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< M R V J E R T I & E R . w.r 'ei,1. , 1 y ... Ai ftIL 20 , 1826 . # I M U V Y ; PUBLISHED BY H E N r T C. S L E I G H T . f Y TsK ifa.— The J i o ^ l K ^ i n F A B K ^ is pub- Cv lwhed every Thunday, at Two Dollars per year.in •s.\ «dwnee-Hor Two Lfclltta.wiKtRfty Cants, payable vj >alfiycarly. * 1 .. Where ten paper* a re subscribed for, and left at . , one place, without expense to th.o. publishes, the . , , t^rm swfll b e |r ,S 0 p e r atmum,in advance, and an exlrA paper (Tor the agent. ■ * ' ' jAdverti*e«ants inae^ted e t the usual prices. ' ■ p o i n t i n g , * IH H l ITS VARIETV,pOs *- UTTHC BESTSTYLE , ’ ‘ \ A!TO AT THE LpWEST PRICES, - , ■ . Atthc‘O fficeoftho; jFrnrme*. T H E r e p o s i t o r y : ' Th« editor o fthe New-York Commercial Adver- tuer. in spe&Wa? o f tho following interesting tale, says, “ we rework, once for all, that we have w rit­ ten it ourselves, and that i t is true in all the mate­ rial particulars. W e Knew the deceased, and we loiow all t h e parties b u t one. How the facta in the latter and effecting part of the story came to our knowledge, i t a matter o f our own. No blame can rest any where, because no names a re mentioned,” A TA L E , B U T NO FICTION. -She never told h e r love, B u t let conceihnent, like a worm i‘ th ’ hud, Feed on h e r damask cheek: she pin’d in thought; And with a green and yellow melancholy, She sat like Patience on a monument, . - 'Smiling a t grief.— Shalupeare. Although tales from real life a te usu­ ally considered too tame and insipid for . those whose element is the airy regions o f romance, yet it sometimes happens th»t the actual occurrences of this old fashioned world, if embodied and descti bed in the rich and glowing, language, of some of our living masters of fictiop, would b e considered too improbably and ' wonderful to be true, without drawing .upon the imagination for additional facts by way o f embellishment. Such, we b e­ lieve, would be the case with respect to the following narrative, wete the writing o f it not confided to a pen which seldom aspires to holder flights than are called for in the discharge of the dull and mo iiotpnous labours incident with thcpubff cation o f a dajly newspaper. M andB ------ were friends. Their friendship commenced iri boyhood—the season in which are sown in the uncon­ scious* and susceptible bosom, seeds which spring into vivid impressions in youth, and ripen into stronger feelings' in after life. As they grew up to manhood, the bent of their inclinations was widely > different, though their common feelings o f attachment grew with their growth, and strengthened with their strength. O u r country had drawn the sword to vin­ dicate o u r national rights, and avenge h er 'wrongs; and while the exhilerating notes o f the fife, and the wild blasts of the bu­ gle, fell on the ear of M—— like music— while his bosom swelled with enthusiasm aB his mind dwelt on martial employ­ ments, and lie longed to participate in - the glories acquired by the soldier, in showing how fields are won, the other S referred to travel the smoother road of omestic and civil life. Through the in­ fluence o f friends, M— --'obtained a commission in the army, and was ordered upon the recruiting service in the interi­ or, There was a simplicity, and a confi­ dence of mutual affection which marked this first separation, and which young and ingenuous minds can only appreciate. T h e y had heard q f false friends, and sup­ posed that such might exist. But such w a s their confidence in each other, that the remotest suspicion of treachery ne- - y e r darted across the mind of either, ?They felt a s secure aB the mariner when aafeiy moored, who listens with pleasure in his hammock to the din o f the ele­ ments, and the dash of the waves with­ out. With the ardour of youthful ima­ ginations, they drew glowing pictures of th e future, and rejoiced in the anticipa­ ted advancement and prosperity of each - o ther. O r if, perchance, an idea of the Way wardness of fate o r fortune for a mo- tecnf awakened on unpleasant sensation in the bosom o f one, it was speedily dis- .' gipated b y the assurance of ready relief fromjthe o ther.J Protestations of-friend- ' ship were neither reiterated nor multipli- - e d ; there was a mutual confidence that their bosoms beat in unison; and an in­ describable feeling p f regret came over - them, aS they gfasped eachother’s hands, ‘ when M— —- stepped on board of the ite a m - b o a t/ and .with faultering voices,, th e y