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j .'pome wild desire, eomesad mistake lias cast
I vere remorse and sorrow lor tno pasi;
I Luc former fault shall present solace curb,
nr fair occasion lost, his peace disturb:
Some fatal cbanco has ruined every scheme,
And proved his brightest prospect all a dream.'
Aim.it Hie vcar 18, there lived in a
neighborhood, in the state of
:i l:ulv and uentleman named
Sanford. Tlicy possessed considerable
wpalth. which was to ho inherited by
lUrnnlv son, whom they called Hugh.
The life of this worthy couplewas a qui-
ctand easy as an unrulied stream, save
whpn sonic slight Jill'erenccs of opinion
j would occasionally arise, respecting the
management ot Hugh, lint one point
n which thev always agreed, was, that
1 Im should never be thwarted in any wish
of his heart. ;
At the time our story commences,
Hugh Sanford was twenty, and had just
Icftcollege. Whether he ever distin
guished himself there, I have not been a
k to ascertain. However, I know with
certainty, that he was by nature gifted
with good sense, and he had many fine
qualities of the heart. I know not whe
ther the reader will think so, from the
sketch I am about to write, but he
must bear in mind, that Hugh's natural
disposition was so wrapped by continu
al indulgence, that not until the fever of
youth had subsided, was it truly devel
oped. A largo party had been invited to
spend several days at Mr. Sanford's, and
his wife had promised them a little dance.
We shall pass over the preparations
which were made (or the party, and
which, in the country, always produce
so much bustle and excitement; we will
even say nothing of the important busi
ness, (to the girls at least) of the toilette;
hut shall follow them all to the drawing
room, which was brilliantly lighted.
Among the girls, Mary Linden was the
most commanding; her splendid dress
and jewelry, gave her quite a magnifi
ed air. She was the daughter of a rich
widower. Ellen Lorval (the only child
ofiiw layer,) was also much admired.
Her light muslin dress nnd simple wreath
;f wild flowers were peculiarly becom
"Mv dear Ilusrh." said Mrs. Sanford.
1 4,i wish to speak with you a momente
I fore the dancing commences. Does not
Mary look beautiful? Do go and engage
I cr as your partner immediately.1'
I "Not so fast mother." said he smilinir.
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son," said she, "I love Maty as
n,y daughter: could 1 but think that she
would be one to me." She looked at
'" intently, but he appeared not to un
derstand her meaning, and turning the
conversation, he went to join a group
young men.
I'lie scene changes. The enlivening
sound of the violin is heard; the cou
P'es are beginning to take their places
j the floor, when Hugh, to the dismay
J' his parents, is seen leading out Ellen
Lorval. Mary Linden is surrounded by
"puuxs, and it seems has capriciously
!v'cn her fair hand to tho least deser
JJJgof them, a would-be-wit, whose
h(le conversation consists of long
. rds and jest, which have been in
Ei scs Thc Partv wcnl olVvve11
Ja all seemed to enjoy themselves, ex-
P' some fewfunfortunate wall-flowers,
w whom, however, Mrs. Sanford pro-
rci partners to-wards the close ol thc
Hugh would probably never again
''"e thought of his attentions to Ellen,
w not his mother kept him in custody
nnjiuitm , wnue sue spoKe ncr
',?a the subject. She represented
1 "ntlc folly of falling in love with
' When TVf
' !at ''there ltuld be a great impro-iiSf-,.u
his iallinirfin love with Ellen."
