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25 FATE'S REVENGE
By MRS. AUCE P. CARRISTON
Author of "A Waif from the Sea," "Her Brightest Hope,'
"Wayward Winnefred," etc.
On a chill and dismal afternoon in
the month of October, 1858, the country
folk who lived within ear-shot of the
bells of the little village of Vernon, were
amazed at the sudden clanging that ab
ruptly buret forth from the ivy-veiled
tower of the old church and sent iti
reverberating echoes far over rice-field,
plantation and grove. All the greater
was the amaiement of those who bark
ened to the merry peals, since only the
day before those self-same bra ten throat
bad raised their voices in a doleful knell
for a departed soul.
Nevertheless, in spite of the stormy
wind that raged and the fitful gust of
rain that beat upon their faces, women
caught up their shawls and men their
bits, and ran with their children Into
the village to find the place all agog, and
' every step hastening towards the church.
The aunset hour was at hand, and all
along the lower horison, fiery gleams',
blood-red, shone through the rifts in the
driving clouds. There was mute inquiry
upon every face, while mystery brooded
The twinkling candles upon the altar,
together with the eloquent perfume of
massed roses and jattnines, lying in great
heaps within the chancel, attracted more
than half the multitude within the ss
ered edifice; those who remained without
looked up and down the road, and asked
each other what joyons event was about
to take place in such uncanny weather.
At last the bells abruptly ceased, the
deep tones of the organ began to surge
and swell upon the bated silence, the
clock struck fix. Simultaneously the
rapid beat of horses' hoofs and the roll
of carriage wheels smote the air, and
from the direction of the magnolia-crested
heights, a barouche was descried
swiftly approaching the church. A cry
was raised among the bystanders as the
Rosemont livery was recognized, and
heads were craned to catch the first
glimpse of the occupants, while a shud
der of horror passed through every heart,
as it was recalled that only the day be
fore the same equipage had stood before
the church to bear away to her lonely
home the only and beantiful daughter of
the lamented Colonel Couramont.
The respected gentleman had met an
untimely death by accident while hunt
ing, and the scent of the flowers that
clustered about his bier had scarcely
evaporated from the dim aisles of the
old church ere these fresh blossoms were
brought in to form a festal decoration.
But the carriage was Hosed against
the stress of weather mni no gllmpme of
those wi'hin was afforded until it drew
up beneath the porch, and the azed sex
ton stepped forward to open the door;
whereupon, to the speechleFa amazement
of the beholders, there alighted a hand
some, stately young gentleman In full
evening dress, who in turn assisted a
lady swathed in mourning to alight. At
sight of her, every hat was removed, for
one snd all recognized at a glance the
beautiful Sylphide Couramont, sole heir
ess and mistress of Rosemont.
She wss attired in a trailing costume
ef black tulle relieved by an enormous
bouquet de corsage of snowy jasmines
that vied with the ghastly pallor that
overspresd her faultless neck and ex
quisite face; while in her jet-black hair
clustered more of the spectral flowers,
haded by a veil of Inky gauze. Had it
not been for the Bashing eyes and the
triumphant curve of the haughty lip, one
would have ssid tbst these were the trap
pings of the grave the wore and she,
the wraith of her former self.
The luin at her side wss flushed snd
aervou. Though a stranger at Vernon,
they all recognized him as the guest
from New York, who had been passing
a lew weeks at Rosemont. and had been
the companion of Colonel Couramont
when he met his fate. They remem
bered that it was he who hsd ridden
ever the country day after day with
Sylphide, and had been the one to sup
port her when she fainted healde her
father's coffin In the church; but not one
of those honest hesrts so much as dream
ed tbst he wss so soon to become the bun
nana 01 tne mistress or iiosemont, iior
would they bsve believed had they been
told bow this extraordinary alliance bad
been brought about.
The wedding ceremony began and con
tinued until the solemn words were pro
nounced. If any one preaent sees Jiiat
cause why this man snd wotnsn should
not be joined together la holy wedlock,
let him stsnd forth and speak, or fur
ever afterward hold bis pence!"
Thereupon ensued a breathless isiim.
