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lowa County Democrat.
‘ *1 ho world is old. the world is cold,"
She very coldly said.
“Ami all ’<• prize beyond us lies
'llll we lie with the' dead."
"The world is old. the world is sold.
A thousand lives can prove
Dow failures cast us all at lust
Into the worldly groove."
A thousand lives ore not my life,
Nor arc they types of mine;
Instead of cold, the world Is gold.
And dazzles with its shine.
She shook her head, she broke her thread.
And paused to count the stitches:
And still she told the world was cold,
And colder all its riches.
And still I hold the world is gold.
And golden all Its glory ;
And still she sinus of "lleeting things,"
That dismal, dreary story.
The and. ises blow, the roses grow,
In pi. den. fluid and wood.
And cure is Heeling while youth is sweet,
And God is very good ]
I still must weave, amt still believe
Mv dreams must all come true;
tor liope is bright, and sorrow light,
Where llte is fresh and new.
“ Wanted by a young married lady,
a companion to rondo with Iter during
her husband's absence in India. A
liberal salary will be given, with every
home comfort, to any one suitable. Ap
ply, personally, if possible, at No. -10
Upper Barkeley street. W."
The foregoing advertisement was dis
patched by me after considerable cogita
tion and 1 waited the results with some
My husband, Major Coneyers, had.
been suddenly ordered to India; and
having no sister or any available cousin
whom 1 could invite to stay with me
during his absence, 1 thought a com
panion was the best thing with which I
could provide?myself; accordingly, 1 in
dited my small paragraph which 1 had
the satisfaction of seeing placed in a
very conspicuous part of the paper on
lli(> morning after 1 sent it. 1 lived in
London, consequently fell certain that
tin 1 personal interview would he easily
managed; hut 1 had committed an error
in not naming a particular hour, as
from 11 in the forenoon until quite late
iu the day the applications for a per
sonal interview with my unfortunate
self never ceased. The first arrival
was a very handsomely dressed lady of
about 50, who came, evidently, quite
prepared to enter upon Iter duties sit
once, and quite overpowered me with
a series of questions and statements,
without giving me the faintest chance
of making any inquiries myself. She
had lived with Lady This and Honor
able Mrs. That, and one and all had
treated her luce a sister—she felt cer
tain that 1 would do the same—indeed,
she quite knew me alread/. Home
comforts were exactly what she cured
for; as to salary it was no object to her
—a hundred a year was all she asked,
though dear Lady Golding had said she
was never to take less than two.
“1 am afraid," I put in at tills junc
ture, “ that even one hundred is beyond
what I intend to give, and 1 live so
“We won't quarrel about salary,”
interrupted my would-he-companion,
“ and as to quietness, it is just what 1
A peal at the door-hell emboldened
me to still greater determination, so 1
replied very resolutely for me: "I do
not think we should suit; lam sorry
yon have had the trouble of coming."
“ t'o am 1," site rejoined dryly; “but
one ought not to trust to advertise
Hardly noticing my " good morning,”
she got up, and flounced down stairs,
evidently in great wrath at her rejec
Another lady to sec you, ma'am,
announced my parlor maid,
Avery quiet, sweet-looking, little per
son came forward, and at the first
glance 1 fancied 1 had found a suitable
companion. But alas loiter story was a
sad one, and there were reasons which
rendered it impossible forme to avail
myself of her society. She was mar
ried. Her husband was a hopeless in
valid, and they wore very poor. She
had not been educated highly enough
to he a governess, and when she saw
advertisement, site fancied, if the
salary was good, she might he my com
panion by day, and return at night to
iter own home, which was at no great
distance from my house. She looked
so thin and so ill that 1 was almost
tempted to make some arrangement
with her. but as 1 intended leaving
town occasionally, second thought
showed me it was out of the question.
Besides, 1 could not have borne to
think that while site was with mo, she
would always ho in agony to ho with
her husband —which, had 1 engaged
her, would most naturally have fol
lowed. 1 told her -a a- kindly as prw-i
--blc, and, after making her take a glass
of wine and some cake—-which latter I
saw her furtively convey to her pocket,
for her sick husband.! supposed—she
gave me her direction, and took herde
parture. 1 afterward went to see her.
and her talc was sadly verified. But to
My next visitor was a most pert dam
sel. without any pretensions to being a
lady, who informed me that her pa was
dead, and as there were many of
them at homo, her nta wanted her to
do for herself. 1 had not mueh dith
culty in dismissing her. And of the
legions that followed. I cannot attempt
a detailed description. By the after
noon, I was thoroughly exhausted, and
made tip my mind to see no more,
when, just as it was getting dusk, my
servant came up to tne drawing-room
and informed me that such a nice-look
ing young lady was in the dining-room
quite the nicest that had been yet.
