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and started across the prairie at a good He heard at Plumb's that the Colonel
had left New Bolton, and would not “I would beg pardon," said he to be back in two weeks; so he postponed Richard, “ for having been a party to the cowhiding to a more convenient this swindle, if I had not been so duped season, and concluded to try wall-eyed myself. I suppose you relied on my pike. judgment, and I'll try to make you Miss Plumb urged Richard to stay whole, in some way.”
there a few days, but he declined. So “Do you really think,” said Rich- she prepared, with her own gracious ard," that the Colonel is an ingrained hands, a lunch that would have fed a rogue ? Is he not a gentleman, forced pic-nic party of Choctaws, and intrusted by pressing circumstances to turn some to him a note for Miss Seabray, with very short corners ?
messages. The Doctor looked at Richard incred- “When you come to found a city on ulously.
your land here, please make our house “I should not like to think, Doctor,” your headquarters,” said she to him. he hastened to explain, " that Miss Sea- “I have some improvements in ornabray's father is a rogue.”
mentation, which I hope to see incor"French," said the Doctor, softening, porated into your plan.” " that's the only good thing about Sea- Richard promised to adopt her sugbray. He's a man of broken fortunes, gestions, and rode away in a gloomy fit but she's a beautiful girl.” He rode of the blues, which came as the clouds along in silence, looking at the grass, come, and would go as they go, to come and added, “ She's a charming girl, and again some sunny morning. if it wasn't for her father, I don't know Chinny was not naturally a very lively what I might do. The Colonel is figur- companion ; and on this particular ocing to marry her to my amiable friend, casion he was splenetic, even bellicose, back there, for he's in the power of our when Plumb's Wood had sunk into the beloved barefooted brother, in some grass behind them. way. At any rate, Chinny is rich—for “If I can euchre him, I will I ” said this country-and the Colonel is cramp- Chinny; "and I think I can. ed for money; so they have struck up a a little money to put up on it, any how; bargain, and the consideration, on Sea- and I'll put it up, too. I've stood bray's 's part, is his daughter."
a good deal from Doc. Blodgett—'bout “But she will never consent to this,” all I ever shall, I reckon. I can stand said Richard, quickly.
bein' blackguarded, but I can't stand “ She will not know of a bargain. bein' throwed into the slush, 'mongst She has pride," said the Doctor, “and pollywogs; and I'll have him throwed wants to go to Europe, and Chinny's out of his office of paymaster, to pay for money will take her there in as fine it. The loss in money won't be much, style as any other man's money will. but regardin' the disgrace of bein' She flies high in her notions. She's no throwed out by his friends, it'll be a ground-bird, and, in my opinion, thinks little tedious on him." as much of money as is good for her In this bewitching way did one of the health. All this she gets from the Co- founders of Globe City exhilarate the lonel. She is not to blame; but still young man whose interests had now bethat won't make it any pleasanter. If come identified with the West, while a you want something in your house, soft June breeze was rolling the long French, next to the unpardonable sin, emerald waves against their horses' marry a flirt, or the child of a scamp." feet.
He was moody and confidential by At the New Bolton Hotel they found turns all the way to Plumb's Lake, and Colonel Seabray and two men waiting not entirely consistent, either, in many for Chinny. One was a speculator and of his remarks concerning Miss Seabray. the other a railroad man. They had
been passing the happy hours away at While Chinny was thus towering in à social game of poker, and were in the financial sky, Richard was fast dehigh feather-shaking hands heartily scending. His easy bearing had left with Chinny, and laughing very loud. him, and he no longer walked the streets Though the Colonel was not noisily of New Bolton with that condescending hilarious, he looked pleased. He had air befitting the founder of a city. He lost many blocks in Globe City, and was disposed to "sing small” over his gathered, in place of them, five hundred recent purchase, for it would prove a dollars in cash, at the social game he dead loss, except the shadowy claim to had managed to make so agreeable-to the quarter-section on Plumb's Lake. himself.
