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Ml V TJj .f .V n , !! , .Tf .1 I 9 , I S 1 3 . ( VOIi. 19"-?II7nRRR 10: Till: It lilt A I. It. rmbllsW erary Tuesday Eroning. TERMS rtn TrAR. ft t ryi'.cn rmiti. aime iubteriberi door 1.75. ...tl in mclerti.cr lelen al the office. " I,50 I I nfidfotrt Jit,M ccni aided ifnttlien paid tklnti'd iy Mr Yxllage catrttr, $2.00. fUtfor tttrybody ; "Encourarc Your Own." ki:iiciok. The mariner, when tempest-driven, I'pon a dark and stormy sea, Lifts up his troubled eyes to heaven, la hopes that there some guide may be. And if perchance some trembling star Shine toftlv through the gloom of night He lmifs its radiance from afar Blessing its mild celestial light. Thus when o'sr life's tumultuous surge Wo struggle on, through gloom and care, While storms ofgricf and anguish burn Our troubled spirits to despair. Oh then, in that benighted hour, Olo guide hath God in mercy given, Sliming with mild, benignant power, To light our weary souls to heaven. Religion! 'lis that holy beam That distillates each cloud of gloom Brightens and cheers life's troubled dream And sheds a halo round tho tomb. For the lhrald. THE AFRICAN'S APPEAL. BV THE riUIBIL- DA nn. Upoa hii eouch of straw lie lay, Awaiting death's embrace, A knotted faggot's dying ray Shone o'er his sunken face; His leaden eye was waxing dim, And redd hit dusky brow, A..J gliiMlv as tho tyrant's grim Was that lono bondman now. Dreams he of pleasures that have flown To glad liis soul no mote Of those ho left long years agono On Afric's fated shore ! A parent's smile a sister's love A brother's manly form! The myrtle and tho orange grove, And skies unswept by storm! Why tranquil 'mid joint. rending pain Doihhe like infant rest, Save hurried glance and frantic brain, And wildly heaving breast ! Nn wiiiliing limb no pang-wrought gioan, Though stern discaso is there, What weighs the negro's spirit down ! ' What is the ncgro'd pray or 1 Another form it standing by With glare almost severe, lit heaps tho waning faggots high, And to theceuch draws near: "Thy three score years and ten," he said, "Old man was but thy spiing, Since thirty more have o'er thee sped On limo' unceasing wing. "Tii time thy aged limbs should sink Into the wailing grave, Hut while thou ttandest on the brink Hast thou no boon to crave ! A sculptured monument that tells Thy history in brief, Shall grace ihy home an hundred knells Shall speak thy roaster's grief." j KlaJly he spake, his cheerful tono Heried the old man up, "V ell hast thou said ono boon t!une Can sweeten sorrow's cup ; Hut Us nohtsttless pageant's train, No cottly marble mound, But motiwlut l have tighed to gain, Fondly, but ne'er have found. "I.iit, then, I wat in days long sptd, The servant of thy tire, wtcbd his sliiTen'd corse, when red Grew the fierce battle's ire; hen lumbering steeds tush'd o'er the plain, And glowM the thealhlcss glare, I lingered from protection's train To glTe that tire a grave T "Pre wtuh'd tiiy infant ttcps, while jet Their w ay t ere all untried, And of thy youth, cantt thou forget The guardian and guide ! Oh ' why the bondman's hour prolong t List ys the boon I crave ; Atsunder burst thesa-fcttert strong would net die a ilctt V Wa'Jingford, April, 1613. 'itr Lida, or the .11 ockOlar- "iT 'd, icolJ, thump, thump, tculd scold away! There u no comfort in tho house upon a washing ' he next day it rained, and every thintr looked and miserable. Tho water-drops pattered "tlesily against the windows, and the old willow i whip green witn its uranenca drooping to iiKeine plumage oz a grcst dim that , khi no inciter. The work-room was coll thwrlsM. Miti Smith tat by her table di. .'JKUtJ nd crot. The inoitt air, which Tt in fr,. . l. . . i ,i . rr r e " iuc tour, wjk nc smciiing iiom her silks, and if she closod the door, nil lionet of would make n good milliner, if rho should not seeing the lawyer were at nn end for tho day , Icarn the trade, and hcr important questions, Sho would hare submitted to thofided lustre of w hich must have divcrilfiethhc passaers of Mil her good but when the damp had taken her ring Ion and Young, which lio was lending, w ith nn lets out of curl, and began to chill her neck, she ' agreeable variety flungnshaw l over her shoulders, tore up a bonne tj Tlio jealousy which springs from affection, pattern to roll her hair in, and putting on tho painfully aroused, cannot bo divested of trenero'ity w orn oticmrwrs with her altered looks, ordered wie uoors closed, ana determined to make a miser - A knock nt tho door. 