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" (Prom the Pioneer.) ' '
, Prom her earliest infancy site had
breathed only on atmosphere of kindness,
while every luxury or wish that lrve could
6upply had been hers. Her being harmo
nized with the affluence that surrounded
her, freed from tlio temptations that fol
low wealth, as others of a different nature
attend want and misery. There are some
rich, genial natures, which prosperity seems
only to ripen and pert'eot, where gratitude
leads to devotion and good works, freely
lmpartiug what has been so bountifully be
stowed: and such a nature was Emma's
A sense of her own happiness made her
considerate of the happiness of others:
and often she asked herself the question,
why it Was that she should be so much
more favored, than thousands equally de
serving r Her inward consciousness was
aroused, her perceptions of the hiirh pur
poses of life wcra becoming clear. Wealth,
with the advantages of leisure, opened be
fore her a walk of more active bencOcence
fur the future. She mL;ht not accomplish
much, but tht little she would undertake;
. and as she made this resolve, her bosom
swelled with an emotion of mdescnbable
joy and pleasure.
She had been standing on a balcony
that overlooked an extensive lawn, cover
ed with turf, Braooth and green as velvet
and dotted with magnificent trees that
nuite ombowercd the noble mansion. In
front, in the middle of a flower-bed, a
fountain threw high its silvery spray,
which dropped into o marble basin, that
'was surroun ded by fragrant flowers. War.
tie vases containing choice plants were
ranged arounu, wnue uape jessamines ana
lemon-scented verbena filled the air with
bloom and fragrance, as the setting sun
shed over all a halo of beauty and Bplen
dor. As the last rays departed, Emma
re-entered the parlor and seatiug herself at
the piano, rattled a lively pioco of music
She had a decided genius for music, part
ly inherited from her mother, who was an
accomplished performer. Her touch was
brilliant and firm, and as her fingers flew
over the keys, her flute-like voice burst
out into an airy bird-like strain, that re
sembled a gush of gladness. ' An hour or
more passed, during which Mrs. . Morris
had joined her at the instrument, listen
ing with intense delight, or mingling her
An Rwet voice with that of her harnv
child. As lights were brought into the
drawing-room, hmuia turned troui tho pi
. "What on earth can keep Mr. Selvyn
so late ?"
IT lina pnmo ' T funer ! there stands
j y j j
his horse."
Mrs. Morris had scarcely uttered this
reply, wheu a stranger entered the open
hall and inquired for Mrs. Selvyn.
He followed the servant into the apart
ment, and with an awkward attempt at a
bow, said he had private business with
that lady. '
As soon as the waiter's back was turned,
' he advanced to where she had ri.ieu and
was standing in wondering amazement.
He was of common appearance, the keep
er of a cabaret in town, with a mauuer re
pulsively familiar, and in a -sort of confi
dential tone, remarked, "If this is Mrs.
Selvyn, I thiuk ma'am you had better send
and have Mr. Selvyn brought home."
"What do you mean ?"
"No offense ma'am: but Mr. Selvyn
has been drinking a little too much, aud I
thouzht vou would like to know it."
She recoiled a few steps, with an air of
completo bewilderment.
"There w some mistake, I am- sure,"
said Mrs. Morris, coming forward j "jou
are mistaken in too porsou.
4No mistake, ma'am. Mr. Selvyn has
been at my house the greater part of the
afternoon.' He had been drinking wnen
ho came, and I have taken the trouble to
come ovor here and tell you out of puro
The "kindness," did not seem to be ap
preciated, as Mrs. Morris with some degree
of hauteur in her tone, rejoined, "It can
not be Mr. Albert Selvyn, laying
strong emphasis on the Christian name,
"It is the son-in-law of the rich Mrs
Morris, any way. At least 1 was told So,
or I should not have troubled myself about
him. replied the man with a sullen air,
. "Mr. Selvyn left home this morning to
call on Mr. Larue, at liiubmond; he has
returned, as I saw his horse a tew momenta
- "TW toiir nardon. ma'm. J rode that
hnni here. ' It was the horso that was
. first recognized ; and Mr. Selvyn is now
at my house, unable to get home.
