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TIio Borrowed Trunk,
WHAT WAS IX IT.
CYRUS DURHAM was very busy on a
certain afternoon making an omelet.
At lea.st ho called it an omelet, Imt in reali
ty it was nothing more than scrambled eggs.
" Omelet" Rounded better, but it would not
have tasted half so good, especially if Cyrus
had had to make one himself.
In order to understand why this young
man cooked his own eggs it must be known
that he was a medical student in Philadel
phia, and tho sou of a very respectable and
by no means ungenerous physician in Mary
land, who allowed him for his expenses
quito enough to keep him eoinfortably,cven
in a largo city. Rut Cyrus, who always had
tabic board on Walnut street for about the
first half of every month, had generally been
accustomed from necessity tolivo in a "bach
elor hall" style for the remaining portion of
the month in his rooms on Sansom street.
He was very nicely situated in these- rooms,
iind tho high rent ho paid for them contrib
uted not a little to his slimness of purse
during those days which immediately pre
ceded tho arrival of his monthly remittan
ces. His "study" was on tho second floor
of what is known in tho city of Brotherly
love as tho "back buildings," and was ap
proached from the long entry by a single
flight of short stairs. This room looked
out at the side on a pleasant yard, was very
well furnished, and was altogether quito
too good for a young fellow who ought to
liavo been satisfied with a garret anywhere
whero ho could study unmolested. Rack
of tho largo room was a small bedchamber,
generally tenanted not only by Cyrus him
self, but by any ono of his companions who
might stay too lato studying anatomy or
Cyrus was bending over his littlo wood
Btovo stirring ids eggs rapidly lest they
should burn, and keeping an eye at tho
same time on tho coffee pot, which, howev
er, had given no signs of boiling. It was
only four o'clock, but Cyrus had only a
slight lunch, and so wanted an early supper.
This power of having his meals when ho
choso was another advantage of his mode of
living. His tablo was set with a small lin
en cloth, (tho clean side up) a cup and sau
cer, and a plate. Tho "omelet" was just
done, and Cyrus had given it tho lastscrapo
around tho pan, when ho heard a knock at
"Come in," said he, and tho door opened
and the knocker entered. Cyrus looked
around and dropped on top of the stove tho
frying pan which bo wag just lifting off by
the long handle. In tho doorway stood a
young lady, drcssod in the loveliest possible
traveling suit, with roses in her cheek far
AN INDEPENDENT FAMILY
more -.'lowing than tho pink lining of her
"Mr. Durham," said she.
"Why, Miss Riroh!" cried Cyrus (with a
fare redder than any silk a lady would dare
use to line her parasol). " I had no idea
I am very glad to see you; take a seat. You
must excuse me bachelor's halhyou know.
When did you come'.'"
Miss Fanny Rirch was by no means un
embarrassed. She had hesitated about
calling on Mr. Durham, and would certainly
have postponed her visit had she thought
she would have found him cooking his din
ner, supper, or whatever it was. Rut she
took a seat which Cyrus placed for her, (as
far as possible from tho stove, but unlucki
fy facing it), and with a little laugh, which
was intended to restore her self-possession,
and which had a part ial success, asked him
where he supposed she had come from; and
then, without waiting for an answer, pro
ceeded to inform him that she had not come
from home, but was just going there (she
lived about half a mile from Mr. Durham's
place) from her uncle William's, whero she
had been nearly a month.
" You know," said she, " that he lives in
New Jersey, just a little way out of Tren
ton." Cyrus did not know it but he did not say
so,but asked her if she had a pleasant time.
She answered that it was at iirst,but she be
came tired as soon as her cousin Emily had
been obliged to go back to boarding school.
He knew thoso Connecticut schools always
commence their terms right in the finest
weather; and did all the students keep
bachelor's hall this way?"