'Come in,' said Miss Smith; 'Lid.i, go and get tho black crape bonnet you altered, tho boy has come after it, 1 suppose.1 J .ula Had scarcely time to lay down her work, en the door opened and Mr. Gilbert walked llllirlll- ,nlr ll.,. rnn. ,u luulu, Miti htnith blushed crimson, dropped her shnwl and seemed tempted to commence depredations' yyho nurJipipfcrr- forth wjilrrET(Ia took up her work again and .Mr. Uilbcrt sat down nmid a tor rentof compliments from Miss Smith, and began to turn over a volume of Byron, which ho had brought in his hand. Mr Gilbert had dono himself tho pleasure of bringing tlio book which Miss Smith had de sired. Miss Smith was delighted would Mr. Gilbert oblige her by reading n few pages, if ho was not too much engaged she had been informed that ho read beautifully. Mr Gilbert would be too happy, but tho light was so dim that ho must sit by the window so moving his chair with tho self possession of ono accustomed to have his own wny ho sat down within n few paces of Lida. She did not look up, hut tho most delicate of nil blushes broke into her cheek, nnd the young man saw that her fingers were a little tremulous, and iMiss Smith took nd vantage of the opportunity to let down a quantity , iuuiuck nair, which ino muuiaicu pattern nau failed to render more thnn wavy, and giving her fitjunccs a light shake, she drew her chair to the window, ordered Lida to nlaeo a bonnet block for her fectj and folding her hands, sho composed her self to listen. It would bo iuite superfluous to say how many times the sensitive Miss Smith lifted her hands, and exclaimed 'Beautiful! Exquisite I Oh I how sweet !' while the reading of Childc Harold weiitou: or to give any description to tho color which glowed and deepened in the check of our Lida, and the pleasure which filled those softoyes till they sparkled like gems beneath her drooping lashes. But it is quite, necessary to inform tho reader thnt nftcr this stormy day, Mr Gilbert was a constant visitor at the milliner's shop that he read Childo Harold quite through, and when Miss Smith solicited some of tho shorter poems, ho looked nt Lida and answered no ho would read them to Miss Smith, but not there. Miss Smith was delighted with this indication that her neighbor desired a iete-a-lele, nnd Lida, who had heard Byron for the first time, though sho had read more tlian girls of her ago, was quite un conscious of the compliment paid to her purity of character in tho denial. Tho lawyer had a largo library, and there was no lack of books for peru sal. Lida scJdom spoko whilo ho was reading, but it was pleasent for an indolent and refined man like Gilbert to study the changes of her sweet face It was liko a volume of 'unwritten poetry,' which no one could read but himself. In less than a week his easy chair was wheeled into tho milliner's room ovcry day, and ho was quite domesticated among the strnw trimmers, scraps of satin, nnd all of the pasteboard chips that littered about the floor. A sense of aristocratic distinction is a remarka ble pleasant feeling, but in order to enjoy it per fectly, there must bo some companionship. It was very pleasant and agreeable for Miss Warner to return !rom a four years' residence at school, to be tho richest aud most accomplished bcllo of a country village. It was pleasant to bo engaged to a wealthy young man like Gilbert, but as she did not care for books, had no ono but a widowed mother to bestow the flattery