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Failure or Justice in Criminal Courts.
It is common for people in discussing
tho many failures of justice in our
criminal courts to lay all the blame on
the juries1 While it is true that tbo
juries' do fall shamefully short of duty
in most cases, tho judges aro primarily
to blame in that ihey set the example
of laxity and indilTerenco to responsi
bility. In this State It seems to be tho
rute with taw exceptions tor the judge
to surrondor the control of the court
to every influential criminal from tho
first call of his case till It Is ended to
his satisfaction. Any suggestion from
the defense is readily acceded to, dila
tory motions, are entertained aud
granted and every assistance seems to
be given to the attempts of the coun
sol to evade the law. Tho granting of
n motion for a continuance is such a
matter of courso that a judge now
soems to think that in over-ruling one
ho would bo violating a sacred preced
A travesty was concluded in Colum
bia a year or two ago which Illustrated,
throughout its whole course, the ease
with which a man of influential con
nections can obtain a continuance, and
also the effectiveness of this measure
in securing an acquittal.
If the judges were only as faithful
and fearless in the discharge of their
duties as most of the solicitors are we
would likely have a slrlctor and more
conscientious discharge of duty on tho
part of tbo jary.
The rule should be to promptly over
rule any dilatory motion, for there are
not two in fifty that have any merit,
and a continuance should nevor be
granted until the grounds for it have
beon established by the strictest inves
We need a reformation in our judi
ciary system. Our judges should bo
paid larger salaries, so as to command
for tho bench tho best legal talent and
the profoundest learning; tho terms
should be longer (life or good behavior
would bo best) so that a judge would
not feel it necessary to divide his at
tention between his official duties and
the conciliation of powerful influences
that might boar upon the next elec
tion, which under the present system
is always onlg a short distance off; tho
power of the judge to comment on the
facts and to aid. the jury in applying
the law to them should be restored.
Two thirds?if not a bare majority of a
jury should be allowed to lind a ver
dict: under the unanimous system it is
always possible for one man to defeat
justice. The probabality is that there
is not one jury out of ten that does not
contain at least one man who can be in
fluenced by money, prejudice or seotl
ment to cause a mistrial. Too much Is
placed at the disposal of one corrupt or
weak man. If I am not mistaken Judge
Hudson has been advocating the two
thirds verdict for years, and than he
there is no sounder or more sensible
man on or off the bench.
Whilo we cannot expect to awaken
the peoplo at once to the expediency of
tho reforms suggested, such as higher
salaries, longer terms and moro power
for the Judges, and tho abolition of the
unanimous jury, yo!i the press of this
Stato, which is unexco led for clean
ness, patriotism and ability, may so di
rect tho pressure of public opinion that
the judges will be forced to use vigor
ously, in furtherance of j istlce, every
one of tho few powers left to them by
the emasculating process to which they
have been subjeotod f?r some yean,
and though they have been reduced
almost to figure heads, tho lnlluenoe of
their oxample will be bound to have
a wholesome effect upon the juries
In the present unsatisfactory conditions
of tho systom undor which they have
Tho pressure of public opinion may
also bo directed to bringing about more
discrimination in tbo selection of
judgos by the legislature. As an evi
dence of gross caro'o?8~ess in this
quarter, we have on the- bench now,
one very incompetent Judgo, who is
said to have had only a few months ex
perience at tho bar. He has, more
than once, according to newspapers ac
counts, which have not been contra
dloted, made himself ridiculous and
caused tho Oonrt to be a laughing
stock for the criminals who passed
through his weak hands.
The press has shown its power for
judicial reform by accomplishing the
retirement of one incompetent Judge,
who, by an unseemly and inopportune
diatribe, on a certain recent occasion,
unintentionally acknowledged its powt r
aud paid it the highest compliment as
a conservator of the public interests.
An enlightened press in to-day es
mach as ever, the dreaded foe of tyr
anny, Incompetence and corruption.
