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were once placed staiuts of the Virgin Mary, esiate, be determined to shew no partiality to and twelve Apostles, of solid silver, gilt. These either. He repaired to Yoik, taking with him have been taken away; and, bad the whole. the horn, out of which he usually drank, and cathedral been built of the same materials, filling it with wine, he knelt down before the not one oubre would have remained upon an. altar, drank it off, and piously defrauded then other. The other seven sides are alike. They both, by giving the horn, with all his posses. each contain six marble seats, arched over the sions, to God and St. Peter; and leaving, as top. Above these runs a gallery of stone, so was customary in these cases, the dignitaries exquisitely carved, that to have an idea of it, of the church executors and residuary legatees. it must be seen. The sculptur's workmanship , They have found this suinmary way of convey. was formerly covered with painting aud gild., ing an estate as good as twenty skins of parching, now almost obliterated by time. Above ment and forty thousand words. The horn is the gallery each of the seven sides contains a' made of an elephant's tooth, and has a broad noble window. In this room the business of band of metal round it, on which different tbe church should be transacted; but, on ac- figures are rudely engraved. Its original ore count of the damp, its commanding officers | numents were of gold; but they shared the adjourn to the council-room, or inner vestry, fate of the Virgin Mary and the twelve Aposand this is only used on great occasions. tles. What that business is, is unknown to the pro. Iu a room leading to the restry, I saw two pbane. The attendants are sworn to secrecy, ancient half-circular chests, whose iron binges aud the guide looked as if it was not his place spread over thelids, like stalks and flowers. I to conjecture.
inquired their use; and was told they had To the vestry I was shewn a thread-bare pall || formerly contajued the treasure and valuable of gold tissue, which was carried over James I. utensils of the church. They are now said to when at York;, a pastoral staff of silver, in be empty; or filled only with rubbish. The tended to decorate a Catholic Archbishop, in sacred chalices, mitres, and copes, having perthe reign of James II. and several rings, taken haps been plundered by infidels, and some from the fingers of different Archbishops, when l other place found for the money. their tombs were opened in the year 1736 If the revenues of the Cathedral make rich The dates of the reigns are 1259, 1315, 1423, 1 clergyınen, the number of other churches in 1476, and 1544. Two of thein have each a || York make poor. The Rectory of St. Dennis, siogle ruby.
Walmgate, is only twenty-three pounds a But, above all, I was shewn the famous horn year; and a part of it arises from the rents of of Ulpbus, King of the western part of Divra ; || small houses, torn from the bowels of the poor, Ibe title-deed by which the church holds lands and half swallowed upin repairs. of great value to this day. The two sons of || Ulpbus quarrelling about the succession to his
(To be continued.)
THE SPEAKING COMB.
“ CONTES A MA FILLE"
(Concluded from Vol. II. Page 310.)
This new scene overpowered our young || The public disapprobation was so general and satirist with remorse and confusion. The ex Il so strong, that Madame St. Mareel fearing to pression wbich the noble stranger had thrown | excite disturbance, and willing to profit by into his last words, the tears which fell from this occasion, to make her daughter sensible the eyes of his daughter, who was as lovely as of all the danger of this fatal habit, went sud. she was modest, drew the attention of every denly out of the garden of the Thuilleries, one, and excited the curiosity of all who were inwardly protesting that she would never Dear them. All loudly approved of the re again take her there, and no more expose her. monstrance of the stranger, pitied the daugh self to see her driven out with ignomioy. ter for the insult she bad received, and mur This adventure made a deep impression mored against the impertinent young person, | upon Caroline; a dead silence and a dern pho appeared scarce arrived at her first bloom. Il reverie succeeded. to her brilliant sallies, and
No. XV. Vol. III.-V.S.
to the cutting and malicious words with which decency of de portment becoming your age and
my memory. I will not dissemble so far, how. " formed.
