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From tlio Unitod Slates Saturday l'osi
. . THE FAILING HOPE.
- A TEMPERANCE STORY.
BV T. S. ARTHUR.
anati l read to you, ma? said Emma
Martin, a little girl eleven years of age
coming up to the side of her mother, who
sat in a musing attitude by the centre table,
upars which the servant had just placed a
Mrs. Mai tin did not seem to hear the
voire of her child; for sho moved
"""i iiiuvuu not, nor
there any change in the fixed, dreamy
exnresninn of hr J
expression of her face.
'Ala,' repected tlio child, after waiting
for a few moments, laying, at the same
lime, her head gently upon her mother's
What, dear?' Mrs. Martin asked, in a
tender voice, rous'inc herself un. .
MaW',1 .eaH o.yuJ'BrJbneatelLJu'e.
;' .Z-K " i 'i "
"'Noryes dear, you mav read for me'
hbe lumber said, and her tones wero low
wi)h something mournful Tn their express
What shall I road, ma?.'
'Get the Bible, dear, and read to me from
lliatgood book,' replied Mis. ,Mprtin.
'1 love to read in the Bible,' Emma said,
as she. brought to tho centre, tabic that sa
cred volume, and, commenced turning over
its passages. She then read chapter after
chapter, while tho mother listened in deep
.attention, after lifting her heart upwaids,
snt! breathing a silent prayer. At last
Unima grew .tired, .with reading, and closed
'Ii is jiuie for you to go to bed, dear,'
Mrs. Martin observed, as the little girl
fliowei) signs of weari.iess.
'Kiss me, ma,' tho child said, lifting her
innocent face to that of her mother, and
icccjving tlio token of love she asked. So
breathing her gentlo
'Good nighi!' the affectionate girl glided
off, and,retired to her chatpber.
'Dear child!' Mrs. Mar'in murmured, as
Emma left the room. 'My heart trembles
..when I think of you, and look in the dark
and doubtful future !'
She thou leaned her head upon her hand
anil sat in deep and .evidently painfu ab
straction of mind. Thus she remained for
I '-early aa hour, until aroused Jy the clock
'V'llich struck tho hour of ten.
VViili a deep 6tg!i she arose, and com
tnencfid Racing the .(room .backwards, and
forward?, pausing every now and then to
I listen lo tho sound of approaching footsteps'
aPM moving on again as the sound went by
I III! ...
hH(i3;sJ,o continued o walk until near
Neffji o'clock, whnn some one; drew near
pmtttd ai, the street door, and then opening
j. came along llio. passace ivilh a linn and
jeteady step. ;
Mrs. Martin stopped, trembling in spitq
jof he-seli before tho parl&r dodr, which ij
moment after was swung open. One glance
"t die face of the individual who entered
convinced her that her solicitudo had' bcetj
'Oh James'!'' sho said) the tear's gushing
Ifrnm Iff. Ai." .!... . '.'..i -r -.
'' i vjus, ill iijiiiu uj a strung cuuri iu
i conu! tmmXi 'tom.5muw '''' 1
'WlV arc VOU 80 nffftillcil. Rmmnf t,nr
husband said, in some surprise, looking en
quiringly into Mrs. Marlin's'fscn.
'Yon sWd ou so lale-aml-yon know
J'3"! fMotoe,imc8r8he replied loaning
L.,7 UnV" UP" "'S Sl'ulder' and
UnmnS ,0 weep.
A change instantly passed upon Mr.
fl,ar,ill,s countenance, and lis stood still.
me, n is laco wearing a grave
MIIOUE Hill exnrnssinn. wliiln l-l- ....r
l,er ,,eai1 lcanine pi hi,.,
T. . ' rW ft,8i arm
ue.r, ami saul
km in a I am a sober man
1J not, dear James I . sneak of thm I
am so nappy now!'
'ics, I will speak of it, now.' . A ml
he said so, ho gently seated her iinon ilm
sofa, aiid took his place beside 1-er. '
L in ma ho resumed, looking her stead-
i.y in the faro. 'I have resolved never aoain
to touch the accursed run that has so uell
nigh destroyed our peace forever.'
Oh James! What a mountain vnn
takon from my heart!' Mrs. Martin replied,
the whole expression of her face changing
s suddenly as a landscape upon which the
sun shines from beneath the obscurity
r1 1 r 1 1 f I T Itfitm i.nrl i
a ,xr "ll ' lllc
but that yet that one trouble has seemed
more than I could nossiblv bear.
