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: 1 ; ; ; ; l " '. s l ? II V 6 y AV I TOM-n Dollar, NEW SERIES. THE OLD MAN'S SECRET. STBAKeE IIISTORT DUftIKO TIE tBCl KS- """" oictiow cr 1792. " lean Baptiste Veron, a native it was under tood, of the loulh of Frnnce, established bim self at a merchant at Havre-do-Grace in 1788 being then a widower with one child, a young )tcy. The new comer'a place of business wai the t outh quay, about a hundred yards west of fc custom-house. He had brought letters of lyfe recommendation from several eminent Par eSn firms; his capital was ascertained to be large aafsoon, moreover, approving himself to be a 4U of keen mercantile discernment, and meas I, peremptory, unswerving business habits, 0. not surprising that his commercial transac e speedily took a wide range, or, that, at the 1 of about fifteen years, M. Veron was pro ceed by the general consent to be the wealth- tierchant of the commercial capital of north ' France. He was never, albeit, much of a aito with any class of society : his man ''Was too brusque, docided, unbending his tuT?'1 10 rUrt' fre1uently to bitter, for that 5 J 8 managed to steer his course in very difli- d?'m!l U'le " 'e'y l'10" w'10 Put them ufe. ' I?' P'n charges to obtain pop 'riiy. He never expressed publicly at leust ."iWvrnnQ 1 i aivt roniiKlitnnl-m ...nperialism. for fleur-dtT-lls.onnet-rourre, orwtuoiore: in snort, Jean tiantiste v ero:j was tern, taciturn, self absorbed man of bus.n.; - and as nothing clso was he universally consid- j but "Very partially relieved by Eiigiiein.'s,..ssu ered, till the installation of a quasi legitimacy by ral,c llat, come what may, hu would take the Jfipoleon Bonaparte, when a circumstance, (responsibility in thut particular entirely upon slight in itself, gave a clearer significance to the !nl;n5clf' M '"decdhe was bound to do the cold, hauehtv. renellent crressimi which nh.v. i friends left the office, aim wended their way to cu nuDiiuauy aoout me mercnanl s gray uep set eyes, and thin, firmly compressed lips. His newly engraved private card read thus : "J. B. j i i.;. 1 1 1 11 1 . , at V eron, JILm Srjour, imrouville.'' Mon Se- jour was a charming suburban domicile, situate upon the Cote, as it is usually termeda sloping eminence on the north of Le Havre, which it commands, and now (Jailed wih similar residen ces, but, at the perio ! we are writng of, very sparselybuilt upon. Nut long after this assump tion of tie aristocratic prefix to his name, it was discovers! that he insinuated himself into the very narow and exclusive circle of the De Me rodes, wio were an unquestionable fragment of the old mblesse damaged, it is true, almost ir retrievably in purse, as their modest establish ' ment on he Cote too plainly testified; but in ' pedigretas untainted and resplendent as in the : palioiestlftys of the Capets. As the chevalier de Merde and his daughter, Madamoiselle Hen ritte-Dd puiiiu-Iiuiieuse-Mnrie-Chasse Loup dsMerode described as a tall, fair, and extreme! meagre damsel, of about thirty years ' of age ere known to be rigidly uncompro mising inall matters having reference to ances try, it ws concluded that Jean Baptiste de Ve ron had ben able to satisfy his noble friends, that althigh de facto a merchant from the sad ' nececsilif of the evil time, he was dejure en titled to fee rank and precedence with the illustriouthough decayed nobility of France. It might t, too, as envious gossips whispered, that any ight flaw or break in the chain of De Veron's jlrician descent had been concealed or overlooki in the glitter of his wealth, more es pecially i it was true, as rum or presently be gan to rculalc, that the immense sum in French e;i and ears of 300.OU0 francs (12, 000) wan be settled upon M-iduinoiselle de Mcrode al her heirs on the day that should tea her uted in wedlock with Eugene de Ve ron, by thtime a fine-looking fellow of one or two and tenty, and, like ninety-nine in evey hundred othe youth of France, strongly pre judiced agist the pretensions ofmers birth and herediUrylistinction. Rumor this instance was correctly inform ed. " Eune," said M. de Veron addressing his son in usual cold, positive manner, and at the sanvime locking his private escruloirc, the hand ohe clock being just on the stroke of five, thiour for closing "I have matter of importance inform you of. All differences between tmnd the Chevalier de Merode rela tive to younwriage with his daughter, Made moiselle dderode, are" "Hem 1'jaculated Eugene, suddenly whirl ing round on his stool, and confronting his father, "an!" "All diffcnees, I say," resumed M. de e ron, with .uflled calmness and decision, '-between mys and the chevalier are arranged a V amiable, d the contract of marriage will be ready for Jr nn& Midemoiselle de Merodu's signature, (Monday ncv!, at two precisely." "Mine I Mademoiselle de Mero.le !'' re peated thcslounded son, who seemed half doubtful wln,,r le "aw or heard aright. 