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gray eyes glisten with excitement as the speed on account of the damming up of the river to gradually increases. Soon he gives an impa- fill the Lehigh Canal; for these dams, being tient gesture, and asks the astonished conduct- suddenly swept away, let down immense volor, “Can't thee go a little faster, friend ?” Now umes of water into the narrow defiles below. the velocity is at its highest. The Quaker's eye Many lives were lost, and many instances are has a mad twinkle about it, as with still greater recorded of the miraculous preservations of life. impatience he beseeches the conductor to put one of the most remarkable of these instances on all possible speed, utterly unconscious of the occurred at Hokendanqua, just above Allenmerriment which he is making among the party. town. A father went away to carry some arti
Passing over the Lehigh Valley Railroad to cles of great value to a place of safety, leaving Easton we have the Lehigh River continually his two young children in bed, intending imme. at our left, and are frequently reminded of the diately to return to their rescue. But he came terrible freshet which swept this whole valley too late. The waters had already rendered acIt was all the more destructive l cess to the house impossible. Now here is the
marvel. Instead of drowning the children, the inflowing waters gently lifted the bed upon which they lay, and saved their lives. They were not even moistened by the water! It was this freshet which, breaking up the canal, so greatly increased the price of coal last year.
Bethlehem, twelve miles above Easton, is noted as an ancient Moravian settlement. The old edifices built by the Brethren still remain. It is very interesting to
go through the Moravian burial-ground. Here are buried, with the utmost indiscrimination, Indians, negroes, and white men. The Moravian Society in this country was in reality a missionary organization, and is to be considered as such. Their great aim was the conversion of the Indians; and it is beautiful to look upon these Indian graves, and to think of the Christian love with which the Moravians regarded the poor savage even in death.
Easton is one of the oldest boroughs of Pennsylvania. Confined originally to the lower grounds it has literally climbed up over the surrounding hills. Altogether it is a quaint old town,
having about it all the peculiarities of a Penn. THE BATTLE AND TRIUMPH OF sylvania borough, one of the commonest of
DR. SUSAN. which is a plentiful abundance of lager-bier.
From Easton we return on the Central Rail. IN TWO PARTS.--PART II. road of New Jersey back to New York, having seen probably a greater variety of natural scen- V.-BATTLE, BUT NO TRIUMPH EITHER WAY.
eight bean is usually the lot of railroad travelers: S'in Che corner, Paul Remy sat in a very easy
and having witnessed some of the most remark- in able specimens of human ingenuity and skill rocking-chair in another corner, his feet on sev. which the country can furnish. Besides these eral cane-bottom chairs. All this, besides conattractions to the tourist, there are few regions siderable else more remarkable, went on in the in which a summer vacation can be more pleas- south parlor of Beech-Wold; a large room with antly passed.
several pleasant windows through which the sun
suffused every body; a room where backward ITINERARY OF THE ROUTES DESCRIBED.
patients were forced, like cucumbers under glass. I New YORK TO WILKESBARRE.-—Starting from Jersey In hydropathic institutions cure of any thing City at 8 A.M. the tourist will reach Hampton Junction, more serious than a tooth-ache takes at the least 60 miles distant, at 11 o'clock, which is the only time when
several years. it is possible to secure a connection with the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad. Immediately avail.
There were others in this room than Sylverie ing himself of this connection he reaches the Water Gap, Beames, D.D., and myself. A number of ladies 26 miles beyond, at 1 P.M. Supposing him to stop over with their crochet-needles-their sofa-patterns to at the Gap for one night, he will resume his journey at 1 embroider, their chair-tidies to knit, and other o'clock the next day to Scranton, 57 miles further to the nice little dextrous feminine finger-work to donorthwest. morning he takes the 10 o'clock train for Kingston, 17 were distributed in lines of graceful irregularity miles distant, on the Lackawanna and Bloomsburg Rail- all about the large, bright room, but near enough road, from which point he is taken by stage to Wilkes to the southwest window to hear the voice that barre, about a mile from the station, arriving there about 3 o'clock p... The trip to Prospect Rock, 3 miles to the was reading there from between the lips of Miss east of the town, may be, with the exception of the last Helen Talfourd. And sitting perfectly upright, 200 yards, taken by carriage. The tourist will stop at with her arms folded in the usual self-gathered, Wilkesbarre overnight.