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I jLv J mlrnl roughly, furious with
[jflBSn rng0 at ?0,n8 balked In this
W&9U way, though, In spite of him
self, Ids heart exulted In the nobility
of tho man. "Look, you beggarly Irish
man!" he exclaimed, turning the sur
prised young man about beforo bo
could recover himself. "Look on the
picture of her whom you rejectl Gaze
upon It! If you love her, sny whether
or no your high flown sentiments of
honor can stand against that pros
pect." It was his final appeal, win or
lose. He had staked all upon the throw.
There In the great frutno stood tho
most beautiful picture that the eyes of
cither man had ever seen. Elizabeth
was standing. One tiny band clutched
tightly her heaving bosom; tho other
nrm was stretched out with upraised
palm like a goddess In command. The
light of the flickering candles cast sub
tle shadows upon her faco. The du?k
of the room Intensified the Illusion and
spiritualized her beauty. O'Neill look
ed nt her with all his lifo In his gaze.
.So glorious, so splendid, so perfect n
creature would shako the very eoul of
The admiral had played his lost card.
This was the end of Ms resource, nnd
he watched the Irishman with all tho
Intensity of n tiger about to spring on
Its prey. The moments flexi. He knew
that he had lo,s(. Elizabeth had risen
In the stress of her anxiety. The strain
had been too much for her. She bad
been about to Intervene between them
when the glances of the two men nr
reslod her step. Sbo waited, one little
foot outstretched, her body leaning
forward slightly, a picture of triumph,
her eyes as two lambent flames playing
upon her lover. Ho watched her In
awestruck silence, sunk on his knees,
stretched out bis arms, murmuring
"Thou knowest that I lovo theol I
have dreamed sometimes that In hap
pier days thou mlghtest liavo given mo
thy heart, but I could not take It with a
bar sinister of shame between us!
No"? Was she moving? Was that
some trick of the wavering light?
"Good heavens!" cried O'Neill fear
fully, rising. "See?Is It a spirit? She
shakes her head I Look you, my lord,
she is alive. The picture fell last
night, you remember? 'Tis herself!
Elizabeth, Elizabeth, you have heard
and seen?have I not decided well?"
"How dare you, my lord!" exclaimed
the girl, coming down from the dais
nnd stepping swiftly toward the aston
ished admiral, who shrank back from
her. "How dare you make my hand
the reward of treachery, my person tho
halt for dishonor? And by what right
do you dispose of me without consult
ing me? Am I a slave, that you force
mo upon this gentleman? My word Is
given to your'son; you yourself insisted
upon It. You would play tho traitor
double nnd would fain make him do
the same. And for what? To compass
tho death of ono poor man to whom I
owe lifo nnd honor, who is only fight
ing for what ho calls his freedom!
Shame upon your gray hairs, sir! Oh,
the Insult to my modesty, to be thus
bandied about between two men? And
you, sir!" she cried fn tempestuous'
pnsslon, turning to O'Neill. "You do
me tho honor to refuse me?to reject
at me?you wotild have none of me"?
"My honor"? cried O'Neill, amazed
at her sudden change and inconsisten
"Your honor. Have I any honor, sir?
Would you have left mo a shadow of
It between you? Stand back, sir! My
lord, Is It thus you discharge tho trust
committed to you by my mother?to
give this gentleman opportunity to ro
turn to France and sayMbat he has ro
fused my hand?"
"Ho shall not go back to France,
Lady Elizabeth," said tho admiral
"Why not, pray?" asked Elizabeth,
faltering, her passionate anger check
ed by the admiral's word nod look.
'1 treatise he shall be tried and bung
ed tomorrow as an American spy or a
raptured traitor, whichever he may
She stood as If petrified at theso
"It Is right, sir," said O'Neill. "I
submit, nnd If you would make me die
liappy sny that the hideous proposition
i have had from you was but the test
of in\ honor."
