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JUUZffifS OF BAUOMEI.
FEMM-1'WA'RRfORS WITH VHOM THE
FRENCH SOU31ERS MUST FIGHT.
They Are 'IVaJned to Arms, and "Torm tlie
XTinclpal Part of Their Monarch's Army.
Tie Strict BuJcs vrlth "Which Their "Llxes
Here, indeed, is a novel state or affairs.
Iraece 5s at "war vdih. Dahomey, and the
c&vwJrous sabreurs--iid tirailleurs of a
nation noted for its .politene&s and defer
ence to woman are to march inland from
the west coast of Africa with the inten
tion of carrying .Agbonic by storm. Ag
bome is the capital of Dahomey, the resi
dence of the king, and is defended by an
army of 4,000 amazons. It will become
necessary in the ensuing conflict for the
French soldier to Uglit and light hard,
for the foe he is to meet, although be
longing to what is known as the weaker
sex, has as far as possible been kept from
any knowledge of the foibles and frailties
The amazons of Dahomey have a 1ns
tory and a record. Something like a
century and a half ago the king of tho
country fled to his capital after sustain
ing defeat by a powerful enemy. His
warriors were slain, his allies dispersed
and the situation seemed utterly desper-
A" AMAZON OF Till" GUARD.
I". As a last resource tlic monarch
nued 2,000 v. omen and sent them out to
. I aula with the enoniy. The female
" i n retrieved the fortunes of their
' i- by the display of a valor which the
Li i had not shown, and since the event
f il dav on which they svr-pt as victors
. j jh the dismayed ranks of Daho
'.' .-.aivaders the amazons of thehouse
i oi J guaril have been tho chief reliance
of the potentates who Iiave succeeded
Kj'u Agaja on the throne.
The corps of amazons consists of 4,000
Jim n who are sworn to chastity. No
k male of the country can marry until
.he h ( the king's consent, and if. upon
view, lie decide.-, that she is better .suited
f.r w.ir than for wedlock, her engage-i"tnii'-.
annulled, and il:e is entered on
t.n- loll of soldiers. Fiom that on till
t a day of her deatli she is more closely
iuid-d from temptation than the fair
i -t Lii'l in the highest social circles of
civilization. It is death for her to violato
any of the rules to which she is subject
ed, and she is more isolated from the
iJi' r sex than a nun. The man who
lores keep the road when a squad of
nnazons approaches, does so at the peril
i a Ids lifo. The tinkle of the ainazon
!) '1 w arns aii males to retreat or dodge
low n $03M byway until the warrior
v.oinen liave Kisced on. Only the fa
i id few who are allowed to carry the
In n tick of the king dare meet his ma-
M -. body guard face io face.
Although the amazons can never wed,
. arned women who enter tho regiments
r allowed to keep up their domestic re
lii: ..s, but all their female children aro
mar jus from birth, and the only future
1 fore them is the celibate life of the sol-
Although it is a capital crime to ap
proach or court a member of this famous
body guard of Dahomey 'b monarch, love is
the .same the world over and laughs alike
at locksmiths or the most dreadful penal
i" -. Not along ago the king learned
fiat 150 of his amazons had entered into
matrimonial relations in violation of the
laws and without his consent. AH -the
guilty women wore killed at Agbotue,
.Mid taeir husbands shared their fate.
On their march inland the French will
find themselves much troubled by the
lack of water. It is scarcer and gener
ally xvore than the rum. being half mud.
If tiny catch tho king of the country
they uill secure a. man who has along
string of titles. He is described as "big
j.ias with no way of lifting;" "a rock the
linger noil cannot scratch;' "the lion of
In the French chamber of deputies re
cently M. Etienne stat?d the cause of
the disagreement between the two na--lons.
He said that the king of Da-Iifj-noy
had refused to recognize tho
Fra- h protectorate over the slave coast,
and had invaded that territory, but had
Uvn repulsed. He also said that if the
king refused to satisfy the demands of
France it would bo necessary to tako
vigorous measures, not with a view to
tne conquest of Dahomey, but for pur
pose of giving :i salutary lesson to the
king and people.
