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VOLUME X. NO. -J5.
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UNDER THE ICE.
TJuJer tbe ice the watets run ;
j Under the ice aur spirits He ;
I Iha genial glo-w of the fcainuit-r'i -an
j Shall looicu tht-ir fotters, by aud by.
I River of lire, river love- ;
The winter Is (jc ttlng wora aad and eld,
1 h? frcKt Is hovir)5 ihe ni"itin2 lrn-nld,
.Vrjil Lite suii fbii.es r&i :fjOve.
Crj J-r The la nndcr ;.5 snow,
Jar souisnre bound in a erysth? ring;
fty and by will the soutU winds blow.
And the roses bloom on the backs orsprluj
Moan aud groan in thy fetteiv troug.
River of life, rl-.-er oflove;
1'he nights sror short, tUeUayi r-j-. iou-.
Weaker and wk tit bonus 01 wruiij;
And the sbu bine warm d'X'Ve.
U'ndur the ice uur tiuul? are hia ;
Undij the i oui gooc! detds grow;
Men but cr .lit tbv wrong it aitl,
-vei- the ruoUvuc that lie Uk. ,
Moan and groan in thy prUvh cold
Hiver of life, river of love ;
The winter oflU'e is growing old,
Tlie frost 1 icrtvins the mtltliig taouid.
And the ,nu Uiiics wana a'Xiv-i.
Uii J.cr the icv we lilde our wrong
L nuvr the ice that has child us tlirougb;
Oh. Tiuit tlie fronds who have known us lou
iare to doubt we are good and true !
Moau and groan In thy prison cold,
Kiverof life, river love;
The winter U gettil'.g clu and worn,
Tlie rost-s atlr in the melting ruonld ;
ft'e all siiall be known above !
Dr. Spencer's Great Crime.
STORY TOLD BY A PHYSICIAN.
I was witting im my office, half doz
ing aver an interminable article on de
fective liutritiou in the last medical re
view. The fire in the Kiute was low, the night
was stormy, and the eloek va on the
stroke of 11. I was Just about to turn
off the fas, and retire, for, bi-iiif? a bach
j elor, I slept in tlie room f-onnected with
my office, when there was a pull at tho
I started up Kuddeiilv, for this was
something new. Middlebury was a de
corous 9ort of place, and people usually
managed to be taken sick at seasonable
Old Jrs. Jerome had been threaten
ing to die for the past ten years, and at
every visit I paid her, she solemnly in
formed me that when the decisive mo
ment did come she desired me to be
present. But as nothing ailed the old
lady beyond now and then an indiges
tion from too much high livluc-, I had
never yet been called upon to be pres-
onf at- t,n
viJ . ai til t UVaiU,
Now, I thought, it must be, old Mr.
Jerome i9 going.
I took up my night lamp, sleety wind
nearly extinguished the liffht, but chad-
. . J 6 "s" i -
ing it With my hand, I dirulv disceru-
ed the torm Of a Woman.
'Primp in ' T nnl.-l lir.l iii'o- .-i.n rim
0me 1 8la' no'ail.g open tlie
aoor, our sue aecline'l witl) a gesture ot
come our,' she said, in a
sharp, . decisive voice, 'aud bo quick
about it !'
I put on my overcoat with demur,
locked the surgery door, aud stepped out
into the storm. As I did so the woman
laid a firm baud on my arm, and put
ting her faeo closo to mine, said: : -
'Dr. Booh wood, can you keep a se
'I think so, madam.'
'! this scoret of yours of a profession
al character? That is, is it anything
you wish to confide to me as a medical
'It is.1 ; ; :
'Very well, then, I swear it.'
That is right.'
A man respecta an oath, though why
be should is a mystery, since men's
months are running over with them.
' TlTiither are you taking me and for
what purpose ?'
'To Clifton House, to see the mis
tress.' I started.
Clifton House was the old mansion re
cently taken by Dr. Spencer, a stran
ger to every one in Middlebury. Spen
cer was a tail, dark, rather distinguish
ed looking man, who had hung out his
sign in the village only a few doors
above mine, but aa yet . he bad got no
practice. ' - -
He was unsocial in the extreme, avoid
ing hia neighbors persistently, and when
he did apeak, it was in such a curt, half
savrge way that one was not likely to
to attempt prolonging theconversation.
