The Columbian. (Bloomsburg, Pa.) 1866-1910, May 12, 1866, Image 1

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SJhc." Columbian,
is i'Uni.titt:n nvnuv hatcuiiav, in
llliininilmrg, Cfllitmliln County, Pn.
Two Dollars ft year, In ndvnnce. If not paid In
advance, Two Dollars and I'irty Outs,
Address nil k-ltrrt to
(IKOItOl! It. MooltK,
MHor of Iho Cor.CMiilA.v,
lltoonisburg, Columbia County, Fu.
Two brown heads with tossing curls,
lied lips shutting over peal Is,
Hare feel, while and wet ultlnW,
Two eyes black and two eyes blue,
I.lltle boy nml Kill were tbey,
Kutlo. Leo ami Wllllo CI ray.
Triipy were mtandlng w hero a brook,
Heading like n nlieilieril'K crook,
Flashed ItM silver, nml thick ranks
Of willow fringed Us lunik,
Half In thought-ami half In plav,
lCatlo Uo nlid Wllllo Clray.
They ho J checks like cherries red j
Jin was taller, moil n head i
Hho, with nrms like wreaths of snow,
Swung n basket to nml fro,
(As they loitered, half In play,)
Chattering to Wllllo Clray.
" Pretty Katie," Willie said,
And there entile- n of red
Through the browuness of his check,
"Hoys are strong and gills arc weak,
And I'll carry, ho I will,
Katie's basket up the hill."
Katie answered, wllh n laugh,
" You shall carry only half,"
Crhcn said, tossing back lur curls,)
" Hoys are weak as well as girls."
Do yon think that Kallo guessed
llulf tho wisdom sho expressed?
Men are only boys grown tail ;
Hearts don't change much, nflcr nil;
And when, long years from that day,
Kallo Lee and Wllllo dray
Stood ttiahl beside the biook
Heading like n shepherd's crook,
Is It Rtrango that Willie said,
While again u dash of red
(.'rou ncil the browuness of his cheek,
" I am sluing and you are weak,
Life Is but nsllppeiy sleep
Hung with shadows cold and deep ;
" Will you trust mo, Kutlo dear?
Walk beside mo without fear?
May I carry, If I will,
All your burdens up the hill?"
And she answered, with a laugh,
" No; but you may carry half."
Closo besldn tho llllle brook,
1 tending like n shepherd's crook,
Working, wllh Its silver hands,
Late nnd early at the bands,
Stands a cottage, wheio to-day
Katlo lives with Willie liruy.
In Hie porch sho Kits, and lo!
Swings u basket lo mid no,
Vastly different from the one
That sho swung In year agone;
'J'hli il long, and dtri, and widt'.
And has rockrrs at the side.
Fi:o.M tiii; ur.uMAN or szciiokki:.
Xatouli:, it is true, is only a very lit
tle place on the liay of Cannes ; yet it is
pretty well known through nil Provence.
It lies in tho shade of lofty evergreen
palms, anil darker orange trees; hut
that alone would not make it renowned.
Still they say that there tiro grown the
most luscious grapes, tho sweetest roses,
iind the handsomest girK 1 don't know
hut it is i-o ; in the meantime I helieve
it most readily. Pity that Xapoulo is so
.small, and cannot produce more luscious
grapes, fragrant roses, and handsome
maidens; especially as wo might then
have some of them transplanted to our
own country.
As, over fcinco the foundation of Xn
poule, all tho women have
been beauties, so the little Marietta was
it wonderof wonders, as the chronicles of
tho place declare. She was called the
Utile Marietta ; yet she was not smaller
than a girl of seventeen or thereabouts
ought to be, seeing that her forehead just
reached up to the lips of a grown man.
Tho chronicles aforesaid had very good
ground for speaking of Marietta. 1, had
I stood in tho shoes of tho chronicler,
would have done the same. For Mari
etta, who until lately had lived with her
mother Mnnon at Avignon, when she
came back to her birthplace quite up-ot
tho wholo village. Verily, not tho
houses, but the people and their heads;
and not the heart- of all tho people, but
of those particularly whoso heads and
hearts nre always in great danger when
in the neighborhood of two bright pyes.
I know very well that such a position is
no joke.
Mother Mnnon would have done much
better if sho had remained at Avignon.
Hut she had been left a small inherit
mico, by which sho received at Xapoulo
an estate consisting of somo vine-hills,
and a houso that lay in the shadow of a
rock, between certain ollvo tree.3 and
African acacias. This is a kind of tiling
which no unprovided widow over re
jects; and accordingly, in her own es
timation, fcho was us rich and happy as
though sho were tho Countess of Prov
ence, or something like it.
