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A SI:T.E:CT STBRID
The Giant of the Harz Forest.
BY SIR WALTER SCOTT,
'rho solitudes of Ilarz forest in Germa
ny, but especially the mountain called
Blockberg, or rather Brockenberg, are the
chosen scenes of tales of witches, demons,
and apparitions. The occupation of the
inhabitants, who are either miners or for
esters, is of a kind that renders thers pe
culiarly prone to superstition, and the nat
ural phenomena which they witness in pur•
suit of their solitary or subterraneous pro
fession, are often set down by them to the
interference of goblins. or the power of ma
gic. Among the various legends current
in that wild country, there is a favorite
one, which supposes the Harz to be haun
ted by a sort of tutelar demon, in shape of
u wild man of huge stature,• his head
wreathed with oak leaves, and his middle
cinctured witlt the same, bearing in his
hand a pine torn up by the roots, It is
certain that many persons profess to have
seen such a form traversing, with huge
&rides, in a line parallel to their own course
the opposite ridge of a mountain, when di
vided from it by a narrow glen ; and in
deed the fact of the apparition is so gener
ally admitted, that modern scepticism has
only found refuge by ascribing it to optical
In elder times, the intercourse of the
demon with the inhabitants was more fa.
millar, and according to the traditions of
the Harz, he was wont; with the caprice
usually ascribed to these earth•born powers
to interfere with the affairs of mortals, for
their sweal sometimes and sometimes for
their woe, But it was observed that even
his gifts often turnod out, in the long run.
fetal to those on whom they were bestowed
and it was no uncommon thing for the pas
tors, in their care of their flocks, to corn.
pose long sermons, the burden whereof
was a warning against having any inter•
course, direct or indirect, with the Harz de
mon. The fortunes of Martin Waldeck
have been often quoted by tho aged to their
giddy children, when they were heard to
scoff at danger which appeared visionary.
A traveling capuchin had possessed him•
self of the pulpit of the thatched church
at a little hamlet called Morgenbrodt, lying
in the Harz district from which he declaim
ed against the wickedness of the inhabi
tants, their communication with fiends,
witches and fairies, and, in particular, with
the woodland goblin of the Harz. The
doctrines of Luther had already begun to
nipnno thenerulantrr, for the inci
dent is pieced under tee reign of kAutries
V., and they laughed to scorn the zeal with
which the venerable man insisted upon his
topic. At length, as his vehemence in.
creased with opposition, so their opposi
tion rose in proportion to his vehemence.
The inhabitants did not like to hear an ac
customed quiet demon, who had inhabited
the lireckenburg for so many ages, sum
marily confounded with Baalpeor, Ashlar
oil], and Beelzebub himself, and condemn•
ell without reprieve to the bottomless To
phet, The apprehension that the spirit
might avenge himself on them for listening
to such an illiberal sentence, added to their
national interest in his behalf. A traveling
friar. they said, that is here to-day and
away to morrow, may say what he pleases,
but it is we, the ancient and constant in
habitants of the country, that are left at
the mercy of the insulted demon, and must
of course, pay for all. Under the irrita
tion ocasioned by these reflections, the
peasants from injurious language betook
themselves to stones, and having pebbled
the priest pretty handsomely, they drove
hirn out of the parish to preach against de
Three young men, who had been pros-
ent and assisting upon this occasion, were
upon their return to the but so hero they
carried on the laborious and mean occupa•
ties of preparing charcorl for the smelting
furnaces. On their way, the conversation
naturally turned upon the demon of the
Harz and the doctrine of the capuchin.—
Max and George Waldeck. the two elder
brothers, although they allowed the lan
guage of the capuchin to have been indis
creet and worthy of censure, as presum
ing to determine upon the precise charac
ter and abode of the spirit, yet contended
it was dangerous in the highest degree to
accept of his gifts, or hold any communi
cation with him. He was powerful, they
allowed, but wayward and capricious, and
those who had intercourse with him eel
dom came to a good end. Did he not give
the bravo knight, Ecbert of Rabonwal, that
famous black steed, by means of which he
vanquished all the champions at the great
tournament at Bremen I and did not the
same steed afterwards precipitate itself
with its rider, into an abyss so steep and
fearful, that neither hone nor man were
ever seen more t Glad he not given ts
Dame Gertrude Trodden a curious spell
for making butter come, and was she not
burnt for a witch by the grand criminal
judge of the Electorate, because she avail
ed herself of his gift ? But these and
ny other instances which they quoted, of
mischance and ill-luck ultimately Eittend•
mg on the apparent benefits conferred by
the Harz spirit, failed to make any impres
sion upon Martin Waldeck, the youngest
of the brothers.
