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AT THE OFFICE OF
IT2r. Oldflint iis Search of a ,Vifc.
BY C. J. CARWI.V.
In a pretty little village located in one
of the Eastern States, which we shall des
ignate as Bucktown, lived our hero, Mr.
Geo. II. Oldflint. The village was in no
striking particular, different from others
of the same class. It had its churches,
its public buildings, its schools of learn
ing its great and little men its pretty
and ugly women and its male aud fe
male gossips in the same proportion
that others have them; but it also had
that which is uot often found elsewhere,
an Oldflint, a unique character.
When quite young, Mr. Oldflint cx
perinced all the ardor and romance of a
first love. The object of his affection
was a tall, symmetrically formed, blaek
eyed belle of Bucktown. He made suite
energetically, and soon found himself the
affianced of the proud beauty. Affairs
moved on smoothly for a time; but by-aud-bye
Mr. Oldflint discovered that his
angel was really a human being, and, in
attempting to control her in a trivial mat
ter, he received his dismissal. It was rel
ative to an affair of dress. lie could not
see the inappropriateness of her wearing
a certain dress which pleased him on all
occasions; and, on remonstrating with
her one evening when she had refused to
wear it at a certain party, the indignant
lady gave him a Snal rejection. Jutour
hero was a'promisiug youth, and a gen
eral favorite with the Bucktown maidens;
and- he resolved to console himself for the
loss of the dark-eyed belle by paying
court to her rival for the palm of beauty
in that town. Still Mr. Oldflint was des
tined to disappointment in his matrimoni
al pursuits. He had engaged himself;
the day was appointed, and had .nearly
arrived for the consummation of his mar
riage, when he happened to discover his
intended in the act of harihty treating a
member of tne fcliue species. From this
he argued an irascible temper, and there
fore broke off the match.
Most men would have become disheart
ened at so much ill-luck. But not so
with Mr. Oldflint. He believed he could
eventually find perfection among the fair
ones of Bucktown; and he resolved to
persevere. But the same ill success fol
lowed him; and finally he gave up all
thought of marriage, and, with many a
cili at what he deemed the degeneration
settled down into old
Years flew round, and still found
unfortunate man, a
arrived at the solid
the evening of that anniversary of his
birth, he sat, in company with his par
ticular friend, Mr Pierepont Blutter, in
the back room of his office. It was cold
and dreary without, but the glowing stove,
sparkling wine, and tempting havanas,
which they were enjoying, made them
Tliis particular friend of Old flint's
Bluster was a married man. Often had
he labored with Oldflint to induce him to
enter the matrimonial field, but hitherto
his efforts had not even been attended to
with complacency. Now the object of
his regard displayed more tractableness
'Well, Bluster,' said Oldflint
, in reply
to some observation of that rcn
after the eonversation on this topic had
progressed a considerable time; 'Well,
Bluftcr, I own that I wouldn't object if
I could find the proper person Bt out
for a wife. And her I doubt.'
'And I say again that if you
live like a human being,' said Bluster,
'have a comfortable home, a dutiful wife,
and all those little nameless comforts, the
absence of which cause vou so much per-
Oldflint? If a woman suits you pelore
marriage, have po apprehension ot wnat
ke may become after marriage; for then,
if she does not turn out to jour liking, it
will be your own fault.'
-I don't know what you mean,' said
Oldflinti f unless you wish me to take a
woman with the temper of a tiger, in ex-
pectation that marriage, instead of giving
Lr an opportunity toplay it off pgn me,
will serve only to make her as tractable
as a lamb.'
,'I mean simply,' replied Bluster, 'that
a 'woman has got to be broke in, just, for
Dlexity now, you must not hesitate on the declaration to the lady in question tuus
. "v. ... J im .i i. i : l. l,1 ,
pje oi getting n jprojjer person. wuac muuu uaviug uuu wmmu mc u -uiu y
fi, au ? nrmwr nm-snn in vour view, word one which came up to his wishes. a llving man
ucwiuw-i- -y - r ', .... ... ,- - tn snv nnnt h
istan.ee, as ypu would break in a colt me. Yet I know my love for you to pe he was about to mrnisn mm wuu an t
fow'ean vou.expect.them to become good , as great as men can entertain for woman ample of managing a wife. Expecting
TrTiT nn vmi ovnAftt. t.hcm m hpenmp rrnnrl
T;zrr ' . . .
iiM uMyiv.w;.M, j Tr.rt5,
'Inn't it just as necessary tbe'husband
should be broke in, as you call it, Bluster?'