Tbe doctor had a wife, it was said,
but no one ever saw her. She was an in
valid, and Miss Melrose, a friend of the
family, presided over the establishment
and sat at the head of the table.'
MIsa Melrose was yet beautiful, and
won the admiration of all who visited
Clifton House, by her grace of manner
and fascinating conversation.
'As we walk along,' said my compan
ion, 'let me explain to you just what is
necessary you should know. My mis
tress ia very ill.'
'I beg your pardon is it Mrs. Spenc
er or Miss Melrose?'
She laughed bitterly.
'Miss Meliwe! I would slab her to the
the hsjart sooner than own her as a mis
tress. My mistress is a lady noble,
royal, and of gentle birth. It is aa
honor to serve my mistress.'
'And she is ill? How long biuee?'
Ever elnee she married him curse
him,' she muttered in a fierce tone; 'bui
I must not get excited. I au?t tell my
story, or rather hers. Two years aero,
: through the desire of her dying father,
Alice Herndon became James Spencer's
wife. Before that ehe was a healthy,
blooming girl; immediately after this
marriage 6he began to fail. Do you see
anything strange in that V
'Let me enlighten you further. Dr.
Spencer was at one time engaged to Miss
Lucille Melrose, but he broke the en- j
gfigem. nt and married my mistre in-'
stead. Miss Melrow was poor as Job's
turkey; Mi$s Herndon was an heiress, j
and Dr. Spencer was deeply in debt and i
pressed by his creditors. Do you
anything finfrular lu thai'?'
'Perhaps. Go on.'
'When my mistress married Spencer
she was only seventeen, and she had
been taught to obey her father in every-
thing. She was a gentle, affectionate
child, and it would have been easy for
Spencer to have won L-r love. But be
did not care tor that. It was her money
that he wanted. I paid his debts and
bought hira fast horses; it set his table
with nice, costly dishes, and it put his
power to keep Miss Meli-ose robed like a
queen. And ail this time my mistrtci
had betii slowly but surely sinking.
And look you, Dr. Rockwood, I believe
she is not dying of disease, but of here
she lowered her voice fo a whisper as
she spoke the word 'poi.sen.'
'Impossible! This is a grave charge.'
'Of poison given her Husband, who, at
her death, will have sole control of her
property and be free to marry Miss Mel-
rose. There is no time to explain to you
in detail the thousand and one circum
' stances which have led me to the belief,
for we are almost at the door. It is nev-
er tbe case that Miss Melrose and Spen-
cer are out at the same time, or I should
have called another physician before
but to-nic'nt they are called away by tho
death of Miss Melrose's sister, and will
not be back till to-morrow. With the
consent of my mistress, I come for you
jand o!i! Dr. Rockwood, I pray you,
s.ive my dear mistress. I nursed her
when heriuolherdied and left her ahelp
j less infant; all through her innocent
youth she was like an oniy child to me;
and now to her fading hour before my
eyes! Good heavens! if I knew beyond
doubt that he was guilty, his life
should pay the forfeit.'
I was already beginning to feel a deep
interest in Mrs. Spencer, although I had
never seen her, and like her old nurse, I
was inclined to feel a great animosity
for Dr. Spencer.
Mrs. Spencer received me in her bed
chamber. It was on the second floor,
and was furnished with exquisite ele
gance. ' Every- thing in The room ba-
spoke the taste and dellcaey of tho oc
' eupant. The warm air was fragrant
with the faint odor of heliotrope, and
glancing around I saw the purple blos
soms and green leaves in an alabaster
case on the ledge of the south window.
She was tall and straight, with a pure
ly oval face, liquid brown eyes, and a
dash of hectic in her cheeks, which is
never seen in perfect health.
She received me, as I know she did
everybody, gracefully, and though there
was a slight embarrassment in her man
ner when I spoke of her spoke of her ill
ness, she answered my professional in
quiries without hesitation.
As for myself, I laid aside all false
delicacy, and questioned her plainly as
to her symytoma. Mra. Hurd, her nurse
remained in the room, and added many
little important items of information.
When she spoke of her husband it was
with a sort of hopeless sadness, which
distressed me greatly.
