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J' jlv 1 l-r - ' i r f IF if:.' if i it if.. H fj l! ''I ll I I)) 11 ' Pi B. CONN, PUBLISHER. 3 P. B. CONN, PUBLISHER, -- COENEE MAEXET ABD 4TH STS. . ' ..... v cj ..iTivr t . r Z, BAGANj Editor an From the Olive Branch. THE TWO PURSES. i . BY THE , AUTHOR OF "TIIE SMUOOLER's " CHILD," "HIGHWAYMAN," &C. Boston, the Athens of America, the Yankee city, the city of Notions most of my Teaders doubtless know from personal observation, to be thus appropriately na med. The first title, sho well mcrite in consideration of the liberal encouragement of literature and the fine arts, the second too, for the peculiar 'genius and character of her population, and thoush wc may look upon the backwoodsman of New Eng land as the real specimen of the Yankee, the native Bostouiari is the acknowledged representative of the ; tribe (if I may so speak) abroad ; and the third title is mer ited from the fact of the never-tiring in ventive genius of its inhabitants. Pos sessing a population of nearly an hundred and twenty thousand, she is yet free in a great measure, .compared with her sister cities in the Union, from the horde of vices and evil customs that prevail at the South and West. The gambler here accomplish es his purpose in secret; there are no pub lic billiard rooms, no' masquerade balls, or resorts of infamy, and though ull these evils exist in a greater or less degree as in all largely populated places, yet are they bo hidden as not to come before the eye of innocence, or tempt those who do not take the preliminary steps to vice. Boston, courteous reader, the Yankee city of Massachusetts Bay, shall be the locale of our tale. . There is a portion of tho West part of the town here as in Lon don, occupied by the more opulent of the inhabitants, being in the immediate neigh borhood of the noble park, or Common as x it is called, which is unsurpassed in extent and beauty by an grounds of a similar character in the country. Within its iron enolosure, there is room for the famed park of New York city, and the battery attached, and you might throw in a few of the largest squares that ornament the Qua ker city of brotherly love, and yet find room for the silvery lake that now orna ments its centre, and plenty of space for promenading. The vicinity is the aristo cratic section of the city. You will not find this spirit of prido or aristocracy to consist of the same ingredients as consti tutes that grado of society in the old coun try; there, birth almost alone establishes the claim to distinction, while here, that most potent agent, money, is all powerful. Ah, in this boasted free country, gold is tho lovelier of all ranks, forming for itself a Kingdom fitim out a Republic, which it "rules with a rod of iron, though in this Yankee city, genius and intellect are far more readily appreciated than in other parts of the State. ' "? : It was a cold winter's night, and the wind whistled shrill through tho bare limbs of the giant trees .that linecKthej Mall. The ground was covered with snow upon whose sparkling surface the light of the moon fell with dazzling splendorf stud dingthe encrusted grwnd with brilliant diamonds. As the old Suth clock1 struck . nine, a young man closo wrapped in his cloak, bought the shade ot one of the faigo trees in the park, from whence he watched the coming of numerous carriage loao's of gaily dressed pooplo of both scxcsiio en tered one of the princely houoin Boacon street. Through theriohly stained glass windows, the gorgeous light issued in a eteady flood, accompanied by the thrilling tones of music from a full band; the house illuminated at every point seemed crowded with gay and happy spirits. The stranger still contemplated -this scono his cloak, which until now, had enveloped tho lower part of his fcaturcsad fallen, discovering a face of striking-manly boauty; a full dark eye with arching trows, and short curling hair as dark as the raven's plumrgc, set off to great' advantage his Grecian style of feature a becoming moustathe curled abcut. hitf ,'nouth, giving a decided and classical appearance to the whole face. The Naval button upon his cap showed ilm to belong to that branch of our Na tional defencV - 'SSfccJl I enter," said he thoughtfully to dPropnetor Meelilg foimtal, : geWcli to American Interns, fiterato, Stitnte, niA ...... himself, "and feast my eyes upon charms I can never possess? Hard fate that I should bo so bound by the iron chains of low birth and poverty. Yet am I a man, and have a soul as noble as the best of them. We will see," he said, and cross ing over to the gay scene, ho entered the hall. He cast off his overshoes, handed his cloak and cap to a