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A Spectre Castle.
BY ANNIE MARIA BARNES.
Among: tbe effects left by my
mother at her death was an old
fashioned daguerrotype in a plaiu
1 leather case.
I had never seen it before, aud
from the moment my eyes rested
upon it, it seemed to exercise a
strange fascination over me. It was
not tbe daguerrotype Itself that is,
the case and its appointments
that had anything to do with this
peculiar and unaccountable en
thrallwent, but the picture stamp
ed within. It was that of a fair
.vouug girl, not strictly, beautify.
but with the rarest, sweetest Jace I !
had ever seen. Character, decision, !
power wen written all over ;t from j
th? low white forehead, a'jaint I
which tbe hair tippled, to the firmly-rounded
chiu. It was tl.e face of one born
to command, yet as suggested by
the look within the weet, aerene
eyed to be graciously tender with
It would be impossible for me to
describe how its charm grew upou
me. I seemed to see it everywhere,
upon everythiugj upon which I look,
ed. Awake, every feature was as
distinct as though the picture lin
eaments themselves weiebefoio me ;
tleep, there they were agaiu. iu
dellible stamped upon the fabric of
I often wondered why my moth
er had never shown me the picture
or spoken to me of it in any way.
Oar companship had beeu very close
and dear, unusually so eveu for
mother and son. But the last six
years preceding her death which
had occured just a (ew months prior
to the openinpoof my story I had
been away from home a great deal,
and the picture may have come in
to her possesion duriug that time.
But the more I though about it,
the more I was of the opinion that
this was nnlikely. Besides, beneath
the velvet lining on the inside ot tbe
case I found, upon a folded slip Of j
paper, a name and a date. Tbe !
name Ernestine, and the date one j
that preceded my mother's death !
some thirty-seven years. !
"Ernestine !" the name grew as j
familiar as the pictured face itself, j
while the liquid syllables were con
stantly upou my lips.
In vain I told myself that my
passion was the. idlest sort of fol!ys
that if alive tbe object of my ador
ation had become a wife aud mo
ther long ago, while in probability
she had years before preceded my
mother to the land ot shadows
But try as hard as 1 might, j
could not shake off the spell that
bound me. Indeed, the more I bati
tied against it thestronger it seemed
to grow, I was like one in a dream
a trance, I was filled with rnelan-
choly and unrest,
with a longing
nD en durable. Was I, could I be, in
in loe and with the pictured face
of a women who had lived a quarter
of a centurv too 800n for me ? I
wag twenty-eight years of age, and
,. , , . .
up to this time had never bestowed
: upon any woman, apaii lrom iny
mother, more than a passing
i thought. In truth. I had very little
faith in the tender passion, and was
wont to chaff mot unmerciful those
of my fi lends I chanced to find
sighing devotees at Don Cupid's
But, now there was no longer any
ue in denying it. 1 was hopeless:;,
deeyly, nay madly in love, and with
what! With the pictured face of a
woman who bad loved, married,
acd gtown into a sedate- matron ere
my eyes had opened unto the world
It was absurd, foolish, week, to say
the least ; but had it beeu a thous
and times more so, I should have
One time I had noticed about
the daguerrotype that had worked
UJOSt vividlv upon my imagination
At the right-hand lower corner of
the picture, ond just beneath the
line perfect, even to those of cb
tall trees in the garden at the rear,
and the glimpse ot the faraway
lake caught through their parted
In vain I tried to assure myself
that this happy conceit was due
alone to the action of the mold that
had been gathering thern daring
the long years it had lain away from
human sight. In any other frame
of msnd I would have accepted this
explanation readily, but now I
choose to assign it to the agency of
the supernatural. Most persistent"
ly, too, did I associate the outliued
cattle in evtry way with the sweet
lace of the picture. It had been
her home, I toid myself, for, just
su'.'h a home, grand ami stately,
wa alone befitted one who had,
without doubt reigned a qvieeii
I knew that mv mother had been
ot foreign bnth, that, even up to
tue time of her marriage, she had
resided ou the other side of tbe At
lantic. The pictuio wai, without
doubt, that of some dear girl Iriend,
for not only were the dress and or
naments ot a style that dated many
year! back, but were, evidently,
those of a country quite different
from my own. This explanation I
readily accepted In my cooler w.om
etits, as well as the explanation of
the mold having formed the strike"
ing picture of a castle But, when
uuder the influence of the strange
spell that had grown upon me, my
diseased fancy ian riot throngh the
whole realm ot imagination. Tbe
castle I beleived had taken unto it
self form beneath the shining glass
tor the purpose of giving me the
clue, by which I should trace and
find her, whose pictured lace pos
sessed me day and night. Soraf-"-where,
and some time, I should
come across her. If I doubted this
for one moment, I should go mad.
