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in the Bois to Laurence Coster. If I had not of my travels. A few copies sold, just sufficient heard you so speak, madame,” he went on, “I to pay the publishers and produce me a pittance, had not spoken of myself to you; but, as a at which I blushed as I received it. Neverthestruggler in the thorny path—a humble one in- less I was subsequently induced to undertake deed, but yet as tender skinned as any–I felt what seemed so necessary a work in a commerthat you would understand me; and not feel cial city, that though the prosecution of it was géned by this little history of myself.” “On like a penance for having deserted the flowery the contrary," I replied, "you interest me fields of poesy and romance I completed it, and amazingly, but you have not yet told me all. expected to realize by its sale the reward of my Why, with your education and talents, did you industry and painful calculations; but another set yourself down in this seemingly torpid place, publisher had, in the meanwhile, learned his instead of moving to the capital, where lan- rival's intention, and while mine was passing guages are in request, and where, amongst its through the press forestalled its appearance bý numerous publishers, you might have found a work almost similar. It was an elaborate employment as a translator?” Ah! madame, little volume, with the value of the coins of your usages are so different from ours, that you every country, accurately calculated, and exwill be surprised to hear that, even without a changed into the Dutch currency, and but for competitor, and in the privacy of this quiet the circumstance I have mentioned, might have town, I run the risk of fines and imprisonment been universally popular in merchants' ofices, for teaching without a licence. Self-acquired and at the Bourse. By the time it appeared, knowledge in this country has no recognised however, every opening was supplied, and some claim to propagate itself, at least at present. hundred copies lie moulding on the bookseller's In six months' time the prohibition will be shelves, at Amsterdam. My history of Haarlem, taken off, thanks to the more liberal spirit that a speculation of an entirely private nature, has has recently crept in amongst us, but hitherto shared as hopeless a fate; for English travellers, wanting the certificates of the schools, and the for whom it was compiled, now come armed necessary formula of having past certain exam- with “Murray's Guide Book,” which gives inations, I have only been enabled to give them as much information as they usually relessons secretly—a state of things that neces- quire, more indeed than the time they commonly sarily cramps not only one's exertions, but even spend here allows them to make use of. You will their remuneration; and some people, knowing not, therefore, be surprised to hear that I have how one is situated, square their economy by entirely abjured literature.” “She appears to our condition—a saving of a few. guilders have treated you with even more than her usual being with the majority of more consideration harshness," I said. “And in return, madame," than social justice. Four lads come to my cried the " Commissionaire,” gaily, “I have house twice a day to take lessons, and I have grown indifferent to her ; teaching and my combesides two private tuitions; but ostensibly my missions pay me much better; and in another su occupation is that of a “Commissionaire," a months, when I shall be enabled to set up school, I situation never of my own choosing, but which shall be as happy as it is possible for a man has grown out of necessity. There is not in who knows he has but a limited time to live." the twenty-six thousand inhabitants of Haarlem I looked at his thin hand, and pain-worn face, more than two or three English persons, and and thought that after the story he had told me, only one other who imperfectly understands the these might be accounted for without physical language; the consequence is, that my towns- disease; but I recollected what Madame Hygh men unanimously fixed upon me to be the in: had said, and he went on to explain to me, that terpreter between them and their visitors, and he had been suffering for a long period, from a whenever an English traveller arrived, he was cureless and terrible form of spinal complaint, either guided hither from his inn, or I was sent which occasioned the marrow to shrink inch by for to point out whatever was worth notice, and inch, so that his very days were counted; two give such other information as was desired. years he said was the utmost the physicians said Unhappily I had compiled a little History of he could live-yet there he sat telling me with a Haarlem, which thus pointed me out to my placid look the incidents of his life's history. townsmen as having the most to say about it. “ It is quite true, Madame," he continued, Well, madame, this sort of involuntary re- “that I love the delicious wood of Haarlem, sponsibility to amuse and be the mouthpiece of and the fresh air, and my children's voices, and travellers to the town, very often broke in upon my wife's kind face, and these my pleasant com my other engagements, and as up to this time a panions (pointing to the book-case), far too false delicacy had stood in the way of its being well to wish to die; but if it be God's will I am as serviceable to me as it might have been content, even in knowing my appointed time; and, besides that, I needed the cover of some I am better off than those who are snatched ostensible calling-I made np my mind to be away without warning. I have put my few come in name what I had long been virtually, worldly affairs in order, and if, as you kindly and to accept for my children's sake the gra- suggest, there may be hope for me out of the tuities incidental to the office; but previously, power of the physicians to foretell, I have but my dear lady, I had tried my fortune as an to live so that I shall not fear to die to be preauthor, and had failed. Poetry and the legends pared in any case.” “You are happy, indeed," of my land were exchanged for the recollections | I said checking my emotion, “to look upon so sad a subject so patiently." "Ah, Madame,” they know nothing, and hope so much. Ah! answered the good man, "where would be voila! I must be excused, if you please, madame; the use of my kicking against a destiny so in- they are come. My daughters will walk with evitable, and to which however long we put you round the boulevards ;” and as an expresit off, we must all come! My days will have sion of the most intense suffering passed over heen but few, and, if I had not early called his face as he attempted to rise, madame stepped philosophy to my aid, I might have added full forward and assisted him.