servant, and, unan nounced, mingled with tho beauty and fashion that thronged tho rooms. Grad ually making his way among the crowd, he sought a group in whose centre stood a bright and beautiful being, the queen in loveliness of that brilliant assembly. The "bloods" of the west end thronged about her, seeking for an approving glance from those dreamy blue eyes; half abstracted sho answered or spoke upon tho topics of conversation without apparent interest. Suddenly, she started, and blushing deep ly, dropped a half courtcsey in token of recognition to some one without tho group. Her eyes no longer languid, now sparkled with animation, and as our naval friend entered the group about her, she laid her tiny gloved hand within his, saying, . "Welcome, Ferris, we feared your sail ing orders had taken you to sea this bleak weather." "We should not have lifted anchor with out first paying tribute to our queen," was tho gallant reply. A titter ran through the circle ofexclu- sives, at his appearance among them, but when tho lady approved there was no room ! "Curse his familiarity," said one young fellow to another, "what pretensions can he have here V "And Miss II called him by his given name too" said another, "rather fa miliar that," wonder what the old man would say to it?" "What scene does that painting repre sent 1" enquired a lady friend at this mo mont, of Anne II . "I think it is an Italian picture," repli ed tho fair girl. . "Spanish, I should say," observed he who first questioned the appearauco of Ferris. "Evidently Spanish," said another ex quisite, "though I regret to differ from Miss II ." "You err," said Ferris, turning to tho two gentlemen, "the lady is right. It is an Italian scene as you will discover by a closer examination of tho costume of tho figures." "Pray, do you establish yourself as an umpire in this caso," retorted one of those who had prononncod tho piece to bo a Spanish scene. "I contend that you are wrong" said the other, seeking some causo tor dittercnce, and desiring to "show up" the unpretend ing Lieutenant. "Pardon me ladies," said Ferris taking no notice of the insult from the speakers, "I saw that painting in tho studio of Isola at Genoa, a few years since, and know from its author that it represents a street scene of that Italian city, othcrwiso I should not have spoken." "Ah ! you have great advantage over us all, in having travelled so extensively Mr. Harvard," said Anno II desirous to restore good feeling. The gay scenes of the night wore on, several times had Ferris Harvard com pletely put at fault tho shallow-brained fops about him, placing them in anything but an enviable light, whilo tho eloquent eyes of the princely creature ho loved, told him that at least he was not indiffer ent to her. Ferris Harvard was a Lieutenant in the Navy, and depended entirely upon his pay as an officer to support a widowed mother and. younger sister, to both of whom he. was devotedly attached. His father, a self-mado man, had once been a successful merchant, who sailed and freighted some of the heaviest tonned vessels that left the port of Boston, but misfortune and sick ness overtook him, and he sunk into his grave, leaving his only son to protect his mother and sister from the wants and ills of life. Ferris had enjoyed a liberal edu cation, and having entered the navy as a midshipman, had rison in the shortest pos sible time to ft lieutenanoy,' by reason of nis superior acquirements anu goou con ductf His 'profession had ld him to all 8TEDBENVILLE, THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 1855, parts of the world, and he had carefully improved his advantages though con strained by reason of his limited means to the practice of tho most rigid economy. He had met with tho only daughter of Harris II , one of the most wealthy and aristocratic citizens of Boston, at a fete given on board the ship to which ho be longed, and had immediately become en amored of her, but he well knew in his own heart that the difference in their for tunes formed an insurmountable barrier to his wishes. He had been a casual visitor for several months subsequent to tho time our story commences, at tjjo house of the II family. He had neijcr told his love to Anne in words, but his soul had constantly spoken through his eyes, and tho reader knows the response. "I must think of her no more," said Fer ris to himself, "if I am thus sneered at by her friends for merely offering her ordinary civilities, with what contempt would hem austere parent receive a proposition for her hand, from one so poor and unknown ?i' Harris II was indeed a stern old man, and yet he was said to be kind to the poor, giving freely of his bounty for the relief of the