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ennbeams; a presence gracious, beautital, and yet full of which accumulated vegetable matter, which has been in birougth and power.
creased from time to time, until now it has a crost suffiShe wa4 sof ly smiling over these thoughts when G20f- ciently strong and rich to produce fine corn, althongh it fr y Carlingford came in with the coffee, the first to desert has to be coltivated by hund, as it is not strong enongh to the gentlemen.
bear the weight of a horse. While harvesting, the hands He came over to the table, beckoning one of the waiters catch great strings of fish by making a hole through the to follow him witb a t ay.
earth. A person rising on his heel and coming down “May I drink my coffee here, Miss Thornton ?" he suddenly can see the growing corn sbake all around him. asked, with an affectation of boyish eagerness. "I watched the butler's movements, to be sure to be in time.” “Why not ?" she asked, car lessly.
LOVE'S DEPTH. P. ssibly there was affectation on her side, also. “But I mean with you. Let me serve you myself,
Love's height is easy scaling; skies allure; please, and then I shall dare to ask a favor."
Who feels the day-warmth needs must find it fair;
Strong eagles ride the lofty sunlít air, He set the cup for her upon the table, and presented the
Risking no rivals while their wings endure. ling silver jar of cream and the golden bowl of sugar.
Yet is thy noblest still thy least secure, “And the favor ?" she asked, as she sipped the fragrant
And failing thee-shall then thy love despair? beverage slowly.
Shall not thy heart more holily prepare “That I might be allowed to earn the gratitude of other Some depth unfathomable-perfect-pure ? flowers, Miss Thornton. Will y u let me find you the
Say that to thee there came love's dreadful call wild flowers and the garden-flowers, too, which you will
The downward swiftness of thy Best to see: teir while you are hire at The Towers ?”
Say that he sin or sicken, what of thee ? With a pleading smile he looked up into her face.
Are thine arms deeper yet to stay his fall ? Again the sl w, dreamy look crossed her eyes.
Scarcely love's utmost may in heaven be; “Why not ?" she answered again ; and then, seeing the To hell it reacheth so 'tis love at all. triumph in his eyes, she added, "If I find them suitable. Flowers must harmonize, you know. Perhaps I had better not promise, because you may not be able to select judi- A TRADITION OF ELBOW LANE. cionsly. Gentlemen seldom understand the fitness of
By Julius CHAMBERS. colors." “Ah, lut I shall always know what will harmonize with
THE PROLOGUE. -you. But you will allow me to present my choice for
Twas an unusually narrow and ill-kept your judgment ?"
street. The wall of St. John's churchyard “That w.ıl be but very little to promise," she returned.
checked its ambition at the end of a hun"Be-ides, I thi:k it will be vastly entertaining. I shall
dred feet, and by forming a nave-like rebe curious to see what I am to wear to-morrow."
cess, converted the by-way into a semi“It shall harmonize as well as the wild-roses, Miss
inclosed court. Its peculiarity of form Thornton," he said, confidently. “And could anything
secured for the court the name of “The be more perfect than they with that dress ?”
Elbow Lape.” Mande smiled arcbly.
Even in the sunshine the place was "Perhaps the dress was chosen to fit the flowers. Don't
cheerless and deserted; but, as night came be too confident, young sir.”
on, the wall of the churchyurd-sole barrier "I am not afraid,” he answered, giving his handsome
between the living and the dead- was swalhead a toss. “Ah, they are going to sing | Miss Thorn- lowed up in the lowering gloom, and the little court beton, must I turn that music? Pray, be merciful if you came only a fallow corner of the drear cemetery beyond.
There it was that the "corpse-stones” were clustered so “Certainly you must. Those young ladies have been thickly together that the cramped dead beneath, in their abominably slighted. Where is the other young man ? writhing, bad heaved them from their grim propriety. There was one, I think."
