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The morning star and Catholic messenger. [volume] (New Orleans [La.]) 1868-1881, September 03, 1876, Morning, Image 2

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r alig Star and Catholic Mrnesener.
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l=asped over the heart. and the rail down. Lily
advanced to meet it, r.aying, with girlish sym
pathy in tone and look :
"?our little pet grew sick, and we brought
Sherlintotheshagae. l)'inot Ie frightened," . s a
'Jy of alars c tlne from the overburdened
_ lb rt, "she is I,'tter."
The figure followed her quickly to the spot
where l ugh .eill hold the chhld it, Iis armns
at sound of t:ae footsteps she sprang front,
them, enger, gl.d, a.xiotie! Tlhe veal was flang
.back, and kises sh .owered to silence upon the
-olden head. Then the face upraised itself to I
lugb, standing q ite overlpow ered by the pic
tare, and lookilag daown upon it as from a very
mllsty height it deed There was no need for t
words it thie sight of that faca,. it spoke with
.smb reality of expression the feeling of the t
Owoer's heart. Ilndeed, it most beconfutscd, as I
this is a true histiary, there lurked in the secret a
i oul of the big man a desire that, just then, tno
Stalking shonid take place, inasmuco as looking
on was so exceedingly pleasing. No, my acute
young reader, II ugh was not a " lady's wma ;" b
on the contrary, society had long ago voted a
him a "bear."
But let us return to the face ; let us take it it: it
*iom Hugh's point of view. Owning but little 1
of bloom, and marked by an expre-ston of veroy
Sdeep trouble, yet fair beyoud words. A lily of
;-a face, Its heart open, and nothing but white h'
mese there, it seemed, as li he looked, that its "a
purity bloomed from her inmlnt being. Now,
in lien of speech, she raised tier eyes to his;
.hoeest eyes of pure gray, iu whose serene
idepths the eou l of at woman as..laid awaiting its o`
work, and he nmt the g!ance with onet of rever- e
- once. "Thank you!' hesaidsimpnlly Iletldaugl
those griy ey e lsvangly on tl.uchiiil for ail ex
planatton. to
"It was a pleaenre," l.a answered auite it' a
simply,and thie in.ilnct of the genii i ts,, as t
aerting itself, fa!toled t.. r and orei.etad t he 'tate
for her wit ontt Itrtihr coalvers"atioll, 3ud l
bowed likm: li.. vairiest bi:tle beforeo his queena tiii
she ps.sedl ,tr.
"At lest!' e:,id Lth:, n ilinig to herself. arnd
Swatcing witig h W chool gIirit astt:enates ; "i agh 11
never atse:d thatr, wa, t LL o bello of belles in tit
vs.ooeiety." II
al i. Mai
They went into the house together, into a tl
plssat ruom, where .at a drooping figture of a pli
ady prematurely oal, the drooping, not alone an
of body, but of hatart, of mind. The hands tt
were clasped in idleness, buit niot in rest, for they ab
Oletohed eachl other ilpatiently, and with a ala
Krore that was toil in tself. The head was Li
bowed sadly, as if to be in keeping with the en
falling of the eyelids over the evidently useless
jeee. The sunlight fall softly on this figure a
- through the misty medium of lace curtains, and pri
lowers bloomed everya here in the room, filling Lei
It with fragrance. Birds sang there too; a
leading desk, on whichl lay works of good
authors, awaited some willing occupant to give for
voice to the thoughts they held, and a piano mi
and harp stood invitingly ready for skillful min
Angers to awaken their notes. This was Lily i
Thornberg's mother in her own room. With all md
it held of beauty and light, supreme desolation t
alone rose before you if you stood osi the in
thbrehold looking at that listless and sorrowing pi
igure. At sound of H[ugh's footstepssheronsed rea
hlraelf, smiled, and put out her hand. oot
"Ah! I am glad you are nome, Iinghl, mny flt
dear," she said, "I have good news for ~ou. bet
"Perhaps, I know it, tmother," miother, he ant
anlwered in a cheery tone, al wase nsuso0 for heran
benefit; "does it reler to your advertisement mea
for a cohipation "t 's
"Yes, out of fifty applicants, I htsve s elcted
" aeL"
".O manuna!" -ia d! Lily, " I hr; it is the
young lady in black cul:edl ,rna!"
