The Montrose Democrat. (Montrose, Pa.) 1849-1876, February 01, 1855, Image 1

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    Cljase pag,, tireprittors
A Dentb-bed Reminiscence..
Some years since, I stood by the bedside ot a
dying brother, upon whose cheek the rose of four
i• summers had bloomed in beauty and loveliness,
- and•although then quite young, I have still a viv.
. id recollection of what transpired on that mol.
aneholy occasion• In sorrow and tears, we were
silently awaiting the dissolution of that brittle
• thread which binds the spirit to its earthly .tone.
meet, when suddenly, the little sufferer opened
his eyes - of " Heavenly blue," and fixing them
upon my mother's face, with a look I shalt net-.
' ;‘fr forges,, faintly lisped, in childish accents, "I
die mamma, kiss_me mamma."
Upon a bed of death; '
A eherlibed brother Jay;
His low lad fevered breath
Was ebbing fast away.
Kind friends were standing near,
Their spirits bowed wit grief,
While Bowed the burning tear
As sorrow found relief. • -
The bitter hour has come,
The sufferer must rest,
Must leave his earthly home,
To.sleep in Jesus' breast.
He breaths \ a gentle sigh,/
Then seeks his mother's face;
nauyne," he lisps, "I die,
Giro me one more embrace."
My mother heari the voice,
A fomfc.aress she gave:
Thelast ? ah no , , rejoice !
Tholl meet beyond the grave.
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LathriT, Jan. 5, 1855.
From the Household Words
den's t#ristmas torn.
!..• The - SererPoor Trarektepr.
" :
Was the little wijlow, Silo „had been sit
ting by herself in the darkest corner of the
room all the time; her pale face often turned
anxionsly toward the door, and her hollow
• eyes watching restlessly,- as if she expected
ve el Me
ronae ton .RfTi r p
en*. Sha
I~l°i very quiet,
nas; the midst
of her wildness. .T here
seas a strained expression in her eyes, and a
certain excited air about her altogether, that
was very near insanity . ; it seemed as if she
had oucheenAlkosotnesuddensliock,
to tti
, When her turn came to speak; she began
in a low voice—her eyes still glancing to' l the .
deer—and spoke as if to herself rather - than
do the rest of us; speakinglow .
- Somewhat like a somnambule.opeating
son: ,
They advised me not , to marry him--(she
began.) They told me he was wild—Unprin
; but 1 did not care for what they
Si raid. I loved him, and. disbelieved them.
never thought about his gooduess--4,,,,nn1y
knew that he was beautifulAndtifted beYinid
all ; that I ever met with in. bur narrow-• socie-
ty. I loved him, with no passing school
!orl fancy, but with my whole heart' my
--hole soul. I had no life, r.o joy, xi° hope
,without him, and •Uaven wonhtstave been no
; heaven to me if Vei had not been there.. I
ray all this,-simply to show what a madness
• Of devotion mine was. - •
My dear mother was very kind to
thrOugbout. She had loved 'my father, I be.
liece, almost to , the same extent; so that she
could sympathise 'with me even while
bouraging. She told me that I was wrong
and foolish, and that I should repent; but I
• kissed away the painful Hues between her eves
;and made her smile when I tried to prove to
he/ that, love was bOrter , than produce. So
we.married : not so much without the con cent
as against the wish of my family; and even
that. wish withheld in sorrow and in love. I
• remember all this now, and see the true pro
-' portions.of everything ; then I was blinded
by my passions, and understood nothing.
We went away to ourf_pratty, bright home
ifi one of the neighborhoods of London, near
a park. We lived there for many mouths—
in s state, of intoxication ratherthan of earth
ly happiness, and he was happy, too, then, for
lam sure he was innocent, and I know be
loved me. Oh, dreams=dreams I
i I did not know my husband's profession.
Ile was busy anti often absent; ,but he never
.told tae' :what he did. - There gad been np
• settlettliki either, -When I married_ Ile 'said
he had a conscientious scruple against them;
dutfthei Were insulting to a man's honor and
de,grading to' any husband. This was one of
the reasons
. why; at home, they Aia not wish'
me .-to` marry lam. But I` .was only glad to .
,be able to show him/how I trusted him, - by
"meeting hii - ,wishes and refusing, - an my own
account to accept the legal protection 'of set
tlements. 'lt was such a pride to me to sac- -
tsifiee all to him. Thin I knent nothing of
`his real life—his pursuits or his *fortunes. I
never • - liltedliin inyintittions, as much from
indifferolia :to everything but` his love as from
a wifely blindness of-trust. When be came
1,,0me at night, sometimes very gay, singing
opera songs and callang- me his little Medora,
Jo' he used when itt good Itumpr, I was gay
too, and grateful. And when he came home
moody end , itratibl-witieb he used to do,
!after' s - after hactbeen married about thiee
Inman), puce ever threatening to strike me,
- Witbihat'fesiful glare in his eyes I remem
ber so',well, and 'used to see so often after
i4rdB_77rodik.l was patient and silent, and
neyer atteitipted - even to take his hand or kiss'
his forehead when 'he bade me be still and
not inteirupt him. - - He was my law, anti his
/approbation the sunshilii3 of my life; so that
my very obedience was selfishness; for my
onlf joy was to tee him happy, , and my only
+duty to obey tim.
My sister,came to visit tis. My husband
had seen very little of herbefoye our mar
riage; for she had often been frOinhome when
be was with us; down-at - Hurst - Tarmr=that
was the name of my , dear mother's. 'place—
and I had al waykfattered that they had not liked
even the little they bad „seen of each other.
