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** Not now, in particular, I did not traces of tears still visible in her face, nean," stammered the lady, coloring and and with a sad smile motioned him in to taking up her crochet-work, as she sud- the table. denly paused in her speech.
The meal passed somewhat silently, and She worked industriously, her dark not without restraint on both sides. Putlashes veiling her eyes, while Carleton, ting aside all the peculiar personal reaunobserved, but not unfelt, and thinking sons he had for anxiety on her account, her more enigmatical than ever, wonder- Carleton felt that the position of Florence ingly watched her.
was an anomalous and dangerous one. How beautiful she looked! Her mourn- Could he protect her from the attacks of ing dress, which she still retained, and guerrillas, he would much prefer to have which, fitting her charming figure perfect- her remain in her own house ; for he felt ly, fell away in rich folds, imparted to her certain of being able to provide a suffidazzling complexion, whose youthful roses cient guard to ensure her against any motime had not yet touched, an added bril- lestation from the Union army and its lianey. Lower and lower her head sunk; retinue of hangers-on; and, alas! her seber bosom began to heave, and at last cession proclivities were too evident to heavy drops fell from her eyes. A sudden leave any doubt that she would be safe emotion swept the heart of Carleton. from any scouts from the rebel army, or
"Are you crying, Florence ?” should they ever make a sally in force
She raised her face quickly, and her from the intrenchments of Vicksburg. tears streamed.
But it was better that she should seek * Is it new to you to see me weep?" shelter in one of the caves of Vicksburg, she asked in a low, stifled voice. dangerous, and unwholesome as they might
The door at this moment opened, and be. But when should he see her again? two beautiful children, followed by a mu- Not until the city should be captured, latto nurse, entered the room. Florence and who could tell what might be then? spring toward them, and folded the chil- The meal was soon ended. Carleton dren in her arms, while heavy sobs shook went out and ordered the horses immediher. Had a dagger struck the heart of ately brought round, and returned to take Carleton, he could not have felt greater leave of his hostess. She looked into his pain. He stood gazing irresolutely upon face and read there all the anxiety and the scene, utterly at a loss to conjecture pain he felt. Quick tears started to her how much of it was due to his own un- eyes, and she held out her hand. Eindness, or how much to memories with “ Cousin Guy, I am deeply indebted to which he had nothing to do. Suddenly you for all the unwearying care and solicapproaching a window, he walked out on itude you have shown for me. I am well the piazza.
aware that your guardianship has been " And she mourns for him still, — the no sinecure ; for I am at best but a waybase and heartless fellow! Forgetting ward woman, and many reasons exist, all the life I have lavished upon her, she which you do not understand, to make clings to the memory of one whom her me seem more wilful than I am. But father compelled her to marry, and who you may be assured of this, that I value never made her happy!” and pacing the and appreciate you." piazza with a stormy step, the young offi- Grasping her hand with a fervor of cer ground his teeth together.
which he was unconscious, “ You owe me A soldier passing through the grounds nothing, Florence,” he said. “ If I have toward the place where the horses were at any time been of service to you, try pieketed recalled him to the remembrance and set it down against the annoyances of his duties. He turned to enter the you have so often suffered from me, and house by the back-door, when a servant think of me as kindly as you can. As announced that breakfast was waiting. God is my witness, I have always cared
The young mistress of the mansion met more for your happiness than for my him at the door of the breakfast-room, l own, and if I have failed to secure it, it has been because I was weak and knew ment you have elected as yours. It is not the best means. If at any time, in not fitting that a loyal man should hold prosperity or in adversity, in sickness or longer intercourse with one whose beauty, in health, in safety or in peril, I can do intelligence, and Northern birth make aught for you within the power of man her disloyalty doubly sinful.” to accomplish, let me know, and I will do “I would give you some memento of my best to achieve it. Farewell, Flor- other days,” said she, humbly, and with ence; what may chance between us before streaming tears. we meet again, God only knows. You in “I have no need of anything to rethe caves of Vicksburg, and I in its as- mind me of those days, Florence.” saulting army, - could any one assign to " Yet take this. I wore it when I was a deadly enemy a post better calculated a young Northern girl, before we had eito make him a poltroon and a coward ? | ther of us ever seen this fatal Southern I shall never send a shot into the city land. It contains my hair.” that I shall not imagine it aimed at you." She detached a minute locket from her
“Do not think of it, Guy. Be a man chatelaine and held it out. Carleton and a hero; and if I should fall a victim could not resist accepting it. to some chance shot, remember me, not as “O Florence! if you were but as true a woman disloyal to her country, but as to your country as to your
friends! one who, whatever her faults might be, Perhaps the day will come, Guy, was at least true to”,
you will judge me – But no! 6 What? Florence, finish your sen- why seek to avert your indignation. Faretence and, if you can, in this our parting well, Guy! Think of me as kindly as hour, relieve me from the anguish of be- you can. lieving you, who are so loyal to all that “O Florence! I shall always do riois good and true besides, a traitress to lence to my own heart to remember you your country and the dear old flag which as aught but one without a fault. Farecovered our grandsire on his last battle-well! field.”