Martin was youthful, rash, and impeta
ous ; excelling in all the exercises which
distinguish a mountaineer, and brave and
undaunted from his familiar intercourse
with the dangers that attend them. He
laughed at the timidity of his brothers,—
*The shadow of the person who Bees the
phantom, being reflected upon a cloud of mist,
like the image of the magic lantern upon a
white sheet, is supposed to have formed dual , .
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" Tell me not of such folly," he said; "the
demon is a good demon—ho liven among
us us if he were a peasant like ourselves
—haunts the lonely crags and recesses of
the mountains like a huntsman or goatherd
—and he who lives the Harz forest and its
wild scenes, cannot be indiffierent to the
hardy children of the sell. But, if the
demon were as malicious as you would
make him, how should he derive power
over mortals, who barely avail themselves
of his gifts, without binding themselves to
submit to his pleasure ? When you carry
your charcoal to the furnace, is not the mo
ney as good that is paid you by blasphem
ing Blain, the old reprobate overseer, as
if you got it from the pastor himself 1 It is
not the goblin's gifts which can endanger
you they, but it is the use you shall make
of them that you must account for. And
were the demon to appear to me this mo.
most, and indicate to me a gold or silver
mine, I would begin to dig away even lie
fore his back was turned, and I would con
sider myself as under the . protection of a
much greater than he, while I made a
good use of the wealth he pointed out to
To this the elder brother replied, that
wealth ill won was seldom well spent; but
Martin presumptuously declared. that the
possession of all the treasures of the Harz
would not make the slightest alteration on
his habits, morals, or character.
Ells brother entreated Martin to talk less
wildly upon this subject, and with some dif
ficulty contrived to withdraw his attention
by calling it to the consideration of the up
preaching boar•chase. This talk brought
thou* to their hut. a wretched wigwam, sit•
tutted upon one side of a wild, narrow, and
romantic dell, in tht recesses of tho Brock
berg. They released their sister from at
tending upon the operation of charring, the
wood,, which requires constant attention
and divided among themselves the duty of
watching it by night according to their cus
tom, one always waking while his brothers
Max Waldeck, the eldest, watched slur
ing the two first hours of the night, and
was considerably alarmed by observing on
the opposite blink of the glen, or valley, a
huge fire surrounded by some figures that
appeared to wheel aroundit with antic ges
tures. Max at first bethought hun of cal
ling up his brothers ; but recollecting ttie
daring character of Ito youngest, and find
ing it impossible to wake the riser without
also disturbing. Martin—conceiving also
what he saw.to be an illusion of the demon,
sent perhaps in consequence of the yenta
lons expressions used by Martin on the
betake hTinself to tire . safegLiree'raiiefi
prayers as he could murmur ovir, and to
watch in great terror lino annoyance this
strange and alarming apparition. After
blazing for some time, the fire faded grad •
wally away into darkness, and the rest of
Max's watch was only disturbed by the re
membranes of its terrors. _ _ _
George now occupied the place of Max,
who had retiree to rest. The phenome
non of a huge blazing fire, upon the oppo.
