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i chprwood forest.
cnAP. v.
Ihf Siif.f Quarter.
As they sat in Englyshe wood,
Coder the greenwode tree,
They thought they bs^rd a woman wepo,
But bur they mought not see.
Adam bell, iff.
.r the warder l?>iiupn^ lUllcaaly at his
" mill in ' ninimr I
11 W 171 "nVkV l\<\l Ui Jil l\ V tmvi jr.
ace," with no feudal enemies at banu,
.:!:iws in the vicinity, none at least no
as to render any quarrel necessary,
a- a matter of dignity and decorum, the
lied down tlio sandy lane toward
,.r quarter of the serfs; who were
. .(. i rally to reside within the
purtlv as a precaution, lost, in ease of
u.al affray, they might so far outnum.:
!i N.inunn inen-at-arms as to become dan|'i?rt!v
because they were not deemed
... .. :at s for the meanest of the feudal
- I t ttulS.
ivi enllemeu in question were excelii.ieus
of the Norman baron of the day,
ver. being heroes or geniuses, or in
Vi ir?exeej?t perhaps for good temper
- special temptation toward evil !
utperior to others of their class,
rid p rioil. Neither of them was in any
a tyrant, individually cruel, or inten.
an oppressor; hut both were, us every
is at this day, used to look at things
i them, through our own glasses, and
. r for what is the custom, than for
i, right, and therefore ought to be; for
.k i; . and i-. permitted to us bv law
tln-rs, than for what we should desire
< rs' - do unto us.
-> of life themselves, brought up from
t., regard pain as a thing below
< ration, and death as one to he risked
, ; y were not like to pay much regard
" nhvsical sufferings of others, or to
!, ' lit.- at a value, such an to render it
w . the preserving, when great stakes were
-t on its hazard. Aceustomod
i - their own li\es on the die, for the most
ir v.liiui of honor, or at the first call of
! il suzerains, accustomed to sec thoir
v:' .1!.- fall under shield, and deem
i iitli honorable and joyous, at their own
- J.Test bidding, how should thev have thought
' the life, tar more of the physical or
.lb-rings, of the Saxon serf, whom they
i ! 1, on their arrival in their nowly-coni
Kngland, a thing debased helow the
\ i- current coin of an ox, a dog, or a war-a
thing, the taking of whose life was
< : -..led by a trivial fine, and whom they
r.i came to regard as a dull, soulless, intupid,
senseless animal, with the pasv.
hut without the intellect of the man.
> barons. Sir Yvo de Taillehois was
. both in intellect and culture; be
-y circumstances also, while his far
r ti ml, Sir lMiilip de Morville, was em !
v the res au'/u.vla <lomi, and by the
. i. v of relentless creditors, which often
men to do, 31 well as to suffer, ex
j"' therefore. which hsl either of these
ole men. 1,.j tIn*v were noble, not in birth
v. ii':i in >? ntiinent and soul, according to
!:oiis of their age, which wore nceessnrily
i >t -. :?m<I to the lights vouchsafed to
i ' -. < ik concerning the Saxon serfs, and
cuds them, rather as if they were I .east s
worthy of care, kindnc89, and some
.; < ].livsical consideration, rather than
n ni ... as themselves, endowed with hearts
t : < ! and mhiIs to comprehend. Ilad they
. ' i,.-r than they were, thev had been nionit
was. thev were excellent men. as
went then, and go now, fully up to the
i th? ir own times, and to the strain of
tv and justice understood thereby, but
tie whii uboTe it. Therefore, Sir ^ vo do
o:>. finding himself indebted for his
i" lit*.- to tic hardihood and courage of
j oaxnii rf. whom he regarded much as he
i have done his charger or his hound, de.
>- n point of honor, rather than of grati.
to M-euro to the serf an indemnity from
in. nt, or want, during the rest of his
as he would have assigned a stall, with
rvck and manger, to the superannuated
, r v!,ieh had saved his own life in battle;
>n the run of kitchen, buttery, and hall,
,!V ud which had run the foremost of his
. * i .. > I'.' ? .1 O -
- :. - 11 tj nut's oi Ul OftZOIl WCTC
>tn him :ts those of the charger
and la* thought no more of
' i!--_r him in hi* social or family relations,
1 oi ?! minimis to which, in noma sort, he
I-*- if i
11 v- 1.1 n. t. it is true, if ashed as a philo
i. whether the life of a Saxon sort
i Audultudan ( harper were equivalent,
, >1 in the aflirinative; for he was,
' > iiis lights, a Christian, and knew
1 v . .i had a soul to l?e saved; nor would
-.Y'uvl, that the eolt of the liiph-hred
i , or tl ivhelp of the penerous hraeh. stood
''y the same relation as the child of the
t l to its human parent; but use had much
dmdeeed Ma pererotioiM to the distinction;
! tie impassive a . } stolid insensibility of the
va\oii raee. iinbnit* 1 and degraded by apes of
' . .in. imi ed hint lo overlook the faint and
v seen displays of human sensibilities,
fill would li.i.e led liini less to undervalue
use and sentiment of his helpless fellowirynian.
As it was. he would as saoii ham
I t. I h;s tavorite charpcr or best hrood
t pine hopelessly, and grieve ai one who
! not be consoled, at bcinp liberated from
and saddle, and turned oat to graze at libi
.rev. r in a free and fertile pasture, while
t- .should remain in life-long 1 mintage, as
haw supposed it possible for the Sax"
t" he n<V..-cted beyond consolation by the
ti.e deportation, or the disasters of his
".aiii. did ho regard libortv or servitude
- ict souse, apart from idea* ot incar'
rture. or extreme privation, as great
! ' right or wrotic.
: o*o?| him absolute service; the free
r- ?t vilbnn, service, in some sort, less
is\ a.-sals, man-service, according to
' . either ill the field of daily labor,
''V lb-Id, or the battle-fiold ; he himself
? .-\i.-- to his suzerain: his suzerain to
* 'g. I t was all service, and the difference
t in the degree ; and if the service of the
v-;ts degraded, it was a usual, a habitual
a. to which, it might be presumed, he
:n customed that he felt it not, more
charger his demipiquo, or the hawk
ai. 'i and, for the most part, he
it more nor regret it, nor know the
1 s-rtv, save as connected with the ab"
' the tetters or the lash.
: this, indeed. is the great real evil of sla-v
r. M>t-ver and under whatsoever form it
" duit it is not more but less hurtful to the
di.u: to the master, and that its ill effects
much higher and more painful degree
" i c.ihl than phvsical; that, while it de"
and lowers the inferiors almost to the
' '* littTO 1 iruti'.a pAitcomn
Iviution, the absence of all hope to rise
' cale of manhood, and the lack of every
> to ambition of exertion, it hardens the
v.i'l deadens the sensibilities of the inas
Sici renders him, through the strange pow
' >>< unistanoe and custom, blind to the exwrmi^s.
sufferings, and sorrows, at the
' i of which, under a different phase
; his blood wonld boil with indignation,
, ^"< L, then, was, in some considerable degree
'itate ot wind, arising from habit anu ae
L .
vol. vin.
quaintauee with the constitution of freedom and
slavery, intermingled everywhere in the then
world, anything to the contrary of which they
had never seen nor even heard of, in which the
two Normau lords took their way down the village
street, if it conld so be called, being a
mere sandy tract, passable only to horsemen, or
carts and vehicles of the very rudest construction,
unarmed except with their heavy swords,
and wholly unattenaed, on an errand, as they
intended, of liberality and mercy.