Cyrus said tho most of them did; at any
rato those who liked better and fresher food
than they generally got at tho boarding
houses. Then Miss Fanny remarked that
she thought it was a very good way if
you only knew how to cook; and didn't ho
think that whatever was in that pan was all
burning up? Cyrus turned round and said
ho thought it was; and so he took tho fry
ing pan, full of blackened and smoking
eggs oil' tho lire, and moved the coll'ee-pot
When ho sat down again there was a lit
tlo silence. Ho knew she had not come to
see him simply because they were old friends
and neighbors, and he thought it very pro
bable that sho had something particular to
say,and was wondering how she should say
it. Ho was right. ' After looking out of the
window, and remarking that she should
think tho people in the next liouso could
look in hero, she said:
" Mr. Durham, I guess you wonder why
I cainc to seo you. Oh, yes, of course you
aro glad; but, you see, I left, uncle's this
morning by tho boat, and sent my trunks
on homo by express, and coming off tho
boat at Arch street, or somewhere I have
not tho slghtest idea where I had my
pocket picked, or liJPst my port-moimaie;
and I didn't know a soul in Philadelphia
who could lend mo enough to pay my fare
in tho cars, except you, and I thought I
could borrow somo of you. I know you
lived in Sansom street, but I had to ring at
ever so many houses before I found you at
Now, as Cyrus had exactly forty-eight
cents in his pocket, this was rather hard on
tho young man.
"You sec," sho continued, "that if I
take tho six o'clock train for Raltimoro, I
will get there about ten, and I can stay with
Mrs, Sinclair to-night. The cars will take
mo right past her door, and father will send
you tho money "
"Oh don'tmention that," said Cyrus, who
looked exactly as if ho was returning from
the grave of a pair of twins. " But I have
not I think not at least but that need
make no difference. I'll just step out and
get it. Oh, I'm very glad, indeed no trou
ble at all very glad you eamo to me just
mako yourself comfortable bore for a few
minutes. There's pipe I mean there's
some books perhaps you would like to look
I will be back directly. No trouble at
So off went Cyrus with his baton hind
part before. As for Miss Fanny Rirch, she
first wished ho hadn't come. Rut then sho
thought that she couldn't help it, she had
no other place to go to. Rut she thought
of course he'd have money enough for that.
What a pity about thoso eggs just as
black as a crisp ! What, a funny way of liv
ing! I wonder if he callsthese things clean?
lie ought to have somebody to wash those
cups and piates for him; but I suppose it
wouldn't bo bachelor's hall if he didn't do
it bimseif. All t hose books arc full of hor
rid bones, I expect; I'm sure I don't want
to look at them. I should think he did
nothing but smoke.; pipes everywhere.' I
wish he'd hurry back. Why.Jit's six o'clock
now. Oh, that clock don't go I declare,
it frightened me. Why don't he keep his
clock wound up?"
AVith thoughts like these Miss Fanny be
guiled a part of tho time that sho was
obliged to wait for Cyrus; but at length, ti
ring of examining the room, sho ventured to
take up a book, which fortunately proved
to bo an odd volume of Macauley, and so
she forgot the world in following the for
tunes of William of Orange until Cyrus re
turned. That poor man had a hard time of it. On
reaching tho street he stood for a moment in
doubt, anil then hurried to Win. lleiskill's
boarding house, to try and borrow ten dol
lars. He knew that live would pay Miss
Kirch's passage throujih to her father' s.but
he could not offer her less than ten. Ileis-
kill was out. Then a quick run round to
Walnut street revealed tho fact that Sey
mour "had gone out walking, sir, with Mr.
Ileiskill." Cyrus khew that there was but
little chance of finding any of his student
friends at home on such a fine afternoon;
but still ho hurried down to Spruce street
to see if by chance littlo Myles was trying
to make up for lost time by a trille of study.
Rut Myles if ho happened to be engaged in
any work of sclf-beiielit, was not doing it
"Confound it," said Cyus, "I'll try pious
" Pious" Arnold was so called, not on ac
count of any particular religious tendency,
but simply because ho attended lectures
regularly and studied hard in tho mean
time, refusing all temptation in the way of
card parties, excursions, and other diver
sions. "Pious" was at homo, but was very sorry
be could not lend Cyrus a dollar. Ho had,
although bo did not say so, twenty-seven
dollars in a littlo black box in his trunk,
which was exactly what bo owed his land
lady at tho end of tho month, and in declin
ing to part with any of it ho did perfectly
right, for it is very doubtful if bo would
have had any of it back in time to sustain
bis reputation as tho best paying student in
Poor Cyrus was dumbfounded, lie knew
not another soul to whom he could apply.
