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80 assimilated, that I always think of the one is no knowing how far gratitude may go toward in connection with the other. She excited my gaining her affections. You must be aware, soul to ambition,—you warm my heart into from what I have told you, my dear Miss Clara, love. I can esteem and regard her as a che of the circumstances of my nieces, and their rished friend. I love you with that deep and future prospects, and that it is absolutely nepassionate fervor, which no other has ever ex- cessary they should form proper connections cited. It is in your power to make me happy for life. I think it will be best for me to foror miserable.”
bid all intercourse between Laura and this "I wish for your happiness," replied the agi- young poet, at least for the present. If he is tated girl; “ but give me time to consider--this in embarrassed circumstances, I will endeavor is 80 unexpected."
to assist him in some way, without wounding "I can ask for no more,” said Howard, as his pride, of which I perceive he has abundant he raised the hand he held to his lips.
“I fear that you will be pursuing a wrong
course by thus doing,” replied Clara. “An CHAPTER XIII.
entire separation, especially at this time, will
but fix their thoughts more upon each other. DISCOVERIES AND DISAPPOINTMENTS.
I would rather advise that you do not appear “ SURELY you are not going to leave us," to notice anything particular in his attentions; said Col. Stanbrook to Donald Clarkson, after but as Laura is gentle and tractable, to reason the return of the party, and all had been ex- with her mildly upon the subject, and perhaps, plained. “I will not hear to it. A bed has after the first warm feelings of gratitude tobeen prepared for you, my dear sir, and you ward him have subsided, you will have nothing must consider yourself a prisoner of circum- more to fear. But, my dear sir, it is in behalf of stances-at least for a time. Inez, my dear | another person that I wished to speak to you child, Mr. Howard looks really ill. Bring some this morning." wine from the sideboard-it may do him good. "Cornelia and this Count somebody, I supI shall insist on your both being patients, for to- | pose. Really, my duties as guardian are somenight at least. Dr. P- says you must have what troublesome.” quiet. This you cannot have at your boarding 1 “No, sir. Between Miss Cornelia Stanbrook houses ; but here, where we are so much in- I and myself there is, unfortunately, neither debted to you, you may command every com- friendship nor sympathy. I am not, nor ever fort. Indeed, you must consider this your have been, in her confidence. It is for one dear home," continued he, again addressing Clark to me as a sister,-my lovely pupil, and your son. “I owe you a debt that it will be difficult ward.” to repay. My dearest niece, and my sweet way- / “Inez, what of her ?! asked the old gentleward child here, owe their lives to you, and I man eagerly. hope they both feel sensible of the deep obli- “Having neither mother nor sister to consult gations they are under. Inez, my girl, you with and advise her, she has been in the habit seem to forget that Mr. Howard's arm needs of reposing perfect confidence in me. An offer attention. Ring the bell, and let a servant be of marriage was made her yesterday, which I sent for the plasters and bandages.
think quite eligible. You may not consider it Inez flew from the room at these words, and so, and at her request, I came to inform you soon returned with all that was required. The of it." bandages were placed as directed, but Howard “She shall not marry that Edward Hofland, insisted upon retaining the scarf which had at I am resolved," said the Colonel, striking his : first been wrapped around the wound. A cane upon the floor with unusual vehemence. few low whispered words secured him this “It was not of Mr. Hofland I was about to privilege, especially as he assured her he should speak,” returned Clara, smiling a little at his recover more rapidly if it was suffered to re- settled animosity to this gay suitor. "The main.
person I refer to " " Are you sure of this ?" asked Col. Stan- “Plotting mischief in the library!” cried brook, in answer to some communication from Cornelia, bursting into the room in an evident Miss Legard on the following morning. “I ill humor, “with somebody or something.": feel a deep interest in both these young men ; Her haughty glance first rested upon her uncle, Clarkson has saved the life of Laura, and there who was listening with intense interest to the: words of Miss Legard, and then turned upon haughty tone. "His title and station will the lady herself, who met it with calm and si-confer susficient honor upon me - and my lent dignity.
