The Democrat. (Montrose, Pa.) 1876-1878, August 23, 1876, Image 1

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sweet morn—so cool, so calm, so bright,
The bridal of the earth and skv,,
The dew shall weep thy fall to-night;
For thou must die. '
Sweet, rose—mhose fragrance now 1 crave,
To glad my sense and joy mine eye,
Thy root is ever in its grave,
And thou must •
sweet Spring—so fbil of shine and showers,
It makes the weary spirit nigh,
To think s with all thy herbs and floiers,
• That thOu.mustidie.
Sweet music—e'en, the lo velyi song
Which from my harp in window nig't
Is floating on .the breeze aldng;
E'en then must die.
And all the bright and glistening train
Of stars that 'stud the deep blue sky
Must they all perish—none remain
To glad' the ey e ? •
And vales, and fields, and rushing stream,
And mountains that invade the sky,.
Are: they as baseless as our dreams
Aud must they die ?
And all that's beautiful and fair •
On Nature's face:--love's melody,
That makes sweet music of the air,
All—all must die !
And man, frail form of senseless clay,
Tho' now his glance is'proud and high,
Perchance upon this passing day •
Fie too may die !
But the bright soul ? that, enshrined within
• The quenchless light in mortal form
Tho' dimmed by misery and sin,
• • Defies the morm . =
When all the stars shall facie away,.
And suns in their own blaze expire,
And trackless comets cease to stay
With wand'ring fire. '
The soul shall ever live, nor twiny ,
The lapse , of time, but dwell mrhigh,
And share—in endless joy or woe—' 1
“BROKEN your engag
Madge Amory echoed ;the : ; words with
such genuine surprise that Edith smiled
amusedly—fair,-stately Edith Grosysnor,
with her lily face lighted with such grand
black eyes, soft, as velvet. -
"Broken my engagement, Madge ; and
I can assure. you Dr. Belmont is pst as
well satisfied as am." •
Madge flung a. navy blues veliet band
impatiently on the dreising case, her
ehteks flushed. her blue ey4 looking un
uterahle reproach and vexation.
"I do declare, Edith, . I've nopatience
With you ! What on earth could have
liokessed you to throw Leslie Belmont
over, such -a perfectly splendid fellow 49
he is, and the handsomest man in the
world, I do believe,. and such a gOod rep=
station as he is gaining in his profession,
and the fortune he is sure to make, and
the way he worships yon, you heartless
Madge's mingled indignation at Miffs
Grosvemor's course of action,, and her
upholding of Dr.. Belmotitlii flag, • were
certainly ,very grateful Nand pretty; and
Edith parted her handsOme lips in an in
dignant ewile.„ ' „ • -
"Child. lam hot. to blatne; „for all. ` I
b:oke the engagenient; Dr. 'Belmont is
entirely to blame ; insists on my
on op my pet views 'and opinion' on'
clinic' subjects.. You kn6w l what, I
think about women's rights, 'dear ; and
of course I told. 'my handsome doctor
that either he nor any other man ueed,
expect to obtain such absolute control
over me that my most cherished sopin
ihs should yield to him and Hi opinions
Of course a rupture natuAlly foll Owed
ho. animated discussioo, and--the -rest
Sou know. ,
Edith's countenance Was as calm . at;. a
* slimmer sky : but Madge buzzed like ail
enraged: fire fly..
"YT's 'Yes I know the rest, disgraceful 'twit
I think you are the most egregious
—well, the most foolish girl . it ever has
been my luck to -. name acrosi, Edie."L-
And the bright blue eyes came to a sud
den prolonged stare on. Miss arositen 7
or's statesque face. , • _
"Elie, do yOU - know Whatbelieve ?
!solemnly believe ';` Horace Aylmer is at
the bottom of this.”
A swift tinge fled over Madge's face,
like a rosy sunrise shadow overa snowy
landscap e .
"Yea. Why do you think so ?"
She asked it very quietly.
