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1' 11 AX K MORTIMER, )
Editor and Vrojtrietor. AN INDEPENDENT FAMILY NEWSPAPER. (Tcrtnit: IX ADVAXCE, One Uelhw per Year. Vol. IV. The IUoomfield Trans J J.s 1'ubllshed Weekly, At 'cw lMoomfieltl, renn'a. BY FRANK MORTIMER. SUBSCMPTION TKKMfl. OXE DOLLAR I'ER YEAR! IN ADVANCE. ADVEKTJSINO KATES. TrtuUnt Cents per lino for one insertion. X3 " " " two insertions. 15 ' " " three insertions. Knsincus Notices in Local Column 10 Cunts per line. Notices of Marriages or Deaths inserted free. Tributes of Respect, Ac, Ten cents per line. TBAULY ADVEUTISEMKNTS. One Square per year, including paper, $ 8 00 Two Squares per year, including paper, 12 00 Three Squared " " " !' 00 Four Scares " " " 20 00 Tea J.iues Nonpareil or one Inch, Is one square. CORRIE SHERWOOD'S HERO. An Excellent Story. I DO not imagine Grantley to have been much abo ;e tho average of New Eng land towns in regard to virtue and religion. It had its scores of Christian people who frowned upon all not of their peculiar stamp and superscription ; it had also its fair quo ta of scoffers w ho lived, like parisites, ou the shortcoming of those same pious ones. It had, likeotber small towns, its petty ar istocracy, its mi 'Idle and lower classes ; and taken altogether, was perhaps afairsamplo of tho majority of moderate-sized New England towns. ' Alfred Lindsey bad a good deal to con tend with from t he start, Tho class of peo ple aro not yet e stinct who beliovo it im possibles for any tJiing to eomo out of Naz areth. There were thoso who believed it the wildest recklessness in James Sherwood in taking a Lindsey into tho store, even in tho irresponsible situation of errand boy. It had been more a matter of impulse with him, than from any deliberate benevolence ho felt towards young Lindsey, or the class ho represented. I do not mean to insinuate that tho Lynd- sevs were sinners abovo other men. In deed, I rather incline to tho opinion that, according to their gifts and opportunities, thev were full as aooA as their betters. To bo sure their gifts, liocuniarily considered, were exceedingly srn.11, and they were rot tho sort of people to make opportunities, Had they been foruuiato enough to have been born rich, they would have made good- natured, respectablo citizens, but not men and women of energy and enterprise. There was, perhaps, half a dozen families of them, and all singularly aliko in character and disiwsition. If there bo ono thing abovo another a genuine New Englander thor oughly despises, it is shiftlcssuess and indo lence. In a country where every man expected to invent at least a. patent gridi ron, or an " improvement" on ono already invented, people of tho Liiulsey pattern are at a sorry discount. For three generations the Linseys had been " hewers of wood or drawers of wa ter. " Home or them had been ollcreu op portunities of becoming artisans, but so long as they got enough to eat, and an ex tra, shirt in case of emergency, they were content to let well enough alone. They never went to church, and had no need of fine clothes. They had very little literary taster tho annual Town Report and Fann er's Almanac furnished their year's reading. This again was not particularly expensive They had no foolish pride of appearance, and old hats and coats, though a triflo loss transparent, had tho merit of costing less than window glass. They believed in tak ing tho world easy. They fulfilled, literally the command to "take no thought for t- I morrow. 1 ney worked pnrciy enougn to kcop them out of tho alms-house, yet wert forcver liovevhifj on tho verge. People said it was " no nrc trying to help them," though I am rather doubtful about tho experiment ever having been tried. Up to his twelfth year Alfred Lindsoy had followed in the steps of his predecessors.-- j IIc had lived piincipally in the streets, pick ing up occasional jobs of work and pretty good knowledge of human nature. No ono thought to look wilder the tattered hat, or they might have seen a pair of brilliant gray eyes looking keenly out at the world tho busy, restless, struggling world, upon which he was only a fungus growth. Some such thoutrhts crept into his brain, some times. A longing to crowd himself into the busy ring and light his way with tho rest sometimes came over him, keeping him awake for hours after his two brothers, George and Ben, were asleep. But there never seemed to bo an opening. No ono saw him, apparently, and so he waited till till ono day Fate cleft the way for him. An unusually heavy fall of snow, solidi fied by frequent rains falling upon and freez ing in it, had distinguished tho winter. Tho streams were .already swollen beyond precedent, when a strong south wind, ac companied by a heavy rain, set in. Mr. Sherwood's residence was situated on a lit tle knoll, below which tho river bent ab ruptly, broadening to a beautiful pond, dot ted in summer with snowy lilies, and m winter by gay parties of skaters. 