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[From the Boston Olive Branch.]
THE DIAMOND RING,
The Astrologer's Stratagem.
A TALE OF BOSTON IN 1775.
BY OLIVER OPTIC.
''!. v.. (costi.nuio.)
fit! T. "But, perhaps, Colonel, the body may be
lyound," suggested Mr. Waldeck, looking into
Hfie .'ace of ttre other with a blank expression.
''''"It impossible, but not probable. The vil
lain baa probably madu bis escape, and it will
bc.lonc before fat will show himself again
...,! ' By Heaven! here he is"' said he, as
jhe saw Robert Dewric, apparently ignorant of
"'' the painful circumstances which the last hour
, J: had disclosed, eimr the shop...
The young patriot certainly appeared to be
'entirely unconcerned and at ease. Nodding
1 to Col. Powell, and with a word of salutation
tMto Waldeck, be was about to pass into the
Back parlor, when the officer placed his band
upon his ihoultler, and haulily bade him stop.
Robert Dewrie turned arounJ, and with a
,Ii scowl upon bis finely chiseled features, was
. . about to hurl his indignation at the Colonel,
j when the latter addressed him.
' ' "Robert Uewrie, your crime has found you
.':iout! you "
.' a '.'t'Olonel Powell, I am not to be intimidated;
you threatened me last night but you see 1 do
' ' not fear you," interrupted Robert.
i i "Young man, J accuse )ou of a greater
, crime even than treason. You are a inur
" derer !"
"No, no, Colonel, it cannot be true; do not
accuse him," interposed Mr. Waldeck,
"What cannot be true, Mr. Wnldeck t I
do not understand you," said RubtA; calmly,
1 but with an anxious glance of inquiry at the
; . goldsmith.
"He knovg nothing about it; I knew he
was innocent Ihuiik God he is!" exclaimed
Wnldeck with apparent lerreucy.
" Col. Powell looked with suiprise at the
. goldsmith, while something like a sneer rested
'' upon his cdunteuaiiee.
"Of course he will deny it. After all the
' pains be has taken to conceal the deed, he is
not likely to inform against himself."
"' "Leny what, sir f Will you tell me the
"meaning of all this?" said the young man
' with gesture of impatience.
"Theri you do nut know your uncle has
' been murdered basely, cruelly murdered ?"
''' ' "Murdered ! good Heavens! no," exclaimed
''Robert. "When and where was the deed
"This pretended ignorance will not svail
" you, Robert Dewrie. The evidence already
v' obtained,' leaves not a doubt as to the assas
sin," said Col. Powell sternly. 1
' "My God 1 is it possible I am accused of the
-riutryiVitysf froiuett, yuVcari remove the
''suspicion wlncii attaches to you," mildly sd-
' ' "Ood is my witness that I am entirely inno
cent !" exclaimed Robert, shrinking back at
'the horrid thought.
""You act your part well, young man", re-
marked the Colonel, whose prejudices had
convicted the accused, rather than the sus
yCulonel Powell, I believe you are a sol-
dierandn gentleman. Recent events have
unfortunately made you my enemy. You
'" have in your raukling heart, already condemn
ed me. Is this just? Is it generous? Can
' you not treat f ur foes with magnanimity f"
' and hobertDewire folded his arms in dignified
composure, regarding with su eagle gaze the
' haughty man before him.
"Robert Dewrie," said the officer, after a
. momentary pause, "it is true you have at
' templed to injure me in a vital far'., but 1
; bear you no malice."
. "It is false, sir; 1 have never attempted to
injure you in any maimer. I love your daugh
ter, but the affection is mutual. 1 have not
'intruded myself upon her."
"It matters not now; It has already gone
- forth to your fellow; itizens ay, to your fellow
., patriots' that you are a murderer "
"Which is false, sir," interrupted Robert,
with an indignant flash of his bright eye.
"1 an. not your judge, but the evidence
will consign you tothe gallows and an ev
; rlasting infamy."
"Nay, nay, Colonel, let us not proceed to
i ilremili es with hjni," exclaimed. Waldeck.
;: "Would you allow him to escape t" said
Col. Powell with a glance of astonishment at
,i .the goldsmith.-
"1 would; but let us retire to the back par--Jor;
the people will shixtly interrupt us."
NI wish not to escape," said Robertcslmly.
"TUbe three retired to the inner apartment
yWbctean examination of the merit of the
xase ensued. Robert - was shown his own
r knife, scovered with blood. He was horror
'itrueJt.Al the sight and protested bis inno
cence He 11 "J 'eft it in the shop some days
before, he 4 id. He waa next reminded of
the quarrel, which certainly tended to impii
.cate him. His absence since the quarrel was
.theoxummenteu! jupon. - But this the young
arnan vehemently denied, and appealed to
"Was 1 not in my room at seven o'clock
jastsvsniiig, Mr. Waldeck," said he.
