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MUSIC AND THE DRAMA,
CHE engagement of the Vokes Family by and vivacity all her own;—all of them graceful
ening her patrons during the silly season," was excellent, and quite enjoyable, notwith
a remarkably “ happy thought.” The standing that her fine voice is a trifle coarse in genius of dulness which had, as usual at this its lower notes, and her intonation was uncertime of the year, laid his leaden hand upon us, tain at times. Perhaps, however, the best feature was chased away for a brief period, and his of the entertainment was the dancing, which in existence forgotten for the time being. The grace and modesty we do not remember to have entertainments given by this remarkably clever ever seen surpassed in Toronto. Of the two family, and of which “ The Belles of the brothers, Fred. is much the cleverer. He Kitchen," and " The Right Man in the Wrong has an agreeable tenor voice, and, with his Place," may be taken as typical specimens, sister Victoria, sang the music of the tower simply defy classification. They are an inde- scene in “ Il Trovatore” exceedingly well. His scribable compound of comedy, farce, and voice and singing, however, are quite put into burlesque, which in its occasional extravagant the shade by his lower limbs. We have heard absurdity, gives one a faint, pleasant flavour of it said of some very intelligent animals that they opera bouffe, and negro minstrel “ acts.” The “can do anything but speak;" and we are sure whole, however, is pervaded with a wholesome that the same thing may be said of Mr. Fred. atmosphere of refinement, so that the fun, no Vokes's amazing legs. When he is dancing matter how fast and furious—and it is both at they seem to be ubiquitous, or at the very least times - is perfectly innocent and irreproacha- to have the faculty of being in two places at the ble. Of the three sisters, it is difficult to say same time. The only noteworthy characteristic which was the favourite, their styles being so of the other brother, Fawdon, is his remarkable diverse, and each being so good of its kind; agility and nimbleness in dancing. The troupe, Victoria, demure and dignified; Jessie, elegant as a whole, is quite unique of its kind; and their and aristocratic; Rosina, merry and mischiev- 1 week's performances here were witnessed by ous as Topsy herself, but with a sprightliness large and hugely delighted audiences.
Messrs. Belford Bros. continue their issues We understand that a Canadian edition of of reprints and original works with unflagging Lord Amberley's Analysis of Religious Belief enterprise and industry. The volumes pub- is being prepared for publication. lished by them during the past month, of which The most important work issued in England we are in receipt of copies, are Roman Catholi- during the past month is The Geographical cism, Old and New, from the standpoint of the Distribution of Animals; With a study of the Infallibility Doctrine, by John Schulte, D.D., Relations of living and extinct Faunas, as eluciPh. D.; The Life of William III., Prince of dating the past changes of the Earth's surface, Orange, by Historicus, of Belfast, Ireland ; and by Alfred R. Wallace, author of "The Malay Edith Lyle: A Novel, by Mrs. Mary J. Holmes. Archipelago." Mr. Wallace was the co-dis
The Milton Publishing League, of Montreal, coverer with Mr. Darwin of the principle of send us a small pamphlet bearing the sugges- natural selection, and is one of the leading native title, Scotch Pebbles; being excerpts from turalists of the day. His present work is in the Letters, Journals, and Speeches of the late two volumes, and will, no doubt, take its place Norman Macleod. The extracts are eighty- as the great authority on the subject treated of. six in number, and it is stated that in selecting A new volume by Robert Browning appeared them special prominence has been "given to in London on the 18th ult., entitled Pacchiathose expressions of Catholic sentiment and rotto, and how he worked in Distemper, with large-heartedness which abound in the writings other poems. and utterances of the revered founder of Last month we alluded to the completion of • Good Words.'
the portion of the Speaker's Commentary reThe sixth part of Daniel Deronda, entitled lating to the Old Testament. It is now anRevelations, reaches us from Messrs. Dawson nounced that the New Testament will occupy Brothers, Montreal. The interest of the story four more volumes: two for the Gospels and the is culminating, and a tragic denouement appears Acts, the third for the Epistles of Paul, and the to be in preparation, at least as regards Gwen- fourth for the Catholic Epistles and Revelation. dolen and Grandcourt.