"Oh, sir," cried Elizabeth In agony,
throwing herself upon her knees be
fore the admlMil, "forgive me for my
wild, hiteniperate speech! I know not
wlint I say. m>u have been a fnlher
to me from the beginning, nnd I have
OVOt loved you as one! 1 have turned
to you for ovorything, Unsay your
cruel words! Ketrnet this order! You
cannot condemn this honest gentle
man! Dispose of mo as you will. I
love him?I love him?aye, let tho
truth be heard -oven for his rejection
of me! Nay, had he not done so I
would have haled him! Spare his life!
1 will marry Edward, do anything you
wish! Grant me this boon!"
"I cannot," said the admiral slowly.
"I pity you, from my soul I do, and
him as well, but I dare not. There is
but one thing that would excuse my
clomeuey to his majesty?thero is the
alternative ho has nobly rejected. Dlo
he must or give up his captain!"
"A thousand deaths rather than
that!" answered O'Neill. "IUbo, Lady
Elizabeth; your nppeal Is vain. Re
joicing In your approval of my notion,
thankful to God that 1 have heard you
say, 'I love you,' 1 shall dlo happy."
"No, no!" sold the girl, spreading her
arms protectlngly before him and then
throwing herself upon his breast, "you
cannot die?you shall not diet Oh, my
love, my love, I knew not until I heard
you speak what this feeling was! I
cannot let you go! Surely, you would
never be so cruel as to part us now?"
she cried brokenly, looking back at
tho Impassive old man. His bauds were
steady enough now. They never trem
bled but from shame. "What has ho
done? He came hero to see me?me
alone?to take me in his arms ns ho
holds me now, and you condemn him
to death for that! Did you never love
when you wero young? They whis
pered that It was my mother who had
your heart. They told me that She
was unhappy becauso they forced you
apart. 'Twas to you Bho confided me.
Have pity. In her name, have mercy I"
"Enough!" said tho admiral. "It is
not that I will not, but I cannot. Ho
lins chosen; he must die."
"Thou may death come to me," said
Elizabeth, "because, for all eternity, 1
"And this," broke in tho cold, stern
voice of Major Coventry, who had en
tered the room at that moment, "Is the
welcome I receive from my brldo of
tomorrow, and thta Is the reward of tho
efforts I have made to secure tho re
lease of the Marquis de Itlchemont,
my friend! May God have pity on
me?my sweetheart and my friend!"
"Sir," said O'Neill hrokenly, "I crave
your forgiveness. I knew that sho was
yours?I do not understand how we got
Into this position," passing his hand
over his forehead In bewilderment -
"but this I know?I am to die! There
Is no choice. She will yet be yours."
"Novel never!" cried Elizabeth,
turning to him. "Edward, if you havo
truly loved mo?If I have rightly esti
mated you, your nobility of soul, your
generosity of heart?you will plead for
us with your father. You will give ino
up. You are too proud to tako an un
willing bride and one who in spito of
herself?for I havo fought ngulrtst It
for your sake?confesses that she loves
another. You will Intercede with your
father. , I will bh\ss you all tho flays
of my life. Edward, Edward, the com
panion of my childhood's hours, my
friend, my brother, my only hope Is in
you! Speak!" She fell at his feet and
clasped his hand, which she covered
with kisses. There was another si
lence. Coventry covered his face with
his other hand. Tho sweat of ngony
bedewed his brow.
"Rise, Elizabeth. You shall not put
your trust in me in vain," ho cried
hoarsely at last. "Father, can noth
ing bo done? I will not stand in tho
"My son, Lady Elizabeth, Lieutenant
O'Neill, there Is nothing that can bo
done. My duty Is perfectly clear. Tho
only possible salvation of tho prisoner
would be In the notion which he has
refused even to consider, and, sir, if it
were my duty to effect, if possible, tho
capture of your captain and his ship
through you I can only say that I am
glad that I havo failed. I apologize
to you. You aro a man of honor in
deed, sir. I know few who would havo
resisted such a plea as this. Say no
more, Elizabeth. It is not that 1 will
not. I cannot! Edward, hero is my
seal. Make out tho warrant for an or
der for a court martial tomorrow
morning. It is a necessary form, of
course. Tho execution of Lieutonaut
O'Neill will follow at once." Elizabeth
flld not 'faint?no, not yet. Thero
would be Wmo for that later. She
clung to O'Neill and listened.
