Page images

Josiah made no comment on that revelation market by his diligence and perseverance-or, By-and-by he asked,

rather, we should say, by these qualities the “ What did thee think, Abby?”

market was created. “ Wasn't it wicked ?"

Aunt Jane was at the bottom of this business. “But she changed it mighty sudden.” She had spoken some words to Josiah which By-and-by, after a thoughtful silence, he said, invited him to think more freely than he had

“It would kill Dinah, I think, if thee should dared to think before, in regard to the irksome come back from Essex like that, Abby!” duties of the farm—and had also expatiated,

Abby looked at him as if the bare suggestion according to knowledge, on the profits of a careamazed and terrified her. It is safe to say that ful and successful trade. These words were like she had never imagined the possibility of such seed—they produced a hundred-fold of thought, disloyalty.

until finally Josiah talked with Dinah, and hav“If Jane likes to buy thee pretty things, ing once begun to talk he talked on, till he had won't thee like to wear them? Thee loves the carried his point, and was now well established flowers-such bright colors. Does thee see a in a growing business. This business brought sin in them?"

with it, of course, new necessities : necessities “My Aunt Dinah won't ever be killed, as of journeys-journeys to Essex and elsewherethee says, by such a sight,” was Abhy's answer. and much dealing with the world's people. Josiah laid it up in memory.

How Dinah prayed for him! He repeated it to Dinah one evening when What else was she doing? she looked so pale and sad that he knew she She had been growing five years older in nowas thinking of Abby.

thing except grace. Disappointments were as And Dinah treasured the word. It cheered benedictions that tranquilized her spirit. her and strengthened her. It became her con- To lose Jane from the faith, Abby from the viction that sooner or later Abby would come house, Josiah from the farm-these were sore back to the old homestead on Lancaster Hill. trials that would have laid deep furrows in the Not only a “Friend in heart,” but also one in foreheads of some women. Not so with Dinah life.

Morril. One who should number the souls As to body, so to spirit, it happens oftentimes. sealed with her soul's peace, would have the It is difficult to satisfy the hunger of a child, census of earth as reported in the Kingdom of the full-grown man can fast-even forty days and Heaven. nights could Moses and Elijah hold the body in It had long been expected by Friends that subjection-and there was One mightier than Dinah would some day take her stand as a these who may not be named here. Thus with preacher in the meeting where her fathers had Dinah Morril. She was living on these small worshiped before her. She had the eloquence, hopes of the future, who had sacrificed the great the experience, the knowledge. Year by year hope. If Abby should return triumphant from her neighbors waited for her word. Often she temptation, faithful in the least, she would be had been exhorted to take up this cross. satisfied.

One First Day morning she was thinking that She waited three years for a “testimony." the time perhaps had come. She was alone in Then Jane Bruce came home, and brought the house. Josiah was not only absent from Abby with her—for merely a week's visit. the house but from the village: there was no

They were like two birds. As bright and thing to disturb her thorough investigation of happy as though they wore the plumage of birds herself, her motives, and the probable direction of paradise—though they came in simple garb— of her influence in view of this fresh consecraand such garb it was evident was their usual tion of what power she had to sacred use. attire.

Yet opportunity is after all not an essential In five long years Abby had made but this condition to action. Favorable as the hour solitary visit. There were reasons for that. was for heavenly meditation, Dinah's thoughts She was going to school-not only in Essex. had some confusion; she was in a hurry and a In vacations she was making little journeys with futter; in the act that must be performed with Aunt Jane. Mr. Bruce had a large family con- utmost deliberation she felt the influence of annection. His friends were scattered in places other than divine necessity. It would be evifar apart. He was proud of his wife. He liked dence of self-distrust, of fear, this word of exto exhibit her. She must visit all these people hortation she was contemplating, rather than -it satisfied her roving disposition very well to the evidence of serene exalted courage. do so—and wherever she went Abby must go Why? with her. This explained to Aunt Dinah why Last night when she came up from Margaret Lancaster Hill was so rarely invaded by Essex. Paindle's house Dr. Grant was on the sidewalk,

