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Mraning Star and Catholic Messenger
MEW OELEAIINI KUN .AY, FEBRUARY I. II~7.
THE
MISER!
PROM TIll OROIGNAL FLEMISHI OlI
IIENDRIK CONSCIENCE.
Countinued. I
CUIArR VIII.
The widow bad now passed threedays at the
Abbey farm. Nothing of what she saw there
was of a nature to confirm her worst snspicionr
on the contrary she began to tblieve that she
had, to some extent, done Thys wrongK. II
showed so much care for the o!d man, and
spoke so oompunaionately of his beniefactor,
that abe was frcred to doubt whether, after all,
there might not lie somnetbing good deep down
at the bottom of his heart. That the old man,
moreover, was in any ilnaedtiate danger she
could not believe either; for twice a day Thy;
had a good meal of meast and potatoes dressed
for him, and, if he could bear snob solid living
as that, he could hardly but be in some sense
strong and in good case.
But here Kate was taken in. If she had fol
lowed the hypocritioal villain into the dark
passage, when he, as he said, carried up the
patient's meals, she would have seen tlhat it
was not to the old mall's chamber, but to his
own, that he carried the strengthening fare.
Poor Uncle Jan got nothing b,lt poor food that
his stomaobh revolted against; suach that he
even gnawed on by preference a. hid hard, dry
rye-bread crust, little suited as that, too, was
to do him any good.
The sick tman did, indeed, with increasing
impatience, even at times with considerable
irritation, begin to press for bettr nourish
ment, feeling himself to be in fact dying with
hunger; but all that he could say ,iiupon this
head was totally inieffectual,-Thlys at one time
talking hini over with plausible words, at an
other simply turning a deaf ear to his entrea
ties, until the poor old Ilanll held his peaco from
mere exhaustion and wearinsn.
The Lthirl eveuiig, just as K ito was a:ctnt
" to leave the Abbey famiu for the nlight, T'l',ys
had asked her to coine back afteir ihaoing Iiiadiii
hter arrangementllil s alt 1iihoimie, lltlor plrnt at,t hat
Uncle Jan wlihcd for it warm bctth, illd tlhat
a great I1iquantiilly' o IIt water woIIIIt he wc,'int. ,I
for thalt inrlrpo.. A idni' i ugly, a- HOnu Ii .h~i
had plut cticl i. "I l cied ilii ret crnetdI. N a,.
however, hlit, was h [o l thit thel cill ii h i.
lllchanged 111as tnl Iit 0 nit I thiie It ; bit I thlat
unevvrlitlels it iwout l b,' w 'ill o io vhould st;i y,
for that fiver Ithad ft lb it i ,i it wai viri
tpossible t-i, lool r llgllt linel O tl e filuhi, l ii
the curl, t h of tlio Ight ; ' 'perhaps ev(tsuu-only,
however, it orlder I, rtuni nI risk k-t ho pient
too. NAt.. 'l1h3e said, thut tiIll:o Jan iseemtd
materially worse than he had blolo, btL t lie wits
an old Iiato, wa-llitigh worn outn, i:iLd without
nuch lpower of rallying left in lhim. It would
be Inlot prlnent, therefore, to IUve sollmO llone
at hatld in case of need ; contrary to ill ex
pectation, his case might suddenly bcomoe ms
fones.
All this dust thrown into the wilow's eye
had not, however, entirely blinded hir. tier
conolusion was that the old man's illness was
in truth oluch more serious than she had been
made to believe; anit she determined that., if
the night did not bring her somne esltisfaction
on this head, she would in the mourniug at once
break with Thl'i anid bring the rector and the
burgonmaster about his ears, and so, with the
aid of the spiritual and temporal auithorities,
arrive at a solutiont of this liiystrty if tu qity.
She was sittinig aloi by the iirepl.on, Iledi
tating on the iest way of bringing tthe matter
before the authoritties o that they should
plainly cci their way in the unrighteionn plot
that was being played oif at the Abbey 'lIrni
for depriving Ctcilia of her lawful inhueritlaio.
Perhaps the rector would not refute mak ing anl
attempt to bring bank the old mrus to a s.one
of juitice; anid in that way phle might be ablo
to effect that for her benefactors which, while
she remaininel in the houn, would be totally
beyound her reach, eeinllg that lip t to this ltio
she hadl nevenr uonct sucoeedod i, obtluiaiui;
sight of the sick ,,iman.
But in the imidst of her deliblirationns Ih feir
croessed her mliilld that next niio'inig Ilight tier.
haps lie too late ; for who oonild tell whllt inight
be going oil up-stairs between 'I'h3 a nd theu
old mnlll I 'in i d.nlbt threw htier intlo a t'over lto
of reatlesimness and anxiety. F'romll tlilli to timne
ane rose from helir seat, anit, steippingi oil tiptoe
into the palsieng whiclh led towatd Uncleh Jlan
chamber, wv lih noiseless treaid sle aplroached
the foo h stairoasn,; built, after litonieng
there for eoalli tiilln with all her ears, slhii he.Ird
nothing, everytlillng uillp-tairc r letailinilg ill
pierfeoct quiet; i'- plileintly thereforu, returnedi
to thie tlltilLg-ritc , a'ld eontl iinued h ler l.edia
tion -by Itl firevlid .
