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1.   e prosperity AND HAPPINESS OF HER FAMILY 88 IV CONTENTS. CHAPTEE Gropings and th
2. tters 205 CHAPTER Trials come not singly XVI. 219 CHAPTER John Wilde XVII. 235 C
3. lay upon the sloping lands between Only the wild the mountains, or around the r
4. Since morning the snow had been steadily falling, until not even the bleached he
5. and But there, inside Wolfert his family sat grouped about in the warm glow of t
6. igh mantlepiece were representing goodly scenes from the Old Tes- tament, while
7. Old Tes- tament, while upon the brightly painted hearth a pair of massive andiro
8. s under the roof and still more brightly itself into dashed the antique beaufet
9. hy of being glorified. And right bravely they gleamed in the red dancing fire-li
10. aken out and burnished and set in goodly array by fingers long since crumbled to
11. gh his wife and daughters with wo- manly vanity and many reasons soft persuasion
12. irit, proved each other with christianly holding up one another's hands, warming
13. what they were taught, and lived justly according to the lights they had. But t
14. got into their heads, and this generally got in thought had fair play their well
15. that stormy winter's night, their comely, honest faces fairly glorified fire, by
16. night, their comely, honest faces fairly glorified fire, by the golden radiance
17. have was finished. Very fair and comely were these two first daughters of the h
18. forms well developed ; and symmetrically rounded ; their features well cut like
19. n a heavy coil at the back of her finely formed head. little Their father, Wolfe
20. lic which was outspread the large family Bible, a of early English printing, for
21. pread the large family Bible, a of early English printing, for which the savans
22. ude line engravings and above the family record of his house for generations bac
23. formed, his lower jaw square and firmly set, cleft in the chin just redeem; ing
24. forehead broad full and modein a rately high, crowned with a crop of soft black
25. with a crop of soft black hair, thickly sprinkled with white. Dressed loosely s
26. ly sprinkled with white. Dressed loosely suit of brown homespun, which hung upon
27. y some sometimes that it it of the early settlers and wished history, for might
28. their eves, hearts and minds were fully satisfied when its usual occupant, thei
29. of them a very good idea and would only have if relics in a limited sense, gard
30. winter, and about which all her motherly There was yet another of instincts were
31. er of instincts were aroused. the family group present, who sat leaning against
32. d and while his in soft and ; delicately formed, his forehead ; serene his eyes
33. his kindred, who were good for, utterly at a loss to know what he was him to fa
34. FLEMMINGS. books, and read intelligently, but with 17 him it was a passion in wh
35. ions of his heart pictured on his lovely countenance. Mrs. Flemming came in now
36. ound, and passing her hand pered lightly and tenderly over her husband's head, l
37. sing her hand pered lightly and tenderly over her husband's head, little ; leane
38. the chore is finished. ; The poor silly calf is as com- fortable as can be but
39. zen, and the sleighing will be perfectly splendid. fall of I do admire to see a
40. g of the whose thoughts dwelt habitually on the infinite attributes Supreme Bein
41. and who searched the Scrip- tures daily, hoping to find in them —nay, believi
42. Sneath- " Yes," said Eva, laughing slyly, " he promised to tell Huldah how to ma
43. manage her hydrangers." "So. It is early to begin spring gardening," said the El
44. said Mrs. Flemming, knitting vigorously girl too, "a God-fearing and raises the
45. €”turned, of his and wife, looked fondly at the figure great, smoothed her hair
46. rt troubled about brown hand very gently, and said: "Martha! Martha! thou many t
47. t " was no fun to have raised the family I have " — And the husband — " Nons
48. is own sagacity," said the Elder gravely, for he could not bear to have her trou
49. angled meeting house ?" They are greatly excited over it it, and guards its are
50. eing torn down," said the Elder, sternly. "What Romish?" in the world sort of se
51. er husband. " Land sakes ; ! I certainly heard it is a knocking somewhere I hope
52. e door; then, turning the latch, quickly opened and was almost thrown on him. of
53. ff his feet by a man and falling heavily The wind rushed and snow, in with a wil
54. voice, clear and distinct, yet slightly tremulous with excite- ment, rose out o
55. . Courage, child, close the door quickly.' The wind was blow- ing with tremendou
56. back to the sitting-room, moving slowly, for the weight of the frozen man was h
57. d is happen at our door. I think he only benumbed with to their sitting- the col
58. er laid his unbid- den guest very gently down on the broad chintzcovered lounge,
59. vest and and no laid his ha,nd anxiously over his heart; for there was no pulsat
60. and that will let in heat cold. faintly. "It beats," he said at last; "beats ve
61. e rubbed the stranger's chest vigorously. "A few drops of brandy, mother —now
62. ” " And they rubbed him and minpatiently, istered to him long and life and hopef
63. tered to him long and life and hopefully, dis- as the signs of grew more frequen
64. w more frequent and tinct, until finally his stagnant blood flowed slowly his ve
65. finally his stagnant blood flowed slowly his veins. and warmly through eyes, He
66. lood flowed slowly his veins. and warmly through eyes, He opened his and looked
67. did not know; they had not Mrs. heartily glad that he even thought of who or wha
68. o or what he might be. Flemming was only was not THE FLEMMINGS. an Indian, and t
69. eatured. girls 25 thought him uncommonly fig- There was not the smallest ment la
70. thick tawny beard, icicles, grotesquely covered with leisure. which were meltin
71. w ; The sisters but they recognized only one fact concerning him, and that was h
72. hosdrank the hot fragrant coffee slowly, difficulty in He and with some began t
73. side." face A gleam of joy up the homely the stranger; he stretched out his hand
74. gether easy about his absent son. safely He orlie might be might be ; housed at
75. s to silver my room." the Elder, gravely. "Let the " Is it be," said seemly for
76. avely. "Let the " Is it be," said seemly for Christians to hold a halter in one
77. ing-room a little while after the family had retired, and bolt the door one down
78. which for years trou- bled him secretly, thinking deep thoughts which led him i
79. st came ance He had a stooping, ungainly figure, returned their salutations with
80. r upon the tray, spilling into a freshly-filled bowl of her best contents maple
81. lush coffee. he held his knife awkwardly poised, and with a hesitating bashfulne
82. ating bashfulness, said : " I'm heartily obliged to you ; all for your kindness
83. lost me on the moun- me my way entirely." "You have had a narrow escape I don't
84. and said in fervent tones : May the holy Mother of God reward you" There. It was
85. e very bosom of this good Puritan family, that their guest was neither Indian, u
86. . 32 THE FLEMMINGS. simple soul, utterly unconscious of offence, drew a chair up
87. all of that he had lost his his earthly goods, in the drifts. He thought, as we
88. speak to my father, said Reuben, kindly. travelled when he comes in," Then he a
89. g entranced. " Reuben," she said sharply, " come, get down THE FLEMMINGS. 33 som
90. ut at the snow, which still fell heavily. He drummed softly on the glass, and hi
91. ch still fell heavily. He drummed softly on the glass, and his great eyebrows lo
92. e sign that he was perplexed and hastily ; annoyed. But he never acted it was hi
93. his measure way to look things squarely in the face, to in length, breadth and
94. g, who left the table almost immediately after him, came in. She did not speak u
95. lf for battle, for he knew from terribly ex- his religious point of view that sh
96. urpose.'' " Yes," said the Elder gravely, " he is a papist there can be no doubt
97. h an idolatrous papist; and he certainly must not stay under this roof." "What w
98. s roof." "What would you have me gravely do, wife?" said the Elder, as he turned
99. trine, from whose pages we have not only found a safe guide, but learnt the unct
100. his broad hand 38 THE FLEMMINGS. kindly upon her shoulder, "would you have me,
101. for my right hand anger is you I lightly, but the question between us one that m
102. to come to, after listening to a rudely eloquent account of a battle on the rom
103. o be, while his feet stuck up helplessly through the broken meshes of the loom.
104. led loose, and putting his arms tenderly around his mother, promised and his mot
105. pitiless window, looking disconsolately out at the white storm. was ironing-day
106. d Eva and ; Hope were ironing the family linen rosy, cheerful and happy, they sm
107. ps of song, filling the room with homely but sweet and from the fire, music as t
108. the tender Eva and Hope, hearts, womanly pity of their had spoken now and then i
109. d how much was to be social and friendly but there was their work to be done, wh
110. sort of moral check-rein on their kindly natures; so he had dropped into prospec
111. u have your pack," said the Elder kindly. sir, " Faith, trifle and I have, I'm a
112. McCue, and We will get shovels presently, turn over the drifts around the door w
113. e house ?" "Yes, sir; yes, sir —surely/' said Patrick, brightremimber, seeing
114. hin to yourself, yez," he said fervently. Down dropped the Elder's red. heavy ey
115. ? this it Must Would it be a christianly act to rebuke Yes, he thought so. benig
116. er's face. Are you convinced, and firmly persuaded, that is right, what you prof
117. nd a something in the Irish- man's reply, which came very near calling him a hea
118. ions, it I'm a Catholic ;" ac- cordingly then, to his views, was an acknowledgre
119. cCue, who, ignorant as he was in worldly lore, could have enlightened him upon m
120. y way of an Irishman's way when his holy faith is insulted. So the Elder, in his
121. der, in his grave and gentle voice, only said God is sufficient for all men, and
122. race of are a simple, God-fearing family, serving spirit Him in and taking no ac
123. tarry with which you are safe, heartily will welcome to do until the roads are
124. he Son of ; God paid such an but he only said : finite price for his salvation "
125. trick McCue ! thought " Well, and surely this bates Bannagher first to find myse
126. the drifts for the missing pack. Nearly up to their shoulders in snow, they wor
127. worked on, plying his shovel vigorously while lightly as a he tossed the great
128. ying his shovel vigorously while lightly as a he tossed the great ship tosses th
129. ould, seeing that he was cold and nearly out of breath w hen suddenly, T just wh
130. and nearly out of breath w hen suddenly, T just when Flemming himself began it
131. w Over It where ought to be, who briefly said " father's work-room;" and thither
132. he could bless himself in the name Holy Trinity, knowing it to be a sign of his
133. the padlocks at each end, until finally he open- ed it, Eeuben looking on with
134. glad to have the book Mr. McCue, ; only I was afraid I might be robbing you I'l
135. d he else, McCue and everything suddenly his vision of delight was dispelled by
136. ; like it," said Patrick, with a kindly smile and they went down to dinner. be
137. hich neither he nor any of his it family had ever visited, distant, being a hund
138. rison, and not treated at his too kindly there, "for just taking a suck pipe on
139. and thought Boston must be a most godly place. Then some one asked him about se
140. iii no excuse was suffi- puritan family to linger ; around the table when a mea
141. d thanks" and the Irishman made devoutly the blessed sign of the cross upon hims
142. ose udder lie made her low complainingly, began to tell the girls about the danc
143. mother not but I did. I told offensively, mind you; him that his cross, and pray
144. d it, more than I," she said approvingly. did he " father, any " And what I mean
145. man must be singing some of his ungodly songs there, where the Word has been re
146. ing a muleteer song while he accomsoftly jingling the tongs against the brass gl
147. r ; they for- got Patrick McCue's homely face and red head, his superstitions an
148. his voice, like one of those exquisitely toned old Straduarius violins in its cl
149. eatherworn case, uncultivated but rarely sweet, melted into some of the ballads
150. akes, large and fleecy, that fell slowly here and there, gemmed and reddened by
151. und to dis- turb this grand repose, only a low quivering chime rang out now and
152. soft clash together. full But presently a confused sound lusty cheer, of voices
153. like a mother up and kissed her : fondly, while she whispered "Thank God that yo
154. end ;" after while he shook him heartily by the hand. sure, sir, "And I'm up yon
155. of all 61 —for the little woman dearly loved an occasion like this, when she c
156. Wilde happy ; sat beside other, quietly and Eva, who was thought in the country
157. out of his Irish wit that he completely turned the laugh on the other side, and
158. rything in perfect order, leav- ing only the Elder's table, upon which lay open
159. able, upon which lay open the old family Bible, in the centre of the room. Patri
160. ul hum of voi- filled the room. Suddenly the Elder cleared to his table, sat all
161. Cue found himself in the midst of family off to He would have stepped bed if had
162. th ; said the dear old but he was fairly cornered, and listened to the narrative
163. een it all. He sat and listened, gravely twirling his thumbs over each other, be
164. ing his thumbs over each other, benignly thankful that his entertainers were not
165. nd it Patrick thought sounded pleasantly, all those full round voices swelling o
166. INGS. one of the old quaint puritan only been out of it 63 airs; and if lie it h
167. t do with himself, until they all fairly what knelt down, then he drew out his r
168. and she saw him bless himself reverently with the crucifix, then kiss it, after
169. ught they might posHarbor. Patrick sibly get as far as Centre McCue was going wi
170. ul to him for going ; and with a womanly sort of pity for the lone stranger who
171. leigh harness, he his desk. saw a neatly took it wrapped package lying on it He
172. ned the wrapper, and found a book neatly bound turning to the title-page, he rea
173. of such a book as that would be not only culpable. to Patrick first but it He wo
174. her soothe or avert. high-colored, badly executed print, but story with a graphi
175. might mean, it was beautiful in its holy expression of serene peace. thrilled Bu
176. ng on Hope's shoulder, gazing upon "Only think, Hope," said Eva in a low voice,
177. something of her father's tone in " only think of her being there, close beside
178. o is it do you think " asked Hope slowly. Don't you see, that must be Mary, the
179. tand this much because appealed strongly to their worest manly sympathies, but t
180. appealed strongly to their worest manly sympathies, but the at was a sealed boo
181. NGS. it it hurt no one, and is certainly very pretty. ' I should like to put in
182. at sorrowful scene on Calvary so plainly before me, and makes it it seem so all.