The quarter qf the serfs of Sir Philip de Morville
was, for the most part, very superior to the
miserable collection of huts, liker to dog houses
than to any humau habitation, which generally
constituted the dwellings of this fonorn and
miserable race; for the knight was, as it has
been stated, an even-tempered and good-natured,
though commonplace man; and being
endowed with raiher an uncommon regard for
order and taste for the picturesque, he consequently
looked more than usual to the comfort
of h'u serfs, both in allotting them small plots
of gafden-ground and orchards, and in bestowing
on them building materials of superior
quality atjd appearance.
All the Vuts, therefore, rudely framed of oak
beams, having tho interstices filled in with a
cement of clay and raddle, with thatched roofs
and wooden lattices of windows, were
whole, and for the most part weather-proof.
Many of the inhabitants had made jxirchea, covered
with natural wild runners, as the woodbine
and sweet brier ; all had made gardens in front,
which they might cultivate in their hours of
leisure, when the day's task-work should be
done, and which displayed evidently enough, hv
their orderly or slovenly culture, the character
and disposition of their occupants.
The few men whom the lords met on their
way, mostly driving up bexsts laden with firewood
or forage to the cattle, for the day was
not yet far spent, nor the hours devoted to toil
well uigh passed, were hale, strong, sturdy varlets,
in good physical condition, strong-limbed,
and giving plentiful evidences in their appearance
of amplo coarse subsistence ; they were
well dressed, moreover, althousrh in the plainest
and coarsest habiliments, made, for the most
part, of the taunod hide# of beasts with the hair
outward, or in some cases of cheap buff leather,
their feet protected by clum*y home-made saudals,
aud their heads uncovered, save by the
thick and matted elf-locks of their unkempt aud
dingy hair.
They touted low as their lord passed them
by, but no gleam of recognition, much less any
smile of respectful greeting, such as passes between
the honored superior and the valued servant,
played over their stolid and heavy countenances,
begrimed for the most part with filth,
and half-covered with disordered beards and
anshorn moustaches.
Neither in form, motiou, nor attire, did they
Show any symj>toin of misusage ; there were
uo scars, as ot the stripes, the stocks, or the
fetters, on their bare arms and logs ; they were
in good physical condition, well fed, warmly
lodged, sufficiently clad?perhaps in the best
possible condition for the eudurance of continuous
labor, and the performance of works
requiring strength and patience, rather than
agility or energetic exertion.
But so also were the mules, oxen, or horsos,
which they were employed iu driving, and
which in all these respects were fully equal tc
their drivers, while they had this manifest ad
vantage over thcn\, that they were rubbed down
and eurrycombed, and cleaned, and showed theii
hides glossy and sleek, and their msnes free from
scurf and burrs, which is far more than could
l>e stated of their human companions, who look
ed for the most Dart as if their tanned and
swart complexions were as innocent of water
as were their beards ami elf-locks of brash or
carry comb.
;ii aacuttou, tn trrim and sor
did aspect, and their evident ignorance or care
lessness of their base appearance, there was a
dull, sullen, dogged expression on all their
faces?a look not despairing, nor even sorrow
ful, hut perfectly impassivo, as if they had noth
ing to hope for, or regret, or fear ; the look of*
caged bear, wearied and fattened out of his
fierceness, not tamed, civilized, or controlled bj
any human teaching.
The stature and hearing, evon of the free
born and noble Saxon, in the day when his fail
isle of Albion was his own, and he trod the soi
its proud proprietor, had never l>een remark*
hie for its beauty, grace, or dignity. He was
for the most part, short, thick set, sturdy-limb
ed. bull-necked, bullet-headed ; a man framed
more for hardihood, endurance, obstinate re
solve, indomitable patience to resist, than for
vivid energy, brilliant impulsive vi?or, or ardor,
whether intellectual or physical; but these men,
though they neither lounged nor lagged behind,
plodded along with ft heavy, listless gait, their
frowning brows turned earthward, their dv.l!
gray eyes rolling beneath their light lashes,
meaningless and spiritless, and the same scowl
on every gloomy face.
The younger women, ft few of whom wert
seen about the doors or gardens, busied in
churning butter, malting cheese, or performing
other duties of the farm and dairy, were some
what more neatly, and, in some few cases, even
tastefully attired. Some were of rare beauty,
with a profusion of auburn, light brown. 01
flaxen hair, bright rosy complexions, large blue
eyes, and voluptuous figures : ami these bore
certainly a more cheerful aspect, as the nature
of woman is more hopeful than that of man,
and a uiore irentle mood than their fellows : vet
thorp wore 110 song* enlivening their moments
of rest or alleviating their hours of toil?no
jests, no romping, as we are wont to see among
voung girls of tender years, occupied in th?
lighter and more feminine occupations of agri
cultural life.
Some one or two of these, indeed, smiled a?
they curtsied to their lord, hut the smile was
wan and somewhat sickly, nor seemed to conic
from the heart; it gave no pleasure, one would
say, to her who gave?no pleasure to him whe
received it.
The little children, however, who tumbled
about iu the dust, or built mud-houses by the
puddles in the road, were the saddest sight ol
all. Half-naked, sturdy-limbed, filthy little sav
ages, utterly untaught and untamed, scarcelj
capable of making themselves understood, over
in their own ru?lo dialect; wild-eyed, and fierce
or sullen looking as it might, subject to no con
trol or correction, receiving no education, uc
culture whatsoever?not so much even as the
colt, which is broken at least to the manage, or
the hound-puppy, which is entered at the quar
rv which he is to chase; ignorant ot every mor
al or divine truth?ignorant even that each one
of tlicni was the possessor of a mortal body, nc
more than an immortal soul!
But not a thought of these things ever crossed
the mind of the stately'aud puissant Nor
mans. No impression such as these, which
must needs now strike home to the soul of every
chance beholder, had ever been made on
their imaginations, bv the sight of things, which,
seeing every day, they had come to consider
only ai things which were cnstoinary, and were
therefore right and proper?not the exception
even to the ride, but the rule without exception.
So differently, indeed, did the circumstances
above related strike Sir Yvo de Taillehois, that
he even complimented his friend on thi general
comfort of his villonage, and the admirable condition
of his people, the air of capacity of his
men, and the heautv of his women; nay! he
commented even u^n the plump forms and
brawny musffes of the young savages, who fled
diverse from before their footsteps, shrieking
and terrified at the lordly port and resounding
strides of their masters, as indicative of their
future strength, and probable sixe and staturo.
And Philip replied, laughing, "Aye! aye!
they arc a stout and bnrly set of knaves and
good workers on the main. The hinges of the
stocks arc rusted hard for want of use, and the
whipping-post has not heard the crack of the
i boar's hide these two vears or better; but then
1 work them lightly and feed them roundly, and
I find that they me the more work for it,
and the bettor; besides, the food they consume
i is all of their own producing, and I have no nse
i for it. They raise me twice as much now as I
have use for, in this manner. Now I work my
, folk but ten hours to the day, and give them
- meat, milk, and cheese, daily, aud have uot
flogged a man nine* Martinmas two twelve
months; and I have thriee the profit of them
that my friend and neighbor, Reginald Maltravers,
has, though his thralls toil from matin to
curfew, with three meagre davs to the week, and
the thong ever sounding. It is bad policy, I
say, to over-do the work or under-do the feeding.
Besides, poor devils, they have not much
fun in life, and if yoa fill their bellies, you fill
theui with .all the pleasure and contentment
they are capable of knowing. But, hold ! here
is Kenric'a home?the best cabin in the quarter,
as the owner is the best man. l<et us go in."
u And carry him a welcome cure for his aching
bones," said Sir Yvo, as they entered the
little gate of a pretty garden, which stretched
from the door dowu to a reach of the winding
stream, overshadowed by several large and
handsome willows. " By my faith! he must
J t _ 1 " * * *
neeus oe a gooa man, resumed the speaker?
