BY THOMAS A. BURKE, PROPRIETOR.
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V, Cassville, Geo.- -
ountics ot the Clicro- 1
;end faithfully to all
care. Oliice east ot
W, Gassville, Geo.—
n ties of Cass, Cobb, |
rokee, Dade. Floyd, j
Pickens, Walker and ;
, will, as heretofore,
11a! and almost exclu
, Cartcrsriile, Geo. — j
.entiou to the collect- :
his hands in any of
ties : Cass, Cherokee,!
iyd, Lumpkin, Pauld
* Refers, by permis
jO., Charleston, ri. C.
‘, Calhoun, Ga.—Will
rantics of the Chero
ttentiou will be paid
y, Borne,. Ga.—A. R.
a..; F. C. .Shropshire,
V, Morgmton, Ga.—
ountittS of the Cliero-
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, Trenton, Ga.—This:- j
i care in any of the !
ire ait, will meet with j
r, Cassville, Geo.—
Los of the Cherokee
aw For cl,
IV, Calhoun, Geo.—
ties of the Cherokee I
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■ aw ford,
, Gassv He, Ga. Bn
>s c ire in any of the
rcu.t, will meet with
, Cirtersville, Geo.—
ties of the Cherokee
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Now Tailoring Establishment
At (’iiilnsYillf, Geo,
tri*'lll? subscriber has lately opened ii
.1 the town of Cartcrsriile a hfcw T.u |
luring Establishment, where he is pro
pared to do any work in his line in the
best and most fashionable manner. He guar
■ antees all work turned out of his shop to lit in
the most uuexcejitionable manner. Particular
ly attention paid to cutting and lifting jobs for
ladies. lie respectfully solicits a fair trial,, as
lie is confident of success.
Shop at S. 11. I atillo’s old stand,
Carriage and Buggy-Making
0 WE would solicit a contuuiance of
i the patronage henfirtfore enjoyed.-
We are doing good work, and at reasonable pri
ces. We keep on hand a good selection of
Stock, and have employed a fine assortment, of
firstrate Mechanics, who know what they arc
: about. We warrant our work not to fail. Give
|us a call before purchasing elsewhere. Our
i motto is llonestu and Industry.
JONES & GREENWOOD.
Cartersville, Ga., July 8, 1854.
Tin Roofing, Guttering, and Tin ware
rpHE Subscriber begs leave to call the
X attention of the public to his superi-
Xje or mode of Tin Roofings which is believed
to be equal to all others in neatness, du-
I rability and strength. I confidently assert that
there is uo Routing material in use equal to Tin,
; when well put on. It is perfectly tire-proof,
j niore substantial and cheaper than shingles, be
| cause more durable insurance is saved, and great
i risks avoided ; as at least two-thirds of the num
ber of buildings consumed in large conflagra
tions, first take tire upon the roofs.
Having made ample arrangements for Roof
ing, and secured the services of first-rate work
men, experienced in the business, 1 am well pre
pared to contract with companies or individuals,
throughout the State, or any of the adjoining
States, fbr covering factories, engine houses,,
rail road bridges, dwelling houses, and other
buildings, in the best manner. No Tin plate
will be used but the best brands, and all roof's
warranted. E. A. BROWN.
Shop on the east side of the court house,
at Hood’s old printing office. aug 18
At Erwin’s Old Stand!
TD. Carpenter respectfully announces to
• his friends and late customers that he has
bought out the Stock of Goods of E. M. Brice,
and may be found at Erwin’s old stand, where
lie .'.l be glad to wait upon his friends, and
promises to sell as cheap as the cheapest. Give
i him a call if you please. Cassville, aug 5
Cassville Furniture Store!
THE Subscriber offers for
g for sale a large and line as
” “ -na< !S sortrnent of Cabinet. Furni
ture, consisting of Bureaus, Book Cases, Side
and Centre Tables, Ac. lie is prepared to fill
all orders on, the shortest notice.
Abo, Fisk’s Metallic Burial Cases,
Os all sizes and quality, kept constantly on hand.