Ilia words carried conviction, and
falterinp voice Mrs. Morris re
marked as she turned away, that she would
send a servant with a note. , t ; ,
"Send poU I why ma am, no is acaa-
drunk!'' ..
'With a 'deep groanTEmma sank heavi
ly upon a sofa. She placed her hands be
fore her eyes, as if to shut out some hor
rid vision. Drunk 1 She had never in her
ife seen but one drunken man, It was
when she was a child, that a young ser
vant rushed into the house, exclaimiug,
"0, mas'r ! Mr. Jones is whipping Aunt
Betsey, just for nothing: Please do come,
mas'r, he is cutting her up so I" Child-
ike, she had flown at the first word of
"whipping Aunt Betsey," to the kiuhen,
where the overseer, with a countenance in
flamed with drink and now distorted by
passion, was npplyiugthe lash to the cook,
who for some misdemeanor committed
among her pots and kettles, had turned
his pet dog out of her domains, and to in
sure her sense of his intrusion, bestowed
on him a hearty kick, as his master hup
pened to pass. The writhings of his vic
tim, the horrid imprecations he uttered,
with his disgusting appearance, terrified
the child nearly out of her senses. She
clung to her father for protection, as he,
with righteous indignation, discharged him
on the spot. She could never recall this
scene without a shudder ; even the men
tion of his name, excited her abhorrence ;
and as the transaction rose to her mind's
eye in connection with Mr. Selvyn, she
turned sick at heart, aud fell back with a
cry of anguish.
A servant entered in nnswer to the bell
"Harrison," said Mrs. Morris, speak
ing in a hoarse Voice, and articulating with
difficulty, "tell Billy to put Mr. Selvyu' s
horse in the stableto get up the carriage
aud accompany this inau to his house in
town, where Mr. Selvyu is ill," she
gasped out.
As the door closed behind them she sat
down by Emma, whom she encircled in
her arms. "My poor child, my poor child
what consolation can I offer you ?" Em
mu's crrief was speechless. She was too
wretched even for tears, and she leant up
on that faithful mother's breast with the
trust and helplcssuess of a little child
An hour which appeared an eternity, pass
cd in uuutterable agony, when Mrs. Morris,
as if suddenly recollecting herself, started
up and vehemently rang the bell. .
The waiter appeared.
. "Harrison, let the house be closed ; and
send all the servants to bed."
"All, of them missis ? I'm uot sleepy.
and you'll want Rhillis sure 1"
"Not for the world 1"
Recalled to a sense of the strangeness
of her manner, by the astonishment de
picted in his countenance, she added, in
soft tone, "Philiis is old, aud must not be
deprived of her rest; there in nothing
very serious the matter, and Billy can at'
tend to my wishes."
He bowed and withdrew.
Nothing very serious 1 how the attempt
at concealment lowered her in her own
eyes! With cluspcd bands she walked
rapidly to and fro in the brilliantly-light
ed aud elegantly -furnished apartment. 'She
saw nothiug of the splendor that surround
ed her ; but one object was before her
the pallid face of her stricken ohild. How
had this occurred ? It was most strange
and uuaccountable. Mr. Selvyn, since
their acquaintance, had been remarkable
for his abstemiousness. Even claret wine,
selected for its less stimulating properties,
and used throughout the south as an ac
companiment to the dinner-table, he had
partaken of so sparingly as to draw from
Emma the laughiug remark that he drank
it as though he wero afraid of it. It was
altogether inexplicable, and how keep the
occurrence from the knowledge of ser
vants ? . But, after all, might it uot be a
mistake? It was not impossible. She
clung ,to this hope with the strength of
desoair. but alas! the carriage returned
in the silence of night, freighted with its
burden, of fallen manhood. , Her sensa
tions were those of profound contempt, as
she behold him lifted from the carriage,
aud partly borne into the hall, where, reel
ing from one piece of furniture to auothcr,
he vaiuly endeavored to maintain an up
right position. His look was maudlin, as
half reoognuing the 4ilent figure before
him, ho hiokuped out, "Whore am I ?-y
am I ,,
"You are drunk, Bir," replied Mrs.
