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The Lamar register. [volume] (Lamar, Colo.) 1889-1952, January 01, 1898, Image 2

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LADY ISABEL.
BY W. X.
H E Lady tmbml
a Scottish bar
m s -danjshter. and
Car «u silt* famed
W*r* others fair,
•h* was fairer;
were others rich,
ah* was richer, la
short, ail perfec
tions were said to
be centered In the
Lady Isabel, sad
<#
that qaalnj for which she ought to
ha»# been mo* prised turned the one
which made least noise in the world,
nnd Uus «u her devoted duty to her
father SJhe *u hie only child—the
ehild of his old ape the idol of his
bear?, and the lamp of his life. But
still he was a cruel father for. in re
born for her duteous affection, ha had
determined to wed her to a man she
had never seen, while ha knew that
her heart was another's.
The Lord of Onnisdaie was the son
of his ancient friend, and the poaseaeor
of broad lands in a distant part of
fl roUand. The two old men had sworn
to each ether that their children should
be united, bat ere this part, the youth
had been sent abroad (o be initiated In
the art of war—an art bat too much
practiced in hi# native country at that
time, for be S' known that our paer
>e*a beauty bloomed in the fifteenth
century when the feuds of the Scot
tish nobility were frequent and dead
ly Much was bruited abroad of the
goodly person and brave qualities ot
tha young earl, but of this Lady laabel
had no opportunity of judging, for
never as has been told, had she seen
him. She bad. however, but too often
**en his cousin Roderick, and to him
waa her heart devoted It wan true
he bad neither title, iand nor vaasaU
hut he was s handsome, a noble and
a gallant youth, and ae had knelt at
her feet, confessed hi* love, and swore
eternal constancy and though, when
»he thought of her father, she turned
coldly away it waa but to treasure his
image in her heart and to weep must
bitter tears at ihe hapless fate which
doomed her to wed another
Roderick, by and by. went away to
a foreign land, distraught by his pas
sion for the Lady Isabel and the time
was long, and he returned not. and
none spoke of him. or seemed to think
of him. save hi* disconsolate love. But
It was not so, for the old baron loved
LADY ISABELS DELIGHT.
turn for his worth and manly bearing:
and when he saw hi* daughter droop
rig her head like a lily. he. too. wu
unhappy, and repented him of his rash
tow. though he would rather hare
-acrifleed his own life, and her*, too,
i has have broken his oath
Bat now the time was at hand when
the sun was to shine upon the 19th
birthday of the baron s daughter, and
multitudes were invited to his castle
to celebrate the festival with mirth
-nd revelry. Many were the seasons un
which he bad thrown wide the castle
cates and welcomed numerous guests,
and ample the hospitable provision h*
' made for them; but never, during
»- ia life, or that of his forefathers, had
:bere been such doings as now While
hecatombs of sheep and oxen bled on
r.e occasion, with wain-loads of deer.
* -d and tame fowl, and other erea
;r*w, every country seemed to hav
Wen for fruit and Other dcii
cacte*. an 4 w I Q*ni of the richest seemed
by the quantities provided to b« in
tended absolutely to flow iu riTer*.
Ths birthday of the Lady Isabel bad
teen celebrated, as It cause round,
ev-r since that on which she first drew
her breath but never had there been
even imagined such preparations as
this. The tongues of all the gossip
ing old dowagers to the kingdom were
set a-going on the occasion; some as
signed one reason for this extraordin
ary entertainment, and some another.
Now there were several whose eager
cariosity caused them so much uneasi
ness that they went so far as to ask an
explanation of the old baron bisnself
They were all. however, foiled in the
attempt to penetrate the mystery, and
therefore settled in their own minds
that the old man had either lost
his wits altogether or was in his do;
age
Nor. to speak the truth did the
TDong lady, on whose account was ell
the turmoil, feel lees surprised than
other people at her father * unbounded
extravagance, especially as there ar
rived from the capital cheat after
chest, packed with the richest vest
ment*. cut fa the most approved fash
ion of the day and boxes Sited with
Jewelry which, added to the family
gems she already possessed, might
have furnished the dowry of a pr»o-
The day at length arrived for which
all this extraordinary preparation had
been made, and the baron not content
with charging his daughter to apparel
herself ta a suit, which, by its exceed
ing splendor, seamed to have been par
tinfSarfy Intended for the occasion, \nd
to wear her most costly Jewel* also
commanded her maiden* to tax their
wits la ornamenting and setting off
to the best advantage, the charms of
their young mistress..
