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The morning star and Catholic messenger. [volume] (New Orleans [La.]) 1868-1881, June 06, 1875, Morning, Image 2

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mErning Star ane Cstholic Messenger.
33W OBLUAqI C mnwAT. 8171Z a M the
deale her mind of many anlieties on her
friend's aecount.
While the answers to the letters written in dot
so impulsive a manner are beingesPedted with eq
some impatiene, a few words sbsld s said e ci
on the history and circumetanoes of Margaret
Lester, about whom a good dead is to be writtsl I
In these page. ll
A P1ranMSART. ed,
Margeret's mother died when she was about abe
fourteen years old, and her father, unwilling eda
to take the direction of his daughter's edue- live
ties, placed her at an eeallet boarding- bd
aobeel, wheo eo exps-e wa spored to give him
her every advantage, sad where, being perfet be
ly happy, she remained ntil she was nine-m
teeo. It was at this school that she formed
the ifddship with Jessie Edgar which wa her
afterward to be so grat anbeefit to her. Jee
ale was the second daughter of a wealthy New a
York family, and it was at bher borne that of
Margaret peeso her first Christmas vacation, a g
and all her seeosding holidays. we
Jessie's gentle` yielding nature found great
enjoyment in Margaret's boldness and self- Jim
relanes, and Margaret, who began by protect- e
lug and supportilng the other's timidity and fal
bshynees, ended by heartily admiring and lov- of
ing her sweet and unselfish room-mate. They aba
became " inseparables," in sohool-girl phrase, cli
and when sobhool-days were over, and Mr. Les- sic
ter thought that the best completion to his
daeghter's eduestion would be a little travel
ing, Josuse's mother conseeated to her Wc- an
compuayfug her dear friend. For two years by
they vieited beautiful places together, and do
felt their friendship drawn more closely, as
their sympathies became enlarged. ha
Bab this happy eiperienase came to a sudden
and Ierrowfal end. Mr. Lester had a terrible we
fll while they were ooming down a mountain, Mi
and, after lingering a few weeks in extreme lei
sdbring, died, leaving the two girls quite lo1
ldna In a f reigualsd. They had asad journey wi
a hime; he had been the life and soul of their oa
sexpeditio, and, having travelled a good deal
before, had been able to be the pleesatest
kind of a guide for them. It bad been harad to ba
prevail on Margaret to leave the Swiss town m,
where he lay burted in the little grave-yard; th
bkt Jesie's love prevailed, and they came
sahey back together to Mrs. Edgar's hospitable fir
house. Once there, the kind friends would be
notlet Margaret think of leavinl them, and all
ahe had grown to consider the pleasant house ha
almost as her own home. ha
It was long before hbe recovered her high to
spirits, but at twenty-three abe was induced to if
ge into society with Jessie, who had waited re
for her. She was, from every point of view, at
a desirable matchb-young, rich, and fne-look- h
lag ; gay and good-humored. Pleased with a
herself and her surrounding, she thereaghly r,
enjoyed her first season, and was unmistakbly
a belle. The next year, however, was a dkap- p
polatmemt ; themr wto a samenes in her life h
sad musements theat beame irrittatingLl P
Jessie was engaged to be married, and aI- b
et feaod herself jealas of her friend's divided g
eenulenee. But, though she said to Jessle r
that she weald like to follow her example, " to
be able to sympathize with lover's rhapsodies,"
like the princess in the ftlry-tale, she found
fault with all her admirers; criticised them, 1
niok-named them, and discouraged theiratton
tioes A soon as these became exltosive. A
very gay summer at a fashionable watering
place followed this wearisome winter, and
Margaret entered upon her third season dis
posed for anything but enjoyment. No one
who saw baer in society would have guessed
her real character. High-spirited, gay, liking
to astonish and slightly shock her friends by
her behavior, a little of what is termed "a
trainer," there lay underneath this careless ex
terior a depth of real sentiment that only one
or two people whom she truly loved were
aware of To be loved for herself, and to love,
were her aspirations.
First, she was perfectly aware of her own
attraeetions, and believed she could have
almost any man of her acquaintance, if sbe
should choose to make berselt .bteeable to
him; but she could not believe in any one's
dieanterested attachmentto her.
