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gotind by a Spell
<Ye had left the house by this time,
find were walking down the green lane,
but in an opposite direction to that by
which we had come from the churchyard.
A little way down the lane debouched
Into a high road, nnd there my kind
friend stopped to take leave of me.
"If you find things tinn out badly, nnd
you are reduced to any great str.iit,
vrrite to me; Imt, mind, in that rase you
must tell mo all about yourself. There
must bo no disguise nnd no deceit. 1
must say you're rather a close customer
for one so young--all the better for that,
perhaps. Here's my nddress; nnd now
good-by, find a safe journey nnd good
The next momeni ho vu gone. How
full of gratitude wns my heart for Ills
kiinliH'ss! I reached the railway Hta
ti<»n some niinntps before the train was
duo. Ignornnt as I was of the com*
nionest transactions of everyday life, I
was obliged to the kind office! of n
friendly porter to procure me n tlrket
and put nio on the right pint form. The
train came tip nnd I took my neat.
The excitement of steam traveling wn»
a strange one to me, mid for n lime I
wnx lost in wonderment nt the variety
of objects we flew past, nnd Bt the rap-
Idly chancing landscape. Suddenly l
remembered the address thnt the old gen
t'eninn hnd given me. I drew it out,
curious to know his nnmo. It wns an old
envelope, directed to "Jonathan Kod
■well, Woodbine Cottage."
What a bound my heart gave ns I read
that name! Was it simply by a strange
coincidence, or was he related to that
man who hnd so tragically Influenced
my life? So astonished was I at this
discovery nnd so absorbed in specula
tions, nnd a train of thought which it
suggested, thnt I became quite uncon
scious of the progress of the train, of my
fellow pnssengers, nlmost of where I
vas. My thoughts went bnck to the
marriage day, and every incident passed
in review through my mind. When 1
came to the incident of the locket, my
heart gave nnother leap; it was gone—
left behind in the suit of clothes! Of
course, it was quite safe. Hut I wns
troubled that it had passed out of my
possession. I prized it as the supersti
tious would n talisman.
Crowding quickly on the he-els of this
regret, came n startling revelation; that
portrnit that had puzzled me nt the old
gentleman's—it was her very image, ma
tured to womanhood! That was the re
semblance that had so powerfully Struck
me, nnd that I could not understand at
Projected !ntr> this now field of
thought, I was still wandering amidst its
mazes when 1 was warned thnt my
Journey hnd come to nn end. Ami, step
ping out of the carriage, I found m.vself
on the bewildering, crowded platform
of a great city terminal,
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 luggage,
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 Rackstr.i 1.. '■<
buildings, for what I know," ht .aid,
*ith a laugh. "What part of the city
"Camden Town is the rest of the direc
tion." I answered.
"Oh! that is miles ft way from here.
The best way for you to get to Catodeo
Town is to get into a 'bus thnt you'll nee
pass those iron gates below."
I thanked him for his informrtion
and managed to get into the right 'bus.
I felt very sick and weary when I
emerged once more into the streets. I
went into a pastry cock's to eat a bun,
nnd inquire for Uackstraw's buildings,
and they directed me. Small houxes,
one story high: town-looking in their dir
ty bricks; country-looking in their little
gardens that lay in front. I knocked
at No. 3, and the door was answered by
Martha herself. •
"What! Msater Silas." exclaimed she.
with surprise, "is that you? Oh, what a
tr.rn you've given me! Do come in.
dear! How poorly and tired you do
Ejaculating astonishment and kindly
welcome, she led me into the little front
room, and forced me to sit down iv an
"Now sit down there and rest wlilo I
get you a nice cup of tea; I'm sure you
must want it. l>ear me! —the idea of
teeing you! How long have you been
here, and what's brought you up; some
thing WIOBg down there? Hut there;
don't answer any of my questions till
jou've had something, for I'm sure you
look half dead."
Hustling about all the time she was
talking, putting the cups and saucers,
ard preparing the meal. Then sin- <•;.li
ed in her mother frnm the back to see
Mnwter Silas, whom she had talked about
bo much. Ilor mother was a very Mont,
kindly looking woman, who came in wip
ing the soap suds off her arms, and \* ho
welcomed me as sincerely as her daugh
After a hearty tea I felt better. I then
proceeded to satisfy Martha's curiofJtjr,
which was all on edge; and while I waa
about It I made a clean breast i»f [i -y
circunv tnncc. from the time Lhat I over
heard the first conversation between the
Rev. Mr. Porter and his daughter, i.ntil
the day of my marriage. Passing over
the month, upon the event* of which
I told her my lips were waliJ, I related
the particulars of my flight This kng
narrative, of course, was not given •with
out repeated interruptions on her part.
