As the fteh Bow-bud needs the silvy shor,
The golden sunshine, ad the pearly dew,
The joyou day wih all its chag n ew,
re it ea bloom into the perft lower ;
So with the baums rose-bed; froa swet a
Oft even will frat pity be eight,
And Inalumes benin of tender tho
Infsm the dsol, like sagele, wawnres.
Charlie and nis Siater wormi. out for a .:e. F. rJ
UI -- C I. wk.
LOYAL CHARLIE BENTHAN.
BY MRS. WEBB,
A1TOR OF ZAOML." M
THE CHILDREN'S ISLAND.
A TRUE STORT.
EDITED BY L. NUGENT.
LONDON: JAMES HOGG & SONS.
CAMDIN PRm )LOIDON.
LOYAL CIIRLIE BENTIIM 7
Tiz CaL Lblu's ISAD .
LOYAL CHARLIE BENTHAM.
"O MAMA I I have seen the Queen
I have seen the Queen I" cried little
Charlie, in a voice of the greatest exulta-
tion, as he went into the room in which
his mother was lying on a couch; for
she was an invahd. "Well, Charlie,"
she replied with a smile, as she drew
her eager little boy close to her, and
kissed his fresh blooming cheek,-" well,
Charlie, and what do you think of Queen
Victoria, now that you have seen her?"
"Why, I like her very much, mamma;
but I was a little disappointed at fist.
I expected to see the Queen with a
golden crown on her head, like the kings
and queens in my English history; and
dresed all in velvet and rmine, and
8 LOYAL CHAKU BENTlAN.
with sparkling jewels all over her dreus.
And instead of that she had only a
bonnet and a cloak like what you wear
whenyou go out in the carriage.
"That certainly was a previous d-
appointment;" said Mrs. Bentham, laugh.
ing at Charlie's quaint expectations," and,
if had known of your ideas on the sub-
ject of a queen's costume, I would have
prepared you for what you would see.
But what did you think of the Queen
herself? do you feel as loyal, and as
ready to fight for her, or to serve her in
any way i your power, as you did when
you thought she was always dressed in
velvet and diamonds ?"
Charlie looked grave and thoughtful,
and then replied:-" Yes, mamma. You
see it is because she is my Queen that I
love her, and intend to serve her. I
should like to be one of those guards
that rode near her carriage with their
swords drawn, eeady to defend her."
You must grow a little taller, Charlie
before you can be a life-guardsman; but
I am glad to find that our good QuM.'a
simple dress has not destroyed yod
LODAL oCAMr SnNmAIL 9
attachment towards her. Who were in
the arg with her "
The Princes Royal, and that gentle-
man whom she is going to be married to.
Papa told me that his name is Prince
Frederick William of Prussia. The
Princess looked very pretty; but I was
so busy staring at the Queen, that I did
not see her very plainly. And I took off
my hat to the Queen; and, do you
know, mamma, she smiled and bowed to
me,-I am sure it was to me."
"Very likely, my dear," said his
mother; and she thought it was no
wonder if her Most Gracious Majesty
did smile if she caught those rge
earnest eyes fixed upon her with love
and admiration; and if she did even
return the loyal obeisance of that young
head with its shining curls.
I have been thinking, mamma," con.
tinued the boy, about that young Prin-
cess leaving her father and mother, and
all her brothers and sisters, and going to
live in a strange country. Will she feel
it as much as Louisa will do when she
quries Arthur Herbert, and goes away
10 wOTAL CHAnUr ma AlM.
fom you and pap, and meP Atm
Louisa is only going to live in Yorikhie."
A tear rose to the mother's eye, at
this allusion to her young daughter's
approaching marriage; but she replied :
"I have no doubt that the poor young
Princess feels quite as strongly on the
subject as your sister does, Charlie: but
royal persons are brought up to expect
these separations. Still, I Pity her very
much, and her parents also.'
"Is she going to be a queen,
"Not immediately, my dear; for you
know that Prince Frederick William is
not a king at present. The king of
Prussia is his uncle; and when he dies
the Prince's father will be king, and then
at his death the young Prince will sac.
ceed him, and our Princess Royal will
be a queen."
I am glad of that; for I think
she looked good and kind, and that she
will be very happy as a queen."
Do you think, Charlie, that all kings
and queens are happy ?"
"Yes, I think they must be hapy;
LOrTAL OALus IUmTAM. 11
becae they can do just what they like
all day long."
Charlie, you are very much mis-
taken there," replied his mother, laugh.
ing. "In the first place, kings and
queens have, or ought to have, so much
to do and to think of for the good of
their people, that their time is very
much occupied. And in the next place,
if they could do just as they liked all
day long-if by that you mean amusing
themselves, and gratifying all their own
fancies-I am sure it would not make
them happy. It is a very serious thing
to be at the head of a whole nation;
and those who are placed in such high
positions have much care and anxiety,
and a very heavy responsibility in the
sight of God."
Have they, mamma P I only thought
of the pleasure of doing what they liked,
and of everybody being obliged to obey
them. I should like that very much."
"Perhaps you might not find it quite
so pleasant as you fancy, Charlie; and
then you know that people do not
always obey their kings. You have
12 LOYAL IAMuU DILnT.
read in your history of insuwretlto
and rebellions, and even of people kill
ing their kings. How should you like
all that "
"Not at all, mamma. But then my
people would fight for me, as I would
do for Queen Victoria. I should make
them love me, if I were a king. But
I want to know whether people are
obled to obey bad kings as well as
"Let us see what God's word says on
that subject, Charlie. That must be
our guide. Look for the 13th chapter
of St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, and
read the 1st and 2nd verses:-
"'Let every soul be subject to the
higher powers, for there is no power but
of God: the powers that be are or-
dained of God. Whosoever, therefore,
resisteth the power, resisteth the ordi-
nance of God; and they that resist shall
receive to themselves damnation.'
"Now turn to the 3rd chapter of the
First Epistle of St. Peter, and read the
13th and 14th verses r-
"' Submit yourselves to every ordian
LOTa ONAMuMN MUN4. is
o man for the Lord's sake: whether it
be to the king, a supreme; or unto
governors, unto them that are sent by
him for the punishment of evildoers,
and for the praise of them that do
"But, mamma, does that mean that
we must always obey our king or our
queen, even if they were to command
as to do what is wrong?"
"The Bible shall again give you an
answer, my dear," replied Mrs. Bentham.
"Perhaps some time during your life
these questions may interest you even
more than they do now, and it will be
well for you to be guided by an adviser
that can never mislead you. You have
seen that God commands us to be obe-
dient to those whom He sets over us; and
now you shall see how far that obedience
is to be carried when it interferes with
our duty to God. In the 4th chapter
of the Acts we are told that the Apostls,
Peter and John, were brought before the
council at Jerusalem, and commanded
by them to no more in the name
of Jsus. Peter and John an-
14 LOYAL CNAMIU DENYRAN.
swered, and said unto them, whether it
be right in the sight of God to hearken
unto you more than unto God, judge ye.'
The Lord Jesus had sent them forth to
preach in His name; and no man, how-
ever high in authority, had a right to
forbid them to do so. And again, in
the next chapter we find that when
Peter and the other Apostles were again
arraigned before the high priest for
having disobeyed the orders of the
council, they boldly answered and said,
"We ought to obey God rather than
men.' lat is to be our rule, Charlie;
and if all persons endeavoured to act
according to that unerring rule, the
world would go on much better than it
Well, I think I see how it is, mam.
ma," said Charlie, looking extremely
wise and thoughtful. "But I am just
thinking about the Jews; I mean the
Od Jews in the Bible; they had no
God was their king, my dear. He
governed them Him in a different
way from that in whi He governs all
LOYAL ORANuL DMTBAM. 15
the earth, and a1 the universe. But
when they became wicked and rebellious,
He ceased to be their king, and gave
them up into the hands of human rulers.
You remember that wicked Saul was
their first king."
"0 yes, mamma, I remember. And
then came David, and Solomon, and a
long list of kings. I learnt their names
once, but I soon forgot them. I wish I
knew the names of all the kings and
queens of England. I have learnt them
too; but I can never recollect them, or
how they came one after the other."
"I must try to invent some way of
making it more easy to you to remember
them, Charlie. But we have talked long
enough about kings and queens for the
present. You had better go to Louisa,
and tell her all about your ride to
London with papa; and your being so
fortunate as to see the Queen, and
many of the royal family in Hyde :
Tax spring was a very fine one; and
Mrs. Bentham, who had suffered much
from the severity of the winter in Norfolk,
where her husband's place was situated,
found great benefit from the change to
Wimbledon Common. Mr. Bentham had
taken a very pretty villa in that pleasant
neighbourhood, and established his family
there for several months. This arrange-
ment contained many advantages. The
vicinity to London was a great conve-
nience to Mr. Bentham; as it enabled
him to attend to his duties in parliament
without actually residing in the metro-
polis, which would not have suited his
wife's health: and it also gave him the
4 opportunity of showing his children somu
of the wonders of the great city, and of
gving them good masters in various
branches of knowledge.
His family consisted of two girls and
one boy; Louisa, the eldest, being nearly
SlOYAL CEAULTSl DNTBAN. 17
nineteen, Charlie tea, and little Adelaide
seven years of age. Louis was engaged
to be married to a young clergyman,
named Arthur Herbert, who had been
for some years curate of the parish in
which she resided with her parents, and
who had recently been presented to a
living in Yorkshire. Both Mr. and Mrs.