Ludlow Street Jnll ManHcoincnU
Ludlow Street jail, in New York city,
hij been famous for years the country
ever as the place in which such men as
'"weed, Ward and Ives underwent con
lmomert while waiting trial and sen
U'ic It lias come prominently into
lhee again fhrough the charges of a
" nv- York paper, which recently se
c ured the incarceration of one of its fe
1 tUts in disguise. Tho reporter found
ti at money-was as potent inanrisonas
i: a store. He made merry within the ,
v.alls. and wont out when he chose
tliat is on payment to his guard of 10 '
per uour lor tne time of their absence
from tho jail. Of course, tho officials
may be able to explain everything, but
: present thore is a bcandal and an in-
Setikinr Homes in Oklahoma.
Tne influx of negroes to Oklahoma is i
a'tructing much attention. There seems
t be an organized plan afoot to make
tLc new territory ttie center of industrial
ivity and inteUectual achievement for
c colored people of America. Among
otiier things a negro university is to be
erected with tho object of furnishing the
youth of die race with facilities for higher
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fSrmt nrnQIRg Of
MAeJESTY WN? (jHARLES I. IN THE ifl
-YEAR& Jtt2-3: WRITTEN BY WMSELT - lg
Edited in rmmr mww?
THE BOWtlXQ GREEX OF THE -CROWH.''
Ho that has jilted tho if use, forsaking her
gentle pipe to follow the drum and trumpet,
shall fruitlessly besiege her again when the
time comes to sit at home and write down
his adventures. :Tis her revenge, as I am
extremely sensible; and methinks she is the
harder to me, upon reflection how near I
came to being her life long servant, as you
aro to hear.
:Twas on Nov. 20, 1C43 a clear, frosty day
that the king, u ith the Prince of "U ales
(newly p.eovered of the measles), the Princes
Ptupr-f-t and Maurice, and a great company of
lords and gentlemen, horse and foot, came
marching back to us from Reading. I was a
scholar of Trinity college, in Oxford, at that
time, and may bea;in my history at ii o'clock
on tho same afternoon, when going (as my
custom wa?) to 3Ir. Rob Drury for my fenc
ing lesson, 1 found his iodKmgs empty.
They stood at the corner of Shin street, as
you turn into the Corn market a low waia
Fcotetl chamber, ill lighted but commodious.
"He is oil" to fee the show," thought I as I
looked about mo; and, finding aneay cushion
in the v.indow, sat down to :iuait hi:n.
Where presently, being tired out (for I had
been carrying a halberd all day with the
scholars' troop in Magdalen college grove),
mid in despite of the open lattice, I ffll sound
It mu-t have been an Lour after that I
awoke with a chill (as was natural), and was
stretching out a hand to pull the window close,
but suddenly sat down again and fell to
The window looked down, at the heigLt of
ten feet or so. upon a bowling reen at tho
back of tho "Crown"' tavern (kept by John
Davenant, in tho Corn market), and across it
to a rambling wins of the same inn; tho
fourth side that to my left being but an old
wall, with a broad sycamoro growing against
it. 'Tn-as already twilight; and in the dark
ening houie, over the green, was now one
casement brightly lit, the curtains undrawn,
and within a company of noisy drinkers
round a table. They were gaming, as was ,
sily told by their clicking of the dice and
frequent oaths; and anon tlia bellow of some
tipsy chorus would come aeros. 'Twas one j
of these catches, I dare say, that woke me; ;
only just now my eyes were bnt, not towards
the'snigers, but on tho still lawn between us.
The sycamore, I have hinted, was a broad
treo, and must, in summer, have borne a
goodly load of leaves; but now. in Govern- j
ber, these were strewn thick o er the green,
and nothing left but stiff, naked boughs. Be
neath it lav a cracked bowl or two on tho
rank turf, and against tho trunk a garden
bench rested, I suppose for tho convenience
of the plaers. On this a man was now seated.
He was reading in a little book, and this
first jogged my curiosity; for "twas unnatural
a man should read print at this dim hour, or,
if ho had a mind to try, should choose a cold
bouliug green for his purpose. Yet he
seemed to study his volumo very attentively,
but uith a sharp look, now and then, towards
tho lighted u iudow, as if tho revelers dis
turbed him. His back uas partly turned to
me, ami what with this and tho growing dusk
1 could but make a guess at his face, but a
plenty ot silver hair fell over his fur collar,
and his shoulders were bent a great deal. I
judged him between fifty aud sixty. For the
reot, he wore a dark, simple suit, very strait
ly cut, with an ample furred cloak and a hat
rather tall, after the fashion of the hist reign.
