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."\ " ==^ ABBEVILLE, 9. C., SEPTEMBER Q9, 1869. . IS10. 47. THE ABBEVILLE BANNER. pudmsiikd evicrt wednesday mobbing, AT $3.00 A YEAR, IN ADVANCE [From the Banker of tiie South.] ELEANOR STAUNTON , . BY A SOUTHERNER. i ' ts * dedicated to miles m. farrow, esq , 01 nilam.erton. b. c. [continued.] wlndemere pank, Oct. 8.. I received a letter from Florence Dolav ,'i this rooming ; and, among other things ?i 'he said : "Mr. Iloward has been ver; ~ ill, for several months, and was out to da for the first time. Lucian brought him t dinner, and I was roally shocked at bis ap poarance ; be is a perfect sbawdow, and .ikewiae, a very beautiful one. Yo.^kno\ he was always ray pet admiration. rIIe i olmost a transparency now, lie is ver grave and silent ; indeed the only spark c :mation I elicited from him was when h wr.8 enquiring tny last news from England md I read bim n portion of your last letter, (which, to your shame as acorrespon lent be it said, was dated the last of May) " 'link the climate must nfiect his health *ook upon myself to advise him to 'lorae ; for which I wns tupremanJoraestic tyrant, and advised to le\^r' ^owar^ himself ho the judge ol i .^5>urso of action he had best pursue what cV 1 Of coursfc a reProof from headquarters eileuced m>* But 1 sli,! lhink R tnble o! Fnelish air \voo'd benefit that beautiful '.raqsparency.' ^ nm keeping my diary very irregularlv. ^ have lost all heart foi writing, and, ind^? I have very little to write ai^out. My ife '8 very quiet and mwijotonoas. I never ?? cut; nor do I receive society. Dr. Ler.nox comes over very often ; ostensibly to se\ WlNDEMERE PARK,Oct. 26. Annette has kept up a sort i.corr-etb' rondence with Laura Templeton's maid ever since she met her in Paris. (I know 1 "ugbt not to call Laura by ber maidet i smo, but I never can bring myself t< peak of her as my father's wife, or writ< ier .tame ab Leslie.) But, aa I was say> 'g? ?r g?'ng on to say, which amounts fa ha B?me thine in the end. Annetto ha . -.teljf received letters from Louisa, in wbic \be Said that young French officer, wh ad bi*n very intimate with Laura whil ' ev were in I^aris, had lately come inl . c neighborhood, and was putting up i The Leslie Arms," and that L*ura wi ettll very intimate with liim, though it ^ainH her husband'-, wishes. Of cour his ia errwnfa hall gossip, and, consi i. ntly not to be relied on. But, it mat: if anxious. I know Laura is not bappj ,r,d the least imprudence on ber part w oO ruinous. Scandal never spares, trea .ng imprudences as bardly as crimes, es jccially in a country neighborhood. M t. .1 >- j: . .. -r i?k"oi ? uisuwuiug ine is an injustice 1 w never forget, or ce&*e to rebel agaim T was cruel?I had deserved more at 1: ands. Dr. Lennox is a very consta visitor. I believe, absurd as it 6ount ilbat be is trying to win the band th Aunt Margaret once denied him. We ho-bM been very constant Auntie cou be vety happy with him. X \ * -i Wikdemere Park, Nov. 18. Mr, Morely arrived late this evening i a v?rv Dainful mission. T,nnr? h>i> ..MI M U?U WIVlf r ft with her French lover, and my father I reived a paralytic Blroke. My poor fat <>r ! Mr. Morely says he was perfectly ii $g?ted with Laura; and she, wretchi tatuaffifci that she is 1 bow horrible is h ?omat?r? wj|| ]eave to-morrow at da fnto\ ^TMJy dear Aunt Margaret, I wish ^rca^* ^?have to leave her so entire :lid not \ *\one. \ LeslikHall, Not. 19. . . _S?H my father was re 3oSfcr changed s I 1<V bim, andsaid V ' er, yon wanted rifl* here I am." .ooked up, and Uid : b, Eleanor;, 1 deserted ydi for b6 tow ebe bas"de8OTted me," aah^jii ,se into t feeblo wail. I soo-hedW comforted Mm like be bad beoa a tjfh mnd soon bo fotf Ml'oep. A letter fell jjj bia band.and his grasp relaxed. I)JH . op and read the following cbaraeUrbwl fusion: "The atop I am about to take you $ driven toe Id.