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THK TIMES, NEW NL00MF1EL1), PA. Al'lllL 27, 1880.
A WOMAN'S REVENGE.
A Doctor'i Story.
AFTEJl the Incident i previously men
tioned, nothing particular occurred
for more thnu a month. I had teveral
conversations with Mr. Mussel ; but the
will was never brought out agalu. I
also cautiously sounded Ellen as to her
cousin Charles ; but she could tell me
very little about hltn, except that he
was the son of her uncle David, and on
his father's death which occurred when
Charles was about fourteen years of age
his uncle took him to his office and
home, lie was a fine bright clever lad (
but when he was about eighteen, he
fieemed to full Into evil courses. Ills
uucle bore with his Irregularities for
dome time, but at length could do so no
loifger, and therefore requested him to
find apartments for himself In some
other quarters of the town. " From this
time," continued she, " I saw very little
of him, although he continued his at
tendance at the ofllue. It appears, how
ever, that his couduct, In stead of grow
ing belter, became worse ; and shortly
afterwards I heard that he had been sent
away altogether. I never rightly under
stood the exact cause of this, as dear
uncle would never talk about It and was
always angry when It was mentioned. I
believe however, it was some forgery,
which would have brought disgrace on
the office hud not uncle paid a consider
able sum of money to hush It up."
"That," said Ellen in conclusion, "Is
now four years ago ; and since then I
have heard nothing of him, except that
lie Is living in London, but how, I have
This was all I could learn of the neph
ew at that lime, though I had reason to
know more of him afterwards.
My readers may perhaps wonder why
Ellen and I did not get married forth
with, as everybody seemed In favor of
it; but Mr. Mussel's state gave us great
anxiety, and we certainly could not
think of our own happiness while his
health was so precarious. It would have
been really unkind to have taken her
from him just at that time, and my pro
fessional duties obliged me to live in the
village. We were now In the middle of
March, and all hoped us spring advanc
ed the old gentleman would rally ; but,
alas 1 our hopes were doomed to dlsap-
pointment. lie gradually became weak
er; and by the end of April It was plain
to me that his end was approaching. I
now hardly left the Willows except In
the daytime, just to run round to my
other patients. We had engaged a nurse
to wait upon him at night, Ellen per
forming that service during the day.
For the last few nights I slept in a chair
in a small adjoining dressing-room. At
length it seemed to me that the last
night had come, and Ellen and I re
mained in anxious expectancy together
in the same little room. Mr. Itussel
was asleep, but we gave strict orders to
the nurse to call us when he awoke. We
waited till daylight, but the call never
came. He had passed calmly and peace
fully away the loving heart and once
active brain were forever at rest.
According to his request, we burled
him in the quiet country churchyard, In
a plain and simple manner. There were
very few mourners. Ellen and myself
together with a Mr. Benson from Kin
ton, occupied one coach ; and Mrs. Wat
kins and Miss Leclero another. At the
grave, however, the funeral cortege was
Joined by a tall dark young man, and
Ellen whispered to me that it was her
couBln Charles. He was dressed in a
complete black, and behaved in a proper
and becoming manner. When all was
over, and we had returned to the house,
I was much surprised to see him also
enter. His temerity and coolness aston
ished me, as certainly he dared not have
done so during his uncle's lifetime. As
'however, he really belonged to the funil
ly, and as the will was about to be read,
in which I knew he was mentioned, I
told Ellen to speak to him, and Invite
iilm to stay. " Perhaps," I said to my
self, " his presence here may be taken as
a token of repentance." It did not oc
cur to me Just then that it was some
thing strange that he, without intima
tion, should have known the exact day
and hour of the funeral.
Leaving them all Beated in the draw
ing room, I went up stairs opened the
secret receptacle and brought out the
will. It was In the long envelope, seal
ed as I had sealed it, and endorsed " The
will of Charles Russel.February 2, 1870.'
.Returning I passed it over to Mr. Ben
son requesting him, as an old friend of
the family, to break the seal and. read it.
He took it, and holding it up in full
view, asked If they were willing that he
should do so. As no one objected, he
opened the envelope and drew it forth.