Now, why the man's behavior so engaged
me, I don't know; but at the end of half an
hour I was still watching him. By this 'twas
near dark, bitter cold, aud his pretense to
read mere fondness; ct he persevered
though with longer glances at the casement
above, whero the din at times was fit to wako
.And now one of the dicers upset his chair
with a curse, and gets on his feet. Looking
up I "saw his features for a moment a slight,
pretty boy, scarce above eighteen, with fair
curls and flushed cheeks like u girl's. It made
me admire to see him hi this ring of purple,
villainous faces. "Twas evident he was a
young gentleman of quality, as well by hi
bearing as his handsome cloak of amber satin
barred with black. "I think tho devil's in
theso dice!'' I heard him crying, and a pretty
hublaib all about him; but presently the
drawer enters with more wine, and ho sits
down quietly to a fresh game.
As soon as 'twas started one of the crew,
that had been playing but u as now dropped
out, louuges up from his seat and, coming to
the casement, pushes it ojen for fresh air.
He was one that till now had sat in full
view a tall bully, with a gross, pimpled
nose and led the catches in a bull's voice.
The rest of the players paid no heed to his
rising, aud very soon his shoulders hid them
as he leaned out, drawing in the cold breath.
During the late racket I had forgot for a
while my friend uuder the sycamore, but
now, looking that way, to my astonishment
1 saw him risen from his bench and stealing
across to the house opposite. I say "steal
ing."' for he kept all tho way to the darker
shadow of the wall, and, besides, had a curi
ous trailing motion with his left foot, as
though the anklo of it had been wrung or
As soon as he was como beneath the win
dow he stopped aud called sof try,
The bully gave a start and looked down.
I could tell by thi motion he did not look to
find any one m the bowling green at that
hour. Indeed, he had been watching the
shaft of light thrown past him by the room
behind, and now moved so as to et it fall on
the man that addressed him.
The other stands close under the window,
as if to avoid this, and calls again.
"Hist!'' says he. and beckons with a finger.
The mnu at the window still held his tongue
(I suppose because thoso in the room would
hear him if he spoke), and so for a while the
two men studied one another in silence, rs if
considering their next moves.
After n bit, however, the bully lifted a
hand, and. turning back into the lighted
room, walks up to one of the iMnyers, speaks f
a, worxt or two ana disappears.
I sat up on the window seat, where till now
I had been crouching for fer the shaft of
light should betray me. and presently (ns I
waj excting) heard the latch of the back
porch gently lifted, ami spied the heavy form
of tJbe bully coming softly over the grass.
!Xow, 1 uouid not have my readers preju
dieod, and &o may tell them that this was the
first time in my life that 1 bad played the
eavesdropper. That I did so now I can never
be glad enough, but 'tis true, reerlne!-.
my conscience pricked me: and I wa even
making s. motion to withdraw when that oc
curred which would have fixed any man's at
tention, whether he wished it or no.
llw bully must have closed the door be
hind him but carelesslv . for hardiy cookl he
bare taken a dosn stejr. when it opened again
with a scuflle, and the largo boue dog be
longuig to the "Crown" flew at his heels with
a vicious snarl and snap of the teeth.
Is was enough to "fare the coolesT. 3at
the t rflow turned as if shot, and bfon he
cookt snap apain had grippal hiin fairly by
the threat. The strusfe that feUowed 1
could barely se. but I aaard the horrible
sounds of it the mird. sbort lroo.thicg of the
Uiauk la: boars? rac worki.-.j: bi tie deg's
THE 7DVENTUR OF
&ERVAMT OTttlS LATE iS
throat and it turned me sIoTr. The clog a
mastiff was fighting now to puli loose, and
the pair stayed this way and that in -the
dusk, panting and murderous.
I was airacst shouting aloud fesliug as
though it were my own throat thus gnpped
when the end came. Tho man had his legs
planted uell apart. I saw his shoulders
heave up aud bend as he tightened the press
ure of his lingers: then camo a moment's dead
rtlence, then a hideous gurgle, anil the mastiff
dropped back, his hind legs trailing limp.