I. &cause Mr. Aylmer and you are in
6 uch sympathy on this nasty sufferage
pest ion—because Mr. Aylmer . is just tta
I.4aluu s of Dr. Belmont as he knows how
tU4) " — because you are< an heiress and
fortune of a 'hundred oousatid,dOi•
I'oB would not come amias to hiti—be.
tause." *
Edith lifted a jiv4ll.ll' forefinger im
"No more, please, Make. , Ayl
tit its , as yoa ea as .
zynothymith 'me.
liore, he is n my 'estimation, `. a !gentle-
.:4...:,, - ,:c-Rus.E.R..r . ,
mamwho des
more than al
as my betrcit
Her nostri
a thoroughb
tip with the
"Oh, 'Edit
will Dr. I3e
it r' ‘
Edith - lc
Mirror, and
brows aide;
• Sudctenly,
, • •
"Chili-lie,' that is she—the lady in back .
velvet and iii k. Isn't She magnifi&nt ?"
His face !I s not as enthusiastic in ex
pressfon lts is words, and Mr. Carlie
100 4d half arcastically over his paper.
"Really it s too much trouble to move,
Aylther, or I would be happy •to endorse
your estima ion of your betrothed.. I
dare say you are in duty bound to call
l i er magnifie p i t, seeing that she .has been
fonct—and, ooliih—enough to bequeath
her fortune unqualifiedly to you, as a
proof, you s 7, -of , her implicit confidence
in' you." , -
Aylmer et
"giag ar
sible you
confess, con '
her taste in
Belmont., "
to Me, 11.5 1113
I can, tell yo
\rawest idea':
• ',Oahe told
"And .1,41
chequer need
money' will
that a wotha
as she, has
least, some r
And I\ know
one, but tha
ii . even - pore
\ Aylmer fr
,"Never m
to me, unle
suicide. , It I
try and. for,
her blue eyes
into 'mine :"
ment !"
Carlie stro
grace, l not I
Aylmer coal
Then Cam
hotel messen
who opened
" is
He gave tl
down in a ell
.."14cn Ed th. - A telegram was hand-
ed her ama ent after she paSsed here
bidding her ;10 at once to Virginia, where
a friend is d 'lug. She-, bids me - adieil for
a few days." -
'Ttis eves re' shining as lover's never
iihitie at \th .prospect of a separation
from their a eethearts. Carlie -laughed.
"Old fella , as if I can't read' vow' like
a book-1 Yo ‘are going to enjoy her ab
senCe'viith little blue-eyed - Etta- T -to for
get, whom is Ithe one Herculean' task of
your-life. Aylmer, you'ie a rogue."
"Granted--but only for a few, days, re
member.", I • :"
i s
_Giro venor's voice -was low, and
very sweet, f r all the undertot ! e of phys 7
ical pain in he one name she called,that .
was a . iswt-re in a flash by the trim maid
who ippeared from a distant window. •
"The bathing, Annette. And tell me
what time it is. I feel ever so much bet
ter to-day., Don't I look as if I would
be around in a - day or so ?" . - '
Annette virsls deftly bathing a big' ugly
bruise on MiSs Grovenor's white forehead.
."You look a hundredfold better, Miss
Edith. No' 49 e WouldThelieve to see you
today that Yita were picked. up for dead
the day of tl e . collision—actually left to
, Ourself, bee' use those wonderful 'smart
,doctors said he
.living, needed care. It
Makes my blood - curdle when I think of.
it." _ ..
A r
shiver; then
, "There is
seems strangl
agine bow 44
wheni return
telegrarn you
\ "The tears
ing of Horac
ing ; ineturit
light, and-- 2
her `woman's
Bdiniint ton
ken; -Boni
front the hob
i - ses fortune-hunting ; and,
, : night I - accepted him
)41:1 husband." . _.
s were dilated like those of
ed, and she held her hand
defiant grace of a . stag,. and
ge collapsed pitiably.
! It is iinpoasible, ' what
ont think when he•hears of
ked up her silver,backed
xarrijned her pretty archirg
• Belmont
,thinks hag ceased
of -interest to me. Madge,
eon, like a good child, and
"What Dr
to-be a matt
stay i tO.ltirte
2 1 =Mr:' Hu ra
the 'Alberni.
the . Crowds ,
doWo Broad'
toward a spe
quietly read'
the news.
