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NW OaLtANTS, SUNDAY, JANUARY 1i, 1b07. ZvIBT TA1aA'"MCriA TRANXLATID Ylto(l TliE GERMAN. PART II.-TEcN YEARS LATER. IV. (CUonoluded.) "And now I will tell you my history," said Natalie one day, confldentlally ; "will you lis ten to it "' t "There is nothing I should like better than that " "'Really ! bat there Is nothing interesting in it." " All that concerns you Is intoersting to me." ""'hen attend." "'Vill it not tire you tdo much '' "Oh, uc; I feel so well to-day." "You have had several attacks of fever dur ig the last few days, and to day---" "Could I believe Isbonld ever get betlter-bat no, that will never be! I usat make haste," she added, with a smile that pierced her mother's heart like the stab of a dagger. "Then begin. Nitalie; but put away thoso ugly thought i of death." '1 can't do that; but now that I know my mother is living I do not wish to d: so mucb t as I did; when shall I suo her T" It cost Louisa great self.restraint not to press her to her heart and msak herself known as her mother; but prudence held her back; for as long as Natalie herself did not know who Louisa was her secret was safe. "Patience, my angel, patience; but you are quite forgetting yoer history." "That is true. 8o listen, then. I can hardly 1 imagine what my mother is like ; I have not even a picture of her; but in my dreams I have a often seen her. I think she is like you, and that it is this which attracts me to you." i ' Did your father never speak of her 1" "Never! I once asked him about my mamlna, Lot he loukeld at me s) angrily I dared not t question him further." "And did hio hot answer at all 7' "No: at least not at fist ; but a few days I after he came to mie, took mue on his knee, and I said: 'Lily, I will n-t have yoru ever speak of your mlthi ; but if anosene ever says an thing against lor in younr pr.ori ce, tell :,e of it. Yon musat h,,on r !,rt, for s , , c ,rinitted only one fault : she diaobeyed mee. Mark tLhi a. a can verse wilh me, or 1 sltall iL ,', away 'nou.' Ile lookt.ed " terrible that I iItn~,b'ed ii, evw.r limb, a ni .I f1rom im. Amn I like iu r another 7 "No, riot quite, thongh I shounld ta!ce you for a Po,le rather than a liresiar." "That Las oltte been t'irown at mne. I hav, r many cousins and relatives. Aunt Pelagia ( alone has eight children, asnot Znaide six, anid aunt Alezaud a fur; I am the only one named Dalmatchine ; in our honeu at St. Petersburg I and at the castle, the orrvants flow at a sign from me, but neither miy grandmother nor my aunts were kind to me. My cousins always called me the Polish girl, and I answered that I was proud not to be a Russian. Aunt Pol- I gia heard me once, and gave me a box on the ear. I told papa, and sice then be has never I spoken a work to uncle Wladimir or aunt Pel agia ; blt he forbade me ever to say the like agal i." "And you obeyed him I' "Yes, I was ino afraid of my father ! but in I the depths of my heart I always loved the i Poles. There was a poor Polish woman living1 not far from us, and I was always seanliung ihr money or clothes, just becannu e .amma wos a Pole." Louisa kept back her tears by main force ; her beatt swelled with thank"giving that 11ea ven had done that which it was impossible for her to de: the soul of her child had been guid ed to good acts, and ti:led with love for her unknown mother. "I was a very merry chid, though you would scarcely think that now," continued Natalie; "I liked rouning round in the garden all rambling in the forates better than studying ; I was as robust as a bIy. and I had a little horse on which I rode around for hours to gether." "And who t wok charge of your education I" "Madame Monetiers is my second governess; the first wos an Englishwoman. I troubled myself very little alout the ladies. I saw papa very seldom; grandrunamna was al ways equal ly cold and strict with ime; what did I care for that I I had a friend called Martf; she was the daughter of one of our serfs. The family were angry that I liked her so much, but paps per snitted it, so we grew up together, played. rode, read -sometimes even did a little work : ah, what happy years those werel 1 thought but little of my mother then." "How old were you at that time 1" "I was about thirteen, when Marfa suddenly I fell sick and died. I nursed her: I, who had i mever seen a sink or dead person. 