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    HUNTOGDO\ JOURNAL
lictoottii to General )intelligente, ablierttoing, Vottttco, 'Literature, Saotatttg, arto, sbcttnceo, quiculture, anutocment, scc., scc.
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PUBLISHED BP
THEODORE H. CREMER,
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The "Jot/west." will be published every Wed
nesday morning, at $2 00 a year, if paid in advance,
and if not paid within six months, $2 50.
No subscription received for a shorter period than
six months, nor any paper discontinued till all ar
rearages are paid.
Advertisements not exceeding one square, will be
inserted three times for $1 00, and for every subse
quent insertion 25 cents. If no definite orders are
given as to the time an advertisement is to be continu
ed, it will be kept in till ordered out, and charged ac
cordingly.
PICTURE OF HEALTH.—HeaIth is
charactwrised in an individual by the ab
sence of all pain, so ffering or affection in
any part of his body by the free and regu
lar exercise of all his functions without any
exception. They consist in having a good
appetite at meal times, an easy digestion,
free evacuations, without looseness or cos
tiveness at least once in every twenty. four
hours, and without heat, dryness, or burning
at the passage ; the free issue of water with
out acrimony or burning, and without a red
dish sediment which is always a sign of a
present or an approaching pain ; quiet sleep
without agitation or troublesome dreams;
no taste of bile or other bad taste in the
mouth upon rising in the morning ; no sour
ness or disagreeable rising of the stomach ;
a clean tongue ; a sweet breath ; no itching,
pimples or spots on the skin ; no piles ; no
burning heat upon any part of the body ; no
excessive thirst when unexposed to laber or
other known cause ; no interruption to any
natural evacuation, nor pain at their period
ical return.
Where the state of the system does not
harmonize with the above picture of health,
it is of the greatest importance that no time
be lest in sending fir a doctor, or in the use
of foolish remedies too often the result of
speculation ; instead of this course let a dose
of Brandreth's Pills be taken, which will
net deceive, but will at once restore health
to the organ or part that requires it.
All who wish to preserve their hea!th, all
who are determined to defend their life
against the encroachments of disease which
ought send them prematurely to the grave,
w ill. w i thout hesitation, have recourse to the
Brandreth Pills, when the state of the sys
tem does not harmonize with the above pic
ture of hezlth.
Those who live in a country where conta
gious or other diseases prevail, should often
think of this true picture of health, and ob
serve himself with parci , ,ular attention, in
other to act accordingly. The wise and
ghtly directed will follow this advice—the
is , are left to their own destruct ion,
Dr. Brandreth's Pills are for sale by the
following Agents in this county.
Wm. Stewart, Huntingdon.
M9Farlaue, Garber, &co., Hollidaysburg.
A. & N. Cresswell, Petersburg.
Moore & Swoupe, Alexandria..
Hartman & Sinitfi, Manor Hill,
Thomas M. Owons, Birmingham.
A. Patterson, Williamsburg.
i r r The above are the only authorized
agents in Huntingdon county.
Sept. 11, 1844.-6 m.
07'SUDDEN DEATH, APOPLEXY, BURST
ING OF VESSELS, c .—Wright's Indian Ve
getable Pills are certain to prevent the at
hove dreadful consequences, because they
purge from the body those morbid humors
which, when floating in the general circu
lation, are the cause of a determination or
rush of blood to the head, a pressure upon
the brain, and other dreadful results.—
From two to six of said Indian Vegetable
Pills, taken every night, on going to bed,
will in a short time so completely cleanse
the body from every thing that is opposed
to health that sudden death, apoplexy,
bursting of blood vessels, or indeed any mal
ady, will he in a manner impossible.
Wright's Vegetable Indian Pills also aid
and improve digeston, and purify the blood
and therefore give health and vigor to the
whole frame, as well as drive disease of
every name from the body.
Beware of Counterfeits.—The public are
cautioned against the many spurious medi
ernes which in order to deceive are made
in outward appearance, closely to resem
ble the above wonderful Pills.
OBSERVE.—Purchase only cf the adver•
( tired agents, or at th, office of the Gener
al Depot. No. 169 Race street, Philadel
phia, and be particular to re.k for WaxGni . '
Indian Vegetable Pills. _
The genuine medicines can be obtained
at the store of Wm. Stewart, Huntingdon.