A nervous shiver psssed over the bride
and with a bunted look In her great,
dilsted eyes, she turned and stared at
lue asaemniy. .mi one roue; no one
bre st bed. slthotigb outside Hie church it
was evident that a struggle of lome aort
wss taking place, for voices were raised
one In particular and through the
open doors the swaying to and fro of the
dene mass of humanity wss risible.
Sytphlds Couramont almoat stsggered,
yet rlung to her lover's arm with a !
perste attempt to be mistress over her
self. Fixing her burning eyes upon the
priest, she murmured:
"No, no! There is no one to speak. 1
am ill. Proceed T'
And then the deep toned benediction
brought this weird ceremony to a close.
The look of Ineffable joy and triumph
that Illumined the fair bride's fsrs as the
last "Amen" was tittered, baffles descrip
tion. She turned to ber handsome young
bii'hstid and whlsered:
"I am yours, am t not, I.uclsn, yours
'Forever, my dsrtlng!" he answered
In some surprise.
"I am too happy! Come, let as go.
Time flies, and we must leave Rosemont
to night r
I.urlan Conrttsndt gsve bis wife bla
arm, and side by side they passed down
the aisle amid the wondering throng, ap
parently unconscious of the volley of cu
rium glances bestowed upon them. When
theft barks were turned, amassment teok
"Uubappy the bride that the raiu rains
on, whiFpered one old dame.
"Married iu black!" shuddered anoth-
er; while a third shook her bead, as she
muttered: "Married in haste, repent at
But all unconscious of ill-omen, Syl
phide Courtlandt passed out of the porch
to receive a spiteful dash of rain, like
icy tears, upon her brow, and to be salut
ed by the muttering of distant thunder
from the leaden heavens.
Meanwhile, the scene outside the
church bad been In startling contrast
to tne solemn, peaceful proceedings
within. Soon after the bridal pair had
entevea, and the crowd had aurged Into
the porch, fining every crack and crevice.
a horseman had ridden up at break-neck
apeed, dismounted at the graveyard wall,
and tethered his foaming ateed to a syca
more that grew hard by. He was breath
less, and covered with mud from hard
riding, though hla dark face was flush
ed and bla deep-set black eyes fairly
There la no denying the fact that 'he
is a handsome man, handsome in a fierce,
brutal way; a young man, too, scarcely
thirty, but bearing the tracea of prema
ture age, which dissipation ever sets up
on the countenances of Its votaries.
They all knew him there, knew that be
tulrkl Pack to Rosemont, and keep
the horses harnessed!" whispered the
bride to the coachman, as she entered
the carriage, followed by Courtlandt.
Once fairly on the road, she fell with
hysterical sob into her lover's arms.
Suddenly she started up with a terrified
"Hark, she pat "do you no", hear
the beat of horse" behind us?"
Courtlandt lowered the glass and look
ed back Into the rainy night.
"I see nothing." he said, "and hear
To be continued.)
LITTLE BOBBY BUMPKIN.
RARt COINS SOLD IN STREET.
Bnsiaees Profitable Anoii the Clerks
Employed la New T.rk Offices.
The latest and most singular acqui
sition to New York's army of curb
stone venders Is the old-coin man., aa
he Is called, who did business lu a
lower Broadway "tore until two
months ago, and who Is known by
collectors from Saratoga to Florida.
Until last winter he has, he says, (tone
to St. Augustine for one month every
year, aud has sold enough coins to
make his trips profitable, says the New
York Time. Every summer he has
sold old coins to guests lu the Sura
toga hotels. He says he expects to
go again this summer, because hla
curbstone business has been so good.
"Luck began to change with me
since they began to pull down my store
at 301 Broadway to make room for a
sky-scraper." said the old-coin man.
"I am gradually getting deaf. As you
see, my customers must write on a
pad what they want to say to me.
My theory ts that a man who makes a j
living should he content. I never made ,
more than a living when I had my
store, but I made a good one and had ,
time for a little fun. I am still making
a living out of this." waiving his hand
to his stock In trade, "and, although j
Ills father told with pride
About tbe good Ororge
Utile Bobby Bump
kin Wouldn't mind
Told hla sua a wbop-
Ons February day.
Should have known
All about the month
We celebrate the
Put, on the twenty-
Bad Coughs j q-
Tbs boy who never lied.