And tnow the note oi f midnight is tout ni;
from the lower of lhoii uillugi chiuit"' iloc
by onei, sdly aeiil uliunulyiu , !i o s iki-. ir
verberatr e t hrl l o lll i-y'.', : iIo h1 ii lo r:l, in Ii l
awiay unpuoilni th e i, till ii It, del, t se t ',u s it
the eeiilnil :il Iun ' h .e l Ill , I ." c , .ii i
ehlanllbl r hnlst i t-iasill ii,':., I ..,i ,tiui bly
fllckerillg, wil t ull s i an,.ll ke I 1 1 1 oil haullllll~l
1)iueaiil, iiuir thl y i. , in th , in, i t ii ; Ith i ti n
thoe very w ili :.t~ : iiitih a 1i v . iil. 'I'.i
room ili thi s tilt !t '. o, li mii re portliio of
bla*Pac - of cuiite ' 11 ulIl-n- li I, tl l ei i.>
nly i' part of t)l, bi ti ali0i d of t i lh ,i !o wii i 1
standnI l II 11 rtIeivii l lis le iiill ,,1, i,,iinu
of lthe ilait Th old Ih i i ltl ii I " ;.I
sleipi; n'iverite'' . , foiite titli to tii he noit
chillanii i y i 1ii , ,1i 1,i , l , iis, t o ly .I.va lw
lls c'ttiiill IIiio - i ti an l , " n. i . II l
parent Iu ' ATll r I a ln iulnl it.,t it t .,1 . ,1 ..r..l u I
wIuili a [lli l l tlilsp hr, liv t k l r.tl I ll, 1.. ,t
w c-ti' ii'c- Is 4, i, .0cP+; h, i, \,, 4 , l l
w ire,oever t'i... .t;i , ii , ,nil
Ilftllt 4u , 1Ii L :liIpi .i , lctI s l ue I 1i y s i t, i, 1t 10 to!l
fl t i of lit Ie Laot1 het k s 11i I " 1i n lii I t hI
oif lur o ld u i slci. lh i t t he t :i rain o r' ti
eart i lth ih. I cln g I i l hed it the i i , tl i .
of noer an aalw l.1d lnt nut fior tit. g rave+.
aIV the lulle ton Igorl who, iaiton Lo' t,
waitch a td alh t !0 RvliL" 1i hn IIlhllh.i I
slheep ihls he .,d rgo ot the bkwt'k tof I ',e
chair.
tIls iii-fnvu-r.t-l ftirt t'ct, c i:u iti lih t.i
]Even uoa, hnhnt l, rtlaxil ii ,, hi ns isnti.l
tells t'lailiy I ltie evil ool| W ihi ic h ii, tniii
great tlllt h orsa lnlslerlla - tilv iin-tr,teie 1 ull u
It a uaiic tii ville. vle-r liii .iuitsu his 1up
contract tr ha blow criti e ; iti- Vu 5tl c Io ti c
ings, lriio Itha c nm leu 3tly iX t rocilivi it i I
feeling aind ailioi n.ii .,n I - lit i0ii sis lis i -i n i '.
mannoe. is au alloufl-y clretliiiing.
The iagtild utlorer has Sa ainl otelt hi Ll `.es,
and now niotiC-8 the euguitic mt tilcy itf u'atitre
whicho ulan vivoribly betra y the iiiclecu work
ings of the sleeper's minocd. Wiuth ningledi
terror and averiuo he keieps his eye y ilc-i
upon the lloIuneiod lectatoalo, canyd tollsltii5.
eesa and reilctiou awaken iu hiiui a lihe cia.
aemplates it.
He oat hls eye alrouund the gloo.my cham.
ber, then upon the limipl, with itl faint, dIu
light lickering thrsugh the darkteen like the
-na-rsh-light which msleads the traveler on tale
way, then back upon Thys, whose face he againc,
fixedly contemplates with iuexllrcssible terror,
and who now, still in sleep, giinds his teeth,
and draws back his lips like a dog abouti ti
bite; while the whole expression oit his
o-u-tenanoe is so cruul, 0o murderoun, that
the lsk old man shudders and shutc hi..i "ves,
till again Impelled to open them by a new in
eldeun.
From the sleeper's lips sounds begin to lie
heard; heseemetohospeaking. Nowtheex.
patsloi of bil fetszest is totallly banged; all
sreeso oaa aneekebedi.alpeared; he smiles,
- Ie ,r • l lall noil ,
however, is articulate, and sometimes his voice
sinks and his lips move in dumb show merely.
