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Ml jbmsis jor.
"J fyE may emit, and entile, and be a til
J Uan."
Some mask fool treachery beneath a anile,
And win eur oeuttdenee-but to betray ; -While
others, with pare hearts free from all
not one trusting friend along life's way.
The noblest, loftiest forehead's sunlit height
Conceals perhaps, dread frenzy's quenchless
lire ;
While -neath bent brows, dark as the wings of
Sweatiieuven-born poesy attune her lyre,
Within the rippling, gurgling; laugh of youth
KIs flrown'd the wail of a young heart's despair;
Upon the face that I tears the stamp or truth,
Dark falsehood ofttime find a dwelling fair.
Behind the glance that wakes the soul to love,
Hate may be lurking with her venomeddart ;
And 'neath sin's garb, which doth oar pity move,
There sometimes throbs s pure,itnsuQied heart.
In the pale form, grown weak with want and
A spirit's noble daring we may lad :
The dauntless front of wealth, or tinsel show.
May bide a dastard's heart, a weakling's mind.
The blackest soul. In saintly form and dress,
Fray's 'neath proud domes that tinnen be
From the pure lips which- angels fair might
The sweet " forgive me!" quivers up to heaven.
All are not what they seem ; and sure 'twere
Tojuilge a brother by the face he wears.
The heart we thought to-day so calm anil strong.
May break to-nigbt with its own weight of
cares. .
Act wisely. It wefa better far to give
A loving word, though it he met with scorn,
Than erueh the storm -bowed Sower . that might
have lived,
- Had some kind hand but raised its droop ing
Bertha Hamilton's Moth-er-in-Law.
Mm V A 11 II I 31Ai.I
, ha no-nbmisntve, wife.
No, not If no, not I"
lummeu Kertnauonaldson, with
i spark of something more than
mischief in her dark eyes, and with lipg
more compressed than the gentleman at
her side thought quite consistent with
"Pshaw. Bertha!" said her compan
ion somewhat petulantly, "don't be
foolish ; I merely mentioned it as a prop
osition or my mother's, but we can do
as we please in the matter, you know;
and if you prefer having the wedding
T ..l. ........ I n,w1 a t n . t 1 1 rr ftmn ihnnna
on our tour. I am perfectly willing. My
mother only objected to it on the score
of trouble, I suppose."
Bertha's lingers trembled so, that the
piece of fine cambric which she was em
broidering received a rent as she jerked
tne woriung noss uirougii it, auu tiie
flushed check, the tapping of the little
foot, and the suppressed tones of her
voice, all betrayed tne excitement under
which she labored.
"She Is kind." answered the lady
without looking up, "but let her rest as
sured that the servants at Beechwood
think nothing too much trouble for their
mistress. My wedding takes place in
my old home, by the sanction of my
Cecil Hamilton looked steadily at his
betrothed as she uttered her determina
tion In a firm voice, and a shade of an
noyance passed over his fine but dreamy
face, as visions prophetic of discord and
scenes, which he detested, rose before
him as he thought of his calm, domineer
ing motner, ana nis pascionaie dui nigu
spirited bride.
And so the wedding took place at
Beechwood. The heiress willed it so,
for she was without a near relation in
the world, and till she knew Cecil Ham
ilton, it seemed to be the only thing for
her -to- loye, counected as it was with
iuemorlfta of happy childhood, and the
. loving eyes and voices of her parents.
During a visit to a school companion
one summer vacation, Bertha became
- acquainted; with Mr. Hamilton, who was
also a siiest in the house, bhe was atr
once fascinated by his elegant person.
his wonderful conversational powers, bis
refilled intellect, and above all, by. the
calmness of his manner, which she
thought the repo3e of a great mind, and
not as it reallv was. tne intioienco 01 a
dream v nature.
On his side. Cecil Hamilton was en
thralled br the beauty, the wit and vt
vacitv of Bertha Donaldson. The light
which ever flashed over her face, the gay
renartee which aiming from her lips,
and the sparkle of her manner, kept him
in a kind of dreaming wonder as to what
she would do or say next, but it gave
him no trouble. He was not obliged to
arouse himself to exertion, for hur quaint
thoughts brought out his own without
:nbrt. and beside that he knew of Ber
tha's dream-side also, for he had some
times seen her eyes cast down, her little
hand folded Madonna-wise, and a holy
quiet settle over face and form, and lie
at once recognized in these moods, the
ideal which he had so long sought to find
The engagement soon followed with
the approbation of Bertha's guardian
who being a bachelor, was glad to be so
easily rid of what he considered to be
troublesome, Uightv girl, who was to
lead him an i'jHitu fuluu chase through
society alter a husband. Indeed, the
good man had at one time seriously
thought of marrying her himself, in or-
. ler to escape tne vexation and responsi
bility of nuardianslnp.
Of her future mother-in-law. Berth
Donaldson knew but little. With her
suni7iiine snirit and uiicliilled affections
Khe was prepared to love deeply one who
was so nearly related to Cecil, and at
once pioposed that his inothej should
live with them after their marriage, for
Cecil was an only child, and Mrs. Ham
ilton's life would be lonely in a great
idrir bv herself.
Little did Bertna Know mat. even witn
out tfiis invitation, such had been Mrs.
Hamilton's intention. Her son had a
fortune as large as Bertha's own, and if
the heiress would live at Beechwood, she
argued, in preference to any other place,
why then she felt under no" obligation at
receiving her hospitality.
Mrs. Hamilton had been accustomed
Jill her life to manage lor those around
her. She had completely swayed her
intellectual, but dreamy, indolent hus
band, and as a matter of course she now
swayed her intellectual, dreaming, in
dolent son. That that son's wife would
rebel from such long established author
ity, never occurred to her. To be sure,
the decided stand which Bertha took
about the wedding at dear old Beech
wood and asking all her friends, caused
Mrs. Hamilton to raise her eyebrows for
a moment, but she looked upon It as tho
ebullition of temper of an unrestrained
child, and sncedilv forgot it.
- So, as we said before, Bertha Donald-
sou's wedding took place at .Beechwood,
VOL. II. 19.
It was a disagreeable, drizzling even
ing on which Cecil Hamilton and Lis
young wifeieturned from their wedding
tour; an evening, that albeit June had
come with her roses -and all her summer
clories. msdfl the liirlmrtr -fir, u-Mrti
blazed aud crackled on the hearth in the
little sitting-room, look cozy and com
fortable to the tired, wet travellers. The
Are was the only thing which lighted
the room in the twilight, hut the quaint
silver tea service which stood on the al
ready prepared table, glittered brightly
in the light, its if rejoicing in its kindly
old-fashioned wav, that a mistress once
more reigned in Beechwood.
Bertha Hamilton was both tired and
nervous as she approached the tempting
tea table. The novelty of her position
he mistress of the bouse, made her
feel as awkward a it was possible for
one of her frank, independent disposi
tion to feel, and with a shy, half linger
ing step, but with a smile breaking over
her face as she thought how ridiculous
she would look presiding at the tea-tray,
she reluctantly -approached the head of
the table.
But- Mrs. Hamilton made her com
fortable at once, by taking what should
have been Bertha's place, as quietly as
though she had sat there and poured tea
out of those very pots tor years.
i tie poor, tiretumle wire said nothing,
but was secretly grateful for what she
considered her mother's kindness and
tact in relieving her of such terrible du-
tres when sne ieit so nervous. "
The next day. and the next, Mrs. Ham
ilton again took possession of the seat at
the head of the table, and Bertha began
to debate in her own mind whether she
would not -now claim her place as. mis
tress of the.: family. . Yet something in
the manner of iter mother-in-law deter
red her from making the proposition.
The love which Bertha had been so ready
to give her, seemed forced back on her
own bosom- by Mrs.-Hamilton's cold,
self-sufficient manner.