"So you have been irytg tbout, curtiuti lit
wle school-girl And you, lingh I'
"' Have bcea helpitg iher, I lear, mother. i, 1
too, Tisah it may he tie 3young lady called
It na." It in quite a coin:idunee, that every Ito
time this apparla tily easily tttered wuord c: nle
to his lips some obstruction of sepech instantly .y
5t. dlicnt
"Why you are both alike foirtunatsa! This dlv
assumes the air of a fairy tale you no sooner all
wish than your wish is gracnt, d 1' onra
Hugh moved towards the nearest window o
and began taking a very careful survey of the one
weather. No one interrcpted him; he was real
-quite free as Lily rattled on: fell
"O mamma, I've a favor to beg! I'm ashamed feet
of myselt labmt Atlantic City now " cti
"A very good beginning, mny dear; quite a less
passport to soccess. What made you ashamed?" jut"
SA sight I saw out there," and the pretty our
-aoee was suffsed and the lips stopped smiling wit]
:to tremble. "Mamma, I was tired of the iMrs
world I said, because we were going to our nt
own oottage upon the free, fresh mountain, and dep
Just then God showed me a dear little child
fining and dying for country air, and blind y
emides. On mamma, it shamed me! And
how I have tormented yon, too, about thi!"' he a
The mother seated in the darkness drew her
very olose to her. dp c
hNo, my child,"she said tenderly, "but I do dral
not want you to go to those strange places taill tho
yen are older. I want my little girl to be a Hop
little girl as long as possible, that as all. Now, let
your favor, dear t"
-I want to bring the little girl with us, to
try if it will restore her, for site is Lena'es is- wht
"Poor thing !" Mrs Thornberg mused; "that pan,
was what ailied her. I never heard so sorrow- an
fel a voice. Hulgh !"
He started slightly. fella
" Well, mother a
"What impreesion did this young lady make ne
7you" If
Haoving for the last half hour been vanity ain
striving to analyze the " Imnpression " himself, for a
this unoonscious questiont was a bobashell B t
thrown with alarming effect. inde
"Really, mother," he blurted out, with was
.strange timidity for so big a nlan, " It is not best,
seasy to form a'n lapitnon of-"
"That's true." cbe Iroke ini, entirely nnon- eoer,
soions still, "of one you have seen so little.
Well, after awhile tell nie if she does not strae her
You as : prolilo aso , .inauetd bLy some very deep lingl
sorrnw .'"
"I w ill wit , t-t oti t r a "
Woeatt prrpt:ec. uhat ta la'n..i' t know;" t.t
God mercaitlly bites taotti nis the fuil nicatin A
of our own dih-aagis. And naeratftlly he trail
Il]es them ta t ,s., ittahont givini is a fante t
'knowledge of whatt we iaigaztf 'ira'ad calnd grieau-t
over, thongh, whte I Stcnai uta Lnuet ia , c. 'e g
bear it brcavely, aual liald a clewvi tim ht endu.
" Anld IoIgh." siaid Lily, whtiptittp g i his l
ear, ha:f raguishly, htlit I c.itui ly. " 'a-ftr
awhile tell it i.e a : i.nch t"oiu !aiove iar I"
VI'tiWc' a, itota' 1' aa'idl Mta "os r 1 borb g.
H tgii il, i tit at war t ~l ain rt r. "' Natltig.ht: l
motther; -e ta a litti. gati.; intever titd her "e
O"O. nita.' stat |,ly. a ni t, :.1,ota t ly; "' not t lut
thing, rattL n tt ; It', t iO etoatt ttnon ' whact dow
"Not if yot 're tnvittit, tim atiatt. this t
young lady; lHuga, a. h-eartle, at," and will tak'- an
care of tas iuotlacr. Atnd our fivor, dear, S Sb
granute,. or a
The reo ,lt of nol of which wars that they still
went to Cra-a~oli, accomplauled lay t:,e untal wrii
a-moulitt of hbaggsa.,, aind amPiat ai very nattIasltt waII
amoun! of gKlnercl rejoicing. l'uo cltds nlc:i- "
tirely dal..celrettI froaiu the blild c.lild'- brow-, clat
but the " b.ir " watching perceive a tthat not' " I
even tlhe (:ltnarllls at t tLu spot, nor yet it'h net- t.rly
pected d-.ilt of hIavaug her sister a ith b. r. ,oci
won Lenua t. ty grueater demonstration tf jy is ci
than a sewie t Iille oceaiionally breakihlg overa r,
the serenity ot har plale face, or a very failt ata I
and low atil tindir a'rntch of song for itte thi i
ohild when she t',aonght ntite else listened lh
Weatchiiig further he saw that the purity of ribly
her conteausuce, aid the nbilhty of her brow, ta l
were but the impress of the soel within; that, Irl
upheld by tle lofty virtue of that enul, a wo- unorr
Ege, man's heart struggled bravely with some deep
and uncommon sorrow; that self had no life in
,a. it, but it compelled life to stay forsome greater
ob ject. It-was with a feeling akin to awe be
Lily approached this watch, and one chiefly made
yin- up of worahip that he received these imprese
sinal into his mind. Therefore he stood at a
Rbt listance, not daring, for the very depth of this
a a worship, to venture too near. But from the
nod distance he sent out all of protectlon and ten
derness and anxious jealousy about what con
pot cerned her happiness, or even her comfort, that
r. good and tborooughly honest heart could
on, send. Such is the character of love's awaken.
