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family physician, Dr. Vaughan, and Fair hair and brow of snow, eyes to advise you to come at once to like summer violets, and lips like Brockendale, with a view to filling the crushed rosebuds, what brighter type professional opening so occasioned. of womanhood need a man wish to As the son of an old and valued friend, dream of during a life time. And I take the liberty of inviting you to yet the back-ground of this picture, my own house, that as my guest you the thing entirely indispensable to its may become acquainted with the lo- completeness and satisfying beauty, cality, and judge for yourself whether was the old atmosphere of heroism it will suit you. I do this, because and self-renunciation which for three if you come at all, you must almost years he had associated with the name necessarily meet Mrs. Vaughan and of Eloise Vaughan. Again and again her daughter Eloise, and their affliction he had dreamed of conversing with is yet so recent, that it would be much this being, about whom everything less embarrassing if you were not to was rare; and always their converallow your intentions to transpire un- sation had been of those bright ideali. til circumstances shall have smoothed ties which glorify life; but now as he the way to their accomplishment.” sat face to face with her, pure sun

The invitation was a kind and wel- shine fooding the room, rose-scents come one in itself, but Mrs. Chilvers and bird-songs wafted in at the windid not dream how much she had dow, he found himself saying nothing promoted the cause she had at heart, more eloquent than that the weather by that casual mention of the name was unusually fine even for the season. of Eloise Vaughan.

It certainly did not answer his conDr. Glendenning went to Brocken- ceptions, and yet Miss Vaughan was dale, decided to settle there, and in very engaging. due time made the acquaintance of “Poor mamma," she informed him, Miss Eloise Vaughan.

“ would not be able to come down His first interview with her was a this morning. Mamma is really a curious psychical experience. There great sufferer ; you knew of course had been an introduction which had that she had consumption.” revealed to him nothing, except a “No, Dr. Glendenning was figure shorter by some inches than the aware that it was so serious as that. one which had haunted his dreams, He had understood that Mrs. Vaughan and a voice slightly less impressive was an invalid, but was it really conthan those silver accents of which sumption?” Proctor Vaughan had spoken ; but “Oh yes, that point was settled be. on a bright June morning Dr. Glen- fore papa died, and since then, of denning walked over to Briar Cottage course, so heavy a stroke could not to pay his first call to the widow and fail of its effects upon an already shatdaughter of his lamented predecessor. tered constitution.” He was shown at once into the small, And this delicate creature will soon cosy parlor in which Miss Vaughan be an orphan, was Dr. Glendenning's was already seated at her embroidery. mental reflection, and his heart was As she put away her work and rose too tender not to be a little touched to greet him, his first mental impres. by it. They chatted on for a half sion was one of disappointment. His hour, and then suddenly Miss Vaughan next, as he took her little, white hand, asked to be excused for a minute, and and looked down into her pretty, returning with an added airy cheerpetite face, whose sweetness was so fulness that made her seem more like touchingly illustrated by those heavy a humming bird than when she had robes of mourning, was of impatience departed, she begged to know if Dr. at himself, for being so disappointed. Glen lenning would have the kindness

not

Dear papa

to step up-stairs to mama's room. and to them must be added in Dr. had always been so atten- Glendenning's case

one other eletive to the lightest change of poor ment. mama's condition, that since his death Two months later, in a cosey, iwi. Miss Vaughan had often fancied light chat, he said to Miss Vaughan, that she felt the dreariness of the after some casual mention of her change more chan she had confessed; cousin Proctor. and it had suddenly struck her, that if Did you know that he was my Dr. G endenning, who seemed already dearest friend, and that to him I owe so much like a family friend, would my first knowledge of you?" sit by her bedside for a few minutes A curious, faint Aush overspread and talk with her professionally, it Elsie's face. might cheer her. Would Dr. Glen- “No; certainly not,” she said. denning be pleased to go up?"

Yes; and I have yet to thank What medical man on the youthful you for a heroic deed. If he had side of twenty-five could have helped died on that summer afternoon, my loving a charming woman who made life would have run drearily through her filial tenderness minister so adroitly some days which now I count among to his vanity.

its brightest.” Dr. Glendenning went up to see “ He told you that nonsense !" she mama; found in reality a suffering, said, this time a little angrily; and broken-hearted woman, for whom he then, after a momentary pause, added saw at once nothing could be done -oh, so softly,-“ Proctor always but to cheer and to comfort; used all exaggerated the merit of that perthe native tact and delicacy and ten- formance ; but I thought it was to derness which he possessed to do this, be a secret. You will not speak of and left quite unselfishly delighted it again, I trust." that Mrs. Vaughan had accepted a “I have never mentioned it beprescription from him and had asked fore; I never shall again to any exhim to consider himself her medical cept perhaps to you.

