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? AT? WE3T0M,t,EWtS CQURTY.W.Vj Thomas A. Edwards, KPITOK AND MOWUKTOR. terms of subscription THrca Month* .... $ 50 Six Months - - - 1 00 One Year 2 00 j?5tinvariably in Advance. 1 r'h r u k r n r r// r 11 .it 11 ru rs. VOL. XIII WESTON, W. YA., SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1879 NO. 2-3 Tjie democrat, Hates ofAdvertising One Square, leu Hues or less, one in sertion - - - 00 Fur null sub5(M|iH'iit insertion ?U One &ju:irf, twelve months 10 00 One-fourth of a column. 12 month* 35 00 Onc-lmll of? eolnniti, 12 months 45 00 Onecolumn, 12 niontl 8 - 85 00 Local Notices 20 cents per lh?, which must be |>ui'I in advnncu. $f> will bo charged for unnoum-ing cMndidates for County.nn<l $10 for Suite and U. S. officer* I.engihy Obituary Notices must he pmdfor >50* AII Le,jal Notices aro charged to tlw atornov presenting them. jpO' Neatly and promptly wiecntedj,#?" Professional Cards. VV'tOMUXS. JAS. W. WOFFINDIN. attorney at law, .ii\u kot.iuy runi.iv, Weston, W. Va. All bnjlsess promptly attended to. lu* rectigaSion of Land 'fiilrsnspcialty. W.G. JSKNNKTT, attorney AT LAW, Weston, W. Va. Will practicein Lewis and adjoining eonn tipw, mil iu the Court of A. peal? and I". S. Courts. risiMfSoNT attorney AT LAW, aivd comxish i OX Ell OF THE couxty counr, Weston, W. Va. Will practice in the Courts ot Lewis and adjoining counties. jzir- All business entrusted to liuu will t promptly attended to. __ AND UK W "E I) JI lS'1'0 X, attorney at law, Weston, W. \ a. Will practice in the Circuit nnd County Court* of Lewis and ndinceiit counties., Mid , ^n ilif Court of Appeals. ' iTT; N U V 1J ft a .N .S U -N. ATTOUNEY AT LAW, Weston, W. Va. Will practice in the Circuit and Comity Courw of Lewis, Upshur, Uiliner, Hm.\lo? *nd Randolph; I lie tout l ol Appeals and U ti. Courts. J" JI. kunnktt, attorney at law, Weston, W. Yii. Will practice in tlie Circuit and County Co u. is ol Lewis and adjacent counties, and C#url ol Appeals and l?. 6. Courts. wTLuam E uvku. attorney at law, Weston, W. Va. Will Practice in tlie Circuit and County Courts ol Lewis and adjiiveiil counties, and ibu Court of Appeals audi'. S Con rig. "TOL'iA IIKNNKTT. attouney at law, yl xit com.vissidxkil of Till'. col'xiy COURT, Weston, W. V :t. Will prailice in the Circuit and County Coui is ot Lewis and adjacent conn lav. " '?M. K. AUNOWC ATTORNEY AT LAW. "Weston, W. \ :i. Practices in the Courts of Lewis and ad jacent counties, and the Court ol Appeals jtnd'U. S. Court*. ft. F. FI.KItlKd. N M ltKNSKTT. FLIC MI NO & 1JKNNKTT. attorneys AT LAW, (jlenvtllc, W. Va. Practice in the Circuit imd Comity Courts of Gilmer, Callioim. I'ravMn. iirrnnd Lewis: and in the Court of Ap peals and Coiled States Courts. ~ G.^ AHNOl I) attorney at law, Weston, W. Vn. PrnclitM in iIh- Circuit unit Ciiuuty Court tl [.uwis Hill! Illijtlillittp niMtllio?, Iltllt Ml till Court ?l Alkali 101.1 I mini Mutra Cuiirw \V.\I, W. HUANNOX, a ttohxky .! T i"I A'O TAIIY i't'lu.iv, Weston, *W. Vn. Will practice iu the Circuit and County Conusor Lewis nnd adjacent counties.? Promp* and social nli"..non to the takiiij: of depositions aod other testimony in all pnm or U wis county ; and also to business Wtbie the .Indicts ol said '?onnty. ' LINN & 11 AM I LI ON, a T TO if xi ytS' <i- he a i' est a TE acexts, Crantsvillo, W. Va ,1/r. Iluuiiltou will pntctic.8 in the court, .ol Lewis county. ? A. JI. HUNT. M. II., Physician and Surgeon, Weston, W. Va Ofllcc ond residence opposite the Court ilouse, ou CVn'tc Street. Alt cuIls-WKUt And dny-prouiptly at .tfiuded lo. (TirTnrrFON, m. u., Physician and Surgeon, Weston, W. Vu. Can le found at his Drug Store, corner ol Muiannd Second Streei, or at his