'Yes. 1 wonder vou are suprised. g0 1 distinguish connection could hardly, under the circun1ce 'llive been hoped for ; and it would h9en cruel to have giv'ii you any intimation! the subject whilst there was u chance oficg1ciilt'on issuing unfavorably. Your wiffld you wil'i for the present, at all events, ta Up ydr ubode at Man Sejour ; and I must co!q;eutly look out for a smaller, or more baclW-u'ling residence. "My and me !" echoed Veron junior, with the 0 ir ef stupid amazement as be fore J wife and me !" Recovering a lit- . tiehe adJj "Confound it, there must be some jjo you KIIOW, mult de Merodo.is not al all to my d as soon marry """i..' .":.:ti .it ICQ iu aIVt. - a u uiiaii , ii w you, is deded. You will marry Mademoiselle Jo Merod tr if not," he added, with an iron icflexibili' if tone and manner, "Eugene de Veron ii ly to benefit very little by his fath er's weali, 'which the same Eugene will do well to rember is of a kind not very difficult f tranife'Oce beyond the range of the law of inheritanc which prevails in France. Thelep f of th revolution," continued M. de Ve f,n, at he'Ose to put on his hat, "may indeed P ta tive polluted our very hearths, when f I anistalte r. 8 Maderaoi'le I taste ? FOul ' b yjre find cHdren setting up their opinions, and S i'kiugi.aijiilislikings, forsooth! against their 11 Jtkwy deifcion, in a matter so entirely within 1 I y rental Jurisdiction as that.of a son. or Li L" f wl10 I'mped a little in consequence of rnr)Ded his ankle some ciuht or ten days if paid In Advance; if not PUBLISHED BV 0. CLEMENS, ON HILL STREET, NEAR previously to a light one-horse oarriage in wafting outside, he returned to the office and resumed his seat, atill in a maze of confusion, doubt and dismay. "?!w could," he innocent ly muttered "how could my father how could any body suppose that How could he espe cially be so blind as not to have long ago per ceived What a contrast 1" added Eugene tie Veron, jumping up, breaking into passionate speech, and his eyes sparkling ns if ho was ac tually in presence of the dark-eyed divinity whose image filled his brain and loosed his tongue "what a contrast I Adeline, young, ro seate, beautiful as spring, lustrous as Juno, graceful as Hebe 1 Oh, par extmplc, Mademoi selle do Mcroclo, you, with your high blood and skinny bones, must excuse me. And poor, too, poor as Adeline. Decidedly the old gentleman must bo crazed, and let me sec Aye, to be sure, I must confer with E.louard at once." Eugene do Veron had only one flight of stairs to ascend to obtain this conference, Edouard le Blanc, the brother of Adeline, being n principle clerk in the cstablishm cut. Eduoard lo Ulano readily and sincerely c6ndolcd with his frit-mi upon the sudJcn obscuration of his and Ade- j line's hopes, adding that hejhad always felt a sirong misgiving upon me subject ; an. I alter a lugubrious dialogue, during which the clerk hintad nervously ut a circumstance which, look ing at the unpleasant turn matters were taking, !ht Prove of terrible import a nervousness Madamc le Blanc's, Ingouville. There the lov er forgot, in Adeline's gay exhilarating presence and conversation, the recent ominous and exas perating communication from his father ; while i1'",0IIarJ proceeded lo take counsel with 1 mother upon the altered aspect of afl'airs, not only jas regarded Adeline and Eugene do Veron, but more particularly himself, Edouard le Bl.mc. Ten minutes had hardly passed by ordinary i reckoning barely one by Eugene do Veron's I when his interview with the charming Adeline 'was rudely broken in upon by Madame le Blanc, a shrewed, prudent woman of the world, albeit that in this ull'air she had somewhat lost her balance, tempted by the glittering prize offered for her daughter's acceptance, and for a time apparently within her reach. The mother's tone and manner were stern and peremptory. Have the kindness, .Monsieur ue Veron, to bul Adeline adiwii at once. I have a serious mutter to laliv over with you alone. Com !' Adeline was extremely startled to hear her rich lover thus addressed, and the carnation nf her glowing cheeks faded at onoe to lily pale ness, whilst Eugene's features flushed us quick ly to deepest crimson. He stammered out his willingness to attend inadutue immediately, and hastily kissing Adenlinc's hand, folhnvadlnym welcoine intruder to another room. 'So, Monsieur Eugene,' began Midame le Bianc, 'this ridiculous wooing of which, as you know, I never heartily approved is at an end. You are, I hear, to marry Mademoiselle de Marodein the early part of next week.' 