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Lika tka kffct anapuf af Ik fala Aa4 raaiiat aa mm mihn Mat Tka aatrit af a kaM kaaa. In fni a ana ui fairaat arafat ' Tkat aaiatafaity arifkt ka T. lit ia Hnni, lik Man at aikt, Aaa trod a liria aatk aflijkt. kkt Calf. THE MUTE DOCTOR; OK, TIE Mil WITH MAM RIMES. A TALE OF PASSIO.T. IT MB!. M. I SWCITIKB. (COSTISCED.) CHAPTER XVII. TRX DKMAiKGD VtlXAIV. Ko one eta have forgotten the beautiful Milceo, who fell victim to the arte ol tbt pretended Doctor, while playing the mate in Buntoa. The father returned ira dtdittely after receiving notice of the dan- geroai illnea of hie chihL But be came alou. Upon compairing date, it was foond thu his wife died onlj three day prarioaj to the decease of faia idolieeJ diagbUr. Mr Dumont wept beside the grave of hit only child a broken-hearted, man. H learned from Mrs. Ellerton the par. ticulan of her death and all she knew of the lobaeqnent history of her destroyer. Tliii wat sufficient to reveal hit character, tod he secretly vowed to seek oat with out delay, the Dead who had wrought des olation in so many hornet, and punith him in tome measure for bit evil deeds. It wtt daring the week following the Uck on the atone building, that, late one ertning, as Gaatone, juat returned from hi ever fruitiest search, tat in - hie ww desolate parlor a crushed and for. rowing man, Anthony ushered in a tall J powerful ttranger. It wat tome mo "watt ere he recogniied through the eon. harnt complexion of hit visitor, the com Pnion of hit boyhood the steadfast 'ad of hit after life Earnest Dumont. Unlial and sincere greetings were ex "jed, though each perceived the bU which tat on the countenance of w other. Both were suffering from the wmc infernal villain, and with clasped Atadt they awore to part no more, till he d received vengeance from them. At this moment Bernard entered. An itttrodaction took place, and hit pretence "MMd to kvonse tomt long clambering "collect wot in the mind of Mr. DomonC tte, however laid nothing, lot listened wiu much interest to a. statement made 7 Bernard. The latter had ncceeded in fing their common enemy to the resi-. wncj of his wife, where be remained c dinnchofthetim. Bernard would tVB ntmrA . .. t """" anq aemanaea no I;twT?ew'Dl not caution snggested to ") that he wonld probably thoa destroy J'" on'j hope of meeting him. It therefore determined that all three toeelJ trA! . ik. i f r. - w kuw ucla(a oi aia wiiaj, in her of the proceedings with what -T-v.7 wiey conw, and if absent, await "wriTii. i ,,t-. . ... A lew aanmanfa C. .M. 1 "J hich, Mr. OattoM was enjoying the of , eoming revenge, Bernard was P'umng how best to execute it, and Da "forgetful of hit grief fixed his eyes J""1 upon the young man., JLt last, nod, somewhat brobptly . : a4 ' 'onr ' moLer't "Eletha Dnmon't."- replied h 4ihin rTP'T. and drawing from bis boata , '""ir of a lady whose features closely Wedbotli. . . i my omy stKLer i ' exclaim- "-au. Dnmout. "From the moment J entern.1 iK. ' v i . perfect resemblance to her. "Arc j,. .7- . uia ueau mounuuiiy. that fonr yerw"baJ aosd vjj be saw them laid side by side in a solita rv tomb.' .' . Brushing away a tear that gathered in Bin eye. Jir. uumobt remarked that bis sister married for love in ' early life, was disinherited by an aristocratic father, had become poor, concealed her residence from him who would gladly have been her friend, and Drobablv died frond frrlpf ami mortification ; for many years he had hot been able to reach her at all. Then warmly ginnplng his nephew's band; be saia, wn ue large tears rolled over bis man Iv face : "We are each alone in the world now; you have no parents I, no wife nor child. Let us cliog to each other. I have wealth beyond our utmoat wishes, and von shall be to me a son. Bernard knelt at the fret of his truly noble relative end receiv ea a latiier a uleesing. Mrs. Lawrence, whom we left in the quiet enjoyment of her comfortable cot tage, was for a time made happy by the re turn of her husband ; but nndiog that as hi health returned he grew careless of her, and waa always absent at night, her cuspiciouc wars somewhat aroused and she determined to watch him ; still there was no thought that he was criminal, much