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dianond-ring," as the owners phrase it. Upon cut. Crossing the Waterloo-road, we enter upon one shelf you shall see a microscope elbowing a Lambeth-marsh, a somewhat narrower thoroughstone-filter-a German-flute cheek-by-jowl with a fare, abounding in shops of unpretentious aspect, brace of pistols--a medicine-chest and a Kentucky but well stucked with every variety of wares suitbowie-knife-a pair of spectacles and a pair of box- able for the class of customers mostly frequenting ing-gloves—a rolling-pin and a wooden leg-a the neighbourhood. Here, throughout the week, warming-pan and a patent refrigerator. Upon there is nothing very remarkable to be seen ; but another crazy board, fenders, gridirons, and roast- on the Saturday night, the five or six feet of soil ing-jacks are beheld sprawling harmlessly among next the kerb-stone on both sides of the way, cheap specimens of tawdry crockery and stopper and for nearly the whole length of the road, is meless decanters; and upon a third there are spades, tamorphosed into the Poor Man's Market for Propickaxes, and shovels, together with the hymn- visions. The dealers, a good many of them Irishbooks of Watts and Wesley, prayer-books, and women, pitch their temporary stalls

, hand-carts, church services. A card of gold breast-pins leans and baskets, close to the edge of the pavement. against a cast from the Elgin marbles ; there are They drive a commerce of very various character. bottles of physic and packets of patent medicines The women sell fish, fresh (?) or salt-cod, hadjumbled together with bottles of mouldy pickles, docks, salmon, Yarmouth bloaters, mackarel, and of anchovies, and Day and Martin's blacking; herrings, with sometimes shrimps or sprats; but there are lustres, half of whose crystal drops have the grand staple of their trade is vegetables, which dropped off, and lutes minus their strings, and they purchase at a low price at Covent-garden logs of rosewood and mahogany rough from the market, at a late hour of the day, clearing off what timber stores. There are clogs and pattens, and the more respectable buyers have rejected. Close drawings in water-colour, and artificial flowers ; to a stall of vegetables, perhaps, you will see the inkstands and painted flower-pots, and a multitude shining stock-in-trade of a working tinman glit. of indescribables besides, appealing to every eye tering upon the ground, and consisting of sauceand to every pocket, however scantily furnished. pans and kettles of every capacity; together with The general aspect of these wares is very much Dutch-ovens, grates, cullenders, and roasting-jacks, modified by demands which arise at particular which the presiding owner assures you were all seasons of the year. When the angling mania manufactured by his own hands, of the best matecommences—an insanity which seizes the youth of rial. Next to him stands a tall fellow, steadying a Cockaigne every recurring spring—forth comes a monster umbrella inverted, in the hollow cavity of forest of fishing rods of all lengths and all prices, which he has spread some hundreds of copperfrom five feet in longitude to five-and-twenty, and plate engravings, from which you may select any from sixpence to a guinea. When the winter's number you like, for the small charge of one farfrost has set in, and the ice in the parks is strong thing each. Then comes a stand of crockery; enough to bear the sign-board marked " danger- then one of oysters, or whelks, or pickled eels and ous" — which the Londoner seems to regard as an salmon ; and then a handbarrow piled with sweetinvitation to disport himself on the ice-then the smelling flowers, at a halfpenny a bunch. Here an whole shop bursts into the causeway surcharged industrious fellow sits on the ground weaving with a plethora of skates. If, lost in admiration toasting-forks from brass and iron wire by the at the discordant variety of merchandise, you cast light of a single candle; and there another carves your eyes to the ceiling, you may chance to find it ornamental fire-screens from a plank of pine with festooned with second-hand fiddles, while the walls a rapidity puzzling to comprehend. Besides these are hung with home-made Raphaels, Rembrandts, and other privileged squatters who regularly ocand Correggios at seven-and-sixpence per pair. If cupy the ground, there are a host of peripatetic pou edge your way, as you may easily do if you merchants loaded with portable commodities, and like, through the narrow side passage into the rear plying for customers among the gathering crowd. of this astonishing display, you may come upon a Boys not ten years of age assail you to buy their library of old books heaped in solid stacks, and last bunch of onions for two-pence: these urchins stified in dust, where, if you have no particular are always selling their last bunch, as they have objection to dirt, you may rummage among the but capital enough to purchase one at a time : lamber of by-gone literature, till you look like a when they sell a lot, they realize a halfpenny mummy routing in a pyramid. Tools of every towards the Sunday's dinner, and immediately imaginable description, blocks of marble, lumps of purchase another from Irish Moll at the corner. metal, old copper-plates, fragments of machines of Others are bawling gridirons at a penny apiece, various sorts, coffee-mills and grind-stones, furni- and others again are playing lively tunes upon tin ture old and new, and musical instruments of all whistles, which they retail to aspiring musicians at dates and in all stages of dilapidation,

