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AT HOME AND ABROAD.
BY JASPER CLEVELAND.
without awaking mo, I cannot tell. I heard it
shouted, and the shout echoed and rang ; yet
I still luv in a delicious stupor. "Fire!" I
turned apon my soft pillow. Why must my
sweet dreams be disturbed 1 Dreams of
home aiid lov?. - . > j ' f
* -(^ceawake, J[ diSfcoWe<fnmjr"peril. My
room was filled with a blinding glare, and the
air was hot and thick. Springing from my
couch, I hastened to the window. Below, I
saw the upturned faces of the swaying, busy
crowd. Did my own look more ghastly in
the lurid light ? Surveying my dangerous
position, I saw no chance of escape. The
Hotel Grande was on fire. My apartment
was in tho eastern wing, adjoining that of
my parents. The main buildiug was one vast
sheet of dame, shrouded in a pall of smoke,
thick and black. Below me, I could hear the
hissing of the fire-fiend as it crept slowly, but
surely to cool its fevered toDgue with my
blood. ? grew cold and faint, and tottering
out upon the balcony, shrieked for aid. Sud
denly I remembered my parents. In the first
agony pf impending ;deatbj -I.had forgotten
all .sasp/felf.?iGainiag na^str?ngth, I turned
to fly ? to their room-.' ?s X 3id so, I heard a
hoarse cry :
u My God ! she has gone from the window.
She will try to escape by the staircase, and
be lost. Agnes, come.back ! I .wilbsave you-J-;
I knew;th? vojfce/ It^as/thaf of ??be ?ile
student, who was always, in the studio of Ros
setti, the .famous. Italian painter, who wa<>
now eirgaged in^pamting the" portraits ofiftir
family. My mother and father had finished
their sitting?, and my owu portrait wss half
finished. Although he had never spoken of
love, yet I knew that ho loved me; and I
well, I dreamed of him every night, and tried
to forget him every day. I was overjoyed to
hear his voice, for I knew that he would save
me, or die with me. Either would be joy
yet I could not forsake my only living rcla
tives-my father and mother. Rushing across
my room, I threw -open tba door leading to
tho one occupied by them. ?t was filled with
smoke. Groping my way through the blind
ing cloud. I reached their bed. They were
there, but so still and silent, that with horror
in every nerve, I shouted for them to awake
and save themselves. I pulled at their life
less hands, and as a tongue of flame thrust
its unwelcome, presence through "the wall, I
saw.that they were'both dead. With a wild
shriek, I would have thrown myself in my
abandonment of agony upon their bodies aud
perished with them, had not a strong arm
been thrown around me, and by the glare of
the lire, now filling thc room. I saw the well
remembered form of my silent wot shipper,
the pale student of Rossetti, the Italian. He
bore mc swiftly cut in his amis, and throwing
a shawl about me, murmured, in quick, pas
" My darling ! trust to me ; I will save you.
or die with you, my idol ! my love I It we
live, wif you love me, and bc rny own ?"
Wc were neur mo ?r..?CU~. -~, x .1-e
to him and whimpered :
" I love you, now, even though I know net
your name. I shall love yor* always. Save me!"
ClaspiDg me closer tonis breast, he plunged
into thc smoke, wreathing the balcony, and 1
heard a cry from below :
" They are lost ! The fire has cut off the
only way of escape."
" We can die together !:' my preserver cried.
i; Kiss me ! even though it br/'the last time,
it will give mc joy."
I returned th j passionate kis3 he pre sed
upon my lips, and prayed for life. How
sweet it seemed, now that love had made it
h I cannot give up life, now," he said, " it
is worth thc attempt. Cling close to me ; put
your aims about my neck and hold fast."
I obeyed, and he sprang from the balcony,
through flames and smoke. I trembled as we
bounded through the stifling atmosphere; He,
had thrown the shawl over my head and face,
and gasping with terror, I must have fainted,
for I knew no more until I awoke in a fairy
like chamber. I was utterly alone. The
windows of the apartment were shaded by
thick curtains. Softly slipping from thc downy
couch, I groped my way to the window, and
drawing aside the curtain, looke*d out. What
mystery of beauties ! Thc garden beneath
was a wilderness of perfume. I heard voiccp,
and listeuiug for a familiar tone, I heard, in
Italian : , .
" She is very beautiful ! The most perfect
of American faces, and'ber form is-'withdut
its mate. There is something so inexpressi
bly bewitching about an American beauty."
''No American conU ever compare with
my peerless beauty, Italienne. There is no
beauty like your own, sparkling, brilliant one,
my love, my peerless Athlone."
Flatterer !'" returned the soft, musical
Italian voice. '.. fil i
'. "Truth, is not fL?ery,"-.he laughingTy re
" It is strange she was not burned !" sail
the other, hall-so?loquizing.
" Strange, indeed ! I pine for another
glimpse of her ?weet face, since you have de
scribed her so eloquently. }Tuu know I am a
passbuatc admirer of beauty."
I fancied that there wag a touch of dis-.-,
pleasure in thc voice which answered. I had
listened thus far; h?ping to learn-something/
of my preserver) but their convetsotion now
turned from me, into the rapture of lovers'
talk, and feeling no inclination to listen, 1
turned to retrace my steps to the couch, and
await thc entrance of some attendant. Wrap
ping* '.l??ge^sall? blink?t?nBci? ?e^lCalP
into a deep chair, and was thinking over my
lonely stttfe^ .when thc door opened and a
beautiful 'woinan.entercd. Smi?Dgly she ap
-proached rae, and taking rey hand, said :
" Poor child ! yon have avrakcued from a
long sleep. I feared you would never wake.
Are you very weak ?"
" Sot very weak," I answered. " But anx
" Tue mun who rescued me from the burn
II What was his name ?" she asked.
" I do not know bis name," I answered.
" Then he was not your lorer."
? No!-yes ! I do not know," I answered,
blushing, then added, M yes, he was my lover."