" They all know I am rich," she world say
to Joele ; they would not takeem and pover
ty. Now, I would be glad if I were poor, to
marry a poor man ; then I oould believe in his
love, and we could have some trials to bear
together.
Secondly, she earnestly wished to love ; but
" this, with her, meant a great deal. She want
ed to look up to some one, to honor and believe
in him; she thougbt of this much more than
of the sentiment; for she knew she should
dad that with the rest. She wastired of taking
th lead, and of bhaving her own way. How
gladly would she submit herself to a noble
gide! She imagineood herelflalmoet as a queen
stepping down from her throne, resigaing
aeeptre and authority, sad saylog, with Miss
Prnoter,
" Leve trem ; ad fetr ever he gives, and gives anl."
" But these young men," bshe said to Jeesle,
Sare so latenseMly matter-of-fet ! They would
think my brain softeLng, if they knew what
I wanted nd expected to find." At another
time she said, ' If I could only find somothing
a little diereont I I think I will go to Anstra
la, marry a squatter, and se all the queer
animale- My money would be worth while
oat thera"
It has been said that Margaret had a maiden
unt living at Shellbeacb, her mother's only
sister. Thisld Ipshe bhad seem but once sinoe
her return from abroad, when Miss Spelman
came to New York on purpose to take her
niece home with her. Margaret, however, was
not willing to leave the Edgarl, and so her
nut returned to Shellbeuob, a little offended
by her nieca'o preferring strangers to her own
fesh and blood, but, on the whole, perhaps
eyered that her quiet home was not to be in
vaded by a person of se startling a character
ab abe eomelved Margaret to be. A visit had
beean agroed upos botween them: bht this bad
been declined and deferred so many times that "
the old lady, again offended, had given up it's
proposing it. If it had not beeaqtor Mqrgaret's roeq
oroelity about Jeisiee riMend:Dooto James, bear
she certainly would net bahie temembeed her "
duty to her mothe's only sister while it is with
equally tr that, if it bhd not bhe. fer that "1
asolvenient relatise, she eeaud not fet a mso- if
have emeutaied the idea of taking the said
l t that is, the deotor) by storm in his des. wi
etlt soy likelibood of betig eaptvated be. in tl
self is this adventure, it msst be eeknowledg- 14
ed, abe had no theeghb. Her eartct7, her yea
strongest weak po1at, was thoroughly et6Wd- ts It
abset this doetor. That a man pwith a fin snd
edaostioe, a profelon. ad enough moessy to sayli
live respectably, (all whie iatformation she i si
bad obtaioned from her Med,) should Isolate won
himself lta stupid little se-ald town, boewus all s
ho liked to de so and enJoyed it, was to her a "'
mystery wbiokdemanded to be oleared up at M
once. How she should like to astonish this form
hermit ! How she would dress How she was
would shook his ideas of propriety, if he had wee
any I He would,'e surprised and overpowered, arr
of course, and then-well, then she would beat "
a graceful retreat, and come back to Jesie's Doe
wedding in the best of spirits.
''I shall take Ceoile and the Marehloness and grit
Jimmy, and you will sep that we shall have an "
exclting time. I shall make myself so delight- Tpy,
fal to dear Aunt Selina that she will not hear Ie i
of my staying less than six months; and I II
shall study housekeeping, economy and medi- onc
clue, and experiment on Cecile when she is as a
sick." ages
" Why do you take the Marchioness 1" osol
" How can you ask f I must have exercise;
and who knows but I may make myself useful mac
by visiting the distant patients when the than
dootor's horse is tired " - takb
" But why not take Lady Jane I She is much Si
handsomer." iod
"fShe is too fine for my purpose. I don't eno
want to seem wealthy, you know; and the to
Marchioness goes mousing alpng, her head her
level with her tall, in true Morgan style, and
looks anything bat extravagant. Then Jimmy Spg
will keep us awake, and bark at Aunt Belina'es cn
cats when other excitement falls." bon
" How do you know she has cats 1" 6
"Of course she has cats! Half a dozen, I so
have no doubt. Who ever beard of an ancient u
maiden living alone without cats How I wish he
the answers would come!" in 1
They did come, in due time; Miss Spelman's par
first, cordially welcoming her niece to Shell- for
I beach for any length of time, or for good and pre
I all. Margaret felt rather ashamed, as she saw me
how her aunt had fallen into the trap, and bac
how completely her own good faith had been
1 taken for granted. Shementally resolvedthat, col
if it depended on her, Miss Spelman should not thr
d repent her generosity; she would make herself thi
as delightful as she could, cheerfully give up
- her own convenienene, if necessary, and make ple
b up for her long neglect of so disinterested a
7 relation. lis
y This letter arrived on the third day of ex- we
P pectation; the doctor's, not until a fall week pr
fe had elapied. "A doctor's time is not his own, on
and the number of invali#s at Shellbeach has
been greaterhban usual." It would be well to b
'd give the letter in fall, at least so much of it as mi
le relates to Margaret and her proposition.