leas the enormity of his crimes. He contributed nothing to the support ol nis tamuy on lbs plea of using ail his available funds to establish himself in business, remarking that be was heartily glad to rind them so independent of nita. cut it was only by dint of severe and protracted labor and close economy on the part of this delicate and self-sacrificing woman, that they were able thus to live. She hang out a sign over her door, as cheap dress maker, and it brought her a constant supply of work. The day on which Mr. Gastone and hia frieuds were to repair to her house had been pre viously appointed by her for the fitting ol dresses tor Catharine and Emily. They bad already arrived at the shop of Mrs. Lawrence, it being no other than the front sitting room, and were undergoing the necesaary operations wholly uuconvious of the sceue that awaited them. A loud and kxeinptory knock was heard at the atreel Qoor. The occureuce was by uo means a strange one, but for some unaccouutuble raaaon Mis. L. be came very pale as be laid down her work ami proceeded to opeu It. "la your husbaud here, Madam T said Mr. i lune, addiug "I presume I am ad dressing the lady ot the house ?" Mrs. Lawience bowed absent, and re pliea : "My husband is only in at irregular intervals, but if you will walk in and sit in my humble apartment 1 doubt not you will tee him before long." - "Will the lady pardon me," said Mr. Dumont kindly and respectfully, "If I inquire by what name we may address her !" Mrs. Lawrence," she replied, her heart beating wildly at she knew not what dread anticipations. - "Fray, Madam, has your husband no other name V aked Bernard, with a sig ficant glance at bis companions. , Mrs. Lawrence stared at him in sur prise. . "I know of no reason." the replied, with a vain effort at calmness, "why be should appropriate aay other name than the one he gave me." "Because he is a villain, and desires to conceal his crime, exlciaimed Mr. Gas tone, approaching the lady fiercely, as though abe had been a partner ot his guilt. Uttering a slight scream she star ted back, and Dumout at the same mo ment laid his hand on Gaston's arm, saying : , - "(Ja'm yourself, my dear friend ; this lady is doubtless ignorant of . the enor mous crimes committed by her husband, and in no wise aa accomplice. Pardon him, madam, he baa suffered intensly by the man yon call husband, as I have also," and the blood mounted in two . bright spots upon his checka,and the p respiration stood in great drops upon his noble brow at this effort of self-control, while Mr. Gastone,- nearly consumed with impa tience, paced the small apartment with rapid and unequal steps, his strong pas sions Visible through the workings of his features; he was indeed frightfuL- . Da moat, on the contrary, stood with, arms folded, lips firmly compressed, his tall and powerful frame distended to the ut most snd upon, his countenance.: were mingled intense sorrow , and suffocating rage.; .... - .. -.: , . .. Mrs. Lawrence, overwhelmed with the startling news, respecting ; her husband, by which bet warst anticipations were more than actoalisad, had sunk pale and motionless into chair, a powerless vic tim of and of another's guilt. . -. ' v Bernard was beside the trembling Emi ly, endeavoring to persuade bar to return home, but aha only : clang the closer, to her mother, who sat quite still io nt corner of the room, sot knowing whether to stay or go.. ",; .-. : -.b - -.: , - At this moment Boyd was distinctly seen by all to pass a window, pa his way to the back entrance of the. house. . His appearance wa much disguised. - With Una . womanly .. instinct, . Mrs. Lawrence darted to he door to, prevent him from coming in, but quick aa . light ning, Bernard caught bar by the arv, and said in a hurried and fearful whisper : , ' , , ' W$ wuutmed ; you cannot delay our vengeance," and drew bar back, j .TV" movemeat was - so rapid - that it, was scarcely proeived. ' -Boyd entered hastily lik aa pcrsnH, as j wsj - two Of1 tbrsa THE WHITE CLOUD, KANSAS, THURSDAY, MAY 31, 1860. steps in the room before he perceived the persons it. contained. Instantly a smile oegan to spread itself over his counte nance ; it was suddenly checked by Gss tone s tight grasp opoa his throat, and