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CAIRO. ILLINOIS, ERIDAY MORXLXU. DEl'EMHKR 27, 1878.
NEW SERIES-NO. IGI
Arrival anl Departure of Trains.
ILLINOIS CKSTUAL lUILKOAD.
KiPkh Mop.m. 1:10 p.m.
Mall 4;lti.iu. II 4A .tu.
Prevent M:ll).m 4 :nii u.in.
Krcla-litt :80 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
CAIKO AND VlNCENNHli KAILUOAIl.
jrinll 10:() li.io. 4:45.m.
iT. MH'IS, I. M. AM SOlTUKIlN RAILUOAI).
Kiuru'i It :00 a.m. 2:UOu.in.
CAIKO AND NT. l.UUIH KAII.UOAI).
Through Kipreea n:irp.m. 10:00 .rn.
Jltirjiljt.tiuro Aecnaimidiillon.ia:M p.iu. Kill p. in.
Kxept huuday. vKicepI Muudtty.
1 KXEIlAL I i: 1. 1 V K K V open ::l a ra.; cloM
II :;X) p.m.; Muartay: S to I) a. m.
Money Order Department open at 8 a.m.; rloaua
16 p. in.
TlinmKh Kxnreaa Mail via Illltiola Central and
aiimlhaippl Ceiiirl Kullrot do al W:' p. m.
Cairo an. I Poplar 111a I Turoujjb auil Way Mull
rl at 12:11 p. lu . .,,
War Mall via I III doU ('antral. Cairo an4 Vlu
Cfiiui;a anil Jia.lppl Cefcttnl Kallroada cluao at
(:!'. in. .....
Way Mall fur Narrow Ginjs lull road rlnaiw it 5
Culrond Kvanvlllt Illttf I tout cluu t at fl:;K)
p. m. ilahy (except Friday).
ILLINOIS CENTRAL R. 11.
Shortest and Quickwt Route to
St. Louis and Chicago
'pn tt only road runuliif two dally n from Talru
1 making dlrr-t counectiou with Kiulern Ilui.
nuia Lliva caiun.
1 10 D m : Faateitre, arrilD(ln Ht. Luula V
p. at.; Chicago a ;!). m.
1.10 p. ra. IWINNATI A L01ISVILLE
FAST LI SB
Arriving In Cincinnati al?:00 a. m : Lonlavllle,
' J a.m.; Indlanapuila 415 a.m. Paweugera by
lata train amis at above polnu
12 TO 3(1 HOURS IK ADVANCE
Or any other root.
U, I p m. Kat Mall, with iteepem atla.:hd.for
t liT. l.Hl'ISand CHICAGO. arrlviDtttu Hi.
Lrat at 6:10 a in : Cbtrayo at 8 15 p m . connect
i al Odlu or Kfanjjbaul lor t'lncinnaii. Luuiarlllo
FAST TIME EAST.
1 A tiWr.PlK'r thin line bo throurh
i JrijrjVl lo u,,. Kti without any
delav ran'ed by Hnnday Inurvnlnif. The Untur
Cj afwraooD train Irom Cairo arrWM In New VorK
Munday morning at 10 '. ThlrtyU houra la ad
taw of auy oihi-r roau.
IfT Advertlami-nu of fomp-tlni! llm-a that thi-y
a.akP btt:r lime than IbU one an- Uaiifd rltlinr
taruujrh l((U"ranc or a d''rrr to mi.ld the pnlillc.
ror ilirouifb Ucketa and Information apply at 1 1 II
bkla Central tUU road dfpot. Cairo.
TKAlNrt AltKlVK AT CAIRO:
Kpr "!H0 pm.
i H. JOIIN.SON. (icn'l Boulh'ru At t.
J. 11. J(i.Nki,TUkrl Air nt.
(i (jA II tO t ST. LOUIS K. II.
Sliortost Line to St. Louis!
'PIIE train h this road ror.n'irt at St. I.onla ur d
1 Kn.t M I.'. ul" l'b all other liui' to the KAH 1'.
NOliTU AMI SOUTH.
Through rjpn-ea Iwvm Cairo !'l
Thronitu ' ipraa rrlr at Kl St. Loiila
Mnrpbvboro arconimodallon lattw Cairo
MurphV.rtoro acc. arrive at Mur:byiboro H
ThrMirh expn-aa l-af Kat Hi. l.oula ... B
Ttiroath eipr.'a arrive at Cairo 5
Murpln.lHiro ace. leave Mnrphyalioro 5
Miirphjalwro acc. arrive at Cairo I J
m a m.