Ifg lng in the heart of true manhood; such the
the dawn of that light which can come but once
to into the good man's life, but which does not
,i fade even in death.
~ry For her, she walked through life, wearing
f,, the charmed veil of sorrow, which shuts us in
ith from the clear view of cuter objects so that
bhe they affect nous but little. To care for the
i,, plisnures of the blind lady in the most perfect
ret and symipathetic way; to awaken in the soul
no of the loving and honest but rather trilling
n. Lily an instinct for higher aims; to fill the
edark life of the little child with light created
by her love, were all she seemed striving to
ed accomplish. Either from this, or because it
was so unobtrusively offered, chiefly revealing
irt: self in little things, she never recognized in
le IIgh's conduct the homage it held. In her
ri eyesi he was the kindest of friends, but as
of Lily's assertion that he was "good to every
e body" was no exaggeration, she included her
ts self as one of the many called "everybody." ,
ir, I manner always bore for her such deep and
gennuiie resil:ect that it covered the hidden mo- 1
tive of his kinidncas, which she therefore a.
ti cepted freely and with such gratitude as it de
r- served.
, Though at a fashio~nable watering-place, they
lived very ,i1ietly, occupying their own cot
tgeo and using tbeir o conuvyance fordrives I
and excursions, of which they had abunidatnce,
but never taking pirt in any of the public or i
S .tueeral testivlties of the llace Of course in I
' thids they were an exception, and, as all excep- i
tlone uiisi., had the ins and outs of their me- t
sives and doil.ga very extensively carol fir by
1 irs. Grundy and her innumerable tongues. a
Ii veory t .,igue had a dilterohut expllanation, and
the only oue uirciuista'iie in which they nonl
inlously agreed was in their lieiig all-wrong. f
Mrs. 'Tournherg silmply spent the eunitier il t
the country for the country s ",made" by ii
S" God," and having tried Iastoral life as exm t
a plitied to the city health-seeker at farmhous.s,
e and found it "wanting"-most especially iii
e the comforts currently believed to be inisear- ii
Y able from litf on a farm-adopted the rather h
daflicult. expedient of livinig as here described. t1
a Lily was not allowed to go to hops," dramatic
entertainmonts," or picnics; neither did she &I
e perambulate the "wooden walks " in the eve
' ning, escorted by some strange dandy, whose
principal qualifilations for society lay in his
boots and cane; nor yet take long rides with ao
people of the same ilk, returning therefrom w
after midnight; nor yet rush to " the train" b
Sfor purposesonly known to the unfathomable
mind of a "girl" on watering-place delights m
intent. So in the eyes of society Lily was a
martyr, and would never be married unless, rc
indeed, she had the courage to elope. Well,
this "martyr" owned not an ungratified wish pi
in the way of viewing beautiful scenery, ex
ploring lovely places, hearing fine musio, or ru
reading the best literature. hirs. Thoruberg's
cottage, too. was a hospitable resort for all the es
finect minds that came to see the far-famed
beauties of " the Mountain," and many a pleas- w
ant nineoury they carried to distant sanctuns
andi eludios, and libraries, of the deiicio..s t
meetings there, where wit and intellect held in
supreme sway, but where fashion entered not. to
I have said that to society's discriminating to
powers hllgh was a "bear.' Did you ever nu- th
tice the "ladly's man" at homei Because if in
you did you would recogniz. in I ugh Maucdou
ald his complete opposite. Too' much wranped
np iin care tH r the Ilghtest wish of her he callted n
Illother to let any other care prceede it; too in
tint on preservitg fresh and innoncent the girl- at
hood of his adopled sister to allow tl:is motive
any place bht secoud to that; ready to do either it
every service; never h:avinlg ' plans" to con- St
liet with their ; a tine " knight" in chivairic
divot ion to the two amongst women who, of in
all others, ought to own the privilege. This,
of course, occupied the thoughts and the time tb
given by the modern "lady's mean"to every ha
one amongst women but those to whom it is
really due. Where society tiuds him a " fine lo
fellow." or "an equisite creature," or a " per- wi
feet gentluman,', home finds him a selfsh, ex he
acting brute, which dresses itself up in fault
less costume, and goes out to be transformed
into an idol But Hugh is now the object of
our attention. Ite was once a poor little boy, mt
with slender prospects in life. Ithappened that wa
Mrs 'hornberg's ou'y son, bathing in the river P°
not far from where be lived, got beyond his P
depth, and would have drowned, but that
Hugh plunged in and brought him to the shore.