'Madame le lilanc I exclaimed the man, 'what is it vou are saving? I young marry (Mademoiselle de Merode, next, or any other jweek! I swear to you by all that is true and 'sacred, that I will bo torn in pieces by wild horses before I break faith 'Chut, chat'.' interrupted Madame 1c Blanc ; 'you may spare your oaths. The sentimental bavardage of love will be lost upon me. You will, ns you ought, espouse Mademoiselle do Merode, who is, I am tuld, a very superior nnd amiable person , ond as to Adeline, she will console herself. A girl with her advantages will always bo able to marry sufficiently well, though not into the family of a millionaire. But my present business with you' Monsieur Eugene de Veron, relates to a different and much mure important matter. You have induced him to commit not only a weak but a highly criminal art ; lie has let you have without Mon,sieur de Veron's consent or knowledge, tw. thousand francs, upon the assurance that 011 would either reimburse that sum before his accounts wore balanced, or arrange the matter suti'aetun!y with your father.' 'But, Midamo le Blanc ' 'Neither of which alternatives,' persisted that lady, 'I very plainly perceive, tint you will be able to fulfill, unless you comply with Monsieur de Veron's wishes; and if vou have any real re gard for Adeline, you will signify that acquies cence without delay, for her brother's ruin in a moral sense, would be hers t.lso. Fart of the money lias, 1 understand, been squandered on prevents you have made her : they shall be re- turned 'Midline le Blanc!' exclaimed tho excited young man, 'yon will drive me mad ! I cannot, will not give up Adeline; an l us for the paltry sum of money you spe.dt of my meney as it may fairly be considered that shall be leiurned to -morrow morning.' Madame le Blanc did not speak for a few seconds, and then said 'Very well: mini you keep your promise. To-morrow is, you are a ware, the Fete Dieii ; we have promised Mad ame Carson, of the Grande Hue, to ptiss the af ternoon and evening at her house, where we shall have a good view of the profession. Do you and Edouard call on us there; as soon as t'.ie iilfuir is arranged. 1 will not detain you longer al present, Adieu! Stay, stay bv this door, if you please. I cannot permit you to see Ade line again, at all events, Jill this money transac tion is definitely settled.' 'As you have now slept upon the proposal I made you yesternoon,' s id M. de Veron, addressing his son on tho following morning, ut the conclu- sion of a silent breakfast 'you may, perhaps, be prepared with a more fitting answer than you were then? Eugene warmly protested his auxioiy to obey all his father's reasonable commands ; but in this compliance was simply impossible, foras much as he, Eugene, had already irrevocably pledged his word, his heart, his honor, in anolli quarter, and could, therefore nay, would not, consent to poison his future existance by uni ting himself with Mademoiselle de Marode, for whom, indeed, he felt the profoundnt eiteem, but not the slightest emotion of aflection or re-rd. paid within Six Months, One "Dollar "and Fifty Cents"; HANNIBAL, flIO.,. THURSDAY Your Word, tout honor, your heart you should have added your fortune,' replied M. de Veron, with frigid, slowly-distilled sarcastic bitterness 'arc irrevocably engaged, are they," to Adeline le Blanc, sister of my collecting clotk daughter of a deceased ous-lieutenantr or. the line 'Of the linporial Guard,' interposed Eu gene. 'Who aids her mother to eke out a scanty pen sion by embroidery . ' Very superior artislio embroidery,' again in terjected the son. 'Bo it so. I have not been quite so unobser vant, Eugene, of certain incidents as you and your friends appear to have supposed. But time proves all things, and the De Merodei and I can wait.' Nothing further passed till M. de Veron rose to leave the room, when his son with heighten ed color and trembling speech, although especi ally aiming at a careless indifference of tone and manner, -Sir, sir, one word if you please j I have a slight favor to ask. There are a few debts, to theamoutit of about two thousand francs which I wish to discharge immediately this mnniinfr in f-rt ' 'Debts to the amount of two thousand francs, which yau wish to dischargo immediately this morning in fact.' slowly repeated De Veron, fixing on his son a triumphant, mocking glance, admirably seconded by the curve of his thin white lips. 'Well, let the bills be sent to me. If correct and fair, they shall be paid.' 'But but, father, one chief item is a debt of honor !' 'Indeed ! Then your honor is pledged to oth ers besides Mademoiselle la lroilrv.se ? 