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same price. all sides in most admired disorder. On Saturday Retracing our steps, and returning up the north night, these tempting museums are lighted up side of the New-cut, we enter upon a new variety both within and without by flaring gas-burners, of the Saturday night's commerce. The south side and it is then that they are specially haunted by is very much devoted to the luxuries of life, speworking mechanics and artisans in search of some cious and crippled and second-hand luxuries though cheap tool, or perhaps of a musical instrument, or they be, some of them; the north side is almost a book, or some domestic luxury or ornainent exclusively engrossed by the indispensable neceswithin reach of their slender funds.

saries of the human lot. Though men and women These omnium-gatherum bazaars, interspersed may at a pinch do without books and pictures, and, with the shops of the furniture-brokers, extend a when the pinch grows very severe, even without considerable way on the south side of the New-! chairs and tables, fenders and fire-irons, they yet

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cannot do without " pantaloons and boddices,” and or two in substituting for the household goods of hats or caps, and boots or shoes. In this quarter his landlady, household goods of his own. Mary of the New-cut all such requisites are to be found, has a little basket on her arm and the street-door as well, too, as all such savoury and saccharine in key in her bosom, and she would rather get the gredients as furnish the breakfast board, or the provisioning done out of the way, before it grows dinner table. Together with the grocer and the later, and while there is plenty to choose from. butcher, here we find the slopseller, the hatter, and she is brought to a stand by the explosive " Buy! the ready-made and already worn-out shoe-seller. buy! what d'ye buy ?” of the butcher, and looks Here are coats, and vests, and leggings for gentle around upon his stall for the precise little cut of men, and spectral gowns with outstretched arms beef which will do hot for one day's and cold for for the ladies. At the first view all these wares another dinner. There it is, sure enough, hanging appear in a manner mingled together under one on the third hook. long tent. This appearance is due to the custom “ How is beef to day, Mr. — " she asks. prevailing among the shopkeepers of thrusting “ Pretty well, thankee, ma'am ; how are you ?" their goods into the street. With the exception of “ Pooh! none of that nonsense!" the provision dealers, all do this; and as their mer. “Beg pardon, ma'am, sevenpence-halfpennychandise would suffer irreparable damage from sevenpence to you." rain, it is all covered in by ample awnings of can- “ Well, weigh me that piece.” vass, which protect it alike from the rays of the sun

“ That! well to be sure, what a eye yur got. I and the peltings of the storm. We need hardly put that piece up there for my own dinner tosay that there are gin-shops and public-houses in morrer :* but you shall have it—three pounds, you very sufficient abundance scattered throughout the see, good weight; one and nine-thankee, sir ; now whole district, as well as their inseparable com- then, buy! buy! buy! what d'ye buy ?". panions and coadjutors, the pawnbrokers.

The beef is in the basket, wrapped in a clean cloth, Let the above suffice for a glance at the neigh- and Mary pops into the grocer's, where she would bourhood and its commerce ;. we propose now to have to wait à long while, but that John elbows a follow the poor man and his wife into the market, way for her to the counter. Having secured her tea when it is at its height, and to keep an eye upon and sugar and a little pat of butter, she directs her their proceedings.

