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" What you Ciiii both be thinking of, 'hatever yon can sec In liim to admire, I :illy can't niake out," I exclalm, pettishly . He' eertainly is MM the soit of perBOt) to o in raptara about." ¦' VtTllI" Hut ra ppitc of iny aunt's expoatulaVy I tl(i n frown from m j CUUShl O cm Uf I ¦¦¦ mie iny remarks. ¦' I liever was k dtoappolflted in all niy ife. To thhik of oallinif liiin a nero- that vcükly, delicate-looking eripple." "Ol'i, Ver, lm-ii. Heto coming." It is a warm afternoon, and we are all ut upon tbc lawn; my cousiu is swinging o and fro in a hammook, whlch is sntended just beneath the tall elms, and, rom liis elevateil position, he has been afole 0 see the slow upproach, alonjr the walk y the side of the house, of the individual nfler drecussl&n. Can he have heard f 'or once mj' self-possession entirely deserta ie, and I sit with orimsoned cheeks and own-drooped, frlghtened eyes, ashamed f ïnyself- and deservedly so, for have I ot spoken sliglulngly of a gneat, and my ousin's dearest friend f ' IIow cool and comfortablc you look," lid a pleasant voice. "I have obeyed 'our injunction, Mrs. Yorke, and reBted a full hour, and I eau aasure you 1 teel reatly refreshed after my Ion;; journcv." liivoluiitaiily I draw a sinli of relief. Ie has not heard nw - if hfl bad be could never look and spcak so unconcernedly. te lak'-s il scat ncar Ene, and ulion. :it last. venture to rn'ise iny cycs, tlu'V meel a calnr, friendly, antwering (iaze. Nu. il is quite evident he lias not heard. Hef o re proceeding, I wlll describe this ooilege cKum, and beau ideal of all perfection, of my cousin, Gcrald Yorke. I lis name is Austln JJuchanan, his profesiion that of a doctor, and liis age I slioiikl judge to be Botaewhere about thirty; lic is not all, and is very delicate lookiag, and. vliat detraéis still further from his appearmiiT. he is very lame. iNiiw, somewhere in remóte age? - very remote, I sliould say, as I have heard it quoted ever since I knew enough to be proud of a new sash - soine one reniarkcd that " beauty s but skin deep." Howevej hat may be, it ís justas trae that I was )orn with an eye for comeliuess and an aversión to a de'forinity or blcmish of iny kind. A wcek goes by; seven snns liave risen uní set siuce Uoctor Buclianan lirst carne "Fellmont" - by whieh name our beaniful hoinc, Jiitviated in the very heart iI lio Westmoreland lakes, is called. The last of these days findé my lirst impresston of my visitor decidedly modified. When he is silent I 'think hini plain, and and my eyes wauder to liis cnitch: but wheu he ppeaks, and his face brlghteni ÜU t fairly glows, then I cease to wonder at the chariii he exercises over my cousin. Two more weeks basten by. " I must fío ir the ixpiration of another week," Doctor Buchanan says, decidedly. "Now, üerald, no urging, my kind friend, J cainiot leave my duuee any longer." That Dlght I push back my turls and study my reflection in the gtaM. I have a reason for so doing. That very afternoon, as I eat reading in my iavorite retreat, tucked away from the heat and ílies In an odorous bower of naturc's own maklag, with drooping rose iprayi falllng all about and hiding me, only dlstantastone'sthrow from where my cousin and his friend had esconced themselves; they were rinishing a previous canversation, and before Icould rise and hAc mysclf known I overlicanl something which effectually kept me where 1 was. "I know your admiration for a noble character," Gerald was saying, "but you must not think little Vera is as frivolous as she appears. You haven't seen her best slde yet. She is litfulaudcapricious lición you because I think your Indifferent manner rather piques her. The spoiled child is xery young, and has been .spoiled