"What shall bo tho manner of my
death, sir?" queried tho latter.
"Hanging, sir. 'Tis the penalty pre
scribed by the law."
"It Is a poor death for a man, my
lord, but 'twill serve. A last request,
sir. I am a sailor?may I bo hanged
upon a ship?" ho nsked again, prcBslug
the trembling woman to bis breast,
j "I grant that?would that I could
grant more! Major Coventry, you will
direct Captain Pearson of tho Serapls
to execute tho sentence of tho court,
which will meet on his ship, the pris
oner to bo confined thero meanwhile.
You will find the papers in tho library.
Here is my seal. Hasten and got tho
painful matter over." Coventry left
the room at once in obedience to his
"And at what time, sir, will the sen
tence be carried out?" asked O'Neill,
Elizabeth still clinging to him, covering
htm with Incoherent caresses and light
ing ngalnst despair.
"Tomorrow evening at half after 0
"Very well, my lord."
At this moment the old sergeant en
tered the room aud saluted the admiral.
"A French officer, wich he says he's
from tho American Continental squad
ron, has come ashore in a small cutter,
under a Hag of truce, an' desires to
?peak with your lordship. Ho asks for
a safe condtfet."
"Tell htm he shall return as freely as
he came, on the word of a British otll
cer, and admit him."
A slender, dapper little man in tho
brilliant uniform of a Frojncl) marine
olllcer, bis head covered with a pow
dered wig, entered the room a moment
later and bowed profoundly. Elizabeth
started violently as she beheld him.
"Whom have I tho honor of address
ing?'' ashed the admiral.
"Tho Yicomto do Chamillnrd, a colo
nel of marines In tho navy of Franco,
serving as a volunteer in the American
Squadron," wns the reply.
"And you come on behalf of"?
"Captain John Paul Jones, to protest
against your unlawful detention of an
other French olllcer, tho Marquis de
Itlchemont, my lord."
"Ho is a spy, caught In the very act;
ho lias admitted it, and, If that were
not enough, I find ho Is an attainted
traitor. A court la ordered for tomor
I row morning on tho Serapls; his exe
cution, which will be Inevitable, is set
for half after 0 o'clock in tbo even
ing; be shall hang from one of the
"Do Chamillnrd," said O'Neill, "you
ran do nothing."
"The Iowa of war"? persisted tho
"It Is in nceordanco with thoso laws
that I do what I do," replied the ad
miral shortly, "and you may say to
your captain that if I catch him lie
shall swing from tho llrsl yardarm
that comes In tho harbor."
"I am answered, then. Very good; I
shall remeinbor your courteous words,
my lord. And now I enter my formal
protest against this unwarranted ac
tion on your part concerning tho Mar
quis do Itlchemont. Tho king of
France will havo something to say
about lt. I bid you farewell."
"Farewell, sir," said tho admiral, in
differently turning away.
"Do Itlchemont, good by; embrace
me." As tbo two men enmo togcthor
tfto Frenchmen whispered, "This wo
man?Is she your friend?"
"Yes," replied O'Neill quickly.
"Mademoiselle," said Do Chamillnrd,
turning to Elizabeth with a keen look
in his eyes. Recognizing him at last,
she stretched out her hand to him. Ho
murmured as ho bent low over it, "De
lay the execution for at least six hours,
and I will ?nve him." Elizabeth sank
down In her chair, n gleam of hope in
"I Kaluto you," ho said, turning away.
"Sergeant," cried tho admiral, "at
tend the Vicointo de Ohaml'lard and
see him safely bostoyed on his vessel."