When I of trouble; but I have learned to judge my own returned to take my farewell

, as I had promised, circumstances by those of other people, and you I found the “Commissionaire" propped up do not know, dear madame, what a balance of with cushions in an arm chair, smoking at the blessings this sort of reasoning occasionally head of a table covered with books, translations, leaves us. It was sorrowful indeed to be the &c., with a group of merry-looking faces about cause of bringing that good woman (looking him, as full of intelligence as fun.. He had with proud affection at his wife, who had just been making notes for me in my absence of all returned, and had seated herself near me) into that he thought would interest me in the meall the troubles my changed position has im- moirs of the town, and so grateful and delighted posed upon her ; but her own cheerful temper were these good people with the sympathy one and brave heart has made them light, where must have been hard indeed to have withheld another disposition would have rendered them from them, that it was only by stratagem I unendurable. As for my children, they have could impose the douceur that the “Commisnever known any other station; they are good sionaire" had earned. Very often since I have and happy-may God keep them so !-and for brought back the physiognomies of the finemyself I perceive, though things have gone looking Dutchwoman and her sickly husband, hard with me, they might have been much as they stood together under the green boughs worse. My house is but a poor one, it is true, of their “ Zilveren Bruiloft,” wishing me God but it is not a hovel. I do not wear a fine coat, speed on my journey. Nor have I quite foryet it is not in rags : if we have not dainties, gotten the philosophy of the gentle teacher, so still we have sufficient; and though I have no modest in everything but his gift of tongues. fine acquaintance left, I have my fond wife, and And I would advise everyone, when hard tried, my gay, good-natured daughters, and three or to make essay of his happy rule, and judge four light-hearted lads, that make me young their circumstances by those of others; in a again, while I look at their sunny faces and thousand instances they too would find a balance bear their happy dreams of the world of which of blessings in their favour.




created by his physique, kept impressing upon

me by reiterated statement, that he was a plenty On dismounting at the Pyramid Cheops, I stronk (strong) Arab"-a fact I had abundant found the dragoman awaiting my arrival. He experimental evidence of, both in the ascent as had already dispatched the rest of our party up far as I went, and in the subsequent descent. As the larger pyramid, accompanied by the usual soon as I signified my readiness to begin, AbdalArab guides, or more properly speaking, helpers. lah seized fast hold of me and ascending the first To“ tell off" a guide for me was merely the series of blocks commenced to haul me up, work of a moment, as a tall, powerful, highly- another plenty stronk Arab assisting by the equipped Arab, named Abdallah, which was also, application of vis a tergo. In order to give some if memory serves me right, the name of the father adequate idea of the labour involved in this of the Prophet, stood ready to undertake the operation, and the exertion it imposed upon all direction of my climbing operations. The scanty three of us, I may mention that the vertical dress of my lithe friend allowed his muscular height of the Pyramid in question is 456 feet limbs full play, thus testifying to his physical The first course of stones is embedded in the fitness for assisting tourists in the laborious solid rock foundation to a depth of eight inches. undertaking of mounting the huge blocks of The area of the platform is about 1067 square stone, of which the pyramid is composed. Abdal- feet, each side being 32 feet 8 inches. Whether lah, not satisfied with the favourable impression the pyramid ever had a completing apex I cannot say, but if so, and built on the same scale, it would prevents my sympathizing with the fair sex in add some 20 feet, or more, to the present height. any annoyances they meet with when engaged The steps are 203 in number, the height of the in what I can scarcely consider a very lady-like first, the lowermost being over 4} feet, and then exploit. I may, however, mention that the decreasing gradually as they go up till the top is modus of the extortion in their case is, to conduct reached, where their height is rather more than them in safety to the top, if they desire it; and, a foot and a half. The largest pyramid is named when descending in the return journey, to pause after its builder Cheops, King of Egypt, and the and demand extra backshiesch. If this be paid date of its construction is said to be 900 B.C. at once the descent proceeds, but if not, the use History assigns a space of 20 years to the con- of the footstool is withheld, which rendering a struction of this gigantic pile, and further states lady still more helpless, soon brings her to terms; that it gave employment to 100,000 men. and the rascally Arab pockets an extra gratuity

