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prove of your making such a 'splurge,' “But Lissa wishes her blue-silk gored as Robbie says."
and trained for the soirée." "I'm quite willing to be guided by “ There will be ample time to do that him," she answered, “ only, do, please, Monday. We will help all we can,” papa, bring home the casket to-mor- " What is the haste about the gray
suit, Milla ?” “ It will be some trouble. The fact A burning blush rose to the young is, I don't like to have them in the girl's cheek; her eyes sapk; but in an house, for fear of accidents."
instant she raised them, saying in a low Then, of what use are they, pray? voice, that the sempstress' might not My aunt Mildred intended I should hear, wear them, no doubt."
“Mr. Dassel has promised to take me The voice trembled, the long lashes riding Sabbath afternoon. You know glittered with tears.
how fastidious he is, and I would like “ What a baby you are! You must to wear something suitable." learn to control yourself better, my Well, well, child, I will see what little girl," and Mr. Cameron, having can be done,”-and Milla was risen from the table, swept the light gratified, by having her dress in process form up in the hollow of his arm, and of making. kissed the wet check.
" When do you
That day and the next Mrs. Cameron expect to assume wifely dignities unless and Elizabeth were apparently absorbed you grow out of babyhood ?"
in patterns, trimmings, etc. Whatever The blue eyes flashed up into his with was in either mind, there was oppora singular look which haunted him all tunity to say but little; the subject of day, he knew not why.
Sam's hopes was not even referred to. “ Bring home the casket, papa; if it Milla, useless and sweet, as usual, fitted is lost I will take the consequences.” in, occasionally, to note the progress of
How wilful Milla was growing ! Mrs. her own garments; Louis spent a part Cameron looked at her with sternness. of both afternoons alone with her, in She wondered that the child, who usu- the parlor; no one, not even her mother, ally shrank from drawing attention to noticed her nervous manner, nor the herself, who would not play or sing for feverish flush upon her cheek. She was strangers, nor wear any dress which unusually gay; they, unusually busy. might attract especial observation, Saturday evening Mr. Cameron should now seck to make herself an brought home two precious things; firstobject of remark, and probably ridicule, ly, Milla's casket of jewels, secondly, by an undue splendor of jewelry.
letter from Robbie. The boy was well, “Louis will laugh at her, when he not home-sick, happily settled in his hears of her intention, and that will be school; the only accident he had met the end of it,” the mother consoled her. with was that upon going aboard the self by thinking.
steamer. Eve:y body cried over the Mrs. Cameron was hurried, that morn- first foreign letter, although there was ing, and was obliged to put aside these nothing to cry about, but rather, reason weighty matters for affairs of minor for rejoicing. There was a little sealed Interest. The dressmaker had arrived ; note in the missive, directed to Lissa. there was plenty of work awaiting her; Her fingers quivered as she opened it; and as soon as pater familias could be but when she saw how brief it
sho kissed all 'round, and decently hurried grew calmer, reading hastily: out of the house, the ladies repaired to the sewing-chamber.
“My dear Lissa : “ What is first upon the carpet ?
“I have not yet had opportunity to Oh, mamma, I wish you would allow do what I proposed. But in a month, my gray suit to be made up first. It or six weeks, I shall have completed mv could be finished by to-morrow night.” self-imposed task. In the meant ,
beseech you, by your love for me, by themselves from it. Mrs. Cameron wat your love for her, keep the promise you happy in the knowledge that Robbie's marle.
R. C.” journey had been completod; all other
anxieties she put away for the hour, the “Deluded boy !” she murmured, with more readily that Elizabeth appeared a sad smile, putting the note in her more like her old self. pocket.
It was late when Mr. Dassel betook After dinner, the casket was opened, himself to the shelter of Rose Villa. and the jewels again examined.
Be very careful of the casket, little “I hope no thief is looking, with one,” he said again, as he was going wicked eyes, through the window," away. “ Where shall you kcep it to remarked Dassel, stepping up to the night ?" blind and dropping it,—they were in “Under my pillow, if papa will allow the library, and the two sisters had me. They say, Uneasy lies the head hung themselves about with tremulous that wears a crown. I want to try how sparkles of dew and fire congealed in a head lies on a casket of diamonds." gems; they were trying the effect, Milla Milla always had slept alone in her in triumph, Lissa with sharp recollec- own pretty room; but Sabrina, her tions of what had once been whispered faithful attendant, had a closet out of it to her.
in hearing of her young mistress, where, “You make me shudder ! ” cried if the child did but sigh in her sleep, Milla, turning pale, and stealing closer she could fly to her. This night, Milla to the speaker, as if for protection. was a long while preparing for bed;
“Such a thing might happen once in finally, she bade Sabrina retire, and the a thousand times,” he answered lightly. latter heard her murmuring passionato “At all events, we'll drop the curtain prayers for a full half hour, on her between us and possible prying eyes. knees, in the chilly midnight. After Mrs. Grizzle is very careless of her jew- she was finally in bed, she tossed and els. I don't believe the drawer in which sighed until it seemed as if she would they are placed is half the time locked. never compose herself; at length she * Easy come, easy go,' as the saying is. slumbered, and the old nurse, relieved She has not so many as are here, of of care, sank into a deep sleep. course ; yet more than I should think Out of this she was aroused by the she would care to lose. Well, little one, loud screams of Milla, and springing did the dressmaker finish the dress ?" up, and rushing into her room, she just “ She did, Louis."
