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AS OLD-TIME LOVE SI'UllV.
The fine old mansion of the Alberghi family, near Gluckstadt,'.was brilliantly lighted, and the sound of music and dancing was borne on the evening air «rro$s the rolling, sparkling waters of the Kibe. That night a grand ball was to be given by Count Frederic of Alber ghi, the only remaining representative of the noble family whose name he bore. The building was massive stone, high and dark, protected by moart,drawbridge and battle towers. It was a line old feu dal castle, built in the time of Frederick II. (.Outside it looked grand and'gloomv inside it was ablaze with lights and redo lent with perfumes of choice llowers, which were scattered in profusion, not only about the large reception saloon, but in all the smaller apartments,which were thrown open to the guests. In a little room far removed froul the rest, in the eastern tower, stood two per sons—a young man, remarkably hand some, though there was anexpression of deep care upon his face, and a lady. The lady was not remarkably handsome just now,as she listened to her champion with drooping eyes indeed, most people would call her simply prettv until she miscd her expressive, dark blue eyes and the brilliant, svlph-like smile broke, over her face. The two were standing talking carelessly together, the lady leaning against the heavily-carved oaken window frame, and the young man standing nearly opposite to her, caress inga bright-e.ved falcon perched upon his wrist. "So, Count Alberghi, you will be re membered for a long while as the young noble who gave the most splendid ball as yet ever attended." The lifts of the young man curled, and he answered con temptuously: "That is surely a name worth gaining at any price." "Of course." said the lady. Jlave "But why so scornful about it?" "You know, Lady Lena, that I care only for your approbation, then the ball Is given only in honor and to please you, whose slightest wish I would gratify at any expense." "Alas, Count Alberghi, I am told that a dozen times each day." "Probably but the words do not come from the heart, as mine do." "Pooh," said the lady. "They all swear that. "Very well, Lady Lena I may some time be able to prove the truth" of my words. 1 have been a fool. For three years I have hung upon your accent, ful filled your every wish, 'as far as lay in niv power. My fortune—which was am- ile—I laid at your feet, that you might every possible want supplied and in return for this devotion I have re ceived nothing but coldness and scorn. You know that I love you as few men love—with my whole heart and soul yet you scorn me. You are rich and noble. 1 still love you as madly as ever, but to-night is the last time I bow be fore you. This once I plead, Lady Lena, to be shown some kindness. For the last time I offer you myself. Will you accept me°" Lady Lena turned very pale as she listened to the rapid, passionate words uttered by the young man who knelt before her. Her eyes grew dark with some inward feeling, but her words de stroyed the faint hope which had risen in his heart at the ge express-on on her face. Oh, rise, Count Frederick—for I know this is all nonsense—instantly. To morrow you will be beside me as usual, and the next, and every day, just as you have for years." The young man rose, and in answer to her taunt, only bent his head and tenderly stroked the flossy head and neck of the bright-eved ird on his wrist, and looked from one to the other, as if inquiring what was eoingon. Piqued at his silence, thelady exclaimed: "Where now is your boasted love? I say a bitter thing to you and you do not retalliate." "I cannot forget myself so far as to re talliate to a woman." "No," said she, "but vou can sneer. You can sneer and stroke your falcon, which I know possesses more ot your boasted love than I do." "Jennett never wounds me, he re plied. "In return for my caresses she aoes not give me bitter coldness." "Perhaps she would if she could apeak," persisted the lady. "Actions, Lady Lena,"said he, "speak louder than words." The girl's eyes flashed, and she turned to the door, but paused as she neared it, and, looking over her shoulder, said contemptuously: -'I suppose the cause Of your love for that bird is because she once belonged to some former lady love." The tone was very insulting, and this time the young man raised his head •nth flashing eyes, and his words were rapid and indignant. 