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:= [AU. BIGHTS RESEBVED.j STRIVE AND THRIVE. CHAPTER XXVII. AN OLD ACQUAINTANCE. COLONEL MINK secured a passage for Miss and Master Walworth in the first steamer for Havana, con- signing" them to a respectable mercantile house dere, to be forwarded to Jamaica by some one of the Numerous vessels which ply between those island torts. The Misses Sibbald, though rejoicing in Eda's good fortune, were pained at the prospect of parting with 'jjfir, so much had she endeared herself to them during '*ler short abode in their family. "If Grace could only go with me, my happiness "'ould be complete," said Eda; and yet I don't know as I ought to wish it, for she would be sure to catch e rich islander for a husband, and then we should lose her altogether." That is the precise fate I am fearing for you, Eda," Bald Grace, laughing. H No, indeed!" replied Miss Walworth, while her bosom was distended by the gentlest of sighs. "I assure you I have no such aspirations." She spoke earnestly, and then, as if conscious that 8he was betraying something of the painful memories ^hich had become part of her daily life, she blushed Nightly, and added— ''But I hope it will not be many months before we again meet, and I am sure that if papa comes back well, and—and can get into business again, that can persuade him to take a small house in this dutiful city, somewhere near to you, where we can 1110e each other very often." Eda was so fully occupied that the few days which \\>ere to intervene before her departure seemed to pass Very rapidly, notwithstanding her extreme anxiety to her father. It was arranged that Sally and Grace to accompany her to the ship, and Miss Mink agreed to call on the morning of the embarkation, r? bid her good-bye, and to bring her the remainder of promised money. ^Miranda was punctual, and the supply of the material aid" which she brought was liberal, even to Profuseness, nor would she listen to any demur rorn Eda against receiving so much. "It is really but a trifle to papa,"she said, "and will scarcely know to-morrow that he has given it. ^charities are very large." The words grated harshly on Eda's ear, but she her wounded pride by the reflection that this psat benefaction was in reality conferred upon her ^ther, who, she knew, would consider it a debt to he'I rePaid by his future labours, if his health should be *estored. 4. Eda was surprised that during all these negotia- 0&s she had never seen her benefactor, and she was ^certain whether she ought not to call and thank him ^iore leaving the country. But to some suggestions wiis nature her visitor instantly replied— h" Oh, certainly not; you would not find him at Glne if you went, and it is not at all necessary." L W you considered it proper," said Eda, timidly, I thought of starting early, and driving directly to house, before going to the ship, which does not 1 tlll noon." noon Y°u must not think of such a thing. Besides, the Cel6^ are £ rea-tty crowded to-day, on account of some Cation. There is to be a great procession, I f. ,lfVe5 and you will be fortunate if you can even get 10 the vessel in time." vr "hranda stayed until Miss Walworth and her friends ere ready to start, and when she had shaken hands Va. through the "window of the coach which convey her to the ship, she returned to her own 8re H^e'-and starte<* forshome. Miss Mink exulted <sonfi jy in the success of her father's scheme, being "dent that when she was once the wife of Howard ^ont, she could easily ward off exposure in almost it Y supposable contingency, and that if she could not, °uld not greatly mar her happiness. to, 'would certainly have been better satisfied not had any direct agency in such an achieve- 1' Colonel Mink had not dared to employ any j e'se, nor had he been willing to visit Eda in person, she should recognise in him one of the throng of ttxioug visitors who, two years before, had called to ^Pect the rescued child. perhaps he would have been less chary on this point known that Miss Walworth had already seen fto 5ecoSn'sed him while getting out of his carriage in Vith ^Ja\%own house on the day that rtie had called been a-n-fi „<ir Sibbald. But no suspicions had heard 1 ,7 uf in her mind, because she had never Or