1 have only to say, that in that case I will no.' assist you.' TT : :.l .1 c j t 7 11 . iliiiiic siuu mis, iu. ce vcrnn, rcgaruiess 01 his son's angry expostulations, limped out of the apartment, and shortly after, the sound of the rnace wheels annouueed his denarture to I.e Havre. Eugene, about an hour afterward fol lowed, vainly striving to calm his apprehensions by the hope that before the day for balancing Eilouard;s accounts arrived, he would find his father in a more Christian-like nnd generous mood, or, at any rale, hit upon some means of raising the money. The day, like the gorgeous procession that swept through the crowded streets, passed slowly and uninterruptedly away in M. do Ve ron's place of business, till about half-past four, when that gentleman directed a porter, who was leaving the private office, to inform M. le Blanc t!:-t he (M. de Veron) wished to speak with him immediately. On hearing this order, Eu gene looked quickly up from the desk at which he was engaged, to his fathers' face; but he discerned nothing on that impassive tablet to dissipate or confirm his fear. ' Edouard hi Blanc," said M. de Veron, with mild suavity of voice, the instant the summoned clerk presented himself, "it so chances that 1 have no further occasion for your services" "Sir! sir!" gasped tlio terrified youth. "You are," continued M. de Veron, "entitled (0 one months snlary, in lieu of that period of notice, one hundred francs, with which vou may credit yourself in the cash account vou ,wii please balance and bring to me as quickly as possible." "Sir! sir!" again bewilderingly iterated the panic-stricken cleik, as he turned distractedly jlroin father to son, "Sir!" I "My words are plain enough, observed M. jde Veron, coolly tapping and opening his snuff jbox, from which he helped himself to a hearty Ipincli. "You are discharged, with one hundred 1 francs, a month's salary in lieu of wnrning, in your puekst. You have now only to bring ijour accounts; they are correct, of course; I, .finding them so, sign your livrei, and there's an lend to the matter." I E luurd le B'.anc made a step or two towards thn dour, and then, as if overwhelmed with a sense of tiie hopelessness of further conceal ment, turned round, threw himself with a cry of terror and despair at M. do Veron's feet, and poured forth a wild, sobbing, and scarcely intelligiblo confession of the fault or crime of which he had been guilty, through the solicita tions of M. Eugene, who had, he averred, re ceived every farthing of the amount in which he, Edouard le Blanc, acknowledged himself to ,be a defaulter. I ' Yes ! yes!' exclaimed the son; ' Edouard gave llie money into my hands, and if there be any blame, ll is mine alone. Is it no, Monsieur J-.ugene r At all events 1 I M. de Veron listened with a stolid, stony 'shall 'ry. He is in the church, you say. Very .apathy to all this, save for a sliht glimmer of jwell, if I fail but I am sure I shall not fail I triumph that, spite of himself, shone out at the return in ten minutes, nnd that will leave Ma corners of his half closed eyes. When the Idemoiselle Adeline's despairing lover plenty of you he iiina: man had ceased sobhin? and exclaiming, I: ' You admit, Edouard la Blanc, that you have francs, at robbed me of nearly two thousand yo, s;iy, the solicitation of my son an excuse, vou 1:111 ! be aware, ol not thesliglit- est legal wriht ; no (istei , M. idemoiselle nore than u your pretty Adeline, who, I must be pfrmitted to observe, is not altogether, I sus-j ' I don't know what she can mean,' said Ed pect. n stranger to this affair . Hear ine ouard le Blanc, seizing his hat and hurrying off ; mil, messieurs, it you please: I say your ex- ruse has no mure leg;. I validity than if your ms-J ter had counselled you to commit the felony. , Now mark me, young man: It is just upon five o'clock. At half-past seven precisely, I shall ro bof ore a magistrate, and cause a warrant to ,be issued for jour apprehension. To-morrow morning, consequently, the brother of Made- inoisclle lo Blanc will etither be an incarcerated i felon, nr. 1'irh will suit me just us well, a pro- j claimed fugitive from justice.' I 'One moment one word, for the love of Heaven, before ynu go ! exclaimed Eugene. 'Is there any mode,-any means whereby Ed ouard may be rescued from this frightful, .this unmerited calamity this irretrievable ! ruin ?' 