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    pauper girl," lie remarked; resuming
his sneer, aud rising from his recumbent
posture, he proceeded, looking fulllnto
his mother's face; "but about the mar
clage portion, have you it still by you V"
The widow returned his gaze, and an
swered with more firmness than was
usual to her ; "Satisfy your mind, once
for all, George Blade, that It is to be ap
plied to the purpose for which it was In
tended. I have as much ot It by me as
will answer the Immediate necessities of
Jane, but neither she nor her Intended
husband has want of much for the pres
ent. The larger part I gave out of my
hands but a few minutes since to be
placed In bank for their use when they
choose to draw H. Lewis Walton him
self carries it to town to-night you saw
him pass down the lane, did you not 'I
should you go back in the coach, as you
slated your purpose to be, he may have
an opportunity, while you travel togeth
er, to deliver a message to you, which I
had Intrusted to him, thinking he could
-call on you In N with it. It was
that you would make arrangements to
go into some honest occupation, and
that you might rely upon my assistance
in anything not beyond my means. If
I could not persuade you, my dear
George," she added with a softened
voice ; but without waiting to hear more
-George snatched up his hat and strode
rapidly from the cottage down the road
by which he had come a by-way, ter
minating on the turnpike road, at near
ly the same point with the lane from
the parsonage.
Meanwhile the two lovers were mov
ing from room to room in the old house.
The young pastor led the way, and
pointed out, with a satisfaction the full
er for its novelty, his various plans and
arrangements, while Jane timidly ex
pressed her commendations, and ac
knowledged, with modest gratitude, his
solicitude for her comfort.
"This room," said he, opening one of
the lower apartments, "you have not
seen since I had the new toilet moved
.into it. We will keep It for our guest
chamber, will we not ? for I trust that
the exercise of a cheerful hospitality
will always be a chief pleasure with us
-both. It is a light, snug looking, little
filace, and we will try to make our
friends feel at home in it."
"And yet I am afraid it will often
glve me a melancholy feeling to enter
it," said Jane ; "I do not know if I have
ever spoken to you of it before, but it
was in this very room, here where we
now stand, that my poor mother died,
and here I was found a helpless little
orphan, weeping beside her corpse.
When we have shown strangers into the
room, and have shared with them the
comforts that may be placed In our
hands, how can I avoid thinking of her
ejying in it for want of the common
necessaries of life.
Lewis pressed her hand sympathlzlng
ly. "It cannot be wrong, dear Jane,"
said he, "to think sometimes of those
things. Our hearts would grow too
hard if we closed them against all mel
ancholy recollections. Especially to
you there can be no injury from reflect
ing upon the misfortunes of your infan
cy, for while you are doing so, you can
not fail to remember the blessings which
followed them, making your orphan
lot a rare exception, and to feel thank
ful to Heaven for raising up a true and
an exemplary friend a second mother
for your time of need."
Jane attempted to smile through her
tears, and hastening to change the sub
ject, Mr. Walton resumed :
"But I am overstaying my time; I
shall leave you to lock up the house and
take charge of the key as its mistress,
for I presume that you will not ohject
to being installed into your olllce a few
days before the commencement of the
legal term. Before I go, however, I
xuust not forget to present a little gift
which 1 should like to see among your
bridal attire. It is no costly bauble,
such as I might have been tempted to
-offer to my bride bad I been a man of
wealth,but just a pretty silken ornament
which, simple as it is, I think, when
-worn over your white dress, will look
.right well."
He drew from his pocket a paper,
from which he rolled a pure white scarf,
of rich but delicate texture, and laid it
across her shoulders. Jane blushed and
smiled, and looked down admiringly
upon it as she folded it around her pret
ty figure ; and her lover, taking advan
tage of her recovered cheerfulness, hast
ened to bestow his farewell.
But the sadness of Jane returned
when she felt herself alone in the scene
-of ber first trial. She involuntarily
stepped from the door, and traced the
way of the young pastor, through the
'long grass and untrlmmed shrubbery;
to the gate, where, concealed from his
eye, as he occasionally looked back, she
could watch his receding form through
the screen of lilacs and altheas. At
length he reached the summit of a little
knoll, which was crowned, by the side
of the road, with young looust and haw
trees, and beyond which he would have
. been hidden from ber view, when the
.figure of a man, whom evidently be
had neither seen nor heard, appeared
close behind him. The first glimpse, as
he emerged from the concealment of the
low branches, sufficed to assure her that
it was George Blade. The next Instant
she saw that one powerful arm was
thrown around the neck of her lover,
whose slight person swayed backward in
its coll, and then both sunk together
from her sight.
