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i LOVE'S STRATAGEMf
THB DAM-EYIt) STRANG ra 'AND TUB
. WB1NKIXD OLD MAN.
! ' BT UAElEr GOWKX.
It was a littlo. village callod Blunder
bot In Falry-lnnd, but in Jhiue-laud
just out of tlin shadow of the solfina
loresK nnd wliero it could soe Htid flash
back tbo ijm Hoof Iho restless, dancing,
moaning sea; and perhaps that was the
reason that it was such tk bu?y l;1tlo vil
lage; for, though it had ouly ono street,
" nnd ft church, and a soliool-liouso (oh!
and a blacksmith's shop,) it was tbo
most uncas v littlcpluce imaginablo aud
1 ' so conccilco.
i In the middle liouso of tho rigMiand
row lived tho musidaa of tho place a
little wrinkled old man, with a wooden
leg, ratty hair, and a hooked nose, and
a face that was always wrinkling up, as
if it were making a net to eaten iuoau.
They called him 'tho professor;" and
tho squire's daughter, and tho doctor's
daughter, and the lawyer's wife, and
tho two rich old 'maids that are to bo
found in every village, and six of tho
minister's "olive-branches," took les
sons of him. And on Summer evenings,
when he used to sit playing llerr Wors
tanadrwu's adagio movement, iti G
double-sharp miuor, all the village used
to gather round his house, and say.soft
ly, ono to another:
"What a great man is the professor,
and what a wise, and enlightened, and
noble, and art-loving people are we
He was a very absent man, this pro-,
lessor; for his brain was so full of crotch
ets and quavers that he couldn't tell a
cup of coffee from a sheet of music, and
wore his wooden leg upsidu down half
; tho time; and whenever his daughter
Martha (who was a sort of Maine fairy,
,. and kept his house in order, nnd his
queer old ideas straightened out,) would
say, 'Father, the squire's daughter, or
tho doctor's daughter, is waiting for
you," off went tho professor like a shot
. his faded dressing-gown streaming ,in
the wind, his ratty locks uncovered, and
bis sound foot without shoo or stocking,
hopping through the streets like m:ul;
ud then all the Bluudurnnrians would
ruiso their hands and say once more, ono
, "Oli, what a great man is the profes
sor!" But, after awhile, there found his way
to the village a younw nian, with dark,
thoughtful eyes, and long, curling hair,
who unpacked his trunks' and set up a
huge sign, announcing that ho w;w a
professor also And all the neighbors,
as Uiey went by, used to suill' ut it and
"I guess he can't piny Hcrr Worstan
, adrura's pieces!" And there was a
greater crowd round tho old professor's
house than ever.
The young man, however, didn't seem
to take it much to heart; but one even
' big, when his neighbor had tinished tho
adagio movement in G double-sharp
minor, be sat down to hia piano; and all
. the Blundernarians laughed fur' tho
first few notes were not a bit like llerr
ld heard tho laugh, but he played on;
and, presently, there came through tho
window sounds like the rustling of pines
and murmur of water, and tho pongs of
birds, and shouts of children, and tink
ling of bells; nnd all the Bluinlermirinns
who didn't carry handkerchiefs fell to
wiphig their eyes on their aprons and
jacket-sleeves; and bang! went tho win
dow of the professor, who had been lis
tening. And all that night he sulkod in
his easy-chair, ' and wouldn't speak a
word to'his daughter Martha when she
urged him to go to bed.
After that, the squire's daughter found
out what handsniac eyes the young pro
fessor had, and told the doctor's daugh
ter; and then all theBlutnlernariaii.dis
covered that tho old professor was out
of dato, and shabby, and crusty, and
queer, and a goose instead of a swan;
nnd in a little while his pupils bad nil
dropped off. And the crowd was around
the young man's window, who bad al
ways something new to play; and tho
old man sat scof ling in his easy-chair,
or played llerr Worst a nail rum with the
loud pedal, and half suffocated Martha
and himself, because be wouldn't have
the windows opened.
