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Bar taaibiaa, bar ibawna! W.leon tka mtrrj ehim H.ard ia bar bawan! Bail bar witk kaaaiia( kraw. Witk aporu aad with abaar! Crawa bn witb fariawda saw. Qaaaa af tba yaar! THE MUTE DOCTOR; OR. TIE Mil WITH MAST NAMES. A TALE OP PASSI05. BT KM. X. I IWICTSER. CHAPTER L THt QCACK AND THE ITAUAV. For many months small and some what obicare office in the western part of Boston had remained nnocenpied. Ear ly one cloudless winter's mora ia 1832, iu doors and window shatters were thrown open, an l a little bastle in and about it, showed that it was again to be no longer vacant It was opened by two men ; one of them, evidently stran ger, snrreying the premises with an air of utiifaction. He wrote a few words upon a slip of paper, received a' key in rs nm, and both left the office, though by different routes. One of the men immediately retained, and was accompanjed by a few articles of furniture and a carpenter carrying some helves, which were nailed np in proper order, and opon them were soon arrange 1 boxes and vials of various descriptions. Some printed bills were now pasted to the walls in conspicuous places, a stove, which had evidently been left by the latt occupant of the room, was set up, fire kindled in it, and a table and three thairs sst in the centre of the room. The office, being pretty large, was di ided into two apartments by a heavy gwi eurtain suspended from the ceiling o the floor, thns leaving ample space for lodging-room. In this recess was placed a bed and och other articles as rendered it a com fortable dressing and sleeping room for a pnt'eman. Over the door was then suspended a Oodest sign bearing the following inscrip " Ann Boyd, M. D. Pbtsioiah & Apothicakt. ADYiq GlATIS." These arrangements being completed, the new ocenpant of the shop drew a chair near the stove and sat npon it. He was tall, rather elegantly formed, ami abont thirty years of age. His counte nance, when mingling with strangers, wore a bland and courteous expression. Jot when alone, as at present, this gave place to one cold, sinister and intriguing, hat far more aettrral. . Throwing a rirf a.t ' glance aronnd his shop, ha mattered to hmwlf. at the samejtime examining the lender contents nf a mlLamr nun, iis will answer the purpose finely, if it -rsi. ana l gaees it will." He then withdrew to tha tnnM rAAm An1 TtVinnt, wtidionsly nice and faahionable auit of cloth, with a satin west and highly polished boots.' He also wore an ex Vmlw finished gold chain, and in his pocket earried a small porcelain 'ate to whipti .ti.kl . rAA " n ajwaj ajaa,aUW .a SWIV U . we evidence of his being deaf and ."'ing surveyed himself with an air "entire satisfaction, tin ttimw trrarofnllr 5? bis person a circular cloak of the fashion, the richest material and pT'7 laced with velvet. Then careful 'J nruihintr a aTll. V. V. :. nn p nis head, and after eitinguiahing the P nd closing the door and . ahntters, -yKiiy left the shop. .1 lB ' fe streeU from the one In which Jffiee was sitcated. some eight or ten J0.0? gathered around a neat and nu,Wy furnished tea-Uble. Everr and . J v d wetItn- Kod breelinK a 4 ngh degree of sincere and social Select -Salt..;.' politeness. Two places were still ' unoc cupied, and Sirs. Ellerton, the hostess. was evidently awaiting -tbv arrival of some persons to appropriate them, and meanwhile chatted with her boarders in a light, merry woiee, and with a sweet, careless smile, which spoke of an unruf fled ionrnev thns far t brooch life. She possessed that peculiarly happy temperament wnicn cast -a lignt Uie re flection of its own joyousness on all within its sphere, and those who had once found a home in her hospitable mansion seldom wished to change it for any other. ; They received but few boar ders, never exceeding twelve, mostly gen ... .... .. iiemen wiin tneir wives; mere were, however, some exceptions. at tne sue 01 Airs. E Hereon and ex actly opposite one of the vacant seats, sat a young friend of hers. Scarcely sew en teen summers had graced her brow, and their departure and return had brought to ber heart no sorrow save the parting from her dearly loved parents, who had left her some twelve months previous npon a tbree years' tour tbrongb Europe and Asia, and in this separation even suffered little, because, beside her, ever beamed the bright, soul-inspiring smiles