Of little (leorgle Waahlngton
Who chopped the cherry tree.
Then said, "I cannot tell a lie,
U daddy. It was uie!"
This made s deep Imnreaalon ,
On Hobby HuiupUu s mind.
m m ml
NO, NO! THERE IS NO ONE TO SPEAK. PROCEED.' 8AID SYLPHIDE.
was the scapegrace nephew of the dead
colonel; that his nsme wss Oscar Coura
mont: that he lived down the river upon
a neglected plantation, where he beat bin
alavea; and more than all, they knew
that many a time he had sought the band
of bis fair couain, Sylphide, in marriage;
not that he loved her such a tender sen
timent had never entered his heart but
because she was the only olwtacle that
intervened Itetween him slid his Inherit
a nc to Rosemont.
lie could not kill her, therefore she
mint marry him. Thus be argued with
himself, when the news of his uncle's
desth bad reached him in New Orlesns,
whither he had gone to squander the
money raised by the sale of the last of
hia slaves. It is needless to explain that
he returned to Vernon pout haste, but he
arrived at Koaemont to learn that Syl
phide was already gone to church to be
united in wedlock to a stranger.
Without quitting his saddle, he put
spurs to hia jaded besat, and rode like a
mail fury down into Vernon. He would
forbid the harms, tear her from this in
terloper. even kill the priest ere he hud
time to give her forever to another.
At hia infuriated approach, the ncgroe
upon the outskirts of I lie crowd about
the church door fell back lu dismay at
aight of his whip, but the whites stood
hnn. They feared him not; besides, they
had come to nee the show, anil they were
not to be cheated of their pleasure.
Couramont struggled and fought to no
puriHiae, He wss a powerfully built
man. but he niet hia equala there in the
crowd, and do what he would, they
would not let him pan.
"I am her next of kin!" he roared. "I
will see her married! l-ct me pass!"
"Ilon't you see tbst maaa of bends?"
retorted the burly blacksmith of the
village; "you rau't get In!".
"1 will! Stand back! This Is a crime!
Let hie go In!"
"Hark! Stand aside! They're coming
It wss true; the wedding march had
sgsln burst forth, and Hylphlde Coura
mont wss standing there before him a
bride, another's wife. As though his
hsd been the only fsc In sll thst ss
of faces, she saw him and recoiled a
step. Id the next moment, she recover
ed herself, and smiled and bowed to him,
though her face was as pallid aa the
Oscar Couramont raised his hat and
fixed hi eyes upon the man at Fylphlde's
side with look that paralysed tbs be
hold era. .
It Is not such a good one, I am satis
fied." "This," as he called It, was a piece
of oilcloth spread over an Iron grating
iu front of au empty store. It was
covered with all sorts of coins, of
every denomination In value, made In
every country where metal Is used as
currency. The cheapest coin 'for sale
was 10 cents-a piece of Austrian cop
per; the most expense was $20, a Rus
sian copper coin of a date that none
hut collectors would appreciate. A
number of persons have stopped to
look at It since he began, the, curbstone
business, but n purchaser lias put
bis tut ml Into bis pocket.
Another object of public curiosity,
Is a Mt of inctnl covered with verdi
gris, which the old coin man has la
beled "the widow's mite." The price
of tint depends on the bargain one
cnii niiike with him, but he says It Is
high. The majority of coins he bns for
sale cost from' ,io cents to $1.
"I am rllit here In the middle of
a lot of restaurants, where clerks come
from the brokers' olllces and ex
change," snld the old coin man. "I
have found that the collecting of coins
t ltd piiatuge stumps Is Just as popular
as It ever was among hoys and young
men, and that many of them will In
vest a quarter with me for a good spec
imen when they never would think of
going to a coin shop.
"This outdoor trade bus Its dlsad
vantages III the cblily Nprlng weather,
but then I am only here four hours n
day. I roam around town and get rare
coins on commission for collectors who
have money to spend. Where do I get
them? Why, young man, I have
hustled around New York for thirty
years burning my trade."
"Well," remarked the spectator at
Mrs. Oldstars' fnrcwell performance,
"she certainly was deeply affected."
"It looked that way," replied Crlt-
"Of course It's natural to be affected
under the circumstances."
