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eyes and a black coat, I meant with a opening in surprise till, like a dissolvgray coat and black eyes, - I did n't ing view, it became another man's. know what I meant, — questioned her “Then, sir, will you do me the kindabout a lady looking like me, would ness," I said, tremblingly, “if a gentleshe tell him I had gone to Delmon- man inquires of you concerning a lady ico's? And then I cried.
of my description, to tell him that I “Niver bother a bit about it, be- have gone to Delmonico's ?” And gorra !” she replied. “ Sure and I with that it rushed over me, in a burnwull. An' if I'm not by meself, alan- ing torrent again, that he must take me na, there's my ould man 'll do ye the for one of those horrid women of the good turn."
assignations in the Personals, and would Blessed race with their blarney! decide that his duty allowed him to They forget all about you the moment further no such bad business; there your back is turned, but for the time was nothing for it but to bestow my being how they encourage you! The confidence upon him, and I broke out woman who has not a sympathetic with the exclamation : “It is my husIrish girl in her kitchen wants one of band, sir; and I am a stranger in town, the greatest blessings in life.
and do not know my way; and I have Quite cheered, I added a second re- lost him, and we are to leave to-night, quest. Could she tell me where Del- and the boat goes at five,” and it was monico's was?
too much for me, and then I cried again. "I can't that. Hi, Michael, — two “ I 'll tell him," said he. And straiglitcents yer honor, thanking ye kindly, way I felt as if I had one protector, and – whereabouts this Delumiker's is, could have embraced him on the spot. the 'tel?”
But I restrained my feelings, and meekly Michael gave me the direction; I hurried to my destination. gave him some pennies, and many I had always thought Delmonico's thanks, and turned back, following was on Broadway; there were two, I Broadway up to the corner of Cham- knew, and this must be the down-town bers Street. Still the thought haunted one; but when I reached the desigme, Would Charlie dream of going to nated place, no such place was to be Delmonico's for me? If I dared accost found. I looked about me, and, at a a policeman! There was one, but he short distance down Chambers Street looked so terrible; yet he could but a little modest sign caught my eye. kill me, and for what I saw I should Could that be the great and mighty have to pass the night in a station, or Delmonico's? How was I to know? else die a natural death, as it was.
I Must I have the misery of addressing paused in my rapid walk, and then another stranger, — could this one tell stepped up to him deferentially, - guar
me where I should find the ladies' endian of our manners, our morals, and trance to Delmonico's ? our peace. “Is this your beat, sir?” “ Could n't raally," was the response, I asked, timidly.
as the individual resumed his whistle, He looked down at me like Gog and and passed on with his hands in his Magog and Memphremagog, -- if that tan-colored pockets, leaving me only was the third giant's name, - but made the satisfaction of knowing that the me no reply. I had a nervous idea that rain was sousing him as wet as I was. he grasped his cudgel,
a handsome However, I made for the modest one it was, as if it were more agreeable sign, pushed open the door, ran up the to people to have their brains beaten stairs, and looked into the great room ; out with rosewood, - grasped it more peradventure – the wild thought flashed inflexibly; and I hastened to add, be- over me -- Charlie had given up the fore he could use it, “ I mean, do you
search and come here to wait for me; stay here, whether it rains or not?" I looked in, I say; saw a different
“I do," said he, his whole face slowly place, at first glance, from Welcker's or from Parker's, but no Charlie. I made certainly not with Charlie. It must be bold enough to ask the gentleman at late by this time; even if he came now the desk if this were the ladies' dining- we should n't probably have time to hall, and had no doubt of his surprise reach the boat, and it would go off, and at seeing me, on his answering in the my precious, precious manuscript on affirmative, leave the place as if I had board, and here we would be left in been shot. I dared not stay up there the great town without a single cent to in any one of those enticing seats, I bless us. What would become of me? must go down and wait in the open Something must have happened to Charporch, thence looking up and number lie; he must be dead; and I never ing all that