of JIrs Ellerton. She was a timid, sensitive creature, hardly daring, even with the encour.ige roent of gentle words and among faithful friends, to otter the thoughts which lay uppermost in ber bosom, but there ex is ted in ber soul a capability of strong and fervent love, and a never-failing fountain of sympathy. All loved the shrinking snd trusting Ualeen, and polluted indeed mnst have been the heart that could have deceived her even in trifles. She was utterly ignorant of the world, save the sphere of love and confidence in which she had always mixed, and dreamed not that there could be an outward profes sion with no. inner corresponding prin ciple. Mrs. Lllerton had jnst placed the tips of ber rosy fingers on the delicate shoul der of Maleen, and whispered that in her ear which sent bright roses to ber cheeks, when Air. Ellerton threw open the parlor door and allowed to pass in before him a graceful and elegantly dreys ed stranger. "We have kept yon waiting, my love," aaid Mr. Ellerton, in an apologising tone to his lady, and ofTeriog the stranger one of the vacant chairs, seated himself in the other. Mr. E was the very counterpart of his wife. Always merry, light-hearted and successful, he had never experi enced a trouble in life, save when bis beantifnl bride had roguishly referred him to her father, instead of giving him the affirmative which was to seal bis des tiny, snd had thereby cansed him a sus pense of some hoars. He looked on his smiling family lor smiles as well as clouds are contagious and assured them that he should be de lighted to introduce to their acquaintance the dutiognshed stranger who eat by his side, and who. by his own account, was a practical and skillful Physician, but as he eonld neither speak nor hear, it was then quite impossible ; after tea he would endeavor to do ao. ' The stranger's face was clothed in the sweetest smiles, and as Maleen once rais ed her eyes to his, she was struck with their mild and benevolent expression, mingled with jnst that quantity of sub dued sadness which showed that he did moarn. though he atrove not to do so, the sad affliction to which he was doomed. "How sad it must be." though she. "new er to listen to the sweet silvery voices of our friends, never to communicate in words, our love for them I Oh ! that I could comfort him." "Does he remain long with us ?" whispered she, ' to Mrs. Lllerton. ' "For the present," & replied, "nnd I trust we shall make him happy." Upon the removal of the tea things. cards, games, boons ana wora were brought forward for the evening's enter tainment, and Dr. Boyd, as the stranger atyled himself, was kindly invited by signs to remain and participate in their amusements, tie consented 10 u . and soon won sll hearts by the unrestrain ed cnrdiality of hia manner, and -by the ahort, social inquiries and sentences ne wrote npon the slate in a tair, beaatirai, but manly hand. Each one was eager to make the first eveniag pass pleasantly 10 him, and in so doing, gathered live wealth of happiness to his own heart. - v One nncontrenial spirit bad crept , into this fairy circle. In a distant part of the room, npon a low ottoman ana neariy buried in folds of a heavy window curtain. sat a lad 7 of some twenty .three or four years of age. . A shaded lamp stood near. and in her hand was an open book, from which she was apparently reading. Whether aha waa snSetrioe from her full svmnathv with the scenes and inci dents of the story, or from some hidden cause, does not appear, bnt frequent tears bedewed her pale face, and a cold moixt- ure sat npon her4row, as she turned the leaves with a restless and impatient move ment. It might have been her haste to reach a climax in the story, or it might have been from soma other canse, that these efforts were produced we ara not enlightened upon this mysterious ' point. At last tha book slid slowly to the carpet; closing her eyes and folding her .hands, she leaned back against the wall.' and in to doing caused the curtain to fall more closely about her, and ebe was tbas se cured from observation. . This lady was uncommonly beantifnl ; and yet, one would soon forget the per fect regularity of ber features, the soft pearly complexion, th rich glossy ring WHITE CLOUD, KANSAS, THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 1860. lets that reposed on 1 either cheek, and gaze spell-bound into her large