" why, it is as neat as a Thaue's manor, and
neater, too, than many I have Been."
But as he spoke, t^e shrill and doleful wail
of women came from the porch of the house.
" Ah, well-a-day ! ah. well-a-day ! that I should
live to see it. Soul of my soul, Kenric, my
first-boru and my best one?thou first borne in
almost a corpse; and then, ray darling and
my?oh! my fair-haired Edgar's son dead of
this doleful! Ah..?wll-a-dayi ah, well-a-day!
Would God that I were d.<?ui also, most miserable
that I am of women ! "
And then the manly voice of Kenric replied,
but faint for his wounds and wavering for the
loss of blood: " W ail not for ine, mother," he
said, u wail not for me, for I am strong yet,
and like to live this many a day?until thy toils
are onded, and then God to me as seems him
good. But, above all, I say to thee, wail not
for Adhemar the white-haired, llis weakness
and his innocence are over, here on earth. He
has never known the collar, or the gyves?has
never ieit now outer anu now intra a tiling it is
to be the slave of the best earthly master! His
dream?his fever-dream of life is over; he is
free from yoke and chain; he has awoken out
of human servitude, to be the slave of the everlasting
God, whose strictest slavery is perfect
liberty and perfect love."
Hut still the woman wailed?" Ah, well-aday!
ah, well-a-day 1 would God that I were
dead, most miserable of mothers that [ am ! "
And the Norman barons stood unseen and
silent, smitten into dumbness before the regal
majesty of the slave's maternal sorrow, perhaps
awakened to some dim vision of the truth which
never had dawned 011 them until that day, in
the serfs quarter.
For tha National Era.
By the author of " The Chronicles of the Hostile,"
" The Embassy" The Yule Log" Fhiltp of
Lutetia," SfC.
Martin ami the Iropcrty.
Martin sat him down to copy the deeds and
the bond. His heart was heavy, like tho work
he had to get through before the morrow, if
that morrow was to be to him a festival. Too
well he understood why Gaetano had not intrusted
those precious documents to other hands.
A witness more or less might seriously affect
the issue of an inquiry, should any accident
lead to a disclosure. But he?he, Martin?
might be trusted. Who was he? A poor, degraded,
abject dependent, inextricably involved
in debt, not only to his patron, but to others ;
and whom a word from the uttomey would consign
to a jail, to rot out tho remnant of a miserable
existence. Vet. an existence not wholly
blank, not entirely without hope, without pleasure.
LiseUe ! Her cares*os hung about him
like incense. Tier smiles, her affection, fell
upon his saddened and seared heart, like balm
on green wounds. Her gentleness, her patience,
her meekness, were themes to dwell upon and
to'distract his mind, when in the silent watches
of the night sometimes her form arose between
him and the grim shadow of some desperate aet,
oft 1 1 OOJltrm lilit tilirnnL' tVritn ntiicL'.
lv HH thnt spirit of hers intei-posed its monitory
hnger, pointing upwards. hren a?- ho turned
oror the parchment sheets, his thotght* revartI
e<l to her, expecting him on tin- morrow. Ajjd
he could not go.
, Mechanically ho cast hi.* eyes across the
folios. What was written there, that soon so
1 deeply interested him? Projierty! Kstates.
buildings, negroes, and other eattle. There it
was, inscribed in a fair, round, elerklv hand,
, and in good, black ink. An accurate descrip,
tion, no doubt. Goods, chattels, ^nd effects.
, movable and immovable. But tins property!
He read unto the end. with quivering lip and
[ blanched cheek. These negroes then, the men,
, the women, the children, were property?eliat1
tels personal; and my daughter Mildred,
whom I intend to make free," was not excepted.
t For the first time in his life, ho doubted the
i meaning of that legal term, property.
He paused awhile, and then he read the bond.
Having finished that, he perused the agreement
i between the attorney and Mark Avefing. and
, then?then he began to understand. Oh ! A
villanous plot this ; a piece of black treachery.
he thought; and lie wiped away the clammy
s moisture from his brow, as the idea forced itself
i upon his mind that he was a party to it, and
the instrumentality through whom this arch
deed of rapacious, sensual vengeance was to be
i consummated. No wonder, with this idea on
i his mind, and the form of Lisette looming mistily
in his imagination, that he buried his face
i in his hands, and paused.*
Vengeance, ana money! Gnetnno had engaged
to lend himself to this wicked project,
! for just so many golden pieces. Gold! It is
i a good thing, gold ! It makes men respected,
> if not respectable. It makes the fool the wise
[ man's master, and exalts the vulgar to a level
i with the refined. It must be?aye, it is?a fine
thing to possess an abundance of that shining
[ inetal. What noble usos he?the dreamer lving
s there with his arms across his desk, and his
r face buried in t heir hollow?what noble uses
he would put it to, if he could suddenly become
r enriched with as much only as he saw lying in
i little heaps on the table last night, the table
where, after a night's play, he won twice twenty
lot/is (Tor. And it was to be done! And he
could become rich. It only required for him
to have a certain sum. Perhaps, if he accomplished
the task before him, and managed
adroitly on the morrow, perhaps Gaetrano would
lend him a sum !
He roused himself presently, and carefully
nibbed his pen.
He squared himself to write, with the clean
sheets before him, and the documents bv his
side. It was a singular association of ideas
that led his distraught mind from the parchment
to the name of Mildred, and to conjure
up in his imagination some form that should be
like hers, but which merged into that of
Lisette; that then conducted him to the neat
chamber in the Jiue Blanche, where slie might
then l>e sitting ; and that incontinently brought
before his eyes her pet starling, with its reedy
err of " to-morrow, to-morrow, to-morrow." So
it was, however, and the words sounded in his
ears with startling distinctness. And he could
not help thinking that to-morrow would assuredly
arrive, and that he, Martin, would not be
able to make festival with Lisette.
He tried to form a bold heading to the deed,
but his hand shook, and tlie experiment failed.
A second time, and a third ; a fourth and a fifth
he attempted it, but with a despairing result.
He laid down the pen, and took out the small
tin box, from which he extracted a square of
that dark composition, presently conveying it
to his mouth. It was not long before he resumed
his peu, and then his hand did not tremble.
So he wrote on. Yet, as he wrote, strange
scenes arose before his eyes, which seemed to
be peering through a mist. Everything was
confused, save the distinct outline of human
forms, which would persist in taking the shape
i of Lisette, though strangely her name identii
fied itself with another's. He could not proceed
; so again he laid down the pen, and a second
time had recourse to the tin box.
His hand was firmer now, and the pen traced
. its lettered course with marvellous celerity. It
t 1
would have to fly at that rate all dav and al
night, and until quite early in the morning, V
the morrow was to be for him a festival will*
Lisctte i and so on it went.
But wiose strange scenes ! Plantations, with
majestic trees in the distance, a shining river,
a large mansion-looking house, and many lo*
huts scattered in small clusters here aiul thereA
bright, blue sky, and a scorching sun. Extensive
fields, with men, and womon, and children.
busily engaged hoeing and weeding and
picking a plant with beautiful flowers. And
Lisctte there, only black, and that man Aveling
calling her Mildred, apparently in derision, and
because she would not look up, striking he.
with a long-lashed whip. Property ! He ha'
come to that.
A long list of names?men, women, and chit
.1 _n i__i , ... . '
11rt*ii, r%n reguiariy caiaiogueOj witn tneir namef
designations, and price set down in dollar?
