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which I have tried to bear through life untarnished, { "Bless you, my noble wife !” he exclaimed, as he will stand or not; and, if it does not, my Ellen, it į pressed her to his heart; “ for this assurance, eret will require all your love to receive again"- he from you, gives me hope. And, as the cloud which paused in agitation, as the horrid supposition of a so long hovered o'er our domestic peace has at blemished reputation presented itself.

length passed on and left us unharmed, so may it “Hush, hush, Louis !" she exclaimed ; “ do not cease to o'ershadow the name which, for your sake let even these walls hear you utter a thought so un- more than my own, I would prondly bear!” just to yourself. You must hope, Louis; and, hop-} That the assurances of his wife were fully realized, ing, and fearing not, you will surely succeed. It we must believe, when we see them as now, after the cannot be that errors detected so quickly can pro- lapse of many years, surrounded by all that wealth duce such fearful consequences. Only be calm, and { can give, happy in each other's love, and the now let not that horrid supposition ever present itself { matronly, but still beautiful Ellen, the happy moagain; for Louis St. Clair will never be less esteemed į ther of children beautiful and interesting as the among men than now.”

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We present our readers with two more of the se- } public streets, and in our public assemblies, as ries of calesthenics, which, we are happy to say, private sick-rooms and in the public asylums. have attracted considerable attention. We have no { effort, therefore, which gives the least promise os doubt of the benefit to be derived from the adoption mitigating the sufferings of those who have too long of these exercises, particularly by invalids : because neglected their health, and certainly no effort they are so completely under the control of the per promises to establish the necessity of an early as sons using them, that they are in no danger of of all others the most likely to prolong a bea fatiguing or exhausting themselves in their use. existence, should be treated with indifference. The unhappy consequences of the neglect of a great shall conclude this series in our December number, portion of our female population to avail themselves when we hope to be able to present some vi of early exercises are too apparent, as well on the interesting to our readers than those wh

preceded.

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PRIDE OF BIRTH.

A TALE OF CHRISTMAS TIME.

BY ALICE B. NEAL.

“From yon blue heavens above us bent,

She gave her hand to him frankly, and looked up The gardener Adam and his wife

into his face with a bright, winning smileSmile at the claims of long descent

“You won't make me study Latin, will you ?" she Howe'er it be, it seems to me

said. “George says you will, and he hates Latin 'Tis only noble to be good.

I'm sure I shall, if it 's bard. I hate to study." Kind hearts are more than coronets,

“Do you ?" said the young tutor, amused and inAnd simple faith than Norman blood."

TENNYSON.

terested. With all her fearlessness, there was some

thing very feminine in the light of her large gray “YOUR pupils are not in the house, I believe," eyes, and the smile of her finely curved mouth. There said Colonel Haywood, courteously. “I have sent was an air of inborn pride and resolution in it, too, Maumer Fanny to look for them ; she knows all and, in the haughty arch of the white throat, an air their haunts. I am speaking of the children, how rarely noticeable in a child. The delicately penever, now; Edward is in town with John. You will cilled eyebrows, the long, dark lashes, the small find them very wild, I have no doubt, since their carved ear, all contributed to this, and her hair was since they have been left to their maumer's care." drawn entirely back from her forehead, after the

Colonel Haywood had not yet learned to speak of fashion of our grandmothers. For the rest, her his wife's death before strangers. His face flushed} dress was plain in the material, and carelessly put slightly even now, and Philip Anson, the new tutor, } on. She had one of her brother's broad straw hats in noticed it, but seemed absorbed in watching the her hand, hanging by its black ribbon, and a cape beautiful landscape. It was all so new to his North-} of common chintz only protected her neck and arms. ern eyes; the broad, uninclosed fields, with their But the picture suited the landscape; and Philip foam-like waves of snowy cotton; the gnarled, Anson, with an artist's eye, admired it, without one spreading oaks, heavy with the hoary moss, that thought of the beautiful human soul that was awaitswayed lightly to and fro in the rising evening ing his development. wind; the delicious softness of a Southern sunset It was a solitary life to one accustomed to the sky, to which he was not yet accustomed.