Cairo and St. I-otila
. . .. A I. .1... ..tH All
HAIL KOUTR between Cairo and St. I.ohU nuder
une itianareDient; tnereiore m"re are no n.. i
wav iatlou awaiting ronnwlioix from other line.
I'aaaenger going North. Northe.mt aud et
.h.iild not buy their tii kcta uulll they have ei:im
lued onr rale and ronlea.
L. M. JOHXSON. (leneral Mamger.
(JAIKO t VINCKN'NKS It.lt.
'1 VITrrCTHK HIIOKTKST KOUTK TO
J 1 II 1 1 fu'O THE HIIOKTKST TO I."I''ii"
4 MlliriO vii.l.K. CINCINNATI. UAL
TIMOKK AM) WAiHINiToN.
UTT TUB SIIOKTICST TO INI'IAN;
31 MlliTi AI'Ol.I.S.I'illLAHIil.nilA.NEW
VOKK AND 1IOSTON
SIX IlOUltS SAVED
Over train of all other route making the anme
ri-Pai'.'n''er hr other route to mnke coimee
ll'iia mnt riue all' night, w.iltlng from one to U
hour at nall conutry elation lor train or roll
net ting road.
1 f V f U V TTII K FACT and tike on r 4 :45
U lii'l lj.L I) IwlV ,. train, n-arhiiii: Kvan
villa, Indlannpnll. Cincinnati anil I.onlniu aamo
day. Train leave and arrive at Ciuro in followa:
Mall leave m
Mail rrle l():iip.m
ThroiigU tlckeu and chock to all Importuut
r! a'mii.i.kk KOSWlil.L MIM.KR.
Ocn l I'n. Agent. (ienerul Sup t.
I,. R. ClIUKCII, raaaenger AgeuU
RT. L., I. M. 4fe S0UT1IKUN.
Rxpri aa leavei Citlro dully :0ip.m.
Kxprea arrive at Cairo dully 5:1m urn.
DYKI.VU AM) HKNOVATINd.
yoUU OLD CLOTHES
CAN 111 HBAtmPUM.T
DVKI) Oil UEPAIUKD
At it Ti llllii ttinwr-f. 0. .
CIIAS. SUKLLKY, NO. 30 r.lOllTH ST.
Ladlm nrl (lent' old. hi'a.'nado new
A. R LACK. -ROOTS
We have de Idud to maki onr great Holiday ill..iy Imniei'lnM; . in order to obviate the Inconvenience,
or ahopplug dlirinij the week preceding Cluiat nim. So n;ir ('naioiocr will find many ailrnctlom or
BOOTS and SHOES
In ever. di Mitnienl. Our ii.i k I. tin
Largest and Finest Ever Shown in the'? City !
No one, If they 111 coniult tlirirown lnterel. will bny one du''ar mrih r Boot and Slioea. mill
I hey have eceli our 1
ImrncriKo Stock and firariK'd Ouu IVico.'S.
Wo can at lea.t aave yua twenty flu' centu on every dollar, Wide y.,u nlil liaM1 the advantage of our
LARGE STOCK AND ELEGANT STYLES
To aeleet from. Note the rollowin; Price I.i.t, and tall ami iv the goo; adiertined.
Mn' atroug working ahoe....
.Mi n'i atrong kip boola
Men'a home made kip boota
Men' calf boon .
Mi'd'aealf hand made hool
M-n calf hand made eed boon . . .
Men calf Horn Pedro
.M.-n cair Alexia
Men'a calf hand-made .
Men'a band embroidered Upper.
I.adlea' hand embroidered alippur. ...
I.adie' morocco ed aho
$ ' j
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. a ,Vri( :i il
, oc, a v) i
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13 LACK'S CIT V SHOM STOEE,
110 COM.MERCIAL i.'ENUE.
j D V A. X rE
Over otlii-r ltcCnctl
FOR ALL 1LLUMLATL(J- PURPOSES.