WIL‘L lAM GOULDSMITH.
Cassvdie, Ga., May 11, 1854:
Piano and Etusic Store,
JVo. 143 Arch Street, Philadelphia.
/’ CONSTANTLY on hand Pianos, Melodeons,
\J Musical .Merchandize of every description,
i Sheet Music, Ac. Ac.
V out’s Pianos are pronounced superior to
all others in sweetness, power and beauty of
tone and unequalled workmanship. Persons
wishing a Piano of the.first class and .undoubt
ed excellence, at a very moderate price, will do
well'to give them a trial. sept I—l
rpilE Subscribers respectfully inform their
X customers and friends, that they have re
moved their stock of Dry Goods, Clothing, Ac.,
to the store house formerly occupied by Messrs.
Patton A Clntnn.
HIRSCHBERG A DAVIDSON. j
1-fT COME A XI) PA Y UP! JS3
\ LL persons indebted to Hirschberg A Da- :
_/X vidson, by note or account, arc politely j
reqnested to come forward and pay up, as im> j
nuy vve must have, being we have determined
to break up our establishment shortlyi.
Ladies Dress Goods
At greatly reduced Prices for Cash !
fTMIE Subscribers will sell off their entire
j X stock ?)f Ladies Winter Press Goods, con
sisting in part, of Merinos, Alpaccas, Plaids,
DeLaines, Chillies, Cassiinere and Thibet
Shawls, Mantillas, for nearly at east, to which
they invite the attention of the Ladies.
HIRSCHBERG A DAVIDSON.
. Cassville,. Jail 12
To Farmers and Planters, j
A AJ. L. HILL are now receiving a su- i
• perior lot of Negro Shoes, Negro BlanK
’>'ts and Kerseys, Osnabiirgs, Shirtings, Trunks, j
Ac., f>r the fall and won ter trade, which they j
are offering Low for Cash, or on short time. !
L Farmers or others wishing to piuchase such j
larlieles will do well to give us a call and exam.- j
line prices, for we will have them on hand and I
■ntetid to sell. All that we ask is that you will i
Hill and examine for yourselves, at the old ,
Hkknd of George B. Russell, first door east of
post office: Cassville, Oct 27
■nVeapeststork- of Dry Goads and ;
Cloth lay, at Levy's cheap store;
of Alapaccas, Bombazine, De
: cashmere, Merino, Flannel, Kerseys,
Stripes and Plains, Hosiery, Blk. Silk,
colored Calicos, Shirting and Slici t-
Weeds, Kent. Jeans, Satlinett,- casiim re,
’ . Ac. Also, Broad-cloth, Felt, Beaver,
coals, casimerc, ctoth and Satlinett
HHH<>oiis, eh th, silk, satin and fancy Vests.
. savntches, jewelry, knives, razors, guns,
usually kept in a Drv Goods
” Oct 20
sMfc Mtiie time to buy great bargains.
rid?* HK SILK, Irish lima:, table elolhs, eali
Y'fifi Bliecting ami shirting, hosiery, collars,
v in (Icrsleeves, and a great many ar
v kept in a Dr\ (.oods store, will
“J-V IS ipcr than ever oll'i-red I), tore in ( la. s-
Levy’s ciikai* cash sroitK.
111 , ■>!.!> and Sliver Watches, Got,! Fin-
H* ‘ Hot and ! i ■ r Kinc-, I’.reast-pms and
UMi:'): Ms, cheap for cash, at.
mmmß m lews store.
mu: Sale at thts Oitioo.
2 Ifcb)jpi|jh:F—‘-Slibotcd io ppj Skite politics, Jikuilitiv-, fi)e Eoreicjti i|i)o iQohicgt'tp tfetos, &e.
FIIO>.AY MORNING, FEBRUAEY 9, 1855.
m.- ■ ■
Great Arrival t
If lull and U utter Goods ut the Cassvllt
IimSCHBERQ &, DA'VIDSCN,
MOST respectfully inform the citizens of
CusscUle and vicinity, that they are re
ceiving and opening the largest and best select
ed stock of Dry Goods of all descriptions, ready
made clothing, boots, shoes, hats, gentlemei/s
furnishing goods, fancy goods, jewelry, Ac. ever
before offered in this market, to which they in
vite the attention of the public.