For this she adopted and educated anim, treat- an
ing him in all respects like the son whose life
he saved. This sun, whom she idolized, grew aft
up extravagant and dissipated, causing tier in
desctibable allliction. She paid his debts sev
oral times, crippling herself to such a degree, thi
though he, means were large, that. ii. fell to we
Hnugi's lot to save her from becoming c,rn
pletely penniless, by money advanced in timely
asume, and earned by him in the practice of his
pro'essiou-medicine. Finally, this souit, in hie
whom good qualities exted, biut who was car- of
rind away by that whirlwind of ruin. bad com- tir
pany, was overcUme by shame and remorse on thi
an occasion when his mother had released hitm thl
from overpower:ng debt. " Hugh, dear old nui
fellow," said he, "I'll go away. I I become tra
anything worth hearing of, yoi'l all hear from ant
me; if not, good-b3e forever." So he went. '
If weii.iitg could bring on blinduese, it cer- a'
tainly foruied the cause of Mrs. ''hornberg's, nor
for ste wept incessantly after his departure. Sit
Be that as It msay, she lost her eight, and then fat
indeed Hugh became the light of her life. It ch'
was devotion vnprermn and undivided lthat he coL
bestowed upon her, and but for It her a ll c,.ion spe
would have been intolerable. Naturally of an an
energetic and busy turn of mind, the inaction hat
consequent upon it would have deprived her of ap
her reason. But he managed to till the ouwil
lingly idle life by giving up his own to It, antril ile
saved her.
" 'I.' iv trutv the life of niy very life," said 'i
shle to Liut, ni,.e itry. " lHI in eer)ythiilg to ue '
S'Nt. be!'" v.a the eco II. the voite.uiltit its
itvcr I th i it,h, o! cililld s to that tnr. r11l- ave
urnd all tihei eitf l i.Uti by tho limuenec of
.' N.,; ,u1t, ut t t kni, ', -my dear, that I hatve ter
" 1) .ul L? q a ired L. ls, aily.
AL." wie ii .. hriter r,.ly, it-terly' givtun,
that diar!, tlo tltt,, wvu Il-v' iv lit |ltIvill'' me
down life burdet .. I tbitgh, a. I kt.'.i icr, i r
ii hliii ril , that. itIO gr,.t 'ithtl lide so bitti- as tot
tll'nte, : it: l ti t. foIr hlul t iCit Oer to leave lif,, drei
antid liv', o t !:itipe,nwas a i. otr'i t tueipeiitiii. io t.it
Alt! I haive li 'id to thuik $uhe h)t itie lh.pi.n
secr lil. c iig ti tn tr.,uI tht li ter moe it iiitg vtl
life, altl for Ilavilg Ino the l atouittiu'y of ltht vii
still ftase I kisel, with noinark t ptiini or
wrinkle of iun i::lu d o it to chuoiauge it frou ' Tli
want I loved ,'
" Yio dio not think the lovo could have
chlangili!'" Ir.ike from the heart of the girl. .
" did not thent," she Ppoko even more hit
terly thai lefore. " Now I think any caeeuge
possible in that hlich is of this life. T'hegra .
is chirngiless*, anid over it we miay weep and "
,ray, :ld tl In is peace! Over livtng treachery lent
anlil Iugratiltdo we can but carseand rage, and i
thua is-h. 1' " ' i
The isititiIIlr, the voice, the gesture were ter- "
ribhly vebement, and the involuntary raising of vokl
the sightless eyes added to their tragedy. The her
girl was overpowtred into silence for a few pie
unlre its. Then saiil she, hue
leep "Nay, over Ingratitude and treachery, prayer
re In s more needed, and so more powerful than
ater over a grave, and curses and rage but increase
be their ting, as thorn. might chafe a gaping
ade wound."
re- "lHave you yet experienced treachery and
at a ingratitude 1" The tone was a challenge, "If
this not, then you are not qalifled to say trui."
the "God knows I have.'
en- "And you, so young' Have you prayed over
ion- it "
hat " If I had not," and the heart of the speaker
old was evidently in her voice, "I would have
en- taken my own life to avoid its pain."
the " But abh" this passionately, "yon were not
nee a mother, and youear own child did not desert
not you. You cannot guess the depth of my sor
lug "No, but the farther beyond human under
in standing, the more surely does it belong to
Gat God to fathom it, and prayer brings it to his
the feet." was the powerful answer, quietly given.
Dot Then the sightless eyes wept, and a tremb
ul ling hand wandered to the mother's breast, and
ug taking therefrom a locket, handed it to Lena.
he "Lok," she said in a choking voice; " that
ed is my boy."
to 8be opened it. Light, lovely light leaped
it over the white calm of her face-her eyes
ag smiled, her cheeks blushed softly, her lips
in opened to utter some sweet word. She was
er transformed. The word remained nunttered,
as but the picture was silently pressed to her
'y lips.
r- What do you think of it '' asked the un
r." conscious witness of this strange conduct.
ad "lie is not unworthy," and the tone was tri
o- umph and certainty, none of the habitual sad
hm- ness in the voiui, none of the tremor.
