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pork business unto the third and fourth “She'd better get me, then, to act as generation."

her deputy." “I think she's done us all splendidly, “You go 'long! How becomin' blue Grizzle,-quite per-Raffelite, I tell her, is to Miss Bulbous. She's stopping over which is so fashionable at present." to lawyer Cameron's, now, to invite

" And what style's that, pray, Mrs. their young ladies. There'll be quite a Grizzle ? You're gettin' quite a judge party. She and her pa are going down of such things, I s'pose, since you've to the Fifth Avenue Hotel next week to visited so many galleries lately, and board through the winter, and she's made friends with them Academy fel- asking all the neighbors to a farewell lows."

party. Sho! If Sam ain't over there, “ Well, I am allowed to have some too! He's gone to assist Camilla out taste,the artists have complimented of the carriage, and he's done it in good me, often, on my discernment. The per- style, too. I never did see a boy imRaffelite style, as nigh as I can make it prove as he has since we bad Mr. Dassel out, is to paint things just as they be. in the family. It's an excellent thing I heard one artist to the Academy say to have a Baron handy to settle little he'd spent three days paintin' a brick- matters of etiquette, when one's in bat, and wasn't satisfied with it yet. doubt. I never should a got through There was a beautiful hod, half full of that dinner, last week, as I did, if I mortar, by the same gentleman., I de- hadn't got his advice as to seatin' the clare, if I'd been an Irishman I should company and what orders to give the a picked it up."

head-waiter. I do admire to see Sam “Accordin' to that, Miss Bayles ought around the girls." to have drawn me sittin' on a hogshead The beaming face of the good-natured with a stye on my eye."

mother shone between the gorgeous “Nonsense, Grizzle ! how you do go amber of the satin curtains of the paron. I'm talkin' about purchasing the lor side-window, like the sun between hod-picture. Its ruther high-eight golden clouds, as she leaned forward hundred dollars,-but they all say it's to watch Sammy escort Miss Bulbous wuth it."

through the Cameron piazza into the “ I'm afraid it'll be considered his- hall. It was a cool, bright November torical, my dear. I wouldn't like to morning, in the midst of the Indian have our friends see it on our walls summer,-a fine day for morning visits ; and ask if it was our grandfather's." and Miss Bulbous was improving it, by

“I never thought of that,” said the inviting her friends to an evening gathlady, evidently declining in her enthu- ering before their villa should be closed siasm for that particular work of art. for the winter.

" Let's have something nice, when we Mr. Bulbous had no residence in do spend our money on such things, my town. As his family consisted of himlove. I like pictures with lambs in 'em, self and daughter, and a maiden-sister, and green trees, or a bit of water that it was as well for them to board during looks as if there was trout in it."

their three or four months of city-life. “I don't care much what the pic- His daughter was not averse to rooms tures are, for my part; but I think the at the Fifth Avenue, while it was very frames help furnish a room, and people convenient for Bulbous, père, who could think you're mean if you don't patronize there carry on, through the evening, the art. But, about Miss Bayles, husband : same business which engaged him dur don't put that idea into Sam's head ing the day. again. He looks higher now. Didn't The only time that Camilla's face you notice how Miss Bulbous kissed me showed animation was when there were befoie she went down the steps ? Lal young gentlemen about her; and then I understood it all; that kiss was for it was not sufficient to light her eyes or Sam.''

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white, and fat; she, as we have said, music and dancing. Mrs. Grizzle has was large, white, and waxy. Many peo- promised for herself and this young ple thought both very handsome. She gentleman here. Give my compliments did look well as she entered the parlor, to your father and mother, Miss Cameescorted by Sam, and met Miss Eliza- ron, and beg them, especially, to come;" beth with that little kiss current among -she hesitated, and looked at Milla. young ladies, bowed to Mr. Dassel, Miss “I saw you at Mrs. Grizzle's party," she Milla, and sank upon the sofa, which said, “so you cannot refuse to attend seat she chose as leaving a possibility mine on the score that you're not in open to Sam to sit beside her.

society. I shall expect you, too. Above There was a bow of blue velvet at the all things, come early, for we are to throat of her white Marseilles morning- have the German,—and that takes time. dress; ribbons of the same rich blue Mr. Dassel, with your permission, I shall mixed with the frizzes of her light hair, expect you to lead the German. I saw on top of which was perched a sugges- you dance, a few evenings ago, and I tion of a hat with a blue plume. Her set my heart on electing you to the carriage-cloak was lined with blue, and leadership." there were blue rosettes on her gaiters. Mr. Dassel bowed. He had flashed a

" How pleasant it is to-day,” said look at Milla, answered by one from Elizabeth.

her. Oh, its splendid!”

