months, and often expressed gratitude that she could now feel as if she had a home.
took great interest in her, and had strong hopes that she would become a respectable woman.
Before a year expired, she relapsed into intemperate habits for a time; but he overlooked it, and encouraged her to forget it. As she often expressed a great desire to see her cousins in Albany
, he called upon them, and told the story of her reformation.
They sent some little presents, accompanied with friendly messages, and after a while invited her to visit them.
For a time, it seemed as if the excursion had done her good, both physically and mentally; but the sight of respectable relatives, with husbands and children, made her realize more fully the utter loneliness of her own position.
She used opium in large quantities, and had dreadful fits in consequence.
Sometimes, she stole out of the house in the evening, and was taken up by the police in a state of intoxication.
When she recovered her senses, she would be very humble, and during an interval of weeks, or months, would make an effort to behave extremely well.
I forget how often Friend Hopper
received her back, after she had spent the night in the Station House
; but it was many, many times.
His patience held out long after everybody else was completely weary.
She finally became so violent and ungovernable, and endangered the household so much in her frantic fits,