Ellen was nirer baud or importunate in her
opposition. I knew that she did lot like the
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marriage; but..she did not interfere. • I it -il may he=than live on, longer, in ' this kind of
member 'quite well tile only time the spoke) suspense and anguish! It; is too much for
'openlyrti.i . me! on the !subject how ;she dung me to bear, Ellen." ! • . . i
herself i lit, my knees; With a passion' very .rge , She took nsy bands. "Have 'ou strength I"
in •her,lbeseechiag
_me to pause '• and reflect s ', she said 'earnestly. "Could you really bear
as if I had sold myself to my ruin When' ki the truth ?" -Then seeing my IdistresS; for I !to be HarrYesnife. HoW she 'pray- had fallen into:a kind of hystericalfit--I was .
ed! ITixir Ellen ! lilcan see her :now, with very delicate then—she shook her heal in
her lieavY uncurled l n tir falling ,on her neck despair, and letting m y bands fall heavily on
as she ;.'qlt half undressed, her large eyes full my•lap, said in an undertone, "No, no lahe
of agony - and !supplication, like 1 a! - martyred is too weak, too childish I" Then she went
saint . prilY,ing. ' Poor Olen! I thought her up stairs abruptly ; and.l heard her walking
prejudi'reoll then ; and!!thia unspoken injustice about her moth for nearly an Itiour after, in
has tai like aheavy crime on my heart-ever long, steady steps.
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since; corl know that I judged her wrong- , I have often thought that had she told - me
fully, . 414 . - th l at I was ungrateful ' for her i then, and, taken me to her heart, her strong,.
love,lt, carne , '
• ' i brave, noble heart, I could have, derived cour-
She (* td mise r see ns. This' about a Age from it ; and could bare borne the dread:
year - and 4 half after I was tOrrfed. She ' i lia truth I was forced to knolv afterwards.
was trie beautiful than ever, but somewhat IBut the strong - ere so impatint with us!
!;a4 well as sadder. •Sb ',was tall, They leave! us too Soon; their b wn strength
strong p Person, and dignified in Tanner.— *revolts at our weakness; so we are 'often left,
There, wrisa. certain manly er in her broken in this weal - ness, nt of a little fur wa
beauty, las !Weill:it in her mind, thiit made one , Patience and sympathy. 1
• I
respeet find leg her. too, a little.; - I
_do net !i! Harry carne ima short time :tiler Ellen had
I moan that. she was 'Masculine, 4r . bard, or I left me.• 't What ha 4 she been, saying?" he
I 1 coarse ;she Witi. braver than woinen in gen. I pried, passionately. His eyes were wild and
eral. - , She,hadirage self-reliance,! was morel bloodshot; his beautiful blacklittir flung all
resolute steadfast, and 'infinitely less re- lin disorder about his face. •. I- -!. •
pulsiye, ,and ,was More Retire and iiowerful in I- "Pear Harry, she has said
body ' ' 'r l c,- i i • •. . Yon," I answered, trembling.
I.i'y husband i l ivas.. very kind to :her. He risked what was your professi,
paid! ber great:attention; and sinetimi.„l Much we had a year.: That war
half perceilled that he -loved. her ~ alinost •as " Why did she ask this 'I- Ni
well As me--lensed to look at her So often ; WAS it of hers ?" cried'llarry, fiei
but with a -) stratige. expression in his eyes! . I' Me ;" and he. shook me roughly,
- never could, quite make it.out, whetherit was yon'answer her, little fool ?" ,
love or bate., Certainly,. after she eaine his •' "(h, nothing;" and I began ti
mariner chatimed towar;ls inc. I was notjeal- 1, because he frightened: me. "I
ouse I did•not suspect this change .from any ! Lille, that I knew nothing of you
small feeline of wounded selfleve,„ or from I indeed what concern is that of ni
- any - envy oi[ni 37 - sister; but t saw it—l felt it 1 sfiy nothing more, Hairy." . •-,
in my heart4yet, without. connecting it with " Better than too' much," hem
Ellen in -aq way. I knew that heno longer then he flung me harshly back '1
loved me aiilie used to, do, but I, did- not
.saying, "'Tears and folly and we:
think he. loved ber; at-least not, with the .same round -= always the same!
same kind of love. - I Lilted to be surprised at inarry a pretty doll, a plaything,
Ellen's conihiat to him. , She was More than ' ; And then lie seemed to think.
' cold; she Was passionat4ly rutleand unkind . ; too Much :.for he came to me am
not so. much. ivhen I'w9 there as when 1 was p and said that he loved me. But
away. For.,liused to hear her voiee speaking titne in our married life his ki's
in those deep indignanqtont.ts that :ere worse sqothe me, nor did I believe Lisa ,
to bear tbani the harslielt . scream. of passion; . lAll th at-night I heard Ellen . n and sometimes I used. 10 hear hard:worde— andsunresting through her room,
he-speakingatthe first ?.soft! and 'pleadingly, slackened her. Nee . . she never 6
often to einfin a terribl e burst of anger and Over hurried ; but the same slow
itnprecatiiiii..', . I could not uniTerstand why' tread went on; the firth hot, yet 1
they qnarrelled. - There was a myStery ' be- as
-if to music, her.very step thesa
tween them I did not know of, and I did'not of manliness and womanhood as
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like toask th em; for I !was Afraid - lof them ter. -. . .
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both--,fts'intieli -afraid of . Ellen- as . my. bus-, •
.After this burst of passion Ha,
.band-andifelt like a .iieed between them-..... ne:ss to the became unbounded ; a.,.,
as if I Should have teen Crushed heneatii any edt() make up to ine for some]
stflrm.l.miz..h.t chance to,wake up. .o I was . need not Sai' how s oon I f orga v
ful face so fat its I CoUld; --- -.-, -- _-- 1 - ftama t ,,f o ,l4hTl.,44 zt ip : A
. • Ellen 'wanted
Soon after she, caMei
fine to return home
and soon , !alto; I heard 1
I thin, ashis mere fanett, to dstr .
71111 ' ller i- as ;before. If he had asked use 4
the first dispute between,the,m she urge d. .
to g o back to - litirst Farm ; at once, and. 7 . :
nurse given it to term. I wour
a long time. ! Weak .as I am . by - , nature, it down a nd died, if he bad wish(
has always been a mar el to me since,
My husband and Ellen gr e w too
, flowers grow over my grave.
,c estranged .
strew , I
Ais affeetio scented to return to me. ...His
, .n
* was Where my loVe for my !husband - .
hers o him con
was concerned. . ..
' hini I .1)e- itanner to her was defying; .
!It. seeined impossible for me :1s 1
to yield to •itny pressnre against .
lieve now that a ;very angel ' could pot have
in the garden below the window t t ; at which .
