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VOLUME XIX.
The New York Dispatch,
PUBLISHED
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OUR CORRESPONDENTS,
Ntw York, Dkohmber 26th, 1863—11 P. M.
Our at Washington, Ba ttinoro and Ph- .
Adelphla aay there ia not au item of news a&oat In either
♦f thoae cites. Beyona the usual concomitants of Christ
kmw», a pervading influence of egg-nogg, the usual weari
»tt*n and running to sleep everywhere, there ia not even
an-jdhing nnusuftl in times of peace.
From the Army of the Poio=
nine.
BIAIKWAXTIBS or TUI AM, Or TM Pa ?'“ C ’ 1
December Jiiin, 1311. )
Chri'lmas was quietly apeatincemp. No important
event mailed the day.
The town of Culpepper and its vicinity is now ocou
pkd by a strong force of our infantry and batteries at
tached. , ~
J* w arrangements concerning passengers re? tne army
luve been completed and go into operation to-day.
PatfCßger trains fcr the front leave the Washington de
pot, on Maryland avenue, daily, at 9 60 A. M. and 2:06 P.
»., without stoppage in Alexandria, and all army panes
are vised and coante signed there by Oapt Beckwith, of
€cn. Patrick's staff. Pas-ea lor Virginia and other than
for the army arc examined at Alexandria. This arrange
ment tends greatly to iaciii'ace travel i i th'.s direction
AH passes must be presented for eignatore before X .P. M.,
tach day.
Robert Small Aot Captured,
Balvimors, Dec. 35.
The story about the capture of the negro pilot Rooert
Small i y rebels at Charleston is untrue. A letter from a
tpecial correspondent of the American says, that he wa-f
SUH acting as a pilot in the fleet.
LATEST 'fROmI. OHLEAm,
ARRIVAL OF BEBEL PRISONERS.
THE MISSISSIPPI IUVER GUARD
BOATS REPO RIED EFFEC
TIVE.
The etcimship George Washington, Captain Gager, and
MiMwippi, Captain Talbot, arrived at thl‘J port yesterday
jatrniDg, bringing acvloas from New Orleans to the 19th
test an'. The Missia-iopi brings a number of rebel prison
♦re, among whom are Maj >r General Frank Gardner, com
mander of Port Hudson, and the following < flicers :
ADC Aiee Dunne, Col J A Jicqi.e?. bt Col M J Badi’i,
all ei P.rt Hudson; JEocinn, 9h La Cav; c’apt &a
kf n>p. 9tb La Cav ; Capt J C . attereon, 43.1 Arx ; I l 1 W
Johiiaon, 14th Ark ; Lt V/ B Bui nett, 12tn Ark ; J W Geer,
JOtb A’k; J McMillan, J7tn Aik.
The navigation of the 51i-,Eissippi River is leae interrupt
ed, 3he gun boats are ke ping a sharp look out A par
ty from the 29th Illinois Regiment scouted as far as Trial
>y on the Black River and capfured 39 prisoners.
Acting-Masters Hamilton and and SjooM-As-
Bistant Engineers Stone and Plunkett, captured with the
Harriet Bare, have arrived here on parole.
Maunsel White, an old and much respected citizen of
Mew Orleans, died on the Bth Instant, in his 89th year.
FROfTrEXAS.
Wh WASSBIRKE SUPPOSE TO BE K PCS
SESSION OF ESD.MOLA A.TO LiVACCA*
CONVENTION OF FREE STATE MEN.
Advices from Texas s'a'e that Gen. Washb’irnc, with a
considerable body of troops, had smarted for Indianola and
Lavacca. Both places are doubtless In our po&esdon ere
ibis Our troops are in the best of health mxl spirits.
Great numbers of Texans rejoiced in the prospect cf an
early redemption of the State. It w.is believed that San
Antonio would soon be under the old flag, where our
troops would concentrate for the overthrow of the rebel 9
Milder Gen. Magruder.
General Ullmann is in New Orleans on a visit.
The Eighth New Hampshire Regime nt has been changed
Into cavalry, and is now known as the First New Hamp
fhire Cavalry.
The George Wash'ngton brings SIOO,OOO in gold.
r At a late Convention here of the so-called Free State
xnen, called for the purpose of choosing so-called uncon
ditional Union men to the convention of the Union man
«f the Slave States to be he’d at Louisville, Ky., a eWega
bon of colored men were admitted to seats in the Conven
tion, and the Convention was opened with prayer by a
♦olered minister. lion. Mr. Durant presided. An ad
journed meeting of the Convention will be held on ths
Slst instant, at which an effort will be mode to have th :
Oofiyention held in New Orleans.
FURTHER FROM TEXAS.
We find in the New Orleans JS? a of the 13th Instant, a
letter dated Brownsville, Texas. December Bth :
"Wlihihe appearance of the troops here, confidence
Tcturn.-, to all loyal Americans and to the Mexican author
ities and people.
•’The abandoned houses, which include nearly all in
the town, are occupied. The country for 100 miles back,
and to above Roma, a-..out 200 miles up the dilva,is visited
by our scuntF, ai-u rebel property, wlierever found, taken
k o our pcst'etwion.
‘ Col Davis, of the First Texas cavalry, returned from
up the river two days since. A large number of mutes,
horses «nd bteves returned with them, having entered
the U. 8. service at various rebel ranches on rhe route.
Tfatse animals came In laden wi'h iorage for future use
fulness. A large <ot of cloth of sign) flcant gray color, and
also < onsiderable cotion, were -aKen.
” The departure of Gen. Bunks was much regretted, but
the command is efficiently controlled by Major-General
Dana.
‘•Gov. Hamill on and his staff o Heers visited Gov. Serna,
of Tamaulipas, at Ma’amoras, three days since, upon invi
tation, as Gen. Banks and Dana had done a tew days be
lore, and were received as they were, with a aaiute of
filty guns, and handsomely entertained by the Gov. at
his bouse. Gov. Serna welcomed Gov. Hamilton in a
speech, to which Gov. Hamilton replied.”
Important Pom Fortress
Monroe.
THE WARWICK RIVER EXPEDITION.
Fomtrxes Mohrof, Dec. 24.—Under the direction of Col.
BiF!F» Quartermaster at this place, a force in charge of
Captain Ainsworth, transportation master, was sent up
the Warwick river, and succeeded in bringing away throe
stationary engines, suitable for the running power of lum
bering mills. These engines arrived here yesterday, one
of which is very valuable. Col. Biggs will immediately
turn them to advantage in the lumbering businea?, for tbo
Government, In this vicinity.
BRUTAL MURDER AT IIOLMSS'
HOLE ;
Boston, Da?. M
The brutal murder and robbery at Holmes’ Hole, on
Wednesday evening, causes the most profound sen-atten
ta that locality. Wm. Cook Luce, the victim, hal been a
merchant in the town for many years, and was highly r®.
speeted. The murder was committed with a hatchstby
a blow from behind white Mr. Luce was in the act of
closing his store, and his person was robbed of a consider,
able amount of money- The perpetrator is supposed to
belong to some vessel in the port.
The Chesapeake Affair.
Bostom, Dec. 26.
• TN-< til-era uf the ganboat Acacia report that wbea
th'y left Halifax warrtnte were out for eight of the pi
rates of the Chesapeake, all of whom were in the city
erdhad i>een ter several day-, btr. it was doubtful if
ar y arrest will be made, as the police were lathe teterert
Ivi the rebels, and the .people bitterly opposed to truth a
measure.