I dare say it was an anxious moment
fur eonio there, Ellen, Charles, Mrs.
Watklns, and Miss Leclero ; but as for
me, knowing already the contents I was
quite calm. "I Charles Russex, of
the Willowa, Cottam," began Mr. Ben
son In a steady voice, "declare this to
be my last will and testament. I be
queath to Ellieaboth Watklns, my house
keeper, the sum of one hundred pounds.
I bequeath to Jeanolte Leclerc, the com
panion of my niece, the sum of fifty
pounds. I also bequeath to my niece,
Ellen Saunders the sum of two hundred
and fifty pounds "
"What I" I Interrupted. Bead that
Mr. Benson with a look of surprise,
did so and went on : " And as to all the
rest, residue and remainder of my real
and personal estate, I devise and be
queath the Bame to my nephew, Charles
Uussel, his heirs, executors, administra
tors and assigns, absolutely and forever.
And I hereby appoint ray said nephew
sole executor of this, my will. In wit
ness whereof I have hereunto set my
hand, this 2nd day of February, 1H70."
I was thunder-struck. Again I re
quested hliu to repeat ; and once more It
came out clear and plain, that with the
exception of the legacies named, all the
property was left to Charles, and he was
also left sole executor. I was du un
founded, and at last exclaimed : " That
cannot be the true will. I have seen an
other, the real will, and It is Just the re
verse of that. Here let me see it my
" Not so fast, If you please," Intel poi
ed Charles. " It seems that I am sole
executor; the will, therefore, belongs to
me, and I do not Intend that you shull
"But," I contended, "that cannot
be the right will, as I have seen anoth
er." "Then perhaps you will produce that
other which you pretend to have seen.
You cannot of course, because there in
no other ; and this gentleman" turu
lug to Mr. Benson" will bear witness
that the seal was unbroken. 1'erhaps
sir, you know Mr. Mussel's seal, and
" Yes," replied Mr. Benson ; " as it
happens, I know both, as I have had
many dealings with him."
"Then what is you opinion of the
genuineness of the will which this gen
tleman" with a sneer towards me
"seems to question V"
"Oh as to that, I cannot see the shadow
of a doubt. At the same time knowing
what I do," with a significant look at
Charles, " I am somewhat surprised."
" Indeed ! Well, I don't see anything
surprising in It. My uncle probably dis
covered that I was innocent of the crime
laid to my charge, and took this meth
od of making amends ; and I must say
It was very handsome of him. Besides,
I am the son of his brother, and of the
same name as himself, and he no doubt
wished to keep everything in the fum
All this seemed very plausible, but it
was to me only the more aggravating as
I knew perfectly well that his uncle was
as bitter against him at the end as he
ever was.and I said so. At this Charles
lost hlB temper, or pretended to do so,
and exclaimed :
" Look here, sir ; I don't know who
you are, and I don't want to know. I
only know that you are not one of the
family, nor is your name mentioned In
the will. It seems to me you have med
dled long enough. Let me remind you
that this house Is now mine mine, Bir ;
mark that; and I must request you to
take your departure at once. If uncle's
will had not been made as, I daresay
you would have made it, and you think
you can upset it, I can only say you
know your course ; the law Is equally
open to you as to me. I tell you plain
ly I shall take the will to a solicitor at
Klnton to-morrow and get it proved at
once ; and you may take whatever steps
may seem to you fitting. . At present I
decline to hold any further communica
"tlon .with you."
I was almost speechless, as much with
rage at the cool way in which I was
turned out, as at the disappointment
both for Ellen and myself; but, seeing
nothing could be done, I left the room
beckoning Ellen to follow me.
" Thbj is a severe blow," I said when
we were alone, " and I am very sorry
" Don't say that dear ; I am very sor
ry ; for it is a severe and totally unex
pected blow ; so inexplicable too. But
my sorrow is more for you than for my
self. You will have to take me now as
an almost portionless girl, instead of
the rich heiress you were led to expect
In me." .
