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formity. I wonder at Dassel's takin' pantry," has it ever come into your head her instead of 'Lizabeth. He's powerful that Mr. Dassel, himself, might have took fond of music, though, and she was too, 'em, to help pay his expenses to Euwhich I s'pose was a bond between 'em. She left word they was going to “Griz-z-zle!” Germany. It's all the fashion now, to “I've been thinkin' about it, all day.” go abroad on your bridal-tour; and if “ Then you'd better quit thinking I was the family, I wouldn't say a word about it, unless you want to get yourabout their runnin' off. I'd put the self took up for a label. You'd be in a best face on it; for what can't be cured pretty fix to get stuck for a label, and must be endured '».
get into the Toombs. Oh, dear!" “ As we said when we furnished that “Libel, my dear.” rusty pork to the army. But, really, “ Well, label or libel, which you wife, what you say is good conmon- choose; I s'pose it's libel, sure enough. sense; and I guess you'd better run Don't say that out loud again, without over, after supper, and advice 'em to it. good reason. It scares me to think of They won't think it intrudin', for they it! As if we'd been nourishing a snake will see you mean well."
in our very bosoms, Grizzle, instead ov “I wish you wouldn't call your din- a live baron." ner your supper, Grizzle. If you live a Grizzle had to smile. thousand years you'll never have no Again Susie glanced up, and Sam, style.”
dropping his eyes, whistled softly to “ You've got enough for both of us, himself. He was beginning to see into Malvina."
some things. “ Goodness knows, I ought to have,
“ I never nourished him in my bosom, for I try hard enough. But about goin' my love." over. I don't feel as if I was called on Oh, Grizzle, how coarse you be! to trouble myself after the way they've You ought to set a different example treated Sam."
before your children. It's quite likely “Oh, I don't lay up hard feelings, I only referred to it in a metaphoricative mother. You can go right along, as far sense; and I'm sure you've always made as I'm concerned. Girls will be girls, as much of Baron Dassel as I have. Malvina. If Miss 'Lizabeth can't take You can't say you wa'n't proud to have a shine to our boy, that's no reason why a baron in the family; no you can't ! we should quarrel with our neighbors. I took him on the strength of the CamYou go right along, and give 'em all the erong. They're not people to be taken comfort you can."
in. If Mr. Dassel wasn't a born gentle“Did you give notice about our loss man, I'll never believe in a human being to the police to-day?"
again." “I did ; but they don't think you'll “ I only hinted at the possibility, my ever see your jewelry again. It's so easy dear. I don't want you to say nothin' to conceal, and, if the stones are taken about it. I went to Miss Bayles to-day, out of the settings, you couldn't identi- to ask her if she recollected distinctly sy 'em no more'n a ham from a heap on that she and Susie put 'em back and my third ioor."
locked the drawer. She says she does Susie Grizzle was busy with her al remember it. She placed the jewels monds, but she looked up, with a curi- just where they belonged, as ordered." ous, sharp glance, when her parents “Of course, papa, it was just as I told spoke about the missing valuables. She you." colored, fidgeted, opened her mouth to “She quite started when I told her speak, and shut it again,
about Dassel's eloping with Cameron's "Malvina,” said the master of the daughter; it set her a-thinking of somehouse, lowering his voice and looking thing, I know; and she says she's comabout, to see that the waiter was in the ing out to-morrow to see you about the
jewelry. I told her she needn't mind Headstrong,—that's all. I allers sus
-we didn't blame her; but she seemed pected Dassel had an iron will,—soft to want to come.
So you may look for and strong,-soft and strong. If I was her. But say, if you're going over to in your place, I wouldn't make a fuss t'other house, it's time you went.”
about it. It's too late, now, to prevent “I'll take you over, mother,” said the marriage; and this settin' the police Sam, perhaps with a vague longing to after them don't look well. I sliould do something friendly for Miss Cameron, be afeard it would get into the papers, and with a hope of getting a glimpse Why don't you jest let op that the wed of ber. “I won't go in; but you can din' was very private on account of ask her if there's any errands she'd like your daughter's health, and they've me to do while her father's away.” gone abroad on their bridal-tour ?"
