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Cirr«—^ CALL SIGHTS RESERVED.! stMVE a^theiye. -0-- CHAPTER XXV. LLLSS WALW AN CN"V>'KR'C'°^RK STRANGER. °b!itrati °Rth cPuld not long rest under the -weight upon hpr. °US1 her hospitable friends imposed e'r aid'ch 1 w^len a ^ew days had elapsed, and by 8'le annou" 6 Procure(i some necessary clothing, tt»ent. QI nce 'Ier determination of seeking employ- ee Sa',v plainly that she could do nothing for 8\tpPort. o" S whch would remunerate them ior the ^O'aij jla^_ r jOrsdf and brother; <ind although she theri^ s}10 "e e''n too happy to make her home with ^Vhen un°VCr.cou^ consent to do so as a dependant, fixed, thev rfl^"en(ls found that her resolution was "*°Urs :a^ g fp CtG{l how they might best aid her endea- '^Ussef] in f "suliport, and many were the plans dis- Xf»,Vsn„ aiTjily council for this purpose. ^GrS Were consulted, and long lists of adver- atiy\ra„, "^cre daily examined, to see if there were Don? ch.Eda could supply. ^at it .^°U Sally," said Grace, one morning, be a good plan to take Eda to our ()f pL^j, Usi.ns> the Minks ? They must have plenty "I h. eWIng to do, and embroidery, too." not l;^e te thought of them," replied Sally; but I do to tiav ° ask favours of such people, who seem almost They^y^gotten us since they have become rich. Poor Wi° enough to associate with us before «^hurs death." Said Qj.aInus^ not mind that, if we can assist Eda," €fan(j I am sure I do not want to visit such OYL °5 nor t° have them visit us. How would a Pari1 ,sse^ ladies look making a morning-call 8ervanfo0lirli^e this, with their carriage and liveried .eith thedoor?" like to b er Want them," said Sally; but I do not j. 6 Overlooked just because I am poor. Every- ^°r fiat the Minks would be nothing except ^hich d m?ney> and that but for that terrible accident they w elJfIved us at once of our brother and nephew, And -lave been as poor as we are now." health ^?or Arthur would have had all that immense have rn:i^ Cd,Grace- I am sure he would never This s If** a ridiculous display of it." cUssi0n tU^ect 'was, of course, one of frequent dis- ?e^ived Weon the unfortunate sisters and it was infor: now chiefly because they wished Eda to be Soir,e °n a topic of so great interest to themselves. alread- L?art these facts, of course, Miss Walworth her acQ, r?(nv' Her first interview with Grace had made fal11il lj,Ualnted with the loss of Arthur Sibbald and his Nearly'^ ^1G calamity of which she had herself so fronj't, ee.n a victim, and she had subsequently heard had bp 6 s'st"ers something of the great fortune which 4ble c,n diverted from their family by this memor- ^1e^0>^astr°P^e. Of the Minks, upon whose shoulders heards^f)wer had alighted, she had never before opinio n°r course could she have the slightest the,hfca(jn she had once seen and conversed with that now aristocratic family, at her own ^ith f on the very day when her acquaintance Altt C? cominenced. ^erte«f>U? Sally Sibbald tried hard to keep down life ^h at the upstart Minks, it awoke to new ^ouid rever the name was mentioned; and she 6^erino.aVe Pr?t>.ably submitted to any amount of the han^ ratner than have asked a personal favour at But s1 S ?*■ any the family. Qperl<f liev6d that she ought not to let this feel- ^•3 she w ^ie Prejudice of her friends, especially than re c.ertain that it would be rather conferring BUeh a j~eiv*ng an obligation, to supply them with it\ya arnstross as Eda was sure to prove. at onco accordingIy resolved that application should c°tQin„ rnade at the millionaire's, and Sally, over- time fÇ gall. scruples, accompanied tlie anxious girl to They11' us9.on that very day. ^liality ,^ere received with much affability and cor- f-k-cla"rGfi -v Mrs. Mink, who, to their great delight, a !lat a sedmstress was exactly what she did 1:t:¡ent f ° .she, believed she could give steady employ- ¥qu t'X montlis to a competent person. ^°rk al °w Miranda has a great deal of extra Sive loolr'^ ^iese days," she added, with an expres- likog t0 ^'lHy, especially embroidery, which she COl¡r"" -have-done under her eye. Her dresses, of the e^,are given out, and the colonel complains of ^0man°rmOUS t>ills. We discharged one young and WP ?n'y a few days since for some impertinence, Mfete Jl d found no one to take her place. We say ying her nearly two dollars a day, and I dare ^'OrVfUr-r^r'eild from the country