They stood haughtily shrinking from their neighbors or “Oh, he could not tear himself away from the major's wearily leaning on the dank mounds before them. These jokes. If I must go, adieu. Keep the seat, please. Ah, tottering slat s were a ghostly people, for whom darkness I can secure it with this engraving."
was day and shadows suushine. In the moonlight they And catching one from the easel, he laid it across the slept, white and still and cold as the human dead upon chair beside her, and went forward to daze the eyes and which they rested ; but with the deepening gloom they turn the simple heads at the pian.
lost their rigidity, and the darkness, as a garment, warmed (To be continued.)
them into life. Tue wall under tre shadowing trees grew unreal. The residents in the neighborhood, as long ago
as Forty-odd, asserted that, as the gloom deepeard, lifeFISHING IN A CORNFIELD,
in-death stirred these weird ranks 'till they woke to their In Colorado is a ten-acre field which is no more nor dark day, stifily stalked about the conrt, and gathered in Jess than a subterranean lake covered with soit about strange groups where the night was blackest. eighteen inches deep. On the soil is ooltivated a field of With its ghostly people, tie lane remained in the heart corn, which produces thirty bushels to the acre. If any of a great commercial city, a slumbering, solema solitude, one will take the trouble to dig a hole to the depth of a spade-handle he will find it to fill with water, and by using
CHAPTER L. a book and line fish four or five inches long may be caught,
THE COUNCIL OF ST. JOHN. The fish bave neither scales nor eyog, and are perch-like On a bleak November night, in the year eighteen fifty. in shine. The ground is a black marl in nature and in all odd an old. hlind bogear, guided by the hand of #trail probability was at one time an open body of water, on und bountless child, tureaded the long maze of streets
intervening between his lodgings and the Elbow Lane. No one moved nor spoke. The clock, with its great Although there may have seemed a mystery in his mis- owlish eye, in the old church-tower, was striking midnight. sion, there was no hesitation on the part of his girlish Far oft, up the little street, the sound of a regular footguide as to the route. It clearly led toward a well-under- step was heard coming from the great thoroughfare toward stood destination.
the court. There was a shuffling of the feet, a slouchinese At St. John's Lane, in Canal Street, the couple halted in the gait, which the ear readily detected. The silent There was a moment's hurried leave-taking, in which the watchers heard the footfall, and, intensified as were their girl's voice was heard in the simple words:
other senses by the loss of sight, they listened with evident “Tell 'em about ‘Happy Sam.'”
curiosity. With a timid, startled fleetness she then retraced her As the man of shuffling gait turned from the great, silent
thoroughfare Slowly, and
into the street with hesi
leading to the tancy, the old
court, the man felt his
rays from the way along the
last gaslight little street
on his route toward the
shone full in court beyond.
his face. Reaching the
The figure chur ch yard
disclosed was wall, the lo
that of a man cality became
fifty years of familiar to
age, low in him, and
stature, and thence he
slim of build. took his
A very red, “bearings"
coarse face, for was not he
with a lean piloting him
Roman nose, self through a
was surroundwaste of eter
ed with long nal darkness ?
white hair and A stone ledge,
beard. He projeo ting
was dressed from the base
in a poor of the wall,
fashion. A was followed
brown topuntil the
coat, patched darkest recess
with various · of the Elbow
colors, and was reached.
threadbare ; & Upon this
murky, greasy shelf the visi.
pair of black tor then sat
breeches, and down.
a drab felt He seemed
hat, included to realize,
all his visible through that
wardrobe. He mesmerio in
carried a staff fuence which
fully as tall as tells of the
himself. And presence of
one fact more persons un
curious still seen, that
the man lookert there were A TRADITION OF ELBOW LANE. —"THE PECULIARITY OF FORM SECURED FOR THE COURT THE
up at the NAME OF "THE ELBOW LANE." others near.
clock ! Slowly edging along the seat, he raised his hand to his Yet he came to a blind beggars' council. There was no mouth, and whispered—“Old Teddy!"
movement among the members until the newcomer had Just a perceptible interval of silence followed ; then a shufiled into the midst of the court and rapped three low voice answered—“Friends !"
times on the pavement with his staff. A long period of quiet succeeded, interrupted by each The silent audience then rose to its feet. arrival, until there had assembled more than twenty in This individual at once took rank as the presiding dividuals. All were inhabitants of that great zone where officer, and opened the session with due formality. is eternal night.