money will be sufficient to support us in afilu“ Cornelia, your manners are neither lady- ence." like nor respectful,” said her uncle, sharply.' “Your money" exclaimed her uncle, gazing "If you cannot conduct yourself better, I upon her in surprise, not unmixed with sadmust request you to leave the room."
ness. “Pray, girl, who ever told you that you Cornelia had the grace to blush at this re- had money ??! buke, and turned to the window, biting her "Is it then all gone?" cried Cornelia, quite lip. "Perhaps,” thought she, “my sage old aghast. bachelor uncle is about to present us with an “All gone—what gone ?" Aunt, at last! there seems to be a perfect un- “My uncle Stanbrook's estate, which was derstanding between him and the governess .!"" left to me.” The half smile which passed over her face at “Left to you! Cornelia, you are crazy, this thought, was in an instant changed to an What ever led you to suppose that such was angry flush, as she beheld her sister and Mr. | the case ?" Clarkson in earnest conversation on the balcony “From what source, then, came the money below.
lavished upon my education, and to fit me for "Pray, sir,” she exclaimed, turning quickly appearance in the fashionable world! I have around, "how long is it to be your pleasure to never wanted for anything. The mine seemencourage an intimacy between Laura and ed to me inexhaustible from which my rethat mad poet ??
sources were drawn." “I have seen nothing like a flirtation as yet, “They were drawn from a foolish, fond old nor have you, Cornelia. The young gentle man, who now sees to what little advantage man's manners are distant and respectful.” they have been applied," said her uncle, in a
“Do you think so, sir? Then pray look bitter tone. there, where they have stolen away alone. "What do you mean, sir ?!! And she in her delicate state of health, stand- “I mean, Cornelia Stanbrook, that you have ing in the cold air, to listen, I suppose, to the not one cent except what I have allowed you. worn-out story of escape from a rail-car.” That I took you from a dissipated father, and a · Clara, seeing an expression of uneasiness weak, indolent mother, and adopted you as my upon the countenance of Col. Stanbrook, at own child. Seeing your natural abilities, these words-and anxious for some excuse to (which I have sedulously cultivated-and leave the uncle and niece together, offered to which it is your own fault have not been turned go and persuade the imprudent girl to return to better account.) I fondly thought, that to the house, and the offer being received with with the education you should receive through grateful thanks on his part, and a cold bow my means, you might make a brilliant mar. from Cornelia, she left the library.
riage, and repay me for my care, by becoming "I have obeyed your summons, sir,” said the an ornament to society. I imagined that your proud girl. “If you have nothing of import- own unchecked pride would prerent you from ance to communicate, I should like to return forming an unsuitable connection. I do not to the company I have left in the parlor." allude to poverty, with talent and merit to en
Col. Stanbrook looked pained and deeply af- noble it, but to throwing yourself away upon fected at this cold, heartless speech. He flashy adventurers. I see, too late, that I have looked at her a moment in silence, and then pursued the wrong course. You have been * said, “So, Cornelia, you are determined to petted and indulged, and allowed to have your throw yourself away upon this foreign clown, own way too much. You have always resisted contrary to my advice and wishes with regard control, and even now are determined to let to you. Remember, I warn you that you will the most important act of your life be influsorely repent this obstinacy, and will yet be enced by selfish considerations--rushing blindbrought to acknowledge that I was in the right. ly to your own ruin. Yes, ruin--for I assure Pray what do you know of him, except you, if I should die to-morrow, you would be from his own story? He may be a swindler, left with the bare means of subsistence." a murderer, a married man, for aught you «Good heavens! is it possible ?" exclaimed know to the contrary. Has he any money ?" the affrighted girl, burying her face in her
"I never inquired," replied Cornelia in a hands.