to "If it were the first of April," wrote the tr
," doctor, " I should find no dimoolty in compre
td bending your letter; as it is not. I am tuelied
to believe that I am being 'sold;' but Ido not ea
m, believe practical jokes are in your line. and M
a- eou write apparently in good earnest. There
A fore, if your original friend seriously recom
mends snobh n experiment as this, I can bet PN
ig- acquiesce, of course. Miss 8pelms also in- to
ad forms me that her niece * is coming ;' so I feel
is- that any opinion I may express on the subject
is superlonus. However, it seems to me that d
ne there bshould be an equality of position in this th
ad matter, and I will say that I agree to Miss to
Leg ste'e terms, provided she agrees to mine. I
have but one condition, and it is her own; to
by that at the end of the time she appoints q.
"a she will, simultaneously with me, that is, .
at a given hour, write me ' a true statement
of how she stands affected toward me'- P1
ne which means, of course, tell me honestly if she s.
wre loves me. I have a right to say that I think u
re this plan doubtful to its purpose, its practioa
bility and its probable results."
Not a word more was given to the subject;
rn the letter spoke briefly of Philip, of Jessie, and
e terminated.
to Margaret of course saw this letter in the
su same forcible way that she saw the other
Jessie thought she would be offended, and so
she was, but that did not have the result Jes- 1
sy sie secretly hoped for.
rr "He is not well-bred, and evidently thinks
a great deal of himself. How I shall enjoy
hisnubbing him !"
ear "You are going I"
" I should think so! Do you suppose I ,hall
but disappoint Aunt Selina for such rudeness as
thist But I will have no more second-hand
dealings." And so saying, she seized pen and
d paper, and wrote as follows:
"Dr. Jame--I accept your oondition. Six
lsng mootbs from next Monday, which will'be July
low 18th, at eleven o'clock in the evening, we will
hble write our letters.
eea, MA uArI Lxaas."
Jessie was not allowed to see this note, which
was at once dispatohed to 8helhlbeash.
" An4d now," Margaret said, " comes the fun
an of arrangements. We will go up stairs and
ae, consult about my olotbes, and all that I shall
sad take with me."
hat CHAPTErR iII.
Aher 8rAssOans vORn sItLLUD3Acn.
bing Dr. James's letter had been received onToes
stra- day; the followinog Monday, at about three
neer o'clock, on a bleak and gray January afternoon,
rhile Margaret, accompanied by her maid and terrier
dog, arrived at the little way-station of Shell
iden beach, and ascertaining that Miss Spelman's
only carriage had not arrived, walked intothe little
sinoe waiting-room and to the air-tight store which
man was, however, barely warm. Her teeth ohat
her tered, sad she stamped her, feet and robbed
was her hands; the French maid followed, bearlng
her bag and shawls, shivering and easting forlorn
oded glances around her. The little dog alone
own seemed ain good spirits, and ran about, inquir
haps lug into everything, and snufottled suspiciously
I n- at a man who sat wrapped in a shawl, reading
icter a book, and at two small boys, who were par
had taking of frost which they scraped of the
had windows.
