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’All pulsed in ;i moment, and I had
hardly recovered tuy first surprise wheu
* little while,
v v ”” ' v s -s
eeuiMt as sfrange ás if 1 had smld/'Afy
bt. ttme the heroine of a fair» tale: then
r i vVt/fl: cart>a!e! fit-*'I r ice.’jipt .sad-coliHtSI
gowit-. Tf soon !- Might rh*-back t<\,l he,
realities of life, ami to the fact tliki 'I
wa.S now two !i mired miles away fro u
my mother ami iwm-aLondon.
I had not been three weeks resident
in the I.e Poer family, before 1 discov
ered that if out <♦' the domestic myste
ries into which 1 became gradually in-
AN OLD GOVERNESS’S TALE—! itialSfll fihuld create any fu’i y tuie. it
would oetis.n y l>e that of •Cinderella;’’
but tny poor Cinderella had all the
FOUNDED ON FACT.
troubles of her prototype without any
of the graces either of nrnd or person.
'ltLsagfeat mistake to suppose that
every victim of tyranny must of neces
nv Mias mui ock .
sity be an an get. On most minds op
has e\ac^(y the opposite effect.
Ignorant as 1 was, I did dimly, un- pression
It dulls the
int/es. stupefies the in-
derstand, colored deeply . and
of right, ami makes the
lent. In the unpleasant pausé Which most awful iitiroc
amon f the natural
ensued, I noticed that Mrs. Le Poer affections.
— L I ua* often
........ forced to doubt
had let her.knitting fall, and sat («king whether
Mr. te I'oer
ir was very far
on her husband With a blank, horpvfia wrbhg when
Zillah bv his i'a-
look, until he called her to order by an vorite name of
the “ ugly little devil 17”
Impressive “A little more wine, my There was .something
dear!” Her head sank with an alarmed ij;.tier,biaCk
1Y» hav lx* vi Air 'Atr
Ad at times.
«Sixx* was !«•
find her lord .and master con-
_ ‘dressing me: “Of eourse this dime?' Neitfier
tinged ’ a<4<li
liner threats nor punish
danation is tn strict confidence,
Hegar. I fur tay.,brother’s mpcqoçy in - ments could rouse her into the slight
activity. The only persoh to whom
duces nia to keep tt|ft sec fet, and
And to ! est
paid the least attention was Mrs,
bring up this girl exactly as
m own — I.e Poer,
who alone rtever ill-used hei.
•«ST. »aW»: Poor lady! she was too broken-spirited
ill-tise anybody; but she never
fere nce. Therefore you will educat« to
[ do not think Zillah bait
them all alike;, at least, >o far as ZiJIalrs Kraised.
eard the common civility, “Tli.mlf
imall capacity allows. I belfeve/’ and yoti,
” .Until 1 came into the house!
he smiled sarcastically, “her modiciita. since,
when 1 uttered it, she seemed
of intellect is not greater than general scarcely
to believe her ears. When »she
ly “belongs to ber mother’s race. ;Sbe joined
wbuld iftake art excellent ^‘aÆ'And that giiTwAsverv ignorafit. Her yodngeef
before her even in the
“Poor thing!” I thought, not inclined cousin was rar
knowledge; and, as in all
to «Jestpise her ev.en after this painful commonest
of dtfatjtened intellect, it cost her
information; how crtuld L when—now cases
incalculable trouble td learn the siiu-
that fairiv nonplussed me! What made Eiest
things. I took infinite pains with
me giri an ooject ot interest to Mr.
er, aye, and felt in her a strong inter
Sutherland? and why did he mention
her as Miss Zillah Le Poer when she est-ten times stronger than in the oth
could legally have no right to the name? er two; yet for we^ks she seeme.l
I »Should, in my straightforward way, I scarcely to,have advanced at all. How
have asked the question, but Mr. Le- ever, it must be taken into account
Poer’s manner showed that he wished that she was rarely suffered to rema:n
no more .conversation.