$4 REWARD.---Strived or stolen from
the subscriber living in Huntingdon, about
the first of August last, a large red and
white cow, with small crumpled horns, a
good deal of white along the back, red sides
and neck, spotted legs, and 5 years old ; sup
posed to have calved some time in the be
ginning of August. The above reward will
be given if said cow and calf are brought to
the subscriber, or for the cow only.
THOMAS C. MASSEY,
Huntingdon, Oct. 2, 1844.
AUDITOR'S NOTICE.--Take notice,
that the undersigned auditor, appointed by
the Orphans' Court of Huntingdon county,
to audit and adjust the administration ac
count of Eliza Flenuer, late Eliza Port, sur
viving ad.ministratrix of the estate of Chris•
tian Port, late of Walker township, dec'd.,
to which exceptions have been filed, will for
that purpose attend at the office of David
Blair, E,q., in Huntingdon. on Friday. the
Bth day of November• next, at 1 o'clock, P.
M., when and where all persons interested
may attend. JACOB MILLER,
Oct. 16, 1844-41. Auditor.
BLANK DEEDS, of an improved
form, for sale at this office.
✓llao BLANK PETITIONS FOR
NATURALIZATION.
L.T-CV..27LIZCYCZE). O Den6. O C 13,, UE:342141.
watlia&no
Indian Vegetable Pills.
If. during the continuance of storms and
floods. the channels of
OUR MIGHTY RIVERS
become so obstructed as to afford an insuffi
cient outlet for the superabundant waters,
we can expect nothing less than that the
urrounding country will be
011'e rwhelmed with the Flood
In like manner with the human body—if
the skin, kidneys and bowels (the natural
outlets for useless and corrupt humors) be
come so obstructed as to fail in affording a
full discharge of those impurities which are
in all cases
THE CAUSE OF SICKNESS.
we surely Can expect no other results than
that the whole frame will sooner or later be
OVER it HELMED 111TH DISEASE
As in the first place, if we would prevent
an inundation we must remove all obstruc
tions, in order that there may be no hind
rance to the free discharge of the supera
bundant waters. So, in the second place, if
we would prevent and cure disease, we must
open and keep open, all natural drains of the
body.
Wright's Indian Vegetable Pills of
North Amer;ean Coliege of health,
will he found one of the best it not the very
BEST MEDICINE IN THE WORLD
for carrying out this beautiful and simple
theory, because they compleatly cleanse the
stomach and bowels from all bitous humors,
and other impurity, and at the same time
promote a healthy discharge from the lungs,
skin and kidneys; consequently as all the
natural drains are opened,
DISEASE
OF EVERY NAME IS LITERALLY
DRIVEN FROM THE BODY.
U-Caution.—As the great popularity and
consequent great demand for Wright's Indi
an Vegetable Pills has raised up a hi st of
counterfeiters, country storekeepers and
agents will be on their• guard agniust the
many impostors who are travelling about the
country selling to the unsuspecting a spuri
ous article for the genuine.
It should be remembered that all author
ized agents are provided with a certificate of
agency, signed by WILLIAM WRIGHT, Vice
Prrsident of the North American Loliege of
Health. Consequently, those who offer In
dian Vegetable Pills, and cannot show a cer
tificate as above described will be known as
mposters.
the following highly respectable store
keepers have been appointed agents for the
ale of
Wright's Indian Vegetable Pills,
and of whom it is confidently believed the
genuine medicines can be obtained:
William Stewart, Huntingdon.
Henry Learner Hollidaysburg,
B. F. Bell, Antes township.
Robeot McNamara, Newry.
Samuel S. lsett, 'I yrone township.
Millikens & Kessler, Mill Creek
A. & N. Cresswell, Petersburg.
Gemmel & Porter, Alexandria.
Moore & Steiner, Water Street.
Joseph Patton, Jr. Duncansville.
R. H. McCormick, Collinsville.
Wolf & Willet, Frankstown.
Henry Brewster, Soirleysburg.
Walter Graham, Yellow Springs.
Office devoted exclusively to the sale of
the medicine, wholesale and retail, No. 169
Race street, Philadelphia. ,
Beware of counterfeits.—The public are
res-)ectfully informed that medicine purpor
ting to be Indian Pills made by one V. 0.
Flack, are nut the genuine
.'l'right's Indian Vegetable Pills.
.
The only security against i mpos ition is to
purchase from the regularly advertised a
gents, and in all cases he particular to ask
(or Wright's Indian Vegetable Pill.
