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joiced in the shelter afforded by the awning.; overhanging stone forming the roof. Over this Alas! we soon wished for any amount of rain entrance a cobweb curtain was drawn, and tiny rather than that awning!

drops of moisture studded the gossamer netThe evening was closing in, and the boatmen work, each one reflecting rainbow hues from a assured us that no time ought to be lost in re- glowworm's lamp which shone within. When turning to Thun; so they pushed off, and we reached the first table-ground on the hillwe all congratulated ourselves that we should side, we came upon a bridle-road which tra. now have both wind and current in our favour. versed the edge of the precipice now bordering Darkness came on rapidly, and still the light the lake. We went on cheerily now, for we ning flashed, and the rain poured down. We could walk in pairs, and again entertain our. had proceeded a mile-and-a-half, or thereabouts, selves with conversation. All was dark, except when a sudden squall arose, and seizing the when the vivid lightning showed for a moment awning, spun our boat round like a teetotum-| the depth beneath and the fretted waters of the the terror of the children, the anguish of the lake. Ever and anon an angry torrent sweep. mother on their account, and the solemn awe ing from the mountains poured across the of all, engraved that hour of terror deep on each path, falling in an extempore cascade into the of our minds. In vain the boatmen tried to lake, and we were obliged to wade ankle-deep land us : the rocks were too steep to have per- through the flooding waters. Of the many tormitted access even by daylight; and now it was rents that we thus crossed scarcely any were simply impossible. Yet on no account dare permament: they were but the overtlow of that they venture to round the next headland.. At night's drenching rain, an overflow doubtless last they succeeded in finding the one poor often repeated. At last we reached a humble landing-place which the banks afforded, and Wirthshaus, and I asked for food, fire, and beds. we sprang on shore with right thankful hearts, They had, alas! no beds, and the only food they now wholly indifferent to the pouring rain. A could offer was milk, and the coarse spirit light near, proceeding from the window of a drawn from cherries. But we got very accepchâlet, bad guided the boatmen to the landing, table aid, for the landlady's daughter came with and we now hastened thither, crossing by a / a lantern, and offered to lead us to the town. mere plank a deep chasm, through which a Mrs. Grey, already fatigued beyond her powers, foaming torrent rushed to the lake. Entering took the arın of this brave and kindly girl, while the châlet, we found a mother and seven chil- my cousin and the boatman each mounted one drep seated around a table, each furnished with of the exhausted children on their backs; and a spoon, with which they were securing their thus we proceeded for the remaining four miles several shares of a bowl of water-soup which of the journey, reaching Thun at midnight, stood in the centre. None of them either moved the precious vasculum having been transferred or spoke, though we all warmed ourselves at to my charge, when Sarah took its place on her their stove, consulted over our plans, and again father's shoulders. and again went to the door to regard the wea- After the hardships of that excursion to the ther. I approached the mother to inquire if it Cave of St. Beatus we were obliged to rest for a were possible for one of her boys to procure us day or two, and we made our next outing by any conveyance in the neighbourhood.

means of the steamboats plying on the sister “There is no conveyance nearer than Thun, lakes of Thun and Brienz. We were thus landed that is seven miles, and I cannot send a boy out within a hundred yards of the beautiful cascade in such a storm.”

of the Giesbach. Here the water falls first over We felt that she was right-tbat we must one shelving rock, and then over another, leaving struggle with our own difficulties. We were | hollows behind the cas cades, where enterprising only distressed on account of the chillren. On tourists can pass in and out. On the spray. leaving we apologized for dirtying her cottage, spattered rocks we found the Asplenum viride and I gave her the only coin I had about me, a in abundance, as well as its more wiry brother 20-centime piece. She was astonished and de. the Trichomanes. High and dry upon the same lighted, and we amused ourselves with contrast- rocks was the lovely mountain Forget-me-not, ing her manners with that of our own cottagers whilst the grove at the summit was carpeted under similar circumstances. Imagine their with the thick elastic tufts of Haller's appledisgust if a party of tourists soiled their clean moss. We reclined on this natural couch, and floor and then presented twopence !

