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goaftd by a Spell
<Ye had left the house by this time,
nnd were walking down the green lane,
but in an opposUe direction to that by
which we had come from the churchyard.
A little way down the lane debouched
into a high road, and there my kind
friend Stopped to take leave of me.
"If you find things turn out badly, and
you are reduced to any groat Mr.lit,
write to me; but, mind, In that case you
must tell mo all about yourself. There
must bo no disguise and DO deceit. I
must say you're rather n close customer
for one so young—all tho bettor for that,
perhaps. Here's my address; and now
good-by, and a safe journey nnd (food
The next moment he was gone. How
full Of gratitude was my heart for his
kindness! I reached the railway sta
tion some minutes before, the train was
due, Ignorant as 1 was of the com
monest transactions of everyday life, I
was obliged to the kind offices of n
friendly porter to procure me a ticket
nnd put me on the right platform. The
train came up and I took my sent.
The excitement of steam traveling was
r Strange one to me, and for a time I
was lost in wonderment at the variety
of object! we flew past, and at the rap
idly changing landscape. Suddenly I
remembered the address that the old gen
tleman had given me. I drew it cut,
curious to know his name. It was an old
envelope, directed to "Jonathan Kod-
Well, Woodbine Cottage."
Whnt a bound my heart gave as I read
that name! Was it simply by a strange
coincidence, or was he related to that
man who had so tragically Influenced
my life? So astonished was I at this
discovery ami so absorbed in specula
tions, and a train of thought which It
suggested, that I became quite uncon
scious of the progress of the train, of my
fellow passengers, almost of whero I
was. My thoughts went back to the
marriage day, and every incident passed
in review through my mind. When I
came to the incident of the lockut, my
heart gave another leap; it was gone —
left behind in the suit of clothes! Of
course, It was (juke safe. Hut I was
troubled that it had passed out of my
possession. I prized it as the supenti
tious would a talisman.
Crowding quickly on the heels of this
regret, came a startling revelation; that
portrait that had puzzled me at the old
gentleman's it was her very image, ma
tured to feomanhoodl That was the re
semblance that had so powerfully struck
me, and that 1 could not understand at
Projected Into this new field of
thought, I was still wandering amidst its
mazes when I was warned that my
journey had come to an end. And, step
ping out of the carriage, I found mjself
on the bewildering, crowded plutfunu
of a great city terminus.
Deafened by the rush of steam, whist
ling engines, the shouting of men, jos
tled and knocked hither and thither by
eager passengers seeking their Ullage,
and by heavily laden porters, I was quite
confused. At length I inquired of a
quiet-looking policeman the way to
"There may be a hundred Rackstraw's
buildings, for what 1 know," he said,
with a laugh. "What part of the city
"Camden Town is the rest of the direc
tion," 1 answered.
"Oh! that is miles away from here.
The best way for you to get to Camden
Town is to get into a 'bus that you'll see
pass those iron gates below."
I thanked him for his information
and managed to get into the right 'bus.
I felt very sick and weary when I
•merged once more into the streets. I
went into a pastry cook's to eat a bun,
and inquire for Uackstraw's buildings,
and they directed me. Small houses,
one story high; town-looking in their dir
ty bricks; country-looking in their little
gardens that lay in front. I kno< ked
at No. 3. aud the door was answered by
"What! Msater Silas," exclaimed she,
With surprise, "is that you; Oh, what a
turn you've given me! Do come in.
deari How poorly and tired you do
Ejaculating astonishment nnd kindly
welcome, she led me into the little front
room, and forced me to bit down iv an
".Now sit down there and rest whiln I
get you a nice cup of ten; I'm sure you
nmst want it. Dear me! —the ideu of
neeing you! How long have you been
here, and whnt's brought you up; some
thing* Wrong down there? Hut there:
don't answer any of my questions till
you're had something, for I'm sine yon
look half dend."
Hustling about all the time she was
talking, putting the caps and saucers,
aid preparing the meal Then she cpH
<d in her mother from the back to see
Master Silas, whom she hud talked about
no much, llor mother was a \ery sioiit,
kindly looking woman, who came in wip
ing the soap suds off her arms, and who
welcomed me as sincerely as her daugh
After a hearty ten I felt better. I then
proceeded to satisfy Martha's CUrioiity,
which was all on edge; and while 1 was
about It 1 made a clean breast of every
circumstance, from the time that 1 over
heard the first conversation between the
Rev. Mr. Porter and his daughter, until
the day of my marriage. Passing over
the month, upon the .-vents of which
I told her my lips were sealed, 1 related
the particulars of my flight. This lrng
narrative, of course, was not given with
out repented interruptions on her part.