Another trouble too. aroused the new
wife to a sense of her real position at
Beechwood.' Old Mrs. Howell who had
been housekeeper there since the last
Mrs. Donaldson had arrived as a bride,
suddenly appeared in- Bertha's -roost one
morning, jingling Tier basket or"Keys in
her excitement, and plumping down In
to a chair without waiting for an invita
tion, a piece of ; disrespect of which the
formal, old-fashioned lady had never
beeu guilty before.
"I can't stand it no longer, Miss Ber
tha, it's no use " exclaimed the good
woman quivering with indignation ; "I
can't play seconu fiddle to nobody."
"W&att the matter, Mrs. Howell?"
queried the wife looking up with aston
ishment from the book which she was
"Why, Miss, there is you, the mistress
of the house, that never gives an order
but is lust like a lamb, while mmlam, she
goes dictating about, just as if Beech
wood was hern."
"I really do not know what you mean.
Howell, I have seen nothing of tiie kind
in my mother," was the- reply.
Mrs. liowell was more indignant than
ever, finding that her young mistress
did hot appear to advocate her cause.
She had held undisputed sway in Beech
wood too long, to stand calmly by and
see another interfere, with her rights.
"Why from the very day you were
married and she Was left in the house.
she has been domineering and dictating
tons, just as we were Virginia slaves.
Just now she came while I was putting
up my strawberries that's as beautiful
and clear as crystal, and told me that
preserves done in that way wouldn't
keep. Just as if X didn't know. She
says she will do the rest of the preserve
ug herself, well, she may, nut if she's
going to be housekeeper, I'll leave and
sne may taae tne Keys."
"Mrs. Ilowcill" said Bertlia, in a tone
Intended to be severe; but poor child it
was all she could say, for domestic diffi
culties were sucli new things for her to
manage; Mrs. Howell, however, was in
too full a tldejof injuries to be easily stop
ped by Bertha's half timid reproof, so
she went on with increasing excitement.
And there's Jane, the chambermaid.
that's been under my training ever since
sne was as nign as my Knee, madam must
take-a hair-pin and go around the edges
of the carpets to see if they were cloan
n the corners, ishe didn't find much
dirt, I guess, though, for I'll put Jane
against the whole state for tidiness.
William says he expects that next she'll
go out and show him how to harness tiie
horses or wash the carriage, and John
guesses she knows more about forcing
tne not-nouse vegetables than he tioes."
Mrs. itowen stopped Here tor want of
breath, or it is roost probable that Bertha
would have found a separate grievance
In each separate department of the estab
I think. Mrs. Howell." said the
young mistress, ."that you have all been
so acctistomeu-to naving no one to inter
fere with you, that you must have mis
taken my mother s manners. She is
naturally distant to every one, and you
have misapprehended her. I suppose
she thought I was young. and- Inexperi-
enced,and has kindly intended to relieve
roe.As.jn.ucji as. possible, rake your keys
however, and have no fear of any one
usurping your place,"
Bertha said this apparently very calm
ly, but in reality with her anger rising
every-moment. She now saw that she
held the position of guest rather than of
raistre38 at Beechwood, and sha was-, de
termined to- regain her place. An'ao-
peal.to her husband she knew was out of
the question, for she loved him too much
to be willing to disgust him with a wo
man's quarrels, and it would be cither
against his wife or his mother, that he
must gtve judgment
Poor child ; Mrs. Howell had played
the Kve m the little Paradise in which
Bertha had been living, and made her
taste of - the tree of knowledge much
against her wishes. That very day sonie
guests were to dine at lieccliwoou, and
Its young mistress soon decided upon her
line or conduet. as tney entered tne
dining-room, Bertha quietly stepped up
to the head ot the table, laid her hand
upon the back of the chair which Mrs,
Hamilton was already approaching, and
said in a low tone, "I am obliged to you
mother, but 1 will take this seat for the
Mrs. Hamilton mado no remonstrance
but her eyes flashed, and a white circle
spread around- iter mourn, sue with
drew a little to one side, and stood with
a kind of conspicuous humility till all
were seated.
Till that moment Cecil had noticed
nothing of this quiet warfare. A look
of annoyance and reproach which did
not escape the anxious cye3 of his wife
was cast upon her as he asked his mother
to be seated.
"I really did not know where to sit.
as I had not my accustomed place," was
the reply.
A feelingof constraint and uneasiness
passed over the guests, as each one felt
as though tliev had been the nsurpin
party, joor Jiertlia's lace nuslied
painful crimson as she said in a half
apologetic, half hinging tone
"Ladies and gentlemen, you see me
lor the nrst time at the head of my own
table, for mamma lias been kind euougli
to relieve me of this duty heretofore,
and we are not accustomed vet to the
changeot places.
This tact ana pleasant manner or th
young wife, soon made all as comforta
ble as they had been before, and Cecil
secretly thought she had never appeared
to so much advantage.
Xever once during the rest of the day,
did Mrs. Hamilton address her daughter-
in-law, and only answered in the short
est possible manner If llertha spoke t
her, making the poor thing as uncom
fortablc as possible. As they stood on
the piazza together in the evening, Ber
tha said in a recontdliatory tone, "Are
you not afraid of taking cold without
your shawl, mother? I'll get it for
Do not trouble yourself, Mrs. Ham-
ilton. I do-nottakekrndness npon suf
ferance," was the icy reply.
rnsyrteBEtrterreye? Tilled wttti tears, i
and her hand trembed -shetwitched 1
off a sprig of jes3amine,and toyed with
to hide tier ernocKru.
Cecil walked up and down the piazza
with his bands in his pockets, whistling ;
disconsolate air in false time, nitring
his wife whom he dearly loved, yet feel-1
tngasifhis mother was really in some:
unaccountable way, the injured, party. :
u truth Mrs. Hamilton had a knack of 1
always making people feel this, in spite
of their better judgment, and Bertha was
beginning to think that she only mast
be in fault, when her mother approach
ed her and said, ...
I should not so far forget my dignity
as to allude to the insult which I re
ceived to-day, was it not to request that
hereafter, or your own take, you will
select time when there are no guests
in the house, to make a display of your
The tears which before were dimming
Bertha's eyes, were dried up by a flash
of Indignation which shot from them as
she replied,: , ; ; ,
'I did not mean to insult von. madam !
have to much respect for myself to for
get what is due to those- connected with
me, trutus the Jnistre of Beechwood, I
felt that it was a duty I owed to my
guests as well as myself to appear here
after in that character. I am obliged
for the charge which you have hitherto
taken of my affairs, but I will relieve
you of it for the future."
The tone this time, was anything but
conciliatory, and with a defiant air Ber
tha entered the house and retired to her
ow 1 room. he waited her husband s
coming with some anxiety, not knowing
from liis manner on the piazza whether
to expect sympathy or reproach. His
presence ma not relieve her much.
The whistling still continued, inter
rupted only by the monasyllables with
which he replied to lus wife's remarks.
and- when-she said humbry,- "Will you
not kiss me good night, Cecil r" the halt
reluctant "yes," and the kiss smothered
by a sullen sigh, made her repent hav
ing made the request. . The Wife's tears
were ag-.vtn-quencfiea oy anger, and al
ter tossing restlessly for many hours,
she at last cried herself to sleep, in con
sequence of her fertile Imagination bav-
ng pictured the gloom v, uuloved future
before her, in the darkest colors.
The breakfast was most uncomfortable
for all. The wife felt that her peace
offering ot the night before had been
only half accepted; the mother, that an
other 110 stood betweeu iierself .and
her son, and one too, who set her will
at nought; whilst Cecil thought of the
annoyance it would, be to havcsncii con
stant bickerings as he foresaw, and won
dered why two people whom he loved
so much could not live happily together.
Cecil Hamilton was in everything a
man of compromise, and like all persons
of that class he pleased neither party;
so tie qnicmy walked into the library,
and shut himself up with The old drama
tists, to revel in the delineations of ch:tr-
acter, when there was a page of human
nature in tne next room, w inch be, in
his indolent egotism had not troubled
himself to read.
