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this calamity by means of frost, let it be in moments of doubt and perplexity, never so sharp or nipping, or had it been follow your nose. Gentlemen, I leave shot away amid the din of battle, he the case with you with entire confidence. could have borne it; but by the fangs of Follow the dictates of your own hearts, a former intimate-proh pudor, pudor! and then tell me whether you could be He raises his hand to his countenance consoled for a like calamity for a less nought but a plain surface meets his sum than a thousand dollars !” touch; he pulls out his bandana-alas! I shall merely allude to my next client he had no further use for it. Gentlemen, –a Thomsonian practitioner, with a proI see you are touched, and your emotion jecting chin, and a mouth that closed does infinite credit to your sensibility: with a snap, who wished to indict his but is such an outrage as this to be tol. neighbor for slander, for pronouncing erated in the Empire State ? Is it to be him “an ignorant, conceited, obtuse ass," tolerated in the County of Chemung? and the truth of which my half-hour's Is it to be tolerated in Four Corners ? conversation fully confirmed, but pro• I pause for a reply.' Henceforth, no ceed, at once, to the cause which enlisted more to him the lofty wish to serve his all the best feelings of my nature. Could country in regimentals, for, by the laws, I hope that any of the gentler part of he who would lay down his life in her creation would favor these pages with a defence, must prove himself to be worth perusal, I should beg them to drop one the powder. And woman's love-will tear-I ask no more-over this tale of that too be denied him? Ah no! woman ruined hopes and blighted affection. is woman, in whatever clime she's cast, I was sitting in rather a pensive mood and to ber the voice of affection is equal- one day, cutting notches in my table, and ly dear, whether it come breathing musing upon my hard fate, in being through the lips, or twanging through forced to labor for my daily bread, when the nostrils. And well it is for us that I was roused from my meditations by the it is so, and that her love is irrespective sight of female toggery proceeding in of our looks or of our actions, but four the direction of my office. “ The fair ishes most when most oppressed, for sex,” I exclaimed, “ by all that is excel. what saith the poet?
lent,” and whisking out of my chair, I “The spaniel, the wife, and the walnut ready to receive them with a respect and
arranged my collar and foretop, and stood tree, The more you whip 'em the better they'll deference of manner, that would have be.'
charmed, I am certain, even Victoria her
self. The elder of the party, who intro“ Gentlemen, I have been led into a duced herself as Mrs. Brown, was one of digression, but will now resume the those unfortunate individuals who suffer thread of my argument. I shall not deign so excruciatingly during the hot weather, 10 notice the pitiful remark of my learn. as she loosened her shawl and took off ed opponent, that the loss of this feature her hat, and kept up a powerful fanning is cheaply purchased, by exemption from during the whole interview. Her niece, having it pulled, or the unworthy fling, Miss Elvira Smith, was the very antithat it was no loss to the choir, since he pode to her relative, being “ lean to an always sang through it. Admitting this, extremity,” and who looked as if, in the for the sake of the argument, to be true, wear and tear of life, she had “ suffered yet, gentlemen, this is a free country, some.” and he had a right to sing through it
. Mrs. Brown was tbe first to enter upon It was his own, and no being on earth her business, which she did without was entitled to prescribe to him what use much circumlocution. My niece bas he should make of it. But there are been courted by a schoolmaster, one Jo evils, positive evils, gentlemen, which Thompson, and, without any cause, he are before him, and I am sick at heart, has left her, and we have been advised when I think of his future career. To to apply to you for counsel. » say nothing of certain maladies, very “Well, my dear madam, you could prevalent in cold weather, and of which not have hit upon a better person. I he, as a good citizen, would wish to bear know too well what such woes are; I his proportion-how shall he answer have been jilted myself.” the prayer of his lady love for his pro I thought a faint exclamation of sur. file ; and more difficult still, how is he to prise escaped the beauteous Elvira, but obey that rule of life, given as a guide, her honied aunt, not understanding the
feelings which sway delicate souls, the influence of the master passion. It asked, in the most unfeeling manner, will be highly important too, to use “ what she did it for?”
against him, and I will venture to say, “Ah! you may well say that-but that this little paper,” laying my forethe old story, a wealthier lover. I don't finger impressively upon it, “ will mulct wish to be too hard on your sex, madam, him in the neat sum of a thousand dolbut they do love money"
lars, at least. But will you favor me," « Well, well, who don't-but as to said I, turning to Miss Elvira, “ with a Elvira ?”
slight outline of the affair; for, although “Can you prove a solemn tender of I am aware that it must be painful to you his hand ?" said I ; " have you any little to speak of the miscreant, still my advice mementos of affection, such as billets, will be worth nothing, unless furnished verses, rings, locks of hair, or faded with some additional particulars." roses ?"
