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,' , From Grulimn'H Muganine.
- IT HIBB .' . StOAlT.
concluded. ...
Events mark timo more than years, and
(bis tryith, to inuoh known, serves me to
tell tbeehango wrought in Edith. A child
In years, the beautiful fable "of Psycho was
realized; and the next morning fouiid her
aoul awakened, and from her quiet, subdu
d manner, no longer tho child but the
woman ay, aud with a woman's loving
and devoted heart, Mrs. Morton hnd been
informed much to her sufpriso, of his
proposal tocher daughter by Charles, and
though prepossessed in hh favor, yet she
demurred giving her consent to their en
gagement on account of Edith's extreme
youth. Charles told her of his isolated
condition his fortune ; aud she at last,
won by his earnest entreaties, and the bash
ful, asking look from Edith whom she
chanced to see whilst hesitating consent
ed to their correspondence and conditional
engagement. And, now we must hurry
over the subsequent time which intervened
before Leonard's departure, n6r do I de
sign to inflict the pangs of parting on any
are the lovers themselves.
,, January found Edith at her new school,
and her days glided on tranquilly and hope
fully She was assiduous at her studies,
aiusio, etc. ; determined, in the depths of
her loving yet ambitious little heart, to
render herself worthy of her future hus
band. .... .,.
.' Chftrles, carrying letters of introduction
to persons of some consideration, and hav
ing good credit at his bankers, soon found
himself admitted in to circles of tho elite
in England, Franco nd Italy. But every
where did ho carry' about with him his
vivid remembrance of Edith the young
and the loving. Unlike most heroes, he
met with no stirring adventures no ,"ao
eidents by flood or licld" no titled dames
ued for his love. lie traversed England
i knew London and its lions admired its
gems dwelt long enough in Paris to speak
intelligently; sailed down the Rhine;
crossed the Simplon, and spent some time
at Florence, Naples, Venice, and at last,
settled down at Ilome. to drag through the
second winter of his probation in Europe.
And most constant hnd hq been all this
time, thinking on Edith by day-dreaming
of her by night, and repeatedly send
ing his missives of love o'er the broad At
lantic, laden with sighs sufficient to waft
the bark of itself had not tteam deigned
to assist him. . ..
It was in tho month of March, when
Leonard fell ill at Rome. Alone recluse
and dreamy still In his habits he had
mad but few acquaintances, and would, I
think, have fared but badly had it not
been for tho attention of an American
family, like himself, sojourning in the
'imperial city."
" Mr. 'Ashton, wifo and danghtcr, were
nnremitting in their kindness to tho inva
lid, tho former watching him whit a pa
rent's care, and the daughter cheering and
amusing him during the listless and lan
guid weeks of his convalescence Isabel,
or rather Bel Ash ton, was not beautiful;'
but there was that nameless charm around
be winch often attaches more powerfully
than mere' beauty. Partly educated in
Europe, she passed much of hct time in
Paris and other eities of the continent,
and possessed by det hah'tudet, and by na
ture, that-. - v . .
' Grace of motionjand of look the. smooth
'' And Swimming majesty of tep and tread ;
The symmetry of form, which set
The toul afloat, evr. like delicious airs
Of flute and harp."
.. Above all, her. wit, spnrkling and effor
Tescingjike champagne, and almost as in
toxicating. How swiftly and agreeably
speeded on his days. Every morning
found Charles in' the parlor of the stiito of
rooms occupied by tho Ashtons, and as he
gained strength, their esoort in rides and
sight-seeing promenades. Yet, though he
admired Bel Ash ton much, his betrothed
Editb.Was'not forgotten! 1 He now, how
ever, J often caught himself contrasting
hera together wondering had sho chang
ed from bar .$pmtuelle; radiant,, girlish
beauty, into any thing of more earthy,
coarser mould. ' With something unpleas
ant pulling af his heart-strings, carao the
Too,lloction that Edith's mother had a
groat resemblance to bet daughter, but
was too much ,fnjHMMtQ suit his ideas
of matron jeomeliness," and vhen haunt
tag vision would cfcoee bis fastidious mind
f4 bis worshiped Edith becoming like her
jnotber, a Turkish beauty a to her site.