The bully held him so for a full minute,
peering close to raako sure he was dead, and
then, without loosening his hold, dragged
him across the grass under my window. By
the sycamore ho halted, but only to shift his
hands a little, and so, swaying on his hips,
send the carcass with a heavo over the, wall.
I heard it drop with a thud on tho far side.
During this lierco wrestle which must
have lasted about two minutes the clatter
and shouting of the company above had gone
on without a break; and all this while the
man with the white hair had rested quietly
on ono side, watching. Rut now ho steps up
to where the bully stood mopping hi- face
(lor all tho coolness of the evening), and, with
a linger between the leaves of Ids boo!:, bows
"Vcu handled that dog. sir. choicely well,"1
says he, in a thin voice that seemed to have a
chuckle hidden in it somewhere.
The other ceased mopping to get a good
look at him.
"Rut sure," ho went on, " "twas hard on
the poor cur, that had never heard of Capt.
I thought the bully would have had him liy
the windpipe aud pitched him after tho mas
tiff, so fiercely he turned at the sound of this
name Rut the old gentleman skipped back
quite nimbly and held up a finger.
"I'm a man of peace. If another title
suits you better'
""Where tho devil got you that name"'
growled tho bully, and had half a mind to
come on again, but the other put in briskiy:
"I'm on a plain errand of business, ""so need,
as you hint, to mention names', and there
fore let me present myself as "Mr. Z. The
residue of the alphabet is at your service to
pick aud choose from."'
"My name is Luko Settle,'' said tho big
man hoarsely (but whether this was his nat
ural voice or no, I could not tell).
"Lot us say 'Mr. X' I prefer it.''
The old gentleman as ho said this popped
hU head on one side, laid the forefinger of his
right hand across tho book, and seemed to bo
"Why did you throttle that dog a minute
ago:"' ho asked, sharply.
"Why, to save my skin," answers ihe fel
low, a bit puzzled.
"Would you have done it for fifty pounds?"'
"Ay, or half that."
"And how if it had been n puppy. Mr. XJ"
IXbw all thus from my hiding I had heard
very clearly, for they stood right under mein
tho dusk. Rut as tho old gentleman paused
to let his question sink in, and tho bully to
catch tho drift of it before answering, one of
tho dicers above struck up to sing a catch:
"With a hey, trolly lolly! a leg to the devil,
And ansr.cr him civil, aud ofl u ith your ip;
Sing Hey, trolly lolly! Good morrow, Sir Evil,
We've finished the tap,
And, saving your worship, we care not a rap!"
"While this din continued, the stranger held
up one forefinger again, as if beseeching si
lence, tho other remaining still betu een the
pages of his book.
"Pretty boys!" ho said, as the noio died
away; "pretty boys! "Tis easily teen they
have a bird to pluck."
"He's none of my plucking."
"And if ho were, vthy not? Sure you've
picked a feather or two before now in tho
low countries hey;'
"I'll tell you what,' interrupts tho big
man, "next time you crack one of your
death's head jokes, over tho wall you go after
tho dog. "What's to prevent it?"'
""Wiry, this,' answers the old fellow, cheer
fully. "There's money to be made by doing
no such thing. And I don't carry it all about
with me. Ho, as 'tis late, wed best talk busi
ness at once.''
They moved away towards tho seat under
the sycamore, and now their words reached
me no longer only the low murmur of their
voices or (to be correct) of tho elder man's;
for tho other only spoko now and then, to
put a question, as it seemed. Presently I
heard an oath rapped out, and saw the bully
start up. "Hush, mau!' cried the other, and
"hark ye now;"" eo ho sat down again. Their
verv forms were lost within the shadow. I
myself was cold enough by this time, and
had a cramp in ono leg, but lay still, never
theless. Aud after a while they stoud up to
gether, and came pacing across the bowling
green side by side, tho older man trailing his
foot painfully to keep step. You may be
f sure I strained my ears.
"Besides tho pay," the stranger was say
iug, "there's all j-ou can win of this young
fool, Anthony, and all you find on the pair,
which I'll wager"
They passed out of hearing, but turned
soon and camo bade again. The big man
was speaking this time.
"111 be shot if I know what game vou're
playing in this."
