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life. Winnie stole thither, and reviewed very carefully, my dear, and give it to me the sorrowful circumstances of her last in the morning, when all are present and I visit there. Was the grieved tried spirit at call for it." peace now? Her eye wandered again about It is, perhaps, some important paper,” the room, and fell upon the faded velvet- returned Winnie. bound Bible. She seemed to hear again “I think so, certainly. I knew such a the low grave tones that bade them one was missing, but I assure you I had ** Search the Scriptures."

not the faintest idea that it was hidden “I wish I could own that Bible," thought there. Take the book to your chamber toWinnie. " How full it seems of her pres- night. I am bold to give it to you now I ence!" And stretching out her land she take a second thought. Are you going took up the volume, held it a moment ten- down stairs again ??? derly, and then opened and read in it, ex- “I think not, sir. No, I am sure I shall amining the frequent pencil marks and not.” For she could hear Squire Warner notes with earnest interest.

calling for Harry in the hall below. The old housekeeper, wlio had accompa- And so she stole away presently to her nied her mistress to foreign lands, passed innocent sleep, thinking once or twice how by the open door, and looked in upon ber. beautiful it would be, but low very, very Then presently the lawyer came to the impossible, that she should ever own such door, and exchanged a few quietly affec- a lovely home, and could gather her mother tionate reininiscences with her.

and little Ned into such a safe and luxuri"I wish I might own this book," said ous haven. Winnie, presently. “I wish I had the Harry was the only one who noticed her right to take it away with me. It seems so at the breakfast table. The squire gave thoroughly imbued with her memory. I her an ireful glance. have been trying to find her favorite chap- “Why is this young woman here?” he ter. She mentioned once what it was, but asked of Miss Clarice. “I thought she I was at the other end of the room and lost had left the service here, and gone as a the chapter, she spoke so low. But I kuow governess to the Aspinwalls." it was in St. John."

Clarice snapped those bright black eyes. As she spoke she turned over the leaves “She is really one of the poor relations, slowly. While she was doing this, there squire. Didn't you kuow it? But no on Toated up to them from the drawing-room our side, I'm thankful to say, such a spiritbelow the silver ring of Miss Clarice's inu- less thing as she is! She comes from the sical voice, and then the rippling notes of other side of the house, to be sure, which the piano. The lawyer frowned; Winnie has no kin to you or me. Well-a day, how started up nervously.

nervous I anı! What shall we hear, do “0, how thoughtless, how unbecoming!" you think, when that will is read? And she murmured.

Hark! there is the summons to the library.“I wish indeed you might have the book. And the tall young lady swept her I am sure yoa deserve it most," said the flounces before them all as she led the way lawyer, kindly.

into the lawyer's presence. Winnie had Winnifred bent down again to the pages, lingered behind, but Harry managed to and then suddenly looked up, with a low whisper: exclamation.

“O Winnie, if I only receive enough to * Why, liere is a paper! This must be keep us in bread and butter, I shall defy the chapter. Ah!

my father's anger and your prudence. “What is it?" exclaimed the lawyer, a Your cold looks drive we half distracted." red flush mounting to his forehead, and It was a circle of attentive faces that beaming upon her a most gratified smile. surrounded lum, and the lawyer glanced

“It is a sealed paper, sir; and it says if along them all with keen sagacious eyes, found by one of her young relatives on the while he motioned for his partner to bring day of the funeral, or upon the morning forward the liitle brassbound trunk which following, it is to be carried to you,'' an- held the papers relating to the estate of the swered Winnie, iu surprise.

deceased. Producing the all-important “Ah, yes; lium-yes! I comprehend her will, he read aloud its title and date, and sagacity,' muttered the lawyer. “ Keep it marked well the little stir produced thereby; for the instrument was executed on whose thoughts are moved reverently will, the very day of the conclusion of their last I am sure, go to it when returned from seevisit to the place.

