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Two Dreams

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12
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May
Year
1881
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'If you please. sir, Simmons wishes to apeak to you.' 'By all means,' replied Colonel Holt, apparently surprised that Simmons should make the request through the medium of the footman. 'Teil him to come here at once.' A few moments later carne a hesitating knock, and it was not until Colonel Holt had twice shouted 'Come in,' that the door opened to admit the aforesaid Simmons. Looking up somewhat impatiently, Colonel Holt was struck by the change in the man's demeanor. Ño longer the spruce, erect, middle-aged butler, but a pallid, trembling man, stood before him. 'Good heavens 1 Are you ill, Simmons ?' '2io, sir, but I must go away this very day. You must let me go; indeed you must, sir.' 'Certainly, if you wish it ; but give me some leason for this sudden determination. Wiutf has happened ?' 'I cun teil you nothing, sir. Let me go without question, that is all I ask of you.' 'It is a great deal te ask,' said Colonel Holt, more and more surprised ; and I am not sure that I can grant so much. Come, Simmons, teil me honestly what has happened. If I can help you - ' 'Thank you, sir, you can oniy let me go-' ► 'Perhaps you are in some money trouble f Speak ont f rankly if you are.' A faint fiush carne upon the man's face ; he hesitated. 'Money, sir, has to do with my trouble,' he replied, 'but it is not my reason tor wishing to go away. Have pity on me, I implore you ; let me go. I must, whether you consent or not.' And a look of the utmost misery crossed the man's face. 'Well, well,' said his easy-going master, 'how long do you want to be away? for a time only, or do yoo want to leave altogether ?' 'If you are kind enough to let me return, sir, I can do so safely by the twentieth of this month. 'Safely,' muttered Colonel Holt ; 'what does the fellow mean?' Then aloud : 'And who is to ftll your place ; you know we have visitors coming today, and - ' Again that haggard look of terror carne into Simmon's face as be ventured to interrupt his master. 'Yes, sir, I have thought of that, and I have a brother staying in the village who is butler to Sir Henry Curtis, at Heauchainp Park. The family are abroad, and he has a moni h 8 holiüay, md will gladly take my place while I am absent. I am sure he will do hls best to please you, sir.' There being nothing f urther to settle, tiis master dismissed Simmons. For a few minutes Colonel Holt pondered over the matter and the man's strange manner, then muttering something to the effect that servants' ways were past lïnding out, he dismissed the subject from lus thoughts and became engrossed in business letters of importance. At luncheon, much to Mrs. Holt's imazement, a strange servant was in iittendance. 'Where is Simmons ?' she asked. 'Oh,' exclaimed Oolonel Holt. suddenly remembering he had not enlightened lus wif e, 'this is Simmon's brother, wbo has taken his place for a week or two. I have been so busy I forgot to teil you.' Mrs. Holt asked no f urther questions till the man had left the room. Then she said : 'My dear, when you allowed Simmons to leave, did you remember that Mrs. Perceval and Èffie were coming to-day, and that we have a party to-inorrow 't' 'Yes, I did not forget, but the man would go. I could get nothing out of the fellow, except that he must go this very day, and would return by the twentieth.' 'But what reason did he give for such extraordinary conduct?' 'None whatever. He looked miserably ill and changed, as palé as a ghost. I never saw sucli a scared object in my life.' 'Do you tkink he had been drinking?' 'Oh, no, he was as sober as a judge. STever mind, liis brother will do very well, no doubt ; he's butler at 15eauchamp, and looks a decent sort of fellow. By-the-by, wbat time is the carriage to be at the station to meet the Percevals ?' Before Mrs. Ilolt could reply, SimmoHS No. 2 appeared bearing a telegram. 'This has just arrived, madam.' 'A telegram! Some change of plans, I suppose, on the part of the Percevals,' said Mrs. Holt, opening the envelop quickly. 'Oh, how tiresome! Listen: 'So sorry we cannot come. Eflie lias one of her nervous attacks. Will write all particulars." ' 'Well, that's no end of abore. Plague take these girls with their nervous attacks! Here we've the nuisance of a dinner-party of natives to-morrow all to no purpose.' They must have been asked sume time or other, my dear,' said Mrs. Holt mildly; 'but it's very provoking, I own.' 'And so Miss Eflïe and her wonderful diamonds are not forthcoming,' said her husband, getting uj) and lighting a cigar. 'Well, I,m off. I think 111 take the dog-cart and drive to the station. No doubt there will be fish and other tliings to be fetched.' And Colonel Holt sauntered out. On his return, to his great surprise, Simraons himself met him at the hall door. 