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THE ( OLOIBIA DEMOCRAT.
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BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY, PA. SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 1842.
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CHARITY OF THE WORLD.
BV LOUIS FITZGERALD TASISTKO.
A brilliant socioly was assembled in the
drawing-room of tho famous banker Filz
Hording, one of the fortunate iiilUonaries
of Belgravo Square. Seven had struck,and
a servant in gorgeous livery had uttered
thoso words so sweet to the oar of the im
patient gastronome, 'dinner is on tho ta
T M-ll . .t !u. .1.- .:; ,
1 diioii iiui uMtiiuo mo uminc-rooin 01
u hiiikuiu((c 111c oauciuarv wiinin wnieii
lilt . . . " I
muuonartt the sanctuary within which
are labored out so many conceptions and
projects, so many revolutionists, financial
and political. Neither will I describe the
royal magnificence of a feast which might
have ehamed those of Lucullus. Lct it
suffice to state, that Filz Hardin?, on ihm
day, did the honors of his table to a foreign
1 ay, uiu the honors ol his table to a foreign
diplomatist, vhose protection '10 sought for
me conclusion 01 a loan to tho secretary
general of a ministerial department, whose
position enabled him to facilitate the adju
dication of a great enterprise; and -provincial
members "or parliament, whose
vote might have the effect of enriching his
native country with a canal, which should
pour nbundance and fertility into tho coffers
of the insatiable contractor. And this short
enumeration of the principal guests is equiv
alent to tho bill of fare.
.1. f I
Lady Emily Fitz Harding, blazing with
diamonds, and brilliant in youth and beauty
nresided with eraco and liveliness. .Araia-
ble and smiling, sho
replied with equal
address to tho flatteries of tho secretary
general, and the madrigals of the foreign
diplomatist. Every one was in the happiest
vein. Sallies of fancy flew about with
champagne coiUot tho provincial members
wore as noisy as during omruf-o'Gnnnejl's
speeches; and tho banker himself was al
most a wit;
AU things had been discussed, and all
subjects exhausted, from Bulwcr's last no--vol
to Mrs. Trollope's amusing impertinen
ces, (in, addition to those of tho loan, the
contract and the canal,) when the conversa
tion fell on the subject of benevolence, con
nected with a charitable ball; a fancy ball
which was to collect together the flower of
London society. Lady Filz Harding was
one of tho lady patronesses of this great ball
which was to take plncu within a fortnight.
Many sayings were uttered, wise and fool
ish, on the subject of charity, of the poor,
of dancing philanthropby, and benovolenco
in entrechats that great inventiou of mod
ern times. The tear stood in Fitz Hard
ing's eye as ho spoke of Die families of the
-destituie.who had no prop and no provision
but the sensibility of 1I10 rich. As for Lady
Emily, sho was sublime. 'Of what value
was opulence but to sootho distress!' Be
rtivcen the second course and the dessert,
she had got rid of forty tickets. 'She only
wished sho could dispose of two hundred;
not from vanity, thank heaven; that was a
feeling which she had never known; but
from pity to the unfortunate orphans, who
she loved to call her children, her fami-
'Dear Emily said tho banker, 'it is so
riqh a pleasure to her to succour tho wretch
cd. It is her only joy 1'
'Ah! you flatter mo,' quoth Lady Emily,
'I do it for your plcasurejfor you are happy
only when you are doing good!'
At thid moment, a servant entered, and
announced to Fitz Harding that some one
wnhed to speuk to him.
'At this hour!1 said the banker angrily.
'You know well John, that I see no one
while I am engaged at table.'
Tho servant drew uoaror.to his master,
and whtsnerod, 'It is Mr. Hopkins.'
At that name Filz Harding rose, begged
his guests to excuse him, aud passed into
A little man dressed in black. there await-
h banker. Beneath his arm he carried
0 ''H&e undle of papers.
VE.XCUSO me ifl d slnrh vnn .' uniil M
Hopkins, 'buf I can onlv nomn Hi lliia Jinnr
or eariy in mo morning, which would dis
mio you sum more; ana sb you will not
nami o any intermediary in the tittl
matter which you have intrusted to mo'
' l o the point, to tho point, Mr. Hop
I that T Infi mn rr. .. . -tl
I 1IUU U Villi n P 1 1 P T O M. H 1 1 T Un.ri n
j u".i.g huh muuiiug ui seven
? cIock antl I have not yet dined? I
,",u Ula.!,a l0'tia,y'
alrA 1 ' . , s V' ou ara enSaS'
ca avc you at lcniith broueht mo snmr
I m..i oi'ii t i. . .a . .
