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" Thattideless sea

up the Mediterranean. We all listened to over us, with all its stars—the silver sheen of hear if from any quarter the salute would be the moon was spread along the sleeping wareturned, and in a few minutes we heard, like ters-all around on the still air I heard voices distant but heavy thunder, the sound of cannon from the olden time. We were sailing on the from the western entrance of the Straits. A same sea where had sailed the Rubicon Cæsar, black column of smoke rising up into the clear with his mailed cohorts-Hannibal, with his insky in the same direction, led us to suppose vincible legions—Paul, with his new Faiththat this salute had been given to an English Peter the Hermit, with his wild crusaders—the naval steamer coming into Gibraltar.

young Corsican soldier, on his way to his Imperial Throne, and Columbus, on his bold path

to a New World. When the sun went down over Gibraltar, the summit of the Rock glistened like burnished gold. Save a canopy of gorgeous clouds hung first view of Italy.

This morning we all rose early, to catch the out over the sunset, the whole sky was a deep

There lay Genoa, “la Superba,” white and blue, with moon and stars which seemed literally to blaze on high, so pure was the atmos- distance of fifteen or twenty miles, and in the

quiet in the bosom of the mountains. At the phere. We were now in the Mediterranean,

indistinct light of the early morning, only

its main outlines could be distinguished. But Which changeless rolls eternally.”

as we slowly rode up the gulf, and the sun

came over the Appenines, the scene began to On our left rose the lofty snow-capped moun- brighten. On our left lay the snowy-topped, tains of Granada, bringing back memories of distant Alps, glittering like silver in the growthe old tales we had read in childhood of Moor- ing light of morning, and the gray

mountains ish and Christian valor; on our right the low around us freshened into verdure. sandy coast of Africa stretched away, telling Either shore as it curled up to the city was its mournful story, seeming to send its deep lined with quiet villages, clustering as they wail of lamentation over the sea, like Rachel advanced, till, like two streams, they seemed mourning for her lost children, and would not to pour themselves into the bosom of the “city be comforted because they were not. Our ship of palaces." The town follows the outline of was cleaving the same waters which had long the shore, which is semi-circular, and rises in ago washed the thrones of Egypt, with her the form of an ampitheatre on the hills behind Pyramids-Carthage with her Hannibal-Gra- As we drew nearer, the scene changed every nada with her chieftains-Rome with her moment. Palaces started up before ustermailed heroes—Greece with her poets, and raced gardens rose above terraced gardens Judah with her Holy City-while all around mountain enfolded mountain, crowned with us on the soft air the spirit of the classic world fortresses and convents in almost endless perbreathed.

spective, till the whole waving outline grew How often on my youthful fancy, like a indistinct on the northern sky. lovely vision in dreams, had this night come! Under a light breeze, so soft and gentle that How many times, long ago, when on some quiet it broke the calm of the silver waters only at autumn day. I have laid me down on the sunny intervals, we floated slowly up the bay, and a slope of a hill, under the falling yellow maple little after noon dropped our anchor inside the leaves, and read the story of Æneas and Dido, mole of the harbor of Genoa. While we were or the wondrous tales of the bold knights of sitting on deck waiting for the health officers Spain, and dreamed I should one day sail to come on board, and making up our minds over these tideless waters, and then wept to how well we should like our new home, the think it would be but a dream! But this glo- | breeze came down from the gardens and vinerious night, which had so often seemed worth yards of the city, LITERALLY LOADED WITH FRAa whole life besides, had at last come. The

This seemed like "the dream-land.' mellow sky of the Mediterranean was bending

GRANCE.

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THE STANBROOKS,

HE MYSTERIOUS WILL.

A TALE OT NEW YORK FASHIONABLE LIFE, TEN YEARS AGO.

BY FAIRY FAY

CHAPTER I.

with an offended air; changed the position of SARATOGA.

his graceful limbs, and looking daggers at his

presumptuous friend, demanded wbether he "A chiel's amang us, taking notes,

meant anything personal by that remark. And faith he'll prent 'em."

