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Ay INDEPENDENT FAMILY NEWSPAPER. f' Now I31oomiiell, Xai., August 3, 1S7G. iv0. 31 lllw vf FRANK MO 11 TIMER, 1 Editor and Proprietor. c Vol. IV. Js Published Weekly, At New IJlooni field, rcnn'si. BY FRANK MORTIMER. BCnsritll'TION TERMS. OJVJJ DOLLAR 1'ER YEAR! irv aivaaoi:. THE UNTRIED GOVERNESS. A Step-Daughter's Experience, T GIVE my daughter Julia three I years. You understand? If she makes a good match within that period, well ; if not, I have done with her. I wash my hands of her completely." Mrs. Mu ciller gently ehafed her left hand with her right, arranged her rings, and replaced her fingers upon the laco handkerchief in her lap, as though the operation were com plcted. "Amply sufficient, my dear Sirs. Mucil lcr, for a young lady who doubtless inherits her mother's tact for improving a favora ble opportunity ;" and Mrs. Sharing took a comprehensive glance at tho drawing room of Braiihfield Villa. "At least," Mrs. Muciller Baid, in reply to Mrs. Sharing's remark, "I can rely on Julia's discretion. She is not likely to be betrayed into an undesirable match. My daughter is not flighty, like some girls." When Mrs. Sharing had taken her leave, Mrs. Muciller thought a few minutes, and then touched the bell. "Send Miss Noddy to me," she said to tho servant. Nora Cray, for that was Miss Noddy, can hardly bo described as a relation of Mrs. Muciller, being nothing more than a kind of connection in fact, a step-daughtor,the child of her first husband, to be precise. She was a little thing of her age, which was quite two-and-twenty. She had smooth brown hair, neatly dressed, but rather odd looking, as it actually showed the shape of the back of the little head, -without any chignon at all to improve it. She had bright brown eyes too,; but you could not say she was pretty, ller's was a plain face, but good-tempered and pleasant to look upon. She came to the drawing-room, in answer to Mrs. Muciller's summons, in a print dress, not fashionable or new, though neat ami becoming, and her hands whito with flour. "Noddy what are you doing, io come into the drawing-room in that state?" "Pies," said Noddy laconically, and smiling. " You might liave waited till you had finished your -work," said Mrs. Muciller, "as I wish to speak to you on something of imiortanee." " They said you wanted me directly, so I came," Noddy explained. u Very well ; as you are hero, you may remain ; but plcaso, don't sit down, or you will be sure to soil tho chairs with your Houry bands. I need not remind you, Noddy," Mrs. Muciller said, with a smooth and rather pretty lisp, "that I have sought to discharge tho onerous and unthankful office of step-mother to you in two families to the best of my ability. You have too much good sense to feel hurt at not having icen placed on a precise equality hero with my daughtor Julia. You well know that, bad your poor father, Mr, Cray, still lived, you would in all probability have been re quired to take at least as active a share in household duties as you have done with me. You have, therefore, no reason, nor, I feel sure, any desire for complaint on that score. But it is needful that I should inform you that tho time has arrived for a change in our mutual relations. You are aware Julia returns to-morrow from finishing her edu cation. It is my intention to make great personal and pecuniary sacrifices, with a view to her advancement in life. You will therefore see it to be your duty at once to look out for a situation as governess in some respcclable family. I will not hurry you Tor a few weeks, and I shall do my best meantime to help you find such a situation ; but I name throe months as the time at which our present connection should cease." "O, dear!" said Noddy, her usually cheerful face becoming quite blank "I'm sure I'm not fit for a governess. I don't know near enough to teach." " Perhaps not. No ono does. What of that? You arc quite ascoinprtcntas many young ladies I know who go out. No girl is expected to be competent in her first place. You learn at your first situation rt hat you want to teach at tho second. It is the sanio in all business. Now, let us see what we can say in tho advertisement French, German, Italian, and the usual accomplishments, I suppose; that is the customary thing." "But I scarcely know a word of French, not a syllable of German, and can't even understand an Italian song," objected Nod dy ; "and as to accomplishments, I eaa