our family I'll kill Fection and banish myself from your shameful
Fairy, with tears rolling down her cheeks, leaned upon Quallet,
saying : " Mother, I wrote to ask him for a pigeon, in the place of
the one I lost."
Quallet, relieved of her nervousness for the time, spoke: " Oh,
son ; that's nothing ! "
" I thought you hadn't gone crazy," said Prido.
Fairy now goes in her room, falls upon her bed, and said: " Lord,
what must I do ! I can't slight Fection, yet I can marry him only
by leaving mother and the family This I can't, can't do. But,
ah me ! I shall be with them in body and not mind."
She then called Iner, and said: "Iner, you came near bringing
on serious trouble this evening."
" Well, Miss Fairy, I couldn't tell a story Poor mama told me
on her death-bed that if I tell a falsehood I'll never see her again."
" Oh, your mother's sickness affected her brains, so that she knew
not what she was saying."
"Well, Miss Fairy, I don't want to have anything more to do
with your letters."
" Well, do this much, if they ask you did you bring or carry
letters before tell them no."
Iner agreed, and Fairy began to wonder how could she and Fec¬
tion continue their correspondence. She knew it couldn't be done
through the mail for her brother was the only one who visited the
post office. In a few days she resolved upon the following plan :
" That Fonnit must bring our letters to that tall oak which stands
eastward about five hundred yards from our house. It can be at
once recognized by its large size and the moss that hangs upon it.
It is surrounded by a thick wood. I make this change because Iner
takes too long to go and come."
The letter having this plan she kept till in April, when she went
to Villa to purchase her spring goods, there she mailed it with her
own hands. Fection received it a day or two afterward.
The last Monday in March the circuit court began its sitting at
Villa. The day appointed for the Moor-Arb case attracted quite a
crowd. The jury commissioner had so packed the jury-box till not
a colored man was a juror. The case being up, the evidence, argu¬
ments, &c, rendered before Trial Justice Ray were repeated by both