Tho elder chuckled softly. "I'll be shot if
I mean you to," said 1ms.
Anu this was the last I heard. For now
there came a clattering at the door behind
me, and Mr. Robert Drury reeled in, hic
couzhinz a maudlin ballad about "Tib and
voting Colin one lino day, lneath the hay
cock shade-a," etc.. etc, and curbing to find
his fire gone out and all iu darkness. Liquor
was ever his master, aud today the king's
health had lx-eu a fair excuse. He did not
t py me. but the roar of his ballad had startled
the two men outside, and so, while he was
tumbling over chair and rroniiKr for a tin- 1
der box."I slipped out m the darkness and j
down stairs into the streets.
THE YOCSG Zi&X IS TEK CTjOAK OF AiLBEi.
Guess, any ef you, if thse events disturbed
my rest that night. Twas 4 o'ckwK before I j
dropped asleep in my bed in Trinity, and my
last thoughts were still bnsy with the word I j
had beard. Nor, ou the morrow, did ic faro j
any better with me; so that, at rhetoric tect- i
ure, our pnsdeHt Dr. Kalph Kettle took i
me by the ears before the whole class. Ha '
was the tiercr upon me as being older than
the grurss of my fellow holars. aad (a be
thought) the more restless under discipline.
"A tutored adolesceoce.- he would sy, "i n j
fair grce before meat, and had ius boor 1
ihss entargea to point in- moral iot us. xwi
even a rhetoric Iwture mui hare an end. ami
so. tosiap; niv pawn to the porter. I se; off a
last tor JJlagtJatea arMge, w-twro ; new bar- j
riendo wa buddiug. along the Pfeysic Garden,
in front of Eai Gate. j
l He day was- nan ana lowering, ujotigii aiy i
wit were too buy to heed tbe sky : bat scarce
ly m as I $ the small gate in th dry wall
when a brvk sbowr of bail and "- drov
me to sc-iter mtix tig mart; or rroscwo- j
Hum) before the Divinity school. Tis? aa
ample vaulted passisge, as I dans say joa
fcaox; and here I fouad a great xwufMUty of
teofile already driven by Ue aes eaCs.
To duscribe teem fully 'touhi b accessary
is paw-, the wissk Sati of -r cfer in thesa
distracted times, which I have neltncr WC
nor rime for. But here, today, along with
many doctors and scholars, were walking
courtiers, troopers, mountpbauka, cut purses,
astrologers, rogues; and gameiters, together
with many of tho first ladies and gentlemen
cf Fjigland, as the Prince Maurice, the Lords
Andover, Digby and Colepepper, my Lady
Thynne, Mistress Fanshawe. Mr. Secretary
Nicholas, lho famous Dr. Harvey, arm in
arm with my Lord Falkland (whose boots
were splashed with mud. ho having ridden
over from his house at Crreat Tew), and
many vuch, all mixed in this incredible tag
rag. Mistress Fanshawe. as I remember, was
playing on a lute, -which she carried always
slung about her shoulders; and close beside
her, a fellow impudently puffing his specific
against the morbus campestris, which already
had begun to invade us.
""Who'll buyf he was bawling. " "Tis from
the receipt of a famous Italian, and never yet
failed man. woman nor child, unless the heart
were clean drowned in the disease: the best
part of it good muscadine, and has virtue
against tho plague, smallpox or surfeits!"'
I was standing before this jackanapes, when
I heard a tir in the crowd behind me, and
another calling, "Who'd buy? "Who'll buyf'
Turning, I saw a young man, very gayly
dressed, moving quickly about at the far end
of the Pig marker, and behind him an old
lackey, bent double with tho weight of two
great baskets that he earned. The baskets
were piled with book?, clothes, gewgaws cf
all kinds: and 'twas the young gentleman
that hawked his wares himself. " What d'ye
lack:" he kept shouting, and would stop to
unfcii his merchandise, holding up now a
book and now a silk doublet, and running
over their merits liice any huckster but with
tho merriest conceit in tho world.
And yet 'twas not this that sent my heart
flying into my mouth at the sight of him.
For by his curls and womanish face, no less
than the amber cloak with tho black bars, I
knew him at once for the same I had seen
yesterday among the dicers.