In another moment he had dashed down The features of Florence worked pain- the steps of the piazza and mounted his fully, and she seemed struggling with horse. Folie stood waiting by the gardensome irresistible power which held her gate to get a last word and look from the dumb. Twice her lips parted as if to young man whom she remembered as the speak; but they closed again, and the truest and most faithful friend of her words, whatever they were, remained un- mistress. spoken. The color left her face till it “Good-by, Massa Captain Guy," said became like marble, and bowing her head she, seeing that he did not observe her. as if to a stroke, she at last said,
Good-by, Folie, my good girl,” said “I cannot relieve you, Guy. Go, and he, taking her dusky hand in his own. do not curse me!”
“Good-by, and, hear me, be always faithCarleton, who had watched her strug- ful and true to your mistress, and if any. gle with an interest that held
him breath. thing should happen to her, try to let me less, grew sick as death. He dropped know. Captain Carleton, in Grant's her hand.
army, is known, and you will find me with "Farewell, Florence! The day may it if I live. Remember, if your mistress come when you will mourn in dust and is in trouble, or needs a friend, to come ashes that, in your country's struggle for to me.”
officer overtook his little scouting party,
CLOUD-LAND. and they were soon out of sight. Florence went up to her chamber with
By A. Z. a face that nothing earthly could have
As I lay in my bed at the early dawn, made paler, entered, and shut the door.
Where fever had chained me for many a morn, (To be continued.)
I watched the light clouds as they floated high,
Wind-driven, across the bright blue sky;
And as they parted and met, I could trace
In their fleecy folds full many a face; The employment of women in France While fairy scenes and beauties rare is rapidly extending in all trades which High carnival were holding there. require neatness, taste, or delicacy of
I looked upon many a sunny slope, touch. The law there forbids workmen to strike unless they can obtain leave Where bounded the deer and the antelope; from the government on showing good On jutting crag and on fallen tower;
On hill-top lone and on rose-decked bower, grounds of complaint; and the govern. And the sun, as he broke through tossing waves, ment does not consider the introduction Seemed gilding the sides of strange mountainof women sufficient cause for a strike, nor
caves, will it permit of threats, violence, or
Till other changes brought to view combinations to exclude them. On the
Still more fantastic shapes, and new. contrary, everything is done to encourage the employment of women. For in- I saw an altar, whose fire blazed high; stance, the empress causes the decoration The patriarch Abraham stood near by; of china to be taught in the girls' schools I looked on the face of the victim fair, under her control, and personally bestows And the fleecy ram that was tangled there. prizes on the best pupils in the art. A Next, throned on high in his chariot-seat, school, too, with workshops attached, has Apollo was drawn by his steeds so fleet; been established for the purpose of teach
Then passed Aurelian's captive train, ing girls various other trades well suited
With Palmyra's queen in golden chain. to them.
It is evident, then, that unless Now the proud Rebecca seemed to stand we follow the example of our neighbors, On towering height, with outstretched hand; and encourage the employment of women, Then parted the clouds and brought to view every trade which can be affected by for- The "Voyage of Life,” on its river blue: eign competition must speedily be taken I saw the child when he loosed his boat, from us. Duty and interest are therefore Next the old man in Death’s waters afloat; coincident. It is our duty to obtain for But while I looked with earnest eyes, women the means of earning an honest The magic scene from my vision flies. livelihood, and in the long run, it will prove our interest also.—Englishwoman's
Yet once again did the clouds unite
In a towering mountain of snowy white;
Into a crystal lake below;
In form resembling a little ark; at length, has burst the truth of God's I saw in the bark a baby's head paternity, opens his Bible as a new book. Sweetly pillowed on this strange bed. Christianity spreads around him a firma- As I pondered on this sceni
I. — THE
SCENE AND THE
its latest creations in the temples, palaces,
and porticos that rose amid the stately By Rev. E. W. Reynolds.
palms to radiate their marble beauty on
the desert. The scene to which our imagination is The period to which our attention is to be transported is a verdant and culti- now directed is the last half of the third vated spot in the Desert of Arabia. Here, century. The Roman Empire had exsurrounded by desolation, unharmed by panded, long since, till it included the the storms that swept over the great cen- civilized parts of the known world. But tres of civilization, embowered in the that vast fabric, diseased within and asgenial shade of the palms, a city rose, saulted from without, was giving signs of dating from the reign of Solomon, - a dissolution. Luxury had debased the city that animated the waste and dreary private life of the people, superstition solitude as a vision animates the night. had destroyed their faith, and conquest It was nourished by inexhaustible springs, had obliterated the sentiment of patriotby a temperate air, and by an affluent ism, and extinguished the love of liberty. soil. The caravans that traversed the Society, therefore, was tending to inevitadesert, between the Gulf of Persia and ble decay. Out of her bosom broke santhe Mediterranean, found it convenient to guinary conspiracies and atrocious crimes. open a trade with the rising city; and, Most of the later emperors had risen from through this periodical current of com- the ranks, had been trained in the camp, merce, PALMYRA mingled its expanding and wore the purple by consent of the lelife with the refined artisans of India on gions. Some of them were at once marvels one hand, and with the rude nations of of rudeness and monsters of depravity. Europe on the other.
