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0! DAHK IS THEj GLOOJI.
111 MES. AJIEL1A WELBT.
0 ! dark is thc gloom o'cr my young spirit stcal
Thcn why should I lingcr whcrc othcrs aro gay?
Thc smilo that I wear, is but wom for conccalinj
A hcart, that is wasting in sadncss away.
How oft havc I thought, whcn thc last light has
From oir tlic clcar wavc of somc soft flowinj
Tiiat like its bright watcrs, iny last hopcs wcre
By darkness, uncliccred 1j- tlic light of a bcam
O ! could I but fly from tlic falsc world forcver,
Whcrc thosc whom I trust arc tlic first to Ijc-
From thc cold, and tlic fnkle, my young Iicart I'd
Erc thcv stcal all its bloom and its swcctncss
I'd scck, in somc orl of tlic blcsscd abovc mc,
Tlic pcaiv, tliat on carth I can ncvcr rcccivc ;
Thc siiril, that dwcll in that brijjht orb would
I'or thcy arc too gcntlc to wouud or dcccive,
() ! hy should thchcarts of thc purcst bcshakcn,
H'liilc canily rcio-.iiig 'ncath lorc's sumiy
Jl thcy sliiinbcr so swcctly wh- should thcy
To inu-c ou thciast,and to wccpo'cr adrcam!
I'nr tlic GalaTij.
' -m;i) 15I50TIIEKS OF TEJII'EKAJfCE.
ASOCIATIO.V SO. OXE.
i'ni-i as- -ia!cland of Bio'Jicrs trucand fear
' -- Iiainpi!is of tlic holy causc of Tcmiicranrc
ai'inMod at thc Mcthodist Chnpel on thc cvc
iiiii? of Weducsday. Dec. 8th, to cclebrate thc
-t annivor.-ary of thcir Soricty.
An cxrcilcnt iiud aipropriatc addrcss was dc
Jivorcd o:i thc oniion, hy thc l'astor of that
i .'iivl' an honoran" memlierof thc Association
- lii v. 1. i;. llumiir.i); and wc only vl-h that
,. sjx-akiY had liecn checrcd and cncouragcd in
i i '.i':ir i! IVutli and Love, by thc prcsencc of
' . . !ii mr villagc, who prodaim theiiisclvcs
i ; 'rijnJ.- of Tciiijicrancc.
i -jitdirtou'ly selertcd, and cxccutcd
.i'i i i-tr :i'i l fcelinj; was no lcss appropriatc
.:!::n tl'c- di-rfuiirsc, forraing a jilcasant nnd aui'
i -:t' d fj.i!iirc of thc cvciiings c.crcLcs.
At thc oloc ot the adilrcs, thc l'residcnt of
t'io A wuiion J. il. Xladc Esij. bricdy 110-
.."li!" ri-i- and i)rogn.-s, gtviii facts which
'Iiimld :icnc thc hcarts of thcsc llrothcrs to pa
iieut crscTrcnre in thc path they arc trcad
inr, onitiilciit that Time a daily, living action of
tlnir noble principlcs, and a f.iithful, uuwavcring.
adiicrcnce to thcm, ivnx cvcimully removc al!
oj'i'sition, whcthcr arising from ignonnicc rc-!-ic'tiiig
the witure of thcir organization pridc,
Ix-'-au-c of itf dcmocralic origiu and charactcr
or fc.ir as to the rcsult of " Sttttt isucitlirs."
nc ycar sinec, utcn rightcous incn"' werc
fiiiiud in thi villagc, willing to stand "shouldcr
in -himl.Icr" in this new and unpopular cfTort to
rxjn-1 from otir (ircsidcs ourshojis our hotcU
thc World, thc ihiinm Alcoiiol.
Thcy now iium'jcr scvcnty-fivc of thc Truc anil
Faiihful .in additiou to which thercarc tucnty or
t .-n; -five honarary lncmbers, soml of whom
h..rc hown thcmsclvcs justli proud of such an c
JiftiDn to such an Association.
Immcdiatcly aftcr thc concluMon of "thc scrvi
c at thc Chapcl, a suppcr was scrvcd at Moores
Ilotcl, to the llrothcrs of thc Socicty, aud to a
l.irgc collcrtionuf ladicr, who werc imitcd toadd
gracc, be.iury and rcliiiemcnt lo the sccnc.
Much pr.ii-c is ihie to Jlinc 1101,' and to thc
t omiuittcc of jrrjiigciiicnts cspeeially to that
jionion of thc Coinmittcc who had immcdiatcsn
i TV!-itn of thc suppr for thc profusion with
which thc Uhlcs wcrc sprcad thc ucatncss and
l.istc cvcry whcru displaycd, and the good dcgrce
of orJer wliich attcndcd thc ecrcmony. Neither
mouey nor lahor wcre sparcd in thc prcparation
of tii- ciitcrtaiiiincnt, which was amply rcpaid hy
.1 i-rowd of smiling countcuanccs.
Whcn ju-iiicc had been rcndcrcd to thc Oysters,
Turkcys, C'.iickcnj, l'uddings, Cakc, Xuts, Fruit,
&.c. dc. a gooilly numlicr of toasts wcrc giv
t ti and rcMiniled to iu a frec, humorous stylc ;
aftcr which, an odc was sung and to richcr mu
sic.or moredirect inniandto the hcart, it has scl
dom lwen our plcasurc to listen.
Whilc sociability was tlic "ordcr of thc cvc-
nins," strict Tcmpcrancc lirinciplcs and pcrfcct
iroiiricty wcrc obscrrcd by all. I jnto 110 jiarticulars, not cven giving him the
I'iic fricads sepuratcd at an carlv hour, no one ":lmc ot hcr intended husband. All thc re
we w,U vcnturc to assert-goingawav ungrati- , OUMt madc was.that hc would continue to placc
,-.,! ,,,, ,, , i i I- , . tnc samc amount ot moncy wbich lic liad prc-
r,a'ld, hfi'K0llr'"S viouslyfonvanlcdtohcr.insome safc depos
jomcl ,n cclcbranns thc b.rth of an Association , it, for the bencfit of Agatlia; that should shc
rc-pectiiig which wc can but ccho the praycr of ( survive those whose happincss it was now to
the East, do for her, the might not be cntircly thrown
Jlay its shadow ncvcr Vc lcss, and its lifc a "I1011 lc c0'll eharity of thc world. Kbt one
thousand ycars." ' word did shc breathe of hcr ycarning for hcr
own precious Ixuisa;she felt he would not tm-
' derstand lier if shc did, so shc coldlv badc him
Stlvesteu Gcaiiam. Tlic hcalth of this farcwell.
' -tinii-hed physiologist, wc lKirn is on thc dc-' ''ie marriago was solemnized in the Wid-
Hchas rcccntly bcen c.xaniined by l)r.
rcccnuv uccu cxaiiiineu nv ur.