- " You would not think so," was the sorrow
ful answer, " from the beautiful and noble face
sy and head."
t. L:ina opened it again softly, with a hush on
c her face.
", Noble and beautiful " etrely; the featores
i) chiselled p,rfeetly as a *c::sllpto.x' dreaml the
n black eyes rlucltlig, the muonrh f, ll and cclis
P- itely shaped, the brow iopen and massive,
- the whtim muiost beautifally framed in curling
'y black bea'd and :air. lndted, it was inmore like
s. an ideal face., and b:cad than the pi:ture of a
d iving one.
- " l.ut," went on the notrher, lspeaking wist
i. fuilly, "iall tie :,,bhiliy .au beauty yot see
II there was in his nalt oe too, and all destroyed
by i)y the one ,characterimec 41 yiulling too easily
I to the ii fliernces arointda hiom.
s, o" Sn natures, you nrust remnember," an- t
is awered the girl, speaking in a low and brood- I
r- ing tone, like one justr. awakening from esme I
-r happy dream, 'are capable of yielding to in
i. iluenae for good as well as evil."
S " Yes, yes," and the listener sighed: "my e
" Max's poor life was a mistake." "
" Max." It was a cry of joyous recognition.
e " Yes, my dear. Yon seem to like the naime." e
a " I do," and the heart of a blunsh unfolded it t
b self on her cheek, which the " b"ar," entering
a with " Pettie" in his armns, saw and stood spell.
D " Why did you stop Vf" cried the child; " tell t
s me what you see." o
a "I see, I see," said IHugh abstractedly, "a a
rose of a very rare kind, Pettie." a
" Tell me about it; is it the glad kind that v
a people who can see csll red 1'
"Yes, the glad kind decidedly, Pettie. A mi- t
r racle has been worked." h
s "Bring it to me, let me feel it," she cried t
D eagerly. t
1 "N,. I will bring you to it. I could not, if I a
would, remove it." a
There w:a adoratio,n in his eves, as he placed t
the tiny creature ou Leta's knee, who, not siee
ig it, b,,iran to caress the golden head offored L
to her. But the qi',ei car of the mother de
tected it, it: the wordus j set uttered, in the voice h
that uttere! tLi iu , (io:e said to horself sull- si
f ing. " It is well, n ld she is worthy of im,." it
SWhere is tihe rose f' demnanded Pettiu. t
"On--ou our se'ter's check ; isn't that good
newt'' Uw'
Toe little hand p steed itself over the face a.
Sabove it h
" Oh, her chek is warm !" ocried the child;
it feels liket r, s.s ,,ught i:o. soft-soft and warnm." h
She seng the latter wrds to herself.
So theo the mulotber listening eagerly, said
inwardly, h
" And she bas r-ead his voice as I have, and
this rose they s,eak of is a blush, so he will be
But Hnigh, warc'tin:g, saw a certain far-off b
look in the Caes h" ad-red, and know the rose w
was not blooming from him. Then he thought be
he knew " how much he loved her." id
IV. hi
" Do you thiink any one ever, ever could see ft
mosnteo asid Pattle to fHigh some days after- o
wards, as they sat in the pretty vine-covered
porch of tile cottage at twilight, while Lens at
played inside. m
"Never!" be replied, in a hushed way. i,
" I'm so sorry, I love it better than anything, or
and when I wait for God to send me the light, se
I always hope for it to be the next thing I see
after Lena's face. Did no ene ever see it " t
' No one." th
" 0 now I know!" after a minute of puzzled P
thonghbt; "it most be the soul of the light, and mi
we'll see it in heaven."
" Exq-lisite thought I" he cried.
"lesn ! listen!" co
T.uey listened, the golden head nestling on on
his shoulder, as he loved it to do. 'The fingers m,
of the player trembled at first, softly toucbing
nroken chords, and little rippling interludes, sa
that lost themselves in deep low notes, like etl
the eoho of some reqniem. But, after a few toe
minutes of this kindi of playing, she seemed di,
transformed. She ruled the instrument like an tri
autocrat, compelling it to do her bidding, and h,
it walled, it stroggled like a human heart in ha
sg.niy, it spoke all the grandeur of supreme si,
sourrow, it laid softly down to die in one exqui- thi
site quivering throb ,of sweittest treble, fainter, bo
fainter, guml-I Then a burst, a very thunder- jei
chorus ot triumph victory, bliss, that no words tb
could ever have embodied. The listeners sat thi
spell-bound when it had coaeed, gave it the very for
sol of genuine aiplause-silence. When this
had had its sway 1HuKb arose and went in, a ti
spell upon him. i
" What is it, Miss Payne1" he said breath- no
lessly. for
""The name of it." was the answer, " is hr
'Life andl Death;' lifi, tfe wail and the strg nr
gli ; death, the vtmi otiry.'" -
" A td L ,. : tr ." ':i- dl t ie ch ild :" "mi na d e hO .
