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The Ohio organ, of the temperance reform. (Cincinnati, [Ohio]) 1853-1854, April 01, 1853, Image 2

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Eenrietti, the Eriie. ' .
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Durin" the hottest- weather. of a
Bummerlong gone by, the dress-makers
of London were in a pitiable state
of worry and exhaustion. The Queen,
wife of Charles IL. had introduced a
sort of Bloomer costume, which fixed
all eyes; and of course, all female
hearts were set on having a suit like
the Queen's; Her Majesty Imf ap
peared in the Park with a whits-faced
.waiscoat or jacket, and a crimson
short petticoat, a little hat and feather.
. After this, there was no rest for the
dress makers, till' 'every lady tad her
short petticoat and jacket. The gen
tlemen professed themselves scandal
" ized, not at the petticoat, but at the
ladies buttoning their jackets to the
throats, as- men button their coats in
cold weather. We hear something,
also, of perri wigs under the hats; but
this which seems to us the only objeo
tionable Dart of the dress, (and it was
not a part worn by the Queen,) seems
to have passed without challenge in
thosd flavs of frizzled Dates. X Amidst
thi Dresws on the' dross-makers, the
' brides claimed to be first served; and
the claim was allowed; for it was in
Dossible for young ladies- to be mar
ried till their wardrobes were prepared
for the newest fashion; But it became
, more and more difficult to supply
even the. brides; tor the apprentices,
and even the dress-makers themselves,
were dying very fast, some said with
beat and fatigue, others with some
thins worse. J; The 1 fact' wasj the
plague was in London, and spreading
fast, though nobody in the lashiona
ble world chose to own it. 1 he phy
sicians, seeing what would please, and
believing alarm to be dangerous, de
. '(. -tied the fact in genteel houses, though
thv swallowed a lump or spicy elec
tuary when they rose in the morning,
end went their rounds with lozenges
'.their mouths, and kept a ' flask of
Canary wine handy to fortify them
selves when exhausted. They let the
world know of these precau tions after
wards; but at the time, they seemed
to deride all apprehensions,and helped
to cry "Peace! peacel" when there
was no peace.
Miss Henrietta Holmes wat one of
the intended brides of that summer,
and for her were many needles plied,
till one apprentice after another drop
ped from her stool, or failed to come
to work. in the morning. The gay
girl knew nothing of this; for her lover
kept from her knowledge all he could
of the spread of the plague; and her
i i l i r 1 i ,
parents Kepi it irom memseives.
They were very happy; and they did
not like to think of any disturbance.
Charles Osborne, her lover, had
scarcely any fear. He and his beloved
were as healthful as people could well
. bej and everybody thought they car
ried long life in. their faces. Unless
by some accideni from an over-advcn-turous
spirit, they seemed as secure as
youth, strength, energy and hearts
could make them.
The wedd;ng day arrived. There
was a great dinner at two o'clock. All
the relations who were in London
were present; and the clergyman and
the family physician and some inti
mate friends besides. Henrietta was,
that day, a sight to make the most
melancholy person look cheerful.
Her round, rosy face, and dimpled
chin, gave her the air of being young
er than she really was; and she looked
too child-like to be a bride. She was
rallied and toasted rather too much as
a child, Charles thought, by seme of
her fathers mends; but they bad dan
died her as a babe, and had forgotten
the lapse of years. Just before her
mother and the other ladies left the
table, Charles observed that Henrietta
looked uncomfortable for a moment.
and shivered slightly as if from cold.
la ordered tM door ich led down fj
to the garden to : a closed; and ob- j
serve! th t a 'raut bt of air was more
to be avoided ia hot days, when it was
pleasantest, than on occasions when
nobody liked it. .Henrietta thanked
hini with a Smile, and presently w ith
drew, followed Jy mother aad auuts,
all eager to dress her for the ceremony
of the evening.
It wss ber motbee who tut the fin
ishing hand to her dress! by fastening
the embroidered jacRet and arranging
the face ruff within it. While doing
this the mother became suddenly si-
ent, turned the girl round to face the
ght, unfastened a jewelled button or
two, and then in a constrained vptce,
sked her daughter how she thought
she would go through tho ceremony,
whether she felt strong and at e ase. .
f 01 yes,'' replied Henrietta, t l
shall get through very ' well., Why
not?' ! J i'h f.sl wfi :
'If you feel the least anxious,
or faint, or weak! my dear, ' let me
know, and you shall have a cordial
which will strengthen your heart." .;,
'Talk of cordials,'! said an aunt,
"to a girl with a cheek like this!"
patting it fondlp ''She is fresh, as a
rose. She wants' no cardials.'.' -v. "V
But Henrietta did not say so, ,
H Better give her , a little cordial, ' I
said another aunt. ; "A girl may need
it on such a day' as this, who never
did before and never may again. He-
sides, 1 saw her shiver before the left
the table." -J n i . i IS
' Henrietta," said' her mother, ner
vously fastening lhe buttons ' again,
"are yoi welll uTell me." v it r i
v Yes, mother; that is, very nearly,
indeed. Only just a little sick." '.
