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THE OHIOAOO BAOLE.
The Secret Dispatch By JAMES GRANT CIIAPTBH XI. Ttvent.v-fniii miles onstwiml of tlio rlty the wniill town Mini fortrev of Hclilus c!bur etiiiiilx nt n point utioro tlio Ncvn issues from (lie I.nko of Lmtogn mul on lliu lift Imnk of the rUer. i On nti I1iiik1, whore tlio liver join the hike nml tiioiiiH It miiinl, Is Imllt tlio fort, which I nlioiit four Inimlroil ynrdt Kqiinro; Its Willi nn? of Mono, iiiiikhIvc, nml llfty foot In height, tvrmlmitliiK I" ImttloiiU'iilx nnd turrolH of mitliiito form. Tlio pnvxiih'o to tills islniiil U hy u lung ilrnwiirlilKc. Tlio miiinl which kept tliN formhliihlc ntntc pi Non, where iiiimy n hopolcwt bIrIi wn wnftvit thronyli tlio runty hum of Its prlNOII KI'llloM IK'MlxH tllO WIllCM Of 1 -II-lloglt, WIIH ClinipOMMl entirely Of II hoily of tllsliicmtiloil CoxHnrkii. relcctoil for tlio purpose, iim tlm tuck of keepliiK or (-ocluil ItiK tlio tlotlnoncil llmpcior Ivnn wiw ouc of no xiinill icKpoiislhlltty nml Im portance. A giinnl of thoo men lecelved Ilnl Konlo nt tlio unto nml ilrnuhrlilKo with n profound mllltnry wilute; nml n pletur- okiiiio netu'ct thoy proentcil. iih their nrniH ihHietl In the murky llfilit of tlio Kront oil Innteru thnt hwiiiir In tlio ilarU, welnl nnd ileep-inoiitlieil nrehwiiy. The (.'re.it muxsc of the fortress shoHtly nml clironiloil. with fnlnt roil lights clcmnlni: out hero mid there; tlio cnormoiiM Mtronitth of tlio Kntes, toKether With tlio illlllcnltles ho experlcnecd In procurliitf nilmlMxIitn, nil nerved to Im press miplciiMintly on tlio mind of Chnrlic llnlgonle ii Ktnto of extiemo watchful ness, of MitKplclon, mid mistrust; mid also n sense of vnst responsibility of the charge eonlldvd by Catherine to Colonel licrnikoff. Thnt Kiillmit ntllcer mid estlmnhlo per RomiKO hnd retired long ulnco, nnd Lieu tenant Tschcklti Informed HnlRonle, would he ipiito Invisible till ureiikfnst time to-morrow, when tlio dispatch would he delivered to him; nnd n kIkIi of renl nnnoynnco escaped Charlie when lie found that this odious paper wiih to ho yet somo eight hours or moro In his secret pocket. He repaired to the officers' gunrdrnom nt tlio harrier gntc, mid there, wrapped in his clonk, lay down to hlecp, nnd If possible to dream of Natalie; hut ho hnd undergone too much toll for ouch gentle phnntaHiiiH, so ho slept llko a dormouse till the mm was high In henveu, iinawnk cued even by the deep boom of the morn ing pin, ns It pealed across the Lake of Ladoga; but ultimately ho was roused by Tschcklu mid Captain Vhisllcf, u very limuNomo young man, hut cruel ami licnrtless, whom ultimately ho detested. These, nfter slinking hands hemtlly, nil nouiiecd thnt Colonel HcrnJkolt uwnltcd lilm nt brenkfiist nml was not lu a mood to brook much delay. Ills hasty toilet wnn soon complete, nml hu wiih speedily ushered lntij n plain, almost naked whitewashed apartment nrched with stone. Here, nt n tuble of plain Memo timber, destitute of cloth, but on which massive silver vessels with rudely formed wooden howls mid plat ters were oddly Intermingled, fus seated tlio Mtnuruor. "Hull to you I wish you health," said Uernilioff, courteously enough, In the old Itusslmi fashion, mid presenting his hand to Charlie, who took It, shuddering, us ho remembered the fnta of l'eter 111,; "welcome to Hchlutsclburg, Captain lvmiovlteh ISnlgonlc." licrnikoff, who woio n dark green un dress uniform faced with scarlet, was n tnnn well up in years; ho had llcrco mid shining hlnek eyes that mndo soldier nnd serf nllko ipiull beneath their giuo; yet thoy wero small, cunning nnd twink ling eyes, tlio lushes of which wero half closed tlio eyes of ono who could net tlio cruel tyrant on one hum! mid tlio cringing slave on the other, "Sent yourself, captain, nnd proceed to