astonished at hear-
"&f falling in love
'tttercd hj Kgination. lie
since she had put such notions into his
head, ho could not but sec, that if he
could be so fortunate as to fall in love,
ana meet with opposition, it would give
a peculiar zest to the monotony of his
country lile. So he stalked oil' the draw
ing room, and began to think Ellen very
interesting. The few succcding days
were passed as they usually are by a
large party in the country. They read,
talked, rode and played at battledoor;
but at length the guests departed, and
Mr. and Mrs. Stanford returned to the
enjoyment of their tranquilty; but
Hugh did not feel quite at his ease, as
he was conscious that he had pained his
parents, not so much by lus attentions
to Ellen, as by failing to fall in love with
Mary Linden. Weeks passed
Hugh continued to meet Ellen at all the
dinners and parties in the neighborhood,
and to pay her attention. Mr. and
Mrs. Sanford had seen all their hopes
respecting Mary Linden laid low, and
they had fretted themselves into ill hu
mor about Ellen: a calm was now ensu
ing, they began to look on thc bright
side of things, and even to fancy that
Ellen was to be their future daughter.
"My son," said Mr. Sanford, I wish
vou to consult your own happiness in
every thing. You love Ellen; you have
now the consent of your parents to ad
dress her."
Jleally father, I ." he stammered
out something that was untelligiblc.
"Sav no more, I see you are embar
"Hear me father ."
"Not a word more at present; good
lhcre is an old saying, that "competi
tion is the hie ol trade, and 1 think it
is no less true, that "opposition is thc
Iileol love, or ol something that is lre-
luentlv mistaken lor it by green-horns,
and very young ladies just from school.
Now that all opposition was at an end,
Hugh was somewhat surprised to find
himself entirely out of love with Ellen;
and indeed, lie shrewdly suspected he
lad never been in love with her. lhe
gentle girl had seemed pleased with the
attentions ol thc handsome Hugh ban-
ford, though she acted with the most per
fect delicacy, nor have I ever found out
whether she immagincd him to be seri
ous. 1 am sorry to say, inai me ut
most partiality cannot throw a veil over
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the conduct ol liugn m mis instance;
and manv will say that he does not de
serve thc title ol a hero. "Pshaw?" says
a little girl, "I thought all lierors were
lerlect! ' And so they are, in .English
novels, but not in old Virginal
Mrs. Sanford had a widowed sister
iviug in the southren part of the state.
Her name was Harrington, and she was
the mother ot two daughters, who were
dashing belles and beauties. I hither
Hugh now went, to pay a visit. On a
bright evening, he came in sight ot his
aun'ts dwelling. It was situated on a
smooth green hill, which gradually slop
ed to the river , which was not
very wide here. A tiny canoe was pre
sently visible in the middle ol the stream,
and much to his surprise he perceived in
it a single female figure. "Can that be
one of my cousins? said he; "what mad
freak could induce her to go alone.'"
But when he arrived at the house, he
found both of his cousins and his aunt
sitting together. They received him
cordially, and while he was answering
their inquiries, a light step was heard m
the passage, and an eager voice exclaim
ed: "Oh, Mrs. Harrington, my pigeon
flew away from me to the other bank,
and I was so much afraid of loosing it,
that I went over for it myself." 'lhe
speaker entered the room, holding the
bird triumphantly inner nana; out per
ceiving a stranger, she was retreating,
when Mrs. Harrington recalled her,
and she was introduced to Hugh by thc
ipcllation of Amy Larone. She was
and beautiiul as
britrht as a sun beam,
thc roses of spring. Her hazel eyes
were lame: a delicate carnation bloom
ed on her cheek, and her brown hair was
arted over her smooth brow, and
-'racefully twisted at the back of her
head. She was below thc middle size,
and thc plainest suit of mourning was
i it i
neatly luted on her spiender snape.