would be glad to EJafor_WftUt price." <■ exPressed her perfect willingness to do so. ^Vin^ specMncnts of your worlc?" asi^ed a^wol'th produced some, which were pro- ceed highly satisfactory. gr&lt f',XPe°t Miranda every moment," continued the C^OJJ ,a Y- "She and her pa, that is to say the at t e are out driving, but they were to be at homo w°> which it is now several minutes past. OfT ag e> I prefer to see Mi. before deciding positively, i sOe may have engaged some one. Besides, I want j.?r to see your work, wliich I am sure she will Uke." The great colonel and^his dashing daughter came at ast. Miranda was met at the front door by her pother, who detained her there a few moments, her some account of the visitors who awaited thj5*h. I am very glad," she said, as she sailed into an richly dressed, and extended a hand, with W condescension, to Miss Sibbald. like to h't°k feeling very much as if she would 6alutatj0^e ifc' but reP'ying politely to Miss Mink's f • S° glad ^ou have brought us help," she t^ieiid' and before Sally could introduce her }"ou is the young woman, I suppose. What hileSjir her name was, mother ? evid(-r;t „ lranda spoke, her eyes were fixed in very C°I1certa,iU2>r*se uPon the beautiful but greatly dis- •< j l«<i Eda. ^°Hon ec^are I never thought to ask," replied "M W ^oi^worth said Sally, quickly, for she now v0t f°rtmn .^th some embarrassment that she had ;^°nlv y introduced Eda even to Mrs. Mink. She ^COviIltr^ ^6r aS a y°un £ friend of hers from and dau 1 en her name was pronounced, the mother ?er' ^ho ] at once glances andthefor- '^es charIlCi ^'le presence of mind which at all *c'ainle(j_fcerised Miss Mink, put up her hands and v Sitp0ssible that—that tr>" fjuickin0^er' QU'etinterposed Miranda, ,°t any I presume the young woman is efore» e whom you have ever seen or heard of Oh I ?» of course not! I did not say she was, did v Airs. Mi ^Ossessi0n had only in part recovered her-self-, the <v still gazed with an air of actual alarm Aliss SihKi j°?Dg stranger. 1<c> and i in the meantime been trying to "I \^as e n°w said calmly, but earnestly— 0riJ °_^t to tell you, and should have done so >, !?st pain/i ^ie subject is for obvious reasons a /one to me, that this young lady,. Miss boat one °f the passengers on that ill- t • With h Q\which my P00^ brother lost his life. HQSlish n-Aef, °ther, were saved by the efforts of an } PassenJ1 a ^r- Belmont, who was one of }?^ut. rp?ers' and who at the same time rescued an .i01^ bein 6 gild's parents were lost, and its rela- K 6 ^nt r advertised for by Miss Walworth's father, dear ];ttiCe see hoping that it might prove to appoint J° ^rti\ur- In this, of course, we were ^ith ijj but it was thus that our acquaintance ^fonUT1 alworth commenced. She has since been Estre a and—and—that is all." ^s. vrPallor evinced the great agitation of- both Jis hH f and her ^gbter during the recital 'of st0^y: ,but if this was observed,' it'was ^atrar ed only the natural effect of an exciting uP°n <>f a highly nervous tempera- fi*. ^Mv °Pinion was fully confirmed by Miranda's -it:r ■^e }ln :s' then, as mother and I suspected the moment *0tri!iir^C^name» f°r> of course, we had heard this the story before, which, if I mistake not, was in lUite wspapel's at the time. You have r tally been SuCh^eroine, then, Miss—a—Walworth." ^'if-d, Tt-1 one as I hope never to be again," Eda re- Ah, ;!1 a smile. well answered. And now as to—to x^^ens wi'^ y°u please to let me see the ^h y0vi ot your work which you have brought tlw 'sW-ed^br0idery more Partieuiariy?" ■sta "Vvith srn m' and Miranda, barely touching «?% repi;ec|. Ungloved and trembling fingers, in- Shaii .uj- ':Tta^ihj I Very nJce—very fine indeed We *\ynlav.e w°rk. for you, either here or at t5i. have too G wIll send you word to-morrow, for I v/°u au0t)ir.'Tiany engagements this morning to pa? ^nute- before p ,tler fear+i ^ss link's trepidation had been to exj}p "1 had de might chance to call trequenf tha?arted- She had no especial reason ^Sl^o^^oon.but. as liis visits were „ fiut.. /Juitefrn„ frred at uncertain hours, she could tlI the le danger. ^t g^aiile of (]in!r d Miranda, although partaking e*Uirei^ard and ivr^^ which was designed to pre- J" ^noraut f s Walworth from meeting, was >bi(3l6 c°Qscien ° t^la" far graver crime which lay y sensitTC?s °f her parents, rendering them ^ddsd ^'iU ,Ujtf othe fear of e^osure. Coifce her trouble you to cat! again," Miranda ^fctg ar Sr-'e », ors went out. I shall be sure to ^"eli i°U,-tllfi_ soon, and make definite arrange- morning." 