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and reflection, but with subjects of many parts in English composition, conversation as well.”
as an adverb, a preposition, and a The papers tell us that a horse conjunction. And a carelessness trotted two miles inside of three in its use may convey a meaning minutes. Now know that not intended by the user. ** within” and “inside of” have But as a disjunctive conjunction some affinity, but they do not at is simple, regular. “I will go, but all times express the same idea. A he will remain.” It is in its use horse may trot three miles inside as an adverb or a preposition that an inclosure, but not inside of we find it abused : three minutes.
"I have but two dollars in my " Come off” is now very gene- purse.” Here “but” is used for rally used in a way that seems to only," and is an adverb, and the degrade that which is to take place. sentence conveys a meaning not to Fifty years ago
6 come off” was a be mistaken, yet it would be better slang term of the ring: “The fight to use only." will come off* next Thursday.” But is used as a preposition in Recently we heard it announced the sentence, “I have no child but that a communion service in a John," that is, “ Take away John church would " come off on Sunday and I have no child.” The two next."
uses of “but” given above are conMy uncle Toby (Captain Shandy), founded. when he heard my father (Squire “ It was necessary to have a maShandy) apply the word "scoun- jority, but sis members were presdrelly" to a canon, rose up to pro. ent." “ But” in that example test against the application of such should be followed by "only." an adjective to such an honorable We copy the following from a instrument. And we hope that the paper: " We had doubts whether administration of a solemn sacra- people would come, but eighty men ment will not be announced with were there.” Now it may be asked such a phrase as to “come off.” whether eighty was a smaller num
Mr. Trollope says that the French ber than bad been expected, or language has been stunted by the whether expectation had been reunhealthy dressing and trimming alized by there being quite as many of the Academy, while the English as had been looked for? In the first language has flourished like a na- meaning, "only" should take the tive oak without any restraint of place of “but ;” in the last meandictionaries. That is in some ing, yet should be used. measure true, but the tone of the The word “either,” which in its English language, though it might true meaning is distributive or alhave suffered by excessive trim- ternative, and never dual, has come ming, has certainly not improved now to take the place of “each,' by all the offshoots and grafting and unfortunately poetic usage which bave marked its progress; even as bigh as Milton sanctions it. and bad a judicious censorship Milton says: “ On either hand been exercised, it might have been stood," &c. So people say: "She spared many words or the misap- had a glove on either hand,” when plication of some words that now it is evident that the sen ace interfere with that precision which means, “ She had a glove on each is an important element in a lan- hand.” “ Take either path.” That guage by which the new facts and does not mean “take both paths," ideas are to be transmitted to suc- but, “ take either one path or the ceeding generations.
other." But is a word that seems to play In the use of certain words we
must be guided by correspondent such a presentation may lead to inwords. The comparative degree quiries that must result in more of an adjective corresponds with careful regard to the importance of "than;" “either" corresponds accuracy. with “ or."
Errors may exist and often are “She had a glove on each hand” found in the composition of the -“She had a glove on either the best of writers. They are slips left or the right hand, but not on of the pen, momentary lack of both hands." “ Take either path vigilance relative to some early ac(one or the other), but do not take quired bad habit. They may be both paths.”
errors of the compositors that esThe pronunciation of the word cape the eye of the proof-reader or “either” as if written "ither" is the care of the printer. They will simply abominable. There is no scarcely become injurious, because analogy for such a sound of ei in they will not be sustained by the English words. In German it same error in other parts of the would be correct, but not in Eng- book or article. We speak of erlish. We recall at this moment no rors which are acquiring the sancword of our language in which ei tion of use, which poor writers per. is sounded as i. The words height petrate by a want of knowledge of and heighten may be adduced, but the language, and good writers any scholar will perceive that these seem to justify by their carelesswords come from “highi," and while they retain the proper pro- It is difficult for men of the best nunciation of the vowel, they differ education and of much care to in orthography from the easy pro- avoid some peculiarities of their nunciation of the words. We no- locality. Daniel Webster tice that of late “hight” is finding never cleared bis vocabulary of the favor.