As I stood there, drawn this way and that
by many reflections, he worked his way
through tho press, selling hei o and there a
trifle from his baskets, and at length came to
a halt infront of me.
"Ha!" 4ho cried, pulling off his plumed hat
and bowing low, "a scholar, I perceive. Let
me serve you, sir. Here is the 'History of
Saint Ceorge,' " and he picked out a thin
brown quarto and held it up; "written by
Master Peter Heylin; a ripo book, they tell
me (though, to be sure, I never read beyond
tho title), and the price a poor two shillings.'
Now, all this while I was considering what
to do. feo, as I put my hand in mj- pocket,
and drew out tho shillings, I said very slowly
(but softly, so that the lackey might not
hear), looking him in the eye:
".So thus you feed your expenses at tho
dice: and my shilling, no doubt, is for Luke
Settle, as well as the rest."
For tho moment, under my look, he went
white to the lips; then clapped hU hand to
his sword, withdrew it, and answered me,
red as a turkey cock:
"Shalt be a parson yet, Master Scholar,
but art in a damned hurry, it seems."
Now. I had ever a quick temper, and as ho
turned on his heel was like to have replied
and raised a brawl. My own meddling
tongue had brought rebuff upon me, but yet
my heart was hot as he walked away.
I was standing theroand lookingafter him,
turning over in my hand tho "Life of Saint
torge," when my lingers were aware of a
slip of paper between the pages. Pulling it
out, I saw 'twas scribbled over with writing
and figures, as follows:
"Mi:. Axthont KJLUGREW, his acct for
Oct. 23th, MDCXLir. For herrings, 2d.: for
coflie, 4d. : for scouring my coat, OJ. ; at
bowls. 5s. lOd. ; for blending me, Is. 0d. ; for
yc King's speech, 3d. ; for spiced wino (with
Marjory), 2s. 4d.; for seeing yo rhinoceros,
4d. : at yo Ranter-go-round, OJd. ; for a pair
of silver buttons, 2s. Gd. ; for npples, 2)d. ;
for ale, 0d. ; at yo dice, 17 5s. ; for spiced
wine (again), 4s. Gd.
And so on. l
As I glanced my eye down this paper, my
anger oozed awav, and a great feeling of pity
camo over me, not only at the name of An
thony the name I had heard spoken in tho
bowling green last night but also to see that
monstrous item of 17 odd spent on tho dice.
"Twas such a boy, too, after all, that I was
angry with, that had spent fourpence to see
the rhinoceros at a fair, and rode at the
ran tor-go round) with "Marjory," no doubt,
as tu as for her, uo doubt, the silver buttons
were bought). So that, with quick forgive
ness, I hurried after him, and laid a haud on
He stood by the entrance, counting up his
money, and drew himself up ver- stiff.
"I think, ir,' said I, "this paper is yours.'
"I thank you." he answered, taking it and
eying me. "In there anything besides you
wished to say':"'
"A great deal, maybe, if your namo be
"Master Anthony Killigrew is my name,
sir; now serving under Lord Bernard Stewart
iu his majesty's troop of guards.'
"And mine is Jack Marvel," said I.
"Of tho Yorkshire Marvels.7'
"Why, ye-: though but a thoot of that
good stock, transplanted to Cumberland,
and there sadly withered."
" "Tis no matter, sir,"' said he politely; "I
shall be proud to cros3 swords with you."
'"Why, bless your heart!"' I cried out, full
of laughter at this childish punctilio; "do yo
think I came to fight you"'
"If not, sir"' and he grew colder than ever
"you arc going a cursed roundabout way to
Upon this, finding no other way out of it, I
began my tale at once; but hardly had como
to the meeting of the two men on the bowling
green when he interrupts me politely.
"I think, Master .Marvel, as yours is liko to
be a story of some moment. I will send this
fellow lck to ray lodging". He's a long
cared dog that I am saving from the gallows
j for so long as my conscience allows me. Tho
' show-er is done. I see; so if you know of a re-
tirrd spot we will talk there more at our
He dismissed his lackey and strolled off
with ine to the Trinity grove, where. walking
up and down. I told him all I had heard awl
j seen ine niD. ueituu.
"And now, saui i, "can you tMi mo it you
have any such enemy as this white haired
man with the limping gaitf '
He had come to a halt, sucking in his lips
and seeming to reflect.
