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S' otar ant tiittmll Messengewr.
iW O@LUAW lUNDAr. AlPRIL ttI..
"ow can you havre been to blame, my poor
i" said Frederick.
r Lrsy, notwthtanding the winks of baher
related in her turn the history of the
ptr made In the house of Don Abbondio,
i, as she concluded, "We did wrong, and
*"A*ept from his band the chantisement you
a.r esdored, and take courage," said F'rede
.;1h;- "fur who bas a right to lejoice and hope,
S-JIe thoea who have suffered, and who soouse
. oe then asked where was the betrothed;
d learning from Agnes (Laoy stood silent
tLtt1L downcast eyes) the fact of his fight, he
• ase etonishment and displeasnre, and
Ied the reason of it. Agnes told what she
' "Lew of the story of Reta,,.
"I have heard of him before," said the
I1aRsal; " but how could a man, who was en
ged is affairs of this nature, be in tieaty of
alelage with this young girl "
re was a worthy youlng men," said Lncy,
:mlg, but in a firm voice.
"He was a peaceable youth, too pesceable,
I u ,pes" added Agnes; "your' lord may aeek
oe if he was not, even the curate. Who
1'" what intrigaes and plota may have been
lpn-g on at Milan F There needs little to maske
p ast people pase for rogues."
That ia but too true," said the cardinal;
"I will nlquire about him, without doubt."
!e took a memorandum of the name of the
'. jeeg man, adding thLt he expected to be at
he virlllage in a few days; that during his
-egern there, Lucy could return home wlthout
ar, and ia.the meanwhile he would procure
n asylum till all was arranged for the
* Teraing to the mester and mietress of the
* Leas, they eame forward; he renewed the
-tanks behad addressed to them by the mouth
althe curate, and asked them if they would be
'willila to keep the guests OId had sent them
tl few days.
" Oh yes, my lord," replied the dame, with a
iaMaer whiboh said more than this timid reply ;
fet her husband, quite animated by the pres
daes of snob a man, by the desire to do himself
bease on an occasilon of such importance,
'Malaed to make a flne answer. He wrinkled
hla forehead, strained his eyes, and compressed
M'e mouth, but nevertheless felt a confusion of
ceiss, which prevented him from uttering a soy'.
table. Bottimepre'sed; thecardinalappeartd
tihave interpreted his silence. The poor man
.emed his mouth and said. "Imagine - "
at a word more could hesay. His failure not
e-ly filled him with shame on that day, but
ete after the unfortunate recollection Intruded
itllf to mar the pleasure of the great hopor he
hal received. How many times, in thinking
el this cIreumstance, did a crowd of words
mes to hise mind, every one of which would
have been better than " Imagine I" But the
'eavtles of our brains are full enough of
loelghts when It is too late to employ them.
The cardinal departed, saying, " May the
llussing of Heaven rest on this housel"
That evening he asked the curate in what
wr it would be beat to indemnify the tailor,
teb could not be riob, for his hospitality. The
estate replied, that truly neither the profit of
S1s trade, nor his income from some little
de' id that the good tailor possessed, would at
iMs time have enabled him to be liberal to
eec;u but having saved something the few
previous, he was one of the moast easy in
elemetances in the district; that he could
.tallow himself to exercise some hospitality
without inconvenience, and that he would ldo
it with pleasure; and that lie was conlilent I.e
wea'ld be hurt it money w.i* oflBred to him.
"He has prolably," saidl the cairdinral, "'Ino
0matnds on people whol are unahle to pay."
- You may judlge, my tld; the Ipoor I".l':e
pay with the overpins nt the haieet ; thll ?lat
ae has beetl n ocvetlplut; on the contralry,
Meet- one is behind in pllint even of tiocessi
" Well, I take utpon n:yself all tt-rse debts
Yee will tie me the favor to obtaiin tron,,l lti
She memoranda, and cancel them."
"It mnay be a very large anm."
"So much the better. And perhaps you have
bet too many who are more misorat,le, havilng
mo debts, because they have no credit?"
"Oh yes! indeed too many! they do what
they carn; but bhow can they supply thlir
watal in these hard times?"
