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Tioga Eagle (Newspaper) - April 18, 1849, Wellsboro, PennsylvaniaPublished weekly vol. 35. 3v Sta Milf Stoker Brno Tedeto neros Ftfe arts go inert Cito Raturi Jha Ralita agriculture j. P. Magill in Wellsborough ti0ga county Pennsylvania. Atwo dollars a Yearl whole no. 558. A just Tali the palsied heart. Tub author on losing and wivh1no." concluded had Helen s deportment been different from what it was her husband Sli cart might not have been alienated from her. Formerly he had looked her As a child that needed a guide a Lovely endearing child it a True a child sail. He now saw High souled efficient woman equal to the discharge of the duties of her station without the support of any one which was far higher proof of Elevation and strength of character equal to bearing her own sorrows without the Aid of sympathy. In truth the heart of his wife had never before appeared to him to great a trea sure n tiling of such inestimable value now that lie had lost it never before had to been so in love emr. And mrs. Howard were the envy Ort lie admiration of the Little world in which Icv moved. They were pointed at As the Best pair that could be found Way Iii ice be improve and make each other Happy. E in or. Atwood High As his expectations had been raised was astonished at the dignity and Streng a of character his daughter hid acquired under or. Howard s influence and equally to j a1 the softening effect of he in s influence Over him. Lie often sighed with regret that his could not have lived to see the Happy Cou ple int they now were Toiv delusive Are appearances it was Many months after the wreck of his happiness that or. Howard was nominated for ii member of Fong Ces he asked Helen s opinion on subject and it met her warm approbation. I Yelicie you o be a Patriot in the Best j sense of the the said and should you be elected you May to your up Unity much Good. I know Blidt you Are above being influenced by narrow selfish party views and your principles incl talents command respect and erect a beneficial influence. I Hope you will Priou the successful glittering 113 this answer was1 to or. How Are a vanity As a Man it wrung ins heart As a he Baid Sorne two or three years before his t name Haci Cerl mentioned As a candidate for the state legislature and u filled Ilg Jerit with alarm fee entreated him not to pubic business. Oily said she As she seated herself on his fax dec Only think How Miny Long Lou May be from Home How could i live so Long seeing Yon and so Many tedious h jars Between us of i should Pine to a skel Eton in your absence such Hail been her now though the Between them must be doubled nid Ploub Eil should he be called to Wash Milton and hid absence must be for months wind of face a the thought caused nol the a nation and gave Rise to not even a my. I in a voice or. Howard How my Joar a Lela i would you get along do f no his absence he Gold 1 be Ca Lod Nway y l r cares must be Treahy Mulli plied the Simc Good she replied i m inn i la Hurlo Jim ruled me will do so i Trust to the. End of my Days i feel no a ppr Lic or. Howard s disquietude was in exact pro to Helen s but he could not endure to have it discovered and arose and left the room. Probably the Pride of most men revel s from the expression of deep emotion Pii in nearly when they Are conscious they have been in the wrong. Much As or. Howard vivid tone this was the very thing lie had left undone. He could be very kind and attentive but could not to Eay i have been to blame Pray Pardon the election came on and or. Howard was the candidate. He could not but be gratified by the Honor thus conferred on him tet. The idea of leaving his wife while her1 feel Ings were m their present slate caused him in he conjectured too that her health less firm than formerly though she made no complaint indeed she would a Fanon Lejon Nodi position even when he solicit made inquiries on the subject. Some Lime intervened Between the election t Lepino l he was to Tako his seat in the National legislature but it hastened away hour of Hiu departure for Washington rapidly increased As the time for him to dretto near. He had some cause for Larm. Her two Brothers and a sister had fall a victims to consumption at a much earlier age fun that at which she had arrived and her Mother had been taken away by the same unrelenting or. Howard s anxiety became great that a week or two before he started on ins journey he4 requested or. Miller the family physician to Call As if by Accident to As certain if Poasi of whether Helen was really diseased or whether his fears wore Only the offspring of a Dis tempered imagination. The doctor did a he was requested to do. He called mrs. Howard to see As he said How she was Likely to Bear so Long a separation. After Chat with her an hour on common topics of the he Mado some leading remark concerning her heal h. She confessed that As the cold weather came on. She Felt some diminution of strength and occasional Paina in the Chest but nothing she added to