re tdence on Main Street. All calls- night and day iptoniptly .attended to W. J. 1*1,AN I), M. D , Physician and Surgeon. Weston, W. Vn. ?QfP.ec,ou Main Streei, two doors lielow I he .postutlicc. All culls promptly attended to m. s. u6lt\ m7d^ Physician and Surgeon, Weston, W. Va. Office on Main Sired, one door below the .postollice. Calls-night and day-prouipt Jy alteudud to T.G K.mIsTON, M. J). Physician and Surgeon Weston, w. Vn. .OBlco on Uank Alley, imiIow James.Uurucs' .bold. Sit. J. W. DAUI Tn'T'On, Physician and Surgeon, Salt Kick, W. Va. Tenders bis professional services lo th .topic of Suit Lick and vi li.lty. M. K. W11 ELAN, .m".T>., Physician and Surgeon, Honnoke, w. Vn. Ail calls, .ti'gbt nud day, j-rouiptly atleo to. Local Directory. COUNTV OFFICERS Judgo Circuit Court?J. UKANNON. Clerk W. U. HAllKUISON. I'res't County Court?J. 1'KTKKSON Clerk ?' .1 WOOPTKK. I'rosccuting Att'y?A KDMISTON Sheriff J.G VANUKUVOTII Sup't. Freo School* G. W. CUOOK County Sttrvoyor I). T. l'KTKKSON Assessor J?t District JOHN IvKK a,i ?? GKO I'ISllKli. | CE9S3 ? Court JJoitxe Dis'ricl. G. W Turner and 1'. Dargan. F'rmmC* Creel: Din/rid. Will. liall and \\\ V. Wood llochcr't Cirri; District. M. McWiiortcr nnd 1>. 11. Swisher. Colliu's ScttUmrut District. S. U. Smith and W. K. Wilson. Skin Creel; District W.V. ChidoBtcr and W .G. McWhorlor HOLDING OF COURTS. C\.m\v\ CowvXft. Lewis, 20th of February and August Gilmer, llth of Mareli and 20th Sep'. IJp>hur, 25th of Mnv and 5?li rDee. I'refton. 22d of March .nd 8-4 October ilatidolph, 11 tli cf May ami -3d Nov. Tucker, 10th of April nnd Oct. 21. Harbour, April '20 and November 2(1. Webster, lUtli of Juno and Oil? Sept llraxton, lStli March and 1 St It Angus! Harrison, Mill May and oOth October Calhoun, 29th of May and lGth or Oct. touwXvj C OWVVf.. Lewis?First Monday in February. April, June, August, October and December?the Juno and October terms for li.-cal and polico busiiu-K ??ly. liiliuer ?Second Monday in February AprH. June, August, October anu December. IJpshur ?Second Monday in February April, Juno, August, Octobur and December. Braxton.?First Tuesday in January March, May, July, September and November. Webster.-- Fourth Tuesday in Februa ry. April, June, Augu.-t, October uml December. iilhonn ?Fourth Monday in Februa ry, Match, June, Au-u.-t, Septem ber and November. TOWN OFFICERS. Miii/iii'?-G. A J nek?on. AW/rr-I,. II AV"od. .-IMcniirii? lxf HVmf? John Shpa 2il M'ttnl?Win McHride. oil Ward?Jacob Schmitt. -If//- ]\'unl ? Joseph A. Watson. Kcrmmt.?J. S. Wilkinson. 30c:t:s^:c3s:;. A. F. kA. M.?Stated rotnmunlf itirns of Weston t<'idgc No 10, A. F. ami A. M., will he held on the First ami Third Mon days or every month. CI I AS. OMIARA, II'. it. J. J. PKTKUPON, Sec JANR I.KU'.?Stated communications ol hiekson Lodge No -35, A. F. and A. M, will 1* held in their Hull, in Jane Lew, on 'he sccondSnturdnv in each month. ISAAC JACKSON, ir. 31. W.V. Caki'F.h, Sec St. Joseph's ti. T. A. 15. Society.?Stated nieolinss arc held on the first Sahl'ft'h in ev ery month. FATIIKIt TKACV, I'rcs'l. R. J. StJlPSOV, SecieWtv. CHURCHES M. F. Church, lie v. S. K. Join*. Fas tor. Preaching every Snhhath. Prayer meeting Wednesday night. Sunday School ?J A. Barnes, Superintendent?every Sun day at 2 o'clock, 1'. M. Presbyterian Church, Rev. Oeorge M. Fleming, Pastor. Services every altermue Sunday. Sabbath School?Win !j. Pun nliicton, Superintendent?every Sunday at Po'clock. A. M. . Catholic Church, Rev J. A. Tracy, Pas tor. Services every first and third Sunday* at i J ami 10 A. M.". and 7 P. M. Sabbalh School?Jacob Schmitt, SujK'rintendetil? every Stindav nt 2 o'clock, P. M. Episcopal Chiirrh?attended occasionally hv ihe Rev. Mr. Wood, of Clarkshiiru. Rapt ill Church, llev. John S. Fisher, Pas tor. Pinichlnp every second Sabbath in each month, Prayer* meeting every Tues day night. African M. E Church, Rev. T. II. (yrls, Pa?tor. Services every Sunday at to o'clock Sunday School?