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KOR THE NATIONAL ERA.
SHERWOOD FOREST,
Ok
W.WiKR BY RATTLE.
A TALI V SAXONSLAVEXYIN THE TWELFTH
C&NTUXY.
S\ MKNRT WILLIAM UKRKKJtT.
CHAP. IV.
The Xorman Lord*.
Oh ! it is excellent
To have a giant's strength, hot tyrannous
To use it liko a giant
Measure for Measure.
I ;i Ji up in a green. gentle valley, a lap
I r the hills, which, though not very l?fty>
* . . ji and abrupt with limestone crags
heaving themselves ahoTO the soil
-> upper slopes ami summits, perched on
isolates! knoll, or hillock, so regular in
,, ,,.| so evenly scarped and rounded, that
, :ke appearance of an artificial work,
, | tin* tall Norman fortalice of Philip de
Morulle.
I not a very large building, consisting
. ,1. 1!Iv of a single lofty square keep, or
' . with four square turrets at the angles,
! to the body of the place, merlonwise,
, *.-riced in heraldry, or corner to corner,
- me twenty fowt or more above the llat
of the tower, which wis surrounded with
, , ting battlements widely overhang .},.?
ir.is.-, and pierced with crenelles for
and deep machicolations, by which to
vii boiling oil. or molten lead, upon any
lb I attempt the walls.
i i. upper stories, only, of this strong
... \\ere there any windows, such as dename,
beyond more loops and arbut
then:, far above the reach of any
ii r. they look oil out, tall and shape.i
i iiig in the summer sunshine, in the
_'or_cous huos of the stained ^?las??at
the most recent and costly of foreign
, -. opening on a projecting gallery, or
./.an. of curiously carved stone-work, which
:! tin: tour sides of the building, and
i 1 the dwelling apartments of the eastela
I his family both lightsome and conuno...
< ?i:?- of the tall turrets, which have been
<|. .i r 1 "1. contained the winding staircase,
: give access to the halls and guard-rooms
!i spied all the lower floors, and to the
in-iits above, while each of the others
i . I sleeping chambers of narrow dimeu<
! each story, opening into the larger
Spa..iVUltS.
keep, with the exception of the tall bat
! thinking walls, with their esplanades
m t i -'< nml advanced barbican nr imtc.
i- tin- only genuine Norman portion of
' and occupied tlic very .summit of the
! > : ii'.it below it, ami for the most part cou?
1 and covered by the ramparts on which
t !. was a long, low, roomy stone buildin..'.
?i h had boon in old times the mansion
S:,\on thane, who had occupied the rich
; Wi;!o lands of that upland vale, in the
\ os before the advent of the fierce and
Normans, to whom he had lost both life
e and left an empty name alone to the
on e, which was not to descend to any
. t r.u < or lineage.
1 .. the a alls, which encircled the hillock
midway between the bn.se and summit.
\ ,: at one spot, where the gate-house was
forward to the brink of a large and
; t brook, which had been made br artificial
finis completely to encircle the little hill, the
./ s itnl t i>ir itC Ipa<?? Ar iirnlr?rvc. ?<w1
j t ; * thing that could possibly cover the adI
of mi oiuMiiv being carefully cut down or
ed, ami were clothed only by a dense carI'
f short, thick greensward, enamelled with
<1 v. - pied ami silver lady's smocks; but be
rivulet, covering r.ll the bottom ot the
\ with rich and verdant shade, were pleas:>
irds and coppices, among which pcejicd
1 the thatched roofs and nmd walls of the
ft1.' village, inhabited by tho few free laborers,
the more numerous thralls and land-serfs,
ci. tivaUid the demesnes of the foreign
(ho possessed them bv right of the
mil.
1 ! f uigli this pleasant little hamlet, the yelroad.
which lc?l up to the castle, wound
\e passing in its course by an open green,
' li !i hall a do/011 sheep arid two or three
w re feeding oil the short herbage, with a
Si-\ou ( Impel, distinguished by its low,
1. wolt-toothed arch and belfry, on the
die; and. In -ingular proximity to the
r'd edifice, a small space, enclosed by a
Ic, containing a gallows, a whippingi
-i. and a pair of stocks ? sad monuments
1 Nixon slavery, and Norman tyranny and
Ii <>i tne upper enniiiners 01 me tewlai
a small square room, with n vaulted roof,
si. / from lour clustered columns in the
-.with four groined rihs, meeting in the
at fro m which descended a long. curiously
* ; pendant of stone, terminating in a gilt
:..;'f'lahruui of several branches, two men
* . ..-.it, i ut a board. on which, though the
- .1 \ 1-- .if the inid-dav meal hnd been rei.-ln
weredi-plnvod several silver dishes,
i v.iiM. i bread, dried fruits, and light conic*.
a- well us two or throe tall, graceful
. ;l.r> bght fragrant wines of Gascony
i" . Anji.u, r.iid several cups and tankards ol
?hase l and gilded metal, intermixed
oh two or three large howled and thin-stem
1 gf.h'ets of purple and nihv-colorcd glass.
1 h< i ...in was a von pleasant one, lighted hv
two tall windows. on two diflcirnt sides, which
d wi.'e open, admitting the soft, balmy,
tr'.n.j- :iir. and the tresh smell of the neighbor.ng
green woods, the breezy voice of which
gi-ntli in, v.Iiisp* ring through the ca.sent.
I he vails were hung with tapestries of
* -- ! and gilded Spanish leather, adorned
:;. iied figures ot Aral) skirmishers and
' < i-ri:ii? chivalry, engaged in the stirring
of warfare; while, no unfit decoration for
covered, two or throe line suits of
and plate armor, burnished so brightly
n tin . shone like silver, with their enihla'
-fields and appropriate weapons, stood,
armed knights on constant dutv, in oanoI
nie'ies. framed especially to receive them.
\ .i ... pages, and attendants, had all with'.
* e. ' the two N'ortnan barons sat alone,
" ' I - ; i- wine in silence, and apparently
' "i< - .me subject which they found it
| ' ' .pproach w ithout offence or embarAl
la-;, the younger of the two. Sir
1 ille, after drawing his open hand
- tair. broad forehead, as if ho would
' - j't avciy sonir cloud which gloomed
' i* mind, and drinking off a deep goblet
i . iijM'it.al the conversation with evident
1 - 11 mid reluctance.
^ well, b,. said, " it must out, Sir \ vo,
' -h it is not very grateful to speak of
iliiiigK, | intuit needs do ho, lest 1 npjiear
uuci.tirtlv and ungracious, in hesitating
' > viet. mine own most tried and trusty
!. t.. whom I owe no less than my own life,
im,|| a favor its the granting liberty to one
i " devil <>f n Saxon. I told Ton I would do
I might; yet. by my father's soul, I know
' how to do it! "
o I,..re is the rub, my friend?" replied tlie
r- kindly. " 1 doubt not, if we nut both our
s together, we can accomplish even a
' r thing than making a free English reoof
a Saroti thrall."
' I never was rich, as you well know, de
I avl-. h.,;s. t?lt nt the time of the Kings late
j " 'i, ;ni(, Wales, when 1 was summoned to
';v "'it my power, I had no choice but to
' "'n-e this uiy fortalice, with its demesne of
L r. and all its plenishing and stock,
I tod thralls, and crops and fisheries, to
i ' inliam of Tadcaster, for nineteen thousand
n '''ins, to buy their outfitting, horses, and
1 .irinor; and this prohibits me from manumit1
"ng this man, Kenrie, although I would do so
1 "gut willingly, not for that it would pleasure
4 you only, but that he is a faithful and an honL_
,
T]
vol. vin. est
fellow for ft thrall, and right han<lv, both
with ftrl?alast anil longbow. 1 know not well
how to accomplish it."