which schoolmates barter one with tho other, as she detesteel all use ful employment, it was to bo expected that her time must pu$ somewhat heavily, especially af ter tho first objects that presented themselves when she w ent to lounge away her mornings in the por tico, wcro the sweet face of our Lida hent over her work, by tho opposite window, and just be yond tho dark locks and white forehead of her own afilnanced husband. Miss Warner was not absolutely jealous, but she was very idle, nnd so, naturally enough, began to think it just possiblo that the country millinor might have received something worth looking nt from town. Ono morning sho was seen crossing the highway, elaborately dressed, with delicate peach blossom gloves on her pretty hands, and a deeply fringed parasol girarding her faco from the sun. There was a great deal of artificial grace in her step as she glided over the green sward, nnd the Tittle af fected knock at the milliner's door w.n eloquent nn,;nl, 'iu. ,u . i. . .... : zin bend to .Miss Smith, the cracefulU extended bawl to Gilbert, ami the quiet stare at poorLula, 'And you will assist me will tell her that you who sat blushing like a guilty thing by the win-; resign all claim on my hand on the homestead dow. Gilbert thouched his lips to tho peach ,nml property?' head Jed with n bitter emphasis on blossom glove, but when he saw the supercilious the last words. look fixed on Lida, he dropped it again, and n! Sho did not observe it but answered eager dash of color swept over his forehead. Miss ly Smith wa full of delight, exhibited all her finery I 'Yes yes; I will do my part to perfection and distilled more flattery into a conversation of how mortyfying tho truth will be when she fifteen minutes, about blue ribons and leghorn thinks herself Mrs Gilbert, and finds it is all a Hits, than was ever bestowed in the same time on joke.' those ladies who purchased it by the year, in tho i 'But think of the shock it wflf give her pride form of a humble 'companion. J and delicacy Miss Warner's dignity was not of an order to I 'Add refinement pray, add refinement!' said withstand this insenco to her vanity, and even if the young girl, scornfully; 'pride, delicacy, and her afilnanced husband had not been a constant refinement, are common attributes to tho jauglr viiuor, it is doubtful if the honey suckle portico tors of washerwomen ' would net have soon been abandoned for the milTi. I ' You aro orify Join? 'tliis to annov me" said net s room and its gossiping freedom. In less thana fortnightthe peach blontom gloves were soiled by constantusAV and if Gilbert wai a' A -iture in tho milhnr' slion. his lodv-lovc haun-. ted ilalmoit ai regular as h efid. Sho thought Gilbert turned away and taking up his hat, was Miss Smith 'such a nice creature- such a dear i -.bout to leave the house hot she laid her hand up good soul so capable of appreciating truo ele- r his arm and looked smilingly into his fair gance of manner so very tastofur in her fancy : faco. caps and bonnets ' " ( 'They tell me the house is finSihul will you It was beautiful to tea how condescending th , ho so kind at to take me to look at it in the morn Kited Miss became, how useful the made h rselfjingf in tnipping up Jmle Liu ofatin, and how prottily 'T( you desire it,' was the cold and abstracted she would atk Gilbert jf he did not think she ' reply. mortined vanity 13 . bitter and implacable. It was not lone hrforo Mits Smith became convinced that the gentle girl who sat listening with such interest that dropped from tho cloquent lips of lawyer Gilbert, was tho sole attraction in the room, and a few adroitness to his nffinanced brido were enou-rh ( arouse her attention to tho damask color that camo and went in tho poor filtl's check whenever It. J.I . .1 I- . P . nu uuuresseu ner. ? 