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those that she had not foreseen. She she had ever yet seen-something of the had considered that she might take this full extent and the miserable limit. tone or that tone or even no tone at all;

“It's different for a married woman, she was quite prepared for her present- especially when she's married to a beast. ing a face of blankness (to any form of It's in a girl that such things are odious interrogation) and saying,

- What on

-scouring London with strange men. earth are you talking about?” It was, I am not bound to explain to you, there in short, conceivable to her that Selina would be too many things to say. I would deny, absolutely, that she had been have my reasons—I have my conscience. in the museum, that they had stood face It was the oddest of all things, our to face, and that she had fled in confu- meeting in that place—I know that as sion. She was capable of explaining the well as you,” Selina went on, with her incident by an idiotic error on Laura's wonderful affected clearness ; “ but it part, by her having mistaken another was not your finding me that was out of person for her sister, by her seeing Cap- the way; it was my finding you—with tain Crispin in every bush ; though your remarkable escort ! That was indoubtless she would be taxed (of course credible. I pretended not to recognize she would say that was the woman's own you, so that the gentleman who was affair) to supply a reason for the embar- with me shouldn't see you, shouldn't rassment of the other lady. But she was know you. You may thank me for savnot prepared for Selina's breaking out ing you. You had better wear a veil with : “Will you be so good as to inform next time—one never knows what may me if you are engaged to be married to happen. I met an acquaintance at Lady Mr. Wendover ?

Watermouth's, and he came up to town “Engaged to him? I have seen him with me. He happened to talk about but three times."

old prints ; I told him how I have col“And is that what you usually do lected them, and we spoke of the bother with gentlemen you have seen three one has about the frames. He insisted times?”

on my going with him to that place" Are you talking about my having from Waterloo-to see such an excellent gone with him to see some sights? I model.” see nothing wrong in that.

To begin Laura had turned her face to the with, you see what he is. One might window of the carriage again; they go with him anywhere. Then he brought were spinning along Park Lane, passing, us an introduction—we have to do some- in the quick flash of other vehicles, an endthing for him. Moreover, you threw less succession of ladies with “ dressed” him upon me the moment he came--you heads, of gentlemen in white neckties. asked me to take charge of him.” “Why, I thought your frames were all

"I didn't ask you to be indecent! If so pretty!” Laura murmured. Then Lionel were to know it he wouldn't tol- she added : “I suppose it was your erate it, so long as you live with us.” eagerness to save your companion the

Laura was silent a moment. “I shock of seeing me—in my dishonor-shan't live with you long.” The sisters, that led you to steal our cab.” side by side, with their heads turned, “Your cab?” looked at each other, and a deep crim “Your delicacy was expensive for son had leaped into Laura's face. “I you!” wouldn't have believed it—that you are “You don't mean you were knocking so bad,” she said. “You are horrible!” about in cabs with him !” Selina cried. She saw that Selina had not taken up “Of course I know that you don't the idea of denying-she judged that really think a word of what you say-would be hopeless : the recognition, on about me,” Laura went on, “though I either side, had been too sharp. She don't know that that makes your saying looked radiantly handsome, especially it a bit less unspeakably base.” with the strange new expression that The brougham pulled up in Park Laura's last word brought into her eyes. Lane, and Mrs. Berrington bent herself This expression seemed to the girl to to have a view through the front glass. show her more of Selina, morally, than “We are there, but there are two other

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carriages,” she remarked, for all answer. ting off the box Selina said: “I don't “Ah, there are the Collingwoods." pretend to be better than other women,

“Where are you going-where are but you do!” And being on the side you going-where are you going?” of the house, she quickly stepped out Laura broke out.

and carried her crowned brilliancy The carriages moved on, to set them through the long-lingering daylight and down, and while the footman was get- into the open portals.

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N the early morning of the 19th of lively interest. The few rarely occur

last August there was a total eclipse ring moments when the sun's dazzling of the sun. The moon's shadow, disk is hidden by the moon, and in our

about 80 miles in diameter, first darkened air the glory of the corona struck the earth near Berlin, at sunrise. and the mysteries of the solar atmoFrom there it moved on into the Rus- sphere thus become visible and accessian empire, passing just north of Mos- sible to study—these moments consticow, and, bearing still a little to the tute the astronomer's golden opportunnorth, crossed the Ural Mountains into ity, to be utilized to the utmost. The Siberia ; it passed over the towns of writer of this paper had a somewhat Krasnojarsk and Tobolsk, crossed Lake special, and semi-private, interest in the Baikal about noon, and now bending its matter, because lately a question has

a little southward, advanced been raised by Mr. Lockyer and others across Northern China, visited Japan as to the real existence of the so-called in the afternoon, and finally ended its “reversing layer” of the sun's atmocourse in the Pacific Ocean about 2,000 sphere, which layer owes its scientific miles west of the Sandwich Islands. recognition mainly to an observation