“What supports us ?” he began. Here were assembled the members of the Blind Beg “Asking," was the response. gars' Protective League," and a regular monthly meeting " What is the hour ?" -roverently styled “The Council of St. John ”– was “The hour of need." about to be held.
The ritual over, the chairman now took charge of the Vol. XIV., No. 5–38.
proceedings. The roll was called, each absentee being This man was a corporate body, in whose person were liable to a shilling fine.
united the offices of secretary, treasurer and president The white-baired man stood out in the centre of the He was a thief, and robbed the blind. court, and a stray ray of light from the church-clock's In the face of the next member who rose could have face played about his withered form.
been recognized the thoughtful organ-grinder of Bowling “We will now hear any complaints or suggestions from Green. our brothers,” said the chairman.
“Among yon,” he began, “I am known as Organ “My station is on the Gridiron, most worthy president,” Johnny,' but my claim to that title has ceased to exist. began a member, rising.
For twelve years—early and late, in sunshine and in rain, "Listen to the voice of Owen Brown," commanded the I have turned the long hours into melody. As was only head of the meeting.
natural, I grew to love the box, which was my companion “On yesterday morning a card was thrust into my hand, and the centre of all my hopes. Its safety became my as the persuasive voice of a woman whispered : This will greatest anxiety ; its preservation my tenderest care. But warm your heart in the cold weather.' I was happy all the one by one its notes have grown fewer, until on Saturday rest of the day. I carefully concealed the precious paste- last it broke down entirely. I would ask where I could board in my pocket. When my wife brought my dinner, ront a new machine, and what the expense would be ?” I told her to come for me in the evening an hour earlier "I think I could find you one," said the chairman, in a than usual. After we got home to our fifth floor, back, I way most business-like. “My cousin has a store and couldn't keep the secret any longer. At my request, she “The price would be?" guessed every species of good luck which could happen ; “Two dollars a month in advance." but she did not think of anything equal to an order on a But a new and unexpected sound prevented the comgrocer for food-for such I had settled it to be. I drew pletion of the bargain. the frail cardboard from my pocket and passed it carefully There came from out of the little street into that dark into her hands. Never shall I forget the doubting, half-court the sound of rapidly flying footsteps-the pattering disappointed way in which she said, "Something's printed of a child's feet. A few moments of breathless silence on it I Shall I ran to Dunlap's and find out what it says?' followed, at the end of which a thinly-clad girl turned the I remembered then that my poor Molly didn't know her corner. letters. I said, 'Yes, do, old pet !' As I heard her feet. She rushed into the midst of a solemn council and to pattering down the stairs, just as they used to do when the side of Teddy Moran, who, trembling with terror, we were young, and I-not blind-was able to protect her, grasped her tiny hands. I felt both sad and happy. I was alone; my thoughts ran "Oh, daddy !" she said, grasping for breath. “Happy on aloud : Benevolent lady ; has orders for four, beef- Sam is worse-convulsions. Just afore he was took he steaks, clothing, and shoes printed on cards to give away called for you.” to the deserving poor. An Angel knows how to make Fragile, wan, unhandsome, wanting in attractiveness of people happy.' Bat I heard Mary returning along the figure and dress, anxiety far beyond her years penciled hall below. Was she carrying home the provisions, that upon her face ; pale from want, chilly from scanty clothshe came so slowly? Nearer, step by step; I feared to ing ; timid, yet bold in her agitation-she stood before speak, and waited. As she crossed the doorway I detected, that sightless assemblage, the truest picture of uppronot a suppressed cry of joy, but a bitter sob. She threw claimed wretchedness pen had ever writ of. The highest her arms about my neck and kissed my face. The galling of her station may have thought her comely; the lowest disappointment came--she cried. I asked no questions could not have believed her wicked. A guileless, palpitatthen, but tried to comfort her. 'Be virtuous, and you ing heart in a homely tenement of earth. shall be happy,' were the words upon the card ; and she Dragging the shaking man to his feet, all impulse and said the cruel grocery men had laughed in her innocent fire, she gave the word of command"Come !" face. It's hard to break the heart of the girl who loves The meeting broke up at once, and in squads of threo you—but what revenge have I ?"
