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of all this wealth. Why did not others give and there with roses—at some school festiher the reverence she bestowed upon her- val in the east. The roses had been reself? And what was it that held her back placed by knots of velvet, though one white from taking her place with the best of them ? bud was caught now in her curls. But her Was it the store ? A few weeks, or months cheeks were roses-blush roses—and her at most, would put that out of her hands. eyes were gems and she needed nothing But even this thought failed to assure her. more for adornment, when she had thrown Strive as she might, she could never be like a little white cloak over her pretty bare the others; this she knew deep down in her shoulders and followed her mother into fairyheart. Theirs had been a life of ease and land. of gentle associations, while hers had been And a very prosaic fairy-land it was, to one of hardship and work and rough ways. one without the glamour of youth over his Each had left an ineffaceable mark: even eyes,-ornamented with strips of bunting and gold would not rub it out. But the child of light-colored cambric, every yard of which -and then she came back to Blossom, had passed through Mrs. Stubbs's own hands. who was the Rome to which all the roads Somewhat cold too. Blossom drew the cloak of her fancy lead. Blossom would yet be closer about her throat as she looked around a lady; it might be when she was dead her with innocent, eager eyes. The trumpets and out of the way; and death sometimes shrieked, the cymbals clashed and the drums seemed a boon to the woman.
rolled in between. They were silenced as They were in the dressing-room and the dance ended. The dancers dispersed Mrs. Stubbs was laying aside her coarse to find seats, or promenade slowly up and heavy shawl as these thoughts flew through down the long room. But it was fairy-land, her mind. There was their nest indeed, to nevertheless, to Blossom, with its bright lights which they constantly returned. There (Mrs. Stubbs's own candles, if the truth were they multiplied and brooded and filled her told), the music beginning to rise again with dark fancies like uneasy wings. There softly, the gay uniforms and gleaming was a cold sensation about her heart as she gowns floating by. The girl had never seen smoothed down her hair. How they would anything half so dazzling before. stare at her and wonder why she had come They could not have chosen a more for
tunate moment for their entrance. They “We'll not be long, you'll soon see enough found seats near the door as the dance of it,” she said to Blossom, pulling out the broke
up, and for a time, escaped notice. somber folds of her stiff black gown, and But Blossom was quite too pretty to have trying to hide the nervousness which nearly this oblivion continue long. One and overcame her. She had regarded appear another of the strangers began to observe her. ances so far as to assume her best gown, but “I say, Miss Bryce, who is that little this was the only concession she had made girl ? ” asked a young captain, elegant, into the occasion. Her hard bony hands were dolent but curious, and one of the visitors hair
the post. was brushed plainly down on either side the at Claudia stared, could not believe her eyes, face, fast losing its comeliness. No fold stared again, using her eyeglass this time. of crape or shred of softening lace concealed “What impertinence!” she exclaimed it. There had been no attempt to make aloud, forgetting her interlocutor, and turnherself fine.
ing to whisper her indignation into the ear The bewitching sound of horns and bugles, of the friend at her side. with the patter of feet and the slide of silk “Who is she, Orme?" persisted the young over the floor, came out to meet them man, seizing the lieutenant by the arm as he through the open door.
hastened by, evidently in search of some Oh, how beautiful it is !” cried happy one. “ And see here, Orme, let me give you Blossom, peeping in. She neither hoped a word of advice," as he led him away; nor feared anything. She was only wild “ don't ever be such a fool as to ask about with excitement over the little glimpse of one woman of another. You should have glory she had caught through the open seen the major's daughter just now." door. Never for a moment did she dream “Who is she ? ” repeated the lieutenant, of the faintness at the heart of the woman whose eyes were searching the room while who waited in silence for her to slip out of he only half caught the words addressed to her cloak and shake out her pretty white him. “ The major's daughter? Why, man, gown. She had worn it last-caught here you were talking with her as I came up."
“Nonsense; who is that pretty little thing so obliging, my dear fellow, as to permit me down by the door with the black bat beside to pass.” For Orme, heated and almost her?”
menacing, stood directly in his path. “Why there she is now!” exclaimed the The music had struck up, and the dancers lieutenant as his eye followed his friend's hastening to their places jostled him on and lit upon Blossom, and twisting his arm every side. free he darted down the room to her.
Miss Bryce, sweeping by, gave him a dis“When did you come in? I've been approving glance with her cool bow. She looking out for you the last hour. Con- | had not overheard his words, but she had founded draft from that door! Let me find marked his quarrelsome attitude and flushed you another seat, and Miss Blossom, they're face, and decided in her own mind that the forming a cotilion, will you accept the most | lieutenant had been drinking, early in the awkward partner in the room ? I'm awfully evening though it was. It was disgraceful stupid, but think I could get you through.” that the young men should do so. It had
“We're only looking on, Blossom and grown up from “Stubbs's,” and it would be me,” Mrs. Stubbs interposed in confusion, a blessing to the post if the whole pestilent drawing back stiffly.
family were removed. To think that the “But surely she might be permitted one woman should actually force herself and her dance," urged the lieutenant. His chances daughter upon them here !
" for a word with the girl were slight indeed Lieutenant Orme took himself out of the if her mother was to hold her by her side way of the dancers, he hardly knew how, all the evening after this manner.
and in a quiet corner strove to compose “I–I would rather stay here," Blossom himself before returning to Blossom and answered shyly, shrinking from a stare of over her mother. There was no one among bold admiration as Captain Luttrell swag- them all worthy to stand beside her, he gered by. She had longed to dance, but thought loyally, even though they chose to her courage failed when the opportunity despise her. And how pretty she was! I
“But don't let us keep you here,” am afraid Blossom's face went a long way she went on, as Orme settled into a seat. toward attaching her friends to her. He
“Oh, I never dance when I can help it,” staid away until he began to fear they would the boy replied frankly; “besides, we're to wonder over his absence. Then he went hang back to-night, you know, and give the back to them, very sore and a good deal other fellows a chance. And by the way,” ashamed for his friend, with a shame which as a sudden recollection crossed his mind, seemed to react upon himself. “ one of them was inquiring you out a “ He was engaged. I couldn't bring moment ago. First-rate fellow-captain in him," he stammered; for Mrs. Stubbs's sharp the Sixth Infantry—know all about his fam- eyes seemed to pierce through him and see ily—may I bring him up, Mrs. Stubbs ?” into his very soul. He felt that she more
It was an exercise of self-denial on the than half suspected the truth, and the expart of the young man and he almost hoped cuse he had prepared to offer slipped out Mrs. Stubbs would refuse. But no, she con- of his mind. “It's lucky for me; that is, sented at once, and he went off in search of if you'll let me stay here.” He took the his friend. He found him hanging upon vacant seat by Mrs. Stubbs's side, and tried the skirts of the major's party.
manfully in the occasional lulls of sound to Beg pardon for leaving you so abruptly,” | interest and amuse his companions. Clauthe lieutenant said, “but the truth is, I was dia Bryce, whirling past them, threw an looking for her myself. I'll introduce you icy glance upon Blossom, in which was no now."
recognition, her companion staring fixediy “ Thanks; but believe I don't care about over the heads of the party ; girls neither it," was the reply with a shrug of the shoul- so young nor half so sweet of face kept ders as the young man turned away. “She's time to the music and brushed poor little the sutler's daughter, isn't she ?"
Blossom's white gown. She alone of all “ She's the prettiest girl here and the best the young ladies in the room played the of them all, and any one who says
part of wall-flower,-a charming wall-flower, “Don't excite yourself, Orme," said the —mignonette, sweet pea, daffodil at least, other one coldly. “She's a pattern of the but a wall-flower nevertheless. virtues, I don't doubt, and pretty enough I'll More than one pair of admiring eyes had admit; but the truth is I've engaged Miss sought her out in this half hour before Bryce for this dance, and if you would be supper; but Claudia's scorn of the girl and
indignation at her intrusion, as she called it, | ample and convenient shield and screen. had been evident to all and no one of the One would have thought her the sevengallants was brave enough to approach her headed monster instead of a rather delicate in the very face of the major's daughter. young girl, to see the way the boy loaded But all these arrows of scorn, sharp though her plate until the contents ran over into her they were, glanced off the head of the un- lap, and even then urged more upon her. conscious girl. It was the mother who took He had lost the self-consciousness which them into the quiver of her heart.
had made him dumb in her presence when he The couples began to move toward the paid his visit to her earlier in the day. Now supper-room as the dance ended and the was the time to utter the few words he had music changed. The young captain who been longing to speak, and yet a most inaushad scorned Blossom threw a quizzical picious time. How could he talk of love, glance toward Lieutenant Orme. Would of undying affection with the rattling of Orme lead the bat and her charge in to plates and glasses in his ears? Men have supper? It was a question the boy had done it, but at a fearful risk, and with Mrs. asked of himself. He would have been only Bryce's shoulder so dangerously near, the too happy to devote himself to the daugh- lieutenant dared not make the attempt. ter, had she been unattended. But every He persuaded her to take a short promchivalric emotion within him was aroused enade before returning to her mother, who now, and he would hardly have hesitated to sat, silent and grim, and almost the only lead Mrs. Stubbs alone down the floor. occupant of the ball-room, like the unbidden
" They are going out to supper. We old fairy who always cast a shadow over may as well follow," he said heroically, the feasts in the fairy stories. but with the most indifferent air he could The heart of the boy thumped fast and assume. Already the room was half de- loud under his vest. I am not sure that it serted. But Mrs. Stubbs refused.
would not have escaped entirely but for the “I'll have none of their supper,” she said many buttons which held it in. Ah, now in a harsh voice which attracted the ear of was his opportunity. The music fell low more than one passing by, and gave an and sweet and beguiling, the candles had unpleasant prominence to the odd party. burned down, until they shed a less garish Something of the fire that burned within light than at first, and as he led her away her flashed out of her eyes as she settled to a part of the room where they were someherself in her seat with an air of defiance. what screened from Mrs. Stubbs's sharp eyes, She had been sharp enough to see that beginning already to search for her, the boy every one avoided them, and to know that thought it the happiest moment of his life. Lieutenant Orme's friend had not cared for A joy just about to be snatched away, a Blossom's acquaintance or he would have pleasure ours for the moment, with the consought her out. But she had overcome her sciousness that it is as evanescent as sweet,first impulse to leave. Did they think to what can be more intoxicating? He fordrive her away? She would see it out with got to talk to her, it was pleasure enough to the others. She would stay to the last, feel the faint pressure of her hand upon despite their sneers. But it was a passive his arm as their feet kept time to the music. resistance. She could hold her ground, but He forgot that he was to go away into danshe shrank from advancing.
ger, possibly to death, or perhaps the uncon" Blossom may go if she has a mind to,” scious knowledge of this made the present she said, relenting a little. “You'll have a moment more dear. The room was filling care over her?” she added, almost drawing again. After all it was a brief joy. Miss back from the permission so unexpectedly Laud hastening by to join the dance broke granted. Might not some of these fine the spell. ladies say something to wound the child ? "Oh, you monopolize Lieutenant Orme.
“ Trust her to me; I'll bring her back in That will never do," she said with a goodhalf an hour,” said the delighted boy, lead- natured smile, since Claudia was not by to ing her hurriedly away lest Mrs. Stubbs hear. should recall her consent. “ Now give me
Poor Blossom was not used to such badyour fan and handkerchief and we'll have inage. She took it in serious earnest. a jolly time,” said he, taking possession of We-we had better go back," she said, both. He tucked her dexterously into a striving to draw away the hand that had comer behind Mrs. Bryce's broad back, rested with the weight of a rose-leaf on the which, as it was never once turned, made an boy's blue sleeve.
But he would not let it go.
make response ? For an instant he was “ It is I who have taken possession of her,” | dizzy with joy. It turned his brain. he said clumsily, “and we wont go back just “Oh, Blossom!” he began, ready to pour yet," to Blossom, as Miss Laud passed out out all his love. Then he looked at her, of hearing. “Don't mind her, she is always and the earth suddenly stood still, and the saying things," he added angrily.
room grew dark, for she was not listening “But I have kept you from the others.” to him at all. She was following with her
“ What do I care for the others? I had eyes a figure just advancing through the rather be with you than with any of them. I door-way, and in a moment as he recogwould rather be with you than with anybody nized Captain Elyot, Orme knew that it was else in the world,” he went on hotly.
all over with him. He felt at this moment It was out at last. Not as he had in- that he had known it from the first and that tended it, but he had spoken the words that he never had had any hope. would bring him joy or pain, he knew as soon “Hullo, there's Elyot,” he said quietly, as he had uttered them, and he waited with for a strange calm, like the numbness after a stifled feeling at his heart for her to reply. a hurt, had fallen on him. Suppose we But she was silent now. Could it be possi- go back; and he took her to her ble that she understood and was too shy to mother,
(To be continued.)
OFF ROUGH POINT.
We sat at twilight nigh the sea,
The fog hung gray and weird.
The broken moon appeared.
We heard the billows crack and plunge,
We saw nor waves nor ships.
The salt spray wet our lips.
Closer the woof of white mist drew,
Before, behind, beside.
Above that shrouded tide ?
The roaring waters filled the ear,
A white blank foiled the sight.
Brought the blind, awful night.
O friends who passed unseen, unknown !
O dashing, troubled sea !
Walled round by mystery.
RECALLINGS FROM A PUBLIC LIFE.
WESTERN PEOPLE AND POLITICIANS FORTY YEARS AGO.
In the autumn of 1834 I was returned | style of thought and of idiomatic expression member from Posey County to the legislature among the simple people with whom I had of Indiana, and was twice re-elected for made my home, an incident of a later date, the succeeding, years.
The manner in when I was in the field for Congress against which, during these primitive days, I was George Proffit. It was in a rustic portion first invited to become a candidate struck of the district; and after we had spoken, I me at the time as whimsical enough, and I had been invited, as usual, to spend the recall it still with a smile.
night at a neighboring farmer's. HappenSquire Zach Wade, farmer and justice of ing to sit, during the evening, on my host's the peace, tall, lank and hardy, illiterate but | front porch, I overheard, from just round shrewd and plain-spoken, inhabitant of a the corner of the cabin, the conversation rude but commodious log-cabin in the of two men who did not suppose I was woods, and making a scanty living by sell within ear-shot. Their talk was, as usual, ing Indian corn at eight cents a bushel, and of the candidates. pork at two dollars a hundred, -eked out “ Did you hear Owen speak?" asked one. by an occasional dollar when a young couple “Yes," said the other, “I hearn him." presented themselves to be married, -called “Now, aint he a hoss?" was the next on me one morning during the spring of question. the above year.
“Well, yes; they're both blooded nags. " Mr. Owen," said the squire, “the neigh- | They make a very pretty race.” bors have been talkin' matters over, and Franklin declared that he preferred the turwe've concluded to ask you to be our can key to the eagle, on our national escutcheon, didate for the legislature this season." as being the more honest and civil bird.
“Squire,” said I, “I think you can do why may not the generous horse, the farmbetter."
er's main-stay and most efficient aid, be “ How so?”
emblem of force and spirit, in contradistincBecause I am a foreigner. It is not tion to the ass, representative of sluggishnine years yet since I left the old country." ness and obstinacy?
“ Any how, you're an American citizen.” Yet these and a hundred other similar
“Yes, an adopted one. But my birth incidents, provoking a good-natured smile, place will be sure to be brought up against are but ripples on the surface of the Western
character. I gradually came to know that, "Well, it oughtn't to. A man isn't a beneath these trivial eccentricities, there lay horse, if he was born in a stable.”
concealed, as in the depths of the ocean, I was very proud of my country:
things rare and valuable.
after I had accepted Squire Wade's invita“ Caledonia, stern and wild,
tion to enter public life, I had occasion, Fit nurse for a poetic child."
during the debate in Congress on the bill
organizing the Smithsonian Institution, to But I had been long enough in the West speak as I felt, of the people among whom, to take the homely simile in good part, as during these twelve years, my lot had been it was doubtless intended. Nor, seeing cast. Finding now, after thirty years' farther that the squire was a Hard-shell Baptist in experience, nothing to change in that brief good standing, did I suspect any inkling of estimate, I shall be pardoned, perhaps, if I irreverence in the allusion. I am quite introduce it here. sure the good man, when he spoke, did not, for a moment, reflect who was born in a “I have sojourned among the laborers of England; stable and cradled in a manger, though it
I have visited amid their vineyards the peasantry of
France; I have dwelt for years among the hardy flashed across my own mind at the time.
mountaineers of Switzerland; I have seen, and conHe spoke without guile, in good faith, and versed, and sat down in their cottages with them all. I replied in the same tone, thanking him for I have found often among them simple goodness; his preference, and promising an answer in
ignorance, oppression, cannot trample out that. Í have witnessed patience under hopeless toil, resig.
nation beneath grievous wrongs; I have met with I may mention here, as illustrative of the civility, kindness, a cheerful smile, and a ready wel.
a few days.