Bel, wltb Ifor tact, her undulating; gfacfej
ful luotion, her mannerism, would eome in
epmparison to this, bug-bear-we.inay al
most call ; We-, imagination j . and,,
though when be remembered .her sweot,
joyous temper ber appearonce, as when,
eteadi.ng b the moonlit spring, with' her
graceful, girlish embarrassment her rare
find dmltng beanry, her pure yong lore
I- Iccldg Jfiimtal, jgtfattfr . to mcritaii Inttrefe, JSMirt, gkicnce, anb irntral $ncicuch :
Bel would yield Instant precidence to
Edith; yet he was constantly haunted by
these ever recurring comparisons, until he
begau the ingrato ! to 1'ocl his engage
ment as a binding chain.
"lam now strong enough," sighed Lcn
nard, One morning, "to think of my prep
arations to return to America, "lis now
May, and I must reach Virginia sometime
in July, ou account of my then having
reached my twenty-first birthday, and am
recalled by letters looliing business-like, in
everyway. When do you thiuk of re
turning, Mri Ashton?" ' '
"I have been debating that question
very often of late with my wife, and we
huvo both arrived at the conclusion that
we have already been absentees too long,
and must wend our way 'westward-'ho' also.
What say you, Mrs. Ashton, and you, wa
Belle, to being traveling' companions with
otir friend Leonard '"
"With all my heart," said Mrs. Ash-,
Ion; whilst Bel, who had been seated at j
the piano, ran over with taper and jeweled
figures a brilliant 'symphmry, adding to its j
melody that of her own rich, mellow voice,
in tho words, "There is no home like my '
own." . j
And thus 'twas decjded ; aud Charles
carried his Unconscious tempter from his
allegiance along with him. Their intima
cy, tho effect where any agreetibility cx
ists at all of being "alono on tho wide
sea," did much to render him still more
dissatisfied with his engagement, and tho'
ho erred not in tho lettor, I fear the spirit
suffered iu his vows of fealty to his' allian
ccd Edith. Alas ! for man's love. It is
" Of man's lifu n tiling apart.1'
Yet, one who thiuks should not wish it
otherwise, for it would then be most un
natural. -'Man has a tliotusar.d and one
things to. call off his thoughts from his
love to passing events, glowing aud chang
ing as rapidly as the evening clouds, ting
ing his thoughts and feelings, chamcleou-
liko, with all the tints and varieties of
change, and calling upon him to battle
with .the rough necessities of life. And
all this prevcuts him from thinking con
stantly o'er his dream of lovo, and weak
ens as a matter of course, the first passion
ate ardor which he felt when under the
influenco of tho smiles, bright glances,
and loviug words. . As Miss Lundon most
beautifully observes "lie may turu sonic
times to the flowers on ' the wayside, but
tho great business of life is still before
.him. The heart which a woman could ut
terly fill were unworthy to be her shrine.
His rule over her is despotiq and unmodi
fied, but her power over him must bo shar
ed with a thousand other influences. '
Whilst, on the other hand, woman goes
steadily on with her domestic, monotonous
duties, till , they call for uo exertion of
thought, becoming purely mechanical, and
the imagination having no healthy exer
cise, runs riot in its indulgence of day
dreams. Many and many is tho maiden
who sits sewing most industriously with
bright smiles wreathing unconsciously her
lips ask her the subject of her thoughts
her blush will tell you better than words.
She is now feasting on her imagination
till her love, by constant thonght, constant
association with her daily routine of duties
and pleasures, becomes part and parcel of
her very existence.
They hayo oil landed in New York
the home of the Ashtcns and still Charles
Lcnnard loiters. Day after day finds him
among tho groups who crowd Mrs. Ash
ton's priors to welcome their return. At
length Bel and ber parents decide to spend
the summer at Old Toint Comfort, and
Charles immediately. Cuds it necessary for
his health to enjoy the sea air mid bathing.
And so he must answer Edith's last letter,
received whilst in Europe, and anncf.nce
his arrival excuse himself, also, for not
flying at once to her presence i ; .
''" ; ' CHAPTER IV. ; - .
And Edith ? AH this whilo of 'chances
and changes how is the. time passing, with
hor? See for yourself reader! Follow
me gently into that Well-known parlor of
her mother's' dwelling. . Thcro she sits,
the beautiful' oue 1 ns light, as graceful,
and still more lovely than when wo, saw
her last j for we now behold her a think
ing, refined, intellectual woman, with all
her youthful, beaming charmcs, heighten
ed into 3xq'uisito ncd womanly perfection.