' . "1 do not know that you were, Robert, if
ithe fact can.be showry it would be greatly to
: youjr aivsntnge," said Air. Waldeck, in a
gentle and persuasive tone.
"Did you got come to . my room about that
lime V exclaimed Robert, aghast with aston
ishment at the goldsmith's .cool denial.
1 "Not that 1 remember, Robert," answered
' Waldeek with a sorrow I ul air.
"And did you notlet me have a hundred
i VVy Robert you ar demented; jou had
po money of me." ; .
' "My God I what can this mean ?" and the
' young man preaaed his hands on biaawimming
Robert Dewrie wu overwhelmed by this
i nneipected evidence of the treachery, of the
criminal duplicity of Waldeck and lor a time
he endeavored to collect his scattered senses.
A sudden thought inspirad him with new en
ergy, and mora calmly .than be had before
pctfd, be examined his pocketa for the purse
- 'bapilf d him by Mr. Waldtok on the previoua
taninc. . .
,.) f'Hera Me the purse and Ihe money just a
, you gave them, to me. iucnuy l nav not
disturbed ellher." And Robert extended the
tfurse toward Waldeck; , . ' ' i
fNow GoiJ 6fl with yon, Robert; this Waa
. vtaus uncle's curse," exclaimed the goldsmith.
as aq toy n, ,11pm iuu. . . nere aic u m-
jiialaf .;, .t) , .. y . . . t
i ' ; CoUxowett exra-ned the purse and recog
pixed tot letters. , , ,. ' ; , , i
f I h evuiance u conclusive," (aid be, re
BY W. 0. Q0ULD.
EATON, PREBLE COUNTY,
j" .4 a"..?r . i i -. J . '
0. JAN. 25. 1855.
$l,50per Annum inAdvanc.
Vol. II, No. 32.
turning the purse to Waldeck.
"Our duty is
But V a Week was unwilling to give the
young man into the hands ol jus'ice, and
while they were deliberating spm this noint
Robert by a hasty movement, rnsde his escape
iroin tue nouse mrougu me osck uoor.
He had tsken this step after a haj'y but
thorough examination of bis position. - The
unturned slate ol tne colony had .materially
affecte d the administration of justice. Before
a jury of loyalists he would have a small
chance of his life. It was evident that Wal
deck waa conspiiing against linn; even while
he was manifesting (he deepest anxiety for his
safety. The goldsmith's denial of the fact of
lending him Ihe money was sufficient to con
vince hire of the txisttucc of a deep kid plot
for his ruin. Waldeck had a motive, too, in
desiring to get rid nfhiin. Under Uiese cir
cumstances he determined not to abide the
combined action of conspiracy and partial
justice. Trusting, therefore, in the future to
redeem his name from infamy, he made his es
cspe and folding his cloak closely around him
he directed tus steps toward Cambridge.
Waldeck's arguments were so strong that
Colonel Pow. II yielded the claims of duty,
and permitted the young patriot to depart unmolested.
Amelia Powell had passed a night of the
most painlul anxiety. The sharer of her
heart's fondest emotions had been banished
from her presence had been treated with the
most undisguised contempt. To her devoted
heart this was meet cause for anxiety. The
future seemed robbed of all its promised bliss
and frowned in gloomy forebodings upon her
Her father's gay and luxurious habits com
pelled her to mix with Ihe limit-hearted rev
elers in the saloon ol fashion; but, deprived of
lie i sours Ideal, it was Uistastelul in the ex
treme. liihtrilini the temneriiient and Jispo
sitioii of a meek and gentle mother, her hapi-
uess consisted in the most simple eni ytneius
of life. The peaceful heaven of the fireside
ol home was more desirable than the giddy
nmzesof the dance, or the light revels of the
druwing-room. The routiue of lashionable
dnuipaliou to which her father was devoted,
was a monolouuus ruund ol misery to her.
Her introduction to Robert Dewrie bad been
entirely accidental. She had met him scarce
ly a year before, i.i the hovel of overty,min
islernig to the wants of the suffering. Her
heart sympathised with his in the mission of
mercy. His manly form nd handsome face,
lighted by a bright intelligent eye, now beam
ing with gentle sympathy; his modest, grace
ful demeanor and respectful but earnest gaze
of admiration he bestowed upon her all had
contributed to engage her heart. Ere the
name of the gentle god had been invoked, she
loved him. In her daily walks of chanty she
met him; occasionally he attendi her home.
int oho i men ircnw uf in. character and
pursuits. The intelligence that he was one
of the most devoted of the agitators of the day,
wnicn sne nau obtained ihrough other sour
ces, fell heavily upon her heart. This would
exclude hiiu from her lather's sympathy; this
would be the dividing line between them.
