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VOL. I. NO. 23.
CHARLOTTE, MECKLENBURG CO., N. C., NOVEMBER 25, 1882.
f. C. SMITH. FsUilBr.
'TiK noi a floww of high d^rw,
With ra7al daim. or peat'i name;
Ii vat not borne aeroaa the eoa
From gardena of anoeetrtJ fame;
Ferhipt a soal of little heed
\v Olid call mf flower a waTaide weed.
Il (TOW* where patha era brown with doat,
And harried feet art roogh to meet;
Rut still it thriTee in happr trost.
As lliough life's honelf wa^a were aweet
A veather-glam, serene and wiae,',
>1 mra'ores time for sonny ekiec.
Along the nuttic. woedy walk.
Its scarlet bloom fln^ generona room
To trail the low, proeombent ataik.
And min ambition'a anrar doom:
B'hile rnriona children in their play
Stoop to ini)tili« the time of day.
'T> Ant in garden grand to Uto:
A* beanty's heir to feel the care
A lender hand ia wont to give,
.And with rich perfntnae fill the air.
I'vrfc sweet to be a thing of beaoty,
And to be aweet life's only doty.
But it is good to be a flower
Ilf homble waya andonmarked days;
To trim rough borders like a bower,
Tliotigh few may caro to plnek or praiae.
G od to be hardy, brara and bright,
II but to blossom oot of eight.
' 'r childhood's farorile. long beloved,
.Still spring and flower like virtne's power
In a strong aool that dwells nnraoved:
Still ope in aimshinr, shatiD shower.
In dignified humility
Content where heaven has planted thee.
TI« wked her hand In the dsnce
without a qualm: he took her out to
supper or down V) dinner, as the ease
might be: he strolled with her on the
moonlighted terrace ; be played melo
dies of bis own composition upon the
flute; be even ventured to take her in
bis own wherry down the dazzling
reach of the river; and though he
failiMl to entangle himself among the
ribbons of the marahee, yet the wherry
sprang a leak, and while he palled
home against the tide—as it seemed to
him he hud always been doing—Elinor
b^lcd the boat with her slipper, which
he begged when they were safe ashore,
ns it was of no further use.
"I should like to keep it myself,"
she said, " as a memento of the day in
which we made shipwreck together;
but you may have it.’’
skiff to offer, but who, with the ready
hoepltaUty of the dwellers In tents. In
vited them to share the shelter of their
canvas roof; but as the oars of the
skiff were broken, and Elinor’s slipper
wss not at hand, it seemed of little use.
Thus at Uieir wits' ends they paced
the. sands, upon which the waves en
croached more and more, making
green hollows in the moonlight when
they broke, and fringing the lone line
of coast with spray like twiglee of
pearls. John heaped up a cushion of
beach grass, and they sat in the .pole
light of a moon that was slowly dip
ping behind the dunes, watching the
great untamed monster shake its mane
at their very feet, and listening to its
endless da capos, and they wondered if
the silver bridge which the moonbeams
threw across the water would bear
One day'be happened to say some-1 them home, and repeated love lines
tnl g about the time when Mr.' from the poets.
Denormandy should return and Uke The moon fell lower, and left
her away. j the world to starlight; the wind blew
Elinor knit her brows. ; freshly off the sea. Elinor shivered, i
•• Why should Mr. Denormandy take j “ Shall we accept the gypsiee’.lnvita-
me awayV” she asked. tion, or walk to town'f"
" lie has the right of possession, has ' “How far is it, .lohn?”
lie notdemanded John. She called him ".lohn." It seemed
I don’t understand ; he has no a new name os spoken by her.
right of any sort in me.” I “It is eight miles, Elinor, over
But I thought-’’ - marshy places and rough ways."
That I w.Ts Roingto marry him?| "Let us try it."
