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"Tl'1oe .of the life of leasion, innocence.
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'h11n11 frigid dulty conule.r woul and s~nse!
"Within this fateful page I fold thee down,
()f w~lte wild words I dare not make a
Atl igii with longing when Ishould but
trot W."
The autumn winds shriek by--the autumn
r.*. r-like and tad, creeps down the darken
I in pane;
The giltt of life seemes valueless emnd vain.
I hold the lily leaf within my hand,
lroneii Cu the ocean's seet and bitter san.
T'arugh aLi Imy wryw l'eaert I unIet rstIand.
31Ay 1. lTrrZEIL.
-"tLt K STU i-TkLLEM."
Some iutuitive unconscious fear made
Itet, veryv dista:nt witu him, but one 14iht
:,. well be cold to a sulnbe: a. He was
one of tutie who, though they never pre
;tunet, yet :tle never ab:tisiheL He played
with the little Belle and Ma1rion, and be
ing uttisi:saityicitly favored by them, he
was frequently in my presence; and, while
I never lirgot Um. ata:tion or birth when
aitih the \\ yunllunts, with Mldph Moly
niux unmy sad past was fur the time for
lie c:ane eagerly to me on0 afternoon,
saying that he Iinl obtainedei lxruL~Ls ion
1iroiUl, Mi s. Wyned.lnn for the chldruun to
go out to the Leorry 1al with hiimi, and
.ie inl ordtlered the pony carriage in halu
.mi hour. Could we rce ready in Luett tune:
"'1 can send them down before then,"
i replied, catching 'l.d' hand, ils she was
lt:aping round "u her joy, and turning to
io into the house.
i"But y, u are going," he said, stepping
:e)fore mre. not looking at me, however,
,at tw isthig the child's curls as he spoke.
'Mr's. V\yuniitil desired that you might
,0 to see to t the children, and I grante(d
ierluisssiou,' now looiiing up and tlashing
a swift stmile over mue.
"But you take the girls off alone very
often, 1 s:aid.
"That is no rerson for you to neglect
your duty," he r.em hided, now looing
t ,l1 at me withI eyes irreuistibly wnuning.
"' 1 wl go," I said, c e.sciouti of a desltr
Sto go, aiM yet of a feeling that I ought
not ut gr:,triyit
IUn a few Imoments we c uDe down and
S.tiund liilph reading a letter which hadi
i ju.t hein brought. He was looking vexry
gr.ve, and did not glance up as we came
Itown.l Major Wyndhamiu wa~ staning
near, and while we waitLed in the .back
I ground the Major said.
"'Frnm home, Ualph"
"" i.5 W'ayne writes that my mother's
favorite mrerid, Fannie, has run away, and
one of the women in the fideld i mismising.'
"It they wero mine, and were caught,
as th9y would be, they wouldn't run away
ia .eoud timue," said the Major, switching
with his r cJnt cae a blooming plant
at his feet.
"F*'anie might esoll p easy enogrgh for
a white y pet I. She's no blacker than
von or 1 Mother bought her while 1
w s away, at the sale of Dr. Malcolm's
negroes in Geor,'ia,----ouD~y," aaid
_Radph, folding up his letter.
Lie eaAid not airme, but I feltthare
was Ia sword in my eyes as I looked at
him. Dr. Malcohu of----county, Geor
gia; was my father. But even aside from
that, I was half stnrued by the feeling
tlhat lossssed me on hearing him speak
"I've heard the Doctor had a few rather
white negroes," remarked W ndtn' a with
as cynird smile.
"Lst them go; I shan't himut them up,"
s:Lid Ralph, referrirg to his own property.
"There's where you are wrong," re
sponded Wyndhamn; and Radph turned
without reply to see if we lhad come down,
while the M:sjor walked away.
He lookel as if he were ahont to utter
some gay seotence, but my face, which I
could not nuiter imunteaiatly, deterred
akim. He uanme closer to me and said in
ia low, soft t,,ne:
"Yor are ofeinded, and I have a sense
of guilt as if it is I who am the culprit
What is it?"
I had recovered myself sufficiently to
reply Calmly:
•. 'ou will say it is only a political dif
fitrense, so why/hveed we discuss it? I
think I was surprised to learn you held
"But you knew I was a Southerner anod
had mouey '?" he said, still ia that soft ai'
cetnt that had a suggestion of sadness in
"Yes. But some way it seemed impos
sible to think of youn as a slaveholder," 1
said with earnestness, looking at his ex
quisite face eand not being able to realize
ute truth.
