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DAILY EVENING STAB.
A GAKBLEK'S END.
There is truth in presentiments, though
it is not for us mortals to explain their na
ture, as how can we explain the commonest
incidents of our every day life? Yet as
there is an unearthly stillness immediately
preceding the furious rush of the hurricane,
as a momentary palsy, frightful from its
indistinctness, appears to pervade nature
on the eve of an earthquake, so may the
shadow of His uplifted arm be seen athwart
the sky ere the Avenger has dealt the blow
which is to prostrate us in the dust.
An icy chill crept over me, a dull fore
boding of evil came upon me, as I walked
up the steps of Hillingdon's well known
residence, long before I discovered that the
shutters were closed, and that the house
bore that solemn, mysterious air, which,
we cannot tell why, is inseparable from the
abode of death.
A glance at the pale face of the servant
who answered the door, a hasty inquiry for
Captain Hillingdon's own man, and I stag
gered into a chair in the hall, with the
whole truth indellibly and unerringly im
pressed on my brain. It was needless to
explain?I required no hesitating sympa
thizer to break to me, forsooth, the ghastly
reality?I knew it before I was told?Hil
lingdon had shot himself that very morning!
Strange as it may appear, it was more diffi
cult to realize the truth of the awful tidings,
when the old and faithful servant, himself
bowed down and prostrated with horror and
consternation, stammered out the particu
lars into my ear, than in that first moment
of consciousness, when, without the aid of
any outward voice, I knew the frightful
There, in his own sitting room, his hat
and gloves on the table, the very cigar case
I had given him, lying ready for use?it
seemed impossible?impossible ! Every
thing betokened life, and life's enjoyments;
the colors were scarcely dry upon his easel;
and those very flowew which he had him
self disposed in their vase, with his woman
ly appreciation of everything that was lovely,
those flowers were blooming fragrant as ever,
and could he, the master, be lying up stairs
with a cloth over his head, a mutilated
corpse ? And such an ending ! To die by
his own hand. I dared not pursue the train
of my thoughts any further, and it was al
most a relief to sit and listen to the poor
old domestic's broken narrative of the events
which had led to the fatal conclusion we
could even now scarcely bring ourselves to
believe. One thing I remarked, and one
thing only which might lead me to suppose
that a change had come over the habits of
my friend. Occupying a prominent situa
tion in his sitting room, a portrait hung,
which ever since I had known him, was
carefully veiled by a black curtain. Not
one of his friends had ever seen the paint
ing, and the supposition that it was a like
ness of the unfortunate Austrian lady to
whom in early life he had been attached,
was sufficient to check all curious remarks
or ill-timed allusions, as regarded a subject
on which he himself preserved unbroken si
The curtain was now removed, and as I
sat opposite the picture, listening to the
dreadful details of her lover's death, I
could not keep my eyes from dwelling on
the gentle features of her who had exercised
such a baneful influence on my poor friend.
She was portrayed a3 a fair, high-born
j looking girl of some nineteen summers, but
: what was most striking in the countenance
was that eager, high-souled, and yet suffer
ing expression, which gave such interest to
peor Hillingdon's own features?that un
earthly look which those who are doomed
to an early death seem to bear on their
foreheads, as the premonitory seal of the
destroyer?a spirit-beauty which the spirit
claims to wear here in consideration of its
premature release; and this was as manifest
on the lovely portrait of his youthful briJe,
as I knew it to be on that glorious counte
nance which was lying up stairs fixed and*
cold in death.
Let me draw a veil over the scene that
followed, over the servant's lamentations
and my own unbearable grief?I saw him?
I saw the well beloved face, the admired
form?and I shuddered to think of the state
in which I saw them. Days elapsed ere I
could bring myself to make the necessary
arrangements which, as his intimate friend,
devolved upon myself, and to the details of
which it was loathsome to see how Mammon
crept, even into the chamber of death. It
is sufficient to say that from the account of
? ' ? ? ??