In these five years some changes had taken and he joined her as she closed the gate. place-even in Lancaster. Josiah had discov- This was the first time she had met him since ered that he was designed for trade and not for his mother's death, and the lips so firmly closed farming; and in consequence Dinah had in- upon this topic in the presence of all other vested a portion of her own funds with the Friends, opened to Dinah. He told her all the young man's fortune, and he had opened a dé- steps and stages of that fatal disorder; of the pôt for straw goods in the village, and found a hours of watching of the days and nights; of conversations that would never be reported for any Dinah Morril, quivering in every nerve, pickother listener. It was like St. Augustine's re- ed up these abominations and surveyed them port of the last sickness of his mother; and it with horror. Quick to resolve, prompt to exemoved the heart of Dinah so that her eyes over- cute in emergencies, she seemed at a loss here. flowed. He saw her weep.

While she yet hesitated—not between one course Those tears emboldened him to take up the of action and another, but as to all action-her strain that was broken off nearly a score of years eyes fastened on a scrap of paper lying on the before. He left his loneliness and solitude, his floor. It might perhaps contain some clew to bereavement, to plead for him if it might—he what, alas! was probably no puzzle. She picked only spoke of his love. And that he spoke of it up and read it. The account was made ont as of something that had immortal life in it; in- to Josiah Morril: it was merely the receipt for deed, had she not all-sufficient evidence of it in certain blue broadcloth garments, buff vest, and this long faithfulness? The mere story of love! yellow kids. He added nothing besides. He might have been How, then, with this burden on her heart, in the ardor of early youth, by the way he ad- should she dare exhort the congregation ? Talk dressed her. There was at least the freshness of influence and example; urge to faithfulness; of youth in his pleading, but more, far more encourage the desponding; prophesy the works than its passion. What had answer been ? of grace! She was dumb. Her whole life had Simply, “ This can never be.” Whereupon he been a failure; how attempt to teach others, had said, “Is it really true that you require an- herself a castaway! other score of years in order to learn the blessed Josiah came home toward the end of the will of God concerning us? We may die mean- week. He returned intending to make a conwhile!” “Well, then,” she answered, hardly fidante of Dinah; to confess himself before knowing what she said. “For all this is of His her, and if possible to obtain more than forordering. I believe this as I believe nothing giveness. If he had not been wholly occupied else. And, Dinah, you believe it too. Love by his own doubts and cares he would not have dates beyond any creed. The Holy Spirit alone failed to see how disturbed and worn she had knows how ancient are Love's claims. Dinah, I grown during these ten days of his absence. am alone."

The third day after his return, it was the First Thinking all night of these words of his; Day of the week, he stood in the kitchen door startled by them into doubts she had never con- after breakfast looking down the valley. Dinah ceived before, Dinah, seeking safety for herself had been busy about various household matters ; of Heaven, bethought her of this hiding-place, but these cares were never allowed to press where she should be secure from the weakness heavily on First Day morning, and she had of her heart. Once a preacher, known as such, now prepared herself to sit down with her book, temptation would assail her in vain. She would and though he knew how little she liked to be stand committed through all future time. He disturbed when her mind was intent on heavenwould give her up !

ly meditations, he took courage to himself and But when she went into the meeting-house said to her, the purpose had deserted her.

She sat as an “Dinah, what has become of the little green exile in her Father's house. She saw, as the chest that stood on my table? I've missed it people gathered, Doctor Gray came with the since I came home.” rest; she knew that if a soul in the congrega- She answered as if she had long expected the tion had come there to worship he had come question, and in truth his silence on the subject for that, yet she beheld him enter with new mis- heretofore had encouraged her despair. giving and despair.