The nature of Jane was one on which
fear acted as a sudden paralysis. All
power of volition deserted her, aud she
stood cold and rigid as a marble statue,
with her eyes strained upon the point
at which the objects of her Interest had
disappeared. After a time, of the length
of which she was unconscious, the head
of George, who appeared advancing
toward the parsonage, was again visible
above the fence-row bushes. Under any
circumstances she would have wished
to avoid meeting him when alone, but
his approach gave shape to her undefin
ed terrors, and, to escape his observation,
she crouched upon a mound of grass be
side which she had stood. At length
there was a heavy tramp outelde of the
impervious hedge, mingled with the
sound of a weight dragged over the
roadside weeds ; then the gate was push
ed back, and George Blade stood within,
panting for breath, and with face so
frightfully expressive of evil passions,
that, if she had studied its lineaments,
she might have doubted his identity.
But another object met her eye. At his
feet lay the body of Lewis Walton,
which in passing through the gate he
he had allowed to fall from his grasp
the pallid, bloody corse of her lover.
Well might the ringing shriek which
burst from her Hps have appalled the
wicked heart of the murderer. His first
Impulse seemed to be to double his crime
to escape its consequences, but when he
recognized the beautiful, feeble creature
cowering before him, he thrust back to
its place of concealment the broad knife
which had faintly gleamed in the fading
light. In the moment of oppressive
silence which followed, he endeavored,
without efl'ect, to recover sufficient self
possession for deciding how. to act.
There was all the confusion of cowardice
in his manner as he exclaimed, "You
here, Jane I how happen you to be in
this lonesome, deserted old place, alone,
and So long after sundown V"
No answer was returned, and a chill
ran through even his iron frame as he
looked upon the stone-like features, and
into the glassy eyes which Bhe turned
toward him. He approached her, and,
as if to arouse her from her torpor, laid
bis hand upon her shoulder. The shiver
with which she shrank from his touch
alone betrayed the presence of life.
"How long have you been sitting here,
Jane?" he demanded; "and can you
tell me any thing of this ? a dead body,
warm and bleeding, is a strange thing to
find by the way-side in this peaceful
country. Look at it as well as the light
will let you, and tell me if I am right ;
it seems to me to be one you will think
you have good reason to grieve over."
But Jane buried her face in her lap,
and answered only by a shudder and a
piteous moan.
"Answer me, Jane Wilmot I" persist
ed George, with more of his wonted
boldness; "what do you know of this
thing V I never saw Walton but once,
but my memory deceives me If this is
not his body. Is it so t aud how came
it where I found it V either you or I
must give an account of it, or we must
share between us the penalty of being
near the spot where such a deed was
acting 1"
Btill she was mute, and after a mo
ment of perplexity, he stooped down
and continued in his smoothest tones of
persuasion "Don't fear, don't fear,
poor girl 1 I wished but to know if you
could tell me any thing that could ex
plain this strange mystery. It is ill
luck to us both that brought us in the
way at such a time, for should the charge
fall on me of first handling this bloody
trunk, what proof have I that I came
upon it by chance, and drew it to a place
where it might be secure, as an honest
citizen should ? my life may be Jn your
hands, Jane Wilmot 1 and how would
my mother bear the trouble that a word
of yours might bring upon her V"
The chord, of which he well knew the
strength, vibrated at his touch. Jane
clasped her hands, and, in the agony of
her spirit, almost screamed, "Oh, moth.
er! my precious mother 1" and she
covered her faoe as before.
"Yes, Jane, a word of yours may bring
the only child of her name to the gal
lows, and may break the heart that doats
on you, for how would she know more
than others, that an innocent man was
condemned V Answer me, Jane ; could
you, who owe her gratitude for every
day of your life ; you whom she cherish
ed far more fondly than me to whom she
gave existence , could you send her in
sorrow to the grave, when your silence
might preserve her to a happy old ageV
"Oh, mother I my precious mother!
repeated Jane, and clasped ber bands
and wrung them with greater wlldness
"Go home to her now, Jane," mur
mured George; "and bear In mind if
you are the first to give warning of this
sad ft flair, you destroy her as well as
Jane rose from the grass, though her
trembling limbs had scarcely power to
support ber, and murmured, "Why
should I go to ber again 1 my life will
be of little worth to any one now ; take
it, also, George Blade, or let me look up
on his face, and perhaps I may die."