He hinted with mevhalf the schdol-hours without
something about my fatigue, and the l>eitt^ summoned to some menial duty
advisability of retiring; nay, even light or otnbr, and the one maid-servant be
ed mv candle for me. and dismissed his stowed on me many black !>»oks, as be
ing the cause why she herself had some
wire ana myseit wiufaii an
and gracious, that I thought I had times to do a morning's household work
scarcely ever seen such a perfect gen alone.
Often 1 puzzled myself in seeing how
Mrs. Ije Poer preceded me up-stairs strangely incompatible was Zillah’s po
to my room, hade me good-night, asked, sition with Mr ¿Sutherland's expressed
timidly, but kindly, if al! was to my desire concerning her. Sometimes 1
liking and if I would take anything thought I would write and explain all
more—seemed half-inclined to say I to him; but I did not like. Nor did 1
something else, and then, hearing her tell my mother half the denagreiM D
hrlsbnnd’s voice, instantaneously dis and odd things belonging to this fami
I ly—considering that
I was at last alone. I sat thinking even toward her nearest kindrod is
over this strange evening—so strange every governess’s duty. In all domes
that it kepi mv thoughts rom ini medi tic circles there must be a little Eleus-
ately flying where 1 had supposed they inia, the secrets of which chance ob
Were sure to fly During my cogita servers should strictly keep.
More than once I determined to take
tions there camé a knock at the door,
and on my answering it, a voice snoke advantage of the very polite and socia
without, in a duli. «itlçn tone. and an ble terms which Mr. l^e l’oer and my
accent slightly foreign ami broken— self were on, to speak to him on the
“‘rléasè do you Want to ba culled to in adopting his brother's unfortunate
morrow. and will you have any hot child might not suffer by being testified
in a more complete and gracious form.
I opened the door at once to Zillah. But he was so little at home- and no
“Is it you, dear? Come in and say wonder; for the miserably dull, seclud
good-night to me.”
ed and nainfully-economical way in
The girl entered with the air and which they lived could have little
manner of a servant except for a cer- efiarms for a man of fashion and talent,
tain desperate sullenness. I took her or at least the remains of such, which
hand, and thanked her for coming to he evidently was. And so agreeable
see after tny comforts. She looked as he could be! His conversation at
thoroughly astonished; but as I went meals—the only time I ever saw him—
on talking, began to watch me with was a ¡’»ositive relief from the «lull
more interest. Once she aven smiled, blank, broken' ortly by ths girls’ squab
which threw a soft expression over her bles and their m >ther’s faint remons
mouth. I cantiot tell what reason I trances and complaints. But whenev
had- whether from a mere impulse of er. bydirit of groat courage. I contrived
kindness, with which my own state of to brihg Zillah's name on tire tapis, he
desolation had something to, do, or Sways no adroitly crept out of the sub
«•t,‘ without pointedly changing it,
whether I compelled myself front a
•ense of duty to tgke all means of mak- , that afterward I i^sed to woymlpr how 1
Ing a.gpod first lmprrssmu on tfie gix|’«
feelings but tyjién I l>ade Zillah go<*l-
nignt I leaned forward, and just < The Witt acherfie f tried was one
touched her brown cheek with mine— which, in many family jars and family
French fashion i for I could not really i bitternesses MDOM which
- -- my calling
me, I have
nave found to answer
kiss anybody .except for love.
.... f , It is my ...........
I never saw a creatiire so utterly amal.j.
-J«, e -
amazed! She might never have re ‘‘a wrong is seldom a one-sided wrong;
ceived that token of affection since her and when you cannot amend one party
birth.' She muttered a few unintelligi the next best thing is to try the other.
Likewise'. I alwavs
always had adoctrine
a doctrine that
ble words—I fancy they weré in f(in- Likewise*.