Author of " Anne Judge, Spinster,” “Grandmother's Money,” “Poor Humanity,” “ Little Kate Kirby,” &c.
A Fallen FORTUNE.
" adieu''-if it were to be adieu-in his own
way, at all events. He had taken counANGELO'S WOOING.
sel of Brian Halfday, a sober and discreet
man, before he had ventured to act upon the T was not a difficult task for Angelo Salimpulses of his own soft heart, and he would
mon to discover the new home of Miss tell all this plainly to Miss Westbrook, quote Westbrook. There had been but little dis his authorities, and make his apologies, and guise about it-only one faint effort to keep she, he trusted, would forgive him. He was “ herself to herself” for a day or two until at the door of the house wherein Miss she had had time to arrange her plans, and Westbrook had sought shelter from society, look more closely at the future. Mabel had at nine in the evening of the day she had no wish to hide for ever from the friends been driven from St. Lazarus by the flyman who had gathered round her in the days of her whom Angelo had “interviewed” and given prosperity—even from the friends whom she a sovereign for“ information received." had made in Penton ; but as she told Dor- Miss Westbrook and Dorcas were not at cas very frankly, she did not desire to be Penton, but residing in apartments in a rus“ bothered” with them at present. They tic little villa between St. Lazarus and the would respect her seclusion for a few days, city itself. A bill in the upstairs window, she thought, not reckoning on the pertina- calling attention to furnished lodgings with city of Mr. Angelo Salmon, whose reverence in, had arrested Mabel's notice on her jourfor her did not extend to keeping in the ney from the Hospital, and she had called background for a minute longer than he to the driver to stop, with something more could help. She had parted from him in a of her old impulse than she had lately exhasty fashion, and he was entitled to say hibited.
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“ If we could rest there for a day or two, “ How did you obtain the address ?? Dorcas," said Mabel," I should be glad. “ I met the flyman-accidentally,just now,
“ But your rooms are at the ‘Mitre'?” in the High Street--and it struck me he
“Oh! I must give them up, and the maid would know," replied Angelo, blushing more who is waiting for me there—I haven't told vividly than ever. you that I am down in the world, Dorcas." “Yes,—but how did you know the fly
“ Down in the world !” said Dorcas, man?” opening her dark eyes to their fullest extent “The flyman ?-oh! the flyman, I think at the announcement, for she had heard not you said,” was the confused reply, well, a word of the loss of fortune which had be. Hodsman told me that there was a piebald fallen her companion.
horse to the fly, and there are only three “Yes—I will tell you when we are set- piebald horses in Penton, and I-but I am tléd.”
very glad to see you again, Miss Westbrook." And when they had settled in these quiet "I did not anticipate the honour would country quarters, and Dorcas had heard and arrive so speedily. You might have given been amazed by the news—and had only me more time to collect my thoughts," said found time to express a little sympathy, and Mabel. give way to several showers of tears, at “I was uneasy-I was anxious—I was which Mabel Westbrook laughed—it was really miserable, Miss Westbrook, to think formally announced by the landlady that Mr. you had left us," answered Angelo. Angelo Salmon was waiting below and would " Indeed.” be very glad to be honoured by an inter- “ And I hope you are not angry with me view with Miss Westbrook.
for taking the first opportunity of coming to The gentleman in attendance would have see you," he said imploringly. been scarcely flattered had he heard the "No," said Mabel thoughtfully, “I am frank expression of Miss Westbrook's opinion not angry at a kind attention, or a generous. upon his advent.
impulse—no true woman should be." “ How very tiresome!” she exclaimed ; True woman ! He remembered Brian " then he has found us out already.". Halfday's words of consolation and encou
“ He is always prying about,” said Dor- ragement at once : “A woman is only uncas, in a more angry tone than her mistress ; grateful to true affection when she is no true
woman !” They gave him courage to speak “Hush ! child," said Mabel, very quickly out by degrees all that was in his heart, poor now, “this is a dear friend of mine, of whom nervous being though he was, at his best. we cannot afford to think unkindly.” And Angelo Salmon was certainly at his
"A dear friend !" said Dorcas, with her best that night. eyes widening again, "you don't mean that “I did not feel I could rest until I had
discovered you," he continued," and I hope “That he is anything dearer than a friend. you are not in any way vexed because I
a Oh! no," she added, with another little laugh. have arrived so quickly after your departure
“Ah !” said Dorcas, “but he may be from my father's house. I have not acted presently. There is no telling what may hastily, or entirely on my own judgment in happen after the first start."