only play hymn tunes, as you call them, on the piano." "Very well, Miss ; and pray, what of that? Nobody will ask you for more, will they? You will go with young children first; you can teach them English, and spelling, and that, and what little French you know, and their notes on the piano; and if their parents wish for more, you can tell them it is not advisable so overfill little heads too soon ;' can't you ?" "But I should be so ashamed," 'pleaded Noddy; "pleaso don't say all that, for in deed I couldn't teach at all when it was found out how ignorant I was of all I had professed ; and people would despise mo when they found me out." ' Nonsense ; nobody will find you out. Why, how do you think I began as a draw ing mistress? Tho same as other people do. I bought my specimens of a lady artist and always took care to bring my pupils drawings homo to bo corrected by the same lady. My drawings were admired, so wero those of my pupils, and I obtained a con nection. I forget what became of tho ar tist ; but you may bo sure she never came to any good. You see sho had a certain order of talent for production, while I possessed tho superior ability to render her commodity marketable. As to adver tising anything short of what I have told you, it would bo useless ; every governess does the same, for the reason that every othor governess does so too. If people bo lieve it, that is their affair; mine just now is to get you a situation ; and when I have done so I shall consider myself relieved from farther responsibility." Noddy went back to her pies ; but a heavy heart won't make light pastry, and Noddy's wouldn't rise. The next day Julia returned a tall showy blondo of eighteen, with tho languid air of completion which a finishing school so successfully imparts, Julia Muciller was an accomplished girl ; sho had learned all tho last new tricks of musical execution and showed peculiar facility in the per formance of pieces of the Bubblings of Morn and Dribblings at Eve order. Those she could r'altlo though with an air of easy superiority to tho instrument, to tho mu sic, and even to her audionce, as though such trifling feats of sleight-of-hand were the most easy accomplishments in the world, as perhaps they are whon once you know tho trick. Sho was on singing terms with most of the gushing song of flimsy sen timent of the day. She could paint groups of impossible flowers, chatter boarding school French,emhroidor in beads and wool, dance, and read novols on the sofa. In a word, Julia was flnishod. Poor Noddy's little heart quite sank when sho was admitted of evenings to tho drawing-room (when there was no company) to hear the rehearsal of Miss Muciller's ac complishments, for it inado her despair more than ever of being able to lay even tho groundwork for such a display. But tho advertisement was already sent to a weekly paper, spite of all Noddy's entrea ties, detailing her proficiency ; and so she could seo nothing to be done but to borrow some of Julia's early tehool-books, and try in spare moments, to gain a little knowl edge of what sho was expected to teach. It was with some difficulty that sho could even do this, for Mrs. Muciller did not liko to see her reading, observing that her duty was to devote her mind exclusively to house hold affairs, and there would be plenty of time for study when she went to her first situation. " You have only to keep your self one losfon in advance of your pupils," Mrs. Muciller said, "and you arc safe. It is very strange if a grown person of average abilty cannot manage to compete with children to that extent." ' So Noddy would get up early, and get all her dusting dov.e and manage to make an hour at least for study before breakfast. Within a week of Julia's return from school, Mrs. Muciller received this letter by afternoon post : "London, June 27, 18. "Dear Mns. Muciij.ek You will be surprised to hear 1 am just homo from Bombay moro so, perhaps, to learn I'm tired of India, and mean to settle in Eng land. I shall run down and pay you a visit in a day or two, and shall probably stay till you turn mo out, as your cool, country scenery will be a relief to eyes that still have the glare of the Indian sun in thein. Don't put yourself out of the way. You need not reply, as I shall not bo in Loudon after to-morrow. Yours, "Fuank Gkogegan." "AVell, that's cool," said Julia. "It certainly is," said Mrs. Muciller; "but ho must come. In the first place, ho is a nephew of tho late