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EDGE?TELD, S. C., MAY 2, 1866.
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VOLUME XTXI.--NO. 18.
JUST OPENING AT
MRS. D. O'CONNOR'S,
(Next to Gray, Mnllarky ? Co's.)
No. 226 Broad St.,
Straw, Silk and Illusion iiounets ; .
Straw and Leghorn Hats :.
Bridal Wreaths and french Floiver* ;
Spring Bonnet and Trimming Rib
Fancy Dress Buttons ;
Bogle Gimps ;
Kid Gloves, Lace Mitts and Farasols ;
(ire ned nie and Berege V eil sus ;
Blaek and White Lace Teils ;
Thread Laces, &c.r ?Site.,
Embracing every variety and style of Goods in
the above line, togethor with a grout many other
desirable Goods cot enumerated, to which sho
calls the attention of thc Ladies.
Auguata, Mur 27 -Im 13
THE fashionable public, and those who desire
good fitting CLOTHING, manufactured of
the finest Saxony Wool or Linen, unmixed with
whoro the groatcst durability and finish are com
bined, will find it to their iuterest to examine oar
stock. Wo are otTerin-?
AT THE PRESENT
time greater bargain? than can bc obtained in
any other Fashionable Clothing Establishment.
Give us a call and you will fiud our
arc extremely low. Econorrist? who wish the
advantage of buyiog-Spring Clothing at
rates, will Cnd it to their interest to give us neall.
To our old patrons, we would: respectfully say
has beeu markod _<jo}^ntao?T "fl - ' U??.
prosent scarcity of cash, and cannot be surpassed
for cheapness. Our stock is varied, and hns been
selected with great care. We keep a full stock of
extra sir.c Garments, to meet the demand? of those
who ennnot get flited nt any otherjestublisbnicn;.
Call and examine for yourselves, at
I. SIMON & CO'S.
FAS t? i o s ABLE CLOTHING ESTABLISHMENT,
224 Broad Street.
Mar 21 tf 12
Drugs, Medicines, &c.
PLUMB & LEITNER,
* 212 BROAD STREET,
WOULD resp^ctfullv invite tho attention ol
MERCHANTS, '.PLANTERS and PHY
SICIANS to their Stoek of
PAINTS, OILS, BRUSHES,
FRENCH WINDOW GLASS,
SOAPS, ie?, Atc, &c.
PLUMB & LEITNER,
212 Broad Street,
Mar 7 3m 10
S. M. JONES & Z. Ai RICE.
WE respectfully invite our old friends and the
travelling public to give us a call. Noth
ing shall he wanting on our part to sntisfy the in
ner and outer wants ?f man.
JONES & RICE.
P. S. The Georgia and Central Railroad money
taken at I'M cents., tho Union Bunk of South Car
olina at 50 cts., and the bank of Athens 30 ct.?.
Augusta, Nov. 20, 6m 47
SUBSTITUTE FOR PERUVIAN GUANO
Baugb'j Raw Bone
n?Mw-j Ml J
33axigh. <& Sons.
M j NJJFA C TUREE S & PE OP RIETOES
No. 20, Sontli Delaware Avenue,
This valuable MANURE has beet beforo the
agricultural public, under ?ne name, for twelve
years past, and its character for "vigor of action
and permanence in t-flVct is well estaMMied. Be
fore tho war it was introduced to some extent in
the P.?ut!tern States, and was found ti be highly
Cotton, Tobacco and all trops.
Ami as a perfect substitute for Peruvian Cu
nno, (afforded at less than one half tho cost.) it
has been adopted by agriculturists of known in
telligon'e and di>eritnioation. It is warrnutcd
not to exhaust the soi', bat on tho contrary per
manently to improve it. Tho galee now amount
tn many thousand ?otis annually, and the facili
ties for its manufacture are extensive and com.
pMinphlet. describing its distinctive claims, may
he had on application to the undersigned, aijent
of the mauttfa^tn'rers, from whom thi MANURE
may at all times be obtained.
jfr Planters ?nd Dealors would do well to
tend in their orders early to
J. Os JIIATHEWSOIY,
Feh 13 . .. "' tf 7 "
AT H. A Gray'a Watoh Repairing Shop, a lot
of SPLENDID BUNNING CLOCKS, wy
low. Wm-fi tn hwy im
Afc? ? *
Thoughts of Heaven.
No sickness there
No weary-wasting of tho frame away :
No fearful shrinking from tko midnight nir"1;
No dread of summer's bright and fervid ray.
No bidden grief
No wild and chccr'.css vision of despair;
No vain petitions fora swift relef;
No toarful eyes, no broken hearth aro there !
Care-has no home . -
Within the realm of ceaseless praiso and song
Its billows break away and melt in foam, .
Far from the mansions of th o spirit throng.
Thc storm's black wing
Is never spread athwart celestial Fkios !
Its wailings blend not with thc voice of spring,
As eome too tender floweret fades and dies !
? No night distils ?
Its chilling dews upon the tender frame ;
No moon is neodod there! the light which fills
That land of glory, from its Maker came !
No parted friends
O'or mournfo.1 recollections havo to weep j
No bed of death enduring love attends,
j Ti' watch the coming of a pulseless sleep.
' No blasted flower,
Or withered bud, eolcsti?^'gardens know ;
No scorching blast or fierce-descending shower
Scatters destruction like a ruthless foe.
No battle word
Startles tbe sacred host with fear and dread;
Tho song of peace, creation's morning heard,
Is sung wherever angel minstrels tread.
Lot us depart,
[f homo like this.await tho weary soul !
Look up, thou strickon one ?' Thy wounded
Shall bleed no more at sorrow's stern control.