Don't I»elievc what you bear again. They set out; but tiefore they had
Thetrrth is henever aaked me,though ! gone half a mile on the beach her
my friends declare that he wished it,' strength failed her, and she ^ex-
and I myself had some reason to ex-1 claimed:
pect; but faint heart—’’ “I am so tired I If one could only
Xever won fair lady. And yonl” fly 1"
I was relieved when he left for moment lie fell an almost
Europe. It i.s80 hard to say'No’that, impulse to seize the hand
one is in danger of saying 'i es’ from I resting on his arm and cover it with
compassion. Love Is so sweet that it hisses; to fold her in bis arras then
is dtfflcnlt to refuse it; and then one i ;^nH ihpre, >nri whisper, "If you are
lias a haunting fear of some time need- i tjred, darling, rest here, for love is rest
ing It." 1 and blessedneas supreme; and I love
“ And a willful waste makes a wo- j you." But the old haunting distrust
fill want. What a pity Mr. Denor- recurred ; what if she should answer,
inandy had not known your compas- 1 Not here; your love is not large
sioDste temperument and taken some ' enough forme,notblessedne5senongh.”
advantage of it!" } And while he hesitated and doubted
' 1)0vou think BO?” land half believed, a boat shot along
the shore and buried its keel in the
They sailed up the wide river and
watched the lighthouse send its dame
far out on the waters, and met the
wraith-like forms of ships at the
wharves, silent as ghosts, the town
lights like jack-o'-lanterns, and the
tide settling rotmd the piers; and when
they reached home and he left Elinor
at her father’s door, the clocks were
striking midnight, and a startled robin
in the elm tree overiiead was trilling a
But fortune was not to be severe
with John for one neglect of oppor-
But did she care to HstAsn? To be ing John’s absence^d wM »ly to^
sore, the place was unfortonate; but
peo^e have made and heard proposals
in ballrooms, in crowds, before this,
at street comers and at book-stall&
There was Captain Wildes; he pro
posed to Mary on board the cars, and.
not understanding him, she cried,
•What*' So hb had to scream it all
over again, and the train stopped at a
statlcabefore be finished, lie miist
liave Seen a plucky fellow 1 They say
that women do half of the eonrtiag,
but bless me if I've had any help in
thik affair. And at this rate it’s like
a snail's journey; I take one step for
ward and slip back two. The deuce I
fouud on Queen street, in the maniton
of his forsfatbera.
A servant ushered John into a cheer
ful moming-room, lookii^ out into a
garden full of sunshine and flowers,
and went to find Miss Elinor, while he
looked at Elinor’s portrait in crayon,
read the name of Granville Denor
mandy in tlie comer, and wondered If
he did it before going away, and why
he had not seen it beiore.
Justthen voices that had all along
been faintly audible drew nearer, eo
that he could hear the words as well
ns the tones. He turned bis head aud
looked out into the garden where, in
I wonder how they get on ! It must' neighborhood of a hundred-leaved
lift tiresome to stand behind a counter i Elinor had paused, leaning
all day, with the Guilford pride on her g young man.
shouMer*. and the home Ironhiee tiig ; ,, (hat time.” the tidl
png at her he.^. H I ^ hn'.v ■ „„„„ „a^ -as saving, and they atood.
herbetorethehreakmgorthlsbubble! 7 5 that John eonld
But now It would seem Ike taking nd-1 hiwr-was obliged to listen
yantiHte of her circnmstonces i and .( I _ ^ ,n,t you
I -onld not endure thatsheehouldcon-| , .^^ Everett-John.
sent to marry meftom pity how much' g » I him
eesfrom prudeneel 1 ot ,f ehe ratm ,
II ' * refused him, he was eo die,
IB not likelv to tell me without being |
asked, and why should I ask her uniess • ^ p^als
I am certain. I stirred with her. «
And thus, while he let the occasion j .. j os well be frank with yon."
slip by. wl^ile he dawdled ami per- i . ..jt, makes no difference now.
plexed liimself, the firm in which he j j j love with him, Qran-
was junior partner required his pres-, . j i>elieved that he loved me. I
cnce in Eiiroiw to establish a branch gjjouid have married him if he bad
No; I shouldn't want a goddess to
marry me from compassion.”