passed the head of the should know! Tears – I am afraid I street; and, being seen of them, I could am great on tears — ran down my thus see all the people still who passed cheeks in unrepressed succession. along Broadway, and, if Charlie were A woman stepped up into the porch among them, I should certainly see beside me to find safety for a gorgeous him, and he might possibly see me. new bonnet, — she had some vain idea Still I waited and watched, and still he that it was going to stop raining presdid not come. My glasses were so ently. I asked her if she knew what blurred with the continual pattering of time it was, — I was case-hardened now, the rain that I hardly trusted them any - and she informed me by a lovely little longer. If I could find a messenger watch, with a tiny fox and hounds coursnow, I would send up to the Fifth ing along the chain, that it was five minAvenue, and have word left there as to utes past four, and put the finishing my whereabouts; but nobody passed stroke to my trouble thereby. But I that looked at all as if an errand would did not dare to ask her if she had not be an object. What a decent and well- made a mistake, and it was really four clothed set of people frequent Cham- minutes past five; I did n't want to bers Street! not a ragged one among know if it was, relief though it would them all. At last a boy with holes in have been. I watched the head of the his shoes – what delightful holes, shoes street as a cat watches a mouse. The handsomer than Cinderella's !-- shuffled woman wanted to open a conversation, by. I hailed him, forgetful of every- but I had to turn my head to hear what thing but my absolute necessities. she said, owing to the noise of wind and Would he do me an errand ?
rain and pavement, and finally told her * Where to?"
I could not talk, for I was looking for “ The Fifth Avenue.”
my husband, and was encouraged by “No indeed,” with a fiendish little her cheerful opinion that it was like laugh.
looking for a needle in a haymow. " But I will pay you."
Gentlemen were going in and out of the “Don't want your pay.” And he too doors behind me; they all seemed to went by on the other side.
have bold eyes. I fancied painfully Everybody hurried along, everybody and shamefully that they were all fast had somewhere to hurry to. I remem- men; one pleasant woman came out, bered my gay friends of the morning, and I blessed her for making the place sitting now in their elegant dresses respectable for such a castaway as I to with attentive groups around them, stand in. And still no Charlie. and here was I, lost, bewildered, shel- Still I stood there, puzzling, thinking, terless. Nobody knew and nobody resolving, and all at once saying to mycared anything about my misery. The self that Charlie was of such a free-andonly comfort I had was that I could easy sort, he had probably gone back still see my policeman, standing stolid to the hotel, and would expect me to in the storm. Where could Charlie be? turn up there, and we should remain in I began to get angry as well as all the New York while he telegraphed home rest, —- angry with fate, it may be, but for money. And, just as I was taking comfort, I remembered that you cannot . you there till everything else failed.” sign receipts for dividends by telegraph; And never did any triumphant Roman and the fall from my buoyant anticipa- with his trophies feel more pride than tion was fathoms deep into trouble did I when I vindicated myself and paand bewilderment and fright again. raded my newly found husband by the Suddenly I gave a start ; an omnibus woman waiting for the rain to leave off was passing the head of the street; a and save her gorgeous bonnet. “You great, broad-brimmed, black hat, and a see I found my needle,” I said. “Good pair of black eyes beneath it, were out by.” of the window, evidently in search of “ But how came you in the stage ?" some one through the throng upon the I asked Charlie, presently, as we burned sidewalk. Heaven be thanked ! it was our mouths with our soup. Charlie and no one else. I sprang into “Why, the steamboat landing I found the street without a word to my woman, to be half-way up town,” said he. “So regardless of rain or umbrellas or crowds I took a stage, meaning to ride down to or any one, and made after the omnibus, the Astor House corner as appointed, shouting“ Charlie! Charlie ! Charlie!” and if I did n't find you, saunter up.” at the top of my voice. Just then the “I don't believe I've been at the driver whipped up his horses; Charlie Astor House corner at all. But did never heard me; the omnibus dashed you suppose I would wait out there in along ; I dashed after