the catacombs. Max glanced at the white face of Helen Cumberly,
In accordance with this determination, he resisted the strong temptation of walking by her side the whole distance home after church. He only received . the intelligence she brought respecting the panel with thanks, spoke a few words about the weather, bowed, and was gone. Ruth believed she should never see him again; and, in spite of sundry self-upbraidings for her folly, she could not help feeling as if a shadow were drawn over her existence for several days to come.
Mrs. Mason was a widow, and had to struggle for th. sake of the six or seven children left dependent on her exertions; thus there was some reason, and great excuse, for the pinching economy which regulated her household affairs.
On Sundays she chose to conclude that all her apprentices had friends who would be glad to see them to dinner, and give them a welcome reception for the remainder of the day; while she, and those of her children who were not at school, went to spend the day at her father's house, several miles out of the town. Accordingly, no dinner was cooked on Sundays for the young workwomen; no fires were lighted in any rooms to which they had access. On this morning they breakfasted in Mrs. Mason's own parlour, after which the room was closed against them through the day by some understood, though unspoken prohibition.
What became of such as Ruth, who had no home and no friends in that large, populous, desolate town? She had hitherto commissioned the servant, who went to market on Saturdays for the family, to buy her a bun or biscuit, whereon she made her fasting dinner in the deserted workroom, sitting in her walking-dress to keep off the cold, which clung to her in spite of shawl and bonnet. Then she would sit at the window, looking out on the dreary prospect till her eyes were often blinded by tears; and, partly to shake off thoughts and recollections, the indulgence in which she felt to be productive of no good, and partly to have some ideas to dwell upon during the coming week beyond those suggested by the constant view of the same room she would carry her Bible, and place herself upon the window-seat on the wide landing, which commanded the street in front of the house. From thence she could see the irregular grandeur of the place; she caught a view of the grey church-tower, rising hoary and massive into mid-air; she saw one or two figures loiter along on the sunny side of the street, in all the enjoyment of their fine clothes and Sunday leisure; and she imagined histories for them, and tried to picture to herself their homes and their daily doings.
And, before long, the bells swung heavily in the church-tower, and struck out with musical clang the first summons to afternoon church.
After church was over, she used to return home to the same window-seat, and watch till the winter twilight was over and gone, and the stars came out over the black masses of houses. And then she would steal down to ask for a candle, as a companion to her in the deserted workroom. Occasionally the servant would bring her up some tea; but of late Ruth had declined taking any, as she had discovered she was robbing the kind-hearted creature of part of the small provision left out for her by Mrs. Mason. She sat on, hungry and cold, trying to read her Bible, and to think the old holy thoughts which had been her childish meditations at her mother's knee, until one after another the apprentices returned, weary with their day's enjoyment and their week's late watching; too weary to make her in any way a partaker of their pleasure by entering into details of the manner in which they had spent their day.
And, last of all, Mrs. Mason returned; and, summoning her "young people" once more into the parlour, she read a prayer before dismissing them to bed. She always expected to find them all in the house when she came home, but asked no questions as to their proceedings through the day; perhaps because she dreaded to hear that one or two had occasionally nowhere to go to, and that it would be sometimes necessary to order a Sunday's dinner, and leave a lighted fire on that day.
For five months Ruth had been an inmate at Mrs. Mason's; and such had been the regular order of the Sundays. While the forewoman stayed there, it is true, she was ever ready to give Ruth the little variety of hearing of recreations in which she was no partaker; and, however tired Jenny might be at night, she had ever some sympathy to bestow on Ruth for the dull length of day she had passed. After her departure, the monotonous idleness of the Sunday seemed worse to bear than the incessant labour of the work-days; until the time came when it seemed to be a recognised hope in her mind, that on Sunday afternoons she should see Mr. Bellingham, and hear a few words from him as from a friend who took an interest in her thoughts and proceedings during the past week.
- The wide heavens about her seemed to promise a greater
- less directly concerned with mines; and mines and ores
- During the greater part of our stay of a week the sky was
- at Punta Gorda, the remains consisted of seven or eight
- said that his boys were resting and gaining strength after
- lava, thrown into the most rugged waves, and crossed by
- as might have been expected in an equatorial district.
- latter orders have in all parts of the world. We shall
- was the especial pride and joy of My Dear and Meriem. The
- having never heard of it in their time. Dr. Unanùe
- being only one intermediate species, with a beak of the
- and well deserves attention. Most of the organic productions
- Behind a great flowering shrub Hanson lay gazing at the
- perpendicular. We here have unequivocal evidence that a
- climate effected by the elevation of the land must have
- present day, with the advantage of beasts of burden, a
- the leadership of each to men whom he believed that he
- subject to this visitation than others. Dr. Unanùe
- one must have remarked how mud-banks, left by the retiring
- part of the Pampas, a native mouse living in the roof of
- the moving ray. Inhaling sibilantly, Max leaped after her.
- and stones were flying along the ground. The day was cloudless,
- this group of finches, mingled together in flocks, feed
- in catching tortoises, whilst the others were fishing on
- at our arrival, and said one to the other, “This is the
- had broken open, during the same night, the two churches,
- vegetation, subsist in considerable numbers in very desert
- of South America has been elevated near the coast at least
- resources were at an end; it must be another's work to
- from Bow Island, in the Low Archipelago. Of Cactornis the
- over dry and coarse sand causes a peculiar chirping noise
- about four and a half miles inland, and at a height probably
- and other comforts. At Caylen, the most southern island,
- reptiles, surrounded by the black lava, the leafless shrubs,
- near the Tambillos or at the Incas Bridge, or in the Portillo
- a newly built hovel, and therefore its transportation in
- to peer through the fog ahead, he turned and descended
- a greater difficulty) that man has inhabited South America
- had arrived. Although a valley of the grandest dimensions,
- country. He told me that a conjecture of a change of climate
- fowls, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, and cattle; the order
- must be in the whole archipelago at least two thousand
- these buildings had been places of refuge, built by the
- latter orders have in all parts of the world. We shall
- forest, and utters very peculiar noises) has not cried
- The day was overpoweringly hot, and the lake looked clear
- and (if Mr. Gould is right in including his sub-group,
- of water would probably be formed in this great valley;
- mud-banks as the tide falls. They occasionally possess
- somewhat like that of a starling, and that of the fourth