Such broken sentenoes as these drop from
them:
"A cellar-a hundred thousand guilders
the old skinflint-I'll give 3oa plenty, plenty!
By to-morrow he's dead !--Meat, indeed l--no,
not for him I water, bread,-he won't die,-a
little starving will help him.-I have his will ;
-patience, le's going now; that's his last
sigh! he's dying l-Ua, hal all his money's
mine!"
But here a terrible cry burst from the old
man's breast; and immediately Thys started
from his sleep, sprang convulsively to his feet,
rubbed his eyes, and stared with astonishment
at Uncle Jan, who was shouting for help with
all his might and making the room re-echo
with his cries.
Thys's lirst care was to assure himself that
he had nothing to fear from without; and, this
once ascertained, he had little difficulty in
divining the cause of the old man's terror; the
less so, as from the nervous excitement in
which he felt himself he could well imagine he
hald been talking in his sleep. As for Unole
.lan's cries, Thyn let him go ou with them, till
in a few inlomets mere exhaustion brought
the:,, to a pause; regarding him intently the
while, with arms folded on his chest and a
savage asi e upon his lips.
" Well, Uncle Jan, have you done yeti" at
last he said ; "make as ninch noise as you like,
I pray; scream and cry out as you will; no one
will hear you."
But the old man, whose terror was increased
by the expression of Thyn's countenauce, re
commoenced his cries for help with desperate
energy. It seemed as though the fear of death
had given him new strength; his movements
now abowed something of vigor, and his voice
was clear and far-reacling.
" Ie still I" cried Thys, holding his clenched
list menacingly in the old man's face , "be still,
or I'll soon stop your mouth for you I"
IJocle Jan ceased his cries, and Thys with
drew his fist.
Let mn just hear you again!" he said, sav
agely.
The old mlan was now silent, from want of t
breath perhalps as much as from fear, for his I
chest heaved violently; but all the while he
kept hies iyes tized otn 'Thys with an expression
of ilnt1llse abhorrence. I
" Wcll," presently resumed the latter, jeer- t
ingly, "arl I to know at last what waslp it e r
It hat lies "4nnI a Ott I sI upp,Jose Ivo been h ] roamt
ug1 1 Are q) i outI of yotuI wOit, to Inl:Lko H leh a
to-,!,, abhlnt it I You'd better ho trying to getI
ti ,ltifI : th.., wlo 'd dnl yiou Lii riO g.L.,ld thlit I
.1i ht"e f' alth 0 rly 0 t .'t
At. ties, witcld tI , old u li inn aull inii it
tll atk I-[il. Iti,,l Jai wl ::
" You, irnt !" he 'xcltimued. " Ah, yeolt
n iil to 1 lllOt gf t ithunger Yup tor , It th! r ,
flu y,,t I lie th o Il ig fir yow IF lte d ati lt t
wait r Ia atI l sil lilt, lt, by bit ni ou'll ,tarvl v
li y w0ill ilvnie liy mnd t, antil so I tout ie,h a
you, rderr I t
r'hs lmc,nnel ithke f 1rW owill; an all inu shall a
toYish, ll t, nritrin g l seld withfor Celriht, fornd
nothe saw thatd hie niuitqieses lay op,o ni their a
fall .,: uritv. Uncle yoJan went onp:
" vuht .sn sha'n't gut it I You thonght there
wc l,i.1 against n of men this night! no, no! a
(-,,d will give me life and strength to punish a
you, ,on villain! l the morning, this very I
Swiorll. ng, I'll make u new will; and you shall h
have nothing, yon! nothing but my curse!
Yes, in the morning I'll send for CecilhI, and t
the notary, and the witnesses; yes, and the a
getdarines, too, to take you to prison. I'll v
conmllain against you, and have you punished, a
I will. Ah, you thought I wasdysug! you shall h
ser!" I"
" Il, ha!' answered Thye, with a sarcastic
laugh ; " who will hear you, pray I" in
" It will be daylight presently, and I'll cll a
and cry out l, nd oliough and long enuIlgh. that l
olaltS one i shall hear me."
A long p:Ltus esrnaed, while Thys, witholt It
ilttoritig a syllable, beunt his eyes steadfastly ii
ulpon tlhoae of the olL man, whose last words c
slee itiil to ll.kO aIl most earnest i prllelSil o 1 up- I
on hult. At first hiis coullteaull1e was t ell- l
ott. as of ,ue in diei, rellection; but gradual- a
ly the ill-loldiiig siile again contracted his p
11ip. and he caite closer up, to the bed. lie b
puslhed the tiable on Oue side, stood hard by j
I he bed's head wit hhis rtils crossn d, and, in
i 5cotriful ti ne : t
" I ca:'t helpl llanghingi at your abaurdity!" Ii
ht, begaIn. "1ko you thllink that I've barn your b
slave for ltnri yeaurs-have fawued t npln you tl
like ia dug fIr tenl years-for love of son I dto at
yon think ithat I'vO blie living thseC. tll yeare ii
on dirt a,.i sei', heaks for ny own vi
pl-asure? do yon think that I've heeuu drag
gintgont the :en best ye.nts of Iny life in this b
dieslal dog hole btcausle I'd had no tfast., for na
eljjliing liftr do you)i think that I've been st
IIIniilIlg aI Ihypjl rite t cheat, a scoundrel-or
ais tlhiIlg ells y1 ou like to call Iit- f myself, iall hi
for nlot:ing, ai:.I wilthout the hope of being in k:
meai,, way, rpalid far it Why, you tu1,1 iil
tun1k till nluliilr and more stupid thani a la
lbably i , nl.: l'vi msiiriticied fir 3ouil i ytuvwn
w'ill u..t I .'1, all lily inclilatioin , mlily b i- t!
