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"EMBER 37, ? 1877.
THE JUDGE'S LOVE AFFAIR.
MAITIIE SEILER was a well-preserved
agile gentleman nearly 00.
At twenty he thought of nothing but
law ; at thirty of nothing but pleading ;
at forty he became a judge ; and only at
fifty-flve did he make the discovery that
weighing laws and splitting hairs upon
the meaning of words and phrases is
scarcely all the pleasure to be found in
At fifty-flve ho awoke to the con
selousness that he had wasted life. He
was very clever at every point In the
common law of the Unterwald, but he
was not wise enough to know that at
that age one can scarcely begin life over
If apart froru the law he had ever a
passion, It was a quiet, half doubting
love of fishing ; and therefore, when he
gave up his judgeship and retired into
private life with the respect and even
veneration of all who knew hlm,havlng
angled all his life for client?, and settled
the difference of other legal anglers
through nearly a score of years, he fell
to angling for fish as the one Joy of his
Indeed, it was this new occupation,
amidst nature, trees, flowers and living
water, which prompted Maltre Peller to
the conclusion that he had made a mis
take In life when he brought it down to
the grinding law from New Year's day
to St. Sylvester's which Is the last day
The old man's heart was desolate. Ills
quiet, resigned old housekeeper (a sad
spinster who had thrown herself Into
the pathetic and tears early in life), Mal
tre Seller found, now that he saw forest
and Bky daily, to be quite a wearisome
woman, and the consequence was that
Maitre Seiler would pack up his fishing
wallet, with a crust and a flask of white
wine for his lunch, and go out from six
in the morning until sunset.
One day, having caught trout until he
was weary of unhooking them, and the
afternoon being close (it was a warm
April that year,) he fell asleep under a
whispering fir tree and then he slept
the sound sleep of innocence for hours.
Then as he awoke.hc experienced that
wonderful luxury, a gradual regaining
of the senses, while a sweet voice was
singing in the distance.
When he sat up and rubbed his eyes
he found that the sun had set, and that
he himself was rather stifler in the
limbs than was comfortable.
The voice came nearer, and through
the brake in the glade he saw a moun
taineer girl spinning as she came slowly
forward,followed by two or three bound
Tie girl was about sixteen; i)er yel
low, light, wavy hair was drawn to the
back of the head, and there, fell in two
long red ribbon-tied plaits, while the
black bodice and poppy-colored skirt,
completed a fur more charming picture
than any the old judge had seen in the
court through all his legal years.
He sighed lightly.
' She stopped and looked about ; but she
knew no fear.
" Don't be afraid," he said, gently.
The girl smiled as she aw the pleas
ant old gentleman, and said :
V Oh, no; and Bruttlewart and Mitch
lin would butt you if I told them."
The goats looked at the stranger in an
undecided way, but apparently resolved
to go on munching.
" And who art thou V"
" I am Lotte."
" And where does Lotte live V"
" I am the daughter of Forester Yerl."
" Ha,ha 1" art thou daughter of Fores
ter It reminds me I have seen him in
my court at sessions, and at other times.
Is his house far away 1"'
" But a turn, messire, in the path,and
the forester will be glad to see thee, good
herr, if he knows thee."
"Why, who have we here?" asked
the forester, looking out from the head
of the stone steps, which led from the
living floor of his forest home to the
" Good even, Yeri ; thy daughter has
found me. I am Messire Seiler, late
judge of the canton. Hast thou so soon
forgotten me V"
" Ha Ptis Messire Seiler !" cried the
forester dofflng his hat and hurrying
down the steps.
" I fell asleep," said the old judge,
looking yet upon Lotte ; " and though I
am still as active as a roe, I did not wake
until the sun had gone down. I am a
long way from town, my wallet Is empty
and so also am I, and, therefore, I am
asking thee for some supper, Yerl."