So much tho worse was it for the good
peoplo of Xapoulo. They noversuspect
od their misfortune, not having read in
Homer how ni single pretty woman had
illlert all Greece and Lesser Asia witli
discord and war.
HOW TIIU MISrOUTUNK cajiu aiiout.
Mauii:tta had scarcely been fourteen
tlayti in tho, between tho olive
trees und tho African acacias, before
very young man of Xapoulo knew
Mint alio lived there, and that thero lived
not, in nil Provence, a moro charming
&irl than tho ono in that house.
Went sho through tho village,
sweeping lightly along like a dressed
up angel, her frock, with its palo green
Iwdlco, and ornnge-leaves anil rose-buds
upon tho bosom of it, fluttering in tho
breeze, and ilowers nml ribbons waving
about tho btraw bonnet, which shaded
her beautiful features; yes, then tho
gravo old meu spako out, and the young
ones were struck dumb. And every
where, to tho right and left, little win
dows and doors wero opened with "a
good-morning," or "n good-ovenlng,
Marietta," tw It might bo, while she
nodded to tho right and left with a pleas
ant smile. -
If Murletla walked into tho church
nil hearts (that is, of tho young people)
forgot lleuveii; ull eye turned from
VOL J.-XO. 2.
the saints, and the worshipping linger
wandered Idly among tho pearls of tho
rosary, 'litis nitist have eetlalnly nro
voked much sorrow, at least among the
more devout.
The maidens of Xapoule mrtlctilarlv
became very pious about this time; for
they, most or all, took tho matter to
heart. And they were not to be blamed
for it ; for since the advent of Marietta
more than one prospective groom had
become cold, and more than one wor
shipper of some beloved ono quite In
constant. There were bickerings and re
preaches on all sides, ninny tears, pert I
licit lectures, and even rejections. Tho
tal,V was no longer of marriage, but of
sepa.-nllons. They began to return their
pledges of truth, rings, ribbons, etc
The old persons took part with their
children; criminations and strife spread
rrom house to house; It was most do
Marietta is tho. cause of all, said tho
pious maidens llrst; then tho moth
ers said it ; next the fathers took it up ;
anil finally all, even the young men
Hut Marietta, shielded by modesty and
innocence, like tho petals of the rose
hud in its dark green calix, did not stis
pod the mischief of which sho was the
occasion; and continued courteous to
everybody. This touched tho young
nien.wliosaiil, " Wliycondcninthepure
and harmless child '.' sho is not guilty !"
'I lien the fathers said tho same thin
then tho mothers took it up; nnd final
ly all, even the pious maidens. For,
let who would talk with Marietta, she
wasstiro togaln theircsteem. .So before
hair a year hud passed everybody had
spoken to her, and everybody loved
her. lint she did not suspect that she
was the object of such general regard, as
she had not before suspected that she
was tho object or dislike. Does tho vio
let, hidden in the down-trodden grass
think how sweet it is?
-Mm' every one wished to make
amends for tho Injustice they had done
Marietta. Sympathy deepened the ten
derness of their attachment. Marietta
found herself greeted everywhere in
more friendly way than ever; sho was
more cordially welcomed ; moreheartily
invited to tho rural sports and dances.
A i.i, men, however, are not endowed
with tender sympathy, hut some have
Hearts hardened like Pharaoh's. 'Pin-.
arises, no doubt, from that natural do
pravity which lias como upon men in
conseijueneo ol the tail of Adam, or be
cause, at their baptism, tho devil is not
brought siilllciently under subjection.
A remarkable oxamnlo of this hard
ness of heart was triven bv one Colin.
the richest farmer and nronrietor in Xa
poule, whose vineyards and olive trar-
(lens, wiioso lemon and orange trees,
could hardly be counted in a dav. One
thing particularly demonstrates the tier
verscness ol Jus disposition: lie was
twenty-seven years old, and had never
yet asked lor what purpose girls had
iieen created.
Title, all the peonle. especially dnm-
sals ol' a certain age. williiurlv f'ormive
him this sin, and looked upon him as
ono or tho best young men under the
sun. His line llgure, his fresh.-uncm-barrassod
maimer, his look, Ids laugh,
enabled him to gain tho favorable opin
ion or the arorcsiud people, who would
have forgiven him, had there been occa-
ion, any ono ol the deadly sins. Mat
the (lec-Mon or such judges is not always
to be trusted.