'That's just what I want to do to you.
I have had exnerince sufficient to enable
me to teach you. Now, who is that lady V
'Miss Matilda Jane Collins.'
'Ah!' exclaimed Bluster, She'll make a
good wife. Why fear her!'
'Because,' said Oldflint, hesitating,and
looking very red in the face. 'Because
I'm afraid she'd try to wear the pants.
You know her sister, Brown's wife, has
the upper hand of him; and that's what I
hate m a woman, Bluster, bhe
' turn out shiftless, lazy, unrefined!
mo if Twniilrl jtinrl fhnf
, me lJ 0U1U ,am?. tnat-
Uldthnt. Urown is
half a man any woman could
him; and she only displays good sense in
taking the reins into her own hands.'
'Well, perhaps I might as well run the
risk now as ever. I'll consider the mat
ter anyhow. I think I'll go it blind.
But if she should attempt to boss me!
ter; 'with the aid of my experience, you
mi a lit. vontura on marriao-e with the most
-' ' ' "v '
turbulent female in the village of Buck-!
care about my wife being so
handsome or accomplished; I don't want
a wife for display. I want a woman who .
will give me all the enjoyments of domes-'
I tic felicity, without its costing me any
trouble, or interfering in the least with
i my ordinary pursuits. This she may not
j expect to afford me. If she don't, I wish
to know how to make her. Let me as
certain that, and I'll marry.'
'Well, Oldflint, your wishes shall be
gratified. Now, tell me what you think
of me as a husband of my wife of our
'Why, you arc happy, and satisfied
with your condition, which is evidence e
nough of your good qualities as a hus
band; your wife is one of the neatest,best
naturcd, most devoted little bodies I know
of just the thing for a wife; and, under
theso circustances you enjoy domestic
'Gad, I do, Oldflint, that's a fact. But
such a woman as she was when I got her!
A dozen Matilda Jane Collinses are no
comparison she was so difficult to man-
age. I thought to do it, just perhaps as j
you do, but 'twas no use; the more liberty j
I gave her, the more she'd take. It final
ly came to that pass that I seemed only
a fixture in my owu house. Now you
sec how it is. There's not a man m Buck
town that has a more obliging or obedient '
wife than I; but it's all owing to my train
ing her; and you you poor ignoraraous
you imagine its all done through kind
ness. ilai na: ino, no, uiuniut. ui
those kind looks, and gentle attentions,as
they're called, which husbands exhibit in
public, are only for display a kind of
conventional formality. Its behind the
scenes, in the private family circle, where
you've got to go to understand the thing
as it is. Now my wife, for a year or so
after we married, had it all her own way;
but by that time, I became heartily tired
of playing the lover, and'
You put the pants on yourself, eh?'
'Didn't I, though? and havn't I got
them on yet? This was the true kind of
kindness. Women know that we're the
strongest, and know the most; so when
we act that way when we command and
don't entreat they think we are only
Bluster seemed to be in his element,
and gave his friend a long discourse on
the proper management of a wife. lie
t - ail T 1 n t
fiually wound up with
'Come to-morrow eveniner to tea,
then we'll talk more on this matter.'
Oldflint agreed to it, and then Bluste
took his leave.
Tn tl.n nffAmnnn of t.lin fnlWinrr dav
,r . . i 1 a- tt
Mr. Oldflint sat alone in his office. He
1.n4 snnnf.tlin nrnnnHin niirlifc nndeavor-
Jnrr In Homrlfi whof.l.r nr not he should
through the day, up to this,
time, had his mind, been burdened with."""" , ; . , -""V. . . .
