struggle that was taking place within his breast-the rcol anguish ho showed-how his hand burned, and no words could pass Lib lips I saw his look, it wub ona of deep lovo and dovotion, but, rocolleot, what oould ho do or say ? Coming, as w o did, ia a manner so suspicious and mysterious, on board hiB yacht, looking upon you a« the daughter of a mon ho must Bupposo either a charlatan or advonturer, what could he say or do ?"

" You forget, dear Julia," rophed Catherine, that I am a Russian, and that a deadly war now rages between our two countries "

" What caros lovo for those obstacles ? ' re turned Julia, with a faint Bmilo " As to this war, it cannot lost Old England will gain the day, and your mighty Czar will bo glad to mako pcaco. You must not bo angry With mo, door Catherino, for giving victory to my gallant countryuion You know you ure ¡nearly hulf English yoursolf "

"Yes,' answorcd Catherine, with a Borious I anulo, " my mothor'a English blood cauaod tho Czar's resentment and eruolty to my bclo>ed father But wo havo wandorod, Julia, from our subject You said you had other enueos fordo piossion, what ure thoy? '

"I will toll you, Cathonuo, though you may think thom unfounded, or, at best chimerical

I fear Ii an Gortsaro Ho has eomo strango projoats in his hoad Ho wus always a moody man, and you know his mother was a Circassian, nobly doscondod, ho says, mid torn from her family, m one of tho frightful massnoios of thoso noble and high spirited people, and bl ought into RuBBia by Gcuornl Warhondorffs fat hoi "

" Woll, thoro is no mtstiust to bo entertained of Ivan Gortsaio, dear Julia, bocauso his mothoi was a Circassian Thoro aro many hundreds of Circassian womon who, dining tho lato and presont wais, wore earned oft and aftorwaids inuiriod to Russian Boifs "

" Ah," romnrkod Julia, " 3 ours is a oruol and degrading otistom , and, ono day or other, those wiotohod serfs or ruthor slavos, will ovorponor thou mustere and take toinblo vongoauco upon their oppioBsors '

" You know, dom Julia, I do not deny tho juslico of your roinark , but it is m vam for us to talk of thcBo things Goon with tho oauso of youl suspicions against Ivan Gortsaio I ucknowlodgo I no\or hkod linn, still hohas hithoito noted nith stiict fidohty to my family But foi him my beloved mother would uo\or have seen 1113 poor dear fathor boforo ho died , and it was through his intoroossion wo wero pei milted lo bo biought up in dear England, which I shall always lovo ima romombor fal, Ivuu Golismo has boeu our fnoud "

"All this I acknowledge, Cathouno , but I think ho had hidden motives in being so'

llien, looking steadily into tho beautiful eyes of tho Russian maiden, mid drawing quito closo to hor, sho whisporod-"Are you aware that Lan Gortsaro is a paid Bpy of tho Ruasinu goiom

mont ?"

"Good houvonB, what is that jon say I'ox olaiuicd Catherine Wuihondoill, with a etaituiid a palo chook

" Hush, tho koy turns 111 the look " Baid Julia , " elie 01 ho is doming buck , and, though tho woman ib kind, elie ib u Greek, and not to be trusted We will resumo this convocation when wo go to bed "

Turn Gortsare and tho womon, Alexina ou to ed tuo room together, tho latlor oaiiymg a basket full ol provisions

"I uni happj to toll you," îomarkod Ivan Goifcauro, "that tho steamor for Trebizond suds to morrow, as early as 8 m the morning Sho Bails but onco a foitnight, thorofoio, no woro lucky to anne as wo did in time, and not bo delay od hore Alexina will proparo whulovor lefioehmont you may wish I shall not soo you any moro to night "

The young yila quiotly budo him good nicjit, and ho lotned to another, but remote, chamber 111 tho houso, whoro thero was wine and íofi ash- mont brought lum In half un hoar, tho Ar mouian made his appearance, and was at onco mti oducod into Iub chamber by the Grcokwoman

As soon 11s sho had rotirod, the Armenian sat down, und holpod himself to wiuo, saying

" Uoro'a your health, Ivan G01 tsaro, and buo coes to our mission» (low liavo yon spud m England, are tho inlanders us onay to gull as tho followers of tlio Prophet ?"

