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f VTtjs'rjore than a hundred aril fifty years
4 V f go fcr it ws in tho reign of James tho Sec
'padJS c -Jtmrencefl Ilcstcr Zeanc, 4 when Co-;
, i Jonel air-. Getc lived here with his fo-o. aud
tvo darhtcrsv His eldest son was like h!m
' ' flf, in tho .'.l iny, and seldom at Korrit ftn j
his youngest was a great Konw' to bin, ber
. v -anse ho, was bookish and gentle-teKmercf
, ' iecbje luwuf.,- toot his father, f?a;d,'an4 bpj
rcutt. iiayo j,aa-Komeiaiims"ot that sort to
act as J c I'LOTwards did ; and' the Colonel
tiimsclt w '(o.( proud ran, fond ofrois-
tnng c t.anTrv and fox-huntm ""after he re-
j tired to this place ; and he had the bad taste
i to ina ke y. Imtt of his youngest son before
kuubu njuiufl i ai an .unuerstana him.
". there r. ould h-avo been r.o peace for Edwin
ainfiet'c (thr.t was the vouncst son's
nnr.io it liadi.'t been for his sister Edith.
who was pontic, like himself, and v.ho loved
.nim so much that she eon d sp nn fnlf
hiiu. Helen, the eldest d;iuy;hlert was boM
and lomincerin;r, like her father ; and Edwin
.t drcalcd-hcr most, Trhar; because the stin-
ging riproaches for his weakness were harder
,to bear from a womnn than a man; and more
of a letting down. With all tha, he hadn't
the energy to help himself to anything. He
jnight have enteftd the Church and his
father ptofaneiy Said he wasn't fit for any
thing betterbut he didn't take to it. He
r.eemed un;;blo to do more than dream on in
. his own quiet way; .and the Grange 'was-al-'
most too-hot to hold him.
; , 44 Thing3 went on in this way for a great
t' miiy years; the Fft.ns find daughters were
ftllunmarrib3, and the tvt o eldest, Richard
and Helen', weru get tin r; of a good age, when
the colonel suddenly considered that Edwin
, mijht be married;' "if nothing else could be
fc , do to with him ; and he entered into a treity
; wiUi Sir Jqhn Morton, who lived in the High
pe ak,,ibr one of his daughters. .Edwin had
. never been rebellious he had only kent-on
ln? for she guessed that she was come to a.sk
; and her
father had
her. to plead for her grandmother : and her
heart had been wrung bv what her h.
was fhanie to take the old woman's life';"
for I no belief in wituhcrafc; but when i;
he l ficard what tne girl had asserted, us
itE ned,.for the purpose of gaining her .
en' thous!it that she must belong to a J
bad for he.coiMd noc imagine that a
Va:3gte could so he to his own soul as hU
brof r sd done that day. , , lr
"val5e was driven frth harshly ; but when
Hhon.to the court-yard she, Wl on her
tknft fcd invoked- :v makdict-on on the
hous J which sh ,i!al ,1ei ' tro,lcd so cm-
eliy s til ;is. both brothfciu' istir had bro .'
