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him, and went down. I was just carry- went to the pantry for the dish-pan, I ing in the breakfast when, · Mary, haven't caught sight of a pumpkin Charles had I got a clean handkerchief?' I ran up sent home the week before, but which I again. He hadn't. No, it's a fact, out had never found time to make into pies. of a dozen, not one clean. I
gave him I seized it at once and began paring and one of mine ; but, auntie, I do believe stripping; then I went back for someyou could have lit a candle by my cheeks; thing to stew it in. Will you believe it, I never did feel so mean in all my life. auntie, there wasn't an identical thing Well, we had breakfast, - at least, he there for me to put that in; everything did. As for me, I swallowed tears and had something baked or burned or crustdigested sobs. I went with him to the ed on to it. Can I ever get them clean, door ; I always did that. He put on his ever, ever ?' I said to myself. overcoat; there two buttons he had asked Another sting from conscience, sharp me to sew on the day before were yet one too. I took up my porcelain kettle missing. He drew on his gloves ; they and scraped and scraped and washed and were full of rips. Oh, dear! how I rinsed and wiped, and finally got my hated myself! I wished he'd say some- pumpkin stewing. Then I cleared my thing cross; but he didn't ; he kissed me table; and, auntie, I worked till four as usual and went away. Well, if I ever o'clock in the afternoon in that kitchen ; cried in my life, it was when I went back but it was in order when I got through, to that kitchen. If I had buried him, I and I had taken time, too, to wash out a couldn't have shed more tears. I might couple of handkerchiefs and dry and iron better have gone to work though; for them. I was too tired to go over the while I cried the fire went out, and the whole house and give it the righting it grease hardened on to the dishes, and the needed, but I did sweep and dust the water got stone cold. I felt sick of life; parlor and our bedroom, and get myself and actually wished myself dead. I went cleaned up before Charles got home to up-stairs after a while, and thought I'd tea.”. go to bed and never try to be anything “ And she had the best pumpkin pies I again. As I passed the bureau, I hap- ever ate,” interrupted he, and there was pened to see my rings on the white cover; a tender pity in his tone ; for he never I had drawn them off when I went down could bear to think of that slavish to the kitchen, after dressing. I took day. them up mechanically to replace them. “ After tea, I sat down and sewed the As I drew on my pearl one, there flashed buttons on his coat, and mended his over my memory, as distinctly as though gloves, and then brought down the basket I had only heard them the night before, of socks. . the words Charles said to me when he "You surely aren't going to darn all first slipped it on my finger : I will these to-night, Mary?' he said. be a good husband to you, darling, and do «« Yes, I am,' I answered, and I did. all I can to make you happy.' And my · Oh, how tired I was that night, and answer, 'I will be a good wife to you, yet I don't think I was ever happier. I Charles, and do all I can to make you had conquered myself, and I felt a new happy.' A good wife!' I said to my strength in my heart. The next mornself, bitterly. Was I? Poor fellow, not ing, right after breakfast, I ran out and a shirt to his name, with buttons on, not engaged a woman to come the next day a whole pair of socks in the house, not and wash. Then I put the rest of the even a clean handkerchief. I had heard house in order; and such drawers and about the stings of a guilty conscience, closets! Why, if there'd been an earthbut I tell you, auntie, I never knew what quake, they couldn't have been more they were till then, never! I went tumbled. Well, it took me a whole week down those stairs on a double-quick, as to get fairly righted, and I kept the wothe boys say, and in less than no time I man two days, too, and had her wash and had a fire kindled in the stove. As I iron up everything. Then I went out
and hired Betsey, and she has been with laid down a rule for myself, and out of me ever since. Some folks have called them” me extravagant and thought I could get “ Evolved the science of housekeeping, along with a little girl ; The idea,' they Mollie,” — and he snatched a kiss, – say, of paying two dollars a week, when " and made yourself the dearest little she could get help for fifty cents!' but wife and mother in all this wide world !" my lesson had taught me that this halfway economy is death to comfort. Bet
A VIOLET FANCY. sey is a competent woman, and, by her
By Mrs. H. L. Bostwick, careful handling and frugal saving of All flowers are beautiful to eyes odds and ends, more than makes up the That read aright their varied dyes, extra wages ; and then, I feel perfectly By trodden way or lonely lea, right in leaving all the kitchen work to In bower of art or forest free ; her, because I know it will be well done. Yet loveliest in the uncultured wild, But you mustn't think, auntie, that I They mark the spots where God has smiled, have never backslidden. Bad habits are And bring, where'er their beauties shine, not cured in one week. Many and many Sweet lessons from the Heart divine. a hard struggle I had to keep to my res- Yes, flowers are lovely, and most blest olution never to get behindhand, unless their ministry ; yet first and best it was from unforeseen sickness; but II prize among a hundred pets got the harness on after awhile”
Sweet, human-looking violets. “ And a graceful fit it is too,” said her I cannot tell you how or why, husband, with a proud smile.