As tho Frenchman turned toward too
door ho cnino faco to faeo with Major
Covonlry returning with the ordors he
"Paul Jones, by benvenl" shouted
"At your service," said tho supposed
Frenchman, promptly tearing off his
wig and laying his band on his sword.
"IIa!" cried the admiral. "Haveyou
dared to como here? I have you now!
Call the guard! Sergeant, arrest this
rebel, this traitor, this pirate! Disarm
lllui! You shall never leave this cas
tle but for the ship, sir. The yard
arm Is there."
"Stop, my lord," answered Jones
calmly as the men crowded toward
"27iOli knoxcest that I love thee!"
him. "Stand back, sergeant! Back,
men! You cannot touch me. I hnvo
that which will protect uie wherever
tiles the English Hag."
"And that Is"? snlil tho admiral,
"Your word, sir?the word of an Eng
- The old man bit his lip in chagrined
silence. He struggled with himself,
looking at the cosy, Insouciant Scots
man before him.
"In seventy years It has not been bro
ken," ho said nt last. "Well for you
that you secured It. Go! tfbu are free!
You are a bold man, sir; but, 1 warn
you, do not cross my path again."
"I am proud to have mot so true a
gentleman. Will you honor me?" said
Paul Jones, presenting his snufTbox to
the admiral. The old mail hesitated,
laughed In spite of himself and Anally
helped himself to a pinch.
"Tho Insolence of tin? man!" he ex
claimed. "I'd like to have met you In
my young days, ynrdarui to yardarm."
"I would have endeavored to occupy
you, sir," said Jones coolly. "And now
I bid you farewell."
He shot one meaning gltmce at Eliza
beth, and his lips seemed to form the
words '"six hours" as he departed from
"Here is the warrant, sir," said Cov
entry. "Again I ask, and this time I
ask my father, con nothing be done?"
"Nothing, sir; less as a father than
In any other capacity. Sergeant, take
your prisoner. Major Coventryf you
will conduct him on the Scrnpls and re
main there as my representative until
tho execution Is over. Sir, you have
borne yourself well this day. I would
shake you by the hand. Uoodhy."
O'Neill clnspcd tho proffered band
warmly and then looked from Coven
try, standing erect, Immovable, white
faced, to Elizabeth, who was still sit
ting with bowed head, a world of en
treaty In bis glance. Coventry nodded
rtnd turned away. O'Neill stopped
quickly to *ho girl's side, took her ha ml
in his, bowed low over it, pressed a
long kiss upon It.
"May you bo happy!" he sold. "Fare
well!" She looked at him hi dazed si
"Sir," he continued, turning bnck to
Coventry and saluting him, "I am
ready. Load on."
?'Forward, march, sn/goant!" com
manded the officer hoarsely, and with
no backward look tho little cortege
moved from tho room. The girl rose to
her feet as If to start after tbeifi, but
the old man restrained her.
"O'Neill, O'Neill!" rang through the
hall?a wdld, despairing cry?and then
Lady Elizabeth sank flown white and
slill at tho foot of the admiral.
"And this Is love!" ho murmured,
shaking his old head. "I had forgotten
A DESPERATE MOVE.
T was morning when Eliza
beth came again to tho ter
race above the water bnttery
overlooking the hnrbor. She
had passed a night of sleepless agony,
and her pallid face, with its haggard
expression, the great black circles un
der tho eyes?for her grief had been
too deep for tears?gave outward evi
dence of her breaking heart. ShO had
besought the admiral again and ngaln
to stay tho execution of her lover, urg
ing every plea that tho most desperate
mind could suggest. She had Implored
Ids mercy and pity lipon every ground,
and upon his inexorable refusal had
begged that lie might tyo reprieved for
a few hours and that sho might at
least be allowed to see him before ho
died. Touched by her sorrow, nt first
the old man had boon Inclined to grant
this petition and had scribbled a line
on bis official paper, giving tho desired
permission, but before ho signed and
sealed It ho changed his mind nnd
deemed It best to refuse-more merci
ful to her, In fact.