it sil Iuere.:lf. 1 ho,,,. ii went to l;eaveni, so I'll
sc it. therei n-'t
" tinch, dl-r," ,i;.,l Lena, quli.-:ly. tel
M' ,s I askl," he wvent on, "It that is your
1ainal t of e110, or ath)lter Vour )pe. ona, l nw
"lifare I ca'me here, yem,." if
" A ld sincei ?" 't, g,.rly. its
1' .it bor liitti " 5.ii ru ite'5, it i --l, c. "
" Aild walr:tt I all.'t
S:lio wat to, t tk.: the ci ', l froi, - his arnl , in
,rder ti pit l'-r i ii,, :d. Iuc ismt' i 1,i held
hers tightly aurou:lnl hieiineck, kiasiled ht, cried vi
to hbiu, "1 ovm ..'.,i so! I'll i, i you in my .
dreaunst,aii ri an:g'la will s-e yu. iiood dot
\Wit the ,itchoes of tllhe two voices in his n
iril, hle sat dlown, a.dl Lily, coming in nec:,n i.
sci,ius went to the plantlo anld sung in low, ten- get
der tolc, orf
' T"he dw ranu sile.nt and in plaes lowly. he
t ots rimtli aie u k wrouihte o". Itlutal'llrlm u efi . hen. r
I n, to s b.ar- of dl olitds tiurueite It thon.
"O al, : . that ,iclit. dneth God's wiork. hmtddes n
IIy 1hII iDe lot i1 earths protUd walks Work on. Wt
L.,dt wrill ium'k ,'l tlme f Ily that le-ov-ligh0t lilddre. or,
TLhy acts will shine as genis in fademees dave." the
" Lill!" This from the darkness and the si- his
lense bro
" Ciraciuns! how you frightened mNa."
" Where did youn get that, ? '
" Fromn Lena, from whomo," and the girlish km
voice dropped softly, as if wishing to resr in
her heart, " I have got more of what tikes peo- lii
pie to heaven, than I ever did from anyy other r S
human being. Yon've been good to me, dear agil
tyer old Hugh, but yon don't understand a girl, and
ban she does, theres the differeneo. Why I was a
taue miserable little fool, and she has taught me to
iug prepare myself to be a woman. I'm sore I
never thought of being a woman at all before,
and but only of being a fool.'
"If "And the song f'
" Is her own, music and words. She does
these things as easily as I'd crooheot-all I'm
ver good for, by the way."
"Poetess and musician." he said gently,
ker morn to himself than to her
ve "Ye-s, and unrecognized!" said Lily indig
nantly; " and those two little verses tell bean
not tifully the story of her present beautiful life.
ert Oh HItgh I' the tone was almost musical in its
or- joy, "there's a ghost, or-Max!"
Hle turned. In the doorway stood a figure
or- both loved, the figure of the prodigal son,
to handsomely dressed, manly, erect with the con
hes eciousness of truth, altogether transformed
an. since last they saw it. There was some rushing
ib- and kissing, and then:
ad " O MaxI how did it come about 1"
sa. "An angel crossed my path, little sister. such
,at an angel as every good woman can be, and such
a one as I hope you'll prove yet, to some one
ed worthier of it than I."
res " Bat tell the story."
pe " Let me go to my mother first: let me bring
an her to listen. No," as they stood up to accom
td, pany him, " I must be with her awhile alone."
er "But Lena." whispered Lily. when he had
gone, " tell me now how much doyou love her,
n- llugh t'
"I cannot, dear." That was all. And it was
ri- the echo of the inmost voice of his heart. Ah !
d- he had yet to learn hor much he loved her.
v- After a while, a long while, they name down
ce together, the mother, all bitterness gone from
her heart, and the happy, new found son load
in ing her tenderly. And this was the story :
Briefly, I have loved a good woman sine I
ies lefti. .u. rn outc:t, cuand a pendthrift. A:i my
te re incr:. all my penitent retsolvct, all the
sg. :.errgy3 of lvy Imanhood w~Inl, halve go:ne f,.r
e, nottlhg. iii ttiedflicult task of my retormation,
ig but ,er the stay oft her beautiful intluence. 1
to went to her faitrlr's tiouee to ,rek employment.
a She a sch:,l.-girl then like Li:l there, was sit
ting with h;me in his library when I was shown
t in. I must have lio.,kel preatty frlrtn, fir I
:e r,,simember my principal sensation as I passed
id nor w ith a bow wa-i, that such a glance of pity
y as one, uight berstow on a beggar camte to ume
froil teee inucicent calmn of her eyes. lter father
,- was rather stern than otherwise, qatettort ed me
1- pretty closely, wanted reference. Spoiled and I
a lonely as I was, I grew stung to the quick.
