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son), provided we religiously promised to as large as partridge-eggs, which she said obey him in all things. He said we must, would produce quite a sensation at the by all means, take our own maids, buy Black Mountain, as doubtless they would. more dresses than we ever had in all our She strung my sister's fingers with nulives, and exert'ourselves during the whole merous gold rings, with little odd-looking, season to do honor to the family. He did bug-shaped stones upon them, to each of not want to feel ashamed of his sisters. which there was a tremendous history They must go in style, and hold high attached. Finally, she lugged out, triheads if they were going with him. umphantly, the identical crimson brocade Having agreed to abide by his instruc which she had sported on the night of tions in all things, to hold high heads, and the calamitous conflagration. to take our own maids, active preparations In the mean time, mamma and Mrs. commenced. Grandma and aunt Brax Braxley were coming home every eveley were at loggerheads about Louise's ning laden with purchases. outfit. The dowager was bent upon send Louise was happy and pleased. Papa ing her to the Springs dressed out as the opened his eyes at the bills which were belles of her day. She wanted to lay in handed to him by these industrious laa large stock of spangles, wax beads, paste dies, and seemed to think that one more buckles, and bugles. She had known se trip to the Black Mountain would put veral persons, in her day, married solely him up to the highest bidder. by the skilful use of beads, spangles, and Robert had Sappingwood and the horpaste buckles. Nay, she instanced one Ju ses in training, and they were driving and lianna Ruggles, whose ringlets had made dashing about every day, preparatory to her a belle. And having been made a a series of flourishes to be cut on the belle by these ringlets, she was courted scene of action. The Black Mountain by James Maclin, who courted all the Springs, from their out-of-the-way locabelles ; indeed, ladies were not establish tion, were about to find themselves faed belles in those days, until they had mous. The fashionables were growing been courted by James Maclin. Well, he semi-barbarous, and were pining to get courted her, and she, contrary to all pre beyond the great thoroughfare, to an cedent, took him. Knowing what she did, Elysium where democratic steam could she accepted him.

not penetrate. My brother, rather than “For," said grandma, “I am coming endure uncomfortable inns, and a circuito a horrible denouement. Robert, yours tous route, concluded to go by public conis nothing to it. She knew, the fiendish veyance. Sap was therefore sent on with woman knew, they were false—the ring the carriage and horses, and we took the lets! and that her head was as bald as

At the railroad station we met the the palm of my hand! There she had Blantons, bound, also, for the Black Mounthe advantage of beau Maclin, and she tain. clamped him, to the delight of every Robert met Therese very coldly, which body--and he was a belle-hating and a evidently pained the little woman very ringlet-distrusting man, from that day much. The coaches on the up train were forth."

very much crowded, and our party was By such reminiscences as these, our es separated. Robert found himself seated timable grandma prepared us for the with a knot of college mates, I, with an Black Mountain Springs, which she evi unprotected female, Louise with Miss dently regarded as a battle-field. She Willianna, and Mr. Blanton, Therese, said that girls who could do nothing for and Adolphe at the lower end of the themselves at the Black Mountain Springs, might as well give up. There had been In travelling, Mrs. Blanton was the more matches made, and mischief done, most interesting and accommodating litat those Springs, than at any watering tle creature in the world. She would not place of her acquaintance.

While we take the best seat she could find, neither were making our preparations for our would she deprive polite gentlemen of summer tour, this dear old lady was go comfortable quarters on any considera ing mysteriously about, with old rusty tion. She held Adolphe on her lap, and bunches of keys, and bringing out from sent his “bonne” into another car, in orsecret repositories the pride of her youth, der to accommodate an elderly lady with in the shape of trinkets, and silks, and a lounge. Finally, after doing all she satins. She presented Louise with seve could, to make the ladies, and invalids, ral large oval brooches, with tombstones and children, around her, comfortable, and weeping-willows upon them, which this dear little woman and her cherub she said were wrought with her great, boy both fell asleep, and my brother's great grandmother's remarkable hair. eyes rested upon them in spite of himShe gave us a large box of Spa beads, self. He watched the charming tableau