liquid eyes, till be 1 became for a moment be wildered at the depth of feeling and pas sion there revealed. She made no at tempt to join in the mirth which filled the room with fresh unbidden music, bnt absorbed in her own thoughts, quietly re posed among the folds of the window cur tain, till her husband, upon the breaking np of tne gay part, said, "Lome, Bella, it ts nearly twelve, shall we not retire ?" "As yon will," she replied indifferent ly. rising and unconsciously displaying i tall, finely rounded and exquisitely de veloped figure. Her husband, either careless of her manner to him or from having become habituated to it, took no notice ber cold ness, but raising the book which had fal len at her feet, said smiling: "Doubtless yon have been wandering in some en chanting world of your own this even ing ; I am now happy to congratalate yon opon yonr arrival in this more hum ble planet, in which our little Ini has been sometime awake, and expecting your us a al nightly visit to her." At this allusion to her child, a slight degree of animation appeared npon the marble-like features of Mrs. Oast one, and she replied hastily : "(Jertainly, 1 will go to her." Passing through several long entries both before snd after ascending a flight of stairs, the lady at last cautiously open ed the door of a small bed-room, ia which as well as in the entires, there was a de lightful summer heat. Two childran'a cribs stood in the apartment, in which were reposing a boy and girl. My sweet little Ini," said Mrs: Gas- tone, going to the first and folding in ber arms with all the warmth of devoted ma terial tenderness, a lovely child of three years. The little girl seemed accustomed to these nocturnal caresses, and put h?r arms around her mother's neck, laying her little fat cheek to ber face coaxingly and with sweet infantile grace. She held the child to her bosom till a quiet slum ber stole over her ; then laying her in the crib beneath the snow-white spread, ahe pressed her lips to the forehead of the sleeping boy and passed to an inner and still smaller room. Here everything was comfortable and convenient. A middle aged woman sat oj the table still sewing industriously. "You are late to-night, Catharine, said Mrs. Gastone to her. "Yes ma'am." replied the woman, without raising her eyes from her work, I have an opportunity to send this dress to my daughter to-morrow, and it is therefore necessary that I finish it to night." "Your daughter 1" said Mrs. G. in a tone of surprise, "pray where docs she live?" "At a considerable distance, from the city, in the village of L -," replied Catharine, the nnbidden tears starting to her eyes. "I should like yon to tell ma your sto ry some time, bat for the present send her this with the dress," and the lady drew a bill from her purse and laid it npon the table. Tears of gratitude fast flowing down her cheeks, almost choked the expressions of thankfulness she wished to utter. - See well to the children, for it is in tensely cold," said Mrs. Gastone, as she re-entered their room, and opening a door to her dressing closet, passed thenee to their sleeping apartment. . Her husband was engaged with a newspaper, but throwing it aside on her entrance, inquired how she liked the stranger. "He is very handsome and very unfor tunate," she replied, in a less indifferent tone than that in which she had before ad dressed him. "Yes." continued the gentleman, in a merry voice, "he will get the sympathies of all yon ladies, without a doubt. It is said that he is a bachelor, and rich; mere a no one here to be - conquered by his many attractions, excepting our little Ma leen. and she is too timid for a speechless honband." Tha lady at this moment bent careless ly over her dressing table, bat whether to recover some lost article, or to conceal the rich and nnnsual glow which illumed her cheek, was best known to herself. The husband did not heed it, bat indalg- ino: in a little more innocent bumor at the expense of the handsome mate physician, na retired to row Mrs. Gastone returned to ber dressing room, and having locked tba door and closely drawn the curtains, she drew from h hoaom a small ana aeucarciy seaieu .nia Pressing it many times to her lips," she at length broke the rose-colored agjt and pajruiw. w iwwwwn " - - What bliss to bask again in tba glo ry of your presence. Be natural, serene, cautions and