stir and hum of a Northern city, or the dear comThey were standing in the porch, or piazza, at panionship of college friends. The same unvaried which Philip had dismounted; and, looking down routine, little company or change to interrupt their the avenue, a merry equestrian party came in sight. morning's studies, the afternoon ride or ramble. Two lads, in linen blouses and broad straw hats, Colonel Haywood was much away from home, the mounted on the same patient steed; while, galloping children left in his absence to the care of his innubackwards and forwards, now wheeling around merable household, in which Maumer Fanny held them, now dashing far ahead, on a pony as wild as the place of authority. When there, he was always herself, May Haywood, the colonel's only daughter, courteous, though somewbat reserved; thanked Iningled her boisterous shouts of laughter with Philip for the improvement, both in mind and mantheirs.

ner, of his pupils, and often conversed with him in Philip could but admire the grace of the child's the library, which, though small, was well chosen, movements, and the fearless ease with which she { on matters of general history and political interest. managed her pony; but he thought her a sad mad When he was away, Philip was left with no other cap, nevertheless, and wondered what his demure { companionship but his own thoughts, his books, and little sister, who was doubtless knitting her stock the children. The overseer was an intelligent, but ing at that very moment, would have said to this į entirely uneducated man, busy on the plantation hoydenish gallop. She threw herself from the sad from early morning until late at night. The picAle as she saw her father upon the porch, and came turesque traits of negro character were a matter of up with a half shy, half assured manner, to be intro amusement at first, and, of course, after a little time, duced to her new teacher.

had made their services natural, and even necessary “Mr. Anson, May,” said her father, gravely, for to him, so all subjects of real interest were confined he was struck more forcibly than ever with her need to a very narrow circle. of care and restraint. It may be that he saw with Edward and John were his two eldest pupils. Philip's eyes just then.

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were not strictly his charge ; but he had assumed and needed sympathy, and told her of his Northern the care of their training at his own request. The home, and why he was obliged to abandon his proboys, as yet, showed little interest in study, but fession because they were very poor, his mother and May became a wonder even to her instructor. Her sisters, and he was working now for them, but still mother bad been an orphan of a proud old family, in the hope of some day completing his studies and who had died away one by one, until she had scarce taking a useful position. He described his mother ly a near relative left. Colonel Haywood's family – for May asked a thousand questions - a pale, were in a distant part of the State, people of precise quiet woman, who had suffered much, and who and formal fashion in the circles of the city, which loved him tenderly; and his sisters, Mary, but two they rarely left except to go North for the summer, years younger than himself, who wrote him such or, attended by a train of servants, to the up-country long and affectionate letters, and Annie, just May'a springs for a month or two. Colonel Haywood had own age, but far beyond her in all womanly ways. offended them by marrying out of the family circle “Just show me how to hem; come, Lorry," May of connection, though, fortunately, nothing could be had said to her seamstress, the day after she found said against the birth of the lady. Her family was Annie Anson could make sheets, and even helped as ancient as their own, both tracing back to colo on her brother's clothes. nial governors, and beyond them into the partial The girl did not like to be interrupted in her obscurity of early English annals. There was a laborious occupation, sitting on the floor and stringgray stone monument, in the magnolia walk, to this { ing beads for a necklace. official ancestor, flanked on either side by a graceful { “Go long wid ye now, Miss May, don't ye see I'se cypress-tree. May, with a sad look of veneration, been bein' berry busy. Whar for ye want to sew ? always declared that it spoiled her favorite flower- Spec you make de nice work, any how." bed, and she wanted some popinack-trees exactly Come now, Lorry, and I'll try to learn as quick where the cypress grew. But the boys already re- } as possible ; and I won't tear my dress again on the garded the political and social virtues of "Governor gin, or take my apron strings to piece out my reins. John Haywood,” as set forth on this brown-stone }

Just show me a little." tablet, as a part of their ancestral inheritance.