Mother and daughter shivered when Mrs. Cameron breathed easier. When the servant brought them word, in their Mrs. Grizzle sent for her she had but chamber, that their neighbor, Mrs. Griz- little doubt that she had come to accuse zle, wished to see them. It was so hard Mr. Dassel of taking her diamonds. to hide their wounded hearts from the To find this not so, but that no such world-harder still to allow inquisitive suspicion had entered her mind, was a eyes to scan those wounds.
The view which mirs. " It might as well be to-night as to- Grizzle took of the affair was the sensimorrow, or next week,” spoke Lissa, the ble one. It is true, she did not know first to summon fortitude for the inter- of Milla's legacy, nor of the construction view. “We cannot always shut our- the family put upon Mr. Dassel's motive selves up in this room, mother; and in inducing her to leave her home, takMrs. Grizzle, if vulgar, is so really kind- ing her fortune with her; therefore, she hearted."
could not understand the depth of their So they went down, and the good trouble, their terrible anxiety for the lady shook them by the hand, and add- happiness of their darling. To her, as ed a kiss on Lissa's pale cheek.
to others, it looked like a love-match, “I ought to get mad, and shake you, and as such would be approved more instead of kiss you," she said, with a tact than condemned. After all, disgrace is for which no one would have given her one of the most frightful misfortunes credit, “ for giving my Sam the mitten, which can befall a family; and if Louis Naughty girl! I'd made out the list were, indeed, innocent of any indictable for the biggest kind of infair; and I wrong, even if selfish and guilty of duwas goin' to get Jones to make a cake plicity, he might be faithful to Milla ; seven feet high, with an image of and their old repose might, some time, Hymen on top; and you've spoiled it settle back upon them. all, and I've no daughter-in-law yet.” All this drifted through Mrs. Came
“Oh, hope it is for the best, Mrs. ron's mind as she listened. She felt truly Grizzle. All your son will have to do grateful to her rude but tender-bearted will be to ask some wortbier girl than visitor, and did not refuse to talk about I. He cannot be long in finding one the circumstances of the flight, Mrs. who will treat him as he deserves." Grizzle even laughing at the slyness of
“ I'm afraid Sam won't get over it so Mr. Dassel in making for himself so easy as all that, Miss Lissa. You may good an opportunity for eloping. Lissa not believe it, but I'm afraid he'll have recalled the meaning look she liad noa fit of sickness; he's so cast down. La, ticed interchanged between the lovers I didn't think you was a flirt, my dear! when Miss Bulbous first gave the inviBut nobody can tell what these girls tation to the soirée ; she saw how Milla will do, Mrs. Cameron ; which reminds had made the party an excuse for obme to speak of your Milla and our Mr. taining her casket of jewels, the absence Dassel. I don't think there was any of which had, no doubt, hitherto been thing so dreadful in they're runnin' off. the main obstacle to the final consum
mation of their wishes. It seemed in- Yet she hardly expected a letter until credible that her sister, whose soul had time should elapse sufficient to permit a been of such translucent innocence, missive to return from across the ocean, could act with duplicity. It proved All the family had made up their minds the power of another's influence.
that Mr. and Mrs. Dassel had fled to Mrs. Grizzle, perhaps better than onė Europe. Still, the mail was who had more delicacy in approaching brought in that Mr. Cameron did not the subject, proved herself quite a com- involuntarily start, eagerly grasp the forter. Mrs. Cameron determined to package, and run his eyes over it, looktake her advice, and say nothing of the ing for a letter from them. marriage having been a secret one; He caused the marriage to be pubthough it would be difficult to prevent lished in the papers, answering the surrumors, as Miss Bulbous, at least, must prised inquiries of friends with an asbe suspicious of the true state of the sumed gayety. case. As to their other harrowing fears, It was Elizabeth, more than any one, those must be borne in silence,
who bore the weight of a terrible and The next day Mr. Cameron returned treble anxiety. She expected a letter home, worn and weary, without any from Robbie, which she longed and yet tidings whatever of the fugitives. It dreaded to receive. If the news in that seemed strange that a party, so likely letter should be good, then the shadow to attract attention, could not be traced. would clear away from heart and conDassel, always of very marked and dis- science; if not happy, she could at least tinguished personal appearance; be thankful and at peace. If the news wife, with her long, fair curls and slight should be what she feared, what grief deformity; and Sabrina, her tall and and shame would not descend upon her dignified colored attendant, made up a head ? grief and shame which she had group not to be overlooked. Yet, the resolved to bear alone, until some unonly trace obtained of them was, that happy chance should make all known they took the half-past nine express to her parents and to the world. into the city, and entered a carriage at the Thirty-second Street station.