183. man bought with other things very likely. No, I don't think he knows of salvatio
184. orm, pretty much as the pedler was, only she was ill, and died that night in thi
185. heard the rying in, found mother nearly suffocated and the her, with squaw star
186. or she referred to it ; and she finally told them both never to speak of it in
187. en, as she wished it ! to It be entirely forgotten." " Poor little mother was fr
188. ave our mother, alive, out of the deadly clutch of a poor delirious wretch not c
189. 71 comforts and quilts, they ran lightly down their stairs and were soon chattin
190. ir stairs and were soon chatting merrily over sewing, about the grand sleighride
191. ere it, but was nestling light invisibly — cumbering it nothing, so its was an
192. send life. Cold weather now set steadily in people agine. such cold as who live
193. who live in southern lands can scarcely imThe roads, hard packed with frozen sn
194. aptist should have abode among the godly after which followed a discussion on th
195. it as with a their first and they firmly believed that to cherish God and man wa
196. hope which kept tering, them from wildly infidelity alert, ; and straying into o
197. many a as they poor half-famished family received gifts stopped a moment in fron
198. ed happy and close at the They generally looked main chance, but on the whole we
199. on the whole were as -humane and kindly of heart as most people, fulfilling all
200. ecorated with fringes and bells ; snugly tucked in with Canadian blankets and co
201. that Nicholas threw around her could fly, then sped, swiftly as any swallow alon
202. around her could fly, then sped, swiftly as any swallow along the up-country roa
203. crisp dazzling atmosphere, so gracefully did the long blue shadows sweep of roya
204. s down their sides like the folds softly bordered with ermine, so waved the gree
205. fing of ice. This region was not thickly settled; the noisy clangor of modern pr
206. rhood as could be located, were the only changes the swarthy ghosts would have s
207. he Sabbath day, but in reality keep holy the day established by the Catholic Chu
208. 77 man who had been nursed in the early cradle of puritanism and who laid down
209. t, disintegrating the Scriptures blindly and at will with much unction, and had
210. icles of the other, Westminster Assembly " in the Father Ray — as he was calle
211. religion was not, after divine the holy and power they had thought it to be. Bu
212. d sweeten the routine and toils of daily life ; their souls bris- tled with the
213. heir interpretations of the faith ; Holy Scriptures in there was nothing done fo
214. les, never losing sight of their worldly affairs, until another Sabbath rolled r
215. , although a just man and living a godly life before the world and his brethren,
216. f among their peo- and were consequently the and warnings from many stern reproo
217. old minister. On this bright and lovely day, when amidst the pearly lights rest
218. t and lovely day, when amidst the pearly lights resting on the glistening peaks
219. se handsome, intelligent looked brightly out from under his cap of Bussian sable
220. mfortable while absent the exceed- ingly doctrines of "universal salva- tion," l
221. . among them "When they were comfortably seated, each in a well-cashioned arm-ch
222. glad came " " said is the Elder heartily. George a thorn in my flesh, a reproach
223. many prayers," said Father Ray, sternly. "What are his notions?" asked the Elde
224. ed ; and to fill the climax of his folly he has the it. audacity to say he has S
225. strange doctrines. of George in is only one many, and it was so even my young d
226. at the Elder, who met that all it calmly, differ " You know who from us show Scr
227. so," replied the minis- ter in a sternly authoritative tone. " It is because of
228. ive tone. " It is because of the ungodly and carnal imaginations of such as wres
229. ings as to his state." is " That exactly ths I feel about myself, until sometime
230. in, and after text to the articles apply text of belief in which I was raised, a
231. to crumble all my conversion, I publicly professed and accepted, and lo you! som
232. e your condemnation. But I do not easily see the drift of your words.'' " Well,"
233. hat takes place in baptism." " Certainly." " But when Nicodemus asked Christ aga
234. a of water" " Christ spoke figuratively," said ; Father Bay, in of " for how ca
235. ater ? selves He meant by baptism simply a dedication of themto service, as an o
236. roubled expression in his eyes. can only set said, what we are taught against wh
237. at the discrepancy ! He and see Not only what His own words 86 declare, THE FLEM
238. r of regeneration, and renovation ' Holy Ghost.' are told, He baptized among who
239. vity, justifi- which we believe can only be eradicated by cation by faith ? Thro
240. he gifts name your sins, you of the Holy ' Ghost.' 'Arise,' sin.' said Ananias t
241. ood reason," said the minister earnestly. " Put it away —into the it fire, or
242. e; "I stick to my old Bible. is an early it Lutheran edition is ; and what so ne
243. fi- means, and understand experimentally what by faith is. I cannot admonish you
244. you in the most sol- emn manner the only to have recourse to prayer ; that is we
245. weapon by which you can in victoriously combat these doubts. Pray without ceasi
246. E PROSPERITY AND HAPPINESS OF HER FAMILY. " Yes, I will pray on, hoping for ligh
247. n the pages of word,' where I found only peace, I discover contradictions which
248. tthe One True Fold, though there be only a few are honest enough to admit the fa
249. gs, and search the Scriptures diligently only to find outside of the texts on wh
250. nd search the Scriptures diligently only to find outside of the texts on which t
251. is a false, idolatrous —know that only in the Holy Catholic Church, which ackn
252. idolatrous —know that only in the Holy Catholic Church, which acknowledges the
253. , from time into a bound] ess infinitely glorious eternity ? liever there is no
254. cord in the belief in To the true beHoly Scriptures, for his is no ephemeral an
255. f His Son, and it ; vivified by the Holy Ghost who abideth with is divine, a fai
256. er the tempests, and buffeting of nearly nineteen centuries ing hills, more glor
257. as, Precepts and usages. He was ing only one of many God-fearing, truth-seek- me
258. nst His Church. guide, but He had sorely he the Bible for his we see how was con
259. hem from the knowof ledge of your family, lest you scandalize the weak and unreg
260. which accounted for very satisfactorily to her mind, for it was utterly impossi
261. actorily to her mind, for it was utterly impossible for her ever to disassociate
262. mote upon Father Bay's ears so gratingly that when he came and displeased in his
263. hen he looked around the handsome comely young faces, all drawn into a serious s
264. were thinking then, as if "how unlovely religion is;" satisfied with this outwa
265. dered a harpy or something would not fly down and in seize the good things befor
266. hich by and " free agency " were gravely discussed, spirits. which quite extingu
267. e was heared an instant but as instantly hushed. The ter ries, " pedler fellow "
268. s. George Merill thought Eva more lovely than he had imagined strained grace tio
269. n innate purity which made her strangely beautiful, and he resolved that he woul
270. ine sigh from the depths of her motherly heart over ; the Elder looked on the sw
271. ; the Elder looked on the sweet come- ly faces of his daughters and the brave ha
272. ; try religion a more winning and lovely yearned tenderly over true thing to the
273. more winning and lovely yearned tenderly over true thing to them for his heart t
274. God has here if prospered us abundantly, arid our home is happier than most. In
275. ve been as we two." the pity. as happily matched and mated wife " I'm afraid the
276. they are going of that marry so suitably, and will have none rough close struggl
277. sgiving-days. are mistaken, it is likely, grandchil- But you ; about George Meri
278. match," replied her husband complacently. I should not like " Only Eva ; to go s
279. d complacently. I should not like " Only Eva ; to go so far off." " Neither shou
280. r, the old home be very empty and lonely for us when they all I think we shall h
281. this house your kingdom," he said fondly, while a warm glow of happiness passed
282. ar that his life will be spent uselessly. I can't imagine what he will do," sigh
283. very indifferent," said Hope teas- ingly. " No, I am not indifferent. !" I like
284. ood night, I should swered Eva seriously." " "Well I guess that's something ; I
285. he placed her hands on each side lightly of her head, hair. and pressed her chee
286. . on the rag, lost in thought. Presently she reached out her hand and took her B
287. the Mother of Jesus to her, it actually seemed something new think of it now sh
288. ink of it now she came to that this holy Mother was not a myth, and had but an a
289. ashington had stood far above this lowly Virgin Mother, who was altogether subli
290. clear analytical brain and keen womanly per- ceptions, it is not strange that s
291. to wondering how this Mother could only stand weeping and sinless suffering by
292. ring in cruel torments, when seemed only then she human deavor that she should h
293. ere was not one of them, she was morally sure, who if they could not have rescue
294. esis, first chapter and search carefully through every line to the last and vers
295. every line to the last and verse of Holy Writ, down if word in make it out. Then
296. er of the Saviour of the world, scarcely known, never venerated, never spoken of
297. but in the lowest esteem of all the holy it women named out, fell in the Bible.
298. esied that a " sword of grief Yes, truly was she unlike should pierce her soul."
299. ple fled dropped and hidden by presently its ruf- made by its fall, until pulsat
300. It was true. There was nothing, humanly speaking, for the Flemmings to wish ,we
301. Father Ray's sermons ; but she scarcely gave herself time during the busy week
302. her solace in ; her household and family cares itual and for any spir- anxieties
303. over the furrows effort to Ray, not only with water, but with the old minister's
304. n his arms and blessed, when he was only a few hours old, beside the bed of his
305. expected and Hope John would get as ugly and sour 104 as Father THE FLEMMINGS. B
306. see that he was again, but Hope was only a shade more serious than usual, did no
307. e grow disagreeable or sour. He way only exthat she ; horted her now and then in
308. ng on in the shadow of darkness, blindly groping for the keystone of the arch, w
309. the poor guage of human reason. Happily r from try- such temptations, his whole
310. make them harmonize either symbolically, prac; tically or theoretically so find
311. onize either symbolically, prac; tically or theoretically so finding that this p
312. olically, prac; tically or theoretically so finding that this per- petual study
313. s per- petual study of what became daily a deeper mystery to him, was beginning
314. brought a good circulated more healthily, appetite with him to the repast of bea
315. potatoes and brown bread that was daily set before him, while he found mental o
316. les hinged themselves. He believed truly, THE FLEMMINGS. honestly and with all 1
317. believed truly, THE FLEMMINGS. honestly and with all 107 the strength of his wi
318. d, Redeemer who came upon earth not only to ransom man, but to found a law of Fa
319. rch in which was vested a power not only to remit sins, but to ana- athematize t
320. ana- athematize those if who stubbornly refuse to hear it, he was to credit the
321. le, which he had always held as the only drifting farther and farther true rule
322. it was something like it to be outwardly holding with the all shallow belief of
323. nturies ? "There must a maggot in surely," he sometimes thought, "be my brain, o
324. , was no man but Flemming heard and only replied, ;" that he had to say patientl
325. replied, ;" that he had to say patiently, to " I was compelled go away which, al
326. led go away which, although not entirely satisfactory, was worth, coming from hi
327. ng's mental disquiet, because his family had not the remotest idea that he was t
328. s not in all the broad land a more truly happy and united home circle, or one bo
329. he brightness, noticed a shadow suddenly over your head and flit like a thing of
330. , much to his own sur- he looked chiefly at his motives and aspaying much attent
331. d in some household sewing in the family room, gossiping cheerily over the fairs
332. g in the family room, gossiping cheerily over the fairs of the little afall neig
333. was one of the moral laws of this family to which they scrupulously adhered 112
334. f this family to which they scrupulously adhered 112 THE FLEMMINGS. George Meril
335. ; it puckers them I can't it, up morally, and makes them crabbed. make only it o
336. rally, and makes them crabbed. make only it out, and shouldn't bother myself ove
337. ver preaching to me, that I get heartily sick of it." " r Tour grandfather is a
338. all miss you, George," she said frankly. "I am glad " to think that I shall be
339. t I shall be missed," he replied gravely. You have taken a good long holiday ; b
340. s. Flem- ming. " No," he answered simply ; " I shall never forget like half " th