1 ti I ooiam my rights irom theso
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capture of their bodies.
'lOU ftnOW VerV Well, sir.thnt lliirn io nr.
such thing in matters of business. Besides
I have not had ieeourso to your agency but
uwi.uiibu l iiau 10 aeal wit 1 dishonest ner,
ou"i tiju mv auiu 10 pay
anno ntdn - .LI- . .
50 VOU have frnt nnltiinn? Mtl,;
from Mrs. Higgins the milliner? She has
oweu mo eighteen pounds for this
What is tho stale of tho affair?
1 IV- 1 . t
the sale is for Wddneschv. but I u-isheil in
see you netoro issuing bills.'
iiu Buic must proceed
SIlC nek'S llirnn mnnllm f.L- cii
, . .. . : "IB luiuciiranco. one
is wno v wit umi mcniir... ...m , .
" J -" a .JWM . WT, fJIIU Will DC
comnnllpd In nhnnrlnn tin. I. . ? tl
-. ... . uuu,. uusiiiuss, iier
nusoanc, wno hell a ema s Umiinn in
bank, is dead of cholera: ami Ki, ; ur.
ucsuiuie, with three yountr c 1 Idrcn .'
. ... ' " w .4 1S.I.
wh: sue savs Her lnisli.ir.fi a ,lnn,1 r
,,erai can ascertain that, through my
wiiu, who is n memuer ot the committee of
orphans. In the mean lime, issue the bills
at any rate.'
Visrv tvotl off '
And that yountr man. M'Pnrl-.noi,
...L . 1 o v IIS
wno reaas memoirs to the Mochapics' Jn-
'Alas! sir, the purso must bo but poorly
lurnislied, it 1 mav juuge by his goods
'Nevertheless, he must pay tho forty
Jborty pounds! My goods sir, the debt
is now sixty uvo pounds thirteen shillings,
including interest anu cost. J ho poor
young man never will be able to pay.'
'He inu3t however. I don't understand
being trifled with thus.
Besides, Mr. M'
Farlano has a place.'
He had oneja situation of eighty pounds
a year 111 the custom-house.
What! ho has it no longer?'
'You ordered me to attach hi3 salarv.and
he has consequently been deprived of his
So I have nu loar nnv RPmrilv!' prinil
the banker. 'Mr. Hopkins, you "will pro
ceed in this matter with the utmost riiror.
I know that M'Farlano has rcsourr.es he
'I cannot help that. They who have
unproductive talents should not incur debts.
Mr. Hopkins, you will proceed.'
'Everything has been doiie;thcrc remains
nothing but tho seizure.'
'That you will maue then.'
To frighten him?'
'No ! To sell.'
His fortune is not worth moro than ten
'Mr. rioriKiiis, 1 nave duties to mini.
In this matter I act not for myself alone.
M'Farlane is indebted to tho heirs ot my
father-in-law. If it affected no other than
my wife I would wait you know me suffi
ciently to be convinced of that. But this
debt interests equally my brotlier-in-law,the
Earl of Richdale, and my sister-in-law, the
wife of General Huntingdon. You will
'As you desire sir.'
You know very well. Mr. Hopkins,' ad
ded tho banker, as ho let out the officer,
that I am not a merciless man. I have
waited long for these debts; but thoro is an
end to all things. Besides, I tell you in
confidence that I have promised tho little
sums whose collection I have entrusted 10
you, to my wife, who wishes to contribute
them to tho benevolent institution ot our
countv. for sho is a lady of charity. Good
dav Mr. Hopkins.'
At this instant the noise of the dance
reached lliem, and tho melodious orchestra
of Willis flung its joyous harmonies tnto
ihe bankor's study. Fitz -Harding hastily
regained his rich saloons.
It was a delicious fete an intoxicstir.g
route a true millionario's ball. 1 ho lead
lers of finance, the lords of diplomacy, all
the world of fashion, woro met together In
this brilliant assemblage. A thousitiu Ills
.1 1 .I.. 11. ...
loveliness, ihe crowded masses of tho
happy and the powerful moved.to the sound
of harmonious music, through chambers
embelishcd with all the appliances of luxury
and all tho wonders of art. At two o'nlnrk
a magnificent lepast varied tho pleasure of
mo ingm, anu astonished, by its tasteful
magnificence, guests accustomed to tho
prodigal splendor of ministerial tables
i no day had dimmod tho brilliancy of the
lamps, while vet thn i-l. niin..n,i
while a magic and scducinrr palonndn
ir, :i ...i.s.i: .. o.p..r . r-
... .10 .viuriiug course that gilded and smil
mg crowd, tnd offered tn thn nt,,rm!n
CyV ? "lovinS circle of women.ordiamonds
and Of flowers. I forrrnl in mnnlin,, tht 01
muciosB 01 ne supper, Lady Emily Fitz
Harding had already disposed of her two
minureu ucKC.3 lor the charity ball
iiOius leave this scene nf h.mn nn nn.i
of pleasure, and transport ourselves to the
i.iimn siory 01 a dismal abode in one of the
obscute streets adjoining Belgravo Square.