'You back again! What does this mean ?' The man looked confused, stammering out, 'I - I - thought better of it, sir, and - and - 1 hope you will f orget what has passed.' 'You are determined to puzzle me today, Simmons. Do you think you are quite right in your head ? Have you no explanation to give of your strange conduct ?' 'None, sir,' was the answer, in low tones. 'Now, what on earb. would be the proper thing to do, I wonder V' thought Colonel Holt. 'Oh, if I didn't hate trouble so much, and the weather were not so hot! As it is, "masterly inactivity" must gain the day.' And without another look at the delinquent, he made the best of his way upstairs. What can make Effie so late this very morning of all others, when there is so much to be done before we start,' sigtied Mrs. Perseval, pushing back her chair from the breakfast table as she spoke, and addressmg no one in particular. 'What was the row with Ertie in the night, mother ?' asked James, a boy of fourteen, who at the moment was eonveying a large piece of bread and jam to his mouth. 'With Effle?' asked his mother. 'What do you mean, Jem ?' 'All J know is, I heard a scream in the night,' replied Jem; 'and imagined it came from Eflie's room opposite. But I was awfully sleepy, and the next moment I was off again, and forgot all about it till just now.' Mrs. Perceval hastened up to her daughter's room. ïoher great dismay, Effle was sitting on the edge of the bed in a half fainting condition, only partly dressed. 'My darling, are you ill ? What is it ?' asked her mother. 'Oh, mother, mother,' moaned the girl, clinging to her, 'don't go away, don't leave me,' was all poorEtlie could say. 'Leave you, my child, o f couvse not. But why didn't you send for me ? I had no idea you were ill.' 'I did not want to frighten .you, and so I tried to get up and dress, and tken this horrible faintness carne over me, and I could not get to the bell. Oh, mamma, I have had such a terrible night!' 'My darling! Then it was you Jem heard scream F 'He raust have heard me, but he didn't come, no one carne; and oh, it wal so terrible, I shall never, never forget it,' and she trembled like an aspen leaf. 'One thing is clear,' said Mrs. Perceval, 'we eannot go to the Holts to-day.' 'lío, no,' said Effie, 'I can go on, no visits; but I must get away from here, from this room, from this bed,' she added with a shudder. 'We will go anywhere you like, darting,' said her mother soothingly 'Only try to be ealm now, and teil me what has upset you so dreadf ully.' lt was sometime betore thegiri was sufficiently oolleeted to satisfy her mother's anxiety and curiosity, but ;it length, and with many breaks and halting sentences, she spoke much as follows: 'I went to bed, as you know, perfectly well and looking forward to our visit to the Holts, and I soon feil asleep. About 1 o'clock I fancy it must have been, I awoke with a feeling of the most frightful depression, just as if I were doomed to death. I tried to cali out, and to sit up in bed, but a heavv weight seeined on me, and I jould only lie still and gasp. Then I Eelt myself sinking into a sort of stupor. I knew that I was not awake, and yet I was not asleep. Fearful forms flitted before my eyes, until at iength they seemed to merge into the form of a man, witli huge prominent eyes. who stooped over me, and slowly waved a large knife in front of nij face. I triedto scream, but feit it was only inwardly, and that no sound escaped my lips. Again that terrible form bent over me, gradually fading away, only to return a third time with a still fiercer look in his eyes. Making a auperhuman effort, my voice at last broke its bounds, and with a ringing scream I woke, and sprang out of bed. There was no one to be seen, my door was still locked; nu one could have come in; it must then have been a dream, I thought, and at last, shivering and sliaking, I creptinto bed again, but could not go to sleep. Oh, I did so longfor you, mother, and yet I was frightened to come to you.' 'Mypoor child!' cried Mrs. Perceval soothingly. 'It was indeed a f rightf ui dream.' 'But, wasit only a dream?' sighed Effle; 'it seemed so much more - and that face, shall I ever forget it?' 