But this did notmend roattCEB. Now
that there was everything to gain or
ludft—now that the uair was assuming
a criUcnl aspect, since the responsibility
of the crisis and the event were his—
the native timidity of his character
stepped in to hinder him. Not that he
abandoned his position at once; it had
become too much a matter of habltfor
him to meet her at home and abroad on
terms of intimacy, and the habit was
too precious to be easily broken. Only
inch by inch, and almost without his
John Everett bad known Elinor ever
since he could remember; they had
pone to school together; he had spelled
shove her and had refused to take the
first place; he had envied the more
daring boys who had walked home
with her through the green laues. be
neath embowering elms, as If it were
I he most coioinonplace thing to do in
the worhl, while he, with his heart in
his mouth, tried to lind courage for the
effort, and found himself leftbcliind
for his pains.
Later, when they fiist, began to go
out into the world together, what tor
tures he endured when she danced with
»ome handsome stranger; if she rode
with his braver companions; if Carl
Hughes took her off in his wherry down
the ilver ‘ —th of "the river and lost
his way >ng the creeks of the silent
marshes, o.Tly returning home when
the evening was far spent, and the
I.l»r« tri-mbliKl in the heavens, and un- coiisrai.Tie retreateB from the
:rnf»n'’SfA('’£\hff Jw S ™ne,y
„n,e Lrehnnae U, see then. S.hoy'wS
■IreSna an^SS h" hilrS, .hpel-herea liM
therein? Sunday, tnn. soon beennie ] ”■»■ U>h
I he .inn ofhoUd;y..ror then 1>« was ‘hey never a*t nor h^dth^ e^
Miretoaee her. His father's i^uare. '“’'■“''‘“''ome to bu^
..Id-fashioned pew idniost faced the ! "2*"‘“1°, Shl^iSv
.. i,p«t.A>, nr u absence of John and EUnor, wno muy
l.n ^ ^ “ i been mooredandfoundthatanUstruck
’ “?l.o meantime, it is probable that th*
IJinor was not blind. ^Glances arc “P‘ flockS
••aBily interpreted ; a^ons speak louder gathering drift
llian worw There is Uttlo doubt,
Avhea Carl Hughes or any of the others
stepped but of a concert or lecture-
room and offered an arm to her at the -e '.V.® J *
dwr, but she understood that John bad aspect, and half-gueesed stars sift
been waltWgand waverlog and longing i Ih'.-niBelves throngh the gl»m. and the
for the favorable momait in wUidi Uj , radiance from the netlier half of the
anticipate'this attention, which mo-
ment.would hove arrived, sooner or ’
house. He went to bid Elinor good
bye—perhaps to say something more
earnest. He could not tell; he could
not count upon himself nor his moods,
Ho found her in a narrow, dark street
of the city, where the sunshine whs
only a morning visitor of the moat
ceromonious kind; in rooms whose
sbabbiness smote him to the heart. She
sat before a flickering flame and em
broidered in linen; he understood that
this means she was eking out her
Insufficient wages. But otherwise she
was the same being whom be had
known in luxury. The blush had not
deserted her fair cheek, the dimplestill
hid there; the eyes were as radiant with
light and spirit, the expression us en
chanting, the voice as liquid and full
of soft, Upgering tones and bewitching
accents, as in the brightest days of her
They talked about his journey, the
sights he was to see, the sounds he was
to hear; and she sighed and said: “I
wonder if I shall ever go to Europe J"
witn that wild hope whieli most of us
long to realize. They were sitting to
gether upon a tete-a-tetft, a relic of posi
magnificence. He hod been looking at
8und-blr& daring the waves.
The afternoon was just melting into
the tender atmosphere of early twi
light. when all things wear an unreal
b ..V > 1...I*.art
later, but that Carl. Intent on his pur
fUNte, i^d unhesitating in its perform
ance, bad pushed to her sldt, and had
gained the day beforo John hod even
thought of losing it.
But by insensiUe degrees one out
grows this sort of foint-heartednesti,
and pushes ou t liefore Carl Hughes and
'be indulgent crowd, and wins the
prize for the nmes, but delays to take
the next decided step In the right psUi.