,tu . i )'yi 1-It, lily very ttoul; a11nd inow s ii
I l'p" pl i: I ii l ' or i ! -- ii)y ile . I 1al ,ial! ! l ti
Ii r,l+ i i , ii v" (lii'i si t
"Nol t al llot'" int ril itei the i iu l ,0
N il .rt , " re l,3.1 d thll olhcu er; ' l hi at'i ' r
, i t ii bl i tr ti, i t hiv.. ; h Iat lt- l I I 1f,
in( i-,f mt~fir rrsn , 1 t l S eo T n1 , IO t "t Of wll att 'I
ni t tllil\ I to k cl m OIl YtU ,l.l et th.it l ill
L e yl : .i s cr.u. let i liiyi l. ,I ray 1Po it h
[tiry" itlo, , i," t, l.l" It i Ive .rt, and ills! i g e . i
t I' 1 i i Ire h'ii.lf t, pi"it e sick Cli! ol l en c
thr,. I"; 1 o:lt. Y ii t Iell ito viaiin and lit,
midt! r: ". i V Crt beltei yoir o 'vu c
-I '1'."l tO t',lO' l Ie r tte: keys. Ithat ino Iih
h" lt I , -t3us, ,l oai r Ih ol, r t, sntrik at- iit
-f, ltoi, hi te k, R a lth 1 i i s e 'er e alit r : 'ior Po
Lilat ill IY :ttl thlet would liaws be.ni e ier ni
hto ar, l te arols fromn his body than the at
tij hi t ,f tle stru ule o ut of h til a n iirs lk of
IYu-d slid ar, Thys let go i hold of the
iTc, anil at thiie Iloi:ent it wai s perhal that It
ia thoullt of t' eper horror fIarst histlItly en- di
l .red. his It:il. All gain h..,le sto '' be. ie the tt
"c 1, urd wI t th heaving chest looked tidl : h
hidill aay beneath the bed"lothe. R
.A:l1 i rsetiy his onte nartie th raliall as- BI
,id a newand indelcrie Iul xpreisseon, t
in tpresion at onre so extravaganotr r stog hi
Shis physiognomy sank hack wl tameness mi
SontrasIt with it. present outbreak of dli-than r
: lon ferocity. T, mcte-s of his ohea s et
ore hale io dreaicl yoir hteath troau aenour "m,
ii.
bly together; a livid paleness overspread hi
visage ; his bair bristled like a hyena's mane
ln a voioe hoarse with passion he exclaimed
" Ile, you won't pay me, wont you 1 If you
wont alive, yon shall dead, then; so here's fo
yon."
lie sprang like a wild beast upon the bed
and, bending down over the sick man, witl
both elbows forcefully compressed bis chest
A rattling sound of frightful import issue,
from the victim's throat, a sharp oonvulsiou
ran through all his limbs, which presently re
lazed, and then all was still. Thys seized the
bunch of keys, and with a single pluack broke
the string by which they were fastened rount
Uncle Jan's neck; then he slowly came down
from the bed.
And now there he stood, leaning with out
hand upon the table, quivering with agitatior
and fatigue, and with the terror of the thoughi
that the noise of the struggle might have beer
audible below. His eyes were fixed upon the
lifeless body; a cold sweat trickled down hit
forehead and his oheeks. Perhaps he repented
him of what he bad done. perhaps he trembled
for the consequences. Whibhever it might be
he stood for a considerable time as tthough
struck with utter helplessness. At last, with
a bideous groan, he mechanically took up the
lamp, approached the door of the room, and
opened it.
A cry of terror burst from his lips. Before
him stood the widow, with a look of interro
gation upon her countenancel Perhaps from
behind the door, through the keyhole, she
had heard, had seen, all that had passed!
Fiercely he glared upon her, while she seem
ed totally at a loss to account for his disturb
ed air; he aven raised his hand as though to
brain her with the bunch of keys.
" What do you want here?" he howled.
"I thought I heard you call me;"' she an
swered, retreating, and evidently preparing
for flight ; "or was it Uncle Jan that called f
Well, well, there's no need to be so angry; I
can go as I came."