"Have them clothed at my expense; it it
tree that it seems to be robbery to spend any
thiae this ear. except for bread ; but this is s
We cannot finish our record of the history ol
tIis day without briefly relating the conduct ol
the Unknown. liefore his secootd return to the
eastle, the report of his conversion had pre
ceded him; it had spread through the valley,
cad excited nirprise, anxiety, and numerout
sectures. As he approached the castle hbe
made a sign to all tLe bralroes he met to follow
him: 8illd with nuusual apprehetlson, but
wt theiraeoustomed submission, they "boy eid;
thelrnumber increased every momenlt. Iteach.
ilg the castle, he entered the first court, aind
tat, restiug on his saddle bow, in a vi,ice ,of
thiaderhe gave a load call, the wonted signal
wbieh all habitually obeyed. In a itl, nt
oLe" who were scattered aboult the castil
hastened to ji-ln the troop cilleleid aronr.d
"'Go and wait for me in the great hall,' said
he; as they departed, he dismn,,riteid from hi'
beast, and leadinlg It himself to the tabl,le
thee approached the hall. 'The whisporing
whieh was heard antoig ttheml ceasd at Ih:
appearance; retiring Ito one cr,ier they left
laete space around hin,.
The uknown raisied lis lha1nd ti , ,-., t
-l-eace that his presence alone had alrcily
elected; then raising lahm bead, alhth ret wa,
anlbve that of any otl li follower', ,u s.iidi
'Listen to me, all of yon; anrd let ini oite spealk
malees I ask hit,, a sit' stioi '. h.% IIiaotild. the
way which wehase tIlluwed iUitil to day llead
to hell 1 do not n ist to rcproa:ih yt,, liIsa
mach as I have been your Iluder li .ut
abeminable sltcr ; I have lan t ,l most
guilty of all ; but listen to what I ti, atbouut tr
God in his nieroy has called me to a chlusi,e
of life, and I have obreyed his call. May t hl!
ea Ood do ts muchl for you! Know, then,
eal hold for certailn, that 1 woult rather now
Me than unldertakc anry thing against btIs hioly
law. I recall all the iniquit'os i'rders lhih I
may have given any onle oi you; youl untder
stand me. And farther, I order yot to do loth.
iag which I have hitherto pIresribed t, you
oeld equally for certain, that nio one can here.
-her- commit evil under tly protectlion, t iid
im my service. Those who will remaiun wilth
me on these c-tdltious, l shall regard as child.
ea. I bhould be happy, in the day of fsalnle,
to share with them the lit mouthful that r,,
meined to me. To those who do not wiheb to
eMstinue here, shall be Ipaid what is doe o
their salarie, uantl a fistlher donative; they
have liberty to dtlpart, but they must never
ratern, nunlese they repent asd intend to lead a
Mew Ile, and under snch irecnmatances they
will be received with open arms. Think of ,i
t--niglht! tomorrow moroing I wilt receive
er answer, and then I willl give )ou your
ealede. Now, every one to his post. May (.:d.
wheb hb ebow u compsaion towardts mle, iounc ,e
yeeR bearts to repentance and gouti dii.ptn.
, c eeased, and all kept silenee. Althoiugh
'Mi ang ud tunultuous thoughts fernlented in
Sale mind., lat irdlcaitl,o of heool waes v.isible
ehad been hablnoated to listen to the voe.,
rlord, ae I nla alaifsration of abueo!cl
SeL yto which it was necessnary to ield
sbleaoe. Hlit sill proclaimed it-self
i beitat enfeebled: it did not, there.
eth' lei Imade, that because he was
veetl ey mll t beoome bold in his prec
*wq reply Ics hJd they woulli to anotber
Thy as a aint, indeed,
1r, spired them, they felt for hblm(espeolally those
who were born in hibe service, and these were
thegreater number) the sffeotion of vassals.
Their admiration partook of the nature of love,
or mingled with that reepeet whioh the most re
bellious and turbulent spirite feel for a cope
er rior, whom they have voluntarily reoognised
he as such. The sentiments he expremsed were
o, certainly hbateful to their ers, but they knew
id they were not false, neither were they entire
ly strange to them. If their cnstom had been
in to make them subjectsof pleasantry, it was not
a- from disbelief of their verity, but to drive
e, away. by jesting, the apprehensions the coa
se templation of them might otherwise have ex
cited. And now. there was none among them
1; who did not feel somne compunction at
uti beholding their pbwer exerted over
io the invincible oaorage of their mnaster.