Ono of the professors, with whom be had a
previous acquaintance through his father,
might bayo helped him out; but ho lived
over in West Philadelphia, and there was
no time to go to him. It was now striking
five, and tho train started at six. Ho had
nothing to sell. Ho had lent his watch to
help pay for his walnut book-case which was
ono of the recent ornaments of his room, and
he bad nothing clso on which, at such short
notice, ho could raise a dollar. Ho stopped
on his way back from Arnold's, again at
lleiskill's boarding house; but of course ho
had not returned. What, in tho na'nio of
everything that was absurd, was bo to do ?
After somo ten minutes of fruitless beating
of his brains, bo como to tho conclusion that
ho must return to Miss Birch and tell his
shameful story, for if Miss Birch bad any
other way of managing this diiliculty it was
time that 6he was about it. So ho went to
Miss Fanny aroso, but tho moment she
saw bim she knew ho had not got the mon
ey. And so there was no necessity of his
telling his stoiy of shame and povert y. She
had so much pity for his manifest embar
rassment and downheartedness that she
"There you bavn't got the money. All
you students spend every cent your fathers
send you as soon as it conies, and so yon
couldn't borrow any. I have no doubt but
that it will all come out right. Such things
" That may all be," said Cyrus, "but I
do not seo how it is to come out right.
You might go to a hotel and send home for
"Would they not make me pay something
as soon as I got there?" she asked, inquir
ingly. " Not if you tiavel like a person who has
plenty of money with plenty of trunks and
" Rut I havn't got any trunks; they are
sent by express."
"Oil, as for that," said Cyrus, brighten
ing up immediately, "I could lend you a
Tho method of gaining credit seemed so
funny to both of them that they laughed as
heartily as if there was no such trouble as
money in the world. Miss Fanny declared
however, that she would not put Mr. Dur
ham to all that trouble; but Cyrus assured
her that it was no trouble in tho least to
"In fact," said he, "it's asplendid idea !
Just think of it ! Why, I can mako money
out of you 1 I have a trunk with books and
things that I have packed ready to take with
me during vacat ion, and I should have to
send it by express. Now, you can take it
right on for me, and it will go as your bag
gage, and will cost neither of us anything.
What do you think of that idea?"
"Perfectly splendid 1" cried Miss Fanny.
"And how willj go to the hotel with my
"Oh, I will arrange that, easily," said
Cyrus. "And now you don't know how re
lieved I feel."
"So do I," said Fanny. "Rut I knew it
would all como out right some way. I
wish thoso eggs were not all burned up, for
I would ask you for somo of lliein. I'm aw
It is astonishing how a common trouble
and a common relief accelerates the growth
of familiarity. Rut then Fanny and Cyrus
bad known each othercver since they were
"Oli, I'vo plenty more I" cried Cyrus.
Let mo cook you some you won't sret any
thing to eat just the minute you get to the
And ho ran to the littlo wood-stove, where
some embers still remained. Fanny demur
red and "declared," but Cyrus persisted;
and so a lire was quickly kindled with light
wood, and ho made fresh coffee, while Fan
ny took off her gloves and beat un tho awn
as well as she could for laughing at Cyrus'
funny way of doing things keeping l,;s
ground colleo in a porter bottle, and all that
stale bread, as if ho ought not to know how
much ho wanted, exactly, when bo bought
"But then, you know, I must always be
ready for company, " said tho happy Cyrus;
and there was moro laughing and somo dan
ger of egg splashes on a new traveling
dress. When it camo to settintr out :,u,t
thcr cup, saucer and plate, Fanny asked,
wouiu no please excuse her, but if ho would
not feci insulted sho thought
them off a litt'.e, if that was hot water in one
ot thoso spigots over thoro in tho corner.