1: Aylmer sat in his room at
!rle Hotel, looking down on
that were passing up and'
•ay,-and occasionally turned:
tacled young man who was
g . an afternoon edition of
A.llmer sprapg from his
okec; his dark, curling beard.
osvenor is a remarkably, Sen . -
. oarlie,‘ for must
den tially,..l can't approve of
urning the cold-ihoulder
. to
iss -Grosvenor is a GodOend
x` pectell as necessary, for,.as
old boy, had not the re
;he'd have me."
1• $ his piper lazily.
re say, as usual,' your ex
: repleniabini and your wife's
o it. Only it strikes me
so generous and tasting
shown herself, deserves, at
•turn• of affection from you.
you do not , love ber, or any
little blue-eyed angel who
than yourself."
‘v,necl and flushed.
!ntin EU& Einerson's name
you want me to commit
1, the one task of my life to
et her. Forget her! as if
will not be forever looking
or Miss Grovenor,' that."
tclied himself' with a lazy
liking notice of the', pallor
,not banish from his face.
'a rap on' the door, and a handed a L note 'to Aylmer
t 'half apprehensively.
o answer."
e fellow a quartet, then sat
,air beside the bed. '
:"Arnkte 1?,
cr9ollB tremor mide ldith
she smiled.
.thinking it. It
to me: wnen, - "try - im'.
lighted. ‘ tbey will , be at, boinie .
safP. and. Sound; after the.
sent Them,* saying I was
-ere heneiffghlEV ileva;•drops
pg lashes. • She :7as Oink- .
e.Aylmet,:and .their_ meet
g bid keen, - ,repturoui. de
down in ti*.4lPpt4si of.
heart, - tvonderitig-Lhe* ..
~ 0 6- d ietidful. heist
.16. - ..,..zirie. - . piaamocied ,. .. Ail net te '
till..4;ol6.6iii.;;;liildl ; ten '.-ixtin Li tei:
liosi'Tßo,s, ps.; AUGUST, ::23,:
later,,she came rushing back ? . beaming
with delight.
."Miss Editb—Miss_ Edithl what do;
you think ? If Dr. Belmonthasn't come
all the way from New York ; expecting
tohaye tbe mournful satisfactionol;ses
corting your remains home—and—he's
that pale and trembly since he heard
yon're alive that he cane hardly stand.
Do let him come, do-i-dO, Missmore
shame to Mr. Aylmer that he - didutt
Edith flushed - hotly.
"Annette—be careful ! You inAy show
Dr. Belmont up. Ilis.prnfessional knowl
edge will be of service, at least.':
Afid,.° grave, paler than tlie:,woman
Among the pillows of the lounge, Leslie
Belmont bowed over the one love::!:' his
life—but made no sign ; then, troOn the
after days, when, by. short, eaay /stages
the homeward journey was perfofmed ;
ivhen his skill ful,tend-r care made strange
breaks in Edith's calmful, peace ; when
his grave, handsome face was a qtudy to
her that never failed to disturb'4 , r.
It was just dusk when the coach rolled
up to the door- of Edith's hotne,., where
lights brightly gleamed in the drawing
room window seemed to -flake a welcome
fiti: her. '
"I .know what it means," she: said;
turning her eyes to Dr. Behnont's face.—
"I can seethrongh the window-410race
is there—" , She, ftitrned the latch-key
softly, motioning Leslie to follow her;
and side by side they crossed ; the velvet- -
carpeted hall toilie parlori,Where sounds
of voices suddenly name to their ears—
Mr. Aylmer's first.
"I tell you.there is not. the Slightest
use of prating to me about the looks 'of
it, Mr. Ashley. You are the lawyer and
drew up Miss Grosvenor's will, and you
know she left evetything, most: unquali
fiedly,,to nie. I choose - to take posseis.
ion at once—and that's the end of` it."
Edith's fingers suddenly tightened on
Belmont's wrist—a touch that terri
fied hiin through and through.
"But such - haste is- indecent, *tr. Ayl
mer—outrageously indecent. Without a
doubt you are ,owner of this . mansion
and all it contains, and the remainder of
Miss Grosvenor's estate—but - in the name
of decency and humanity, for the sake of
the lady yon loved—"
Aylmer's laugh: interrupted `the earnest
appeal of the old family lawyer.