But something in the violet's eye “ The fact is, auntie, housekeeping is a Once waked a fancy in my heart science. You needn't laugh, Charles ; I That years of time could never part,tell
you it is. And no woman, I don't A fancy that its tissues fair care how strong-minded she is, need be Some silent sorrow's traces wear; ashamed to study it; for it is the base on That something o'er its blue appears, which happy homes are founded. Only Like eyes that have shed many tears; think of the condition we'd have been in, And, but that holier creeds dismiss if I had gone on as I commenced. What The Hindoo's metamorphosis, a pig's nest the house would have been- I might believe a soul from heav'n, by this time, and what a shabby, seedy, vet barred awhile its blest estate,
Fallen, repentant, and forgiven, sour-faced individual you'd have been, and what a frowsy-headed, hollow-eyed,
Mournful, yet not disconsolate, slip-shod slattern I'd have been, and baby Took semblance of this lovely flower,
And came to bloom in earthly bower. squalling and dirty and so drenched with catnip and anise and peppermint that she Or rather would I deem that soul
, smelt like a bundle of herbs, – just think Down the white slopes of paradise,
Ere yet the breath of pardon stole
That, e'er its breath dissolved in air,
LEND THINE AID.
tionate, obliging, and fun-loving. But CHAPTER I.
with all that was pleasant, Cousin May, MARION Fay had come up from her as the children called her, might have city home by invitation from Uncle been lonely, had not Frank Anvern called Jonn Fay and his family to spend a part daily, and when he could get time always or all summer, if she did not get home went with them on their excursions, boatsick. She came the more willingly rides, etc. as her friend and confidant Mary Gray The Anvern farm was contiguous to (who with herself was an acknowledged Uncle John's, and the Anvern farmhouse, belle of C_) had just become engaged an exact likeness of the Fay mansion, to Ernest Steele, the best and noblest, was within sight, an eighth of a mile disyoung man of their acquaintance; and tant. Frank's father and Mr. Fay had Mary was so engrossed with her lover been strong friends from youth, and now that Marion was quite lonely, and she de- that the son was left an orphan, with no clared that she would go up to Uncle near relative but a maiden aunt who kept John's, and there amongst the cornhills his house, Uncle John and Aunt Maria, as and potatoes she should undoubtedly find he always called them, felt a strong symone of nature's noblemen who, when she pathy and care for him. He was almost brought him home in his thick boots and as much at home in their house as his home-made trousers, as her accepted beau, own. would throw even Ernest quite in the Frank was superior to many farmer shade. She did not know much about boys in appearance and education. It is farmers excepting Uncle John, and, of a sad fact that too many of our farmers course, formed her opinion accordingly. are shamefully ignorant, considering the
May was decked with a profusion of advantages of our free institutions. If a dewdrops, violets, and roses when she boy is destined for a farmer, too often a went into the country. She stayed through little knowledge of arithmetic, writing, strawberrying and haying, and now, when and reading is considered education blackberries, early apples, and pears were enough for that occupation. As they ripening, was as far from being homesick grow up, they often feel a deep mortifica
And no wonder. Her uncle tion on account of their ignorance, and was a well-to-do farmer, and in spite of when mingling with men of superior athis heavy boots and coarse clothes, he and tainments sometimes lose their self-respect Aunt Maria knew what comfort and beau- and native independence of character, and ty meant. He was wont to say that his become the tools of men who are often as children should never leave him, if he ignorant, and always more shrewd and could keep them by_making home at selfish. True there are many who do not tractive to them. Everything on his become thus degraded, but it is only when farm was pleasant and in apple-pie order, they have mental and moral strength to from the broad-roofed farmhouse, with withstand the deadening influence of. ig. its large, airy chambers, cool, tasteful norance. Not until the farmer and me
and pleasure in her acquirements at the young men, and had he been a millionhearty and unaffected admiration of one naire, she would have been his choice of whom she saw was superior in many re- all others. But he was a farmer, and his spects to mostof the men of her acquaint-only capital was a farm worth ten thou
ance. She sung him her best songs, rode sand dollars, perhaps, and half as much • with him, and walked with him ; went to more on interest. He had sense enough
picnics and rustic parties and never once to know that it would not do for him to missed the society of her city beaus. take a wife whose only efforts in the way
The berries were ripening upon. Black of housekeeping were to, now and then, berry Hill, and an early day was appoint- gather an exquisite bouquet for the pared to gather them. The morning previ- lor vases, and whose aunt and cousin, by ous, Marion despatched a letter to her common consent, took care of her room friends at home telling them of her rustic and wardrobe, - not only because they gayeties, and assuring them that she were kind and generous, but because they should stay at Uncle John's until the had an idea that a girl of such varied acsnowhills frightened her away; then, complishments could have no time or taking a book, she nestled down upon the taste to do vulgar work like making beds, sofa under the parlor window. She dusting rooms, or
washing muslins. heard Frank and Hal coming up the Frank had a vague notion to that effect; walk talking gayly.
yet his strong common sense revolted at “So you have bought that splendid the idea. He thought accomplishments new buggy at the village ? Harness should be as the fruits and flowers, orna• black Juan' before it, and you will have menting the substantial repast. If there the handsomest turnout in town,” said was not time enough to learn all, then Hal.
