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Sift JA HflJill " J3I i V CHI M iL I-' ' .11 . . jP.B XK M O It T I ME It , Editor and 1'ropricior. Vol. IV. 12 imamnmiu u Hi? Is I'nblishcd Wcchly, At- New MoojitHeM, Penn'a. 11Y FRANK MO It TIMER. snilHCUIPTION TKUMS. OXE DOLL All VEll YE All ! lis atvinci:. The India Shawl. IJY JI. T. CAI.DOi:, I HAD liccn entrusted with a lady's shop piii'' errand, the execution of which led mo through the fashionable promenade street of ono of our Atlantic cities into quarters I rarely visit ono of the dry- roods palaces, whoro glowing velvets, glis tening silks, or gossamer laces displayed on very side, dazzle and intoxicate the eye, until onco beneath the spell, I no lonirer narvclled that the dainty pearl porte-mon-laics of our lady friends need such frc pieut and generous replenishing. Fooling awkward and frightened amid the crowd of sweeping flounces and wav- . . . J - J1I . A II 1 II ling leauiers, u suy noining oi uio urigiit yes and curious glances of the fair pur- hasers about me, I sought out tho senior artner of tho iirm, an old acquaintance of lino, and put into his hand the tiny bit of ilk my careful Aunt Cynthia had so many hues charged mo to match, in just such a hade, and exactly that thickness, and pre- isely so many yards, begging him to extri ;ite nio from my dilemma. lie laughed a little at my woful face, but ot heartily, and I saw some very import- lit conversation was going on amid tho oup of partners and clerks in the ollice, id begged him not to let mo hinder him, ho was othervviso engaged. "0, it is of no consoquonoc, only a littlo lk wo were having," ho began, politely, id then suddenly pausing, ho threw oil' e distant second-nature manner of the ntlomanly merchant, and slipped amu- lgly into his natural self. "I say, C, u aro somewhat famous for your dctect- o skill. I remember it now. Hero's a se for you. Wo were keeping it private, it I should like to seo what you can make it." He paused to call a clerk and despatch in with tho shred of silk on my Aunt nthia's errand, and then drawing aside a uplo of chairs, motioned mo to tako a 1 it. I did so, and ho proceeded. ' We havo been treated' to quite a littlo no this morning. About cloven o'clock ery handsome coach drove up to tho cn- nco of tho store, and tho footman assist out a lady so elegantly dressed that half ! clerks in the front of tho store left ir counters to get a peep at her. When came in, sho threw up a thread lace vail, rlh tho price of an ordinary lady's whole tume, and revealed a face,D., the junior tncr,deolares lovely enough for an liouri, asked for our cashmere India shawls. course she was waited upon in the most to manner leave D. alono for that 1 en a lady's pretty, ho is extremely oblig- but wealth and beauty united can mand any amount of obsoquiesness. selected an $800 camel's hair shawl, out splendidly-chased porte-monnaie d up with rolls of bills, D. judged from furtive glance, and tendered him a one isand dollar note. D. received it with prettiest bow, and came, according to positive rule, to the office to ascertain was genuine. Wo were quite busy then, and it was some time before its Kb. was decidedly established ; but it good, and D. carried back the two Ired dollars change. lie found tho la- AN INDEPENDENT FAMILY Ncw 331ooiiiHoia, 3?a., September- G. 1S7(). dy angrily snapping tho gold-clasped porto monnaie, her splendid black eyes flashing as one might imagine of tho daughters of Nox and Acheron. "'You have detained mo unwarranta bly," sho said sharply to poor D. " Why have you kept mo waiting ?" "'I beg your pardon, madam, it took some time to examine tho detective list and ascertain if the uoto was correct." " You should have seen her eyes blaze then. D. said he dared not trust a second look, lest his own should bo annihilated. "'Noto correct!" gasped sho. 'How daro you insiuato.so vilo a slander 1 Do you think nio a person capablo of passing a spurious bill? Because my true position is unknown, am I to bo thus insufferably treated ? I lark you, sirah your shop shall sufl'or for this. Not a purchase, the value of a sou, will I make again. Bring back my money and tako your shawl. I'll havo nothing to do with it !" "PoorD. was in an agony of distress, believing her, at tho very least, some great ladyship, whose violent anger and haught iness arose from her ignorance of republi can customs, and terrified at losing so grand and magnificent a customer, he apologized, and pleaded, and almost went down on his knees, but her ladyship was inflexible, and with a sigh, D eaino back for the note, and haughtily tho queenly woman swept