Thys let fall his hand with the keys, at the
same time stammering out:
" Uncle Jan has had a stroke; I believe he's
dead. Go to him-no, go down and fasten all
the doors-but irst see if he is dead, though
get sorme vinegar."
In his confusion hbe no longer knew what he
wtas saying, so violent a revulsion in his
whole icrvous system had esiue-r npon his
ru hles ,loued. With wavering steps tie now
aS iIII'r).iacII i a ssive d )r, foullnd, after omne
cse trch, the ligut ket, iandt passed intio at lng
!itrk corridor wsitch ran along the whole
leng'th f the bhiiilillug. fron cte elii to, ti,"
ohthr. T'oIe liup tbrow its liight, ,it but a
small portihu of the wallis, nd ni l roiuni dil hill
wilh a die iihert (,f ill,'usinutian, w !t iUl,
'th'etotaly d I.-l - lin : the drl:n a 4.
I ) e, b oe %: nan , ltI':ng and f.ielitg iýa way
th ougs tulene uitn!,:own locali'ies. Ala-.t ly
wer,' lu terrtas amid i is co ci e's - ,.! :1,i." 4
to hie trounbled insiagim ttllio t~:i"he ar, lhti,,,
juldg 'neit of tid ll lp his de;ai. II ,w- uc,
greater woul-d thos - terrora lave heIti. i t',l
he have seen the hni.ian shadow watch cracp:
after hint from afar in the doeep glitsi of sto
orrider
Probably indeed hlie may have heard scme
suspiciouns sounds, behind him, for hie rstopped
and looked back. Eventually, however, I
procieded on hi way, till again stopped by
inoither door of singuglar construction. The
portal was low and arched: the door itself so
thickly sot with iron plates and beatuddtd
with hinge nails that barely was the wood
risible beneath thoem. Several padlocks of
aunusal size, red with rust, hung from it; a
Liar, or rattier massive beam of iron, added a
ast sncurity to the wiser's treasury.
With tbroubbt,: heart, anil not without
luilh labor and p .'isi, Thys opened the locks
rid removed all obstacles. lie descended a
light of stairs, al:ltd foundIi himself ia an exten
ive rit-liar. An:d now, at last, arrived at the
idiliug-plalc of the old man's hoards, the evil
hier thoungt no imore of his evil dpou,; his
:ionciencc hilul its peace; his fears elntirely
c-i !flim. TaUe only feeling for which his
icart iitw had rooml was the burning desire
after tie sight of gold, the touch of gold, the
atanssioin of goldi. (On his cOuatLIlnalCoe
amrned a semile of transport; in his eyes
lowed the lire of piassionatolonging.
With the lamrp it his hand, he walked round
he c r, ll.r. e 1Oc ii.g as lie went; but, to his no
ttle :,.t.,riitlTion, nothing could he discern
tlt ti.e t'ur ba.re walls, and, near the footof
he st(es, a large stone, whihob had evidently
erved for a suor lie began to quake in all his
inrbs; lits c iui euancO fel1 with anxiety and
cx it Ii i
" What !" he dejoctedly murmured; "can it
io that the ghl i as not here I And yet there's
o, other way out. Impossible! Alh, what doi I
eu the,, in the waill isn't that a key hole l"
La-uglhing arlt'i. and betide hirnilcif forjoy,
i hilurti, 1i iu to the pomrt in the wall which
ad attraeted his attention, audibly venti ng his
l.itiou as lie sought out the uight key, and at
ait tipenii a liiitoni c vity in thu wall.
" l., Ita! htie lii's trhe trealsury I So', see,
lre, bAg-! four-.:iv. lbags! Gold! gold, "
1Wi 1 tru.in!hiiog han t-in and iinward exulta
i, Io I took et:t " the linett' bags out of its
1.i 1 iic-, Wil.. was ab n, t to unil thie
trilg wlit will: I It was fastened : but all at
ce, tie c":art,-d w 1 t it asudden fright ; the bag
11 fermit hit lini it. lii turned t ioward the oi
aIIC , ." the v,.l , and Latened with trito -
lig axliety ; it evewiulul to him ailsm thtnugh hi
at I hiri t aumse it that dltruectiou,-.s ii.io
Sif rhlt craiskllto .-t irin.
F','r aiI ·w Iloluui I., I, he stood nlotiitllcets andmi
,rvs.,ly lintln::'- ; nol,t the slightest ei)rlnd
i.1l 'ie catch. Li- dually he reTcoveredtl fotn
gu r ihtl; 110. t:, thie hag up again frolm the
r,.,;i. , ,Iulservi, ., as le didil i :
' Ah, it, is rIL!iIuig; the bolt of the lo ck, I
il ,p , that hid .'t qluite shut at lirm t. Sm,
ii r it!'