pauent, anu we uiau auuu avmnlieh aur object, By some meana. grant ma soon an interview. - Despair not, my beantious angeL 1 Takin? a key from a delicate hair chain which aha always wore - about ber n-V. aba ooened a beautiful pearl casket. and depositing the note with a number of Others of the ssme sue ana appearance, .runy re-locked it, 'threw tha chain ower ber head, stood a moment before the mfrror. and then retired. - r ' ., "Ha is here, and yet I am not' wholly happy." sighed she. as bar beautiful face pressed tha downy pillow. Bella R. was the only child of Count R. and his charming bride, who, during one of tha many political changes in It aly their native - country were forced to flea to America, and never left tha land of their adoption. It was during tha first year of their sojourn here that Bella was barn, and sbe early evince the warm passsionata temperament of ber own land She was an idolized, and consequently a spoiled child. From infancy, intellect. feeling and passion had reigned by tarns, wun no nrmnees to balance ibem, no strong in-dwelling principles to preserve her from error." i" - Whatever rafted her present desire was right, and to reason with her, was like attempting to combat tha prejudices of insanity. bhe loved and hated with eqnal intensity. There could never be a fault in the being on whom her affections were placed, nor a virtue, one whom she detested. At twelve years of age shs was left, by the decease of both parents, to the care of Mr. Dnmont, a wealthy gentleman, 'who had passed many years in Italy, and who was also an intimate friend of Mr. Gas tone. , In a fit of extravagant and passionste love, she had married the latter gentle man, and of course greatly astonished her husband, by appearing to him, i few days after, perfectly cold ni unsp proachable. ' Scarcely five years had, passed since their msrrisge, and so much had these fits of coldness snd neglect increased, that she now seldom sacrificed ber own selfish feelings in the least to gratify him, but lived within and regarded herself as a be ing of superior mould, from whom the -Ordinary courtesies of life were not to be expected. Sbe balanced her many faults by two redeeming qualities; a strong and fervent affection for her children, and an unbounded benevolence, so far as the giv ing of property wss concerned, seldom did any one reveal their sufferings toiler, without receiving ample, often extrava gant assistance. Bnt she knew nothing of the true value of money, and ber bus- band never reproached her. Adrian Gastone was the exact oppo site of his wife. Thongh possessing a quirk, flashing spirit, as revealed by his small, sparkling, restless dark eye, he was a man of untarnished honor, unyiel ding principles, untiring devotion to busi ness, deeply and steadily interested in all political movements and public im provements, and above all, an unvarying ly kind and affectionate husband - and father. The immense changes ia bis wife. which for a long time puziled him, had produced some sorrow in his heart : but finding that they were a part of her or ganization, he philosophically concluded to trouble himself as little as possible about them. When she loved him. he was ready to receive her with open arms ; when she hated him, he was still atten tive to her wishes, and kind even to affec tion. He little dreamed the depth of mis ery to which she was reducing him but we will not anticipate. CHAPTER II. THE Win AJfD THE BETKOTHCO. Upon one of the smaller lakes in the wetern part of New York, reposed a vil lage which sent up its tall spires to Heav en, and cherished in its bosom itie nsuai quantity of love and hatred, bastle and quiet, order and disorder, dignified intel ligence and scsndalaas gossip, prosper ous wealth and heart consuming poverty. In a corner of this village, and beneath the spreading branches of an aged elm. stood a cottage which bora the traces of having been used for several generations. One part was in rains, the other having been patched by pieces of board and shin gles. Panes of glass were here and there wanting, whose places were supplied with cloth and paper. ... Vithin tbe single room every thing bore the msrks of tbe most untiring neat ness and industry. The old uneven floor was without a stain, tba walla were cov ered with scraps of all kinds of paper pasted on, tbe low bed in one comer was perfectly clean, and