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and found them sitting together; and his supercilious look of reproach gave me, as I supposed, a key, of which I determined to avail myself. A A few days placed me on a footing of privileged intimacy with my niece, who seemed to indemnify her*self by kindness to me for her restraint elsewhere; and taking her arm within mine for a long walk, one bright frosty morning, I ventured to hint that I did not think the air of England seemed altogether to agree with her husband. I was delighted to feel the start with which she received this observation.
"Do you really think so?" said she, stopping and looking earnestly up in my face.
"Oh! perhaps," said I, wishing to touch another chord, "it may be only something on his spirits; he is certainly not so happy, as, with all he has to make him so," kindly pressing her arm," methinks he ought to be !"
My fair companion grew very pale; and her lips were compressed as with the effort of one, determined to be silent, coute qui coute.
"I seek not to intrude on your confidence, my dear niece," said 1; "mine is, alas! no idle curiosity. Philip is my only brother's only son, and his mother was once the object of a boyish passion, which it nearly cost me life to subdue."
"His mother!" exclaimed Lady Jane, scarce conscious of the abruptness of her interruption; "I always thought" then suddenly aware of the delicate ground on which she was treading, the sweet girl blushed, and hesitatingly added-" I had understood the object of your youthful affection was removed to a better world."
"You heard but the truth, my dear niece," replied I, with a sigh. "She to whom my heart has ever remained indissolubly united, is indeed no more; but the attachment I felt for her was but enhanced and deepened by contrast with the meteor blaze of passion which preceded it."
"Did you really love twice-and
so soon? For you were but young, I have heard, when you lost your intended bride ?"-And this recently married young creature hung on my reply as if worlds depended on its tenor.
"I did, indeed, Lady Jane, if love's sacred name could be usurped by idle, frantic, unrequited passion! But such as it was, it melted before a steadier and holier flame, as a feverish dream flies before morning's fresh invigorating breeze."
"There is hope for me yet, then !” exclaimed my young companion, no longer repressing the tears which injured pride had long forbidden to flow.
"Hope ?" said I, " and of what ?” for I could not yet divine where lurked the demon fatal to her peace.
"That Philip may love me in time, in spite of his early and mad attachment to the Italian girl his mother rescued from taking the veil, and whom, but for her and my cousin Charles, he would have married."
The whole mystery, as it regarded my niece, was now unravelled; jealousy accounted for all her dissembled coldness, but whether any trace of entanglement still combated, in my nephew's breast, his evident attachment to his bride, I could not be quite certain. I, however, felt sufficiently confident of the contrary, to cheer her heart with assurances of the genuine and unfeigned affection I had remarked in his conduct towards her.
"Oh, he is very, very kind; but when, some weeks after our marriage, I received the cruel Vittoria's letter, invoking curses on my head, and boasting of the indelible hold she possessed over Philip's perjured heart, I thought I should have died. I flew and upbraided my cousin with his knowledge of this prior attachment; he confessed it, but, while he gloried in having assisted to break it off, and affected to treat it with scorn, he warned me how I revived a slumbering spark by any sentimental allusions or unguarded dis
closure; assuring me, from his knowledge of Philip's temper, that I could only acquire or maintain a hold on his affections by a dignified reserve, the most opposite to the jealous transports which had at length weaned him from my foreign rival. He told me my husband was romantic to excess, and that romance in a wife would be the bane of his happiness and hers; that amusement and dissipation were the only cure for his melancholy, and seeing me admired by others, the likeliest mode of fixing his truant affections on myself." "Poor child!" said I, almost unconsciously, as this highly born and highly gifted creature wept in agony on my shoulder, "by what machinations has thy peace been invaded and thy innocence endangered! Such invidious counsel could have had but one object, to estrange thee from the most affectionate of hearts, and cast thee for comfort on the most artful of seducers!"
Just then, I saw approaching, but at the further extremity of the long avenue we were entering, the husband so nearly about to become a prey to this deep-laid plot against his peace. Burning to dispel, without the loss of a moment, the remaining clouds of misapprehension between two young and amiable beings, I requested my niece to step aside, and pursue her walk, screened from observation behind the high yew hedge of the approach, while I went forward alone to meet my nephew. I quickened my pace, and joined him almost instantly. "Philip," said I, "am I right in supposing that your evident dejection is occasioned by doubts of your young bride's affection "-He looked up, and sighed assent.
"What, then, if I inform you that her coldness proceeds from far better founded misgivings; lest, in of fering her your hand, a heart should not have been yours to bestow?-I need only name Vittoria, and say that Lady Jane knows all, to account at once for her injured pride and wounded feelings!"
"Does she indeed know all ?" said Philip, looking up with the air of one rather relieved than disconcerted." It was not my fault she knew not from the first that I once childishly imagined loveliness of mind and person must be found united; and woke from the delusion to bless my escape from the toils of an incarnate fiend."
As he spoke, I caught a glimpse of a white veil, and, by an emphatic cough, warned my fair neighbour to remain, justly supposing that to overhear such unsuspected testimony to her sole empire in her husband's heart, would be worth volumes of direct assurances.
"Would I were as sure," continued he, "of my place in Lady Jane's pure and spotless bosom, as that mine has long ceased to feel aught but contempt or pity for the shameless being, whose own rude hand dispelled the illusion, which a romantic history, a fair form, and consummate art, had cast around rashness, levity, and, I fear, guilt!"
"Thank God! it is, as I hoped, my dear Philip, on your side," said I;" and I think I may venture to assure you that half what you have told me will suffice to give to the smiles of your bride a warmth and sunshine, amid which that of Italy will never be missed."
