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the traveller will probably discover a lad who with the Wetterhorn (11,500 feet) and a part speaks little German and less French, but of the Grindelwald glacier. The Schreckhorn, who, by repeated and varied explanations, Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau come next in may be induced to produce a key, with which order, every one of them towering more than lie repairs to a little shed, serving as a cellar thirteen thousand feet into the air, and the at the back of the house. Pursued by half-a- outline of the “Monk," as seen from hence, dozen goats of an inquiring turn of mind, and fully justifies the popular name of the peak clearly believing themselves entitled to taste by its manifest resemblance to a cowl, halfa sample of the bin, the lad of few words drawn over the head. The Gletscherhorn, dives into the shed, and presently re-appears Mittaghorn, Tschingelhorn, and Grosshorn with a bottle of white wine. After a suc- hold a prominent place in the majestic line ; cession of puzzled grins, he makes it under- and, further to the right, the Blümlis Alp stood that the auberge does not feel bound to spreads wide and lofty, with the Doldenhorn keep a corkscrew, and that if the cork is to at its side. On the extreme right are the be drawn the guests must dra’n it. Being mountains of the Gemimi Pass, with some gradually apprised that a few centimes will be glorious giants of the Valais, among them added to the price of the wine in discharge of the Dent Blanche (13,421 feet). The remote the value of the bottle, he takes a big stone and delicate peak of the Finster Aar-horn and knocks off its head. The white wine is ' (14,000 feet) is not visible from the Niesen, as cider that has known better days.
but a part of Mont Blanc may be made out Probably no living tourist would possess
very clear weather. To the north the strength of mind sufficient to swallow a glass view is closed by the Jura chain. without making a face. But in the tough A serene morning in summer at sunrise, ascent of the Niesen any liquid is welcome, and during a few hours afterwards, is of and we tramp forward along the zigzag ascent course the pearl of seasons for enjoying this not without a kindly feeling in favour of the great scene. But, next to a clear and cloudlittle auberge and its reserved tenant.
less morning view, we should be inclined to There is no getting at the panorama bit by set the grand effect produced by a light and bit in scaling the severe pyramid—this frown- sweeping mist, which lifts at intervals, by ing outpost of the Oberland. But, once reach turns hiding and revealing the mountain the summit, and you are rewarded by a view glories. We once witnessed the beautiful that is universally admitted-admitted, that results of such a mist, drifting up from the is, by the comparatively few judges who have valley of the Kander. At first it appeared qualified themselves to compare—to excel the that our ascent of the hill had been made in great prospect from the Righi-kulm. It is not vain. Only twenty minutes below the sumuncommon to hear the Righi spoken of in a tone mit the sun had been powerful, and the sky of depreciation, and the view from its summit clear ; but on the summit itself the mist undervalued. This is a great mistake. The seemed impenetrable. At length, without Righi has long been a hackneyed mountain, any visible motion or change in the vapour, and the stream of tourists discharged across a dim vision of remote and snowy heights it increases instead of diminishing as years glimmered across the distance, like a shadowy
But the circumstance that more glimpse of a world beyond. Nothing was as eyes annually gaze upon it, and that all yet seen of the nearer chains, still less of the sorts of ungainly artificial luxuries are multi- valleys below ; but presently, with one silent, plied on the summit of that noble hill, can complete, and glorious removal, the mist was detract nothing from the real magnificence of seen to disappear from before us, and the the panorama ; and it would be hard to find whole wide and unsullied realm of the Oberhigher praise of the Niesen view than saying, land lay bare, every peak looking burnished what is the truth, that it is decidedly finer than by some unusual access of light. Five minutes the Righi view. It is so, principally because more, and the curtain was again let down ; the great Oberland chain is so much nearer only to be again drawn up as each act in this the Niesen, the details of every peak being majestic, tranquil drama was brought on by traceable with wonderful distinctness. From the capricious breezes. Between whiles we the clear, sharply-defined summit, you look were favoured with studies of separate peaks, straight down upon the Bernese plain, on at the Eiger, the Schreckhorn, or the Jungfrau least four or five considerable valleys with the being revealed to us, now in full blaze of chains of mountains that flank them, and on sunlight, now in half or even quarter light, the lakes of Thun and Brienz, with the Inter- but still with surprising distinctness. laken isthmus between them. The splendid The inn on the top of the Niesen deserves snow region commences on the extreme left a traveller's sincere tribute of praise.
plain and simple, with nothing of the grandeur with the full consent and approval of both of a “ Hotel Righi-kulm” about it. The families. The wedding-day was drawing near, little maiden who waited on us at table had and my sister, Clara, who was to be one of lived in service at Interlaken, and knew the the bridesmaids, was staying at C- with ways of hotels.