a beautiful velvet rose which bloomed in a broken pitcher upon tha decayed window-sill, betokened re finement and love of beauty, even in a poverty-striken dwelling. . A woman, who had not yet passed her thirtieth year, bnt whose pale, thin face and attenuated form gave tba impression of greater age, sat by tha window catch ing the last rays of tba departing sun to complete the garments, she held in - her hands. Her countenance was mild, ami able and benevolent, mingling with which were courage, hope and firmness. Some great and crushing sorrow was evidently wearing away her Hie. tnougn ai present there was a slight smile of exaltation and triumph playing about a mouth whick had once been oaaaiuui. as sne held np and examined the completed dress. ' . . This lady was Mrs. Lawrence, tha. de serted wife of the handsome man who, as Dr. Amai Boyd was at present die playing his peculiar charms io the board ing establishment ol aire, fciienon, ana was already the received " lover .of Mrs. (aatnrwt. 'Ar. La-renea was tha only, Child ol an excellent man who, in. bis forty -fifth wr. married a aweet yonng girl and was. the following year, a happyYathor, though tba aame event bad iert mm wt tu and mourning husband-. The yonng mother survived the birth of b; I,Voe on ly a few hours. Tue old gentleman nev er again ventured into matrimonial spec ulations, bnt gave hia thonghU to tnch as in due time injide him. very wealthy man. Tha gentle. Mary- gre beneath her father's fostering hand; lovely Sow er which needed but the snnsliine of affec tion io which to bloom. Boo moat have been the pure, good being that she was, or his idolatry would have spoiled her. If ahe had a fault, it was trusting too con fidingly in others ; this, however, was corrected by an after and bitter experience. In her sixteenth year there rame to re side in the village a young merchant of pleasing,. affable manners, whose whole appearance was so prepossessing that Mary's father frequently invited him to hia-bonsai. --and at length 'perceived an attachment betweeen him and his daugh ter. - He was not displeased, for he felt that his own life would soon draw to a close, aad wished not to leave without a protector. A few months saw Mary a blushing bride and Augustine Lawrence a well satisfied husband, though be knew not the value of the precious gem be bad won. The father, who'conld not be parted from his child, gave up to them bis large house the handsomest in the village reserving some rooms for himself, snd be came a member of their family. For a time all went on well. At the close of the first year Mary clasped to her bosom, where were kindled all the new delights of maternal love, a noble boy, upon whom his father looked with apparent pride. At the period of tlreir anion, Mr. Law rence had persuaded his father-in-law to become a silent partner in bis business. thereby enabling him to extend it much oeyond its present limits. 1 he old gen tlemsn, with the almost confidence in his son-in-law, consented, declaring that as they were his only heirs.it was of little consequence to him whether they under took the management of bis property then or a lew months or years hence, lie lib erally invested all, and a splendid busi ness was the consequence. At length alary began to perceive a change in her husband ; he was often ab rupt, even imperious to ber. and com pelled her to wait for his return till long past midnight. The gentle girl who had ever breathed the atmosphere of pure love, was deeply wounded, bnt with a forgiving heart, never upbraiding him with her sorrow, and above all never re vealed it to her father. She bora all in silence. Daring the third year of their marri age a little girl was born. Tbia event seemed to recall the wandering affections ofher hnsbsnd, and he became as atten live as in their days of courtship. The eyes of the aged father, too, dwelt with peculiar delight upon him, believing him to be the source of so much joy to his Mary. It was in the spring of the yesr. The little girl was nearly six months old. The early season as yet made the business of Mr. Lawrence so small that he sent his clerk home for a visit of two weeks, and declared his intention of shutting his shop till after his return from the city with fresh goods, whither he intended going in two or three days. Meanwhile he stated that he was occupied in taking the inven tory