After a night of watching and labor.a youm
man Ecaieu oeiore a small deal table.covercd
wnn papers, aooks, and mathomatinal in
struments, near a fire-place, in which a few
miseraoie embers yet glowed, had yielded
to faticrue. and fallen
oroopeu upon Ins breast. An almos exoir
ilg lamp cast a dim inht lllinn thn r.,11,,1
and melancholy face of tho stmlnnt. a
open door presented to view within another
inmoer, a wretched hed, on which lay an
ilderly lady, whoso thin and wrung features
pouc 01 sickiicss and pain. The novcrtv
1 uiu numuic uwci ine via n- ax.
guiseu uy liscxcecdinirc enn MPcs a r...
old articles of furniture, the brolfnn r.-linc.
f forinei independence.
by their ruined elegance. A dog extended
al Ins master's feet: hml
the first ray of the sun, and looked up at
tho sleeping youth with an enrnnst ,rn.
tecting look. Suddenly the door-bell rane;
the dog sprang hastily up and uttered a low
barh, which he at once stifled as Im 4t,,i
towards the bed of the old woman. 'Silence
ulucher, said the vounfr man.
anJ, mhnjn.Jup,t, .w- J (JrvJ- If' U1U
he proceeded to open it.
It waa Mr. Hopkins the man in black,
with the bundle of papers, and the gentle
manner and mien. But Mr. Hopkins, this
time, was not alone. He was accompanied
by two other men, in one of whom M'Far-
lane recognized the porter of a neighboring
I beer pardon, sir, 'said Hopkins, bowino.
You do not recognize me, though I have
already had the honor of speaking with you
several times. I como for payment of the
fortv pounds (exclusive of costs)vliich you
owe the Richdale estate.'
And unless I am paid this mornino, I
shail bo under the painful necessity, accord
ing to my orders from Mr. ritz Harding, to
proceed to execution.'
M'l'arlano lelt his heart cease to beat.
He thought of his old mother, who lay sick
before him, and now slept quietly on the
uca urh they were about to sell.' Hi's step
staggered, and im, --..,n,tJ!tntl on h,'B
Before proceeding, and during the time
that Hopkins makes tho inventory, let mo
explain the origin of this debt, and inform
the reader how the poor youth became in
debted to the hpirs of tho Earl of Richdale,
for fory pounds.
In thcEarl of Kichdale,the lather ol Lady
Emily, scientific acquirements of tho first
order, cnchanccd tho lustre ot titles and
wealth. In few words, ho was ono of the
distinguished men of his day, tho most, and
tho most deservedly honored.
An i nportant work published by M'Far
lane, and some remarkaklo memoirs road
by him to the Mechanics' Institute, had at-
twnnini) ltttsnrila itilQ vnlltlt ltlp nttontmii r?
the distinguished old man, and an acquaint
snce, sought by tho earl, had risen between
In a short timo, an actual bonefit conferr
ed, brought, if possible, increased claims
upon the gratitude of M'Farlan6. An office
became vacant in the custoiii-liou.se, and the
Earl of Richdale procured it for his protege.
The income was small, but ibo appoint
ment honorable; and it yielded enough, with
the produce of somo literary compositions,
to put M'Farlane in a position to provide
for his aged mother a quiet subsistcnco.and
to continue in peace the profound labors to
which he had dedicated his future life.
Arrived at the accomplishment of his
wishes, M'Farlane had now scarcely any
thing to desire, when an unfortunate cir
cumstance arose to trouble the calm of his
life, and surrender him a prey to the deep
est anxiety. Security, imprudently given,
for an unworlly friend, who deceived him,
placed him in tho most harrasdng position,
and threatened even his personal liberty.
butiu mcir uazzung light on wome
sparkling with the ornaments of dress an
orougni mm. Ho recognized tho hand
writing of tho Earl of Richdale as he broke
the seal; but sfho shall express the feeling
...... ... uii huiuuiiu, wiinin 1110 envelope. a
nttonlr In. f 1 . . r.....l .
w.un IU ,uny juunus, accompanied by tho
A common ftiend has informed mo of the
M.uuy hi which your too confidine sen
.v i, iuvuivcu yon. lour repose
are of equal importanco to your own renown
.....u. iiu. uu uruivcn. nor i ip ihnra ,.i,;i.