—, who have the r=
dostanee — flung herself before ' me, it is only
Eastern fashion, and my poor hand was and the sins of servitude who will re
kissed passionately, weepingly. ai,the J main hopelessly oppressed. I deter
beloved ladies' hands are in novels and mined to try tf there was anything in
romances. Ah! my* hand was never Zillah’s mind or disposition that could
*-• iTtlrdned. saastO-rendar hetworthv
kiased save bv thisnoor child!
or a*ifigni^|M>sition*tiiaii,nt«lt s*** uaa pienisnment or my watUrorw,' and *<Jb-
tfMd. Andas iuy firm lielicf is, that sides it was near my mother's birth
<Aji \ihing aipl everybody in titye rise day, when I always look care she had
dTSirilFtn thvir owu ptw;<- level, so I some nice useful gift. It quite puzzled
felt convinced that if there* were any me to. think »what little luxury she
natural superiority in Zillah, all the wanted, <<?r ?l|e wrote me word Mr.
tvritrflA ifit ifl»-World would- not keep t Sutherland brought her so many. "He
her th* pitiable Cinderella of such ordi was just like a-.son to her,’ she said—
nary people ¡is the Le Peers.
I began my ss stem .by teaching her,
One day. wheiM-disconsolately exam
not in public, where'she was exposed to ining mv Iasi paii/pf boots-the "wee
the silent but not less apparent con ln»ots,” that lor :£foolish ycason I had,
tempt of her cousins, but at night in wertfione of my &^'f«gptnine vanities
my own rooty after all the house had i —I tdpk courage ko go Ac w u-stairj w
retired. I madn thia hour as little like | aek¿Mr.»Ij» Poer “Itrtjf could make it
lessons as possible, by letting her sit ' convenient.” Ac..
ami work with me, or brush my hain,
"Mv dear .»Miss Pryor," said he, with
instructing her orally the while. As most gentlemanly ^inp»vx.s> nr, “if I
much as her reserve permitted, 1 lured had thought indeed you should have
her into conversation on every indiffer asked me before. lx»t me see, you have
ent subject. All I wanted wax to get been hero six months, and our stipulat
at the girl’s heart.
ed sum was------- ”
One day I was lecturing her in a qui
1 thougnt be hesitated on account of
et way on the subject concerning which the delicacy some gentleman feel in
sire was the first young woman that business-dealings with a lady; indeed I
m»ede4 lecturing—care over her person supposed it was from th^it cause he had
al appearance. She certainly was the never spoken td me on money matters.
most slovenly girl I ever saw. Poor However, 1 felt no such delicacy, but
thine! she t a many excuse*- for answered plainly: "Mv salary, Mr.
though the wl Te familv dressed shab- Sutherland said, was to lie one hundred
bily. and, wor^. i—tawdrily,
_____ , her clothes
,__ guineas a year.”
were the meanest of all. Still, nothing
“Ekhctly so; and payable yearly, I
but positive rags <;an excuse a woman believe?
for neglecting womuuly neatness. I lessly. ” Mr. 1/» Poer added care
often urged despairingly upou poor Zil
I had not remembered that; but
lah that the coarsest frock was no apol of Now,
douree'hi knew.- 11CMVVert, F looked
ogy for untidy bait; that the most un
pleasant work did not exclude the pos
sibility oT making face and hands clean ness, I confessed the fact that I wanted
after it was
the money for habiliments.
:ours, my dear,” said I
“Oh, is that a!l? Then pray, my ex
once, taking ths reluctant fingers and cellent
yourtg lady, go with (’liroliiai to
spreading them out oh mihe. Then I If —u- at ohce. Order anytfiW^' you
saw wu«*t T ùav»>«>•» ’".diced in the like pf my trail esja-ople. » Bid them jut
tnnaoo race, now denote was tne
—j desnite her al! to my acrounl: we can settle after
•bane of her hinds, avan
’___ ..I’wurx. Lto
.out ner so; ror ward. No excuses: indeed you must."
there wm little
in a creatiite so ¿Lushed ih„_
___ He bowe<l me away with the ait of a
f ir of exciting vinity\ and 1 m^de it a benefactor disdaining gratitude, and
point to praise her every good quality, set off immed'iat' ly on one of his fre
quent jaunts. There was no help for
personal òr mental.