situ brink of the glen, again presented it
self to the eye of the watchman. It was
surrounded as before with figures, which,
distinguished by their opaque forms, being
between the spectator ant the red glaring
light, moved and fluctuated around it as if
engaged in some mystical ceremony.—
George, though equally cautious, was of a
bolder character than his elder brother.—
He resolved to examine more nearly the
object of his wonder ; and accordingly,
after crossing the rivulet which divided
the glen, he climbed up the opposite bank,
and approached within an arrow's flight
of the fire, winch blazed apparently with
the same fury us when he first witnessed
The appearance of the assistants who
suirounded it, resembled those phantoms
which aro seen in a troubled dream, and '
at once confirmed the idea ho had enter•
taitied from the first, that it did not belong
to the human world. Amongst these
et range unearthly forms, George Waldeck
disting,wihed that of a giant overgrown
with hair, holding an uprooted fir in his
hand, with which, from time to time, ho
seemed to stir the blazing fire, and having
no other clothing than a wreath of oak
leaves around his forehead and loins.—
George's heart sank within him at recog
nizing the well known apparition of the
HarZdemon, as he had been often de
scribed to him by the ancient shepherds
and huntsmen who had seen his form trav
ersing the mountains. He turned, and
was about to fly; but, upon second thought,
blaming his own cowardice, he recited men
tally the verse of the Psalmist, All goad
angels, praise the Lord I" which is in
that country supposed powerful as an ex
orcism, and turned himself once more to
wards the place where he had seen the
fire, but it was no longer visible.
The pale moon alone enlightened the
side of the valley; and when George, with
trembling steps, a moist brow, and hair
bristling upright under his collier's cap,
came to the spot on which the fire had been
so lately visible, marked as it was by a
scathed oak tree, there appeared not on the
heath the slightest vestiges of what he
had seen. The moss and wild flowers
were unscorched, and the branches of the
oak tree, winch had so lately appeared in
wreaths of flame and smoke, were insist
with the dews of midnight.
George returned to his but with trem
bling steps, and, arguing like his !elder
brother, resolved to say nothing of what he
had seen, lest he should awaken in Martin
' that daring curiosity which ho almost
deemed to be allied with impiety.
It was now Martin's turn to watch, The
household cock had given his first sum.
mons, and the night was well nigh spent.
Upon examining the state of the furnace
in which the wood was deposited in or
der to its being coked or charred, he was
surprised to find that the fire had not been
sufficiently maintained ; for in his excur
sion and its consequences, George had for
got the principal object of his watch, liar
tin's first thought was to call up the slum
beters ;. but, observing that both his broth
ers slept unwontedly deep Mid heavily, he
respected their repose, and set himself to
supply the furnace with fuel without re
qtdring their aid. What he heaped upon
it was apparently damp and unfit for the
petite:Fe, for the fire seemed rather to decay
than revive. Martin next went to co;lect
some boughs (rout n stack which had been
cat chilly cut and dried for that purpose;
but when he returned, be found the fire
totally extinguished. This was a serious
evil, and threatened them with the loss of
their trade for more than one day. The
vexed and mortified watchman set about to
strike s light in order to rekindle the fire,
but the tinder was moist, and his labor in
this respect also proved ineffectual. Ile
was about to call up his brothers, for cir
cumstances seemed to be pressing, when
flashes of light glimmered not only through
the window, but through every crevice of
the rudely built hut, and summoned him
to behold the same apparition which had
before alarmed the successive watches of
his brethren. Ills first ides Wan, that the
Mulillerhaussers, their rivals in uncle, and
with whom they had had many quarrels,
.might have encroached upon their bounds
for the purpose of pirating their wood, and
he resolved to awake his brothers, and be
revenged en them for their audacity. But
a short reflection and observation on the
gestures and manner of those who seemed
to “work in the fire," induced him to dis
miss his belief, nod, though rather scepti
cal in such matters, to conclude that what
he saw was a supernatural phenomenon.
"But bo they men or fiends," said the us•
daunted forester, that busy themselves
yonder with such fantastical rites and ges
tures, I will go awl demand a light to re
kindle our furnace." He relinquished at
the same time, the idea of awalcinghis breth
ren. There was a belief that such adven
tures no he was about to undertake were
accessible to only one person at a time; lie
feared also that his brothers, in their scru
pulous timidity', might interfere to prevent
his pursuing his investigation ho had re
solved to commence; and , therefore, tea tch
ing his boarspear from the wall, the un
daunted Martin Waldeck s_it forth on his
adventure store. ‘•
With the satne success as his brother
George, Wt.. Jib r • •o—.,
67,r wivrenazdivetac ITratigmlassein
bly, that he could recogniz,, in the presi
ding figure, the attributes of the Harz de
mon. A cold shuddering assailed him for
the first tints to his life; but the recollec
tion that ho hod st it distance dared and
even courted the intercourse which was
new about to take place, confirmed his
staggering courage, and pride supplying
what he wanted in resolution, he advanced
with tolerable firmness towards the tire,
the figures which surrounded it appearing
still more wild, fantastical and supernatu
ral, the nearer.he approached to the assem
bly. He was received with a loud shout
of discordant and unnatural laughter, which
to his stunned ears, seemed more alarming
than acombination of 'he most dismal and
melancholy sounds that could be imagined.