self-embraced mauner, Dr. Susan occupied a II. From WILKESBARRE TO HARRISBURG.—The tourist who takes the longer of the two routes which we have de tall-backed arm-chair, whose stiffness her presscribed in the foregoing pages will leave Wilkesbarre at ence in it converted into something like a very 9 A. M. of the fourth day, reaching Danville, 60 miles fur- imposing dignity. She was having a short further down the valley, at noon. Stopping over for a day lough that afternoon from her patients-all of -as he must, if he stop at all-he will reach Northumberland, twelve miles distant, at 1 the next day. From whom were either asleep, out on pedestrian this point, at 10 o'clock of the following day (the fifth), he tours, in the south parlor with us, or miraculous. proceeds 53 miles to Harrisburg over the Northern Cen- ly able—if awake and confined to their rooms, tral Railroad, arriving at 1 P.M. If he stays at Harris. to endure a few minutes without personal proburg overnight he will proceed at 8 A.M. on the following fessional assurance that they were not to be reday to Lebanon, 26 miles distant, which he will reach a little after 9. After paying a visit to the Cornwall Ore moved to a better world before tea-time. Banks, by a special railway accommodation, he will take The book that Helen was reading was some the 3 p.m. train for Reading, 28 miles from Lebanon. kind of “Terrace" or other, I forget what exFrom Reading he may immediately
proceed to Allentown, actly. It is said to have been intended for Sunvia East Pennsylvania Railroad, over a distance of 36
The next morning, at 6.30 A.M., he starts for day-schools. According to the theory about Bethlehem, about fifteen minutes' ride over the Lehigh that class of books, this “ Terrace" is an emiValley Railroad; stopping at which point till 1 P.M., he nent success, it being universally laid down and moves on to Easton, 12 miles further down the Lehigh received that the way to make children and youth River. He will then have five hours at Easton before taking the 6.30 P.M. train, via Central Railroad of New anxious about the life to come is to render them Jersey, to New York-a distance of 75 miles.
thoroughly disgusted with this. The route thus described from New York and back takes The book, however, was the best perhaps in one week, and traverses 457 miles, giving time for exam.
our limited library of fiction. Dr. Laurence ining the more important objects of interest, though there are several points where an additional day may be pleas- Medlicott was a thorough Puritan, and believed antly spent.
that however much happiness, or wickedness, or III. WILKESBARRE TO MacCH CHUNK.—Supposing the goodness, or misery there might be in the world, tourist to prefer the shorter of our tours from Wilkesbarre, it was very wrong to assert these facts in any on the morning of the fourth day, instead of pursuing his course down the Wyoming Valley, he will proceed by form but a sermon. Besides that, fiction he stage from Wilkesbarre at 7.30 A.M. to the dépôt of the thought was altogether too much of a stimulus Lehigh and Susquehanna Rrilroad, 8 miles up the mount to the inflammable minds of patients, and beain. At White Haven, taking the stage to Eckley, he fore I left Beech-Wold I half agreed with him. arrives about noon, proceeding thence directly by Hazleton Railroad to Beaver Meadow Junction, where be will So that there was never seen within the four take the Beaver Meadow Railroad to Mauch Chunk, ar-clap-boarded sides of the care a leaf of Scott, riving there about the middle of the afternoon. The next Dickens, Bulwer, Charles Reade, Hawthorne, morning he will take the trip over the Gravity Roads and Cooper, Miss Mulock-any body else worth readSwitch-back, starting at 8 A.M., and returning in time for the Lehigh Valley 4 o'clock train to Allentown, 29 miles
ing. from Mauch Chunk. Thence his course to New York will Another reason for reading “Terrace," was be the same as by the longer route.