'• Ask her to come up stairs, then, \
Kllis. but do not admit any one else.”
1 replied; and the next minute the
drawing-room door was thrown open
by Ellis, and “ Miss Burke" was an
She was dressed in mourning, and
even in the dim light, was, 1 eould see,
a pale-faced, rather handsome girl of j
apparently about four and twenty. Her
height was over the average, but seemed
greater from her extreme thinness
which struck me as almost striking.
“Good evening," shu said, in a low and
rather pleasant voice. "1 am afraid 1
am very late; it was so kind of you to
see me.”
“ It is late," 1 assented," but that dot's
not matter."
" Thank you," responded my visitor,
“ 1 came about your advertisement— t I
saw you wanted a companion, and I
am anxious to gel a situation of that
" I have had so many applications to
day." 1 answered, for want of some
thing better to say.
“Ah! lean quite fancy it," returned j
Miss Burke. " I lear lam too late?"
“No," I replied; "1 have aeon no one
yet to suit me."
“ If you would only try me. 1 should
do my utmost to please you,” she said
almost pleadingly. “ 1 have already
been a companion, and 1 can give yon
references which may induce you to
think of me;" and Miss Burke opened a
small black velvet bag, which until then
! had not perceived, and placed in un
hands a monogramed and coroneted
epistle, addressed to herself, purporting
to come from a Lady Montaeute, whose
companion she had been for two years,
and who expressed herself in the warm
est terms, assuring Miss Burke, when
ever she returned from the continent,
whither she was just then going, that it
would give her the greatest pleasure to
answer any inquiries in her favor; in
the meantime, Lady Montaeute author
ized her to make what use she chose of
the letter now sent, ending by saving
she was certain, wherever she went,
Miss Burke must boa favorite and an
<l'hut followed a letter from a Kev. Mr.
White, from a remote rectory in Cum
berland, stating that he had known M iss
Emily Burke from her childhood, and
could certify that she was not only de
sirable in till respects, but tv most amiable
and talented young lady, whose family
wore both well known and highly re
spected. Nothing eould be more satis
factory; and after reading the two mis
sives carefully by the light of the lire, 1
raised my eyes toward my visitor, whom
1 found regarding me in the most eager
manner imaginable.
“They are most kind letters," I said:
“and so far as references go, I am sure
I could do no better. Your duties would
I*o very light—it is really only for the
sake of companionship that I inquire
any one,*as Ido everything for myself,
but I have been very lonely since my
husband went away.
“ 1 can imagine it.” responded Miss
Burke, sympathizing!}*. ‘ I should do
my utmost to cheer you.”
“ Von are very kind to say so,” 1 an
swered. "Should we agree as to terms,
when could yon come?"
“To-morrow, if yon will permit me,”
replied Mis- Burke. “lam in lodgings,
and tln> expen-- e of them is so great that
I should be only too glad to give them
up—l am very poor,” she added in a
low tone.
1 was sorry for the poor girl, and feel
ing I had been as prudent as nossible in
perusing her references, and trusting a
good deal to her air of quiet respectabil
ity, I proceeded to state my terms,which
were eagerly accepted. After a little
I conversation, all was settled, and my
Companion promised to make her ap
-1 pearanceon the following day. For the
! rest of that evening I was unusually
I meditative; 1 was pleased, and yet not
I pleased. She was not altogether my
beau ideal of a companion. Although
ladylike, and with undeniable refer
ences, there was a certain awkwardness
in her manner.
Her room was to be on the satin 1 floor
with my own: and on the following
1 morning 1 went in, a short time before
she arrived, to see that everything was
ready for her. It was October, and the
weather was chilly, so I desired that she
i should have a lire, as 1 fancied, coming
from wretched lodgings, it might be a
(sort of welcome to her. At 1 o’clock
she arrived, bringing with her a small
black box as her sole luggage, which
Ellis and the housemaid, between them,
carried directly to her room, whither
she followed them almost immediately,
to take off her things, {accompanied
her. and remained for a few minutes,
telling her to join me in the drawing
room as soon a- she could, lunch being
She presently appeared, very much
altered bv the removal of her Unmet.