"Yea, that's why she got Into the
bsblt of affecting to be natural."
Who, now, to chop a cherry tree .
Was very macb Inclined.
Fo getting out the hatchet,
Sharpened well and bright,
Itobby llumpkln stsrted out
" I had a bad cough for tlx
weeks and could find no relief
until I tried Ayer's Cherry Pecto
ral. Only one-fourth of the bonis
L. Hawn, Newlngton, Ont.
took Washington's draft and the Madison
paper and consult! jlaj with, the result
that a third paper was drawn, merely
suggesting changes and amendments in
Washington's original draft. All these
papers were then forwarded to Wash
ington, who, after comparing and study!
,n g them, decided that he preferred Ham-1
Uton's first or original draft. This lis
returned to the writer, wishing one or ,
two paragraphs on education to be sdd-1
ed, and It was carefully revised by Ham
ilton. When Wsshlngton received this
back he made a copy of It, and this wss
the farewell address as given to the
world. The accepted conclusion now is
tlmt the thoughts and bless are Wash
ington's, but that the language, tbe liter
nry form and the method of statement
Washington and Hamilton.
Martha Mttlefleld Phillips contributes
to the Century "Recollections of Wash
ington and His Friends." The grand
mother of the writer was the youngest
daughter of Oen. Wreene, and these rec
ollections are taken down from her lips.
Speaking of her visit to Waahlngton at
l'hlladclphla, Uen. Green s daughter
Everything in America, lu the way of
men who had made Its history, passed
jo jCuatu pns sdohiij tut japnn
them came into transient, and a few into
permanent, relations with me. Chief of
them all, the personality graven deepest
ou my recollection Is thst of Alexander
Hamilton. He then in the meridian
of his young manhood, Intellectually ss to be used in warfare," remark! the-
well aa physically, and was not only a man in the end sest of the open car.
model of manly beauty, but distinguished I "J anppoM it could l utilized in
by a refinement of thought and bearing tit way," thoughtfully observed tha
wmcn maae nun easny ins mos, awrae- m(m jl)n,( ..tf ,), Mmy could
tlve man In the social life of his dsy. . A ..,,,.,.,1 n,ii i. 1.11
His msrvelous genius for flnsnce hsd I ... ,,,mM,mnA Putn rwLr.
Neglected colds always
lead to something serious.
They run Into chronic
asthma, or consumption.
Don't wait, but take
Ayer's Cherry Pectoral
just as soon as your cough
begins. A few doses will
cure you then.
TkrMSlMSi UcMclt. All
It be uts uh II
It ha tall ih
Cootall voar Mir.
than 4a u ha MTa.
to lata II. than Sun'i was i. na bmws.
iMit II lth him. W vllllBf. . u
i. K. Alia to., Mwau, suss.
If the Enemy Was Obliging.
"I see that Prof. Ungley's airship is
just completed the miracle which Mr. I
Webster afterward happily described
when he said: 'Hamilton touched the
Plan's Cure l a aood courh medicine.
It has cured coup hs and colds for forty
years. At druggists. 'Scents.
"What's patrimony, papa?" asked
"Patrimony, my desr," replied pa-
... t i. ... .I
pa. is somciiutig inneriuHi irom trie
Why, then," exclaimed Ian, "mat
rimony must lxi something inherited
from the mother, isn't It?"
Education la Russia.
Of the children of school age in Rua-
sia 17,000,000 are receiving no instruction.
Melher rtlt fln1 Mrs. Wlnalow'S Soot hi n
eviup lbs beat remedy ui uas lor Uwtr children
lbs teething aaaaoo.
Molds Ancient Insurance Policy.
diaries M. Hooth of Knglewood, N.
J., who has Just celebrated his 100th
birthday anniversary, says he is tho
oldest holder of a life insurance policy
in the United States. He was insured
in 1H43 in a company just organized
aud stitl in existence.
'IVy ain't tcacliin' so much hell
"No, it's so close home now, lolks is
well acquainted id it." Atlanta Con
To chop all trera In aliibt.
Chopping, chopping, chopping,
ioiHlneis, It wss fun;
Every tree sronnd the bouse.
"Now I've best George Waahlngton!"