What need to assure myself that it
was but a link from the past of
which I knew nothing, and with
which through the very order of
God's creation, I could never hold
part nor parcel? I cculd not, I
would not believe it.
In vain to reason that there
could be no hope, no promise for me
in tbe dust to which the beauteous
face and form bail long since de
parted. It was a living reality, a
speaking, breathing presence that
that called into being an intensity of
thought aud feeling that would
completely sweep me away with its
wild impetuosity, unless it could
find this dear obiect upou which to
My mind was in this shape whenfacvay from the all too tempting vis-
my business called for a return to
Colorado, whence my mother's death
had summoned me. Jt was a loug
and wearisome journey' and one
that L had tc accomplish partly on
horseback, in order to go some little
distance out of the way to attend
to a last bequest of my mother. I
had in my possession a small pack-
age, that was to be delivered by no
other hand, save mine, to a gentle
man by the name of Rowan, who
resided on a cattle ranch near West
Las Animas. The package bore
his name, though I knew, it was in
tended for his daughter.
The month was June and the
weather intensely warm even for
that season. For manv weeks not
a drop of rain had fallen,
earth was parched aud bare.
shiubbery schotcbed aud shriveled j the dining-room later in the even
iu many places as though an iniing. But the very first woid he
tense flame bad passed over it.
Tbe sun was shining with an al
most torrid fervor, while the re
tlectiou upon the burning sands!
aud particles of glistening rock was
simply maddening to the eves.
The verv air seemed like the breath
ot a hot furnace,
It was about the middle of the
afternoon I had jusi crossed a
small stream, aud was ascending a
slight declivity wheu there sudden
ly burst upou my vision a scene
that Carried me out of all compos
ure. To my left stretched a long
plateau, bound by distant bluffs,
with a strip of forest between. But
strangest of all, the trees seemed to
be moving, moving away as though
the earth beneath them bad broken
looseJ and was floating off. But
suddenly, as I still gazed fascinated
spelUboond, the trees changed
their appearence, even their form,
then disappeared altogether, and in
place came a beautiful lke, its
flashing bosom sending forth in
numeral pleasure boatp, with gaily
colored awnings outspread, rode at
anchor. And there in the fore
ground, distinctly outlined, every
parapet perfect, every stone buts
tress as real yes, infinitely more
so as I had seen it hundreds of
tims beneath the glass, was the
castle of the daguerrotype.
I stopped my horse ad gazd
upon the scone as though I could
never desist", fparfu! even to move,
lt the beautiful vision should fade
away, nver to be recalled. Just aq
I had m-'de np my mind to turn
from the road and risk a nearer
vie'.v. fhv? gat qpe'nd to swing
opjn, whHn out from between them
came could I credit mv own
i HHnses ?t,,e faee rbHt h., SQ offon
smiled upon ire from the musty
lenther of the old daguerrotype!
Yes, there it. was in the living,
breathing reality, and with it a form
graceful and commanding, that sat
the spirited horse with the air of a
young princess. My heart stood
still ; my very breath seemed sus
pended. I hart no control of any
faculty. Indeed, so intently riviU
were my eyes upon the picture,
that I was utterly powerless to
move them in the least from the ob
ject of their regard.
Even after she had come to with
in a few feet of me, I si ill gazed up
on her as one lost to ail other sur
roundings. That she was nncon
scions of the attention thus drawn
to herself was plainly evident ; that
he was also greatly annoyed there
by, was equally apparent ; but if
life bad depended npon it, I could
not have withdrawn my gaze at
In spite of her annoyance, she
gave me a slight, though somewhat
haughty inclination of tbe head as
she came opposite to me. The
moment she had passed me, I was
guilty of the still greater rudeness
of turning to gaze after her. From
some cause, she .turned her own
head at the same moment, and thus
our glances once more met. Her
annoyance was all too apparent
now, not numingled with vexation.