It really wrung his lienrt to bo un
able to extend clemency to this young
man. Ho repented him of the tempta
tion ho had thrown In his way. The
nobility with which O'Neill hud re
fused nnd rejected tho chance of life
which had been offej-ed him, the sim
plicity with which he hud given tip
everything for honor, Impressed him
more than over. Ho was sick at heart
at the grief of his ward, whom he
truly loved, and the broken, despairing
face of his son since he had learned
that Elizabeth loved O'Neill hnmited
him. He wished dhat the Irishman
had never come across his pa Mi, though
he could not but admlro his honor, his
grace and his courage. Bo was bit
terly sorry that ho had ever attempted
to IllfltlOllOO the man. Ho had an .un
comfortable nnd growing suspicion
that his plans had brought nothing
but trouble to every one. Breaking
away from the presence of Eliza belli,
whose anguished face was a living re
proach to him, he finally secluded him
self in his office nnd refused to sec her
So tho day, like yesterday, wore
awny, but, oh, how differently! The
girl never knew how she passed the
hours. Sho wandered restlessly up
and down tho terrace, her eyes strain
ed upon tho sen. Tho garrison, who
Idolized her to a man, hnd been appris
ed by tho sergeant of what had hap
pened, and, to n man, they were upon
her side. Tho men would never forget
tho plcturo she nindo as they wuM In ii
her pacing to nnd fro, ceaselessly gntC
j lug nt the White Ship b> Hie lmtliui
her lover's prison, his scaffold, even.
TIlP S0UHC of Impotent helplessness
with which sin* was compelled to fnco
Ihe situation, the knowledge thnt
O'Neill wiis doomed absolutely, that
there was nothing Hint she could do or
fi.i.v which would niter the decision,
was terrible. She had heen accustomed
to have her will and, like most women,
loved It. Now she had to stand by In
the bright sunlight with all the strength
of life and youth and love In her veins
and In his and see her lover choked to
death hanged like u dog at the black
ynrdiirm of that gr.vit ship yonder.
And for what? Womanlike*, she put
aside every thought of him hut that he
had dared death Itself only to see her,
to he In her presence again! Oh, how
splendid, how handsome, how noble, ho
lind I).'i'ii in the great hall when he had
refused her rather (linn to take her as
the reward of treachery I And now ho
was to become n Iii? less lump of clay,
alive (u her only as n memory, n reeol
Icctlotl how cruel! She could not, she
would not, stand It. She racked her
brain over and over. Wns there noth
ll was Into in the often- ion. Ilor
maid had not -been nhle to drag bei
from the terrace whence she had a view
of (he ship on which her lover was to
be executed -murdered, she said. As
she gazed upon it she noticed two men
climbing nimbly up the black shrouds
about th'? foremast, When they reached
the foroyord they ran out on the yard
(irill. One of them carried somethlug.
A rope was dragging from It. In obe
dience to an Imperious command her
maid ran and fetched her a glass. One
look through it showed her- she was a
sailor's ward that they were rigging n
whip on the yardariu, they were secur
ing there a glrtlltio block through
Which a rope was rove leading to the
top Olid thence to the deck. She dl
vlncd at once Its hideous purpose. Tho
hour! The hour! Had It grown so
*ite? Was it so near, so near? Was
(hero a God in that blue heaven bend
ing above her head? Could such things
A sick feeling came over her heart,
and she wonhl have fainted hut for a
sudden Inspiration. Again she seized
the telescope- an unusually strong one,
by the way?and, raising It to her eyes
with unsteady hand, eagerly swept tho
sea off In the direction of FlamborOUgh
head, rising faintly down to tho south
ward, a long distance away. For a
long tiin<? her nervous, trembling
hands could not get that part of tho
horizon in focus. She finally knelt
down and rested the tube upon the
parapet, breathing a prayer as she did
so, and looked again.
