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NEW YORK, AUGUST 7, 1875.
THE QUINCY MANSION.
I" would be rather surprising to find a per- , of Yorktown, should ever mingle under one sive, and enduring. A solid man of Boston
son who had not heard of Quincy, since flag and one country. This is what the com- is by no means a petrifaction. Ask Ireland, bits of the town have for a half-century at memoration of historic events has brought Crete, France, or, to come nearer, Portland, least been distributed from one end of the about. Through the spontaneous outbursts Chicago, New Orleans, if he has not a Union to the other. It was only the other of patriotism, more good has been accom- heart. day that a shaft of its granite obtained a plished in a day, I might almost say in an Besides its granite, which the reader will,
broader and happier significance, when on hour, than statesmanship with its wisdom | perhaps, wonder could lead any man into a Bunker Hill the representatives of several could have secured in years. After this who train of speculative pbilosophy, where else Southern States grasped the proffered hands shall say that history is not a power ? but in Quincy can you find the houses of two of men of New England in sincere amity, and Granite may be, as some affirm, typical of Presidents of the United States ? confessed, as men gathered about an altar, New England character, hard, inflexible, and Readers of the JOURNAL have hitherto fol. that the blood of Bunker Hill, of Eutaw, and I insusceptible to polish; but it is strong, mas- lowed my rambling up and down this quiet and restful old town.* We have been admit- talked politics, and the ladies talked about which the Boston of his day was remarkted within the sacred precincts of more than the fashions by the last London packet. Both able. Mr. Cotting and Mr. Quincy prosone historic mansion, bare held mystical con- the Adamses, father and son, frequented this trated old-fogydom with the magical word verse with their departed inhabitants, and house. Here Hull after destroying the Guer. "Progress.” have, in turning away, mused on the lessons / rière, and here Decatur, were entertained. Mr. Quincy was a representative in Conof their lives. There is much in these asso- The four Quinoys who bore the name of gress during the exciting sessions of the War ciations which, if we are not quite able to Josiah should not be confounded the one of 1812. He was, as his constituents expectanalyze, we yet feel the full force of. Stupid with the other. Colonel Josiah Quincy, who ed, a strong anti-war man, and made some people may laugh, if they please, and accuse built this house, and occupied it during pretty incisive speeches against Mr. Madi. us of a sickly sentimentality, but we feel Washington's investment of Boston, is easily son's war policy. A man of his pronounced that it is good for us to cultivate a sentiment identified by his military title. He used to character very soon exasperated the fire-eatthat leads us to honor the memory of the ride to camp with projects to drive the Brit. | ing portion of the lower chamber, and it is great and good who have lived before us. ish fleet to sea or sink it to the bottom of the said he once narrowly missed having a duel
Close by the sea, where you can scent its harbor. He scratched on the window-pane on his hands. He became the subject of full flavor and inhale its invigorating gales, with a diamond the date when that fleet party caricature, and was openly denounced is the ancient Quincy Mansion-less antique, finally stood out of the bay under a press of as a British partisan. perhaps, than other roofs scattered about the sail, wbile the Continental drums were beat- After serving as the second Mayor of town, but a good specimen of colonial archi- ing “Yankee Doodle" in Boston streets. Boston, Mr. Quincy became, in 1829, Presi. tecture a hundred years ago. It is placed on The grim satisfaction with which the old colo. dent of Harvard University. In executive a gentle swell of ground at the extremity of nel watched the enemy's ships was dushed , ability, and in the short, sharp, and decisive the noblest private estate in New England. with bitterness : for one son was an exiled method of dealing with questions perplexing Its five hundred broad acres of meadow and royalist, and of course his father's political or difficult, there could scarcely be a greater woodland give the idea that you have sud- enemy. The name of this son, however, was contrast than between Josiah Quincy and denly dropped into an English park come Samuel, and not Josiah.