interfere with my avocations or to effect my with the Freedom of an old Friend and family practitioner the doctor took her hand and found it hot and dry he Felt her pulse and they were considerably accelerated. He however made no com ment and without any apparent uneasiness re perhaps it is Well or. Howard goes to Washington this Winter. Such a pattern wife As you arc will of course be very Domestic during his absence and i doubt whether much exposure to our cold Northern air would any to air. Howard the doctor made a report As favourable As his conscience would permit but he confessed that Helen s symptoms were not such As he could wish. Or. Howard s look of deep distress led him to but i Hope much from her firmness of mind and equanimity of spirits. And after All i should probably think very lightly of her complaints were not con sumption the disease of the the morning of his departure found the feel Ings of or. Howard All in a tumult. Vain had been his endeavours to detect in Helen the slightest symptoms of regret at their separation. She appeared Only the Noble and patriotic woman thinking of her country s lofty and Independent minded wife enjoying her husband s honors but Dot leaning on him for support. At the breakfast table the feelings of or. Howard nearly overpowered Liim. To eat was impossible and it was with difficulty that he swallowed a cup of Tea. I shall write to you very very often Hel said he abruptly. You will not let All my letters reman unanswered v certainly Helen replied i can readily understand How anxious you will feel about the or. Howard bit his lip to prevent a different expression of feeling and after a silence of some length 11 will you Promise me to Lake the Best pos sible care of your health 7" v surely there is Little need of exacting such a Promise from a Mother answered i feel that my life is of some value to my Little and of course consider it a duty to. Do All i can to preserve by thus referring to the children both As the exclusive objects of his interest and her own Helen completely closed the lips of her Hus band when he would have expressed tenderness to herself. Her dignity and Reserve seemed to form 3 Rogic Circle around her Over which he found it impossible to pass. The kindness of her actions and the unvarying coldness of her manners Freedom in expressing her Opin ions and the concealment of her feelings kept or. Howard in a constant slate of wonder and excitement and gave Rise to such conflicting emotions and such contradictory thoughts that nne could not obtain utterance Ere its opposite had driven it away. Having the children with said or. Howard while yet at the breakfast table you will feel less solitary Llian myself separated from All i hold you will not you must not feel said Helen. You Rubt give your mind to your country and in discharging your duties As a Patriot and statesman you will find enough to engross your heart. And besides who can talk of Solitude in the Midat of Washington society 1" the mind is its own said mrs. How Ard and one May feel a Solitude in a crowd As in a both husband and wife now remained silent and in a Short time they were aroused by the Horn of the stage coach sounding before the door. The table was deserted in an instant and after showing the stage waiter his baggage or. Howard returned to the parlor and closed the door. The bitter moment has at length said he. We must Porto pity say that we part friends friends reiterated a voice As cheerful As she now Ever spoke the Light glad tone of earlier Days had vanished away to Gether with the wreathed smiles that had accompanied we do most sincerely do i wish you Success As will leave you nothing to there Are Momenta in our lives when the most bitter waiting of grief would be sweeter to the ear than the Gladest strains of music and thus it was in the present instance with or. Howard. Helen s undisguised indifference even at the moment of parting wrung every Fibre of his heart. With a look of intense feeling he turned to the children and pressing them to bosom murmured a few fond words to each. As he replaced the youngest to the carpet Helen presented her hand. He look it without uttering a syllable pressed it firmly and then darted from the House seated himself in the coach which the next moment rolled away. It was toward the latter part of november when or. Howard left Home and for great numbed of weeks there was no very marked change in Helen s health. She was really Hap pier than the had been for Many Many Long now had to perform no heart less duties she had no heartless attentions. A Burden was removed from her mind. She was a very tender Mother and during her husband s absence she resolved to forego All society As much As possible and devote herself to the Comfort and education of her children and to the cultivation of her own mind. She received three letters a week from or. Howard. They were full interest As he detailed All that he saw or heard which could either entertain or instruct her. There was too. A Peculiar kind of tenderness