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Cincinnati Weekly Enquirer (Newspaper) - March 07, 1877, Cincinnati, OhioVol. Xxxvi no. 32. Wednesday morning March 7. 1877. M whole no. 2075. The chief. _ t a mod hand fast with Taftt immortal meld who blows the dust of or Mew in Oil Inena a eyes and thu. In tone of grave Rubkus he we cd quot of Fame thou Art not Wise quot to keep alive disastrous name of Ken re fed with the five of men and oui ii b tears to rants who did Inex liable thins Euronah All their cruel quot turn Back some thousand Page. Time and see full Many a name that needs not thy rebuke Here is the conquerors from Normandy William the mighty a a Stern usurper guiding fortunes flood x to selfish ends with his hard icon hand. Hot caring though its Crimson Waves of blood rolled Over ruined a a Sec then these brighter letters How they Shine the lton hearted King who at such loss met a Yatlin hosts on Fields of Palestine and fought for holy quot deserter from his duties Frances tool in basest quarrel dying at the quot King Rorert Bru Cefi quot lie Only fought to Rule Wallace was freedoms a there i great Cromwell a name a quot nay turn the a a Sweden s Brave chi Trees a quot a splendid madman quot behold then Peerless emperor and chief mighty Napoleon a a and yet implacable i saw him stand and Hind the Swift Bright feet of Liberty then die a captive in a Lone strange Laud bound by his enemy. A to foolish Fame thy Clarion a Silver tones for such dark heroes Are too tame and weak bid Iron rail for them a mid shriek and moans and roaring Cannon quot Tarry one moment. Time quot said eager Fame a and i will turn for thee my whitest Leaf How read the Golden signs that spell his name. My splendid cro Niess chief a a whose soul was like a Flower Sweet from the Root. Who unto tight sword no tyranny could stand whose hands uns entered still free men Salute of every race and quot Wise Fame i am Content forget the rest keep Green the Meinz by of my noblest son for Earth shall love of Freedom s signs this bests the name. George Washington a and Long the Flower of Flap that he unfurl a when crowned tyranny lies cold and dead lift Over a Happy and a peaceful world its White and Bine and red i quot. Pm card according in set of c our of. In the Orcar is77, by the company in the of inc of inc librarian of congram at Washington Ftp Eltten Fok the weekly enquirer from the Wabash. A a a by Joaquin .mii.i.eti. Chapter i. Love. Pally White took her place again by the bedside without a word. She was so passive so peaceful that the elder Dodge was uneasy. A he Felt certain she was concocting swipe terrible scheme for revenge. He feared her and hated her. He hated her from the Bottom of his heart. He had wronged her and so he could not forgive her. Lie knew How hitter lie would lie should any one wrong him and his of lie had wronged her and hers. He sex peeled her to be the a ame. He could not understand her in any other Light Llad men can not conceive of Good men. They expect others to be As bad As themselves. This Man expected this poor girl to Boas revengeful As himself. You ran not raise water by any Stem of hydraulics higher Luin the Fountain head. This Man was expecting an explosion. He said to himself this is the Cairn that precedes the storm. But when she did not rail out at 1dm, or answer his rudeness in any Way lie was mors troubled than eur. He Only wished she would give some som of sex session of anger. If she would Only talk would know How to act. Rut she was As silent and submissive in the presence of this sick and suffering Man As if she had been Nan a sister of Charity in a Hospital. Possibly All this was because she was a Christian one afternoon As the younger Dodge Lay on his bed his eyes fell with singular at ten Tion a the form of Sally White As she sat on Elfei further Side of the spacious room in an Alcove or Nook wit i her Needle. He noticed that she was ragged. He now for the first time observed that her clothes though neat and clean were so worn u my so thin that they would hardly hold together. Her round Small hands were utterly without ornament her glorious hair was All that decked her wad or Hung about her neck. Her thin and miserable dress hardly hid the classic fashioning and antique development of her breast. Why had he not noticed Hei wretchedness of dress before was it because her Beauty of form and face made him oblivious to All else he fell to thinking of my Promise to her brother ail was again in agony. At last a thought came to Lam like a Benediction. It was like a ministering Angel to Liis unhappy soul and he refused to let it go till he put it in execution. He called her to Liis bedside and with Sie familiarity and a patronizing air offered her a Little Money. To jigs amazement she quietly but firmly refused to take it. He urged and protested. It was no use. A but you have earned it. It is your wages. I must pay you for waiting by me and taking care of me. We should have to pay