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The Flag of Our Union
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The Flag of Our Union
The flag of our Union, v. XXII, no. 5, Saturday, February 2, 1867.
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The flag of our Union, v. XXII, no. 5, Saturday, February 2, 1867.
31 July 2018
Boston : Elliott, Thomes and Talbot
Love and fever / by Hester Earle.
Suffolk County (Mass.)
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-in .c. A I it e ,e3r9’2'n 7 ..-2<,-:l<’<<i:‘- llhllllllllllllzlll’ .‘ :3. , my "rzlulmlh . 1.?‘-we. or‘. M. ' .2 .. ilzlilr- . 5 Eililillll‘, 'lii(iZiiES iii 'i‘liiil0'i‘. N0. lcomrulm IN THIS NUMBER] iwflttell for Th9 Fill olour lliliolli] ECQVE ARTE) 5lEVElEo 37 m. ssr, nolph-" “Keep still, babbler. I dou‘t care what you say." “But it is I communication of very great importsnoe," drawled the other. " Look here, Serle. Did you ever see I mois-hill ’ “ Can't say. Don't think I ever did.” "There Ire plenty of them. however. I dare say, now, you see mountains every day or your ill‘ .-' e “And you, if you had climbed chlmhorsro and the Himalayas, would never hsve seen Inything but mule-hills. Come, B-alph. It’! Isl well to view things through I magnifying lens, Is to invert the glass, and dwarr everything to Lililputian pro- portions." Ralph iiilrerty laughed. "And that shed hIs struck home, you hatter your- sell‘, do you? well, perhaps it has. But trot out your chimhornao, Ind let us see whether, through the reversed glass, it will make I respectable-siscd mniwhiiif “I didn't say it was I Chimbornzo. And besides, I've chsnged my mind shout telling you." “in h hud? Doll‘t, I beg of you. It will malro you uuoornfortdbla.” Selle Hiiferty scooped up I handful of dry snow, and let it slit through his lingers. Forsiittle way the brothers walked on in silence. Ralph was the first to speak. "I can see, Serie, thst your -communication of very great impornsnoe,"' imitating his brother’: nlrawl, “lays heavy upon your mind. come, dis- gorge. It's aboutIwolnIu,ofeourse. Whole itnow, Ind what Ire her Ipilruprisw lIl.iI>ctives7 Splendid- (ascinsting-iovely-euperbl How many oltlle pris- matic oulors shine in her eyes? What of the specie currency thtst might be coined from her golden hair? rush her repreeentatlvnwven " J uno? Hebe? mobs? Helen? Cleopatra? Let your ruptures out, boy. and you'll feel the better [or it." "There she is now. It is Constance sneyd l" cried sorla, with a thrill in his voice, though he hint spoken in an undertone. she was coating down the street just before them. Ralph iliiferty, raising his eyes, relt them fastened to her real as if by some suhtls nilzlietihm. The spell could ocrrcely have been that or beauty, though it wss not wholly wanting. Her tree was I thought too long Ind thin (or a due ovnl, hut smooth and soft as s rose-petal. The grey-brown eyes seemed gravel y thoughtrul, until you caught the -rel-um lurking in the corners. The mouth and teeth were perfect; the forehead high; the brown hair Z1089! Ind luxuriant. Not I remarkable ms It all, yet, in its expression, there was I blending olswsetnese and pride, of mobility Ind power. tint 1"‘ it In time‘ mesmeric attraction. Ii-Iiph Hilferii Wm‘! M‘ "M" drew his eyes, until, with I slight nod of recognition to Serle, Miss Sueyd had met Ind Pissed them. Even then the impulse to turn around and look Iiter her was sostrong that he helito put-stem rem‘-r-tint upon hlulselrtc keep from yielding to it. -- When did she come?" ltalph Isliedv Wales!!! whipping oil; with his candy some supw that Mlhered to his giotey boot. -- Last night. In the absence or the izrlnciiml. I felt myselfoalled upon to do the honors." -- what a cross it must have been (or you! A" Which feminine pertgun of old-time renown do you once 5. Bosloll, MASS., SATURDAY,Vi:EBIiUARY 2,1867. vol.) XXII. PRICE I0 CTS. ‘ you sure your perpendicular is quite recovered from stooping under it?" -I The score, ireroes it be, is one that I would choose to bear rorsver. Ralph, she is glorious l" “ Is it I care of hesrirwork with you?" “ I believe it is, and thorough too." Ralph hogsn whistling a bar from In 'rravlnt.a, Ind Sei'lle,,loining in, made it I duet. A canary-bird in an opposite window overheard, and bent his head against the bore of his cage, in In agony of envy. Ralph ended the duet abruptly, and renewed the dlalo “ Serle, I feel I premonition of boredom." extem- porising s yIwu. H Undoubtedly, as prluclpsl of Rotterdam scodemy, i might become one of the lights or the age. But I don't reel equnl to the effort. lam going down tonight to see if Bowmsn will have the magnanllnity In step in and take my place." “Whetl And desert us-your Junior teacher and the preoeptrese, Constance Sneyd?" “ I hIve s fency thst you will both survive the de- sertion," dryly. "At Ill events, the thing is tired. I wonder at myself for ever faueying thst the place would be tolersble." “ But the trustees?" “ The trustees must console themselves. I hope they will be able to berlr