"There! I always said you was be
witched, Sho ouirht to be burnt. The
wicked old hypocrite, he ought to have
six months! That's th« reason they gave
me notice, because 1 shouMn'l see i< >>
irucii; bat, you know, a marriage can't
stand good that's brought about by
witchcraft. She can't be your lawful
"She Is no DON my wife tJmn you
in, Mniilin," I answered; but, the rioxt
moment, fur rations reasons, I was sor
ry that I spoke so openly,
"Only tliink of that, now! What n
tricked, unnatural creature she must be!"
cried Martha. "But what n mercy it is
thai you're out of their clutches ; I'm
sure my heart always tell for yo.u. I
was in n way when I heard you was t<>
hn married. I knew some nwful vil
lainy wax going on. But what n pity
you didn't hear more about that trim
old woman that he followed from Gray's
Inn! You might have found out your
relations, nnd—who knows? —they may
lie ilch people."
"Rich people wouldn't be likely to
own oue of thf Rev. Mr. Porter's board
«>rs," 1 answered bitterly.
"Ah, poor lnds, they're much to bc>
pitied," sighed Mnrtha. "And now, Mas
ter Silas, what do you mean to do?"
"I must get some employment," I an
Martha brightened up. "Well, well.
we must see about something for you;
but there's oue thing I can tell you—
you shan't want a meal's victuals while
I've one to share with you."
I pressed her hand warmly, assuring
her, however, that I could not think
of taking anything from her.
"Nonsense, nonsense! if you Ray that
again, you'll seriously offend me. I Khali
never miss whatever I give to you; and
who knows but what you may be rich
some day, and then think what a profit
I shall get out of your gratitude! Bui
the first thing we must see about is your
dress; you can't go about like that. The
idea of dressing a young man up that
fright! It's shameful!"
It was now night, and just as the ("in
dies were lit Martha's father came in.
lie was a porter at a railway station; a
melancholy, wiry looking mnn, who sat
in a corner without speaking a word.
The next consideration was where I
should sleep. "\\ c haven't Rn inch
of room hen-; mother's got two lodgers,
who sleep in the second room upstniri
and I've to make a shift down here."
After a little discussion it was dis
covered that Mrs. Jackson, two doors
above, had a spare bed, and thither 1
Tho lodging was neither particularly
comfortable nor particularly clean, but
I was too worn out with fatigue to be
fastidious; and in spite of its short
comings, I fell asleep almost the moment
I laid uuy weary head upon the pillow.
Until 10 o'clock next morning I slept
a calm, dreamless sleep, and arose more
fresh find invigorated than I hail felt
for months. It had been arranged that
I should breakfast nt Martha's. So ac
cordingly, as soon as I was washed and
dressed, 1 adjourned to No. 3. Two
strange men were in the room when 1
The elder of the two was a tall, thin
man, with a sallow complexion, sharp,
aquiline features, hollow cheeks, full
beard and mustache, and dark, grizzled
hair, which he wore very long and parted
in the center. lie was dressed in seedy
black; an extremely open waistcoat dis
played a somewhat dilapidated fancy
shirt front, very much soiled and crum
pled. A frayed black satin necktie sur
rounded a very frayed and limp shirt
collar; his boots were old and patched.
but they were the remains of what hud
once been radiant patent leather. His
hands were white, and carefully tended.
and ornamented with two large brass
rings. lie greeted me with great polite
ness as I entered.
His companion was a young man of
about twenty, full-faced, rather sanguine
complexion, with an expression of oddly
mixed g l-nature and self-satisfaction.
His dress was less pretentious than that
of the elder, although there was the
same style of shabby gentility and the
second-hand clothes shop.
Martha introduced the elder as "Pro
fessor Montgomery." and the younger as
Mr. Fitzwnlton. The elder ackoowledg
ed the Introduction with nil air or great
politeness; the younger, with n familiar
nod, and a twinkle of amusement in his
•ye nt my odd appearance, which slowly
changed to one of doubting recognition;
an expression which was reflected in my
own face; for, in Mr. Adolphus Fitzwal
ton, I believed that I recognized my
whilom fellow. Josiah Cook. We
both earn* to the same conclusion at the
"■('an it be possible "
"It can't bi- "
"That you nre Josiah Cook?"
"What! Sila.s Cars ton!"