While both old nnd youngat Xapoule
had become reconciled lo the innocent
Marietta, and proilcrcd then-sympathies
to her, Colin was the only one who had
no pity upon tho poor child. JfMari-
ettta was talked of, ho became as dumb
as a fish, if he met her In tho street, he
would turn red and while with anger.
and east sidelong glances at her of the
most malicious kind.
If, at evening, the young peoplo met
uiion tho sea-shore near the old castle
ruins, for sprightly pastimes, or rural
dances, or to sing catches, Colin was the
merriest among them. Hut as soon as
Marietta arrived the rascally fellow was
silent, and all the gold in tho world
couldn't make him sing. What a pity,
when lie had such a flue voice! every
body listened to it so willingly, and lis
store of songs was endless.
Ml the maidens looked kindly upon
Colin, and he was friendly with all of
them, lie had, as we have bald, a
roguish glance, which the lasses feared
and loved; and it was so sweet tliev
would like to have had It painted. lint,
as might naturally lie expected, the of
fended Marietta did not look graciously
upon him. And In that she was per
fectly right. Whether he smiled or not
it was all tho same to her. As to his
roguish glance, why, sho would never
hear it mentioned ; and therein too she
was perfectly right. When lie told n
talo (and ho knew thousands), and ev
erybody listened, she nudged her neigh
bor, or perhaps threw tufts of grass ut
Peter or Paul, and laughed and chatter
ed, and did not listen to Colin at all.
Tills behavior quite provoked tho proud
fellow, ho that he would break oil' In the
middle of his story and stalk suddenly
itevengo Is sweet. The daughter of
mother Mnnon well knew how lo tri
umph. Yet Marietta was a light good
child, and quite too tender-hearted. II'
Colin was silent, it gave her pain, ir
ho was downcast, she laughed no more,
ir he went away, sho did not stay long
behind, but hurried to her home, and
wept tears or ropenlnnco, more beautiful
than tho-o of (ho Magdalen, although
the had net .Iniicd liU flic Magdalen
Tin: ctn .Tciihmi:, the pastor of Xa
poulo, was an old man of seventy, who
possessed all the virtues or a saint, and
only one railing; which was, that by
reason or his advanced years, he was
hard or hearing, hut on that very ac
count his homilies were more accepta
ble lo the children oT his baptism and
blessing. True, he preached only of two
subjects, as if they comprehended tho
wholo of religion. It was either, " Lit
tle children, love one another," or it
was, " Mysterious are the ways of Prov
idence." And truly there is so much
Faith, Love, and Hope in these that one
might at a pinch bo saved by them.
The llttlo children loved ono another
most obediently, and trusted In the ways
of Providence. Only Colin, with his
flinty heart, would know nothing or
either; for even when he professed to
bo friendly, ho entertained the deepest
Tho Xnpoulesc went to the annual
market or fair or tho city of Vence. It
was truly a Joyful time, and though
they had but little gold to buy with,
there were many goods to look at. Xow
Marietta and mother Million went to
the fair with the rest, and Colin was
also there, lie bought a great many
curiosities and trilies for his friends, but
ho would not spend a farthing for Marl
elta. And yet ho was always at here!
bow, though ho did not speak to her
nor sho to him. It was easy to see that
he was brooding over some scheme or
Mother Million stood gazing before a
sho;), when she suddenly exclaimed,
"Oh! Marietta, see that beautiful cup!
A queen would not be ashamed to raise
it to her lips. Only see: the edges are
of dazzling gold, and tho flowers upon
it could not bloom more beautifully in
the garden, although they are onlv
painted. And in the midst of tills Par
adise! pray see, Marietta, how the ap
pies are smiling on tho trees. They are
verily tempting. And Adam cannot
withstand it, as tho enchanting Kve
oilers mm one lor lood: And do see
how prettily the little frisking laml
skips around the old tiger, and tho snow
white dove with its golden throat stands
there before tho vulture, us if she would
caress him !"
Marietta could not satisry herself with
looking. " lad I such a cup, mother !"
said she, "It is far too beautiful to
drink out of, 1 would put my flowers
in it and constantly peep into Paradise
We are at tho fair in Vence, but when
J look on (ho picturo, I fool nw if J worn
ill J'aradi-e."
