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A -SEW YKAltH BONO.
I. a. T01'Ikl
The world ia full of mystery,
Which no one understands;
What it before our eyes we see,
Tim wurk of unaeen hands;
But whence ami whn,aiidby &eS wrought,
escapes trio grup ol Human inougiii.
There u a tim when we were not,
And there will be again
vV hen we mual onue and be forgot,
With nil our joy and twin '
Vhiho like the wind, or like the enow
That full a thousand years ago.
We live a if we ehould not die,
Blindly, but wiaclv.too.
For il we know Death always nigh,
What would we ear or do,
But fold our handi, and close our eyei,
And cure no mora who lives or dice.
if death to each man in hie turn
la coming aoon or late,
fte ours the soldier's unconcern
And hi eourageoua (ate;
Better to perish in the strife;
Than to preserve the coward's life.
Jteforo my heart' Arc pondering long,
At twure a bivouao,
1 heard Imt night the solemn aong,
Which I have summoned back.
It nns my sombre mood to cheer,
And it my giecting to the Year
New Year, if you are bringing Youth
An you ate bringing Age,
I would have it hack, in south;
1 have no strong b to wage
boat battle over. Let them lie.
Itury your head, 0 Memory.
, You can bring nothing but surprise
And nothing will diatnny, .
No tears agnin in those old eyes,
No darkucs in mv day,
You might bring light aud imllea Instead
if you can give me back my dead.
1 have behold your kin, Now Year,
Kullybflr time, aud nono
Thai wa an happy aud ao drar,
1 wept when 1 wo done,
Whv ahould we weep when yars depart;
Ami leave their aahca in the heart 7
dood by, nine you have gone, Old Year,
And my pait life, good-hv,
I shwd no tear upon your bier
For II li well to die.
New Ycur, your wont will lie my beet,
Wbslcan an old man waul but real?
lie canie aloiiK, loaning heavily on a
crutch. He munitged to oliuib upon the
platform of the cur just a the driver
-wtartod the horses. With an effort Le
woikod Lit way inside. From a grimy
pieco- of pnper w hie It be unfoldod, ho
took a tuekle and dropped it into the
box. lio then eat down in the only
vacant plane. There wore no women in
the our at that time. The men on tho
eido whore the cripple hail loeatod him
aelf moved along ao as not to toil their
overooaU from Ida thin thrcadbure
jacket. They notified that ho had no
stockings on his foot; that upon the well
foot there was an old shoe, and noon the
lame foot there wore several old olothi
wound around, which made it look like
a bundle of ruga. Who wan he? Ho was
no more or lea than a "stront Arab," ao
called because they upend tho majority
of their livos upon the atroot. He was
no tuoro or lea than a pauper boy, who
waa obliged to live upon the alruota of
great city, now nod thou finding an "odd
job" to do, and thus ho managed to
scraps together enough to cover his
body with rugged garments and to gut
food enough ao that ho niunagud to livo.
Ho wan a rugged boy, about twelve yoars
old. Hit bauda and faoe were clean;
hi buir wat combed; but uotwithstand
, lug this, bit more fortuuato fellow pus
Hcugora considered him an intruder in
the street car.
After thoy had gone a few blocks the
car stopped, and an old lady in fact, to
all appearances, a very old lady got on.
Kite appeared weuk; her steps were
irregular as iha went to tho box to drop
in her nicklo, An old, blaok and moou
worn veil oonoealod her face from view.
All the .teution that that the "well to
'ilo" passengers paid to tho old lady was
to draw In their feet, ao that their cloth
ing would not be soiled by coming in
contact with the much worn dreas of the
The old lady dropped Iter Avo oont
nickel into the box, and slowly turned
around facing the rear of the oar. (She
looked dowu one aide aud up another,
bat not a man offered to give her a seat;
not one. They let h?r stand there, lean
iug heavily upon a club-like stick, which
. she had picked up somo whero and used
as a cane.
The atroet arab, whom the better
dresaed were avoiding, got hold of his
crutch. With that to assist him, he got
up from his eoat.tououod the old lady on
the arm. Hue looked around; ho puiuted
to the place vacated by him.
"Keep your acat, lad, keep your scat;
?PUL ra lame," said the old lady in a
"No, do; I am younger than you, aud
besides, my foot don't pain me now,"
aid the boy.
The lady looked at him. Then she.
cast keen glance at her fellow passim
gent, as much as to say: "Though poor,
be is gentleman, and tho only true
rjentleman in this oar."
' The old lady sat down. "Thauk you,
lad," said she.
Yon are welcome, ma'am," replied
8 oo x a passenger got oat. Then titer
was a general moving to got a far away
from the old woman as possible, Then
two or three more got out. Tho boy
thru aat down heaiile the oue whom ha
had treated so kindly. In a little while
;Ucri got out and the our was nearly
" What ia your name, lad?" asked
"Timothy; that ia a good name; that is
, tin me we road about in the Bible. Tim
"Timothy Hums, roa'aui."
Where do vou live?"
"Number 110 Cleaver street, way up
to the top."
"Live alone, lad?
"No, my little stater lives with, me."
' What aits your foot?" '
"A horse etepped on it. I was taking
cre of Mr. Dmlge'e horo. You know
Mr. Dodge, doo'l you? 4.
Hefore the old woman bad time to aa
swor the car stoppnl and a tall, nervou--!