. ...... A ll(tVj II illl III! lllHKr Ifl ICHIih n
i ou snail nave no more trouble, Emma
i i... i, r ,
""" for, some months under a strange
uelus'n. "as seemed. Dul I am now
fully awako, and see the dangerous preci
pice upon which I have been standinr
li.is nigni, i nave solemnly resolved that I
would drink no more spirilous liquors.
coming stronger than ylne shall airain nass
, i trfiiuoi icn you in":7 i v .i
'-'-v' ' - ! v ' il"1 T t,1,s
vchfiigriiavu been painfully oppressed
with fear and dark forebodings. Our xlear
little girl is now at that age.whrn her future
prospects interest mo all the while. I think
of them night and day. Shall they all be
marled? 1 have asked myself often &often.
Out I could give my heart no certain answer
I need not tell you why.'
Give yourself no more anxiety on this
point Emma.' her husband replied. 'I will
bo a free man again. I will be to you and
my dear child all that I have ever been.
'May our Heavenly Father aid you to
keep that resolution,' was the silent prayer
that went up from the heart df Mrd.Mariin.
The failing hope of her bosom revived
under this assutuncc. She fi'll.nga'n as in
the early years' of their wedded'life, when
hope and confidence and tender affection
wore all in the bloom and vigor of their first
devclopement. The light came back to her
eye, and the smile So het lip.
It was about four months afl'envards.that
Mr. Martin was invited to make one of a
small party, given to a literary man, as a
visiter from a neighboring city.
'I shall not bo home to dinner, Emma,hc
said, on leaving in the morning.
'Why not, James?' she asked.
'I am going to dine at four with u select
party of genllemrn.'
Mrs. Martin did not reply,' but a cloud
passed over her face, in spile of an efTort
not lo'seeni concerndd.
'Don't be Uneasy, Emma,' her husband
said noting this change. shall' tutich
nothing but 'wine. 'Ikno'w'my weakness,
and shall be on my guard.'
'Do bo watchful over 'yourself, ' for' my
sake, and for tlio sake of our own dear child''
Mrs. Martin repMied, laving her a'n'n tender-'
ly upon his shoulder.
'Have no foar, Eii)ma,"h'o said, and kiss
ing the yet fair and boauliful cheek of his
wife, Mr. Martin left tlio house.
How long, how very long did tho day
seem to Mrs. Martin! Tho usual hciur for
hie return passed away, the dinner hardly
lasted; and then U wifo counted the liotna
as they passed lingerfngly away, until 'the
dim, graj' twilight fell with a saddened in
n r ' 1! .. ' ... i
uuonce arounu ner
He will bo homo soon now, 'she thought,
DutVn'o minutes'gtidc'd into lib'tlrs, and still
ho did lortWeVThPtea fabfc' Vtood -on
tho floor until nearly nino o'clock, before
Mrs. Martin sat down with little Emma.
Hpt.no food passed Hie mother's lips. She
could not, cat, There was a strange fr,ar
about her heart a dread of coining evil,
tha.t chilled her feelings, arid threw a dark
cloud over her snirits.
In the meantime, Martin had mno in tlir
oinner parly, firm in Ins resolution not lo
touchy drop of ardent spirits. But'thc taste
of 'Vino had inflamed his appetite, and he
drank nioro.atidjnnie freely.' until he ceased
to reel the poworof -his resolution, and a
gain put brandy to his lips, and drank with
the eagerness of a worn and thirsty traveller'
at a cooling brouk. It was nine o'clock
wljen the company arose, or attempted to
arise from the tabic. Not.all of ihem could
accomplish that feat. Three, Martin among
the rest, we're carried off to bed iu a slate
of hepless inioxicatijn.
Hour after hour passed aivay.the anxielv
of Mrs Martin increasing every moment,
unui ine clock struck' twelve.
my (iocs no stay so ate?' she Eni,l.
rising and pacing ihe room backwards and
orwards. . This she continued lo do, paus
ing every now and then to listen.for nerlv
an hour. Then sho went to the door and
looked loner and ahxiiinslv in iiin .i;,..:..
from which she expected hor husband to
come. IW. his well known form met not
ficr eager eyes, that peered so intently into
(he darkness and gloom oflho night. Wfih
jii.oil.er Imig drawn sigh, sho closed the
jloor, and re-eptered the silent and lonely
room. That silenco Wns firnl; nn It rl.
loud .'and clear ringing of the. clock. The
hour' was one ! Mrsi Martin's" feelings-now
imudwc loo lllllCl.e.xeilc(.Ior.liWlir.M't
silentanguisji of spirit. For nenily a quar
jer of an hour her tears continued to flow,
find then a deep calm succeeded a' kind of
iimntnl stupor, that remained until she was
startled again into distinct consciousness by
the. sound of the clock striking two.
All hope now faded from her bosom.
Up to. this time sho had entertained a, fee
ble hope that her husband might bo kept
away fiom some other cause than the one
sho so dreaded,' but now that prop became
only as a broken reed, lo pierqe her with a
'Ii is all over !' she mtirmuied bitterly, as
sho again arose, and commenced walking to
and fro' with slow and measured steps.
