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STRANGE CLAIMANT; OR, TWICE WED. -+- OIIAPTER III.-( Continued). up his residence, though^th« h°U&l1 he ^ad fixe^ UP°° tor considerably abov« tU 88 Was one in pretension abouts, and in the ordmai7 dwellings there- what was called t> r°mantic part of the coast, on Rehouse W KPga?g01iff' by the bui'der i„„ lnbabited, though it was left, in SandcomhA £ omplete. It caused quite a sensation discoverer! A D' °ne fine morning, workmen were SoiokerosH f m •ye(*. on tho long-deserted dwelling. tonishmB«f r°m1ltachimney,and soon, to theextremeas- Megtofn ° gossips, it was found that Saul Sutnour T\the new tenant and their neighbour. fifty Jiff' .1™ had assigned to this dark Btranger each dfemfJ1 c^aracters—all black as his beard, and her opinion X° ^an the last—soon began to alter smugglenf »!fn a smuggler, a spy upon the exile—I vno_ es(*aP^d convict, a Jesuit, a foreign naent of all a« w^at beside; but, to the amaze- acquaintan^ a» I penally unfolded to their One old woman w"hflen» ^nducted man. *be village ever went ^.8^.ouae 5 but> as no one from domestic habits were nnTv lto door' mnc^ of his ^iry, who took Sand WW°; .The^f">m the gang, told of the^uiet n«i„l 7^ *-»eek to Deep- ■who had met Saul in his solifn!? place; the men ^d along the beaS eavewZ^* OTertheclifc Wspoken, pleasant'way Tn Xtelh of the conversation; and once ahnM u- ?ntered »to tured on remaining u°ld Fchm> *ho bad ven- among the rocks ftfur t11 »W Playmate8 slunk away pathless to^h^w wWnflaPWCh,CamePuanin« beard" had given him H man witk the and relateda han<^l of pence aBkedhim hl had' mor<?ver' stroked his head, father r name' and if went a-flahin* This fact c of certain youthfui1^^ **7 subsequent experiments— example—almost estefentU*rsLur8ed by 80 signal an stranger, which reachiv ■ 6 rePutat">n of the Sunday f0un<i hi ^fed its climax when the following so com mend aki pariah churcb, and a begin- practice. Master iT8S ^G^owed UP by subsequent af«F«Kt to CviHf waB yoted 8n honour and somewhat in fv, ,a^ouBh the good folks were hood but it 1 ark as to hifs meana of lireli- 0ne Whole dav; n ascertained he went from home was tolerabl/iTTi, m^nth>and tbe Public mind a pension d J" the ldea thftt he went to draw In the IIMI of ,that" iad encounterpHh+i?ng COming from church, Meghorn bat, in token of »J°u Dg couPle> and had raised his touched his own. salute the young fisherman had but a verv^ aufu^' whom, I have said, he did not 8ee the down acquaintance, and certainly of his wife at this i e^es and too-ready blush >follies. He miahfr >io 6 rerQinder of her past arm, and the invotnnfV6 the closer hold on his arm, and the invotnnfV6 pressure to kia side; but a time had arrived wbo ary P.ressure to his side; but a or accounted for »i!°v.llothln^ is to be wondered at /and Aaron wag-In* „ a y°unS wife does or says, was suppo8e{j t 'according to the law established, and careful of ~~very proud, and very anxious He was retin>nJ« ln^eres';ing invalid. fe 1Dg, busy with hJ3 a 3°urney inland one even- thought nf i P fu vl81ons of afuture made brighter 'ith certain A 6r 1.ncreased happiness, not unmingled hichTav!^fifnanCial simulations, when a voice, to in. or some time been a stranger, hailed tf T> Bo dow?. lad why, it's ages sia' I see •d how "f0:1' and what hast thee been after? p» thee never looks in upon the missus pa gave but a cool greeting to the landlord of To„p^eP ° Day," who had never been much of a • j,, ,e v/1,h him, and made some brief excuse ition We"' we'l •' a pretty wife is reason en«w, Va v en°^ b11*" thee might look in when thee is g jt u ve some prime liquor in hand just now, » snou^Id cost thee nout, for old acquaintance \y both^»pI1^6d and then, as he walked on the it heinp /0,n^' expressed some surprise at the Yea it- K n ,py to custom, so far from home. i.toS'r4 hke*ne,be it? but I ha'been to j*d, for T K er'and I thought Td take the easiest fcankien tb^f1 j0/0?"8 as 1 were. But I say, (Tettv wifa n' ne6^ — °°k sharp now after this to live hJeaboui/' d° W Meghorn < What^n6^ and fronted him suddenly. ,Hre Tou nL J°U mea2 he "claimed. « How fcsghorn to her T** W tllat wa^ ? What is ft "Orf.. i Dashing down the heavy basket be carried the iflsherman turned npon the publican, and seized him 1" by the throat. | "Speak plain he shouted "8av ^AV.