Edward Everett, bis successor. If a trifle down since the Conquest by entail. A broad Colonel Quincy had another son, the Jo- despotic, the former was able to control ele. and leafy avenue a quarter of a mile long siah Quincy, Jr., of the early Revolutionary ments of discord which overwhelmed the lat. leads from the high-road to the mansion. period, whose memoirs, first written by his ter. If the students found a master in Mr. There are delicious glimpses of the sea, of son Josiah, have lately been revised by his Quincy, the college also found a benefactor. Boston Harbor and its islands, and of the granddaughter, Eliza Susan Quincy, in a man- He never touched any thing upon which lie countless white sails continually winging their ner every way worthy the subject. Josiah did not leave a permanent record of himself. way into port.
Quincy, Jr., as he is still styled, from hav. Gore Hall, the beautiful depository of the liThe house was built in 1770, by Colonel ind died in the lifetime of his father, had a brary, was his work. Josiah Quincy, of Braintree, t on ground pur- great mind imprisoned in a feeble body. He The fourth Josiah Quincy, who is now liv. chased of the local Indiau sagamore, as early was admitted to the bar in 1766, when bar- | ing, also became Mayor of Boston. It was as 1635, by Edmund Quincy, of England. meetings were held in the coffee-houses, and during his incumbency that the Cochituate The estate has ever since remained unalien- the barristers took punch or flip while ques. water replaced the irregular and insufficient ated.
tioning a candidate. It provokes a smile to supplies from the Jamaica-Pond Aqueduct or When I happened to be rambling in the note how John Adams groans in spirit at the the old town-pumps or wells. At the age of neighborhood, I found hospitable welcome at admission of Quincy and other young men seventy-three Mr. Quincy still takes an active the old mansion from the daughters of Jo- into a profession he then thought to be over- interest in whatever affects the prosperity of siah Quincy, President of Harvard College. crowded.
Boston. Another son of President Quincy, In four successive generations à son has Young Quincy espoused the patriot cause Edmund, is widely known as a political and borne the name of Josiah, and, as two of the with the zeal of an ardent spirit and the elo- miscellaneous author. His memoir of bis ta. Quincys were mayors of Boston, while all of
quence of an orator by birth. His voice ther is a fitting supplement to the work men. them have been more or less distinguished in rang through the aisles of the Old South tioned, as written by that father in memory political life, the patronymic becomes a little Meeting-house, which the land-speculators of a parent. Miss E. S. Quincy, sister of Edperplexing. Beyond question, there may be, want to pull down and the nation wishes to mund, is also an authoress, having, in addito a genealogist at least, many good argu- keep untouched. In 1774 Mr. Quincy was in tion to the revision of the memoir of her ments against the continued use of the same London, and wrote to his friend Joseph Reed, grandfather, assisted her father in bis comChristian name by a family.
of Philadelphia : “My heart is with you, and, pilation of the valuable “ History of Harvard When I was fairly within the house, which wherever my countrymen command, my per- University," and in 1861 prepared, for priis furnished as houses were furnished a cen- son shall be also." While in London, Josiah vate distribution, the memoir of her mothertury ago — where antique-dressed portraits Quincy, Jr., with his friend Franklin, had the a most interesting book of personal reminislooked down from the walls, and where se- honor of being distinguished by the censure cence.
A nephew of President Quincy perdan-chairs in cool corridors invited to post- of Lord Hillsborough, who said in the House formed a soldier's part in the Civil War of prandial naps-I felt that modern life had of Lords that there were three men walking | 1861, and has of late been usefully associated little right to intrude itself into such a place. in the streets of London who ought to be in with the government of his native city. Every visitor, I would suggest, should be re- Newgate or Tyburn. While returning from
SAMUEL A. DRAKE. quired to don a powdered periwig, laced coat, England the gifted and patriotic Quincy died and silk stockings, in order that the prevail. within sight of his native shores. Mrs. Sig. ing idea may not be disturbed. The fra. ourney dedicated some impassioned lines to A MASTER-STROKE OF grance of the old life and manners still linhis memory.