Bentham considered their daughter very
young to take upon herself the manage-
ment of a household, and the respon-
sibility of assisting a minister in the care
of his parish: and they were also very
reluctant to part -with her from their
own home. But Mr. Herbert's character
and disposition were so unexceptionable,
and the attachment between him and
Louisa was o sincere, that they could
have no fears for their dear child's hap-
piness, and could no longer feel it right
to delay her marriage. It was, there-
fore, decided that this interesting event
should take place during their resideme
on Wimbledon Common; and that after
the young couple had left them,
they and their two younger children
should make a tour in Scotl anda
18 LOYAL OBAanu BINTAN. *
visit Mr. and Mrs. Herbert at their
vicarage in Yorkshire previous to return-
ing to their home in Norfolk.
Of course, both Charlie and Adelaide
took great interest in all the preparations
which they saw going on around them;
and many were the conferences which
the two children held on the subject,-
full of joyful anticipations relative to new
dresses and wedding presents, and all
the festive accompaniments of a mar.
rage; yet not unmingled with sorrowful
feelings at the thought of so soon losing
their dear sister, Louisa. Well, indeed,
might they lament her approaching de-
parture; for her cheerful spirits, and
amiable and energetic disposition, ren-
dered her deservedly dear to all her
family, and an object of both love
and admiration to her younger brother
The delicacy of their mother's health
had of late prevented her from taking so
active a part in the care and superinten-
dance of her children as she had formerly
done; and these duties had consequently
fallen very frequently upon Louisa; and
LOYAL ONAILIN DE AnrT 19
so wel and lovingly did she perform
them, sad yet with so much judicious
firmness, that both Charlie and Adelaide
were always happy under her care, and
ready to pursue their studies under her
superintendance. So much did Louisa's
character develop itself under these cir-
cumstances, and so strongly were her
good qualities called forth and exercised,
that her mother could hardly lament the
lengthened illness which had forced her
to allow some of her own duties to devolve
upon her daughter; and had shown how
well able she was, in spite of her youth
and her gentle temper, to fulfil them
No wonder, then, that Louisa was
highly prized by the whole family, and
that her departure from its little circle
was looked forward to with very mixed
feelings of satisfaction and of pain.
She was generally her mother's com.
panion in her daily drives; but she found
time also to accompany Charlie and Ade-
hide in their rides and walks, whenever
their father did not take them to London. to
attend the masters from whom they
20 LOYAL C casLLU sxIN X.
received instruction. Mr. Bentham being
a man of good fortune, was able to keep
ponies for his children; and as he wa
likewise a kind and indulgent father, he
was glad to give, them the healthy and
delightful exercise of riding. Sometime
he accompanied them himself, and either
took them long rambles through the
surrounding country, or rode with them
to London, and gave them a canter in
the park, among the multitude of horse-
men and horsewomen who daily frequent
that fashionable promenade.
This was Charlie's especial delight,
though his sisters preferred the green
lanes to the dusty roads. But whenever
he went out alone with his father, he
contrived to persuade him to turn his
horse's head towards the great city, in
the hope that he might by chance have
the happiness of seeing the Queen-
"My Queen Victoria, as he always
On the subject of her Most Gracious
Majesty, little Charlie Bentham was quite
chivalrous. Long before he had ever
left the county of Norfolk, his heart was
wuAL oauJIU aDnsIT 31
fail of loyal feelings, and his greatest
desire was to see the Queen immediately,
sad to serve her u soon as time and
opportunity would permit. For a long
time he was disappointed; and many
days he returned from London to com-
plain to his mother and sisters that "i
Qeen would never go to the park, or
come out of Buckingham Palace at the
time that he was there to see her.
At length, however, his loyalty and
devotion were rewarded; and we have
seen that he came home from his ride
with the triumphant announcement that
he had not only een te Queen, but that
she had also sees Aim, and had acknow-
ledged and returned his salutation. 0
happy Charlie Bentham I
From that day his enthusiasm for her
Majesty greatly increased; and many
were the schemes which he formed for
the future, and which he told in confidence
to Adelaide, on the subject of becoming
one of the Queen's body-guard as soon
as his education was sufficiently advanced,
and his age could entitle him to aspire to
much an honour. Occasionally Louia
22 wLraL, oaAms maImx.
and even Mrs. Bentham, wer called into
council on this important point; and
though the mother's heart sank a little
at this decided military taste in her only
son, and the sister's sympathies would
have led her to prefer the church as her
brother's profession in life; yet they
could not discourage so desirable and so
thoroughly English a feeling as devotion
to the person and service of the Sovereign
lady of the land; neither could they help
smiling at the earnestness of the noble
spirited boy, and his very exalted ideas
as to the duties of a subject.
" Lw me go with you, papa. 0 pray
let me go to London with you to-day,'
exclaimed Charlie one morning, when he
heard his father order his horse, to ride
Louisa says," he continued eagerly,
"that the Queen-my Queen Victoria-
will go to the Royal Academy to-day, to
look at the pictures; and, perhaps, if
you take me to London, I might see her
again, and perhaps she would remember
me; and I should be so glad. I am
sure I should remember her.
No doubt you would, my boy," said
Mr. Bentham, laughing at the child's
vain hopes; but I doubt her Majesty's
recollecting you. There are more curly-
headed little boys in London than there
S" Oh yes, papa; I know that. But my
Queen bowed to me-I am quite sure of
that; and so I thought she might know
24 LOYAL HRArLIN DEM N".
me again, and bow again. At ay
rate I should like to look at her. May
I tell James to saddle the pony for
I am afraid not to-day, Charlie," said
Mr. Bentham, kindly. "I am sorry to
deny you any opportunity of improving
your acquaintance with your dear Queen;
but I am going to town on very particular
business, which will-quite prevent my
chasing the royal carnage from street
to street. And after that I must go to
the House of Commons, to perform my
part in assisting the Queen to govern the
nation. Probably, we shall all talk so
much, that it will be too late for me to
return when the debate is over, and I
shall sleep at my lodging in St. James's.
street. So you see, my dear little boy,
I cannot comply with your request."
"Yes, papa, I see;" replied Charlie,
with a very saddened expression of coun-
tenance. "I see how it is, but I am
very sorry. I wish I were a man, that I
might fight for my Queen, or ride by her
carriage to guard her; or go to the par.
liament house as you do, and help herto
LOTAL OUANLJ SIXIBAK. 25
pern her people, or do something to
"Well, Charlie, it is a pity that the
Queen does not know of your devotion
towards her. Perhaps she would make
you one of her pages, and allow you the
honour of assisting to carry her train on
state occasions. How should you like
Not at all, papa," answered Charlie
very proudly. "If I can never do any
thing better than that for my Queen, I
would rather do nothing. I will wait
till I am older, and then I will serve her
as a soldier and a gentleman."
"Well done, my boy," said his father,
much amused. "But seriously, Charlie,
I will tell you what you can do for your
Queen and country, even now. You can
take pains to improve your mind, and to
become fit to take a part in making and
executing the laws of the land. You
can try to increase your strength and
activity, so that, if needful, you may
be a brave and efficient soldier; and
above all, you can hope and strive and
" p4a to grow up a true Christian gentle-
16 LOYAL CHARM.1 UNNYHAN.
man-much an one, a not only Qeen
Victoria would delight to honour, but
one who may be an example to her sub-
jects, as a faithful servant of his earthly
sovereign, and an undaunted soldier of
his Heavenly King."
Charlie looked very grave at this ad-
dress. The colour deepened on his rosy
cheeks, and his bright eyes glittered as
he raised them to his fathers face, and
"All that seems very hard for me to
It is very hard for any one to do, my
child. Indeed, it is impossible, without
the help of God. You must ask for that,
and trust to that alone, or you will never
be what I wish to see you, and what I
believe our good Queen desires all her
subjects to be. But now, I must leave
you, my dear boy; and to console you
for your disappointment, and help you
to fit yourself for being one of the royal
body-guard, I will order James to get
the ponies ready for you and Adelaide
to ride in the afternoon. Louisa cannot
go with you to-day, as your mamma is
LOYAL CEAMulI DUWNA. 17
not well, and she wll remain with her;
but the coachman will ac om y yon,
a I cannot let you and Addy nde alone
Promise me that you will play no tricks,
or I shall be afraid to trust you another
0 thank you, papa I" cried Charlie,
with all his usual cheerfulness and
animation. "That will be famous fun
for Addy and me, and I promise not to
play any tricks. I will run and tell her
to finish all her lessons with Louisa, so
that we may have a good long ride in
Away went the merry boy; and by
common consent all the duties of the day
were performed with unusual rapidity,
and the afternoon was devoted to enjoy-
ment. Louisa saw the two children ride
away from the door in high spirits,
attended by the faithful old James, who
was much more accustomed of late years
to sit on a coach-box than on a saddle,
and who now looked rather stiff and
antiquated, mounted on one of the tall
carrage-horses, and trotting behind the
two little active ponies that carried
28 LYAL CEARLID UNWYBAK.
Charlie and Adelaide. But James
regarded all the young people u his
pecuiar charge; and whenever their
father was not at leisure to ride with
them, he felt it his duty and his privilege
to do so.
Louisa returned to her mother, who
was, as was too often the case, confined
to her own room; and they were soon
so deeply engaged in interesting conversa-
tion connected with the future, as to be
quite forgetful of the young equestrians.