'Artful wretch!1 mutteAlhhe future hrldestt- tlngvjicr-pcurl while' ieenpSssionatcIy together as she spoko; 'she think of attracting him I' and with n slight scornful laugh in which tho milli ner jomcu, sue oegnn practicing her steps in n distant corner of the room. Gilbert went home that night with his nffinan ccd bride, and the next day he sent in a hook for Lida; but nvoided the milliner's room nltotrether The apprentice only saw liim as he crossed the green toward the window. Just nt night Mifs Warner came in. She look tho milliner into n distant part of the room nnd as they conversed in low voices, a scornful laugh now nnd reached the apprentice, who had be Seomc sensitive, sho scare ely knew why, Miss mith followed her visiter to the door. 'It is well I mentioned it in time,' she said in a confidential whisper. Miss Warner tore her giovo as she attempted to draw it on. 'It is a pretty speculation for a low washer- woman's datightarj' she said nloud, with a curling up. But ho cared nothing about her ? rejoined Miss Smith. 'No, indeed ; he was quite angry at tho charge, nnd consented to slay from your room forever, if I desired it.' 'She would have made a splendid mistress for Ihc homestead up yonder,' rejoined Miss Smith, with another low, disagreeable laugh: 'it is al- most n pity she failed in licrnim upon it.' 'Splendid I' exclaimed the bride, with a li ht mocking laugh; 'but no, no I should not so much regard seeing him tho son-in-law of a wash erwoman but it would break my heart to know that any ono but myself was mistress of the home stead and property ' 'Hark I did you not hear somo ono moving?' said tho subtlo milliner, listening apprehensive ly. Miss Warner listened a moment, and then nn swcred'in a faint-voice - . No, it cannot bo; I sawhim going toward the house just ns I camo in.' 'Let us move away from this door, there is no harm in that,' whispered Miss Smith, and they walked down the entry.conversing together. Af ter a little time the sound of their but half suppres sed laughter filled the apartment. 'It would bo a capital joke 1' said the milli ner. 'It is just the'punishment she deserves, the pre sumptuous creature ?' 'But can you persuade him to join us?' was tho next question. 'lie shall? Gilbert was standing that nicht in tho little portico of his bride's dwelling. It was a lonely evening every thing was deluge-d with a floo'd of moonlight and the dew Ir.y liko rain-drops among the crimson flowers which shed n rich fragrance from tho honeysuckle vine. She was by his side, his arm had been round her waist, and but a few moments before hisf eyes had been bent with tender and affectionate earnestness on her face, but now his arms were folded, and he looked almost sternly upon her. 'Do you really desire this, Louisa ?' ho said, in n deep, constrained voice; 'would you ever re spect me again, if I could do so cruel so unmanly an net?' 'I will never love you again, if you Jo not !' was the petulcnt reply. An expression nl most of disgust swept over the young man's face, and his lips trembled as he spoke. 'Tell me, have you been to Miss Smiths room to-day I' he inquired, 'Yes I was thcro just at sunset. But why do you ask?' 'No matter! Have you thought nil this over; nnd nro you reJoliilolr doeoive litis noor grirl?' ' ' 'Resolute l' 'And you are w illing that I devote myself to win hrr affections V 'They are already given, without the trouble of Gilbert's brow contracted in tho moonlight, and the word 'Unwomanly !' was smothered between his compressed" fins. )'"ng man ; 'you will throw offthe cruel wish Wore morning.' t 'Shall IT replied the girl with the hend. a thort bend of Hut that which arises from 'Well, I shall bo rtndy nt tin. Good night ' and gaily kusmg her hum!, tho young creature glided into the house 'It vat her ieicu then, and sho was planning this disiga with that infamous milliner. I would not believe my ownseiirtstill sho confirmed thrm but she will not persist in any thing so cttiel it is absurel to suppose so. Jfshcelocs 1 will obey her.' As he muttered these words, young man walk ed slowly from the house, Hon melancholy poor l.ida had been nil the previous day how mnny