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There is something very suffered more than he with wanting to frail about her constitution, and really know how it was with Eloise. It was I am afraid the dreadful cold she took no common event which had revealed on that occasion will be the death of them to each other. The tie which her. Don't you think a change of the experiences of that night had scene would do her good ?"
formed between them was Richard felt instinctively what was twisted hemp, but so to speak of weldcoming, and shrank from it.
ed metal. In those long hours of “ It might,” he said, “ but I would anguish and suspense they had been not like to advise it without seeing separated from all other mundane her. How does she feel about it her things. Thrown upon each other self?"
with an inward violence to which the " That is the worst feature of the outward storm was only a fitting accase.
You can't convince her that companiment and type, it was simply anything ails her. I wanted her to impossible that the remembrance of give up painting and come here for that perfect union and accord shouid not the summer, but she was resolute to
be indelibly impressed upon the congo on with her work. I confess I sciousness of each. Henceforth, as if can't understand her enthusiasm. Of by the hand of Omnipotence itself, course we have all admired her in their lives were inextricably blended. dependence : but now it is another This by the law of spiric; but, oh for matter ; a case I may say of life and the insight which could harmonize death ; and sentiment and all that ought this law with those outward obserto give way.”
vances which society with more or Richard rose hastily to leave. less of justice imposes on the individual.
“ If you hear anything further The Doctor had striven nobly through about Eloise" he said, “ let me know. many a long hour to reach this height I am deeply interested. The event of vision, as have huw many souls you speak of would have severely tried before and since ! Take comfort! any woman's constitution, but I trust the height is there ; it can be reached, Eloise is not yet beyond help.” and every noble pioneer who has with
He went out and left Mrs. Vaug. pure intent risked fortune, and home, han cogitating. She was character and life itself, to find it, only to be worn ized by intellectual scope and activity out by the bristling array of native terof a rather uncommon order. An rors, or torn in pieces by the wild beast earnest and conscientious desire to of society, has surely advanced by just promote the best interests of all around so much of true purpose as he gave to her, and a simple, straightforward the work, the glorious realization habit of looking all over the surface which he sought. World workers are of things, without ever penetrating a such; though the struggle of their lives line below. Gossip could not live in be confined to the sacred recesses of her atmosphere, she was too thor- their own bosoms or only overflow oughly humane; the insight of others upon the spheres and rise to God. rarely availed her, because without But now all abstract principles were being haughty she was too self-reli- whelmed out of sight in the one sharp ant. This matter of Eloise's iliness fact, Eloise was suffering, dying per. was simple enough to her mind. She haps ; though he estimated Mrs. had been out in a terrible storm, had Vaughan's diagnosis of the case too caught cold, was going into consump- truly to cherish exaggerated fears. tion, and something must be done Suffering and dying for him. There about it
was only one thing for a man to do. But with Richard the case was, how It was a case wherein, let the world different! No martyr in the flames had say what it might, the higher obligation must take precedence of the far too conscientious not to hold both lower.
herself and him to the strict restraints Reaching home he went quietly to of purity. With a nameless grace of his room, packed a valise, bade John motion she unclasped her hands from drive him to the depot, and say to his, and conducted him to a seat by Mrs. Glendenning on his return that the window in a way that negatived he had been suddenly called away, at once and for all present time, any but should return in two days. He lover-like expression. He knew that did not care to meet Elsie's questions this was right; in a cooler moment and it would be time enough for that he had foreseen that it must be so, by and by, when he might hope to be and he acquiesced without a murmur. a little calmer. His professional affairs But if the expression of their love he had already entrusted to a student was thus impossible, there was left to who was likely to manage them with them yet the priceless boon of frienddiscretion.
ship ; that relation between man and The next morning found him ascend- woman which is, when through purity ing, with a somewhat quicker pulse than of heart it is possible at all, the sweetusual, ihe stairs which led to Eloise's est and purest which mortals can studio. He knocked at the door, and know. There is no pure enduring she opened it herself. Shewas dressed love of which friendship is not the plainly in her loose working wrapper, solid substantial basis, to which paswhose flowing folds nevertheless could sion can only add a keener but not a not conceal the attenuation of her sweeter favor, a more thrilling but a frame. Her face was truly as white as less deep and tranquil delight. the wall-- just a line of light between Eloise's study was her parlor also. the waving masses of her dark hair, and Here were her books, her music, her her hands, slender always, were waxen work as well as her painting. After in their transparency. But as she the mutual inquiries that were natural, looked up quietly into his face, Rich- Dr. Glendenning began taking up ard knew by the ray of her eye that these minged threads of her daily her spirit was strong to live.