"There: 1 ahvayH said you was be
witched. She OUfht to be burnt. The
wicked old hypocrite, he ought to have
six month* l That's the reason they gave
me notice, because I shouldn't see too
irncri; bat, you know, n marriage can't
stimd good that's brought about by
witchcraft. She can't be your lawful
"She Is no more my wife thnn you
are, Martha," I answered; but, the next
moment, for various reasons, 1 was sor
ry that I spoke so openly,
"Only think of that, now! Whnt H
wicked, unnatural creature she must be!"
cried Martha. "Hut what a merry it is
that you're out of their clutches; I'm
sure my heart always felt for you. I
was in a way when I heard you was to
be married. I knew some awful vil
lainy was going on. Hut what a pity
you didn't hear more about that grim
old v.oman that he followed from Gray'i
Inn! You might have found out your
relMirns, nnd —who knows? —they may
be rich people."
"Rich people wouldn't be likely to
own one of the Rev. Mr. Porter's board
ers," 1 answered bitterly.
"Ah. poor lads, they're much to be
pitied," sighed Martha. "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 one 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, nssuring
her, however, that I could not think
of taking anything from her.
"Nonsenße, nonsense! if you say that
again, you'll seriously offend mo. I shall
never miss whatever I give to you; and
who knows but what you may be rich
some day, nnd then think what a profit
I shall get out of your gratitude! P.ut
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 can
dles were lit Martha's father came in.
He was n porter nt 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. "Y\ c haven't an inch
of room here; mother's got two lodgers,
who sleep in the second room upstairs
and I've to make n shift down here."
After a little discussion it was dis
covered that Mrs. Jackson, two doors
above, had a spare bed, and thither I
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 my weary head upon the pillow.
T'ntil 10 o'clock n«>xt morning I slept
a onlm, dreninless sleep, and anise more
fresh and invigorated than I had fell
for months. It had lteen arranged that
I should brenkfast at Martini's. So ac
cordingly, as loon ns I was washed and
dressed, 1 adjourned to No. ." Two
strange men were in the room when 1
The elder of the two was a tall, thin
man. with a sallow complexion, :l»'irp,
aquiline features, hollow cheeks, full
beard and mustache, and dark, griz.'.led
hair, which he wore very long and parted
in the center. lie was dressed in needy
black; an extremely open waistcoat dis
played a somewhat dilapidated fnncy
shirt front, very much soiled and crum
pled. A frayed black satin necktie sur
rounded a very frayed anil limp shiii
collar; his bout* were old and patched,
but they were the remains of what had
once been radiant patent leather. His
hands were white, and carefully tended,
and ornamented with two large brass
rings. He greeted me with great polite
Desi as I entered.
His companion wbi a young man of
about twenty; fail-faced, rather sanguine
complexion, with an expression of oddly
mixed good-nature and soil'satisfaction.
His dri'ss was less pretentious than that
of the elder, although there was the
same style of shabby gentility and
second-hand clothes shop.
Martha Introduced the elder as '*Pro
fessor Montgomery." and the jrounger as
Mr. Fitzwalton. The elder acknowledg
ed the introduction with an air of greal
politeneea; the jrounger, with a familiar
nod, and a twinkle nt amusement in his
eye at my odd appearance, which slowly
changed to one of doubting recognition;
nn expression which was reflected in my
own face; for, in Mr. Adolphus Fitzwal
ton, I believed that 1 recognised my
whilom bed-fellow, Joelah <'<x>k. We
both came to the same conclusion at the
"Can it b« possible "
"It enn't be- "
"That you tire .losiali Cook?"
"What! Silas Canton!"
Martha, who tv preparing my break
fast, looked very much Mtoniafaed at this
"One of the Rev. Mr. Porter's old
boarders," I sail, in explanation.
"Why. you don't mean to say that you
know that old hypocrite?" cried Josiah.
taming round to her.
"She was servant there for two yenr*
—only left about a month ago," I said.
answering for her.