Zillah looked pleased "My hands it; so I accepted his plan and went to
jvitb Car >liae ¡m l Matilda.
are like my mother1«, who was very
To l>e Continued.
handsome, and a Tarsee.”
"Do you remetn'bef'her?"
"A little, not much; and chiefly her
hands which were covered with ringB.
One, a great diamond, was worth, sne
tojd me. ever so many hundred rupees.
It WHS lost once and my mother cried.
1 saw it a good while after on my fath
er's finger wheii he wivs dying," contin
ued she carelessly; ufld afterward add
'd mysteriously, ‘T think he stole it."
"IÌush, child! hush! It is wrong to
su ik s of a dead father,” cried I,
ai . •b -
“Is it? Well, I'll not do it if it vexes
you, Miss, Pryor.”
This seemed her only consciousness
of right and wrong—pleasinir or dis
pleasing me. It argued well for her
being guided by the affect ions. I asked
her again about her father: somehow,
with a feminine prejudice, natural
though scarcely right, I felt a delicacy
in mentioning the mother. But she
was the only parent of whom Zillah
would speak. “I hardly know,” “I Garrison Opera House,
can’t remember," “I don't care,”
were all the answers my questions Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,
February 22d, 23d and 24th,
"You saw your father when he was
dying?” I persisted. “What did he say
LIST OF PRIZES.
“I don’t remember, except that I was
like my mother. All the rest was mere
There will be prises given on the following
swearing, as uncls swears at me nniiied exhibits:
now. But uncle did not do it then."
1st mid 2d prize for best mid 2d best ex
hibit of KenHington pointing.
"So Mr. Le Poer was present."
1st and 2d prize, for tieat and 2d best ex
“Yea; and the ugly, horrible-looking
man they said was my father, talked to hibit of Kennington embroidery.
1st and 2d prize, for bent and 2d lieat ex
him in whispers, and uncle took me on
of outline work bv a child under 14
his knee ànd called me‘My dear.’ He hibit
years of age.
never did so afterward.”
1st and 2d beat, for beat and 2d beat ex
I asked het one more question—“How hibit
of work of nnv kind by a boy under 14
long was this ago?” and she said, "Sev years of age.
eral years; she did not recollect how
tat and 2d prize, for beat and 2d lieat ex
hibit of crayon work.
I talked to her no more that night,
There will alao lie a prize given for tbs
hut .badp her go to rest. In fact my heaviest, lightest and prettiest bat>y m der 1
mind was so hill of her that I' was glad year of age.
Following la a list of prize» offered: For the
to get her visible self out of the way.
She went, lazily ami stupidly as ever. prettiest baby, gold necklace; lighteat and
Only at the doòr she punned. “You heaviest baby under one year of age, eaoh a
ring; outline work by a child under
won’t tell what I've been saying, Miss gold
year«, first prize, ear rings, second
Pryor?— You’ll not mention my mother fourteen
book: Kensington embroidery,
lierore them? I did oncé; and they first prize, napkin
ring, second prize, box
laughed and made game of her, writing paper; kensington painting, first
‘uncle and all. They did- -they---- ” She prize, inanioure set. aeoond prize, braoket;
literally foaming at the mouth ornvuii work, first prize, paper holder, seccnd
prize, pitcher; boy's work, first prize, paper
‘‘Come in again; do. my poor child,” holder, seoond prize, inkstand.
said I, gently appi okchltttf. , RUl she Parade or Firemen Tuesday af
shut the door hurriedly, ana ran down
stairs to the kitchen, where she slept
with her dire enemy, yet sole compan Doors will be open at 7 o’clock,
ion. the servant-maid.
p. m. dally,
dolly, during the
Hix monttis after coming to the Le-
i’ners’ I began heartily to wish for some
—All are invited to Attend—
of my salary; not that I had any'doubt
of it—Mr. Batlierhsnd had said It was Admission 25 Cents
safe and sure»—bui .1 wanted some re-
By Order of
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