Mrs. Hamilton "pursued tho even
tenor of her way," in haughty silence,
alpays frigidly polite, but never cordiRl
to Bertha; but this was a mood to which
her son was so accustomed, that he did
not even remark it; and consequently
the change in his wife's manner, struck
him the more forcibly. . He saw nothing
for her to resent, and secretly regretted
what he thought her sullen disposition.
All the sparkle and vlvacltywhich for
merly characterized her had'disappeared,
and Cecil sadly missed the tender caress
and light kiss which he used to receive
so frequently. He was a most undem
onstrative man, and little knew how bis
coldness and mdifierent manner had
chilled the warm heart of his w ife, So
time passed, Bertha yearning- for re-.
conciliation with her husband, for which
her proud spirit forbade her to ask since
her lormer repulse, and tie twos- coolly
waiting until her fit of petulence should
be over.
Mrs. Hamilton no longer took the head
of the table nor interfered with Mrs.
Howell, nor too closely scrutinized
Jane's work, yet her influence '.was felt
nevertneiess. Tne servants complained
that there was no possibility of pleasing
her in anything they did, andthosewno
had lived in the family for vears con
stantly threatened to leave. It required
all the tact and dignity of Bertha's char
acter to retain her servants, yet not to
compromise her mother-in-law.
A year -passed thns- at -Beechwood.
Bertha Hamilton's heart was now sufferi
ng for its want of earlv discipline. Her
temper had become haughty and irrita
ble, under the cold surveillance of Mrs.
Hamilton. She fcad -formerly- yearned
for the old caress and kind words from
her husband, for which, her pride for
bade her -to ask? iwtjshe -'was -now al
most beginning to despise him for the
manner in which he yielded everything
to his mothers uectl. 00- ma- part, won
dered how he could have been so mista
ken in a character- .His .wife, in some
unaccountable way, always appeared to
greater disadvantage before his mother.
It pained him to the heart to think that
it had only. been -sw childish -fancy on
Bertha's part for-him,j and : he - deter
mined not to trouble her with remon
strance ; so the two went on outwardly
indifferent, but inwardly sorrowing.
with Mrs. Hamilton swaying her son as
ot out.
And thus it was, when an heiress was
born to the united fortunes of the Don
aldsons and Hamilton:
The young mother wept wild tears of
joy as she pressert- her child to her bo
som, and thought that now she would
have some one to love her exclusively,
though for a moment she trembled as
she thought of her woman's destiny, "to
make Idols and find them clay," as she
herself had done. Cecil Hamilton heaved
a deep sigh, as he saw the lavish tender
ness which Bertha bestowed 011 his
daughter, and secretly envied the un
conscious little thing, whilst Mrs. Ham
ilton declared that the mother was too
delicate to nurse the child, so both for
her sake and its own, a wet-nurse must
be provided.
Bertha listened in silence when in
Cecil's presenca one evening, Mrs. Ham
ilton proposed it to her, but her color
rose and her eyes flashed long oelore ner
mother-in-law had concluded
"Madam," said 'she, "yon have gov
erned your own child during his whole
lite, anal shall do the same Dy mine.
In this thing X shall not be thwarted
am perfectly able to nurse my baby, and
Iwould rather lay her in the ground than
on another's bosom. This Is never to be
mentioned to me again
"But, Bertha," commenced Cecil,' Who
was really alarmed tor his wile's health
from his mother s representations,
"I have decided- the matter," Inter
rupted the wife, in a tone of such icy
coldness that it lett no room lor remon
Mrs. Hamilton lifted her eyes and
hands, with the air of a martyr, which
graphic pantomime was not lost 011 either
Bertha or her son.
So till little Marion .Hamilton was
three years old, was she a source of con
tentlou between her grandmother and
her parents. Mrs. Hamilton looked up
on the child as belonging to herself,
quite as much as to Its mother; she In
terfered with its food, its exercise, its
dress; she scolded its nurse, and often
contemptuously -chided Bertha herself,
Bertha watched every encroachment
upon her maternal authority with jeal
ons eye, and often with angry words
and Cecil petted his darling, and appeal
ed to 111.3 mother with regard to her edu
cation.' " ' 1
"I tell you, Cecil, she will grow up as
headstrong and passionate as Bertha her
self, if you let matters go on in this
way, ' said Mrs. Hamilton one morning,
"Her mother humors her In every whim,
and' I really believe the- child takes
pleasure in disobeying me." -
"She Is-perfectly obedient to Bertha or
her nurse," argued Cecil. "I think sne
is a child who must be managed by love
and not harshness; It seems to call out
all the bad qualities of her character."
After fonr years of marrige, Cecil Ham
ilton was beginning to have glimmer
ings of his wife's heart, through his
But what Mrs. Hamilton had said was
true. Little Marion defied her author
ity to the greatest possible extent ; for
her whole nature was aroused to antag
onism by her grandmother's manner.
At that very moment she had espied a
bed of fine carnation, pinks, Mrs.-Hamilton's
especial favorites and care, which
she had been ordered not to touch, and
witu a mischievous laugh she flew to it,
and commenced pulling off buds and
blossoms, her little hands trembling
with haste, lest she should be discovered
before the work of destruction was
complete. - With a sigh -of satisfaction,
Marion contemplated the- wreck; then
gathering up some of the flowers in her
apron, she seated herself on the piazza
steps to play with them. The nurse's
voice Was now heard calling Marion,
and the child's answer from the bottom
of the steps caused Mrs, Hamilton to
look out of the window. In a moment
her-sewing was tossed On the floor, and
wUh the" swoop of "a hawk" she "rtlshed
upon the child. Marion was so engross
ed with her flowers, that she did not
hear her graudmotlrer'8-pproackaiid
with a scream she tnr ned her eyes i n wild
affright, upon Mrs. Hamilton's face, as
she seized her by the- arm with a grip
which her anger made like iron. Blow
after blow reddened the little face and
neck, and the sharp finger-nails sunk in
to the child's flesh as she pulled her
along ithe hall. With a shake and a
push that sent the little thing reeling
against a shelf, she pushed Marion into
a dark pantry and locked the door. The
child's screams attracted Bertha, who
was in another part of the ground giving
directions to the gardener. Fearing
some fearful accident had happened, she
flew to the house, and on entering the
hall the whole was explained by-.her
mother-in-law's face, the broken flowers
and the shriek from the closet. With a
bound she reached the door, turned the
key, and seized Marion, who was" al
most in convulsions from pain aud ter
ror of the darkness. Without a word.
slie carried the child to. her chamber,
where her husband was soon attracted
by the continued crying.
: "What the matter. Bertha i" -asked
"Nothing, except that your mother
lias killed "her," was the reply, as she
still gazed Into the child's face, and
walked hurriedly up and down the room
with it in her arms, endeavoring to
quiet it. It was a long while before the
shrieks subsided into sobs, and the little
thing sunk into a fevered sleep oh her
mother's bosom. , . . .
Cecil had paced up and down the room
besi-ie Bertha, in hsr "hurried walk; not
daring to ask a questionas lie 'saw her
stern, white faee. i .
"Cecil Hamilton," said she at last, as
she turned upon her husband, like an
angry lioness, "your mother and I can
live together no longer. xou must
Uioose now between her, and me and
your child. You ceased to love me. years
ago, so I suppose your preference, is
soon made. I thought when mv -baby
was born, that you must love its mother,
but I was mistaken. It was no little
thing, Cecil Hamilton, to wreck my hap
piness so carelessly as you did, but your
mother has ever stood between us. My
child's temper shall not be made as Irri
table as mine has become, through her
presence; and if sha ever touches Ma
rion again. I give Vou no choice for a
decision , for I take her and leavei your
house; so help me heaven!" ;
"But wnat ' Was the matter to-day,
Bertha?" ashed her husband, in a voice
which differed very much from bis usual
twnchalante tone. . . .
Look there, and . there, and there:"
Was the reply, as the mother bared little
Marlon's shoulder, and pointed to -the
cheek and arms, on which the marks of
Mrs. Hamilton's fingers still lingered.