And eo it was with John. One day he
iieord that Elinor bad given sway her
heart to Hr. Denonnandy, now on ids
tmvda However much pain this an-
uouncemeDt gave J^n, his folntr
heortednass—which, p^ps, was only
on exonerated appreciation of the ob
ject of lestre—necome m something
M;|>erflaous. dacs, If be bad already
kat her, why should he fear? It is at
This stage that one ceases to doubt and
begtas to suffer. So, now 'hot be hod
nothing to lose, he went in and oat of
her presence with a fatal fasclaatto6,
seemed running over into this along
the brim of the horizon. Far away a
sati prickwl itself out against the
lieavens a moment and was gone; a
ftibing croft was droppii)g down over
tlie bar. and a pleasure-boat, bubbling
over with song and laughter, pushed
Its way toward heme. John shouted
to tliem and waved his bat. but the
wind blew his voice down his Uwoot.
and the g»y party of revelMs fled on
wings of mirth.
“What shall we do? How shall we
reach homer asked Elinor.
“ The gods help those who help them
selves," said be. •'We will ask these
gypsy children If there is not s boot tn
beioond. There is no shelter on this
But neither the children nor their
senicn—a pwty of half-gypsy fidk who
bad encamped on fbe sands to carry off
the beoi^piiuBs, and as a sort of eco-
nomtftsl method of spending tbe sam-
raer at the MMbore, with of fire
wood at lint aost and bbds taae os
ditekeoa bad asytUag but a leaky
tunity and meant to offer him greater
Inducements and more tempting
chances. Elinor’s fathez- awoke one
morning and found himself bankrupt.
Somew^t later Jolm went to pur
chase a pair of new gloves, in which
to worthily pay his respects to his love,
wlien who should step forth behind
the counter to wait upon him but Eli
You, Elinor! Thinking of angels
you bear the rustle of their wings.”
“Tbe wheel of fortune has made a
revolution, you see.” was tbe reply.
and here I am. Not crushed by it,
That ia wdL For ' man is man
and master of his fate.’
I dui't think it means women,
though." sold she, “ What can I do
for you? 1 am at your service.
Yes. Are you goin to Mr. ^well’i
“Amigoing? The Sw^ have for
gotten my exist«ce. 1 have gone
under, so for as they ore concerned.”
“Indeed! 1 was looking forward to
meeting yon there.”
. " And you meet roe hei;e Instead,"
she siully responded.
“ But if you are not to be there, I
stiall not care to go.”
“ Thank you; but I should be sorry
to deprive yon of a pleasure."
“ l»oald youF’ You oaked me Just
now what you could do for me? Shall
I tell youl^ leaning over tbe counter.
"Yes, you may tell me."
His eyes held hers, intense with
meaning; his lips trnmblcd with the
asked ma But that was a year ago,
and when one deserts yon, what can
you do better than forget himF’
"Nothing, darling! I could not ad
vise anything that would please me
more! Poor fellow! And I am his
heir! Well, perhaps I shouldn’t have
been here myself but for a lucky
ch,*u)ce. I lov^ you, Elinor, when 1
left yon. One evening 1 was drifting
in a gondola beneatli tbe marble ruins
of Venice, when two youths, idly pleas
uring like myself, passed so near that
I distinctly heard one say: 'Faint
heart never won fair lady, Denis.' 1
took it for an omen, and determined
not to lose yon tlirough a faint heart,
dearest; 1 left V't-nice that night."
“You were right. Ah. Margaret, a
gentleman wiuting to see me? We
will be in presently."
John had listened like one in a
trance in spile of himself; then he
moved slowly into the hall, took his
hat, and went away, repeating;
‘•A faint huart never won a fair
laily; and she would have married me
if i hail askwl lier! And Granville
Denormandy Is my heir!”
