|Newspaper Title||The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933)|
|Trove Title||Love Stronger than Death|
LOVE STRONGER THAN DEATH.
By the Author of "Whitefriars" "The Matrimonial
"Vanity Fair" &c.
I must confess that I myself experienced a strange sinking of the heart when we arrived at the place which was thenceforth to be our abode, and began the unloading of the furniture vans.
As for mv wife sho exclaimed, in tones of sin prise ond dismay, os wo alighted from tho hired conyoyanco that hud brought ub from tho nearest railwav station, distant, nevertheless, nine or ten, not good, but very rough and uneven milos
" Dear, mc, George ' you don't mean to say that this is tho house, with all that ugly tumble down stabling about it, and that bon id, Manu Martin looking Red Barn among thoBO pollings, ond that stagnant green pond in the yard, and those haggard old orchard trees scrambling over tho hillside to the brook there, with such a dis
mal line of weeping willows along it, standing liko so many mourners at a perpetual funeral ' '
Little Serapha burst out crying at her mother's speech, and would not bo pacified for eoino time, though probably understanding little more than tho concern and chiding in tho«o
usually mildest of uttoronces
"You know, Emily dear," I answered, when the teapot tempest ut lost come to a lull, " that I montionod to you there was a good deal moro stabling about tho placo than wo aro ever likely to require, even if wo managed in tho long lun to afford ourselves a country drag of sorno aoit or othci to turnout in But that was one of my inducements to toko Deverell Lodge, becauso wo can let off part to Bomo person who keeps horsos in such a sporting district, and that will hghton tho rent, as well os tho study of thom being so UBcful to mo in tho way of my profession Aud, of course a good deal of ac c-ommodatton of tho sort was to bo expected about a placo that has been tho residence of so noted a turf man as Captain Doverell, who, ruined himself by his passion for horses, training and running them, and all that sort of thiug, on only a moderato fortuno to begin
" Well, perhaps so, dear, but, upon my word George all that silent, drcoiy out building strikes ono quito like a placo gono to ruin and de eertion on account of some great crime commit
ted m it, so that nobody who knows about it will havo anything to do with it Very hkoly that's why y ou have got it so cheap ' Did 3 ou make proper inquiries first, you dear, careless, oigar puffing boy, you? No, ofcourso' Well, it moi bo fancy, but I don't altnott, I flunk, like tho smell of the air hero It fools to mo quite close and clammy like, and you said it was so ewect, and bright, and fresh '"
" It has not been inhabited these five years, go it's no great wonder if the place seems n little fusty and shut up , but the reason why it was never lot before was simply that it is only just decided in Clmncciy that Captain Dciercll's croditors have a right to do so, 111 spito of its being Ciown properly in reality, because ho is hereditary warden of tho forest m this district," I replied, perhaps a httlo pottishly
But, 111 truth, I was vaguely impicsscd now With a somewhat similar sonso of physical as well as moral discomfort to that my wifo des
cnbed, with her usual gentle earnestness, for things looked oven worso than sho doscribcd
It puzilod me Whon I had visited the spot on the only previous occasion I hod seen it, it hod struck mo very differently I went in con sequence of an advertisement, to asccilnin whether Deverell Lodgo was suitable for a pur pose I hod in view, as well as a healthful chango
I was an artist-an ambitious ono-and 10 quired 0 largo studio What could bo botter for historical painting than nn cxtcn«ivo un tenanted stable, well ventilated, and lighted from abovo ? I waa so pleased that I mode up my mind at once-or, at all events, a'ier a vory general survoy indeed of tho pi omises and their surroundings in other respects
And there again, I suppose my pointer's eye had been satisfied by tho pieturesquo effects of tho forest scenery that bordered closo upon Doyoroll Ward Lodge, osit was pioporly styled, arrayed m all tho glory of autumn And tho fino sunshiny day of my inspection must have given an unreal brightening and cheerfulness to what I now perceived was a dismal, old, strag ghng wooden house, built almost oil on 0 floor and crumbling to decay in various parts, undci its tall, gaunt chimneys, and moss grown,
weather stained tilos
And my grand, misleading temptation itself, whore I proposed to toke up my own especial quarters-the detached but still near cluster of unhappy looking deserted buildings, that had once been dedicated to tho hustling and noisy operations of a ti arning yard, looked the woist under the cold, cloudy, lowering noon when we took possession of our future home
I made what apology I best could to my still shrinking and Bhuddoring spouse, whoBO delicate
nostrils continued drawn as she traversed
tho courtyard to the house, and took 111 tho de
toils of tho 6ceno
"That big, red, Mario Martin barn, os you stylo the fine largo enclosure whore, I suppose they put the horsos through tho first operations of training, and their exercises when the wea- ther was bad, I moan for my grand Btudio, Emily," I said, " where I shall now most cer- tainly at last bo able to paint my famous his- torical picture of the Battle of Hostings, which is to make all our fortunes, with both tho armies as largo as life, and in the steel inexpressibles ot the period Don't you begin to understand now, little woman, and to appreciate tho con- veniences of the place ?"