“Oh, most assuredly," replied Howard, "that “Well, of all dull places, commend me to is if you choose to take it so. Do you rememSaratoga !” exclaimed Mr. Augustus Beau- ber the answer of the Irishman who deeming mont-stretching out one leg, then the other, himself insulted by some inadvertent remark, and yawning in the most fashionable manner. | demanded if the speaker was serious ? 'I am,' " Nothing but eating, drinking and swallow- he replied. “Then I am glad to hear it,' said ing mineral poisons in large doses all day long! the Irishman, "for I will not take a joke from Bah! we have not even a flirtation to drive | any body.'away ennui. Fred!" turning to a gentleman Mr. Augustus Beaumont recrossed his legs, at the opposite end of the room, who was busily hummed an opera tune, and moved his chair engaged in reading—"Fred, why on earth do toward the window. A moment after, he startyou keep all the newspaper to yourself. Pray, ed up with an exclamation of surprise and deis there not a 'horrible accident, or a 'terri- | lightble murder to amuse one with ? Do let's have “Colonel Stanbrook and his two neices, as something. Oh, don't hand me the paper; I'm a sinner! and there is the beautiful Laura it's too great a bore to read one's self. Any lifting her blue eyes to our window, while the Jews ?

heiress bends her queenly head in answer to “ The Great Britain has arrived."

the salutation of some of her adorers, as the “Pshaw! I've no interest in that."

carriage dashes through the avenue. Why, "A great fire in New-York."

what lucky fellows we are, Fred; all alone “Still less interest in that-never having had here, and the field to ourselves. They must be property there, save three vacant lots, which here for the season, and away from New York any good creditors took a fancy to long time fortune hunters, we have the game in our owy

hands. Fred! I say; one would think your "Fanny Ellsler has taken a farewell benefit whole existence depended upon that telegraph at the Park.”

of news and scandal.” The noise of approach"And it will be a greater benefit to the ing wheels--the loud shouts of postilions the country when she takes her farewell of that. clamor in the hall, and the mingling of several What right have the fascinating foreigners to voices, compelled Howard to lay aside his newscome here and gull us out of our money, as páper, and rise for the purpose of ascertaining well as run away with our hearts ?

the cause for this sudden tumult. A splendid " Hearts !” exclaimed Frederick Howard, private carriage stood before the door, in which glancing over the paper at the lounging exqui- was seated an elderly gentleman and three lasite. “Pray, Gus, can you tell me the com- dies. The door was soon opened by the obsopound ingredients of a dandy's heart? It quious footman, and the gentleman held out never entered my imagination that one of that his hand to assist his fair companions. First species, presumed to boast of such a commo appeared a young lady dressed in the extreme dity."

of fashion. An elegant riding-dress of black Mr. Augustus Beaumont pulled up his collar / velvet, relieved at the throat by a French

collar, displayed her tall form to advantage, and dollars and cents, to balance the numerous a rich white silk hat with a demi veil of Dres- attractions of yonder petite- well, I never!” den lace and ornamented with a superb bunch | “But who and what is she? you have roused of French flowers, sat lightly upon her com- my curiosity.” manding brow. She had bold features, dark, “Who sh, is except a dependant orphan, I flashing eyes, and an air which bespoke her at cannot tell, and what she is you must ascertain once as a favorite of fortune. A smile, half of for yourself. She is called a muse—a gracecondescension, and half of scorn played around a vision-a creature of enthusiasm one moher haughty lip, as she returned the low bow ment, and the next quiet, sedate, thoughtful of Beaumont, and then stood twirling a sun- as a hermit. A being shade in her hand while awaiting the descent

"Of passionate visions-quick, light and shade." of her companions.

"Is she not a superb creature?" exclaimed “If she rouses even you into quoting poetry, the beau, as Howard joined him at the window. she must be a character worth studying. How

"Quite a noble air, and withal graceful and provoking that she will not allow us to catch dignified ; pray who is she ?"

a glimpse of her face. How I hate those thick “Cornelia Stanbrook, the reputed heiress of green veils—they are very annoying !" three estates, and the leader of ton among the

“You will find the wearer still more annoy. New-York aristocracy."

ing,” observed Beaumont, biting his cane with New-York aristcoracy! Pray, define that vexation, and speaking as if he had received term," said Howard.

some provocation from the subject of his cri" Why, you do not presume to intimate that ticism. “But look there, Fred, and talk of we have no established aristocracy in New angels! There comes the last, but by no means York !” exclaimed Mr. Augustus Beaumont, in least, of the new visitors. Look there, and barprofound astonishment. Howard smiled at the ricade your sensitive heart; only let me whisper earnestness with which this remark was made ; one caution-she is a portionless beauty." but possessing too much good sense to attempt! Howard did look-and he thought that por. arguing the point at that moment with his vo- tionless or not, she was the most celestial crealatile companion, changed the subject by in- ture he had ever gazed upon. Her eyes of deep, quiring why he used the term reputed heiress, dark blue, shaded by long drooping lashes, in reference to Miss Stanbrook.