another nurse air the same and a when he had said this and even when he Wraa going on with his ape Esfi she put out her hand took the Money folded it up and put it in ner bosom As she turned away and again sat Down at her work without a word. This weak and miserable Man began to see some Way out of the deep pit in which his soul was groping. He Felt better by this Little a this beginning this first half step in the right direction than he had from All the medicines he had taken. It was Only his soul that was sick. If he could Only get his soul Well his body would be All right he Lav there looking at the silent and Beautiful girl with her glorious Crown of Titian hair the hands that hard work had failed to deform and saw that she was singularly Beautiful. He also Felt and knew deep in his heart though he would not have confessed it to himself for the world that she was his master his master and ins Superior in every sense of the word. The next Day As she gave him his Medicine he purposely let his hand rest on her round full Arm. Its strength and Beauty Hhd him. He was not so ill now. But when a few Days afterwards he again attempted to rest his hand on her Arm she put it hastily a Ide Man slept or wakened and pushing the chair against the bedside she climbed up the chair As one ascends a ladder and climbing by the Back of the chair also she stepped onto the bed and began to walk on up toward his face to set pc his eyes. She stood there looking like a Little Jack the giant killer in the presence of the sleeping then the sister who had been Busy with her Needle discovered the Little creature and. With an exclamation of reproof Carne hastily Forward to lift her away. But she was too late. The Man heard her voice and opened his eyes just As she reached her arms for Little Dot. He did not cry out As before As he doubtless would have done Hud she not been at that moment bending Over him but he threw out his arms As he before had done in perfect despair. He buried his face in his hands and would not 9peak to his father or to any one All Day. The next morning he called Bally to his bedside and implored her to sit closer by him than before so that lie might not be startled again. And she came with the same quiet manner the same nun like sweetness and sat close at his Side from that time on. And yet he did not Trust to ilk woman fully. Not being Able to Trust himself in any thing How a Ouid he be expected to Trust any one else one Day he told her that he was perfectly certain Little Dot had been there in Liis bedroom and on his breast the night he first returned from the army that it was not a Nightmare or a vision but a reality for she looked just the same and behaved just the same As when she had been discovered standing on his bed a few Days before. He expected her to remonstrate at this to deny it say that it was impossible and All that. But when she Only lifted her deep Earnest eyes und looked him calmly in the face he was More than embarrassed be was utterly confounded. Was it possible that she had had a hand in doing this to frighten him did a lie really suspect what a Coward he was a what a lie All his life was and had been from the beginning of it he asked himself All this hastily and looked into her eyes for answer. He might As Well have tried to look into the Depths of the Strong and turbid tiber. How he envied her her strength of character her truth her nobility of nature her Calm significance in All things. He admired her feared her loved her. That is lie loved her All that he was capable of Loving any thing or any one. A Man May Tell a woman he loves her although the Man who really loves a woman rarely says it in words. Ami in truth he May love her but to what Deg the did Ever you imagine a thermometer that might measure the heat the extent the degree of love there Are just about As Many degrees in love As there Are in heat. There is heat that can not be measured. There is also love that can not be measured. Yet i fancy a very Short thermometer might measure nearly All the love that finds expression in this age of Commerce. An average Roan has Only about so much a strength of Devotion. If he throws it off in books of course it can not find expression elsewhere. If a Man la building railroads if he thinks railroads talk railroads lives railroads his lady love a Stamm How be the loser. A Little Man at heart can not be a great Lover at heart and even a great Man May not be a great Lover either of nature Art Honor woman any tiling. If Napoleon the great had not been a great Warrior the greatest Warrior he would perhaps Hare been the greatest Lover of his age. The love flame of most men is about As big As the Hame of a Lucifer match and about a Brief and disgusting to the nostrils. This Man had never loved woman before. Ila had been in love of yes he had been in love after a fashion All Liia life in love with himself. Of All weak and odious things to be encountered a Man who is in love with himself is per