by too inucb admiration; ihe i accustonicil toase every man she meets do liomage to her jirctty face. The answer eame muaingly and ubsently: 'Yes, 3'oiir cousin mlght bc pretty- nay, beautiful- in Bome eyes. but to me thêre is somethin wanttog ín her Bwe, perfect In outlinc and color tliougli H is- Undlae needt a soul." My glass shows uie two dark, mlschievous ey, set in a. round, fair bes; a unall, cuived moutli, and n itralgbt nose. "Undine DOedl :i soul!" - what coul(' lie lueanV Hut my mirror d.oea not poisess a like gift witli the ancietit oracle, and I turn awav unansueifd and dtatatitfled. The last week of our visitor's stay bal ilrawn to i (-lose, and lii' lias gone. Ali! truly in three short montlis ofdailj companionabipi 1 lmve grown fully to nnderstand (crald's adiuiration lor Anslii Bnebanan. Never before liavr I had rad b mine of varicd nml entertalning knowledge unlocked bcfore me. Ofthlngsabon the sky - reverently touched apon; ol things below; of the ïnarvels of foreigi countries, and of the interesting objects in our own - upon each and every topic b( has been cqiially at home; and though he has pald luit Üttli' attiiilioi. lo 1110, I havt quietly listened and beneflted by what I baveheard. Nowthai hehaagonelawake to flnd that, Qerald, I haveallowed n bero-worahlp to ipring up in my beart, that 1 miss his quiet footfall, and that though I fear he does not even lik me- deemg me doll-like and frivolons- I have jrrown to care for this grave, plain nrnn, sa different from the ahalfow youths of wliom I meet a plenty In society. " that he came to be lame. How, when ¦ mere youth, ba bad been present at a large Ire, and how, when no else had dared, ie bad cllmbed a ladder lu the face of the tlazlng flames tö save a linie child. The ladder had broken before his deseent had jeen corapleted, and he liad fullea with ;he lit.tle one in hia arma. The ohlld had teen unharmed, but then it was that he celved the injury which made him a ripple. A.8 I listened to Gerald's enthnslastic de SCliptlon of his friend's brave HOt, niv beurt stirs and throbs withiu me. This is the nap of whom, in my girllsh thotlghtlcssïess, I spoke slightingly, almoat contemptuously. his BTOBT. There is a lul ) in the storm - for at leaal hne d.ivs 1 have nol been callad to any iev cases, il lid at last I think 1 mny safely 8ay thul the cloud is lifted. whieh for the ¦ast inonth has lain lo heavlly nnpn the teople of ill-fated town, wnere torso ono lever and tliseasè, brerl of fonl smella ind bad veniilation and drainage, aggravated by privation- for nearly ill the milis ïave Btopped work on account of a strike imong the employés - have held sway. 1 write hopefully; and dl 1 may; for, tnffnthar with the oy of knowing that the voe abont me is abaüng, hito nu „ „ i;,.. kis dawned an overwhclmingand nnlooked for radiance. I will teil how it has come ihnul. As one morntng, a tnotith ago, I went ny round?, in one of the hospital wanls. tending overa patiënt, I saw a new aune. I watelied her a moment unseen, when radden ly, as she Rlightly turned her head, recogiiiaed one vviiom I had not seen for Ive years. Notwlthstandlngthe rtiffreguatiOO dvess, and the close cap whicli con nee 1 tiic balt, I k new her - tor was it liot i lace which the more 1 tried to forget, the nore it had remejoed engraved on the Innosi (alih'ls of my lieart. I had seen il Int when a dear frlend liad persuaded me o give myself a short rest to ree.ruit, at his ¦onntry home, the health whieh my arduous duties had inipaired. I want, promisng to remaln a inonth, if notbing urgent eealled me. I foiind an ideal home, such as one reads of in books, situated in a spot tature must have created with a smile ipon her lace. The hostess, a gentle, jrray haired lady, oade me cördially