Star and banner. (Gettysburg, Pa.) 1847-1864, June 11, 1847, Image 1

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Advertisement of a Lost Day.
11T gas. LT9I4 0. TIODURITT
Lost! loot! lost!
A gem of countless price,
Cut from the living rock,
And graved in Paradise,. ---)
Bet round with three times eight
Large diamonds, cleat and bright,
And each with sixty smaller ones,
1411 changefid as the light.
Lost--where the thoughtless throng
ha 4:titian's males wind,
Where trilleth (ally's song,
Leaving a King behind:
Tit to my hind 'twits given
.A golden harp to buy,
such as thn white-robesi choir attune
To dustbins" minstrelsy.
Loot I lost ! Ida! .
I fool all search in vain;
That gom of countless cost
Can neer bo mine again;
I offer no reward,
For al( these heart•etrings serer,
I know that beaven-entrusted gift
Is reft away forever.
But when the sea and land
Like burning scroll have fled,
I'll see it in hie habil
Who jgdpetit quick and dead,
And when of scathe and loss
That man can ne'er repair,
The dread injury meets my soul,
What shall it answer there I
Lilias Fanc.
About five mites from A Iderbrook there
in a handsome red school-house, with a
portico in front, shaded by an immense
butternut; white window-shutters, to keep ,
out rogues at night, but of no use fu.All
during the day; and a handsome cupola,
in which is a hell of sufficient power to be
heard, particularly on thee still days, all
*over the district. This specimen of archi
tecture, being intended to serve the double
purpose of church and school-house, is the
pride of the little community ; and, indeed,
it well may be, for there is not its equal in
the whole country round. When the school-.
house was first built, the neighbors all re
solved to support a 'first-rate school ;' and,
for many, years, they employed teachers
who came well recommended, nod claimed
a large salary. Squire Mason said no
pains were spared, every thing was done
this man could do; yet. somehow, no teach
er seemed to give general satisfaction ; and
so many left, either in indignation or dis
grace, that 'the Mason school' gained the
reputation of being the most ungovernable
in die country. If truth must be told, this
was not without reason, fur people who
build new school-houses must, of course,
listen to new doctrines, and must of the
families in 'the Maso.u,districe had imbi
bed somewhat extensirely the notions pre
valent among reformers of die present day,
who think that Solomon was only joking
when he recommended the rod. At last,
after some renegade youngsters had sum
marily dismissed, with a broken head, a
.dark, square-shouldered, piratical looking
man, who, in a fit of desperation, had been
chosen for his enormous strength, people
became quite discouraged, and the princi
pal men of the district, old Farmer West
born, Deacon Martin, and Squire Mason,
called a meeting to discuss affairs. Sonic
proposed whipping all the boys around,
-And starting a new school; others thought
it best to shut up the house entirely, and
i etbe
:set the-youicr r Is to cutting wood ; while
Deacon AI un was of the opinion that if
some of t 'worst ones' could be kept at
:home there could be no difficulty with the
rest. Upon this hint others 'spoke, and the
.meeting at last decid6d on obtaining,a fe
•male teacher to take charge of the little
'ones; the 'big boys' being entirely voted
.out. Noire Mason himself had a son who
was concidered a 'rollicking blade,' up to
all sorts fof mischief, and of the half-dozen
:shock-headed Westborns, there was not!
•one that had failed to give the former maa- 1
, ter blow for blow. Affairs were, however,
now to assume a calmer aspect ; and the j
meeting proceeded forthwith to appoint a
-school corilsintree, consisting of Deacon 1
.Martin, whe.had no children of his own,
.and was consequently expected to take a'
great intrestie those of his neighbors, Mr.
Fielding, a quiet bachelor of thirty-five or
thereabout, and 'one. .or two others, who
were selected for the sake of making the
:numbers strong, and not for nny thing that
they wereoxpeeted to do. The principal
'duty of the acting. ,plut Of the committee was
to obtain a teacher; bur They were also to
manage all other:affairs thereunto pertain
Luckily a lady had been recommended
'to Deacon Martin, during the preceding nu
:tumn, as Al perfect prodigy ; and our school
'committee•laen, being quiet sort of people,
••who did not like ito quake 'unnecessary
:trouble, aligner, superscribed... Wits !Alias
/Algot,' was thrown into the post-office box,
which, in due time, brought as favorable
an answer as could , be desired.