“The little green box that was thrown down For consider what had happened.

from the table accidentally, Josiah? That was While preparing for the meeting she had gone last First Day. I put it aside in the closet in great haste to Josiah's room, carrying with where father's books are, until thee should come her a large woolen shawl, which she was intend back. Thee will find it there." ing to hang from his window in the sun. One “Did any damage happen to the poor old could not guard too constantly against the chest ?" moths this season. In her haste the fringes of “ The lid was broken open. The hinges were the shawl caught the handle of an old leather- so rotten." covered box that stood on Josiah's table, and she “There must have been a great rattling out swept it on to destruction.

of the contents," said Josiah, striving to speak It came down with a crash to the floor, this with unconcern; but discovery, he found, was venerable relic of the past, and was broken open another thing from confession. He might ac—not from the lock, but the hinges; and when knowledge with some pride, or at least some she, stooping down, tried to fasten it together, self-respect, what it did abase him to have mere oh! Friends, was it not an evil spectacle that ly discovered. revealed itself to her astonished eyes ! Various “ There was, Josiah.” Fine, mild voice-it articles came tumbling out, and among others pierced him. a buff vest with metal buttons, yellow kids, a “What did thee do with all the stuff, I wonpurple satin neck-tie-all these things bearing der ?” unquestionable marks of use.

“Laid it back, brother. The yellow vest and VOL. XXVII.-No. 162,-3 G


the other gear. Even the receipt for the blue- Dinah recollect? Dr. Gray walked home with broadcloth suit. Josiah! Josiah! what does all her, and left her at the gate, and returned by that mean?"

the way he came. “What does that mean, Dinah ?"

But what was Josiah saying? Ah, that such Josiah took from the black silken cord he alarm as this should seize upon her heart-this wore about his neck what might have been a strongest heart in Lancaster! She recalled her watch-it was a miniature.

wandering thoughts. “Look at that face, Dinah," said he. And "Tell me about it," she said, with such reshe came nearer to her. He had kept it from ignation in her voice and manner as moved Joher these three days with difficulty, for he meant siah in a way her rigid opposition never would that in such a strait as this it should be his great have done. It was almost as if he heard imargument. As for the face, it was one of the measurable sympathy in her words. loveliest you ever looked upon. The face of a Dinah, can't thee understand ? I never young girl on whose cheeks abundant roses knew the time when I felt any other way about bloomed.

Abby. Only the feeling has grown with me." There were abundant roses also in her hair, He paused. She pulled the little white shawl and lace about her neck. Her arms were bare, she wore about her shoulders, but she bared her and on her wrists were bracelets. It was a throat. She felt at the same moment chilled being manifestly who rejoiced in every beauti- and suffocated. She bowed her head. Through ful thing this world could show. She was alive the very depths of what he was endeavoring to to all its glory. This fact had been well estab- express she understood. He seemed to take lished by the painter, and in no other way than some hope from the attitude in which she now this he had devised could the truth he had to waited for what he might say. Or the blessed tell be told to Dinah.

facts themselves he must express in one way Dinah looked-she gazed. Twice she looked and another, never with satisfying fullness, made at Josiah before she wiped her eyes.

him bold. “This is poor little Abby,” she said. “Oh, “And think!” he said, “how faithful she Jane, what thee hast done!"

has been to me when there's many a better she Her thoughts that seemed to drift far away might have had, and wouldn't, for my sake. from Josiah slowly turned toward him again. It was a very little thing for me, I think, to He stood still, waiting till they should. Now wear a trifling different dress when I was with he said:

her from what I wore at home. What did I “Dinah, did thee ever love any thing as thee care? It kept people from smiling and saying hast loved that girl?" He was not looking at there's another turn-coat! I did it for thy sake, her; he stood with downcast eyes. Oh, the look and father's, and Abby's—the three I love best.” that flashed out from her soul! If he had seen And Abby will come home to live with it, an unaccountable courage would then have thee ?” possessed him.