that Sylverie Beames loved that mild prepara
tion; and the ladies, to generalize, loved Syl- | should be at every fireside.'” Mrs. Hamilcar verie Beames. I see that somebody's liquid Hall-a lady whose husband lives in North Vesextract of something restores vigor to the ex- pasian, a few States off, but who has congestion hausted frame and color to the pallid cheek-at of the surfaces, and therefore passes her years least so it is stated in the advertising columns at Beech-Wold, also a desire to go about doing of several dailies. Now, I take it that no more good, and therefore does not stay at the fireside cruel and felonious deed could have been con- where Mr. Hamilcar Hall toasts his undarned ceived by the smouldering heart of personal heels-looks at me with at least three tracts conmalice, than to have administered the proper centrated into each eye, and nods approvingly at dose, as ordered in the directions on the wrap- Mr. Sylverie Beames, as much as to say, “You've per, of this same stuff to Sylverie Beames. His done for that Remy!” But that Remy is not done pallid cheek was his capital; to use the language for. Truth crushed to earth rises again, and in of sporting characters, he “ traveled" on his ex- my person replies, elastically, to Dr. Beames: "I hausted frame. Whoever robbed him of these can see no reason why that should make any had stolen what not enriched him and made difference. Your ministerial friend did not say Beames poor indeed. Woman will adore, and why it should be at every fireside. He may have where physical prostration is the symbol of spir- been a jolly old chap—" itual exaltation, there will always be a little All the Ladies (with four or five exceptions, coterie of idolators around the settee where in unison with Beames as Conductor). “The. Feebleness lieth.
Reverend Dr. Podgers a jolly old chap !" This afternoon we came, I remember, to the I (continuously). “Or if--as your exclamamost exciting--or, pardon me, Truth–I should tion seems to indicate, for I am so wretched as say, the least tame portion of the book. The in- not to know Podgers personally-he be habitucidents I can not recollect; I only know that the ally miserable, altogether, in fact, of the "grand, most thrilling catastrophe was the hero's getting gloomy, and peculiar" order of men, then this a sprained ankle, which called forth floods of opinion of his may have been a spasmodic scinsympathy and opodeldoc. But the general im- tillation of wit, such as even the best and stupression upon us was that two young people, pidest of our race are not entirely safe from. who loved one another (as much as two such By “at every fireside” he undoubtedly meant meek-souled geese could) had a great deal of just on the top of the grate, or, possibly at the trouble, and did all sorts of foolish things, and bottom, for kindling purposes. And I can see got into a variety of scrapes most irritating to no objection to that, except that pitch-pine is any sensible reader, when manifestly all that was only a penny a bunch and this comes at one dol. wanting was to call the parson, have the thing lar." done up, and go into a one-story house embow- As I say this I notice Miss Talfourd's color ered with honey-suckles, to be happy on an in- come and go, while her blue eyes run anxiousgrain carpet, till the young man's paternal rela-ly, first from me to the company who listen, tive, who was abundantly able, came down like then back again. She is exquisitely beautiful; a gentleman and gave the young couple, now I see it more clearly than ever before. restored to favor, a freestone structure where I notice Dr. Susan also. She is holding herthey could share bliss on Brussels. This solu- "self in with those resolute arms all the more tion of the difficulty, which occurred to every sternly, but her strong, masculine mouth trembeing with Causality marked above at the end bles as if she were nearly saying something. of every paragraph, seemed to have escaped the And I can not help thinking that her eyes flash; notice of the very acute author altogether. Or, and she seems somewhat elated when I finish perhaps, it only struck her at the end of Vol. I., my sentence with such provoking coolness. But and she had determined to perform II., whose as she throws a side glance at Sylverie Beames hash would have been settled by accepting this the under lip curls. settlement. My patience, even when I'm per- Dr. Sylverie Beames (in a tone of severe and fectly well, has bounds. These, however, draw final calmness). “The Reverend Polygonus Podcloser when, as at Beech-Wold, it occurs that I gers I have the honor of being personally acam a valetudinarian. So, at the close of one quainted with. He is not the person to indulge page, and taking advantage of Helen Talfourd's in a levity when his judgment is asked on an pause for turning over, I broke forth as follows: important topic. It is a source of deep regret
Paul Remy. “Excuse me for interrupting; that Mr. Remy does not vouchsafe his admirabut really isn't it rather stupid in those people tion to the book. It is also a consolation to not to go and get married ? One can't help consider that we are not entirely without authorfeeling as if the lack of a little ready money were ity for approving it, even thongh that authority at the bottom of that fellow's incapacity, and be only the Reverend Polygonus Podgers." wanting to offer him the lonn of a five-dollar I. "It would seem very silly for me to waste bill to pay the parson if you could only find so much time in discussing a subject of so little where to direct to him!"
