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Tho Whol? Zioiy.
|fJ v,m?I'll toll you the Story,
l'lvo very worda'that wore -\i*l.
p i see die supper w.h ooolcui;'
jAud-l wh? sticht:; some bread,
ti I Richardcame into ihe pmtry,
II". I.tee w.i'-t exceedingly red,
j?d he opened hi* half-shut lin^cr=, .
And g ive nifi a gliiupsiVnf a rin; ;
Ami tlicn?oh! yes, I remember,
The-kettled?e:rm tu snip.
K?M l'anhy iu?tto ii with the baby,
Tb? fciinniuge.it hunch of a thing.
..'a/ tin.' hi aeiits were out in n minute?
' Wei1, what (Mine next.' Let mit sec?
Oh ! Fanny wa? there with her b.iby,
And ijien we all s it down to ton;
Ami Blandina looked over her glussits
ii ' . i ? ? at Itit'hard and me!
BjU.it A vn't fill after milking
Th.tr he suhl what he It til to say, ?
How vr.fev'it ? t)ii! r.iiuiy had tuiicn
The $tby iiud'goUe away?
The funniest rogue of a follow?
Ho had a ww tooth that da vi
\V ? u civ standing under the plum-tree,
And Richard said .otuelll'llig low,
i was tired and dniorcd,
' Anr) ?.ivhbicd, I \l:nv,<t know: ?
iih' ti. 1 i.s tuu haroVt ??f ;.fdkrr-*f
ii?let me sec?? her?; whn I 7
tbt utars grew thici; uitrhyad.
>Vii two ?1?km under the piiun-lrto
'ill tJie-^dncrveits Ihwalp tubed.
heiuvc- itie, ami we re to In* married,
? 1 (hut U?about what h<|>aid!
k?mw li tmmmm* ?? tmmi m ?? mm i
::-t.ji:k t.. ip:Aeii.
'() dear! Mow dreatlful it i.s to be
poof, ami liavo to work ibrjust enough
?) k.?ep .?uul und body uioiiicr! I never
ouch any of this hatofuf hewing without
having nu entire apprct^ntiiui of thesor
rovvs in'tiuii pin:r uiiiuttti \?:iom .Hou.l
Ijriniortaim'd in his ".^ung <?i* rhe?Siwv?."
1 can't *\-1itch ! stitch! an ich !" lorever. I
don't earn i! 1 (Iti slurfe to death, h
must cmne. some time, n tit I i hud rut!u-r
tiio now tIiiiii tu lit: six IiotithtJ nixuit it!"
Atitl the fponkor, u pretty, 1'air-huiivd
girl of Hxieon, throw lert -u' into u low
unuir by her mother's fi<lo, uml wept bii
VH03ey'n?Y.(lntdii?^,|sttitl her mother,
kindly, "you uro tiivu und iiurvous; lay
iiijitiu your work u litt?? while, and go out
lor ti walk. 11 is iictijjly titno for Julia
to t'oiuo home, and *'?m might go und
meet her. it will do von good."
"I don't en to if I lever go tiny where
again," was the answer.
Hut Ahe two rduwifi ftiul, ?Irving her
eyes, proceeded to <l<iji herele.uk and hai,
jmu.sing ti niofiuuit *>t two beloru the lit
tle, eraekcil mirror, j
".Mother/' said *e, suddenly, "how
long is it since you \tlnto to I'nele."
"I wrote to him wBen your lather died,
und ngtiin tthout t\(t? months ago, hut I
have received no ttiflwoi' lo either letter,
.lie iu probably bunwtmd has little time
to write."
"J)?k. n't care lo Own his poor rela
tion^, pvohably," saicl Rose, bitterly. "I
only r.i.-h he would sjh'd me a new el (ink;
mitte in so Bhnbl)y ashuinetl to go
into the titivet. V.\|), good-by, mother,
? or n lilt 1": while. Jasnpposo you hnVu
troubles enough witlfttl having ni(> eom
i)l:db,but I can't helj> ii sometimes;" and
kivi.-ing her mother jnllW tionntoly, she
^veut tint.