Easily, easily, Philin," answered Sir Yvo,
laughing. " Never shall it be said that nineteen
thousand zecchins stixid between Yvo de
Taillebois and his gratitude; beside, this will
shoot double game with a single arrow. It will
relieve our trusty Kcuric from the actual ImuhIage
of a corporeal lord and master, and liberate
tny right good friend and brother in arms,
Philip de Morville, from tho more galling spiritual
liondagc of that foul tyrant and perilous
oppressor, debt. Tush! no denial, I say," he
continued, perceiving that Sir Philip was about
to make some demur. u It is a mere trifle, this,
and a matter of no moment. I am. as you well
know, passing rich, what with my rents in
Westmoreland and my estates beyond the sea.
1 have even now well nigh twice the sum that
you name, lying idle in my bailiff's hands at
Kendal, until I may find lands to purchase. It
was my intent to have bought those border
lands of Clifford's, that march with my moorlands
on Hawkshead, but, it seems, he will not
sell, and 1 am douhly glad that it gives me the
occasion to servo you. I will direct mv bailiff
at once to take horse for Tadeaster and redeem
v;'" ",uc
i and pleas ure to repay it. There is no risk,
! Heaven knows, for Waltheofstow is well worth
j nineteen thousand zecchins three times told,
( and in lieu of usance money yoa shall transfer
the man Kenric from thee and thine to ine and
mine, forever. So shall my gratitude be preserved
intact, ami tny pretty Guendolen have
her fond fancy gratified."
" lie it so, then, in God's name, and by my
faith 1 thank you for the loan right heartily;
for, on mine honor! that same bloodsneker of
Israel hath pumped me like the veriest horseleech,
these last twelve months, and I know not
but 1 should have had to sell, after all. We
must have Kcnrie's consent, however, that all
may be in form; for he is no common thrall,
but a serf of the soil, and may not be removed
from it, nor manumitted even, "save with his
own free will.'"
u Who ever heard of a serf refusing to be free,
more than of a Jew not loving ducats ? My
life on it, he will not be slow to consent!
" I trow not?1 trow not, de Taillebois but
let us set about it presently; a good deed cannot
well be none too quickly. Y"ou pass the
wine cup too, 1 notice. Let us take cap and
cloak, and stroll down into the hamlet yonder;
it is a pleasant ramble in the cool afternoon,
and we can see him in his den?he will he scant
of wind. I trow, and little fit to climb the castle
hill this evensong, after the battering he received
from that stout forester. But freedom
will be a royal salve, 1 warrant me, for his worst
bruises. Shall we go?"
" Willingly, willingly. I would have it to
tell Guendolen, at her wakening. 'Twill be a
cure to her also. She is a tender-hearted child
ever, and was so from her cradle. Why, I have
known her cry like the ladjt Niobc, that the
prior of St. Albans told us of?that wept till she
was changed into a dripping fountain, when
blessed St. Michael and St. Gcorse slew all her
tribe of children, for that she likened herself, in
her vain smile of beautv, to the most holy virgin
mother, St. Mary of Sienna?at the killing
of a deer bv a stray shaft, that had a suckling
fawn beside her foot; and when 1 caused them
to imprison Wufgitha, that was her nurse's
daughter, for selling of a hundred pounds of flax
that was given her to spin, she took sick, and
kept to her hert two days and more, all for that
she fancied the wench would pine; though her
prison house was the airiest and most lightsonic
turret chamber in my house at Kendal,
and she was not in gyves nor on prison diet.
Faith ! I had no pence with her, till I gave the
whole guidance of the women into her hands.
They are all ladies since that day at Kendal, or
next akin to it."'
'' Over god's forbode! " answered Philip,
laughing. ' It must have been a black day for
yonr seneschal. How rules he your warders,
since? Mv fellow, Hundibert, swears that the
girls need more watching than the laziest swine
? ' OL_ I J n_A _ i ? 1 r
iiic wnoie ou.von ncra. ijui conic ; ici us ne 01
moving."
With that they descended the winding stone
stairway into the groat hall or guardroom, which
occupied the whole of one Hour of the castle?a
noble vaulted room, stone arched and stone
paved, its walls hung with splendid arms and
well-used weapons,
"Old swords, and pikrs, and bows.
And good old shields and targets, that borne some
stout old blows."
Thence, through an echoing archway, above
wnicn in us grooves or stone nung iue stceiclinchod
portcullis, and down a steep and almost
precipitous flight of steps, without any rail or
breastwork, they reached the large court yard,
where some of the retainers were engaged in
trying feats of strength and skill, throwing the
hammer, wrestling, or shooting with arbalasts
at a mark, while others were playing at games
of chance in a cool shadowy angle of the walls,
moistening their occupation with an occasional
pull at a deep black tankard, which stood beside
them on the hoard.
After tarrying a few minutes in the court, observing
the wrestlers and crosslwiwmen, and
throwing in an occasional word of good-huinorcd
encouragement at any good shot or happy
tall, the lords passed the draw bridge, which was
lowered, giving access to the pleasant country,
over which the warder was gazing half-wistfully,
and watching a group of pretty girls, who
were washing clothes in the brook at about
half a mile s distance, laughing as merrily and
singing as tunefully as though tlicy had been
free maidens of gentle Norman lineage, instead
of contemned and outlawed Saxons, the children
and the wires and mothers of slaves, and
bondmen in the to be hereafter.
"Hola! old Stephen," cried the knight of
.Morvillc, gaily, as he passed the stout dependant;
''1 thought thou wcrt too resolute a bachelor
to cast a sheepseye on the lasses, and too
thorough-paced a Norman to let the prettiest
Saxon of them all find favor in your sight."
"I don't know, sir; I don't know that," answered
the man, with a grim, half bashfully,
and between bantering and earnest. "There's
little Edith down yonder?and, bond or free,
there's not a girl al>oiit. the castle, or within ten
miles of it, for that matter, that has got an eye
to come near those blue sparklers of hers; and
as for her voice, when she's singing, it would
wile the birds out of heaven, let alone the wits
of a poor soldier's brain-pan. Hark to lier
now. Sir Philip. Sang ever nightingale so
sweetly as yon trill, Sir Knight?"
"Win her. Stephen. Win her, I'll grant you
my permission, for your paramour; and if you
do, I'll give her to"you for your own. I owe
you a boon ot some sort, for that service yon
did me when you knocked that \\ eleh churl 011
the head, who'would have driven his long knife
into my ribs, that time I was dismounted in
<!.? ... . Tin txti ailraicA \\ in lir.f t)io rn.
llltr jin.YI nrni l/UMUiauimnv. ft HI inviv
fore, if you may, Stephen, and yours she shall
he, as surely and as steadfastly as though she
w ere the captive of your spear."
".Small chance, Sir Philip," replied the man,
slowly; "all thanks to you, nntheless. But
she's troth plighted to that tall, well-made fellow,
Kenric, they say, that saved .the lady Gnendolen
from the stag this morning. They'll he
asking your consent to the wedding and the
ljedding, one of these days, Beausire. To-morrow.
as like as not, seeing this feat of the good
youth's will furnish forth a sort of plea for the
asking of a favor.
"That will not much concern you, warder,"
said Sir Yvo. "Your rival will be out of your
war shortly. I have asked his freedom, but
now, of Sir Philip, and shall have him away
with me, the next week, to the North country.''
"I don't know that will do me mncli good.
They say she loves him parlousljr, and he her;
and she ever looks coldly 011 me.
"A little perseverance is a certain remedy
for cold Iooks, Stephen. So dou't be downhearted.
You will have a clear field soon."
"I am not so sure of that, sir. I should not
wonder if he refused to go."
" Refused to go?to be free?to be his own
master, and a thrall and slave no longer!"
"Who can tell, sir!" answered the man.