You will grant adviser, and to call as often as he me that reserve ?" thought her case required his attention. She smiled, and he took her hand.

“ It will relieve Elsie's mind too,” There seemed to be a new bond be. Mrs. Vaughan had said, quite un- tween them, although, in fact, they affectedly, “to have some one to talk never alluded to the theme again. over matters with.

We have met In October they were quietly marwith a great loss, doctor, and if we ried; in November Mrs. Vaughan lean in consequence a little too heavily died. Dr. and Mrs. Glendenning on those kind friends whom Provi. continued to occupy the old house ; dence sends us, are we beyond the all the country round about accepted pale of pardon?”

the new doctor as the lineal descend. Can any one tell by what process ant of the old one, and Richard Glenyouthtul dreams become transmuted denning's professional success was asinto middle age realities, and that sured. without occasioning any severe psychi- Meantime, his wife Elsie devel. cal shock? How it is that the same oped her matronly peculiarities. She being can sigh one moment for a star- was a good house. keeper to begin beam, and comfort himself the next with, and a bright and cheerful spirit with the ray of a farthing candle, -in her best moods, to preside at without in the least perceiving that one's table and fireside. To be sure, there is a difference?

a headache or a refractory servant, Youthful passion and inexperience had the certain effect of letting her are no doubt great wonder-workers, down from this domestic pinnacle to

a region of petulant complaining and and I wish you both much joy. By fault-finding. Beneath that bright and the way, I used to flatter myself she pretty exterior, too, which had glori. cherished a cousinly partiality for me. fied her to her lover's eyes, was a Now that she is a wife, no doubt she certain shrewd and calculating habit will deny it, but bid her name her of mind, useful not only in the mat. first boy for me, and we will call the ter of butcher's bills and all manner account balanced. Will Eloise ever of house-keeping accounts, but of ex- marry, I wonder? If you hear of ceeding availability in adjusting all such a probability, don't fail to inconcerns of mine' and 'thine.' Vil. form me.” lage trades-people had long ago learned Dr. Glendenning had walked down that Mrs. Glendenning was not a per. to the office toward evening, and read son to be trilled with in the matter of the letter as he started through the short weights and uncertain qualities, Aowery lane which led homeward. and the iady's husband was soon made Just how life looked to him, just what aware that she attended with equal his feelings were towards his wife, vigor and exactness to the receipt of toward the world in general, towards marital dues and services. Richard that Providence which rules the world, Glendenning's nature was too free to it might be difficult to tell. take kindly to harness, and in his The first overwhelming sensation wife's smooth and fine rendering of a was that of having been defrauded, husband's duty, he was not long in vilely, wickedly cheated. All things, detecting a tone which made his nerves -his best friend, Providence itself, tingle like the crack of a whip. had been leagued against him, and

Certainly this was not the Eloise against every power so leagued, he Vaughan of his dreams, and Glen- rebelled with the whole force of his denning in the first six months had nature. But the revolt had no firm come to feel the difference keenly. basis, for deeper than all, keener Still he made no accusations, even than all, was the sense of shame and mentally, but only in a sad, vague humiliation at his own want of insight. way, assented as he had never done “A fair face and a gentle soice had before to the poet's dictum :

made him mad and blind.'

Once, perhaps, in his lifetime, “ So the dreams depart,

every man curses himself for this So the fading plantoms flee; And the sharp reality

folly. It is nature's revenge for the Now must act its part."

despite which man in the aggregate

does to her most perfect workmanTowards spring, however, a letter ship. came from Proctor Vaughan. His Dr. Glendenning could not face his correspondence with Proctor had al- wife while this mood was upon him. ways been irregular, and, feeling a His horse stood harnessed at the gate little delicacy concerning the subject for a professionai tour when he reachof his marriage with Eloise Vaughan, ed home, and jumping into the buggy, he had never written him since that he rode till midnight. He came out event had become probable. Proc. of that fight torn, bruised, bleeding, tor's letter removed his scruples rather but more a man than he had ever been roughly.

before. “So,” he said, “ you are married A week later--a week made up of to little Eloise Vaughan. Welcome alternate storms and sullen calms-he to the family, dear old fellow. I said to his wife one day: once planned differently for you, but “ You have a cousin who is also a * man proposes,' etc. Little Elsie namesake, I believe ?” will make you a good and true wife, Elsie grew crimson in a moment.