Human beings, owned, and to be bought an?
sold ; chattels, for any man's money; and who*
once bought with it, to bo scourged, worked"
used np, or sold again. It was of no use ; bo
coidd not blot out those scenes, try as he would.
They were stamped upon the deeds there beforti
him, and he was transferring them bodily to
the paper under his hand. He was setting a
Eriee upon his beautiful, his meek, his dutiful,
is pious I.isette. And Mark Aveling?that
man of craft and of determined purpose, whose
eyes shot lascivious lightning, ana on whose
hard features seusuality and herce passion had
set their stamp?he might buy her, and use
her as his brutish inclinations prompted.
u All true, all true, all true ; " and he throw
down the pen, as he thought of other fathers,
and of mothers, and brothers, and sisters, work '
ing there ou those remote plantations.
A burning fever suddenly seemed to ha**
seized him, but his mental vision grew strong*-'
and clearer. Was he, then, so abjoct a wrote %
that for a paltry pittance he must become tl j
tool ot a man like Gaetano? Could he find 1 i
other but he?Martin?to do this dirty wort '
Low, low indeed, then, must he have sunk <
the attorney's estimation. Debased he was, i' deed.
That he know and felt, lie had evt 1
done for Gaetano many things which might n1 t
have borne the closest scrutiny, but never y t
had he been privv to the selling of men, ar I
women, and children. Lower than this lffc
could not go. Should he descend so low ?
And morality! Strange for him to think bf
morality ? he, an inveterate gamester! Hut
gaming was not selling human beings?was not
cheating humanity of its rights. Oh! there wfci
a difference between the two. It could not by
that the moral coda recognised none. And religion,
too! Was there no divine vengeance
to punish him who sold the image of his M?tker?
Yes! True, he had long forgotten Gc- I,
or only thought of him sometimes in connccti'li
with prayers once lispod by the side of one lo--g
since departed, but now too imperfectly remembered.
No! He could not pray to be doliv red
from temptation, though the words cumo to
bis lips. His heart did not feel right for so
solemn an invocation. Hut he could reflect, a-"\d
ask himself if this was right, that he was doiitjt.
And he did this, and hesitated, and pondered,
did Martin, as he took to pacing that narr'^w
den, until he felt that, under the anguish of
mind he was suffering, he must die unless V?
had again recourse to the tin box.
Yet still those thoughts, as he paced the floor,
chafing like a caged wild beast as he stopped
short in his walk of five paces, to fasten his
glowing eyes on the parchments that bore in ate
mind the impress of those vivid pictures, awl
upon the sheets to which lie had commenced
transferring them?as lie rend them over an 1
over again, till the words acquired a feu lift 1
meaning, and lie saw only the things they ffi*resented
and the system they revealed ? s'-dl
those thoughts, juid others crowding tast pp 11
his mind, now morbidly cleared by the potel .y
of the drug he had swallowed, as he conti.U M
his monotonous walk to and fro. till the day 1 *d
fallen and darkness had come on, and I10 co> d
no longer sec but the white sheets on the do k,
which marked the place where the picture la .
And still those thoughts, as, suddenly st pping,
he heard footsteps which ho recogni >d
ascemling the stairs, slowly and measuree v,
until they came to a standstill outside the doo' ?
V's. and those thoughts still, as he muttered te
names of Gaetano and Aveling, and as wit a
bound lie gained his stool, and lay, his h> id
upon his arms, am>#s his desk, feigning sh' p,
but never more keenly awake than now. w th
ti- .? thoughts painting the dark picture in '.is
mind, having Lisette in the foreground, stran ;eIv
mixed up with those negro slaves, and be- iring
the name of Mildred.
He heard the door trietl?mechanically, a it
were. It was by a hand who knew his cust m
to lock himself in. It could be none other t! 111
Gaetano's. Martin now recollected that, in *is
bewilderment that morning, when Grit effec cd
his sudden and impulsive retreat, he had ?<>t
fastened the door after him. So the pair altered,
with an exclamation of surprise from he
attorney, almost immediately followed l?y a h ud
call after Martin, by name. ?
''This is very unusual! " exclaimed the attorney;
and he called again; still no answer.
" f>tay a moment," he added, speaking to Ailing,
" I will get a light."
This was soon procured from the porter's lod^'e.
Martin peeped at them, as he lay with his he-id
still on his arms, and those thoughts vet in %his
mind, and saw them approach the inner d"u,
when; he was?the attorney coming first, hi -fling
the candle up.
" Sound as a roach," ejaculated Avcling. y
Martin saw Gaetano sign to his com pan") n
not to make a noise, and then felt himself polled,
the attorney calling him hv name agt in,
twice or thrice. But Martin nor moved '?or
groaned. His feigned sleep was a perfect pic.ee
of acting.
' Drunk ! " muttered Avcling, perceiving that
it was impossible to arouse the sleeper.
" Opium !" answered the attorney, in a louder
voice. "But he has beeu at work." And
Martin felt that the associates in the deed of
villnny were examining, as well as they could,
how far he had proceeded with his part of the
" Hum ! " was the only sound uttered by Avcling,
as he followed his companion into ttie
other chamber.
" lie will sleep off the effects of the drug," Resumed
Gaetano, "and then will resume wV*k.
YVc are as safe as though he wore absent." *
It needed but for Martin to lift his eye? to
enable him to command a j?erfect view of ^ Jat
Wan passing. He saw (iaetano light anol *cr
candle, and motion to Aveling to he seated.
" It is all very well," observed the attort j>.\,
apparently resuming the tliread of an intcrr; <Sted
discourse, "to trust to men's honor; W in
such matters as these, Monsieur Aveling, ny
habit is to trust only to cash. You will ext se
mr candor, but it is my habit."'
" Well," responded Mark, u and I've got it or
you. That does not prevent me from saV ng
that I consider your mode of doing busii ;ss
damned ungentlemanly.
Martin saw that the speaker was excited. , It
s.emed hv drink. He also l>etrayed a cert un
recklessness of manner, which appeared to he
watcher to indicate that the mind of the i> au
was ill at ease. The attorney glanced at TJm
across the table, but made no reply.
" You've put ine to serious inconvenience,
Mister,"' resumed Mark. " The sum is laf fe,
and was not so easily procured. I've had tivgo
a begging to make it up."
" But you have got it ? " was the itnmedl itc
response, in an eager tone.
Martin saw Aveling thrust his hand down
deep into his pocket, and afterwards deposit on
the table a large roll of notes.
" Will that satisfy yon ? " he said, with some
acerbity of manner. " You had good security,
! ar\A micrKt K ara iha. I'm mata lV*n
half in the mind to refuse compliance with f\>ur
extravagant demand until the work is done-'
" As you please, Monsieur," responded *he
attorney, with a forced air of calmness, ftut
Martin observed the long fingers m work, ?tid
well he knew what they were clutching at.
u You may either leave the business where i^is,
or proceed. Yon may lose your vengeance or
assure it. But whatever your decision, I iv 1st
be paid for my trouble, and my terms are ci.sh.
I understand no other in such affairs as th *e.
I have outlays to make, and my agents to pay?
handsomely, too. There is Martin "
Aveling interrupted him by a sarcastic laugh,
Krescntlv observing that he supposed he paid
im wages, and eonld command his time and
services. He was only making excuses. It was
no use his trying to catch old birds with chaff.
.Martin's anxiety grew more iutense jus the
conversation proceeded. He saw Qaotano eye
Aveling with an air of ill-coneealed contempt,
as thoufh. havinfT saimmij v;.,i tin UIu
mind, ho ha^I set him down as a mere novice in
the slimy ways of legal trickerv.
u You smile incredulously,' he . remarked,
now distorting his face with a smile. "You
know nothing, my friend. Under ordinary circumstances.
yes, T get my work done for the
wages I pay; but there are some transactions,
you know, which involve the galleys; and it is
best, in such cases, to mfke subordinates principals.