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with a countenance of vivid pleasure. that Therese and my brother had now a Therese sat with her head thrown back, very close conversation, and, that never her veil half fallen off, her soft lids had this charming woman felt nearer to closed, and Adolphe's curly head rest him than during the twelve miles be thus ing on her arm, while Blanton sat stark travelled. Perhaps I had better request and stiff on the outside, guarding these the reader to see a moral in this, as I am treasures with a grim smile.

not likely to have a moral ready for him But on stopping, Mrs. Blanton was the at the close of the volume. busiest and most earnest little body ill wind that blows nobody any good.” gathering up Adolphe, and all the books, Who would have thought that that large, shawls, and carpet-bags, belonging to our overheated man, could have contributed party, that she could lay her little hands any body's happiness, by jamming himupon. All this time my brother scarcely self in a crowded stage-coach ? And yet, interchanged a syllable with her. When my brother Robert found himself suwe came to the staging he could stand it premely happy. Thus we see the most no longer. She was entirely too natu untoward events are fraught with good ral, too busy, too earnest, too irresistible. for somebody-and therefore we should Taking the most out-of-the-way little naps, never complain of untoward events, besaying the most charming things—and all cause they may ultimately develope themthe while pulling and lugging Adolphe selves for our good. about, like a great doll. Tourists were A lady fainted in this crowded coach, inquiring who the darling little woman and though she was old and common lookwas, and Adolphe was a pet with every ing, Therese hung over her, and finally body.

restored her with something she found Niy brother tried to keep his eyes away away down in her carpet bag. Such evifrom her, tried not to hear her, or to ob dences of this dear woman's overflowing serve any thing she did; but this provok- goodness of heart and perfect unselfishing little woman was too enticing for his ness, were constantly occurring. Amid philosophy. He found himself ever near disorder she was calm. When others her, being drawn more and more to her, were complaining and railing against conand once when she looked up at him and tractors, agents, and other discomforts, she smiled, my brother could have taken her was quiet, cool, and pleasant, and not unto his heart for very thankfulness. frequently rebuked without a word, and

These horrible stages going to the Black restored good humor by her example. My Mountain Springs, were, of course, crowd brother, over head and ears in love, finaled. The weather was intensely warm, and ly reached the Black Mountain Springs. people's equanimity put to the test. Few We arrived on a clear, tingling morning, could preserve their amiability under all and found our rooms awaiting us. provocations. Ladies often looked sour, We found all the fashionables assembled and gentlemen looked daggers while per at this retired and rustic looking wateringforming civilities. Early one morning we place. Happy groups were dotting the were seated in a pleasant coach, and a green-sward.

Invalids were creeping stirring breeze came down from the painfully about. Children and nurses mountains, and we were expecting every were wandering in all directions, animaminute to be dashing along the beautiful ting the groves and waking up the soliturnpike-when-horror of horrors !-a tudes. Ladies were talking in knots of large, fat, hot-looking man, presented twos and threes. Beautiful girls were himself at the door, and looked around sitting in piazzas surrounded by beaux. keenly for a seat. Passengers were civil Romantic lovers were threading the disly requested to make room for this very tant groves. Dandies were attitudinizing warm-looking man, of only three hundred and turning their glasses upon the belles. pounds.

Carriages were dashing in every direction. Now Mrs. Blanton, Adolphe, and Robert Gentlemen in elegant turn-outs, were wavwere cosily seated on the back seat; and ing their hands to gay groups as they ere Robert could enter a protest, Therese passed. Little French boys were talking had taken Adolphe on her lap, and drawn to their French mammas, to the amuseherself up in a corner, leaving an alarm ment of little Virginia boys, who made ingly wide space between herself and her faces at them. Hunting parties were goalmost reconciled lover, to be filled up by ing merrily off, and pleasure was being this monster man. Seeing this, Robert sought in every available form by the hunsprang to her side, determined that no dreds congregated here. such formidable barrier should come be I am sorry to say that our party was tween them, and told her so. She laugh very exclusive at these Springs. I regreted, and the fat man came down with an ted this very much, as I desired, of all “ah” and wedged himself in. I may say things, the piquant pleasure of amusing

myself in my own way, and of studying her homage. Robert, who had never been human nature in all its curious phases, as accustomed to this southern freedom of developed by mineral waters. But my manner, was shocked and annoyed to brother would not allow it.

