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couched in their native tongue, he could beguile into forgetfulness of all their fatigues.
Situated a little higher than the hamlet of Coarraze, and about the distance of two leagues from the village, is still shown a house which the prince was accustomed frequently to visit. It was occupied by a family of labourers, of the name of Gestas, now extinct. When the young prince was obliged to quit Coarraze to return to the Château of Pau, he requested these friends of his infancy to inform him in what he could benefit them, or give them pleasure. They replied, with the true simplicity of peasants, that their only ambition was to be allowed to pay their tithe in grain, and to preserve the straw. What a happy ignorance is betrayed, by this reply, of what the world beyond their mountains had to offer !
It is recorded, that long after Henry quitted this castle, he was in the habit of returning to visit his friends the Gestas, and to follow the chase along the mountainpaths which he knew so well. In order to shorten the way, he was accustomed to trace a narrow path along the side of a hill, which still retains the name of the Road of Henry IV. Indeed, the same associations occur almost at every step the traveller takes, so fond are the people of the country of cherishing the remembrance of their 'good king.'*
See Summer and Winter in the Pyrenees.
THE AMBITIOUS BOY.
Ralph Milburn disliked nothing so much as to be made game of by his schoolfellows. He could bear to be reproved by the superiors of the school for doing what was wrong, though, upon the whole, his conduct was not much to be complained of; but to be laughed at, or put down, or even overlooked—these he could not bear.
Without inquiring whether Ralph Milburn differed materially from other boys and girls in this respect, we will go on to explain what means he adopted for avoiding the evils above described. Instead of being doubly careful never to do anything either foolish or wrong, it entered into his head that he would become great, that he would distinguish himself by some extraordinary conduct, follow the example of philosophers or heroes—he could not make up his mind which—and thus compel his fellow-creatures to regard him as somebody at least.
No sooner had this idea taken full possession of the mind of the ambitious boy, than it began to help him wonderfully through all the mortification and rough treatment usually belonging to the life of a schoolboy. They may treat me as familiarly as they like now," he used to say to himself, “but the time will come,”—and here he wisely stopped, for the exact line of distinction which he meant to follow, was not yet very clearly marked out. Still he hoped on, for he had had dawnings and glimpses of the same kind of thing ever since his child. hood; and though he was far from standing first in the school as regarded his attainments, and was less industrious and persevering than most of his companions, he hoped on; and still secretly threatened, on every repeated instance of insult or neglect, that “the time should
Full of these flattering anticipations, he often withdrew from the sports of the schoolboys, and, stealing away behind a thick yew hedge, would silently seat himself upon a flight of stone steps, which supported the pillars of the vestibule in front of the academy; and as this was a place almost unfrequented by the boys, he spent here many a solitary hour of pleasant musing upon vague plans and schemes for attaining future greatness.
Ralph Milburn was an amiable and kind-hearted boy, when not under the direct influence of wounded vanity, or insulted pride ; and it is almost a wonder, that he did not blend together these two peculiarities of character, by planning how he might distinguish himself in the way of doing good to his fellow-creatures. As is too often the case with ambitious people, however, he thought only