saw the dim outline of a man's form on “Why, how grave you are about it ! the balcony outside the window. before It seems to be a matter of serious mo- it disappeared. ment to my little lady here, whether she “Oh, Lordy! Oh goody graeious me!" goes riding to-morrow in a new dress or joined in the nurse, standing still and an old one."
clapping her hands, instead of rushing “ It is the first time, you know," said to the open window and endeavoring to Milla, coloring
track the intruder. It was not until “ If it should be cold, we'd have to Mr. Cameron came upon the scene, and wrap you up in a rabbit-skin and hide actually forced an explanation from the pretty dress. So, what matters it !" them, that any effort was made to fol
. Mr. Dassel was in the gayest con- low the man. It was then too late. His ceivable humor. The rest of the fami- examination of the balcony showed that ly involuntarily caught the infection. a ladder, which had been used on the When Mr. Cameron proposed a game of place in gathering fruit from the trees, chess with Louis, he was clamored had been brought and raised to the against for selfishness; social converse balcony, making it a very simple thing was the order of the evening, and none for the robber to ascend. Milla, thought would be so exclusive as to withdraw less of danger, had left the sash up a
few inches, so that he had only to softly But it is getting light in the east. Let raise it in order to find himself in her us not lose our morning nap." apartment.
“I will share Milla's bed the rest of Mr. Camerou’s next thought was to the night,” said Lissa; "and if you ascertain if he had succeeded in his will leave your room-door open, we object. If the casket was gone, he shall not be afraid." should at once attempt pursuit.
No further adventure was met with “No, papa, here it is,” cried poor that night. The family were late to Milla, shaking as if in an ague-fit. their Sunday breakfast. Milla looked
“Probably he made some slight noise as if she had not slept at all; she was in opening the window, which awa- so agitated and nervous that her mother kened you just in time to save your advised her not to think of going to fortune, Milla.”
church, but to lie down and rest all the “I don't know. I was sound asleep, forenoon, that she might feel like enwhen I suddenly opened my eyes and joying the promised drive in the latter saw,a man standing in the middle of part of the day. the room. My night-lamp was burning Before breakfast Mr. Cameron and very low, but I saw him distinctly. I his men had made an examination of do not know how I managed to scream, the premises, and had picked up the for my heart seemed to be in my throat, mask worn by the burglar, which had so that, at first, I could not make a been thrown away on the road, quite a sound."
distance from the house. “You did berry well at de hollerin' After breakfast, he went over to Rose bisness, Missa,” said Sabrina ; "an' I Villa, to ascertain if any attempts at reckon I did a little myself when I saw entering that place had been made. dat spook on de balcony."
Nothing was amiss there, although “You saved your casket by it, that's Sam declared he had heard a window evident,” said Mr. Cameron.
open and shut in the night; at which “And her life too, perhaps," added the others laughed, while Mrs. Grizzle the mother, sitting on the bed, and remarked that she must be more careful soothing the trembling girl by holding of her things, which were liable to be her hands.
stolen any day or night--she was so Many were the questions asked about heedless about locks. the appearance of the burglar, etc., but “I told you, last evening, somebody Milla could give no account of him, ex- might be looking in at the window," cept that he wore a mask and had on said Mr. Dassel. “I have no doubt you light clothes. Mr. Cameron, revolver in were followed from the city. Someband, went outside and reconnoitred times these scoundrels will keep their his premises; but, of course, the intru- eyes on a thing for months. I rememder had fled at the first alarm.
ber once, I had a large sum of money, “You'll be glad to get the jewels in gold, sent to me from Paris, by esback in their safe, won't you, sister ? " press, to Baden-Baden. When it arsaid Lissa, when the excitement had rived, I was notified by the messenger partially subsided.
who warned me to be cautious, as he “Not until after the soirée," was the was informed that it had been followed answer—Milla could be a trifle obstinate all the way from Paris by two celebrawhen inclined. “But I shall not object ted thieves. I took it, quietly, to my to papa's taking them, and allowing room in the hotel, saying nothing about them to keep company with his re- the nature of the package, my own volver."