She is; leaning, rather pensively, on tho
arm of the chair, drawn to the open and
perfume 'draped window, with her soft,
dimpled band" holding in its rosc-coloiod
palm the "rounded chin ; tho heat, little
foot patting unconsciously the f oor her
eyes bent on tho flowers of her garden,
seeing them in nil thcir.floating hues, like
tho'rmnglecl colors of a kaleiodscopo, bo
fore her musing gaze. Her guitar leans
against lier'-Vnee,1 and the 'other, band is
straying5 cr6ss1''thd. strihgfi', awaking its
echoes liko tho notes of an Eolian harp.
"Mother, I will go with cousin Frank
and .Bailie, QW point,. Th"jr e
. ' ' Y .::
anxious I should do soV
"And suppose, Edith, Mr. Lcnnard ar
rives in your absence, what shall I tclj
him?" paid Mrs. Morton, with a smile.
"Mother, you must forgive my first
breach of confidence, for I was too unhap
py, too wounded in my pride and love to
speak of what I am going to tell you,"
said Edith, her listless attitude now aban
doned for ono of energy, and the usual
musical tones were rapid and more harsh
"yes, mother, my very first. Mr. Leu
nard will be at Old Point soon after I reach
there. Yesterday I received a letter from
liitii, and such a letter !" Edith's ' voice
faltered, but indignantly driving back the
tears which were filling her eyes, she
drew from her pocket a letter, and hand
ing it to her mother, told her to' read it.
Whilst her mother arranged her glasses,
Edith sunk back into tho chair with a
slight frown and. heightened color, and
oue could see from, the clcuchcd hand how
determined she was to overcome the agita
tion which was increasing by her- disclo
"New York, June, 18-17.
"Dkau Edith. You must pardon my
seeming neglect iu having left unanswered
so long your last. - I have been very ill
and had it not been for the unexampled
kindness of an American family resilient
iu iomc,'shuild lung ere this havo slept
my last sleep. And thuuL'li barely rceov
ered, I feel that my strength needs recruit
ing ere 1 can bo considered aught but an
invalid, and will therefore set out for Old
Point Comfort the lust of this month. I
hopo I need not assuro you that I feel my
exile from your presence most sensibly,
and 1 anticipate trie pleasure of visum,
you iii A as soon ns I am better.
know, my dear Edith, that this is but a
sorry return for your long and affectionate
letter to me ; but I never did excel in put
ting my thoughts and feelings upon paper,
my weakness now, must excuse even this
poor attempt. I know your kind heart
will make cmy apology for me, and you
will look upon tins as only the announce
incut, from myself,, of my return to my na
tive land, and of course, to you. Bclicvt
me, dear Edith, as ever,
' Truly yours, Charles.,"
Mrs. MortJn- folded the letter slowly,
and gave it back to Edith.
"lie may be as he says, Edith, too un
well and too weak to write as he wishes."
"Unwell P' said Edith indignantly;
were I dying I would not havo written
such a letter to him. Yes, I will go to
Old Toint, and show Mr. Lcnnard that I
can resign him, and still live, I r.m deter
mined ho shall never triumph in tho
thought) that I, a foolish girl, would weep,
uud pine away, because ho has forgotten
me," here tho tears ran freely from her
beautiful eyes ; and, with her voice broken
by sobs, sho continued as she knelt bo
fore he r mother, burying her tear-stained
face in her lap "and then, dear mother,
I will bo all your own Edith again : no
parting from you, for I will never, never
love any one, or belicvo in their lovo as I
have done." '
. Her mother suffered her to weep, know
ing it was the best for that poor, grieved
heart thus to find vent from its bitterness;
but she showed her sympathy in her child's
first grief by her loving words, und by
softly smoothing tho ringlets on her hot,
throbbing brow, arid by many a tender kiss,
And Edith, with hor head resting on her
mother's lap, sat on the floor, as of old
when a little child she would listcu to sto
ries from her parent ; and her mother, vory
judiciously, sought to impress 'upon poor
Edith, tho instability of all things earthly,
and begged her to lay her gviefs, in prayer,
at the feet of that kind Father, who is
never tired of inviting tho sorrowing and
weary to lay their burthens upon him, ex.