They will hold out inducements to purchasers
superior to any ever bc-fore offered. As regards
quality and prices, all they ask is that persons
wdj cull, examine and judge for themselves..
they return thanks to their friends and cus
tomers for the liberal patronage heretofore be
stowed, and trust for a continuance of the same.
Great Baryoins in. Clothing. —The largest
tand best selected stock of gentlemen’s
and youth’s clothing, (of our own mami
ufacture, and warranted), almost of ev
ery style, consisting of:
Coats: frock, sack, over, business, youth’s.—
Hunts: embroidered satin, velvet, black satin,
figured, silk plush, cashmere, cloth. Pants)
superfine doe skin, fine black easimere, finebl’k
cloth, fine fancy casimere, black satinett, fancy
satinett, tweeds. Cloaks, Talmas,—all of tile
latest styles and patterns, which they are able
to sell as cheap as any house in Georgia.
H'd® and Caps.—A. large stock of
these ’ articles, of all varieties and
styles, just received at our establish
ment and for sale cheaper than the
Skirts ! Shirts I .Shirts I —A large assortment
of this article,’ of all styles and patterns; in-,
eluding undershirts, drawers, half-hose, pocket
handkerchiefs, cravats, Ac. For sale low.
Domestic pyxis.— Avery extensive lot of su
perior English and American prints, furniture
and curtain calico, ginghams, apron checks,
bleached and unbleached'shirting, bed ticking,
Irish -linen, damask table cloths, towelling,
diapers, Ac. for sabs very low.
J Boats and Shoes.—-A large stock of
hoots and shoes, including Congress,
patent Heather, and cloth gaiters, water
proof boots, Ac.:, for sale at prices to
suit the times.
Important to Planters and Slave Owners.—
A large lot of russfet brogahs, blankets, kerseys,
linseys, striped osnabiirgs, eagle denims, suita
ble for negro wear. Lower than the’ lowest:
Avery large assortment of ensimeres, satinets,
tweeds, Kentucky jeans, suitable for gentle
mens’, youths’ and children’s wear. For sale
lower than over.
Trunks, Carpet F.ags, and Va
jfMyUp-frt lises, Satchels, Umbrellas, Ac.,
-N und wiil bo sold cheaper than
• hey ci.b be bought any where in this part of
ladies’ Jkress Goods. —A large, handsome,
and superior lot, of the most fashionable styles,
aud patterns, consisting in part of French plaid
cashmeres, (all woolen ) delaines, challi, meri
nos, black and figured alpaccas, black and bn -
cade silk, poplins, ( latest styles) just received
and for saie cheap.
Som'taitfjj f<r the Ladies, —An extensive as
sortment of silk mantillas, plain and embroi
dered casimere, Thibet, fancy cashmere and
heavy woolen shawls, of the latest patterns,
veils, laces, sleeves, collars, chemir.ette.% linen
cambric handkerchiefs, ribbons and a large
lot of woolen and coifon hosiery; just received ;
call and examine.
Indies Shoes and- Gaiters. —A
/ complete, assortment of Ladies
and Misses shoes and gaiters, of
the latest styles, for sale, at prices remarkably
low. Give us a trial.
j Jewelry and I'an-cy Goods. —A good hit of
jewelry, consisting in part of breast pins, ear
•Hid linger rings, pencils, lockets, gold chains,
Ac. Also, a large variety of fancy soaps, per
fumeries, and various articles “ too numerous
Spun Thread, from the Roswell manufacto
ring company—just received.
Twenty Thousand Cigars, just received, and
will be sold cheap. JjV
HfESOfIBERG A DAVIDSON.
Cassville, Ga, Oct. 27, 1854.
WATCHES ! WATCIIESTT
B Y MA IL !
r pHE Subscriber would respectfully inform !