"With right good will," said the
forester, holding out his hand, which
the judge took ; for in and about Switzer
land the general equality of riches ap
pears to create an equality of habits ; the
officer and the private will sit down to.
gether, and the great man of the district
will not find himself ill at ease when he
eats his supper with a small farmer, the
latter, meanwhile, being perfectly hos
pitable, never ervile, and rarely uncom
fortable, when face tb" (Jice with a man
of superior social rank.
The good wife, Krlstlne, now coming
forth with a welcome, these four people
shut out the evening, after entering the
forester's house, and Lotte and her
mother fell to work preparing supper.
The red-checked coarse white cloth
was soon upon the table, the wooden
spoons and platters laid, and the big
turreen, lively with a pattern of wild
flowers, was ready for the soup.
Not much for a meal but plain soup,
the beef which made it eaten with vine
gar and oil, black bread and strong
cheese, the whole washed down with
some blackish, sour country wine yet
the old Judge thought he had never eaten
such a meal.
To tell the truth at once, the old judge
was In love with Lotte, though she was
only sixteen, and the old gentleman was
by that time fifty-eight, If a day.
" I lay me, good judge, you sleep till
late in the morning," Baid broad
chested Yerl, when they were saying
" Oh, no," replied the judge, wishing
to cut a good figure before Lotte; "I
never was more active that I am. I
shall be up with the lark, and before
any of you."
Nevertheless, though they softly called
him three times, he never woke, and
in fact did not present himself until the
forester's breakfast had been waiting a
The forest girl had been out and away
for hours, and as he saw her, with the
fresh morning color on her face, and
holding out to him a bunch of wild
flowers, which she had gathered, he de
cided that a pretty girl looked better at
sunrise even than by sunset.
That was the beginning of it.
The prim housekeeper wondered what
became of her master, until all capacity
of astonishment was lost, while good
Yeri and his wife, though they were
wonderfully benefitted and honored by
the old judge's friendship, were marvel
lously puzzled to find an answer to the
riddle why Maitre Seiler came to their
hut four or Ave times in the week.
One day a barrel of rikvlr, a capital
wine in those parts, would be sent with
Maitre Seller's compliments, and, within
a week, an admirable present of sausage
would be received.
The greatest condemnation of the poor
old judge, and the best proof of the
honesty of the old couple, Yerl and
Kristine, were to be found in the fact
that the latter never suspected the real
basis of all these civilities on the part of
the old gentleman.
As for trout, the good woman Kristine
was weary of cooking it, so much of the
fish did the good old judge bring to the
He never said much to Lotte, spoke
like a futher to her, and certainly never
enabled the pretty girl to guess what was
in his heart.
This life went to the end of June,
when the tall mountain grass was ready
for the scythe.
The old judge, however, bad never
slept at Yeri's except upon that one par
ticular night when fiist he visited the
He did not know that he had been
put in Lotte's room he supposed it the
But upon that particular night in
June he had made up his mind to speak
to Yeri, and then it was found that.
judge and orator as he was, he could not
plead for nlmself.
" What ails the old judge, to-night ?"
thought the forester, " he does not seem
The time went on, and when at last
the judge decided that be would defer it
until the morning, the forester made
the discovery that it was dark and the
moon would not be up for two hours ; so
the judge was invited to stay for the
He had no idea that his remaining put
the primitive family to any inconveni
ence, no more than at the moment ho
learned he took Lotte's room from her.
But in fact the young goat-berdess was
carried off to her mother's room for the
night, while the forester made himself
up a bed of furs, etc., on the ground of
the living room.
He thought the girl looked pale and
anxious, but he could not detect that she
was in deep tribulation.
A little while and the forest hut was
quite quiet not a light to be seen.
Now they have a habit in parts of
Switzerland of cutting the high grass by
moonlight, the belief being common
that the grass so cut makes better hay
than that which falls beneath the scythe
The old judge, unable to sleep, was
turning over in his mind what he
should say on the following day to the
forester, when he heard the tinkle of the
cow-bell, the lumbering of heavy wag
ons, and the rattle of talking and sing
ing voices, all which gradually ap
proached. Not Ignorant of the custom of moon
light hay-making, the old Judge found
the rustic sounds rather soothing than
not,when he thought he heard a tapping
at the window.