So spoke Marietta, and called all her
companions to the spot, to share her ad
miration ol the cup; but the young
men soon joined the maidens, until at
length hall' the inhabitants of Xapoule
were assembled before the wonderfully
beautiful cup. Hut miraculously beau
tiful was it mainly from its inestimable,
translucent porcelain, with gilded ban
dies and glowing colors. They asked
the merchant timidly: "Sir, what is
the price of it'."' And lie answered:
"Among friends, it is worth a hundred
livres." Then they all became silent,
and went away in despair. When the
Xupouloso were all gone from the front
of the shop, Colin came there bystcallh,
threw the merchant a hundred livres
upon the counter, bad the cup put in
a box well packed with cotton, and then
carried it oil'. What evil plans he had
m view no one would have surmised
Xear Xapoule, on bis way home, it
being already dusk, ho met old .1 acq ties,
the Justice's servant, returning from the
Holds. Jacques was a very good man,
hut excessively stupid.
" I will give thee money enough to
get something to drink, Jacques," said
Colin, "if thou wilt bear this box to
Million's bouse, and leave it there; and
ir any one should see thee, and Inquire
from whom the box came, say, 1 A stran
ger gave it to me.' lint never disclose
my name, or 1 will always detest thee."
Jacques proinNed this, took the drink
money and the box, and went with it
toward the little dwelling between tho
olive trees and the African acacias.
Tim CAitRii:it.
Biivoiti: be arrived, there, ho encoun
tered his master, Justice Jlautiuartin,
who asked: "Jacques, what art thou
" A box for mother Mnnon. hut, sir,
I cannot say from whom it comes."
"Why not V"
" Hocau-o Mr. Colin would always de
test me."
" It is well that thou canst keep a secret.
Hut it is already late; glvo me the box,
for J am going to-morrow to see Mrs.
Mnnon ; J will deliver it to her, and not
betray that it came from Colin. It will
save thee a walk, and furnish mo u good
excuse for calling on the old lady."
Jacques gave tho box to his master,
whom ho was accustomed to obey ex
plicitly In nil things, Tho Justice bore
it into his chamber, and examined it by
the light witli some curiosity. On the
lid was neatly written with red chalk:
'or the lovely and dear Marietta."
Hut Jlerr Ilatitniartln well knew that
this wiw some of Colin's mischief, and
that some knavish trick lurked under
the whole. Ho therefore opened the
box can fully, for fear that a mouse or
rat should be concealed within. When
he beheld the wondrous cup, which he
had seen at Vence, ho was dreadfully
shocked ; for 11 err Iluutniartin was a
skill'ul casuist, and knew that the In
ventions and devices of tho human heart
tiro evil from our youth upward. He
saw at onco that Colin designed this
cup as a means of bringing misfortune
upon M.iiiett.i perb, in t give out.
when It should bo in her possession, that
It was tho present of homo .successful
lover in tho town, or tho like, so that all
decent peojile would thereafter keep
tiloof from Marietta. Tlieiefore 1 1 err
Haiitmartln resolved, in order to pre
vent any evil reports, to profess himself
tlicglver. Moreover, ho loved Marietta,
and would gladly have fooii her observe
more strictly toward himself the say
ing of tho gray-headed priest Jerome,
" Llttleehlldreu, lovo one another." In
truth, II err llautmartln was a little
child llfty years old, and Marietta did
not think thesayingapplled particularly
to him. Mother Mauon, on the contrary,
thought that tho Justice was a clever
little child; ho had gold and a high rep
utation, from ono end of Xapoule to the
other. And when tho Justice spoke of
marriage, and Marietta ran away in
uflVight,iiiotheiSMnnon remained sit ting,
and had no fear for tho tall, staid gen
tleman. It must also be confessed that
there wero no faults in his person. And
although Colin was the handsomest man
in the village, yet tho Justice far surpas
sed him in two tilings, namely: in the
number or years, and in a very, very
big nose. Yes, this 110-.0, which always
went before the Justice, like a herald, to
proclaim his approach, was a real
elephant among human noses.
With this proboscis, his good purpose,
and tho cup tho Justice went the fol
lowing morning to tho house between
the olive trees and the African accacies.
"For the beautiful Marietta," wild he,
"1 hold nothing too costly. Yesterday
you admired tho cup at Vence; to-day
allow me, lovely Marietta, to lay It and
my devoted heart at your feet."
Million and Marietta wore transported
beyond measure when they beheld the
cup. Million's eyes glistened with de
light; but Marietta turned and said,
"I can neither take your heart nor your
Then mother Minion was angry, and
cried out : " Hut I accept both heart and
cup. O, thou llttlo fool, how long wilt
thou despise thy good fortune? For
whom dost thou tarry? AVill a Count
of Provence make thee his bride, that
thou scornst tho Justice or Xapoule?
I know better how to look after thy in
terests. llerrHautmartin, I deem it an
honor to call you my son-in-law."