"And is that a great compliment from
you ?" he asked.
"The very greatest," I replied.
"And still I have forfeited it;" still
looking at me with deep eyes, more pow
erful than any I had ever seen.
"Which densn't make the least differ
ence in the world," I responded, with an
accent of coldness for which I was grate
"The childien are retly, as you see,
I continued; "take them before it geut
toward biuiss't."
" iou are also ready ?" without stirring
from his potitiou by my side, though both
the little girls were tugging at his umans.
I looked at him wiun full and distamt
glance, while I was giad that I could re
ply with truth:
aJrs. yn\'yunda met me a few moments
ago and reCquested me to remain at home
ant assist her in reading Connuelo."
He turned away without another word
and led the children toward the stables,
wacre the pouy was being put into their
especial carriage.
I looked after them a moment In all
probabihity t.at man owned my sister;
tor, though I had not seen her since a
child, I lhad known in a vague way that
1 hadl a sister Fanuuie, who, for some rea
son, was always kept upon a distant estate
ui my fathers. Sui was not his favorite,
as I was, and now, after years of entire
iguorn;ce ouncerning her, I heard of her
in this way.
I went into the house and sat down
with Mrs. Wydhalm. As I turned over
tihe leaves of my book, the carriage rolled
down the approach with the negro drivel
Sin front and rldph Molyneux riding hi
own hotrse by the c·arriage.
"I thought you would like to be relier
ed from the care of the children awhile,'
said Mrs. Wyndham, setting herself batk
p repaLrto.ry to listening, and looking in
I terroutively at me as she did so.
"I am very glad to remain," I answer.
We sat in a room whose windows look.
Soed toward the west, whence a faint breoze
duttered the curtains, and the leavei, o1
the China trees without The sun was
iu cloud nearly all the time, only rarelyd
Isending a shaft of light between th
I read on for two hours, at the end ol
which time MES Wyndhalm rose, parted
the curains, andi reaveled to our eyes the
cause of the early darkness, for the sun
was within half a hour of setting.
The greenish blnack of the douls fore
told the transitory hu-rriane tempest
[ whichI I knew so wedl. The dark mases
were pied ~1t4rgged, heavy beauty.
I "I h the ehildruu were back," tni
mured Mrs. Wyrndham. "The moment
IUthe n l m au it will be pitch d.rk, and the
tenmupst is comning up rapidly. They
ought to be on their way home by this."
"And probably are," I said, bending
otil from the window, and trying in vain
to catch a a breath of cool air. A sultry
veil of Iamguor was over everything. The
perfume of shrub and bloom exhaled
heavily upon the damp atmosphere;
across that dark heavens the birds flew
with hurrying, yet tired winge. I was
tormented with a desire for a profound
and vigorous breath, which this fr.grmant
air denied me. I wished to cleave the
atmosphlere,forcing the sensation of wind
1cruoss my face.
"lThe tempest will notje here for an
hour ?" I asked.
"I think not. But Ralph is so odd; he
will just as likely stay out to admire the
thunder, and forget the children."
I did not agree with her in the last
phrase; though careless concerning him
self, I was sure he was careful of others.
"If Major Wy~lham was at home, 1
should have him go after them," went on
the lly, fidgeting about the room. That
remark gave me the opportunity for
which I hadjbeen wishing.
"If you; will let me have a horse, I
think I can get to the falls in time at
least to see that the children are shelter
She looked at me doubtingly, but wish
ing I would go. I explained that a swift
L l!*)p would afford me pleasure, and she
satistiled her scruples with that, and a few
maoments a:tar I was riding swiftly along
the wooded road in the direction they
had taken.
The very sight of those monstrous
clouds gave me only a suflicient-sense of
icar to be exciting and inspiriting.
I rode onward with a wild impetus to
outride my fate, the stain upon my life,
all the miseries that might await me. In
that furious rush of my horse Ifelt able to
1Ieflife and death.
( had at ridden ten minutes beforeI saw
that the storm would burst over the earth
sooner than Mrs. Wyndham or I expect
That distant muttering of thunder rose
into the reverberating roar that shook the
victom world over which it rolled.
My horse sprang forward at that fist
concussion; then with eirs laid backward,
he rushed on to meet the big drops of
rain that were already splashing among
the trees in advance.
