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firmly, “Be quiet, Ashley—be quiet!" raised up, and glaring at the doctor, She repeated this several times. Soon exclaimed wildly, “ There is Jacob! his eyes caught hers, and betrayed, not Let me slay my son! Don't hold my so much a look of recognition, as a arm! Lord, let me strike !” Hester confession of superior power. She ex
was by his side in a moment, and soon ercised over him something of that quicted him in the usual way. mysterious influence which the voice “You see,” continued the old doctor, and manner of Miss Dix, the philan- with an air of ineffable wisdom, “I am thropist, have over the most violent right! Bleeding would be folly. Blood maniac. In an hour he became much contains the recuperative force of the calmer, and by ten o'clock at night he system. He has none too much of it, slept fitfully, when she was with him but it is distributed wrong. Too much alone.
concentrating on the brain—there is Dr. Durham, as he left his patient for danger of lesion. Keep a cold compress the night, said to Deacon Rowler, with on his head ; let him have quiet, rest, a knowing glance, “ This young lady's nourishment. If we can make him sleep nursing will be of more value to Mr. soundly, he will get on.
I shall give Mulgrove than all my medicine. He him anodyne in the smallest doses-not seems better, but I dare not say he is. enough to excite. I know his case exI will call at eight in the morning. actly-have cured him twice before ; Remember about the powders—one but he is much worse now. He has every two hours. Good-night." been working his brain too much again,
Mrs. Rowler, though choking with as he did at college. This is the result rage, saw how silly it would be to treat of writing two sermons a week-a pracMiss Mason rudely. Hester frankly said tice, sir, that usually kills at both ends, that she was betrothed to Mr. Mulgrove, or, what's the same, it generally parathat they were to be married in the lyzes both pulpit and pew. Mr. Mulspring, and she had come to take care grove, sir," said he, whispering to Dr. of him. Her right to be with him could Durham,“ is insane. Can we save him not therefore be questioned. She im from the asylum ? There is hope in mediately wrote for his old doctor to the fact that over seventy per cent. of come on, and he arrived the third day, such cases are cured, if correctly treated just in time to prevent the attending the first three months. Let us make no physician from bleeding the patient a mistakes, then, sir. Bleeding is out of second time. It was sublime to see the question." with what confidence and superior wis From this time forth Dr. Durham dom the senior doctor surveyed the only said ditto to his venerable senior. sick-room.
For nine long weeks Hester took care Putting his hand on Dr. Durham's of her sick lover, and performed the shoulder in a most patronizing way, arduous and exhaustive duties of a gesticulating with his long, bony finger, faithful nurse. When she slept no one and drawing up his tall, lank figure to could tell, for she seemed always watchits full height, while his thin gray hair, ing by his side. The persistent endurgathered in one lock on the crown of ance of a woman is one of the mysteries his bald pate, made him look like the of human nature. In toiling for those picture of Time without the scythe, they love, the delicate nerves change said he to the junior, who was full forty to sinews of steel, weakness becomes years old,
strength, fear turns to fortitude ! “ Young man! that will never do. At the end of the first week after his Bleeding is not the thing. I know this arrival, Dr. Bloupil, with his ponderous boy's case thoroughly. The trouble is saddle-bags on his arm, exhaling all the here !” putting his forefinger on the complex odors of the apothecary-shop, centre of his own forehead. As if to took a stately leave of the Rowler famverify this diagnosis, the sick man ily, and, bidding IIester the last adieu,
whispered something in her ear which The remainder of this episode in a made her blush and smile. They must clergyman's life can be condensed into have been words of hope.
a paragraph. · The Rev. Ashley MulOne bright morning in the latter part grove did not continue his pastorate in of October, Miss Mason opened the win- Goldburgh. Dr. Bloupil, whose wisdom dow of the sick-room wider than usual, we dare not dispute, said that overwork and the stream of fresh, bracing air had nearly driven him into the grave, came directly upon the patient's face. or a lunatic asylum, and that his conHe seemed to catch the vitalizing power stitution required at least a year of of Nature from the pure breeze, which comparative rest to recuperate. stirred him like the spirit of health. On the tenth day of the following His mind was again unsealed. Reason June, Ashley and Hester were quietly resumed her throne. Waking from a married in the Widow Mason's little sweet slumber, he saw his guardian- parlor, where they stood side by side a angel bending over him, her eyes beam year and a half before. ing with a tenderness that sank deep The Rev. Ashley Mulgrove was next into his soul. Without expressing any settled over a prosperous society in the surprise, he said,
city of C-(this stands for both Chi“ Hester, you have come to me Will cago and Cincinnati), and has fulfilled you kiss me?"