"Wei, wa' ola ti a o s s a "e l n
it's cold," sald uarge s iki at . I
rc.e s "but I' , ,a ,.or a a
bear.' .A
"0 mademoislelle i1i terrble," said OC ele, '1
with a sort of liptlebriek. i
" It is a forlorn plas, eerta~l t my e am
if my proviseons rte O ed arsare ?
said, talsag the r. The 1. Mesr ths Jam
window beesoe deeply i s. Pauid s
in their esaetisfastry rple . oal
O seed eotel How I aM *batIba
ye8 wat it, do yoal We, taikt,'se mid aft I
to the little dog, who had junmepd n her,
and while he devoored ht he lt.
saylngrseeetively, "Little pig l. jl I
i starvation, and it weres my i b, hoe il
would est it. How do I lookl e  sn ebt
all eovered with eindenrs. you
"YTee, mnademoelele; you look 'likb fright. and
Margaret smiled, and returned to the plat- to a
foram, Where ihe made inquiries of men who expi
was looking belplessly at her trankaow ther she
were to be got to Mis Spe~lmis. - avting awn
arranged that matter, she asked: aPPs
" Can't I have that buggy to drive up In pall
Does it belong to the man inlside there ' speal
" It belongs to him," said the driver, with a hea
grin, and Margaret trned away ildespair.
" The train was early," said a toy handing,
ay, "and perhpsi the young lady's team wlt
be along soon. st
Margaret, who had her purse in her band, at saya
once presented the boy with twenty-five cents.
as an acknowledgment for the ray of encour- timn
agpment he had volunteered. He bete it phil
osophically, and she returned to the room.
"Cecile, it's only two miles to Mis 8pel.
man's; suppose we we walk; it will be warmer
than waiting here. Give me the bag, wnd yel
take the shawls, and we will inquire ho way." sa
She accompanied these words with ab k of
indignation at the aman who wse fqr netesta
enough to have a boggy at his command ; but
to her great surprisse he rose, and, aprrohing
her, said:
"The train was early, and I expdgted UMinam
Spelsban's carry-all; but it is evidently not wo
ooming, and you must manage, tGith my
buggy.' t
" You are Dr. James?" said Margaret, with
an inquisitive look. .
" You are right; and yeo are il Lster,/ o
be replied. ' I am sorry you have bad to wait
in the cold ; but when I saw you bad a com- for
panion, I thought it would be wlier to wait for
for the carryall. Miss Bpelman said she should
probably send; but asked me, at any rate, to
meet you. I will drive you home and come
back for your maid."
" But it is so cold here, and Cecile feels the
cold more than I. Could we not Posslbly go 001
three in a boggy ? Would it be tab much for se
the horse?" oh
The doctor smiled for the first tiae; he was h
pleased by her thought for her maid. r wi
" You and I are good-sized peopl4ibut she
is small. I think Rosanna ean stand ,the ml
weight; but it will not do to start cold. I be
propose we go over to the store ana thor
oughly warmed. T
" Oh delightful," cried Margaret, "the t
D thought of being warm again is almoet too tb
" muoh for me.' of
The doetei led the way aoreos the railromd
" track to a kind of variety store, where there he
was certainly no reason to complain of the PC
Scold. The sir was stifling, sad conveyed to o0
SMargaret's sense of smell impressions of f'
Sseep, molasses, peppermint drope, brown pep
a per, and onions, at one breath; but she was
- too grateful to be warm even to make a face, t
which under other circumstonces she would dr
a doubtless have done. Seated in chairs before
a the energetic little stove, she and Cecile
7 toasted hands and feet while the doctor went h'
for the horse. When he returned they were
a quite ready tastart, and the bag being stowed c'
*away A% the box, they Iunt on all their wrap- hi
pings, by the doctor'es advice, and packed them
ie selves into the buggy. Jimmy curled himself
nk uder his mistress' feet, the buffalo robe was
well tucked In, and the sturdy-looking nware n
t. started with her load with a willingness which c
showed she too was glad to have her face to
ward home. It was cold enough in spite of I
their comfortable start, and, to make matters n
er worse, Margaret's veil blew away; but she 1
would not have alluded to it for the world. '
s- The doctor seemed absorbed in his driving, and
Cecile occupied with her aching toes; and al
ks lowing it to escape seemed to her so femiline
oy and weak-minded a proceeding that she bore
the cutting wind in silence rather than expose
her carelessness. Her gratitude to the doctor I
all for rescuing her from her uncomfortable sitaa
as tion, and the genial feelings produced by her I
md warming at the stove, now gave way to reflec
_d tions on this man's previous behavior, as he
sat wrapped in his shawl, in the cold little I
Six waiting-room. What a hard-hearted, out- i
Srageons monster he must be ! Why did he not
vill speak at once, and be sympathetic and hind I1
, Of course he was studying her, and no doubt
eriticising her, as that unfavorable moment. It
c chcafed her to think to what an inspection sbhe
been exposed, and bow utterly she had been at
an a disadvantoge. At last she broke te h slenoce
nl by saying abruptly:
"Does not extreme huanger add to one's oa
pacity for being cold "
She inteoded toombarrese him by reminding
him of his profession, batsbhe was disappointed;
es- for bhe answered at one, with a slight move
rsee ment of his mouth, not however a smile:
mon, "Extreme hunger? Yes; especially such as
rio the poor feel, who may have tasted nothingfor
11ll1 two or three days, nor meat for uas many
an's months. How long is it since you break
ittle fasted t'
iclh " At eight," she replied shortly.