The eyes of George glared fiercely up-
on her, and his haud grasped the weapon
he had concealed, but a moment's
thought restrained blm, and he respond
ed in a voice unchanged, "Take it also 1
take your life ! what mean you V
surely you dont you can't think, poor
girl I that I had any concern In this
thing 1 but your mind Is unsettled with
your sorrow ; go, go, it will do you no
good to look at what can be nothing to
you again. Take care of yourself, and
do not grieve too deeply for this poor
youth ; you may have many pleasant
days yet, for there are as good men in
the world, and lovers as true as Lewis
Walton. Go, go, Jane, but beware of
your words to my mother, and remem
ber that I shall keep watch near you till
I shall have seen that you can be relied
Widow Blade stood on the porch of her
cottage looking anxiously along the
lane for the return of ber foster child,
and wondering at her delay. At length
she saw ber through the twilight, ad
vancing with steps so slow and unequal,
that apprehensive of something unusual,
she hurried to the gate to meet her.
"You are late, Jane, dear," said she ;
'what has kept you out In the chilly
night air so long ?"
"Oh, nothing, mother, nothing 1" re
plied Jane, with a low, hysterical laugh,
and she looked back over her Bhoulder
with a shudder, while she tightly grasp
ed the arm extended toward her.
"Your voice Is hoarse, Jane, and your
hand is as cold as ice," continued the
widow, leaning forward and looking
closely Into ber face; "you are quite
pale, and your hair is heavy with dew ;
surely you have not been sitting by your
self grieving after Lewis! would he
think any the more of you for needlessly
risking the health which you are blest
with, that you may use it for good pur
poses ' and why should you lament
about a few days' separation V I know
it is a solemn thing to think of, that the
hour of your next meeting will make
you a wife; it is solemn, or should be,
to a girl to reflect upon ber marriage at
any time, but what plentiful reasons
have you for thanksgiving and hope at
the prospect before you I"
"Oh, nothing, mother, nothing I" re
iterated Jane, with an incoherence
which betrayed that the remonstrance
was unheeded if not unheard, and again
her strange, doleful laugh followed.
"I trust you have not had a difference,
you two who have loved each other so
well!" said the widow, now as much
disturbed as surprised. "Ah, no ! I see
by this you have not," she added, as
they passed the light in the outer room ;
"let me see It a scarf a beautiful silk
scarf ! why what a thoughtful husband
you will have! this Is all that was
needed to make your wedding-dress complete.-
I like to see a pretty wedding-
dress, old as I am, especially if it is on
a pretty bride such a one as our young
minister has chosen 1 But go into your
room, dear, and compose yourself; a
good night's rest will make all right
again." Concluded next week.
The following letter of Rev. Cotton
Mather, the great representative of New
England theology of two centuries ago,
will serve to illustrated what a great
gulf now lies between Cotton Mather's
theology and that of the present Chris.
tian world. The letter is said to have
been discovered among some old papers
in the Massachusetts Historical Bociety,
and bears date "September ye 15, 1002,'
and is addressed to "Ye aged and belov
ed John Hlgglnson :"
"There Is now at sea a shlppe (for our
friend Ellas Holcroft, of London, did
advise me, by the last packet, that it
would sail some time in August) called
ye Welcome, R. Green was master.
which has aboard a hundred or more of
ye heretics and nialignants call Quakers,
with W. Penn, who is ye scamp at ye
head of them. Ye general court has
accordingly given secret orders to Master
Malachl liuxlett, of ye brig Porpoise, to
waylay ye said Welcome near ye coast
of Codd as may be, and make captives
of ye said Penn and bis ungodlie crew,
so that ye Lord may be glorified and not
mocked on ye soil of this new country
with ye heathen worshipps of these
people. Much spoil can be made by
selling ye whole lot to Barbadoes, where
slaves fetch rood prices in rumme and
sugar; and we shall not only do ye
iiora great service Dy punishing ye wlct
ed, but shall make gayne for His miu
lsiers anu people.
Yours, in ye bowels of Christ,
Cotton Mather.
William Penn did Indeed sail "in ye
shlppe Welcome," and a goodly number
of his friends with blm ; but the Lord
did not allow "Master liuxlett to way
lay him near ye coast of Codd and make
, captive ye said Penn and bis ungdolle
w ;" and the ministers aud the peo-
did not receive the "irreat Bravne."
that their sale In Barbadoes for "rumme
d sugar" would have produced.