BUSINESS. gered about those wainscoted apartments, Nothing is easier than to write the biog. and a half-hour's visit converted the imagi- raphy of the third Josiah Quincy. Wherever nary into the real.
you walk in Boston you are certain to meet How quaint are those entries in John
ІНЕ Adams's diary : “ Drank tea at Grandfather his enterprises, and the vigor of his execu- the Quincy's," or, “Spent the evening at Colonel tion of them. The Quincy Market-house and excited stock-market. The men of the street Quincy's with Colonel Lincoln !” The men the long ranges of granite warehouses stand- crowded each other in every nook, discussing
ing on land that he reclaimed from the filthy the sudden jump in stocks and the great cor* See JOURNALS of April 25, and September 26, basins into which the tide had flowed, are ner in North Atlantic. Sharp voices were 1874. + Braintree was the ancient name of Quincy. It
among his monuments; and he deserves un- raised in the discussion in tones more like was incorporated under its present name in honor
stinted praise, the more, for having met and anger than business, but there were no phys. of the Quincy family, 1792.
overcome the full power of that vis inertiæ for i ical encounters more serious than that of rib
With evidences of the breadth and genius of THE Jobbies corridors, und verandas of
and elbow as the excited crowd worked in in the listless circles of the waltz on the ball- “He knows everybody and can tell all and out. The click of the telegrapb-instru- room floor, and several elderly ladies sat rig. about them," continued Mamie, “what they ment was heard continually in one corner, idly against the wall, like silent venders of were and who they are, how long since their and the crowd, choosing this as the scene of the ware they exhibited on the carpet. mother retired from the grocery business, greatest interest, encroached upon the table Esmond strolled along the veranda lei. and when their father failed in stocks, and and leaned over the operator. A book-stand surely, hoping to see the Misses Darcy, but wbich of their brothers is fast, and how adjoining had also been appropriated, and he saw them not in the few promenaders many of the young ladies of the family eloped the men of the street had ensconced them. whom he met, and it was not until he had to get married. Oh, he's a treasure! I ad
selves behind it among magazines, and dime- reached a far corner of the piazza, where the vise you, if you want to find out who any. -1
novels, and unsold dailies. Above the tele- great mass seldom strayed, and where the body is, inquire of Mr. Roseblossom." graph-operator was a bulletin-board, on which noise of the stock contention had not reached, Really, he's a very valuable acquaint
the stock quotations, forwarded by the tele- that he found them. The cavaliers had de- ance,” replied Esmond, dryly. “I suppose el
graphic stock-indicator, were written from serted even them for the stirring strife about I'll have to inquire of him who my unknown - time to time by the operator's messenger- the bulletin-board, and they sat alone, with Nora is ?"
boy—a proceeding that was always marked their India shawls about them, in the shadow A sudden silence fell on the gleeful sisby a profound silence in the crowd as the of one of the huge columns of the veranda. ters, and Mamie nervously twitched her chair figures began, and by an unwontedly noisy “Here is Mr. Drury!” cried Mamie, as nearer to Nelly's. discussion as they closed. Along that por. he emerged from the numerous shadows of “Don't you know who your unknown tion of the veranda near the main hall, or the piazza, and the broad moonlight just ris- Nora is ?” asked Mamie, presently, in a voice office, equally excited crowds were gathered, ing beyond the sea struck full on his face. that sounded slightly tremulous even to Esand quiet agitations were even in progress And the impulsive girl sprang from her camp- mond's uncritical ears. on the grassy plots and graveled walks in chair, and, rushing to him, grasped bim by “I haven't the remotest idea,” he said, front.
the band with a remarkably unfashionable carelessly, "except that she's short and dark Esmond had strolled several times around heartiness that for a moment startled Esmond. -and is called Nora." the veranda before he had become aware of “Here are Nelly and I,” she said, “without “Short ? ” said Mamie, in such unmistakthe excited state of the crowd. His own ro. an escort-completely deserted for the more able astonishment that Esmond turned his mantic thoughts had been unreasonably busy fascinating stocks, and your apparition is a head sharply in her direction. amid this Babel-mart. He was trying to take vision of joy."
