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Madame haughtily. “If I have exciting yourself—you've been out anything further to say, I will ad- in all sorts of weather. If you want dress you at the Golden Horse." to kill yourself, take poison; it's a 6. What fools

are!" quicker way than walking in the thought Monsieur, as he held the rain, but no surer.” door open for Madame.

"You speak truth, doctor," said “ Truly vulgar stupidity!" men- Madame, “my grandfather walked tally commented Madame, as she out, rain or shine, for seventy years, went to receive the physician, and then died, but if he had taken whose gruff voice was heard in the poison—" hall. The doctor was a short, bus- 6 Your grandfather was—a gentling man, attired in a suit of black tleman,” said the irritated doctor. and white plaidl, which gave him the “ I say that Ma'amselle must bave appearance of an animated checker- rest and quiet. That's all! I'm board. He refused all offers of re- off?' freshment; he was in a hurry, and The doctor wrote a prescription he knew Madame's vin ordinaire of and made his exit. old. He demanded to see his pa- “ You must remain here, Madetient at once.

moiselle Martin. I will not allow you This patient was a tall, slight girl, to go," said Madame, moved in apparently about nineteen, with spite of herself by the fragile beauty soft, dark-blue eyes, which, from the of the girl. “ And now tell me how pallor of her forehead and temples, you came to be out last night. seemed unnaturally large. A faint Speak freely. Regard me as your blush rose tint shone in her cheeks, own mother.” a thick mass of smooth, golden- After a slight hesitation, Adèle brown hair was loosely drawn back complied. from her broad, low brow, and knot- "The story is short, Madame, but ted at the back of her head. She very sad. My mother and I started wore a plain dark dress lent to her from New York on our way to Britby Madame's maid.

tany. The voyage was pleasant. She rose from her seat at the When we reached L'Orient, my window and made a step forward as mother caught a fever, and in a Madame and the doctor entered. week's time died. She was buried Even in that slight movement there four days ago.” The girl's voice was a nameless grace that bespeaks broke, but she bravely strove to the gentlewoman.

speak. " She instructed me to con"I am much better," she said, in tinue on the road to Nantes. She a clear, low voice, answering the gave me a packet, telling me not to query of her hostess, “indeed quite open it until I should reach that well. The tisane which you so kind- city., I had but little money, ly sent has completely restored me. Madame, and I walked whenever I With your permission, Madame, I could. A market-woman gave me will at once start for Nantes." a seat in her cart part of the way, but 6. But the cabriolet"

by mistake I reached Paimbeuf inThe flush in the girl's cheeks deep- stead of Nantes. I was retracing my ened.

steps last night. I had been walk“I will walk."

ing all day, and I was weak. I “No, Ma'amselle, you will not!” fainted, I suppose." thundered the doctor, who had " That was sad. You speak French taken possession of her slender well.” wrist. * You'll not leave this room “My mother was born in France.” for two days! Do you hear? You " And her vame?want rest and quiet. You've been “I do not know.

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spoke of her family. She had some told me that you are a merchant, great object in view when she came Monsieur,” she said, standing just hither, but I cannot even guess within the long window of the what it was.

She was an invalid - salon. very nervous and reserved, but oh! “Of the firm of Drap et Blanque, the best-the kindest," Tears Bordeaux, at your service." He drowned the words.

bowed profoundly. "Exceedingly mysterious," com- With a quick motion she drew mented Madame to herself. “ But the one ring from her finger. “I you alluded to a packet?"

thought that you might perhaps dis• Have you seen it, Madame ?" pose of this for me." asked Adèle, eagerly. "It was For an instant Monsieur Blanque's wrapped in a white handkerchief. small black eyes rivalled in brightI cannot find it. It must have fal- ness the brilliant diamond that bore len on the road, or in the cabriolet the faintly traced crest of the de Salast night."

luces. Then, with affected indiffer“I will send a servant to search ence, he said: for it."

“ Is it valuable?Having recommended her guest “Oh, yes, very valuable. My to rest tranquil, Madame left her. mother, who gave it to me, said it

Madame de Francheville did not was worth five thousand dollars." doubt the truth of Adèle's story. “ Dollars?" A girl with such a face as hers could "Or, in French currency, about not tell a lie without betraying it, twenty-five thousand francs. Am Madame thought, as she construct. I not right?" ed a little plan. This Mademoi- Monsieur Blanque raised his eyeselle Martin was apparently well brows and shrugged his shoulders. educated and refined. Now, Ma- "I'll give you a thousand francs dame had been for some time on the for it." look out for a companion who could There's no harm in that, argued play, sing, and read to her. If Mousieur Blanque. Will not my Mademoiselle Martin could do all property soon be hers and hers three, she could also teach English, mine, that is, if Madame de Francheand Madame, old as she was, had a ville does not play me false ? mania for languages. Having no "I will pledge it to you for that alternative, Mademoiselle Martin would doubtless be glad to accept “I am not attaché of the Mont the position at a very low salary. de Pieté,” he interrupted blandly. This was, in Madame's eyes, the Adèle hesitated. She was penni. crowning recommendation. She was less in a strange land.

