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jIIEf OPINION OF THE PLAI. p) I like it ? I think it's just splendid I You see bow I speak out my mind, AuJ I think it would be better if men did The same, when they feel so inclined. lait no, you're all dumb as an oyster, You critics who set here and stare, TI>n a g as grave as a monk in his cloister you havei't laughed once, I declare. I'm Eure there's been lots that was jolly, And more that's exciting, you'll own; hvy. I pity the potr hero's folly As though he was some one I'd known I And wasn't it grand and heroic P When he shit'lde'd that friendless girl Suel d 'Tould have cquickened the pulse ofa stoic, But of course, sir, it couldn't rouse you I And then, fir the villian, De Lancey- b Now, doesn't lI. act with a dash ? Euch art and such delicate fancy, And-did you observe his mustache ? Ed soade my very blood tingle When h' threw himself down on his knees -Io 'on knEw if he's married or single ? d Tel. the villaia-there, laugh if you please n I admit I know nothing of action, Of unities, pilot and the rest, r!:t the play gi vcc complete satisfaction, And that Is a good enclngh test. i i, I kcnow you will pick it to pieces r In vyonr horribll savage review, But, ft.r nme, its interest increases 'ecoause 'twill be censured by you ! .hcolni think 'twoull be awfully jolly i.Fcr the- author to matte such a hit r li.Lw he picks all the bubbles of folly Witih his sharp little needles of wit l I asn u.re he is perfectly charming; O)r he never coull write such a play- I dichare, sir, it's really alarming s To have you sit staring that way ! Ar..d ,h, if Ionluy were brighter, v A:d nlot such a poor little dunce, I sh.oull so like to meet with the writer, Yor I know I should love him at once. Yes, I should, though yo'u think it audacious, r And I'd tell him so, too, which is more, And--you are the author?-good gracious! Why Jidn't yov say so before ? N. U]y JIuli t &uv eity nu yelw.,' VGERTRUDE'S STRATEGE[. My sister Patricia was an heiress. Strange enough, for we had always been terribiy poor down at Lowbridge, my widowed mother bringing up her four daughters with the greatest difficulty; but, when )rought up, were worth look ing at, I b.lieve. Healthy habits and frugal living are apt to make good condi tion, and Bess and Amy and Patricia and I were as handsome girls as are often seen. Bess and Amy were twins, with eyes as blue as the sea, near which they were born, rosy cheeks, and long light brown curls ; Patricia was a sparkling brunette; while I was a perfect blonde, with crinkled hair, like molten gold. Great had been our excitement when Aunt Bettty wrote from Fairhaven: D)EArt SiTWxet-IN-aLW: "I am going to do myself the pleasure of visiting you this summer. I hear that Brother Abel left four girls, and I want to see them. I am getting on in years and will make one of then my heiress." Aunt IBetty, of Fairhaven, was worth $100,000, if she was worth a cent. Well, in due time she came. She put up at the hotel, for our cottage at Low bridge wasn't big enough to hold her, with her maid, coach:nan and carriage, but fortunately that was close by, and she Speut the larger half of three days with Ve all thought Bess would be her choice, for father had named her Eliza. beth fdr Aunt Betty, though she had always been "Beess with us. But it was neither of the twins and it was not I. It was Patricia. "Where did that girl get her black hair?" Aunt Betty asked, as soon as she saw her. "'I think she looks like my brother Luke, don't you ?" asked my mother, with a wistful look. "The very image of him, " answered Aunt Betty, turning pale. I divined then, as I learned afterward, that Uncle Luke had been a lover of Aunt Betty's when both. were young, before their marriage, and the fact seemed to have a power over her. hbe looked at'"Patricia until the girl blushed rosy red, and would of slipped out of the room when she called to her, and drawing her down upon her knees on a footstool before her, she puta withered hand each side of the young cheeks, arid said, warmly: "My dear, you shall be my heiress !" So