I " Saxon or Norman, bond or free, we're all
J men, after all; and women have made fools of
J
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G. BAILEY, EDITOR A
WAS
us all, since the days of Sir Adam in Paradise,
and will, I fancy, to the end of all time. I'd
do and suffer a good deal myself, to win such
a look out of Edith's blue eyes as I saw her
give yon Saxon churl, when he came to, after
we had thrown cold water on him. And, after
all. if Sir Hercules of Gncece njfetde a slave of
himself, and a she slave too, afc that wandering
minstrel sang to us in the nail the other
day, all to win the love of the l>eautiful Sultana,
Omphale, I don't see, for myself, why a
Saxon serf, that's been a serf all his life, and
got pretty well used to it by this time, shouldn't
stay a serf all the rest of it, to keep the love ot
Edith, who is prettier a precious sight than the
fair Turk, Omphale, I'll warrant. I don't know
but what I would myself."
'"Pshaw! Stephen; that smacks Norman.
Smacks of the <jai aciemx chivalry, sentiment,
and fine high romance. You'll never see a
Saxon sing ^ail for love,' I'll warrant vou."
Well, sir, well. We shall see. A Saxon'a a
man, as I said before; and a Saxon in lore is
a man in love; and a man in love isn't a man
in his senses, any more than Sir Hercules of
Greece was; and when a Saxon's in love, and
out of his senses, there's no saying what he'll
do; only one may guess it will he nothing orer
wise. And so, as I said before, I should not
wonder if Keiwie shoukl not part with collar,
thong, and shackles, if he must needs part too
with little Edith the Fair. I would not, any
wise, if I were he, Beausire.
For the National Era.
LEONARD WRAY.
A ROMANCE OF KODftll HISTORY.
By tht author of " Tl<r Chro/tirfrs of tht Bast it*,"
" Tht Banhasry," " Tht Yule Ltog" " Philip of
Lutetia\r.
cnxp. xix.
ZacJutruih Exercises hit Ingenuity.
Once clear of the house. Grit bounded along
through the streets like a hare, regardless of
the observations of the more sober-minded pedestrians
whom he encountered, and some of
whom lie almost knocked down. He made his
way direct to the hotel, nor staid to take breath
until he reached Leonard's apartment. A hasty
glance satisiicd him that his fricuds had not yet
gone out. In the exuberance of?his delight at
this discovery, he dashed his hal down on the
lloor, and, as well as the shortness of his
breath?-induced by his recent speedy locomotion?would
jiermit, performed a loud crow, as
was his wont when in high spirits. This effort
seemed quite to exhaust him, for ho incontinently
allowed himself to fall into an easy chair, aud
commenced forthwith puffing and blowing, and
wiping the perspiration from his face. He further
placed himself quite at his aase, by throwing
his legs across an arm of the chair ; in which
elegant position Leonard and Mildred found
him when they presently entered the apartment.
u r l !i 11 1 -- -it? ' - i
i ivih'h it cuuui ik" no outer man /.acnariuli,"
exclaimed Mildred, smiling. At the same
time she advanced towards him. holding out her
hand.
" Can't do no more jes' now. Miss Milly," he
said, taking her proffered palm languidly. " It'll
be bellows to mend with me for a good five
minutes yet. Whew "
iL Why, what's the matter, Zacli?" chimed in
Leonard. " Something unusual to cause you to
run like this.*'
Xachariah made an affirmative sign.
" Well, you can sit and take a long rest," remarked
Leonard. " I and Mildred are going out
to pay a few visits."'
" Xo you nint," retorted Zacli, with an effort.
Mildred and Leonard exchanged glances of
surprise, and both looked inquiringly at Grit,
at the same moment.
" You jos' set down, cool, both on you, till
I'm come tu a bit," said he, " and listen to what
I've got to say. A'ter that, you can go if you
chuse. Oh, my ! I'm a' most bnst-ed.
Leonard's experience of his singular friend,
and some secret misgivings of his own, indefinitely
associated with his peculiar position, induced
him to defer to Zach's hlnntly expressed
wish. Mildred's countenance, too, underwent a
slight change, for she fancied Grit's ton# was as
cor'uktw <ti
u Something has happened, Zachariali !" she
exclaimed. 11 Don't keep us in suspense. What
is it?''
*' J've al'ays felt a kinder sort o' litcin* for the
folks that speaks up agin stringin' men up like
dogs, I have," remarked Grit. " Perhaps it
was out of a sort of a notion I had, that what I
done some of these ycr odd times might hring
my own neck in a oncomfortahlc kind of a
noose. I've come to change my 'pinion, that's
a fact."
Leonard and Mildred seated themselves.
They knew it would he of little avail to attempt
eliciting information from Zaclmriah in a direct
manner, and therefore patiently resigned themselves,
as if by common consent, to hear his
story out.
" Yes, sir," he continued, addressing neither
of them particularly. 44 Mv mind's made up
that hanging 's e'cn-a-most too good for some
folks I knows on."
lie paused. Mildred and her brother fixed
their eyes anxiously upon him. but he did not
pursue the course of his observations. After
waiting some few moments, Leonard addressed
him.
v Zach," lie said, " oue of the men you mean,
I know. It is Mark Aveling." *
Mildred turned paler vet, but uttered not a
word.
44 Good ! " ejaculated Zach. " True as Iloly
Gospel. And the other?
" I cannot guess, Zach," answered Leonard,
after a little consideration. u I know of no one
deserves a dog's death so richly as that bad, bad
man."
44 Reckon you consider that lawyer as come
here a few days a<ro, a kinder sort o' friend to
yon, Leonard; don t yon?" asked Grit, with a
provokingly sarcastic air.
44 He has behaved well to me," replied Leonard.
441 consider he acted a friendly part."
44 All along o' liking to do the thing that's
right," continued Grit, in the same bantering
tone. 44 He don't like what's onfair. lie honors
ronr noble sentiments conearnin' the niggers
"
Mildred gave a perceptible shudder, and look
ed with a strange expression at the speaker. He
noticed it, and stopped short, hut presently went
011:
' No "fence, Miss Milly. Niggers is niggers,
eotch 'em where you may. (too A'mighty made
'eiu black, but they 're human critters, for all
that. 'Taint 110 fault 0" yourn, ef callin' 'em by
their right name comes home tu you. You
knows I wouldn't go for to say a word to make
you feel onplensant, cos these yer laws of ourn
makes them and you kinder near relations. T
011'y means to say as this yer lawyer is a cussed
downright pray-and-be-damned everlasting olehvpocrite,
as'll give olc 8am a tarnation deal o'
trouble nt'ore he quite gets over him."
u Zaeh, Zach," remonstrated Leonard, somewhat
shocked at the peculiar force of his ecccn-1
trie friend's adjectives, " you forget my sis- .
ter."
" No, sir," retorted Grit, with a heavy om-|
phasis tipon the appellative. u I've been all i
along a thinkin' of her more than 1 have of
you; that's a fact. I knows my lingo isn't of
the elegantest style. J picked up ray grammar,
you see, in bye places and among them as
didn't kear'bout speakin' like a dictionary, purvidin'
they found words to fit their notions of,
things, i thinks hard, sometimes, and speaks
to measure, in course; and I aint no hand at
soil words when I've got bad things to speak'
on. So, Miss Milly won't take 'fence, I knows,
if I jes' says what 1 means in plain straight-up
nati've 'merican, which is the nest lingo in the
univarse for saying what you're a mind to say
right off, and no tnrnia's.
"Well, well, tell us what it is has brought
you here in this unusually excited state," observed
Mildred, glancing at Leouard, as a hint
for him to take no notice of Zach's mode of expressing
himself in hen- presence.
" I've got to say," resumed Grit. " that when
Mark Avcling's hung, for being a villain, that
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5HINGTON, THURSD
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sleek lawyer you knows on wont be fur c * the
gallus ; nojsir! You've been sold, I.eonar> ? and
ef you don't find yourself in the tarnation' ^t fix
ever a man was in, afore two days is ove? your
head?onless you're helped out somehov 1?I'll
give you leave to call uie a liar, or am.bing
wusser."