the exclamation : ' -viuain, in wi. iiar, where nave you secreted my wife f Tell mc instantly, or yon die. - The blood was forced to the Doctor's face by the violence of the attack, and the first effort was to free himself. This however he would not have accomplish ed, had not Dumont released him, fear ful he would be strangled ere his time ar rived. Ihe women shrieked in terror, while the twcVmen seemed only bent on giving vent to the pent up rugeof months "You do not know mt, I suppose," said Dumont, meisnring him from head to foot with a glance of withering con teniDt ; "but doubtless you recollect the beautiful Maleen whom you crushed into an early grave ; you can remember that, villain ; also the money you rascally won from her forgiving generous heart. Tell me : do you renumber V "And my wife," again roared Gastone in his ears "Ibe being yon nave se duced and dishonored : who but for you, would now be the pride and joy of a hap py home, bpeslt, or 1 dasn out your brains on the instant. Boyd was nearly auffocajHrai with rage, when, by an effort at self control almost superhuman, which caused his tips and brow to become livid, Jt replied : "Gentlemen you seek and attack me in a most extraordinary manner ; let us retire from the presence of these ladies, and I will convince you that you are wholly mistaken in the individual. Ma ry, my love, do not be alarmed ; here is sums strange misunderstanding. I will soon prove myself quite innocent." " e have no time to listen to your smooth lies," exclaimed Gastone, mad dened by Boyd's apparent imperturba tion. "You Have robbed my house of its choicest ornament speak ! where ss she my wife ?" and again be seized him by the throat. Duuont once more re leased him. saying : "Control yountelf, my dear friend, 11 possible ; he shall not escape, but first permit him to reply to the various a ecu sations against him," and his owgiant frame trembled ai hs endeavored-quiet his angry emotions and speak with tol erable calmness to the guilty man who had male his home desolate. "I ask not for my beautiful one; the grave cannot restore its ocenpant; but where is the money your false story won from her ? Listen to this ;" and draw ing a letter from his pocket, the one ad dressed to Maleen, by Dr. Boyd, he read the part containing the history of uis pre tended love. "I am surprised." replied Dr. Boyd, in a tone of injured innocence, "that a stranger should give utterance to such un usual charges. Believe me, I am totally ignorant of yourself, your daughter her money, and especially of the latter which you seem to consider so important an ev idence against me. You address me as Dr. Boyd, which is very singular. My name is, and has ever been. Augustine Lawrence. Permit me now to relieve my self of your bands ; they are quite heavy, and I am not accustomed to this uncere monious treatment of my person. I should indeed be a villain, aa you are pleaded, though most unjustly, to style me, had I caused the death of your daugh ter. By the Powere above, I awear I know nothing of all this. You mistake my individuality." "My wife!" again demanded Mr. Gastone, with a fearful countenance and voice. "Your. wife!" repeated the immova ble man, "surely yon woald not do me the injustice, here in the presence of my own lovely Mary, to charge me with any claims upon your wife, or any knowledge of her. Come here, Mary, and assist me in asserting my innocence. If you are suffering from any indiscretion of your wife, I trust, sir, that I am not to be made responsible for her faults. I pray you. sir be satisfied and make your hold upon me less severe, or I shall forcibly remove myself, and I should much regret any thing like violence here," and be glanced at the corner where pale and terrified sat Catherine and her daughter. He evident ly recognized the former for the first time, for his cheek blanched and his lip qoiv red with internal agitation. He exhib ited no other sign of recognition. . Bernard, who had hitherto remained silent, new appeared before the guilty man.' ' ; i ' "Yao cannot fail- to recognise me your old companion whom whom you left to die af starvation. I escaped, it matters not how, and I stand hare to ac cuse yoa af the intention to murder me, and