'Only a dream, darling. Something had upset your nerves. Now, try and shake off the remembrance of it. Come down stairs, and. after breakfast, we will settle were we will go. I think the sea-side will be best, but you shall decide.' Mrs. Perceval treated the matter lightly. Eflïe always had been higuly nervous, and this was only a bad ack of uightmare. It was, however, ome time bef ore the girl took the ame view as hermother;and, although he cbauge to the sea-side braced her nerves, and did ljer very much good, t was far froin being a complete cure. At times, the reinembrance of: the face he had seen would return and cause ïer hours of torture. Mrs. Perceval, íke a wise vvoinan, had kept lier own ounsel concerning the dream.or visión, whichever it was, so that it had not lecoine au eight-day wonder in the lousehold. She rarely allowed Effie o dweil npon it to her, and when, a car later, a new interest sprang up n the girl's life, she rejoiced, feeling ure the ghost would nuw be laid forver. For Ettie was engaged to be larried, and two honest brown eyes ow haunted her waking as well as ler sleeping moments, and a sense f peace and security hedged her round. To Launce Spencer she had of course old the tale, and Launce had petted nd soothed her, and made nothing of t; and with her hand in liis, and her ïead on his shoulder, she could feel no ear. lt was once more the beginning of August when one briglit morning aunce unexpectedly received a sumlons to join his regiment; a court-marial, or some duty equwlly important, equired his presence. Poot Eflie pirit after his departure. At ength, a bright thought struck er. 'Mother, this would be the very titne or my visit to the Holts. Let me end a telegram to say I will arrive tonorrow. They have always begged me to come at a moments notice, and may not be able to go later n.' 'But they have people staying with liem,' objected Mrs. Perceval. 'Never mind; they will put me up omehow. Do let me go.' 'Very well, dear,' agreed her mother, rather reluctantly; to oppose ny wish of Effle's was an impossibil;y to her. 'You must take Susan with you.' 'Oh, yes; and my diamonds,' laughed 3ffle. 'Do you remember I was to have taken them last year to show Mrs. Holt ? She was so envious at my good luck in having them left to me; 'a chit like you,' I remember she said.' Mrs. Perceval rejoiced to flnd that all remembrance of the shock lier daughter had sustained a year ago seemed blotted out of her mind. No painful thoughts appeared to linger of that interrupted visit to the Priory. 'Well, Effle, send oft" your telegram, then; but you need not say your diamonds will aceompany yoa, she added laughing. Eme flew up to the little village postoffice, and dashed off the following message: 'I am coming to-morrow for a few laya, unless you telegraph back to the ontrary.' In the evening Mrs. Perceval inquired if she had received an answer. 'Oh, no; I told thera not to answer unless they could not have me.' 'Still I wonder you have not heard,' eturned her mother; but Effle was quite sure it was all right, so no more was said. Next morning she was up early, put,ing the finishing strokes to her packng, laughing and singing, apparently n the highest spirits. 'Good by, daring mother. I shall write to you tonorrow. Isn't it odd ? it was this very day, August fourtli, that we were to lave gone to the Holts last year.' Still no painful reminiscences on the subject. Her mother kissed and blessed lier, preached care and caution, and so they parted. On arriving at X- - ■ station, Effie was somewhat surprised to flnd that no vehicle awaited her from the Priory; ho wever, as she was able to cure a fly without any difliculty, the omission was of little consequence. It so happened she had never visited the Holts before, great f riends though they were. They had met abroad and at the houses of coinmon friends, but something liad alvvays come ín the way of a visit to the Priory, and Effle could scarcely believe she was really on her way thither. As the fly drove up tothe door of the oíd house, she saw Mrs. Holt in the garden, and, putting out her head, nodded and smiled gaily. Up rao her hostess, exclaiming, 'Eftie, my dear child, what a delightful surprisel W'hy didn't you let us know you were coming?' 'Surely you received my telegram yesterday Í ' 'No; did you send one? Oh, that dreadful boy at the postoftice! He really must be got rid of. This is the third elegram he has lost in a month - careess, good-for-nothing young rascal ! ïiever mind about that now, however. How delightf ul to think you really are aere at last !' 'But is it convenient? Are you su re yon ean put me up?' asked Ellie. 'Oh, 1 forgot ! every room is f ull,' cried her friend, stopping short in dismay as she was hurrying her into the íouse. 'But I can manage; you won't mind. Oh, yes, I know ; that will do licely. There's Fred ; he will be suririsctl ! Do you know who this Ib?' she called out to her husband, who was oinitig downstairs. 'Eltie Perceval I Can I believe my eye - V " 'Ves; and she telegraphed yesterday to say she was coming, and that horrible boy must have lost the message. Fred, you must have him sent away.' Whlle Kflie was lunching. Colonel I folt ran over the names of those who were staying in tlie house, and of those of the neighbors who were coming to dinner. 'I hope you have brought a smart dress, young lady, and all your diamonds, tor tliere is to be a perfect invasión of natives.' 'Oh. I think I shall do,' laughed Effle, 'though I was not prepared for such a festivity.' 'They don't happen often, thank goodness; why, now I think of it, you left us in the lurch on the last grand occasion ; tlns very day, last year, by Jove, so it wa. 