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AN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL, 11 M'nl.isttr.D tvenv RATunnAY, in lllooiiMbmBi Columliln County, P Tiiiom. Two Dollarn n year, In advance. If not nald In ndranco, Two Dollars nml Fifty Cent, Address nil letters to CH'OltaK It. MOOIlti, Editor of tho UoMJMlttAtt, lUooimburg, Columbia County, I'u. TOO LATE. hY jeau i.NOKUm". At, I wiw her, wo Imvo met Married eyes how nwect they be. Am you happier, Mnrgnrel, Tlinn you might havo boon with m? Hllencol innltn no morondol Did she tlilllk t tdiould forget ? Mutter nothing, though 1 knew, Margaret, Marnarot. Onco thoo oyes, full (tweet, full shy, ToM nccrlnln thing to mine; What they told mo 1 put by, O, no carcle of tho ftlgn. Huch an oniy thins to tnko, . Awd 1 dirt not want It then ; l-'noll I wish my heart would break, Bcorn In hard on hearts of men. Kcorn of clf In bitter work, Euch of us bus felt It now, Bluest fkles Khn countetl mirk, Kclf-bctraycd of eyes mul brow J A" for me, I wont my wny, And ft better mnn drew nigh, l'aln to earn, with long essay, What tho winner's bnnd threw by. Matters not In deserts old, 'What was born,nud wased, and yearned, Year to year Its meaning told, I nm como Its deeps nro learned Come, but thero Is naught to say Married oye with mine have met. Hllcnco I O, I had my day, Margaret, Margaret. MELTING UNCLE INGOT. " If over you or yours got five pounds out of mo, madam, beforo I die, I prom iso you, you shall have ilvo thousand ; nnd I am a man of my word." So spoko Mr. Ineot Hcardmorc, drysaltcr and common councilman of tho City of Lon don, to Dorothea Elizabeth, his widow ed slstcr-in-law, who had applied to him for pecuniary succor about threo months after the death of his younger brother Isaac, her husband. There were harshness and stubborn determination enough in his reply, but there was no niggard cruelty. Mrs. Isaac wanted money, it is true, but only in tho sense in which we all want it. She was only poor In comparison with the great wealth of this relative by marriage. Her incomo was largo enough for any ordinary Mr. Ingot said "legitimate" purpose, but not sufficient for sending iter boy to Eton, and finishing him oil' nt tho Universities, as it was the mater nal wish to do. Mr. Ingot hated such genteel intentions; Christ's Hospital had been a fashionable enough school for hlni, nnd ho had " finished oil'" as a clerk at forty pounds a year in that very respectable house in which ho was now senior partner. With tho results of that education, as exemplified in himself, ho was perfectly satisfied, and if his neph ews only turned out half as well, their mother, ho thought, might think her fcclf uncommonly lucky. Her family had given themselves airs upon tho oc casion of her marrying Isaac " allying herself with commerce," some of litem called it and Ingot had never forgiven them. He gloried in his own profession, although Government had never seen lit to ennoble nny member of it, and perhaps all tho moro on that account; for he was one of those radicals who tire jiot "snobs" at heart, but rather aristo crats. He honestly believed that noble blcnicn and gentlemen were tho lower orders, and those who toiled and strove tho upper crust of the human pie. When ho was told that the former classes often tolled and strove in their own way as much as tho others, ho made a gesture of contempt, and " blew" like an exasperated whale. It was n vulgar sort of retort, of course, but so eminently expressive that his opponent rarely pur sued the subject. He rather liked his sister-in-law, in splto of her good birth, and would have, doubtless, largely assisted her had .she consented to bring up her children ne cording to his views; but since sho pre ferred to take her own way, ho with drew himself moro and more from her society, until they saw nothing at all of ono another. Ho had no intention of leaving his money away from his broth er's children ; ho had much too strong a sense of duty for that; mid as for mar riage, that was an Idea that never enter ed into his hard old head. He had not made a fool of himself by falling In lovo in nilddlo age, as Isaac had done (In youth he had not thuo for such follies), nnd It was not likely that at sixty-five ho should commit any such imprudence, So his nephews nnd nieces felt confident of being provided for in tho future. In tho present, however, as time went on Jind tho education of both girls and boys grew moro expensive, Mrs. Isaac's In come becamo greatly straightened. Her own family very much applauded the oxpensivo way In which sho was bring ing