see her polking about with people she There was an old, fussy lady parading never saw before. He remonstrated with about with her daughters in all directions, her, and she would hang her head and be and talking promiscuously to every body, extremely penitent, and then-away she who I was sure was a character, and" would go in some fierce fellow's arms. was very anxious to accept her invitation My sister Louise was called very beauto drop into her cabin at odd hours; but tiful, but very haughty. Her admirers Mr. Robert Rushton never heard of such were among the most distinguished men a thing in his life! Then, there was the at the Springs, and no fops of doubtful singing young lady, and the polking com genus were admitted into her circle. In pany, and an old beau, who, I am convin truth, my sister, according to her contract, ced, desired to make my acquaintance, but held a very high head. She polk! She Mr. Robert Rushton said no, decidedly no. slide about zig-zag, with Tom, Dick, and And down at the Spring I encountered a Harry, while the rabble were forming a most pleasant lady and courtier-like gen ring and looking on! Horrors! Gentle

tleman, who were most elegantly and ex men repented ever offering to take her out . quisitely dressed, had travelled every upon any such exhilarating excursions.

where and seen every thing in the world She preferred standing aloof, protected worth seeing, and who were really so by a cordon of elegantes, from contact charming and delightful, and withal so with the herd; looking ever high-born, refined, that I promised to call on them, and superior, disdaining any air, or grace, and, indeed, had arranged an excursion to or angular movement, which might mar a remarkable cave with them, when I was the effect of her elegant repose. informed by my brother that I should Mrs. Blanton, who was an Alabamian, have cut them; that they were not of our and who conversed delightfully in French set. And so, by my contract, I was bound and Spanish, secured all foreigners, all to cut them the next morning at breakfast. those new-fangled, over-done outré speciThe reader will perceive that I know noth mens who annually invade our staid Viring about etiquette and exclusiveness, and ginia, making her sons and daughters that my exquisite brother and fastidious stare. I need not say that this was not sister had all the care of the family hon altogether pleasant to Mr. Blanton or to ors, inasmuch as I really could not find Robert. I hope the reader and the rest out, for the life of me, "who was who." of mankind are already aware of what I I was a bewildered and benighted wo am going to tell, viz., that there is no perman, during the whole of this memor suading an elegant, thorough-bred Virable season; no information was vouched ginian to seek for effect, or to strive to me by any body whom I questioned ; gain the lion's share of public attention. frowns, shrugs, and contemptuous " bahs' They are invincible in their propriety. were all the answers I ever received to They are completely incrusted in a kind my benighted interrogatories. In vain I of hereditary superiority, and have no sought for rules to guide me at these idea that all the world is not perfectly acSprings. I saw Mr. Robert Rushton, to quainted with their claims. Consequente whom I was emphatically sold, riding and ly, they will not make themselves ridicudining with creatures whose whole souls lous, though all the world should strive were absorbed in horses, livery, and style, to be ridiculous, and though Fashion, who and I saw him cut, ruthlessly, people is most potent in Virginia, should proclaim whose whole souls were also absorbed in it to be her supreme will that all her subhorses, livery, and style! Then I saw jects should be as ridiculous as possible. Louise petting ladies, and smiling on gen They are, under all circumstances and all tlemen, who were badly dressed, and dis provocations, the most perfect ladies and agreeable, and yet this young lady would gentlemen in the world. The swell mob have nothing to do with the so-and-sos, can swell, and parvenus can dash about because they were badly dressed and dis without being rivalled by a single son or agreeable!

daughter of the genuine aristocracy of the It seems that Therese was somewhat Old Dominion. Their regal repose of manunmanageable too. She only appeared in ner and high dignity of character is inthe ball-room twice a week, which was a vulnerable. If other people will be outré rule with our party, but then, oh then! and will angle for notoriety, what have Mr. Robert Rushton was horrified to see these ladies and gentlemen to do with it? her polking and waltzing with all sorts of If a man will wear a remarkable hat, why, partners. Mrs. Blanton gathered beaux let him wear it. If a lady chooses to haul from all quarters. Every body was doing her hair back and invade society like a

