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Mrs. Liston was in the extreme of exultation. All was in a peculiarly sociable humor; for an old and

forward most prosperously. Charlotte, it was staunch friend had been reasoning with him upon the true, moved about like one more dead than alive, but foolishness of moping about, wasting his time and enerthen a few weeks would reconcile her to her change of gies, when, with his excellent business habits, knowledge, prospects, and the splendor of Mr. Cordis' establishment and well known character, he could easily obtain an exwould so contrast with the humble home which was all cellent situation as factor, or agent, or confidential clerk; Elliston could possibly furnish, that she doubted not that the friend had said, indeed, that he would himself cheerthe bloom would soon visit her cheek again. It was an fully give two thousand dollars salary, if Mr. Liston object to have the marriage speedily consummated; and, I would allow him the benefit of his talents and experience. if possible, without Mr. Liston's knowledge; for there Mr. Liston at once accepted the offer, and was a new was no knowing whether he would not imperatively man-the old Mr. Liston—as we knew him in former annul all the transactions, unless they had proceeded days. beyond his power.

Charlotte was passive; ready to Finding his parlor empty, he went to his own chamber consent to any thing—a puppet in her mother's hands. The ladies were not there. He knocked at Charlotte's Mr. Cordis had no particular wish to be brought tete-a-door, and then ventured to open it. That, too, was tete with Mr. Liston, so that liis absence from the cere-empty. “Out!" he muttered, in astonishment; “Why mony would be particularly pleasing to him. It was she was too unwell to appear at the dinner table !" In therefore arranged at Mrs. Marsh's residence, between the hall, as he advanced, he encountered the landlady. that lady, Mrs. Liston, and Mr. Cordis, that the knot “The ladies are out ?" he said, as a casual remark. should be tied in Mrs. Marsh's parlor, upon the third Why, Mr. Liston!” cried she, lifting up both hands, afternoon thence; when Mr. Liston had declared that and you not know where they are gone ?" some little business would detain him from home during • No, Mrs. White. Is there any thing unusual ?" the entire afternoon and evening.

And really you do not know that your daughter has Mr. Cordis purchased an elegant bridal dress for gone to be married ?" Charlotte, and a rich set of jewelry. There was, how “Married, Mrs. White! What do you mean?” he ever, to be but little ostentation attending the ceremony replied, turning pale. --the circumstances would not admit of it. The day “Why, Mrs. Liston told me, not an hour ago, that

Charlotte could not go down to dinner, and Mr. she was to be married to Mr. Philip Cordis, at his aunt Liston inquired for her with concern; remarking that she Marsh's, at five o'clock precisely; and sure enough, Mr. was pining away every day. But he was in haste, and Cordis came for her in his own carriage, and she was only sent a consoling message to her through her mother. lifted into it, in bridal clothes, looking like death, poor The bride, whose heart had been sold for a father's thing, and away they drove." pecuniary aid, was arrayed for her inauspicious bridals. The drops stood on Mr. Liston's forehead; he said Mr. Cordis called for her in his carriage. There was not a word; but he hastily pulled out his watch, and necessarily some bustle and confusion, which the land- | found that it wanted fifteen minutes to five. In less than lady as necessarily observed, and was curious to discover one more, he was hastening, at a very immoderate pace for the meaning of. Feeling that all was secure, Mrs. a man of fifty, towards Mrs. Marsh's; whose mansion be Liston confided to her, in the overflow of her spirits, reached at two minutes and a quarter after the clock had some of the great essentials of the affair: that Charlotte struck. He minded not servants, but pushing all aside, was to marry Mr. Cordis at his aunt Marsh's; that the ascended to the parlor; which he entered at an interest. bridesmaids and all were waiting there; that the cere- || ing moment; for the Episcopal clergyman, who was mony would take place at five precisely; that it was Mr. officiating, was just pronouncing those important and Cordis' elegant carriage which was at the door, and Mr. conclusive words of the service, “ If there be any here Cordis himself who was in the parlor waiting for them; who know cause why these two should not be joined in and finally, she invited the landlady to come up and see marriage, let him proclaim it now, or ever after hold lris Miss Charlotte in her splendid dress and jewels. The peace.” They were very solemnly said ; but probably landlady complied ; and was inexpressibly shocked at without any remote idea in the clergyman's mind that a Charlotte's appearance. Her face had the ghastly hue response would be made. A voice, however, broken of death; and she could not cross the chamber without with exhaustion, cried out from near the door: her mother's assistance. The landlady said nothing, but “I do! Stop where you are!" she felt in her heart the whole truth-that the poor girl Mrs. Liston, who a moment before had been standing was sacrificing herself for her parents. She could not and glancing around at appropriate intervals, all swellcongratulate-she dared not pity.

