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ped by pillows that were not more ghostly pale than
her face, she sat.    Recognizing me, she made a
gesture with her hand that seemed full of mi-
sery and resignation to a fate, hopeless.   Shocked
I procured a dress makers card, and using in-
visible ink begged an interview the next day.
She came, woe begone, and prostrate in mind and
body.          To my renewed entreaty to fly and leave
a fate no longer bearable she consented.   On the
second of July following, disguised, I took her
to a place where I had procured board for her
as my sister, a statement for which out like-
ness gained implicit belief.      Here after the first
rush of sorrow and alarm she gained health
and flesh once more.  In three months we
moved, and she lived with me as my wife before
heaven.      The numerous schemes I devised to baffle
pursuit and the constant excitement I will not
dwell on.    I enjoyed it, and succeeded as I had
determined, till I made arrangements to leave the
city.               By our laws such action is criminal,
socially and legally, but is there no extermination?
A young girl of good average qualities, sensibility,
and affectionate disposition, as is often the case,
not altogether understood by her own family, cursed
instead of blessed by a sinful father, dependant
on her mother, feeling unsettled, desirous of being               
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