'You are right, he replied. "This falcon belonged to a noble ladv, whose kind, womanly heart scorned to inflict a wound uoon the meanest creature who trampled not under foot honorable love offered her, as if it were a disgraceful thing. One whom I loved devotedly, ajad who, had she been unable to return toe affection offered her, would have rejected it with considerable gentleness." "Why, then, don't you return to this paragon of tenderness and virtue?" sneered the lady. she woud willingly soothe my wounded spirit," he replied, "but she is dead." Without another word Lena sped from the room, her brain on fire, her eyes full of tears. Could Frederick have K- en her as she, leaning far out of a win- I w, weeping bitterly, he would have "given the bitter words. As it was, '*y parted in anger. Left alone, Frederick paced up and wn the room. In hisdespair he mur i ured aloud "I have been a driveling il—a madman. For three years I have voted my time, heart, and fortune to service of this heartless woman. One y rewarded with smiles the nsxt with iwns. To-morrow when the bills are 1 V* debts incurred for this night, .-shall be absolutely penniless. Yes, to- furnlture, horses, and plate wiH be sola, my servants discharged, and all that will remain to me is this old cas tle, and my faithful nurse, Margaret, who will not leave me and my falcon. This building, now ringing w.'th the sounds of music, dancing, and merry laughter, will be closed to become the sanctuary of rats and owls. For myself, I shall "withdraw from society, and in this small, gloomy tower support mv poverty and despair as best 1 may. I have been worse than foolish I have been wicked. Hut tins repining will not do. I must rejoin my guests." So saying, Fredrick replaced the fal con on his perch near the window, and forcing a gay smile and careless air, sauntered into the ball-room, and from that time till the company left he was seemingly the gayest of the gay. 1 "Quick, Susan! fasten the bodice and bring me my hood and mantle and the thick shoes!" exclaimed I.jidy Lena then added, impatiently, "you'll have to pin this handkerchief and apron string, for my hands tre nble so I can not do any thing." The maid obeved, and soon her young mistress stood be fore the elegant mirror, laughing to see herself in complete peasant's attire. "Wiii anybody know me, Susan?" she asked, taugningly, HS she drew the huod over her face. "IVo, Indeed, Lady Lena," replied the maid "if I liaJn't seen you dress I should not know you myself." "Then I am olF." And suiting the action to the word, the graceful Lady Lena ran out of the room and down stairs in a very undigni fied way. In the garden she was met by a lover of Susan's, who exclaimed: "Pears to me we are in a monstrous hurry, Mistress Susan. Can't you stop to give a fellow a noontide kiss?" "Away with you!" she exclaimed. "You shall have two kisses when I come back, if you won't stop me now." "Good bargain, Susan," said he. "I have much to do, and will wait by the gate till you come back." Away sped Lena. After a pretty long, rapid walk she reached Castle Alberghi, and, entering by a low postern door, which she found open, made her way to the door of the tower, where she saw old Margaret seated. "Good noon, Dame Margaret," said Lena. The old woman raised her head, and, recognizing Susan, Lady Lena's fav orite waiting maid, she returned a verv sulky greeting. "Don't be cross, Margaret," she con tinued "I've got a beautiful note for your young master from my lady." "You needn't come iiere"with"it then, said Dame Margaret. "Your lady4s notes have orought sorrow enough "to this house." "But, Margaret, I was sent to deliver it and receive an answer, and I dare not go back without it it would ccst me my place, and you wouldn't be so cruel as that to a poor girl who has never done you anv harm." Here Lena began to sob, and Margaret arose, saying: "You have never done me any harm, so give me th-e note and let me" take it, up stairs quickly." The note was pro duced, and Margaret grumblingly took it up stairs, muttering as she did so. "Much good, much good it will do my poor young master. It isn't sealed very closely and if I could read it I would open it, and then il there was anything in it to irmg