Wbo could blame her ? Touching
her whip to ber horse, she rode
hastily away, as though fearful of
some intention on my part to fol
With every pulse, thrilling, and
my heart beating so it threatened
to puflocate me, 1 turned my head
ion I was longing with all my soul
to follow. As I did so, my eyes
naturally sought the scene upon
which they so lately gazed. It had
disappeared so completely as
rhough it had floated away, while
in its stead was an extensive plat
eau upon which a herd of cattle
With a tumultuous sea of thought
and speculation surging within me,
I turned from tbe spot, arriving a
half hour later at the ranch Iwas
seeking. I found Rowan a pleas
ant, educated gentleman, whose
hospitable welcome soon put me at
my ease. A bath and a refreshing
sleep restored my pulse to its nor
mal condition, and it was as a very
j cool and serene being, I flattered
; myself, that I followed my host into
uttered, as we entered, sent the
blood rushing from heart to head
again in tumultuous torrents.
"Ernestine," be said, as a tall,
aUm, young figure advanced o
'meet us, "this is Mr. Castran, of
j whom you have heard me speak.
Mr. Castran, mv daughter, Ernes
tine.7' "Ernestine!" Tbe very uame
was enough without the sweet im
perious glance of the eyes cow lookT
ing straight into mine with a world
of reproach in their depths tbe
eyes that not three hours before had
come down the hill toward me, the
eyes of tbe old daguerrotype !
Is it a wonder that my head was
in a whirl That I lost all knowl
edge of my actions! Al tnrough
the meal I sat as one in a dream. I
could not eat, I could barely reply
in monosyllables wheu addressed.
I could do nothing but sit and gane
at the face that had been an ever
living presence to me for thepat
six months. Had indeed the pic
tured image of the old daguerrotope
taken unto itself life and stepped
out before me ? Had the fair prom.
io, after nil, blossomed out of the
very dust of the grave? And then
the picture I had recently seen of
the old castle ! What did it mean ?
Becoming suddenly aware that
both my host and his daughter
were r-onsciotis of my strange beha
viur, I determined to tell thtn all
as Soon ag the meal was finished, all
except the part that closely related
to mvsAlf tl'e rtepp. aborbinrr pas
sion ' hat had t-kef! so eom!-r
possession of me. That must re
main my secret for awhile 'onger,
at lea. From the moment F be
nn to lei' my story, I cou'd see the
eagerness and exntenint visible
upon the young gill's face, derite
her efforts to conceal it. As to
Rowan, he remained calm and co!
lec'ed thioughoat. As I concluded
he spoke :
"It evidently does appear strange
aid unaccountable to you who are
cofop'etely in in the dark, but to me
who holds the key of the apparent
mystery everything is plain.
"My win, who has been dead
pearly five years now," with a h-avy
s'gb, "and your mother were 1 he j
dearest of friends. In early girl
hood, among other mementoes, ihey
exchanged pictures. The daguerro
type contains that of my wife, while
I have among my wift's effects one
of your mother. The package you
have brought rne contains the few
tiukets exchanged during their years!
of friendship. That your mother
never showed you the picture, or
alluded to it in auv way, was doubt
less owing to the fact that an un
fortunate misunderstanding, which
grew into a complete estrangement,
sprang up between them a short
while before your mother's marriage.
As my wife was always very reti
cent on the satiject, I am s ignor
ant as yourself of its nature. But
that yonr mother still cherished to
tbe last an affection for her girlhood
friend is evidenced by the desire,
that my daughter should come into
possession of the tinkets.
As to the resemb'ance that has
struck you so fore bly, I do not
wonder, since my daughter is the
living image of her mother. She is
the youngest ot sr-veral children, al1
of whom died in iufancy or child
hood." But there was one thing yet that
disturbed me, and disturbed me no
little, one thing for which I had re
ceived no satistactory explanation,
and that was tbe vision I had seen
on ray way to the ranch. That
night when we were alone, I men
tioned tbe circumstance to my host.
