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'it nil 4? 'www wyzm F"ZZZ"lrR' AN INDEPENDENT FAMILY NEAVSPAPER. j'iSi "Vol. "V. Now 15 loom Hold, ITueHcliiy, Time 121). IS'71. IVo. 35. J I'tibllshed Weekly, At New Uloonifleld, reim'a. BY FRANK MORTIMER. SDDSCKirTION TERMS. ONE DOLLAR FEU YEAltt 00 Cents for 6 Month; 40 Cents for 3 Months, I IV ADVATNCi:. THE GOVERNESS' SECRET. I AM QUITE sure," said my wile, "that tho'.best plan will be to advertise." " I have no objection," I replied, "if you tbiuk answering advertisements is of no use." " If we advertise we can make our own terms, and shall liavo a variety to choose from. See," said she, "this is the kind of thing I should like : " ' Wanted, in a quiet and highly re spectable family, residing in the country, a young lady competent to undcrtako the entire education of threo little girls. Salary liberal. Comfortable home. Address A. B., New Rochello." " Now," resumed my wifo, in a compla cent tone of voice, after reading this para graph nloud, "I think that is the very thing ; only those who like quiet and the country will answer." Will the reader believe that within two days after the insertion of our advertise ment in the Timet wo had no less than one hundred and seventy replies ! How to wade through them was a complete puzzlo to us. Tho " reduced ladies" we destroyed at once, resolved to have a well-trained governess, or nono at all. I low wore we to choose, be tween tho orphan daughters of clergymen, the children of once opulent bankers, of barristers long sinco deceased, or of doc tors who had never been successful .' "Qli Harry," sighed my wife, " I am al most sorry we advertised at all. There must be one hundrod and sixty-nine- people disappointed ; it makes me quite sad to think of thorn. Only fancy what hopes havo followed each one of these letters !" I shared my wife's feelings, and felt re gret something like remorse as I rang tho bell, and ordered John to remove tho torn fragments of one hundred and sixty of these hoio-ladcn epistles. "Governesses must bo mora plentiful than footmen," I heard him remark to tho butler, who passed him in tho hall. I reserved ten of tho letters, attracted by tho writing and general style. Ono amongst these particularly pleased me ; it was written in a clear, ladylike hand, iinn and legible, the letters well-rounded, noth ing angular or affected, neither flourishes nor out-of-the-way curves. I liked the clear good sense shown in every lino. Thoro was no long dissertation on family matters, no pathos of having to earn her bread as sho best could. The letter contained noth ing but a simple statement of her capabili ties, her terms, and references. I liked tho sensible, business-like soutencos. ' Wo therefore decided ivjxm answering this let ter ; and, on receiving satisfactory roplies from tho referees, wo finally engaged Miss Porson. My family had lived at New Rochello for many years. The projierty had descended from father to son ; and few hold a more honorable position in the county than we Femes. Wa were not famous for great riches or great deeds j but, heaven be thank ed, dishonor bad never come hear us. . I was tho only child of my parents,' and they both died before I attained my majori ty. 1 1 married when I was twenty-one, and I believe it would havo been Impossible to have found two people in this world hap pier than my wife and myself. We had three children, aged respectively six, eight, and ton. We bad not cared to troublo them much about lessons and books i but they were growing older now : and as my wife determined they should never go to school, but should have a gov ertess at home, I, like a well-trained hus band, submitted with resignation. I never knew a kinder-hearted woman than toy wife ; it was her distinguishing characteristic. It amused me to see the preparations made for our governess, and the pretty rooms that were arranged for her use. ' The nearest railway station was mare than five miles distant from our boose ; so at tho appointed time tb carriage wm Nut to meet Miss Porson. I was from homo on tlio day she nrrivod, but my ploasing impression of her, taken from her letter, was more than realized, when I saw her. She was not beautiful in tho strict meaning of the word : but her fair, calm faco was full of truth and intelligence : her graceful movements and gentle manner completed her charm. There was something, too, in her faco which I cannot well express. It was as though a cloud of suffering had passed over her, and shadowed tho radiance of her youth. Sho had a sweet, patient smilo, but I never heard her laugh as tho really happy do. Wo found her not only highly accom plished, but also thoroughly well educated. Sho was well versed in literature, and her judgment was as sound ns her thoughts were clear. Miss Porson proved a valua ble acquisition to our small circle. Mino was by no means ono of those fami lies where tho governess is treated as a de pendent and inferior. On the contrary, she was looked upon by every member of the household with tho greatest respect and attention. Tho children soon becamo de votedly attached to her ; my wifo looked upon her as a most valued friend ; and amongst all our acquaintance, she was most deservedly popular. I also saw good quali ties in her that are somewhat rare. I nev