With faith, our guide',
White robed and innocent to lead tho way,
Why fear to plunge in Jordan's rolling tide,
And find the ocean of eternal day?
BE RN ICE WHATELY'S SORROWS.
Chnpter IV.-Brighter Prospects.
June was hiding ber hot face in the wood
land. The brown rooks sweat as they leaned
over the -streams. The trees shook all over
with delight when a stray breeze wantoned
idly into their arms. The pasture ro<es opened
the reddest of petals ulong the Ledge rows,
and sent out the most fragrant of perfumes
upon the chance breezes of the morning.
The short grain was waving on the sunny
slopes, and the young corn showed itself)
spreading its leaves in the broad fields.
Just over the large hill in Mayview, Air.
Spaulding'? well kept farm budded ali over
iu fruitful promises. The applo and plum
creva .rrirp?'K ^??*I.I>C?*?.^.J,":r ?i,n,|jMnt
bios oms, but held unseen among th"eTr^;T?cTT
leaves the germs for the autumn's fruitage.
.His hills were dotted with glossy kine, and
white sheep nibbled the grass of the slopes;
The family was a prosperous and happy one.
Emily Spaulding bad growti to womanhood
under the happiest cirtumstauces. It was
the hardest thing in the world for her to be
lieve that there was wrong and wickedness
in the world. She had married an honest
hearted farmer, who, living apart from the
cities. had escaped the allurements of vice.
They had only one child, a boy of two
yeats and a girl of lourtceu lived with them.
She was an orphan niece, who for the last fivt
years had made their house her home.
" Neal," said the wife, at the close of ?
sweet June da)', " I can't get along alone i!
you are bound to build another barn before
j haying comes on. You will have to secure
? the services of five more men, and they with
j yourself and Bentley will make seven men to
cook for. 'Hetty must he kept at school, and
Harry needs looking* after, and-"
" Don't enumerate any more, Emily. You
certainly need help badly enough."
"And five cow3<o milk, and all the wool
to spin, the fowls to tend-r-'3
" Forbear f' he cried. "I shall not dare
to seek a girl with the knowledge of what
will be before you women ; and faith ! where
in all Mayview do you think of a lassie that
can bc spared to assist us?"
" That is just the trouble, Neal. I cannot
think of one woman, old or young, who, for ?
love or money, could be sparea to help me." ,
There was a low knock at the door. Emily
arose, at the same time with her husband, he .
passing out to the field, readily divining that ,
the faint summous at the door wns that of a
woman or child. Mrs. Spaulding was sur
prised into silence at the apparition before
her. A young girl, fair and pallid as a mar- ,
ble, with a bit of a baby on her breast, look- ,
ing up tc her with great, hungry eyes, crav- (
ing. protection. ,
I am very weary," said a voice of softest ,
intonation ; can my baby and I tarry here ,
to-night ? L-will fait ly recompense you for :
your trouble.'' I
Inexpressibly moved, Mrs. Spaulding put ;
out her hands to lake the babe from the pale
*. Come in. Yes, indeed dear, you are wei- j
come. Bless me, what a little babe ! How ?
old is it.'" And she kissed it as she went
into the sitting-room.
" A little more than two months, madam."
Mrs. Spaulding hushed her noisy little boy,
and depositing the atom of a babe on the
lounge, where Mr. Harry rose on his tip Uro
to esamiue it, she turned to her gudtt, and'
removing her bonuet and shawl, asked her
what she would have to eat.
u Just a bowl of bread and milk ; a very
little. I am too weary to be hungry."
The kind-hearted wifo returned -with the
refreshments, nr.d:.sitting down by the, sleep- ,
ing habe, took Harry in her lap while point
ing out the tiny hands and fingers, allowiug
tito mother to finish her repast in silence.
After carrying away the bowl for safe keel
ing from Master Harry's investigations, Emi
ly sat down beside the young stranger, whose
head had dropped apon'ber band, and strove
to make some common place remarks, to
whicli her guest answered only in monosylla
bles. Drrtctly Hetty came in and took Har
ry off to bed, and then Emily, whose heart
wai lull from stud) ing the bini and weary
f.ice before her, laid her hand on that of her
guest, saying in a sisterly voico,
" You are in trouble, dear, are you not?
Could you confide in me? I will be as true
a friend as you have on earth."
" Ah me I" was the hopeless answer, " I
have not a friend on earth, and no relative
save this little innocent child of shame."
And the eobs that had swelled her heart to
bursting evor ataco her eyes had been lifted
to meet Emily Spalding's loving glance, now
broke forth, shaking her lorin with tue|rdeen
atid convulsive power.
For answer Mrs. Spaulding drew th? bowed
head to her bosom, and SP oothed the cluster
ing hair from the pallid, blue-veined temples.
' Calm yourself, dear," said the soft, pity
ing comforter, "and freely tell me all, I
cannot understand such wickedness as has
been enacted towards you ; but He who
brought comfort to Hager and her son in the
wilderness hafh opened a well of love for you."
y My God, I thank thee.!" waa the fervent
Calming herself immediately, for Bernice
bad great porers of i?S cot?rol, ?he ia a lit
Ile time narrated L. r whole life to tho ;
" I cannot conceive of so much wick
and desolation being rife in the world
havo mingled so little with it that 1
know how to judge."
A? Bernice finished her narrative s
the same question to Mrs. Spaulding tl
had asked so often before, il there w
person thereabouts that would be wi I
take ber and her babe and allow her t:
in return for ber board, until such t
lier child should, bo old enough to w
ber in receiving wages.