"I know one mau," he began; "but no
AI stood, waiting no hear more, he clapped
id hand in mine, very quick and friendly:
"Jack," be cried. "I'll call thee Jaek "twas
an hooest good turn thou had ft in thy heart
to do in, and I a surly rogue to think of
lighting I that could make mince isient cf
"I can fence a bit, answered I.
"Now. say wo awn, Jack: I love thee.
He looked in ray face, still holding M.y
hand and smiling. Indeed, tbere w?i romt
thing of the foreigner ia his brik. gratef o!
way?; yet aot anplesinc. I whs goacs to say
I bad ran r seen the like; ah. me" that loth
bav-vis and kaowtbetwin imaceo wed.
"I tt."nk,aid I. "you bad better be con
slerfn wha to do.
T"i ntlkw rri'i. hifttww r.M. rvniiiM-
wi:h hij j rroai agains; tfae trunk of an
eJm trir-" aa end of his tone tovekwk. and
looted at me comically. Said he. "TeO m.
Jack, is- there aajrar in rue that offends ibeer
lY"hv. no. I answered. -'I think vocVe a
V4T7 proper voua man; uc at I 4xxiM
t.l . . l. irn.CTLt' Vi?..
"Art wi quick ml frientkfeip. Jack, hat
bettor at mIvkibz; obit fa Un- ow: iorttta.
h projected Jby sow ofikssf. Hark ye,
fce leuved forward od iHaawd tn rarfet and
left, "if these :-wsai imttsaA aaj buri as in- j
rtt very os;r"at I nrf tnwz Oxford.
Ab4 wfcr u ibtat"
-rit ttH U. .&, tfxwgii I io"'" b
k. I aw Whom v?$xk fetter tram Ms
majesty to the Army pi. tha West, wker- I
fca" ttits&t, for f "-"-
km liixugrew, of uleys, in Cornwall, "lis a
sweet country, they say, though I have never
"Not seen thy father's country P
"Why, no for he married a French wo
man. Jack; God rest h- dear soul !"' he lifted
his hat "and settled rin that country, near
Morlaix, in Brittany,1 among my motherV
kin; my grandfather refusing to see or speak
with him for wedding a poor woman without
his consent. And in France was 1 born and
bred, and came to England two years agone,
and this last Ju y the old curmudgeon died.
So that my father, who was an only son. is
even now iu England returning to his estates,
and with him my only sister Delia. I shall
meet them on the way. To think of it!" (and
Ideclare the tears sprang io hiseyes). "Delia
will be a woman grown, and ah! to; see dear
Cornwall together I' . . i
Now, I myself was an only childand had
been made an orphan .when but 9, years old
by the smallpox that visited our heme in
"Wastdale village and carried off my father,
the vicar, and my dear mother. Yet Ins
simple words spoko to my heart, aud,.woke so
tender a yearning for the small stone cottage,
and the bridge, and the gray fells of Yewbar
row above it, that a mist roseiin my eyes,
too, and I turned away to hide it. i
" Tis a ticklish business," said I, after a j
minute, "to carry the king's letter. Not one '
in four of his messengers comes through, they
say. But since it keeps you from tho dice" j
"That's true. To-night I make an end."
"Why, yes. To-night I go for my revenge,
and ride straight from the inn door."
"Then I go with you to tho 'Crown," I
cried, very positive.
He dropied playing with his curl, and
looked me in the face, his mouth twitching
with a queer smile.
"And so thou shalt, Jack; but whyp
"I'll give no reason," said I, and knew I
"Then be at the corner of All-Hallows'
church in Turl street at 7 to-night. I lodge
over Master Simon's, the glover, and must
bo about my affairs. Jack" he came near
and took my hand ' am sure thou lo vest me."
Ho nodded, with another cordial smile, and
went his way up tho grove, his amber cloak
flaunting like a belated butterfly under the
leafless trees; and so passed out of my sight.
I FIND 1ITSSLF IX A TAVERN" BRAWL.