ing with pride and joy, melted down at the sound, like a Charlotte was assisted into the carriage by Mr. Cordis, l tender flower cut off by a sudden frost. Mr. Liston who was dressed in the ridiculous extreme of fashion ; || came forward. Mrs. Liston followed. Mr. Cordis then got in, and the "I forbid the bands, for my daughter is not of age; vehicle rattled away to Mrs. Marsh's. It was twenty and what is more, I know this all been in defiance minutes after four when it left the Listons' lodgings; of her feelings—the scheme of others. Is it not so, my and at precisely half past four, Mr. Liston, who had been child ? Speak freely—is it not so?" disappointed in meeting the merchant with whom he Charlotte's silence replied in sufficiently significant wished to transact his business, entered his parlor. He Mr. Cordis, at this moment, thought proper to

tones.

BY CAROLINE ORNE.

bristle a little ; especially as so many of his relations and worth nothing, and good for nothing. “Good Heavens, intimate friends were present.

what an escape !" she said to herself. She often re“ This unceremonious interruption, Mr. Liston, un- | peated the same ejaculation in after years, when she was warrantable,"

an inmate of Elliston's dwelling, and he fast becoming “Faugh!" cried Mr. Liston, in the deepest intona- ! one of the wealthiest of the city-happy in the affections tion of detestation, "Unwarrantable! When is not a ' of a loving wife, and children, whom he strove to nurture father warrantable in saving his daughter from the wreck in truth, virtue, and knowledge. of all she holds dear? She would have sold her heart for Mr. Liston often said, as he looked into the happy face of me; for you know, even while you stand up to wed ber, his Charlotte, “ Sell my child for my support! Heaven that she loves another! And even were her heart disen- would blush at it!" gaged, she would be linking herself to one whom she could never love, and thus close up the fountains of her GIVE BACK AGAIN THE BRAID OF HAIR.

Original. best sympathies for ever. I will not say that willingness to submit to such a sacrifice may not be noble in a child; but the parent who would accept it—the father or mother who would live by the sale-yes, the sale of their child !

Give back again the braid of hair -such parents are unworthy erer to have lived! Come, And then-yes, then, we'll part; Charlotte,”-she into his arms—"thank Heaven,

The braid that thou wert wont to wear, sprung I was not too late! Come away from these shambles, Next to thy faithless heart. and I will speedily take precautions that no more Ay, give it back, and go and find scheming shall peril the happiness of my child. Will Some other trusting breast; you attend us, sir,” he continued, addressing the clergy Then breathe thy vows, false as the wind; man; we may have need of your services immediately; Those vows to thee a jest. but not with such a bridegroom! Good afternoon, ladies To cloud with gloom life's morning ray, and gentlemen," he said further, bowing to all, as he The too fond heart to wringdivested his daughter of her jewelry, and threw it upon the To thee, should trifles light as they, table; “I am sorry to have driven away the cheerful One moment's anguish bring? ness of so pleasant a party.”

Not now, but when this heart has long He descended the stairs, Charlotte leaning upon his

Forgot its hopes and fears, arm, and the clergyman following, leaving as amazed a

Ay, e'en forgot its one deep wrong, company as were probably ever assembled together. A

Its agony, its tears— hack, fortunately passing, was hailed, and drew up.

A look, a word, a tone, a flower, "Say to Mrs. Liston, that we wait her company,” said

Or something lighter still, Mr. Liston to the servant; and that lady, who would

Perchance may then possess the power gladly have escaped the torture of the ride, was com

Thy inmost soul to thrill. pelled to present herself. Arrived at their lodgings, Mr.