bat- The doctor, rememberisg with a little com
bed punotion that he had both breakfasted and
rig ldiased, hastened to say :
lor. "That is a long time for a person sooeutomed
lone to regular meals. I am quite sure you will finod
nir- a better reception in the matter of dinner than
osly you experienced at the station."
ling " I do not understand why my east did not
par- send for me."
the " Nor I; shabe smid to me, ' I bl seI d the
carryall, if posslble; but you will eo s me
Sria heb r home.' o,
"Ts., t ypeak-,i .
nSa day oruwe bat sheo w able h l
Wtteisospin mea"
Ti there woas lleoses dbe mrer, 11 D.
Jamei drew up bin house biean a twello'lip
floutrishing bedrge, nd. guttd go e
small brown gate, Std erate# thlg ,and
eahln up the nest ra bab. Tohs.
afternoon had Comeo t ' thug :w
ybrsely four d'eooke
ai were iro  dhy ede. esto
Polelted the wrapplags on steps, U
hastilj, " Good-by, Mie Lesterw shall call
to as bon as postble," and wars i hbintp
and driing quioklyawa before she had d
to utter a word. SBh bhid stood for a
expoeting the door to be thrown open at
abe even wondersi that her san was
awaiting her on the threshed ;but as no ed
appeare, she gave the b sth rather decided
pall. Instantly the door was opened by the mor
eaote of. :'in a white apron, ýiy o hlrl
beamed guests while she took the beet
Margaret walked at once to- ever
,le, ho sb6hbne out of an way
o ndoelima, yds; wheIiidndle of theroom he
S a little lidy, wli' and embraced her, "
saying io an agitated 4Jee:
"sWelcome my d iect niece, a thousand and
timel') for
" Thank oo, aunt; I am almost perished I thir
ue* pleasant the lAre lookql her
rim Spelman wps tremblig in every limb, brim
at Msraret'n d ed tones, quite fregfrom rkl
tionpeat lp a b mpose e dl orer ha
an ea ebar he d t e .died to  o,
Coeile, who stood hbeitatle $&aL ve,
"You broeght your maid, 7 not, dead lot
Margaret That is good; glet. makhe you mal
more at home. Ana1j Iops yeon will make
Miss Lqster's maid gauite
name, my deard d o t yes Ceohii.
woman disappeored, she eon
tlsd ytoo bhI ea rs pectable adi
atendant, my duear; when I beadi
Fremi , I feared she might be very 'a
flippant, and get reastlesm in uar quiet little, Ma
hoousehold." .'. r
Bhe gently helped Mar asidebe By
thinge; then, as she b the oom- an
fortable chair and belpn ifeet hbr
the grateful ame,. the b tin ooe more
placed her hand oa her shaoulder and kissed co
her forehea d.
"For all the world like your paqr Iftner," the
she said softly. A Margaret was silent, she
continued: "Bct I mort tell you why I dld not ye
send for you. I beg your pardon, my dear th
child, for such apparent neglet. The fact is, I e
have a new man, aond dare not trust him alone the
with the horses, and I have a cold and was he
e afraid to go out this raw day. If it had been saw
Smilder, nothting should have kept me at home; Ja
I hbut as I had asked our good doctor to meet Ih
h you, I knew you would really be provided for.