Xonhampton Watcr Cure", who '
i ii m- . , -.i
ai I,idly afihcte.1 w,U. ncnous
I.'itjrle-. of the
i .on n.ncd him
",-lio-iaaniniicasc ot the lnngs. JJr. lln as
wi arc infonncd, told him tluat hc wcs dcficient in
animal heat tliat his system was ruiming down
for thc want of a more stimulating diet; and ad-vi.-cd
him among otlier things to eat majL Tliis
ndvice. c-orrcsponding cntircly with that w hich w:is
prciou;ly givcn by Ur. Woodward, induccd him,
a wc arc told. to tttlopt tJie iise of animal food. It
i- to lic IioikhI tliat. from thc influcncc of this
rliar.gc of dict, thc Doctor may recovcr his hcaltli.
cvcn at thc cxpensc of his favoritc thcoro. Wor
r ster JuurnaL
!C!r Cassius M. Clat. Capt. Clay lcavcs our
ity tolay on his rctum to liis home and family,
if.iT cightccn montlis of absencc, tlicgrcatcrpart
f !uch time he has -pent in captivitr.
N. O. Delta. Xov. 30. ,
From GraJiam's Magazinc for Dccemlxr,
TIIE WIDOW AND TIIE
ItY MRS. CAROLIXK II. UUTLKH.
Thus vcars rollcd on. Although shc still
gricved ibr hcr darling Louisa, and wept 5n se
crct thosc tcars of wliich nonc but a mother
may know thc bittcrness, still slic was fondly
attaclied to thc unfortunate little Agatha,while
thc aircction subsisting bctween ltuth and thc
poor defonncd was truly lovcly to witncss.
Ihcrc could be a much urcatcr contrast tlian
n thclooks of these two childrcn, alth'o thcir
hspoMtions wcre m pcncct Iiarniony. ltuth
osscssed a richolivc complcxion, with chceks
which might vic with June roscs, they wcrc so
inght anu glomng; hcr eycs werc ulack and
nqrHTiifrf jmil Imr mvpn hnirrln-tplv rnt tnlicr
licniitifiiily roimdcd throat, ivas parted 011 toji
t hcr finclv loniied lu'au, antl ivaveil over
cach tcini)le iu onc rich, ploiy curl. Hcr tip-
urc, tall ot her atrc, ivas Iijrht anu gTacelul.
Tlic coniiilcxion of Agatlia, on thc contrary,
was nazingiy iair,Nic wiicn iiaiiiti uy inc
miall, violct vciiis: hcr lanic, ilcciMiazcl cvo
KKfC?cd that pt'fuliarbrihtness and intcnsity
which uually desifrnates thosc ivlio sniVcr from
like caui'K lonir rinclcts of lisht brown hair,
Ml around hcr abnoit to thc ground asifto
iide withmtlicir lieautilul rcdiindance thc mis
h.nncn fomi of thcir little mistrcss. Uut it vras
thc cxprcyrfon of hcr iiinoccnt facc wliich cal-
cd lortli thc pity and kiudness ol pvcn- onc:
iat Iook, ?o gcntlc, so conuding, as it plcadiiig
ith cvrrv onc to love her. tlioii!rh he kncw
iow hardlt would bc to take to tlicir liearts
liclplcMi defonncd little objcct such as slic
Incanablc of ioinint: in the. sixirts of othcr
Iiildren, Acatha dcvotcda"rcat iiortioii of her
imc to ix-adiiiCi of ivhich thc was iiasionatclv
Ibnd; and jiosscsMiig a rctentivc lneinory, shc
was licttcr nitoniicd, iicrnaps, at tcn vcais
of -ic than most childrcn at fourtceii
islic liad a grcat ta t lor dniwni" and tor imi-
ic; thei-c Jlrs. Oakly assidionsly cultivated,
nowiii" ivhat a sonrce ot c-onitort and aniuse-
nicnt thcy wonld aflbrd her, and alao contri
butc to draw her from dwelling too much tipon
icrei'It and her mlortnne?, wlneli would onlv
tend to Miurand destroy hcc happincss.
r rom iu proximity to thc sca, and coicqucnt
advantaes ofea-bathing, thc villagc in which
Mrs. Oakly rcsidcil was, in thc siimnicr sea
ton, a frequeut and favoritc rcsort for thc in
valids. Thcre was accrtain wcalthy bachelor of the
nanie of Sullivan, who, for two tuccosivc sca
Mins, had madc this his placc of residence.
Kvery onc grantcd liis claim to invalidi?m the
first seaMin, but whcn with robust framc, and
fiv.-b, healtliy countcnaiiec, he 'appeared thc
second, jicople shook thcir hcads, and talkcd of
hiincomlriacf. Jiy and byc. it bcgan to be
whi:-pered alout that Mr. Sullivan was oftcn
sccn coining from thc little cottageof thc AVid
ow Oakly; and at la.-t it was aiM'rted that hc
was sojm to liear olTtlicir good hool mistrcss
a his bride. This was all tmc, Mr. Sullivan
was talcnteil, agrccablc, good looking, and rich;
onc who, in his youthful days, nccd not fcar
thc frown of any damscl, and who now, in the
prime of manhood. might still havc won the
iairest. 15ut thc heart of thc bandsomc bach
ctlor seemed iimilncniblc, for ncarly forty
years reststing all thc channs of lieauty. IIc
came to thc sca-shorc to restorc liis hcad, and
lot his hcart.
'WJicn I s:iid I should dic a bacliclor,
I did not tliink I should livc to bc married."
thought hc, bhkhing like a scliool'girl at his
The aitpiaiiitancc bctween Jlr. Sullivan and
Alrs. Oakley coiiuncnccd by mcans of thc chil-dix-ii.
IIc onc day met thcm on thc beach as
they wore gathering sliclls, and bcing always
intcrcsted iu childrcn a surc sign tbat his
heart was good hc stoppcd to spcak with
them. Thc l)eauty aud vivacity of ltuth char
mcd hiin. whilc hcr unfortunate little compan
ion fillcd hini with dccp sympathy and pity.
I!y and bye, he found liimclf thinking lcss of
thc rhildrvn, and more of thc mother, until in
fact hc madc thc astonishing discoven- that he
iMrs. Oakly, now in hcr thirty-cighth year.
had jire-cried hiir bcau'y tlutnigh all hcr
troublesand iiciN-itudes of her hfc. Thcn'
arc somc tbmis and faces we see, upon wliich
time ap)vars unwilling to lay his witliering
hand and Alrs. Oakly was one of these. Thc
rosc yet lingered on her clicck; her cyes werc
soft and brilliaut: hcr mouth hail not lost its
lrelme:-s. nor hcr teeth thcir pcarly hue,while
thc dark hair fohlcd ovcr her finc brow was
as thick and glossy as in the days of her girl
hood. You may be sure the bacliclor was not for
any long dclay in thc mattcr that '-Ilappy's
tlic wooing that's not long a doing," was prc
ciscly hisidea so he madc a proposal at once,
and was accepted.
The evenins iirevious to her marriace, Mrs.