“Who art thou 1" said the giant, compres
sing his savage and exaggerated features
into a sort of liirced gravity, while they
were occasionally agitated by the convul
mon of the laughter which he seemed to
Woldecir, the forester," an•
swered the hardy youth ;—" and who are
g , The King of the Waste and of the
ino," answered the spectre ;—"and why
host thou dared to encroach on sty mys•
"1 came in search of light to rekindle
my hrt," answered Martin hardily, and
then rmalutely asked in bin turn, " What
mystmies are those that you celebrate
We celebrate." answered the complai
sant demon, .the wedding of bermes with
the Black Dragon—but take thy bre that
thou Gamest to seelc, and begone.—No mor
tul may long look upon us and live."
The peasant struck his spear point tnto
a large piece of blazing wood, which he
heaved up with some diffihulty, and then
turned round to regain his hut, the shouts
of laughter being renewed behind !him
with•treble violence.und ringing far down
the narrow valley. When Martin returned
to the hut, his first care, ho.vever much
astonished with what he had aeon, was to
dispose the kindled coal u.nong the fuel
so as might best light the fire of the fur-
note ; hut after many efforts, and all eater
tions of bellows and fire•prong, the coal he
had brought from the demon's fire became
totally extinct, without kindling any of the
others . . lie turned about and observed
the fro still blazing on the hill, although
those who had been busied around it had
disappeared, As he conceived the spec.
tre had been jesting with hen, he gave way
to the natural hardihood of his temper,
and, determining to see theadventuro to an
end, resumed the road to the fire,
which, unopposed by thu demon, he bro't
off in the same manner a blazing piece of
charcoal, but still without being able to suc
ceed in lighting his fire. Impunity having
increased his rashness, he ro•olved upon a
third experiment, and was as successful as
before in reaching the fire; but, when he
had again appropriated a piece of burning
coal. and had turned to depart, he heard
the harsh and supernatural voice which
had before accosted him, pronounce these
words : "Dare not to return Luther a !Quids
The attempt to kindle the fire with this
last coal having proved ns ineflectual as on
the former occasions, Ma riin relinquished
the hopeless attempt, and flung himself on
his bed or leaves, resolving to delay till the
next morning the communication of his su•
pernatural adventure to his brothers. Ile
was awakened froza a heavy - sleep into
which he had sunk, from fatigue of body
and agitation of inir.d, by loud exclama
tions of surprise and joy. His brothers,
estonishod at finding the fire extinguished
when they awoke, had proceeded to ar
range the fuel in order to renew it, when
they found in the ashes three huge metalic
masses, which their skill (for most of the
peasants in the Harz are practical mineral
ogists) immediatelj ascertained to be pure
It was some damp upon their joyful con
gratulations when they learned from Mar
tin the mode in which he had obtained this
treasure, to which their own experience of
the nocturnal vision induced them to give
full credit. Dut they wore unable to re
sist the temptation of sharing in their broth
er's wealth. Taking now upon him as
head of the house, Martin Waldeck
bought lands and toccata, built a castle,
obtained a patent of nobility, end, greatly
to the indignation of the ancient aristo
cracy of the neighborhood was invested
with all the privileges of a man of family.
flit courage in public war, us well as in
private feuds, together with the numter
of retainers whom he kept in pay, sustain
ed him for tome time against the odium
which was excited by his sudden elevation,
and the arrogance of his pretensions.