"It roqunos but little ait to decoivo (hut nution of ehopki opors," returned Ivan GortBaro , " pay thom for what you got, und thoy won't trouble you with quostions, bosnios, the country is over run with mustuchod Polos, Gormans, and forcignora of all Unida, m tho shnpo of artists, players, singers, und foreign quacks, who nil humbug John Bull out of his o/ish, f hut a rogi

mont of Russians might hvo dispoisod ovor the country, and do nnd boo what thoy hko 11 thoy soom to think or caro for, ia making and Bponchng monoj, and sooing Bights, no matter of what kind lhoy havo crystal palaoos turned into hugo taverns, whoro thoy gorge, and drink, and amuse tliemsolvos, for nothing is to bo dono in England without drinking Aa to tho war thoy oro disgusted about it, furious with thoir ministers, and advisors, and gonorals , and yet, with singular apathy, mako no uttompt to got rid of thom I ofton thought, while 111 Lug lund, to turu quack doctui, thoro is nothing pays hko it You can't take up a papor, but it teoms with wondorful cures, pills, waiora, ohxirs, and works upon tho million and one diseases thoBO IslundorB acorn to onduro cougliB of nino j ears' standing cured in ton minutes, cancers, nicurnblo one», cured by poa meal, undor a oplcndid name, ana all tho mvontois mako thoir broad by than, und apond thousands, besides,

m advertisements "

" Bishmillo, Bnid tho Armomnn, with a laugh, it's a fino country, it's wondorful ' Hore, it's nil bosoh, thoro's no mouoy to bo had, your qunokB would have to cat oach othor But, Ivan Gortsu 0, toll mo, did you got many planB of thoir dock yardB und dofencos ? Bid they udmit you?"

" Nothing oaBier than to get to soo thom I havo not been idlo I havo forwaidod much in formation to St Potorsburgb "

" And who aro the females you have with you ?" uskod the Armonmn, with a keen inqutr ing look " I cnufcht a glimpse of thoir facoB as thoy eumo out of tho eaiquo-thoy are

lovely '"

Ivan Gorlsuro tried to look composed and un concerned, but ho was evidently unoasy , be, however, rophed- " One of them is a native of St Potorsburgb, who went to Lngland, before tho brenking out of the wa1-, to learn tho lan- guage and manners of tho pooplo, sho will bo omplojod by the govornmont, the othor ib a poor Folium girl that attended on her, and goes with her, sho is an orphan, and will bo

made useful "

" But how did you procure a passago in that magnificent yacht belonging to that Enghäh milor ? did you run no risk from such intimato mtercoureo, and with two such handsome girls in youl company *"

" Curse your lnquiBitivenoss," mentally ejacu- lated Ivan Gortsaro , but he still replied pa tiontly, "I only carno from Gibraltar in tho yaoht, the vcBBel I left England in sprung a leak oil Cadiz, and with groat difficulty no reached tho rook, and then, as it was blowing hard, she ran aground near a place culled Europa Point, and was bo damaged as to requiro unlad mg. The yacht belonging to the English gentle man came into Gibraltar 'ho next day, and hear

ing sho was bound to tho Crimea, I made a bold move, and requested a passage for mysolf and daughter, aud hor Greok attondont ; I passod mysolf off for a Greek, and, as we kept to our oabins, tho voyago was easy to got ovor."

"And what is taking this English milortotho Crimea ? Ho must bo immonsely rieh to have suoh n yacht, and manned by oighty mon, and i I armed too! Were you able to make out hifldo J sign for such a trip at this season of the year ?" 1 I " Curiosity ; what olio ?" returned Ivan Gort

saro, a little impatiently ; « ho has been ia the

English navy, and mi a lioutenaut in a ship of war. But," ho continued, " how carno you to roplaco Gottzon ? I thought you wore destinod for Sobastopol, and to penétrate into the English and French camps, so it wassottlod whon I Baw

you last."

"Ah! Icontrivod to got out of thal situation ; it waa not io bo tri/Iod with ; if caught, it ¡a cortain doath. Gottzen happening to dio at the nick of timo, and fortunatoly, knowing tan

Turkish language, I got his borth. Whero do\ you go noxt, Ivan ?" \

" For tho present, I procood to Sinope, by the \ Trobizoud stoainor." \

. " Woll, I wish I could got a mission to Eng- land," said the protended Armonian ; " I should do vory woll in cljat country. Hero I try my hand at fortuno-tolling, and at timos pick up a trillo from foroiguors j tho Turks aro too poor. I should Uko to try my luok with that English milor ¡ I siipposo ho ii 119 easily gullod as tho rest of his oountrymen."

Ivau looked ut his companion for a. momont 1 and then laughed, us he replied

" You bud botter let fortiiiio-tclling alono, my friend ; and, abovo all things, avoid that English- man. Hu has no faith in tho stars, and would

laugh ut you. Ho sails, howover, io a day or

two."

"By St. Nioholns," said tho Armenian, "I wonder ho did not try and coax ono of your pretty companions from you ! Ah, you look sorious at that ; perhaps you intend to tuko ono of thom for your own wife, oh ?"

Gortsaro lookod duggon ; but, for sonic rea- son or other, ho did not appear to wiah to quurrol with bia companion, for ho morely again laughed, Buying

" It'B a dangerous thing for a mun of fifty to tako a wifo of eighteen. Howovor, it's getting luto ; 1 have somo letters to write, aud one or two 111 cipher, so I must wuito no moro time."