breakfast, while I rend your dis patch," snld tho governor. "It Is from Catharine Chrtstimiowim herself! Tho Czarina Is grout, but heaven Is higher!" he ndded, placing the paper on his fore head, ns ho bowed over it; mid then tak ing nn enormous pinch of snuff he pro ceeded to peruso that document which had proved of such troublo to the bearer. Tlio eyes of llnlgonle, Tschcklu nud Vlnsficf, who alone wore present, were fixed Inquiringly upon him, nnd they could see that the contents disturbed him greatly; lie grew pale nnd flushed by turns; his brows contracted to a terrible frown; a red spark of light Buttered in bis eyes, mid his lips were compressed, "Ah, the Asiatics! the accursed Asiat ics!" he muttered. This is a most oppro brious epithet in Russia, and excited some surprise in his hearers. lie carefully folded -the dispatch, and turning sternly to Charlie, who was keeping his eyes ou him, aud driuking bis coffee the while, ne sniu: "Ivanovitch Ualgonlt, there Is a featb r in the seal the usual slgu of haste among us here in Russia; yet you have not troubled yourself with much speed, for this dispatcli Is dated Novgorod moro than a month barter "Permit me to explain, excellency," aid llalgouie, eagerly, aud anxiously, too. "I shall be glad If you can explain It," aid Berulknff, with Increasing sternness. "I have known a general, n lender in ten battles, degraded, knoutcd, mid sent to hunt the ermine with n caunoii ball nt his heels for n smaller dereliction of duty than this." Halgonlo's henrt beat very fast while ho related his story of his being misled by n traitor twice; of tho passage of tho Louga nt such terrible hazard; of Ids subsequent Illness, und tho eplsodo lit that log hut. "Thnt you wero In the guldnnco of n trnltor I know beforo your arrival; nnd I mil extremely glad that ho fell Into bis own snare," replied Ileriilknu', a lit tlo moro calmly; "but this matter is ex tremoly nwkwnrd for you, mid becomes more complicated every hour." After glancing ngnlu nt tho dispatch and bending his keen, rutllUo eyes ou Ualgonle, he asked. "Wero llnsll Mlerowlts or Usnkoff, tho grandson of Mnzeppn, nt tho Cnstlo of Lougn uuy time during your sojourn there?" "No, excellency, neither of them were." "Spies sny differently but cau you wear it?" "On my houor do I swear it! But why?" "I have hnd bad news from the head quarters of your reglmeut, mid from Lieutenant General Weymarn, since you left Novgorod." ' "And these tidings, excellency?" "Are to the effect that your friends, tho two subalterns, bare both deserted, with several soldiers, all of whom are . natives of the Ukraine, and are nowhere to be fouud, though pursued by a whole company of Cossacki," "l)eertcd!" died Ilnlgonlo with real concern. "Yes tho cttiood Aslntlcs!" replied llertilkolT. For some moments Intense anxiety nnd nliirm bewildered llalgonlp, nnd ho felt himself grow pale nt it time when six ipiirchlng ejes were bent with n doubt ful cxpioiloti upon him. Ho lememher oil the hostility, tho threatening mid ms- teilous words of Natalie, nml glow utmost siek with apprehension of he know not what, us he muttered imiudlhly: "llnll deserted and his cousin, ton! Tho whole family will be Inculpated mid degraded. Oh. Nntulle, my hnplcsi love! Did ttenernl Woymnin stnto this In his dispatch V" he nsked nloud. "Ilo did, mid nt Its end referred to you." "To me. excellency V" "Yes; hoio Is the document, nnd It con cludes thus: 'As I nnd tho regiment of Sniolensko will shortly miiicli Into Ht. Petersburg, Cnptnln Curl Ivanovitch Hill gotilo need lint leturu to Novgorod; but, mitll then, shall nttaeh himself to your stuff, mid remain In rVhlusselbiirg, where, ere long, ou may require nil the good service ho can render oii Weymarn.'" Great wero the tiiortlflcntloii nml ills gust of Ilnlgonlo ou learning that ho