X the citizens of this place'and vicinity and
the public generally, that lie has just received
from Europe a large and splendid stock of;
Watches, Jewelry and Silverware, which lie in
tends to sell off on the principle that “ large i
sales and small profits” are the most advanta
In order to give the public access to his stock,
he is now prepared to forward by mail, to any
part of the United States, any number of
Watches,/><? of charge. He has now for sale:
Daguerreotype Watches, SSO to SIOO
Docket Chronometers, 100 to 200
Eight-day Watches, 325 to 200
Ladies’ Enamel Watches, 80 to 100 I
Magic Watches, 75 to 150
Gold Hunting Levers, 18 k. full
Gold open-faced Lovers, full jew. 26
Gold Lepines, 22
Silver Levers, full jewelled, 18
Gold Dens, Silver holders, 2 J
Gold Pencils, 3 .
Do receipt of the value, any of the above j
Watches will he forwarded by return mail.— 1
Orders should be sent in cariy, and addressed
to J. M, EASTWOOD, l
Oct 20—ts Raleigh, N. C. I
Ward & Burchard,
AUGUSTA, Ga., would inform their friends
. and the public generally, that anticipating
a change in their business, the coming season,
they are disposed to make’ large concessions 1
from their former low scales of prices, in order
to reduce their stock to the lowest possible point.
The attention of wholesale dealers us well as
AUgusta, Dec 2*
Atlanta Hard-Waro Store,
A. J. BRADY,
WHITEHALL STREET, keeps always on
hand a full assortment of Iron, Nails,
Cutlery, Mill Irons, Springs, Axles, Carriage
Trimmings, Cooking and Parlor Stoveit, Me
chanics’ and Farmers’ Tools, Ac., which will be
sold as low as can be bought in any market.
Atlanta, Gip, July 14, 1854.
XA Few more Left
OF THOSE CIIKAI 1
LKYV’S CHEAP CASH STORE.
Selling off at Cost for Cash.
J A S the undersigned is closing up the business
I IV, of the firm of Leake A Howard, jle has
, determined to sell oil’ at cost for cash.
!( Come all that want good bargain* and corns
quick: or you will miss them,
ii Oartemdle, Dec I—ts W, W. LEAKE,
“PRINCIPLES NOT MEN.”
iijj tWiTe JogjrfhdN
BY GEOKGB P. MORRIS.
Wc were hoys together,
And never can forget-
The school-house near the heather,
111 childhood where me met;
The huinhle home to memory dear,
I ts- sorrows and its joys ;
Where woke the transient smile or tear,
When you and I were boys:
We were youths together,
And castles built in air.
Your heart was like a feather.
And mine weighed down with care ;
To you came wealth with manhood’s prime,
To me it brought alloys—
Foreshadowed in the primrose thus,
When you and I wore boys.
We’re old men together—
■ The friends vve loved of yore,
With leaves of autumn weather,
Are gone for evermore.
llow blest to ago the impulse given,
The hope time ne’er destroys—
Which led onr thoughts from earth to heaven,
When you and I were boys.
Written expressly for the Cassville Standard.
Li]j L!)i*ce So.lfoi)
LINK THE FIRST.
OR TIIE MYSTERIOUS GOVERNESS.
BY JIISS C. W. BARBER.
“ A place of sunshine, and of shade.”
, Oakland was a pleasant place enough
in summer. It ws a rural tmok, but the
house was a fine old mansion, w ith w hite
statuary gleaming from the niches of'the
rooms, and the walls were hung about
with paintings. The furniture was antique,
heavily carved, and rich in the extreme,
the lfoors were none of them carpeted,
Put were painted in imitation of Italian
marble, finely variegated, and were so
polished, that in \ny childhood, I nev-i
essayed to romp through the rooms'; “a
lofl v tillable” i well knew would be the
result of so dangerous an experiment. —
There were large mirrors too, before j
which I used lo pause, and contemplate
a tiny little figure, wiih pale face, raven
hair, white frock and sky blue silk sacqtie
stating at me from concave stafaces.—
!'h use looking glascs repealed the marble |
statues in the niches, and multiplied the
number of canv ass paintings on t he walls.