Then Marietta went out and wept
bitterly, and hated the beautiful cup
with all her heart.
Hut the Justice, drawing the palm of
his llabby hand across his nose, spoke
thus judiciously :
" IMotlicr Mnnon, Jim vy untiling. Tho
dove will at length, when it learns to
know me better, give way. 1 am not
impetuous. have some skill among
women, and before a quarter of a year
passes by I will Insinuate myself into
Marietta's good graces."
"'I by no-o is too large for that,"
whispered Marietta, who listened out
side the door, and laughed to herself., In
fact, the quarter or a year passed by,
and I Iorr 1 lautmartin had not yet pierc
ed her heart even with the tip or his
Tin: fi.owi:ius.
Pruixn this quarter or a year Mari
etta had other all'airs to attend to. The
cup gave iter much vexation and trouble,
and something else besides.
For a fortnight nothing else was talk
ed ol in Xapoule, and every one said, it
is a present from the Justice, and the
marriage is already agreed upon. Mari
etta solemnly declared to all her com
panions that she would rather plunge
to the bottom of the sea than marry the
Justice; but the maidens continued lo
banter her all the more, saying, " Oh,
how blissful it mu-t be to ropo-o in the
shadow of his nose!" This was her
llrst vexation.
Then mother Mnnou had the cruelty
to lorce .Marietta to rinse out the cup
every morning at the spring under the
rock, and to till It with fresh flowers.
She hoped by this to accustom Marietta
to the cup and heart of the giver. Hut
Marietta continued to hate both the gift
and giver, and her work at the spring
became an actual punishment. Second
Then, when in tho morning she came
to the spring, twice every week sho
found on tho rod;, immediately over il,
some most beautiful flowers, handsome
ly arranged already for the decoration
of the cup. And on the flower stalks a
strip of paper was always tied, on which
was written, J)i:.n Maisiutta. Xow
no one need expect to inipo-e upon lit
tle Marietta, as ir magicians and fairies
were still in tho world. Consequently!
lie knew that both the flowers and pa
pers must have come irom lierr Jliiut-
niartin. Marietta, indeed, would not
smell them because tho living breath
from out the Justice's nose hud pur-
ftiined them. Xevertheiess sho took
tho flowers, because they wero liner
than wild flowers, and toro the slip of
paper into a thousand pieces, which she
strewed upon the spot where the flowers
usually lay. Hut this did not vex Jus
tlco lluutiiini'tln, whose love was unpar
alleled in Its kind, as his no.-o was in its
;iud. Third vexation.
At length It came out, In conversation
with Hcrr Hautmartin, that he was not
the giver of tho beautiful flowers. Then,
who could it be? Marietta was utterly
astounded at the unexpected dl-covery.
I henceforth she took the dowel's from
the rock more kindly; but further Ma
rietta was what maidens are not wont
to be very Inquisitive. She conjee
tuicd llrst this and then that young
man in Xapoulo. Yet her conjectures
were In vain. Sho looked and listened
far into tin night; she ro-o earlier than
ti-tt, l. iiu' 'it' I'm n ami Jl tmeil Hi
MAY 12, i860.
vain. And still twice a week in the
morning tho miraculous flowers lay
upon the rock, and upon tho strip of
paper wound round them sho always
read the silent sigh, Dr.Ait Maihiitta !
Such an Incident would have made
oven the most indifferent Inquisitive.
Hut curiosity at length becamo a burn
ing pain. Fourth vexation.
Xow Father Jerome, on Sunday, had
again preached front the text, " Myste
rious are tho dispensations or Provi
dence." And little .Marietta thought,
If Providence would only dispense that
r might at length Und out who Is the
llower dispenser. Father Jerome was
never wrong.
Gnu summer night, when 11 was far
too warm for rest, Marietta awoke very
early, and could not resume her sleep.
Therefore she sprang joyously from her
couch, astiiefli-otstreaksordawn flashed
against tho window of her little cham
ber over the waves of the sea and the
Leriniaii Isles, dressed herself, went out
to wash her forehead, breast, and arms
in the cool spring. She took her hut
with her, intending to take a walk by
the sea-shore, as she knew of a retired
place for buttling.
In order to reach this retired spot it
was necessary to pa-s over the rocks be
hind the house, and thence down
through the orange and palm trees. On
this occasion Marietta could not pass
through them; for, under the youngest
and most slender of the palms, lay a tall
young man, in profound sleep near
him a noscgayof most splendid flowers.
A white paper lay thereon, from which,
probably, a sigh was again breathing.
How could Marietta get by there?
She stood still, trembling with fright.