needy. Still was he a strange man ; he seldom spoke to those about him, yet he evinced the warmest lovo for his only child, and Anno too loved her father with an ardent affection. His delight was to pore over his library, living as it were in the fellowship of tho old Philosophers. On several occasions, when Ferris was at his house and engaged in conversation with Anne, he had observed tho old man's eye bent sternly upon him, when his heart would sink within hiiu and he would awako to a reality of his situation. Ferris was one evening in Beacon st. at the house of Mr. II , where, spito of tho cold reception he received from those he generally met there, ho still enjoyed himself in the belief that Anne was not indifferent as to his regard. Ho had beeu relating to her by her request, his experi ence with different .national characters with whom he had met, speaking of their peculiarities, and describing tho various scenic effects of different countries. Anne sat near a sweet scented geranium whose leaves she was most industriously engaged in destroying. As there occurred a pause in tho conversation, Ferris bending closo to her ear, said, "Anno, will you pluck me that rose as a token of affection, you must know how ardent is mine for you," or stop, dearest, behind it blows the Candy Tuft, you know the mystio lauguago of both will you choose and give me one?" "Hush ! Hush ! Ferris," said the blush ing, trembling girl, handing him tho rose. This passed at a moment when the at tention of the company present was drawn to some engaging object. Never before had Ferris received any evidence of Anne's lovo, save from her tell-tale eyes. The flower was placed next to his heart, and he left tho apartment. He had proceeded but a few steps from tho house- when he was accosted by a poor mendicant clothed in rags, who was exposed at that lute hour of the night to the inclemency of the sea season. "Pray, sir," said the beggar to Ferris, "can you give mo a tnno hm nearly starved and chilled through by this night air." Ferris after a few moments conversation with tho beggar, for his was not tho heart to turn away from tho sufferings of a fel low creature, was convinced of his worthi ness, and handing him his purse contain ing five or six dollars, he urged him to seek immediate shelter and food. The beggar blessed him and passed on. A few nights subsequent to this, the oc casion on which Ferris had received from Anno, an acknowledgment of her affection for him, in tho beautiful language of Flo ra's Kingdom, ho was again at her father's houso. Mrs. H- Anuo's mother re ceived him as sho did most of her compa ny, with a somewhat constrained and dis tant welcome Being a woman of no con versational powers, sho always retired early, conducting her converse with soci ety in tho most formal manner. Ferris was much surprised that Mr. II had taken no particular notico of his intimacy at his house, for he very seldom saw him, and when he did so, he would see the old man's eyes bent"stcrnlfupon him in any thing but a friendly or" mvitiug spirit. In this dilemma he was at a loss what course to pursue ; heretofore he had despaired of ever saining; Anne's acknowledgment of affection for him, and now that he had so happily succeeded in this object, ho was equally distant from tho goal of his happi ness, for his better judgment told him that the consent of her parents to their union could never be obtained. On this occasion he had taken his leave as usual, when ho was met by tho beggar of the former night, who again solieited alms, de claring that ho could find no other to assist him, and that tho money he had before bestowed upon him, had been expended for food and rent of a miserable cellar where ho lodged. . Again Ferns placed his purse iu the poor man's hands, at the same time telling him that he was himself poor and constrain ed to the practice of rigid economy in the support of those dependent upon him. Iljleft tho beggar and passed on his way, happy in having contributed to the allevi ation of human suffering. Noong subsequent to this, Ferris call ing oue.cvening at the house of Mr. II fortunately found Anne and her father alone, the former engaged upon a piece of embroidery, of a new pattern, and tho lat ter poring over a volume of ancient philos ophy. On his entrance, the old gentle man took no further apparent notice of him than an inclination of the head and a "good evening, sir." He took a chair by Auno's side and told her of Tils love in low but ardent tones, begging of her per mission to speak to her father upon the subject. "Oh, he will not hear a word of the matter I am sure," said the sorrowful girl, "no longer since than yesterday, he spoke i, ...n HnliUii-n In n innvi ntf i nti infl. U but I cau never love but one, Ferris," said the blue eyed beauty, giving him her hand. Ferris could bear this suspense no lon ger, in fact, tho hint relative to her alli ance with another, spurred him on to ac tion, lie proceeded boldly to that part ot the room where Mr. II sat, and after a few introductory remarks,' said, "You have doubtless observed, sir, my intimacy in your family for moro than a year past, and must have ascribed it to some motive, from the fact that you have not objected to my attentions to your daughter, I have been led to hope that it might not bo wholly against your wishes. May I ask, sir, with duo respect, your opinion in the matter?" 