weh-ome- " A friendof on'g as as lier iiwn," she said. There vas anothei tomate df my friend's home - young conaln. A gay, radiant creature, with il ninsic as f rippiing brooklets m lier merry voice, - ¦' -¦ '¦¦-¦ '¦¦" -"¦ 1 l.m.rl.lur hut vithont a partiste of earnestnesa uinlerlvng its variad expresalons. I coiild see she hrank trom me al OUT tirst ine.eünjj. and 1 earned the rearan. I was a crlpple, and he was one to whose exuberant health ind beanty-lovlng nature, any deformlty c weakueaa gave a senaatlon alniostof reKilslon. Bat t wegrew bettéracqualnted, is the paaalng daysopened out to ua eacfa iihei's charactera, her manuer toward me chanred. Thougb she auspected it not, the ibange as a dangeroua one to me. I had bought her Incapable of any seriousneH of feeling; now 1 found my mistake. I lad thought her superflclafly fair, but I oon came to flnd beauty in her girlish 'ace, rarpasaing that of any other 1 had ¦ver seen. The time flew by until the day oanie on vliich I had decidcd to go, and it was well bal it wal so. for 1 Knew then that, almosl inconseiously. an all-absorbing luve had icen ffrOVl n' up in mv hcait for the bcailiful glrl wno was no more a Httlng mate or one like me, than a dalnty hnmmipglird WOuld bc tor a grim, sombre raven. Not for SUCh M she was a work-day life Ike mine - even liad I not heen as I was - lifferent from my fellowa - a crlpple. So I went away, thanklng my kind enertainera and binding with corda of iron, ny heart, which throbhed like a wild hing, when at parting ihe laid her little land in mine and said -he was sorry I was Sorry - and I, who was mort' than sorry, ¦ould önly utler Iliemerc-I commonplaccs. To return to wherc I broke away into 'eiinni-ceiisces - As 1 st I watchins her, she tiirneil and ¦ame lijwards me. I was not mistaken - inough graver and paler than ol old, iefore me stood she who was alwaya in ny ihoughts. So I addreesed her now. ""Miss Carleton, how can Itbeposslble that yon are here, riskinir your life in this tevered atniosphere? " She gaT8 me her hand quietly, as if it had heen but yesterday that we parteil. ¦¦ I have been in the mulst of the worst of it," she said, " for I carne to D -" (naming a town a few miles distant) " six moiiths ago. There I have been since, until yesterday. 1 was sent here to takc the place of a nurse who had been taken sick." " Hut youraiint. where is she f " I isked. " and nij' frlend, your oooafai f 1 bav had no word from him fora long time.1' An expreuion of sadneta elouded her face. " l)id you not know," she exclaimcd, " that both my dear aunt and my noble young cousin - all I had in the world to love and he loved by - wero taken from me within one short inonth 'i Oh, it was hard! I was almost heside myself with grief. Then 1 read of the sulVeiing here, and the need of nu raes. 1 was alone in the world- no circle woiild bc broken hy my loss- and I thought, perhap, In hard work I couUl be able to drown my iorrowa. So I came." A she spoke I gazed with aniaenieiit at the brave woman before me (for, thoujrh young in years, " girl " slie OOUld bc callcd no Longer). "The iirst month I took the lever, " she conti nued, "but my perfect health brougM me through qulckly." Truly the ways of providencia are nu Sterious! How little 1 ever thought that I ihould meel Vera CarleDon U uch a mauiii-r and jilace. After thnt I siw her daily; saw her kneeling In prayer by the dying, or whiling away the we'ary hoursof convalcscence by her b'cautiful, eiieering presence. A month passed. It was cooler weathei now, and the fcver was at an end. Thi time had come when my services wcre no longer Indispensable, and 1 could return to my heme in I.ondon. I called to bid Miss ( aiicton good-bye. 1 found her alone. We talked awhile, and luddenly, althougb my reaaon told me it madness, Impelled by an inward promptlng 1 could not resist, 1 discloaed ti my lUtener the love which had been hidden in my heart all the long years which had nanea sime we laat met. Ai my pas sionatc worda feil on herearafalnt rpBeilrift tiiiL'el tb.' snow of her exqutaite lace. !, 1 saw only too cleiirly by the ilitler,.