up the most me up and pitiful. And yet you May set it Down As a Rule that newly All Beautiful men arc in love with themselves. Mind i say Beautiful men men with doll faces men who look like Barbers and head waiters. A Wise woman will beware of Beautiful Melf. Patient and still silent and mysterious As the Sphinx sat this Beautiful and wonderful woman at this Many a bedside As the summer months wore away. He was growing stronger and More confident in All directions. He would sometimes leave his room fora Little walk with his father now but it was his whim Eliut this woman should a always lie within Call either outside the House or in it. A through his illness he was As a child that looked up to her As a weakly child looks up to a Strong and callable Mother. As the autumn approached the Man was almost recovered and began to talk of journeys to the capital. But when he looked upon the Beauty of this woman Felt the rest und Security of her Ealin presence he hesitated to make up his mind. He knew he would be miserable without her. Away Down in his heart he feared that if he left her living presence he should come upon the ghostly semblance of Jack White. He had made Many approaches to this woman but she had repelled him with the Calm dignity of an in Fairess. By the Middle of autumn he was Strong again and but for that awful fear of the deed Man he might have Rode made journeys joined his regiment done any thing that Lay at the hand of Man. But he did not dare stir from the town without this Beautiful girl to guard him and his father had him reported As hopelessly ill. But his was a mind not without resources. I father was a Power and had a brain both to plan and put in execution. His own was Ratner a brain that could plan but not execute. Yet he came of a race not to be thwarted with scruples or walked by that thing which he had heard men Call a conscience. One Day he imparted a a few proposition to Sally. She was surprised and pleased. Hers had been Stajl Basra dark life a life without Light or Hope. She expected nothing now. She was resolved to nurse this Man Back to life and then when he was recovered to take her Little sister in her arms and go out on the world she knew not where Only so that she left this miserable House forever As she had often resolved to do before. This woman i should say was a Christian Yea a Saint. The Man s proposition was this that she should go to Washington and find employment there in one of the Many departments his own his fathers influence would secure dels Man a would at once have seen that he was loathed that his touch was repulsive and into iii. Ghe kept away from the bedside As much As possible after thur and when one Day a hot turned his face partly to ten Wall and she wished to know latter or to of he was sleeping or awake sent Little Dot. \ 7 the Little thing could not sea ids ayes at All. Do what she might fio she got Down from off the chair where she had been stand iii trying her to out whether the if a Serpent had touched her. Had he this without trouble or delay. He had 1 the refinement the feeling of a gentle mopped at the nation Cap tal on his return from the Field of Battle and he not a gave glowing accounts of the City the Yio Sands of women Atworth there Ana the Beautiful world that would Environ her. A but what can i do a she timidly asked looking at her hands that were now soft Ana Beautiful from har Long rest or rather attendant on the invalid. A Why i will it you a place As a was clerk 11 Yon know i can not even write my she lifted her ayes and looked him through. His embarrassment showed that lie had not even thought of doing such a thing. V he was again getting Well and his old nature was beginning to assert itself. But he was not to be looked Down or put oat of countenance by the Calm eyes of a girl who could not write her name and he at once asserted that that did not make the least difference that there were hundreds of placed to be had where one was Only required to count Money keep a watch on others and so on. To go go somewhere get away from this horrible House that Hung Over her like a Nightmare was her Only thought. This she had determined As Only a Lone Lone woman can determine a thing. The Only question now. Was would it be better to go alone or go with this Man As for the propriety of going with him. Or the impropriety of it she never thought of it. She had something heavier on her mind than that. She had herself acid her helpless Little sister to provide for and her mind was concerned with the proposition. She had never been away from Home in her life if this prison of hers where she had been was still in slave could be called a Home and now she was turning her face sternly to its destiny. She was going out to front the world of which she knew less than the alphabet. It looked like a colossal undertaking. Mole Hills looked like mountains. She had saved up every Penny. She had been a Long time like some poor slave who had endured till lie could