He iaoghed heartily, The whole
vision was naught else but the de
lusion of a mirage, which was a
common occurrence in that region,
he assured me. What I had sen
was due alone to the action of the
eun upon tbe grains of sand that'
sent distorted images before my
eye. The appearance of his daugh
tar TV J ti tiiu rrLk rli!n rail in tiiu
wuoie oeiu-ive scene, as sne naa at;
that moment been riding nearer to!
me alon;." a path beside the pl.t tea u.
As to the castle's taking on the
identical outlines of the one that had
so preyed ou my mind, and as to
tt . ,...t
me parent issuing or nis uaueo-
terfrorn the gate-, these things
were beyond a douot entirely due to
my high-wroosht imagination. j There is no d-tlliance of wit, no
He was much strce'e at first with p!fui facility of speech. Harmon
the appearance of tbe castle ouU ,ous beauties are acquired with ef
Iinedinthe dagaenotype, but on I fnrt . strdy commou 8ense H ac
closer inspection declared he had a instinct. T0 man meets your eye
satisfactory reason for that aI.o. It j Yoa can welk on your head if you
was, he admitted, an almost perfect j cboose that's your concern, not bis.
pictureofhis wife's girlhood home. Take auy ID(?hod of iocomotioa or
The artists had doubtless taken, or BQght else as VOQr preference, so
tried so take, a picture cf the cattle j i jrjg as it does DOt interfere with
upon that place : but failing, or j ijS business.
thinking he had failed, had ued a j Thick so'ed boot-. turnedup
portion of the same plate for th Dants ,he crifaUin" umbrella and
picture of Ernestine. Afterward
the chemicals applied and broogbt
on: the outlines as they now ap-
peartd. So quaintly and delicately
weie they traced that ore mibt
well imagine them the woik of the
mold. Well, doabtiess this seemed
the proper explanation to him, but !
somehow I could not getitontofj
my mind that these traceries came !
there in a far different wny from thn I
one he attuned. I was very foolish !
I know, and healthier minds will;
simply smile at rny delusion. j
But I hp.d found hT.the one worn
rn of al! the wo'l l to me, and
! whether I hd been led to her simp-
ly through the course of natural i sancutieation of tha Sabbath in all
events, or by the workings of some j lnds ; and their request to publish
power indegnable and unseen, it j ec- ni many languages and sent to
wa- all th same, I had foond her! ja'- lands, inviting Christams every
and that blf-d knowledge sent at 'h""e to join them, has for years
; :ean of rejoicing through and ; heen seconded in this country by
throngh ray heart.
The Trulls Alioul England'.
. it MMica, the rreunr promises to be
At times our continuity as one1. '
, . . , lmmeasuraolv more so. and it may
mee draws American cunoo'tv and . . . " ,
... , , , , , be its crucial year m our beloved
crincsm to Euglacd. We stand , , ...
. . . , , hand, we therefore invito all pastors
j . , ' ,
l IV lilt
eager interest upon th pit
frcra whence we were
To crry on the metaphor,
'Friend John" is yet in the pit, and
introspection with hinn, as indeed
w'th any, is not an easy art. When
a man or nation honestly believes
the Deify jh peculiarly favorable to
them, and every enemy a fool at
best, at woit a knave, such a creed
may make men good fighters, and
Massena said " those English sea
wolves were ;" ba' certainly not fair
exponents of tneinselves.
Ther e yeems un good reason why
an American should not cotrectly
appraise the English charne'er.
He sharesmore or less, its ruakiup
m an inexperienced born of fellow
feeling, kindred blood end speech,
and the indrtina-le sympathy,
strong and magnetic, which in these
peaceful days is beginning to assert
itself over ancient antipathies and
speak out with a clear articulation
To state the truth about England
succinctly I must begin with that
immense city the nation has built
for itself, which lives in every En
glishraan's m:nd, though he be in
India or the Leeward Isles, at once
h 8 pride and his confusion, his glo
ry' ann his shame.
London is centre, ay ! sonl to the
British Empire, and England with
out the metropolis is "Hamlet'1
mians the Prince of Denmark.