, There is no reasonable doubt that the object for without having to account for it to the Shiek, or which this pyramid was constructed was that it chieftain. On descending, I of course “kept might serve as a mausoleum. The chambers in faith” with my plenty stronk Arabs, as far as the interior are cut in the solid rock, and are giving them the promised extra gratuity ; said to have contained human remains when although I must admit, that regarding it as a first entered, although only the sarcophagus sheer extortion, its amount was anything but now remains. Leaving ancient history, how commensurate with their desire. The dragoman ever, for the present, I must resume my narrative. meanwhile had not been idle, and rightly

By the time I had accomplished the ascent of divining that our eariy morning's ride and about half the pyramid's height, I found that I climbing exploits would combine to make us as had had quite enough of it. On "calling a hungry as hunters, had prepared breakfast. A halt,” my guides suspended their labours, ex- huge block of stone, one of the nethermost range pecting me to resume the ascent when sufficiently of Cheops, served as table; and a more massive rested. As soon, however, as they became aware one could not well be imagined. "Festive-board” of my intention to give up the “ Excelsior” pro- there was indeed none, but its absence did not gress, and begin the descent, they saw at once materially interfere with our enjoyment of the that without their assistance the latter would be viands provided for our entertainment. Cold still more difficult for me than the former. My chickens, sandwich-slices of bread and meat, as difficulty being the guide's opportunity, my well as freshly boiled eggs and steaming coffee

, plenty stronk friend Abdallah made it the occa- supported by loaves of Egyptian baking, made ар sion for urgently soliciting backschiesh. It was the staple components of our dejeuner sans foar, in perfect keeping with Arab cunning and chette." As our purveyor had amply provided, and cupidity to perceive that I was then in the most as we came to the repast under all the stimulating helpless position, and that “the tide in the sffairs influence of hunger, I need scarcely say, that of men,” at least so far as it regarded his hopes ample justice was done to the outspread viands. of extra reward, was at the full, and so he Breakfast having been at length cleared away, redoubled his solicitations. It was in vain that and the debris distributed among the expectant I told him that all our arrangements were in the Arabs, we proceeded to hold a consultation, or Jiands of the dragoman, that the latter had, more- palaver,” as the Indian tribes say, as to the over, already paid the usual gratuity to the Shiek, next Sbject to be visited. The inspection of the his master, &c. His solicitation was continued as interior of the Pyramid Cheops being the feat follows: "Give it he someting, Shiek, no give it resolved upon by this council of war, I may, he noting, give it he someting he self.” To this I without further preface, proceed to describe it. replied “that although disposed to give him a small Repairing to the north front of the pyramid, we extra gratuity consequent as well upon present good easily found the entrance which, though at a conduct, as subsequent to our safe descent, I height of fourteen or fifteen tiers from the base

, should by no means be induced to do so under is accessible, thanks to the rubbish in front. The pressure of the fix he was keeping me in hy sus- opening is little more than a square yard wide, pending further assistance in my downward pro- and the immediate descent is of such a breakgress.' To this arrangement-evidently not back description that, through the first and a what had been calculated upon-Abdallah and succeeding ascending passage we required to be his assistant were at length reluctantly forced to " guided” as it is called. “Guiding," however, yield, and the order of our going was then I found to mean in this as in the case of climbing resumed. I can easily fancy, from the annoyance the pyramid, being dragged and pushed by two I experienced when so critically situated, how Arabs, a number of attendants deemed necessary much ladies must frequently suffer from the for each explorer. The king's chamber is the cupidity and menacing importunities of these “lion" of the interior, containing as it does the guides. The work of climbing to a height of now empty tomb of Cheops.

