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the young people were contem- him no more, although she loved plating having a picnic. Her him, she said, better than herself, mother remonstrated and thought better than anybody
in this she ought not go with him, she world. should at least ask her father if he "I will not speak of my sister's had any objections. Well, but sorrow at hearing this. It must be, mother, it is all arranged now and I think, a great shock to
a fond there is no getting out of it. I
mother's heart to hear her child have promised him to go and I declare that a man, who a month cannot disappoint him at this or two since was unknown to her. time.' So the first lesson he has become dearer to her than the taught her was disregard for the mother who bore her with sorrow, wishes of her parents.
And the and tenderly nursed her through next was deceit.
her helpless and depending years. "We had no idea how far matters who would be willing to undergo had advanced between them till he tortures untold again, to called a second time, when, by the
that child's happiness. It must way, his manners had greatly im- be a dreadful shock, I say;
but proved. He was quite attentive when the future husband of her to me and as considerate for my
beloved child is a desirable adsister as if she had been a grand
dition to the family the pain is lady. But for all that I set him
lessened by remembering that down in my mind as a rogue and
such is the decree of our heavenly nothing else. I will admit, how- Father and that she herself has ever, that a young, inexperienced forsaken father and mother and girl might easily be beguiled by
become one with her husband. so much assumed polish. But as “But when on the other hand, I said, we knew nothing of their
she knows that nothing but disaffair till that evening, when they appointment and
dire misery appeared quite intimate. He had awaits her child by marrying a discarded the Miss and called her
whom she considers in simply Clara, and at times when every way, unworthy of her, the she forgot to be cautious, would sting must be terrible. say John to him.
Aunt Ruth paused and raked "That evening Clara's mother
the fire with the tongs. took her into her own
room and “But aunty,” said Isabel withtried to reason with her and it out raising her bowed head seemed not without avail. The
from her hands, in which posgirl who had all her life known no
ition she had
since other will than her parents' could
Aunt Ruth had begun her story, not remain insensible to her moth- "why is it that you are always er's pleadings and counseling. depicting so much woe and misWith tears and sobs she promised sery to the girl of our faith who she would give him up and see
marries outsider? Cannot
these marriages end happily as and planted her in the big rocking well as others?"
chair in front of the fire, where “Well I never heard of one that she sat silently for some time did; nor did I ever hear of a girl | rocking gently to and fro till the who would place sufficient confi- young people began to manifest dence in the words of her parents their impatience by tapping their to be warned in time. She must feet on the floor, fidgeting in their needs go contrary to
the wise chairs or stools and at last one counsel of her elders and prove of them said: for herself the truth of her parents' “Think aloud, aunty.
Don't disregarded words. And then, let the precious time go to waste." when she has brought upon herself Aunt Ruth roused herself and the sorrow that resulted through adjusting her cap (Aunt Ruth alher disobedience, she expects to be ways wore a cap) began: welcomed back to loving arms and "Well they were finally married, tenderly nursed in her pain. Does my girl, and—” but a loud proit not strike you that her wayward- test was raised against this inness may have dampened the ardor
human way of leaping over the of her long-suffering parents?" most interesting part of the story:
No one made any response. Lea how the marriage came about. heaved a sigh and Isabel moved Aunt Ruth looked about her in a uneasily.
bewildered way and the girls ex"Perhaps I am too severe in plained, by crying: “No, no aunty, these matters," continued Aunt we hadn't got that far! When Ruth, “God forgive me if I am. last we heard of her she had just But-well little ones I know it promised her mother to forget the must be your bed time now." stranger. Don't you remember?"
She loosened the little arms that “Ah, yes; to be sure! · Well she so fondly entwined her. Dora's promised, and few evenings little sleepy head fell heavily on later when the young man came for her shoulder, while she drowsily his answer he was received by demanded to know if the "'tory Clara's father, who delivered her was all over." After having pro
message. Mr. Brown, however, mised to continue the story the insisted on seeing Clara, and when next night, Aunt Ruth went for she finally came she told him that the lamp and the little ones went it was her unalterable decision to to bed.
obey her parents in this matter Next evening when the Camp- and not marry one outside our bells (the
church. Mr. Brown then turned young friends) had left home to her father and demanded if that pay
a long-promised visit was the only objection they had to neighboring family, the to him: not being of their faith. girls flocked about Aunt Ruth My brother-in-law was taken unand bore her into the sitting room awares and said yes, it was.
" 'Why then,' said the stran- ing at breakfast she announced ger, ‘it need not part Clara and that she and John intended to get me; for I am as much of a Mormon married next month and would get as you are-at heart. And I have married in the Endowment House long thought seriously of embrac-if John could get a recommend. ing your faith. My brother-in- Mr. Brown's conduct the following law was much surprised at this month was exemplary, and at the declaration; for we had all heard end of the specified time he obthat Mr. Brown, on many occa
tained a recommend, and the two sions, had made sport of the Mor- went to Salt Lake City. mons and their faith. However, “What I have told so far has he collected himself sufficiently to come under my personal observasay:
tion; for the remainder of my story " 'Well if that is the case, I have Clara's own words," said may when you have investigated Aunt Ruth, and after a few moour faith properly and been con- ments reflections she continued: vinced of its truth, reconsider this “He had hired a small house in matter.'
the outskirts of our little town and “Poor Clara, who had been very we had all helped make their little dejected since her promise, was at nest comfortable and pretty. I once lifted into the greatest hap- had a constant foreboding of unpiness and went about singing all happiness for my girl. I tried day. But none of us had much hard to shake off this feeling, but faith in his sincerity, and I had 'twas vain. none, whatever. One day I took "Scarcely had the young couple my girl into my room and be- left the Endowment House before sought her to let the man entirely his ill-concealed ridicule of the alone. I told her that I felt sure sacred proceedings he had gone that he was insincere; that he was through, and which had made not a good man; and that nothing
Clara feel so near heaven that a but misery would result from this desire was born in her to stay
But Clara felt very hurt; there forever, broke out in said she believed in him and was mocking laugh, that almost made willing to take the consequences.