She would go lioineagain. Hardly had
sho retreated a couple of steps ere she
looked again at the sleeper, and remain
ed motionless. Yet the distance pre
vented her from recognizing his face.
Xow the mystery was to be solved or
never. She tripped lightly nearer to
the palms but lie f-cemed to stir then
she ran again toward the cottage. His
movements were but the fearful im
aginings of Marietta. Xow she returned
again on horjway toward the palms-
but his sleep might perhaps bo only
dissembled swiftly she ran towards
the cottage but who would flee for
mere probability ? She trod moro boldly
the path toward the palms.
With these fluctuations of her timid
and joyous spirit between frigid and
cnrlosKy, M idi iIicm, to mid fn, trippings
between the house and the palm tree
she at length nearly approached the
sleeper; at the same time curiosity be
came more powerful than fear.
"What is he tome? My way lead
me directly past him. Whether he
sleeps or awake I will go straight on."
So thought Million's daughter. Hut she
passed not by, but stood looking direct
ly 111 the face of the flower-giver, in
order to bo certain who it was. Hesidi
he slept as if it were the first time in a
month. And who was it? Xow who
el-e should 't be but the arch, wicked
So it was ho who had annoyed tho
gentle maiden, and given tier m much
tumble with Hcrr 1 lautmartin, because
lie bore a grudge against her; he had
been the one who had teased her with
flowers, in order to torture liercttrlo-lty.
Wherefore? He hated Marietta. H(
behaved himself always most shame
fully toward the poor child. He avoid
ed her when he could ; and w lien be
could not, he grieved the good-natured
little one. With nil the other maidens
of Xapoule liewasniorechatty, friendly,
and courteous than toward Marietta.
Consider he had never once asked her
to dance, and yet she danced bewitch
iugty. Xow there he lay, surpri-cd, taken in
the act. P.evenge swelled in Marietta's
bosom. What di-gnice could she sub
ject him to ? She took the nosegay, un
loosed it, strewed his present over the
sleeper in scorn. Hut tho paper, on
which appeared again the sigh, "Dear
Marietta," she retained, and
quickly into her bosom. She wished to
preserve this proof of his hand-writing.
-Miiriena was siy, .ow sue would go
away. Hut her revenge was not yet
satisfied. She could not leave tho place
v, itliout returning Colin's ill-will. She
took tho violet-colored silken ribbon
from her hat, and threw it lightly
around the sleeper's arm and around
the tree, and with three knots tied Colin
fast. Xow when he awoke how as
tonished he would be! How his curi
osity would torment I1I111 to a-cert.iln
who had played him this trick! That
lie could not possibly discover. Ho much
the better; it served him right.
Marietta had only been too lenient
toward him. She seemed to regret her
work when sho had finished it. Her
bosom throbbed impetuously, indeed,
I believe tliat a little (ear filled her eye,
as she compassionately gazed upon the
guilty one. Slowly she retreated to the
orange grove by tho rocks she looked
around often ; slowly ascended the rocks,
looking down among the palm trees as
she ascended. Then she hatoned to
mother Mauon, who was tailing iter.
Tin: 11 vt-iianp.
That very day Colin practised new
mischief. What did he? He wi-hed to
shame Hie poor Marietta publicly. Ah 1
she never thought that every one in Xa
poulo knew her violet-colored ribbon !
Colin remembered II but too well,
Proudly ho bound It around his hat,
and exhibited It to the gaze of all
the world as a conquest, And male
end IV ui.ih 'Tl-'d mi', "lie has ri ''hert
It from Marietta." And all tho maid
ens said angrily, "The reprobate." And
all the young men who liked to t.eo Ma
rietta, cried out, " Itoprobato."
"Howl mother Million?" shrieked
tho Justice llaulinartin, when ho came
to her house ; and he shrieked so loudly
that It re-echoed wonderfully through
bis nose. "Howl do you suirer this?
my betrothed presents the young pro
prietor Colin with her hat-band J It Is
high time that wo celebrate our nup
tials. When that is over then I shall
have a right to speak."
"You have a right!" answered
mother Million ; " if tilings are so, tho
marriage must take place forthwith.
When that is done all will go right."
"Hut, mother Million, Marietta al
ways refuses to give me her consent."
" Prepare the marriage feast."
"Hut sho will not even look kindly
at me; and when I seat myself at her
side the little savage jumps up and
runs away."