'I have often seen you hero" replied Mr. II- "and have found no reason to object to your visits, sir." "Iudecd sir, you are very kind, I have neither fortune nor high rank to offer your daughter, but still, emboldened by ardent love, I now ask you for her hand." The old gentleman laid by his book, and removing his spectacles, asked, "Does the lady sanctiou this request ?" "Sho docs." "Have you thought well of your propo sal?" "I have;" "And you ask ?" "Your daughter's hand." "' It is yours," said tho old man. Ferris sprang astonished to his feet say ing, " I hardly know how to receive your kindness sir, I had looked for different treatment." " Listen, young man," said tho father. " Do you think I should have allowed you to become intimate in my family without first knowing your character? Do you think I should have given you this pro cious child (and as ho spoko he placed her hand in Ferris') to you beforo I had proved you? No sir, out of Annie's ma ny suitors from tho wealthy and the high in society, I long since selected you as the only oue in whom I could feel confidence Tho world calls me a cold, calculating man, perhaps I am so but I had a duty to per form to him who had intrusted mo with the happiness of this blessed child I have endeavored to dischargo that trust faithfully; tho dictates of prido havobcen counterbalanced by a desire for my child's futuro happiness. I choso . you first, sho has since voluntarily done so. I know your life and habits, your means and pros pects you need tell mo nothing. With your wife you will receive an ample fortune tho dutiful son, and affectionate brother cannot but make a kind husband. But, stay," said the old man, " I will bo with you iu a moment," and ho loft tho lovers together. Ferris folded his betrothed in his arms in an extacy of joy at this unexpected hap. pinessj "Tho stoiy of your marriage with 11 , was only to try your heart then, and thicken the plot ?" said Ferris to his blushing girl. At this moment the door opened, and the old beggar whom Ferris had twico ro. leived, entered tho apartment. Stepping up to Ferris ho solicited charity. Annie recoiled at first at tho dejected appearance and poverty-stricken looks of tho intruder, whilo Ferris asked in astonishment, how ho had gained an entrance into the house. In a moment the figure rose to a stately height, and casting off the disguise it had worn, discovered tho person of Annie's fa ther ! The astonishment of the lovers can hard ly bo conceived. ."I determined," said tho father, ad dressing Ferris, "after I had otherwise proved your character, to test one virtue, which of all others is tho greatest. Chari ty. Had you failed in that you would al so have failed with me in this purpose of marriage. You were weighed in the bal anco and not found wanting ; hero sir, is your first purse, it contained six dollars when you gave it to the poor beggar on the street II hot "i;oiitIua achOufc" fui six thousand, and here is the second which contained five dollars which is now also multiplied by thousands. Nay," said the old man, as Ferris was about to Rpcak, " there is no need of explanation, it is a fair business transaction." This was of course, all a mystery to An nie, but when explained added still more to her love for her future husband. Ferris and Annie were soon married, and one stately mansion on Beacon street, still serves for a home for mother, sister, wife and all. Gossip said (and gossip said truely for once) that old Mr. II., having money enough, had not sought to add more to the fortune he should leave his child, by forming for her an alliance with gold, but had sought and found what was far more valuable, truo merit. " And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three but tho greatest of theso is Charity." Jenny's New Year's Sleigh Eide. BY E. W. DEAVEKS. Everybody said young Blackwood was in love with pretty Jenny Lea. So, also, said his long continued, particular atten tions so said his manner so said his eyes, but so did not say his