IVrt.)i)4 who lifito nu!thr time nor iiif!inliiti
various gruiW ul It "tnul I'ctrnlcuiii, ask iiv
THE FAMILY SAF(i U Alt I OIL,
150 Kalni'tilicir Fire TiM.
1.4 H:ifcr auil lift tor tlinn Other Oil.t! It lierame Elaine
CAN.NOrr 13 1: HXLJ L( ) D KD I
And i thn trry Highest Orailc of 1 11 iitniitiit inii Oil frnin which, in tho jirwr.s of
manntrtt'ture, I.very Im;iurity Ii;m llorii I.liiiiiinali'il. LIhiiio is Free Irom
Rjiir.iiu' and l'aratiine. In (Nilor, Elaimi in Sriiv: Water White,
und its " Fire TiRt'' is So llih u to make it in Absolutely
Sufn hs any Illuiniimut Known. Ilaviny; No Din-
agroculilc Oilor, hluino is a I'leas.int Oil
Fur Family tM.
IT DOES NOT ' INCH UST TH 10 WICK!
And tliUH it uvoiilotl itH Fmjtirnt Itrtrimininj'.
CAUTION alimiM Lo used in tin iiunIiksc of Fliiine, Ms in j;n'5t. itnd growing
popularity Iuk induced the iiitcoductinii of imitation..
ASK FOR IT. I'SE NO OTIIEIl OIL IN V0UK LAMPS!
I3AECLAY :i3IK)rri I MRS,
WlIOLKfSAl ilO A( i i :nts,
SEW YORK STOKE,
WHOLESALE AND KKTA1L.
The Lanre.st Vnriotv Stock
IN 'Villi CITY
GOODS SOLI) VERY CLOSE
Cor. N'liicteentli afreet and i Pui'i'i 111
l.'omniiircliil At., ttllUllJ.
C. O. PATIER & CO.
l.rnlic' kid ido luce $ 1 .3
l.ailie' hue. -II 1 '."i
I.adie' 1. kl.l. tuition, i loth lop X .VI
l.udie' French li. iion. cloth t" '! Ok?', 4 .V0
Mte'giM. of Ilk.) kind3a.')c per pair lea.
Children morocco or kid hoe 7fl
Children a morocco or kid. ValolOn 'i
Hoy'a kip boon . 1 We Ski
Hov'ecair boot t 3 (l
Youth' kip boot 1 tUiU 1 Mi
Children' kill xot '..'.
Children calf booi .... t OuJ I M
A G K S O 1
I'pkIiui of IVtioloiiiii
to invntiirstn lite .-! i ! i .r merits ot'-'the
I N liC !
J ALLIDAV IiROTllERS,
FLOl'R, GRAIN AND HAY
Egyptian Flouring Mills
HlrhoHt ftuh Price raid for Wheat.
MARKETS Y TELEGRAPH
I'HICKill ftllAIN AM) I'llOIK P..
Ciiicaiio, DoeeinlierSH, 10 a. m. Pork
't'limary, $r .m.'j'; Mmrh, $7 70 Hsfcvl.
Wlioat Janu.-irv. KH'j naked : FiLruarv.
HVy unkeil. Corn January, 3t) tid;
Fclirtiarr. o'H . asked: Mav. !!i u nskrd.
t - . l ' r t 9 i
('Hit mio, Deei'inlirr 20.13:0 ) M Corn
Janimiy, iitl'; Fi.dininry, 81liid;My,
Of,; asked, Wheat Juinmry, Kcn,)!;!',;
February, rj.p,; bid. Pork January, 7 40;
February, 7 .V); M.uvh, 7 (i ).
C'iiicaoo, December SO, Closing Whrnt
Deeembrr, H:)Cj nominal; January, 8;
a.3i'; February, HViOt.Hl. Corn
December, :'.0(;; January, .lO acked;
February, ill a.skcl; Jluy, "AJg anked.
Prk jHniuiry, $7 40(',7 4J).j; February,
7 500,7 M'ij Mureh, f7 IJ'.'.
THE IflllKKS OF THE 11RKKX
A ll')M.',Ncr; OP KKI'D.M, TIMES.
Toe traveler of to-dav would find the
country of which I write vastly difl'ern.'it in
appearance and i-i c i idi ie;i, lV'.'in wliat i!
was in th'H'1 1 i in - h lorn: ii'.'o.
Louis XI. wis kinji' of Franee. but k i n '
only in mime. The yreat fetidul lords of
the provinces were sovereign prineey, hold
ini? governiiMTit in their own right.