Like all total eclipses of the sun, it made by myself during the Spanish was anticipated by astronomers with eclipse of December, 1870. The obser


vation referred to was this—and an ex- panied by his wife, who had with her quisitely beautiful thing it was to see: also two young friends, so that when we

The slit of the spectroscope, attached sailed from New York on the 25th of to a powerful telescope, was adjusted June, in the swift Etruria, we were a tangent to the sun's image at the pre- party of seven, Professor McNeill, and cise point where the last ray would Mr. Fisher, our mechanician, being the vanish under the advancing moon. A two others of the original three. few moments before totality the spec- Probably most of our readers know trum still preserved in the main its fam- that our journey ended in disappointiliar appearance, except that certain ment and a rain-storm. We were at our lines, usually only flickeringly and faint- post and in readiness on the designated ly bright at the sun's limb, were now morning, and no one of course was to steady and conspicuous ; this was spec- blame for the envious clouds which deially true of the three magnesium lines, feated the army of astronomers who had and the mysterious line of the coro- taken position along the line of operana. The other countless dark lines re- tions. But the disappointment was mained hard and black. But the mo- keen, and it is still rather a sober task ment the sunlight vanished, the dark to retrace in memory


that led lines instantly flashed into colored bright- to and from it. ness, shone for two or three seconds, The journey, however, was in itself a and then quickly faded away, leaving still most agreeable one, and full of interest, visible only those which had been bright especially from an astronomer's point of before totality. Of course, in the two view, for we took pains as far as possible or three seconds during which the phe- to visit all the observatories, and all the nomenon lasted it was not possible to distinguished astronomers that came in be quite sure that all the dark lines

our way. were thus reversed, and in this uncertainty lies the opportunity for varying The voyage was quick and uneventinterpretations of the phenomenon. The ful—we reached the Liverpool bar about natural interpretation, in the light of 10 A.M., just seven days after we passed what was then known, was that this Sandy Hook, and arrived in London soon bright line spectrum which flashed out after midnight. It is much the same as so beautifully is due to a thin sheet of I saw it in 1870, only ever more and more gaseous matter, overlying the luminous extensive; broadening, widening, overclouds which constitute the so-called flowing all the country about it like stif"photosphere," and containing, in the fening lava. The Jubilee celebrations vaporous form, all the substances which had just come to an end, and many of reveal themselves to us by the dark lines the persons we would have been glad of the ordinary spectrum.

to see were out of town, but many reHence the writer's special interest in mained. the Russian eclipse; and when the case One delightful afternoon was spent was laid before certain liberal friends of with Dr. Huggins, the pioneer in aseverything that is good, they at once tronomical spectroscopy. He is a vetresponded with the offer of funds suffi- eran eclipse observer, and was naturally cient to send out three of us with the much interested in our plans : we owe necessary apparatus. Photography at to him many valuable suggestions. first was not included in our plans; but We had also several interviews with when my coileague, Professor Libbey, Mr. Lockyer, and spent an “evening in volunteered to join us at his own charges, council” with him, discussing, in the his offer was enthusiastically accepted, most cordial and friendly way, the points and through the kindness of the Wash- at issue in regard to the “reversing layington astronomers and the Secretary er,” and considering the best arrangeof the Navy we secured the use of an ments for making our observations deeclipse camera which had been em- cisive. He is a younger man than Dr. ployed by one of the Government parties Huggins, but as an eclipse observer still in photographing the Colorado eclipse of more of a veteran, having already been 1878. Professor Libbey was

on duty on five such occasions. He


would have been glad to go to Russia of the observers has, however, become himself, but his engagements would not very inadequate, and the old 13-inch telepermit.

scope of the equatorial is to be replaced But, after all, our red-letter day in by a new one of 28 inches aperture, now London was not in London itself, but at under construction by Grubb, of DubGreenwich, whither we went one morn- lin. The two-foot reflector of Lassell, ing in response to a kind invitation from with which he did such admirable work Mr. Christie, the Astronomer Royal. years ago, has recently been given to the Everyone knows that the Royal Observ- Observatory by his daughters, and is atory of England is one of the oldest proving itself a most useful instrument governmental institutions of the kind, in numerous researches where a reflector and on the whole the most distinguished is needed. and important of them all, taking into The Observatory has great advantages account both the past and the present. of situation. The main building itself is It keeps up faithfully, according to its the work of Sir Christopher Wren, erectcharter-duties, its special observations ed in 1675: a dignified edifice, surroundupon the sun, moon, and planets-ob- ed by a numerous progeny of smaller servations which lie at the foundation constructions for the accommodation of of navigational astronomy-but it is various instruments which could not find reaching out in other directions also, convenient quarters in the original buildespecially in the line of astronomical ing. It stands isolated in the midst of physics.