PUBLISHES BI A. J. WILLIAMSON.
RETURN OF THE U. 8. STEAMER GRANO
SULF.
TOE Hm AFTER TSE CffIEBAPEA&&
The U.S. steamer Grand Gulf, Comnaander Georgo M.
Ra»jvm, arrived at the Navy Yard yesterday a :tems>oxH
from acrai-e in search of ths Chesapeake, which she
douktteNJ would have eaptared had she seen her.
The Grand Gulf has experienced very heavy weather,
laving been in.a hurricane for twenty-tear hours in the
Gulf Stream ; the seas, at times, when the ship p.tangod
tieavi’y, being as high as the foreyard. She has proved
btnelf a splendid »ea boat.
FROM GRANT’S ARMY.
Col. Lewie B. Parsciw, Director of Transportation at
Gen. Grant's headquarters, 5* in the city, direetfrom the
camps about Chattamx ga. He brings most encouraging
reports of the prospects o! entire success in th’ Federal
aims in that quarter. The rebel army, he ertimites, Is
twenty thousand tecfl In number than before Grant’s vtc
tory at Mtesiouary Ridge, their losses then being over
three thousand killed and wounded, six or seven tho 9
?a.nd prisonsrs, and eight or ten thutw;nd have since de
hi t«d the rebel flag. Their army te rec need an<i demor
alised past all hope of suectsaful or even formidable rc
efctance, and as soon as the winter ends, when it win be
pr»cii abte for Gen. Grant to movp, he can easily p»«h
them lar hack into the interior of Georgia.— Si, Louis
22U.
MiSCELLMOUS WAB ITEMS.
1 he Richmond Examiner has the fol
lowing account of the discovery of a female soldier In
bi tun at Rtehuiond: ” Yeah r lay, a rather prepoßKis4jng
looking luflo was uiseovered on Belle lae, disguised
tmem, the prisoners of war held there, bhc gave her real
iiair t, as Mary *’ane Johin-on, bei iugcd to tne Eixceemh
iikkm ret intent, and had been a prisoner iKicag time. Stea
cave us an exeuee tor adopting ner so.dMr toggery, that
7hv was io lowing her iov r She was consideraoly san
bunt and roughened. Upon the discovery oi her sox,
biisa Johns*» wm icmovtd from Belle tele, and la now
cciifitea al Gan e Thunder, t-he will probxbly go sorth
by the next fits of truoe. She is übou: nineteen years ol
age.
The 2d West Tennessee (colored)
regiment have gone through their baptism of fire at Mos
tow, Tenn. Gue detachment under Colonel Foley, white
def* ndteg the railroad bridge, and wholly unsupporxed-by
white Troops, svatained repealed attacks ot the wnoie
it ted tert for laoie than an hour. Another dctachmen’,
vucer Coiouei Vtudrick did equally well, ami ths whole
reLti lore*.- ultimately made a precipitate retreat.
The recent declaration of Gen. Hal
leek that suiters were unntceseiaiy in the army, is al
ready product! g its eflevte Frovost-Aarshal .teneral
Patrick *d' i-nD a for proposals to supply the whole army
oi me hot-omsc with oys'.crs, wiiicn will now be supplied
to our kcWiers regularly ana at reasonable rates, by con
tract. Arrau amenta <*re aso ip progress tor supplying it
> >i h te h poultry, gam* and milk
?. litter tiora Morris Island, since the
late fteim, says: *’ For the part 24 hours these shores have
tete.n ghastly with numberless rebel dea.', :*>oieoi tnem
in boxes, but mostly unccffined. They v. ere washed out
from the be ach rear Fortfl Butnam and Strong formerly
Gnggawd Wagner), bkuds, arms and entire Nkeletons
bobbed around on me beach, a literal ‘ dunce of death.’ ’
The much-vexed question of ex
change of pritoiunj has been placed in ttec hands of G?n.
Butter, tabjtci to the ordcro of the Besretary of War.
Gti). Luite- may expoefc that exchanges will be ri
bum* d, iIK Ugh not up i» th tonne oi the cart?! uq wm
♦ Xthange man iorinuu; and the Government will icwisf
upon the de Uvt rlcg up of coloreu soldiers with their offi
ctis, the same as white troops.
Simuu Dairough, a member of the
KecordNew Jersey Cavalry, was stabbed, at Bellaire,
VLio, on the 12t»i uit.,wh.le on guard duly, oy August
Echni'z, connected with ‘.he Commissary Department,
behultz orcercd Larrough to leave his post, and upon the
latter nin.mg, stubbed him wi'h a sabre, the wound
) roving moi tai.
Hie bo’tiv, oxi tiio 18 ih,
brought to Fortress Monrce, a iri e negro, who was cap
turea at Gettysburg, aid real t 1 Richmond at th-3 camo of
Dre’s inva> ion. He wi.sieieA.-td, he says, to shiw to the
fiorih that ihe exchange oi iree negroes was not objected
toby the JRichmcnd authorities.
At Liite Ro< k, Aik., 7,000 men had
ccd'e in since the occupation—oi whom are now in
tke Federal army, 'luisis witniu 406 of the humbef r-5
quireu by Mr. .Lincoln's proclamaiyjn to renovate civil
gGve rime ut la tn at i-cate—one-tenth of she qu&litljd elec
tors In Arkai:: as being,
lutoiinauoii received iu Washington
by la*a rteam* t stales that ah the rebel rums in England
have been offeied to the Englisn Government and that
Lord Glarei ce i’agtt, on the part of the English Admi
laity, had written tu the builder, rtating that no aecided
amwer could be giv'.-n ior .h present.
A Luniter of agents are iu Washing
ton tn m tin- Njjth, to obtiin colon d recruits. The Gov
erniLeiit will do longer permit such recruLmg there.
Quite a detachment of young jrt «umen of ihe District
have gone te Bi ode te'aud to e -ill t in a new regiment just
rai-ed there, ana about to be seat to New Orleans
A law has been passed in the rebel
Senate to 1-mit the term oj office fir th3 Cabinet ministers
to two years, when they may be re-nominated by tue
Fiwidcnt; and coinirmed or reject* d by the Senate. The
kitiimcna Enquirer commenls cm ihe bih la hopeful terms,
that are ter iiom flattering io Jeff s present advisers. .
Gen. Thomas, in the official report
jwi published, of the oatcles oi Corinth and Hatchte, pays
« high tribute te the courage and enduiance oi tee
offi* er.- and men who deieat d the rebel Giner al Wheel
er s well tela plan ior destroying the cbmmunicaliens oi
the army at Chattanoogd.
Joshua Gunnell, who recently re
ceivtd authority from the War Department to visit Rich
uvPd. ivr the parpose of securing the release of Union
men of h airiax comity, has returned, the rebel authorities
rtfukii g to receive him.
A late letter, dated at Vicksburg,
says »hal the late offievrs oi lhe Harriet Lane havea.-rb/ed
tbtie on their way North; and ail the officers, soldiers
ai d hanois captured at Galveston in January last, have
Letu parok d, and are on their way to New Orleans.
lhe schooner G. O. Bigelow, which
was recently captured and th-n reb-used by the 'ransport
1’7.1103, was retaken and dea.royed no«r Be.ar Intel, thirty
ttiieu to the Bouihward of Beamort, by boats from the
mol nt Yernon, after the landing of ner cargo.