the blind men emerged from the narrow street into the “This woman may impose upon others," said the chair. wide thoroughfare. man, savagely. “Beware of her. Alas! we have no The chairman lingered behind ; his small, restless eyes remedy! Who speaks? Oh, yes—it's Teddy Moran !" glistened with hope, and, kneading his hands meanwhile,
“I speak in behalf of Happy Sam," began the member. he muttered : "He now lies upon a bed of sickness, and his relatives. "As well for Sam; better for us." if he has any–have forsaken their blind kinsman. But it is not for the vant of kindness that he suffers most; it's better food and proper medicine he needs. I know we all
CHAPTER II. want his life spared to him, and I do, therefore, move that
DROPPED FROM THE ROLL. our treasurer be directed to visit Sam at my lodgings, pre HOMEWARD, over the same route-skirting the curbo pared to furnish delicacies for the invalid to the amount stones, crossing the ditches, courting the darknessof ten shillings. He'd have done the same for any of us !" hurried the man and child.
“This will require a two-third vote," said the chairman. The dismal region of their habitation reached, the gir. "Those in favor of making an appropriation of ten shil- led the way up three flights of shattered steps to the open lings for Happy Sam will, as your names are called, door of an uncarpeted room. The light from the hall only answer Ay !' those opposed, “No!' The secretary will sufficed to show that on a bed of straw lay the body of a call !"
man. Otherwise the apartment was deserted. A voice, so different from that before heard that none The child hurried her gnardian toward the bundle of present could have suspected that it belonged to the pre- straw. A woman came along the ball, bearing a light, and siding officer, called the roll, and the money was unani- entering the room, her candle revealed the fact that Happy mously appropriated.
Sam was dead. “The treasurer will execute the will of the Order," said “Poor man! He niver come to at all, at all," were the the squeaky voioe of the chairman,
woman's only words
Old blind Teddy groped his way to the pallet and knelt Although the act was performed never so craftily, the by the corpse's side.
acute ear of the mendicant detected the looking of the Bending over the dreary bed of death, the child strovedoor. to console her parent for the loss of his friend, while the At once the horror of his situation burst upon the priswoman held alott the candle, when the shadow of a sharp- oner, and feeling along the wall for a window, out of visaged man crossed the doorway and hovered over the which he might shout for assistance, he found one heavily group. As the figure took form, its eyes were fixed upon barred within, and closed by a solid wooden shutter withthe sorrowful pair, and its lips moved with the words : out. “Better for us."
For a few moments the host was busied with some Bat the quick ear of the child detected the step of the occupation at the end of the room. The blind man heard human ghoul, and her eyes caught the reflection from his him strike a match, and knew that a lamp was lighting by glacé orbs.
the noise made in attaching the glass chimney. Upon the first opportunity the girl imparted the dis Then approaching his guest, the treacherous host hissed, covery regarding the presiding officer of the League to in accents full of rage : “Organ Johnny," and the latter took a solemn oath to "You'll beg no more, you dog!” A moment of silence kill the man who robbed the blind.
passed. "No, nor follow me, you imp of darkness !" as The days that came after were drear and sad. The he kneaded his hands. death of "Happy Sam "undered the last links which held The blind man seized a broken stool which he had enthe home together; and the long period of rain and snow countered in his gropings about the apartment, and increased the want which had already caused so much described with it a radias about his head. Now he heard bodily suffering.