id Moreover, some of them had heard the
to extraoadinary intelligence beyond the val
Ily, and had witnessed and related the joy of
te the people, the new feeling with which the
u- Unknown was regarded, by them, the veoera
tf tion whbich had suooeeded their former hatred
-their former terror. They beheld the man
y, whom they had never regardea withoot
trembling, even when they themselves consti
t, toted, to a great degree, his strength; they
ik behold him now, the wonder, the idol of the
to multitudo,-still elevated above all others, in
in a different manner, no doubt, but in one not
eo less imposing,-always above the world, al
ways the fist They were confounded, and
I; each was doubtful of the coarse he should
pnrsue, One reflected hastily where he could
e find an asylum and employment; another
at questioned with himself his power to sccom
ie modate himself to the life of an honest man;
at another, moved by what he had said, felt some
re inclination for it ; and another still was will
he ing to promise anything so as to be entitled
to the share of a loaf, which had been so cor
he dially proffered, and which was so seatesin
he those days. No one, however, broke the si
th lence. The Unknown at the conclusion of his
be speech, waived hii hand itnpewiously for them
m to retire: obedient as a flock of sheep, they
all quietly left the bhall. 11e followed them,
a and stopping in the centre of the court, saw
; them ail branch tfC to their diff-rent stations.
in- He retnuned into the emtle, visited the corri
ilf dors, halls, and every avenue, and finding all
e, quiet, he retired to sleep,-ye- , to sleep, for he
ed was very sleepy. In spite of all the urgent
ed and intricateaffairs in which he was involved,
of more than at any former conjuncture, he was
f'" sleepy. Remorse had banished sleep the
Id night before; its voice, so far from being sub
n dued, was still more absolute-was louder
yet he was sleepy. The order of his house
ot hold so long established, the absolute devotion
at of his faithful followers, his power and means
ed of exercising it, its various ramifications, and
he the objects on which it was employed, all
ig tended to create unoertanity and confusion
do in his mind,-still he was sleepy.
Id To his bed then he went, that bed whioh the
he night before had been a bed of thornus bat
of first he knelt to pray. lie sought, in the re
motest corner of his memory, the werds of
he prayer taught him in his days of childhood.
They came one by one: an age of vice had not
at eflaced them. And who shall define the senti
ir, ments that pervaded his soul at this return to
he the habits of happy innocence T
le CiAPrritR xxIv.
at 'he next nmor .iag in the village of Lncy, and
to throoghout all the territory of Leeco, nothling
iw was talked of but herself, the Unknown, the
in archbishop, and another person, who, although
li generally desirous to be talked of, would will
ty Ingly have bcoen forgotten on this occasion,
do we ,esn Don RbiOterick.
I.e Not that, previous to this li rirdl, thie villa
gets h0du not c-i Ieri.tl Inmuch of his actions, ill
no secret, to tihoe tin whoml they bha, peirflat c.tn
fideneo; btut tnow they cnidl to longer co.n
o taini thllultin"tIv , tior vi`-rliln- Iltaily e-lqtllllieU
tar on the ilmarvelliliousv i, ill v.cIl two per
ry, sins No famonas ld played il part. In ce-i
cl- parisoni of these two petRo!tagei , iN;gtlor UUD
tiodettic tappeared rat her itsiguiricant, Rod all
t. agreedl in litjicing over the ill eucci--i of his
m iniquitous designi, ; tiit these rejoicitngs weir
still, in c uoe meiirie, Mnoderated by fears
of the bravoes by wt., m he was surrounded.
ve A good portion ,of the public censure wan
rig bestowed onhi I fientls and courtiers. It did
not spare the Signor I'ideJta, aiwHys deaf and
at dumb nod ili ind to the deeds of this tyraert,
sir but these opiiiotis ware expressed in an un
dertone, becanse the I'oeesta had his flfters
is Such regard was not patid to D.ctor Aseecea
ty Gtarbugli, who had only his trics and his
Sa verbiage to employ for his defence; and as to
the whole tribeof sycophants, resembling him,
of they were so pointed at, and eyed askance,
of that for some time they thought it most pru
be dent to keep themselves within doors.
re Dan Roderick struck, as by a thunderbolt
wy. with the unexpected intelligence, so dif-.rent
Ins from that which he had been anticipating
he from day today, kept hiuself shot up is his
w oastle, alone with his briavoes, devouring his
at rage for the space of two days, and on the
-l; third set off for Mitap. If there had existied
h- only the murmers of the'people notwiIthirand
nil ing things had gone so far, lie would ,perhaps
of have remained expressly to brave tihtll ; but
tat he felt himself o" impelled to quit i he ti.Ild of
int contest, by the certain infotrmation that the
tl cardinal was contig to the viitltge. Tae
iid - ,tult, his uncle, who knew io:hllgo of the
sitry but lwhiat At'ite hald toull Lirn would
li ertaiuly r lliire nltll t bei oe of the first to
ai viit the earitl nal, ill order to obtain in pubiit
le. the Iost dtstingunlshd r.ctaption from himn.
ng Cte co.itit. wlnid rtiltar, i it, because it was an
i, ialltntaal.t itpp tituI Ly ftI llakll i Ui row in
1 what ciem tro,l le. hu,' ts holdl by his power.