life, and making himself familiar with “ You have come,” she said simply, them. They read together, they sang as she placed her hand in his. together; he criticized her paintings,
“ Yes, Eloise. Have you looked and she unfolded to him all her plans for me?"
for work and for recreation. By and by She looked up at him and smiled when her lunch came in, coffee and for a reply.
biscuit, and a little choice fruit, they “ Was it cruei not to
ate it together, and were so refreshed fore ?” he asked.
by it as never by any meal before. “ No, only right; but I am glad to So the day wore away, and as the see you now."
evening drew near he rose to leave He stood holding both her hands her. in the clasp of his, and looking down “ Now, Eloise," he said, as he took into her face. So standing, and not- her hand to say good bye, “ you are ing with true eye all the signs of that looking better than when I found you, internal warfare which had so preyed and you are not going to send me any upon her delicate physique, how could mo
more news of consumption and early he contro! the rising flood of tender- decay I trust?" ness which made him yearn to take “ No," she said, smiling," I think her to his bosom in the full assurance not. It was hard to have faith that of love. But while Eloise was far all was right and for the best, and 100 true and simple to live a lie by when we lose faith life always gets to concealing her emotions, she was also be a burden. But I feel strengthened and reinforced now. After all, the weil can be for the onset of a scold. only thing necessary in this world is ing wife. to keep a wide enough horizon. Elsie met him at the threshold. *Fix your eye on a single point and Richard,” she exclaimed, “ where your vision soon gets strained and dis- have you been ?” turbed. Take in hole sweep of “ To Philadelphia,” he answered, God's beautiful creation, and there is quietly. always harmony and peace. Always
Her face flushed with anger. God's greatness flows arourd our incom.
“ You have the assurance to tell pleteness,
me,” she said, “ that you have been Round our restlessness, his rest.''
to see that woman?” Dr. Glendenning went home. His “ Will you let me come into the mental occupation most of the way house," he returned. “I should like was an analysis of the present social dinner as soon as possible, and then I law, the phase of human development must be off about my business." of which it is an outgrowth, and that She made way for him, but followed phase which, in its essential principles, him with an uneasy, nervous air. it predicts.
Richard,” she said, “is that all “ These bonds and chains and old the satisfaction that you intend to give traditions," his spirit cried, “ are no me concerning this strange absence ?" doubt necessary to sensualists and the “ My dear, I don't imagine that spiritually blind. Some men and anything which I could say on the women need them, as children need subject would afford you the slightest the restraint of home, or madmen satisfaction; therefore I prefer that need the discipline of the straight- you should excuse me from saying jacket. But must full-grown men and anything.” creatures in possession of
He took little Dora from her nurse's themselves - be forever bound by arms, and was about to kiss her. Elsie them?" Then the still small voice
“ No,” she said, “ you shall not “ These are thy younger brethren. stain that child's pure lips with your For their sake must thou endure till foul kisses. I don't see, for my part, they also shall be made free. But how you can have the assurance to rest certain of this: The truth has come straight from that Jezebel and always an advantage over a lie ; a take my baby in your arms." true relation will outlive a false one- Elsie,” he said, “I have kissed nay, more, it will make an atmosphere no woman's lips since I kissed yours so pure that the false cannot exist in last. If my lips were stained with any it. Be true to thyself, and it must impure associations, be sure I should follow, as the night the day, that no not need you to remind me of my being, no principle in all God's wide unfitness for the pure caresses of this creation, can long be false to thee.” child. To argue this subject with
Dr. Glendenning breathed more you is needless and unpleasant. Such freely. “A true man,” he said to peace as is still possible between us himself, “ can live down any falsehood let us both strive to preserve." that the Father of Lies himself can Elsie had no resource but a flood of invent; and there is no fouler lie than tears. Let us not chide her too seya false marriage. Therefore, courage erely for crying. Her world had and patience.”
been good to her, and it was going By the time the doctor reached fast to pieces about her ears. Her home he was in good command of changed relations with her husband himself—quite ready for what he felt were a never-ending source of trouble must come; that is, as ready as a man and discomfort to her in the present,
and caused her wretched forebodings was too weak and childish not to exin the future. The child had no press this feeling in the most irritated father, no mother. Her Aunt Doro- and defiant manner. Richard's patithea, she had an instinctive apprehen ence was thoroughly tested, and at sion, would never understand her. length it gave way. He felt that Indeed, she had hitherto cherished so there would be no peace so long as much of the wifely feeling towards the storm within her remained unRichard that she had shrunk from ex- spent, and he said to her: posing what she felt to be his sin and “ If there is anything you would his infatuation, to this straightforward, like to say, Elsie, anything which you practical woman, who, she knew, feel would relieve you of this irrita. would so utterly condemn him. That tion, I think you might better say it gossip was already abroad she was at once, and have it over. One can't well aware; but she had striven ir- live in this way always." dustriously to cheek it, and, above all It was a case of that « cold intense things, to keep it from her aunt. But which burns you.” Elsie flamed out this new trial racked her as no event in a fury of indignation. Reproach had ever done before. She had no- and invective few thick and fast; thing to support her under it but her some of it so wide of the mark as to religion.
