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adapted for concealment. A longish time precious, and, after a hasty discussion, elapsed ere Miss Webster returned; and they again dispersed through the rooms. then the party were quickly dispersed Now it so happened that one of the through the rooms, looking into every young ladies dropped into a chair in possible and many impossible nooks and the hall, and sat there thinking when the coroers. Every likely place had been others were gone. Her reveries were sudtried, and still no sign of the missing one. denly disturbed as soon as the rest had He was not under any of the beds, nor in departed, by a rustling close to her, and any of the cupboards, nor was he up the the apparition of a pair of legs which chimneys, which had been duly peeped appeared with a sigh of relief from under into, although no sane person would be a cloak suspended on the wall; the alarm likely to select them for retreats. Half was given, and a second time Harry was the allotted time had expired, when Ada found before the quarter had expired. Bradford's little spaniel attracted atten. He had chosen this time a position rather tion, by passing in and out under one difficult to maintain - from hooks driven of the beds with a stifled bark, and in into the wall were suspended several great evident excitement. The dog was quickly coats, cloaks, &c., but as none of them removed as an unsuitable playmate; but reached the ground, it was not suspected the hint thus given was not, of course, that any of them could be used for con. neglected; still no one was seen beneath cealment. Harry, however, being musthe bed, and its flatness allayed any suspi- cular, though light of weight, had concion of a person being possibly concealed trived to suspend himself by the arms in the bedding. The dog was beginning from one of the hooks behind one of the to get abused as an erring guide when pendent cloaks, and, drawing up his legs, one of the party, a slim boy, got right was enabled to keep himself invisible under the bed, and gave the "view-halo!" during the short period that the searchers

The bedstead supported a spring mat were in the hall. tress, and, on looking up from beneath, When the sound of their voices died the form of Harry Webster was dimly away, he was only too glad to be relieved seen through the wooden laths of the of the strain, and suffered his feet to mattress, the springs of which, by their touch the floor, unconscious that one of yielding to his weight, prevented his form the party remained behind. Twice now being seen or felt through the feather-bed he had been discovered within the preand wool-mattress under which he lay. scribed period, and only one more chance Cramped and dusty, he emerged from the remained. After resting while one or hiding-place, declaring that his discovery two of the others had their turn-who was due to the dog, and that he ought to were very soon unearthed-Harry Webhave the chance over again. The plea ster left them for the third and last time. was overruled, but it was agreed that the Greater preparations seemed to be made, animal should not again be admitted to and the party were getting out of patience the game.

at the delay, when Laura Webster reAfter a short period of rest and discus-turned to announce that the search might sion young Webster started afresh, and commence, giving out, as before, the time in a little while the searchers were again by watch, that the hunt might not be summoned to the hunt. Again the same prolonged beyond the assigned limit. round of hiding-places, with the same ill Every hiding-place was again scrutinized, success; beds and bedsteads were scru- every receptacle that could, by any possipulously examined, though no one ex- bility, shelter a human being, and many pected the same trick would be played that certainly could not. Beds and cloaks twice; but this time it was evident that especially were very carefully gone over; po human being was concealed in any of drawers were opened, and boxes peeped them. No trace of the hidden one re-into, which could not have accommodated warded a careful search, and the party the smallest boy; but all without success. returned to the hall, puzzled to think A second time was every room gone over, of another hiding-place; still time was I each searcher ascertaining for himself,



and no one trusting the eyes of another; succumbed at the rate of from 21 to 23 per but with no better success. Finding eyes 1,000 ; wine-merchants, publicans and useless, it was suggested to try the power waiters, porters and messengers, at the of ears, and taking a hint from the last rate of from 24 to 26 per 1000; blacksmiths search, one of the party was stationed in and gas fitters, painters and glaziers, dyers, each room, listening in dead silence for in 1000; cabmen, draymen, ostlers, car

