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I certainly believe that he has your dia- been afraid to move about much, to be monds."
alone, almost to eat or drink, for Mr. “Bless you! what makes you think Dassel must have known that I suspecte
ed him, and would come forward on “I have watched him closely ever the witness-stand, and testify to his since I first met him. He came a great proposition about the button. It was deal to the house where I live, to see a to be expected that he would wish to poor family. The man was porter in a get me out of the way. I was afraid store for which he corresponded. I that I should make one more of those wondered wħy he paid this humble 'mysterious disappearances' which are family so much attention. I, too, was 80 frequent. That such might not be included in his constant civilities. Do my fate, you may guess that I played a you know there was a robbery and mur- careful part when I met Mr. Dassel here der committed in that store, some time Saturday. We both made ourselves last summer, early ?"
very agreeable. Those blue eyes had a “I do recollect his speakin' of it.” terrible sort of fascination to me. I have
“ After Mr. Dassel had visited our no doubt I should have met my fate house some time, I discovered his ob- before this, had he not had a plan for ject. He betrayed it to me, very cau- fleeing the country, which prevented his tiously, but still I understood him. The troubling himself about me.” porter had a sleeve-button which Mr. “Oh, goodness gracious! how you do Dassel had lost. If I would recover go on, Miss Bayles! You make me crawl that button privately, which he thought all over." I could do, for Abel Bellows had a great “Not any more than I do," said the friendship for me—he would give me a artist, with a little shiver. “I felt imthousand dollars for it. This was not mensely relieved when I heard he had until after he despaired of getting hold run away. I understand, now, the of it unaided. He was many weeks whole performance. He threw Abel arriving at the open proposition. Mean- Bellows into prison, not with the expectime, I had been subjected to delicate tation of convicting him, but to prevent flatteries, exquisite sympathy, brotherly the porter from betraying him, while kindness, which would have turned any he perfected his plans for flight. If lie head but one so suspicious as mine. could have obtained possession of the But, somehow, I never trusted Mr. button before he betrayed himself to Dassel. Once before in my life I had Bellows and to me, he would have remet a pair of blue eyes like his--clear, mained here and snapped his fingers at blue as the sky, limpid, with an occa- any accusations Bellows might have sional wonder in them, like the surprise mnade ; but the case against him, supof a child; and their owner was the ported by my testimony, would have coldest, most subtle creature you could been too strong. I think he liked his imagine. So I studied Mr. Dassel. quarters here quite well enough to have Some time ago I made up my mind that remained, so long as he was free from he had committed the robbery in the store danger." of his employers, and that some proof of “Yes," interposed Sam,“ lie had good the fact was in Abel Bellows' possession. pickings.” The pupil was thinking of When he finally disclosed his desire for their daily games of billiards, and the the button, then I knew that my sus- laughing grace with which his tutor picions were correct. While debating took the five or ten dollars which the what steps to take in the matter, I was young man was sure to lose before the astonished to find that, last week, he sport ceased for the day. Nothing ever had caused the arrest of the porter, on had been said of this trifling dissipathe charge that he was the guilty party! tion to the parents, and he had been I assure you, I have not been easy in my put “to his wit's end,” often, for the shoes since then, Mrs. Grizzle. I have money.
Susie Grizzle, hearing Miss Bayles' place detectives in the field, as they voice, had slipped away from her gov- ought to do; but it can be kept quiet. erness, and was standing in the room, Of course, if he should be discovered uno served, during the relation of the and arrested, the family would then young lady. She now came forward, know all. If he should escape, they trembling a little, and looking fright- may never learn that which must comened.
plete their unhappiness. I must go. “Mamma, I saw Mr. Dassel come out No, I cannot stay to lunch. I want to of your room, Sunday, when you and reach the store in time to have his acpa and Sam were at church. I was in cusers bring up Abel Bellows for disthe hall. He looked vexed when he missal this very afternoon." saw me, and said he thought I was with Sam walked with Miss Bayles down you; and he said, he wondered where to the station, and saw her on the train. the Sunday Times was-he'd been look- He came back with a slow step and ing in your room for it."