Who indeed could feel any anxiety when
steady old James was of the party P
But we will follow the children as
they pursue their way across the
common, and through cross-roads, and
along green lanes; sometimes sauntering
slowly that they might gaze at the wild
flowers on the banks, and the dog-roses
in the hedges, some of which Charlie
contrived to gather, and to place in his
sister's hat. And sometimes they
indulged themselves and their ponies in
a rapid canter; and laughed as they
looked back and saw their grey-haired
attendant following them at a long trot,
LOYAL CIAZLlU DI IMAM.
that seemed to shake him considebly,
and added much to their merriment. "I
declare, Addy," exclaimed Charlie, "our
old James goes jogging along like some
of the Queen's guard did. They never
rise in their stirrups at all, as pap and
I do; but they sit quite upright, like
James, and go this way,-Jog, jog, jog.
I wonder all their bones are not shaken
out of joint."
Why do you ride in that way if you
do not like it, Charlie?" asked little
Adelaide, as she saw her brother con-
tinue his new style of trotting. "It
looks very uncomfortable."
"Because, Addy, I am practising the
military way of riding, that I may be
ready to be a guardsman. Now, look
here, and I will show you how they sit.
They put their feet like this, with their
toeesturned up, and they lift themselves
up in their saddles, and hold up their
swords quite straight, like my stick is
now. How I wish it were a real sword I
Well, then, the officer gives the word
of command; and he goes off at a fast
trot, and they all follow him. Now
80 OYAL ORAMIJI 33TNA2X.
mind, when I start that you are to do the
same. I shall fancy you ae the Queen,
and I am the officer, and James is the
whole troop of soldiers. As fast as yo
go, I shall go, riding like a dragoon \y
Adelaide was exceedingly amused at
this arrangement, and greatly delighted
at personating the Queen. So, to try
the devotion and the equestrian powers
of her young guardsman, she set her
pony off at a very smart trot, which soon
became a canter. Charlie bore his self.
imposed trial with manly firmness, and
continued to keep by the side of his
sovereign lady, and to prevent his steed
breaking into a canter; but the exertion
was great, for the pony was excited, and
the trotting was far from pleasant. Still,
the little soldier maintained his military
seat, though with a flushed face, and
panting breath; and Adelaide cantered
away, laughing merrily, and quite un-
conscious of her brother's sufferings.
Suddenly one of his feet slipped from
the stirrup, and he fell a little to one
side. He would, however, have probably
recovered his seat immediately, if hi
LOYAL CAiUM DINYNAMT 81
sister had not uttered a soreas of terror.
This startled the pony, which then went
off at a gallop, throwing Charlie to the
ground with much violence.
Happily the pony which Adelaide
rode was perfectly quiet, and stood still,
while the child gased at her brother as
he lay silent and motionless before her.
With greater rapidity than could have
been expected, old James had descended
from his tall horse, and he now approached
and raised the boy gently in his arms.
A groan of agony burst from his lips,
and his closed eyes opened with an ex-
pression of pain. Adelaide saw that his
left foot was bent in a strange position,
and she wondered what had happened:
but James knew that his leg was broken
just above the ancle. He did not tell
this to Adelaide; but he laid Charlie
again on the turf; and, lifting the little
girl from her saddle, he bade her run to
a neighboring cottage, and ask for a
glass of water, and bring some one to
assist in carrying her brother.
Just at that moment the wheels of a
carriage were heard, and James saw a
32 LoYAL CHANLIU E RNYAK.
cab approaching at a distance, and a
gentleman, mounted on Charlie's pony,
riding rapidly before it. Adelaide's eyes
were blinded with tear, or she would
have recognized Arthur Herbert; but
she did not know him until he sprang
from the saddle, and exclaimed:-
"What has happened I knew the
pony, and was able to get out of the cab
and catch it. I feared some accident
had occurred to Charlie."
O, Arthur I" cried the little girl, "it
is all my fault. Charlie was riding like
a soldier, and his foot slipped, and I
screamed, and the horse started-and so
poor Charlie fell. Is he hurt ? Is he
much hurt, Arthur ?"
We will see, Addy," replied Arthur,
with a very anxious expression on his
countenance; and he knelt down to
examine the little sufferer.
If you please, sir," said James hastily,
"Miss Adelaide had better go and fetch
some water from that house.
"Yes," said Arthur, who perceived his
motive; "go quickly, Addy.
As soon as she was gone, Arthur
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usained Charlie' leg, and found that
it wa indeed broken. As he straightened
the foot, the pain again brought the poor
boy to consciousness; and he said in a
low faint voice:
"I know that my leg is broken. What
will papa say He told me not to play
any tricks, and I was playing at being a
Arthur Herbert was touched at the
readiness of both the children to take the
blame of this sad accident upon them-
selves; and he said all he could to
comfort and encourage Charlie, and to
calm the grief of his sister, who now
came back from the cottage, attended by
a respectable-looking woman, carrying a
glass of cold water.
As soon as Charlie could bear it, he
was placed in the carriage, where Mr.
Herbert and Adelaide supported him,
having first carefully bandaged up. his
leg; and they drove very slowly towards
Poor Charlie's courage was put to the
test very severely, for the motion of the
carriage gave him great pain. But he
84 LOYAL CHABLIJ BNTlUAM.
bore it very well; and even tried to oam.
fort his little sister, whose grief and elf-
reproach knew no bounds when she
became aware how seriously her dear
brother was injured.
LosuA was still sitting with her mother,
and reading to her, when Mrs. Bentham's
maid entered the room on some pretext,
and made a sign to her to follow her out.
She did so in a few minutes, without
attracting her mother's attention, and
was immediately met by Jenkins; who,
with a rueful face, informed her of Char-
Indeed, Miss," said the maid, it is
enough to make any one cry to see how
the dear child bears the pain; and,
because Mr. Herbert begged him not to
make any noise, for fear of alarming
Misis, he let him carry him up-staira
the back way, and lay him on his bed,
without so much as a groan. I sawtears
in his blessed eyes, but he made no
sound. Miss Adelaide cried much worse
than he did."
While Jenkins said all this, Louisa
was passing rapidly to her brother's
L0 wTAL CHAuw 3MUNTANx.
room in silence. She had nota pete
to see Arthur Herert that day, ad she
gave him a smile of grateful plsure,
when she found him sitting on Charlie's
bed, and supporting his now fainting
form with all the gentleness that se
could herself have shown. He had sent
for the surgeon, who lived very near;
and he soon made his appearance, and
commenced setting the limb. It was a
simple fracture, and was very quickly
reduced; but the pain was very violent,
and it was all that poor Charlie could do
to keep himself from screaming. Nothing
but consideration for his mother enabled
him to conquer the sense of suffering;
and little Adelaide's tears and sobs might
have proved so contagious, that she was
quickly sent from the room.
The moment the operation was com-
pleted, and Louisa's presence was no
longer needed, she returned to her
mother's room. She did not imme-
diately tell her of what had occurred,
as Mr. Brown, the medical man, wished
his patient to have an interval of perfect
quiet before his feelings could be excited
LOYAL OrAn u B asm 37
by hi mothers wrrow ad anxiy,
which her parent weak tate might
prevent her from concealing. Her con-
siderate and affectionate daughter, there-
fore, overcame her own. agittion, and
rith admirable composure resumed her
reading. Mrs. Bentham wu thus spared
much that would have been very trying
to her; and it was not until her husband
had returned from London, and had
visited his suffering and penitent child,
and found that he was as comfortable as
could be expected under the circum-
stances, that she was made aware of the
She went immediately to Charlie's
room; and as she sat by his bedside,
and held his little hand in hers; she
could not help smiling through her tears
at seeing his pale face suddenly lighted
up with animation, and hearing him
exclaim quite cheerfully:
"Well, mamma;-there is one good
thing I I have seen the Queen before I
broke my leg; and now I can fancy her
as I lie here, and remember how she
smiled at me, and bowed her royal head.
O8 wOTAL O a Us UINIAM.
Suppose this had happenedbeore I d
met her that day in e park I Why, I
might have gone away from London, and
never have seen my Queen Victoria I"
"That would have been a great calamity
to you, Charlie," replied his mother. "I
am very glad that you have not that to
bear as well as this accident, and the
imprisonment which it must cause you.
I sincerely hope that you may always
prove yourself as loyal and as true in
every relation of life, as you have already
shown yourself to be devoted to your
Queen and considerate towards your
"I was so afraid you might be fright-
ened if you came out, and saw Arthur
carrying me up-staire; and so, dear
mamma, I tried not to make a sound.
Papa was so kind; he was not angry
with me, though it was my own fault for
not remembering what he said to me. I
was so busy trying to ride like a guards
man, that I forgot to hold my bridle
properly, and Jocko got the better of me.
But tell me, mamma; shall I be obliged
to lie here for a very long time? Mr.
IrTA, OaUaLuJI Ms UIA. .
brown would not sy how long; holy
told me that it depended upon myself
ery much; and that I must be very
quiet, and very patient. But I want to
know whether I shall be well in three
weeks P You know it is just three weas
to the daywhen Louisa is to be married-
I had been counting the time before ye
came in;--so I must go to dear Loney's
wedding, even if I go on crutches."
"We must hope for the best,
Charlie," said Louisa, who came into
the room just then, with a cooling
draught which Mr. Brown had ordered
for him. "You know," she continued,
as she gently raised him, and placed the
glass in his hand, that you are to be
one of Arthur's groomsmen, and Addy
is to be my bridesmaid, so we cannot do
without either of you. Do not be
uneasy about it, and all will be well,
"I will ask God to forgive me for my
disobedience this morning, as papa did,'
said Charlie, thoughtfully; "and I will
pray that I may soon get well, and be
able to walk and ride again. Will you
40 LOYAL CHADUI DINTRAM.
pray for me, mamma and LoneyP" he
added, as he held a hand of each, and
drew them down to kiss him.