It was fully three o'clock before that
liinelvi and almost heart-broken wifo and
mother retired to her chamber. How "cru-
eljy had tho hope which had grown bright
aiid buoyant, in the last few months, gain
ing more strength and confidonco every day
been again crushed to the earth.
For an hour longer did Mrs. Martin sit,
listening in her chamber. cveiy thing around
her so hushcdJnto oppressive silence, that
the troubled beating of her own heart was
distinctly audible. Hut she waited and lis
I en ed in vain. The sound of passing foot
steps' that now came only at long, very long
intervals served, but to arouse a. momentary
gleam in lirr mind, to, fade away again, and
leavo'ltin deeper darkness.
Without disrobing, she now laid herself
down sijll listening, with an anxiety that
giow piore and more intense every moment.
At last, over-wearied nature could beai up
no longer, and she sunk into a troubled
sleep. When sho awoke from this, it wae
daylight, Oh, how, weary and worn apd
wretchard slip IcA?-. Tle consciousness of
whj she thus lay, with her clothes unromov
ed, tho'sad remembrance of her hours of
wailing and watchirig through' nearly the
whole night, all camo up before Wr painful
distinctnesH. Who but she who has sutler
ed, can imagine her feelings at that bitter
On descending to the parlor, sho found
her husbaud lying in a half stupid condition
oil the sofa, . tie close air of the room
impregnated with his brcalh jho sicken
ingjdisgusting breath of a drunken man!
Bruised, crushed,' paralyzed affection 'had
now to lift itself" up the wife just ready
to&sink1 i'o earth, .powerless; under, ih
weight of bnd overburdening affliction',-had.
now to norvo herself under thc'impulse of
'James! James,! s'ha'said, in a voice of
ol assumed calmness-laying her hand upon
him and endeavoring to abuse him to con.
sciousness'. But it was a lone lime before
she could got him so!ly awake as to make
turn undeistand- that ii was necessarv for
him logo up stair 8 and retire to bed. At
length glio succeeded in celtinir him into
the chamber before the servalils had mm
uowii; and then into bed. Onco there, he
tell oil again into u profound slepp.
I . nt I f I 1 t ' . . I t .
j.a an..., asKuu nino u.mma. rommo
lino uer mouier's chamber' about an hour
after', and seeing h'cr father in bed. '
'Yes, dear, your, father is quite unwcl.
Jrs. jviarun ssid in a calm voice. ,
What ails him, ma?'- pursued tho child
.IT. . .. .. i
no is not very Well, dear; but 'will be
bettor soon,' the mother said evasively.
i no nine gut tookel into hot mother's
face for a few moments, unsatisfied with
no answer, and nn'wilhng lo ask another
question. She felt that something was
wrong, more than the simple' illness of "her
It was near the middle of the day when
iwr. luartir. becamo fully awake and con
snuus oi nia conuuion. If ho had sought
urgeuuiness oi me past night's debauch,
and degradation, the sad, reproving face
nf Ilia iir 1 I . i n
. ..iit, iUii3 aim languiu irom anxiety
.inn waicning, would loo "quicftly have re
stored the memory of liis fall.
The very bitterness of sclf-rondemna-lion
tho' very keenness of wounded pride
irritated his feelings, and made him feel-
gloomy and sullen. He felt deeply for his
pride kept him silent. - At" the dinner hour;
he ate' a'fc w'mo'uhfuIs' in silence and then
withdrew from Ihe table and left the house
to attend to his ordinary business.- On his
way to his office, he passed a hotel where
ho had been in the habit of drinking. Wy
(elt so wretched so much in want, of
something to buoy up his depressed feel
ings, that he entered, and calling for some
wine, dranft two or three glasses. Tin's, in
a few minutes, had the desired effect, and
repaired to his office feeling like a new
During tho afternoon, lie drank wine
frequently,, and when he returned home in
the evening was a good deal under its in
finerice. so much so, that all the reserve he
had felt in the rooming was gone. He
spoke pleasant and freely .with his wife
talked of future schemes of pleasure and
success. But, alas! his pleasant words
fell upon Ijer heart like sunshine upon ice.
It was too painfully evident that he had
again, been drinking and - drinking to the
extent of making him altogether uncon
scious, of liis trtio position, She would
rather a thousand limes Have been him
overwhelmed by renior&c. Then there
would have seen something for her hope, to
have leaned upon.
Day after day did Mr Martin continue to
rqsoit to (lie wine cup. Every morning he
felt so wretched, that existence- seemed a
burden to him, until his keen perception
was blunted by wine.Thcn Ihe appet te for
something stronger would be stimu)atcd,and
draught after draught of brandy would fol
low, until when night camo, ho would!
return homo to agonize the heart of liis
wife with a now pang, keener than any
that had gone before.