* Hod you exhibited ft manlineaa and dignity, and inkiated olj ing the head of your own house, insulj y?el' if o entirely to me, and treating me wit! $1 servile adoration, I might have bor eb s life a little longer. But you [ aro ?er;ie an(j weak, I nm young, slr?tjg,,,d resolute. My will wrs the Btrongt in(j |j0re y^u tlowo. And I,coft* . ecious^|y strength despised your weakness. u| I)at avails a seeking for primary w^,en tj10 result is inevitable ? I havdplornjjj^gj to jeaVo you. I de spise i Qp utterly - that I would rslber die than 1 acy longer as your wife. ' Y nieil make'; no efforts lo reclaim mo. j^ll never \ come back to you alive. > ?" y "^afover may be my future life, and it prtt^p to be a dark and sbaneful one, r. your:J| will never agiiio be crossed by i me. bare some pity upon you tbougb, it ciMUJii'irinbn mp willing' to Fnaro vour 7 (?., u?.?v .?v - r I J y nameie infamy that will bi'acken mine. 0 ' /e'up all claims upon yc>u, cow and . fori e * lt LAURA TEMPLE'rbN." V 1 'urn strange, terrible lette^ f0r n s wc i, to have written. I eat betide my y fat udgYing his heavy sleep, and thought if ?v< le life that had grown so dark and e delate. Her wild, reckless, ungovernaI, blentixre ; tho passionate heart, lliat had - all its wealth on one shrine ; em. ba&d all its treasure in one ship, and saw . it ?cke<?; the revenge, that, lilo a ser( pe: had inflicted its worst rencm on it1 sel Then the lone, dreary days, spent in . rolling against seT-imposed clwins; the | molomy of liom<; llie temptition so f Bu\tly offered, by divotion that tad crossedj# water for hersake, and soJght her i oud her lonely, joyjus homo ; t ie tvait? inpnd watching, loping for a release; fin!fj!lbe passionate recklessness, the utleroijperalion, that lurried her ori to es ca, jn any way, tin loathed life. Toor, , wrehW soul! how :oon the fruits of sin wilurt) to bitter asics on her lips ! j Lesue Hall, Nov. 2G. jfypoor father hac another stroke last Dt^ht.k He is as helpess as a littlo child, ?6d almost imbecile. I am the only one he seems to re<ognize. or will obey. B state, he may inger fjr months, but jttyte'lbut little Ixpe of his being any I V*o'a? I ) yj ,'oor, broken ?1J father. My post 8 i^liiBide as long as lio lives. Oh! _ long train of ?vi! ha9 his one sin of 0 fo'w brought uptn us all. Evil does 8 ??Tr l'ie ^oor l'ie m's,^oor? fln(l jj no*8 fins die witi him, Like a peb0 bltwwn V?to a lafc, whose ripplo swells |a frcrtle-to ifi]o, thl ein of one instant i0 spflsts baleful idlaenco to the leeshore at of-ntty. is Lrue Hall, Doc. 25. 8e ?nas anw yet, not a festival e- in |&nmon acceptation of the term. I e diowon go to church, but read the ' ? sei^p myself ii the drawing-room, 'II coqjijp interrnptd by my father's feot bltfWilous voice. lie is oo better, rath> erfln 'from his <xtremo nervousness ; ty I iwjbe out of light * moment. He ill sliofery badly, and tfba instant he wi^inust be by his side to soothe his is frtrVflarm. Consequently I never nnnt difWilarly, but spend the night on a Is, dUliis room, b< that I can be by him at at?j?ent's notic?. I can only leave 'lit bi^V little wlila after dinner, when 'd h^p better that at any other time. I 8tfw then, into the shrubbery, and c^gfireatb of freth air. The life is un^ urcp wearisome, so horribly monoto011 nt V as -.1 Lislie Hall, Feb. 2. b* if^Margaret Ins been down on a lit? me. I a?ked very particularly ad Af^S)r. Lennoj. She laughed and 0r an<* '? ' J* Ppos? I can only end the man's 1 * in pities t>y marrying him. Bui that u#i havo by to means decided upon A ate3 lovers are very foolish things, ft Soman ought to be content to reyafone for the rest of her life, when | oiu us 1 am. 11 tnigni uave uono *?0' D0W 'l j* ridiculous " iP' not PreS3 'lor ??y fftlr^ep? MU^l wilh the admission that the plan 18ft eA possible. If she would hat# conJRad ?nto 'she will again. And thobgh .imber o?dafford to wait T0rjr long, I still PjStok she consent. . , 3? cannot ^XBecond npsrriges, generalBreaking' Adhere are some cues Web jnstif/ theu^jJo this case. Bach diction ws^jy. merit*, by ihe wcv cf poftiq justice,\ if nothing ebe, a |fckg'TeW?i3. And Dr>Jjenoo* is a wan uMocn tf'y^inger wooQatk iba* Aunt Marffiftj*'woultdo w*ll to taarry. T *t have lot besrd from