With much sympathy for the injured colonists
sue could not Put esteem her Inend more
highly fr his devotion to the welfare of his
country. I here was a Unman virtue in his
couposilion which increastd her admiration,
and appealed more strongly to her afleclious.
Various opportunities for intercourse occur
red, and at a fitting time, Robert Uewrie had
unfolded his heart, nd ofl'ered it on the shrine
of her affections. The offering was not dis
dained, and the record of their devotion and
their vows was witnessed above.
The stoim of war seemed rapidly gathering
over the colonies, and Robert Dewne found
himself more and more alienated from the
sympathies and views of Col. Powell. It
was a sad thought, but his sou I was too ele
vated, bis patriotism too noble, to be seduced
from his duty even by the silkeu lure of love.
The young patriot's open heart could not
conceal entirely the joys which animated it,
and Waldeck was led to suspect the lact.
By the adoption of a system of espionage, he
had satisfied himself that Robert Dewrie was
the rival most too be dreaded in his conquest
of Amelia Powell's heart. On the preceding
nil1 hi he had followed him to Queen street,
and reverted to the astonished father the disa
greeable truth, which had enabled him to sur
prise the lovers.
Amelia, with a ssd heart, had sealed her
self in the sitting room. The book she held
received no share of her attention. Her mind
was overshadowed with anxiety for her lover.
As she was thus pondering her clouded pros
pects, her father, who had just returned from
the goldsmith's shop, entered the apartment.
Prom the events of the previous uighl, she ex
pected to be treated with cold Siemens; but to
her surprise, he greeted her with even more
than usual gentleness, and imprinted a fath
erly kiss of affection on her check.
"You look pale this morning, Amelia; you
are ill!" said Col. Powell, in a low tontof
solicitude; for whatever his faults, whatever
tile peculiarities of his nature, he loved his
dau. liter, his only child, with an earnest de
votion. "No, father. I am quite well," replied
Amelia, aiid the tears gathered in her eyes
her lather's gentlenesi had melted her tender
"What ails you, child f Why these
tears ?" and the fond father wiped away the
"forgive me, lather; forgive me that I of
fended you last night. "
"Nay, think no more 't it, Amelia, forget
him he is unworthy of your love."
"Do not say so, father; I love him fondly,
Colonel Powell was distressed to find that
the affair of the previous evening, which he
had interrupted, was not an idle flirtation, as
he had anxiously hoped. He saw with the
deepest solicitude the inroads which a single
night of sorrow had made. Whatever his own
prejudices against the union of his daughter
with a hot-headed rebel, the event was now
tendered impossible by the infamy of the
young patriot. His experience of woman's
heart clearly indicated the danger of crossing
a fond and tender affection like that of his
beloved daughter. ;
"I trust, my cild, you have not irretrieva
bly bestowed yonr affection upon this young
man," ssid Col. Powell, after a long pause, in
which the painful realities of his daughter's
position bad rapidly flitted through his mind.
Amelia made no reply.but gased with a look
Of inexpressible anxiety into the face of her
father. ' v.'" : . --.
"You musi forget him, Amelia yo must in
deed; he is ntterlejf unworthy of you," said
Col. Powell, in a sorrowful tone, '-i ' i
" "No; father, he la all that ia manly, true
and Just. I love him for bis virtues, for -his
honesty, for his pure ond noble nature. You
cannot know him, rather; you are prejudiced
against him," pleaded Amelia from the mine
of tenderness in 'he; heart.
"I grieve for you, my daughter: but recent
events have disclosed his true character. If
he were a different won, I might look with fa
vor upon him."
hat do you mean, father! Whatreeent
events ? Do you refer to the battle of Lexiliir
..... ft- i . . .. a.
ion i ins neon is true to nis couuiry; il he is
at fault, it is because he has been misguided.
uo noi couuemn mm lor mat."
Alas, my child, he is even worse than a
traitor to his country."
"Do not wound me with these dark words.
Tell me all; I know he is incapable of any
"Your heart deceives you, Amelia. The
man you love is a murderer !"
"A murderer ! no, father, no ! You wrong
him !" and the devoted girl clasped with con
vulsive energy the hand of her father.
"Il is too true, my child may God be mer
ciful to you. lia.iely and cruelly Robert Dew.
rie has taken the life of his uncle."