" I do aot-understand y you say? you are ig
norant of bia name, even, and say no-yes
and that yon do hot know, then elaina him f.s
your lover," and she stalled at my confusion,
whUe I answered ;
" I have seen him every day for a long time.
He is & atodent in tko" studio of Rossetti.
Wc have,; eft en exchanged, glances, and one.
day he gave me a bunch of violets. To-night,
he came' to the hotel, after every one erse
seemed to nave been rescued, and took me
ont of thc fire in h's arms. If ho had not
been my lover, he would not have dared so
much for rae."
u Did he whisper of love to you, while you
were in his arras, passing through the fire
'. Ye:-," answered.
1? - '.'t^'oaJi??roJioDe a very foolish thing to al
low yourself to fall in love with an unknown
person, who may be a. low adventurer. Ital
sT^-iin tne? wilt tait of Vonk -to every pretty wo
man they meet.. Think no moro about him,
K Bat I know he is noble and good, and be
aides, be is not Italian. - His English
'pure fis'my own, and," I'added, hesitati
?* I love fi?m.w ' ' v '
" ? am Sorry t? pain jon then, for ]
dead. ? was pasftirigiri my carriage, a
time-oT the fire. Th? horses became rei
and tho coachman was obliged tc get <
and lead thom. While they were rearing
.prancing, Hooked fromthe.carriage win
aud saw a man, with the figure of A wt
or girl io his arms, leap_ from the.buj
building." iato the flames. An instant'
6trong hands lifted'them from' tho'gre
ano* 1 salr that the man was dead. He
'br?kenvhi8 neck"*bj"tlq 'fall. Thlr" girl;
appeared lifeless, but"! ordered th?m to*J
her in i.ny carriage, while the men bore t
tho dead body of-the man*who had'sacri
Jiis own-life to save-hers. You are the
.Un .arriving at jay residence, I found ye
ho still alive, and? after bathing you and.
ting op fresh linen in the place of the sm
begr?med.nightdr?ss you wore, I placed
in this quiet room, and hafe attended to ;
wants myself. You have seemed in a sci
stoper, until now. I am sorry you have li
this maD) for it will add-to your sor'ro
know that he is dead." . * - . ?
"-Then will I devote tho remainder of
life to the memory of his love and sacrifi
I said, , ?:>..-..
"Women forget!" she answered, wi
" I am faint and thirsty."
" Forgive me I I should lave tticug?
that. 1 will bring you food and wine."
"I could- not refrain from weeping, j
thought of my lonely situation ; * witl
home or friends, and dependent upon
bounty of a stranger, whom, in .spite of
beauty and apparent goodness, I.felt a rep
nance for, although I chided myself fo;
and said :
" Where should I have been but for
Reviewing my situation, I reflected ?hat
my father's1 papers had been destroyed \
bim,-and I knew nothing of bis financial
fairs, Eave that he always had an abunda
of money, and was lavish in Its expenditi
I knew DO means for obtaining any of
wealth-not even the place of ita depc
Add this to the grief of tte first b?reavem
1 had ever known-the loss, by a terri
death, of parents,- who had idolized me, tl
only childfand had reared mc as tenderly
love and wealth would &!low* never pern
ting a shade of caro to darken ray life of si
shine, and you can form somo idea of
sorrow. Then, just as my passionate hei
had awoke to love's dawn, must I know
midnight? Before I had known its noond
or splendor of perfect splendor, must I
clouds of tempest close over it, and the wa'
of oblivion bury it in gloom ? In my ago
I moaned :
" Why was I suffered to remain when
of life but breath was taken from me ?"
When my benefactress returned to t
room, I wa9 in an agony of tears. J, w
had never before known grief, was now pn
troted by its heavy hand.
" My little girl," she said, " you must n
allow your feelings to overcome you. He;
partake of the refreshments I have brougl
aud after that, we will converse calmly."
Too weak and faint to refuse, 1 obeye
though it seemed as though every mon
would choke me. When ? had partak
sparingly ot tuc .v.o.. -r--, -j -
known friend removed the tray, ar.d placti
me upon the couch, drew a low chair lo n
bed-side, and taking my hand, said :
" Your name is Agnes Merton ?"
" ?t is," I answered, wondering how'she hi
'. How old are you ?"
" Only seventeen."
"Have you lost all, or have you wealth
your command ?"
" My parents were wealthy," I repl'et
" hut I know of no means by which I ci
avail myself of their wealth."
I thought I detected a gleam of satisfactii
flash across tho beautiful face'of my in terr
gator, who continued :
"You must remain here until your heal
is restored, and then I will furnish means f
you to return to you:native land. You ha1
relatives, I presume'?" .
" None thut I know of," T answered.
"Well, one's own country is better than
strange land; and you will succeed betti
among your own country people.'
" I am not capable of facing thc pover
and ?o?d of tbe world. Lot me stay wi
yon always," I cried. " I will work ; do an
thing for you. Only do not send me away
"That would br: impossible, my dear,
am about to lie married to a wealthy nobl
man, who will not allow anything Amcric:
to remain near him. I am wealthy, and th
is my home. I live alone, except my servan
and a few occasional guests. If I could r
tain you near me, I would'do so. As it is,
will find you a situation with soire Amener
lady, who will allow yon: to remain in h
family as governess or sewing-girl, at a got
remuneration for your services."