'el:liptuQu...A. I heard hercall hire • illaul, once
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turned me frOin him! . ,
At last she sair-10'.Me in a lotv, voice :---
"Mary, this is
. madness'--it is alMost sin
ful l• Can ydu not See---can , you not hear?'
and then she stoPped, and would say nomere,
though - I urged her 'to tell me . ab et she tneant:
For this terrible mystery begun to.. weigh on
me painfully, arid, for.„4o4bat I trembled so
much to fathom N.l..tigd . :,:-beitin to feel that
any truth wettld 4 bert44lll4ban such a life of ,
dread s : . `-lieemea tiii-W.Evin# among shad,
ows; my 'verylias s band and Sister not real, for
their .real lives wem bidden from me. But I
*as too timid to! insist on ea ex planati on,and
Ao things went'on in their old way.
• In one respect only, changing s ill more
painfully, still more marke6r•,in in hus.
and's conduct to me at al - lied- e never
poke kindh. All that-I 414 atineyed him,
all thatl said irritated him; and once (the
little widow covered• bet face 'With ber hands
and shuddered) be titirned rue with - his foot
find cursed me,- Otte.night i* our oWn room,
ivLen I knelt weeping before him ' supplica
ting him for pity's sake to tell me hiiiw I had
Offended Lim. But I said to myself that be
Was tired, annoyed, and that it was irritating
Ito see a loving woman's teais. ;, and; so I ex
eusedititn, as often times before:and went on
loving Lim all the sanie--Gedforgiie me for
iny idolatry ! • i . , I
Things had been very bad of late between
Ellen and my husband. But the Character
Of their discord was - changed. Inktead of re-
Proaching, they watched each other limes
eantly. They put me in 'mind of fencers--
.ri . y husband on the defensive. I
." Afary," said my: sister to me suddenly,
coming to the sofa *hem I was sitting em
broidering my pooi• baby's cap. 1 " What
does your Harry do in life? What is his
1 profession ri- 1
.She fixed her eyes on me earnestly.
"1 • do.l not know, darlin4., ll I answered,
vaguely.':"he has no profession diet I know
• if . .
But what fortune has he, then? ! I Did be
not tell You 'what hiS ine?me was, and. how
obtainWwhen•he atarried. I . To nsi, he '!said
only that he-had so Much - a year--a thous
and a yes: ;'land he would ray no mere. !But,
hits he iiOt iken mere explicit with you .!," •
"Nor 1 I r answsred,' considering ;for, indeed
I . had never thought of this. ' 1 had•trusted
So blindly to WM in everything thatit would
have.seeinecl to Me.* profound insult to have •
even 'asked ofhii; affairs.. m No, lie never told
me,anything shoat his fortune, Blleu. lie Money! when .I went it„ .and is al- :
ways 'generous. 1 - Ito scout to here Plenty ;
whenever it is asked for, he Ms it, by him,
and.givesitne.ev'enmore than I require." .
fitill• het eyes kept looking At wile in that
'straw -re trianner4 ";Anil this isiall you know ?"
." fes, a 11,,. Nyllit more should I. wish to
'know I ls he.not !the 'husband, and has he
not absolute:right over every:thine I have
no busines,s to iiiterfere The. words sound
harsher now ; they'did then, fOr . I spoke
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Elhu.. touchedtlielittle capl held. ' "Does
. not this make Y g oti anxious?" she said . . "Can
you not fear as is mother, even While you love
as a -wife ?" . 1 .:
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".Fear, darling ,I, "Why ? ..,What should I
i fear; or whin*? What •is there, Ellen, on
ytmr. heartr*l then addedTpassiluatelv.-- .
" ,TelkMe at Onpe; fOri know': that you have
;;some :terrible secret ccinceisled . froissi.rne -,' and-
I. would tather'kuow anything-!---whaterer • it .
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alontrost,_SutittOanna Vrnn'ad ir,#ttr.sban Boning, trbruarg 1, 1855.
he laughed, his wicked laugh, and said, "tell
het, and see if she will believe yon .Y'
I was sitting in the window, working. It
was a cold, damp day late in autumn,
thOse chill - fogs of November are - just begin
mit fr • 0 , those fogs with frost in them, that steal-
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into one's very heart. ' It was a day when a
visible blight is
.in the air, and when death is
abroad. every where. I ,waS alonon the draw
ing-room.. 'Ellen was up stairs,. and my - bus-.
band, as I believed, in the. city.' But I have
remembered since, that-I heard i e ball door {
eisoftly opened and - it footstep st - 4 quietly by
the drawing-room up stairs.. The evening
was. just beginaing .tti close in• dull, gray
and gboatlike; • the - dying rtitsyli •.ht melting
into the. lon shadows that,.stalk-
tiaTiagigtiattaabout the fresh-ma
' like watt e
grave of
nature. - , rtaxii' working still, at me of those
small .garments about - whiCh I d 'timed such
fond dreams, and wove such lar e hopes of
happiness;•-aad as I sat, While he evening
fell heavy about me, a myeteriout, shadow of
evil passed over me, a. dread prosenttnent, a.
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consciousness of ill, that made me tremble, as
iflinague. It was, no hysterical] sinking of
the spirits - that-I felt; no mere nervousnessor'
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cowardice; it was something - 1 . ,
kiown before ;'.o.* knowledge, a;
pqwer, a warning word, a spirit
swept 11 me as the fearful. evil -
to i its - conelusion.
• I heard. a faint, 'scream up staff
sd faint I could scarcely distingtr
a i,udden rush of Wind through '
door, or the chirp 'of a mouse
itinseot. Presently I heard the
again . ; and then a dull muffl
bead; as of some One walking h .
' ging a heavy weight across . the
pittrifted by fear. 'A nameless.
oa me that deptiVed Me of all JO
I thought of Harry. and • I tlrdu
I in an inextricable . cypher of mi.
• -I •,
ny ; but I could 'Opt - have defin
Inv own mind; .I could not . hi
What it was I fee'rd. I only Ire°
serrOw that was to come, and si
bin all Was still again ; once ip
1 heard a low moan, and once
voice., which - I know now to
hitsbandis, speaking passionatel.