It was a cold, stormy morning in Decem
ber, when the public 'stage-coach set down
*be newiebool-mistress at the door of
beaten Mietin's house. A'bu ndle of cloaks
zuhi.bliekelit rolled from the oppn door hi
lt, the•baeds of the good deacon, who was
696111014deepport; indeed almost to carry,
.3M invisiblederminta.the house, where his
geoedeme'stood -ready to divest at of'all
u_ntlecetwaryiucumbninces.“. at finite large
blanket witi removed, then Sniff and cloak,
aitd yertiderral, hood and veil remained ;
add 111* Martin could not help-cpajectur
iihrhdeeprecicrus must be the nit which
was bleated • with so much shell. The
teak at Milling strings Ind removing pins
being' atieomplisbed, e volume of flaxen
singled descended over a pair of tiny white'
14044410 1 and a sat blue eye stole timidly
iteniiiiisiiken ambush up to the face of
AfrislMaitin, but meeting no sympathy
there, it retreated behind the drooping lid,
and little Miss Vane, blushing up to the
-pret-pretty fl axen waves that just shaded her 1
smiled, and curtsied, and then
crouched hy'the blazing fife like a petted •
kitten, Mrs, Martin retreated hind
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rily, and the deacon parted his lips, drew all older than the sehoel-mistress, and soy
up his eye-brows, and shrugged his shout- oral others who were larger; and at the
ders,`between astonishment and contempt. extremity of the room stood Alfred Mason;
What! that child to assume the duties and a man in size if not in form, surrounded
responsibilities of a school teacher, and, ! by the six shock-headed Weetborns, Bill
above all, in such a school ! Why, Susan Blount, Philip Clute, and Nehemiah Strong,
Itarman"could:put her out of the door with ' all school rowdies of the first water. Well
one hand, and the very littlest boy over- I might they stare, for such a vision never
master her. There sat the new school- :.met their eyes before;- and well might
mistress, and there stood the deacon and I bright Lilies smile at the looks of ,won
his dame, gazing at her perfectly speech- !der that greeted her at every turn. A
less, when Mr. Fielding drove up to the !iimile, if it in a perfectly natural one, full
door ; it being considered his especial duty lof mirthfulness and slightly spiced with
to introduce new_ teachers, and particularly ; mischief, is the best of all passports to a
lady teachers, to the school-house. Now young heart, and not a face was there in
the bachelor had some very fine notions f the whole room but caught the infection,
of tall elegant figures, and dignified man- i and answered with a bashful grin theitwin
nevi ; indeed he had a rule for every thing, ; kle of the little maiden's eye and tl curl
stepping, looking, and even thinking ; and, !of her lip. Oh ! sadly did naughty Lilias
consequently, he was taken all aback when ! compromise the dignity of the school-mis
his exe first lighted on the unpretending : tress, but what she lost in ono re pect was
little school-mistress. Her figure was slight more than made up in anoth . Nabby
exceedingly fragile, and her face the Woods went about brushing t e slippery
nrperfection of infantile sweetness.• dried peas from the fl oor, lest he smiling
This was all that Mr. Fielding had an op- Ifairy of n new school-dame should he'made
portunity to observe, as she stood before their victim, as had been duly planned for
him in graceful confusion, replying to his !a week beforehand ; and Philip Chits, firstformal salutation, and answering his'sfill'lglaneing at Alfred Mason for approbefieff,'
more formal. question's
,about the weather, ; stepped awkwardly forward and put a
the state of the roads, and the time of her t whole chair in the place of the broken one
arrival. The bachelor, however, was con- 1 that had been stationed before the desk for
fident that Miss Flute was a very incompe- the benefit of the new teacher, thus ma king
telit - sehool teacher; and Miss Fane was himself the first to receive her cheerful
quite as-confident that the bachelor was a salutation. Philip had never been known
very incompetent beau. First, he gave 'to shrink before birchen,rod or cherry fer
her what the little lady- considered an im- I ule ; but Lilias Fane, with her merry blue
pertinent star.—as a school committee- (eye and face full of kindness and gentle
man has' a right to do—then ho made a noes, half hidden in the mirthful dimples
great ninny commonplace remarks, as a; which played over it—sweet Lilies Fane
man that wishes to appear very dignified I was a di ff erent thing. She could not be
will do; and then he desired to see Den- !looked upon with indifference, and poor
con Martin in pri'Vate, as a man when he ' Philip twisted himself into as many shapes
wishes to let you know that he is about to ; as a cloud wreath in a tempest, or a cap
discuss your diameter should do. Poor 1 hired eel, and turned as red as the blood
Lilies Fane ! with all her simplicity she I beets in his father's cellar. On passed the
was not deficient in discernment, and she bright-faced Lilias around the room, nod
\felt piqued at the manners of the people, 1 ding to one, smiling to another, and address
particularly. Mr. Fielding, whose real su- : ing some cheerful remark to those who
I .periority she instantly detected, despite of !seemed a little afraid of her, until she
the clumsy awkwardness behind which he I reached the group over which the redoubt
inadsged to hide himself.. So,tossing back : able Mason presided. By this time she
her smolt' curls, and calling for hood and : had gained all hearts ; for hatrut she said
shawl, in spite of all Mrs. Martin's entrea-; we when talking to the 'big girls,' as though
ties to the contrary, she WAS half way to I she did't feel herself a bit above them ?