How Joe Was Cornered.
Professor Joo Logan of the Springfield
school was superintending the usual ed
ucational business at the school-bouse
the other day and the geographical grind
was on. In the class to whloh Joe was
putting connuudrums was an uncouth
boy recently from a rural district, who,
while tolerably well posted, was not elo
quent nor elegant in the matter of
answerlug questions, and heanswered in
such a slovenly and careless way that
Professor Logan became disgusted and
said :
" That is not the way to answer a
question. Come up here and take my
seat. I will take yours. Then you will
ask me a question, and I will show you
how to answer it."
'All right," said the youth, and he
climbed Into the professor's chair, while
the latter took a position in the class,
whereupon all the boys were tickled aud
awaited with great anxiety, and anyone
present might have heard a pin drop.
' Mr. Logan," remarked the tempor
ary professor as he put his feet on the
desk, "please stand up."
Logan did so.
" Mr. Logan, I want you to name the
principal mountains in Central Amer
ica." A confused expression came over Mr.
Logan's countenance. He shuffled
around uneasily, scratched his head and
admitted that, without reading up a
little on the subject, he would be unable
to answer the question.
" Well, then," said the boy, "come up
here and take my place and I will show
you how to answer it."
And again an exchange of places was
made, and the youth answered his own
question, since which time Mr. Logan
has bad a high respect for bim and be Is
considered by the other boys as a sort of
adjunct professor.
There was once a horse that was used
to pull around a sweep, which lifted dirt
from the depths of the earth. He was at
the business for nearly twenty years,
until he became old, blind, and too stiff
in the joints to be of further use. Bo he
was turned into a pasture, or left to crop
without any one to disturb or bother
But the funny thing about the old
horse was that every morning, after
grazing awhile he would start on a tramp
going round and round in a circle, just
as be bad been accustomed to do for so
many years. He would keep it up for
hours, and people often stopped to look
and wonder what had got into the bead
of the venerable inimal to make him
walk around in iiuch a solumn way,
when there was no earthly need of it.
But it was the force ot habit. And the
boy who forms good or bad habits in his
youth, will be led by them when he be
comes old, and will be miserable or hap
py accordingly.
A Sunday Test.
A Babbath-keeping people will become
a thoughtful people, and such thought-
fulness is manliness. All men, and es
pecially the busy millions in an advanc
ed civilization like our own, need for the
mind's sake, not less than for the sake
of wearied nerves and muscles, the sev
enth day intermission of their ordinary
work. A true Sabbath is Something far
more restful than a day of noisy
jollity. In its calm air the mind rests by
thought, not thoughtlessness ; by quiet
musing, by conscious or unconscious
retrospection ; perhaps by consideration
of what might have been, perhaps by
thinking of what may yet be, perhaps
by aspiration and resolve toward some.
thing in the future, that shall be better
than what has been in the past. The
home in which Sunday Is a day of rest
and home enjoyments is hallowed by the
Sabbaths which it hallows. In the
Sabbath-keeping village life is less frivo
lous, and at the same time industry is
more productive, for the weekly rest. A
Babbath-keeping nation is greater in
peace and in war for the character which
its tranquil and thoughtful Sabbaths
have Impressed upon it. Rev. Dr. Ba
tW When we are alone we have to
watch our thoughts ; ia the family clr
cle our tempers: in company our
(.35 Sorrows humanize our race.
Tears are the showers that fertilize the
An Interesting Fact.
In France, all patent medicines must
be endorsed bv an official board of physi
cians before they can be sold. In lieu of
such a law in America, the people have
resolved themselves into a National com
mittee which has endorsed Swayne's
Ointment for allaying theuchlng aocom
panying the Piles, as the only reliable
remedy in the market Its a poor rule
that won't work both ways, 60 It
. THE GREAT -ntf
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Backache, Soreness of the Chest, Gout,
Quinsy, Sore Throat, Swellings and
Sprains, Burns and Scalds,
General Bodily Pains,
Tooth, Ear and Headache, Frosted Feet
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and Aches.
No Preparation on earth equal St. Jacobs On. a
A a, aurm, gtttipl and chrnp External Remedy.
A trial entails but the comparatively trilling outlay
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can have cheap and poaitive proof of in claims.
Direction in Eleven Language.
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