My wife smiled, but with an effort Tho natu ral sweetness of her temper was, however, never
" Well," sho said, " we must make tho best of it now you have dono it, as wo have in other things, and since it cannot be helped, and we are here , Sukey, unpock the hampers I hope, at least, the standing pie is not shaken to pieces over the bad.rutty by roads wehave como along "
Our provisions were found in good older, and that restored some degree of pleasant anticipa tion The servants lighted a fire in what was evidently the best room in the house, having rather a peculiar bay window, opening in several divisions to the ground, on a lawn covered breast high with grass and weeds, and hung over the panes with long black, deplorable drippings of iTy from a projecting wooden gable above, »hence it clustered to the very chimney tops And I was glad to withdraw from the various nuisances of the preparation of a meal under
moving difficulties, on so reasonable a pretext as to moke my way to a Bmall roadside inn I «mew to be in the neighborhood, to order some refreshment, in the shape of malt liquor for our «Ives and the carmen But my wife begged
! me not fo bo gone long Sho did feel so *' queer ' and weird like," as sho expressed it, in that
strango place, and should ' feel quite done up unless sho had mo near to spe ik to "
Of course, I promised Low spirits and an exceedingly excitable condition of the nerves wcro, indeed, tlio most niatked features of my wife's disorder, which had boon my main motnc m leaving town, mid setting tip an establishment, in what I thought was soicrj quat and healths a country neighborhood, on tho borders of the New Forest in Hampshire
She had suffered sevcrelj m a recent confine ment, and had lost her child, after n sickly, struggling existence of a few months-long enough protracted, nevertheless, completely to exhaust the young mother with watching and anxiety But the pool li tlo fellow had beon the only male child ns yet vouchsafed us Indeed, wo had only another at all Burvivmg, who«o delicate ethereal beauty in infancy had sug gested to mo tho novel but appropnato numo of Scrapha
Elso it was likely to bo of no slight disadvan togo to mo m my profession to « ithdraw from London, and bury mysolf and ms nitistio labors in n remoto and out of the way country retiro ment But my financeB did not at tho time nllow mo to attempt uniting mole advantageous conditions I was obliged to consult economy m all tho judgments I passed, considering, cap on hoad, in the form of a smoking-fez, on the varied tomptations of tho advertisements I perused ovouing by evening m the papers And I was getting rather tired and hopeless in my researches, when I lighted on what eccmed the very thing for mo, in an an nouncomont that an " old fashioned, but very picturesque and delightful rcsidenco was to be let in tho ancient forest district ment loncd aboro, surrounded hy its own park hko grounds," and with every convenience attached Nay, with moro than every convenience, for it was thrown out as a strong lure that the stabling was of n particularly oxtensivo description, and suitable for the occupation of any ono engaged in tho rearing and training of that "roblo nnimnl, tho horso " It was captivatingly added, moreover, that, if not required by tho tenant of tho " unique family residenco," theso accommoda tiona could bo lot off soparatoly, and would moro than pay thooiitiro rent
I ought, indeed, to havo suspected something amiss, from tho great and unusual advantages insisted upon, especially as tim ront askod ronlly wns extremely moderate foi n much inferior description of abode
But on explanation I relied on lay in tho un Certainty of tho tenuro on which tho placo was leased It was offered by tho trustees of a bankrupt and out-law ed gentleman borsodcaler -ns they did not scruple to describe tho fallen heir aud representativo of ono of tho most ancient Hnmpshno families-after tboy had dis
covered, m a protracted suit in Chancery, that thoy had no power to Boll the property, which w as an hereditary giant from tho Crown, that, in cn«o of failuro m hoirship in tho Devoioll family, îcvorted to it In consequence, it could not bo disposed of with tho rest of Captain Doverell's estates, to pay off his debts Only tho creditors found thoy had tho disposal of his life right in their possession, and lind availod thomBclvcs of a judgment to that elToot in their favor in a manner that lind resulted in my being their tenant at Dovorell Ward Lodge
But though a young man, Cnptntn Doveroll woB notoriously a personage of such headlong courses and pursuits and passions, that tho duration of his life could not bo calculated upon by any of the common data Ho was living besides, abroad, on very scanty means, to avoid the nctuol clutches of his creditors
But to continuo my narrative I loft tho hoUBO on my thirsty errand by its principal approach from tho high road, by a terribly neglected avenue of lofty trees, formed by a glado in the forest-ono of tho numorous cn cronehraents on tho rights of tho Crown winch cuBtom had almost converted into legitimate possession, usual along tho ontiro vergo and range of tho Now Forest at tlio timo The littlo inn I sought stood at tho lunetion of several cross roads I had proviously explored, passing in various directions through tho forest, ono of which led from my now residence It was close upon tho village of Ward Doveroll, and at no voi y great distance from tho lodge, if it could havo beon reached directly But you had to pasB down tho avonue, and skirt a dnrksomo bit of woodland, before you could reach it, by tho only advisable routo for a strangor-namely, by the avenue and highway Such tracks as pro
Bented themselves in the forest, besides being of doubtful turn out, wcro so deeply rutted with the wheels of heavy timber carnages, muddy, and dnppled over with fallen leaves and tangled copse that any short cuts thoy might havo pro sented would hare been pretty certain to prove the longest m tho end
I resisted all such temptations, therefore, ns I desconded the avenue This broadened as it carno upon the highway from the forest, and there was in conseqtionco a good expansion of light and air in that direction And now as I carne upon tho opening, still at a distance of about forty or fifty yards, I saw what struck mo as a very singular object, especially in conncc tion with certain circumstances to bo detailed