Morris in a severe tone. "Billy, take him
to his jrootBv" ,
All the, pride of her nature was aroused
by the humiliating spectacle. Indignation,
with a sense of betrayed trust, was the
feeling that at first predominated, Then
came softer thoughts ; thoughts of. what
e had been, of all that she had expected
of him, and for the first time, hot, scald
ing tears ran down her cheek, as she ex
claimed, "Oh, God ! I would rather have
seen him in his coffin !" No sleep visited
the eyes of either mother or daughter that
night, as weeping or locked in each others'
arms, they could ouly reiterate tho ques
tion was this indeed true ? It was long
before thev eould briug themselves to be
icve what had passed a reulity, and then
what a fall was there ! The blow was ab
solutely stunning, and sent Emma to a
sick bed ? It was late on the evening of
the second day that Mr. Selvyu, pale and
silent, made his appearance in the parlor,
Neither reproaches nor explanations took
place; a reserve rested on the whole par
ty ; yst he constantly followed his wife and
mother with beseeching eyes, as he paid
those 'ittle attentions heretofore so grace
ful, and which had lent to his manner so
great a charm. As time woro on, he all
at once became listless, depressed and uu
easy. He seemed equally restless, as in
capable of exertion, and his wonted pur
suits were abandoned. Emma made no
attempts to resume the studies this unfor
tunate occurrence had so rudely broken in
upon. Her confidence had received too
great a shock easily to recover. It was
about a mouth after the above events, that
all at once he was missing. After several
days of fruitless inquiries, aud wheu their
alarm was at its hight, they learned by
mere accident that on the day he left
home, he was seen on board the steamer
which on that day left for New Orleans.
Ho had taken nothing with him, not even
a chango of clothing, and the motive for
his journey was clouded in mystery.
Wheu Mr. Selvyn left home it was mere
ly to go on board the cotton-boat as she
lay at the landing, to see what was going
forward. He had no particular busiucsSj
other than to kill that time which now
huug heavy on his hands. Among the
passengers was a young man ho had for
merly known at Washington, who was a
graduate of the same law-school. This
gentleman had been on a collecting tour
throughout the south-west for houses in
New York and Boston. Their acquain
tance was joyfully renewed. They took a
glass of wine together ; old times and old
friends were talked over and discussed ;
then auother glass of wine, and another;
until the last bell sounding with the cry of
"All on board," he would have followed
his friend to tho end of the world, aud did
keep on with him to the city.
They took rooms at the St. Charles Ho
tel, and during the few days Mr. Bcvis re
mained, had a gay time of it. After his
departure, Mr. Selvyu ordered a supply of
wine, with other liquors, to his room. A
douceur secured the attendance of one of
the waiters, who brought him his meals
when desired, of which he sparingly par
took, passing the' time in drinking with a
yout Worthy a disciple of Epicurus, now
rcsiguing himself to the arms of Morphe
us, again to rush into those of Bacchus,
whose votary for the time he had become.
The supply exhausted, the empty bottles
were sent away ; he was shaved and took
a bath. Securing a passage he returned
home after an absence of two weeks His
haggard looks and soiled linen did not es
cape the eye of the trim servant that ad
mitted him, who hastened to announce his
arrival to his mistress. Mrs. Morris aud
Emma felt that the time for silence was
past. They schooled themselves to meet
him,' and together descended to the libra
ry. Emma, pale as marble and almost as
cold, Could ouly prcs that fond parent's
hand in silence, for her heart was crushed,
and her spring-day hopes, like the seared
and withered leaves of winter, lay quiver
ing at her feet. ' ,;;
Mr. Selvyn stood with his back to the
door. As they entered he turned and at
tempted to take a hand of" each. They
were withdrawn. Tears of shame and
penitence rained from his eyes as he threw
himself at their feet.