the school-house before the gentlemen de 1 and had'nt she patted the heads of the
cided that they could do. nothing less titan , younger one, with her pretty little hand, in
give her a trial. It was with the utmost a way which proved beyond the possibility
surprise that the bachelor heard
. of the of a doubt that she was a decided enemy
flight of his bonny bird ; fur he was the Ito hair pulling ? Alfred Mason had seen
greatest man in the district, and every:one lit all, and-to prove to the new school-mis
was but too much delighted to gain his no-' tress that he was a little superior to the
nee. He owned a fine cottage close by I Westborns & Co., he advanced three steps
the .Maple Grove, with beautiful grounds I and made a bow as much like Mr. Field
about it, and every elegance that wealth 1 ing's as he could. This done lin passed
could command and taste dietaie within; j his fingers through his shining black hair,
and there he resided, with his mother and ; twitched his sliri a llars, and elevated head
a little nephew, in very enviable quiet. It 1 and shoulders ft-Co. - very manly fashion,
WAS evident that his knowledge of the j and as though silm‘ fly resolving not to be
world was thorough, and he had probably 1 aired of any Chi this side of fairy land,
at some period of his life taken a part in though appear . ' shape g in the of Titania
its tumult; but the irement of private herself. Bt ewitching,ro,guish, naughty
life best suited him, ant had for several Miss Fa did bewilder him notwithstand-I
years buried the most per t specimen of , ing ; for having always considered himself
a gentleman of the old school lam among ' a rascally scape-grace of a boy, bound to
the rural luxuries of Grove Co age. Here,', do as much mischief as he could, he sud
hotvever, none of the punctilio n which denly found himself transformed into a
he set so high a value were odti tl, for he i man, and a beautiful creature, with a child's',
was too thoroughly a gentlem n to throw 1 blushes and a woman'samiles, asking hint
aside the character whac behin the scenes, questions in the most respectful tone, ho-1
and all honored him fort ! forties ne t integrity, ping that site should be seconded by the
as well as intellectual superiority. Mr. : young gentlemen before her in all her ef-
had not n particle of misanthropy forts, and' insinuating Very gracefully and
in his composition: so, notwithstanding a very sweetly how much The relied upon'
secret merit of exclusive feeling, arising--them for success in her present underta- !
probably from a consciousness of possess- i king. The smile, the tone of voice, the 1
ing but little in commou with those ar,difnd ' manner, combined with the flattering ad-
him ; he mingled with the people olLthe dress, weraperfectly irresistible; and Al
neighborhood as though nothing but a cer- Fred Mason; after perpetrating another bow,
Lain degree of coldness and personal digni- ' addressed a few whispered words to his '
3ty prevented him from being perfect companions, and walked away to his seat.
1 equality with them, and he exhibited so His example was immediately followed
much real interest in all that concerned by the whole school, and Miss Fatie was
I their welfare that he possessed their entire left standing in the midst of subjects as
1 confidence. ' I loyal as any sovereign would care to reign
When Mr. Fielding learned that the lit- over. At this agreeable crisis the door
tle lady had gone oil alone he looked sur- opened, and it ma well be believed that in
I prised ; but recollecting how bashful she every dimple of L ilias Fane's young face
had appeared when standing in his august lurked a roguish smile, as her eye lighted
! presence, he at once saw the matter in a on Mr. Melding and Deacon Martin. TIM
more pleasing light ; so calling on Deacon bachelor observed it, and he was the.least
Martin to bestow his
_burly corpus in the, bit in the world disconcerted, while the
seat intended for pretty Lilian Fane, the' Deacon raised his eye-brows and shrug
-1 two committee-men proceeded leisurely to- god his shoulders more emphatically than
ward the school - house. ever, but not contemptuously. If the two
In the mean ante poor Lilias was trittk, i committee-non had been astonished before
ing through the snow, her nether lip peat- :they were doubly so now, and it was with
ing after the most approved style of angry a much more respectful air than he had at
beauties, and her little heart throbbing with first assumed that Mr. Fielding saluted the
a variety of contending emotions, none of
little lady, and apologised for his previous
which were ;ideally pleatntrablei„excePt : neglect.
the one excited by a little pile of silver I 'You have undertaken a very heavy task,
which she saw in prospect—the fruit of Miss Pane,' he remarked in a tone which,
her own labor. At thought of this she from the proximity of the 'audience on the
brushed away the tear that aparkled on her.' seats, was necessarily low, and thus seem- .
lashes, and, drawing up her . slight figure ingly confidential.
with an air of determination, stepped bold- I Thoughtless Lilias ! she shook her head
ly and decidedly into the portico and plac- ! and smiled..
ed her hand on die latch of the door. This I 'lt is a dreadful .respousible stati on; done, she paused ; the little heart, but a ~chimed in the deacon.
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moment before so resolute, fluttered tumul- -
tuoualy, the head drooped, the eyes brim=
med over, and the fingers extended so firm
ly, now quivered with agitation. Poor
Lilies lane ! whnt would she not have
given to feel her mother's arms about her,
and weep on her sympathizing bosom.