; uakly addresjcd a lctter to air. Altrcd Uak-
infonninT him rvf ihn rrcnt. thniirh shc. rntrTeil
ow s ow ""1c parlor, aftcr which, amid the
......r,,u,,Uini "iuiu, .uum
f tho villagcrs Mrs, SulH-
vandepartcd with her happv husliand for his
l)Cau,;,,l residence ncar thc head of Lake
"Wc will now return to Mr. Alfred Oakly,
and Icani how the world in thc intcrim has
fared with him. Prospcrity at the helm, his
riclily frclghted vessels carecred ovcr thc wide
oeean, no devastatingfircs dcstroyed his dwcl
ling, no whirlwinds nprooted 1ns forests, no
blichtor mildcw stole over his fields to nip thc
golden han-est, and yct, witli all this, therc was
man)j a beggar who gleaned thc rcfusc from
liis liitchcn, who knew more of happtncss than
this sclfish man. In thc first place, his wiie
had ncvcr rccovcred from the shock to her af
fections in beirg f jrccd to vield up her unfor
tunate child not only hcrhealth but her tem
pcr suffered scvercly. Toward her husband
in particular tliis change sccmcd pointed, and
as much as she had loved him previously hcr
coldncss was now proportionate
too, for Louisa, thc innoccnt cause of this rup
turc, it cxtcnded itsclf even to her, and thus
childhood, the rainbow-lighted period of life,
was to her ctouucu anu joylcss. lier latber,
stcrn anu morose, secludeu her irom playmates
of her own age her mother scldom greeting
hcr vntti a word ol atlection or a smue ot en
couragement hcr carcsses met by both with
coldness anvau the"vinning graces ot child
hood froivned down with disfavor. Her cdu-
cation, howevcr, went on as thongh her framc
wcre iormcd of tron. There was a stuT gov
crncss. whosc cold gray cye was evcr on hcr,
to watch that shc did not loll m sitting or stoop
in walking that hcr toes turncd out and her
clbows turned in that shc neither gpoiled her
mouth uy Jaughin" (little dangery nor her
cyes by crying. Tuen came thc music mastcr
with coimnanus for six hours daily practicc for
.i i..i, . i .i i i
mose iiiue nners anu tue uancinK-masicr,
saying "la'amscllc, you must be very gay
you cannot never learn dc dance vcn you do
loos so vat you call iat-i-gucu, llicn came
thc drawiug nmstcr, and the profcssor of lan-
guagcs; nor werc these all to wlucu her minu
was taskcd, for bcsidcs, wcrc thosc branches
which hergoverness professed to teaeh hcr
govcrness, Aliss l'inehcni, with whom in eom-
iKirisou Jlisa Bhmlicr ot Uhmbcr Ilall would
liave thrtmkinto insignificancc 5
Poor Little Louisa 1
Shc would somctimcs wonder if the little
childrcn sdu: rcad of in thn Bible had to lcarn
all such things to makc thcm good for Miss
Pinchcm was great on goodness always be-
ginning and cnding lier exliortations witri,
"Xow, Jliss Louisa, yoji must be good, and not
raise your cyes from your book" "You must
play thai tune with more scientifie grace, iliss
Louisa, or you will not bc goud" "You must
turn out your toes if you want to bc good"
lou will ncvcr be tiooil u you dont pro-
nounce bcttcr in short there was a creat
deal of goodness on Mis l'inchcm's wiry tongue
lct pcojilc say what thcy would, and tho' Lou
isa oftcn wondcred ichul made iliss l'inchem
io sooncr had Mr. Oakly accomphshcd his
object in ridding his sight of thc poor dcfor
mcd, than he wonld fain havc held himsclf ex
euscd from all obligations to thc widow but
hc darc not act out his wishcs, fearful in such
cascs that shc would claim hcr own, and thus
bctrav his disgraccful secret. hcn he rc-
ccivcd Mrs. Oaklcy'a Ietter, infonning liim of
hcr intended marnagc, his apprchcnsions wcre
ancw awakcncd. Could it bc possiblc shc
would kcep tlic sccrct from her husband 1
Doubtless shc would scorn the imputation that
Agatlia wa? hcr own offsprin;, and thus to
prcscrve lier matenial pridc ibrieit lier word !
O ! a thorny jiillow was that Mr. Oakly prcs
sed that night ! How oftcn in his drcams did
the palc corpsc of hisinjurcd brother risc up
K'forc him, and even in its lleshless arms it
bore thc shrunkcn form of Agatlia! But as
month aftcr month rollcd on, awelling finally
to years, and hcaring nothing further from the
Iatc Mrs. Oakly, he felt more at casc, so much
so that he entirely forgot hcr rcijuest rcla4ve
to the future advantage of lus dischargcd
child; an oven-ight very natural to such a
Louisa rcachcd hcr scvcntccnth ycar, and
as the bud gavc promisc so provcd the flower,
bcantiful and lovcly. Mr. Oakly was really
liroud of this ! IIc nicntally contrastcd hcr
light clcgant figure with thc probablc appcar
anccof Agatlia, and congratulatcd himself
that hc had not to bear about thc shamc of ac
knoifledgcing thc latter. Still, ho did not love
Louisa strange that hc had alniost hatcd hcr
for posjcssing those verj-attributesof lovcliness
for which he had prcfcrrcd hcr abovc his own
AVlien Louisa cmergcd from the seclusion
of tho school-room to the brilliant circlcs of
I'u-hion, she was caressed, llattcrcd, adorcd.
AVealth and bcauty tripping hand in hand scl
dom fail to win favor, and brought a throng of
admirers to thc fcctof thc hcircss who, how
evcr, diil not scem casily movcd; and many
wcrc thc suitors to hcr hand who met with a
kind but firni rcfusal. But, bcwarc, Louisa,
your alfections will bc held by your tyrant fa
thcr just as much enslavcd asyour person; and
now, woe' to you, should thcy ccntrc where he
loonlight, goldcn, twinkling stars, fragrant
hyrs, swcct from thc lip of the lilv'solt mu-
sic froin tmkling leaves, a lnurmur trom a np-
Iing nvcr, and through the wmding sliruhberj
slowly along the path tresclatcd by thc moon
bcams, wliich glint through the Icafy curtains,
Louisa is staying but not alonc-A youtli is by
her sidc, onc whosc ann hcr own cncirclcs,
who elasps hcr willing hand in his; onc whosc
whispcrs arc of love, and to whom hcr own
voice, gentlc and low, spcaks of hopc and hap
pincss m return.
Ah ! foolish, foolish Louisa! what arc you
thinking of? Only a poor painter and you
in love! Truc, he has talent, worth, gr.ice,
l-cfincment' but no moncy ! And you, unfor
tunntc youth, why did you love this unfortu
nate maiden. Know you not that man of
hcartlessncss and pride.hcr father, would glad
lv cnkh you to thc carth for lifting your cyes
lleavcnward to his danghter; that hc would
sonner buy hcr winding shect than that shc
should don her wcdding robe for theel And
vct, cvcn now, closcr arc you rivcting thc
chain, drawina heart to hcart, which nohand
but dcath canloose.