-uu iu mo miercst 01 science, inlerruped.for
a miserablo sum like this. Accept the
uucioseu. it is mo amount which von
.w,... x uul Hdjfpjr 10 navo uio oppor
- J IWII. f JIIIIMIlHr II Hlt nn
a loaii.you snail repay It when you are able.
Take it if you wish that I should pardon
your not having confided your difficulty to
, , w w ..-.. w . I uu tkO
Vho shall tell that which passed in Dip
soul of M'I'ar ane. as hp. rp.nti ii,;
Filled with the Warm PS t frrntil twin Uu
resolved on rcfusinir the obliimiinn. i,' i,-.
lened to the mansion of tho earl. He
thanked him with tears, whiln hn
him to receivo back thn in.nl.
. . " itbiutlO
suusiuy, but Hie carl nressprl
wwuouij;, uuU coninvca so
well lo overcome iho delicate scruples of
leng-th to his entreaties, stipulating only
that he should sign a receipt for the sum,
and an engagement to repay it in a year.
'With all my heart,' said the noble old
man, with a smile.
.ui. vuiiim iiiuii. inai ir mm viai.io.i
The year passed. MTViflnnn i,i
konetl for l!ie discharge of his obligation.
miAn Ilia b.Ia r . . . o .
... gam ui uiruuuse on geometry; but
ircumstances appeared unfavorable to the
uwiisner wno was lo purchase it. On
10 day When his eilDaminnnt foil .1...
M'Farlane presented himself timidly, with
..ijuiugius, ueiore me earl or Kichda e-
'What!' eni.I tl in nlrl n-ir.it iiUInl.! .n
of that trifle? Mr. M'Farlane, if you
speak of it again to me, it must be a quarrel
Three more VP.nrq nnscpl .l.,.!
M r -"i "mine wiiiuii
Farlane, moro favored of fame than of
fia t DSxKllfuil 1 e ,w h'oceased not to honor
im with Ins confidence and frendship. But
le poor young man could not pay the
money, and dared nut again speak of the
debt to his benefactor
At the end of these three years, the earl
died suddenly, leaving an immenso fortune
to his son and his two daughters, the eldest
f whom had recently married the banker,
Hz Harding, and the youngest iho Gen-
ral Huntingdon. Unhappily, amongst the
thousands that he left to his heirs, was
found tho obligation for forty pounds ster
lings, signed by the poor matnematician.
We lelt Mr. Hopkins making his inven
tory in tho little chamber of M'Farlane.
'lie unfortunate student, standing in the
recess of his window, locked on with folded
rms. an unnatural calm, a sort, of convul-
vc resignation had stolen over him; and
on his impressive facc.no sign betrayed the
tempest ol his thoughts, yet bitter were
is reflections. All! exclaimed hc,mental!v
'you who feci tempted to accept succor from
a generous hand, beware, lest your bene-
ia,lo1u'ietfP'i-,0J..l!8il,Gr; or sons-in-
. ... i-.i. .i .. :.T7rr.'r',,tuuo after
Ills ueaui iu uruw yuu uuu u imunitta....
the benefit. If you have a name that you
thought to honor amongst men, by the
labors of usefulness, they will record that
name in a process! They will have it cal
led over by a sheriff. They will make it
the property of a scribe, who shall specu
late upon the number of its letters! They
will put up your poverty in tho marketplace
They will print in the journals and on your
gate, the description of your miserable
movables! they will sell them in the public
equare. and in iho evening go to a ball,
where they will institute a raffle for the
benefit of the poor!'
Still there was a consolation that mingled
with tho bitter thoughts of M'Farlane a
something that whispered to him, that if
there was a name tarnished in theaffair,itwas
happily, not his, but that of the millionaire
banker, those of the vain ar.d titled men,
the idle and gilded women' who had taken
from him his poor table, his chaii and his
bed; from him; the child of indigence and
toil, although he had been tho friend of
their faiher, and becaute a few piles moro
of crowns were wanting to swell a heritage
Hopkin3 and his clerk had now com
pleted their inventory of the young student's
room, Mid a small kitchen adjoining; and
tho officer was about to enter into the old
lady's chamber, when M'Farlano sprang
forward aud seized his arm.