hortinghcr to pray for strejigth, aud 'firm
fiiith, so asiosay from her heart "Though
thou Blaycst uie, yet will I trust in Tliee 1"
. Some days were past in preparation for
ber trip ; and, at the appointed time", Bhe
accompanied her cousin Fraiik and his
wife. ' The- Hygcia. Hotel was crowded
with fashionables and invalids' from every
section of the Union, und our party foun
they had arrived in excellent -timo for the
fancy ball, to tuke place the ensuing week
Edith was only Eighteen j and though 'ro
sily grieved at Charles' old letter, and
supposed faithlessness, yet her indignation
and wounddd prido made her Btill bear Hp
against her sorrow, at tho thought of rup
turing' her engagement with Lcnnard-n
whom she really loved, with all the warmfh
of first and trusting loyj, notwithstanding
this rudo shock it had received. But s.he
was hopeful and buoyant in disposition,
and consoled herself with the thought
as sho looked into tho mirror, aud eew
there her loveliness that she yet would
wiu him back to love ber still more dec-ply
: and pleased was bIic, very naturally,
at tho universal admiration tho excited
anions the ecntlcmcn': looking forward.
too, to her first bajl thinking Charles
Lcnnard would then 'see htr in a-dres3, on
which sho bent all her taste to render it
bewitching that ho would fed proud to
bo the husband-elect of ono to whom so
many eyes turned iu ecstasy at her exqui
site beauty. All these, and many more
thoughts of a liko nature, kept her from
becoming a prey to her heart sickness, aud
she was really as lively and gay ns she in
tended appearing iu his eyes. I hopo no
one will deeni my heroine heartless, because
she was not as unhappy as she first expect
ed to have been. No, very fur was Edith
Morion from that; on the contrary she
possessed warm and ardeut feelings, but
a I said before hc was hopeful and con
fident and what really beautiful woman
is not? iu tho power of hor attractions.
It was four o'clock, and the day of the
expected fancy ball. . The house and its
crowd of inmates, were in all the anxie
ties of preparation,, and picking anticipa
tion of. the coming1. -..The .Baltimore
boats have just arrived, bringing fresh ac
cessions to the already thronged hotel; nnd
tho numerous waiters, the smartly-dressed
chambermaids, might be seen hurryin
hero and there, busily preparing for the
ucw comers. The long ptozzas that were
in front and behind tho central saloon
were full of gay groups : some sauutering
to and fro, others in all the careless aban
donment of. loose summer garb, were Mt-
ting with their cigars, aud arguiug' about
politics lazily aud prosily, as if eveu that
was too much of an exertion for the warm
weather. Groups of lovely women Were
promenading through the siloon, in taste
ful dinner-dress some laughing, flirting,
some ohcss-playiug with the officers of the
garrison, in their uuiforuis. Nor was there
wanting quito a number of-sprightly "mid
dies," with their banded caj.s set jauntily
on their heads, for Hampton Heads had
two or three frigates, awaiting final orders,
ero they put to sea.
Edith was neither iu the saloon nor pi
azzas; but if you had searched closely,
you might probably catch a glimpse of the
rosy tips of her taper fingers, holding up
a tree bit of tho curtain, to allow her bright
eyes to scan the arrivals, us they came up
immediately in front of her window, amid
tho bustling porters, hand-barrows, and
sauntcrcrs, from tho wharf. Her little
heart was beating wildly : and although
garbed only in her loose, white yehfiolr
never had she looked more lovely; for the
rich flush of expectation Was on her cheek,
and her countenance was brighten' ng and
changing with every emotion.
Charles Lcnnard was expected that very
evening ! She left tho saloon immediately
after dinner, that sho might be alone to
watch : and here sho has been stationed
nt tho window, for tho last half-hour, list
ening with her heart to every Btep,
sounding ou tho gravel. At length, ho
comes but not ulonc, as Edith had tho't.
No ; ho is one of a party, who are now
approaching slowly up the walk, directly in
frotit of Edith's wiudow her room being
ono of thosd delightful ones, joining the
centre saloon. '
Well, as I said, here ho conies,' bearing
several shawls, and walkiug slowly along
with a graceful girl, in a fashionable trav-oling-dress,
whose neatly gloved hand is
resting on his arm, aud whoso thick veil
hides features that Edith is vcnnuitigniost
uneasily. We will not say, that a pang,
very like tho premonitory symptoms of tho
"green-eyed monster," did not dart thro'
her heart, playing sad ..havoc with Jicr
wtilome hopeful fecliugs Pale, nd rath
er thinuer than when, sho last saw him ;
but oh ! how immeasurably superior, to
her loving eyes, tlmu all tho men sho had
hitherto seen bowing homage to her charms.