Mr. Muciller, and 1 suppose fancies he has some right in his uncle's house. In the next place, I am not disposed to dispute the point, for he has been making a deal of money in India in connection with a reclamation of Land Company. Ho must have turned a pretty penny, or ho would not think of setting down yet. Thoso Geogogans are a money making family, and always were, and not satisfied with a little. I should have invi ted him myself had I known him to bo in England. I consider his visit highly desir able You must look your best, Julia, when ho conies." Julia languidly smilod obedience. "But he does not say when he is coming, mam ma." " No ; just like tho Geogagans ; always thoughtless. However, we need not trouble about that to-day, as it is time for you to dress for Mrs. Sharing's croquet party." So Julia rang tho bell for Noddy to come and do her hair. On the 28th of June being tho anniversa ry of Coronation Day, is kept holliday at most country places. Both Mrs. Muciller's servants had hurried to get their work dene early; and as " their people," to wit, Mrs. Muciller and her daughter (for Noddy did not count) wero going out, they wore given the afternoon as a holliday. It was a real treat to Noddy to eta spare afternoon all to herself, with no work to do, and no ono to find fault, wit'a her. She made up her mind she would spend tho time in trying how to learn to teach music. So she went to the piano in tho drawing room, and began at the beginning of hor Piano-forte Tutor, and went slowly on till she come to the scales, which she com menced practicing. It being very Lot, all the doors and win dows of tho house were thrown open to get tho breeze, and the fragant breath swept in through the hall-door, and along the passage, and to the drawing-room, bearing the scent of roses and jasamine to Noddy, as she sat there practicing scales. It is rather monotonous work but her whole mind was in it. Sho was indeed so absorb ed in her occupation that if a person had come up the gravel-path, and across the lawn, and straight into tho room where sho was, it is doubtful if sho would havo no ticed it. Of course, it would be unlikely ; but I say if a person had done so (the piano was at the farthest end, in tho shadow of tho large room,') Noddy was so preoccupied that it is not probablo sho would have ob served tho intrusion. She had been grind ing away at the F minor scale, up and down and up one and two and threo and four, and one and two and "O bother I" said Nqddy, flinging her hands on her lap, "what an awful little goose you are 1 You havn't a bit of gump tion, nor a mite of common sense. As to being a governess, and can't play scales, you must be a noodle to think of it a dreadful noodle !" You're about right there !" said an un mistable masculine voice from somewhere by tho door. Noddy started as if sho had been shot ; then sho blushed red and hot at being surprised. But tho owner of the voice walked boldly into tho room. Noddy being left in solo charge of Braiihfield Villa, and seeing an entire stranger march in like this, did not liko the look of it. Ilis look's wero nothing to provoke a dislike, be it said a tall, fine-bronzed man of thirty, with a tawny moustache and handsome tun burned features. Sho resolved to challenge him. " What do you want ?" she said, brusquely- ... "You," said he "you are Miss Mucil ler, I imagine?" "No ; I am Noddy Norah Cray, that is," she stammered, correcting herself. "Please what is it?" "Cray?" tho stranger said, "Cray? any relation to Mrs. Muciller?" " Yes." "O, I think I know, then. So you are Miss Cray, eh? You will seo who I am from this card ; and as you havo not offered me a seat, I'll take one, after shaking hands with you." He held out his hand frankly, and Norah could not refuse it. " I don't know who you are," said Noddy. The stranger had lounged himself on the sofa. "Then, perhaps, you'll look and Bee." "Mr. Frank Go-Go-Gcog-a-gan ?' asked Norah, puzzled. " Oa-gan, if you don't mind. It's spelt heathenish, but it reads easy. You've heard of your cousin, Frank Gecgagan, in India, surely? That is, ho miht have been your cousin, if Mrs. Muciller's marriages had not mixed the relationships so confoundedly." "No," said Norah. Ho whistled. "Didn't Mrs. Muciller tell you I was con .i ng ?' ' Nora did not wih to expose the precise state of tilings between herself and her step-mo cher, and did not choose to tell an untruUi ; so she replied : "Mrs. Muciller received a letter just before