The cheek of the stricken dsughter blanch
ed, and her frame trembled with the violence
of her emotions. With painful effort she
maintained her composure while Col.' Powell
narrated the revolting particulars of the trag
edy at the goldsmith's. The suspicious cir
cumstances which had criminated her lover,
were placed in the most heart-rending minute
ness before her. But she still fond snd true
refused lo believe any ill of him, whose honor
and happiness were all in all to her, With an
inward determination to cling to him in his
hour of peril, as she had when his sky had
been comparatively bright; she heard the con
elusion of the terrible relation. All this
might have been lh invention of his ene
mics. They might have conspired to ruin
him. Yet w'ith the evidence so palably
against him she could not realize the danger
of his position could not but recognize the
pot$bilily of his guilt.
"iou see Amelia," continued Col. Powell,
congratulating himself on the apparent forti
tude with which his daughter had listened to
his narntion "you see that Robert Dewrie
even while he pressed you lo his heart laat
night was a murderer! that his hand was
stained with hi uncle's bio d."
"0, God ! his bloody hand ."' exclaimed she
as the terrible incidents of the previous night
rushed with appalling force to her mind, con
veying the irresistible conclusion that her
heart's idol was indeed a fiend.
Her delicate nerves, already strained to
their utmost tension, could endure no more,
and she suhk fainting into the arms of ber
Notwithstanding the political excitement
that pervaded the town, the murder of the
goldtrcith creaU-i a great aensatinn. " The cir
cumstantial evidence which criminated his
nephew was deemed conclusive even by the
young man's most intimate friends. Of his
present retirement, nothing was known, and
his escape and subsequent absence were re
garded as but an admission of guilt. But as
nothing further was ascertained in relation to
the young man tha excitement among the
townsmen gradually abated, and finally ceas
ed altogether. Still there was one heart which
yet bled with tbe wound it had caused.
Amelia Powell refused to be comforted. Her
affection was too deeply lacerated to be so
easily or speedily healed. Her father by all
the ingenuity of tenderness, strove to mitigate
her sorrow; but in spite of all his exertions,
she rapidly declined in health and spirits.
Air. Waldeck was a constant visitor at the
mansion of Col. Powell. His attentions to
Amelia were mole marked and persevering.
Her lather had gently intimated his wish thai
she should accept the hsnd of the indefatiga
ble suitor, and the daughter with a desire to
please him, had tolerated rather than accep'ed
his addresses. To her the world seemed but
a blank; she had nothing further to livo lor,
but tc make these happy around her. She had
reluctantly resigned the hope of ever meeting
Robert again. He had deceived her as to his
true character, and her heart was broken ber
affections were wrecked. Without any deli
nite purpose of accepting his hand, Amelia had
endeavored to rcgird without loathing, the
man to whom her father wished to unite her.
She was still true to the noble, beautiful idea
of truth and goodness which she had embodied
in the eharacter of her lover. The ves el was
broken, but the ideal still existed in her heart
About four weeks after the events related in
the preceding chapteis Waldeck was seated
in the back parlor, it was evening, and a
flickering light threw its faint rays on the hag
gard lealtires of the goldsmith. He bad grown
paler and thinner than when we lastsaw him.
He waa uneasy and uervout, as he attempted
with an unsteady hand lo turn the leaves of
an account book. Unable lo fix his mind
upon the business which claimed bis attention
he rose and paced the room. Gut a vision of
horrur continually haunted him. At length
wearied with the torturing presence ol his dwn
thoughts, he took the candle and ascended the
stairs. As he turned into the sleeping apart
ment s rustling noise disturbed bun.
"Who's theie f" exclaimed he in a sudden
snd nervous tone.
But no answer was returned. He searched
the passage way without making auydiscovery.
Ascribing it to the disordered state of his
nerves, he entered his room and threw him
self upon the bed. rot an hour or more he
tossed sbout, but sleep came not to bun, until
wearied beyond the endurance of nature, he
sunk into an uneasy slumber. Even then the
terrible vision haunted him. With muttering
sounds on his lips, he occasionally started, as
Horn tear and groaned deeply.
I he candle still burned on the table, the
sickly flame curling round the long wick, so
that the room was bu t dimly lighted.
xvoiseiessiy I tie door opened, and a man
closely envelonrd in ia black cloak, entered
the chamber. Cautiously he advanced to the
bedside, and bent overthe slumberer.
"It is true, old man, my blow was sure."
muttered the sleeper in disjointed phrases and
then turning on the bed he groaned heavily.
foi a nine he lay in silence, aa though his
uream was enued.
The stranger listened awhile, and the h
snuffed the candle which waa flickering as if
going out. Again he approached the bedside,
and again the slumberer turned into an uneasy
posture. . . ' , ........ , :
"Away, old man, away I What if I did
kill thee I" groaned he. ."Off, off, unhand
me " snd Waldeck started with convulsive
onergy from the bed and awoke.