But she preferred the simple Caroline and her mother and sisters, in antimountain height, and was glad that on the cipation of the ceremony. Rear-Admiral LethNiesen summit there was no room for a very bridge resided at C-4, and there, of course, large inn.
In the hotels at Interlaken “ there the marriage was to take place. was trop de luxe : she would rather spend her father and I had intended going down to days here than there.” The less degree of C-some three days before the wedding, luxury, however, tolerated on the Niesen, does and taking up our quarters at the hotel there. not preclude the comforts of capital plain By the merest hazard, or apparent hazard, the cooking, good beds, and perfect cleanliness. execution of this plan was prevented, so far as
The descent of the Niesen may be made in my father's share in it was concerned. little more than two hours by any one with a Let me explain how matters stood. My sufficiently strong pair of legs to stand the father was a widower, and he had but two strain of continually cutting corners, and run- children, Clara and myself. It was well unning down the steep slopes that lead from derstood that his considerable property was to angle to angle of the zigzag. The delta, be divided between us at his death, the larger already large and annually increasing, around share accruing to myself as his only son. He the mouth of the Kander, which was turned was a great merchant ; few names were held in
; into the Lake of Thun by a canal cut in 1714, higher respect in the world of commerce should be explored before leaving the neigh- than that of John Henley, and indeed it was bourhood of the lake. The canal is 3000 owing to his very high reputation for commerfeet long, and nearly 300 feet broad, looking cial sagacity and business experience that the more like a ravine than a canal. The lovely delay in his leaving London originated, with promontory of Spietz contains a château of all its after consequences. great antiquity ; popular opinion on the spot Mr. Henley had been summoned as a witis divided, some authorities giving the credit ness before a Parliamentary Committee of the of its foundation to the Romans, and others House of Lords, and it had been notified to Attila. The Lake of Thun is fairly exempt to him that although, in consequence of frefrom squalls and storms; but two points are quent adjournments, his evidence might not marked as being dangerous for small boats, be called for for a day or two, it was necesand are named " Le lit froid des enfans," and sary that he should be in actual attendance, “Le mauvais conseil." Being scantily pro- lest “My Lords" should find the private bill vided with legendary stores, the neighbour- i in hand pass more rapidly through its prehood makes shift with the exploits of St. liminary stages than was expected. The ParBeatus, who turned a dragon out of a cave liamentary lawyer by whom my father was in the Beatenberg which he designed for his subpænaed was civil enough to add that the own occupation, and who was in the habit of committee could by no means dispense with navigating the lake on his outspread cloak, Mr. Henley's very valuable testimony and which served him well as a boat.
“Very complimentary; but uncommonly BY THE NIGHT TRAIN.
tiresome," said I, really annoyed, in spite of
the usual unselfishness of a young man and a “You must travel alone, then, Ned, my lover ; for my father and I were on terms of boy. It is a tiresome thing, but it can't be much confidence and affection, and I was helped. At latest I shall be at C-nin good aware that he had looked forward to this trip time on the wedding morning. Tell Carry so, as one of his rare holidays. with my love,” said my father, laughing off “ The Lethbridges will be sorry,
and so will his vexation at being thus peremptorily de
Clara be. Cannot you come, after all ?” tained in London. These were the circum- My father laughed. stances of the case.
