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as to the young woman whom you saw at

in her own hands. Of course the door. Have you aught else to say to it must be in her own hands." me? I utterly decline that small matter of “ Christian gentleman,” said Anton, risini traffic, wbich you have proposed to me." again from his seat, and now standing oppo “It was not traffic exactly.”

site to Ziska, " I disbelieve you. I think tha “ Very well. What else is there that I you are lying to me. Despite your Christican do for you?”

anity, and despite your gentility — you are • I hardly know how to go on as you are a liar. Now, sir, unless you have anything 80 — so hard in all that you say."

further to say to me, you may go." " You will not be able to soften me, I Ziska, when thus addressed, rose of course fear.”

from his seat. By nature he was not a “ About the houses — though you say that I coward, but he was unready, and knew not am trafficking, I really wish to be honest what to do or to say on the spur of the mo

“ I did not come here to be insulted," Say what you have to say, then, and be he said. honest.”

“ No; you came to insult me, with two “I have never seen but one document falsehoods in your mouth, either of which which

conveys the ownership of those proves the other to be a lie. You offer to houses."

give me up the deeds on certain conditions, “Let my father then have that one docu- and then tell me that they are with the girl ! ment."

If she has them, how can you surrender " It is in Balatka's house."

them? I do not know whether so silly a “That can hardly be possible,” said Tren- story might prevail between two Christians, dellsohn.

but we Jews have been taught among “ As I am a Christian gentleman,” said you to be somewhat observant. Sir, it is Ziska, “ I believe it to be in that house." iny belief that the document belonging to

“ As I am a Jew, sir, fearing God,” said my father is in your father's desk in the the other, “I do not believe it. Who in Ross Markt.” that house has the charge of it?”

• By heaven, it is in the house in the Ziska hesitated before he replied. “ Nina, Kleinseite." as I think,” he said at last. "I

suppose “ How could you then have surrendered Nina has it herself."

it?" Then she would be a traitor to me." " It could have been managed.”

“ What am I to say as to that ?" said It was now the Jew's turn to pause and Ziska, smiling. Trendellsohn came to him hesitate. In the general conclusion to which and sat down close at his side, looking close- his mind bad come, he was not far wrong. ly into his face. Ziska would have moved He thought that Ziska was endeavouring, to away from the Jew, but the elbow of the deceive him in the spirit of what he said; sofa did not admit of his receding; and then, but that as regarded the letter, the young while he was thinking that he would escape man was endeavouring to adhere to some by rising from his seat, Anton spoke again fact for the salvation of his conscience as a in a low voice so low that it was almost a Christian. If Anton Trendellsohn could whisper, but the words seemed to fall direct but find out in what lay the quibble, the into Ziska's ears, and to hurt him.

discovery might be very serviceable to him. “What are you to say? You called “It could have been managed; -could it?" yourself just now a Christian gentleman. he said, speaking very slowly.

“ Between Neither the one name nor the other goes you and her, perhaps.” for aught with me. I am neither the one “Well, yes; between me and Nina;nor the other. But I am a man;- and I between some of us," said Ziska. ask you, as another man, whether it be true " And cannot it be managed now ?." that Nina Balatka has that paper in her

61 Nina is not one of us now. How can possession -- in her own possession, mind we deal with her ?” you, I say." Ziska had hesitated before, but “ Then I will deal with her myself. I his hesitation now was much more palpable. will manage it if it is to be managed. And, " Why do you not answer me?" contin- sir, if I find that in this matter you have ued the Jew. “ You have made this accu. told me the simple truth, -- not the truth, sation against her. Is the accusation true ?” mind you, as from a gentleman, or the

“I think she has it,” said Ziska. “ In- truth as from a Christian, for I suspect both, deed, I feel sure of it.”

