This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1877. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... we were privately married. For five months or more we lived together, and I was as happy as it was possible for any human being to be. But one day he left me just as usual in the morning, and that evening I received a letter from him, saying that our marriage was not legal, and 'that circumstances had arisen which rendered it impossible that he could any longer burden himself with me." She pauses, overcome by the vehemence of her feelings. No one speaks. A dead silence reigns around, and she continues:'--"He left me penniless, and the shock made me ill. I tried, but in vain, to trace him, and when my child--my little May--was born, and the strong instinct of motherhood asserted itself, I made a vow that, for the sake of my child's name, I would seek out its father, and compel him to acknowledge itr I was very poor--without food to eat, and one day chance threw me in the way of your good, kind father. He saw I was in distress, gradually drew from me my miserable story, and, G"od bless him for it, he, believed me! That one ray of sympathy kept me from becoming an utterly reckless, bad woman. You know how your father employed me as a model because of my pretty face; how he treated me as a daughter; but you do not know how he tried to find my husband for me. From the day he left me until this evening I have never looked upon that man's face but once, and that was upon one occasion when walking with your father; we saw him in a cab in Oxford Street. There is my marriage certificate," she continues, opening the little paper parcel and handing it to Moira, who takes it mechanically--" the marriage certificate of George Arbuthnot and Myra Neligan. That was my name; I changed it to Isabel Bland, that I might the more secretly and surely prosecute my researches." "I...
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