'Marion was to blame I have no doubt.
but I was the proper person topunish
her,' In' a-' suitable manner; Had she
been shut up in that' dark closet five
minutes longer, she would have been an
idiot for life." . . : . .
The father's brow grew-dark as he
listened. In Bertha's excitement, the
whole story of her trials with her moth
er-in-law-, was- injured -into- her-hus
band a eaiv ""J mere readily -perhaps,
that he had never evinced so much in
terest in them before.
ButrBerma. I never' suspeetad" all
this," he said at last. "I have been crim
inal in letting my indolence and love of
peace, -elose my eyes-to yoar troubles so
long.'- I have-'oeen - accustomed all my
life to1 being rnlei -by-mother, without
knowing the fact, perhaps, and I was
really, atraia -that my wife was becom
ing, irritable .and . un amiable withoilt a
atise, little thinking or noticing how
much yon had to annoy you." "
"I could have borne it all. if she had
on) v left me- your love, Cecil; but to
take that too!" and here 'Bertha burst
into a passionate fit of weeping, brought
on by her husband's change of manner,
for had she not been sure that lie now
heartily sympathized with her. her old
pride woout nave forbidden net - to i-e-gret
to him a love that was lost.
My poor little wife! you love me yet.
as much as when we were first married
and so happy, do you not?.", and Cecil
imprinted a tender kias on her forehead.
as she lay sobbing on the bed where she
had at last placed Marion.
Bertha threw her arm around her hus
band's neck, and amid tears and blushes,
she confessed how unhappy his indiffer
ence had made her, and blamed herself,
poor child, more than she need have
done, for the domestic trouble, declaring
that now she saw that it was only her
pride and - haughtv temper that had
caused it all.
Mrs. Hamilton was herself alarmed at
the effect of her violence, as little Ma
rion continued her screams after being
carried to her mothor's room, and, she
was about following to make what
amends she could, when she saw her son
go into the chamber. She awaited his
return with ninuh impatience, and when
an hour passed by and he did not make
his appearance, she felt that he was no
longer under her authority, that her
"kingdom was divided" already. This
fact, combined with the events of the
day, aud Bertha's independent disposi
tion, made her determine to accept an
invitation from a bachelor brother, who
had returned from South America but a
short time previously, to take charge of
nis nouse.
Cecil and Bertha In the meantime.
were debating as to the kindest mode of
asking Mrs. Hamilton to leave. Bertha,
with a sudden revulsion of feeling caused
by her happiness, having in vain en
deavored to persuade her husband to let
her remain. But he was inflexible. He
now understood both wife and mother
too well, to see much chance for happi
ness In such an arrangement, and he tiad
suffered too much for four years, too be
wining to run another risk. - -
They did not all meet again till dinner
time, when Mrs. Hamilton said she had
received another letter from her brother
that morning, renewing his request for
her to live witn nun, and that she had
already written to say that she would
accept the invitation. Both Cecil and
Bertha breathed more freely, for it -was
an unpleasant duty to ask a mother to
leave tbe house. . . -
At the end or the weeic they were
standing 011 the piazza steps, bidding
Mrs. Hamilton auieu, though nttie Ma
rion to tho last, refused to be friendly
Many years have passed since then
and there are other little feet now, be
side Marion's, pattering through the
garden walks and along the halls, and
Bertha Hamilton has proved to bo all
1.11 ()
that iis fancy, had pictured- her, before
he was married, And she only counts "her
life as really begun since tb departure
- - . . . - ,
of her-morfterin-iato.
; 1st Col. Ji'w.-otertT.-' -
Ko.LxixT.' '
What a mine of incident is such a life
as that of William H. Seward ! He dies
at a time when at least one of his theo
ries is practicalized. He has been plead
ing for reconciliation for a long time,,
and he dies in the midst of reconcilia
tion. The ad vaueed anti-slavery leader.he
has always been one of the most moder
ate and conciliatory of men. In 1860
61,. after Mr. Lincoln's election-, - Mr.
Seward was distinguished for his efforts
to keep the peace between the sections.
The southern men were violent. Wigfall
thundered his anathemas; Slidell was.
satirical v Toombs was threatening; Ma
son was dictatorial but, obedient to Mr.
Seward's counsel, the Kepublicans,-hav-ing
won the administration of the gov
ernmeiit, were -gnrally -silent. An
drew Johnson, a Democrat, broke- the
bonds in December of I860, and again in 1
February 6f 1861, aud txrld Ben Wade
of -Ohio answered the south in the fierc
est rhetoric. Mr.-Liacoia surprised ev
erybody by a visit to the hall ot Congress
on the 23d or 24th of February, 1861, in
company with Mr. Seward, then known'
to be his Secretary of State and the
exceeding mildness' of his inaugural ad
dress the succeeding inauguration
speech of March 4th, waa undoubted iy
inspired by Mr. Seward's counsel.' He
knew at au. early date that Mr. Xincoln's
ltfe was threatened ; he had a full fore-!
taste of the conspiracy which, foiir
years after, in April of 1865, killed Mr.
Lincoln,' and cam Mar killing him;,
and his effort was. to ward afl"tbe4loW
that finally and fatally fell. It is a cu
rious comment on the times that the
most generous and magnanimous men
of the first real Republican adrainlstra-'
tion of the government should have
been the first official victims of the pro
slavery of fanatics. Had Lincoln lived
the whole current of legislation vronkl
have beeu" different. I am disposed to
believe that his death did not force more
vigorous measures, though Andrew
Johnson was a sad supplement in itself.
He offered much and lost all to the south,,
and he made a rigid reconstruction so
necessary that even the men who com
plain of it most - no longer deny that it
was Justified." - " - - - - -
I heard an anecdote of Mr. Seward's
patient temperament a few days ago that
deserves mention. In June 1856, after
Preston S. 'Brooks committed his brutal
assault on Charles Sumner, Mrs. Sew
ard was exceedingly anxious for the
safety of her "husband, and. Advised him
W prefect liitnseir.- ""Welf,- lily' deaf,"
was his answer. "What shall 1 dor 1
am a man of peace ; I never reply to per
sonal attack?-how-am I to defend my
self? Shall 1 go to the Senate with a
musket on my shoulder? If I use pis
tol? I nr sure yotr wilinot ask me to
shoot anybody witlidutT notice. I think
this is my best weapon," ne said, as he
closed the Interview -and picked up the
whip he carried as a sort ot metaphori
cal help to the old horse that carried
him to the capitol. -. . r r . . , , ,. , - :
Her goes heirce-to trreniysrerrrnrrwoiTd,
while Thurlow Weed, his devoted chief,
s dying, and while the honse ot Horace
Greeley, his- early' advocate.; IS stricken
with unspeakable woe. bo the "human
ocean" moves on. Liiae tne eternal sea
itself its current ,4s perpetual; though
millions live on its bosom and" perish la
its depths.
I am about to 'attempt what I -am
aware- is a difficult task namely to de
scribe dispassionately ana" judicially one
ot those so-called "higher manifesta
tions ' of Spirituahstnabout which peoi-
pie are apt to write and speak too much, '
it appears to me, in the capacity ot
advocates for- or against. , I shall -endeavor
- to describe- whatl jsaw v herfe-i d
Loudon a few nights ago, as impartially
as a judge might sura up a case from his
notes Of evidence: : It is literally 'what I
am doing. I am transcribing rough
notes made at tne titne,. ana on the spot
where the circumstances which I nar
rate occurred. I impannel the British
public to say whether tliey think I have
seen- -senrething-veryremarkaWe,'4-'
been egregiously gulled.