New Englandism “be you" instead It was not intended to notice er- of “are you," and Walter Scott roneous orthoepy,” else perhaps rhymed "canal” with “fall” and the vicious pronunciation of "all." "wound" as "woond” would have The people of the South, in this been particularly noticed. That country, and in many parts of Ireaffectation of French Sounds is land, and (such is the influence of painful to a cultivated ear, and it error) in many parts of the Middle is without analogy in English. States, continually use the auxiliary
It was not the intention of the " will” for “shall," e. g., “I will writer of these articles to present be so occupied to-morrow that I more than a few instances of inac- will not be able to come.” curacies in the use of words, but
It was springtide-happy springtide
Laughing spring, so glad and gay; And a troop of merry children
Were bounding on their way: From each tiny band the flowers Fell in rosy rainbow showers ; Little recked those joyous children,
Spring had fairer flowers than they. But at evening, when the night-dew
O'er the earth ber mantle spread, Like a silver-footed fairy,
Leaving tokens of her tread; When the eyes, by grief unclouded, In their dreamless sleep lay shrouded, Withered, crushed, besoiled, and broken,
On the earth the flowers lay dead! Once again I saw the children,
But the ground was white with snow; Only here and there a snowdrop
Tried its dainty bell to show;
Will ber rarer gifts bestow.
Life's bright, blushing, golden morn; Every swift-returning moment
Some fresh fleeting pleasure born;
Fairer hopes will rise with morn.
When Time's snow around us lies;
Through our failing, darkened eyes;
Withered, crushed, and broken, dies ! Oh, the foolish, heedless children,
With their ringing laughter gay, Let us tremble while we listen,
For we would not be as they; Fondly prize each heaven-sent pleasure, Duly hoard the fleeting treasure, That life's winter may be fragrant
With the blossoms of its May!
LOST AND FOUND.
IN TWO PARTS.-PART I.
“INDEED, Michael, I cannot take mark you, I'm not going to let him it. Thank you kindly for thinking get the better of me. I'll pay him of me, but the 'kerchief I won't out for it, and you too, if you throw take. Maybe there's many as will me over for him. I'm not a man to be only too glad of it, but I'd rather break my word. Look to yourself, not, so please don't be angered at Norah Grey.” my saying so."
The girl's eyes flashed, and she The speaker was a remarkably raised her head proudly. “As to pretty girl, of some nineteen sum- throwing you over, I never had mers, whose deep blue eye, dark nought to say to you, so that's not wavy hair, and bright complexion, true. You're a base coward to try betrayed the Irish blood that had and frighten a girl; but that's not run in her mother's veins, as did the way to gain me. I'll take Harry thes erect carriage of her shapely Duncan's ribbons, and I'll take head, uncovered by hat or bonnet, Harry Duncan too, and it's little and the free light step, untram- I'm feared of your black looks and melled save by the short blue pet- your threats. I'll never be wife of ticoat that descended but little be- yours while the sea bas waves, or low her knees, displaying the neat the sun shines above us; so now ankles in their dark gray stockings, you know my mind.” and' the well-shaped foot in its She took up a bundle of sticks heavy shoes. Norah Grey's mother that lay on the ground beside her, had indeed been a wild Irish girl, and moved away with a quick step and her child had inherited along and a fushed cheek. Michael with these traits of form the deep White gazed after her with a lowpassionatė nature that had laid the ering brow, as her tall figure, standyoung wife in her grave but two short ing out against the red evening monthis after the day that had seen sky, gradually lessened and finally her husband's body, stiff and cold, disappeared from the broad furzeborne home by the sorrowing mates covered common that stretched who had seen him struck down by along the tops of the lofty cliffs for a drunken man whom he had en- many miles on that wild coast. He deavored to prevent drowning him really loved the beautiful Irish girl ; self. The man
who stood by, but he had found out by chance Michael White, was a dark-looking from the uncle she lived with, that fellow, several years her senior, Norah had a little fortune of her with heavy overhanging brows, and own, safely invested in a neighbora thin-lipped mouth, that spoke a ing town, and he knew that Harry cruel and determined nature. He Duncan, the finest and best-looking held a bright pink handkerchief in young sailor in that little fishing his hand, and his eyes were fixed village, was no slight favorite of on Norah with an angry glitter in Norah's, and jealousy and avarice them.
