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CONTENTS OF VOL. XI.
At the Philharmonic
Autobiography of an Irreconcileable, The
Birds of the Hebrides
Missing Comet, A, and a Coming Meteor Shower
Monkey and the Microscope, The
54, 230, 329, 461, 728
1, 113, 241, 369, 497, 625
Poet, The, to his Helpmate on their Silver Wedding Day
“But to me a modest woman, dressed out in all her finery, is the most tremendous object of the whole creation.-Goldsmith." AFTER dinner I generally made a point of retiring to my cabin as to a drawing-room, while Uncle Rollin and Tom sat over their wine. That night they sent Mrs. Brand to fetch me back, saying that it was dull for me to sit alone.
It had been raining, the deck was damp and cheerless, so they had settled themselves below for the evening, and I was glad to obey the summons and join them. They were deep in talk, Tom explaining, my uncle continually falling into mistakes. The subject of the discussion was Mr. Brandon and his family.
“ The old man,” Tom said, “ is Brandon’s stepfather.”
“Why, I thought you said he was the father of that widow lady whom Brandon spoke of."
“ So I did, sir, but not by the same mother.”
Well, I cannot make it out. I hardly see how the second wife could have married three times in the course of so few years."
“ I'll just explain it to you as Brandon did to me. His mother, then quite a young woman, married a Mr. Brandon, who did not live till this son
Mr. Mortimer was her guardian, and is Brandon's trustee as well as his stepfather. Well, when she had been a widow two years, she married a Mr. Grant, a Scotch minister, and they had three daughters, one of whom is married and gone to India. This Mr. Grant died when his wife was about thirty, and Brandon was about seven years old.”
“Well, that was about twenty years ago."
I suppose he was about sixty-nearly twice her age-and they had one son. So, you see, Brandon, the Grants, and young Mortimer are all related. What you were confused about was the