.', n .stance which hannened m their townt
conuiacration 01 tne ail-important suDiecc
tt u ...1 c 1. p I
other for that station, than Miss Matilda
Jane Collins. And iith regard to hor,;
J.1U CUUIU liUl, 1UI il iUUlllUUk, tUlIUi. Ul U1JJ
tho only question was, whether he could
'manage' her or not, as Mr. Isluster
termed3 it. His revolving doubts were
finally so.vcd to that e,ten that he wrote
. w- 3 O L
a note which pleased him
on the writing desk at which he sat, were
numerous sheets of papor writen over
bearing evidence of this. Each was a
inac wuica ne uiumateiy nxeu upon, uu
'I flatter myself hat you wi not be
surprised at the declaration I
to make. fye"b
, development of your beauty, admired
' your many superior accomplisbments.and
above all, with most pleasing emotions
observed the daily evidences of the noble
heart you possess. And the more I have
seen of you, the greater has my love
1 grown for you. But I never dared till
now to dream that such a lovely and ac-
! complished being could bo destined for
,i . . r
nq artuit. ns mftli fiftn entertain lor WOUiau
Tn C, ,;in. hn;?n'fi;s annnd8 on
r..r. vyti y .1.r, r- ,
I. -. ! I Jl. I. I.L.. . H, . ,, 1. AltAH
1 and contribute to your own, I have do
.terrained to assume, and dare everything
to gain that summit of my earthly hopes.
' I have wealth, position, and Gne prospects,
a11 of wuich 1 laJ afc yur feet they be-
linS as nothing to me, unless you will
condescend to share them. Accept me,
,maaam, as your lire s slave.
An early decision of my fate may re
lieve me from the harrassing doubts in
which I am now involved.'
After having read and re-read this
several times, he wrapped it carefully up
and laid it away in a private drawer,and
then wended his way to the store of Mr.
Arm-in-arm the two friends sauntered
down the aristocratic street in which the
mansion of Mr. Bluster was situated.
A little pale-faced woman, with a care
worn visage, met them at the door. She
proved to be Mrs. Bluster. Certainly
one would not have thought she lacked
'for management. At one time she must
have been beautiful a woman pleasinpc
to look upon. But now, it was too evi
dent she had much to be relieved of;
it was that idea which struck the behold-
er that herlifo was married by a denial
ot the reliet winch but one human being
could afford; and he was a brute.
'Is tea ready?' was the frowning saluta
tion of her lord.
'You ordered it at four, and it is only
three now,' she answered demurely.
'Oh! ha! right,' he exclaimed. 'Well,
at four to a second, my love.'
A sovcritm welcoming to his dominions
a neighboring potentate, could not have
done it more majestically than Mr. Blus
ter waived his friend to a seat in the
Mrs. Bluster having withdrawen, her
lord thus addressed Mr. Oldflint.
'Did you notice her anxiety to please
me, even in that little matter?7
'I did,' replied Oldflint.
'That's the way to have a wife,'Bluster
then continued. 'And it's only exercising
my rights in my own house. You've got
to command to have implicit obedience,
'But what if your wife should refuse to
obey you?' he asked.
'llefuse! Refuse! I'd like to see her
get up so much spunk. Why, I've seen
her tremble all over, like a leaf, just be
cause I raised my voice above the ordin
ary pitch. Demeanor and the way "ou
talk is everything. I can make my wife
laugh or cry, merely by modulating my
voice to the right key. And demeanor,
that comes in play best when you're out
folks. One evemmr, two j-cars
after we were married, I recollect we ,
were over to Warren's at a party. My wife
used to be a good performer on tho piano,
and an excellent singer. But there wa3
one tune which was a favorite with every-
body. Morning, noon, and night, she , lady consents, lead her to the altar."
was thumping it out of the piano here,till "Yes, you'll have to get her consent
I become so sick of it, I just told her that J now; but by-and-by, the angelic creature
if I heard it again, I'd throw the piano ' will have to walk chalk. Eh, Oldflint."
out of doors. And I would, too, for an "I certainly mean to have something
example if nothing more. Well, at this to say then," replied he with a grin,
party, they asked her to play it. She'd This closed their conference and Old
look at me, and then I'd put on a stern ' flint left the residence, of his friend, pon-
demeanor, anu snc a rciusc. vurvuuuv
asked her almost, and she wanted to do
it; but my demeanor
told her plainer
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luau worus, uot lu, uuu auu uaiuu uuv.