The fair creature, thus addressed, en- She has some verses which he com deavored to comply with my request, but posed for her, and a dried pond lily her sobs became so violent, and she which he once gave her; but what is seemed so fast verging into regular hysbetter than that, my son Calvin over. terics, that I begged her to be composed, heard the conversation, and can repeat and I would learn all that was necessary the whole of it,”
from her aunt and Calvin. This last “This is fortunate—but will you favor named personage was then beckoned in me with a sight of the verses?” Thus from the care of the horses—a great lout adjured, the poor victim then drew from of a boy of some fifteen or sixteen sumher pocket the following effusion, which mers, who wore his hat during the whole I shall make no apology for laying be- interview, and whose creaked and dise
readers. The chirography was cordant tones were well calculated to exquisite, and had doubtless cost the au- give effect to a tale of hapless love. thor no little labor. Tbe sides were or But before his services were put in namented with fancy quills, the whole requisition his mother gave me a short surrounded by a winged monster, the history of their first acquaintance. About like of which, I will venture to say, was a year before, a Mr. Thompson came never seen, either in earth or air. Be- into her family as boarder. He was well neath was written, in staring German recommended and well-behaved; and was text,
employed as teacher in their common
school. He was very attentive to ElTO ELVIRA.
vira, frequently waiting upon her to
singing-school and sleigh-rides, taught Elvira dear, thine ear incline, And listen to this lay of mine.
her many curious things, such as making I love you, and you sure must know it,
a swan without taking the pen off-inFor all my looks and actions show it.
structing her in the four ground rules of When on your beauteous form I gaze,
Arithmetic, often spending a whole eve. My eyes seem clouded by a haze;
ning in cyphering-all of which indicated Yet still on you they needs must roll, a more than common interest in her. " True as the needle to the pole."
He had, however, “never told his love," When absent, still your form I see, till one evening, supposing the family I scarce can tell an A from B;
were absent, he took the occasion to reAnd cyphering, too, it can't be done,
veal his flame. Unfortunately for him, My thoughts so rest on No. 1.
the youthful Calvin had sought an early I've lost all heart to whip the boys, Who stun me with their hideous "noise ; pillow, racked by a raging tooth-ache, and Then think, all this neglect of duty
stealing down in pursuit of his favorite Is caused by dwelling on your beauty.
remedy, horse-radish and mustard, he Your heart to pity, then, incline,
caught a few words in an adjoining apart. And say, at once, you will be mine. ment, and by the joint aid of an eye and Dismiss reserve, your frowns forego, ear, contrived to make himself master of And take, at once, your faithful Joe. the whole conversation.
Calvin, who had been evidently for It is truly beautiful,” said I, “and some time on the qui vive to strike in, bears the impress of genius, and shows, now at a signal from his parent prepared conclusively, that at the time he was for action. Smoothing his hair down to sincere, for poetry like this could never his eyebrows, he extended his limbs so have been written, except by one under that the heel of one foot rested on the toe
of the other, and clasping his hands so will come down upon him in a suit that that his short stubbed fingers pointed in will not leave him a peg to stand on!” the direction of his feet, he commenced in What was the final result of all these the loudest possible key, certainly not a causes, and whether my clients were tale of whispered love. His precise lan- satisfied with my course of proceedings guage I shall not attempt to give; but in their behalf, are secrets which will this, I believe, is the substance of it: forever remain buried in my own bosom;
“ He said,” begun Calvin, “ that he but having thus given the reader some liked women—that he always had liked general idea of my mode of doing busithem, and that though Eve was the first ness, I proceed at once to my crowning in the transgression, it was so long ago suit in which I acted in the double ca it ought not to be laid up against her pacity as council and client. daughters that they were · Heaven's last Among the few friends in whom I had best gift, or first best gift,' he could not became interested was a Dr. Morton, a recollect which-said it was every man’s gentleman not many years my senior, duty to marry as soon as he'd found and of acknowledged skill in his prohis mate—that there was the difficulty, to fession, and who had moreover a most find your mate—he thought he'd found amiable and interesting wife. In this bis, and asked her to guess who it was. family I was quite domesticated, and my She said, maybe Becky Ransom-no, greatest enjoyment after a week oi uninguess again-Susan Scoville—no, the teresting detail, was spending an evening