101 in:ntrte ',o e-salpe nuch ai diluUsana,
i thn l.,ilodrrik,. haI ing Iisen before the ann,
t1y threw inmselif into a carriage with G;ris, and
as followed by the rent of the brvraes, r.-tired
d. like a iugitive, like (if we imay be permitted
k to elevate huL by such a compa:risnn), like
e C(tatllile fronit tomte, foamting with rage, and
das threat, niiig a sseily return to acco iillsh his
r bla'tiawhile the ,arlitnil apploahcd, vi isiint g
-iit every day otnu of th pimartihes sitnated in tihe
to teri tory of I, -.c. O ( the day he was expect
cdl in the village, gtr~at preparations were nMsde
I' for his reception. At thi etranc,- if the vii
ils lage, near the cottitA of Agntis, a triumlphal
n, aech a-s eretet, coulltroclted if woodtl, cUver
w edt with nIteIandstraw, andt ornamented with
Sly green boughs of birch autd bolly. l'ho frontof
i I theoohur)h was adorntted with talpestry; friom
c- every wiidow of the honuses were suspended
quilts atd tl:ettit, inteunded for drapery ; every
in thi-.g,n thbrt, whether in good taste or bad
was d~a , layed it i h,"r of this extraordiilry
itiction. At the hour of Vlsers, which was
h the liiour Fredertick usually selected to arrive
Id at the oburcbee which he visited. those who
e, had not gone to bcharch, the old men, twomen,
Sand the yotutgst of the cuildren went forth,
In Irtocession, to uleit their ,xpected guest
at headed thy l)en ABbvrtiro. The poor curate
w was sand in the midst of the pIublo joy ; the
or tumniult bewildered hin: the uouvi~ iint of sri
I many people, before and behind, disturbted
y hint; and moreover, lie was tormented by the
t secret apirehetinsionu that the womten had tat
e tiedi, and that he shoull be obliged to render
or an accoiint of hIte co:iduct to the caurdinal.
d. Frdlerick apltlaTsrn at last, or rather the
it crowd appearedl, i thle luidst of whish was
t his litter, and the retionue surrondiuing it. Th.
pelsons who followed Dnj Ahb rndio scat teredl
h and mingluled th mise!ve with the crowd, itt
In "tthst;tntling all bhis remionstrauceo; ind he,
Stpoor tlan. Eilding tihieulf deserted bvy it lU,
' went to the church, there to wait thle c.rdiuai'la
Id Ibe cardinal advanced; bestowing lionedlic
I tiot.s with his hands, anU receiving th11i is
e. return from the itooths of the people, who
se were with dfllculty kept back by his atten
5- dants Being of the same village as Luoy,
ir these peasants were desirous ef rendering to
i. the arobbiabop peoslar demonstratons of re
spet. bet thie wie net praoetleaeble louessaeb
I- am wher mrh wS, he wee meslves with
every possible honor. In the very sommfone
mentof his pontifieate at his first solemn e
trance into the oathedral, the concourse b
been so great that his life was in peril. Some
gentleman who were near him, drew their I
swords to keep back and alarm the crowd.
Snoob was the rode violence of the times, that
even iu the general disposltion to do honor to
their archbishop, they were on the point of
crushing him : and this defence would not
have been snofioient, if two priests, of great
vigor and preeence of mind, had not raised I
him in their arms, and carried him fromn the
church door to the foot of the great altar. His
very first entranoe into the church, therefore,
might be recorded amidst his pastoral labors,
and the dangers he bad ran.
Entering the church, the cardinal advanced
to the altar, and after having prayed some
time, he addressed, as was his custom, some
words to the people, on his love for them, on
his desire for their salvation, and how they
shonlddispose their mindsfor the duties of ,
the morrow. He then withdrew to the house
of the curate, and among other questions ,
which he put to him, be interrogated himn
with regard to the character and condoot of
Renso. Don Abbondio replied that he was
rather choleric and obstinate : but as the a
cardinal made more special and precise en
quiries, he was obliged to confess that he was
an honest, peaceable youth, and even he him
self could oet comprehend how he had com- ,
mitted at Milan the conduct which bad been I
Imputed to him,
"As to the young girl." continued the car
dinal, "do you think she can return now with
safety to her honse '"
"At present," replied Dowr Abbondio, "she a
can come and remain for a while- I say, at
present, but," added he with a sigh,'your il
loustrious lordship should be always near at
"God is always present," said the cardinal.