And now it was seen in the itistaace of
Martin Waldeck, as it has been in that of
may others, how little mortals can foresee
the effect of sudden prosperity on their
own disposition. The evil propenPities in
his ratture, which poverty had checked
and repressed, ripened and bore their un
hallowed fruit under the influence of temp
tation and the means of indulgence. As
Deep calls unto Deep, one bad passion
awakened another ;—the fiend of avarice
invoked that of pride, and pride was to be
supported by cruelty and oppression.—
Waldeck's character, always bold and
daring, but rendered harsh and assuming
by prosperity, soon made him odious not
to the nobles only, but likewise to the
lower ranks who saw, with double dislike,
the oppressive rights of the feudal nobility
of the empire so remorselessly exercised
by one who had risen from the very dregs
of the people. His adventure, although
carefully concealed, began likewise to he
..!-.ispei'ed abroad, and :lie clergy already
&fin; tle mom-Winn- I .mA w i g of
huge a treacure in so strange a manner, had
not sought to sanctify it by dedicating a
considerable portion to the use of tho
church. Surrounded by enemies, public
and private. tormented by a thousand feuds
and threatened by the church with excom
munication, Martin Waldeck or as we must
now call him, the Baron Von Waldeck,
often regretted bitterly the labors and
sports cl his unenvied poverty. But his
courage failed him nut under all these dif
ficulties, and seemed rather to augment in
proportion to the danger which darkened
around him until an accident precipitated
A proclamation by the reigning Duke of
Brunswick had invited to a solemn tourna
ment all German nobles of free and honor •
able descent ; and Martin Waldeck, splen
didly armed, accompanied by his two broils.
era, and a gallantly-equipped retinue, had
the arrogance to appear among the chivalry
of the province, and demand permission to
enter the lists. This was considered as
filling up the measure of his presumption.
A thousand voices exclaimed, We will
have no cindtr•siiter mingle in our games
of chiialry." Irritsred to frenzy, Marttn
drew his sword and hewed down the her
ald who, in compliance with the general
outcry, opposed his entry into the lists.—
An hundred ewords were unsheathed to
avenge what was in those days regarded
as a crime only inferior to sacrilege, or re
gicide. Waldeck, after defending him•
sell like a lion, woo seized, tried on the
spot by the judges of the lists, and con.
binned, as the appropriate punishment for
breaking the peace of his sovereign, and vi
olating the sacred person of a herald-at.
arms, to have his right hand struck from
his body, to be ignoittin iciesly deprived of
the honor of nobility, of which he was us.
worthy, and to be expelled from the city.
When he had been stripped of his arms,
arid sustained the mutilation imposed by
this severe sentence, the unhappy victim
of ambition was abandoned to tile rabble,
who followed him with threats arid out
cries levelled alternately against the necro
mancer and oppressor, which at length
ended in violence. His brothers (for his
retinue were fiud and dispersed) at length
succeeded in rescuing him from the hands
of the populace, when satiated with cruel
ty, they bid left him half dead through
loss of blood, and through the outrages he
had sustained. They were riot permitted,
such was the ingenious cruelty of their
rnenties, to make use of any ether means,
of removing him, excepting such a collier's
cart as they had themselves formerly used
in which they deposited their brother on a
truss of straw, scarcely expecting to reach
any place of shelter ere death should re
lease him from his misery.
When the Waldecks, journeying in this
miserable manner, had approached the
verge of their native county, in a hollow
way, between two mountains, they per
ceived a figure advancing toward them,
which at first eight see med to be an aged
man. But as ha approached, his limbs and
statue increased, the cloak fell from his
shoulders, his pilgrim's stall was changed
into en uprooted pine•tree, and the gigan
tic figure of the '.Harz demon passed h.
fore them in terror. When he came op
posite the care which contained the miser
able Waldeck, his huge features dilated
into a grin of unutterable contempt and
malignity, as he asked the sufferer, t'llow
like you the fire tux cools hove kindled 1"
The power of motion, which terror suspen
ded in his two brothers, seemed to be re
stored to Martin by the energy of his cour
age. He raised himself on the cart, bent
his brows, and, clenching his fist, shook it
at the spectre with a ghastly look of hate
and defiance. The goblin vanished with
his usual tremendous and explosive laugh,
and left iValdecklexhausted with this effort
of expiring nature.
Ti; terrified brethren turned their ve
hicle toward the towers of a convent,
which arose in a wood of pine•trees beside
the road. They were charitably received
by a barefooted and long bearded capu
chin, and Martin survived only 1,0 complete
the first confession he hod mode since the
day .of his sudden prosperity, and to re
ceive absolution from the very priest
whom, precisely on that day three years,
he lied assisted to pelt out of the hamlet
of Morgenbrodt. And the three years
of precarious prosperity were supposed to
have a mysterious correspondence wilt
the number of his visits to the spectral fire
upon the hill.