importance, besides being ill-mannered, as an Sylrerie Beames (with mild surprise, and interruption of Miss Talfoard and those who speaking as from anthority). “The book is de- like to hear the book read; but the whole affair cidedly moral in its tone. The Rev. Polygonus takes an entirely different shape when an effort is Podgers, one of our ablest divines, has said, 'It made to clear a thing of the charge of stupidity by telling us that a certain gentleman likes the l'authorities.' It is by this same Reason, or some stupid thing. To cram objection down the measure of it, that you come to those general throats of thinking people who try to utter it convictions on which you erect even your superwith a wad of Polygonus Podgers! Who knows structure of faith in Podge. Permit us also to but Mr. Podgers may be stupid himself? The use our reason, even though something quite thing has happened, obviously to several of us else than Podge should be the climax of its rewho have used our eyes in the world. In which sults. The fact is, that I am quite sick of one case, by the law of affinities, Mr. Podgers would thing (if I may be permitted to speak of myself) like stupid things; and recommend thein ; and, which I have seen a great deal of in my life. with some people, succeed in stuffing them down. To speak in general terms, it is the practice of No, Dr. Beames, I do not assert that your cler- sending our belief, like our washing, to be done ical friend is stupid. I can not doubt that other out of the house for us by some individual schoolthan stupid people may possibly like this book; man, doctor, parson, or some collective bodybut the place where I must come to issue with some Faith-Factory carried on by combination you is not on the mere book-question at all, but within the bosom of an Ism or an Ology. It on the ground of this very intrusion of author- might be an altogether different matter on one ity' into the discussions of men and women of condition, viz. : that after our belief was all sense."
boiled out, clear - starched, sprinkled, folded, Dr. Susan. “Good! Mr. Remy, good! I ironed, and sent home to us, the individual or like to hear you say so."
combination aforesaid were quite responsible for As Dr. Susan said this her face lighted up it to the great scrutinizing Host of Souls, to into a look of defiant strength that made me whose Eternal Feast we have to repair, and in think of a “Zenobia Promachos” that I had Whose presence it is highly desirable we should stood before for half a morning of growing sur- be decently clothed and not found naked ! prise and delight in the Luxembourg. I forget Could we but say in answer to this nature-thrillwho was the painter; but if he never did any ing, stern, real question, Where is thy soul-. thing else, this wonderful head of that great, garment ?' • Look to my Soul-Laundry-Man for strong, unfortunate, and unwomanly woman, as that,' there might be some convenience in the she looked leading on the death-trample of war, arrangement, though a man of high honor would ought to have brought him more fame than he feel even then, meseems, uncomfortable at find. has. This expression on Dr. Susan's face showing his own individuality so superseded, his own ed me pretty plainly what sort of a warfare her responsibility so blotted out. Still a lazy man mis-embodied soul had waged with society in would find advantages on the side of this way general. I sat close by her and Helen Talfourd, of doing things, could he say, “Yes, this mere and the latter and I were probably the only ones rag of a no-belief is pretty indecent for a soul that heard her encouraging remark to me: such of broad and emergent parts—J'y consens !-but was the susurrus that ran through the feminine so it was sent home to me by Professor Parker group in answer to my challenge—as it seemed Pillsbobbery-talk to him about it! or, ‘I know to them--to Sylverie Beames, D.D.