"But I will use my effirts to secure a place of
i safety for her."
Before dismissing Don Abbondio, he ordered
him to sand a litter, on the following day, for
Lucy and her mather.
I)mn Abboudio went away quite pleased that
the cardinal had talked to him of the young
couple, without even alluding to his refusal to I
marry them. "He knows nothing it," said I
he ; "Agnes haskept allence I wond ful I SheI
will see him again, 'tis true,bntabe hall have
further instructions from me, so she all." lie a
little thought, poor man, that Frdf ick had a
only deferred the enquiry until hesh Id have
more leisure to learn the reasons of "ais con
But the solicitude of the goad prelate for t
the disposal of Lucy had been rendered ose
less, by a circumstance which we will relate. t
The two females had as far as possible re- t
sumed, for the few days they had to pass un- t
der the roof of the tailor, their usual manner t
of life. As she had done at the monastery, j
Lucy, in a slnall odamber apart, employed s
herself in sewing; and Agnes, keeping much
at homn, remained fur the most part with her
daughter. Their conversations were affection
ate and sorrowful; both were prepared for a i
separation, since the sheep could not dwell in
the neighborhood of the wolf. But how long t
wes this separation to continue ? The future
wAs dark and inexplicable, but Agnes, not
withstanding, was full of agreeable anticipa- a
ttun. "After all," said she, "if no irreparable
niatfortune has befallen Rensa, we shall soon I
hear front him. It he hasfound employment,
land who can doubt it 1) and if he keeps the !
faith he has sworn to you, why cannot we go
and live with him I" Her daughter felt as much
uorrow in listening to her hopes, asdiflionlty
in rel) iong to then. She still kept her secret
in her heart; and although troubled at the
ideaof ct'ceat,;iot with so good a mother,
she was nevertheless restrained by a thousneand
fears orom ciolun nitating it. lir plans were,
indeeid, v.iy difleredt from those of her nm,
ther, or ,.ither, she had none, having commit
ted the f tare into the hands of Providence;
else therefore endeavored to change the sob
I jeer,ay i ng in general ternis that her only hope
was to I,, lertmaneotly re united to her muo
i 'Do )ll know why you feel theus ' said
Agnes; "you have sulfered so much that it
seems imupossible to you that things can tarn
I out happily. But let God work; and if--Lt
I a ray of hope come-a single ray, and then we
shall see that you will think differently."
Lucy ,ald her mother entertained a lively
frienadship for their kind hosts, which was
a warmly rciprocated; and between whom can
frietniship exIst more in its purity, than be
tween thte benefactor and the recipients of the
benefit wien both have kind hearts! Agnes
especially, had long gossips with the mistress
of the house, and the tai or afforded them much
alntsestent by his tales and moral discourses;
at dinner particularly he had always some
t thing to relate of the sword of Roland,'or of
C the Fathers of the Thebaid.
a At some miles distance from the village there
a dwelt a certain Don Ferrante and Donna Prae
e ntde his wife; the latter was a woman of high
i birth, somewhpt advanced in age, and exceed
ingly inclined to do good, which is sorely the
a most praiasworthy employment one can be
r engaged on in this world; but which, in
f dulged in without jtudgment, may be rendered
a hurtful, like all othet good things. ro do good
e we must have correct ideas of good in iteae
cnsidared. and this c n be acquired only by
control over our own hearts. l)ona rassede
soverued herself with her own ideas, as some
do ath their friends; she had very few, but to
these asb, was much attached. Among these
few were a number unfortunately a little nar
row andl unreasonable, and they were not those
she loved the less'. Thence it happerod that
she reg trled things as good, whi.h were not
really ns. and that she used means which were
I calculated to protnote the very opposite of that
I which she i ttended. To this perversion of her
I intellect naty also be attributed the fact that
she seteetmel all mneasures to he lawful to her
She was bent on the ,erformance of duty. In
5shrt, with good intentions, her moral percep
'i-tn were inl no small degree distorted. Hear.
Siret the wonderful story cf Lucy, she was seized
w.it a dtstro to kno .v her, and imtmediately
tent her carriage for the mother and daughter.
