The Columbia Democrat. (Bloomsburg, Pa.) 1837-1850, May 30, 1846, Image 1
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TIIE DREAM- BV MRS. LYD1A. JANE PEirtSON. Certainly you a re ill this morning' dear Ella,' said Mtt. Miller to her daughter, in voice nf deep concern 'ynu look ill anil languid, and I observed that yon ate nolt leg at all at bieakfast. Do lell me v lul i. the matter. ' I urn not ill, my kind mother,' tin; youii lady replied, while herein ilMed wi.h tears 'I am not ill, but I h t v j lud audi a tcniblc dream.' A dream, my chi'd! Is it possible lhat y onshould suffer a dream to depress yoi. it this manned I had deemed yon a wo- nian of Ion much strength of pund to be subdued by the nightmare monsters of t! it-r hi . i d.j not lircd all dreams, modifi; bu my dri'aiu last night was of so ii'gular u character, nud is so vindiv iuuuccsi d up. on mv memory, anil bears upoo my mind with snch a sumbl n e of r;ai y-.di mothei I am sure rial it wh pel fhi I to me vvuhou' special minion, 1 know that desth io terrible nil-fortune la impending ovd me,' and the poor girl covered her face kih! wept . Eila,' said Mrs. Mill.Tj 'I am sorry to see an exhibition of such supris'.tuous feel ing in one whom I have earnestly endeav med to imbue widi nuonil ideas. I urn not prepared to say t;nl dream are never sen; as warnings since we read in die scrip tures of such means being employed by die Almighty. Hot in all such cases, the dan ger was d finitely set fonh, and a way ol escape pointed out by ths vision. ,'ven in tlic case of die heathen Nibuelialnfzz h the Almighty sent the dream, and prodded the interpreter, for the double purple ! warning the monarch, and making the id aters'see anil acknowledge the power o! the line G.id, But your dieam! you do Hot know even what species of evil yon imapinc yourself 3rned of, of course von Know not what you are to guard sjj.iinsi. 'J'o imagine thai ail all-wise hi ing wnnhl tfflict hifi creatures with such iitdf finite fjrebodinjis of evil, is unwise, if not insult ing to his divine nature. You shauld eon eidet that you were out late last evening, that you went to bed considerably fatigued and soon after having eaten an tmusml quantity of confectionary, ice, dk 7'nis is suaicient to account f r any Strang" dreams you may Live bran v is i ted with." 'These things are d nibtless all true dear mni'ier, but this dream has so impressed n- '!f upon my sprit that I cannot but believ it a f Heshriilnu itig of some fearful calamity Hid I cannot hut he very unhappy Fndeeil I ni sure that s 1 evil angel is near me, and I have eteu his shadow, menacing the Mow, which i'd inevitably fall upon my devoieri liead or hearl,' and the unhappy j;i:l sjhhid a if she was already barefi ol her dearest friend. f.H'.ui to me Bila,' said the mother, 'and I will tell yon ii dream which visited me in my yiiutl ; and recount the sufferings thai 1 t-nduirid fiom a stipeistiiinus btflief in such miEii iiv B it 1 wai educated in a firm fiiih in tin; prophetic nature of 'Uc-am ; an error whi.-h I c uius'ly endeavored to avoid in the nhicni.in of icy chihlrcn, lest their hr''h-fs; d-.y ii.ul.! he cr.,b;t ered &a mine i t-r.', by j.iiaa'Liii '.crrurs. 'You have often heard me any that my father was a mechanic, a roan who labored for his daily bread, ha was, however, as it nut unusually the case, well educated; tha is, I.e was a man of good mental abilities, and had acquired great knowledge in ihi aits and sciences, Yet lie was a plain do mestic man, seldom mingling in the busth of the woild, and careless of its fashions or its idol fullies My mother I do not even remember, buuhe was a gentleman's child. My father's housekeeper was a widowed aunt of his, who believed firmly in witches apparitions, supernatural warnings, and ol course in dieams. My father always iatighed at her tales, and her omens, hut as lie had little time to devote to the minds of die children, for whose bodily comfort he labored day by day, aunt Achsah moulded us all after her own pattern. Wo were ul well learned in housewifery, and in books, 'nut withal the veriest little rustics upon earth When I was about sixteen, a gentleman airived in our lui!e village, and took lodg ings just opposite, our lioiisea Such a cir circumstance was an event in our qiie neighborhood, and every bdy wondercc vho he couid be, and why he had come a- iiongst us. I contrived to gel a peep ai .mi throgh the window blindi. He appear -d to be about forty years of age, was hand- -tome and commandinr in his person, and seemed to me at once to be ait'ini" altogeih r of a superior order. You must j itlge ol .ny surpii.se hen this gentleman, havinc H come ai rjiaiut.'il with my !allicr, acioin.