„,',. that exlsted between Ber great toreliness and my poor inaimed body, hou fooliab I was even to dare to hope, and yet 1 ketil On. . , Then bowing my liead. 1 awaiteJ m answer [tcamenotlnwOrds. Soft, round clasped my neck- a ten, l,r. toar wet face preved ilsclf to mine; llicrc close 1)J my ilde, with eyea who-.' (oyful llghl „f,,,,,,,.,! throu-l, a mist of tears, was era ¦ ii-tin, takc me," she whispered. I an, yours. ündlne faal ftrtnd l'., . Soahe had heard me aas that! Well, J lrU her later, myoffense b cancelled, r L too overheard a remark neror toeant rol „,v',.,,s a remar wbfc woe meani of fordafl; me to Inep silence then and ever since untU npw. Was ever a man so biest U I Í As I pioture the fatare, my lovo-lit home and thé beMtlfiri oompanion who is to be its guardián angel, a sense of deep thánkfulness rises In me too deep lor word ; lor eurely, tliis of the heavenly Bhore, God '.mi glve to man no more precioue ;;(t than that of :i noble, loving wifo. ituii-..; 7_ The reform club is the title of a new organizaron hy voiin-r ladtafor tb purpose of discouragfng the use of "slang phruses" in coiivci-ation. At a reoeni meeting, wlien a meiober was addressing the society, she Inadvertently made uw oí the expreailon "awful nioe," and was called to order by a sister uieinber for transgresslng the rules : " in wiiat wny have I tranagreued t " agked the speaker, bluahiag deeply. "1 ou said t would ii' 'awful nioe' to admit voung gentlemen tooür deliberatlons," replied the oüier, "Wi-ll. wouidu't itbe?" replied tha speaker. "Vou know you Baid yourscll' mi longrago than pesterday, tliat " "Tes, 1 know, bot you sa4d 'awful titee.' That's slang." CU," siiid the speaker tartly, "ifyu uc golng to be so 'au lul nici' aboul it. perliapsitis; luit I wonldn'l sayanything Ifl Were you. Dldn't you teil Sallle Spii';ins thls mornlqg to 'pull down her li:isillr 't' " "JSfo, I didn't," rètorted Uie other, hr growlng criiusou; "and Ballle SpiijlllS will say 1 didu'l. Shr uuii'l go back on me." Thta is a njee cacket you are girlng u." srled tbe president, alter rappinjf both nrlHMPa i,i ,,,¦,!,. r. "Let aak u Lal is the ibjecl ot tlus Bociety f" "To cHsooiirage slang !¦" oried a doaen oices. "Corteot," said the president, "go on u th lie funeral." A. iiK'inlier roso to expliiin thftt 8he hafl leen tined at the last meeting for saying 'awful niee" henelf, bul she hadn't the Btamps to pay it now- would settle it, liowever, in the Bweel by-and-by. "Tliat'll be uil rigbt,"said the president: "pay when you hare the ducats.'' Another member asked il' a youiie lady could say "oíd splendid" withoíit subject njr heiself tO a line. "Ton bet she ean't" said the president who was the original (bunder of t Bociety, uid therefore appealed to when auy ice [uestion was to be docidod. "Thcn," said the speaker. "] inove that Miranda l'ew come down witli the du-M. lor [ lieard her say that her beau was -justold splendid.' " "WeH, if my beau was such a halr-pin a your lellow is, I wouldn'l say it." "Shoot the chiniiinr," said" the president, 'will you never tuinble?" lint the confusión was too great to be alay'cd. Mlranda's blood was up; Bome8ided vith her and otliers against, and amid the )abel that, lollowed eould be henrd sueh ex.erry yo„ ?f?r .í'wipe ,IV ".'-IliW' 'Hire a hall !" eto.. wnen a motion t ndourn was carried by a large majority.


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