And when the shining queens-ware was
placed on tho tablo Cyrus vowed that it had
never been so white since it had first been
They had a delightful meal, but no but
ter, uyrus couldn't keop butter, ho said,in
that hot weather. But tho bread wnaTinfnli
cako with raisins in it, and tho cofleo, with
cream that was just beginning to turn, was
capital, and so were tho scrambled v.rr st.
Our friend was as happy as a king. He
was so glad that Ueiskill and the other fol
Terms: IX ADVANCE,
One Dollar per Year.
lows had been out when he called, and be
only hoped they would not drop in on him
on their way back. Rut there was no
danger of that. Miss Fanny seemed to re
member that tho afternoon was on the wano
and rising and declaring that she had never
had a nicer supper, " principally because it
was so funny," said she must be going, and
which was her trunk?
"Tho smallest of those two yellow ones,"
said Cyrus; "and we will write your name
on a card and tack it on tho end, so as to
make everything ship-shape."
This was soon done, and then Cyrus went
for a hack. Ho knew a man who " stood"
near tho college, anfl who had trusted him
before, and who would do it again. Cyrus
gave him somo private instructions in re
gard to making it appear that the young
lady had just come from tho Kensington
"That can bo worked," said tho man;
"Tho train is just in about ten minutes
So they hurried back. Miss Rirch was
escorted down, and the man sent up stairs
for tho trunk. So far so good; but Mrs.
Stacey, the landlady, a thoroughly good
soul, but a little careful about students, now
made her appearance, with a look of anxie
ty on her face.
"Going to take away your trunks, Mr.
Durham'." said she, as soon as the lady was
in the carriage.
Cyrus led her back into the hall, and ex
plained that it was only ono trunk, and that '
he was not going to leave tho house, and
would explain to her in a minute. A thought
of all his fnruituro now came over tho good
lady's mind, and sho retired for the present.
The trunk was now strapped on, and at the
door of tho carriage Cyrus was about to
take leave of Miss Fanny, when she re
membered tho dispatch. Cyrus promised
to attend to that (for he had just about mo
ney enough); audit was agreed that it had
better bo sent to her uncle, as her father
lived nearly three miles from a station.
Then good-bye was said, and away rolled
Fanny to the Iji Pierro House with Cyrits
Durham's heart, Yes, she had it certainly.
He had known her and liked her, ever so
much, for years; but ho had never seen her
in tho full bloom of young womanhood
before. Sho had never before had such an
intiniato littlo bit of sympathetic action
with him: sho had never before eaten at his
When poor Cyrus went back into his
room after sending tho dispatch, he sat
down disconsolately. How dark, dreary,
and common looking, was everything!
How disagreeable was that littlo stove, and
how hot ; and how stupid were those dirty
dishes! Ono cup, saucer, and plato he put
away and vowed ho would never wash
them, lie was not a fool but he was
Then ho lighted bis pipo and sat down to
ruminate. There she had sat and talked to
him; there she had stood by the tablo while
ho was writing her naino on tho card; and
there sho had held it against the end of tho
trunk, whilo ho stuck the tack through tho
first corner; yes, 'anil there it was still !
There was no doubt of it the card was
just whero ho had tacked it. What did it
mean 1 Oh, that stupid hackman had ta
ken tho wrong trunk !
Cyrus had scarcely comprehended tho ex
tent of this mis fort uuo when thero was
a knock at tho door, and thoro entered
Ileiskill, Seymour, and littlo Myles. They
had just got in from a walk in the country;
had a capital dinner at four o'clock, and
were now hero to go to work, they said, af
ter an afternoon of play. In order to prove
this assertion they each lighted a pipe and
seated themselves around the roomwith
their feet upon tho highest article of furni
ture that they could reach. :.
"What is the matter with Cy!" said lit
tle Myles. "What makes him so quiet, and
why is he setting here with tho room full oi
the shades of evoning, like a miserable
Cyrus made somo joking answer, aud l i-