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“By heaven !" cried Sir Frankley, forgive you for being a better man “I see through it all. Verity, you than your father!" never told me a falsehood. What am Need we say more? Or are our I to think of Harry?”

readers really so ignorant of all such “ That he is a thoughtless, squan- tales, as not to know, that Adderape dering young cub, like his father be was turned out of the house; that the fore him,"answered Verity. “ Harkee, spoons were found in the backgammon sir, I have known you both, since you box; that the coquettes confessed their were a span and a half high, and there foibles; that Blanche married Clernever was but one shade of difference mont; that Wildwood married Myrbetween you."

tylla; that Patly got the white satin “ And what was it?” asked Sir gown, with the border of red roses ; Frankley.

that Verity lived to be older than ever, “ Wliy, that the father was the and that Slink was promoted to a wildest chap of the two, by chalks.” coachman's seat, for having positively

“ Harry, my dear Harry,' declined all participation in the afclaimed Sir Frankley, clasping Wild- fair. wood in his arms, “ how joyfully do 1









I LEFT Geneva at six in the morning ed the river, and walked along its of Thursday, on my way to the cele- right bank. Every step we advanced, brated Valley of Chamounix, in com the scenery increased in grandeur, pany with some old friends whom I and the hills in height. Snowy mounhad accidentally encountered a few tains lay directly before us, and the evenings before. The day was dark road winded along the base of a richly and cloudy, a thin watery mist hung wooded hill, which shewed the hand upon the hills, and the face of nature of autumn in every imaginable tint. upon the whole seemed rather unpro. The dark and unvaried pines occupitious. The weather, liowever, in pied only the rocky summits; the all mountainous countries, being so sides were ornamented with the oak, changeable, we did not despair of bet- the birch, and the mountain ash, and ter times towards the afternoon, and here and there a bright and tiery were not disappointed. We proceed. branch of the wild cherry-tree. Fored about a mile to Nangy, where we tunately, too, at this time, the mists breakfastęd, and then advanced to were dispelled, the clouds ascended Bonneville, a town of respectable size. from the vallies, and formed fine Its natural station is beautiful, being wreaths on the mountain-tops, and close upon the banks of the Arve, the sun broke forth to complete the which are finely varied by woodland glory of the scene,-and pasture ground. There are some high and finely wooded hills in the Scattering the clouds with a resistles

smile." immediate neighbourhood, and in deep crevices among the pines, at no Before reaching Bonneville, we passgreat height, even at this season, there ed close by the smooth green hill were patches of snow; here we cross called Môle, which forms 80 promi.

nent a feature in the view from Ge. The best time and station, in my opineva and the country around it. It nion, for perceiving the perfect subliappears from that quarter to be situ- mity of this glorious valley, is a little beated in the centre of the valley lead- fore sun-set, and from the road a short ing towards Chamounix, and from the time after passing the bridge at Cluse. extreme purity of the atmosphere, on A person who has not seen it under a clear day, one would suppose it these circumstances, has not, properto be within an hour's walk of the ly speaking, seen it at all. From that town,-but from the time we took point of view, all the overhanging to approach its base, it cannot be less mountains seem to mingle with each distant than twelve or fourteen miles other, and still to preserve distinctly from Geneva. Proceeding leisurely their own majestic forms; and when along this delightful region, we are the sun is conceived sinking from the rived towards the afternoon at Cluse, heavens, and painting their high suma small town of Savoy, distant about mits with ten thousand glorious hues, eight leagues from the last mentioned there is something in the whole scene city. After crossing the Pont de inexpressibly beautiful, wild, and sul'Arve in the immediate neighbour- blime. I think it is observed by Gilhood, we entered a pass or narrow pin, that towards evening the very valley through which the river flows. shape of mountains is altered to the This, I really think, is one of the finest eye. This is a fine remark. The things I have seen in Switzerland. shades of twilight, and the purple of Glencoe must hide its diminished a setting sun, soften whatever is harsh head. On either side the rocks rise in a prospect, hide all disagreeable irto a prodigious height,-perhaps to regularities, and may without affecta1500 or 2000 feet,—and between tion of the cant of taste, be said to these there is room solely for the river harmonise the whole. According as and the road along its banks. In light or shade falls upon an object, some places they appear almost to its general situation, size, and disoverhang the stream, and present a tance, seem to vary,—and since at most threatening aspect, while here evening light and shade undergo a and there, among projecting scars, greater variety than during the day, some fine old pine-trees are seen so must the face of nature at that seaspreading their branches, and casting son. So many circumstances has Protheir long dark shadows across the vidence contrived to make this earth lurid cliffs. Several of these majestic a pleasant dwelling! As the clouds in precipices are perforated by dismal an evening sky are never two nights looking caves, which at first sight exactly similar, the appearance of no have almost the appearance of the scene in nature can ever be two nights work of human hands, but where they exactly the same; and were the mind are, no human foot was ever placed. as accustomed to reflect and to con