'Yes,' rejoined M. de Veron, pausing for an ;instant on the threshold, 'there is one mode, Lu- gene, and only one. What itds, you do not re quire to be tuld. I shall rime in town to-day; at seven 1 shall look in at the church of Notre Dame, and remain there precisely twenty mi nutes. After that, repentance .will be too late.' Eugene was in despair, for it was Quite clear that Adeline must be given up Adeline, whose myriad ciiarmr and graces rose up on his imagination in tenfold greater lustre than before, now that lie was about (9 )oie her for- MAIN, A FEW DOORS WEST OF MORNING, SEPTEMBER 9, 1852. ever! But there was plainly no help for it; and after a brief, atritated consultation, the young man left the office to join Madame and Made moiselle le Blane at the widow Carson's, in the Grande Rue, or Rue de Paris, aa the only de cent street in Havre de Grace was then called, both for the purpose of communicating the un toward slate of affairs, and that Eugene might take a lingering, last farewell of Adeline. Uefore accompanying them thither, it is nec essary to say a few words of this Madame Car son, who is about to play a very singular part in this little drama. She was a gay, well-look-inr. symmelricallv-shnncd. vounir widow. wh6 kept a confectioner's shop in the said Grande Rue, and officiated as her own dame, du eomploir. Her eood looks, coquettishly eracious smiles and unvarying good temper, rendered her estab lishment much more attractive it was by no means a brilliant affair in itself than it would otherwise have been. Madame Carson was in a tacit, quiet kind of way, engaged to Edouard le Blanc that is to say, she inteuded marrying him as soon as their mutual savings should justify such a step; and provided, also, that no more el igible offer wooed her acceptance in the mean time. M. de Veron himself was frequently in the habit of calling on his way to or from Mon Sejour, for a vale and a lively little badinage with the comely widow; and so frequently, at one time, that Edouard le Blano was half in clined to Madame Carson's infinite amusement to be jealous of the rich, though elderly mer chant's formal and elaborate courtesies. It was on leaving her shop that he slipped and sprained his ankle. M. de Veron fainted with the ex treme pain, was carried in that state into the little parlor behind the shop and had not yet re covered consciousness when the apothecary, whom Madame Carson had dispatched her little waiting-maid of all work in quest of, entered to tender his assistance. This is all, I think, that need be said, in a preliminary way, of Madame Carson. Of course, the tidings brought by Eugene and Eduard very painfully affected Madamoiselle le Blanc ; but being a very sensible, as well as a remarkably handsome young person, she soon rallied, and insisted, quite as warmly as her mother did, that the sacrifice necessary to relieve Edouard from the peril which environed him, painful, heart-breaking as their sacrifice might be, must be submitted to without reserve or de lay. In other words, that M. de Veron, junior, must consent to espouse Madamoiselle de Mo rode, and forthwith infers his father thai lie was ready to sign the nuptial contract that mo ment, if necessary. Poor Eugene, who was really over head and ears in love, and more so just then than ever, pileously lamented his own cruel fate, and passionately denounced the ti- ger-hcartedncss of his barbarian father ; but as tears and reproaches could avail nothing in such strait, he finally submitted to the general award, nnd agreed to announce his submission to M. de Verou at the church of Notre Dame, not a moment later, both ladies insisted, than live minutes past seven 0 clock. Madame Larson was not at home all this while. She had gone to church, und, after de votion, called on her way back on one or two friends for a little gossip, so that it only wanted about a quarter to seven when she reappeared, Of course the lamentable story had to be told over again, with all its dismal accompaniments or sighs, tears and plaintive ejaculations ; and it was curious to observe, as the narrative pro ceeded, how the widow's charming eyes flashed and sparkled, and her cheeks glowed with in dignation, till she looked, to use Edouard If Blanc expression, 'ferociously handsome.' 'L monstre 1 ' she exclaimed, as Eugene termi nated the sad history, gathering up, as she spoke, the shawl and gloves she had just before put off; ' bul I shall see him at once; I have in fluence with this Monsieur de Veron." ' Nonsense, Emilie,' said Madame Le Blanc, ' You possess influence over Monsieur de Ve ron!' 'Certainly I do. And is that such a tni rubier replied Madame Carson, with a demure glance at Eduard. Eduard looked somewhat scared, but managed to say 'Not at all certainly not; but this man's heart is iron steel." We shall see,' said the fair widow, as she finished drawing on her glovas. 'La grande passion is someti.nes stronger than iron or steel. time to make his submission, if better may not be ; and so an revoir Mesdamcs rt Messieurs.' What can she mean?' said Madame le Blanc, as the door closed. 