“ It is true,” replied her uncle; " and if you ulated the Colonel. “I am rejoiced at this. wish to be better convinced, come with me to But are you sure? And is he worthy of my my study, and I will show you the will of your dear girl ?? uncle, which has so much misled you."
“I know nothing-except that she risked Cornelia followed him in silence. A parch- his life in the sleighing excursion, and then ment was produced, upon which her eyes res- promised her hand and heart as a recompense ted, as if by fascination, for several moments. for injuries received. And then, there is that She was so completely amazed at the contents, mad poet-more mad than ever about Laura. that it deprived her of all power of speech. Surely, sir, you will not allow this nonsense to
“Does Laura know all this ?" she at length o farther. Why, the girl might really think asked.
of marrying him at last.” “No, Cornelia. She has never loved money “And if she did—and I found him worthy for its own sake, and therefore will not miss it of her, I should make no objection,” said the as much as yourself. Her wishes have never Colonel. Cornelia, too indignant to reply, left wandered beyond her present situation.” | the room.
“And Inez Laurence, have you told her ?'' Cornelia Stanbrook withdrew from her · asked Cornelia, the proud curl of her lip be- uncle's presence with feelings not to be envied. coming more significant as she asked the ques. She had lived in the gay world, and for the gay tion.
world. Her imagination was filled with visions "Inez-no. She is in happy ignorance of of future aggrandizement, to which wealth and everything, but the knowledge that she has power were to contribute. She was to be the been educated to make herself a useful, not a queen of fashion; and, secure from censure, glittering and ornamental member of society. by a splendid marriage with some foreign scion Inez, through the influence of that inestimable of nobility, like Christina of Sweden, to form woman, Clara Legard, joined to her own good her court after her own pleasure. On a sudsense, is prepared to make her own way through den, these visions had faded into air. The the world-even if threatened with poverty. means to effect the enterprise were gone, and Should her merits win her the affection of some with that died the proud spirit of the goddess clever young man, who will love her as she of fashion. There was but one resource left, ought to be loved, so much the better. She and that was, instead of conferring favor and deserves every blessing that Heaven can bestow, | distinction as an heiress, to secure in her chains for she has been a real blessing to me; cheer- a wealthy heir. Her love for the elegant Count ing my solitary hours, and supplying that place Puffer must now be set aside. He had only in my affections which my more favored nieces assured her of his right to a title, and not to have considered too much of a task. Inez, may the wealth necessary to support that title; the smiles of happiness ever dwell upon thy and now that all her own fond hopes had in a bright, cheerful countenance! To her I look moment been destroyed, it were folly, she for comfort in my declining years. I have thought, to encourage the attentions of the bespent everything upon you and your sister, loved foreigner. And yet the fertile brain of Cornelia, and may yet come to actual want. If the young lady suggested that some expedient I hare done wrong, it was with the best mo- / must be resorted to, to avert the consequences tives."
likely to result from the public announcement Corcelia Stanbrook was too proud, too cold of this mysterious will. Cornelia sat ponderhearted, to be moved one iota by the affectinging in her mind some means to avoid the “slurs language of the poor old man, who had lav- and scorns, and whips of the time," when a ished his all upon her. Her only thought was voice was heard in the hall, inquiring if she the loss of the property she had always con- was at home. sidered her own. Joined to this, was an inve- "Admit Mr. Beaumont,” said she, in answer terate hatred to the sweet girl to whom her to the servant, who always took his clew from uncle seemed so much attached.