"Come ! now; Ashley, that's rich ! An
old fellow like, you prating Of love. Do
you suppose for a moment I earpd for
Edith ? . No, sir . ! It was her money—
and I've got it,. safe Wand soundoVithout
any encumbrance. Ashley, transfer the
bonds and stocks to my name, and giVe
me whatever loose cash there is in the
bank. Pm going to furnish afresh at
once=consulting lilies Emerson's: taste . ';
and in less than a month you'll See the
happiest married folks you ever came
across." . •
His gay, bantering tone was peculiarly
repellant, under the circumstances, and
Edith drew her figure' proudly "rip iu
wrath and disgust. Then, with a little
sudden moac she dropped her hold of
.Leslie's hand
"Dr. Belmont ! how you must pity and
despise_ me !" Her complaint was! hardly
off her lips when he bad caught her
hands in his.
"Edith . It is only love—great, undy
ill; love I feel ! Can you j let all
the miserable past three months fiass—k
and let me begin where I left off that
September night ? Edith, tell me that
you love me I" \ '
One second of pride battling with the
true love that lia,d only been sleeping
and Edith lifted her, lips, to his... • .
"LesliE! oh; thank God for this! Les
lie my own, own darling
And then she threw open the drawing
room door, radiant, 'flushing, smiling.
"1 am too sorry to interfereln yoUr
delightful little plani, Mr. Aylmer, but,
really, lam obliged to! Ur. Ashley dear
old friend—tell me , how 'glad yott'areit
was all ~a hideous mistake.: about my be
ing killed." Then, turning to ;Aylmer
again, who stood like a petrified; corpse,
she bestowed One of her Mostbewitching
smiles on him. "I mean a fortunate mis
take. Leslie, wilLyou ring for Jonas to
show. Mr. Aylmer out.? Mr.,i Ashley,
you shall remain for dinner and a pleas
ant evening, for , I want yotfand \ my fu
ture husband to arrange several, matters
for me to-night. ;Jonas—the door !don't
be terrified ; it-is really I—Mr. Aylmer, I
wish you a veryzood evening 1". '
And' with a' sweeping bow,. the very
quintessence of mockingly elaborate
courtesy, she dismissed the, speechless,
crestfallen man from bet house, from her`
life forever. -
"Well, my boy," said a NeW - York fath. ‘
er to his eight-year-old son, the, other
night, "what have 'you done to-day that
!my be set down as a good deed ?' I `Gave
a boy five cents," replied the hOpeful.--
ah ! that was charity, and charity
is alwas right. He was an orphan bcY,
was he ?" !‘I didn't stop to, see, I gave
'Ciin the money fori,ickinga,h9risvho
set my dinner haatilt."
Fire flies be .
in to twinkle at
41 117. E WILL have it out, now, if, you
TV pleas, madam I" said Mark Ark
,wright• to his wife, .Augusta. -
And they haVe it out with a;ven
gence. Both were high tempered; nei
ther had learned self-control ; and before
this scene between.them was ended, both
had spoken words -suchas no
,two, p,eople
who love eadli other should ever speak•=--
If two indiffe.rint persons quarreled, it
doee not amount. to much generally ;
but when cWo who love each other in
dulge in theidangerous pastime,,it is fre. :
quently fatal to happiness.
They had'been married but a year, and
the sweet glamour of romance had hard
ly worn off. I- This, was the tirst dissagree
ment and it began in a secret. Perhaps
Mr. Arkwright bad ample
,cause to be
angry with his wife. lam siire that ev
ery man will. think so, though a woman's
judgment might be different. •
On the
,afternoon of the quarrel he
had asked his Wife to drive with him,and
she had declined on that plea--the,head
ache. He had petted her,. and kissed her
hot forehead, - .aid' smoothed her soft
blonde hair ' and established:her on the
longue in her room, with a pillow under
her head and a shawl over her feet, be :
lure he went out for his ; afternoon drive.
