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without either opening her Bible or bend- Sumter fired on, the South in rebellion, ing her knees.
the North rising!” She had a headache the next morning, Ella threw up the window. “Hand she said; and her Aunt Jane, with whom me a paper, - quick, quick, never mind she lived, told her she looked as if she'd the change!” as the ragged urchin eyed cried her eyes out.
wistfully the dime.“ What are we coming She moped for a week, - moped till to ?” and she unfolded the yet damp her uncle said one morning, as he rose sheet, and read amidst fast-dropping tears. from the breakfast-table, “I shall stop “ This will bring out our heroes," she and ask the doctor to come in and see said, as it fell from her hands. “I wonyou, Ella. You're going to have a fever der if he'll go. If he don't, I'll — yes, of some sort."
I'll hate him, — hate him always. What “I don't want the doctor; I aint going a pity he isn't taller and straighter and to have a fever; I'm as well as I ever handsomer ! ” And forthwith she fell was; I'm only a little stupid. If I stop into a reverie, and was only roused from singing or laughing or dancing or carry- it by her uncle thumping her on her back ing-on a day, you and aunty always will and asking if he should go for the dochave it I'm sick. As if a body never tor." wanted a chance to think !” And she forth with carolled a strain gay as a blue- He did go; he was one of the seventy bird's in springtime, and danced to the thousand. Ella heard of his enlistment lively measure till her uncle declared she with a thrill of pride; and her cheek made his head dizzy.
flushed to a bright scarlet when, one even“ You wont stop at the doctor's ?” she ing, as her uncle opened the parlor-door, said, archly, as she brought him his over- he said briefly, but pointedly, "Ella, make coat, hat, and cane, and dipped into one you acquainted with Captain Grey." and another pocket till she fished up his She held out her hand. He touched gloves, and then snatched away his hand it lightly, - there was no lingering preskerchief and ran for a clean one.
sure, — and then going to the piano, he “Not if you'll promise I shall find you
“ Patriotism even here, at the piano when I come home, or Star-Spangled Banner,' Hail Columbia,'
“ Playing snowball with Johnny!” and Washington's Grand March!' Why, she laughed so yayly that the fond uncle's Miss Rand, this is inspiring! You ought heart was eased of all its aches.
to be a soldier's wife." Mope! She didn't mope after that. She winced, and he saw it, if his eyes She went to work and swept and dusted were blue. He said it on purpose to the house from garret to parlor, and even make her wince, — wicked fellow! made a path from the kitchen-door to the A repartee, sparkling as sunlight, leapwood-shed with the heavy snow-shovel, ed to her lips, after a moment's self-con“ As nate a one,” Bridget said, " as the trol; but it died there, and a better masther hisself could a-done." And thought - a thought born with the pain when Mr. Rand returned to dinner, he those words of his had struck into her did find her out in the back-yard playing heart — came to her, and she said gravesnow-ball with Johnny, her cheeks like ly, and with an earnestness that thrilled roses and her eyes bright as jewels; and him, “ And a soldier's wife I mean to be, after dinner, she rattled polkas and schot if” — shé faltered for a second — "I am tisches from the piano till her uncle de- ever anybody's. I am waiting for my clared he was half deaf and the other hero."
Then he understood her. Then he Mope! She never moped after that, knew why he had been rejected, and if she had an ache away down in her not a hero. heart, no one guessed it was there.
