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NOTES ON CURRENT EVENTS :.

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SUNDAY AFTERNOON:

A MONTHLY MAGAZINE FOR THE HOUSEHOLD.

VOL. II.-JULY, 1878.—No. VII.

AUNT HULDAH'S SCHOLARS.

BY EDWARD E. HALE.

CHAPTER IV.

a fool as to think she knew everything. "I must needs be friends with thee."

Still she knew her letters, and she knew -Love's Labor Lost. that twice two was four. She could at The enterprise into which Rachel Fredet least teach so much to little negroes, or as had thrown herself, with the unconscious it was still the fashion to say, to little « congallantry of youth, was one before which trabands,” whose training had not carried older persons, of more experience, would them so far. bave shuddered. She was herself an orphan, To go farther, and to ask whether she and her only brother and only sister were so were competent to live alone in a commuplaced that she had not, and could not nity at least thoughtless if not hostile to her claim, any share in their training.

The purpose, was a question which never crossed school-course generally followed by girls in Rachel's mind. To ask whether she had Mrs. Merriam's school was finished, and, the experience of life, the power for order although Aunt Huldah would gladly have or discipline, the common-sense, indeed, kept such a pupil with her a year longer, which should be sufficient to set in motion Rachel knew that she should feel lonely a school for men and women perhaps, cerwithout her special companions. Nay, tainly for young men and young women, more than this, she was in her eighteenth and for boys and girls who had never known year, life was before her, and she had upon any discipline but that of the plantationher the inevitable eagerness to begin. The this also was a question about which she country, at that time, needed the service of had never occupied herself. She took it for every loyal child. Indeed, she does at all granted that she could do these things.

but at that time her loyal children She took it for granted that her strength saw this as they do not always see it, and would be as her day was. She wanted to where should she serve ? This was the teach these little black children. That simple question she had put to herself, much she knew. She had applied to a without the slightest thought of martyrdom Committee of a Freedman's Aid Society, or of heroism. A ready answer was that and this committee, with some reluctance she could be one of those who were ready to based on her youth and inexperience, had teach negro

children. She knew enough to so far given way to her evident unselfishknow that she did not know much. She ness, and to a sort of poise which appeared was not vain; and though she doubtless did in all that she did and said, that they had over-rate the value of what she had learned accepted her as one of their teachers with at Aunt Huldah's school, she was not such special reference to a particular sub-de

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partment of work, which, as it happened in arrival of “carriage company." Rachel fact, Rachel had never attended to for an herself went to the window now to see the hour.

descent from a handsome carriage of a lady Thus simply was.Rachel Fredet engaged who hurried up the stair-way, knocked, and in one of those almost spontaneous move was, of course, at once admitted. ments, which, though it will be soon forgot- “ Then you have coine, my poor dear ten, was one of the most curious in Ameri- child,” the stranger said eagerly, as she can history, and, for those who will learn, looked with admiration on Rachel's blushone of the most instructive. In much the ing face, caught her by both hands and same way in which she enlisted, and for kissed her. “We were so sorry to fail you. much the same motives, thousands upon But everything went wrong. Your detenthousands of the best trained men and tion, and all that, you know! I staid myself women in America stepped cheerfully for- at the depot till six. But all is well that ward into the business of “leveling up” ends well. I hope you were not frightened the plantation negroes of the South, at the to death." time when the hand of war, carrying out Rachel laughed, cleared one of the chairs the purpose of God, set them free. History for her eager visitor to sit down, and made as has yet to state, what nobody yet fully light of her alarm as she could with truth. knows, the full result of this

generous move- “And Aunt Dolly has taken good care of ment, which sent into the most delicate and you ? Aunt Dolly! take care of me! I left difficult work conceivable, some of the most home before there was a coal on fire in the highly trained and enthusiastic apostles. house. Take care of me, Aunt Dolly, and But there is, even now, no lack of separate bring me a cup of coffee just as hot and instances well-known, which show how for- just as nice as this cup of Miss Fredet's.” tunate it was for this nation that at that And then as Aunt Dolly departed with a moment it had really a surplus of its very smile stretching from ear to ear; best force to employ in the enterprise most “Dear Miss Fredet, this is a horrid barrack difficult of all.

we have put you in, and we know it; but Fortunately for Rachel, she was tired they are decent people down-stairs, and is enough after the day's ride, which carried not Aunt Dolly splendid? I hope it is not her from Brooklyn to Georgetown, to sleep long you will have to be here, and if you the sleep of the righteous in that first night in say so you shall have a room in a hotel on her new quarters. Neither waking thoughts Pennsylvania Avenue ?” of loneliness nor dreams of honors disturbed No; Rachel would not say so. The the blessed rest of which omnipotent seven- pros and cons of the matter had been deteen is well nigh sure. Nor was she wholly cided by letter, and after counsel with Aunt dressed when a strange rumbling on the Huldah before she started. She would not outer stair-way, with knockings and call- waver now, though she owned she had been ings loud and voluble, announced that homesick. “I will make it seem like Aunt Dolly was on her way with breakfast home,” she said bravely. such as she thought fit for the “school- Then the impetuous Mrs. Templeman misses,” and that she had enlisted Philemon, had to explain that the particular sideenterher oldest boy, in the work of hospitality so prise for which Rachel had been engaged far that he was bringing up, in advance, a must be postponed; that in fact, for a few white pine table from Aunt Dolly's own weeks Rachel would be of more use at the establishment, upon which the breakfast Constitution barracks; that, indeed, it was itself was to be placed. Nor had Rachel providential that she had arrived when she herself finished the hearty meal which Aunt did, so that she could go to work there this Dolly's exquisite cooking had provided, morning. What would have happened had when that worthy woman again came hurry- not Rachel arrived, neither Mrs. Temple ing up the outer steps, which were the man nor any others of the town-meeting access to Rachel's castle, to announce the who carried on this enterprise could tell.

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