'Yes. Oh we won't talk of that,' said Effle, slmddering and turning pale. She was relieved by the entrance oí Mrs. Holt, who ofEered to take her to her room. 'I have done the best I can, dear ; ordered iny dentó be turned into a bed room for you. ïhere was literally no other room available. ïhere is only one drawback ; it is at the end of a long passage, has no lock to the door, and is not very near any other room.' 'It will do boautifnlly, I am sure,' cried Etlie, vexed at the trouble she was giving, and feeling she could not in reason make .uiy objeetions, thoilgh the idea of an isolated room dld not strike her pleasantly. ,That is myhusliand's dresing-room,' said Mrs, Holt, as tliey passed an open door. 'Now turn to the right and at the end of this passage is your room. I chose it for my den on account of its inaceessibility.' When reached it lookedsuch a cheerful bright little room with the afternoon sun streaming into it that Eflie was charmed. 'If 1 teel lonely I can keep Susan with me,' slie thouglit. Xovv Ishall leave you to rest,' said Mis. Holt 'if you could get a little nap bei'ore dinner, you would be all tne better for it.' 'I must write to mamma and Launce, that will be better than sleeping, and will refresh me quite as much. What tinie do you dine ? 7:30? Very well ; good-by till then.' 'I really believe Simmons is wrong in his head,' said Oolonel Holt to liis wife as he came iuto her room half an hour befare dinner. 'What has he dono now, then?' The fellow's manner is so odd I crui't understand liiin. As soon as you had taken Effle up to her room I sent lor him to say 1111 extra place must be laid at the dinner-table, and stater! the reason. He didn't make any answer, and looking up I saw he was as white as death and shaking all over ; then he began a stammering request to be allowed to go away, as he was not well, and so on. However, I cut him short, and told him if he wanted to go he must wait till to-morrow, and that then, if go he would, it must be for good ; but that, of course, he must stop and do his work to-night. With that I left him and just now I saw him at work in the dining-room, so I suppose he has recovered his senses. 'IIow very strange his conduct is," said Mrs. Holt ; 'it is exactly a year ago to-day since his last vagary.' Contrary to her wont, Mrs. Holt feit somewhat of an anxious hostess as she greeted her guests tliat evening, but she was reassured by Simmon's manner which was as composed as usual. Effie, obeying her natural mstincts.was late, and reaching the drawing-room after dinner had been announced, feil to the lot of a shy, red-haired youth, who took her in solemn silence, apparently abashed by the radience of her diamonds. It was a pleasant, sociable dinner enough, and all went well, to Mrs. Holt's secret relief. She gave a sigli of satisfaction on reaching the drawing-room, feeling now that all danger was over. Never had Effie been brighter or merrier. As soon as the men came up, Mrs. Holt persuaded her to sing. She had a Jovely voice, but was uaually too shy and nervous to perform before strangers. However, to-night she seemed a different creature, and not a little to lier own surprise feit every inclinación to compiy with the request. Everyone was enchanted, and she was besieged for another song. 'You must have some coffee first, said Colonel Holt, beckoning to Simmonds to bring it. 'I am better without cofEee,' said Effle, looking up to decline it, when her eyes suddenly met those of Simmons, who was holding the tray in front of her. A violent flt of shivering took possession of her as with flxed eyes she watched him leave the room; then, with a piercing scream, she started up, and, catching hold of Colonel Holt's arm, cried, 'Save me.save me!' and feil back fainting into his arms. The usual confusión consequent on such an event ensued. 'She must have air and quiet,' said Colonel Holt; and begging his wife would suinmon Susan, he arried the girl out of the room into his study, where in time she recovered. 'Oh! that face, the awful face of my dream!' she moaned, pressing her. hands to her head. 'My dear ehild, what lias distressed you? Teil me what has made you 111,' asked Colonel Holt. His wife had by this time returned tothe dra wing room, leaving her husband and Susan with Effie. 'Those dreadful eyes, that face, was all she would say for some time. 'Do you know what she mcans Y Colonel Holt asked Susan, who shook her head, and, in a whisper, expressed a hurried opinión that Miss Effie's nerves were often like this, and that most likely she meant nothing.' Perhaps she will teil me if we are alone' thought Colonel Holt, and he made a sign to Susan to leave the room. 'Kow, dear, try and teil me what luis f ri er h tened vou: and who it is has BUth dreadful eyes; or would you ratlier teil Agiies? If so, I will fetch her.' 