'lhe steamer Belle was seized at
Memphis, on the 19th last., by thj mi!ita-y authorities,
tbmgi d with uncling a passenger at other than a mili
tary post, who was Aitcrwaids captured with a carpet
sack niteu with percussion caps for the rebels.
Oi 1,051 applicants for commissions
in negro regimezits, 660 have been recommendei bv the
Be md lor appointment, viz. Fur Coicneis, 5; Lieut .nant-
L’olußvlti. 10; ilajors, 20; Captains, iQ4; lac Lientensii.s,
.153; 2d Lteutenan’s, 263.
All the Indiana regiments in General
Banks’ department are re enlisting ior three vears’ ad
dlilocal service. The Indiana troops in General Grant’s
army will also re enlist.
Major Geneial Butler has issued an
or«ter for the enrollment ot ail able bodied male citizens,
colored and white, between 18 and 45 years of age, in bls
department, to be completed January Ist
ji 'lhe Richmond IFhi’y of the Dili,
rays: ’• In Danville, five dollar j in guld were sold at auc
Hun a day or two ago, for one hundred and forty dollars
in Conitderate notes
The Navy Department is going to
bufld four cremated of wrought iron, to carry
ioi>r 20 inch guns each, and
to be sixteen knots. They will coat S6.tXW,«>UO ea ih.
Theie are on the rolls an army of
700 CCO United Mates fiokdera, or thereabouts, of which
I,amber about tnW 900 are ac tualiy In the .Held. lae cOtta
ti yis paying officers for 1 400,0» sold era I
It is rumored that Gen. Meagher
will take command of the Corcoran L-glon. On ihj
other hang, it ia stated that most probably what rem Uns
of the < orcoran Legion will be added to the Irish Brig jde.
Adjutant-General Thomas has re
tfirted irom the West. There are now St l ,')# colored sol
diers In the field, and upward of W.iUOcolored womenaud
childien are gathered together.
Trains have resumed their trips on
the Orange and Alexandria railroad, the damage done by
lhe rebel cavalry having been very eari y repaired.
Only eighty miilmus of the live i>--~ .
dr.4 Millions of tb« "five twenty” loan - lil ‘
lelibtd; on«nb-
A inbVt’pent bn fdbt in Washing
ton to consolidate Vae {VgoUts and volunteers.
Goskc to Pisces.—Bragg’s great
rebel army ia no longer effective in any aenae.
The latest and most reliable news from Chatta
nooga, give a gloomy picture of rebellion in that
quarter. Grant ia now master of the situation
in the South-west. All that is wanted is an
army of sufficient strength to take Richmond io
knock the bottom out of the “ Southern Confed
eiaey.” Hurry up the volunteers.
Gekexal Ullman is certainly not in
the Tabby or any other Riehmond prieion. He
was in New Orleans on ths 17th inst, on official
trwinesis, His command is at Port Hudson.
NEW YORK, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 87, 1863.
THE BROOKLYN CONJUGAL
COUNTERFEIT CASE
An Entire Cbange of Base—Ttee Faiiser
and Wife released, and lhe isnshana In
Jail—The other side of the AKair—kg
Ball a bwinAler and a Southern Spy 1
In the issue of last Sunday these columns con
tained an account of the mysterious disappear
ance of {64,C00 in Southern bank notes, which, it
■sras claimed, had been confided to a man calling
himself Georgs Hale, by several gentlemen in Now
Orleans. It was also stated that more of the ease
would transpire on the 23d instant; but when that
day arrived, Hale, on whose complaint Mrs. Hall
and her father, Mr. Parker, had been imprisoned,
w aa not forthcoming, and Mr. Chuancay Schaffer
oi thia city, engaged by Hall, gave up tho case.
Th® father and daughter having been released
made a statement which resulted in the etirren
der of Hall by hia bondsmen, who had gone his
surely ft r f 2,000 in an attempted shooting caao.
He ia therefore now in jail, the tables being com
pletely turned. As tho aoccunt which appearedin
lhe Dispatch last Bunday was somewhat in oot ]
filet aith that true state of ths case, the follow
ing brief eynopaia is furnished to correct tho er
rors into which our reporter was led by Hall and
his counsel Altogether tha case is about as com
plicated a one au haa for many years been made
public and gives evidence of villainy, cruelty, per
secution and ingratitude, rarely equalled:
The wife of George Hale, an actress of oon
eiderable beauty and ability, first became ac
quainted with Holo about four years ago, in Bal
timore. Hale was boarding at tke same hotel
her family was stopping at, and managed to get
acquainted with her father, and through that ac
quaintance to get introduced to her. Ho pro
fessed to be deeply smitten with her charms, re
presented himself as a man of immense wealth
and influence, and made her an .offer of mar
riat®. Miss Parker then plaving a profitable an
gagtmiiit at one of the Baltimore theatres, rc
ftised l.cr suitor ; iu fact aha felt an unaccounta
ble dielike to him, and the disappointed lover
lift with visions of suicide in tha distance. Iter
four jiaie nothing further was heard of tho dis
appointed suitor. The war broke out, and Wash
ington was filled with military officers, who
lounged about the hotels, having nothing else
to do ; Government contractor a, who gave ex
tensive dinneis, lobby agents who buttonhole 1
mi rubers of Congress, applicants for all sorts of
p< Bilious, and all the other email fry which usu
ally float in tho wake of a Congressional season.
Greenbacks were plentiful as leaves in Vallau
luosa, and there was a general disposition to en
joy life. Under these circumbtanoes lhe theatre
flourished, and among the moat successful theat
rical people in Washington were tha Parker fami
ly. Mita Jennie Parker, hor sister Maggio, and
her father, each had profitable engagements, and
the family boarded at the most fashionable hotel
in the city. Jennie Parker, who is an oxceeling
ly attrae’iive looking woman, created quite a
jurore among the denizens of the National
Capital, at that time. She was the recipient of
any quantity of testimonials of esteem, in tho
shape of diamond rings aud je velry, from hosts
of admirers. She was a particular favorite of
the Brooklyn Utb Begim. lA. At her hots! she
gsie several dinners, to wh-ch some of the mast
pi on.inent men in the country were glad to bo
invited. Time wore on ; tho fluctuations which
follow the fortunes of theatrical people overtook
the l arker family, and last Juno they were in
Baltimore. Mr. Parker was Buffering from a
severe cold, which affected his eyOoight. Mrs.
Parker was also sick, and, as misfortunes never
travel singly, Jennie was out of employment.