Dec. 27, 1843.-Iy.
Cheap Carpet Store
(On the CASH plan,)
Al No. 41 Strawberry street, Phil adel'a.
oo.zsMou.-oo
The Rent of the subscribera in their pre
sent situation being very low, and their
terms CASH, they are enabled to sell at such
low prices that customers cannot fail to be
satisfied, and they invite the people of Hun
tingdon county to call and examine their
stock, as they offer an excellent assortment,
Comprising :
Beautiful Imperial, S
Auperfhe. Ingrain, r
Henry Twilled Venition,
Fine English if orated, do. e ,
Plain Striped, do. J C
With a large stock of well seasoned floor
Oil Cloths, of all widths, for Rooms, Halls,
Doorpieres, &c. Also, Furniture Oil Cloths,
beautiful Hearth Rugs, Table Covers, Floor
Baize, Rag Carpets, Matting, &c.. &c.,
together with a huge stock of low priced
Ingrain, Entry, and Stair Carpets, wnotx-
SALE OR RETAIL, at the lowest prices in the
city. ELDRIDGE & BROTHER,
No 41 Strawberry Street, one door above
Chesnut and 2nd street. Entrance also at
No. 30 South second street.
Philadelphia, Sept. 18, 1844.--2 m
TO ALL VV HOM IT MAY CONCERN
—Take notice that the members of the Ist
Presbyterian Church of the borough of
Hollidaysburg, by petition at August 1 elm
last, of the Court of Common Pleas of Hun
tingdon county, have made application for
a Charter of Incorporation for said church ;
and if no sufficient cause is shown to the
contrary, the said court will. on the second
Monday of November next. decree a charter
of Incorporation to the said church.
JAMES STEEL, Proth'y.
Proth'ys. Office, Hunt
ingdon, Sept. 11, 1844. 5
LANK BONDS to Constables for Stay
,610 of Execution, under the new law, just
printed, and for sale, at this office.
POMTP.7.
irsm spinsw-BAND.
BY Mll9. NICHOLS,
Ye are with me! Ye are with me!
Even at the morning's biith,
When her lobes of light are loosened
O'er the fair and freshened earth;
Ye are with me—round about me,
Winged spirits of the skies,
Peopling air and space around me,
Though unseen by other eyes,
As I gaze upon your features,
In each liniament I trace,
Though ye are but passing shadows,
Likeness of some well known face.
First thou comest, longest parted,
Bound by every tie to earth;
Slowly, sadly did we yield thee,
Knowing well thine angel worth.
When the summer flowers were stricken,
By the autumn reaper's breath,
Deeming thee as ripe for harvest,
Came the noiseless reaper, Death!
By the border lakes, whose beauty
Cast around thy heart a spell,
Where thy steps have often lingered,
There thy corse is sleeping well!
Ye are with me! Ye are with hie
At the golden hour of noon,
Spirit-gleams are shining round me,
Like the mellow autumn MOOll,
There's another form beside me,
Slight and fairy-like its frame;
Life was short, no years it numbered,
Earth scarce stamped it with a name !
Yet I wept when thou didst leave us,
Little infant, meek and mild--
Glancing at thy fleeting shadow,
I recall my brother's child !
Ye are with me! Ye are with me!
At the twilight hour of rest,
When the sunset rears its banners,
O'er the portals of the west,
Rush thy moanings, gentle spirit,
Soft thy shadow fulls on mine,
For I hear on angel whisper,
"La! young mother, lie is thine!"
Ay, thou'rt with them, loved and loving.
Naught could stay the reaper's hand;
Onward ! still his course is onward,
O'er our bright and cherished land.
What to me are spring's low breathings?
What the melodies that ring
Through our green and ancient forests/
Thee, to me, not these may bring,
Thou art called the Awak'ner;
Gentle spring, no magic art
Which thy cunning hand possesses,
Wakes again the pulseless heart!
Ye aro with me! Ye are with me!
When the mournful midnight waves
Woo the moon's unsteady gleaminga
As it lights the new made graves!
What! art thou, too, gazing on me,
With thy dark and eager eyes;
Last to leave us--gentle brother!--
Thee I view with sad surprise.
When the low-voiced breeze is sighing
In its strntige yet sweet unrest,
And the leafy urns are flinging
Odors on its peaceful breast,
Then these phantom forms flit by me,
Breathing of a 'better land :'
Yet I feel most lone, when round me
Float the silent 81,11,13•1.11)."