Via servants, and the examination of his
papers, which became necessary. I gather
ed clearly that my poor friend had been
decidedly and undoubtedly insane for some
time previous to the fatal act, and this was
all the consolation, since consolation it un
questionably was, for the loss of the bright
est, truest, kindliest that ever chafed with
in its tenement of clay.
And it was play that had brought the en
thusiast to his self-selected grave. Play:
first the seductive pasting, then the invinci
ble habit: lastly, the despotic infatuation
from which there is no escape. Beeper and
deeper had Hillingdon been drawn into the
whirlpool, and this was the result. A pur
suit first adopted to deaden the stings of
conscience and hush the importunate wail
ings of remorse, had at length become the
one object of existence, the whole being of
the man. Lose of course he did, and large
ly. Nor were the chances of the gaming
table sufficient to allay the craving of ex
citement whioh indeed too surely " grows
with what it feeds on." Stock jobbing,
railway shares, mining investments, all and
every thing that promised hazardous ven
tures and disproportionate returns, he em
barked in with an eagerness too much in
character with that imaginative disposition
which made him an artist, a poet, and a
speculator. For a time Hillingdon's specu
lations had met with tolerable success;
enough indeed to encourage him to push
his ventures up to the verge of all his avail
able fortune; and his master's spirits, as
the old servant described them, were higher
than he had ever known, for I think I have
already mentioned the singular impassive
ness of my friend's outward demeanor, but
even during the period of temporary sun
shine, his eccentric habit was never broken
through of sitting undisturbed for a portion
of each day, gazing on that portrait, which
appeared to comprise all he valued and
loved upon earth.
This was an unalterable rule, and day af
ter day his cheek was paler and his eye
more haggard after the communion, which
he strove to think he thus held with his
spirit love. Then came reverses and fail
ures. Those in whom he confided abused
his trust. Shares went down to nothing.
An enterprise in which Levanter, whom he
always disliked, had persuaded him to join,
failed utterly, and Hillingdon, as the only
tangible person concerned, suffered severe
ly. Whole nights spent with the dice-box
in hand, were not likely to restore matters,
and "the beginning of the end" became too
apparent. All this time his outward bear
ing remained totally unchanged ; the same
calm demeanor, the same mild voice and
placid brew, and above all, the same sweet
ness of temper that won him the affection
of all with whom he came in contact. "Late
or early, good or evil," said his old servant,
the tears runniag down his withered cheeks,
"I never had a sharp word; or an unkind
look from my beloved master. Oh, Captain
Grand, you know what he was, I need not
tell you!" and an uncontrolable burst of
grief checked the poor old man's melancholy
recital. At length it became obvious that
his whole remaining property would only
suffice to clear him of his liabilities, and as
soon as he discovered this to be the fact, he
made no secret of his involvements. By
one desperate effort he did try to retrieve
himself. Alas! it was a gambler's struggle
and he lost.
With a jealousy of military honor which
may be appreciated though scarcely under
stood, he had made up his mind to stop short
of a sum which would entail upon him the
sale of his commission, and he seemed to have
determined that come what might, he would
at least die with 44 harness on his back."
A like reserve was made for leaving hand
some legacies to a few old servants and de
pendents, after which his whole remaining
property was devoted to clearing himself of
his liabilities. Thus much I learned from
his servants and the lawyers with whom he
had been concerned. The rest of his history,
alas! comprising but a few days, I gathered
from the papers which he left in his desk
addressed to myself, and accompanied by a
few trifling memorials of his affection and
esteem. What his original intentions were
I am unable to declare, but it appears pro
bable, that looking upon the loss of his per
sonal possessions with an indifference pecu
liar to himself, he had shaped the idea of
following out the service as a profession,
and winning eventual distinction and inde
pendence in a military career. Of advice,
he seems to have had plenty, and beloved as
he was, he might, contrary to the usual prac
tice in such offers, have had assistance nearly
in the same proportion, but it was one of
his peculiarities to be indebted to no Man,
I and his was a spirit to chafe above all, at
the well-meant counsels of a worldly and
I calculating friend.