0, then I saw for the first time what a frightful thing death is I When Marts had left me I was a , changed being; for long months I scarcely spoke a word; in my sleep I was always seeing I the corpse of my friend, hearing her breathe her lat. I piotured to myself how lonesome she must be, lying there in the ohnrohyard, I and I became miserable at the thought. ' "The physician advised change and mental I diversion. Aunt Pelagisa and heroahusband were r Just going to Italy, and grtsdmamma was go tng with them; they decided I should go too. Madame Monstierg accompanied ns, but in order to cheer tme up, when we got to Paris, I they gave me a young French girl as a corn panion. Sho was a few ye.ers older than 1, and I Icould talk with her better than with Ma!uame Moneticre, asrl so we wint to Italy." "And your hallith!' "Ali ! I had alhe...ly cn eatlction of tIbe Si'; I and hlarit's fate we' ei,'n.itantt'y Lt,.rf.o' . v, eyes. No oune riil tried t, ,':cnr!-, mio. Was i.t could they sy I Tlhat Mrt fa %:;I a hi,l*t n and t'I at w , e!.L.u tld i o one u 'i ',cr i a i i t Granidiamolni and niy aunts were t,i: willing I that they ehbould one d.iy mloet their Its i f heaven. S0 I lootrued hor M:rta as a a teothet mourns. - "L uisa larou, my new friend-whonm I ae oepted at fire; the nl ):o willingly Ieoause aho I bore my meotjer's namne-was very itione, and a Catholic; she often spoke to me of the manner in which we must bear our fate--f the merii I of snfferingo-of the mseeting again in heaveun- a and I listenod so willingly, and thought more t and more of my dear mother. Oh, I shounld t perhaps get better if- " a "Go on with your story, dear, please." I "Now, I am coming to my secret! Louisa - told me a great deal of the Catholio religion ; ahe took me with her to church, explained the ceremonies to me, and I. who knew nothing b forther of God or of God's service than that we a shbould go to church and make oroesea beaose ea the ·sar prescribed it---I began to rejoloe in I my inmost soul at the new light whilh stream- a ed into it. I forgot my grie. In Rome I lived 1 again my fall life, bodily and spiritually." e "But did not your grandmamma, and your s anute have any asuspicion of what Lounisa was teabhnlg you 1" "Nol not yet. They saw us go out, and k never asked where we were going. B it once, on a beautiful day in spring, we, in company a with many noble RuBossians, made a trip to the a Roman Campagns. We had stepped out of our ii carriages and were walking in groopm through I the fields, when all at once a long procession a drew near. n '-Tbere were priests and Cardinals, accom- t panied by a guard of Papal soldiers. I heard d the whisper brun, through our circle: 'rhe Pope! the Popel' I had never seen the Pope, ti and I stood still as the others moved away a C little. 8ome country-people knelt to receive v hbls blessing, but grandmamns end aunt Psi- ti er' ai remained tossoing up their heands in morn at a distance, and I----ob, I shall never for 7o. get it! se be came nearer, that old man in white raiment, with a friendly smile and exz pressive eyes which seemed as if they had looked loto heaven, how angry I felt at our poipes and our emperor, that they would not so knowledge him as their Father, the man on whose forehead the seal of his heavenly mis sion seemed stamped!' '" .had my hands and my bosdes fall of orange-bloes'ms, and without thinking of the consequences I strewed the flowers before him in his path, and then knelt at his feet. I did not know what I was about; it seemed to aid me I could not do otherwise than as I did." lie- "Continue, continue!" "He looked at me and smiled. What a an smile I bat what an emotion for me, when he first raised his band to bless me, and then for in a moment lot it rest on my bowed head." 0 Mary I I stood up, I stepped on one side, but to it was like a dream, as if I had been in an other world." "And what did the others say 1" ' Grandmamma said nothing; but aunt Pel agia, overpowered with rage, pulled me back er- ward and forward, need coasre expressions regarding my mother, scolded me for my bad it ways, my Polish sympath:es, and I know not u," what. The others were much discomposed, er and the trip was spoiled for everybody. "'Louisa Baron t ad remained at home ; my so first act was, naturally, when I saw her, to tell her everything.j'htelw, a frightened, and begged my me to be more prudent; bnt I was indignant at ct the bad treatment I had received. and, nerved by my meeting with the Pope, I resolved to es become a Catholic at any hazard. On the fol sa lowing morning I went with Lquisa to her as father coufessor, and after a short probation he ,o received me into the Church." 