(Scorpe T Jones, Superin tendent?everv Sunday at 0 o'clock. Colored M. ft. Church, llev. Joint Hughes. Pn*lor. &'rvices every Sunday at 111 o'clock. Sunday School?Charles l.re, Su- | perinteiideat?every Sunday at 2 o'clock,! P. M. AUlilYAfi AND DF.VMiTCUK of Tin: MAILS Clarksburg?daily except Sunday*?leaves Wes'on nt 8 A. M.?arrives at 4 P. M. Braxton Court House?daily except Sun days?arrive* at lleston by f.s30 P. M., and leaves Weston same day tit 0:30 P. U. (Jlenville?leaves IFeston at 7 A.M.. on Mondavs, Wednesdays and Fridays?arrives at 5 P M Tuesdays, Thursdays and Satur iluckhannon?arrives nt W'.ston 12 M. Tuesdays, Thursdays nnd Saturdays?leaves Weston 2 P M. same davi. Philippi?arrives at Weslon Tuesdays nad Fridays at 0 P. M ?leaves Weston Ik-dues dav aiul Saturdays at " A. M. . Mount Pleasant?leaves Weston Mondays nnd 'I hut id ays at 1 A. M.?arrives Tuesdays and Fridays by f? P. M. 1 West Union?arrives Mondays at fi I. M ?leaves Weslon Tuesdays at 7 A. M. _ Sand Fork?once a week?leaves Weston Mond-ivsat tl A. M.~?urrives Mondays at 5 P.M. Pat ties hnvinjr mail to gn should htinjj it to the olllae half an hour l?efore tlie dc|iurlurc of the tuails. NATION A li UXIIANGB BASK OF WKSTON. Discount Pay?Wednesday. iu'ski'.vsM.nso, m !')'ti'.VsrS?N' TU CAMPKN, " hUNSl, A. A. l.BHIS. , R.,1. MeCANDIJSH, Prc? t. M W HARRISON Vicc-lrcit. D M' BAILr.V, Caibia lintels. THE WALDO HOUSE, Hcml of Main Street, \\ esttm, L C. WALDO Proprietor Smnple rooms and good I stabling attached. TERMS MOT)MUTE. Haydcri House, Second Street Weston Conveniently local ml in the central por tion of the town. (food rooms good tabic and excellent stabling. Churgt* Very Moderate. JAS. M. 11AVDKN. Woslon, Sept. 11. BAILEY HOUSE, K. .1/. TUXSTir.l, 1'ropriitor, -vr.*/..., The Ticrncy Hotel, I'. TIEUXKY, - - Proprietor. W/K m Also dealer in fine groceries, fish, tobacco igars, confictioneries, Ac a Wo dealer in puro Whiskies, llrivn ?lies, kc Walker Hotel, .V.I.I/'/. WALKER, Proprietor. 'VP. W THESriAMROCK HOUSE, (nearly opposite the Court House,) '/f*. JAM ICS 1 IIIIMS, Propthh Having refitted and refurnished this es tablishment, I mil prepared to offer the best of accommodations to the public. Good st-ibling on the premises. J&- CHARGES VlOli* MODERATE "US. TUB BAU at my house is alivnycsup plied with pure liquors, of all kinds. Come mid set; me. ___ __ Commercial Hotel, (I-'OKMKIM.Y ItAHTIiKTT U0t!?K) I'HKIIY CAM I', l'ri)[ili?tol\ Muiii Slrtrl, mljoining I'wirt lloiitc, vlmiksiwko, ir. r.i. Fine Sample ISooms. Telegraph of tleo, excellent Stabling, l!?s to nil Traiun. .May 4, 1873. mssivii.i.r. ncn i;ii. Rttsliville. l.ewis Co., W. Y;t. \VM. L. WHITE, - Proprietor The undersigned deiires to infoim the public that he has leasrd the above Hotel, and has refurnished and refitted the same. He offers the best of ureomniodations to the (raiding public. Good Stabling and ie-l on the prc.u'uss. H > b n ni t l?i a arrangements for travellers and teamsters. He respectfully invites n call from his old fiiends and travelers. \YM, I.. WlllTK. WEST VAJUN1VETRS1Y Nine departments of stud)'; text-book" furnished at cost; calendar arranged^ suit teaeheis; expenses for one-year fiom $!".? to S^tio non-fi'Ctarhn, liberal, thorough. Fall Term begins .September 3d, 1370. vij,For catalogue aud otherinloi -..r.lion, apply to the President, J. R. Thompson, Morgantown, W. Va. 1) T l'ETKHSON S U It V E Y 0 It, Wet-ton, \V. Va (County Sunrynr Lriag County ) IVrties desiring tny services inn