up her children, and especially her -independence- of spirit In relation to her tradesman brother-in-law ; but they ft mover assisted her with a penny. Tho jS .young gentleman at Cambridge was & .kept upon very short allowance; and '3 Uho young ladles, whoso beauty was K tsomethlng renuirkuble, affected while muslin, nnd wore no meretricious jew dry. Their pin-money was very limited poor things, nnd they mado their own clothes at homo by tho help ot a sowing machine. If Undo Ingot could hnv seen them thus diligently employed his heart would perhaps havo softened tow nrd thorn ; but, as 1 have said, they now never got that chance. Julia, tho elder, hud been but six years old when ho bail last called at their highly-rented but diminutive- habitation in .Miiyfalr, mid now who was eighteen, and had nover heen him since. Although she had of course grown out of tho old mini's rccol ' lection, sho remembered his figure-head ns sho wickedly called his rigid feature r uncommonly well ; and, Indeed, noboii ', who had over seen It was likely to for ,,got It. Ills countenance was not so .'iiiudt human its ligneous; mid his pro file Xophew Jack had actually seen upon VOL. I.-NO. 3. a certain nobbly tree In the lime-walk of Claro Hull, Cambridge much moro like- than any sillhottotto over cut out of black paper. They had laughed at tho old gentleman In early days, and snapped their fingers at his churlishness; but it had become no laughing matter now. The remark of Uncle Ingot's, "If you or yours ever get llvo pounds out of me, madam, before I die, I promise you, you shall have Hvo thousand; nnd I am a man of my word," had become a very serious sentence, condemning all tho family to, If not poverty, nt least very urgent want. What Is meant of course was that ho was resolutely deter mined to give them nothing. In vain the young ladles worked for Unclclngot slippers and book-markers for his birth day, and sent to him their best wishes at Christinas In lllminel's highly-scented envelopes; In vain Jack sent hlni n pound of the most excellent snuff that Hacon's emporium could furnish, at the beginning of every term, lie nlways wrote back n civil letter of thanks, In a clear and clerkly letter, but thero wits .never any lnclosure. When Mrs. Isaac asked him to dinner ho declined in n caustic manner avowing that ho did not feel himself comfortable at tho aris tocratic tables of tho West End and sent her a pincnpplo for tho dessert, of his own growing. Ho had really no i II feeling toward his relatives, although ho kept himself so estranged from them; but I think this sort of conduct tickled the old gentleman's grim sense of hu mor. If he could have found some le gitimate excuse for "making it up" with his sister-in-law, within tho first year or two of their falling out, perhaps ho would havo been glad to do so; but time had now so widened tho breach that it was not to bo easily repaired. What he had satirically written when he declined her invitation had grown to to true ; he rarely went into society, and almost never Into tho company of ladies, tho elder portion of whom he considered frivolous and vexatious, nnd tho young er positively dangerous. He had a few old bachelor friends, however, with horn he kept up a cordial intercourse, and spent with them various festivals of tho year as regularly as they came omul. On tho illst of December, for instance he never omitted to go down to Head ing, uud "wee the old year out and the new year in," in tno company oi Mom Whallles, with whom ho had worn the yellow stocking In thososchool-days that had passed away moro than half n cen tury ago. Tom nnd Isaac had been oven reatcr cronies its bovs than Tom and Ingot; but the latter did not like Tom the le.-s upon that account; secretly, J think he esteemed him the moro highly as a link between himself and that luck less family whose very existence he yet hose to ignore. Mr. Whallles had ulti mate relations with them still; they .une down to stay with them whenever his sister paid them a visit, and could act as their hostess ; but this never hap pened in the last week of tho year, Tom was nover to speak of them to his old friend that was not only tacitly un derstood, but had even been laid down in writing, ns the basis of their intimacy On the .'list of December last Mr. Ingot Tteardnioro found himself, as usual, at tho I'addlngton station, looking for an empty compartment, for his own com puny had got to bo very pleasing to him. Having attained his object, and rolled himself up in the corner of the carriage in several great-coats, with his feet upon a hot tin, and his