Calcutta in-s 1 1 long time, and I am growing anxious. Leslie Hall, Feb. 10. I received two letters from Florence this morning. The first wna written before she heard of my widowhood, nnd has been delayed somewhere most unaccountably. I copy a portion of it, for lack of somo thing better to do. "Mr. Howard is wilh us every day. You remember how full of life and gayely he UBed to be? Now he is a3 grave and silent as he can be, goes nowhere, see6 no one, and is altogether as much of a recluse as a wealthy, handsome young man is permitted to be. "I drag him o?ut sometimes to the balls given at tho Government House, and throw the moat charming girls at his heart. He will dance with tlicm, if obliged to, hand them to supper, or into a palanquin ana there tho matter ends. I nm convinced that he has been jilted by some fair one and asked Luciun about it the other 'night. Whereupon my lord assumed a becoming tone of conjugal authority, and remarked : "There are som8 questions, Florence, that even you cannot have answered. Whatever misfortune has befallen Mr. Howard llfi will ilnliVitloco nnnfi/lo If 1 ~ you when be wishes you to know it. But, until be does, it would be quite as well that you should remain in contented ignorance." ' "I subsided instantly, though I know some such thing has occurred. Otherwise, with that tenacious care for a fellow man's 'dignity* which all men have, Lucian would have denied it flatly. 'Twas a queer woman who could deny such a lover as I know he would make. I think he baa no equal, except Lucian, and I onlj except him for appearance's sake. The next letter was dated in November. I make an extract from that, also : "Your last letter was the most welcome one I ever received. I have never Maid eyes on' the one you allude to as containing an account of Mr. Staunton's death ; and we have been laboring under a terrible mistake. A package of English papers that bad been delayed on tlieir route, reached us moro than a month ngo, and on the obituary list was the announcement of the death of 'Mrs. Edward Staunton, of Winderaere Park, very puddonly of heart disease/ The shock brought on ma a severe illntss, and when my little girl rras put in my arms, I called her Eleanor, and Lucian added Howard, for the sake of your cousin Fercy.'* "I think my baby was five weeks old, when Mr. Steward came to tell us goodbye, as he was going with a party of gentlemen to viait the interior. Ho looked wretchedly. "I know I shall always love him for bis tenderness to ray baby* He begged permission to bold her, and carried ber off to the window in bis arms. When he gave ber back to me. her l!fll? fnrn wa? wot u-iili tears and a superb diamond cross glittered on ber bosom. I objected to ber receiving so costly n gift, but he Bilenced ae by saying : 'I meant it for Eleanor ; let your little one keep ii. The sight of it would afford me exquijte pain/ "Of course, I said nothing more. The party has been beard of several times; they will be gone some six or eight months." The dear little baby 1 I wish I could see it. Leslie Hall, April 11. My dear father died last night at eight o'clock. He had been gradually failing, but no one apprehended his immediate dissolution until last night, when his speech and consciousness fully returned; and though' very much debilitated, he could converse rationally. He saw his lawyer for an hour, and the Rector f?r some time. . Towards midnight, as I wa3 giving him some wine when, he became very much agitated, and accused himself of cruelty towards me, and pathetically besought my forgiveness. I assured him of it with manj tears, and he raised himself upon his crutch with difficulty and, laying his thin hands upon my head, blessed ma with ' tender words of love. The effort,, though; was too much for him, and he aaolc buck in a fainting fit, and never recovarad h's consciousness again. , His death- was perfectly painless. I only knew when life .! 