address Weston, mi! go to any of the ndjn ent counties. Terms mode/Hie int. nu.vc.ix ward Dentist, has permanently located in th own of Weston, lie can be found at pro cut at his residence on the corner abo.v Judge Urannou's Wheat corn, or oats taken at the Westo in exchange fnr Dental work. ALL WORK WARRANTED JOHN K. HAYS, ATTORNEY AT LAW, Olcnville, W. Va. Will practice in t'ie Circuit and County CoutlJ ol Gtlacr aud adjutant coitus. For Kick or or for Poorer. "Perhaps it is fair that I should tell you that Montrose has failed? understand me, Coz, he has not failod 'rich'?he is ruined finan cially. Moreover, lie has already accepted a clerkship with a paltry fifteen hundred salary.", i "Thon your marriage will prob ably be deferred. But take 'heart of grace,'Julio; its only a question of time, after all. Jt must be 'love in a cottago,' now?Irving's 'straw berries and cream' style." "Nonsense, Mary! I am alto gether too practical to think of such romance." "But, Julie, I thought that yuu were already engaged to Mont rose?" "So I am?or rather," sho re plied, significantly. "And you mean to break this en gagement merely because the young man has been unfortunate in busi ness and is poorer than you thought? Oh,shamo on you,Julie! I Jid not believe that you could bo so cruel, so indifferent, so heartless. [ thought better things of vou, Ju lio." And there was indignatioinn the voice. "I have broken it. This in strict confidence, Coz. It's all very well to prate about heartlessnoss, but what would you have mo do?re main poor all my life? I've gotten it out of aunt at last?Ilarold Strong is immensely rich. Of course you have noticed his atten tions to me,and be very sure I shall not say him nay." "Vou love him, then?" "Yes, little goose! Will you ev er be sensible? I intend to marry him. Oh. I expect to dazzle your unsophisticated eyes with splendor, one of these days,and fill your hon est little heart with envy." "Julio, this is unfair to Harold Strong. What! barter your self respect and delicacy for?his thou sands ! It seems to me a degreda tion!" Bravo! The fearless little wo man is not afraid to speak her mind! Now, confess, Coz, that you would like to appropriate Har old Strong." "I admiro Mr. Strong, but I should scorn to marry any man for what ho is worth in dollars and cents. That is not my standard of excellence." "And you would bo true to a lover who had to begin tiio world over again?as 'poor as Job's tur key?' " "Yes, I would?if I loved him and was sure that he loved me." "Romantic, foolish girl! So would not I. Moreover, you shall yet see me as Mrs. Strong, the cyn osure of all eyes,envied by the fash ionable world." "Indeed! Hemeniber tho old proverb, Julie, for it applies to you." "Well, we shall see. I suppose to keep your good opinion, I must marry Montrose, lint come, Mary, let's go indoors. ] have to make a becoming toilet, fori expect Har old Strong this evening, and who knows but that?" The remainder of tho sentence was Je/t for Mary to guess. Concealed by the June roses that grow in profusion over a quaint little arbor,Harold Strong had been an unintentional listener to this conversation. Ho had taken a run in his yacht down to tho villa from Newport, with no particular motive?least of all, that of matrimony. His friends regard him "ollisli" in heart airairs. But the wonderful beauty of Julio and the quiet good sense of Mary liad interested him, ami had prolonged his visit indefinitely. The cousins, Julio and Mary, wero residing with an aunt, with ambitious views?a bit worldly wiso?who never refused a hearty welcome to her son's guests, if they were wealthy. To be rich was, in her opinion, tho sine qua non of existence. If Harold Strong wanted a su