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home of my forefathers: I have an uncle there-a poor scornfully. “There is at least one way of releasing but a good man-he has written for me to come to him, me from this detestable bondage: by withdrawing and the little property that he possesses shall eventually yourself from this place, you can free me from the marbecome mine.
riage, and your own presence at the same time." A ship is floating in the harbor now,
"You are fattering, my pretty coz; but in truth A wind is hov'ring o'er the mountain's brow
you ask too much, when you expect me to withdraw The halcyons brood around the foamless isles;
myself from your presence or to offend my uncle by The treacherous ocean has forsw its wiles;
declining an alliance on which his heart is set; but, The merry mariners are bold and free,
truth to tell, not half so much as my own. Grey canSay, my heart's idol, wilt thou sail with me?
not love you better than I, and the balance will be much “Answer me, adored Lucile: weigh all thy present in your favor by remaining under your father's roof. advantages against the vigilant affection which will Excuse me, Lucile, but your pale cheek, and chilling suffer no sorrow, that love may avert, to fall on thy reserve, since I have been taught to look on you as my gentle heart; which will view thee as the shrined di- affianced bride, have wearied me; and if I appear harsh vinity of my home-an angel presiding over my house or unfeeling, it is because I use the language of plain hold gods-and then choose thy destiny. I have common sense; yet there is not the less of deep and health, energy, and hope; why then shall I not be true affection in my heart for you. I have too high a enabled to win for thee a home in that far land to regard for your happiness, to permit you to wed Grey. which I hasten, which if less splendid than thy native If I do not marry you myself, your father will be of one, will be thrice blessed by the undying love which fended, and cast me off. You will eventually elope will brighten our lowly lot. Meet me to-morrow even with this painter, and leave me to wear the willow." ing. I shall be in the pavilion when the moon is “You speak lightly, sir-as if happiness were a jest, rising. Come to me with thy heart full of love, and and affection transferable at will." thy soul nerved to endure the separation from thy early "If I do speak lightly, Lucile," said he earnestly, home—the severing of thy early ties for one which shall “God knows I feel deeply. Do you suppose that your replace them all. Forgive my seeming presumption--evident shrinking has not cut me to the heart ? or that I doubt thee not, because my heart has taught me the I have watched your struggles of feeling without bitterfaith of thine. Adieu.
S. G." ness? No-I should have been more or less than man “And how have I deserved this trust ?” murmured could I have done so. Address your appeal to your the unhappy girl, clasping her hands over her pallid father-if his consent can be won, I will resign you at brow." I, who even now am expecting each moment once to my more fortunate rival, though in so doing ! the entrance of him to whom a few more days will destroy my own hopes of happiness. At this moment give a husband's claim to my love. I have been weak; I more deeply envy Sidney Grey, in his poverty and wavering where I should have been most firm. I will friendlessness, than I ever dreamed I should envy any make one more appeal, and if 'tis fruilless, I can but man. Take back your letter, Lucile—I do not wish to lie down and die ; for let me turn whither I will, there read it-my course is decided. Yet I pray you do not is no hope for me. On one hand the curse of a father think me intentionally unkind.” He threw the letter on hangs suspended over my head; and on the other, the her lap, and hastily left the room. madness of suffering Sidney to believe me false as “Oh, Heaven! what will become of me?" she er. weak.”
claimed. “Is there no avenue of escape for me? Cruel
! She arose and paced the room wildly. In a few cruel Victor! to exact the fulfilment of the bond! Oh, moments Victor entered. He looked at her an instant God! be thou my friend, for hope has deserted me." in surprise. “Well, my fair cousin, I am happy to “Lady, you have a friend, if you have the courage to see that you are at last wearied with your listless de embrace his proposal,” said a low voice ai her side. meanor, and have coneluded not to look as if hope was she turned and beheld the priest. forever banished from your heart. Why, what has “What is it ?!! inquired she, scarcely conscious of thus excited you, my beautiful ?” he inquired, playfully what she was uttering. touching her cheek, on which a spot of deep crimson “To fly from tyranny, and reward the noble heart glowed. She drew back haughtily—then suddenly which would shed the last drop of blood that gives life throwing herself before him she exclaimed :
to it for your sake. The letter was not dropped by “Victor, behold me a suppliant at your feet : If you accident. I promised that it should reach you, and you would not see me die here—if you have one spark of have it. Can you hesitate when you love bim, and he generosity or human feeling in your heart, be not cal. woos you to become his bride ? Another week will lous to my appeal. Read this letter-it reached me by leave you no power to choose between the evil of hopeaccident, for the wily priest dropped it, without intend- less love, or a heartless marriage.” ing it, when he came to me with a message from my “And my father ?" father. I am your plighted bride ; but you well know “Leave him to his own devices," returned the priest, that I was terrified into becoming so, by the violence with a scornful laugh. “If you are the light of his lifeof my father. Oh, Victor! save me from becoming a the joy of his eyes--he will recall you; if not, wby let loveless wife, or an accursed child.”