Jookmg man got ont ana Hastened toaM
a i'le street.
"Good day, lad. The old woman hob-1
bled out, climbed down from the pUt-
orm, and slowly weut along in the di-1
rection that had been taken by .the tall,
nervous man. ,
The car went along, taking our little
hero with it. A few blocks furthor and
he got ont. He went into a wood yard
near by and busied hinJaelf all day split
ting short boards and slabs in thin pieces.
These he put up n small bunches, then
they were ready for market, and sold all
over the city as kindling wood. He
could do this work, because he could sit
on a block, and with a little batcbet he
oonld eorn somotbicg to support himself
and his sinter. . , ,
When bis day's work was done be
went home. He earned from twenty
five to thirty-five couts a day; owing to
his lameness he had to pay ten celte a
day cor fare; but thle would nol last
long; his woundod foot waa fast healing.
Before he went to the top of nnmbor 110
he paid five ceuU for a loaf of bread,
three cents for some apples, and throo
cents for somo cooked beans. Ibis
would inako his little sister and himself
a nice supper and breakfast, and then
there would be some left for hor dinner.
He had a few pennies loft. All but five
he must put in n little bag to pay rent;
the five was for car fare the next morn
ing. In a fow days ha hoped to be able
to walk to his work and return, then he
could save ten cent more. Ho, in that
war. could earn enough to got hia sinter
a now iroex wuiuu o uuouou mj
luullt. Htinh were his thoughts as he
mnnntaJ the rickertr stairs to hia
"(). oood." said a protty little hare
footed girl about ten years of ago, aa he
opened the door. Hhe jumped out of the
ohair and mot him with a kiss before he
had not half war across the room,
"What's good, Bess?"- said b, return
ing the kiss.
"You have got home; how is your foot
"Hay, Tim, ldid not eat all of my din
"You outflit to. Bo s." repliod tho
brother, placing hia purchases npon
rickoty stand, which was the best piece
of furuituro in the room. Hhe undid
the packages; got from a box a couple of
n'utes and two tin cuns. Huiiner was
"Oood supper to-night, Tim," said
Bess a few momenta after, lookicg up
from her eating. "Why, who that
she exclaimed, poiuting toward the
Tim looked around and saw standing
the center of the room a small man of
mild appoaranoe. He had como in so
qnictly that neither of the children
"Bo, my boy, this is your home?" said
"Yo, Bir,"answorod Tim.
"Is this the little sister you told me
about?" asked the man, coming to whoro
they wcro and stroking Bowie a hair.
"That's Bessie; she's my sister," said
Tim, opening his eyes in amazement. "1
never saw you before, sir."
"You never did?" suid tho man, laugh
ing. "Not that I know of."
"Do you remember an old woman that
you gave up your scut to in the car this
"I am that old woman."
"What?" exclaimod Tim. iumpiug tit)
so quickly that ho hurt his lame foot and
had to sit down agaiu.
'I said I was thut old woman, repeat
ed the gentleman.
I don t understand, said inn.
Of course not, but I will explain.
My name is Benson, und I am a detective.
"What, are you Benson, the groat de
tective?" asked tho boy, interrupting Mr.
"I am Mr. Benson, the detective. I
was shadowing a thief this morning. I
dressed np like an old woman and got on
tho same oar with yon, and thats the
way I came to make your acquaintance.
Do you understand?"
les, sir, I think I do. Did you catch
"He is in jail now, replied Mr, Ben
son smiling at the boy's question.
"I am glad of that, ' said Tim.
I am glad of something else, said
"What is that?" asked Buisio.
"I am glad that I found your brother.
Timothy, you are just the boy I have
been looking for. lue boy with a lamo
foot that will get up and give an old
lady a seat though Iter garments are
poor, ia too much of a gentleman to live
in a garret ajid eat dry bread, cold beaua
and apples for his supper."
"Jtut you were a man, said Tim.
"You did not know that; tho principle
is the same. lo you know what I want
yon to do?"
"I have a good home. I want you
and Bessie to go home with mo and be
my Iwy and girl. What do you say?"
The children were so astouixhrnl at
first that they did not know what to uy.
But when Mr. Bonson went away the
childreu were with him. On the street
they found the groat detective's carriugo,
in which they were taken directly to his
Their days of suffering from poverty,
cold and hunger were over. This was
several years ago. Timothy lina become
a large man. Bessie is a beaatitul
woman; married, rich, charitable and
respected. As fur Mr. Benson he is yet
in the detective business, but he has a
partuer, and that partuer is Timothy
Boys, it pays to be polite, especially
to old people.
Bout's FouTirtt'ATtoMM. The fifteen
forts that now surrouud the city of
Borne have an extent of aliout twenty
five miles, so that the vanguard of a be
sieging party would hava lo occupy no
less a circuit than thirty two miles, and
the main force a circuit of thirty-eight
miles. On the mot uiodt computa
tion the besieging army would therefore
employ six or seven army corps that is,
irom iju.ww to ini.ihhj men. The lorta
of Home, if furnished with heavy artil
lery are now capable of a tenacious, re
aistance, without reekouing that a gar
rica even iuferior to the eueniv in nnm-
hem would be able to embarrass and
, tUenl hia movements from tbe very first.