tongue. It was very provoking, for he had eve ry reason to hope. Jenny's shy, pretty manner, told him almost as plainly as words " Speak, and I am yours for asking." But Mr. Blackwood did not speak, and what was worse, dog-in-thc-manger-likc, ho kept others away from what he did not seem to be disposed to enjoy himself. His brow would grow black as a thunder cloud, did any other young man so much as dare to speak to his Jennv for anv- - TV ono but himself to ask her to dance, was an unheard of temerity. He arrogated to himself, tho exclusive right of waiting up on her of directing her yes, sometimes of scolding her. Yet with all this assumption of supre macy, my lord had never deincd to declare his love never offered his hand ; no en gagement whatever existed between them. Every ono thought it strange, and Jenny pouted a little, and in her inmost heart, thought so too. Now Jenny had plenty of spirit in gen eral, and this mado it all the moro vexa tious, that sho should bo so mookly tame and patient in this particular case. It was annoying to a looker-on, to sco her so im posed upon, and lorded over by ono who had not tho shadow of a right to control her. The fact is and I may as well confess it tho poor littlo thing was so much in love, that sho did not know how to man age at all. .' ' So things went on, and so pcrhap., they 82 6tncral ntcl!ig(it(f. might have been going on to this day, but all at once I know not whether from some hint from a friend, or that Jen ny's native spirit was at last aroused cer tain it is, that a great and notable change came over her manner. A charming sleighing excursion had been projected for the approaching New Years' day. About ten gentlemen, and as many ladies, were to make up the party. They were to ride about fifteen miles into tho country havo a supper and a dance, and then return to tho city by moonlight. As each gcutlcinan was to provide his own vehicle, and take a lady, there was an ea ger competition for tho honor of escorting favorite belles. Young Blackwood, with his usual nonchalence, Was in no haste to secure Jenny's companionship, but in his own good timo condescended to say to her, carelessly, "Jenny you will ride with me, of course." " Thank you," said Jenny, " but Mr. Collins has already been so kind as to ask me." "Eh? what?" cried Blackwood, start ing, and scarcely believing that he heard aright" you dou't mean that you are go ing with him ?" " Certainly." Young Blackwood turned on hisj heel, and walked away. He felt himself an in digfcadt and ill used man. The shocking bad temper into which he fell was far from being sweetened by finding iu his dilato rincss that ho had procured the honor of es corting a young lady, rrof tlij, doubtless,' but somewhat faded, and very silly the last choice of all who were to be of the party. New Year's day arrived, bright and propitious, the snow in excellent order for sleighing. It had been arranged that the whol party should assemble at a certain rendez vous, so as to set out together, and as the appointed timo approached, one gay sleigh after another, might be seen whirling to the spot. The prancing horses, covered with silver bells the bells' merry jingle the various colors of the ladies' plaids and dresses the rich fur robes, with their white linings, and better still, the joyous, rosy faces, and the sound of ringing laugh ter, made up an inspiriting and brilliant scene. One countenance only, looked out of keeping with the gay occasion. It was our poor Blackwood's, as ho sat gloomy and taciturn beside his elderly companion. His eye glanced furtively towards Mr. Collins' sleigh ; he saw Jenny's face, bright and fresh as a rose ho heard her gaily laugh at somo witticism of hor companion, ho saw' that componion's glance of admira tion, and ho grew ten times more gloomy and taciturn than before. I am afraid poor Miss Moody found him very dull, and that the ride was as intolerable to her as it was to him. It was over at last, however : and now, having all assembled in tho large, cheerful, old country house, and having partaken of a good, warm, bountiful country supper, laid in a room where glowed a bright, hos pitable wood fire, arrangements were boing made for tho promised, aud eagerly expec ted dance. On repairing to the dancing room, where most of tho company had assembled, Mr. Blackwood's eye glanced in search of Jen ny ; sho was not there, and conjecturing that some adjustment of her dress detain ed her up stairs, he sauntered up and down the hall, nervously waiting for her. The fact is, that ho had determined to make his peace with her, by tho presenta tion of a propitiatory bouquet. Ho had procurod a very rare and beautiful one in tho city, and had, by tilling infinite pains to protect it from the frost, succeeded in bringing it thither unharmed. Jenny soon came tripping gaily down tho stain. Blackwood in his heart thought her tho swoetcst and loveliest creature in tho world, and that ; ho would give his right hand to win ono of her old smiles. With a timidity quito new to him, he pre scnted his flowers, and begged tho honor of her hand for the first dance.' ' ! ' ' Jenny carelessly thanked him -'She was engaged to Mr. Collins ' ' - ' 7 'Might he hope for the next then?' '' ; 'No, she was engaged to 5K Summers.' PJRAlNNU;M; IKVAEIABLY IS . ADVAHCE. - '-": firs:".!.:". :.