In the bed rooms, thev reflected the ma
jus:ie (he beds with their
white counter pa ties, and snowy pillows,
the bureaux, and ihe large doors th tough !
which the servants were continually pass’
ing to and fro. Sometimes t'ho white
and crimson curtains, would be stored,
at the windows bv the summer breeze,
or the wintry blast, and ll e blue depths
of the mirrors -would throw out broken
reflections of furniture and figures,- which
I thought it exceedingly charming to
witness. Sometimes I threw r back the
curtains, and let the shadows of the tall ;
oaks by which the mansion was summit- j
ded, fail at full lengl !r athwart the floors:
some times I clambered out onto a low
tei race, and watched the summer swal
lows twittering over the tops of the tall j
chimneys, or building their nests beneath j
the eaves, f was never sad or lonely
even in winter, although I was the only
child about the premises, aud my com
panions consisted of iny staid old grand
lather, who had the gout in his great toe,
and was sometimes ill natuted in conse
quence—-my kind and loving grand
mother, who used to sit in a high back
ed chair, hour after hour, w ith gdjd bow-,
ed spectacles astride her nose, and large
crowned cap upon her head, netting ta
pestry —Mary the house-maid and John
her husband, Nelly the cook, and Torn
the errand boy. lam forgetful. I had
other companions. There was Lily my
snow white kitten, who* used to wear
blue ribbon§, like her mistress’ saeque,
about her neck, und never did such an
indelicate thing as to catch a mouse in
all her life, but was fed daily on sweet !
cream, and pastry, which she lapped up J
from the gilt-flowered depths of an old j
fashioned china saucer, in the dining
Therewas Calida, a lap-dog, shaggy,!
and white too (when the creature would
keep herself clean) as w 00l but sometimes
she strayed into the kitchen, und came
forth so ashy and black, that I dreaded
having her come in contact with my j
Mary always had to wash
these exploring expeditions, before mT)
nice old grandmot her would permit her ■
to set foot in the parlor or dining hall.
Then t here was a flock of beautiful pige
ons, which sat on the roofs of the pigeon
house and kitchen, and drew in their
green and glossy necks and uttered their
cooing, brooding notes to each other—
notes which sometimes seemed to mo
plaintive, and sometimes to be the sweet
est language in which bird love was ev
In summer, the front-yard was full of
flowers. The beds were laid outAufan
ciful shapes. There were among! them
! triangles and squares, circles and %<*•
cents, diamonds and half circles, butt ev
| ry bed was edged with box, and ifl’a
* Copy rigid’ fliTyrM. m||
grant with the breath of rOse. c , southern
wood, pansies, jessamines, and sweet wil
liauu. I used to take Lily in my arms
and dance at sunrise down the neat grav
el walks. If OalidA was clean, she was
permitted to join in the romp—but if
not, she was banished to the wash-room,
and would come forth from her ablutions
trembling like an aspen, and Mary would
sometimes have to wrap her in a blan
ket, and iaY.her on the hearth rug be
fore the fire to dry.
In the. companionship of these beings-in
the arrangement of my doll’s toilet, arid j
in wetching the figures in the mirrors,
glided away the first ten years of my
lit*-. Oakland was my world. I knew
little of existence beyond its boundaries.
We bad a carriage and a pair of bright |
hay horses, but my grandfather owing to j
the gout in his great toe, seldom went j
abroad, and my Grandmother was too
devoted a wife, to leave him often alone. |
Once I remember however they took me i
(o Oakland cemetery, to visit the graves
of my parents, neither ofwhonl 1 remem
bered. I stopped beside the tall maible
monuments of my fat her and mol her, and
gazed, will) a feeling of idle curiosity, at
the little winged angels so beautifully
sculptured near the top —at ihe oak leaf
veined and curled at the summit, and at
the sulooth white columns resting on the
box like base, covering the mounds. I did
not weep —w by should I l The pale still
faces of the sleepers had smiled over my 1
cradle—the cradle of their first-born and
only one. Hut my memory did not
stretch back though a decade of years,
to that moment. They” went with mute
lips, and folded hands to take their pla
ces in the silelit chambers of the dead,!