=CELLANMOUCI.
The Value of the Newspaper.
Somebody—a very sensible somebody—speaks as
follows:—' A child beginning to read becomes de
lighted with a newspaper, because he reads of names
and things which are very familiar, and he will
make a progress accordingly. A newspaper in one
year, says Mr. Weeks, is worth a quarter's school
ing to a child, and every father must consider that
substantial information is connected with this ad
vancement. The mother of the family being one
of its heads and having a more immediate charge
of children, Might to be intelligent of mind, pure
in language, and always cheerful and circumspect.
As instructor to her children, she should herself be
instructed. A mind occupied becomes fortified
I against the ills of life, and is braced for any emer
gency. Children amused by reading or study are,
of course, considerate and mom easily governed.'
Deal's Saturday Gazette says The difference
between people who read the newspapers and peo
ple who do not, is striking. It may almost be seen
in their faces, and it is at least made evident in two
minutes of conversation. We have indeed been
always of opinion, that newspapers of the proper
character should be regularly placed in the hands
of children, as soon as they are able to read. It will
soon be to them a pleasure as well as en advantage,
and its beneficial effects in awakening the mind
would be felt throughout life. We might even, if
we had leisure juft now, prove that to read the
journals is an improver of beauty—an actual comet
ic, giving intelligence to the eye, expansion to the
brow, and vivacity to the expression. The aspect
often indicates the soul, and if the soul be dark and
unenlightened, the imprint will be likewise on
the visage. How often do we see children with
the most bright and intellectual look, become grad
ually heavy, dull and contracted in their expression
as they advance towards maturity. And why is
this?—for want of the proper mental culture. The
best part of their nature perish°s for lack of exercise.
They do not read the newspapers. People may
laugh, perhaps ; but if this be a jest there is not a
little of truth in it.
A correapondent of the Picayunehas such a cold
in hie head that he can't wash his face without
freezing the water.
F,om the N. Y. Evening Mirror.
*eul Ziletclier's Last Vlame.
"Where away Jam 2"
"Upcountry,"
"Ah ! What's in the wind?'
"A raise.'
"A. how 1"
"Honour bright 7"
, Honour bright !'
'Fact is, Tom, the New Yorkers are purse ,
proud—no money to be had for love, even. All
wrong—money buys love, why not love money?
Aint I a philosopher, Torn
Very good for a beginning.'
Well, I must practice a little, you see--ndthing
like practice; and no knowing how soon I may be
drawn out. CoUntry belles, I've heard say, are the
deuce-and-all at philosophy.
And who is to have the honor of buying the
nine-tenth part of some hitherto hidden corner of
Jem Fletcher a heart, (all there is left,) and what's
the bid
No funning, Tom; I'm in sober earnest this
time. That is, what with the billetdoux from
trades-people, and the lack of them from heiresses,
lam getting feeble, very. Pulse low, (alias purse,)
no rest, (worried by bills a mile long every day,)
can't sleep o'nights, (for want of a bed,) appetite
shockingly irregular, (ravenous when somebody
else foots the bill.)—tell yd what it is, Tom ; I'm
a case that's clear. Nothing will do but change of
scene—country air, and country exercise—doctors
would reccommend it I know. If I don't get bet
ter, they'll smooth me with dune—l shall be regu
larly Burked —chopped into mince meat for the
benefit of Shears & Co. Sad, isn't it I'
'Very. Poor Jem Fletcher!'
.Tho't the soul of ye would melt a little.—But
don't quite break your heart : I shall take a dose of
the country and come out new. The worst of it is,
I must serve an apprenticeship, and my labor will
out do his prototype; he will make me spin every
tho't that is in me into gold threads to match the
yellow boys in his eel-skin—'
'That will be oppressive.'
• So it will; but I mustsubmit.'
And, for lack of the gold, substitute the labor
of gilding, ehl'
Ah ! you undetetand Tom; you know all
about it. A fortune in your eye, my boy
'Something in that way, you know,'
.Ah, yea! waiting for dead men's boner ;' but
take my word for it, Tom, there's nothing like
this plan o'mine. Catch a bird with a piece of
money in its mouth, and you have birdie and
all.