'O Natalie ! then you returned to the rell re gion of your mother I My God. how shall I be able to thank Thee snifliiently! And what y next f" ot 'Liuisa Baron wrs subjected to a strict ex re amination. 8be eoncealed the step I bad se id cretly taken, but it was enough that she had infused such thonghts in my head, and she was sent away. Taking leave of her' increased my a, sickness to such a degree that I was obliged it to spend the winter at Nice, and the doctor positively forbade my returning to Russia again. Grardtnamma and aunt went to St. s l'.-tersborg, and I remained with Madame ShIMonstiers and the servats- in It sly." f "Anld your convcr'ion I" ig ' Thy hed noticed niothing Madamne Mons tieri lets ne g"i whetre I !ike to ct,,rch. I ,, i n't know what c)nfesCion s1. l,:,Maigs to, u. obi sinci---- "1) nr N \ to'ie rip"r,- secsl: f a little : you 1 ar- oalte tired is-vl ha,-." "In.mirrow I will tell yon the rest; I have r.nlt'.d tLe priu il eve t:t." Oa the followintg i y Natalie'V health was nie.h wrote, and it wa' sime days before she s could ci p tiiue her narrative, which she did Id as fo!!o-n' : "d "I tolld Jn t~at I remained in Italy with , Madln:e Monhutire; y.n may imagine how :t ary I wa, : I was not really sick, but very v e-k and melancholy. IIld not found con as bulatio, in religion and ii, the !otters of my at good Lonidn I moust have uil. I regularly a- fulfilled my duties as a Catholic; and it so hap. s petted that a Ris.ian family in the neighbar Cr hood perceived it and let my father know. il- I told you that papa was overladen with work, he and had but little time to think about mie. lHe paid no forther attention to the letter, bu:t when grendmnammua read it shbefe'l into a vio in lent passion, and thought it worth the trouble ie to travel all tiat long way frum St. Pe*ers .i bnre to Nice .o ie.ttion io n ab.nt i'." S "I'.)or child!' .a 'No, not pooot I was -strong through my Faith; I stoo:1 my ground against ny grand o ; ruamnas, although t:er reproaches were terri ble b b; hut when she threatened me with my or father, who, she said, knew nothing sf it as d- yet, and who would punish me for my disobe er dience, then I fell ill of an attack of the nerves and lay several days without ooouoiousnees.'' Id l'le cruel wo-man !" and Louisa pressed her u; dan,;hter passionately to her heart, as if she n wouliT protect iter gainat everyone who c.t,e z, iia- her. le ' I it your father did nuot ill-treat 5o1, did "o Ie Nat.alrt Ie isenoteo dlt-g.nerato aythat." ' N,. I have not seen my father since I ?" took leave of hint in St. Petersburg ; and his is; letters, though they are short, are milder and ed more tender ever since my sickness brings me pa n, arer and neater t) mygrave. lie is c,ming al- to see me aRs sion as he can get away, but I or tretmble before him " be "Does he know nothing of the etop you re have taken t' Gr- 'Orandmsammasays not,--bntI found a part d, of a letter that she received at Nice and tore t: asunder in a passion. There, read it; I al ht ways keep it in my letter-pocket." Louisa took the fragment and read: "No: is it not bad enough that my domestic ly happiness has been saorifloed to your fanatical I ad ambition. I have fulfilled your will. thrown I myself into politics, flattered the Emperor, ig eagerly sought the poets of honor. One thing ' a only have I refused to obey you in: that one I ly shall ever refuse. Natalie's soact is the punish- t 'g ment I receive for breaking my word. I prom- I ie isod Lodolsek, before marriage, that all our I s bchildren should be brought up Catholics. God e t, has avenged Himself, and. without the assist ance of her mother, my daughter has turned al her back on the orthodox creed. Do net set re any restraint oi, her coaslenuce. When I se o0 her iagain, ther--" U. "Ther.