It wasJlic second summcr after Louisa's in
itiation info tlic gay world that thc Oakly fam
ily wcrc oncc more asscmblcd at Oak Villa,
thcir annual rcsort during the warm months of
.Tulv and August. "With no taste for reading,
a mind not attuncd for meditation, and the
quarrelousncss of an ungrateful old age gradu
ally stealing upon him, Mr. Oakly found thc
hmc drag most wcarily on amid thosc quict
"rovcs, Inhis cxtrcmity an idca suddenly
tla-ihed across his miud, which hc cagcrly
cauht at, as it promiscd to relieve somcwhat
of tlfat tedious vacuum betwccn thosc hours
wlicn such a man and happiness may alonc bc
said to look cach othcr in tho facc: viz, thc
hour of mealcs and this was to summon an ar
tistto the villa, for the purposc of dccorating
tlic walls of the saloon with tho portraits of its
inmatcs, He had not thought ofitbcfore, but,
quitc luckily, it now occurrcd to him that hc
had the addrcss of a young artist in his pocket,
for whom some friend of struggling gcnius had
solicitedpatronage, "Now hc could kill two
birds with onc stonc as it were, sccure the
plauditsof the world by taking the artist by
thc Iiand in so tlattsring a manner, and at the
same time pull awartho drag from the whcel
of time. Ile looked at the card "Walter
Evertson," and to "Walter Evertson did he
immcdiatclj-addrcss a lcttcr, rcqucsting his
prcsence at the villa.
Hc came a finc, handsome youth of thrcc
and twcnty, widi an eye like an cagle, and
hair dark as a starlesj nujht a dangcrous com
panion, wc must allow, for the gcntlc Louisa.
Ile was mct with condcsccndingaffabihty made
most apparcnt by thc mastcr of the honsc; and
bv Mrs. Oakly, who tcldom manifcstcd much
Vermont, Tuesday Morning,
intcrest in any thing, with cbol indiflerencc.
Jso wonder then, that hetumed with a thnll
of pleasure ting"&g his heart strings, to thc
gentle Louisa, whose manncrs at once so cour-
tcous and so rehned, ouered so agrceable
There arc somc pcrhaps, whose hcarts havc
never felt thc powcrs of love, who rail about
love at first sight as a theory to ridiculous to
dwell upon a chimera only originatin" in the
heads of romantic ischool-girls and bcSrdless
shop-boys; verj- well, iet them have it so; I on
lyissert that both Louisa and the artist, at
that first interriew, were favorably imprcssed;
and that a onci mtercoursc under the same
roof cemented their young hearts with all the
strensth of a first and truthful affection. Love
(himsclf a sly artist) traced cach on the othcrs
heart in ladeless tints. omcere and uuselfish
was the love which W altcr Evertson had con-
ceived for Louisa; a love which he intended to
bury within his own throbbmg brcast for he
dared not llatter mmseu tnat it would bc re
turned she, the heiress of thousands hc, the
poor unfriended artist. Yainresolve! It wai
tlie eveninjr with which this chapter commen-
ces, that, in an unguardeil moment, Jie had rc-
vcalcd to her his lovc, aud reccived the blcst
assurance of hcr own in return. But thcir
cup of joy was even then embittcred by thc
consciousnesj that hcr father, in his cold, scl
fish nature, would tear their hcarts asunder,
cvcn though he snapped their lite-stnngs.
In the nieantime the business which brought
him to thc villa was bein2 aecomtilLhed. Mr.
and Mrs. Oakly saw themsclvcs to the life on
eanvass, and now it only remained to consum-
mate his work by portrav-ing the features of
Louisa. Dcliahtful. vct dillicult task! Mrs.
Oakly had so far arouscd herself from her
usual lethargj-, as to insist that the figure of
Ixmisa licrsclf should be but secondarj- m thc
picture about to be cxccutcd. She was tircd.
,hc said, ot thosc stin, pnm ficures on sonibrc-
tinteu ground, lookmg out trom gilded lrames,
with eyeballs cver coldly glaring upon onc,
and would havea largc painting of rarc dcsign
and skill woods. fountains, birds, and llow
cre, to relieve the form and face of Louisa from
thisdull sameness. Yarious wcre the skctches
brought forward for her approval; and whole
days,whichEvertson wished might never cnd,
wcre spcnt in vain cndcavoos to scttle upon
omc onc of them for the purpose. Accidcnt,
howcver, at length fumishcd thc desircd tahl
eau although it would bc doing injusticc to
Evertson to lmply that he lackeu talent or o
riginality fine as werc his sketches, thcy fail-
d to pieasc jsirs. Oakly, bccausc suc would
not be plcased,
Onc morning Louisa strollcd out alonc. and
unconciously pursued her ramble until shc had
reached a bcautiful mcadow fringed with fine
old trees, whosc branches bcnt down to meet
their dark, lcafy shadows in the brisht waters
of thc Susquchanna. Birds wcresiii-jng mer-
nuy, butcrllics sportcd their golden wings, and
thc grashoppor chirpcd, blithely leaping thr'o
thc tallgrass. Hercand there, whcrc thc rays
ofthcsunhad not yet penctrated, wcrc thc
gossamcrs of clfin broiderj--mantles droppcd
by fain-s on their merry rounds in the clieck
crcd moonlight bcneath thosc old trces; there
was a drop of bncht ncctar. too. left m the c un
of thc wild flower, and the largc, tcd dover
tops wcre sparkling with dcw cems. I cannot
asscrt that Louisa saw all tbe beru'ies of this
fine morning; for,absorbcdin plcasingthoughts
upon which wc will not intrude, sali-ticd as we
ought to be that thc artist occupied a full sharc
sne scatcu ncrsclt bcneath one ot those sliad
owing trccs, and resting hcr chin uj.on thc
palin of her little hand, most likely, I am sorrj
to sav, heard neither the warblc ol" the birds,
the chccrfulchirping inscct, or saw the bright
glancinc rivcr, with thc little boat, which was
justthcn dancing ovcr its silvcn- ripiiles.
m i i. - i 1
-iiie rounu oi voiccs approacning m tne op
positc dircction, suddenly brokc m upon hcr
trancc, and she then, for the first time, rcllcc
ted that she had passcd the boundaries of her
father s land. The cstate adjoining had latelv
becn purchascd by a wealthy Englishmcn, it
was said. For many .wecks, rcpaii-s had bcen
going on in the old inansion, which for mveral
ycars had bcen tcnantless; andthefamilv werc
daily cxjiecting to arrivcjThat thcy ha'd now
done so was Louisa's conclusion. The voices
drew nearer; but, as trusting to thc thick fol
Iiage for concealement, she remained pcrfcctly
still; whcn apparcntly within but a fcw paces
from her the party stoppcd.
'AVliat a Jovcly view, exclaimcd a soft fcmale
voicc, "I wish ma'ma had not turned back, shc
would havc bcen so dclighted.
'It is truly finc,' was thc reply, in a mascu
linc voicc; 'it is cven more bcautiful than thc
vicw from thc lawn we so much admired last
cvcning; what if you wcre to sketch it.'
'If I had only brought my crayons, I wonld
dosonow. How lovely it i3 !' "answercd thc
lady. . '
'If you Iiavc strength for it, after your long
walk,' vras thc reply, I will rctiini for your
portfolio; hcre is a niee shady seat for you I
will soon bcback, but donot ramble aiva'y from
Louisa hcard thc retreating footstcps, and
was about to makc good hcr own, whcn a bcau
tiful Scotch air, very swcetly warblcd, arrcstcd
hcr attcntion. Thc song ceased abruptly, giv
ing place to a to a scream so louil and
shrill, as blanched the cheek of Louisa with
the huc of dcath. She sprung toher fect, and
panting with terror, cmergcd from her shclter
mto the opcn mcadow just as thc scream was
again repeated. She now almost breathlessly
looked around to detect the cause of alarm. In
a moment she sawit all. A noblc stag, having
probablv lcapcd the park-pailings, came bouii
ding swiflly acras thc mcadow dircctlv to
ward thc spot whero Louisa was standing, no
doubt with the intention of slaking his thirst at
the tcmpting stream. The tcrrors of Louisa
were at once allaycd; and she now hastencd to
the spot whence the screams issucd, to soothc,
if possible, the fcars of thc unknown.