The body of Martin Waldeck was inter
red in the convent where he expired, in
which his brothers, having assumed the
habit of the urder, lived end died In the
performance of actsof charity and devotion.
His lands, to which no one asserted any
claim, lay waste until they were reas
sumed by the emperor as a lapsed fief, and
the ruins of the castle which Waldeck had
called by his owe name, are still ahur•ned
by the miner and forester as haunted by the
evil spirits. Thus were the miseries at
tendant upon wealth, hastily attained and
ill employed, exemplified to the fortunes
of Martin Waldeck.
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190 T E 8 , FIRS T
'Dear ! dear ! no toast, eggs boiled hard
as brickbats, and the coffee stone cold,'
and Mr. Peters rose from the breakfast ta.
Me in a temper by no means enviable, and
rang the bell violently. There was no an
swer ! He rang again, a third. a fourth
time, still an ans:ver. Out of all patience,
be went to the door and called :
'Maria I Maria P
A slight, pretty little woman, dressed in
a soiled, tumbled wrapper, with hair in a
mate direful conftnied. knswered this Sam
faces that nature in tenacd should Do erra
nd with continual smiles, but now, with all
its roses in bloom, it was drawn out to its
full length, and the large blue eyes had ra
ther a doleful or serious expression, total.
ly at variance with their usual joyous look.
f - ler voice, too, had lost its melodious, ring
ing sound, and was subdued to a dismal
'What is it, Joseph?'
'Where's Bridget ?'
'Gone out for - lite. I want more white
ribbon for my ascension robe.'
Mr. Peters said a very naughty word,
and then continued :
.Cold coffee, hard eggs, breakfast not fit
wish,' whined his wife, 'you would
think less of temporal matters, and turn
your attention to the great end of life.'
tilting it all, madam, I would like to en
joy my life while Ido have it. Here was
I the happiest man in the United States,
with a pleasant home, a chatty, cheerful,
loving wife, and good, quiet children ; and
now since you have joined the Millerites,
what am I ?'
'Oh, Joseph, if you would only come in
to that blessed circle !'
, Oh, Marin, if you would only come out
of it. Where are the boys ?'
'I am sure I don't knoiv.'
'Are they going to school today 1'
'My deer, their teacher has given up her
school, and is turning her mind to more
exalted objects. Oh 1 . Joseph, turn now
while there is time. You have still a week
for preparatiou and repentance.'
'Repentance ? Well when I take up
the subject, it will take rather more than
a week to put it through.'
And Mr. Peters put on his coat and took
up his hat.
'Joseph,' said his wife, 'you need send
home no inner.'
Jou made no answer, unless the violent
ly emphatic manner in which he closed the
door was one, Muttering with anger, ho
strode into a restaurant to make a break
fast. Here he was hailed by one of his
bachelor friends, Fred. Somers, who look
ed up as he hoard Joe's order.
'Hallo Vhe cried. 'You here 1 Why,
what are you doing here at breakfast time?
Wife sick ?'
!Gone out of town V
'Then why don't you breakfast at home?'
Children sick 1'
'Well, what the thunder is to pay !.
, Nlaria's joined the Millurites I'
Fred gave a long whistle and then said :
'Going to ascend next week V
'Yes, and if j don't ceminit suicide in
the meantime, you may congratulate ma.
I am almost . distrncted. Can't get a decent
meal, children running riot, servants saucy,
house all in confusion, wife in the blues,
either quoting the speeches of the elders at
me, or sewing on a white robe, and groan
ing at every third stitch. Hang it all Fred,
I have a great mind to take poison, or join
'Hem! hem! you give an enchanting pic
ture, but I think I can suggest a cure.'
Editor & Proprietor.
, Yes. if you will promise to follow my
advice, I n ill make your home pleasant,
your wile cheerful, and your child , en hap-
• -'Do it,' cried Joe. follow your word
like a soldier under his officer. What shall
I do ?'
At tea time Mr. Peters entered his home
whistling. Maria v,as seated at the table,
sewing on her white robes, and there were
no signs of preparation for the evening
'Maria, my dear,' said Mr. Peters cheer
fully, 'is tea ready?'
