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VOL. 4. HARPEHS-Z'ERHV, VIRGINIA, JANUARY 26, 1828. VO. 33. rrBLISHF.il KVKUY SATURDAY EVENING, BY JOHN S. GALLAHKR. TERMS.—One dollar and fifty cents per annum, payable at the expiration of the first quarter, or one dollar and twenty-five cents, to be paid at the time of subscribing. Payment in advance, from distant subscribers who are not known to the pub lisher, will invariably be expected. Should pay ment oe oeieired in we. .hi yea:, vviil be required. *»’ Postage on all letters MUST be paid. TIIX? REPOSITORY. CATHARINE OP LANCASTER, OH TOURNAMENT OF TOLEDO. It was a day of unclouded splendour; the bells of Toledo rang out their most joyous peals ; all that was gay, gallant, or beautiful among the English, Portuguese, and that part of the Castilian nobility who were disaffected to the existing government, were there assembled to witness the bridal festivities of the young King of Portugal and the Lady Pliillippa, eldest daughter of John of Gaunt. Duke, of Lancaster, whose marriage was there celebrated with a grandeur suitable to the rank of the royal bride groom and the magnificent spirit of the father of the bride, who contemplated in this alliance the aggrandizement of another part of his fami ly It is scarcely necessary to remind (hose who are acquainted with the chronicles of those days, of the claims which that Prince made to the crown of Castile, in right of his second wife, Constanlia, eldest daughter of Peter the Cruel. To substantiate this claim he '-ntered Spain with an P2nglish army of twenty thousand men, and the promise oi further assistance from his nephew, Richard li. of England. This, and the probable co operation of the King of Portugal, caused great uneasiness to the reigning King of Castile, J< fin 01 Trastamaia. who, though his defective title was counterbalanced bv the popu- i larity of his government and the disgust which i the majority of the Castilians felt to the line of Peter the Cruel, was yet aware that tiie Duch ess of Lancaster was not without a strong par ty among the old adherents of her father in Castile. 1 he pretensions of this lady were, in deed, likely to receive the ablest support from hi i husband, one of the richest and most pow erful princes in Europe; and above all, the fa mily alliance now formed with the king of Por tugal, rendering his assistance no longer a mat ter ot political speculation, raised to their acme the hopes of the aspiring house of Lancaster._ TLhe hand of the, lair heiress of these hopes and Expectations was consequently sought by many a noble and ev en royal suitor, among the Princes and grandees of the Peninsula, now assembled at I oh In assist ,ii the tournament proclaim ed hv the king if Portugal in honor of his bride. O these tin- King of Portugal's brother. Don P* o. w ,. the loan most favoured by the Duke ot Larva h i ; hut the Lady Cattcrine beheld hn prill.- !v I .ver- with equal indifference, and appeared oppressed with a melancholy for which no one could account, and which contrasted strongly with the gaiety that surrounded her, and with the overflowing happiness of her sis ter the Queen of Portugal. Attached to each other by a more than sister ly love, these Princesses appeared to haw; for gotten that they owed their birth to dith rent mothers, and the sadness of the Lady • uiha rine was generally attributed to the approach ing separation between herself and that beloved sister Th- rnval blide h'rs-1 >•„ among the foremost in placing the dejection oi h. you. g Princess to that account; tor, not even to her had Catharine revealed the cause of her disqui et. Well, indeed, was she aware, that the Queen of Portugal, notwithstanding her gentle ness, sweetness of temper, and unbounded af fection towards herself, was. in pride and .real, for the aggrandizement of her familc, a true daughter of the house of Lancaster. !t was not to her, therefore, that Catharine could declare that, while her alliance was sought by almost every royal house in Europe, her heart had been given in secret to arv-obseure individual (who, whatever were his graces of person and manner, and knightly accomplish.neuts) she could not conceal from herself -.vas a nameless adventurer. At trie hull tights, ruling at the ring, rite! ait the other late chivalrous exercises, the prizes had been won by a young cavalier, unattended save by a single squire. His only adornments were his white plumage and seal f. He display ed neither banner w ith armorial bearing's, nor heraldic devices on his shield ; no one knew him , and, euniraij to ‘be -• o f•'*'■ at soeh r-a geants, he gratified not the curiosity of the as semblage by raising his vizor when lie received the palm of