It was well satisfied with her little plan. hard to sacrifice the ring, but it

She sent her servants in various would be still harder to be utterly directions to search for the missing dependent on the charity of packet.

Monsieur Blanque was strangers. standing on the covered terrace “ Take it,” she said, arerting waiting for the rain to abate. He her face as she gave him the ring. chuckled as he saw the servants He drew his purse from some turning up the mud in the road. hidden portion of his attire, and He was complacently reflecting on counted the thousand francs. She his own astuteness, when he felt a followed bim into the empty salon light touch on his shoulder. IIe at his request. He found pen and turned round and saw Adele- paper, and she signed a receipt. s belle comme un ange——he thought. He chuckled jubilantly. Assur

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The packet first, and now the ring the long, quiet evenings, she sang had fallen in his way without any opera airs or played Beethoven effort of his own. With the ring and Mozart, while Gaston, the docin his pocket, he started for Nantes tor, his wife, or perhaps the curé, in high good humor.

indulged in a game of chess with The future seemed very dark to Madame. Adèle. She trembled at the thought There was one subject on which of the journey homewards. She Madame was never weary of expaimagined herself landing alone at tiating, and of which Adèle was New York. There she had neither beartily tired of hearing. This relatives nor friends, for her mother was the value of the adjoining eshad kept her rigidly secluded from tate that had belonged to the late the world around her. Inexperi- Marquis de Saluces. enced and unskilled as she was, The heiress to this great estate how could she earn a living ? was in America. Madame, how

When Madame discovered that ever, daily expected her to arrive Adèle could play and sing, she with her daughter. This heiress made her proposal, which was bad secretly married a strolling gratefully accepted by the girl. geologist--that might not be the There was concession that right term, Madame said-howMadame required which gave her ever, he was a Bohemian of some great pain. She was not allowed kind. This tourist having broken to wear black in her bereavement, his leg—it served him right!-in for Madame detested black. It re- trying to climb a rock, in search minded her of death, and Madame of worthless pieces of stone, had did not like to be reminded of been taken to the château of the death. She did not object to a Marquis and thus became acquaintlittle pleasing sadness now and ed with Mademoiselle de Saluces. then-a tear over the departed—a On discovering the marriage, the wreath of immortelles; but she Marquis had disinherited his had a horror of deep grief and deep daughter. But when he came to mourning. When Adèle's trunk die, he had forgiven her, and became from L'Orient, she endeavored queathed all he possessed to her, to improvise toilets of white and by way of reparation for his long purple from her slender stock of years of displeasure. wearing apparel.

It never occurred to Madame to Often in the early morning, when mention the name of the “ foreign the dim landscape lay in the uncer- adventurer," or Adèle would have. tain but glowing light of dawn, discovered that he was her father. Adèle stole softly down to the vil. The name " Yolanthe" might lage church to pray for her mother's have given her a clue, but Madame soul.

always spoke of the heiress as “ That is better than wearing Mademoiselle de Saluces. black, my child," the old curé, to Although Yolanthe Moore had whom she had told her trouble, never been wholly free from sickwould say, when they met at the ness, she had none the less exacted clturch door after mass.

unquestioning obedience of her Adèle's days passed pleasantly. gentle daughter. Adèle knew that While Madame sewed or embroid- the name of Martin belonged to ered in the latter part of the morn- her father, and when her mother ing, Adèle played lively galops or had desired her to assume it, she stirring marches. In the afternoon had complied, showing some surshe read to Madame in French and prise but asking no questions, for gave her lessons in English. In experience had taught her that they

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would be unanswered. And now awaited only the arrival of that that the people at the château had lady in France, to plunge at once got into the way of calling her into preliminaries. Mademoiselle Martin, she did not * And the name of Gaston's wife think it necessary to tell her real will be Adèle, the same as yours,

my child,” Madame had said. Madame de Francheville looked Adèle caught herself wondering forward to Gaston's marriage with whether this young country woman the granddaughter of the Marquis of hers were pretty or not, and as a certain thing. She had hinted whether Gaston liked the at such a consummation in her let- 66 Adèle." ter to Yolanthe Moore, and she

(To be concluded in our next.)

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CATHOLICITY CHARACTERISTIC OF THE DIVINE

INSTITUTION OF THE CHURCH.