She w ore her hair in a crop, a fashion I
detested: and her figure without her I
cloak w as only redeemed from aw kward
ness by the well-made black dress,which
had evidently been the work of a first
rate mxiitff. Site wore n,< ornaments
except a plain gold ring on the little
finger of her left hand, which I noticed
was particularly large. 1 ceased to crit
icise her after we hud been together for
a little while. She was sc pleasant, so
chatty, and yet so quiet withal, (bat ere
evening came 1 began to congratulate
myselt on my own perspicacity in hav
ing engaged her. and was fully prepared
to indorse Lady Montaciile’s opinion,
that she was sure to be not only a favor
ite but an acquisition.
A fortnight slipped quietly away, and
in my weekly budget to nty husband, 1
gave most charming accounts of nt\
companion, which our everyday inter
course seemed fully to confirm. But
about the third week a something 1
could not explain, made me take a dis
like to her. 1 had ni! bee i very well,
and her kindness hud boon mremilting;
consequently 1 felt almost angry with
myselt for indulging in a feeling which
I could not help acknowledging w;u
both unreasonable and childish.
But it gained ground m spite of tin ,
self; and one night, as I was standing
by the looking-glass in ntv b. droom.
which was in the shadow, I caught sight
of Miss Burke, who was leaning on the
mantlepiece in the full light of the gas, 1
which burned on either side of it, re
garding me w ith a stealthy and search
ing glance, which I instantly observed.
Iml had snlftcient sense to take no notice
of. Tito expression in her large black
eyes haunted me for days, and caused
me to say good night loiter on the land
ing, and in addition, to lock my door, a
precaution 1 had never before thought
of taking.
One night shortly afterwards I awoke,
fancying I heard a movement outside
my door. My room was perfc tlv dark,
and 1 was convinced some had
suddenly awakened me. I listened in
tently, almost too terrified to breathe,
until 1 heard mostdistinctly the handle
of my door cautiously turned. Anal
most death like horror seized me, and
for an instant I was ahsolnletv rigid
with terror; bin the spell was broken I>y
another audible etlorl t i ipen the door,
and the hall clock striking three, which
made me spring up in ft >d, seize the
matches, and, with trembling lingers,
attempt (wo or three limes to strike a
light. At last 1 was successful, and the
welcome blaze of the gi. which 1 lit
gave me coinage to call out boldly :
" Who is there?" But no answer came.
I pulled my bell vigorously, and in a
few minutes 1 heard steps appro telling,
and Ellis' welcome voice asked if 1 was
“ No, Ellis, not il!,” I said, “butterri
fied," as 1 unlocked the door and ad
mitted her. “ Someone tried my door
not live minutes ago."
“Tried yonr door, ma'am? surely
not 1" ejaculated Ellis,
" Yes, Ellis; I am certain of it, audit
has tdven mi l such a shock. 1 cannot
he left alone again."
“What is the matter, dearest Mrs.
Gonyers?" exclaimed Miss Burke, who
appeared in my loom just as 1 had
made the last remark to Ellis
“ I have bent frightened," I answured;
“but do not disturbe yourself, Miss
Burke; it was probably nothing.’’
“ It could not have been anything, or
I must have heard it," she said, half
In me and half to Ellis,
“ Fray, do not tumble yourself,” 1
responded; " I am only sirry you got
up at nil.”
Site staid fur a few minute-, but get
ting no encouragement In remain, re
lumed In her own room, assuring me if
' she heard a sound she would be with
me in a moment.
The instant she was safely gone, I
turned to Ellis, desiring Iter in the first
place to close and lock the door; and
in the second, to prepare to remain with
me until morning; for I was so un
hinged by the circumstance,
though il was, that to be left by myself
was out of the question.
Ellis had been with nm ever since my
marriage, now three years, mid bid
i been well known to my Im-hand's
family all her lift 1 , consequently, I fell
I might trust her, sol said: “ Ellis, I
have my own suspicious; but we must
Mo nothing until we are sure, Mean
while, yon must have a bed made up
in this room, and we must watch
“Miss Burke?" whisper* <1 Ellis.
“ Yes," 1 replied; "it was she who
i tried my door."
“Well, ma’am,” eon-tided Ellis, " 1
have been downright afraid oflmr this
sometime hack civil sunken though
she is. But what eould she want at
your door?”
"That I do not know, but we may
fun! out.”
By dint of a blanket oil'mv bed, and
sundry shawls, Libs was made 1 comfort
able for the re-t of the night on the sofa,
and I returned to bed, not to sleep, for
I was thoroughly upset, but to lie and
wonder how I wn- ever to get through
the ten month* that still remained of
my husband's absence.