To reach this, some 500 feet, with the additional pleasure (?) however, we had rather hard work ; as the being of being both dragged and pushed is a laborious dragged by one Arab on either hand is not a one to be accomplished even by a man. How a comfortable mode of travelling. To add to our lady ever manages to perform the ascent even discomfort we had no pure air, and the heat of with the addition of the use of a footstool, em- the lighted candles carried by onr attendants ployed as intermediate step, I cannot say. I augmented discomfort. The am afraid my experienee of the feat in question leading to the

king's chamber ascends



at a considerable angle by a rude stair- generally occurs in most races. I cannot say I like passage, the steps of which are mere inden- envied them the pleasure or cxertion of such an tations in the shining marble. At last we excitement, and in compliment to their exploit I reached the desired goal, the king's "chamber. shall now conclude the present chapter, Here we found a large stone sarcophagus, but without any trace of the lid being still in existence. Should the mortal remains of Cheops ever have occupied this resting-place they bave since been so perfectly removed, as to leave no trace of that fact other than the presence of an

WRITING FROM LIFE. empty lidless stone trough, similar to that visible in the better class of museum, from which a

BY ADA TREVANION. mummy has been removed. Whilst within the interior of the pyramid a second demand for

In the sunshine and in the gloom extra backsbiesch is demanded by my two guides,

By day and nightone of whom suggested in a seemingly disinter

Alone, within this silent room, ested way that the correct thing was to give the

I write, and write. two personal attendants a joint gratuity of "hall a sovereign, to be afterwards fairly divided be

Albeit, though I work so hard,

"Tis not for bread, tween them !” A demand like this under

Nor yet to win the world's regard the then existing circumstances, being made at

When I am dead. a time of no danger or difficulty of position to the tourist - was justly treated with ridicule. The

Sad thoughts which stung my heart to pain Arabs finding their attempts to extort vain,

I cast away; "made the best of a bad bargain,” and went

But they returned to me again, on. The king's chamber, as the vault-proper

More keen each day. is called, is a chamber cut in stone; its roof is

I thought it vain to struggle more its greatest curiosity, being composed of nine

In woe'e despite : slabs of granite, nine feet long by over three feeta My false and dreaming peace was o’er, wide. The height of the roof is nearly twenty

And now I write, feet, and the extent of the cavern is 34 by 17 feet. The vault was excavated, historians say,

Amid the slowly gath’ring tears first, and the pyramid built around and above it.

Unmarked which fall : The sarcophagus is an unimposing stone trough

The story of the wasted years of some seven feet in length, and but for tradition

I cant't recall. there would be no corroborative evidence of its tenant baring been the dead body of Cheops,

These opening leaves are smooth and fairseeing that there are no hieroglyphics upon its

So wag my life; surface. We were very glad to emerge from

Till my heart entered, unaware, this not very cheerful spot, and on regaining the

Upon the strife. lower and purer air outside, were able to set at

How blurred the latter pages look ! naught the vociferous demands of our guides.

But drops of shame Really if you were to backshiesch every one that

May never from the truthful book solicits it in the east, one's hand would be ever

Blot out one name! making passage to and from the money-containing pocket of one's attire. When once more divested

Why do I linger o'er the part of the society of our tormenting guides, whose

Where I should speed ? latest demand was founded upon the plea of

Since whether swells or sinks my heart,

Thou dost not heed. covering the cost of the candles expended in showing us the interior, we had time and oppor

Here—well, it little matters now; tunity for observation again of the Cheop's pyra.

I will be strong; mid ab extra. The material is limestone, but

For weary frame and throbbing brow how, and by what artificial appliances these im

May rest ere long. mense blocks were successively raised upon each other is, I fancy, as little certainly known now

The task will soon be at an end, as it was some hundreds of years ago. Our

In grief begun ; reflections upon the scale on which the pyramids

Which will be hardest, foe or friend, are built were shortlived; as a more modern, if

When it is done. not vulgar interest was presented in a contest of speed and agility, entered upon by several of the

Who, citing scripture and the law

To bow my neck, Arab guides, who began a race the scope of which

Will say, Let her who hath have more ; embraced the ascent and still more rapid descent

The wrecked bear wreck ? of the pyramid. I fear I cannot register the names of the rival runners, vor can I describe the

I shall not heed them; o'er head exciting features of the race in terms at all

The grass will grow : adequate. One was first in the long race, as

To some I yet may speak—though dead

Let it be so.