also of tbt) sbdaetioa of this young girl," and hs related in full tbo agree ment made by Boyd with him for se curing and delivering Emily to him. A close observer ' might have detected as growing pallor on Boyd's cheek as these particulars were detailed in a clear voice and with perfect - self-possession, and a Emily replied to Mr. Damont's appeal to her, "it ia all true, sir but the tame smile curled his lip and an unchangeable blandnets sat upon bis countenance. He replied: " V , . -. ' "Itseemea wild romance in which I am compelled to figure, and I ssure yon. gentlemen, I stsnd here wholly Ignorant nf tha obisct to ba attained, or the reason a)i T am made to bear a multitude of this. Lot this teens ba brought to a close. CONSTITUTION AND THE I am heartily sick of what is a disgrace to those who bear the name of gentlemen, and an insult to the persons and purity of these respectable ladies, and. he turned his eyes somewhat fiercely upn Csthe rine. ' ? "If is a pity this thought did not oc cur io you Dei ore, ; nastily rejoined mt. Gastone, permitting bis grief for a mo ment to become absorbed in the injuries of another. ' . wnu2 uci v catatoi iuo -aiauuiui and placing her directly in front of Boyd, continued, "Do you remember her. whom as Henry Mattoon. you found years since sn innocent and light-hearted maiden. and w bom, under a solemn promise of marriage, you seduced, robbed of her father's wedding gift, and then deserted ? Tell me, will your memory, so treacher ous in more recent affairs, extend back fifteen years ?" Catherine shrank not, but fixing her eye steadily upen him, and encircling bmily with ber arm, said with much em phasis : "This is your daughter, she whom you would have ruiued. Look upon her ; ev ery feature is your own ; that fair, full brow, those glossy ringlets, and soft.dark eyes all all your own ; but thank God! she has not the blsckness of her father's heart. You sent my mother to an un timely grave, made my father a maniac, and my own heart a desolate and wither ed thing ; and yet, 1, whom you have made an outcast from my own loved home a thing to be scorned and trodden upon I curse yon not. Ob, God I" ahe cried, raising her clasped hands to Heav en, "enable me to forgive bim, as I wish to be forgiven. A heart-rending groan burst from the lips of Mrs. Liwreace, end she sunk in to Emily's arms, who hastened to prevent her fall. When Catherine addressed Bovd. av ery expression of forbearance deserted hisXir leading into a lano. countenance, and rage, hatred, revenge and recklessness were depicted upon it. A low, hateful laugh burst from his lips, as he exclaimed : You take much pleasure in coming here to reveal your guilt ; doubtless it is a life to which you are well accustomed ; pity you had not brought your whole troop of children to impose them upon me. Out upon yon, vile creature that you are I an 1 he spurued her with his foot. These intuits to an already deeply in jured woman, removed all barriers ; the measure of his iniquity was full. YY ith strong and muscular hand, Dumont prostrated him upon the floor, and Ber nard at the ssiue moment gave him blow which drew the blood from his mouth and nose. Gss tons was strutting to free himself from the grasp of Mrs. Lawrence, who clung io him in wild terror, beseeching him in the most imploring accents to spare the life ot her husband, even though guilty. At last she fell exhausted, and pushing her into Catherine's arms he flew to the prostrate msn, and began dealing out such blows as would soon have ended his life. Boyd begged for mercy, ac knowledged his guilt, and offered to make such amends as were in his power. At last, after a most severe csstigation t'aey restrained themselves, and Gastone exclaimed, still holding him down : "On one condition only, shall you rise." "Release me," cried Boyd incoherently, nearly suffocated with the pressure upon him, "and I obey all nothing is too much. O, release me 1" "Swear to ns that you will conduct us at once to the residence of my wife;" and be raised him a little, that he might have power to reply. "I do swear by all my past sins, to take yon to her ; release me, or I shall die." "Spare him 1 . O, spare him 1" ex claimed Mrs. Lawrence, now revived; an 1 