( , f -'
I' A nearly tterfect mammoth aklt,.n
bi becu discovered by workmen en
; d m making a railroad cutting Dear
! JW IKrade. After photographs are taken
Af lu remains "in situ." the bones will
j b rursfully removed to the Belgrade
Natxa. al Museam.
THE KNFIELI) COl'KT ROBBERY.
When are yon going to return Lady Daa
ent's vUit, Aunt franco.?" skcd mv niece Amy
oue lovuly morning in Augunt. "It Is quite s
fortnight since she called."
"In a day or so," I replied, knowing the
duty mut be performed, particularly aa Lady
Daevnt's had, since she called, sent us an invi
tation to a ball which waa about lo take plane
at Knlleld Court. In myininothearlI should
bare been pleased had Lady Patent's visit
never been paid. We had lived in soclualun
for so long that I almostdroaded any interrup
tion to the even tonor of onr quiet existence.
Dut Amy was eighteen, and Jimt at the age to
appreciate a little gayety.and I felt it my duty
to sot my own feelings aaide and allow her to
enjoy the present to the utmost.
We lived jn.t on the outskirts of one of the
principal southern provincial towns, la a little
paradise which some one bad aptly designated
tbe " Wren'! Nrst." 1 thought it perfect, and
would not have exchanged its peaceful beauty
for Euileld Itsolf, which waa considered one of
lbs finest places In the county.
Owing to Lord Dasent's very delicate health
the family bad been absent for some yuars, but
directly they returned Lady Dsse nl had called
onus. Ths Court waa barely a mile distant
by road, and we were really their nearest
neighbors. It behooved me, therefore, for
Amy's saka, lo make an effort and return her
"What do jou think of our going to Enfield
(his atternoou, Amy?" I ssid presently.
"1 think ii would be delightful," sbo replied.
"Hhall we walk or drive
"Drive, decidedly," I rejoined. Tho day
was lovely, and I inwardly hoped that Lady
Dasent might bo enjoying Its beauties herself,
and that we might thus continue oiy urivo.
t,.vlnu ilonu nor dutv bv lesving cures only.
Dut my hopes were iissppolutod. Lady Da-
sent wss at liome, auu we were usueruu wim
due ceremony into her beautiful drawing-room,
where we found her most graciously inclined
toward us both.
Her daughters wero playiug lawn-tennis,
she told n. Would wt like to Join them on
the terrace? Very gladly would I Imve de
clined, but s glsnce toward Amy decided me
otherwise. Very probably my diminutive
groom and ponies would be entertained hos
pitsbly during our detention, and I could
fancy, after tho splendors of Knlleld. that
Joseph would return home signally dim-alMicd
with tho humble ways at the Wren's Nest.'
Accompanying Lady Dasent, we found our
selves in the midst of unite a Urge party of
young people, some playing tennis, hut the
greater number merely looking on. Amy was
swept from my side immediately, but my anx
ious eyes followed her, aud with pleasure I
observed the oordislity with which the Misses
Dasent welcomed her.
liy aud by I saw her stundlng under a lime
tree at some littlo distance from where I was
seated. Hhe was dressed In white; and as she
stood in the half-shade, hslf-snnshine, there
was a look of ethereal twauty about her.
"How very pretty your niece is. Miss Conr
tunsy," Lady Dssenl observed.
"Yes; I think she is ralher pretty," I re
plied. Home oue else thought so too. Just as Lady
Dasent spoke, I saw a gentlemau introduced to
Amy; and while we remained, he deturmiuedly
maintained a clone proximity to her side,
He was young, good-looking, and evidently
bent upun nuking hlmndf very agreeshlo to
Hitherto Amy had lived a life of complete
retirement. I hud guarded her with a Jealous
care from all contact with any outward intlu
ence thut might prejudice the future of my
darling. Hhe had been consigned to my caro
bv her mother on her death-bed, wheu an in
fant of a few months old; aud I accepted the
charge, vowing to bv faithful to the utmost of
I had loved her mother; but I had adored
her father my youngest brother who had
gone out to India with the fairest prospects,
aud come home, after being there for only a
few years, to die. Out of a large family I was
the tuilv cue left who could poxsibly have un
dertaken the absolute charge of Amy.
And hero was I, with my youth tar behind
me, an unloved old maid, until the child came
to me, and In the elau of her little chubby
arms I seemed to grow young sgsin myself. My
sorrows became dim iu the distance as my
charge grew; every day aud hour adding to my
devotion to her, aud, thank God! to her love
and alloc I lor, for inc. We were not rich, but
we bad euouKh; and I was enabled to have a
governess for Amy, so that not even tor part of
her education had she to leave me. Homellmes
1 wished she had some companions of her own
age; but wheu 1 mentioned it she always re
jected the Idea of such a necessity. Hhe was
perfectly happy, vt hat more did 1 want? Noth
ing, except to insure her couliuuing to be hap
py all the days of her life.
Lady Dasent's desire to cultivate- our ao
quaiutauce presented at leuat oue advantage
for Amy: the Miaaes Dsent were about hor
own age, and judging by oulward appearances,
ulce lady like girls, who seemed anxious to bo
friendly with her. H till. I shrank from giving
encouragement to the intimacy between them;
for though Amy s birth was that of a lady,
still the Misses Dsscut were undeniably above
her lu rank, and perhaps from an old-fash-loued
idea on my part of possible patronage
I rather threw obstacles In the way of any sud
den friendahip between them.