341. uldah ; but I expect them back presently," said Mrs. Flemming. Then it seemed to
342. so like her father's, and looked frankly into his. "I cannot return the preferen
343. , perhaps," he interrupted almost rudely, " there is some other person towards w
344. ent in her eyes. Then pitying him gently, for the breaking up of the hopes that
345. ar with your caprices and wait patiently; but I will not give you up, rememwaste
346. an idle pursuit. not receive your family, I will give As a friend of the you wel
347. their own and the and pleasant, friendly things that were said to him, the sorro
348. sserted itself, 117 and he I want merely uttered the simple truth. " And for you
349. ed out. You have my best wishes, womanly blush George," she replied, while a sof
350. va, as she stood with her arm carelessly thrown over Hope's shoulder, while an a
351. Merill." so, Not Eva he answered bravely " I only do what any other honorable th
352. so, Not Eva he answered bravely " I only do what any other honorable their sanct
353. u have answered me, and pretty decidedly too, remember ; I do not accept your an
354. ts tell from one another, I speak openly, and again, before you them all, that I
355. stancy shall win you," he added manfully. 118 THE FLEMMINGS. Since will " It wil
356. d, George. you are so very frank equally so ; in your wooing, I be and I positiv
357. ; in your wooing, I be and I positively decline, before all these Eva with spir
358. lf I don't in- tend to marry. the family." I am going to be the old maid of " "W
359. nds, but she withheld hers. you ; ; only treat you as one honorable person shoul
360. I am very happy here," she said bravely. THE FLEMMINGS. " " 119 You are heartle
361. ves. ben were never angry with me Surely you would not like a wife who could not
362. I could win your love," he said quickly, hoping that she would relent. "There h
363. arrassing. left Then she turned abruptly away About five'minutes off as if his t
364. ng rider had dug the spurs pretty deeply into his sides. No one said a word to E
365. m, and shut her- then had a good womanly cry, for she was : both sorry and exasp
366. position he did after she had positively rejected at the him ; but most of all w
367. aken place in the presence of the family. being treated Eva Flemming could not b
368. she and her knew how his cost. perfectly in earnest she was, firm purpose, as Ge
369. cted no change. The fire burned brightly; between the andirons simmered a row of
370. d a large stone pitcher of cider, slowly warming at ; on the other side the cat
371. eems to me ! that you are all uncommonly quiet to-night I scarcely feel at home,
372. all uncommonly quiet to-night I scarcely feel at home, mother —what is it all
373. over his knee, and turned his quiringly from one to another. mild eyes infelt H
374. nd down and folded her sister's lovingly in it but she Eva a little paler than u
375. ” — handsome ey&s, and looked steadily at the unquiet felt intuitively that co
376. steadily at the unquiet felt intuitively that countenances around her, and if th
377. be the to create a discord in the family it harmony, always so perfect; but was
378. ts from each other, and speak out openly of whatever troubled them she took hear
379. throw is him over " It like that." silly caprice, would be a and a wicked one, ;
380. er but the cases, you know, are entirely different," said Eva, with spirit. Nich
381. as subsided and held his peace, directly for this came home to him. " George wil
382. , for his ; own sake," said Eva, quietly " for he will more I easily forget his
383. Eva, quietly " for he will more I easily forget his disappointment up here when
384. his head, Eva," said her mother, curtly. " Is it stuff, mother ? I only meant t
385. , curtly. " Is it stuff, mother ? I only meant to comfort him !" she answered, w
386. im. of the ideal, soon forgot the family discussion going on around His mother a
387. "I am sorry, mother," she said, gravely " but I do not wish to marry —least o
388. long as I live," said Eva, more quietly. THE FLEMMINGS. 125 as long as "And you
389. arling ?" " her eyes appealare not ingly to her face and said, " Then you Well â
390. ing needles clicked with vim. his kindly, right. At last the Elder said slowly,
391. ly, right. At last the Elder said slowly, in daughter, you did even tones, "My T
392. k you, father," she replied very quietly. " Now let us be as we were before," sa
393. otatoes on that slope they'll come early not wonder there, if and fetch a high p
394. I can get them if into the market early enough. late, But we have a soggy sprin
395. en ?" " It'll be a poor chance for early potatoes, and hard to de- on people who
396. pend on. Have you seen the Deacon lately, " No. father?" I shall have to see him
397. 's ear with a straw. The Deacon was only talking about if night, and seemed very
398. erious misgivings, for she was " morally sure," she declared, u that before they
399. desk, with a natural regret that lutely against her Eva had set her face so res
400. d together over the fine and beautifully made lingerie of Hope's trousseau, and
401. other in their peculiar way, Mrs. wardly fretting to lose at the Flemming inover
402. ing loth, and with a pardonable motherly pride, to talk over Hope's good prospec
403. over Hope's good prospects, said plainly to all of which Miss Deborah lis- tened
404. - ed ;" which meant —when if literally translated —" I shouldn't be sorry gu
405. dvocated at utter defiance, and heartily hating everything that she liked. to So
406. ead Grandison," and " Evelina," the only two novels she had ever seen, which she
407. to cover the skeleton with flowers. Only in one thing had she profited by her au
408. ause their coming seemed like a friendly indication of what he might expect abou
409. strange misgivings. After he got fairly seated, and they were .all waiting for
410. e aim at him with her eyes, said sharply " Wal, now, Elder, I hear you're making
411. GS, " 135 It is a Yes ; I have it nearly finished. good thing for harvesting hay
412. s in the world," replied, good-humoredly. got that out of books, I suppose ! " Y
413. ity for an hour. Then she turned sharply said, " ? around toward the girls and E
414. w it shall be trimmed," said Eva quietly. it, Wal ! and so techy about it. too.
415. e hadn't, then," answered Huldah saucily. " I wonder you didn't set your cap for
416. ot to have you there in your Fortunately, at this his mother came into the momen
417. hem and the chair together instinctively grasping at she something to save herse
418. nstant would have boxed his ears soundly, when Huldah grasped hold much laughter
419. ed with laughter that she could scarcely find breath enough to say : " I declare
420. quilibrium, but not her temper, directly after dinner, to the great Flemmings, t
421. xt Sabbath." She had been this, secretly troubled for weeks about but had forbor
422. chair, lowered his The Elder did he only moved uneasily in heavy eyebrows, and t
423. his The Elder did he only moved uneasily in heavy eyebrows, and tapped slowly wi
424. ily in heavy eyebrows, and tapped slowly with his fingers on the page of the old
425. , of whom of all she that was was justly proud as the impersonation in true and
426. , mother," he : replied, speaking slowly " I shall not go." ! ! " it And why ? O
427. after these years of christian, !" godly life ? all men 140 " I THE FLEMMINGS. m
428. whose face every vestige of color fairly had fled, and whose eyes were dilated a
429. ose eyes were dilated and he said, sadly gleaming with excitement. ; " I don't k
430. ment. ; " I don't know," " I don't fully know, myself. I feel blind, like Sampso
431. ng by his side, while she laid her derly about him and drew his grand, arm ten-
432. d up to by all as a model of every manly and christianly excellence, she saw him
433. s a model of every manly and christianly excellence, she saw him treated with co
434. rs ; and as the possibilities of worldly misfortunes, dearth of pros- and the ru
435. ildren's prospects felt mingled gloomily together in her thoughts, she a tightne
436. S. slim little 143 hands clasped tightly together, resting flick- upon her knees
437. l explain, as I said before, why utterly ; 141 impossible risy aai THE FLEMMINGS
438. rikes me as audacious invention entirely opposed to of its divine the plain mean
439. under. To make myself listen attentively, better understood, I wish you to not l
440. r, in his clear even tones, read, slowly and impressively, the chapter from begi
441. ven tones, read, slowly and impressively, the chapter from beginning to —Eva s
442. e which to their : mind was felt clearly right and although the Elder he said, "
443. rifice at hand, first is he went bravely on. be noticed in The thing," this chap
444. racle which was a manifestation not only ot a divine power, but of a divine prie
445. the : carnal-minded Jews recognized only the fact their hunger had been appeased
446. he next point there is a hidden and holy meaning to me, which seems separate fro
447. GS. it Lord, and yet linked indissolubly with order of faith. I in the mean the
448. for Him and ; not finding him, probably thought over to Capharnaum, and ' He ha
449. acter of the occasion, which was utterly at vari- ance with every natural law ;
450. all, some of whom, we " shall presently see, after turned back and walked with
451. inlife herit eternal — meaning clearly, from what fol- lows, a belief in His d
452. s, a belief in His doctrines, especially in the THE FLEMMINGS. 147 great and mys
453. ant experience, * and the writer is only transferring them from a regularly-kept
454. only transferring them from a regularly-kept journal to her pages. 148 to ; THE
455. le love upon them as they sat reverently listening, "we hear how declares, over
456. "we hear how declares, over ' sol- emnly and again, emphatically He and of His d
457. ver ' sol- emnly and again, emphatically He and of His divinity, in calling Hims
458. by the strong sweet motions of heavenly grace. THE FLEMMINGS. " 149 We believe
459. one, who be- lieves the Bible at quickly. " doubt that?" said Mrs. believing tha
460. ls themselves — as we are told in holy writ —believe and tremble, but their
461. are no half-way doings with God. tirely not only in We must believe en- His exi
462. alf-way doings with God. tirely not only in We must believe en- His existence, b
463. tain —a miraculous bread, miraculously multiplied, and figurative of a greater
464. so vital a question. He saw how eagerly they THE FLEMMINGS. awaited His answer,
465. elieve in Him, when He declares squarely and without a shadow of prevarication o
466. at eateth this bread shall live Not only the Jews who thronged the His doctrines
467. ts are so full of that I could as easily doubt it is existence as the belief tha
468. elief. salvation to eat of this heavenly bread." " Oh, husband !" ! your delusio
469. f bread and drink of this cup unworthily shall be guilty of ' the body and blood
470. d he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh iudg- 154 THE FLEM
471. as and gave me no comfort or light. Only God I look for Himself can aid me. Him
472. darkness to lead me, knows how earnestly I seek Him slay me, yet will I trust ;
473. isgrace dear will bring upon your family — Oh, me ! I never heard of such a dr
474. " " Little wife," said the elder, kindly and gravely, "I must not labor for the
475. ife," said the elder, kindly and gravely, "I must not labor for the meat that pe
476. by His grace, I shall be ready not only to suffer, but re- need be to die for i
477. g irate " You must Flemming the : swrely be bewitched." " No, mother, I tress yo
478. on't dis- — pains me," he said quietly. 156 " THE FLEMMINGS. I'm glad to it do
479. e got off with flying but would probably have got a " rise in the world," as the
480. t in Nebraska when a man is hung. " Only see, now, how God has punished us I was
481. rt of a great blazing log, were the only sounds, except the low shrill whistle o
482. being driven. curtain had been suddenly rent away Elder paused in his moseat, b
483. is accustomed said: "We will have family worship "then he turned ; over the leav
484. t of the Psalm* he read, fell soothingly upon the mortal unrest after which, aro
485. beaufet, with ; its sparkling was safely locked and finding that the Elder did n
486. d then said.: Rake up the fire carefully if you are not coming, but don't stay u
487. rick McCue's keepsake, which he entirely forgotten, in a vague absentlit minded
488. t, . . . ! this, it and whence, so aptly fitting his needs ? C®uld be that help
489. of the subject, then he turned hungrily to the first page of the book and began
490. of light, the candle, burnt down to only, the socket, gave one flash of light an
491. Full of wild apprehensions and scarcely able to walk, she was so agitated with
492. art of not finding him there, she softly opened the door— and there, his head
493. , of ' ' ; knew, had her doubts entirely silenced by a copy of the same work whi
494. ew habits, and upset their regular godly living, she would try to nip in the bud
495. sted in ing. how the time was passreally don't know when I fell asleep." Then th
496. day I never saw so fair a ing so coldly and reproachfully at him, would not und
497. o fair a ing so coldly and reproachfully at him, would not understand him is ; s
498. would not understand him is ; so he only said: very beautiful, mother. morning."