endure no More resolving and resolved on flight and so she had not paid out the least pittance of what this Man had doled out to her during his illness. As she did not know the world at All she did not think for a moment what the world would say. It is quite probable if she had known it she had had quite As Little concern about it. A How much Money will it take to go to Washington quot he told her. Her face beamed with Delight. She had nearly three times that surm she would have something left after for two tickets. A you Are Sfire you can get me a place and that i can earn my living quot a ooh perfectly certain of it perfectly a then my Little Darling we will go to she Bent Down her Madonna face Over her Little sister kissed her tenderly and when she lifted her head there were tears on her Long lashes. She did not notice the Man to whom she had been speaking lie Felt How unutterably Small he was in her sight. He Felt perfectly certain that she knew him As he was and he was miserable. Instead of humbly resolving to teach his soul to climb up to the height hers had attained he Only thought of dragging hers Down to the level of his own. The Altitude and dignity of the Many a soul at thi9 time might be pretty perfectly measured by the expression he let fall As he walked to the other vide of the porch talking to himself. A Bah she will persist in taking that brat with her after All. This going to Washington and taking this girl As a guard or nurse or whatever it might be called was another whim of Young dodgers which the physicians Woulff Tell his father it was not Best to attempt to balk. But he determined to make one of the party and so it was agreed that they should go All go and go at once to Washington. There was some preparation some clothes necessary for the poor Sisters but these were soon purchased a cheap a very cheap suit indeed with the few dollars Sally had left after buying the tickets and one frosty morning with a heating heart she stepped into the car holding her Little sister close to her bosom. The elder Dodge took a seat further Down the ear hut his son sat Down beside a Beautiful girl in a neat Calico dress and her head crowned in a Halo of glorious Titian hair As if tinged with Sunset. The Man had done All in Bis Power to induce her to leave her sister behind and now was vexed that lie Lead not succeeded. A Why have you brought that brat with you anyhow quot a to protect her from you you insolent bully quot she cried As she arose and moved to another seat amid the cheers of the passengers. Chapter Vii. This was in All respects a very singular party on its Way to Washington. The millionaire and his son were professedly travelling for 1ilea8ure. Yet a very casual observer might Lave testified on oath that on their part at least there was very Little plea Siire apparent. The father had Learned to not remonstrate with the colonel his son but to humor his every whim. The son was in Softie sense at the feet and at the mercy of this woman this silent woman this proud beggar this woman of such wild act singular Beauty and he feared above All thi a gtd to provoke her displeasure. And then finally this woman was quite the slave of the Little creature in her arms the quaint and quiet Little Dot. So that tvs Trio was in some sense in the hand of the smallest the weakest and the most helpless of the party. The millionaire and the powerful Man of business was subject to the mercy of the Little Dwarf beggar. And yet the proud and Beautiful half Savage woman from the of list refused to take the least advantage of this of Girt Unity not even to the extent of one cent of different it would have been had the positions been reversed. The enterprising Yankee would have fastened upon her purse and person with the hunger and greed of a Vampire. Perhaps she did not know did not even dream of her Power Over the two men who sat moodily watching her from a seat in another part of the car. It evidently the son had been laying the fact of her displeasure before his father for the benevolent looking old gentleman familiarly flatted his boy on the shoulder poked him n the Side with his thumb shoved him in a jocular fashion with his shoulder. Wink eff at him and then at the silent and Beautiful woman who was wholly ignorant of its meaning and then laughed till his fat face Shook and his three Story Chin was red As the Crest of a rooster. The journey was Long and to Lions but Sally and her sister were full of wonder and Delight at every turn and curve of the Railroad. The Savage grandeur of the mountains responded to her own great soul. She Felt that they were her friends her elder Brothers and Sisters. The sounding Rivers found an Echo in her proud breast she Felt a if they had been familiar friends All her life. It was her first glimpse at the grandeur of nature and yet nothing there was new to site leapt full grown and equal in their midst the moment site behold them. In these things at least there was no mystery no