L 'cy, havting no d sire to go, 'equleted the
tailor to tied s,, me excuse for her. If they had
been coasan peoaple who desir-dl to make her
acquaintance, tle tailor would willingly huve
rendered her the service, but undersnech cir
t cunstances refusal alpeared to him a speicies
Sof ensult. lie uttered so many exclamations,
I suchb as, that it as as not ocustomary-that it was
a high famitly-that it war out of the q'Iustion
to say .Ve to such people-that it might make
their tortune-and that, ii addition to all this,
Dinna Prasasede was a saiut,-that Lucy was
finally obliged to yield, especially as Agnes
seconlded tho remonstranoes and arguments of
The high-born dame received themn with
many congratulations. She questioned and
advised thean witL an air of conscique sulperior
ity, whic was, however, tempered by so many
soft and humble explresi)ns, and mingled with
no much zeal antid devotion, that Agues and
Lucy soon felt themselves relieved frutm the
,ainfnul restraint her mere presence had at first
imposedl on tlhem. In brief, Donna Prassede,
learning that the cardinal wished to procure
an anyt lim for I.tcy, and impelled by the desire
ti seetCtn, alndl at the satme time to anticipate, I
his gotnl itiutcton, offered to take the young
girl to hitr hiiuti, wheulre there wotld be no
othir ,ru i c,, itirud of her than to direct the
l.a.is of the! ' tiuedl and the espindle. bShe
lladded. that th, hI rAclf would inform the car- a
dlii.il of the atraigemeutnt.
Btshitls the obhVtuts and ordinary benefit con
ferred by her invitation, Donna 'rausaede pro
posetd to i, trself aniuthIer, which shalo deeuted to
be peeultarly important; this was to school
Impatiueno., and to place in the right path a
young creature who had nmuch need of gold
ance. The first time she heard Lucy a oken 1
of she was immediately persuaded that none
so yoaug, who bad beotrothed herself to rob- c
br, a orlmial, a egitive ftree ettee, sash as r
Reuso. there must be some earruption, some
concealed vice. "Tell ms what eompasy you
keep, and I II tUell yeos o yes asm." The isi of
Lucy had confirmed her opiuion" she appeared,
indeed, to be an artless girl, bot who could
tell the canse of her downooast looks and timid
replies ? There was no great effort of mind
necessary to perceive that the maiden had
opinions of her own. Her bloushes, sijhs, and
partionlarly her large and beautiful eyes, did
not please Donna Prassedeat all. She regarded
it as certain as if she had been told it by one
having authority, that the misfortunes of Lucy
were a punishment from Heaven for her con
nection with that villain, and a warning to
withdraw herself from him entirely. That
settled her determination to lend her co-opera
tien to further so desirable a work ; for, as she
frequently said to herself and others, " Was it
not her constant study to second the will of
Heaven"' But, alas! she often fell into the
terrible mistake of taking for the will of Hea
van the vain imaginings of her own brain.
However, she was on the present occasion very
careful not to exhibit any of her proposed in
tentions. It was one of her maxims, that the
first role to be observed in aecomplishiag a
good design, is to keep your motives to your
Excepting the painful necessity of separa
tion, the offer appeared to both mother and
daughter very inviting, were it only on ao
count of the short distance from the castle to
their village. Reading in each other's coun
tenance their mutual assent, they accepted
with many thanks the kindness of Donna
Prassede who, renewing her kind promises,
said she would soon send them a letter to pre
sent to the cardinal. The two females having
departed, she requested Don Ferrante to write
a letter, who, being a literary and learned
man, was employed as her secretary on ocoa
sions of importance. In an affair of this sort
Don Ferrante did his best, and he gave the
original to his wife in order that she should
copy it; he warmly recommended to her an
attention to the orthography, as orthography
was among the great number of things he had
studied, and among the small number over
which be bhad control in his family. The letter
was forthwith copied and sent to the tailor's
house. These events occurred a few days be
fore the cardinal had dispatched a litter to
bring the mother and daughter to their abode.
Upon their arrival they went to the parson
age, orders having been left for their immediate
a'imittance to the presence of the cardinal.
The chaplain, who conducted them thither,
g eve them many instructiouns with regard to the
ceremony to be used with him, and the titles
to be given him; it was a continual torment
to the poor man to behold the little ceremony
that reigned around the good archbishop in
this respect. "This results," he was acons
tomed to say, "from the excessive goodness of
this blessed man-from his great familiarity."
And he added that he had "even beard people
address him with Yes, sir, and No, sir!"
At this moment the cardinal was conversing
with Don Abbondio on the affairs of his parish;
so that the latter had no opportunity to repeat
his instrootionsato.the females; however, going
by them as they entered, he gave them aglanoe
to make them comprehend that he was well
satisfied with them, and that they should con
tinue, like honest and worthy women, to keep
After the first reception, Agnes drew from
her bosom the letler of Danna Prassede, and
gave it to the cardinal saying, "It is from the
Signora Prassede, who says that she knows
your illustrious lordship well, my lord, as
naturally is the case with great people. When
you have read, you will see."