499. her. morning." " Yes," she said, shortly; "it's a good day. I'm glad you found i
500. by contrary winds after he had suddenly found safe port as he for his soul for
501. rned page of that book so providentially thrown into his hands just in his 164 T
502. how the dis- night was passing ; he only knew that he had covered that there was
503. that he had covered that there was truly and verily a divine Faith upon earth, e
504. covered that there was truly and verily a divine Faith upon earth, established
505. his reasoning was, its that consequently to be worthy of divine origin the Churc
506. the same effect addressing His heavenly Father, in He says : "I pray for that s
507. this Church there and ; must necessarily be a unity government ; of faith, doctr
508. but he had no clue and was and entirely all hedged about by narrow sectarianism
509. ligions, that the human he was perfectly ignorant where and what this Church, wh
510. ! 166 Gocl ! THE FLEMMINGS. how greedily it drank in the knowledge of the Truth
511. in the knowledge of the Truth how gladly his eyes brightened in the light risen
512. vine Faith upon earth ; a Church —holy, apostolic, ; and universal ; a sheepfo
513. a Body of which the head ; a great, holy, divine truth, containing and all cover
514. salvation to it all who It eat worthily of was all plain to the man's clear and
515. certain their natural cause, and finally when almost worn sleepless nights, out
516. eat principles of science, have suddenly and in the most unexpected manner solve
517. lder Flemming came into glorified family room, brightened by the cheerful noisy
518. gloom, and disperse forever the earthly happiness of his household. He could TH
519. t. must be prepared sacrifice It is only when a soul enters into the true Church
520. made. To go from one denomination tainly involves or from one communo nion to an
521. rom one communo nion to another scarcely excites remark, and cer- no radical cha
522. s with simple submission to the divinely established authority of the Church. Ne
523. ity of the Church. Neither fame, worldly considerations, honors, or family ties,
524. orldly considerations, honors, or family ties, riches, human respect in any this
525. n must be prepared to sacrifice not only material goods, but also to hear himsel
526. which goes to prove more conclu- sively that the kingdom of this world, with is
527. stion of eternal import, before which ly considerations faded into utter all ear
528. ter all earth- insignificance. Presently the girls came in with their pleasant s
529. iles and good morning kiss, and, shortly after, ; Mrs. Flemming and Eeuben backe
530. aid nothing but her soul had been sorely exercised. " Suppose," she had asked he
531. twenty times, " he should give up family prayer ? Perhaps he feel ; will. But I
532. s Come, Kuby," she had said aloud family worship. " come, time Don't keep father
533. culties at rest. She moved about briskly and cheerily, sure that her husband's t
534. st. She moved about briskly and cheerily, sure that her husband's temptations ha
535. all to see the little mother whom dearly loved and reverenced, standing with suc
536. I" '• had done Father she said sharply, " what do you mean by doing that ?" "
537. at was good and pure, lifted religiously little and- morally. The Elder the limp
538. , lifted religiously little and- morally. The Elder the limp form very tenderly
539. y. The Elder the limp form very tenderly in his strong arms and laid her upon th
540. t, to get hartshorn. was a but presently she revived and was belittle wildered f
541. Fleniming, smoothing her cheek tenderly with his broad hand, " don't get frette
542. een you dead " Mother, she cried. gently, for we won't talk over this now," he s
543. er this now," he said he knew how deeply she was struck. get a cup of hot coffee
544. least be patient, and understand tinctly that I am prepared to sacrifice everyth
545. eakfast, again signed himself reverently with the sign of the Cross, gave thanks
546. HE FLEMMINGS. room to go about his daily tasks on the farm, girls to theirs in t
547. s arranged in accustomed order. The only differ- ence was the silence. versation
548. t a pair of black, spined wings, and fly out of sight. How did it happen ? And t
549. Father is not a man to plunge recklessly into THE FLEMMINGS. absurdities," said
550. hat father is much about religion I only know a good and just man, who has serve
551. change, " I believe with him I," quietly And added Eva. I don't see how and we c
552. mother," she answered looking up quickly at her mother's flushed, unquiet counte
553. ianks, and Mrs. Flemming was thoroughly miserable. all " After these years of p
554. se years of peace, happiness, and family visited with such a trial !" harmony, t
555. a trial !" harmony, to be is And it only those who know anything at all of the p
556. ndalous, or oanned a man more completely than for him to It Proclaim himself a C
557. h these people, who served God earnestly according to their lights, were so bitt
558. ording to their lights, were so bitterly prejudiced against but a huge, idolatro
559. LEMMING AT BAY. Mrs. Flemming was really sincere in her the doctrines she profes
560. orefathers for her pilgrims was not only good Besides it enough, but the best fo
561. land and all growing out of their daily was healed by the unction of this day o
562. was — and it it was the best and only one faith she knew of outlines of —Mr
563. ospered, and held a high place, not only their among by all own brethren, but we
564. up to with respect and something nearly akin to affection indeed, as the distre
565. he distressed little woman had said only left ' a short time back, " There was t
566. t ' a short time back, " There was truly nothing for full them to wish for ; the
567. n ; and the girls, trying to their rally- be cheerful, talked now to their mothe
568. board, much caricatured, but faithfully like her but Eeuben was in one of the d
569. eat sleepy-head," he answered pleasantly. " "What book was it that interested yo
570. f it before." " Nor I, until very lately. it I should if like, mother, to read p
571. n't 180 THE FLEMMINGS. Cliristian family. be read to a " Is there anything it ab
572. ar something that would upset completely the destructive novelties he " spiritua
573. of God, without ac- cusing Him not only of prevarication but of impos- ture ? t
574. was to be unto all who partook worthily of everlasting life. an assurance ing i
575. e life," my said Mrs. Flemming excitedly, " nor do I see how any enlightened per
576. d is yet, father," she said, it suddenly turning to him, " harder to believe thi
577. e let Beal Presence, because,' I clearly saw ; says he (and us note his motive,)
578. declamation and athemas.' "t "We sharply. are not Lutherans," said Mrs. Flemming
579. said Mrs. Flemming is " No, not exactly ; but you know that Luther the rallying
580. " " for words. answered, speaking slowly, which has been * t as a 274. lamp to m
581. tening around her throat; she could only gasp "I knew bottom it. I it. knew that
582. e broken my heart and ruined your family All I ask of mark my words is to —you
583. , intelligent investiga- tion, earnestly praying the while to be enlightened." !
584. s it regards all else concerning earthly pros- perity and the like, I have count
585. and it made up my mind —made up fully. It would be THE FLEMMINGS. small profi
586. oul," said Wolfert Flemming emphatically. ; "But why need you "According to the
587. ld like to hear what Catholics do really believe." " I suppose," said Mrs. Flemm
588. e didn't say, answered Eeuben. " He only said he'd see you." " I haven't seen Jo
589. all sorts of questions before she fully got home —questions this which she co
590. ng where ; some- Miss Debby deliberately mounted her nose, large tortoise-shell
591. tempted to make a face but he resolutely ; turned away so that he could not see
592. calm, grey eyes for a moment steadfastly on her, then lifted them to the old min
593. st- ened to His words, and perhaps daily touched His hand and held sweet convers
594. eft Him, because He said did not exactly suit their ideas and compre" hension, a
595. ned their backs upon Him, and it is only reasonable to suppose that they ; were
596. d never like felt before, passed swiftly ; an electric shock through her heart a
597. at it But then she remembered was really nothing but common bread and ; wine, si
598. hing but common bread and ; wine, simply set apart for this occasion all that wa
599. " Mrs. Flemming stood her ground bravely, saying as she could, consistent with t
600. t home ;" but to the last query, stiffly : made by Deacon is Sneathen, she repli
601. " Her voice quavered, and she had nearly broke down, soul but the brave, loving
602. e Mrs. Flemming and Hope stepped briskly off. into the chaise, and Reuben drove
603. rst in creamy whiteness upon the shingly beach, roaring and raving with impotent
604. ds like a drift- routed army, their only spoils the scattered 194 THE FLEMMINGS.
605. art like balm; but preof the surf sently the booming and bursting flute-like bel
606. e," knowing that how- ever tempestuously the waves might beat against him, howev
607. might beat against him, however angrily they might threaten him, they could com
608. " I will go and fetch my father directly. He w out somewhere on the farm," repli
609. " she answered flood of thoughts stiffly then a came surging through her mind, o
610. t The old man was *' startled and nearly frightened of emotion, by such an unexp
611. along the passage, left and she hastily Mr. Flem- the room before he entered it
612. hen he pleaded and denounced alternately, and as he grew more excited its thin t
613. hand, and mounting his horse rode slowly away, feeling as if a gulf had suddenly
614. away, feeling as if a gulf had suddenly opened and swalhappiness of his that ab
615. t above all life, lowed the last earthly tie destroy- ing the one mortal others
616. it all," said Mrs. Flemat ming bitterly, as she and Eva and Hope stood 198 the
617. s heavy brows hung gleam in had a steely : them she had never and that his seen
618. Mother, I in the oats his hand tenderly upon her head, said going down with the
619. nd me." " Very well," she replied coldly, full of wifely pity for even while her
620. ell," she replied coldly, full of wifely pity for even while her heart was him,
621. sitated a moment, and then added bravely, " become a Catholic." " Where is Reube
622. s Reuben !" asked Mrs. Flemming, sharply, to change the conversation, for every
623. l said Mrs. Flemming so ailing anxiously, " I can't what makes Ruby all up to th
624. t what makes Ruby all up to the of rally Then Mrs. Flemming went weaving room an
625. d, and for having loved him too entirely. But Reuben could not be found of the f
626. Reuben could not be found of the family ; no one had uneasy about still seen hi
627. uneasy about still seen him since early in the morning, and each one began to f
628. ng, and each one began to feel seriously him. Dinner time came and passed, and h
629. e, laughing. "No," said the boy, gravely, "I was searching for soft stone." " No
630. gs, and You ; can't work ; you're really not strong enough learn and you to spin
631. ndeed you shall. I will posilife. tively put a stop to this aimless sort of a So
632. n, a little crest- and a little doggedly. of the " I guess you learnt that out I
633. ss it, her own, sat looking thoughtfully at and like one speaking in her sleep,
634. ing in her sleep, said : " It is exactly like the hand in the old portrait of ;"
635. n the room. bustle around, and presently Hope. left Did you hear what mother sai
636. h Puritan, and had disinherited her only child for marrying one ; and that the p
637. which the picture itself was remarkably beautiful. " And " —whispered Eva, lo
638. oking towards Reuben, who was now really Well ! asleep — " Ruby is the living
639. ner's End of Controversy " to his family. Hope and Eva, with closer to him, thei
640. ethren when they wish to be particularly and emphatically bitter against Catholi
641. wish to be particularly and emphatically bitter against Catholics ; but all it w
642. mean the little who had always secretly envied man ; his good fame, which set h
643. sent above them, were glad, and inwardly rejo'ced others were sorry because they
644. hers deplored because they had sincerely loved and reverenced Lis strong, guilel
645. many the event afforded a new and highly spiced subject for gossip. But THE FLEM
646. religion, can imagine it more r vividly than *my words could to the effect it I
647. on those the Flem- who w ere immediately connected with Deacon Sneathen was one
648. age* \, But the Deacon, never remarkably qui bewildered and confused him, or cle
649. bewildered and confused him, or clearly comprehend what got fc hat he could not
650. cted to looked up man whose son his only daughter marry, the man whom he had alw
651. worse he floun- dered. He spoilt nearly two humming dozen sheets of paper. felt
652. all of clear, poured out a /tumbler oily liquid, amber-colored, which he drank,
653. eiling as he were praying ; then hastily restoring the things to their receptacl
654. tten in tlie THE FLEMMINGS. most stately English, interlaced witli legal clauses
655. s, in her zeal for the friends so dearly lover1, and so unjustly injured. " I'd
656. riends so dearly lover1, and so unjustly injured. " I'd like to know what; the b
657. s, nor in have no Papist in my my family either; do you hear that?" he exclaimed
658. her, I hear you," she replied, defiantly. " I hear you ; but that does not chang
659. don't take care, have one in your family more than you count on." "Huldy Sneathe
660. n, " don't send and speaking more gently and gravely, THE HAMMINGS. that letter
661. end and speaking more gently and gravely, THE HAMMINGS. that letter to Elder Fle
662. . that letter to Elder Flemming. saucily to 213 I am sorry I spoke ; you — if
663. ck Flemming you wouldn't be so dretfully cut up," at last broke out make no ; di
664. n them, her heart throbbing passionately and tears blinding her as she pretended
665. ebby knew sniffed, that her had not only the spirit but strength to put took a g
666. here with such a determined look as only waiting for the slightest provocation t
667. evation, cleared her throat vociferously, and said : THE ELEMMINGS. "It is i5l5
668. instance, she had justice. Particularly im- proper to the — if she had only ;
669. ly im- proper to the — if she had only ; known it —was her allusion let Pope
670. €”was her allusion let Pope but she only meant to them know, it, in the stronges
671. e next day the Deacon received the reply to his letter : following April 10th. S
672. : my share of the concern. Respectfully yours, Wolfert Flemming. " He's jined t
673. nd pecuniary troubles, which he scarcely dared to think of; much he listen to th
674. tion to compromise his faith for worldly gain — his faith, for sacrifice which
675. events and changes that had so recently occurred, and directed him to wind up t
676. S. 217 business at the Pines as speedily as possible and return home. It was a d
677. g nothing less than the his best earthly hopes destruction of wrecking of a care
678. ection, in a storm of anger which really did make him laugh and cry Nick," she w
679. I don't. I never did. she's know exactly what shes after, for been nagging me ab
680. you don't want to be I am and faithfully yours, "Affectionately "Huidah." Nichol
681. am and faithfully yours, "Affectionately "Huidah." Nicholas Flemming had never i
682. 219 CHAPTEE XVI. TRIALS COME NOT SINGLY. "When a Protestant disassociates himse
683. ect holding different doctrines, is only necessary for him to present a "certifi
684. an becomes a Catholic he enters not only into an 220 entirely THE FLEMMINGS. new
685. he enters not only into an 220 entirely THE FLEMMINGS. new spiritual life, but
686. its children it, —which being in holy. sweet subjection to become elevated an
687. of Christ upon earth, which is the Holy Catholic Church, being not all of this
688. e human inventions — and, consequently conflict world ; — are engaged in per
689. talents becomes a Catholic " immediately by his former ;" co-religionists that "
690. he was smile of derision, they entirely so." Then with a THE FEEMMINGS. " 221 H
691. ity of refuge, by religious the heavenly consolations of a true faith, they say:
692. th and err, surroundings; some sincerely believing they do God a service" when t
693. uls the whispers of grace strike blindly against a divine faith and truth, and w
694. relief except by selling, went severely against his heart he had invested all e
695. ne from her voice, and she was miserably unhappy. sometimes wan and And the boy,
696. brain." all Ruby had which above really things he desired just now ; and he was
697. r the poor fellow bore faithful, bravely enough, he had Huldah's ; cheering lett
698. * Altogether the situation of the family at the Old Homestead was grave. ; But W
699. 's End of Controversy" went on regularly every evening herself. —Mrs. Flemming
700. herself. —Mrs. Flemming now habitually absenting Her quaint high-backed empty
701. chair looked for- lorn and they not only missed her presence, but deplored the c
702. rled up at her one night mounted quietly into sat, seemed to understand that som
703. to understand that something was finally wrong, and the chair where she until he
704. chair where she until her mistress sadly blinking at the fire came in to prayers
705. in to prayers, then spring- ing lightly to the floor she met her half-way, rubb
706. at her feet, where she dozed contentedly. This grotesque little episode occurred
707. and more interested, and more sincerely convinced by the arguments they heard t
708. hat the Catholic faith was the one, only true, and holy apostolic faith, earth.