" Oh, thank you, thank you ! Anythir
rather than be alone, homeless," and my tea
broke forth afresh. Soou after this, she li
the room, and I saw no more of her uni
night-full, when she came with food anti win
and bade mc sood-uight. After this, I wi
nearly all thc ti nie alone. No other perse
ever entered my room: nor would she alla
me to leave it, after I had grown strong ngai
1 She brought mc the ii nest of mourning robe
i delicate linen, and embroidery. Books, frn
and flowers, were fur nished mc in abundanc
Yet fpr alj tais, twas little less .than a priai
uer. Alone with my grief, j nursed it, uni
it became a part ol my life, and I grew mo
bid, and nervous. If some change did nt
come soon, I should bc deranged, I said I
myself. Yet I knew nothing of the world,
who had known nothing of money, save tnt
< it answered M my" needs. How could I kno
anything of ita value, or the way to obtain it
When Athlene Monilli left my room, si
hastened through dark passages, und umist
rooms, until she came to a large room,- sum]
tuously furnished, as a bed-chamber. On tl
low couch, covered with satin, aud bung wil
purple Velvet, embroidered with silver, r;
dined the form of a tal!, pale man, wi
seemed "to be in pain, from thc frequent "lo
.moans, and1 tossing ol'the slender hands. Sh
t bent over htm, and seeing that he was tinco:
:"scions, clasped her hands, and murmured:
',' Oh, God 1 grant that his life bo spared
How could I see bim die, and myself live 1
The delicate lips quivered in agony, at tl
thought, and she beni over thc insensib
form, isnd softly kissed the broW and lips,
low'knock at the door, and she glided-swiftl
across the loom, and admitted a little, di
ii'rmcd specimen of humanity into tho apar
ruent ; going to tho bedside of the man, h
leaned ever" him, exwrnned his pulse, and'tfc
state of -his blood, and said :
" Tho fewnr will turn to-night 5 before tl
morning lie will become conscious, or die.
think it best for rae to watch to-riight."
. . "-No, no, I will remain besido "him, and
he grows .'Worse I will Ftiramon you/ Ye
can occupy the little ante-room, in case 1
sudden need," answered Athlone.- '
" As yon choose, madam. How is the girl \
"Shebas awoke ac last,- and bitterly bi
moan s h er sat fete ; I think" Bhe willie ab
to sit up by to-morrow.?? You Will riot corr
to her room again, tmless by particular ordfe
I think ?can manage her case now? With ease
't-Acfyob please/ "madam," was the answe
and iiio dwarf wooeeded'to riii.v' the-few ?Tro
! ! of liquid w^iie^^'re'^^'^efen'tothtf-mii
. i durro^he-night* ?e Iben retired tV> file-fi
. tle.antww?V and' dosing t?o ;d3br) Hite
, i him 3 elf upon a vol vol sofa, muttering, .
!| "What new project baa Alb lene in ht
.brain, L wonder 2" after>wbich sage rai
he fell asleep? Tho man became cahst
ward midnight, and as the heavy conven
near by tolled'the . hour o?_twelvp, he ai
and fixing his eyes !upoa the beautiful fe
tho Italian woman, murmured, " Wa
After he had'drank' fronf tfie'silv?f g<
.held to hist lips- by Athlone;- he presse
white hand-upon his brow, and'said,*-.: '
>-." I can -scarcely remember; - How ca
here, with .you, and thia terrible-wetrkt
-Ai ! the., fire-the broken... leg-Agnes \
?she saved?" .
r?1 '/You must be quiet now, anpV.sleep
morrow J will tell you all.about .it," ans?
the woman, softly.
' Only one thing. Does my Agnes Ii
The fair Italian slowly shook her hcac
" Thank God that she knew how mr]
loved her, ere '?ath took < her ; from
-auiiful hps of Alhlene grew w
with some suppressed emotion, but her ^
was as silvery sw.eet as before, when shi
"You must rest now. I will sit besidey
" Oh, Agnearl lost Agnes'! Would I 'm
come tQ you," he moaned) and spoke'?or
? After partaking of the delicate break
served in rare old-china, with silver ace
pani men ts, brought, to his room by Athi
hq asked her to fulfil her promise-to tell
about tho result of the fire.
Sitting beside him, she told him that as
was returning from a festival in a distant
of the city, when nearly opposite the bun
building, 'her horses became restive, arv
the delay, -she saw his well known form
pear in the very midst of the flames, bear
what appeared to bc a young girl in his ar
She saw him lcap-toward the ground, and
scending from her carriage, had mingled v
the crowd, and threaded Ley way to the ?
where he had fallen. She ?aid that she ,
found him insensible from the shock, and
girl was dead. Some one had appeared ?
claimed the body of the girl, and she had
fained tho assistance cf some of the ero
to convey him to her carriage, and bring
him to her home, had at once summoned
skilful Lorraine, who always lived at
chateau, to his aid. He had set the brol
limb, and left the patient calm, but bef
morning fever had set iu, and he was del
OU3. He had constantly raved of the fire, i
called upon Agnes, sweet Agnes Merton. 5
had inferred that Agnes Merton was thc na
of the girl he had so nearly lost his life
save, but who was lost to him after all. Wi
she had finished speaking, Clifton Seym(
wiped thc cold sweat from h?s pale brow, a
asked to be .-.lone. She first raised the bli
a ttiile, to allow the sweet air of morning
enter, then placing a 6ilver bell near him,s
bade him ring if ho required anything, a
left thc room.
An hour afterward, she returned, and fou
her patient calm, yet very sad. Site convers
awhile with him, and left to bring him
lunch. Ile lacked no attention after th
Thc most costly viands were brought by t
fair hands of Alhlene, to tempt his appe-ti
books and Howers were strown about t
room in the plenty. Yet it seemed to hi
that thc broken limb' healed very slow]
One day Athlone asked him.
" Will von remain in x-J3-7-"- ?
-0 - J 4_._.-roil
;i 1 think not," he answered. After a fe
moments of silence, he continued, " I ha
"been away from home nearly four years,
intended to have returned home a year ag
hut becoming acquainted wiih Rossetti, I e
tered his studio to complote the artistic stu
ie?, which I had commenced long before, b
neglected. Agne3 came to the studio di
after day, until it seemed as if there was r
sunshine until lur sweet face brought light
the place. I learned to love her, as few mt
love, wnilc watching her dear face as Rossel
transferred its loveliness ot feature and e:
pression to canvass. While listening to hi
low, sweet voice as she prattled with childi:
grace to her mother, who alwaysaccompanic
her. After awhile, I saw to my great jo
that she always glanced first toward my ease
when she entered the studio. Quick to inte
pr?t every sign of the answering of lover
passion, I noticed thc Hush upon her chee
whenever I exchanged the customary mon
iug salutations with ber. I felt that our hear
understood eaJj other, and had fully resolv?
to see her parent;, a::d obtain pcrra|ssjon 1
win her affections, when the terrible oceu
renee that has so blighted my life, intervene
Only that the sweet suspense seemed me:
pressibly enchanting, I should have spoke
before. But I loved to watch love1:) corni nj
and delayed. When 1 learned that the hot
where the Mertons were stopping, wa3 on fin
I Hew to the spot. No trace of either of ll
family could 1 obtain. Hoping to lind thei
safe, T glanced toward the only rcmainin
part o? the immense building, where I hue
thc apartments ot the Mertons to he. I sa\
oh, horror! my idol appear at a window,
shouted to her to wait, and T would save he
Hastily procuring a ladder, I placed it again:
the balcony underneath her window, an
mounting it, hastened to her room, to find
A loud shriek from an inner room, led m
to rush thither, and-I found her bending ovc
the dead bodies of her parents.- They ha
probably beeu suffocated by the dense smoki
I had barely time to snatch her away fror
thc spot, ere thc room was enveloped in Ha:re:
Rushing to thc open window, I found the lat
der to bc encircled by flames. My only chane
to save her atid myself, seemed tobe by J eal
ing through the' mass of smoke and fin
Gathering all pfiy strength, I made the ai
tempt. I struck somewhere, and that was a
I remembered, until I found myself hen
with you beside me. Had Agnes lived,
would have been content. Your noble gene
roaity has entitled you to this confidence 0
my part, I thank you for your kindness ; fe
? your friendship. I shall carry with me, t
! my American home, dear remembrances c
' your kindness and attention."
! It takes but. little to arouse the p?ssionat
1 love of an Italian heart.
Athlone listened to his words with str?ngt
1 ly beating heart, and answttcd,
r " Your confidence deserves mine in returr
! I am a wealthy. Italian, o? noblo birth. M
; parents are dead, and I live hero alone, wit
the exception of thc servants. I have lon,
' been betrothed to an Italian nobleman, an
looked forward to my wedding-day with con
3 tentment, if not joy ; until I saw ybu in Ros
? setti's studio, when I went to sit for my por
? trait. I then learned tho meaning of love
T My betrothed husband became distasteful t
- me, after I 6aw you. Do you remember rn]
- countenance ?'.'
3 " I sec so many there, that really, you mus
? excuso me, but, beautiful as your face is,
'have forgotten he answered.
3 " Ah ! I could never have forgotten ono lin
I of your face. I professed myself dissatisfy
? with the portrait when it was finished, that
f might bc near you a littlo longer. Wit
u your wild love for Agnes, cannot you under
If stand my secret passion for yoa ? Will yo:
'' not take poor Athlene in .place of your los
" love ? I will devoto my life to your lovt
!- My title arid wealth are at your disposal. W
e will forget the past^and be very, very happy.
0 A shade of sorro'w had gathered on the ne
r, ble brow of Clifton Seymour, as ho listened
P and after a moment of silence, he replied,
ry "I shall never forget your kindness, m;
)s friend, but you. caqnot understand the dee
? idolatry of my; heart,, when, yup.ask me t
remove its idol, and substitute another,loy
w: "in its place. I h?v? never loved but Agnat
shall never love ag?in,_but h?r memory. Lif
3r is bnt a few short years, at best. After thal
cornea eterrJitVi . My Agnes waa pure aa a
sainty ??nd ia in; Heaven. Without the dis
traction of another loee, or aught wordly, I
laav? enough todo, to render my heart worthy
to-fwlow her to tho unknown world of spirits.
I snail claim her there."
Athlene covered her face with*her fair,
Jewelled hands, aud for a few ^moments was
silent/ Shd then . said, with trembling voice,
[ "Will you not give meyon'r love while we
journey- on through thir earth-life? ' I will
relinquish all claims to yon at the gates of
"jl have no love to give, my friend. Let
.ua.fjjeak no more of this. It can only give
tRftMt?0 U3 both. As soon aa I have sufficient
ly recovered to undertake the journey. I shall
start for my home? and it is .scarcely probable
.tfiat .jve shall ever meet. again," waa his
Without answer, Athlene arose and left the
room. Coming direct to mine, she entered,
'and closing the door, said: ' * '
.Agaesf I think your health sufficiently
estaolisbed to warrant yonr departure. I
shalt soon close my establishment hore, atfd
aalcannet takoyou with me, Imnat avail
.mygeli of..tho first opportunit? to find yon-?
auitatle., home. A Mrs. W?llford,-of New
York, is about leaving the city, on her home
ward' journey. She baa lately discharged her
sewing girl, and desirea to procure another,
wi-? you accept the 8ituation?" '
! I will do any thing yon wish," I answered
* I wish*.yon togo, then," she said, abruptly.
?Av week afterward, she came to my room,
saying that my tinnks were packed, ready for
removal, and gave me a purse well filled, also
a letter to ..Mrs, Wellford, who she said waa
stopping at the hotel, where the carriage
would leave me, and who was expecting me,
as elie had mado-rrangementa with her to
empdoy me. I'accepfed the purse, saying I
should return every cent, if ever I became
poasessed of my inheritance, which muat
await me, somewhere. With tearful eyea I
thanked her for her kindness to the lonely
orphan, but she stopped me with an impatient
gesture, and bade mo hasten to the carriage.
Wondering at her strange mood, I bade her
good-bye and was soon whirling along the
dusty street,* to the hotel, where I expected
to find my future mistress. Arrived there I
was ushered ?rito ? large parlor, half-filled
with idle gneats, while my trunks were de
posited in the hall.
Totally unused to depend upon myself, I
was embarrassed,, and stammered, aa I asked
a kind looking lady, who sat near me, if there
was an American lady, in the house, who waa
about leaving.for home.- ;
Hid I know her uamo ?" she asked..
\i Oh yes !"' I answered, " it is Wellford."
"Come with me, and I will show you Mrs.
Wellford's room," she replied.
I followed her, and was soon in the room of
a stylish American lady, quite youthful, and
very handsome. She arose languidly as, I en
-, f'Can I he of servi to to you ?,j
a I gave her the letter which Athlene Monilli
hw given mc, and Mrs. Wellford read it
twice, before she spoke. She thoa said,
u There is aomo mystery here ; I know of
no such person as the writer of this note,"
?jud she passed it to me.
wish to en: ploy a girl in any capacity. You
are American ?''
" Yc3, my name is Agnes Merton. My
father and mother were burned in the Hotel
Grande, while I escaped. We were wealthy,
and I am all alone. What shall I do V and
I sank upon a chair, sick and faint.
"I wiil see ?hat can bc done for you, my
child," sbo answered. " You may remain
herc, while I speak with one of my friends."
She was absent half an hour, and thoa re
turned, and as:<cd me if I would like to re
turn to my friends in America, if so,'tbe.
Americans in thc hotel would quickly make
up a purse to defray my expenses. After a
moment's reflection, I auswered, I have no re
lations in tho world, that I am aware of.
Tbr;re is wealth belonging to mo, somewhere,
but I do not know how to obtain it. Until
such time as I can do so, I must carn my
living .'joinehow. It ?3 not so much money
that I need, as a home, and the protection of
some ono who understands the world better
than myself. Tf you could find such a one,
it wor.ld be of more value to me than money.
I si'.1.i so^n learn enough cf tho world to take
rare- of myself, but at present, I am afra;d of
its unknown snarer."
"You aro a brave little girl, any way. To
be afraid of tho snares ol tho world, is the best
recommendation you could give of your puri
;y of heart. I will go out again. There is an
old lady in the house who ha3 Men travell
ing with her son. Ilia health is very poor,
and she expressed a wish to-day, for a suita
bio person to abare her cares, I will speak
with her," and she left tho room again. In
a few ! (uincnts she returned, and told me to
follow her. Wo entered the apartment of the
lady referred to. It was elegantly furnished,
aud on a crimson damask lounge, reclined a
pale, thin young mau, whose hollow cheek,
and thc hectic Hush, betokened onsuinplion.
Mrs. Welford introduced me to Mrs. May
land, and her sou, Mr. Arthur Mayland, and
" Sit down, Miss, while I talk with you,"
said the lady. I obeyed, and she commenc
ed aseries of questions, all of which I an
swered, although ray pride was roused, and
only the reflection that I waa no longer the
rich Mr. Merton's daughter, but a friendless
orphan, reconciled me to answering many
questions, which a mouth before would have
been considered impertinent, and I felt an in
stant friendship for Arthur Mayland, when he
M Dear mother, youwill not forget that Miss
Merton is high-bred, aud questions annoy her
Please engage her at once, as a companion foi
yourself. 1 already anticipate much pleasure
from thc society of ouo. of our own country
women, and of our own clafs of society."
" Misa Merton, I should regret exceedingly
. thc sad events which have placed you in this
. embarrassing position, only that it gives u?
the pleasure of your society. Wo shall b.
only too happy to havo you join us aa om
of our little family," ho aaid, turning to me
After the wearisome experience ot the las
few hours, words of affectionate sympathy,
"I could not bear without tears, and ono a
two fell from my buruiug eyea. Mrs. May
" There, there I you aro weak and nervous
Of course I cannot expect any assistauce iron
one of your years, and bringing up ; but a
Arthur is determined to have you remain will
us, I mast try to get along somehow, though
aa far as I can ace, you will^only bring extri
care. Your father was-a very shiftless mar
to leave his money affairs so loose. Some
body must be his agent, and somebody els'
his bankers, now il' them two should la;
their heads together, and divido your mone;
between them, you'd never get a cent. I d
not see, for the life of mc, why your fathe
waa so careless I" and the old lady told mo t
" take 'off my things, and she would order
' ?oom for me, adjoining her own, and have m
trunks sent up to it, adding,
" I don't suppose you can help me to tak
care of Arthur one bit. What I need ?3 a
-Oldish, or middle aged person, who can H
rae Test once in ? while, and attend to bin
You are tooyonng and delicate, to-have tb
career'an invalid." .. .;
" Oh, but I cali be useful in many way 8%.
can foaito'him,' sing to'him, pT?y chess wit
firm, bring him flowers, and wait upon ?ii
The-young man turned a pleased, half-amns-1
ed look toward me, which brought a blush to
my cheek, and answered, * ,
" I will ody expect of you what I should
be pleased to ask of a sister. Wo will be
Mrs. Mayland said no more, but weat with
me to a roop? the counterpart of her own,
with-a* tiny alcove at one^side, containing a
bed. My trunks were already there, and I
, exchanged my travelling dress, for one of
thin mourning goods,, made of elegant mate
rial, and in the latest style. Athlene Monilli
always dressed with exquisite taste, and I
found, on examination, that my trunks cen
tain cd" a bountiful supply of under linen, and
towels, with handkerchiefs and collars in
abundance, also several changes of morning,
dinner and evening dresses, all in deep mourn
ing. Truly, I toeed not purchase an article
of dress for a year at least.-1 felt grateful to
her, in spite of her unkind ruse to get rid of
me, and was happier than I had been since
my bereavement. At five the bell ran?, and
refreshed and rested, I repaired to the room
of Mrs. Mayland. Arthur looked up ai I en
tered, and exclaimed.
"How beautiful you are ! Miss Merton."
* "It is the hour'for tea; Arthur and myself
take our meals in our apartment.' There is A
public table in the diningrhall below. Near
ly han ia* inmates of the hotel take their
meals in their room?. You can do as you
like about yours. If you prefer to have them
brought to your room, you can . do so. Or
you can go toto the table below. Suit your
self," said Mr3. Mayland,
, " I have been thinking how. pleasant it
would be for Miss -Merton tP sit with us at
mealtime. She is a stranger to all in the
house, the. dining-hali will seem unsocial, and
to eat alone in her room would bo enough to
take away her appetite. She shall oat with
us, if it pleases her' todo so. Do you say
yes ?" said Arthur, pleasantly.
" If it would be agreeable to all, I should
be bettor pleased to do so. I am unused to
being alone, slr," I-answored.
<; Well, we should seem more like one fam
ily, and Arthur insists that I shall ask no ser
vice of you, but be as a mother to you, and
he will be your brother. He is a very whim
sical, yet we must humor him," 6aid the fond
I answered, " I am unable to bear kindness
to-day," as my eyes filled again. It was evi
dent that Mrs. Mayland could cot look upon
me, as oue of her own class of society. I was
to her, only a girl out of a place, and whom
Arthur insisted on being received into the
family, as an equal. Being accustomed to
gratify every wish of her son, she endeavored
to be motherly in her bearing toward me, and
it was amusing to observe how her wishes
conflicted with her inclination. She would
often command me to perform some slight act
of service, and with the next breath counter
mand the orders, calling me " my dear daugh
ter." I always performed what she had at
first required of me, and she would invaria
.'How could I get along without you, my
dear child ?"
Thc days passed swiftly on. I rodo with
them, I read and sang to Arthur, and waa
constantly near him, and he soon dropped the
formal " MKS Merton," and called mc Agnes,
while he insisted that I ahould always call
him Arthur. When I had been at their ho
:rma^5^%tnight, his physician ordered a..
about fifty miles distant. "^'e'Jcurn'eySftcs
on the homeward route, and we were busily
engaged in the preparations for our depar
To DE CONTINUED.
As an evidence of what white mus
cle aud industry can accomplish in the South,
when impelled by a spirit of peraeverence,
the Cuthbert (Qa.) Appeal states that Mr.
Jackson Batts, of Stewart County, assisted
by his SOD, a lad of twelve years, raised and
gathered tho past season eight bales of cotton,
averaging five hundred pounds each, ono hun
dred and fifty bushels cf corn, fifty bushels of
potatoes, and about thirty-five bushels of
wheat in tho bargain.
'gg?, Au Editor cut West, being poeti
cally gifted, writes as follows to delinquent
Would you lift a burdon from ns ?
Would you dyivo a fpeotre from nj J
Would you t;i>te a pleasant slumber?
Would you have a quiet conscienca?
Would you road a PATER PAID Fon?
Send us money-Send us monoy
"Send as monoy-Send us money
Send in moue;/ that you OHM U.I /
ffy Everybody has heard of the famous
letters that passed between' the adverse chiefs
of Sir Connell and Tyrone, the most laconic
correspondence in history :
l' Pay mc my tribute, or if you don't
" I owe you no tribu'.e, and if I did
jgSjC" Thc Troy editor who published a
list of "old maids" ia in jail for libel, and a
troop of the fair calumniated parade every
day before the window of his cell, with smiles
and sneers upon their faces.
#?~"f* lloOert Hall did not lose the power
of retort even in madness. A hypocritical
condoler with bis misfortunes once visited
him in the mad-house, and said in a whining
tone, " What brought you here, Mr. Hall?"
Hall significantly touched his brow with his
finger, and replied, " What'll never bring you
here, sir, too much brains."
jjgy " Three things," said tho Rev. Dr.
Heury, " appeared to havo been uninjured by
thc Fall ; the song of birds, the beauty of flow
ers, and thc smile of infancy, for it is difficult
to conceive how either of these could have
been more perfect had man remained holy ;
as if God would leave na something pure to
remind ua of the Paradiae we have lost, and
to point ua to that which we shall regain."
jej^g* A cow in Missouri recently died
lrom over-exertions in trying to digest a pound
S?* A Boston man ha? made ?100,000 the
past year by shipping rum to Liberia.
Of thc two hundred New England
women who wVmt to Washington Territory
two years ago, all but three have married.
The lato Dr. Curtis once said, " The
longer I live the better saiiafled I am that
tho Baptists are the Lord's people ; they take
little care of their own interesta, often work
against them, and if the Lord did not lake
care of them, they would long ago have ruin
jfc'jc" Pekin boasts of a paper, which the
Chinese declare . is over a thousand years
old. They had printing material there, they
say, before Adam discovered Paradise,
jggy Go to strangers for charity, acquaint
ance-s for advice, and relatives for nothicg
and you will always havo a supply.
The boy who was caught looking; in
to the future has.been arrested for trying tc
see tho show without payment.
An indignant individual, wo are told
yesterday presented himself to tho Chief a
Police, with a loud complaint of certain boy
in the habit of throwing stones into bia bouse
One, ho said, had only last evening strucl
his daughter on the breast. " Was tho younj
lady badly hurt?" inquired the Chief. " No
.not.hurt herself,'! replied the complainant, "bu
the stone broke three fingers on the hand o
a young gentleman who is paying hor partie
I * Labor is Honorable.
J Of course it is. Who ever affirmed tl
I tra ry ? Bat it is not e nongra ito say so.
is not what is wanted. There is an au
tronage abont the phrase (says the C
ton News,) which we'do not like. Th
most frequently give utterance to it, j
put their own hands to the plough. A
this is the only sure method of mak
bor honorable. Show your faith b;
, We have frequently, of late conversec
strangers, tourists and business men,
have passed through the State. They e:
great surprise at seeing 8? many idle
pons, whites as well as negroes, congre
at the railroad depots, and about the vi
and country stores. No where else in c
ed Christendom, save perhaps in Naplc
some other parts of Italy, can be seen so
a proportion of the stoat and able-b
population, loitering about on week
perfectly at leisure. It is not; a healthy
and every patriot, every right-minded ci
ought to -try his utmost to remove this
ker from our midst.
< In almost every country in Europe, vi
population is dense and land high-wh
single acre not nnfrequently rents for for
fifty dollars a year-the great aim am
ject of the poor man is to gain a homes
even though it be on rented land. He
set to work with a will to make breac] fo
family; and, unless the rent is too hig
some unforseen calamity befalls him, he
erally makes a support, and " gets on.'1
otherwise, he emigrates ; goes to the Ur
States, to Canaia, Brazil, Australia, or
Cape of Good Hope. Ho goes there nol
cause he wishes to eschew work, but bec
land is cheap, and he may have a reas<
ble hope to obtain the rewards of his
Our negroes should take example by
immigrants ; and our young white men 1
wise should cease to complain of the ne
and of the worthlessness of M labor." '
surest way of improviDg tho labor of
country is by going to work ourselves,
witnesses agree in the statement that wi
ever a farmer has worked along with his
groes, the result was favorable, out of all j
portion, in the amount of cotton to the bi
or to the acre, to the places that have b
left to negro " drivers," cr have been " 01
seed" by a hired white man. Nothing
more common than to hear the complai
11 What can I do ? I am just one man
have no capital and have no labor." Li
can be had everywhere-that is capital,
to labor you have your own two hands; 1
in tho language of Scripture, whatsoever i
hand findcth to do, do it with all thy mig
No man should complain of the want of "
bor," as long as he has his, own strong an
back upon. Once let" fii?Ta^?'uW'V^aJ
dent negroes see you fairly at work, cleari
ground, bolting and cutting down trees, r<
ing logs, splitting rails, and making fenc
and they will come and beg to be employ
on any terms.
Only in this way will you vindicate 1
dignity of labor. A very vigorous article
a recent number of the New Orleans Picayt
on " Idle White Men," concludes with t
following paragraph :
It is not the idle negro who most euri
the South ; it is the idle white man. That
curses the North also, chielly its cities a
towns, does not make it less true of him he
There are a few men among us who canr
work, by reason of age or infirmity ; there a
others, like Hood and Sommes, who beii
crippled or otherwise unfit for hard lab<
should have lighter or intellectual tasks, ai
who work courageously and steadily in then
but a multitude of those who are out of ei
ployment might find it easily if they were n
either falsoly ashamed to work or too lazy
To cure such, and to renovate and reco
struct the South, we need to make idlene
LOYAL LEAGUES VS. Ku KLUX KTASS.
great deal has been said in denunciation
that mysterious body, the Ku Klux Kia
We confess wo are in the dark as to this 0
gauization. But wc cannot seo that it is ai
more deserving of censure than Loyal League
to meet which, it is rtported, the Klan wi
started. Bulb are secret, oath-bound soci
ties ; each professes to have thc good of tl
country at heart. If tho Ku Klux Klan n
gale themselves with fresh African bio.*
drunk out of a radical skull, so the Loy
Leagues are said to be fond of secession blooi
drunk out of a copperhead's skull. But thei
is one difference-the Ku Klux .Klan ai
thought to be disembodied spirits-the spiri
of the Confederate dead-who, at midnigb
rise from their graves, aud roam about 1
avenge themselves upon tho authors, blac
and white, of thc insulte and injuries beapt
upon the land they died for. They are a te
ror, it is said, only to evildoers. We ba\
heard of one ramerkable case that occur, e
in Laurens District. About dark one day,
man in white, on a palo horse, stopped at
colored man's hut, and asked for water. H
drank, or made the man believe that he ha
drunk, three pails of water. He then remar!
ed that he had been wanting water '..er sine
he was killed at Lecsburg, in the ear y nart <
the war. Just then a skeleton beau SI of
and the darkey fainted. On recovering, th
mysterious individual had disappeared. Th
astonished negro affirms now that he saw a
original member of tho Ku Klux Klan.
DIVORCES IK SOUTH CAROLINA.-TheLouif
ville u Courier" has the following paragrapl
respecting aa important change about bein]
made in the organic law of South Carolina
This is only one of the many evils growin]
out ot this monstrous iniquity :
The people of South Carolina have eve
i been remarkable for an exalted conception 0
i the sacredness of the marriage tie. Tho Leg
islature of that State have uniformly beei
controlled in their action by the convictioi
that facilities for obtaining divorce are de
8tructive of the purity and peace of society
The consequence has'been that not a singh
divorce was ever granted in South Carolina
. " What God hath joined together, let no mai
> put asunder ?" is a dijine precept which shi
alone of all the States, bas observed to thi
very letter. In this, as in other respects, th<
' Radicals have undertaken to reconstruct th<
Palmetto State. The 60 called Constitution
3 under which it isproposed to declare the Statt
; admitted into the Union, contains a provisioi
11 providing for divorce.
I -? ?,,,?
' S&* There are two things which you shoulc
^ not borrow--trouble and a newspaper.
jgy Within the past month the bonds 0
South Carolina have advanced irom 25 to 50c
White Men Mns? Bule.
BY JAMES MAURICE THO M rS ON.
The Wnrrzs mt,;t rule tho laud or die ;
Tho purposo ??tira in hearts of steel;
With burning cheek and flashing eye,
We wait what, waiting may reveal.
Bnt come what may tho WHITES must hold
What white mens' patriot valor bought
Oar grandsires' ashes not yet cold
Hallow the soil for which they -fought.
Sholl low-born scam and quondam slaves
Give laws to those who own the soil ? -
No ! by oar grand-sires' bloody graves !
No ! by our homesteads bought with toil !
Our rights aro rooted in our lands,
Our law is written in thc sky,
. Pate flings the flat from her hands
The WHITES must rolo the land or die.