ing my mortal remains confided to the He read along the legal formalities slow- earth. I leave the matter to be guided by ly and reverently, and paid little attention Providence in answer to my earnest prayer. to the guests' impatience through a long Be it therefore understood that the whole list of faithful servants, who were all re- provision relating to the asylum is null and membered by generous legacies. From void, provided a paper declaring the finder those who were present among the group to be the true heir is produced, and given in the background came an occasional sob to the executor at the date of the reading or grateful exclamation. Then her physi- of my will." cian, her lawyer, and some foreign friends, each came in for a handsome sum of The will proceeded in more formal and money, a valuable gem or picture, as the legal ternus to reaffirm this singular procase might be. Keener and more intense

vision. The signature and the names of grew the interest of the relatives. At last! the witnesses were read, and then a solTheir names came together; to each one

emn silence fell upon all. The lawyer thousand dollars to purchase for them

looked around him blandly. selves such memento as each individual “Is there any such paper here?” he might choose as a souvenir of their visit to asked. the place.

Winnie Lermont bad started up, someBlank looks passed from face to face, thing white fluttering in lier trembling finand the lawyer's keen gray eye took note.

gers; lier face was pallid, her eye almost Winnifred hushed her first little pang

wild. with the thought, “ It will give me a piano “Sir, sir-this that I found in the Bible,” again, when I am desperate for one, and

she stammered. “I was waiting to give it still leave ny mother enough for her few to you. But I don't understand-I never luxuries."

thought" Still the fine estate to which they had “But I understood very clearly. Bring been summoned and a large anjount of it here, please, my dear young lady. It is money remained unportioned. More breath- sealed, I see. Let us see what it contains." less still grew the listeners, clinging to a He stretched out his long fingers, seized morbid hope that still for some favored one upon the little slip of paper, and read aloud, there was yet a chance.

after breaking the seal: The last hope died, however, when a

“Whoever hands this slip to the execuclear wise plan was sketched, by which the

tor of my will, on the date of its reading, place should be turned into a charitable

is hereby solemnly declared to be the heir asylum, and the income reserved to sup

of all the property undistributed by the

provisions previous to the asylum clause." “Such," went on the testament,

“My dear Miss Lermont, allow me to be my plan and wish, in case a certain

congratulate you," added the lawyer, paper should not be presented at the time warmly. “I think it will add to your of the reading of the will. I know that it pleasure to read this other slip, where she was my beloved husband's wish that the says, if hier judgment is not at fault, the home estate and its emoluments should be property will go, with her best wishes, to kept in one individual's hands. But with Winnifred Lermont. She was a woman of my weak, erring human judgment, I dare keen penetration. I am sure, my dear, not select that individual from out my little that you will never have cause to regret band of relatives, knowing how little I that you obeyed her through disinterested should be able to understand the true char- motives.” acter of each.

Winvie stood, like one in a dream, star“ I have left with each of my young rela- ing about lier. She did not see the angry tives à parting charge. From my own lips stare of Miss Clarice, nor the profound asthey each received the injunction to tonishinent and mortification of Squire “ Search the Scriptures.” There will be Warner's face. But she did hear Harry's but one Bible within reach, and that one

low bitter cry:

port it.

" would

"A great heiress herseli-rich and inde- for the greater favor that my gratitude is pendent, too! Then I have lost her for awakened." good !"

"Little accessories of this sort are very She turned toward him, thinking only of comfortable,” declared his father, with a bis anguish, the rosy blushes chasing away shrug of his shoulders. “And, for :ny own the previous pallor of her face.

part, I think it a very delightful ending to “O Harry, Harry, don't spoil my pleas- what seemed a most eccentric will, that it ure! What difference can it make-unless doesn't make any difference to us how it -unless—your father still forbids you to was left." think of me?"

“I beg your pardon, sir," retorted Harry, The squire took advantage of a situation not minded to spare him the reproaches he he did not deserve to enjoy. He stepped deserved. “It does make a vast difference forward promptly with his most benignant to me; had the fortune been left to me, I smile.

should only have won Winnie with your "Don't think I am quite such a block- curse. Fortunately for ine she is of a more head as that, Miss Lermont. I give you generous spirit; and here she comes." my heartiest blessing." And he had the I told you before I was ashamed of grace to add, “I ask your pardon, too. I myself,” repeated the squire, ruefully. am thoroughly ashamed of myself.”