Miidred sat pale and motionless, as if ?*)etri?
fied with astonishment and bewilderment. .t;onard
rose, and, not without agitation, said? ,
u This is serious, Zaeh ; too serious by 'vr foi*
us to be kept any louger in suspense. 1 you
are our friend, inform us of the worst at < ' 'tee.*
i( It aint come to the wust yet, Leonari ? re
puea tjrit, rising too, and crossing over W the
window, which looked into the street.
" I'm come to try and cir cum went the# yer
two devil's cubs, and, ef you'll only hel* me,
whip me cf 1 don't think we can fix their.lints,
now."
f So long as you keep me in the dark, / ich,"
resumed Leonard, " I can promise to do nothing.
What have you discovered ? " ?
if I've told you," retorted Zach. " 1 ^u'vc
been sold. Mark Aveling'a struck a bi 'gain
with the lawyer, and the lawyer's bougb^ vou.
He's going to sell you again?sell you hfr'it to
Mark, us soon as you're safe lodged iu tl/,debtor's
jail. Do you onderstaud now?" ?
" The boud I tlie bond ! " ejnenlated I.e narJ,
carrying his hand to his forehead, as he e Might
a glimmering of the truth. " The villains < But
how did you learn of this? "
"Never mind how,'' replied Grit; "I nows
it, and that's enough for me, and you t o, or
ought to be. It's best you shouldn't a; t tew
many questions, Leonard, for feur you tonld
get to lnm too much. What do you ct e'late
on doin' ? "
" 1 am to be arrested, you say, ou this bond,
which the lawyer holds," remarked Leonl.xl, inquiringly,
" and, when I'm safely lodged i jail,
Mark is to resume his rights?"
" That's the idea," answered Grit. " .oifrc
in tho way. Do you take the notion It's
smart, I guess, eh ? "
As he spoke, he glanced at Mildred. Leonard
comprehended at once. His count? inncc
became crimson with the tlush of indigi ttion,
and he clenched his hand, muttering som,thing
to himself. Mildred felt that she was tl ? primary
cause of this calamity, and after s?' king,
by a succession of violent efforts, to su press
her emotion, burst into a passionate ft '?d of
tears, exclaiming, as she threw herself ii o his
arms : '
" Oh, Leonard ! brother, dear, do let u: leave
this citv, and dee from the persecution ff this
L.?^L1 " *
Leonard embraced bis sister affectio^itely,
and, addressing Grit, said :
"Zach, 1 think Millv's idea is worth u ting
upon. We have vet time. We will lenvt I'aris
to-night. What say you? Will you aceo ipany
us, or remain here ? "
" I stops here, in course," responds Grit.
" along ot you.''
"With us? But we are going away. 1 tell
you." retorted Leonard.
" That's what 1 thought on. once," an wered
Zaehariah, with a coolness which, urn* %r the
circumstances, seemed almost cruel; '^|)ut it
aint possible.''
"Not possible, Zach? What is to recent
it ? " asked Leonard.
"'Taint possible, Leonard, 'ennse it dnt to
be done safe,*' was the rejoinder. " Tou're
cotchod, like a eel in a basket. You cfYt get
out. wriggle as you may."
" I tell you what, Zach," rejoined L tmard,
"I don't comprehend your enigmatical wav of
speaking. Here have you been tortuf ng me
and poor Milly?don't crv, dear.'' he said to her.
aside?" for this last half hour, nearly, and at
every turn we fiud you grow darker and barker.
Speak out, man; or. in spite of your waVing. 1
will attempt what you forbid, at whaler* risk.''
" Don't rile up, now, Leonard," rotow 3 Grit.
" It won't do, no how. You're in a furr' country,
where there's laws to wind round X man
like an evorlastin* bore-constrictor. What's
more, you've got a customer to deal Mth as
knows everv dodge they're got in 'em. %^f ?ou
wants to find any on 'em out, jes you ti to go,
mat s an. y
u Is the writ or warrant for mr acres' issued,
Zach ? Answer me that," asked Leorur',L
" Tt wan't an hour ago, and won't* he till
so'thing'a done I knows on,*' was the at* wer.
'"Then, Zach, I'm safe," replied Leon rd. A >
I have time before me, I'll make the in A t of it.
We'll go at once, Milly."
'Jes' you come here, Leonard," (^(served
Grit, beckoning Leonard to his side ; wK ther he
went, aceomjianicd by Mildred. " You ook up
and down the street as far as you can, nil tell
me what you see." h
Leonard and his sister did as Zach Erected,
but both informed him they saw nothiii ' out of
the common way.
" In course you don't," said Zach. That's
the devilment on it. I can't see notlr ig par
tic lar citner. mat yar iciier in tne blue smockfrock,
now?him as is eating bread anG cheese
in the door of the wine shop opposite, 1, lor say
he's nobody.''
" He looks like an artisan, getting a very
modest breakfast," answered Leonard. .*
" Well, that's a fart," responded Grit,, " But
aint yon never seen him afore?"
" Can't say I have, Zach. Why ? *'
" 'Cos 1 have. Leonard ; but I shou' In't lia'
took any 'count on bim, onless aomebo'. V who's
a friend to you and nlc?me in j>ei tc'lar?
hadn't told me to take his measure."
" Leonard, I too have noticed that n' m." observed
Mildred. "And, now Zach lias urected
our attention to him, I feel almost cert' in he is
the same I have observed several tim s loitering
about the places wo have been to. But lie
baa not been dressed twice alike."
44 'Twouldn't do to skear you, Miss M It," exclaimed
Grit. "They're a plaguey t crht too
cute to let folks see what game they e a'tcr.
Now, that yer feller is a kinder sort spy on
Leonard. lie's been sot on by the lav rer, and
wherever you go you'll see him a foil' nn' you
up, close as your own shudder. Ef yo was to
trv and be off, he's got a bit o' pap4> in his
IA at/Art enti en ..
J FVV ntvj. # k
' " But our passports, Zach," remark d Leonard,
" are a safeguard."
" Well, that's a fact, tu, in a ordina* y sort of
a war," rejoined Orit; 11 but I ha' seen them as
hare let me into a secret or two. Y? ki see., ef
on want to make tracks for?say any *hars out
of the country?you'd have to pet your passport
from the 'thorities. Now, when you w-jnt for to
I fetch it, you'd find out that the lawyer ^had set
! }iia mark ag'in it. He's put the teth r round
! rour leg, I^eonard, and it aint o' no sQrt o' use
j tryin' to break it wiolent." y
' " Do vou mean that he has lodged a detainer
against me, as his debtor?-' inquired iconard.
! not yet quite comprehending the i^Ka Grit
sought to convey.
"Possible that's the right name fo ' it," re'
joined Zach. " I calls it a collar and h chain.
or anything else that'll bear out my no on of a
j so'thing you can't get away from, no h> w. But
that's the idea. Leonard, fix it how votfVill."
Leonard now fnlly comprehended t-*-* extent
of his misfortune and the astuteness of the lawyer.
He also understood the object of, Aveling
in seeking to remove him. The disclosure quite
bewildered him, for he saw no mode c escape,
and trembled for Mildred, should sbcfhll into
the power of their persecutor. Tn the^.gonv of
her grief, the poor girl had stink int>* a cbair, '
and hidden her lace in her hands.
' " What ia to be done ? What is to b-" done ?" j
.she ejaculated, sobbing piteously. Aid tlieu 1
: she looked np imploringly at Zaeh, w\lo ?tood \
watching her with a troubled countenr ice, but 1
phich nevertheless seemed enlivened hj^a smirk
of self-satisfaction, as if the project he } ad been 1
revolving in his own mind promised thfrn deliv- I
erance from the immediate peril they ?>re in. 1
u Aye, Zaeh," ejnculated Leonard, ''*ou who <
know so much, what is your udvice ?" \ :
" Will you foller it, Leonard ? " aske< Grit. <
* ."Zaeh, / will trust you to any extiat,"' ex- 1
claimed Mildred, "I will promise, on Lsonard's 1
behalf, that wc will do exactly what to you '
seems best for us to do. But do?oh, lor fljty's f
sake, do?save us from that monster ji< human ! \
form, Mark Aveling." j (
" For mvself, I should not care so rAC<jh, per- j t
hapS," said Leonard; " I made a hasty, aud, as j
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it turns out, a very dangerous agreement. Still,
I am in point of tact the man's debtor; and if I
cannot pay, he has, I suppose, a right to exercise
the powers the law gives him. But when I
think of you, Millv dear, I am unmanned."