The traveler who whirls into this
vastest of human hives, with its six
millions of inhabitants, cannot be
anyihing but a profoundly impres
London contains oueeighth of
Great Brittain's population : has a
larger daily delivery of letters than
all Scotland ; a birta every fonr
minute ; a death every six ; and the
Lord Mayo "Prince of parvenus
holds passing sway over a greater
number of his fellow mortals than
the King of Holland.
Tnough this miniature world
numbers more Jews than Palestine,
more Italians than Rome, more Ger
mans than Hanover, it remains an
An outsider, knowing its history,
I is perceptions not blunted by cus
om, is unconsciously struck wi'b
persistence of individuality, which
cbangesirs taste but never its es
sencr. Let an American walk in
i Fleet Street, Cheapside and
Road, watching tbesi Englishmen
calm, grave, silent, proud, with a
tierce rush of passionate li be
neath the congealed and icy surface
of reserved stolidity, and he will e
cognize at once the traits of thoe
; jat ... v.klnff. S ixons.
j 2ffonaanslf wbicb have prodaced the
j tbat 8ilk wuicbt in London !
Lpedai figures on all occasions j
, 9 .ve fhp birth ani, hm:al of lnft
wearer, thee are the habiliments of
their tail, ruddy-skinned well-fed
owners. S. P. Cadman in April
PIMYEK TOPICS FOU
To Tlie American Mlnlntry
The first week of April has been
Tor fourteen years observed by tho
World's Sabbath Observance Pray-
jcr Union, for united prayer for the
our leading babbath organizations.
The past has been an eventful
year for the Sabbath cause in Am-
; end an C'lritams to observe the
week Apri? 1VJ, 1803. tor special
prayer, pujie and private, for the
imperrilled Sabbath in this and alt
'a rids and special effort in its be
ha'f, ami eollect'ous for the spread
In devour gratitude let us unitedly
praise Grd for the aroused interest
in the preservation of the Lord's
Dav, f.ir the forty millions represen
ted millions represented ou the pet
tions for Sunday cloniig of the
World s Fair, for the decisive vote
of Congress closing the tfates, and
the frilurv of efforts for repeal of
that action. It is a triumph the in
fluence of which will be perpetual.
While yve are greatly joyful over
the way the Lord has led U9, yet in
view ot the great peril that still
gathers arcund ourcbristain insti
tutions and especially our Sabbath,
we feel constrained, for the sake of
home, religion, the cause of labor
and the world's conversion, to ask
all pastors, that during the first
week of April next they uae too
services of the sanctuary by ser
mons aud prayer meetings, to deep.
an the intelligent conviction of the
people on the broad and practical
iiues of Christain law and living
with reference to tbe Sabbath, aud
also to present the subject of Sabs
bath observance as che topic of pri
vate and family prayer through the
The following topics for prayer
are suggested :
First, that the influence of the
World's Fair may be on tbe side of
S bbath observance, morality and
Second, that the tide of Sabbath
de-ecration may be stayed.
Third, that tbe value and benefi
cence of the Christain Sabbath mav
bo better understood and appreciat
ed and pastors and people
be faithful in maintaining it.
Fourth, that the light of tbe
great armies of employes in railroad
and postal service to a Sabbath of
rest may be protected.
T. A. Fern-lev, D- D.,
Cor. Sec, Philadelphia Sabbath
Rev. H. H. George,
Gen. Fieid Sec. American Sab
t a h Union.
Rev, W. F. Crafts,
Honorary Sec. W. Penn. Sabbath
Mrs J. C. BaTeham,
Nat. Supt. Sabbath Observance
Dep. W, C T; U-
The Function of rv Iiee'a Sting
"It will be a saprise to
readers." savs an English writer.
"that all the most important fanct.
ion of the bee's sting is not stinging
1 have long been convinced that the
bees put the fluisbing touches on
their artistic cell work by tbe dex
troQs ns of their stings, and during
this final finishing stage of tbe pro
cess of honey-makiog the bees In.
ject a minute portion of formic acid
into honey. This is in reality the
poison of their sting. This formic
acid gives to honey its peculiar flav
or, and also imparts to it its keep
ing qualities. The sting is really
an exquisitely contrived little trows
el. which the bee finishes off
and caps the cells when thev are
fided brimful with bonev. While
doing this the formic acid passes
from the poison bag, excludes, drop
by drop, from the point of the sting
and the beautiful work is finished."