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last appeal. But they were comforted by the ber of it. New hopes, new fears, new plans reflection that Charles had been very favorably had arisen, and an element of disquiet had been impressed by all he had seen and heard of Gerald, introduced, the beginning of change, which Mr. and felt sure that he would not withhold his ap- and Mrs. Selden had always feared, they had probation. been so happy hitherto in "a bright little world of their own."
Mrs. Selden steadily suppressing her own regrets constantly endeavored to present the bright side of the picture to her husband; nor were her efforts vain, for the influence she had gained over his mind was so great, that had she been a whit less judicious in its exercise, all their acquaintances would have said he was ruled by his wife, but as it was, such an idea had never occurred to any one, not even to himself. Highly as Mr. Selden appreciated the more lofty virtues of his wife's character, nothing had endeared her so much to him, or given her so much power over his feelings, as her cheerful, uncomplaining manner of bearing their commou trials, and her habit of making the best of every thing; her presence was always like sunshine to him.
Gerald talked to Margaret of Edith, and begged for his sake, that she would become acquainted with her, and be a sister to her; he said he knew it was only necessary for them to be together a little while to love each other very dearly. He gave Margaret a faithful and spirited sketch of Edith's character and peculiarities, as a chart to guide her in their intercourse, a narrative of their early life under his uncle's roof, and a touching description of her bereavement and loneliness of heart. Margaret listened with sympathy and deep interest, and loved him the more for the warmth and tenderness of heart which he evinced, in speaking of Edith and Mr. Fitzgerald, and she promised to make every effort in her power to gain Edith's affections, and lessen her sense of desolation.
Amongst other subjects of interest upon which they conversed they spoke of Clara, and Gerald expressed his gratification at learning that Margaret had been enabled to render any comfort to her wounded spirit, and they found in their generous sympathy and pity for this poor girl a new bond of union. Gerald was much pleased to not. hear of the rejection of Augustus by Virginia, and said he should have delighted to witness his mortification, for he considered him the most heartless human being he had ever known. He told Margaret that Augustus was said to be on the eve of marriage with Miss Gates, and it was whispered he had been driven into this measure by the pressure of heavy gambling debts.
The parting hour at length came, and Gerald left Sherwood, accompanied by many kind wishes and hopes for his safe return. As he bade Virginia adieu, he pressed her hand kindly, and whispered, "Remember your promise."
Hand in hand they had walked through the bright days of their youth, and the soberer years of mature age, and their line had fallen in pleasant places, but now as the shades of evening began to fall upon their path, the storm was gathering over their heads, though they knew it
Virginia returned the pressure gently, and re-work. plied, "I have begun already to perform it."
Nothing softens the heart so much as the little word farewell, when a long parting is to take place the thought of all that may happen, the doubt whether we may ever again meet, press upon the heart with au irresistibly saddening and softening effect.
"You do not wish me lost on the passage then," continued Gerald in the same low tone, with a half smile.
"Oh no, God forbid."
A moment more and the farewell greetings were over, the last word was spoken to Margaret and Gerald was gone. But his visit had produced consequences too important to the family at Sherwood to fade from the memory of any mem
The old year has gone out amid the usual festivities of Christmas, and, with such of our readers as reside in RichJenny Lind. The visit of the nightingale to Richmond mond and Charleston, amid the yet lingering cadences of was a great triumph for us. We claim it all as our own It is a fact about which there can be no dispute, that our fervent invocations to the enchantress brought her to our region of the Union. Otherwise she would have been wafted to Havana by steamer, and our immedate fellow-citizens would not have heard her. Think of that, and thank us.
Jenny's visit and concert have already been sufficiently touched upon, by our newspaper friends, but we cannot resist the temptation to say something of it ourselves. We shall be brief, and like the editor of the Bunkum Flag Staff, we ain't goin' to give way to our feelings," but for a different reason,-because we cannot find words to adequately express them. So much by way of preface to
OUR SONG OF REJOICING.
Nunc est bibendum.
Come, fill the cup of jubilce,
And raise a gaudeamus,
For venting thus our Christmas glee
We echo but the daily press-
Oh, sweet are Jenny's winning ways,
And excellently well she plays
And like an angel's is the smile,
That o'er her features brightning
How shall we speak of that brief dream
And heard the heavenly chorus;
Of early, beauteous Eden,
Or strayed at rosy break of dawn
And when, next day, her coach and pair
We stood like Pilgrim at the Fair,
On lightest, swiftest pinions,
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