peasant children brought us delicious Alpine One of the boatmen offered himself as guide, strawberries, offering at the same time beautiful and the other waited the conclusion of the storm articles in carved wood for sale. We enjoyed to bring the boat round to Thun. At first we our quiet excursion that day, for we were phy. had only a goat-path by which to ascend the sically unfit for aught of enterprise. steep hill, and the rain rendered it so slippery Our last exploration in the lovely Oberland that we often fell, and were sometimes con- was the Valley of the Kander. With three strained to creep awhile on our hands and knees. horses to our carriage we started at five o'clock While thus proceeding a fairy-scene came upon in the morning, traversing first a part of the my view. By the side of the path a little group road we had already seen on our expedition to of mossy stones formed a cave, the entrance to the Niesen; but presently a turn to the right which was sheltered from the heavy rain by the brought us amid new scenes, and by eight

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o'clock we reached the village of Frutigen. I each frond a foot or more in length, and glossy There we paused to bait the horses and get and prickly as its namesake the holly-tree. breakfast for ourselves, and I never remeinber a Here, too, the Alpine stag's-horn moss trailed more delicious meal than was then spread before its long branches, and the children wound it us. Café-uu-lait, fresh eggs in abundance, round their hats, in emulation of Wordsworth's fresh butter, rolls, and honey were all there, each peasant-boys. The yellow lichen, Everina vul. the very best of its kind. The drive through pina, supposed to poison wolves, here raised its the morning-air had given us hearty appetite, powdery branches; and on the more exposed and we did justice to the good cheer. For this ground brilliant plots were seen of violet and we were charged half-a-franc each! As we blue. The former were composed of the lovely proceeded up the valley, frequent hills required Alpine Linaria, where the violet corolla is beautimuch walking on our part, and gave us just the fully contrasted by its orange mouth; the latter opportunity for botanizing which we desired. were made up of plants of the tiny Gentiana Here and there, on patches of ground ainong nivalis, each measuring about two inches in rocks, we gathered splendid specimens of the height, and bearing at least twenty brilliant blue Gentiana campestris, the flowers fully twice the blossoins, with white star-like eyes. size of those of the English plant; ivhile from We did not reach the Gemmi Pass. Our the hilly groves, bordering the road at intervals, powers could not achieve it; but we descended branches of the graceful Campanula-like Gen- rapidly, neither wishing to lose our dinner nor tiana purpurea tempted us to climb and cull. be overtaken by night on that dangerous road. In similar places we found the mountain Hare's / In the low swampy ground around the village ear (Bupleurum ranunculoides), its tiny yellow we found abundance of the marsh gentian; its umbels seated on broad leafy involucres, which, stems above a foot in height, and crowded for along with the prevailing yellowness of the two-thirds of their length with the large upfoliage, gave it the appearance of a spurge, and right purple bells. In returning, we had a fair rendered it perfect, as a contrast, for its neigh- share of contretemps. We broke a spring of the bours the blue and violet gentians. We drew carriage, and had to walk several miles before nearer and nearer to the foot of the true Alps, we could meet with a smith to repair it; in the and could now discern the greenish-white hue meanwhile thunder came on again, and we of the glaciers; while the forests of tree-stumps feared we were in for another drenching. But showed where falling avalanches had mown a happier fate awaited us. We reached a village down the stately trees as entirely as the scythe just as the storm burst, and we bad no worse cuts off the grass upon a lawn. The village of disagreeables than bad tea, thickened with Kandersteg is very small, and the little wooden boiled milk, and sour bread to eat with it, for wirthaus smelt like a great deal-boy, and made wbich we were charged double what we had us feel like animated dolls in a giant's baby- paid for the sweet meal of the morning at house. Having ordered our dinner, we made Frutigen! Our tea over, and the carriage for the mountains, alpenstocks in hand, if so be mended, we started again; and, though the rest that we might attain to the Gemmi Pass, and of our journey was performed in darkness, yet look over into Italy. Oh the beauty of that we had the light of glow-worms to cheer us, ascending path! the ice-fed torrent of the Kander and the comfort of knowing that the storm had roaring by its side, and ever tempting a delay | passed over. to adipire its frequent cascades. Here the The next day we were occupied with precourted inmate of our petted ferneries--the parations for our long journey home. The holly Polystichum-was growing in native ease. plants and their presses were packed, along We count every frond in the cultivated plant, with sketch-books and drawings. Only with proud beyond measure when it becomes suffi- the noise and bustle of Loudon around us again, ciently naturalized to grow four or five inches did we sum up the results of our excursion, and higb.