'Papa, isn't tho river rising?' Come Sherwood asked, pausing at tho door, on her way to her chamber. ' A little, I presume ; but it wont rise high enough to reach you, little one, if you hurry off to bed," tho father answered, smi ling at tho flushed little face, looking out of a tangle of soft chestnut hair. "You are quite sure, papa?" "Sure 1 Why, Corralline, what puts such absurd thoughts into your unusually wise little head? Tho river never rises half wav nn the knoll. Go to bed without any fears my child." " The river does roar fearfully, James," Mrs. Sherwood said, going to tho door and opening it a little way. "Well, my dear, it's chained fast to its bed, and can't get away," ho answered, with tho air of a man who is concious of having said a clever thing. Mr. Sherwood was (he merchant of Grant- ley. There were soveral grocers, and sim plo "storekeepers," but only ono Mahomet, The others wore respectable citizens, mere ly Mr. Sherwood eminent and honored. All " tho best" peoplo in Grantley I use the word in its social, not its moral sense patronized his house. If ho sometimes took advantage of bis popularity and re- spectability, and sold the same quality of goods at slight advance on tho other Grant ley dealers, it did not lessen his sales. Tho prestige of trading at Sherwood's was worth a small percentage. " I wish you would go to tho door and look out before retiring," his wife contin ued, strangely oblivious of her lord's clev erness. " You and Corrie are nervous," ho said, rising. Standing on the broad, polished granite steps of his elegant residence, Mr. Sher wood looked down, in a doublo sense, at the low tumble-down hovel of Tom Lindsey. It stood at the edgo of the pond, in close proximity to the old "grist mill." The light shone out from one of the dilapidated windows, revealing a wild, turbid sea of broken ice and floating boards. " I shouldn't bo surprised if it carried off Tom's hut. I'm sure I liopo it will 1' Mr. sherwood said, coming back to his warm luxurious room. " Tho pond is full of floating boards, so I supposo Morton has suffered some. But ho piled his boards on the river's edge to save storage But I'm not afraid of its injuring me, andothor peo plo must look out for themselves : with which quite unheard-of sentiment Mr. Slier- Nov 131ooniaoll, X-i., jVEurcli. 1870. wood, merchant, retired to his virtuous re pose. "Papa, papa, wake up ! Allio Lindsey is out hero in a boat. Their house is carri ed away ; and O papa, the water is all over the meadow !" Mr. Sherwood sprang hastily to his feet, thoroughly awake. " How came you to know about this, Cor rie?" ho asked, as ho hastily dressed. "Allio woke mo shouting under tho win dows. I don't think I was sleeping very soundly, papa." "Where is the boy, now?" "Gono back with his mother O, I didn't tell you his father, and Gcorgo and Ben ere carried away in tho house. IIo man aged to get into a boat, .and took his moth er out of tho window, but tho ico got be tween them and ho couldn't save the rest. Ben jumped out into tho water, but just as Alfred was reaching to draw him into tho boar, a great piece of ico came crashing against it, carrying down poor Ben, and crushing somo of tho fingers on Alfred's hand. Then ho saw how the water was up round our house, and ho rowed clear up here, with that wounded hand, too, to tell us of tho danger. Isn't ho a real hero, papa?" tho bright eyes flashing out their admira tion. Yes, Corrie," ho answered, promptly, a truo hero." It was hard work, but by daylight the cows, norses and swino nau oeen driven to a place of safety. Had tho work been de layed two hours longer three thousand dol lars worth of stock would have perished in the waters. Tho water was nearly five feet deep in front of the house, and the broad, beautiful meadows stretching back to tho wood was ono broad lake of foamy waters, when tho gray light of morning broke over tho scene. Alfred Lindsey completed his bravery by owing against tho current nearly a mile, and procuring men and boats to take away tho beleaguered family. Poor Tom Lindsey and his two boys were washed up on tho meadows, crushed almost past recognition by tho ico and timber. Only Alfred and his mother, a weak, fair- faced woman, utterly devoid