A few davs ago 1 received an Invita
tion from a Spirtticalrstre-friend to attend
one of the seances of a lady whom I
must call Miss Blank, because her name
is not pubtrc property. - bhe- is hot a
professional metluinii She refetvesTIo
money from those who visit her house,
and has no wish to have that residence
besieged, its "It ertainIywould be if I
gave the slightest clue te her name and
address.-. Sf 1a has He-desire, so-slie- says,
even for notoriety oh 'the score of the
manifestations of which-she Is the tf n-
willlog agent-or medium The peculiar
character of these "manifestations is the
production- of. the.-RpU-it-fmM-or veu
partial form, no longer m darkness, but
under a strong light, jn ow, 1 had seen1
tables dance, audj-sisen them rap I Uadi
witnessed Mr. Homo's-"i.evuuon, and
listeriCd" fo ' Jolin King's urisplrit-like
voice; I had even felt spirit-hands, as
they were called,. ouccor twice; but all
these manifestations, except the tilting
and the rapping had taken place In the
dark, and. 1 object -to -dai'kuess. It love
light like an ancient ureek. 1 was the
light element, I frankly confess, which
mostly -attracteu ine to the -seance or
Miss- Blank. -Miss -Blank's apa for
the young lady is but sixteen lives on
the outskirts of London, as Spiritualists
always seem to do, and is a respectable
man in some small commercial line or
life. Beside the "-medium, who is a
pretty, Jewish-like little girl, there were
three other children present, all or
whom discoursed of spirits in the most
off-hand' way. Mamma aiid aunt mado
up the domestic portion of our circle.
and there were besides the editor of a
Spiritualistic journal, another pronoun
ced Spiritualist, a doctor from the coun
try who had something to do with devel
oping the medium, and had been con
verted by her to the doctrines of Spirit
ualism, an old gentleman from Manches
ter, and myself eleven In all, irrespec
tive of our little hostess, the pretty me
dium. - r
After a brief confab in the front par
lor we descended to Hie nether regions
where the spirits were in the habit of
making their appearance in a small
breakfast-room next to the kitchen. The
original method of "devevopment" was
simple -in the 'extreme. . Miss Blank
went into' the room 'alone. "A curtain
was stretched across the open doorway,
leaving au aperture of about a foot deep
at tho top; and in- tlrls rather Puiteli-
aud-J udy-like opening portions of the
spirit face gradually showed themselves
first a nose, then an ear, &c. to the
circle who sat on the stairs. Xow.how
ever, that the .power -was more devel
oped, a sort ot corner cupboard had been
fitted up with two doors opening in the
usual manner from tlio- center, and an
apcrtnre of some eighteen Incites square
In the fixed portion at'tlie top. At this
I was told the faces would appear. A
lamp 011 the table in the other corner of
tne room" was so arraugeu- as to snow
bright light on this opening,wbilst It left
the rest or the small apartment in sub
dued but still in full light. 1 examined
the cupboard r cabinet carefully, put a
chair in, and saw little Miss Blanlc care
fully shut up inside like a pot of jam or
a pound of oandlcs. A ropo was put in
her lap, the object of which will appear
anon, and we all sat round like a party
of grown-up children waiting for the
magic lantern. .. .
We were told to sing, and so we did
at least the rest tlid, tor the songs were
Spiritualistic ones for the most part
whlcl IBi3';not ShdvvT .They" were "prtet-
ty:clieerfuT little uyitmSjSUch s.!Hahd
TlnHaaa with- Angels,,T,The "Beautlfnl
I -r- r-, a T r. 1 1 1 r .
Elver,"" and Longfellow's "Footstera of
.ngeis." By-ana-D?. raps . insKie nie
eiiDboard-doortold its to "oben sesame,
We did sot and . there was pretty Miss'
"BlarfktleS -round' the : neck ,-anns"' and
legs, to the chair, in a Very nrtcomfoTta-
bie ana aparently secure - manner, we
sealed the krtots, iituit her upin-t&e cup
board, and warbled again. After seme
delay a face rose gently to the aperture,
rather far "back, "but presently came well
to the front. It was slightly pale, and
the head was swathed in white drapery.
Theeyes were fixed, and altogether "it
looked ghostly. , It remained for some
time, disappeared and reappeared ; and
the lamp -was turned full Upon it, but
the eyes never lostheir fixed stare, and
showed no symptom of waking; - After
several minutes it went altogether The
doors were Opened , and little Miss Blank
was found, till tied, with seals unbro
ken, and, to all appearance, in a dead
sleep.! She was "entranced," I was
told. "Katie," the spirit (for she was a
famllUf in the most literal sense) infor
med me that she gathered the "material"
tor embodying nerseirrrom the breaths
of the circle, and took' the "life" from
the medium.! , Miss Blank-- was - then
awaked, uncorded, arid taken -to walk
for a quarter' 6f an hour in the-baok gar
den; as she was much; exhausted ; and
we went up stairs to recruit fcs well. We
had to make this break -thrice during the
evening.-.. ;
When we reassembled," :ifter 'a good
deal more singing than I cared about.
another appearance took place In obedi
ence to the command or the uoctor, who
had "been fii the east,' and asked, to see a
Parsee friend. After some flulay alfoad
appeared, surmounted by atnrban,' and
with a decidedly eastern expression of
oowterrarree-'arrd',elarfc complexion." It
did not saosty thetdctor1; who declared
that the faee bore a 'resemblance to the
ode demanded, but' that the 'headgear.
was not en reijle. . That was -tableau No.'
2, which look a long titire-atid almost in
terminable 'singing to biiiigf about. Then
there was another adjournment. The
ttitdreft werejtent to bed, and the maid
servant. who, it appeared was great ax
singiusrK'atne "in from -the 'kitchen tb
join the circle. There was one advan
tage, papa and mamma told me, about
these manifestations f they rendered the
children quite superior "to all ideas of
"Bogey." I could not help asking mv-
pelf whether I should have dared to go
ro Deu unaer sucn circumstances in my
days of immaturity.
In Bccne the third the face was quite
different. The head was still surmoun
ted by white drapery, but a black band
was over the forehead, like a nun's
hood1. The teeth were projecting, and
the expression of the face sad. They 1
fancied it a spirit that was pained at not
being recognized. When this face dis
appeared, Katie came again for a little
while, and allowed me to go up to the
cupboard and touott her. face and hand.
After first putting to me- tlte pertinent
question, 'Do yea-sqaeeee?,' Otr assur
ing her I did not do anything so impro
per,: toe manipulations were permitted.
This was the finale, and the circle broke j
up forthwith. !
Tbe gentleman from Manchester was
delighted, and all the Spiritualists were
loud in their commendations., I re
served my judgment, as my custom al
ways is when I see anything that beats '
me. . I was sufficiently-strnck by what I
had witnessed to accept readily an invi
tation to another seance on a subsequent
occasian.' In the 'meantime I should
like to submit these few particulars to a
dlspasslpnate - jury for. them to decide
whether I was reallv for those three
hours in direct contact with supernatur
al beings, or simply taken In by one of
the most satisfactory "physical medi
ums'.' .. it wa ever my .good fortune to
meet.- -
The State of the stomach, we-nre told.
b a-great deal to do -with the temper,
the natural result being that, when a
man's liver is out of order, his temper is
in the same condition. This may be
true enough, but we question very much
whefflejNthe liyer'is answerable for all
the sins which are laid at its door. We
know many very bad tempered people
who, toiwr-kHowledge, have tiever been
really billious in the whole course of
their lives. Of course, it may be-alleged
that if the llvel' Is all right, something
eise is an wrong, tne nerves, or the
heart, opi-tho lungs, or the teeth are
driving poor sufferers almost to distraction.-
Thrsy also, may be eorrebt. f But
it mast -be- admitted thaMhere-arernrany
pieasanc Deings wno never complain of
being af&icted-by.anyapecial complaint,
whose existence, for all that, is one of
chronic ill humor,, who snap and snarl
wnen tney axe spoken to, -and Sulk when
left to themselves A good many of
these "gentle creatures" will, in inter
vals of comparative good humor , tell
you to your face that they are bad tem
pered, that they-alway have been, and
that .they -always -will be. Thev mav
support the- information by declaring
thttk their fathers and great-grandfath-
ers' were similarly afflicted, though not
perhaps to tne same extent. They ap
parently glory in the admission of their
weakness, evidently considering that an
out-and-out bad temper is a possession of
which & man has some reason to be ex
tremely proud. Ihey do not appear to
recognize the fact that bad temper is a
positive vice, and that thev have, or
ought to have, "any control over it.