him live on in the solitude to which his stabborn pride Victor appeared affected, as he raised her from the will doom him, while you bring joy to the heart that is floor, and placed her on a seat. “Dear Lueile, why devoted to you. Say but the word, lady, and before make such an appeal to me ? You know full well that your bridal day all things shall be in readiness for your I have no power to turn your father from his purpose." Aight. Read that letter once more, and then make your
“Do not make so pitiful an evasion," said Lucile,' decision.”
"It needs it not-my decision is already made," said All the pride of his haughty nature centered in his Lucile, with a calmness that surprised herself. “Any daughter. She was the Peri of his house-the inheridestiny, however dark, were preferable to a separation tor of her mother's matchless beauty; the heiress of his from him. Repeat my words to him, and say that to- vast wealth, his unsullied name. He might have said morrow evening will find me at the pavilion, without in the tender and exquisite words of the poet : fail, ready to forsake all and follow him in exile or death."
" Her's was the voice that soothed my home;
She was my world, my life, my light; The priest bowed low and left her. “The die is The care, the charm that blessed my eyes, cast,” she murmured. “A few more hours and my poor That filled the day, and filled the night. old father will be desolate. Yet he has driven me to it Had he continued the same to me that he once was,
Her image mirrored back my heart;
My life's best days were on her brow, I could never have abandoned him-not even for Sid
One constant light of happiness." ney, truly as I love him.”
Her once indulgent parent had indeed changed. Lat- Yet with all this love for his child, he saw her fading terly she almost feared to go into his presence: he before his eyes, without entertaining a thought of sacrireceived her with frowns, and his lips seldom unclosed ficing the cherished aim of his life. Conscious that he but to utter some sarcasm against her faded looks, or was inflicting misery where he desired to bestow hapexpress bitter contempt for her absent lover. The piness, he became morose and embittered toward every kindlier feelings of his nature appeared to be embittered one. He had not sufficient self-command to repress against all around him, and her consent to wed her bis harshness, yet when he saw the tears his daughter cousin had been wrung from her in a moment of frantic vainly endeavored to conceal, he would have relented, passion, when the curse of an offended parent was had not his unbending nature impelled him to persevere trembling on his lip. The consent had no sooner been in what he had once undertaken. given, than her father insisted on the marriage taking “Men have died, and worms have ate them, but not place, so soon as preparations could be made to celebrate for love," muttered he; "aye, and women too-their it on the magnificent scale he desired. Already was hearts are made of sterner stuff than to break for a trifle. the mansion crowded with their “ troops of friends,” She will fret a little now, but soon the rose will come who had gathered around them for the joyful occasion, to her cheek, and those soft eyes will look with renewed and many were the comments made on the depression joy on this beautiful world. She shall never miss the and languor of the fair bride. The younger portion of love I have denied her: my care shall be so unwearied, the guests looked on the superb trousseau of their com- and Victor will be so devoted. Ah, no! she cannot panion, and marvelled that the possessor of so much long grieve for what is unattainable.” And thus he splendor, and the betrothed of the handsome Victor, silenced the “still small voice” that was whispering to should wear so joyless an expression. They little him of a broken heart, and an early grave. dreamed that a thrill of silent agony shot through that wearied heart, at every fresh proof of her father's osten. tation, in thus decking the victim of his pride, while he
CHAPTER VIII. refused to her even a few short weeks in which to reconcile herself to the new destiny that awaited her.