Hut I am anticipating, and must revert to
the introduction I had witnessed in the dls-
tauce between Amy and Mr. Alfred Msulevorer,
which was the name uf tho individual I before
alluded to. I did not make his acquaintance
that alieruoou; mat was au honor reserved for
the following day, when he, accompanied by
two of the Misses Dasent, came over to the
ren s Nest lo invite Amy and myself to s
small afternoon party.
It waa the Isglnulug of many visits both on
their Hart and our own: in fact, haiillv a !.v
passed without our swing at least Mr. Maulvv
erer, who invariably found some pretext for
Coming over lo us, if we were not to Ik at Eu
ileld. And then came the ball at EnHeld
Auiy's first, destined lu be a moat eventful
one, and lo which she went arraved In simple
I waa uol altogether comfortable on the
score of her growing iutimaoy with Mr.
Mauleverer. Perhaps he waa trilling with ber;
perhaps he was not in every way desirable him
self. A thousand diatnrhiug posaibilitics kepi
shuoliug through my old heart, as 1 sat watch
ing my darling at her flr.t ball, looking ra
diaully pretty, while Mr. Mauleverer re
doubled his dnvotiou, and immolated himself
so thoroughly at her abriue as to insist on tak
ing me lu to supper a piece of civility which
I duly appreciated.
Never Mure had I aim the DsM-nt's cele
brated gold plate, which was on this occasion
fully di. played. Il was magnitlcent. Kuril
tankard, and salvers of solid gold, to asv noth
ing of plates, spoons, aud fork, all apparently
of the precious metal. Onr converasiion nat
urally lurued upou this display; and Juat as
we were admlting it, Florence Dasent hap
pened to join us.
"Mie Conrtenay has been aduiiriug the
plate," remarked Mr. Maulcvirer.
"Yes; lan'l it beautiful?" alio replied. "But
really, I think pretty china would lie almost
nicer. I Micro p would prefer it; hot we
can't gel rid of onr plate, .imply became il ia
entailed; o ars mamma's diamonds."
Lady Das. nt as wearinn her diamohd thai
eveumg. From qnj-t corner in ths ball
room 1 Lad siecully noticid the necklace,
which wa. raiher a tklil circlel round her
Itmiat. aollu s.pisr-. of a formal, bulof course
A few Irifling remarks followed; and then
Mr. Mauleverer conducted nie back to mv seal,
in the vicinity of which we fonud a'bbv, to
whom Mr. Mauleverer waa tugagvu for' the
1 tnuat aay they looked a churning couple as
they novrd away. I suppoae mv evea werej-x-prvwlve
of my ihonghla. for Lady BaseiM -a
voice rlusv bwide me teemed lo echo them. -
"They make a good pair, don I thy?'ahe
said. "Ah. Mias Conrtenay," .be continued,
"1 am afraid yoo nasi sot etpect to keep yonr
niece always; some oue is sure to carry ber off
'.i'am in no hurry for that time to come," I
replied, "hut, Lady Dasent. do yod mind
telling ma one thing; who la air. aanieTe
.Who is Mr. Mauleverer?" repeated Lady
Dssenl, with a shade of ssroasm in ber voice.
"Well, my dear Miss Courtonay, I believe be is
of very good family, very well off. and 1 kuow
l.,..'....i,.i, anil moves in the very
host society. Yon may be quite sure, had he
not been very desirable In every way ne woum
not have been our guost."
o,..,.iui4lu luat then claimed Lady Vt-
aent's sttonliou, and she moved off, leaving me
to digest at my leisure the satisfactory re
marks she had made relative to Amy a admirer.
Very good family-very well off-very charm
ing, end so forth. I was glad to bear I. and
could scarcely avoid a feeling of exultation
when, on our return home, Amy told me that
he bad a.ked her to be his wife, and she had ac
cepted him. ,, ,
Tired as I was after my unwonted dissipa
tion, sleep seemed lo have forsaken me; Amy's
eiiKsucmenl was all I could think of until day-
Hunt began to struggle into existence; men i
suppo-e I fell asleep, and might have slept for
hours hail not my old bouae-matd, Margaret,
bttrat into my room without any ceremony,
and wakened me with tbe startling tidings that
Eulluld had been on tire, and that the gold
plate, also nearly all Lady Daseul's diamonds
bad been stolen!
It seemed altogether too dreadful lobe true,
but very shortly afterward Mr. Manleverer
himself appeared, and fully consrnitd the tid
ings. Ilo had distinguished himself groatly
by his bravery iu endeavoring to extinguish
the Haines, and In doing so hsd burned bis
right hsnd rather severely.
I thought yon might near an exsnK"aie
account of It, so I came over at once," ho ob
served, with a glance toward Amy.
'Who discovered It?" I asked. "V hat can
have originated the fire? and above all. who
can have takeu the plate ?"
"And tho diamonds?" added Amy.
"That remains to bo seen," 'replied Mr.
Mauleverer. "On my way here I telegraphed
to Hootland yard, and no doubt a sharp detec
tive will unravel the mystery."