“Why not, Dinah ? Even Jane is glad. Take her," he entreated. " Take her just And she! oh thee ought tò see Abby's face as she is, and love her as thee finds her. Can when she talks about Lancaster. I marvel at thee? I want it more than any thing. It is it. I am astonished when I think of it. That the only thing I do want, I believe. Thy love she should care! It must be for thy sake, is greater than thy prejudice."

Dinah. I never can believe it is for mine.” “I like Patience Train's face better," said “ She will come back to live with thee in Dinah. “Her eyes have the holy shade of the Lancaster ?” Lancaster meeting-house in them. She was “Yes, Dinah. No wonder thee thinks it born in this valley; so was Abby. But Pa- strange.” tience has chosen her part here; it shall not “Coming back after all! For thy sake. be taken away from her. I love her face—her And thinking of old Aunt Dinah doesn't trouble spirit, I mean-better than this-here." her! oh world !.world! thou’rt weak. Could

“No, Dinah. Thee does not. It is because not hold even that dear child-couldn't give her thee hasn't seen Abby this long time that thee as much as she comes back to the old place for! is able to say it. Abby is coming back to Lan- And Jane is glad. That's Justice! But, Jocaster Hill and the meeting-house."

siah, what will thee do with such a Bird of “Ah, Josiah, but thee has gone half-way Paradise ?” after her--and more than that. Better is the “Love her, Dinah." stanch faith, the firm believing heart, than this That word shook Dinah's soul. She could lawless seeking to serve two masters; it is an not speak, and Josiah was impatient of the insult to both. How long has thee carried this silence. thing about with thee, Josiah, and kept these “She is homesick for the hill, and the gardoings to thyself ?"

den, and the meeting-house! She said so. “Only last Seventh Day she gave it to me. She owned it." I was walking home with her at evening after “Look at that face, Josiah. Can thee beoh, such a busy day! It was painted for me lieve it?" and thee, Dinah."

“ Just because the face is what it is, I beLast Seventh Day, at dark, how should not lieve it all.”

“ Thee hast gone all the way instead of half! | As these two walked and talked together, so Thee would give up every thing for her!" He quietly, so friendly, some fetters fell apart which did not deny that, he said.

had bound the soul of Dinah. She stepped out “And, Dinah, so has she gone all the way. into a freedom wonderful to feel—unlooked-for, Don't love always? Is there any half-way about unhoped-for, unfeared. it? Abby had the picture painted by a lady Freed from fidelity? Not so—from bondage. who is her great friend, so I should always know There stood the meeting-house looking at her, that she had given up the world for me. Yes, but not frowning on her, and she did not tremit is true--are we to blame? could we help it? ble. Indeed it pleased her now to sit in its She has gone all the way for dear Love's sake. sacred shadow and talk with Doctor Gray. And so have I."

And talk! “ And so wilt thou !"

Those silent, spiritual communings, then ; Did any voice speak out from any future such those reverent waitings; those holdings, firm a prophecy as this for Dinah's heart to hear? and reliant, on the will of God; those habits Why, the meeting-house lacked steadfastness as of depending on the unfoldings of Providence much as she! Ask the village what it thinks. for the shaping of her conduct—dost think, oh! There is not a shadow of turning to be expected congregation, that Dinah ever lost them? Dost here. This is Dinah Morril, the loyal daugh- imagine, oh! vain world, that she could ever ter of old Sylvester Morril, whose business on seek embellishment of thee? Dost dream, oh! this earth was to perpetuate the faith. If she, disputatious world, that warring creeds could for any reason, could overstep the barriers of a ever mar the peace of any household over which peculiar people, could any body understand that her loving heart presided ? or that the sanctity other action on her part would have been down- of Belief could ever be invaded by the ruthlessright sin? And that her father's will was after ness of Opinion ? all not thwarted! But she was far from reason- Go thy way. Thou hast no part or lot in this ing with herself in this wise while she talked matter. It is not thou that hast gained; nor with Josiah. It is only in the fullness of time any congregation of the faithful that has lost. that all symbols pass away.

