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efforts. Such was Louis le Grand--one of the greatest and one of the worst monarchs of whom modern history gives us a description.
STORY OF A PARISH BOY.
GEORGE DALE was an orphan boy left in infancy to the charge of a parish in Nottinghamshire. His mother had not survived his birth, and his remaining parent, a poor but honest man, had soon followed her to the grave. In his early days, accordingly, George had a taste of all the comforts and discomforts attending a life dependent on public beneficence. But fortune was kinder to him than it is to the generality of youngsters in the same circumstances. A lady of the neighbourhood, the widow of a respectable landed proprietor, chanced to see the boy in the course of her charitable visitations, and was struck by his fine, cheerful, healthy looks. Mrs Blakely had lost several of her own children, and her anxiety for the two yet remaining predisposed her to feel an interest in other children of a similar age. Such was the effect, at least, of her situation, operating upon a kindly and generous heart. She had, besides, thought of training up some boy to be a companion and attendant upon her own son, and the sight of George Dale determined her upon making choice of him for this purpose. Her charitable feelings were thus at once gratified, and a desirable object attained.
When George Dale removed to Blakely Hall, he became, as had been led, the attendant and companion of Frank Blakely, a boy of his own age; and also of Harriet Blakely, a girl about two years younger, or nearly five years old. Not only did George participate in the sports of these children, but he was also fortunate enough to partake, by permission of his kind patroness, in the instructions given to them by their family tutor. He became a great favourite with his young master and mistress - two children whose naturally good qualities had been carefully fostered and improved by an anxious and sensible mother. The hardier early training of the orphan boy, indeed, fitted him admirably for being a useful and agreeable companion to Frank and Harriet in their out-of-door amusements. To gratify their slightest wish, he was ever ready to clamber up any height, to travel any distance, and, in short, to undertake any feat of boyish adventure, however difficult and perilous. At the same time, he profited so much by the advantages afforded to him in the way of education, as to be no unfit or unworthy associate for them in other respects.
The distinction of station between children in their early years is little heeded, and is felt least of all by themselves. They almost reach the age when serious attachments are formed, ere they begin to feel the distinctions of rank. This circumstance, as will be found, materially influenced the fate of the Blakelys and George Dale. The difference between them in point of rank was scarcely seen or felt until Frank reached the age of sixteen, and left home for Eton. Harriet was then left alone. As she was an only daughter, her mother deemed it better to take a personal charge of her education at home than to send her to a boarding-school. Exercise in the open air being an essential part of Mrs Blakely's system of training, Harriet still had to take walks and pony-rides, and still George Dale was for the most part her companion, her mother being unequal to any lengthened excursions abroad. Harriet also had from childhood shewn a great affection for birds, perhaps chiefly because George's boyish adventurousness had enabled her to procure and train numbers of them herself, so fixing her tastes on the subject. Be this as it may, as she grew up she had formed a considerable aviary, to which she went on adding from time to time with George's continued assistance.
Several years ran by, and found the persons of our story in the same relative circumstances, and engaged with the same amusements and occupations. Frank had
passed from Eton to Cambridge, presenting himself at Blakely Hall only during the vacation seasons. George Dale, in the meantime, had grown up into a fine young man, handsome in person and intelligent in mind. Mrs Blakely, if she had ever even thought of it, had not found it agreeable to her feelings to make him a common servant. She had placed him in the office of her steward or overseer, and thus supplied him with a respectable occupation, which engaged all his hours excepting those which he still devoted to the promotion of Harriet's amusements, and the gratification of her tastes with respect to the feathered creation. The only disturbance of the peaceful routine of existence at Blakely Hall, occurred when Frank came to spend his vacations there. On one of these occasions, he brought with him a friend of his own age, son of a gentleman of property residing at no great distance. This young collegian was evidently struck with the appearance of Harriet Blakely, who had, indeed, become a lovely young woman. George Dale felt a bitter, and at first an inexplicable pang, as he beheld the place which he had so long held at the bridle-rein of the young lady, taken up by this smart and handsome pupil of the Cambridge Alma; and though he could not help fancying that the change was not pleasing to Harriet herself, he took himself secretly to task upon the subject, and made a firm resolution to crush in its infancy a feeling of whose existence he had previously been unaware. For its presumption and folly he rated himself most severely.
Harriet, of course, shewed her brother her aviary, with its increasing stores. “Harriet, my dear,' said Frank, ‘I am surprised that you have never attempted to tame the wood-pigeon.
No, indeed,' was her reply; 'I have never yet thought of it; but this is the very season, and George here George was standing beside them at the time is so careful of them when young, that we never lose any of our little favourites, and it is really no cruelty for us to take them away.'
There is a nest of wood-pigeons at this moment,' said George, upon the single old pine-tree at the north edge of the park. It will be an easy matter to procure a pair of young birds for Miss Harriet.'
Harriet looked down, and was thoughtful a moment. •No,said she at length, “I do not think that we could ever tame them. George, you need not take any trouble about it. That tree-I think I know it is a branchless and dangerous one.'
No farther conversation passed upon the subject, as the college chum of Frank then came and joined his friend and friend's sister, and the whole three set off on an excursion. George followed them with his eyes as long as they were visible. "Miss Harriet does wish to have these birds, and she shall have them,' thought he to himself, as he slowly turned away from the spot.
Early on the ensuing morning, George Dale was at the spot frequented by wood - pigeons; and what was the result of that visit was discovered by another person shortly afterwards. Harriet Blakely, whether from the consciousness that she had never expressed a wish which George did not attempt to gratify, or from some other motive, directed her steps, on that very morning, to the same spot. As she approached it, a young wood-pigeon crept across the path, almost at her feet. A flutter of pleased surprise agitated her breast, as she hastened to lift, but with tender hands, the poor little creature. • How fortunate!' thought she ; 'there will be no occasion now for taking any risk about these birds. She little knew at what cost the young bird had been brought down from its nest; but she soon learned the truth. Approaching the tree, she saw with horror the form of George Dale stretched apparently lifeless at the foot of its trunk, with a thick but rotten branch by his side, telling too plainly the story of his fall. The young lady rushed in an agony of alarm to his side. All was forgotten by her at that moment but the spectacle before her. Feelings, long concealed, almost unrecognised by herself, found then instantaneous vent. "George! dear,