hands clothed In thic mittens, and looking altogether like a polar bear who liked to make himself comfortable when everything was ar ranged, I say, to the old gentleman's complete satisfaction, who should in vade his privacy, just as tho train was about to start, and tho whistle- had sounded, but ono of the most bewitch ing young ladles you over set eyes on ! "Madam, this carriage is engaged,' growled he, pointing to the umbrella urpet-bag, and books, which ho had distributed upon all the seats, in order to give it that appearance Only engaged to you, I think, sir,' replied the charmer fiippautly. " Hap iy carriage! I wish I was. Isn't that pretty?" Mr. Beardmoro had nover heard any thing half so shocking said to hlni in all his life, and if tho train had not been already set in motion he would hnv culled upon tho guard for help, and left tho carriage forthwith. As it was, he could only look at this shameless young perron with an expression of tho sever est reprobation. At the same time hi heart sank within him at tho rellectloi that tho train was not to stop till ho rcuehedhlsdestinatlon Heading. What Indignities might ho not havo to suffer before ho could obtain protection ! Shi was a modent-looklng young lady, too. very simply dressed, mid her voice wa.s particularly sweet and propo-sc-slut notwithstanding tho very drcadlul re marks In which sho had Indulged. Per haps sho was out tif her mind and at this idea Mr. Tngot Hoardmoro brok out, notwithstanding tho low tenipom turn, into n very profuse perspiration. Now, what will you glvo me for kiss, you old you old polar bear- asked tho fair stranger playfully as the train Hew by Ealing, "Nothing, luaduni, nothing; 1 ainn tonlsht'd at you," answered Mr. Heard more, looking unIotiIy round the car ringo in the desperate hope of finding ono of tluiso newly-patented Inventions for nllbrdlng communication with th guard. " well, then, I'll taue one, mid leavt It to your honor," continued the young BLOOMSBUllG, SATURDAY, MAY 19, 1866. lady, with n peal of silver laughter' and with that sho lightly roso, and be fore tho old gentleman could freo him self from his wraps, or ward her off with his nitiirctoes, sho had imprinted a kiss upon his homy check. Mr. Hcnrd morc's breath was so utterly taken away by this assault that ho remained speech less; but his countenance was probably more full of expression than It had ever been In his life. "Oh no, 1 am not mad," laughed she, In reply to lt" al though I havo taken a fancy to such n wonderful old creature. Now come, if 1 kiss you again what will you glvo me?" "I shall glvo you in charge to tho police, madam, tho Instant that I ur- rlve in Heading." " Give me In charge I What for, you curious piece of nntlquity? " For nn assault, madam ; yes, for an sault. Don't you know that you havo no right to kiss people without their consent In this manner?" Hero tho young lady laughed so vio lently that tho tears came into her eyes. " J)o you suppose, you poor old dot- ng creature, mat anybody, win over bclievo such a story ns that?" Do you use such a thing as a looklng-glnss, you poor dear? Are you aware how very unprepossessing your appearance is, even when you don't frown, as you nro doing now in a manner that is enough to frighten ono? You have, of course, perfect right to your own opinion, but if you suppose tho police will agree with ou, you will find yourself much mistn en. The idea of nnybody wanting to iss yon will reasonably enough appear to them preposterous." " What is it you require of me, you icked creature?" cried tho old bache lor, in an agony of sliamo and rage. "1 want payment for my kiss. To a gentleman at your time of life, who scarcely could expect to be so favored, surely it is worth what shall I say? five pounds. What I not so much Well, here's another for your other cheek." Like a Hash of lightning sho suited tho notion to her words. " There, then, live pounds for tho two, and I won't iko n shilling less. You will have to ivo it to tho poor's box at the police sta tion, if not to me. Fori intend, in case ou are obstinate, to complain ol your raceful conduct to the guard at the rst opportunity. I shall give you Into custody, sir, as sure as you are alive. You will bo put upon your oath, you now, and all you will dare to say will bo that I kissed you, and not you me. What ' roars of laughter' thero will be n court, und how funny it will nil look n the papers!" Hero the young lady egan to laugh again, as though she had already read it there. Mr. Honrdnmro's rlni sense of humor was; as usual, ac- ompanied by a keen dislike of appear ntr ridiculous, m