- ' fry me, sir,' s aid I; ' give me an honest
employment, no matter how humble; let my
y conduct answer for reference. I can abide by
the thast.'
" lie reflected; she glided to him,. whispered
softly in his ear; I could hear the gentle words,
thonugh they were not meant for mine.
"'Try him, papa; I am sure he is nnforta- f
l- nate.'
"He ' tried' me. I was not found wanting,
1 but 1 may thank her as myr good angel. I was U
often tempted, often ready to yield to old a
a habrits, but when I remembered that this must
separate me fromn her pure and lovely presence, !
t which grew to be heaven for me. I resisted, and
then, through the privilege of being admitted
- to it, I learned from her lips, from her life, from P
her every act, the might of prayer and the I
I truth of religion's power. So I grew to love P
the ground she walked on; to shape my life so
I as to be worthy of hers, and all you see me, h
and more that Iratei which you cannot see, arc
I the result of her example and her teaching." c
" Oh, Max!" in a breathless whisper trom
I Lily, "I am so glad! Where is she ?"
- e shook Li, head, the young, handsome ft
Sbhead, with its glory of shining black waves, and ft
said nothing for a moment. rhen, with a fall
ing of t:he vscie and a tremor of the lips, an w
s~eered : w
"Dear, I cannot toll, and siumple as are thlee s
wo:rds, thery are a tragedy to me. I may never s'
S.:e her again, and ny life is a blank without I
her." b
Hugh, sitting in the quiet lamplight, his to
heart full, said earnestly:
"No wonder, Max; God help you, old fel!low!"
I" So!" ejaculated Max '" you know." Yes,
how well he knew!
'" But, Max, what happened !" said Ll:y.
"One of the saddest things I ever knew. Her
fathter was not a wealthy man, but able to keep
hil family in se:uetthing more than comfoert. He
was cashor in nue of thle prominent banks, and
he employed me as his private secretary. Stie
idolized this father, indeed, suemeel to live for
him alone. lunsglne the terrible trial that be
fell that heart, so tender of the failings of
others, that I have known it to shed tears over
the woes of some poor little street Arab. He1E
was found murdered in his bed one morning,
and the next day five thousand dollars were
missing from thesafe in the bank. On inquiring
into his affairs, it was discovered that he was
on the verge of bankruptcy. This ciroimstance
set gossipping tongues to work, and he was
accused of embezzling the money, and commit
ting suicide to escape detection. It was one of
those cases where either theory could be sup
ported by circumstantial evidence, and a dead
man cannot defend himself, so the hitherto
spotless character went down into the blood
stained grave blackened. Poor Madeline." He
could not go on, and the listeners could not say
one word. After some time he turned to his
" It is not easy to tell the rest. mother," he
said, as if she of all the world would nuder
stand. " All the steadfast truth of her charac
ter came forth then and asserted itself. She P.
did not act Ieke a slight and tender girl, but a
tried and wonderful woman. She maintained
hor father's innocenoe; strove in every way to
have it proved; failed. Then, that oue cloud N,
should be removed, she had everything sold.
their handsome house, their furniture, their
books, their musical instrumeuonts, even her own
jewels and other ornaments of value. Weth in
the proceeds she paid all her father's debts, and
then was penniless ! The day after all this I
found a note awaiting me, when I called at the
poor refuge where she had lodged during the '
tuie of trouble, an old servant's house. It said: ad,
"' Good bye, dear Max. I usAtearn a living p
now, and I could never do it here. Forgive ime U
for leaving without seeing you once more, but .
brave though I seero, I could not hrave the in- t
terview. You know, dCar, I could never bring Cov
to, you a blacakened name, and so, for our lost whi
happinees, God's will be done.' can
'I'naet was all ;" the miun's "oict broke ut- eroe
terly, and thle ,man's heart asserted itself in C
t;urs; " she was gone, no one l::kew where." the
There was eilen.e then, isomething akin to the nes
awed enud sorr',;vlil • Ilecce we feel in presence
,f the dead. Its iuslh was broken by tie pat,,er
of little bare ft.eet alonig tle lill, and robted ccn yoc
its sift, white night etrcss, little ihands ot- Seri
br tca:ed, hlcltv face shluigv, I',ttio stood iv
" biy God": exclai]ec I Mbx, in a voice alto- SA
g-ther ieetrscrinl, t
"Oh, Max Oa, Miax! I didu't dream yosr
voice then; its youii." .1 he held her close,
close, Hlugh knew, k:new all; the othere won
dered, b:IL he turned and went out into the En
night. lIo could not stay and see the rest. for
Out there in thric sadow of night upon the,
m.ii ltain, with Gcts sky above his he:ad, the Ex
geentle and brave aind noble heart bared i:self
ciefcre the creator of all love. In that nelrinct or
he kne wr cotlpletely, lIotly, how mnuch he loved
hIer- For, by a strange dispensation of that T
-Providence which compelr our designs to les lish
entls, he knew that be could make her happy. Arc
Whatever there migLht have been of temptation best
or of struggling, (God alone saw; he rose with hls
the calm muajesty of meanhood's resolve upon tbe
his row, a:,o turned to go back to his adopted tew
li-it oell rl, ay lie c tloe to where a tign-re
k;nr t, ri.lcrltec I- hveart uway; a tigure he Ft
knew,, a fi:,re dlear beyocnd words.