strange conjectuies had passed through her brain reimrelini: tho remarka bio absence of Mr. Gilbert. Thtv haunted her nil night, and in the mottling, when sho came j rnsJ cmur, sownng liko a child nnd tears were along the foot path through the fields, tears Mood i hrenking, like half confined jewels, through tho iiiJicr.cvesniora-lir,).lf eln wny. - Bho had jleneler fingris that cohce-nlrd her fate, enst'many n'sadcarnest"gnzc through Iho simp"' ' Gllhetf approached with a nolselesH (rraef, ami window, befuro she saw Gilbert nnd Miss Wnr- gently Inking ono of the hands from her face, ner coming through the opposite porlico. The , pressed it to his lips. She stalled up and tried to sight made tho heart strugglcjvith a throb of pain conceal her te ars with the remaining hand, while in Lida's bosom, nnd n mist came over her eyes her brow and face and neck weffc rlehigfel with till they could scarcely diccrn the needle w'ith crfmton. which she seemed occupied. They were coming His voice was (rnngely tender nnd musical for toward Ihel shop, nnd tho sound of their footMcrs 'ho strange plot ho was nctinir. in the entry made the young girl treinblo in her .1 i . , - . . . . seat. 'flnfnn ' 11 111 !ti W'firnop mlilrnccinrr lltrt ir,.l , -- .-a. WW .... ..,ulDdl,l IIIU llll- liner, 'put on your bonnet. Wo arc going up to the house and want your opinion. Miss Smith ran for her bonnet, and, for the first time in her life, tho young lady addressee! tho ap prentice. 'Get your sun-bonnet,' she said; you can go with us,1 The blood rushed over Lida's face, and she would have refused, but Miss Wnrner whispered a word to her lover, and he pressed Lida to go with such respectful carnestne-ss that she nroto lied on Iter little straw cottage, nnd wrs ready to attend them long before Miss Smith made her ap pearance. The homestead was n large and superior old iiiuiisioii ior a country village, its material was ......m,vl. .- -.uiihu j sim, itj lit il tv litis 1 1 tio heavy, nnd touched with tho brown tin nfnirn- the trees nrounil it wcro majestic, nml its s hrubbc - ry luxuriant; its furniture was thnt of another cen- tury, old fashioned and massive, but Gilbert ut had inlcrspcrced it with chairs and tables of lighter and inore recent mode I; and the gloom which low ceilings gave to an upartmtnt was relieved by tall mirrors and modern windows, which were cut from ceiling to floor. Altogether it was tho blo0(I " "!' 10 h" forehead, and answered bur dwelling which a elomcstic nnd studious person ru")' ,nat '" wns. ,n0!l sincere, most earnest tor would have preform! above nil others. make her his wife-. He kitted her forehead as Lida had never seen anything half so splendid ,llQ w ords wcro uttered, nnd when she became before, but thcro was a heavy feeling of her heart suddenly connioiu that they wcra alone in tha which mere novelty could not dispel. Sho follow- i no,1$0 a,,(l wished to Ienve it, he drew her arm re ed her conductors un the broad stairs, heaid them ndmiro the bulusturn of dark mahogany, and walk- cd llnough ihcchambcrs like one in a dream. Sho was pale bewildered, and sick at bcait. nl - most for tho first time in her lile. 1 hero wns one room on the first floor which Gilbert hail fitted up exclusively for his brido. It had but ono bay window, which opened ution tlio most verdent nook of the old fashioned garden ; and this window required no drapery, for an im mense white rose tree was trainee! alouir tho case ment, till a profusion of thick arcen leaves and snowy blossoms drooped liko n curtain over the upper part, and when tho sash was open a storm of fragrant leaves fell like snow flakes over tho rich old easy chairs ami moss like carnct which decorated the room On a curious little table. with legs carvc-d and twisted together like a knot of serpent, lay n guitar, with an azuro ribbon jiiit attached, and as yet unseen' a supeibold bookcase, crowded with neatly bound volumes, stood oppo - site the bay window, and a little French work ta- ble, perfectly new. occupied a corner close by. Miss Warner flung hcrselfon a seat, nnd taking up the guitar, began to trifle with tlio strings, ns sho turned with an unplrasnnt smile toward 1ida. 