Martha, who waa preparing my break
fast, looked very much astonished at this
"One of the Rev. Mr. Porter's old
boarders," I laid, in explanation.
"Why, you don't mean to say that you
know thai old hypocrite?" crietl Jottth,
turning round t<> her.
"She was servant there for two years
—only left about a month ago," I said,
answering for her.
"Well, if this isn't the queerest Mart
I ever knew," cried Josiah. "Whoever
should have thought of teeing you hers,
hut uro you doing? How's old Sou£<
flea getting on? Has Mitt Goo»f
eye* got a husband yet?"
Theno questions were very embarrass-
Ing, iiud 1 should have been greatlj ;;it
to for un answer, but Martha cam* to
"Well, look here, Mr. FiUwolton,"
■he said with a sign to me; "Master
Bilatt has got Home very particular busi-
MM on liaml just now tlint obliges him
to bo cautious, so 1 know you'll excuse
him answering your questions lor a day
"Oh, I don't wnnt to pry into any
body's secret*," retorted .lonian, v,-ith
something of pique in his tone.
There was an awkward silence for
some minutes, during which I discussed
my breakfast, with the embarrassing
sensation that the "Professor," as 1 af
terwards heard he liked to be called, |
was sharply scrutinizing me.
It was impossible for Josiah to keep
silent for any length of time, or to re
frain from talking about himself. £0, |
in spite of raj reticence, he soon put me
in possession of the whole of his his- ;
tory, from the time he quitted Mr. Por
ter's establishment up to the time in ;
which I found him sitting in Mrs. Jen
"Do you remember that night you got
out of window, find 1 took you to the
theater? Well, you see. I didn't cure!
for the printing business much. I had
a soul above scraping rollers and rolling
ink; and, from the first night I went
Into the theater 1 was 'stage struck.'
It seemed inch a jolly, easy life; rind !
such a glorious thing to see ali the
plays, and act in them, and get rounds
of applause, and wear line clothes, BO I
determined to be an actor. I had the j
impudence to apply to old Tomkins. the
manager of Bury, for an engagement
His answer was to kick me out of the
theater as a presumptuous young ape.
But, although this hurt my pride, it did
not damp my ardor. I heard of a booth
two or three miles off. One evening
I walked over to the village and offer
ed my services there. They happened
to be in want of some one to pull up the
scenes, deliver the bills and go on for
small parts. I was engaged et ouce.
The printing business saw me no more.
So instead of rolling ink, I rolled up
scenes. I was very happy for a time,
especially when 1 got a few lines to
speak. By and by I grew ambitious und
soared in imagination from the Brat am
eer to Maeduff, and even to Macbeth. I
got disgusted with the menial portion of
my work; and one line morning, at a
fair, deserted to an opposition show,
next door, where, in a spangled tunic,
and a pair of russet boots, I scowled
ferociously at my old companions. Then
I managed to get taken on as super at
one of the big theaters, and knowing
something about the business, got pro
moted to super-master. There 1 met my
esteemed friend, 'the Professor,' a gen
tleman who can write B. A. after his
name; who has moved in the most dis
tinguished circles, but who, being at
present under a cloud, is compelled to
play Oeneml I til at the Royal Coriu
"But what.'sort Of characters do you
take?" 1 inquired, referring back, in
my mind, to my solitary theatrical ex
"Oh, I veer between the heavy busi
ness and the light comedy," he answered
"Yes; between carrying on the chairs
and tables and the candles," dryly re
marked his friend, speaking for the Erst
"Oh, hang it, I say, now!" expostulat
ed Josiah. "You know the stage man
ager is very much struck with me, and
intends giving me a small part in the
new piece. Once let me get my nose in,
and I'll show them what I can do."
"You may more correctly say that
the stage manager was struck by you,"
again remarked the Professor, in" the
same sarcastic vein. "1 thought you
had broken his nose with thai banner
the other night; in his best scene, too
— just as he was working up. He ex
pressed his admiration of you in very
strong terms; it is a wonder you did not
get your nose between his lingers." i
Joiiiah was getting very angry. To'
avert a quarrel, I asked who "General
"A person who's supposed to be able
to do everything, and consequently do
nothing, and who's bullied for every
body else's blunders," spitefully replied
After a little more bickering, the two
friends, as 1 suppose I must style them,
went out for a walk. I felt quite re
lieved at being freed from the strange,
scrutinizing glance of Mr. Montgomery's
eyes, that hud scarcely ever been taken
off me the whole time he remained in the
room. After this, Martha came, and I
had a little quiet talk. I
"I couldn't go to sleep for hours last
night, thinking of what you'd better do,"
she said. "A clerkship is what you
want; but, you see, you've got no refer
ences, and it is so hard to get a situa
tion without them— and, indeed, with
them, for the matter of that. I think
you ought to try and find out your
friends; you know the name of the law
yers that Mr. Porter drew the money
from. I think yon ought to go to them."