- ,ia'iied him home with the avowed purpose f being' introduced to his fimily. and wiiei ie set-nic J to distinguished me by particu" ar alteiilinn, wis utterly asmnlifd. I i.ie-v that 1 tui a simple rnsiic. ami h,n icvcr once considered whether I w.is beau tl'iil oi not, Ind'-e,', it had ne er seemei; o me a millerof ihe least I'linseqnciice. I mild not, therefore, divine what such ' me as he could discover in niv mannei? ir ierson to attract him to my ircsence. Vllitsll was uneasy and embarrassed n 'i s eomp-iiiy, and always, Ciiveri.il nl ilusln:., mo! as 1 soiiif'tinus perceived . uiift .4ini'e upon his lips, and ii curious ex iressimi in Ins fine eyes, I greiv the inar ifi-n ! of him, and did sincerely wish that hi viii!.1 .Ii, continue his visits at our house. (Jar auni was getting quite in years, an(! die leal busine.-s of housekeeping had de volved upon me, although she still held tin icepire, and exacted all dt fcrcoce and im ilicit obedience from us all. She soon di vined that I was the loadstone which b i- icicd the rtr.iiirpr, and set herself io d i h : vtr wh) l,u wjs, whence he e;,me, wha was his faintly, and standing in the woild why he came to our village, and what he in. ended to di Bit w'nh all her tart she ou'd elicit noihine. Tha gnutleinan eva led nil her inquiries, and yet his replica ere polite and repecifnl Finally, bin ilecMiul that In) was a acomn is hei minus- tor, anil a most dinger )m man. anil bad. my f.:ther if he had any regard for thf peace or honor of his daughter to break oil ill intimacy with him. Mv father, how- evcrt thought diffi rpr.tly. lie Inured die renileman much, and esiecmed h.m more. When aunt discovered that she could no: succeed vv'uh hi A, the turned her bii'.prv upon tne.iS: ansai!ed him with every possible irgmneni and prognostic of evil Hut 1 nad learned to hive the gentleman to love him with my whote young heart and with a feeling of adoration. I fell that I should find more honor and felicity in beiiij.' his Mave.lhan in silting on the throne of sn emp''!e 1 had poured Ml the treasures ol my young heart into his bosom, and unless I cmiM dwell there also, I fell that ruui ' he forever poor and desolate. Aunt suggested that he might be an es iMped criminal, or a liberated convict, or ai binder of justice. But knew, I felt ihsi .hrfe things could not be possible. My father had full confidence in him; and when tf'.er an a-i ;e,e.. .Several months, he ikc'l my In ml, ho met a cordial asscr.'.. Oar poor aunt submitted with a deep groan and a fervent piayer thai 1 might not regie my LiiJai da 1 kit thai such a pray tr was wholly unnecessary. The day nam. d for the nuptials was fast apptoaching.and maiden about to leave her fathers house io girl in the prospect of leaving an endear and all its tender associations, and my lov td and peaceful home, was ever happier er from the same conviction. endeavored.by han J was thon. Cut a shadow fell upon every soothing and cheeiing artifice, to be lie aunlight of my path I dreamedl Two guile me of my sadncr lights before the bridal morn, I bad retired eary and confused, by the various prepar iiions, which were under my supervision ind a number of calls from gmsippin; neighbors, who longedttn be able to give a foretaste of the approaching least, by telling vhat number and kinds ulT cake, pies, roasts. ud other dishes, weie in preparation; and as several of them were in our aunt's con ridence, they mingled with their gratulationf sundry it's and bui's, and hope so's, and mysterious shakes of the head, sighs, and jaculations, which although ihey did not t all shake my confidence in my beloved, vexed me exceedingly. To crown all, aunt ook a last opportunity, as she said, before retiring to rest, to warn me of the great lot. y and presumption of entrusting my happi iess and honor to the keeping of a ' man. .vho, for might we knew of him, might be m accomplished villain, perchance a wretch with human blood upon his conscience. It