tables, and lifting Helen Cumberly, carried her half-way
They went along one or two zig-zag damp-smelling stone passages, and then entered the house-place, or common sitting-room for a farmer's family in that part of the country. The front door opened into it, and several other apartments issued out of it, such as the dairy, the state bedroom (which was half-parlour as well), and a small room which had been appropriated to the late Mrs. Hilton, where she sat, or more frequently lay, commanding through the open door the comings and goings of her household. In those days the house-place had been a cheerful room, full of life, with the passing to and fro of husband, child, and servants; with a great merry wood-fire crackling and blazing away every evening, and hardly let out in the very heat of summer; for with the thick stone walls, and the deep window-seats, and the drapery of vine-leaves and ivy, that room, with its flag-floor, seemed always to want the sparkle and cheery warmth of a fire. But now the green shadows from without seemed to have become black in the uninhabited desolation. The oaken shovel-board, the heavy dresser, and the carved cupboards, were now dull and damp, which were formerly polished up to the brightness of a looking-glass where the fire-blaze was for ever glinting; they only added to. the oppressive gloom; the flag-floor was wet with heavy moisture. Ruth stood gazing into the room, seeing nothing of what was present. She saw a vision of former days--an evening in the days of her childhood; her father sitting in the "master's corner" near the fire, sedately smoking his pipe, while he dreamily watched his wife and child; her mother reading to her, as she sat on a little stool at her feet. It was gone--all gone into the land of shadows; but for the moment it seemed so present in the old room, that Ruth believed her actual life to be the dream. Then, 'still silent, she went on into her mother's parlour. But there, the bleak look of what had once been full of peace and mother's love, struck cold on her heart. She uttered a cry, and threw herself down by the sofa, hiding her face in her hands, while her frame quivered with her repressed sobs.
"Dearest Ruth, don't give way so. It can do no good; it cannot bring back the dead," said Mr. Bellingham, distressed at witnessing her distress.
"I know it cannot," murmured Ruth; "and that is why I cry. I cry because nothing will ever bring them hack again." She sobbed afresh, but more gently, for his kind words soothed her, and softened, if they could not take away, her sense of desolation.
"Come away; I cannot have you stay here, full of painful associations as these rooms must be. Come"--raising her with gentle violence--"show me your little garden you have often told me about. Near the window of this very room, is it not? See how well I remember everything you tell me."
He led her round through the back part of the house into the pretty old-fashioned garden. There was a sunny border just under the windows, and clipped box and yew-trees by the grass-plat, further away from the house; and she prattled again of her childish adventures and solitary plays. When they turned round they saw the old man, who had hobbled out with the help of his stick, and was looking at them with the same grave, sad look of anxiety.
Mr. Bellingham spoke rather sharply--
"Why does that old man follow us about in that way? It is excessively impertinent of him, I think."
"Oh, don't call old Thomas impertinent. He is so good and kind, he is like a father to me. I remember sitting on his knee many and many a time when I was a child, whilst he told me stories out of the 'Pilgrim's Progress.' He taught me to suck up milk through a straw. Mamma was very fond of him, too. He used to sit with us always in the evenings when papa was away at market, for mamma was rather afraid of having no man in the house, and used to beg old Thomas to stay; and he would take me on his knee, and listen just as attentively as I did while mamma read aloud."
- He strove to peer about him, but the feeble ray of the
- little green glass beads which Iput on his arm, and two
- At about sunset I anchored near the said cape to
- which I saw at thewest, and commanded the other almadia
- Obviously, the tide was rising; and, after seeking vainly
- Arabic, in the hope that they should find some one who
- On the eleventh of November the repairs were completed.
- more to thewest, and after having dined, landed. He found
- December 1st. — We steered for the island of Lemuy. I
- decided to visit him the next day. He did not do so, however,
- fifty large houses, made in the form of tents. This village
- timeto anchor safely before dark. He therefore waited till
- all the inhabitants came down to the beach to see us pitch
- before, at midnight, another jumped out. And the almadia
- fromthe Island of San Salvador. * * * He came to the ship;
- otherswhich are on the way, I will see these in passing.
- our tents. They were very civil, and offered us a house;
- to be set adrift, which the caravelNina was towing astern.
- that it is wonderful. And then there are trees of athousand
- pavilions, and very high and good chimneys.[**] [*] They
- in an iron sluice gate. The Eurasian had passed it, but
- They had received the ambassadors withcordial kindness,
- couldspeak these languages. With them went one of the Guanahani
- time to tap them,for I believe that this should be done
- to sleep, rose and wandered out into the garden. The Hon.
- into the sea, because he did not wish to enter the caravel,and
- I have heard these people say that it was very large
- half that shore. He then returned to the east, governed
- or that other infinitely more beautiful flower who wandered
- see which have been seen; there was as much verdure in
- but one house, from whichthe inhabitants were absent; he
- the night. And so [were] the fruits, and the herbs, andthe
- and the land was wooded down to the water’s edge. In
- days' journey from this was what they called Cuba.Now
- There were also carvedmasks and other images. Not a thing
- it. He founda fine harbor two leagues further on, where
- big farm, evidently finding in the society of this rougher
- he found some friendlyIndians, and sent a party ashore
- fowls and birds of so many kinds and sodifferent from ours
- but as a crown, forthey have no opening below for the smoke.
- without actually submerging his head, and to regain the
- been any I could not have failed to see some of them.
- ready to believe and knowing that there is aGod in heaven,
- October 15, Columbus, on arriving at the island for which
- his fingers, right and left, and presently found slimy
- those whom I am carryingin the ships, for by the tongue
- whom he had with him calling itSaomete. It has been supposed
- It reached the shore, and they left thealmadia, and some
- very slowly northward along the trail that connects with
- to the Indians on shore that they must not be afraid, as