" It is well," said Frederick, after having
read the letter, and extracted its meaning from
the fraah of Don ertrante's fl )wers of rhetoric.
lie knew the family well enough to be certain
that Lucy had been invited into it with good
intentions, and that she would be sheltered
from the snares and violence of her persecutor.
As to his opinion of Donna Praesede, we do not
know it precisely; probably hbe was not a
person be would have chosen for Lucy's pro
tectress; but it was not his habit to undo
things apparently ordered by Providence in
order to ii, them better.
"Submit, wi:loult regret, to this separation
also, andi to the suspense in which you are
left," said be.'" Iiope for the best, and contide
in God, arind be persuaded that all that be sends
you, whether ol joy or sorrow, will be for your
permanent good." HIiving received the bene
diction which he bestowee on them, they took
Hardly had they reached the street wben
they were surrounded by a swarm of friends,
who were expecting them, and who conducted
them in triumph to their hors,. Their female
acquaintances congratulated them, sympa
thised with them, and overwhelmed them with
inquiries. Learning that Lucy was to depart
on the following morning, they broke forth in
exclammations of regret and disappointment.
The men disputed with each other the privi
lege of offering their services; each wished to
remain for the night to guard their cottage,
which reminds us of a proverb: "If you would
hatve people willing to confer farors on you, be sure
not to need them." This warmth of reception
served a little to withdraw Lucy from the
painful recollections which crowded upon her
ruind at the sight of her loved home.
At the sound of the beoll which announced
te commencement of the ceremonies, all
moved towards the church. The ceremonies
over, Don Abbondio, who bad hastened home
to see every thing arranged for breakfast, was
told that the cardinal wished to speak with
him. lie proceeded to the chamber of his illuse
trious guest, who ac:osted him as he entered
with, "s·ignor Curate, why did you not unite
in marriage Lucy to her betrothed ?"
' They have emptied the sack this morning,"
thought Don Abbondio, and he stammered
forth, " Your ills'riouse lordship has no donbt
heard of all the difliculties of that business
It has been such an intricate affair that it can
.not even now be seen into clearly. Your illus
trious lordship knows that the young girl is
here only by a miracle, and that no one can
tell where the young man is "
" I ask if it is true that, before these unhap
py events, you refused to celebrate the mar
riage upon the day agreed upon, and why you
didi so I"
"Troly-if your illustrious lordship knew
what terrible orders I received-" and be
stopped, indicating by his manner, though re
epectfully, that it would be ispradent in the
cardinal to inilire farther.
" lBut," said Frederick, in a tone of much
more gravity than be was accustomed to em
ploy, " it is your bishop who, from a sense of
duty and for your own justification, would
learn from you why you have not done that
which, in the ordinary course of events, it was
your strict duty to do i"
" My lord," said Don Abbondio, " I do not
mean to say-bot it appears to me that as these
things are now withont remedy, it is useless to
stir them up. Hlowever, however, I say, that I
am sure sour illustrious lordship would not
betray a poor curate, because, yuen see, my
lord, your illustrious lordehip cannot be every
where present, and I-1 remain here exposed.
However, if you order me, I will tell all.'r
"Speak. I amk for nothing but to fod you
free from blame "
Don Abbondio then related his melancholy
story, suppressing the iunme of the principal
peresonage, andt substituting in its place "a
great lord," thus givin, to prndence the little
that was left him in such an extremity.
"And you had no other motive 1" asked the
cardinal, after having heard him through.
'"Perbhap I have not clearly eplained my
self. It was nnder pain of death that they
ordered mne not to plrform the ceremony."
"And this riasou ippeared sutlloient to pre
vent the fulfilet'ut of a rigorous duty "
"I know my oblgation is to do my duty
e-en to my g eates: detriment, but when life
is at stake-"
" Ad when you presented yourself to the
-nnreh,s said Frederlok, with Louersesd Nve
,Sl ofu amneu, "s lea ulsmsSh[ to boL h it.
ome lutry, were there any such resrvauons mw a e
eou Were you told that the duties imposed by the
is of ministry were free from every obstacle, exempt
red, from every peril? Were you told that personal .