A bank arose as one noared tho road, between the forest and it, set with a broken, pictur esquo looking bar fence at the top At the bottom ran a brook-a clear and rather full and rapid flow of water, chiefly supplied from tho higher ground about Deverell Lodgo, and several springs on the hill side, where the
And now, upon tbo margin of the brook, under a deformed and stunted willow of thoso so diporagingly alluded to by my wife, I saw what I undoubtedly conceived to be the figure of a woman, sitting down on some stono, wearily bending forward on her folded arms, with masses of streaming raven black hair fall
ing all over her face, and partially li ding tho upper part of her person-who was bathing her feet, as if travel sore, in the quick and gurgling waters just below '
If an illusion, I know not how I carno to Bhape so perfect a deception to the eye as this appearance made I remember being par ticularly unprosBed with tho extremo dejection I and weannesB of the wayfarer's attitude, coupled
with a conviction that she must be a young woman of good stature and proportions when she stood upright I noted, as an artist, tho telling effect of what appeared to be numerous patches of scarlet cloth m a ragged grey mantle she wore, which seemed, indeed, as if torn and tottered moro by violence than wear
I saw distinctly that she had a crushed look- ing straw bat, and a small bundle on one arm 1 wondered to myself-if ever I wonderod at
anything, with a perfect trust in tho reality of what excited my surpnso-at seeing a woman laving her naked feet io the water of a running stream, on so cold and wintry hko an uutumn
In short, I wos as satisfied I beheld this strange, dishevelled female creature, seated under tho stumpy, deformod willow, with hor feet m tho biook, as that I saw at a little dis
tanco from her n thin, palo, ill ihcsscd child, that looked as if it might well indeed bo hers, engaged in a task much beyond its infantino strength and years, in cutting rushes, and piling thom in httlo bundles on tho edge of the
It was a boy, about two or thrco years older than our httlo Seraphn, for I mentally mndo
tho calculation as I advanced
Yot when 1 arrived within a fow stops of tho pnu, the woman, m some sudden and indes cribnblo manner, passed out of my sight, nnd I found only tho httlo boy, whon I quito reached tho spot, bending his poor httlo back, and over straining himself at his task, with n rusty sicklo in his hand, that I foarcd would cut oil half his httlo fingers ovory nttompt ho made to sovor the tough reeds from their roots
I was oxtromely startled , but, after a pauso of recollection, accounted to myself for tho dis appearance of tho female on the supposition that, observing a man approach, sho had not chosen to bo discovered at so unusual a procosB of the toilotto in tho open air, and had betaken
heisolf soinewhoro out of sight I
'I bo child, hovvover, poor thing, roramncd thoro firmly enough to vision, mid I stopped for a minuto, portly in compassionato sin voy of tho small, ovoitaxed loboror at his work, portly in perplexity of mind, and hopes of some solu tion of tho mystery
Theso two motivos combinod to produco tho
remark I addressed to lum
" Well, mv httlo fellow, what oro you going to do with nil those green withes you oro so busy tying up? und why docs not mammy holp you at your work ? ' I said
" Ploaso, sir, mammy's dead bofoio I was bom -no, just after sho brought mo hero from a long way off-I don't know whoro But it was very naughty of her to do so, and the parish has to koop mo, hocouso thoy don't know whoro I belong to. And I ara at nurso at Dame Raw bon's down in tho cottago thoro, near tho public hoUBO with tho picture hanging ovor tho dooi of tho woman with her head cutoff, and hor daughter's blind, and makes baskets, and hor husband sends mo out to cut rustios, and bring thom homo for hei to inako thom out of, nnd ho'd havo no moiiov if sho duln t But he's always very cross with her as well as me, and ho flogs mo m hon I don't bring homo enough , nnd it hurts mc, and mokes my back so solo I can't 'cop , and I don't got anything to cat almost, and please, sir I mustn't stop, or I Bhonnot bo dono before night, and it is so cold, and it frightonB mo bo to bo out in tho woods alone "
As ho spoko I looked at lum, and felt my interest yet moro niousod by what I saw Pallid and half stoivcd os tho pool mfnnt looked (bo scorned about bix oi seven years old), I was struck with tho beauty and, so to speak, nristo eratic delicacy ond rcfincmont of his features , and it was peculiar about his face and expression that his eyes and long eyelashes woro black, while tho hoir of his hoad was o rich, curly golden amber brown I noticed also tho ginee ful turn of his httlo limbs, and thosinallucBs and
fineness of his feet and hands
" How, if this woro a gontloman's child, instead of a tiny pauper," I thought to myself,
what pratting thero would bo among tho aunts and uursis of his fine blood Bhowing it- self so visibly in hi« features und inuko '"
Indeed, I waa too much mtercslod to foi bear loitering a Iii tie longer on my way to tho inn, to look tit tho orphun lad But I should not further havo interrupted lum in a task ho Bccmod to ply with such timorous dihgcnco, hod I not been struck by his statement that his " mammy " was dead
: Why, who was tho young woman who was Bitting beside you hore ?" I inquired
lo my surpnso, and perhaps a little to my disinny, tho child immediately eoased from his work, flung down his too heavy tool, and bo
gan to cry
" You mustn't say so-you mustn't say so, you naughty mon !" ho sobbed, with n frightened stare "I didn't say so this timo I hav'n't Bccu her, mid I didn't soy anything about her at oil, and you aro trying to got Horsomongoi Jack to flog mo for nothing at all, till tho skin's off my back, as ho said he would if over I bow her again'"
" And so I will, you confounded young rascal you 1 Aie you at your tell talcs again, or what aro you doing hore, gabbling ovvay your time, when I told you to moko shaip as an axe, and get onow rushes for an ot li or basket, in timo for my wifo to flniBh it to night?" interposed a brutal, conrso ^oico at this moment
And a big, savuge looking follow, with a bull
dog nose, and heavy, hanging jaws, in a dress I that seemed hko that of a broken down jockey or horse couper, tumbled himBclf down over the hedge into the road It occurred to mo, in deed, that bo must havo boon crouching down behind it, to liston to what had passed, or olso hod been resting his unshapely, bow leggod carcass on tho grass.
