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apply to them for aid. The manner in which she was received by them, is already known to the reader.

Who that would not willingly cherish reflections such as Mrs. Dalby was permitted to enjoy, in view of what she endeavored to do for this disheartened Abby? Or who would be willing to possess the feelings of her unkind relatives? and furthermore, who that does not feel indignant at the villany of Colonel Chambers ?

It may be true, lamentably so, that some will pass over the wickedness of this man, and lay the whole blame of the dereliction of this orphan to herself. The writer cannot boast any sympathy with such. She was guilty, and for her faults cast out by those to whom she was bound by natural ties, and left to the protection of those to whom she had been before unknown, while this unprincipled man

many cases smiled upon by — must it, shall it be said -- virtuous females !

Let every woman, who exerts an influence, no matter how limited, scrupulously forbear to extend the hand of friendship to the man of impure habits, and it will not be long, ere the evil now so much deprecated, shall cease to exist.

It is in the power of woman, by decision of purpose, to degrade or reform those who look to her to countenance or frown upon their actions ; but if she will not reprehend the profligate, no wonder if a state of things continues which will cause a large proportion of mankind to spurn the idea of a pure friendship existing between the different sexes.

Abby was, by the kindness of Mrs. Crosby and her other new friends, sustained from sinking at once into a

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state of wretchedness and despair. Her affectionate and confiding heart rested, as it were, in a measure, upon these friends, and she was eased of much of the acuteness of her sorrow.

She told them all her heart; and in doing so confessed that what was hardest of all to endure, was the indifference of the father of her child. 'I ought to forget him,' said she ; ‘I will always try to do so, but I fear he will be the last person to be forgotten by me while life remains.'

'Do you not sometimes feel angry with Colonel Chambers, when you remember his perfidy ?' asked Mrs. Crosby, one day, as they were conversing together.

• I do not feel as angry at his conduct,' replied the poor girl, as I do grieved. I want to banish him forever from my mind, but it is impossible for me to do this; his image comes unbidden before me as soon as I awake each morning, and lingers there until my senses are again steeped in forgetfulness when I fall asleep at night'

Mrs. Crosby was aware that the health of Abby declined, ever after she went to her house, and feared that she was destined to swell the number of those weak and deluded girls who fall victims to the vicious and designing, and thus are hastened prematurely to the grave; and she was not mistaken.

This lady felt called upon to do all in her power to alleviate the sufferings of Abby, whom she loved, notwithstanding her knowledge of her past errors; and she did indeed much to smooth her passage to an early grave, by leading her to repose her cares on One above.

Abby loved her child; but as Mr. Dalby had greatly befriended herself and infant also, while her own feeble health prevented her from doing as she could wish by the unfortunate little innocent, she determined to comply with the wishes of this gentleman, and give the babe away to him. He told her that she should always be allowed to see the child, whenever she desired; but enjoined secrecy upon her, in respect to its belonging to herself.

Mrs. Dalby believed the child was her own; and as she perceived the sad change in the appearance of its youthful mother, when she saw her from time to time, she could but feel thankful that the poor girl would not be obliged to leave a motherless and worse than fatherless babe behind her at death. Abby knew that she was fast hastening to the tomb, and felt more than satisfied that she could leave her little one under the care of those who had evinced such disinterestedness in befriending a lonely, erring one, like herself.

Colonel Chambers was aware that the young creature who had reposed so much confidence in him, had been abandoned by her selfish relatives, and that she had been indebted to the charity of strangers for a home since the day upon which she received that note from him which had been so fatal to her peace; yet he cared not that she suffered for his sake, if he was only saved from being annoyed by her presence, and he was careful to avoid any place where he was fearful of meeting her.

When he heard that she was sick, and was expected soon to die, he manifested no regret. Aware that the child was provided for, he thought himself fortunate, and basked in the sunshine of prosperity, caressed by those whose duty it was to rebuke him as the destroyer of a young, affec. tionate, confiding female.

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Abby, at the early age of eighteen, closed her eyes upon the world in peaceful hope of the forgiveness of Him, who, when upon earth, said to the erring, 'Go and sin no more.'

Mrs. Dalby saw with delight the developments of loveliness which time made in the little Sarah Anna, as this child of peculiar fortune was named, and although sh: remarked, as the little one increased in years, that it did not bear any resemblance to her family, she did not eve i suspect it was not her own, or that her own babe had divd, for many years after these occurrences.

CHAPTER XVII.

Sarah Anna and Mary at School Sarah Anna deceived in Respect

to her Parentage - Irritability of Mary Secret divulged Mrs. Dalby's surprise Friendship between the two Sisters.

Sarah Anna loved both her foster-parents ardently, yet was peculiarly attached to her mother. There was no being on earth who in the opinion of this lovely girl could compare with her, and she derived more pleasure in being in her society, than was afforded her by mingling in that of her youthful companions.

Time glided away, and she became a young lady. She attended school with the eldest daughter of Colonel Chambers, whose name was Mary. Sarah Anna was acknowledged, by all who knew these young ladies, superior to her haughty sister in every respect. Mary was proud and overbearing, and valued herself upon her parentage, wit, and beauty, and regarded Sarah Anna with feelings of jealousy and envy, being conscious that she was destitute of those qualities which she every day saw admired in this sweet girl.

Mary had heard conversation at home, in regard to the unfortunate mother of Sarah Anna. She had thus learned the fact that her infant daughter, when very young, was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Dalby; still, she was ignorant

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