And then his 'voice swept sto '
the house, crying - wildly, 4
Quick, hen ! Your sister ! Ellen
• I I ran up stairs; it seems-to
almost flew. I found Ellen l
. fli)or of her room, just inside;
ftie,t towards the door of my bus
--Whieb was • imMediately opposi
She was fainting; at least I . th
We raised her up --between us;
t(eMbling more than I; and I :ti
• ghWc, and threw • water ou her
eel back her;bair; brut she did -
tell Harry to go for a docto
thoUght was stealing over me;
eitias I fanCied, unaccountably.
tough I twice asked him to
thoUght, that perhaps he was .
&brae ; so.twent to him 'and kid
said; ".She will soon be - better Ti
(ally, to-cheer him. But - 1 felt
that she was'no Tore:
-i At last, after mans argent e
. 'after the servantsluid;cotne. tip,
- 11;; frightened way round the bee
theiTi away. again, immediately,.
~- latti,„!and -went out,. pc.rciii • rettr
strange man. not our own di
was rude and coarse, and. O
as I stood bathing my fiister
her arm and hand roughly,l
they fell, and stooped down)
I thought he touched them
olent and'insolent way that
and bewildered me; My I
the shadotv, ghastly pate,
.ing. . • -. I
the strange
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• It was too true, what the strange inaniluid
said's° coarsely. She !was I dead. " Yes, i the
creature - that an bOur ago bad been so full of
life, so beautiful, so resditite and young; ryas
now a stiffening corpse,linaniniate and dead,
'without, life and withdut hope.. Oh 1 that
word hd set my brain on Ere • Dead r here,
in my rouse, tinder my! roof—dead,. so Mys- •
teriously, so•Strangely-1--Why I Howl -1' It •
was a fearful dream, it was no truth thatllay
there. I was in a tiighimare; I was not sine,
and thinking how gliastlyliti all was, I fainted
softly on tilt bed, no one knOwing, till snine .
'time after, that I had fallen, and was not pray
ii4. • When I recovered I Was •in my OWn
room, alone. Craw lingifeebly to my sister's
door; I.found that she'll:id been washed and
i dressed, and was newldid oat on her bed.—
1t struck me- that all had been done in strange
haste ; harry telling me the Servants had dbue.
it while 1 fainted. I kneW i afterwards that
be had \told them that it Wes I, and that I
would have no help: . The' niystety of iti all
was soon to be unravelled. ,'.
One thing I , was decidedtin—to watch by
my sister this night. Itiwas l iu 'vain that My
husband opposed Inc; inivaiii• that he coa'Ned
I me by his caresses, or tried- t 4 terrify - me With
r angry threats. • Something of my sister's na-.
turo seemed to have passel into me; and 'lin
less he had positively pretvented me' by foice,
no other means would linved had . any effect.
He gave way tome at Last angrily, and the
night 'came on and found 'me sitting . by the
bedside watching my dearisiSter. •• N .
' HOtV beautiful she looked ii Her face, Still
with-the gentle mark oforr i r on it that it
had-in life, looked. so e ran ! She was', so
great, so pure ;she. was like a goddess sleep
ing; she was-not like 'a
mere woman of this
earth. She did not seem; to be dead ; there
was life about her yet, for th re was still the
look of power and. of bureau sympathy that
she used to hare ashen alive. The soul
there still,- and Jove and lalowlOge." . • i
By degrees a strange (tiding 'of 'her - living
presence in the rOom• came oVer nne. • •AlOne
in the still inidnight, , with fm sound; no Per
, son near me, it seemed as lit Vied leisure and
1 power to - rw into the-world beyond the gr#e.
I felt my sister near me; r felt the - passing; of
her life about me, as "%Olen . ne sleeps, lint
still is conscious that another ife is weaviilg,
lin with ours. It seemed :is if er breath fell
. 3 „,,......,.... -si. 1
, 7 3. a on tt g er l i i.T ( r ) - 1
`that she was really dead; I . lpoked again and
s il l 6 ia a k te e ld'e e 'r ff r(l3 tE ds e . i lstnt • l a
iic 4il i n eiF b :t e i nad' ' e qii vin ce myself
main at her lying there ;I .a, marble Corp4e,
death band beneatl. her chin. There sheaves, •
ice-cold, with the lips set‘ i ..'%nd (rigid, and the
stiff in her white shroud, the snwy linen press
ingl so lightly : on her; no life within,
1 warmth about her,and all my fancies were
Vain dreams: Theirl buried my face in my
bands, and wept as if my beim was breaking.
And when I turned away - My eyes frOm her,
the-presence came around me hain.l So long
as I watched her it was net tberei E saw' Ole
•thing abOut
"She 'only
and how
hat 'business
eely. " Tell
4 what did
b cry it was
,aid what iv
r Affairs, as
.ine 1 I ecaild
ttered ; and
on the sofa,
ikness! The
.Why did I
no wife!" •
e had.said
kissed me;
for:the first
:ses did not
rail; steadily
She never
topped, she
, measured
fight; falling
me mixture
i er eliarac- ,
•y's tender
if he wish- .
wrong.. I
him, nor
pr my life
I went('
have lain
to See • 06'
corpse ouly ; but when.l Out
me, then it seemed as if a tar
removed, and that my 'sist'er fl,
I had .been prayiug, sit ing thui in these
alternate feelings of her srliritall presence t and
her bodily death, when, raising _my head and
looking towards the further cor:ier of the room
I saw standing at someilittle distance, My
sister Ellen. ' I saw her, distinctly, as distinCt
ly as you may see the redi fire blaze. Sadly
and lovingly her dark ey;s looked at me,sad
ly her gentle lips - smiled; and by look and
gesture, too, she showed me that she wished
to speak to me. Strange; ; I wris not frighten
ed. It was so natural to see her there, that
for the moment I forgot that she was dead.!
Ellen," I. said," whit is it i" •
• 1
Thetgure smiled. It prate nearer. ,Oh!
do not say it was fancy ! I saw it advane;
it cane glidingly : I remembered afterwards
-that it did not walk—but it came forward;—
to the light and stood not ten paces from e.