The whole civilized world was a scene of In the course of time, the city of the agitation and disaster, copflict and dissoludesert grew into opulence and power ;. tion. Outside the civilized world, many and, “connecting the Roman and Par- races of fierce barbarians were already thian monarchies by the mutual benefits plundering the more exposed provinces, of commerce," maintained its indepen- or waiting, with hungry vigilance, for a dence, while the waves of conquest rolled chance to seize the decaying States and through the gates of less fortunate cap- rend them limb from limb. itals. When the banner of Trajan floated A circumstance that rendered the state triumphant in Asia, the little republic of of society yet more critical, was the adPalmyra subsided into the bosom of vent of a new religion. Rome; but still, enjoying the “honorable Its author had died as a malefactor; rank of a colony,” it flourished for more but the religion had survived. Its aposthan a hundred and fifty years.
tles had been obscure and contemptible; The last days of Palmyra were the but their words had been sharper than most illustrious. Under the reign of lances, more potent than sceptres.
Its Zenobia, the monarchy attained the sum- disciples had been scourged and burned, mit of its glory, as regards both the power crucified, and torn by lions; but their won and guarded by the sword and the blood had nourished new fields of faith, nobler supremacy secured by letters and and the flames had brightened the marthe arts. *Overflowing with the wealth tyr's testimony. And so the religion of its enterprise had garnered, beaming with Christ had spread from Judea into the the splendor its taste had erected, and remotest lands, overturning idolatry and intrenched in the fame its valor bad defying persecution as it advanced ; and wrought, the monarchy aspired to the here it was, in the third century, a myshigher distinction of cultivating philoso- terious and mighty power among the na
At the period to which the present diversities of expression that a vital soul sketch refers, the Christian religion was reflects in a changeful face. If the phoundoubtedly the most disturbing element tograph could speak, we should find that in an agitated society. It had matched her voice was strong and harmonious,” itself against polytheism, and fairly thrown and that her mind was stored with the its antagonist. The ancient priesthood, wealth of the Greek and Latin, the Egypwith all whose interest pledged them to tian and Syriac languages. the old superstitions, howled against the Zenobia had given her hand to Odennew faith with the fury of baffled hatred. athus, King of Palmyra, and "early beIt was the great theme of discussion with came the friend and companion of a hero." the learned, and the fruitful occasion of Inured to fatigue and familiar with danviolence with the mob. Besides, the ger, she gladly joined her husband, not church had already become split into only in the excitements and pleasures of sects whose angular bigotry sharpened the chase, but also in the hardships and dogmatic dissent and drove the opposing perils of foreign war. Gibbon does her parties to the widest extremes.
no more than justice in the remark that, And finally, as if the natural features “ if we except the doubtful achievements of the scene were not sufficiently appall- of Semiramis, Zenobia is perhaps the ing, - as if a dissolving civilization were only female whose superior genius broke not prolific enough in tragical elements, through the servile indolence imposed on - some of the Christians of that age be- her sex by the climate and manners of lieved that the material world was about Asia.” Disdaining to submit to the efto be destroyed by fire, and the abomina- feminate usages sanctioned by her rank tions of that corrupt society wrapped in and country," she generally appeared on terrific judgment-flames spreading to the horseback, in a military habit, and somestars.
times marched several miles on foot at the
head of the troops."* II. - PERSONAL QUALITIES AND EARLY RE
In contemplating a delicate and refined
woman in these rude relations, the fastidSuch was the scene, and such the age, ious proprieties lift their eyebrows in in which the most splendid woman of an emphatic disapprobation; but when we tiquity was called to reign, to conquer, hear one of the most judicious of histoand to suffer.
rians ascribe a large measure of the sucZENOBIA " claimed her descent from cess of the king to “her incomparable the Macedonian kings of Egypt.”. To a prudence and fortitude,” we must admit personal beauty that equalled that of that the regal hand of Zenobia graced the Cleopatra, her ancestor, she united the sword, as the matronly diligence of Luglory of unblemished virtue, the renown cretia graced the spindlo. of heroic deeds, and the lustre of liberal Valerian, the Roman Emperor, having leaming. In the attractions of her per- been defeated and made prisoner by Sason, in the intrepidity of her spirit, and por, King of Persia, it devolved upon in the strength of her understanding, her Odenathus and his noble consort to defend ses was supposed to furnish no living the eastern wing of the empire. Taking equal. Permit me to offer the reader her the field against the triumphant Persian, photograph; for History, by the rays of they turned back the tide of invasion, concurrent tradition, has painted and per- avenged their captive emperor, and twice petuated this remarkable woman. Imag- chased the foe in confusion to the gates of ine a form superbly moulded, matched his capital. with a deportment dignified and command- This timely and brilliant success laid ing, yet tempered with modesty and gen- the foundations of the united fame and tleness. Then imagine the deeply-tinted power of the Palmyrenean sovereigns, countenance of the Asiatic illumined by while it secured to them the transient the large, lustrous eyes the Arabian poets gratitude of Rome. The armies they have celebrated, and kindled by all those
* “ Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire."