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THE VILLIAN BAFFLED:
THE DEPTH OF WOMAN'S LOVE.
BY AN OLD BACHELOR.
Jurr a fief breakfatt one fine spring morn
ing in 1837, en advertisement in tbe Timet,
for a curate j caught and fixed my attention.
The aalayr was sufficiently remunerative for a
bachelor, and tbe parish, as I personally knew,
we of the most pleasantly situated in all Soiu
vrshire.' Having said that, the reader ill
Readily understand that it could not have been
hundred miles from Taunton. I instantly
wrote, inclosing testimonials, with which the
Rev. Mr. Townley, the rector, was so entirely
satisfied, tht the return' post brought me a
positive engagement, unclogged with the
slightest objections to one or two subsidiary
items 1 hod stipulated for, and aocompanied
by an invitation to mike the rectory my home
lilt I Could conveniently suit myself else
where. This was both kind and handsome;
.and the neu day but one I took coach, with
a light heart for my new destination. It thus
(-happened thai 1 became acquainted, end in
some degree mixed up with the train Of events
lit is my present purpose to relate.
11 he rector 1 lound to be a .tout, portly gen
tleman, whose years already reached to be
twee a sixty and seventy. So many winters,
although theyliad plentifully besprinkled his
hair with (tray, shone out with ruddy bright
ness In bis "till handsome face, and keen
kiudly, bright, ha.le eyesj and his voice,
hearty and ringing, had not as yel one quiver
of ate in It. -I met. him at breakfast on the
morning after my arrival, and his reception of
me Was most friendly. We had spoken to
gether but a few moments, when one of the
French windows thai led from the breakfast
Toom into a flower ond shrubbery garden, gen
tly opened and admitted a lady just then, as I
afterward learned, in her nineteenth spring.
1 use Hi is term almost unconciously.for 1 can.
not. even now, in the glowing suttmer of her
life, dissociate her image from that season of
youth ana joyoi.sness. Mm was introduced
to Die with old fashioned simplicity, "My
grand daughter, Agnes Townly." It is diffi
cult to louk at beamy through other men's
eyes, and iu tbe present instance I nhould fail
- miserably to stamp upon this blnnk, dead pa
per any adequate idea of the flesh lovliness,
the rosebud of beauty of that young girl. I
will merely any that her perfect Oreciau head,
wreathed with wavy bundeux of bright hair,
undulating with golden light, vividly brought
to my mind Raphael's halo-tinted portraitures
of the virgin with this difference, that
in place of the holy calm and resigna
tion of the pniuting, there was in Agnes
Townly a sparkling youth and life that even,
amid the beat and glare of the crowded-ballroom,
or of a theatre., irresittably suggested and
recalled the freshness and perfume of the
moreiug or a cloudless, rosy morning of May.
nd, far higher, I ban fealurt; beauty, Uow ex
quisite a sweetness of disposition, a kind of
gentleness of mim! Ami lemper, was evidenced
in every line of her face, in every aocent of the
low pitched, silver voice that breathed through
jips mage omy io srnue.
, Let me own that I was greatly struck by so
remarkable combination of rare endowments ;
and this 1 think, the sharp eyed rector must
have perceived or he might not, perhaps,
have bceu so immediately communicative with
respect to the prospects of bis idolized grand
child, as he wa the moment the yonng lady,
.after presiding at the breakfast table, had
."We shall have gay doings, Mr. Tyrrel, at
tbe rectory, shortly," he said. "Next Mon
day, three weeks, will, with the blessing of
God, be Agnet Townly's wedding day."
"weuuing oayj-' . .
"Yea," rejoined the rector, turning toward
and examining soma flowers which Miw
Townly had brought io and placed on (he ta
ble. "Yes, it has been for soma time settled
that Agnes shall on that day be united in holy
wedlock to Mr. Arbuthnot."
, "Mr. Arbuthiiol, of Elm Psrk I"
' "A great match, is it not, in a worldly point
or view r replied air Townly, With a pleas
ant smile at the tone of my exclamation,
"And much better than that, Robert Ar
buthnot ia a young man of high and noble u
ture, as well as devotedly attached to Acnes
He will, I doubt nut, prove in every respect a
husband deserving and worthy of her, and that
from the lips of doling old srsndpapa must
be; esteemed a high praise. You will see h m
(.did see i'ttn often and quite agreed in the
rector's estimate ot his future grand-son-in
law.' I hare not frequently seen a finer look
ing young man,? Jlis age wss twenty-six; and
cetiainiv oue wi more honorable and kindly
spirit, of a snore gentle temper thai) be baa,
never caaae wuinn my observation. He had
drawn a peat prize iq tbe matrimonial lottery,
and I felt deserved his fortune,
flThey waceaarried at tbe time agreed upon,
and tbe day was not only kept at Elrr. Park
and its neighborhood, but throughout "our"
parish, aa a general holiday. ' And, strangely
enoughat least, I have never met with an
instance f the kind it waa held by our en
tire female eooioiuuity, high aa well as low,
that the mutch was a perfectly equal one, not
withstanding Uiat wealth and high, position
were entirely on the bridegroom's side. In
fao, that nobody Jess in the social scale than
representative of aa old territorial family
ought, in the nature of things, to have as
pired to the band of Agnes Townly, appeared
to bee, fixed conclusion with everybody. This
iWill give lite eeader a truer and more vivid
jmpreesiea of the bride than any words or
. colors I might Ute. .
' The days, week, and moriths Of weded life
U over Mr." aad Mm. Arbuthnot without a
otoud, aae a few dark but transitory ones
whick J aaw bow and tben flit across the bus
ar(d countenance aa the lime when be
Would be j father drew near, and came to
be mote and more spoken or. " "I should not
survive her.w aaiU Mr.;, 'Arbuthnot one day in
reply to a Chance observation of lh rector's,
Vjior indeed- desire tq do .so." The gray
beaded man se wed and pressed the husband's
hind,' and tears of sympathy filled bis eyes;
yet did, be, nevertheless, asinl duty bound, q'..
tat grave words en the. sinfulness of despair
vnder any circumstances, tod iho duty, in all
trials, however heavy, of patient submission
to the will of 3od. BuT the venerable gentle
tea spoke in a hoarse and broken voice,' and
ft was easy to see be ftU with Mr. Arbuthnot
that lha reality of on event, the bare possibil
ity of which shook, tnem so terribly, was a
cross tod heavy for human strength to bear and
JWa)'fi"----i' 1 i ''
'lt ww af eourse decided that tbe ' expected
hair or frtjreis. should . be rniruttad t wi
BT W.O.GOULD. "Fearless and Free." $l,50per Annum laAdTanc.
NcwSeries. EATON, PREBLE COUNTY, 0. MARCH 22, 1855 Vol. 11, No. 40.
nurse, and a Mrs. Danby, the wife of a miller
not very far from the rectory, was en- j
gnged for the purpose. 1 bsd frequently seen
the woman; and her name, as the rector and 1
were one evening fussinpini over our tea, on
some su ject or other that 1 now forget, came1
"A likely person," I remarked ; "healthy, .
very good-looking, and one might make oath,
a true hearted creature. But there is, withal,'
timidity, a frightedness io her manner at
times, which, if 1 may hazard a perhaps un-1
charitable conjecture speaks ill for that smart
husbaud of hers."
I. V,. n Iii.b hit 1hf mnrk nrn!lv in. Aar-
sir, Danby is a very aorry fellow, and a ty-j
rant to boot. I lis wile, who is really a good,
but meek hearted person, lived with us ouce.
How old do you kupposc her to be f"
"Five and twenty, perhops."
"Six years more than that. She bas a son
of the name of Harper, by a former marriage
who is in bis tenth year Annie wasn't a
widow long. Dauby woscaught by her good
looks, and by the bait of a well provided home.
Unless, however, her husband gives up his
corn speculation, she will out, I think, have
that much longer."
"Corn speculation I Surely, Danby has no
means adequate to indulge in such a game as
"Not he. But two years ago he bought on
credit, I believe, a considerable quantity of
wheat, and prices happening to fly suddenly
unjust ihen he made a large profit. This has
quite turned his head, which, by the by, was
never, as cockney says, "quite rightly screw
ed on." "The announcement of a visitor in
term pled anything further the rector might
have to say, and I soon afteiw'ard went home.
A sad accident occurred about a month sub
sequent to the foregoing conversation. The
rector was out riding upon a usually quiet
horse, which all at ouce took it into its head
to shy at a scare-crow it must have seen a
score of times, and thereby throw its rider.
Help was fortunately at band and the rever
end gentleman was instantly conveyed home.
when it was lound that his left thigh was bro
ken. Thanks, however, to his temperate hob
its, it was before long authoratively pronoun
ced that, although it would be a considerable
lime before he was released from confinement
it was not probable thai the lusty winter of
his lite would be shortened by what had hap
peued. Unfortunately, the accident threaten
eb to have evil consequences in another quar
ter. Immediately after it occurred, one Mat
thews, a busy thick headed lout of a butcher,
rode furiously off to Elm Park with the news.
Mrs. Arbuthnot, who daily looked to be con
fined, was walking with her husband upon the
lawn, in front of the house, when the great
burly blockhead rode up, and blurted out thut
the rector had been thrown from his horse and
it was feared killed. . -The
shock of aucb an announcement was
of course overwhelming. A few hours after
ward Mrs. Arbu'.h not gave birth to a healthy
mule child: but tbe young mother's life, as
sailed by fever; was for many days utterly de
spsiJed of for weeks held to tremble so even
ly in the balance that the sliglitestadversecii
cumstances might iu a moment turn the scale
deathwsrd. At length the black horizon that
Seemed to encompass us so hopelessly light
ened, and afforded the lover husband a glimpse
and hope of his vanished aid, well-nigh de
spaired of Eden. The promise was fulfilled.
I waa in 'he library wtien Air. Aruutnnot,
awaiting the physician's morning report, very
anxiously expected at the rectory, when Ur.
Lindly entered the apartment iu an evidently i
"You have ben causelessly alarmed," he
said. "There ia no fear whatever of a relapse.'
Weakness only remains, and that we shall
slowly perhaps, but certainly remove."
A glenm of lightening seemed to flash over
Mr. Arbuthnot' expressive countenance.
' Blessed be (''od !" he exclaimed. "And
how," he added, "shall we manage respect-
ing the child f She asks for it incessantly."
Mr. Arbuthnot' infant son, I should state,
had been consigned immediately after its birth!
totbe care of Mrs. Danby who bad herself i
confined, also with a boy, about a fort-
previously. Scarlatina being prevalent
in the neighborhood, Mrs. Danby was hurried
away with the two children to a place near
Bath, almost before she was able to bear the
Mr. Arbuthnot had left his wife for
an hour, and bad consequently only seen his
Child for s few minutes fter it was born.
"With respect to the child," replied Dr.'b-J
Lindly, "I'm of the opinion that Mrs. Arbuth-j
nut may see it in a day or two. Say the third
from thi if all goes well. 1 think we
may venture so far, but 1 will be present, for
any untoward agitation might be perbapa in-,
stonily fatal. This point provisionally settled!
all three went our several ways; 1 to i
c hater the still sufferinc rector with the eood
The next day but one, Mr. Arbuthnot waa
in excellent anirits. "Dr. LindU'a lenort is,
even more favorable than we had anticipated.
he said, and I start to-morrow morning to bring
Mra. Danbvand the child." The nostman'ai
subdneibut unmi-takeable knoek interrupted!
hun. "The nurse," be added, "u very atten
tive and punctual. She writes almost every
day." A servant entered with salver heap
ed with letters, Mr. Arbuihnot tossed them
veryeagerlv, and seizing one, sfler glancing'
at the postmark, tore it eagerly open mutter-
as be did go, "It ia not the usual hand-
but from ber no doubt, "Meroiful
I imnulsivelv exclaimed as I suddenly
lifted my eyes to his. -
"What la the matter ?" A mortal nalnr had
spread over Mr. Arbulhnofa before animated ,
fealures, and he was glaring at the letter ia!
ed him. Auother moment and the muscles
bis frame appearnd to give way suddenly, and
he dropped inio an easy chair, from which he
had risen to take the letters. ' I waa terribly
alarmed, and first loosening his neckerchiei,
for be seemed choking, 1 aaid "Let me call J
some one; and 1 turned to reach the betl when
he seized my arms, and held me with a grip
of iron. "No no no!" he hoarsely gasped,
"water water !" There was fortunately
some on a side table. I handed it to him and
he drank eagerly. It appeared to revive him
a little. He thrust the crumpled letter in bis
pocket and said iu low quick whisper,
'There ta aomo oae coming I not word re
member not a word ". At the same time he
wheeled hia chair round so that bis back
should be toward the servant we beard ap
"I am sent, sir," said Mrs. Arbuthnot's,
maid, "to ask if the post has arrived."
."Yea," replied Mr..,Arbu;hnot, with won-,
derful mastery of voice, '-tell your, mistress I
shall b with ber almost immediately, and that
ber-wher ton ia quite well." '
"nt- l yreii, be continued sa soon aa the
servant waa out' of hearing, "there is, I think,1
a nquor iiauu on Vie aide board in the large
dining loom. Would you have tat kjrtdnosajwere
to bring it to me, unobserved mind that, un
living observed by any one !"
I did as he requested, sad -the instant I
mother's gushing love for her first and only
born. I as much as possible forebore to dwell
upon the subject.
Nine years passed away without bringing
any mateiia! change to the parties involved in
tb s narrative.eicept those which Time brings
ordinarily in hn train. Robert Arbuthnot was
t healthy,tall, fine looking lad of his age; and
his great grandpa, the rector, though not suf
been fering under any actual physical or menial in
night firmity, had reached a lime of life when the
announcement that the golden bowl is broken
'or the silver chord is loosened, may be indeed
quick and sudden, but scarcely unexpect
journey. Ud. Things had gone well, too, with the
nurse, Mrs. Danby, and her husband, well at
least after ber fashion. The speculative mil-
must have made good use of the gift to
bis wife lor her care of little Arbunhnot, for
he had built a genteel house near the mill, al
day ways rodea valuable borse, kept it is said a
capital table, and oil this, as it seemed, by hia
clever speculations in corn' and flour for the
ordiuary business ol the mill was almost en
we Hrely neglected. He had no children of bis
own, but he bad opparemly taken to hia Hep
in Ireland, where he possessed property, and
wm moking personal inquiries as to tbe ex
ing tent of the polatoe rot not long beforean
writing; nounced. The morning's posl brought a let
God!" tter to his wife, with the intelligence that be
"d her husband would be sure to pull up
there, Mrs. Arbuthnot come with her aon to
the afternoon there, and, in some alight
iu isci oanuies nau oeen orougnt in anu we
every moment exptctiuj jMr,, Arbulbnot
piacea the liquor irame before mm be seized
the brandy earaa and drank with a fierce
eagerness. "For goodness sake I" I exclaiw-
;ea, --consider wnat you are aoo-.it, .r. At-
outnnoi; you will make yourseii in."
' "No, no," be answered, alter finishing his
draught. It seems scarcely stronger than
water. But J I am better now. It was a
sudden spasm of the heart that is all. I be
letter, he added sfler a long and painful pause,
during wiucn he eyea me, l uiougni wun a
bimt nt auunipinn l hm lltllur vnil aaw rrm
open just now comes from a relative, an aunt,
who is ill very ill, and wishes to see me in-
atantly. Ynu nnderstind r
I did understand, or at least I feared that I
did too well. I however bowed acquiescence
and he presently rose from bis chair and strode
about the apartment in great agitation, until
his wife's bed-room bell rang. He then stop
ped s.iddenly short, shook himself, and looked
anxiously at tbe reflection of his flushed and
varying countenance, iu tbe magnificent chim
"I do not look, I thk or at least shall
not, in a darkened room odder, irore out of
he way that is more agitated thau one
tmu( appear after hearing of the dangerous
illness of ol an au aunt."
"You look belter, sir, than you did a while
"Yes, yes; much better, much better. I
am glad you lay so. That was my wile's
bell. She is anxious no doubt to see me."
He left the apartment, was gone perhaps ten
minutes; when he returned, was I thought
less nervous than befoie. 1 rose to go. "Give
my respects," he said, "totbe good rector,
and as an especial favor," he added, with
strong emphasis, "let me ask of you not to
mention to a living soul that you saw me so
unmanned as 1 was just now, that 1 swallow
ed brandy. It would appear so weak, so ri
I promised to do so, and almost immediately
leil the bouse, very painfully affected. His
son was, 1 concluded either dead or dying.and
he was thus bewildered by casting about for
means of keeping the terrible perhaps fatal
tidings from bis wife. I afterwards learned
that he left tlm f ark in a post chaise, about
two hours after I came away, unattended by a
He was gone three clear days only, at the
end of which he relumed with Mrs. Danby
and his sou in florid health, too, snd one
of the finest babies of its age about nine
weeks only I have ever seen. Thus vanish
ed the air drawn Doubting Castle and Giant
Despair which 1 had so hastily conjuied up.
the cause assigned by Mr. Arbuthnot for the
agitation I had witnessed was doubtless the
true one: and yet (and the thought haunted
me for months, years nfterwards,) he opened
only one letter that morning and hod sent a
message to bis w ife that his child was well.
Mrs. Danby remained at the Park till the
little Kobert was weaned, and was then dis
missed, very munificently rewarded. Year
after year rolled away without bringing Mr.
and Mrs. Arbulbnot any additional. lililo ones,
and no oua therefore, could feel surprised at
the enthusiastic love of the delighted mother
for her handsome, nobly promising boy. But
that which did astonish uir, though no one
ehe, for it seemed that I alone noticed it wa-
a strange delect of character which began to
dvelope itself in Mr. Arbuthnot. Ho was
positively jealous of his wife's affection for
their own child. Many and manya time have
1 remarked when he thought himself unob-
served, on expression of intense pain flash
fiom his fine expressive eye?, at any more than
usually fervent minifestutions of the young
n, a fine lad now about eighteen years of
e. Ibis greutly grieved tbe boy's mother,
who dreaded above all thincs, that ker aon
should contract the evil dissolute habits of
bis latuerJin-law. Latterly, she had become
extremely solicitous to piocure the lad a per-
mnent situation abroad, and this Mr. Arbutb-
not had promised sbouid be affected at tbe
Thus stood affairs on tbe 16th of October,
1816. Mr; Arbuthnot was temporarily absent
should reac'i home thai very eveuing, and as
the rector was on the direct road to fclm f ark
0f;"egree lo.anncipaie rer nusoanu a airivai
About three o'clock, a chief clerk in one of
the Taunton banks rode up to a gig to the rec
tory, and asked to see the Rev. Mr. Townley
on pressing and important business. lie was
ushered into the library, where the rector and
I weieat that moment rather busily engsged.
The clerk said he had been to Elm Park, but
not finding Mr. Arbuthnot or his lady there,
he had thought that perhaps the Itev. Mr.
Townley m:ght be aula to pronouce upon the
genuineness of a check of 300, purporting to
be drawn upon the Taunton bank, by Mr. Ar
buthnot, which Danby bad obtained cash for
at Bath. He further added that tht bank had
refused payment and detained the check, be-
lieving it to be a forgery.
"A forgery I" exclaimed the rector, after
merely glancing at the document. "No ques
tioi that it ia, and very clumsily executed
one, too. Beswes, Mr. Arbuthnot has not yet
returned flora Ireland."
This was sufficient, and the mtssenger.witb
many apologies for intrusion, withdrew and
hastened back to Taunton. We were atiU
talking over this sad affair, although some
hours had elapsed since the clerk's departure
when the sound of a hone, at hasty gallop,
beard spprosching.snd presently the pale
aud haggard face of Danby shot by the win-
dow at which the rector and myself were stand-
int. Tbe gale bell was wrung almost imme- i
dialely, afterward, and but a brief interval '
issseu betore nr. uanoy was announced to
be in waiting. The servant had hardly gain
ed tbe passage with leave to show him in,
when the impatient visiter rushed rudely into
tbe toom in a atale of great, and, it seemed
"What, sir, is the mesning of thia tllman-
nered intrusion!" demanded the rector sternly.
"You have pronounced the check I paid
away at Batb to be a forgery; and the officers
art, I am told, already at my heels. Mr.
Arbuthnot, unfortunatel, is not at home, and
1 am come, therefore lo seek stelter with
"Shelter with ne, sir I" e-iclained the In
dignant rector, moving, as he spoke toward
the bell. "Out of my bouse you shall go
this Instant I"
The fellow placed his hand upon the rev
erend gentlemau's.and looked with his blood
shot eyes keenly in his face.
"Don't," said Danby, "don't, for tbe sate
of yourself and yours 1 Don't I warn you;
or, if you like the phrase belter, don't for the
sake of nie aud mine."
"Yours, fellow I Yoar wife, whom you
have so long held in cruel bondage through
her fears lor ber son, has at lenghth shaken
off that chain. James Harper sailed two
days ago fr ni Portsmouth for Bombay; I sent
ber the news two hours since."
"Hal is that indeed sot" cried Danby,
with an irrepressible start ol alarm. "Y ho.
then but no matter; here luckily comes
Mrs. Arbuthnot und her ton. All s right.
She will, I know, stand bail for me, and, if
need be, acknowledge the genuine of her
The fellow's insolence wss becoming un
bearable, and I was about to put him forci
bly from the apartment, when the sound of
wheels were beard outside.
"Hold I one, moment," be cried, with ve
hemence. "Thai is probably the officers : 1
must be brief, and to the purpose. Pray,
madaine, do not leave the room for your own
sake ; as. for you, sir, I command you tore
main!" "What what does he mean f" exclaimed
Mrs. Arburthnot, bewilderingly, and at the
same time clasping her sou -- who gazed
on Danby with kindled eyes and angry boyish
defiance tightly to her sice. Did the man's
strange wor's give form and significance to
some dark, shadowy, indistinct doubt that had
previously haunted her at limes ? I judged
so. The rector appeared similarly confused
and shaken, aud had sunk nervously aud ter
rifled upon a sofa.
"You guess dimly, I see at what I have to
say," resumed uanoy, wiui a maiignuni
aneer. ' "Well, hear il then, once for al I; and
then, if you will, give ine up to tbe officers.
Some years ago, ' be continued, cold and
steadily, "some years eo a woman, a nurse,
was placed in charge of two infant children,
both boys, one of these was ber own, the oth
er was tlte son of rich, proud parents. The
woman's husband was a gay, jolly fellow who
prefered spending money to earning it, and
just. then it happened that he was more than
usually hard up. One afternoon, on visiting
his wife, who had removed to a distance, be
found that the rich man's child had sickened
of the small-pox,and that there was no chance
lor its recovery. A letter containing the sad
news was on a table, which he, the husband,
took the liberty to open and read. After
some reflection suggested by what he had
heard of the lady-mother's state of mind, he
recopied the It Iter for the sake of embodying
iu it a certain suggestion. 1 hat letter was
duly posted, and the next day brought tbe
rich man, almost io a stale of distraction; but
bis chief and waslering terror was lest tbe
mother of the already dead infant should hear
in ber then precarious state, of what bad bap
pened. The tidings he was sure, would kill
ber. Seeing this the cunninghusband of the
nurse suggested that for the present bis tbe
cunning one's child might be taken to the
lady as her own, and thai the truth could be
revealed when she was strong enough to bear
it. The rich man fell into the artful uap.and
that which the husband ol the nurse had spec
ulated upon came to p n eveo beyond bis
hopes. The lady grew toidolizel.tr fancied
child, she has fortunately had no, other, aud
now I think it would really kill her to part
wrtbibirn. The rich man could not find it in
his heart to undeceive bis wife every year it
became more difficult, more impossible to do
so; and very generously, I must say, bad he
paid his nurse for the forbeatance of the
nurse's husband. Well, now then, to sum up;
the nurse was Mrs. Danby; the rich, weak
husband, Mr Arbuthnot, the substituted child.
that handsome boy my son!"
A wild scream from Mrs. Arbuthnot broke
the deep silence which had accompanied this
frightful revelation, echoed by an agonized
cry, half tenderness, half rage, from her hus
band, who had entered the room unobserved,
and now clasped her passionately in bis arms.
The carriage wheels we had heard were his.
It was long before I could recall with calm
ness the tumult, the terror and confusion of
that scene. Mr. Arbuthnot strove to bear his
wire from tbe apartment, but she would not
be forced away, and kept imploring, with
frenzied vehemence, that Robert that ber
boy should not be taken fnm her.
"I have no wish to do so far from it," said
Danby with gleeful exultation. "Only folks
must be reasonable, and not threaten their
friends with the hulks"
"Give him anything, anything !" broke in
the unhappy lady. "0, Robert! Robert!"
she added with a renewed burst of histori
cal grief, "how could you deceive me so f"
"I have been punished, Agnes," be an
swered in a husky, broken voice, "for my
well intended but criminal weakness; cruelly
punished by the ever present consciousness
that this discovery niuit one day or other
surely be made. What do 0u want?" he
added, recovering his firmness, addressing
"The acknowledgement of thot little bit of
paper in dispute, ot coarse; and say a genu
ine one to the same amount."
"Yes, yes," exclaimed Mrs. Arbuthnot.still
wildly sobbing, and holding the terrified boy
strained in her enibrsce, aa if she feared he
might be wrenched from her by force. "Any
thing pay him anything."
the door of the apartment, fsaw that it was
At this momeni, chancing to look toward
partially opened, and that Danby's wife was
listening there. But what might that meant
But what of helpful meaning .in tucb a caae
could it have?
"Be it so, love," said Mr. Arbuthnot.aoolh
ingly. "Danby, call to-morrow at the Park.
And now begone at once."
"I was thinking," resumed the rases l.with
swelling audacity, "that we might as welt
white and black. But never mind; I can al
was ways put the screw on, unless, indeed, you
get tired of the younu gentleman; and in that
esse, I doubt not, he will prove a "dutiful and
affectionate so Ah, devil I what do you
here'.f Begone or I'll murder you I Begone
do you hear T"
H is wife bsd entered and silently confront
"Your threats, evil man" replied the wo
man quietly, "have no terrors for me now.
My son is beyond your reach. Oh, Mrs. Ar
buthnot!" she added, turning toward and ad
dressing that lady, "believe not"
Her husband sprang at her with a bound or
"Silence I Go home or I'll strangle"
His own utterance was a nested by tbe
fierce grasp of Mr. Arbuthnot, who seized him
by the throat and hurled turn to the lurtber
end of the room.
"Speak on, woman; quick, quick what
have you to say f"
That your aon, dearest lady," she an
swered, throwing herself at Mn. Arbothnot's
feet, "is as truly your own child as ever sou
born of woman."
That shout of half fearful triumph seems
even now, as I write, lo ring in my esrs. 1
felt that tbe woman's words were words of
truth, but 1 could not see distinctly; the
room whirled around and the light danced
before my eyes, but I could bear ail the cho
king ecstacy of tbe mother, aud the 4fury of
the baffled felon.
"The letter," continued Mrs. Danby,
"which mybusband found and opened, would
have informed yousirof the swiftly approach
ing death of my child, ond that jours had been
carefully kept beyond the reach of contagion.
The letter you received was written without
my knowledge or consent. True it is thai
terrified by my husband's threats, and in some
measure reconciled to the wicked imposition
knowing that after all, thi right child would
be in the right place, 1 afterward lent myself
to Danby's tvil purposes. But I chiefly fear
ed for my son, whom I fully believed he would
not have scrupled to make way with, in re
venge for my exposing bis profitable fraud.
I have sinned; 1 can hardly hope to be forgiv
en, but I hove now told the sacred truth."
All this was uttered by the repentant wo
man, but at the time it was almost wholly un
heard by those most Interested in the state
ment. They only comprehended that they
were saved that the child was theirs in very
truth. Great, abundant, but fur the moment,
bewildering joy! Mr Arbuihnot, his beauti
ful young wife, her own true, true boy, (how
could she for amoment have doubled that be
was her own true boy! you might read that
through all her tears, thickly as they fell,) the
aged and half stunned rector, while yet Mrs.
Danby waa speaking, were exclaiming aud
sobbing in each other's arms, aye, and prais
ing God too, with broken voices and incohe
rent word ii may be, but certainly with fer
vent pious, grateful heart.
When we had time to look about us it was
found that the felon had disappeared escap
ed. It was well perhaps, that be had; bet
ter that he bas not been heaid of since.
Indian Murders in Texas.
A Fredericksburg (Texas) Letter to the Gal
veston Kewt, of tbe dale of February 13, says
that on the 3d insL the Indians came upon a
German of the nsme of Ferch, in the woods,
whither he Jiad gone to work, and murdered
him in a most horrible manner, having shot
him literally full of their acursed arrows, and
after stripping him of every article ol clothing
of any value, they concealed his body in t
small thicket, tcok his horse, and set outagain
for other victims. Not long did they bsve to
search until they found another opportunity of
wreaking ther hellish malice. On Monday,
the Sth, a Mr. Thomas Neel, an aged man, the
bead and sole dependence of a numerous fam
ily, was on his way from Fredericksburg,
whither he had gone to procure the necessa
ries of life, and when about eight miles from
town, and about three or four from bis home,
he, too, was crueily murdered in the same
manner as Mr. Ferch; and, after taking his
borse, clothes, and every article of value
about bis person, they dragged his body a few
yards from tbe road and left it lying, a rich
repast for vultures and beasts of prey!
' Such are the outrages committed around us
on every hand, while six Companies of thorough
going Rangers are carried off hundreds of miles
away from the settlements, where their pres
ence is so much needed, to points where they
can effecl'but little or no good, except to place
the Indians between them aud us, while in
an unprotected state.
Bold Attempt to rob the Layfayette, (Ind.)
About one o'clock on Friday morning last, a
bold attempt was made to rob the Bank sf Bar
bee, Brown 4 Co. The burglars, by means
of a duplicate key, entered the meat shop of
Knoblock ff Smith, which is situated in tbe
cellar of tbe bank building. There is a wood
en partition seperaling the shop from the front
part of the cellar, which is used by the bank
for wood, coal, &c, and in which the founda
tion of the vault is built. The burglars ef
fected an entrance into this part of the cellar
throuth a small window, in the partition.
They first attempted, by means of an augur
and a crowbar, to get through the floor near
the door of tbe vault, but failing they com
menced undermining the vault. Nearly a
cart load of brick and mortar was removed
from the foundation, but no entrance was
made. It is more than likely the burglars
became alarmed and decmped suddenly, as a
crow bar and several burglarious implements
were left in tht cellar.
inrA chap from the country, who visited
Newport to see the Fourth of July, entered
f 'he hotels and sat down to dinner.
Upon the bill of fare being handed to bim by
the waiter he remarked thai he "didn't care
'bout readin' now, he'd wait till after din
ner." (TTMy dinner don't agree with me taid a
man to his wife, after an extraordinary heavy
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Another Secret Society.
"The Pitifturg Gazette atates that there ta
a regularly-organized association of blacka
in that city, bound together by tbt moat sol
emn oaths, and meeting in secret, whose ob
ject is the abduction of colored servants, trav
eling with their masters, who are suspected to
No city in the Union, not even Boston.saya
the Cincinnati nfuirrr, is cursed with such
a horde of miserable blacks as Pittsburg. .
They are vicious, reckless and low set; and.
seemingly, on many occasions, of late years,
have become tu organized mob, which tbt
white people and authorities of that city eith
er cannot or do not desire to control or punish.
Such outrages as the one which was chroni
cled Isst week, tbe attempted abduction of a
frtt colored woman and her child, if dona in
Cincinnati, would product another "Buel
toum War," with worse results to the perpe
trators than made that mob proceeding so no
torious. Pittsburg, if these things are submit
ted to longer, will wake upone of these morn
ings, with a notoriety at Hack as her rowdy
negroes and sooty streets.
Sentence of the Wayne (Ind.)Murderers.
Tbe three brutalsmurderersof Mr. Dunbar,
at Fort Wayne, Ind., have been sentenced to
be Aung-. Tbe Fort Wayue paper, in giving an
account of tbe matter, says.
"The ball was densely crowded with speo
wtors, who listened with breathless attention
to the solemn preeeu ings. Keefer and Romine
look their seals with great calmness and forti
tude; Madden, who is suffering Irom a severe
attack of fuflammaiory rheumatism, had to be
carried in on a chair, and was placed in t
recum ent position ou a buffalo-robe. After
llie clerk hd read the verdict of the jury, the
Judge, greatly affected, and with visible emo
tion, proceeded to discharge his painful duty.
Madden, aud Keefer were sentenced to be
hung on Friday, April 27, and Romine on Fri
day, June 16.
"Romine and Madden wept freely, and ap
peared deeply affected. Keefer, who hitherto
bad maintained an appearance of hardihood
and indifference, wss also greatly agitated;hia
fortitude seemed to forsake him in the over
whelming reality of the doom awaiting him;
snd a marked difference was observable in
Lis appearance and demeaner when taken
back to pnsou, from what be had previously
Honors to "Bill Poole"—A Strange People.
One would suppose from reading the as
counts of the demonstrations made in New
York at "Bill Poole's" funeral, and aeeing
the large spuce devoted lo the matter by tht
New York Journals; that Poole must have
been a man of great celebrity and of high
standing as a citizen in that metropolis. The
honors that have been paid to bim are hardly
less than would bare been bestowed upon
a distinguished feneral or eminent statesman
who bad rendered essential service to tbt
country. Strange to say, be was a notorious
rowdy and professional prize-fighter, whose
character is thus described in the New York
Herald, which says :
"Bill Poole wss one oft class of men who
rose into notoriety some twenty years ago
when tbe fashion began of packing the pri
mary elections and selling the nominations.-
He and others, by their superior strength and
pugilistic ability, completely excluded hon
est, respectable men Irom these assemblies,
aud fur years and years were in the habit of
selling every nominatiou to the highest bidder.
In feot, these men lived on what they made
in this way, were regularly employed to fight
by one party or the other at every election,
aud were sometimes even sent off specially
into the country lo manage a canvass or bully
It is true, Poole was inhumanly murdered
by some uf Hi chums aud prise-fighting asso
ciates, but that is no reason why he should
be glorified after his death any more than oth
er persons of iufinitively better character, who
never received such honors. There was noth.
ing to distinguish bis case from tht weekly
murders that occur in Gotham, and of which
no other notice is taken than the proper ju
dicial investigation. We have fallen npoq
evil times, indeed, when a professional prize
fighter and rowdy is thus glorified aod exalt
ed. It indicates a most lamentable state of
public morals, and appreciation of public vir
tue, when heioes are made of such material.
People at a distance from New York read tht
accounts to which we allude with infinite
amazement and disgust that tbe death of a
miserable bully should create such t sensation.
Another Abolition Outrage.
It will be seen by reference to an Item 1b
the '-local" side of this morning's Enquirer,
that Black we 11, the facatical Abolition scamp
bas achieved another of his infamous trick t
upon a couple of black people, similar to tbo
one which he participated so infamously in
last summer, at Salem, Ohio. On this occa
sion; as on that one, it seems the colored peor
pie were taken from their protector by violence
and t.bso)ute)y carried to the prison sgainst
their desire in truth, without having any un
derstanding of the proceedings, save that they
were taken gut of tbe hands of their master,
with whom they were anxious to (0 to Miar
This fellow Blackwell, grown bold by tht
indulgence of this community, on whom he it
inflicting serious injuries, has' become tbt
worst social nuisance in the city. If he alone
enjoyed the infamous recowq of a slare-afeaZer
it would be o) 1 well enough, es it is a notorie
ty which lie seerns to covet snd love; but tht
outtnets 'nr( of the city aon hive t rvf
frr, the vholefiouth having, at least in his
case, good cause to stigmatize nsan Abolition,
alave stealing community. If tht fanatical
rascal should have meted out to himself, ont
of these days, the same process he ytsttrday
indulged in, good won Id coait.