-Meanwhile, what of Abel Bellows, His wife was more cheerful than he whom such an ill wind had blown into had hoped to find her. “She has gone," the Tombs? The poor artist was thinkshe said, “and we must be as happy as ing of him when she fell into such a we can without her. I will pray to my reverie, after Grizzle's communication heavenly Father, night and day, for her of Mr. Dassel's disappearance. The two welfare. Perhaps He will be more mer- men were, somehow, so associated in her ciful to her than she has been to herself. mind, that one could not be mentioned We must not shut out the sunshine from without summoning the image of the our home, because our poor lily has other, which was owing to the keen gone from it.”
interest she took in Abel's affairs and He kissed his wife witb an ineffable the fact that Mr. Dassel had been his relief at finding her thus brave.
accuser. Yet, how much easier it proved to " So, that is the gate of escape which make a resolution than to keep it! As he has left open,” she murmured to herthe days rolled on, every nook and cor- self, after Grizzle had left her. “I must ner of her home was so haunted by that stop, on my way home, and inform Abel sweet presence which had vanished, that of the good news. His deliverance is a ghost scemed ever at the mother's nearer at hand than he thinks." side. Suspense, that worst of corroding And as she paused, at sunset, in the mental poisons, ate into her hope and dreary shadow of the Tombs, she knew patience, until, at times, she cried out that she would have occasion for but few in the solitude of her chamber, “If she more visits. Her message left the prisTere dead, I should be less unhappy !” oner playing with a sunbeam which
stole through the bars; and when she come back to what she had a right to reached the tenement-house and went be-a handsome and lively young woup the stairs with her light, quick step, she brought the sunbeam of a most joy- “I thought you'd lighted the other ful smile into the wo-begone presence of lamp," said Mrs. Bellows, looking about Mrs. Bellows. She boarded, now, with her; “but I guess its only your eyes, that lugubrious woman, preferring this
after all. I don't see how you can come to taking her meals out or to cooking home in such spirits, after a hard day's them for herself. It was pleasant to work. I should think you'd be tuckreflect that her board-bill was the means ered out." of filling all these hungry child-mouths “Not I! I'm tired,-I don't deny with good, wholesome food, of keeping that. But, somehow, the world is the coal crackling and the kettle sing- bright, and I can't help feeling happy. ing. She had stoutly proved her friend- How have you flourished to-day, Mrs. ship in these trying days. That dread- Bellows ?" ful note of a hundred dollars she had “Oh, don't ask me. I s'pose I might paid off, leaving the furniture of the lit- have had some peace of mind and body tle household free; she had squared the to-day, knowin' them debts was paid, rent-account also; no danger of the for which I'm sure I shall be grateful to children being turned out in the cold; my dyin' day,--with a good fire, and their bed was their own, and their roof something to eat. But that tooth's was paid for, for the present; likewise been troublin' me ag'in. And some of the feelings and pride of the mother the boys hooted at Matthew on the were saved, in that her marriage-portion street,—and I've been kind of downwas not taken from her. It would not hearted, to tell the truth. There ain't have been possible for Miss Bayles to much but trouble in this world, Miss have done all this, had not her good Bayles.” fairy brought her that bewildering piece “ Your temperament is not so sanof good fortune, the portraits of the guine as mine," responded the young Grizzle family. When she had first lady, “and for that you are not to counted the crisp, handsome green- blame. Toddle, you little sinner, come backs, to the amount of two hundred here, and see what I have for you!" and fifty dollars, she had seen them The next moment Toddle was in her transformed, in her mind's eye, into a lap, eating an apple, while she “trotted black silk dress for Sundays, a set of him to Boston," to the tune of furs to keep out the winter-wind on her
“There's a better time coming, boys, early morning and late twilight jour
Wait a little longer!” neys; with a reserve still lest for wetweather days. But another call had In fact, Miss Bayles fairly bubbled over been made for her precious treasure, and with good spirits, despite the fact that she had not been deaf to that call. A work was limited, and she had been merino had taken the place of the silk, given the morrow for a holiday. She and the furs were dispensed with alto- needed the day very much, as she had gether; but there was so much warmth two important visits to make, one of in the young artist's heart, that she which, as we know, was to Rose Villa, scarcely seemed to miss them.