You may be sure that we will," said
both of them, very earnestly. "And
now, mamma," continued Louisa, "I
am come to take you down to dinner.
Papa is waiting for us, and Jenkins will
sit here. Mr. Brown desired that Char-
lie should not be disturbed again this
For many days the little patient suf-
fered very much from pain and want of
rest. It was very irksome to the active,
lively boy to remain so long in one posi.
tion, and with scarcely any occupation.
Adelaide devoted herself to him, and
could hardly be persuaded to leave his
room, even to ride with her father.
She did all she could to amuse him, and
always persisted that she had caused the
accident, and that, therefore, it was only
right that she should nurse the victim of
her thoughtlessness. But Charlie's chief
pleasure was in being read to, and all
the family assisted untiringly in supply-
ing his desire for this his favourite re-
WLTA ONAUu u sM 41
sorce. Mr. Bentam gave an hour or
two every morning before he went out
to reading hi tor to his little n, and
answering all h qtio respecting
kings and queens, and their public and
private lives. Mrs. Bentham and Louis
took other branches of interesting know-
ledge, and even little Adelaide could
make many a half-hour pass pleasantly by
reading to him "Leila on the Island,'
"Masterman Ready," and other choice
story-books of stirring incident and
adventure, that always aroused the sym-
pathy of the would-be soldier.
But it was to Arthur Herbert's visits
to his sick-room that Charlie owed the
truest comfort, and, after a time, the
greatest pleasure also. Arthur was young
and very cheerful. His smile was always
bright, and his voice kind and encourag-
ing; and he seemed to wish to make
others partake of the cheerfulness which
dwelt in his own breast. This happy
frame of mind was not merely the result
of circumstances. It was not became
he was young and healthy, and had
bright prospects for the future, that
4 LOITAL CAUMBX UMNTRAm.
Arthr Herbert's countenance wore such
an expression of o ad peace." No,
i happy e d a higher and a better
somue-it was founded on that which
could neither fail nor change-on his
faith in God's word, and his devotion to
his Master's service.
He had been educated for the naval
profession, which as a boy he had chosen
for himself; and he had made more than
one long voyage, and seen much of
foreign countries, and of heathen cus-
toms, and heathen depravity. All this
had made a deep impression on his
y"g mind, and had led him to reflect
I the superior advantages which he
had been blessed with, in being born
in a Christian land, and brought up by
truly Christian parents. His sympathy
for the sad and dark condition of the
untaught savages, and his deep grati-
tude to God, by whose mercy he had
been placed in such different circum-
stances, inspired him with an. earnest
desire to leave his profession as a sailor,
and to embrace that of a cleryman, that
so he might devote himself to the ser.
RALAIP IrLANMII MTN". 48
vie of God, ad the good of his eow
Mturesa a ainsuy. On his return
to his native and, he told his father and
mother of the change which had taken
pace in his vie and feelins,and he
met with no opposition fran them. He,
therefore, entered college, and took a
very creditable degree. But, while he
was preparing for his ordination, his
father died very suddenly, and his
mother was left with a very small in.
come, and no other tie to life but him-
Under these circumstances, Arthur
Herbert felt that the path of duty was
no longer that which he had selected for
himself; and that, so long as his mother's
life was continued, she had the strongest
claim upon him. He, therefore, gave
up, at lest for a time, all hope of carry-
ing the glad tidings of the Gospel into
heathen lands, and contented himself
with the prospect of teaching its blessed
truths to his own countrymen. He
became, as we have said, curate of the
parish in which Mr. Bentham resided,
and the result of his intimacy with that
,44 LOYAL ORAILI 3IINUAE.
family was an attachmeot between him-
self and Louisa Bentham.
Her parents could not object to suoh
a man as their future son-in-law, neither
could they feel justified in deferring the
marriage after the living of M-- had
been given to Arthur, and the vicarage
had been duly prepared for their daugh-
The day had been fixed; but on ac-
count of Charlie's accident, it was now
deferred a little, as Louisa could not bear
that her brother should be deprived of
the long-thought of pleasure of being
present at her wedding. For some days
he was nervously anxious on this point,
for he had no idea that the marriage
would be postponed on his account, and
his anxiety threatened to retard his reco-
very. But when the cause of his excite-
ment was made known to his confidante
Adelaide, she lost no time in telling her
sister of poor Charlie's fears; and it was
at once decided that the day of the
wedding must depend on the young
grooms-man's ability to act his part.
As soon as he was assured of this, he
WYTAL CHARMIS DiWfai. 45
became perctly calm d patient, and
never murmured at the pa or the
restraint that he suffered; and the con-
sequence was that he recovered with
Again the day for the important event
was mixed, and it was not again deferred.
Arthur's mother, who had long been
known and valued by the Benthams, was
their guest on the occasion of her dear
son's marriage, and a few other friends
also assembled; but Mrs. Bentham's
delicate health would have prevented any
larger party being invited, even if Louisa
and Arthur had not preferred their mar-
riage being a very quiet one.
The solemn and impressive ceremony
was performed by the bride's uncle, the
Rev. Charles Bentham, who was also
Charlie's god-father; and his manner of
reading the service rendered it even more
affecting than usual. It was a sad, and
yet a happy day to those who loved
Louisa. All regretted her, though all
were thankful for the prospect of true
and lasting happiness that seemed to lie
before her; and, as Charlie limped across
46 LOYAL ONAILI UITlAN.
the hale ui on Adelde's shoulder,
after the departure of the young couple,
he obred to h little siter-
I wonder, Addy, whether the Queea
will cry as much when the Priness Royal
is married, as mamm did to-day I
wonder whether the young Princes love
their sister a well as I do Louis ? And
I wonder, too, whether the Princess will
be happier than Louey; and which is
best, to be a Queen, or to be a clergy-
man's wife ?"
I do not know, Charlie," sobbed out
the little girl; "but I am sure the Princess
cannot be half so good and dear as our
Louey is; and I do not think the Prince
would have made her as happy as Arthur
will. I wish they were not gone away.
What shall we do, Charlie,without them?"
"We must do our best, Addy, and
try and comfort poor mamma for the loss
of Louey: and we must remember all
that Arthur used to say to me about
being resigned to the will of God,and feel-
ing sure that everything which He allows
to happen, is for our good. I am sue
my broken leg has been for my good."
Crl M. A .s t ifter the Weur.ar. P. 46.
b..l (bu B..tU.,
Soon after Louisa and Arthur Herbert
had left her parents' temporary home at
Wimbledon, and Mrs. Herbert had re-
turned to the pretty cottage which she
inhabited near the vicarge of M- ,
Mr. and Mrs. Bentham set out with their
two younger children on their projected
tour in Scotland. The pleasure which
Charlie anticipated in this excursion was
greatly enhanced by the fact that their
intended route would lead them very
near to Balmoral during the time that
the Queen would be residing there. He
would, therefore, have a chance of again
beholding his beloved Sovereign; not,
indeed, surrounded by state and grandeur,
or under circumstances which could call
for a display of the velvet and diamonds
which he had once thought the necessary
trappings of royalty; but enjoying the
freedom that is the privilegeof a her
subjects, and without the restraints that
48 LOTAL CnAILI BIZNTUax.
must often prove o irksome and weari
some to those whose lot it is to wear a
The Benthama proceeded Ant to Edin-
burgh, with which ancient and pictu-
resque city the whole party were much
pleased. Our loyal little hero took espe-
cial delight in visiting Holyrood Palace,
and listening to all that his father had to
tell him of the beautiful and unfortunate
Mary, Queen of Scots, and her residence
in that curious old mansion. He was
greatly interested in seeing the small
and comfortless apartment m which she
was imprisoned in the fine old castle of
Edinburgh; and where her son James,
afterwards king of England, as well as of
Scotland, was born. -It seemed a sad
and rude habitation for one so lovely and
so delicately brought up as Mary; and
Charlie heaved a deep sigh of sympathy,
as he left the narrow and ill-lighted
chamber; and he said to his mother:
I hope, mamma, that my Queen will
never be shut up in suoh a place as tis:
no, nor even the Princess Royal. I
would fight to set them free 1"
LOYAL CHARLIK BENTHAM. 49
"Tht I am sure you would, Charlie.
But I do not think that your loyalty and
courage will be thus put to the proof.
Your Queen does not act as poor Queen
Mary did; and her subjects would never
wish to shit her up in one of her own
castles; or afterwards allow her head to
be cut off. We live in better days; and
we must be thankful for all the blessings
which God has bestowed upon us, and
upon all our countrymen; and especially
for the 'wise and understanding heart
which He has given to our Queen, and to
those who rule with her in this favoured
land of ours."
Some time was pleasantly passed in
Edinburgh and its neighbourhood; and
then our party proceeded to the high-
lands. Mr. Bentham was very fond of
fishing, which sport he enjoyed in its
perfection in some of the wild river in
the north of Scotland; and he frequently
took Charlie, who had now quite reco-
vered from his lameness, on these expe-
ditions, and initiated him into the myste-
ries of the rod and line. Meanwhile Mrs.
Bentham and little Adelaide would ride
60 LOYAL CHARuI BITHANM.
on small mountain ponies, to join them
at the river's side, and to carry baskets
of provisions hung to their pummels, on
which they made sumptuous repsts in
some romantic spot shaded by overhang-
ing rocks and ancient firs and larches.