a* fn °n exPressed about young Arthur's death, ftothi ^onel Mink's right to the great estate, that hng'lndee(ij seemed more natural to her than the T ?u^ ^iave been one of those who came to see ti *™tls?d f°un(iling, and she had not even men- evidp +1 di.scovery to Sally, because the latter was ti0n Qtly pained by any reference to the great afflic- Alt-v s^. heavily upon her heart, ^as K °U"^ is essentially cowardly, Colonel Mink 8ion« ^pri° means troubled with any serious appehen- flouhi exPosure' he liked to "make assurance ,ji isure- All that Eda knew, he believed might fclte V "°d without even casting suspicion upon his b) £ rity> yet he felt a little more security in its sup- ^ssion. ills consideration, as well as his matrimonial of influenced him in sending Miss Walworth out 8jje 10 country, and in his determination that neither Gy ll0r her father should again reside in New York, if iePY^ far more lavish expenditure could suffice to |P them away. ti0r^ particular means their continual expatria- te v^as to be effected he had not decided; but that ^se °f money would accomplish his purpose 3rivjSS prediction in regard to the difficulty of through the lower part of the city was fully 611 ^a's carriage reached Broadway, its further ^Ual688 Was imPe(ied by a procession, and by the tyas cr°wd which such a display calls out; and she iw c;03npelled to remain for nearly half an hour an went witness of the passing pageantry. by th lf ancl the Misses Sibbald were at first vexed the §y deia.v, they soon found ample compensation for Save annoyance in the pleasure which the show th6y ? i''rank, whose noisy demonstrations of joy Sa Were compelled repeatedly to check. th societies with their handsome uniforms Cessj e'r tasteful national devices were in the pro- Ve^: ,n» and among the crowd which blockaded the ^heej. ^^ere were not a fewof the sons of Erin, who Wfu iustiiy as these emblems of their nationality *J« y- 8ive .ed away by his enthusiasm, and by his exces- h^imal spirits, Frank snatched his cap from his C > and, swinging it out of the window, added his t, y v°iCc to tjie g}10Uts of the crowd. to him, there! the youngster!" said one, ^heKing.out the boy. "It's a swate lad intirely! 'Utw doings of ould Ireland and of St. Patterick be ^,er;i1 °f the Irishmen turned and looked at Frank, Sa-ty the ladies and immediately afterwards Eda ■his ne of them, who was much better dressed than was f°rcinS bis way through the As h and aPProaching the carriage. ^tnjji e Carne near, she was sure that his face looked SUg ^ar to her, and she supposed he was some labour- fat? W'10 been temporarily in the employ of '<*0^. er- But when he stood at the carriage win- ^(}in hand, his broad face wreathed in smiles, *o i0 e "ght of joy gleaming from his eyes, she could k,C "ger mistake the good-natured face of Hugh It'*1' s f°rgotten me, ye have, Miss Wallyworth," he Venturing to offer his hand to the lady, but >ery plnately patting Frank on the head; but I'm \V), TT° see y°u an<i the boy." Waa "ugh Is it possible?" exclaimed Eda, in £ >e ha rf!mulous accents, and instantly seizing his r and shaking it cordially. How very, very ServIn to see you. This is that brave and faith- '^etit f ar,t °f Mr. Belmont," she said, in great excite- hisses Sibbald, of whom you have so livfard rne speak, who assisted his master to save terisilr,(|ind but for whose help we should all have e.' slier swate lips for saying it!" said Hugh; r»f, httle enough that I did and me on 2, !>oot the while, while Master Howard and the J- frs were in the water up to their neck. Ah Van „ jS we^ that I remimber that same, Ah-ah-h f Sa!lVa^fadfult™e.intirely" °r a few Grace both shook hands with Hugh, and sPeal{;r,„ ™oments almost all the excited party were <«IK1 £ g simultaneously. »' It's ir'?T n°w! I know him said Frank. Carl here?"' Ifc'S Where'sCarl> Hughey iIv", hiln time to reply to this question Eda, «< £ tle signs of agitation, asked— Enrr, °y Wua it, Hugh, that you did not return Voil%oiiW ^th Mr. Belmont? I did not suppose "id ever leave such a master." Is it lave him, you said ? R-return to England! And didn't I do that same, after we had been all over the great per-aries—I belave there's no end to 'em— and had killed hundreds of wild bastes, and had been