And now we must leave Edith, with feel
ings too excited for her evening ti'esta, and
follow Charles and his party, who, of course,
arc no other than Bel Ashton, and her parents.
"A fancy ball ! How provoking !" said
she, as Charles auuouuccd to her what wv.s
in contemplation, as he rejoined her iu one
of the parlors, where they were waiting for
their rooms to bo prepared. "Yes, 'tis
too annoying to havo arrived so late, for I
cannot possibly now .dress in character,
and I havo no wish to enter the ball-room,
savo in costume."
"But, my dear Bel," expostulated Mrs.
Ashton, "you have so many beautiful
evening drosses: yoa must eo indeed.
After resting, I shall certainly peep in my-
seli during the evening. And you, of
course, will, go, Mr. Lcuimrd ?" :
"Yes, madam : I would not, if possible,
miss seeing such au assemblage of my fair
country-women, so soon after my return.
I hopo that my comparisons uiny not be
deemed at all critical by you ladies, when
I shall miiko them. But, 'Miss Bel, let
mo add my entreaties to those of your
mother, and beg for tho honor of becom
ing your escort for tho evening."
"I will not promise you yet," said she,
smiling; "but will let you know ere 'tis
timcto go. : And, now, Mr. Lcnnard,
hurry them with our rooms, if you bave
any compassion fyr me." "'.,
Lcnnard again left them to execute her
commands, and soon returning gave then:
tho welcome intelligence that they were
ready ; and having escorted them to the
door,. left to betake hhnsejf tohis in or
der to recruit from tho fatigue of three
days' travel.
He had not the smallest idea of Edith's
being an inmate of tho hotel ; or, indeed,
of her being any where except in the quiet
little village of, A . I really question
if a thought had turned toward her, so ab
sorbed had he becu in his attentions to
Bel Ashtou, who, by the bye, though ever
graceful and lady-like, was sometimes ex
acting in her demands.
Well, he went to sleep, and when he
awoke from his refreshing nap, the room
was shrouded in the dimucss of twilight,
and a tap at his door made him spring
from his bed, and throwing on his coat,
gavo entrance to a servant, who brought
lights, water, etc., as ho had given orders,
at that hour, and also a little perfumed
billet, with "Miss Ashton's compliments,
and would be happy to accept of1 Mr. Lcn-
nard's escort to the ball."
At nine, he was at Mrs. Ashton's door,
where he was joined by tho party, ready
to enter the saloon.
Have you ever been at Old Point Com
fort ? If you have, 'tis needless for ntc to
attempt to describo that spacious saloon,
with its corridors on each side largo
enough to contain with ease at least five
hundred', without incommoding each other,
by jutting elbows, or pinched feet, or by
making the belle concerned about the ap
pearance of her costums, as sho mingles
in the mekt; or what would appear a crowd
in any common sized room. What a coup
d'ctil struck our party as they entered the
west door from the piazza. No garden
ever gleamed more brightly with cluster
ing flowers than did that gas-lit, lofty sa
loon, with its pillars, flowers and mirrors
reflecting its extensive range . and gay
groups, making it look still larger aud bet
ter filled. The splendid band from the
garrison wus in full play, wafting strains
of delicious music over tho illuminated
and periumcd scene, inere were groups
of fair forms' and lovely faces, that Would
task the most skillful artist to depict, and
match in their rich complexions and bril
liant robes even Titian's exquisite coloring
Fragments of conversations, and- jets of
sparkling- now murmuring-laughter
would fall from their ruby lips, liko snatch
es of delicious music. And there, in other
groups, could be seen distinguished states
men and orators hero the merchant, for
getful for tho once of bis schemes of prof
it, as ho looked on his superbly bedecked
wife or fasciuating daughter; there the
nuthor,; whoso honeyed eloquence linked
his readers' hearts to bis name with ohaius
of gold, and caused many a' pulse to throb
as wildly as now' beat tho hearts of thoso
young houries who grace this glad scene.
Dancing had not as yet commenced.
A buzi of general admiration now fol
lows a group who havo just entered. It
consisted of four persons, two ladies and
their escorts, en character a la Crai ovi'ciie.