complications for her what if she could not read the of men and understand the Petty and pitiful actions of men Bhe read the Mooij of nature and understood the goodness and the mercy of god. She saw and understood that All the Earth wan Beautiful very very Beautiful. She had been born with a soul capable of appreciating this Lic Auty. This is perhaps the highest gift one can be born with. If you were not porn with an appreciation a worship of the Beautiful then go and learn it As you learn mathematics language philosophy study it every Day when you walk when fou ride when you rest by the Roadside. The flight of a Bird gracefully drooping curving whirling through the air the shape and tint of a single autumn Leaf the movement and the voice of the wind in the Forest a deep rolling River Between its leaning Banks of Trees the Sweet curled Moon in the heavens the still far stars the movement of a proud pure woman As she walks the Graceful lift of her Little foot tic dimpled hand and tire delicious rounded wrist swelling breast and the proud development the lifted face the Lovely lifted face As it looks into space for god. Of if you love not these i pity you indeed i do. If you a it to to ask me where i thought the greatest happiness was to be found i mean pure Sweet and inexpressible Delight i should say in the love of the Beautiful. If you will take the pains to consider this a moment and you ought to give it years of consideration you will find that All things Are Beautiful or trying to be Beautiful the whole Earth All things on the Earth or in the sea every thing is struggling All the time for some expression of Beauty. The Law of the Beautiful is As general and As absolute As the Law of gravitation. You May drop the vilest piece of Martli on the Roadside As you pass by. You come along next year and you will find it is giving some expression of Beauty in Little Flowers tall strange weeds or Moss that lifts a thousand perfect lances from out its velvet carpet. Yet you can not come to love the Beautiful in a Day. The worship of nature is Sweet. But nature is a jealous god. You shall not Rush into her temples with soiled hands and benumbed soul and rest and be glad. She will East Yon out if you attempt it. You must take off your shoes As you enter the mosques of constantinople and Bow your head and be silent. How much More glorious Are the temples of nature democratic As she is she must have at least something of the respect you pay to the temples of Man. You must pass into her Temple by degrees. Why it is a half life a journey to her heart from the outer door where you must leave your shoes As you enter. How refreshing to hear the Young miss talk of the beauties of nature As she laughs and takes honest Delight with her Young friends at the picnic. She is honest i like her poor child but her prattle is profanity. She is talking of the Beauty of nature because it is getting to be the fashion to talk of the beauties of nature. 8he could not Tell a Pawpaw Leaf from the Leaf of the Poplar. She would walk with her Lover in the Field praising the color and texture of the carpet of weeds and grasses under foot and then As Likely As not sit Down in a nest of Nettles. To Little does she know of what she is talking. No you can not walk the moment you Are born non Earth you can not swim without education you can not read even the trashy books of imitative Man without Long and patient study. Pray do not be so vain As to imagine you can read the Book of nature any More easily. You must ascend your Mountain step by step. Wealth will not help you. I imagine that the less Gold you have to carry on your shoulder As you climb up the height the less trouble you will find in the ascent. Poor Sally White had seen no Friendly face of Man in All her life. But the face of nature was now to her an old and a Fame Irir face. Bhe had not been Able to read even the title Page of any of the books of Man but she bad turned Many a Leaf in the Book of nature. All the time she sat at her window with Little Dot at her breast and they Bot i looked out and exulted As the Iron engines snorted Defiance at time and at distance and shot through the glorious Panorama of Forest Mountain and Plain. Nearly All the men were Reading papers. In another car they were playing cards. The women sat holding boxes bundles and poodles and contemplating each others clothes. All Day till dusk Bally sat looking out of the window but father and son sat looking at her. What had they been saying of her As the lamps were lighted at the next station two travellers evidently from the East entered the car and walked Down the aisle. A a Devilish pretty woman he quot said one As he cry pred Liis thumb Over his shoulder Back at the Sisters whom he Lead stared at As he passed. A nah a Deuce pretty woman a Deuce pretty woman quot answered the other in a voice loud enough for the poor girls As her travelling companions to hear a a a Creed pretty woman hut Western decidedly Western