As a land-speculator he had failed, The men wanted to buy Chinny's in- from having too much hope and not terest in a tract known as Turkey enough money. Money is freight and Bend; but he did not want to sell, not ballast; hope is sail, and bad carried even for fifteen thousand dollars, al- him over. He thought that if hopeful though he had previously offered it for people could afford to be schooled by one thousand. Never before had there experience, it was a good way to get an been a man in New Bolton so little in education; but in his case, the prelimiwant of money as Chinny. He had it nary course had exhausted his pocket. to lend ; and what he now desired was So he determined to return to his first to find some responsible men to take it love--the law; and for this purpose he 66 off his hands."
shut himself up to review. He was After much talk, however, he sold a busily engaged at his books one day, half interest for ten thousand dollars, when there came a rap at the door. He payable in preferred stock of the pro- did not answer, and the rap was repeatposed railway; and in this trade he ed, this time louder. agreed to transfer his entire interest for “Mr. French," said the familiar poice fifteen thousand dollars, if tendered of Colonel Seabray, “I have a note for within one year from date. This was you." equal to canonization; and Chinny Then he repeated the rap, and presloomed up, at once, as the largest kind ently Richard heard a little scuffle of of a local saint. Having sold a small feet, like a man standing on tip-toe to interest in his Turkey Bend estate for peer over the door. The next moment one hundred thousand dollars, as was there was a thump, as if he had gone currently reported, he would now dredge down on his knees to look through the out the mouth of New Bolton Harbor, keyhole. Richard thought it must be and establish a direct trade with Eu- something urgent, and got up to open горе. .
the door, but stopped as he was stretchThere was water communication all ing out his hand, for he heard the Cothe way by the Welland Canal; plenty lonel's breath whistling in the keyhole. of timber to build ships with, plenty He was trying to blow out the obstrucof wheat to load them, plenty of sailors tion Richard had placed there. Failing to sail them, and much money in the in this, the Colonel got on his feet, and speculation. Colonel Seabray said so; went, with unsteady steps, to the stairs, Chinny said so, and he knew where where he made a great many soundings money lay, as well as if he were Nature's off into the abyss, trying to find bottom private banker, and kept a key to all with his foot; then slowly feeling his her treasure-vaults.
way down, he finally took the last two Chinny's stock ruled high in all the stairs at one step, and sprawled headmarkets. He could build a church out long across the hall. That seemed to of his own pocket, and had gone so far sober him somewhat. as to hint that it was policy to build “Hello, Colonel,” said Chinny, “ you one; that it would help the place more missed a step, eh? Was you lookin' for than any thing else-except a hotel.
“No; I had a note here for French, “But I thought you admired men but I can't find him. Suppose you take who were wise and learned," said he. it," said the Colonel. “I can't go climb- “Not for wisdom and learning alone, ing up and down these stairs for a little for these make men owlish and dislaw-thing;” and then they both went agreeable. We like that which makes into the bar-room, out of Richard's men famous. Miss Plumb, for instance, hearing, where the Colonel made copi- would be likely to admire such a man ous inward applications for his contu- as Mr. Gault, a young lawyer in Chicasions.
go, who often called at uncle's house." Richard returned to his room, annoyed “What makes you think so ?” he at the little scene he had just witnessed asked, quickly. from the top of the stairs, and at him- “ Because he's so delightful and such self for his incivility. He had not called an ornament to society," said Mary. on Mary since her return from Chicago; “Whenever I heard him talk, it seemed and now to refuse her note, was barbar- as if he had just been gleaning through
No lawyer, he believed, could the gardens of literature, and was returnhope for permanent success, who so dis- ing with his arms full of flowers.” regarded social duties. Besides, by “A shining, showy, surface man,” going up there he would learn what the said Richard. “A shallow stream with note contained without asking Chinny nothing but sparkle would not suit Miss for it; and that evening he called on Plumb. She wants something deeper Mary.
and less transparent.” “ Then you really did not come here “Perhaps so; even if it were a mudto see Miss Plumb ?" said she.