be amusing; other some, so pointed “ I do believe," she said to herself, with woman's wit as to sting like fire. " that I need a confessor. Mrs. Richard bit his lips and walked the Chilvers
says it is such a relief always room, determined to endure to the to have a wise, pious, disinterested end; but a fierce epithet, applied to counsellor. If any
Eloise, proved the last straw. needed such an one, I am sure I do “Elsie,” he said, almost as hotly now. And the church, every way, as herself, “ say what you please of is so beautiful and so comforting. Of me - I can bear it all; but never take course Richard would sneer; but that name upon your lips again in then, what is Richard to me now?” scorn. The woman you condemn is
And then she reviewed all that as pure as an angel, and I should be Richard was not to her, and burst into less than a man if I stood silently by a fresh spasm of weeping.
to hear her traduced. When Richard came home her must have said enough to cool your eyes were still red and swollen.
In temper for to night, and I commend his heart of hearts he pitied her ; but you to silence and reflection." how should his pity express itself. He took his hat and left the house. The baby was ill and fretful, and he It was an unwise speech, and the strove in every way to comfort her, effect was just such as he might have and so relieve the mother's cares; but anticipated. Elsie felt that she had the coolness and patience with which borne a great deal in silence, but that he did this was in itself an exaspera- this was too much. Hitherto she tion. No woman can ever feel that had been as careful of Miss Vaughan's any bribe which is offered in the good name as of her husband's, but at place of love is anything else than an this point she desperately resolved to insult. Better open scorning and let loose upon this guilty pair the hatred than any kindness which falls scorpions of society. short of the soul's demand. And Elsie
C. F. CORBYN,
I think you
THE FRIEND.— MAY, 1868.
Rev. STEPHEN H. Tyng.
THE following letter, addressed by Mr. Tyng to Bishop Potter, appeared too late for insertion in our April number:
New-York, March 11, 1868. “Right Rev. H. Potter, D.D, LL.D., D.C.L, Oxon.
“RIGHT REV. AND Dear Sir: I have now silently suffered all that the ecclesiastical authorities of this diocese bave desired to inflict. Notwithstanding the allegation of your address, I affirm, without fear of disproval, that from the beginning to the end of my trial I have neither in my pulpit, before the public, nor through the press argued, still less agitated, the issues involved. I should, however, be false to candor and my independence as a presbyter and a man, did I not now take some notice of the ignominious ceremony to which I have, in submission to your request, been subjected, and the prolonged admonition and argument to which I have listened from your lips.
“So soon as my Lenten engagements will permit, I purpose to present, both to yourself and the public, a full and frank review of the whole proceedings, including the language of your sentence.
“The church which you chose as the scene, the presence of the city police, the clergy whom you selected as witnesses, the religious services which introduced and completed the exercises, your positive and rude refusal to receive the protest of my venerable and reverend counsel and father-all these were adapted, if not intended, to aggravate the attempted disgrace.
“That there may be no reasonable ground for misunderstanding, previously to the preparation of the observations to which I have already referred, I desire now, and in full consciousness of the responsibilities which it may entail, solemnly to protest against the whole course, conduct, and conclusion of the Ecclesiastical trial in which have appeared as respondent. I hold it, as in duty bound, to have been equally opposed to the principles of the common law, the canons of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and the doctrine and discipline of Christ as this church hath received the same. I absolutely deny its regularity and renounce its authority. From its unjust presentment, oppressive rulings, predetermined decision, and insinuating censure, I appeal to the general judgment of the Protestant Episcopal Church, to the impartial review of the other Christian churches of this land, to the word of the living God, and to Jesus, the chief shepherd and bishop of us all.
“ Your servant in the Church,
"STEPHEN H. TYNG, jr."' It is not easy to misunderstand the tenor of this letter ; it means war. It is the closing word of a grand protest against church despotism, and is full of the spirit with which Gen. Grant said, “ I will fight it out on this line, if it takes all summer."
We are entirely ignorant of the state of feeling in the Episcopal Church, and would like exceedingly to know the strength of Mr. Tyng's followers. Among any people who were not utterly bound in theological fetters, it would seem impossible that there should not be a warm and ready response to the brave words of this brave man. Supporters we are sure he must have, in the church or out of it, and we are equally sure that he is doing a great work for the advancement of what, in the poverty of words, we call Liberal Christianity, even though he be entirely unconscious of such a purpose.