er heard tho faintest approach to a falso or an equivocating word from her lips ; and, no matter how severely sho was tried, I never know her patient sweetness of temper to fail. Ono thing sccmod to mo strange: Miss Porson never spoko'of her past life or of her friends. There were no reminiscences of parents or sisters ; all her thoughts seem ed centred in tho present. Ono evening 1 havo remembered it since after a very cheerful dinner party, a young lady, one of our guosts, was kind enough to sing somo of her best songs for our amusoment. It was a beautiful summer night, and tho drawing-room windows wero thrown open, that wo might enjoy tho de licious fragrance of tho ilowcrs. Miss Maitland had a magnificent voice, soft, and full of a most indescribable pa thos. Sho sang that most beautiful of mcloditts, I3octliovon's "Adelaida;" tho wild, mournful, but most lovely music, moved mo strangely. Miss Porson was sit ting near an open window, and as tho mu sic filled tho room, I caught ono glimpse of her faco, that I havo never forgotten. I never saw such intensity of misery in any humau couutonanco before. That calm, fair faco was quivering with inexpressible an guish ; her hands wero clasped convulsively ; thore was a far-off yearning look in her eyes I could not bear to boo. I went to her Im mediately, and asked if sho wero ill. Sho did not hear mo at first ; but when she did so, a crimson flush covered her face. " "I beg your pardon, Mr. Feme," sho said, " no, I am not ill. I used to sing that song long ago ; and I suppose I was thinking of that time. Pray excuse me ; I do not often forgot myself." Indeed sho did not. Three years after this my happiness was made complete by tho birth of a sou and heir. Ho grew fast, and was a fine sturdy littlo fellow. The incident I am about to relate took place when ho was two years old. Miss Porson and my wifo wore out ono morning walking in tho shrubbery. They returned through a small iron gate, which brought them to the side of the house. Happening quite accidentally to look up ward, Miss Porson was horror-struck to see littlo Harry standing outside one of the windows, on a narrow stone balcony, not two feet In width. He was standing quite still, gazing intently into the room he had loft, apparently quite overcome by the grandeur of his performance. Miss Porson touched my wife's arm. A shriek, a sound from within, and my darling boy would, in turning to look at them, have deen dashed to the ground. My wife, who was just recovering from a severe illness, and was still weak and deli cate, sank on the grass. She did not faint or swoon, but her strength left her. She could not even turn her head, but lay there, her eyes fixed with a terrible faosinatlon upon the little white speck on the stone lodge. I was in the ball, preparing to go out, when, to my great surprise, I saw Miss Porson enter rapidly, though silently, with quivering lips, and a pale face. I aaw her hastily remove her shoes, and almost fly up-stalrs. ' I did not follow, for she waved me back. In three mora minutes she re turned with my little boy In her arms ; and then I learnt his danger, and her presence of miiid, She bad hurried to the room. and, opening the door quietly, had gono so silently to tho window, that tho child had neither seen nor heard her. Sho did not speak until sho had, unseen by him, grasped him tightly. Ono expression of fear, ono heedless sound, and my boy would inevita bly havo been killed. Wo immediately took him to his mother, who was speech less with terror. It grieves mo even now to think how sho suffered. Tho nurse, through whoso negligence tho child was so nearly lost, was sent away ; but many months passed cro wo forgot the peril our littlo Harry had boon in. That incident endeared Miss Porson more than over to us. We admired her disinter estedness so much, for sho positively re fused to accept a valuablo ring which my wifo wished to present to her. We wero at breakfast ono morning, when, amongst tho letters in tho post-bag, wo found a pretty perfumed cnvclopo with n crest upon it. I gavo it to my wifo with a smilo ; it was from her favorite friend, Mrs. Emily Tonrhyn ; a fashionable and certainly beautiful littlo widow, young and wealthy, full of whim and caprice ; not tho least strango of which was her sudden re solve to pass it mouth with us in our seclu sion. The chambers wero prepared, for tho lady brought with her a maid of littlo less importance than herself. Emily wag an old schoolfellow of my wife's, and notwithstanding a differenco of some years in thoir respective ages, there existed between them a warm and devoted attachment. Whenever my wife could tear herself from tho fascinations of Now Rochello, it was to visit her friend,; and whenever the lady grow tired of variety and flattery, and the weary ways of the world, sho would seek refuge at our home. Wo had not seen Emily for fivo years. She had made a long stay on tho Conti nent ; so long, that we began to think she would pass the rest of her lifo theie. But tho pietty pink envelope contained a pink note, stating that she was quite worn out with fatiguo, and was longing for a fow quiet weeks with her ever dearest Laura. My wifo was delighted, and dwelt long upon the many and endearing charms of her friend. I liked Emily very much, but I never