Ami: h-e iopeoc, ie ht b ig anrd hastily ciI tchid
i:4 ci'tit t-i. hi it howuv was the txlr-'e;itn
SI'u1 ' lii te.nan. i cht .'gel ! wlhat !hisioay It
Snee '1 cat0.' l.pr', did it ell e.f, when his
I 't, ell Oi I, i) .acilLad il ii Ii" ces s-cic), his
.g"hiu gristw bLie i4it oult i !
Lt 11.," , ' I t l nd t r!' innl:gi.le
'tI -u ' it i f-I I trln s I hs l. er" h a iips.
Sl, llri :.,l, t ls ,gitati g ig gs en ,i is
it , iu,1 " t tlia ,i ,,1c-1 hi i'ed vol-it
• , .r -cia: d t: talh. At last i rie to ki rip
ta 1 i, , , i- lhg ttilutirglmig suider hin
it i il li' l', jc utnc , hIe undil itoe last
riug \goa'a th.e igtnizeing cry of "'copiedl
,p,'ri!" tuiret fPotn his stroggling breast.
Vhilo i 'ah Iils left liand he convolsively
rilupel aida wroung th fatal bag which had so
ux,'rably 'lut to naught his last hope of a
iold h, ioiloty, hl, right was with feverish
lice trivielblg r ,ntl the interior of the re
eptacle atil closely investigating its sides in
o i hope of -mi farther discovery. ott it
ras ema pty; noi trate of anythisg more did
he anxttous fingers meet. Not yet seatisfied,
Splaced the laump within the hollow, and
ainfully sannedi it on every eside with the
larrowest sarttiny. Bit all in vain ; nothiesng
ould he et'.--nothiu g but the plain well
ined etoi, ofi t ohe wall.
A dismal groan gargleid up through his
iroat. With unsteady steps he approached
he great stone. Utterly unnerved, he sat
own ulan it, and setl the lamp beside him on
hle Str. Tereo fir sloe time hesst, with hias
ead leaned umon his hand and his eyes bent
ith glassy stare upon the vacant gloom
round. Teen, in a tone of mingled dismay
ai rage, he brk, out:
" A few pounds of capper! And so that's to
e the price tif my ten years' slavery and
sisery l And the price, too, of a murder I-of
my immortal soul IO, that Uncle Jan ! the vii
iul the hypooritel the thiefi Yes, he has
heared me i-robbed me I And so that's whai
my 5long-expcied fortalo ls come tolI-my
is wealth, my life of pleasure, my rise in the
i. world!-a heap of coppersl And,cures upon it,
for that I've murdered him! But didn't hede
a serve it T Murdered him, indeed I why, I ought
,r to have torn him to shreds I-and slowly, too.
I should have tortured him I the false villain I"
I, He ceased to speak. Quivering with agita
h tion, he fixed his eyes upon the ground. 80oo
tears began to overflow from his eyes; the
d cowardly villain wept and sobbed like a child.
a However, it was not for long that this fit of
f. depression had the mastery over him. With a
e horrible curse be sprang from his seat, seized
e the bag which lay at his feet, and, howling In
d articulately in delirious fury, dashed it, heavy
a as it was, to the furthermost corner of the
vault. As the maess of coin struck the ground,
a a hollow sound was returned.
S'Ha I" cried Thys, with joyful surprise, "ha!
t what is that I'
Beside himself with renewed hope, he hastily
sprang forward, the lamp in his hand, and
threw himself on his knees upon the floor of
1 the cellar, rapping hither and thither with his
I knuckles, and nodding with his head in glad
response to the hollow soands he elicited. In
a a few moments he had opened a little trap,
m which disclosed an excavation in the floor, and
in it a number of linen bags evidently full of
I coin. With a sort of sonenal delight he gloated
upon the treasure.
" The silly cheat!" he mattered, as he took
out one of the bags ; " so he'd set a trap f and
baited it too ? hidden some copper where it
couldn't but be found t Bat his device hasn't
had much success; here must be the stuff."
Then, I'Gold I A! I that is gold I' he suddenly
exclaimed, in a voice strangely resembling a
child's cry of exultation; " gold! And this
next what will that bet Ab, gold! again
gold I And the third 1 Gold! nothing but gold !"
One after another he thus extraoted and
opened all the bags, till the ocavity was entirely
empty; then, some what retreating, he sat down
upon the ground, and, forgetful of all beside,
began to shake out the contents of the bags
into one great heap before him. For some time
he kept his eyes undeviatingly bent upon the
golden store, with a radiant expression upon
his countenance, as had heaven and all its glo
ries suddenly stood open to his view; an ex
preesion, in fact, of transcendental felicity
narrowly trenching upon the idiotic.
"ila, ha," he muttered; "that looks well!
How it glances! it's downright alive with
sulendlor and with glory ! And eo lmuch of it !