was to remain for mi Indetlulte period lu n ptaeo so revolting nnd uncomfortable, nml with no other society than that of three military jailers cruel, hnrd-hearted nnd avaricious Muscovites of tho worst kind; nnd with these orders died his hopes of lovlsltlng, ns ho intended, Inugu, on his return, mid of seeing Natalie ngnln. Under tho ban, ns nil the household of Microwltz would bo now, should ho ever seo her more? Kcry way fate nnd tho tldo of events seemed to bo against him mid her, already In tho very dawn of their lovo." "And now, gentlemen," snld tho Gov ernor, towering his voice, "tho Empress' dispatch contains only two lines, thus: A scheme Is funned to free I'rlneo Ivnn. Let him not full nllvc Into the bauds of those who come to seek for Mm!' Nor shall he!" exclaimed IterntkofT, with fe rocious enthusiasm. "Long life to her Imperial majesty Catharine Chrlstlnnow nn hurrah!'' "Hurrah, hurrah!" ndded Vlnsficf nnd the lieutenant. Ilnlgonlo, also, nR lu duty bound, es sayed to "hurrah," but tho sound died away ou his lips. CIIAl'TEU XII. Full of anxious thoughts, Ilnlgnuio passed moro than half of the succeeding day ou the r.im parts of tlio castled prison alone, avoiding Colonel llerulkofr, Cnp tnln Ylastlef nml their subaltern, Tschc klu, iiono of whom wero consonant to his taste, for all wero deep gamblers. On thivo sides, far nroitiid this Island prison, stretched tho waters of Ladogn tho largest lake In Europe. From tho somewhat dreary view of this small Inland sen, ho turned to sur vey the fortress, with nil Its st length of gloomy walls, grated windows, and frowning eniiium, till suddenly his eye was nrrested byn very remarkablo fneo, which was observing him from tho som ber depth of a strongly barred mid ureli ed window of tho gieat tower. It was uM'alo face, but singularly handsome grave, mid oven sad In ex pression u ,niiug man's fare with tho slightest Indication of a tuustnche, hut for which, lu its paleness and cxtremo delicacy of feature mid tint, It might luivn passed for that of u twin brother of Natalie Mierowua! Suddenly It was detected by n Cossack sentinel, who shouted shrilly nnd slapped tho butt-cud "f his londit' muskctoou; ou this tho fnco instantly disappeared. This wiih ho concerning whom Ilnl gonlo hnd brought that terrible dispatch Ivnn, tho deposed Emperor the pris oner of Hchluhselburg! "Twenty-three jenrs!" thought nnlgo nlo with n Mitiddcr; "twenty-thrco years in thnt tower slnco ills very babyhood oh. It Is terrlblo!" Other ears hnd heard the shout of tho sentinel; for now a man, who In n boat hud been llshing near the forttess, sud denly shipped n pair of sculls nnd pulled away toward the town with an air of alarm that seemed equalled only by his dexterity. This fisher had been hover ing about tho fortress all dny. "Can ho be the gypsy the hnlf-breed?" thought Charlie; "ah! the dispatch Is out of my hands pow." Fprtuuately for Dalgonle, thero was a chaplain of the Russian Greek Church, attached to the fortress; nnd his society, at times, tended to alleviate what he en dured from buying to associate with such a human bear as Colonel Bernlkoff an annoynnce from which he would only be relieved by the longed-for return of General Feymarn and the Regiment of Sniolensko to St. Petersburg, Through the good offices of the chap lain, with the permission of (the gov ernor, which was yielded very uuwllllng ly, llalgouie was presented one evening to the deposed Emperor Ivnn, nnd the particulars and incidents of that Inter view mndo a deep und sad impression upon him. Confinement hnd rendered Ivan's fea tures unnaturally pale mid delicnte; nnd, by years of systematic, constraint nud oppression, his flue, clenr nnd very beau tiful dark eyes had u soft, subdued nud chastened expression thnt was singularly touching mid winning. Tho tono.of