It was a very happy time; and the
health of all the party was greatly bene-
fitted by the fresh air of the hills, and the
simplicity of the rural life which they led.
Even Mrs. Bentham was able to take
long rides and moderate walks without
suffering from fatigue, and the spirits of
the children became as great as their
appetites. All earthly pleasures must-
however come to an end; and Mr. Bent-
ham informed his wife and children that
they must take leave of their favourite
haunts, and proceed on their journey, if
they wished to visit Balmoral and its
neighbourhood during the Queen's resi.
dence at her favourite Scottish retreat.
The idea of again seeing his beloved
Sovereign consoled Charlie for leaving the
romantic rivers and the newly-discovered
joys of fishing; but the loyalty of his
mother and his little sister was not s
LOYAL CiAtILIk 31(rEAM. -1
absorbing a feeling a it was with him;
and they would gladly have lingered on
through the reminder of the summer in
the beautiful scenery and the perfect
freedom of their present locality; and
they made the most of the few days that
remained, by spending as much time
as possible out of doors. The simple
habits and manners of the peasantry
afforded much amusement to Mrs.
Bentham; and she took a great interest
in visiting their cottages, which were
frequently of a very humble description,
and sometimes perched so high on the
craggy hill-side as to be almost inacces-
sible, except mounted on the active and
sure-footed little Shetland ponies which
Mr. Bentham had engaged for the daily
use of his wife and child. Mrs. Bent-
ham seemed quite to forget her ailments
in the bracing mountain air; and little
Adelaide became a courageous horse-
woman from the habit of following her
mother along the narrow paths that
wound by the edge of steep cliffs, or
through the rough beds of winter tor-
rents, now silent and dried up.
52 LOYAL CHAILII BNTRAM.
It happened on the last day of the
Bentham stay in Inverness-shire, that
the father and son, being absent for a
final attack on the fine salmon-trout that
abounded in a neighboring stream,
the mother and her little daughter de-
termined to undertake a longer eques-
trian expedition than usual. They
mounted their skelties about noon, and
rode across the moors to the glen where
the fishing party were busily and suc-
cessfully engaged. There they amused
themselves for some time in watching
the more experienced fisherman landing
the shining and spotted trout with great
dexterity, and in laughing at poor
Charlie's strenuous efforts to follow his
father's example, and his frequent dis-
appointments. He became weary and
hungry, and was glad to solace himself
for his ill success by partaking of his
father's spoils, which Mrs. Bentham
broiled over a fire of dry wood, and of
the other viands which had been sent to
a shady spot by the river-side on the
back of one of Mr. Bentham's 'native
LOTAL CHARIJB BENTHAM. 53
This seasonable rest and refreshment
recruited Charlie's exhausted strength
and spirits, and he began to lash the
rippling stream with fresh zeal and
energy, though often to the utter spoil-
ing of his father's sport. This, however,
he bore with the most perfect good-
humour, and the ladies left them in
full enjoyment, and rode off up the
glen to visit, for the last time, some poor
families who inhabited a scattered ham-
let some miles off among the hills, and
to leave with them a substantial proof
of Mrs. Bentham's kindness and benevo-
There had been a heavy storm during
the previous night, and the stream, by
the side of which Mrs. Bentham and
Adelaide rode gaily along, was swollen
and foamy as they ascended the glen.
But the sky was now clear, and the
narrow valley was hot from the bright
sunbeams that shot down on the river
and the pathway, and which were re-
flected from the rocks that rose steeply
by its side. The riders were glad to
emerge from the close valley, and to
54 OWeA OrAnIU sUm AM.
And themselves again an elevated
iece of moorland, where the uncheked
breee of the mountains blew freshly
over the plain, and refreshed them and
their hardy little steeds. They rode
briskly across the moor, which was gay
with heath and fure, and varied with a
few stunted shrubs, and they soon
reached some of the dwellings that com.
posed the hamlet to which they were
bound. At the doors of these they
paused; and Mrs. Bentham had a kind
word and a welcome gift for all the poor
wives and mothers who came out to
greet the English leddy and her bairs,"
and also for the bare-footed and bare-
headed children who were playing as
merrily among the dust and rubbish
that lay round the doors of the huts, as
if they had been sumptuously clothed
and fed, and furnished with gaudy and
The last cottage that Mrs. Bentham
and Adelaide visited lay a little apart
from the rest, near the brow of the hill.
It was in a very bleak situation, and
exposed to all the wind that, even in
LOTAL OAM1Us HNIu 65
the sumer months, blow ir gly from
the nrth-west, and crept into the
riketty little h through many
racks and crevices in the roof and
sides. A tall, gaunt-looking woman
came out of the low door as the riders
approached it, and dropped a civil, but
not very elegant curtsey, to Mrs. Ben-
"How is your husband to-dayP"
asked the lady. "Did he teel the wind
much last night P I thought of him,
lying ill in his bed in this exposed situa-
tion, when I heard the gale that blew so
"Yes, madam," replied the woman,
with an accent that told plainly she had
come from the south, and was not a
native of the Highlands. "Yes, ma-
dam, he did feel it terribly. It went
through his poor bones; and all I could
do, I could not keep him warm. Sum-
mer here is not like summer in Old
England. Why, the wind was like a
winter's wind. I thought the roof
would come off, and I sat upon it almost
all the night, or I believe it would."
56 IA.TAL CHABII BDENTAM.
Adelaide burst out laughing at this
announcement, and Mrs. Bontham could
not restrain a smile. It seemed so
novel a mode of keeping the roof on a
"You sat upon the roof, Sarah
Thomas, and in all that rain?" she
"Yes, madam, I sat on it, and held it
down. Certainly the wind did whistle
pretty sharp; and the black clouds
blew over the moon like a herd of wild
cattle galloping across the moor and
the old place shook till I thought it
would all come down together, and
crush the good-man. But I held on;
and, thank the Lord, the wind went
down towards the morning, and then I
wasn't afeard any longer; so I got into
the house and went to bed, but pretty
wet and cold I was."
Indeed, I should think so," said Mrs.
Bentham in a voice of pity. Even Addy
did not laugh any longer, for she felt
sorry for the poor woman's sufferings.
But Sarah Thomas did not seem to think
herself an object of compassion;. so when
LOYAL CHAULs B rN mAil. 67
Mrs. Bentham gave her some money, and
spoke kindly to her, she replied very
gratefully and cheerfully; and a the
lady and her little girl rode away, they
looked back, and saw the tall masculine
figure make a last curtsey, and then dis.
appear within the dark and dreary abode.
That woman is a lesson to us, Addy,"
said Mrs. Bentham. "She is contented
under trials and privations that it saddens
us even to hear of; and she is grateful
for small blessings and comforts, that we
think lightly of, because we have never
known the want of them."
Tax neighbourhood of Balmoral delighted
all our travellers. There were moors and
streams, and roads and mountains; and
interesting expeditions to occupy every
day, and even every hour of their stay;
and then there was the never-failing ex.
citement-never-failing at least to Char-
lie-of looking out for the Royal
party. Many other groups of equestrians
and pedestrians were mistaken for the
Queen and her suite, and much dis-
appointment was felt when the error was
discovered. But at length Charlie's
anxious hopes were fulfilled, and all his
loyal feelings were gratified by a rencoun.
ter with Queen Victoria and Prince
Albert, and all their family and atten-
dants. The meeting took place in a
narrow gorge between the hills, so narrow
that, in order to make room for the Royal
train, our travellers were obliged to draw
up their ponies in a line against a cliff,
LYAL 01P ARL I DIwntlaM. 59
and wait, hats in hand, until they had
What a glorious opportunity for loyal
Charlie Bentham His Queen was
actually within arms length of him; and
her eyes met his with a kindly smile, as
she graciously returned his profound
0, mamma 1" he exclaimed as soon as
the royal party were out of hearing, did
you see how she smiled at me I wonder
whether she remembered seeing me in
thepark But do look, mamma;-look
Addy, how very plainly the Queen and
the Princesses, and all those grand ladies
are dressed! I did not notice it while I
could look at Queen Victoria's face; but
now I see they are all dressed like you
and Addy-not one bit finer."
And why should they befner, as you
call it, Charlie? They are riding over
the mountains, and so are we; and they
wisely equip themselves for comfort, and
not for show. The Queen is the firt
lady in England; and, when she is not
appearing in state as the Sovereign of the
land, she enjoys the same privilege as
60 LOrYAL CHARLIn BNTrHAM.
other English ladies, and wear what is
suitable to her occupation. I remember
your surprise when you first saw her in
London wearing a bonnet and cloak,
instead of a crown and velvet trappings.
As that shock did not affect your loyalty,
I hope the sight of the Queen of Great
Britain and Ireland, and all their
numerous dependencies, attired in a
simple Scotch riding-dress, may have no
worse effect on your feelings of devo-
Charlie laughed. 0 no mother," he
said, as he drew himself up on his pony
with some dignity. I do not care how
the Queen dresses. She is my Queen all
the same; and, for that sweet smile of
her's, I will love her and serve her all the
days of my life."