Margaret, Margaret!" called Ell-
her""anbroidery. Wken he pve it back 1 nor. •• you said tiiere was a gentleman
their bands touched and lingered a1- here to see me. What have you done
most lovingly. The words were on his ‘ with him?”
lip(i:"Will you go toEuropc with me?" I “1 showed him In here, 'pon my
“Will you,’’ he faltered, “will you— i honor. miss,"criejl Iheastonlsheidroiild;
you will—forget me, 1 juppoee, as j •• j jeft him n-looking at your I'icter as
soon as I am gone. Out of sight,.out [ if he could cat it He can’t hev got
of mind.” into the dining-room ter the sliver, can
•’ If vou wi.sh me to forget you. I will i he?"
try to/' she laughed. \ *• 1—think not," said FJinor. picking
up a handkerchief and reading the
And if I do not wish it?”
“ Ah, I cannot promise; you ore to
be absent a whole year."
If she could not promise to remem
ber him a year, was it likely that she
would promise to love him a lifetime?
bo he went to Europe and tried to
forget himself in the details of business;
to satisfy himself with the publie
galleries and gardens, with art and
nature in holiday stUre. Ue visited
the “ Mer de Glace," and dwelt in the
shadow of t|ie “Matterliorn," and
heard the mountain echois vibrating
upon tbe inspired air. But to wlioni
ruuM he eoufide all bis line Uiougbts?
Who oould respond to ills moods with
suiA perfect sympathy as Elinor?
Half the charm of travel was lust
At Lake Como he fell in witli an
elderly genUemou, solitary like himself.
“Ah" uld he. “this -travelinfl
name of John Everett, Jr., on tbe c
ner; “I—tWnk-—not. Never mind.
Maggie; if he wants to sec me he'll
Blit be never came again. And to
day Elno^a'ftars among iier charms a
tiny slipper of gold, emCroidered aitli
pearls, wlilch every one knows to be a
luoinento of the days when alie and
John Everett madeshipwreckti^etber.
A Testameotory Cartoilij.
In 1877, a man who died In Berlin,
leaving behind iiim a fortune of 34,000
marks, surprised all who knew Urn by
devising that 32,000 marks sliould go
to the authorities of bis nati ve place, and
that the remainder should be divided
between nine relatireeandafrtend sritii
whom he hod quarreled, the shore of any
Ah^^ he trolling j «® oI the legate* looming forfeltjl
Why did you not bring your wife,
burden of his heart; all his desire was
leaping up and shaping lUelf into ten-1 matter what she answers,
der wOTda What was it that steyed ; |„ve doM your duty; you
them, caused them to falter Into com-! i„Te nothing with which to re-
monnlaces? Wbot power looked the prooch yourself."
sir'/" venturi John.
“Because I was s fool once. And 1
have no wife. Twenty-live jun ago
I was in love, but I was at the same
tJl in l«^ Ito no to. 1« to .S’lT.ISfe'i’
lady know of iU Doc^t itia ipenk-
grave. Uis relatives religiously ob^red
the dead man’s decree, but Uie es
tranged fzieod. remembering old times,
could not refrain from going quietly
to the churchyard and pylng hia-Wt
re^wete to the deceased. By-and-bye
X Ups upon the half-uttered secret?
did the inteoae ^es lose their
“Yon may stretch thie pair of
gtorea. jdease." recovering himself
“Cenfound my folly r ha thoB^t.
woOdafaway. “Wbydktai^lHy It?
She tsMed almoat as if she axpaetad
something. 1 gave her the ri^t ta
John' left L^ Ckimo at oaea. He
traveiad night and day to Londoo and
erobotfcad ur home. Ha went to tbe
■hobby l7-streH wtaera he hod left
EUnor; bat tbe hM bad flosm. Hr.
OvOfovd. with thath^ifytaealty acme
men have for almm oomlng to'the
■arface in good eoDaitlaa, bin '^Men-
lalad UmaA taU aaothw fertnaadar-
wijl should disobey tbe injunetion re
garding the last caremAmy he wu to
reoelve tbe bulk of the money left to
the tesUtor's town, and, thanks to the
shrewd device, tbe man who thought
more of his oM friendririp thou bia old
friend's money found himaeU oomfor-
tsbly prm ided for for the rest of hU
A French eh«iat has dkoerered
that ttw flavM of cbecae is datermlned .
by the gems In tbe atmosphere. Tbe
ganns must lie tn a state of mptd de*^
Fompateyop when LHabnifSV Is mnnu-