4 1 it I : t iL. i j l i wns uxwiuuij uy mo remxiug ui vuu unuu 1 . held. I feel bis death keenly, tad miss so i' much the care of bim. I find my soft eai , listening, expecting to hear hit voice. Mj dear, dear, father I * . \ c ' i } ... . ? L*slib Hall, April 16.'i Mj dear father was buried last evening To-morrow I will rot'irn homo. Mr. Alexander Leslie, the heir at-law, has arrived. IIo was very kind to me, telling mo 10 consider this my home, as long as I choose to remain hero?and very kindly asking mo to take anyting out of tho house that I cared to own. (The fur~ mture, paintings, plate, and china, all go t.]i? nnfnrll ^ T /lt/1 nnt.' ntrni! mrcolf - / - of hia offer though, as everything I cared for was especially bequeathed me by my father. Mr. Leslie is a distant cousin of our?, though, from some family fiend I have never seen hirn before. >The day has been a painful and depressing ono. I did not tbinlc I would fhind, so much, seeing a stranger in my father's plnce. To-morrow I go home; this is tho last night I will ever spend under my ancestral roof. For centuries my father's have dwelt in these halls, and now J, the last living desccndent of the eldest branchs go forth?and leave to a stranger the home _ f _l.il 11 1 1 Al. _ P oi my cimuuoou au<i lue graves 01 niy dead, I took advantage of Mr. Leslie's kindties*, in ono particular, and asked him to continue to trust Mr. Marley vritli the business of the estate. It has been in the hands of hia family for several generations, and ho has bo completely identified himself with it, that I am sure it would break his henrt to giva it up. Mr. Leslie granted my request, a3 soon as I made it. So Mr. Marley will remain in the homo where the summer of his life was spent; and in whose walla the frosts of ages have fallen on hia head. I will be the only exile. TLo laws of primogeniture, or, more cor rectly speaking, the male entail, may be an excellent arrangement for family pride. But it. frequently causes a sacrifice of local attachments, from the daughters of a house, that sometimes outbalance the advantPges of the system. That is when human sorrow is weighed against family pride. "Windemere Park, May 1. My twenty-first birth-day; and I am a grave, sorrowful woman?orphand and a widow once but, retrospection is at best unprofitable, and with me more than useless. If I can forget the part, I will be satisfied. I have but few interests in life, and I would fain buy peace at the price of oblivion. I cannot sleep, each moment, some dread hope, or buried joy resurrects itself, and haunts me with its ghost. Why cannot I forget ? Eiich yoar of my life rises up in view before me. My spirited, petted childhood. My gay girlhood, when I was courted, and indulged till life was a long holiday dream. My marriage, and the cheerless year that followed it; the scorching agony ; the long weary months of woe and wretchedness ; my widowhood, and the more recent scenes of sorrow that I have pasEed through. All come crowding, and jostling eaoh other, until my brain whirls, my heart sickens, and I cry aloud, why, oh, why cannot I forget? Uli for some JLethenn stream in winch to plunge and blot out all the paat. Windemeue Tark, May 10. Aunt Margaret Las, nt last, consented to make dear, good Dr. Lennox happy, by promising to be bis wife. They are a very orthodox pair of loverp, never indulging in a bit of nonsense. He rides over every evening (six miles,) to see her. But any one to see them together would only consider them friends. They will be married in August, and remain here till Jan* u&ry, and then go to housekeeping. Dr. Lennox has given up his practice to his nephew, and will devote himself to the comfortable, easy life of a country gentle man. Aunt Margaret laughs and calk herself an old goose, to think of marrying. But alio is lonely and discontented, and any woman would be overcome by the devotion that has waited more than twenty-five years for her. It sounds absurd, when you think that she is forty-five and heflfty; bat there is something infinitely touching in the affair to me ; and I often have the tears to rise in my eyes when 1 notice his devotion to her. <* " ' WikDbmere Park, May 20. I was surprised this evening by a visil