puddle,” said Mary, looking at him Certainly not. I should have gone archly. to Plumb's Lake for that purpose," he “I would like to see this paragon," replied.
said Richard, trying not to seem an“She is bere, and has been all day.” noyed or appear very jealous. “ You surprise me," said Richard. pose, to use a floral comparison," con
“You certainly surprise me," she re- tinued Richard," that Mr. Gault must plied. “I think it is too bad that Miss be, among moss-roses, the very mossPlumb should escape the eyes of one she iest.” 80 admires. She wants to see you, and "The top-blossom of culture, I assure sent a note by father."
you,” replied Mary. 16 To me? I did not get any."
“I have no doubt,” said he, that “Yes, to you. It is not often that we emulation expired in a spasm, when have young lawyers out here, and we Gault ceased to be a boyish bud, and must make the most of them."
shone full-blown on Society's eyes, did“She did not come here on purpose n't it?” to see me?” said Richard.
Oh, no! Emulation and envy have “I believe she is getting some sugar spasms, and cramps, and all kinds of and molasses, also,” said Mary, laugh- contortions, but don't expire—at any ing. “ You know the Doctor is there; rate, not in Chicago," said Mary, as she and she is too hospitable to let him go saw Richard wince a little. unsweetened.
Don't be jealous, now, “I used to know Gault,” said Richplease ; though the Doctor is rich, good- ard, “or I would not have said what I looking, not old, not intolerably queer, did. He is a very large man, with black as a great many doctors are.-But to hair." relieve your mind," she continued, “I “No, you mistake the man,” she remust tell you, as a profound secret, that plied. few girls like doctors, because they “I beg his pardon,” said Richard, know too much."
getting up, and extending his hand. " Who do ?"
“ Allow me to apologize to Mr. Gault's " Doctors," replied Mary.
friend, and congratulate you both on
“ I sup
the mutual good taste that made you Plumb; "and I know that I could not such friends. I must say good-by." care for anyone else. It makes the
But he did not say good-by again, for tears come into my eyes to see how there was something in Mary's eyes that beautiful you are, lying there;” and she prevented him. He tried to believe buried her face in the pillow. Then, that it was best to say so, and hence tossing back her hair, she smoothed her forth devote himself to his books. He face with both hands, till it shone tried to go, and got to the piazza, where again. he made the profound remark that it “I did as you suggested," said Mary; strengthened him to look at the stars ; “but do you know that I was frightand then they both found so many to ened at one time, he seemed so jealous look at-lucky and unlucky mixed to of Mr. Gault ?" gether, and hard to sort, and so much Both girls laughed heartily at this. strength to be gained, too, withal—that “I cannot trust myself to do that it was late when Richard climbed to his again,” she continued. “ The fact is, I room and composed himself to happy am half glad that he is going to pay dreams.
more attention to his books than he Probably there is nothing so suggest- does to us. His presence here makes ive to a man as the act of dressing. Chinny so jealous and annoys father. I Every wrinkle and button reminds him don't know why it is that every thing of something to be done or undone. In I do hurts some one's feelings. I must Richard's case something was to be be destined to great things in this done; and by the time he had got world, or the elements would not be so ready to walk down-stairs he was con disturbed when I wink. Perhaps my scious of having reviewed a long pro mission is to marry some poor wretch, cession of yesterday's events, and at the and make a man of him. Did you heels of the caravan marched a resolu ever wonder whether a correct censustion to get a room, and commence prac- report would show that most women tice.
married for money, or to please their He soon found an abandoned land- friends, or for some other motive than office, which he hired, subject to the sale love ?” of the lot on which it stood. This was “When I say no," replied Miss Plumb, a step ahead.
smoothing the hair on
the pillow, When Mary Seabray sat up in bed, “please imagine me as using a capital next morning, she was conscious of hav- ‘N’and a capital 'O,' which means that ing seen long caravan of camels, in I never did wonder; and I do not want dream, and each one was loaded down to hear you talk about it. As for Chinwith a cargo of headaches, consigned to ny,
I wish I bad him to deal with as a her. Then she was conscious of a knock lover." at the door, and the next moment of the “I wish you had him as a lover, or presence of Miss Plumb.
hater, or any thing else, if you'd only So she piled the pillows up to recline keep him; and I will recommend you on, and blushed a little as she said, to his highness. But really, now, let us
“I had such a delightful time last be practical, and assume that the Fates night!”
