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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
              A RAY OF LIGHT.                     347

ful management of his uncle. They were much together, very
fond of each other, and Mr. Irving often talked with his nephew
about his missing boy.  He also changed his business, and be-
came a prominent banker. He was known to be rich, and fash-
ionable society claimed him.  Thus, the once poor, unlearned
mechanic now mingled with the intelligent and refined of the
land. No wonder his son failed to recognize him.
  About the time Horace left college, Mr. Irving married the
wealthy and fashionable Miss Taylor, reigning belle of the sea-
son.  She was about the age of Horace, and after spending
several months abroad, they returned to take possession of the
princely mansion on Fifth Avenue, that Mr. Irving had pur-
chased and fitted up, regardless of expense, for the future home
of his bride. Here he resided until his unfortunate death.
  Carleton had always been considered the wealthiest man in
    B-----, and a very prominent citizen; for these he had been
both feared and respected, although his profligate habits were
well known.
  After the murder, the journals of B-----,  probably out of
respect to the family, tried hard to excuse him by adopting
the plea of insanity. But finding that other papers came out
against him, publishing portions of history, revealing his real
character, they were forced to withdraw their plea  Mrs. Carle
ton, as she still called herself, was really in trouble. Her pride
was humbled, and she longed to hide herself from the gaze 
her fashionable friends, of whom she and her daughter had
been the leaders  She wrote to an eminent lawyer in  New
York, a particular friend of he  in prospety, to know if he
would make some inquiries of certain parties, and advise her
what to do.
  She received a rather cold reply from him, saying he was very
much engaged; but from what he could learn, her affairs were
in a sadly disordered state.  Everything would have to be sold,
as there were many debts; and if she wished to avoid many
annoyances, he should advise her to hire a small place in some
quiet village, and remain there until everything was settled.
  "Well," sighed. Mr  Carleton, folding the letter, "I suppose
we must follow Mr. Warren's advice, if we can get a place.  We
can't remain here long, and I have no desire to, after what has
happened."
  "I think we had better go into the country," remarked
Georgie, "and remain quiet until this is somewhat for-
gotten," if a one can forget i.t  Still, she added,t casting 
glance at the  rare     paintings and costly furnture about her, "1
love this place, and am very much attached to it.  But we
haven't had much, comfort here lately." 
  "Don't mention  houses or quiet villages to me," said
Alice, imatiently; "I detest the name of them. I wish Mr.
Warren would mind his own business."
  " Why, Alice!" said Georgie in surprise, "you know we asked
his advice."   





			
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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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