from Mr. Alexander Leslie. lie is on his WAV fr\ Inton n n rl afnhnorl finrn frtr n doo I "~v % *v" M? """IT"* MV,V ,w* M W"J . or two. I like him very much ; hoBeeraa , to be a warmhearted, clannish man, and ; regrets tho feud that has kept us slran, gere eo long. So do I now, though once I > rather gloried in my father** implacability, r I thought it once a want of proper pride -to yield an atom to an enemy. Now I have learnt that the true, manliness and dignity of human nature ie best indicated I by a generous, forgiving temper. He i< bravest, who, when in error, can frankly confess it, and aeek a reconciliation; not ho who is so unceiVun of his honor, that lie fearo to peril it by a concession to an injured opponent. I did r.ot mean to go off into an cthical treatise though. Mr. Leslie is Tery agreeable; uol brilliant nor talented, but he has travelled a great deal, and being a shrewd, sensible maHj Las very many things to talk about j that are worth hearing. lie is plain a^d straightforward in his manners, and gives you an idoa~~ that bo is thoroughly honest, a man whom you can trur,t and rely upon. lie is not handsome, stiictly speaking; but there is something very attractive in his appearance. Ilis fnceia so resoluto; a rich bronzed complexion: vary dark beard and moustache, almost black; and a beautiful shaped head ; rather irregular features, but beautiful oyes; largo clear, well opened, violet blue, with the pleas* antest expression in them. I suppose he is about twonty-live or six years old, though ho docs not give you the impression of beiDg a very young man. He is passionately fond of music, although ho cannot ?ingntnll. I played for him to-night. The first tiuie I have touchod an instrument in nearly a year. [to be cost ued.] To a Little HWwife.. O little Huswife clean and spruco Thy use one heart divines; A rosy npple, full of juice, And polished"till it ehiucsl A tidy, tripping, louder thing, A foe to lazy litters, A household nr.gel, tidying Till all aronnd thee glitters 1 To see thee in thy loveliness, So prudish and so chaste; l*o speck upon the cotton dress Girdled around thywaisj; The ankle peeping white ns snow Thy tucked-up kirtlo under; Wlii'e shining dishes, row on row Behind thee, stare and wonder! While round tliy door the millions call, While the great markets fill, Though public sorrow strike us all, Singing, thou workest still; Yea, all thy care and all thy lot Is ever, sweet and willing, To keep one little household spot As clean as a new shilling! The crimson kitchen firelight dips Thy cheeks until they glow ; The white flour makes thy fiugcr tips Like rosobuds dropt in snow. Whe^ll thy liltlcKptle heart Flutters io exultat&n To compass, in an apple tart, Thy noblest aspiration 1 O Huswife, may thy modest worth Keep ever free from wrong; l^lont hi* til)A and t.liA 1IAAI4.1I Thou blesscat all day long! And nightly, may tby sleep be sound, Whil) o'oi* thee, softly, stilly, The curtains close, like leaves around The husht heart of the lily! ?All the Year lionnd. Our Fighting Editor. A fighting editor being a necessary evil in every well conducted newspaper office, we entered into an agreement with a gentleman from Arkansas somo time since, who offered to conduct the "sanguinary department of this paper at live dollar a difficulty, and now have the pleasure of announcing that ho is ready for business. All aggrieved nnrfifla rloaira n oofflnrftnrtf wiflA tlVO 1TUW UV/OUV Ul OVIUVIUVUU M 1LJL1 us arc notified to apply to him. Besides the important duties we have called liirp. to perform ho desires it to be made nown that he is prepared to go into the wholesale business?there being many newspapers unprovided witli a Bloody Editor?but ho cannot undertake less than ten little difficulties at a time. It must not be thought that our accomplished associate is a mild mannered, conciliatory gentleman. That would bo fatal to his reputation, and would destroy his -useful i1 i-tl! ?. 