perb, regal wife, who would queen it over his establishment in a right royal way, ho would be sure to take Julie; but if he wantod a domestic fairy to charm and rule bis home in a right royal way, Mary was the girl to choose. Tho young muu was puzzled. Julie's beauty enthralled him, and he in vested .her with all imaginary good qualities. If be hnd been told bv n woman tliat she was heartless and selfish be would liavo scouted the idea, attributing it solely to envy?for was not her beauty be witching? And the glances of her dark eyes?wero they .not brimful of soul? Harold passionately loved music, and Mary was fortunato enough to possess a fino contralto voice, upon which she bad bestowed much cul ture. When she sang, as siie often did, without needless urging, he would close bis eyes and listen, charmed; but when the melody ccascd, and lie had opened them again, it would be, perhaps, to see Julie's handsome Greek face, with the lustrous, magnetic eves gazing at him. Yes; tho young follow was puz zled which to choose. For, al though be had visited the villa* to please his friends, without other apparent object, he was beginning to tiro of his aimless, lonely bache lor life. Perhaps he thought that one of these young girls would make an excellent wife. Julie had encour aged his attentions, and of course he had no suspicion that sho was already engaged; but Mary avoid ed him. It was evident that sho,at least, was not trying to coax him into matrimony. Harold was ter ribly afraid of being taken for those tempting millions. Tho conversation he had ncci dentallv overheard, however, had enlightened him as to tho true character of the two young ladies. And now ho was surprised that lie had been so blind. Surely intelli gence beamed from Mary's eyes, and her pretty face was as sincere as her manners were art loss. lie now knew that she had a beautiful soul worthy of all confidence. Shu had confessed to admiration; but that was quite different from a tender passion. Could he win her love? This was the important question, and, strange to say, be was really anxious upon this point, and he determined to decide the matter at once. Accordingly, the next evening,he mentioned, in a careless way, that he intonded returning to Newport that present week, wishing to note tho ellect of his words. Julie exerted all her fascinations. "Now he will propose," she said to herself. Mary's sweet face wore a look of sadness. "Thus it is in life," she thought; "congenial spirits meet, enjoy tho passing hour, and then part, per haps never to meet again." Excusing herself, sho wont to her own room. Somehow sho felt that these two would rather be alone. Harold's heart followed her. In bur absence everything seemed dull and void of interest. True, there was the same classic face beside him, the very snmo beside him, the very sumo bewitching smile, and the same matchless orbs dancing eoquettishly or veiled by their long lashes, as circumstances required. Yet he remained quite indiflcr ont; his pulses beat calmly; not one hcait throb 'was wasted upon the woman who sat beside him, se cure in her loveliness.arrayed right becomingly for conquest. Then it was unmistakably re vealed to him that the absent, un assuming Mary was the one woman in tho world for him. Early the next morning it waj Harold's good fortune to see Miss Julie go out driving alone. "This is my opportunity," said he to himself, and ran down stairs full of happy anticipation. There was no one in tho sitting room but his hostess, who, observing his dis appointed look, remarked archly: '?How unfortunate! Julie is out driving and Henry'lias gone to the city; hut Mary is in the garden ar ranging hoquets for tins festival. You may go and help her, if