him, I'd sooner put mv hand in the lire than give it to him/' By this time she had reached the second story and knocked at the door. "Come in," said Frederick, who was seated by the window reading. He looked up as the old woman entered and asked what she wanted. "A note for vou, sir," she replied. The young man's face turned a shade paler, and his hand slightly trembled as he took the delicate perfu r.ed note. A moment he paustd, overcome by his feelings, then impetuously tore it "open and read the following words: "Lady Lena Erfert, being about to visit England for several years, desires to have the pleasure of meeting once more her friend Count Frederick Al berghi, who has so mysteriously with drawn himself from society. She will do herself the honor of dining with hiin this day at o o'clock." A spasm passed over the young man's face and he mumured, "Once more," Then turning to Margaret, he said: "\V hat is there in the house to eat?" "As good as nothing, sir" replied the faithful woman, "for there is only scraps left from your breakfast." "That's bad, Margaret," said he, "for i have no money, not a single kreutzer, and here is a note from Lady Lena in forming me that she will dine with me to day." She musn't come, dear sir. There is nothing to give her." Frederick seeme lost in thought, Suddenly, he raised his head. "I have it now" said he. You must serve up my poor Jeanette here. It is all I can do." "Oh, master! What, roast this poor bird you have loved so long, and which belonged to "Hush, Margaret not another word only do as I bid you. Serve the bird up as best you can. Have the table laid for two in the old dining room, having it ready precisely at 5. When the lady ar rives summon me, and serve dinner im mediately. I shall be in my chamber, to which I shall now retire." Margaret dared not remonstrate, but sobbing and wringing her hands, she went down stairs. Lena had waited her coming with intense anxiety. "What's the matter, Margaret? Has anything happened to your master?" "Deed there has," woefullv answered Margaret. "What?" said Lena. "Speak, woman." "Oh, only he's gone clean demented. You bring a note from your haughty mistress, who ought to be drowned in the Elbe, for she always makes trouble for mv dear young master, one of whose fingers is worth more than her whole body made him waste all his fortune, so that now he is as poor as Job and now makes him kill his beautiful falcon." A triumphant smile now flashed into the eyes of the false waiting-woman, and she asked, "How so?" "Why, you see, Mistress Susan, your lady is coming to dine with him. and there is nothing in the house, neither victuals, nor even a kreutzer, so he Las ordered the falcon to be roasted for your wicked ladv's dinner." "I have no doubt it will make' capital eating,1' laughed the girl. "Out upon you," said Maivaret. "You i are as heartless as vour mistress. Go ack to her and tell her she is welcome 1 hope the bird may stick in her throat and choke her. unfeeling woman that she is." 'Oh, don't take on so Margaret. Ts but he am sorrv your master is so poor but lie will offer mv la.lv a dish valuable for its r«ritv for I warrant me she never tasted roast falcon before," Margaret's onlv answer was to throw herself into a chair and sob. The disguised Lenaapproac.ied her. "Don't feel so sad, but tell me why 1 much should Count Frederick care so for the poor bird?" "Don't vou know thatr Wnv, it __ longed to "his biessed mother, who is now an angel in heaven." Tears filled Lena's eves, and she said: "Well," 1 didn't know that, and it is a real shame to roast the bin!, and if you will keep it a secret I'll help vou. Give me the bird and I'll take it home and send you another in return. Your master will be none the wiser." Mar garet's face lighted up and earnestly thanking the girl she left the room and soon returned with the falcon, closely hooded, which she gave to the false Su san, who went oil'with it. be is Punctual to the minute came Lady Le na, and never had she looked more love ly or been dressed with 30 much ele gance and taste. Margaret, with a sul len air, ushered her into the dining room, where Frederick came forward to meet her. He was struck with her fresh, winning appearance, a bitter change to be wrought in so few weeks. His greeting was frigidly polite, and hers particularly genial and