conquest To the courteous entrea ties of the Duke of Lancaster that he would de clare his name and quality, he replied, that lie was a soldier of fortune, a wandering knight, who could claim no other na u than that which he received at his baptism; surd as in: bore that in common with so many of every Christian na tion, if could afford no parti: olar satisfaction to that illustrious company eve were r.r to reveal it. In like manner he declined all invitations to partake in the princely hospitality of the Duke of Lancaster. . • d they who beheld him daily sharing in all deeds oi hardihood and chivalrie enterprise, sought him in vain in the banquet ting rooms, or in the princely halls where the fair and tire brave nightly assembled, to con clude with dancing and minstrelsy the diurnal pleasures prepared for them bv the royal bride groom and the father of the bride. The general interest and curiosity excited by this singular conduct was felt bv no one more powerfully than by the ludy Catharine, who. charmed with his knigliflj^proWess and noble bearing, earnestly desired to penetrate the mys tery that surrounded him. It was with a feeling of pleasure, which she could scarcely accout||^to herseil for experi encing, that she recognized his stately figure among a gaily dressed group one evening at a mask given by her father on the banks of the Tajo He wore the habit of an ancient Palu din. and appeared as though his sole business at this entertainment were to watch her move ments, By a singular .coincidence she had as Minted the dress and character of* a Saracen Princess, and she availed herself of this cirenm stance to address him with the license allowed by this fascinating diversion. So far from Palestine, Sir Paladin, w^icn th" Moor so closely beset.- the walls of tire good city?” The stranger Knight started at her observa tion. and replied—“Fair enemy, are thy words lightly spoken ? or is it from the daughter of the invading Sultan that the loyal Paladin receives - i'rier.d'. •.»••• -nin<; “ Sir Paladin. 1 see you arc not , ready re id cr ofriddles, and I leave you to tlie enjoyment of the perplexity 1 have unw itlitiglj occasioned.’’ - gd the Princess, turning from him with an air oi playful coquetry. “ heave me not, fair arid tress of my destiny.’’ said the Palad- . detuning her, “ till 1 have poured forth my passion at thy feet.” • IIow, Sir Paladin! docs a Christian Knight avow his love, for a Pagan lady? What will ho ly mother church say to conduct so unorthodox?' ‘Alas, fair tyrant1 you but amuse yoursclt with the sufferings your beauty inflicts,'1 said the Knight, withdrawing the princess to a more retired spot. ‘ Rut how can I, the nameless and obscure son of a nameless race, how can I dar<> to hope that a mighty Princess, the sister of ?. Queen, and the presumptive heiress of a crown, would listen to a suit like mine ?’ ‘V on forget, Sir Knight,' said the Princess, faintly struggling to disengage her hands from his impassioned grasp—‘ You forget that I hold11' conference with you only in my assumed cha racter. and with that freedom wl'ich the diver tisement of masking permits, it you proceed to address me as Catharine, of Lancaster, f must resume the fetters of state and haughty reserve which that name and rank impose on their possessor.’ She sighed as she concluded ‘ Would,' said the Knight,' that that lofty name might be forgotten, and that exalted rank ex changed lor the lowly estate of a village maid i n, that 1 might be allowed the opportunity of proving how little a heart like min- regards the adventitious circumstances of birth and gran lieur ’ I heknight would have been indeed a no \ iec had he not perceived (hat his language was far from displeasing the Princess. She had al most unconsciously seated herself beneath the orange trees that overhung the moonlit waters of the Tajo. and had removed her ma‘k for ihr benefit of breathing the fragrant breezes tha' played round her, and sported in her hair of darkest luxuriance. Perhaps the Knight, well versed in all the movements of the heart of wo man, might suspect her of wishing to display the touching effect which moon light gave to her beautiful dark eyes and transparently pure complexion. ‘ It is not in the stately halls of Toledo, or ir, the royal balcony, at the games uhrre ti.c kings and princes of the land contend to n your smites, that you appear in your true p^m . and loveliness, fair Pfantagenot,’ said tl.r Knight, gazing passionately on her. He. too, had removed hi* mask, and it was with feelings of the most thrilling interest that the Princess contemplated, for the first time, the features o', her beloved; and. as she timidly raised bet eves to his fare, she wjs strurk wl«b h;s mae'v