Trcmbling irith fright, and clinging to a
trec for supjiort, was a fcmale, dwarf-uke in
statute, and deformed in shanc Hcr coun
tenancc was dcadly pale, and her cyc-balls, al
most fixcd with terror, wcrc straincd upon the
animal, as hc came leaping onward. Ere Ixm
isa could spcak he had approached within a
few paces, and as if now first nware of their
prcsencc, hc suddenly haltcd;arched his bcau
tiful, glossy ncck, and bending liis antlered
hcad, stood at bay. Seemg how utlcrly hcl
less was thc poor the unknown, Louisa sprung
forward, and telling her not to be alamied,
quickly placcd herself before her; but the no
ble stag, as ifdisdaining to war with womcn,
after gazing upon them a few seconds with liis
wild cyes, suddenly tumcd, and tossin" his
hcadproudly, trottcd off in another dirac
tion. At that moment how rcjoiced was Louisa to
see her Iovcr rapidly approaching for the
strangcr hadalready fainted.
'atcrl watcr !" she cried, 'quick, or slie
"Without spcaking, Evertson , rushed to thc
rivcr, and filling his hat with its cooling wa
ters; was in a cecond by hcr side.
Dec. 21, 1847.
'Poor rnrl ! she will die with terror. I fcar.
What finp features, and what beautiful hair,'
said Louisa, as she swept back the long tres
ses from her ncck and brow, purcr than ala-
In a fcw momcnts thc obicct of their solici
tudc opened her eycs. She could not spcak,
but pressiug the hand of Louisa to her lips,
pointed towards a mansion just disccniablc
through a dense shrubbery atsome distance.
'bhalU bear you home? inquired Evert
The strangcr looked her thanks; and liftini:
hcr in his arms as tendcrly as if she were a
babe, he procccdcd Mrith " thc almost lifeless
burthcn m thc dircction pointed out.
They mct, for the first time, the discarded
Agatha and thc lnnoceut usurper of her
Thc fancy of "Yaltcr Evertson seizcd at oncc
upon a sccne so nitcrestiii!r as tlie one lm had
just Witncssed. Ao sooner did he part with
i.ouisa at the door of thc saloon, than, hasten
ing to his studio, he began sketching the out
hnes ot this truthful conccptiou. liapidly did
he hasten on his own mi-crv bhssful uncon
scious the whileofthe sad tcrmination ofhis
labors. A evcr had hc wrought so well aud so
rapidly not a stroke but told. There was the
beautilul mcadow, with its bravc old trccs, and
thc river nleamiii!' throuah thcir branches: the
finc stag, liis antlered i'ront bent towards the
two lcinalcs; thc gi-aceful form of Louisa stan
ding bcneath thc old oak. sliieldiii!' the terri
fied strangcr, onc ann thrown around her, the
othcr shghtly raised asif motiouing the animal
away. .Lovc surcly "uided his handrfor. with.
out a sitting, thc artist. Jiad transfcrrcd from
his heart to thc eanvass the gentle features ol
Jxiuisa with an accuracy undisputable. Stri-
kmgly, too, hc had dclineated thc form and
tacc ot tlic uclormcd hcr long, waving tres-
ses lier palc countenancL herlarge eyes fix
ed in terror upon thc sta", and her small. mis-
sliapcn ligtirc. &ometlmig, too, had hc caught
even in that short intervicw, of the features of
Agatlia. 11c could not, howcver. iirocecded
to his task until it had reccived the aimroba-
uuuui uiu uiaiier anu misiresi oi ine mansion.
11c had purposely rcqucsted Louisa to bc silent
resiiecting thc morninii's adventure. that he
iiuirni. ov surnnse. outaiu tnc matti-rv im-r
thc wlums of Mrs. Oaklv, so hard to be urati-
ouu. juu nfiu liuw jmneciMCIV inviieu to
fin.l " .:. r , .
the picture room, togcthcr witli Louisa, to
passjuugemcnt on his beautilul sketch.
lo depict the scenc which lollowcd thc
withdrawal of thc curtain hchad placed bcfore
it would ln innins.sible. Tlrs. Onkk- .mvi imo
Iook, and with a drcadful shrick, exclaiming,
"My utiua : icii sensclcss to thc lloor. Air.
Oaklv, foaming with ra"e, his lace Iiwd and
distortcd, rushed upon the qftonislicd artist,
and m a voicc cliokod witli passiou, cned,
'Out of my housc, villam! Ila! do you
beard me thus ! AVhoarcvou, that ou have
thus stolcn my sccrct, and darc to sho'w me
that picture dare to place that hatcful imajre
before me V Out of my housc, I sav, crc 1 am
tcmpteuuo commit a worsc cnmcr
Astonislicd, licwildered, conluundcd, Lvcrt-
son lor a moment could .not spcak, nor would
the cnragcd man hear him whcn ho did. In
vain Louisa, wlulcstrivingto restorc animation
to her mother, nitcrccdcd, cxplamcd, cxpostu
lated alas! hertears and agitation only bc
traving to hcr father a new source of aii"er.
Sviring hcr by the arm, and bidding hcr seek
her clrtnibcr, hc thrust lier from thc rooin, and
. ii i..'iiing once more to the artist, as he rai-
ihe iuu manimate lorm of his wiie,
1 "ivc vou halt an hour to makc vour ar-
rangemcnts for lcaing my roof bcwarc how
vou excccd that time; whcn vou are readv vou
will find the sum due you in this cursed room
. !.,., r t : .
uain, and tnisting he might be ahle commiiui-
cate witli hcr in a few days, AValtcr Evertson
left thc villa.
"Whcn Mr. Oakly next entcred thc painting
room thc money of the artist was still then.
but tho fatal picture had disappcarcd.
A few vears aftcr his marriaec,Mr. Sullivan
took his familv to Europc. where thcr remain
ed until witlun a fcw montlis iirevious to thc
sinmilar mccting of Louisa and Agathx
In a bcautiful cottac on thc bordcrs of Loch
Katrine, tlicir livcs had becn onc uninfemipt-
cd scenc of happincss always cxccpting the
yeaming of a mother's hcart for hcr lost child.