it was Patricia she chose to leave her money to, but we were not out in the cold, for she sent the twins, who were only 16, to school for two years, and invited me, with Patricia, to the Hermit age. It was~her home-a stately old mansion o'f gray stone, gloothiy looking on the outside, but luxuriously comfortable within, without being in tihe least modern. Wehad each a maid, and a free use of the horse aid: carriage. After making this provissionjfor our:"comfort, Aunt Betty excused herself from making com' pany of us, aRd we were us free as air to enjoy ourselves as we chose, provided we did nct inferfere with her iap We chose, to make a great many acquaintances, guided conscientious8ly y Aunt Betty's wisdom, and the result was'that I returned to ILowhridge in the summer engaged to Mr. Clyde Sherrngton. He was wealthy, handsome, agreeable, well connected. Everybody'.aid, "Gertrude has done well for hefsel- " That Autumn Aunt Betty died. Patty was tokUcOt'einto posge.ision 6f herf~idtie in a year, whensahe was 21--full and undisputed possession of $100,000. It was ava~nged that *l,,.Iall to come to the Hermitage to live. We did so, and lived.here ~ietl s was becom ing for ne'ary. a8ear, hen Patricia made the acquaintabce of Mr. Gage Redmond. She met hi~r~r t at a fgn.rall-of all r I E T 7 i-7. 0! VOL. V. FORT J3ENTON. M. T., FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1879. NO.1 -----------;~---~---------'~-------- -- ~----11----- places !-the occasion caused by the death of our next door neighbor, General . De Lacy, Gage Redmond being a neigh c bor of his. Be was well connected, but as poor as a church mouse, people said; ; "so of course he was after Patricia's fortune, " mamma declared. "Patricia is rich and beautiful. Pray, don't let her marry a fortune hunter, I mamma," said I, looking up from a letter r I was writing'to Mr. Sherrington. (I "I would not if 1 could help it, but 1 what authority have I, Gertrude ?" said t my mother. "In a few mouths Patricia 1 will be in undivided possession of her 3 fortune. We are here only by courtesy. 1 The Hermitage is her home. I have no 3 right to control her whatever. " "But your influence, mamma?" "Will have very little effect, if she sets i her heart on this Gage Redmond. .Pray stop staring vacantly out of that window Gertrude, and atteud to what I -say. I I want some assistance in this matter. " "Please excuse me : I am thinking of my own affairs just now, mamma. They 1 may be of no consequence to you, but my letter is a matter of great importance to me. " I did not mean to be saucy, ouly pettish; but mamma, having had long experience with four head strong girls, bore with me patiently. "Well, finish your letter, Gertrude, I and then advise me." But my train of thoughts were broken, and after a few moments I put my sheet in the writing desk. "What can't be acomplished openly must be done by strategem, mamma, It is probable this Gage Redmond is after Patricia's money. She is a great prize matrimonially. Well, you say I amt prettier than Patty. Suppose I play decoy? " "What I " cried mamma. "Mr. Redmond is dark and reserved. I am fair and volatile. Don't you think he will appreciate my style of beauty if I take a little pains to make him so ? " "But Mr. Sherrington I " "I will tell him. He will not object." "I think he will. " "0 no; he will be interested in the good of the family. He comes next week. Fortunately Patty is sick with a cold, and Redmond can see but little of her till Redmond can see ut littie oI ler Lii i then. Quite pleased with my-scheme, I ran up stairs to give Patricia her cough drops, sitting down at the window of her room, and bowing cordially to Mr. Red mond, whom I could see writing in his uncle's study, in the great mansion across the way. The larches hid all the house il tthat.one wiudow. He was there a great deal, and I reflected thit Patty's bluf silk curtains were more becoming to my style of beauty than hers. "I'll bring my embroidery up and sit with you, Patty," I said. "Do," she said, "1 am tired of watching the evergreens swaying about the gay spring sky." So I filled my lap with rose colored worsted and framed myself in the blue window drapery for Mr. Redmond's 'benefit. Just the color to show off the pink and snow of my complexion. I had the satisfaction of meeting his eyes more than once when I glauced over the way. t "Seems to me you're in wonderfully good spirits, Gert," remarked Patricia, languidly. 