Not a breath of suspicion against him
in her answer lo my questions, and I felt
sure that at present she knew nothing
of what Mrs. Hurd had such serious ap
prehensions. I was glad it was so, for,
with ber finely strung organization, it
might have produced serious results. I
made my examination of the patient as
closely as I could, and drew my own
conclusion I could have sworn that Mra.
Spencer daily swallowed arsenic In
small quantities, and the deadly drug
was telling fearfully on a constitution
never very robust.
She said, answering my questions,
that she had no physician 'except her
husband. He had inought himself bet
ter acquainted with her case, aud there
fore better qualified to treat it. He nev
er lelt medicine with her to take; he al
ways brougnt it freih from his office,
and administered il promptly.
1'uere was little euougn 1 could do in
bUcb a case. Anxious to do everything,
the very circumstances of the affair left
A charge of such a nature, of course.
could not make against Dr. Spencer
without the amplest proof. If I hinted
suspicion, every one would at once set
down to my professional prejudice:
and if I could not substantiate my state
ment, the doctor could make me pay
dearly for such a slander uttered against
The ouly dependence seemed to be in
Mrs. Hurd. To her I unbosomed my-
self freely. I told her without reserve
that I believed Dr. Spencer was kiil
ia hU wife by si i v piis in and be
sought her to be constantly, on the
watch to save the victim, and to disco v
j some proof by which we could fasten
the guilt upon him.
She smiled grimly aud promised obe
! dience. I gave her a powerful antidote
for tbe poison I suspected, and went
heme disturbed and anxious in mind. I
did not sleep that night, and all the
npxt day I was in a fever cf excitement.
ter my visit to the fjlifton House. He
looked wretchedly tl nurse paid ap
pared gloomy aad depressed. M1f Mol
rose came with him, and was decorously
sad over the death of her sister. Wo
hard men of her stamp always mourn to per
see Uection. They neither overdo or un-
A ring at the bell made me tremble a
atep on tbe gravel outside my office
stopped my breath, aud I hardly knew
what I expected to hear, and yet I felt
sure that before I slept I should hear
Aud now I mudt tell tlie ntory as i
was told me.
Dr. Spencer returned the morning af-
derdo the thing, as women of feeling are
likely to do.
Dr Spencer came home onc-e to his
wife's chamber. He thought she look-
etj ill and prescribed a cordial at once,
saying that he would go and fetch it,
You are always ordering cordials for
her, said Mrs. Hurd, musingly. UTiy
not take something yourself You look
je a ghost.
Wfl .""i " . Wl, vlt riUA, ..,.
T ... , T ... ,
A UllUa A .l 0JUf7 Ul bllO iCJ 1 -
dial myself, for I do not feel quite well
Alicia, dear, shall I bring it here and
drink your health?
Mrs Spencer smiled ia as?eDt, she
never disputed her husband, and he
went out, Presently he returned with
tv0 fe'lMse Both contained liquid, col-
oriess aim inoaorous. Airs nuru was
watching him with her heart in her
throat, fur, as she told me, she felt that
the decisive moment had come. There
was something in the gray pallor in the
doctor's rigid face that told her of a des
perate purpose iu the man's goul.
He lifted the glass on the right of the
tray aud gave it to hia wife.
Drink it, dear; he said; it is a panacea
for all ills I also am going to take a
glass of it! and he pointed to a glass
still on the tray.
Mrs Spencer accepted it, and was put
ting it to her lips, when Mrs Hurd in
terrupted. If you will bring her a tumbler of
water, doctor; Mrs Spencer complains
that the cordial leaves a bad taste in
ber mouth, and my bones are so full of
rheumatism that it nearly kills me to go
The doctor turned and bent on her a
look as if he would read her through
But she kept her face impassive. If they
had any suspicion, her manners quieted
them, and putting down the glass, he
left the room Then Mra Hurd chang
ed tho position of the glasses.
When he came back and he was
gone but a moment the nurse stood
just exaotly where be had left her, and
Mrs. Spencer was lying back in the
chair with her eyes closed.
Again he lifted the glaas this time it
was tbe one intended for himself aud
placed it to his wife lips. She drank the
contents, swallowed a little of the wa
ter he had brought her and thanken
him in her sad, sweet way.
Now for my own cordial said he
with affected gayety. "I indulge my
self in something a little stronger," and
aa he spoke he tossed oft tbe mixture.