heavy heart. Why didn't you tell this to me be- “Perhaps if Miss Lissa knew what fore, Susan ?"
trouble was before her, she'd be glad of “Oh, mamma, somehow I didn't dare me for a friend and protector, after all," to. The moment I heard your necklace he said to his mother, as he flung himwas gone, I thought of Mr. Dassel, and self down on a chair in her room. that frightened me so
That was well said of Sam ; it proved “ Little fool! But it wouldn't make some manliness in his nature—for what any difference. He was out of the way is the true,"manly” character, if not by that time. This is what comes of to protect, defend, and comfort the wotakin' a foreigner into your family. man which it chooses ? Dear me! to think of them Camerons ! “Poor girl, I shouldn't wonder,” reI would give my diamonds twice over, plied his mother, dropping a tear on if that child was back under her father's the gorgeous afghan she was knitting; roof.”
"and if she's so disposed, I shan't offer “I can't conceive what he married objections, if they have got a burglar in her for, sweet as she is," mused Miss the family. The Camerons are too nice Bayles. “ But I must hasten back to people to be put down; and I, for one, the city, to lay all these facts before shall stand up for 'em.” Borden & DeWitt without delay. I “And I, for two," added Sam. hope to see Abel Bellows taking tea with his wife and children to-night.” -Swiftly the lessening autumn day
“Oh, my dear, don't say a word about glided away,—too swiftly for Miss it! It would kill Mrs. Cameron and Bayles, who had many steps to take, in 'Lizabeth! They'd never get over it." order to carry out her plans. But she
“ But there is an innocent man in worked faithfully, and came out in triprison. His family suffers for want of umph from her day of busy toil. The his care.
Even should I permit affairs sun was setting in a bank of crimson to take their course, there would be but clouds, as she entered the tenementa brief delay. Borden & DeWitt will house with a basket on her arm and hear of Mr. Dassel's departure, and sundry packages in her hands; and, every thing will come out.”
proceeding directly to Mrs. Bellows' " Then the Lord have mercy on that room, laid down her burdens, and adfamily—that's all I've got to say! I'm dressed its mistress thus: afraid it'll be the death of 'em."
“I've taken the liberty of inviting a “I pity them.--I do, indeed. Per- friend to tea, Mrs. Bellows, and I want haps the worst can be concealed from you and the children to look your best. them. This matter need not, necessari. I'll curl Toddle's hair and put on his ly, get into the papers. I will ask them white apron, if you'll brush up the room to withhold it. Doubtless they will and put on your alpaca dress. We must
have the table look nice, too. So here's let it down in an innocent manner, noa bouquet of flowers for it, and a can ways like a signal. About two minutes of peaches, a cake, some cheese, rusk, thereafter there was a knock at the smoked beef, every thing nice!” door. Mrs. Bellows made signs to the
“For the land-sake, a boddy would two oldest to fold their hands and hold think you was going to be married, and up their heads, and then put on her own was settin' out your weddin supper! company-look. The artist stepped gayThat cake's actually frosted. Who's ly to the door and flung it wide open. comin'? Mr. Dassel ?"
The burners shone down on a hap“Not be! A gentleman friend of mine, py-looking man, whose whole face though. You make haste and dress, twinkled, as he stood there in silence. please, for I expect him in half an hour.” The hands flew apart, the heads came
The young girl laughingly “shewed” down, the company-look disappeared. away the children, who had gathered “ A-bel Bel-lows !" about the dainties like a flock of chick- “The same old Bellows," said he; ens at the sight of corn, while their "don't you know it by the nose ? " mother went to the bureau to put up He stepped into the room and held his her hair, murmuring, “It's an awful
The children flew into piece of extravagance for me to put on them. The wife hung back a moment; that alpaca, when it's likely I'll never the next she, too, was clinging to him, have another. I hope you'll enjoy your while tears of joy ran down her face. self, Miss Bayles; and I'm sure I'm wil. His first kiss was for her, then Matthew lin' you should have company when it and Abbey; then little Toddle was don't cost me a cent, and nothing but raised aloft in the stout arms. the trouble. But you mustn't think a “ God bless him ! father's wanted to woman with her husband in the Tombs see him so!” and then Abel broke is goin' to be very gay; besides, I was down, and cried a little himself, at always bashful before strangers.” which every body, young lady included,
“You won't be afraid of this gentle, followed the fashion. man, I'm quite sure,” said the artist, all “ This'll never do, will it, my boy? smiles. " He's as jolly and humorous a Oh, Lordy, bow glad I am to get home person as I know. I rather think you again! How beautiful it seems to me! will like him. I've curled the baby, -good as a palace !” and the porter and now, with your permission, I'll set looked about the cheerful room, and the table. Is there plenty of tea ? Mat- laughed, until every body followed the thew, run, get a pint of milk, and come fashion, and laughed too. back instantly. How pretty the flowers Yes, Mrs. Bellows laughed like a girl; look in the centre of the table! We the natural timidity and melancholy of must light both burners. There! how her character only found voice once do you like it !”