Ah! At last she had it, and there
swept into the Held of vision threo
gleams of white on tho sky line, pro
claiming, even to her nnpracttccd eye,
the sails of ships! What had that In
domitable .man said to her last night
In the hall?
"Delay the execution for at least six
hours, and 1 will save him." Ho was
not one to promise lightly. She would
try ngoln. The telescope fell with a
crash at her feet.
She would make one more appeal to
the admiral. 11 was late, hut there
might yet be lime. On the instant she
turned, leaving the startled maid, and
ran like a licet footed fawn along the
terrace, down the stone steps through
the water battery, through the bailey,
into the Inner court, down the long
jiassag? and into the great hall of the
night before, where the admiral was
usually to be found at this hour. She
(lashed Impetuously Into the room, cry
"Tho admiral quick! Where Is he?"
'?Ships has been reported down at
llridllu'ton bay?fnrrin ships, yer led
dyalllp," replied the old sergeant, who
happened to be there nlonc, "an' his
ludsllip took horse about half past 12
o'clock to go down there."
Failure! Her last hope gone! She
sank down Into the chair. Reaction
had come. She was fainting, helpless,
dying. It was over! The sergeant
started toward her, bis face full of
pity. She was sitting in the admiral's
chair by the great table. Her glance
fell listlessly upon It. At the moment
another idea Hashed into her mind.
Desperate, foolish, nevertheless sho
would try It?try anything. This at
least was action. She started to her
feet again on the instant, Instinct with
"J.envo mo tt once and see that no
one Interrupts me. I wish to bo
alone," she said hnporiously to tho as
tonished sergeant, who bowed respect
fully and withdrew. Half an hour
Inter sho caino hurriedly out of tho
room, whlto faced, drawn, nerved up
to desperate endeavor.
How ho got through tho night O'Neill
never knew. Tho court martial in tho
morning had taken little time. Its
sentence, n foregono conclusion,
promptly approved by tho admiral,
had been death by hanging at half
after 0 o'clock that night. Ho had re
fused to give any further parole in tho
faint hope thnt something might ena
ble him to escape, and consequently
had been heavily ironed and placed In
confinement in the spneo between two
of tho great guns on tho lower gun
deck?(he Serapls was a double banked
frigate?on tho starboard side. The
forethought of Coventry, who had at
tended him with tho solicitude and
kindness of a brother and had pleaded
for him unnvaillngly before tho court,
hod caused a canvas screen to be pro
vided, which inclosed two of tho guns
and allowed him to pass his hours un
disturbed by tho curious gozo of tho
English seamen. An armed marino
stood always as sentry beforo tho
Captain Fcorson, a gallant offlcor,
had been kindness itself in all his ar
rangements, but his orders, which wcro
peremptory, left him no discretion
whatever. O'Neill passed his time sit
ting by tbo open port, leaning on a
gun, gazing out over the water at the
gray old castlo whero ho had fouud his
lovo and met his fate. Many tragedies
had been enacted within its walls dur
ing long centuries of history?nono sad
der than bis own.
It would havo been foolish to say
that ho had no regrets. No ono could
think of tho possibilities of happiness
presented by such a lovo as that which
ho was now assured Elizabeth felt for
him without a senso of despair coming
over the mind in tho knowledge they
wcro not to bo enjoyed, but ho was a
sailor, and generations of heroic ances
tors had accustomed him to look death
in tho fnco and smilo undaunted at its
harsh, forbidding appearance.
"Fortune, Infortuno, fortune," had
been tho motto of this branch of tbo
redhauded O'Neills; at least that was
tho punning I.ntln translation of a Cel
tic original which meant "Fortune and
misfortune ore alike to the strong."