" Why, dear," said Emily, " my ht
and I were vrondering who I could pc
get to help.me this summer, when yoi
knock broke up tho conversation. Pc
we can arrange it for yon to stay with i
"But your husband,-" said Bernice
trepidation. " He may object to-me.v
" Never," said Emily, warmly. " He
much better than I.cs you can well ima]
" Is it possible that I am likely to r<
with you ?" was the eager quotion, as i
earnestness she laid her hand upon tl
' " Why, yes, dear," was the reply : " I
30. At least, the matter rests wholly with
" Then no wonder my feet trod thc i
highway so zealously without my div
whither I wont. My heart swells to but
with speechless thankfulness. I am no
?ken of the Lord."'
" Wc never are, dear j and now ja!
Jown beside the babe, until I go down t
Seid to acquaint ray husband with your j
Tossing a pillow beside the sleeping in
Mrs. Spaulding started for ber husband
:ould not forbear looking in npon her
:bilcl, und thanking God, as she leaned
it, that it had a good father, and resoivii
be a sister and friend to tho poor, frier i
jirl whom God had sent to ber home.
Coming back from her errand in the i
?f the evening, she came softly into the
;irrg-room, hoping to find her guest aslee
" What does he say ?" questioned Beri
Jtarting np nervously, feeling almost
temporal salvation'rested upou the sente
u He says you are a good brave girl,
bids you tarry with ns until you yourself
A flush, like the glow of sunset, fas
>ver the pale face, lightiDg.the clear eyes i
r How good, liow good you arel"
" Whytes, maybe ; but wekeepthinl
;hat perhaps, if not ourselves, our chile
nay wander on the earth knowing no fri
jut God ; and if we do ns we should do,
CHOW, dear, He will never forsake ns. No
ind, stooping, she raised the infant in
inns with a true, motherly tenderne*!
nu:.: 1er. " come, dear, you are weary !
"Notuntii on this very spot, where
ihowc? nie that Ile bad not cast me oil
inger, but proved to me that 'He had guii
ny wauderings, I kneel in thankfulness."
She slipped down beside her babe, t
Smily, deeply moved, sank softly beside t
dr. Spaulding in soft slippers approached i
teard, and looking in at tho door, ho ret rea1
Hcn?v wfah (hw filing tlmt he"~Sh0Uld 1
ntriide upon tie Pcenc.
"There, dear," when they were once
tairs, lie down as quickly as possible, a
le?'p in peaco ;" and she kissed the motl
md ber babe as she withdrew.
Bernice shed the happiest tears that nif.
bat had f>ver fallen from her eyes. ?
orrow and shame through ijvhich she h
>assed had taught her where to look I
trength ; and Lolding her two bunds out
he darkness she thus signified that she ga
.hem to the Almighty palm to hold and gui
1er through life. Peaceful sleep, like abroe
ng dove, hovered over her.
Long after her eyelids were closed frc
Itter exhaustion, Emily Spaulding and h
luaband conversed upon her sad tale. Th
ivtre united in their wish for Uer to rema
In the early morning the tuneful bir
iroused the wanderer from sleep, and liftii
?or head from the pillow she contd not ret
zo that her wanderings were over. She aros
br the family were astir, and taking from h
imall bundle a dark, substantial dress, si
irrayed herself quickly,and leaving herbal
Lcieep, sue descended the stairs and entere
?ot wit i Ot trepidation, the presence of Al
spaulding and the rest of the family.
" You aie up oar)y, Bernice," 8aid her ho
ess, smiling upon her. " Bernice Whatle
Mr. Spaulding," she added.
Mr. Spaulding simply said " Good mon
og," and shook her hand in a strong, carnes
sympathetic maunor that conveyed a worl
if meaning from palm to palm.
"Now, Bernice," he remarked,.as they s:
iround the breakfast-table, " make yourse
entirely at home at our table and in our housi
r\.ct yourself freely."
" thank you," was thc )ow response.
When thc meal was over and the bab
?Jresa?d and laid in Master Harry's utilise
jnb,-for it was one of those good babic
that seldom ci ?ed-Emily "went about bc
morning work, and Bernice assisted with
^uick; and ready hind. She proved hersel
in expert dairy maid, churning Jhp thick
rich cream into golden butter, salting am
printing it in a way thut entirely won Mxt
And the new barn went up without a com
plaint from Emily, for no one could mah
3ucb nice 'puddings and pies as Bernice, sh
il ways having a natural tact that way, aide;
by tho tutelage of the economical Datei
Midge. What a treasure she proved bereel
to the over-taxed houe-e-wife j her cheerfql
unvarying temper acting as a sedativo upoc
the rather.nrrvous organization of Emily.
It was a pleasant sight of a summer evo
ning to look in upon the group in the sitting
room. Mrs. Spaulding sewing upon thefami
ly's work, and Bernice, in the easy chair, witt
her baby on one knee and two year old Har
ry on tho other, his little tongue running on
in a wild, blackbird kind ot gabbling con
cerning the baby. Master Harry sonictimea
took in his head for Berny to rock him to
sleep, and Emily permitted it, in turn rock
ing-lho fatherless stranger babe upon ber
motherly bosom. ^
And the color, faint, it is true, as thc tinge
of a seashell, aime stealing to Bernice's
cheek, and thc sad mouth grow of a rich car
nation. The babe-Marah-was a lovely
child, showing plainly enottgh that the stain
of illegitimacy did not mar her physical for
mation. A fist and firm friend?bip grew and
strengthened daily between thepe two. women
SO strangely met ; and Emily caught herself
wondering hpw ?ho could live without this
essential t winselt. Beru ?te wad sunh a reso
lute and courageous soul too ; for, did danger
menace, she calmly stood in front, receiving
as if by right the first fierce blows.