and dressed like a a decidedly Western and dressed like the a Devil a returned the other As they sat Down together. This was possibly the first knowledge that this woman and Ever had that she was either a a Beautiful or a dressed like a this was her first lesson in the world the ways of the world the manners the comments of men a sort of Abc. There were some delays but the next Day at twi Steht they were approaching the City. Fatherland son had taken the seat opposite and were now in eager conversation with Satlov. Her eyes were opening wide with wonder. She did not understand them at All. They were speaking of new clothes for her apartments a cheap apartments quot urged the sch Volent looking old gentleman a cheap but comfortable apartments a Little bedroom and a Little parlor where my son can visit you when he likes and where you can be the son grinned and rubbed his hands with Delight at the idea and looked at her with a hungry and eager expression. She did not understand at All. At last she said a yes it must be cheap very cheap for i have now on two dollars left and i must get to work at once. Now what do you think i am to do quot a do my girl a laughed the old red faced fellow As he poked at her with his thumb a do Why you Are to do nothing of course but dress up and look pretty. But mind you done to get expensive like the rest of them mind you keep Down your vanity which is the ruin of the souls of so Many women and a. A what do nothing dress up and Whosto dress me a a Why my son the colonel who but my son the colonel you will have Only to Drew up look pretty be kind and True to four Lover the Gallant colonel and All will be song As a Bug in a Rug. Dawned upon her. Plans to his fatties Lent Looksie awful the Kab my girl horrible truth the son had told his the father the Benevo no. The pious old a mixes or after compelling her to listen to Liis profuse prayers All her life after All Liis sermons and teachings his tracts on morality his pretended religion was calmly Ami quietly plotting with his own son for her ruin and degradation. Bhe gave them just one look. She arose holding the child or the seeming child close to her breast took a Little bundle from where it Lay in the Back of the seat and turned and without again looking at the two. Passed through the door stood on the platform and As the car Drew in fairly leapt from the top of the Steps to the ground. Now that she had started to Fly she was frightened and ran and pushed and jostled through the crowd As fast As she could. Bhe did not know where she was going. She Only wanted to get away from these two men. Bhe was afraid of she knew not what but believed that they were following her. She walked very rapidly for a Long time. It was her first City. All things were new and strange and wonderful. Her heart beat loud and her limbs trembled. Soon she was very tired so very tired that she could go no further. At last site saw a hotel my entered holding her Little sister and a bundle in her arms. A rather Good looking piece that he quot a guess she a from the a bully for Calico a the poor girl ran a Gauntlet of insults like this As she faint and almost ready to fall staggered up to the counter behind which stood a Bald headed clerk with a tooth pick in his Mouth an enormous Diamond on his breast and a Quill behind his ear. He looked at Here and taking the pen from behind Bis ear motioned her to the door by which she had entered. A but i want a room. I am so tired i can not go any More. I want to stay �11 night. I will pay you. See i have Money 1 have two dollars. How much do you want i will get work to Morrow and it will be All right,." a i guess you have mistaken the a no no its a hotel and i want to stay All Naglit and quot a Porter show that woman out quot and As the Porter pushed her through the door the clerk took up a Mouthful of stick tooth picks As if they bad been Oats and he a sort of horse or Centaur and fell to eating them violently. Bhe climbed wearily up the Steps of a boarding House and rang with a beating heart. A Well what is it quot cried a cracked voice As a woman stood contemplating the trembling girl and ready to slam the door the instant she had an answer. A i want to stay nil night. I have Money to pay you. I have two dollars Here it is. A we done to keep abandoned women Here quot and slam went the door. At the foot of the Steps a Man who had followed her from the hotel met her. A Pardon me Madam i am a United states senator. I see you Are a stranger and want a lodging for the night. Now i have a cozy Nice Little apartment a place where you can enjoy yourself and where we can have a Good time while i can have your child put to a this new monster in the shape of Man gave her new Energy to Fly and she Tore away from the half Drunken fellow and fled Down the Avenue. At last she leaning against a Wall holding her sleeping sister asked a passing policeman what she could do. He took her to the Home for refugee negroes hard by. A