ever, as to say, that the habit of criticising M. St. Mareel had been for several months every thing which presents itself to my eyes, at Vienna; he had saved the life of an Arch
1 is yet entirely destroyed; and I often checka duchess, who had fallen from ber horse in all thiousand pleasantries, which are ready to hunting party, and bad received a deep wound
escape me, in spite of myself; but I hope that in her head. This celebrated surgeon being
|| time, your counsels, and the firm resolution [ present at the chace, with the French Am- || have taken, will entirely destroy that cruel bassador, had the happiness to raise up the Il mania, which I am sensible will, in the end, young Archduchess; and gave a fresh proof of render me odious to every one, and unworthy his rare taleuts, by avoiding the painful opera- l the title of your daughter." tion of trepanning, to which she seemed doom- | Madame St. Mareel made no reply to this ed. At the tiine the Archduchess fell, a golden lefiusion of her daughter, otherwise than by comb, enriched with diamonds, because un pressing her to her bosom, aud giving her fastened from her long fair hair; and being thousand kisses. She then began herself to picked up by M. St. Mareel, he was desirous | fasten up the tresses of her five hair; but inof restoring it to her :-“ Keep it," said the il stead of the rich comb that her husband had i Archduchess, “as a mark of my acknowledge- sent her, she substituted another, somewhat ment; and permit me to add to it the set to like it, and placed it on the head of her daugh ! which this comb belongs. In offering a part | ter. Instead of the row of diamonds on thes of iny diamonds to your lady, of whom I have il former, might be read on the top, in diamonds often heard you speak in such highrterms, de- l also, very distinctly traced out on a black sire her, Sir, never to wear them without ground :-"Wicked tongue !" Soon after, thinking on her whom you have so ably sue- ! they got into their carriage, and went to the coured, and who owes her life to your skill.” Opera; where they placed themselves in the
M. St. Mareel lost no time in sending his middle of the orchestra. No sooner was Caro. wife ibis rich set of jewels; which consisted of l line seated, than she remarked she drew the ! earrings, a necklace, and the above mentioned ll eves of several persons towards her; she eumh Madame St. Mareel, who, for some thought immediately, that it was the usual time, had worn her hair cropt, kept for herself effect of the richness and splendour of her the earrings and necklace, and offered the li coib; but she soon beard repeated from a comb to Carolione; saying to her, “ Although sides,“ wicked tongue! She looked around this present is unsuitable to your years, yet I her, not being able to divine tbat it was her. hope you will often wear it, and procure me self-wbo'was spoken of. The more she turned the pleasure of fastening up your long tresses, her head, the more she heard repeated, from which you know I bave always taken care of every part, what bad Girst struck her ear. She myself.”
now no longer doubted but that she was the Caroline, delighted to possess so precious and object of the public scuro: she blushed, the brilliant a jewel, did not fail to adorn herself tears started into her eyes, and not being able with it when she went out with her mother. | to stay where she was, she proposed to her What especially flattered her vanity, was to mother to go into a box; pretending that she sec the eyes of every one fixed on this splendid did not feel the orchestra confortable, and comb, and adıniring its elegance and lustre. they should sce much better. They both Madame St. Mareel whose head was always went out; Caroline gave her arm to her mooccupied in giving her daughter a lesson of the ther, and sought out a box. As she passed highest importance, which every circumstauce through the lobbies, she had the anguish of rendered now indispensible, proposed one day I heariug several young people of most elegant to go to the Opera, to scę a new ballet of appearance repeal, as they looked at her, the Gardel's:-which drew together all Paris, “Il fatal inscription, which they read on her bope," said she, “that you will observe that lead : she traversed the tyring rooms,--the
same punishment every where. At length she || her daughter bad made her order ber coach to sheltered herself in a box, where thinking her- ! be drawn up. 'The moment that they were self secure from farther bumiliation, and find- || stepping into it, Caroline again heard repeat. ing herself alone with her mother, she gave ed, “ wicked tongue !" berself up to despair. “I must then," said During their ride her grief knew no bounds: sbe, bursting into tears, “ have drawn on my she never ceased inploring the pardon, the self the hatred and contempt of every one. clemency of her mother, and confessiog that. Oh! how I repent my foolish raillery! and she was unworthy of her care and tenderness: bow severely am I punished !"