barg men and watermen, at from 28 to 30 any slight sound that might give a clue to men, and stablekeepers, at the rate of 31 the whereabouts of the missing ; but this per 1000; clerks and needlewomen, at the plan succeeded no better than the other rate of from 34 to 5 per 1000; and, lastly, not a breath or movement was detected, the harder working classes of carpenters, and each was convinced that his room at masons, and labourers, at from 43 to 35 per least was tenanted by no one but himself. 100. In comparative longevity, while The allotted time was drawing near its the mean age of death in all London among end, when one more search was tried, adult males is a little less than 51 years, almost in despair, and proving, like the the merchant, shopkeeper, and domestic others, a failure ; many declared their servant, will live to be 57 years old; the

butcher, poulterer, and fishmonger, about conviction, as Miss Webster announced 53, and most of the other classes from 50 the expiration of the time, that a trick to 52 ; though the painter, dyer, costerhad been played, and that Harry was not monger, hawker, bargeman and waterman, in any of the chosen rooms. Indignant survive only from 48 to 49; the printer at the suggestion, his sister called to him and compositor to but from 45, and the from the passage where all was standing, baker and confectioner only to 42. Among and his voice immediately replied from females, the difference of occupation is not one of the rooms. Failing to find him so striking, except in the cases of the wives even then, he was called on to declare living to the

mean age of 55, die at 49, and

of cabmen and publicans, who, instead of himself, when a laugh sounded over their the p or needlewoman, who sinks into the heads, and his face peered from the top of grave at the average age of 40. The mean a large four-post bed, grinning with de-age at death of adult males in the city is light at his success, with which his sister 51, and of females, 55. In all England it is was even more excited. As the frail 60 and 61; so that in one case about 9 dimity covering could not possibly gustain years is taken from the lifetime, and in the his weight, it was explained to the won other about 6.” dering party that a board of suitable length had been placed along the top

SONG FOR APRIL. of the bed, to which he had climbed with

Tub swallows in their torpid state the aid of garden-steps, and, lying along Compose their useless wing, it, he was perfectly screened from the And bees in hives as idly wait observation of any in the room. The

The call of early spring. ingenuity of the contrivance was praised,

The keenest frost that binds the stream,

The wildest wind that blows, and he was declared by all to have fully Are neither felt nor fear'd by them, borne out the boast of his sister.

Secure of their repose.

But man, all feeling and awake,

The gloomy scene surveys:

With present ills his heart must ache INFLUENCE OF OCCUPATION ON THE

And pant for brighter days. DURATION OF LIFE.-In his able" Annual Old Winter, halting o'er the mead, Review” of the health of London, Dr.

Bids me and Mary mourn; Letheby gives the following interesting

But lovely Spring peeps o'er his head,

And whispers your return. summary of the influence of employments on life, as calculated from the official re

Then April, with her sister May,

Shall chase him from the bowers, turns in the city of London. “Thus," he

And weave fresh garlauds every day, says, " butchers, poulterers, and fish

To crown the smiling hours. mongers, shopkeepers, and merchants,

And if a tear, that speaks regret have died at the rate of only 15 to 16 in

Of happier times, appear, 1000, while tailors and weavers, shoe

A glimpse of joy, that we have met makers, printers and compositors, have Shall shine, and dry the tear.


SITTING alone by the fire,
Is embers cold and long forsaken,'

All alone and dreary,
Long lain cold and dead,
A stray spark will the warmth awaken,

Dreaming of olden times
Recall the brightness fled :

Till his very thoughts are weary ; In harps whose strings familiar fingers

Watching the curling smoke Touch and thrill no more,

That goes from his pipe to the ceiling;

Wa'ching the shadows strange Neglected melody still lingers

Which the dim firelight keeps revealing,
In slumber as before.

Smoking, sits a man,
What strange chance led my footsteps hither, The fire on his face gleaming,
Turned my careless eye,

A face so pale and sad,
Glancing about hither and thither

Still young, yet so old seeming. And almost passing by

His look is so carewornThis face, which to my hidden feeling

(His meerschaum is old, and quaintly Somehow wins its way,

Carred around the bowl) — And brings forgotten memories stealing

He sings, and his voice sounds faintly Round my heart-strings to play?