" Oh my darling, you know I shall be
glad to have you, rich or poor ; but do
you think it would be well for you to
leave this house and take apartments In
the village, until I can arrange for our
marriage V It is not likely you will be
very comfortable here."
." Nay ; I do not see the necessity for
that Charles will not turn me out ;
he was never unkind, though wild, and
I am afraid wicked. But dear, Is it not
too soon after uncle's death to . talk of
our marriage V"
" I know what you mean Ellen ; you
think, 4 What will the world say 1"
Well under ordinary circumstances, I
should not urge you j but these are not
ordinary circumstances. You have no
home here but oil sufferance, and to the
sooner you come to mine, the belter."
" Well, we will talk abont that to.
morrow, when we have had a little time
I bade her good night, for In truth I
wanted a little time to thin k. That Mr.
Uussel hod really made another will to
tally altering the disposal of his proper
ty, I could not believe; his whole con
duct and conversation forbade It, and
yet how else explain the will as read
that afternoon V To be sure he might
have done so, without saying anything
to me about It: but I could not bring
myself to think so.
When I retired to rest, I fell asleep no
nearer a solution. The last thing I re
membered was, that I wan determined
to go to Klnton the first thing In the
morning and consult Mr. Sparks, a legal
friend of mine. This resolution I duly
carried Into effect, and luckily found
him at his office and disengaged. After
the usual greeting and a little ordinary
conversation, I opened the subject up
permost in my mind ; and that he might
clearly understand It, I gave a detailed
account of my connection with the Uus
sel family. I recounted the old man's
afTcction for his niece, and the confi
dence he reposed In me ; arid then nar
rated the Incidents of the Interview in
which Mr. Uussel showed me the will
and contents. I then dwelt upon the
death, the funeral and reading of the
will; the contents of which were total
ly different from what I had expected.
This done I asked his advice and opin
ion. " As to my opinion," he said, " I
must hove time to consider; but my ad
vice is, that you leave the matter in my
hands for a few dayB, and I will see his
solicitor and examine the will myself. ' I
suppose there Is no question of the val
idity of the signature ? Who were the
' Their names are James Dobsou and
" Ah I Well, come to me in three days
and bring them with you; or if they
cannot come, bring a specimen of their
hand writing. By-the-by who were the
witnesses of the will which you read in
the presence of the old gentleman "
. " Unfortunately, I cannot remember
" That's a pity ; still it does not mat
ter much. The chances are that Mr.
' Uussel had the same men, and you can
easily find out If they witnessed his sig
nature at two different times ; or If not
Cottam Is not such a large place that It
would be difficult to find out if any oth
er two men ever acted as witnesses."
" Then you think two wills were real
" Why what else could I think ? You
yourself saw one, and another was pro
duced." " But, could not the one I saw be al
"Ah 1 that Is an exceedingly difficult
matter and almost certain to be detected.
Besides, who was to do it ? You say it
was kept in a secret receptacle, known
only to Mr. Uussel and yourself; so that
it really does seems to me on the face of
it that he changed his mind, and made
another will some time between his con
versation with you and his death. The
old will be would doubtless destroy at
the same time. But leave the matter
In my hands, and I will look iufj it for
As thiB was all that could be done at
the time, I took my leave and returned
to Cottam. The next day I sought out
Dobson and Green ; and as they could
not go to Klnton, I asked them to give
me a specimen of their usual signature.
They both remembered witnessing Mr.
Russet's signature to a paper ; but neith
er had done so more than once. With
this information I waited upon Mr.
Sparks at the time appointed. He was
ready to receive me, and entered upon
the matter at once.
" I have seen- the will," he said, "and
I am bound to say it Beenis correct la
every particular not a sign of an eras,
ure or alteration in any part. Every
thing la written in the clear, concise
style for which Mr. Russet was so noted.
We lawyers of Klnton have bad many
opportunities of seeing wills made by
the same hand, and I for one have no
doubt that the one shown me is the gen
uine work of Mr. Russel. Whether it
was before or after the one you say you
saw, is another question, which can on
ly be decided by the production of-what
I may style your will, if still in exist
ence. Until you can produce that, I see
no help for it but to let things take their
" But can we not oppose the proving
of the will V" I Bald with some heat,
not being pleased at the idea of giving
up the fight bo easily.