This was’a dramatic situation not nt all agree
able to any one concerned except the inevitable,
who, lile ineiirel villains in all plays, turned up
at the nick of time to raise the Oil Nick with ov
ery one else. He immediately began his atten
tions to Miss Parker with more than his former
ardor aud the depleted condition of the exchec
qei caused his suit to bo favorably received. The
family camo to the city, tha marriage took place
at the New York Hotel, and shortly afterward
Hate hired tho house in which tho family are
now Iviug in Ryerson street, Brooklyn. Very
sb< rtly after lhe marrisge, tlftie, w iiis
wife’s statement, began to act iiiost brutally to
ward her, bo me h so, that at tho end of three
mouths of man i d hfe aha was obliged to separ
ate in in him to escape his brutality. After the
se; aiatiou, Hale professed to be repentant for his
•conduct aud was exceedingly anxious to bo recon
ciled, but his wife refusi d io have anything fur
ther to do with him. Ho came to the Ryerain
street house oee night, and being unable to se
cure admission went away muttering threats of
vengeance. Ou the following night he camo back
ano rang the door-belL Mrs. Halo’s sister went
to 11 e door, aud finding who the visitor was, ro
fused to open it. Hale, under the impression th it
si.e was his wife, fired at her through tho door,
wounding her severely iu tho foot. An alarm was
given and a brother of Mrs. Halo rushed out to
st cure rhe would-be assassin, when Halo fired two
shots at him but fortunately missed, as tho night
was dark. One of the officers of the 44th nrocinet
came up, secun d Hate and t ook him to'tho sta
tmn-house, where a charge of shooting with in
tent to kill, was made against him. Ha managed
to gt 11 ail in the sum of 52,000, and then on get
ting out made another fruitless effort to effect a
reconciliation with hia wife. He then grew des
pi i a-e and swore tlatifho had to go to 3iAte
priaon he would drag her with him, and Mrs.
Hale ssys she has proof to show that tho whole
Btciy of the couuterfeit notes was a most inge
nious ami diabolical plot arranged by him to drag
h<r ai d her father into prison, ruin the family,
and secure hia own revenge. He spent tho last
three months in maturing hie plans and but for
ai. accident might have succeeded. Latterly his
ownlawjers hud suspected him, and put them
selvis iu ccmmnmcatiou with Mrs. Hate, wh r was
confined in the jail. By this means they discov
ered that Hale was playing a double game on
tfiim, and had actually proposed to withdraw the
charge againt his wife aud her fatherif she would
content to be reconciled and leave the city with
him, Ji aving the men, who were his bondsmen,
liable fcr the sum of $2,000. This discovery lod to
others, and the law; era decided to give up tho
case and surrender their bilk Tho case was to
ante ou y estei day, but Hale did not mako Ills ap
pearance until long after the time fixed for the
trial to commence and was immediately Biirren
deted by bis bailsmen, and the prosecution
against Mrs. Hute withdrawn. Halo is nowiti
the City prison, bewailing tho uncertainty of
all things human, aud is very likely to find
himself in a very bad fix. Mrs. Hale has in
stituted a suit for divorce. Mr. Parker will com
mence a suit against him for conspiracy, perjury
and false imprisonment, and he is now awaiting
trial on a charge of shooting with in tout to kill a
I’cnipHcariori of evils from it pro
bable he dah esdipi,' ~
was
elrv and 1 J robbed her of SBOO worth of jew
th» - diamonds, which he sold, appropriating
- . greenbacked results to his own pocket. Fur
ther than this, there is said to ba evidence to
prove that Hate is a Southern spy and blockade
lunner, who has been aiding the rebels in every
way possible during tho present rebellion. The
po ice of Brooklyn are working the case up, and
at no distant day the entire particulars will
transpire.
A Heavy Ticket.—The National Con
servatives.-a sort of Bell and Everett party-met
at Philadelphia the other day, and nominated
Gen. George B. McClellan for the Presidency.
Ex-Governor Campbell, of Tennessee, was put on
for Vice-Ph eidi nt. This is taking the wind out
of the sails of the Democrats.
The decision in the case of the pri-
Tkteor Alexandra, which was to have been deliv
ered by the Judges of tho Exchequer on the 7th
of this month, has been postponed until the 11th
of January, some new points having been raised
wkioh require grave consideration.
"Starless anil
[Written for the New York Dispatch ]
CHRISTMAS SONG,
By »• E. Weed.
From the broad Are the red light leaps,
And gladdens all the whitened wall:
And found the pleasant hearth, to-night.
Gay voicefl rise and fall—
In merry tones of mirth and song
Swiftly the hours speed a'ong.
In fragrant tufts the fresh green ferns
Are gai hered in quiet nooks apart;
Over the gray old battleAceneg,
And sorrowful stories of t he n?nrt= —
Malting their dimness bright with bloom,
Lading the air with soft perfume.
I elo=e mine eyes, and think of one,
■Whose vacant chair is near me now ;
Who need to sit on Christmas night
With folded hands and saintly brow,
Telling the story of the star
That burned in Judah’s skies afar I
To the Great Unseen she hath gone forth,
With Bootless robes and faith serene ;
And. O, her blissful presence gone I
Life is not what it onc # ‘ hath been.
W'ith solemn step II read alone
Its weary days out one by one.
Then blame me not if round the hearth
One heart is lingering in the Past;
If tears, that all unbidden flow,
Should o’er thy mirih one shadow cast:
As laded leaves, in early Spring,
Death’s shadow to the birth time bring.
tSMcntaCTy-man*.-
Altered io Act of in lie year 1863, ?*i/
Amor J. Williamson, in the Clerk'*3 Office of the District
Court of tits Unded >te,te3, for lhe Sourth&rn District of New
York.
■y . HA.
BY WILLIAM H- BUSHNELL,
ATUKOR or "LErr at.OHE," “wxsn wilbur,” “tub float.
jfll TXATHBB,’’ * M3IBIXB, THE VIVAHDIBKB,” “riUt-
KIB TIBB’’ "TUB OCFLAWS OF TUB WA-
SASB,” “O-MB-KBJ’ Ac., Ae., AC.
CHAPTER VII.
BKBTKA—THE NAHEATIVB COSTINUB».
Softly as the step of a mother when how.ring
around tho cradle of tho eiok and first-born ono,
was that of Doctor Stillwell when he entered the
room of the young mother and babe, and there
was a tendtraces in hia manner as he bant over
her and took Iter hand ono would little have
ditamed—that is, one but casually acquainted
with him—could have boou confined in the breast
oi that generally boie'erc-is man. Yet so it was;
for voice, step, action, all were softened until
they were tender as those of a woman. And it
van almost wonderful how sudden and com
pletely the change came over him—how even his
lace aaaumed the phase of tenderness) and love.
“Well, my lady Bertha,” he began, almost in
a whisper, for rot for worlds- would he have
awakened the little innocent that was sweetly
sleeping on his wife’s lap and dreaming. Dream
ing, ana was it rot of angels ? Were the bright
winged ones not whieper&g to it? Wha eaa say
that they do not hold converse with our little
cm s—that they do not whisper sweet fancies aud
sing heat only songs to them, when wo grosser
mortals only deem their innocent smiles to be
caused by some playful recollection? Ah! who
of us that have gresn old and wearied iu tho
gulling harness i f life—who cannot remember
tha web slid wo jt of our baby dreams—can tell
that God’s holy ones -jere not around us then,
keening watch auerirard, and only deserted us
vilien our imaginings became too earthly for
them any more to ildight in ? Yes, though they
whisper no moro—though the brain no longer is
thrilled by the music of golden harps swept by
airy, seraph fingers—it may not be all a phan
tasy that they still are hovering around us,
guarding unseen and unheard. Yes, it may be
truth, and therefore
“ IVateii lew ell by daylight--
±y daylight you may tear—
but ri'.'- p no watch In daraness,
tor urgels then aie near.’
“ Well, daught. r, I trust you are better now?”
kindly inquired the doctor.
“Yis, inauk you, I believe so, although I do
not feel as stron g. But I have had auoh a sweet
sleep—such a sleep of perfect security. Oil! you
cannot know what it is'thus to rest.”