during the whole evening, and that was “It's all well enough for them that just as they were about sitting down to can afford it,” sighed Mrs. Bellows. table, when she drew back and asked,
Presently Matthew returned with the “ Abel, you hain't broke jail, have milk. Two or three times Miss Bayles you ? ” had approached the window during her “No, Abbey; I've been honorably preparations, and stolen a glance across acquitted, and got my old place back the way.
with an advance of wages, and a pres“Is all ready now?" she asked. ent of a hundred dollars from my em
As fur as I know; and I hope your ployers, which I propose to pay back to company'll soon be here, for if there's Miss Bayles this very night. And I'm any thing I dislike, it's tea that's steeped goin' to let lottery-tickets alone, and till the flavor's all gone.”
support you and the babies, and be Again Miss Bayles approached the happy as a king." window, and drawing up the blind, she
THE LAND OF THE TROUBADOURS.
A WINTER'S RESIDENCE AND ITS ENTERTAINMENTS.
The winter of 1867 and 1868, for its longed to the old Celtic race of the Liseverity, both on the western continent gurians. One of their most powerful and that of Europe, will not soon be tribes, the Oxibians, dwelt on the hillforgotten. The degree of cold and sides and in the valleys surrounding the the quantity of snow, both in the Uni- two bays of the Mediterranean Sea, now ted States and in France, Switzerland, known as the Gulfs of Napaule and and Italy, were unprecedented. On the Jouan. Their chief town, according to continent of Europe the cold reached Polybius, was Agitna, with the g hard. its lowest point during the month of In the course of time it became Eketna, January, when the Seine for many days Catna, Cana, and then in French, Cannes. remained so thickly frozen at Paris as to On a promontory of gneis rock, some admit of the passage across it of heavily two or three hundred feet above the laden teams, and in the southernmost level of the sea, and jutting out about portions of France the smaller streams the fourth of a mile froin the northwestwere frozen over, and the Rhone itself, erly shore of the Gulf of Napaule, and on even at Avignon, was filled with floating the shore each side of it, stands to-day ice, and deep snows covered the earth. the town of Cannes. On the top of this In Italy, also, terrible suffering was oc- promontory, called Mont Chevalier, aro ca-ioned by the great cold and the heavy to be seen the ruins of the old feudal
castie, with its adjacent church, and in It was about the beginning of the their shadows on the precipitous sides of present year that I set out from Paris in it, with its filthy alley-ways for streets, search of a more genial climate. The the remains of the old town still exist. weather there had indeed become too The modern town, with its great hotels imperial in its expression, for my dem- and numerous villas, built principally by ocratic constitution-equivocal, leaden- the English within the last thirty years, colored, withering, deathly. The subtle occupies the nearly level, cre-centnortheast wind direct from the North shaped shore on the northeast side of Sea, mingling its ice-prisms with the this promontory, terminating in the dust of the Boulevards, went through narrow neck of land called the Cap de la and through you in spite of any amount Croissette ; opposite to which, and a few of clothing. It was indeed high time to hundred feet from its southern extremity, be off towards sunnier regions. The lie the Islands of St. Marguerite and St. question was where to find them, Honorat. whether on the easterly shores of Spain, In the year 1834, under the shelter of or the southerly shores of Italy. Either the low hills lying westerly of the old was to be reached by the Paris, Lyons town, Lord Brougham built the first and Mediterranean Railroad, and so by English villa and took up his residence that route I took my departure. Once here at Cannes, and here he died, the arrived at Marseilles, some inquiry other day, at the age of ninety years. there induced me to turn my face to He may be said to have been the founder wards the sontheasterly slopes of the of the modern town, and of the English maritime Alps, and I took my ticket for colony constituting its principal populathe city of Cantes.