Emily, with little Hetty, knelt, to Mr. Dumont, to beg the life of their guilty parent. L They suffered him to rise, but did not for a moment relinquish their hold upon him. ' "Prepare yourself immediately to de part," said Mr. Gastone. "Mr. Dumont will accompany us, and Bernard will re main here.' "Bat," replied Boyd apparsntly sub doed, "when I csme in the Police were in active pursuit of me ; if we go out be fore dark they will take me from you, be fore I can show yoa the place of your wife's concealment. ' "Proceed to bath your face ; we will protect yoa till our purposes are accom plished," replied Dumont, watching his movements closely. ' Forcing a calmness far' enough from ber heart Mrs. Lawrence took the hand of bar guilty husband in her own and gent ly pressed it to her bosom; she could not speak. For a solitary second . ha acemed subdued by ber tonchiog and forgiving love ; then hastily palling a way his hand, be ssid angrily : , . "Take care of yourself ; yoa will never more ba troubled with nay preaence." j . With a piercing cry. sua . fell ia a deathly swoon, and k the . causa of all this misery proceeded into ' tha'! street guarded oa either aide. Daring tha walk which Boyd rendered long aad intricate, la the hope of finding an opportunity ta escape, ws will retain to Mrs. Gaatone as we left her upon the night of ber elopement.- ; ,J ' f ' ,' 'Chapter xvnr:f Tit DlSHOBOBXO AJT9 DESHTKD TICTI1L UNION. On the afternoon of the day following Mrs. G ketone's departure from ber hus band with Dr. Boyd, he invited her to walk and examine some rooms, which he had hired and furnished, adding that the handsome apartments where they hsd passed the night were lent him by a friend for the occasion, and they must now leave them. She immediately as sented to this proposal, and . having pre pared herself, they pursued their way in silence, with what thoughts the reader may well imagine. A long and tiresome walk brought them to a larre, old-fashioned, desolate and somewhat suspicious looking boil J iog. Mrs. Gastone expressed some sur prise as her lover paused here, but sup posing that he bad some errand, she with drew her arm t wait patiently till he should proceed. A stout, heavy knock at the door soon brought a man with a gray blouse and slouched hat, to whom Boyd nodded fa miliarly, and invited his lady to enter. "But I do not wish to stop here, she replied, drawing back with some dig nity. "Never mind, I want you to come iu a moment," he said, in atone which in duced her to conceal ber aversion aud follow him. Ascending a flight of half decayed steps, he threw open a door into a dreary and dilapidated apartment, the floor of which was rough and uneven and the walls bare and cold. A few chairs, one small table and an old stove comprised the furniture of the room. Upou the old door was a new lock. Turning a bright key to pre vent any egress, he silently crossed the floor anil revealed an inner closet, unfin ished and more rongh even than the first, in which stood a bed and washing apara- tus. This again led into a rude entry and fccayed staircase, recently repaired with rnzh boards, at the foot of which was a Havinir silently exhibited these to the elegant and fatidious Bella,- who stood petrified with astonishment,' he drew her into the first room, and closing the door, said, with a countenance iu which ti i nmph and cool revenge were equally min gled : "You have seen our present suite of apartments. You have often asserted that you were ready to brave even pover ty with me. There will be now au op portunity to test the truth of such asser tions. hen rou before conseuted to grace my abode with your proence, I had money and I willingly l.vished it upon you. Unmindful of all I sacrificed for yon, you deserted me. That night when I found that you were gone, I vow ed a deep and sure reveng9. I shall now have it. Your food will daily be brought to you. The loneliness of your situation need cause you no fear. A very particu lar friend of mine, who occupies the room beneath you, will protect yoa and also communicate to me every attempt to es cape. Yon will not, however, be likely to attempt this, for where would you go? Degraded, dishonored iu the eyes of tlio world, your fool of a