Ken fch -with her, bhe prayffd i fiat tho iu - :
turo ita and tho danglers oftQ AVainilotl-
act as to prove a hittcTness avA a
one another for generations tu eoia?,
barcU A of he
At. pride was huiabicd and ihvir
t .. , , his own way because he c.onldn't help it but
. th tt iilxu'ost droe t j olti colcntt mad. - It
lone, for she disbelieved tho tale,
Alice Leigh lell on her knees : but Edith
quickly raised her, and then the girl told a
story she little expected to. hear. She -said,
she hd been trie wife of Edwin Wainfiete 4
four months; that her grandfather, Captain
Leigh, was a soldier and a-gentleman, who
bad " died in the cfvil . w ?i-s fi j-hting for bis
king. Her father had lingered after the re
storation Atithput notice, or reward for. the
losses his family .had sustained, and on tho
death of both her . parents her grandmother
had retired,- with -. herself 'and, what small
property she had left, to the village where
they had lived so many yearst?AU this ghp
said, wskniuvn tn .-r fi(ic2tr3 wrViAViorl
promised through his brother toimake inter- I
est for her grandmother with the king.;
he procrastinated; ha fAiled
in tbis greater need. 4 Lhave
sne said, since that dreadful nnrht uneaninir tire i l?nM nntn turn rliv afmr iho ov
when her grandmother was taktn,) and ' I ctit!o If Dame Leigh, and'theu she inform- j
know I can place no faith in him not in him. :ed h; fthat her brother having denied the j
who;n I have loved so much ; he is fearfulv guff tecuerit,th matter hd been thorough- ,
vacillating oh ! he is selfisU he will make .ly iijl and her falsehood proved. 4 And
no effort he will leave her to die 1 ' .Tiarnflfti(h ho i.v.f o.trl ?' TititVi j
."Thc girl seemed distracted, and Edith her . '-fchedlips qufroring. Ilclen-acknowl-
ainficte was scarcely less so ; but she saw , -edgr'l 'Then may Heaven" forgive a'.l those j
at once what ought to begone, and she tried thaUf-c had a hand, in this black, work !' t
to soothe her, and promised. to do her. best excl.icd Edith solemnly.. " Dis-rraco be- I
ijr liki. cuu nerseu iook rer down stars. foro i
and saw her out of th
M$h had been fvc;
isii. and she became
- J5ut wore I ao;o their restless inouincs Helen im
her altogether. V alvva . hns:vprfl that evervthinr'was eoia
seen htm twice,' orfrf &L She took-cavo to keen her inesN i
. -, a '-i a.
world you'. all feiied; but. you had 1
fear ot Him ocfore your eyes when
terea tins iniquity to ne i-sl tnarsi;
t my time amongst you ,w.ill not b
am proud srs you are;:but my pride j
a! low me to, live iscornuig my "own
house when she mia- . not tl
gined every one was 'asleep; but her sister ; you.
Helen heard the noise, and watched her, and God I
followed her to her chaimcr to 'demand an i Ion".
. l a! , i . . , . , i a
cjtpiauauon lo.wnat sue, tad seen.-dith. will
had nothing to hide, and told her sisterv 'i .j flesh i
erytnmg. Helen listened in silence, and secm-vVv.' it same ni-ht 'Edith Waintlete died,
vuv ii.xiUi.vj i-uukjauiui was urnriseu anu.t ravinr ' hov i -crnotl rnnnrt- hir hpil in
delighted, expecting to see her fall into a her .doifrum,-an i jlich.ird marked well wiat !
mighty rage , wh-uever.viow she,took bC.the , , word ie said. He looked at his brodierl
suojecx. lieien s.uu she c,o.uld best jnauage i; and vi fvietcd bim 'wliero he siood.t shivering
tae matter ner own way, ana -sae'doubted - t
not would do so ' Katigfactorily, and she made. f him.
uiuuuie a. wont on ine : . .f;ae uav ot Uio tuneral there wns a i
lUrge "xlscmblagu. of 'friends' and relations iir
the g hall of the I north front.
&)!troon, but
he said not a word
o j
subject, even ti Edwin himself. Knowing f
that Helen's influence o?er both him and her
father was greater than her owp, she readily '" a deli't f a qiiarte
consented ' i. -.;!,. ,tain Uiard- was
was all very well to command hinvbut it
was impossible to drag him to the .altar with
a ;ope round his neck, and it was clear he
w uldn't go without. , The colonel threaten
ed to disinherit and turn him out of -doors,
waen'a circumstance occurred in a neigh
boring village that drew olf his attention.
An old woman had occupied a cottage there
for many years and lived no one knew how.
AVheii she first came she brought an infant
with her, a little girl about two years old,
that she brought up, and who always called
her grandmother. This c hild grew .to be a
beautiful young woman, and she was intelli
gent and lady like too, and well able to rea
and write, though she'd bad-no instructor
but hjr grandmother, for these . reasons,
and because neither mixed commonly with
the villagers, though they were always
friendly, the simple people took it into their
heads that the old woman must be a witch.
It unfortunately-happened that many cattle
died suddenly, and the small-pox took off
many children, at the same time ; and first
tne rumor and then another got afloat, till
tie whole village rose up in a frenzy. They
tore tho old woman out of her bed, ducked
her in a pond on. their own account, and then
took her, more desd than alive, before a ma
gistrate. ' '
"Tho magistrate was Colonel Wainflete.