So when Mr. Spaulding, one day in the
winter, tho first winter that she spent with
them, went to the distant timber lot alone to
fell some pitch-pines for making shingles,
and failed to come at sunset or at dusk, and
tho deep, dark evening foll without him, Ber
nice harnessed thc horse to the sled (as Bent
ley was away with the pther team) and, went
along the lonesome wood road to the forest,
leaving Emily in a siate'bordering on dis
traction. She-Mrs. Spaulding-was easily
overcome ; fear and excitement rendering her
incapable of .connected thonght, let alone
provident ablion. Not so with Bernice.
Whatever she might have been under differ
ent aqd happier circumstances, tho trial
through which she had passed had developed
within bir the most absolute and perfect con
trol of every feeling and faculty. Knowing
full well that ?one terri bio Accident iud be
fallen her kind friend, she only remarked,
" See to the babies, Mrs. Spaulding, during
" Who do you thiuk of getting to go to the
"No one; it is too late to waste time in
searching for some one to go. I shall har
ness Billy to the sled and proceed directly to
" 0, Bernice it grows dark rapidly. Har
ness* and let me go instead."
But knowing, ber so well, knowing that she
wau not courageous, aud was to nervous that
abe would leave the horse and dee at tbo first
strange sound, she knew not whither, Bernice
did not enter the house, but giviDg Billy a
slap with the reins, he tore up the slippery
hill in great glee, and striking thc familiar
road to the fores), dashed along, throwing
balls of snow and particles of crust into the
young girl's face, who; holding by a stake in
the sled, spoke to him once in a whi!?, and
slapping his back with the reins she trusted
to him to carry ber to his master, for he had
travelled the road at least, once a day all
It wa3 a cold three miles' ride, and dark
enough after she entered the. woods, save tho
reflection from the snow. She was among
the falleb trees at last. The sled squeaked
and groaned' on the frosty road. She drew
Billy in, preparing to shout, when she dis
covered a pile of brush by the wayside, and
from its vicinity Spaulding^ voice called
"Halloo, Bentley, for God's sake hurry
along. A tree rolled upon my leg, breaking
it in a terrible manner. I have sufTered great
agony for more than two hours. Get mo
home as quickly as possible. I am crazed
wi tH pain."
Thc sled turned creaking in thc road, and
Billy, stopping carefully back, pushed it
quickly down towards the heap of brush and
the man's voice. Stopping directly obedient
to the firm grasp of the slender hand upon
the bit, Bernice came round to tho brush and
" Can you drag j ourself partly, Mr. Spauld
ing ? I am afraid that I shall barm you more
than you would hurt yourself."
" Great Heavens ! is it you Bernice ?"
" Yes, sir ; your wife is nearly dead with
fear, and Bently has not come back."
" Poor, Emily 1 Ab, Heavens ! But do not
mind my groane ; drag me along."
In two moments be was laid upon the buf
falo on th? floor of the sled, with his head
upon the horse-blanket, and quick as a flash
Bernice passed a rope over him aud across
the sled to hold him as steadily as possible.
t"Now, Bernice," exclaimed the strong
man, " do pot mind my groans nor yells.
Drive, drive, my girl, and get me to the
warmth of heme as soon as possible."
She tossed bira the end of the rope to help
steady himself better, drew Billy carefully
into the smooth toad, and whipped bim i uto
a run. More than once, after they cameinto
thc main road where the stones and ground
-.vere bare, Billy's heels sent a shower ol
sparks out from -the collision of flint and
steel ; bat setting her teeth bard together as
the cmothered groins came up from the tor
tured man, she heh! by the stake and ran the
horse the entire distance, making the suffe- i
^'J..'.^'"; fe-^--?LfiWt ri.irwinn AK I
far as the ride was concerned, -wtmty with a |
cry of terror came out to them.
" Oh, what is it? what is it? 0 Bernice,
Bernice, is he dead 9"
" Dead I no, indeed, dear. J have broken
my leg, that is all. Bear a hand here, and
help me in."
With a hush of thankfulness the trembling
wife assisted Bernice in getting her husband
into tho bouse and upon the bcd.
"Now, Mrs. Spaulding," said the brave
girl, looking with her clear eyes upon the ex
cited and weeping woman, "lam going to
the city for Doctor Myers. Billy is well
warmed for the ride. I am ready dressed,
and," laying her hand upon Emily's shaking
palra, ' we will have relief bete in no time.
I'll ".brow tbo harness on tbe sled, Mr.
" Anywhere, anywhere, Bernice ? and il
Myers is not at home, get thc hrst doctor you
M It'8 only five miles," she ssid as she went
out. " PH go there quickly, ind ride more
In less than five minutes Elly again ran
up tbe bill, and being lightly lotded this time,
and going against the wind atsichhigh speed
that his rider had to stoop marly upon his
neck to prevent the icy blast from bearing
her breath ia triumph away. She rode like,
a mosstrooper, and ere she ouUl hope for
tho sight the lights pf the cit] gleamed be
She was fortunato in fiadin* the surgeon
coming into his yard with quit?a fresh horse;
he turned, upon learning her erand, and rode
off at a swift gallop. Turning likewise, she
kept the bells within hearingdistance for a
while, and then, being convinced that thc
man was hurrying at the top, of his speed,
sha rodo mofe slowly, alloijing the good
steed ti) gradually cool off his jweating sides.
But directly, thinking of Emjy's trembling
nerves, she rushed forward ag?n, overtaking
Dr. Myers as he rude into thefrard. Giving
the horse to Mr. Bentley, ibo had come
back during her absence, sty entered the
jjousp. *" I
While warming hpr chilli! fingers she
presented such a c lin, untrehbling appear
ance that Myers, who had mat en examina
tion of thc limb and oscertaijitig it to be a
severo compound fracture, cojld not forbear
"Would you mind helpingJas a bit, Miss ?