He saw the form of a man, and it seemed
the waking continuation of the dream. !
"Off! off I nan," screamer he, springing
irom he bed upon the form before brm.
' ''Waldeck." aalaVtha ittrnnm.r.' h fln
bu assaiiot from hinWWaldeok, are Lyo
mad? Rouse yourself." t
"All !" ssid the goldsmith, "Robert is it
possible you have oared to come here f"
"I knee dared ; I cime in the dead watches
of the night for justice for justice at your
hands ; deny me at your peril." said Robert
Dewrie for it w a he who had thus intruded
into the chamber of the other.
"Why, Robert, I do not understand you."
"Understand me, villian 1 not a word of
equivocation with me. Answer in6 this ques
tion. W here is the body of my uncle f "
"Robert Dewrie you are mad: these sad
events have taken away your senses."
"Your subterfuges shall not avail you.
Here 1 am, hunted down as a murderer as a
fiend; stigmatized wherever I go, and com
pelled to burrow in the woods, like a wild
beast and this for your crime."
. "Do you mean to sccute me of the crime
Robert 1" ssid Waldeck, with tbe manner of
an injured man. "Would you accuse me?
me when 1 have done eveiythiiig lo shield
you Irom suspicion and you owe me your
present safety ?"
"I i o accuse you. Why did you deny our
interview on the night of the murder ? You
are not only an assassin, but a base and da-tardlyone---a
double murderer, you have ac
cused an innocent man. Where is the body ?
Tell me, ere I strangle you," ond the exaspe
rated young man seized the goldsmith by the
throat with a fury which threatened the literal
execution of tbe threat.
"Unhand me, scoundrel, unhand me," said
Waldeck, choking under the pressure of the
others hand, and he drew from his pocket a
shoit dagger. "Unhand me Hubert, or your
blood be upon your own head."
A fierce struggle now ensued, in which
Robert at bay by the dagger, w.u forced to re-liii(jiii-h
his hold, after having received sever
al slight wounds.
"ow, young man, if you have aught with
me, say it quick and leave the house or I will
consign you to the charge of the sentry," said
Waldeck, when he had freed himself Irom the
clutch of his desperate opponent.
I came Mr. Waldeck, for justice. I came
to appeal to yourseuso of honor. As I enter
ed this roo:n, 1 discovered that your slumbers
were uneasy snd disturbed. 1 listened and
you confessed in your sleep the murder of your
partner. My suspicions were confirmed, and
I was overwhelmed with indignation at the
baseness which could thus fasten the guilt of
las owu crime upon another. Air. uldcck,
you are a murderer."
"I am ready to answer before a court of
justice," replied Wnldeck, trembling at the
disagreeable intelligence. "But the words of
a sleeper are not generally esteemed Conine
"Before Heaven I will prove your crime.'
"Why not before a more immediate tribu
nal f" said Waldeck with a labored sneer.
"ft would not avail m after you have ar
ranged everycircamstance to my disadvantage.
I leave, you Mr. Wald&ok, ia your guilt but we
shall meet again as Hd'Ven is just, w shall
meet again, where each shall appear as he is!"
said Robert with an energy and an eloquence
which thrilled the blood of his listener as lie
turned to depart.
"May, Hubert, I have never borne you any
ll-will; I have done all I could to relieve you
from this foul charge. Let us be friends,"
added Waldeclc in a conciliatory tone.
"We never can be friends, ' answered Rob
Hut your partimony is in the estate of your
uncle, can I not make you some advances?'
"No! my partimony shall be claimed indue
time, and Robert Uewrie icft the room.
On the stairs l.e paused to ascertain if he
was followed. On satisfying himself that he
was not he descended to the back parlor,
where he seated himself. Kelleclmg upon
the gloomy prospects which surrounded him,
he spent hlf an hour. Having thus assured
bimsi.lt that all was quiet in the house, he
found the tinder box and lighted a caudle.
Proceeding through the shop, he raised the
trap door and descended to the cellar.
The object of bis visit to the house of his
late uncle was to obtain, if possible any clue
which might lead to the discovery of the
murdered. Everybody else had supposed him
the assassin, and had taken no pains to look
further into the matter. The unaccountable
denial of Waldeck in relation to the inter
view oil the night of the murder bad awaken
cd his suspicions bad revealed to him the
plan of the murderer.' Armed with these sus
picions lie had entered the house on the pros
eiit occasion to explore the premises and have
an interview with Waldvck.