“I see for myself now that, without the Miss Clarice cast a single glance at Har- fortune, she is a treasure. She is a wonry's rapturous face, and with a black look derful girl.” for the “insignificant creature" upon “Precisely that," echoed Harry, proudwhom he bent all his glances, she swept ly. “Winnie darling, do you hear? Even away, foilowed slowly by her two quondam my father declares that you are one of a admirers, who lamented too late the lack of thousand, a wonderful girl! And truly, of discernment of which they had been guilty. all things we could have looked for, this is

As for Winnie, she did not heed anything the most wonderful happening." but Harry, and from him even she broke presently, and said, earnestly:

“You must let me go now, Harry dear. LOVE LETTERS. — These words recall I must write to mamma, and to the Aspin- blue ribbons, locks of hair, miniatures and walls; and 0, I feel almost as if Mrs. Ath- dead roses, and they are as various as the erten could look down upon us, and see

bands that write them, and the eyes they how happy she has made us! And I want are intended to bless. Sometimes they to take her Bible in my hands and bless it, carry balın; sometimes bear disguised poinot so much truly for the fortune it has son. They may be traced in honest truth bestowed, as for the enduring treasure and fealty by a rough red hand, that has wbich her lesson has proved to me most no grace to lend the misshapen letters, precious of all.”

save the beauty of true love in rough dis“A noble little creature !" commented guise; and then a soft white bit of symmethe lawyer, as Winnie glided away. “I try may hide a lie in glowing tenderness, hope, upon my soul, young man, that you and sending it like an asp to hide in a are worthy of her.”

rose's heart, to carry death to some be“I am not; I am afraid I never sball lieving breast. Some, yellowed by years, be," declared Harry, ruefully.. “But I and rendered absurd by altered circumknow one thing; I loved her as dearly, I stances, are brought out of forgotten nooks sted for her land more earnestly when she to fill the evening hour with laughter at was poor and in trouble, than I should their polly-syllabled vows and verbose adventure to do now."

jectives; and others never see the light * To think she should obtain this mag- except in tearful eyes, or feel a touch exnificent fortune!"' muttered his father. cept a passionate pressure to a faded breast “Hang the fortune!" quoth larry,

that claims no other idol. Love letters! bruskly. “I do not think of it at all, ex- There are women whom the world calls cept that it removes her objections and single, who are as truly wedded to a tearyours. Winnie is herself a treasure so stained package as if it really were the bemnch beyond all price, thet such little ac- ing that it represents to them—who live in cessories are of swall account. It is on!y

the old sweet time of these missives.




“The mighty future is as nothing, being everything! The past is everything, being nothing!"

Prone I lie among the clover, When the rain with viewless fingers,

Hearing, yet as in a dream, Taps against my window pane,

Seeing, yet as in a vision, And the wailing winds of autumn

Sky, and wood, and lill, and stream. Mingle with the sobbing rain,

When the bare and restless branches
Wave and beckon in the wind,

Down below the sloping hillside
And a sense of coming sorrow

Lies the river, fast asleep, Rises dim and dark behind;

Every litile drifting cloudlet

Mirrored in its placid deep;

Rows of willows down ward trailing, While the shades of twilight gather,

With a lithesome witching grace, And the dusky forms of day

Peace serene is softly brooding Folded round with night's din curtain,

O’er the sunlit happy place.
Loom like spectres grim and gray,

Then I love to hold communion
With the spirit of the Past,

Down ainid the blushing clover,
Backward read life's olden story,

Honey.laden, rvains the bee, All its spell about me cast.

Sighs the wind, with odors freighted,

Sings the bird upon the tree;

In my heart I keep repeating
Till I seem to live no longer

“Life is bright and love is swoet, In the present weary time,

Youth is fair and earth an Aiden, But transported backward linger

Love is long though time is fleet." Through a beauteous fairy clime;

Song and shout of leaping water,
Music, sunshine, laughter, cheer,

What is this? The vision passes,
While within this realm the summer

And I only liear the rain Lingers through the rolling year.