'No, no,' said Etlie, clinging to him; [ will teil you; it will be better; but it roakes me shndder so to speak of it.' Colonel Holt soothed her as best he could, and at length slie managed to teil him of lier dream of a year ago. 'And oh!' she cried, 'that man who brought the coft'ee to me had the name face as the man inmydream, aii'l wheii I looked up his dreadful eyes were looking at me in the same murderous way as in my dream.' 'That man? Do yon mean Simmons, my butler ?' ïsked Colonel Holt, laughing, trying to reassure her. 'Fancy turning old Simmons into a villain of romance! Why, he has been with me for yeais, and is as steady as old Time. Yon are tired and over-excited this has run away witb you. That is all, believe me.' He rang the bell and summoned Susan, wh persuaded Effie to go to her room. CoJonel Holt then returned to the drawing-room. His guests were departing, and very soon he and his wife were left to theinselves. 'I must go to that poor child,' said Mrs. Holt. 'What could have brought on such an attack?' Oh, some nonsense about a dream. I wouldn't tease her with questions tonight. Give her a soothing draught, and let her go to bed; and ask her maid to sit with her till she falls asleep.' Left alone, Colonel Holt rang the bell, desired Simmons to put out the lights, and see that all was safe, and he betook himself, with many yawns, to his dressing-room, where he in tended to solace himself with a pipe before going to bed; and for want of better food for thought, his mind reverted to poor little Etiie's hysterical tale of her drearn. 'Pish - nonsense - rubbishl' he muttered between whiffs, when suddenly an unpleasant thought struck him, I and he started to his feet. 'By Jove! what if there should be something in it. The nian's manner is not satisfaetory; bilt it is odd, o say the least of it, that the very day she was to have come last year, and the very day she has come this year, he should have behftved so queerly. Well, I suppose l'm an oíd fool, but I won't go to bed till davvn at any rate. What is the time now? 12 o'cloek. If anything is to happen it will happen soon, I suppose.' He opened the door softly. The house seemed wrapped in complete silence. Not a sound was to be heard. Leaving the dotr ajar, he placed his arm chair behind it, put out the candles, and reseated himself, devoutly hoping he might not Tall asleep, but thinking it was more than likely he should do so. When the stable clock chimed the half hour after midnight Colonel Holt started and changed his position. Surely he had begun to doze; this would never do. Why on earth liad he given himself so much fort? He, who would wilhngly go to bed at 10 o'clock every night, to sit up in the dark to sueli an unearthly hour, just because a hysterical, love-sick girl- At this ' jt of his meditations sleep agai: _,verpowered him; and 1 o'clock cs.iined unheeded; and a figure crept by the open door unheard, and slole softly down the corridor toward poor little Effie's room. A moment later, and Colonel Holt is wide awake, as soream after scream breaKs the silence of the night. Before he can reach the room at the end of the corridor, the door is flung open wildly, a stream of light burst8 forth, and a tle white-robed iigure with bare feet flies towards him. To -his horror he sees blood on her face and arms. 'Help, help!' she cries; he will kill Susan!' 'Go to Agnes,' was all he had time to say, hurrying past as Susan's cries grew fainter and fainter. Rushing into the room, he threw himself upon Simmons, with whom the poor woman was stniggling bnively, having contrived, thougli not without injury, to wrest from his grasp a knife, with which he had threatened Enie's life. It was Susan's blood that had stained the ehild's face and hands. Evidently Colonel Holt had not arrived a moment too soon on the scène. He catight the murderous gleam in the wretched man's eyes, and shuddered at what niight have happeredhad he altogether disregarded poor Eflie's story. 'You villian, you ,' he began; but the words died away on his lips as the poor creature, stniggling violently in hls grasp, uttered a piercing scream, and feil back - dead! Mrs. Holt to Mrs. Perceval. The Priory, August 10. 'Mr Deab Mks. Perceval. - We were much relieved to hear of Eflie's safe arrival. and trust that under your care her nérvea may before long recover from the dreadful shock they have sustained. We are very glad poor Stisan's wounds are healing so quickly. It has, indeed, been a fearful tragedy, and both Fred and I are quite unstrung by it all. I, for one, shall never ref use to believe in dreams again. But that reminds me I have yet to teil you the strangest part of the story. 