“Yes,” she said ; and, after a She knew then that the pain was pause, “ what of her?”

deep. “ Richard, my son,” she said " Where does she reside ?"

with tender, solemin pathos, “it is “ In Philadelphia."

all very well to sigh for Heaven; chat “ Has she always lived there ?" is our last resource. But first it is

“ Richard !" she replied, with an best to try to be a man, a fit dweller angry flush, “ you question me as if I in God's good world. That is a boon were a witness on the stand. I know which doesn't come with sighing for. very little about Eloise Vaughan, ex- Put your shoulder to the wheel, lad, cept that she is a person whom I and give the world a turn. The never admired She is an orphan, exercise won't cure a local hurt, but and lived for some years at Uncle it will develop strength to bear it. Abner's. She had strange nocions Go home, dear, and test the quality about being independent, and went of your manhood." to the School of Design, I believe, to Richard's eye brightened. He fit herself for some kind of artistic kissed the good old woman, and went work; I'm sure I don't know what. home. That was several years ago. I have'nt Five years had passed ; ycars given" heard from her, except in a general heart and soul to his profession, not way, since.

to the dry details of it, but to the Dr. Glendenning said nothing more, breadth and compass of its sacred but Elsie understood perfectly from mysteries. It led him into all the that time that her duplicity had been by-ways of the human heart; it discovered. Some women would have strengthened his insight, it challenged either pined or sulked under the cir:" his faith ; it put him on the alert at cumstances. Elsie did neither. An every point for imposture and decep- --open rupture was the very thing she tion; and fortunately it could not do was far too wise not to avoid. From” for him what it does for so many; that day forward her girlish graces petrify his religious nature, or dry up were renewed, and, let Dr. Glenden- the source of his affections. ning try as he might, there was no At thirty, Dr. Richard Glendenangle or point of vantage about his ning was a man among men, with a household whereon he could hang a strong, clear brain, and a mighty complainit.

arm for all practical undertakings; a It was dreadfully aggravating, that fine, penetrating insight, with just an perpetual lubrication of all the wheels edge of skepticism to make it doubly around him, when inwardly he was incisive, and a deep and tender heart, fuming and chafing for a crash of the over whose secret hiding-place a great elements; a general pitching of events stone was rolled, waiting the resurinto chaos. The wear and tear of it rection morning. upon his nervous system was more To-day at dinner, his wife had told than he could endure. He fled from him that Eloise Vaughan was coming. home to visit his mother.

Pacing up and down the grape vine She had a keen eye that pierced at arbor, according to his after-dinner once the gionm of his soul.

wont, he turned the old dream ove: “ Richard,” she said, “your dreams curiously in his mind. Ile was a have not been realized."

strong man now, and not whic “ No, mother,” caressing her hand, afraid to let the rippling pulses that as he had been used to do in his boy- still would thrill at ihe sound of her ish days, “dreams never are. name, carry their secret intuxication in could be as good or as happy as we and out of his heart's deep p'aces fir wish to be here below, there would that one half-hour. be no need of Heaven. Thank God there is Heaven, at last.”

Caroline F. CORBix.

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NOTES AND COMMENTS.

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Goodyear's, now at 205 Broadway, was Some twenty-five years ago scarcely any established in 1844, when the manufacture articles were made of rubber except shoes, of India rubber was in its very infancy. and they were of such rude shape, and would A branch of Goodyear's, located at No. become so hard in cold weather, that it was 417 North 4th Street, St. Louis, Mo., was almost impossible to put them on; but, established about two years since, in order to thanks to the genius of Charles Goodyear, have a Western warehouse for the supply of who made the all-important discovery of vul- the great and increasing demand for rubber canizing India rubber, we are enabled to have goods in that portion of the country. an infinite variety of useful and ornamental The factories for the supply of the above articles made from India rubber, which will rubber depots are located in Naugatuck, Conn. retain their elasticity in the coldest climate, They are very extensive, and capable of turnand be proof against softening or sticking in ing out an immense amount of merchandise. the tropical regions.

Rubber articles of any desired pattern can At Goodyear's India rubber establishment, be made to order at Goodyear's, and not a day No. 205 Broadway, next door to Fulton St., passes but some one or more new inventions New York, may be seen a very large assort- are brought to notice. An invitation is exment of India rubber goods-rubber clothing tended to all to pay a visit to Goodyear's, at of all kinds, a beautiful assortment of fine No. 205 Broadway, at the foot of the bridge, rubber and gold jewelry, fancy goods in great where a welcome reception is always assured.

LITERARY NOTICES.

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