Partly in order to make it more convenient
for guest at a distance, partly because Lord
Dssenl hlmelf objected to late hours, the ball
had begun at the niifsshiousbly early hour of
nine o'clock; by half-past two it was over, and
by Ihreo o'clock comparative ailenco hail
reigned over Enlleld. The butler had judged
it safe never droaming of danger to lock up
the snpiier room, the shutters of all the win
dows being strongly barred as well. With an
eaav mind, and the key in his coat pocket, that
functionary retired to bed, while the rest of the
servants gladly followed bis example.
Neither bolts nor bars, howovor, defended
tho diamonds. Lady Dasent replaced them
with her own bands in their cases, which with
out any anxiety whatever, she laid upon ber
toilet table. To-morrow they would, as usual,
be deposited in tho safe, where they were ordi
narily kept. Hhe had dismissed her maid di
rectly she came to her room; one of her
daughters unclasped tho circlet from her
throat, aud shortly afterward as it came out
in evidenco Mis Dasent Kit her mother's
room, crossed the corridor, and was'jtmt about
to enter her own room, whon in the darkuess
some oue brushed past her. The circumstance
did not alarm her; it was uo doubt one of the
servants, so she thought no more of it.
Lady Dasent's dressing-room adjoined her
bedroom, and her account of the affair was
that a few minutes after she had got in bed
be distinctly heard the handle of her dressing
room door turn, and she fancied she heard a
very quiet step in the dressiug-room. which, iu
a sleepy way, she fancied was her maid.
Lord Dasent heard uothiiig hid nothing to
tell; he wished ho had. If any one had brushed
past him in the corridor, or he bad heard
steps in the drcaidng-rooni, there would have
been neither robbery nor tiro. As it was, the
stealthy footsteps must have approached tho
dressing table, and with a deliberation almost
iucrcdiblo, somo one mast have opened the
caes and abstracted the contents. Tho circlet,
the bracelets, aud a pair of magnificent ear
ringsall wore gone. Tbe gold pi a to had
also been cleverly carried off; only a few minor
articles having been (pared.
At first all the energies of the household
wero directed toward subduing the fire. It
evidently had its origin near the supper-room,
which chanced to be directly Mow Lady Da
aent's ronms. Atallevents.it was owing to
her being wakened by a strong smell of fire,
that the alarm was given iu time to save not
only the houso, but some of tho Inmates who
might olherwiso have perished in the flames.
And from this fate it appeared Mr. Mauleverer
had a narrow escape. Hu had behaved "splen
didly," so the Dasents said; aud as my nephew
elect I was proud to hear it.
Upon further investigation, it was found
that, while the rob' oryal Enfield Court had
been nioHt carefully planned and premeditated,
the fire had evidently been an accidental part
of the thieves' progamme, as a hastily done-up
bundle, containing somo valuable articles, was
discovered jut outsido the supper-room win
dow, as if dropped In a hasty oxit. Happily,
the fire bad been subdued in time to save the
greater portion of the house, but the damage
doue, lo say nothing of the immenso loss caused
by the robbery, waa very considerable.
In due time two detectives came down from
London, and the excitement continued unabat
ed in the neighborhood while they remained,
but nothing transpired. They maintained an
amount of stolid reticence which to the curi
ous was moat provoking, and finally they de
parted without having appareutly done any
thing toward solving the mystery, far less se
curing the thieves.
Gradually things seemed to settle down, aud
the robbery at Euileld was replaced iu my mind
by my entire absorptiou In Amy's engagement,
to which I had given a qualified consent, on
the condition that Mr. Mauleverer's family
were satisfied with the connection, and that
pecuulary matters were properly adjusted.
Now that he bad actually declared himself, I
felt emboldened to ask questions and ascertain
everything I possibly could as to the antece
dents o( the man who was to be my darling
He was well connected. His mother was
dead, but his father was aliv?, and lived in
great seclusion at hia own property, which waa
situated iu Yorkshire. He was reputed to be
rich, but on this poiut I could gain no definite
Information. Bull, remembering Lady Das
eut's "very well off," I was not much troubled
on the score of mouey matters. I had felt it
iacumbent upon me to invito him to spend a
few days with us More be left for Yorkshire,
aud it seemed natural that be should como to
us, I told him frankly that Amy had very lit
tle money of her ownsomething less than two
thousand pounds; but at my death I inteuded
lo leave her everything, which I felt lure he
would approve of beiug tied lip and strictly
settled upon herself.
I thought hia expression changed a little
when I mentioned tins, and still more so whon
I casually asked him in a friendly war if he al
ways meant to be an idle man, for ho had left
the army, it appeared, and I was anxious, for
Amy's sake, to see some svmptom of his wiidi-
lug to get an appoiutmeul or occupation of
some kin u.
Meanwhile, Amy seemed satisfied, bnt uiy
donbts born of my extreme affection for her
began lo arise and refuted to lie silenced.
Mr. Mauleverer hail written lo hia fatl er
aunouuecing his engagement, bnt as vet
neither line uor mesaage from the old gentle
man had reached ns. It was not treating Amy
properly, and though Amy's cntrcaUes to tu'e
lo be patient and oft repeated assurance that
Alfred said everything would be all rich! si
lenced me for a time, I was fully n solved to
see matters either ended or placed on a aatie
factory footing bitore much lonirer lima
lo tbe meantime Mr. Mauleverer received
one morning a telegram, which, he Inform al
us, contained Ibe uea of the illness of an old
friend of his in London. He most start im
mediately if be wuhed to see him alive. If 1
did not mind be would leave hie heavy lug.
gage behind him sad only take a small port
al ao traa. fnlest someth iug very special nap-
pened to detain bim be would be with us
gala In a couple of days. His adieus were
hurried, but iinpresalve. Ho seemed really
aorry to leave Amy, who was. however, enabled
to bid blra a cheerful goodbye on the strength
of his speed- return.
