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Verty sent his voice before him a laughing and jubilant voice, which asked for Redbud. Fanny jumped up and ran to the door, just as the young man placed his foot upon the landing, and stood before the group. Verty made a low bow, and greeted Miss Fanny with one of the most fascinating smiles which could possibly be imagined. Fanny slammed the door in his face, without the least hesitation.

"I know what you are about to observe, sir; but, remember that the heart is not in our power entirely" here Miss Sallianna sighed, and threw a languishing glance upon Verty. "No doubt Reddy loved you; indeed, at the risk of deeming to flatter you, Mr.

Finally, he rose erect, and surveyed the sheet, which he had been writing upon, with great interest. Just beneath the words, "messuages, tenements, water courses, and all that doth thereunto pertain," Verty had made a charming sketch of a wild-fowl, with expanded wings, falling from the empyrean, with an arrow through his breast.

I love to read that." "What a long, weary flight the poor bird must have had!" "And how tired it must have been." "But God sustained it." "I know," said Verty; "I wish I had been there when it flew back. How the children if there were any children must have smoothed its wings, and petted it, and clapped their hands at the sight of the olive branch!"

"Yes, ma'am," said Redbud; "good-bye, Verty," she added, looking at the boy with her kind, smiling eyes, and lowering her voice, "remember what you promised me to read your Bible."

"Oh, Mr. Rushton!" "Yes, sir; you know not why I present that winter wardrobe to your mother," said the lawyer, triumphantly; "you don't even know that it is my present!" "How, sir?" "May I not stop it from your salary, I should like to know, sir?" And Mr. Rushton scowled at Verty. "Oh!" said the young man.

He was tracing with melancholy interest a picture upon the sheet beneath his pen; and this was a lovely little design of a young girl, with smiling lips, kind, tender eyes, and cheeks which were round and beautiful with mirth. With a stroke of the pen Verty added the waving hair, brushed back a la Pompadour the foam of lace around the neck, and the golden drop in the little ear.

"Oh, yes I think he is very pleasant and agreeable; he has just come from college, and Fanny says, has greatly improved though," whispered Redbud, bending toward Verty, and smiling, "she says, when he is present, that he has not improved; just the opposite." Verty sighed. The delicate little face of Redbud was turned toward him inquiringly. "Verty, you sighed," she said. "Did I?" said Verty.

While this message was being delivered, Roundjacket resembled an individual caught in the act of felonious appropriation of his neighbors' ewes. He did not look at Verty, but, with; a bad assumption of nonchalance, bade the boy thank his mistress, and say that Mr. Roundjacket would present his respects, in person, at Apple Orchard, on the morrow. Would she excuse his not coming out?

Who wonders, therefore, that Verty began to think that it would be a vast relief to him to have a confidant that his inexperience needed advice and counsel that the lady who now offered to guide him through the maze in which he was confounded and lost, knew all about the labyrinths, and from the close association with the object of his love, could adapt her counsel to the peculiar circumstances, better than any one else in the wide world?