of his goods, and should be at home but verry little for a few nights. After collecting every debt which he possibly could, he stated to the old gen tleman that he was still in the want of five hundred dollars. A pretty cottage was immediately sold, and be received the necessary funds. Taking an affectionate leave ol all, be departed, promising to return in a fort night at most. Weeks, months passed away, and he came not. The creditors from &ew lork at length a .a V. .t camo on, and by. tne bins wnicn iney presented, it was evident that Lawrence had not expended tbe money received m purchasing goorfs ; every thing was un paid for. The debts were enormous, and the already exasperated creditors would hear of no delay. .The store was forced . . . . .... open, and notning remained in it nni some of the cheapest and most clumsy articles. It was then evident that so far from intending to return, Lawrence had made bis final departure, and taken every thing valuable with hiin. .The whole re sponsibility rested upon the old gentle man, who give np everything, r In two weeks tire broken hearted wile saw him quietly laid to rest ' where no sorrow could reach him, and she rejoiced that the good man was spared a sight of the misery which she knew mnst be hers." :' . - '' ClasoiDff her babes to ber bosom, the desolate mother left the home ofher child hood and removed, to the old cottage we have described. Lon? years of desertion and severe la bor and deprivation, had hot ia the least changed ber love for Augustine Lawrence, but through all aueAad been anaiainea oy the solitary hope of once mora seeing bim. Since ber children had required leas per sonal attention, she had every year saved a few dollars, which, when they amount ed to fifty, ahe resolved should serve a the means of taking ber to New York. where aha fondly hoped to meet him. On tbe night to w hich we . have allu ded, she was GnUhing a plain stuff dress for herself, and the consciousness that the money ao long labored for, was now ber. and that everything was at last in readi- ca Cr tK caused a smile of rriomph at the recollection of so many ffimhifti overcome. . It was Saturday night, and early Monday morning they iv. dart fur the city. Meanwhile the door opened, awl two .kiUrm mtired bearing between them basket of sticks and brash procured from V. ..Tr.hnrinir woods. Sero!. the el- a.. ..a. a bard., haadsoitve boy. with Mmnlnion. hair and eyes...wbosa haegbty. restless spirit nothing, could re strain bat Lis great love and veneration for his mother. Hetty, the younger, was the pet of each. Small, delicately formed, with mild blue eyes and flaxen curls, she seemed to have nothing in common with tha sphere iu which she lived, excepting a patient, un complaining spirit.. After giving her children their supper, she stated to them her plans for the future and then sent them to ret. Taking from an old chest of drawers. a small and beautifully finished work-box her husband's first gift she drew from it a miniature, upon which she gazed long and fixedly, tears ot bitter anguish rolling j pair. At twenty, while for want of mora down her 6ickly face. With clasped j genteel employment, I stool behind tha hands and eyes upraised to heaven, she counter of an infernal country village, a exclaimed : j silly girl fe!I desperately in lova with me, "Permit me, O, my God ! once more! snd seeing a good dunce for sbme mon to behold his face, and surely, he will yet jey, of which I was sadly in want, I con return to the wife in whose bosom his, tinted to every thing. I came very near image nas ever oeeu cuerisnea ; io iuei children, who, through long years of ab sence, have been taught to respect and honor him ;" then taking from the box some old notes written in an exceedingly fair band, and a single curl of glossy black hair, she slowly read the former as if for the the first time, and pressing each to her lips, replaced all and retnrned the box to its deposite. Little dreamed the excellent and forgiving woman of the black perfidy of him who had thus for gotten every sense of honor and reduced her to toil and suffering, and to whom her wealth afforded a means of display in tbe fashionable world at the gaming Monday morning they took their final leave of the old cottage, which sud denly seemed to them a bright, happy spot, and pursued their journey to the city, where we will leave them