Farmer Westborn, and Squire Mason,
- and the rest of the school- meeting men
were in earnest when they decided that
the .big boys' should not be allowed to at
tend school; but they had been in earnest
a great many times before; so the boys
know ,perfectly well what it meant, and
were now 'on hand preparing:for the re
ception of the new teacher. Little did
poor-Lilias -Fano imagine -vvhat stout hearts
awaited her entrance, or her courage would,
not have' been prompt to return; bin the
thought of home. her widowed mother,
and helpless little brothers'ind sisters, in
,with the all-iinafortant ,lalarY;
nerved her „ up, Again 414 erected her
head and wiped away the tears, then throw
ing open the door, she walked quietly - Ad'
. into the room. , What a spectacle 1.
children of all sizes, from the little. amp
ad chap, hardly yet from the cradle, up to
the height orthe new school-mistress, and
youths towering' far above her, in almost
the pride of manhood, turned theii faces
toward the door, and stood gaping in bilent
astonishment. There were Susan'Her
man; and Sally Jones, and Nubby Woods,
i A shade of seriousness flitted over the
face of Litho!, and then she smiled again.
'Our school is considered a very difficult
one,' observed the bachelor.
apprehend no difficulty ut.all,' Lilies
replied in a tone of gaiety.
'But, Miss Pane,' persisted the deacon,
'it is my duty to undeceive you as to the
character of our school.'
I Still the lady smiled confidently.
`Very diffic.tlt to manage, 1 can assure
added the bachelor.
Lilies glanced around the room with , a
triumphant, incredulous air, as much as to
say, 'it seems to me just the easiest thing
in the world,' (dreaauey little gipsy ;) but
sho did no_t_say it._ iter only mily-was-to
beg the privilege of consultiq two such"
able advisers should she chance to meet
with unexpected difficulties. The deacon
received the compliment graffiously, not
probably, observing a touch, of sarcasm
more discoverable in the dancing blue eye,
titan in the voice ; but Mr. Fielding looked
displeased, bowed stiffly, and, after a few
formal- words, took his leave, followed by
the worthy deacon. `•
.1 shouldn't wonder,' remarked• Deacon
Martin, after they were seated in the sleigh,
'I shouldn't wonder if this little Mies Fano
made a pretty good teacher after all. It's
'wonderful that the children should be so
orderly this morning.'"
Mr: Fi4ding gavo his hcittl a twitch,
something between a shake and 'a nod, and
looked knowing. It was evident
could say a great deal if be chose. This
non-committal movement is wisdom's fa
vorito. cloak ; and so much in vogue is it,
that it sometimes even passes - current when
the cloak is - missing.
Ivor that day at least Lilies Fane was
happy. She smiled and was smiled upon.
And she began to think it was just the
pleasantest thing in the world to be the
presiding __ emus ofsdch a filade, exercising
uncontrolled power, dispensing sniiles and
sunshine at will, beloved and loving. But
her day of darkness'was to come. Scarce
a week had passed before there were indi
catioos of a revolt among some of her sub
jects-and she was alarmed to find that
there were ditliculties'whieh a smile and a
loving word could not heal. At home,
her dear delightful home, she had been
taught to believe them a universal balm—
oil for tho wildest wave, a hush for the
deadliest tempest. But yet never was
school-mistress idolized like darling Lilies
Face. Even the hearts of the Westborns
began to melt beneath the glances of" her
barTming eye, and Alfred - Mason - was--her
never failing friend and champion. Poor
Alf. Westborn ! Sad was the reputation
he bore in the district ; and nobody would
believe he was in earnest when he behaved
properly ; but he was in reality more giv
en to mirth than malice, fonder of fun than
real mischief—and lie could See no fun at
all in annoying sweet Miss Fane. But
she was annoyed nevertheless. not so
much 11 4 y her pupils, as by remarks which
were constantly reaching her concerning
her youth, inexperience, and consequent
inefficiency. It was said that she was a
child among the children, and so she was,
and how could she help it—the bright pet
Litias ! Scarce sixteen summers had bur
nished her fair locks, and her heart was
full of childish impulses. It was said that
she had no dignity of manner, and stood
among her pupils as one of them—faults
which she was too conscious of possessing.
As Well might you look for , dignity
humming-bird or a fawn as in Litias'Pane
—the darling! She loved her pupils dear
ly, and could not but betray her interest.—
She had too many sympathies in common
with them to stand aloof in joy or sorrow ;
and in the loved a'fid the loving.were merg
ed the teacher and the taught. It was even
said that her voice had been known to min
gle in the merry shout that sometimes arose
from the school-room , ; and there must
have been some truth in the report—for her
pupils could not have the heart to laugh
when she was serious. In truth, Lilias
Fans was a strange teacher; though she
may have taught the lore most needed—
those heart lessons richer than all the theo
ries of all the schools - united. In other
lesson," shir-was capricious. She taught
what she loved and that she fnade'her pu
pils love; hut what was dry and difficult
she passed ever, as in studying she had
been allowed to do by her tdo indulgent
! governess. Yet she was unwearied in her
' efforts, and never thought of self when the
good or her pupils was concerned; and so,
despite the faults in her system of educa
tion, her school made rapid improvement.