may be supposed that 1 did nut ietirt that night in a right frame of mind to enjoy very placid slumbers, yet weariness sooi dosed my eyelids, & a thousand grotesque phantoms githeied round my pillow. Ai ter sull'eiing through successive scones o unreal horror and fear, 1 found myself a ifiigih in a hitauiilVi gar Jen, gathering sil very white (lowers and twining them with uyrtyle leaves into a bridal girland for I diouirhi it was mv wedding day. I had ic.irly completed my garland, and was ads niriug its exceeding delicacy and beauty, vhen suddenly a shadow fell upon it, ami ooking up. I beheld standing beside me. i young creature of such etherial Uvelines." i I had never in my moslbrilliaut imaging' ,iti:lurc;l to my fancy. Udr form, leaturen -os, and complexion, co lran d tronjl Mill toy own, uuil her hair, long, si'ky, am lack as midnight, (1 ivved dawn snd touch d my s.inny ringlets. I trembled will i strange emotion, us I met her daik sat yes, 'My bridal day wreath,' she said, in i 'aire of soft music, 'was fairer fat that ,'ours, but there were tears upon it and n viihercd. Ha promised me happiness, btr he cup he mingled was of pain and sorrow lie promised me love, and he made nij icarl wholly cesolalei yet he is mine, am. von will wed a shadow. Look, lady, mv cars the tears of the forsaken have fal en on your garland, froniis blighted leavet hey wiil drop upon your heart, and corrodt it even to the core.' I looked upon my duplet, it was heavy with tears I raised my eyes to question ny mysterious vinitant, but she was gone. I awoke in agony ol feeling not to bede scribed. Could it be possible dial niv be loved he whom 1 had deemed a model of perfection could boa perjured man? Had he woo and deserted the lovely rrealure whose shade had viiicd nie! nr, oh, hor roi! had he married her, aid lefi her l hat dearest ol widowhood, vhn!i mourns ill (3 living loaif I did not weep; I could lot. My soul was in mmn'iii, mv whole! form trembled, my ears r i n uh the rush ing of the burniog blood through ihe throb h.ng veins and Hneris I could nnl lie in -d i srose and walked uiy chamber in s uimuli o ihe most agonizing emotions I :.eemcd siraegs ih-st amongst all imaginary runes which aunt had imputed in hiir. this one had never presented itself, nd of this oh, could he be guility t Could I become his wife with this terrible doubt preying up on my mindf Could 1 break off my en agemenl 13 him now just on tha eve of -onsumaiion, without assigning any reason! r eotild I tell him that 1 suspected him ol such fearful crimes, merely on the au'horl iy of a dream? Thus I turmoiled through ,h Messed nuiet nioht hours, hut mnrn , i , , , . i inn liohl in a mraiiinr ilissmjlHd ihfl unailnw to b - r ! of the dreadful il.i-m. and I ohuir.td .. 'hour's repose. Bulfromhat night there jresied a sadness on my spirit, a c'orm up 'ion my brow, which drew remarks from all rny aoqu liulances' My father coiiiiJercd my pensiveness only natural in a sensive Well, we were msrried, and my hus band removed me to a very finely situa ted connlry seal in I lie neighborhood Our grounds weia tastefully laid out and profusely ornamented with all that it most rare snd beautiful of tree or fljwer; our liuu.se was picious,nnd furnished in a style with excited the astonishment ol ill the simple hearted villagers, as well as myself. My husbsnd, your dear fath er, treated me with real ienderness,and indulged my every fancy, but he wat not a man of professions. J la seldom spoke of (he love he bora me, the pur .strong tffectinn, which was apparent n every look, word snd action, and I, girlish creature, longed to hear rum say how very dear 1 was to him how ear nestly his noble hesr; loved me, and m lonc. He always received my childish caresses with eviden pleasure, and when I prattled of my own worshiping lovi "io would sometimes jol J me closer to his bosom, but very seldom make any reply. I ought to have been the happi- (st of women, and so IihoulJ have been hut for that halefu dream, which floal id like apo'entons cloud upon my ne.ital sky, coming very frequently be tween me and ihe sunof my felicity, anil "asting a shadow dark snd da nip as the itmospherfl of death upon my blooming Kden. If my husband took a solitary walk, if ha seemed pensive, if he heaved a siwli, immediately tho image of hrr whom I saw in that