initials of her name were E. S., and she at their hospitable fireside. In Mrs. said, • Lauk, Mr. Thompson, how you Morton were united high intellectual make me blush! He said his notions of gifts with genuine warmth of heart, and domestic happiness were coming in of a there was about her a freshness of feel. cold winter's night, and seeing a com- , ing and energy of thought, as delightful panion' sitting by a red-hot stove, knit as it was uncommon. Nor were the ting-it looked so nice and comfortable principles which regulated her conduct -and then when he was sick to be of a less pure and elevated character, and waited on and given hot drinks—and the influence she exerted over me, was, I after a deal more talk about reciprocity am persuaded, of the happiest kind. She of feeling, congeniality of sentiment, and entered into all my feelings, sympathized such like, he asked her if she would with me in all my vexations; and withcrown his passion and he heard her out my knowing it, roused my dormant say, yes, sir, as plain as day, and then he energies and and gave them the proper said he was very much obliged to her, direction. In fine, friendship did for me but he had one more favor to ask, in real life, what love did for Cymon in and he spoke just as solemn-would she the world of fiction, and so grateful was grant him a kiss! and she said she did I for her kindness, that I believe I felt not care if she did ; and just then,” said for her all the attachment which a sister Calvin, “ I put my mouth' to the key-hole might claim for a most affectionate brother. and gave the awfullest m-a-o-u (and In this delightful intercourse the winthat it was worthy of Grimalkin herself, ter passed rapidly away, and when Mrs. I can bear witness). “I guess,” con- Morton left home for her annual visit to tinued he, with a curt motion of his eye her friends at the East, so much did I and head, “I broke them up that time.” miss her ever-ready smile and word, that
Mrs. Brown then went on to say, that I looked upon her absence in the light of from that period he was considered as a small calamity. her accepted lover, and that she did his But visits must come to an end as well entire mending for six months; and that as everything else ; and I shall never the simple item of stockings was no forget the Doctor's radiant countenance as small matter, considering how much he he rushed into my office with the agreeawas upon his feet, and that when he left ble information that his wife would be at her it was under pretence of buying a home the next day, the very next day, and farm at the west; since then she had not not a minute later. Of course I volunteered received a line from him, and that last an early welcome, and yet that man, who week she saw his marriage in the paper professed to be my friend, never let drop to another woman.
one hint that I had better give myself a “ Perjured villain,” I exclaimed, for in little extra brushing or so, and put on my the excitement of the moment I could not biggest look, for should see-what I be particular in my choice of vowels, “I should see! Ah! that matters turned
out just as they did, was no thanks to life. Can it be wondered, then, that being him.
such as I have described her, a poor felIt was exactly at seven o'clock the fol. low like me, without parents, and scarcelowing evening when I threw aside my pa- ly a near relative in the world, should pers, turned the key of my office, and pre- have coveted and desired such a treasure sented myself at my friend's door. Mrs. beyond all the blessings of earth ? No! Morton met me with her usual cordiality, I am not ashamed to confess it, that, aniand I was in the midst of a most violent mated and imbued with something of the shaking of hands and speech-making, same spirit that shone forth so beautifully when a door opened, a young lady pre- in her, on my bended knees 1 have im. sented herself, and I heard the words,"My plored that I might be made worthy to sister, Mr. Stanley.” Never was poor win such exalted excellence. mortal so taken by surprise. I had heard Nor was I less earnest in my practical a sister incidentally mentioned during my duties. Night after night saw me poring acquaintance with the family, but nothing over pages I once viewed with disgust; of such a bright being as this : in my and I received my reward, in the opporconfusion I nearly overset a chair that tunities that were increasingly afforded was near me, half presented my hand, me of turning my knowledge to good acand as suddenly withdrew it-in short, count. made as perfect a fool of myself as my It was about this period that an event veriest enemy could have desired. Å occurred that had an important bearing few minutes, however, restored me to my on my future life. A crime had been self-possession, and it is unnecessary to committed that caused no little sensation say that I made most desperate efforts to in the community, and I was employed counteract the unfavorable impression to defend the criminal, There was which my first appearance must have oc- everything to discourage in the case—he casioned.