husband will not again receive yon, aud by condescending to examine your purse, you will perceive that I have already availed1 myself of the mouey and jewels it contained. Tliee I shall most enconomically devote to your daily subsistence and my own pleas ure. I shall daily look in npon yon, to assure myself that you are iu the endu rance of all possible misery, aud thus, madam, I have my revenge. During this cruel speech Mrs. Gastone had sunk into a chair, overwhelmed with astonishment and terror, attempting no reply ; but when he turned and placed his hand upon the lock to go out, she caught his arm, aud eyes streaming with exclaimed : "Do not leave mo, W alter ; take me to my hnsband, my children. I will be their servant. It is not yet too late. I will be very patient. , Oh 1 surely you have not the heart to leave me alone in this desolate place," and a flood of scal ding tears coursed down her marble like face. ' ' - Compose yourself, madam. I have a heart for anything," he exclaimed, roughly shaking her off. "A pretty farce it would be trnly to cut short the re venge upon which I so much dote, and cast myself into your husband's claws. Xo no you mistake me wholly," and he laughed at her utter misery. "God grant you may some day plead for the mercy yon deny me," bitterly ex claimed the agonized woman, still cling ing to his knees. He rudely poshed ber awsy and departed. Long and bittterly wept the proud victim . of an ill-judged passion. - . - "I deserve all this,", she inormored, "but I cannot bear it ; my guilt is enor mous, I see it now, but that the punish ment should come from Jum is too much. I hate yes, I loathe him now," and as a sadden noise caused her to start and look around the desolate room, through the open crevices of which, the wind sighed mournfully , fresh tears burst from her. ' . From this burst of sorrow she was aroused by a loud knock npon the door. Three times it wss repeated ere she could summon courage to open it. : The same man who admitted them ; stood before it with hia. familiar sod sinister smile. Ha carried in one hand a small tea-tray. and without bowing or, asking permis sion, be rudely entered and flaced.it op en the table. . j. .' ."There, msdsm,' said lie, ia yonr food for twenty four hours." : Yonr. msn has given me orders, and l am to watch i TERMS j you day and night. It will be needless to try to do without me ; I shall make rryself quite nseful to you. But bow do you like this room ?" Mr. Gastone only stared at him with her large eyes dilated to the utmost, and as angry and insulted expression of coun tensnce. "Oh, well, ma'am, you needn't be pot oat; if you .don't choose to talk, it's all the same to me, only Victrine sid I should find you a very friendly aad so- ciable-Iike companion, which would be p easant as we are to live here alone ; but be mistook, that s all ; if you want me ma'am, just give three knocks upon the floor with this stick and I'll be with you id a minute. I am pail for it, you soe," and insolently Lidding her jjood night, left the room. "If yoa do not come till I call yoa, it will be lung before you enter agaiu," said the wretched woman to hers-lt, as after h s departure she looked about to ascer tain what were her mean of defence against the rudo . treatment which she u.uch feaied would be offered her. There was nothing but the lock upon the door aud the stick left her to pound with in case she wished for assistance. With tie latter she contrived to fasten the door of her sleeping closet so as to secure her self within the two rooms. Upon the waiter was a common niglit lamp, which she found did not contain sufficient oil to burn two hours. At this discovery she sat down in despair. As she anticipated, she was soon in total darkness, the uneasiness caused by wLdi was increased by the sound of rough ces in the room below ; these gradually swelled till they bec.imo bois'tg and unrestrained. Among them, she distinct ly recognized that of ber lover. Terrified beyond expression, she crouched upon her I'M without undressing, and as morning advanced and the sounds died away she Ml into an uneaty slumber. Day after day passed in this manner, during which Boyd frequently looked in to add insults to her misery. She had become