'The brother of the poor wretched man came to see my husband a day or two ago. He was naturally in the deepest distress, for a grcat affection had existed between him and his brother. He told us that about eighteen months ago, ever since a visit we had paid to Lord D , where he had gone with s, his brother had taken to bet ting and gambling, and going out a night to play cards at a public hou there is in the village. The result o all this was that he lost every penny o his savings, and ran' decply into debt. He was engaged to a very foolish, vain woman, who only cared for him for what he could give her, and did nothing but abuse and reproach him when no more money was forthcoming, and al together made his life a burden to him. About this time he heard us at dinner and at other times talking of Effie's diamonds, and of how she was coming on a visit, and was to bring them witli her. He had eonfided bis many troubles to his brother, who happened to have a month's holiday and had taken lodgings in the village, and his brother lent him money enough to flear him. The fatal love of play, however, still clung to him, and now comes the strange port of my tale. 'The night of the thiid of August last year he had a terrible dveam. Having promised his brother to keep from play, he had gone to bed early, instead of going out as be had been in the habit of doing. But he could not sleep, and tossed from side to side, his miad tilled with visions of Eflie's dianiond's, which liad again been the subject of conversation at dinner. About dawn he feil i uto atroubled sleep, anddreamed that you and Eftie had arrived, and that she had come down to dinner resplendent with diamonds, the sight of which, to use his own words, raised the devil within him. The passion for gambling seixed on him with renevred force, and he at once determined to steal the diamonds and make oiï to America. He feit he VvOuld not even stop short of ïnurder itself in order to accoinplish his desire. In his dream he waited at table and performed all liis duties quietly and as perfectly as over, but his resolution did not waver. The house was shut up for the night and he found himself in the panti'3 searrhing aniong the knives tor the ont wliicli he considered best suited to his purpose. Armed with it he stole up to Etiie's room about 2 o'clock in the moming. Entering very softly, he stood fot a moment listening t her quiet, even breathing, whieh showed she was fast asleep. A night-light was burning, and he could see the glitter of the diamond ornaments, as they lay scattered about the dressing table. 'He moved forward to secure them, and. in so doing, made aome slight noise, which awoke the poor child, and with a piercing scream she started up in bed. Then. so he dreamed, hepushed her down and threatened to murde her if she were not quiet. A.t tliia poiat of his dream Simmoni awoke, trembling and shaking as if hi had the ague, and for some time hefelt so he told his brother, as if he had really committed the fearf ui deed, so vivid was the impression left upon his mind. He had the sense to regard his dream in the light of a warning, and at once feit that his sole safety lay in flight. His brother took the sanie view, and soon af ter breakfast Simmons went to my husband and told him he wished to go away fot a few days, assigning no reason. Of course we thought his conduct very strange, but be went, and his brother was to take his place in his absence. On hearing, however, that you and Etlie had postponed your visit lie reappeared in the afternoon. 'Ilis dream, eombined with his brother's entreaties, had so worked upon his better feelings that for a long linu he gave np his evil practices. A moiith or two ago, however, it appears he again suecnmbed to temptation, ana had again lost (for him) a large sum of money. 'On the fourth of August occurred Efiie's unexpected and ill-fated visit. It is easy now to understand Simmon's behavior wlien he heard of her arrival. No doubt the memory of his terrible dream rushed back on his mind, and his dread was lest the temptation shoiild overpower him, as, alas! it did Ilis poor brother wishes vainly tha1 he had been here, for then, he says, th devil would not have had it all his owi way with him. Of conree Simmoii! did not imagine that Effle's fainting fii had any connection with himself, neither had he any reason to suppose that Susan would sit up with her thatnight. But even had he known it I doubt if the fact would have made any difference. for a stronger influence than he could resist was upon him and drove him to his destruction. Ileart disease, wliich his brother says is in the family, must have been the cause of his awfully sudden death. 'Whether it will be well to teil Effie the sequel of this sad and strange storv you must decide. At any rate,it seems unadvisable to reopen the subject at present. There are those who no doubt would pretend they could account for all that is so strange in these two dreams. Por myself they must ever remain a psycholog'ical riddle - one of those mysteries whieh pertain ro the unseen world. 'With everything that is kind to the dear child, 'Believe me, sincerely yours,

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