On the morning of the second day after he
had taken his departure, Amy wa evidently
expecting a letter from him-not unreasonably,
aslthought, as it wri natural she should wish
to hear that be had reached bis destination
safely. Hhe was ralher ttstlost and fidgety.
Perhaps that was the cause of my own almost
nervous feelings as post-time approached. I
conld settle down to nothing.
Amy, darling." I said presently, "suppose
you take the garden scissors and snip these ge
raniums for me; they want it badly."
Ho Amy stepped out on lo the littlo lawn
with iU still brightly filled parterres, and I
watched her from the drawing-room window
witu feelings of mingled love, anxiety aud ap
prehension, for do what I might I eould not
get over tho sense of some impeuding calamity
something sorrowful for her. Boon after
ward she Joined me, redistil with her letter,
the first she had ever received from him; a very
ardent, gentlemanly epistle, I waaouliged to
own; satisfactory, too, as it contained the iu
formatiou that he had heard from his father,
who, on certain conditions, which he saw his
way to comply with, had promised to consent
to the marriage. A letter for me from old Mr.
Mauleverer had been oucloscd in his letter lo
his son; hut the latter preferred delivering it to
me personally, conseiHeutly I would not re
ceive it ntilil bis return to us.
Amy had an engagement that afternoon to
visit the Daseuts, who wuro now installed iu a
mall house they had at somo distance from
the court, while tho latter was being repaired.
Hho was to drive over, taking our small groom
with her, aud I waa not to expect her back un
til after nine o'clock at tho earliest; so I was to
spcud a solitary evening. After she left mo I
wrote a few letters; then I tried to read; but
mv attention wandered. A slight drowsiness
came over me, aud I suppose I fell asleep. All
at once I woke up with a consciousness of some
one standiuK inat outsido the closed window,
gazing into the room, and I discerned distinct
ly the features or a man s laco prossea closely
against the window-pane. I was not gonerally
nervous, but I confess a thrill of fear shot
through me then, and for a moment I was al
most too terrified to stir. The next instant I
got np, and simultaneously with my doing so
the face vanished. Dut the eyes I had so clear
ly seen might be watching me still.. I con
trolled all outward symptoms of alarm or con
sciouues uf what I had seen, and after a few
minute.-- to mo cash seemed an hour I moved
toward tho deor ud summoned one of tho ser
vants. I montioncd the circumstance to her,
and enjoined extra caro that night as to our
bolts aud bars. Though we had neitnor gold
plate nor diamonds to attract thieves, still
ilmro was enough silver to satisfy moderate cu
pidity, and it was wonderful how such facts
got abroad. After the Eulicld court robbery
one could not be too careful.
Vorv soon Margaret, my servant, bad soon red
all the shutters, drawn the curtaius, and I sat
down to my eolitarv tea, wishing most fervent
ly that Amy wore .afuly within doors again.
A sudden storm had come on; the wiud had
risen to a hurricane, and bade fair lo continue
during the night. About eight o clock a mes
sage arrived for me from Lady Dasent telling
mo that as tho storm was so severe they Had
ventured to detain Amy for the night; iu the
morning she would bo with mo early
I was both clad aud sorry glad that Amy
would not run tho risk of encountering any
lurking individuals in the darkness; that she
was safely at EuHeld; but sorry for my own
sake, I felt so solitary aud, truth to tell, so
The evening wore on slowly, and as ten
o'clock struck I went to my room. It was di
rectly over the drawing room. Next to mine
was Amy a; aud on the other side of the land
ing was the spare room, which had so recently
been occupied by Alfred Mauleverer. Above
slept the servants. I heard them go up to bed,
aim wiuie i could near them moving about
overhead I was tolerably comfortable; but soon
stillness reigned over tho Wren's Nest. My
domestics were asleep. The best thing I could
do was to follow thuir exam plo, which altera
timo I suppose I did, for I was wakened by a
uoise, a distant sound from the hall below. I
scarcely breathed. I could Inar my heart
beating as I lay listening with strained ears,
and recalling with horrified terror tho face I
had seen at the window.
1 need hardly say that I was thorouchlv
awake. Every nerve was strung to such a
itch of tension thtt if a pin had been dropped
; feol euro I should have heard it. It cume
again the sound from below dull, this time,
bnt distinct; and presently I heard steal thy
looiaicps coming rapiuiv and quietly np stairs,
evidently shoeless fuel, but none the' less audi
ble to my ears. Never since I bad lived at the
Wren's Nest had I locked my bed-room door; I
bail a dread of doing it; and despite my ner
vousness ou this occasion, I hsd not departed
from my rule. It was too late to attempt to
accomplish it now. Besides, looking back, I
think a sort of temporary paralysis had come
over me. I heard a hand laid upou the han
dle; it was turned cautiously, and the next mo
ment, from my curtained bed, I distinguished
a man bearing some sort of small lump his
face concealed by a mask enter.