Yes,” said he, “short, petite rather, and a loyal sense of pleasure in the weird picture “ Can it be possible that watering-place dark ! " which he had drawn of his unknown Nora, beaux are so dull ?” he said, lightly.
“ Petite and dark !" echoed Mamie, with and it was with a feeling half of resentment “Watering-place beaux that are in stocks," continued astonishment. “Why, that is not that he found his thoughts intent rather upon replied Mamie, leading him to the little circle the Nora that I know !” Nelly. It seemed a sacrilegious invasion of of camp-chairs that surrounded Nelly,
“Ah, then you know a Nora ?” said Esthe rights of romance that Nora should not beasts."
may Do not think, gentle reader, that Mr. Drury's ingly, as he bowed to Miss Darcy, and took a The impulsive Mamie was upon the point
tenderness was of an exaggerated kind. The seat, “And they are very rampant just now of bursting upon Esmond with a flood of * world will always cling to those who owe it in the lobby."
gratitude, and telling him all, But a sharp gratitude. There arises a vague sense of “ Are they speculating even here? pressure of the hand of the couler Nelly rebeing a grand bero in the eyes of one whom asked Nelly, anxiously, with a glance toward strained her. A strong sense of propriety we have saved from imminent peril which Mamie.
urged both the young ladies to preserve the average human nature will not complacently "Yes, even here, where it is popularly secret from Esmond. His frequently-exforego, and the love outgrowing from so ro- supposed they came for pleasure," replied pressed interest in the unknown whom he mantic a beginning seems removed to a high- Esmond. “I am convinced that pleasure for bad rescued, his hearty expression of a hope er and more delicious plane than that of more some men is a myth."
to meet her again and to pursue the acquaintcommonplace origin. To replace his roman. “I know it is for papa,” said Nelly. “He ance, the very fact that he had seen Nelly tic passion for the unknown by a plain mat- cannot enjoy himself in any other way than and not recognized her as the heroine of his
ter-of-fact love for another, about which by discussing stocks, even after he gets home romance, and, more than all, the perturbing By clung none of the glamour of this grateful from that horrid stock-exchange."
intimations of their father as to Mr. Drury's worship, seemed likely to be the fate of even “ That is what you would call being liter- eligibility, all combined to impress upon them 80 romantic a lover as Esmond, and it was ally in stocks."
the impropriety of admitting now Nelly's therefore with a feeling partly of regret and “Yes," said Mamie, "and I think papa's identity with Nora. Mamie's impulsive tempartly of resentment that he found his heart stocks are as severe a punishment as the perament and hearty sense of gratitude tow. tending so prosaically to thoughts of some stocks down in Delaware."
ard Esmond had almost carried her beyond one else than his phantom Nora.
“When we consider the matter," said these barriers, and the pressure of Nelly's With these thoughts occupying his mind Esmond, philosophically, “shop and shop hand came just in time. But she had hesithe discussions on the veranda had but little talk are naturally more engaging to a true tated, and Esmond was convinced that she interest for him. He met one or two friends business - man than any ordinary subjects. knew something of his Nora. who began the jargon of the Stock Exchange, Household matters are to him unknown, and “Tell me of your Nora,” he repeated, but he had been born with an antipathy for dress, and balls, and parties, and operas, do turning about on his camp-stool to question that language, and be avoided long conver- not interest him."
more closely the faces of the two girls. sation with them. The crowd increased so “ Mamie," said Nelly, slyly, “I think Those faces had become flushed and pale by
steadily that it became plain to him at last Mr. Drury ought to know our friend Mr. turns in the short interval of his quick ques1 that some sensation had occurred in the Roseblossom."
