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DMONA VILLA, pituated in its own park-like grounds on the borders of Pdarkheath, was a pelect seminary for young ladies, con ducted by the Misses Prism. Wie park-like grounds' insisted altogether of about half an acre of the terrestial sphere, the chief part of which was laid down with shin gle, affording an excellent opportunity of research for such pupils as were studying geology. As this fact was found, however, on discovery, to de press the spirits of parents, and cause them to imagine they might be de ceived in other particulars as well as the grounds, the Misses Prism always hastened to correct the erroneous im pression by assuring their would-be patrons that they only received young ladies of the highest families, and from the most select circles of society. The Misses Prism forgot to mention, whilst alluding to this part of the sub ject, that Miss Jane Prime, of the first class, was the eldest daughter of the gentleman who provided them with beef, and that he had been gradually induced, as the young lady advanced in years, to increase his deduction from the weekly butcher's bills, from one pound to thirty shillings. It would al so, doubtless, have been wasting the time of their visitors to explain that the reason the two Misses Candy were num bered amongst the select, was, that their papa was the principal grocer in the town, or that the two Misses Wat ers represented a certain number of quarts of milk, and that, to make a long story short, they accepted any pu pils they could get, without the slight est reference to their ancestors or antecedents. The seminary at Pomono Villa was conducted on precisely the same prin ciples as the generality of its kind, and turned out as finished women, with some few exceptions. This was the boarding-school to which Ruthven de cided to send Margaret O'Reilly. In his dilemma, he had gone, naturally enough, to a married lady friend, the wife of one of his bons comarades; a woman who had no children of her own, but had heard of the Misses Prism through some one else, and Ruthven seized on the first opportunity present ed to him, and made all the arrange ments for the reception of his protege at Pemona Villa, through the penny post. He wrote frankly that her edu cation had been neglected; but that was no drawback in the eyes of the Misses i Prism. "They would give all the more attention to the sweet child, that she might realize every hope her excellent guardian entertained for her." Ruthven winced under the corre spondence, but considered that a few years with the Misses Prism could do the girl no harm. "As soon as she can read and write," he thought, "I shall put her under Mrs. Delamaine, who'll make an excellent little chambermaid of her, or train her for any other line she may prove able to fill. I can't hear of her going into burlesque or the ballet with that face. It's quite enough responsibility for me to have picked her out of the gutter without incurring more. I often think I've done a hair-brained thing; but I'm in for it now, and the only course to take is to go through it as creditably as I can. So first to close with Miss Prism." Both Ruthven and Mrs. Garrett had anticipated some difficulty when they told Peg she was to go to school, but to their astonishment the girl evinced the greatest delight at the prospect. "Oh! I am glad," she ejaculated; "It is real good of Mr. Ruthven to send me to get some learning. I want to be a lady so much, and read all the books Master Hamilton does, and do beautiful writing like he can." "Lor' bless the gal!" exclaimed the Irate housekeeper, "you don't go to sup pose that reading and writing will make you a lady? You'll never be a lady live as long as you may, so the sooner you get that notion out of your head the better." "Sha'n't I never?" said Peg, in a tone of disappointment, clasping her little thin hands together; "not if I tries very hard? Why, I heard Mr. Ruthven say the other day 'twas drawing, painting, music and such things that made peo ple ladies and gentlemen, and I thought if I learned them at school I might be a lady, too." "Well, I know nothing of what Mr. James said; but you can't be a lady un less you were born to it, and that's a settled fact. But why don't you call mm master,' instead of Mr. Ruthven? 'Twould be much more suitable in my ideas, for a young gal like you." "Never mind that, Garrett," ex claimed Ruthven, who had overheard this conversation; "I would rather Mar garet continued to call me 'Mr. Ruth ven.' It will make things less awk ward when she goes to school." "Just as you please, sir," responded the houekeeper; but from the way in which she grumbled over her work at terward, it did not seem as though, in this instance, his nleasure was her own. Meanwhile, Peg O'Reilly's feelings at the contemplated change in her life were very mixed. This poor child, who had been reared in a work-house, made the drudge of a grocer's wife, and as a waif of the streets, had yet preserved amidst all her wanderings an instinct ive knowledge that she was capable of better things. With the face and form of a child of ten years old, she had the prematurely forced mind of a woman twice that age, which began to show itself as soon as ever it was placed in a congenial at mosphere. Her first feelings, when Ruthven carried her off so unceremoni ously to his house, had been those of fear and curiosity; but she had fallen into the customs and manners of civil ized life so naturally, as almost to in cline one to believe it could not be her first introduction to them. Her conversations with the house keeper had imbued her with a terrible shame of her past life, whilst those with Hamilton Shore had given her a thirst to raise herself above even its recollections. But beyond all this, as her mind awakened to a consciousness of the utter want of claim she had up on Ruthven's benevolence and gener osity, came the deep, heartfelt grati tude which she never ceased to enter tain for him. She was very shy still with her patron, and totally powerless to express her feelings toward him. But if ever a girl believed a man to be more than mortal, Peg O'Reilly, in her silent adoration, credited James Ruthven with that attribute. She was sadly dis appointed when Mrs. Garrett affirmed she would never be a lady; but she had heard what Lake Addison said to his friend on the subject, and she deter mined she would try to be one, for Ruthven's sake. There was a great lamentation on the part of Hamilton Shore when he found that he and Peg were so soon to be sep arated, and he derived no consolation whatever from Mrs. Garrett telling him that so long as his bed was properly made and his supper ready when he required it, "it could make no possible difference to him, who came into the house and went