"Suppose they were to hand me over
to tint man again?" 1 said, shuddering.
"True! — and not being one-and-twen
ty yet, you are not your own master.
Now, there was a thought came into
my head, though I scarcely think it
worth while to mention it, as I should
hardly like to advise you on such a
(To be oontinrr>il.(
Hoping Ai;aiiiHt Hope.
"Your wife," said the physician,
"will not be able to speak above a
whisper for a week or more."
"Say, doctor," queried the engt r hrs
band, "is there any hope of her iIU
HM beco:nlng chronic?"
In buying tisli, the gills should b«
! The derrick Isn't handsome, but it
has an uplifting influence.—Philadel
New Year's: First Resolution—How
are you feeling? Second Resolution-
Father (from top of staircase) —
Ethel, is that young man gone? Ethel
—Awful funny, pa.—Grit.
"Do you think Banks ever fooled his
wife successfully?" "I know it. He
married her." —Detroit Free Press.
"What Is worse than owing money
you can't pay?" "Being owed money
you can't collect."—Cleveland Ledger.
MissSnowflake —What did Jim Jack
son git married for? Miss Washtub —
Lawd only knows—he keeps right on
She —Do you think that a woman
can truly love but once? He —Well,
if that's the only chance she has —yes!
—Detroit Free Press.
"Papa, will you send me to Europe
to study music?" "No; you can study
It here, and I'll send you to Europe to"
"Never tell a secret, dear. It would
be a great breach of confidence."
"What must I do with it. mamma?"
"Well —bring it to me!" —Madame.
Father —But do you think you can
make my daughter happy? Suitor—-
Happy! Say, you should just have
seen her when I proposed!— Brooklyn
Mamma —Don't lounge that way,
Tommy. Sit up like a man. Tommy—
Why, mamma, men sit down; it's only
dogs and rabbits that sit up.—Phila
Tea spout—Why are you so angry
with the doctor? Mrs. Teaspout —
When I told him I had a terrible tired
feeling he told me to show him my
Hoax —They say the sultan of Tur
key scares his wives nearly to death.
Joax —Yes; I've always heard that he
was a hnrem-scarem sort of fellow.—
SmiggsThere goes a man who has
done much to arouse the people.
Smaggs—Great labor agitator, eh?
Smiggs—No; manufacturer of alarm
clocks. — Chicago Ledger.
Mrs. Ilenpeck —This paper says that
married women live longer than single
ones. Mr. Henpeck —Heavens, wom
an! Can't you think of something
pleasant to talk about? —Borrowed.
Freda—He claims to be related to
you. and says he can prove It. Floyd-,
Related to me? Why that man's a 1
fool. Freda—Of course, but that may
be a mere coincidence. —Illustrated
Mrs. —Them air Japs must
be kinder hard up for somethln' tew
read. Hayrix — Why so, Mandy? Mrs.
Hayrlx—This paper says they went
an' took a lot uv Russian magazines.—
Nervous Old I^ady (on seventh floor
of hotel) —I>o you know what precau
tions the proprietor or the hotel has
taken against tire? Porter—Yes, mum;
he has the place inshoored for twice
wot It's worth. —Pittsburg Gazette.
Frenzied Finance: The Farmer (ex
citedly) — Say, Mister Constubble, I've
jest bin bunkered out uv every dura
cent! The Policeman (irritably)— Well,
don't holler to me. you come-on 1
ain't no magazine publisher! — Puck.
Mrs. —Henry, I want a dol
lar this morning. Mr. Watkyns—Great
Caesar, woman! Do you think that I
am made of money? When you want
large amounts you ought to let me
know 24 hours in advance. —Somer-
Irate Employer —See here, you young
Rip Van Winkle. I only hired you yes
terday; and I believe, on my soul,
you've been asleep around here ever
since! Sleepy Joe—That's what I
though you wished, sir. Here's your
advertisement: "Wanted —An office
boy, not over lti; must sleep on the
premises." —New Orleans Times-Dem
Fish that Change Color.