about them. Whenever his own feelings were the subject he wrote like a timid Lover As if in doubt whether what he said would Aid his suit or nol. In each letter he urged her to Tell him every thing concerning herself and the children As the most trifling the prattle of the Little one was full of interest to him. Helen wrote to or. Howard often and kept him Well informed As to All that was in Progress amongst her friends and acquaintances she told him All there was communicable about the child health their improvement their fond and untiring questions about their father and their impatience for his return of herself she said nothing except to answer his direct in quiries for her ibis she did in the most indefinite manner possible. She was As Well As usually her health was much the on. There was no essential was the whole amount of the matter. She was truly ingenious in trying to close her letters with due Courtesy and yet without any of that tenderness of expression which Al ways precedes the signature of a wife when writing to the husband she loves. In receiving and writing letters in attending to her child Ren and in Reading and in the frequent visits of her father and or. Miller Helen s time passed away without weariness or discontent. But though scarcely aware of it herself Helen was much altered. Her friends laughed at her for pining on account of or. Howard s absence but or. Miller looked on with deep solicitude. In the beginning of february Helen took a drive with the children when the air was humid from the dissolving Snow and she took a very severe cold. Its fatal effects were soon visible she was at once confined to her room. Still Helen was not alarmed but calculated to be out again in a few Days. It devolved upon or. Miller to give the alarm to her father. He pronounced her to be in a hectic and the father betrayed to his daughter the doctor s at first it was a stunning blow to her then she thought the doctor was unnecessarily alarmed but the remembrance of her Mother her Bro thers and her sister rushed upon her she looked fairly at her own symptoms and Felt thai her doom was surely sealed. The confusion the mesh of thought which was incident to the first Shock soon passed away and Helen calmly set herself to examine her present As the scriptures express it get her House in order preparatory to the list great change. The first thing was to review her past life. Looking Back from among the shadows of death which now surrounded her How Bright and cheerful appeared her youth in the bosom of her father s family How sunny and How Joy Ful the first years of her married life How dark the Clouds that had More recently overshadowed her for this who was to blame her natural Freedom from a self justifying spirit together with the fearful thought that she was soon to appear before her final judge disposed her to condemn herself. Still Justice asserted her right and Helen was conscious that to please her husband and Render him harpy had been the fit object of her heart. Yet notwithstanding this she wbb to believe that she had often Given him just cause with intense anxiety she reviewed the year and a half and asked herself what she had Lone for his happiness while her affection for him hid been dormant. She could find no Spe Cial neglect of duty of which to accuse herself yet the remembrance of duties heart Lessly performed gives Little to tie Lea the whole seemed a guilty dream. Now she was awaking it left a gloomy and painful impression on Ier mind. And while she had in this unfeeling manner been discharging her conjugal duties what had been or. Howard s deportment towards her the Prospect of her own approaching dissolution produced on Helen s mind much the same effect that the Deal i of her husband would have done. His increasing gentleness his tender Ness his had hitherto remained entirely unfelt and unnoticed came thronging on her at once the be loved of her youth the idol of her Early wedded life was restored to her in All his her heart swelled and gushed Forth in love in gratitude and in penitence. His recent letters were All brought Forth and re perused and All those expressions of love and tenderness that had before fallen As on a caused her heart to thrill with emotion. A thought she How constant has that heart been to me in spite of All my coldness my heartless indifference and sometimes i fear my disdain for a Long time after or. Howard s departure from Home Helen Felt not a Nang on account of his absence but now she Felt a loneliness As in former Days. How was she to endure the remainder of the tedious session of Congress would she still be an inhabitant of Earth when it should Leorae to a Colwet but no twit Inthia reawakened regret on account of Osband a and the awful solemn her How tweet did the find it lore tenderness and ardor ind with fervent gratitude did she raise her eyes and thoughts to heaven that her heart was aroused from its lethargy. Helen s next letter to or. Howard waa very different front those which had preceded it. She did not