By implicating them in the risks, it
binds them more effectually to silence. Do yon
Mark did not clearly comprehend, though he
admitted there might be reason in what the attorney
u Now, to morrow," resumed the latter, " when
Martin hands me those deeds and the fair eopy
of tbera, 1 will make him read them over to me.
This is a mere business form. I shall then
tnke hiia iDto my confidence. He must know
everything; and then I shall pay him a handsome
sum to bind him over to secresy. In case
of accidents, he must be dumb for his own sake.
Is it clear to you now, and does it seem reasonable
to you that I should exact cash, under such
circumstances ?
Martin, hearing every word that passed, tried
to hold up his lu-ad. Those thoughts reverted
to him with redoubled force, and he saw himself
plunging headlong into that abyss of wickedness
prepared so cunningly for him by his patron.
No marvel he buried his face again, and tried
to believe he had awakened from a dream. The
voice of Aveling aroused him. He lost a part
of whit he said, but heard enough to satisfy
him that the wily attorney had carried his point,
and that Murk was cajoled, trapped, and satisfied.
"Ion see, ray friend,''pursued Gaotano, in
his mildest tones, " I have to manoeuvre for
the safety of ray clients as well as ray own.
Hut now this little affair of the money is arranged,
you may leave the rest to me."
Martin watched the long fingers, extended
till they clutched the roll of notes, and marked
the tenacity with which they held theni till
their number and amount had been carefully
told off twice. They were then put up again,
tied carefully and tightly round with a piece of
dirty red tape, that was conveniently lying on the
table, and the precious packet was thrust into
the breast-pocket of the attorney's coat, which
he buttoned closely up.
" But am T to receive no acknowledgment of
the payment of this large sum, Mr. Attorney?"
linked Aveling.
"My honor, my honor!" responded Gaetano,laying
his hand over the place where the notes
were secreted. " 1 am a man of honor, Monsieur
Aveling. You may trust me. Your affair
is done. I never give receipts in such eases.
It is not mj habit. My receipt is the work. I
tell you it is done. Yon may regard it as
Avcling'i countenance changed, Martin
thought, and betrayed considerable uneasiness,
whilst the attorney's brightened in a correspond
ing degree. The two eyed each other a few
moments in silence, and then Mark abruptly
" lion or is all very fine," he growled, gleaming
fiercely atGuetano, but you wouldn't trust
mine; and I'm not so sure that in placing
confidence in yours, l'\o not made a fool's bargain.
But I warn you betimes, Mister. Mark
Aveliug is not a man to be trilled with, especially
serious business is afoot. So, don't
you attempt to play double with me : for, as sure
as you 4o, by G?, I'll show you what Southern
blood will do when it is once up. Take my
word for it, you'd better make your will, and
say good bye to your clients. 1 am in earnest,
so take warning.
Martin saw that the attorney quailed before
his client's fierce gaze and menacing gestures,
but felt that the latter was doing Gaetano an
injustice. He recovered himself, presently,
however, and quietly replied:
'* Monsieur Aveling, 1 repeat that I am a
man of honor, and vour interests are perfectly
safe in inv hands. Vour menaces, then, are as
misplaced as they are needless."
" W-> won't stand nice about that."' muttered
Avelif g. " I've only told you my mind and my
meaning. I shall bo with you to-morrow. Good
With a bow. and a promise to meet him on
the morrow, at some place evidently agreed upon
before they came in, Gaetano lighted his
irritated client down the stairs, nor returned
until J?e heard the outer door of the house slam
to, denoting that he was gone. He then quietly
resumed his seat in the arm-chair, under the
old, i hose spider, and covering his face with
those long bony fingers of his, remained thus
some ten minutes, buried in thought. Martin
once suspected he had fallen asleep, but, warned
bv the nervous working of the attorney's
hands, had the self-possession to remain where
he was, and watch to the end. At length Gaetano
got up, ami put on his hat. He then extinguished
one of the candles, and takiug the
other, once more visited the inner den. Martin
knew that the lawyer was looking at him, and
was narrowly inspecting as much as he could
see of the copy of the documents. But he did
not attempt to disturb him. lie onlv muttered
the words, ' poor, unhappy wretch! and then
went away.
^ts! poor, unhappy wretch, indeed: who lis
ten* d till he was gone; who got up and' opened
the window gently, to watch him well out of the
street; who then cautiously waited in the dark
for some minutes longer, lest ho should return;
who next procured a light, and after reading
over those documents, tied thein carefully up,
and thrust them into his coat-pocket, and uelibj
crately set fire to the copies he had commenced.
ror tne picture was sum mere, rmu^ ut.
fore his heated imagination; with Lisette as
Mildred, and the plantations, and the negroes,
and the hot sun, and Aveling, and the room in
the Hue L/anr/ie, and the starling calling out,
"to-morrow, tomorrow, to-morrow!" all this
confused und jumbled together, but still there.
f . . !
Quite a rivalry exists in London at the present
time among the undertakers, and the "Economic
Cemetery Funeral Establishment," in
Hyde Park, has cut a little under the regular
rates, and advertises that a first class funeral
will be attended for ? 1.15, and a tradesman's
funeral will bo got up for $.10. The former
rates were $145 and $21.50. The difference in
these occasions, as inferred from the advertisement,
would seem to be, that at a first class funeral
the hearse has four horses, and two coaches
are provided ; the coffin is of lead, and all the
horses are decorated with plumes. At a tradesman's
funeral, the hearse has two unplumed
horses, and only one coach is furnished. There
is less fuss, and no feathers.
Religion is a costlv luxury, in some certain
i" T. :*
worldly resjMJCW. Jl m I^uuiau.-u iuc?v uic Liurent
expenses of the chnrches in Boston will
amount to $240,000, this year. The value of the
several church estates in the city of Boston is
estimated at about four millions of dollars. The
expenses of the different societies vary from
$1,500 to $5,500 a year. The cost of public
worship in the churches occupied by the wealthier
portion of the citizens will average alxmt
$100 a Sunday. The clergyman has a salary of
$3,000, the music costs about $1,000, and the
miscellaneous expense will be from $1,000, to
$1,500 a year. The taxes on the pews vary from
$8 to $70 a year, according to their value.
The Kentuckey Trust Company Bank has
made an assignment. The depositors are first
to be paid, then the note-holders, and the balance,
if any, to he paid to the stockholders.
There are ahout $9,000 only on deposit. There
is Supposed to be about $700,000 of bills in circulation.
The assets, it is thought, will be ahun'
dant to pay the depositors and note-holders.
j Jdj Jrt
| Entered according to act of Congre**, in the year
1854, by amci carey, in the Clerk i Office of the
District Court for the Southern Dutriet of New
For the National Kra.
bt alick carey.
When I next met Miss Ilalstead, she resumed
the story thus:
It was the evening before the long-looked-for
day that my story was broken off.
When I awoke in the morning, the sun had
been risen an hour, the house was astir, and the
neighborhood astir. As 1 looked from the window
toward the grove, I saw that village beaus
and belles were already beginning to assemble?not
yet for the enjoyment of the festivities
of the occasion, but to prepare for the enjoyment,
though that was perhaps the greatest enjoyment
of all. In morning shawls and hoods,
the girls were moving briskly about, spreading
the table-cloths, and distributing the contents
of the baskets which the boys were rapidly
bringing in, some on their shoulders, some on
horseback, and some sturdily wheeling barrows.