It looked at' th
me the Barrio sad gentle
way, and somehow-4 do not know' whether
with the hand or by the Ijurning. of the beau
—it showed me the throat, where were the
distinct marks of two polerful, hands. And pointed to its heart; and looking; I
saw the broad stain of blood above it. And
then. I heard her voice--ISwear I was not
mad—l heard it, I . say .tolyeu distinetlY—
whisper softly, "Mary !" and then it said, still
more audibly, "murdered •
And then the figure vanitibed, and sudden
ly tide whole room was vacant. That one
dread- word had sounded t,ts If forced out by
the, pressure of some•streng* agony—like a
man' rritealing his life's secret when
And when it had been spoken,or rather wail
ed forth, there was a sudden sweep and chil
ly rush through the air;.and the life, the
soul, the presence fled. I was alone again
with Death.. The mission
ri had been fulfilled;
the warning had been giVen; land then my
sister passed away—for her work with earth
done. 1 - • -
Brave and 'calm RII the strongest man. that
exeffought on a battle-field, I' stood up ;be
side my sister's body." I unfastened her last
- dress, and threw it back riponi her chest ii;tal
shoulders; I raised ber head and took oft } the
bandage from round her face; and then I
saw deephirick bruises on her throat ;the
marks of hands that had grappled her from
behind, and that had strangled her. And
then I looked further, and I saw a small
- . wawa(' below the left , lireast about' winch
hung two or thiee,clots Of brood, that Iliad
oozed up despiteA ' ll carw.and knowledge! in
her manner of itfurder. I knew 'then she bad
first been suffocated,. to Prevent her sereains,
and then stabbed
,where; thel wound worild
bleed, inwardly, rzind shon , no i.ign to the t4re
bystander. 41 1
I covered her up carefully] again. I laid
the pillow smooth' and straight, and laid Or.
heavy head gently downs I drew the shrriud
elose ozer the,dreadful nark ic)f murder. Arid
then—still as calm and, resolute as I lad
been ever since the revelation had Comet to
me--I left the room sodium.. into my hui
hand's study. It was on me to discover ;all
the truth.
had never
presence, a
s cry, that
•arched on
vs. It was
th it from
an opening
behind the.
same sound
noise over
ily,or. drag
!floor. • I sat
ny was up
; •er of action.
ht of Ellen,
fry'and • ago
% a line In
1, explained
L was
. • I listened,
ly I thought
a muttering
re been my
to ..himself.
}ally through
IlarYl M 47!
now that I
ring on . the
,e, door; her
band's study,
1 . her room.'
ght so then.
my husband
I fastened her
ee, *aid push •
eu re live . I
, . A horrid
ut he linger
aud cruelly,
o. Then, I
much over-
him, and
arty," cheer !
in my heart
°treaties, and
clustering in
but he sent
Ini . ent, on hia
ining with a
octor. This inan
rdered me aside,
''sfaee,and pulled
Ito see how dead
close to her Pps;
ereo:--all in a vi-
shocked me land
usbaial stood in
but ri ot
thisjout frcirtr
ier had te . en
ated near me
.His - writing table was 141:4 Where iny'
strength came from, I knoiv not; but,'witli
chisel that, was lying on • (lie tane, I pried
the dmiver - and.l;rolte the lock.. I opentd it.
There was a long and sletider • dagger tying
there, red with Idood; a bandful of 'Woman s
bait rudely severed from - the head, lay near
It was my sister's hairil—that wavy, sil
ken, uncurled auburn hair4utt I had alwaya
loved and admired so 'much I . And near to
these again, were itampti,. and dies, and
moulds, and plates „ and handwritings with
faesiMileS beneath; and tattlers' cheques, andi
a .heap of leaden coin, and Piles of incomplete
bank-notes; and all the evidences of to coin
er's and a forger's ,tra . de4the suspicion of .
Which had caused. those ' hitter quarrellings
between poor 'Ellen and husband—the '
knowledge of which had caused her death.
With there things I Raw a.lso a letter ad
dressed to Ellett, in.. my huiband's 'handwrit
ing. It was an - unfinished - letter i as if . it had
displeased him, aid be. luid, made.- another
copy. It began With these words- 7 -no fear
that I should forget them; they are .. burnt
into niy brain—".l never teally loved her,
Ellen; she pleased; nn, otq as a doll would
please a child; and - I married her,frutn pity,
not from love. You, Elleniyou alone could
fill my. heart; 'rott?alotioar my fit helpinato.,
Fly with me Here' the • letter
was left unfinished;
. but it!grite me enough,
to explain all the Meaning Of the first Weeks
of my sister's stay here,
,and why she _bad
called him villain, ,end whyilie had told her
that she might tell me, andithut.." would not
believe. f
I saw'it all now. - 1 turned my head, to
see my husband standing a few paces behind
\me. Good heaven 1 I have often thought,
was that man the same 'mini I had loved so
-lons and fondly ?
The strength of horror, lot courage,--tip
held me. knew he meanCto kill me, bet
that did not alarm me; I oily dreaded ' : lest
his hand -should touch me. llt was not death,
it was he I shrank from. .:believe if he had.
toadied 'me then; I should have fallen dead
at his feet. Istretehea out )liy arms in hor
ror; to thrust him'back, utterine, a piereir.g"
:shriek; and while he made,,tin effort to . seize'
me;overrenching himself in ithe madness of
'his fury, I rushed by him, shrieking still, and
so ticd.away into the darkti4s; where I lived, I
oh for many, many months!!
s lqen I awoke again, I 'found that: my I
poor baby had died, and that my husband
had gone none "knew.wheie, I .But the fehr of ;
his return haunted me. .1 1 could get no rest - i
day or night for dread of liirn • and I felt go
ing-inad with the one lard thought for _ever
pitilessly pursuing
,me—thai I should: fall
-again into his hands. I .4. 1 —•;"""1"T
ace to !face ;7 wander-
ing about, so that .Imay eacape the more ea
sily when the moment does came.
- ,
From Clannibor's Si nbargh Journal.
An old. Woman's Reniiniscence.