Mauy regard it rather in the light of a
disease, like fever, must be allowed to
run its course unchecked. .Naturally,
it is questionable whether it is possible
for many to hold close and long contin
ued intercourse with them. Generally.
such Intercourse is brought to a conclu
clusion by a terrible row, in which the
sufferers from bad temper display their
inftrmaties in a thorough fashion. They
say tilings not compatible with the laws
and usages of polite society, and do that
which is certainly the reverse of proper.
Timid beings are almost frightened to
death, and, to abate the furies, are ready
to swaitow tne leeie to any extent. The
furies, probably, feel some slight twin
ges of compunction after their temper
has cooled,- and, perhaps, half apologize
by laying the blame upon their passion
ateness. The injured ones longing for
peace, perhaps, except the explanation.
but they never forget, and ever after
wards are cold, and distant, and watch
ful, and suspicious. These bad tempered
people are ever 011 the look-ont for in
sults. When they are servants, their
proud spirits chafe at being told to do
their duty by their emolovers. They
'are constantly ou the look-out for things
at w-nicti to take ollense. if they hold
subordinate positions, they come to
logger-heads with tho manager, head
clerk, or foreman, as the case may be.
When they occupy positions of authority
themselves, they play the part of ty
rants. They get into a furious rage at
trincs, decline to allow a hapless culprit
to exonerate nimseit by rendering expla
nations, and Inflict Draconian punish
ments. Naturally, they are pretty gen
erally detested, but, while they are de
tested, they are feared, which, it may be
said, is not the case with another class
of bad tempered people.
This class is more sulky than passion
ate, there seems to lie within them a
smouldering mine of irritation, which is
bubbling forth night and day that Is,
of course, when they are awake. If they
are asked an ordinary question, much
asperity is evident in the tones of their
reply. As a rule, they are angry at
nothing in particular, and with no 0110
111 particular they are, simply, in
continual confoundedly bad temper;
they do not know why, and no one else
can account for it except upon the sup
position that it Is natural to the animal.
Their faces have over a soured and
wriukled appearance, the natural result
01 long continued scowling and frown
Ing':. Thei' arejleaslnV'.feMe' to live
with', -If ' you ate a Mark Tapley. aud
want 4o ihdw b&w tfou cante lolly tin
tfer the niost trying circumstances, tbtf
will" nofbe atile toilo aftytnititf TO pTeasc
the" afflicted bhes. Thej-' sharlat break
rast, dinner ana tea, tnere Demguways
something which "Is distasteful to them.
rney growl at. you; and do what you
will, you are quite; unable to please
tnem. . xney terriry tne servants, wno,
in' despair give warning. They scold
their children, who - betake themselves
off whenever they imagine they can
do So with "safety. . They testily lecture
their wives, ana unrortunateiy criticise
the domestic management. In short,
they make themselves universally disa
greeable, completely destroying their
own peace of mind, aud do a great deal
towards' making other people miserable.
But, though they are always in a bad
temper, aud ever snapping and snarl
ing, they avoid 'downright quarrels.
They may go to the verge of one, but no
further will they - proceed. Kor will
they ever" admit that they are, or have
been, in a bad temper. Other peopled
imaginations must have led them astray,
or they would 'not think of such a thing
for a moment. A good many people of
this Class are particularly testy in the
earlier part of the day, and Comparative
ly placable in the latter. - This idiosyn
crasy is studied by people who know
what they'are about. Such always make
application for favors during the latter
period, as well as do what business they
can then. ' Like almost' everything, this
chronic pad temper is a luxury which
can only be indulged in by the compara
tively well-toKlo. Poor men, though
thev mav have" the inclination to do so.
cannot afford" to snarl at almost every
body with whom they are brought In
contact. . Thev know that W so ddinfir
they would be taking the bread and but
ter out ot their own mouths, and this Is
a consideration "which'eontrols, to a
great extent, even the "most irritable.
Acting upon the principle, however,
that there' Is within them 'a certain
amount of snappishness which must be
expended," such people ' visit an extra
quantity upon those who come Within
tueir , ciutenes, aim irom wnom mey
have nothing to fear. Probablv a Cer
tain kind of morbid pleasure is derived
from indulgence in ill temper. People,
by acting as we f have .indicatedsecure a
certain amount of outward show and
deference ; for, somehow" or other, most
persons would as soon be struck as
snarled at, and so they do all they can
to avoid such treatment. Really, how
ever, we fall to see why bad tempered
men aud women should- receive such
tender consideration. Their bad temper
is nothing more nor less than an abomin
able vice, aud those who indulge in it
are supremely selfish. Their troubles
are no more to them than are troubles
to other people, so there is no reason
why they should be so splenetic. Right
eous anger is justifiable, but chronic ill
humor is a failing for which there can be
nothing but the bitterest condemnation.
Dr. Le Baron, the accomplished State
Entomologist of ' Illinois, has recently
published a report upon the noxious in
sects of the State, which contains a strik
ing description of what is called "in
stinct" in insects. He says::
I havo mentioned the wonderful in
stinct of the Coccus of the Pino, which
prompts tee - female insects to improve
rill. SIIUI., V VV V W4 V-l . w.,l,l.AUIUVt.
to migrate outwards upon the terminal
foliage, where tney and tne generation
succeeding them will find themselves In
the midst of the greenest and freshest
forage, whilst the males which -are to
acquire wings, and the consequent pow
er of locomotion, fix themselves indif
ferently tipon the first vacant space that
offersv thus indicating a kind of pro-
phetio vision utterly -beyond any reach
of intelligence which., we can reasona
bly attribute to beings so. low in the
scale of creation.. The student of ento
mology is continually .meeting with in
stancafi .ef this kind, --which- arrest his
attention and -excite bis wonder, and
which baffle his utmost ingenuity to ex
platibiX J.. .; J i. r", Oct
Permit me, by way of conclusion, to
refer briefly tb"a few of these instances,;
not merely as. marvellous stories, in
tended to excite the curiosity of chil
dren, but as remarkable facts in nature,
fraught, it mayne, with a profound sig
nificance. : ' - ' '
It is the common inatinCt of insects'
which are ' wood-borers1 in their larva
state, but which have no such power In
their subsequent stages, to gnaw their
way to the surface of the tree before :
they stop feeding, so that they can
emerge without obstruction after they
shall have completed their traiisfbrma-:
The Plum-gbuger (Anthrotiomus pru-.i
Kivtuv;. nuvoc IHOI-VJI J -I H" vin v. ,111 j
traced by my predecessor, Mr. Walsh,;
1 1. ,. . V. r-hictntn, woo an co 1'n 1 1 r
ana which in its larval penoa occupies
not the flesh bat the kernel or the plum,
when it has 'completed its growth and Is
ready to transform in the kernel, takes
the precaution to gnaw a round hole in
the shell, through which it may subse
quently emerge.- If it did not do so it
would lie fatally imprisoned, in its fu
ture beetle state, within the mature and
hardened sheff, an event which the uou
ger carefully guards against, though the
horticulturist might regard it as a con
summation devoutly tooe wished.
The Disippus-outterny jumpnans
Di sivnus. Gdt.) an interesting account
of which is given by Mr. Riley, in the
first volume of the "American Ento
mologist," lives, in its caterpillar state,
on different -kinds of willow. In this
state it passes the winter, inclosed in a-
wilfow leaf, rolled into a cylindrical
case. But as the leaf would fall like the
rest, when touched by frost, or be blown
away by the wind, the insects fasten its
footstalk with silken' threads to the
branch on which It grows, and thus se
curely rides on the frosts and storms of
rhe lurvje of a beautiful East Indian
butterfly, the Tfteclo Isocrates, live in
companies of half a dozen or more, in
the fruit or the pomegranate, and there
also pass the pupa state. But-before
changing to chrysalida, each larva cuts
a ronud hole in tlicrind which the fu
ture butterfly, which-itself has no teeth,
but only a" slender flexible proboscis,
may be able to escape, and as the worm
eaten fruit would be likely ;to fall pre
maturely to the ground the larvie crawl
out and make the stem fast to the tree
with their web, and then return aud go
through their transformations.