old safety was to be the guide and limit of your
mid duty ? Were you not told expressly the reverse
ld of all this? Were you not warned that you
had were sent as a lamb among wolves? Did you
and not even then know that there were violent
did men in the world, who would oppose you in
led the performance of your duty ! He, whose
one example should be our guolde, in imitation of
.oy whom we call ourselves shepherds, when He
non- came on earth to accomplish the deslgns of
to His benevolence, did He payregard tollis own
hat safety? And if your object be to preserve
era- your miserable existence, at the expense of
she charity and duty, there was no necessity for
i it your receiving holy unction and entering into
1 of the priesthood. The world imparts this virtue,
the teabches this doctrine. What do I say ? Oh,
shame the world itself rejects it. It has like
in. wise its laws, which prescribe good and pro
ery hibit evil; it has also its gospel, a gospel of
in- pride anod hatred, which will not admit the
the love of life to be offered as a plea for the trans
g a gresion of its laws. It commands, and is
oar- obeyed; but we-we ehildren and messengers
of the promise-what would become of the
ra- obhurch, if your language was held by all your
and brethren t Where would she now be if she
so- had originally come forth with suooh doo
inn- Don Abbondio hung down his head; he felt teal
ted under the weight of these arguments as ab ,
na ochicken under the talonsof a hawk, who holds
iee, him suspended in an unknown region, in an wIt
pre atmosphere he had never before breathed. sa&
ing Seeing that a reply was necessary, he said, st
ie more alarmed than convinced:
ned "My lord, I have done wrong. Since we
se- should pay no regard to life, I have nothing
sot more to say. But when one has to do with
the certain powerful people, who will not listen to
old reason, Ido not see what is to be gained by
an carrying things with a high hand." GU
by "And know you not that our gain is to suffer e
for the sake of justicet If you are ignorant
ver of this, what is it you preach? What do you
ter teach ? What is the good news which you pro
or's claim to the poor? Who has required this at
be- your hand, to overcome force by force? Cer
ito tainly you will not be asked at the day of an
ode. judgment, if you have vanquished the power
on- ful, for you have neither had the commission
ste nor the means to do so. But you will be asked
al. if you have employed the means which have
her, been placed in your power to do that which
the wae prescribed to you, even when man had u
ties the temerity to forbid it." ett!
ent "These saints are odd creatures," thought
oiy Don Abbondlo; "extract the essence of this
discourse, and it will be found that be has mere
ens- at heart the love of two young people than the
5sf life of a priest." He would have been delight
ty. ed to have had the conversation terminate
Ple here, but he well perceived that sueach was not
the intention of the cardinal, who appeared to
fin be waiting a reply, or apology, or something
sh; of the kind.
eat " I say, my lord," replied he, "that I have
ing done wrong. We cannot give ourselves cour
well "And why, then, I might say to you, have
on- you undertaken a ministry which imposes on
eep you the task of warning with the passions of
the world? But I will rather say, how is it
that yonu have forgotten that where courage is
necessary to fulfil the obligations of this holy
the vocation, the Most High would assuredly im
owa part it to you, were you earnestly to implore
sit Do you think the millions of martyrs had
hen courage naturally Tuat they had naturally ad
a contempt for life-young Christians who had
ving just begun to taste its charms, children, moth
rom ere! All bad corage, simply because courage
ore. was necessary, and bhey trusted in God to im
tain part it. Knowing your own weakness, have
ood you ever thought of preparing yourself for the
re diflicult situations in which you might be
ptir. ilaced f Ah, if doiong so many years of pas
not toral care you had loved your flock, (and
ot a how could you resrain from loving them?) if
pro- you had rerl,sed in them your affections, your
110o doarest cares, your greatest delights, you would
in not have failed in courage; love is intrepid; I
if you had loved those who were committed to
i our spiritual guardianship, those whom you
are tell children-if you had really loved them,
de when you beheld two of them threatened at
nds the same time with yourself--h! cer
our tainly, charity would have made you tremble
tUe- for them, as the weakness of the flesh
ook made you tremble for yourself. You
would have humbled yourself before (tGd
hen for the first risingsof selfish terror; you would
tod have considered it a temptation, and have
iale implored strength to resist it. But, you would
ae have eagerly listened to the holy and noble
b anxiety for the safety of others, for the safety
iart of your children; you would have been unable
ar n to And a moment of repose; you would have
nt. been impelled, constrained to do all you could
to avert the evil that threatened them. With
ito what then has this love, this anxiety, inspired
you i What have you done for theme How
have you been engaged in their service "
ure And he paused for a reply.
tion (To be coatinned.)
the - -
her An Iowa postmaster spent a week in a vain
eff'ort to balance his'accounts, and then his
oed wife, discovering what he was about, informed
all him that she had been in the habit of draw
nies ing her "' pin-money" from the offioe funds.
nine Tableau !
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