'How would you like this room for VouY own?' she said. 'Me?' said Lida, faintly; 'I havo never elrcam ed of living in such n phtcn as this ' 'But you can live here if you like,' replied the milliner. 'My mother was well off onco, and she would not let mo 'live out' for nnythins,' said the ap prentice; for she could only imagine that Miss Warner wished to enjajje her for 'help,' when she- would take possession of the homestead; 'besides l am not strong enough lor very ham work!' 'Oh, we didn't mean that,' replied the milliner; 'Mr Gilbert wants n wife, and ns this lady here has taken a fancy that he likes you rather better than he does her, she is nuilei willinc that lie make you mistress of the homestead, instead of ncrsen 'Han't say so It is cruel to joke in this man ner!' said the bewildered girl, turning very pale; 'I nm sure, quite sure, that Mr Gilbert never thought of inn I' Lida spoko hastily, but in n faint voice, and she had n look of troubled doubt in her eyes, as if she almost hoped they would contradict her. 'But he does think of you he told mc so law night!' said Mitg Warner; 'and if I am willing to give him up, what harm can come of it T 'And eouW you give him up?' said Lida, clasp ing her email hands with energy which beepcko her astonishment that any onerould resign, of her own froo will, a boing to perfect 'Oh. Mr Gilbert is not tlio only agreeable man on earth,' replied the young luuy, removing the azuro ribbon from her nock, and laying down the guitar; 'I am perfecify willing to resign him at any moment so prepare for Bie wedding to-morrow night, if you like!' As she tpot'c Mits Warner and her companion glided from the room. Lida had no power to follow, she was canfiiiwd ami strengthle. a mist came over her sgbt. and sinking to her seat, ihe eoverod her face with both hands, and remained in a slate of mtttd bowifcTermwit, almost uncon scious of the solitude which faurroundtd her Mi Warner and the- milliner rntt Gilbert in the half, ami both were laughing a they moved t toward him We have broken the ic for you,' tail Mis Warner, 'she it hi t be Httlo room yonder, ejiile prepared far a pfopenl ' 'And yeu ar reeaNy determined to carry this hoax to an and T inquire the young lawyr, I gravely Oh! by all nv-am,' wot the reply- 'it really is rMiciiloiw, the idea of krr believing ns I with ' von had ser ft her flnp those hnnds and wortdrr how I could give you up, Gt go Wfoie shn takes it into her head to follow nn But I say, Gilbert, do remove thai hornd little table with ttoV twntid legs; it H such n fright' 'It was my moihet t replied the lawyer quietly 'Wellwell; it tan he put in thegnrtttaml krw nut in thi'crnrmaml krnt quite tafe Hut go along vour lady-love is wait ing' Mr Gilhrit stood motionless in the hnll li his nflinnced bride and her companion disappeared amid the oaks; he then turned with n calm fata' and resolute, Hrp town rds (lie little room whera l.ida had been le ft She was Mill jiiimir in ihn i ii-i. i . ..ii v t j i iiey navo lorn you no lafsehowl. f .1.1. said, '1 elo indeed love you very much, Will you come and lives with rne in this- pleasant old house, hherc mv nare nts were t tmAntl rr ---- . ..... ...... , j '1m, Micro my parenls you love me, nnd Mud; for my sate, when we nro married for if you enn answer yes to whnt I have said, with your wholo heart, in three day jvu i-in.il uii my own sweet wile. The poor girl could not answer she was per fectly overcome by tho sensation of exquisite hap piness that thrilled every nerve. 'Why do yon Weep so, Lida? Am I annoying you by these quiMions?' ' 'No no,' said the Joilhg girl half lifting hef eyes tff Jus face, 'it is not thnt I I am to surprised, so shocked, so very happy' she broke off in con fusion, turned her hend away in an instant, and thru looked him earnestly in tlio fate. 