Chinese, why these ladies and gentlemen rally speechless found utterance in the are not responsible. If French people,

words, itching for notoriety, clear a ring and get “Surely it isn't Dandy!” up dancing matches in the dog-days, why “The very man,” exclaimed the man in these ladies and gentlemen have no earth the corner, sincerely hoping that supernatly objection. If ladies, by hard dancing, ural aid had been sent to his relief. After and elaborate dressing, and conspicuous this, Mr. Blanton shook him warmly by airs, strive to earn a questionable para the hand, rescued him from the phalanx graph in a questionable newspaper, these of spinsters and badly ventilated corner; ladies and gentlemen are only surprised and, seeing that the man, thankful for his at their taste.

deliverance, was likely to follow him on I am happy to say that Miss Blanton his nightly rounds, he brought him left all her jewelry at home. It seems straight to me, presented him and walked that she had it all packed and ready for off, thinking that he had done a first-rate transportation with the rest of her artil thing, and conferred a lasting favor upon lery, for this famous battle-field, and that me. Now I, who am, particularly in gay Therese, by a delightful ruse, defrauded assemblies, the most taciturn of mortals, her of it. "Miss Blanton was bemoaning had nothing very cheering to say to Mr. the emerald-eyed serpents, and other rare George Dandy. He, however, seemed and curious specimens, at intervals during anxious to undertake a conversation, and her sojourn at the Springs. Our party turning to me in a conciliatory manner, were spared some terrible be-jewelings by remarked that it was this adroit maneuvre of Mrs. Blanton's, “A very close evening.” and nobody knows how thankful Robert "Very," I responded laconically, and was for this happy deliverance.

the conversation seemed about to give up Mr. Blanton walked the gay assemblies the ghost. Just at this highly interesting like some unhappy, unknelled ghost. The crisis, Miss Blanton, who was perfectly water was of no earthly benefit to this disengaged, tapped me with her fan, and unhappy man; neither were the famous smiled so sweetly, that I immediately baths conducive of any good. Still stark presented Mr. George Dandy to her, and and still stiff, he gulped his morning was really happy to see that Miss Blandraught, and still desperate, he plunged ton appreciated that interesting converwith frisky fellows up to his very chin in sationist. Mr. Dandy, supremely happy medicinal waters. Jaundiced man, he to find himself so warmly welcomed, linknew not what pleasure, or what comfort gered near Miss Willianna the whole evewas! Victim of the green-eyed monster, ning All I know after this, is, that butt of Cupid, dispeller of all sociability Dandy was caught, and very soon found and ease, Stork in human apparel, terror himself engaged, and was further informed and scatterer of Juveniles, wonder and in that he must look forward to matrimony exhaustible source of inquiry and solici at no distant day. During all this time, tude to all who saw him ; silent, speech Mrs. Blanton so worried my brother, and less, and stiff he came, and silent, speech so tantalized and harassed him, that he less, and stiff he was likely to go away. pronounced the Black Mountain Springs a

In the course of time Miss Willianna bore. caught a beau. This was the greatest Therese was very celebrated at the feat of the season, and the most remark South; and Robert, who flattered himself able event I have to chronicle. I say she that he alone had discovered and admired caught him, because the man was sudden this jewel of a woman, was pained to ly caught up, unsuspicious and uncon learn that she had been toasted and idolscious of danger, much to his own surprise ized at many Southern watering-places, and much to the surprise of his friends, and what was worse, that Therese reveland all those who had his interests at led in this admiration. There was no heart. It happened in this wise. That coquetry ever so beautiful as hers. And dissatisfied ghost, Mr. Blanton, while go she certainly excelled in the art of reing his mighty rounds, encountered a taining the affections of those fond hearts large man, closely resembling a frog, sit which she lacerated at every turn. No ting in a very warm, badly ventilated, lover could think her wilfully cruel, and spinster-phalanxed corner. We under no man of any susceptibility could fail to stand that when the man in the badly be enticed by such an array of charms. ventilated, spinster-phalanxed corner saw Grave and reverend seigneurs would clusMr. Blanton, who, void of all purpose, and ter around this beautiful, naïve, sincereinnocent of all damage, was bearing down hearted woman; men, blasé and woman in that direction, he suddenly exclaimed, hating; would be attracted by her purity, “Why, Blanton!”