dream arose he fun oe, and wi'.h tnose daik eyes reproach I me with hiving accepted a hearl and riand which were solemnly pledged to a other. And then 1 was miserab lc Ii, so veiy miserable One circtim--lance, loo, increased my suspicions al no.M to conviction. My husband nev r spnke to me of his parents or relatives ir native place. He received large re niuances quarterly, but I never knew from whence. I did not q'lest on him, or in addition to my intense love, I fell a reverence for his soperioty m years, in knowledge, in manners, and .natations, wtich prevented my ap proaching too familiarly. Oh, but for that fatal folly. I could have relied up on him with that sweet implict trust and :onfidence which is woman' true fclici y. He received many letters, some of vhich appeared to affect his mind pain fully. Jii length us I was passing the loor v( his study which hd b-en left o pen to admit the air, bs the weather was excessive sultry, I saw him press an o pen letter to his heart, while his blue -yef, full cf tears, weie raised toward heaven. I ran away and concealed my srf and my jealous agony. I did no' venture into his presence until les v ready, then with assumed eompoun md a forced smile. 1 met him at the t nle. He seemed unusually sgitated Big face W9 alter natoly Hushed or very ple, his hsnd trtn.bltd, snd his word, "tre low and uttered with rapidity; ye I could not avoid thinking that then was more than his hibitml tenderness in sll his behavior lowsrd me; and ihi very circumstances Strved to increas my distress. At leoj'h, with sn evi dent effort, he infonned me thit it hai' become imperatively necessary that In should leave me for a few days, perhapt wtelf, lo attend to some important bu siness. tft ihr5 announcement I burs i into passion ofsobj and tears r arid II WJI wi.ri oiucuny nidi I . . :.u .1... T r.A... renroach him with his nertidv. tie u- eed every endeavor to soothe me, but - I a I wept all nighl, and was utterly unabh to bid him adieu in the mcrning. He s iributed my excessive grief l0 love and fear for him, and left me with tears snd blessings. After he was gone, I began to reflect in the absurdity of my feelings, and al) his goodness and affection arose before me &repproyed my doubls.I became calm;I prayed eirneslly for pardon of my un just jialouslyjind for my dear husband's safety and hsppiuess. I had regained my cheerfulness, when on the second day of his absence, my aunt came lo spend a few hours with me. When I told her of his absence, she enquired the bud uesslhal had taken hi in away so sudden ly. I acknowoldgsd my utter igno rance. 'And so,' she said, 'he sli'l maintain dis mystery? Ah! Lucy, Lucy! thai man is burdened with a crying con cience. Depend upon it, he has some dreadful crime It answer lor.' This ia not only wrong, but cruel of you dear aunt,' I answered. 'I kuow it child,' she cried eargerly, forgive me: I had forgotten mysell; I should not have spoken lo you ' But her wotds had aroused the de mon; and when she was gone, I com menred weeping and turmoil ing as vio if ntly as ever. I entered his room ss if io seek consolation, and as I tat wp ing in his easy chair, I injiinclivtly picked up some pieces of lorn paper which he had used to wipe his razor. They were frsgmenls of a letter. I be came interested, and finally made out the following lines: Fly to me immediately, my evei dear Chaile, now that happiness i within cm reach, let us not delay the erjoymcnl unnecesg irily. Ob, I lone, o be elapsed lo the dear bosom from which I have been so many years sep irated, Come quickly, snd we wl upply Ihe links which absence has bro ken from the chain of our early love, snd bless Ihe God who has broken dowi the barrier between ti, I have nevei ceased to love you, and lo pray daily (orour re union, my dear ' Oh! for one word more! I cried; woulu that word havr been husband? My dea' usband! and then 1 was absclu'ely dis tracied. I hardly know what pas.-ed foi wo days, and then 8 dreadlt.l calm canu iver my soul. I had decided that my husbanu" had a wife before he saw me hat he had gone lo meet that wife ol his youth: and she was ihe lovely crea ture ot my dream, Finally I resolved to die. I told you that I was then dis- racted. I pondered coolly on the su rest and fpeediest methods of sell des ruction, and I resolved on laudanum, necHUse 1 thought a death by llist drug would be leesl likely lo dis'orl my conn tensnce. 