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The reader who has had patience to to lie less in what they philologically follow me so far will feel the indelicacy mean than in what they suggest. Shelof parading these dainty touches for ley's eagle was fighting a mailéd serpent analytical examination; they require in the air; the poet would have this sudden glances and encounters. I might brown eagle an iron bird; to this end speak in a harsher key; I might say eagle is itself a hard word, and the that these lucky words are stolen or “clanging" of his wings gives the bird borrowed year after year by authors a metallic hardihood which makes him who would scout the idea of an original a fit antagonist for his golden-scaléd property in their first use. How many foe. So “midnights blue and cold" times have we read of crispéd streams, gives polish to the stars, silvered by the since Milton first used the word ! So metallic clanging of the geese, &c., &c. Burns has a favorite word:

To such remote reflections does poetry “Pegsy dear, the evening's clear

owe somewhat of its splendor and its Swift flies the skimming swallow."

wealth. Both Tennyson and Alexander Smith Thus, leaving the remainder of the use the same skimming swallou. Take letters for the reader's private exemplithe word clanging; it is a metallic word, fication, I drop the subject just when yet observe: first it appears in the its real interest would begin, if these Odyssey, applied to gecse ; then Shelley assertions were admitted in a basis of uses it twice in the Revolt of Islam : criticism, which I shall not presume " With clang of wings and scream the eagle past."

them to be. That they are trivial it “With clang of wings and scream the eagle flew." cannot be denied; that they are fancisul

Then Mr. Tennyson uses it three is nothing against them. They would times; in Locksley Hall he “leads the go but little way in the construction of clanging rookery home;" in the Prin- a great poem; they indicate but the cess he says,

« The leader wild swan in A B C of poetry, at the best; and the among the stars would clang it; admission of one half of them might again in the same, “But I, an eagle cause the whole of their little science clang an eagle to the sphere.” Mr. to be discarded hereafter; (although

rhyming is a much simpler science, and "On midnights blue and cold

lives vigorously though cheaply notLong strings of geese came clanging from the withstanding.) But there is something

in them, be it what it may, that has Later still, we have one

been a pleasant diversion and a curios" Whose diapason whirls

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Smith says,


ity to me: may it awaken the interest clanging constellations

and become the study of more comThe poetry of these expressions seems petent critics.

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replied Chinny; “for I understood you Want is a wolf, that haunts a pioneer said that times here was hard." lawyer more than any other animal “I might have stated, as a fact, that known to natural history or mythology; times were hard, or that rogues were for capital is cowardly, and clings to plenty here, without grumbling, or unthe close walls of cities. It does not justly slandering the place either,” said like to go out on the frontiers without Richard. a heavy escort; and when it does ven- “Yes, you might say so," replied ture, it asks extra inducements. At any Chinny; “but hard times, I take it, is rate, Chinny's money did, and he was when folks want somethin' to live on, the man to offer them, for every thing and can't get it. But they can always was fish that came to his net. If, by get it here. As one poor cuss, who was chance, they did not come to the net, raised down East, ’mongst the stones, he took the net to the fish. He had, and had to come out here lecturin' for a that very morning, been preparing him- livin', said once; says hc, 'These prairies self with some ground-bait, and he as- are Nature's banks, stuffed chuck full sumed a taking air as he sauntered of cash, which any man can draw out, down to the fishing-banks. His hat if he'll only present his check. The leaned over like the tower of Pisa, and funds,' says he, are deposited to the was forced to brace itself against his credit of the firm of Labor, Pluck & Co. ear to keep from engulfing his left eye. It's the poor man's savin's bank. We're He seemed to have lost both hands off got these banks down our way,' he says; in his deep pockets, and to be feeling but there's been a run made on 'em, for them with his wrists, as he jingled and there hain't on these.' Now, that the gold-pieces, and walked up the Eastern chap was right. It may be a path to Richard's office, where he threw slow way to get rich, diggin' it out by himself into a chair, without invitation day's work here; but it's a dead scald or ceremony.

on hard times, in this country, where “Gettin' 'long pretty well ?” he work counts. But speculatin' pays best asked, looking over the tops of his toes though, I reckon, if you don't get catchat the oak that stood before the win- ed in the cramps. I s'pose, now, that dow.

little speculation o' yourn must have “A little slow,” said Richard, as he cramped you," continued Chinny, inlaid the book on the table.

quisitively. “I like to see a man, that's come here “Yes, if I had escaped your Globe to identify himself with the place, a get- City swindle,” said Richard, “I should tin' 'long well; 'cause, don't you see, it have no trouble now." hurts the town, and spoils the sale o “Don't give it an ugly name," said land, to have a man grumblin' about Chinny. “You've got books full of hard times. Grumblin' is the poorest words here, and can pick out a better use a man can put his breath to; for it name than that, I know. Callin' it don't help him any, and it injures other swindle don't sound bad to me, individfolks."

ually, but it might to strangers; and * I can't say that I ever tried it, and, seein' they are our best customers, we therefore, I am unable to give you an must respect their feelin's.” opinion,” said Richard.