tioning, but the cold, grayish light of the market, but, when the desultory conversation Mamie responded with a hearty laugh. moon just tipping the distant breakers gave of of those about him revealed that it was a “ Yes,” she said, “ you should know him him no sign. “Is it not my Nora?"
corner in North Atlantic, he was content to by all means, Mr. Drury. He is my especial Mamie coughed. Teti inquire no further. There were knots of la- beau, 'special beau for all of us, in fact. He “I almost think it is," she said. vir dies assembled here and there on the piazzas can talk of matters that are near and dear “ Then tell me who she is !"
in front of the ladies' parlors, but there were to our hearts, and he's a thorough business- “I must really find out first if it is the Sprey few men with them, business proving stro man, too—the most delightful shop-walker same person.” like er than gallantry. The band was playing you ever saw !”
“But surely there can be no mistake, hvery sweetly at an open window, and a few Esmond had to join in the hearty laugh Noras are not rescued from drowning in vast young girls were whirling one another around that accompanied this sketch
i numbers every day, nor are they so plentiful
that you are likely to have a great number should we take pleasure in such peppery of life could be sponged forever off the slate of them among your acquaintances. If you doses ? I mean, why is excitement pleasure by one of that great ocean's bubbles, stands know a Nora who was in bathing to-day and to us? Fishing on a sleepy lake is the true here excited and desperate over a rise of one lost her presence of mind, and allowed her- model of pleasure. Some such quiet, lazy per cent. on bis favorite stock! Come, let self to be towed ashore by a very enthusias- method of passing time is my ideal of a true us drop the shop,' and talk of nobler tic young man, I' am convinced that is my existence."
“I fear Long Branch is the worst place He glanced downward into his compan“But my Nora,” said Mamie,“ does not you could have come to to put your system ion's face. It was pale, and there was an answer your description at all. She is taller into practice."
anxious expression about it, for which he than I am, and I am not petite by any means, “ If the stock-exchange is to be transferred could not account. She looked up at him and she is rather fair, and has brownish hair, here, I shall fear so, too. Why, for a sensa- quietly, however, and said, in low tones, “I and so she does not answer to your description, Miss Darcy, just hear the kind of talk am listening." tion at all, you see."
which entertains these men, and by men, you “Do you notice," said he, softly, “what “ That's very strange," said Esmond, mus- must understand, I mean the grand old defi. a magnificent effect these tall columns of the ingly. “And did she pass through the same nition-one made in God's own image." veranda produce ? Look at them now with adventure that my petite Nora did ? "
“North Atlantic's rising so high," said a the moonlight beyond. They remind one of “ The very same!”
gray-haired gentleman, leaning against a col- some of the long corridors in the old Al. “And to-day? The same day?"
umn, to a knot of younger ones eagerly gath- hambra—" “ This very day.”
ered about him, " that there's bound to be a A voice in a group near them said : “Don't you think it very strange ? A smash among the operators. The corner was “I'm told Darcy has lost to Drury like most wonderful coincidence, it seems to me. devilish well conceived."
the devil." Will you point out your Nora to me some “South Minnie's rising, too, you know.” Nelly instinctively grasped Esmond's arm time!"
“ T'leder-Wab'sch, and 'Laukee-Sinpaul and halted. “Some time I may.” are all running up same way."
“See,” said Esmond, without a change “I must rest content with that."
“ How earnest they are!” said Esmond. of tone, quietly drawing her forward as lie “What object is there in life to them at the spoke, “ how effective is the long vista with
present moment except stocks! Do you re- its black shadows and its silver streaks, and At this moment a little man, dress-coated member, Miss Darcy, the story of that broker the interminable stretch of dancing blue and and gloved, carrying his hat his hand and Meyer, who bought gold during the Black gold beyond" disclosing a very bald head, presented him- | Friday corner at 150 and 160 and 62 and “And I hear," said another voice in the self as suddenly as a harlequin in the midst 64, steadily paying the rising price and load. group," that he's trying desperately to hedge of the party, and greeted with the utmost ef- | ing himself with liabilities, in the confident to-night. He's been offering 95 for 30,000 fusion everybody present by name, including assurance that the corner was sound, and
of North Atlantic." Esmond, who was positive he had never seen that the manipulators would run all the gold
Then the group laughed. the gentleman before. This was Mr. Rose- in Wall Street, and could ask any price for it In a larger group, gathered on the grassy blossom, the universal scandal encyclopædia -do you remember it?"