Then, I thought it would seem so oneoarteous po
Sto let him give bhi valuable time to going to hi
o the station fr you, and then disappotint him en
of the pleasure of bringing you homes. Yoo
d see, I did not look for your maid. 0 dearI at
, how very rude yto must think me." And the Ia
1e poor lady stopped short, quite appalled at her w
0 own conduct, the impropriety of which for the as
f first time impressed her.
No matter now, oaunt, I'm safely here."
S" And thankful I am to have you, dear ; but m
to think that I should have allowed you to it
g drive home alone with a strange young man!' bi
re "I was not alone with him." hi
le "But I did not know that; and, 0 dear me! st
It how did you all get here?" 01o
re " Why, sandwiched, three in the baggy, of n
d course; Cecile in the middle; it was the tl
pd hhortest way. He wanted to bring first me
-. and then Cecile, but I would not let him
ltf However, don't worry about it now, aunty. I I
as would like to go to my room, I think, and
"re make myself presentable; I am covered with t
oh cinders."
S " Certainly. You will find a fire there, and, I
of I hope, everything you want. If not, you r
ire most let me know." So saying, Mises pelman
he led the way up stairs to a good-sized room, I
id. where a little wood Bfire wasn boroning and can
od dles were lighted The trunks were already i
al.- there, and Cecile was unpiking and laying f
ne out what her mistress would want. t
re " We have tea, generally, at asi; but I have -
me ordered it to-day at five, for I know you need
tor both dinner and tea. Cecilia will find me
o. down stairs if you want any thing." With
her these words, Miss Spelman withdrew and
ec- closed the door.
he "I have arrived at that period of btarva
tie tion," remarked Margaret, " when I am re
aet- aigned to swait indealitely for my food, pro
not rided it comre at last" At that moment a
dln knock announced wAn, who brought in a
abt nwaiter with cop and eancer ad tea-things.
SIt " Mist 8pelman thought a cup of tes would be
she warming."
at Very soon Margaret waes sitting in her wrap
nee per and slipper,, In a little rooking chair, sip
ping her hot tea, while Ceolie brushed and ar
oc- ranged her hair. She began to feel fatigoed;
but that was rather a delightful senuation,
tig now that she had nothing to do but reet and
Led; be comfortable. Before fre, she went down to
ive- the parlor, where her aunt once more received
her with a little speecb, and theo esme the
as looked-for tea-dinner. It appeared that Miss
8for pelman knew bhat wan good as well as Mrs.
any Edgar, and Margaret, a shb surveyed the well
,ak- spread table, the spotless linen, the shining
glass and silver, the temptingly brown chicken
before her, the spongy biscuit and delicate
om- cake, wan glad to find that, at least, she would
and not stuarve.
" I begin to feel a sea-ailr appetite already,"
med she exclaimed; " and O anty ! how good
fnd everything tasten."
ihan Yisu Selina wau pleased, for she was a hoe
pltable hostess; and *hen she and Margaret
not were established before the fire, curtains
drawn, and the lamp shining brightly, there
the was a motoual good feeling between them,
i *whiheb, from that time, nothing die*orbed.
Margaret, as she lAaed back In her e l a
holding a little i areen before hb'- fbs, -
soW time to her aunt m=c, aloe ] -
dashe stdi b'i h considerable olioesi. Q0
wa sand so nast and trim
-e t- her ade Margaret think
a. fairy was phit GB
gh , wore a
r l ht on ris Mr. f t ae,
ad  over, .Margaret whel his sitely:
,ling with him, she wa.t Bioe, ea I
t o go sad sit withevery day, my dear. Ha has
ws dgetting well, and was able to Ne
od, Iegot her to comeften ovr to Sealingke me and my s;
hre I thouright ion mus be dll for helr, wuith herat
r aying way so mhi, she was i.k, and I e o I
every day to see about her, and he got into the and
way of dropping in as if he belonged here, and
he has kept it up ever since."