“Do you consent ?” cried Miss Bul“Did you go down to the matinée, bous, rising to go. yesterday?"

“If you think me qualified, Miss Bul“Oh, yes, it was splendid !”

bous, I shall feel honored by such com“I meant to have heard it, but was mands as you see fit to lay on me." kept at home. Have you secured your “ Thank you, Mr. Dassel ; the success rooms at the Fifth Avenue ?"

of the dancing is assured. It will be “Pa engaged them some time ago. moonlight,--splendid, for a party in the They're perfectly splendid ! I want to country. Oh, dear! I wish gas-lamps get into the city dreadfully; the coun- grew on trees, like apples. I don't try's stupid at this season. I wish you'd fancy these country-roads. Now, all of come and board at our Hotel, a few you, be sure not to disappoint me," and weeks, Mr. Grizzle : I should think Miss Bulbous said good-morning, and you'd die, out here all winter, Ask swept out, carrying off Sam, to accomyour father to allow you, won't you ?– pany her to a far-away neighbor's with it will be splendid 1"

whom he was better acquainted than “It will, indeed, Miss Bulbous. I'll she. be sure to ask him.”

“Will you go, Milla ?” asked her “We're going abroad next summer, sister, in the silence which followed. Mr. Dassel. Shall we have the pleasure “ If mamma will go." of meeting you there, or is America “It is a lovely day," said Elizabeth, your permanent home ?"

presently, as she stood by the window. “I can hardly answer, mademoiselle. “I feel the inclination for a solitary I shall not trust myself in those distem- drive upon me,--so I shall not ask pered countries so soon, I think," either of you to accompany me," play

“Ah! Mrs. Grizzle told me you were fully, as she moved towards the door. expatriated. But, I suppose they'll not “We shall do very well at home: trouble us Americans? You ought to Mr. Dassel is going to play ‘Faust' go across in your yacht, Mr. Grizzle, — with me. He has brought Sam Grizzle's it would be splendid! But, I must flute." make a very short call, as I have sixteen A sharp pain clutched so suddenly at more on my list this morning. I only the elder sister's heart as almost to came to invite you all to our house next make her cry out. Blind, hard-heartMonday evening, at 8 o'clock, to a little ed little Milla ! It was strange that

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one, berzif so ike a sonsitive-plant, “That's true, Martin. But, I think should be su dull wbere the feelings you may trust me.

Prince and I are of this devoted sister were concerned. good friends; and if he only feels as alilla looked upon Lissa's regard for Mr. much like going as I do, to-day, we Dassel as a light and feeble tie which both shall be well suited. Bring him it had caused her hardly a pang to around as quickly as possible, for I break, because she, in her own wayward want to get up an appetite for lunch." impulsiveness, could not understand the “Where are you going?" asked Mrs. proud reticence of the other. Already Cameron, as she met her daughter in self-reproach had died out, and she the hall, driying-gloves in hand.

She enjoyed her strange, delicious abundon herself had just come in from the greenof happiness as openly before the eyes house, where she had been looking after of Elizabeth as if she had been no her flowers. “See what an exquisite usurper of her rights. Many of the moss-rose this is. Put it in your hair, sweetest hours of Lissa's life had been Lissa.” passed at the piano with Louis, he “Give it to Milla, mother. It looks accompanying her playing with voice just like her, now that she has more or flute.