So the good-tempered, but indolent maid gave the But it was for these reasons that May had known first lesson in her seamstress art, and May improved so little of feminine influence and example beyond

wonderfully upon them, and could soon set very ne. 6 Maumer Fanny's indulgent teachings. She could

stitches quite alone. Her first practice of this new peither sew nor write a respectable hand. She had

womanly accomplishment was hemming a set of read or looked through half the books in her father's

handkerchiefs, which she had coaxed out of Maulibrary, that contained any inklings of romance or

mer Fanny's store-room, for Mr. Anson; and these legendary lore, and she could manage her pony with

she left in his room, with a note, expressed simply the graceful fearlessness of an Indian maiden, rather

enough, but in an awkward and most unscholarly than the easy self-possession of an accomplished

hand, begging his acceptance of them as her work. horsewoman. These were her only accomplish And then she waited with nervous impatience until ments; but she had health and vigor from this wild, he had found them, and blushed with pleasure at lawless life, and an unpruned luxuriance of imagina

his expressions of surprise and commendation, more tion and quick sensibility.

delighted than when he praised the construction of At first, she was disposed to rebel against any.

a difficult problem, or the translation of her first ten thing like restraint; but Philip held the reins light lines of Virgil. ly, and she sometimes even did not recognize as The four years that seemed so long to look forguiding band. Now the thirst for knowledge opened ward to passed rapidly away. College duties suma deep, unfathomed well within her heart, of sym moned John and Edward from home, and a governpathy for all that was noble and true in life, and a } ess took the place of a tutor in Colonel Haywood's wild ambition that belonged to the slumbering ele domestic arrangements. Philip parted with regret ments of her character. They were much together; } from his now manly pupils, who acknowledged that for John and Edward were disposed to consider him they owed much besides mere school instruction tu only as their tutor, to be respected and obeyed, but him, and from May, as he had left his sister Mary, not taken into their boyish confidences. George for there was the same similarity of taste and purand Hamilton were children merely. Even May suits; though at fifteen there was much still wantfelt that they were no longer her equals. In their ing to make up a perfect womanly character in the morning lessons for she no longer discarded the enthusiastic, impulsive girl. Colonel Haywood, Latin her brothers industriously pursued, but lis ever kind and generous, was not wanting in good tened eagerly to all that Philip said—in their long wishes, and Philip returned to his home feeling that rambles by the silent shores of the broad river, or he had not wasted the years of his seclusion. in the dim twilight of the thick woods, she was This was the retrospect that occupied his heart his constant, cheerful companion. He opened his and mind, on his approach, after long absence, to very heart to his child friend, for he was still young, these familiar scenes. The long reach of lovely

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woodland ride was filled with pleasant recollections shadows, for she had seen him dismount, and came of the time when he first came there, a stranger, { out to meet him. The clear, silvery tones of the now a welcomed and invited friend. Here was the voice were the same, the light of the eyes unalwhite, wooden bridge, with its rustic paling, where tered, but the child was a tall, stately woman, who their horses always stopped to drink, and May, in received her father's guest with finished ease, as if an unguarded moment, had found herself uncomfort she had been long accustomed to do the honors of ably immersed in the glancing waters, Frisk, mean the mansion. while, leisurely surveying her through his shaggy “My father left his compliments for you, Mr. mane. The woods were perfumed with the long Anson," she said, as they entered the library towreaths of golden jasmine as then, the bright eme gether, “ as I bade York tell you, and will be home rald leaves of the wild grape-vines circling among soon. My brothers are just returned from the the fragrant blossoms. Cherokee roses bloomed in North, and will be glad to welcome you again. I white and creamy beauty in the hedge-rows, and scarcely knew them, they had improved so much. even the gray moss seemed only a neutral tint I hope Hamilton and George will do equal credit to necessary in all this gush of brightness to temper you. We are all happy to have you with us once the landscape. Philip drew off his travelling-cap, more. It seems like old times to see you in the and bared his brow to the soft, delicious air. He 6accustomed place.'” rode joyously onward, longing to see them all once But Philip did not think so. Then, when he more, every familiar object sending a thrill of plea- } closed his book in sad or pleasant thought, the child sure to his heart.