Those moths whose larvse or caterpil
lars are leaf eaters, always lay their eggs
upon that kind of plant or tree upon
which it is the nature of their future
progeny to subsist, though they have no
other relation to the tree, and though
the eggs do not usually hatch till after
tne death or tne parent ana sometimes
not till the following year.
Many kinds of wasps exhibit a won
derful provisional instinct. The female
wasp burrows into tho ground or some
times into rotten wood, constructs a
cell at the bottom of the cavity, and there
deposits her eggs. She then carries m
insects which may serve as food for her
future progeny, Some species take the
additional precaution to disable but not
kill the insects thus provided, so that
the young may find themselves provided
With fresh provisions. Having com
pleted her task she closes the hole, and
never again revisits it, but shortly after
Xow, are we to understand that these
insects are really endowed with a pro
photic vision? Do they know what will
be their own condition the next month
or the next year, or what will be the
future necessities of their offspring
which perhaps are yet unborn t We are
hardly prepared to attribute to thorn
such superhuman intelligence. If they
do not know, then what is it that
prompts them to take such wise and far-
i-unuuiii g precautions t n no will answer r
WHOLE NO. -71.
I ask' the tjuestrob, Diit'I 'shall hear: no
response, ior mere is no eariuij intelli
gence which can solve tbe mystery.
I can conceive 'of the formation of ' a
planet,' by the condensation of nebulous
matter, In obedience to the law of grav
itation. I can form someidea, however
unsatisfactory, of the development of
organic bodies by the operation ot phys
leal laws, responsive to the impressions
of surrounding circumstances. But that
an insect which was born yesterday, and
which will die to-morrow, can, without
the invocation of a wisdom superior to
her own, adopt a systematic course of
conduct having for its object the safety
and welfare of her future progeny.
Which win not spring into active exist
ence till long after she herself shall have
perished, this, it passes the "bounds of
my Imagination to conceive.
it is said that tiaieii was converted
from atheism by the contemplation of the
human skeleton ; but I confess that
nothing has so strongly impressed upon
my own mind the presence of an all-.
pervadlnglntelligence in nature, as the
wonderful prophetic instinct or insects.
"Although a few members of the gra
ver professions - live -about Golden
Square." wrote Dickens, in his novel of
"Nicholas Nickleby," "It was not ex
actly in anybody's way to or from any
where, it is one ot the squares that
have beeu : a quarter of the town that
has gone down in the world and taken
to letting lodgings. Many of its first
and second floors are let furnished to
single gentlemen, and it takes boarders
besides. It is a great resort of foreign
ers. Tbe dark-complexioned men who
wear large rings, and heavy watch-
guards, and bushy, whiskers, and who
congregate under the Opera collonado,
and about the box-office in the season .
between fonr and five in the afternoon,
when Mr. Seguin gives away the orders
Hi live in Uoiden square, or within a
street of it. Two or three violins and a
wind instrument, from the opera band,
reside within its precincts. - Its board
ing-bouses are musical, and the notes of
pianos and harps float in the evening
time around the head of the mournful
statue, the guardian genius of a little
wilderness or snruos, tn the center ot
the square." So much for fiction.- A
reality of this same Golden Square, in
London, only a few days ago, is now the
wonder of the English papers. To Xo.
18, a shabby lodging-house there came
an elderly couple, well dressed, and ap
parently : foreigners of no mean class,
who said in grammatical English that
they had just arrived from the Continent
and desired rooms for a week only. Be
ing accommodated they retired to the
apartments assigned them, issued once
therefrom to take a meal at a neighbor
ing restaurant, and were neither seen
nor heard again until, late-on tne roiiow
ing day. the alarmed landlady broke In
to the iocked rooms and found both man
and woman dead ! The former -was
stretched upon the floor with a Bible
clasped to his heart; his late companion
occupied an arm chair still, with arms
clasped in front of her and another Bible
resting on .them, and upon the hearth
rug lav an empty vial labelled "strych
nine.' That they had deliberately pois
oned themselves- and then composed
themselves to die was obvious, but who
they were, whence come, or how driven
to the act, no one has yet been able to
tell." Upon the table in the room of
death was found a paper, written in pen
cil as "Our last will," and reading as
follows : "We wish the trunks and their
contents to be given to the landlady in
return or the trouble given to her. The
rest tnay serve to pay the expenses of our
burial. Nobody Is to be blamed, as we
tooke both stricnniiie, and we do wish to
stay unknown. We have done no wrong
to no one. ' The Lord forgive us all, and
pardon lis, for' Thine infinite mercvS
sake." Then is added: "We leave 5;
18s. should be, for one week's rent, given
to landlady: the rest for the burial."
On the other side of the paper was writ
ten : xea, though' 1 ;walk through the
valley of the shadow of death, I will fear
nojevil, for Thou art with me;' Thy
rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.'?
The paper bore no; date nor signature,
and all the writlng-wa3 apparently by
the same hand. That was all. The cor
oner could elicit nd more; and the Tel
egraph comments, "These hapless people
in Golden Sqnare had literally 'made a,
solitude for themselves before they died,
and the manner of their death may sug
gest darker' thoughts, about the life that
lea up to such an endiug than 'might oe
justified if we knew the truth', which is
in all likelihood destined to be buried
forever in a' nameless grave." Reading
the great novelist's-description of this
same forlorn, alien-seeking, sinister
Golden Square, as above quoted, and re-
calling that in one of its houses it was
mat tne oamea anu despairing om usu
rer of the story, Ralph Jfickleby, finally
ended his evil life by midnight suicide,
there is at once seen that fitness of the
perceptions of genius which selected for
the tragedies of fiction snch real locali
ties as have the sentiment of real trage
dies in their attraction of desolation. In
this, as in countless other instances, the
intelligent reader of facts must perceive
both the artistic and realistio uses of
those locally descriptive ' passages in
Dicken's works which are sometimes
deemed redundant by superficial critics.
Courtship Is the last brilliant scene in
the maiden life of a woman. It is to her
a garden where no weeds mingle with
the flowers, but all is lovely and beauti
ful to the 8enses."It is a dish of nightin
gales served up Dy moniignt, to the min
gled music of many: tendernesses and
gentle whisperings and eagerness that
does not outstep the bounds of delicacy,
and a series of flutteriugs, throbblngs,
high pulses, burning cheeks and droop
ing lashes. But, however delightful it
may be, courtship is, nevertheless, a se
rious bnsiuess ; it is the first turning
point In the life of a woman, crowded
with perils and temptation. There is
as much danger in the strength of love
as in its weakness. The kindled hope
requires watching. The rose tints of
affection dazzle and bewilder the imagi
nation, ana while always bearing iu
mind that life without love is a barren
wilderness, It should not be overlooked
that true affection' requires solid sup
ports. Discretion tempers passion, and
it is precisely that quality which, often-
er than other, ie found to be absent in
xoung ladies In love, thereforo, re
quire wiso counsellors. They should
not trust too mucii to the impulses of the
heart, nor be too easily captivated by a
winning exterior, in the selection or a
husband, character should be considered
more than appearance, xoung men in
clined to intemperate habits even but
slightly so rarely make good husbands
to thcend ; they have not sufficient mor
al stamina to enable them to resist temp
tation eve '4 in ita incipient stages,
and, being thus deficient in self-respect,
tney can not possess that pure nncontaui-
iuated feeling which alone capacitates a
man for rightlv appreciating tho tender
and loving nature of a true woman. Tho
irreligious man is like a ship without a
rudder, and he never can make a good
husband ; for a house darkened by cold
skepticism or an indifference to religion
and its duties is never a home it is
merely a shelter; but there is little
warmth in the atmosphere of the rooms.
and every object in them looks cold aud
entiling, ine indolent man, likewise,
can not bo expected to make a irood hus
band, for ho negleots his time aud wastes
his estate, allowing it to be overrun, with
thistles and brambles, and subsists on
tne industry of others, i-very precau
tion, men, s necessary in the selection
ot a husband.