Remember, Charlie," said Mr. Ben-
tham, "that your duty to God must
always come before your duty to your
Sovereign. Generally they go together;
but not always; and no loyalty, no devo-
tion, no service to any fellow-mortal, can
stand in the place of that continual
service and heart-devotion which our
LOYAL CEAILIr DINTHAM. 61
Lord and Saviour demands of all His
servants. Tell me, my boy, what are
the words that our great poet puts into
the mouth of the dying Wolsey, at a
time when the comparative worth of his
duty to his God, and his duty to his
King, pressed heavily on his heart and
conscience; and he knew that he had
chosen the less, and neglected the
greater? You have learnt the passage;
repeat the last few lines."
"I know what you mean, father,"
replied Charlie, with a very serious ex-
pression in his eyes. "It is when Wolsey
0 Cromwell, Cromwell,
Had I but served my God with half the seal
I served my king, he would not in mine age
Have left me naked to mine enemies."'
"Never forget that, Charlie, and the
lesson which it teaches us all. And now
we must hasten back to our inn, for the
clouds are gathering on the mountain
tops, and I think we shall have a storm."
With all the speed that the rough and
broken nature of the ground would admit
of, our party urged their sure-footed little
62 LOYAL CHAALI BDNTHAM. -
steeds homewards: and it was well they
did so,-for before they reached the inn
where they lodged, large drops of rain
fell pattering around them, and ominous
sounds were heard from the murky clouds
that shrouded the summits of the moun-
Charlie and his sister enjoyed the race,
and sprang laughing from their ponies;
but Mrs. Bentham was fatigued and
alarmed, and her husband was very
thankful to see her in shelter and safety
before the violence of the storm broke
over the valley in which their temporary
dwelling was situated. Very grand were
the peals of thunder that echoed round
the craggy hills, and very vivid were the
flashes of forked lightning that preceded
them, and cast a violet tint over the
whole landscape. The children watched
the sky and the. dark mountains until
the storm passed by, and was succeeded
by heavy and continuous rain. Then
they gladly retired to their beds, to rest
after the fatigue and excitement of the
day, and to prepare for a long journey to
Mr. Herbert's vicarage, in Yorkshire,
LOrAL CeAtIIAR lu arA. 60
which was to be commenced at an early
hour on the morrow.
It was not until after the happy visit
to Louisa's new home was over, and some
days had been spent in the ordinary
routine of a regular life at their father s
place in Norfolk, that Charlie and Ade-
laide were able to resume their usually
attentive habits, and give due attention
to their lessons. Charlie was a day-
scholar at the house of the parish clergy-
man, who educated a few boys with his
own sons; and Mrs. Bentham generally
assisted him in preparing his tasks. In
his favourite subject of English history,
she took great pains with him, and he
acquired a very competent knowledge of
the principal events connected with each
reign. But Charlie was not gifted with
a good memory for names or dates, and
he found a great difficulty in remember-
ing the order of succession in which the
kings and queens of England came to
the throne. This was a great trouble to
him, especially as a historical examination
was soon to come on, and a prise to be
awarded by his master to the best scholar.
64 LOYAL CHASLIS ShMEAJI.
Mrs. Bentham sympathized in all her
son's aspirations and anxieties; and one
morning, about ten days before the exa-
mination was to take place, she brought
down a large sheet of paper, neatly written
all over in a clean round hand, and laid it
on Charlie's plate on the breakfast-table.
"There, Charlie," she said, as she
stooped to kiss him; I could not sleep
last night, and I was thinking of your
historical troubles, and of the kings and
queens of England. And then all their
names came to my mind in order, and
arranged themselves in those doggrell
rhymes. I have written them out for
you; and if you learn them by heart, I
hope they may be of use to you.
Thank you, dear mamma; thank you
very much,' cried Charlie, eagerly seizing
the paper, and running his eyes over the
first verses. I shall learn these directly,
I am sure; for I can always learn verses,
and remember them too. Here, papa,
do pray read mamma's poetry aloud, for
you will do it so much better than I
should. Listen, Addy, for you must
learn all this by-iad-bye."
LOTAL OCAULIn SMTrA. iU
Mr. Bentham took the paper, and was
listened to with great attention, and ome
merriment by the children, while he read
THE BOVEREIGNS OF ENGLAND,
1nox mT o0o3quut,
WInuI T lir m a conqueror ecme,
And he wa the Ant of the Norma nme;
Hi son, WLLA.x Runs, the next did reign,
But, when at the hase, by an arow wau ain.
Then his brother Hanmr ame quickly down
To Whcheter, where he uned the crown.
For his learning and ene he was called BasmelM,
He was followed by BTur his nephew and heir.
And after him, Hnum PLwniss came,
From a pkWl wild hom he derived his name.
He governed the kingdom for many long yea;
And at length, when he died, all his people shed ter..
Brave Rzoran his son, had the &wu glI;
And he foght like a ng for the freedom Zion.
His week other Jon mooeeded; ad them
He Ided JfMiu Crm, to mae u freeman.
86 LOTAL OSALIMU INTRAM.
Tu. well that he di *a--h Hmar, his s
Was u foolish a king e'er at a thmlae.
et be wua succeeded by lwy~ed Nan,
Who was handsome in person, and lever in ied.
He lost his "dcke eiw," aad bewailed her loss:
And where her corpse rested, is now Caring Crw.
His om wau weak man, named Edward a well,
And he died by a murder too horrid to tell.
Then, after hi, followed the Sri of Ihe sa
Who, by capturing Oaais, astablihed his fame.
His sn, the Black Prince, did not lie to be king,
But Ricim, his grandson, was quite the right thing.
He boldly encountead Wat Tyler's fre bed,
And turned them road by hi manner so blad.
As he left wnrso, ieA tA HnaT took
i at on the three ;-e wa called BaJiioahe.
2a Kmr tI tM eomqueed great part d ul,
BD his ra, the 6 RUnnxr,-he lt it a4'
Por the Ware of tahe R oa eoramd in his tm,
And Inglad wan haruds by tunlt and arim.
IOTAL CRAMLIN iTMRA".
The reelt of whih is, that ]Am ad
Asoeded th throe, after vry had wor
But a ihort tims aft he jidi breath,
Hils i rioAw put otU m to death.
But HmnT of Rishmd then took the eld,
And, at Boaworth, oompelld cook-backed Rcuao
His ao followed mt-the blu King HAru,"
Who ix unfortunate women did mary.
After his death reigned his pious young ao,
EZnwAn, whose irtues such praes have oU
But he died very early-and then Blo* IXar
Tormeated the land with her temper eanry.
And then ame her sister, ealed OmGd Q~m Ba,'
Bat her greatest was mingled with sad little
She died, and was followed by Botland's King JAha,
Who wa fooodof good living ad foad Iof hard
e his B on, Caunra Sxuia, tI Kar t, sMceded.
d obly before hLi stern judges he pleaded.
et C w -he out a his head-and them,
elealied to wish it was on ages.
IITAI OCRAILIB ISTRMAX,.
Bat he bh the nI Vinry ti4t til he die,
When Old nlanda ~ o tohe roy ij si .
And brought bank thge CaUams i &d, and thed
London was bMn"t-a elt agt
Jula tih lt, hs brother, a Papist would be,
So the Parlament ent him beyond the a.
But they suffered his daughter, Queen MA&, to reign,
With WUUiAx fOrmp--not e chief, but twain.
And when they were dead, followed good Queen Axes
Whose husband, Prince George, was dull sort of man.
And they left no children--o Gzono, ti OGlei,
Came ovr to gland, a nd reigned himself.
His on, Onooxes it 9 s ooeeded, of whose
I know little more than is writ on his tomb.
And then came his grandson-good ,Gzona l Nd,
Against whom no oe has e'er spoken a word.
His long reign ended-and otos tIh 4U
bet on his throe;--t had not half his worth.
Then WnI.u, ti aYlmr, was called to the helm,
And he held it till death did his v el o'erwhem.
LOTAL OCAULn 3mrNA. 09
The God loobd kaly m Bgld wd mt
VioTmOa, the daughter dat dwrl of le,
To ihe the throe whmr e emi w site i glo,
So he I will aish thp Mer Mo sto r I
Great applause followed the reading
of these verses; and Charlie declared
that if he ob ined the prize for histo-
rical knowleV it would be entirely
'owing to his mother's poetical talent.
He lost no time in committing the verses
to memory; and my young readers will,
no doubt, be glad to hear that, at the
examination, his answers were so correct,
and. his information so much more exten-
sive than that of his competitors, that
he bore off the prize; and, with much
exultation, displayed on his mother's
table a handsome copy of Goldsmith's
" History of England," with the follow.
CHALESL RBUT UMNAM,
N01 TBS BUT XINIJATION IN
UTzxS SO0, 1857.
THE CHILDREN'S ISLAND.
THE CHILDREN'S ISLAND.
COUNT SUINSKI was a Polish nobleman,
who lived with his family, on his estate,
a few miles from Warsaw. He was a
good man, loved by all who knew him,
and his kindness of heart, and gentle
temper gained him many warm and
sincere friends. His home was a very
happy one. His wife was as good a
himself; and his four children were mild,
sweet-tempered, and obedient.
At the time at which our story begins
(in the year 1774), the Count's two sons,
Casimir and Oscar, were nine years old.