'I have noticed, once or twice during the last fortnight, that she has made use of strange half hints relative to Mon sieur de Veron.' I but l shall tullow, and strive to ascertain, He was just in time to catch a glimpse of Madame Carson's skirts as the whisked around the corner of the Rue St. Jacques, and by quickening his speed, he saw her enter the 'church from the street. Notre Dame was crowded; but Edouard le Blano had no difficulty in singling out M. de Veron, who was sitting ,in his accustomed chair, somewhat removed from the mass of worshippers, on the left of the (high altar; and presently he discerned Madiune parson gently and adroitly making her way through the crowd toward him. The instant sha was nar enough she tapped lain slightly on the shoulder. He turned quickly, staring with a haughty, questioning glance at the smiling iconfectioner. There was no grandt patsion in that look, Edouard felt quite satisfied, and Mad- ame Carson s conduct seemed more than ever unintelligible. She apptared to say something, which was replied to by an impatient gesture of refusal, and M. de Veron turned again to ward the altar, Madame Carson next approach ed close to his chair, and bending down, whisp ered in his ear for perhaps a minute. As she did so M. de Veron's body rose slowly up, in voluntarily as it were, and stiffened into rigidi ty, ss if under the influence of some frightful spell. Forcing himself at last, it seemed, to confront tha whisprrer, he no sooner rtught if not" paid within Twelve : SELMES' BUILDINGS. her eye than hi reeled, like aome out struck by a heavy blow, against the pedestal of a saint, whose stony features looked less white and bloodless than his own. Madame Carson con templated the effect sha had produced with a kind of pride for a few moments, and thea with a slight, but peremptory wave af her hand me lon t a mm to follow her out of the sacred edi fiie. M. de Veron hastily, though with stag gering steps, obeyed Edouard le Blano cross ing the church and reaching the street just in time ta see them both driven off in M. da Ver on's carriage. Edouard hurried back to the Grande Rue, to report what he had witnessed; and what could be tha interpi station of tha inexplicable scene, engrossed th inventive genius of all there, till they were thoroughly tired of their wild and aimless guesses. Eight o'clock chimed nine ten and they were all Edouard es pecially working themselves into a complete panic of apprehension, when to their great re lief, M. de Veron's carriage drew np before the doer. The first person to alight, was M. Bour don, a notary of eminence; next M. de Veron, who handed out Madkme Carson; and all three walked through the shop into the back apart ment. The notary wore his usual business as pect, and had in his hands two rolls of thickly written parchment, which he placed upon the table, and at once began to spread out. M. de Veron had the air of a man walking in a dream. and subdued, mastered, by some overpowering, nameless terror; while Madame Larson, though pale with excitement, was evidently highly ela ted, and to use a French phrase, completely "mistress of the situation." She was the first to break silence. 'Monsieur de Veron has been kind enough, Edouard, to explain, in the presence ef Monsieur Bourdon, the mistake he was disposed to charge you with to-day. He quite remembers, now, having received two thousand francs from you, for which, in his hurry at the time he gave you no voucher. Is not that so Monsieur de Veron?' she added, again fixing on the merchant the same menacing look that le Blanc had noticed in the church. 'Yes, yes,' was the quick reply of M. de Ve ron, who vainly attempted to look the astounded clerk in the face. 'The mistake was mine. Your accounts are quite correct, Monsieur le Blanc; and and I shall be glad of course to see you at the office as usual.' 'That is well,' said Madame Larson 'and now Monsieur Bourdon, to business, if you please. Those documents will not take so long to read as they did to write. The notary smiled and immediately began reading a marriage contract between Eugene de Veron and Adeline le Blanc, by which it appear ed that the union of those young persons was 'joyfully acceded to by Jean Baptiste de Veron and Marie le Ulanc, their parents; the said Jean Bantiste de Veron bindw himself formally to endow the bride and bridegroom jointly on the day of marriage, with the sum of three hundred thousand francs, and, moreover, to admit his son as a partner in the business thenceforth to be carried on under the name 01 ue veron &on. This contract was written in duplicate, and as soon as the notary had finished reading, Mad ame Carson handed a pen to M. de Veron, say ing in the same light, coquettish, but perempto ry tone as before, 'Now, Monsieur, quick, if you please; yours is the most important signa ture.' The merchant signed and sealed both parchments, and the other interested parties did the same, in silent, dumb bewilderment, broken only by thi scratching of the pen and the legal words repealed after the notary. 'We need not dvtain you longer, Messieurs. I believe, said Madame Carson. 