I felt indignant at tho bullying, vicious tone the fellow adopted towards tho poor httlo parish child, and annoyed at the notion of his having played tho spy on my harmless inter
view with him
" If you wero lounging bohind the hedgo there, my good man," I observed, sharply enough, "I think you might have been better employed doing the job yourself, than lurking about like a wolf to watch him at it "
" It's a ho-I warn't And what's the httlo parish warmint for else ?" tho ruffian answered, in tho most ferocious and abusivo Btylo " And lio's a boro idiot, wot fancies ho sees happan tiona and trash of that sort, when he do no moro than my grandmother, and less, unless it be tho pictur' of the Good Woman at the public, walked down from the sign, with her head in her teeth, to hornt him for his wicked ness, a neglecting of his work whenever bo con get my eyes off him, becouso ho knows my poor wife's blind, and can't soo how he's a idling away of his time '"
'No, ma«ter Mammy-my real mammy, that is dead-always has her hood on her shoulders, and beautiful long block hair, of tho color of my cyeloshCB, hanging all over hor face like the willow boughs over tho gravestones when tho moon shines bright on them ' ' re turned the intelligent child, in spite of the alleged infirmity of his mind, and with a simple earnestness and good faith in hi6 dreamy,lovely eyes that irresistibly impolled behef, at least, in
bis own conviction of tho truth of his experi-
I was stnrtlod besides by somo coincidences betweon the description and whnt I had mystlf recently seen Yet not distinctly so clio I think I should hnvo boon more alarmed than I was wheu Horscniongor Jatk-as hoBceinid to bo called-exe'auned, hoarsely
' Hold vour tongiio little beast '" And turning somewhat apologetically to me, ho added, "It all comes of thei- not being able to keep tlioir deuced tongues from stuffing him with allsorts of 'omble stones mid lies about his mother-vthich I don't deny sho como by an
*ful end i"
Ruffian ns ho was, tho fellow loworcd his voice as he said theBO last word«, and I thought looked around him ns ho did so almost fearfully, as if expecting to discern somo causo foi dread
evon to his hardened norvos
Perhaps it was only my fancy, but I was struck by the notion, and, disrogordmg tho offensivo awi violent mannor of tho mun, I asked lum wlinthotiiciuit, what Bort of unusually terrible fate tho poor woman had como by?
Ioughtccrtainlj tohavcreinembereilthechild's presence and I dosci veil tho rebuke administered ovon in this com se ruffian's style
" Ain't you ashamed to ask mo that aforo the hinfallt that's horown child then, whntovor bad thing sho was ? ' ho yelled out " You a goiitloninn, indeed, mid liai o no moro regard for human natur' und deconoy than to want to hear a 'ornd hacksulont hko thnt described in all the partio'lars, in a child's hearing? Not but whnt I bchovo, by tho holy powers ' ho ro mombcrs something of it nil himself, tho way ho nt tunes moans in his sleep, and paws with his little hands, as if to keep tho croaturo
" Tho crcaturo off'"
Tlioso strango words roiiBcd my curiosity to a degico much exceeding any I had previously felt awakened m connection with (ho orphan
" What ci enturo ? You talk as if the woman
lind boen oaten up by a tiger out of a jungle, in England and Hampshire'' I said, thinking, perhaps to provokohun, ty mj tono of incredu- lity, to some clearer rovolntion But it did not tako as I purposed
" Do you think I am going to keep stufling what's already a luuatiOB small bruins with thom kind of 'ornblo discovoues ?" ho porfectly roarod out, hko tho beast I had alluded to
'And it was wuse-a thousand tunes wiles than any tigor's work in tho world1 Como ulong, Willy ' It'll do to night what ion'»o got Como homo, and got y oui suppor, and go to bed, and keep clear of thom strangers, that is always putting wrong ideas into people's
So saying, ho seized a tiny hand willi ono of his own big claws, wlnlo he roughly snatched nwny the sickle with tho other, lind dragged off tho child, with a violoneo til it certainly hurt or filghtcncd lum exceedingly, for he laisodupitt ous wail that quito wont to my heait
"111 mako cuqmrics about this poor littlo creature, and your way of treating it, Mr Horsomonger Jack1" I shoutid after lum "And j ou may miiko jour lcckoiiing for that "
" Witera s i oui witnessis? ' ho letortcil, with sneering defiance , und, irntutcd with his niso louee, I called out
" I (lui o suj there s ono not far oil, if she will only como out whero she's hidden hortelf I say, you gul with tho long han I wheio uro you ? You seo how this brutnl fellow is troating a poor littlo orphan child "
In my life I never saw suth au expression of consternation and surpriso as nppourcd ia tho man's fuco as ho looked round to mo on the words And it was with quito un altorcd, and, indeed, awe stiickcu and ntnu7cd tono that ho
"Lord, sit, you don't moan to say lou'io seen hi B, too ? A strungci like you in this part of tlio country with no contom in tho matter any way, that I can seo?"
"I have tho concern of common humanity, and I will not seo an orphan child scandulously maltreated, if my uilerftronce can induce tho prouei authorities to tako somo notice olso in tho mutter Wlioro aro you, young woman > I soy again, your oviilenco may bo necessary "
" Go uhcua ' You 11 call long enough before she comes Holloa a«aj '" tho rascal now re torted, resuming his boldness and insolence " And I should like to see the parish bother itself about how tho littlo bastards on itB thirgo aio tnught to work and do their duty whtn they're grown up1"
I pcrcen ed that it was usoless to bandy fuithcr discussion with n rufliun of this fiiBlnon I soon lost sight of him, besides, with tho child tugging unwilhnglj in hisBtcps, and looking, as I thought, bowaihngly and btseeolnngly batk at
And so I lcsumcd my own trudgo out on tho highway, from which my late opponont had duorged into a side path through tho wood, proba ily to his villago
No part of this interview wns very satisfuc tory to mo , but I felt rather reherod as I carno in sight of tho sign of the inn, which wus Bwinging on its rUBty chain in a high wind as I approached, under a notion that occurred to mo I thought that, perhaps, though scarcely to my own consciousness, my mind had boon dwelling on the peculiar country signboard, which I had noticed on a previous occasion, and that my fancy, preoccupied by itB dolorous jesting, and stirred into actmty by chunco combinations of light and shadow in tho squtt^ trunk and droop mg branches of the deformed willow tree, hud
suggested to mo an illusive and purely visionary I shaping of a female form, hung with diBhcicllcd I hair, seated, and engaged aB I had thought I had seen that one seated and engaged.
To be sure, the headlessnoss of tlio Good Woman was against tbiB explanation, for if there were no head thero could be no hair, and it was only n face I had not clearly iralo out in tho vision , and possibly the notion that I had been signalled out for on interview with a being of the other world continued to force itself so uncomfortably on my mind that, still more un- happily for my peace, I was bo unadvised as to puah my attempts at a solution of the mystery yet further that ni^ht
The landlord of tho Good Woman was a
gossiping, communicative old ftllow, not averse to a drop on his own account, and who, I believe, had been some Bort of a «trolling,
Richardson's booth player in his youngnr days, j from ihe exaggerated, melodramatic stylo occa sionally of bis conversation, when, I suppose, he thought hu more exalted flourishes would bo appreciated
I mentioned to Mr Jibberoy the little lad I had seen at work, cutting rushes, without at all alluding to the accompanying female apparition,
which I considotcd I could not figure very in tolhgibly in my inquirios
But I asked lum, on finding ho knew directly what httlo lad I meant, if ho waB acquainted with the trugio circumstances which I was told modo his mother's fato so pcctihovly tembló?
The landlord answerod mo with a singular sort of twist of the jaws and comic leor
Ar'nt you tho gentleman (hat has taken Do\ orell Lodge on a lease on tho captain's lif ?
was tho query with which ho commenced his reply "If so be," ho continued, on my nod ding assent "don't you bo ask ug questions that'll do you nu good , but'11 as surely banish nnture s best restorer, balmy sleep '* as ii scold nig wife, which I hope isn't a Missing that falls to every man's lot, whatever it may bo mino You'll lind out all in good eourso, for your«olf, sir, and meet not sonovv half way from tho door, you know, sir' Or, if you don't, biij William Shakespeare saul so which was tho ono that govo Ins nomo to tin child, which had nono bcfoio-that very child you'ro speaking of At least, that anybody knew, for being a baby when ho wits left among us, ho couldn't, of course, stn what his godfathers and godmothers had dono
for turn '
I persisted in my question, nevertheless, m spito of this waining, or perhaps in consequence, and tho mischiovoUB Merry Andrew of tho Good Woman was not, pcihnps, indisposed, in reality, to divert himself with the olfccts likely to bo pioducod upon mo by tho giatification of my
" Well come, sir," ho saul, " if y ou'ro so obstínate to know tho ivorat and fear it-thais tho truo version m y oui caso-111 put y ou up (o the timo of clay in tho twinkling of ii bed post Aro you nil attention liko a line of milishy ? I seo you aro, bo hero goes ' '
And, throwing himself into ti burlcBquo nth tudo of stage narration mino host of tho Good Woman, whoso own wit hail probably boen con corned in the si lection of his sign, proceeded m some such stylo ns tho following -
: It is now about six veurs, ono half, thrco months, nnd fourteen days-foi, by Jovo! this is tho vciy lilli of Octoboi como hack nguiu tho very day '-when tho now Blunted-least ways, motljiod-mother of that poor foilom hopo of nu infant pauper como into thoso parts a nny flinn and a wandcror-most likely, though no ono could say bo foi curtain, oxcopting Hoisenionecr Jack, who's vciy httlo authority, if any, on anything but tho points of a horse lTovvovoi, »hat is peifeclly icrtaiii is, that somo poor, worn out, broken limited young cicaturo of a woman did como into thoso pails about six years this vny Itth of October, us I obsoivcd beforo only it was a Inlay that join, mid I noticed it tho moio piutioularly for tho linlucki
ness of it, proving the h nth of tho piovorh, if it is a provtib, »Inch I dont toko it on my cruduhly to say it is-A young woman, about Bix jcuisugo-that was a gipsy gul, if llorso monger Jack's to bo boheved on Ins oath, which 1 should iicquiio i espectable witnesses besides, if ho was a swearing my hfoowuy-with a liltlo infant at the bleust 'That I can assert without feai of contradiction, foi you'vo scon it your
self, Bir, you miy, alive and in tho flesh ten minutes ago, mid I don t suppose I've taken much lunger with my picainblo? Othoiwiso there's no calculating on Iho existence of ii palish bobo in tho hands of Ilorscinongoi Jock nnd Ins pious mothci, who savcB a good many from Iho g Hows in thou earliest y oui s by a humano eourso of boating and starving to death But, besides, all Ihcso fuels woro proved us plum as daylight at tho coroner's incjiiest by ii party
Old Mabel Biovvn, and sho's ahvo mid mumbling still, in full possession of har facilillos of eating and drinking us bright as ovci, and is my own loBpcctod inothor in law pist within tho bal thcio, but us deaf as a post so she can't hoar what I'm saying mid disinherit mo of my wife s properly heio in tho inn Well, it wub Mrs Brown that saw hor utting at tho biook down tîieio, bathing her poor, havcl stainod feot m the wator, lo caso then binning pom,I suppose, cold as (howe ii her was, « ilh thopooi httlo wretch of ii baby in hor ai in«, hugged lo hu bosom, and ntl her beautiful, long black buick hair-for you know, sir, there's blue black ub vvoll-scattered over her f ice, nnd hanging to hor waist, as if bIio didn't want anyonu to boo who sho was, whetbo! for shume'* suko, if she ( amo of bettor people than was believed at tho timo, or because sho hadn't comba or corking pins to keep it up,
ond had tullen off hor old straw bonnet foi tho mr What makes you look so etui tied and queer
hko, su ? '
I certainly did feel "sfartlodand queer hko,'
for tho description I heard tallied with appalling exactness in ovory pnilicular with my own recent cxpcncnco Still I did not wish my nrcsont gossiping jester to bo placed in a position to roport mo on my first an mil ns a spirit
medium, which ho infallibly would havo dono if I hu 1 given lum the chanco, by nlluding to the
" Nothing, nothing , only tho grog is rather to ono's lips," I answered, as carelessly ns I
"All rif,ht, sir, I thought you woro taken willi a fumlncss on tho sudden-and I could havo imagined why a little furthor on in my story What was I saying, Bir?"
" How tho apparition's hair-I mean the young woman's-was all over hor faoo, as sho sat with her feet in tho wator, and the little boy cutting rushes near hor' '
" Oh, dear mo, no, sir ' It was an infant m arms then' You'ro thinking of tho little lad you were asking about |UBt now To bo suro, that s all the same-the some child six years older, and miserabler in proportion, if thot could bo possible, and I behovo Horsomongor Jick nnd his mother could improve upon tho Ineiui sition in somo things Thank you, sir, I ro
I " Woll, it was a young tromp sort of a girl
weary and worn out, Bitting on a stone, who hod | como nobody knew whence, and was going no
body know whither Stay ' Horsomonger Jack who is tho greatest har in Furopc, know oil about her ond said that her husband, who wos a tinker, had 'listed in his master's leguncnt, without any fair right to do so, being a married man, with, at ull events, one in family, as ap appeared from her having a wedding ring on her married finger, as handsome a one as you'd like to seo , and you d never have thought that a tinker du ven to toko her Majesty's Bhillmg could have afforded it, or that a crcaturo that was barefoot and penniless as a sparrow wouldn't havo pawned it to help her on But woroon havo their fancies, sir, as well as us-more so,
perhaps-for when they aro fanciful they are I
" On the wholo it was thought she had como I | to try and beg her husband off of the young |
captain, whose company ho had 'listed in, or somotlung of thot sort, though, to bo sure, I don't know that ho had any power, only a protty fuco eau do wonders at times, and Cap tain Deverell was rather given that way, by all accounts Besides, it was cxplamed still moro to people's satisfiction that, whethei her husband had gono for a soldier or not tramps and wandering people have ii soi t of established | right and pnvilego for lodging and entertain ment at tho warden s pi leos, which is an old tunes usago, I Biipposo, when there was no good inn about tho piuco-no Good Woman in Doveroll for wnyfirers to put up at At loast, so thoy said at the coroner's 'quest, and that accounted foi tho poor young creiituro's going to tho houso at nil, wheio joitro tlio prosent tenant, Mr Diamond (and I nm suro I wish you your health to onjoy it, and much obliged to you for my glass), but which waa then in tho occupancy of Captain Dovorell's ovtn self, after his fathers boforo lum, only ho had taken to tho horse racing and breeding, and had lost nlrcndy lots of money boforo ho made tho grand smash al the Good'ood, in 18G-.
" fctill, all that would linio hoon mndo right, us ho was m courso of courting Sir John Flam motk's only daughter and heiress,which bowns quite acceptable to, though not to tho fathor, who is a great sqmro in tho forest hero, being Buch n spendthrift and rako But that is nuither hero nor thoio Thoy woroasgoodns engaged to bo inniried, I am told, whether Sir John would bato it or no Piments aro not apt to relish that sort of good looking gentlemen for then daughters-lit least, not so much ns tho young ludios tliomselves Still, I think Sir John had, in a niniinor, ngrcod to miiko dunga pleasant, if tho captain would ruo up tho turf, which ho wasn't inclined to, especially at tho tuno whon ho was in such hopes of milking it all light on ii horse ho lind of his own, which had run thal ^cry day at Good'ood, mid lost
" And that's what put lum so out of soits, I suppose, or soinothuig did, for it was whtspcied at tho 'quest hy somo of tho lascáis about linn, ho wouldii t so much as seo tho poor young woman or hor business, but oideiod her then and thero oil the premises, baby or none , mid, black nihill as it was-I remcnibor it veiy well, for I was com ling Mis« Bl own then, and had te walk to the place hero, unknown to tlio mother, from my eui a- I menu, from my own icbi
dento, a long wm oil on tho road And it was
us black as a coal mino
" But to maka a long story short, though I boo it amuses you so much, sir, connected with tho house you uro lo livo m us it is, tho poor young denture, boing quite worn and spent of all hor strength, hko a lime thais got off after a (ino run and not nblo to crawl further if sho'd bl en willing-mid thoy Bay sho told the mon, sho would rather d10 thoio than obey the Older, mid tramp buck tho wtuiy way bIio had tomo
it's bthtied, 111 short, sho sly'd horsolf into 11 stall 111 tho Red Houso stable, whoro (boro was plenty of straw and things to shop on for tho night-horse clothes anil what not-noter ox peetmg (uro you batoning, su ?) that that vory »tall btloiigcil lo a hoiso ot Captain Dtveioil's, that was the coniplttest devil of Ins kind oior niortul ullin bestnd But you may think Unit, when I ttll you tiny weio obliged to build linn up 11 looso box nil to himself lil tho Rod Houso, windi was properly only for breaking 111 and putting thom tluough their pates And thon) wiis only ono man 111 all Ii ngliuiu that could ride lum, 01 so much us got on his buck, ho did so kick, anil tear, mid bite, and whethei ho is not half a doul himself I cannot buj for
" But tho ill luck of it all wiib, noisomongci Jack was away on lum at Good'ood Races , foi though Hell fho Dick (that wus his name, sir) hud so infernal a tonipor of Ins own (and Cruiser wus 11 lumh to him, sir!) ho w
horse on winch such expectation« wera formad 111 our pin t of the country, that thoro lietel was
" And wo hud all bottod our money on him, more or less, but tho captiiu ns deep as hu ( ould got his hand into his pocket-ho was so suro of lum, mid thinking to set hitUBolf all right at a ship lako n littlo moro of your brundj and water, sir, it will do you good, and prcpuro you "
(TO llr CONTINU!"» 1
TtTAKiha TiniEr Fn»9 ol' It-A young follow, walling to turu euiloi, apphod to tho captain of the iib.hu] for u bei 111 Tlio captain, wishing to ii tiiutduto linn, hunded lum u pieio of rope, and saul ' If you want to make a good sailor, von must maka thrco ends to that ropo ' " I tan do that " readily responded tho lud , "lui ois one und hole 19 another-that mnki« two Now heros tho third, and ho threw if
A couNiitVMUf who was charged with tin gallons of wlnskoy though tim publican hal «tilt linn only an ci(,ht g ilion ki g said ho "didn t minti tho money ovcichnrgod so much ns tho strum on the ki« "
A MAN out West lins Bien rats steal eggs this wise Ono chispa un egg tightly bctwttn his foro logs mid chin, and thou turned himself on his buck, when another rat nio/ed lum by til»
tail and drugged rat, egg and all uway to his
Immiow ii Cats -The Intest improvement in stock is a now bretd of cuts 111 Vi rmont, which lim o tails only un inch long Hie adv/intngos c1 iitnod for Buch tails aro that they cannot got under n rocking chair or bo Btopped on, and that tho dooi can be tlostd quicker when thoy
" Knowkd It "-A curpontcrwho was always prognostitu tug evil to himself was ona day shingling tho roof of a live story building upon which rain hut! fallen K10 roof being slippery ho lost his footing and us ho was descending toward tho enies ho exclaimed " luBt us I told you '" Catching, however, in an iron spout, he kicked off his shoes and resumed a placo of saftty, when hu thus dtluered himself "I know'd it, there's u pair of shoes gono '"
Adpicp to &KA1FR3-1 Never try to skato in two directions at once It always ends
sorrow 2 rata few apples for refreshment sake while skating mid bo suro to throw tho tores on tho ice 3 Sit down occasionally, no mutter whero There 19 no law to proient 11 now beginner from Bitting down whonover hi
has an inclination to do so 4 When you meet I a particularly handsome young lady try to skato on both sides ol her at once Ibis is very pretty und sure to creuto a sensation 5 Skato over all the small boys at onci G If you skato into a bolo 111 tho ice take it coolly Think how you would feel if tho water was boiling hot 7 If your skates aro too slippery, buy a new pair Keep buying now pairs till you find a pair that uro not slippery 8 In sitting down doit gradually Don't be too sudden , you might break the leo 9 When you fall headlong, examino the straps of your skates very carefully before you get up IO Wear a heavy ovor coat or clouk till you get thoroughly warmed up, and thon throw it oil and let tho wind cool you 11 After i ou get so that you can skato tolerably well, skato threo or four hours-tkato frantically-skate till you can't
Natdue where she plants a vegetable poison, generally provides an antidote, Boin the moral world, sho causes sympathies to spring up by the side of antipathies
Tur disposition to give a cup oT cold wator to odisciplo is a far nobler property than tho finest intellect Satan has a fino intellect, but not the
imago of God
OliSRB-v itiok -Tho habit of observation IB ono of the most valuublo in life , its worth can ncvor bo too highly estimated and it is ono that con cosily bo cultnatod Never do anything without obsei ving that all y ou do i¡> coireot Do not oven take a walk without having your eyes and cars open, and always try and rouicmboraU you soo and heal By this means you will ac- quire moro knovvlidge than can ovor bo learned from books, as you will find tho information ia o\iu tly tho form you aro capublo of rcooivmg it. Iii ad books and newspaper, but abovo all ac- quire observing habits.
WiTnouT Wn js and Babifs -Man is but an incompleto being without a helpmeet-in fact, onH a moiety of a ni in, walting to bo perfected bv tho addition of a ' boiler half" Iho royalty of his noturo romams undeveloped while ho is singlo Only vvhon hu has a wife to protect and chei ish, and < hildren to train and discipline, docs ho attain his truo tiWuvin the world which it is lus mission to populito and govern Ab- elen, tho Judgo of lsiaol, whoso lorly sons and I tim ty grandsons hied oil beforo him, mounted I on three seoro mid ten ass colts, may bo sup-
posed to havo felt wondai fully odillcd and budt up bv tho spectacle Have tho old man's heart must havo bounded willi hono-t cxultution whon ho behold such a cambado of his own raising. Modern papas do not trot out then offspring ia Iho imposing oriental stylo , but when thoy see troops of thom capering about on bobby horses, nursing doll bobios, and lu oilier ways disport- ing llienisolvo« after the manner of Christian urchins of tho present generation, thoy oro no doubt pist as happy us was tho patriarchal Ab don, and much prouder than if the y had eclipsed Praxiteles as stutunrios, or beaten Cheops at pyramid building Homo and family-what a drourv, obioclless hfo is Ins who has not these to euro foi, and what a dcseit of a woild this would bo without tho wives and babies '
Sohootbois -I hereby indignantly declare that 1 behuvo bovs to bo a much mahgnod and much uusumloistood class of tho community. Thoy nro tho Islunuclitcs of pohto society, eviry one's hand and roicc being ngamst thom. "Lxpensivc," complains patt rfutmliua,spoctuclos on noso, mournfully turning over tim loaves of his ledger, "noisy, curcle-es,' moans minuma, giving in despair upon a pilo of torn trouseis and worn socks , " nile, dis^iiiccfully idle" do- ctores Dr Buch fiuiii the depths of his ex- perience , "\ulgii," pioiiouiiees Lad) Chira Voie do Vero, with the languid conlumpl so be- coming to that svveot fi male , ' ii reverent," Bcmcaks tho old dotai il, Alis Grimily, looking down ruofully at liol despised apron strings , " troubleaomc, incddle«omo, uiiscliovious, rest- less," responds a chin us of tutors govornosses, musery-innid«, old bichclois, dandles, flunkeys, and suc.h liku I'o which, add tho wiso |udg ineiiil of n certain ancient lady, much approved of by other old women of both suxes, viz -? " 'Thal all malo animals bet ween the agis of tea and twouty ono should bo shut up und carefully pre Bcrv ed in glass cases, where tho\ might only be si cn und not hi ard, ami not roquiro to bo whipped oi scolded,nor givo any olhci tioublo to then elders \V hat a vvui hi tina would be thon, willi so much of Us numil ahiiiu of innoccuco mid happiness and health taken away! Per- haps ii would bo us caliiuutoiis to shut up all tho girls, though somo sng>s have thought olhciwisu, but for tho presunt I hare nothing
to ila vv ilh them -A Hook, about Dominies.
l'uïtsnir op Pluashhí' -Wo smile at the ignorancu of tho sillago who cul» down tho tree in nrdei to leach ila flint , but tho fact is, that a blunder of this duscnplion ia made hy every poison who is ovci ceieoi and impatient in the pursuit of pie annie lo Bin h the presont mo mi nt i» ovciytiling aud the lutine is nothing; he borrows, thcrofori, from tho futuio at o most ruinous anil usuiiius ml crest, und tho conse- quence is thal hu linds thu tone of his best fcol nigs impaiiuel, Ins selliespcct diminished, his health of mind and body eh alloyed, mid hfo lcehicod to its \oiy dreg« at a timo when, hu- manly speaking, tho Meal cr ponton of its com-
forts should bo still before him
Till Ri'AT Gi nu i M VN-Not ho who dis- plays tho latest bullion-decssis lnixliarogance with gold rings anil chains to display, not ho wini talks thu loudest omi makes constant use oi profano language an I vulgar woiefs, not ho who is proud ami oicibcuiuig-who oppresses tho poor and looks willi contempt on honest m clusliy , nor ho who iiiunot e onlrd lus pissions, and humble hiiusulf as a duli! no, none of Ilji.su aro real goiilliiuuii It is ho who is kind ami obliging-who is milly to do jon a favor »illino hope of rewind-who visita tho poor, and assist« tlieiae who u o m in ed-who is moro can ful of Ins lie trt Iban Iho dress of bia person -who is hliniblu anil social-not iruseiblo or re- vengeful-who always speaks tho truth without resoi ling to profane oi indi ce ut woids Sucha lunn le ii gi ulhni in, win lover ho tuny bo found.
Kich or poor, Ililli or low, he is entitled to th»v* appollat ion
'liih Pa.ui of Saii'TY-'Tho darkest day in any mini's earthly ciiicer is Unit wherein ho first fancies tint thcro is somo casior way of gaining u dollar than by squaiciy turning it No inaltcr whether ho inquired it by beggary, by theil, or any fashion ol gambling, that man is foirfulty demoralized who looking at Iho dollar in his palm, says, "That eulin) eisieir than if I hud carnee! il hy honest labor" Ho has lost tho chin to his way thrungli this moral labyrinth and must henceforth wunder os chunco moy die tuto 'lo his distorte el apprehension the uni vuso lia« become a gaming tal le and life a suc- cession of vuntiiiison thu red or on tho black His prospects of winning thorcut, in tho long run mo miserable enough 1 am painodto hear any oin any of tho wi«c«t und best mun living, ' 1 pin my faith to linn I am sure ho can novel go wrong " My friend , you havo a right to riposc (nilli but in (joel nlono1 Man is frail at best, and he who was upright and noblo yes tor loy, may prove Id«o and unworthy to mor- row Cling to truth mid justice, though all the woild should desert and decry them Give your connue.! ce eyes, and never fear that it will mis- lead you Others may bo richer ni knowledge and wisdom thou you , hut ii puro und lofty soul hus no earthly superior, and should recognue nono Hold fast to vvhutsoovcr is righteous , and whatever clouds may for the moment en- wrap you und iiitcrn.pt tho smile o' heaven, ncvci be so inlielcl us to doubt that tho path of virtuo is the only way of safety-tho only way tliut lends to perfect and enduring peace - Qrerlcy
'TitmuTE to A Wifp -Wc doubt if anything wus over written moro bountiful and touching than tho following tribute, by Sir James Mack- intosh, to the memory of his deceased wife - " 1 was guided in my choice only by tho blind allictions of my youth I found on intelligent companion and a tender friend, a prudent morn tress, the most faithful of wives, and a mothor as tender as children ever hud tho misfortune to lose I mot u woman who, by tender man- agement of my weakness, graduvlly corrected t he most pert inucioiis of tin m She became pru- dent from affection , and, though of the moBt generous nature sho wus taught frugality and economy by her love for me During tho most critieal period of my life, sho relieved mo She gently reclaimed mo from dissipation, propped my weak a^d irresoluto nature , urgod my in- dolence to all the exertions that have boen useful and creditable to mc, and she weis perfectly at hand .o admonish my hcedlessniss or improvi- dence To her I owo whatever I ara, to her whatever I shall be In her solicitudo for my interest she never for o moment forgut my feel- ings or character Lvcn in her occasional re- sentment, for which I but too often gave her cause (would to Ood I could recall thoso mo- ments') Bhe hod no lulleuncss or oorunony. Her feelings woro wann, nay, impetuous, but sho was placable, tender, and comtant Such was sho whom I hare lost, when her excellent natural srnso wus rapidly improving, after eight years' strugitle and distress hod bound u» fast together, and moulded ou- tempers to each other , when a knowledge of her worth had re- fined my youthful love into friendship, and be- fore ago hod deprived it of much of its ongmil ardour I lost her, alus ' the choice of my youth, the partner of my misfortune!, at a mo mont when I had the prospect of her sharing my better day» "