My noble father,
I do perceive here a divided duty : Victor would willingly have delayed the marriage until his cousin became less repugnant to it; but the
But here's my husband; imperious father had so long reigned over his household And so much duty as my mother showed with despotic sway, that any hint of a proposal of the
To you, preferring you before her father, kind elicited such a storm of passion, that, fearing to
So much I challenge that I may profess
Othello. offend him, and thus forfeit not only his cousin, but all hope of future assistance from him, he became the pas- The bridal evening came. It was as glorious a night sive instrument of the irascible old man.
as ever a bright moon shone on. The mansion flashed Victor was the only child of a younger brother, who with a thousand lights, and the mingled sounds of muhad dissipated his slender patrimony long before his sic, and words of welcome, were borne forth on the still death, and from infancy he had been dependent on his air of night, as group after group arrived at the door, uncle. General Montressor had spared no expense in and received the hearty greeting of their host. giving him a fitting education ; and while the two chil- Lucile was in her dressing room, surrounded by a dren were yet in their cradles, their future destiny had bevy of dark-eyed houris, who were to act as bridebeen decided in his own mind. His own observations maids to her. had taught him that those who are reared together sel- "Well, Lucile," said one, "I believe your own taste dom become attached with other than the love of kino is purest after all. Those simple orange flowers dred, and to guard against this he had suffered his wreathed in your raven hair, are more beautiful than nephew to be educated in his native land, while his jewels; and that robe of embroidered muslin is certainly daughter grew in loveliness beneath his own roof. On more elegant than this of lace and satin ; but then you the death of both his parents, within a few hours of are so beautiful that you need not the foreign aid of each other, Sidney Grey had been adopted into his ornament.' What will your father say to your simple family, and it never occurred to the old soldier that the toilette, when his wish was to see you not only the two bright creatures who played around him in infancy, fairest, but the most sumptuously attired bride, that our should ever dream of being more to each other than island could produce.” brother and sister.
“He will not have much thought to bestow on my dress, and a few hours hence, I fear, it will malter little moment it were easier far to yield a world than the to him what I may wear or how appear. A few more love of that noble heart. brief moments and my destiny will be decided,” she "I do, fondly, faithfully, implicitly." She turned her murmured in a low tone. “Oh, God! in mercy soften farewell glance on the home she had left, gleaming my father's heart in my favor.”
through the trees like a fairy palace. A strain of muHalf an hour later a gay burst of music swept through sic came on the wind. “Hark! 'tis the triumphal the wide halls: the folding doors were thrown open to march with which the bridal party were to enter the admit the bridal party, and to the surprise of every one saloon, and I am here. We must hasten hence or be the bridegroom alone appeared, with a face of the hue discovered,” and with a long, struggling sigh, she turned of death, and hastily advancing to General Montressor from her home! whispered something in his ear. He sank on a seat They had proceeded but few steps from the door, overpowered by his emotions; but instantly starting when with one wild bound, Victor sprang in the midst up, left the room and proceeded with hasty strides to of the group, and dashing the servant aside, endeavored the chamber of his daughter. At the door he met the to wrench Lucile from the grasp of her lover, while be terrified Agnes.
presented a pistol to his breast. “Speak-tell me the truth, on peril of your life,” said "Yield her or die !” said he, as Sidney struck the he, catching the girl by the arm. “Where is my weapon up with one hand, and with the other defended daughter ? your young mistress ? Guide me to her this Lucile from his violence. instant."
“Never-so help me Heaven. Back, foolish boy, “ 'Deed, sir-master-I doesn't know. She sent me and seek not to stain your soul with the crime of murout and axed the ladies to leave her alone a few moments der.” “ until Mas' Victor came;" said the trembling negro. Victor ground his teeth with fury, and drew a second “ 'Deed, I doesn't know where she went to." pistol from his breast-
"Liar," said the excited father ; bending his white “Hold,” exclaimed Lucile, “ 'tis too late to claim me lips to the ear of the girl, he continued, “I know you now. I am his in the sight of Heaven, as in the fertor are in her confidence-lell me where I can find her, and of my own love." freedom is your's—aye, freedom-think of it-think of “'Tis not too late to sever the bond," said Victor, it. Refuse, and by the Eternal I will kill you where firing as she spoke. The arm that supported ber related you stand.”
its hold, and Sidney staggered back against a tree. The eyes of Agnes rolled in wild terror, and for an “Oh, God--oh, God! what have I done to bring on instant she seemed undecided, but her master tightened me such extremity of wretchedness,” shrieked the unhis grasp on her arm, and said in a low hissing tone, happy Lucile. “Back-back-touch me not thou “Decide-freedom, or--you know the alternative." demon of my fate. Till you came, I was happy-and
She pointed to the garden. Dashing her from him, hear me now swear before the God of my fathers, that with hasty steps, he threaded his way through the tor- if Sidney is the victim to your insane fury, 1 pour en tuous pathway leading to the pavilion, preceded by you the curse of a stricken heart. Leave me, before Victor, who had no sooner heard the words of the girl madness comes and darkens the soul you have lain than he rushed forward with the speed of a maniac. desolate.” The roused soul that flashed from her dila
“Thank Heaven, I am armed,” muttered he ; "and ted eyes, and lightened over her whole countenance, 'twill be hard, but I wrest her from him. To lose her awed her cousin into silence. now-to be the scoff of witlings and fools, were worse “Lucile, dearest Lucile! calm your agony," said than death. Mine she must be at any expense.” And Sidney, recovering from the shock he had received, “I grinding his teeth with rage, he sped on with renewed am not wounded. Your dear image has been my guar. activity.
dian angel to save me from the weapon of yon mad. The pavilion was not yet vacated by those who man. Look," and he drew from his bosom a miniature should have been far away. The moonlight was stream- which had been shattered. The gold setting had been ing through the windows on two figures, and a third a shield against the bullet of her kinsman, which but for one stood without. A white-robed girl supported by it, had stretched him lifeless at her feel. the wreathing clasp of her lover, as if about to move “Oh, God! I thank thee ! any wretchedness I can forward, and a stout heavy built man, who stood as bear but his loss,” murmured Lucile, raising her clasped sentinel at the door, appeared accoutred for the road, hands to Heaven, and bursting into a violent passion of Tapping on the steps with his whip, he said-- tears.
“You had best hurry, sénor--the carriage is waiting For some moments General Montressor had stoods at the end of the avenue.”
mute witness of the scene. He now broke silence, and “Let us be going, dearest,” said Sidney. “Your in a voice which had lost none of its sternness saidabsence must soon be discovered."
“Tears well become you, and if they sprang from the “Ah, let me take one more look at my forsaken right source, I might yet have some hope of recalling home. Before I leave it, perhaps forever, suffer me to you to the sphere you have wilfully abandoned. Speak, waft back one more blessing to my old father--aban degenerate daughter of my house--choose your fatedoned in his latter days by his only child. Ah, Sid. 'tis the last moment of hope--abandon bim to whom ney, were not my love as strong as death, as deeply you cling--return to your home, and all shall be for seated as the foundations of my very being, I could not given. Follow his fortunes, and I will never see you leave him thus.”
more-the pall of forgetfulness shall shroud your very "Put your trust in me, Lucile,” murmured Sidney, being from my knowledge. Speak--decide.” in Lones of such thrilling tenderness, that she felt at that "Oh, father! is there no hope ? You will not cast me off utterly-I am his wedded wife-forgive--forgive those among whom I have dwelt for so many years." me, father.”
In silence Victor obeyed—and stilling the mighty emo. “Never--but on one condition. Those ties may be lions that were wringing his heart, by the exercise of broken. Suffer them to become as though they were a pride, which by indulgence had become the master not, and I can clasp you to my breast once more as my passion of his soul, he proceeded to the house. daughter-but as his wife, never."
“My friends,” said he in a husky tone, " you behold Lucile raised her bowed head, and her fair cheek in me a forsaken father. My daughter has chosen to glowed with emotion, as she placed her hand in that of follow the fortunes of Sidney Grey. Henceforth I Sidney, and said
have no child. My nephew shall be unto me as a son, “ Then is my fate decided. I should be unworthy but the name of Lucile shall from this hour be an interthe name of woman--unworthy of the love which he dicted word. Let those who love me, or value my bears me, could I forsake my husband. No, father : friendship, aid me in forgetting that I have a child. though you are loved deeply, dearly, my choice is made. Oùr revels must not be interrupted by this untoward I go forth to the world, to struggle, perchance, with occurrence. Let us have music.” difficulties of which I have not dreamed, but they will And the sounds of revelry came from those walls, be sweetened by love, and may you not be haunted by which, if nature had been allowed free course, would remorse for the course you have pursued toward the have echoed back the wailings of anguish for the loss of child of her who lies in her silent grave. Adieu." their youthful heiress. A hollow and unreal pageant
“Hear me á moment, before we part,” said Grey. was throwing its mockery over the aching heart, and “General Montressor, you have treated me in this burning brain, as if the sounds of mirth could bring matter, as though I possessed not the feelings of a man, the reality, or the spirit of melody could breathe into yet I forgive and I pity you; for you love your daughter the soul its divine essence, and bid. the warring passions better than your life, ihough your pride refuses to cease the sorrowful heart be joyful. yield to her entreaties. If you can live without her, let The priest, that dark and strange man, was standing your heart be at rest on her account. Her happiness under the shadow of the trees, and a mocking smile was shall be my first care, and though you have spurned my on his pale lips as he stopped and listened to the minalliance, you know that you may confide her to my gled sounds which floated on the evening air. love with implicit faith.”
“Aye-laugh--dance-ring out your joyous meaThey turned away, and a turn in the walk soon hid sures, but each note falls on his heart as a knell. Old them from view.
dotard ! to be played on thus, and by me-me, his “Stop, we part not thus,” shouted Victor, maddened deperdent, his spiritual director-ha! ha! ha! I can by the triumph of his rival.
laugh to think how completely this man, who lords it “Forbear,” said his uncle, in a stern tone, at the same o'er his hundreds of slaves—who bows not his head to time laying a nervous grasp on the arm of his nephew. any man—is under my dominion : and if he knew whom “Rather thank Heaven that you have not a human he thus humbles himself before, Holy Mother ! would life to answer for. Let them go: a pair of love-sick there not be a reckoning between us! And l-what fools--the dream will soon be over, and then you will have I bound myself to his side for ? Chained, Promebe amply avenged."
theus-like, with the vulture of the past preying on my “No a few appeals and you will forgive them-re- soul. Heart of mine thou knowest I bide my time,' ceive them again, and all will be forgotten,” said Victor. and 'twill come ere long. I urged him to the unnalu
“By my faith, no," replied the old man with bitter-ral course he has pursued toward his daughter. I ness. “What I, who have so worshipped her, to be thus played on the feelings of Victor, and used him as my deceived, and forgive ? Never was a father so devoted tool. I performed the solemn rite which weds his to a child. At night my last thought was of her; my child to poverty, and will bring him with sorrow last murmured word a blessing on that heart which has and remorse to his grave, for he shall not relent. I become estranged from me. When I awoke, it was will yet shew him who has done this, and why I have with the glad thought that I should see her bright face pursued him with relentless hate. Perseverance-smiling on me. I have followed her lithe and lovely perseverance--ha! ha! ha! what can it not accomplish? figure with my eyes dimmed with the tears of affection And now I go to view yon hollow pageant—to see the and pride. She knew that she was the life of my life-- childless father throw over him the mantle of pride, the pulse of my heart—yet she has forsaken me. Can which he fancies conceals the contortions of agony that I forgive such base ingratitude ? Never--never !" convulse his soul; but he cannot deceive me.” And
Utterly overcome by his emotions, he sat down on assuming his usual meek and quiet demeanor, he glided the marble steps which led into the pavilion, and wept. among the guests. A few words spoken at that moment in favor of his child, might have restored her to his arms as dearly
CHAPTER IX. cherished as ever, but the priest suddenly appeared.
Gentle lady, “The company are still in silent wonder at your
When I did first impart my love to you, protracted absence,” said he, and lowering his voice I freely told you, all the wealth I had he muttered something in the ear of his patron, which Ran in my veins; I was a gentleman: appeared to chafe his spirit anew. He arose, and after And then I told you true.
Shakspeare. a brief struggle, regained his composure.
Are we not one ? Are we not joined by Heaven ? “Retire to your own room, Victor. That lowering Each interwoven with the other's fate? Fair Penitent. brow is unfit for a scene of festivity. For me, my duty Grey and his fair bride were detained in Havana to myself calls on me to sustain my character before some days, before the ship which was to bear them to their new home, was ready to sail. In the meantime coldness of death, but earth's flowers, springing from Lucile had written several times to her father, but her the dust to which we have returned, are types of that letters were returned unopened. Her efforts to see other life to which we are taught to look with that love him were also unavailing.
and faith which casteth out fear. I remember your General Montressor had liberated the girl who had mother; and you are strikingly like her. I can see her been reared with his daughter, with the secret hope pale, subdued countenance before me now, as she sat at that the affection of Agnes for her young mistress her sewing, with those long, slender fingers plying her would induce her to follow her fortunes. In this he needle with unwearied industry. I remember her death, was not mistaken. Agnes was the daughter of Lucile's and the prayer of my own gentle parent that you might nurse, and the affection and fidelity of the colored be henceforth considered as the child of her adoption." slaves, toward those whom they have watched over in “And I well recollect all her kindness to my orphan infancy, is frequently as remarkable as that shown by boyhood. My mother was not born to the station in the Highlanders to their foster children. The first which you first knew her. She was the daughter of a thought of the old woman, when her daughter pro- Virginia planter, and, while her father lived, enjoyed claimed her freedom to her, was, that she could now every advantage which competence could command. accompany her beloved child in her exile from her na. At his death she was left destitute. Security debts to tive land.
a large amount attested at once his own good nature "Now'member,” said she, "if you is free from mas- and the villainy of those in whose honor he had conter, you is still de bounden slave of Miss Lucile. Ifided. Her father resided near the Virginia Univerb'longed to her mother 'fore she was ever married, and sity, and at the time of his death she was betrothed to if it wern't for dat will leavin' de property to master as one of the students. He possessed a small indepenlong as he lives, she would'nt be turned out of her fa- dence, and no sooner heard of my mother's unexpected ther's house now, wid nothin' to bless herself wid; so change of circumstances, than he insisted on being if you wants me to die easy in my bed, you'll go wid united to her at once. He had no near relatives to conber, wait on her, do ebery thing dat I'd do if I was free trol his wishes, and she became his bride. to go wi' her too. Does you hear me, Aggy, child ?" “He left the University immediately, and proceeded
“Yes, mammy, and I is gwine to do so too. Miss to his native place to prosecute the study of medicine. Lucile's always been kind to me, and I is'nt gwine to I will lightly pass over what followed, for it is too painforget it now, when her own father turns his back on ful for a son to dwell on. In - he became enher.” That night Agnes joined her young mistress. tangled with a set of dissipated young men, and, for
The wardrobe of Lucile was forwarded from her fa- getful of the new tie which bound him, he gave himself ther's, and on opening her jewel box, she found in it up to the reckless enjoyment of the passing moment gold pieces to the amount of several hundred dollars. "The consequences were utter ruin, a broken constiA slip of paper was fastened to it on which her father tution, and to my mother an almost broken heart. He had written "Make the most of this, for'tis all you will left and went to a distant village, but could get ever receive from me."
no employment, and for several years they endured That evening they embarked, and Lucile stood on the extreme of poverty. Many times, to lose the sense the deck of the ship until the last tint of daylight faded of his degradation and suffering, he would return to from the sky, straining her vision toward the dim line the first cause of his misfortunes, and for days would on the horizon's edge, which showed where that isle of lie in utter oblivion of all around him. beauty lay; and when she could no longer see the land "He had one brother, many years his senior, who of her birth, she sat down and wept such tears as are resided in Philadelphia, and but for his vecasional asonly wrung from a young heart mourning over its first sistance rendered to my mother in the shape of small deep grief.
sums of money, sent as he could spare them, they must Grey sat beside her, and sought to draw her from have perished in spite of my mother's industry. She the contemplation of the past, to view that future which many times denied herself the rest which exhausted was opening before them; and as she listened to the nature almost demanded, that she might continue 3 tones of that beloved voice, they brought eomfort to few more hours at her needle. At length my uncle her soul, and gradually her tears became less passion- wrote that all his hopes of reformation on the part of ate-soon they had ceased to flow.
my father had been abandoned; but he would still “I have never told you the history of my parents," offer him an employment wbich would make no call on said he, as they leaned together over the side of the the intellect, that had been obscured, almost destroyed ship, and looked into the clear depths below, in which by his course of life. A wealthy planter, residing in the Heavens, with each bright and glorious star, were one of the West India Islands, had commissioned him mirrored.
to procure an overseer, and he offered the situation to “No-I have never heard you speak of your relatives, my father. except as children, when we went hand in hand to “The prospect of employment, which would bring deck the graves of our mothers with flowers: and do him a comfortable support for his wife and child, reyou remember, Sidney, how I cried because the mar- stored him in some measure to his former self-respect ble tablet over my mother's grave prevented me from From that hour he drank no more; but the rememplacing the flowers on the earth which covered her, as brance of what he was, and what he had once fair you did on the more humble resting place of your prospects of becoming, embittered every moment of mother? That incident has made a lasting impres- his life. He was ever kind to my mother; but for sion on me: I would not be buried under one of those hours have I seen him walk the floor of our bumble cold, dismal looking stones, if my own wishes could abode, and tears would stand in his eyes as he looked prevent it. No, let the sun shine on my grave, the on her and called her his suffering angel. He related dews moisten it, and the green grass wave above my last to me what I have now told you, and made every effort resting place. Marble well represents the repose, the lo impress on my young mind a horror of everything