'iJon soir, Monsieur de Ver on,' she added, extending an ungloved hand to that gentleman, who faintly touched it with his lips: 'you will hear from me to-morrow. 'What is the meaning of all this?' exclaimed Eugene de Veron, the instant his father and the notary disappeared. 'I positively feel as if standing upon ray heedl' A chorus of like in terrogatories from the le Blancs assailed Mad ame Carson, whose ringing bursts of mirth mocked, foi a time, their impatience. 'Meaning, varbleu I she at last replied, after pausing to catch breath. 'That is plain enough, surely. Did you not all see with what emprtst mrnt the Door man kissed mv hand ? There, do I 1 L . .(!,.,! Prl...J .Um.AA.A III, a renewed out -burst, 'Perhaps I may have the caprice to prefer you, after all, to an elderly millionaire who knows r liut come, let us try to be a little calm end sensible. What I have done, good folks, I can as easily undo and that being the case, Monsieur Eugene imist sign me a bond to-morrow morning, for fifty thousand francs, payable three days after his marriage. Is it agreed ? Very well : then I keep these two parchments till the said bond is executed. And now. my friends good night, for I, as you may believe, am completely tired after all this benevolent fairy-work." The wedding took place on the next day but one, to the great astonishment of every one ac quainted with the two families. It was also positively rumored that M. de Verou had pro posed marriage to Madame Curton, and been refused ! Be this true or not, it was soon ap parent that, from some cause or other, M. de Veron's health and spirits were irretrievably broken down, and after lingering out a mopish, secluded life of scarce a twelvemonth's duration, that gentleman died suddenly at Mon Sejour. A clause in his will bequeathed 20,000 francs to Madame Carson, with an intimated hope that it would be accepted as a pledge by that lady to respect, as she hitherto had done, the honor of an ancient family. This pledge to secrecy would, ho doubt, have been kept, but that rumors of poisoning and su icide, in connection with da Vernon s death, having got abroad, tho procureur general order ed an investigation to take placa. The suspi cion proved groundless , but the procut-tetbal set l or in that on examining the body of the de ceased, there were discovered the letters 1 da B., 'T. F., branded on the front ot tha shoul der the two last, initials ot 'Travsux Forces,' (forced labor,) being largo and very distinct. Ther could be no doubt, therefore, that tha proud M. da Veron was an escaped Jortal: and subsequent investigation, which waa not. how ever, very strongly pressed, sufficiently proved that Jean Usptiste de J efcn the younger son Months, TWO DOLLARS, VOL. X NO. 2 IU-J of a high family, had in very early youth beei addicted to wild courses j that he had gone to tha colonies under a feigned name, t escapsr difficulties at heme and whilst at tha I.la da Bourbon, bad bean convieted of crem!i!atLf homicide at a gaming house, and senteive4 to perpetual imprisonment with hard labor. Cob. triving to escape, he had returned t Franca, and by tho aid of a considerable lesraev com menced a prosperous mercantile carver, how terminated, we have jnst seen. It waa b y pur accident, or what passes for such fn the world, that Madame Carson had arrived at a knowledge of tha terrible secret. When M. de Veron, after spraining his ankle, waa rarried in a stale ot insensibility into the room behind her shop, she had immediately busied herself ia ramovittv his neckcloth, unfastening his shrrt, then a flare nel one, which fitted tightly round tha neck. and thus obtained a glimpse of the branded let. tors, 'T. F.' With her customary quickness of wit, she instantly rrpl-eed the shirts, neck cloth, &., and carefully concealed tfie fatal knowledge she had acquired, till an opportnnity f using it advantageously should present hsetf. ine foregoing are, I believe, all the reliable particulars known of a story of which there used to be half a hundred different versions fly. ing about La Havre, Edouard le Blanc married Madame Carson, and subsequently became a partner of Eugene de Veron. It waa not Ion;, however, before tha business was removed te another and distant French seaport, where, for aught I know to the contrary, the firm of 'Da Veron and Le Blanc' flourishes ta this day. ' A5ZCD0TZ 07 GZFTE&aX, SCOTT. An interesting anecdote is told bv a Massacho. chusctts officer, of the wonderful foresight of our great chier, whose plsns lor the whole con quest of Mexico were made history, by altering the tenses from future to past. While at Vera Cruz, Gen. Scott sent to the head of the Quar. ter Master's Department, and said to him, 'Sir have you got everything in readiness in your line, which we may want between this and the Capital?' 