XTrtw T ci.nirl tiiJnl.-if. onsh vmi n rmnil
deal of trouble,' said Oldflint. 'You've 1 who stood well in his profession, was re
"ot the matter reduced to such a science.' puted a man of wealth, and was supposed
'No trouble at all,' replied Bluster, ; never to have been jilted. He was, too.
'At first it was a little perplexing, but .an admirer of the fair sex, and his atten-
i now it comes natural. I always say, my
dear my love or something of that , by the Bucktown maidens. In addition
sort; but she knows by my looks exactly j to this, Miss Matilda Jane had long en
what I mean, even if I address her as an tertained a liking for him, and in the hope
anel. Not Ion" aro, my brother and that ho would eventually offer himself,
Ins familr were here, making us a visit,
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' tie's a kind of a mili:-ana-waicr UUSDanu
' let's his wife do about as she pleases.
; r . . iw
"el, bilw uuau tt"a
. wie Put 0D
and hang me if she didn't
P. , . . . . n ,..
A man with a lovely and 1
ly and interesting wife,
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. 1 ,i " j in til'p thit
I m f hf ,b""" 's
i Danus. iuy love, sum i, m
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1 1 1 J I hi Hn Cfnnnfacr.
tones 1 COIUU UUL Willi bUUU aiuva uu hw,
'my love, do you really mean to advocate
such a monstrous doctrine a doctrine
which, if carried out, would render soci
ety a perfect chaos?' And as sure as I'm
she hadn't courage enou
, m announccd.
nr wnrfl .
M BI f . importance of
, 6 1 cQuld b(J
aTld be resolVed the present oc-
rj?h d th toW and tea
'My dear, said Bluster tasting I iis tea,
'you've actually got my tea too hot.
I Oldflint thought his, if any thing, too
cold; and wondered at Mr. Bs peculiar
taste; but a wink from that redoubtable
gentleman gave him to understand that
'.oonto bave to exercise his own powers
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In trembling haste, Mrs. Bluster applied
O ' I'
cold water to her lord's tea.
A.T-i 1 I 1 .1
vioi so mucn, ray uear ne cxciaimcu
Then tasting it, and with
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I VWIU IJ I S V k J
nave uiuieu itj uu ccmunuuu, x ucuuuu
you ve made it pcrtectly cow.
Another moment and the lady had a
t iresu cup oeiorc mm. jjul wis a a after h5s domestic comforts, as when he
unsatisfactory as the former. Repeated ' iade her happiness bis chicfest study.
, trials to please him with like success fol-j hat wonder, then, that she, thus treat
lowed. At length the petty tyrant tho t apparently indifferent toward
he read satisfaction in the admiring eyes , wl,n f . wni-f!1:f u was
' of Oldflint, and desisted his petty perse-'
cution. . , , . with sharpened appetite to dinner, it was
In high glee with himself, the model oi iher not rea(ly or only partially cooked;
wife-managers finished his meal, and the!ao with all bis mcala aud all thosc coin.
two betook themselves again to the draw-; forts he consjdcred it should be tho single
ins room, niucu to the relict or tue meek
"Xow I think I have given you a spec
iraen," said Bluster, as soon as they were j
; seated, "of the manner in which a turbu-
lent woman can De manageu. xuu u you aa aI)gry word with her. and lately sue
want more, you shall have it." Iba1 trcated him with indifference with
"No more!" exclaimed Oldflint eager- 'calm dignity as unmoved by his mis
ly. But really,'' he continued, "I never b and discomforts, as if he were the
had the slightest idea that your wiie nccd-jlast
cu so inuuu ujuuiigiug.