J lie kiii;s ot Christendom thenisvlvcs
were little else thnn robbers on a laru
It was a dull, lowerv dav, the 17th of
August, in the year of our Lord 4H, at
Alsdorf, which was then within th Oratid
Duchy ot Luxeiiibouref, and tliy. amnmer
reMdenee of the l'I'iiikI duke.
On thia dintul August day, the (trend
Duke John 8f(Knl in the outer court of his
castle, the gates of which were thrown wide
open, looking upon it number of children
who were at play upon the velvety sw.ird.
Three of them were children of his own
two loys and it girl rexd three others were
children of one of his foresiers, (ialen Pie
aid Lr name. Of the duke's children Isa
bella was the oldest, having seen eight I
years. Leon was the next, ug.'d six years;
and tin: youngest was Alfred, ued four.
1 lie el ildreti ot the torester were two gir!3
and u ..y, mid v;;y n -arly tf the sa:n
ngf j, e,.)L.(;iv,.ly, as their titled mates.
The boys had been fi.Mt-r-hriitllcrs. tlir;
witV ot the tVesta-r Isaving nursi d them
On tie pr. Mini ocf.iMon lie children were
engage 1 in sport, glci-somc shouts and
laught-r r;Mched him. Uy mid by tic." two
fosti'r-brot!i"i , seeing him. ran towards
"il.t, lay little heroes!" la: cried, us the
boys came tip, "where am your ipiarter
staves 1 haven't seen you exercise for a
toil time.." ' - -v,y -.. . -'
With h wWparil a Iiottnd the lads ditsli
ed away, and very soon returned with the
stave two Mica of tougli ash, wrought
very nearly into the form of broad-swords;
anl at n signal from tie.' duke they took
position, and went at the word exeeis ,
showing v -ry plainly, ere a dozen passes
had been made, that they hud eagerly pur
Mied the sport, and that they had" been
blessed wiih the teaching of it thorough
John of Luxembourg was not the only
witnees of the boyish passage i.t anus. In
the doorwiy of a lodge close at hand stood
a woman, .lie mother of Leon Pieard, and
she called a companion to w itness.
"Tell me, Mignon,"tlie mother said, "are
they noflnivo boys.'"
"Indeed they are. Barbara, and wen: it
not for the clothes who could tell which
was the loid's soni"'
"Who, ii deed!" exclaimed Barbara Pi
card. "If my own Leon had on the fine
ve.vet and the gold which the other Leon
wiurs, he would be every bit as grand."
"Foolish woman," said a voice behind
her, "outv;.id apparel cannot make a hero.
Look. See your Leon's weapon flying
through the air."
She turned and beheld the dnku's secre
tary, Zeta Ilcthtoni, wlio, bes.des attending
to his master's literary wants, acted as tutor
to the. children.
As might be gathered from thn exclam
ation of the scribe the playful combat be
tween tlcitwo boys had resulted in perch
ing victory upon the banner of Lux inbourg.
The duke regarded his son proudly, aud
then turned with smiling f.u-e to the fores
"My little hero," he Raid, "your effort just
put forth shows to me that you are worthy
to own a sword, and you shall have one; and
you shall go to Ilittburg tomorrow and
select one for yourself; and my own Leon
and our good Ilcthtoni shall go with you.
Ah! In to conies Ilcthtoni. 1 see Mistress
Pieard yonder, and the other children are
running towards her. Do you two join
Suddenly the tramp of horse was heard,
und ltcthtoni rushed lorward to close the
main b trhican.
"Did you not see the advancing troop, my
lord " ho usked of the duke,
"1 saw it lew horsemen ride out from the
"And marked you not who led them?"
"1 saw a knight in black armor."
"Oh, John Luxembourg, if you knew nil
that I know you would he itrming. Those
urn the lllack Riders of Grave lot, and he at
their head is Mnillotin du Mac;"
"Du Had" cried John, with a convulsive
start. "ThelllackUiileis! They have join
ed the Count de Charolais."
"Aye, and for that: reason they are here!
Can you not understand! The count means,
if possible, to possess himself of Luxein-
Imurg. I received a hint to that effect from '
a way-faring monk not an hour since, mid
waa on my way to you with the intelligence
hut now, little thinking the enemy were so
The duke saw his danger, and hastened
Into tin' keep to arm himself.