' L.ea," ecow the naie canme qelite readily to
bis Ils, "'' are eoue thet so wretched 1"
Sbhe raised her head, stood up quivering wikh
agitatrion from head to foot, could not answer, r.at
d He thought of the heroic soul of the woma
a thus overcome, and did homage to it. H
o thought of the tender heart, and resolved t
I heal it. lie  bought of his own love, and saic
", her happiness tirst.'
"L'ua," tie said. in the quiet, loving tone c
a father to a child, "sour name is not Payni
is and Max Thoruberg is your lover !"
a See looked out of the serene gray eyes wit
perfect ti uit, which shook his soul, but he wea
"" You do not marry him because your loft
heart repels the idea of associating diagrac
w- ittih.an honorable man's naute. 0G to you
,. lover, my beloved. I can clear your father'
a name, and I will, for •lore you" He b wed ov
her hand a moment, the sopreme moment whe
e he gave bet up, kissed it with more of homag
, than tenderness, rdliuqnished it gently.
Then she said, her woman's sonul in her eyes
d "O royal heart l what can I give no in rs
g turn T'
"Free acceptance of that which I offer. Thi
will be honor in itself."
They said no more. He led her to Max; b
heard their wondering and tender utterance c
each other's names, and then he left them.
One of the "dailies" contained the next weel
the following paragraph, set in the midst o
accounts of dresses, belles, " hops," etc., by a
lively "oorrespondent:"
" A curious romance has just found an enm
here lately. Your readers will doubtles re
member the murder of Mr. Brentford, cashier o
the - Bank in P- , about a year ago. Hi
was found dead in his bed, pierced by a bullet
but whether murder or suicide had taken plae
was never determined. The unfortunate gen
tlemau was suspected of making way with tive
thonsand dollars, which was mudsing from th.
bank at the same time, though there was nt
positive proof. It has come to light, through
the agency of Dr. 1H. MaDouna:d, of your city,
that Ite was the victim.of utirdr and theft.
L'ht, doctar, who is very charltable, has been
spending some of his leisure honts 'going abhout
doing good' amongst the poor of this neighbor.
hood. In his rounds he met, with adytugulan,
who had 'fallen b" the wayside,' and had biru
brought to at house and car.d for. Partly in
delirious ravings, and partly iin a confessi,on
made during a lucid interval, the man revealed
that he was both uoard.P.rcr and thief, and Mr.
Brentford guiltless. 1tumor says tha;t under
this lies a deoptr romance, Miss Madeline
Brentford, his d iughter, being a beauntiful and
highly educated young lady, but further depop
neut. saith not."
"Deponent" knew no further. But Max
Thlornberg knew that his adopted brother had
sacrificed the earnings of a lifetime in order to
obtain theconfession, which nothing but money
would wring from the rascal. IIugh had been
told just enough by him, before he understood
Lena's history, to make him certain the in
formation lay within his grasp, offering for a
large son, to give the rest. The villain knew
he would die and had no terror of the law. He
merely wanted to leave the bribe to his wife
and family, who were in want, and had no part
in his crimes. Ite go it, and died with no re
gret, save the one that his vicious career had
been so nnsuccesifal.
And the brave heart, began life, leaving hap
pinees to those for whom he had purchased it.
The blind child grew to be the sunshine of that
pure and self-denying life, and he devoted him.
self to her education, making it the end of all
his efforts. His is a career of which the world
takes no note, but which works marvels of that
charity " that passeth understanding."
'Hugh," said Lily, when time had passed,
" why are you so much at peace, so dtfferent
from all the men I know, in your quiet and use
ful lifet?'
"My dear." and the c lm face lit, and the lips
wore a smile not often seen on lips in this
world, " be a good, true wom:rn, and the. man
who loves you will have his life tuuobled and
set apart, even if Jon do not return his love.
lie cannot become unworthy ; though it may
be through fiery trial, he will find how much he
loves y!ou "
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id, 11110
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th 144 ..-.......... Camp Street... ....
nt He has a fresh and well-selected assortment f
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be 190........... Rampart Street.....
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r 221 and 23.......Canal Street ...... 221 a.d23
e Between Rampart and Basin streets,
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17"2............. Camp Street.............. 17
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ap9 7 lI
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Betweenll iomoln ll Graidr,.
Received Higheset P'remiau at State Fairs of 1t71, 187
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