kind. The dinner was soon se'rved, and Le na shuddered as she glanced around tlie long, dark, unfurnished room, seen last brilliantly lighted and decorated, filled with sprightlyly guests, and be fore whom groaned a table covered with every luxury tne season atl'or ed and money could buy. What a contrast. Now all gorgeous hangings, furniture, pictures, silver, glass and lights were gone, and in their places stood in the empty room a small deal table, bearing two covers and one dish of meat. With all his old grace of manner Frederick led Lena to the table and took his place opposite to her. The meal was a silent one, ior Frederick was abstracted, and Lena so overcome by everything around her that she could scarcely repress her tears. As they arose from the table the count said: "1 am sorry, madam, to offer you so poor a repast, but—" "Don't speak of it, Count," hastily in terrupted Lena, affecting a gavity she was far from feeling. "It was'charm ing—so new I never tasted a more de licious chicken." "I am happy to find that I have pleased you." said Fredrick "but al low me, in all deference to your taste, to correct one mistake—the birl vou have partaken of was not hieken," but mv falcon." "Your pet falcon?" said Lena, in af fecte astonishment. "The same, madanie," he replied. "Frederick," she exclaimed, and the tone in which his name was uttered caused Frederick to start. He was dumb with surprise when he saw the haughty Lena burst into tears, and be fore he could recover his self-possession Lena stood before him erect and pale. "Frederick, to-day we part forever," said she, "and before we do so I must obtain your forgiveness. *on have al ways treated me with respect and love, and 1—1 have repaid vour devotion with coldness and scorn. Will you forgive me? "Most certainly," coldly answered Frederick, making a great effort to sub due the passion her unwonted gentle had roused. "I loved you, and prob ably by my unceasing devotion wearied you. I needed a lesson, and i have learned it. I could not expect one who did not love me to "Stop there and listen to me," said Lena, "and if my confession made in this hour, seems, unnmidenly let my ex cuse be that it is the only reparation in my power. I am w altliV—the wealthi est woman in all Germany, as it is said from ray childhood I h'tve feired to be lo\ed for my wealth, and with niv earn est nature I know that a marriage with out love would be death. People whom I counted my warm, sincere friends told me that my riches were all that vou cared for—that you lavished your com paratively little wealth upon meonly the more surely to gain possession of my princely fortune. I did not believe them but I wished to try you. In my cautious ness I went too far, too far fori have lost what I have valued more than iife— your love." "Lena, Lena, be careful," said the young man. "I am past care for anything now she replied. "To-morrow I leave for England never to return. I could not go without, asking you to forgive me* without telling you, as the only balm I can offer, that if I made you suffer 1 suf fered also, and perhaps more acutely for 1 was called heartless, cold, unprin cipled, by the only being I ever loved in the world, that I She could say no more, for she was clasped in en*»er arms and covered with passionate kfss es. A few minutes she lay there, then freed herself, all blushing and tearful from her lover's embrace. A moment she left the room,then returned, bear ?n£ 'Mskct, which she triivt to Kreder* iek. (u opening it his falcon flew out. nesting her beautiful head on Freder ick's shoulder, she said: "Take me dear Frederick. I yield mvself to you' overcome by your love and unselfish de votion—actually brought to hand by your falcon. Yery Old and Very Black. The Herald has the following special fiom Pittsburg, Pa.: "Julia Powell, a ne gro woman, aged 113 years, died here re cently. Sbe W&B born about twenty miles below Richmond, Va., in 170',t, and was a slave. Her master, at his death set her free and left her some property, but she could "Qder the law. She cauie here in lnl'i, anu has been here ever sin'/e. She married a man much younger than herself und leaves a eon who is himself a great grandfather. Her age was well authentic^- te4" yiie tol(1 many stories of events which took place in Virginia during the revolutionary war, and told them