°rS fflSr tu Speak, then, and be cmick » ™ leasing his throat, but stilffiDin^M ranUen' Why, I thought you UP°° him. -I wouldn't have spoken if I hadn't^St^6* that they carried on, him and her 80— Hi/u and who 1 Whatthe-isityouione%n?" cried Aaron, shaking him. u Him ? Saul and your wife." It's a lie—a foul lie!" exelaimed the young man. Oh, well, if thee choose to say so. I only know I saw 'em times out of mind on the beach and among the rocka there—ay, up by the Ohine by moonlight, too, of evenings. Why, I thought everybody knew it. -wear, dear, I'd never have said aught, if I'd known, ■they said it was but a toss up which of yer she had ut there, it was nothing, lad—nothing—it's all gone and past. I don't want to make mischief—not I, ranklen, lad and thee'il look in and see the missus ay, do." The young man had relaxed his hold, his arm as?PPe(^ to bis side, and ho stood like one stupefied, i a." °'d sinner went his way hurriedly, and at the anrT'tk^ r'8k °f his neck, looking back every now hia -ien ^est' he should be followed bv the man whom B i7 1°DSU6 had stu°g *0 ^>7. reveni? was ,moVed by a deeper passion than braia-J • ideas were coursing through his indite*18 wife's caftious manners, her assumed With fJfCi r° M8 endearments, her fits of remorse, revolatio^h 116 Waa connecting these with the distorted and jU8fc listened to, and which was in -ertitude by his own previously-vexed Rnd all gon« dom^tic happiness. now, he would and trustingly at home till to the gossip of t)?Ve, '8^ened comparatively unmoved gorio to Nellv an^u mBn—at Jeast, he would have n,l,uko at h''r fn>> aVe ca^m^y told her, and, with a hB-ve so digmifisp-q ti?leP flirtation and concealments, D1ents- She 8°Iut,on of all their past dissgree- h(lr> worahinZr\\l Cai"e for bin;_he who doted on 6h:v not < ,l c walls that sheltered her- 'Terence «he f.him she strove to hide the in- Uicti ehti iiiti,,i 'l-' 11 would break forth at times Ir' was inS^01,8gaiB«^and ™tedlove. cliil's, within e 8frodo up aud down the Dufd&n-_thin_,l r" ot, home—he picked up his "then, rememhci. Purchased for her in the town 'kfcder, ha fiun^ !^g S°^e WOJrd or tone of the vile lis b&ske^ rj.y,d turned froai li the well-known light, the ruddy beacon that M often gladdened his return. He could have, the infOrraer-SaulMeghorn-himself-Oveq&a her—he had loved her so long, so dearly • e j his life, his all; he could not lose her and falg it—yet could he love her knowing her to o? ff What should he do? Should he her deceit—could he? No! he would ratne^.|^ her, and ask her, calmly, and in all really not care for him, her loving, baro- husband ? Was her heart indeed another sr m) He could no longer bear the uncertainty > see her, must hear from her own lips bis s Hurriedly he caught up the basket, »s it vag a leather, and dashing along the rocky P hisown door in a few minutes. the: He opened it as hastily, but his wife w jM The table was laid with the nicest ca » ,QW burned brightly, and the fire crackled anu ■ cheerily. All was awaiting him, all in re. j. said welcome," and gave token of ne where was she ? his vei The sadden tremour which ran tbrou? jcj told him how dear she was still, through a all evil report, and stern determination. red, Then, for the first time he remenibe_ > ,» ejaculated, God forbid I should do her m It was Dame Bullocks, old Dan's wife. from the adjoining room, with her "D^e'v.rt96 0f J and met the exclamation that was on anxious husband. fa- No, nothing the matter, she was only and as I'd happened to look in, I and persuaded her to lie down; sbes 3" bit." Then, after a pause, the good She's been a-sobbing, poor child, in her P. seems to have something on her mind; .M amiss, Aaron ? I ha' knowed ye from a cnua^ might tell me?" t ■. tn. PoOr tortured Franklen! here was fresb iu6J the fire that was consuming him. It was t^4^ appointed love, her mistaken union, his wite Pt/^ no doubt. Ji Oh! hew apt we are at conclusions wnen (j. tend to one's own misery! But he answere^^ good dame with truth, that there was nothi^J knew of. • Again she whispered, laying her hand upo^, arm with the kind freedom of a parent, I help hearing, ye know, my lad, and I have k%t say ye two aren't quite so happy as might ye know, dear lad, ye must just ha' ipatien<»- Nelly; she's