Ah, Ella Rand! That
young man will
act a brave part on the bloody fields of "Morning Hexpress — hextra! Fort your country's history; but never will he
- he was
be as brave as when he turned away from whispered, And when it closes, Ella, you on that night, three months ago, you shall be a hero's wife, or the bride the light of his early days darkened out of death." of existence, and yet resolving to bear it all. He will be a hero at the cannon's “Morning Hexpress - hextra! Great
— ! mouth, but not so true a one as then, - Uộion victory in Virgenne, — New York then, when in his lonely, shadowed cham- volunteers in the front !” ber he bent his knee and prayed to God “Quick, boy, — give me one, quick, to bless the young girl he had loved so here's your money!” and a currency fondly, and to give himself strength to quarter was tucked into his hand. do his duty all through life. Excitement “O my God, my heavenly Father, give will oft drive bravery into a coward's me strength to bear the worst!” The heart and make a hero of a dolt; but words were not uttered, but they went to true bravery is that which makes a man the Most High from the depths of her firm when assailed in his heart's citadels, heart; and then, right there in the street, and a true hero is he who battles with Ella Rand unfolded the wet sheet, and himself, God and the angels looking ran her eyes rapidly over the list of cas
ualties. It was a long list, and as she There was an awkward silence. Ella read, her heart grew lighter, — lighter for bore it as long as she could, and then, a moment, then her pulses ceased to with a nervous touch, she struck the keys beat, and she dropped upon a door-step, of the instrument. “See, the Conquer- unconscious of everything. ing Hero comes." She hardly knew "Mortally wounded, Captain Albert what she was playing, till the last strain Grey, of echoed through the room.
The flush on Shrewd beyond his years, the little her cheeks deepened into a crimson, and newsboy had guessed she was deeply inthey burned with the bot blood. As is terested in the recent victory, and he had often the case, she made a bad matter watched the changes in her face as she worse by saying, hurriedly, “ It's just as read. Quick to think, no sooner did he uncle says, my thoughts are always flying see her drop than he hailed a passing off through the tips of my fingers ;” and hack and had her lifted in and carried then she covered her face with her hands, home. He knew well where she lived, and had a hard struggle to keep back for she was one of his best customers. tears; for not for worlds would she have “My smitten darling!” cried her uncle, had Albert Grey know how eagerly she as he took her in his arms and bore her Was waiting for her hero.
to her chamber. “God comfort thee, my Another awkward silence. Then the precious little lamb!” youug captain said, abruptly, “ How long “ And a curse rest upon Jeff Davis will you wait, Ella ?” How that name, and all his minions !” exclaimed her attered by his lips, thrilled her! They aunt, who was of entirely a different tembad met many times since she rejected bis perament from her husband. “ But for suit
, but he had always called her Miss them and their infernal lust of power, Rand.
Will you wait till the end of Albert would never have left his trade, the war?”
and the two of them been comfortably She did not keep him waiting for his settled down; and now,
now," — and answer this time. She knew her own her gray eyes flashed, he lies dead
-she knew she loved Albert before his time, and she'll go crazy and Grey better than she did her own life. have to be carried to the mad-house! So she lifted her face, and as their Hush, wife, hush! Ella wont eyes met, she said, solemnly, “I will, Al- die, neither will she go crazy. bert.”
live, and come out of this fiery trial a He took her hand; he pressed it; he better, nobler woman.” kissed the little quivering fingers, and “She's good enough now, - a plenty then he strained her to his heart and good enough! This scorching a body's
last hope to make a saint of them is a life, - knew then that she was devoting doctrine I don't believe in. Poor child !” herself to hospital-life. and here she sobbed like a baby. “ And He bought her the book and others; only this morning she sent bim such a and there, in her convalescent chair, she beautiful letter and a bracelet braided read and pondered. There, too, she sat out of her own hair!”
and scraped and ravelled lint, and tore Ella did not die; but she lay sick so and wound bandages, and after awhile, long that even her uncle, with all his made comfort-bags and knit socks. hopefulness, feared for many a day he " I'm strong enough now to go into the should have to give up.his darling: A hospital here, am I not, doctor?" she brain fever in one of her excitable nature asked one day, and a wistful look came was a disease hard to baffle ; and more into her eyes. than one consultation took place between "My poor little patient," he said, tenthe physicians before she was pronounced derly, “you'd faint away with the first out of danger. "Mortally wounded, -breath of its tainted atmosphere! You mortally wounded!” Day and night, don't know what you ask. You there night and day, those words were on her nursing with those little white hands!" lips. Now she screamed them out in “ At least, doctor, I could bathe their tones that curdled the blood of her hear- foreheads and comb their hair, and — and ers, and then she moaned them with a pa- – read to them, or sing to them, or write thos that brought tears even to the phy- their letters. Oh, do say I may go!”