. • . 1
" Do you re in ent ber, - dear Aunt Ruth," I at
. .
length said "that you once promised to tell
me a story connected with 0 . 14 grand house
and your own little - cottage?! Suppose you
jell it me an my birthday :. itJf•
will be doubly
pleasant to. sit here and. listentio you."
. The calm, Tiappy expression} of aunt Ruth's
face, which I bad never befoniseen.disturbed,
suddenly. changed to-otre.of rtense sorrow ;
or rather, a quick thrill or Alin seemed_seemed_to
follow my few words. . Tbis„. however, '.was
Only momentary ; inianother ritittate the Plac
id tenderness so natural to 14 face resumed
it. sway, and . 1 discdyered no other sign of
emotion as.she answered.. . ;
- .
"lon shall have your wish ;" and
then added in a low voice ; is' right that
she should have the promised history, 'and
that I should tell it." The latter part of her
speech the venerable lady rather murmured
to herself than addrd to
M e; then 'draw
ing her fine figure.tO its utst height, and
folding her thin white hand upon her lap,
she commenced her ' narrati4--which, how
ever, I prefer putting into tnyi own language,
believing. Aunt Ruth's natural modesty pre
rented her from doing justied to the heroine.
of the story.
• " Walter is late this evening, Mildred;"and
yet I am almost certain that ;I saw him pass
on the river an hour, ago. r,may be mistak
en, but I wish you would run down 'to the
old summer house, 'and see; if the boat is
moored. We ought to haref, got through :a
good portiOn of busins'to-night."
The speaker, a fine old man of sorneileven
ty winters, turned as he spoke.towards a deep
window, where a youngundistrikingly hand
some woman "sat resting her cheek upon .her
hand, and gazing with a look of abstraction
.upon the•twilight shadows ai they deepened
over the broad river fiewingiat the bottom of
a long terrace;walk yin front of the house.--
Iler father's voice soddenly recalledher drea
my thoughts,-and raising shesaid
" Yes, dear father r I shall enjoy a stroll . to
night ; and if the truant has! not. yet arrivd,
I can watch for hint -a little longer freut th
summer house: 'W "do not know What May
have detained Walter," she [added, tenderly
- raising. the old man's hand ;to her lips; he
IcnoWs your love , of punctuality, and_ I am
Certain he would not wilfully - keep you in
I I suspense." .
Mildred Vernon was the only child Of it
widowed parent. A beauty and an heiress,
she' was as might be stipptised, not without a
goodly string of adMirers; of these her fath
er's choice and her Own-affeCtiou fell upon
relative of her own,l' whom flier father • had
brought up .to his-own callitig,--that of an
East India merchant.:. Accustomed .frOm
boyhood to regtird her cou.sql 'with affeetion
ate admiration, Walter Vernon deertiedA air
ow task, at Mr, Vernon's affectionate sug
gestion, to yield np a free heart- to her )teep
ing : and he agreed i gratefully -to the . propo
sals made to him hiS Uncle, whif.h ended
in - his being at twenty-one the manse() hus
band of the I•eautifttlMildre, and the expec
tint heir to her father's immense fortune. To
Mildred,. however, Iwhoso.iknorance of Mr.
Vernon's previous •influence.l with her: Cousin
led her to believe thatahe declaratiOn of las
es earnest and independent of etkaneoustir
cutitstances as her oWn affection- h eir engage
ment.was-verydifferent, and for seine time
the happiness of hei:young)ife - Oeeined 'with
out a elotnf.' . .
Situated in a remote ginner of the grounds
which stirrounded.lo. Vernidninausion, was,
&dew dintc4ed cottage,eovered _With Monthly
roas- and honeysuckles up tc lowly eaves,, and
surroulided,hy a galaxy. of iblotisoniti . This;
. . •-- 1.
. , .
snug and roomy dwelling had for years c• n -
the abode•of.ROger Lee, - Mr. *Vernon's. g rd
t • ..1
I net. Here, too, his 'only child Alice . as'
1 I bore; and:here, some years after,' the str rig
\man and his young daughter_ wept. toget ter]
over the lifeless form of a *beloved. Wife - nd
oother; and the sympathy which - luid - alw ys
existed, between. Mr: Vernon and .hisi. fait ful
servant seemed more firmly cemented by . he.
melancholy sameness of - their relative ..i . : .
tions.• The little - Aliee,Trom her mother sa*
Childhood, had been an object of 'interest to
the worthy merchant. .Born in the emu n
.of the same year .which made hitti• tr•Wisi -
ed - father, Mr.' , Vernon looked upon her m re .
1 in the light , of a pretty playfellow to his. o -a
beautiful- child, than . as the daughter' of is
servant • and .this kindly feeling was display
' ed in the liberality with: which he'.provided
1 an education for Alice Lee, better suitedlto I
i herfaveliness andnataral • elegance of - tnind, I
1 than to her mere conventional poSition.•
1 Half an hour
.before the conversationx ,
tween Mr. Vernon an his daughter, which ,we
have, already related, Mice Lee
been 'seen gazing: as anxiously on - the broad.
river as the young heiress herself. - Pohl.1;
back the dutinottd-patted Casement until it
rested upon
. a ledge pfloseaarid green leaCO - ,
she.' ; 'bent - over the low Window sill iill,:herlgpl
den curia touched the- flowers which - cluster - ,
ed around. Suddenly she as Oleg/a
-t tle sound of bars-niet her ear; and raising a
1 face glowin„,c , with love-and - hope, Alice ptii.s
-1 ed l •tu kl from her cottage parlor into the q -Y
1 box-b Ordered walk wide!' led to' the river;
. -- 4 Sweet Alice, tun I riot punctual ?" - ex-
I:chained a clear, melanchbly reit*, as a young
mitn,i elegantly. dressed in thefashionable•COs
-Itume of the day, bounded up tbe.broad oaken
1 steps which led 'from the', river, and 'Stood be
side the gardener's daughter.