express in direct terms her new found Lovet Butta spirit breathed it in every line. Towards the close she mentioned having taken a severe cold and gave some intimation of or. Miller s opinion a to the remit. She. Subscribed herself your own True grateful and affectionate Thia was the last letter the Ever sent him though not the Lail the wrote. L Joy and grief contended for the Mastery in in Howard s heart As he read the epistle Joy Enn Kite and unutterable that the affection of Hirv Ife was restored to him for he knew her too Well to have a Shadow of doubt respect ing her sincerity and grief and alarm he Moat harrowing with regard to her health. He had stronger proof of her indisposition and debility than any expressions made use of in the letter. The tremulous Ness of the hand that had written it waa but Loo obvious. It was entirely different from Helen s neat and Beautiful hand writing when in usual health. On the instant he wrote to or. Miller to learn the wont he had to fear. Ten tedious Daya must pass before he could Hope to receive an answer for at that Lime to emails were conveyed in lumbering stage coaches and to a heart racked by anxiety they seemed to travel at a Snail s Pace. When or. Miller s letter arrived it More than confirmed or. Howard s worst apprehensions. The doctor had actually begun to write before he received his Friend s letter. He told him that Helen was undoubtedly in a confirmed hectic and that her life could not be protracted to Many weeks. Or. Howard s Resolution was at once taken. He asked and obtained leave of absence from Congress and after the iat Euwer Tiou of one Day from the receipt of the doctor s letter he commenced his homeward ample time had he to reproach himself and every body else while seated a a coach the horses seemed to him. To be in a leisurely walk. Why had he been so inexcusably negligent As not sooner to have written to or. Miller 1 Why did the doctor wait till the last possible moment before writing to him Why had not or. Alwood informed him of his daughter s danger 1" these together with other thoughts far More bitter and Greibus were continually revolving in his mind. With regard to or. Atwood and or. Miller the fact was that they both knew the frequency of Helen s letters to or. Howard and had no idea of the ignorance under which he labor de else they would certainly have Given him the truth. Slow As or. Howard s pro Groom was com pared with the present rates of locomotion he at length reached the place of his residence in safety. He occupied the Bank seat of the mail coach and As it drove up to the Post office he involuntarily Drew himself Back dreading to read the fatal news in the countenances of any who might perchance get a of him. From his partial concealment he glanced around and with saw or. Miller at a few rods Distant coming towards the Carriage. To Hia eagerness to read the doctor s fico he leaned a Litte Forward and their eyes met. Thank exclaimed the doctor As he sprang to the Side of the coach thank heaven you have come or. Howard actually gasped for breath and with difficulty command his voice to say of his term the doctor constrained i and Lenity when my Many or. Howard to walk across the floor instead of trouble Yon no More f a _ _ to i i _ springing her. When he had led him quietly to the bedside and seen his wife s hands clasped in his be left them. What a world of Joy and grief can a human heart endure at the same moment of How Sweet yet How agonizing Ihu meeting i How did Helen drink in the words of love and tenderness that her husband murmured in her ear How soothing were the kisses impressed of her fevered brow How precious to him were the single words of whispered love that fell from her quivering lips a a treasure to the Solace of years _ beyond expectation Helen lingered a week Ajmer fir. A s return and he scarcely left her Day or night. For Home time the children had been at or. At Woods As the eight of them seemed too exciting in their Mother s sinking state but once after their father s return hey were brought Home to give and take the late parting kiss. As the youngest child was to ten from her Helen looked at the father looked at the Little ones and then raised her tearful eyes to heaven. Words would have been useless had she been Able to utter them. Her face expressed far More than language could have done and its meaning waa engraved on her Hus band s soul. Two after parting with her children Helen breathed out her spirit while her head reclined on the bosom of her husband As peacefully and gently As an infant Falls asleep in its Mother s arms. In the Solitude the utter desolation that Fol lows the last sad offices to a departed Friend nothing is so natural a to examine every relic they have left behind. Particularly do we love to touch and look at those things which have not been removed from the position in which the lost one placed them. Above and beyond All is the value attached to any memoranda and diary in which the thoughts and feelings of the departed have been last