steps towards the Marsh in search of vegetables. John and Mary Jones are a youthful couple who It is now past ten o'clock, and the throng is very have been married just three months. Both are dense and growing momentarily more so. It is born Londoners, and well enough acquainted with difficult to get along upon the pavement owing to life to drive a bargain in a London market. They the crowd, and those who are in a hurry take to are fond of each other, and, for aught we know, the road to save time. Vegetables are plentiful have no reason to be otherwise. John is a good and cheap enough: Mary, who took John's heart workman and Mary a good manager; if there is in his breast as a thing for granted, has no such but little sentiment between them, it may be the confidence in the case of cabbages; she rends open fault of their education and of their surroundings, their green waistcoats and has ocular demonstrawhich have not been calculated to foster sentiment. tion that the hearts are there before she pays her When John first “ breathed out his tender tale” to coppers for them. Irish Moll's onions get a pretty Mary, it was not “ beneath the milk-white thorn hard pinch between her taper finger and thumb, that scents the evening gale,” but under a door and one bunch after another is rejected before she way beneath which the pair were driven by a is suited to her mind. Then there is nothing more shower of rain, as he was escorting her home from to be got but a bag of flour from the baker's, where the bookbinder's where she wrought as a folder for the best wheaten bread is ticketed at 6d. the quarseven-and-sixpence a week. The tender tale was, tern, delivered full weight from the scale, and a however, just as much to the purpose as though lump of salt bought for a halfpenny from a boy the milk-white thorn had waved over their heads hawker in the street. The demands of appetite instead of the sign of the golden teapot, and the being provided for, the pair have now leisure for treaty then and there ratified by the light of a gas. an hour's promenade among the furniture shops and lamp was kept with as good faith as any ever nondescript museums, where all manner of temptmade by the light of the moon, and witnessed by ing bargains lie in wait for their slender purse. all the stars in the sky.

[TO DE CONTINUED.] Since that eventful night, three months of court. ship have been followed by three more of matrimony. The young couple have at last resolved upon BIRMINGHAM AND HER MANUFAC. doing now what they ought to have done before

TURES. they yoked together; that is, to furnish a nest of

MESSES. OSLER'S ESTABLISIIMENT. their own, and to get clear of ready-furnished The crystal fountain which occupied the centre of lodgings, which they begin to find as comfortless the transept in the Great Exhibition will be fresh as they are needlessly expensive. With this view, in the recollection of a considerable portion of our Mary has been back to work at the binder's, and readers. We are going now to spend an hour at John has been labouring over-hours for the last the establishment of the Messrs. Osler in Broadmonth, and saving every penny he could spare to street, by whom that noble contribution to the " buy sticks." It was past nine o'clock to-night grandest spectacle of any age was manufactured. before he got away from the workshop-and now | Passing through the show-rooms, glittering on all he and Mary are come to the market, with the double view of replenishing the cupboard for the

* Of course in this daguerreotypo sketch the character of morrow's consumption, and of laying out a pound the tradesman is painted as it is not as we would wish it to be. sides with the most exquisite forms in crystal, and All processes of this kind are performed by the abounding in a profusion of beautiful objects re- Messrs. Osler at works situated out of the town, flecting all the hues of the rainbow, from the pen- such articles only as are designed for ornamentadulous chandeliers with massive glittering drops tion being finished at the workshops in Broad. to the richly-cut vessels that figure on the side street. The glass, moreover, from which the lusboards of the aristocracy, we follow the footsteps of tres, candelabra, etc., are made, is prepared and our guide to the works below. Before recording refined at the suburban works, and is brought to what we see, however, it will be necessary to pre- Broad-street, in the form of stout, clear, circular mise that the finishing portion only of the manu- bars, to be re-manufactured. In the first room to facture is carried on in these premises, and we which we were introduced, a workman was seated must therefore, for the sake of the reader, briefly at the mouth of a furnace, by the heat of which describe the preparatory processes as we have wit- these bars of metal are reduced to a semi-fluid nessed them elsewhere.