plot at the corner of the veranda where the of the summer resorts, who knew the person- Yes,” said Nelly, nervously, “I remem- promenaders now were, a sudden commotion nel and history of everybody who was any. ber it. I think I remember all the great ensued. A hand filled with papers was raised body, although he was entitled to shake few stock transactions, for they were all futher above the heads of the others, and a thin, of them by the hand-and of whom Nelly could discuss when he came home."
shrill, excited voice, the sound of which made had just spoken. He plunged at once into a “Yes? Well, the most dramatic picture Nelly cower, shrieked out: descriptive list of fashionables, not at Long that I have ever seen or read of was the sud- “I'll give 95 for 30,000 of North Atlantic Branch alone, but at Newport and Saratoga, den fall of that man. The government sud. -95, who'll take it ? " with such avidity, directing his remarks es- denly sold gold to break the corner, and it And that group laughed. pecially at Mamie, that Esmond felt a senti. fell, like a house of cards, from 64 to 38, As Esmond felt the sbiver that agitated ment of high dudgeon. He coolly excused and the fall crazed that broker's brain. He Nelly Darcy's frame, and felt her grasp tighthimself for interrupting the gentleman in the stood in the gold-room, long after the rest en and her weight increase upon his arm, and midst of his list, and asked Miss Nelly if she had accepted their losses, and shrieked out saw her head droop and presently rest un. would not like a stroll around the verandas, 164,' for the gold that was now at 138, and conscious against his breast, he put his arm and, leaving the unselfish Mamie to bear the kept shrieking it out as if in defiance of Fate about her waist, and quietly drew her to one brunt of the gossip's companionship, he drew until the gold-brokers turned away sick at of the many vacant chairs that were scatNelly's arm beneath his own and leisurely the scene, or remained only to laugh at his tered all over the veranda. began the promenade of the broad veranda. mad antics. There was a lesson in that “ Courage, Miss Darcy!” he whispered. The waltzers were still whirling their tireless scene,"
courage; all is well.” round, and the venders sleeplessly pinned Drury's own name, mentioned in a group As he murmured these words in her ear, their heads to the wall, but the miniature near, attracted the attention of both of them, he felt within himself again that sudden glow stuck-exchange, which had confined its limits “Drury made a deuced big haul on North of love for helpless beauty that had so strong. to the lobby and the veranda immediately Atlantic."
ly assailed him when the drowning Nora fronting it, had overflowed, and leaning "Oh, he's running the corner."
clung to him for help. against the veranda columns in both direc- “Yes, bim and Capsheaf.”
Mamie sat with her gossiping companion tions, and even sitting in the windows of the “I observe," said Esmond,“that my hon- but a few yards away. Esmond beckoned to ballroom, were knots of men excitedly dis- ored father has been exercising his business | her, as he caught ber glance turned in his di. cussing the corner in North Atlantic.
talent in the general display—making some rection, and she hurried toward him without “See how business-men pursue pleasure,” | less fortunate operator suffer, no doubt.” even excusing herself to her companion, who said Esmond. “In ages to come, when New “ This is almost painful to me,” said Nel. was just at that moment telling, with the York shall have become old and rich and is. “Let us go."
deepest interest, how Miss Mackintosh had
dressed herself for the great ball at Saratoga place where people will go for rest."