his voico wns also gentle nnd alluring. "Ilospodeen." said he, presenting his hand to llalgonlo, "I rejolco to meet you, if one who lends n life so strnngo ns mine can be said to rejolco; but you aro ono to whom I may talk n llttlo with out danger eh, Father Chrymwtoni? Aud ho has told mo, Ilospodeen, thnt you aro not n Russian, but n native of some Island thnt Is fur nwny lu the sea. What nro you? A Tartar n Tcherkesso? Oh, mi, you cannot ho either. I know them; for they guard mo," ho ndded, witli it llttlo shudder, "I mil your filend, bcllevo mo, Ivan Atitnuovltch," replied llnlgonle. As they wero retiring tho prlnco snld: "Ilospodeen, jou hao chopped some thing." It wns tho loekot with Nntnlio's hnlr. "Whnt is in this?" nsked Ivnn, with childlike Interest. "A lock of hnlr, your highness. It Is tho gift, the souvenir of a lady I love, und who loves me; a countrywomau of your own." "A womnn ' snm ivan, ponacriugiy. "Yes, excellency," "I hnvo never looked upon n woman's face, and know not what It Is llko; though tho Empress visited me when a child, ns I hnvo been told. I havo heard that they aro not bearded like men. I shnll never see one, It Is forbidden; yet ytt as I often tell Father Chrysos torn. I have dreams by day dreams of something else than wild swans and bearded Cossncks of something to cllnf to, somo ono to lovo nnd bo loved by, It must be-this kind of love oti speak of oh, cs, It miistl" said Ivnn, ns he gnod with stupid but reverend wonder nt the lock of hnlr ero ho returned it to ll.ilgotite, "l'oor young prlncel" exclaimed the hitter, ns the chaplain hunted him nwny nud tho portcullis clanged behind them lu Its grooves of stone. The priest now urged upon llnlgonle, that If his visits were to be continued, tlio nffnlis of the outer woiht must In no wny tic referred to, or tho rctllt might be most disastrous for all con cerned. "The seclusion In which the pilsoner Is kept has, 1 fear, impaired his under standing," said Itnlgonlc. "Huh! do ,miii think so?" grunted Colo nel HerulkolT, who overheard the remark, as they Issued from tho tower of Ivan. "You must know, that your genuine Itus slmi Is like n tiger, us some wiltcr has It a tiger who licks tho hand of his keep er, mi long ns he Is chained; but who tears him asunder when loose. Tho Em mess unite understands this!" "How Is It thnt j on trust mo so freely to visit jour prisoner?" nsked Chnrlic, who liegnti to rear that Iternll'.off might be lnlhg some mnre for him by accord ing this hitherto unwonted permission. "Ilecauve nti me the safest mini in Ilnsshi to hmo thW liberty." "How?" "As n ohller of fortune n stranger mining us you can have no sympathy with iiu. thing but the strict nml steady execution of your duty; nnd tho line of I lint," ndded Heriilkoff, darting n keen ghinop at tho Scot, "as with us nil, lies in fidelity to the Empress." "True," replied llnlgonle, with some thing of snducsH In his tone, mid very little of enthusiasm. "Thus, wero I to order jou to blow Ivnn Antonovltcli from tho mouth of a cannon, I should expect ou to obey!" "I trust thnt no such test of my obedi ence will ever bo necessnr,v," replied ilnl gonlo, with n hauteur which licrnikoff wns somewhat unused to seo nmong his Hubordlnntes. "We shnll hnvo some other nnd more troublesome prisoners in Schlusselhtirg ore long." snld tho Governor, with knit ted brows. "Whom do you mean?" "Old Microwltz and his fnmlly. Wnr rnnts hnvo been Issued by the chancel lor to nrrcst them nil." "Ah!" snld llnlgonle, In n fnlnt voice. "Yes, women ns well ns men; nn es cort of the Regiment of Sniolensko ar rived nt St. Petersburg yesterdny with Microwltz nnd tho Ilospoza Mnrlnllzzn. His daughter, who seems to be deeply Involved In some plot, has for tho tlmo effected her escape. 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