of ambition or energy, were left, and they utterly desti tute and shelterless. I ought to do something for Alf." Mr. Sherwood said, after tho excitement and peril were beginning to subside in Grantley, and ho had ventured back to his house again. "I hardly know what is best. Giv ing to the Lindseys is like pouring water into a sieve." "Why don't you hire him, papa?" Cor- rio asked soberly. "You could pay him more than ho earned, if you thought it was right, you know." And this was how it happened that Alfred Lindsey became a clerk for ho was soon promoted from his original post of errand boy in tho highly respectablo mercantile establishment of Sherwood & Son. As I said bofore, young Lindsey had much to contend against. First came his own long-seated indolence. He had never been confined to labor, and though his res olution was strong to succeed, tho flesh was sometimes weak. His mother, grown weak and fretful, grew also selfishly unreasona ble, and instead of helping him forward. was a perpetual drag and hindrance to his efforts, by her demands on his timo and purse. With their improved finances sho had developed a weak vanity for "dress, and upbraided Alfred that he could not indulge her in her rapidly increasing wants.- Then there were the prejudices of all Grantley to overcome. The thriftlcssnoss, and indolence, and im potence of a sooro of uncles and cousins was a continual "old man of tho sea," about his neck. Nq ono thought to honor him the more because of them, recognizing tho merit that ho had vindicated itself de spite, utoward circumstances. He was " a Lindsey," and that fact was never lost sight of, but continually urged against him, as in itself something too monstrous fcrr forgive ness. We all know how the stigma of a name will cling to one, particularly in a country town, where every one's antece dents are thoroughly known, and how hard it is for one of a proscribed family to rise abovo the level, or pass the bound society and common opinion have set for him. It argued therefore no ordinary strength of character when at twenty-one Alfred Lindsey had so far overcome aud lived down the prejudices' of his townsmen as to bo ad mitted still a little reluctantly, but yet admitted to bo a young man of ability and promise. From the first, Robert Sherwood" had been Alfred's firm friend. Five years bis senior, with fine natural abilities, and a supe rior education, it is easy to see tho great help he could be to a boy liko young Lindsey, if ho chose. Ho did so choose. IIo spent his evenings in teaching him thoso studies which he had himself acquired at a great expense, and rejoiced enthusiastically when tho pupil's thought sometimes outstripped the teacher's. Ho braved even his father's displeasure, by recognizing him as his so cial equal upon every possible occasion, and y his friendship and countenance forced others to. If I am anything, it is you who have made me," Alfred said, his lips trembling in spite of him, as Robert Sherwood put a paper in his hand on his twenty-first birth- uay, declaring mm a junior partner m tno great house of Sherwood & Son. "Nonsense! You've earned tho compli ment (for it's not much moie, you have got to put work instead of money into tho firm, and I know we shall bo tho gainers) fully and faithfully. I hope, of course, it will bo better for you, but it's no more than fair to tell you that things don't look just as I wish they did, for your sake, particu larly. I'd like to promise you a larger in come," he answered, earnestly. You aro more unselfish than I," he replied, a slight color rising to his forehead Adding, after a little pause, "I wish I had had the trood fortune to have been born poor. Tho unlimited use of money is little better than a curse to a boy." "It did not spoil you, at least." "It entailed a curse that will follow mo to my grave!" ho said, vehemently. "It has made it a necessity it has fitted a yoke upon my manhood, and I cannot break it ! Well, perhaps it will como out all right I mean that it shall," he added, earnestly.his fino face a trifle clouded. "If you aro in any sort of trouble now, or ever where I can serve you, I will do it gladly, even if it costs me my life, or what is more, my good name," was Lindsey's impulsivo answer. "I hope we shall be reduced to no such desperate strait as that, my dear fellow," he replied, smiling, "but your good-will is just as truly appreciated. By tho way, I suppose you received Corrie's noto?" " Yes. but I don't think I had better come," coloring vividly. "Not como 1 Why, it is got up oxpress ly in your honor, as I read at once through that