tall Bony woman in spectacles looked at her hard and suspiciously. This tall terrible woman in spectacles who seemed to be a sort of Skeleton just wired together for some temporary purpose looked at the stranger very Long. She saw that she was Beautiful very Beautiful. This was against her More than any thing else could have been. A tins is a Louie for refugee negroes the Down trodden and oppressed slave. We can not take you in a but 1 am a slave. I am More than a slave i am no better than a negro a no my woman you Are certainly no better than a negro. But 1 will not reproach you. Here take this and go and May its lessons sink deep into your proud and rebellious when the poor girl reached the Street an Ltd stood under a lamp she saw that this precious gift was some sort of a pamphlet. Perhaps a statement of the condition of the slave Down South. It was now past Midnight and it was evident to the poor girl that she could keep on her feet but a Little longer. What if she should faint and fall then her poor Little sister would perish. Even As it was they were both suffering fearfully from the cold. Twice the Little thing in her arms had wakened up and implored her sister to go Home. As she turned the Corner of a splendid edifice she saw an old negro woman huddled up in a Cotner. She approached her and asked to sit there with her. The old woman i j not Tell her she had mistaken the House she did not insult her with sneers or insinuations. Bhe Only said a god bless you missis ves.�?�, and she opened the Blanket that she had gathered about her and Drew her Down at her Side and wound the Blanket close about her and did All she could to keep her warm. A and what in the world Are you sitting Here for All alone in the cold and dark quot a to you see missis dat big House Dar is a kind of Uncertain kind of a House where Fellows go. Well you see Dey a up to Devi try Gamble and dat. L in darts a lot of powerful bad women. Well when dest boys come out of dat House Dey kind of feels Bud. Sort of sorrowful for de wickedness and Dey done to mind giving an old Nigger woman a Little Money kind of buys off der conscience like you know the. Poor girl did not understand but shivering crept closer up to her strange bedfellow and the two sat there shivering to rather in the streets of the capital. Little it was wedged in Between that she at least might be kept warm. Acid As they stept and shivered thus the Snow sifted Down upon them so soft they did not know it pure and pitiful and made them both White alike. Chapter Viii. Wine. A Charity Charity Charity a poor Nigger woman Gen mime from de Bouf and the Blanket with its coat of Snow that had done much toward keeping warm the helpless three was Pihe it i Back and a Long Black hand that reached and clutched like the claw of a Bird was thrust out toward the first group of men that left the certain House with an Uncertain character. They hurried by and throw a few Pence ten the pavement behind. Others passed with indifference for the poor beggar and it was now almost Broad Duy. Sally Drew her sister close to her heart and tried to Rise. It wee utterly impossible. The cold had entered her very Lime and stiffened her As if she had endured the toil and journey of a Century. Suddenly a group paused before the wretched old beggar. A let not your right hand know what your left does pass on gentlemen and leave me the pleasure of assisting this poor creature and giving her some Good a nah he is the most benevolent of men a chimed in one of the group As they moved on and left the Man fumbling in his Vest pocket. A the gave eight thousand dollars to a Church. But then he owns a whole town and can afford it. be a bit surprised if he takes it into his head to set that old wench up in business a a just. Like him a added a companion looking Hack Over his shoulder As they waited on the Corner for the Rev. Or. Dodge. A there my Good woman. Take that and May it Comfort your soul Bally shuddered and Drew herself As far Down behind the old negro woman As possible. The negro woman eagerly clutched the paper and instead of putting it into her pocket As he bad hoped and had a Rig tit to expect lie Gan hastily and in a vulgar fashion to tear it apart and look her a gift horse squarely in the month. A no a taint muffin a Tain to Niffin. Bet you four dollars a taint nit Fin. You Jis Hole on Dar Boss. Come Back. J a take your Ole track. In be seen your kind Afore. Now in be Gwine to show yer up. Say Dar quot and she began to Roar at the men standing on the Corner till they All came Back to Sec what could be the matter with their benevolent Friend who had been out with his friends in Congress for a a Little Lark the old woman Rose up and made a damaging exposure of his hypocrisy. And then the old Man placidly and with a benevolent smile handed her a Liq Jeff Bill and with the quiet Assurance that bore conviction to All save the old woman assuring them that he handed her the tract by mistake was about to pass