iben throwing herself on her bosom, she let Madame 31. Mareel, prodigal of her kindness | fall a shower of tears. Madame St. Marecl and condulements, inwardly enjoyed the suc- l was at that moment going to confess to her cess of her enterprise. As they both con. daughter the stratagem that she had: employ versed on the fatal effects of satire, and on the ed; but fearing to destroy its salutary effeci, jueritable chagrin it gives to those who exer- sbe feigned to approve her resolutions, and cise it, a lady, wbuse outward appearance an- | profiting by the moment when the fine hair of bounced opulence and the first fashion, came Caroline was in disorder from her extreme and placed herself in the same box, with two agitation, she took out the speaking comb and young persons whose superior. manners were adroitly substituted that which M. St. Mareel proof of a finished education. Caroline, for had sent her, and which she had kept envelop. the first time in her life, fuand nothing to ed in her bandkerchief. By these means the criticise in these three ladies. The mother young satirist, in taking out the rich comb, appeared as gentle as she was well informed, which was so dear to her, was far from sus.. and her two daughters seemed amiable and peeting the effect which the other had promodest. Already the incorrigible satirist found duced. Faithful to the resolution she had how much sweeter it was to praise than to formed, she was a long time before she appearblame; already she had praised these three ed again in any circle; and occupied herself soknown persons to Madame St. Mareel; ll only in correcting her habits and reforming: already she expressed a desire to enter into her character: in a word, sbe became as mild Cooversation with them; when she heard the and good-natured as she had hitherto been eluest of the two sisters say in a low voice to 'satirical and formidable. It was near a year the other, “wicked tongue!" jogging ber | after, that Madame St. Mareel, secure in, as cibus at the same time. Carolive, as if stun. much as she was rejoiced at, the conquest bed by tbis last blow, which she was far from Caroline bad gained over herself, shewed her expecting, and not being able any longer to the bappy instrument of so desired a cbange, slay in the box, where she was quite overcoine and confessed to her all the chagrin slie had with shame and grief, went out with her mo- the fortitude to support and endure herself, to ther, without daring to lift her eyes towards crush and destroy for ever so fatal a propen. the young people, who looking at her again, | sity, which would have been the misery of her. made their mother read the inseription, who | life. repeated in her turn those two heart-rending Caroline, so far from reproaching her mon vonls which Caroline beard from all sides. ther with the bumiliations which the speaking
" I see plainly," said she to Madame st. comb had caused her to suffer, promised to Marcel, “ that I have lost the public esteem, Il preserve it always, pledging herself, that she and that every one points at me. Let us re would put it on her head the first time the tire, mamma; let me save myself from this | least malice or sarcasm escaped her. But this. iusapportable torture.--Oh! how the words promise was needless · Caroline, who had en.
bich issued from the lips of those charming | joyed the charms of mildness and moderation persons have afflicted me! -10 is over with for one year, contracted the precious habit : me, I never can appear again in company: 1 she appeared again in the world more witty, must quit the world for ever! Come, mamma, and more amiable than befure.. Instead ofi let us regain our carriage; l' languish to be at hearing repeated, as she was followed, the beme-I cannot breathe-am in agony.” cruel device of the speaking comb, she receiv.