rue, lie tinted to lie imposed upon; still, of tho two evils, was it not better to pay five pound- than to bo made tho laughing-stock of lis bachelor friends, who are not the ort of people to commiserate one in a misfortune of this kind ? In short, Mr. Ingot Heardnioro paid the money. Mr. Thomas Whallles found tis guest that evening anything but ilkntivo. There was a select party of tho male sex invited to meet him, by whom the rich old drysaltcr wa.s accus tomed to bo regarded as an oracle ; but upon this occasion ho had nothing to iiy; tho consciousness ol having been done" oppressed him. Ilis lips were Ightly sealed ; his cheeks were still glow ng from the audacious insult that had been put upon thorn; his fingers clutch d the pocket-hook in which there was ii five-pound noteless than there ought to be. Hut when his host and himself were left alone that night, "seeing the ild year out, and tho now year in," his iciirt began to thaw under thegonial in lluences of friendship and gin-punch mil lie told his late adventure to Tom Wliafiles, not without some enjoyment of his own mischance. "I could really almost forgivo tho ade," said he, " for having taken mo in so cleverly. I dare say, however, she makes quito a profession ot it, nnd that half a score of old gentlemen havo been coerced before now Into ransoming the good niimo as I did. Anil yet sho was as modest and lady-liko looking a glr as ever you saw." "Was sho anything liko thhf" In quired Mr. Whallles, producing a pho tograph. " Why, that's tho very girl !" exclaim cd the guest. "Ha, ha! Tom; socm, too, have been ono of her victims, hav you ? Well, now, this Is most extraor dinary." "Not nil, my dear fellow. I know her very well ; anil her sister, and her mother, and her brother too. I can in troduce you to her If you like. There' not tho least harm In her; bless you she only kissed you for a bit of fun." " A bit of fun I" cried Mr. Heard more, " Why, sho got a five-pound nolo out of mo!" Hut sho does not mean to keep It, am very sure, would you iiko to sco her again ? Come, 1 Yes' or No ?' " If sho will give me luck my money 'Yes.'" " Very well," returned tho host "iniiid, you asked for her yourself; nod ho rang tho bell pretty sharply twice. "Hero sho is; It's your niece, MI Julia. Her mother and sister nro now staying under this very roof." " Yes, uncle," said tho young lad demurely. "Hero is your five-pound note; please to glvo ino that llvo thou sand which you promised mamma civr flit or hem got Jice jmumU out of you i or yuu uro man nj your tconl, know. Hut what would ho better still would bo to let mo kiss you once more, In tho character of your dutiful niece; anil let us all love you as vo want to do. It was an audacious strntftgcin, I admit, but 1 think you will forgivo mo come." "There go the church-bells, 1" cried Tom Whallles. " It U tho new year, nndn fitting time to forgot old enmities. Give your uncle u kiss, child." Undo Ingot mndo no resistance this time, but avowed himself fairly con quered ( and between ourselves, although he made no " favorites" ul innghlsnow- ly-reconclied relatives, but treated them with equal kindness, I thlfik ho always liked NIeco Julia the best; Who had been the cause of healing a quarel which no one perhaVs had rcgrettcij-'iioreut heart than Undo Ingot himself. EVENINGS AT HOME. A wutTiui in the Ladlw' Hmository tells tho following pleasant story: The huband, greatly to tho nnnoy mice of his young wife, hud acquired the habit of spending his evenings away from home, and her earnest protest gainst this practice resulted in his agreement to stay in every evening for week, and allow her to bo absent. The result might bo expected, as In every case where true and strong affection ex ists between the husband and the wife. Monday evening came, and Georgo Wilson remained true to his promise His wife nt ou her bonnet and shawl, nnd ho would remain at homo nnd keep house. ' What will you do when I am gone?" Emma asked. "Oh, 1 shall read and slug, and enjoy myself generally." "Very well," said Emma; "I shall bo back early." Tho wife went out, and tho husband was left alone. He had an Interesting book, and lie began to read it. Ho read till eight o'clock, and then began to iwn, and looked frequently at tho lock. The book did not interest him is usually. Ever and anon ho would come to a pas.