Ilobbv proudly cried.
But wondered why bis pa snd ma
Dion t coincme.
X thst twenty second.
Untidy, lu dlsgrsce.
Ate bla frugal aupper
Standing, at bla place.
UKOKOB R. P. KIM
Quieting Mis Fears.
He And what do you suppose your
father would say if I told him I was
She He'd say 'Rats!' I guess.
"That fellow you advertise as a pro-
dead corpHc of the national credit, and
it aprillig to its feet.' Wuxlilngtoll bo-
Irnjed a tenderness of manner with
Hamilton almost paternal. He loved slid
triixted the young fellow who hud stood
so loyally by him on many luird font-lit
tieldM. mid had given him ao many proofa feasor of physiognomy is a rank impos-
of bis fidelity, lnigl t snd genius; snd I ter," said the little man with the
thst one of the strong desires of bis life I scsnty locks.
waa to see Hamilton at some future time
President of the I'tiited States be made
no effort to diMgiiiae. Years sfterwnrd.
when Hamilton waa struck down by the
hand of Aaron Hurr, the "bole land was
oppreaacd with a sense of ersoiial he
reavement, and I was but one of thou
sands who mept over his untimely fate.'
What makes you think Bo?" aake!
the museum malinger.
Ilecause," aiiaered the kicker, "he
saiii my wife had a weak chin."
His Farewell AUdrass to Hie Country
ana Had aa lateraitlng Hlslerj.
George Washington's farewell address
to bla countrymen, which ranks smong
the three or four greatest of American
stste papers, has an interesting history.
After the death of Hamilton two copies
of the address in Hamilton's handwriting
were found among his papers. This at
once gave rise to the surmise thst Ham
ilton wss the sutlior of It, snd a great
controveray aroae. It was known, of
course, that when Hamilton was In the
cabinet he prepared snd wrote out many
of Washington's communicstlotis and
speeches to Congress, but after hla retire
ment it was not supposed that hs did
more than occaslonslly advise with the
President on certain public qasstlons.
John Jsy took part In the controversy
and undertook to prove that Hamilton
wss not the suthor of the sddress, stat
ing that the original address hsd been
written by Washington and then submit
ted to himself and Hamilton for sug
gestions sud smendments. For a num
ber of years the authorship was left In
doubt, hut the facta, ss time haa devel
oped them, seem to be these: At the close
of his first term Wsnhlngton contemplat
ed retirement, anil in May, 1702, addresa
ed a letter to Madison stating that he
Intended to retire from public life; that
he wished to make a farewell doclnrstion
to theconntry, and asked Madison to pre
pare for him an address or a letter of
that description. Madison prepared the
psper, consulting Jefferson about It, bat
they, with others, finally prevailed npon
Washington to accept another term, ao
the Madison paper was not used. At
the close of hla second terra Wsshlng
ton retired, and preparatory to that sent
the Madison paper, with sddttlonsl mat
ter of his own, to Hamilton, with the
requ t thst the latter "re-dress" It.
These formed the main theme and Idea
of the pupvr. Adhering to these lines,
Lidu.iiton re w rots tbe paper. He tJbea
(ieorge Washington's Horses.
WsKhlngtou never lost his liking for a
good horse, and he knew what a good
borne wss. He had a servant who hnd
been lien. Hraddock's servant, ami had
been with WsNhingtoii ever since the bat
tle of the Mouoiigiihela. Itishop. aa he
was ii tned, was a terrible disciplinarian.
and devoted to bis maater's illterrxta. At
sutiriae every day he would go to the
stablea where the Uiya had been at work
since dawn grooming the genersl'a horn a.
Woe to them if they had been careleaa!
Riahop marched ill willi a liiuMin hand
kerchief hi his hand and pssaed It over
the costs of the horaea; if a single slain
appeareil on tbe iiiiikIIii, the hoy who
groomed the borae had to take a thrimh-
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tusrt in the tiallery of I .coo Library.
llelipeck A letter came for ine Dili
morning and I opened u
Henpeck well, I say I opened It
myself. It happened that my wife
hadn't coma downstalra yet. Phila
Itennemrnt creales beauty erery
where. It Is the (rosstiewa of lbs
spectator that discovers anything like
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