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CHAPTER III. ORANJE BOVEN. " The proverb holds, that to be wise and love Is hardly granted to the gods above." " Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny." "TT7ELL, well, to-day goes to its fore- fathers, like all the rest; and, as for what comes after it, every thing is in the love and counsel of the Almighty One." This was Joris Van Heemskirk's last thought ere he fell asleep that night, after Elder Sem- ple's cautious disclosure and proposition. In his calm, methodical, domestic life, it had been an "eventful day." We say the words often and unreflectingly; seldom pausing to consider that such days are the results which months, years, perchance centuries, have made possible Thus, a long course of reckless living and reck less gambling, and the consequent urgent need of ready money, had first made Capt. Hyde turn his thoughts to the pretty daughter of the rich Dutch merchant. Madam Semple, in her desire to enhance the importance of the Van Heemskirks, had mentioned more than once the handsome sum of ready money given to each of Katherine's sisters on their weading-day; and both Col. Gordon and his wife had thought of this sum so often, as a relief to their nephew's embarrassments, that it seemed almost as much Hyde's property as if he had been born to inherit it. At first Katherine, as its encumbrance, had been discussed very heartlessly, she could be left in New York when his regiment received marching orders, if it were thought desirable; or she could be taken to England, and settled as mistress of Hyde Manor House, a lonely mansion on the Norfolk fens, which was so rarely tenanted by the family that Hydehad never been there since his boyhood. " She is a homespun little thing...