This mistress as to the visitors to be favored with “ Your favorite, sir, is not so trustworthy as her condescending notice, and those to be turnyou suppose," said she. “For, without your ed away. Cunning servants may often be of advice or consent, she is about to bestow her great service to ladies of fashion. hand upon a certain poor lawyer, named Fred Beaumont entered with his most obsequious erick Howard."
bow to the supposed heiress, and, to his utter "Howard! the son of my old friend ?" ejac- ! surprise, was greeted with a welcome much
warmer than he had dared to hope for. The “Do you see him often ?" hand he had taken on his entrance was not "Almost every day." withdrawn, as usual, with supercilious scorn, "As he is your friend, you ought to guard but remained in his long enough to allow of a him against imposition.” slight pressure on the part of the gentleman — " That's what I mean to do. I can't bear not resented by the lady. The few moments that girl.” intervening between the announcement of his “I can conceive of that,” said Cornelia, with name, and his entrance, had been of great ser- a curl of her lip. vice in forwarding the suit so long hopelessly "Fred has an important case on hand. carried on. Miss Stanbrook had time to re- Should he gain it, his fortune is made, and he flect. He had sought and wooed her as an will become a prize worth striving for." heiress. There was no love in the case; and “Whose is it ?" asked Cornelia, bending her she now determined to turn the tables on him- head over her work. self, and encourage a suit, the result of which "Lindsay's gone by the board-all to smash was likely to terminate all her difficulties. -that is if he don't recover, which is doubtful." Beaumont was considered rich, and the game “Has he failed ?" was in her own hands. She despised him, but “No; but other heirs come in for the prohe had it in his power, as she thought, to avert perty, and the case is now in Chancery. Fred the doom which hung over her, and obscured is employed on the Lindsay side, but against a her brilliant prospects. She smiled upon him, powerful party on the other." while golden visions floated before his mental "So Mrs. Lindsay's jam will not come off ?" vision, and before hers, equipages and dia- ! "Strange if it does." monds. There mingled with them no ideas of “But to return to Inez and this engagement. domestic felicity--of love—of home-of happi- Have you sufficient proof of what you assert to ness! What have these to do with the estab-venture upon a disclosure to Howard ?" lishment of a fashionable belle? The offer of “I have, and mean to do so this very day." his hand and heart was made, and accepted Cornelia said no more either for or against with equal indifference. Both considered the the proposal, but again averting her head, inprize for which they contended secure; and quired if he had seen Mr. Graham lately. with a reference to her uncle on the part of "Not since the night at the theatre. Some the lady, and protestations of eternal devotion say the widower is about to play the married on that of the gentleman, an engagement for man again.” life was made, and the conversation turned “Who is the fortunate lady ?" upon other subjects.
" That Miss Legard." “ So that fool, Fred Howard, is really engaged Cornelia twisted her worsted into a knot, and to Inez Laurence," said Beaumont, after a long her brow into a frown. pause, for want of something to say.
“What a gay winter we shall have !" cried Miss Stanbrook's face became crimson for Augustus Beaumont, clapping his hands in more than one reason.
ecstasy. “So many marriages on the tapis,' "I could tell him what would shake his con- and so many balls to follow them. But we will fidence in the young lady, but it is perhaps best eclipse them all-will we not? My brilliant to let him run into the snare."
Cornelia always has outshone, and always will "Could you ?" exclaimed Cornelia. “What outshine, every one else, married or single. By is it? Pray tell me; I would give anything the way, what colors do you choose for our carto mortify that girl.”
riage equipments-for, of course, I must order "Why, Ed. Hofland told me that she was one immediately." desperately in love with him, and he had only “Whatever you choose," replied the young to pop the question, and she was his to a cer- lady, with mock humility. tainty."
"How very yielding! and what a charming “Is this true, or are you only joking ?” wife I shall have,” thought her betrothed, as " True, 'pon honor."
he kissed her hand at parting. "Does Howard know it ??
“What a cruel fate!" exclaimed the affianced "I guess not, or he would not be so in- bride, as she leaned back upon the sofa with a fatuated."
1 yawn after he had left her.
ance of her sorrow to nerve my soul to despera
tion. I would tear her from her cold, heartless "Per post, sir, send your MS.,- looked it through,
relatives, even if my life became the forfeit. Very sorry-but can't undertake-'twouldn't do.