Poor littlo Martha went around with
her bluo eyes swimming in tears, and
her rosy lips quivering all the time; and
whonevcr she passed the young man's
window, she used to dart such savage
glances at it as, if they had been pistol
. balls, would certainly have mado nn end
of him as he always happened to bo
there when she went by.
. So matters went on, till ono evening,
., when Mary is, was almost as sulky as her
father beeauso that day sho had lost
one of her two handkerchiefs in her in
dignation at the professor's presuming
to bow to her, tho door opened, nnd the,
dark-eved st.-anirer came ouietlv in.'
; holding her handkerchiefs as a ling of
Martha reddened and her father was
so tart and crusty that sho was fright
ened; but the young man would not go
till be had heard llerr Worstanadnin?s
adagio whereupon tho old professor,
who was flushed nnd angry, played it,
terribly out of time, made false notes,
and at last got his poor old hand so en
tangled that ho gavo a terrible bang and
, came away, vowing that tho piano wus
entirely out of tune.
, Thero was quito a silence, and then
, the stranger rose to go; but thosurly old
' roan fancied that ho was fright uued at
llerr Worstanadrum.and would not hear
. of his stirring till ho played likewise.
With a deep sigh, tho young man
i seated himself at tho instrument. , Tho
' professor wrinkled his face, took off his
spectacles, and cocked his careritlcally,
while, Martha turned her back to li'ulu
( hor tears till, hearing a great sniff bo
. bind her, she saw that her father was
weeping, and making tho most terrible
grimaces to hide it. , ,
; ' When to had finished, the old profes
sor got up, and shut the piano without
a word; and Martha, flushed and trem
bling, went with the strangcrto the door
for she knew from ber father's look
" tnat he was saying to himself that he
. woitfd never play again.
' 'On tbo door-stop she . thought to look
, . k uio namiKcrctiior, but It was liner
than any sho had ever owned, and beau-
"lako It," sho said, handing it back.
"This Is not mine."
",. I. "I knovy tt." answered the vrnm
: . man; "but 1 kept yours purposely. Colli
;V,nrouM not buy it of rue." And, with a
gravi bow, ho went away.
"What was that young jnekjmnpes
ssvuigtoyoni"' linked her father, when
BhiM'anip back. ,
Martha, who did not know hov to de
ceive, toldliim everv word.
"Oh, ho!" growlwl tbo old man, "I'll
hnvo him there, li ho has stolen riwav
my pupils, ho shan't have my daughter.
Tho next time ho comes, you're not to
.et him in do yon hear, jfarlha?"
"Yes, sir," answered Martha. And,
letting fall a pile of plates, broke half of
thorn, tore her only gown in trying to
save them, burned her fingers when tho
lighted-her father's pipe, got well scold
ed, and went crying to bed.
After that, every raoruing was laid on
the door steps a braco of birds, a basket
of fruit, or some line fish, always for the
professor, who began tof.incy thntsome
of his old friends bail at Inst remembered
him, and chuckled mightily over them
Ui Martha, who blushed us red as a rose,
but rver snid a worth
One morning, however, the old man
who was as curious as a woman took
it in his head to find out whether it
rained fish, birds, and fruit, or whether
be had still a friend in Blunder; and,
posting himself behind the curtains,
watched the door-step as a cat would a
mouse, till, to his horror, he descried
the dark-eyed young professor in the
very act of depositing a superb haunch
"You scoumkel! yon villain! vou
coward!" shrieked tho old man, in a
fury, throwing open the window; "you
wretch! you poisoner! you pettifogger!
yon huck'ster! you ninny! you "
Here, as he could think of nothing
else, ho .threw his wooden leg at him.
