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THE TIMES NEW BL00MF1ELD, PA.. AP1UL 20,1880.
A WOMAN'S REVENGE. A Doctor' Story. I AM, or rather was, a village doctor. At the time of which I write, I was about slxand-tweuty years of age, and threo years previously had bought a piaollee In the village of Cottatn. It was jiot a large Village ', but being only about live miles from the Important seaport of Kluton, It could boast of a good many somewhat pretentious village t'eelilruoes. These were Inhabited, some by merchants of Klnton, who traveled to and fro morning and evening; others by men who bad ceased to tuke an active part In IhihIiiphh, and had retired to the country to enjoy a well-earned repose. To this latter class belonged Mr. Charles Bussel. To a small In her ltcd competence he had added the sav ings of a successful professional career, and retiring to Cottam, had bought a small mansion on the outskirts of the vllluge.called "The Willows." "Wills," tho country people got to calling It, referring with a vague Idea of wit to the proprietor's previous fame as a convey, ancor and maker of wills. Mr. llussel Jmd never been married, but had adopt ed the orphan daughter of his sister. Mllen Blunders, at the time of my story, was about twenty-oue years of age. .It was not until I had been two years at Cot Uni that I was introduced to Mr. Bussel. During this time he had more than once required professional attend ance, but hud always sent for the family doctor from Kluton. One day, however a servant came U great haste for me to go to the Willows; "for," said she, "master has fallen and broken his leg." Of course I went Immediately; but for tunately found matters not bo bad as represented. Mr. Bused had been walk ing in the garden, as was his wont, when he accidentally stepped sldewise upon a stone, and his ankle twisting, lie fell heavily forward. The result was a yery bud sprain, aggravated by the age and weight of the sufferer. I soon had the boot cut off and applied the usual remedies, and before I left he was very much easier. On my next visit he was still better, but I forbade him to use his foot In any way. Day by day I called, and each day found him. Improving, although he chafed considerable at tiie confinement, and he missed his usual walks. Gradually he began to talk of other matters politics, literature, etc. I found hi 111 an unusually well read man, and as reading had always been one of my chief delights, we got on very well together. Mutual esteem quickly ripened into mutual friendship, and at length I was invited to visit him one evening an Invitation of which I was not slow to take advantage. When I arrived, I found him sitting In an easy chair, with his foot ou the leg-rest, for as yet he was uuable to get about. Be side him was a small chess table, with the men all in their places. " I was just about," he observed, "to have a game of diets with my niece, but she has been called away for a little while. By-the-by, do you play 1"' " A little," I answered the fact being that chess used to be a very favorite game of mine, but not having played for years, I was somewhat doubtful of my powers, and therefore answered cau tiously : " A little not much." ." Do you mind playing with me V It would be quite a charity, I assure you, for I am heartily weary of sitting hero alone.". " I will with pleasure," I replied ; and with that we commenced. .1 soou fouud that, good player as I was, he was slightly better; and at the end of the evening he was two games ahead, 'fids put him In great good humor, especially as his neice, who had now joined us, had witnessed the old geutleuian's victory. "There is some satisfaction," he was pleased to say, " In playing with you as you are difficult to beat. I sometimes play with Klleu here; but it is almost like playing with the right hand against the left, where all the schemes originate in the same mind. I know all her moves almost before she takes them. She always opens in the same way, and hardly ever prigiuates a fresh attack." " Well, uucle dear, you cannot expect ie to be as deep as you are. You know you often used to say : 1 Girls never can reason.'" Hitherto I had hardly mentioned KLlen Saunders, although I had. often seen her. Perhaps some of my readers would like a full description of her, the color of her hair ami eyes, the shape of her nose and ears. If so, lam afraid I must disappoint them. I really cannot describe her; and yet in my eyes she was one of the most beautiful creatures I had ever seen. I say In my eyes. Perhaps In yours, dear reader, she would not have appeared so; it depends on your taste and sex. I, however, had no doubt at all on the matter. Well, that evening at chess was fol iowru iiy a goou many more. ' ' Two or three times a week' I would find my way to the Willows, and always recelv ed a hearty welcome from the old gen. tleman. Ho things went on for three or four months. During my visits Kllen whs constantly In and out of the room, ready to attend to her uncle; and when leisure permitted, she would bring her work, and sitting opposite the chess table, would occasionally watoft the game. Sometimes she was accompanied by another young lady, who I after wards learned was her hired companion. Miss Leclero for that was her name had enteaed Mr. Ilussel's family as governess when Ellen was about four teen years of age, Bhe herself being only seventeen. When Ellen's education was completed, the governess was trans formed Into the companion, and such she still remained at the time of my visits. I, however, did not see much of her, as she did not often come Into Mr. Hussel's sanctum. I have said that Ellen often watched the game; and I cannot tell how It was, but whenever she did so, I was almost invariably checkmated. I suppose I was nervous and played badly. At any rate, lose I did ; and yet I would not have had her away for the world ; for by this time I may as well confess It I was deeply lu love with her; and what if I did lose a few paltry games of chess? As long as her sweet eyes watched my proceedings with Interest, I was well repaid. I may say parenthetically that I always took my revenge when she was not present; for by this time I hud