1+ ^Hen° ^te pushed out! said Sally, u Jttle h^ they were outside the door. "The is a sy' I wish you would not touch her ^vish) A. "I will decline the work, if it th s U as certainly seek it else- tog^u kad better pocket the insult and Will ^.r' forJ know by experience how at ;nt ak anv^°ve for you to obtain other em- t-VrJr^t riCh '?g like remunerative prices. They Sj nd able to pay. But see that you Sy&H we can r?U y' for it will be some satisfac- uo something towards spoiling the CHAPTER XXVI. A GENEROUS OFFER. GREAT was the commotion produced in Colonel Mink's family by Eda's innocent call, and it was difficult at first for either Honora or her daughter to believe that she had not heard of Mr. Belmont s arrival, aI-ld taken this mode of throwing herself in his way. But this view of the case was dismissed on rcnec- tion as highly improbable, and the next thought was how to make most sure of keeping her, in ignorance of a fact, the; knowledge of which might prove so detrimental to-Miranda.. '•Of course, she must not come here," said Miss Mink; "andif we give her work, even though we send it to her. and send for it, it can hardly fail but she will sometimes come for directions. W e might, indeed, request her not to come, but that would quite shock her, I suppose, for this kind of people have really quite high notions about being treated with politeness." Never mincl their notions, said the mother; she will be glad enough to get the work and the pay on any terms that we choose to dictate." It isn't really necessary to have anything to do with her, except to call there and make some excuse for not employing her. Of course, then she would not come again, and the danger would be very slight of her learning anything about Belmont. People in their station really know nothing of what is going on in our circle." That's very true." And even if she should learn that he was here, and if they should meet, mamma," added Miranda, glanc- ing at the mirror, "1 don't think there is much to be apprehended." Neither should I, my child, if You don't know, perhaps, how far Belmont has gone," added Miranda, in a lower voice; and he is evidently not a trifler. I am certain that the evening before last he was on the point of declaiing himself, when papa came up to invito us down to champagne and oysters. I would have given worlds for another ten minutes. Not that it will make any difference. It's sure to come, if I'm any judge of signs; and I'm sure I ought to be, after having had seven offers." Seven, my love ? Yes, counting Marberry and that Portuguese, Don what's-his-name ? Oli, that yellow old fool! Yes, I'd forgotten him. Well, I am very glad to hear you are getting on so well with Belmont." What has become of pa ? He knows nothing of all this yet." "Oh, he's gone to the stables'with Richard. One would think the man had been a coachman in his day, by the way he follows up the horses.. But mind, wh< n he comes in, I wish to see him alone about this busi- ness, and I will communicate the result of our deli- berations to you." Oh, very well.. I shall be glad enough to be out of the way. You can decide; and all that I shall have to do, will be to obey." Colonel Mink received the startling intelligence of Eda's arrival with marked agitation, and with an out- burst of violent wrath at the ill-fortune which threatened to expose his duplicity and to disappoint his cherished plans. He believed it improbable, indeed, that Belmont would wed an obscure and portionless girl like Eda, whatever might be her attractions or the associations which endeared her. to him; but he was sure that lie would discontinue bis addresses to Miranda if he should discover the bad faith with which his frank and ingenuous confidence had been met. Would it not be better, he asked himself, to hasten to Howard, and proclaim fhe discovery of the object of his. search, trusting to his honour to ratify the already implied engagement existing between himself and Miranda ? He. hesitated, but conscience made him cowardly, and he believed he saw a safer course. His ambition to have a peer of the English realm for a son-in- law (for such lie believed BAmont was sure to become) was so great, that he would leave nothing