709. c faith was the one, only true, and holy apostolic faith, earth. upon Convinced
710. e Church, a belief in dogmas necessarily fol- lowed, although their faith in som
711. e, until they felt that however strongly their human reason might be opposed to
712. grace supernatural, and above ; worldly reason and philosophy are not to be tha
713. ent need be their about it ; they simply believed it, and if would have suffered
714. iet conversations, indi- cating not only an appreciation of new and strange info
715. to the and service of God. And Eva daily meditated on the picture that the pedle
716. ; the thought ; Maey became more deeply precious to her it it was her companion
717. del by of Jesus which she was interiorly striving to fashion her own life. She w
718. or " Charity," but an image of the holy Mother and her Divine Babe ; in a littl
719. ground, and before the statue she daily placed a vase of wild flowers. steal at
720. and sublime truths which were gradually illuminating her spirit, and ask with t
721. o little THE FLEMMINGS. time tlie family got to know wliere for be found when sh
722. rgin Mother until lost sight of. earthly things were there. One day her mother M
723. Eva sitting there on a her hands lightly clasped over her knee, uplifted, gazing
724. rsh voice, " is What this? Has it really come all to image-worship under this ro
725. the image, mother," she answered quickly, as she rose and stood, making a little
726. f Jesus ; and I was thinking of her holy and exalted virtues, and wishing that I
727. be paying her honors which are due only to God, *This was said to me by an inte
728. ?" It " It is a different thing entirely. makes me such false reasoning," she re
729. false reasoning," she replied, nervously. if it is " Dear mother, not idolatry f
730. he Mother of Jesus who was life and holy, and try to model my poor on hers," sai
731. e truthful eyes beamed with an unearthly brightness. "It ming. is all foolishnes
732. ies, were abominations so she could only try to pray. But latterly the heavens h
733. she could only try to pray. But latterly the heavens had become as brass over he
734. ght consolation in prayer she could only weep those hot bitter tears, to which,
735. hich, until the perversion of her family, she had been a stranger. "Eva," said h
736. " replied Eva. ; " Yes, cracked entirely across but it. it is not very perceptib
737. him he would not have sought His family wished ; to spare himself the humiliati
738. THE FLEMMINGS. fess the Faith 231 openly ; so he signified his intention of appe
739. rank honest eyes confronting them calmly and breaihless. fearlessly, the silence
740. g them calmly and breaihless. fearlessly, the silence became almost Then he bega
741. force the pre-eminent claims of the holy Catholic Church to a divine origin and
742. ing to the end of hat, it gazed intently into his if which was stuck between his
743. tan combined, had determined with wifely and womanly devotion that whoever forso
744. , had determined with wifely and womanly devotion that whoever forsook to be pre
745. made his case good and defended it ably ; heads proudly, Eva and Hope held up t
746. ood and defended it ably ; heads proudly, Eva and Hope held up their gazing at h
747. way spiritual disturbance in the family, had slipped off directly after dinner
748. in the family, had slipped off directly after dinner for one of his solitary ra
749. he chaise started from home consequently he was not ; there. Huldah was sitting
750. ple of public opinion. who were actually under the ban But Huldah did not observ
751. with them ; a most senseless voluntarily with- thing, as he had sometime before
752. Boston homeward. He had been away nearly four weeks, including his journey thith
753. red miles to travel with his two heavily loaded wagons, over roads which in some
754. , or were the debris — as some gravely difficulties of —of glaciers long sin
755. himself, as the sturdy team crept slowly along dragging the great creaking wagon
756. ; 237 true, how pure and how thoroughly domestic and womanly in her habits how
757. and how thoroughly domestic and womanly in her habits how thrifty in all her wa
758. on the horses sometimes they were rudely broken upon by the unexpected bursting
759. easures away together. And he felt truly and happily thankful to find, after ; t
760. together. And he felt truly and happily thankful to find, after ; the flurry wa
761. dings. five five John Wilde spent nearly if it hundred dollars in Boston, but ha
762. and he would have thought fair, scarcely worthy of one so so good and beautiful.
763. and their beautiful mother, and finally take his seat in the Then he thought re
764. e his seat in the Then he thought really of Hope presiding over the refined and
765. n him no end wheels slipped into a gully, and brought John Wilde down from his s
766. hese quiet practical peo- who apparently don't know the tween a rose and a thist
767. r with these and if other of his worldly goods he had been master of a world he
768. hen must he got in and found her quietly moving around, setting the tea-table !
769. fter stowing believe them away carefully — as you may the clear, —in the new
770. racks she had been walking in for nearly forty years;" adding: "It for is better
771. k, mother ?" he asked, looking fix- edly at her. "No, indeed. I What put that in
772. er. this before. You never met me Surely, surely, mother, the thought of my wife
773. before. You never met me Surely, surely, mother, the thought of my wife " is no
774. all well down there?" he asked, sternly. answered ; " Perfectly well," she " bu
775. e asked, sternly. answered ; " Perfectly well," she " but eat your supper, my bo
776. ich almost crush them, can be materially relieved by " a nice hot cup of tea," a
777. rge their pleasant remedies persistently upon them, desperation, they gulp until
778. saying he had supper; then it reverently returning thanks for blessings which wa
779. e bade him and, taking his hand tenderly in hers, she led him to the sofa and to
780. s, Hope ! too —professed pitied openly the same idolatrous creed ; All of them
781. o the lake now, but he would It go early all after breakfast the next morning. l
782. i his distress went in to him completely child. to try and comfort him, he his t
783. me too, for I've been counting so surely on ending my days here with fit you and
784. t as gossip travels dimensions as surely increase in is substance and bulk, as a
785. ess — as well as he knowing how widely their beliefs differed. The next mornin
786. beliefs differed. The next morning early he drove down little to the Old Homeste
787. her days ; there was no change outwardly that he could see, and yet there in the
788. efinable something, originating possibly in his having heard all that he had and
789. f care, which he noticed more particurly ing ; she had lost flesh when she was n
790. was very glad to THE FLEMMINGS. see ally 249 John Wilde, and in her heart hailed
791. l, and seemed times again. But presently the family one after another went away
792. ed times again. But presently the family one after another went away to their va
793. hem, admiring them, then laid it quietly on the workstand beside her without say
794. or words, or arguments, or proofs simply and truly, almost eloquently, she made
795. or arguments, or proofs simply and truly, almost eloquently, she made her reason
796. oofs simply and truly, almost eloquently, she made her reasons for becoming a Ca
797. o anything he said, she told him plainly, while her eyes kindled, and her cheeks
798. ago so pale, glowed : " That no earthly con- sideration or motive could change
799. d by His grace converts you to this holy and true faith." " I have no thought of
800. et us read togother," she said pityingly. " I will do that, Hope," said the poor
801. entertaining religious beliefs so widely differing. The case seems, no doubt, is
802. The case seems, no doubt, is peculiarly trying ; but this newly-found faith so
803. t, is peculiarly trying ; but this newly-found faith so essential to my my salva
804. soul, that I repeat there no to earthly motive or power that could induce relin
805. o is to implore you to examine this holy will which you find based and founded a
806. ilde, bringing his clenched hand heavily ; down on it his "and it seems to me th
807. s to me that you take of wrecking coolly, Hope, and think no more my happi- ness
808. his head from "you ha\e never earnestly sought conversion if you had, you had n
809. least for a season, and pray to be truly converted!" "I do not and never have be
810. e expe- rience, they are so rare as only to prove the general rule of patient pr
811. t I found the right path, which can only advance a step at a time, stumbling and
812. vided against herself ; but is one, holy, true and immutable and —having one L
813. ther consola- do not know experimentally, not having to receive the Sacraments."
814. " Hope, I see that you are irretrievably joined to errors. your My God ! it is a
815. lf as wide and as deep as death suddenly sprung between us. It is more than I ca
816. h was very deep, the woso, man's equally the difference being that hers spirit o
817. ofess a creed which you could not cerely believe." " No, not for your dear sake,
818. e said standing before her. said quickly, while a sudden "Not on mine," she pale
819. hop© for nothing now," he said wearily, as he lingered near her. and ring whic
820. ntenances of them every emotion suddenly intensified, every eye moved wistful as
821. rom them in — ships which had probably gone down some of the terrific storms w
822. hers who had sent rich ventures to newly opened foreign ships .ports, who knew t
823. tood and almost for the with lips firmly compressed, and bated breath, until the
824. with them were the poor emigrants mostly from Ireland and Ger- many, men and wom
825. But in this motley crowd there was only one with THE FLEMMINGS. 259 whom we hav
826. tall, round-shouldered man with grizzly red hair and beard, who was plainly dre
827. zzly red hair and beard, who was plainly dressed in gray frieze and held a squar
828. l not to get it !" and I shall be sorely disappinted off his replied the man, ta
829. stream of people coming in was steadily increasing ; so, literally wedging hims
830. was steadily increasing ; so, literally wedging himself back in an angle of the
831. ents. . struggled together in his homely countenance as he read ; then " Glory b
832. might get through the crowd more quickly, while he held his letter like some sac
833. erted, and be ! no more idea of the holy Catholic Faith than cannibals, to after
834. e, the pedler so excited ? It was really he, and the letter which him was the on
835. kindness was always embitof their deeply-rooted hos- tered by the thought 262 ti
836. ht 262 tility to THE FLEMMINGS. his Holy Faith, and their undisguised con- tempt
837. it made me so wake." But Patrick happily did not fall over, but managed to keep
838. n to his basket beside, until he finally got clear of the post-office building a
839. which being open, he marched reverently up the towards the rich altar, and pros
840. 63 great drops glistening on Lis grizzly beard which looked strangely like tears
841. Lis grizzly beard which looked strangely like tears " Thanks be to God !" said P
842. ing his hat hand and looking undecidedly up and down is the street; "it out, I e
843. 'm most at my wits' end." Then he surely fell to thinking, and presently ex: cla
844. e surely fell to thinking, and presently ex: claimed, with a radiant countenance
845. alace," not mansion ;" it could scarcely be dignified with the title of " resi-
846. title of " resi- dence ;" it was simply a plain old two-story brick house, not
847. ^d of pampered their servants or worldly grandeurs, or the fear of a rebuff from
848. weight in gold even according to worldly valuation, and there from' the some rar
849. lmost forgotten, besides relics of early Christian literature —that door ever
850. €”that door ever opened with Christianly welcome, admitted the lowly as well as
851. Christianly welcome, admitted the lowly as well as the great, the sinner as wel
852. one the good Bishop listened ; patiently and sympathizingly and however great co
853. listened ; patiently and sympathizingly and however great counsel, for aid, the
854. Thomas Aquinas. " " Who And ; it's only a poor beggar-woman and a boy, tell Bis
855. d Patrick if " McCue " an' you'll kindly allow me to stand I think I can get thr
856. he winter. The Bishop listened patiently, picking out the kernel of the nut Patr
857. rnel of the nut Patrick was so awkwardly cracking, until he fully understood the
858. as so awkwardly cracking, until he fully understood the pith of the matter; and,
859. tood the pith of the matter; and, deeply interested, he —as soon as McCue "Thi
860. ought, my God has honored you it greatly in allowing you as will were to become
861. orget them, or you, in offering the Holy Sacrifice." And the Bishop dipped his p
862. titles of his inkstand and wrote rapidly the list several books, and handed the
863. didn't smash up with the weight naively. answered McCue, reverence, "But that w
864. o died in ; my ' arms receiving the Holy Viaticum and I was a out of the out of
865. ook his hat goin'," said Patrick gravely, as from under the Bishop, chair, uncoi
866. r with his heavy basket to the then only Catholic bookstore in Boston, and, pres
867. McCue's best love," written upon the fly-leaf; then he bought a rosary and praye
868. ected on the parcels, for Hope, and duly di- a crucifix and prayer-book for Eva,
869. but last jig of it a day of days, surely and the is the letter I'll get to-night
870. so lightened his heart that he scarcely feet as the ground under his he hurried
871. g, troversy" with Hope, and occasionally had grave talks with Wolfert Flemming h
872. his comprehension, no He was, he firmly believed, a converted man, posit sessed
873. tter views True Faith indeed, he frankly admitted that the Flemmings had good ;
874. for their change of faith best and only result attained by but the that he him
875. ge of himself and Hope. Seeing the daily life Flemmings, life, and noting their
876. f the unhappiness which would inevitably result from a union where there was suc
877. em, the felt ; more consoled he inwardly up his mind, if and finally Hope would
878. he inwardly up his mind, if and finally Hope would consent to made marry him al
879. ttle He told her as much, in good, manly but she gave no assent to the plan, and
880. banned ex-Elder, they threatened roundly to turn him out of meeting if he did no
881. im out of meeting if he did not speedily spirit mend his ways. Then John Wilde's
882. mend his ways. Then John Wilde's earthly was up, could and he told them plainly
883. y was up, could and he told them plainly that " they might do as they pleased. m
884. ain satisfied and not meddle with cially him or his affairs." They did not feel
885. th him again, but they did not ex- actly let him alone ; they made him thou- san
886. r intercourse with him, once so friendly and self cordial, became cold and forma
887. formal thrice he ; he saw him- actually shunned on certain occasions, and more
888. f since his conversion " If I could only believe as the than at that time. Flemm
889. e. Flemming's do," he said one day hotly to his mother, " I'd stand this no long
890. o had been thinking long and prayerfully purpose, he went straight over the matt
891. happiness of that all should be finally over between them and so she told him,
892. " not You do not mean this, Hope surely you do mean it?" he said, utterly shock
893. surely you do mean it?" he said, utterly shocked and surof all it. prised. "I me
894. tween us must be over." The speak firmly imparted a sternness to made to her man
895. inking but little of her sacrifice, only knowing how earnestly she he got up to
896. er sacrifice, only knowing how earnestly she he got up to leave her withStand- m
897. and- meant what she said, out a friendly word or a clasp of the hand. ing before
898. ts it." Hope Flemming's heart was sorely tried, as faith, we may imagine ; but h
899. better left unsaid —unwise, unmotherly words, girl that thinking them over alm
900. that her mother's reason was temporarily un- settled by her They had all, from t
901. ith sweet patience, knowing how honestly she thought they were wrong and she rig
902. ad not appeared all went about her daily domestic her life, tasks as she had bee