were raised one moment to the window, and “Because the different suitors to the fair then fell instantly, as she observed the admirsisters--for there are two of them have not ing looks of the gentlemen; while a blush, yet determined which is the heiress. I have like the delicate tint of an ocean shell, suffused been informed that the young ladies are them, a cheek fairer than the lily. Her half parted selves ignorant which deserves the title. I lips displayed a row of pearly teeth, and her have settled the matter in my own mind, for voice, as she addressed her companions, was no one could view them together without re- melody itself. Her age appeared hardly sevenmarking the decided superiority of Cornelia ; teen, and there was a modesty, an ethereal though Laura is pretty, vastly pretty-yet purity and innocence floating like a veil around without possessing the Je ne sais quoi, which is her, denoting a heart uncontaminated by the essential to the first position in fashionable so-follies and absurdities of what Beaumont called ciety."

fashionable society. Howard gazed, with his Howard again smiled at the term fashion-whole soul in his eyes, until her light form disable society but without any comment upon appeared from the door. the words, inquired the name of a sylph-like " I see I need not eulogize Laura,” remarked fairy creature who was just stepping from the

| Beaumont, as he saw the rapt attention of his carriage at the door.

friend. “What would you give now for an " Angels and ministers of the--Muses, de- introduction ??! fend us !” exclaimed Beaumont, levelling his “An introduction! Do you know them ?" eye-glass. "If there is not the- ".

“ To be sure--every one." “The what?!

" Then you will present me !" Mr. Beaumont answered only by a succes- "To which-the Muse---the beauty or the sion of exclamations : “To think of the belle heiress ?" bringing such a rival as that! She will have “ To all,” said Howard, eagerly. to make out a schedule of her possessions in “Humph! variety is charming; and you will

find it displayed to advantage in their various “Why, fifty thousand a year, a stud of elecharacters. But, by the way, there is a ball gant horses, a box at the theatre, and a house this evening in the house, and they will all be in Broadway.” there of course. If the heiress is not in one “And yet he is universally acknowledged to of her lofty moods, and therefore unapproach- be one of the most licentious men in the city, able--you shall have the honor of picking up very profane, very intemperate and very illiher fan, or handing her an ice; and if the terate." divine Laura is not in one of her timid moods “But his fifty thousand covers all, and makes -for the wild fawn is not more shy-you shall amends for all pecadillos,” said Beaumont. have the rapture of discovering the color of “Well, who's next ?'' her eyes ;-and if the Muse— humph!" Mr. “The

M , of Washington Square. They Beaumont gave a most significant shrug, and give the most splendid suppers. They have was silent.

travelled through Europe, and have every room "The muse—well."

in the house furnished in a different style. "If the muse is not above your comprehen- One German, one French, one Italian, another sion, you will have eyes and ears for no other | Spanish, and so on."

ject. But go to the ball, and study the fair And yet I think I have heard that Mr. M—'s trio to your heart's content."

father had acquired his wealth by dishonest' “The last place in the world to study a means, commencing life as a refugee from the Woman's character,” replied Howard. “Give alms-house, and arriving at his present elevame the woman who can throw a charm over tion by what a backwoods Yankee would call the social circle. I regard not the attractions of a circumamnibus route; but I do not mean to a ball-room, where she is nothing but a beau- be sarcastic, and would only observe that Mr. tiful puppet. Give me a woman whose conver- M- has seen fit lately to put his name on sation will enliven my solitude-whose gifted the bankrupt list, perhaps to secure his promind displays itself to the few as well as the perty." many--a woman, in short- >

“You 're too cute for me,” said Beaumont, " The muse, to the very life,” interrupted laughing. Well, there's the H-s, in the Beaumont. She would charm you out of your same square; real aristocrats; equal to any seven senses in half an hour. While the rest | lords and ladies in Europe. Young H- has of the company are discussing ice creams and a tandem, a mistress, and nothing to do." quadrilles, she is discussing the merits of Es- “More's the pity,” replied Howard, "since chyles, Shakspeare or Milton.”

in a few years he may find that he has a great “What! is she a female philosopher ?" asked deal to do to procure a subsistence, as the Howard, rather aghast at the idea.

family are going to ruin as fast as they can. "You may call her what you will--an en- But I think I have had a pretty good specimen chantress, or anything else. She is a sort of of your aristocracy. Were I to give my views favorite everywhere; humph! yes, there's no on the subject, and point out whom I consider denying that; though I can't for the life of me the real aristocracy, the nobles of the land, you see what the fashionables can find in a poor would only laugh at my odd notions, so I think dependant so very charming. Some say she's we had better obey the summons from that a natural daughter of the old Colonel; and dinner-bell, and enjoy the society of your three faith, with some reason, for she looks like him. graces." Others that she is a destitute orphan, that in “Paint their portraits if you are able, and the proud family of the Stanbrooks, supplies study their characters at your leisure. The the place of half servant, half companion to two minors are at your service, but I intend to the aristocratic girls. Cornelia can't bear her, monopolize the belle myself; so beware of inbut Laura, being somewhat of a dunce, is glad terference, or expect a challenge." to make use of Inez's wit to get out of her love Mr. Augustus Beaumont was the son of a scrapes. However, Miss Inez Laurence, with New-York Millionaire. One of the many who all her wit and learning, is hardly considered by dint of hard labor, considerable tact and one of the aristocracy."