" Leonard, you're a fool," said Grit, abruptly.
u What you calls honor, I calls downright stoopiducss.
It aint o' no use trvin' to be honorable,
or honest, either, with them as don't know what
honor and honesty is. Candid, I wouldn't go
for to cheat anv man, not ef he was all straight
up and down right with me; but let liim try the
cuuuiu', and me cotch him at it, then 1 says its
time to come to close reck'nin's with him ; and
I does it; yes, sir; I goes slick into him, and I
uw? win, nineteen times out o twenty. Now,
ou wauts to l>e honest with Mark ami thia yer
lawyer. But the more you tries to be, the more
they'll try to fix you. I say you must leave off
boin' stoopid honorable."
" There is some force in what you say, Zach,"
responded Leonard, u and for once I'll own myself
converted to your philosophy. As the
world goes, 1 don't know but it is not the easiest
to get alonor with, if it is not altogether the
best. Come! Tell me what I am to do, and I
will do it."
" Well, that's sensible," said (Irit. " You
wont have to do mueh more than walk out of
.the hotel. I've got to d<> what's got to he done,
hat I'll do it. That bread and-eheeso customer
must he circumwented, and got out of the way.
I'hi agoing to sawit sawder ^m, presently.
Now, you and Millv stop her?r and wutcli us,
and as soou as he's off his guard, you slip out,
and don't you come hack hero 110 more. I'll
settle the bill."
1" But where shall we go to ?'" asked Leonard.
" I've thought of that, Leonard, and ef what
I beam you say's true, whv now'a the time for
him to prove lie's your friend, lie's the only
man can help you?besides me."
4< He? To whom do you allude. Grit? I know
of 110 one in thia great city that I can apply to
for assistance iu my present strait."
" You aren't so smart, Leonard, as I tuk you
to bo. by a long chalk," rejoined Zach.
lie went up to Leonard, and whispered in his
ear; not in so low a voice, however, as to pre
Tcut Mildred from hearing distinctly what he
said. It produced an instantaneous effect upon
l*>th, brightening their countenances with a
smile of joy, not unmiugled with surprise.
" I think it is feasible, Zach." exclaimed
Leonard. " At any rate, it must be tried. Hut
should he refuse, we shall not be better off than
we are now."
" Leonard, dear, ho will not refuse," interjiosed
Mildred. a sudden flush crimsoning her
check." " Let us tiot lose any more time, 1 beseech
you."
u It is Zach you must press, not mo," replied
Leonard ; " we arc now under his orders."
" 'Taint that von couldn't go quite straight off
tliar," remarked Grit, *' without my getting this
ynr hound out of the way ; but it wouldn't be
pleasant to have him a sqnintin' round the corners,
and asking questions of the lackies ! Hesides,
when you're made up your mind to eirenmwent
a ole weazel, it's best to try and cotch
him asleep. Now, if he don't know what* you're
gone tu, he won't find it easy to fuller your
track. Then, agen, you gets time, and if you
on'y knows how to make use on it, why, vou
ought to get cl'ar out o' this scrape. Hut Tsay,
Loonard, of you do?of you ilu, mind, never you
trust a sleek, "ily-tongued lawyer agin."
Zach having duly instructed Leonard and his
sister to watch his movements from the window,
and prescribed their subsequent course,
nodded familiarly to them as he withdrew, and
they presently heard him desccud the stairs,
whistling his favorite melody.
The street was not many paces w ide, so they
h <on nan imc sausiaction ut seeing 11:111 on the
opposite side. H?f walked straight into tlic
wineshop, uud, going up to the counter, was
presently served with a tumbler of wine, which
the host poured out front a huge wooden pitcher.
Apparently it did not suit his palate, for he
made a hideous grimace, and shook his head.
The vintner shrugged his shoulders, bowed, and
poured out another tumbler from a bottle. The
second experiment did not seem much more
satisfactory than the first; and after a series of
signals, the landlord disappeared, presently returning
with a bottle fresh from the cellar, which
he proceeded to uncork. He then handed the
bottle to Grit, who helped himself in a clean
tumbler.
' He likes that," observed Leonard, laughing
; " he has lipped it off."
' The man is looking at him," remarked Mildred
; " and sec, Zach nods to him. Now he is
idling up another tumbler."
" And In; lias called for another clean glass,"
added Leonard ; bow politely lie offers it to the
spy," said Mildred; "he laughs and nods at
Zach ! Why, they are actually hob-nobbing."
They watched the pair empty their glasses ;
after which, Zaeli, as it appeared to them,
seemed laboring bard to convey to his new acquaintance
some sentiment whose purport they
were puzzled to comprehend. This he did
chiefly by signs of a somewhat elaborate character,
but which ultimately answered their end ;
for the party to whom, or rather at whom, they
were directed, condescended to help Zacli to
empty the bottle.
Leonard and Mildred wondered what would
follow. They saw Zach presently pull out a
small book, which Leonard recognised to be a
poeket dictionary. This proved of marvellous
service. With its assistance?though the frequency
of the references to it inu.^ have somewhat
interfered with the consecutiveness of the
conversation?Zach managed to get his new
acquaintance into a high state of enjoyment,
which presently contaminated oven the host
himself. Not to he behind Grit in generosity,
the spy ordered two drams of brandy, which
were speedilv disposed of. Hut Zach seemed
determined not to he outdone, and immediately
asked for two others. Leonard, however, noticed,
that although the spy gave himself fully
up to the enjoyment of the moment, he never
once averted his ere from the doorway of the
hotel for a sufficient space of time to allow any
one to pass out without his seeing them. He
remarked upon this to Mildred, but there was
no remedy, save to abide the event patiently.
There was a small parlor on the right-hand
side of the vintner's store, the window of which
faced the street. After exchanging some words
and manv more signs with the landlord and the
strange man, and after sundry refusals on the
part of the latter, he was induced to accompany
Grit in, and they were presently seated at. a
small table close to the window.
IL ll'l _1 1 - _ 1 1 1.:.- try lirAnl'f.,,1 I
" ny. /jacn nun iwhru mm iu mvnnmnv, j
do believe," exclaimed Mildred. laughing. " But
1 sre that tlio mail keeps a sharp lookout this
way."
" Yes," rejoined Leonard. " There goes the
landlord ; he is laying the cloth."
In due course, a dish of something hot was
served tip, to which the spy did full justice.
The preparation, whatever its nature, was washed
down with copious draughts of wine, and
was followed hv cheese and fruit. AAer the
repast had heen di^nsed of. the landlord was
summoned, and the pocket dictionary having
again come into active requisition, he withdrew,
returning presently with a half-pint decanter,
containing brandy, and a box of dominoes,
which he spread out npon the table.
" Zach is looking this way," said Leonard;
" we he preparer^"
" I am nnite readv. ' responded Mildred, ad
justing her shawl. The game commenced, and
the two friends were soon deeply engaged in it.
Zacli, however, kept constantly glancing across
the road, at the window where Mildred and
Leonard stood, and the latter observed that he
frequently replenished the spy's dram-glass.
Gradually, as the game proceeded, the last-menlioned
individual became more and more interested?he
was evidently winning?but also less
tnd less vigilant, though he retained his seat
dose to the window. By imperceptible degrees,
lowever, Grit contrived to shift his seat, so that
ie conld see what his opponent held in his hand,
ro avoid this, the latter moved, too, hut Grit
oilowed him up, until at length the man's face
vas so far turned from the window, that it he- i
ame impoasihle for him to see, without a conliderable
effort, what passed on the opposite
lide.