With the most minute attention he examin
ed every part of tbe cellar. He saw the black
stains of blood, but nothing tUe appeared to
throw litht upon ihe foul transaction. Who
the murderer was he alone knew, but there
was not a particle of evidence to cryjiiuate
him. Ou the contrary, every circumstance,"
from the quarie! to the purse, teuded to crimi
The present visit had confirmed his suspi
cion of Waldeck; but as he had obtained
nothing by which he could make it appear to
others, he left the house disappointed and in
deep mental agony.
The large number of British officers quar
tered in Boston, at the time of our story, ren
dered Ihe town one continued scene of gayeties
and excitement. Theatrical representations
were given by thein in F.tneuil Hall, and
nightly the beauty and fashion of the place
congregated lo jo:n in the mazy dance. It was
in the concert Hall, a fortnight after tbe event
of the las', chapter, that a grand bail was giv
en by one of tbe most distinguished officers of
the onny. The elite of the town were there
and the light dunce and the gny revel were
proceeding with all the animation which the
buoyant spirits of the guests conld infuse.
A few days befoiu, the garrison and citizens
bad been astonished by the advent of the great
Rahab-ben-able, the celebrated Persian uecro
mance:, astrologer, and fortune-teller. It was
announced by the town erier lhathecuuld
detail lo the people, with surprising accura
cy, their past, present, and future history;
that he could predict with unerring certainly
the character, station and fortune of unseen
and unheard of husbands and wives ; that he
could project horoscopes, and, in fine, tell
anything the people desired to know,: The
officers of the army regarded him as a tit sub
ject for mirth, and, accordingly, they made a
good use of him in the promotion of their en
joyments. He had astonished many of them
by the relation of the past incidents, of their
lives, but even this failed with them to estab
lish his reputation as a conjurer. ' He was ln
vi""! to all the balls and parties, and proved
to be a decided addition to the entertainments.
'. At the ball oa the present occasion, Rahab
ben-able was oa of tbe most prominent guests.
Ha was dressfed in full Persian' Outturns, in
eluding the flowing robe and thikrfly bit.
He w s apparently a very aged man ; his long
white beard swept his chest, ai d his form was
slightly bent, lis was a stern looking man,
his brow was wrinkled with perpetual
frown, and his voice harsh and grating.
Among the guests assembled were Col. Pow
ell, bis daughter and Waldeck. Amelia was
an unwilling reveler in tbe gay scene; devo
tion to her father alone made her consent to
join in such festivities. She was stil! beau
tiful, still the belle of the town, but her heart
was gloomy, and her spirit crushed. It was
only by a strong effort of the will, that she
appeared not wholly indiffeieut to the gayoty
which surrounded her. Waldeck was as at
tentive as ever, hovering near ber at every op
At each suspension of the dance, the astrol
oger was in great demand. ith a mixture
of dry humor and stern reserve in his manner.
he related past histories, ind predicted future
destinies. He houded not the merry peals of
laughter which often followed his revelations;
his whole attenliun was absorbed in the prac
tice of his art. After supper, Colonel Powell
with his daughter leaning on his arm, and fol
lowed by Waldeck, re-entered the hall which
was comparatively empty. The renowned
necromancer stood near the centre of the spa
cious floor, with his arms folded, gazing in
tently at the ceiling of the room.
"Lei us consult the astrologer," suggested
Cclonel Powell, with a smile.
"By all means," added Woldeck. "No
doabt he has ourfuturedcslinyat his tongue's
Amelia tacitly consented, and the party ap
proached the old Persian, who deigned nut to
withdraw his eyes Irom the ceilim: until ad
Come, Mr. Astrolabe, let us hear your
sage predictions concerning our past uud fu
ture," said Lol i'owell.
t he old man started, and with a profound
salam, asked the officer for his hand. In his
shrill, harsh tones, he related to Col. Powell
the incidents of his life. Ajloiiisl.c-d and
chagrined to hear his life thus minutely laid
bate, he withdrew his hand uud Waldeck pre
"Ha 1" exclaimed the magician, as he ex
amined the lines, and thcu cast a piercing
glauce into his face.
"Well, old c 'njuror, what do you see?"
said Waldeck, as he observed the suddeu start
Drawiug the goldsmith close to him, ond
placing the left hand upon the ciown of his
head, while the right stilt retained the band
of Waldeck, he whispered in his ear:
"Thtre it blood in Ike part I"
Woldeck sprung from hiiu as though bitten
by a viper.
"What is the matter ?" asked Col. Powell
"Nothing, nothing," answered Waldeck,
endeavoring to appear unconcerned, while his
face was ghastly pale, and bis knees trembled.
"Go on with vour story then, old man, speak
m ull ran hear."
"It is all nonsense. I want no more of it.
It will do very well to frighten children,"
said Waldeck, with a forced laugh.