(please imagine me as using fire capiMiss Plumb's lips quivered slightly, tals) will do their worst,--and you know as she nodded and smiled, and folded they are always doing it,—don't you Mary's black hair around and around think Chinny could be made something her fingers.
of, by a woman of ingenuity ?" “ He was so complimentary to you,” "Mary Seabray," said Miss Plumb, said Mary.
putting a hand each side of the face on " Don't ask me to believe that, Mary. the pillow, and rolling it to and fro like Why, if I were a man, I should be per a baby's, then gently dabbing it down fectly fascinated with you," said Miss in the pillow, to emphasize each word,
“ will you please imagine me as using You never heard of the lawyer, did you, the largest kind of capitals, when I an who commenced pleading his client's swer.no,' to that question ?”
case with a widow, and ended by plead“ But if you could only hear father ing his own ?” talk, and see him when he comes home “No, but I've heard of a girl who sometimes. I never saw a man glare as commenced pleading Chinny's case, and he did last night, when he found that ended by pleading a lawyer's. Look me Richard had been here."
in the eye, and say you do not love “I do not want to hear him talk,” Richard French." said Miss Plumb. “The natural right “I do not love Rich—" of a parent does not extend so far as to “No, no, no !” said Miss Plumb, putlet a father destroy a daughter's happi- ting her hand over Mary's lips. “Look ness."
me in the eye, Mrs. Chinny, directly in “ Neither can I destroy his,” said the eye,” and Miss Plumb ran out of Mary.
the room laugbing, where Mary soon “You can your own, though,” re joined her. The headache had gone plied Miss Plumb," by indulging such now, and the two radiant girls sat sipthoughts. Be advised by me, and fol- ping their coffee alone, telling secrets low my plan.”
too confidential for paper. “Look me in the eye,” said Mary, Most of their talk was about Richard, stretching out her snowy arm, and turn- who was, at that moment, wondering ing Miss Plumb's face toward her own. just how much poverty he could stand, “ Is it safe to follow your plan? I am to the square inch, without being almost jealous at the thought of it. crushed.
WITH THE NUNS.
If ever there was a Protestant by inquisitorial vaults made ready for their descent, tradition, educational influence, furniture of pain, and as season after and religious conviction, I suppose I season the grand enclosure grew, I wan
A Puritan ancestry on my dered through crypt and gallery buntfather's side, whose graves for near two ing for secret chambers, and estimating hundred years I some time since mused as best I could the resistance that its over at Hartford, had determined my massive masonry would oppose to an cast in the Roundhead type, and I artillery enfilade down Seventh-streethated popery as ferociously as I was in which I proposed to make my knowlcapable of hating any thing. Not that edge of the building useful. For that I kner much about it, but Protestant it was a fortress under the guise of a martyrologies and histories of the Re- church, was probably at that time the formation had, with other concurrent best settled of all my articles of faith. influences, engendered a state of feeling But the church grew through fifteen which, though correct enough, perhaps, years of building to architectural main some of its impulses, was beyond turity,--and I suppose I grew some peradventure eminently unjudicial. I too; at all events, I outgrew alike the well remember, when a boy, the abhor belief in its dungeons, and the desire to rent interest with which I watched the knock it down. building of St. Peter's Cathedral at All my family, and their collaterals, Cincinnati. Several years were spent in were Baptists,—a denomination, as I laying its ponderous foundations-in suppose, more diametrically antagoplaces eight to fifteen feet thick, and I nistic, in respect of church government, sounded them many a time in search of doctrine, and religious methods, to the