state. He was engaged in pressing the red-hot The glass of which lustres, decanters, and do- metal, after examining it minutely and picking out mestic glass ware are made is known as flint glass, any impurities yet remaining, in an iron mould and it differs in the proportions of its ingredients shaped like a broad pair of pincers, which he held from both crown and plate glass. It is, however, in his right hand. Laying a strip of the metal, melted and refined in the furnace in a similar melted to the consistence of soft putty, in the manner, is drawn from thence in the same way open mould, he had only to clasp the handles of upon the ends of hollow tubes, and is moulded to the pincers together to produce a rough suaped the required form by the manual dexterity of the prismatic drop six inches in length of these he workman. We will suppose, for the sake of a could manufacture a considerable number in the simple illustration, that a man is going to make a course of an hour, and, by changing the mould, water-bottle for the toilet-table, and we will sup- could of course impress various forms upon the pose, too, though that is never the case, that one yielding glass. In the next room we came upon a man accomplishes the whole of the business. He group of young girls employed in grinding the first dips the end of a long iron tube into the pot flat surfaces of these prisms upon slabs of stone in the furnace, and twisting it round two or three sprinkled with sand and water. These drops, as times, collects a small portion of the metal, but well as all imitative crystals, have to undergo sufficient for his purpose, on the end. He then several grindings ; the first merely reduces them withdraws his tube, and swings it a few times to shape, the second to smoothness, the third to a round his head to lengthen the red-hot mass. He partial polish, and the fourth, or polishing process, then rolls it on a flat slab, and blows into it to to a pure and spotless transparency. make it hollow; these operations he repeats more Glass-cutting, as most of our readers know, is than once if necessary, until he has got it to his accomplished by grinding the surface of the glass mind. He now seats himself on a stool, and, with upon wheels of various-shaped edges and of different a boy in attendance, who, at his bidding, blows diameters. We now pass into the cutting-rooms, through the tube and increases the capacity of the where the glass-cutters, busy at their moist and vessel, he commences rolling the tube backwards dripping trade, are seated in a row, each in front and forwards horizontally upon the arm of his of a rapidly revolving wheel, kept in motion by seat, a level bar of iron. Keeping the rod con. steam power. Over most of the wheels rude tinually revolving with his left hand, which pre- funnel-shaped leaky vessels, dripping sand and serves the rotundity of the vessel, with his right water, hang suspended. The wheels are of different hand, by the aid of a small iron tool, he flattens sizes and formed of materials of varying degrees of the bottom of the bottle, occasionally heating it in hardness, from cast-iron down to willow-wood, and the fire until it is perfectly formed. When this is they can be readily changed and shifted at the will done, he attaches the foot or bottom of the article of the workman. The men are engaged at very to another rod of iron by means of a little of the different kinds of work: one, working at a wheel molten glass, sundering it from the tube by the shaped like the edge of a triangular file, is cutting bare touch of a cold tool. He now heats it again deep channels in the body of a decanter; a second, for a moment, and proceeds with the formation of using a flat wheel, is reducing the plain cylinder the neck with its raised bands, and the lip. If he of another into a polygon of some twenty sides; a have too much glass, he cuts away a portion with third, whose wheel has a convex edge, is cutting a pair of scissors, the lip is curved over and flat. concave trenches ; while a fourth, whose wheel is tened to the required shape in a few seconds, and hardly two inches in diameter, is cutting the reby inserting his modelling tool through the orifice presentation of a flower upon a wine-glass. This as the glass is rapidly revolving, he can give it last process is properly called engraving in glass, readily any form or any capacity that he chooses. and from the extreme care it requires in the operaIt is in a manner very similar to this that decan- tion is necessarily one of great expense. It is im. ters, rummers, and glass vessels of all descriptions possible to conceive a more awkward and hopeless are formed. If they require handles or feet, they mode of working out his design than that which are formed from separate pieces of metal attached the artist in glass has to deal with ; instead of a to them while they are hot, and immediately mo- flat surface, upon which he can trace and correct delled into shape by the operator. So soon as they his outline, he has a round and transparent surface are formed, they are put into an annealing oven, upon which an outline cannot be marked ; and, where they are first exposed to a high temperature, instead of a pencil or a graving tool wherewith and then suffered to cool by degrees, without which to work, he has nothing but a whizzing wheel to process they would be too brittle for use, or, if they which he must apply the surface of his picture for needed cutting, would perish under the operation every fresh 'touch. When the designs to be

engraved in glass are very minute, the tools em- their humble meal," and that's what all poor serployed must necessarily be so too; and hence the vant girls can't say ; I wish they could.” finest and most complex engravings are generally In the mean time Anne was admitted. She was executed at a lathe, in which grinding-wheels of very suspiciously eyed by the cook and housevarious sizes, from the diameter of a crown piece to maid as somewhat of an interloper, and curiously that of a swan-shot, can be brought to bear upon scanned as if to discover which of the numerous the glass ; in this way patterns of great beauty applicants for the situation the mistress had acand intricacy may be engraved by persevering cepted. The conclusion was that they had never labour. These small wheels are generally of copper, seen her before-a conclusion quite decided by and their edges are moistened with oil and emery; Anne, who informed them that she had never been of the larger wheels, those which are made of iron to the house, that Mrs. Fenn, from some houseand stone, and work in sand and water, are for hold policy of her own, had been and engaged her cutting away the surface of the glass; and the at her father's. She was to be the assistant of the wooden ones are used for polishing the cut por- housemaid for the present, and when she had tions by trituration with polishing powder. gained a little experience she was to wait on the