The cducation of Kuth and Agatlia had fomi
ed tlicir chief care, & was such as a kind heart
ed, intelligcnt man likcMr. Sullivan was proud
to give them, sparing neither moiicy nor prc
ccpt, and aidcd, too, by the sujicrior judgment
and cxamplc of thcir cxcellent mother. ltuth
had grown up lovely and amiable, vnd at the
time the family rctumed to America, was aifi
anced to a fine young Scotchnian. Poor Aga
tlia had becomc even more unsightly in figure,
rct rctaincil all thc simphcity and amiableness
of hcr cliildhood. hatcvcr may have bcen
hcr own privatc feclmgs upon her unlortunatc
dcformitv, it was rare, indecd, that shc evcr
madc afiVion to it. "Whcn shc did, it was
with mcekness and resignation to her Maker's
will; for carly in lifc had Agatha givcn her
self to Him whosc lovc is more precious than
all carthly advantages. She scldom mixcd
with socicty, yct when shc did, cven strangers,
afler a slight acquaintincc, Ihougl.t no more of
hcr unshapcliness. Tlic sweet cxprcfsion of
hcr counten.incc intcrrested, her intelligence
"Whcn Mrs. Sullivan took posscssioti ot ticr
iifir res:i lenceon the SuMiuclianna, little did
shc dream how short thc distance wliich separ
ated her from hcr youngcst born ; and whcn
A"atha rclated thelngbt sne nau rcccivcuuu-
rin" hcr morning ramble, and spoke with such
entTiusiasm of the beautiful girl who had sono
bly comc to her assistancc, how little did she
tlunk ichose arms had cncirclcd the trembling
watba, iciose oiccitwas had tncu to soom
Mr. Sullivan avowed his dctcrrnination oi
calling inimediatcly upon thcir nciguuors to
cxpress his thanks, to thc fair maid, and thc
gallant young gcntlcman who had so ojipor
tunelv comc to the assistancc of dcar Agatha,
his pct and favoritc. He did so thc next dav.
but hc was too latc the house was deserted.
Agatha cvmccd much rcgret at the ctrcum-
stance. . , . .
'How sorrv I am!' said she; 'O, X do nopc
wc mav hereaftermectagain: the countenance
ofthat'charming girl haunts me a strangcr,
and vet not a strangcr. fcometunes, mama,
when vou look at mc as you do now, l ancosi.
fancv Iicr cvcs are on mc; and then again.
onlv" for lic'mg a blonde, it aopears to mcshe
greatly rcsembled dear ltuth.'
Mrs. Sullivan clianged color, and evidcntly
much asritated, she inquired of her husband it
hc knew thc nainc of thcir late neighbor.
'I do not.' was his reply, 'anu our scrvants
arc as ignorant as ourselvcs. iSh 1 hcre coincs
an honcst lad with berries to sell and a finc
tcmpting load, too. 1 will ask him whilc I pur
chase thc fruit.'
As thc boy mcasurcd out the bernes, air.
'"Well, my son, can you tcll me who lives in
thc fine old stone house just at thebcud of the
nvcr r .
'Oakly, siTfSqwre Oakly we call him hcre '
'ymcfc, quiefc, lathcr, ma'ma is faintin"!'
screamcu iviun, spnnging to her side.
xor a moment au was aiarm and conlusion
but at Icngth Mrs. Sullivan slowlyopcninhcr
cyes desircd to be led to her chambcr.
'I will lic down a fcw momcntcs I shall
soon be better; ltisnotlung nothing,' shc an-
swercu io incir aucciionatc soucituuc
AVhen alone, then did shc give way to her
v- AMiat liapniness ! hcr dcar Louisa hnr
long lost was found. Shc was good, too, and
lovely ; her kindness to astranger proved thc
lunucr, anu tnc assenions ot thc gratelul Aga
tlia the latter..' She might now hopc by somc
fortunatc chancc to see'her thcv niiaht now
mcet. O, how could she keen down her
throbbing hcart ; how would shc bc ablc to rc-
lrani trom clasping hcr to hcr bosoiii, and a-
oiiig ncrseii ncr motner. lien shc thought
she had rccovcrcd suflicient comjiosurc, shc
ngainjoincd the family; but it was almost as
soon (lissipated by the conversation which fol
lowed her entrancc intothe sittin room.
'My dcar,' said Mr. Sullivan, 'do vou know
these ioohsh girls are for makiiig out a rcla
tiojiship bctween theiuselvcs and our runawav
neiglibors clainiing a cousiusliip. ecn if scv-
cral dcgrccs removed, to thc fair hcroinc of
Agathas story can it beso, tlunk vouV
'This Mr. Oakly mav postiblv 'la.K becn
somc conncctioii of theirfathvr's.MalteredMrs.
'Had papa no brotlicrsV said Agatha.
'Ycs.onc, butsoine unhapjiy fanulv disagrcc
mcnt, howcver, preventcd any inte'rcourse.
They werc as strangers to eacfi other.'
' hat if this Mr. Oakly should provc Our
imi'ie. aiaii nc any laimiv, ma ma? asked
'I bclici e one onc daughtcr,' was thc al
most inaudable reply.
'Donot say any "more,' uliipcrctl Asatha
to her sister,' don't you sec how it distresses
Mr. Sullivan had obicrvcd thc samc thing,
and thc subjcct was drojipcd.
ln i fcw ilays the pajiers announced among
thc Iist of passcngers .-aileil for Havrc, tho
naiuc of Mr. Alfrvd Oakly, lady and daughtcr.
Another (light of ycars, and behold what
changes in tbe fortmies of Mr. Oakly. Adcr
sity liad at last scized its ictim. cortriii'' tothc
full its recngc for those ycars whcn its exis-
tcncc bad bcen but as a pliantom to thc wcal
thy nicrchjint ; he now felt its iron cltitclics to
be something more tangiblo than shadows.
Thc sca had swallowed his vessels; Ikimcs had
grecdily swcjit ovcr his waivhouscs ; blighthad
dcvasted his lields; failnrcs of fiims hc con-.id-ered
as good as the bank nay,Cen the bank
itsclf liiiled; and in the short spaceof onc ycar,
Mr. Oakly found himsclf .trippcd of all save a
mcrc pittance, which, with thc most acnipulous
econoiny, could liardlr support his family.
The tcachings of adversity upon the cold,"sel
fish hcart, are Mimctinies "blessed with happy
fniits. And thus it proved witli Mr. Oakly.
True, thc change was not instantancous; hc
lost not his propcrty to-lay, to becomc aC'hris
tian, a philosopher to-morrow. But as a drop
of water will iu tiinc wear away the hardcst
rock, so, little by little, werc the ilinty feelings
ofhis heart soitencd and purified. Thc wick
ed and sclfish dccds of liis past life arose up
bcfore him, cach with his own accusing tongue.
That fortune, for which he ha'd riskcd his soul,
had crumbled away, but these slood out pl.iin
and distinct, only to bc efl'actd through thc
mercics of Onc whose most sacred obligations
he had violatcd.
Mrs.' Oakly mct this rcverseof fortune hum
bly and uniomjilainingly. Happily, she was
ignorant of the sin of her hiibauil, in htving,
likca second Cain, dcstroyed his brother: Yct
she felt that for another criine the dhowiiilut
ofhis oiru ojj.-piing thc piuiislimcnt was just.
I lcr own cuiisciciice, too, rcproachcu hcr lor
the uniust fcellings in wliich shc has indulced
toward the innoccnt Ioiiia; nnd now, almost
for thc first tiinc in her life, shc treated hcr as
Kind, gentle, alfcctionatc Louisa! onlv tliat
sne s.iw iicr iwreius uepn vc. oi many toimorts
1 i" . i i ".. .