their loss with Christian resignation, especially as Bowman is used to the har- ness, and will work in it ; whichls more than I could romise fnr rnysel Bowman came. W th him come Ilso Mrs. Bow- mun Ind the three Juvenile Bowmans. Had irnlph rar-nll.w-tnrl ., . c Murry, and chosen him, that Serle might have no rival with consrnnss Sneyd 7 it is impossible to say. rralph Hilfsrty was not lilieto give a reason ror that, any more thsn for the sudden resolution which had rrlsde the procuring or a substitute necessary. Constsnoe snoyd lined her fringed lids inquiringiy, when the change orprlnclpsls was reported to her. - " My brother is the best rellow in the world, though I whimsical one." Serie explained. “ WI,were walk. lng up the street together-we bad Just met you, 1 recollect-when it came to him all Ii. once that teec lug would be I bore. It was like him to hike the lud- deu whim, Ind to whip himself out of the arrange- merit in lllst ahilurii fthlilion Miss Sneyll recalled the dork-browed man she had met the previous day. whose sssrchlng eyes had seemed to look into her very soul, and wondered what hsd suggested boreilunl tohim in the present r v “Is your brother‘: name Reuben?” shs gravely inquired. “Reuben? 0. I see. ‘Unstable as wsier thou shnlt not excel.’ I'll write Ind tell him that you lied.” Having been got into rotetlng order, the school was now wound up and set Igoing. It is true I wheel worked loose now and then, or a cog got hitched, but upon the whole it was I suoeess, Ind seemed likely toturn out I fisir number of ready-msds scholars. Serie Hilferty had the dcpumneut or nthsrnntica; end. in his lucid explanations, allowed x+y to equal wltaisver the stupid eigebrarians migh hIvedesign- ed, though in his secret heart the unknown quantity was always supposed to have some reference to the state of Constsnoe Sneyd's edectlons. With Iccurate deduction, he demonstrllied that the angles A B (J, Ind n E F, equalled the angle ii i K, wlnhlug Iii the while he were able to demonstrate with equal exactness that Miss Sneyd's heart thrilled sympa- thatleally to the tumultuous heating or his own. You see, his Iifectiou had already towered to the height of I Chilnborsno, and was in I fair way of reaching the altitude of “Pellou piled upon 0333." But of All this towering devotion iiiiss Snsyd seemed to remain demureiy unconscious. She aooepted his eligerly proifered Ittentions, as due to her position in the school, rather than Is I tribute of homage to her own womsnly attractiveness, end Illowed Iiir. Bow- man’! escort, when it was odereil, with quite Is much apparent pleasure Is Serle XI'ilferty's, though the for- mer wsa obese, clumsy and forty, while the letter was undenlablyan elegant Ind handsome young gou- tlenlan. Esrly in January there came I heavy rain. When the storm was over, and winter restored to its normal frozen stats. Rotterdam pond was found to be eheeted with use, onering s nne opportunity ror skating. A party was accordingly msde up for the evening. Ind Serle Hilierty invited Mitts Sneyd to go out with him. Both were expert sliahers, and their graceful evolu- tions excited. I dare sey, the envy of more than one admiring neophyte. With Constsnce leaning lightly upon his arm, or selling gracefully around him, or porhops scudding Iwsy before, sud luring him on to swift pursuit, i doubt whether Berle would have theuked “ye winged winds" or my or that ilk, to show him “ some spot where mortals weep no more." nstauce hIa.i never before shown such vlvaoity. Hitherto, she hid been like one whose mind is hill of some all-engrossing purpose. But to-night, instesd of the pro-oecupied womnu, she was a merry, playrul girl. In the new character, she was more than ever httraotive. Peiion upon Oees wss being rapidly real- ized in serls I-iiiferty‘s soaring love. The evening was getting ‘on. They, in roof or hgiilty,had ion the rest of the party behind, and were far up the pond. Serle fbrnied I sudden resolution. He would declare his love that night. But Constance was several yards in sdvanoe, and must be over- tslien. Ho scourdingiy skated vigorously Iwsy Ifilsr her. she, iinding horselr pursued, simulated carnllla in her illght. it became quite In exciting chase; Dub huts gn. could not long match the man'- strength. no gained upon her vislhly: Nearer sud nearer he came. She, ioolrlng back Iild seeing how neur, uttered a little excited ory, and-disappeisi-ed through an opening in the ice. Serle was close upon it. It was too late to change; his oourse, Illll he Also drlited helplessly in. “We will die together," he thought; but did not End so much satisfaction in the idea Is to hinder his struggling violently to save hlnoselr. no uung his Irms out in going down, end with a mighty snort caught upon the ice. Bisjiugerl slipped, end his lower limbs felt like greet lumps or lend, when he attempted to Hit himself out. But he recollected that no one was near to help him, or to save Con- stsnee. The iaet consideration seemed to give him miraculous strength. with In sifurt that