And now. after having arranged *
things, and being promised implicit
obedience by h« laughter, the mystery
of all his magnificent proceedings was
Partly unrxwied by his telling that
they were that night to expect the ar
rival of the Ear! of Ortmsdaie. he.
moreover, presented her with a mask,
and informed her that he had given
orders that each of his guests should
put oo a visor before they entered h*-
batil room, after they left the basque*
ball, and that be had done this for her
sake, that the eye of idle curiosity
should not rend In her features what
was passing in her mind when sbe
first met her betrothed. It was In
vain that the affhcted Lady Isabel
pleaded most movingly for s more pri
vate meeting, for her father wa* deaf
to her entreaties, while he affirmed
that his precaution of the visor would
do sway with all objections: and was
so peremptory in the matter that, as
usual, she acquiesced
How different, however, were the
feelings of his daughter on this momen
tous subject, and sore averse was b»
to meet the man she was sore that
•he could never love: and many were
the tsars she abed, sad many the re
solves she made to retract all her
promises and live and die tn solitude
But then she bethought her of the de
spair of her poor old father —of his
tender though mistaken love—of the
few remaining years of hi* life em
bittered by disappointment—and hi*
leath probably hurried on through her
means. All this was too much when
laid on the balance with only her own
happiness, and she still sustained the
character of a dutiful daughter, by
heroically determining to sacrifice all
selfishness at the altar of filial duty
and affection
But though this wa# her ultimate re
solve. we need not be surprised that
when decked in her splendid attire.
*vnd presiding in the gorgeous bsmquer
ing hall of her father, she looked and
felt as if assisting at a funeral fen*;
md that she even then would have
iieen the better of the visor to proven*
many conjectures on wbat her mad
dened looks might mean But the
time for assuming the mask arrived,
•md the noble* of the land, with their
haughty dames, and many a knight.
And many a damsel fair, bedlght in silk
iod cloth of gold, and blazing in Jew
els, graced the tapestried ballroom, oo
wfctcti a flood of brilliant light wns
poured from tamp and torch And
mur.li in Joyous mood, cheered by ‘be
merry mlnatreis, and by tbe sound ef
harp and vtoi. ImpsUmtly awadted the
commencement of Um inace. when
'.ftty were informed that 't wee stared
for an expected and bonormbts piett.
Bet presently there war a flour tab of
the music, and the cry of the ushers to
mahe way for the noble Earl of Ora -
dale; and the Urge doors a a the toot
of the hall were flung wide open, and
the gaL’aat young earl masked, and at* <
tended by a train of young gentlemen
all hie kinsmen, or picked and chosen
friends, advanced amid murmurs of ad
miration to the middle of the hail.
Hers they were met and welcomed by
the baron, who led the earl to hie love
ly daughter, and haring presented bias
to her the guests were presently gran
fled by seeing the gatant young noble
man tahe the hand of the Lady Isabel
and lead her owl to dance. Nor were
there any present whose eyes slid no*
follow them with admiration, though
the measure chosen by the high bsrn
damsel savored more that night of
grace and dignity than lightness of
either heart or he*! Meantime, the
old baron was so full of Joy and delight
that It was remarked by aU. sa he »as
•tin seen near his daughter and her
peurhMT.
But their hearts were both quaking
—the unhappy Lady Isabel» with
thinking of her promise to her father
and that of her betrothed with a fear
known only to himself, for he had
heard that she had loved. and now ob
served her narrowly And. not con
tent with tbia. he asked her. as he eat
beside her. many a wily question, m
at Last he spoke his fears is plain
raise, and she. with many sighs and
tears shed wtthtn her mash, con
fessed the truth; still saying that, for
her father a sake she would be his
wife, if be accepted of her on sorb
terms. But now her father told her
in her ear that she must presently pre
pare to keep her word, as this must be
her bridal nigh? for that purpose
si erne was this high wassail kept. Her
loser, too. no way daaa'ed by hie •
knowledge of ibis pressed on his soft
to base it m.
And now was the despairing damsel
most beside herself when her father
announcing stood his purpose to the
astonished guests, called for the priest,
and caused ail to uaauuUt. Bat in
what wwrde shall we paint the sur
prise. the delight, the flood of Joy that
came upon the heart of the Lady Isabel
when the earl's mask was removed, ■
and she beheld (a him her much-be
ared Roderick, who. his roosts being
dead.was now the Earl of Ormlsdale?
And now was each corner of the castle. 5
from basement stone to turret height
filled with Joyous greetings, and the
health and the hap pines* of the noble
Earl Roderick, sad of hia bride, the
dutiful Lady babel, deeply drank in
many n wassail bowl
The stately castle and its revet*, the
proud baron and hia pomp. the beau
teous bride and her children s children
hare now all passed away into obli- j
Tioo. save this slight record, which has
only been preserved In remembrance
of the daughter's virtue, who pre
ferred her father's happiness to her
own.
SUltaa't Watrr-« •lor*.
The Emperor William of Germany
baa dispatched two water-color draw
ings done by himself to St. Petersburg
for presentation to the offi<~«r* of the
cruiser Rossiya, which he 22 speeded
daring his recent visit to Russia. The
pictures will be formally handed over
U> the officer* of the ship by the Ger
man naval attache at St. Petersburg.
W*• a Frte*4 of Liaesta.
Robert Fell died suddenly. In Bloom
ington. 111., aged S 4. He was a brother
of the late Jesse W Fell of Normal
and a close friend of Abraham Lincoln
and for a time associated with him In
business affairs.
MtvaadarUood.
She— No gentleman should call on
a lady after drinking intoxicants." He 1
—“That Is so, but how is he to kagjw
until be sees her?"—-Indianapolis JoJ?
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