shrewdness, and perhaps a few of those under“Who do you call the aristocracy ?" asked hand practices by which many arrive at disHoward, slightly shrugging his shoulders. tinction, had risen from obscurity as a humble

"Why, such persons as Mr. P ." mechanic, to a par with the aristocracy—that "Mr. P---! well, how strong is his claim ?? | is the aristocracy which sustains its claims by

the magic charms of wealth alone. He lived head at mention of the first, and laughed outin a fine house in — Square, kept his car- right at hint of the marriage speculation. riage, and sent his daughters to the most fash- But finding his obstinate heir resolved to do ionable dancing-school. With the vagaries of what he liked, or nothing at all, he reluctantly Master Augustus, the old gentleman had long consented to give him $20,000 for his land ceased to interfere ; so that the young gentle- speculation, and as much more should he man, left to himself, with pockets well-filled succeed in winning "the heiress,” whoever with the hard earnings of his sire, spent his she might be. This arrangement was to be time sauntering about the streets, patronizing made only on condition that Augustus should the theatres and sharing his money with those henceforth consider himself independent of his amiable and considerate individuals who are father ; that should he succeed in his plans, the called hangers-on in society, and who having profits were to be secured to himself. Should nothing of their own to depend upon, gener- he fail, nothing should induce the old man to ously relieve of their superabundance, those advance him another cent. who are not capable of keeping it. Beaumont's Elated at his success, the young gentleman tardem and bays were the admiration of Broad-grasped the long-wished for treasure, and way. His cane was the most exquisitely turned launched at once upon the ocean of speculaand mounted, his whiskers the most ferocious, tion. But, alas ! to find his frail bark wrecked and his boots the tightest of all the followers upon the shoals where so many have landed of dame fashion. The more prudent father, who in similar expeditions. His first scheme had had sacrificed both health and comfort to attain failed, and now there was but one hope rehis present enviable position, at length began maining—that of winning an heiress; and to open his eyes to the conduct of his son ; and, Cornelia Stanbrook, the reputed heiress of aware that his hard-earned wealth would soon an immense estate, had hardly appeared as a be exhausted in such reckless hands, suddenly bright peculiar star in the galaxy of beauty announced to the petrified youth his intention and fashion, than Augustus Beaumont threw of stopping the supplies in future; at the same himself at her feet, and vowed he would there time intimating that he must look about him sigh away his life, unless she condescended and choose some business or profession, where to raise him. And did she? Were all his by he might render himself independent, and sighs, his groans, his passionate vows exbe preserved from utter ruin. There were six | hausted in vain ? Time will show. daughters to portion, and the poor old man Frederick Howard was a young man with groaned in spirit at the length of the bills no high expectations. He had been left at an which were duly arranged before his eyes early age dependent upon his own resources every quarter-day. He could not understand for subsistence. The small income left him them at all. “In my young days, girls,” he by his father—who had been a highly respectwould say, “my mother and sisters did not able and much-esteemed citizen of New Yorkspend so much in a year as you do in a month. sufficed to maintain him in comfort until his What is this? One shawl, twenty dollars; one studies were completed. He had chosen the hat, fifty dollars; one feather, twelve dollars; profession of a lawyer, and his own natural one shawl, one hundred and fifty dollars ! talents, added to industry and perseverance, Pshaw !" He sighed deeply, shook his head, rendered him amply qualified to sustain any and gave orders on his banker.

position with honor and credit. He possessed It had never occurred to Mr. Augustus a thorough education, elegant and refined Beaumont that so elegant a being as himself manners, and withal a faultless form, and face would ever be obliged to labor in any way. of uncommon beauty and intelligence. These Study was his abhorrence; and a mercantile various gifts rendered him a universal favorite life---the very thought of it was galling to his in the highest circles, even without the appenproud spirit. Were not young C- and dages of wealth and high rank. Many a rich young W- gentlemen of leisure, and must and high born lady was proud of the acquainthe slave for a subsistence ? Query-how to ance, and would have been flattered with the avoid it? It suddenly occurred to him that a attentions of Frederick Howard. Generous, good speculation in land might relieve him brave, affectionate, and gifted; easily led, and from all embarrassment-and a rich wife save and like all persons of great sensibility, easily him the mortification of being obliged to use imposed upon-his only faults arose from the his delicate hands. His sage parent shook his impulsive sincerity of his heart, which led him

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