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The Pioneer and woman's advocate. (Providence, R.I.) 1852-185?, July 17, 1852, Image 1

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Lle Dioneer.
Vor. 1.
Is published Semi-Monthly
Terus.—One Dollar per year, payable in advance.
[Concluded.] .
Three weeks after his niece’s mar
riage, Mr. Bradshaw received a letter
from his young partner stating that he
had just had the offer of a dashing shop
in Regent Street, on very advantageous
terms ; that they wished, therefore, to
take up their residence in London, in
stead of returning to B——; and that,
in the event of Mr. Bradshaw approving
of the arrangement, he, and his beloved
Caroline were quite willing that the pro
fits of the concern should be equally
shared with their dear uncle. All he
desired was, he said, to have the super
intendence of the London business left
wholly to himself. Mrs. Bradshaw,with
her customary penetration, perceived
that this was likely to involve them in
still greater trouble. She foresaw that
it would enable Smithson to make what
use he pleased of his partner’s name;
and now that he was removed from un
der their eye, it was likely that he would
become more improvidentand reckless
than ever. She again ventured to ex
postulate with her husband, representing
how much better it would be to dissolve
the firm at once, and thus save himself
from absolute ruin. Had this advice
come from any other quarter, it is proba
ble that Mr. Bradshaw would have seen
and acknowledged its wisdom. Indeed,
as it was, he had his misgivings; but
the fact of its being urged by his wife,
was a sufficient reason why he should
pursue a contrary course. The result
was, that at the expiration of a few
months, the names of Bradshaw and
Smithson appeared in the Gazette
amongst the list of bankrupts; and a
very inconsiderable dividend had they
to offer, for Smithson had given bills
upon the credit of the firm to a large
amount, having, in the meantime,launch
ed out into expenses which a capital of
five thousand, instead of fifteen hundred
pounds would scarcely justify. Nor was
this all. He had, during his residence
in London, formed connections with sev
eral dissolute young men, who, being,
like himself, in want of sufficient means
to gratify their extravagant desires, oc
casionally had recourse to fraudulent
acts in order to supply those means,
This was discovered just at the time his
commercial affairs were finally settled :
and the consequence was, that he was‘
obliged to fly the country, leaving his
unhappy wife in a most destitute and
hopeless condition.
Poor Mr. Bradshaw was in a state
bordering on insanity. His naturally
weak mind sank under an accumulated
load of sufferings, which, in spite of his
inordinate self-esteem, he could not but
feel had been brought on by his own
want of prudent forethought. He was
really distressed beyond measure at the’
contemplatiord of the misery in which it
had involved his gentle wife and inno.
cent children : his neice’s distress, too,
and consequent illness, gave additional
poignancy to the stroke. He could not
but feel that he had not fulfilled the
part of a father or guardian towards her,
and that her premature death, or the
horrors of her future life, would be alike
owing to this fact. Mrs. Bradshaw was
the only person capable of action, and
she in this emergency displayed an en
ergy of character which was little ex
pected, but which could alone be of any
avail in saving her family from a total
wreck. Her kind and judicious treat
ment of the unhappy young wife restored
her, in a short space of time, to some
measure of health; and 'her prudent
counsel then induced her to make an
effort for self-support, by means of the
education which she had received. The
task of soothing the irritated feelings,
and calming the perturbed spirit of her
husband, was less easy ; yet this, she in
time, had the happiness of accomplish
ing. She did not, it must be told, do it
by vaunting her superior judgment and
forethought, and taxing him with being
the cause of all the evils which had be
fallen them. She did not even vaguely
allude to his folly, or to her having fore
told the event. She merely endeavored
to show him that, however unprosperous
his circumstances might be, her affection
was unchanged, and her desire to share
his fortunes unabated. She bore his
petulance with calmness, and his only
half-subdued pride with patience, trying
to soften the rigor of their present situa
tion and selecting opportunities for offer
ing wholesome advice and forming judi
cious plans for the future,
Though weak minded and imprudent
in the extreme, Bradshaw was not an
unprincipled man. Notwithstanding the
late unhappy affair, his character, or in
tegrity was not impeached. Mrs. Brad
shaw, therefore, advised that they should
return to their late residence in Church
Street, which was still untenanted, and
recommence business on a small scale,
trusting to the generosity of their former
customers fof a renewal of their favors.l
She went on tjihsay that she would cheer
fully confine the household expenditure
within the ligits of their profits, what
ever they mi{ht be; and not only so,
but proposed:if possible, laying aside
some portion of those profits for the pur
pose of payipg at least a part of thel
debts they kad themselves incurred.
Bradshaw li;tened, for the first time inl
his life, with gomething like complacency
to this prudent counsel. He was too‘
well satisfied with the plan to raise even |
on objectiony and though his pride
would not akew him to acknowledge it.'.
he was really much pleased with the
part she had taken in the whole matter. ‘
Mrs. Bradshaw, too unostentatious to
feel any desjre for commendation, was
satisfied wita accomplishing what she
felt to be right, though she would cer.
tainly have Heen pleased withan expres
sion of appropation, and she immediately
set about th¢ necessary preparations for
B hu'-\, for nearly a century, been
one of tho:} quiet country towns, in
which ihe Jfly" VaTiauons known, are
the deaths of the elder members of the
families and the younger ones springing
up into their places, the changes of the
seasons, and the alternations of day and
night. The inhabitants had gone on
for so many years in the same routine
of events, that they looked upon any
thing which prognosticated advancement
asan absolute evil. This state of things,
however, had its day, and also its ter
mination ; for a railway was just at this
period brought so near to the place, that
‘ it was deemed requisite to have a station
there; and such a circumstance, of
course, turned the heads of half the in
habitants, by exciting a desire for specu
lation. As in all other revolutions, the
results were various ; to some it wrought
evil, to others good. In this instance
however, the preponderance was of thei
latter; and amongst those individuals
who benefited was Mr. Peter Bradshaw.
His small, unpretending shop, by de
grees assumed a more substantial and |
stylish appearance; and three years|
subsequently to the period when wel
commenced our narrative,at which time |
his lease had expired, he was able to,
renew it on highly advantageous terms. |
The fact was whispered, and not with- !
out some ground,—though he would not !
own its truth,—that he on this occasion |
consulted his wife regarding the length
of time it would be most prudent to ex
tend it,
- Mr. Bradshaw was one evening stroll
ing, business hours being over, in the
lprecinct of the railway station, amusing
himself by watching the passengers
alight—some looking anxiously after
their baggege, some greeted by anxious
jand familiar faces, others seemingly
lonely, with little of worldly wealth to
look after—when a smart rap on the
shoulder, and a hearty “ How do you
'do, my old friend ?” from a voice, the
Itones of which were not unknown to
him, aroused him from his contempla
‘tions, and the next moment he recog
‘nized the features of an old schoolmate.
!“Bradshaw, my dear fellow !” exclaimed
the traveller, now bending to seize him
by the hand, and shaking it with earn
!estness; “I'm glad to see you—glad to
see you; on my word, this is an unex
pected pleasure.,”
, “Itis so on my part as well as on
'yours, my good friend,” our hero re
‘turned, surveying with a pleased ex
‘pression the almost gigantic form of
his quondam playfellow.
' “1 lost sight of you when I settled in
'London,” the traveller resumed, * but
T've often thought of you. We used to
“be cronies at-echool, you know ;
o 8 Yes,” Bradshaw rejoined, with a
‘very undignified “ he—he—he!” “You
‘used to fight my battles, correct all my
exercises, and work my sums, for I nev
‘er had much taste for such things.”
’ “No, nor ability neither,” thought his
‘auditor; but he loved his little protege,
from the very fact of his having always
looked up to him as a protector and
ffriend, and was really pleased with hav
'ing met him again.
. “Come home and take supper with
’me, and I'll introduce you to my good
lady,” Bradshaw continued. “I've been
‘an unlucky wight, but I'm getting on
lpretty comfortably now. How has the
’world treated you ?”
“Oh, I've managed at least to avoid
lfailure; but I'll accept of your kind in
vitation when ['ve secured a bed at the
|inn, and then we'll make mutual revel
’ “ Make our house ycur home for the
night,” exclaimed the draper: “ we can
find you a bed ; and [ see,” glancing at
the carpet-bag his friend held in his
hand—*l see you have your luggage
with you. Let us go home at once.”
*“ But are you sure that my stay will
not be deemed an intrusion by Mrs,
Bradshaw ?” the traveller hesitatingly
interposed ; adding, “It is not, I know,
always agreeable to ladies to perform
the rites of hospitality for a stranger,
without any previous intimation of the
- “Mrs. Bradshaw never thinks of ops
No. 3.

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