" Justice, only prepare the marriage
" Hut ir Marietta resists-"
" We will take her by surprise. We
will go to I'atlmr Jerome on Monday
morning early, and ho shall quietly
celebrate the marriage. Tills wo can
easily accomplish with him. 1 nm her
mother. You tho first judicial person
in Xapoulo. He mii.- t obey. Marietta
need know nothing about it. Karly on
Monday morning I will send her to
Father Jerome all alone, witli a mes
sage, so that she will suspect nothing.
Then the priest shall speak earnestly to
her. Hair an hour afterward we two
will come. Then swiftly to the altar.
And even if Marietta should then say
no, what consequence is it ? Thu olil
priest can hear nothing. Hut till then,
mum to Marietta and all Xapoule.
So the secret remained with the two.
Marietta dreamed not of the good
luck which was in store for her. She
thought only or Colin's wickedness,
which had made her tho common talk
of the whole place. Oh ! how she re
pented her heedlessness aiiout the rib
bon ; and yet in her heart she forgnx'e
the reprobate his crime. Marietta was
far too good. She told her mother, she
told all her playmates, "Colin lias
found my lost hat-band. I never gave
11 10 iiini. no only wishes to vex me
with it. You all know that Colin was
always ill-disposed toward me, and al
.ways sought to mortify me!"
Ah! the poor child 1 she knew not
what new abomination the malicious
fellow was again contriving.
tup. iiKoKr.x iti
Eaiu.x- in the morning Marietta went
to the spring with the cup. Then1 were
no flowers yet on the rock. It was still
quite too early; for the sun bad scarcely
risen from the sea.
Footsteps were heard. Colin came in
sight, the flowers in his hand. Marietta
became very red. Colin stammered out,
"Good-morning, Marietta;" but the
greeting came not from his heart ; lie
could hardly bring it over his lips.
" Why dost thou wear my ribbon so
publicly, Colin?" said Marietta, and
placed tho cup upon the rock. "I did
not give it thee."
"Thou didst not give it to me, dear
Marietta?" asked lie, and inward rage
made him deadly pale.
Marietta was ashamed of the false
hood, drooped her eyelids, ami said, after
awhile, " Well, I did give it to thee,
yet thou shouldst not have' worn it so
openly. Give it me back again."
Slowly lie untied it ; his anger was
so great that lie could not prevent the
tears from filling his eyes, nor the sigh.-
rrom escaping his breast. " Dear Mari
etta, leave thy ribbon with me," said
In' softly.
" Xo," answered she.
Then his suppressed passion changed
into desperation. Sighing, he looked
toward Heaven, then sadly on Mari
etta, who, silent and abashed, stood by
the spring witli downcast eves.
Ho wound the violet-colored ribbon
around the stalks of the Hewers, said,
'"there, take them all," and threw the
flowers so spitefully against the mag
nificent cup upon the rock that it wiv
thrown down and dashed to pieces.
-Maliciously lie lied away.
Mother Mauon, lurking behind the
window, had seen and hoard all. When
the cup broke hearing and sight left
her. Siie was scarcely able to speak for
very horror. And as she pushed with
all her strength against the narrow
window, to shout alter the guilty one, it
gave way, and with one crash fell to the
earth and was shattered in pieces.
So much ill-luck would have discom
posed any other woman. Hut Mauon
0011 recovered herself. "How lucky
that I was a witness to tills roguery !"
exclaimed she ; " ho must to the Justice.
He shall replace both cup and window-
sash witli his gold. It will glvo a rich
dowry to Marietta." Hut when .Mari
etta brought In the fragments of the
battered cup, when Million saw the
Paradise lost, thegood man Adam with-
mt a head, and of I've not a solitary
limb remaining, the serpent unhurt,
triumphing, the tiger safe, bill the little
Iamb gone even to the very fail, as if
the tiger had swallowed If, then mother
Mauon screamed forlh curses against
Colin, and said, " ue can easily see that
this came from tho hand of tho
Sim: took tho crip in one hand, Marl-
letta In tho other, and went about nine
o'clock to where Hcrr Hiiulmartln was
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rietta wept bitterly.
Tho Justice, when he Raw tho broken
cup and his beautiful bride luteals, flew
into so violent u rago toward Colin
that his no-o Was as x'lolet-colored as
Marietta's well-known hat-band. Ho
Immediately dispatched his bailiffs to
bring the criminal before him.
Colin camo overwhelmed with grief.
Mother Mnnon now repeated her com
plaint with great eloquence, before Jus
tice, balllirs, and scribes. But Colin
listened not. Ho stepped to Marietta
nnd whispered to her, " Forgive me,
dear Marietta, as 1 forgave tiieo. I
brokothyeiipuninlontloniilly ; hut thou,
thou hast broken my heart 1"
"What whispering Is that?" cried
Ilerr llaittmartin, with magisterial au
thority. "Hearken to tills aceu.-alloii,
and defend yourself."