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1854
" It. is time," sai<l Leonard, in a low voice;
" quick, Milly. We must make haste, hut not
appear to hurry."
1'hcy left their apartment and their effects,
and descended the stairs. It was a trying moment
when they reached the doorway, hut they
had the unspeakable satisfaction of perceiving
that Grit's rime had succeeded, nnu that the
spy's attention had heen effectually diverted.
Leonard pressed his sister's arm to his side, and
with firm step, hut wary eyes fixed on the little
window, they glided out, and in a few minutes
were in the fin* Si. Hon ore.
" No one is following us," whispered Leonard,
after looking hack ; 4* Let us press on."
[Ent?r?d according to act of Congress, in the year
1854. by Alick Carey, in the Clerk's Uthce of the
District Court for the Southern District of New
York.)
For the National Era.
HOLLY-WOOD.
bt alice caret.
CHAP. VII?Concluded.
The lit.st week of tot probation was an active
and happy one. I hail my little vanity as well
us the rest, and 1 confess to Lite trying the effect
of my white dross more than once. Every
Jay 1 read my part, and night by night I walked
in the moonlight, and gave recitations to
the winds. I would not avail myself of the advantage*
which Christopher's other pupils had,
for they had nightly rehearsals in the schoolhouse,
subject to the emendations of the master.
And "The Illind Hoy,'' "The Cuckoo,"
and the speech of Antony over the dead body
of Caesar, and many other favorite pieces of
versification and dialogue, which 1 do not remember,
were uttered with a pathos and power
of which I can give you no notion.
Toward the close of the rehearsals, some of
the elderly folks, fathers and mothers of the
young orators, were permitted to be present.
mm umr reports 01 me wonaenui ezctwncc ot
tlio performances stimulated curiosity to it.1*
utmost pitch. Tliore was not a dry ore in the
house, and it was so still you might have heard
a pin fall, were some part of the ordinary reports.
Even the schoolmaster was said to
hare I asm moved upon one occasion?when
l'rthias appeared to die and to redeem his
friend, I think. Two or three hoys wore set
apart in as many families for professions, and
dignified by the name of " the preacher " and
''the doctor." To chop wood and drop or hoe
corn was thenceforth below their station ; hut,
so far as 1 know, the world has not sanctioned
any of these little deferences paid to genius,
which only affection could see.
At last, the evening preceding the anticipated
day was come. The moon was round and
full, and the weather as genial as one could
wish. The leaves were slowly fading, hut the
woods had none of their accustomed gorgeousness,
for the frosts had not yet fallen, and a
slow and dusty withering of nature made sombre
the landscape beforo its time.
The sun was down, anu along the west the
dull, red fires were burning slowly out, when I
took mv way down the quiet lane toward my
father's house ; 1 had not been there for weeks,
and I hoped that since the sole direction of
things had gone into Marthas hands, tliov
might have been bettter managed, for where
there are two guiding heads to one house,
neither is apt to do duty very well. I was restless
too, for 1 felt that the crisis of my fate was
approaching?was very near: and 1 could not
remain quiet, hut hurried from one thing to
another to duutnais the time I han aaant-?<"t
niv.'olf, over ami over, that all was in readiness,
the white dress, the slippers, the embroidered
kerchief?all but the flowers, and those i left to
take the dew of one night more,.
For days past. Mr. Rbhards and I had not
met alone ; bet in the interviews whieh we had
had, his manner had not been quite sntisfaetorr?not
unkind, but so punctiliously polite, so
studiously so as to contradict our professed relationship.
1 bad not sought to interfere with
the course things were taking 5 I had learned
the fntilitv of such nttrmnts and waitoH o?
patiently as might he the culminating point of
things : and as 1 walked through the twilight, 1
comforted my heart with the reduction that
another night-time would bring nie lo some
greater knowledge : suspense should then have
run its limit. As 1 crossed the main road into
inv father's grounds, 1 saw emerging from the
little woodland, of which I have before written,
a figure, indistinct in the shadows, but which,
as he came out into the open light, 1 recognised
as Dr. Roberts.
Mv heart was heating with a kindly pulse toward
all the world, and 1 turned down the slope
in order to meet and converse with him. As
we drew near end) other. I saw that he held in
his hand a sprig of wild blue dowers, such n*
he liad once heard me admire, and that his
seeming was pensive melancholy.
He saw and recognised me, evidently, while
yet a deep hollow divided us; and as 1 climbed
the opposite hill, I expected to ineet liini, but
did not ; and when I reached the summit, he
was nowhere to he seen. He had turned aside
to avoid me?perhaps, in the vain hope that 1
would he mortified and disappointed, for it is
hard to believe the object of all our thoughts
quite; indifferent to us.
If I had not been, I should have pursued my
way as though chance or my own pleasure had
hroucht me there : but I naiiaed mutpiul and
having surveyed the surrounding scene, turned,
and retraced my steps, and my thoughts went
to their accustomed channels.
At, me! how we cheat ourselves to the last,
learning onlv when it is too lata to a\ail ourselves
of the knowledge, how small, how unimportant
we are : that a breath may drift us from
among the interests and habitations of men.
and no visible discord.
When I reached the gate leading into the
door yard, I stopped?there was no need that I
should go on to have my quest answered?
everything before me answered it. Everything
was out of joint, and the little spasmodic exertions
which I had made sometimes, such as
the printing of a shrub or the planting of a
flowerbed, had all been discontinued. Strips
of plank and broken boards lay about, and
here and there a patch of yellow grass, the
blades crooked down, and tender, showed their
removal from place to place, probably at the
caprice of Hoke, who was never averse to doing
anvthing which was of no possible use.
Limbs were broken and hanging dead from
the fruit trees about the yard, which 1 attributed
to his climbing propensities, and broken
crockerv and old chairs and barrels were profusely
scattered, and the little shrubbery had
been nearly browsed away, by horses and cattle,
uow and then turned into the yard, to obviate
the need of mowing. A beautiful lilac,
near the door, was broken in and browsed down,
and garnished with dirty mop-rags.
Heaps of ashes lay about, and around and
between them stood pools of greasy water. Old
trowsers and vests, past all mortal use. were
taking the air on the clothes-line, and the palings
of the garden were topped with dilapida
ted boots and shoes. I recognised but one improvement
; a rude, unsightly shed had been
constructed in one corner of the yard that
fronted the hiphway. straw-roofed, and partly
enclosed with rough hoards, and therein Mar|
tha's little cow was champing pumpkins. Half
the windows of the house were broken, for it
was one of the employments of I>oke to throw
stones. Some were patched with broken glass,
some with oiled paper, and some with pieces of
shingles. My father had done the best be could,
for I well knew his scanty means would ill afford
the requisite glass. Within doors, the aspect
of things was little better: as I entered,
Martha stood with her bark toward me, counting
her silver spoons, and was either so much
engaged as to be unconscious of my entrance,
or so ill-humored as to pretend unconsciousness,
for she kept counting on. ller dress was pin
ned and tucked up in a war that revealed a ]
dirty and tattered petticoat; and a soiled white 1
handkerchief, beneath which was a brown pa- i
per, was bonnd about her head. Hetty was
in a dark stuff dress, which might have become <
a woman of sixty, was engaged in scouring 1
some rusty knitting-needles in ashes. Ttokelav ?
in one corner, fast asleep, his head pillowed on i
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NO 409.
the dug, iiiitl two or three raw turnips, eaten
hollow, were lying near him; ami my father sat
in the corner, makiug his supper of a piece of
dry bread. He had come in late, he said, as an
excuse for eating at all; and he didn't know
as he ought to have had anything till the next
meal. Ho was making a great deal of trouble.
There was no light burning, ami as the shadows
deepened, my father ami myself hitched
into the strip of moonlight which came throinrh
the uncurtained window, and Martha and the
silver spoons became quite invisible.