• "17es; dear Walter; ; , very punctual; and
1 yet I thought you long, and have been %yak
king so anxiously for We soutid of the oars. 7--
But you look, sad and anxious,- Walter. 117littt.
has troubled you ? - * ,
. The young Man's - brow
.grew darker, and
then flushed to a deep crimson,. as. he gazed
with passionate earnestness upon the sweet
upturned face which rested against- his shoul
der, and then exclaimed : "Dear one would
you desire to hearihe cause of mrsorrow, if
you know that such knowledge mast make
you npartaker of it ? Can your love",.bear,
this test, my Alice ?" • .. • --
..- ‘o,' Waiter r murmured' Alice ,reproach
fully, as she hid •her tearful face on his boSoni.;
A`Dear, dear Walter, can you not - trust my
love r .- ' • '. ' • , * • ' '
. ,
" Ido trust yotir love; my own s ,
ice, ante f1.L......1...:—.1.-I+4ar.i...*
. . .11,1ft=7iii ;• for unconscious till I
too late of the nature-of my- feeling', 'towards 1
you, I have promised' to marry my cousin.:' , f
. Alit* Lee raised'her•head, and gazing .foi.i .
a moment into her lover's fade, as if to • read• -
there a contradiction to, the_ words lie had'
spoken. sprang from the still circling arm
which had supported her and. as 'pile as the
white roses which 'clustered round the arbor
where they had seated; she - appeared to . wait
in stupid silence for an explanation.:: ?
Another 'moment; and the rustle of a lady's
dress caused the beivildered girl • to 'turn her-..
eyes from the stern' look of sorrow. which was
so plainly portrayed in her companions' fitce;'
to encounter an expression equally. fearful on I
the beautiful features - of the intruder. -• Like
some fair statue on *hose lineaments the in- -
•teasity of hopelesi dekpair was traced. by a
master chisel, stood Mildred Vernon. . Her
large dark eyes were fixed upon the young pair
begre her withan . expresSion of agony, which
seemed to overpower theirsorrow in sympathy
with hers. The cluick
_percepaott of Alice:
seemed at once to understand the, mystery ; j.
and gliding from
. the scat' where she bad
crouched in. her sudden grief, she took - the
passive hand. which -hung by Mildred's side i
and •rnisitig it to her lips, exclaiined Wildly: - 1
" Forgive -, him; dearest lady; 'Only. forgive
Walter—he Will lore you. oi:he does love
yew already, as you deserve. a See, he . is
weeping'! , He does - -not love
- me now; t . at
is past, lady; and ion will . forgive in,
and be his ;ire l'' ' •- • . •' - .' - - j
.Patieand lifeless, the unhappy
.speaker satik .
at the feet of her rival; who appeared suddin- '
ly recalled to her :uStial self-possession. Li a
calm voice, she bade Walth curry the fattit:
j ing Alice - te. an • Adjoining suthiper-honse, -
where she watched !with intense tiOliciludeifor
I the first sign. of reeeVery.; Then beekoiong
her cousin to her side, she placed7Alice.teek
1, hand in his, ankwithout trusting, herself to
.look into his face, 'aid slowly:, "You MuSt
tell Alice, Walter, that you are ..not going to•
marry your cousin ; that yen 'may - love 'her',
withOuf sin;and that to-morrow 1., will tell
I her so myself. * You may not like . to. see - lny .
ffather tonight itontorrow T will prepare him
' for ittt interview.. There; now see .this
1 girrtO her home." 1 - ... - ' -
I - .Passing rapidly' Ort to the - house, Mildred.
1 Vernon sought in - the solitude 'of her own
chawber, upon hell bended knees, that comm- i
lation which her crushed heart ,so sorely i
'needed ; and She arose at length, strengthen-1
1 \ ed. and confirmed in the generous . self-titteri..
lfielier noble impulsive nature. had - at once.
I st4g‘ted. - . The nap, indeed, - contained *a
I bitter draught; but she resolved. to -drain - it
I to the Very dream believing that in. .the . one
it' would' prove a wholesome niedieine, which
in tuna might ' bring back some 'degree: of
peace to her troubled spirit. .
" Your engagement with Walter at animal
What on earth do you mean, child 'I al
ways gave you credit for knowing your Own
mind a little better than .most women.":': Give
me your reason for this behavior, Mildiketi." .
Mildred was silent for a_ moment; as if
atruggling with some inward einetion, the
signs of, which were painfully_ visible ptl her
fine features, a', , with a sudden - effoit, she
said firmly :
_"even at the' risk of losing what'
I prize so dearly, your good 'opinion, My dear
father,l 'can assign no other rearm : thin the
one aready given—namely, that lau. mar-.
riage, if • persisted 'would be -a . source of
misery to both of us. :Pray believe tliat this
is not grounded uper. mere - caprice4 , deep
searching into my own heart; :and a clear
knowledge of-Walter's- feelings, have; alobe
led-me to decide thus. Only let me, aSk
favor, dearest father, and 'the beautiful," girl
clasped the old
_man tenderly' round thistle:di,
and bent fondly over hito-'-" that you_ will
not alter your pecuniary ainuigementa with
Walter in. consequence of thkohoogein my
v i ews . l o st is, much yourheii be
•:Psj i I ti - !t_i . '...12:;, ::*:llliati-:'
. .
_ . .
would hate been bad he . married - :yew' - 9n l Y
daughter." • •
~ .:- - - \ - >->- ...: .
And what becomes of my d at t'ibtet F. it '
she, is satisfied to be a poitionlial7:betiuty. for.
her cousin's sake,- might not-her.; futu r e- bus- ,
hand reasonably regard' ibis preferenee of si
.onee fatored lover with- something nearly akin 7
.. . - .
to jealousy r' . -.. , , ,
.' -
"Dear father, do not pain me hr . speaking
thus. In giving up Waltei; I' give - up all
thought's of marriage. - My deat mother's for
tune is an ample one for a spinsteris it not,
sir I' . Nay, you alintist promised not: to visit .
the sin of my fickleness,'us you term it, urn
Walter; so.make toe happy. new-by ratify- .
jaw that promise." ' ,; . ~. -.-- - - ••
'"Mildred's so ft , clear reice - faltered - percept-
ibly, in spite of her efforts to appear , calm; .