But no degree of improvement was suffi
cient to satisfy those. who detected these
faults; and soon the war of words. ran high
for and against the poor school-mistress,
whose only offenceS were toifinuch beau
ty, too immature youth, and a too kind
heart. These things could not occur
withoutTias Faso's knowledge, for her
young friends, in tffeir mistaken zeal, re
peated every word to her, and she (poor
simple child !) was undignified enough to
listen to their representation, and receive
their expression of sympathy. They were
all the friends she had. Thus passed one
third of Lilies nine's term of service, in
alternate storm and sunshine, till at last
farmer Westborh took a decided step; and
in spite of young shock-head's remonstran
ces, removed all of his six children from
school. Sad was the face poor Lilias
Mule exhibited on this occasion, and all
of her flock were sad from sympathy.--
Looks, some of sorrow and some of indig
nation, wore exchanged among the elder
pupils ; and the younger ones gazed in si
lent wonder on the flushed face and tear
ful eye of her, who nevertheless would
now and then give them= - a smile, from
sheer habit. .At last the day ended, and
sad, and low, and kinder even than usual,
were thmood-nighls of the, sympathizing
grenp,Ats, one by one, ilief disappeared
through the door till the poor little school
mkitress was alone, and then she covered
her face with her hands and wept.
'I wouldn't mind it, Miss Fane,' said a
timid, but sympathizing voice close by her
'How can I help it, Alfred!' asked
Lilies, without raising her. head, 'Mr. West
born must have a dreadful opinion of me,
or he never—'
Westborn is a fool! the meanest
'Alfred 1' .
.You don't know him, Miss Fane, or
you would say so too. But don't cry any
more--don't--come Over and see Mary—
you have. true friends. Miss Fane—you
—thery - -' and here Alfred steppe& short ;
for, although particularly anxious 'to con
sole Miss Pane, he seemed to be'sulrering
under a most painful embarrarioneut.—
The gentle, indeed touching tone of voice
was not lost on poor Lilies; although there
seemed to be some matron why she should
not listen to it; for she - raised her head;
and with more calmness than site could
lave-been-expected to command, You e
veiy_kind; Alfred, and I thank you, but—'
understand you, Miss Fano,' inter
rupteil the yOuth somewhat proudly, skied
nese - should not be obtrusive. •
' 'No, Alfred, you mistake Me.., 1 prize
the sympathy Of my friends but too highly;
and it is gratifying I to know that all my pu
pils, if no`others, are of the, number/
'Yes 'they all are—yet-4dies--Mies
Fane--' and Alfred stammered On, more
embarrassed than ever.
'I can assure them that their kindness
will be remembered most gratefully, and
their friendship warmly returned,' added
Miss Fano, with a gentle dignity, which
prerentetl familiarity, while it soothed.
Alfred Mason stood for a few moment
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irresolute, and Lints mounted. liTo yon
in particular, Alfred, anti I deeply indebted:
You have defended me in my absence, as
sisted me in school both by your example
and counsel ; and have performed the thou
sand little services which' have eohtrilia
ted thus far to make my time hereimorig
strangers pass so agreeably.. I shalt never
forget you, kind, generous friend that yoo
are 1 And Mary too—my own brother
and sister could not have watched more
etirefully'dVeritly - tOffirort happiluYtiC.
I have much to say to you of this, but ea s t
now. Tanight I Ind* subjects of thought
less pleasant, andlnutit be plOtie.
1' shouldn't _like to trouble you, Miss
Fane, hut I came to tell you there. is to be
a school-meeting to-nrght. Oh, Lbw I
wish I was a man ! in influence I Mean, for
I know that I bare a ateesoul; --
'What is the school-Meeting for, 'Alfred 1'
'Oh, Mr. Fielding—cross old haehelorl
—but I won't tell you any thing about it
—it's too provoking.'
'I shouldn't expect any good from Mr:
Fielding,' said Lilies, with an unusual degree
of acrimony. • Why so exceedingly indig
nant at him, when, if he had not sympa
thized, he surely had done thee no injury,
gentle Lilian.
! no danger of his doing good any
where—though he ' says he pities the
young lady—pities t Hot who do you
think he wants to get in your place 1'
Lilies stood aghast, for in all her troub
les the thought of losing her situation had
not occurred to her, and now they had ac
tually planned her removal, and were about
appointing t. successor. •Who, Alfred 1'
she gasped tremblingly.
Would you believe it, Miss Fane— that
ugly, crosi, vinegar-faced Miss Digby.—it
is too bad I At any rate they will rue the
day they getherr herer. -- Minnie the mat
ter, Miss Fano t you are as pale as death.
'Nothing—go now, Alfred—you shall
tell me more to-morrow.'
Well might young Lilias Fano turn pale,
poor child ! at this intelligence; for at that
very moment she held her mother's last
letter in her bosom; and in that letter.had
the fond hoping mother rejoiced over the
bright prospects of her darling, celled her
the guardian angel of the family, and hoped:
that through her efforts Nimrod Might a
gain be restored to their little home."And . '
.ouw to be obliged to return in dbigrace,
disappoint the expectations of that doating
parinit. r .and become a burden Where She
should be a helper, was too much—more.
than she could hear. Alfred obeyed her,
and retired in sorrowful.,sileuce, and poor
Lilias, pressing one small hand upon her
aching head, paced the floorin a-bitterness:*
of spirit that she had never felt before. We
may be angels while love makes , an Eden
for us, hut when we go out turning the
thorns # wo find another spirit rising up,
and learn alas ! that we ere not yet all
meekness and purity. The disheartening
lesson was embittering still more the spirit
of Lilies, as she traced up and dowo-hei
deserted room. But why should Mr.