Some of the gentry in those days were quite
as superstitious as the common people, and
' thc eolcnel, thinking the charge against her
clearly made out, committed her to Upton
cail to take her trial. Tiic granddaughter,,
vas with her through it all ; but they .woufcf
not allow them to be in jail together, in l the j
Door girl wandered about like one distracted,
Graying for mercy, but'tlndingno one; to hear
. 5cr.' -w1'
4t Just at that time Captain Richard came
. home on a visit. The Duke of Monmouth
Iiad iust been beheaded ; and he had been out
in the war againsc mm, ana nad a deal to
talk about: Mr. Edwin sat listening amongst
others, and the colonel took occasion of his
irothcr's example to try to shame him into
cing more manly; but Captain Ilichr.rd, who
svas generous with all his pride, to excuse
his brother, 'and said -laughingly that two he
roes, meaning his lather, and himself, were
enough for one family. .
. "Vi'ell, on that same . night, when Edith
VrainfJetc" Wnt'uji to lie bedroom (she slept
in the icora that is Mr. He v.ry'u study now,)
fdic heard a instling at the window that in
duced 'her to -raw the curtain aside ; and
thero." v;i:h her wbelo weight on one of the
Lram-bcs outside, her small hands grasping
the stone cornice, ind her "pale face pressed
against, the htti.-ed pa: its, stood alice Leigh,
the triai:d-dau;:iit; r id tl.v reputed witch.
Edith, ' ontie a.-. uo t..-, iau hc u'liruo ot
"Lut calm. as sacsecmed . Helen,-? feelinirs
were raised to quite -a orm of) -as tori." She
if she could help it;h'e:had silenced Edith
for tho present, and she doubted-nut to man-
arter an hour.
There was
because Cap
girt i to his i
An Incident ot theTar.'
" There' w a soldierV", wife," Ihetrd some .one"
remark as I was stacdiag'at5 the 1 bed-side of one of
tho patients in tke'JI&phal at Cumberland? Gap. I
looked and saw alady . with a babe folded ..to her
.bosom enter the door., Immediately .1.; advanced., to
meet her, and inquired it I could be of any . assistance. ..
She risked me if her husband, William; Mcrris, . was fi
in thy hospital I answerd thttt ho was Wi4 lcl hct n
to his bed-side. As poon as she saw , the sunken ,.'
ci.jeek aid parched lips of her husbnd, and hi3wild,
lreuzical gaze, she uttered a mtn of auguisli, &hd s
stooping over him she kissed his brow and called h U.;
mma trnderly, trying by every fond endearment to -recall
him to , consciousness. ' Bat tho sufferer, 4 .
though he fixed his eyes upon her face and seemed to ' -,
bo; trying to recall those features to his memory? yet
no-word escaped his lips to tell ot recognition.
.Then the pent-up grief of the - wife broko fortb f;
4 0h, WiUiam Wiiliam, my poor dear husband, hivo '
I come only to see yo;i ,die. Oh,'. God, V in' mercy " -'i
Vpare my' hasbandl" I lifted her little fretting bbo V
li om her -arms and wrapping it in my blanket, talked ,
out from this scene .of sorrow into the open ir, .whero - v
1 could frce back my sympathetic tears. When I ,
returned with my sleeping charge, I f.iund the wife ;
mote composed, bathing the fevered) biow and in r
his fixed gaze I fancied I could detect a faint, gtcanj
cf recognition. , . I- spoke cheerfully of her husband's . M
situation, told her Of 'similar cases that had rcQoyereo;
nd ere I left the hospital I saw her quietly ; seated,
i psrtaking of some refreshments I had . ordered for,' c
llC , - " ' i . ? , .- v- .-
YiTeeks afterwards, as she was about to return with
her husband to her mountain home, she came; t
thank me:for some little attentions bestowed s i4on' i
I er, and then I learned luf woman's devotion that, I "
: uviy n it soon forget. She told pe of ti jr ho :n-e on
the slope of the Uneci Mountain; of the haptiy hours
peiit tnere tilh her husband was called to jui Jus
country men in detenco of his country . . Toy- su '
toid ol ifig weary days, weeks and months -.Whe U-wh
spent in his absence, thinking on the pait (
ing of the' future. ; 'liow,iasi she satone nigu ioc;vV'g '
ner lniant to sleep, a returning soldier had i.rougnt
" her news of her'husbund'.-i illness. At first," se was
overcome, chcddng-her grief she minitei tt - to tho
want of her guest, after which she spent V e night
. in preparing lor her journcyr as she deten.i.ied ti
start aVcarly dawn forf "her husband's- bed-e.ide.