his early promise of being one of the She answered, “Be calm, Ashley. most earnest, eloquent, and successful God has answered my prayers ;” and preachers in the land. He took his she kissed his parched lips with a D. D. at thirty, and his salary since his grateful fervor, which thrilled him with first pastorate has always been entirely a new life.
adequate for himself and family. Hester From that moment his recovery was proved a model minister's wife, and has rapid. Each day he could reckon his been just the balance-wheel needed in dded strength. He sat up in bed, then her husband's theological machinery. in a chair; he tried his legs, then he He don't now think, in his most morbid rode out, then he walked. He emerged moments, that celibacy or self-imposed from sickness into health.
penance would prepare him any better One day, when he was quite strong, for work in his Master's vineyard. His Hester explained to him the mystery of theory of duty is like St. Paul's her sudden appearance at the house of that a minister should be " a lover of Deacon Rowier. On the Sunday night hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, when he had been taken with the brain- just, holy, temperate. Happy is he also fever, she had a painful dream, in which if he be the husband of one wife, having she saw her lover falling from a fearful faithful children." precipice, and as he struck the rocks All these conditions he has most forbelow, he cried out, “ Hester, come to tunately secured. me!” At this point she awoke, over But what about Alice ? Ah, yes ! come by terror. The clock struck four. the sweet little soul, we left her faintShe was no spiritualist, or believer in ing. She only loved the young clergythe pretensions of clairvoyants, but this man in a reverent, sisterly, platonic vivid dream, coupled with the circum- way, that gave her no pain to have him stance that her last two letters had not marry another. In fact, before Hester been answered, so strongly impressed had been in her father's house a week, her with the belief that Ashley was ill, Alice was her confidential friend. Mrs. that she took the first train for Gold- Rowler is the only one whose feelings burgh. Whether she actually heard her were deeply hurt; and though the Rev. lover's pleading cry, or whether the two Ashley Mulgrove, D. D., is not her son. events were merely coincident, is left in-law, we hope the excellent lady will for the reader to decide. The writer is not lose faith in that Providence whose content to state the simple facts. ways are past finding out.
TIE rocky coast of Greece has no old Greek land, and hoped to find finer approach than at Patras, where the that something of the antique charm scenery is boldly mountainous. The might still linger about it-captivated rock Kakiscala, the ancient Taphiassus, by the beauty of the world, and art, on the opposite Ætolian coast, rises in and poetry, and not yet disciplined in a stupendous mass, huge and sombre, that “gymnasium” of life concerning from the deep waters of the bay. Shad- which Paul the Apostle to the Groeks owed by the mountains, this majestic writes, who lived once in Corinth, and bay, at the mouth of the Gulf of Cor saw the Isthmean games, which haunted inth, forms a grand gateway to what his imagination, so that in the very last lies beyond, letting one in, by a rocky words he wrote, he spoke of the gloriportal, at once to the very heart of the ous contest of the race he had finished. * old Greek land.