which would take considerable time. Now, as she came into the warm How true it is that when one end of room, which held an appetizing odor the balance goes up the other must go of roasted potatoes and broiled steak, down! Here was this tender-hearted her dark eyes laughed and her cheeks woman about to bring great distress and had bright red roses in them. Miss misery upon one innocent family: but Payles was growing actually pretty. that family was unknown to her, and She had been too pale and too sad; but scarcely entered into her thoughts, her expression had changed; she had while she knew, to a certainty, that she
was about to relieve another innocent refinement appeared to the artist moro family of great distress and misery. like faults and less like crimes than ever
As soon as breakfast was over the before. The young girl had cast away next morning, Miss Bayles set out on all this comfort and friendship for a her expedition to Rose Villa, arriving path of thorns and a loveless life. Perthere at about ten o'clock.
haps she had been too particular ? How“Oh, is it you ?” said Sam, who had ever that might be, it was too late to heard her ring and peeped out of his rescind her resolutions. Sam Grizzle mother's sitting-room, to see who it was. looked higher now; and she sighed. “Why, how you have fleshed-up this “ What's that for, my dear? You fall! You look more as you used to looked so happy when you come in, 1 down on Greenwich-street."
didn't believe you could get up a sigh. The young artist blushed, which still I should say it weighed about foui more improved her looks. She did not pound, by the way you riz it." tell Sam that he had improved equally Mrs. Grizzle was good at guessing in losing flesh and color; but she weights, for she had handled the scales thought it, and as she followed him and measures a great deal, in days gone down the hall, she watched his not unhandsome figure, with an interest of " It was walking up the hill from the which he did not dream.
station, I think; it makes me draw a “ Here's Miss Bayles, ma, bright as a long breath. But about your jewels, pink."
Mrs. Grizzle. I could not rest until I “I declare, you do look good this came to see if I was exonerated from frosty mornin'. Take off your bunnit any carelessness." and cloak, and set down on this sofy, “La, child, I sent you word, yister'side of me.
You know Sam's got the day, I didn't blame you." mitten again; you give it to him, a good “ Have you any suspicion where they while
ago, and now Miss Cameron's give have gone to ?” it again,-so he's one for each hand “Not the least idea. Burglars, I
I don't see what I'm to do for s'pose.” a daughter-in-law. Most women that “ Was the drawer locked ? don't want 'em has more than suits their Yes; and whoever took 'em untaste."
locked it, and locked it up again, with The girl cast a look about the room, a key of their own. There's one comwarmed to a summer-warmth ; bright fort, Miss Bayles—you've got 'em all with velvet carpets, pictures, large win. right in the portrait, for I don't expect dows; luxurious with easy-chairs, and Grizzle will buy me any more right flossy mats, into which her slender feet away. He thinks it too much money to might sink until hidden; cast a look run so much risk a-keepin'.” into the dimpled, motherly face beside “Mr. Dassel has gone off, without her; and a shy, swift look at the young notice ?" man standing in the arch of the bay- Yes, he and Milla Cameron made a window. It all looked pleasant in con- runaway love-match of it." trast with the tenement-house. She was "Poor child !” said Miss Bayles, weary with the battle which a solitary softly. “It was the deformed onc ?" woman ever must fight, who is poor, “Yes; and a sweet, pretty creature and must provide for her own wants, she was." against the frowns, the jeers, the com- “She was, indeed! I have seen her petition of strong men. She had that several times, you remember, at this affection for Mrs. Grizzle which springs house. I never saw another face of such from long association ; she was blest peculiar, soft, child-like beauty. It's a with memories of her dear father, and terrible pity that sbe has iutrusted her those days of happiness when he was fate to Mr. Dassel. To tell you the alive; her deficiencies of education and truth, I have no confidence in him.