Clara's heart stand still with pain "A few days later we heard that and apprehension. When he saw Mr. Brown had been baptized and her "frightened face he tried to then her father remonstrated with undo the effect of his words by her and asked her to wait a year picturing very eloquently the fuor so and let him show some fruits ture which lay before them. But of his pretended belief. But while that very same evening he took off she was inclined to listen to her the sacred garment which had been parents, while with them, in his given him in the house of God presence all her good intentions and declared his intentions of vanished like air; and one morn- never putting it on again. What
this must have meant to Clara, an adornment in our community. my dear girls, you can best imag- | My brother-in-law scrupled someine, when I tell you that she had what over this reception, as he all her life been a firm believer in considered it imitating the ways the holy ordinances of our Church, of the world too much. He thought and had ever shown the greatest could have welcomed them reverence for them.
home without so much display of * They stayed in Salt Lake a flowers and furbelows, to a good couple of days to see the place and old fashioned feast in her old enjoy themselves, and when they home, where everything was more came home we had prepared a in keeping with our tastes generwedding party or reception as you ally; where we could all have call it, in their own little home. turned in and cleared the tables And everything was quite grand in no time and then had a jolly to our notion, I assure you.
Your Uncle Somers is quite wealthy, idea would have been more enand he spent not a little money joyable than the stiff concern, on the affair.
The young ladies as he called it, that we did have. of Clara's acquaintance turned "I presume he was right but out in their very best, of course;
somehow we were all in for a more some of them had even got new
use denying toilets for the occasion and we it; we are all, even the best of us, had both silk and satin dresses, fond of showing our neighbors trimmed with lace and adorned
the way of with flowers and ribbons in great display. And then we didn't want profusion. We had divested our to be behind time either. We had own and some neighbors' gardens heard and read of how people did of evey
flower to decorate the in Salt Lake and Ogden on such house. Yes, it was quite an af- occasions; and I think the only fair. It reminded me greatly of thing my sister, who is otherwise the dinners and suppers I used to a very sensible woman, regretted attend in old England when I was was that unfortunately our town young
I don't mean to say it could boast no paper which might was anything like them, nor did we have given a notice of a grand and aim at such a thing, of course; very enjoyable affair, etc. but to most of those present it "Well, my girl set up housewas a grand affair, and my girl keeping in a very comfortable way. looked lovely in her white cash- We often wondered from what mere and flowers, lovelier than source Mr. Brown derived his inmany a noble born lady I have at- come, for he never did anything, tended in my own country; for she and yet had always money. He was noble by nature and would, did do a good deal of writing; had it not been for the mistake she but never learned what he made in her marriage, have been wrote about, so
conclusion that he must be an greatly and she who had asserted author and was too modest to to me once before he had made his openly acknowledge it. We used to pretension of joining our Church, question Clara about it too; but that even if he cared nothing for she seemed as much at a loss about her religion, she could live it just his doings as we were.
as well as if she had stayed in her “The first Sunday after their re- father's house, soon learned, that turn from Salt Lake, they went to a young wife, be she ever so good, meeting, Clara I regret to say, in is apt to partake of the same her reception dress, wherefore spirit as her husband. She does some ill-natured people said she not lead. He leads and she went solely to show her finery: follows often blindly. But I know better, my girl was “He took a number of eastern not vain; but you see she had no journals, story papers for the most actual knowledge of what was part, and the more she read of them proper to do under all circum- the more she wanted to read and stances. She had always been ac- at last she began to think that this customed to wear her best dress to was indeed a much better way of meeting and the idea that an even- spending Sunday than by tiring ing toilet with its wealth of rib- one's self completely out with runbons and frills should not be worn ning to Sunday School and meet
the street, never occurred to ings. This excessive story reading her.
also gave her a desire for excit“That was the first and last time
ing pleasures as she read of them, the two went to meeting together. and she tried to imitate on She often came home in the be- smaller scale the dinner parties ginning and appeared happy and and soires that grand people in gay but an observer could easily the world excelled in. And she detect the disappointed ring in only succeeded in two things: sether laughter, as well as the feigned ting a bad example and making gayety. But that her hero had herself ridiculous, poor girl. For shown the cloven foot on the very of course, her companions, who eve of their wedding day she never were married and got married one mentioned; nay, she concealed it after another, must do as she did. scrupulously. Pretty soon her visit If she gave a dinner and invited to home grew scarcer and he came all her friends and had a great disrare occasions, and then
play of fancy dishes and fine table took no pains to conceal the con- linen, the other young matrons tempt he felt for our adherence to must do the same in turn. And the religion we had espoused. as her companions were nearly all
“Their days were spent in plea- married to honest young men who sure-seeking and Sunday's made strove to make a position for themno exception to the rule. In the selves in life the consequences of beginning it distressed Clara imitating her were often fraught