It made me atone cold to my fingers,
end to see him do it, said Mrs Hurd re
lating the circumstance to me; but
Heaven is my witness, I felt not a single
twinge of conscience. I argued like this:
If it was a simple cordial, as he had said,
would do him no harm; if it was
poison, his blood would be on his own
He went to bed, half an hour after
ward, complaining of fatigue. In 'the
morning they found him dead.
I was called to the post mortem ex
amination, and we discovered lit the
stomach of the decdased poison known
modern science to kill half a dozen
My brother physieana agreed that the
man was insane, and bad probably tak
en the dose in one of hia unsettled fits
mind. I did not dispute them, but
even . before Mrs. Hurd told her store
had my own theory in regard to his
death. There was no public exposure
however. Mrs. Hurd and I agreed
that it would not be publio, and so we
kept our own counsel.
Miss Melrose, in spite of my convic
tion that she had been an active party
the conspiraecy against Mra. Spen
cer's life. I could not help pitying. Such
miserable, worn and haggard face aa
hers I have never seen: and when they
burled Dr. Spencer, she was confined to
her chamber with brain fever.
I attended her in her illness, but al
though she recovered her health she nev
waa herself again. She was a harm
less maniac, whose delight was in gath
ering flowers, and decorating the Doc-
ter's grave with tbem.
She is living still, and she still gathers
flowers and laya them on that grave,
singing to herself meanwhile a sort of
low iucantaton which no one ever pre
tends to understand.
Not till Mrs. Spencer had been many
yeara my wife, and the faithful Mrs.
Hurd slept under the violets, did llrcla
ever know the perfidy of her former bus
And wheu I told her, after the tirst
shock was over, she crept into my arm
"But if it had not been for James
crime, I should not have found you, Her.
bert, So, good sometimes does come
out of evil!"
In the year 17-15 a bloody battle w as
foughtarouud tbe village of St. Antoine,
through De Barri's wood, and on tbe
plain around Foutecoy, between the
English and the French. The Dnke of
Cumberland, son of George 2nd., of
Eugland, led tbe English; Marshal
Saxe commanded tbe French. Thc
French had the Advantage in the earlier
psrt of the fight, hut "the bloody Duko
of Cumberland beheld with anxious eye,
and ordered up his last reserve, bis
lutest'ehanee to try." This cousisted of
6,000 English veterans British guards
"cannon blazed in front and flank
Lord Hay was at their head."
"Steady they step adown the slope,
steady they climb the bill, steady they
load steady they fire, moving right on
wards still." Vainly the French op
pose "fust from tach volley voltlgeur
and grenadier retired."
King Louis orders his household cav
alry to push on; but in vain: the French
waa broken by those English veteran ts,
as the angry white-crestud billows are
broken on the rock that Las its founda
tion in the depths of the sea. King
Louis in despair turns bis rein he cries
"all ia lost." "Not yet, toy ieige,"
Saxe said, "the Irish troops i rioaim."
"And Fontenoy, famed Fontenoy had
been a Waterloo, were not these exiles
ready then, fresh, vehement and true."
The rest told in tbe following stanzas,
by Mr. Corbett, a talented Irishman,
and one possessing the true metal of a
"Hold I hold I ail io r.ot lost, for in reserve
. There yet remain to France thro thousand men,
Wh.0 UCVLT from steel or death will ewcive,
If they with England once sin II close again,
Then for the honour of your crown, oh, sire,
Let them of sweet revenge obtain the chance.
And ere you give the order to retire,
Give them, at leait, the order to advance,"
The king assents. Behold tbe gallant band
Comes dashing fiercely In upon tho scene,
And with bold front takes up it fearles3 stand,
The beaten and the conquering hosts between.
These are no "ragged rebels" armed with pikes.
With hunger weak, and by oppression eow'tl;
Tell It Cremona's streets and Holland's dyke-,
Lift up your voices and speak out alon j,
For 'tis a name to make a nation proud.
There are the exiles; this is the Br; jade
Which fought aud blsd for England's kii., Kluj
Which longbt aiidcoaijuercd but to be betrayed.
As Limerick's treaty tells that shame of thames.
Oh, it was perfidy so foul ! it cast
All Conner perfidies Into the shade,
Twas treachery too gigantic and too vast;
Ere ia the scales of justice to be weighed
Deceived and plundered Id tbe name of God,
The spoil tbe thirty places for reward
Tho deed was once surpassed by mortal fraud
When Jbdas, with a kiss betr yed lha Lord.