"Well, if this isn't the queerest Mart
I ev«r knew," cried Juaiuh. "Whoever
should hare thought of feeing you hera
What era you doing? llow'b old Snuf
fle* getting on 1/ lias Miss Uooseb«»«^y
eyes got a husband yet?"
T)i«*o qiiostlotiß wore very embarrass-
Ing, and 1 should have beeu greutlj ;;«'■.
to fur un answer, but Martha cam* to
"Well, look here, Mr. Fitzwalton,"
•lie said with a sign to me; "Master
Silas bus got Home very particular busi
ness on band just now that obliges him
to be cautious, so 1 know you'll excuse
him answering your questions lor a day
"Oh, I don't want to pry into any
body's secret*," retorted Josiuh, with
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 Josiuh to keep
silent for any length of time, or to re
frain from talking about himself. So,
in spite of my reticence, he soon put mo
in possession of the whole of his his
tor), from the time he quitted Mr. Tor
tor'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, inn] I took you to the
theater? Well, you see. I didn't care
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. 1
It seemed such a jolly, easy life; mid
such a glorious tiling to nee all the
plays, and act in them, and get rounds
of applause, and wear fine clothes, so I
determined to be an actor. I had the
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 npe.
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 otter
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 ct once.
The printing business saw me no more.
So instead o* rolling ink, I rolled up
scenes. I was very happy for a tim*>,
especially when I got a few lines to
speak. By and by I grew ambitious find
soared in Imagination from the Hist otli
cer to Macdoff, 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, 1 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 11. A. after his
name; who Aa.s moved in the most dis
tinguished cS&les, but j who, being at
present under a cloud, is compelled to
play General L'til at the Royal Corin
"But what sort of characters do you
take?? I inquired, referring buck, 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 first
"Oh, hang it. I say, now!" expostulat
ed Josiah. "You know the stage man
ager is very much struck with me, mid
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 tint banner
the other night; in his best scene, too
—just as he was working up. II« ex
pressed his admiration of you in very
strong terms; it is a wonder you did not
get your nose between his fingers."
Joslah 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
Alter a little more bickering, the two
friends, ns 1 suppose I must style them,
went out for a walk. I felt quite re
lieved nt being freed from the strange,
scrutinizing glance of Mr. Montgomery's
eyes, that hail scarcely ever been taken
oft me the whole time he remained in the
room. After this, Martha came, and I
had a little quiet talk.
"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're got no r< "er
cnceß, 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; vott know the nnme of the law
yers that Mr. Porter drew the money
from. 1 think yon ought to go to them."
"Suppose they were to band me over
to tint man again?" I said, shuddering.
"True!— and not being one-nnd-twen
ty yet, yon are not your own muster.
Now. there was a thought came into
my head, though I scarcely think it
worth while to mention it, as 1 should
hardly like to advise you on such a
(To be contlni'pd.i
Hoping As;aiiibt Hope.
"Your wife," said the physician,
"will not be able to speak above a
whisper for a week or more."
"Say. doctor," queried the eager hus
band, "is there any hope of her dis
ease becoming chronic?"
In buying Hsu, the gills should be
<i < *
The derrick Isn't handsome, but it
has an Uplifting Influence. —Philadel-
New' Year's: First Resolution —How
aro you feeling? Second Resolution —
Father (from top of staircase) —
Ethel, is that young man gone? Ethel
j —Awful funny, pa.—(Jrlt.
"Do you think Ranks ever fooled his
wife successfullyV" "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.
j Miss Snowflake —What did .Tim Jack
ion Kit married for? Miss Washtuh —■
Lawd only knows —he keeps right on
She — Do you think that a woman
, can truly love but pnce7 He —Well,
if that's t lie only chance she has —yes!
—Detroit Free Press.
"Papa, will you send me to Europe
to study music?" "Xo; 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 wily
dogs and rabbits that sit up.—Phila
Teaspout—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 lie
was a harem-scarein sort of fellow.—
Smiggs—There goes a man who has
done much to arouse the people,
Smr.ggs— Great labor agitator, eh?
Smiggs— Noj manufacturer of alarm
clocks. —Chicago Ledger.
Mrs. Heupeck —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
j-ou. and says he can prove it. Floyd—■
Related to me? Why that man's a
fool. Freda — Of course, but that may
be a mere coincidence. —Illustrated
Mrs. HayrlX —Them air Japs must
be kinder hard up for somethln' tew
read. Hayrix- Why so, Mandy? Mrs.