'1 don't know,' was the answer, •I have
been out all day, attending meeting!'
'You are resolved then to leave me next
.0h ! Joe, t must go when I am celled.'
'Yes, my dear, orcia.irse. Well I must
resign myself, I suppose. By the way, my
dear, has it ever occurred to you that I
shall be left a widower with three children?
I think I'm a handsome man yet, my love,'
and Jae walked over to the glass, passed
his fingers through his hair, and pulled up
his collar. Maria looked up, rather sur
.You see, my dear, it is rather a relief
for you to go quietly, you know. It is ao
wearing on the nerves to have a long
nese ; end besides, my dear, there will be
no funeral expenses, and that is quite a
Mi'S. Peters' lip quivered, and her large
blue eyes filled with tears Joe longed to
stop his heartless speech and comfort her,
but he was fearful the desired effect was
not quite gained yet.
'So my dear,' he continued, 'if you must
go, l have been thinking of getting anoth
'What?' cried Mrs. Peten.
.Another wife, my love. The house
must be kept in order. and the boys cared
The grief was gone front Maria'a face,
but her teeth were set with a look of fierce
.Another wife, Joe! Another wife r
.Yes. I think 1 have selected a good
successor. I deliberated a long time, when
1 was a bachelor between her and yourself.
You will like her, for she* ia your bosom
'My bosom friend!'
'Yes, my dear. I think on the day that
y3u ascend, I will marry Sarah logramr
'What I that good for nothing, silly amp.
ty headed old maid, the mother of my
children ! What !'
'Well, my dear, it seems to be tbo best
have me I am sure.'
'No doubt I Oh ! you great brutal hate•
I rStop my dear, don't fly into a fury! We
will try to spend our last week in happi
ness. Oh, by the way I have a proposition
'Go on, sir. Don't spare me.'
'At. yes that is the very thing I wish to
do. I know that your mind is entirely en
grossed with your ascension, and I wish to
spare you the cars of the house. Suppose
you invite banal here to-morrow, to spend
, W hat ?'
Then 1 can arrange our matrimonial
preparations in the evenings, while you're
.And you can leave the house in her
charge all day. That will give you plen
ty of tune to go out, and she can learn the
ways about the house.'
W ha t.?'
'And, my dear, one little favor. It may
be the last I shall ever ask, Stay at horns
one or two days, won't you, and show her
round where you keep things, and so en,
so that she won't have any trouble in keep
ing order after you go. Yuu will do this
us oblige me, won't you?'
Mrs. Peters, for answer, rolled up the
ascension robe into a ball, and fired it at
Joe. The cotton, scissors, work-baskst
and table cloth, followed this missile in
such rapid succession, that he was unable
even to fly. Then Maria's rage found
vent in words :
'So ! You and Sarah ! That's the rea
son you whistle when you come in ! You
will be very glad to have the go and let
you marry her, won't you? No doubt of
it, But you shan't marry her, sir. You
shan't have that satisfaction. I will stay
if it's only to spite you, I won't go I I tell
you, Mr. Peters, I won't go !'
'But my dear, you must go if you are
won't go I'
'But consider, my dear.'
'But wha - t will Sarah think 1'
'Sarah ! don't dare to mention Sarah to
me again ! I-Ll—oh !—I am fairly chok
ing I' and the little woman threw herself
into a chair, in a fit of hysterics.
Next morniag Mr. Peters met Fred in
'Well, old boy, how goes it f'
'Fled,' was the reply, 'I sin the happt•
est man in the world. I have regained my
wife and domestic peace, and got rid of a
busy tattling old maid, is ho under pretence
of lov'ng my wife, was everlastingly inter.
fering in all our household arrangements.'
.Then M-s Peters will not ascend.'
'No. If Sarah to to be my second wife.
and stepmother to my children, Mrs. Pe
ters has concluded that she won't go !'
GREAT SALARY.—The Hon. Delawn Smith,
ea-Senator from Oregon, has been dropped by
the Legislature of that precocious State. De
lazon sported the Senatorial robe just seven
teen days, for which valuable services he pock
, eted the compensation of $lO,OOO, of which
$7,000 wee for mileage.