Il was a matter of life or death to me to
remain quiet. Through my mind flashed a
resolve lo duliver up everything I was pos
sessed of family plate.my mother a amothists,
all my small valuables to this ruffian in ex
change for my life, should he demand them.
But no such intention appeared to be his. He
approached the bed, raised his lamp, flaahed it
for a second upon my closed eyes, and then
withdrew it, apparently satisfied that I slept.
It must have been a cursory glanoo, for I could
not have sustained the deception for more than
a moment. He gave a keen look round the
room, only the lower part of his face was
covered, so I could see his eyes, small, black,
and piercing, with something familiar to me
in them, eveu then. My watch a legacv from
my mother lay on the toilet table, but he
overlooked it. Evidently, mine was not the
room he meant to ritle. Almost noislessly lie
vanished out of it, aud I heard him proceed
into Auuvs room next thank 0d. it was
empty hen into the spare room, where he
All at once it flashed across me that bv a
little courage I might save everythiuir 'and
secure the thief. In former days, my spare
room uaa oeen a nursery; ana the wimlows
were barred, so as to make all exit from them
impossible. If I could slip out of bed, get
across the passage, in one second I could lock
the door, and, secure from any attack, raise an
The agony of fear I was in w auch that I
felt equal to any effort. Without losing a
moment, I glided out of bed; a moment's
pause acquainted me with the fact that the
miscreant was busy; I heard him throwing out
things all over the floor. He was searching
Mr. Manleverer's portmanteau.; they were
quite at the far end of the bedroom; so' I cal
culated that I could safely close and lock the
door before he conld possibly prevent me.
Like a ghost, I moved out of my room on mv
perilous orraud. Through a chink iu the half
open door I beheld the man kneeling in front
of the larger portmanteau, rifling it with a
rapidity aud iuteutness which secured mv be
iug for the present discovered. I had intended
to seize the door the inaUnt I reached it, but
something made mj pause in the darkness and
per with terrified eyes into the bedroom. He
bad his back to roe, and I conld see the quick
movements uf his arms as one thing after an
other was hurriedly thrown npon the ground.
Imagine my feelings a I stood within a few
paces of him, to see him with tbe utmost celer
ity tear open the lining of the portmanteau
and draw from it a glittering mass of dia
monds, which I instantly recognized as Lady
Dasent's famous circlet, tbe oue she bad worn
on the night of the eventful ball, and which,
with the other things, bad so mysteriously dis
appeared! Horror, anguish, and fear well nigh caused
me lo fall to ths ground. I made an involun
tary movement; I thought I was faiuting; aud
the noiae reached him. Looking np, oar
eyes met. With the alrensth born of ,trvr..
Hon, I aeiied the handle of tbe door, and ia a
moment toe key was salely turned ia the lock.
Happily l jr th lives of myself and my ser
vants, i!k 4or was an old-fashioned one, of a
particularly troat( description, aud having a
strong ont. r mohhug, it was almost a physi
side of the
dity to break II open from the in-
iota. , The exigency oi me si ma
d m tor the momeut and enabled
ni tlirfsa aervants. who must at
first have l!a,nelii I li.it irons tomnorarilv ont
ui ui miuniffbiin 1 tried to make tuom com
prchund ouJ portion.
It was twq. o'cb ck iu the morning, still
blowing a Rallo, ami dark as Erebus, but as
sistance rnuat be got. Tbo man within our
spare room L0iKUt have accomplices without;
our danger eWkt bo bnt beginniug. ' We had
au alarm-bell; that must be rung. Four trem
bling women, We proceeded iu a group to the
outer back e,urt, a hero the boll hang, ouly to
flud the rops ncvered. I snatched up a cloak
and arrayed my.eif in my slippers and a skirt.
The servants! ware as little dressed as myself.
Dut ii wa ji.o time to hesitate; immediate
action must U taken. We must rouse tho
gardener, wholivtd a considerable way from
the houso. Throngs the dark dripping shrub
beries wo fletw, at every step expecting to be
dragged back by some Jurker; but ne oue
stomwd us. , jln aiftty we reached tho cottage;
and iu a tew jmluuUs Arkwright, my gardener
and general factotum, was in our midst.
His eottagij was within a short distance of
several other; and though he wished to go
straight to the house, fearing lest the man
should have escaped, or been liberated by ac
complices, I would not hear of it. I insisted
upon bis getting a v uplo of men to accompany
him, a precaution for which I saw Arkwright's
nice little i,fe was grateful. This caused
delay, but it bad not allowed my captive to es
cape. The bull doer was found open, and
everything Juat as we had left it, the spare
room floor still closed. By my orders, it was
not to be unlocked ttntii tbe police arrived.
Several volunteers hod hastened to summon
them; and while we were awaiting their ar
rival, and I had time to think a little of tho
horror of the position. How had Lady Dasent's
diamond mcklaoe found its way into Alfred
Mauleverer's portmanteau? Could he be some
impostor, some villain in the guise of a gentle
man, whom I; had harbored iu my house, aud
to whom I had meditated irivinir mv niece?
. i ' o - ...
The shock would almost kill Amv. Eveu I
felt as if I should never get ovor it.
Who was ths ma i? A dreadful tlchtuca
came, over mv he. rt when this aucstion tiro-
son ted itself, a luspicou to horrible.