pronounced th e w o rd “farewell.” , A t this moment with what, indignation wouldejther have received and resented the least suspicion of'his fidelity to hi? friend. And could a being endowed With a knowledge, o f things to come, have p re­ dicted in the hearing of either, what would be his future course- towards his bosom friend, with the same ignorance of his own heart he would probably have exclaimed with Hazael, “ is thy scrvaut a dog that he should do this thing.” Whoever hasvisited * *•*•* * * * * * *—apd w,fio in tans fashionable and traU veiling age has-not—will have been struck with the singular beauty of the ir­ regular valley into .which the traveller descends a few miles before reaching the fountain, in the bottom of^, which * * * * * * * M * creek, silently winds its way amhngfield»’’iiu4'mea^W8:wf.*1wff;»ichest verdure, now lost in the thick foilage of willows and other, shrubbery, whose pen­ dant branchesdip in the stream, and now bursting upon the view like a silver stream skirted with grassy banks, sprinkled with meadow lillies and clusters o f wild honey­ suckles. It was at tbe old village in the broadest sweep o f this delightful vale that M was stationed for the purpose of obtaining recruits for the feeble ranks o f our army. Here b e became acquainted with a young lady, the daughter of a re­ spectable and worthy farmer, for whom he soon felt a growing attachment of that tender description which warms the bo­ som of the young soldier. Though a na­ tive of this tranquil valley, y e t her edu­ cation bad not been unattended to, and she had received that cultivation of mind, and those personal accomplishments, which, when tempered with good-sense, and mingled with the innocence- and sweet simplicity of country life,, impart such a charm to the female character. It was in the spring; that happy and de­ lightful season, when, as the poet tells us— — From the virgin’s cheek a fresher bloom Khoots less and less, the live carnation round. Her lips blush deeper sweets ■ , The shining moisture swells into her e y e ,, ■her wishing bosom heaves With palpitations wild, kind tumults seize Her veins,—and all her yielding soul is love.” It is sufficient to say, therefore, without lifting the veil and exposing to the vulgar gaze all those little refined endearments which constitute the lover’s bliss, that the attachment was mutual. But a few months o f happiness, however, glided a- way, seeming to the youthful lovers but so many hours, before the sullen sounds of war rolled along our’frontiers, and M received orders to join his regi­ ment, and repair to the field. Their loves were plighted anew, vows of c o d stancy interchanged, and they parted— he to share in the fatigues and perils o f war, and She to count 'the days and hotirs of his absence, rear the plants in her p a r­ terre, weave garlands of wild flowers carelessly plucked as she strayed among the fields and meadows of her father’s domain, and watch the post and catch the first glance of the bulletins from the army. He was ordered upon distant' service, acquitted himself bravely in various ac­ tions, and the .peace found his shoulders graced with- two epaulettes instead of one. But it was his fortune to be kept in such active servipe, and to b e transfer­ red from post to post, even to the remo­ test stations upon the,western and south­ western borders* of our country, that h e was unable to visit the object o f his ear­ ly affections, and fulfil his vows, until the summer of 18—; when he came to this city, and was transported with delight, to fino h e r oh a visit to an elder sister, mar­ ried and settled in New-York. We will not attempt to describe the jo y of their meeting, after so long a separation, du­ ring which the Countenance and elastic frame of the young soldier had been changed by the (Oils o f the camp, to tbe more grave and muscular appearance of the experienced soldier, while the slender fortn find features p f , bad attained to the graceful and womanly proportions of four and twenty. But a few days of preparation intervened, and he clasped her in his arms as'his bride. His return to New-York was wel­ comed by B—— , with all the warmth which couldbe expected from ah endear­ ed friend of his 'youth, the ardour ,of whose feelings, it was b u t natural to sup­ pose, *,ad been tempered by the maturity of manhood. Both had been prospered. Whil M—— had- regularly passed th.o.gh several grades of promotion, B- had been honoured with various profitable civil appointments. They wete-together from day to day Ibr seve­ ral