In that gloomy old room, Roses and lilies blent in meeting

With no light but the fire's gleamingOn a peach-like cheek;

He sings, as he smokes his pipe, Lips ruddy, each from each retreating

In sorrowful tones, half dreaming :As if they fain would speak,

"I'm sad and lonely. I know not what Seeming half tremulous with emotion; Teeth like shining pearls

Makes me sing this song. The night is dreary; Brown eyes, unquiet and deep as ocean

But drearier far than this dismal night,

And sadder still than the dim firelight,
Brown hair, in careless curls.

Am I; for my heart is weary.
But how can words tell the beseeching
Of this silent eye?

"I might have had friends. The few I've got Which knows not love while love 'tis teaching, Are so but in name; and dreaming Scorns me, yet keeps me nigh,

Of olden times, when I was a child,
Looking me through with such keen yearning- Long lost old faces, so good and mild,
Thirsting for my tears?

Once more on me seem beaming.
I know its meaning well : the learning
Embitter'd two long years!

" I might have had fame; it seemed my lot.

I dream'd of a great name making;
Warm words breathed into ears which listen'd,
Words which echoes found;

But hopes were raised to fall again,
Fond gazings into eyes which glisten'd,

And promises were made; in pain Then droop'd and sought the ground,

I thought, but finding 'twas in vain, While the low voice made sweet


I dropp'd each undertaking. How love longed to be

“I might have been honoured ; and yet I'm not, Held in some keeper's sure possession

I only loved once; and turning Poor dreamer, not by me!

To those days, I once more behold I was but as the faint reflection

My own dear love 'ere she was soldOf one loved far more;

She married someone for his gold, My voice but woke the recollection

My love so coldly spurning.

; My eyes and his with lovelit brightness “I might have been happy. I'm not! I'm not ! Told the self-same tale :

For something keeps revealing
She cared not for me, then, with lightness, The past to me - the things I've seen-
Tore off at length the veil.

The days that have so wasted been,

Till thoughts, from which naught can me wean,
Bat now, this rival's heart has alter'd
Forsooth, ber wealth is lost;

Come o'er my senses stealing.
She told me, and her atterance falterid, "Some day I shall die, and soon forgot
How she must count the cost :

By all I shall be ; yet grioving.
And she, poor girl, for love is longing-
Love will overflow;

I don't think I am; for maybe I'll find,

If my life be blameless, that heaven so kind And I-oh, dare I loose these thronging

Will be my sad soul receiving."
Hopes that to her will go ?
Dare I my last best love re-anchor

So, as he smoked, he sung,
In this shifting sand ?

Till the night was far advancing, Dare 1 permit my soul to hanker

And the laughing beams of the setting sun For once-forbidden land?

Came through the window dancing. Oh, pictur'd face, so like the real,

Then, tired out, he slept; Wonld that thy lips could speak!

And still in his sleep was dreaming Art thou indeed the true ideal

of the things he had thought when awake, Which thus perplex'd I seek?

While the sun o'er his face was streaming. EDWARD W. H.


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the heavy rains or winds, and shelter those Now place sticks to every plant or stalk flowers which are in the borders as well as requiring support. Some evergreeng may you can. yet be removed—as laurels, laurustinus, Portugal laurel, cisti, arbutus, magnolias,

FRUIT. pyracanthus; propagate auriculas, by slipping off their suckers and offsets. Sow

PEACH and nectarine blossoms should be carnations and polyanthus seed still; sow, protected, as in the month of March. Thin also, perennial and biennial seeds. Where apricots where they are produced too thick. any perennial or biennial fibrous-rooted New-grafted trees should now be often towers are wanted, transplant them only looked over. Water strawberry plants frein the first week of this month, and they quently in dry weather. must have each a good ball of earth attached to them. Every sort of annual may now be sown. Take care of your hyacinths, tulips, ranunculuses, and anemones now, ANGELICA, sow. Artichokes, plant. for they will be hastening into bloom. Asparagus, sow, plant, force in' hotbed. Place your auriculas and hyacinths which Beans, plant and hoe. Beet, sow. Boremay be in pot in a sheltered place during cole, sow, prick out seedlings, leave for