f Morning came.8 After closing the windows and
1 i
fc. . : U till Jl All I V V S .Viiltl Viri: jl.il I i l.n i
hauie jy,jung clergyman wno ana umtu i mileu distant. .Ui,?
juawiii to Alice Jeiern. . He' had not t?One i,m,o,, ni.;,i t,
h r
i .iK e.
itt hvi dir, iolU:d it
ai.d th.n ojKiKd the wuvImv and Ut theul
age her weak minded-brother
' She sdtght b.ia that night, and bo cow
ered under he, fierce reproaches. He v?as
himself horrificdt having become, relative,
to a woman couvrcWl of so heinous a crime;
lor all his oook learning bad not taught hirri
stater than to believe itiwitchcraft. Helen
bw her advantage, and harfijjersuaded him
that , ho bad been drawn into the" match
by the old woman's art, though he well knew
that the courtship and marriage were alike
secrets to her. On questioning him, Helen
learned that trie ceremony had been per -
formed by an old schoolfellow of his, just en
tered into holy orders, who had been at the
Grange on a visit some months previous.
There was no written document to proTCthe
marriage, and the young clergyman who
promised to keep their secret, had gone
abroad. It seemed easy to deny the mar
riage altogether, and this Edwin consented
to do. .
"One we'ek after, when the trial came on,
old Mrs.Leigh was found guilty and condemn
ed to die. People's hearts were so hardened
by prejudice that there were few to feel pi-,
ty for the beautiful young creature who stood
by her grandmother's side, looking eargerly
and wildly round to see if any were -there to
come forward aad speak for tier as sho had
hoped. "VVhn the sentence was spoken she
fell on the floor of the court like one dead.
4kIt was in tho month of July, and on that
very afternSoira young woman made her ap
pearance at Ellaby Grange, and asked to sjo
the colonel, llei- dres was ajs.oraereu, ner
feet dusty, as well as they might 1 for she
had almost flown from TJ don, a .distance of
eight miles,- and a thick veil was drawn 'oyer
her face, so that at first the scrvaiU didn't
know her. The colonel consented1 to see her
and when they we're alone she lifted her veil
and fell on her kees. But seeing who it was
he stopped her. ?Poohl pooh The said,
4 it's no use you coming here, I can do
nothing for you. But Alice' would be heard, I
and she told him of her marriage with his i
son, and his promise that he would inter
fere to sayc her grandmother.
44 Without answering her, the colonel rang
the bell .violently and summoned his family
into the room. Edith was iheh ill' in bed,
but the others came ; and before them all
the colonel asked his son, in a voice of thun
der, if what the gnl saidjjr'as true. Tho
proud threatened eye of lUlcn was upon him,
and the tierce loojes of his father, and his
r brother Richard glared as if he could have
struck them bolh down where they stood, and
j hadn't the courage or the .generosity of a
m to bruw it out for her he b id vowed to
love and pruUvi ; he Limed a.ay iaul tuid
he i.ncW -I'ling aboni ho'.
4'4'apuiu Kuhaid had been say in- thai it
door: of her cabin, she, with her baby clasped to her
siaris on touv to use iieivicv. ucuvi ui tue
er auf trie door: i t S
abroad as he had intended, and cui that day
ho had arrived to visit rm friend. Alice had
mentioned his name to IfJith, and Edith in
her ravings had repeated it ; Itichard" him
self scarcely needed his testimony- to ' con
vince him of the truth.
4' I take you . all to witness, saidjCaptain
Richard, -striding into the middle of the room
and pointing to his . brother, who turned
pale i.nd tried to shrink away, that neither
I, nor, so far as I know, any of mine have
had a hand in the wickedness of this man,
whom I proclaim to be a disgrace to.all of his
bio id, and an alien to .me henceforth a id for
ever, and also a shamo to the name of man
hood; in token or all which I here brand him
as a dastardly poltroon and a. liar., If any
wish to take his part I am ready to make
good what I have said.'
" As Richard spoke he struck his brother a
heavy blow with the fiat of his sword, laid
it on tho table, and strode out leaving the
.mourners to follow him.