:and when Mr. Vernon' raised ,his head, and
looked up into her face, her saw that she - had
been weeping.- . 1 - ~
." Come, my Mildred, I no team. iWe will
say no more about your marrying, my sweet
child ; and as to this:othermatter it shall:.
be arranged nearly is you would ' have•it---.
only my Mildred must be mistress , of this old:
houie; that cannot he Walter'"
~ .. •
• ii, -•
.a ,- . a ilt... a. -: ,.:
. .
Mr. Vernon kept -his- word . --- and *ten, t 7
yearafte'r the event just related,-his nephew ;. followed him to the grave, he returned", to
find himself raasterof the piineelyfortuntil.:her
_believed to have forfeited by his inconstriiiey,
Sonia months later-Walter-led hiagentli*l.-"- •
ice le a. handsome home in .06-..aity, wbere. •
his happiness might have been complete leiv .:
for the.painful kuoadedge that hit happiitasz
was built upon the'; blighted; of heti,- t ?
_whon he-owed all his prosperity..l.::2`-'.i':•. ,
In accordance" with hpr father"s7- irLsit.and , --
the provisions - of his - :will, Miltlietr,Vtitui
still kept - upter establishment
. at lita ttersek
living A life of qUiet u.sefulness-i*Vbelieva.;
lence until all traces ..of S her serrow seemed-to
bare been chated away,: „Mildred,had-seitti-
lously avoided.meeting - fier couain. after the;
death of bet father; and she:had not , seen •
Alice since the fatal ecene. whieh opened 7 her
eyes, to her lover's real feeling towards:ben:elf,
The sudden news of the entirefailUre...of one
of Walter's•business speculatiotitv_ato, ength
roused her to more active efforts. .Det rmin-
ed akany.sacrifice,:io secure- the Comfi • of
her beloved consin-;',Mildred decided urts
motgaging her estate to. its full yalue, and
thus, in some diealiare, relieving- binc‘ ftom .
his einbarrassruents. I-This generous idea 1 1 '114
no"sooner vonceived• than eiecuted.; and a
second time in his life Walter fo • t st.
saved fro ' •
once Wealthy mistress retired in the-cottage
of old Roger Lee, which with a larkv portion
of garden,- she had Managed - to retain and
here, with'one faithful attendant,-her days
flitted by as peacefully ‘ as when she was suri.
rounded by the:luxuries of fortune
Not tilt Alice. sorrowed: over the - -lifeleii
form of her husband did Mildred conquer hit
feelings sufficiently to visit
.bar. She'did
then for' e ,ret and' conquer them ; and - to
earnest sympathy and .active diligence, that
the widow of Walter__VernOn, and her daugit
ter Mildred, were indebted - for amore motn4
fm-table Maintenance than 'the - embarrassed
state of the merchant's affairsivoulti allow.;
Mildred lives,to see This orphaned DIM&
sake the-wife of a rich an 4 worthy . citizen,
and to find her own reward in the:- pente.of
a good conscience mid the affection and , rev
erence of the grandchildren of het early;` and .
only lore—Walter Vernon;
- - ,
Such was Aunt Ruth's itoiy of her owh
checkered life ; ! for my -readers will have lotg
since guessed that she was the beautiful :add
generous Mildred. Vernon of my tale.
tale, however, that_ not a. fiction *man
tic as is the love-dev'otion of our heroine; and
'unnatural as is the *fifty which= 'the
father yields to her Wishes; there are - many •
who ,will be able to strip the harmtive ;64 its
thin disguises, and detect in it an episode 'of •
real life. • ;s'
On; Mipolean's return to Paris froth Vieu.
na surrounded by Lis fainiffi - at Sf. Cloud,
he, one evening as the moon ibenelie.autiful--
ly, went into the: grounds Of ithetpalace ,
enjoy the fineness ,of the weather; when-:the
whole of the company sat down on the gteen
t* if, with the exeeptien of 'Nip:Aeon, who
streehed himself at full! length - On the grass,
and said that his 'whole life hitherto, had
been fortunate; and . after some . ,further ,
marki on the same anbjeet; he said:- "No
one imagines that, lita!se a da:sire for a coun
try Life; but I assure you Iwould give all
my power for the staff Of the shepherd."
At this .the entire enmpany.'broke
loud laughter, to which theEmperorrejomed
in the most earnest manner: ' - . ,
"Indeed I arn not jesting. rkid - mr Ste-,
tion allow me to entire freedom_ of choice, my
desire for the shepherd's life""would soon be
"And I " saidtbd i Grand Admiral of France
and of". Naples, "- woUld-ibe
clan gondolier,- and - lin my, 'haat on, tbeseiri t
sing daily the undying songs Of Taao."-
"And I," Said- the King ,of Holland,:."!
would simply be a wacbman A;msterdam;
where I - should at
_least semis :the - intesestkof
the country ;: at resent:myditty is perfornie4;
in another direction." - • '
Atl, this ; reniark,.' his illustrious' bretber
shrugged his shOtildeni and gnae4
fixedly on. the moon. ‘
• •,` ; I,
"And I," .said the King,of_.spaini
I note citizen Seplis,_ with an income of :
fifty ! thousand francs, and A, good ::hunting
ground. - rather hays:, vader-4,
COUPIO - of llMlnde than lb° .11 ritIct,-(Tals i ß
ties of court." . -•-;;; • -
" And , the Il i rincess,Of flo_igtese,
".Why ani I - not a flower ! girl.-of Vin4iiines;
Then I could wreathe crowns oelfewirin for
the ' ,
"MY Cahill! said: NiPnielA lie4lll;‘latt aro
correct. One must confetia:iiiit government
is wi* ;
.the, great Sifiliktilky is ,in,don
troling the hu ma n ; mind; we e - ofien go_ far out
of the_ way in-a!glio4loitiliil; Arbo4#rws
for obtainingit is ieisr.lia,! - -„,' L _
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a' weinaiN life thet;arenereff9 - * taiiiiitta .
as, for iditani:43, the fite . t;
. 0011:, "ales a
pttrasol; the firsttimishireoer 1014illiiteV
the Srst time she toikto askitielaiittlisisty,f
the pst time a propokitie - rod. tirlia.;4o,
fist time she wears * eiik , 4lr sO s ilkifilret
time puts o**4*44lh4Cl4±- • ": , •;:/ •
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