“No, not in security as you mean it; but lam
thankful that you feel so. It is the first grand
move toward your perfect recovery,”
“Yes, it was like a bin-dviYCU Soul finding
heaven, to sink uniearing to slumber after being
hunted, harassed like a wild beast—to feel that
the remorseless arm that had oppressed you
could not reach or the searching eye.find. In
the first hour of my wandering 1 felt all that the
poor wretch must who, having committed crime
and escaped, thinks every tree and bush aud
post and stole a pursuer, and yet I, thank God,
1 was innocent. But when I was assured that I
was safe—that I hftd iouud friends—the relief
was as if tie liathef milkiOßO bad been re
move d from off my soul, and I gave myself' u -> to
fclomber as if once moro I was a child, aud lay
enfolded in my mother's arms.”
• “ You are a dear, good child to us,” replied tho
doctor, with ti aiful eyes.
"Thank Mercy, I feel it, I know it, and how
sweet the feeling is, your wildest fancy could not
picture. And yet at times a fearful, chilling
thought creeps ovor mo that all is not well—that
1 have not yet arrived at the end of the dark, bit
ter path.”
“ God has raised up friends for you, Bertha,”
said Mis. Stillwell, solemnly, “and should ati
othirbcurof darkness come—should your foot
bo forced again to travel the nnlighted path—Ho
will never desert you, child. Itomembor tho
words, and believe as did the Psalmist, daugh
ter : ‘Yea, though I walk through the valley of
the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou
ait with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort
me.’ Then all will be well with thee,”
“ Amen,” responded the young mother, aud a
holy hush fell upon all within that room for a
time. Even iho physician, who was not what
tho woi la calls a Christian—who was not bound
by sect or creed (though who dare deny that
many a ono equally good as they walks God’s
broad footstool, and doeth His work an.l will, and
followeth as closely as frail human nature can in
His footsteps?)—sat with bowed head, and drank
in those words of eternal life. But at length the
silence became painful to every heart, and Ber
tha again broke it with her low, sweet voice.
And, indeed, it was fit that she of all present
should; for ono who had been bo steeped to the
very lips in dread, unfathomed mystery and mis
ery—who had been tried and purified in the fur
nace ol affliction— who, it might bo, was hover
ing on tho very verge of the grave—who could
almost hear the sound of angel-played harps and
the rush of angel wings coming to bear her
home—could, moro properly than any other,
string anew the breathless instrument of
and wake it into life and sound.
“ Father, mo'her—oh 1 *’ ?
...j ,ait upon my ear like a long-forgot
ten strain of ehilduood’s music, and I feel that
for earth, at least, all is well with me. Aud how
much bright er the present for the past ? .Surely
it were worth years of sorrow to feel, as I now do,
peifect, unbroken, unfearing calm.”
“Do not agitate yourself, Bertha, by uselessly
thinking of ihepuut,’’replied thadoctor. “ Phinir
rather of bright sunny days to come, child.”
“ Oh, that I could but forget it. It is indeed a
horrid dieam.”
“Do not think of it then.”
“Doctor, can you remove the sear that the
non, heated to a white heat, has stamped upon
the flesh ? W hen the steel has been buried deep,
will not after years reveal the wound ? Are there
not poisoned fangs that leave a mark that will,
as the day of the bite returns, turn purple and
throb with pain, even though all fear of death ia
removed ?”
“ Hush, child; these are but wild words.”
“ Such a gangrened ulcer has, I fear, grown
upon my very heart in the dark hours of the
past, and ”
“ Fear not, Bertha, time will shed healing dews
and bring forgetfulness. But you must not brood
on sorrow. It is not wise.”
“ For your sake I will drive it back into tha
dark den it has so long inhabited—even into my
heart;”
Anxious to change the current of her thoughts
—to give them a brighter coloring—to lure her
away from self, although his own heart was
bleeding for her, Doctor Stillwell began to relate
the various incidents of his visits that dav,
gradually becoming more mirthful until it reach
ed the part that related to hia lodgment in the
gutter, when he gave full play to hjq riotous loyq ;
of fun, and descrlbod It In such a vivid and comi
cal manner, that both Bertha and his wife could
not resist joining him in hia hearty mirth. Thia
accomplished, the tide of conversation flowed
easily along, and soon he led her gently back to
that part of her etory where it had boon before
broken off,
By this time, however, darkness had began to
throw her dusky veil over the feeble winter sun.
and the pale crescent moon and starry diamonds
of the mgbt showed their gold arid silver rays
twin-woven to earth. Sho would have pro
ceeded with her story, out it was not until after
the evening meal had been partaken of, the cur
tails drawn, the chamber lighted, and the fire
replenished with the soft bituminous coal that
ever leaps up in a cheerful blaze, that the doctor
permitted this. Then, relieved from his coat
and boots, and made comfortable in wadded
dri Being-gown and soft slippers—with tho baby
in the little shall of a cradle his wife had pur
chased for it, for such an article of furniture
was hitherto unknown in his hou-.e, and with his
wife gently rocking it—with tho young mother
propped up 1 y cushions so that abo could gate
on the face ot her darling -with the glare of tho
gas light softened By shades—with tho tire
crackling cheerfully in the grate and giving a
veiv home-like air to the room, he settled him
self in a huge arm chair and prepared to listen.
" 1 think I told you," began Bertha, when yell
were settle d to their entire satisfaction, “ ot my
being summoned to my guardian’s room, and of
the reception I met there. Yea ? Well, he pre
ceded with a tirade of oatha and abuse that I
would not repeat if I could. He said that I hid
c’andestinely met my lover—that I had bribed the
woman to let him come in—that I had drugged
het drink. Heaven knows that if, at that time,
it had been in my power io have procured any
thing that would have brought sleep, how gladly
I would have taken enough myself to have pro
duced a long, long, lasting one."
“ Thank God tnat you did not, child.”
‘•Yes, lam thankful now that Ho kept me
fi om that sin. It was in vain that Ide nied these
charges. He said that ho had watched me and
kne w all—that it was useless to try to deceive
him, that I was lit fog—how can I repeat it?—
was living a life of shame.”
“ The heartless Bcoundrol I”
The strong feelings of the physician were be
ginning to surge ana boil up again beyond con
n 01, and it was in vain that his wife held up her
| finger warniigly.
Much more of u like nature he uttered, for
I he appeared to love to dwell upon this point and
see me cringe under it far more than I would
have done under the lash. For at least two
hours he kept mo standing there and poured in
to my ear a flood of words and insinuations that
I cannot repeat. He threatened to turn me out
ot doors, to throw me penniless upon the world
—Io brand me with the name of—think it for
yourselves, for I cannot utter it.”
“ The worse than devil.”
“Then when he appeared to have exhausted
all the low e r than Billingsgate language he was
master of, he asked ma what Ipr oposed to do.
Mould Isign a paper avowing myself to be the
thing I loathed.”
“ But you did not ? I know you did not.”
“Me, not I. A new strength appeared to be
given to me and I refused.”
“ Thank Heaven for that.”