4 'You may imagine what-consternation there
was. Most of those present did not under
stand what was meantbut theyll rose and
followed Richard. .The colonel himself, if
he was not conscience-stricken, was too
great an admirer of his eldest son to with
stand him in favor of one wnose bareness he
now understood, knowing it could , not be
hid long. ; - -
k The iiyourners observed that Edwin
-"Wainfletc "was not amongst them, and they
returned to the Grange .to learn that ho had
44 Captain Richard' h'ad lost his favorite
sister ; and when Helen came to understand
how he had exposed his brother . before all
their kiritV&I andvfriends, she-was eXaspe
"rated against him and refused to be' recon
ciled; so that when the colonel died, and he
came to live there, she left the place, and
they were altogether estranged. The curse
pronou.nced by Alice seemed to be at work
already, aud it has worked ever siucaM
ht "found her
earts and loving friends received
her, for they wcr& not unmindful jf strangers, and
the morning found her refreshed and again, on shrr
journey.. " The third day she reached the depot. After
resting some hours here, she found herself on tho
train, where she was' soon carried to Morristovrn.
There she left the cars, aud unaided and alone she. ,
starts orher -way, h-rving yet a journey fifty miles.
to accomplish on foot Onwards she plods her wear
,ry way unmindful ot swollen streams and miry roads, '
for in imagination 'she hears the - voice of xflliction
calling her name; A A thousanl feaw gather around
her ;' tf hat ! should she be too late the thought,
gives her unnatural cncrgy, and the' fourth-day fe
find her wending her way through the 'swarming
soldiery, guided, by the yello flag that wares in
the distance, till at ast sho stands, with aching, anx
ious beat t, at the entrance of the Hospital where
first I met her. "And sir," said sho 44when I re
turn to my mountain home, I carry with me' the re
mcmbcrance of your kindness, and in theilence iof
the Uneca, I will talk to our Father in neaven of
you, and ask him to reward you a3 t never can." ! "
Oh what- unutterable horrors crowd round the
fearful thought A drunkard's death 1. Dying drwah
pan ing with earth, drunk closing the eyea on
time, drunk entering eternity drunk facing ' holy ,
men and angels, drunk meeting the Holy Spirit that
was slighted for the rum bottle, drunk encounter--
ing the blessed child Jtsus, whose sacred and precious
blood was forsaken for tho adulterated blood of the
grape, dkusk and staggering up to the judgment 5
seat, to meet the Judge of ail the earth,' the Eternal
God, DRUNK 1 Horror of horrors !
Ye gentle reader, whose young fancy has fainted
over this idea tHis is no fancy sketch ! Horrible
thought itjs a true picture of many. Read the ac
counts of the few months that have just past. The
dreadful accidents' to intemperate people ;thc sudden
death of rum-bloated victims of a brutalizing Licence
Law. Think over it weep over it howl over it;
and pray Golhot to visit a silent Church and a tem
porizing state with a just and scorching retributive
Criminal Neglf.ct and Heavy Loss. The
evacuation of Jackson, Mississippi, left in
the hands of the en ray, we learn from the
Memphis Appeal, the rolling stock of the
4Ner Orleans',-Jackson and great Northern,"
the Mississippi Central" and- the 44 Mis
sissippi and Tennessee" Railroads. The
motive p.ver, alone, consisted of over forty
engines. To have save d this invaluable prop
erty, required only the construction of a tem
porary bridge across Pearl River. Six weeks
of time w ere allowed for this work, which
miht have been do:io in six. days. Vhat
were the railroad and' military authorities
thinking about? The loss is of incalculable
importance, -aud, in ho pitscut condition of
things, wholly iiicparablc.
Adversity the TfcsT op Fortitude- The reverses
brought upon us should be accepted as the test of our
fortitude and our strength. Heretofo our greatest
achievements have followed close upon our most em
barrassing situation, Difficulties and p'-tils have
never yet tailed to bring out the true spirit and ener
gy of the Southern people. Nor will they fail us now.
Before the summer's campaign is concluded we shall
have encouraging news to elate the confident and
, cheer the- desponding. Elchtrcond Dispatch. .
A Lesson rro:4 History. The British ran over
every high road of this country ; penrtrat'd every
neighborhood, plundered every city 'and town clean
to the G ulf but lost the game. Their successors in
tyranny jvill lose like them, unless the descendants
of those who lived 44 in times that tried men's
hare infamously degenerated. JiichmonJ "
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