weeks, while the joyous period of the; honey-nioon rolled swiftly away. Now and th e p , however, M— — appeared ab­ sorbed in a momentary abstraction, and a dark cloud would flit over his brow. But like'the mist of a summer’s morning, it was suddenly dissipated by the sun­ shine of ptesent happiness—leaving the landscape fairer and brighter than before. These moments of depression were too transient to excite particular observation; and although the compressed lip and un­ conscious sigh did, as he feared, once or twice betray more o f the troubled bosbm than h e could have wished, still the round of pleasures, the variety.'of occupations and amusements, and the charms o f so­ ciety in a city like this, added to the un­ remitted and disinterested exertions pf hia friend B-r- f r to es ^tribute allfete t o powpr to1 his gratjficajion, caused' the stream of happiness apparently, to glide on without a ripple upon its surface. But there was a cause for these occa­ sional moments of gloom deeply seated. Nor could the possession of a lovely bride, the nuptial festivities, or the gaie­ ties ofx the metropolis “ pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow,” or lighten the oppressed bosom of the load which weighed upon the heart. When he left New-York a few years before, he parted from a dearly beloved orphan sister, li­ ving with her guardians, young, innocent, and beautiful. If there be any emblem on earth of that spotless innoceuce and purity which we are taught to expect in the regions o f the skies, it is a young and artless female into whose bosom an im­ pure thought has never entered, whose cheek has never teen suffused but with the bloom o f health, o r when listening to the accents of merited commendation, and whose every word, look, and action, speak the unpolluted mind within. Such in the eyes of M , was his affection­ ate sister.' How oft had she hung upon his arm with fraternal affection, as they visited together the principal places o f at­ traction in town, or rambled among the green fields and delightful groves in the suburbs, gathering daisies, cowslips, and blue-bells, or listening to the carrols of the birds as they skipped cheerily from spray to spray, during his former visits. And w ith whattoadssncc* did slie cling to him, as he kissed the falling tear from her cheek, a t the moment of their last separation. And with what fondness too, did he anticipate the happy moment of their meeting, after so long a separa­ tion, when, as he might suppose, the ten­ der bud which he had left, must have ex­ panded to the full blown flower. Tarry­ ing a few days at Philadelphia, however, while on his Way to New-York, among his friends in that staid metropolis, dark suspicions were occasionally whispered in his ear, that his sister was no better than she should be. He would have a- venged the imputation promptly, could he nave been perfeclty satisfied that it was groundless; but before he-left, his agony wa§ completed by such, declaration and proofs Of her guilt, tha’t he verily believed the child whom he left pure and uiisullied as’the driven- snow, was now a loathsome- prostitute, and the kept mis­ tress of some gentleman in New-York. It was even intimated that for his own credit, ted the happiness o f his intended bride, it would be better for him not to speak of one who had rendered herself so utterly unworthy o f his happiness and protection. ‘And having thus been made to believethat ■ “ --------- — \ \ f o e had fallen Into a p it o f ink, that the wide sea Had dropS to wash h e r clean again,” he yielded to this advice. Mr was a soldier; and,although the struggle was a sevene.one, stiff aftgf his arrival in New- York,- havirfg command over his feelings, he subdued them so effectually, that the few faint and transient evidences of tffe secret workings of his. soul, before r e n ­ ted, were all that escaped him. After remainingd few weeks inffie ci­ ty, thehappy couple made the fashionable tour of.