Ay, catch the bird'
Oh ! that's nothing. She's as good as caught,
now. I've got a fortieth cousin up there in the
woods. (Alder Brook they call the settlement.)
and he's a great man among them justice of the
peace, town clerk, or something or other. Well, I
believe he has an inkling of the state of my affairs;
and, having done pretty well in the matrimonial
money-making line himself, he just takes it upon
himself to advise me. Let me see—l have a none
somewhere. Deacon—Deacon Palmer, (I believe
it is.)—a hundred thousand—one pretty daughter,
very pretty, and sole heiress--about sixteen, bright
eyes, dark hair, given to curling—tall—hands and
feet—(dang it ! not a word about them ! all right,
tho', I dare say,)—loves to queen it—a little blue,
and wilful as Zantippe What soy to that, eh !
Tom
No pulling hair, I hope.'
Do you think I had better go to the barber, Tom,
by way of a preventive ?
Time enough. You told of an apprenticeship."
4 Oh ! ay! that's the bitter pill, the drop too much,
the great sacrifice that', to make a martyr of me,
Tom. It seems they hey, got an academy of
learning up there—when I em President, I'll have
all such ruinous inetitutions levelled. James Fletch
er, A. D., your servant, sir, was graduated at old
Harvard, and he purposes assuming the duties glad
responsibilities of principal of that mod excellent
institution—the Academy at Alderbrook, I mean."
! Capital, Jem ! But no ! Why not dash out,
play high, and take the fortress by glitter I No
danger of an indictment for swindling."
!There's a papa in the way, with an eye like a
hawk. No; sober and intellectual is my cue—not
a moneyed, but evidently .• rising young man."—
Deng it! wont I rise?'
6 ityou can. But see! the steamer is ready for
putting off. Success to ye, Jem—Good•bye.'
Good-bye. • Better try my prescription, eh /
Think on't—do !'
Oh ! what a lineation there was in our 'Bilge
when it wu reported that James Fletcher Esq., of
New York city, a young gentleman of very brilliant
parts and hightyAnished education, was coming to
take charge of our academy.—There was much
sympathy for him, too. For it was rumored that
the ezigenciea of the times had deprived him of a
very Sne fortune; and, moreover that he came to
us for the sake of giving his mind the opportunity
to recover its proper tone and vigor, after having
been nearly shattered by adversity. Mr. Fletcher
arrived late of a Saturday evening: but in the ten
minutes that elapsed before he disappeared in one
of the upper chambers of the ' Sheaf and Sickle,' he
bad been seen by half the men of the village. The
next morning there was a great rush to church;
which must have been anticipated by the parson,
for the elder part of the congregation did not fail to
observe that he had taken unwonted pains with the
discourse. Adeline Palmer called at our door, (Ada
and I were elose friends, and never went anywhere
alone before the first of yours,' Bel,) and,as we
walked to church together, I had a full description
of Mr. Fletcher—eyes, hair, complexion, bearing
character, and even feelings. The picture was
rather 'talking,' I must own; but my muslin and
straw were as good as new' then ; so I only re-ad
justed the precious morsel of paste glittering in my
breast-rush, and carried my parasol as daintily as
possible. But it was of no use. Ada Palmer was
the belle of the Alder-Brook ; and though it is im
possible, in any case to resist the desire to look one's
prettiest, the vainest of us never dreamed of being
seen when beside her. Worse still, I was informed
that Mr. Fletcher was particularly anxious to board
at Deacon Palmer's for the reason that his love of
retirement and quiet might be better gratified there
than at any other house in the village.
' And will he V I inquired with quite enough in
terest.
If we can get papa to consent.'
4 To think of your having a boarder!'
"You pity us, I dare say, Fan," whispered Ada,
with a very roguish twinkle of the eye, and a know
ing look about the corners of the mouth, that was
particularity provoking.
Rather impertinent, Miss Deacon's' slaughter,'
thought I ; I shall treasure that up to measure
back to you one of these days ; but there fear no
chance to reply, for we had entered the church
porch ; and so, with a mutual smile. and a nod of
good natured defiance we parted. I soon discover
ed Mr. Fletcher, for his was the only strange face
there; and he evidently soon discovered Ada Pal
mer. Oh I Ada was a little queen ; and she never
looked so beautiful os on that day. It wasimpossiblo
not to concede to her winnings; and when, in a
fortnight after, Mr. Fletcher was reconed unfailing
ly among them, I do not believe there was a belle
in the whole village but thought it was her due, and
yielded the conquest to her with a good grace.—
But we did have rare times, making Ada blush, and
(did you never observe that awkward right angle
which bashful cenciousnesa puts in the corner
where two lips meet ?) make square mouths. Rare
times had we; and it was as good revenge as need
be.