and return for a time to our friends in Boston. Upon the same Saturday evening in which Mrs. Lawrence wept over the min iature ofher husband and made prepara tions for her departure to the city, Mrs. Gastone sat in ber children's nursery, though at a somewhat later hour, and lis tened to Catharine's story. "Were you ever married ?" she asked, in a sympathizing voice. Catharine blushed a deep crimson, bnt replied honestly, "I waa not, and yet I expected to be. If yon have patience to listen to me, I will tell you all, and prob ably yon will not blame me so much. My parents were honest and industrious. I am the youngest of a large family, whom they educated with much care, and it baa nearly broken my heart that I should so have sinned against their instructions, i was called pretty when yonng, and at traded the notice of a young gentleman who came into the village as head clerk. He soon won my heart, and with tha con sent of my parents we were engaged to be married. My father had given me three hundred dollars with which to fur nish a house, and I had trusted it to him. The wedding day approachediinds were invited, but itt came not, and from that lay I have never seen him, though I have never ceased to mourn for him." Your parents," asked Mrs. G. kindly, "how did they bear all this ?" Oh 1 ma'am, replied sbe. almost convulsively, "I cannot bear to think how my mother sank at once, and before my litte girl saw the light, we laid her in the - .. ..... grave ; my latner never smuea again. and in a few years rested his weary head beside her. I had broken their hearts 1" and the tender hearted woman wept at these sorrowful remembrances. 'And the child," continued the lady, when Catharine became composed. "She is now thirteen years of age. Seven years since, at tha death of my father, I was so lonely in our deserted house that I left her with an elder marri ed sister, and came to the city to procure wotk. Every ttme I see ber she is more beautiful ; indeed it does not seem at all as if she belonged to me. If be could but look npon his child, with her regular features, her clear, dark complexion and gloasy black ringlets, he mnst cer tainly acknowledge and love tha image nf himself; the hair, in particular, is so like his own, and ahe drew from ber bo som a gold locket in which was enclosed single jet curl, adding, "be gave me this." A very slight tinge waa percepti ble opon Mrs. Gastone's pale cheeks aa Catharine uttered these last words and placed before her the lover's keepsake, but whatever emotions were agitating her, aire carefully concealed, and after a few mora remarks passed with apparent tranquillity to her own room. Upon reaching it she sat for a long time quite still, and buried in deep and bitter thoughts. A dark suspicion crossed ber mma. and though aba succeeded in. banishing it in some measure as an impossibility, it waa nevertheles true. The lover of Catharine and Dr. Boyd were one and the same individual, though bearing dif Cerent appellations. To drop one aame and manufacture another, had always been a favorite habit with bim. - We will, during the same Saturday evening, visit the office of Dr. Boyd. He . ... i .. 1 I I l. 3 has closed nis snnuers, iockou ois uoor, replenished the fire, and substituted for a ..... - i frock-coat a tnicx areseing-gown, nu nowlonnffea in his easy chair, drawn behind the green curtain. "Thank Heaven. I am free once more." he ex claimed with ome energy, aa ha drew off pair of boots snd encased bis feet in vel vet slippers. Then sinking deeper into .she cushions af tha chair, lie continued in a muttering tone, as if glad to release his WHOLE NUMBER, 143.': ; tongue from its aelf-imposing silence t' ' "I will for my own edification, just take '. a retrospective view of my past. life v rather an interesting' affair by tbe way " and form my plana for tha future. A"'1 boyhood steeped " in poverty, disgusted'7 my fine sensibilities; and I swore to re-"" move the cur,-whether honestly or die- ! honestly mattered little to my purpose. -A fine-fignre, a handsome face set off by ' brilliant teeth, black, silky curls, a pro-' fusion of whiskers of the same bna and texture, and a 'piercing eye which I have bronglit perfectly under my control, cams j to my aid.' There waa na room for des- seining myself, bnt tbe bait was too small. lahaw! with what a paltry sum did I -clear from the