'You arc sincere with mo7' she said; 'I half ' ' " nsi a . suspected that Miss Winner caeMcd how rrrneh . 1 now wen i inoiigiu oi you and so was -rymg lo punish mo with ftilso thoughts; but you, , "ir -"cn, coiim not nave the hevut to tnflo with me so drcadfulfy- -it would kill me, it would in- tlcrd.' Gilbert tried to look in the Soft b'uc eves, lifted So """ of eloquence to his face, but he felt the bet spcctfully through hi, end conducting her to tho na"i wcnt 1,1 erch of Miss Warner and her com I panion. i hey wero m the garden, ehaltwg in 1 hifer.- spirits, and lull of laughter at the success of their scheme. 'And how did you succeed? did sho suspect?" how did she act?' they exclaimed together, run ning eagerly towards him, 'As you predicted,' re-plied the lawyer, with a grave smile; 'your pleaeant little hoai will bo carried out, tlir-c evenings from this.' 'But I hayojust been thinking; who can wo find that will pby the miniatcr?' exclaimed Miw Warner. Ileirc in dilcmMal" chimed in the milliner. 'Not in the least,' replied Gilbert; 'j hav thought eiftlmt already My friend Morris, who grailtialed with me nt Yalo fast year, is just thii man. lie looks ns much !iko nm-Am eitUm.i I ' ,nc c''i,',l w ill ride to town' in the morning 1 nmI,r fcl him into our frolic.' 1 ,l. i ...:m i . L -i Here now all is nrrnnged. Wu must give.' , rn wedding dress, Gilbert, nnd that will eonsolo' '1C f"T '0,,r I053 sni(' Min Warner, "'alkcd towards tlio house nhd found1 M' ElanJi"g ' the hall. She advanced to (ho i "'"""or os sue camo in, ami said, ' am c4 well enough to work this afternoon : can I i;o home?1 'Oh certainly! Wo cannot etpect jout to think of a trade now,' said tho milliner, easting a glance of sly ridicule nt Miss Warner. 'Mr Gilbert of course will see you home1.' 1 'The blood turned to Lidn's cheek, but the an swered with quiet dignity, that she wished to so her mother alofto. 'Then the is not out washing to-day?' inquired the) milliner, with another covert loot al Gilbert nnd his comp-inie'n, Lida eenifd not understand the low malice of theepieMion, so sho answ ered qtiietlyjthat her moth er wus at home1, nnd left the party, when they went toward the milliner's work room, The next morning the washerwoman was at our house very e-arfy sho wished to consult with thote who had bee n kind frirnds to her, regarding the strang proposal which her daughter had re ceived. Mr Gilbert had tern nt her house the night before, she Siief. and everything was settled for n wedding on the next evening but one. Of course, no eipinion coufd be jjlven after nfl"iirs had" gone so far; so consenting thnt the children might come to te Lida on her wedding elay.our mother allowed the kind woman to depart without ex pretting any of the misgivings that beset her w rr mind. Mr Gilbert drove by our hoiite ehiring tfio af tornoon, and took ihe New Haven roid. Tim tocond d;iy from that we were nt-rtaitltd to visit the washerwoman's norw, tehmil fumle-Roek. It was a bright day, and the little house looked' ncatand cheerfol oe wo approaehnf it through n a fof pitfi nit acroMa meatfaw, gofden with hut ter-cups nnd motlle-d lilies. Lida was gathering flowers from n little yard which surrounded the only door in her dwelling, ond in a fw morrte'nl'r wo were busy as he-rse ff gathering daiie i from (he meadow, and will honeyv-ckl'-t from the reeks, which we bronchi down irv aTrnsfiil. and hwn! on the the door-step, ready for u Before sunw-t the widow's house might havo been mistaken for a syfvun lodge, it wns so fra grant with bloswrns The whole dwedlinr eon- taintd but three ajartmenis. a kitchen and twu small sleeping rooms; but these were as neat as human bands could rrwike them. The pine floors and tphnt chain were scoured white at it wat pos tiWe for wood to become-; the little old-kihioneel looking Kilts w ith atrwrapu branches, w htro ' . i. . . r - i . . . . ine mj iurie hung thielr and Mignt ai coral i'3"!'1 B,jno delicate green spray; the mnv