Oldflint couldn't help pitying the un
happy Mrs. Bluster. He rose in consid-
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eration witn niniseir, as ne tuougut now ,
easily a woman with such meek loofcs, )rufllea ber gbc was affeotionate, knew
sorrowful a countenance, and eager, m-jwell tllG ikingS and dislikings of her hus
stant obedience could be managed. band, and took pleasure in consulting
"JLeS, ne saiu lnwaruiy, u niuu uuut
ment of that kind, j ust to show her how
unhappy I can make her, and then lnd-Jin
ness will De appreciaieu, is me uuuiai; u
adopt with my wife."
"Why, I tell you it comes perfectly
natural," said Bluster, in reply to Old
flint's observation. "This is only a spec
imen of what occurs every day. But then
most young people, as you do, who don't
know anything about marriage, would
luiuu. me ucvn iw ptvj, 11 -
you see we married men have to appear
what they call kind husbands, in public
But they all do the same after marriage.
There's to be a head to the family, and
a man that's got any spunk in him, takes
the position himself."
"Well, Bluster I'm perfectly satisfied,
and much obliged to you for the enlight
ment on this point you have given me.
If I had been aware years ago that wives
could be brought so completely in subjec
tion to their husbands, I should have done
this, because I now see plainly that in j
whatever a woman differs after, from what j
she was before marriage, it is all tho hus
"Exactly, my dear fellow. That's it.
One woman's about as good as another,
if you only understand their nature, anu
above all, know how to manage them.
bo you will marry now.
"I shall propose to-morrow morning."
I replied Oldflint, "and as soon as the fair
(uunu uu ma uuc piww uwu,ujw
felicity. Much to his joy,
evening found him an engaged man.
I w 1 .1
Miss Matilda Jane Uolnns had not nes-
itnl.od in accenting biin. He was a man
tions were always received with pleasure
had declined several lavoraDie matrimo-
The fair lady named an early day, and
soon the denizens of Bucktown rejoiced in
tho presonce among them of a Mrs. Old
A brief year of wedded bliss passed o
vcr the heads of Mr. and Mrs. Oldflint,
and found them pleased with each other.
Mr. Oldflint loved his wife tenderly and
t.nnk delight in seeing her admired. He
ctrnvn tn orat.ifv her everv wish: and thus
his first twelve months of matrimonial ox -
nnrfl hv n. ?nrirln
13UCUVb Uv II vU viij v j O
He and Bluster had met but little.
TTnmn had been to him the storehouse
whence ho drew all his joys. Here he
passed all his leisure time; and to hie
hither at the close of his days labor, had
beeu the sweet solace of his close business
tasks. Thus pleasantly occupied, his
friends had been forgotten.
Before marriage he had been m tho
habit of meeting with a club for convivial questions poured in on the delighted Old
purposes, of which Bluster was also a flint. His stupidity vanished, and; like
member. On marrying ho had broken a l omanticschool-boy making his first con
off his connection with it. This his form- fession of love to the misstress of his heart,
er friends of course vie wed with dissatis- did he, between blushes and grins, confess
faction. ' nd obtain forgivuess of his wife.
"His wife won't let him:" was their ob- Breakfast over, the happy couple re
servation, which finally reached his ears, tired to the little boudoir of Mrs. Old
no had a lurking wish to stand well in flint.
their opinion, and finally consented to Mr. Oldflint went not to his office that
' Bluster's invitation to spend an evening at
j tho club. Thus opened the second year
1 of his marriage. His first attendance
1 was but the prelude to Qthevs and at
length he was as regularly present as ov?
. . ft -11
"No man onn serve two masters."
Oldqipt found the attractions of home do
nvnncn oc i, ft mo Ki nnnvJulnV nnm;
! pwiops, iho YTiscs ot his fo were
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nothing to him now. If she remonstra
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his going out ; he cared
for it. No show of interest m
-no exhibition of the pleasure she
in pleasing him no evidence of the
his disregard of tier happiness
her, had any effect on him. He
j seemed to consider that she, unloved and
unCared for, must just as insiduously look
; tl i t orcou. whcn he hurriad home
end and aim of a wife -to provide.