-age which he knew would please his wife, and instinctively he turned as though he would read it aloud but there was no wife to hear it. At nilf-ptist eight o'clock ho arose from hi chair, and began to pace the Uoor and whistle. Then he went and got hi Utile, and played several of his favorite ilrs. After this he got a chess-board and played a game with an Imaginary partner. Then he walked th-i lloor, and whist led iwiln. I'inully tliactiookutrnck nine, nnd his wife returned. " Well, George," said she, " I am bad n good time. How have you enjoyed yourself?" "Capitally," returned the husband I had no idea it was so late. I hope you havo enjoyed yourself." Oil, splendidly !" said tho wife; 1 1 had no idea how much enjoyment there was away from home. Homo is a dull place, after all, Kn't it?" " Why, no, I can't say that it is," re turned Georgo carelessly. "Indeed, ho lidded, " 1 rather like it." " I am glad of that," retorted Emma for wo shall have a nice comfortable week of it." George winced nt this; hut he kep his countenance, and determined to (and it out. On the next evening Emma prepared to go oil' again. "I shall be back in good time," she said. " Where are you going, Emma?" her husband asked. Oh, I can't tell exactly; I may go to several places." So Georgo Wilson was left alono again, mil he tried toanuiso himself ns before; but ho found It a difficult task. Ever and anon ho would cat his eyes on that empty chair, and the thought would come, " How pleasant It would bo if sho were here!" Tho clock finally struck nine, and he began to listen for the steps of his wife. Half an hour mora slipped by, and ho becamu very nervous and uneasy. "I declare," ho muttered to himself, after lie had listened for soino time in vain, "this is too bad ; she ought not to slay out so kite." Hut ho happened to remember that ho often remained uwtiy mudilater than that ; so ho concluded to make tho best of it. At a quarter to ten Emma camo homo. "A little late, am I not?" sho said, looking up at tho clock. Hut I fell in Willi some old friends. How havo you enjoyed yourself?" " First rate, returned Georgo bravely; I think homo Is a capital place." " Especially when n man can havo It all to himself," added tho wife, with a sidelong glance at her husband. Hut ho mado no reply. On tho next evening Eninia prepared to go out as beforo; but this tiniosho kissed her husband beforo she went, mid seemed to hesitate about leaving. " Where do you think nbotit going?" Georgo asked In nn iindertono; "1 may drop In to seo Undo John, replied Emma. -" However, you won't bo uneasy. ou will know I'm safe." "Oh, certainly," said her husband Hut when left to his own reflections, ho began to ponder seriously upon the easo thus presented lor consideration. Ho could not rend, ho could not enjoy himself In any way while- the chair wits empty. In short, ho found that home had no real comfort without it wife. Tho ono thing needful to mako Georgo Wilson's homo pleasant was not present " I declare," he said to lilmsdr, " I did not think it would bo soilonewue. And an it bo that sho feels ns I do when sho Is hero nlono? It must be so ; It Is Just its sho says. Heforo wc were married situ was happy in her childhood's home. Her parents loved her, and they did all they coutd to mako her comfortable." After this ho walked up nnd down tho room several times, and then stopped again and communed with himself. "I can't stand this," said he. "I should die In a week. If Emma were hero I think I could amuse myself very well. How lonesome and dreary It Is! ind only eight o'clock! I declare, I have mind to walk down its far us Un cle John's, and see if she Is there. It would benrclief If 1 Could only see her. I won't go In. She shall not know yet that I hold out so faintly." Georgo Wilson took another turn ncross tho room, glanced onco moro tit the clock, and then took his hat and went out. Ho locked tho door after hlni, nnd then bent his steps toward Undo John's. It was a beautiful moonlight night, and tho nir was keen anil bracing. Ho w.ts walking along with his head bent upon tho pavement, when he heard a light step approaching. He looked up and saw his wife. Ills first impulse was to avoid her; but sho had recognized him. "Georgo," said she In surprise, "can this bo you?" " It Is," was tho response. "And do you pass your evenings at homo?" "This is the first time I have been out, Emma, upon my word; and even now I havo not been absent from homo ten minutes. 