“ I'ın not talking to strangers," said " But I thought you had tried it,” Richard.

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“ But you don't make any thing by over that, as I did, after you've been talkin' it to me."

here a spel). You don't want to bor“I'm not trying to make any thing." row, and I don't want to lend ; but we “ But you can make somethin', if

you are willin' to sacrifice our mutual feelin's want to," said Chinny.

a little, to accommodate. I always go • What do you mean ? "

armed and equipped, as the law directs," “I mean that I feel willin' to help he continued, pulling some papers from you, considerin' every thing that's past," bis pockets. “Now, then, what are you replied Chinny; " for I s'pose you want goin' to give me as security ?money, don't you ? "

“I have nothing but my books." “ Yes, I do want money," said Rich- “Books ain't o' much account, but ard.

they'll do,” said Chinny; and he com“ Well, you can have it."

menced filling the blanks and making “ On what terms ?”

inquiries as to the number and cost of “Well, the common rates of interest, the volumes. by givin' a good endorsed note, or a After writing over the words, “all and mortgage on somethin'."

singular, said books, and every part and “ Will you take Globe City lots as parcel of said library, to wit: said fiftycollateral ?” asked Richard. “They seven volumes,” with the usual legal are something, ain't they ? "

variations, until, from mere repetition, “No; I can't take them, unless you'll they sounded strong and binding, he pay up the two hundred and twenty- handed the paper to Richard. five dollars you owe on that purchase. But I don't like this cut-throat mortIf you'll pay that and interest, I'll talk gage, that allows you to take possession with you," said Chinny.

at any time,” said Richard, reading it. Richard clenched his fists, and rose “No, of course not. That's what you to his feet; then, imprisoning both Yankees always object to when you first hands in his pockets, to make thein come here; but it's our Western style. keep the peace, he commenced pacing We don't like your down-east flint-lock the room.

concerns. We want somethin' that'll go “Now, don't get riled at me,” said off the first snap, and without havin' a Chinny, watching Richard closely; “for lawyer or two pullin' at it, either; and I didn't invent bad luck. It came into we won't have any thing else. This is the world before I did, and will stay the regular blank used here. Now, after I quit. You can't drive it out then,” he continued, putting five pieces All the blind alleys, all the jails, and all on the table, “here's your cash.” the poor-houses are full of it, and you If any form of money is ever invented can't get it out. Tain't no use tryin'. which is found to be more fascinating You must take things as they are. You than double-eagles, Government should owe two hundred and twenty-five dol- prevent its circulation. Chinny's bait lars, and can't help yourself; that's all proved too tempting for Richard. He right. If I've a mind to lend you more, signed the mortgage, and sat there alone, that's all right too. You can under- dropping the pieces into the palm of his stand, if you please, that I do it as a left hand, wishing them back in Chinpartic'lar favor ; 'cause we've had deal- ny's pocket, when he saw the landlord in's, and to help the place—sort o' busi- coming up to his office. The presence ness and friendship combined, or what- of a creditor was a constant dun and ever you like, don't you see?”

rebuke to Richard, and before the land“Yes, I think I see,” Richard replied; lord could speak, he paid him in full. " for I am quite willing to see any thing “Well, I didn't come to dun you," for a little money, though I don't want said he, pocketing the money. “The to borrow it."

girls are goin' to have some doin's to“Yes, I understand," said Chinny night, and told me to ask you, but I "I felt so once myself; but you'll get forgot it till now."

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“What kind of doings ?" asked own path. He thought it a favorable Richard.

time to throw out some hints for her to “Well, a little hand-round,” replied ponder on or use against Mary. the landlord.

“Did you ever hear,” he asked, “ of a “ That's a dance, I suppose ? ” young man bein' killed at a gamblin'.

“Well, yes, we do dance, of course; table on a Mississippi River boat, a few but a hand-round, out here, is where we years since, and of the man who shot don't set a table, but hand round the him gettin' away?” vittles. The table can't be set, you “ Yes; it was young Meech who was know, 'count of its clutterin' up the killed," she replied. dancin'-room."

“Must have been a single man who Richard went to the hotel rather late shot him; couldn't have had a family," in the evening.

said Chinny, looking at Mary. “A doc“Bin in ?” asked the landlord, as he tor like as any man,"continued Chinny; walked through the hall.

“they are such fellows to get mad, and No; who is there ?"

fly off the handle before they know it. “ Chinny, for one, slick as a bottle. The man who did it was stabbed through A fly couldn't ’light on his shirt-collar the left arm below the elbow, they say.” 'thout danger o’ slippin' up and breakin' Miss Plumb looked at him, and tried its neck. He's tendin' to Miss Plumb, to catch his eye, but it would not be or she is to him. She's a cute one-jest caught. as smart as a school-marm. I'll bet a “I can't see what this has to do with dollar," he added, lowering his voice, the subject we were talking about,” said " that she can whistle 'Hail Columby,' Miss Plumb. and it takes a smart man, with a slick “I was only thinkin' to myself,” said tongue and a good deal of practice, to Chinny, as if he had been unconsciously do that without missin' a note or slurrin' talking his thoughts aloud.