His wife is very nervous, anqBantley might
bungle the business." . p.
"1 am all ready, sir," sa'J she, throwing
ber cloak and hood upon tho table, and rol
ling her sleeves to the elbow.
Myers smiled at thc businejs like prepara
" That's it, ray girl. I can tjustyour steady
For an answer she looked kp at him with
kop clear, steady eye3 as the^repaired to the
sufferer's roora. _ j
It was a painful and di^i* task, requir
ing rapidity, lirmuess, tact am nicety in set
ting splintering and bandaflng; and while
Emily wiped tho sweat frorujher husband's
brow, Bernice's fingers fell fith the precis
ion of clock-work upon th) broken limb,
never once too often, never |>ne moment be
And during Mr. Spaulding long.period ol
suflbringfrom the fracture, Ehily was relieved
of household cares, Bernie carrying all
things along with evenness fod profit.
" What should we do witkut her ?" often
questioned the wife. j
" What should wc ?" ecbfcd the husband.
Ant} Marah, Who for sM) time bad sat
alone, now aspired to thefcecond stage of
worldly experience. She atl mpted creeping
acrots the floor, much to M mer Harry's de
light, who was convulsed ?tb glee at the
novelty of the sight. lathe child were
strangely blended the featun 0f both parent-..
The mother's rather large; v Jj balanced bead
waB beautified with the fatl r!8 curling black
hair. Under the father's ride, high brow
sparkled the clear, bright e; s of the mother.
The'father's ?ose and chj thc mother's
beautiful mouth and oval face ; here, tho
father's look ; there, the mi ber's expression
Chapter Y.-fipnerj Slatter?.
The frozen winter craw !(j slowly away.
Spring came, and balmy inda and warm
sunny days dried the moist re from the damp
earth. By and by Maraliwfts seen out of
doors, toddling around wit proud little Har
ry, wbo held her hand ao firmly as to insure
many a fall for himielf in company with the
unsteady, baby girl.
Mr. Spaulding, now nearly recovered froip
liia lameness, went over his farm suggesting
improvemenCs for Bentley to execnte.
Lip to this f.ime Bernice had steadily re
fused any wages in return for her labors. She
had bad a few dollars left when she entered
upon service, amply sufficient for the few ar
ticles ot clothing that herself and infant
needed. Entering upon the second year, ene
no longer refused a fair compensation.
Calm, resolute and self-relying, Bernice
had ripened into perfect womanhood. She
seemed wholly free from many of the weak
failings of humanity. Feeling that she had
faced the most terrible experience that could
befall her, it seemed as if she had nothing at
stake, neither hope, love nor fortune. What
then,'of ordinary circumstances, could beset
her, of which she should stand in awe ? Ful
ly appreciated by her kind friends, the Spauld
ings, she had found old Dinah'? prophecy
coming true. Her shame and sin had got
down from ber bosom and walked away like
her babe from ber arms. She had no fears
for the future. Shs had been mercifully car
ried through tho greatest of human, straits.
Friendless aud nearly penniless she had suf
fered the penalty of ber sin. She had lived
to see the salvation of God, in her caso,
physically and spiritually. It was enough for
one of bor calm, unwavering faith and trust.
I said that the Spauldings appreciated her.
Did I say that there was another who more
than appreciated her 1 No. ? Weil I must
tell you now. The sturdy, young farmer,
Bentley, inspired by the admirable traits of
her character, had fallen into a wild sort of
worship of her, the moro intenso because
hidden deeply within his breast.
Mrs. Spaulding ere long discovered how
matters stood, as far as the young man was,
concerned, and, in justice to the inestimable
qualities of the fair <?irl, she frankly narrated
her entire history. Strange to say it only in
creased his admiration of her. He showed
himself superior to thc mean prejudices of
the world that would have seen only a weak,
sinning creature. He swept grandly by ali
such prejudices, and adored the attributes of
calm, brave and patient fortitude which she
had exhibited; rightly judging that one-who
dared face the world alone as she hid done,
defending and protecting her child-tho cer
tificate of her sin-wouldmake tho best and
truest wife a man could possess.
But Bernice was happily ignorant of his
feelings. She put all thoughts of lovers or
marriage afar from her, as 'hing3 beyond her
reach or coveting,
Thus matters stood, and tnlgbt have re
mained thus till doomsday under common
circumstances for all John Bentley would
have dared to say. But a little circumstance
broke the icy reserve that he had imposed
upon his lips. It.was during the second sum
mer of her residence with Emily, that the lit
tle incident occurred. Tho meu were in the
fields swinging the glistening scythes. The
black birds went whistling overhead, while
the amorous breezes wooed the senses to the
full enjoyment of the out-door air. Little
Harry had asked many times to go to the old
mill but had been denied, owing to work that
'CulliU tluL IJ6 tell, thal now ijjtnuy concluded"
to gratify him, and finish once and for all his
pleadiog. So Bernice took Marah along with
Aa ?hey went pass the mowers, sweating
in the hazy warmth, John Bentley lifted his
hat to them, nod tossing a bunch of red
clover blossoms in Marah's laughing face, he
stooped to his work again. But his oye
turned from the swath he was cutting to the
small, delicate figure of Bernice, bearing the
amazingly little baby on her shoulder. His
heart was full of lovo for tho brave, young
mother and ber beautiful child ; but his
scythe swung back and forth, keeping time
with the smartest of the mowers.