with so many details that were authenticated by history, &Qd have been nccoptod ub true by evan skeptical newspaper men. THE OLD WOLF. A story in Seven Fables from the Ger man of Logging. I. The bad wolf had grown pretty old and made the hypocritical resolve to live on a friendly footing with the shepherds. He, therefore, betook himself to the shepherd whose flocks were nearest to his den. "Shepherd," s-iid he, "thou callest ie the bloodthirsty robber, which 1 must keep ftno UlOU riw»n t'v. ... .. for I am really the tamest, gentlest am nial when 1 am satislied." "When thou art satisfied? That may be," replied the shepherd, "But when art thou satisfied? Thou and covetous nees never are. Go thy way!" n. The wolf, thus repulsed, came to a second shepherd. "Thou knowest, shepherd," said he, addressing him, "that I could kill many sheep of thine during the year. Hut if thou wilt give me six sheep every year I will be satisfied. Then thou canst safely sleep and dismiss hy dogs with out hesitation." "Six sheep." replied the shepherd. "Why, that's a whole llock!" "Well, since it is, then, I will content myseifwith live," said the wolf. "Thou art joking five sheep! I scarcely sacrifice more than five sheep yearly to Pan." "Nor for?" asked the wolf, by my watchfulness." 11!. Three is a lucky number thought the wolf, and came to a third shepherd. "It touches me very deeply," he sa'd, "that I am decried among you shep herds as the most cruel and the most unconscientious creature. I will now show thee what wrong is done me. (live me one sheep a year and thy flock may pasture free and unharmed in that for est, which no one but myself makes in secure. One sheep! What a trifle! Could I act more generously, more un selfishly? Thou art laughing, shepherd, What art thou laughing about? "Oh about nettling. But how old art thou, good friend?" said the shepherd. "What concern is my age to thee? I am always old enough to kill thy choic est lambs." "Don't get angry old growler. I am sorry that thou eomest a few years too late with thy proposition. Thy worn out teeth betray the* Thou art playing the part of an unselfish tellow so as to be supported more comfortably and with less danger.'' IV. The wolf was out of humor, but calmed down and went on to the fourth shepherd, whose faithful dog had just died, and the wolf profited bv the cir cumstance. "Shepherd," said he, "I have falllen out with my brethren in the forest so badly indeed that I sh.dl never be rec onciled with them. Tnou knowest bow much thou hast to fear them! If thou wilt take me into thy service in place of thy dead dog, I will guarantee that they n°t even squint at thy sheep." Ihen thou wilt," replied the shep herd, protect them against thy brethren in the forest?" "01 course! What else nTre n°t a,T,if thu,t lHm (l'"te even Tfitli ""f f"11 T* means of reformation late or compulsory Tlte Necessity wortliv of tin friendship and of ail shepherds'." And how singular art thou?" eHt tt live fv fee on !i /'"I sheeP- my prasewor3J' lif,i- 1 o«- '^Pme, 19 not t!ult praiseworthy/ 1 ermit, therefore to in?juire-"nd W'Ul tliy Ho,'k an^ Spare thy words," said the shepherd Thou must not devour any sheep not even dead ones, if thou woiffi not gets°far^enouL'hetneiny" An animal that Ktts mr mk ugh to eat mv dead Hhi.*»n Wl'eni hu"Kry- t0 '"nside? ones as su:k count upon my friendship, hut ttof* VI. 1 n.ust now do my very best to acom phsh my purpose!" thought the wolf and came to the sixth shepherd. SheplH'rd how does my fur suit thee'" n°''\vvn" ""V1"' ''"iti'r oru!f'™'UI my "kin.,,'"J' 'leath a"d 1 will will thee Indeed, said the shepherd "TIi/m art as a,nni„K any ol SK,r aP„!?™- ,re w v^" Jh»» any old iniacr. No, thy skin would at last no ,t "»M ™woir his club and the wolffled^ rcacU°a ",?h' ^he Pitiless people'" criod tl,« it betUi'r (ar will not Mvo W"l,Br,!8t difficulty by nJi!oKith?Ti8e8t of them said- "We MM) ot AT HOII,H Often when 1 have country, on a suimjjgj. seen the farmer's wife ttie door engaged wit sleeves tucked tolir. perhaps uncombe-1, back in|the plainest in slipshod shoes, ai' same in which she i morning, with perha and usually not over if one should enter, w *•". found in excellent ,r, floors, and chairs set wall, as if arranged f.,r a not a thing out of board or store-room «./ whitest of bread, pie and cake, the fr. of butter, and many materials for which ly provides, and housewife lias learnedTV Nothing has she been to her house but on her most important, ctr:^ necessary, thing in it S: a thought. She is too via£ labor, and there is a ,.