would, I am sure, beve won the opprohntlnu or Mr. Donibey’s sister, the unnpprsciated liirs. chick, he dragged himself out, nud stood once more upon the solid lee. Then he hung himselrout of his overcoat. and snap- pod his skate-ihstsnings Is if they had been ufgossv mar nhre. With the aid of his pocket knife the coal was sh reddsd into strips to ibrm s rope. it wII not enough, and his inner coat shared the same fate. The strips were iinnly knotted into one, and the skates tied It one end for I weight to link it. The rope thus extemporined, was letdown into the water. The next moment wes one of rearnul waiting. The wind blow through and through him, Is-id his wet garments were smfensd with ice, but Serle thought not of his own discomfort. Presently there came I strisin at the end of the rope. He pulled It it gently, Ilmoet shrinking from making [ho test. It wss satis- factory. Consumes had grasped the rope-end. she wes drsyn steadily up, and hisstrong arms liited her on One moment he held her '4) his hurt. The next he begsn to look around for some place of shel- ter. A light glesnled out Ii-our I ootiage window on (he shore. lie stsrted mward it, still carrying Cou- slance in his arms. “ Put me down, I nsn walk," she seill, in I week vo . - “ You wells? 1 should think sol" " why not? I'm not drowned, i thank you. I have been trying all the while to tell you so, but my tongue was too numb." --it is a gratifying Issur-Inca." " is it? Reward me for it by letting me welk.” “ Come, then. Youwili at least lean upon my Irm, I hope." she scespred the ousred support, Ind, walking rspldly, they were soon It the oottsge door. Serie waited for no ceremony, but led his oompaulon in without knocking. seheerrhl wood iirs wI.I bum- ing upon In ample hearth. Before it sat I middle- nged woman, pole, and. from her breathing, Islthruatic, darning stockings by the light of s kernesus lanip. she looked up at the intruders in grave surprise. serle ht-gun tnsxplslu. ‘-- Don't my a word,- the woman interrupted. “Dry clothes. That's vlhst you wnrit.“ “ Precisely," Serle responded. She lighted I cuddle Ind left the room. Saris, hav- ing pleoed I chair for Constance, bent shivering ove the fire. “ Where is your coat?" Constance Ielied. ' H i had use for a ssh-line while on the ice, and my ooat was compelled to supply ms." “ Oi" with I comprehensive glance tllst look in his entire ilgure. " What I terribly earnest fellow you me when-you hsvs need of a nsli-line." The woman now returned, loaded down with a pro- miscunus hesp or gnrnlente. " she said, loriing out A suit them are for you. There's I hrs in the kitchen. Now be OE, and don't let In see the face or you sgslu until i call you back." Serle obeyed with alacrlty. When, at the endof half an hour. he got permission to return, he wee Ittirsd in Isuit which might hsvs been In excellent lit fbr Falshli But Is he did not happen to be A Felsthfi‘, on him the garments were ludicrously buggy. consrsnoe, who had exchanged her garnet merino for a green dolalns, thickly spotted with bouquets or blue, red Ind purple roses, laughed sonly at his Ip- pearsnce. The woman had gone out to the kitchen, and was at work spreluling the wet gsrmsnts to dry, sud preparing something but ror her guest. to drink. “ Iiu gmnd costume, mousieur," Constance colu- merited, wirkedly. “ None of your sarcasm, young woman," Serie re- torled. with mock Ii‘atelIlieM. ‘ -' Did you ever sigh tor a lodge in -some boundless eoutlgulty of‘-cloth? I! you have, i think yuu need sigh no longer.” - " I remember that whenever Idhl there wse alwsys a twin sigh for s ooutlguous oompanlon, to keep the cloth in repnlr." " Only one? From the surface robe looked anal, I should think halfniltwen would he needed " One will content me. Iml that one I kind fate has slreerly given me. iillss sneyd. 1 hsve been iishing lrpnight, and whatever I ilsherman pulls uut of the Inter belongs to him." . "A modest claim, verily, but one that I feel myself called upon to contest. Choose your lawyer. and let us have this question of ownership adjusted." “ I should prefer to choose-I clergyman." “ it would then cease to be I question of wlesms and room, but must be settled upon I bssin of mutual eon- seut, which is quite impossible.“ “ I hope to convince you, on the contrary, that it is quite possible." He ume around to the heck of her chslr and stood there, looking down into her lace. -- Consunoel" The girl raised her eyes, Ind smiled up into his. But the smile faded out directly. Her look grew naughty and repeuant. , -l couetause, i love you." “ Why, so you ought. We Ire severally oomlnanded to love our neighbors," she answered, oohlly. “As ourselves. But I love you more than myself- more thsti all the woridi” -- Whnt a pity ll-at rt 9.. R1 ‘'0, lhave I fancy that these grand passions Ire terribly exhausting. How long, now, do yours gen- erally last you 7" " This one will lest me all my life." "Life is proverbiaily short. Nevertbeleiu, I hsve I have that yours may outlast this fancy by msny years." . -x :7