seed. Broccoli, sow, prick out seedlings. I is necessary they should be kept full of Cabbages, plant, prick out seedlings, sow, vigour, and with a free circulation of sap earth up advancing crops. Carrots, sow, in the foliage. As for the rest, the bloom weed Cauliflowers, plant out from glasses, stems are cut off just before the lowest of prick out seedlings, sow. Celery, sow, the flowers; the balls are turned out comearth up, and dress old plantations. Cu- plote; and if the crocks cannot be removed cumber, sow, prick out seedlings, ridge without injuring the roots, they are allowed out. Cress, sow. Endive, sow. Fennel, to remain, and the bulbs are planted with sow or plant Garlic, plant. Horseradish, their roots entire, and the crown of the plant. Hyssop, sow and plant. Jerusalem bulb about three inches below the surface. artichokes, plant. Kale, sow and plant. They may be crowded very close together, Kidney beans, attend to in hotbeds. Leeks, but not to the injury of one ball in opening $ow, leave for seed. Lettuces, sow, plant a hole for the next. After a good watering, out from frames, prick out seedlings, tie up the lights are drawn up, and the plants are those of advanced growth. Lavender, kept rather close until mild moist weather plant. Mint, plant. Melons, sow, prick sets in ; then the lights are taken off, and out, ridge out, attend to advancing crops. kept off; and as soon as the leaves turn Mustard and' cress, sow, leave for seed. yellow, cease to water, and in due time the Make mushroom bed. Nasturtiums, sow. bulbs get well roasted, and ripen perfectly. Onions, sow. Potatoes, plant. Parsnips, The whole management turns upon this, 80w, hand-weed advancing crops. Peas, to keep up root and leaf action from the Sow, hoe, stick advancing crops. Radishes, time the blooms are over till the bulbs 80w, thin advancing crops.

naturally go to rest. Then let that rest be perfect. Leave them perfectly dry, and let the sun have full effect on them, and

the bulbs will come out of the soil hard and HTACINTHS OUT OF BLOOM.

sound. We treat in this way those that PEOPLE who have paid good prices for have flowered in water as well as those good bulbs are generally reluctant to con- that have had a better chance in pots filled sign them to the rubbish heap when they with a generous compost. have bloomed out; yet in many cases the In September prepare a bed, which must bulbs are so badly treated while pushing be deep, well' drained, and consist of about into bloom that the best advise to their equal parts of loam, leaf-mould, sand, and possessors would be “throw them away." rotten dung: Plant all your bulbs in this But there is no good reason why any and bed five inches deep from the crown of the every bulb used for ornamental purposes bulb to the surface of the bed. There let should be lost, or should be so far injured them take care of themselves. Wherever as to be scarcely worth recovering, or bloom-spikes rise, nip them away, with should fail not only to bloom again, to the exception of one flower to each. This contribute to the general stock some offsets one flower allow to expand. These bulbs of itself.

will all be taken up and stored away in a As soon as our first batch of hyacinths dry cool place when they have again shows signs of decline, prepare a bed in finished their growth in the following June which to plant them out in a frame. The or July, and when the leaves are quite bed should consist of rotten dung, turned dead they may be lifted without danger. over and mixed with any dry litter, such The largest and hardest may be potted, or 23 waste straw, fern, leaves, &c. It is put in glasses, for the next season's bloom; made up in good bulk, and soiled over with and the smallest and softest should be a foot depth of light garden soil of any planted out again in the same sort of soil as kind, mixed with a fourth part of rotten before, to give them another chance of remadure. Three or four days after making cruiting their energies. up the bed a gentle heat is produced, and English grown hyacinths are as good as on thrusting the hand into the soil it is those grown by Dutchmen, when done found to be much warmer within than properly. Grow them in a bed, as just without. Hyacinths that have been grown advised, two seasons in succession-allowsingly, and have had the comfort of glass ing no bloom except one or so on each, to and artificial heat, ought not to be turned prove them, and they will be as strong as out in the open ground, to be buffeted by imported bulbs. From the day they show east winds and chilled by the cold soil; leaves they should have water in dry weatherefore give them a bed slightly warmed, ther, and after the first week in April

, to prevent a check at the moment when it weak manure water should be given plenti


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