servant carrying it, intending, on the “Now that some one evidently knows morrow, to pay some debts to a broker of their being in the house, we cannot there, and take home the remainder of de too careful. How singular! I must the coin. That night my servant wished have been tracked from my own office. to sleep in my apartment; but I said,
“No, I was not afraid.' I had, however, “ I have no doubt his dogship was a small dog, a pet of mine, and one of more worthy of distinction than many the most sagacious little fellows that of the lions who have attracted atten ever belonged to his race. It was in the tion in that bad little city,” said Mr, latter part of the night, and I was fast Cameron. “Do you dine with us to. asleep, forgetful of money or its respon- Louis ? " sibilities, when I was awakened by the “ Thank you ; Mrs. Grizzle has held cold nose of my dog, pressed silently out inducements for me to remain at against my face. Every faculty was in- home. But tell Miss Milla, please, that stantly sharpened by a consciousness of I shall be at the door at half-past two." peril. It was perfectly dark, my candle Mr. Cameron thought it prudent to having burned out, and I knew not but remain at home that morning. His that some one was already in my room. wife and eldest daughter drove to the I lay, quietly, listening. I could just
little country church, whose Gothic hear the velvet patter of my dog's feet, arches rose amid the shadows of a beauwho seemed to have muffled his toes on tiful wood, now gorgeous with every purpose, going about the floor; and autumn tint, as if the windows had been again he came back and laid his nose illuminated of “God's first temples.” to my face, still without a sound. Upon Never before had Elizabeth prayed as finding that I was awake, he went off she prayed that day, for guidance and again. I thought best to follow him ; wisdom to do right,-not to wrong and with my pistol in my hand I crept others because she was tried and temptnoiselessly out of bed, and walked in ed, but to suffer meckly, and wait with the direction of the door. When about patience. In the fervor of her aspirasix feet from it, I heard a peculiar noise, tions, the temptation to marry from scarcely audible, but persistent. I knew pique and pride was put far away.
. it at once. Some one was sawing off the Even Sam Grizzle had his rights, and bolt! All right; let liim work away! she would not wed him, with no intenI stationed myself close to the door, in tion of making him happy. She resuch a position that, when it was open- solved to wear no camelia to the party, ed, I could shoot the intruder; my dog but to make preparations to leave her stood at my side, pressing against my home within the week for a long visit leg, but making no sound. In fifteen to Newburg. minutes there was a slight rattling, as It was with something of holy peace of something dropping, a cessation of in her heart that she sat in her room, the sawing, a moment's profound si- after the one o'clock Sabbath dinner, lence. during which, I suppose, the bur- her Bible open in her lap, the pale Noglar was also listening. Had my dog vember sunshine streaming through the barked then, or stirred, ore of the most window. While she sat thus, the sound noted of Parisian thieves would not of light wheels grated on the drive. have been winged ; but the brave little Mr. Dassel, with a handsome little carfellow knew better. Presently the door riage and fast horse, was waiting for was pushed softly, slowly, ajar; then Milla, who came into her room, smilthere was the flash of my pistol, the ing, but very pale, to ask her how the report, an alarm through the house, new suit looked, and to kiss her“ goodpersons running to the scene, lights, bye until tea-time.” and upon the floor, bathed in his own “You look charmingly, Milla; it is blood, the would-be robber. He was very becoming to you. But how cold seriously, not mortally wounded, and your hands are! You must take a thick was taken care of by the police. His shawl.. you will need it before you recoinpanion was also arrested in his at- turve. tempt to escape. For some days my
Milla's dress and mantle were of some little dog was the lion of Baden- rich gray material, tiimmed with velvet Baden."
of the same color. The little gray felt
hat, with one gray and one scarlet house. If it bad not been so dark, Mr. plume, was as pretty as it could be, Cameron could have seen that his horse with her lovely golden hair floating out was sweating, as if he had been driven from under it, about her child-like, ex- far and rapidly. quisite face.
“I did not think you would be out “I wanted to kiss mother, but she so late. I am afraid you have taken is asleep,” said Milla, —" no, I'm not cold, my child." cold-only a little excited. Good-bye, No, mother, I am not cold. Louis dear, darling Lissa!”
went further than I expected; the roads “I hope you will enjoy yourself as were so fine and the air so bracing. much as you anticipate, sister."
We had a shawl." “Oh, I shall. I am very happy. As Milla came into the full blaze of The day is so beautiful--and did you the lighted library, where a small fire sce what a handsome little turn-out ?" had been kindled in the grate in antici
"Yes; none too nice for you, Milla. pation of her being chilly, and whose But you are so pale-your hands trem- lamps were all burning, she did not ble.”
seem to have suffered from the nightI had such a shock last night; I've air. Her eyes were flashing, her cheeks' been trembling all day. But I must red, her whole face radiated light. not keep Louis waiting. He may grow Her father drew her down on his impatient.”
knee, complimenting her on her new “If he ever is impatient with her, I dress. She doffed her little gray hat, shall grow to hate him," mused Eliza- leaned her head on his shoulder, and beth, closing her door after the dear fell into a deep reverie. little deformed, beautiful sister, who “ There's Louis,” she presently exflung a kiss to her from the stairs, claimed, before any one else had heard
She did not look to see them drive his step. “ He will take tea with us, away in the sunny afternoon. She only
Let us have it here, in the reopened her Bible, forcing herself to library. It is so pleasant, with this read in it, at first mechanically, until fire." she felt the meaning of the words, and Her whim was humored.
Tea was was comforted by its promises.
brought into the library. The family It was dark when Mr. Dassel set Milla long remembered how beautiful, how down in the vestibule of her father's gay, their darling was that evening.