But poor Jem Fletcher! he was right when he
anticipated a severe apprenticeship, for the deacon
was a marvel of a good man. Deacon Palmer's
right hand, holding his purse within it, was given
to every good enterprise, whether for the advance
ment of religion and morality, or intended to pro
mote the secondary interests of the village which
acknowledge him its head. So poor Jem was not
only obliged to attend church three times every
Sabbath, and lectures of various kinds during the
week, but he must needs listen, with at least preten
ded interest, to a thousand plans for ameliorating
the condition of the human race; from which
weighty matters, he hoped as he listened, at some
future day to relieve his intended father-in-law, by
taking the helm into his own hand. The more
Jem saw of the old gentleman s generosity, the
more sanguine became his hopes; and bright was
the picture his fancy painted, of the time when
good Deacon Palmer would no longer be obliged to
look after Wealth which he did not know how to
use. But Jeni's hardest apprenticeship was not to
labor—it was to Rachael herself. Oh! such a
spirit as was Ada Palmer! Proud as Juno, and
mischevious as a whole troop of those small people
they call fairies, headed by bright Titania's own
jestre. An _ _
"Airy, fairy Lillian,
Flirting fairy Lillian,"
was she, with the crimson4hreaded lipe." and the
"silver treble laughter" on them; but as dignified
as a lady-duchess, when she chose. Oh ! there was
no bringing Ada to terms till she was ready to come,
and sometimes I used to doubtwhether Jem Fletch
er, though he trained his eye and trained his
tongue, and turned his voice to a tone of a harp
with a die-away air on its strings, would be able to
accomplish it. Ada was un-readable, even by us.
Jem, however, hoped on, and with good reason, for
it was evident that he had the right ear of both
parents.
There was to be a meeting of the Alder Brook
Young Ladies' Temperance Soctety,' and Mr.
Fletcher was unanimously chosen •the very one'
to deliver a fitting lecture on the occasion. Jim
Fletcher lecture on temperance! But no matter;
he had embarked, and must pualt forward at all
hazards. Besides, what better opportunity could a
lover wish for the display of his eloquence? What
delicate compliments might he pay to one under
cover of the whole! How charmingly would he
snuelize all the fair teene at Alder Brook, while Ada
would be thinking within herself, if he holds all
of us in such high estimation, what would hir idol
atry be when concentrated?' Mr. Fletcher delight
ed the ladies by consenting to address them; but,
in the meantime, ho begged a week's delay, as he
would not presume to rise before such an assembly,
of wit, and beauty, and talent, without due prepar
ation. The delay was granted, end poor Jem
Fletcher sat down determinedly and perseveringly to
his severe task. Such havoc as was made among
the goonquille and foolscap! Jem's organ of de
structiveness had never accomplished so much since
the days of his boyhood, when newspapers had
been given him as playthings. Even his own fas
tidioue tastewae fully satisfied. And what might
not be expected of those bright beings on the look
out for beauties? Jem was in raptures. Reread
and re-read his address; and each time it grew
more strikingly brilliant, more witty, more sweetly
sentimental, more gracefully insinuating—in short
more decidedly the preens thing to bait the hook
\.d , ./12taavElceD daetAilD.
dropped through n lady's ear into her breast. We
all expected wonders of Mr.• Fletcher, and curiosity,
pushed back like a boisterous beggar till the later
moment, was reedy for a rush.
'Ada, go up to Mr. Fletcher's room and get the
newspaper,' said the deacon, after the young lady
had donned bonnet and shawl to go to the lecture.
Ada seized my hand. Come with me Fan; Mr.
Fletcher is down taking tea with mamma. Ho
stayed out late to-night—conning his speech, I
dare say,' she added in a whisper.
The deacon rang for lights, and away went Ada
and I for the newspaper. Mr. Fletcher's hot, with
his gloves beside it, was upon the table; and upon
a folded handkerchief, like the driven snow in
whiteness, lay a little manuscript book.
'Look! the lecture, Fanny!' said Ada, taking
one corner between the tips of her fingers, and de
voting it above her head . . 'Now what would you
give to see the inside of it?'