village. The pretty girl ia by this time an old maid, and no doubt well satisfied as to my intentions. "Ami the pretty Mary whom I could ' get iu no way bnt a legal one. aad whose line property has saved me many grasp- . ings from the bng. sharp, bony ringers of the Police 1 I think she loved me, and ' I was often tempted to leave playing tha villain and become a good man for her sake. But in truth I am by nature an,', infernal rascal, aud if my brain ceased to , concoct some villainous deed. I should . sicken and die each one to his vocation! If I possess such a superlative attractions' that every lady's heart is at my com mand, it ia no fault of mioe. I only nso tbe powers given me, and I should be . much to blame if I did not reap soma' solid advantages from the fair creatures' . who so continually molest my path. ' ' "I dojnot steal from them no, I despise that I only take what they freely give. The magnificent Bella is mine already, , and her husband keeps an open purse. It will not be my fanlt or hers if my fingers are not in it some fine day, and then tba lady will be lost, bnt what do I care f -The little Maleen, too, whom to please Bella I am very quietly captivating, haa at least one charm. I hear she has jnst received a birth-day present of a thon. sand dollars from ber father. Hang me, if I don't cut a slice from that diab, : but : in all serresy it must be done. If Bella knows it, my reputation for wsalth will be destroyed. If she were awsy I would ' marry the child at once but it is useless,' iht would spoil all. A lucky fellow I,-, truly ! Other men dig through the world by the sweat of their brow I walk through quite easily by tha help of their parses, for which all thanks be rendered to my fair person and tha susceptible hearts of their wives snd daughters. Bat I forget" and he drew from his pocket, where it had been sadly crushed, a delicata note in a female band. After perusing it. be threw it into tbe fire and penned tha following : Ilow fresh and beautiful is a first love 1 Ob, thon divine idol of my ever lasting worship I Whst protestations of love, high as tbe heavens and lasting as.eternity, are worthy of thee, thou most lovely of all angels ? Words fail me adieu adieu." "This will serve me for the present : snch confounded nonsense always takes with the women;" aad with a yawn, such as his Satanic Majesty might very prop-, erly appropriate when weary of setting tha world by the ears, he decamped to hia sleeping room. (to bc cow-nvrEP.) '' Tax Attack oh Jobs Hicxm as. Tha Washington correspondent of tha Chica go Press and Tribune, says : . An investigation will be demanded,' I understand, to inquire into the assault made npon John Hickman, by Edmund" son of Virginia. Much indignation ex ists on the subject, which msy finally lead to the expulaion of the assailant. A more cowardly aet conld hardly beeomi mitted. hidmuadson ia a large, powerful fellow, in full health, as able bodied aad. as lis as sny man in the House. . Hick man, on the contrary, is' a slight built man, weak snd feeble, and hardly 'able to totter into bis seat ; - is afflicted with' bleeding of the Inogs, anl runs a strong chance of not living to tba end of hia term. , To strike such a man Is as cow ardly an act as to strike a woman. It was the same Edmundsnn who was pres ent with Kertt whew Brooks made hie murderous assault opon Senator Samner. What waa the provocation T .' Hickman had said in reply to disunion threats and? vaporing, something sarcastic about thO fright into which Virginia : had batik thrown by Old Brown with hi 21 mas; and by the panic cansed by. a cow after his capture. Waa this not the ' truth f Did not Wie pnbliciy upbraid the Yir ginians for behaving Ilka a flock of sheep? Did not Old Browav wounded and gory ia his own Llood, causa a panic and a tremor tbronghant tbe whole. State? Were not thonand of armed men' employed! to bold him a prisoner while ha was-tried1 by lynch law, and did it not Lais aa ar my to execute bim ? ' The immortal Lester, C. Edwards Les ter, is in the field agaia. He is publish ing a paper called tba " Conservative," tbe object of which is tq get np a third party, and thns let the Locofocos have another four years tug at tha Treasury. Bollimort Patriot. - ' .U President Fillmore, it is said, earnestly advises a nnion of the whole Oppnaition, ia order to defeat tha Democracy.' . : ' I !'