• • He thi eatened me, if I did not, with all man
ner of punishment, whipping-', a dungeon, broad
aud water, everything, nut still I refused. Then
seeing me firm he drew a picture of gay life—
the luxury, the wealth, dresses, servants, car
nage, that ahouldße mine it I would but yield
to bis wishes. A cold sweat stood upou my bro v
then, for 1 foiled him far more than when ho
had tlireatened. An unknown mirror appeared
to bo walling me about, a pit gaplug at my feet,
frcm which I could not escape, and which like
quicksand was giaduuily yet surely dragging me
in. Oh, God 1 theteiribln ageny oi that moment.
Years of pain would be but pleasure compared
to it, and yet a’l was vague to mo. I had no defi
nite idea,"no clear conception of his meaning. I
could omy stammer out words sufficient to ask
him what he would have me do?”
“Poor child I poor child!” and the doctor
’wiped off great diops of perspiration, wrung by
intense sympathy fioai Ins knotted brow.
“ He answered not my question directly, but
began in loathsome words portraying my beauty,
gaping upon mo with his basalisk eyes and tell
ing me of the place I was destined to fill in th 2
we r.d. Still I could not fithpm bis He
told me boiy x hiiAbioii Vraised oy mauy
who had BC-ih hie in my few walks abroad—how
he bad been besieged lor introductions, and ho w
the world would bow at my feet when I appeared
decked in costly raiment and diamonds.”
■ • My poor pearl.”
’The good man appeared to have exhausted his
entire stock of bitter expletives, aud to ba re
duced to exclamations of pity.
“He do cubed at lengtn the home aud sjilen
dor that should be mine, tho countless gold that
I should nave to lavish—told how my will should
be law, and painted in cunning words the charms
and intoxications of a life of pleasure.”
“Well? well?"
“ Still I questioned my heart, but it gave back
no a? # wej fte to what I was to do that all this
might be mine. Still I groped as one in the
dark for the way in witi’to 1 ißts to secure these
golden treasuies. Again I askeu again
he resumed hie praise and flattery, with a *°tter
manner. He had before urged mo to be seateu,
and now enforced his command by placing me in
a chair near him, even though I shrank fromhia
touch as if he had been tainted with leprosy.”
“ He was one of the most infernal kind.” The
doctor had had a breathing spoil, and found h.s
tongue again.
“For full another hour ho poured into mv
shrinking ear his fulsome, honied words, anl
then, when he could no longer misconstrue h's
words, he blurted it roughly out.”
“ It was— 1 know it was—that —”
“ I should become his mistress 1”
Even the doctor had no words equivalent for
the occasion, and he sat in silence.
“ I know not,” resumed Bartha, after a long
; pause, “ what devil gained possession of my
heart, but for a mcment a thrill of gladness -h >ok
my iv>. ry soul and almost, remember, almost ma de
me consent. Yes, tho words a ere trembling on
my lips. I would bejhis—his, body and soul, but,
ch! ii should be but for a short timo. I would
give up honor, life, soul, God, all—but it should
be for revenge. Yes, I would even lie ia his
aims and submit to his burning kisses until I
had lulled his cowardly heart into fancied secu
rity, and then I would plunge a dagger into hie
heart and free both the world and myself from
ilio accursed villain. I did not think of any
hereafter then. All was swallowed up in the
single idea ot a glorious revenge. Had lie not
tortured my childhood—had ho not blasted my
youth—had ho not coupled my innocent heart
with th foul shame of harlotry. Had he not ”
“ Softly, child, softly ; ba culm.” The finge s
that were laid upon tho pulse told that tho blood
was rioting in wild waves through the veins.
“ Had he not callfid MS idl JUstf Yrito YUs L Mid
should I not have a glorious revenge ? Isa~
myself, in that hour, standing over him with tho
bloddy kPSJ--»aw tho gore oozing from the
gaping wound, and laughed a loud, reckless
laugh. How hot my cheeks grew—how burning
my breath how my eyeballs appeared to float in
a sea of tire, How ”
“ Stop 1” commanded tho doctor, “ this is the
delirium of fever—not healthy thought or life.”
“ He rose up as if io embrace me, and then, ia
a moment I saw the thing I would have been tn
ad its monstrous deformity. I saw the kvarafier
glowing in lines of lira on the sky. And yet I
think I shrank more from pollution than I did
from even murder. Where all was bright but a
moment before, all was inky blackness now, and
I would have ,-uuk myself in that sea of guilt
only to have added another, still deeper, darker
guilt to it 1”
“You must stop, Bertha. It will kill you to
go on.”
“ No, hear me. The black thread of my life
web of sonows is nearly spun out, and I will be
calmer in a moment. It must be told—told now,for
I can never repeat it. I say I saw all that I would
have been, and shudderingly blinded my eyes as
if I could shut out the horrible thoughts from
my brain. How long I stood so I never could de
teimine, but well I know that the first thing that
aw oke me to my situation was the pressure of
his hand upon my own. In a moment—l cannot
till flow-1 was strong to resist, and struck him
full in the face. He, laughed tauntingly at my
feeble blow.”
“The fiend 1”
“He swore I was in his power, should bo his,
OFFICE, NO. M BANTORT ST.
and then, when he again approached me, my |
reason for the first tunc entirely deserted me,
anl 1 fell aenselesa to the floor. What followed i
can only tell you, as I ga tiered it long a.cer
wards from the old housekeeper. It appeared
that he was alarmed by seeing blood upon my
face, and thought I had fallen dead—that m -he
struggle a vessel had been ruptured, for my lips
were stainEd, alibcugh it proceeded mone from
the nostrils. In his terror he had called her,
and together they carried me, still inscnsiole, to
my room, where I must have laid for a long time
in very much the same state. I have a
collection of seeing other forms about my bod
than those of my guardian and tho housekeeper.
One in particular, although I cannot give you
ti e slightest idea of how he looked, though I dis
t nctly rememb-r bearing him -called doctor.
“Doctor? Well, there are scoundrels in the
profession who will do auytlting for money. The
poor devils must do it to buy bread, I suppose.
At any rate he helped to save your life, and we
will thank him for that, at least. If it had only
been me, how soon I’d .have had you out of that
infernal den of crime and corruption. Yes, if I
had had to pull it down a brick at a time, and
Lung all the rascally inmates I But go on. rou
are calmer now, and if the story is not too long,
and we have no more such exciting scenes, you’ll
do v ell enough. But bless me, it the baby lent
laying with open eyes and mouth, swa lowing the
wnole story as much as any of us. in’s a sen
sible child, howeviT, and k.e, a quiet.”
“Ti no s more than you do, doctor, said his
wife, with a smile. , ,
" Now, Agnes, who in the name of Jupiter, tno
supreme god of tho heathenish Bomans, cojild
keep si ill and listen to the recital of such terrible
wrongs? Just you look at Bertha, and answer
me, it y off can.” . .
“ Not j ou, certainly. But let Bertha go on. It
will be late before she h.w finished, and I should
like to hear the conclusion.”
“ By Jupiter I if any one interrupts mo again—
that bcipio. Africanus, King of the Jews—uo
A-hantees should do so—l’d throw him down
si airs or out of the window, and break every bone
m his black, ugly carcase.”
The young mother could not help smiling at
the meaningless threats of the onthusiastio phy
sician, and after a brief rest, calmly proceed to.
“ I was long confined to my room, but was fur
niehidwitli every delicacy that money could pro
cure ; and the housekeeper was as tender of me
as it I bad been her own child. She petted me ;
and though her appearance was repulsive, aud
her hot breath ofien almost stifling when she
bent over me, I could not but be grateful to her.