1 procured two ounces, men 1 wrote a Ion? letter lo my husband, over which 1 shed rivers of tears. 1 sealed and directed it, and laid it in his ltsk wheie he could s'-o it. Then I oscked tip my wardrobe, and divided ny ornaments into parcels, labelled foi .in'srs: out mv room in the neatest or. - i - der, bathed myself, and spi upolously ai aii(d my hair. Then I dieted my s-ilf in while I ke a bride. evn to tht earl-leaved garland, and stood snrvey ing the finished costume in a large rr.ii- or, when a rap at the noor startled me, lor I had civpn orders that none shou'i' listU'-H me till morning. What is wani.nfc'' I cried Here is a letter foi you fiom master,' replied the boy. I dashed eff the garland, sprang I the door, caught the leher, kissed it snd pressed it to my heart, laughed, wepi and finally sunk down so exhausted with ihe violent revulsion of feeling ihal an hour elapsed before I could bieak ihe tdnfiha nrecious missive. It was ouched in terms of great alLc ;o n, snd co.ained . request that I would coma to him in Charleston immediately. I destroyed my letter, and my laudanum and set out wild wilh happiness. You ire swaie that your grandfather, in aristocratic German emigrant, had destined your father for the daughter of s German nob!lman; that your father went abroad lo avoid Ihe match, and re m viped many years, in the hope that the lady wojld marry. That after his mar riage wilh me, Iho old gentleman es pouted the rejected lady, and refus ed lo see hig son, embittered no loubt by the disappointed step mother. That she soon died, and then your bless sd aunt Ella, effected a recooci i it ion. You u nderstand at once that the letter jf which I found the sciap lhat set me crazy, was from her. You perceive sl id the noble g-tnerosity which prompted your father (o keep his family troubles from me. I, however, coulJ nol wholly divest myself of the supersliliotis belief lhat my dream meant something, until I had seen the picture of the lady whom he had refused. She was uMerly unlike ihe lady of my dream; and I assure you bat I have ntver met the substance of that shadow, So you see it wag only a dresm an idle dream' yet it embittered Ilia days that else had been my happiest, it made me guilty ot cruul injustice toward Ihs very best of menjmd il well nigh drove me to suicide lo eternal perd tion. I hererore again enlreal you, never yield to a belief in omens and visions, or sit weeping and shuddering in the shadow of a dieam. AN INDIAN LOVE LETTER. The Cherokee Advocate gives the follow ng as an esict transcript of an epistle ad- Iressed by a red man to a damsel whose h rms had made his heart uueasy; Uear Miss 1 take the Itbetty of addressing vou with, few lines for which I hope you will me excuse. I address you wilh this Epistle thrue pu- 'ity of heart and Cincerity of love I have ante lo the conclution to get me a paitner hrus life and my Choiss is you among the naney Ladyes of my associates you are up- rmost in my rrind. I whiah 13 viset you to htve a Virble in terview with you I whish lo Cort you for the Sole purpose f gaining your efections and lo call you with more ihan Joy my one I am Devoted- y Cincere in what Rite and hope you I anser these few lines and if they meet with your aber Bation you will please 1st me kuow whair I may find you No more At present But Ren.ain My Deare Women Your True Friend, Oincere Lover lo the End I close wilh this Virs of Poeuy. Mother said a boy, one Sunday after nesting, I hope some time I shall be rich. I hope so too, my son, if you would make t good use of wealth: but why did ynu ihink of that just nowl Because if I was rich. I shouldn't have to go to meeting only once in a while, and then but half a day at a titco. DISTRESS. A landlord threatened a poor Irbhman, the other day, lo put a distress in Ins houspt f he did not pay ihe rem. 'Tut a distress n, is ii you mane!' said Pan -Och, by Si. V nthony's row, but you had belter take I nrtsout, there's too much in already.by the midior lhat bore me!' A Du'chman and his wifi were Iriv filing, and they sat down by the road exceedingly fatigued. The wife sighs ed 'I wish I wis in heaven!' The hus band replied I wish 1 was at tho lavern!' 'Oil you oli rogua' said she 'you ihvays want to ge.t to tho best place.'