a good lass, a sweet lass; a bit J*h and waywardlike, I know, bui mind ye, Aaro^ul never had no mother for to put her right, note's ways since she know'd the good of one—and sore misa. Ha' patience wi' her, there's a go^t a and all will come right; the little one wonders, my lad, you'll see; she will (c0^ °rk thoughtful and gentler like, wi' care o 'h^"ore Aaron, ha' patience with the young thing, fool" but young, and as good as gold—ye aren.. is me for speaking now, for ye see I 'j? my own, either one of ye ? ^as Franklen took the hand of the LI 4U both his own, and pressed it warmly and W«^9y in She little knew, well meaning as she was, g^ter. all the value of her words just then. T">oul, Precious oil upon the troubled waters of What a contrast to the last to which he ^ad bj«»oul! He looked round upon his home with a cle^^ned! and he breathed in peace; the evil tidings %Miaion, mouth publican seemed to die away foul- further off—he would not think of them. and A gentle voice from the inner rP01™j. dame, and Aaron heard her m expostulated the charge, who was insisting on rising to join her at his meal. band He hastened to add his protest to tnat neighbour, and with some difficulty s^Oe good inducing Nelly to remain where she in a hasty supper, and then came to seat bi»w « he took bed-side. "y her DameBuUocks returned home,afterrto. she should be called, did any fresh occ^jg that and they were alone. &rise-~ Husband and wife alone—each wi at the heart—longing to speak, J6 heaty bare to the other. 10 lay1 How many evils, how much ot (v world be spared, were perfect co °uld the betwixt such relations! Had Franklen but have hinted ™ k he had been told, all must have come*tfe what fidence, which was yearning for bes wy j the con* been his. v 0,ild Could Nelly only have related to r that for days past she had scarce c ^band how without meeting Meghorn on her P^« threshold reason she had to dread and avoid hk^Hd of the and self-reproach that haunted her, IZvt the fear her illness of that day—well, had i to have been very different. °»all migh But various motives held both si Once raising her pale face to hiss 44 about him. ff Ott her arms "Aaron, dear husband He bent down to her pillow. "Yes, dearest Nelly." „ She paused and sighed: then <4 dear sometimes, when I am J |w ]0ye yOl» miserable, thinking if I was to l^«elff j get so Aaron! what should I do without k'Ou, oh, de» me?" .t, o take She spoke tearfully, but witn a her tones. 'o? He was silent. Oould he doubt k must be true to him. "Let thop^ ? j* su honest fellow to himself, "} past ga'd bringing it up." And he kissed lot p^jn ber by back her words of love. ancl &os^eT OHAPTBE 11 T H E 8 T 0 B M B THK days passed on Nelly's BRJ^ 8< with them; and her health resfy3di8positioB diate cause for anxiety. ™ g^y n0 An unusually mild winter ha^. biting, inclement spring. Fiej^^j, -jed by » within the twenty-four hours to ^leg whicb compass, sorely vexed the sohi -nt of "down to the Bea," whether r of'iP —ho ^en craft, and of all who on shor^ g1jialler of suspense, nightly watched, P worge agony from the fulness of anxious hev." p^yed, hollow of whose hand are its (^pt'a0ne in the alone the winds cry ««hush,'bidding abashed. thfi 18 Great had been the loss 0(. e shipwreck on that coast in & j disasters The sun set upon families snriog found orphans clinging round P next da* mothers. Brave sons, the and parents and impotent eisterg, j/ »unnort of with talk of the coming day>t^uPP° farewell, office it should be to drag up £ k and bloody surf the mangled „Jj ^aerous vofs Weeping, and lamentation, bereavement, made d0?.^f^ the »%a8. nttle village, which had smiled Jk leftgant r and that winter's snows h^j £ auB of 0U e— beauty—that cruel spring. | 10 Amid this terrible afflict^ s out in a new character-^ jjeghorn an(j succourer of the suffering aiu c benefactor fi-5arcaused Iights -t0 Cussed. to be "fed from the conspicuous a signals Pied; boats -were, by his Jj}g dwelli°? °. ready for rendering assista^ers a j expense> and on more than ^hfiy.n it was P°?910(,if yolunteered to go out with "0e had tress; while at home, a vessel m « °r, Maimed fishermen ble^MniiL # the drown Nor was Aaron Frankle, ough the anxious fears wjLn, cAU of duJ' 5&«SLla2SS^. avoided the society ih°Z*b*°P°"Z nces made this somew ^te&k *hnt °ne occasion Saul ha^.M ^0rn 5 b o» manner as made it di^ljjcult. ° jn such a ltQ., without the impuSlt i 0n^ praises and flatteries of ^oh »nd the 1^testable to t^Vl°f eVe^ would have been, whJ Vk^an he ha^ quarrel tion, Aaron would haO Hh^rt&an provoca- His situation was j the his wife's concurraneX!? upon thftt, with event, remove to a vil? '> he a certain Nelly, on her partXT down &e coast Relieved for some KN V, ^6 mileS of trouble, sence of Saul Megk\ secret s°u lcome pre- with the fear that n^8t of u°. ^aS seized in frequent commu6Uwtt her p»th' he kneW to be into any closer en^Sw4nd.