template, as immediately to perceive High mountains closed the vale;

and enjoy the lovely varieties thus Bare rocky mountains, to all living things afforded, what a source of happiness Inhospitable; on whose sides no herb

would it possess! In the course of a Rooted, no insect fed, no bird awoke Their echoes, save the cagle strong of wing; store house of most "fairy images


few years, the memory would be a A lonely plunderer that afar Sought in the vales his prey.

which the fancy might endlessly com

bine, and the heart silently and un unconscious beast, and reached their seen enjoy. From Cluse to St Mar- destination in safety, as happy as tin our walk was quite magnificent, “ before the fall.” and far transcends all human praise. I look upon it as the duty of every We reached the latter village about tourist to “ give unto Cæsar what is eight at night.

Cæsar's;" in other words, to record During this day's walk, N. who faithfully, not only what may have upon the whole shews more pluck than been his own impressions of admiramost of his countrymen, suffered much tion and of joy, as derived from beaufrom fatigue and tender feet. For tiful or magnificent features in the some time we had scarcely advanced external aspect of nature, but also to more than a couple of miles per hour relate, for the benefit of his successors About sunset, a fair Savoyard, d'un in fatigue and hunger, a little concertain âge, passed by on horseback, cerning the interior economy of each after the manner usual in Switzerland. of the public-houses in which he may After much argument, we induced N. have rested from his labours. Be it to request a seat behind this lady; so known then, that the auberge at St having hailed her, we descanted at Martin (there is only one) is, though some length on the disabled state of unassuming, in every respect excelthe unfortunate foreigner, and finally lent,—the food of good quality, and persuaded her to take him with her prettily cooked, the wines well flaas far as St Martin. She owned the voured, and she is certainly the pretsoft impeachment, and he being ac tiest I have seen in Switzerland. cordingly mounted, “ with difficulty V.S. The preceding information is and labour hard," the two depart- the more necessary in the present ined on their way rejoicing. We had stance, because the merits of this ex. not proceeded far, however, after cellent establishment not being so gethe accomplishment of this humane, nerally known as thos of Hofwyl, though arduous duty, when our eyes, most travellers on their way to Chawere attracted by an unusual specta mounix, cross the Arve near this cle. Either the saddle-girths had place, and leaving the main road for given way, or N. with his cherry-stick a short distance, take up their abode had tickled the fancy of the Alpine at Sallenche, where the accommodacourser,-be that as it may, “ the tion cannot be better, with the incontwain” were lying in the dust in a venience of retracing their steps to most deplorable condition, the “un- the high way in the morning. I was offending creature” peacefully graz- very happy at St Martin. ing by the road-side, while the fair We renewed our journey to ChaSavoyard was leaning over the ex mounix about eight in the morning, hausted Columbian, exclaiming with N. being mounted on a mule, with an clasped hands, and tearful eyes, “ 0, intelligent Savoyard as a conductor; pauvre Anglois ! O, pauvre enfant !” his name is Jean Riand. The valley Neither of them could give a very in. of the Arve continued during our telligible account of the manner in whole route as fine as ever. After which the accident had taken place, passing St Martin, it opens considerand fortunately neither of them was ably, so as to leave room for several a bit the worse of it. After a little pretty cottages and some pasture land supplementary exertion on our part, between the river and the mountains. they were both reloisted upon the Though equally beautiful and majes.