My engagement a two “No, no, Edgar,” said he ; "I should years' evgagement, insisted upon by my own expect to see Black Rod draw my curtains at parent no less than by Admiral Lethbridge, the dead of night, come to take me into custody that the young people might know their own for petty treason at least. Committees must minds,” most unreasonable and unnecessary as be obeyed. But never mind! I shall be with the delay had appeared to those principally you on Saturday, before the wedding breakconcerned—was drawing to a happy close. I fast is laid out, or the postilions have pinned was to marry dear pretty Carry Lethbridge, on their white satin favours. And now I
must be off to Westminster. You go by the l some talk of a more protracted residence night train, of course ?”
abroad. My father and I shook hands, and we parted. My first call was at the shop of the wellIt was then about the hottest time of a sultry known court jewellers (Miles and Henderson), afternoon in summer. The month was June and its object was to fetch away a certain set according to the almanack ; but as far as tem- of pearl and ruby ornaments which my father perature went, it might have been August, so had ordered, and which were his present to his still was the heated air, stirred by no kindly future daughter-in-law. Mr. Henley had looked breeze. It was one of those days which, to a forward with pleasure to placing these costly man cooped up in the stifling city, suggested toys in the bride's hands; but since he had an almost resistless longing for green fields and been compelled to postpone his arrival at clear streams, and the sweet fresh breath of the C---, he had goodnaturedly, but firmly, inwoodlands. As I paced the glaring white pave- ; sisted that I should take the jewels down with ment, baked and gritty under the sunbeams, I me, and give them to Carry in his name. I thought joyously of my approaching emancipa- had not seen the design of the ornaments, but tion from the wilderness of brick and mortar. I was aware that the device was a new and To-morrow I should be walking slowly and hap- 'well-chosen one ; and from my father's libepily by Carry's side along the familiar meadow rality, of which I had since childhood received paths, through the long grass speckled with so many proofs, I had little doubt that the daisies and golden kingcups, and past the huge gift would prove to be a splendid one. horse-chestnuts that towered aloft like pyra- As I was in the act of opening the jewellers’ mids of snow-white blossoms. To-morrow
door, a man passed me so closely as to brush but what mattered my expectations, never to my elbow, and, turning his head, looked me be realised ? It is mercy that withholds from for a moment in the face. His own face was our eyes, in such a case as mine, with what the a remarkable one, or rather would have apmorrow may be fraught.
peared remarkable elsewhere than in London, I turned into Bond Street, where a double where the natives of all countries are every stream of carriages flowed slowly and strug. day to be met, jostling each other unnoticed glingly past, and where the crowd of lounging in the midst of the great seething stream of foot passengers was at its height. But the restless human life that fills our streets. This accustomed sights of coroneted hammercloths, person, evidently a foreigner, was about forty priceless horses champing the silver-mounted years of age, wore spectacles, a bushy redbits that held them back at every fresh “lock”. brown beard, and a threadbare suit of black, and stoppage of the entangled equipages, and shabby, but well brushed and neat. So far well-dressed ladies leaning back languidly in his appearance corresponded more or less accutheir well-appointed barouches, and bound for rately with that of a legion of professors, the Park, were scarcely heeded, so busy were doctors, and philosophers, dubious hangers-on my thoughts with the future. A few hours of the learned professions, whom Red Repuband I should be far away; a few days, and lican tenets and police hostility have landed Caroline Lethbridge and Edgar Henley would in the limbo of Leicester Square. But I could have started on life's voyage together, as pros- not help feeling a thrill of repugnance and disperous and happy a young pair as ever deter- like at the aspect of that broad, flat, white face mined to face the world, side by side. Nor with its Tartar coarseness of feature, the sharp had I much superfluous time on my hands. white teeth just visible between the thin lips, One or two places I had to call at, and after- and the long narrow eyes blinking catlike wards I was engaged to an early dinner at my through the glasses of the spectacles. Can you ! club with two or three of the oldest and best fancy a white-faced tiger, badly pitted by the of my bachelor friends, anxious, as they said, smallpox, walking erect in human guise, and to see the last of me." My preparations for stealthily pursuing his way through a jungle, leaving London were all but complete. My not of trees, but of houses ? Such was the packing was done, and it had been settled that impression which the first glimpse of that my father's old servant, who was the most foreigner's face made upon me.