Bat it's the price of my o.il! Well, and a
good price for it, too! more than it's fairly
worth! Ilt, ha! now for life and j ,llty and
eiij vlian t! now for being master and having
sit viitr, for eating and drinking and riding in
miii cariiuage! .no.V for power" anid ,obsrqlui un
friieIs, and fr crlhlliig into the dust, what
ever won't ,ow dowvn bfore ueo! All that
lies hole in ti it gold,-:-is gl:ttiegon maes of
o ll"res noital. Ca, lot me toucht it, fuel it,
I .ssess it ! '
Andl, quite bt'.ttli hinii elf, ho be;int to rout
with his ingeres in the guld. while incoherent
exclamnations or delight tell from his lips; and
th-,,u he began to count over the money again
ait :igain, aFp'treutly without any precise
pul'tpoe or coneciousnuss.
Entranced in this occupation, or rather
play, and in entire forgetfulness of all else, he
spent a couasderab!e time, till aroused from it
by a sensible warning of the light from the
lamp. Then suddenly his countenance re
sumed a serious expression; he cast his eyes
anxiously around, stood up, and rubbed his
forehead as seeking to collect his scattered
thoughts, muttering the while:
"But what was it I came here for I Have I
lost my senses Ah, yes! quick! I must hide
t :e gold in some other place, where no one but
myself can find it. But I must make haste;
the light's going out."
lle nliiel two of the largest bags with gold,
took up one under each arm, and thus, loaded
almost to sinking, mounted the steps. At the
dour tie set down his burden and proceeded to
unlock the door. But, though the key turn d
readily enough and the bolt, of the lock shot
back, the door refused to open, evou when he
put forth all his force against it: immovable it l
rermainued, like a piece ot the wall itself.
Thy, began to tremb e, and an icy thrill ran
through all his linlbo. W-ill hbe could not, he
would not, believe his fear, and went on mak
ing violent efforts to open the door. lHe forced
the key backward in toh lock ; he set his back
against the door and essayed with all his might
to force it fromu Its hbingu. He strove and
struggled till the sweat trickled from hi"
brow. But all in vain; nothing even gave him
the shadow of a hope. At last, wearied and
exhausted, he stood as annihilated before the
door, and his head drooping in despair upon
his chest.
"Frightful !" he exclaimed ; ''fastened on the
ontside! But no; that cannot be; I most be
mistaken ; who should have dose it? Kate?
lint theae'e the Lhareeie's looking for from me.
lheavens, the light's going! the lamp's out!
quick, one trial more!'
And again he put the key into the lock, and
wrenched and wrested at it so long and with
such fevered violence that his hands were cov.
ered with grazes and bluised, while (back, I
knees, and siolhlicrs Iý,,, ac:hed painfully with t
theo aratl the' y w-i, 't to. A harsh, dry
ra.le li tlihe th roat naC. l, itpanied the hopeless e
labor; all was in vain : t c door stood fist as t
a rock.
C,,nvinced at last. tl: : , t._ >rts eiit avail
tir elease hill], 'h113 ilnc t.i t'-l liim (tr , p and t
rat: madly up and dt.,wn it ri dark: lof the
cullar,-a v\ry Eg plt i C..t kcss--:n which
not the tailtelit gioaln or g iot ier of light was
Ipercepltible,-a di ulkoeus n. of a c:lose eep!ohre.
'resenttly the wretch beg uo to tar his hair 1
and to dig his nails into tile cheeks and fore
head; tl.en lie strode along :he fl or from one
corner of the vanlt to thil, other, is , ekiung
sonme hidden oatlet for escape. 11tt groaned, he
wept, he blasphiemed, lie st,runed with iuci
herent words and in..rticulate cies ; then he
rnitounted again upon thi ll teps, aml through
the keyhole caul':tl ulpnll K iti, bIy n:mie. Again
hle (dashed hi Ibody with all i,. foirce d nd all
itI, wuiglit ag.ilmn t t ]''. d(l', ndl againil lo
st, iiledl into thle cellar a:,.i ran round and
rut:d about it t ill ltterly wearied .t. At
ltt his fioot shttick agaiinst the great stone,
aitn .. ' i alikt loi% n upon it qIite exhautet.d.
"Ad.i o thI is the end c " lie nu.rterl, in
his tlep iir; '" tilt culd of all Iy strivinig I For e
the sake of gold I've iuade ron Itf a tiud!l
bfave tbecotne a tnurd'rer ! atld niow here i sit
in this du.tk vault, where no one can hear rume ;
acdi here, perlthaps-p.'rhape I shaill die helre,
die of hutlnger! lorrible! If that should be
(;o's jedgm lts t against me! It was so that I
thongttt to kill Itucle Jan-hby starvation ! Aind
to die tthus in tihe midst of gold ! to pine away
and perish lpon hoeaps of gold . to have the
key to all this world's joys and glories in my
handsi, aniid to die like a dog, and thon to born
forever in tho fire of hell; and hero on earth to 1
bL eriel out upon at once, with curses and
ridicule, ic a villain too stupid to reap the
fruitsa of his villainy ! A curse upon itl"
A disulal echo from the vaulted roof ro
spondedl to the imprecation, and when that
died away the silencoremained long unbroken. 1
Then again groans and sobs might have been
heard through the darknees, sounds of weeping
and of gnashing of teeth.