That the vain Pious pilgrims never trample on the bloom of shadow passes. That we walk in newness of life. Olivet. He who passes the brook Kedron must

Dinah Morril went down with a somewhat needs kneel in the shadows of the old trees of lightened heart to sit with a sick friend in the the Garden. Holy forever is the Mountain of village. She went not “unadvisedly.” The Prayer and of Transfiguration ! visit had been the subject of at least an hour's Looking down from heaven old Sylvester reflection. To such a state of vacillation this Morril shall smile on daughter Dinah with a strong will was brought. An errand of mercy kindlier approval than ever yot beamed from his had become the subject of her heart's suspicion, eyes, since she has sacrified to love. Why, he and of her soul's hesitation. She was afraid of can forgive Jane. But as to Dinah, there is herself!

nothing to forgive. These two are not recreant But at last she prepared herself to make the alike. visit, and went. On the way home she had an Ay, though looking into this man's face who

This was not unusual; but the escort leans against the very door-post of the meetingwas Dr. Gray.

house, and is not afraid, she feels that Heaven The premonition of such attendance had al- and Earth must certainly absolve her. most decided her to lose an hour of such minis- 6. Thee shall have thy way. I seem to see tration as she had been able to bestow. And my duty clearer than I ever did before. Thee was this disturbance going to do away with the knows what is in my heart. Half-way is all the comfort of that last hour's testimony—its heav- way. To say I love thee, is to say that I will enly communion by a bed of death?

live to thee. It is not living less to God. So Dinah felt that he was coming before she be it, then!” heard a footfall. Before he spoke she appre- So be it. hended clearly the crowned centre of her thinking, and of his. She could not, therefore, be surprised into

MAXIMILIAN OF AUSTRIA. surrender if the old theme were renewed.

S the name of the Archduke Maximilian


[ocr errors]

would it be possible for her to stand in the pres- prominently before the American public of late, ence of his sovereign love and refrain from obei- as the probable occupant of the new Imperial sance ? Josiah was lost to her ; though, as he throne of Mexico, I have thought it might not would have it, not lost to the faith. Abby was be uninteresting to give a short sketch of that coming back, if not to her, to the village and prince. the meeting - house. Jane felt glad thereat. The writer, or rather talker, as he would wish This man here was in mourning, alone, devoted the reader to consider him, had, during several to good works, loving God, humble, patient, years of close communication, both official and generous, heroic. Well, she saw in him the otherwise, with his Imperial Royal Highness virtues-we need not point them out.

(then Viceroy of the Provinces of LombardoBut how was it?—by miracle? I can not tell. Venete), many unusual opportunities of learning his true character and worth, as well as un- But once, it is recorded, the Admiral got a derstanding his remarkable ability—which ex- retort from a plain, thick-headed Dalmatian, tends not only to matters within the range of who, chafed at seeing a thing done so easily drawing-rooms and courts, but to the minutest which had seemed to him so impossible, grumdetails of scientific and manual labor. But what bled as he turned away, “Many thanks! If I he had to note, and that with wonder, was the got your pay I could do it too." total freedom of this prince from the many preju- Though eminently ambitious, Maximilian has dices which usually hang upon and overwhelm never lent himself to any of the numerous cabals with ridiculous affectation the scions of royalty. of the court, either to abet his followers' crav