1 merely came out to take the fresh air. Hut where are you going?' " I am going home, Georgo; will you go with mo?" " Certainly," returned George. Sho took his arm, and they walked home in silence. . When Emma had taken off her things ho sat down in her chair and looked at tho dock on tho wall. "You are at home early to-night," remarked the husband. The young wife looked up Into her husband's face, and with an expression half smiling and half tearful she said: " I will confess tho truth, George. I havcgivenyotithoexperiinent. I man aged to stand it last evening, but I could not bear it through to-night. AVhon I thought of you here all alone, I wanted to bo with you. It didn't seem right. I haven't enjoyed myself at nil. 1 have not nny homo but this." "Say you so?" cried George, moving his chair to his wire's side, nnd taking one of her hands. " Then let me make tnv confession. I have stood It not n whit better. When I left the house this evening I could bear it no longer. I found that this was no homo for me while my wife was absent. 1 thought I would walk down to Uncle John's nnd seo your face If possible. I had gazed upon your empty chair till my heart ached." The next evening was spent at home by husband and wife, and it was a sea son of much enjoyment. In a short time George began to real ize how much comfort wa.s to be found in a quiet and peaceful home, and the longer he enjoyed this comfort tho more plainly did he seo and understand tho simple truth that it takes two to make a homo happy, nnd If the wife is one party the husband must be the other. THE WOMAN I LOVED. HinniAi's my story is a common one In the annals of the world, yet It seems to me a very strange experience. I can not recognize it as in any way Just, or right, or good forme. 1 loved her so! and I have long been so in need of lov ing deeply, purely, fervently. I thought her a truo woman. Why could I not havo been allowed to believe that there was one true woman inthoworld? Hut I forget Mary, my sister. Ah! I am a bitter, cynical old man, perhaps; but I was thwarted so cruelly in my youth ! It is a romance, as I have hinted. 1 look in tho mirror at my wan old face, and I think the romance ended almost with a tragedy. I am not a poor man. I walk on vcl vet carpets; dlno off silver; have the most luxurious house; the handsomest carriages; tho surest 11 nauclal resources of any man in tho city. Yet, out of my life, I never was happy but ono half year. Contlbrlablo I had been before that time; but never in my whole life was I Imppy but ono short half-year. Once I wits a poor man. At twenty- five I had an Incomo barely sufficient to support mo decently. I'erhiips it was because I had neglected the study of my profession to take care of my invalid sMer; but In thoso days I was very poor Indeed. We rented a liltlo house hi tho suburbs of tho city. I walked Into town to tho olllco of Hlack and Sterns every day. Thero I wits clerk. I read law with Mr. Sterns, but wits not permitted to practise, not being well up In professional knowledge. For I had never studied very hard, not being nat urally ambitious and energetic, and hav ing no incentive to exertion while Mary declared all her wants supplied. My sister and I lived very plainly, yet nicely, tit Hiookslde. Sometime In tho future I planned to buy tho house; but tho execution was very remote. Mary went quietly about our littlo home, making It comfortable and pret ty. She, poor girl, had no aim In life but to minister to me. I nm nfrnlil I never sufficiently valued her. It was her choice to perform herself our littlo housekeeping, for she did not liko to havo any third pcr.ui dwell with uj PKIOE FIVE CENTS. Hut at last another person did enter our home, and my henrt. One night Mary nnd I sat together by tho hearth ; it wits Winter weather. I remember that there Wits no sound In the room but the snapping of tho coals In tho grato anil the rattle of tho hall against tho wlndoW-panes. My sister was silently reading ; I sat with my book on my knee, gazing at u beautiful faco which I saw among tho yellow coals, that looked like a pllo of gold. Suddenly I heard the garden-gate un latch. I listened, nnd heard a footstep on tho walk. Hay lug down my book I prepared for the summons to tho door; but there was none. I listened, think ing 1 detected, Instead, a faint cry; but tho next moment 1 believed I was mis taken, mid took up my book again. All the evening I sat reading. On preparing to retire I went to lock tho hall-door as usual. Heforo doing so I opened it, and looked out into tho night. A cry of surprise broke from mo. The dark, mufiled figure of a woman lay across the step. 1 culled to Mary to bring a light. Lift ing tho woman I brought her in. As tho hood fell back from her face we thought sho was dead ; but soon wo found that sho was only senseless. Sho had a beau tiful face why did 1 ever look upon it? Her name wits Cecilia Montalgn; sho was n poor sewing-girl, anil was return ing from tho city with