“I was of 'em over. That's none o' your cheap, thinkin' that this world was made up easy tunes, ‘Hail Columby' ain't. Mary of queerness. We can't tell what is in a Seabray is in there too. I never see her man's heart by lookin' at his face, any show so handsome before in my life. So more than we can tell whether an egg fur as looks and action goes, she's ahead is an egg or a chicken by lookin' at its of 'em all. She couldn't do a thing shell. A good many eggs are chickens a'kward if she tried. No Morgan colt that'll hatch out one o' these days." ever moved handsomer.”

“ When they do, I shall probably be The girls were equal to the landlord's able to discover what you mean," said description. Miss Plumb was very much Miss Plumb. devoted to Chinny, which gave Richard In fact, she thought she had already a chance to talk to Mary.

discovered what he meant, and she was “Mr. Chinny looks unusually well greatly troubled by the suspicions he to-night,” she said.

had aroused in her mind. She tried to He looks over this way a great deal, confirm her doubts while Chinny was I notice,” replied Richard.

escorting her to the Colonel's, but he “Yes; he takes an interest in me—he adroitly avoided direct answers. and father are such old friends."

Richard accompanied Mary home; Chinny certainly did take a great in- and it was an hour or two afterwards terest in her and her father and in the that he left the piazza, and returned to general welfare. He had been watching the hotel. Miss Plumb closely for some time, and There was a light in Chinny's room, concluded, when he saw her looking and he heard the clinking of glasses and over toward Richard so often, that she loud conversation there. He could not must be jealous of Mary. He quickly well avoid overhearing what was said, saw the possibility of using Miss Plumb for it was very late and still. to remove a dangerous rival from his “I say, you might bave been presi


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dent jest as well as not,” said Chinny. you not to force the game, for I hold “ Then you could have talked folks into good cards too." buyin' stock-our stock, you know

Then Richard heard the door open, and that would have made us rich." and

one walked down-stairs. “I couldn't do that, for I had no capi- Looking out of his window, he saw the tal to begin with."

Colonel going up to his house. He “ You've got enough, if you'd only puzzled himself a long time over what use it,” Chinny replied ; “ and what's he had heard ; so long, indeed, that he the use of havin' a house, and things to was fast asleep when some one rapped get up a dinner-party, and a daughter at his door next morning. to do things handsome for you,


you “Come in,” said he, “ if it's a man.” don't use 'em ?”

It was no less a man than the landYou know very well,” said the Co- lord. lonel, " that I want to go to Congress. “Miss Plumb is down in the parlor, When I get there, every thing else will waiting to see you,” said he. come to me. I can get to be president “Give her my compliments, and tell of a road then, if I want to; but if I her I'll be there in five minutes. Stay take the presidency of this railway now, a moment, though! What on earth can and do what you want me to, I shall she want of me this time of day ?” become so unpopular that I can't go any- “I don't know," replied the landwhere by the votes of the people. What lord; "she looks a little flustered.” I want is a little money, and time enough “Good-morning, Mr. French," said to make a turn. If I can work over this Miss Plumb, when Richard presented sand-bar, it will be all fair sailing here- himself. “I am on my way home, and after."

thought I would call, to say that we "Well, I might jest as well talk this shall be glad to see you at the lake thing plain. You can't have no more soon." money of me, to hunt wild geese with. “ I'm surprised to hear that you are You know what I want, Colonel ; now going this morning, for I some way what are you goin' to do about it?" got the impression that you would stay

“I can do no more," replied the Co- here a week longer. How do you get lonel.

there ?" “ You can use your authority,” said “I drive across the prairie,” she said. Chinny.

“Drive alone, eh ?” said Richard. “I claim to have the instincts of a Why, I've a mind to go with you, to gentleman : I can do no more," said the see how you do it!” Colonel, firmly.

“ That will be delightful !” said she, " You'd get along better with less o' brightening up instantly, with the them instincts. Anyhow, you'd make slightest shade of a blush, as they went more money by throwin' 'em away,” out and got into the buggy. said Chinny.

“ It must be very pleasant for you to “I do throw them away when I come find such a good friend as Doctor Blodhere," replied the Colonel, striking his gett here," said Miss Plumb, looking cane on the floor ; " and it is well for directly at the horse's ears. you that I do not throw them all away.” “ Yes; I have known the Doctor a

“If I lived in a glass-house, and had long time." & mortgage on my property, and a scar “I thought I had heard, somewhere, on my arm, I'd be careful what I said that he went South once," said Miss and did, and I wouldn't throw stones Plumb. much," said Chinny.

“I think he never went South,” Rich“See here," said the Colonel, drop- ard replied. ping his voice, "you are playing this a “But didn't he own a steamboat on little too brash. You've got a good the Mississippi River ?” she asked, still hand, with a big card back; but I warn keeping her eyes pointed at the horse.


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