Hugh's interest was strongly excited by
the :iir ofmvsterv with which he fancied
she was surrounded, and he seized the
first opportunity to enquire who she was.
ller simple story wis suuu iuiu. unc
was nearly sixteen, and was the ornhant
child of poor and obscure, though ho
nest parents. Her mother aiea wnen
to the care ol her father, an illiterate.
although well meaning man, who had no
idea that education was at all necessary:
if he could see hisdaughter neatly dress
ed, and hear thc neighbors say how
beautiful she was, he cared for nothing
more, iier oeauty and modesty were
talked of by rich and poor. Her lather
had not been dead more than seven or
eight months; and Mrs. Harrington pi
tying her furlorn condition, had taken
her to her house. Maria and Theresa
Harrington were kind to her, and were
anxious to repair somovvhat the tota
neglect ol the education ol the w
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ueuiicuiimy. one was cratciui, nut as
her taste for study had not been formed
in childhood, it was with reluctance that
she now attempted the drudgery of lear
mg, and, so far as concerned herself.
she wished that the makers of books had
never existed.
one seemcu, nowever, to possess an
instinctive knowledge of what was right
tnd proper to be said or done, even on
occasions that were perfectly novel to
her; and when a subject was started of
which she was ignorant, she acted wise
ly, and said nothing', or if in the course
ol conversation a lew errors were com
mitted by her, her transcendent beauty
was sulhcient to atone lor all. True,
her beauty was not of the spiritual kind,
"thfi r.int snill wnmntr in tlio ovot-"
but it was just such as is always admir
ed by enthusiastic young men!
Company came in,and Hugh obtained
a seat near Amy, entered into conver
sation with her, in which to do her jus
tice, she supported her part quite well.
He rallied her upon her excursion after
her truant bird. She replied "It was
tlio lnot fliinrr mw lit! lac oirni1 rrn r n
and I love it lor his sake."
Several weeks had been passed by
Hugh at his aunt's, and he had become
deply interested in the orphan. Amy
appeared dejected, and very rarely-joined
the family party in the sitting room.
This conduct only strengthened Hugh's
interest. He was now really in love
"fairly caught," as the young ladies ex
press it. Walking out one evening by
himself, he encountered Amy unexpect
edly, and a gleam of joy lighted up his
handsome features.
"Miss Larone, said he, "why have
you deserted us: the time has been too
long since we met."
"Three da s, sir," said Amy, slightly
"I can hardly believe it possible," said
he, for it seems as many months to me."
Amy assumed a look of coldness, and
said she did not understand him; but
her countenance betrayed that she did.
They walked on in silence to tho bank
of the river, and Hugh looking on the
beautiful stream and its romantic banks,
said, Could 1 but think that vou would
walk here after I am gone, and think of
me Amy, I will confess that from the
first moment I saw you, 1 felt the stron
gest interest in vou., Nay more, that 1
do now love you most ardently. Will
vou give me vour heart? ' one remain
ed silent and agitated, and at lengtli tears
came to her relief. "Oh, whv do you
weep? Say to me Amv, that I may at
least hope you love me!" She raised her
mild tearful eyes, and that glance betray
ed that her heart was his. "Now hea
ven bless yoa Amy, let us record our
vows,and you will be my bride ere long."
Mr. Sanford," she said " 'tis true that I
love you, but yet I can never be yours.
Your parents would never receive me
as their daughter." "Hush Amy," said
he, "my parents love me too well to
withhold their consent," struggling with
her emotion, she said. "There are other
weighty reasons which 1 cannot be your
wife. No, no, it cannot be." "Amv,
you distract me; whatever those rea
sons are, they shall bo overcome." She
shook her head, and darted oll'from him
ere he was aware of her determination.
Hugh was bewildered; but he resolved
to seek another interview with Amy.
The next day he entreated her as a last
favor, to walk with him. So reasona
ble a request could not be "refused. He
told her that unless she changed her de
termination, on the morrow he would
depart, whither he neither knew or ca
red, ller compassion was so much cx-
citcd,that before thcii return to the house
she had permitted him to hope, lie
tohiher ho would set off directly for his
home, and that he would return in a few
weeks, adding that he would write- to
her immediately. It was not until alter
much entreaty, that she consented to re
ceive his letters; but when he requested
no bounds. Poor Amy!