Lamps were beiug hung and tents spread, and
carpeting laid down over the shakers' platform
and 011 the seats w hich were designed for
the musicians.
Hursts of song caine across the fiolds, and
now and then the tapping of a drum, or the
shrill music of a fife, for it was thought that too
much music could not be made on the occasion.
The fears of the past night were almost eutirely
dissipated by the gaiety of the scene presented,
and the clear smiling bcautv of the
morniug. I dressed hastily, and went below
stairs. Rose and Mike were indulging in a
sort of playful warfare as to who should carry
the heaviest basket. Mr. Richards was already
gono to superintend some of the arrangements
at the grove; and Timothy, who alono had
waited to breakfast with ine, was seated in the
open air, and smiled and nodded his good morning,
without ceasing from the fiute-plaving
which engaged him. While we sipped our coffee,
Christopher Rone appeared in the full glory
of his new suit. He looked benignly upon us,
and as though he were the creature of some
higher sphere, who, from some benevolent motives
which common natures could not comprehend,
had condescended to walk among men.
From either breast pocket of the new coat
peered liberally forth one of the lectures on cosmography,
one done in rod and one in blue
ink?-the title, and '"By the Philosopher, Christopher
Bono," being set up at the top of a page,
like a sign.
"Mv philosophical friend," said Timothy,
"allow me to congratulate you on the singular
beauty and appropriateness of your new costume.
"Really," replied Christopher, "I am a fortunate
man. 1 am provided for like one of the
Kirilu nl' lioavon VO.e tlwmo til'"'*-! 1* >? !><?
w* "vw.vu. V.I1 u.n.^n IUI u.u
comfort of the outer man came to me at u most
fortunate period. I found tlicm in my wardrobe;"
and he continued, speaking low and confidentially,
"I suspect some poor tailor has
thought to get himself custom, for of course a
great many eyes will be upon me to-day."
"Doubtless, you are correct," answered Timothy,
smiling significantly, " and I doubt not
the poor man will be more than paid in listening
to your lecture this afternoon."
"I am glad, but not proud, because of my
superiority to the mass," said Christopher. " I
pity but do not despise men for their foibles."
"And what do you think of me?" asked Timothy.
"Your estimate of my character may be
of the greatest importance to my well being; for
pardon my speaking it, but it serins to me you
are most singularly endowed."
" Pray excuse me?for heaven's sake, excuse
me!" answered the philosopher,
have my weaknesses like other mcn^MIH^Hr
spare you. spare you, spare you, my friend! Ciod
made you, therefore 1 suppose you can do soidb
little work." And he patted Timothy 011 the
head in condescending urbanity, and asked if
he might be allowed to offer him a .slight confirmation
of his good will.
'* Certainly," said Timothy; "I would not dare
name tho value I should place upon any little
token of yours. Suffice to say, I would keep it
as an amulet, and 'save a ship from perishing
sometimes.' "
Christopher looked at the young man in a
sort of pleased bewilderment, as if his capacity
surpassed his previous conception, for flattering
words carry more or less influence with us all.
He looked pleased and astonished, as I said :
then came over the solemn contemplation of
his visage a smile, and though the sage bit his
lip, it deepened and broadened to an actual
laugh, which, unable to suppress, he hastily concealed
under the oj>en page of one of the immortal
lectures, and abruptly departed.
" What a confounded ass that old Christopher
is!" exclaimed Timothy, when lie was gone,
and dropping knife and fork, in utter astonishment
that so great a fool could live at all.
I smiled, tor tin; incident seemed to me to
illustrate prettv tairly what each man thinks ot
his neighbor, all the world over.
While we were yet at breakfast, Poke presented
himself, bearing a great bundle on his
back, and holding in one hand a curiously-folded
sheet of foolscap, superscribed, in large, fanciful,
and flourishing characters, " To Timothy."
The philosopher graciously condescended to present
to his benefactor his own cast-off clothing.
Timothy laughed heartily at the joke, ami made
Poke happy bv a transfer of tLe present to himself,
and sought by no means to open the eves
of the old schoolmaster, who wore the new
clothes in the pleasant delusion ihat they evidenced
the slow hut sure growth of his fame.
Is it true that our greatest happiness consists
in being well deceived ?
At ten o'clock I was dressed, my heart fluttering
a little, hut happy, very happy. J scarcely
had time to exchange a word with Mr. Richards,
so busy were w<> all; but we exchanged
many xmiles and glances, which said all, and
more than all, words could have said. The music
was heard playing at intervals, and the jeople
were seen passing almost constantly. Old
farmers in tlieir market wagons, accompanied
by wife and one or two daughters that were
voung ladies, perhaps, and two or three little
hoys, tidy, and seeming to have all the sunshine
in the world in their faces. Even the baby on
the mother's lap sat upright, and seemed to rejoice
in tho bright colors that met its eves.
Many a youth had a new saddle and a "freedom
suit" a little in ndvapco of his majority,
and the sleekest and gavest horse was sure to
lie ridden by the favored (toys, as the young men
were called at home; for it is a beautiful provision.
that to our parents we never grow old.
One or two hours in advance of the time of
the commencement of exercises, the people began
to assemble; for a dense crowd was anticipated,
and all were anxious to secure an eligible
seat. Horses were tied to the low limbs of the
trees, and wagons and carriages stood thick
alioiit the ground ; gaps were made in the fences
for the convenience of the assembly, and barrels
of beer and cider, and groat trays of homebaked
cakes and pics, were temptingly displayed
about the outskirts of the woods. All round
about, there was one confused glitter of fans
and parasols, laces and ruffles and ribbons, and
white dresses and pink dresses and blue dresses,
but the elite of the occasion were generally conceded
to be the ladies selected bv unanimous
acclamation to serve at table. They wore no
bonnets, and were further distinguished bv [linksashes,
and wreaths of myrtle about their heads.
To be one of these waiting-maids was considar..i1
m ilwtmirniuko^ liAnAe
C,CT* * <" ?uv/uw. .
There was almost continual promenading
about the grounds for hours?each tent must be
separately examined, though the bewildered
visiters conld scarcely pronounce whose was
prettiest, and an intuitive perception of fitness
perhaps prompted the assertion that one looked
about as well as another.
The springs which lay along the hollow, partly
out of view of the main audience, proved
most attractive resorts to the young people, and
many a blushing damsel modestly ask^d permission
of her mother to go and drink ; and if she
were joined on the way by some happy admirer,
it was all chance, of course. The tin-cups tied to
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some adjoining shrub, or to a stake driven in 1)
the ground at the fountain side, were heard prct- |
ty continually tinkling on the stones, and hursts f
of merriment, as group unexpectedly met group e
in their slv flirtations, ran along the hollow. 4'
and was echoed from the distant hills. r
Meantime, mothers exchanged hnhi> \ lifting f
them to see how tali they were, inquiring with a
great concern how much they weighed when ti
lirst dressed, peering into their eyes to decide h
the color, mid not unfrequentlv patting the c
plump little feet, and biting the delicate hands a
and arms, in the plenitude of their love. ti
Such an exhibition of babies was never seen, n
and the little creatures would have been spoiled c
for life, if thev had understood half the praises tl
i i .1 - ? < ?
ic?Miweu upon iiiem ; nui luriunaieiv UMV w
slapped the faces and clawed at the cap-strings w
of their kind nurses, in blessed ignorance of it h
all. d
A thousand excuses were made for negligence
of social duties, and as many promises elicited f<
for more frequent interchange of toa-drinkings o
in future. fi
The younger la>ys compared hats and caps, n
and with artless simplicity related the precise tl
cost of the new " roundabout " and brogans. tl
Ilushnnds and fathers maintained a more tl
dignified composure, and condescended to talk i<
of nothing of smaller importance than the late v
crop. (Jood, honest, and honorable men were \
they, whose sun-burned laces and toibhardene<l j<
hands witnessed that thev ate not the bread of ii
idleness, and that they tilled and k-q>t the gar tl
den snots which flod had given them. Their i
gray finirs, or the sturdy pride of primal man- h
hood, were there only ornaments?nor needed li
they other. No tine trickery of fashion distigurcd
their native manliness of uion. It was rc u
served for their sons and daughters to "1! the \
homespun for the line importation ; and alas, in i
some cases, the homestead for rutHcd wri-tlmnd
and switch canc.