" Children of a large growth, I should
think," said Colonel Powell, with a smile.
"Come, Amelia, give him your baud."
Amelia presented ber h.nd, and tbe conju
ror took il. It was a fair hand, and the old
man might have been excused fcr the gentle
pressure he bestowed upon it. Turning his
eyes from the palm he l.ad for a moment re
garded with intense scrutiny, he gazed into
ber face. Amelia was struck with his air
and tbe apparent interest with which be view
ed her. That gentle pressure of her baud
seemed no part of the conjurer's trade, and
her attention was riveied upon him.
"Pair maiden, I would not remind you of
happier days," said he, in a lower tone lhan
he was wont to speak, "but you ask ti e se
crets of my art, and you must have thein."
"Speak out, sir, I fear not to hear oil," re
plied Amelia, w-iih a smile of encouragement.
"You have been crossed in love,"
Amelia started, and her father would have
drawn her away.
"Goou," Said she, es her pale cheek lighted
up with a crimson tint.
"Your former lover was cast off for a crime
of which he is mnoucnt.
"Speak louder old man," interrupted Col.
Powell, approaching ntarer.
"The future," continued the old man, heed
less of the interruption, "is bright. Yuu will
marry him who stands by your side."
"Bravo !" shouted Colonel Powell. "This
is a most wonderful man. I say, Mr. Rahab-ben-able,
do you happen to know where any
valuable gold mine is located ? Give me the
particulars, and you shall have half tbe prof
its." "But the conjurer heeded not the Colonel's
"Perhaps your list of sciences does not em
brace geology," continued Colonel Powell.
"Aye, the secrets of ihe earth are known
to me," replied the old man in a solemn lone.
The music nowlsumruoned the dancers to the
floor; and Waldeck was olliged to leavethe
party and meet his engagements with a lady.
The conjurer retired to a corner ol the
room, followed by Colonel Powell and bis
daughter, who declined in joining in the next
"1 have lost a ring, Rahab," said Amelia
with a smile, and willing to prolong the ad
ventnre, "can you toll me where it is?"
' '1 can, lady. It was a valuable ring, as
well as a curiously wrought one. It belonged
to 5'oui mother, for whose sake, you esteem it
more highly than all the riches ofearth."
"I do, 1 do," exclaimed Amelia, forgetting
in ber iuteiesls, tbe juggling trade of the man
who addressed her.
"But where is it, old man t" asked Colonel
Powell, lorgelful as was his daughter, of the
circumstances of the interview.
To the astonishment of the 'officer and his
daughter, the aslrologer related all tbe cir
cumstances under which tbe ring bad been
"The murdered man removed the ring before
his disappearance," said he, as he concluded
"Where is itthen?"
"I cannot tell without consulting the stars?"
"Well, my man,, here are the stars; look
out thia window and tell us all about it," said
the Colonel, reminded by this mention of a
! trick of the craft, that astrology waa a "de
! funct science." ,
"without my astrolabe?" snid the old man,
I looking into ihe officer's face with a glance so
innocent as to half convince him that the astro
loger was "no humbug" after all. "I will
make a calculation to-uigbt, and shall be able
lo answer your question lo-morrow." , ,
"Cononel Powell, a lady ' in the drawing
room desires lo see you," said a waiter to tbe
"Come Amelia." .
"I will remain here) I'm interested ia this
man't art.v i i .
"Very well, I will return, in a moncnt'and
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"Amelia do you not know me?" said the
astrologer, bending over her and speaking iu
"Know you! Cood Heavens! who ars you!"
exclaimed the lady, looking at him with sur
prise. "Speak low and do not start. I am Robert
Dewrie aa innocent of the crime charged to
me, as the angels cf heaven."
"Robert! can' it be!"and Amelia, regardless
of the caution, started back.
"Do not shrink from me. As God is my
judge, I am innocentit shall be proved, if
you follow my directions."
"1 will Robert, but I am so agitated I shall
"Be calm; advise your father to invite 'me
to his house to-morrow morning. Here ho
"Yes, lady," continued he, as the Colonel,
appraoched, "the stars rule the destiny of
mankind. Zoroaster, Confucious, Foe"
Here he w as interrupted by Colonel Powell's
good-natured ridicule. Amelia did as the
conjurer bad requested, and be was invited
to be at the mansion the next morning with
tbe calculations concerning tbe ring.
A halo of bope was shed over tbe path of
Amelia, and that night her player ascended
that Robeit nnghtlrtdeem his promise to estab
lish his innocence!
Rahab-ben-aUel, agreeably to his appoint
ment, was at the mansion of Col. Powell on
ihe. following morning, but the officer bad not
yet returned from bis customary military du
ties. Amelia was aloue.