1 3 ness in tnia eaiaonenment, uesiaes being one of the mo$t tremendous falsehoods ever uttered, lie will wait upon anybody who expresses such an opinion. In size he is a little over seven. feet j his age is ,twenty<rfive. people say that his hair is all,colors, but that is a mistake. fPho, fine, flowing,' cavalier head of hair which hangs gracefully down to the email of his back does sometimes turn red, black, white and even blue, just as his 110blo heart happens to bo torn with emotion; but grcon is its natural hue. Whon powerfully affectod?-by a press of business for instanco?it Btand on end liko syrup of squills upon tho fretful feminiuo. People who want to ofTer explanations concerning articles in tho Telegram bad hotter not see him just at that time, llo is exceedingly reticent about liis ancestors. Tho funeral of a cit'zon who asked him about his grandmother, took placo yesterday. Ho was, ii is said, born in tho delightful town of liutsville, Chawup A A -1 - - uuuii u), jiiKiuisas, \n tiio year 18-lG. IIo was a child- at the timo and did not, therefore, tako such an active part in his christening ns ho would have dono had tho ceremony been delayod a few years. Hut there was an interesting incident in that affair that is worthy of record "in this connection." I'arson Wcakman, tho miserable Unitarian of whom was entrusted the important duty to giving him hi;} name, threw a glass of whiskey in liis face, instead of water, at which ho grew exceedingly indignant.? Clutching tho white choked villain by the throat with 0110 hand, ho seized a hairpin from tho maternal head with tho other, and jabbed his reverence in the stomach. He believes that tho vast eonoourso of people who attended the funeral of the parson turned more to honor his deed of valor than - lo rcspcct the defunct. The child is the father of the man; grout oaks from littlo acorns grow. For more proverbial philosphy seo Iloraco (Jreclcy:s Political Economy. Matters were very unsettled in Chawup county when our associate commenccd be sin ess; but owing to bis untiring efforts all littlo difficulties were satisfactorily arranged. Census Dcpew couldn't figure tho population less than it is to-day. lie proposes to conduct his department on the European plan. All orders promptly executed. No cards. Gentlemen can examine a map of Cavalary Cemotery while waiting for their turn. No charge for tho use of weapons. Englishmen, bogus dramatists, cockney punsters and opera boitffers served first. Tho fighting cdi tor will not undertake to give explanations after tho first interview, bccauso they will not be required, illo was never known to miss. Offico hours from eight to five.?N. Y, Tele- , gram. Useful Hints.?A bit of glue dissolved in skim milk will restore crapo. Strong ley put in wator will make it as soft as rain wator. * Half a cranborr3T, it is said, bound on a corn, will soon kill it. Ribbons of every kind should bo washed in suds and not rinsed. Scotch snulT put in holes whero crickets come out will destroy them. A bit of soap rubbed on tho hinges of doors will prevent thoir croaking. "Wood ashes and common salt wet with water will stop tho crack of a stove. If your flat irons arc rough, rub them with linn milf. nnH it. will mnlm them smooth. If you wish to avoid a oold, keep your mouth shut. Tho same plan also keeps tho tooth from getting sunburnt and pooplo from noticing them if thoy aro. a ^ " J A fast man undertook tho task of toasing an ccccntric preachor. "Do you boliovo tho story of tho fatted calf?" ** x cs," saia tue preacher. "Well, tlven, was it a male or female calf that was killed ?" ' "A female," replied the divino. "How do you know that?!' I - "Because, (looking tho interrogator in tho -face,) I soo that tho matois still alive." ' ' \4 K w- I Isabella occupies sixty rooms in a big hotel at Trouvillo, -and pays $20,000 a month board, . -' - N Tho Viceroy of Egypt, who spoilt during his noOent Earopcan trip moro money than any Princo did for many years, brought from Paris, porhaps, flirt mn?f rtVn?y?B?VA flnll nvnl< winnn' (ft a child. It is destinod for one of the daughters of Saltan Abdal Aziz, and illias,diamond curings worthfour^fin thousand dollars.