Busiest of all about the grounds was Mr.
Richards ; in compliment to his neighbor.-, he
appeared in a dress that bordered closely 011
the rustic; and when, as the day grew warmer,
he threw aside his coat, and with easy familiarity
moved about, now shaking hands with the '
old ladies, now asking advice about sowing or 1
reaping of some old farmer, and now present
nijr tome tin w ith a bouquet of flowers from his 1
garden, he was recognised as native and to the
manner horn. Perhaps his well-hred courtesies
were a little r? straining in their influence on
most of the ruralizers, and that it was felt to be
a relief when he passed alone?nevertheless, he
added greatly to his popularity that morning.
He was the object of general remark, the
great man of the occasion, and all eyes followed
him wherever he went.
What pride and joy 1 felt in his praises, for
many an unguarded remark came to tuv ears,
such as, "that is Mr. Henry Richards?he with
the beautiful hair and the sparkling blue eyofi ;"
" What, he without coat ? Is he so plain a man ? "
" Isn't he handsome?that carj>et on the platform
is his, and the nicest things on the table
are from his house, i wonder if he will speak?
he could, I'll warrant you?even tin' school-master
is not so well educated, ami yet 1 understood
all the words he spoke."
Such and such like were some of the observations
lie elicited : hut there were other more
smothered ones, the nature of which I could
partly guess, which were hv no means so pleasant
to inc. "It aiut possible!" "I don't heit
" i>. v,.? t... ?;n
were the exclamations that more than once
preceded glances fixcm! curiously ujxjii me.
Sometimes 1 thought I saw pity, and some
times distrust, in those glances : hut this may J
have l>een fancy. Whatever it were, it served |
to unsteady mv nerves, and to arouse in my
heart the vague and disquieting apprehension,
which would never except for hrief moments he
still. This feeling was increased hv the ap- !
pearanoe, tit the ehivuth hour, of mv father and
^Martha, and I*oke ami Heity. There ?:>s a 1
stir, a sensation, all through that great mass of
people ; and many a suppressed titter and hold
exclamation of wonder added mortification to
mv waning hope and courage. I
My father, with drooped head, and a general
crest-fallen aspect, came closely treading in the '
footsteps of Martha, whoever and anon looked '
back to ascertain his whereabouts. I thought 1
at first she was leading him by a string?their
method of proceeding had that appearance.
My step-mother never appeared to ino so ill; 1
she was, as I have before said, tall, and on that
occasion she wore a long dress of alternate
stripes of orange, red, and blue, resembling
more than anything else the American flag.
The high knots of ribbon on the top of her bonnet.
made to stand erect hy means of wires, ad
overlook the entire assembly without income- '
nience. The l'ace was darkened with a frown, *
but she came on with long, firm strides, us
though she hail summoned fortitude t<? endure 1
the ceremony of the day?but it was all she (
coit/d endure. A dozen yards in the rear, ri- 1
ding without saddle, on ihe hack of a rough '
Colt, with it.s long tail matted together l?y burrs. 1
till it looked like the tail of a rat. and with ears
set back in sullen discontent, came the boy 1
Poke, and doubled together, and clinging to I
his waist, sat Hetty behind him. One of Martha's
red flannel jiettieoats served for her pil- (
lion, and her naked leps dangled low beneath '
her dress. She looked shvly out from beneath 1
a deep, plain hood of calico, and. when she saw 11
how much attention she was attract!up, put her
great yellow ?ilk pocket-handkerchief into her '
mouth, and drew her deep hood lower over he r V
face. *
Hut tin' erowninp wonder of nil was Dokr.
He was dressed in the schoolmaster's old clothes. 1
(a world teat hip for him,) was barefooted, and v
wore on his haqds a pair of white kid plovcs "
which Timothy had some time piven hiui, and
on his head a small cap of red nioroeeo, such as '
very younp hot s used to wear in the country. r
He would not suffer poor llettv to dismount, *
hut deliberately rode round the pround, in stir- ?
vey of the many wonders it presented, quite nu- K
concerned us to the attention he drew from the "
audience. The ts.lt on which lie rode drooped d
his head, and moved forward only as Puke t;
moved him with his heels, and then with ears
set hack, and tail draw n lietween his leps. To '
me at least he was "a pitiful, pitiful sight." s
Hound and round the table rtsle Puke, pointing *
out and cominentinp tin his favorite dishes. At '
last the colt was sidled against a stump, and f
Hetty permitted to dismount; after which, the '
nsl petticoat was lump on the limb of a tree, to b
which the animal was also secured, while the bov *
in white plovcs and bare feet, and with coat skirt
dragging almost to the pround, hovered alsnit I
the table, now and then possessing himself of o
some titbit, which he devoured, holdiup his cap h
before his eves. w
My mortification was alleviated by one eir- I1
cuinstance: Mr. Kicharda, on seeing my father, "
hastened to meet and at once conduct him with- tl
iu the shadow of our tent: ami so kindly and a
cordial was his greeting, that I felt reassured, h
and could hardly suppress the c hildlike excla- a
mation, that tny father was just as g<x*l as anv- h
body. Martha turned her face to the wall; o
there was nothiup worth her looking at, this side
of eternity. Parson (ioodman was observed to ri
l?e on the pround at dinner time. He had felt tl
it his duty, he said, to restrain by his presence si
the tendency to gluttony and wine-bibbing o
which was likely to be manifested. The fact a
that he was not lured there by carnal enticements,
he took occasion to promulgate in a 'j
speech of half an hour's length. f<
It was pood, he said, to come together iu all a
righteousness, and always with an eve to things u
beyond. And upon all such occasions as the ii
one pomp torward, it was well, lt*st temptation e
assail us, to ask counsel and advice of God's n
ministers. Satan would be busy amonp us that tl
day; he was there to pronounce the pet be- c
hind me." p
He hoped the giddy youths and maidens be- o
fore him would none of them have cause to date n
their final ruin to that daneinp day of thonpht- n
less unconcern. "Harkl" he suddenly ex- d
claimed, lifting up his hands, and turning his ci
head in a listeninp poatnre, '' inethinkn I hear ?
the tramping of a terrible steed. Ha ! it. is even <1
the white horse Itestrodc by the tyrant Death! tl
lie cometb, he cometh, ami who shall Hav which n
shall be taken and which shall be left? It may o
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>e you. careless sinner; anil it mav be you
minting at the young ladies I*fore him who-.:
aoos were happiest and whose attire was gav st.
" Ay, you may well start,7 ho i.\eiaimed:
'and it ye were wise virgins, ve wak tear th *
ones from your hair, and the :^wparuie:its
ro:n your youthlul forms. A few more risings
.nd settings ot the sun, and those Hower trim
ned curls will he white, and those youthful and
ioalth puinted cheeks will be the eold. sunken
heoks ot a corpse, tit lood for the grave worm,
lid meet to lie hidden by the shroud. Thes.?
rees, under which your feasts are spread to day,
lay some of them contain the hoards of vour
othns; and while you laugh, the mattock an 1
tie spade are waiting to do their work. When
fiis white death horse shall stop at your doors,
hat would von give to have this dav back ?
ow gladly would you then give your fanciful
rcsses for your immortal souls!