It nvailo ijm asspum-e almost too terrible. I
heard Ilia policemen arrive, and while (I.e.
wcro as conditio the stairs to tho spare bedroom
I felt almost choked with an apprehension for
what I should next bear. The door waa uu
lockeil and titers was the thief. Ho made uo
resistance; the game was up. Thanks to "the
old woman, " a. 1 heard bim stylo me, he had
missed the best chunco of clearing a fortune
he had ever had. Who was ho ? Whero had
I seen him.
Tbe mvsterv was goon explained. Hn -.
the Dasonl'a magnificont head butler one of a
gang, as it afterward was discovered and who
had, with the connivance of his comrades,
cleared off the plate, but hoped to secure for
his own private benefit the famous diamouds.
Tho fire had so far upset their plana, that he
had found himself left In possession of the
diamonds, when bis services came to bo re
quired in aiding to extinguish the tiro, lu
place of flight, therefore, as he had at first in
tended, the wary butler judged it best
to lot his confederates make off with the plate,
while he remained with the diamonds iu his
possession, ono of the most active Iu subduing
the flames, and suggesting the most feasible
schemes for discovering the thieves.
When the detectives came down to Enfield it
became imperative upon him to hit upon some
safe place tor the diamonds. Mr. Mauleverer
was blessed ailh au over-abundant wardrobe,
and during his visit to r.ntleld this butler had
chosen to consider Mm under his particular
care, laying ou his clothes, arranging and set
tling tilings federally lor bim. The idea of
temporarily depositing the precious ceins
within the fining of ono of that gontlemau's
portmanteau struck him as a brilliant one.
His intoitiob, uf course, was to withdraw
them directly Mr. ITaulnverer's departure was
about to take fiUee, and he would, of course,
have the bosf opportunity of doing so while
packing his tluthiw; but his plan by a mero
chance miscaAied, aud ho had the mortifica
tion of seeing! the portmanteau leavo Enfield
with tho dtaniudH still safely secreted with
Mr. Mauleverer's temporary absence from
onr house sff jided too good an opoortunitv to
be missed; lieuce the visit to the Wren's Nest,
which vei y nearly terminated my existence,
for the ah ck and exposure combined bromrht
on an illn fs from which, for lung, it was not
expected i Uiould recover.
Amv wi my tender nurse all through it. und
it was from her lips that I heard all the partic
ulars oi the robbery, iu the sequel to which I
had been called ou to play ao prominent a '
Happily 'or both our Bakes, she nevor knew
of the terrible su.-picions I had for a brief time
entertained regarding Mr. Mauleverer. That
gentleman made in appearanco in due timo at
tho Wren's Neat,, bearing his father's letter,
which informod lie not only of his willingness
to welcome Amy as his daughter, but to settle
an income npon tbe young couple of the most
Shortly afterward the butler was placed upon
bis trisl, and I was called on, despite my weak
ened condition, t give evidence against him.
This, however. 1 fas happily spared, as the
prisoner, acting to the advice of his counsel,
pleaded guilty. Idoed, I was doubly relieved,
as Mauleverer's cliaracter was thns vindicated.
As tbe wretched prisoner was being removed
he vowed he would "pay Miss Courtenay a vis
it again wheu bit term of imprisonment ex
pired." Howeverj ten years' penal servitude
may bring about achango in his iniontions.
Lady Dasent aimised me verv much lv th
comforting view sko took of the matter. "Do
not trouble your lead, my dear Miss Courte
nsy, about anyteing tbe wretch mav have
aid; in the courstof nature you will be be
yond his reach loif before then."
"yuite true," I replied, with a smile. "At
all events, I am gad I have lived long enough
to be the means of your recovering your dia
monds." Chambirs' Journal.
Chicken Tie vith Oysters. Boil the
chicken a year old ia beat until ten
der; drain off theliqsor from a quart of
oysters, boil, siim, line the sides of a
dish with a rich trust; pnt in a layer of
chickon, then a layer of raw ovaters, and
repeat until the lihh is filled, seasoning
each layer with pipper, salt, and bits of
butter, and adding the oyster liquor and
part of the chidken liqpor until the
liquid is even with the top layer; now
cover loosely with a crust, leaving nn
opening in the centre to allow steam to
escape. If the liquor cooks away, add
chicken gravy ot hot water. Bake forty
minutes in a niodjrate oven. Make gravy
by adding to chiiken liquor left in the
pot, one quart oi more, two tablespoon
fuls of flour, rubied smooth with two
tablespoonfuls of,' butter, and seasoned
highly with pepjer; let cook until there
is no raw taste ol;llour; salt to taste and
Fritters. Hoft) is an excellent recipe
for tho fonndatOt of all kinds of fruit
fritters: Make hitter of half a pint of
sweet milk, ten bunces of flour and two
ounces of bmUii
t sweeten ana flavor to
suit your taste,
well beaten are
The whites of two ecc-
be stirred in last, or
to make varied r,
jou can sometimes liie
both the yolks
ami whites. Stir fh
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tuuepcu irm. 11 turn uwiu;r anil iry iu
hot lard, dropia'ng it by spoonfuls or
vou can dip tie frnit in the batter and
fry. Tue firsV time you try this weigh
the Jjgredien; after that it will not bo
necessary ii yot are, Jix, rnoet oookj
"good at greeting. '
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