" Very naturally, I am sure," said
everybody.;- p-v. ;i"vi j l'
. We will ask Dr. Hodges about the
cordial;' and the mother was going to
call him, when Henrietta stopped her,
laughing.. She would not have a word
to say to any doctors She iwaa well
ao. quite well; f the little qualm had
passed, was quae gone
Dr. Dodge - came, however. He
was told that ' Henrietta' felt slightly
unwell. In spite of himself he looked
grave, till he had felt her pulse, looked
at hertocgue, and so forth Then
with a ' really cheerful face4fbr' he
loved the girl, as if she had been his
daughter -he told her it was ' only a
little nervousness, natural enough on
such a day. ? She had not lost her ap
petite, he had observed at dinner; her
pulse was steady, her complexion nat
ural her breathing easy, and she had
no pain; he would venture tacall her
perfectly . well; and in this she faugh-
ingiv agreeu. vuto muie, hc umjvuc
i j n v. ...
turned ner lowaras tne. jigut, unias
tsned .her dress, put aside , the lace
ruff, and watched th physician's coun
tenance, tie Knew it; ana ne com
manded his countenance well,' The
specks he saw ;were, minute, and few;
but their character was not to be mis
taken, yy ''''.
He wished himself a hundred miles
off. - He would fain have had those
little marks on his own breast, rather
than go through ; what be saw must
happen that night. But he would not
leave the scene; He was called away
to a Cass more advanced than jher's;
but he hastened back in time to wit
ness the ceremony. He saw her mar
ried; and his composure no doubt re
moved the fear of the mother, for all
was done cheerfully and merrily; and
when the guests sat down to the
evening banquet, no one but himself
seemed to Bee that death was of the
company. As soon as the table was
cleared, however, the ladies withdrew;
for the bride could not conceal that
he was oppressed with the haadacbe
After tha all was gloom and ..terror,
When the noor girl's frantic cries were
Wrd from un stairs, the one low trroan
from the bridegroom" sent everybody
away., The jwg husband couldnpt
stat be ,Je ! br le; for she did not
kne t h' n. Y. hile be cook 1 her head,
she eric 1 out for I'm v ih tv agonized
a cry, t! at he could not bear it. From
the door he actually heard the palpi
tation of her heart. ., By, midnight
mortification had set In on that fair
breast, where i.he small specks had
caught her mother's eye. The lirst
passenger in the early morning saw
the house shut !up and the red cross
on the door, and no one was within but
the old woman who mada her harvest
of tending the dead. She called from
the window, and the dead cart came.
The old woman made a plentiful morn
ing meal of the remains of the wed
ding feast; made a bundle of the rich
dress of the bride, holding that lace
ruff to the light, with admiration, be
fore she folded it up for her bundle;
locked the door after her a? she went
out, and left the abode where there
had been so much mirth yesterday,
and where nothing was now heard but
the rustle of the mice, which came
boldly forth to revel in the fragments
of the good cheer. : ; . v : t .
J he incidents oi those days are un
mortalized by their being erected into a
type of horrible and inevitable fate; and
above all other incidents, that of the lit
tie purple stain on the breast. We read
ana iam oi me piaLruo toi so iauunar-
ly, that we have almost lost sight of
what it means, It would .be well to
reconsider it, and dwell upon it If
there is such a thing, for instance, as
a State with an established vice in it.
and' call tyranny a plague spot, we
had better ponder what that phrase
truly means,: and what, it certainly
forebodes. j. It is idle to take our eyes
from it, because the thoughless exult
in the vigorous youth of that State, in
its bloom of promise, in the opening
before it of a new and blossed career.
If the plague spot is there, the bloom
and the promise will vanish like the
dew and delicate beauty of the desert
flower, when the simoom is on. the
way. Death and putresen.ee are 't
hand. .;.(-. ; y
And is there ; no escapet There
have been instances of recovery from
the plague; one case among ten thou
sand. But in that one, case, the stain
has been at once recognized as v
plague spot, and instant and vigorous
treatment has followed. Wherever
ine sutterer nas conceaiea ana aemea,
wherever be has rushed forth into the
street, declaring himself wellj shout
ing forth bis confidence, and mocking
the pity .and horror of the world that
iooKea on; ,in every case peruuion nas
overtaken him, and his self-will has
been his ironical epitaph, engraved on
the memories of all survivars.