lent their aid to the love that her "You won't take it, won't you, bright eyes and glowing cheeks had Norah Grey ?" he said, fiercely. kindled. “ But you wore Harry Duncan's “She shall be mine," he mutribbon in your hair yesterday. I tered fiercely, as his eyes rested on knew it, for I saw him buy it. But her retreating figure." I like her the better for her spirit, and I'll waved ; five minutes more, and a soon break it if it troubles me. flushed breathless young man, who Besides, Duncan shall never crow had been looking on at the game, over me, nor boast that he took the threw himself on the ground at her girl I loved from me. I'll kill him feet. or her first."
“Why do you leave thein all, He struck his hat fiercely on to Harry ? said Norah, looking, howhis head, and thrusting the rejected ever, with a sunny smile into the bandkerchief into his pocket, strode eyes that were raised to hers. away towards the quiet cottage on Sure, it's better fup for you down the downs that owned him for its there than with me, for I'm tired master. Meanwhile, Norah was and a bit out of sorts.” descending the steep Darrow path " What's put you out, Norah that led to the village. The snug dear?” asked the young sailor. little hamlet of Beck's Cliff nestled “ You look bright enough, but I in a small bay, sheltered on every can't say I feel quite bright myself. side by lofty. white cliffs, against There's a weight over me, and I whose rugged base the angry sea didn't care to be larking with those beat and roared in impotent fury fellows. I was more than glad through the long winter. That when I sighted your pretty face treacherous monster looked mild shining down on me.
But tell me, enough now, as it lay gleaming and what's put you out ?” glowing beneath the western sun, Norah's face flushed. “It's just and breaking in easy wavelets along Michael White," she said, hotly; the sands, where, seated beside "he makes me that wild I could their boats, the fishermen were beat him ! He's forever after me, mending their nets, while their and won't take no, and I'd lie in bare-legged children danced and the grave before I'd be wife of his; shouted in the water, or built mimic I hate him.” cottages and dug mimic canals. " He's a bad man, I'm thinking,” The little thatched cabins gleamed said Harry, gravely, “and not one white among the trees that grew I'd like you to anger, Norah. almost to the water's edge, and There's no saying what he won't do wives and mothers were sitting at when he's up. But, Norah dear, their doors, work in hand, or toss- why don't you tell him bold, that ing their last white-haired chubby you've promised to be my wife? urebins in their arms, as they gos- Maybe he'd be quiet then.” siped with their neighbors over the " That's just what I daren't do," low stone walls that separated their replied Norah, hastily, “ for he'd tiny gardens. A group of lads in mark you ill, I'm thinking. He's their blue and white sailor's cos- bitter against you now, tume, some with picturesque red he'll spite both you and me because caps on their heads, were playing I wore your
ribbon yestreen. leap-frog under the shade of one of Harry, he's a bad man; don't you the lofty clitfs; and as Norah, go near him, or let him anger you, placing her heavy bundle of fire- or maybe he'll kill you." wood on the ground, seated herself Harry Duncan laughed scornon a mossy gray stone to rest and fully, but his brow was clouded. enjoy the calm beauty of the scene "I'm not feared of him, Norah," below, her eyes rested on this group he said; "but I wish you'd keep with a long inquiring gaze, and a away from him. I'm going a fishhalf smile on her rosy lips. Pres- ing to-morrow early, and may bap ently she was seen; a shout as- I won't be back for a day or two; cended, and a tarred straw bat was but you won't let him frighten you