"Rise, sir 1" commanded Mrs. Morris.
Her voice trembled, but hcr'manncr was
firm ; "rise up, Mr. Solvyn, and explain
your conduct. He attempted to spenk,
but his quivering lips gave forth no sound.
"Oh! Mr. Selvyn, how could you so
cruelly deceive us If You must have beeu
addicted to such courses before we knew
you. . For I caunot suppose these derelic
tions the first, and have no reason to be
lieve they will be tho last.- Your father,
You blame1 mc, Mrs." Morris; that I did glass the proper amount of foamj declared
not explain all this to you. I did intend that as she had made it herself, she should
one day, to unburden myself to my sweet feel quite ofleuded if he did not at least
wife- perhaps when the imago of a lit- taste it. "
tie child should plead to the "mother's hca'i t "I would not willingly offeud a lady.''
for the weakness of its father. The events He bowed, smiled, oud raised the latui
of the past two months have revived my draught to hi lips. :,.....
despair I was tempted and fell. Yet AV hat was it as ho did bo, that sent a
too, whom I respected so highly I must cast me not from you. Never again will thrill through his frame aud almost check
speak plainly, Mr. Selvyn, in justice to my you behold me in the coudition,' to which ed the beatings of his heart? He pro
own : your father, when he sanctioned you were once the unwilling wihiess. Cast uouncedit 'excolleut,' complimeuted her
the engagement, said you were all that the me not off without one more trial. I will upon her wrwr- 'aire, and liuished the
fondest parent could desire. . If my sus- absent myself for any term you dictate, glass. '.
picions be correct, ho must have kuown only suffer me to hope that a victory over &ome other gentlemen .conung in, he
his words were false." myself will be a restoration to your favor was mduced beioro his departure to take
"Spare my father, Mrs. Morris ; he and love. 0, Emma I my hopes of Hcav- a second glass, and he returned home in a
Hpoke what he believed to be the truth." ed depend on your decision. Will you state of intoxication. He was forgiven,
'Then you acknowledge that you are torgivc me if Will you trust mo?" " and again he smued. 1 he shame of d'
guilty?" ilisface was bathed in tears as he madotection over, he seemed to have giveu him
"Yes No 1 have greatly erred, this candid confession, and plead with all sell over to the demon of dnuk. -And
Mrs. Morris, but am not wholly criminal ; the eloquence of deep passion. , When uow the disease, lor disease it was, broke
I He did not long deliberate, "if you wish
I to break him of th habit at ouce, scud for
a demijohn of brandy aud let him drink
his fill." "0, Liberty!" cried the unfor
tunate Madam lloland, "how many crimes
for I have struggled agaiust tomptatiou. was ever true eloquence without its influ- out iu full force, and he implored for istim
IIoic, 1 have wrestled with the tempter, ence? Not in this instance they felt ulus. Neither prayers, nor entrieties,
you can never know." He Hhuddered as that he was sincere, aud Mrs. Morris, pla- could deter him from yielding to the in
he spoke great drops of prospiration stood cing her hi nikerthief to her eyes, turned sane craving that consumed him the do
upou liis brow and his lips were white as away. Emma, whose gaze had never wan- sire was beyond control. '1 he lull auiouut
death. dered, as she lintencd with suspended of wine and liquors the house contained
"But Mr. Selvvn. when vou sought my breath, cast on him the look of a pityiug was consumed, without satisfying iu the
daughter's baud, vou said nothing of Aw." ""gel, aud exteuded to him her hand. Ho least degree his craviig thirst. Eeariug
'"To have done' so would have been to received it reverently, covering, it with that nothing short of personal restraint,
destrov u.v hones at once. Emma ! Mrs. kisses. ; would prevent him from seeking tho iu
Morris ! will vou listen to me, while I go "Will I forgive you ? will I trust you? dulgence, wherever it could be found, iu
back to the time when 1 first left Cambridge ah, Mr. Selvyn, will I not? Depend great grief aud perplexity, Mif. Morns
aud entered on my professional career in uot on a frail mortal like yourself, but put seut for her brother,. J udgu C, and be
the Citv of Washington ? Then it was your trust in God. Pray to Ilim for strength sought his advice.