work, when, blinded by the storm, sho lost her wny. After wandering about for hours, be wildered, sho turned to our lighted cot tage to ask for the road, nnd fell, ex hausted, at tho door. So sho told us when sho could speak, and lift up to my faco the loveliest eyes I ever saw. She had no home or friends, nnd sho stayed with us. My sister liked her; I loved her. May camo. The sunsliino looked to mo like liquid gold as It fell on mo ns I camo homeward nt night. The birds mo an argosy. Tenderest breezes camo to woo me to tho beautiful faco which nwulted me. And one of those towelled May days I told her that 1 loved her. " And I love you," she said simply. "And will you bo my wife, Cecilia, when I can take care of you?" "1 will." 1 looked into her eyes. I think sho loved me then. I had but one relative besides my sis ter a wealthy bachelor uncle, who had once offered to favor me if I ever wished to mako a decided start hi tho world. Planning for my future, I resolved to apply to him for counsel nnd assistance to render my circumstances thriving. I'roud of her beauty and sweetness, I asked Cecilia to accompany me when I visited him. He welcomed mo cordially, and oven politeness could not conceal his surprise and admiration as ho observed Cecilia. He showed us every attention, conduct ing us over his superb house to display its latest improvements, ordering luxu rious refreshments to be served, and dis playing a hundred objects, rare and cost ly, to our admiring eyes. I talked with him in private, and he promised me every assistance I needed. The next day he camo to our house, nnd brought my sistcrand Cecilia a gift of costly books. I did not see him ; but he mndo them promise, I learned, to como and spend a week with him. 1 was flat tered by tho recpiest, saw them go, and took up a week's abode in the city. 1 did not seo them during that time, and every lonely evening seemed un sttpportable. Hut upon the seventh day 1 received a note from my sister bidding me como directly to my uncle's house in Lennox. When I met her sho was fearfully agitated. " Mary, what is the matter?" I asked, with a terrible pang of fear. "Cecilia hits gone away," sho said. " Heforo going shogavo me this package for you. Sho kissed mo and hade ine good-by, and oh, Weston, 1 fear" I tore open the package. It held my gift tho engagement-ring of chased gold, some books and notes, and u curl of my hair. "Where is my undo?" I asked hoarsely. "Ho hits gone top. He went away with her in the carriage." I waited a moment, holding in my hand the ring. "Sho is false," 1 said then calmly. " May God forgive her ! Mary, dear, let us go home." Wo returned Immediately to Hrook- side. Tho chanting birds and gay llow- ers welcomed us. God! what a mock ery they were! I went about calmly for weeks. I nover wept nor cursed. Hut ono day, when I camo ncross n scarlet ribbon which had tied her hair, all tho tenso chords of my heart seemed to snap, and I fell down senseless with tho pain. 1 was terribly ill for months. I returned to my business nt last. Soon I heard of my uncle's beautiful now wife; but no one who commented on her before mo knew my secret. My employers asked mu about the marriage, mid I replied that 1 had seen Mrs. Wal ton, and that sho was very handsome. Two years afterward I met Cecilia In ono of the city parks. Sho was strolling leisurely, richly dressed, and a servant walked behind her, carrying an Infant for Its airing. I watched her, unob served, until she sat down beneath ono of tho shade-trees of tho park. Look ing up suddenly sho saw mo beforo her. "Cecilia," 1 said, "tell mu why you were faKo to me." i:ho turutd pule, bui poke calmly. mm tf dt'crii!iin0. One Pqunrr.niip or thrr-0 Insertion il fid Ilach sutwouent llikertloti less than thirteen. M ono Hquaro olib month..'. !'. l i m Two " " i .-. I .1 M Threo " ,l .i t 00 l-'our " " n (1 Halfeolumn " : Ono eolupin " " "1 Kxeeillor'll nml Administrator's Notices 00 Auditor's Notice 2 M IMItorlal Notices twenty cents ief line. Other ndvcrtlsciilclltsllisctttd according lb ro: clat contract: " Uccuuso wealth was offered lne," sho answered. I looked steadily Into her dark bytvsi Thero was that In their ttepths which avenged mo a hundred fold; and 1 turned awtiy In Bllenco and left lien I HVcd On ninny ri Vcnry year froni that day. struggling for wealth: tho strife mado nio forget niy heart: I tvoji riches, and mado Hiy sister happy for many years beforb sho died; sweet saint! I haye loved but th'o tincei The woniail 1 loved sdhl herself for gold; A WORD FOR CLERKS. U.VDouiirniii.Y lllo working man is the social pet of to-day. Wo