In ttfis strait, Mr. Oldflint thought of
"mnnnffflmpnt " nf r T.lnstpr's mnrlo of
operating. bufcj somehow or other, he stood
in awe of hig wifc ne had never passe(1
per3on sbo could takc interest in
Mrs. Oldflint was what might be called ;
a smart woman. She was affable, and ;
courteous, aud dignified as a queen. She ;
wn f n pnnnnimalil t.omr.Pr r.nfhW
hem. She was also proud, and fully as
apable of 'managing" a3 her lord, though
a different way. She knew that what
Oldflint had been the first year ot their
marriage a good husband-
-he might a-
gain be "managed" to become. In short
so well did she know Mr. Uldmnt his proaeh of death made him contess the er
weakuess that she had resolved that it r0rs of the past, and seek the forgiveness
was necessary for his and her happiness
(tbat sbc s10Uid don the "pants" and she
bad toQ mucb scnse to wear them other-
vrise than ligutiy. xomascemm conscious or
the estenfc his happiness depended on her,
was she now endeavoring to increase his
unhappincS3. She was determined to
force him into an explanation or change
of conduct, and then take the reins into
her own hands. It was on this ground
she changed her tactics.
In tho manner described in the last
Chapter, tontinued tho affairs of Mr. and
Air. ( imflinf. tn thrive lor some weeKs.
G-ratiUally a change came over him; he
came aml WCQt from the honse rcgularly
three times a day. He remained as
short a time as possible. Toward Mrs.
Oldflint he acted as jf fearing reproof.
Noiselessly he shut the doors, lightly he
trod the carpets, and swiftly he stepped
from the gate on his departure. In the
house he was always timid, reserved and
silent. Outside, in his intercourse with
his fellow townsmen, in his business trans
actions in everything he set value upon
he strove to retain and recruit his con
fidence and courage by obtaining more
than ordinary success by acquiring un-
wonted respcctrby enchanting the esteem
of others for him; and when the time ar-
rived for him to Return, and he imagined
himself as welLloadcd with confidence and
assurance as to meet with a brazen front
the accusing dignity of his wife, he would
make the attempt; but it was no use.
The first glance of her sent all
of his fingers ends; and Mr Oldflint tho't
a ood deal, tic thought how much bet-
ter off he would have been had he never
again resorted to the club. He feared
that he- was loosing his wife's affee-
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tions; he wanted to retreat, out ne
couldn't. He had taken the first step
had yielded to the influence of his com
panions, and neglected his wife. He
hadn't the courage to.takc the right course
ho dared not try management
Finally he became intoxicated one night
and was taken home insensible. Uucc
or twice before he had been thus indi
cated; but then he was taken to a hotel.
He arose the next morning with an ach
ing head, and but half recovered from
his intoxication, and found himself in his
own house. Still he had sense enough to
appreciate his condition. In this stupid
state he noiselessly dressed himself, aud
carefully stole toward the back stairs.
He wished to get out without being seen
by his wife. He reached and was pass
,ing out of the gate, when, like a clap of
thundor. tllQ Voice of his Wife fell
startled ear. Breakfast was ready, she
said, and you must come and partake of
Mr. Oldflint doubted his senses as
listened to his wife; but he returned.
Seated at the breakfust table, she was
most kind in her attentions. "Is the cof
fee hot enough, my dear? Have another
roil? Bo the eggs suit you, my love?
liow do you like the steaic and similar
forenoon; he spont it with his who, lie
told her a long story about himself gave
her the whole history of his connection
wish Bluster. He related, too, his many
schemes for encouraging her, over which
they both had a neaity inugu; ana,io
. . . . -, 1,.... .i
- brenfc oU ms inumacy wi n M ic a
never resume 11 again,
resume it again, he -voluntarily
They were happy; home resumed its
empire over Oldflint, and continued its
sway ever after. Years rolled on, and
happy children gathered around his
hearth stone. Beared in such a genial
atmosphere, they become honorable and
useful members of society.