But the philosophy which should smile
calmly at the ruin of a wordly fortune should
not have been accompanied by the sensative
and imaginative temperament that firmly
I believed in its power of holding converse
I with beings of another sphere; and the ex
citement of poor Hillington's latter career
had, in breaking his health, and shattering
his nerves, sapped the foundation of that
mysterious barrier which separates the
shores ofjreason from the illimitable ocean
of insanity. Step by step, I beheld the
catastrophe approaching, of which I was
too well aware of the terrible result. For
years he had believed in the actual appari
tion of his Austrian love; twice as he often
assured me, he had seen her distinctly in
the flesh, and the conviction was indellibly
impressed upon his mind that a third ap
pearance would be immediately followed by
his own decease. With the peculiar rea
soning of insanity, this belief appeared now
to have assumed the shape of a stringent
obligation, a point of honor, and as he him
self expressed it, "he should be bound to
follow when she beckoned him away," Once
more the phantom stood by his side, and
from that moment the curtain was with
drawn from the fatal portrait Twelve
hours afterwards he had ceased to exist;
and the beauteous form, the gallant chival^
rous spirit, the kindly loving heart, were as
though they had never been.
We buried him in hallowed ground.
Grateful at least for this. The sun shone,
the streets looked gay and crowded. Busi
ness knit the brows, or pleasure brightened
I the cheeks of the heedless passengers as
I they moved to and fro upon their amuse
ments er their occupations. Did that death
stroke upon the minute bell thrill to the
heart of one child of Mammon ? Did that
mournful procession, as ever and anon it
stopped, and wound on again in mysterious
I gravity, speak its solemn warning to one
individual in that busy throng? " We are
bearing one of yourselves to his real home.
Yesterday was he such as ye are, to-morrow
shall ye be like him. His place shall be
your place, and where he is going ye shall
go." I fear me not. We have indeed au
thority to believe, that where all else had
failed, not even the voice of one from the
dead shall prevail.
We buried him. Shall I ever forget the
dull dead sound of the damp earth as it
" smote upon his coffin ?" " Ashes to ash
es?dust to dust." Was this the end of all?
My friend ! My brother!
As I turned from the church-yard they
were bearing in another funeral?so soon!
I felt that he was already forgotten. What
mattered it to me ? I was alone in the
I HOUSEKEEPER'S GOODS.
TOHN M. DONN & BROTHER have just opened
and arranged a handsome assortment of Goods
suitable for the season, viz :
j Parian Marble floods
Papier Mache and French painted do.
French China and Berlin Iron Goods, as Cups
and Saucers, Mugs, Cardstands, and Match
Boxes, Dresden China, very handsome, Bas
kets and Work Boxes, Portable Desks, Ac.
Handsome Castors, Mugs Tea Sets
| Card and Cake Baskets, Goblets, Forks and
Mustards, Salts, and Napkin Rings.
[ Solar, Etherial, Hall, Ac.
| BRONZED GOODS.
Fenders, Dogs, Shovel and Tongs, Spittoons
I Candlesticks, Candelabra*, Hatracks, Looking
Very large gilt frame, mahogany, and walnut
Looking Glasses, Bracket Tables.
Several handsome painted Chamber Sets, very
cheap and good
Bureaus, Sofas, Extension Tables
Chairs of many patterns and shapes and mate
Bedstead, Beds, Mattresses, and Feathers in
[ the bag
China, glass, stone, and crockery Ware in
quantities, a large stock, well assorted, and
Toilet Sets, Candlestick*, Cake Boxes
Brushes, Wood ware, Iron Ware
Clocks of several varieties and patterns, 30
hour and 8 day. Our stock is certainly the
meet complete of any kept in the District or
perhaps at any other place.
We invite a call from persons in want of articles in
the line of housekeeping, and we flatter ourselves
they can he accommodated at our establishment
promptly and at as reasonable prices for tbs quality
as at any ether place.