you will." What a pretty picture Mary un consciously helped to make! i She was seated upon a fanciful j rustic seat, with her lap full of flowers; not "fixed up," indeed, for company, but wearing a neat white wrapper, tastefully trimmed with ribbon that matched hor eves ami complexion. The vivid hhie of the sky over head, the sun glimpses shining through the dark green foliage, the little sparrows hopping fearlessly at her leet, the white cooing pig eons, and old brindlo looking de murely over the barn-yard fence, with this wood nymph for n cen tral figure, would have served for a charming idyl, Harold thought, as his eves lingered for a moment ujion the scene. "Mary, darling," J,o whispered, over her shoulder, closo to her ear. 1 he girl started in surprise, not having heard his stealthy approach and blushed until even'her neck was suffused. Sho looked at him inquiringly. flic word needs no explanation, if your heart answers to mine," he said, in answer to the look. "Jint?I thought?that 1 hat my heart was given past euro to the beautiiul Julie, did you not? 'twas but a passing fancy. Xo Mary; the whole of my lifo is changed, now. I have only one hope, one wish?to win yon." Mary was proud, i.jke all American girls, sho felt that she was a queen in her own right. Rut yet sho did not wish the voting man to judge liv her elegant sur roundings that sho had expeeta tions. "Julio and myself aro orphans," she said, "and aunt generously gi\es us a home. Perhaps you aro not aware that I teach music, and so earn my own living, while you-" "While I am a Inzy good-for nothing, living upon the money which I did not earn. Now, mv outspoken girl, say to mo at once, 'I love you, Harold.' That will make mo happy. Xover mind the rest." "1 love you Harold," she said simply. "And I give myself to you to k> your honored wife," he added, in a serious tone. ''And I givo myself to you to bo your honored wife," she' said, re peating the words quite as serious "Sow I am satisfied, and you aro my own darling, aro you not?" "Well, I declare! is this a re hearsal, or is it real earnest?" cried a mocking voice. It was Julie, returned from the drive 1 lhe lovers, wholly engrossed with themselves, had taken no note of time?indeed, lovers never have a calendar?and thus they had quite forgotten the handsome co quette. Harold, noticing the sharp ring of her voice and the deep frown that accompanied her words has tened to reply. "Cousin Julie," said he pleas antly, "I've coaxed my little Mol lie to share my heart, name and estate, and now sho has onlv to namo our wedding day." Cousin Julie concealed her chag rin. During the short walk to the house she asked herself repeatedly: "Is it too late? Is it too late to recall Montroso?" It was too lato. For that vorv hour there camo an indignant an swer to her heartless letter de nouncing her conduct in unmeas ured terms. "lo think that our plain Marv, with not a bit of stylo about her should have won tlio handsomo millionaire; a man among a thou sand too," sho said angrily, and wept with vexation. Tho halcyon days of courtship passed quickly. Harold's love in tensified as the familiarty of their every day life at tho villa more fully developed Marv's lovely dis position. Ho found, too, that honeath an undemonstrative manner, lay ex quisite sympathy, considerable in tellect and a mind senso. All bright days must come to an end. Harold ran the yacht.back to Newport at last, but Uncle Sam tvas tho gainer, for a voluminous correspondence was kept up and in this way thoy consoled one another in absence. Everything ran smoothly with the lovers, and the wedding -.lav was definitely " '.tied upon. One evening when Cousin llenrv returned from the citv lie oxolaim' ed