sic, yet from this circumstance it is place presents a most singular appear. less singularly striking and sublime, ance, consisting now of noihing but thac thie eutiance of the varley at an enormous incided mass of debris, Cluse, where it is so very narrow. I that is, huge slodes, rocks, and racertainiy think the scene from the vines, heaped up and miogled togelatter virage onwards, one of the ther in a most wiid and disorderly finest I have ever beheld in any coun. manner. It is indeed a desolate place, try. Near the village of Chede we and nearly destitute of wood, though left the main road, “ if main it may once bearing on its shoulders many a be called, which main is not,” and goodly pine. Some few of these have ascended by the side of a small moun. now extricated themselves, and are tain stream, to have a view of a fine contriving to grow with some effect cascade which it forms at the head of exactly at right angles to their former the little valley by which it descends inclination. This awful dilapidation to join the Arve. This fall is great took place with a most fatal rapidity, in height, though the quantity of wa. every thing being overturned, buried, ter is small. li flows from the Lake and destroyed, in the short space of of Cliede, and descends through a five minutes. “ Ceux qui voulent dark cleit in the rocks, which at top prendre connaissance des re ultats are well wooded. After a descent of terrible de la dernière chute de Monforty or fifty feet, it is divided by a tagne, dans la vallée de Goldau, de jutting precipice, which is not only sauraient être plus avantageusement perpendicular, but hangs over several placés pour cela qu'à Ari, qui n'est degrees; the fall is then uninterrupt. qu'à 20 minutes de la limite occiden. ed till it reaches a stone basin of great iale de ces bouleversemens. Mais la depth, but the lieight is such, that the dernière et la plus terrible de toutes water descends almost in the form of ces catastrophes, c'est celle qui eut vapour, and the two streams appear lieu en 1806, le 2 Septembre, à 5 h. to be, except under the precipice du soir. Il était tombé pendant l'hiver which divides them, again united into une énorme quantité de neige, et les one. One of the most striking fea- mois de juillet et d'août avaient été tures of the scenery in this neighbour- extraordinairement pluvieux; le I et le Jiood, is the magnificently castellated 2 de Septembre, il avait plusans interrock called the Auguille de Varens, ruption, et en abondance. Déjà dans which raises its craggy points consi- la matinée les personnes qui demeuderably beyond the height of 7000 raient dans le voisinage du Gnybenfeet. Near its base, a large tract of spitz entendirent du bruit et un broken ground reminds one of the eraquement dans la montagne; on fall of the Montagne d'Anterne, which aperçut aussi ailleurs en divers engave way in the month of July 1751. droits d'autres phénomènes singuSuch unfortunate catastroplies are lieres. Enfin à 5 h. du soir les cou. surely not unusual in Switzerland, as ches de brèche qui s'étendaient entre I have within these last few weeks le Spitzbrzel et la Steinbergerfloue se had several instances pointed out to détachèrent de la montagne et se preme of a similar occurrence. The “de. cipitèrent avec le fracas du tonnerre solation and the dreariness” were not dans la vallée de Goldau et de Bounearly so striking among the ruins of singhen, d'ou leurs debris remontèthis mountain, as in the bouleverse- rent le long de la base du Righi. La mens of the Rossberg, in the valley largeur de ces couches était de 1000 of Goldau near Schwytz. This latter p., leur hauteur de 100 p., et leur lon

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