that I' bocame acquainted with some wild to overcome this great temptation, and He Judge C. was a man simply practical.
young meu, attorneys like myself, who, ob- will help you.
taining few briefs, had only the more time . It was settled that Mr. Selvyn should
to devote to pleasure. We became dissi- pass the probation of a year, with his fani
pated ; and though perhaps the least so of ily. What good purpose this was to an
any, I occasioned profound grief to my swer I could never rightly understand,
family. I promised reformation, again to but so it was. His letters reached them arc committed in thy name I Way we
causo them the most poignant sorrow, punctually. They were filled with repen- not with equal justice exclaim, O, Jgno-
Durinif some years, this was my state, tance for the past, determination for the rauce I of how much crime art thou the
when an excess laid me on a bed of sick- future, with wretchedness at the separa- unconscious parent ! In the pndo of su
ness. Reason was for a time entirely de- tion from his wife, for whom ho expressed pcrior wisdom we speak of the Hark Ages
throned. On recovering, my physician so much love and admiration, in which no as times that are past and gone, . Alas,
it was the last visit he paid me address- omplaints were mingled, that they touch- for our discernment ! There needs but a
ed me in an impressive manner. ' His ed them nearly ; and before the expiration glance at the state of society at large to
warning words still ring in my car. They of the year, he was invited to return. comprehend the amount of ignorance that.
were: "Youug man, if you return to He returned, looking both well and hap- still exists. Ignorance of the natural
your old courses you are lost I Mark me py. There was now, no reserve between laws, of man s inner self, of the best
body and mind will both be destroyed, them, and manifesting a deep religious means for the advancement of fallen hu
I do uot say this to alarm you unnecessa- sentiment, be united himself to the church, mauity, proves that in these days of boast-
rily. You possess a fine, nervous organi- to which Emma a few months previous ed knowledge, "Let there be light I" is
zation, that will not bear tampering with ; had been admitted a member. W inter a crowning glory as devoutly to be wished
aud your only safety is in tho total rennn- saw them again at the plantation, when as when the material world lay shrouded
ciation of stimulating drinks. For you, Mr. Selvyn joined with heart and soul in in impenetrable gloom. The brandy was
there is no middle course. You must all their plans for the improvement of sent for, a decanter placed before hnn, and
either forswear the indulgence at once and their people. Never had he appeared to though eagerly drained, afforded no satis
forever, or make up your mind one day to such advantage. . His look was open and faction ; a constantly recurring impulse
become the inmate of a lunatic asylum, hrm, his manner, assured and tranquil urging him to drink till, a stupor as of
I trembled while he spoke, aud felt assur- and ho became the light of their eyes to death arrested his hand. All solid food
ed of the truth of what he said ; but how both Mrs. Morris and Emma. Christmas was now rejected ; one insane cry constant
break through tho meshes which custom approached a great time on plantations, ly arose "Give me drink 1" Pardon me,
had drawn around me ? He also spoke to where the Christmas holidays aro rcligi- gentle reader, if I draw a veil over the
my father, who soon found an opportunity ously observed. Not always in a Christian- sccucs that now followed. The house Was
of seuding me abroad under the auspices like manner, be it understood, but it is closed; it was denied to visitors, and a
of an old friend of my uncle's. Tbis gen- claimed by the negro, as his prescriptive gloom as of death hung over all. A sui
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tleman was of high character and great right. . ....... cido was being committed, without knowl
learning and was besides, oue of the best It was a lovely day. Mr. Selvyn was1 edge or power to avert tho evil. Aud soon
men I ever knew. He kindly consented, unusually joyous, and after assisting in was it accomplished. In three weeks the
out of regard to my family, to be burden- the distribution of Christmas gifts to the gates were opened, and Mr. Selvyn, so ca-
ed with me, for I was a wretched burden scores of negroes who came in to receive pable of loviug, so gentle ana intelligent,
eTen to myself. I will pass over months them,, he doclared his intention of making bo calculated iu every way to adoin life,
of misery, when the sight of a glass of a few calls on some of the neighboring was placed iu a drunkard's grave, over
liouor revived in me an armetite almost too planters. . "Let me ce," he said, euu- which bitterer tears were shed than mani-
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difficult to coutrol. aud say nothing of the merating the list "there are rand fold afflictions had yet called forth.