Fielding be so unkind ? how had she of
fended him 1 These questions puzzled her
most painfully ; and then, heavily and
hopelessly came thoughts of the future.—
What should she dot She was sure. of the
sympathy- of good-natured Mary Mason;
but such a friend was scarce sufficient for
the exigency. There was no one to ad
vise her—no one, who, acquainted with all
the circumstances of the case, could say
what was best; na one even who could be
made to comprehend . her feelings. And
she longed to pour out all her troubles in
some friendly bosom. Once the thought
of Alfred Mason crossed her mind, bulehe
only muttered, blushing even then, 'kind
silly boy!' and again recurred to the one
grand question—what Mould she do ? In
the midst of these rellexions, a footstep
sounded on the threshold, and befdre she
had time to wonder who way there; Mr.
Fielding stood before, her. The surprise
seemed mutual; but Mae, probably front
her sense of injury, was the first to recov
er her presence of mind. She 'crushed a
whole shower of brightrrystals that were
in the act of descending, elevated her head,
and with a slight curtesy "was proceeding
to adjust her cloak, when Mr. Fielding ap
proached her.
'Excuse me, Miss Pane; for this intru
sion; did not-expeet,tofind you-hove,
but since I have, perhaps you will favor
me with a few moments' conversation.
.With pleasure. sir, in a proper place,'
said Lajas. keeping down her anger With
a_strong_effort. presume_Doactut Mar
tin will he happy to see you.
'lt is you .I wish to see, Miss Fans, ilnd
for that I shill Jiave,,no good opportunity
at Deacon.Marthis.' • .
'Your communication must be of coast+.
*pence; said Lilian, endeavoring to assume
an air of carelessness.
'You are right—it is of some consequence
to you, and so of course to your friends:, ,
4Among which I am well aware that I
have not the honor to reckon .01c. Field
ing,' said Lilias, provoked, beyond e n d w •
ranee by this counting ditplicity. The
bachelor was evidently, the most impartur.
bahle of mortals. The little 'maiden's eye
flashed and her awoke were crimson
indignation, but not °Amide of his face
moved he neither looked ,soalused ,nor .
angry, but in his usual tone replied, will
not contend with you upon that , point,
hliea Fane, for mere professione aierornpty
things. However, it ill my wish to act
the part of a friend. by you now. '
'You will hive sti opportunity to exhib it
your friendship in the school meeting t his
evening; saittlilistr with 'it - ending hp,
and, if I am rightly informed, it is your in
tention to dO
Strange to say, Mr. Fielding was not
yet demolished; but with increasing sang
livid he rePlield, ,, lf you had received less
inforMation (him- injUdiMons. persons it
might have been -better for you, and most
'assuredly would. haveisaved you much un
The.lady trotted her foot in vexation,
for she knew his remark to be true ; mean
time muttering something about even in
judicious friends being preferable to the
most punctilious enemies.
"There I beg leave to dissent," said
Mr. Fielding, with perfect coolness ; "hon
orable enemies—" .
"Excuse me; air." interrupted Lilt which information caused qUite a
loosing all patience, "1 am not in a mood for . throughout the district. Alfred'
discussion to-night s . tind you—it is almost Mason icked over he breakfairt table
time for the school-meeting." when lieheard thenews,declared that itWas
"The school-meetinghasbeen deferred." Mr. Fielding's work, and he ought to be
"Deferred !" Mimi Fang's young face hanged, and chopped wood furiously all
brightened, like the sky with an April sun- the rest of the day.
flash; for Whatinirt not a little more time Some people thought it quite strange
do fdr her I_,.atur s extended her hand in- that Miss Vane did not go home in the
voluntary; while.i "forgive me," hovered stage coach, as she came, and there was
on heicsiiiile-vheitheil lips. _ some little gossipping on the subject; bat
d I
rt week ; Mrs. Martin said Mr. Fielding hid' con
and lathe meantime," continued Mr. Field-1 vinced her that his sleigh, with the'buffa
ing hesitatingly; "it would—if I might— I lo robes, was much more comfortable", and
if you would . but have confidence in my ;.safe, and had talked so much of the ineon
motives; = Miss, Fine,- I -would venture a I veniences of stage coach travelling, that the
piece oladvice.",_-. .. • I good .dame declared she should "be a
"To.which ats bound to listen," said! feared of the ugly things all the days of
Lillas.gailv ' and , I'Aing
upon the adviser her life."
a lace raaiatit , happineas, for the In the meantime the lady and . gentleman
residte . hediuite restored her fal- were pursuing their way very sociably, if
len 'aPirits. • • not very happily ; and Lilias found, to tier
"Bouitilr' • finite astonishment, that Mr. Fielding.