out of it." Ruthven parted with his protege in the same un demonstrative manner In which he had adopted her. He nodded his head to her in passing, put a sovereign into her hand, and told her to be a good child and learn all she could, and got into his cab and drove away. Mrs. Garrett, according to instruc tions,, conducted the girl to Black heath, and delivered her over to the charge of the Misses Prism. Once hap pily freed from the kisses which the preceptresses lavished on her as long as Mrs. Garrett was in sight, Peg felt dreadfully shy on being introduced to the bevy of young ladies in the school room, until she discovered that the Misses Waters, Candy, and Prime spoke as ungramatically as she did herself and that, thanks to the liberality of her guardian (as Ruthven had desired her to call him), she was as well dressed as any girl there. Indeed, until the neat black leather trunk with brass nails, which had ac companied her to fomona villa, was unpacked, Peg had no idea of the wealth of which she was the possessor The young ladies of the highest (ami lies were all witnesses to its disem bowelment, and as the handkerchiefs scarfs, ribbons, collars and such like easily transferable wares, came to the surface, the affection of her new com panions developed itself as though by magic. One girl in particular, a tall handsome creature of fourteen years of age, whose black eyes and hair and olive complexion proclaimed her to be not all of Saxon blood, was vehement both in the praises of the wardrobe and its owner. "Stand one one side, girls, and don' push so," said she, authoritatively "Miss O'Reilly is going to be my friend we were to sleep in the same room, and Miss Prism has put her under my es pecial care, so I won't see her put upon in any way." "Which means that she intends to get that scarlet ribbon she is fingering for herself," grumbled one of the se lect; "it's just like Carmen Flowers to pounce upon every good thing that comes into the school." "Greedy!" said Miss Candy. "Vain!" sneered Miss Prime. "Stuck up!" chimed in Miss Waters. By which it may be seen that Carmen Flower Spanish by her mother's side, and English by her father's although she was strongly suspected of turning out a beauty, was not much of a favor ite at Pomona Villa. Whether on account of Ruthven's 11b eraltiy, however, or because some se cret attraction drew the two girls to gether, Carmen Flower and Margaret O'Reilly were fast friends from the fl-st day of meeting. On Peg's side a vast deal of admiration mingled with the affection she conceived for her new companion. Carmen was only one year older than herself; yet she appeared almost a wom an by comparison with her, and Peg thought 'she had never seen anything more beautiful than her flashing black eyes, and long, straight limbs, and the abundant dark tresseswith which her head was crowned. Carmen was an orphan, too, who could not remember either father or mother, and lived with her uncle and guardian, Sir Frederic Flower, in an old house in the country called Abbotsville. It was rumored in the school that Miss Flower was an heiress, and would inherit all her un cle's money, and Carmen was fond of boasting to the same effect; but that morgan mm, optraetors, Builders, Cabinet TaKer5 AND UNDERTAKERS. FAEMINGTON, NEW MEXICO. ie Smelter City Brewing Association. Manufacturers of Pure, Wholesome, Home Brewed Beer, and the only Pure Ice in the market. imimstance made no difference to Peg. Her heart had known too little f affection not to respond eagerly to that semblance of it which school girls exhibit toward each other, and which has its outlet in kisses, secrets and terms of endearment. She mistook all this gilt for gold, and before a month was over her head she adored Carmen Flower as a being of superior order to herself, and was never so happy as when she was running her errands, doing her ommissions, or waiting on her pleas ure. Carmen liked this adulation; it was as balm to her conceited spirit, and if she had ever felt an attachment to anyone it was to Margaret O'Reilly. Inheriting from her Spanish mother a haughtiness and thirst for admiration which had -endered her obnoxious to her compan ions, her beauty and wealth had not met hitherto with the consideration she thought they deserved. The British girl is almost as ready as her brother to put down anything like self-assur ance and conceit, and the butcher's and baker's daughters had been irritated ather than awed, by the assumption of importance maintained bv Miss Flower. Hut poor Peg had no dignity of her own to keep up. She could not assert oudly.like the Misses Prime and Candy, that she was as good as others; she was only anxious to conceal the past, and let it die in silence. Even to her friend Carmen Flower, she said nothing on the subject. Her feminine instinct had al ready taught her that the confession would do her harm, added to which Mrs. Garrett had especially cautioned her, on her master's behalf, not to re veal anything of her past life So all that the young ladies discov ered was that she was an orphan and lived with her guardian, the same as Carmen Flower did. Thev thouiiht her dreadfully vulgar at first, but nat ural timidity made her expose her de ficiencies as little as possible, and nat ural intelligence quickly taught her to remedy them. It was Easter wr,jt she was sent to Pomona Villa, and Itj mid summer no one would have recognized her as the same girl. Her face and figure had filled out, her cheeks bloomed with health, and her language was at least as correct as it is with most of hei age. In fact, Margaret O'Reilly had be come the prettiest girl in the school, and, though their attachment contin ued unabated, Carmen Flower was more than disposed to be jealous of tho attention she attracted. When Mrs. Garrett arrived on one of her monthly visits to see how the girl was progress ing, she held up her hands in amaze ment. "Lor' bless me, Miss Margaret, I nev er did see such a change! Well, Black heath must agree with you, and these ladies must be doing their duty for you to look so well. I should think you must weigh double what you did when you came here." But it was nothing more than fresh air and wholesome food and the absence of fear that had wrought the miracle. For the first time in her life Peg's lit tle mind and body were having fair play, and they responded gratefully to it. It was a great disappointment to the girl when the midsummer holidays arrived to find that she was to spend them at Pomona Villa, In company with Miss Tarbrush, whose parents lived in Calcutta. But so it had been arrange)? by Ruthven from the beginning. (TO BB CONTINUED.) If Satan ever laughs it must be at tho hypocrites, they are the greatest duper he has. Dnrango, - - Colorado. 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