"Remember Limerick and Saxon faith
Pull not a trigger 'till your bayonets touch
Their very breasts" 'tis all that history say' th,
Their leader spoke, and yet It meant how uuch;
It maaut a drop of blood for every tear
Their country shed In agony and sburne,
Il meant the Hero's couch, a bloody bier,
Ur glorious victory and deathless Cimo.
Steady aud coo), as if upon parade,
Tbe bright red line cornea chargia;- doivn (!
"Ohargel"anda bright red Hue aa undisniaj-d
Sweeps up to meet it with an eager will,
The air is rent as, like tbe lion's roar,
Peals out the thunder of the Kritifa cheer
A sound by foemen never heard before.
From blood-stained Alma buck to Agincouit,
Without a shuck that shook the heart with fear.
"Remember Limerick and baxoa faith"
Tis Lally's war-cry rin0-a upou thc air.
To fire their hearts with tear their foes to to tcntbe
"To death or victory, lead on Lord Clare."'
"Stand fast aud flinch not now my gallant guard-,'
Thus bravely spoke Eing George's roal sou,
"The fate of battie hangs upon your stvordsi.
Remember 'tia already well nigh won,"
Thc proud battalions staeriug .balieanu reel
itcfore the furious charge of tbe Brigada.
"Pull not a trlggor-nothing but the etreel,
The laurels wou by day will never fade
Strike, aud strike home, to conquer to die.
No craven fear, no thought of life or flight,"
Thus Lally, Clave, and Dillon fiercely cry.
Above the clang and tumult of tbe fight.
At last the sanguinary strife :3 o'er,
St. Geerge's bancer ia the oust is laid.
The Flour de Lya floats proudly up once more,
And high o'er all the flag of the Brlpide.
Then as the dreadful truth on England burst,
O'er all the land a wail of anguish rose;
While kingly lips In vivid anguish curs:
The laws that made his bravest sucjeets faes.
The artist's Laud on polish d steel can trace
With higher tempered steel some noble name,
Which time will wear away or rust efface;
Eat ou the brightest tablet knowu to fame.
Those galiant Irish exiles with hiir steel
Engraved a name which time shall ne'er destroy
While language lives, or men have hearts lo feel.
For coble deeds that name is Fonteuuy t
A Lesson In PoLiTEtfKis. A friend
of Dean Swift one day seut him a tur
botaa a present, by a servant iad wuo
had frequently beeu on similar errands,
but had never received auytniug for uis
trouble. Having gained uduiiasou, he
opened the study Uoor, aud putting down
tho flesh on the floor, crieU out ruUeiy,
Master has sent you a turhoi!"
Young man," .aid the Dean, rising
from hia eaay chair, "ia that the way
you deliver a message? Let me teach
you better manners. Sit down in my
chair, we will change places, aud I will
ahow you how to behave in the future.
The boy sat down, and then Dean
going out, came up to the door, and
making a bow, said, Sir, master presents
hia kind compliments, hopes you are
well, and requests your acceptance of a
amall present. Does he replied the boy
return him my best thanks' and there's
half a crown for yourself.
The Dean thua caught in his own trap,
laughed heartly, aud gnve the boy a
for hia ready wit.
The teacher as well as the scholar re
ceived a lesson at that time. That boy
certainly knew enough to make bis way
thro' the w'orld. The Derm wan very
fond of fun, and we have no doubt en
joyed the boy's coolness.
SAW HIM FIFTY BETTER.
Near a late New Jersey camp-meeting,
two clergymen, a Baptist and Meth
odist, weie walkiug, when tbey saw a
little girl sitting ou a stone, who was
weeping bitterly. 'What la the matter,
my little giri?' asked the Baptist, kind
ly. 'My-niy father was k-kilied on tbe
railroad a few days ago, and has just
been buried, sir; and my mother U Kick
a-bed and can't vork, and we haven't
nothing to cat and don't know what to
do,' sobbed tbe little girl, crying aa if
her heart would break. 'A truly lament
able ease; I do indeed pity you,' said
tbe Baptist, frigidly, as if he were pity
ing some ice-cream he could not eat.