"I suppose you are getting ready omit one of the ornamental branches, and for a wife, hey? Of course, it will be substitute that necessary accomplishment, Cousin May. You seem to think a “heap' - housekeeping. As he walked homeof each other, as the Westerners say.” ward that morning, he cursed the whole
“ Your cousin is a bewitching girl, and system of American aristocracy, which she would make a millionnaire a splendid considers lahor, or even a knowledge of wife; but she does not know enough to household duties, a disgrace to a lady. be a farmer's wife.”
His mind reverted to the terrible rebelMarion was shocked. The man whom lion just begun, caused by that very sysshe had just decided to be the embodi- tem united to a cruel love of dominion ; ment of kindness and generosity,to make and he resolved to lend his strength on such an ungallant speech! It was too the side of justice and the dignity of labad. She hurried up-stairs to her room, bor. He would enlist. He had never and cried real tears of mortification and realized how necessary a reform was unchagrin. She was really angry with poor til now. Meanwhile, he would not go to Frank, and did not want to see him Uncle John's again while Marion stayed. again ; so she hastily packed her trunks, He disliked to meet her as much as she determined to go home next day. did him. He did not have to stay away
Frank passed the open window as she long, however; for early next morning, made her hurried exit from the room, and in spite of the astonished remonstrances catching sight of her, he knew she must of the family (all excepting kind, discreet have heard his careless expression of Hal), Marion left for home. A week thoughts which had tormented him for later, and Frank began his soldier life. some time. He scarcely regretted it though, yet hated himself that he did not.
CHAPTER II. Of course, she would resent it ; and here It was a late summer day of unrivalled their pleasant friendship must end. But beauty, and the fashionable city streets · perhaps it was best so. The truth was, were thronged with its beauty and elite. Frank was as susceptible to the charms But Mary Gray sat alone in her boudoir of a pretty, accomplished girl as other reading. There came a light rap upon
her door, and, ere she could answer, should I ever be the mother of children, Marion Fay walked in.
be capable of making them such; for a Is it really you, dear May?” said mother has the power to, and does genMary, greeting her affectionately. “I erally, make her children what they are, am glad you are home again ; but Il-great and wise, or wicked and unworthought you were not coming until you thy. With all these self-imposed and had had a sleigh-ride?"
new duties, it is impossible for me to con“I heard mysterious accounts concern- tinue my former idle, and — I am sorry ing you, and thought best to come and that it is so — fashionable life.” see about it. Is it true that Ernest has Marion sat in round-eyed wonder. She gone to war, and that you have renounced but dimly comprehended the import of balls, etc.?"
her friend's words; she only felt that “ It is true that Ernest has gone to Mary had changed, and had got far bewar, and that I do not care, now that he yond her former self. The reason for has given up the comforts of his former this change she did not appreciate. But life for his country's service, to engage in Mary had parted with one who had won, my former frivolous amusements.” not simply her heart's best affections, but
“So you dress like a Quakeress, read her deepest reverence for virtues which ancient history, and shut yourself up in she knew were rare in the gilded life she the house when all the world are enjoying led. He had gone to meet certain sufferthis glorious day, and all because Er- ing and peril, and perhaps death, for his nest has enlisted!”
country's honor and her life; and Mary “ He has freely offered his life for his had heart and soul enough to realize the country, and I can do no less than all in solemn sacrifice, and energy enough to my power to aid the cause.”
emulate his example. She smiled at Pray how will you aid the cause by Marion's expression and said, — reading these musty books, and shutting · Forgive my egotism, dear May ; but yourself
in the house in Quaker at the truth is, I am determined to gain tire ?"
you for my first convert, and to do this I “I do not shut myself up. I took a wish to convince your reason. To make long walk this morning before the dew our republican institutions permanent, the had left the country meadows, and car- people must be moral. First, they must ried what comfort I could to a poor fam- be just, then firm in that justice. They ily whose husband and father was killed must also be intelligent ; for ignorance at Manasses. I call upon my friends, often in many ways thwarts a righteous and receive their visits as often as is nec-end. To attain the highest strength, essary.”
moral and mental, habits of industry “ But you have not told me how all must be formed. You and I can see that this is going to help the country.” the idle young men of our acquaintance
“ As far as my influence goes, my ex- are either dissipated or so shallow as to ample will be partly or wholly followed. be disgusting. Our American fathers, So, if I dress plainly, I check extrava- the founders of these institutions, were gance; if I discountenance follies, there eminent for all these virtues; therefore,