They were twins, and so were their sisters,
Matilda and Rose, who were a year
younger. These children lived together
in the greatest peace; they never quar-
relled, but were always willing to give
74 THi CBILDUM'I ISLND.
up to one another; this, and their atten-
tion to their lessons, made them delight
Casimir was a clever boy, and being
fond of reading, knew much more than
most children do of his age. He learnt
for his amusement all the trades of the
village near his father's house. He made
little baskets, and learnt how to weave,
turn, and make pottery: he could bot-
tom rush chairs, and made two ver7
pretty sets of dolls' tea-things for his
sisters. He could also plough and mow,
and was a very good gardener. Oscar
was not so clever as Casimir; he did not
care much for books, or like the trouble
of thinking, but he loved his brother'
very much, and was always glad to help
him, when he could be of any use. The
two little girls could speak French, write
nicely, and do sums; they knew a little
of music, and could sew, knit, and do
many other useful things. All these
children were loved by their parents,
their masters, and all their servants;
every one was glad to take part in their
play, and to find them new amusements:
M3 OEM*Ui'8 ULANI
th were gien a reat may presents;
and me of the prettiest toys now sold
in England, and France, and ye
were first invented for te
The beginning of the w;Mtr of 1774
was very cold; and on the Count's
estate there was so great a want of wood
and turf, that numbers of the poor peo-
ple were obliged to go without fires. The
Count could not bear to see them suffer
so much, and resolved to cut down a
fine wood, of which he was very fond.
It formed part of his park and pleases.
grounds, and covered a charming island,
which was formed by the river that
flowed round it, which was full of all
kinds of fish. The children were part,
cularly fond of it: and in summer they
played there every day; so they could
not help feeling very sorry at the loss
of the beautiful wood, under the shade
of which they had passed many happy
"My children," aid the Count, "I
hope that you will be glad instead of
sorry when you know why I wish thee
tree to be cut down. Ihave not yt
16 2In LDumba's n5av.
told you; I mean to do so soon; but
Arst, you must all come.and walk with
Upon this the Count took the children
to the village, where they entered the
first house they came to. There was no
fire in it, and the poor family were all
suffering very much from the cold. The
Count, who had ordered two of his ser-
vants to follow him with some blankets
and warm clothes, gave some of them to
the poor peasants, saying:
Cheer up, my friends I and you shall
soon have some firewood."
At these words the children guessed
what their father meant to do, and cried
"Oh, papal we shall not grieve for
the wood any more."
When they left the cottage, the Count
said to the father of the family, and to
his son, a boy of sixteen: Take your
axes, and follow me."
They did so at once; and the Count
then went to all the cottages in the village,
ayng the same thing to each family.
When he had collected all the men, first
T22 CEILDI)n's INANID
telling eah to bring his axe, he led the
way to the island, and then spoke to
"My friends, this wood, which was
planted by my grandfather, has been a
great pleasure to me for forty years past;
but it has never made me so happy as it
does now, since it will give all your
families comfort and joy. It is yours;
cut it down; I and my servants will
help you, and you shall use my carts
and horses to take the wood to your
At these words they all began to
thank the Count. Casimir sprang up
to kiss his father, crying out, "Oh,
papa, how happy you are I
The Count now told the peasants to
set to work; but they all stood still, not
one of them would raise his axe.
No, my lord," said an old man, we
cannot bear to cut down a wood you are
so fond of, and which your children love
The old man wept a he said this, and
all the rest looked ready to do so too.
SWll, papa," cried Casimir, "let my
I8 Tl3 3 NL&DAMS MAND.
brother and me begin to cut it down
ourselves; we am not strong enough
to fell a large tree, but we will cut down
the two young poplars we planted, for
they will at least make a few faggots."
So saying, Casimir took an axe, Oscar
did the same, and the poplars were soon
down. The Count and all his servants
followed their example; and the Count
having again begged the peasants to
work, they at length began to do so.
Before the evening, a great part of the
wood was cut down, and carried to the
families who were in the greatest want
of fire; while the rest went to bed
happy in the thoughts of soon having
their share; none enjoyed sweeter sleep
than the Count himself, who had given
comfort to so many.
The next day all went to work again,
and in a short time the island was quite
cleared of every tree, except an el
which had been planted when the Count
was born, not even a shrub was left.
The island being thus snipped, the
Count ne day went then with hi sons,
sad sitting down upon the stump of m
7* CMnLOUII'5 ISIIAD.
ak, looked round, and the said: "My
children, what do you fed when you
think of the clearing of this wood? "
It is very strange," replied Casimr,
"for in general nothing looks so sad a a
wood just cut down, and I was so fond
of this, yet I never looked at this place
with half so much pleasure, even in the
spring, as I do now.
"You feel" replied the Count, "the
pleasure of doing good to others,which
makes even sad, and unpleasant objects,
charming and agreeable.
"That is tree," said Oscar, "how
much pleasure, mamma and my sisters,
as well as Casimir and I, had in picking
up sticks and branches, and making
them into faggots, and yet in itself it
was not amusing, and of course tired
mamma and my sisters, as they were not
used to it."
A few days after, Casimir formed a
plan, which he at bnee told to hi
brother and sisters. He was at that
time reading Robinson Crusoe, and this
made him think of an amusement that
might last fr several yea. Having
80 Yai cnkUMA'u ISLaND.
thought about it for some time, ith
children went to their parents, who oa
hearing of their scheme, gave their
consent and allowed them to take full
possession of lhe Childres' Idamd. It
was agreed that they should begin this
amusement the next spring, and that
Casimir should do, as much a was
possible, all that Robinson Crusoe did
upon his island, and should imita, his
patience, industry, and activity "
Though the children were ver
anxious for the month of May to come,
the winter was spent very happily.
When at their play, they talked of
nothing but the island, each one tried to
think of something new, so that their
plan was improved every day; besides
which they had a great many things to
prepare, none of which were neglected.
At length came the first of May; the
children rose before day-light, and
having dressed and breakfasted as
quickly as possible, they went on board
a large old boat, which had been used
for more than fifteen years. On this
occasion, it was of course called a ship,
TaU asuA 'N u LAND. 81
'g& ie quiet river, an unnmown s.
IW ew consisted pf the four children,
tbe ant and Countess, the tutor, and
a m enter's apprentice. This lad was
nad Gillet,he was fourteen, and very
cler, and strong, though scarcely
taller than Casimir. Such was the
par that were to be wrecked on this
daet island, where, it had been settled,
the children and Gillet only should work,
and that the grown up people should be
merely lookers on. All the family had
now got out to sea, as they called what
was really a small quiet river. The
Count and the tutor rowed, while
Casimir, who acted the part of Robinson
Orusoe, was occupied in looking at the
compass. On a sudden, luckily for
their plan, a strong wind sprung up,
and every one cried out: "Oh, what a
dreadful storm! oh, we shall be lost t"
At these words the Countess pretended
to faint away: so did Matilda and Rose;
and during the confusion, they got on
shore on the island, and all exclaimed:
"We are wrecked I we are wreckedI"
My children," aid theoount gravely to
88 TH OcILDUM1's ILAMN.
his sons, "save your sisters, and 1 wil
take care of your mother; and you, sir,"
he added, speaking to the tutor, "get
upon a plank, and take care ofyourself."
The Count now carried the Countess in
his arms, the twoboys took their sisters
on their backs; aid the tutor got across
a plank, which he held in his hand, and
dragged ashore. Thus being all landed,
they placed the ladies on the grass; they
thenbegan to recover from their fright,
and all kissed one another, saying: "We
Share saved! we are saved" Though
this scene was very well acted, Gillet did
his part still better. It was soon per,
ceived that he was missing. "Oh I"
cried Casimir, What is become of poor
Gillet P-surely he has been lost in this
dreadful storm." As he said these words,
Gillet was seen atrug~H with ie waver;
that is to say, walking quietly through
the river, which was so shallow in this
part as to reach but little above his waist.
" Oh, let us fly to save him," said the
Count; let us throw out a rope to him."
They did so, Gillet fasted it about his
waist, and was draggedlahoe, where the
EN OUILDUN Ul BLAND.
gras extended to the water's edge; aH
now crowded round Gillet, and wished
him joy on having been rescued from so
great danger. They then walked round
the island, and resolved to make a bower
to afford shelter to the party. Some
branches of trees, andpieces of wood had
been taken to the island for this purpose,
and the children were thus able to begin
to build at once, and worked hard during
the whole time allowed them for play.
This amusement, as we shall see, lasted
for several years, their play-hours being
always spent on the island. When the
Count and Countess could not go, the
tutor and a maid-servant went in their
stead, and, though they did not work
themselves, often helped the young
laburers by their hints and advice.
The day when the arbour was finished,
was a day of great joy. It was built by
the side of the elm, and was a very good
size, being large enough to hold a table
at which six persons might dine. Casimir
proposed that they should dine there that
"With great pleasure," said his fthr,
84 TIM CEnILDUII ISLA I.
"but you have neither table-cloth, knives
and forks, plates, nor seats; when you
have made all these, and furnished your
hut like Robinson Crusoe's, we will come
and dine with you."
"But how, replied Casimir, "shall
we make all these thing ?"
"You know," said the Count, "that
Crusoe found a stock of useful things in
the hulk of the ship that was washed
on the island; and thus you will find in
the boat all that you can want for these
works I such as carpenters' tools, those
of turners and basket-makers, a loom,
potters' moulds, and, in short, every
thing but what these are to make."
"But, papa," replied Casimir, "we
cannot make pottery without an oven."
"And may not you make one in your
island ?" asked the Count
I do not know how to make an
oven," said Casimir, "but I will go and
learn, and in the meantime we will make
the other things."
