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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
                A RAY OF LIGHT.                     349

intended for me," she continued, "as it contains something of
my husband's early history and his last moments. That we are
well acquainted with through the newspapers, and I never want
to hear it, mentioned again. But he says to Alice that his aunt
is about to break up, and go among her friends"--
  "I wish she had gone before she made all this trouble!" inter-
ruptted Alice, still crying, and without raising her head.
  "It's a pity she had not," returned her mother; then, turning
to Georgie she continued: "then he says after what has hap-
pened he thinks the marriage had better be postponed, as he in-
tends to travel; and after expressing much sympathy and many
good wishes, he closes."
  "Our friends have all deserted us," said Georgie, the tears
starting afresh; "what shall we do? I don't blame Horace so
much after all; he is very sensitive, and this affair has made so
much talk among all classes of people, that I suppose he feels
disgusted  wants to leave the country.  But I wish he could
taken Alice with him." added the unselfish girl.
  He might take her, and save us a vast amount of distress
if he would," said Mrs. Carleton; "but," she added, with a sigh,
"he has left us to our fate."  After a pause, she continued: "It
seems such a pity to have this circulated among these common
people, they always carry matters so far. I'm bitter against
the papers that published it, and if I had my way, I would have
them all suppressed. I don't know what'll come next; my
troubles now are more than I can bear. I am really sick." And
she leaned back in her chair, covering her face with her hands.
  A  silence of some moments ensued, when  she continued:
"Alice, you had better write to Horace Irving immediately, and
say that you are happy to release him from his engagement;
that he is free, hereafter, to go where he chooses. Since the sad
event,occurred which deprived him of a kind uncle, and you of an
affectionate father, your family feel as if they could not be sepa-
rated, and intend to go into the country for the present, to en-
joy rest and quiet. Be very careful not to betray the least con-
cern. Wish him a prosperous voyage, with as much independ-
ence as though you had never met him but twice in your life."
  "It's so mortifying to read his letter,' sighed Alice. "If I
had written this first, I should feel more satisfied."
  "No one will ever know what he has written, unless he is
gentleman enough to tell it," answered her mother. "Now,
Georgie.' she continue", with considerable energy, "can you
think of any place that we can afford to hire?"
 "There's Maggie, our chambermaid, mother," she replied; "she
owns a small place.  She told me a few days ago that she
would like to rent it, as it has been vacant for some time.  It
is quite retired, being nearly a mile from any house."
 "Shameful, Georgie Carleton!" exclaimed Alice; "would you
live in a house owned by your servant?"
  "Yes." returned Georgie promptly, "If I could do no better
I would." 


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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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