Tired and unnerved, 1 met Miss Burke
at breakfast, and we spent our morning
in a very silent fashion. 1 wrote to my
hu-hnnd' whilst she walked restlessly
iiUinl the drawing room, constantly ask-
ing me how I was, an inquiry for which
1 did not feel so grateful ns I might
have done under other circumstances.
Lunch came, and afterwards Miss
Burke, who was usually most nnwil
ling to go out. asked me if 1 could spare
her for the afternoon, as she wanted to
go to see a sick Iriend.
" Certainly," 1 replied, glad to get rid
of her. About four o'clock 1 lay down
on the sofa in the inner drawing room,
and must have fallen asleep, for I hoard
no one come into I Vie room, hut I awoke
with the consciousness that someone
was leaning over me with their face in
close proximity to my own, 1 felt
rather than saw them; so close were
they to me that their lips seemed almost
touching my own, and ns 1 sprang tip
I came in violent collision with my
” Miss Burke I" 1 exclaimed, indig
nattily, but I could say nothing more,
for, after all, the crime of leaning over
tne was not of a deadly nature, though
coupling it, as 1 instantly did, with tin
previous suspicions, 1 felt not only
extreme!} angiy hut considerably
" 1 was afraid yon were ill, dear Mrs.
Uonvors, I do hope 1 have not dis
pleased yon,” she proceeded in a dc
precuting lone. " 1 did not mean to
ollelid } on.
"It is of no consequence," 1 answer
cd, rising front (lie sofa; " but please do
not do so again. I nm nervous and
easily startled."
The circumstance was then tacitly
dismissed, and we got through the even
ing very fairly. I rather looked for
ward to a safe night, for I knew Ellis’s
bed was in readiness for her. I said
good night a little cnrlicr'lban usual to
Miss Burke, but did not inform her
Unit I had indited ait epistle to her
friend, tin l Kev. Mr. W hile, to ask for
further particulars as to her nnteH>-
1 heard her come up to her room,
and w hen her door closed a feeling of
compassion came over me, for I fancied
I had not only unjustly suspected her,
hut been very cold in my manner,
which she had evidently fell. Ellis
came after 1 was in bed, and in a short
time I had oral evidence that she was
slumbering, it made me feel secure, at
nil events, though I was certain that I
should dream of all kinds of unearthly
things if the snoring went on all night.
Nothing happened to alarm ns, and
next morning in a subdued and anxious
voice, Miss Burke hoped 1 had not
bt en disturbed, and that Kllis had kept
me from feeling nervous Ibis last re
mark very reproachfully.
z\bout twelve o'clock when we were
sitting in the drawing-room, Ellis came
up and told me that a gentleman want
cd to see me on business, but would not
give his name. “Probably about some
subscription," 1 observed; “perhaps 1
had better see what he w ants."
Without a suspicion of w hat awaited
me, 1 went down stairs, and on entering
the dining-room encountered a short
and red-faced man, who. bowing pro
foundly, asked if 1 was Mrs. Conyers,
On me replying in the aftirniative, bo
continued: “ May I ask what establish
ment yon have?"
I must have looked astonished, ns lie
" I am a detective policeolliccr, mad
am, and my business here will, I am
afraid be an unpleasant one."
"Indeed?" I ejaculated, “In what
way ?"
" From information I have received I
believe yon have a person under your
roof who is wanted on av ry serious
charge. I must ask ymtr permision to
summon every one in the Inmse in this
room. I have taken precautions to pre
vent any one leaving it, and if yon will
kindly accede to my request, I shall get
over a painful duty as quickly as possi
If my lips had been capable of nller
ancc, the words they would have formed
would have been " Miss Burks," but I
-aid nothing. I merely rang the bell,
which Ellis, answered so promptly, I fell
certain she must have been behind the
door, ready to protect me, in case of an
! emergency.
“ Summon the servants, Ellis," I said;
“and and ask Miss Burke to come
down s!airs." It was almost like a
dream to me, seeing my four domestics
walk in; and then suspecting nothing
cn me Miss Burke,
“Got you at last, sir?" cried the de
tective, making an agile dart toward my
“ Not without some trouble," cooly
re-ponded the prisoner, whose eon rage
was apparently quite equal to the oc
casion. In my wildest moments I bad
never dreamed of so desperate a de
nouement, and the discovery perfect
ly paralyzed me with horror. It was
100 dreadful to realize that I hud har
bored a w retch of a man in woman's
clothing not only in my house but in
the capacity of my companion ; In less
time than I cun descrilxt it in, the de
tective 1 and his prisoner had departed;
il was quietly and quickly managed;
and though a detailed account of il did
appear in the papers, my name was
happily for me, not allowed to transpire
The pseudo Miss Burke turned out to
be a notorious young man, or I may say
lad, of the name of Browning, who
having embezzled large sums, as well us
stolon a quantity of magniticant jewelry,
bad been uimblo, owing to the precau
tions taken to prevent his doing so, to
leave London or to dispose of the stolen
property. Through the agency of a
female friend he had adopted his dis
guise. and mv unlueky advertisement
had suggoted to him the idea of insnr
in}? his own safety, should 1 he eredu
lons enough to take him upon the re
commendations, whieh I nets! hardly
say, had emanated from his own pen.