For each some mem'ry of the past Liston escorted the clergyman and ladies to the parlor,

From its long sleep will wake, and then disappeared for a moment, during which he

And weave a spell, which o'er thee cast, was heard giving earnest directions to the hack-driver,

Thou ne'er again can’st break. who shortly after drove off at a rapid pace. Rejoining his family, he was all vivacity and spirit. Before half an

Then give me back the braided tress, hour, the hack returned. Mr. Liston hastened down

Thou'lt then need no such token, stairs. That voice! Charlotte started up, and the blood

To rouse thee from forgetfulness rushed over neck, face and forehead! The door opened

Of vows long scorned and broken ! it was Elliston! In a moment she was in his arms; for a

Original. word from her father had explained all!

SONNET.-T 0 CAROLINE. Mrs. White and all the inmates of the house were summoned, to their great surprise, to Mr. Liston's par Years have rolled onwards, gentle Caroline, · lor, to be witnesses to Miss Charlotte's marriage; and Since the last time beneath the old oak tree, the bonds that joined two willing hearts-alas, that ever I gazed with love on beauty, and on thee, others should feel those ties !-were solemnized. When And dared to worship at so fair a shrine ! the nuptial blessing had been pronounced, Mr. Liston Dost recollect the scene? The silver moon whispered in his wife's car, “Rather hasty-but then Rode, proud and peerless, in the spangled sky; you will not be able to scheme any more!"

The air was music, and its low sweet tune, Mr. Liston took a small, genteel house immediately, Breathed but of peace, of love and melody. and Elliston boarded with him. Mrs. Liston found it Yes! all was smiling, and fond memory brings, necessary to resign herself to comparative obscurity, and That sweetest parting, days of gloom to cheer, submitted with the best grace she could command. She O'er sorrow's darkness bright effulgence Alings, derived some assistance in subduing her pride, from the And by its magic smoothes my brow of care. fact, that before three months, Mr. Philip Laurens Cor But ah! 'lis hard to muse on vanish d hours, dis was openly proclaimed a bankrupt and a beggar * And see the thorns remain, while fade the flowers !

AN IRISH MELODY.

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THEATRICALS.

LITERARY REVIEW. PARK.--In the early part of the month, a night was set apart

UNIVERSAL HISTORY: Harper & Brothers.—This publicafor the benefit of Mr. Simpson, when the performances were

tion, in six volumes, forming a continuation of the celebrated happily selected, and a good house assembled to testify the high Family Library, is the standard work of Tytler, continued, respect which is, in every quarter, entertained for that gentle

from the close of the seventeenth century, to which period His own appearance upon the boards, as an actor, for Tytler's labors extended, up to the year 1820, by Dr. Nares, the time being, elicited the most enthusiastic applause; and at professor in Oxford University. The whole bas been superthe termination of " Is He Jealous ?" he appeared before the

vised by a competent American editor ; some passages, pot of audience, and in a very appropriate address, alluded, with

material value, and which might be considered objectionable great feeling, to his position, and his gratitude for the favor by the American reader, omitted, and quotations from other extended to him. Few have claims upon the theatrical public languages rendered into English. The work of no author on predominant to those of Mr. Simpson.

General History could have been selected, which is more comMr. and Miss Vandenhoff have concluded a second engage- prehensive, clear and satisfactory, than that of Dr. Tytler. Its ment. The comparatively thin audiences which have greeted reputation has been so great, that it has long been a treat both the efforts of such artists, strikingly demonstrate the peculiar in the colleges and universities of most repute in Great Britain prostration of the drama in its higher walks, at the present and America, and testimony can be borne to the succinctness of time. To what it is to be attributed, it may be partially, but the information to be derived from it, by thousands who have not entirely ascertained. That it cannot be considered a fun thus been led critically to examine its contents. This selection damental decline of taste for theatrical amusements, the sud- for the “ Family Library" is a most happy one; and adds greadenness of the diminution of prosperity in the larger establish ter value to that compendium of important information. It is, ments, and the throngs which have congregated nightly in those we may say, imperative upon every head of a family, whose minor houses, where the draft upon the pocket is light, abun means will compass it-and it is afforded at a peculiarly low dantly testify. We should be inclined, with many others, to price--to provide his household with the “Library." decide that the destruction of the National had exercised a

LIFE OF HARRISON: L. W. Ransom.-From this work, by S. blighting influence, were it not that the same lamentable pros

J. Burr, Esq, may be obtained the more important events of the tration has distinguished the career of the prominent theatres life of General Harrison. When its small size is considered, it in all our large cities. The primeval cause, then, is to be found certainly is entitled to the credit of great comprehensiveness ; in that subject of woful discussion on all occasions, and in every since there is much of detail. quarter and circle," the state of the times." Suflice it to say,