Two. hours later, he °had decasio,n to
cross Hydei Park, and there, walking'
slowly down one of the must ..weluded
paths, he so* a purple velvet skirt, be
side a blackicoat. Augustia had a poi.-
ple,velvet skirt and lookel like an' angel,
her husband had ft.( ottently told 'her, all
unmindful ;of the historical fact that'
angels universally wear white, and are
supposed to, be above the weakness of
purple velvet skirts,
The airs and linanners of the man were
decidedly fOreign ; he was handsone,and
had an easy : appearance' generally—in
deed, he seemed to be constantly looking
over his shoulder. -
Arkwright liaised in the shadow of a
cluirip of trees, and watched the pair. I
suppose "wl,itohed" is the proper word,
though Arkwrignt prided himself on be
ing an extremely honorable Alan; and
would doubtless have knoCke,d anybody
down who pad insinuated anything to
the contrary.
There was ho mistaking the grace of
the lady, the .Wave of her golden hair,
the tutu of her snowy neckl---yes, the
very wreath of purlile panises on her hat
—all were Angustia's ; and in a mo;
meta moreter husband heard her , voice.
"Dear Aiithur," she was saying, "every
moment for you here is fr.tught with
peril. Loorie no time in getting. out of
London." j•
"Sukdarling," returned the man, "no
thing save 10 love for you. has brought
me here ; and it is bard that I cannot
have just this little comfort." .
- They. moved away down the walk, and
Arkwright heard no* more.' 'But he had
heard quiteenough. He was in a white
heat of passion. He dated not folio*
them•and trust. himself to speak., There
was murder, in - his heart. He must wait
alittle till his temper cooled. He went
to , n stable - Aired a fast horse, and rode
him till the animal -was ready to drop.—
Then he vient home and accused his wif&
o matter in what words—they were
harsh and bitter enough, heave'n knows,
and the Vile epithets he applied ta lier
at the outset roused all the haughty pride
and resistance to arms. •
She heard him through..i • She attempt
ed no defense ; she made no denials;' but ,
when he Paused from sheer want of
breath, she' buried the hour in which 'she
bid married Then she left *the
room. , 1 • - • •
- He had all night to subdue himself;
and if she Jhad come to him in the morn-.
lug with' filly reasonable explanatiOn, he
would have listened to her.''But she did
not come.- 1 • • • • '• • • : •
After a '
1 'while be sought her : in her
room ; bpt she was gone. She had ta
ken with her only , a baie change of rain
men t, and ,left - no' message "to tell Where;
she hal' One.' • •
"Fled with her parainotif Arkwright
said, bitteilyii.and then;'and there he
vowed to give himself no rest -until he
had found them and killed them both.—
He tried - hard to put - his venv into execu
tion. For; three years' 'he was a wanderer
seeking always ;his wife and her sedu
cer, and finding them never. ,
At last he - quitted wandering, and Went
.home.- He was a - very wealthy . man how.
Lands that he had owned , ' had increased
prodigiouilv is value, and there was no
need of his applying himself to business.
'He built .a mansion, and lived alone 'in it
With hi 3 jbooks and thoughts for com-,
pang. IV had a .retinue of servants to
anticipateJus every wish he sat at a
costly table and drank wine, as old as the'
hills • he drove' horses worth a fortune
he had everything that wealth could-pur
chase, and yet he, was never at peaue.--
Though-f or the world he , Would - hot have
owned. to nything of, the kind.
. One day be was riding in the • suburbs
of Londo u , and came upon a child sit.
ling by the wayside, sobbingbitterly . .—'.
She . had'her Ootoh lull 'a prienroies and .
violets, an l 4'a black and 10hite - kitteh wait
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cuddled up in her arricip. Msived,by some.
impulse which he could not have explain
ed, he stopped' his horse, and accosted -.
She sobbed out her-little story with
all e . child's ingenuousness. - Her mamma -
had-gone somewuere to carry .work, and
saii*Spot had gone -to walk by them-
selves, and they..had walked, 0h,,50 far !
and now they , - were, lost.. •
Her name was Lily, and the kitten's
- name Witt Spotty and that was.. all she
could tell to prove her identity. Sur
prised at himself for doing . so, Ark
wright took herin to the carriage—kitten
and. all—and carried . her to his o*.n
He advertised her, and for the first 'two
or three daytimade some effort to discover
her relatives. Afterthat he did not want
to discover them. Into his colkclosed
heart.Lify had crept, and made her home
there: and the desolate, cynical man
found himeelf loving her as a little be
,fore he - had not' dreamed of loving any
th:ng again. After the lapse of a fort- '
night theidea, of Lily leaving,' him be-:,
came absolutely, unbearable. He- got so
nervous that' he started at every- pund
of the bell—fearful that some one was
coming to' Claim her.