Tho young man picked it up, and po
litely handed it to Martha, who cr.me
nmuing to the window, as by this time
did also half of the Blundernarians
who, being only half awake, and hardly
dressed at all, decided Uh at the young
professor had been trying to poison the
old one; that he wa.s discovered In Jhe
net of trying to elope with Martha; that
the house was on lire; that the old pro
fessor was crazy; that he was drunk,
and a variety of equally consistent and
sensible opinions. But the truth of the
matter leaking out (as it always will,
little ones, no matter how deep they
bury it), the Blundernarians exclaimed',
with ono voice, that the old professor
was an idiot and an ass, and, as idioU
anil usses have no right to live, unani
mously resolved to "starve him out, by
depriving Martha of the little work by
which she had been able to support her
father ami herself. Only the minister's
wife couldn't be made to see that she
ought to starre a fellow-creature because
he was poor and cross; and between her
and the dark-eyed stranger, who'usedto
smuggle his contributions now into the
kitchen, they managed to Struggle on
for a few months longer.
At last, ono day, Martha found the
dark-eyed stranger himself in the kitch
en, and was going to blush and scream,
but concluded to cry, when he told hr
that be was going away.
'1 have ruineayonr father," be said,
sorrowfully, "and ho won't let me repay
him; bo you sco I must go."
"It will do no good." answered
Martha. "Some, one else will come. You
hfivo tun'rlir nnr i-ii-nnl Inn miwli
They wilf never come back to llerr
"But there is another reason," he
snid. "I am very unhappy. 1 love a
little blue-ej ed girl, who" is my next
door neighbor; but her father ha're me,
andI don't think sho would marry nm
without his consent do you?"' Aiid ho
looked straight into Martha's eyes, as if
sho could know anything about it.
I don't think flic would," answered
Martha, "if she is a good girl."
"Sho is very good, he said, positively;
"so you see there is no hope forme, and
I must go."
On which Martha whispered some
thing in his ear to which lie said: "Do
you think so?" to which she answered:
"1 know so!" on which ho said: 'Til
try" nnd went away.
That evening the professor was quite
alone, aud the door was open. He was
wondering what kept Martha so long,
and grumbling terribly as he smoked
his pipe, when in came tho dark-eyed
"I came to make my peneo with you,"
be Fail I, mournfully." "I am going
"Take a .seat, sir," said the proffssor,
growing civil at once.
"I am going," he repented, seating
himself close to the old man, "for two
reasons. Tho lirt is, that I We your
daughter Martha, and am suivyou won't
let mo have her; but the principal one
is llerr Worstauadnim."
"llerr Worstanadrum!" repeated the
old man, opening his eyes very wide.
"Yes, I urn tornionte'd by the recollec
tion of your superior excellence.- My
style of playing pleases; it is popular.
Why? Because tho vulgar can under
stand and appreciate it ju.-.t like the
children like tho primer better than
Cicero's orations. Yours is tho true
school the only fountain of all cnccI-
leneo. But it is only great minds like
yours that can comprehend tho mean
ing of sueh wondrous melodies like those
of Hcrr Worstanadrum; but to play them
-ah! that is reserved for you. J have
tried it, and failed"
"Really!" interrupted tho old man,
'Yes, really. I am continually trying
to recall It, but in vain. It haunts me;
it crazes me; and since I cannot bear
the torture, I tly "
But tho professor was already at the
"You shall not go away, my poor boy.
I will play it for you every day, and
perhaps you nilght'learn it by degree's.
It is not your fault, you know," if you did
"Impossible," returned tho young
man. sadly. "You arc only too good;
but I cannot stay"
"Not if 1 will giveyou Martha?" urged
the old man -as eager to keep him as he
had ever been to drive him nwav.
-"That might alter the ease.'Cho said,
hesitatingly. "But would you play the
udagio every dav?"
"I will If you like." And he did.
And tho young professor, with his arm
nwiund the waist of his hlue-evcd wife,
smiles as the old man crashes "away at
"llerr Worstanadrum," saing pitying
ly: "Poor fellow! he can never play it."
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now-a-ilays; but if ever vim should
chance to stumble on any, llnd out their
particular "llerr Worstanadrum," and
iro and do likvw Lie.
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