- but the simple truth as from man to man, * In her own bands ?

then I will express my sorrow for the harsh


words I have used to you.” As he finished Nor did Ziska say a word, the proper

words speaking, Trendellsohn held the door of the not being ready to bis tongue. The Jew room open in his hand, and Ziska, not being returned at once into the synagogue, having ready with any answer, passed through it during the interview with Ziska worn the and descended the stairs. The Jew followed short white surplice in which he had been him and also held open the house door, but found; and Ziska returned at once to his did not speak again as Ziska went out. own house in the Windberg-gasse.

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HYDRAULIC Bung. - Dr. Weber has recent- hands, and seem to form part and parcel of the ly brought before the Industrial Society of Mul. woman herself. If you take a walk towards house a bung of his invention, which allows of Tingwall, you will meet or pass dozens of the escape of carbonic acid gas during fermen women going for or returning with peats from tation, but prevents loss by the evaporation of the hill, all busy knitting —one a stocking, alcoholic vapours. It is sometimes difficult to another a stout shawl or cravat. The finer arknow whether fermentation has ceased or not, ticles - scarfs, veils, and lace shawls, which are and if the cask be closed before it has done so, often exquisitely fine — cannot be worked in there is a risk of the cask being burst. With this off-hand way, and are reservel for leisure the improved bung, which is similar in princi- hours at home. The “ keyshie" ple to an ordinary stench trap, there is no dan- basket, like a large inverted beehive - may be ger of this, as the carbonic acid gas can escape fuil or empty, but you never fail to find the busy whenever it has attained sufficient pressure to fingers. This carrying of peats is an almost force itself under the edge of the inverted trap. daily task, and you sometimes see a woman with The bung is constructed of pottery-ware, and strongly.marked features and large frame, who, is not, we presume, intended for permanent use. from constant exposure to sunshine and shower,

and rendered gaunt and wiry by hard work, recalls Sir Walter Scott's description of " Norna

of Fitful Head.” The poorer classes generally Captain BURTON, who is now in Brazil, has wear po shoes, but “rivlins," a kind of sandal made important discoveries, the effect of which made of untanned cowhide, or sometimes sealwill be so beneficial to the empire that we doubt skin, with the hair outside, and lashed to the not his name will be hereafter associated with its foot with thongs. All the wool of the pure greatest benefactors. When crossing the country Shetland sheep is fine, but the finest grows from St. Paul's to Rio, his attention was directed under the neck, and is never shorn off, but to some pizarro or hard clay, in which he at once "rooed” – that is, gently pulled. It is said recognised the bituminous shale which overlays that an ounce of wool can by skill be spun into the true coal measures, and in which petroleum upwards of 1,000 yards of three-ply thread. exists. Further search resulted in the discov- Stockings can be knitted of such fineness as to ery of limestone and oilstone, all lying within a be easily drawn through a finger-ring. The space of eight miles. It would be impossible to annual proceeds of the industry are said to be over-estimate the result of these discoveries, they not less than £10,000. It is quite common for augur a future of vast importance for Brazil. a servant, when making an engagement, to stip

Captain Burton has also been delivering loc. ulate that she shall " have her hands to herself,' tures before distinguished audiences - one, on meaning that all she can make by knitting is to El Medinah, which he delivered in French at go into her own pocket. The industry of the the Collegio de D. Pedro Segundo, is given in women is to be accounted for by the fact that English in the Anglo-Brazilian Times of the 9th | by their knitting they supply themselves with July last. — Trübner's Record.

dress, but especially with tea, of which they are intemperately fond. It is a perfectly ascertained fact, that the value of tea annually consumed in

Shetland far exceeds the whole land rental SHETLAND STOCKINGS AND THEIR KNIT- about £30,000. Very large quantities of eggs TERS. — There is perhaps no community that are scut south, bringing in, it is said, some gives such indications of industry among the thousands of pounds annually, a great portion female population as Shetland. The knitting of which finds its way into the teapot. Good needles and the worsted are continually in their' Words.