color. She is in the parlor, with Louis. “ How cruel she is ! how innocent !- I am going out for a long, lonesome like the infant that bites its mother's drive; I sha'n't even ask you, mamma, breast,” thought the poor girl, as she to with me." quickened her footsteps from the room. " And I shouldn't if you did,” said * Oh! tbat I could go away from here! Mrs. Cameron, kissing her; "the fresh I cannot endure it-indeed I would not, air will do you good. I'm going to if I had not promised Robbie to remain. take my sewing and sit with Milla. We ought to have a letter from him in Too much music is not good for her." a very few days now. Foolish boy! I A few moments lister Elizabeth was imagine with what shame-facedness he flying along the beautiful road at the will own to his unaccountable illusion. highest speed of which Prince was Yes ! yes ! yes! I will go out to drive capable. She was in one of those -I will go alone,” she murmured hasti- moods which require some safety-valve ly, as already the first notes of the of outward excitement to be opened in opera struck upon her ear, and a fever- order to render them safe. She had ish light came into the dark eyes—the longed, ever since that strange conver“Sweetest eyes 'twere ever seen,"

sation with Milla which preceded the as Louis had often, and truly, told her. breaking of her engagement, to go away

Martin, their only man-servant, was in from home. Under the circumstances, the flower-garden taking up bulbs, when it was cruel that she should remain she went to ask him to get up their there. Indeed, her mother had encourlittle one-horse carriage.

aged her to go, and had written to a " Hadn't I better drive ?—I'm not 'relative at Newburgh, who had been very busy to-day, Miss,--and r'ally, you asking for one of the girls to spend a don't look strong enough to manage season with her, that Lissa would like, Prince; he's quite spirited with being now, to make the promised visit. shut up so much lately."

At first, she had remained to help "I wish he would run away with Robbie off; then she had delayed in me !” burst forth the young lady with asking her mother to write, until they a laugh which quite startled Martin, it should hear from him ; for the boy had was so different from her usual pleasant exacted a promise of her. The memory seriousness. He looked at her doubt- of that interview with him, in the sumfully.

mer-house, was like the memory of a " "Twouldn't be no joke to be tum- nightmare. It had, really, no deeper bled down the bank on to the railroad influence than some fearful dream often track or inter the river."

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-get, when we seek for the cause of Elizabeth felt it. The universal sad. Jur terror or melancholy, we remember ness and mystery of the soulless crea. that it is but a dream. If Lissa hád not tion impressed her with a power to loved Robbie so well she must have soothe the rebellion of her mood. As been mortally angry with him. But, her horse grew tired of his tearing pace, she forgave him, wondering what could she allowed him to drop into a more have so distempered his frank and reasonable gait; the feverish gleam of generous nature towards a man who her eyes was dimmed in tears—she had wrought her much suffering, but felt more like praying and less like suiwho was one of earth's chosen and cide. choicest.

It must have been past the usual As it was nearly time to expect a luncheon-hour when Elizabeth was starletter from Robbie, the friends in New- tled from her reverie by merry voices, burgh had been written to, and Lissa and looking about her, saw that she had promised to be with them before was four or five miles from home, and Thanksgiving That home-sickness that Miss Bulbous's carriage had just which is heaven-sickness, was upon the driven in from a cross-road and come young girl's heart, as she found herself up abreast of hers. alone on the country-road. She had “Can't you take this young gentlebeen so desolate. Robbie gone, Milla man along with you ?” cried Miss estranged by the singular barrier which Bulbous. “It will be a pleasure to had arisen between thein, her father you, I've no doubt, and save us ten careworn and preoccupied,—if it had miles' driving. I'm hungry, and I want not been for the sweetness of her moth- to get home." er's friendship, what would have be- “Oh, Miss Bulbous," expostulated come of her in those wretched days? Sam, blushing very red, "you promised To-day, in the culmination of her deso- to take me home, but I can walk ; late mood, she fled even from her moth- perhaps Miss Cameron don't wish comer's love. Every thing was unsatisfac- pany. She might think it wouldn'ttory. She shrank from the idea of go wouldn't look well—to be seen-with ing into a strange house, of leaving her only me.” own dear friends; yet, remain with “She'll be delighted, I know; and, them she could not. In the unhappiness as for looking, who'll see you ?- I think of her situation she yearned for heaven it will look delicious," and the coachas the child first banished from it yearns man was down and had the carriagefor home_with a wild, wailing cry, as door open before Miss Cameron, annoyif it could not be forbidden..

ed, but too kind to show it, could force It was the balmiest of Indian-summer herself to say, days. The slight chill of the morning “ Certainly, there is a seat to spare; had melted into an atmosphere of pur- you are welcome to occupy it, Mr. ple and amber, perfumed with fallen Grizzle.” leaves, whose gorgeous fragments were