Such a course of conduct could potbe pursu
ed without its becoming apparent to all;!"
the house. Mrs. Martin had, therefore,
added to the cup of sorrow, tho mortifica
Hon and pain of haying the servants, and
her child daily conscious ofher degiadation,
Poor little Emma would shrink away in
slinctly from her father when ho would
return home in the evening and'endeavor tui
heap upon het Jus" caresses. Sometimes Mr.
Mat tin would got irritated at this.
What are you sideling off in . that way;
for.'Emma?' he said half angrily, one'even-i
ing, when ho 'was'npre jhan usually underl
I.. :..ll..AA. .r InnA... n. TUmmn elimnt.-l
away from him on hia coming in.
The little girl paused .and looked ifrlghs3
ened glancing first at hcl moHiand (hen
again, limidly, at her fatfi'er. , ; '
'Gome along here, I ,say . icpb?h Jfa
father seating himself, and hoijiagroqt'Vis' y
hands, - ,..... ,(;
Go,, dear, Mrs.'Marti'n said. .
rrcckoji.sho can como wfthoul, ,you 1
telling her to.nal.nn!'her husband'resppn'd-
ed angrily. 'Cdm j alo ig; I to'.IJyon.'' hs -added
in a' loud, excited tone, his face -grow;-
imr ro.l ...til. U ! ' ' ' 1
'there now) Why didn't you .co&eu
when I first spoke , (o - you, ha?' ho saidj!,
drawing the child .tovards .him' with at
quick jerk, so soon as she pm( within
reach of, is extended haiuK' 'Say. ' ' VVh 'y
didn't you dome!" fell me , Aim J out2
'Yes sir,' was the timid reply.-. N -,'
'And h'avn't I taught you that' you mus?
obey me?' '
Yes sir.' . . ', ! . "'
'Then why didn't you come, .just now,
when I called you?'- - '
To this interrogation tho'lfltle girl mcde,
no reply, but looked excoedihgly frighten
D:d you hear whal I .said?' 'nursued ilin
father, in a louder voice. -j&
'Yes sir.' ' , K'
Then, ans tver mo, tins . instant! Whli
didn't you come when I
uui i -J--
'Because I I I was afratd'.' Was "iUWt
timed hesitating' rcplv.
Ssomething acemed to w lisner lo'i'hn1:
father'p miqd' a consciousness,, that hiapV
peaiance and conduct while under the- iii-i
the thoughlifor jijs .manner . changed,though.t
he' was still to a degree irrational. " ' ''
Go away then, Emmat 'Take her 'away"
mother,' he said in a' tone which' indicated
that hisfeelings were touched. She, don't,
love her father any more, and don't care,
any thing more about him,-pushing at th'u'
same time the child away from him.1
Poor little Emma burst into tears,
shringing to the side of her mother, buried
her face in the folds of her dress sobbings
as if her heart were breaking. '
Mrs. Martin took her. litt.e girl by tlio'
hand and led her from the, room up to the
chamber, and kissing her, told her to remain'
there until the servant brought her1 soma
supper, u h6n siio could go to bed.
'1 don't want any supper, ma!' she
still sobbing passionately.
Don't cry, dear,' Mrs. Martin
Indeed ma, I do love fath'er,"tfie
said looking up earnestly into her ; mo
tor's face, the tear slill streaming .oyer ,her
cheeks. .'Won't yuu tell him so?'. t!4
'Yes, Emma, I wiirtell-him.'flie'motheir
replied. ' :
'And won't you.ask him to, come, up,-and
kiss mo after I'm in bed? . -i-
'Yes, dear. ' ' i''-j
'And will he come?" ' ' J"1?
'Oh yes; lio will come find fyny.
Mrs, Martm remained wijh ,hjr (inlo
girl until her fellings wore quieted down
and llien she descended with teluclant srops
to the parlor. There was that in the steno
which had just passed, that sobered, (-;lo..a
great extent, the hall inloxicaieu; nusoana
and father, and caused him lo feel: humble
and pained at his conduct; which ' it was
too apparent was breaking the heail, of
his wife; and estranging the affection ofjhi?
When Mrs' Martin re enteicil me jpan-
lor, she found mm silting near a tautewttn
his head resting upon his lydud,''nU
his whole manner indicating a state of pat.
ful self consciousness. LWith tho insiinc.
live perfection of a womdn.shn saw Ihe trulli
and going' at once up to him1, she Uildlior
hand upon mm, nnu oaiu, , . i,.,,
,. Jjames Emma wants you ,r ,gpt- up
nmt iia-t hpr after she 'trita iutu bldi-aS.le
says'that she dooi love y'oit, alld Tireitvish-
- t . : .. ,.ntm o..ttn annunHtttiihiintn .in
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