out from tho store, D. still following and ex explaining. Ho was served rightly for his obsequiousness. ' I am extremely sorry, not for tho world would I havo injured your feelings, madam. I was only following a rule of tho store," he pleaded, for the fortieth time. "Suddenly ho turned around, and said, moro mildly, ' Perhaps I should make al lowance for tho customs of this strange country. At all events, I wont punish my self for your fault. The shawl is tho only ono I havo found that pleased me. There, bring it out to me ?" and sho threw to wards him tho bank note, and sank lan guidly upon tho velvet cushions of the car riage. "D. hurried in for tho chango and the shawl, determined sho should have no fault to find with his nimblencss this time, and placing them on tho carriage sect, closed tho door, and bowed humbly, with a be coming senso of her great importance. " ' There,' said he, coming into tho oflieo with tho noto and laying it on tho desk, ' I Hatter myself not many men could have managed that afi'air so nicely. I appeased her anger, and sho took the shawl, so we have secured an excellent customer.' "Samson had taken up tho note, Zounds and Blixcn, I)., it's a forgery !' " It was true. She had exchanged notes. The genuine was still lying in her gold porte-monnaie, and D. had recived a coun terfeit. It was almost worth tho money for tho rest of us to seo D.'s face. Ho is a littlo important, and conceited about his business tact, but I don't think we shall hear much about it after this aft'air. Ho was so used up ho had to go homo, and I don't think wo shall seo him again to-day." I laughed moro heartily than ho. Clev erly done," said I, when tho merchant had finished bis narrative. " Depend upon it, her ladyship lias servea an apprenticeship at tho trade, and como off mistress of the art." "But can you help lis? Do you think there is a chance for recovering tho shawl or the thief?" " isovor try never win. on should try anil trace tho coach. Can D. identify it?" "That's tho worst of it. Every ono was so taken up with the beatiful face and the glittering port-monnaie, that not a soul can tell anything about the coach." " Well, if you obtain any clue, lot know it, and I'll see what can be discoveiCfalia a rN f genuine bills for change. She ed through it. Here comes my package. Good-morning 1" When I leached my ofllce, I found my cousin Richard Ellis, one of our most fash ionable jewellers, waiting there. "Hang me if you havii't been out sbop- ping, you sly old bachelor 1" said he, half laughing half scolding, in renlv t.n mv greeting, and glancing at the bundle in my hand. I've been waiting 1 bio long while, staring at the cobwebs and yawning over tho directories. I havo a job for you, and must taik fast now to mako up for lost time. Wo have met with ouite a littlo loss, but the most aggra vating part is the way wo were fooled out of it. Yesterday morning a richly dressed lady, of the most charming manners and extraordinary beau ty, drove to tho store, and descending from her coach, came in, inquiring for a set of diamonds. I went forward myself to at tend nor, and displayed our choicest set which sho examined carefully, chatting tho meantime in a way that, Without in os- tentation or pretence, convinced mo that sho was a person of great wealth and im portance. Sho alluded to one set, remark ing that it looked like the work of an old employee of hers in Paris, and actually named the very man from whose shop I had imported them. " 'I was not an exile, then', sho mur mured, softly, apparently forgetful of my presence, a shade of grief stealing over her fino eyes. " My respectful sympathy was at onco aroused, and I even produced a choice set I had laid by for. an cspocial customer, a splendid pattern in diamonds and sapphires. It struck her fancy immediately, and sho purchased it for five hundred dollars, in pay for which sho gavo mo a ono thousand dollar note. i(What are you laughing at?) I glanced at the bank noto list, saw it was all right, and went to my safe for tho five hundred dollars duo her. Just then a foot man came in and said something to her, which I did not hear. With a sweet binilo of apology, sho camo toward me. " 'I beg your pardon,' said sho 'I am summoned to an appointment, and it is possible I may need that money. Bring tho jewels to tha House,' naming tho first hotel in the city, and I will pay you then for them. Ask for Madame Chevial, at 3 o'clock this afternoon.' " Of course I was ready to acccdo to tho proposition. I returned her the note, and escorted her to tho coach door. At three o'clock, married man that I am, I was dolt enough to