In the next punctual and steady of men, should convey my I laughed at myself for my folly. effects to the railway terminus, so that my own “ The poor man cannot help his ugliness, proceedings might be unembarrassed by any said I to myself, as I followed the shopman to anxiety respecting portmanteau and hat-boxes. his employers' studio on the first floor, near I did not expect to be in London again for the glittering show-rooms ; “he is a Russian, some time, since we had agreed to spend the of course, too advanced in political ideas, no first months of our married life in Germany doubt, to please the Czar and the police préfet. and Switzerland, and there had even been Not a very pleasant person, though, to trust
with a guillotine if his party should ever be Lady Florence Fetherton, but not so fine. I uppermost."
give you my word, as a tradesman of fifty And then Mr. Miles, bald and florid, came years' standing, not so fine.” civilly forward to welcome me, and I forgot I think these words were either uttered in a the Russian, and all connected with him. louder tone than the rest of the jeweller's dis
“Certainly, my dear sir, certainly,” said course, or a lull in the roll and rumble of the the jeweller, unlocking the strongest of safes carriages made them unusually distinct, but at with the tiniest of Bramah keys, and tossing any rate three or four of the passers-by turned over a quantity of écrins labelled with the their heads inquisitively towards old Mr. Miles names of half the duchesses and countesses in and myself, as we stood in the open doorway. the Red Book.
And among those three or four was the ugly “ Here is the set that your esteemed father, foreigner with the red-brown beard.
He was Mr. Henley, was so good as to order. Very repassing the shop, coming down from the old and respected customer of ours, is Mr. opposite direction to that in which he had Henley. I sold him-dear me! thirty years previously been walking. A coincidence, no ago it must have been—a set of emeralds for doubt! Merely a coincidence. Mre. Henley's wearing. Not a very costly I beckoned to the driver of a Hanscm, set, but in good taste, in capital taste. Mr. sauntering past in quest of a fare, and rattled Henley had but lately come back, then, from down to the club. It wanted some time as Calcutta. His was a new name, then, on the yet to the dinner hour, but I preferred waiting Royal Exchange, and in the Bank parlour. at the club for my friends' arrival to driving No name higher, now; but his taste was always back to my father's house in Harley Street. excellent, always. Here the stones are. The second editions of the morning papers had
And the talkative old man, who was re- just come in as I arrived, and there was a puted to be enormously wealthy, but who hum and buzz of conversation going on upon stuck to his shop like a barnacle to its rock, the subject of some important telegrams from and never forgot a customer, opened first one America which they contained. It was just and then another of the dark morocco cases, then that M'Clellan was meeting with his first and showed me the jewels my father had i reverses, if I remember rightly, in his peninordered. A very superb present it was, sular campaign, and I gladly secured one of tastefully magnificent, and such as a peeress the copies of the Times, and applied myself to might have been proud to wear. I was quite read. In vain. A strange feverish listlessness dazzled by the first flash of the sparkling oppressed me; there was a dull weight upon necklace, the blood-red rubies glinting the my spirits, and my mind seemed to be possessed brighter for the moony lustre of the pure by a sort of aimless activity that wearied my white pearls. I had expected that the jewels thoughts to no purpose.
In vain I fixed my would prove handsome, but their beauty far eyes upon the newspaper, resolved to concensurpassed my anticipations, and I felt a certain trate my faculties upon Mr. Reuter's telegrams. nervous uneasiness at the idea of walking The big black words swam before my eyes, London streets with such valuables in my and the sounding sentences were barren of pocket. Spray, and brooch, and bracelets, meaning. Had I, at that moment, been put rings, and ear-rings, and tiara, were all equally on my examination before the sternest of com. splendid and elegant; and I was half disposed missioners, with all I valued at stake on the to scold my father for his generosity, but con- results, I could not for my very life have given soled myself with the recollection that nothing a lucid definition as to who was fording the could possibly be too good for Carry Leth- Chickahominy, or passing the James River, or bridge. Old Mr. Miles accompanied me to what the bone of contention might be. Vague, the street door, chatting as volubly as was his formless apprehensions of some invisible danger, practice, his tongue running mostly on the of something too shadowy to be boldly grapsplendour of the wares he had just delivered pled with, floated through my brain, and I over to my charge.