In answer to mv inquiry, whether she were
not designing to honor our f< te bv her present e,
she replied that she supposed she must go. on
Mr. Halstoad's aecount tint iVi.-o it
against her will. I affected credulity, but 1
knew a standing army *-imW no. have kept her
away. It was one of her peculiarities to pretend
a reluctance to going from liumc, when-.islte
lost no opportunity; but her especial enjoyment
was funerals: ami in notching shrouds,
and tying dead hands and feet together, she
experienced a sort of solemn satisfaction?the
highest, i think, she a.is capable of enjoying.
" May I go w ith you, mother?" llettT asked,
showing how bright she had made one of the
rustr knitting-needles, by way of furthering her
hopes; hut Martha deigned to make no reply:
and the child, with the great tears in her eyes,
resumed Iter work in the dark ashes.
There seemed a restraining and crushing in
fluenco upon all the inmates of the house ; ami.
after sitting for a little while, for the most part
silent, 1 took mv departure: and my father,
sheering aside, and looking at Martha, followed
1110.
We were no sooner alone, than he asked the
old question, whether 1 knew anything of Charley
; and when 1 said no, lie turned aside, and
counted the sheep in the adjoining field, that 1
might not witness the anguish of his counte- |
nance. When 1 left him, 1 told him to be early
on the ground on the morrow, that he might secure
a good seat, for I proposed to do myself a
deal of credit. I said, too, that perhaps 1 would
hare some good news in a day or two, for 1
wished to comfort him in some way, and in my
heart 1 thought 1 should have to tell him about
inv marriage.
At the roadside gate 1 met Timothy, who
was seated on the gras- bank in the moonlight,
silent and absorbed, as it seemed. At the click
of the gate latch he started from his reverie,
and with one of his customary droll exclamations,
asked me if 1 would not -hare his s,,fa.
" What have you been thinking of?" 1 asked,
"of the iournov before vim 7
44 Yea," .said lie, smiling, <4 of that journey
which, at one time or another, happem-th unto
us all; and as I sat here I was ti ring to learn
whether 1 had really mudr my jwc. as the
preachers say,"
1 looked at him inquiringly, hut, though he
smiled, he was evidently not irreverent.
4< I don't know, I don't know," lie continued;
44 hut I am as I am. and that is as circumstances,
a curious and complicated combination of
circumstances, have made me ; hut how far the
circumstances were owing to my own little peculiarities.
I can't determine; for whether
4 God, in binding nature fast in fate, left free
the human will,' has hecn in my mind a matter
of some curious speculation, 'litis is certain,"'
he said, after a thoughtful pause ; 44 we
must trust in ourselves, as we'll a< in late, or
Heaven. You have heard of the old lady, who,
when the horses ran tiway, trusted in the Lord
till the harness broke, and then she learned
that strong leather was of slight importance."
44 How chanced your thoughts to get into this
vein?" 1 asked.
4*\Vhv. as 1 limped along here." said he, "mv
disability suggested the calamity which caused
it, and 1 bethought me of a good clergyman
who was called to comfort me spiritually on the
occasion, ami who asked, thinking my situation
a little eritieal. I suppose, whether I thought
mvself fit to die: 1 told him i didn't know as
to that, but I was sure I was not fit to live,
wheretil ion lie eriiruiod most nilooiolv
" Hut after that." he continued, "I look my
fitness for death into more serious consideration,
and actually became convicted and converted,
hopefully at least, and should have been
a church member but for one little circumstance."
"What was it?"'
"Why. the appointed day of :idin<>?iou chane
ed to be exeeedinp hot, and the temptation of
an ice-cream saloon caught nic away; and, in
a little converse with some boon companions,
I quite forgot mv confirmation. Well, |K>rhup*
it is as well, for I have smidrv peculiarities, naturnl
or acquired, that inipht clash against canonical
authority."
"Von an* a singular compound," 1 said: 1
don't quite understand you, I think."
"Von mean to convey in tlie gentlest termthat
I am a pront sinner; yes, mv dear runup
friend, the more I reflect upon it, the more am
i liicimoo 10 nciieve mat on ii is tin; {>itJi and
marrow of your brief discourse. All, well! it
is true T have done those things which I ought
not to liave done, and have left tuulone the
things which 1 should have done: 1 don't think
1 am nil evil, hut 1 am part I v so, 1 confess?
confess it in dust and ashes?and may the Lord
hav" mercy on my soul!"
The exclamation seemed devout; hut, as lie
tried to rise, a sudden and severe pain caught
him. "Oh, the devil! " he muttered. "These
side-stitches, that pen my breath up. will brine
me to Jordan before long; and suppose, in
mindfulness of the harness catastrophe, we
avoid these death-distilling dews."
And, whistling some negro melody, lie hobbled
up the path, now panning to make some
pious soliloquy at the glory of the moon and the
stars, and now ejaculating an oath when the
side-stitch returned with more than usual violence.
When we separated at the door, I said
I ho|?ed his proposed journey would prove beneficial
to his health.
"I pray that it may," lie answered, "lor life
is not worth a curse at thi* rate;" and kissing
his hand to nie, gaily, he climbed the stairs.
A strange combination of elements made up
that same Timothy.
J found Mr. Richards waiting for me in the
library, and when he said it seemed to him that
I was never coming. I sat down on his knee
and put my arm about bis neck and kissed
him.
" And so, Mary, vou really like me a little,"
he said, looking archly in my face. 1
" No, not a little?a groat deal more than I
have any words to ssv; for you know I am. but
a j>oor scholar."
" Quite learned enough, tny dear." lie said :
" but there is another way, sweeter than words,
to tell one's love;" and so I kissed him again
and again.
Presently he added, "And vet another,
stronger nud solemner than all, which few persons,
especially few women, have the courage
or the strength of will to practice."
" What is it?" I asked; "there is nothing I
will not do for you, nothing I will not suffer,
nothing I w ill not bravo, this side of death ; and
if need were, I would die for you."
" Vou are a darling go<*l girl," he answered,
sadly, and seeming raihcr troubled than comforted
by my words.
<4 Why are von sad ? "
"Nothing: 1 am not sad. We must make
the future bright, in some way."
" Make it bright! it is bright! l.ook out, love,
into the night, and see: there was never such
moonlight. 1 almost wish the morning would
never come, for it seems to ine that with the
light you will love me less. 0, you cannot
know the strength, the depth, of my affection;
every hope is, that I may better l*aru to please
you: every fear, that some danger is in vour
wav. or that some harm will ? :r
? ... Wiuc l?? TUU ; II
but the meadow divide us, I am afraid, and
vour footstep is the gladdest music of my life.
\Vhen night shuts in I am glad, and exult that
for certain hours we will both be beneath the
same roof. \\ hen you are pone. I can scarcely
persuade myself that you will ever returu. so
foolish is my fondness; and when 1 see you come
in at the door, the house is all alight. i
I ain hanpv when I can look upon you, ]
?Yen thouph 1 fail to please you?and I do some i
imes, for 1 am a rustic girl, you know ; but 1
tm willing to he taught, and if you would to'I
me wherein I offend, 1 would be so glad; for,
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dourest. I ain sure I could improve if you w.ud?l
teach mo. fur love is quick to apprehend tiewishes
of the loved.
" ^ ou do not need my instruction/ he said ;
??u are :?ii i would have von l>o.
I here was no enthusiasm in his wonls, ami I
answered:
" I shall never 1h> loved as I hue jierhup- -t I
is not in man s nature to love us women do."
" 1 love more than vou can do." he sai 1,
' ami I cannot umyine u greater sorrow than
the separation from you wouhl be. 1ml. red, I
can see no happiness except in the thought o!'
the protection of your Wear arms."
" Ami do you upprehcn<l an estrangement i
mv part? Vou do not know my nature. Kverv
lihrc of inv heart is entwined with your e\i teuce,
and to l?e separated from you would be to
die ; but. uiv l?e?t. dearest, sweetest friend, lover,
husband, there is no fortune in the world cruel
enough to separate us. We are one, and i nn
not be divided. Is it not so? Why do you not
sjH'ak. sweetest, and whv do vou l?.ok sad?"