freshness, and amiability. Many a sad And that Mr. Blanton, though gene heart has she cheered by her woman's

tact and instinctive knowledge, of what We returned to dear Fairy Hill, rethe sad heart required. People over newed in health and spirits. Robert was looked her coquetry, and were lenient to rather quiet and subdued, and somewhat her pretty faults, which all leaned so given to heavy sighing, solitary rambles, beautifully to virtue's side. And there and reverie. We missed Dashwood more was never a frown upon her open brow, and more, as the seasons rolled around. never a sarcasm on her untiring little He had been the life of our home circle tongue, never a cut for friend or foe, never so long, that even Grandma declared she & severe retort, never a word of malice or missed Mr. Chatterbox. His place was ill-will; all was harmony and good nature ill supplied by Tom Farren, who came in in her charmed presence, and this fairy regularly to tea, and sat erect for hours, creature floated in an atmosphere of love talking about the crops, horizontal ditches, and admiration.

politics, guano, subsoiling, the convention, Mr. Blanton, who had turned his Mr. Webster's speech, the rise in cotton, back upon all mankind, seemed deter the fall in breadstuffs, the prospects for mined to let Therese run her course, and tobacco, the crevasse, non-intervention, the surfeit on flattery and adulation, while he new candidate, and the missing steamer. prowled about a perfect wreck. He It was enough to put us all asleep, to hadn't a word to throw at a dog, as the hear Papa and our exemplary neighbor saying is. He walked to the spring three talking over these profound matters. times a day—he went to his meals when Robert, whenever he wrote to Dashwood, the bell rang-he invaded the ball-room dated from the land of Nod. Alas-Tom twice a week-and thus he passed his Farren had none of the easy variableness, time. Robert lost his fine airs and equa the brilliant flashes of poetry and pathos, nimity. He grew almost morose, and and the inexhaustible humor of his gifted could have stabbed a certain fairy-limbed rivals. He had no songs, no hearty outFrenchman with great pleasure. Not a burts of laughter, no high-toned chivalry, flirtation had he to amuse himself with ; no glorious lights and sombre shadows, Therese absorbing his eyes and ears and no merry twinkle of the eye, no moments innermost thoughts.

of sadness, no softened melancholy, no In the midst of heart-burnings, and thing, actually nothing, which made our fancy dances, that enemy to crowds at Dashwood eminent among men, and watering-places, Jack Frost, appeared. charming among women. Did he, correct Every night he nipped belated buds, and Tom Farren, think to woo my delicate spread himself out upon the green-sward, sister with horizontal ditches ? Did he and gave people to understand in his way, think to soften her by sub-soiling: or to that it was time to be off. We bade make her more genial with his eternal farewell to the Black Mountain, and its guano ? Had Dashwood seen all this, he health-giving fountain, about the latter would have laughed. He would have outpart of September; Miss Blanton having talked Tom Farren on horizontal ditches, captured Dandy, Mrs. Blanton having and had a sly blink of the eye for Louise done great damage, and Mr. Blanton look into the bargain. ing forward to a quiet winter at home, Louise, to the horror of Grandma, was with some faint feeling of comfort. Robert deaf and' dumb in Mr. Farren's company. and Therese were evidently at logger Occasionally, he would make a deferential heads. Nothing that little woman could remark to her, to which she would deign say at table, or elsewhere, was received a cool monosyllable if she felt inclined. with the least show of interest by my Sometimes she would see him when he brother. The yellow bonne, and Adolphe, called, and sometimes she would not. failed to entice his rigid eye, and Therese Sometimes she chose to be a statue, and returned to Mr. Blanton's guardianship, sometimes a woman. In all her moods and was borne home, without a kind look, and tenses though, she was ever respector a flattering word from her whilomé fully regarded, and deferentially approachadorer.

ed, by that model man, Mr. Farren. To be continued.

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