The Uhtck Riders of the Ur ivolot Castle
had long been the terror of the wuol"
country. Originally marshalled by n II h
tula n knight-errant, Sir lt.ioul de Litugwd',
they had grown fn.in a score to a troop of
lull two hundred, and not only did they ut-
tackcuHtlcs and villages for piiip;).o of j
plunder, Imt they had more than once nuc
ccHsfully turned their 'nuns ngaiii.st incorpo
rated cities. Lately Uiis lawless lore had
accepted seiviee under the Cou.-.t do Char
olais, and John of Luxembourg knew very I
well that thev would not thus iii'tienr npoli
his domain without direction fiom their 1
lord and master..
15y the time th'i leader of the P.Ia.-k Ri
ders had reached the outer g.ito tho ap
proaches to the castlij h id been seemed, j
ami its forces muttered to number of five
and sixty. Of the enemy if enemies they
were there were, full two hundred, all
strongmen, mid well nrnu'd; at.d when
they had drawn up before the outer barbi- i
can their herald bounded a blast upon his
truinpet, wh.ch call the grand duke answer
ed in pemon. His secretary and the chief
of hi olliccrs nought to dissuade him from
exposing himself, but ho would not listen.
lie mounted one of the smaller towers
in advance of the main tower of the barbi
can, in one of the most exposed positions
lie could select, anl tl'i.nndel to know
Uwn what errand the tro.rp had Com".
"We hold not coufiivncc withyour castle
walls betweens tir," answered the black
knight, whos ! voice, and whose whole bear
ing and st.ihv.irt presence. John reeogniz d
as belonging to Rtoul de Langwolf.
"Throw open your gites and you shall
rpuckly know our pica-dire. If you put u
to the labor i f forcing our way it shall be
wt.rse for these who clso may not suffer.'
. At this'junetuie a second knight rodj up
and speiko with the Bohemian. lie was
caed in plate armor, with his visor closed,
but Zeta licthtoui, w ho had come to. his
master' ide, recognized him.,
"Ha!" 1 he s.-creMry cried, clutching the
dtllre's arm, "that U the tiend incarnate. It
's Burgundy's butcher, Maillotin ilu Bac!
II j would not be hero if Charles had not
plauncd bloody work. I fear my lord
But the note of folarm cuine too law. A
tall, broad-shouldered archer had advanced
with Maillotin du Bac, who, at a sign from
the latter, raised his heavy lw, with a long
steel-barbed, tiqely-feat hered arroty.djust
cd to the stringand drew to the Uy ar
row's head. Jon of Luxembourg' stood
with his visor raised, and his whole race ex-
nmnt itnlo'iiril Hit it ti mi 'i rrv neolC'iiv
th:,stoiit archer of the black baldric, bit he
was t to late to avoid the fatal shaft. Ai no
e: !i.i to the warning came the vengeful
twang of the bow-string, and the steel point
with its following burbs, entered the duke's
lifiht eye. 'crashing through the bone of the
orbit, and burying it.ielf deep in the biain.
He fell back dead int Bcthtoni's arms.
The secretary Imre the body down to the
pavement below, where hi! was just in time
to meet a score of the Black Rid.'rs who
had gained entrance.
It was not enough that the duke should
die. Charles had decreed and ordered
that the whole household should be. put to
the sword ; und his devoted henchman, Mail
lotin du Bac, was the man to obey. The
numlicr of thu grand fluke a childrenwas
kn.wn, o ml frrrlVic sj fhjw'terrihto ,7ri,.r
cxecuteiL4! WVre he hmltound the Frince
Leon, whom he at once recognized by his
tell-tale garb, he had found another boy of
nearly the same age, and him he was about
to sluy. in spite of the tears and prayers of
the poor mother who clung to him, when
th ' Black Knight of Bohemia came up.
"What is all thisf" De Langwolf demand
ed, as he approached.
"Oh, good sir! noble knight! he is my
boy! mv own Leon! Oh, spare him! (-pare
"i'shaw! let the brat live," said the Black
"But this little viper is as spiteful 11 s a
tiger," returned Du Bac. "Zouudsl ho came
near knocking one of my men over with a
club. Iiookathim. Look at his eyes. He
don't ask for life. I tell yuu he must die.