From the Cornhill Magazine. draught of the water. Daylight appeared A NIGHT ON THE ORTLER SPITZ. shortly after, and about five o'clock we

quitted the woods and mounted a long and The following description of a perilous wearisome slope, covered with loose stones, adventure is taken from the papers of the which brought us to the foot of the first late Robert Jacob, Esq. (of Dublin), who, snow slope. Here we had our crampons with his relative, Mr. "Walpole, ascended fastened on, and though we found them the Ortler Spitz Mountain during a tour awkward enough on the rocks, they were through the Tyrol in the month of August, very useful on ice or hardened snow. We 1861. The narrative was penned a few were now fairly on the snows of the Giant hours after the occurrences to which it Ortler Spitz, the highest mountain in the refers took place.

Tyrol, where English foot bad never trod,

and we felt some little pleasure in being We left the Albergo della Santa Maria the first from our land to explore these wild at an early hour, and soon reached the sum- and barely accessible heights. mit of the Stelvio Pass, from which we had We pursued our way up the steep slope, a fine view of the mountains of the Tyrol, which was so soft that no step-cutting was Italy and Switzerland, for a vast distance needed to any extent — the axes being around; the chief object of attraction being only occasionally brought into requisition. the majestic Ortler Spitz, the king of the About eight o'clock we reached some rocks Tyrolean mountains, its summit crowned commanding a grand view of the snowy with snow, and its sides seamed with gla- valleys, glaciers, and heights around, and ciers. After a rapid descent by extem- halted for about an hour, while the guides porized paths, which we made in order to went forward and cut steps up the ascent of avoid the weary zigzag road, we soon en- ice which formed the upper portion of the tered the Austrian dominions, and at noon vast couloir, up which our difficult path lay, reached the village of Trafoi.

Unfortunately for us, it was quite denuced Having determined to attempt the ascent of fresh or soft snow, and we were obliged of the Ortler Spitz, we at once made in- to keep as near as possible to some rocks on quiries for guides, and, after a lengthened our right, after leaving which we bad rather search, we discovered two men, Joseph Schäff a trying time. The cliff of ice was awfully and Anton Ortler, with whom we arranged steep, so that it appeared nearly perpento undertake the difficult enterprise next day. dicular, and whenever we ventured to take We spent the evening in making prepara- to the rocks, enormous masses of the friable tions for the ascent, laying in a stock of limestone, of which the mountain is comprovisions, testing the ropes with which we posed, came away almost at a touch, thunwere to be tied together, obtaining veils and dering down with fearful velocity. At one spectacles to preserve our eyes from the or two places we were obliged to swing ourdazzling glare of the sun's rays on the selves round projecting crags of rock, holdsnow, and attending to the various other ing on tightly with our fingers to the narthings which are requisite in an attempt of row ledges which were, however, really this kind. A considerable ainount of in- safer than the larger rocks, although more terest was excited amongst the visitors at difficult to climb on. Of course, we were the hotel, and an English lady most obli- all well roped together, and took every step gingly offered her services to us as inter- with great anxiety, since one false one preter. We were roused at one o'clock might prove so dangerous. The icy couloir next morning, having had but a brief period formed a sort of frozen wave at the side, so for repose ; and after a hurried breakfast, that what I may compare to a chimney was we started at 2.30. The guide, Schäff, made between it and the rocks up which preceded us with a lantern, to direct our we had to climb. The strata being very steps through the darkness which prevailed much curved, at one point there was nothing at that hour. Our path lay at first through intervening between the slippery ice and a meadows and then stretched up through tall tremendous precipice beneath but a layer gloomy pine woods, frequented by bears in of loose stones about two feet wide. This winter. Shortly after three o'clock we appeared to me the worst place I ever was reached a small chapel, where three jets in yet, as the moment we set our feet on the of icy cold water poured from the bosoms of stones they rattled away beneath our tread three saints, sculptured in stone. The little now down the ice cliff on one side of us, place looked weird enough by the light of now down the precipice at the other, acour lantern, as we entered it to obtain a cording as our feet gave them direction. We had, as it were, to screw our nerves in the descent of the first half of the great a vice so as to give way to no weakness or ice-cliff commenced, and certainly it was a shrinking.