[Concladed next week. I
During one of the fairs in Paris, some years
ago, laron James de Rothechilde was a patron. I
Chanoing to pass a stand where some pretty
yonng ladies were installed, he asked in a ban
tering tone: " Well, my dears, what can I do a
for you I' "Ah, Baron,"-eaid one, "you can
give us your autograph." " With pleasure,"
replied the gallant old Baron, "if you preface
it with an agreeable sentiment." So theyoung
lady, withott mucnh ado, wrote on a dainty slip
of laper: " I hereby give to - charity ten
thousand francs." and the old Baron imme
diately signed his name in fall, and smilingly I
paid the amount to the enterprising Parisian.
All hinds of fanoy and staple dry goods at
lowest eumb pries at B& W. Orsme's, i oral s
WESTERN PRODUCE, LIQUORS, ETC.
DRY SALT MEATS, ETC.
60.00 lbs DRY SALT SHOULDERS.
40 ,'0 tlI DRY BALT CLEAR RIBS and CLEAT
SIDE'S.
Io casks BACON SHOULDERS.
2 0 bbls HEAVY MESS PORK.
'25 tierces Choh. S. COANVASED HAMS.
2Ltieroes PLAIN .4 C. HA.MS.
250 kegs PIGS' FEET.
75 balt barrela PIGS' FEET.
I For sale by MCGRATH & COMPTON,
Sa14o m ~ holeale Grocers, 103 and 105 Poydras at.
FLOUR, MEAL, BUPTER AND WHISKY.
5(0 bbls Choice Extra FAMILY OUR.
30 bbl. Kilo-Drlied MEAL.
75 firkins Choice GOSHEN BUTTER.
50 Irkiun Choice WESTSRN BUTTER.
100 bbls MAGNOLIA WHISEK
15)0 bblo ORANGE VALLEY WHISKY.
100 bble PAUL JONES BOURBON WHISKY.
75 bble Choice Old BOURBON and RYE.
SEED POTATOES.
900 bbls Boston JACKSON WHITES.
2 obble BOSTON EARLY ROSE.
2.0) bble PEERLESS.
tOO bble PEAC)H BLOWS.
100 bble PINK EYES.
ALL STAPLE AND FANOY GROCERIES.
For sale by McBRATH A COMPTON.
a14 lm Wholesale GOocurs, 103 and 105 Poydrae et.
WESTERN PRODUCE
P] o- isiorm e
2f0,000 pounds Dry Salt SHOULDERS.
150,00 pounds Dry Salt CLEAR SIDES.
100,000 pounds Dry Salt CLEAR RIB SIDES.
25 casks BACON CLEAR SIDES.
40 casks BACON SHOULDERS.
200 barrels Standard New MESS PORK.
53 tierces Sugar-cared HAMS. varlons brands.
50 bxes Sugar-cured BREAKFAST BACON
canvased and uneanvased.
100 tierces Choice REFINED LARD.
I(0 half-barrels Choice REFINED LAIRD.
319 kegs Choice REFINED LARD.
I5) buckets Choice REFINED LARD.
200 packages Spiced PIGS' FEET, barrels, halve,
and kegs.
10 Fpackages Pickled SPAREITBS, tierces and
naro ls.
25 berrols Pickled PIGS' TONGUES.
50 packasee Choice Western EUTTER, firkins
and tube.
'0 barrels Old CHIT(KE N'-COCK WHISKY.
"j half barrels Old CHI(KEN-COCK WHISKY.
-; bble. Baltihore RYE WHIbKY. very super:or.
Ic1) barrels Western RECTIIIED WVIISIKY.
50 half-bb;s. Wateor RECTIFIED WHISKY.
In a!ore and to arrive.
BYRNES &, BRO.,
a7 Im 06 FOYI)RAS STREET.
K. CONERY. E.K C NERY, JO.
E. CONERY & SON,
(Established in 1046.)
WHOLESALE GROCERS,
COMMISSION MERCHA.NTS,
AND
Dealers in Western Produce,
CORNER OF CANAL AND DELTA STREETS
del7 76 iy NEW ORI0EANB.
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DRALEK IN
GRAIN, CORNMEAL AND HAI5,
57, 59, 61, 63...New Levee Street... 57, 59, Cl, 63
anUl376 I Corner Poydras.
J McCAFFREY,
DEALER IN
If AY, GRAIN, CORNMEAL, FLOUR,
ALLt KINDO OV
W.istern Produce Constantly on Hand.
2-3 and 30..P....Poydras Street.......28 and 30
Corner of Fulton,
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Besides the Choicest and Medium qualities of
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the choice" of SCOTCII WIIISKY, pure old Bourbon
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tlhu the bottled: J.tlmai,'a Rlon Krug ,nompagne,
Cordials, andl ocvry !_icil or goods in 'ny lhdo at the
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