long before my infant tongue had learn- !
to lisp their names, or mirror hack their;
smiles of love. I knew- nothing of their!
personal appearance. Only what [ gather
ed from their portraits hanging near the
parlor fire-place at Oakland-', and was
told by my grandmother and Mary. 1
had never felt the need of their protec
tion and cate. Love had taken me at
the gate of life, and thus far had led me
through thornless paths. Mv Grandfa
ther aud Grandmother had Ken to me
all that my heart craved, and so ! did
not shed, in my guileless simplicity,
one hypocritical tear.
Mary went, with me to look at the I
graves, and while mv grand-parents Were
in another part of the eeinetry, she bus
ied herself with narnting to me what
took place at mv fathers obsequies.
“ Oh Miss Claude,” said she, ** it was a
grand sight—the grainiest sight I ever
saw in all my days, though I’ve lived
with ihe Alston family all mv life, and
seen grand dinners and parties, aud gath
erings of all sorts It was the solemnest
thing too, that I ever dreamed of. Mas
sa Edward Alston your father, was a big
man. Not big in body—l don’t mean
that, for he was neither very tall nor ve
ry stout, hut a real gentleman, and eve
rybody set a store by him. He was not j
only the richest gentleman, but the best j
beliked gentleman in ail these parts, and |
he belonged to some Order of men, 1 for- j
get. w hat ye call ’em, who wear beauti- )
ful collars, and jewels, and aprons. — ;
Your father was the verv grandest one;
among them, and wore a beautiful sear- ;
let satin collar trimmed with silver. He!
had besides tiles of books and was the
benevolentest mortal I ever sot eyes on. I
He used to carry big baskets full of vie-)
finds away to give to.the poor, and used J
to watch with the sick, and there wasal-j
ways somebody coming to see him, and :
every body was praising him.
“ [ don’t think your, mother liked it i
much at first, when Massa Edward join ;
ed the Lodge. She was a pretty w>>m;u>, 1
but her health was always bad, ‘and at j
times site was melancholy. When Mas
sa Edward first joined the—Bhe —Odd!
Fellows, that’s w hat they call’em, Miss ;
Susan, your mother diifn’t like it. at. all, j
and took a hearty’en ing spell every time |
that ho went to the lodge. However;
she found a school-mate of hers, who
had been rich, but. afterwards Install her
property, and would have suffered, she!
declared, if it hadn’t been for them Odd I
Eel lows. After that, Miss Susan never j
‘cried anv more when Massa .Edwaul j
went to the lodge, and when he died,
she never said a word against their bu- j
rving-him. There were hosts of them 1
who come out here with the coffin, and :
thev marched so slow and solemn, with
black crape scarfs and some bine, and 1
some green, and there were some of them ]
carrying white ‘wands, and when they)
jYjjutJtere to the grave, they filed off to 1
;7IuP and -stood there, till
Massa Ei I iso am Ia 11 the mourn-1
ers had past through. Wln/iiAlx, £ajuLL>
—your mother’s minister, had
talking, and praying over the grave,:
then them Odd Fellows come around j
and their minister said some awfully sol- j
j emu words, about 1 man’s being born to j
j die,’ and a heap that 1 don’t remember,')
i and then he prayed, and afterwards t hey j
j all went up one by one, and threw in a
1 little sprig of evergreen, find then they
) all nmiohed away, as they had marched j
up hercfvwiih slow and solemn steps. I
due lament was the solemnest and grand- j
• I ever expect to see, and your
I mother sobbed like she would die.—
I l’oor,tiling: went, homeland took
! l l( T went
TWO DOLEARS A-YEAK, IN ADVANCE.
did n’t live but three weeks afterwards,
and then they brought her out here, find
buried her, and your grandmother took
you home with her from the funeral,
and you have lived at Oakland ever
since. y\ hen you grow to be a
young lady, you will have a fjjie proper
ty. So you must try and be a nice
young Jady, find do as much good among
ffre poor, as your father did.”