said Esmond, buskily. “Strange, is it not, -all in diamonds, and her father had sus. “A consummation devoutly to be wished,” | Miss Dares, that Nature goes on her way pended that very day. said Eleanor. “A watering-place, too, where complacently, wbile the affairs of men are in “It is merely a faint," said Esmond, as women will not dance away the summer such a crisis ? The moon dances on the war he pointed to Nelly. « The crowd was opnights in the heated light of ballrooms as ter there, the waves lap the shore, and mur- pressive. I will go for water." they do here."
mur their unceasing hymn, all the same, un. As he turned away, he heard the voice of “True," said Esmond. “Why, by-the-way, moved, while pitiful man, whose whole sum Nelly returning to consciousness :
Meisurely, we will probably have no watering
. 5. "Tesounds very puerile and hollow,”
6 Has my
" It's nothing, dear."
“I wouldn't have to wear my traveling-| warmed Darcy on N. A.,” thought Drury, bit. Then he heard a low, startled wail as Ma- duster for an overcoat next winter if I'd had terly. “ To be in old Capsheaf's confidence, nie sank upon her knees at Nelly's chair : my nip at that little game, you can bet! But and bet heavily on a certainty, is quite an as. “Nora, dear Nora, what is it?"
come, now,” he said, suddenly, putting his surance of fame, I see!' Esmond stopped for an instant. Then he mouth close to Esmond's ear, “what points He stepped round to where he had left the strode along again, half bewildered, but with have you got ? Capsheaf and your dad are Misses Darcy, but they were gone. bis head in the clouds. The same voice, the hand-and-glove in the corner, and you must same words, the same name, that he had have heard how N. A. is going to-morrow.”
The trunk did arrive on the 9.30 express, beard appealing from the sea.
“No, sir," said Esmond, quite coolly. “I and was placed in Mr. Drury's room with have not heard, and have no points."
He quietly shook himself free of the Esmond searched through its contents unThe miniature stock-exchange was still at grasp of Sharpless, and walked away. Be- til he came upon an old letter, with its creases its busy height as be passed into the lobby. hind the office-desk stood his inert friend of soiled and partly torn and the envelope He sent a hall-boy with a glass of water to the afternoon, who was listlessly looking at cracked and broken at every corner.
He the two young ladies on the front-piazza, the busy crowd, while two young men were took out the letter, lit a cigar, and sat by the rightly deeming that it was best to relieve pouring into his seemingly.inattentive ears open window under the gas-light, and rethem of his presence for at least a moment. some marvelous story of stocks. He never read it: He met one of his stock-broking friends near changed his position as Drury advanced. A
“NEW YORK, December 25, 187–, the clerk's desk-one whom he had found a slight glance, cast somewhat contemptuously “ MY DEAR Bor: I observe that your trav. consummate bore two days before, with his upon the rebellious guest of a few hours be- els are greatly improving you. Habits of eternal Erie, Northern Kamtchatka, Central fore, was the only sign of recognition which correctly observing human nature are plainly Eutopia, and other shuttlecocks of the mart. Drury caught.
developing in your temperament, and I am But now an unaccountable elation animated
trunk arrived ?" asked Es- excessively glad that it is so. Books are as Esmond, and he glowed with an effusive feel mond.
nothing to the science of man. You cannot ing of affection and kindliness toward all The figure turned an abstracted gaze upon make yourself a just man nor a learned one mankind. And in that spirit of brotherly the questioner.
until you have tried and studied your fellowtenderness his eye brightened with delight “ Has my trunk arrived ? "
You know how anxious I am that you even at seeing the bore.
should be trained in the right path. I want “Well, Sharpless," he said, “ you are hav
you to have experience. I am willing that ing a lively session here."