903. tomed to, except that she became rigidly economical in the diminution and they m
904. e house; she was very nowadays, and only answered them in mono- syllables when t
905. as, to waste things If people could only in luxurious living. fied be satis- wit
906. ad said and Nicholas not knowing exactly make, took a stick, what answer to and
907. en to would have and him ; for he dearly loved in his his mother, and would have
908. when he sprang up, gathered her suddenly in his great arms, kissed her lips and
909. life father dies. The Deacon holds only a which comes to her it is estate in th
910. e chaise driven by Reuben, who dutifully at- tended public worship with her; she
911. h her stern, sorrowful face, intent only on the religious exercises that were go
912. lested 283 —and behaving so strangely, standing up knelt, when he should have
913. euben was not crazy, and these were only the symptoms cropping out of the myster
914. t came Flemmings were banned and morally outlawed, Hemming got to be looked upon
915. uncouth attempts to console, which only probed of and tortured instead comforti
916. ight feel towards the rest of her family their friendly interest in her was unch
917. ds the rest of her family their friendly interest in her was unchanged. But she
918. to resent Father Ray's praying publicly for her as one under ; 284 THE FLEMMING
919. n to understand that she came constantly to meeting, not to keep in favor with t
920. l, temit poral and social, of the family, hoping that would put to son might his
921. tholic; but he did care, and took sorely to heart, ally, when he heard from his
922. did care, and took sorely to heart, ally, when he heard from his friend and Huld
923. id letter, all on his old and how nearly they were which her for ruined. She tol
924. head from the shock of hearing suddenly that Elder Flemming and his children ha
925. lemming," he "I grasping her hand warmly. to was just on my way stage a your hou
926. ust on my way stage a your house. I only jumped out of the little while ago, you
927. there's been up here, and how the godly brethren have be- haved to the Elder, a
928. to the door, then going feeling directly first away — almost mean, for this wa
929. k, looped back the curtains, and hastily smoothing back her curling hair silk an
930. ht him there, and she listened patiently to he had to say. affection, Touched by
931. she for all that shrunk from giving only pain in return he offered ; then in a s
932. rn he offered ; then in a sweet, womanly : way put an end to his hopes, saying p
933. ct am conscious I shall do, but the only an- swer that I can give you, George, "
934. r decision, for I fore tell you honestly, bewife ; God, that I'd as lief my shou
935. r." : "290 THE FLEMMINGS. spoken rapidly and earnestly ; He had it was and evide
936. FLEMMINGS. spoken rapidly and earnestly ; He had it was and evident that he mea
937. ure your own; but as for me, is the only answer that I can give you what I you b
938. ess and true constancy, would bring only blame and derision upon yourself. part
939. om," where, after the rest of the family had retird to rest, it spent half the n
940. ngs hoped —until the supreme outwardly as well as true fold of Christ, moment
941. Christ, moment when, being made inwardly a member of the had been so long hunger
942. his soul ing. And how in this strangely ! had Providence favored to him even It
943. alling with some sharp remarks, not only "a foolish proceeding," but " a sinful
944. been somewhat astonished lay carelessly aside u if he had seen the boy an Irish
945. ther-bound book, which she involuntarily opened, led by instinctive curiosity it
946. y reason in it." thrust the book hastily into her pocket, determined acciuntil,
947. acciuntil, — as it had been evidently overlooked and dently dropped —to say
948. had been evidently overlooked and dently dropped —to say nothing about it, hav
949. her in her pocket, for fear accidentally see to slip it it, some of them should
950. lers in the desert drink from a suddenly discovered THE FLEMMINGS. fountain bene
951. represents as it it to the reader truly is, in all its wonderful simplicity and
952. dismissed from her thoughts and entirely nored if she could left ; but it was im
953. c version of the question secret bravely ; was right. But she kept her it and th
954. to express circumstances of their daily life. She watched 296 THE FLEMMINGS. wi
955. but she watched in vain —for not only were their lives pure and without guile
956. ing never seen religion more beautifully exemplified than in the daily lives of
957. eautifully exemplified than in the daily lives of her husband and children ; had
958. ent the treatment her husband and family had met with from her brethren —their
959. e would think to herself, after mentally summing up her grievances, " that they
960. ." And now that book kept her constantly drift- ing out among doubts and fears w
961. FLEMMINGS. very soul, the poor literally little 297 felt woman that she was betw
962. and where to and peace when the earthly reed on which Their faith, they leaned
963. t over their prospective crops, suddenly be- came cold and wet. Rain fell consta
964. came cold and wet. Rain fell constantly, and rotted the seed in the ground, and
965. s to if they would save enough of supply their own domestic needs. The inclement
966. siness losses bear made his more heavily upon him. to sell if He was deterit ; m
967. at the profits of his business, steadily increasing, would extricate him certain
968. ncreasing, would extricate him certainly all in three years from indebtedness ;
969. he he should get afloat once more. estly to hold He if all would try honefforts
970. reater faith, and, as he told his family, he " would make every exertion to stav
971. e able to find a purchaser im- mediately, but it it, would give people time and
972. on them for it. "We see how the earthly prosperity in which Mrs. Flemming had g
973. ling and fading around her ; how swiftly, like a meteor, the bright prospects of
974. or, The wolf was of time and it was only a question enter. how soon he would The
975. human and had turned Catholics, friendly feeling left for infidels, them if but
976. as and the Committee being unable supply his place well ; to get ! but, bless yo
977. , anyhow !" — exclaimed Nicholas hotly, " and I'd like to go and punch their s
978. insult. k 303 feeling strong in " I only wish you possessed fully the faith for
979. ong in " I only wish you possessed fully the faith for the sake of which they pe
980. all at the stake, if they could I really do." " Hush, Nicholas," said his mother
981. sorry the " moment asked Are they drily. " Nicholas," said his father, glad to
982. can, mother," answered Flemming, gently. He's an industrious, honest all. man *
983. s out of work, and has had a sick family for months. Yes, let us bear one anothe
984. ger. understand. distress his own family " But I ex- pect nothing but trouble no
985. replied, laying his broad hand tenderly on her first head, where he noticed for
986. les ; well tested," she replied bitterly stairs, then she went up and locking he
987. and honorable to enter it clandestinely. But it was neutral ground up there und
988. alk over the and there they occasionally met and shake world, their fists in the
989. still father's troubles to an unusually gravity, and feeling the smart of the i
990. ed the misfortunes impending over family ; his and the warm-hearted, generous it
991. sness on her rose to go. "What petuously. nonsense, Huldah!" said Nicholas, im"
992. n't have you asking favors Sit my family, or bringing yourself into trouble on t
993. he answered. Let me go home now I really must : ; 308 THE FLEMMINGS. all this ov
994. fortunate ;" and he was striding angrily away when Huldah said " Nicholas Flemmi
995. ud with me, Nick. I declare it's exactly like a scene between Don Ferdinando and
996. to his sight amidst the shadows sulkily, yet and Nicholas went homewards, half
997. Homestead, his trembling limbs scarcely able to wan and heart-worn while he was
998. en ; and worn-out garments of the family and selecting the knew would be useful
999. him, and watched him as he crept slowly, with the help of a stick, down the roa
1000.r, as we have seen, from giv- ing freely and from pure benevolence the surplus m
1001.condition of the poverty-stricken family " Mill Farm/' they did not let their ow
1002." " Silver and gold had they none freely, but what they had they gave of and wit
1003.Denying themselves meals, and frequently going without their supper, Hope and Ev
1004.o the last morsel large and occasionally they baked a brown loaf for the hungry
1005.of inercy was taken not from their daily — home to Flemming would have objecte
1006.e all far spring to last the poor family through the succeeding day, chop their
1007.'t strong enough and they very naturally suspected their father—who used to di," as say. The outlook of the family inevitable. was gloomy, and ruin seemed
1009.ver wore the stocking the cramp Suddenly Wolfert Flemming came their days. in, p
1010.lothes, clean linen, gold studs, freshly shaved and brushed. Why—father !" Fat
1011. news ?" said Hope, look- ing up eagerly. THE FLEMMINGS. " In one sense, yes " ;
1012., is it that makes you look so strangely happy, father ?" asked Eva. " I have ju
1013.past my soul used to be moved, strangely moved, whenever in the Old Testament or
1014.€”the 8th disit of September; and I only this morning covered, in looking over t her honor to-day birthday of pecially to and every my life, henceforth, I sha
1016.d * thoughts of Which lie did, literally. 316 • THE FLEMMINGS. ; worldly care
1017.erally. 316 • THE FLEMMINGS. ; worldly care go out and gather flowers, and bri
1018.m sure that Our dear Lady you temporally, as she has led you !" spiritually." "
1019.rally, as she has led you !" spiritually." " Dear father said Hope, kissing his
1020.ning in a dumb amaze, hearing distinctly every word uttered ; THE FLEMMINGS. 317 the the Faith professed by her family. She stood on the borders of the "new e
1022.piness of the group kneeling so devoutly at the foot of Mary in the little room
1023.o exhibit a fever, change which not only kept Nicholas in a but attracted the se
1024.hers, very silent; and once she actually patched the knee of her father's black
1025.nd laughter of "the gamins of that godly town. Huldah laughed when her father sc
1026.e had a letter for her, which he shortly answered in the negative. Then Huldah,
1027.olesome flesh-pots, appetite, and dearly loved the at her food of course began t
1028.l one day she laid her poor head quietly back in her chair and died. "She's fret
1029.d the Deacon, rubbing his head violently with his yellow silk handkerchief. " La mother's relait back to them ungodly people tions. —her They're hungering
1031.e to chirk her up." So Nicholas was duly notified that he could visit the house
1032.ide So, whatever altogether so strangely off. was up, and he stood was the matte
1033.r she " knew that he was thinking meanly of her, misconstruing and misunderstand
1034. up, began to brush her curls vigorously, soused her face in a basin of cold wat
1035.cold water, and dressed herself prettily in a tabinet which she new maroon had b
1036. she expected to hear from ? Had the sly puss got another lover ? But Nicholas d
1037. as its of Sep- tember shone as brightly as ever on the wideit; the windows glit
1038.ulders of the solemn picturesque bravely in blue and purple, stood out glorified
1039.machs waved their palm-like leaves gaily in the that sun. Down grapes along the
1040.yfull of thing was fragrance and thickly hung with scarlet berries, while blue a
1041.he great ferns began to brooks that only whis- wear a crimson tinge as they wave
1042.ved in the low lush dells watered by sly soft little pered in shy whispers as th
1043.iful lake. Nothing was changed outwardly. nestled there amidst all The old house
1044.there amidst all The old house the early autumnal beauty, looking as it did a ce
1045.with eyes closed ! THE FLEMMINGS. softly uttering the beautiful devotion of the the Mother God, the clamor of worldly cares and the angry mutterings of the s
1047.n's weary heart they could ; come " only so far ;" and as a sweet calm settled o
1048.y helper in the day of trouble. His holy be done." He all expected no miracle be
1049.erance from his present strait he simply referred things to the divine 326 will,
1050.ile doing all that justice to his family dein manded and human prudence required
1051.I can't despond. been praying constantly to our Blessed Mother to help you, and
1052.d so long to the claims of Christ's holy Mother ;" he answered. " It is true tha
1053. veneration for her above the other holy is women of the Bible ; but it only sin
1054.holy is women of the Bible ; but it only since I have become in faith a Cabelief past ages this tender memory and holy devotion to His holy Mother. They would
1056.der memory and holy devotion to His holy Mother. They would have denied the Inca
1057.o the glowing depths of light now softly fading in the west. tell " And I can't
1058.aviour became to me when I know His holy Mother," wonder," he replied said Eva,
1059. covenant tructible wood, made of costly which none but priestly hands might typ
1060., made of costly which none but priestly hands might typified her touch and sacr, womb the who was to bear in her Holy One. The women Sara, Re- becca, Esther,
1062.und it ; else remained dry and arid lily she is the dove always spotless, the ev
1063.t happy- of faith, of wisdom, of in holy hope, and full of grace.' She is compar
1064.full of grace.' She is compared the holy pages to the pavilion of cedar, to the
1065.ion of Mary. Jesus Christ, the Son truly/ " he went on reading, in almost exulta
1066.rowing so dark ! This has been so lovely, dear Just then there came a like a fat
1067.the boy's room. window, looking drearily out on the He saw gathering the dim out
1068.t the shadows " —and he spoke cheerily, saying see I : You am back, mother. Ho
1069. arms and held the beautiful as tenderly as ; head, with golden tangles of hair,," answered Reuben little thoughtfully. this letter will explain "I guess some his Wolfert Flemming laid him gently down upon down the pillows, shaded the
1072.lock and lit — and stood at the rarely chiselled features of this — at the w
1073.long tapering hand, so small and shapely, for cestress, all the world like the h
1074.darvis then, laying his hand his lightly upon his head, blessed him from the dep
1075. join of his heart, and went down family at tea. The next afternoon Hope and Eva
1076.ltogether ; like to give the poor family up so, putting a fresh loaf of brown br flitted ;" said Hope, laughing " only I am sure they would not do such a thin
1078.ore. He some loophole Hope and presently they yells and Eva could not within, di
1079.NGS. same, darling, if 339 you will only remember for whose dear sake we helped
1080.o whip Neddy. Let him suffer vicariously for his ungrateful family," answered Ho vicariously for his ungrateful family," answered Hope grasping Neddy's ragged
1082.suppose I ought to be, too, but I really not. am had I should like to shake them
1083.tion was attracted by a gentleman dently a stranger in the neighborhood, who had
1084.pse was a bird-bag ; he had no gun, only a queerly constructed hammer in his han
1085.bird-bag ; he had no gun, only a queerly constructed hammer in his hand, with wh
1086.ed was no hunter but what he was so idly busy about, they could not imagine, and eyes snapped fires. Flemming, " drily, sparkles of their old Well ! well ! â€
1088. their old Well ! well ! — it was only human nature for them to follow their w
1089. nature for them to follow their worldly interests —having of no higher aim, a
1090.n supper, I'll tell saying: "I'm awfully hungry. about business presently. Mothe
1091.awfully hungry. about business presently. Mother, It's all you all right, you kn
1092.k he Mrs. inquired Flemming it." sharply. " There's nothing the there's not " it He said he'd buy the carpet, not only because was a very handsome one and a g
1094.brows and looking at her with a heavenly tenderness in his clear truthful eyes â —for the man's heart was profoundly touched, " Very well," she answered, co
1096.ched, " Very well," she answered, coldly. Then they laughed and talked together, of course and thrash the whole family it which the he had no idea of doing, b
1098.elling his house — and move his family r where he w ould begin the world anew.