shared my wife's raptures. I knew and admitted all tho good qualities of her ladyship; but I could not forget that she, a young and lovely girl of eighteen, had married an old man of seventy, who . had nothing to recommend him but position and wealth. At his death which happened four years after their marriage, she had the whole of his property. I could not call her mercen ary, for sho had a kind, generous heart ; still I know no ono better ablo to tako care of herself than Mrs. Tonryhn. "Coining on Tuesday," said my wife; " it is short notice ; but as sho wants quiet, sho will not care about having any ono in vited to meet her tho first week." " No," I replied laughing. " You will require a week for the Continental adven tures ; slain knights, extinguished barons, and despairing counts, are not so easily dis posed of." " Now, Charles," said my wifo, " that Is not fair, you know. Emily is not a co quette. She cannot help being admired and sought after. Sho likes telling me about her lovers, because sho knows it amuses mo." To please Laura I declared my convic tion of her friend's amiability, and she went on rejoicing in hor preparations. Tho important Tuesday came, and brought with it our fair and fascinating guest, gay and animated as ever, and not one whit less lovely. Well, it was pleasant after all to see Emily again. Her traveling carriage was fairly stocked with presonts : the children revelled In Parisian dolls with toilets rtcherch enough for the Imperial Court of France. My little son staggered beneath the weight of a Noah's ark of sur passing beauty. Emily well knew how to gain the hearts of children. The first week of her visit passed quiet ly enough ; it was, in fact, one long conver sation. During the second we became more animated ; drives and picnics broke the usual routine, then we went to a few solemn dinner-parties ; after which Emily declared we must have a merry evening and get up a charade. The day before our entertainment we were all together in the library. Emily was arranging some charade dresses, the chil dren helping hor in a state of bewlldored delight, quiet Miss Porson doing all the practical part of the business. "I want a small piece of white elastlo to finish this," cried Emily ; and there was an immediate rush of children to the work basket. None could be found. "I think I havo some in my writing desk," said Miss Porson. " I was using it this morning, and saved all there was left." "Shall I fetch your box Miss Porson?" said my eldest girl ; " that will save both time and trouble-" Tho child was soon back, and Miss Por son found what she wanted ; but as sho stretched out her hand to give tho elastic to Emily, by some accident tho box was upset nnd all its contents strewed upon the ground. Tho children ran to assist ; a littlo parcel rolled to my feot ; it was a small pair of baby shoes and a tiny golden curl. I pick ed them up, and should perhaps novor havo thought about thorn but for the deadly pal lor of Miss Porson's face. "Oh Miss Poison," cried my little Clara, " what pretty shoes ! Were those Harry's once ?" " No my dear," said the governess, in a strange low voice ; " they belonged to a littlo girl I used to know years ago, who is dead now." There was a general silence, during which Miss Porson wrapped up tho littlo bluo shoes and tho golden curl, and then loft tho room. I saw Emily give a curi ous look at my wifo ; but Laura who had not seen the littlo treasures, only said, " Some former pupil of Miss Porson's, I suppose. She is very affectionate." There tho mutter dropped. Tho charades wero a great success ; and during tho excitement and gayety which followed, this littlo incident was quite for gotten. It was very seldom that Miss Porson re ceived a letter, but one particular morning I handed hor a largo envelope, directed iu a bold, masculine hand. I thought she trembled as sho received it ; and I felt sure, when wo all met at dinner, that her calm faco boro tho trnco of recent tears. After dinnor Emily showed my wife a largo and handsome portmonnaio which she had purchased in Paris. It had a pe culiar and very ingenious fastening, which puzzled us all. I succeeded in opening it, and casually noticed that it was full of bank-notes. " Do you not think that it is a very un safe way in which to keep so much money, Emily ?" I asked, perhaps rather rudely. " Yes," sho replied, carelessly. "I do not gouerally do so ; but thero are somo notes of a largo amount thero, and I want them changed. There is a twenty dollar note I shall keop for a curiosity ; I had such a queer littlo adventure with it. I will tell you, Laura, it will amuso you." I laid tho portmonnalo down on tho tablo by Emily, and thought no moro of It. Tho next morning whilo I was dressing, a message came from Emily to nsk If sho could speak to me for a few minutes before breakfast in tho library. Amused and yet astonished, I complied with her request. To my surprise Emily looked very pale and gravo. "Mr. Feme," sho began, "I have some thing very unpleasant to say to you. Do you remember the portmoimaie I showed Laura last evening?" "Yes," I replied, molancholily. "Well," she continued ; "I am sorry to say It Is gone. I was careless enough to leave It in the drawing-room last evening, together with a bracelet. I was talking to