This was the first that I ever heard of
the Older of Odd Fellows, and MaryV
story made h deep impression upon my
1 mind. I looked up again, and studied
the inscriptions upon the rnonmiVents.— ‘
I could only spell a little, and Mary
could not help me much ;so I was not
greatly enlightened by my reading.—
| Hut all the way home, and that night
j after I was securely tucked by grawj
! mothei’s loving hands into my little Led,
i 1 mused abou.t my father’s burial, and
• concluded that if I ever came across one
jof these Odd gentlemen, described by
j Mary, 1 would surely pay him particu
lar dclicience, on my father's account.
“ Friendsh'p it> llic wine of life.”
I have said in a former chapter, that
I could only sj-ll h little. This allows
that mv early'education had bee u .some-;
what neglected, for at the age of ten
! yearn, many children read fluently and
’ well. My Grandmother left me to stray
about the house at mv pleasure, hjk!
J seemed to regard me as such a mere
j child, that books were'uncalled for, and
! unnecessary. But one day, my Grand-1
father saw me trying to dccipk *ri7Tr4fl J
seriptioo on a little blue mug, wJiieh j
i Mary, had given me for a Christmas j
; present. The words were “ For a (/rand 1
j child,” but they balfled mv ability al j
reading. I studied over them for full I
half an hour w ithout having made out
what the letters spelled. At length my
grandfather called me to him.’ lie was
seated in his large arm chair, wiiii kis
gouty foot cushioned Upon another,
which stood in front of him,
“Claude,” said lie when 1 reached his!
side, “-how old are von.”
“ 1 was ten last May, sir.”
“ Ten, and hardly know 1 perceive a ;
letter in the book ! Sijch ignorance is
top bad. You ought to be sent losehool.
You have been petted here by your poor
foolish old grand-parents too long— you j
will grow up. an ignoramus, and will 1
blush lor yourself, and make others blush :
for you one of these davs w la-n voti go out j
into society. Ollier little children at 1
your age, are reading pretty little hanks ‘;
full of bright, pictures, such as “ Old !
mother llubbnrd and her Dog,’’ “ This is
the house that Jack built,” and are great
ly diverted and amused by them, IcD
you cannot make.out a line on a pahiyj
blue mug. Such neglect and ignorance is I
shameful, outrageous, entirely tod bad,”!
and my grandfather took up a newspa- \
per, and pditFed out the various letters i
of life ilphabet, desiring me to pronounce 1
them after him. I went through the I
task with what abiliiy I could, ‘
proficiency was far from giving m v grand- j
father satisfaction. He laid the paper
upon liis knee, and looked straight into;
the lire for the space of half an hour.
. Meanwhile nrv giandmolmr entered l
with anew pattern for crimson tapestry
in her hands. S!n* was followed by both :
Lily and Calida. 1 longed i<> take mv j
dumb playmates and scamper away with
them down the gravel walks among the!
now leafless''shrubbery, but I Saw by the!
expression of mV grandfather's face, that !
he was deciding a point in my destiny, |
and did not dare to leave his side until!
he signified it to be Ids pleasure to have j
me do so. He immediately turned to:
grandmother and said,
“Alice, Claude is ten years old, and!
the child I find hardly knows her alpha
“ How should she ?” ask-'d my grand- j
mother. ‘No one has taken pains to;
teach it. to.her. She has lived here with
us ever since she was a baby, and we
have noVer hired a governess for her.— :
The child is not. to blame. No child
teaches itself, or obtains a knowledge of;
letters,bv intuition. lam surprised that
site knows as much as she does.”
“ True,” said my grandfather, “ verv
true,-wc .have taken no pains w ith her I
understanding but it is time for her to
be sent, to school, or we must hire teach
ers for her here. It never will do fur her
to grow itp such a liumbsculi.”