There were tears on her face. But youth and a constitution impaired “ Not into the hospital yet, Miss Ella ; by no hereditary taint triumphed at last, I dare not risk your life so soon. But and she was convalescent. Only the but --- I have a patient in whom I am shadow of herself, though. Wasted to deeply interested, - a soldier who has skin and bone, with colorless cheeks and lived through one of the worst wounds I lips, and only a few little scanty rings of ever saw dressed. He has no mother or hair about the forehead and around the sister or wife. If you would go to him ! head that had once rejoiced in a luxuri- But I don't believe you could bear it, ance of auburn curls. Yet she was more weak as you yet are! No, no! I was beautiful than ever. The light of a holy wrong to even think of it, - and yet, he purpose flashed out of her eyes and gave needs a woman's care so much! Such a a saintly look to her whole face, while sufferer, and so patient!" her voice, though hushed to lively laugh- “ Try me, doctor, do, - please do ! ter and gay music, had a plaintive mel. Where is he?” ody in every tone that touched the most “He is with his father. The old man delicate chords of the listening soul. went to him as soon as he heard he was
“ And what shall I bring my darling wounded, and stayed with him in the fieldto-day?" asked her uncle, as he tenderly hospital till he could be moved here. patted the white cheek.
But, my child, you could not bear the “ The doctor said yesterday I might sight!” read a little every day now, and if you Try me!” please, I'd like · Florence Nightingale's Child, he lies bound to a board! he Work on Nursing.'”
can't move either finger or toe!” "• Work on Nursing,' Ella ?”
“ Can he live?" Yes, sir ;” and she looked him brave- Yes, I think so; that is, if his mind ly in the face.
don't succumb. So far, he has borne with It came,
from a dozen wounds. But a greater could not repress the shudder that ran hero is he now, as, bound on that board, over her form, could not keep back he suffers so uncomplainingly, and when the tears that gushed to her eyes. Such asked if he is not sorry he went, gives a ghastly face she had never seen before. this answer : “ If I had a thousand Almost hidden in bandages, too, the linen lives, I'd give them all for my own dear swathing his neck quite to his chin, and country!"
covering his head and forehead to his eyè"Take me to him!” She sobbed the brows. words.
Where had she seen him before. She “Not to-day; you are too excited. I tried to think. That mouth, white as will come to-morrow, and if your pulse were the lips, and shrunken, too, - it is as regular as it was when I came in seemed strangely familiar. She rubbed to-day, you shall go. But mind me, if it her forehead; she had been wont to do, flutters in the least " He shook his so since her illness, for her memory was head warningly, and departed.
at times treacherous. She rubbed it again, “ Ask of me, and I will give!” The and a wild thought came to her, Words came to Ella as an inspiration, and thought that started the perspiration from falling on her knees, she besought of God every pore. calmness and strength. She knew what She tottered away and sat down, gat virtue there is in prayer; she had learned and prayed, not a moment, but a halfit by experience. And it was with a hour. "Ask, and I will give!” childlike trust she prayed at this time;
the strength; and she went and her prayer was answered.
again to the couch, leaned over it, and When the doctor felt her pulse the kissed those white and shrunken lips. next morning, it was like a child's, - The soldier did not stir. She kissed regular and healthy.
them again and again. They moved at "I may go ?”
last and whispered, “ More, Ella, more! “ Yes; but, mind you, the life of that There is life in those kisses."
. soldier hangs upon you! A start, a cry,
“ Albert, my Albert, my hero!" & groan, when first you see his shattered For the first time, the soldier groaned body, and — he'll die. Do you mind my impatiently. If he could but for one words ?” And he held both her hands, moment have put his arms about her ! but and looked gravely into her eyes. those arms were both pinioned to the un
"I mind them, doctor; take me to yielding splints. Only his eyes and lips him!”