she went out tliis aftornoon, but sho was hurried, and I did not know its contents. So you are ex pected, then?" "I said I was coming, but not exactly when." "That's awkward, said Noddy. "Why?". " Because wo are not prepared to receive you. Mrs. Muciller would have been home, and Julia, had they expected you to arrive to-day." " You are very plain." " You are not complimentary," retorted Noddy. "I didn't rofer to your looks ; but I won der if you would insist on my saying they were anything different?" " You can say what you please," said Noddy ; It is a guest's privile ge." " Well, you are the coolest little baggage of a cousin to welcome any one homo from abroad one could well expect to find. Are you not glad to see me ?" ' Well, not particularly," said Noddy. How should I bo, never having seen yoi or heard of you before ? Besides, you come at an awkward time, when nobody is at home. And for aught I know, you may be an impostor, and have watched your opporr tunity to enter tho house when it is unpro tected. I don't think you are that, though, you are not polite enough. But one never knows." " Upon my word, you are not flattering. Still, at any rate, I think yon might have offered mo some refreshment, as I have just come off a journey." "I am very sorry," said Noddy; "but Mrs. Muciller has taken the keys with her. I can only offer you a cup of tea or coffee, and some broad and butter. Everything else is locked up." As Mr. Frank seemed to think that would do very well indeed, Noddy went out to pre pare it, and presently returned with a tray of tea and coll'ee and a single cup. " Two cups, please," said Mr. Frank. Norah was not generally accustomed to take her meals with tho family. She was certain Mrs. Muciller wotdd not like this arrangement, but divining a refusal might prove embarrassing, she brought a second cup, and joined Mr. Geogagan at tea. When they had finished, Mr. Geogagan said he should walk up to tho station to arrange about his luggage being sent, and on his return ho should insist on Noddy giving him some music. In five minutes in walked Mr. Frank again, clamorous for his music. Now, Noddy was never in tho habit of playing for anybody's amusement but her own, and was quite certain if Mrs. Muciller heard of her taking the liberty of playing to please a visitor, it would be considered a deadly offence. Moreover, she expected Mrs. Muciller to arrive cvery minute. But Mr. Frank insisted with such vehem ence that a refusal seemed like palpable af fectation; so Noddy risked the consequences and began to play Mozart's Ah Perdona ! Sho had only go half-way through it. when Mrs. Muciller nadUIulia appeared at the window. NoiVly shut up tho piano, threw down her music, and fled. " What impertinence !" ejaculated the widow. She was so fairly astounded at Noddy's barefaced impudenco, as to be be trayed into making this remark aloud, and Frank Geogagan heard it. Sho had the tact, however, at once to divine it,nd to correct her mistake. " What impertinence, Mr. Frank, of you, to bo sure, to come and take us all by surprise without a warning ! However, wo must try and overlook it, as it is your first offence. I'm sure I hope it will not bo the last. We are delighted to re ceive you, although, had you told us when to expect you, we might havo given you a better reception.!' "Well," said Mr. Frank (but he detected the artifice), "I thought I told you pretty exactly. I said 'in a day or two,' if I re member rightly, and I came in a day' in stead, of 'two,' to show my anxiety to pay my earliest respects to my aunt and hor daughter, for I presumo this is Julia?" Julia made a most finished reverence, and offered her hand in the most approved stylo. Julia was well and carefully dressed for tho croquet party. " That is fortunate, at any rate," Mrs. Muciller thought. We might havo been surprised at greater disad vantage. So much depends upon first im pressions." A few interchanges of courtesies from the ladies, with commonplaces from Mr. Frank, and Mrs. Muciller and her daughter retired to remove their bonnets, if the lit. tlo bits of flowers and lace adorning their hair might be so designated. Mrs. Muciller took this opportunity of administering t severe rebuke to Noddy upon her boldness, forwardness, and presumption in attempt ing to entertain their visitor in a manner k unbecoming, to be continued. t"To preserve a friend, honor hin' when present, praise him when absent, anil assist him cordially in time of need.