We believe Catholicity to be a to observe all things, during all distinctive mark of the Church of days. Christ. It is universal as to time, The mark of Catholicity is so beginning with its founder and en- evidently the peculiar and excluduring till the dissolution of the sive property of the Church, bearworld ; universal as to space, carry- ing the name Catholic in every age ing the light of gospel tidings to and nation, that no other society erery nation; universal as to doc- can reasonably pretend to dispute trine, teaching all things which with her that divine and triumphant heaven has revealed for the instruc- title. She holds it by a possession tion of man.

It was

thus the of 1874 years, during which space Church appeared to the vision of of time it has been recognized by Isaias, 60th chapter, when he ex- the voice of every friend and foe. claimed, " The gentiles shall walk If ever we had one occasion more in thy light, and kings in the bright. eligible than another to exult in the ness of thy rising. Thy gates shall honor and security of our Church be continually open, they shall not it is when we call her and her alone be shut day or night, that the Catholic, and find her so as to time strength of the gentiles may be and place. You see all other debrought to thee and their kings may nominations confined to the limits be brought. For the nation and the of a kingdom, a province, or a vilkingdom that will not serve thee lage, and gradually sinking from shall perish ; and the gentiles shall your sight, until you perceive but be wasted with desolation."

one pure family saved from the The Saviour predicted this uni- flood of the world's changeableversality when he said (Mark 24): ness, preserved in the ark of the " This gospel of the kingdom shall Church, and floating triumphantly be preached to the whole world, for on the waves of time which cast the a testimony to all nations." A three- death of oblivion over millions. fold universality was stamped upon The Church holding communion the Church in the commission with Rome as its centre, and taking given to her ministry—the Apostles the poles and ecliptic circle as the being ordered to teach all nations, measurement of its extent, has reg.

istered its title Catholic in every throne, or stoop to the grave of clime and language of the earth, every empire :-stand amid the and has verified the predictions of ashes of Pagan oracles or follow the Old Testament by thus stretch- the brilliant illumination of the ing her wide and ample dominion cross, and then we may discover throughout every land. Animated that there is not one circumstance by the spirit of holy enterprise, she of time or spot of earth without a is still engaged in enlarging her striking testimony in favor of the spiritual conquests; and to admit Catholic Church. Let us ascend to those who are pouring into her heaven, and as St. Augustine exbosom," she is enlarging the place presses it, “ Let us contemplate in of her tent, lengthening the cords tbat delightful garden its roses and strengthening the stakes of her and its lilies, that is, its martyrs tabernacle." If she has to deplore purpled with the blood of persecuthe loss of nations which were tion, and its hosts of other saints among the earliest of her progeny, who are clothed with the robes of she rejoices in the attachment of innocence and purity.” We see in others whom she clasps in her em- one single band thirty-three Robrace. If in punishment of their man pontiff's successively put to perfidy the kingdom of God has death for their faith; an immense been taken from some people, the multitude of priests and prelates, prediction of the Redeemer has who, in every nation of the unibeen fulfilled by its extension to verse, have shed their blood for the others. " I say to you that the name of Christ; countless legions kingdom of God shall be taken of the faithful of every age and sex from you, and shall be given to a and state of life, who proclaimed nation yielding the fruits thereof." the virtues and followed the ex(Matt. 21.) While the sun of Cath- amples of the purest patterns. All Olicity was setting upon the vices these, it will be found, had the of the degenerate kingdoms on happiness to live and the consolawhom its light first rose, it ap- tion to die in the communion of peared amongst the young nations the Church which has always been of the west, diffusing joy as it as

Catholic. Yes, ours was the gloricended in its career, dispelling the ous martyr Ignatius, the earliest ignorance in which they were in- amongst the martyrs of the Colivolved, and giving to their virtues seum, who has carefully banded vigor and animation. And as her down a variety of apostolical tradialtars rise and her incense smokes tions. Ours the holy Bishop Irein the distant forests, or wreathes næus, who, even in his time, estabwith holy fragrance the summit of lished the divine institution of the the Alps and Andes, she hears an Catholic Church from the circumintimation of enduring success from stance of the succession of pontiff's the Psalmist declaring the will of in the chair of Peter. Ours, the God: “ I will give the nations for holy martyrs Cornelius and Cypthy inheritance.

rian, distinguished for their virtues There cannot be a danger of this and their learning. Ours an Auappearing as a mere effort of decla- gustine, Ambrose, Jerome, and mation, or the presumption of over- Gregory, who stand above the boweening confidence, if we contem- rizon of ages pillars of light to supplate the great scenery of the port the chair of Peter. But CathChristian world. Unroll the his- olicity is clear enongh, from the toric page, read the names of na- fact that I must cease from even tions, trace the occurrences of each glancing over those saintly anpals; revolving century-glance at the for the track of universality would

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