Anglers have noticed that fish of the
same species caught In the same
stream often differ completely in color
and take protective hues that match
the prevailing local coloring of their
homes. Herr Otto (iotthilf found by
a course of experiments with turbota
that this faculty of changing color is
primarily due to the action of light
upon the optic nerve. The light does
not act directly upon the eye, but is
reflected from such substances as are
around and affects the coloring cells
through the nerve centers of the fish.
Proof of this was obtained by sever
ing the optic nerve of the turbot, when
it was found that it no longer pos
sessed the power of changing color. —
The doctor with the most elabor
ately framed diploma is not always
the one with the most patients.
The way of the transgressor i» hard
—on his friends.
Take two oxtails, an onion, two car
rots, one stalk of celery, parsley and
a small piece of pork. Cut the oxtails
at the joints; slice the vegetables and
mince the pork. Put the pork into a
saucepan. Then add the onions, and
when they begin to brown add the ox
tails. Let them fry a little, then cut
them to the bone that the Juice may
run out In boiling. Place oxtails and
browned vonions in a soup kettle with
four quark of cold water. Let them
simmer for Your hours. Then add the
other vegetables, stirring in also pep
per, salt and two or three doves. When
the vegetables are entirely cooked the
soup is done. Strain it and serve. If
you wish, a few joints (one for each
plate) may be trimmed and sent to the
table with the soup.
Dissolve two pounds of granulated
sugar in a little milk, add a quflrte.t
of a pound of cream of tartar and < k ';
very slowly over a low fire, stirring
steadily. When a little dropped in cold
water is like soft putty pour into a
large shallow pan and set In a cool
Place until so stiff that a dent made
on (he surface remains. Beat to a
creamy mass, then turn upon a sugared
I board and knead and roll out as you
would a biscuit dough. Cut into
squares and wrap each one In waxi^l
paper. The vanila flavoring may be
stirred Into the candy just before tak
ing from the fire.
Add to a pint of risen bread-sponge
a gill of warm milk, a pinch of salt,
a quarter of a cupful of melted short
ening and two eggs that have been
beaten light with three-quarters of a
cup of sugar. Now put in a little grat
ed nutmeg, some currants or seeded
raisins and as much flour as can be
worked in with a spoon. Sot into a
broad greased pan to rise and when
very light brush over the top of the
cake with milk, sprinkle with sugar
ird cinnamon and bake in a slow oven
for three-quarters of an hour. Cover
■with brown paper for the first haJf
I take (I Apples,
Wash and gore smooth, sound apples
and place them in cake pans, pouring
over them a goodly amount of syrup
made by dissolving granulated sugar
In wafer. Fill the holes left by the
cores with maple sugar and set In the
oven to bake. Haste the apples two
or three times while In process of cook-
Ing with the syrup which was left in
the pan, and When done serve with
stiffly whipped cream in Individual dcs-
801 l half a pound of rice in milk i
until it is quite tender, beat it well
with a wooden spoon to wash 'tnej™
grains; add three quarters of a pouna*s
of sugar and the same of melted but
ter; half a nutmeg, six eggs, a gill of
wine, some grated lemon peel; put a^j
paste In the dish and bake it. For a
change it may be boiled and eaten
with butter, sugar and wine.
1 lexert Puffa.
Take one pint of milk and cream
each, the Whites of four eggs beaten
to a stiff froth, one heaping cupful of
sifted flour, one iant cupful of pow
dered sugar; add a little grated lemon
peel and a little salt. Heat these ingre
dients all together until very light,
bake in gem pans, sift pulverized su
gar over them and eat with a sauce
flavored with lemon.
To a pint of corn pulp add the well"
beaten yolks of two eggs, two table
spoonfuls of flour, half a teaspoonftu
of salt and a saltspoon of black pep
per, mix well, and when the fat for
frying Is ready add the stlfHy beaten
whites. Drop, oyster shape, from a
spoon into hot fat and brown on both
sides. Spread with butter and oat. —
Scald, but do not boil a pint of can
ned tomatoes. Into a frying pan put a
cablespoonful of butter, stir into it a
small onion cut Into dice, add a heap-
Ing tablespoonful of flour and fry to a
golden brown. Salt and pepper the
tomatoes, turn them into the pan and
when very hot serve.
Roil together a cup each of molasses
and brown sugar a tablespoonful of
vinegar and one of butter. When a
drop hardens in cold water take from
the fire, beat in a scant teaspoonful of
baking soda, stir hard and turn Into a |
A little chloride of lime mixed with
water will quickly remove ink stains
from silver Inkstands, eoc.
A little sugar added to the water
used for basting the roast, especially if -
It be veal, improves its flavor.