tako tho jowelf myself, to tho hotel, instead of sending a clerk. I want ed another peep at Madame Chovial's charming face. I was shown into a splen did private parlor of tho hotel, and found there tho lady, even more elegantly attired than before. She received tho case with a smile, remarking carelessly, 'I might have paid you then, as I did not use tin money,' and handed mo tho note. "I returned her five hundred dollars, and remained a few moments, talking about Parisian bijouterie, with which sho seemed unusually familiar, and then made my adieu with the most profound respoct and admi ration. C, tho witch, tho minx cheated mo ! Madamo Chevial was a humbug, and this morning I found out my noto was a counterfeit ! I hurriod to the hotel, but nothing could they tell me, except that such a lady had hired a privato parlor for threo hours, paid for it witk a bill since pronoun ced counterfeit and left for parts unknown. Now, was there ever another such "stupid fellow cheated in tho way I havo been?" "Yes," answered I, laughing till my chair shook beneath me, "go and seo poor D. I think you'll each enjoy a social con fab to night. Well done, Madamo Chevial I shall really enjoy hunting up such a talented artiste 1" Tho city was flooded with counterfeits that week. The "beautiful richly dressed la dy nau neen in an directions, carrying away invariably the hearts of the shopmon liad done a nourishing business during the throe days we traced hor about the city, but for all that, our investigations went no furthor. Not another sign or traco could we obtain, although half a dozon expert detectives were put upon tho watch. So NEWSPAPER. wo were obliged to wait quietly, expecting to hear of startling frauds of tho same na ture from other cities, and thus once more bo on the track ; tho bird had flown. But weeks came and went, and no light broko upon us, till at length Ave had given up all hopes of success. Juno was fast speeding away to mako way for ardent July, when I received a let ter from my niece, Alice Shaw, urging mo to join a choice party on a three week's visit to Newport. I was rather blue and worn out just then. A brief snatch back at youthful pleasures amid a group of youthful buoyant hearts would bo delightful and invigorating. I decided at ono to mako once of tho party; Accordingly, I was on board the Newport boat punctually, when it swung ofT from the wharf at New York, and descended to tho ladies' cabin to find Allie, according to agreement. Two cav blue eves wem dancing a shower of welcoming glances towards me, at the moment I swung open the door, and a pair of tiny hands, dain tily enclosed in lavender-colored gloves, caught mine enthusiastically. . "O, you dearest of old bachelors, I knew you would como ! Now you shall bo pet ted and caressed till you forget all about thosp musty folios and intricate law cases. But not a word must you brcatho about returning until I am ready. Remember if you get unruly, I shall havo tho printed playcard, ' For Sale,' fastened to your back and bid you off, for some ronianUo philan- J thropic maiden lady to convert from heath enism !" "I will try tho petting first, if youpleaso Allie. Where aro your friends?" "Out on tho promenade dock. Come and see them." And in a moment more I was in the midst of a general introduction. They wero all, with tho exception of Gerald Wayno, strangers to me. Every faco was smiling, and youthful, and happy. It was reviving for mo, fresh from the cankerous, perplexing cares of life, to gazo at them, although some wero neithor grace ful nor beautiful. Every faco smiling? No ; there was one I started 'When I be hold it, and hardly returned tho salutation collectedly, when tho magic name was pro nounced, and tho regal head bowod care lessly in greeting mo, Lady Waldegrave's face was turned towards the water, with a wistful touching sadness, that a thousand fold enchanecd its loveliness. Alice was a sweet pretty girl, tho darling of her homo now, and sometime to bo the angel of another ; Boll Richardson, as her namo de clared, a coquettish bello ; Mary and Lizzie Voso passable, commonplaco girls, owing a great deal of their attraction to their stylish dress and sprightly manners, while Nellie Barrett was unmistakably, unpreten dingly plain. From out these, this Lady Waldegrave shono liko tho shono like tho evening-star amid tho fainter orbs of night a peerless magnificent woman. Descrip tions aio tedious, nevertheless I must give a few hints, that one may dimly picture this cynosure of all eyes on deck. A tall slender figure swaying to and fro with willowy grace, clad in robes of ex ceeding richness, yet of