on with his companions when his eyes fell on the doubled and crouching form of Sally White. A merciful heaven and have you come to this have you no place to sleep quot a no they will not let me stay. They will not even take me As a refugee slave a come with me my child come i promised your dying father to protect his children and i will do it. I Pray heaven you will no longer be obstinate or self willed but will submit yourself to the will of the lord a emr. Dodge. I have worked for you All my life. Only let me go on and work for you and take rare of Little Dot. I can do nothing Here. They will not even let me enter the houses. Men and women insult me. My sister will die if i wander on the streets. What can i do quot a you can Stop Henh wid me dates what you can do quot chimed in the cheery voice of the Strong old woman. A you Nave been wilful and obstinate quot began the old Man again without heeding the negress. A but we will give you the appointment we promised and you shall live in quiet and in a let this negro woman go with me and i will go. I will not leave her. I see she has a heart. She is the first human being i have found who has a whole and unselfish soul. You see i am offered shelter with her. I am not without resources j of see. If Dot and i Are beggars As you have often said Why we will be beggars indeed and this Good old woman will be our Mother the artful old Man bad tried to Cross the current of this woman too often to again Hazard it and he at once told the old negress where to go with the half dead Sisters what to do where to meet him after breakfast and hurried on to join his impatient friends. They were soon installed in comfortable quarters and the Good old negress was a Mother indeed. Bhe knew All the town All the tricks of the politicians All the trickery the debauchery the baseness of the men who with loud protestations of Honor and virtue to their constituents at Home had come there to plunder to steal to lie to ruin women and debase themselves. Oilers were useful lessons to the Young and destitute girl. She at once changed her tactics. Her Rule was to a take All give she remonstrated with the girl. She made her dress live elegantly and use the Man who had so basely resolved to use her. Take All and give nothing that was the Many a game. Meet him on Liis own ground and match him there. If you live by the sword you die by the sword. With sentiments like these couched in her homely language the old negress gave the girl her first real lessons in life. Often came Young Walter Septimus Dodge to the Little Home but always to find the old negress and Little Dot As firmly fixed in and As immovable from the Little parlor As the bits of lamp Light that fell cheerfully across the floor from a Street lamp. A he was a Gay Man now. He was of course a hero much petted always sought after in society loved by the ladies envied by the men and generally introduced As a the hero of the his marvelous achieve ment in checking the Advance of the enemy in their Midnight attack was the talk where Ever he went and he was made a general by Brevet. He was proud and fond of display. Once from a Carriage with three or four Boon companions he pointed out Sally As she walked with the negro woman Down the Avenue As his a mistress quot act listened to their praises of her Beauty with Delight. All this time he had been promising her a place where he might earn her own living and repay what he had expended. She protested that a be could not anti would not live a life of idleness and ignorance. And As often As she protested he promised without a thought of the fulfilment of his Promise. Often he had tried to induce her to go out with him to take part in their Midnight revels and join his companions in their wine but in vain. Up to this time he was compelled to exhibit her to his companions from nis Carriage As she walked the streets. A a Beautiful As a race horse a a the prettiest thing in Washington Only she is decidedly Western these and like compliments fed the vanity of Young Dodge and he determined to a bring her out quot at a dinner to be Given himself As the hero of the wilderness and also to the general who had led the enemy i the night attack in which he had been made famous. This Confederate general had Only recently surrendered and was in Washington As a prisoner. He expressed the profoundest respect for his Gallant enemy who had fronted him with such Sublime courage and was anxious to meet him. To this dinner Young Dodge implored the presence of Sally. If she would Only go to this dinner he was certain he could procure her the desired situation. Great men would be there men High in influence with the president. Indeed the great body the brains of the country would these. She could herself my two members of and they would eee dry b him in Gett Luc whatever she it Bally looked up to the old its gee a of Lola. Ipha Ticali and she cried the old woman Taij
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