If he lives, he wiil live to give us trouble,"
"No," persisted the Bohemian. "John of
Luxembourg aud all his family are dead,
and that riils the measure. Here, my good
woman, take your boy, and when ho is
grown old enough to bear anus, let him
come to me, and I wiil give him service."
Maillotin du Bae chafed angrily, and
wou!d have cut the boy dow n had not the
Black Knight deiiareil it to have become a
"Strike the poor forester's boy," said he,
"and you strike me!"
And so the life of the boy was saved; and
Du Bac. muttered as he turned away;
And his words were prophetic.
Eight years had passed since the massa
cre of Alsdorl, and the prince who had in
stigated that wicked work still plotted and
fought lor power. He had not yet come to
the ducal th rune of Burgundy, though the
event was not far distant. Phillip thu Good
still lived, and reigned in name, but Charles
the Bold his son and heir was the responsi
ble prince und arbitrator.
It was early in the day a day of late
autumn clear, briget, and beautiful. The
air was 1 risp and In icing. Upon a bread
plain, at the foot of the slope upon which
stood the town of Mount'l Hery, was mar
shalled an army under the banner of Louis
of France. The distance from Paris was
not more than live leagues.
Little more than a good bow-shot distant,
with an insignitlcant. tributary of thu Es
boum) between them, lay another army,
spread over a greater territory, and display
ing various banners. A Dual effort was to
be made to hurl Louis from hi throne.
His own brother, the Duke of Berry, wusat
the head of the insurgent force, aided by
Charles of Burgundy.
It was a dubious prospect for King Louis.
Thu coalition against him was siroug, and
cd by veteran chieftains; but he did not
alter. It was evident that the main battle
wuh to be fought upon his right. Against
that wing, on the upposit side, were mar
shalled the forces of Burgundy and the Low
Countries, under Charles the bold, and to
meet, them Louis had appointed his well
tried, faithful heiK'lim ui, knight and baron,
Sir John St. lludiert.
In a low-roofed eot, close by where restd
the right wing of tip.1 Mjul forces, sat twi
g'nerals eier.i'.'ed in looking ov r a roughly
drawn ni'oi Th"t w t" th" Imrons J.'ht
St. Hub . O, H,,!,,,
was a livo ' i.i'isc'i a ', en '
,1 ; ,r.. . , .. 'e V r
L ivalette u.ot h'.. uieinen i ii, to vViiom iiu
John was u1' in:,' ored'ons fur the coming
l)iittln. While they thus conferrwl n door
wa noKelessly imcm-d, ,m, Y,m), , ntTi ,
"Ah, Leon!" cried St. Herbert, aathe
youth approached, "you have ciWjuft in
tune! Hay ) you examined the lords lie low
".Not only that,' my lord," answered Ihe
lx.y, "but 1 have discovered the disposition
of tile enemy Isiyond."
Th" yonti, hurried away, und when he ' '
had gone, und tho door had been clofvd
behind him, said Litvalette;
"Sir Jul, a I wish you would tell inu ex
actly who that boy is."
"If you will keep tho story to yourself
I will give it to you. Do you call to mind
- it is n,)w a little more than citrht venrs;
pa,r the fejrful tragedy of Alsdorf Castle t.
Tie boy L"on was a brand nluekod i'rom'r
that burning. Ila is a 1 wonderfulboy. Ahl i. .
I think the lad is coming, ltomembcr. r V- ';"
liavo told you this in cor.tidencu. ' Yon will ' 1'. ''.'
not .speak of it to another."
I.iivalotte gavo tho promiso required, and
directly afterwards Leon entered, accompa
nied by Sir Andrew Neville.
St. Hubert very soon made the English ;
knight comprehend what was required of
hiin, and when ho had gono the old g neral
turned to Leon, the two being at that mo
"Hark I Ha! there sounds CIcrmontV
t.-utnpet! My dear b'ty, here is a packet.
If I cnitlJ from the Held this day alive, you
will return it to me; if I fall, it is yoursi"
"1 pWJgo my word, my lord," nuurneijf '
the boy, taking the packet. Directly aftar-v ,
wards Sir John and his devoicd protege
were in their saddles, and at n word front
his chief the latter dashed away to marshal .
tho forces of St. Hubert.'
While they were surveying the field a
messenger cone dashing up from the king,
eager find breathless.