Though this Greek ideal has faded, Having procured a guide at Patras, yet now and then it returns with someI went on by steamer to Vostizza, which thing of its old light, and I see again stands on the same southern shore of the the land where Beauty was born. Gulf of Corinth, upon the side of The red, verdureless mountains borÆgium. Opposite Vostizza, across the dering the Gulf of Corinth, the bright, Gulf, and seemingly quite near, rise the blue, lonely waters, without a sign of life, rugged, barren mountains of the Locri and the shining twin-peaked Parnassus Ozola and of Phocis, culminating in rising above all, come back to me vivParnassus, whose summit, in spite of the idly. I recall, especially, that night poet's fiction, I saw unveiled. At Vos- when, in a little Greek craft, anchored tizza I passed the night in miserable within the very shadows of Parnassus, quarters, hardly affording a shelter from I lay on deck, wrapped in my capote, a violent tempest of rain, hail, and and watched, far into the midnight, the thunder, for which kind of electrical stars glittering like a diadem over the display Greece is still famous. Some head of the ancient Mount of Song. showily-dressed natives looked in upon President Felton's “ Philhellenism” me, and in quite a friendly way tried to is of a very noble and taking sort, and dissuade me from taking a horseback he certainly makes a strong case of it, journey through Greece at that time, looked at in the light of scholarly enon account of the brigands (the old thusiasm. And a strong case can be story), who were then unusually numer made of it, looked at in the most sober ous: indeed, a small band of cavalry light. A nation, which, since the revoarrived that night, with two or three lution of 1821–27, has done so much; desperadoes in charge, heavily chained; which has made such marked improveand they almost shook down our au ments in agriculture, in the cultivation berge with their thundering knocks for of the vine, currant, olive, and cereals ; admittance,
which has built up its ruined seaports, This was many years ago, in the cut extensive roads, even one through youthful time, when the chance of meet the terrible “Scirrhonian Rocks,” built ing a picturesque Klepht, armed to the bridges, and established a submarine teeth, and of being made a temporary telegraph ; which has organized a comcaptive in some gloomy grot, rather added to the pleasure. I was, more
* The ayôra is not “fight," but evidently “foot.
race," as the Tòv opójov of the next sentence indi. than all, smitten with the love of the
merce that now dominates in the East. I will now go on with my personal ern Mediterranean and reaches every narrative, claiming the right, always part of the world; which has even granted to one who has been up Parestablished domestic manufactures; and nassus, to indulge in a reasonable which, above all, has done more, in pro amount of poetic and classic enthuportion to its means and population, for siasm. the cause of national education, than The next day, after having walked almost any country in the world, hav- about Vostizza and seen what was to be ing a complete system of graded schools seen, and plucked a leaf from an enorand gymnasia, culininating in the Uni mous plane-tree, said to have been versity of Athens ;--such a nation, with planted by Plutarch,--and that is not all its faults and weaknesses, deserves at all impossible, I embarked in a our strongest sympathy. It demands small sloop for Salona, or Scala, on the the restoration of the territory that opposite shore of the Gulf. It was a rightfully belongs to it, the annexation sunshiny, sultry day, with little or no of Crete, and the freeing of the Greek wind, so that we did not make much populations in the empire of Europeaní progress that day, and the sun went Turkey, consisting of 12,000,000 to but down magnificently with all its richest 5,500,000 Mussulmen.* At the same
pomp of colors. time, I do not, for one, anticipate a very Before night, however, had fairly sct speedy building-up of a Greek empire, in, the fine colors of the sunset-sky, the or, as some fondly hope, republic,-not, deep orange, purple, and violet, blended certainly, until the Turks are driven out and deepened into one uniform lurid of Europe, which, amid the jealousies crimson light, which shone on the stern of the great European powers, who care rocks of the northern coast of the Gulf, more for the consolidation of their own while the rest of the scene was bathed power than for Greek freedom, ancient in the shadows of a tempest gathering or 'modern, does not look very near at menacingly over Parnassus. The sails, hand. And the foundations of such a the faces of the crew, all objects on state must have something more solid board the vessel, were tinged with this in them than the Greek religion seems strange and ominous light. Soon the capable of; it is only a truly free and rain began to fall in big drops, and pure Christianity which could rear up a fierce puffs of wind careened our little civilization that would at all equal or craft on her side, and threw the white surpass the old Greek civilization on its foam over the deck. All on board supown soil.