-the several watering places in this state, visited the romantic regions o f Lake George, listened to the deafening roar of Niagara, and then returned. And having resigned his situation in the army, and obtained an appointment in p distant territory, in the autumn of 182-, after taking lepVe of his friends, and part­ ing with great -reluctance from his still more endeared^ friend, and companion B , he departed xrjth his wife tor the station where Hi’s’ new'duties required bis residence, - Hitherto their matrimonial' path had been strewed-with flowers, and not a cloud had for a' moment obscured tbe sun o f their happiness. T h e bright­ est mornings,. however, sometimes lead on the darkest days, and it is but too true that— “ Life’s fairest views a re b u t un airy dream, Fi a i l us the transieutcloud, or bubbleon the stream.” An endcmical fever, often so fatal to strangers in that climate, arrested-his pro­ gress at Natchez, which baffled the skill of his physicians. He received every attention from the strangers among whom he was cast, and all the endearing atten­ tions of his wife— but in vain. It was decreed that the cup of bliss, which had but just been tasted, was to be dashed suddenly from her lips; and so rapid was the progress .of the disease, that in five short days from the commencement of his illness, she found herself a widow in a strange land—desolate—alone. But the measure of her affliction being uot yet full, she in turn was seized by the dire contagion; and it'was not until after the lapse of several months that she was able to retftrn with the messenger sent to conduct her back to her friends, and the scenesof her recent enjoyments. Many of her husband’s affairs were left in an unsettled state; and after the poignancy of her grief had somewhat subsided, it became necessary for her to look after them. Fortunately B— was a professional man, and to whom could she better apply for assistance in her forlorn situation, than to her hus­ band’s most intimate and confidential friend. She did s o ; and he attended to her requests with all the readiness and, kindness that she could have expected. A year rolled away, aud the affairs, though not yet settled, were in a train of adjustment. Meantime another year passed away with those beyond the flood, during which bis visits had gradually be­ come more and more frequent, and his attentions to her more marked aud par­ ticular. He was her husband’s dearest friend, and she therefore the more readi­ ly confided in him. During this inter­ course with her, his conduct was uniform­ ly marked by the most scrupulous pro­ priety and delicacy. And when with ho­ nourable frankness, he formally avowed himself as a suitor for her heart and hand,he was accepted. An engagement for marriage soon succeeded, and the time fixed for the wedding was not re­ mote. The engagement was known and approved by her friends; but ere the time for the celebration of the nuptials arrived, it was postponed—again, again, and again—by various plausible pretexts, so artfully devised as to leave nothing to excite hny well-grounded suspicions to his faith, and the rectitude of his inten­ tions. He was a grave and an honoura­ ble man, not likely to be fickle in his mind, or flexible in his purposes. In this situation affairs stood until a few months since when, as it was suppo­ sed, an irrevocable determination was made that the wedding should take place during tbe present spring; and the lady went upon a winter’s visit to her friends in the country—to the dear delightful spot of her infancy—where she first dreamed of love—and where those bright visions of happiness had first danced in her youthful imagination, the reality of which had as it were but just dawned up on h e r for a moment, as if to render the storm of adversity which followed still more gloomy , and affli-^ive—but which now bid fair to return again soon, if not with their primitive brightness, at least with a mellow light which promised to cheer her through the remainder-of her life. A constant correspondence was kept up between herself and B ------ , hnd he continued his visits to the family of her aister, with whom she had resided while in this city. And here'our tale jnust begin to unfold itself. A few weeks since the bell rang feebly at the door of this lady’s residence, the initial of whose husband’s name we om it; and the ser­ vant ushered in a-lady whose fragile form, pallid cheek and-sunken lustreless eyes, bore ample testimony to decaying health; and there was a deep-settled melancholy upon her countenance, y et so handsome as to proclaim that h e r features had once been beautiful,which told but too plainly that h er heart-strings had been torn with anguish, and that thfere was a canker in her bosom “ eating into her soul,” and wasting away h er thin light form, which had apparently been formed in the finest mouid. She hesitatingly and. timidly in quired for Mrs. M— — , but on learning that she was in the country,'aqd that the lady o f the bouse was her sister, she pul. led-from her bosom the miniature o f .the :ased Major' M— avowing herself to have been his sister. She said