Madame St. Mareel, sustaining Caroline, \ed froin every quarter, felicitations of the flatoverpowered by the restraint that she experi- tering kind; and whether slie appeared in faced, and by the tears she was obliged to sup- crowded parties, or at the public spectacles. press, descended the grand stair-case of the the concerts or public walks, she was only Opera House, pretending to the people who pointed out by the appellation of the beautifika surrounded her, that a sudden indisposition of and excellent,
DELIA DOLEFUL.-OR AN OLD MAID'S FRUITLESS SEARCH AFTER
birth, however, made her more prudent; the You must know that I am one of those | Viscount paid my father's debts, and my ill-starred beings whom the world styles old mother, from that time, confined herself maids; and for the last ten years my temper to such amusements as her husband's mo. has been gradually soured by the various I derale fortune enabled her to procure. mortifications that odious appellation bas ex But Mrs. Doleful took care literally to fol. posed me to Heaven knows it is not my low the ironical advice of a celebrated writer, fault that I am stigmatized with it; I have | “ Never to subunit with a good grace, for she tried every possible means to get rid of it; | took sufficient care to make my father sen. from the age of sixteen to the present hour, sible of the value of those sacrifices that I have been constantly engaged in some ma she made to prudence, since she retninded trimonial speculation or other ; but alas! || him of thein every hour in the day. For a Mr. Editor, I was doomed to find your sex short time, her querulous temper was a great “ Blind, insensible, and blind" to iny inany | annoyanee to Mr. Doleful, but he soon got perfections. Egotism apart, I have been accustomed to it, and, “ it is a great pity, to thought handsome (Oh! how mortifying it is | be sure my dear; I am sensible of your to speak in the past tense on such an occa-l prudence, my love," were the only replies sion), and I was uuiversally allowed to pos- that be ever made to her incessaut com-' sess sense, and good-humour; yet, amongst il plaints. my numerous adnuirers, I never met with one |
My mother bad been very pretty, and she generous enough to disregard my want of for was sensible of the value of beauty, for in tune. Though several have acknowledged her days it was not estimated so lightly as at that that was the only reason that induced present. I resembled her in person, and she them to decline leading me to the altar of frequently declared, that I should not be Hymen.
thrown away as she had been, for that she My father, the Hon. Doolittle Doleful, was !! had no doubt, with a little management, of the youngest son of Lord Viscount Never seeing me splendidly married. What manage. move. The family of Doleful is one of the ment might bave dove for me, I know not, as most ancient and restpectable in England; I my mother did not live to try the effects of but Lord Nevermove was not rich, and at an it, for I was but little turned of fifteen wbru early age, my father was obliged to make! I had the misfortne to lose her. choice of either the law or the gospel. From From the description I have given you of an bereditary indolence of temper, Mr. Bole. my father's temper, you may naturally sup. ful felt inclined to give the preference to the pose, that bis house was not a very pleasant church; but just before he was ordained, an residence for a gay giddy girl; and when my offer was made him of a place under govern. grief for my mother began to subside, I re. ment; the salary indeed was small, but then solved tu get married as soon as I could ; but he had only to attend to the duties of his lit was, in my opinion, indispensably neces. situation about two hours in the year. Lord sary that the man whom I honoured with my Nevermove had in his gift high ecclesiastical li hand, shunid be possessed buth of rank and preferment, but as it could not be obtained wealth, for I had a great inclination to fulfil on quite such easy terms, Mr. Doleful gave up my inother's predictions, and to marry splrnthe hopes of a mitie, aud accepted the post I didly if I could ; but before I had quite at offered himn.
tained my sixteenth year, I had (as I con. Shortly after he had done so, he married, and
ceived) a fair chance of becoming a Countess. never surely was there a greater contrast in
The Earl of Delborough visited my father ou temper and disposition, than my father and
business, I was present, and I saw with pleamother. Quit was, in bis opinion, the sum. sure that his Lordsip regarded me with parti. mum bonum of human happiness, and in her's, cular attention, and when I afterwards learned it was the bane of every joy ; not a moment's from my father that be had invited himself to respite from dissipation could she allow her. I take a friendly dinner with us, very sove my self, and her active course of life soon pluuged heart brobbed with the idea that I was the her husband into pecuniary difficulties. My i maguet that drew him to our house; mor was
I mistakea, his Lordship's visits became very | smitten with me; neither the person, frequent, and though they were generally manners, nor temper of Sir Harry were ex. made under the pretence of business with Mr. |actly such as I should have liked in a husDoleful; yet it was very evident that this was band; but he was rich, and gold, like charity, merely pretence, and that they were intended hides a multitude of faults. His admiration solely to me. In a short time the professions of me was evident, and from the boisterous of admiration with wbich he addressed me be- manner in which he expressed it, my friends came more tender and passionate; he never, it had no doubt that he dieant to make me pro. is true, mentioned marriage, but I did not for posals ; I was of the sanie opinion myself, and a moment suppose that his inteutions were for a little time I could not make up my mind disbovourable, and I looked forward wiih to accept them; at last his title and fortune delight to becoming in a sbort time Countess prevailed, and in spite of my aversion to bim, of Delborough.