He listened and the sound was re
peated. He knew that the window was ten or
twelve feet from the ground, and that it
could only be reached either by a ladder
or by climbing the vine which grew on
the wall about the lattice.
A thief I What thief would tap at a
window What could a thief hope to
steal in that poor place, unless
The poor Judge's heart began to beat
high. And as though in reply to his
thoughts, a soft, pleasant voice called as
the tapping was heard again, " Lotte 1"
He moved off the bed (for he had laid
down In his clothes, too weary think
ing over the grand question even to un
dress), and drawing near the window,
he saw by the light of the moon, which
had now Just topped trees, that a black
haired and extremely handsome youth
was clinging to the vine, his bright eyes
eagerly fixed upon the window.
The old Judge silently opened the lat
tice ; there was a low, blight laugh, and
the young man leaped lightly and
blithely Into the room.
" And whom have we here V sudden
ly cried the Judge, pouncing upon the
" The youth uttered a low cry, but of
fered no resistance. v
" What thief in the night are you V"
1 So please your worship,' said a clear,
pleasant voice, "I am no thief, but Wil
1 1 el in, only son of the wood-ranger at
Kausanch, and I am come to see my
" So please you, she Is my wife 1"
"Your wife V"
" Ay, messire; 'twas an Unterwalden
wedding. 'Tls our custom here in this
canton, and I am but waiting for my
appointment as ranger, which I hope
to get by the Interest of one Messire
Seller, an ex-Judge, who has been a
second father to my Lotte, to tell my
fathpr and her's that we are betrothed
and that we are ready to marry by sun
light." " Oh, then, the interest Yeri's daugh
ter has shown in the old judge comes
out of the hope that he will help thee
to thy rangership t"
" Tls exactly so, messire. I am no
thief, but an honest man, and Lotte's
husband by law of the Unterwald."
" How long since V"
" These fair bIx weeks."
The very time during which she had
looked at him so earnestly.
He understood the look then.
" Begone, you man. I thinfc I may
promise thee thy wife and place."
Next morning he was very grate, but
there was that noble something in his
face we are pleased to call resignation.
" Messire Seller, thou are not well,"
cried the forester.
" Nay, better than yesterday. By the
way, I told thee lust night I should have
something to say to thee. It is this I
want thy consent to a marriage between
Lotte, here, and oneWilhelm, only son
of the ranger at Kausanch."
The forester bent his head upon the
table as Lotte uttered a cry,and the good
wife clapped her hands.
" Never!" said he; " tis a rare good for
" No," said the judge, " I'll answer
" Thus, judge V"
" Yes ; he will make her a good hus
band." " But he has no post ; he has noth
ing." " I promise you he will have the un-der-rangership."
"Well, now, messire, when thou
pleadest to me, 'tis as thou didst when
thou wert a lawyer, and if my girl says
Lotte looked at the judge meaningly
and said :
" I do not hate him, father."
" Then 'tis settled," said Yeri.
So the old judge went home wearily,
a sadder and wiser man. The forester,
Yeri, wondered why the old judge never
came, while the presents were sent as
before, and the melancholy housekeeper
marveled that the master gave up fish
ing. Seiler was quite happy, but never a
word said he. Not even once again did
he go to the hut in the forest, and he
benefitted by the lesson he had learned
that youth is for youth, and that if it
is thrown away in the early summertime
of life, it Is not to bo pieked up again in
the autumn of existence. For no man
can retrace his life.
One Minister's Visit.