-: .ti L NUMBER 2. 'Or tho' next"' ' 'She had promised Mr. Howell 1 . - Young Blackwood bit his lip, and his old ill-lynilor returned; he went into tho dancing-room, ancf sat sullenly in- a corner, chewing the cud of his bitter faflcy, and meditating on what he thought his flagrant ; wrongs. He watched Jenny, gay and brilliant, dancing with first one gentleman, and then another hmghing and chatting merrily all tho time.1" In truth, the gentleman, pleas ed to see her once more released from her thraldom, crowded around her, and paid hor so much attention, that she was really the bello of tho evening. Blackwood's jealous eye saw every thing ho saw his own bouquet thrown carelessly aside, whilo another, presented byhe knew not whom Mr. Collins, perhaps--was carried con stantly in her hand, and Carefully cherish ed ; he noted every glifnce of admiration directed to her he oDtcrved every smilo sho bestowed V . 'By George,' he lnutteied, at last, be tween his teeth 'there's not a man in tho room who is not in love with her ! and she the coquette the flirt the the littlo jilt I do believe sho returns their affection r This absurd generalization of his jeal ousy, might havs opened te eyes of a cool er man, but Blackwood was almost beside lftmself with apprehension, lest the pre cious treasure, ho had come, by some strange mental process to consider his owU, should be stolen from him. He felt the rnitcunljilitj? vt Lis- claims trpotf hfliv W- was alarmed beyond reason by her change of manners. 1 , If, ho thought, she had at last grown tired of him, (he felt sure bIic had loved liiui once,) if sho were thinking of somo one else, what remained for him. but to throw himself into the river, or go crazy, for life had lost every ehafm for him. ; The thought of her riding home with Mr. Collins was wormwood to him. He dwelt upon it till the idca became insup portable he must do something to prevent it. Accordingly, he went to the gentleman who had been voted master of ceremonies, and who happened to be a particular friend of his, and said, as carelessly as ho could, 'Ilarwood, my good fellow, you must do something for me I'll do as mueh for you another time. ManagoUt so that Collins . shall give up his partner to me when wc go home. I havo a , 'particular reason for wishing it f . 'Impossible, my dear Blackwood; what a strange request. Collins will never con sent the prettiest girl of the party, too. 'That's it that's it,' returned the ago nized lover 'he'll bo making love to her on the way home and and he'll offer himself men are so hasty about these things sometimes and she'll accept him, and then I'm wretched for life that's 'I sec I sec,' returned his friend, smil- , mg. 'Wel I'll try what I can do for you 'How Ilarwood managed it, does not ap pear, but his gcod offices wero successful. Mr. Collins meekly took his place besida poor Mislj Moody. BlackWQod, highly elated, handed Jenny . to his vehiiilio sprang fa after her, and off they sat at a("furious rate. . , Little would it become mo as a delicate and high-minded historian to prp into ami ' report the secrets of that tete-a-tcte sleigh ride. I shall only state what all tho world : knows that notwithstanding the speed with which 'they started, their sleigh was tho last to reach homo: and tho next day it was no secret in B- tnat Jenny Lea was engageo to tor married to young Mr Blackwood. 4V In conclusion, I would ! morefy add, fof the consolation of those innocent and in- : experienced young lady readers, who may be disploascd with the coSlciusfofl of ttty story, and inclined to p.tyjfiy poor hfru inc, condemned to such a morose, tyranni cal Bluc-Bcard of a husband, that married ladies will perhaps take a different view of the caso. . , I lcavo it for them to conjecture, how ever, whether it is probable, tha th girl who had learned how to manage her lover, was likely to forget the art when he f ecame her husband. " . I. umt "' ' US-Freedom and reason, make us men; freedom without reason) makes us beast ' : i ... 1 i : 1' i ? :h -r--i '! h H' if. i a V . i 'v ; vt 4 i 'V t 1 j