Thus their work was carried on with
the greatest industry; and Matilda and
BRse undertook to make a large coarse
MI R -a01UmaR IILAJD.
oloth, Casimir set up the loom, and began
it for them. Gillet and he made seven
wooden stools, his brother some baskets ;
and Casimir agreed to make two straw-
'bottom chairs; besides which, while
testing from harder work, he amused
himself with cutting wooden forks and
spoons. He found nothing so difficult
to make as pottery; Gillet advised him
to get his father's mason's son, a boy of
the same age as Gillet, and very clever in
his business. Casimir took his advice,
and the lad was brought to the island,
dressed as a savage; and as he passed
before the hut, Casimir seized him, and
named him Friday, as Robinson Crusoe
named the savage he met with on his
Friday, with the help of Casimir,
Oscar, and Gillet, soon built an oven;
and then Casimir began to make pottery.
At first, he did not succeed at all; but
instead of giving it up in despair, he
went to the village potter to learn, and
soon was able to make some plates, cups,
and two or thte pots. All these works
employed the chidren till September,
SO US aOemLD I's l mAD.
when they began to prepare for the
dinner, which was to be cooked on the
island, by Matilda and Rose. A cow
and some chickens were brought there a
few days before, and as the little girl
wished to do everything themselves, they
had learnt to milk the cow, and thus
made butter and cream. They had also
new-laid eggs, and made bread and
cakes; but as all this was not enough
for a dinner, they had recourse to shoot-
ing and fishing; for Casimir and Oscar,
wishing to follow Robinson in all things,
went shooting in the island two or three
times a month, and fired very well for
boys of their age. On the morning of
the day fixed for the dinner, they went
out, and brought home three birds; after
which, they fished, and had very good
sport. Their sisters, with no other help
than that of Gillet, who seemed to know
how to do everything, cooked a very
good dinner, which they set out in the
arbour. Having done this, they stood
before the table, full of delight, as they
thought that it was all their own work.
The pleasure was inceasant when the
TEN ONIDWRIUN ISLAND.
happy moment of sitting down to dinner
arrived, and the Count, the Countess, the
tutor, and two friends who were invited
to share it, admired and praised the work
of the children. Gillet and Friday also
sat down, and ate with very good appe-
tites, and great gaiety. The children
could scarcely sit still for joy. They
were charmed at drinking out of cups of
their own making, and they thought they
had never seen anything so pretty as
their coarse yellow table cloth, their
wooden forks and spoons, and earthen-
My dear children," said the Count,
"I do not wonder at the pleasure you
feel, for it is quite natural; you now
enjoy the results of your own industry
Success increased the zeal of the chil-
dren, who now felt a great desire to
build a cottage, instead of their bower.
To this the Count agreed, on condition
that Friday's father should overlook this
new work, though without helping them
in the building of it. The children
themselves formed the plan of the cot-
88 Tna cHILoDUr 's IsLANI.
tage, which was to contain four rooms,
and to have a little garden, cow-house,
and poultry-yard. This work, which
employed the rest of the autumn, the
whole of the winter, spring, and part of
the summer, was finished in July, 1775;
when, though the house was not fur-
nished, and still without windows and
locks, they had breakfast and dinner
there, and were so charmed with it, that
they would have been glad to have slept
there. Meanwhile, the locks and the
gla&s puzzled them very much; for
nobody on the island knew either of
these trades. Casimir, however, soon
learnt that of a glazier, but they could
not find a boy in all the village who was
a locksmith, and they were therefore
obliged to seek for one at Warsaw. At
length, after a great deal of trouble, the
good tutor one day said that he had
found a very good locksmith, who would
be the smallest person on the island, as
he was but three feet, and one inch high.
On hearing this there was great joy, for
all expected to see a child of seven years
old; but when the tutor brought his
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I U I4, -i a.
Tl COaLUXn's ILAND. 89
little locksmith, their surprise was indeed
geat, for he was a dwarf; but though
he had a beard, and a strong voice, the
tutor declared that he was a child, and
thus he was allowed to become one of
this little society, and made himself very
useful. Matilda and Rose then said,
that as they had the care of the cow and
poultry-yard, and also to do the house
work, they ought to have some help, as
well as their brothers. Two little girls,
both very poor, were therefore taken to
the island. Betsey Philpot, a wool
carder's daughter, was thirteen years
old, and Nancy, a tailor's daughter, a
year younger. Thus, nine people lived
on the island. In the month of October
the cottage was furnished with locks and
windows, and, during the winter, all
their play hours were employed in
making things for the house. It was
settled that the dwarf (whose name was
Michael), Gillet, and Friday, should
inhabit the cottage, and live on the pro.
duce of the cow, chickens, fishing, and
shooting. Gillet and Friday were placed
under the direction of the dwarf, who
90 rTn OnILDun'S ISnD.
was thirty years old, and they obeyed
him as if he were king of the island.
As they had no beds, thee good mat-
tresses, and three bolsters were made.
Casimir, Oscar, and the other boys then
made wooden bedsteads; and Matilda,
Rose, and the other little girls made the
sheets. In the month of April, 1776,
Casimir received the following letter
"Sir,-I am told that you have an
island where you receive dwarfs, and
industrious children, who can work at
some trade; I am twelve years old, and
the son of a tailor; and as I have wished
very much for more than a year to be
taken to live on your island, I have
worked hard at my trade, and can now
make a coat and waistcoat pretty well,
and also a pair of trousers. I also know
a little of the business of a tinman, which
I learnt from my uncle, who lives next
door to us. I have a twin sister, who
can sow, spin, and knit very well, and
we can both make a kind of common
cloth, of which our clothes are made.
Mn CNUASLNIU'l ISLAND.
Our father died two months ago, and
as we are poor orphans, they want to
send us to the workhouse, which makes
us very unhappy. I therefore ask you,
sir, to take as on to your island, and we
will work for you from morning till
night. This letter is my own writing,
and I can also do sums. I forgot to
say that my sister and I can make
candles without moulds, and that we
made all that were used in my father's
I am, air, your humble servant,
Pr L LOWBTEN."
Casimir was very much pleased with
this letter, and showed it to his brother
and sisters, who all agreed with him,
that Peter and his sister must come as
soon as possible. "And now," said
Roe, we must build a house for our
little girls; your comrades have a place
to lodge in, but our companions are
obliged to go to the village, and sleep
in the barn, for you know how poor they
But, sister," said Matilda, "they are
92 T!1 CHLDruN'8 ISLAND.
too young to live in a house by them-
selves. Gillet and Friday are under the
care of Michael, who, though he is so
small, is a man, and has a head."
"Well," replied Rose, "we must look
out for a woman who is a dwarf, and
about thirty, to take care of our little
girls, and to rule equally with
This plan pleased them all very much.
But where were they to find such a
dwarf? Rose declared that the tutor
who had found one dwarf, would easily
find another; and it was therefore agreed,
that if the Count approved, Peter and
his sister should not come till the new
cottage should be built, and another
dwarf found; but that, meantime, they
should give a little money every month
to the two orphans, and leave them still
at Warsaw, to improve themselves in
their trades. Oscar said, that as they
should want all kinds of trades in the
island, they must look for a little boy
who could make wooden shoes; and pro
posed that they should take a lad ten
years old, named Matthew, who could
VU OuILDUIm' iSLAND. 9S
make shoes, and was nephew to a shoe-
maker in the village; adding, that he
might be sent to Warsaw, to learn to
make leather shoes, and should come to
the island with Prter Lowatein, his sister,
and the dwarf. /
This plan was agreed to; but Rose,
who was very careful that everything
should be equal, said, that then the
number of little girls would be less than
that of the boys, and therefore proposed
an orphan of thirteen years old, named
Clara, who was very quick and clever,
and knew all sorts of household work,
could wash, make cheeses, and very
pretty narrow laces. The Count and
Countess, on being told, at once con-
sented to her coming; that same day,
an answer was sent to Peter Lowstein,
and the little shoemaker was sent to
Warsaw. The tutor promised to find a
dwarf to overlook the girls; and the
children then began to prepare every-
thig for building a new cottage, three
hundred yards from the first. They also
wat on making pottery, baskets, fur-
nitue, and other useful things, that
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they might, by degree, hae everything
necessary for their new house.
The Countess, who privately did a
great many good and kind actions, had
taken care of a little child who had lost
her parents, and was now living at a
place some miles distant from the castle.
At the time the island was given to the
children, this little girl was six years old,
and the Countess then sent her to War-
saw, where she learned to make coarse
nets. In October, 1776, this child,
whose name was Ellen, was more than
eight years old. She could read nicely,
had a sweet, good-tempered face, and
spun thread, and made nets very well
The Countess now sent for her, took her
to her children, and proposed that she
should be received in the island, to
which they gladly agreed. They were
all very kind to her, and gave her a great
many presents; and the Countess said,
she would keep her at the castle till the
cottage was ready. Matilda and RBse
taught her to sew, and the Countess to
embroider and do wornted work; and
Ellen, who was attentive and eager to
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ean, improved rapidly. Casimir and
Oscar did not forget to say that as their
sisters had this little girl, they also had
a right to have another companion.
"You are right," said their father,
"and I will find you one; he is a very
fine lad, and I will tell you his story,
which is. only known to your mother
About eleven years ago, your mother
and I set out on a long journey, and
slept the first night at the castle of one
of my friends, who lived near Warsaw;
my friend was away from home, but had
given orders that everything should be
got ready for us, and as the days were
short, it being then autumn, we arrived
early. To amuse us till supper was
ready, the steward asked if we would see
a oonjuror, who had come to the village
the night before. We agreed; the con-
juror came, and performed a number of
very pretty tricks; and as your mother
seemed much pleased, he said he would
the next day, before he set out, show her
something still more curious, and quite
new. We told him to come at eight