-, mending waiting to 1^ perfect self-abnegation further and the shepherd shooK his head scorn fully. "Three? Two?" "Not a single one!" was the final re ply. "For it would be foolish, indeed, for me to put myself under tribute to an enemy from whom I can protect myself could I mean." "That wouldn't be bad. Rut if I took thee into my flocks, tell me, who would then protect my poor sheep against thee. To take a thief in'o our houses order to make us safe against thieves outside the house, we men consider 1 hear enough," said the wolf, "thou beginest to moralize. Fare thee well!" 80 old!" said the wolf foH "S "iint 1 *nust, un- fortunatelv, adapt myself to the times." And then h° came to the fifth shepherd. aski.uL i'llir ow me' thelhlX1,,!'"0" thy klnd'" "My kind? I doubt it greatly of tbv"f lr i ', her task till the evening md the preparation for SUM* jonsequent duties closesti" weary bod^ and mind. AU*' pass—one i .'jsr another-^, their sameness, until her saj rowed down to this small daily cares, and the thought ing up," to go from home, company be 'omes almost habits have become so Sxed has never considered, that a ntes spent in bathing face, neck, combing the hair in a becoming manner, andp dress with the additionofa muslin neck-tie, will not oni? derfullv to her sell respect/ bring rest to her weary boc? No matter if the dress* print, if it be clean aud fresh, nier wear, this is usually me' rial, as the evening chores sarily be done, and with thea a big apron, one is ready for Prints are so prettv and there can be no excuse'for having one on hand. And present mode of dressing the pretty and yet so simple,and there is 110 need of being set the morning without a clean or kerchief. No frills-no but simply a piece ol Indian less cosily one cut squire an put on corner wise, and tuck dress in front, or if one prefr a few inches wide andotaai. simply hemmed and a lew the ends put on for a tie. Font articles art? all that is neces are thrown into the week! ironed without starch. Cost made with elaborate care,ar necessary to personal ner wife and mother cannot about her house, with a tc dress, neither for the exaa brings, nor her own peri* speet. There are few husb ferent to the appearance an wife, as not to feel a ^lowof when on coming to the hoi labor he finds her neatly 1 with a smiling face—instead ternly being which is point' Indeed, I think the "mal Samantha Allen would say, fastidious in this respect. In his younger days wished to l)e dressed hiirw gree of care and taste, but tion of the girl he loves is j tied by the care which sbe 1 her personal appearance, ai lif •, she becomes course an oblivious to the re lining which taste and culture brii say in how large a niauc sponsible? The wise moo ters will insist that each aft see them not only neatf tastefully dressed, so that K. expected callers, there 1 flurry, nor loss of sell-r^P'1 begun in early life will cro* which in time will betoaiei when she becomes a wife she will no more think 0 than the necessary ones* sleeping. The Vain'* ol Silent There are times, even ii^ regulated families, tliatsile derful peace-maker. Incc- of mind and body ne mav to frenzy by words and su^ in other moods would liav«* feet. When one is hungry sleepy, or sick, he cannot l"' views that he does when f" and vigorous in health' a k e u e a o w e n e state of things in hiniseli^-'.j. around him, and restrain govern his tones, control he may avert a deal of ,rOI'_iri puisive word is somctiniesaM der. Weurecareful tokecj powder made of saltpetre should we not be equally o vent social and domestic" Some people are so eoiwj certain moods they will things simply becau^ejtlie) the combustible stutl abou with the cool water of Sllen take fire, and great darna^' vented. It is men- cruelty t'' tage of a fretful child and |f'r.,? vate and torment him, And yet some lamina it. species of amusement. isaid words are best left uns»-.. we drop caustic remarks burn and rankle and cor hearts they touch? h^ turn railing for ruiJinii we meet petulance with n '. us never forget that a so'1 away wrath. Frank Spicep aged l''irty'!^reJ- erd, has mysteriously ns»Fr