1099.ousand dollars?" asked Nicholas, gravely and sorrowfully. hope to sell ' Mill '
1100. asked Nicholas, gravely and sorrowfully. hope to sell ' Mill ' farm; my lad ; a
1101.upward look and like a prayer, it deeply-drawn sigh seemed full of trust was so
1102. up to The Pines,' " 346 said, presently, 5 ' THE FLEMMINGS. " as soon as you ge
1103.r," my said lad. Be ready to start early in the Good night." " Good night, the y
1104.her shadow back and when it was suddenly extinguished; then he went home and tum
1105.eacon's I at his wits' end." am heartily glad he is," snap- ped Mrs. Flemming, f up and in surprise. "I it am heartily glad of it," she repeated ; " serves hi
1107.ted Mrs. Flemming, mak; ing her reel fly round " I never was so glad of anything, his great, forgiv- who despitefully use us," said Wolfert in his grave, son
1109.norous tones —for ing heart was really pained to learn sociate's affairs how h
1110.NGS. bargained for. did it I am honestly glad to hear all," replied Mrs. Flemmin
1111.s season of make the neighberhood lively 350 THE FLEMMINGS. but our friends at t
1112. the Old Homestead — who were, quietly at you know, morally outlawed home, rec
1113.” who were, quietly at you know, morally outlawed home, receiving no their —re
1114. ; the mortification of being so utterly neglected they would have been more tha
1115. and speak manner ; against you, untruly, for rejoice, for MY sake be glad and y
1116. over the situation, and went on exactly as grave thoughts, it if nothing had ha each would end, but trying cheerfully other's burdens. Nicholas was the most
1118. to ask, she too an ex- — consequently he had not availed himsecret the Deacon
1119.xplained itself and exonerated her fully but the letter she had been so long exp morning as Reuben was creeping slowly along in the sunshine towards the Old M
1121.he Old Mill, everything looked so lovely that he sat down on a moss-covered rock
1122. himself ensweet entrancement. !" tirely to their " A fine clay said a loud, har
1123. address and sight of the and as swiftly returned, flushing his cheeks like rose
1124.oses. "I beg your pardon. good-naturedly. I started you considerably, I reckon;
1125.od-naturedly. I started you considerably, I reckon; but I'm a rough sort of a fe
1126. the bold, quick tread of one fearlessly ; who had often wandered among the terr
1127. tion of Charles II. to America, finally crushed by the restorahis beautiful bri
1128. power —too proud again. to be lightly roused, too implacable to sleep fiery e
1129.avage Caroline Campbell had occasionally made such gaudy presents as were fancy.
1130.uch gaudy presents as were fancy. likely to attract his This won the boy's* affe them in secret, to nourish the deadly revenge contemplated against Cornelius
1132. and their disfigured bodies too cruelly showed that an Indian's hand had done t been life. In his wife ; him the only and children he had to garnered up terr
1134. children he had to garnered up terribly torn all his heart and now they were so
1135. movements observed that he fre- quently climbed the high precipice which after-
1136.ards took his name, looking out probably return. for their Here Campbell resolve
1137.e Campbell resolved to effect his deadly purpose. A party was formed under his g
1138.d from his neck, and he reeled fearfully on the edge of the precipice. But terri into and shall put my book. * E^ally, I am much obliged to you. Abridged fro
1140. They under the roof, which had formerly been used by in. the miller to store aw
1141.hen, looking up and down, walked quietly towards a rough table at the lower ral
1142.of the room, upon which lay seve- rudely-hewn blocks of stone and something cove
1143.l have to go now," said Reuben, uneasily. "What have we here? Wait one moment !"
1144.side the cloth and discov- ered a finely sculptured head of a woman, the bust un
1145. I have been perimenting a lad, modestly. with the chisel," answered the "I spen
1146.ith his hammer, and examining it closely through a magnifying glass. "I found Re
1147.g for something that I could work easily. very soft and smooth. of it." I think
1148.h it ?" inquired the man, looking keenly at Eeuben. " I don't think least he kno
1149.d Eeuben. " It's not nonsense, certainly. this What a situation would be for a s
1150.t I am not rich enough." "My father only expects to get two thousand it," dollar
1151.E FLEMMINGS. Reuben, standing up bravely for the reputation of the land. " I sho
1152.o be coming so like the old times nearly to an end that every one was glad, and
1153. " It will indeed," added Hope earnestly. To think of really receiving those aug
1154.added Hope earnestly. To think of really receiving those august Sa! craments Oh, it was as if man's soul were suddenly unveiled and he transfigured before the
1156.happened left her husband got up quietly and them, ai^d Eva, listening to his re
1157.FLEMMINGS. would return in so positively that he about ten days ; with the money
1158.ading them, and having done that humanly speaking they could do, they gravely aw
1159.nly speaking they could do, they gravely awaited His will, praying for be. submi
1160.his desk, he wrote " I write immediately, lest you fall into the error of thinki
1161.c, my faith in the doctrines of the Holy, is Apos- Catholic Church, which the on Apos- Catholic Church, which the only true Church, and founded by Jesus Chris
1163.t the old minister's housekeeper quickly to open " it. Give that to the minister
1164.u," he answered, speaking ruffled slowly and gently, for his spirit was and he h
1165.ered, speaking ruffled slowly and gently, for his spirit was and he had need to
1166. that man ?" asked Mrs. Flemming eagerly, hoping that the business was connected
1167.n of remaining, by speaking unreservedly of their future, so as to accustom the
1168.m He so loved that He He ; gave His only- begotten Son to die for them. children
1169.epine, but resign ourselves submissively to His providence, looking beyond this
1170.o away 369 late, when the hour of family prayer came, but remained listening pat
1171.r came, but remained listening patiently to the evening devotions —which her h
1172.rms full of vines and clusters of richly-tinted leaves, to beautify the spot ded
1173.dolator— when a black, suffo- suddenly there was a crash ; cating cloud filled
1174.ran through the house, and thinking only of Eva's safety, she rushed blindly in
1175.only of Eva's safety, she rushed blindly in to seek her. Wolfert Flemming, who h
1176. the thick cloud of dust ; he could only hear his wife calling wildly on of, Eva
1177. could only hear his wife calling wildly on of, Eva, and with a terrible dread w
1178.ble dread what, he ^vent in, he scarcely knew and groping ; his way to the win-
1179.the dust, finding began to float swiftly out, he saw Eva kneeling with her arms
1180." unhurt, but untouched Eva was not only mortar. by the plaster Neither had the
1181. either side they could not tell exactly how Eva was preserved, and 372 THE FLEM
1182.nt she was, whose devout and were deeply thankful for her deliverance. After the
1183.e more —Mrs. Hemming, who had scarcely much flushed, since, but who looked ver
1184.ince, but who looked very and frequently pressed her hands upon her temples, sud
1185.sed her hands upon her temples, suddenly staggered as she was crossing the room,
1186.ium and when the doctor, who was quickly summoned, them that he feared the worst
1187.e feared the worst, the afflicted family thought that the last bitter drop had b
1188.And now the shadow of death fell heavily over the Old Homestead, and there was a
1189.ed the deep love of the afflicted family. All the trials which of late had come
1190.crifice for ; submission to ; God's holy life will but here they were helpless o
1191.nds Him who gave it, and they could only watch each quick, panting breath, en- d
1192.ribed, and pray that if it were His holy will this bitter cup might pass from th
1193.way, and it let me over the dark, lonely sea ? Is the ' Flower,' captain How str she raved ; —some- times coherently, as wildly, as if she saw visions somet
1195.d ; —some- times coherently, as wildly, as if she saw visions sometimes horrib
1196. hands, and look THE FLEMMINGS. lovingly, while they prayed, into tlie 375 wild
1197. nothing." illness The news abroad daily ; of Mrs. Flemming's had gone and many
1198.of human pity for the great grief family, they which had upon the backsliding si
1199.which had upon the backsliding sincerely wished to do something kind and neighon
1200. do something kind and neighone of borly, although they did not hesitate to say
1201.te to say to another, that " it was only the just retribution heaven on the Flem But he was told that she was utterly unconscious and the doctor had ordered
1203.stian Huldah was there every day quietly, with — coming in so such a sorrowful
1204.look in her face, and speaking so gently, that forted by her presence ; Hope and
1205.tle fingers, which, tasks of love deftly done by her swift had she not been ther
1206. Mrs. Flemming would and, moving quietly to and all : have it done ; fro through
1207.illness in a For, even a few days family throws the best-ordered domesconfusion
1208.he might die, Huldah and Nicholas rarely exchanged a word with each other ing, i
1209.ll never ask you again," he said harshly — "remember that;" and he strode out her where she stood weeping silently. ! 378 THE FLEMMINGS. at last there But and and she appeared his more quietly. "Wolfert Flemming and boys had been ou and told them that " these apparently favorable symptoms were the hope that s
1213. those who have not followed attentively every thread, may appear incredible but to relate causes, developed is simply the result of natural by individuals an
1215.dividuals and circumstances, undoubtedly governed by Divine Providence for — T
1216.rifice who were willing to every earthly thing for conscience sake. ing out of t
1217. hope in the fact that she lay quiet- ly on her pillow in a deep and apparently
1218.y on her pillow in a deep and apparently nasleep. tural He was half sleep, alone
1219.n truth he was worn out for and was only kept awake force note, by the disagreea
1220.ell, Mr. Flemming, I sympathize heartily with you. I had a trial of the same sor
1221.won't be ferret he added, looking keenly out of his eyes into the pale honest fa
1222.great speculation which would eventually make tune —that is, if nothing happen
1223.composed, and sleeping father !" quietly again. " Oh, if whispered Eva, " she lo
1224.ef tea, and 382 THE FLEMMINGS. naturally. was sleeping and breathing lie Once mo
1225. scarlet flush —he saw that The ing ly, had faded out ; of her face, leav- it
1226. leav- it very white she breathed softly and regular- and the wrung, agonized ex
1227.with his hand, he turned and noiselessly left the room, and going into Eva's ora
1228.essed calm, of which this scene was only the type, soling him. fell upon his sou
1229. over, it, and con- His devotions softly he went to the window, and opening he s
1230.s abed. He went down — and noiselessly softly opening the side door, treading
1231. He went down — and noiselessly softly opening the side door, treading and " l the side door, treading and " lightly, he stepped out upon the flags and walk
1233.pon the flags and walking said : swiftly towards the crouching object, Who are y
1234.ou Can say,'*' my friend ? Speak quickly. I do anything for you?" "Nothin', Elde
1235.and dang —I don't want to, nuther Only, you know, all I must look out for the
1236. and knowed that some of the Lake family'd be up along with her all night ; and
1237.think that the man was fear, cer- tainly intoxicated. " Bnlly for her ! Now, yon
1238.s fear, cer- tainly intoxicated. " Bnlly for her ! Now, yon never ! Elder ! ; th
1239. hundred thousand dollars, if it's cally. worth a cent !" said "Wilbur, emphati-
1240. his children independent for how nearly he had been ruined by a sharp ! and dis Wilbur's mined not ben to act hastily if ; but he deter- he would question Re
1242.. and thank you it, if for your friendly Depend upon that quarry turns out well,
1243. I did find this nice soft stone ; early in the little summer don't you remember Reuben go all over it all him exactly where the quarry lay, and what he had b quality. Hurrying they walked swiftly down to the quarry, where Reuben pointe
1246.ighty God prospered him he should justly in the service of the regard himself as
1247. as these, "Wolfert Flemmin^ he scarcely the earth under his feet until reached
1248.and learned that she still slept quietly and peacefully. By-and-by, Martha Flemm
1249.t she still slept quietly and peacefully. By-and-by, Martha Flemming awoke once
1250.—oh, fever so weak that she could only look slowly from one to an- other witho
1251. so weak that she could only look slowly from one to an- other without speaking.