it; this motley suit, this absurd harlequin fit, Helen Talfourd did not speak. But another this maccaroni drapery of mine, is all very riof those thrills of color and motion passed over diculous up here, as must be apparent to the her countenance. Her eyes met mine. She eyes of assembled Heaven, but this is the first smiled with a proud sympathy; then blushed; time I've paid the least attention to it. Perand again I said to myself, “ Beautiful, exceed- mit me to refer you to Dr. Asparagus Mudge, ingly!"
who on earth did my believing for me. Here's Dr. Sylverie Beames. “I can not say that I his card—“A. Mudge, LL.D.-goes out to do feel quite adequate to a discussion just now. believing by the day, or takes it in, satisfaction Perfect quiet is necessary for my complaint, warranted.” Now, if satisfaction could be warthe trouble being bronchial principally. I hope ranted, this would all be very nice. Charming! to be able to give my views at some other time But if in fact up at that Tribunal of All-Soulson this subject of authority.' Till then let all where every honorable man wishes to be judged, of us, or as many as possible, seek to follow in and every man, honorable or caitiff, must bethe steps of those blessed men, who, like Dr. there is no such word as 'proxy' ever uttered; Podgers, have devoted a lifetime to the study if there the only question is as to what I have of theology. We can not be led very far astray done for my own manhood, and even the purest -not as far, Mr. Remy, as if we followed our white robe, bought, begged, stolen, or borrowed own poor, blind, erring reason. And now shall from another man, will not cover me from just we have the next chapter of—Terrace ?!” search, then, I say, it is criminal folly and dis
1. “Not only now, but forever if it lasts honesty for me to pretend to accept in this life so long, after one moment. The question of any one else's opinion unproved by myself—be the book, as I said before, is of no practical im- it æsthetic, ethical, theological, any thingportance. But it is of great importance to ev- knowing, as I do, that in a higher life it will ery body that Reason should not be called poor, fail me, and I shall be brought miserably to or blind, or erring. For Heaven's sake, don't shame!" let us stultify ourselves by vilifying the highest All silent except Sylverie Beames, who ob"authority' we have, if we're going to stick to serves in a bored tone of would-be satire,
“A very great deal upon a very small sub-continued. Each just as he had been, and just ject, viz., 2 volumes, 540 pages, 12mo." as all people do, after however much and fierce
Helen Talfourd (excitedly). “Dr. Beames, discussion, persistently continued. But with how can you be so unfair? You know it's not one exception-the one you would least think a book, but a principle, Mr. Remy is speaking of." of—viz., Dr. S. Beames himself, who, after all
Dr. S. Beames. “Victory perches on the his profession of faith in Dr. Polygonus Podgers banner of any foe of mine when fair woman is and that eminent divine's opinion of “Terthe standard-bearer."