Upon one, in particular, of that well dress
ed quartette did ihc eye rest in amazo at.
her radiant beauty of form and feature,
and tho exquisite grace of her undulating
step reminding ono of the dip of a sea
gull so easy, so light, so gliding in its
motion. Her cavalier Was tall, thereby
making the form which leaned ou his ami
almost j)el!t by comparison. Her short,
full skirt of white silk, with scarlet rib
bous light-fitting jacket of velvet, of the
same brilliant dye, with itj buttons and
embroidery of silver scarlet boots, uud
small velvet . cap, with white vwralcuts,
completed the costume, which exactly suit
ed tho arch look of the beautiful Edith.
Her luxuriant tresses of light brown wore
braided with wide plaits, and tied tn ceuds,
with ribbons to match in color her jacket.
Charles fairly started, for unchanged, ex
cept that added years but increased her
loveliness, and that her coquettish dress
and the dazzling light made .her look still
more ethereal aud fairy-like 'twas his
own Edith 1 Y'cs, the tfuant heart, which
had been straying, like a thought of the
miud, was iustantly brought back to its al
legiauee; and the deep touo with which
which he uttered "Edith !" bad all the
fervor and tenderness of tho moonlight
tryuting scene.
A pang, too, very much like jealousy,
came to annoy him, a this crisis, when he
saw her dispcusing her smiles to the knot
gentlemen who almost surrounded her par
ty, aud 6ecmcd soliciting her band for the
polka quadrilles they wcro about forming,
How inconsistent are those very same
"lords of creation."
There was Charles fuming and chafing,
internally, because Edith by some magnet
ic attraction had not been able to single
him out amid that crowd of five hundred
and he had for a few brief hours past
almost forgotten hcrrcxistcuce. lie de
termined to get clear of Bel as soon as po
liteness would allow, and claim from Edith
her recognizance. At the same time, how
ever, thoughts of writing a tiny note, and
conveying it to her privately, crossed the
"almost twilight of his brain ;" for he was
fearful that the young, untrained girl, who
had never mingled in European courts,
and been the admiration of mustached
barons and stripling lords, might be apt to
get up a scene.
He might have parcd himself this har
rowing thought, did he but" know that
Edith had actually seen him on her first
entrance, at:d was determined on showing
him that her happiness was not entirely
dependent On her whilome, careless lover,
The chains ho had been so "anxious to
loose ho now hugged, with anxiety and
joy, tho closer to him, as ho, notwithstand
ing the brilliant remarks of Bel, (to which
I am fearful ho answeaed at random,) con
tinued absorbed and wrapt'in the contem
plation of Edith's peerless beauty, and hor
sprightly nnd lady-like niannor. He now
eutercd con amore, Into thejtruth of Shaks.
pcare's lines
" It so fallsouf,
That what we have wo prize not to the worth.
While we enjoy it j but, being lacked nnd lost
liy then we know its value ; then we find
The virtue that possession would not show us
While il was ours.
He Watches her and she, at last, suffer
her eye to fall upon him. "la. it possibl
Am I so changed I Or, perhaps, she has
so far forgotten mo that, after a lapse of
three years, I am not recognized.'' These
wore some of his now agoirizcd thoughts;
and, with murmured apology, be resign
ed (Bel to her father, aud moved to
ward Edith. Too late! She has taken
her plaeo in the quadrille, and he ouly
roaches her former resting place in time
to hear the murmurs of admiration from
the group of gentlemen, left, The grace
ful willowy figure of Edith is now moving
through tho quadrille with a young officer,
whom Lcnnard at onco dubs in his heart
as "a puppy,' from the rery fact of sce
iug him look on his own Fdith ! with too
impassioned an eye to suit his fancy-
'As sho takes hor . place, she allows
her eyos to meet thoso of Charles an
electrio stream seems to shoot through
each heart, for the bright blush of Edith
Huffusc8cvou her snowy throat,
Whcn tho quadrilles were finished, he,
of course, bad an opportunity of advanc
ing and addressing Edith; and still the
acts in that same c.ool manner toward him.