" Woll," obflorvod tho Armenian, rising, " I will seo you in tho morning, or sometime- in tho day. I have a littlo project in my bend that might suit you to join in. You know our salary ia not ao largo that an addition to it would bo ineonvonioul." Ho then took up bia conical cap and departed. Gortsaro eaw him to tho door, and thoro bado him good night. Whcu ho re- turned to his room, ho looked the door, and throw himsolf into 11 ohair, with a look of in- tonso vexation, muttering to himsolf sundry

Bontonoos, such as

" That follow would sell us both, if ho could pocket twenty oopoolta and koop his hoad on his uhouldoi'B, I'm not safo an hour whore ho ¡b ; but I will got rid of bim boforo I quit Ibis. I'll hand him over to tho tender niorcies of tho Turka."

Having uiado this resalvo, ho filled himself a goblet of witto, mid then took his desk and passed two hours in writing lottors in ciphers,

boforo ho rntirod to rost.

[io nu continqi;i).I

A olose-I'ibted Scotchman rocoutly insisted upon boiiig admitted into a pono-utuu at half price, hoeauso ho had but 0110 oyo.

A bow, it is said, kills on nu avorago about 80 flips au hour j nnd a spin row will destroy at lonst, 150 worms or caterpillars in u day.

'lill; last applicant for an Jndiuna divorce uskod for it on tho ground I hat his wifo "had un uproarious disposition and cold fe-ot."

A hot wulor attaehmoiit to locomotivos, to bo used in squirting deaf mon oil' tho tracks, is a utilitarinu inventor's latest achievement. '

Aiidut 40,000,000 pounds of tobuoeo loaf ond 1,300,000 pounds of cifjurs and mauufiioturod tobacco aro importad annually into Britain.

A piioioaitAPitEu in Indianapolis exposes delinquent customers by dieplujing thoir por- traits upoido down, labelled " Not puid for.

Am old maid says a woman isn't lit to havo a baby who docBn't know how to hold it ; and tliis ig üb true of a tonguo us u baby, adds a vilo

bachelor,

Tall Talk.-A Yankee editor spoaka of tho ingrutitudo that " fallB like a drop of acid into this milk of Immun kindness, and turns it into

acrid clubber."

Tiíiíbu uro 146 rcligioiiB denominations in Grout Britain, tho iiamoa ol' which havo boon givon to tho Rogialrur Qouorul of births, dooths, and mnrriagcB.

London and Paris have doubled thoir popu- lation since 1832; in Vienna tho increase lina beon still greater ; livorpool has almost tripled hor population.

A country girl, coming from the field, wnB told by hor cousin that elm looked ita fresh as a dnisy, kissed by tho "dow." "No, indeed," wub the simple reply, " thut wasn't hi» nome."

liiHHSlsriHLiî wus tile invitation of tho rustió maiden to lier swain i " Como over ami seo mo ; we havo a now lamp at the home, that wo can turn down until thoro isn't scarcely a bit of light

in the room."

Tub following was " invented " by 0 widow as a good riddle for hor fellow sufferers to give out whon occasion olfers ¡-What is tho ploa santost kind el' husbundry?-To dostroy a

widow's weeds."

A coidieH'ONDBNt of tho Boston Traveller Bays that if women wore as particular ia the ohoosing of a virtuous husband na mon uro in tho choosing of a virtuous wifo, the moral refor- mation would Boon begin.

A San Fhancisco letter says:-"There is not a solitary opening in IheStato of California, vast as it is, for another clork, book-koopor, salesman, half-educated dootor, mining stock- broker, or general adventurer."

An Illinois paper saya, " A travelling piano player attotuptcd to whip au editor in this State for a sharp criticism. When he got through, tho pianist bad no oar for music. Too editor

had both of them."

Tun Morning Post is the oldest morning journal in London, and ia in fact on the evo of its centenary, tho date of its birth being 1772. Tho next journal in seniority is the Times, which

was established in 1788.

Dr. Casper, of Berlin,: in his work on the the duration of humunü'feOas given the follow- ing conclusions :-'* MUOiuitlougovityof clorgy men, C3 ; of morobarirs, 6?.i of clerks, 61 ; of

farmers, G1; of militiry truuKf^..-,^of lawyers,

58 ; of artists, 57 ; and rum Utfcal men, 56." I Newspaper men do not livotbjMÍl.

One of tho best remedied for damp walls is tho growth of ivy on tbo exterior. The pendant leaves prevent tho rain from penetrating to the wall; and if any damp urisos from the founda- tion, the pluut absorbs the water, and dissipates it into the air from tho uudor side of every leaf.

A Modul Pbbsi.ntation Spbeoh.-One of the best presentation speeches ovor mudo is said to be tho following, addressed in a ruilroud shed, on presenting a watch to tbo time- keeper! "Bodud, bosH, wo trust the watch will koop as good timo for yoes us yees have kept for us this many a year."

Toe Ohiougo Tribune doclares tliot Horace Grooly lately visited a western town where swearing is punished by a line of 25 uentB for each offenco. Some one had stolen his um- brella and put a litter of kittens in his old hat, and by compromising the matter, the 200 dol- lars he got for his lecture just paid for his swearing and 4, dollars over. *