At that moment the pony chase emer
ged from the gloom of the road, and dash
ed' past me, the children, with wide, fright
ened eyes, scarcely recognizing me.
Ralph Molixjeux was not with them, but
no idea suggestoditself to me as to wh
he was.
I did not turn back,for at that mom
I rememberceed a dismantled old buil
ing not a quarter of a mile further on,
the direction of the falls I would
shelter there until the rain, which
came down in torrents, was over. :
as I thought this, my horse, who w ar
more frimht neltihan I, had brough e
opposite the old building, and I ea
himn up honeath its roof,and sat the on
his back through the gathering m,
the deep shes, and the rattle an roar
of the next half hour.
The sn w ent downt in the sad
an inky darkness, pierced on y the
Inrid lightning, encompassed lut 1
was in one of those moods when fears
nothing, and the blackness and storn
brought me an eerie enjoymen
In less than anm hour theth rolled
away, and I could faintly Irn the
long line of dim amethyst i.t in the
west-the uphearing and ttering of
'the clouds.
Only the trees dripped vily now,
and standing in front of old house,
in the gleam that rapidllyvidened and
brightenled, I saw the w rim of a
moon so young that it was -- y to the
tops of the trees in its at
Now, indeed, I could an air
that was the moist breat of sweetness
an'l punrity.
With asighofdelight such an st
mosphere, I turned my use homewrd;
but before he had tak step, I fandied
I heardl either a faint or the echo
of some cry for help. y tm hear rit
also, for he stopped raied beaa and
erected Mars.
2 7b : C'oadud: is oaur rd
lississippi r Phakt Cepany.
(Passed d the sesion of 180I,)
Swcrroa 1. enclted by te Seale dtI
and House of a of the State a
f Louisiana i nHeral Aiem conuned, "'
That Benjamj ontgomery, C. C. An- h
toine, wis, Geo. Y. Kelso, J. S
Cammack, P S. Pinchback, James "'
W. Mason, lee D. relson, S. P.
Wil.on, J. J onette, R. J. Bontsiner, t
William J P. G(. Deslonde, Curtis 1
Pollard, A. r, and their amao
ciates, and assigns are hereby
created and touted a body corporate, d
for the and with the privileges 0
and rights set forth. d
Arr. 1 T id body corporate shatl
be known r the name and title of P
the RBrvm PACKET COPAu'T, "
and by le it shall acquire property,
sue and ed, and shall enjoy and
, xercise powers and rights of a
eody co under the laws of Louis
Aar. 2. domicil of the company
shall be ' City of New Orleans.
Anvs. . e object of this company i
co cons or otherwise to procure and
maintain or more steambotas to run
aud nua the Mississippi river, or it.
tribo for the purpose ofcarrying
freight passengers.
Anr. 'he capital stock of this com
pany is reby filed at five hundret:
tho dollars, represented by fivr
tho es of one hundred dollar,
each, crable on the books of the
comn and each share shall be entitled
to one in all meetings of Stoekhold
ers per cent to bepaid when tn
ai 'of two hundred thousand dol
Lars beeribed, ans the remainder
shall paid at the time anad in the man
nor ribed by the Board of Directors,
ppoe ,that no more than ten per ocent of
said ibecription shall be called for at
any ne, and not oftener than once in
six days The capital stock may be
in to an amount not exeeding
on 'on of dollars by a vote repre
ng two-thirds of the capital.
. 5. Three-fourths of the stock
h ors in capital shall have the powel
indup andsettle all affairs ofthe
pany at any time during its exis
'ce, or making such modifications, ad
on or changes to this act on giving
y days' previous notice in two of the
ewspapers published in this city.
Awr. 6. The Board of Directors st an
early day shall proceed to els~c the offi
cra of the company, which shall consist
of a President, Vice-Preeidsmt, Tretumrer,
Secretary and such other oSicers as the;
may de em necessary.
Awr. 7. The term for which the eam
pany is forn*l shau be twenty-Ave
ArT. 8 The regular meetings of the
stockholders of the company bshall be
held annually, ommmn eing on the first
Monday of December, 1871, at whicl
time a bmarjoity, in empital, sharll oow
fifteen of their number to serve s Dire -
tors for the enanuig year, who shall -orm
and constitute a BCard of Directors ir
the msaagement of thes adhr of the
company for the Solowing year, "r ati
their successors are elected saforesid
The persons named in msetion ums of this
act shalla constitute the ist Bomad of
Directors, who shall serve until their so
cnmore are elerted. provided for ia this
Avr.9. AfailureteeleetDirectcs at
I regular meeting of the stokholdme ssal
not disnolve the compsuy, but the Die
tors then in oice shall eontinue to em
ercise their fauntiomn ntil a new bad
is electel.