One considerable element of expense in the young ladies and to be what is generally called manufacture of cut-glass goods is the risk always " parlour maid.” attendant upon the process. It will sometimes Most men, women, and children, have had their happen that a flaw in the material of an expen- peculiar ambition at some time of their lives. sively got-up vessel, which has remained invisible Anne, in her busy and poor though respectable during the major part of the process, will make its home, had always thought that hers would have appearance towards the end, when the article is been attained when once she was in comfortable immediately condemned, to the loss of all the time service in a gentleman's family. She was very and labour bestowed upon it—to say nothing of particular on that point. It must be a gentlethe inevitable loss from ordinary breakage, which man's family. She was not the only one who had alone subtracts a good percentage from the re-confounded worldly good with heart happiness and turns. Cut-glass ornaments, however large when peace, and to be rich was, in Anne's eyes, to be put together—and some of the structures of the happy. We shall see how long she held this Messrs. Osler are of prodigious size---are necessa- opinion. rily combined of comparatively small pieces ; it is It was not for many days that the young serthis, in fact, from the infinite variety of angles vant had her desire fulfilled in being permitted to from which the polished facets reflect the light, assist in waiting at table. Ellen the housemaid that constitutes their principal charm : in the was quite sure she would be awkward, so she operation of putting them together, the services of was kept much to her needle and to the rather the workers in metals come into demand ; this multifarious occupations which waiting on the part of the business, however, needs no description, young ladies involved. At length Sunday night and may well be left to the imagination of the came, and the housemaid being out, it fell to her reader.

lot to lay the cloth, which she did much to her own satisfaction, at all events.

Supper was always a serious meal with Mr. Fenn.

He lived at some distance from his place of busiA LICHFIELD TALE.

ness, and not the united entreaties of his fashion

able sons and daughters had hitherto prevailed on ONE evening in spring, just as it was growing him to leave the important matter of dinner till he dusk, a neatly-dressed girl of about seventeen was came home. So he took his chops in town, and seen standing at the handsome iron gate of a returned to a cup of coffee at six, and was ready at gentleman's house in the neighbourhood of Lich- ten for that unhealthy but old-fashioned meal of supfield. There was no doubt about her history; the per. He was a man of simple tastes and education. little blue painted box, the bundle, the brown- Persons there were in the town who nodded sigpaper parcel, and her tearful face, told the tale: she nificantly as they saw him pass on his fine horse to was going to service ; and the poor working man his daily business; and one or two old ladies could holding her hand in his was her father,

tell how, when little Jack Fenn was messenger in "Well, Anne, God bless you ! keep a good heart : Greenwood and Barker's office, he would peep over neither expect too much from change nor be too their muslin blind longingly at the blazing fire easily discouraged. There's a crook in every lot, and hot rolls, of which he could catch a glimpse ; child; but, better comfort than that, there is a God and how more than once they had tapped and callwho knows what that crook is, who cares for the ed the little pale-faced, fatherless lad into the hall, very sparrows. Mind your mother's words, that where they warmed him with a cup of tea, a slicewe may all find the secret of happiness, if we look of bread and butter, and kind words. He had for it. Good-bye."

risen now to be a partner in that very business, The bell being rung, and the last kiss given, the and though he still passed the house, it was as a rich father turned his steps homewards, brushing the man, not as a poor hungry boy. He had arrived tear from his eyes which the first parting with his at that step which, when he was a lad, he thought eldest child had occasioned. When he arrived at would have been the height of his ambition. He, home, the mother was anxiously looking out to too, had somewhat mistaken notions of happiness know, as she said, how Anne bore up, and if her and wealth being synonymous. It was, however, heart seemed to fail at last.

in this very state for which he had so frequently "Well, she has a home to come to, that's one longed, sometimes a matter of secret doubt with comfort,” said the mother as they sat down to him, whether the little boy and his dry crust,

without anxiety or care, were not a happier being to see, mother, her beautiful house, and such than the rich lawyer who had money in the bank, dresses and rings and brooches as mistress has; a it is true, but countless calls for that money at pony-gig all to herself; with nothing to do but to home.

please herself-oh! trust me, would I be unhappy “ Master looks very grave," thought Anne, as if I were she? I think not, indeed." she waited on the family party that night," and " Are you happy now, Anne P" asked the father, mistress too. Somehow, it don't seem so joyful with the least possible sarcasm in his tone. like as our Sunday teas do. About next Sunday 'Oh, very well, but I don't think I can be exI shall go home.'