.much nouiu mnu soouieii incir ueciiiimg
jcais, snu nuuiu iiaiu rrjmucii in a ciiange oi .
fortune which Itad bniii,'ht with it their love
ln her hcart therc was a sccrct sbrrow which
phcmiidit brcathc to nonc it was her love lor
Walter Evcrston. Xevcr, sinec that fatal dav.
had she scen or hcard again from him; but
that he was faithful, and would be faithful uiilo
death, her trusting hcart asstin-d hen Wlicn
cax! and aflluencc siirnmniled her, this snddcn
.-eparatiou trom her lover, and under such nf-
llictmg and incxiilii-nhlc eircumstauees, liad
S'jcincd to paralyzc hcr cncrgics. Books, mu
sic, travel, all failcd to cxcitc more than mcrc
mechanical attcntion ; but now, in the sorrows
of her parcnts, shc Iot tlie sellL-.hncss of her
own, aud strovc in cvcry way to eoinlbrt them.
liat now had becomc nl thc oncc proud
merchant. His namc w,i no Iongcr hcard on
'change, unless coupled with a cicililor'sanath-
eina; and summcr Jnends, like thesunona
rainy day, were bcliind the cloud.
It was a cold, chccrlcss day in Dcccmbcr: onc
of tliosc dayi whcn onc hngs c losc to thcfin-sidc,
nd whcn even airlancc at thc duILsomtrousout-
of-door atmosphcrc makcs, or ought to make, onc
thankful for tlic blcssings of a )lcasant firc, to say
notliing of thc socicty of a friend, or the solacc
of a book. With all tlicsc comforts combincdhe
family of Mr. Sullivan had asscmblcd in thc
breakfast parlor. There was thc gratc, hcapcd to
the topmost tar of the polishcd stccl, witli
glowin anthracitc; thc scft carpct of warm
and gorgcous hucs ; luxuriant plants of forcign
climcs, lialf hiding thc cagcs of various little song
stcrs. whosc mcrry uotcs brcathed of spring-limc
and shadv grovcs : and thc facc of grim wintcr
shut out By rich, silkcn folds of crimson drapery.
Tlic plcasant morning mcal was alrcady passcd,
and the breakfast thinss rcmovcd, with thc cxccp
tionofthc bcantiful cotTcc-sct of Scvrc's rhina,
which Mrs. Sullivaii was so old-fasliioned as to
take chargc of herself, in prcfercncc to trusting it
with scrvants. Scatcil at thc hcad of the tablc,
anowy napkin in hcr hand. shc was now cngag
cd in this domcstic officc. 3Ir. Sullivan and Mr.
Danvcrs (tlic huslMnd of I'uth) had just gonc in
tothe the stu'ly, to talk ovcrsouicbnsincssaffairs.
ltuth had takcn tlie moming paper, and upon a
Iow ottoman by the sidc of hcr mother, was read
ing thc ncws of the day now to herself, or, as
she found a paragraph of pcculiar intcrot, aloud
for the gencral entertainmcut. Agatha was rc
clining upon the sofa, and ncstling by hcr sidc
was a beautiful lioy of two ycars old, playing bo
pccp through the long, simuy curls of 'Aunt
Oatty,' his mcrry little shouts, and infantilc prat-J
tie, qnite overpowcring ma'ma's ncivs.
'Why what can this mcan V suddenly exclaimcd
ltuth; 'do hcar this ma'ma. 'If thc formcr widow
of Mr. John Oakly (thc namc of hc prcsem hus
band unknown) be still Jivinjr, or the childrcn of
said John Oakly, thcy are rcur.csted to call atXo,
18 strcct, and Inqnire for A. O, or forward a
note to thc same addrcss, stating whcro thcy may
be found.' What can it mean, ma'ma.'
Without answcnnj, jSIrs. bullivan rosc trom
her caair; she trcmblcd in every limb, and her
countcnaiiec was deadly palc "
pUBLISUCD EVlSR-r TDESDAT MfSnx
BY JUSTUS COBB,
BT WHOt ALL ORDEKS I'OR rBIICTWe
H A M D B I L L S ,
'Ruth, dearcst, said shc, 'ring thc bcll, and o
uer the carriagc to thc door."
Kuth''"111' y01 SUrC'r WH1 n0t g Ut aIonc'' sa
'Ycs, alonc! do not distnrh rmir c,,,-r
swcrcd Mrs. Sullivan; 'alone rhast I meet this ti
al. My dcar girl-,' shc continucd, -ask mc i
iuuuuio. uou Knows wnat l am abotrt to lear
whcthcr tidings of joy or sorrow; bat 1 trust n
may bc cxnlainnl nlin T
In a few momcnts the carriagc wasat thc doo
luutiiT cmiiranng liuthand Agatha, shcd
partcil upon hcr anxious crraml.
Min passmg throngh so manr strccts that
sccmcd thcy must harc nearlv c'learcd thc cit
thc carriagc turned itito a narrow strcct, or ratlic
Ianc, aud stoppcd atNo. 18. a small two . lor
wooucn bmlduig. Mrs. Sullivan alightcd an,
rang tlic bell. Thc door was opcncd bv a littl
....-...,.... "..miiws iianucua ranl.on whie
she had wnttcnwifh a trembling hand, A perso'
wislung to spcak with A. O.'
cn ncr up stairs mto a small Darlor. Hrr rnrttir, 4
riOVr llPnrK fltrvrwit ltni nn.l 1. r.l. l"rt. 1. i
... ,i u3 n lill uiuicuir .
shc rouhl support herself to a chair. As soon a"?
shc could commaud herself. shc loolisl nrnnnH . !
SCC it SI1U COtlld dctCCt nilIlt ulitfra mw.l.t c. ll
trt hnr Ari.M 1.:M T' .1 - t . . . 1
: v ihc i.ojh: uil which SUIE
....ik. i.nc onc iook up onc.and tnrhc
to the title-pagc : in a prctty ItAhan hand wni
traml 'Lonisa Oaklv. Scvcral beautilul draw
mgs also attractcd hcr cyc thcv. too. lorc tlu
namc of 'Louisa Oaklv.' liut bcfore shc had timt
10 inuuigc in tlic blissuil hopcs this misedhcr!
mc uoor oprni-il. and ;.lr. Uaklv with an agitatior,
iK-arly wjual to her own, cntcrr'd the room. i
Jlany vears h.ul llown sinec thcv mct. aud tirrc?
on liolh had laid his withcriri? h.nnd . lnt il,il2
Mrs. Siillirun prcstntcd all thc licailtifiil traits o, !
a liCai'lTlll. hatmv ilorlinf intn tli.i -.nl.... r I
............ . ..... ..MI, ,t3 iiuiu.ii'u anu i
lt!H'nr(l rt-ttl. MmnHA ..n.l ..II .1... - . 1
advancing, hc cxtcudcd his hand.