Laura, and the bracelet, which is a very valuablo diamond one, hurt mo. It Is rath er too tight. I took It off and laid it by the portmonnalo, intending to take them both up into my room with mo. I suppose I must have been very much engrossed by what Laura was saying, for I quite forgot all about them until my maid askod me this morning where the bracelet was." " They must both be in the drawing room," I replied ; " It is impossible that they cau be lost. Have you boen thore ?" "Yes, I went at once," she replied; "apparently it has never been entered since we loft It last evening ; it Is not ar ranged or dusted yet. Will you come with me?" I went, feeling quite sure that I should find both purse and bracelet ; but, after long and careful searcli, I could discover no trace of either. " Have you made auy inquiries ?" I ask ed of Emlly. " No, I came to you at once," , she re plied. " I asked Mary, the upper house, maid, whose duty it is to see to the room, if she had been there, and she said she had been too busy." ' 1 " Did Laura carry them up-stalrs and take them into her room for you?" I suggested. "No," sho replied, "wq went together, and Laura came with me into my dressing room. Sho had nothing in her hands but a letter of mino that I had given her to read." "It seems strange," said I ; "but,, de pend upon It, wo shall find them. It is ut terly impossible that they can be lost. I will go and ask Laura if sho can throw any light upon tho mystery." My wifo was as much surprised and puz zled as wo wore. She remembered Emily taking off the bracelet, but had not noticed what sho did with it. I summoned Emily's maid, the housekeeper, and the housemaid, but I could not find any clue to them. Ouo thing only was quite clear money and bracelet had both disappeared. I felt as convinced of tho honesty of my servants as I did of my own. Most of them had been with mo for many years ; tho butler had been with my father before me ; tho footman camo ns pago when he was twelve years old ; tho housckcoper had been my father's favorite maid. For each one of them I could answer as for mysolf. No one could havo entered the house. The drawing-room windows opened on to the lawn, but the shutters that secured them wero well fastened, and those shutters wero properly closed when wo went into the room. Besides, if thieves had broken in, they must have left somo trace ; but not a tiling was out of order, and not so much as a silver spoon was missing. I gavo strict orders that no ouo should cither leave or enter tho house, and then, after hastily swallowing somo hot coffee, I galloped dowu to tho railway station, and telegraphed to New York for a detective. It happened most fortunately that the celebrated Mr. Rivers camo Immediately with an assistant. Nothing could clear up tho mystery. The servants, ono and all, rcquostcd that search should bo made in their rooms. I do not belicvo there was a box or drawer, or hardly ono inch of tho old house, that escaped a thorough scrutiny by tho keen-eyed detec tive. " I can make nothing of it yet, sir," said ho. "Tho servants seem u thoroughly honest set. Have I seen every ouo in the house?" " With the exception of Mrs. Feme, Mrs. Tenryhn, and Miss Porson," I replied. "Don't think it a liberty, sir," said he, "but I should bo glad if you could manage for mo to sco tho lady and Miss Porson. It is all in tho way of business. Many queer things come to light that no ouo would dream of." Mrs. Tcnrhyn and Miss Porson are iu tho library now," I said. " Como with jno, and we will try if wo can ascertain the numbers of the notes." Those keen dark eyes Mushed over tho beautiful, agitated faco of Emily, and over tho. calm,Jfair features of Miss Porson, and thon tho detoctlve looked; moro hopelessly puzzled than ever. ' "Can you tell me," ho asked of Emily, "the exact sum in the purse, and the. num bers of tho notes ?" . . "Thore wero eight mites for one hundred dollars, and threo for twenty dollars," she replied. " I do not know the number ; but my agent in New York, who sent 1 them to me, does, no doubt. There was a twenty dollar note of which I remember the num ber, from a particular circumstance ; it was 333, and dated June 4th, 185." ' " "It would be better to telegraph at once to tho New York agent," said tho detective to mo, " in order to know the numbers, and stop payment of the notes.". We did so, and the search continued with unabated vigor. Handbills were printed describing the lost valuables, and offering a large reward for their discovery. Mr. Rivers-was In despair when, on the third day, there came a long letter from Emily's agent, containing a full list and description of the bank-notes, with tlie fatal news that thoy had been changed at a certain bank the morning after the rob bery., That was a clue, and Mr. Rivers wont to. New York to follow It . We ascertained first if any one had gone on that morning from our station by the mail-train to New York. Thero ka4 not been a singla passenger.., . , " It has been magic," sold tb detective to me, as he bade me good-by ; " no one In the house has done it ; every i face there is honest not the look of a thief amongst them. No one out of the place cau have done it, for they could ' ot get in. Good by, sir. If it takes twenty years, T will find it out yet." Concluded next week. '