'No," he said, "we must not be divh.d;
and if you love me as you say. you w ill not lor
sake me."
" Forsake you! What do you mean? An
1 not to be vi .1 r trvo : ::<i 1 on. re v
are we not to live here, and to !??>, oh. y<< hap
Dv ? I wish to-morrow w n- li I. . I
alt charm. I have looked forward to it l-.t
as a tim?' of triumph?a turning point in n .
dt?tiny; hut now my triuiti|>li hu? come, an I
my happiness is jfcrfect."
" Put rotir hand in mine." said my com pan
i?>n. "and toll me, in tin- pre>,-ii, >: >
the witness of his angels, that yon love in--.
1 (to.
"And arc willing, if need Ik*, to make any
and all sacritiees for me ? "
" Yes."
'' That von will never leave nor for>u!o n .
though niv fortune should prove darker than
You can no* conceive of?* '
" I w ill not leave vou."
" \ <>u see. I said, " that 1 trust to a- well as
love you, for 1 have made all these prom i.? w
ithout eliciting any."
I nuder .land. h. an w. '. ] : ': n
eheek playfully, and drawing me ei--se to hii
1mO->111. " W ell. 1 rep,--tt nil'! -.a - u I., :>'!
v<>u have said.
I disengaged the arms tha; w,
ami .sat erect?I was not perfectly -atislh >1.
"Pouting already, my five-miuults' wife?
Come hack, and let us n.ak.- iri--i
" Name, first, our marriage dav. \\ hv sln-uM
it he a vagary any longer?when in
truth, husband and wife?"
We are so now. dear Man .
" 1 don't understand you."
"< -,iiie l>a'-k, and let me t< i tin- mntm
votir heart, that 1 inn v he reassured. for I liegin
to think that Mary docs not love me, nfler all."
I sat on a cushioned footstool, ami. leaning
my head on his knee, waited in childlike conli
deuce.
iv:?u -- -?? i -
.. >in ..mn . .hum iiiii- inn'-.O'i Kllll lliailT I?>' I
assurances, lie prefaced what lie knew, what lie
must haw known, was the sentence of exile.
We were married, lie said. bv all the haere.l
est ties of love?hv the solemn avowal in (ii?i'i
presence to live for the future a a one?to mn' .?
all sacrifices, each for the other, even the I an
e?t one of all?man's recognition of our imp
tie.!-.
It seemed to me that some poisoned kr .
stabbed slowly through ami through mv In irt,
anil that, with the slow oozing ot the blood that,
must at last bring death, a numbness crept into
inv frame, and my head drooped with a miserable
sickness.
1 did not start, I uttered no reproach, but I
beard the groan of despair that eume. askui,
for mercy; and I pitied my heart, a. though it
were not mine.
I did not lift myself up. I bail no jmwer to do
so; and when 1 felt on mv damp lip* the v.ari
kiss, I turned slowly and looked into thoey< . "t
mv demon master, to see whether lie had taken
a fiend's form. Hut no; there was a depth ? )
tenderness in his face, but his eyes turned
iiw.iv from tiie sleadv gazing of mi '.
Soltlv he smoothed mv hair, s.iftiv 1.
his hand again t my In an. as if, pm
stab, he would still the trembling or stem h
the blo<id.
44 Wliv do toii not s|m>ak?" he asked. at
length, "and rail me the villain v. I , a I
live me to !>e? Why do \on not heap chit upon
ir.e? 1 would rather .mi that tb in t
silence. T could arm myself for defvnie, if you
would aceu e llle.'
44 I have no accusation." I said : 44 von have
' to do with fiod m.d \>- ir own i i.e.
44 All that I tan do. I will," lie said; "all
atonement I 1.111 make, I will make." (a- if
.1 : u r - - - - - a
ailMlllli;.' I1JIIHI IIIilKC Hloncill' lll TO l'l?M " llli'l
when tliat another is culled mv wife. if it no i
he so, yon shall he to me nil you tire now, and
1 shall have it in my power to give you such
elegances and refinements a.s your gciiiu dc
serves."
I inndr no reply: and, gathering eour:fe
from tnv silence, he proceeded to say that 1
had not over t stimated my lofty and geiier :
nature, ami that 1 was proving n:\selfuot onlv
a woman, hut an angel.
44 Now. listen very calmly." he continued ;
" disgrace, ruin, the prison, threaten me. t o
contrivance and evasion, i have hillterto war?l< d
off the peril that at some time or other must,
overtake me : for. like Antmiio. I made a;.
ami contracts while my fortune was 4 in oippn
sit ion hut you know ' there he kunl rats ami
there he water rats." Ihit no matter : I \u '
a precipice; and if, under these < ircuiostain ? ?,
ntiv lady of fortune would consent to rctih \>
me. for the sake of n protector, and the hoi r
of a matronly position, yon, I am sure, mv
true,, sweet wife, would not place an nleiai in
in my way."
Calmly 1 answered, " No!"
" And you will stav here, and he mv en: ti
? 1? -II. _ I V.: i
??v ill, ill* | ?* I, III* IIT*I I I MI n 4 " ?I ?l ?V 1 it." 11 ? I .
or. if we po abroad. y.ni ?hall p;> with ti-t -all
your wants canil fur. all your wishes anthipated."
u Have vou done?" I asked, "have you said
all? Have the fiend* exhausted their cnrioit;
tortures, and am I now liiu'mn Pin.cph ; !
hunt hied enouph and ilrrfivel rtmuph, to l?*
turned loose to the w inds ? Well, farewell."
I turned to leave h:. ' 'I v. itli .-initio .
he detained nt", and. niacin;; me hy his si ! ,
kept me there, as much hy the look whit It forbade
tiie to po ,-js l,v physical d-trillion.
The enrrpv which I by a miphty effort ha 1
Rumntoned. and which had enabled me to >p?-:. ;
an ! to walk, witlidn-w it-elf tiotn m< : t! n
lip lit prow dim, as if it fled away: an indi-tities*
came over all; I. felt a hand brush t1
damp dew from my forehead : I 'i It i \
tremble?death was mine, I thonpht; and ?!!
plinp for nttermnee, I said, " K* me men
.ere?say now you love ntc. ami ' ! in
merey "
A moment more of vain strife with daikm s
and senselessness, and a 1.1< ? '< ?:no .(
consciousness ennte over nte. When I awoke,
1 was pillowed on the bosom of?what shall I
,.?ii i.:~. ? r..- ? -- ?
? an an in 11 it-nu ur uh' ; iii;i it cr ur vii .
Perhaps in |?itv, for I lav writhing as one
that had been tr<xliloit on ami brui-t 1. perhn;.-.
in anxiety to sooth mo nt all hazards. an<! per
hap;* for the momont penitent, and resolved to
brave the worst. Mr. Richards -aid he bad prartiood
too cruel a jo>t; could I forgive him, ii
should never bo repeated. I was liis darling lo\.-,
and lie would not part from nie f<>r the world.
He had no intended wife anywhere, nor was it
probable, thai if he de-ire 1 it. which he did
such a match n? lie had sjxiken of, eonld 1
made. It was all au idle ?up|>osition; and I
should never, never again be so alms. d. A d
lie rocked ine to and fro. and pave tne a thousand
reassurances, in word, and look, and ki.-s.
After thi morrow.be must go from home hurt
short time, he said, in order to arrange ninm
little affairs preparatory to his filial sottleniefit
in life, lie would toll nie more alioiit it or.,
other time: but now he would ?nlv sav bis absence
should be a? brief as possible, and that
everv day he would write to me. for that h
i_ i.-j ... .
i<> our ntrmyKmnencc as some niU-v .
lion of the necessary di-union.
u And when you come back?''
" Yes, sweet, wheri I come back."
He did not say we shall be married when h?
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