a t tbe same time, that it waa a treasure which she had highly prized, though on his last visit to the city, of which she was unap­ prized until by accidentshe b ad received the Ad tidings of, his death, h e bad treat- ed her with a degree of neglect, which had grieved her to the soul, but for which she could never account. And a s she believed now that she could not long survive, she'thought h er husband’s widow had the best claim to the picture, and s h e had inquired her out and brought it. M r s . , having never before heard that her deceased brother-in-law had a sister living in the city, was incredulous to the story of her relationship, hut took the picture and promised to write to h e r sister. The stranger .then departed, r e ­ affirming with earnestness and a gleam o t woman’s pride her uear consanguinity with the deceased, and promising shortly to-return. The lady wrote to her sister the par­ ticulars of this interview, with her belief that the stranger was an impostor. *The return of the mail brought a reply, i a which Mrs. M for the first time im­ parted to h er sister the melancholy tale respecting h er deceased husband’s sister, which we have given above, and which he had communicated to her only after they had left Philadelphia for the west.— > Shortly after the receipt of this letter, the strange lady called again, apparently, as before, oppressed by the bitterness o f grief, and pining away under the pangs of her burthened bosom. But the lady now shrunk from her as from the touch of pollution. The stranger perceived this alteration in her demeanour, and truly apprehended the cause. The co­ lour which had been a stranger to her cheek, again partially returned, and her dark blue eyes were for the moment lighted up, as she exclaimed with sudden, and unwonted energy— “ Yes! I am his sister, and y our suspicions, which I w e ll' understand, are groundless: ! am an un­ fortunate, an injured, b u t an innocent wo­ man: I am the lawful wife of” but checking herself, she proceeded in a sub­ dued tone, “ alas! I cannot speak fur­ ther.” For a time < ■ . . . . » “ H e r lips moved not, t m t 4«iteringljr, Nor would thty aught b e tray; 1 - Yet more there spoke, h e r flashing eye, Than words could e v e r say; Yes there was meaning in her glance.” Having in a measure composed her troubled feelings, some further conver­ sation ensued, in which the blighted fair one renewed her protestations, o f inno­ cence, and intimated that while she had been deserted by her former friends, though lawfully married, and tee . m other of several children, yet she had been . compelled silently to bear the reproach, that had been cast upon her—in the dai* - ly hope that all the mystery in which he*, case was involved, would soon b e cleared up. But her heart was now fast wither­ ing under the disappointments of hope long deferred. Indeed she had hoped until no hope was left; and she -was now determined, era she dropped into the tomb, which must soon open for her re­ ception, to rescue her fame and virtue _ from the cruel imputations under which \ she was suffering. She then informed the lady, that if her husbanil would call at N o . —, in street, on a certain day, she would convince him of tee truth of her assertions. Yet -she gave not the remotest intimation as to who waa the husband who had thus contrived to keep her in seclusion, with but a doubt­ ful reputation. The doubts o f the lady* and her husband were n o t removed, but their interest and curiosity to penetrate the veil which appeared to hang ov^p ' fate o f the unhappy female, werofpower- fully awakehed. - - / Meanwhile, and beifpre the appointed time for the ’ promised explanation had arrived, B called as usual, to in­ quire after the family, and the health of his intended bride. H e had never been more cheerful, and talkedfteth his wont­ ed frankness and seeming sincerity, of his. approaching nuptials. While the evetiing wa^passing thus pleasantly away, the lady handed him the miniature of bis deceased friend, to inquire of lum wheth­ er it was a good likeness. He took the picture, but had no sooner cast his eyes upon it, than i t dropped from his handL. For a n instant his countenance Was pale as ashes. Every drop o f blood aeetted to have rushed back upon h i | heart;. ' His lips quivered, and Jie trembled in every joint. But he recovered his self-p'osses j siou'in a moment, picked u p the picture, as though it had fallen by a cohimOn scci- * dent, and after a few common-place re

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