- hbat then, Mary? What then T" I in '"Conput e yio-us-If, Natalie. God will come I I, to your aimisatanto." n- ' l., )on underetaNd now why I am so I id willing t dio,-why I ama so attraated to your te self? I saw you and your sister in the Cstho lic Cthurch, for I had continued to go thceru. I T':oy t.ok me away fr.,w It tly a-A I ilt Inu : i I·t, P'ro stai::t lhtId, in ord- r It, 4l;,rive e : ti:e :t ,ii (I ,d i- t:ery ,hera , to :I !1 ':c r '.,l , i- . ' ,' . a ! i t it i:u: t b - your car Ii ' . g: ', ., it ,i orr IHoIly Chunrh " "Ii I es-y." nobbed Louins, "'Nt;e, Icur o child! (od is god ; but alas! why ab- i oer I l'te be so odis:nturbed why may 1 ulnt cry yVui e- sway to a country far from hero ,whure no t on.u 10 i ki:Os S, and whenr - a "My mother d wells 7" t Yeus, lour mother; your roor mother, who i ii for so many years has snfl-red, wept and - struggled far from you. Wny should we not re trast that her prayer is heard I She implored I d the salvation of your soul as tie price of her sufferingse; and you too have sunffered for her 'Faith in a most wonderful manner." a "Time presses. Mary; when shall I see her?" S"8oon I Son !' e Natalie's strength visibly declined; walking Sbecame first dimltolt, then imposaeble; with t e angel-like patience she bore her sufferings, e especially from the time that during Madame t n Monstiers' absenoe Louisa procured for her the a- dministration of the last consoelations of re d ligion. She seemed no longer to belong to t earth, so transformed, so bright was her c r spirit.' S Her caprices, her humors had all disappear ed, which the governess was obliged to so- c d knowledge to;ber own great astonishment; all , the sharp edges of her charaoter were worn i y away. Madame Mootiers had formed many e acquaintanoes ; it was therefore very gratif- - r ing to her that the sick girl was so fond of b Louiser, and that this latter nursed her so ex n oellently well. Sle could take trips, and make her visits now wibthout anxiety, and to - their great contentment leave the two in n- t d disturbed enjoymentof each other's society. e With a melancholy pleasure Louisa allevia i, ted the last sufferings of her child, thaenkieg a a God that at least this last consolation wee I. o vouchsafed heo; she sought to forget the fo Store : the day-the fearful day-when the d r tfamily shbold come, when desath should teat ir- Natalie from her. She lived but in the in present; day and night she remained by ths x- side of the siok girl; she listened to every sigh id which escaped from her exhausted frame, and 1r every coughing flI went like a stab to the a- mother's heart in "Oh, Mary!" once said Natalie, as Louisa s- was bending over her full of love, bathing the burunjg forehead of the sufferin child with a af cooling mixture, "I do not tbiqk my mother se could take better care of me than you do. m and I am afraid-but do not tell her of it Id that I shall never love her so dearly as I love to yon. But when is she coming, though "' Louisa's fortitude failed her at this; she sank down before her daughter, and, embrac a leg her, she sobbed oat : ' Have you then not 5e suspected it, Natalle? What stranger would ir overwhelm you with love as I do Oý, look D at me! do you not recognize your motberl'' It Then, as the maiden still stared in astonish a- meet, she drew forth the medallion and wed ding ring, "'Lok," she said, "that is your father as he was on our wedding-day, and this I- ring on which your coat-of-arms is stamped was the sign of our union." a Natalie for a few moment, was lost in aon 1 templation, then with an exclamation of the t sweetest joy she threw her arms round her I, mother's neck: "0 now I know you, mamma, dearest mamma! I have often seen your image 1 in my dreams. LHow -eften I have thought 1 yon must be my motbh -r ! but I was afraid I I was deceiving m)s-sf, that this would be too t great happiness. Oh, now 1 can die in peace; I and then-ah,. if papa were but here nowl'' 1 On this same evening the physioian sent for Madame Mouestiers and told her that Na r talie was near her end, and it was time to ap a prise the family o( the fact. Immediately on this, the zealous governess wrote to St. Petersburg, but forgot to tell I Louisa she had done so. t One day, therefore, as mother and daughter were sitting together, Madame Moentiers hav Sing gone to the city, the Princess Daimatcbine, