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Are you true to me, dearest Clement, He kept the most careful eye on ey- true as when we promised each other ery possible source of disturbance to that we would love while life lasted ? this quietly maturing plan. He had no Or have you forgotten one who will objection to have Gifted Hopkins about never cease to remember that she was Myrtle as much as she would endure once your own Susan ?"

to have him. The youthful bard enClement dropped the letter from his tertained her very innocently with his hånd, and sat a long hour looking at bursts of poetry, but she was in no the exquisitely wrought features of her danger from a young person so intiwho had come between him and honor mately associated with the yard-stick, and his plighted word.

the blunt scissors, and the brown-paper At length he arose, and, lifting the parcel. There was Cyprian too, about bust tenderly from its pedestal, laid it whom he did not feel any very particupon the cloth with which it had been ular solicitude. Myrtle had evidently covered. He wrapped it closely, fold found out that she was handsome and upon fold, as the mother whom man stylish and all that, and it was not very condemns and God pities wraps the likely she would take up with such a child she loves before she lifts her bashful, humble, country youth as this. hand against its life. Then he took a He could expect nothing beyond a posheavy hammer and shattered his lovely sible rectorate in the remote distance, idol into shapeless fragments. The with one of those little shingle chapstrife was over.

els to preach in, which, if it were set up on a stout pole, would pass for

a good-sized martin-house. Cyprian CHAPTER XXII.

might do to practise on, but there was

no danger of her looking at him in a A CHANGE OF PROGRAMME.

serious way. As for that youth, ClemMR. WILLIAM MURRAY BRADSHAW ent Lindsay, if he had not taken himwas in pretty intimate relations with self off as he did, Murray Bradshaw Miss Cynthia Badlam. It was well un- confessed to himself that he should derstood between them that it might be have felt uneasy. He was too goodof very great advantage to both of them looking, and too clever a young fellow if he should in due time become the to have knocking about among fragile accepted lover of Myrtle Hazard. So susceptibilities. But on reflection he long as he could be reasonably secure saw there could be no danger. against interference, he did not wish to “ All up with him,-- poor diavolo ! hurry her in making her decision. Two Can't understand it ---- such a little things he did wish to be sure of, if pos- sixpenny miss — pretty enough boiled sible, before asking her the great ques. parsnip blonde, if one likes that sort tion;- first, that she would answer it in of thing - pleases some of the old the affirmative ; and secondly, that cer- boys, apparently. Look out, Mr. L. tain contingencies, the turning of which remember Susanna and the Elders. was not as yet absolutely capable of be- Good! ing predicted, should happen as he ex- “Safe enough if something new does Špected. Cynthia had the power of fur- n't turn up. Youngish. Sixteen 's a thering his wishes in many direct and little early. Seventeen will do. Marry indirect ways, and he felt sure of her a girl while she's in the gristle, and co-operation. She had some reason to you can shape her bones for her. fear his enmity if she displeased him, Splendid creature -- without her trimand he had taken good care to make mings. Wants training. Must learn her understand that her interests would to dance, and sing something besides be greatly promoted by the success of psalm-tunes.” the plan which he had formed, and Mr. Bradshaw began humming the which was confided to her alone. hymn, “When I can read my title

clear,” adding some variations of his making of sad mouths, and the rest, own. “That's the solo for my prima but left her to her own way, as already donna !!"

the property of that great firm of World In the mean time Myrtle seemed to & Co. which drives such sharp bargains be showing some new developments. for young souls with the better angels. One would have said that the instincts Cynthia studied her for her own purof the coquette, or at least of the city poses, but had never gained her confibelle, were coming uppermost in her dence. The Irish servant saw that nature. Her little nervous attack some change had come over her, and passed away, and she gained strength thought of the great ladies she had and beauty every day. She was be- sometimes looked upon in the old councoming conscious of her gifts of fasci- try. They all had a kind of superstination, and seemed to please herself tious feeling about Myrtle's bracelet, with the homage of her rustic admirers. of which she had told them the story, Why was it that no one of them had but wbich Kitty half believed was put the look and bearing of that young in the drawer by the fairies, who man she had seen but a moment the brought her ribbons and partridgeother evening ? To think that he feathers, and other simple adornments should have taken up with such a with which she contrived to set off her weakling as Susan Posey! She sighed, simple costume, so as to produce those and not so much thought as felt how effects which an eye for color and cunkind it would have been in Heaven to ning fingers can bring out of almost have made her such a man. But the nothing. image of the delicate blonde stood be- Gifted Hopkins was now in a sad, tween her and all serious thought of vacillating condition, between the two Clement Lindsay. She saw the wed- great attractions to which he was exding in the distance, and very foolishly posed. Myrtle looked so immensely thought to herself that she could not handsome one Sunday when he saw and would not go to it.

her going to church, - not to meeting, But Clement Lindsay was gone, and for she would not go, except when she she must content herself with such knew Father Pemberton was going to worshippers as the village afforded. be the preacher, - that the young poet Murray Bradshaw was surprised and was on the point of going down on his confounded at the easy way in which knees to her, and telling her that his she received his compliments, and heart was hers and hers alone. But he played with his advances, after the suddenly remembered that he had on fashion of the trained ball-room belles, his best pantaloons; and the idea of who know how to be almost caressing carrying the marks of his devotion in in manner, and yet are really as far off the shape of two dusty impressions on from the deluded victim of their suavi- his most valued article of apparel turned ties as the topmost statue of the Milan the scale against the demonstration. cathedral from the peasant that kneels It happened the next morning, that on its floor. He admired her all the Susan Posey wore the most becoming more for this, and yet he saw that she ribbon she had displayed for a long would be a harder prize to win than he time, and Gifted was so taken with her had once thought. If he made up his pretty looks that he might very probamind that he would have her, he must bly have made the same speech to her go armed with all implements, from the that he had been on the point of makred hackle to the harpoon.

ing to Myrtle the day before, but that The change which surprised Murray he remembered her plighted affections, Bradshaw could not fail to be noticed and thought what he should have to by all those about her. Miss Silence say for himself when Clement Lindsay, had long ago come to pantomime, – in a frenzy of rage and jealousy, stood rolling up of eyes, clasping of hands, before him, probably armed with as

many deadly instruments as a lawyer friend Miss Myrtle Hazard ?” he exmentions by name in an indictment for claimed. “I might call you Kerenmurder.

Happuch, which is Hebrew for Child Cyprian Eveleth looked very differ- of Beauty, and not be very far out of ently on the new manifestations Myrtle the way, - Job's youngest daughter, was making of her tastes and inclina- my dear. And what brings my young tions. He had always felt dazzled, as friend out in such good season this well as attracted, by her; but now there morning ? Nothing going wrong up was something in her expression and at our ancient mansion, The Poplars, manner which made him feel still more I trust?" strongly that they were intended for “I want to talk with you, dear Masdifferent spheres of life. He could not ter Gridley," she answered. She looked but own that she was born for a bril- as if she did not know just how to beliant destiny, - that no ball-room would gin. throw a light from its chandeliers too “ Anything that interests you, Myrstrong for her, that no circle would tle, interests me. I think you have be too brilliant for her to illuminate by some project in that young head of her presence. Love does not thrive yours, my child. Let us have it, in all without hope, and Cyprian was begin- its dimensions, length, breadth, and ning to see that it was idle in him to thickness. I think I can guess, Myrthink of folding these wide wings of tle, that we have a little plan of some Myrtle's so that they would be shut kind or other. We don't visit Papa up in any cage he could ever offer her. Job quite so early as this without some He began to doubt whether, after all, special cause, do we, Miss Kerenhe might not find a meeker and hum- Happuch?bler nature better adapted to his own. “I want to go to the city—to school," And so it happened that one evening Myrtle said, with the directness which after the three girls, Olive, Myrtle, and belonged to her nature. Baths beba, had been together at the “ That is precisely what I want you Parsonage, and Cyprian, availing him to do myself, Miss Myrtle Hazard. I self of a brother's privilege, had joined don't like to lose you from the village, them, he found he had been talking but I think we must spare you for a most of the evening with the gentle girl while.” whose voice had grown so soft and “ You 're the best and dearest man sweet, during her long ministry in the that ever lived. What could have made sick-chamber, that it seemed to him you think of such a thing for me, Mr. more like music than speech. It would Gridley?" not be fair to say that Myrtle was “ Because you are ignorant, my child, piqued to see that Cyprian was devot- – partly. I want to see you fitted to ing himself to Bathsheba. Her am- take a look at the world without feeling bition was already reaching beyond her like a little country miss. Has your little village circle, and she had an in- Aunt Silence promised to bear your ward sense that Cyprian found a form expenses while you are in the city ? It of sympathy in the minister's simple- will cost a good deal of money." minded daughter which he could not " I have not said a word to her about ask from a young woman of her own it. I am sure I don't know what she aspirations.

would say. But I have some money, Sucb was the state of affairs when Mr. Gridley." Master Byles Gridley was one morning She showed him a purse with gold, surprised by an early call from Myrtle telling him how she came by it. “There He had a volume of Walton's Polyglot is some silver besides. Will it be open before him, and was reading Job enough ?”. in the original, when she entered.

“No, no, my child, we must not meddle * Why, bless me, is that my young with that. Your aunt will let me put it in the bank for you, I think, where it will

CHAPTER XXIII. be safe. But that shall not make any difference. I have got a httle money MYRTLE HAZARD AT THE CITY SCHOOL. lying idle, which you may just as well have the 'use of as not. You can pay it MR. BRADSHAW was obliged to leave back perhaps some time or other; if town for a week or two on business you did not, it would not make much connected with the great land-claim. difference. I am pretty much alone in On his return, feeling in pretty good the world, and except a book now and spirits, as the prospects looked favorthen — Aut liberos aut libros, as our val- able, he went to make a call at The iant heretic has it, you ought to know Poplars. He asked first for Miss Haza little Latin, Myrtle, but never mind — ard. I have not much occasion for money. “ Bliss your soul, Mr. Bridshaw,” You shall go to the best school that any answered Mistress Kitty Fagan, “she of our cities can offer, Myrtle, and you 's been gahn nigh a wake. It's to the shall stay there until we agree that you city, to the big school, they 've sint are fitted to come back to us an orna- her.ment to Oxbow Village, and to larger This announcement seemed to make places than this if you are called there. a deep impression on Murray BradWe have had some talk about it, your shaw, for his feelings found utterance Aunt Silence and I, and it is all set in one of the most energetic forms of tled. Your aunt does not feel very language to which ears polite or imrich just now, or perhaps she would polite are accustomed. He next asked do more for you. She has many pious for Miss Silence, who soon presented and poor friends, and it keeps her herself. Mr. Bradshaw asked, in a funds low. Never mind, my child, rather excited way, “Is it possible, we will have it all arranged for you, Miss Withers, that your niece has and you shall begin the year 1860 quitted you to go to a city school ?" in Madam Delacoste's institution for Miss Silence answered, with her young ladies. Too many rich girls chief - mourner expression, and her and fashionable ones there, I fear, but death-chamber tone: “ Yes, she has you must see some of all kinds, and left us for a season. I trust it may there are very good instructors in the not be her destruction. I had hoped school, — I know one, — he was a col- in former years that she would belege boy with me, - and you will find come a missionary, but I have given pleasant and good companions there, up all expectation of that now. Two so he tells me ; only don't be in a whole years, from the age of four to hurry to choose your friends, for the that of six, I had prevailed upon her least desirable young persons are very to give up sugar, - the money SO apt to cluster about a new-comer.” saved to go to a graduate of our in

Myrtle was bewildered with the sud- stitution — who was afterwards he denness of the prospect thus held out labored among the cannibal-islanders. to her. It is a wonder that she did not I thought she seemed to take pleasure bestow an embrace upon the worthy in this small act of self-denial, but I old master. Perhaps she had too much have since suspected that Kitty gave tact. It is a pretty way enough of tell her secret lumps. It was by Mr. Griding one that he belongs to a past gen- ley's advice that she went, and by his eration, but it does tell him that not pecuniary assistance. What could I over-pleasing fact. Like the title of do? She was bent on going, and I Emeritus Professor, it is a tribute to be was afraid she would have fits, or do accepted, hardly to be longed for something dreadful, if I did not let her

When the curtain rises again, it will have her way. I am afraid she will show Miss Hazard in a new character, come back to us spoiled. She has and surrounded by a new world.

seemed so fond of dress lately, and

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once she spoke of learning — yes, Mr. professors or ministers. They had a Bradshaw, of learning to - dance! I chance to learn music, dancing, drawwept when I heard of it. Yes, I ing, and the way of behaving in com

pany. There was a chance, too, to That was such a tremendous thing pick up available acquaintances, for to think of, and especially to speak of many rich people sent their daughters in Mr. Bradshaw's presence, — for the to the school, and it was something to most pathetic image in the world to have been bred in their company. many women is that of themselves in There was the usual division of the tears, – that it brought a return of the scholars into a first and second set, acsame overflow, which served as a sub- cording to the social position, mainly stitute for conversation until Miss Bad- depending upon the fortune, of the lam entered the apartment.

families to which they belonged. The Miss Cynthia followed the same gen- wholesale dealer's daughter very nateral course of remark. They could not urally considered herself as belonging help Myrtle's going if they tried. She to a different order from the retail dealhad always maintained that, if they had er's daughter. The keeper of a great only once broke her will when she was hotel and the editor of a widely circulittle, they would have kept the upper lated newspaper were considered as hand of her ; but her will never was ranking with the wholesale dealers, and broke. They came pretty near it once, their daughters belonged also to the unbut the child would n't give in.

titled nobility which has the dollar for Miss Cynthia went to the door with its armorial bearing. The second set Mr. Bradshaw, and the conversation had most of the good scholars, and immediately became short and in- some of the prettiest girls; but nobody formal..

knew anything about their families, who “Demonish pretty business! All up lived off the great streets and avenues, for a year or more, — hey?

or vegetated in country towns. " Don't blame me, — I could n't stop Myrtle Hazard's advent made someher."

thing like a sensation. They did not " Give me her address, - I 'll write know exactly what to make of her. to her. Any young men teach in the Hazard ? Hazard ? No great firm of school?

that name. No leading hotel kept by “ Can't tell you. She'll write to any Hazard, was there ? No newsOlive and Bathsheba, and I 'll find out paper of note edited by anybody called all about it.” .

Hazard, was there ? Came from where? Murray Bradshaw went home and Oxbow Village. O, rural district. wrote a long letter to Mrs. Clymer Yes. - Still they could not help ownKetchum, of 24 Carat Place, contain- ing that she was handsome, –a coning many interesting remarks and in- cession which of course had to be made quiries, some of the latter relating to with reservations. Madam Delacoste's institution for the “Don't you think she's vurry goodeducation of young ladies.

lookin'?" said a Boston girl to a

New York girl. “I think she's real While this was going on at Oxbow pooty." Village, Myrtle was establishing herself «I dew, indeed. I did n't think she at the rather fashionable school to was haäf so handsome the fèeest time which Mr. Gridley had recommend- I saw her,” answered the New York ed her. Mrs. or Madam Delacoste's girl. boarding - school had a name which “What a pity she had n't been bawn on the whole it deserved pretty well. in Bawston!” She had some very good instructors “Yes, and moved very young to Ne for girls who wished to get up useful Yock!” knowledge in case they might marry " And married a sarsaparilla man,

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