'Yes sir, I have cri everything an army can possibly require.' . Have you sent along any ten penny nailt r Ten-penny nails I No sir.' ' Then forward a cask of them. '' The officer was nuzzled to conceive what the General could want with ten-penny nails. But when the National BridM w M-2 isia ?z mass of rocks by the enemy, the General's ad mirable foresight was apparent. The Penob scot lumbermen were soon ready with their tim ber to repair it 5 the cask of nails was turned out, and the army waa on its road to victory. Fitchburg Reveille. . "I DIGEST'" Such U lh in.. .k. 1 u-m St," or of lb iwo Ctnt word, from whfck it to 4rrl.,l. Thl H lli itltniflant mui ipproprUl. lit I. .r Uie Ira DinMin r lord, er Gastric Juice, nr-narwi hr n.. j -s Phlltdalphla, from the fourth iobIi of the Oi, for the care of ladinmine Drtptfla. It h N'mr,', own mice fat unaes.in j lamtea. no art er ma a caa equal ita ceruive ere. ll renoVra (oou eallnf eerlrcll, coeilateul with beeUh. See the Sftire ( the Ox. in toother put oriole paper Eragg'a Liniment. UT A ptrson in St. Louis, by the name of McLean. affecting to bt acquainted with the ingredients of this celebrated medicine, and well knowing its great vir. tues, has attempted something like a counterfeit. Ha adopts a specious name and sells an article possessing none of the properties of the original. In aa sd.er. tisvment in to-day's paper will be found the sxpoM of ur. Bragg; on this subject. Erj one will scree with us, thst the Doctor pours the "grape" Into this fellow's pretensions with very signal effect We learn frots the St. Louis Signal, thst Bragg's Liniment still retains its deserved pojiularity. The entire sales during toe last year amount to about mt million Mlla. All af the best houses in the city, certify to its great excel tear Ibalen Weekly Advocate, May W, 1852. . . . Ice advertisement io soother loluren. ' - ; BRAOO'S LIKIXZNT. ' ' A perm lo St. LmIs, ar ike oaan of Mr Lea. artWri. a. k. oojuaiatre with the iaf'xlicMof laiiaeelKhremt aaolKMa, a4 axil kmiwinf ita treat virtue, has attnaptee eoaaotawt lt a cauateriMU H ectopia a apermn nanus aaj aril, aa articae puaaraaiaa mo of tlx proptrtm of th. ori(tMl. le aa aaWat liacaieal In lo-iaa papa, art Ilea fauna lax eipoaaaf Ur. Hual oa thia NhjrK. Evary ac will acrae VHk aa. taw the laaato pnttra the rap" Into thai felloar'a pr-tsaaioaa ariih m, emaaa rarct. w irara rraa tha St. Loirra ltioak that aVagn'a Liai maaiaull mum K.4esenrnl aa.peKwH. Taaamira eeJreoa- ' rlur, tha laat year em-am 10 auoe i eaa aalilme eouta. All af ma hi nouara w uia my, ornlly ta kca fraai niailiiai Sa See aavaniaucMM la aavther eaiusav N. B Stitct tee abort waa mi ta in far eaaaaae, are that McLEA that ta tarn ape, ea af la the ataaa-arar at alcLKAN'S Ctfl.KSAATSD VOLCANIC OIL LINIMENT. No wraaie, tlx Mvaraao aaot ere Uytae le m bar tuieaeal hwa the? rear Ita laeteaetBf pnaraltrita. ft la certain It hatter LHiiaaeal, becauae it has ptrforaua rteaerlurMt ruraa, ar te Mustanf Liaxaanl haat feUaa. Sea the a'rcrtiaraviM io aaMfcreicoiaaiiH ana Jaera far uaiaehraa. aalf iii jt Printing-, or rrvsv viBracrrioMa 71LH3,. TAHST aHX mtlCTSZLi, raliw r.omru( ! (NSJ VSim VI IU HAHSIIBAIa JOURNAL AMU L'KIOJU PAMPHLETS. CiKCl'lARS, - , HANO BILLS, BILLS LAW.V0, fKOCKAMMS. BLANKS, CARDS, At, Printed m rood stylo, and unoa reasonaa Is terms. . OK10N CLEMENS, Pro. THE BOOXVILLB H FERUY COMPANY.'-1'"1 HAVING tompleted (titir HORSE BOAT, whwaj' lor speed and CnUh ia superior to snv Boat of i ke ' kind on tha river, are prepared to cross PASSENC. tRi, TEAMS, STOCK, aud etrerv deecrintnm of Merctaa- tiiMi, without delay and at iHnatrroJi Half., ... The FVrry at tins point has been inefficient aao aa bid repute for causes which were unavoidable. - Ta Steam Boat owned by the Cuinnany was sunk at tha wharf and a NEW HORSE BOAT, built expreuly for ferrying purposes was sunk oa her trip ap, and total loss. Owing to these disasters it was iiuoaMa, to alfoid the public that accommodatioa which waa needed. Now there acj ho no cause of complaint 1 'J As aconveoieut point of transit, Bukii.i.i, sitaa-r tH near tha Geographical eei.tre of the Slate, has sa. parior advantage to any otbor place on the Afiasaail.'' fbe accommodalioka on both aids ol tha rive ar, crllent, and good featuring in the vie tuily af eaxU for tha convenience of DROVERS. ' 1 The Company solicit the patraaafe f tha rul lit , promising that ue sxerttous will be spared in outer to tneiil its continuance. - ( Booo'Ul, Mo., June 6, 1S5S. JU - , LIME! LI ME 1 1 LIME It!'. THE SUBSCRIBER, will ka cobaUatly oar hsnd fieak burned Linjo, (or sal at lbs cerooc af ittU . and Sixth Streets. 1 KT Those ia want of a good aitule of Lloo W04I4 de welltocall 00 p. I. WILLS. . Hsnaibtl, Aujaat 6th, IWMf ' 1 1 11 it ? s 1- ! i i ' i s ill . V v ikV was V'H m'lu MV .-ai-" " 10, 111', CaiUtiii. 3 TV 'V-tVw r.