undone to ensure its gratification, and a persistence in guilt was resolved upon. He felt even proud of the sagacity which dictated this scheme, in which he could see nothing but the most certain success. Miss Walworth and her friends were of course not surprised to see the carriage of Colonel Mink at their door on the next day after their visit to that aristo- cratic family, but they were destined to be greatly amazed by, the nature of the errand on which Miss Miranda had come, and which she lost no time in explaining. My father will not listen," she said, to the pro- position to engage Miss NVadsworth-" r, "Walworth," suggested Sally, somewhat sharply. Miss Walworth (I beg her pardon), in any hireling capacity. He has too much respect for her virtues and misfortunes, of which he has heard; and he hopes that she will allow him to confer a more substantial benefit upon both her and her excellent father-of whom he has also learned much through a—&—mutual friend." JEda looked really astounded now, and said that she was obliged to Colonel Mink for his good opinion. The colonel understands," continued Miranda, from an old friend of your father, that he has gone to the Island of Jamaica in very poor health." Oh; yes! replied Eda, with a sigh. He went very early in the present autumn." And that he is unattended by any member of his family, or by any near friend. Am I correct ? Entirely so," replied Eda, quite breathless with expectation of what was coming. The colonel cannot doubt," continued Miss Mink, that the daughter of such a father must be most anxious to hasten to his side, to administer with her own hands to his wants-to-to inspire him with new hope, if hope yet remains; or, if otherwise, to solace his last hours, and receive his last blessing." Eda's head sank to the table beside her violent tremors convulsed her frame, and she sobbed aloud. Miranda paused until her emotion had subdued, and then calmly continued- You have answered me, Miss Walworth. I cannot misconstrue these signs. You would like to join your father in the West Indies." "Would like to exclaimed Eda, clasping her hands. Heaven has no blessing' in its gifts that I should value so highly as this It has been my daily and nightly prayer." It is answered, then!" said Miranda. My father authorises me to say that you shall go at once, if it if your wish." But I cannot go without Franky," interposed Eda, with much simplicity. I cannot leave him." Of course not. Pa will furnish you with abun- dant means for your voyage out and back, and your sojourn there through the winter; and he will even take it. upon himself to select a vessel for your passage. He also begs that you will accept of this purse, to enable you to make preparations for your journey. Some other time he will disclose the .name of the friend to whose kind offices you are indebted: for the interest which he takes in your welfare." Eda took the purse which Miss Mink had laid upon the table, and rising, she, advanced nearer to her as she said— I will' not affect to hesitate in accepting this munificent kindness, but it seems to me like some fairy tale, I assure you that I have been dreading, while you spoke, that I should awake and find it a dream. Tell your excellent father this, and tell him that I have no words to express my joy or my grati- tude." Eda's voice trembled as she said this, and the tears were rolling, down her cheeks. You have expressed both very well," replied Miranda, with a patronising air. "I shall report everything to the colonel, who, I know, will be highly gratified. On what day will you be ready to sail V Any day." Suppose there should be a vessel going to-mor- row?" All the better! I will be ready." And Miss Mink, after many polite adieus, and some gracious invitations to the Misses. Sibbald to visit her after their home had been rendered lonely by the departure of their friend, returned to her carriage and drdveoff. The Misses Sibbald looked silently into each other's eyes for a moment after she had gone, like people astounded. Well!" exclaimed Sally, if the sky should fall this minute, I should not be a bit more surprised than I am now Nor I either," said Grace. I shouldn't care much if it did, I am so delighted!" replied Eda. Where—where is dear Franky ? I must run out and tell him." (To be continued.)






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