nervous depression into which I frequent- besides Mr. Baker. I saw him yesterday The above is a case of peculiar type,
ly sankf feeling that a fiend was ever at at your brother's, Mrs. Morris, and he ap- and h one to which many of my readers
my elbow; urging the guilty cup and wait- pearcd to feel really hurt at my not hav- have doubtless sceu a parallel. "I am not
ing to drag me down to unfathomable mis- ing yet returned his civility. a Methusaleh," yet 1 can call to niiiid
ery. Through the kind reasoning and ten- Mr. Baker lived with true southern hos- nearly a dozen bimilar instances, where the
der forbearauce of my invaluable friend, pitality. . His house, his table, his scrvauts, treatment pursued partook of the same
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I at length recovered: and when he left were all at the disposal of Ins friends, and uegreeoienngnienmcnt,wiinre8uusequai.
me in Germany. I had but one engrossing never was he more pleased than wheu his ly disastrous. Shall I speak of one who
passion that was, self-improvement. My houso was well filled, fcoth'him and his belonged to' a family of three, brothers
a drunkard no" one becomes that despi
cable thing at once ; brtt by slow ahd sure
degrees .he '.fell, -.the wreck of hia former
suit. ... hot years liis taitbtul wite resolute
ly endeavored to draw, him from the briuJc
of shame and despair. In vain. Heart'
broken, she placed within his reach .the
means fbr. his guilty indulgence, to try tho
effect. A terrible ono, indeed 1 ' She sank
to the grave without one gleam of hope
for that husband's future. He had fallen
into a state of complete idiocy, witlTan un
abated thirst for the fatal draught that had
made him an object ef deep cammisera
ation to his friends and .8, burden upon two
lovely and accomplished 'daughters.
I called on you to reflect, dcar reader,
and you have, done.jso. . sco by the
thoughtful brow, and saddened counte
nance, that you are thinking of that wife
and mother of many years' standing, be
fore whom a barrel of rum was placed by
her husband and he a physician ! with
permission to help herself, which she did
out of the. world; of that son, just cu
tering' upon"1 mauhood, whose excossua
had reduced hiiuto a state of nervous ex
haustion, for which, he was allowanced a
fearful amount of stimulus os his daily
portion, until death ended the indulgence;
of one, a gray-haired sire was' compelled
to'takc from his family and place in a lu
natio asylum; who, just as confinement
and judicious treatment were begin niug to
have a beneficial effect, was allowed by that
fond, though weakparent, to be released
from the wholesome restraint, and in con
sequence, before a month had passed, was
picked up in a dying stato from the side
walk. ' Shall I go on ? . Ah, no ! the pic
ture is too true the tcality too fearful-
and what is the remedy ? - .