'The De Iacy dininer bell rang, and'Mr. I Redmond disappeared. i "Well, I must take them in another direction now," I said, rising, "I can't give any more time to you, sis, for I want to finish my blue silk suit before Mr. i Sherrington comes. You'd better take a nap. Patricia settled herself obediently op e the cushious. Suddenly she lifted her beautiful head and asked : "Has Mr. Redmond called to inquire I tor me to day, Gertty ?" "No, I believe not," I replied. She showed a moment's surprise, then settled herself on the couch again and in five minutes. was sleeping sweetly. The blue silk was finished, and having laid aside my mourning for Aunt Betty and donned it, the family pronounced Sthe effeet charming. ' "Is Mr. Slierrington coming this even ening, Gertrude ?" asked manuma. "Yes." "I want to say to you. my dear, that on eMr. Sherrington's account I don't think you had better-" she whispered, but I Sinterrupted her by my exit from the 1 apartment, The next day brought Mr. Clyde , i Sherrington. L. "How delightful that the, spring is at I hand,'"sidd lA e f the sunshinef gro~Lhg Sind the grass springing I I passed a-bit of wood coming up from the station that is full of, arbutus. We will have some d delightful walks,'Gertty ; I $am. vory tired of city liffe' . . o Ys;,,CIyde, dear ,;but yeou see I t hvre b "ben oid o~ a litr;Id p"hi: iwhi h' wil ir tferti'e sof vtewhr a 'lwith thattar&.t.e I "Lend me to Patricia. I" "Yes, while I lure a most ineligible suitor she has away. Mamma and I concluded that it is the only way," I added. "Patricia has a fortune of about $100,000, you know ?" "Yes"' Well, we think that Mr, Gage Redmond is after her money. He is only a briefless lawyer, and we can't afford to let Patty make such a match as that, and so, as I don't think I'm totally an uninteresting person---do you, Clyde ?-I am going to try to flirt a little, with Mr. Redmond. Now you wou't be a hearand say no, will you, dear ? And you'll try and help us by devoting yourself to ,Patricia, won't you ?" At first my companion did not believe I was in earnest, but whbe convinced of my sincerity his astonishment was inex pressible. I remembqr that he stammered out some faint objection, but I would not listen, and before retiring that night g whispered to mamma thatJ had made it all right with Mr. Sherrington, and she had only time to observe how nicely I would manage the whole affair I sent Patricia off in the morning to find arbutus with Mr. Sherrington, while I waited to receive Mr. Redmond. When he canie I wasr' in the garden, and had ordered lunch an hour earlier than usual. My pale blue silk looked beautiful in the lawn grass. "Pray come and see my tulips, Mr. Redmond," I called, as he walked up the avenue. He came, pleased enough, and as he was especially fond of flowers, I had io dillficulty in detaining him more than half an hour. Then, seeing him look at his watch, I observed : "We won't wait lunch fur Patricia, for Mr. Sherrington is with her. They have gone roaming off after spring flowers, and :nay not he back these three hours. Come in and have a bit of salad, with a cup of chocolate, Mr. Redmond. I made the chocolate myself, and can recommend it." So I kept him for another half hour, and he left pleased with his visit. Patricia and Sherrington came back only fiiteen minutes after the usual lunch hour. the former so deli.kjted with a pro fusion of pink arbutus as hardly to heed when a servanlt informed her that °':, . IRedmond had called to s:e 'her and stayed with Miss Gertrude for lunch." She put the rosy clusters in .her dark hair, and on the bosom of her: gi'aceful gray dress, and flushed with her" long` ramble, I think I never sarw her look' so perfectly lovely. "He has been here. 