-wh,0^, should enter his coming to the crJW^ with involve The pure-minded «"cb 88 renewing an acquai A *k .he idea of and herself existed tNe« ^r9lB w to her husband, aj a m»n unk3°w" from hiai; and, th^\ h a presen her, she heard en0> >heVed, Saul to that they often wej.?^ ^on neve^_v,hours to kno Thus a sort of the n^° doom, marked the Stogether-^ of frw- thoughno unkindw^ hesifcatio » d ftBd W > The evil d^ys V^T90 of • n v. passed. The ski> t^a had to, have somewhat; they v»LeWh winds rnite of aid ancl V^, :and jb« ]m tb^r among the fornA^l?,ctl0"^Ls fortana^ backward. blessed 1a and willing labour, blessed him for what waa iut a*? fcore to than money, the service of strength as activity. Pit l,i5« had spent the day, after a night of toiling at ? n .n craft, assisting the removal of one of those itb tfhose home had been broken up, and I H. now sought a refuge in the town. ihn L.^e night v»as far advanced when he returned he K >d to find that Nelly had gone to rest, but she was and, as i» not surprising, all considered, in no ast %sant humour. 8(i6 began by gently upbraiding him for not being ton careful of his health, and neglecting needful but from one root of complaint grew another. You lea*? alone, and to serve strangers, VJ • I gometJmes think you don't love me as you did "^6," I might often doubt whether you ever loved me at 7 «il gaid Aaron, with more bitterness in his tone than was aware of. >Ut 4'«Ah! perhaps I his wife replied, her eyes i,JJ*ed uponthe fire, and in that tons of assumed in- Terence which chilled his very soul, brooding over )n'W haunting suspicion No he cried hotly you should not have been poor man s wife, Nelly; you need too much atten- ton and petting. T "I need not, unless I had chosen," she replied as 5 bitterly. „i daresay not. it is a pity y0u didn't choose I; « oh! it'8 nofc J?0 ,IaJe' 8h| exclaimed with flushed cheeks, and eyes that glittered as she turned them full irP°B/ -—: ajJ|aI1Pe that word! he cried, as i he sprang fr°m his chair, and dashing on his hat the had bufc,L^?)f^Uflhed1Pa8fc her, flung open l, the door, and l^P^ low paling out into the dark. She sprang after him to the door, to the gate, cried aloud to him to «>m«'back for mercy's sake—to come back that she was but joking. « Aaron! husband J dear Aaron!" The rocks sent backthedMpamng who, the wind moaned pitifully up the cleft, but he, far^below, was dashing head- long down the rugeed pathway to the beach. "To the boats? oh, he will go out, and the wind is rising off shore, she sobbed oh, Aaron mv dear dear husband, come back oh, do come back." The sleet began to fall, dark clouds were rapidly covering uP_ slle shuddered as the cold pierced to « heart, and weeping, she returned to the ^fer in all their disputes had he thus left her. ghe could n0, g0 ° bed—m the utter darkness she da^/tT6havee on^nehher "°»'d t. »r»d f° »«*»<>«*«' "tur.; bat .h.hioS?°!S increasing wind, andthesleet pattermg on thecaseLent. ghe made up the fire, for she thought he would surely and need the warmth, and oh how thankful she would be! how good, and kind• and never, nfer would she say such cruel things again ° But the hours rolled on; midnight had co £ > ^d was past; when, in the first hour of the mornSr the awSS ™waat surpassed The thunder roared, the sheeted J •»«« strain, -hla«e; the ram poured m torrents anil streams, swollen to cascades, dashed with a deafening gound to join their waters to the seething cauhW flhich hissed, and boiled, and groaned below All SEffiS Bsrsssssc; »• •«; £ ttu: 11 Trembling, she knelt upon the floor of W A JL «m*A from Z15S ifbg3 £ S= £ JTsfc never, never will (To be continued.)


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