May would come stealing to his side, with a caressNow the well-remembered avenue came in sight, ing hand upon his shoulder, and those large, eager the giant oaks, their fantastic shapes throwing a eyes raised with inquiry. Now the beautiful womass of shadow on the turf beneath them, the moss man, beautiful most of all by her nobility of mansweeping down, and making a cool, gray tent, sug ner, sat there so calm, so stately, and, he thought, gestive of twilight reverie or the morning's idle } so cold. The formal inquiries for his journey, his reading. Here, often he had seen Frisk trained to health, the news from the North, it was not what he the wide circle of shadow thrown by these densely had expected ; and his heart, that had leaped up so woven branches, and he glanced up involuntarily, joyously, sank down as though some leaden weight as if expecting to see his little mistress and her gay were pressing on it. The very air seemed heavy, steed coming down to meet him. But the "boy" and he was glad, for the first time in their interwho had been appropriated to his especial service course, to hear the tramp of horses announce the was the only creature in sight; and, now that Philip return of the equestrians, and the conclusion of was discovered, York moved towards him with an their tête-à-tête. alacrity entirely foreign to his nature.

Edward was, indeed, vastly improved, a frank, “Bress my soul, massa! so you done cum at gentlemanly man, who greeted him heartily; but las !" was the first greeting, as the good-natured Miss Caroline, the aunt, who now resided with them, face shone a welcome with all its wealth of ivory. and Miss Elizabeth Hamilton, a cousin, were con" Knowed ye jus' dis minute, 'cause you ain't been tent to return his salutation by a cold bow, as they grow ole. I perticipated 'twas you w'en I see de swept across the room, their habits trailing after hors'; an' Miss May, she send de lub, an' hope you } them like the train of a royal robe. They evidently berry well.”

wished to impress upon the new-comer a sense of “Miss May! Are not the family at home ?" their own unapproachable dignity, and of his pro

“Massa, ole massa gone to de club, Massa John per place as tutor, in the household. Colonel Hayan'he; Massa Edward gone for de fine canter wid wood's return was the first thing to break the unMiss Carline an' Miss Lizbeth. Miss May bab de comfortable spell. There was a real heartiness in misery in de head-spec it am-anybow, she as to } his greeting, and the thanks he had to offer for stay in de library an' read. She bab de great Philip's compliance with his request that he would 'pacity, massa say."

return to take charge of his younger children, with Philip remembered York's delight in large words the assurances of a generous remuneration, and a of old. It was his habit to linger about the room at welcome from all to his old home. John's manner lessons, and astonish his fellow-servants with tho was more restrained, but not the less gentlemanly ; phrases and terms he contrived to remember.

and, when Philip had visited Maumer Fanny in her So May was at home, perhaps expecting him; own quarter, and received the present of two new. but who were Miss “Carline and Miss 'Liz'beth ?" laid eggs—a most embarrassing gift, he could but

There was some little change in the external ap acknowledge—in return for the bandanas he had pearance of the mansion; no alterations that would brought her, he began to think that Haywood might have been sacrilege in the eyes of Colonel Hay seem like home to him, after all. wood, but an air of renovation and general neat In his old room again, with the well-remembered ness foreign to it of old.

landscape flooded by the tranquil moonlight, the He saw her first in the hall, dusky with afternoon thought of May's greeting returned. But, after all,

was it not right and natural? What else could he per and spirits, the life of the household, and of the have expected from the change in years and posi neighborhood, yet still finding time to go on in the tion ?