Not only had he thought of his per
sonal security, hut that of (he stolen
goods, whieh in the shape of diamonds
and hank notes, were found securely
stowed away in the little black box.
whieh 1 had thought contained the
worldly possessions of my poverU
stricken companion, lie was tried,
convicted, and sentenced to penal servi
tude for fourteen years.
My husband's return was hastened by
the illness which the dreadful a Hair had
caused me. Since then lie and 1 have
never been separated. However, should
I ever be unavoidably left alone again,
my past experience has decided me on
one point never to advertise, or to
trust to written references, or tin result
mav be A furious Companion.
Chotul’its Jourtiiil,
11 Isdem.
That can never be reasoned down,
which was not reasoned up.
The heart is the same, whether nndei
one or under another garment.
The gales of heaven are low-arched
We must, enter upon our knees.
Prayer is the key of the morning and'
the boll at night.- JI/mw MiiWk.
Laugh, laugh and be happy. Live
aluive the thought of wrong and it will
not exist in action. Ne/aer Hlil;.
Ho the work of your life well, and
whether shoe-black or prime minister,
you will stand on the same plane at the
judgment dav.
None are 100 wise to he mistaken,
but few are so wisely just as to aeknowl
edge and correct their mistakes, and
especially the mistakes of prejudice.
\ sailor who jumped overboard to
save another was asked if he was lit to
die. "I could not be more lit," he re
plied, "by declining to do my duty."
The first step towards making a man
of your sen is to train him to earn what
he spends; the next best step is to leach
him how to save, his warnings,
Young man, don’t waste your lime in
complaining that the world owes yon it
living, but pull oil'your coat, (lax about,
and take the debt out of the world’s
Friendship supplies the place of
everything to those who know how (<
make the right use of it; it makes your
prosperity more happy, your adversity
more easy.
You need not he so anxious nhonl
your reputations, A ttc/nd to your char
acters, and let your reputations take
care of themselves, and if the heart is
right toward Hod you will he all right.
If a true gentlewoman by birth,
breeding or education, engages in any
work, however hmnhle, she does not
sink to its lowest level, Iml she raises it
to herself, and it, is thought heller of for
her very sake. I'ilwnnl (hirnlt.
The HhrixliiiH I iiinii asks, "Did yon
ever notice how sensitive are the ears
of a woman in church to the crying of
some other woman's baby, and bow
deafer iliun a post she is when her own
ollspring sets up its piercing squall?"
After a hard day’s work with small
remuneration many a man returns to
a hmnhle home content and happy,
knowing that the coarse, perhaps scanty
fare he will find is seasoned with love
hy the wife who watches for his com
mg, mill who daily labors as hard and
as cheerfully as lui dees for their mn
tual support and comfort.
The souls dial are dead in transgres
sions and sins must be qehikenud by
the spirit or they cannot be taken tip
into the kingdom of <iod. They are
not saved bv a little culture, they are
not m ived by a little knowledge picked
up from one book and another. They
arc saved hy the mighty power of Hod
(jniekeninp (hem into new life —Afeodi/.
“ No, I don’t want none of your
lightning rods,” naifl a Kentucky farm
er to a man wlm had Mopped at hi'
house to fail up patent lightning-con
ductors. " I ain’t afraid of
it’s the (hmider I believe’* going to
knock us all endwise, some dav.” " S’oii
don’t seem to comprehend, said the
peddler; "these ere silver-tipped rod'
are lightning rods, and the gold-tipped
ones are thunder-rods, jti'l what yon
want." And lie persuaded the old man
P< order up the gold-tipped rods.
The cattle disease, which during the
present Hutitim r hits wrought dire havoc
among the herds on the stanpes of
Southern Russia, 1H now reached the
I’olish provinces, and is rapidly ajs
proaching the frontier. The losses sus
tained hy the Russian peasantry since
the plague crossed the I’rat Mountiaiis,
two years ago, are immense. The au
thorities fear that the entire bovine race
of Caucasia will become extinct.
NO. 41.

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