race," failed to prove it by persistent works, Cunning dog! he knew what a certain way and most incontinently went to sleep on his this would be to rally his feminine admirers. settee from mere exhaustion at the hearing of
Numerous Ladies (coming to the rescue). his own favorite book. Thus he was detected “I must say I agree entirely with Mr. Beames.” to his great confusion when bath-hour came, “Mr. Remy, your sentiments strike me as being and we all broke up, each to repair to his sev. very dangerous." “What kind of an ism do eral ducking. you believe in, Mr. Remy?” “Aren't you a This was the last time that Dr. Susan, Miss Hicksite?” “Isn't that what the Free-Lovers Talfourd, or I ever attended one of those readings believe?” All this, together with much more wherein Dr. Beames was the umpire, and Dr. of the same sort, such as the lovely sex talks Podgers the standard of polite taste. But we when it launches out upon that sea of polemic had numerous little readings of our own. In strife which no man ever sailed very admirably, which we three sat drinking the wine of high and no woman other than most amusingly, be thoughts at the same festal board with Starcause there one must voyage by the compass of Crowned Goethe ; with Schiller the Forever School-Logic; and her compass, though she Loved and Loving; and with that tender, wohave a brain like Aristotle, can never be any man-hearted Giant-Soul, Jean Paul, did we thing else than Heart-Love.
“play at bowls with the sun and moon." LikeDr. Susan now arose, and the sight of her wise with Dickens, Kingsley, Carlyle, and other commanding form, towering several feet above such like “Muscular Christians," who look the highest din, obtained instant audience for The Bad of the present day fiercely in the eyes her very calm voice.
and throttle it—not run away and creep into “Ladies," she said, “we are not setting some such Sluggard's Heaven of cowardly talent these gentlemen a good example. Our voices as making meaningless, and therefore worse are too high-too rapid. Dr. Laurence is Dr. than useless, books, at so much a volume. Beames's physician ; but I know the Reverend VI.-WHICH BEGINS WITH A PRESENT BLOUSE, Gentleman will say for me that he ought not to AND ENDS WITH A FUTURE WEDDING-COAT. talk with his throat as it is. Mrs. Hall, your From about the date of the last-recited conhigh color indicates a necessity for return to the versation the lines of demarkation grew quite use of Aconite, six times a day, as before. Miss strong at Beech-Wold. The principle of classiDe Quaile, your head is slightly congested, you fication was devotion or non-devotion to Beames. may take a warm foot-bath at 98° this afternoon Besides Helen Talfourd, Dr. Susan, and myself, instead of your plunge. Mrs. Bunnie, your fe- there were two or three who gave our minority brile symptoms will not be overcome unless you at least negative support, by not utterly extinare faithful with that Belladonna, and quiet. guishing their own personality in Beames, and And Mr. Remy, as your physician, I must en having ideas of their own, even though they join perfect freedom from excitement; you have kept quiet about them. already said much more than can be answered, The majority made Beames a dressing-gown; unless your opponents obtain two requisites." also a pair of slippers; a muffler for wet weathAll at once. “What are they? What are er; a pair of big woolly mittens, like the lamb
that Mary had, with fleece as white as snow; Dr. Susan. “Permission from me to excite lamp-mats; kneeling-cushions. Endless aryourselves by saying any thing, and something to rangements. say."
One day Helen Talfourd, Dr. Susan, and I “Miss Talfourd, are you tired of reading; is were in the bowling-alley together, and stood at your voice tired, I mean ?" continued Dr. Susan. a window looking into the gymnasium. LO!
“No, dear, I will read on very willingly if Sylverie Beames, in his canary-colored gown the rest care to hear this stupid story.”
with mazarine-blue facings, flitting hither and I looked at Helen Talfourd with surprise. It thither, like some rare and gorgeous tropical was the first time that she had expressed direct- bird among the stately shafts of the plumyly any sympathy in my opinion; and I sought crowned columnar palm-latter represented by her face to see if there was any sarcasm there the climbing poles of the gymnasium. which did not discover itself in her tone. No; “ It is a shame!" said Miss Talfourd. “It is and I thought she was more beautiful than ever a shame!" echoed Dr. Susan. "What is a -so conceited are men !
shame?” asked I, not being gifted with the inDr. Susan. “Very well, then read away, tuitive woman-sympathies which made them dear!"
understand each other. So Helen continued. And the rest continued. “Why, that you have no dressing-gown, to And I continued. And Dr. Sylverie Beames be sure!” answered Miss Talfourd.