"Vrbnictioice, I Mean," said Lilies, with , when he threw off the school-committee
'sipile.'.'-iiilleirritederthe' bachelor quite man, and had no unpleasant point to gain.
forgeithiit th at' angry. (such as telling a lady she is mistaken in .
"Then Twill ^ talk fteely as to a friend— tier vocation) could be vastly agreeable.—
attibteri - "itid Mr. Fielding spoke in a low He even went so far as to draw a picture
tanef-etiiiiiiirtiVd- hie words - asthough the of her successor, the vinegar faced'Miss'
ice might be beginning to thaw. "Your Digby, at which Lilies laughed so heartily
position - must be a very painful one. You that she could not help wondering the next
' hive, I . knoiv, gained - all hearts, but themoment what had become of her sadness. '
judgments of triati*:are against you, and; Looking for sadness, or any other unwel
the:prejudices Of more. You have many i come visitor, (vide the old adage,) is the
professed friends, and they do indeed feel very way to bring it to your presence ;
kindly toward you but each has some and so Mr. Fielding tidt himself called tip
on to play the agreeable to an unusual ex
valry to gratify, and there' is not' one a- tont ; and Lilias wondered how she cotild
Moog - them in whom you can place im- be So happy, until she was obliged to ex
plicit confidence."' ' plain the cause of her misery, just for the
"I know it !, I have felt it all, only' too sake' f refreshing her memory. And then
deeply, too bitterly' 'but whet mini dot Mr. Fielding was sad too—oh, so sad !---
Oh, IT
.my mother
,ceuld , h ere !" and And then he said something in a very !ow
overioe by the sudden revulsion "of feel- tone—doubtless to let tier know how much.
ing, Lilias burst into team: •• , he pitied her ; but it must have been flak. ,
"Then go'to her, Miss rine, go to-nier- wardly done, foe Lilias blushed a great
row—her disinterestedness you cannot deal more than when she was angry with
doubt." • • him: Mr. Fielding blushed too. and
"Nor ie there for deubtiri the ease both• looked as thought they were quite
of another individniff,"ketoried Liliss,"in a ready to quarrel again. What a lucky cir
-tone of tritternees,... - you cumstance that they did not arrive at this
the merit Of dealingepenli,Mr; Fielding." Crisis before, for now Lilies exclaimed joy
' "You distrust ' Miss ously, 1 0, we are home !" and the sleigh
drew up before Mrs. Fane's door.
to save you pain that I recommend this It would be impossible to say whether
coarse; and it was rii thaboici af indu- Mrs. Fane felt more gladness or surprise
cing you. to withdraw that I persuaded at sight of Lilias; and the little ones gath
then* to deter the Meeting . ,We . hive cred around her all claniorous' not fur
coarse niitares; ere, you must not' bread.' but kisses.
come in'tontact With • them: 'Allow me' to -- Mrs Fielding glanced from the noisy,
adviseJ o u, and 'do nut erthiryout school happy group, to the pale, thin face of the
again. • - - . . mother, and then around upon the scanty
PO - OFLiliiie - Fhiidrth 7 e±fiet L 'iv - aii - affOtit' furniture, and, callous old bachelor as he
her; and:flutter was, be felt as though his heart was swell
getfree, ""Theti they intend . to dimities ing in his throat, and the moisture in his
me 1" she asked' dettpoittlingty.' eye made him ashamed of himself.
"If you give diem the oppertunltY;,lfear MG Fielding did not return that day, for
they will. . '• his horse . had lost a shoe, which it was.
• ' r Fielding? tri necessary should be replaced; and the next
deserve thief" ' day there came a snowstorm, which only
"Every thing that is good '
and praise- a madmah would brave ; then the third"
-worthy; but a distriet school is not the day I do not quite know what detained'
place for one Like yeti.. teacher him, but it must li4ve been something of.
Must not be too, serwitirwrositermustknow - importance, as lie was the last man in the•
hoW endure,,to returnbuifetinge." world to exchange the comforts of home'
"Qh, Mr. Fielding, Lammers iila not for the inconveniences of a village hotels
nem.mery for tittehmOstetiehettobibad or without sufficient reason. On the fourth,
heartlesa. I know what unette ute for the day, however toward night, lie was so for
place— I have toolittle,climawumr-too tunate as to undertake his homeward jour
tleltelf-tlepetidence-4ut I should improve nail, but before this lie was closeted a long
am sore I,should. et leave my time with the again radiant Lilies, and.a.:-
school until L am. obliged to leave it, as terward with her mother ; and he finally•
perhaps even you via de me the justice to, quitted them, with a face so brimming over
believe, I would , baste undertaken, it only 'with.-happiness, as to show—perhepe , --
neepsaity. Even a week is of .im- how glad he watt to.get away!
portanee to me." Early the entitling spring the cottage.