He could not find the opportunity ho
sougl.tof qucstioi ingher. He rskcd.,her
to dunce to promenade with him. ho
held up to him her tablets, with its lengthy
list of names, and with her musical faugh
cries, "Mercy,' I pray you." ..Charles
turned off, with a bow he Vainly strives t o
make as careless as her manner thii "
and rejoins tho, Ashtonir Be! will. 'not
dance. She is somcwhai provoked with
Charles, whom she saw addressing' Edith
with' more empressment and diffidence of
manner than ho 'exhibited toward herself,
lience the cloud.' ' " 1 " ; :i
Their party leave early, end ' Lelms
restless and disquieted, ''wanders' forth to
tho beach seeking company from the moan'
ing and restless waves for his own troub
ed thoughts. ' Strains of melody are lorne
to him on that lonely shore from the sccno
of gay festivity, and he feels' angry with
Edith, whom bis jealous imagination pic
tures reveling in the dalice, for thus enjoy
ing herself to 'bis own, misery. - no sat
down on the breakwater, watching the
waves, and in his despairing mood wished
for death, bethinking himself of the heart -
lessness of all woman kind, and of Edith
in particular. Tho stars wct riding In
tho quiet sky when he betook himself
homeward, worn out and exhausted., Ho
passed the now deserted ball-room, "whoso
guests had fled," and threw himself on bis
bed, to toss in dark dreams the few remai
ning hours that intervened between tUn
and the time bo could1 reasonably expect to
see Edita. . - . :, ,.
CHAPTEll VI. -j- j
What a glorious nigh 1 1 How dauling
look the shining pand, the glistening water,
in the moon's mellow rays which fall now
so brightly upou them; and bathing' in its
effulgence those two youthful figures who
are pacing to and fro on the ramp&its of
Fortress Monroe, nearest tho bay, .The
lady was gazing On the ground, and be
iuto Ler lovely face. : 'T was Edith; and
Lcnnard! . . , . i ..
Vainly had besought the interview dur
ing the day, but he could only see ber the
centre of an admiring circle, for Edith was
decidedly the "star of bcauty'1 and the
"belle amid the many who thronged tho
crowded saloons of the Hygoia Hotel.. At
last she promised to walk with him; and
directly after .tea bad sbe gone with Charles
to the garrison, and there, 'ueath 'that
brightly shining moon, Lad be told her of
his fault of bis love , , ; . -V ...
And Edith? : v'. : :. ; ;..,,,.,, :
She like a true woman forgave him, for
sho loved much. 1 At firet, however, bu
made him writhe under ber assumed incon
stancy, until she saw bis agony, and then,
when almost In despair of legaining his lost
treasnrc-her love came ber forgiveness,
like the manna to the starving Israelites.
Adding; by way of fcoda" to her musical
words; the laughing cibortaiou, , f'To bo a
good boy, and tho Would try. ;to lovo
him." . ';,' .-., -, . . ',.:,-..:
A week later 'them en route for
A ! , Charles Lennard accompanying
them; fur he is us eager to ratify his en
gagement, now as be ' was bofjre i to freo
himself. ' He bad told Bel Ahton, tho day
after the ball, of his engagement, and sho
did not break her heart, but was soon as gay
and as graceful as ever, "winning golden
opinions'" from all sorts ofpcople for' Mr.
Ashton was very wealthy, and Bel was bis
only child! ,V.J .. re (.-i-.-i...
Mrs. Morton was very much astonished
to see Edith return so full of happiness,
and bringing back, as "quie as a" lamb'
the recreant kuight'1 Nor did cho advert
to the letter or Edith's protestation, - but
once, and that was swhen.; preparing for
their marriage, tho exclaimed with a smile:
'So, Edith, instead of coming batk to love
no one but your mother, you. only . Votura .
to fill wy, hands, (ull )f labor an perplexi-,
ty, . and mj heart .fuU cf,4 igncr aQbe.
thoughts of parting with youcyeo for ,
while."' .,...--,,. .. ...... ,
Presi MJpiAl Can WDATES.-rTbe Con
cord Statesman thus describes Iho leading
Democratic aspirants for tho Presidency: -i
"Mr. "Buchanan is too penuriou,f and
besides, cut his 6wn throat by tigniDg (he ?'
Ostend document . Gen., Cass, Las reach-,,
ed a garrulous old age, If in the lreH
dential Chair, his Messages would probably '
make from fifty to Seventy-five columns sol- x
id brevier. Douglas, beside big Nebraska T
infumy, carries a sort of sailor boarding
house odor about bim, caused by liquor nni
cigar smoke." ,

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