Seven mabersm of the BoartDfi
retors shal form a quorum to .9.i
nes, and the Board of Diretsa d
have power to make and adept ll 4 -
ceses ry e sat by-lals for the povarn
meat of tbs eompamy ; PSod4E the
sme do not eoaid =t the tame
ad meaning f ethi"* od f inearqe
tic" andt the s 41'UIis 8he the
from time to time , they maay di
Ai:,. l1. If any Directr shall cease to
be a stockholder during his term of ofae,
it shall be declared rcated ; or in the
event of the death, permanent absence or
resignation of any Director, the Board
shall have the sathority to fill the vamen
cy occasioned thereby.
Aar. 11. No stockholder shall ever b
liable or responsible for the contracts or
faults of said company beyond the amount
of his, her or their stock in said com
pany, nor shall any mere informality in
the organization of said company have
the effect of rendering theprtent charter
aull, or of exposing a stockholder to any
greater liability than the amount of his,
her or their stock therein.
AnT. 12. Should any subesriber refuse
or neglect to pay punetaaly his, her or
their installments, as the same fal due,
interest at the rate of eight per cent per
innum shall be added thereto from ma
tarity until final payment, sad if any
subscriber neglects or refuses to pay his,
or her or their installments within thisty
days after the specified time of payment,
the Board of Directors shall have the
right of causing any share or shares,
upon which any installment may be due,
to be sold at auction, or to forfeit said
.dharc, or to compel by suit the payment
of such installments as the Board may
deem advisable. s
Air. 13. The President of the Com
pany is hereby constituted the officer on
whom all citations may be served.
Sc. . 2 Be it further, etc., That this aset
take effect from and after its passage.
Speaker House of Representative
(Signed) O. J. DUNN,
Lieutenant Governor and President of
the Senate.
(Signed) H. C. WARMOTH,
Governor of the State of Lousiana.
A true Copy :
(Signed : Gao E. Bovia,
Secretary of Stats
The Republican State Conventisa of
Louisiana, which assembled in the ity
. of New Orleans on the 8th of August,
1870, adopted the following deciration
d of principles :
- L That we endorse the principles of
n the National Republican Party, as set
i1- forth in the Chicago platform of 9868,
er and in the adoption of the smteaC con
,. stitutional amendment, sad laam to en
s, force the mane.
of 2. That we adhere to the painoples of
at equal rights to all mankind, whether at
in the ballot box, in the pubh schools, or
be iu the pursuit of bus ri, without dis
.Linction of caste, race er autiopality ; and
. we pledge ourselves t the enactment.
md enforcement of laws to carry outa
k- this priuciples.
', 3. That no Goearnaent is Bepublican
ht unless its citizens can exercise the free
ie- right of anuffrage, and we pledge the
a- whole strength of this State to aid the
4 executive officers in securing to every
Le voter his inalienable right to cast his
oallot at the polls for such candidates as
a he may select.
4. That manhood and not money makes
At the true citizen : that the poor man
r, ih be protected equally with the
a wealthy, and, therefore, we pledge our
relve to theenakent ofa liberal hom
- teal exemption law.
lye . Thatweares apartyof law and c
ler, and, as sh, will uour earnest er.
deavors to carry out the libtrsl intent of
b the conatttiat o i~88, and law enacted
at herummnder ;t the costitutioyality of
ch y law a kan oly he qustiaed before
Jae ewats and that all good citiens
. mut obey the provisions of every law un
S ildealred b e hie jdil
he a That i the *progrs, a
tcourage miacrm -.num the e
s peasaun of dor mCeTeepe the fll derel
aid. >prnet of our uui*.W raelses, mmd
h I ihe iunedtsi t suthu i tte huees
of 7. Tlaat tuenil e to b ena
-e ,nd5 to a5ourage oraptiouS and to
bnubvertgood vemnirnmt apd we pledge
j trsuivQ tqe our best eevors to
aeek ass imately ahIsk s.
esi & That wewil tb4 i ep amort
rri h*ePres&me* 6it State, the
;omraur of ths10mb 8h et o their
* *4 - a-th n's
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