,PI .have not . ait at liberty- to inquire down by the Maple G:ove had a new min
your medic, bliss Fans, but I have fetters. dens, and another close by was purehased
si* that it was no unworthy .one, and and fitted up tastefully, for a pale sweet
younpartial Milureis intended, dim; widow and her bright-eyed children, the ,
grace. ludeeil,", and there, was -so much eldest. of whoM Alfred Mason declares s.
sincerity ha Mr. Fielding's ViVrtli that he vast deal prettier than her sister Lilies.
did not think how warmly he was praiiing,
"I have Witehedlour patienee, your in
dustry; your -gentleness: and-Laweetnees,
with Oink:mien • and it- is to the very
qualities most a dmirable;' that your want
of success may be traced." •
"And so I-must go V!
with a fresh gush of feeling, "My poor,
poor mother 1 Indeed, Mr.Thlding--but
ysiu must be-my friend, - midi.. will d 6 as
you bid me i for there lirnisbody . in the
world-to say just-what 1-ought tolls."
Thetiseltelor wit/Mott itintreh sew
ted as peer Lilias nee. Fresh interest
seemed to be gathering around the school
mistress, and yet he had too-much defies
cy to press inqCrieiii. which at any other
however a better understanding between
the selietitcommittee.that'and :the lady
teacher ; -and to another half hour was paw
erLin Conversation without a single angry
wOrd, after which the two- emerged from
the school. helium togethero''and taking a
seat in , thersleigh; proceededlowardi, Dee
con Martin's. " • •
That night, bright Vett% Latta Fane,
for almost, the. Aim time m 'her life, went
to her bed . withlin 'len* heart, though
caused, by a seeming trifle when: coinpa
, red with ler other sources of sorrow.—
.Nurtured in Mello Of luxury, made beg
gars by thetleath of a husband and father,
who was-an object of almost idolatry to
a loving, helpless group; visited by Ms- I
appointment. neglet and sickness. the lit
tie-family had enntigled on and been hap
py. They had stemmed the torrent to
gether. But Mrs. Fane's exertions were
wasting life. Lilies was the ehleSt child I
and. her Only dependence. What could
the delicate, fragile young girl do to be use
ful?' Plain sewing yielded but slight re
compense to fingers too little accustomed
to its mysteries, and, in the retirement
which Mre. Fane had chosen, ornamental
needle-work found no market. True, Lil
ies knew something of drawing and music;
but she had never thought of either as a
profession, and she felt conscious that tier
knowledge of both was too superficial to
turn to account. Little did Mrs. Fano or
[Alias know of a districtschool.particularly
in the winter, hut they knew that teaching
was considered a respectable employment ;
so the trial was made, and bitter to Lilies
was the result.
The next morning the children assem
bled at the school-house as usual, but they
were soon dispersed by the sad intelligence
that Miss Fane had been called suddenly
; *f.rfri c!
• —..
MAN.. -A• few years ago, before the rail
road .companies between Albany and Buf
falo, had provided the long and comfortable
cars now used by the Mail agents and Liv
ingston & Express, the messenger*
of the latter rode in the passenger cars lust,
like any body,' and of course encountered
all sorts of characters. One of the. firm,
whose love of waggery is well known, hap
pened- to be going to Buffalo, and was seat
ed quietly in the ear, when his attention
was ditvc tcd to the conversation of two in
dividuals opposite. One of these was, as
it appeared, a travelling mesmerizer—a
regular "professor of the science." He
was _.dilating upon its rapid development
—the wonderful phenomena it exhibited---
its astonishing curative power for disease , —
the extraordinary discoveries developed
through its agency. Finally he got upon
his own superiority as a "professor,"--a
congenial theme—and here he was at home.
After narrating a variety of experiments
some of them astounding, of courae-- , he
spoke of the following with a gusto that
was irresistible. Said he :
"L.lst week I wits going through or or;
the streets of this very city (Rochester.)
and saw a tnan just ahead to whom was
anxious to speak. Ile walked too fast for
me to overtake him without running, so 1
just straightened out my right arm, concert
trated my will, made a pass at hirn—ihus.
and he stopped quicker than lightning." -
"Wh-w h-wh-why mister, v-y-you don't
call that m-m-'uch of a t-r-i-Ick, do y 417
"Yes, sir, I rather flatter myself.sirAist
it was a pretty strong demonstration."
"W-w-w-well, it don't b-be-g-in with
wh-wh-what I once did."
"Then you are familiar with the 'tektites '
sir, I presume,"
“ti-s-s-sonic.” -'w•
"Might T enquire What was the base yea
spoke of?" '
~ • . ,'
A9h, e-c-eir-idrtainly. Yllou stel:
li-h-ha-ha-eapperted to be up here Itc11.111!
tavia once in the winter. Cbriptingi dOwti '
to the c-'ars I saw a to-a-'an on 11.44, el
a building, sh-'ovelling off snow I , prAitt` ,
soon his f-f-foot slipped and ttd-d- tteribel
came; wh-wh-wh-'en he had 01044 hpit
way down, I just made a prp-patut at bilu,,
and it st-'opped him quiekir thin
I c-c-c-'sme off with-o-Muthittkinftb* ,
thing more a-bout it. If you site
to Batavia, I wish 11 ' l ulu
- Yoa w° l6l
him down, for r prippre-sorne be 1).1644'
'anging there yet!"--Spirit gar Mufti' '
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