The Path-Finder : Lea & Blanchard. It is, we may truly that when the highest order of talent in the highest walks thus fails to attract, the drama is, whether permanently or tempora

say, a relief to us in our capacity of critics, to find Mr. Cooper

returned, and luxuriating in what may be termed his proper rily, prostrated indeed. Mr. Vandenhoff's first benefit, when a good house was assom

sphere. The tenor of his late works has imposed the unplea

bant task of condemnation, while the feelings have been those of bled, introduced Miss Vandenhoff to the public in a new cha

mingled wonder and pity at what has appeared almost mental racter—“Pauline," in the “ Lady of Lyons." Sbe won, in the

aberration. But he has resumed his oldtrail,' and given us estimation of all, fresh laurels by its performance. The scenes

now, as though regenerated and reinvigorated, a novel of great which may be designated as more especially well acted, were that in which Pauline first meets the mother of Claude, and the

merit and interest; and since he has voluntarily returned to

himself, we can forget the past at once. The scene of The last-when she is re-united to him. The distinguished ability

Path-finder" is laid in the middle of the last century, and again displayed in the latter, logether with the abiding favorable im

introduces our old acquaintance, Leather-stocking,' and his pressions of the execution of the preceding portions, excited

famous riflc, ^ Killdeer,' under the new soubriquet which gives continual rounds of applause. Mr. Vandenhoff, upon the same

name to the novel. He has all the traits which have made him occasion, personated Cato. Of his delineation of this character

so popular; and forms the centre of interest. For the first in former years, upon the boards of the National, we commented

time, we find him in love! The plot of the tale is of the very critically and at length, as such a masterly performance de simplest description--the characters few—as well as the scenes; serves. We consider it as possessing a loftiness and grandeur,

but those scenes are, the most of them, vivid and enchaining to so unapproachable, at least, so unapproached, as to stand forth

the attention; one or two introducing circumstances so altoalone, distinct-" unmixed with bascr matter."

gether novel, as much to enhance the delight. Perhaps Mr. We have not room to enter into critical details of the per- Cooper's chief failing is in the stiffness of his dialogues and formances of Mr. and Miss Vandenhoff during their engagement.

they form the only drawbacks to the deep interest of the 'PathIt must suffice to say, that if, for reasons already specified, it

finder.' It would seem, from the frequent introduction of set was not so fortunate in a pecuniary point of view, it afforded a

dialogues in situations often manifestly inconsistent with the banquet of no ordinary excellence to those, comparatively few | though they may be, who will not be deterred by time, place, them, and that their excellence will excuse all the impropriety

scene in progress, that Mr. Cooper considers himself happy in or circumstance, from the enjoymevt of superior talent, and has

of their place. The contrary is decidedly the truth; but it is not yet more confirmed the vigorous hold those artists have obtained

the first time that an author has been found wedded closely in upon the estimation of the public.

spirit to his worst faults.-Carrills. CHATHAM.-This convenient and pretty theatre seems des PilgrimaGE TO JERUSALEM: Carey & Hart.—This is a narratined to ride triumphantly over the quicksands which have tive of travels through the Holy Land, by Baron Geramb, s overwhelmed the success of the more pretending establishments, French monk of the order of La Trappe. The style is emiand to return rich gains into the treasury, in despite of “the nently concise, and comprehensive ; and the volumes contain times." The engagement of“ Yankee Hill” has proved most much valuable information upon points not noticed, or only fortunate. His houses have been excellent throughout, and his touched upon by other travellers in that interesting regiondelineations of the Yankee have literally been received, in the Wiley & Putnam. stereotype phrase, with “shouts of laughter and applause.” He is undoubtedly the best representative of the Yankee upon the stage. He overacts, it is true; but that is rendered neces

Notice. It is requisite that it should be distinctly under sary, that the lights and shadows of the traits of the interior stood that the year of the Ladies' Companion commences 18 New-Englander may be rendered more bold and distinguish- May or November. All subscriptions expire, either with the able. It is rumored that the management have engaged Mrs. April or October number. Persons receiving the first number Martyn, Mr. Manvers and Mr. Martyn, and that they will of a new volume are considered as subscribers for the whole appear during the present month in several favorite operas. year, and payinent will be insisted upon.

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