kilt ourselves by the robbers, which Master Howard writ a letter to your father afterwards, tellin' him all about it." Oh, yes," said Eda, smiling, I know all about that; but what I want to know is, how you came to leave Mr. Belmont, and to come back to this country ?" "I didn't lave him, sure. He's back hisself J Master Howard has been in New Yorrick these two months Eda turned pale and red by turns at this announce- ment, and her friends, who could not fail to see the evidence of her agitation, relieved her embarrassment by suddenly finding something very attractive in the procession to engage their attention. Mr. Belmont in New York /"she exclaimed, chilled by the painful thought that he could have been so long in the city without seeking her. Is he—is he well, Hugh ?" Better nor I ever see him in my life is master now, miss; and he wanted very much to see your father when he first came, until he hared that he had gone way off to the East Ingees, and then he gave him up." Not the East Indies, Hugh. Pa is in the Island of Jamaica, in the West Indies, where I am going to join him. I am to sail this very day, and am now on ray way to the ship." She hesitated, and then added, with increasing embarrassment- "I should have been very happy to see Mr. Belmont before I go, but I suppose it is now too late." "Pshaw!" exclaimed Sally; "is that the kind of message to send to your father's friend and the pre- server of your own life ? See here, my man. Do you hurry to your master, and tell him that Miss Walworth sails to-day at twelve o'clock, in the steamship Bolivar. Will you remember tint ?" "Yis, ma'am." Here, give me a pencil." Grace quickly handed her one, and a visiting-card from her card-case. There; he'll understand that. Givehim that, and tell him that she would be most happy to see him before she goes." Oh, Sally, I cannot Bend such a word as that!" exclaimed Eda. Nonsense not to the preserver of your life ? That is a mistaken modesty, Eda, and let me tell you, my child, that an undue reserve becomes itself sometimes indelicate, in what it implies." Eda blushed deeply, and said— Very well—as youthinkbest;" and then she added, aside, to Sally— "I have not the slighest reason for regarding Mr. Belmont in any other light than as a friend and benefactor." "Then the message is certainly most proper. Go quickly now, Hugh; and as you will have to abandon q your own pleasures, you must allow me-" Divil a bit, ma'am begging your pardon that I should say so to a leddy. Put up your pocky-book— I'll not take a cint." There are nearly two hours yet to twelve," said Sally; and if you know where to find Mr. Belmont-" That's it, ma'am. I don't; but I'll try and then turning to Eda, he said, in a lower voice You see, miss, he's very busy about these days, because- because-perhaps I ought not to say it; but you're goin' out of the country, and you're his particular friend, and the long and short of it is, I think, he is about bein'—bein' married." Eda started perceptibly now, and became very pale, yet compelling a calm demeanour, she said, with a .mile- Is it possible, Hugh?" Oh, yes, mim, indade, and to a very rich leddy— worth millions and millions. He's wid her most every day, ridin' and drivin', and that's why I don't think I'll find him in time. But I must hurry now. Good-bye, and may the saints presarve ye." Eda's emotion was very great; but she was with true friends, who would not seem to observe the agitation she sought to conceal, and the still passing procession furnished an opportunity for a ready change of topic of conversation. Very soon, too, the crowd dispersed, and the released carriage pursued its way to the ship, where, after the baggage had been transferred to the vessel, it was dismissed, for Sally and Grace had resolved to remain with their friend until the hour of Sailing. Cnly, if becomes, Eda," said Sally, laughing we shall have very urgent business that will call us home, and we shall go directly after having one good look at him." I shall see that you do no such foolish thing," re* plied Eda. If Mr. Belmont comes it will only be to send some kind messages to my father; but I do not think we shall see him at all." (10 be ctmtinuedJ








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