"I liiwo nought to defend. Ibrokotho
cup against my will," said Colin.
'That I verily believe," said Mari
etta sobbing ; " I am ns guilty as he ;
fori offended and angered him; then
ho threw tho ribbon and flowers to me.
He could not help It."
" Well, I should like to knowl" cried
mother Million. "Do you intend to
defend him? Mr. Justice, pronounce
ills sentence. He lias broken the cup,
and he does not deny it ; and I, on his
account, the. window will ho deny that?
Lot us see."
"Since you cannot deny it, Mr. Colin,"
said the Ju-tice, " you must pay three
hundred livres for tho cup, for it is
worth that ; and then for,"
" Xo," interrupted Colin, " it is not
worth so much. I bought it at Vence,
at the fair, for Marietta, for ono hun
dred livres."
" You bought it, sir, brazen faco ?"
shrieked the Justice, and Ids wholo faco
became like Marietta's hat-band. Ho
could not or would not say more, for he
dreaded a disagreeable investigation of
the matter.
But Colin was x'oxed at tho imputa
tion, and said, " I sent tills cup 011 tho
evening or tho fair, by your own ser-x-ant,
to Marietta. There stauds Jac
ques in the door. Ho is a witness.
Speak, Jacques, did I not give thou tho
box to carry to Mrs. Million?"
Herr Htuitmartin wished to inter
rupt this conversation by speaking
loudly. But the simple Jacques said,
" Only recollect, Hcrr Justice, you took
away Colin's box rrom me, and carried
what was in it to Frau Manon. Tho
box lies, even now, there under the
Then the bailiffs were ordered to re
mox'o the simpleton; and Colin xvas
also directed to retire until ho should
be sent for again.
" Very well, Mr. Justice," interposed
Colin ; " but tills business shall bo your
last in Xapoule. I know this, that you
would ingratiate yourself with Frau Mil
lion and Marietta by means of my
properly. When you want mo you
will have to ride to Grasse, lo the Go'-
ernor's." w itii that Colin departed.
Herr Ilatitniartln was quite puzzled
with tliis ail'air, and in Ids confusion
knew not what he xvas about. Mrs.
Manon shook her head. The ail'air was
dark and mysterious to her. " Who
will now pay me for tho broken cup?"
she asked.
"To 1110," said Marietta, with'glow-
ing, brightened countenance, "tome it
is already paid for."
MYSTnitiors Difirr.KSATioKH.
Colin rode that same day to theGox--
ernor, at Grasse, and came back early
the next morning. Hut Mr. llautmar
tln only laughed at him, and remox'cd
all mother Million's suspicions by
swearing lie would let his nose lie cut
off if Colin did not pay throo hundred
livres for the broken cup. I to also went
with mother Manon to talk'wTth Father
Jerome aiiout tho marriage, nnd im-pres-ed
upon I1I111 the necessity of earn
estly setting before Marietta her duty,
as an obedient daughter, of not oppos.
ing the will of her mother in her mar
riage. This the pious old man promised,
although he understood not the half of
what they shouted In his ear.
Marietta took the broken cup into her
bed-chamber, and now truly loved It ;
and it was as If Paradlso wero planted
in her bosom, since It had been destroy
ed on the cup.
When Monday morning came mother
Manon said to her daughter, " Dress
yourself handsomely, and carry this
myrtle wreath lo Father Jerome; ho
wants it for a bride." Marietta, dressed
in her Sunday clothes, took the myrtle
wreath iinsii-plciously, niid carried It to
Father Jerome.
On tliu way Colin met her, and greet
ed her joyfully, though timidly; and
when sho told him wheroshe was taking
tho wreath Colin said, " I am going tho
sumo way, for 1 am carrying tho money
for the Church's tenths lo tho priest.'"
And as they went on he took her hand
silently, and both trembled, as If they
designed some great crime against each
Hast thou forgiven me?" whispered
Colin anxiously, " Ah ! Marietta, what
have I done to thee, that thou ait so
cruel toward 1110?"
She could only say, " He quiet, Colin,
you shall have the ribbon again ; and 1
will preserve the cup, since it emtio from
you 1 Did it really come from you ?"
"Ah! Marietta, canst thou doubt It?
All 1 hax-o 1 would gladly glvo thee.
Wilt thou, hereafter, be as kind to 1110
as thou art to (libel's?"
She replied not. Hut as she entered
the parsonage -he looked a-Ido al him,
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