The figure seemed suddenly endowed with you should pay for it in the only way that ex. “Yes. What are your private advices to- remarkable animation. It looked up quickly perience can be bought-by personal inconnight?"
at the tall form of the young man, and then veniences, if necessary-and I am doubly " Mine? Haven't any! Haven't got a glanced sharply at the two others who had willing to pay the money prices that usually single stock on the list.” been entertaining him.
accompany the personal inconveniences. To“ The devil you haven't !” replied young Your trunk,” he said, quite briskly. day is Christmas, and the exhortations to Sharpless. Then suddenly he assumed the “ Let me see-wherefrom?"
justice, integrity, upright dealings, and charijocose, confidential air, and, running his “From Sandy Hook. I sent it there in- ty, which I might urge upon you here, will, I cane into Esmond's button-hole, half whis. advertently this afternoon."
believe, be strongly suggested by the associapered, “Should think the old man might a' “Yes, yes! I remember. See in a mo- tions of the day. I hope and pray, my boy, put you up to a thing or two!”
ment.” He touched a hand-bell near him. that you will be known as the honest, upright * The old man!” said Esmond, blankly. “Rather lively in the stock market to-day, gentleman, the true Christian, and the kindly
“Ye-es! Your governor, you know. Mr. Drury,” he said, during the interval be- brother in a brotherhood of man. Damme, he knows the market for two weeks fore the hall-boy's arrival.
“ As to your choice of business, I do not to come.”
Esmond silently bowed.
propose to bind you at all, as you well know. “Oh! my governor. Yes. I understand.” “Ask the porter if Mr. Drury's trunk has I would like you to follow my own avocu“He got on to old Darcy hard, eh ? buy- arrived from Sandy Hook."
tion, and confess that I hope to perpetuate ing them thirty-odd thousand of N. A. from The hall-boy was off.
the house of Drury in my son and yours. If him at 937%, when everybody thought they “North Atlantic went up pretty rapidly you find your inclinations running in a were going to the devil in the general smash. to-day, Mr. Drury."
business vain, try your hand. If you lose, lefty, that, don't you think so ?”
Esmond arched his eyebrows, and said that is the experience which is not too dear* Well, how did they go ? " asked Es- | nothing.
ly purchased. If you gain, I shall be glad mond, blandly.
“ I'm told," said the inert clerk, leaning mainly over an evidence of your business Sharpless opened his eyes.
far over the desk, and gently feeling the text- capacity. I feel sure, however, that your “Why, don't you know? It's an every- ure of Esmond's coat—“I'm told that Darcy mind runs rather to the æsthetical than the day matter with your old man, I presume?” has lost heavily on N. A."
practical. You are more of a poet and a * Positively I haven't cared for business The porter arrived as the remark ended. dreamer than a speculator' or an operamuch since I came here, and—”
“Mr. Drury's trunk come?” inquired the tor,' and I am content. But I must confess “Well, they run up two and a half this clerk, with a show of despair at being inter- that I should very dearly like to hear in your afternoon, and kept a-running long after clos-rupted.
travels that you had transacted some purely ing-hours. Old Capsheaf—the president, you “No, sir.”
business affair—something that might stamp know-they say he mortgaged every cent he's “ Can it possibly arrive to-night ? ” asked you at once as a practical worker in the got and put it into the road, and sent word Esmond, sharply.
world's harvest-some master-stroke of busi. that he'd bust before N. A. should, and up it "Yes, sir, on the 9.30 express.”
ness! went. And that's the way your dad cleans “ Then I want it placed in my room the “I write these lines as a guidance to you Darcy out. What I call getting on his head moment it comes."
in your coming contact with the world. with both feet, don't you ?"
“That will be all right, Mr. Drury," said Whether you follow them or reject them, “ 'Twas rather a lucky stroke of busi- the clerk.-"Be sure and see to that, porter." you will always be the one cherished object Dess," said Esmond.
Then Esmond walked away. As he passed of affection in this world to * Lucky! Yes, devilish lucky, that was! a window, looking from the office on to the
“Your devoted father, Td like to ha' been in the corner that worked veranda, he could see the clerk and his two
• HENRY J. DRURY." that piece of luck; that's all — don't you friends bending their heads closely together think so ?”
over the counter again. Their eyes were Esmond laughed and shrugged his shoul- greedily following him.
Esmond bad read this letter over often “ They, too, have heard how Drury has enough to know it by heart, but recent de