Greenwich Park, on a hill about 150 feet The present Astronomer Royal, Mr. high. From the great octagonal hall Christie, and his chief lieutenants, Mr. which makes the most charming of sumTurner and Mr. Maunder, are compara- mer sitting-rooms, one looks out over tively young men. I imagine that they the tree-tops upon a magnificent landkeep the force of observers and com- scape. To the northwest is London, with puters, some twenty or thirty in num- the great dome of St. Paul's some six ber, pretty faithfully to their work, and miles distant, rising high above the pall that not infrequently the smooth run- of smoke that overhangs the city; to the ning of the machine along ancient ruts north, across the park and beyond the is disturbed by the introduction of new old Greenwich Hospital, now a naval methods.

training-school, lies the broad Thames, At present they are specially inter- crowded with shipping of every imaginested in photography, both stellar and able size and rig, from wherry and fishsolar. We saw a number of admirable ing-boat to the great ocean steamers and negatives of the sun, 9 inches in diame- men-of-war. Beyond the river are the ter, and some enlargements of sun-spots low hills of Essex, and farther to the and the surrounding regions which rival, east the river widens toward the sea. and perhaps quite equal, those we saw a In London our party separated for a few days later at Meudon. Experiments time, agreeing to rendezvous in Berlin are also in progress upon the photo- on the first of August. Professor graphy of double-stars, and one or two McNeill and I took our course together of the plates we saw are admirable. through Paris, Strassburg, Munich, Vi

To a certain extent the Observatory is enna, and Prague. We were in Paris in a transition state. The instruments only a week, and one of our days was which were introduced and used for the the 14th of July, which gave us a tine observation of the places of stars and opportunity to see a good-humored planets under Airy's

administration re- Parisian crowd numbering certainly main undisturbed. It is perhaps possi- 200,000 people, who in the early evenble that with instruments of newer de- ing thronged all the streets and quais, sign and construction there might be and the great squares where the firesome slight gain in accuracy; but it is works were displayed. doubtful whether it would be sufficient We visited the National Observatory to offset the loss of continuity involved one afternoon, and were very cordially in a change.

received by the director, Admiral MouThe telescopic power at the disposal chez, who although a sailor is also an

astronomer of high repute, especially in the line of longitude determinations.

The institution is a few years older than the Observatory of Greenwich, having been established in 1667, though the building was not completed until 1671. It is a larger and finer edifice than that of Greenwich, but curiously unsuited for its use. It has been adapted to astronomical purposes only by most ingenious modifications and roof structures, and many

Royal Observatory of England, Greenwich. of the most important modern instruments are housed costly revolving dome is dispensed in separate constructions about the with, so that the saving in the building grounds; as for instance the great 4-foot quite offsets the higher price of the inreflector (useless), the equatorial coudé, strument itself. The real objection to and the photographic telescope of the it is that the two reflections cause a loss Henry Brothers. In the evening we saw of light, and also, unless the mirrors are the photographic telescope and the equa- perfectly flat, an injury to the definition. torial coudé in actual operation, which Some who have examined the instruwere to us on the whole the most inter- ment say that in this Paris instrument esting objects. The equatorial coudé, the figure is perfect, but we found it not or elbowed equatorial, is a telescope of quite the case. In looking at ε Lyra 10 inches aperture, which is so fitted with a high power, we detected a very with two flat mirrors that the observer perceptible distortion of the star imdoes not have to move out of his place ages ; so slight, however, as to be of no in observing a star in any part of the practical account in ordinary observasky; he sits quietly under cover, look- tion. Two or three instruments of this ing downward toward the south at an kind are now installed and at work in angle equal to that of the latitude of different French observatories, and a the place, having right before him the number of others are under construccircles and all the mechanism of the tion. Loewy, its inventor, is very saninstrument. The arrangement makes guine that the same construction can telescopic observation as facile and be applied advantageously to instruas comfortable as microscopic. Thements of the largest size. instrument is, of course, considerably The photographic telescope and procomplicated, and much more expensive cesses interested us greatly, and so did sthan the ordinary equatorial ; but the the Henry Brothers themselves, who,

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