find that the fortnight's botanizing had given us But here each plant had its circle of twenty sixty-four characteristic Swiss plants ! fronds, growing like a crown from the caudex,



It was a distinctive title, which was almost the blonde, and the other one; and I am sure all as much her name as the Antoinette inscribed the large circle of acquaintance who thus dis. upon the baptismal register. People talked of tinguished them will ridicule the idea of the beautiful Miss Hammond, the talented Miss making a heroine out of “the other one." Hammond, and the other one ; or of the oldest | Looking at her, upon the dreary December Miss Hammond, the youngest Miss Hammond, night which opens my story, you will see there and the other one; or varied this by the brunette, ( is but little onwardly to mark her as fitted for

the post. The slender little figure, so neatly fully and noiselessly, Martha's voice make such draped in pretty blue merino; the glossy braids music in his heart, or give him such a sense of of brown hair, with no flower or jewel to rest after the day's fatigue and anxiety. decorate their profusion; the delicate con- “And now, papa, while you eat your supper, plexion, soft brown eyes, and sweet flexible I want to read you a story Lou wrote to-day. Taouth are each graceful and winning; but glan: One of her gems, with the prettiest song verses cing from her to the sisters who stand near her, introduced. You are not too tired ?" you admit their advantages. · Leonie, the tall, The proud father was never too tired to admire superb brunette, in her black lace dress, gleaming Lucy's graceful sketches; so the story was read here and there with rich crimson knots of ribbon, and admired to Nettie's full satisfaction. her hair drooping low and crowned with crirn- "Ain't it lovely?" she said, as she folded the son flowers, is Juno-like and bewildering in her papers. “I am so proud of Lucy! It is so nice regal beauty; while Lucy, the blonde, ta!l too, when I hear strangers wondering who L. H. is, bat exquisitely ethereal in her floating robes of to think “That's my sister,' and to bave such a white, with starry jasmine twisted in her short | delicious little mystery to unfold.” curls, is only second to Leonie in loveliness. “And now tell me what you have been doing Mamma, tall and dark, with worldliness written all day ?” upon every feature of her handsome face, is in "All sorts of things. I helped Lou a little by gala dress too, for to-night one of the crowning copying her article for her, and I made the festivities of the season is waiting the arrival knots of Leo's dress, and trimmed mamma's of the Misses Hammond, and Mrs. Hammond gloves, and concocted that chicken-pie you are always accompanies her daughters. Nettie, of eating, and did a lot of odds and ends, nothing course, was invited, but Nettie don't care much much.” for parties, and has chosen to wait at home for “Are you too tired to read me this article in papa; for papa, being a physician in full prac- the Lancet? My eyes are snow-dazzled, and I tice, has a fashion of popping in at all sorts of should like to hear what this fellow has to say eccentric hours, and Nettie has noticed that he – Diseases of the Eye.'seems to relish his coffee or dinner more, when “I am sure he recommends green spectacles she hovers about him to pay personal attention for doctors who drive about on sunlit snow. to the sugar or salt question, to ask questions | By the way, papa, do you suppose any doctor of the day's duties, to pepper his dinner with ever practises what he preaches ?” rattling anecdotes of home, or sympathise with “I don't know, dear, I'm sure; I should prohim over some newly discovered case of distress. bably preach very loudly at any of my patients Leonie and Lucy have declared it a horrid shame who drank such strong coffee as this in the that she won't go; her mother has added that evening, or who ate bis eggs as I do mine, Nettie has queer notions and sh: has had her boiled to perfect bullets." own way in the matter.