regained my old play, and was Mr. KiiHuel's muster at It. Up to this period no word of love had passed between us; and sooth to say, I knew not whether it would be ugreeable either to her or to her uncle. Nay, I was almost Inclined to think that it was wrong for me to entertain such a feeling, under the circumstances in which I had been introduced to the family. Bight or wrong, however, I felf It to be a set tled fact, and I could no more help it than I could help breathing. This deep fueling, Joined to the uncertainty of its propriety and to a vague sense of its hopelessness, quite unsettled me; indeed so much so that I resolved to stay away from the Willows at least for a time. I think I should have persevered in my resolve to stay away ; but by the end of a week I received so kind a letter re monstrating at my absence from Mr. llussel, thut my determination gave way, or rather, I may say, gave way to another. This was to speak to him, to admit ray affection for his nelce, and to crave his permission to address her. " By so doing," I said to myself, " one source of uncertainty will at any rate be removed." The same evening found me again at the Willows ; and taking advantage of Ellen's absence, I told Mr. Itussel all in a nervous, disjointed manner, I have no doubt, but still plainly and simply. I did not praise myself, nor did I In a mock-modest style speak of u n worth l nesB, etc. The old gentleman heard me to the end, speaking never a word, but looking with half closed eyes straight Into my face a habit no doubt acquired In his professional career. " I am pleased Mr. Walils," he said at length when I had finished, " to hear this confession, because I have seen for sometime 'how the laud lay,' as the sailors have It." " You have noticed It," I exclaimed in surprise. " Yes," he replied. " We lawyers are trained to observe little signs. Many a time an almost imperceptible look of surprise, or the faintest Bhow of diet iay on a man's face, has given me the clue In a difficult cose. Can you think then that signs so plain as you have given could be overlooked by me V No, my friend, I needed not your present con fesslon to tell me that you love my niece; and yet as I have said, I am pleased to hear it, because it confirms the estimate I had formed of your char, acter. What the estimate is, I need not say, except that I am quite willing that you should try to win her afteo tlons. Had it not been so, I should not have written the letter of yesterday, but have found some means of causing you to cease your visits entirely." On hearing this my heart was almost too full for utterance. I grasped him by the hand, and thanked him most heart ily for his kindness. " Mind," he continued, " I can say nothing about Ellen. You have my consent to try to win her but beyond this I cannot go. She must please her self. My advice Is, however, do not hurry matters. Continue your visits as heretofore, and you may perhaps find opportunities of observing how her in- clinutlons tend, But there " Whenever was tbe advice of a prac tical old lawyer and a bachelor to boot taken by a young fellow in love 1 ".Ho there, go ana do whatever your heart, tempered with gentlemanly feel ing, dictates." But I must hasten on. This Is not a love story, and I have very much more to tell. I took Mr. Russel's advice in one respect tuat is, I continued, my visit to the Willows and was happy to perceive that thay were agreeable to Ellen. In short, I gradually won her regard, confessed my love, asked her to be mine; and before a year was out we were fully engaged. Had I had my way, we should have beeu married at once; but Just at this time Mr. Kuusel's health began seriously to fall. He never seemed 'quite himself again after the shock of his fall, and now appeared to be falling very fast. But as his health became feebler, his affection for Ellen seemed to Increase, and In a minor degree for me also. I can hardly explain the liking he had taken to me, except that having no relation In the world but Ellen at least not to my knowledge he centered all his affection upon her; and as I loved her also, he loved me for loving her. This may not be the correct explanation, but at any rate It was the only one thut occurred to me. One day I shall never forget It a servant brought me a message that Mr. Bussel wished to see me In his bed room. When I arrived there I found him still in bed, where I had seen him in the morning, for this was one of the days occurring pretty frequently now when he fouud himself too unwell to get up. " I am very sorry to see you like this, uncle," I said for by tills time we had become very familiar, I calling him uncle, and he addressing ine as Alfred " I thought you looked belter this morn. Ing." " Ah, Alfred I these east winds are too much for me; they go through me, as people say, and I find myself best in bed. Well how, I have sent for you because I have something particular to say to you, I may tidt be long in this world; I sometimes think I shall never get about again. At any rate, I thought it advisable to make my wilt. Of course, in doing so I, as you may well suppose, needed no assistance. Having made scores of wills for other people, It would be strange If I let any one else make ndne. Now, as I have great fulth In your Integrity and honesty, I am about to adopt the unusual course of showing it to you. There it is, read it carefully through." Not a little surprised, I took the paper and read as follows : "I.Charles Bussel. of the Willows, Cottum, declare this to be my last will and testament. I bequeath to Elizabeth Watktns, my housekeeper, the sum of one hundred pouuds. I uequeatn to Jannette Ledem, the companion of my uiece, the sum or tiny pounds, l also bequeath to Charles Bussel, my nephew, the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds. And as to all the rest, residue and remainder of my real and personal estate, I device and bequeatu tne same to my nleae, Ellen Buunders, her heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, absolutely and forever. And I hereby appoint my said niece sole executrix of tins my win. j.u wuuesB wnereoi i have hereunto set my hand, this 2d day of February, 1870. UUAKLK8 KUHSKl..' Then