terrifying place to be in. I led the way After two hours of this difficult work we while Schäff beld the rope round my waist, reached a little plain, and after clambering J. following, fastened in like manner to Ortup another stony cliff, we commenced the ler. At the brink of the precipice two ascent of some mighty domes of frozen ravens flew up from the glen beneath, and snow and ice, apparently of endless extent perched on rocks ose by, maliciously and height, split by occasional crevasses, croaking there, and refusing to be driven which we crossed carefully without much away — by no means raising our spirits by difficulty. The day was extremely hot, and their appearance. the labour very great; we had been able to Sunset now drew near, and the mouneat or drink very little (feeling for my own tains presented an astonishing scene. A part unable to touch anything), and we huge black curtain of cloud appeared to be sometimes despaired of achieving the task drawn across the upper part of the heavens, we bad undertaken. The guides had told below wbich the myriad peaks around us that we should reach the summit at mid- literally glowed like spires of lurid flame day, but the great couloir being in such a bad rising out of a sea of gold. The scene was state they were quite put out in their calcu- awful in the extreme, and pen or penlations. "At last, after two hours and a balf cil could never adequately represent the more of great exertion we stood upon the strange and exciting spectacle which dissummit of the Ortler Spitz at 2.30 P. M., just played itself to our gaze. It seemed to us twelve hours after leaving the inn at Tra- more like some weird vision of another foi. We had now reached the desired spot, world than anything we had ever expected and from the top of this giant of the Tyrol, to see upon this earth of ours. It was near 13,000 feet above the sea level, we had a 7 P. M. before we descended the first half panoramic view of the Swiss and Tyrolean of the couloir, and we drew breath more mountains in all their glory, which tran- freely when we reached the rocks wbich I scended anything I had ever before seen. mentioned before as having formed a restThe day was magnificent, and the peaks ing-place during our ascent. The storm and icy valleys around glistened bright as pow slowly but surely approached, and we gems in the blazing sunlight.

hurried on to descend the lower half of the The top of the Ortler Spitz is a large couloir. The guides bad chosen another dome, at the end of which appears a little way, which was the cause of our being projection of ice which seemed to us plunged into unforeseen difficulties. higher than the spot where we stood, al- The borrors of the upper passage were though the guides said that the latter was renewed, and as the darkness of the coming the actual summit. This projection, or storm fast closed upon us, it became very tooth of ice, was surrounded by the huge difficult to plant our footsteps securely. We jaws of a yawning chasm, and from its were lowered from rock to ice, and clamcrown to its base ran an over-hanging cor- bered from ice to roik, until we thought nice of ice which must be traversed if we that the way could not be worse; yet still should attempt it. It appeared sheer mad- we could see no sign of the end, and it soon ness to venture at this late hour of the day became certain that we must spend the upon the undertaking, with the prospect of night upon the Ortler Spitz. This was an a long downward journey before us, and we appalling prospect, unprepared as we were decided not to try it.