Meantime the women and children had as
cended the little eminence between them and
the river and the old null, and had gone down
the other side out of sight. Harry was wild
with delight at the ruined machinery of the
mill, and his mother, holding his hand or
cautioning him every moment, went over the
whole buildiog, which had some time doro
an extensive business; but of late years the
bed of the stream had change I, running off
on its other branch, and so this mill had been
ullowed to tumble to decay.
They were looking beluw at the water
wheel, when Harry, by a mis-step, fell through
a hole into the muddy bed of thc stream. A
cry of horror escaped them, knowing as they
did that there wa3 suilicient depth-of muddy
water to drown a mach older child. Emily,
divining the danger in a moment, ran scream
ing from the mill towards the mon in the field.
Bernice as quickly took in the imminent
peril of the child, tho more so as he had not
once cried out, either being .tunned in thc
fall or buried in the mud. Standing Marah
upon thc sound part of the lloor, she tore the
sash from her own waist, passed it around
tho child, and lind bpr to a post to pt'cvenj, a | si
like fate of tho babe. Then telling her to
to "be quiet while mother goes down after
Harry," she, too, passed through the same
hole where the child had fallen. She did not
jump down into the cavernous depth a3 some
bunglers would b,ayo tjono, titus standing a
chauce to crush it to death, but holding by
the cross-timbers, catching here aud lhere,
she came to the bottom.
A. hoarse bubbling in the slimy water di
rected her where the child had lallen cn its
face in the miro. Holding by a small wooden
peg, she reached down, seized the little fellow
by the skirt of bis dress, and pulled bira up,
the mud giving a loud smack as it release!
him from its sticky embrace,
" Mother's coming, darling," said Bernice,
as be begau to struggle, endangering them
and threatening an immorsion for both.
But the poor child, hall-smothering, strug
gled fiercely, demanding the utmost strength
of the muscular young arm to hold him safe
ly. A sound of quick and beary running
reached her ear. John Bentley and another
man crashed into tho mill overhead, followed
by the terrified mother.
u Bernice, for God's sake, where are you ?"
cried Emily, distracted, fearing sho knew not
11 Herc, here !" Bernice answered, nearly
exhausted with tho struggles of thc strong
boy. " Come down through the hole, John,
Mr. Bentley, as quickly as possible. I cannot
bold Harry much longer."
John Bentley was coming down with thc
agility of a wild-cat. Ile seized the ohild
and passed him to thi other man, who, like
wise, had partly descended to them, and he,
i. turn, tossed him through thc opening in
the floor to thc inothor. She ran with him
to the lillie spring that bubbled close atliand,
and freed bib /cs, nostrils and mouth from
the slimy and adhesive mire; Bontley, kneel
ing on the floor above, reached down his arms
for Bernice, who had climbed up to him in
tho same way that she had gone down. Once
up she left.John to unbind Marah, who* with
one little, fat lineer between her rosebud lip?,
had been an astonished spectator of the scene,
and hurried out to Emily.
Harry sustained no injury except such a
strangling as made him shy of the old mill
for years. John came up with Marah in his
arms, with a faint dash of color in his swarthy
cheek, and turning to Emily he said, in a
voice of deep feeling- '
" Mrs. Spaulding, your boy would not have
lived the twenty minutes or more that trans
pired from the time that ho fell through until
we got there ?"
With au agonized exclamation she clasped
him closer to her breast, while Bernice, libe
rally besmeared with mud, walked on cain
with a faint, blue line around the mot
showing bow mach she knew of the dan
the boy had escaped and tho agony of
mother's heart if he had perished. ?
When Mr. Spaulding arrived home, for
tvas absent at the time of the a?cident,
shook Bernice^ hand in a ferveut mani:
md soon after caught Marah up and kis
tier in pure gratitude to the mother.
A few days after this, Bernice, with
Dayket.en her arm, traversed the interveni
?ray between the orcharcLand the west fie
is it was called, in pursuit of strawberri
which ripened very late there, owing to t
.ank, luxuriance of the grass. It was t
pleasantest time in tl-.e day, rivalled, perka
Dy the early morning, yet free from the moi
ng's dews. It was about two hours bofe
?unset. Thc air was alive with insects o
br their evening dance. A scent ol new!
nown hay refreshed the senses. From t
?orpulent bunches, where it was rolled up 1
he morrows's cartiug, the sentinel sparro
:hallenged (he passers by with quick, ang
1 chirp-chirp," if they came too near th<
acred homes. Crickets io their shining a
nor ran through the stubble, ashamed
ie caughtjpracticing those notes which du^i
August they were to pour fourth so freel
caking engagements to sing during the sa
eeding fall mouths. Grasshoppers in pe
;reen small clothes pranced over the windov
ike hard.- soldiers storming a bastion. No
,nd then an important feeling frog, badly ii
lated with his own conceit, growled out ?
nitiatory note of his evening serenade.
torin of applause came* from the adjoinin,
aarshy knolls, mingled with cries of "two
wo ! two I" which cansed a leap of joy, an
nother growling note from the speckle
irorapfer. Beyond these sounds, coming i
odiscribably soft cadence.'!, were the songs <
he night-birds, ringing through tba wood
nd actually mc-lting in the soft, summer ai;
?hc purple powder of the herds grass reste
pou Bernice's fingers, for some of the talle
talks quite aspired to reach her shoulders.
Everything was lovely in the extreme. Th
eart was involuntarily filled with prayer an
raise, In an adjoining field, down'amou;
be swale grasses, the remorseless scythe
wung back and forth, and as the blue-join
nd rep-top fell with heavj' sighs, the scythe
epcatcd "h-u-s-h! h-u s-hl" as plainly a
cythes can say it.