"I am so glad you are not going out again," As soon as the carriage rolls away with the said Nettie, as her father donned dressing-gown party-goers, Nettie tidies the pretty sitting-room, and slippers, and struck an attitude, peculiar to and takes out her knitting, a pair of wonder- tired doctors, upon the sofa -“though," she ful crinson and brown comforts for papa's added thoughtfully, “it must pay for being tired, wrists. She has not long to knit; for by nine to comfort so many poor sick folks as you do." o'clock she hears the gig drive up, and tosses “And to have such a nice little girl to make aside needles and wool, to fly down-stairs and one lazy,” said her father. “You are right, greet her father.

Nettie; the power to soothe a sufferer, to com"Come in the sitting-room, papa,” she cries, fort a mourner, to aid nature to restore or drawing him forward; "it is so nice and warın smooth the path to the grave, is a gift God sent, there, and I have told Martha to bring up your for which I give him humble and hearty thanks. supper, so you won't have to go down again.” I was sent for to-day to the C- Hotel, to “Rest all out?" asks the doctor.

prescribe for a gentleman, a stranger here, who “Yes; gone to Mrs. Moseley's, the large fell upon the ice, and has got an ugly compound party, you know, that we had cards for last fracture to keep him a prisoner for a long time. week."

He is all alone, his family being in California, " Why didnt you go?"

and I really think was more grateful for an “Oh, I didn't care for it. Three of us are hour's chat than for all my bandages and splints." enough, and where Leo and Lou are, they won't “I should say the chat was decidedly the miss me. Oh, father! Leo was superb to-night; most agreeable, poor fellow! Who is he?" she had her hair dressed in the new fashion, “You'll find his card in my coat pocket. with crimson flowers all woven in among the Not that - nor that-that's it!" braids, and drooping on the neck. She wore “Leonard Williams! Why, papa, that's grandma's diainonds too, and her dress was | Leonard Williams.". very becoming."

« Well, dear?" "You should have gone; Martha can wait "But, papa, you remember Hattie Simpupon me."

Yet, while he said it, the doctor knew that “Yes, dear,” said the bewildered doctor, Martha's fingers could never arrange a tray so I looking at Nettie's flushed cheeks. temptingly, never wait upon him $0 thoughto! "Who went to California three years ago,


with her father, and married John Coles. Well, | “Really, and Mrs. Hammond is waiting in the her father married the widow of the great parlour to add her invitation to mine, and to see banker Willis Williams, and she wrote that that you have the proper number of pillows in Leonard, the only son, was coming here on his the carriage." tour through the States. You must have heard The reception and first impressions of our Leo talk of it.”

hero are best put in his own words. In a pile “Well, you know, dear, I don't hear Leo talk of letters tied with ribbon, and tucked away in much. As she never comes down to breakfast Mrs. Cole's work-table drawer, there is one and is out every evening, and as I am away all which reads thus:-day, there is not much chance of her telling me

“P- , Dec. 18 , the news. But I remember Hattie very well. · “DEAR HATTIE,—You were very anxious to So this is a connection of hers ?"

have me write as soon as I had seen your dear “Why, papa, all the girls are crazy to see friend Leonie Hammond, and tell you how she him. His father left him an immense fortune, | impressed me, so here goes for a long letter. and he is one of the most successful lawyers in First and foremost, you must go to mother for San Francisco. Hattie describes him as about the details of a lucky fall I had, and the subseas near perfection as one of Lou's heroes.” quent invitation to make Dr. Hammond's house