'How much do you pity her, Brother
C.?' 'I pity her five dollars,' yelled tbe
Methodist, as he threw a 'V iuto the
'I double your pile, Brother P,' the
Baptist brother said, as he slowly placed
an X over the V. 'I go you one better,'
the Methodist bawled, as he put a ten
ou the other's money. Icover yourstake
Brother P., and the Baptist clergyman's
expression showed he was getting excita
ed, as a twenty from ui3 purse was put
on the rapidly increasing pile.
I'll top tbe spoils with a fifty, howled
Brother P., as be drew out his last note,
and . placed the sum with the others,
glaring savagely at bis companion.
He-re's a hundred dollar note, little girl,
said the Eaptlst, quite blandly, now
that he had got ahead of his Methodist
brother-in-law in the Lord: You may
rnko in the spoils, for you've 'cleaned
out' and 'euchred' both my friend and
myself, and left us both 'dead broke.'
They then walked off humming a hymn.
Now what we would like to know is,
what did these clergymen do before
thev were converted?
GROWING TREE FOR A COFFIN.
The man who can have hia coffin made
while alive must look at death philoso
phically, ll'e hear of a case in Point
Person county, North Carolian Mr.
Richard Harris, who Jived near .Brad
sher's Store, thirty years Ego, turned
out a sassafras tree to grow for the pur
pose of making a coffin, and about twelve
months ago the old man had it cut down
and set some one iu Koxborough to make
his coffh out of it.
The old chap occasionally gets iu it,
and stretche himself out by way of show
ing neighbors a "fit." He paid the
maker lu wheat, so he is one living man
who will have no fuss over his grave
about the coffin when dead. Thi3 re
minds us of an old coon in Murfreeaboro
North Caroliaa, who had- coffin case of
iron before the war.
He had hia grave dug aud walled up
with brick, with a magnificent tomb
stone setting forth his name, place of
oirtn, ana rising uis tleatli, "some
where about the year 1S61." But he
was alive and kicking in 1SC3. The old
chap kept his cast-iron coffin in it. The
crib needed no lock at night, for you
Couldn't get a negro to go near it after
Biding horseback just at night through
tbe. woods iu Saginaw County, Michigan
I came into a clearing in the middle of
which stood a log house, its owner sitting
in tbe opeu door smoking has pipe.
Stopping my horse before him, the fol
"Good evening," said I.
"Cau 1 get a g.ass of milk of you. to
" il'ei, I dou't kuow. Ask the old
By mis lima the wile was standing at.
"On, yes," said she,
of course you
While drinkiug it I asked.'
"TmuK we are goiug to have a etornj?
IKeii, i reaiiy uoui t, Enow. Ask the
oio Wouian ue can leil."
Agsiu 1 asked:
"xiow uiuc-n have you got cleared
"Well, I don't really know. Ak
the old womau she kuowa."
"AUjui uiueteen acres," said she,
"Just liieu a noop of children came
ruuuing aud suouuug arouud the corner
ol lue ouuuty .
An Uiese your children?" said I.
'Uou'i L.uow. AsK, tn old woman
bile jiuoivs ucst."
i uidu'i Wan to hear her reply, but
drew reiu, aud ie:t immediately.
For the Benefit of Bachelors.
A geutletuau of Newcastle, Me., de
siring the service of a laboring man,
started oue moruiug recently to go to a
rural district iu the interior. Oahis way
he met a highly respectable lady, not as
young as she ouce was, aud making in
quiry of her, finally asked tho question
"Can you tell me where I can find a
"No I can not," she replied, "for I
have beeu looking these last twenty
years for one myself."
The genleuiau apprised her that such
fransness elevated her in his estimation,
and that he would aid her in tiio search
to tbe best of his ability.
A Freeze. An Irishman, being an
noyed by a howling dog in the night.
jumped out of bed to dislodge theoftend-
er. It was in the mouth of January,
when the snow was three feet deep. He
not returning, his w ife ran out to sue
what was tlie mutter. There she fouud
her husband in his night suit, hia teeth
chattering, and his whole body almost
paralyzed with cold, holding tbe strug
gling dog by the tail. "
Holy mother ' Pat, says -be, w bat wud
ye bo aftlier Join'?
Hush ! said be; don't ye soe? I'm fey
in' to freeze the basht!