transparent little sister of mine, would like to see you settlo it with her, if you slighted her invitation." " I am sorry to say it, bceauso I know it will pain you," Lindsoy said, hesitatingly "but I am quite sure it would bo more sat isfactory if I absent myself. Don't think mind it, it is very natural, and I can easily make an excuse that " " You mean that it would bo more satis factory tu my father, I suppose, Lindsey?' ho interrupted, gravely. "I think so, yes." " But am I of no account ?" And Corrie why tho girl would cry herself sick over tho disappointment I You are a most won derful hero in her eyes, Alf. Her worship dates back to tho timo of tho flood the flood on the Connecticut, I mean," ho said laughing to cover his companion's embar rassment. "Miss Sherwood has hem very kind to To. 13. remember a poor fellow like me, at ajl," he plied, just a fittfo stiflly. Then, his fac softening, "I won't nn'nd, though, if itwill bo any pleasure t you to have mo come." "It is not simply my pleasure that I am considering you know it would he that but the right the thing. I do not con sider one man's prejudices of birth should stand in another's way, a barrier between im and his rightful position. My father understands that you are to come." " Very well ; it is settled, then," Lindsey replied, turning to his desk. But all day the thought annoyed and troubled him tho thought that be should not be quite welcomo in the house cf Ms ealthy senior. He was not at all bliadfU by the partnership Just conferred on him. He knew quite well whom to thank forthat. Besides lie was proud, if he was " only a Lindsey." lie knew very well that he should receive cool looks and scanty recog nition from a portion of the guests. They were too well-bred to bo positively rndc ; but there is the quiet ignoring of one's presence the grouping together, leaving one quite alone and aside, with a score of other petty little circumstances, that tend to make the proscribed one uncomfortable. IIo expected to be subject to any or all of these annoyances, but because Robert de sired it he would submit to tho ordeal. Possibly, too, though T cannot say, consid ering that he did not himself admit it, the pretty pink-tinted noto which Corrio had sent him had some influence in his decis- n. Through all the nine years since that night of storm and terror, Corrie Sherwood had been different to him from other girlti. Ho blushed, even now, at tho remembrance of tho tearful kiss sho had given him when ho had lifted her light form out of the boa t. in tho gray dawn of that wild, frightful February morning. To bo sure it was but a childish impulse of gratitude, and neither of them was more than a child, but he had never forgotten ! Tho memory had beer., simplo as it was, a strong incentive to effbrt. Not that any presumptive or sentimental passion had grown out of it. He had never dreamed of being in love, in the receive)' senso of the term, with his employer' daughter; ycthersmilo was brighter than sunshine to him, and her friendship tho ono thing desirable in life. Contrary to young Lindsey's expectatione. he was cordially received ; tho fact of hi. admittance into tho firm, acting a most po tent open sesamo in that mystical circw known as "good society." Mr. Sherwood, too, met him more cordially than he had ex pected, though with a still little stit'. patronizing air, which said, quite as plainly as words, " You are very welcome amoiif us, and under tho cirumstaneeshavea right here, but I beg you to remember that yoi aro not exactly of us you understand." But Robert and Corrio paid him tho moul flattering attentions, and as ho promenatU up and down tho long, brilliantly-lighter. rooms, with Corrio Sherwood's fair han resting lightly on his arm, and her beaut - ful eyes lifted trustingly to his face, ho fo: - got all annoyance and discomfort, iindlh- ed only in the enchanted present. But Fato which takes a malicious pleac . tiro in making peoplo miserable, dropped a a grain of bitterness into this cup of sweet ness. It was near the close of tho cv niug's entertainment, and Lindsey had sa down for a moment near the window." Tl. blindsworo closed, but the window itsci'' was open. Two gentlemen were talking outside' Tho first voico ho did not at oncn recognise, only the words sent the blood in, a quick wave from his heart to his face. CONCI.UPfcU) IN TWO MOUE KUMISS, tW A Western minister Vjhjhis congre gation that tho first step truin was a yan. of gay-colored ribbon.. The next day a young woman out shopping told; the clct" that sho wanted "thqe mor,q steps, to ruin,- to match a piece.