The next day he tookjeave,of all; and
ere long, a letter fraught with expres
sions of the most tender regard, was
handed to Amy. She did not answer it.
Another soon followed, gently chiding
m-r lor ner silence. Alter this, all urre
answered. Mrs. Harrington and Maria
were in arms about the match. His pa
rents yielded a reluclant consent: and
at the appointed time they were marri
ed. Hugh wrote to his mother to ap
prize her or it, and to appoint a time for
men- arrival at the home ol his childhood
he now thought himself perfectly hap
py. Thc honey-moon was nearly past,
when one day as he was gazing with
rapture on the loveliness . of his young
bride, Mrs Harrington entered, saying?
"Here is a letter directed to Mrs. Hugh
Sanford," from my sister, 1 think." She
handed Amy the letter, with a look of
peculiar significance! Amy broke the
seal mechanically, blushed deeply, and
bent her eyes on thc ground. "Amy,"
said Hugh, "why do vou not read mv
mother's letter ?" She sank
down, and
could only say,'Forgive me oh, forgive
me!" "For what dearest? You that
never in thought or word ollcnded.
Look up, Amy." said he. smillin". 'vou
have no need of forgiveness.' 'Oh.
you do not know; I" She could scarce
articulate; but at length came the ter
rible confession, that she could scarcely
read, and could not write!
Wo have mentioned the total netrlecl
of her education, and the "weighty rea
sons" which she told Hugh would pre
vent her from marrying him. All is now
explained. But how, you may ask, did
she manage to answer his letters, when
she was unable to write? SI
Theresa Harrington her confidant: and
she without thinking of the consequen
ces, answered them in Amv's name.
The deception was cruel; but Amv's
conduct is not entirely without some
palliation. Her love of Hugh, and the
shame of her ignorance, combat ted lienx
ly in her bosom; and she did refuse him
partly. " " T :'"
Hugh fiad first been won by her beau
ty and her destitute condition: her re
fusal of his offered hand had onl v. ad-
led fuel to the flame. Absence,""ma
ung the heart grow fonder," and. the
etters he received, all conspired to blind
him. Sincerely was he to be pitied, for
he possessed many fine qualities, and was
nobly disinterested. The veil was now
removed from his eyes, and the dream
of love was fast deserting him, like sha-
when the bricht
sunlight rises o'er the hills. Thev went
to his parents. We shall pass over the
various mortifications which Hugh had
to endure. Amv idolized her husband,
and he was too iund-hearted to be proof
against her fondness. He exerted him
self day after day to instruct her, but 1
do not believe she went much beyond
learning to read and write legibly. His
parents lived dnly a few years after these
events, and his beautiful wife was at
tacked about four yean after they were
marryed with a slight cough, which was
soon followed by that bright flush, which
is too frequently the harbinger of death.
A southren climate, and every possiblo
means were resorted to, for her restora
tion to health, but in vain! Her last
prayers were offered up for her husband
and a daughter then two years old.
Hugh never married again. lie contin
ued to live at the family mansion occu
pied almost entirely with the education
of Eva. When she was ten years of
age, she was sent to New York to school.
Her life had been Attended with circum
stances which arc not without romance.
Should any curiosity be felt on the sub
ject, I may at a future tune give a sketch
ol the lite ol Eva Sanford.
Years have passed since these events
transpired, and the once vouiil' and
handsome Hugh Sanford is now an old
man. His appearance is very much
changed, and his faults and loibfes havo
been lost in his progress through life, or
have liccomo soltencd by tho hand of
time, ucrtain it is; ho is now
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usimisuiu man, uuu is iookcu UP
revcrcacc both in public and
a very
to with
New process of Counter fciliii'T.rYw
Cincinnati Sun says: "We have heard it
asserted that a process of Counterfeit.
ing bills has been discovered in thisjjeity
by thc dagucrrotypo, which will become
a subject for legislation, or the whole
country will be floated with notes that
cannot be detected, mi perfectly are
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