this matter.” “That's philosophy, Dorcas," answered Mabel looked surprised. Mabel, “but we will leave the consideration “I do not understand you, Mr. Angelo," of it for the present."
she said. The subject was postponed, and Mr. An- “I will explain in one minute, Miss Westgelo Salmon sent for instead. He came in brook," he replied. softly, as though a noise were likely to dis- He took time to recover that amount of turb the inmates of the room, and blushed composure which he had lost, and whilst and stammered as he said “Good evening,” absorbed in the process, Dorcas stole from and bowed low over the extended hand of the room, like a considerate young woman Mabel Westbrook.
as she was on that occasion. Angelo did “ You have soon found us," said Mabel. not notice her departure ; but Mabel let her
Yes, I have found you,” he replied, go for purposes of her own. It might be " and I am very glad."
as well that this folly of Angelo Salmon's.
" he is
wish to say.'
should be ended at once and for ever—it knack of expressing by words exactly what I would leave his path of life very clear ahead of him, and there would be no misunder- “I think you have.” standing between them from that night. Let “I thank you for the compliment, but I him confess all that was in his heart, and know I haven't,” he replied. “I know very thus put an end to the delusion which he had well I'm not a man quite up to the markfostered.
that'a rock or two more,' as the old women Angelo recovered himself somewhat, term it, would have completely settled me. coughed faintly, and began again
But that is neither here nor there ; I wish to “I have not acted entirely on my own say, to begin with, that I hope you will not judgment, Miss Westbrook, I was saying," consider me less your friend than formerly, he commenced ; " or rather, I submitted my and that in every way in which I can be of own impressions to one in whom you once service, I hope you will command me.” desired me to place confidence.”
“I do not see that in any way I can call “Who is that?" said Mabel, quickly. upon you for assistance,” was Mabel's an“ Mr. Brian Halfday.” “ Yes-but
“You cannot tell. The loss of a large She did not complete her sentence, and fortune may entail upon you, for a short Angelo Salmon, after waiting a few moments, while, at least, pecuniary embarrassments
, resumed the thread of his argument.
for which you are not prepared at present, “You told me it was your conviction that and I-I may-I beg your pardon,” he add. I might rely upon Mr. Halfday as a friend ; ed, as Mabel held up her small white hand. and I went to him when I discovered you “Do not talk to me of money,” she said; had left the Hospital of St Lazarus." "you are very good, and I appreciate your
"I would have preferred your coming goodness, but please do not talk to me of straight to me. It would have been more money. I have a balance still at Penton manly,” said Mabel thoughtfully.
Bank." Angelo looked disconsolate at this. He Angelo remembered Brian Halfday's warnhad followed her advice, and she did not ing compliment him on his blind obedience. “I beg pardon,” he said again. “I will
“I had quite made up my mind what to not mention another word concerning it, do, Miss Westbrook," he said, “ before I saw only I did not know how you might be situMr. Halfday, for that matter."
ated after the collapse of the bank in the “What was the use of disturbing him, States, and—and it suggested itself to me then?"