With our Press it has long been the fashion, ings or to satisfy his own; still it has been his in imitation of that of England, to decry Aus- fate to play a prominent and distinguished part tria and every thing Austrian; and the chief ob- in the history of the Austrian Empire, which ject of this “chat” is to correct many evil im- has yet to be acknowledged and appreciated by pressions that have gone forth against that na- the world. The true extent of the wisdom and tionality, as well as to prove that there are men liberality shown by this prince, in his rule over high in its councils, who, though born and nur- the people of the Lombardo-Venete, will probatured at its court, and surrounded by the tradi- bly never be known outside of a certain circle, tions and superstitious fallacies of “royal right nor properly appreciated even by the people in and sovereign prerogative," are yet intelligent whose behalf it was exerted. Nobly he did what and far-seeing enough to value, to their fullest he thought to be his duty. Self-sacrificing, he extent, not only the American people, but the threw every obstacle in the way of the stern free and enlightened institutions by which they military despotism urged as a necessity by deare governed.

signing men upon the central Government, and One such is the subject of this sketch; Ferdi- not only ameliorated the position of the Italian nand Maximilian Joseph, Archduke of Austria, people under his charge by vast improvements Commander-in-Chief of the I. R. Marine, etc., undertaken and supported by his own private etc., and eldest brother of the present Emperor purse, but proved himself, too, so kindly lenient of Austria, Francis Joseph I.

as to win their sincere affection. The first time Raised in the gayest capital in Germany, or, I saw the Archduke Maximilian was at Venice, perhaps, in the whole world; educated at one upon the occasion of the festivities and cereof its most brilliant courts, this prince, though monies usual during Easter holidays. It was always of a cheerful disposition, was never prone Easter Sunday, that day of joy and promise to to frivolity or the many follies by which young the Christian world, and it was to be celebrated men, situated like himself, usually enervate alike with all the pomp and gorgeous ceremony pecutheir brains and systems. While others were liar to the Roman church. His Imperial Highflitting the “golden moments” away - taking ness, as well as the young and charming Prinpart in pompous shows, or indulging in the ef- cess, his wife, was to assist at the attendant profeminacies of a life at courthe was immured cession, which promised to be a very grand afwith his professors, or deeply intent upon some fair. Being desirous of seeing a prince whom erudite work of his great friend Humboldt. I had heard so often and so favorably spoken of,

Educated, too, by men who feared not to tell I determined to break through my usual custom, him the truth-men who had his welfare solely which was to avoid crowds, and become a specat heart, he “possessed opportunities"-I am tator of the pageantry. asing his own words—“seldom, alas ! accorded Venice_with its romantic and interesting to princes." Nor has he shown himself to be memories, its magnificent palaces and majestic unworthy or unappreciative of the lore and de- domes-possesses, even amidst its ruins, more votion thus bestowed upon him by his early accessories for grand spectacles than any other teachers.

city in the world. Every thing there is unreal Like all of the Austrian princes, Ferdinand -theatrical. The very architecture is of a Max, or the Archduke Maximilian, as he is call- strange, gorgeous richness, which seems more ed by the English, had to begin with the lowest like the aerial fret-work of the imagination rank of his profession, and although his exalted than the substantial creation of human hands. birth has of course been instrumental in secur- There is a scenic fitness about what may be ing him his present high position, I have been termed the properties"-a tranquil serenity assured by those who have known him best that induced by the proud evidences of ancient his talents would have placed him there sooner glory that impresses and imposes upon the imor later. His knowledge of nautical affairs is agination ; while the very quietude of the atsurprising, extending from holy-stoning a deck mosphere, that perceptible absence of the noise to close-hauling a frigate ; while many are the of coaches and chariots, which at ordinary times anecdotes told of his regarding for some time a swells the heart so gloomily, adds on such occastupid “landlubber” trying to tie some compli- sions a novel power to the scene, and lends the cated knot or other, and finally losing all pa- courtly show an increased awe and majesty. tience, and "lending a hand” himself.

I was late. And by the time I arrived the At such times he generally ends by saying: procession was issuing from the principal en“There, you stupid fellow, your Admiral has trance of the grand old cathedral. Slowly it to show you how to do things properly." wended its way along the prescribed course, ac

« PreviousContinue »