In fac', those days of sickness are to me as a
bright spot in my wild, terrible dream of life ;
aud often, since, I have tmned to them aud
wished that 1 was once more so couiiued. I
speak, of course, uf the time when I was con-
I valeseent, and free from fever or pain. I ru
men, for w ell watching the sun rays as they came
sti earning in I etween the curtains, and appeared
to float about like yellow spider webs—like tiny
teipento of gold, or minute threads ef sparkling
amber. I remember hearing the droning hum or
tho (Id crone’s song, at times, aud fancying it was
like the low murmur of the far-off sea. I heard
the chime of bells in the night-time; not from
one church steeple, but from many commingled,
as their brazen lips told the passage of another
hour, and thought how eweet it would ba to be
laid by the side of my father and mother, be
neath tho green grass and bright perfumed
flowers, and have them ever sofuy tolling over
my grave.”
“ My poor, poor child 1”
<• But I mutt not linger thus among my fancies
at that time, even though they are still dear to
me. I have yet much to tell, aud must do so as
briefly as I oau; for I feel that my strength will
not last very lor g.”’ ■
“Belter atop now, dear,” suggested the kind
wife. , , . , _
“No; it must bo fin whod some time, anl I
shall li'. l mors <asy when you know all. Don’t
fear that it will hurt, me to do so. It'l find that I
am not equal to the task, I will give is up.”
“ Prcceed, then; but I doubt if it is right to lot
you do so.”
“My guardian—ohl that I am forced to call
him to-never camo into my room—never any
farther than the door, during tho whole time of
my illness. There he would pause, inquire after
my health, and s< nd me in baskets of choice fruit
aud bouquets of rare flowers. Much as I loved
tin se things, they were doubly dear because he
| did not obuude bis obnoxious presence upon uro.
i At lust, there came a day when 1 was permitted
■ to leave mv room. Oh I how well do I rernoni’>or
it. The winter had become lost m the glories of
epiing, and tho air was softly warm. There was,
in the rear of the house, a small yard, thgilga
surrounded by high walls Qfl every side. Svili.,
ii.to thin the ban in the morning, fcn 1 a
lew .C.,svf Yts 1 lovt d hai been plaa* td knd were in
I the full glory of new leaves. Around its paved
1 walls I tottered, lor I was still very weak, refus
ing tho aid of tho old woman, for I longed to be
alone. These things are strongly impressed
upon me, for I was to be denied even these inno
cent pleasures alter a time—as if Go I’s blessed
sunshine was not intended for his creatures!
But they could not entirely shut it out from my
room, or from my heart; and when tho long,
dark hours came again, even the remembrance
of sky, sunshine and green leaves helped to
lighten the gloom. By degrees only was I per
mitted to regain mv liberty; but, at length, I
was allowed to go and dsmdfit Pleasure into both
the little yard and tho housCto^bP^ 1 ’’ 3 ro °'. a - I
knew too well to question with regard
1 whom, more than all others, I desired to Im- 1--
: who told btcomiy my very life, my waking
I thoughts anti my nightly dreams ; and yet
somi thing told me that the presents I now
received camo fforn hia hands. Thus a full
mouth pasted. I ba J grown quite strong, and
colt r wiw flushing again lip and cheek. Indeed,
I fancied that I was mirer than before—.that my
thin was clearer, and the bloom upon my face
I more transparent and softly blended. It might
i have been fancy; but how I longed to hear
I v ords of uraise from his lipa. And who would
not bo beautiful in the eyes of tha one they wor
ship ?”
“ Bertha,” interrupted the gcod wife, “ I fear
you must leave these droamings for anottier
time, child. Hark I the clock is now striking
; nine, ?md it is time that you were at rest.”
' “So late? Thon, indeed, I must hurry on.
But how the sleet beats against th.} windows ?”
I “It is an awful night. But think not of it.
Hero von are safe, at least, from all of earthly
harm.”
“Yes ; oh, yes! But let mo resume. Soon I
began to receive letters from him I lovod, and at
lingth ho camo. Ohl the happiness—tho pure,
heart-happiness of that moment; and, as if to
crown it, we w ere left alono. I would have told him
a l as soon as I became sufficiently calm, bat ho
stopped me, and said he was already informed.
Was he ? I think not fully; but his kiudnes <
eown made me forget iho past, in tho sunshine of
the present. Every day, now, his visits were ro
m ated, and he never left without urging me to
marry him. What couid Ido but comply ? His
premises were golden for the future. Still, I re
sisted, fi r a lung time, the promptings of my
heart- respited uatfl «Y?n my reason was cou
vt““d tbit It would bo better for mo to hilYe a
protector—that a husband would Boon free me
from my prison, and give ma tho place in the
world that I thought belonged tome. Had I nut
ycu b, wealth, accomplishments, and, ho said,
beauty ? Were these made to be shut up far
more tecuTely than a nun in a cloister ? Both my
he ait and reason said, No! Th§ref<j; o , I con
sented. Consented, at™, that the marriage
should bi priYald; for he argued, and not with
old rßJson, that it was necessary for him to have
the right before he could set my guardian at de
fiance.”
We 11, he might have been right,” interrupted
the doctor. ‘Mind, 1 say might; but I hardly
belie ve it. I never knew anybody yet that could
give a good reason for a secret marriage ; and,
by Jupiter! I think they arc usually intended to
cover up bad ones. But ho had some shadow of
an < xcuse, I must admit.”
“I thought soma as you did, but I was a girl
unlearned in the ways of tho world—all I had
seen of it woe at boarding-school, and that was
one of the most strict and confined of its class.
As I said, I loved him, and that must account for
my not having been more steadfast to what my
better judgment told me was right.”
“Ahl my gentle Juliet, you thought, even if
thy tongue was not learned, in the subtle dalica
cies of Shakepero :
“ 'O, gentle Romeo,
If tbou dost love, pronoimee It faithfully ;
Or. If thou think’st I am too quickly won,
I’ll frown and be perverse, and say thee nav,
So thou w ilt woo ; but, else, not for tho world I’ ”
•' Yes, I must confess that something like that
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passed thiough my mind, but remember howl
was situated—how little I know of life—how
strong the tempting, and how sweet the whjo
pered promises of hope, before you condemn.”
•• Believe me, Bertha, censure is far from mo.”
“It was in June, in tha very time of song ami
flowers, that we were married. How he brought
iho minister to consent to hie plan I never knew.
But bo did. The mon said he was a minist-ar,
and I believed him—yes, and still do so.”
" Ah, daughter, much I fear that—but go on.”
“Do not rob ma of that hope 1 I have cluc-g
to it as tho poor, drowning wretch is said to do
to the floating plank! It lias truly been my ‘stay
aud consolation’through many an hour oi other
wise darkness. Oh 1 do not teil me that I am
not a true, lawful wife,” and she shuddered at
the bare thought thatit might uot be so.
“ Yes you aro—we’ll trust you are,” replied tha
doctor, c< nst lingly, and yet he much feared that
she had been deceived.
“ The o.d housekeeper was the only witness.”
“ Have j ou any certificate of marriage ?”
“Theminister gave me one. Not that I ever
thought it would bo of any use, «xcept to eon
vince my guatdian, in case he disputed the fact.
But I left it In my room when I escaped. I
thought only of finding him—my husband. I
had a card with his name on, but that I must
have lost in tho snow.”