pected to be so very happy. I think of the many She had begun to long for home already, you I've got to please.' see, though she knew that very often there was Well, that is your trouble; and who knows but little of tea but the name in the meal, and that that your mistress has got as many to please? This butter was a rarity seldom spread on the coarse much I do know, that there's not an earthly blessmorsels that they ate.

ing God gives us to which he does not attach There was one member of that family whose face some way a weight, to prevent us from taking up she had never yet seen till this night, but of whom entirely with worldly joys. Children are great she had heard nothing but good. “ Poor Mr. ljoys; but, bless them! no one can say but they Edward" he was called ; yet "poor Mr. Edward” entail great cares, and sometimes sorrow. Riches looked, in spite of his name, the only really happy are great blessings, no doubt, but then with riches one in that little group. The girls were gay some- come a score of wants that never existed before, so times, but unquestionably dull now; nay, there was that 'rich enough' is a rare state to find. Ah! one who had been in tears. It was because they Anne, my girl, you look doubtful still, but I am were disappointed in their indulgent father's hesi- telling you the experience of thousands of rich tation as to the propriety of a month's expensive men; and there's a better prayer than that for lodgings in town. The eldest son was absent, and riches, even that for food convenient for us. But the third was but a boy; he was put out a little be- come, 'tis past eight, and you are to be back by caose every one else was. Edward alone looked nine.” happy and serene. But what had he to make him Anne left her home with very different feelings so above all the rest ? He had a delicate frame, a from those with which she quitted it when first small figure bent almost to deformity, while a fever she went to service, and began to let in the suswhich had attacked him three years since had picion, that the meal of herbs she had just left, entirely deprived him of hearing. The joys of with its love and concord, was a happier affair than social intercourse were for ever closed to his dull that of the stalled ox in her master's house. ear, and, what was a greater grief still, the richest It was now the close of the year, and great pre

harmony of sound could never more fall upon it. parations were on foot for a more than usually f! He had been educated for a musician ; he was a elegant entertainment at the Fenns'. Hitherto

performer and composer of no mean merit, but they had kept little dinner company ; but a purmusic had now become to him what the sun is to chase of plate, and the oft-repeated assurances of the sightless—a gift the existence of which he the Miss Fenns that they were considered“ very knew, but in the charms of which he could never odd and very mean” for not giving dinners—the hope to share, The first sensation of his great loss solemn declaration of Mrs. Fenn, that she had no was overwhelming; but by-and-by there was a desire for such things, not she, but for the girls' sweeter whisper to his aching heart, a whisper of sakes it was really necessary—their duty she love and mercy, which told the youth that as might say—to do a little as other people did, many as the Lord loves he chastens. The secret induced the father to yield. of his joy was a lesson that he learned in the school Mr. Fenn thought it a dangerous precedent of sorrow.

indeed, but a dinner party on a scale of gentility Anne was quite in a reverie as she looked on the and magnificence never before attempted by the face of the afflicted youth-a reverie from which Fenns was planned, and Anne had her share of she was soon aroused, however, by a sharp hint interest and excitement, you may be sure, and not to listen to conversation, but to attend to her though not usually a discontented girl, she had daties. Before long the task of waiting at table her share of trial too. She could not see the beaubecame easy. Anne was a quick, handy girl, and tiful new lace dresses, and all alike too, laid on the Mrs. Fenn soon pronounced her a most promising ladies' beds, or the new brooch with which the servant.

father had presented each of his children, without First impressions are often wrong ones.

We a wish that she could be the wearer of some will not, therefore, narrate Anne's tale to her such costly ornaments. Then came a repining parents the first Sunday at home, but peep in at thought, that instead of being a Miss Fenn, she the cottager's tea-table after she had been at her was, and always should be perhaps, a poor servant place nearly six months.

girl, allowed no finery, and required for such was “Oh yes, I'm happy enough and all that, but I Mrs. Fenu's rule-to wear white apron instead wish somehow I lived with people a little more of a black, and a close cap instead of a Jenny Lind contented and cheerful. There's mistress, now; head-dress. 'tis not that she scolds me, but she always looks so She was standing in the kitchen waiting for mournful."

breakfast on the morning of the dinner party, "Well, Anne, and perhaps she has reason,” said when the postman and her eldest brother Tom her mother. “ 'The heart knows its own bitter- arrived together. Before she could speak to Tom, ness,' my girl.”

she must take the letters up-stairs, and after de "Reason!” and Anne laughed. “ If you were | livering them she was required to clear the break

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