The next moment the young man scattered everywhere along her path. was by her side, and the carriages had An amethystine haze hung above and parted company. Sam felt as if he had around the Highlands, casting a thin been struck in the face by a rainbow. veil over the deep blue of the Hudson. His ears tingled, and the earth and air The fields were brown, the forests lay looked all colors. It was the first time like patches of gold and carmine on the be ever had been entirely alone with hillsides; no artist could hope to tran- Miss Cameron. He had worshipped his scribe that melancholy splendor of col- idol at a distance, and it appeared a oring and tone; no heart, not in har- superlative lift of fortune which had mony with nature's and touched by enthroned him beside her. For a few sorrow, to feel the full influence of this rods nothing was said. Elizabeth had pathetic beauty of blighted summer. been startled out of her solemn, tearful reflections too suddenly to assume at Grizzle. You must not. I give you fair once that gayety of manner which she warning. Go along, Prince ! usually adopted towards her neighbor; “Oh, Lord, I can't stop, now I've got while he was quite overpowered by the a-going, no more’n that horse can, going mingled delight and embarrassment of down-hill. I'm desperate, and I'd just his position. Gradually the rainbow as lief you'd give me the mitten right which had smitten the young man scat- out as to be kept in this suspense." tered; he could make out the road, the “ Then I give it to you now. Pray, river, the trees, the loud throbbing of change the subject." his own heart, and even gained presence “I will, in a minute. I just want to of mind to ask if he should drive. Miss say that, if you think I've ever had a Cameron declined.

fancy for Miss Bulbous, you're mistaken. Again there was silence for a few I've never liked a girl since I saw you. rements. Sam stole a furtive look at Miss Bulbous is rich, and sweet on me; ile face beside him; he could not be but, I'd rather have you for my wife mistaken in the paleness of the smooth than twenty like her. Oh, do say you'll cheek, nor in the traces of tears on the have me, Miss Cameron! Pa'll give fair eyelids. All his soul melted down you all the money you want, and ma's in his breast at this sight, like a bar of 80 fond of you. You'll have a nice time lead at the touch of fire, and lay there in our house. Your horse goes like in a quivering, solid pool in his bosom, thunder ; check him up, can't you ?” reflecting Miss Cameron from

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side “ Your mother is very good to me, and at every angle. The sight of her Samuel; but, I'm sorry you spoke. sadness filled him with a courage of You must know that I do not love which he never before had the slightest you; and you should not have comintimation that he was capable. Since pelled me to say it." she wept, she must be mortal; if mor- “I knew it. I hadn't ought, that's tal, why should he not aspire ? Some But, I've been full and running would assume that gentle and generous over so long! Oh, Miss Cameron, are compassion moved the lover; I choose you engaged to any body else? Perto believe that he thought it a favorable haps you're going to marry Mr. Dasmoment to urge his selfish claims to sel !” the sweat breaking out on his that of which he had an instinct he was forehead, and his hands trembling. not worthy.

“I shall never marry Mr. Dassel,-At all events, the first thing the booby nor any one else. Now, Mr. Grizzle, did, who must be audacious or nothing will you please not annoy me any was to get hold of Elizabeth's disengaged hand and squeeze it. The air She spoke this last in a passionate with which she withdrew it, and said, voice, sharply; but, because Sam was “Go on, Prince," was rather discourag- afraid he had offended her, because he ing, but he managed to say,

therefore was in despair, and Rose Villa “ You've been crying, haven't you? was almost in sight, and Prince fairly I'd give a thousand dollars to know the racing, he cried out again, taking hold reason why. Don't drive so fast, Miss of her hands and the reins : Cameron," seductively.

"I can't take 'no' for an answer. “ We all have our sad moments." Oh, I know I can't. I shall go and

“That's true. Sho! I've experienced drown myself. I'll try and be a good that a good deal, this summer. I've husband to you; you shall do just as been nigh about crazy, the last three you like. There sha'n't be a thing you months. You know what about, don't ask for that I won't get for you. Ma'll you, Miss Cameron? Don't go so fast ! feel so disappointed if you don't have I sha'n't have time to get through with Say you will; do say you will, what I've got to say."

Miss Cameron, that's a good girl! “ You must not say any thing, Mr. Come, now! there's the house. You

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