'Very nice for you to keep her out of the way so long," I whispered to Clyde. He Jooked at me queerly, but said nothing. I did not want him to expostu late with me, as I helieved= he vished to dio, and so kept apart from him during the evening, leaving him to sing and "Inv with Patricia. play with Patricia. lHe was interesting with his very natural manner of reserved modesty. I was glad I Patricia found him so. He had pale silken hair that fell in shadowy curls over a beautiful forehead, and a soft modula ted voice. He contrasted nicely with her dark spirited beauty. "Clyde has an elder brother-Raymond --just the one for Patricia. I- wonder ifi it can not be brought about, " I thought. But I soon had my hands full, for at all ties of the'da;r,-A night Mr. Red=' mond came to li'e Hermitage. And it was not before my success as a decoy was patent to th4i most careless observer. He asked only fotbr "Miss Gertrude." In three weeks the crisis burst upon me. H'e proposed. "I used to think Mr. Sherrington your lover," he said, standing before me, the light on his frank, handsome face, "but late observations have shown me his visits here are for your sister. Sinice you are free, then, will you not marry me ? I can supportgou well, Gertrude, or T would not ask you to hind your fuirire with mine. The death of my grandfather two years ago left meLi $50,000, beside some real estate. I have a pleasant home on the Iudson-retired, but elegant--where I would like to take you., What do you think, Gertrude, could you be content to leave your friends and live at Rose cot tage with me ?" My amazement allowed me to stammer nothing intellihgible. In some distant way I temporized the matter, and begged Mr. Raymond to give me some time for reflection. He went away, making an appointment for the next evening. So thundrstruck was bhy the revela tions-of Mr. Redmodd's 'wealth that "I wandered abont the house in a dazed w y n~o hieading' how mamma was fretting about Patricia, *-lo had gone- to rid, With Mr. Sherrington. ItWhat is the mitter, mamma-is i fi)ing to storm i " I sai(fat last. ., "To storm ? Noi st e I Where ar ' our eys, Gertrude? It is nearly 9 urs with Mr ~jrian0 I knew sBmething is wrong. ,What ?" I dI mauded, rousing mysel. `I don't know. " Nine, 10, 11, and 12 o'clock passed. No carriage-no news. At noon the next day the buggy drove into the yard. Patricia coolly presented her husband. They had been married the evening before by our Pastor at Low bridge. "So nice and quiet, " said Patricia. No fuss, no notoriety. She took her place coolly at the table. "You needn't hesitate to take Gage now, Gertrude. lie's dead in- love with you ; and, as I like Clyde best, I thought I'd decide the matter without any com plicatiops." I think I was dumfounded. But I found my tongue when Mr.. .Iedmond came that evening, and said "Yes' ' I give my experience for the benefit of others. It is dangerous-loaning one's lover. B' icEelieu's Relaxation. Cardinal Richelieu, we are told, spent his hour of relaxation in leaping over the furniture, and on6one oceasin he was dis covered jumping with his servant to try which could reach the high side of a wall. DeGramrnont, knowing the Cardinal to be jealous of his powers, offered to jump him for a wager-a proposal which shows the courage as much as the event showed the diplomacy of the ~ourtier. The offer was accepted, but DeGrammont took care that his leaps- should nev'er quite reach those bf his Eminence, and thus he lost a few louis, but gained speedy and high promotion by the favor of his triumphant and gratified opponent. Society of the Damned. r A curious institution still exists in Paris, the Society of the Damned. These damned are dramatic -authors, and they e meet once a month and dine-at Bre1~ant's. STheir number has no fixed limits, only to be eligible every member must have been I hissed. An eminent dramatist is selected as Chairman, and holds the post for three months. His election generally follows close on a splendid failure. M. \ eihac, M. I)umas, Dr. M. Zola and M. Srenihacah have all filled the chair and presided.aLt lie