Martha professed herself greatly edified, a
eling which she manifested by a considerable
hmgation of face. 01(1 ladies wijwd their tear
il eyes, forgetful of their pretty tabic*, and tin*
mnv other good gifts Hod had given them : and
lie young ladies felt uneasy, and the pleasure
liey had received from the new dress and the
owers?those sweet manifestations of divine
jvo?was gone. Their \ile Isslies were un
rorthy of such care; und though they could not
cry clearly understand how it was sinful to eu
ly the good things of this world while we i:r>*
1 the world and of the world, still th... felt
tat if Mr. Goodman said so, it must l.e so.
'hev did not remark the extreme eleganc- < :'
is costume, and the unniistakublu signs oi to e
iving in his ruddv lace and portly dimension-.
" Let tis sing a song unto the Lord," he said,
'even within tint shadow of this temporary
mvilion," and forthwith he and Martha strut .
i]>. in unison?
" 11 ark! from the tombs a doleful sound.
Mine ears attend the cry :
Ye living men, come view the ground
Whete you must shortly lie.'
The air was niost dolorous, hut its mournful
reverberations were met and drowned presentiv
l>y the "llail Columbia" of the brass band,
seen at the same time in the distance, heading
:he"procession, made up partly of Christopher's
school, and partly of the dignitaries of th *
neighborhood ami invited guest <.
There was such a fluttering and burning as
lever was seen, to secure seat- favor-able to
tearing the orators of the da v. What a -pr? a 1
n g down of shawls and handkerchiefs, what a i
opening of fans and arrangement of smelling
>ottlee and bunches of rosea and swvet herb-,
here was 1 Troop alter troop came in from
valks about the woods and from lingering at
he springs, and cakes and candies were <1:
ributed among the younger girls, who had not
'(ecu so fortunate as to have been provided for.
The scats reserved for the numb-inns were
leighborod bv another resprvation for tint speak
?rs of the occasion. Smiles came back, and
icarts beat joyously again, as the music swell- 1
ouder and louder, and the little procession came
narching two and two. The boys wore rosette .
if lilno rililton mi tlia* Lift nlw'mliliir iu :i
flushing badge, and the girls a hlur rilthon or
lip left wrist. Christopher himself walked hoIuuuly
in front of all, and indicated by gestures
he place each man, boy. and child, should no
uipv. The wonderful lectures, one of which
iras to conclude the ceremonies of the oocnlion,
retained their conspieuons position, and
nery movement of the old man seemed to sav,
' I am a sage, a philosopher, and not ns vou,
ivlioru 1 condescend to instruct.**
There were no jirinted catalogues, but the
ichoolmnster, having placed himself at the right
land of the platform, indicated, in a clear and
loud tone, the proposed exercise, h irst. " Mn
sic by the band." After this, a 1 m>y of seven
rears was led to the stage, and elevated ?>n a
itool prepared for the occasion, made ? \erv
low and very awkward bow, and la-gnu, tiist
[minting to bis heart, and then to heaven?
" May I govern my pawionj with absolute sway.
And glow wiser aud better as life wears away
He retired with a tluslnal eoiiiitenance. and
greeted w ith enthusiastic cheers.
The music drowned the applause, and on th-?
lulwiding of this, again, a little girl was conduct
>d to the stage, Waring in her hand a I il l's
nest, illustrative of her recitation ?
" Yos, little neet, I hold you faet.
And little birds, one, two, three, foiir,' de
Her counting of the birds w as thought ?<> I a:
ldmirahltt piece of art, and it was whispered
ihout that Christopher Hone would not be able
.o teach hrr much more. Kverybodv wi he.l
he child were their relative, and that the piece
v.'is to be spoken ag'ain. But tlie master en
eren ins pnileal against any repetitions.
Alternate music varied the entertainment,
nhich grew more and more interesting as it pro
Dialogue and oration came, when that the
uidienee had been almost made to h?nr 44The
'rash of the thunder, the groan of the spheres,"*
ind to see ''The lightning's red glare painting
n il on the sky," in the spirited recitation of the
rerses containing those lines.
At two o'eloek there was an intermission 01
en minutes, all too short to most of the jonng
Happiness was at its height. and cake and
rider venders had their share, for busv Here
l.ev in putti111.' pence into their pur* s in that
nterval; and that is an employment which has
i pleasing influence ti|>on us all.
Mr. llichards entered heartily into the spirit
if .the occasion; and ginger-cake* and beer
rnrni.shcd our table plentifully; and a tin pail
if water stood at hand, from which a gourd
crvod as a drinkiiig-cuj>. Our general hilar!
y (for Timothy, unusually funny and frolicking,
mis there) soon drove Martha and Mr. (kmmI
nan elsewhere: and even my father seemed I r
nice to enjoy us much as was consistent with
he nature of things. At the conclusion of ea< h
ecitation, lie inguinal whether I thou lit 1
liould la- able to do as well; and when Mi.
liehards answered that fears for me wviv
ToundlcRS, "I could do anything.' 1 felt that
tilv the happy trembling of my heart would
[isahle tne from a creditable pi -rforuiuiice of my
n- k.
A loud bla-t of the bugle calh l.the -trugglei y
ti, and the exercises were r- umcd nu.-ii . u?l
jieeehes, and upeeohfs and music?and my turn
ras coining very near. I Isyan to feel u lilt
repidation, bijt I steadied up mv courage, and
Hole from a vase of water, in which they had
leeil kept all dav, the red flowers which Were
r? ornament mv hair; they were in a Iw-autiful
tate of preservation, and when I had com hah d
lieir arrangement. Mr. Kielinnls whisjH i. it >
never looked half so j.rettv, and tliat I needed
inly a little courage to secure the triunijdi 1
tad so lon^ anticipated. I said that triumph
ras already secured; and suiilin^ upon nm
iroudlv, I thought, lie took mv hand?for the
tinsic had already ceased?and leading me to
he stej.s of the platform, ( : ri*t<i|>licr re.. j..
nd conducted me to my jilaee. My reading
ad been rwcrvwl to close the juvenile jH-rfonn
nee, and I felt that lay tipjicarnnce had lawn
X?ked forward to, and waited for. as the eve at
f the day.
I courtesied to the audience, ami with dcliheate
composure opened the book. which lav ?.u
1)0 table l?efore me; and lifting my eye ^ I
nid?" Lndu s ami gentlemen, 1 have the honor
f reading,*' Ac., mv utterance was int? rruj?te,i,
nd my vision riveted on one spot.
At the entrance of the tent which I had just
uitted, so hapj.v, stood a lady, not young, nor
*ir, but rich, as her dress indieatixl, and having
l>out her that air of high breeding which is
nmistakable, even at a glance. Her hand was
a that of Mr. Richard*, hut her deep-set gruv
yes wore fixed ujm.ii me, not simply in seruti*v,
I thought, but in jealousy and anger. 1 saw
he fare of mv promised husband aglow with
onfusion. and with that intuition which wo alt
osscss, perhaps, in matters of the heart, I recgniiea
tho truth. My rival h hm Ml m
iv lover ashamed of me and of himself, and
lv triumph was destined to be the most signal
efeat. 1 saw how fond was the whisper in her
ar, and how gentle the clasji that drew her
'ithin the pavilion; ami ! saw how [>roudlv she
rcw- juode her rolw< from contact with mv fa
ler's Viiees. who sat leitninjr ami listening ear
entlv tAwartl me, saw.the lofty and contempt 11
us glance ihat ran over our nutit festival

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