it. My only sal- the rain ?" vation was in keeping that vehicle in “No, I fancy you know enough to go sight. I was a disreputable - looking in when it rains. Nevertheless, that thing enough, — wet, draggled, blown worried me out of my wits, as it seems to pieces, and dishevelled, and chasing to have worried you. But,” said Charsomebody in an omnibus. But if Char- lie, mischievously," I saw I must either lie did n't see me the crowd did; every- lose my luggage or my wife, and I debody looked, everybody turned, every- cided I would attend to my luggage!" body waved their umbrellas, everybody Do you wonder that I hate newsbegan chasing the omnibus with me, papers ? “Well,” said I, as we steamed everybody shouted Charlie, and at last, over the Sound at last, taking out my just as I was ready to drop, panting single purchase in ecstasy, after having and breathless, Charlie seemed to per- been reviled for finding no stores in all ceive that something unusual was hap- Broadway with anything in the windows, pening, glanced about him hurriedly, “at any rate, I have this." pulled the check, leaped out, and caught “Let me see it,” said Charlie. “Where
I never knew what joy was before. did you get it?” “You are a pretty-looking object,” I mildly told him, and was consterwas his first exclamation, as he tucked nated to see him fillip it with his thumb me under his arm and walked off. “And and finger, as he replied, “I thought as for me, I never experienced anything so! The great Bogus Jewelry Store; like it in my life, - could n't have hap- the place of Attleboro’splendors ! Vienpened in any other city under the sun ! nese workmanship, indeed ! eighteen Got an expressman to take my trunks carats fine, and the diamonds real! across; he promised to be there in fif- Thirty dollars! You are no more to be teen minutes, and if I waited a minute trusted with money in your pocket — ” I waited two mortal hours for the ras- Charlie stopped, recollecting the money cal, knew if I did n't, my luggage in his pocket that morning. “Thirty would all be dumped down in the dock dollars ! thirty cents would have been and made off with. However, I guess high, my love. It is n't worth the tin we ’ve time for a plate of soup at Del- it's gilt on!” monico's, — found a bill in my vest- . “ The natural consequence, my love, pocket. Was that where you were ? of leaving me to shop alone in BroadShould n't have dreamed of going for way!”
THE FOOT PATH.
T mounts athwart the windy hill,
Through sallow slopes of upland bare, And Fancy climbs with footfall still Its narrowing curves that end in air.
By day, a warmer-hearted blue
Stoops softly to that topmost swell Whence the mind drinks imagined view
Of gracious climes where all is well.
By night, far yonder, I surmise
An ampler world than clips my ken, Where the great stars of happier skies
Commingle nobler fates of men.
I look and long, then haste me home,
Still master of my secret rare ; Once tried, the path would end in Rome,
But now it leads me everywhere.
Forever to the new it guides,
From former good, old overmuch; What Nature for her poets hides,
'Tis wiser to divine than clutch.
The bird I list hath never come
Within the scope of mortal ear;
And the fair tree, his shelter, sere.
Behind the hill, behind the sky,
Behind my inmost thought, he sings; No feet avail: to hear it nigh,
The song itself must lend the wings.
Sing on, sweet bird, close-hid, and raise
Those angel-stairways in my brain, That climb from our diminished days,
To spacious sunshines far from pain.
Sing when thou wilt, enchantment fleet,
I leave thy covert haunt untrod, And envy Science not her feat
To make a twice-told tale of God.
They said the fairies tript no more,
And long ago that Pan was dead; 'T was but that fools preferred to bore
Earth's rind inch-deep for truth instead.
Pan leaps and pipes all summer long,
The fairies dance each full-mooned night, Would we but doff our lenses strong,
And trust our wiser eyes' delight.
City of Elf-land, just without
Our seeing, marvel ever new,
Sketched-in, mirage-like, on the blue,
I build thee in yon sunset cloud,
Whose edge allures to climb the height; I hear thy drowned bells, inly-loud,
From still pools dusk with dreams of night.
Thy gates are shut to hardiest will,
Thy countersign of long-lost speech, Those fountained courts, those chambers still
Fronting Time's far East, who shall reach?
I know not and will never pry,
But trust our human heart for all ; Wonders that from the seeker fly,
Into an open sense may fall.
Hide in thine own soul, and surprise
The password of the unwary elves; Seek it, thou canst not bribe their spies;
Unsought, they whisper it themselves.