If) Itlir lifif inti (.fnI.i.l ni .. il t.i,
inc utg lenrs Moniv rollcil down Iii-i vhct k. V
r t. i . ii . . . v
U1MMI.1II, tll.tlllllll .11 111' ii"iiitiinn
'CoininKc yonrseif.' rcphcd Ml Oaklr, 'Iuisii!
nuiku au iuc rcparauoii now Iclt me for mr 111.
inliri nml rmi.lft- V... 1 r.. - -ti
rccrcts foruast mili;td. l-'mTn mv i.n. 1
nnr n'liiiif mr iiiii irt.a .t .-....- 1.1 '
" i uiiiuii:ii. i w-oiiiu n,incraii
for a elear. unnrnisiii" rotif.i.Tif.n l"..rTti. r....-
cd on fr.iud, ou uncharitnlilcncs?, miM fioner or
Iatcrcoine to ruin. I onre dcspiscd povcriv nmf
riicri-nrii a iinugiuy spirit towaiil tlio.-e 1 arrO
pinlly dccmCd my infcriors. .ive 1 mt my rc
ward!' .l Mo Clt:.... i. .i?.. , i
iiiu in . vnini iirii inc oi air C'liiio inrrrrtiTf-
'Arhcre is shc '. M.iv I not scc hcr '
lcar with mc n little whilc longcr.' said 3Ir.
Oakly, 'iu half an hour shc shall tie vour.i forcvi-r1'
'My (j'od. 1 thank thcc!' cxrlaimnl Jlrs. Sulli
van. burstiii mto tcars ofjoy.
cs, 1 yii-lit ticr to jour arm. rontinucd
Oakly, -thc Iohest daughtcr that evcr M
inotlicr, aml rclu-ve you fircvcrfrom the i-lrargo j
of an unfortiinatc, to' whom my con.Uiot lins l.ccn I
lioth bnit.il and unnatund. Listrn to iuc,in.idaui,i
for u few iiioinrnti.' j
Ile thcn as brictiy as po-iMc made roiifc-.sioti ,
of the base art he had actcd taward his broihcr,
nnd thc mcans cmphncd to ruin him tm'iIi h
father; thc sellish inoincs whhh Inl to the tx-
changc of mldrcn ; rchitcd thc int idcnt of ihc
piiturc, and CDiiM'ii-m removal fiom O.ik ill.i i
for well did hc ilirine irl.n thc ilpfijrincd wa..
Jlc then spokc oi i.ODisa;ol hcr mnloim lovclinc-s
of charactcr, and thc gcntlcii'ss with whithshc
had Iiorne, as hc acknowlcdgid. his ol't rcjicatcd
Shc knows nll,' said hc in rrmrlnfpn, 'and (
waits cvcn now to rcccivc a mother's cmbrace. I )
willscndhcr tojou, and may her tears and ca
rcsses plcad ipy forgiwicss.'' s'o sa; ing, Mr.Oaklv
iii kly withdrcw. .
A moment an age to JIin. Sullivan ihc door .
n.nl, ..!....! .....1 1 1 "1.1 i f 1
in cpch othcrs arjn.s!
Thcrc are fcclins which no laiignagc can (ou
vey aml whirh lo attciupt to paiut would scim
ulmust n sacrilfgc! .
In a short tiinc ih. Oakly re-cntcrcd. ncrompa
nicd by hi wife. Thc nmeiing httwtcn ihc miuh
crs wxs paiufii! for cn h fflt thcrc w-ns still an
other trial far thcm! Mrs. Onklv now rcullv lor-
C(1 Um; anil ,at .,. S!Iiv..n w.is iuost'fond
, v attr.(htd to poor Agatha thc
O shc has Utn a sol.u-c aml a romfort to me!'
said shc to Mrs. Oakly. A moiv nohlc-niiiulcd
a tnorc ilnscllii'li. pnrc Iiciny rcvcr liicd than
ourdcnr Agalha! Iielicve mc. to part witli hrr
will lau.-c a pang nearly a- y:rcat as u'lCii I lirt
gave my d.nlinu Louisii to ;cur i.na '
Another hour r:m sjkiu iu fice coinmtinioii,
snd thcn tcndcrlv (inbrarinjf hcr new foiuiil
daughtcr. the liappr inotlu-r u liuiicd home the
eviuts of the iuormug seenicd aliuot liu blissful
tp Ipc n al !
It wrs somelimc rrc she rouhl roniniand her
self Miilicieiitlv to the task bcfore hcr. At length
suimiioiiiii all hcr n'ililion shc mnilc knov n
to hcr astonishcd l.uband aud llulh tlic strangcr
sccrct shc had so lonjr huricd in hcr Imnst.
Mr. Sullivan iiiulcrtouk to brcak thc intelli
gence to .Agatha.
I'oor Asatha was very much ovcrrome. atid
for scvcral hours her distress was such a.- mado
thcm almot trcniblc for hcr reason. AlthouIi
the cirrumstanccs wcrc rclated in the most euard
cd and dclicrt.' manucr, r.or even a hint pien n-i
to thc motives of au act so unnatnral us her father
had becu gtiilty of toward hcr hcrscnsitivc miud
too well divineil thc caiifc.
'Yct how can I blaine thcm.' said she. planriiijr
in a niirror os shc spoke, 'who could locsmha
bcing ! Ah forgii c me,' she cried, Uirowing hcr
arms around ihc ncck of Mrs. Sullivan. who now
joincd thcm 'forgive mc yu yon mcived mo
my wt, my ucaresi, my oiuy niotlicr yoti took
the uttlc outcast to you arms tou i-ould lovc even
the iiii-shapcn chilil whom othcrs loathcd !'
Mrs. Sulliran stmve by the most gcnllc carcs
ses to sooth hcragi:atioh".atid at Icngth sni-cccdcd
so far that Agatha Iistcncd camly to all she liad
to say, and cxpressed hcr desirc to I uiilcd by
hcr in crcrything rclating to this (to her) painful
Almost in a fainting statc was AfrJiha givtn to
hcr mother's arms, and at the siht of her fath.r
shc shnddcrcd and buricd hcr facc in hcr Iiuni!...
O thc pang that went to thc soul of hcrwrctih
cd father as hc wimcssctl this !
'Agatha, ray cftiJ, will yon not thcn look upon
me ! will you not say you forgive me !'
She cxtcnded hcr hand wct with tcars :
Fathcr. 1 havc nodiing to pardon. I am not
now lcss hid,ccus in form tlian whcn to look ujioii
mc causcd you sliame and sorrow. In giving me
to mr dearcst aunt you gave me cycry blosimr,
cvcrv happincss. this world ha for mc but do
not,0 do not now tear-mc from hcr ''
'OGo.1! 1am rightlv punishcd !' cxclainml
Mr. Oakly Tn v own child in turn dUown ue !
'Agatlia, said Mrs. Oakly. wil you not love me
Iovo vour mother. Agatha !'
Agatha hcsitatiil, aud hcr beautiful cyes
strcamcd witli tcars
'JVitr! I can give. that' namc to but one !
Iiere lure is my mtAajJfturning aud throwimr
hcr arms around the ncck of Mrs. Sullivan.
Kot so was it with Louisa. Like a dovc long
panting for its rct, shc had at last rcachcd tfcat
havcn of lovc a mother's Lcart !
Indccd so much distress did thc thought of be
in sniwrate from hcr more than moUicr i-ause
poor A -atha that fearful for hcr heaitb, Mr and
,Mrs SuUivj rcvjunl uptn hir pauut. to take
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