The doctor’s eyes twinkled aomesvhat merrily,
ar.dhefelt in his pocket to as-ure himself that
it was safe, but ha said nothing, and Bertha
continuid :
“But I antic’pate. Wo agned to kaep tha
marriage secret from my guardian. My husband
—for to I must ever call him—convinced me that
i' wou.'d bo best to do so for a snort time, and I
willin;, y acquiesced. From that time, he ap
peared to come and go at pleasure, otten spend
ing even weeks with me without scarcely leaving
the house. Of coarse, the ol t woman connived
at this, and was well repaid. Though I longed
to go forth into tho world in the pride of wtfo
hood—though I urged him to Uasten the time,
yet I was more than happy. Alas! how soon
my ideal glass of life was to be broken into frag
ments I Once more I was called into my guar
dian’s room. This time I entered more Boldly,
and especially wiieu 1 saw that'he lawyer was
present, although he, too, was a forbidding mail
to lock upon. The will waif produced,tho clause I
so will remember now real, though, at the time
of my marriage or when talking about it, it never
ent< r< d my m nd, and I was asked what I had io
say in my defence. What could I answer ? Tha
har.-b tn .utmeiit I had received woupl be laughed
at. Ihed no excuse but love, deep, passionate
love, tut of what effect would that be with these
absmicned men?”
“Nothing, certainly,’’ replied the doctor, per
ceiving that she waited for an answer. “It
would Lave been throwing paarls before swine
with a vengeance. Alas! my poor, frieniloss
dove I”
“In sib nee, therefore, I siood; and . hen, oh
my Gi d I th- n he told mo that--that—l ”
“By Jupiter, she baa ftinted 1 Quick, wife,
quick, while Igo down aud hurry up the ser
vants. Yi s, seme new diabolical vilhany was
too much for her. Hero Jane, Martha, Kate,
Scipio!” and he bounded down the stairs, hol
lowing at every breath, and when he at last saw
them flying up, he settled himself in a chair in
bis office, vowing, with al the changes he ooald
ring on the name of Jupiter, that ho should
never hear tho last of that story.
CHAPTEB VIII.
TEE LAT/YEK'S SEAF.Cn.
Claimall having secured the money ot Sharp
steel, who was both his patreu i. id hia dupe, at
cues turned from ilie street in wlnati tho uoaae
was s-ituuted,and hasten! dto alow.,though llaohy
eating establishment, -.vh -i .i iio appeared to bo
a weli-known visitor. Aco i.-touiea to frequent
the place, which was extensively patr iniz.id by
men of his class, by a certain set of g imblora
at d even others of a still viler profession, (if com
mon report could be believed), by mock auction
sharpne, gaily dressed proprietors of ex ensive
receiving shops, and even “cr.vtk.imm” who
were expert in their nefarious cailing, aud ever
Lad money to lavish, he was ap:>ireiit’y well ac
quainted with ail. But thither no never wander
ed unless when well supplied with funis, for h$
knew that it was necessary to keep up the repu
tation ho had established as being a “ fore
handed” lawyer moid r to secure iha retaining
lees if there mon when they ha ! gotten into
tionbla and the tomb , iel(tid Or state prison
had thrown ojjj tn.-ry dbiyte to reoaiva them lov
tog1?! One or two suaoetetal qui doles, by which
hh lias cheated these free boarding houses of
crime ef their victims, has established his repu
tation, and ho was not slo vto avail iinilsolf of
the power thus gained, and used it unsparingly
when any law-driven spider found its way into
his evtr spread net. To have seouiad in want,
at any time, would have lowered him lathees*
timation of all—would hare re.ia ■■! ms charges
to their standard and made him their tool, in
the place of their being bi-, amt he wm far too
cunning io permit this. As th r. is a lid to be
“honor among thieves” so there i-ersto—place,
position, and one finds his level as surely and
far mote rapidly there than he doos even in
avenuedom, tor gold glosses no . over crime in
Un- latter as it does in the former, all things ara
called I roadly and by their right namo among
tbtmeelves, although Lid from the world by
cant firms aud flash ami slang expi’tosions*
Position, then, is everything amongst r.hem, and
the one that is successful can m ike, if ho will,
' ‘hat position, while tho petty, unsuccessful
"‘Uel is frowned down and driven from tho
scorn . • *beir bigoted aristocracy. But it ia
purl sub or . '--wointho world, aud ho who
n uenioevery wx. ,-”»U street ereu, (shall we
ventured largely in ~ i.
say it?) m a not much mor.. Uy ,‘, l Y HnT
and gnii.ed his tens of thorn,-. . , ■; c . •°>
conned and carersed—but if lie - 5
howihen? It needs no wise mao, u? JtSs
toi’guo to tell how his name would bo uu,.,.. “
with all that is vile and detestable; how he
would be shunned bv those who before envied
him and made of him a demi-god. Truly it
must make the devil laugh and mirth run riot
tt ll mine fieic ly in his dominion' to see how
the lieh thief is pressed to the besom; of all
made much of in the fashionable walks of aocie’
ty—yes, even in the marble palaces dedicated to
a searching and true God, (for does nut wealth
also appear to bo all powerful even there, where
the typical bread is broken aud tho emblemati
cal vine poured ?) white ho who stole but a loaf
of Lrtaa to keep hia wife and little ones
from starvation is hunted down like a beast and
< oufiui din the loathsome prison cell! But Al
lah ti Allah ! Justice is blind and her ears open
to tho silver aud golden chime of dollars and
eagles 1
btepi'ing, pompously, to tho over gilded bar,
Cla mall at ouca proceeded to moisten the insa
tiable sponge of his nature, at er inviting the
few gathered around to join him and a vary os
tentatious display of the roll of lulls ho hsdre
ceivi d, still, however, keeping to <e v words,
which with the world, though it wou d bo diffi
cult to give any satisfactory reasons for it, ever
i- estoi med as a sure proof < f wisdom.
“ Your’e flush this mornin’, Squire,” remarked
the proprietor as he tossed the foaming liquid
from glass to glass with tho certainty that long
practice can only give.
“ Yes—a trifle.”
‘ ‘ From some new client ?”
“A little job I did tjix>> morning. Your health,
geiitltmfn.”
“ You’re Mia of the lucky, as well as smart
ones, Squire.”
“ Not always.”
“ Breakfast ready,” interrupted tha waiter.
“In good time, my man,” and the lawyer pro
ceeded at once to its discussion with an appetite
sharpened to a wolf’s capa ity, both by long
fasting and stimulants.
For a moment, after he had finished, ha
glanced at the morning paper—the police reports
only and then with the air of a mao ef business,
paid 1 is bill and departed, leaving behind him a
reputation for liberality, especially with tha
waiter, who he never neglected to remember in
a solid manner.
“ A smart man that and a rising. He’ll baa
Judge soma day,” remarked one of the com
pany.”
“ Well—yts”— replied the proprietor, rubbing
his glossy, puffed out cheeks. “ Yes, I should
say that ho was about the kind of timber they
sometimes make Judges of, for he’s the biggest
rascal in the whole city, I believe.”
“ Perhaps it might have flattered tho vanity of
Claimall to have heard this opinion of his capa
bilities, but he was swiftly walking away occu
pied with other thoughts. Beaching the Park,
he stepped into a carriage and ordered tho dri-

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