I resolved to honour him with my hand whenFrom this blissful dream I was awakened in a ever be thouglit proper to ask for it in form. manner the most unpleasant. One morning 1o a short time he made his proposals, and I that the Earl had been more than commonly graciously referred hiin to my papa, to whom warm in tbe professions of everlasting love, I he immediately wrote. My father, who was Tentured to intimate that I could not with highly pleased with the match, readily gave propriety listen to him without the sanction bis consent, but signifying at the sarge time, of my father's approbation ; it is astonishing that he could not have any fortune till his what an effect these few words produced ; | | demise ; Sir Harry was with me when the the rapturous expressiou that animated his leiter was delivered to him, and on reading it, countenaa ce vanished in an instant, aud for he retired rather abruptly; the next morning some minutes au awkward silence took place I was surprised by an unusually early visit on both sides; at last bis Lordship broke it, by from bim, and after sitting for some minutes, a declaration, that he loved, nay adored me; ! twirling his thumbs, and beating the devil's but he had unfortunately impaired his estate tattoo, be favoured me with the following by some youthful extravagancies, and it was elegant harangue. on that account absolutely necessary for bim “I bad a letter from your father yester. tu marry a woman of large fortune; but day, Miss, and I can't say but that I am though his hand might be another's, bis heart #monstrous sorry to give up the thoughts of most ever be mine aud mine only; aud if it was making you my Lady Hearty; but this you possible for me generously to cuoseut to be his see is the case, I live up to every farthing I've on those terms that he had in his power to got, and so did all my family before me; now, offer me, I might command his fortuve, and if I was to marry yon, without a fortune, and tbat the world should for ever be kept in igno. we were to bave a family, I must part with rance of "
my stud and my bounds, for I could not maille I did not allow him to finish his speech. tain children, and keep them tov; and with Hust as I was at his ungenerous conduct, I out horses and dogs what's a mau's life good had resolutiou to conceal my chagrin, and for? I look upon you, Miss, to be a monstrous I dismissed him with the contempt he de sensible young lady, and therefore I bope served.
that there's no offence, for I'm sure I mean In a very short time after this adventure, I none; but I can't think of marrying any wo. Feat to spend a few months in the country, man without tortune, and that is the plains at ibe bonse of a distant relation of my truth of the matter ; besides, if I did, we cuuld father's. I left London with considerable revever be bappy together.” gret, and during the wbole of my journey I " That I sincerely believe, Sir," (interrupt. murtuured jncessantly at being thus hurried ed I, “and I only wish this explanation had alive among savages, for I did not suppo-e sooner taken place; thank Heaven, however, that the inhabitants of Oakly Hall were much it is not too late, since uot fur worlds would I better, and the rough courtesy with which I be your wife." was welcomed, served to confirm my opinion. 1 “ Hoity-tuity!" (cried be), “tbis is a pretty The night of my arrival I wrote a long letter return for my civility ; but let me tell you, to my father, beseeching him to recal me, and Miss, for all the airs you are pleased to assuring bim, if he did not, that I should pine | give yourself, you may go farther and fare myself into a consumption.' A few days, how- ll worse." erer, altered my opinion ; Sir Harry Hearty, !! At the conclusion of this polite speech I a fox-bouting Baronet, who was possessed of waiked out of the room, and retired to my a very bandsome furtune, was particularly chamber to conceal the mortification that I