“1-1-don't know. I thought I would “ You will spare me, I know,” said Mabel, hear what he had to say."
once more interrupting him; "you will un“And now I will hear what you have to derstand that I am a proud and indepensay, Mr. Salmon," said Mabel readily; "and dent little woman at present. Mr. Halfday we will set aside this Mr. Halfday from our surely did not advise you to talk of money discussion. Proceed.”
to me?" She leaned back in her chair, and waited “ Oh! no." very patiently and coldly for his statement, “I am glad of that,” said Mabel. whilst the red blood deepened more upon “It is only fair to Mr. Halfday to remark his forehead and cherubic cheeks. But that he strongly advised me not to mention with all his confusion, his courage was not money to you.” lacking to confess the truth. It was the “ He and I have quarrelled about money courage of despair, too, he knew already; matters before this,” said Mabel thoughtbut he went on, speaking with less embar. fully, “and he knows the danger of the topic. rassment as he proceeded :
But,” she added, with her white forehead “ I am resuming a subject which I began knit a little with the “second thoughts” this morning—which I would have finished behind it, "why did he ask you to be carethen if you would have allowed me,” he con- ful in this case with me?" tinued ; "and which, if I blunder through “One moment, if you will allow me, and now, I hope you will forgive. For I am I will explain," he entreated. clumsy of speech ; I have not the happy “I am in no hurry.”
Angelo Salmon took a long breath, and “Very well-certainly-of course it shall then dived into the one great subject of his not,” said Angelo, with a great gulp down life, and got over it for good.
of something in his throat, “ I am the last “Miss Westbrook, Miss Mabel," he be- man to harass and distress you by my pergan, “it is useless to dispute the fact that, tinacity." that I have been a different being since I I believe that.” first had the pleasure of your acquaintance. Although I did not expect you would I—I have felt a wiser and better man, if you say 'yes' to my proposal,” he continued, will not think me conceited in saying so. I or was vain enough to believe that I had have seen before me something to live for made any impression upon you. Quite the --and strive for—and pray for—and that is contrary. your affection. Miss Westbrook, upon my
“Why then-" word and honour, I love you very much in- “But as I told Mr. Halfday a short while deed.”
ago, I only wanted a faint hope to build It was a simple confession, and soon re- upon, a hope that in good time—a long lated. There was no eloquence about it, day hence—I don't care how long-I mean and a great deal of embarrassment; but it a
do care about that a little
_” he said was a genuine utterance, which affected the correcting himself, and blushing more vividlistener more than a page and a half of the ly at his blunder, " that you would learn to best blank verse would have done under regard me with less—less - dislike.” similar circumstances.
"I do not dislike you, Mr. Salmon," Mabel looked down, and changed colour Mabel replied ; “I know you are an honest at the young man's earnestness, and the tears and true friend. Keep so-1 am short of for a while swam in her great grey eyes. friends just now—but never let me think
Angelo awaited her reply, and presently again that you are dreaming of me as your it came :
future wife. I am totally unfit for you." “My poor Angelo,” she said, in a strange, “ Yes," said Angelo with a heavy sigh, sad tone which he knew at once presaged “ he said so." his death-warrant, “I am very sorry you
" Who said so ?” should have thought of me. I am not un
“Brian Halfday." mindful of the value of the compliment you
“ This evening? pay me, or why at such a time you speak
" Yes." out all that is in your heart ; but I wish you “ You two appear to have been discusshad not said a word.”
ing all my merits and demerits," said “Why not?"
Mabel. “ Because you might have seen the truth “You said he was a man to place confi. for yourself, and spared both of us," she re- dence in.” plied; "because your proposal suggests that “ Yes. But one man does not go to anI have given you encouragement.
other to trouble him with such love nonsense “Now, pray don't think that for a moment,” Angelo hastened to add. “I am pre- “No-no," cried Angelo, “not nonsense sumptuous, I know-- I should have waited a to love you! longer period-addressed you in a different Mabel coloured again. manner-said and done a hundred different “ A man like Brian Halfday would conthings in a hundred different ways—but I sider your confession nonsensical and tricould only realize the facts that you had vial,” said Mabel. met misfortune, were going from Penton, “Oh! no—he didn't,” answered Angelo, and that in a single moment I might lose “ because he saw I was in earnest." you. I was miserable—and I came to you.' * And needed his advice?"
“In declining this offer, Angelo," she " Well-yes." said, “ do I render you less miserable ?” “And he gave you a sufficient amount of
“1-I don't know," was his reply. it to bring you here?”
“And I must decline it—thankfully, but “Yes," Angelo said again, and this time very firmly—and trusting that such a ques- very mournfully. tion as this may never rise between us • A sufficient amount of encouragement,