1252.y not have strength enough left to rally; ; but feed her up with beef tea and br
1253.fulness, di- them much full of they only thought of following out his sensible r
1254.lowing out his sensible rections. lessly as Hovering around their mother as nois
1255.ow— but and calm! THE FLEMMINGS. Truly, they lifted 395 up their hearts arid w
1256.othing should trouble them now. joyfully bear all things since she They would ho
1257.the place, son, by his which he had only learned last night, had His de- cided h
1258.t, had His de- cided him, very naturally, not to dispose of the property." Then
1259.tering castles in the air, were suddenly crumbled, and came like the burnt, ; tu
1260.han he could have up it ; a He certainly felt better after and when his father r
1261.ved : him for his violence, his it, only reply was "I couldn't help sir. I in- t
1262.him for his violence, his it, only reply was "I couldn't help sir. I in- tended
1263.y race which terminated so ignominiously, and he could not to save his cause of
1264.feel sorry for having been the Presently he began to ask his father some questio
1265. wealth to be place care ; made suddenly available, which would them all far bey
1266.ll far beyond the reach of every earthly consequently his father's words almost
1267. the reach of every earthly consequently his father's words almost took breath.
1268.n's " The discovery is a valuable slowly " but to work the quarry ; one," he ans
1269.g done divine will, all am in God's holy keeping; that I can, I shall await His
1270.he courage and resignation to bear nobly for God's sake whatever troubles He mig
1271.ever been able to explain satisfactorily, and never will —for He THE FLEMMINGS
1272.. 399 this is who holds the balance only knows why ; put into one scale, and tha
1273.your father and Nick it. her very gently her. and lay her upon : It will rest an
1274.posed, and so feeble that she could only speak in whispers, and thought that she
1275.ost crackled A bright and blazed merrily on the red hearth, and the sun shone wa
1276.the red hearth, and the sun shone warmly through the white curtains, making arab
1277.of which every now and then he supremely happy. softly kissed, looking Her eyes
1278. now and then he supremely happy. softly kissed, looking Her eyes patient love f
1279. folded an attitude of prayer. Presently she opened her eyes —and seeing him s
1280.her hand. " Mother," he said very gently, as he drew his be a comfort to you to of religion was to me, and how deeply grieved I was that Eva and Hope should
1282.appointed when they ruined their earthly prospects for the sake of a religion wh
1283.en spared it the issue had been a merely earthly one TEE FLEMMINGS. there's 403
1284.d it the issue had been a merely earthly one TEE FLEMMINGS. there's 403 no sacri
1285.leeping. my I had been more than usually exercised the day the ceiling You know
1286.I thought I saw the image fell. suddenly grow large and bright, and stretch out
1287.n dreamEva : ing and dreaming constantly about her. It seemed me that told me th
1288.d what passed in his soul was known only to Him by whose grace salvation had com
1289.shing to you, but was too weak." " Truly are hope ; we united now, in one faith
1290.sgiving were so it. blended that earthly language could not express I will leave
1291.hat I have realize related to you. Truly did they upon earth the joy day, the ve
1292.ossible. make him comfortable as quickly Huldah looked frightened, but not at ;
1293.r, held it ming as he turned the finally up to the candle-light to examine the s, and ask it you, as a favor, to apply to that mortgage busi- ness of yours. Y
1295. for three years. love to all the family, my and ask them to think of the wander
1296.pect, dear Mr. Flemming. "I am sincerely your friend, George Merill." " Was that " Yes," she replied almost inaudibly. " Forgive me, Huldah ?" he asked humbl
1298. " Forgive me, Huldah ?" he asked humbly. All this " Yes," she whispered. was in
1299.d the cat was playing with " " It really true, then," said Wolfert Flemming, to
1300.ll to it, him and George Merill not only sold but wrote the most distracting thi
1301.d about it ; and sent him several highly favorable art criti- cisms, which he ha
1302. his 409 life away, but had been blindly working out his vocation, and making mu, I cannot refuse since I particularly know how easy it will be for me to repa
1304.. Hul- — dah was crying and his softly, her head on Nick's shoulder waist, arm
1305.ught to do but she didn't all ; she only looked around on them with a pleased, h
1306.never was so happy in my life. How jolly it will be to-morrow, when mother knows
1307.ohn," answered Hope, while Nick tenderly wiped the tears from cheeks. " I shall
1308.the The next day, Mrs. Flemming, freshly dressed and looking illness, much was b larger than jack-straws as she slowly took up the stitches and threw the fine the window," she answered, cheerfully. " I tell you, father, that I feel like
1311.replied, watching* effects of her keenly, for he almost dreaded the what he had
1312.ul ready very soon hesitating a blithely. to fret and repine, us. since God has
1313.." —my baby lit !" she murmured softly, while a happy smile " up her pale, thi
1314. ignorant of great value and it was only after Cutter came the other day, to pay
1315.Cutter, then ?" she inquired anx- iously. " Yes, mother, he came back a few days
1316.ur " repeated Mrs. Flemming, as scarcely comprehending how, by any chance upon e
1317.ousehold, and for giving new spiritually and corporally, to her who, not yet ris
1318.or giving new spiritually and corporally, to her who, not yet risen lifted from
1319.leant over and kissed her " it is nearly eight o'clock, to and I must gallop dow
1320.tic matters which must have been utterly neglected but for her, did Mrs. Flemmin
1321. her hands upon each of the girl's derly. " blooming cheeks she kissed her tento
1322.e held Huldah like in that soft motherly embrace ; "I am now, ! and children, a
1323.dah lifted up her face from the motherly bosom, to go away, her cheeks were wet
1324. tears she had ever shed. little \ Truly, indeed, was Mrs. Flemming a excitement
1325.everything was going on well and happily, and put a new think of the wonderful w
1326.hing miraculous, and yet how wonderfully had the mercy and love His creatures be
1327. their regard. illustrated all How truly, she for the thought, do of things work Mrs. Flemming could make all, humanly speaking, but utter to feel a sweet, hu
1329. calling unto deep a life full was truly a new birth, into of consolation and ho
1330.h Reuben, who had been engaged it busily with his mother's lap-board, turned rou
1331.r, which made them " laugh very heartily. Ruby, what did you serve for ? my boar
1332.mother, who had been watching him fondly, and set the board upon her bureav for
1333.r years, to study work in Eome. She only said " it was a pity, a great waste of
1334.t of the estab- — and ; all the family went to Boston. Wolto Patrick Flemming
1335., and seen them comstage-office fortably settled, he drove for their baggage. ba
1336.received Wolfert Flemming and his family with friendly welcome and great emotion
1337.rt Flemming and his family with friendly welcome and great emotion and, after a
1338.t in all their lives, were so thoroughly instructed in Catholic doctrine and dog
1339.ic doctrine and dogma as to be perfectly pre- pared even then to receive the Sac
1340.n, or rather began their confession ally ; after is, which they were condition"W
1341. sacramental fulness. It would be simply impossible to describe the solemn joy,
1342.aseless responsibilities of courageously determined, with God's their salvation
1343.her ! THE FLEMMINGS. aid, 423 and humbly rejoiced in tlie faith whose conso- lat imperfect or meaningless in this holy religion into whose fold they were led
1345.abe," clustered spotless roses as lovely as the roses of Sharon and —spangled
1346.orate thy shrine with all that is lovely, to cele- brate that wonderful night wh
1347. by the begotten Son ! birth of His only- Neither gems from the sea, nor gold fr
1348.ight on which thou didst heal the deadly wound inflicted by Eve upon man- by giv
1349.iving birth ! to the Saviour, God's only-be- gotten Son thee ! — and thy child
1350.pon by this spectacle so long faithfully celebrated the Church, halts in its hea
1351.Sacrifice went on forth again in stately ; then it burst melody at the Preface,
1352.y, Humanity all and Divinity with lively of Jesus Christ —which present, faith
1353.nverts on this occasion of an angel only could portray the sweet ly consolations angel only could portray the sweet ly consolations vouchsafed to their faith
1355.bout, at last written about in the daily papers ; and for this THE FLEMMINGS. so
1356.he it prospect of a created quite supply which would be able to meet an exciteme
1357.ritual depths and sweetness of that holy religion which even the most liberal-mi
1358.narrow belief, how how sublime, how holy was souls this faith into ! which they
1359.hich they had been thus pro- videntially led ; It supplied every need of their ;
1360.e going; why should they remain? quickly from opposite directions, they came aga
1361.his companion grasped and shook heartily. —where in the mischief— " George M
1362.heir fountain was cheeks. " occasionally blown Two years ago. For the Nile, last
1363.came little Eome to rest. I arrived only morning, expecting to find an old frien have heard tune. for- I was heartily glad." " Yes, I heard about that streak
1365. loved Eva it's Elemming, and not likely that I should forget anything concernin
1366.erning her," replied George Merill sadly. " "When my mother wrote, the family we
1367.dly. " "When my mother wrote, the family were in Boston, and the news came to he
1368.n Wilde, whose heart was beating quickly and It joyfully. was growing dark, and
1369.eart was beating quickly and It joyfully. was growing dark, and the young men ro
1370.n rose to Arm-in-arm, they walked slowly down the if go. steep road, talking as
1371.a del Popolo, they strolled on, scarcely knowing or caring whither, when little
1372.aring whither, when little they suddenly heard the musical tinkling of a bell, a
1373.le those who held them kneeling devoutly. all On the sidewalks, air arose, uncov
1374.nquired. The priest is carrying the Holy Viaticum ; to a dying person," replied
1375.orge Merill, standing before his fixedly at him. friend "I and looking am, thank
1376.nd looking am, thank God," was the reply. ! " Well I suppose it's a good thing,
1377.ay towards it while John "Wilde, hastily purchasing a wax candle from a shop nea
1378.embling on the borders of time, was only waiting to be it strengthened with the
1379. of George Merill's luxuries, and dearly-prized Wilde felt no compunction in sha a very gradual and I read attentively, before I left simple business. home, '
1381.versy,' and other Catholic books, solely to find out Hope's reasons for becoming
1382.all that I read, or sacrifice my worldly in- 434 terests either ; THE FLEMMINGS.
1383.e happiness of both, differing so widely in religious belief as we did, to break The violence of ; my emotions simply died out —nothing more ; and as a boo
1385.except so much, which was to be annually expended and determined devote his life
1386. r me of Eeuben Flemming. His was highly cultivated, his natural gifts w ere won
1387.ast we talked of nothing else. : We ally. journeyed to Rome together ; he entere
1388.vitiate at the Gesu, then I saw him only occasion- One day, towards the close of
1389.m on our way back but I saw him suddenly grow very white, a stream of blood gush
1390.nd the day on which he received the Holy Viaticum, I received at the Life. same
1391.eligious "No " ; it was Eva, John. sadly. Be sure of that, said George Merill To
1392.en they to parted, with a warm, friendly grasp- ing of the hands, kind, brave wo
1393. promises write to each other frequently; John Wilde thanking God in his heart o
1394.uture George Merill sorrowful and lonely, and ft half believing in Fate. * * * l
1395. * * * little ft ft ft ft I have, really, but more to tell; but tell my narrativ of apoplexy, which terminated fatally. Huldah and Nicholas were soon afterwar
1397.h sweet patience and pity for the lonely, dependent woman, who she felt her know
1398.pter, affording found fault to the daily, Huldah " and sometimes hourly, occasio
1399.the daily, Huldah " and sometimes hourly, occasions of merit which were not lost
1400.lemming's manage- ment, became gradually more prosperous than ever. Spiritually
1401.y more prosperous than ever. Spiritually and temporally, they were blessed beima than ever. Spiritually and temporally, they were blessed beimaginings, and ne
1403.had directed It all things so mercifully for them. after was not long Nick's mar trousseau, her tears dropping heavily upon the white, transparent, — THE FL
1405.tiful garments, as she had laid a dearly loved face, on which she was never to l
1406. chap- which I described so particularly in the black with age and the breath of
1407.with crucifix and it, There was a costly upon him which John Wilde brought from
1408.d now to it be put once more to the holy use for which fashioned. all was Father
1409.s Patrick McCue, an honored ; the family — and guest it —being present also
1410.lso the Wilburs, seen. who thought Truly was the finest show they had ever Bread
1411.g with John "Wilde and his bride, a holy and happy one Eva, far away in her ! no
1412.h like * Ruby." This question was really asked. THE FLEMMINGS. 443 at "Dear Ruby
1413.elier of the said Hope, looking dreamily the picture, while her thoughts were fa
1414.honors are conferred upon him constantly by royal personages. very proud of him.
1415.t dead but it is more feeble, and slowly dying out in staunch, brave New England been burnt* to the ground, and a holy Ursuline Convent at Charlestown. * 444
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