Once more up the swale, and then Johi
lentlcy hang up the murderous thing tba
ad cut down the grass all day, and whistling
D keep his courage up, he went aenss tin
elds in the direction which Bernice had gone
Ie had raado up his mind to f-peak to he
3on, and here was a good opportunity. Com
Jg near, he said,
"Ab, Bernice," (ho had never called hoi
liss Whately, for with the fact of the bal.3
efore him it seemed purely malicious to rc
dod her in so pointed a way of the painfu
:uth,) " Ab, Bernice, do you liad the berrie;
lentitud hereabouts T
"Yes." sbe answered,<: as plentiful as ir?
in expect at this out-of-season time."
" Do you know," he went on, " that we are
ery ap; to expect most, and Jong moro for
ut of season or out of reach things ?"
She looked up surprised at the strange
roiuiug BOWgajBBBBS S --- , iiiojMr'ir_
" I mean," he explained, <! that we are al
rays coming to the fig-tree when it is not its
jason of bearing, and therefore find no r?
ponse to our longing hunger."
" Earth hardly yields us happiness," she
M And yet you are happy ia your way,
" lu my way, T am far from bei og as miser
ble as some might expect."
" No one would expect you to bo happy
ho know you." His manner was earnest.
You are too good and true to ever be misc
" Do you think so ! Do you know me and
" To both questions I frankly answer-yes."
" Thank you j" sho calmly but feelingly re
lied, extending her hand to him, while a
ieper tinge o? red crept along her check,
?id a deeper shade came into the clear eyes.
Ile held her hand firmly, expecting her to
raw it away when he should say what he
icant to say to her.
il Bernice, I love you deeply, purely and
uly as ever man loved woman on earth."
Sac paled to her very lips. Even her nos
"ils took on tho deathly tinge. Never had
entley or any other person seen her thus
loved. Hud abc, without knowing it, cher
hill an n&uctiqn for this upright, honest,
mtlcmanly youngman? Or had thc sim
io sentence brought back a frt&her memory
" her first untimely wooing ? Be it as it
ay, her hand still lay without a struggle
" Wdl you sometime c'?ris2iit to love ino,
ii bo my treasured, tdolfa d wiPj?" he went
i, as soon as he saw thu color let urning to
"I karo never thcuirht of love or murringo
The wo.rds choked her.
"Never mind that, Bernice? never refer
i it. Let tho part lie dead. It matters not
) me. Why should it trouble you Y EvAy
yu] quality, every oscelient thing in woman
have beheld in you. 1 reverence and love
m. Could man say, do or feel more?"
" You are very good ; 1 have long known
," she answered, not unmoved.. " But you
ill forgive ine ; I have no answer to give
DU. It is too entirely unexpected for me to
Qow my own feelings."
" But, blind creature, have you not guessed
"No-, J assura you not. Your manner
as always been respectful, nay, tender; but
ascribed it wholly tn pity. I blessed you
ir redeeming my lost faith in mau, and-"
"And you thought it pity?"
" For what should ? pity you ? I grieved
ir the sorrow of your young life, but pity
ed and admiration was boru by daily wit
s-sing the grand self reliance and calm,
ustHg faith that beautified your life. There
as nj chance for pity ; it was all merged in
ifty admiration. You hold my happiness in
Dur hands. I am not one to be easily moved,
Dr lightly turned in my affections."
" I am honored, highly honored, Mr. Bent
3*, iu possessingthe love of such a man as
have always believed you to be. I ennnot
cprcs9 my gratitude at your preference."
" And you will let me hope that sometime
)u will bc my wife ? You will promise me-"
" I will promise you i" and her clear, large
,-C3 wore frankly raised to meet his inquiring
lance, u that if I ever love, if I ever marry,
'.r. Bentley is likely to claim both my alfeo
on and my band."
Do vou promise this much?" and his face
t up with joy too deep for utterance. " Do
DU promise this much ? I wore an extor
oner to demand more. God bless you, my
arliug ;" and he bent and kissed her saintly,
A look of life and hope and joy came over
er face, and her hand nestled closer in his.
One glance at their faces ns they came
a rough the orchard paths together^ and the
npulsive Emily buried her face on her bus
"What is it ?" he asked.
" O Neal, if you had seen their fares
lernice's and John's-she will marry him at
ist, I know."
" Thank Heaven I The honest fellow de
rives her. And where on earth would he
ind another such a treasure for a wife 7"
" Or such a good husband ?"
" True, true, wi e ; and, after all, everything
yorks out just right."
" Can we doubt it, when we know that
Cod over-rules all things for good and wise
purposes?" . 4
# * * * * * #
When iNfarah was ia Iifr third year, her
mother ono day was playiug with her uudtc
the orchard trees. The chiid, in playful de
fiance, mounted upon tho high stone wall be
yond her mothers outstretched arms. A maD,
coming up the road on hoiscback, saw tho
playful race, and drawing his steer? np close
to the wall bc snapped his whip at the little
thing, thus thinking to drive her down to ber
mother's arms c-re t>he fell. Insteadof fright
ening her, she held ber arras out to him.
Something about the beautiful face arrested
his attention, and springing eff bis horse he
caught her in his arms and leaped tho wall,
and-Malcolm" and Bernice Whately stood
face to face ! He uttered such an ejaculation
of astonishment and remorse that "Marah
slipped down from him, and climbed up into
her mothers arms.
The recognition was instantaneous on both
sides, but Bernice with the step of an em
press turned away, haviDg not uttered either
word or sound.
"Slav,'' he cried, catching her by the hand.
"h this real ? Are you B?rnico Whately ?"
" That is ray name."