.Mif. Shelton had-I teen left ^'^'idojv
one. year prcviotfo tflfl the time ti\\v Btorv
opeu*. Her husband; had been one <t '
the open-handed, open-hearted class tf.
ne u, who make, kind huebandH und iif |
dtllguat ftitlie;-, but?ilwnj-i live i p '.*1
tho extent of their income. Whatever
he or Iiis family wanted wan usually pur
chased, utterly regardless of cost. Ho
kept a Hue carriage and horses, bought a
grand piano for Ins daughter.", sent them
to the most fashionable schools, and had
,'thejn instructed in French, Italian and
music. In short, they received a com
plete fashionable education, but of any
knowledge of practical utility,. they were
as innocent as a couple of pet Kittens.
Julia, the eldest', of 'the two daughters);
was seventeen when her father died, and
Kose ivyo years younger. Pretty, impul
sive, Kose bus already been ? introduced
to the reader. Julia was very different.
Kose resembled her father, but Julia was
like her niotlter in look.s*nnd character.
Had her lather lived, she might have
<lrifted on the tide of fashionable life'
and never shown herself superior to the
silly Uuttciil e.? with whom she, a-sociated:
1 >11v sorrow and poverty seemed to elevate
and ennoble her, to bring out the hidden
pOWer and energy of her character.
When Mrs. bhelton knew - that if her
husband's debts were paid, there would
lie, nothing left for herself or children,
she nobly declared that every creditor
blimtld lvceivc his just due, even if she
mad to sell h::V' wedding-ring to raise the
money. Everything was sold; the splen
did house, fupuiturc and phite, as well us
the piano ami line carringe of which
Mr. Slielton bad been so proud. When
tdl was over, and every creditor satisfied,
the. family found themselves possessed ot'
a friilp o'ver a hundred dollars in ready
money, ami a little of their jdaine.it litr
tiituri?worth, perhaps, a hundred dol
In ueeordance with tho usual good for
tune of the beroiues of stories, it rich
lOVer slH.Mild have ma ivied one of the.
girii' at ibis {iuu'Limv, tu- some laud widen
Mr. Sii.iiton {-had o\\ nod ami considered
..ort'.tli^s, should have ljje?,u fnlttud to lie
poVJ . :'
tats. Hut, uittortttritlfeiy, \\i real life
such things do, nut often occur, as the
:;hi lions ^uiui discovered.
Mrs. .Siu-ltoo rented ?oiii'.' rotiiu.-i in an
nun.-hionablo part of the' t'ity, and did
piiuu .-ew.ti-. JItlitiaccepted a situation
its French toucher in a neighboring sei'ni
tiarv, and hon n led with her i not her,
w I if. I'd lwiso alternately mourned ov? r
.tieir altered fortunes and learned to do
the plait) sewing which she detested.
Hy tbiit of Lai'd labor on the part of
Julia and i<* r mVvt'ltei^ rliey lititl livv d very
; nr.i rir.hly lorii iow months, when Mrs.
.SI ie.lt oil's health begun to tail, and she
whs oiiligyd to give dp her sewing; Jeav
tliem entirely dependent upon what Julia
ami the little [{ose could earn.
With this longoxplunnlion we will re
sume our story.
Alter leaving homo Rosu walked on
tpiictly, until at the gate oH he seminary
building, she inol her sister and turned
back with her. Julia was a girl who
would attract attention anywhere in
spite of her plain dross. ti\w was a
brunette, with tlark eyes and darker
htiir, but with a clear complexion, red
lips, anil a slender, delicate form; and
thee was a world of purpose and resolu
tion shining out of her dark eves.
As they walked along, chatting in
their merry way for even Hose's momen
tary discouragement could not last while
with Julia?site noticed a pocket-book
lying upon the fmlewttlk, and picked it
up. $10 looked up. and down the. street,
but it was entirely deserted.
?'() sister!" cried Ito'sc, in her usual
impetuous manner, "I do hope ii is
stuffed lull of gold and diamonds, and
that the owner will never come tor it ;
then bow rich we would be! We arc so
poor now. () dear! '
"Castle*; in the air are easily built,"
laughed Julia, ''lltit, unfortunately, (hey
arp not very profitable, ho try mid i\?
Htrainyour bursts of exultation and your
inontis of despair until We reach home, j
where mother i-; doubtless, anxiously
awaiting our return. I suppose some
one. is now mourning the loss of n poeUet
book ; but we will Wait until we get homo
before we examine the contents, loscio
whether they are 'gold and diamonds.' "
"() mother! mother! Jtilia lias found
a pocket-book ! We were, walking down
Archer Street, and it lay.right on the
nidc-Unlk bo (ore us. 1 tried to make her
optm it there; but she wouldn't till we.
^oi koine." And Itosii paused for kick of
breath as her fjuk'tfcr sister entered the
i'oonlJ ^Mother, youaro tired; you ought
not to try to sew,'.' said Julia.
c'\ an: tired, but htivcfinished now, so
let us aei>' the wonderful pocket-book
wbieb has so exoitedltose. .She seems
to have some interest-lu'iife, utter all,"
said Mrs. Shelton, slyht\
"Oh, what quantity of bills!" cx
elnimed tyoso. ??.Sec, i;ft that a hundred
dnllaa* bill'? Do yuu^iuppose the owner
w/il) ever come for it':'' ?
4 JVU'ttlj a (]u-,:i.;a,?:hild!" said Julia,
vi' do not think Jre.ople usually sow
\iOi ket-books, eontuiftt/ig a thousand dol
lars apiece broadcast through the streets.
Wo must bend an advertisement to one
of the morning papers. Is not that the
best, way?" turning to her mother.
"Certainly," said M.\s. Shelton, "if you
have policy enough."
"Why not take isonicoutof'tho pocket
book?" interposed It&e.
"I do p?f, wish ti touch it any more,
if I cancel]) it. 3 ?night feel inclined
to take out more 'than the price of the
advertisement; so weyvili lay it aside for
the present," answered .Julia.
Too advertisemen: appeared in correct
form the following day, and Julia went
about her duties with the immense sum
of six cents dingliiijj in her little, worn
The next eveniug, Mrs. Shelton ami
her daughters were seated around the
tea-table, "which was spread with a plate
of white bread, a tiny put of butter, and
soiuu very weak ten, a rap was heard at
the door.
Y.O dear!" said it&sc. "Do clear oil'
the table liefere you si lb the door."
Hut Julia was itlready there. A
gentleman stood bef/re her, who bowed,
and said,-?
"Kxcu.-e me, !).:"? I saw an advertise
ment in the. ' flora bik ids morning which
.seemed to concent file. You lound a
> .ekei-bonk, L be '
Ye.-, .-ir. \y :.lUafiK:if yoti please."
'?' I'!Y:TmIT you',* 11 l^t-%o^rfJV.oi:.
will describe my la-; oAiporty. A brown,
inoroeco poekiji-bbbK, Voutaining eight
hundred dollars?foilr nue hundred dol
lar bills; and tite ltet i dm d ies and tens,
and on one of ihozhipp'ils is written my
name, lOlliott Austen.''
?'Kljiutt Austen!" exclaimed Mrs.
Shelton. " That uauJe sounds very
familiar. May t iiapurcifyour lathers
numb is dam? s Austen.' Years ago the
with of .lame.'? A listen was my most inti
mate friend, and i ;am sure, tier son'was
trailed KUiott."
"?Yon are correct, madam. My father
was James Austen, ami I sliall Jie pleased
t?> know any oncayho loved thy sainted
Klliott Austen was a true gentleman,
and felt no disgust at the sight of the
scantily furnished table thai had s?> au
noved Uoso. Oiifiiei contrary, be quiti
admired the diet manner in which Julia
eh a red the table, and liaally even washed
the dishes, for that one room had to
answer all I ho purposes of a parlor, sit
ting-room; dining-room and kitchen.
Tlte property proved to bo his ; but be
seemed in no hurry to leave, and they
soon became quitu sociable and merry.
I'bor people are. not all so miserable
a?* novelists pretend, evut if they hy.ve
lallen from allhieuce to poverty, and
Julin Shelton was (piito merry ami gay,
notwithstanding the six cents that ji.ng
led rather dolefully in the pocket? ; hot*
worn alpaca.
"I shall bring- my knitting and spend
the evening, next time I visit you," said
Mr. Austen, as lui filially rose to go. "J
have made tin excessively long call, but
it is so plcasant^o lind one who knew my
mother, that I forgot till about.etiquette.
And, Mis.; Shelton, you have conferred a
great favor by returning this pocket
hook?permit meto make some return."
"Tlio advertisement cost just one. dollar,
Mr. Austen," interrupted .Julia. "Of
course I will take mailing more."
lie would have urged the matter,but
feared to offend, and, after again ex
pressing his pleasure at meeting them,
took his leave.
"How splendid he is!" exclaimed
Kose. "I felt fib mbrtiircd, Julia, when
you t?n?k that dollar, lie will think us
dreadfully poor."
"\Ye are poor, aren't we, Kose? How
long is it since you* Imped the owner
would never come? Sly only fear was
hist you should Hti'itcl) at sonic, ofthc
bills before he count return ibem to bis
j)ockot-book; then you might have
bought it new cloak," said Julia, ro'ug
ishly. "For my part, when my funds
are as low us at present, 1 can't ailbrd to
bo generous."
"Now you are. making fun of me again,"
cried Ito'sb. And With gay badinage
they passed the time until they separated
for the night.
' Only think!" said Rose, at last. "To
morrow is'valentine's day.' What cart
loads of valentines we used to get I
I expect this year we shall be passed by
entirely, just because we are poor. How
mean people are; as if wo were not as
good now its we were two years ago."
"What an impulsive Hose!" said Julia,
laughing. "Don't condemn people until
you find whether or no you receive your
cart-load of valentines. For my part, I
prefer something more substantial than
gilt paper and love-sick verses. A nice
piece of beef-steak, and an unronmntic
barrel of Hour, would he more to my
taste. Ihjt it is late, Rose, so good-night,
and pleasant dreams of lace and tissue
paper, all inscribed 'To my Valentine!'"
"I shall be more apt to dream about
this hateful sewing. If I get my living
by sewing, I fear beef-steak and chicken
broth will be scarce articles1," answered
Rose, dolefully.
When Julia returned from school the
following day, Rose met her at the door
with a radiant face.
"Julia, hurry ! Here is a valentine
for von! Do open it, quick I I could
hardly wait tor you to come."
"Is L possible that I have received a
valentine, and you have been neglected?"
said Julia, as she proceeded to open her
valentine after closely scrutinizing the
"Qh! 1 have received half-a-dozen
stupid bnesj but yours has a different
look, some way."
"Very pretty indeed; but I should
prefer the money tluv-it cost invested in
HtWV-.-rrfX -fa*'.. .1 . '.-JA. J utyj .
"See! something dropped mit," said
Rose. "Htifitud pet itoos, I declare! or
at least, their equivalent. A hundred
dollar bill! Look, mother, Julia! Who
could have sent, it ?"
"1 do not recognize the writing," an
swered Julia,"but I presume it must be
from Mr. Ausu . We would take no
reward for the pocket-book, so he sent it
iu this delicate manner, and syc'"certainly
med the money badly enough. 1 do
not like to take it, but do not know that
1 ought to return it."
The money Was kept, und bought many
a luxury for feeble Mrs; Sholton.
Mr. Austen found occasion to call ul
the little, brown boas.' in Fair street
very often ; but he always looked po
culiary innocent whenever valentines
were spoken of.
The SJicltons had seen their darkest
day , and good fortune was in store for
them. The Uncle John, to whom Rose
referred in the first part of our.story, hud
never received the first letter which Mrs.
Sheltun sent to him, und the second only
reached him after a long interval, for he
had been traveling about from one
place to another and the letter had been
sent alter him. As soon as he received
it, he started to find his sister, travelling
night and day until he reached her. He
was a wealthy bachelor, and declared
that Mrs. Sholton and her daughter's
must make a home with him. ,Hc was
tired, ho said, of racing all over the
world; he. hud money enough for him
self and his sister, ami ho wanted a home.
As for getting ti wife for himself, he was
a confirmed bachelor; but he wanted a
nice, pleasant home, where be could
smoke his cigar ami bo as la/y us lie
pleased, without having a wife to scold
him halftlio time. So it was all settled,
to Rose's great delight.'
"it has come out just liken story-book,"
said she, when I hoy were fairly settled in
their new home. "I shall always believe
'Valentine's day' is lucky, for that was
the very (lay undo received mother's
letter, and Julia got her 'beef and potato'
Elliott Austen was there too, and he
whispered something to Julia jitstthen
which made her smile, and blu.-h in a
very delightful manner. 1 shall not tell
what he said, but 1 will just tell you pri
vately, that I'neleJohn lias bought Julia
tht! moat splendid lot of dry goods,
among which Is It while silk dress, and a
long inee veil, with a wreath 'of ofuugc
flowers'j and when next.'Valentino's Day'
comes, slio has promised to wear them in
commemoration of the day; and Ro.-e. says
sue thinks 'beef and potato' valentines
are the best kind, after all.
In 1#4!>, tlio prihcstpiil banking insti
tutions of the chance kind in Sun Fran
eiseb were the "Bella Union," " Veranda,"
"Nim de Oro," and "Parker House,"
all situated about the "Plaza," and each
employed a baud of music to lessen the
tedious hours of that rainy winter, and
so drown the noise of dingling gold ami
silver, ami the cursing ejaculations of
the gamblers.
Many a sad scene has taken place with
in these saloons that chilled, the blood of
the beholder, and is remembered with
horror. I once carelessly sauntered
tlwough one of these places. My atten
tion was attracted towards a person who
had large piles of gold before him. The
staring eyeballs, the swollen 'veins upon
his forehead, the cold sweat upon his lace,
and clenched hands, told of heavy losses.
Mingled exclamations of horror and con
tempt would escape him, and he seemed
unconscious of all that was going on
around him. His gaze was bent upon
the cards its if his lifes blood was the
stake at issue. In this case his last dollar
was placed within the dealer's bank; then,
with the frenzy of a maniac, he drew a
long, ugly dirk-knife and plunged it tip
to the lull into his own body, and sunk a
corpse on the table. A few rude jeers
followed this act; the body was removed,
v.iid the game went on us though nothing
ha'd happened; as tbongirarn^tie. victim ->.
had not been added to the gambler's 1
damning record, or another man had not
He started with tt large stock of good.-,
given him by his father to sell on com
mission; and the father's fortune depend
ed on a safe return of the money so in
vested; but, as usual with young men, ho
indulged in the full liberty of unbridled
license, and, while the ship stopped at one
of the South American ports, he en
gendered the first seeds of "piny." Rut
for a while after his arrival the excite
nienl of trade and tfro energy necessary
to accomplish a successful issue'kept his
mind bu.-y. One day, by appointment,
ho was to meet a mercantile friend at this
place, and while waiting for his friend's
arrival, slaked a few dollars upon the
turn of the cards, when the latent digcusc
sprang into life, and it carried him head
long over the precipice, and ended in the
tragic manner related.
'fhe "Nim de Oro" was a gambling
saloon on Washington street, opposite the
El Dorado, and in tiS4()\vas the principal
resort of the disbanded soldiers of the
California regiments, ami also of the
soldiers who had been engaged in the war
with Mexico.
Behind one of the largest nionte banks ?
in the room sat a man who had won for
himself honorable mention, and an offi
cer's commission was given him for his
bravery, tit the storming of Monterey;
but, preferring the climate of California
and its "golden" prospects to a more,
northern^ home, he embarked for that
country at the close of the war with
Mexico, an'1., upon arriving, lie opened a
gambling saloon. 'The emigrants eanvo
in by the thousands, and two or three
nights after bis arrival a young man
entered the saloon, and seated himself iff
the bank, and staked various sums on
the cards until be had lost nearly all tlio
money he possessed.
Excited Ivy the game, and maddened
with Iii? losses, hi; accused the dealer of
cheating; the dealer replied sharply; the
lie passed, and then the young man struck
the dealer a severe blow upon the face.
Quick ns thought, the sharp report of a
pistol followed, and the gambler's cloth
ing was covered with the young man's
blood?he had shot him through the
right brea.- t. The room was soouxlctircj
of the spectators present, the doth' closed,
and medical attendance called in to jibl
{Cunliiful o : Sr ,.;et ?'tVjtf )

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