My grandmot her mtt-ed in silence.—-
She. evidently did not relish ihe idea of
my being sent otf to school, it involved
separation, ami 1 was the child of her old
:tge%*PKked tints far at. (laklaild, andj
quite as dea’Hy her .as anv of her
offspring had K4u. Mv grand
sat aud drummed anjjfif
with the ends o* lii> (mge mY T ft
“ I think,” said
; lari, “ that we had ■
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dertake her education, and we can look
after her then ourselves.”
My grandfather hemmed. “The great
difficulty I apprehend will he in getting
a suitable person,” lie replied. “Teach
ers are not the easiest got in the
world—especially good ones, and the
child must not have a bad one. A silly
weak woman, would he w orse than none ;
such an one would tie absolutely unen
durable at Oakland.”
‘At this period in the conversation, l
slipped away. 1 stole out upon the tei
race, and dropped crumbs from my tinv
lingers, down into the yard ladow, ; ind
watched the'pigeons that flew down in
flocks to pick t hem up. It was not quite
clear to my mind, whether I should like
a governess or not. It depended some
thing I thought upou w hat sort of a per
son she might he. 1 had heard Tom
j Morton, whose father lived on a neigh
boring plantation, talk about going to
school. From his description of hi*
school, I did not imagine that school
could he a very pleasant place. I asso
ciated the idea of it with straght jacket*
and hard benches. Tom had told me a
bout * dre*dful flogging which a boy,
about his size, had got one day just for
laughing out loud because a chicken got
into the entry. I knew'that if Lily and
CViide got into any great gambols about
the house, I should be.sure to laugh, and
the idea of being punished for it was
highly revolting to my feeling. Hut if
my geoverness should ybanco to be *
sweet faced, gentle creature, one who
would always speak as gently to me as
grandma and the servants did, I felt that
her company would be a great acquisi-
ETon-at. Oakland. I was debating this iu
my minuvilteiM*. chaise came dashing
up the broad carriageHmd leading to. the.,
Oakland*. It rattled through the gate
and stopped in the back-yard. A young
man leaped out of it, and after brushing
the dust from his fine uniform, went
round to the front door, and ruug tin*
hell. Mary answered the summons. I
got back as fast as 1 could into the housa
and ran to the top- of the front stairs to
listen. The maid was showing the stran
ger into the parlor. I afterwards heard
grandmother uttering s glad cry of sur
prise, and grandfather got up and walk
ed across the floor, Mary, said after
wards, in spite of his gouty foot. I could
not guess even, what guest had so unex
pectedly arrived. 1 heard a clear man
ly voice laughing and talking almost bois
terously below. Such sounds were un
usual in that still staid bouse, whore,
guests seldom came —where the work
went on like clock-work from years end
to wears end, and nothing like outburst
ing merriment was ever heard.
It was not long before the house-maid
came to seek me.
“ You must have your hair smoothed,
and your face washed in.mediately,” said
she, •• Miss Claude and go down into the
parlor to see your cousin. Mister Frede
rick Armstrong, who has been away to
a great Military school, and is going by
and by to join the army. He is dressed
vou don’t know how beautifully, with
silver things which look some-like wing*
upon Ids shoulders, and he has such u
handsome face, and laughs and talk*
with your grandfather and grandmother
as if he had known them ail his life, al
though he never was here before. You
must go into the parlor and see him.—
Yoilr grandmother sent me up here af
ter vou and you must have on your new
sacque, trimmed with braid, and your
very prettiest pair of pantalettes.”’
1 gave myself up into the girl’s hands,
mechanically. She washed my face, and
brushed inv hair, and tied the ends of
the smooth braids with blue ribbons,she
got out my prettiest dress, and drew
from my drawer in the bureau, a tinj
pair of black cloth gaiters. At last, mv
toilet was completed. 1 pecjH'd in th
large mirror, many limes, before I vnuU
satisfied that I looked well enough to
pear in the present*; of stick a
handsome, dashing cousin, as this
gentleman appeared to he. Hut at
1 summoned up all of my
went below. When I opened
lor deer, [ saw cousin Fie leryjfl ‘-.cfl
in t!i” nc. y light and w at nith^HHBBH
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