" My dear sir, I ahould be only too
happy to enter a caveat for you, or rath
er for Miss Baunders, for you can have
no standing in the matter, not being of
kin or legatee; but what ahould we gain
unless we can support it In a court of
law V and I confess at present I Bee no
grounds to act upon. We cannotsay on
account of undue Influence, when by
your own showing, all the Influence, if
any, was on the other side. Nor can we
bring evidence that Mr. Bushel was In
capable of making a will; the very clear
ness and precision of It prove that he
" But," I still persisted, " what do
you make of the will which I read with
Mr. Mussel's sanction and In his pres
" Well, truth I cannot make anything
of it. Produce it, and I daresay I shall
do better; But I tell you what I think
an opposing counsel would say. He
would first say that doubtless Mr. Rus
sel had altered his mind, made another
will, and put It in the desk without tell
lng you. Or, he might suggest that you
read It after dinner, possibly after sundry
glasses of wine, and that, In fact, you
misread It, reversing the names, the
wish being father to the thought."
" Then Is there no side on which we
can attack it?"
" No ; I am afraid not ; and I am too
much your friend to advise you to take
proceedings In low with no better
grounds than you have. We might per
haps say that the purport of the will is
against the weight of evidence as to his
intentions; but what proof have we
that it is so ? Principally his conversa
tions with you ; audit would certainly
be pointed out that your evidence could
hardly be disinterested, as It well known
that you are engaged to the uelce, the
other devisee. Besides, a man's Inten
tions are very difficult to gauge; what
he Intends to do to-day, he may not in
tend tomorrow. No; my friend. This
plea as against a will so properly drawn
up and executed as this Is, would count
as absolutely nothing. Moreover, It Is
counterbalanced by the plea set up by
the nephew, and most probably his un
cle, when looking over hla papers, and
finding that said nephew was not guilty
as he was thought, bad taken this means
of making amends. Again, his nephew
bearing the same name as himself, he
may have wished to perpetuate It In a
much more effectual manner than would
be done by leaving his property to a
niece, who was about to marry alien to
his blood. I have more than once
known such considerations have much
Plausible as all this sounded, I neither
could nor would believe it, although It
was evident that Mr. Sparks' faith In
my will, as, he called It, was very con
siderably shaken. However, seeing no
help for it, I was obliged to submit; and
this is how my wife's Inheritance was
lost, for a while. Concluded next
Why Hans was Late.
" Hans, what keept you owad so late
" Well, Katrlna, I was at dat teeyader
I met Yon Blber, und ve had some peer
mid each other und Yon he says, " Hans
I vants you to come into my teeyader
und see Lew Raddler und d em fellers
sing a llddle song.' Very veil I goes In
mid him, und it don't ccst me somedings
at all he yost told der toorkeeper, "Dos
all rigbd,' und I bass in, I vaa a head
dead, like doze noozebaper fellers."
" Veil, Hans, and how vas you like
"Like it! It vas Just Bchkeplcndit,
Katrlna.. Dere vas dot pootiest song
you hever heard in all my life. It be
gins down at der bottom like (lis here
You nefer miss dot vaster till dot well don't
got some more In It.'
"It's a vine sendiment in dot song,
Katrlna. I got id all In ad my head, but
I vas so bleased und oxzlded about it I
haf forgot again once. It vos like dis
vay. Sing3 :
Don'd you waad dot Yasser,
)as de moddo I would teach you,
Let your watchword be dispatches,
Cud practice like dem preachers.
Do not let a few moments,
Like dot xunshlne pass by.
For you Defer miss dat vaster
Until you get pooty dry sometimes Ten dot
veil has all run oud '"
" Now, Katrlna, don't you like dot
" Yes I like dot sendiment, und I like
it better if you don'd sthop oud till twelf
o'clock at nlghd and more, und come
home trying to play me oud dot foolish
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