'Sir,' said he. calmly, 'I entreat you not
to go in there; mother is ill, and just now
The officer paused upon tho threshold
of the chamber, around wnicli he cast " his
searching looks, and in a low voice dictated
his inventory, while Blucher looked at him
with a flashing eye ready to dart upon him,
if ho should invade thegapartment of the in
Tho old lady had, however, awaked.and
Trom the foot of her bed, which was sur
rounded, by old chintz (curtains, she heard
the wlnspering.'My poorFrederick.'mutterr d
she to herself'alreadv at his work Ar.
over his labors!' Butsoonsha recognised
that it was not tho voica of hr ,mi
caught tho words, "an old mahogany chest
of drawers, with marblo head; a pondulo,
in sculptured brass; two old arm chairs
covered with silk.'
A cry burst from thn linn nfitio :.,i:j
for she guessed the truth. M'Farlnnn
sprang lowardsj her, and strove to sootho
nur, wniio nopmns linishcd his inven
tory. I wo days after, M'Farlane.accompanied
by his dog, followed a heatse, which took
the road to the public burying ground.
It was a nreat nisht for thn
night of the first of March, 1833! Tho
spacious apartments of that splendid build
mg, which is at once tho prido and an or
nament to the city of London, known as
uuiid nail, had been decorated with,
great magnificence for the great .
philanthropic ball of which I have already
spoken, and' which had Lady Emily Filz
Harding for one of its lady patronesses, A
long string of carriages brought to this en
chnted spot, all that London contained of
brilliant women and comme il faul. Tho
aristocracy of birth, joined hands with tho
aristocracy of wealth, 3n this truly fraternal
assemblage.where tho sentiments of benevo
lence and philanthropy expanded all hearts.
The richness and varioty of tho costumes
the profusion of flowers of lamps, and of
gold, gave the fete the aopect of a fairy
scene. All nations and all ennrliR worn
there mingled ami confounded. Marchio
nesses or the eighteenth century, abbes,
pilgiims, pachas, chevaliers,Swiss peasants
French guardsmen, boatmen and chieftains
were crowded logelher.and wavered to and
fMr-om.vli)TtiTrtg y-hiun..u KJireaTwf "-
that there were such people as the poor.
Lady Emily Fitz Harding, by her
beauty, her diamonds and the splendor of
her oriental costume, would hare attracted
all eyes even if the rose-colored knot, tho
distinctive sign of her function as lady
patroness, had not fixed attention upon"
her. She was the queen of this fete,
where also shone her husband, in the guisa
of a troubadour) her brother, the young
Earl of Richdale, in the rich costume of a
courtier of Henry tho Second's time; and
i ... ... t n u..,: i
HIS BlSicr iiuuy uuviuu numiuguuu,
habited as a Chinese, and leaning on tho
arm of a mandarin, General Huntingdon
Theso two dresses.which had been express
ly procured from China, and were of incre
dible magnificence, had cost over a thous
and pounds sterling. But can ono make
sacrifices, when a fete for the benefit of
of the poor is in question?
All at once.a movement was observed at one
of the doors of the hall, & a mask entered,
round whom the crowd gathered,atiracked
by the singularity of liisjcoslurne. It was a
man clothed in the garb of a beggar, car-
vyjff a wallet, and on whose garments were
were covered with them; Mr. and "Laay -Emily
Fitz Harding were among the first
lo approach this mysterious porsonage,and
read on a large sheet of stamped paper,
which covered his breast, exact copies of
the different instruments of legal process on
the part of the heirs of theEarl ot Richdale,
all whose names and descriptions were set
out at full length, against the poor student
including tho inventory, and ending with
tho advertisement of sale, which, as I havo
said before, covered the different parts of
the body of the mash. On his has, which
was surrounded with a black crape, was a
written paper, with these words, in largo
The charity of the mun op tub worlp.' 1
Tho following toasts were recently given,
at Hodensburg, New York.
"ft'oman. As a mother sho cherishes
and coriects us; a sister, sh consults and
counsels us; a sweethart, she conquests and
conquers us; a wife, she comforts and con
tides us; without her what would become of
AMENDATION DY A BATCnCLOK.
A mother, sho scolds and sparks us; a
sister she tells of and pinches us; a sweet
heart, she coquets and jilts U6; a wife, sho
frowns, pouts, frets, cries, and torments usj
without hir wbal would (hero be to trouble
IFork of Mercy, Unhooking a
lady' frock to cna'jle her to sneeze,
I -- - T---"