tion. Regularly, during every day of In the ages before Christ, all these the past winter, the little, old, withered slopes, from Marseilles to Genoa, be- figure of the ex-chancellor was to be seen, half lying down in his coupé, with the bold, rocky mountain-side with its Lis coachman and valet in plain clothes, lower slopes terraced and planted with sitting together on the box, riding slowly orange and other flowering trees and along the sunny road between Cannes shrubs, and adorned with many beautiful and the Gulf de Jouan. Whenever I vill.is, the upper portions being covered saw him, he seemed half asleep, but his with the dark green of the pine and corkface still wore a good deal of the old oak tree. Scotch-terrier-like expression.
In the course of that ride, I came to The truth is that the town of Cannes, the conclusion that I had discovered although beautifully situated and admi- what I had set out in search of- a winter rably sheltered from the dreaded north- climate mild enou,h to admit of living west winds, is low, damp, and unclean; freely in the open uir, of repose, and, if and so, after spending a few days here, I it might be, of some reinvigoration of the determined to push on to Nice or farther physical nature. In one of the villas on south, notwithstanding the attractions the mountain-side, some four or five hunof its casino, where one may have faro, dred feet above and overlooking the sea, monte, or any other species of play, to I took up my abode; and from that 7th his heart's content.
of January 1868 to the middle of the folIt is said, however, that these sanitary lowing March, with the exception of one olijections are about to be obviated. night of rain and two or tlıree mornings Cannes is to be supplied with an abun- of a dull, leaden sky, every succeeding dance of pure water, by means of the day brought with it the same genial canal de Siagne, now in course of con- warmth and glow of sunshine. As mornstruction, and which is to conduct the ing after morning, from the windows of water of the river Siagne-a fine, never- my apartment, I watched the shimmer failing mountain-stream-into the town. of the soft golden dawn and the flashing It is also to be thoroughly sewered. If splendors of the sun, as they arose out man will do for it half as much as of the sea away beyond the mountains nature has, Cannes will become one of of Corsica, transforming their peaks into the most delightful winter residences in pillars of ruby, and the masses of vapor the world.
lying above them into golden palaces of On the bright beautiful morning of the gods, a new force seemed to invade the day I had determined to set out, the and expand my nerves, and a new life genial summer-like warmth of the at- take possession of my whole system, mosphere induced me to take a stroll; soul and body. and calling a fiacre, of wbich there are The group of Alpine hills, constituting always plenty here, at fixed rates by the the particular mountain-mass of which I course or the hour, I ordered the driver am speaking, has a circumference of from to go in the direction of the Gulf of twenty-five to thirty miles, and is sepaJouun, which I had not yet seen. With- rated from the higher ranges to the north in a mile northeasterly of the town, we and west by a valley, running from the crossed the narrow neck of land before northeasterly side of the Cap de la mentioned, called the Cap de la Crois- Garoupe, beyond Antibes, first north8e!te, and came upon the high bold shore westerly toward Grasse, and then sweepof the gulf, and drove upon a road as ing to the southeast, runs out into the broad and smooth as a Paris Boulevard, Gulf of Napaule along the foot of the cut into the side of the hills along its Esierels. Ils seaward slope has an irreg. northwestern shore, for the distance of ular concave line, and includes the Gulf three or four miles. Nothing could ex- of Napaule as well as the Gulf of Jouan, ceod the unexpected beauty of that ride. these being sep:rated by the beforeOn the one sile were the clear, blue mentioned Cap de la Croissette, and the waters of the Mediterranean, with a dis- adjacent islands,- the Gulf of Jouan ittant view of the verdant shores of the self being shut in on the northwest by Cap de la Garoupe, and on the other, the hills that terminate in the latter