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Would Ye Bring Them Back Againi
61one to the land of life and1 light.
Those whom we loe(-this fatal
Risen to maiisions fai' :n(l bright,
Dwelling in- God's eterntal sight,
Those whomi we behl so dear-so
What have thy left us? Memories
Memories holr, te!nder and true;
Yea, were deat h an endless sleep,
These would not siumber, these would
Safe from decay the- forms we knew.
Deathless in God's diviner sphere,
Rapt and serene our loved ones
Complete in the bliss they prayed for
.Perfect in love, in visions clear.
Who il their sacred joy can tell!
Wis(lom and truth and peace are theirs,
Knowledge tiat deepens each pass
Fruition to faith, and answers to
No conflict of soul, 'no weary cares,
III that high life of immortal Iower.
Shall we demand their return again,
Dear as they were-to the sti ife once
Call them back to the grief and pain,
Back to the toil, the fret, the stain,
Back to the world from that beauti
No! With the blessed let them be,
Safe and saved in the Saviour's smile,
Bending to Him the adorning knee.
Singing to us from the crystal sea,
"l.Here with us in a little while!"
AN A BBEVILLE SCANDAL.--Abbe
ville, April 22.-Miss Mary E.
Brown, a charming young woman
of this county, has brought suit
against John McNeil for breach of
promise of marriage. She has
laid the damares at $1 and
has placed her case in the hands
of Col. Orville T. Calhoun, who is
considered one of the strongest
young lawyers at this bar. Mr.
McNeil is represented .)y Ellis G.
Gra doii, Esq., who was for sever
-11 years the partner and trusted
adviser of the late A rmistead Burt.
The case will be tried at the regu
lar fall term of the Court of Comn
mon Pleas for this county in Ge
to)ber next. It is already creating
ai great deal of interest in the coun
ty, andl~ when it comes up for trial
here will some rich and rare dis
'losures. This is the first case for
breach of promnise that has ever
beenI thro~wninto the courts in Ahb
beville. The fact that the issue
had been joined in this matter hais
already been lpublished, but none
of the det1.'Is have been given.
Miss Mary E. Brown, the fair
plaintiff, is not more than 25 years
of age. She has neither father
nor mother and lives now, as she
has been living for some years,
with her three sisters and her
1brother-i n--a w~rn plantation which
is owned by herself and sisters, and
is situated1 on the Savannah side~
of' the county. She is tolerably
well eduic atedl an d is connecte'd
with some of the most respectable
and beCst-to--do) families in the
county. She has a round, plump~
tigure, a sweet face, is quite at
tractive in her manners andI might
well turn the head omf an impres
sionable young man.
M' r. Johu McNe-il. who it is al.
leged played the fair Mary so false
a part, is a large, finelooking young
man, abouti 35 years of age, with a
rich sonorous voice, quick intelli
gence and pleasing manners. Im
mediately after the war he went
to Charleston and was employed
as a salesman in Erwin's store, in
King street, where he remained for
some time. When he gave up his
position there he came to Abbe
ville and commenced business as
a country merchant. He had a
large trade, and by his merchan
dising and his farming, both of
which purpuits he has followed
sucessfully, he has accumulated,
it is said, a snug little fortune, and
is now worth from $15,000 to $20,
000. He still has his store and
his farm, and although he is kept
busy is quite literary in his tastes,
and was for several terms one of
the most capable pupils of the Rev.
Dr. Patton, now of the State Uni
versity? In the midst of his busi
ness McNeil has also found time
to make love; indeed he is a kind
of genius in this direction ifMiss
Mary Brown is to be believed, for
she declares that he fooled her by J
his honied phrases until she fell a
victim to his passion.
The story is a thrilling one. Mc
Neil, it is said, commenced paying
attention to Miss Brown about the
beginning of 1880,and under prom
ises of marriage succeeded in ruin
ing her. le agreed, it is alleged,
on several occasions that he would
marry her, and the day was fixed
several times, but he always man
aged to postpone the wedding
without discontinuing his visits to
the trusting Mary. About the 20th
of February last, while McNeil
was on a visit to her, she deter
mined to put the matter to the
test, and sent for a trial justice to
come and marry them. McNeil,
hearing the trial justice enter the
house, made his escape throug a
Iwindow, and has refused to right
the wrongs of Miss Brown.
Plulic Sentiment is very strong
against McNeil, and the impres
sion is that he should be made to
pay well for the dlamage lhe has
done Miss Brown. There are ma
fly interestirng facts conlnectedl with
the affair lhat cannot be mentior
ed here, as it might serve to prej
udic'e the case of either one 01r the
other of the parties to this pecu
Of course the lawyers in the
case will do their level best to whip
in the fight. TIhey arc hard fight
ers and are reading up all the au
thorities with great vigor.-News
-Whenever you command, ad (d
your reasons for doing so; it is
this which distinguishes the aup
probation of a man of sense from
the flattery of sycophants and ad
miration of fools.
-Never seek to be entrustedl
with your friends secret, for, no
mat ter how faithfully you may
keep it, you will be liable in'a
thou sandl con tingencies to the sus
picion of having betrayed it.
-The presnt hour is always the
wealthiest when it is poorer than
the future ones, as that is the
pleasantest site which affords the
plent antet nmroct
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