followed the attestation clause signed by two wituesses. When I had finished I remained silent a few moments, and seeing an inquiring look on my fuce, he said" I have let you know this because, loving no one in the world as I do Ellen, I have left it all to her. At tbe same lime, I think she ought to have the advice and assistance of some one who knows more of the' world than she does. This advice and assistance I have every confidence that you will render, especially when I con sider the relation you stand to each other." " But what of this nephew?" I asked. I have never heard of him before." The old man's face grew dark as he interrupted : " Do not mention him, I pray. I have forced myself to leave hlua a little, but I never wish to see or hear of him again." Then, after a pause, he continued: "There; put the will back In its envelope and seal it up; you will find my seal on the table." This done, he said: "Now, place it In the desk, and then come hero again. I have another paper to show you." The desk referred to was one I had often noticed standing on a table at the other side of the room ; it was not a large one, only about eighteen inohes long, twelve Inches wide, at the back nine inches high, with a lid sloping down to about three inches in the front. It was made of some dark wood, and was evidently very old. Having placed tbe will therein, I said ; " Had I not better lock it V" "Yes; It would perhaps be as well. But lately I have not done so, as have only kept writing materials in it ; and now I am afraid the key is lost, have not seen it for a long time. But, with the appearance of a sudden recol lection" if you wish to keep the will safe, I will tell you a secret ; in the desk there is a compartment known only to myself; . follow my instructions care fully, and I will tell you how to open it." " I am all attention," I replied. " Well, first raise the front lid, and you will see before you, at the back, six small drawers arranged in three rows of two each. Now pull the middle drawer quite out of its place." "Done!" I said, peeping Into the cavity thus formed. " But I see nothing except the back of the desk." 'Ah! what you see Is xnot quite the back, although very near it. ' Now feel with your finger in the top right-hand corner of the cavity, and you will find a small hole, as though a little knot had broken out of the wood Nay, it is no use looking ; you cannot see it; It Is too small, and too near the top," " I have found it now; but it Is not large enough for my little Anger." " No. Bo take one of the long pen- holders you see at the bottom of the desk, and push It through, pressing pretty hard. Now look behind the desk," he continued, when I had done so, I looked, and was surprised to see a little door, projecting about half an Inch. I took hold of it, and with some difficulty for the hinges were very stiff opened It completely. This done, a raylty was exposed about nine irohes long, but only an inch deep. Still there was plenty of room for the will. I therefore placed It therein, closed the door, put the Inside drawer baok In its place, let down the front lid of the desk, and reported all to Mr. Bussel. "That Is all right then," he said. You may depend upon the will being safe, and only we two know pf Its hiding place. But you must not forget top middle drawer, right hand corner Now the other paper I wished to show you was this ; holding one toward me. "All my securities are in the hands of my bankers at Kluton; but this Is a list of them. Take It, and look It through, and then you will understand better what you have to deal with. A nd now, good night, for I am very tired ; but Just one word do not mention anything of this to Ellen. I think It better not." Of course I promised ; and bidding the dear old gentleman good-night, I took my leave. In my room at home, I examined tne paper lie hud given me, and found the securities to consist of dock, railway, gas, and water shares, with a few mortgages ou house-property at Klnton the whole amounting to more than thirty thousand pounds, and bringing in an Income of very little short of two thousaud pounds a year. I had no Idea he was so rich ; and accord ing to tbe will I had Just seen, this thirty thousand pounds would at some future time belong to my wife. To be continued. 4Bs A Curious Stsry. A curious love story conies from Hun gary. A few weeks ago some engineers were opening communication between two mines, when they dug out the body of a miner apparently about twenty years of age. The features were fresh and uudistorted, and the deceased had evidently been killed by the caving In of a mine rop, but uone of the living miners could identify him, or recall any such accident within their experience. The preservation of the body was ac counted for by the natural impregnation. of the mine with vitriolic water, and Inquiry among old inhabitants of the neighborhood revived their memory of an accident about fifty years ago, by which a young man was burled, whose body was never recovered. The victim's name was recalled, and the funeral pre pared for. During the obsequies an old woman, who had been bedridden for several years, surprised everybody by walking up to the scene and demanding to see the corpse. She Joyfully recog nized it as that of her betrothed lover of more than half a century, and said that now she could die happy. She was carried home, and died soon after. ' A Big Tree. A California tourist says of his trip among the " big trees" of having come across one, which he thus describes: " One of these stand in the middle of the road, and a hole is cut directly through it so large that our driver went through with four horses and the coach, and we in the couch. He stopped in tbe middle of the tree and let us examine tbe solid wood of the tree through which this tunnel had been made for the stage to pass. This tree Is thirty feet In diameter." Given up by Doctors. " Is it possible that Mr. uodrrey Is up and at work, and cured by so simple a remedy V" " I assure you it la true tuat be is en. tirely cured, and with nothing but Hop Bitters ; and only ten days ago his doc tors gave him up and said he must die !" 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