pale as death and her eves seemed larger than ever, contrasted with the harshness aud sharpness which her fea tursa now assumed. She woald have ap pealed to the kindness of the man, with whom she lived, but whenever he appear el, the exceeding hideousuess of his conn tenance repelled her and rendered it im possible; she doubtless could have bribed him, but all uieuus of so doinir had been taken from her. Thus passed the time till Bernard ss certained that Boyd, having crept from one hidiug place to another was mostly secreted iu his wife cottuge. With the scenes which followed we ate already ac quainted. On the afternoon of that day, Mrs. Gastone, almost worn ont with grief, dis appointments, injures aud insults, aud despairing of any relief while Boyd was free to toiment her, which, for aught she could see, would be the case for a long time to come, resolved that that night should witness a termination of ber mis eries, if it brought no relief. The thought of self-destruction bad often occurred to her, and she had only been preserved from it by a secret hope of again seeing her children. This, for many days grew more and more faint, till she tound her self upon the verge of insanity ; clasping her lull 1 upon her bead and calling wildly upon her absent ones to suppli cate lor her release. She had born to the utmost, end hu man suffering nin.-t somewhere tin I its limit. Exhausted, she sauk upon the bed which for two days aud nights had been undisturbed. Suddenly the wretched suffer was aroused from the stupor into which she had fallen, by the sound of loud voices in the entry, uuhke those to which she had nightly become acca-tonied. Spring ing fioin the Led, site listened at the door witii the eazernms of deapair. It was ber husband's voice exclaiming : 'Show uie to her room instantly ; your heart's blood shall pay the penalty if you have deceived me." "Follow me." replidJ Boyd ia.a lunch loader tone than wss necessary. Instantly she heard the tramping of footsteps upon the stain, end wholly overcome by the fear of meeting her hus band, she flew through her sleeping-room to the back entry and endeavored to se crete herself among some rubbish that had been left there, instead of which fehe only feel among them and fainted. In a moment a strong hand lifted the latch but tbe lock yielded not. "Open this," exclaimed Gastons, lay ing hia fingers to Boyd's throat in a way that gentleman by no means relished. Dumont, in the mean time, had laid . bis powerful shoulder to the door and burst it from its hinges. Gastone started, and aa expression of anguish passed over his countenance as be saw the wretched place ia which his beautiful and accomplished wife bad been confined, and for a second his tbooghtt were abstracted by seeing a rich velvet dress belonging to ber thrown carelessly across the chair. , That incident was of vsst importance to Boyd.' Finding that be could not for a moment elude tha strong grasp and vigilent eyes of hie companions in order to escape, and having already had too Uevere a specimen of their vengeance to agsin attempt it by . deceiving tnein, to gether with having glmted Tiimself with the misery of his victim till it' was no longer a novelty, indoced him to conduct them to the right (.lace, trusting to bis usual ;lock" to contrive a method of es- $2.00 PER lSSIM, W 1DTAXCE. WHOLE NUMBER, 151. cape. The momentary abstraction of the attention of Gastone did. not escape him. Seeing The other doors ajar, he exclaimed "she is here," and like lightning flew down the stairs into the narrow lane. . Both followed immediately, bat so rjaiclity bad he slipped oat, that in the twilight they could not perceivathe means of bis departure. Blood and thunder I" exclaimed Gas tone, "be must be leagued with the devil to have escaped ns thus.". . , "A liirht a light," cried Dumont, but nowhere could one be found. At this instant, as they passed through the bed room a light and stifled groan ar. ieted their attention. Stepping back in to the entry from which it seemed to pro ceed, a little search showed them a fe male lyiug senseless upon the floor. Du mont. who first reached her, raised her in his ai ms aud quickly bore her to tha lare room. , "It is the," said the wretched