(From a Lady's Journal in 1864.)



green herb" and

Jan. 11th, 1864.-I met an old “wise saw" realized; but so it ever is in this world, and no somewhere lately—"A diligent pen supplies doubt it is wisely ordained so by Him who thought and memory," which reminded me that makes all things " work together for our salfor some time mine has been anything but a vation" not for time, but during that eternity * diligent” one. However, what between the so dearly purchased for us, where we shall farm business, the household affairs, and my never again be arated from those we love, boys and girls, the youngest now over seven where there is no more sorrow, and God shall years

old, I have had 80 little time to "wipe away all tears from our eyes,” where inspare, that I cannot blame myself much, as deed we shall see that " our light afflictions which when all my work was over, only to begin are but for a moment, shall work for us a again, I felt more inclined to lie down than to more exceeding crown of glory." How little I set about journalizing. But I am deter- feel myself to be when musing amid these mined to be very " diligent” this year, and to vast woods which in spite of geologists, I love set down “the story of our lives” in the bush, to think have stood here since God commanded as regularly as possible, and by way of earnest the earth to bring forth the " of my good intentions, have scribbled so far, on the fruit tree bringing forth fruit after its this the first day of the new year. I write with kind," and yet great too, knowing that vast open door and windows, the roses blowing in as they are, that they and all they contain were through them, and my pet parrot running in made by a beneficent Creator for man's and out, praising his own beauty as “sweet use and benefit. But even in a mere worldly pretty polly;" the three young ones are learning view, life is not here what it is at home-at their lessons, sitting beside me; all the rest are home! how inveterate is my habit to think, gone to the farm, I mean the home one, which speak, and write, of the old place as home! we have eatirely laid out as pasture land, and There is not the same anxiety to make out a where we keep a dairy, which I manage my- livelihood, one is not so bound down to one self, with the help of a servant ; and Dick (my occupation : if one fails there is always somesecond son) who goes once a week to D--d, to thing else to try. There are many things which sell the butter, where it brings a fair price. He may be done here which people would not even left this morning at three o'clock for that pur dream of doing in England or Ireland. For pose, and is to return to-night, making a journey example : I had no hesitation in telling a female going and coming of nearly thirty miles. We acquaintance of mine a short time back, who have two other farms, each in an opposite wrote to me for information, that if she could direction to that on which we live, about four bring out one hundred pounds she would have miles; and to one or other of these my husband no difficulty in making on an average all the and two of the boys go every Monday, and do year round from two to three pounds a week, not return until Saturday, so that I spend the and that without personal labour. The sum I intervening days with my dear fragile Willie and mention would be sufficient to purchase a good the children.

team of horses and dray, hire a man to drive it, Long as I have now lived here, I sometimes and buy, say four or five cows to begin with ; still get fits of longing for more extensive but, to be sure, she would have my husband to society, and yet I blame myself for such weak- see after things for her, an advantage others ness, as I have many–many things to be grate- would not have; but with care and perseverance, ful for, and it is quite time that I laid aside all I have little doubt anyone might manage very early associations and ideas. Bush life is very well after a little time. I know for mysell-only unlike the old world city life to which I was once I suppose I am bushed out of all civilization - I accustomed, but it is not without its enjoyments should infinitely prefer earning money so, to and blessings. The awful solitude sometimes the drudgery of teaching to which such num. felt here, leads us to think of Him who made bers of women submit 80 patiently, I was this mighty wilderness, makes us, so to speak, about to write, so tamely. When my husband more inquiring, causes us to feel that we were has any time to spare from farming, he carts not sent into this world without a purpose, but timber from a saw-mill to the railway-station, to prepare us for a better one, and I thank God and is fairly paid, he is then at home every that he has brought me here although the hopes night which is a great treat to us all, as it is with which I set out are very far from being really very lonely to have“ dear papa” so much

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