nil talk about him, write about hlni, pralso him; lecture hint, scold hint; In u thousand expressive ways give hlni clearly to un derstand that he Is tho most Important personage In society. Working men have their "unions," "societies," their "strikes," etc., and receive n great deal of sympathy from the public. This is, perhaps, all quite right; but it would seem to be almost all ouo-sldcdt Very littlo Is said for tho clerks a eiass of young men who pass a largo part of tho twenty-four hours behind counters, and In stores. A London paper comes to tho rescue of this latter class, and com paring them with tho former says:, "Often tho 'working man,' ns ho Is par excellence designated, gets better pay; almost nlways ho Is in it position moro favorable to economy, if he only chooses to practise it. Heslde that his class nro looked after by the public, and their lii- t crests always treated as public interests ; ho nnd his fellows nro banded together by n system of organization which places them Inn position to defend their rights and their customs against unrensoilablo encroachment. Look at tho differenco between tho clerk and tho working man t Tho former must dress like a gentleman; Ills employer would not keep hlni very long if for economy ho were to wear a fustian jacket and paper eilp. Jlti can not havo his dinner brought to him by his wife, in a tin can. Ho cannot put his daughter out to service-. He must conduct himself after certain fashions, which, ns society prescribes them, his employer would assuredly insist upon. II would hardly do If his wife were to take In washing or go out ehnrringi Ho is, in plain words, a poor gentleman; and is expected, however poor, to con duct himself accordingly. An economi cal workman can make a pound a week go much farther than ho can. Well, ho works for this sum say from nine to seven, In ordinary cascyt But who does not know that in many branches of bu siness tho clerks are expected, and com pelled, when the slightest pressure comes, to extend the working hours ac cording its tho exigency may require? How many a clerk lias frequently to stick to his i wist for twelve, or even four teen hours a day, without getting an extra penny for Ids extra work! Of course n regular working man has his set hours of labor, and If you want him to do more work for you, It Is a matter of necessity that you pay him accord ingly. Hut tho clerk's time is com monly understood to bo wholly at tho service of his employer. If ho Is want ed ho must come. You turn hlni on liko tho gas or the beer; but, unlike tho gas or the beer, you pay all tho same, however much of his services you may consume. And to inauo Ins easo still worse, ho has not anything liko tho same facility for getting a new place, if ho glyos up or loses tho old one, which a Killed artisan or operative ot almost any kind enjoys." A COCOANUT PLANTATION. A cocoanut plantation lias altogeth er a singular appearance. Tho trees. being of one age, aro of a uniform height, thickness of trunk, and spread of top; jjlieyaro planted In horizontal lines, at equal distances,, and growing up straight nnd perpendicular, present a series of long, tall, thin, gray columns, roofed over by green feathery foliage. The trees nt maturity attain a height of forty feet, unbroken by a leaf or branch, and rarely inclining moro than two or three degrees from tho perpen dicular. Tho tops havo a spread of about twenty-five feet In diameter ; and us the trees are seldom planted further apart than thirty feet, their foliage forms nearly an unbroken canopy, shad ing tho ground below. Tho nuts grow In clusters between tho roots of tho leaves or branches at tho top, In all conditions of ripeness. If not picked when ripe they drop; and even with careful picking many nuts aro lost by dropping and being broken on tho ground. Indeed, In a largo plantation iho nolso of tho falling nuts and tho dead old branches strangely breaks tho si lence that reigns around. The force with which they fall is considerable sufficient, if they alight on tho head, to kill a man of ordinarily thick skull; and wo havo thought It remarkable- that no deaths should havo happened from this cause at least, wo havo never heard of a slnglo case. This Is especially remarkable among tho native villages, which uro thickly crowded with cocoantit-trees, under tho shade of which t lie huts repose, and tho littlo black children play about from morning to night. It Is sad to think that tho meed of fame, of power, and of uuccoss Is moro frequently assigned to tho action of strong passions than to tho operations of great intellect.