We leave the question with others ; lei
them look well to tho answer. -i
early love for art revived, and my iudul- wife were rejoiced to see Mr. Selvyn. He
gent parents supplied the means for my was invited to remain and dine, which he
long residence in Europe. Soon after I dechued doing. Jieing Christmas, he
joined my family in Cuba, whether it was must join them in a glaes-of egg-nog. To
the enervating effect of climate, or the ab- this he politely responded that be made
sence of congenial employment, I know no use of stimulants, but the refreshment
not, but my old enemy returned, hauntiug wag orderod. , It looked a harmless thing
me like a shadow. Iwasafraidof myself, enough, as it filled the huge china bowl,
I seemed beset by a demon 'that' was con- above tho top of which towered a prya-
stantly urging an indulgence" that was to mid of froth, as white and light as the
be my destruction. .This was my 'state, driven snow.
when returning .homo from an excursion "It is nothing more than custard, eggs
in the interior, I wai introduced to your- and sugar, you know, with a slight dash
self and family. The first glance at Em- of brandy," and Mr. Baker tilled two
ma decided my destiny. I felt that she glasses, one for himself, the other for Mr.
was the angel, through whose purity and Selvyn. . ..
strength I should be enabled to triumph Again he would have declined, but Mrs.
I over tho foe that bad destroyed my peaco. i Baker, as she heaped on the top of each
each of them distinguished for high, if
not the highest taleut ? I wo of them oc
cupy stations than which none higher on
earth need be coveted. He, the eldest
and most gifted, tor upwards of fifty years
exercised his gifts for the benefit of others,
receiving as the reward, the respect to
which a good man is entitled. . Falling
into ill-health, ho was advised by his phy
sician to take brandy as a tonic He did
so, and was benefitted. , About this time
he removed to thd west to fill a station of
publio trust, carrying with him, if not the
disease, tho fatal habit tho cure for that
disease had engendered. Time passed on,
and he became the slavo to a vice before
which hia fine mind ank, his character
changed. Not all at once did he become
.. Pretty Women and Politeness.
A talented lady, who "writes for the
papers," speaks thus of city railroad cars :
"The seats of the car were all occupied,
yet , the oonductor stopped for . me not
wishing to disturb those that wero seated1,
I was intending to stand, hut a gentleman
up at tie far end aroso and insisted upon
my taking his scat. Being very tired, I
thanked him and obeyed. " Presently a la
dy much younger, much prettier, and much
bettor dressed than myself entered the car
Ni less than four gentleman arose instant
ly offering her a seat. She smiled sweet
ly and unaffectedly, and thanking tho gen
tleman who urged the nearest seat to her,
she Beated herself with a peculiar grace of
manner. She had oue of those faces Raphael-
was always painting touchingly
sweet and expressive. A little after this
young beauty had taken her scat, a poor
woman, looking very thin and pale, with
that care worn, haggard look that poverty,
and sorrow, and hard labor always gave,
came in. Mie might have been one of
those poor seamstresses who look like alaves
and starve for their labor. - She was thin
ly and meanly xlad, and seemed weak and,
exhausted. She evidently had no sixpence
to throw away, and came in the car not
to stand, but to rest while she was helped
on her jonrney. While she was meekly
standing for the moment, nono of tho gen
tleman (?) offering to rise, Raphael's an
gel, with sweet, reproving eyes, looked on
those who had so officiously offored .her,a
seat, and seeing none of them attempt to
move, and just as mf self was rising to give
the poor old lady a seat, she arose and in
sisted upon the woman taking her seat. .
It was all but the work of a moment, and
the look of grateful surprise the old woman
gave her, and the glance of pity the beau
tiful girl bestowed on the woman as aha
yielded her seat, and the evident conster
nation of the broadcloth individuals, who
were manifestly put to shame, all were ir
resistibly interesting and instructive.
One of these broadcloth wearers, apparent
ly over powered with confusion, got up and
left tho car, and Raphael's angel took hji
vacant aeat." ' ' ' ; w.7
' 'Bridgtt; are the cggi boiled?' 1
I don't know, buk, I left them to ' bile
by the watch.1 '
'Boil by tbVwalcbt what do yon mean?.'
'Suro did'ot you tell me to kbilo three
minutes by the watch! and faith I did, fur
IV laid them nil iu the FkiUcUopcthcr,'

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