Go, leave me now, my dear friend. I shall be Clever work, sir-would get up prodigiously wellIt's only defect is-it never would sell!
ever grateful for your kindness. But leave me And though Statesmen may glory in being unbought, | alone now. I must pay these demands against In an Author we think, sir, that's rather a fault !"
me, with the generous donation of Col. Stan"Sent back my manuscript !” exclaimed brook, and then take my accustomed walk. poor Donald Clarkson, throwing himself back Come to me to-morrow." in his chair in a despairing mood. “What, An hour after, and a solitary figure envelthen, is to become of me? I have not a centoped in a cloak was sauntering up Broadway. in the world, and a month’s board is due. To It stopped. “All is quiet in the house-ah! I whom can I apply for relief? Alas! no one. hear footsteps, perhaps hers. Blessed is the Of what use are the talents Heaven has be- spot where she treads. She is like a star in stowed upon us mortals, if they cannot save us the midnight gloom. Yet why can she not unfrom perishing with want! Yet there is one derstand me? Are not our souls united ? Oh, who has offered to assist me—who insists that could I tell her my elevated hopes! Could I he is indebted to me-and for what? for sav- share with her my own restless imaginings! ing a life for which I would have sacrificed my In vain. She is surrounded by a set of heartown! My proud heart rejects the thought of less beings, who will persuade her that I am a applying for pecuniary aid to her uncle. He mere pretender-that I am a fortune-hunterwill offer me, as a beggar, the means of subsis that I love her not for herself, but for her tence, but he would spurn me as the lover of wealth. Gold! gold ! gold! what jargon! I his niece. And yet he knows not how I could in love with sordid lucre! I, who care not for toil, slave for her. I would perish ere she it, save as a means of subsistence! Shall such should want for anything. Dreams! dreams! heavenly beauty be resigned to such a fate as unsubstantial visions ! Away, I will indulge they would doom her to? Never! never! My in you no more!"
love is wholly disinterested. It is seated in the “With Mr. Stanbrook's compliments,” ex- heart. It is as pure as yon cloudless heaven. claimed a young friend of Clarkson, as he en- I desire nothing but to see her--to be near her tered his gloomy apartment, and presented a -to gaze into the liquid depths of her soft packet. The poet grasped it eagerly. He blue eyes, and see my own image reflected opened it with a trembling hand. “One--two there. To have her all my own-my idol -three--four--five hundred dollars! He has my own angel wife.” saved me from despair! But have you no Aud was Laura insensible to the love she had word, no message from her ??
kindled in the heart of the young poet? Al“She has sent you this chain and locket,"most every day receiving new proofs of his desaid the youth, the tears starting in his eyes at voted affection, she shrunk from the passionate the anguished look of his friend. “She bids you glance of those dark dreamy eyes, so full of wear it for her sake, but at the same time to eloquent feeling. Though meeting with oppogive up all hope of ever being more to her sition on all sides, she was not proof against than a friend."
the enchantment thrown around her. She beClarkson seized the precious gift, and pressed came melancholy and unhappy. Narrowly it to his lips.
watched, she dared not acknowledge by word “ Tell her," said he," that I will wear it or look the preference she felt. If she sat at next my heart, until that heart ceases to beat the window, the first object she saw was her I am, then, the cause of the severity used to adorer watching for her appearance there. wards her! I, who would lay down my life for Did she take up a book, there were the blank her sake. The thought of her sorrow at our pages filled with his restless thoughts, every separation, destroys all the pleasure I might word having reference to berself. If she walkfeel at receiving her gift. I feel in my inmost ed out for air and exercise, she was sure to meet soul the sacrifice she would make in becoming him wrapped in his scanty cloak, moving listmine. Oh, my friend! You are allowed to be lessly among the crowd, cold, calm, and unconnear her : to enjoy the heavenly light of her cerned, until she appeared. Then the stoic countenance. Watch it closely. Tell me if features would unbend, and the eloquent eyes she appears unhappy. It needs not an assur- sparkle with joy. A look or slight bow of re.