posed that a tempest, such as had raged My interest in Greece, I must candidly the night before, was to fall upon us, confess, has been chiefly of an esthetic and the skipper cast an anxious eye upnature; for this land is a free republic ward and around, while my Patras of mind which neither Turk nor Bava- guide lost a little of the manly depth rian can possess; and it belongs to all of his voice. who have any claim, even the feeblest, But we were agreeably mistaken; for to be considered educated men, men of after a while the moon broke through culture, -by euch, the words which the clouds with an apparently tranquilanother has applied in a different way, lizing influence, and the sky was soon might, with far greater force, be applied cleared entirely of clouds, and the stars to Greece: “Her ineffable charm keeps came crowding out; and then it was, ever calling us near to the true goal of that, drawing in towards shore, we anall of us, to the ideal, to perfection—to chored, and I passed most of the night beauty, in a word, which is only truth --so beautiful was it--watching the seen from another side." +
The next morning found us complete* “Grece," by Alex. Rira Rangabé.
ly becalmed, and we were obliged tr * Matthew Arnold.
take in sail and to toil at the oars, until
about noon we landed at Scala, at the famous, and explored some remains of head of the Bay of Salona. Here, on the wall of the old city. Just at this the shore, were a few wooden houses, time it is interesting to think that this two small ships on the stocks building, city of Crissa, which is mentioned by and some lean camels stalking about, Homer, and is one of the oldest places relics of the Egyptian army at the time in Greece, was originally a colony from of the invasion of Greece, or descend- Crete, whence its name; and the name, ants of camels then left behind. Direct- too, of Delphi itself, was derived—such ly beyond and above rose, in abrupt is the tradition—from the legend of the slopes, the bare red mountains that dolphin that guided these Cretan colostood about Delphi, with the little town nists hither back again to Greece thus of Crissa halfway up the mountainous establishing pretty ancient relationships ascent. Somewhere here on the coast, between Crete and Greece. It is, in perhaps on the other side of the Bay of fact, the old Doric blood, the same Salona, was once the ancient Cirrha, blood that ran at Thermopylæ, which the port of Delphi, and the nearest still runs in the veins of the inhabitants landing-place to those who visited the of Crete, originally a Dorian colony, oracle. We were, in fact, here on the and who from the earliest times have most direct route to Delphi, the one been noted for their hard, unconquerable travelled by innumerable multitudes on nature. It is doubtless this Doric iron their way to the central shrine of the in their blood which enables a handful classic pagan world.
of mountaineers in that beautiful island Having here obtained mules, and to resist successfully the whole force piled carpets and cloaks upon them for that the Turkish empire is able to send saddles, we started for Delphi; first against them. Freedom is an ineradipassing through a noble olive-grove cable element of race. Nothing more extending for miles, and the largest one strongly proves that the Greeks are not that I saw in Greece, with the exception Orientals, as some have argued, than of the groves in the plain of Attica. this spirit of freedom which has always The pale-green leaf of the olive gives a showed in the Greek nature, whether very characteristic coloring to the Greek cultivated or wild. I confess that I landscape, especially in the neighbor- have no sympathy with the fanciful hood of Athens; and it is as different theories which ascribe an Asiatic origin from any other tint of green as possible, to the Greeks; and I contend that toning down the landscape to quiet and though they have received important sober colors. With the dull-red or gray influences from the East, yet that the barren rock and the delicate tints of the old Grecian stock has lived on these sky, it may have done something (or is mountains and in these valleys of Hellas it a mere fancy ?) to form the exquisite far beyond the time of authentic histaste and moderation of the Greek tory, and that it differs morally, intelmind, which so disliked strong con- lectually, and physically, heaven-wide, trasts and rude abruptness. Emerging from the Asiatic and Aryan nations. from the olive-grove, we traversed what The Hellenic and Oriental cultures must have been the Cirrhean or Cris acted upon and played into each other, sean plains, wbich were once so rich a but they never became mingled, even portion of the possessions of the temple after Alexander's conquest, which inof Delphi, until, a little way up the foot fused a new civilization into Asia ; and of the mountain which really forms the still there is going on the same conflict lowest base of Mt. Parnassus, command between the two races as of old, and ing a view of the ancient Vale of Am will not end until the free spirit of phissa, now the Vale of Salona, we Greece has driven the absolutistic and came to the village of Chrisso, which servile Oriental out of Europe, back into stands nearly upon the site of ancient Central Asia, whence he came. Crissa. Here I drank of a spring once After a much steeper and more toil