“He's rather a fine-looking fellow, with large, my home; then, fancy me fairly domesticated, frank eyes, that look straight at one, and he has in a charming room, with that dear old gentle. a good, clear voice, too, as if he was ashamed of man to pay me daily visits, his stately wife to nothing he had to say. He a hero! Well, he see that I have every comfort, and the young won't captivate a heroine just yet, Nettie, for his ladies flying in or out as the whim takes them. arm is in a bad way. Now, the Lancet!" I have never been too sick to come down-stairs,

The long, able article was read and criticized, but appear daily in a charming crimson wrapper and quite a perceptible impression made upon that suits my Spanish complexion to a nicety, the knitting before the doctor and Nettie con- and slippers that would make anybody lazy. cluded to seek their respective apartments, and “But all this time you are waiting to hear of if there had been one lingering regret on Nettie's your friend. Hattie, she is bewildering: even mind for the brilliant party she had lost, her your descriptions fall short of the reality, and father's warm kiss and" God bless you, darling," your vignette portrait is a miserable libel. Such quite drove it away.

eyes !--now full of fire, now beaming with mirth, The next morning, Leonard Williams was now melting with pathos. Such a queenly fully discussed at the breakfast-table. Leonie figure! such beautiful, rich tresses ! such a and Lucy were still dreaming of the conquests sunny complexion! Well, words do her no of the previous evening, but Mrs. Hammond justice. She is the most wonderfully beautiful decided that the invalid must be their guest. 'woman I ever saw. The doctor was only too glad to offer his hos. “Of Lucy I see but little ; she is abstracted pitality to the stranger, and Mrs. Hammond and self-contained, spends whole days shut up fully appreciated the “ chance" thrown in her in the doctor's library, and seems to pass her way. Leonie and Lucy were much too fasci- whole time in dreaming out her new stories or nating for a resident in the house to leave the poems, which are certainly worth the trouble. heart whole, and visions of the stranger's im. “But, Hattie, why did you never tell me of mense wealth danced in fascinating profusion the other one-Nettie, the household fairy, the through mamma's brain, as she dressed for the wee, witching, graceful Cinderella to these lovely ride to the C- Hotel to offer her motherly sisters ? No, not Cinderella, for that heroine care to Leonard Williams.

was neglected and abused, and Nettie just wraps He was up and dressed when the doctor round her warm heart the love of the whole entered the room; but there was a contraction family. While Leonie is riding, driving, danof lip and brow, a deadly pallor and weary | cing, skating, or sleeping, and Lucy is shut up expression, that told of acute pain borne quietly in the library bewailing the sorrows of AraTo say that he accepted the doctor's invitation minta or creating a situation for Clementina, gratefully, gives but a feeble idea of the glow in Nettie is the home fairy. She appears in the bis cheek, the light in his eye, that expressed sitting-room daily, with delicious compounds his pleasure. A home!

which she informs me she has manufactured for We can all feel independent enough when my especial delight, though I notice there is we are well, doctor," he said, smiling; “but always a duplicate dish for the doctor's dinner there is nothing like a twinge of pain to recall or supper. She comes in demurely, to sit down mother-love, or a good fit of sickness to bring to great piles of white stuff which she gravely out home memories. But I am afraid to tax states to be the “week's mending," and shoots your kindness so far. A stranger

a tiny glittering needle in and out, reducing long “Not at all : the women folks have discovered ends of thread to miserable inches in less tiine an old friend. You may have heard Hattie than it takes to tell it, her tongue all the while Coles speak of the Hammonds."