"My lord," he. said, leidressing the IJaroi.i
St. Hubert, "t!io enemy have brought up
from Chartres ten largo cannon, and have
already made arrangements to place them
on yonder height. His majesty gays you
must clear that hill and capture the mighty
St. Hubert comprehended the whole in a
moment. A glance at the eminence ill ''7
question, which was a small hill, well
wiwded, close upon their right flank, told
him that the opening of cannon upon them.
iutlmt place would be fatal; and he a
Jtiadily understood the intent of tho king.
Tho enemy were moving up tho heavy ord
nance, believing that tho presence thereof
was not suspected by their adversaries, and
a smld"n aud well-directed dash was only
required tochsnge the bearing of the who.e
" fell the king his order shall be obeyed."'
So sjMke thn iiaron; and now to do the
work. He could not lend the charge up the
hill in person, for he must look to Ids main
army, which hud Rutlicient work before
them. In this dilemma he resolved to send
Leon to lead the imporant charge. The
thing was quickly duuideil in his own mind
and as quickly convoyeiUo -aur-WoiarjiL-- -
nie, nsron uien sum :
"Here is my truneh-on. It will lie a suf
ficient badge of authoiity with those who
are to obey. Be careful, my boy! Be
brave, but circumspect. God bless and
krep you ! There away !"
Drawing his sword and waving it iilwive
his head, Leon dashed away to the head of
tho stalwart f.ire.sters, who hud been sjt
npart as a reserve force. .
These men were tho immediate retainers
and tenants of St. Hubert: about two hun
dred anil fifty in number: armed with
swords nnd pik:-a, these last being formid
able weapons, with shafts twelve feet in
length, and heads of steel, heavy and sharp
Every man of them had known Leon front
h:s prattling boyhood, and had come to
Iovq him for his goodness und truth, as well
as for his prowess and bravery. He first ex
hibited to them the golden truncheon of
the baron, and then, in few words, tnhl
them what he had been ordereil to do.
"My brave, true hearte," he concluded,
"if we capture those great guns we save the
day. The king looks to us, aud is anxious.
Will you follow met"
Tlie shout of assent made the welkin ring.
Leon, with keen glance and close calcula
tion, had marked the movements on the
hill, aud was spurring forward at "the top .f
his speed. At the foot of tho hill, with not
more than three hundred yards betwei n
himself and the advance guard of tne
enemy, ho turned and gave the order b r
the sweeping to the right and left of t'.ie
rear divisions. His order was instantly re
peated to the chiefs of divisions, and in a
few moments more the foieslers were com
pletely enveloping the hill. Onward mid
Upward swept the youthful leader, bearing
his light target to keep the Hying arrows
from his throat, while his followers pressed
close to his tracks. '
Upon the suii.rnit of the hill the Hour
bonnaH and Spaniards, to the number f
full live hundred, were working with a.l
their might. 'Hieir chief was none other
than Jean II., the Duke do Bourbon. Threa
hundred archers and pikemen were ar
ranged to resist the attacking column, w hi ic
tlie lei t worked at the cannon. Three of
the huge pieces had been placed in position
and loaded, and the duke, with his n;i
hand, was prepared to discharge the fir:1,
when the shock came. A crowd of his own
men had b 'en driven before the muzzle nf
the gun he was about to tire, when he
dropped the miitch-lock, and sprang to tli.i
front. But n. single glance told him ho u.t
Like a thunderbolt dashed young Leo 1
upon the pikemen ot Boiirboimais, turning
aside the weapons that were aimed at hie ,
and striking down two men in his emu.'.
And his order had btvn obeyed to the wry
letter. So promptly had the' leaders of t i
second and third divisions come tip hs they
had been directed, that the enemy win
struck on all sides at the same Instant, Ha I
panic seizing them ut once, they fled pi I.
iniill. Leon did not uuike any pursuit, bur
set t work to turn the cannon against thus-.,
who had brought them upon tho rich..
Three of thegu.is were already loaded, and
the matches' lighted, and as soon as tiny
could be trained upon th ; Duke of Ber-v's
llatik they were discharged, 'lhe mora! ef
fect of the enormous pieces ot ordnance ..s
.f greater moment than the physical. Co:i--iteriintion
and awe resulted in fear; i.i.d
:'..i,r u.,;"it demon) i.utioti ami .light.
(COM'tNVI.'J ON TJIIhi) lAUK.)
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