Empress Eugenie and "Old Mor-
The following curious information
is furnished by the Dumfries, (boot-
land) Courier: u Jerome Bonaparte,
the only surviving brother of the great
Napoleon, married in tho United
btates a Miss ratterson, who was a
grand daughter of one Robert Patter
son,, better known in Scotland, and
indeed over the world, as "Old Mor
tally." 'Old Mortality," by some
accounts, was a native of the parish of
Uloseburn, Dumfriesshire, though ac
cording to others, the parish of Haw
ick claims to be his birth place. He
married one Elizabeth Gray, cook
maid in the family of the Kirkpatrjcks
or. uoscburn. ,'Uld Mortality's'
third son John emigrated to America
in 1776, and established himself in
Baltimore. The Miss Elizabeth Pat
terson of New York, whom the future
King of Westphalia married in 1803,
was the daughter of this John Patter
son, of Baltimore, and the errand
daughter of Sir Thomas Kirkpatrick's
cook. , And now, a descendant of the
Kirkpatricks is Empress Eugenie, of
ranee, married to annthe Knnn,-
! ,!3rayf.3r a Cha'i tine.
'Ocae up na timel' tliere came to
to Pis' hidelj hia b younij Kentuckian,
lor lua purposes of learning the sci
ences ol medicine sud 6urarerv. He
was tall and athletio, hrewdB apt and s
Intelligent, with a 'Jittle sprinkling' of 'j
waggishness. - He was inducted in the
Charity . Hospital, and a room ..in tha .
third story given him as a study. On
entering into his new ouarlurs. he
m introduced to a vounjr French
gentleman, it seems, was very frank
and he thus addressed his companion:
&it, i am indeed pleased to see
you, and hope that you may prove
mutually agreeable, but in order that '
it may be the case, I will Inform you
that I have had several former room
mates, with none; of whom I could
ever agree we could never pursue
our studies together.' This room con
tains two beds; as the oldest occupant, ,
I claim the one nearest the window.' .
The Kentuckian assented. ' '
'Now,' says the Frenchman, Til
draw the boundry line between our
territories, and we shall each agree
not to encroach upon the other s
rights;' and taking a piece of chalk,
from his pocket, he made the mark of .
division,, midway, from one side of .
.V .1 .1.-1 C1: I J
ded, 'I hope you have no objection to
the treaty.' ''- " ' ;j " ' :- '- :
None m the world, sir, answered
the stranger, 'I am perfectly satisfied :-,
with it he then sent down for his
bagga'e, and both students sat down
to their books. ' "' '
The Frenchman was soon deeply
engaged, while 'Old Kentuck'' was '
watcning mm, ana imnKing wnat a
queer genius he must be, and how he '
might 'hx him.
1 hus things went on -until dinner
time came. The bell was rung: the
Frenchman popped up, adjusted his
cravat, brushed up his whiskers and
moustaches, and essayed to depart.
' 'Stand, sirl' said the stranger sud
denly placing himself, with a toe to
the mark, directly in front of the ;
French student, 'if vou cross that
line you are a dead man.' , ,', r
The Frenchman' stood pale .with
astonishment The Kentuckian moved
not a muscle of his face. Both re-,
mained in silence for some moments,
when the Frenchman exclaimed, 'is
it possible that I did not reserve the
right of passage?' . f
, 'No, sir, indeed "you did not; and
you pass this line at your peril.'
"cut how Shall 1 get out of the
room?' . , k .
There is the window which you
reserved; to yourself you, may use
that; but you pass not tnat door -my
door, which you generously left me.'
The poor Frenchman was fairly
caught. He was in a auandarv. nnd
made all sorts of explanations andt
entreaties. The Kentuckian took
compassion on him, and thinking that
going out of a third story window was
L d L i , ' I
noi, -wnat n was cracuea up to be,'
said to his new friend, 'sir, in order that
we may be mutually agreeable, I'll
rub out that hateful chalk line and let,
you pass. "V'VV.'V'." ' 'y ' ".;
The Frenchman Dolitelv thanked
him, and since the settlement of that
'boundary question,' they have been
the very best friends. '
the Liquor Liw. -This Court has
passed a decision on the Constitution
ality of the Maine Law in Vermont.
The Christian Repository says:
' The decision embraces and sus
Idina bhv.mI if ! i i
oocoi ui hid uiusii important
principles of the Vermont Liquor Law
such as the right of search and seiz-
ures, without warrant, in certain cases '
the right to anticipate and prevent
evil in society the right to destroy
property in pases where, the public
good requires it,"; , Zlvln.:. ,'-;

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