She lived on Broadway, and the min
ister had called in on his round of visits
to his flock. They had talked about the
spiritual needs of the neighborhood, and
she had told him how much she had
worried over the sinful condition of her
dear friends, and how much she had
groaned and sorrowed in spirit that her
dear friend and sister next door was not
in the church ; the minister sympathiz
ed with her, and prayed for them, and
then thought what a dear Christian sis
ter this was ; and she said she would go
and get a watermelon for the pastor to
carry home to his family. And through
the crack in the kitchen door the pastor
heard the voice of the " dear sister's"
big boy snylng:
" Not by a darn sight ; I hain't goln'
over there. The last time I crawled
through that hole in the fence an' hook
ed a melon she pounded me with a
broom, an' threw bricks at me, an' I
ain't goln' to try that ere game, again,
And the "dear sister" came back and
said she was " so sorry," but her dear
husband had can led the melon to a poor
family who had no luxuries. He was
so charitable, dear man, too much so
for his own good.
And the minister said it didn't matter
and it was just as well ; and went home
and wrote a sermon on the subject of
A Young Woman's Predicament.
THE experience of a Massachusetts
young lady who recently climbed
a chestnut tree in Berkshire county is
worth narrating. Early in Octoberthis
estimable young lady suborned her
younger brother aged 10 to accom
pany her on a clandestine chestnutting
expedition. A chestnut tree, separated
from the road by a narrow but dense
belt of tree3 and bushes, was soon found
and the pair zealously searched the
grouud for fallen nuts.
The young lady and perhaps we had
better call her Miss Y., for the purpose
of identification, as the lawyers say
soon grew weary of this occupation, and
determined to climb the tree, With the
aid of a. fence-rail, and the zealous
" boosting" of her brother, she succeed
ed in reaching the lowest branch, from
which her progress was easy. Pleased
with her success, she soon grew careless
and finally venturned out upon a limb
until It bent under her weight.
Becoming frightened, she lost her
presence of mind and her hold, and sud
denly fell. Fortunately she did not fall
far, for her skirt caught in a fork of the
limb and suspended her between heaven
and earth in the attitude of an umbrella
which has struggled with a violent gust
of wind and experienced a reverse. Her
voice, though somewhat smothered by
the peculiarities of her situation, could
be easily heard by her astonished brother
and In accordance with her calm direc
tions that devoted small boy instantly
fled for help.
Now, it so happened that each of the
young lady's lovers had noticed her as
she started from home in company with
her brotber,and each had independently
determined to meet her as If by accident.
Thus it'fell out that the first person the
small boy met as he rushed along the
road was the mild lover, who listened to
his incoherent tale and hasted to the
No sooner, however, did he come
within sight of the tree than he prompt
ly paused, turned his back upon the ob
ject of his adoration, and in a fullering
voice explained to the small boy that he
thought his sister would not care to have
him help her, hot would prefer the as
sistance of a vague servant girl, in search
of whom he professed himself ready to
The small boy, having no sense of
delicacy whatever,called thegood young
man names, and said he was afraid to
climb a tree, but faiteil to shake bis res
olution. So the latter started on a run
to find his hypothetic servant girl, and
unlike Lot's wife, refused to look back
though the indignant small boy sent a
shower of stones after Mm.
Meanwhile, the other lover, a bold,
bad young man, was approaching the
scene of action, " cross-lots," at tbe top
of his speed. His iron nerves did not
falter even when he reached the tree
that temporarily bore such marvellous
fruit. Requesting the young lady to
calm herself and trust him to rescue ber,
he armed her brother with a knife, and
instructed him to climb the tree and
cut his sister loose.
The small boy, hailing with delight
the opportunity to cut something, did as
he was bid, and in a few moments, amid
the noise of rending garments, the
young lady dropped safely into the bold,
bad lover's extended arms. Half an
hour afterward eleven women, bearing
five step-ladders, approached the tree,
while the good young man waited be
hind the bushes to receive his rescued
mistress. It is needless to say he was
disappointed, and his disappointment
was still greater when he was subse
quently told that she was to be married
at an early day to his bold and bad
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