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attemare when he was abroad, to meet him at dinner. After dinner Mr. Adams asked him to perform a little feat to show his magic powers. Vattemare declined, while Mr. Adams brushed a fly out of his ear. The fly became more troublesome and would not be driven away. At last Mr. Adams bowed his thanks for the magician's compliance. He had sent the fly. In 1849 he did not look over thirty-five, yet he was past maturity in 1830, when he paid Sir Walter Scott a visit and accompanied him and Miss Edgeworth on their tour of the Scottish lakes. During this visit Vattemare obtained, as he and Sir Walter stood waiting for the stage to pass on which Mr. Vattemare was to leave Abbotsford, a piece of poetry, written on the gate-post by the poet, in which Sir Walter spoke in the character of sheriff of the county reading the riot act to all the characters the wizard had personated before him. Fac-similes of the album were published and are now much valued in Paris. Early in January a debate aros
women; when Devereux and The Disowned were placed behind the other books on the shelves of the library, as unfit for the eyes of ladies; when George Sand and Paul de Kock were named with bated breath, and the young people knew them not; when Miss Austen's correct ladies and gentlemen walked serenely across the literary stage and looked their approval of their equally prudent audience; when Lady Delacour's duel with Harriet Freke was considered an incident to be deprecated while reading Miss Edgeworth's novels, and Lady Audley's secret was held in reserve and not to be confided lightly to the young; when we still argued hotly over the relative merits of Di. Vernon and Belinda; when some old-fashioned girls wept over Thaddeus of Warsaw, and there were even some who yet gazed lovingly at Amanda Fitz-Allen's tearful fainting form as it was borne off from Lord Mortimer--Frederika Bremer's Neighbors gave us our first glimpse of Swedish everyday life. Petraa's nose was a matter of widespre