his foo cunningly crawling toward his feet, and with irreTo end all doubt and hope, an exaoting landlord, to sistible force he Aung his weapon down in front. Again whom their rent was sadly in arrears, turned into the bis antagonist essayed to get behind him, but the thorstreet this lone couple in the antipodes of life.
oughly desperate beggar retreated against the wall. Then Accidentally, as it then appeared, the girl ascertained an awful reality burst upon his senses, for he beard slowly that cheap lodgings could be had at a tenement in a rear approaching-pusbed by his enemy's hands—a heavy court, near Cherubim Square. She visited the house, and, object, seemingly a chest. With his legs pinned against on the principle that eny place was preferable to the the wall, he would be an easy victim. streets or the station-honses, secured a small apartment on “Ha! the light l" exclaimed the mendicant, realizing the fourth floor,
that it was an unequal combat. Day had followed day in long succession since the in Remembering that the lamp stood near at hand, actu. domitable “Organ Johnny" had started upon his groping ated by this sudden impulse, he bounded to the left, and search for his enemy, when, late on a rainy afternoon-in with one blow dashed it in fragments upon the floor. this dreary Spring of 1857—he recognized the man and There was only an instant of darkness—in the next the the voice, issuing from an open shop-door, in the crowd : bed and the floor were a mass of flame. “Two dollars a month, in advance.”'
The man of the voice and the slouchy gait unlocked the He stopped instantly, for in his vast, lone land he door and stepped without. Before closing it for ever be seemed very near the one object of his life ; yet, he knew called to his victim : quite well that should his enemy elude him, a lifetime “You'll beg no more, you dog! might be exhausted in again striking the trail.
The throughfare, usually so crowded, was almost deserted, but the beggar stopped the first man who passed,
CHAPTER III. and asked the street and the number of the shop. Then
THE MAJESTY OF THE LAW. lowering his hat, he opened a place of business near the THERE was a fire at night in the most densely populated door. He begin asking alms. From afternoon until district of the city. nearly midnight-his hunger feeding upon the hope of The engines were hurrying to the scene, and the firemen revenge-the beggar lingered.
were preparing the attack; but, fed by dry and crumbling The clerks in the adjacent shops pitied the mendicant's woodwork, and fanned by a strong breeze, the fire defied blindness, which prevented him from seeing how ill. its assailants. Crackling, roaring and hissing, it poured chosen was the locality for alms-gathering ; but they its burning passion forth, and piled ap dense clouds of reasoned that he would not annoy their vision a second smoke between itself and the cold, sombre sky above. day.
Out of every window it showed its lurid visage until even “Organ Johnny" heard the shutters going up on the the walls glowed in its fierce embrace. windows. The man with the voice, having given some Thesmall court swarmed with men bearing coils of hose directions to his employés, left the shop.
with wbich the fire was to be beaten down ; but it only The mendicant suddenly put on his hat and followed roared londer, as if it would have said, "I only mock the slouchy footsteps.
you !" Through all sorts of crowds the groping beggar traced The landings were thick with smoke and the stairs wera the slipping gait. Incredible as it may seem, the possi. ablaze, when down and out of the house fled a frantic bility of recognition by his enemy did not occur to him. child, pursued by a wrinkled, white-baired man. In
In a narrow and deserted street, the pursued suddenly words of fierce invective, the man denounced the girl as turned upon his pursuer, and, clutching him by the arm the author of the conflagration. It was in vain that she in a familiar way, invited him to his house.
protested her innocence and begged release from the two So unlooked-for was the proposal that, before the men- policemen who seized her. She seemed frantic with grief dicant could stammer out a refusal, he felt himself hurried as, again and again, amid her sobs, she entreated, "I onward. Between surprise and indecision, he kept silen'. didn't do it ; please let me go back into the house !"
A short walk and a climb up four flights of stairs landed The fire raged on. Brave men swarmed ap ladders to the couple in the attic of an old brick tenement, in a rear attack the rampant monster from without-all efforts to court near Cherubim Square.
curb its fury from within proving futile.