" What sort of a girl was the istar r,
"Ohi she was a charming creature-pretty tI
and'ploturesqne; young, too, and very clever
for her age; and the doctor thought every
thing of her, though he ded-to find fault with
her and try to iasptve her, and was ays se
brilfng some her~book for Lutertte e, orN
'abking we to tell heo this, or. min hbe of dr
that, atit not e10 'er forget t % other, till I
useed to thnk the poor obll4w havrbeen mob
vexed with both him aied tibutahe iseti to j
laugh and sabke heri; y earls, and tai
make the bet ofit all tbl
e ,l, Mergari, sa I7
aaa . fe ,I htoo
y, my dear," she 1tapol
'Don't zmention your' money, please," cried
Margaret. "Dear Aunty, I cap't manage what
I've gt now; why should I want ary more!
By all means make the pretty Lucy an heiress,
and let her come and lfve here, near her
brother."
Miss Spelman shook hethesd, and Margaret
contintad:
"But where does Lu ve, and where does
the family come from ori nally 1"
"They have had a country-seat in Maine ftr
jyears, and are very nicoe people, I would think;
the doctor, at least, is a perfect gentleman.
te has been in tha r, was wounded two or
three times, and whsi it was all over, came
here because the old doctor was about to move
away. They knew wkh other, end so Dr.
James just quletlyhe the other's plae, and
has a great deal more th*,db.li t er sa.laa ."
"Bat why does he choose to livet 1161le
place like this I Jemsie'told wue somithing of
his benevolence; but that doesn't seem reason
enough to keep him here."
I "That is the only reason, I am sure-that,
and attachment to the place and popple. He
does an immense amount of good, my dear;
why, he attends all the poor people, for miles
around, for nothing t"
" But then what does be live on n"
"Certainly not on his fees. He has a little
Smoney of his own-enough for such a place as
thie-and that leaves him free, as he mays, to
have no hard money feelings between him mad
his patients. The consequence Ia, he is wor
t shiped by thepoor and, in fact, by almost every
one both here and at Sealing; they give him
f no peace, and he has to work like a horse all
e the time."
e " I hope he enjoys it."
"He says he does; but I think the life is too
I hard for him."
d "And does he intend to live here indefini
h tely f"
" He never alludes to living anywhere else;
I, but I hope be may marry some day, and then,
a no doubt, he would go where his wife wished."
I "Don't you think his wishes ought to be
o, heres "
- " Certainly, my dear Margaret, I think so;
ly but then I believe I'm old fashioned." Miss
ig Spelman was pleased, that was evident; and
then she said she knew her niece was a one
re musician, but she was perhaps "too tired to
Id touch the instrument I"
te Margaret smiled, and though she was tired
tb certainly, and sleepy besides, she went with a
d very good grace to " the instrument," which
she found to e found to an old piano, excellent in its
a- day, but now out of tune and jingling; the
e- keys were yellow, and one pedal was broken,
o- but no speck of dust was to be seen inside or
a out, or on ay thing else in Miess Selina'e
a house. Margaret, without thinking much
. about it, played some very modern music, such
be as she genersally played in the evenings at
Mrs. Edgar'--deep and difficult music, playing
IP- well mad carefully, without notes-till she
p began to realize how poelible aeny execution
ar- would be on much a piano. When she paused,
d; Mia Spelman said rather plaintively:
, " That is very fue, my dear; but my taste is
ud not up to the present astanded. And-do you
to play from note, dear Margaret!"
red On receiving an affrmative reply, she went
Ihe into an adjoining closet, and brought out one
ee or two old masie booke, marked on the covers,
Ire. " m and 8. Spelman," and with Margaret and
ll. Selin alternately written on the music within.
ug Margaret had never seen such a collection of
ten curious, old, simple music. She smiled as she
ate played, to see her annt's hands beating lime,
old fe, varyoing from a smile of conent to t look
of sadness and regret. As she at last closed
, the piano, shae aid :
"I will play these pieces over when I am by
Smyself, and then I shall do them more justiace
when I play them for you again. Forgive my
Then came cake, fruit and wine, at nline
ret o'clock, and then Margaret was glad to say
ns "good night," and go to her pleanemus room,
er whlere she found, to her great satifection, hat
mbe was soothed to mleep by the breaking of the
em waves on Shelibeash. -
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