found myself looking forward with positive “Pretty, very pretty, the design," he said, dislike to the solitary journey that lay before as he opened the plate-glass door of the shop. me that night. “ And as for the stones, I defy the sharpest All these gloomy fancies vanished, however, eye to make out a flaw in any one of the at the first grasp of a friendly human hand, rubies. Better stones never came from Ceylon, and the first sound of a friendly human voice. nor pearls of a finer water. Ah! Mr. Henley, I was in excellent spirits at dinner time, and it is not every one who is able to give such took the fire of good-humoured banter with pre:ents as your good father. I sent a set which my companiors plied me-in very good nearly similar, last week, for the wedding of part. We lingered rather longer over our wine
than I had anticipated, while we talked of old my father's confidential servant, touching his days, and wondered when our next meeting hat respectfully. “ I have put the rugs and would be ; but at last I jumped up, looked at sticks, and fishing-rods into an empty first-class my watch, and found that I must drive fast if carriage, third from the bookstall to the left.” I meant to catch the train. I shook hands “ Very well, Jones. Just see the luggage cordially with my friends, and bade them
I must get my ticket,” answered I, goodbye; and, amid a shower of hearty wishes and hurried to the ticket office, where several for my future happiness—how little did I impatient passengers were jostling and elbowing think that I should never see the speakers one another, while a stout lady, one of those more ?-left the club. A Hansom cab had voluble but unprotected female travellers who been called for me by one of the messengers, are the scourges and torments of all officials, and I found it drawn up by the curbstone, as was blocking up the window, and holding a I briskly descended the steps. It was twilight long and discursive argument with the booking by this time in the streets, and the lamps had clerk, on the subject of her fare, her change, long been twinkling. I noticed, as I stepped her preference of slow trains and cheapness into the cab, that another, a four-wheeler, was to express trains and high charges, and the stationed a few doors off, and that a man's best way in which she could reach some cross head was protruded through the open window country line eighty miles off. At last, hownearest the pavement, but the instant I looked ever, even this lady voyager's demands, or the that way, the head disappeared into the clerk's patience, being exhausted, I managed interior of the vehicle like that of a tortoise to crush my way to the window, and to take within its shell. I did not give a second my ticket for Cthought to this circumstance.
“ First-class to C monsieur !” said a “ Drive fast, my man.
I want to hit the peculiarly harsh and strident voice at my elbow, night train for C- Half-a-crown extra if with a slight but perceptible foreign accent in we don't miss it.”
its tones, and I glanced around at the man, The cab bowled swiftly off, and the streets who was thrusting a half-washed muscular being clearer than at an earlier hour, we met hand, decorated by a heavy gold signet-ring, with no interruption, until, suddenly, in a past me to lay his money on the counter. narrow part of one of the most frequented With some surprise I recognised the Russian thoroughfares, a lock occurred, in which a whom I had seen twice on that very afternoon string of carts and waggons, two or three cabs, in front of the jeweller's shop. The recogniand a dray, were entangled confusedly toge- tion did not appear mutual. He never looked ther. There was the usual exchange of oaths, at me, but redemanded his ticket in a quick street witticisms, and abuse, the usual crack- angry manner, and, having got it, fell back ing of whips, grinding of wheels, and inter- and mingled with the crowd. ference of a single bewildered policeman, but By the time I had reached the carriage, the provoking feature of the case was the great third from the bookstall, I saw Jones approach probability that I should lose the train. My along with the guard, who unlocked the car. charioteer had been forced up a narrow cross riage, held open the door for my entry, and, street by the pressure of the loaded vehicles having received the usual silver compliment in front, and as he flourished his whip, and that has now become a vested interest on railrated the carters and draymen in no measured ways, closed and relocked it, saying that I terms, I looked anxiously about me for signs should “have the compartment to myself, if of a clearance. Then it was that I noticed, I wished to smoke.” Then Jones, after askhard by, the very same cab, drawn by a flea- ing if he could take any message to " master," bitten light-grey horse, that had been stationed touched his hat and vanished. I remained close by my club door. By the dim light of alone, lazily gazing out of the window at the the street lamp, I could see that the horse was lively scene which the well-lighted platform in a lather of foam, and had evidently been presented. The usual bustle which precedes forced along at a great pace.
The windows of the departure of a train was going on. Porters the cab were close shut, hot and stilling as were wheeling heavy barrowloads of luggage was the atmosphere of that reeking and crowded rapidly past me, all the quicker in their movequarter of London. But just as I had con- ments because the warning bell had begun jectured that probably the occupants of the clanging for the first time ; mail-guards were cab, like myself, were eager to catch some dragging along the huge sacks of letters that train, the lock of carriages broke up, and I were impatiently awaited by the sorters in was borne quickly to the terminus.
the post-office carriage ; newspaper boys were “ Your luggage is labelled, Mr. Edgar, and thrusting evening journals into the faces of ready to be put into the van,” said old Jones, nervous passengers, wistfully leaning out to