Driven by the winds of autumn

Heavily against the pane;

Only feel the gloom and silence Never comes the frost of winter,

O'er my weary spirit fall, Never falls the chilling rain,

While the Night hier heavy curtain
Never any note of sadness

Gathers darkly over all.
Sounds amnid the glad refrain;
Love, and joy, and peace forever
O'er this quiet country brood,

All the past is dead and buried,
And no jarring sound discordant

Youth is over, love is vain; On its stilluese dare intrude.

Hope, and trust, and true believing,

Blossom for us ne'er again. v.

Yet a few more days of waiting, Flowers gem the fragrant meadows,

Rise of moon and set of suu, Songbirds llit among the trees,

And the weary tale is ended,
All the languid air is freighted

And life's beitly work is done.
With the dreamy lum of bees;
Norfolk, V'a., Nov. 9th, 1873.





the Neva.

In the Paris Exhibition of 1867, there boldly supported intrigue, under the guidwas a picture, which, from the horror of ance of a woman who displayed skill and the subject, attracted great attention. In cuinning, joined to a really inexliaustible a dungeon where a single ray of light pen- invention. etraled, the water was rushing in, and on In the month of October, 1772, three the verge of covering a miserable pallet, on strangers, with a numerous suite arrived in which a ragged woman was standing. Paris, and took an elegant mansion. There Still young, she preserved under her poor was a young lady, of about twenty-five, garments, and the traces she bore of long- who called herself Aly Emettee, Princess continued suffering, an air of nobility and of Voldomir; a young man, Baron Embs, beauty. The person represented was Tar- who announced himself as her relative; akanov, the daughter of the Empress Eliz- and an older one, Baron Schenk, who acted abeth, who, according to the legend, had as protector and adviser, managing the exbeen secretly carried off by Prince Radzivil penditure and servants. to Italy, where he tried to make her sub- The lady was fair, thin and beautiful; servient to his political intrigues, and to ler manners were most polished; she was proclaim her the heiress to the crown of witty and well educated, spoke several lanRussia. This was frustrated by Count guages fluently, and sung beautifully, as Orloff seizing her as liis prisoner; and by she accompanied herself on the clavecin. the command of the Empress Catharine II. It was soon reported that she had been she was shut up in a chateau on Lake La- born in Circassia, and was the niece and doga, in a subterranean cell, where slie heiress of an immensely rich Persian. perislied during a frightful inundation of

Visitors were not wanting; the house

was hospitable, the suppers recherche; Such is the generally accepted version, aniong the most assiduous was Count Oginwhich lias nothing improbable in it. It is

ski, one of the heads of the Polish nation, Fell known that the Empress Elizabeth, who was then soliciting the favor of the the daughter of Peter the Great, formed a court for his country. Two rich merchants connection with a greuadier of the Guards, were also received, both well furnished Alexis Rasumovski, and secretly married

with money and vanity. It was not exactlaius

, having two sons and a daughter. Of ly for their wit that they were admitted, the sons, the first died early; the second

but before a month had passed they had was living in 1800, but having attached

lent large sums to the princess. The Count himself to the study of chemistry, was

Rochefort-Velcourt was a still more serian experiment.

ous pretender, and offered his hand to the daughter, who was placed in a conveut in

princess, at which she only laughed, witliMoscow, it was not know what became of out in any way discouraging him. her. Hence the romance that attached it

Great was the surprise one morning

among this circle to find that Embs liad A few years ago, the Emperor Alexan

been arrested, having signed many bills of der II. wished to know the real truth, and

exchange. It appeared that he was the appointed a commission to examine the

son of a rich Belgian merchant who had

been dismissed from his hoine. The two not allowed to be published; but at length

French merchants who had leist their mona monthiy periodical gained

ey were loud in their demands for its reknowledge of the oflicial memoir, and

payment; but Baron Schenk, with calm showed that the facts were not quite in ac

philosophy, assured them all would be other to the long list of false pretenders to cordance with ine tradition. It adds an

right, and managed to borrow the sum

necessary to release Embs. The receptions the Russian crowil, and shous low many

continued, inntil one evening, when it was persons may be found to combine in a

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