husband, bending over her iu agony, "but ah I how changed." It was indeed true. Sorrow, a sick r.esS of the soul, remorse and despair had reduced her, even in those few dajf, to a pitiable object. Her dress was disorder ed, her hair matted and tangled, and her person every way neglected, and as ho gazed at her, so truly helpless in her deg radation and desertion, large tears the first he had shed since his new trial fell frocorliis eyes upon her sunken and un natural countenance. Dumont seized a cup of water from tha table and dashed it in ber face, bhe staiteJ, ball opened her voi-7cs and murmuring "My children! Oh, take them not a.vay I" ffgaia relapsed iuto a death like swoon. The stern and unbending rage with which) her hustknnd had sought her, and which he would have poured in over whelming torrents upon her head, had he found her by any means comfortable, was wholly subdued daring the quarter of an hour in which they labored to re store her to consciousness, and he wept and moaned piteously over the miserable being whom, in former years, he had so tenderly loved. At last she revived, and though nearly dark, recognized him. A deep and burn ing ciimsou instantly glowed npon her lace and neck, and sinking to her knees she exclaimed : "I seek not forgivenfc I deserve it not but tale me once mate to ray chil dren and let me become 'their servant. Heap upon me eveiy species of degrada tion, I can endure it, I shall shrink fiom uothiug if you will permit me sometimes to behold thrni to know that they are happy," and burying her face in her hands she wept bitterly. Mr. Gastone raised and seated her in a chair. With a voice iu which powerful though wounded love, and pity for her wretchedness, were strangely blended with forced sternness, seventy aud coldness, bo replied '. "I forgive you though yoa ssk it not, an 1 will take you to my home ; bat nev er again can you restore my peace of mind or my confidence in you they are gone forever. 1 ou shall be comfortable, and you will doubtless find some consolation incu. tva'.iug the affection or your children; my love, you have rejected and lost ; it can nevpr again be rekindled." "Will not my extreme sufferings atone in tome measure for my guilt ?" she asked in a subdued tone. "I have eadared very, very much." "I know," replied the husband, brush ing away a tear which started at the men tion of this for with all his conjugal af fections, there had ever been mingled much paternal love and care for tbe frail being before him, "and I, too have been wrung with such intense agony ss it seem e l impossible to bear. Oh 1 how could you desert me thus T and be atretcuea forth his arms as if to embrace her then suddenly recollecting himself, drew beck muttering, "o no she loves another she baa rested on his bosom tM is nothing to me now." Nothing in tbe whole intercoerte bad touched the heart of the torrow-itricken and penitent woman like this. Again Mnking'on hr knees she txclaimed in aa imploring voice : "Oh, my God I permit ma once mora to behold my children aad then let ma die." At this moment Dumont, who npon her Erst arrival to couciousness bsd gono for a rariage, returned and urged their immediate departure. Hastily gathering np the beuitiful dress, they entered it and drove rspidly borne. During their drive, the lady agsin fainted, and npon their ar rival. Dumoat saying to bis eompainion: "Excuse me, 1 see you are enable to do what you wonld," bore ber quickly to ber room and laid ber on th sofs. Gas tone entered immediately after and with tears thsnked bim sincerely. , Then lesv. ing the apartment, Domont communica ted ail to Catherine and desired that no one should intrude npon tbem. It was whispered in the family that Mrs. Gsstone had returned, butnonskaw or spoke openly of her. She was ill and ber hnsbsnd alone waited npon ber with a firm hand and a coo!, stern brow ; but when slone, tbe contrsction of bis features ceased, hia hand trembled and be often wept, wholly overcome by a deep and corroding anguish. ' When she had recovered somewhat of her ordinary sppesrsnce, ber children were brought to her. , Silently, with burning cheeks and drooping eyes, sha pressed them too ber bosom, where dwelt a lore for them too powerful for utterance. '