JOHN M. DONN A BROTHER,
Pennsylvania avenue, bet. 10th and 11th sts.
these weeks after marriage.
My dear are you a going oat.
Indeed 'tis very oold;
Let me sweet lore around your neck
Ton know how anxious far your health.
My own dear Geerge, am X,
One loTing kiss before we put,
Good bye, sweet duck, good bye!
? THREE YEARS AFTER MARRIAGE."
I aee you're going out again?
Tou cent stay home an hour;
No wonder that Tm growing tbin?
My temper getting sour;
Neglect will shortly do its work,
Oh, whistle?that will do;
I suppose I'll see you home at twelve,
As usual, very "blue/'
The Carpet Bag tells the following good
Col. R. and Gen. M. were formerly neigh
bors, and had gardens adjoining each other.
One pleasant morning in spring, about the
time of planting, Col. R. met his friend, the
General, in tlte street, boiling over with
rage, who addressed him after this wise:
"Confound your darn'd old old hens Col
onel, they've been in my garden, and
scratched the beds every which way; I shall
have to make them all over again; oan't
you shut them up this autumn ?"
" Keep cool, General,5' said the Colonel,
"1 prefer my hens should have plenty ot
sun, air, exercise and food and I don't be
lieve that your garden seeds will hurt them
at all. However, if they trouble you much,
shoot 'em?shoot 'em /"
"I will by thunder, Colonel," said the
still more excited General, " I'll do it, I'll
do it, blamed if I don't," and turning
around on his heel, marched away, mad as
a wild cat.
The next morning as the Colonel was sip
ping his coffee, the family was startled by
the "bang," "bang," of fire-arms, the
cause of which was soon ascertained. The
Colonel, on going to the d vision fence, look
ed over and saw Gen. M. in the act of double
murder. Six fine specimens of the " dung
hill" fowl were flouncing on the ground un
willing just yet to yield up their gixxardf
to the gourmand.
"Aha, General! so you are executing
your threat, are you ?"
" To be sure, I told yoi I'd do it, and I'D
be darn'd if I don'i shoot * .11 the rest, if you
don't shut 'em up. But here, take the thiev
ing critters, I don't want 'em; they are toe
highly seasoned with shot for my family."
" Thank you, thank you, Gen. M., just
wait a day or two before you kill any mort
until we eat these up, and then I've no ob
jection to having the rest shot."
Now, Colonel R. was rather jealous of hi
rights, and, moreover, as fiery as Mars in
his disposition, and it was a great mystery
to the General how he could keep so car I
about this matter. The sequel will show.
In two or three days after, three mor<i
fine fat chickens were thrown into the Col
onel's garden, and duly taken care of by
At last the General " smelt a rat" His
own chickens were missing, and the eg/;
basket hung on the peg quite empty, to the
utter astonishment of his good wife, who
had never known a similar occurrence be
" Col. R.," said the General, as they met
one day in the street, " have I killed all
your hens yet ?"
" Killed all my hens, General," slowly re
peated Col. R. "Why, I have not owned a
living hen these three years !"
The General sloped. He had shet and
given to Col. R. nine of his best layers!
" There has been," said Mrs. Par
tington at the table, "a good deal of provi
dation about instoring the defective tariff,
and some was in favor of the distension of
knavery, but I don't see as either has had
any affluence on the election, and then,
after a serious pause added: "tbey do say
that fools and children will compound ques
tions that wise men can't solute nor philo
sophers expatiate. Now there is Horace
Greely, with a real childish duplicity, p?U
forth his distribute?"Why am I ?wig,"
and with all the compacity of a wise man
and the opacity of philosipby* explatcrates
a whole extract of forty pages without ex
pounding his own inquisitions.
OLD TOWPRR?A PARODY.
Don't you remember old Tewser, deer K?te,
Old Towser, so shaggy and *1?**
How he ua*d to lay, day and uiglt. by ttoe ga?e,
And seise interlopers?behind.'
Keep good company or none.
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