" And for God'3 sake tell me if this is my
"It is my child. It has no father."
u Yes, yes, it has. Yes, Bernice, filled at
last with remorse I have sought you far and
near ta giant you all thc reparation in my
" It comes too late," was the calm, cold
answer. u I accept nothing from your hands,
perfidous man !"
h You mrjst accept something at my hands,
Bernice. I love you better than I ever loved
any one else, or ever can love any one."
"You took a singular method of proving
your love." was thc bitter answer.
b But let me prove it now ;" aiid'hishungry
irros stretched out towards the bravo mother
ind her child.
" Too late. You come too late !" she sim
" Oh, no, not that; say not that."
" I repeat--too late."
" But for the sake of your child, our child,
Bernice. She will need a father, a protector."
" Yes, 3he needs a protector j" aud Bernice
moved away, while tho beautiful child's face
smiled back upon the wretched man, u and I
mall give her a better one than you could
" My God ! what mean you ?" and he strode
jp beside her.
h. Simply that ere long I. abai! marry tho
Dest man in tho whole world, who, knowing
ny entire history, glories 'iu becoming the
?ther of my sweet, little Marah, and the
lusbaud of Marsh's mother."
A groan of anguish escaped him.
" Une moment, Bernies, just one. Is there
milling that I-can do ?"
* Nothing ; only get you hence back into
;he world whence you thrust rae to fight it
done with my babe. If, in future, you long
br a true, faithful, wifely heart to lean on, or
i fair daughter to study your comfort, con
?ole your solitude by thinking that your own
land huricd both these blessings from you."
Sb^o wo^one,from Jiis view.
A year or so after, a letter inquiring for
Diuah'found its way into the colored preach
3r's hands, the contente of which sent the
?egress into a. distant town, inquiring her way
to John Bentley's.
Mutiny on Shipbot.nl.
Much exciten, ont. was created yesterday
by a mutiny on board the bark Scotland,
Captain Benjamin E. Maynard, loaded with
:otton, Ijing in the stream, opposite Brown's
wharf, bound to Liverpool.
It appears that a new crew of six men had
Deer, stiipped 02 board the Scotland, from
inc of tho shipping officer on East Bay, and
?vent on board yesterday morning before tho
teasel left tho wharf. The men at first re
used to obey tho orders of the mate when
muling out into the stream. 4 Between ton
md eleven o'clock the Captain went on board
br some of the ship's papers, and was about
^turning when the crew made a rush for
lim, demanding to be taken ashore, and say
ng they had not received their advance. The
Captain, who was about clearing his vessel,
:aid ho had no time to talk 'with them thonj
md with his hand beckoned them back. One
>f the men immediately gave him a severe
dow over the right eye with a knife, cutting
lira in two or three places'. His companions"
Irew their sheath-knives and rushed both on
he Captain and other officers, threatening
a cut the hearts out of them. The first mato,
?Ir. Silas Duell, who Was standing ou U19
wop deck, seeing the danger of the Captain,
Ircw a revolver and fired, killing one of the
:rew named James Kelly, and wounding an>
ither of tho sarao name in the left arm. The
leueasod was shot in thc left .??de, and ex
>ired almost iustantly. The rest of tho crew
hen ran forward, when tho Captain set a
?goal of distress- union down. A boat with
Ia ptain Ci C, Neill, Custom-house officer,
.ucl a crew from the bark 0,'ion, at Kerr's
iVharf, immediately pulled out to the vessel,
md was' followed by a boat from the U. S,
teamer Tacouy, (flag-ship,) anchored some
listauco in the it roan, but which made a
irorapt reply to the signal for assista?co,
L'he crew Were disarmed, their kni?es taken
rom them, and a'.i the uljenders put in irons,
ufonnation of the affair was sent to Corouer
Vhiting, who obtained the assistance of
i??cer Cotes and a police force under Lieut,
leudricks. with whom he visited the vessel
.nd brought the dead body, with officers, and
row, to tue city. The names of the crew
rho have been committed to jail are aft Ihl
ows; Cornelius Mahoney, James Sweeney,
fumes Whitely, James Kelley, Charles Mc
cabe. A number of witnesses in tho case
lave also been retained. An inquest will bo
icld, this morning, on the body of the de
cased. It is believed that thc affair was
iremeditated by the crew-that they intend
d to force an advance from the Captain and
hen desert tho vessel.-Charleston Courier.
.-? ? ?
BULLT.rou BEECHER.-The following, from
, recent address by Rev. Henry Ward Bcech
r, makes extremely distasteful reading for
ome of his political associates :
" I should bo sorry to see any more Gov
xnmcnt agents spreading out through the
and. If thc Fresidenf would call home
very Treaaury agent that is disgracing tho
iqrth and tho Government and humanity,
iud alienating the South, I, for one, should
ie glad. Here and there are no doubt meu
vho stand above bribery and suspicion of
irruption-noble men and true-but all
brough tho South, lakiDg them com
)rehe?uively, thc-y are as locusts eating
ip tho land. They are predatory nuisances,,
md degrade the North, from .which they
?rae, and the Government under wbwk they
CHARLOTTE ANU SOOTH CAROLINA RAIL
ROAD.-Col. Wm. Johnston, I'reoident of the
Jhariottfl and South Carolina, and the Au
gusta and Columbia Ruilroads, is now in our
?ity. During his visit to us this morning he
inuounced the ^ratifying intelligence that his
mountain route Northward will be open for
passengers on the 10th proximo. The Colonel
speaks of the new iron bridge over tho Ca
tawba as the model bridge South-" recon
structed from Confederate gun barrels and
bayonets." He states that the whole of tho
linc of tho Augusta and Columbia Road, is
finished or under contract.-Augusta ChronU
clo and StntineL >