recorded. One of or. Howard s first occupations when i know i need not enjoin it of you my Deal est husband to be kind to my father and to consider him during life u a Parent. It is very touching to tee him now. He retains wonted self command but looks heart Bro Ken at the Prospect of losing his last remain ing child. Of strive to console him a his utter loneliness May he be sustained by Al mighty strength. A How unworthy am i of All this lore and regret permit me to request Dearest that you will Praise the children when they do Well. The human heart needs commendation for its encouragement in the path of rectitude and we have the example of our blessed Saviour and his inspired opos Lei a a sure warrant of its usefulness and propriety. To Day i have been thinking of oar parting in november. It came fresh to my memory As an unheeded sound will upon the ear. The remembrance of your look of anguish when about leaving us wrings my bean with sorrow and regret. How could t be so unfeeling then 1 forgive me of forgive me Dearest husband the Ahi Duwa Leng Hen a my aun my heart at hires sinks in my bosom like Lead. When the paroxysms of fever Pao away distressing lassitude follows. Of that Yon were Here o that i might be permitted to breathe my last breath on your kind and affectionate bosom but if it is otherwise ordered thy will o father be done dear husband we shall meet again beyond the grave All look Bright and glorious. Sere the Shadow of death rests upon however Good however Beautiful however pre Cious any thing May be that to blast and destroy. But there is life Lile in unfading vigor and Bloom and purity Yon must you will give your heart to the gracious redeemer that Jon May be made meet to Par take of the inheritance of the saints in and then in what blessedness Ball we meet to part no More forever sustaining thought. The wife was to examine the can tells of Bis Secretary and writing desk the keys to which had been last turned by her own hand. He suffered not a Crip of paper that bore the Mark of her hand do precious cheering my Flim Erins heart my rambling band and be i race admonish me to pa63 unread. He found much that was inter More Dearest hu9band. Be done Quick More Dearest hu9band. Me Estig much that was calculated to Exall his yaqui the the Ardenti the Iove j wife in his opinion m respect to the realities Bear you q could yet once of both her head and heart. In Seething the q3 your Finice with a ook Desmier found m its most secret o Lull j could Uear you inn ounce my full forgiveness. A Large packet carefully enveloped in White paper and lied with a Riband. This he Laid aside until be had examined All the Loose and apparently less important papers. This done he took the chair which Helen used to occupy and placing it at her table he proceeded to open the packet. It contained All the letters he had written to his wife before their marriage one written by herself to each of her children to be handed to them at a future last of All one to Trimmie opened with trembling heart. It was dated a few flays last he received from her while in Washington Ter self upbraid Airry but it was written at intervals and with evident j effusion from that warm child Effort. The writing testified How weak and like heart now cold and silent in the grave tremulous was the hand that guided the it was As follows my dear dear the Days of your own Helen Are numbered were it not for parting with you the dear children and my father i should feel no shrink ing from death. Of Supply a Mother s place to those helpless ones. To you i commend them. To god i commend them and you. The letter ended thus abruptly. No doubt Helen hoped to write More but her strength failed. Had the heart of or. Howard been capable of deeper love and regret or More bit and the Coachman at the instant reins or. Miller took the seat at his aide and was driven to or. Howard s. I said i. Howard As he alighted at his own door and grasped his Friend s hand 1 what have i to Hope and what to the doctor Shook his head. The fever has made dreadful havoc with her said within the last week she has sunk rapidly. I sometimes feared that All would be Over be fore you could reach will she know asked or. Howard. Of but she will hardly be Able to speak to you. Since yesterday she has spoken but one word at a time and that in a whisper. But 1 must hasten to prepare her to meet you. I have sometimes thought iha1 the Hope of see ing you Baa helped to keep her the doctor left the room and or. Howatz walked the floor with sensations which the feeling heart May conceive but which no one should attempt to describe. It seemed an age before or. Miller returned but he came at length and talking Bis Friend s Arm within his to Lead him to the chamber said now compose yourself my dear sir re member that mrs. Howard is not in a situation to Bear Strong excitement j or. Howard spoke not but the doctor Felt Hia whole Frame tremble a be leaned on Hia Arm. Helen s eyes were fastened on the door

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