munthly dinner. These dinners are on on the last Friday of 1 the month dai~i are extraordiuGrily hila "Wo t'!es3 Beauties. Somehow or-~ther all the famous beau ties knowri iris:stry an ini modern newspapersi 1ave begun or ended with a loss of ;eputation. Betwee'n Helen cf Troy and Mrs. Langtry there is a long list of Greek, Roman, Italian, French, Ger man, English and other woman famous as b:-auties, not one of whom deserved a par tidle of the respect due to a good Ameri I can giirl or matron who keeps out of the newspapers, as any women can do when she chooses. Lola Montez was a profes sional beauty from Europe who visited 1 America. Nobody here could discover r her beauty, but it had been worshipped by a kirn of most-ancient and -heroic lin r age. Mrs. Rousby was an. Enlish. pro fessional beauty who had achieved con quests which made her a heroine of the if London society journal. But she had little success in America, where prettier t and better women abound. Her beautty was fatal- to, her :eharacter, and, led to excesses that killed her at an age 'when a y really good and beautiful woman ought to be at her~ stage of -perfection.: . n The queen of the whigs. [r While Fox was still in the minority, e Lord Cornwallis wrote : "The Duchess of it Devonshire is indefatigable in her can ts vass ; she was in the most blackguard e houses in Long Acre #by 8 o'clock this n morning." The Court party for three d weeks maintained their majority. "West ii minster goes on well," wrote Pitt con o temptously to Wilberforce, "in spite of e °the Duchess of Devonshire and the other n Womenu of the people."' . e Among the people she went Treely of i ten filling her carriage with voters -whom .o she carried off to pump for Fox, and to t. whom it must have been a bewildering sensation to ride .in 'a ducal equipage tr with a Court beauty. The beauty, it is t well known, was more helpful to her than d her rank. "God bless you, madam !"' said >r an Irish workman in the mob, "'I -could Eight my pipe at your eyes 1" Her pur It chase of a vote with a -kiss, to a buatcher who would take no other bribe, was freely commented o.-bot.r with pen ,and petcil. SA ludicrous sketch was circulated of v he Duchess clasping the burly batcher in her arms; another showed her sitting an Fox's knee to have her shoe mended in a cobbler'sstall and meanwhile slip Sping gold into t&h ~ParnsOf the .tc.ler's ,ife. Some or the squibs were too vile .o be describe f-ndt g hoite4, .neen b harlotte, to whom they were accident g.ly isalpackel. oth tticaoprin .. a-ut the Duchess went bravely on, heed; Waes of redicule and efr.* l#ttr ha lh, wa# preparPared for, tbe latter slh could afford to disregard. "She certainly procured the greatest part of Mr. Fox's votes for him," said Walpole. And though the Court party endear ored to deter her by the most illiberal and indecent abuse, yet they could not fix th. smallest stain on her virtue. A third caricature represented her as carrying the Whig candidate on her shoulders; and the truth of the insinuation consoled her for its coarseness. The memory of the "Ladies Canvass," as it was called, long survived its principal actors. With what effect the Duchess and her friends "rustled their silks in.the lowest recesses of sin and misery," an old elector told Allan Cunningham nearly 50 years after : "Lord, Sir, " said he, "it was a fine sight to see a grand ,lady, come right smuack up to us with, 'Master, how dtye do?'.and laugh so loud and, talk so kind, and shake us by the hand and say, 'Give us your yote, worthy Sir; a plumper for the people's friend, our friend, every body's friend.' And then, Sir, f we hummed and hawed they would ask us fur our wives and children ; and, if that diden't do, they'd think nothing of a kiss -ay, a dozen or so. Kissing was noth ing to them; and it all came so natu rally! " No wonder, comments Cunning. ham drily, that Fox was successful. "The victory, " says Wiugrove' Cook, "was decided by a woman * *" Po litical enthusiasm in so fair a form could not fail to gether converts. 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