' Better to hear it, Ada ; I never could bear to
read a manuscript. But what a very nice man this
Mr. Fletcher of yours must be ! See how careful
ly that bit of blue ribband is knotted.'
The very same that he stole from my work bas
ket this morning! Saucy, isn't it? I have half
mind to punish that impudence. Besides, (between
our two selves Fan,) this very correct Mr. Fletcher
is an arrant hypocrite—l see it in his eyes and hear
it in his voice. He would be far more at home, I
dare .y, singing
"Blame not the bowl—the fruitful bowl,"
than saying pretty things for the edification of us
cold-water-ites. Let's punish his knavery. Here,
come to the window while I untie this knot.
Ada Palmer's fingers shook as though shocked
at their own naughty doings while she loosened the
blue ribband ; and then she slipped the inner sheet
from it, and slid it down behind the sofa.
Now, if I only had some queer thing to substi
tute! Look ! there's a sheet of note-paper on the
table! He has just written down a page, and the
ink is hardly dry on it. Bring it,Fanny—it is just
the size of this—some love note, I dare say; and
we shall get a blush from him, at any rate, when he
opens it. Think of making him blush in public!
but we must be very demure—it would not do for
us to smile even, or we should he detected.'
By the time Ada had finished her caution, the
sheet of note paper wan fastened snugly in the
middle, and the book returned to its resting-place
on the handkerchief.
A more mellow, rich-toned voice than Jem Fletch.
er's I never heard ; and, on that evening, it was
modulated to its utmost rapacity for melody. T
had entirely forgotten Ada'a mischevious prank, and
ea had she, I doubt not, before lie had turned over
three leaves. The sentimonts, too, and happy mode
of adorning them ! Oh ! Jem Fletcher deserved
success for his industry, if not for his honesty !
Suddenly, while Fletcher's tongue was thrilling he•
neath a whole tide of eloquence and hearts were
beating and eyes flashing before him, he made an
abrupt pause. Placing his right hand upon the
page. he raised the other to his eyes hastily, as
though brushing away some intruding vision—but
no! it was there yet. Join tried his handkerchief,
but it did no good. Something had evidently plan.
ted itself before him that he did not wish to see.--
He turned over leaf after leaf confusedly, and back
again; while the red blood seemed ready to burst
from his forehead; and we could almost fancy that
we saw his hair raising itself in consternation above.
did not mean to embarrass him Fla much,'
whispered Ada in my ear.
At that moment Fletcher's eye fell upon us, and
each an eye! Mortification, distress, anger, every
thing painful was there; and no doubt our blazing
faces, with an attempt at a smile which we both of
us instinctively made, betrayed the whole. Fletcher
gave but one glance at us, one at the curious audi
ence, now in a buz of wonder; and, snatching hie
hat from the seat behind hint, he bounded for the
door. The congregation was astonished, and poor
Ada and I trembled like two leaves in a storm.--
Slowly, and one by one, the people went out; and,
t hat night, a light was kept burning in every house,
for fear of the mad tutor.
Do you know what was the matter with Mr.
Fletcher last evening?' inquired Deacon Palmer of
his daughter, while at the breakfast table. Ada's
face took on the hue of a full blown peony, 'Then
you have aeon this before and the deacon pulled
from his pocket the little book tied with the blue
ribband.
I am sorry, papa; indeed, lam very sorry. I
did not intend to mortify Mr. Fletcher so much—l
only slipped in that paper for a frolic; and poor
Ada actually buret into tears.
'Then you have not lead it r
Oh, no, papa! you could not think I would be
so mean'!'
Well, Mr, Fletcher thought you had. 1 found
this by the church door, where he dropped it. If
you do not know whet paper you slipped in for a
frolic, you may read it now.'
Ada's eye grew larger and larger as she perused
the precious document which had turned Jem
Fletcher into a madman ; and such a volume of
laughter as she closed it with, had never before
burst even from her merry heart.
No wonder that poor Jem was mortified put re.
demption; for the note which he supposed Ada
had penned, gave a full account of his plane and
prospects to his friend Tom; and closed with a
characteristic elogium on pretty damsel. in general,
and moneyed pretty ones in particular.
Jena Fletcher has never been heard of since at
Alder-Brook; and many a good lady, to this day,
often expresses the hope, that the poor dear young
man has found shelter in some Lunette Asylum.