keeping up a merry rattle, or tracing out deeper “Speak of them! Haven't I bowed in spirit thought as the whim takes her. The others are before Miss Leonie's picture, and admired even very gay, and dazzle me night after night by to Hattie's content the exquisite stories of Miss coming in to twist round before the pier glass Lucy. And you are really Dr. Hammond.” as they are starting for a party, sometimes

dragging Nettie off too, spite of her reluctance, ready to trim Leonie's dresses, lend her finery, to bring her home full of pleasure at the admira- or braid her magnificent hair; has time to copy tion lavished upon her sisters. But the most Lucy's articles, hunt up her quotations, pet her charming time of all is the evening. Dr. headaches, or find out the complimentary Hammond is generally at home; or when he is notices in the papers, and feels amply rewarded out, one of the sisters remains. On the latter by being kissed, petted, and imposed upon by occasions, we have music and small talk; but every member of ihe loving family. when the doctor presides, then Nettie lets all “Ah! Leonie is superb; Lucy has wonderful her hidden inner-self out, and a charming self it talent; but, Hattie, for a home bird, for a comis, so womanly, so true, pure, and good. No panion, friend, and wife, give me the other deep thought to startle, but the quiet, reliable one'.” intelligence of a child, frank and questioning, yet It created something of an excitement in the full of beauty. She reads beautifully, and we family when the millionaire, the gentlemanly bave all Lucy's stories, as she writes them,varied invalid who had won the affection of all, made by the articles in the Lancet, the news of the day, his sentiments public; but when he announced poetry, fiction, history, anything that one of the his intention of taking an adjoining house, and trio will suggest. She seldom plays when her setting up his office in the city, the doctor gave sisters are present; but for the doctor and me a glad consent to take him for a son-in-law, she will accompany herself to simple ballads, while Leo and Lou declared he would make the which she sings with taste, in a clear, sweet, but most delightful brother-in-law imaginable. not very powerful voice, often giving me the use “To think,” said Leo, laughing, as she stood of her fingers to carry out the tenor you are so contemplating a pile of silk and lace, heaped up fond of. It is very beautiful to see how they in the sitting-room, "that the first wedding in all love her and rely upon her. She can the family should carry off_" always produce the doctor's lost spectacles or "Not the beauty,” said Lucy. instrument-case; knows exactly where her “Nor the authoress," said her mother. mother laid her fan last evening; is always “But," in chorus, "the other one!



A party of Englishmen, members of the Climbing Club organized; the Climbing Cab Climbing Club, stopping in the Bernese Ober- the highest expression for their system of enland. were about to attempt the ascent of the croachment, now being carried to its crowning Jungfrau.

point. I am no great lover of the English. There In company with some fellow-tourists, I was may be some very amiable people among them at that time sojourning at Lauterbrunnen, in in their own country; I have never been dis- that valley where the Jungfrau rears its head posed to go there and search them out; but I thirteen thousand six hundred and seventy-one have met them all over the rest of Europe; and feet high. From our inn, we could see it everywhere, even in my dreams, I protest I have proudly overlook the whole northern chain of found them stiff, ungracious, sullen, and un- the Alps. It was constantly before my eyes, sociable, guarding themselves against all ap- and its sight filled my soul with emotions lofty proach, like thistles or porcupines; therefore as its own proud summit. the idea of their Climbing Club, giving us Of my companions, some were artists, others another proof of the only kind of superiority I botanists or mineralogists. All, every morning, recognized in them over us, irritated me to the dispersed according to their several tastes; I, last extremity.

from choice, remained behind, guarding the The English have planted their flag in each of baggage, book in hand. Now, as this book the five divisions of the globe. The bubbling was generally some guide to Switzerland, I sea no sooner gives birth to a little chance island, might have been, though remaining stationary, than, before it becomes half consolidated, while better posted than they in all the beauties of it is yet only a mass of liquid mire, they plunge the Bernese Oberland; but my attention was into it a tall pole surmounted by their leopard constantly diverted by the sight of the mounstreamer; this same pole, this same streamer, tain. must needs now decorate the snowy summits of One day, when we met at dinner, my compathe highest mountains on the globe, beginning nions, beginning, as usual, to rally me upon my with Switzerland. For this object was the quiet habits and indifference to Alpine explora

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