Poor Mrs. Bluster! Often the unfor
tunate lady asked herself for what end
fate had linked her to a brute. She wa3
highly esteemed by her acquaintances
an honored member of a Christain com
munity and ever open to the appeals of
charity. Her husband was not a scoun
drel in the eyes of tho world. The poli
tician sought his influence the Church
his aid! He' was reckoned a useful mem
ber of society; yet to one great end of
existence, contributing to others' happi
ness, he proved as recreant as the crim
inal who fills a felon's cell, or swings from
! the callows. He had destroyed her hap-
pincss, her interest in tne woriu, vy
"management." He went to all extents
crossing her happiness. He scoffed at
her religoin, reviled her best friends, out
raced her purest sentiments, and thwart-
ed her in the training of her children.
To hate him was natural; but what could
she, a poor weak woman,
a pillar of society!
At length disease came, and prostrated
Bluster on the sick-bed. The physician's
skill availed him not. Gradually he sank
j until hope of his recovery failed. Then
' the minister was called in, and he sought
to reconcile his soul with God.
Now the poor lady might have indul
ged revengful feelings, for her mighty ty-
' raat was laid low. But, no. The ap-
0f the iniured women. Ihen she blotteu
her misery from existence her
years of despair and constantly and un
weanediy sought to relieve ms suiienn,
Finally, heid the only good thing
ever did for her he died.
jSfo wife ever regretted her departed
lord more than Mrs. Bluster. The delu-
ded woman thought that if he had recov-
ercd. he would have proved the kindest
and best of husbands.
Death proved her best friend; she liv
ed and -died a happy widow; and, when
the last sad scene of earth closed upon
her, and put an end to her usefulness,the
mmm nvfinimp.d. A saint has none to
Singular and Extensive Claim
w jfoj w W; tht last
. . ,
ls 111 qcciuieui -
large number of our citizens resident and
owning property in the western part of
the ctT at the suit of parties claiming
. . .nnf ne cnrrni m;n;nn
of dollars. The claim, as we understood
it, is made to embrace a number St blocks
nr snlid snuares. in the city, upon which
are erected some of tho finest and most
, co.t buildiDgs within it. The square
J ir w ,n.
from Tenth to Eleventh and from Walnut
to Chesnut streets, including the assembly
buildings; that from Seventeenth toEigh-
zxi&x and from Chesnut to Walnut street,
- . -x ;
j . , w k bi h u
V Ala v W w-w - j
solute right to convey, and that there-
fore the right of possession or title in this
to be found on entire length of Walnut st.
and that from nineteenth to Twentieth
and from Chesnut to "Walnut streets, which
takes in the splendid palace of madame
Rush, constitute, as we learn, the blocks
claimed in the southern section of the ci
tv proper. It is also understood that cor-
I responding blocks north of these, within
, the city limits, are claimed by the same
parties, Wltn various prupuiuea iu uiuci
parts of the county.
The parties claiming as plaintiffs in the
writ are Wm. L. Bostwick, James B.
Bostwick, Wm. and Francis Mary Hal
stead, David and Margaretta G. Moore,
Theodore Glcntworth, and some twenty
others, as hbirs of the original proprietor.
It is said the parties claim as the heirs
of a person named Budden, who is said
to have received title under Wm. Penn,
and who died something more than a cen
tury since, leaving a widow as executrix.
The widow, it appears, according to tho
allegations, had no power given her to
sell any part of the estate of the deceas
ed, and therefore made leases for ninety
niuc years, the longest time permitted by
the law. Theso have now expired, and
the heirs claim that no conveyance has ev
er been made by any party having an ab
vast amount of property is in them, and
not in the parties who hold it. What is
likely to be the result of the matter it is
of course difficult to determine.
We have frequently heard of wholesale
claims of this character before indeed
there arc, perhaps,but few properties in the
city which have not at some time or other,
been the subject of a litigation of a simi
lar character, and whilst the results of a
trial are for the most part postponed to
an indefinite period, they servo perhaps
only to bring doubt upon the titles of
property heretofore couriered of an un
disputable character, subjecting the hold
er to a world of ucedless and vexatious
The proceedings in question havo given
rise to a very considerable excitement in
tho neighborhoods effected by thein, aa
sterotyped writs have been served in a
wholesale manner. Daity Keics.