difficult paths of study he had assisted to mark out The summer, with its change of residence, was for her, and accomplished in the graces “which passed. Strange that death should lurk in the most adorn a woman." wreathings of those graceful parasites, or be hidden How often he sat in the twilight in the little nook in the splendor of those brave old woods! Hay that had been her favorite reading-place when a wood was deserted with the first tranquil summer child, shut by a fall of drapery from the principal day, and the first autumn night duly recalled the drawing-room, and, with his face covered by his scattered family group. Philip and his young pupils hands, listened to the thrilling music of voice and did not accompany the Northern party; and the boys, instrument which she poured forth, unaware that who had not ceased to talk of “sister May's" excel any listener shared in the enjoyment which music lences, were delighted at the prospect of welcoming and its cultivation had long given to her. Miss her home again. In his secret heart, Philip had } Caroline invariably went to sleep in her lounginglooked for a renewal of something like the old inter- chair, or on a sofa, after dinner; the colonel somecourse; but the dignified Miss Caroline was ever at times walked up and down the room in the firelight, hand, and in the evening, or at their meals, once so often busy with mournful thought, for the voice was social, she took pains to direct the conversation so so like her mother's. Philip, not daring to intrude, that he had little part in it: to their relatives, whom listened in half sad, half hopeful reverie, sometimes Philip had never seen, people they had met in their melted almost to tears, and again roused to all that late tour, the neighbors who had once more called was noble and brave by the changing strain. at Haywood, now that May had entered society, and He watched her from the dusky recess, as she was known to be heiress, in her own right, to a sat absorbed in her own harmonies, the grace of large and unexpectedly productive property, Mrs. the drooping figure, the clear, luminous eyes, half Haywood's dower.

revealed. Then she would suddenly quit the keys, To be sure, Colonel Haywood's manner placed and lean over the instrument, as if absorbed in him on a social equality in all their visits and visit dreams of her own creation, or pacing, with much ings. He was always invited with them, though { of her father's manner, through the room, the firerarely accepting, and the boys were taught unhesi- { light glancing upon her dress, or the softly banded tating obedience to his commands. But what hair, or the white and rounded arm. And someavailed all this, while John's haughtiness, and Miss times she sighed, a long, quivering sigh, like a Caroline's pomp, even May's reserve,

child that has exhausted emotion in tears.

It was a beautiful, but dangerous study. He “Still suggested clear between them

longed to read her heart as of old, the aims hidden The pale spectrum of the salt ?"

beneath her usual calm exterior, the memory or the Philip tried to struggle with this cold, unmanly fear echoed in those quivering sighs. Yet he knew feeling, but in vain. Colonel Haywood's kindness this was a confidence he had no right to ask. But only marked all he shrank from more plainly, and } why? Had she not always been to him as a sister? Edward's good-natured frankness failed to win him. She came to him one day, as he sat reading alone The boys became his companions more and more, { in the library. It was dull and rainy, one of those or, mounting his horse, he would be absent for days when visiting or outdoor exercise is impossihours, now riding at a mad gallop through the silent blo, and the home circle gather more closely. A forests, or, with reins laid upon the neck of the day of days to those who indulge in the luxury of a faithful steed, he wandered absorbed in thought, and new volume, or closer study of ancient lore. No only feeling the cool October air playing upon his intruders from the social world; no idle, distracting forehead. And this was the end of all his bright gossip; no wooing sunshine falling upon the open anticipations of a return to his old home! It was page. Only the obscured, but not melancholy light; for this he had given up the cheerful society of his the music of the slowly pattering rain upon the own dear family; the gentle mother, so tenderly window-ledge, or the branches of the leafless trees; alive to every cloud that drifted across his path; } the cheerful humming of the fire upon the hearth, Mary, now happily married, and the gay pranks of inviting to its gentle companionship. Such a day his little nephew, named for him, and who made was dreadful to Miss Caroline. No visitors, no them wonder how they had ever lived without the rides, no anything, but that eternal and tiresomo mischievous merrymaker; Annie, who had taken knitting! May had this morning thoughtfully proher sister's place as correspondent, adviser, and com- } vided her with a new open-work stitch, and had forter! This moody, restless spirit was foreign to seen her comfortably engrossed with its mysteries. bis nature.

The boys had finished their tasks, the gentlemen Day by day, the loveliness and harmony of May's bad ridden over to a parish meeting, and May had character grew upon him. So deferential to her { dedicated the quiet thus insured to a long review of father and aunt, the latter often a trial both to tem- a favorite author. She started to find the library

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