When bis friends and acquaintances
at the French court, those knights and
ladles with whom ho had ruffled it so
bravely, tho young king, his master,
his old comrades, (ho hard fighters on '
the Richard, hor dauntless captain,
thnt brnvo old man, his father, heard
bow ho died, they would learn that he
had met tho last grim enemy with the
wontcd_ futrepidiix oX .bU tgoey NO
blosse oblige; and then having made his
pence with (loo1 ns host he could nlone
?ho wns of n different fui?l from that
of the chaplain of the ship?he gave
himself over to mournful dreams of
Late in the afternoon his meditations
were interrupted by the arrival of Cov
entry. The polgu.iuf unbnpplnoss of
the young Englishman was If anyth ng
greater than that of O'Neill. Ills on
gagement to Elizabeth Howard, with
whom ho had grown up. bad been at
first more or less a matter <>t conven
ience, and he bad never entirely real
Ized the hold she bad taken upon bis
heart until be heard her in the ni'lUS Oi
O'Neill make that frantic nvowul of
her overwhelming passion. Men fre
quently do not know the value of what
#u\v have Until they lose It.
Coventry's heart bad been sin
charged with love and devotion to this
woman, and because bis lite bad glided
on evenly lie had not known bow full
of love it was until be had been so
shaken that It had overflowed. Ho
would, he thought, cheerfully have
OWettt passed his time sitting by the
taken the other's place, sentence of
death and nil, could be hear but once
before ho died the ringing accents of
Mich a sublime confession and for him
self. Ills love for the woman of his
choice was of the most exalted charac
ter ami might well, wore merit or fit
ness alone to be considered in such a
case, have claimed her own deepest
feelings In return.
When Elizabeth had appealed to him
to Intervene, with a magnanimity ns
rare as it was noble, ho bad subordinat
ed his happiness to her own and had
endeavored to procure a mitigation of
the punishment imposed upon bis rival,
though he knew his success would
throw his promised wife into the arms
of O'Neill. He had not done this with
out a terrible struggle?it was u gray
faced, broken man who looked upon
the world of today In place of the smil
ing youth of the night before?but ho
had done it. He felt that the sacrifice
would cost him his life, and for that he
was truly glad; yet he had offered it
freely, generously and nobly, lie had
not hesitated to do so, for with him the
happiness of Elizabeth Howard was
the paramount passion.
If she did not love him ho could at
least show her what love truly meant
in its highest sense, give her a lesson
In love like to the lesson In honor that
other man had exhibited last night.
For her he stood ready to give up ev
erything; his own future Jio did not
allow to weigh a moment in the bal
ance beside hers.
There was something grandly sub
lime in ibis utter abnegation of self, so
simply done for another's happiness.
Coventry had been a Christian after a
rather better fashion perhaps than
most young moil of Ids time; his asso
ciations with the sweet, pure girl he
loved had kept him so. All his people
for generations bad been churchmen;
this seemed to hill) to be the right
thing to do, the thing demanded of a
gentleman; the greatest tJonlleinnn of
them all, who had shown bis brooding
on a cross, bad set the example of self
sacrifice. A sentence quoted by the
chaplain In the service a lew days bo
fore which had struck his fancy ran
in his head. He had n good memory.
"I will very gladly spend and bo
spent for you, though the more abun
dantly I love you tho less 1 be loved."
Yes, that was it.
At the first moment when ho found
lnst night that his pleadings were of
no avail and that O'Neill was doomed
to dlo his heart had leaped In bis
breast at the thought that his rival
would bo removed, but ho had crushed
the thought ns unworthy a gentleman
of his high Ideals, and there had eomo
to him In addition a consciousness that
to a love like Elizabeth Howard's the
death of a beloved Would make no
change. Such passions come but once
In a lifetime, and when they nrrlvo
they are ns eternal ns the stars. IIo
hnd given her up, and she belonged In
life or death to another, A glnnco at
his own anguished henrt enabled hlin
to feel for her. Time would not soften
a blow to a nature like to hers.
In tho execution of O'Neill Coventry
saw tho death warrant of Elizabeth.
Jle had pnssed the day racking bis
brain and thinking of some way to do
lay tho execution, but without avail.
He would have stopped at nothing to
save them both. In despair he had
come to consult with his rival.
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