There is a stony energy.
Locked in tho honest white man's will
Thero is a passion like the sea,
That clasps tho shores of freedom still ;
Though banded Cossack dare the day,
And soulless vampyrcs fill the nights,
The distant ominous thundors say
None save themselves shall role the white?.
' . . . :? lifrtitzr.c?yiilBl
Bing through tho ?and the dirge of shame,
The requiem of greed and lust,
Drive back the Cossacks whence they come
And grind these vampyrcs in the dust ;
Then shall the cry of hunger cease,
The horrid fiend of murder fly,
And all our valleys sleep in peace !
Tho WEITES must mle tho land or die 1
Hold fast, brave hearts, tho day is ni?h
When howling conclaves dare to no.ot
When aL +hese mongrel fiends sholl fy
To some putressence-daabed retie a 11
Blow Fate's decree irom sea to seo,
From sky to sky, from realm to realm
Our ship of Slate eternally
Shall have a WHITE MAX at the helm !
GERMANY AND THE SOUTH.-Our German
citizens will be glad to learn tbat tho enter
prising merchants of Baltimore liavo estab
lished a line of steamers to run between that
city end Bremen via Southampton-a steam
er leaving each of the two former points on
the 1st ot every month, and Southampton on
the 4th of every month. The price of pas
sage to Bremen, London, Havre and South
ampton is only ?90 for the cabin and $36 for
the steerage. The vessels arc of 2500 tons
burthen, under the command of experienced
German captains, and in all respects fitted
for the important part they aro destined, to
perform in promoting tho prosperity of the
South through the large German inmigration
which has begun to flow hitherward.
Those who have friends in the Fatherland
in less than twenty days can now clasp them
once more in arms. Whether it be to tako
a trip home or bring relatives to the New
World, the facilities afforded by this new
line arc unsurpassed. It is to the interest of
the South that the press generally shall make
these facts known. Wo need sturdy German
agriculturists and mechanics everywhere; we
shall welcome them warmly, and we should
encourage every effort to cause their immi
gration, especially when it J'S effected through
our noble fellow-citizens o? Baltimore.
acrcrres3uu u'pW^rav^.Kiyi fi)nrg_^ha_jtiav
found courteous and enterprising, areSlessrs.
A. Schumacher & Co., No. 9 South Charles
street. The Charleston agents are Messrs.
Mordecai k Co.-Charleston News.
CONJURY.-A negro on tho plantation of
Geo. B. Holmes, Esq., bought some calico a
few days ago and got a negro woman to make
it into a spread for her bed. When it was
made and slept under for the first time, the
owner became sick, and suspicion of conjury
fell on the maker. It was said that the con
juror blew her breath three times in the mid
dle of the spread. The excitement on the plan
tation was intense. On Sunday the spread
was brought out and solemnly burned in the
presence of several thousand free and inde
pendent voters. On yesterday the conjured
woman walked to towu through the rain and
mud to give ten dollars to tho medicine-man
who cast out tho evil spirits, and the woman
who did the conjuring also came with her
friends to be cleansed of the unclean spiri:.
It will cost her also ten dollars to be abao'v-'
ed. In the meantime tho plantation is ia a'
high state of excitement, and no work in
done. It is the duty of Congress to pass a re
construction supplemental act forbidding cot. .
juring.- [Mont. Mail.
A PARALLEL CASE TO II TROVATORE.-A
most curious occurrence happened ;n tho
Prussian Providence of Posen. Somo days
ugo, a poor woman fell sick, and as she was
near her end, she sent for the priest. She
subsequently confessed to him that she, about
t hirty years ago, having boen delivered of a
boy, she substituted her own child for tho
child of a Countcss*in whose employ she was.
Neither the nurse nor the Countess became
aware of tho exchange, and thus it remained
until to-day. Her own boy was educated as
a Count, and has married the daughter of a
very proud nobleman, while the real Count,
having grown up in poverty, went out to ser
vice, married, and is nonliving not far from
his princely estate of Komcrnik, with his own
children. Thc woman said she could tot dio
without confessing this sin. The priest ap
plied at once to the authorities, and an inves
tigation has been commenced.
A COMPLIMENT WELL DESERVED.-The
London Quarterly Review, replying to an es
say by Goldwin Smith, who cites Lincoln,
Grant, Sherman and Stanton (!) as example-;
of American great men, says :
" We admit that Mr. Stanton and his col
leagues have done great things on a great
scale, but they lack the stamp of individua*
greatness. If th? is to be found anywhere ir.
America, its under the modest roof of Gene
ral Lee, the champion of a lost cause, whom
prosperity never intoxicated nor adversity
depressed, and who exceeded his opponent
as much in real nobility and greatness of char,
ccter as ho did in military skill and daring.'>
FOB THE LADIES.-When we incidentally
snnounced yesterday that Mr. Wm. Delaine,
of the firm of James A. Gray & Co., had re
turnee, from the North and that he would ex
hibit to the ladies of our city some of the
novelitie8 of the season in the way of dress
goods, we were far from realizing the extent
and richness of tho recent purchase? of dry
goods made by this gentleman while in North
ern markets. Many of .these gooda arrived
yesterday and wore being opened as we " drop
ped in" for a few moments' converse with the
members and clerks of this enterprising bout?.
The array of elegant fabrics was enough to
bewilder one, but the exclamations of delight
and admiration which we heard from many
of the ladies present satisfied as that those
who wish to get the first choice should go
early. This house is surpassing its old repu
tation this season.-Constitutionalist. '
?ST Old Deacon Sharp never told a lie, bathe
used to relate this : "Ho waa standing one day
leside a frog pond-wc have his word for it-and
saw a largo garter snake make .an attempt .apon ;
an enormous big ball frog. Tho snake seis?d one :
of theirog'a legs, and th?. Irog, to be on n par
with his snokeship, caught bim by the tail, ?ri '
both commenced swallowing one another until
othing was left of them."