Hayrix—This paper says they went
an' took a lot uv Russian magazines.—
Nervous Old Lady (on seventh floor
of hotel) —Do 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 ConsfUbble, I've
jest bin bunkered OUt uv every durn
pent! The Policeman (irritably)— Well,
don't holler to me, you come-on! I
ain't no magazine publisher!— Pink.
Mrs. Watkyns—Henry. 1 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 li 4 hours In advance. — Bonier
Irate Employer 800 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 10; must sleep on the
premises." —New Orleans Times-Dem
Fish that Change Color.
Anglers have noticed that tish of the
name 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 (iotthllf found by
a course of experiments with turbots
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 tish.
Proof of this was obtained by sever
ing the optic nerve of the tarbot, when
It was found that it no longer pos
sessed tli^ 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 1* hartl
. —on his friends.
Take two oxtails, an onion, two ear
ruts, one stalk of celery, parsley and
h small piece of pork. Cut tile oxtails
at the Joints; slice the vegetables and
mince the pork. Put the pork Into a
saucepan. Then a<Ul the onions, and
when they begin to brown add the ox
tails. I^-t them fry a little, then ont
them to the bone that the juice may
run out in boiling. Place oxtails and
browned onions in a SOUp kettle with
four quarts of cold water. Let them
simmer tor four hours. Then add the
ether vegetables, stirring in also pep
per, salt and two or three cloves. 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 witli the soup.
Dissolve two pounds of granulated
sugar in a little milk, add a quarter
of a pound of cream of tartar and <■ >r':
very slowly over a low tire, 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 the surface remains. Heat to a
creamy mass, then turn upon a sugared
board and knead and roll out as you
would a biscuit dough. Cut into
squares and wrap each one in waxed
paper. The vanlla flavoring may be
stirred into Che candy just before tak
ing from the fire.
Add to a pint of risen bread-sponpa
I a gill of warm milk, a pinch,of salt,
a quarter of a cupful of melted short
ening and two e-Ktf.s that have been
, beaten li^ht with three-quarters of a
. cup of sugar. Now put in a Httle grat
ed nutmeg, some currants or seeded
raisins and as much flour as can be
worked in with a spoon. Set Into a
broad greased pan to rise and when
very light brush over the top of the.
' cake -with milk, sprinkle with su^ar
| and cinnamon and bake In a slow oven
for three-quarters of an hour. Cover
With brown paper for the first half
Wash and core smooth, sound apples
and place them in cake pans, pouring
over them a goodly amount of syrup
made by dissolving granulated sugar
in water. Fill the holes left by the
cores with maple sugar and set in the
oven to bake. Baste the apples two
or three times while in process of cook
ing with tlie syrup which was left in
the pun. and when done serve with
Itlffly Whipped cream in individual des
801 l half a pound of rice in milk
until it is quite tender, beat it well
with a wooden spoon to wash the
grains; add three quarters of a pound
of sugar and the same of melted but
ter; half a nutmeg, six eggs, a gill of
wine, some grated lemon peel; put a
paste In the dish and bake it. For ;i
change it may be boiled and eaten
with butter, sugar and wine.
Take one pint of milk and cream
each, the Whites of four eggs beaten
to a stiff froth, one heaping cupful of
lifted flour, on* Scant 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 pulverised su
gar over them and eat with v sauce
flavored with lemon.
To a pint of com pulp add the well
beaten yolks of two eggs, two table
spoonfuls of flour, half a teaspoonfui
of salt and a salt spoon of black pep
per, mix well, and when the fat for
frying is ready add the stiftiy beaten
whites. Drop, oyster shape, from a
*l>oon into hot fat and brawn on both
sides. Spread with butter and rait.—
Scald, but do not boil a pint of tin
ned tonmtoos. Into a frying pan put a
cablespoonfni o f butter, stir into it a
small onion cut into dice, add a heap-
Ing taWegpoonfnl of flour and fry to a
golden brown. Salt and pepper the
to,nat<«-s, mm them into the pan and
when very hot serve.
Roil together a cup each of molasses
and brown sugar a tablospoonful of
vinegar and one of butter. When a
drop hardens in cold water take from
the fire, beat in a scant beaspoonfol 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, eoe.
A little sugar added to the water
used for basting the roast, especially If
it be veal, improves its flavor.