It wanted, maybe, a quarter to 7 that
evening, when passing out at tho college Rate
on my way to All-Hallows' church, I saw
under the lantern there a man loitering and
talking with the porter. "Twas Master An
thony's lackey; and as I came up he held out
a note for me:
Wee goe to the "Crowne" at VI o'clock, I hav
ing mett with Captam Settle, who is on dewty
w ith tho horso to-nitc, ami must to Abendonn by
IX. I looko for you Your unfayned loTing
The learer iTos left my set-rise, and his heltii
consents me colt. So kik him if he tame.
This last advice I had no time to carry out
with any thoroughness; but being put in a
great dread by this change of Uour, pelted
off towards the Corn market as fast as legs
could take me, which was the undoing of a
little round citizen into whom I ran full tilt
at the corner of Balliol college; who, before
I could see his face in the darkness, was tip
ped on his back in the gutter and usinfj the
most dismal expressions. So I left him, con
sidering that my excuses would be unsatisfy
ing to his present demands and to his cooler
judgment o superfluity.
Tho windows cf the 'Grown" were cheer
fully lit behind their red blind?. A few
straddling grooms and troopers talked and ,
spat in tho brightness of the entrance, and
outside in tho street was a servant leading up
nnfl down a beautiful sorrel mam. rrrlvKn"- I
died, that was marked on the near hind leg
with a high white stocking. In the passage
I met the host of the "Crown." Master John
Davenant, and sure (I thought) in what odd
corners will the Muse pick up her favorites 1
For this slow, loose cheeked vintner was no
less than father to Will Davenant. our laure
ate, and had belike read no other verse in hia
life but thoso at the bottom of his own pint
"Top of tho stairs,'' says he, indicating my
way, "and open the door ahead of you, if
y'are the young gentleman Master Killigrew
I had my foot on tho bottom step, when
from tho room above comes the crash of a j
table upsetting, with a noise of broken glass, i
chairs thrust back and a racket of outcries, i
Next moment the door was burst open, let
ting out a flood of light and curses; and
down flies a drawer, three steps at a time, !
with a red stain of wine trickling down his j
white face. j
"Murder!"' he Rasped out; aud sitting down
ou a stair, fell to mopping his face, all sick '
I was dashing past him, with the landlord
at my heels, w hen three men came tumbling
out at tho door and down stairs. I squeezed
myself against tho wall to let them pass; but
Master Davenant was pitched to the verv
foot of the stairs. And then he picked him
self up aud ran out into tho Cfern market,
tho drawer after him, and Ijoth shouting
"Watch! Watch!" at tho top of their lungs;
and so left tho three fellows to pu3h by tho
women already gathered in the passage, and
gam the street at their ease. All this hap
pened while a man could count twenty; and
in half a minute I heard the ring of steel and
was standing in the doorway.
There was now no light within but what
was shed by the fire and two tallow candles
that guttered on the mantelshelf. The re
maining candlesticks lay in a pool of wine on
the floor, amid broken glasses, bottles, scat
tered coins, dice boxes and pewter pots. 1j
the corner to my right cowered a pot boy,
with tankard dangling in his hand, uud the
contents spUling into his shots. His wide,
terrified eyes were fixed on tho far end of the
room, where Anthony and the brute Settle
stood, with a shattered chair between them.
Their swords were crossed m tierce, and
grating together as each sought occasion for
a lunge, which might have been fnir enough
but for a dog faced trooper in c frowsy black
periwig, who, 03 I entered, was gathering a
handful of colas from under the fallen table,
and now ran aero-, sword in hand, to the
It was Anthony that faced m with bis
heel against tne waiasootiag, and, catching
my crvof alarm, he called out cheerfully over
the captain's shoulder, bat without iirung
"Justin time. Jack! Takeoff tie second
cur, that's a wt boyl?"
Noiv I carried no sword; bat. seizing the
tankard from the pot boy'd band, I burled lt
at the dog faced trooper. It struct him fair
between tho shoulder blades: and with a yell
of pain he spun round and came towardRme, j
his point glittering in a way that turned m j
cold. I gave bCE a pace, snatched up a '
chair nhat luckily bad a wooden vurt), &d, '
with my bsck agmast tbe door, waited bJa I
Twas in Aix poatnre that, flinging a glasce j
acrtr tbe roots, I saw tae captain's sword ;
describe a sraail nrcle of hjrat. aad ex! oa- s
i""1 " rf5." 2tJSllSSli,!'
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Jb xr of - fearri:. e were in deric-
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