She and the kitten had Wall their own
way in: Ark wright = House. They strayed
in the library, and upset thebooks and:papers to their mutual Satasfaction. Lily
sat on' Arkwright's knee a great deal of
the time- amnstng herself with braiding
and curling his -hair into the most gro
tesque shapes-; and 'Spot, with feline
audacity mcunted on his shoulder and
nibbled - the top of his pen, or thrust her
inquisitive little nose into his face 'all un
rebuked. But 'one day, just as Ark
wright was beginning •to feel •sure of
the child, lady came for her. This,
lady was tall mid slight, and woke black,
and bad her face covered with a thick
vail. Something in her low, Eveet voice
- stirred . the innermost depths of Mark
Arkwright's natnre, but a fierce pang
pilot through him when he saw with
what earnestOess Lily flew toward her.
"Mamma r darling mamma 1" she cri
ed, covering her with kiises. "I 80 dad
on turn 1 Now•oo and I, and epots and
papa are all togedder 1" •
Arkwright reddened.He had been
weak.enough to teach this child to call_
him . papa. He Wondered - : what the lady
thought. of his presumption ; but she -.
seemed unwilling . to linger. She thank
ed him for the care he bad given Lily—
to pay.him for his trouble from a
very slender-lpoking purse ; and, being
indignantly refused, she turned to -go.—
Lily was in herarms.' ,Arkwright; took a
step toward them, and Lily threw her
arms around his neck, driwing him up
close, and face to , face with the lady.--
Through the thick folds of her veil their
eyes met. He started back, pale and
trembling. •
"Augusta !" he faltered, in a choked
',lir. Ark wright - -
She was the calmer of the two. A wo
man al9ays is in eases ,of emergency.—
All the old love, fierce and ungovernable,
rose np-within him. .
."This child l- Whose is it'?" he ask
"Mine and yours," she answered quiet
lys.' "She: was born four months after
bur separation.: I wish- you 'good morn
- • "
'caught her arm iron,grasp.
my child! Mite l" .he cried,
dreamingly asit it was an effort for him
to,reallie it. - ' , .
' "'No, not yours now," she said steadily.
"Youlorfeited the right. to claim her when
you drove her mother from ber home.--
Mirk, at:this, time—the last time .I shall
see you in this world-4 will tell you the
'truth. •'
You were jealims of my brother."
"Your brother 1'\ I never-' knew you
had brother .". . •
!`There is where I, erred. Arthur was
two years niv junior, and a oruel mifor
tune placed 'him in a - position where he
'was suspected -of forgery.. was tin-
Able to prove his innocenoe, and be fled
from mistaken :Piet* , I was too proud
to tell you that t mtg . the 4iitater of one
who the world looked, upon aa &felon.
In thati Sinned.' I 'bad a secret from
you,. and ution ihat rock our happmeis
was wrecked.: -Thank Heaven I Arthur
is free now—the , guilty party has oonfes
ied, and my brother is a man once more.",
Aikwright snatched ner to,his breast,
and would WO let het go. She tried* her
hest 'to escape,:but he held her fast.
suppose he ,won her pardon in some may,
for she remained ut Arkwright's rhOuse,
and tilYand,Spot stayed
anl 'you will see the
liappkat ficaiiy" this - side of Paradise.
'An Irish officer; upon seeing a beauti-,
Jul picture sketched upon a wall, 4x. ,
claimed, "it is a fine painting, but it was
never done in Aterica." "Oh, sir," says
his-friend, "don't you lee it is on a solid
wall, and therefore must have been done
in.this country ?" "Ab," replied he, "I
see 'that plajn enough, but only mean
that the man Oho did' it, way never is
'?` ~ a
The early risers nowadays are the there
t ,
r ,
nionott and twi'hoing-tly.