He shook his head incredulously, and sighing, exclaimed, “What would I not give to see them on her own dear lips!"
We were near an opening in the old rugged yew hedge; I suddenly drew my nephew within it, and the fair listener stood confessed. The tears of joy, irradiated by such a blush, and such a smile as I have seldom seen but on the cheek of a daughter of England. "Give her your confidence, Philip," said I; "can you doubt further ?"
"Give me your pardon, my dear husband," said she, as he flew towards her, "for being an involuntary, but oh! a blessed listener!—It was your uncle—”
"Who has made me the happiest
won't you, till a few more comforts are added to our home, to make it all that an English home should be?"
I carried them with me in triumph. I introduced them at Dunbarrow to the worthy and the wise among their compatriots. I saw at my own tranquil fireside their once threatened wedded bliss assume the imperishable hues of eternity. I saw, not only without reluctance, but with delight, a youthful figure in my mother's sacred chair, and a second Emma beneath the picture of my sainted bride. They staid, only to grow too dear; they left me, at length, to know, for the first time, what it truly is TO BE ALONE.
SPEAK but of foreign lands-and see The child of nature wand'ring free; The wild-wood hunter fearless press On through the trackless wilderness:
And shuddering trace the lonely path
We think upon a foreign land—
The green and quiet tracks of rest That hide within the forest's breast, That stillness so profound and dread: Ne'er broke by human voice nor tread :
We see the gorgeous flowers, that none, Save the lone Indian, looks upon;
And hear the bird with wild-cry wake The night-hush of the forest-brake.
'Tis thus yet foreign lands and seas
Oh, many a noble heart is laid
River, and sea, and flowery isle,
Alas! for this Affection pales,
Imitated from the Russian of Lomonosor.
Ox-like a ship amid the sea,
On-like the eagle in his pride,
9 ATHENEUM, VOL. 9, 2d series.
On-like the lion of the waste,
On, warriors, on-through smoke and blood,
Erplanation of the References. 1. The Guide and Engineer, to whom the whole management of the machinery and conduct of the carriage is entrusted. Besides this man, a guard will be employed.
2. The handle which guides the Pole and
3. The Pilot Wheels. 4. The Pole.
5. The Fore Boot, for luggage.
6. The "Throttle Valve of the main steam-pipe, which, by means of the handle, is opened or closed at pleasure, the power of the steam and the progress of the carriage being thereby regulated from 1 to 10 or 20 miles per hour.
7. The Tank for Water, running from end to end, and the full breadth of the carriage; it will contain 60 gallons of water.
8. The Carriage, capable of holding six inside-passengers.
9. Outside-passengers, of which the present carriage will carry 15.
10. The Hind Boot, containing the Boiler and Furnace. The Boiler is incased with sheet-iron, and between the pipes the coke and charcoal are put, the front being closed in the ordinary way with an iron door The pipes extend from the cylindrical reservoir of water at the bottom to the cylindrical chamber for steam at the top, forming a succession of lines something like a horse-shoe, turned edgeways. The steam enters the "separators" through large pipes, which are observable on the Plan, and is thence conducted to its proper destination.
11. "Separators," in which the steam is
separated from the water, the water descending and returning to the boiler, while the steam ascends, and is forced into the steam-pipes or main arteries of the machine.
12. The Pump, by which the water is pumped from the tank, by means of a flexi. ble hose, to the reservoir, communicating with the boiler.
13. The Main Steam Pipe, descending from the "separators," and proceeding in a direct line under the body of the coach to the "throttle valve," (No. 6), and thence under the tank, to the cylinders from which the pistons work.
14. Flues of the Furnace, from which there is no smoke, coke and charcoal being used.
15. The Perches, of which there are three, conjoined, to support the machinery. 16. The Cylinders. There is one between each perch.
17. Valve Motion, admitting steam alternately to each side of the pistons.
18. Cranks, operating on the axle; at the ends of the axle are crotches (No. 21), which, as the axle turns round, catch projecting pieces of iron on the boxes of the wheels and give them the rotatory motion. The hind wheels only are thus operated upon.
19. Propellers, which, as the carriage ascends a hill, are set in motion, and move like the hind legs of a horse, catching the ground, and then forcing the machine forward, increasing the rapidity of its motion, and assisting the steam power.
20. The Drag, which is applied to increase the friction on the whcel in going
down a hill. This is also assisted by diminishing the pressure of the steam-or, if necessary, inverting the motion of the wheels.
21. The Clutch, by which the wheel is sent round.
R. GOLDSWORTHY GUR
riments, during the last two years,
22. The Safety Valve, which regulates the proper pressure of the steam in the pipe.
23. The Orifice for filling the tank. This is done by means of a flexible hose and a funnel, and occupies but a few seconds.
would be, the bursting of one of
A contemporary journal illustrates Mr. Gurney's invention by the following analogy" It will appear not a little singular that Mr. Gurney, who was educated a medical mau, has actually made the construction of the human body, and of animals in general, the model of his invention. His reservoirs of steam and water, or rather'separators,' as they are called, and which are seen at the end of our plate, are, as it were, the heart of his steam apparatus; the lower pipes of the boiler are the arteries, and the upper pipes the veins. The water, which is the substitute for blood, is first sent from the reservoirs into the pipes-the operation of fire soon produces steam, which ascends through the pipes to the upper part of the reservoir, carrying with it portion of water into the separators, which of course descends to the lower part, and returns to fill the pipes which have been exhausted by the evaporation of the steam-the steam above pressing it down with an elastic force, so as to keep the arteries or pipes constantly full, and preserve a regular circulation.
In the centre
of the separators are perforated steam pipes, which ascend nearly to the tops, these tops being of course