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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 389 pages of information about Bad Hugh.
distress of the brother.  Clasping my dress, he sobbed:  ’Oh, lady, please bring back my baby sister, or Hugh will surely die.’  I’ve often thought of him since, and wondered what he had grown to be.  We comforted Eliza as best we could, and left money to be used for her in case she needed it.  Then we embarked with you and Densie for Europe.  You know how long we stayed there, how for a while, your father seemed to regain his strength, how he at last grew worse and hastened home to die.  In the sorrow and excitement which followed, it is not strange that Eliza was for a time forgotten, and when I remembered and inquired for her again, I heard that Hugh had been adopted by some relation in Kentucky, that the stolen child had been mysteriously returned, and was living with its mother in Elmwood.

“At first Eliza appeared a little cool, but this soon wore off.  She did not talk much of Hugh.  Neither did she say much of Adaline, who was then away at school.  Still my visit was a sadly satisfactory one, as we recalled old times when we were girls together, weeping over our great loss when our husbands were laid to rest.  Then we spoke of their friendship, and lastly of the contract.

“‘It sounds preposterous, in me, I know,’ Mrs. Worthington said, when we parted, ’you are so rich, and I so poor, but if ever your Alice should want a mother’s care, I will gladly give it to her.’

“This was nearly eight years ago.  In my anxiety about you, I failed to write her for a long, long time, while she was long in answering, and then the correspondence ceased till just before her removal to Kentucky, when she apprised me of the change.  You have now the history of Mrs. Worthington, the only person who comes to mind as one to whose care I can intrust you.”

“But, mother, I may not be wanted there,” and Alice’s lip quivered painfully.

“You will not go empty-handed, nor be a burden to them.  They are poor, and money will not come amiss.  I said that Mr. Liston would attend to all pecuniary matters, paying your allowance quarterly; and I am sure you will not object when I tell you that I think it right to leave Adaline the sum of one thousand dollars.  It will not materially lessen your inheritance, and it will do her a world of good.  Mr. Liston will arrange it for you.  You will remain here until you hear from Mrs. Worthington, and then abide by her arrangements.  Will you go, my daughter—­go cheerfully and do as I desire?”

“Yes, mother, I’ll go,” came gaspingly from Alice’s lips.  “I’ll go; but, mother, oh, mother,” and Alice’s cry ended as it always did, “you will not, you must not die!”

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