"The stars are favorable," said tbe conju
rer, ss Amelia outead the apartment in which
he had been waning. The Irown that had
be hire wrinkled his brow was not there, andu
smile, the first he had been seen to indulge,
played about his long white beard as be took
her hand. Venus ;s in the ascendant.
"Oh, Robert, Robert, are you indued inno
cent of iliis awful crime I" said Amelia, after
an affecUonaie taiulaiiou.
"As innocent as jou are, Amelia, whose
gentle nature shrinks from the thoughts of
crime," replied he; "csn you not believe me?"
"Oh, yes, Robert, but how cruelly this
event has laceuted my heart.. Thank God,
you are innocent; I sh-ill, I must believe you."
"Bless ou, Amelia; I could have borne all
with fortitude but your detestation," said he
with a fervent pressure of her hand.
"You must acknowledge that the circum
stances very strongly implicate you," added
Amelia, with an air of hesitation.
"They do, very strongly; and I wonder not
that eveu you should not credit them."
"Oh, Robert, 1 herded nothing till ..the
thoughtof your bloody baud came lo my re
memberaiice. On the very night of the' mur
der you remember your hand was stained
with blood. Against my reason almost, I re
fused to believe you guilty, till this appalling
circumstance for ed me to the Horrible con
clusion. But you cannot blame trie?"' '
"No, Amelia; the evidence was enough to
have convicted a saint, much more an erring
creature like myself. That stain on my hand
was given me by Mr. v aldeck," and the dis
guised young man related the particulars of
his interview with that person on the night of
the murder, describing bow Waldeck in the
darkness of the room had shaken hands with
htm, and thus imparted the omnious stains.
The other particulars, including bis mid-night
visit to the gold.imilb, were all detailed.
Amelia was satisfied. If ber affections had
not prejudiced her in his favor, she could not
but have noticed the impress of truth which
was graven on his manner, and fixed in his
statement. She was ays in happy. The ter
rible load which had oppressed ber heart was
removed. The trials, the dangers, the doubt,
that attended her future course, were all un
heeded. She was convinced of her lover's in
noceuce, and she was happy spin, in per
mitl ng her affections to wander back into the
old channel. They could love each other;
and what if difficulties, seperation, even death
awaited them, the7 could still rejoice in their
"Throw off this disguise, Robert; my father,
for my sake, will not a gain spurn you," said
"Nay, dearest, I fenr your father would not
give the same credtnee to niy statements that
the ear of affection has given. I must yet
piove my innocence: 1 must bring the teal
uiurden rto justice."
"And can it be dune ?"
"It can, but 1 must depend upon you for
aid. Your ring was upon tbe figer of my mur
dered tmcle. This ring must be the means, of
convicting him. You must beg him to exam
ine the shop more minutely; assure him that
your life is bound up iu that ring."
"1 fear I should not have the courage to
"My life depends upon you. He is not a
cunning man, snd w ill produce the ring."
Hush, here is my father," said Amelia, aa.
she heaid the door open.
The Irown resumed its sway on the conju
rer's brow, and be was again the same stern,
immovable old man, he had been in the ball
room. "Tbe celestial science lady is as old as tbe
world. The ancient kings of Persia, of Syria,
of E.ypt, all encouraged it, and the most re
nowued men of antiquity devoted all their tal
ents to the divinatiou of '
"So, Mr. Rahab what's-your-name, you
are punctual to your appointment," said
Colonel Powell, as the soothsayer broke off
bis sentence and made a profound obeisance
to him. '
"The stars always meet at appointed times;
they are my mentors ".
"You are a star yourself, perhaps. But.
what of the ring?"
"Tbe night was cloudy and the start war
hid from my vision," said the conjurer w ith
stately emphasis, "when the veil is removed
tbe secret shall be revealed."
"Bab!" exclaimed the Colonel, "But tell
me, old man, w here you picked up the inci
dents of my past life!"
Rahnb ben-abel pointed upward, but vouch
safed no other reply. ,i .
"No doubt of it," said the Colonel, with a
Some further conversation took place, after
which the astrologer took bis leave, end heed
less of the shoutings of a group of little vaga
bonds, whose minds contained but little rey,
erenco for the occult sciences, he wended fa.i
way to Hanover street, in which was located
the sanctum of bis incantations. Here he
founds crowd of men and women who had
congregated to ascertain the ups and downs
which the future had in store for them. But
the astrologer, with dignified reserve, informed
them that 'the stars were unfavorable, and
dismissed them without displaying any of hit.
wonderful wisdom. Seating himself in an
easy chair, he relaxed tbe. frown, and turned
Ins attention tb the Consideration of sublunary
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