tho most subdued hue, a small headset rather haughtily upon gracefully sloping shoulders, thick wavy braids of jetty silkiuess, parting away from a forehead smooth and fair, as if never a grief had rippled over tho heart within, eyes largo, lustrous, soft, tonder and sad. Every thing bewitching, molting, grieving, was expressed in those magnificent eyes. Never before or since havo I seen orb's whose witching light could so enthrall and daz zle. A small mouth of vivid crimson, sweet and childliko in roposo, arch and playful when parted to disclose tho pearly line with in, and features artistically small and deli cate. Such is a poor glimpso of Lady Wnldograve. No wonder scarcely a gentle man on the deck could turn his eyes from the enchanting picture. Yet sho sat ben ding her gaze wistfully upon the sparkling IX ADVANCE. I One Doll Dollar per Year. TVo. 36. water, as if entirely unconscious of tho ad miration she excited. I wondered if my littlo f Allie had a misgiving when sho saw how Gerald Wayno lingered by tho stran ger's side, and congratulated myself that I was a dry, musty old bachelor, supposed to be without a heart to lose. Wo remained on deck untillato into tho moonlight night, and then separated re luctantly. Beforo morning wo wero safely landed on the shore, and onco in Newport found lodgings already secured for our wholo party, through Gerald's thoughtful ness. Then followed raro days, that almost reminded me of my youthful Utopi an dreams of happiness. Pleasant strolls in the dewy morning, rare frolics in the tumbling surf, romantic drives in tho still twilight dew upon tho shell-strewn beach and silent walks under tho solemn starlight with the eternal anthem of tho sea sound in our ears. I enjoyed it with a keen rel ish I had never thought to know again, and so I thought did all, until I detected an increasing pallor on Allio's cheek, and . an occasional quiver of her unusually silent lip. So I looked around nio for the cause, and onco aroused, I wondered at my previous blindness. It was tacitly admitted by all our party to bo nothing uuusual to seo ev ery stranger, tho moment ho received an introduction, offer to Lady Waldcrgrave's rare loveliness tho homage of undisguised admiration ; but Gerald Wayno was be stowing something more. Heart, life, and soul wero poured out in tho passionate glan ces that followed her slightest movement ; and now that my vigilance was awake, I fancied I could detoct on her part an evi dent effort to please and attract him moro than any other. I wondered a littlo at it. Gerald was a fine fellow, and in possession of a handsome property, but I never thought his talents remarkable. Certainly he did not seem to mo such a man as a wo man of Lady Waldegrave's position and attractions would consent to marry, even if sho condescended at all to accept an,' unti tled American. Lady Waldegravo and Gerald entirely absorbed in a game of chess, whoro tho graceful movements of the ivory whito arms, clasped by their heavy brace lets of gold, and shaded by a mist of float ing lace, wero a study of beauty in them selves, and I turned to Mary Vose, who was sitting by mo trifling with her crochet nee dlo and a web of crimson silk, saying, in a subdued voico : " Who is this Lady Waldegravo ?" "E tu, Hrule!" replied she, laughing lightly ;" so you are going over likewise to the victorious side? Ileigho ! what's to becomo of tho rest of us ? I think I'll have a placard, to save mo tho troublo of answer ing so many times , that ono important question. Lady Waldegravo is an English woman a widow, who camo over to America to see the country ail search out a long absent friend. I think' it must 1, Mr. AVayno she gives him attention enough." "Sho came in the steamer with you, Al lie said, I belive?" "Yes, from Halifax. Sho remained there over one steamer to search out any traco of her mysterious friend in those quarters. We became exceedingly interested in her, and invited her to go homo with us which she did and will romain with us until her expected friends arrive from England, to join her on tho tour through the States." I had not been very attentive to Mary's remarks. I was watching poor Allie's strenuous efforts to answer Jack Voso co herently, and at tho same time catch all the meaning smiles and significant gestures ex changed between the chess-players. I even saw the tear that was dashed so stealthily from tho silken eyelash ; and while I gazed, I was making a daring resolution. Concludod next week. tMrs. nugg, of Chicago, lias applied for a divorce from Mr. Hugg. There was too inuoh hugging done in the family by Mr. Ilugg to suit Mrs. Hugg.