for such an emergency; and well might We now began to descend, although we the boldest heart feel a shudder at encounmost reluctantly turned our eyes from the tering the terrors of such a night as we now stupendous view before us. We passed feared must be before us. readily over the crevasses and the domes We had come to the worst spot in the until we were on its last slope, when J. descent, where we had to be lowered over slipped and I was dragged along with him; a emcotb jutting piece of rock, with nothing but we were soon pulled back by the stout to hold on by, down to the glassy couloir, arms of the guides. The sensation of slip- from whence we had to climb to a little ping in such a position was horrible, although bollow on the side of the mountain. I took only for a moment. The day now began to one look at the gulf below me, and went change, a black cloud appeared in the north, down, keeping my self-command with diffiand the Swiss mountains stood out with a culty. It was soon over, however, and I portentous clearness that warned us that crept round to a ledge overhung by rocks. a storm approached. We now arrived where We were scarcely settled here, when the thunder came crashing around us, and the tired into a nook by himself. Eleven o'clock, rain fell heavily: Schäff pointed, for our twelve o'clock came. Oh! how slowly the comfort, to another black chasm into which weary night wore on! Many hours apwe had to be lowered, and said he feared peared to pass by, and yet when I looked at there was no chance of our reaching Trafoi my watch by the moonlight, frequently not that night, in which we all agreed. It would half-an-hour had really elapsed. We felt, have been certain destruction to have pro- however, we must try and win through, as ceeded at that hour, yet the horrors of it would never do to give way to despair. having to remain on the ledge for the night, One o'clock, two o'clock passed, and our almost overpowered us. This ledge, or situation was becoming agonizing, My eyes rather sloping shelf of loose stones, was would not keep open, and yet each moment divided into two little hollows, and was I was awoke by a frightful forward movecovered by the overhanging rock above us, ment, as if I were about to fall over the from which, unfortunately, there was cliff. My brief doze appeared full of constant dropping of water, so that there dreams, generally pleasant ones of home was not a dry spot to be found. We could and repose. It was evidently now freezing, not move forward lest we should fall over our teeth chattered with the cold, and we the precipice which lay beneath; we could trembled from head to foot. Not a sound not sleep, for there was no place to lie down was to be heard save the bound of rocks or in; and we dared not sleep leaning against stones from the couloir, and the occasional the rock, as it involved the danger of tum- roll of an avalanche. Sometimes the stones bling over also. We could not walk back- came tumbling over our heads, but we wards and forwards, so as to keep ourselves were well protected from them by the warm with exercise, because the shelt we overhanging cliff. At three o'clock the were on sloped so much, and the loose moonlight began to fade away, and everystones under our feet rolled down the thing grew dim. Schäff had gone into the height at every step. We had no food, no nook with the other guide, and J. and I drink, no light, and our clothes were satu- stood together intently watching for the rated with wet by the constant dropping first glimmer of daybreak over the distant from the rock over us. We were altogether mountain tops. I scarcely moved my eyes in a most unenviable condition.

now from the heights over which I knew The storm now came on in earnest; the the dawn would appear. At four o'clock thunder rolled like ten thousand pieces of we saw the welcome streaks of light, and artillery, and the echoes reverberater at five o'clock I roused the guides, but to through the mountains as if they never our horror one of them told us that he would end. The lightning was intense feared we could not reach Trafoi that day flashing through the dark clouds ; now in either. He said he was sick, and certainly bright, white zigzags, and then in red looked worse after the night than any of streams of flame that lit up the peaks and us. The rain that had fallen the evening snow-fields, as though they were on fire, before had been frozen over the snow of while the great ice-cliff near us glowed as the couloir, and had converted it into one if it had been transmuted into one sheet of smonth glassy surface, down every yard of lava.

which steps would have to be cut. As day The scene was too awful for one to be advanced, Scbäif revived, and sent Ortler able to look at with composure, and I strove to cut the steps, and at 7.30 we heard the to keep my eyes closed, but in vain, --- each welcome words, “ Now you go forwards," flash compelled me to open them, and gaze and we braced up our nerves for the strugon the brilliant spectacle around. The gle, glad at any rate to leave the ledge storm ceased after two hours' duration, and where we had spent twelve such weary the moon shone out peacefully over the hours. mountains, forming a striking contrast to We had first to walk across the line of the preceeding scene. We were now shiver- steps cut in the ice, until we reached the ing with cold in our wet clothes, but provi- centre of the couloir, when we began to dentially there was no wind, otherwise 1 descend. We soon got to the end of these know not what we should have done. Ten steps, and as fresh ones had to be cut as we o'clock arrived, and we had been here about descended our progress was slow, and the two-and-a-balf hours. I endeavoured to labour entailed on the leading guide very obtain some sleep leaning on a stone, while heavy. The rocks and stones came boundSchäff and I kept as close as we could ing down all this time, the large ones together, in order to get a little warmth with loud crashes, and the smaller ones into our frames; the other guide bad re-l with a sound like the wbizz of a rifle bullet

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