was poor and friendless, and suspicions And now, if the reader is expecting were strong against him : but I was firm that I am about to furnish him with an in my convictions of his innocence. exact inventory of Miss St. Clair's per Most thoroughly did I study the points sonal charms, he is wholly mistaken. I of the case and consult the proper authorhave not the slightest idea of it. It is ities; and so unremitting had been my sufficient to say that she suited my taste, exertions in his behalf, that when the and if he has not confidence enough in day of trial came I believe I looked my judgment in these matters to trust scarcely less haggard than the prisoner. memwe had better part company at once. The public prosecutor was a man of
The evening passed all too rapidly powerful intellect, and left no means unaway, and if from that moment I became tried to bring the guilt home to the actheir guest more frequently than strict eti cused ; and as the shades grew dark and quette permitted, the circumstances of my darker under his hand, it seemed as if no position must be my apology: for how human effort could save him. could I be contented in my solitary office When he had concluded I rose. My with two tallow candles and a law book, voice faltered a little, and the sight of Dr. when a ten minutes' walk would surround Morton's anxious face, which I recogme with all that heart could wish, in the nized in the crowd, was not calculated to shape of books, music and delightful reassure me, yet as I proceeded I gained conversation. I had always been fond of courage. Calmly reviewing the facts of female society—what man of sense is the case, I showed the worthlessness and not—but I had no taste for mere beauty, inconclusiveness of the testimony, and unless it was accompanied by correspond the sophistry of my opponent's reasoning mental qualities. My mind must be ing: in short, I was enabled to put such refreshed as well as my vision, and charm a different face upon the affair, that it ing insipidity could never win from me soon became evident the tide was turning the slightest attention.
in my favor. For two mortal hours I Miss St. Clair was one of the very best kept them fastened to their seats, and so specimens of the daughters of New Eng breathless was the interest that you might land. Simple and unaffected in her man- have heard the slightest sound in any ners, her mind was of the most attractive part of that crowded court-room. I used order, and the whole was united with a no other weapons but those of truth, but strength of religious principle which I must have been cold indeed, if the sight would sustain her under all the trials of of that sympathizing auditory, and ihe
spectacle of that aged prisoner--for he The evening was a delightful one, and was old and gray-headed--as he sat lean we were enjoying ourselves to our heart's ing forward with clasped hands and content at least, I can answer for mywhole soul concentrated in his gaze, had self-when our merriment was internot warmed me into something like elo- rupted by a summons for Dr. Morton to quence.
attend the bedside of a patient; and as The jury were out ten minutes, and it was a mutual friend, and the weather when they returned with the thrilling propitious, Mrs. Morton proposed acannouncement of “Not Guilty!” and I companying him. caught the whispered exclamation of the I was now left alone with Miss St. prisoner, “God bless him !" I blush not Clair, and I felt that the crisis of my fate to confess that I was forced to turn away was approaching. My abstracted looks, to conceal my emotion.
perhaps, gave her some clue to my feelMy good friend, Dr. Morton, was ings; for, placing herself at the piano, quickly at my side; and his glistening she seemed disposed to favor me with an eye and warm grasp of his hand convey. interminable sonata. The attention I paid ed more to my heart than the most elab- 10 it was anything but flattering. Pacing orate professions could have done. • You the room backwards and forwards, I was inust return directly with me,” said he, absorbed in my own feelings, till at “ for our friends are most anxious to length, determined to know the worst, I learn the result of your case ;” and, tak. screwed my courage up and proposed a ing me in his carriage, we proceeded in stroll in the garden. the direction of his residence.
She seemed slightly embarrassed, and now,” said he, “ give care to the winds; murmured something about meeting her you are a MADE man, and hereafter, it sister, till, putting some force upon herwill be your own fault if your profession self, she threw a shawl over her head, is not a source to you both of honor and and we sallied forth into the open air. profit.”
There are some people so unreasona“Well, then,” said I, breaking through ble that they never can be satisfied. I the reserve which had hitherto existed had achieved glory enough, one would between us on one subject, “ can you think, for one day, yet nothing would do give me any hope ?"
but I must win one more victory. And Yes, yes,” said he, “thousands of I did gain it-how, or in what manner, I hopes, for any and for everything." shall never tell. Indeed, I do not know
In a few minutes we arrived at the that I could. It is sufficient to know place of our destination, and had Mrs. that I had gained an interest in the only Morton been indeed my sister, she could heart I ever thought worth possessing ; not have testified more sincere joy at my and if, when Mrs. Morton broke in upon success; and though Miss St. Clair said us, she was met with an unwonted greetlittle, yet the bright color which mantled ing, the reader need not blame me, since her cheek was indicative of something her husband did not. better than indifference.