No hoop-skirts are now to bo seen ii
the streets of rails.
1 w. S w. 6 w. S in. 6 m. 1 yr.
4(100 f&OO $3.50 &35 $8.00 $12.00
1.75 8.00 6.3r 7.00 18.00 17.00
8.30 4.00 8.0O 8.00 16.00 32.00
3.23 - 2.00 . 7.00 1 0.00 17.00 2N.00
8.75 5.50 a75 11.00 18.00 82.n0
: 4.30 1.90 10.00 14.00 S2.00 87.00
6.25 SM 12.00 18.50 25.00 45.00
, fe.00 12.50 16.50 21.00 85.00 65.00
10.50 16.00 23.00 85.00 55.00 95.00
12.00 30.00 80.00 47.60J 75.00 13.00
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Business notices in local columns will bo charg
ed for at the rate of IS cents per line for .first
insertion and eight cents per line for each sub
sequent insertion
Business cards 1.26 per line per annum.
" Yearly advertisers discontinuing their adver
tiscments before the expiration of then-contracts
will be charged according to the above rates.
Transient advertisements must Invariably be
paid for in advance. Begular advertisements
to be paid at the expiration Qf each quarter.
,; ;-..tJ3I.A.IS'.CvE. . .
We are horse sured that the mate-iners
have it.
' The latest horse song is, "I wish I was
a mule." - - -
. Bran mash is a favorite dish with hlp
poenres. ' ..i . .. . .
Are all veterinarians necessarily hip
pocritical? ; ; j . .
. John Smith says he has a filly-suffer
in his barn.
The bakers' have raised the price of
horse cakes.
Laundresses will lead out their clothes
horses to-day -' -'
The livery business is very equi-vocal
jnst at present.. . - .: .
Barn's notes are more frequently con
sulted than ever. . .
Veterinarians are proving themselves
very cheval-rous.
New York City is cutting down all her
horse-chestnut trees.
Hoss-fetter's Bitters is the fashionable
beverage in Chicago.: ; . . ..
Baltimore hbrseterg exibit tbe watery
symptoms of the epizootic , ;
Horse chesnuts are affected bv the
prevalent wlnd-flew-end ways. . ..
Tbe Telearann folks have -it badlv. It
attacks that sort first in the ears.
"The equine lioss disorder" Is What a
learned Columbus llverrman - calls it.
Some of onr business-men -now fullv
understand the procession of equine-oxes
Nearly over? horse owner In town is
a member of the bored of equl -lies-aching.
borne of our merchauts complain of
being ex-liorse-ted after walking down
town. '
Horses are not as contrary as they
have been ;thev rarely say neigh to any-
It is not to be understood that every
horse is a war horse simply because he
hors du combat.
Some people think 'thcV get down town
more easily by taking a " pony " just
before starting.
Nice medioo-lcgal question Is relig
ions fauaticism: to be classed under the
head of amen-tia?.. .
Keepers of Pittsburg oyster saloons
have withdrawn horse-radish as a relish
ntitil the trouble blows over.
The only, great and original Horc'e
will probably arrive in; Cincinnati this
evening, en route for bait Itiver.
An Indiana dog is a confirmed tobac
co chewer. This is a modern example
of the old classical license of using 'quid'
ior -cur.'
Hr. Disreali has received a eane made
from the staircase of Adam - Smith's
house, as a tribute to the (bal)luster of
bis own political career.
Iard Masscv lost JE15.000 bv the burn
ing, of his country-seat in Ireland last
Monday. 'An Irish-house worth as much
as that? Lord&'JIassey! .-- .
Chicago young .ladies . having beaux
can test their financial strength about
this time by insisting oh .frequent air
ings behind liverystable equine horses.
The man who invented a machine for
brushing hair is now trying to run a pa
tent tooth-brush with wheels and belt
ing. He cut his eye-teeth , with it last
week. . , . .,.
The supercentenarian colored corpse
has traveled' away out to Kansas, where
she was buried last week, at the age of
103. . She didn't nurse tieorge Washing
ton this time. ,
Dr. Dio Lewis lias started a new peri
odical, called To-Day, which he is confi
dent will not die o'lightnesa, financially
speaking, though it may have a tenden
cy to Dio Lew'eness.i l :v ,
, Canada mourns the untimely death of
Ann Campbell, a dairy-maid, aged 131,
who was 'a pretty girl milking her cow'
when the first of George Washington's
colored nurses tvas born. '
One of our cotemporaries is shocked
afresh over - the Vpretty waiter girls"
who are costumed as "pages" without
even stitched wrappers and insists that
they should be bouud over .;
' Strong-minded female invalids object
to being-sent' to a noted Mediteraneau
health resort on the ground, that it ouly
gives ilentoue, whereas they want a
place to give women tone also.
. A dentist' is anxious' to become ac
quainted with the celebrated man born
with a silver spoon in his mouth.- The
dentist wants to extract that spoon and
replace it with ivory and gold.
Is there anything nowadays that won't
explode? It "began with kerosene and
nitro-glycerlne; next pies -and potatoes
and snch like began to blow up and now
we hear of a death in Michigan from the
bursting of a circular saw.
Commander Lull is preparing to take
command of the Nicaragua surveying
expedition, There have been several
lulls in the prosecution of this a flair al
ready, but the present officer is said to
belong to quite another family.
A North Carolinian, aged within four
years of a century, is under Indictment
for killing his wife, a few years his ju
nior, and the extenuating plea offered is
that he was rendered Insanely jealous by
her flirting with other young fellows.
Mr. George Lee, the Gilmore of Dub
lin, who got up a locat jubilee there du
ring the late exhibition, is to be knighted
whilst Boston's Patrick is left benighted
and out of pocket, notwithstanding iris
intimate relations with all the potentates
of Europe. .
Worse and worse! We recorded tho
other day that tho Herald called the
horse disease the "Ilipporhiuorrhca."
That was bad euough, but now here
comes the Courrier des Elatt Unit and
says it is "L'Epillaryngorrhipodeuileo."
After this, what? .
It is hinted that tho proposition to
place all the telegraph wires in the
country under tho control of the Postal
Department will be reagitated iu tho
coming Congressional session. If any
thing could retard lightning the sort ol
management exemplified in our mails,
is just the thing to do It.
The people of Lincoln, Nebraska, havn
been boring artesian wells nearly a fifth
of a mile deep without reaching water.
The work is pursued cmeny as a matter
of curiosity, for there isn't a human be
ing iu the place who would take the
trouble to go the same distance on a
dead level in search of tho same liquid.
The Rev. Dr. Cunningham iu a re
cent sermon traced the history of
"Hoodlumism" to tho time when Juven
ile Butlers from Jericho (who evidently
belonged to the old Whig party) dialled
the prophet Ellsha on accouut of his
baldness. TJn fortunately for our civili
zation, however, the absence of carniv
orous beasts spoils the completeness of
the parallel.
A very wicked boy eampliened ami ig
nited tiie story portion of a miserable
dog, on Monday night, and the animal
fled over Coalpit nili at a terrific speed.
The down-town people' who were out
doors stared at the phenoiuouon till it
disappeared, some of them pronouncing
it the most brilliant meteor ever witnes
sed, but the older and wiser just shook
their heads and spoke tn low tones about
the inscrutable ways of providence.
' A Providence poHtlolan who wa ac
tively concerned in a rwent torchlight
procession, lias sued a fellow-townsman
tor damages In the amount of 130, be
cause tho minor son of the said towns
mau tlid wilfully and maliciously Ignlto
certain parcels of fireworks which were.
protruding from his, the complainant's
coat-tail pocket on tho occasion in ques
tion. Either fireworks must be very dear
or pockets very large in Providence to
tret $130 worth of flre-woi ks into one of
! the latter.

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