in great excitement: "Harold Strong has lost ovorv thing. A real smash up. Foolish speculations the cause." Julio looked exultant. "Now don't brt an idiot," alio said, 'if you have caught one millionaire so easily von may pos sibly catch another. Try,nt least," and there was a touch of sarcasm in her voice and a wicked gleam in her eyes as she left the room. That night in the solitude of her room. Mary communed with her own heart. She had no wish to act impulsively; she desired to follow the dictates of a truo pure womanhood. What would her future l>e? She was called to decido the very next day, and tears splashed | from her eyes upon the paper as she read the following letter: "When 1 heard that 1 had lost everything, 1 said, 'Have I Mary's love still in my keeping? If I have I defy fate; let it do its worst.' Then I remember that I owed a duty to you. 'i love you, dear Mary beyond the power of words to express; yet rather than cause you future un? happiness, I will release you from your engagement. It is much wis er to look at things squarely and dispassionately now, than toenduro lifelong regrets. 'if you feel that poverty is too great an evil to face, even with my lovo for a shield and protection, say so frankly, and I will immedi ately answer, even if it hreaks inv heart. Mary you aro free. But if you love mo woll enough to bravo it in my company, I will say joy fully, 'even so until death do us part.' Write, for suspense is tor ture to Harold Strong." The man remained the same, hut those millions were gone. What a test for a loving woman ! How would Mary stand it? What was her answer? With tho worldly-wise Julie and her ambitious aunt beside her? taking counsel of her own heart alone?she wrote the following: "Drar Harold :?Do not think so meanly of me as to suppose that, because you are unfortunate,! can desert you in your trouble. You were willing that I?a poor girl?should share your wealth. Ought I not to bo as willing to share your poverty? Come to me at onco, Harold. You need sym pathy, and who so willing to give it, and thus assure you of tho sta bility of her love, as your own Mary." Of course Harold went direct to the villa. His step was elastic, his dark eyes glistened, ho was moro handsome than ever, and did not look in the least liko a ruined man. There were no reproaches in storo for him for having doubted her dis interestedness. No; Mary loved him too dearly to express anything but tho tenderest sympathy. it was her wish to be married in simple style, in keeping with their altered circumstances, and so, in her aunt's parlor, attired in a plain traveling costume, tho dear girl gave herself to Harold "for richer or for poorer." Then thev started for their new home in Boston. Harold had as sured her that it was a cosy little bandbox, and that alio would be its greatest ornaniont. But what was her astonishment when the carriago stopped in a fashionable street and she was ushered into an elegant mansion. Mary removed her wrappings at her husband's request, and looked around in a bewildered way. "When will we go to our own home?" sho inquired. The young husband clasped her fondly to his heart. "This is our home, my darling. My losses are not so great as I first supposed. In fact, I am richer than ever, for thoso speculations have proved to me that there is at least one disinterested woman on this planet, and that one is my own dear wife." Mary never knew that Harold had indulged in wholesomo false I hoods, that he might test tht atuft* that she was made of, and as they | were the first and tho last that ho ' ever told her we may suppose that I "where ignorance is Miss tis folly to be wise." j A Virginia paper has called tho 1 watermelon green-hide monster.