Looks and kisses, - it was It was twilight in the sick-room, though all he could give her then, — all save now the sun blazed and burned out-doors. and then a few precious words, which her At first, Ella could see nothing. Lean- heart treasured up as men treasure up ing awhile against the door the doctor costly .pearls. had so softly closed behind him, - for he Well,” said the doctor, as he came in told her she must go in alone, she ac- two hours afterward, “do you want to customed her eyes to the gloom, and saw go into the hospital to-morrow, or will at last, in the centre of the room, a low you be satisfied to take this patient off cot covered with a sheet. Something was my hands ?”. under it; she saw the outlines of a hu- “ He has engaged me to be his nurse," man form, but so still! Could there be she said, betwixt a smile and tear. « I life there? For a moment, she felt faint shall never leave him again till he is and dizzy; but she closed her eyes and well.” prayed. “Ask of me, and I will give." Nor did she. She sent for her uncle The strength came, and she stepped light- and aunt, and talked with them till they ly forward.
consented; she called the old father upThe eyes of the soldier were closed. stairs and plead with him till he said yes ; It was well, too; for Ella, though she re- and then she sent for the old white-haired pressed the shriek that-rushed to her lips, / minister who had christened her when a
baby and led her to the communion-table
THE HENRIAD. when in the flush of girlhood; and then
[From the French.) and there, in that darkened room, her
By Rev. C. F. LeFevre. bridegroom bound upon a board, she was married. On her knees beside the cot, clasping the fingers of his poor imprison
Argument. ed hand, she waited for him to speak the After the death of Henry III., the States of the words that made her his wife, and then League assemble in Paris to choose a king.
While occupied in their deliberations, Henry spoke those which gave him to her for
IV. assaults the city; the assembly is dis life, for death, forever !
solved ; the members go and fight on the There were tears upon every face as ramparts. Description of the
rition of St. Louis to Henry IV. See note 1. she rose up in her girlish beauty and offered her pale cheek to the kisses of the
A SACRED and ancient custom prevails, little group. But she awed them with
When death with its cold hand the monarch asher quiet, womanly dignity, as, the sol
sails, emn congratulations over, she motioned
And the blood so much cherished and long kept them from the room, saying, “ My husband
in course needs me."
By continued succession is stopped at its source Silently she closed the door after them, The people their first rights resume, from that and giving him one kiss, went to the stand
cause, and poured out his drops and brought of electing a master and changing the laws. them to him. “ Not a word to-night !” The States in assembly, as in France they pre as he would have spoken.
side, “Just three ?"
A sovereign name and his powers prescribe. She could not resist the blue eyes. Our ancestors thus by decree did ordain, " Three then !
And the Capets enjoyed the same rank as Charle “My darling wife!”
magne. My hero-husband !
The League, in its blindness uneasy and bold,
And thought they had right, from the murder ORIGIN OF THE WORD YANKEE. — When
of late, the New England colonies were first set- of electing a king, and of changing the State tled, the inhabitants were obliged to fight They thought, by the aid of this counterfeit their way against many nations of In
throne, dians. They found but little difficulty in To mislead the people and shut out Bourbon ; subduing them all except one tribe who They thought that a monarch in their designs were known by the name of Yankoos
would unite, which signifies invincible. After much and his sacred title would sanction the rite ; waste of blood and treasure, the Yankoos Though chosen unjustly, their League would were at last subdued by the New England stand faster,
The remains of this nation, agree- In short, come what would, the French wanted ably to the Indian custom, transferred & master. their name to their conquerors. For a while, they were called Yankoos; but, There comes, with much noise, to this council from a corruption, common to names in
of State, all languages, they got, through time, the Those obstinate chiefs in their false pride elate, name of Yankees, a name which we The Lorrains, the Nemours, with priests a long
train, hope will soon be equal to that of a Ro
Rome ambassadors sends, and some come from man or an ancient Englishman.
To the Louvre they march, and giving their THE second edition of “ Over the Riv.
voice, er” has been sold, and the third edition The shades of our monarchs insult by their is printing. Everybody who has seen it choice. says it is a beautiful book.
Here luxury, the offspring of public woe,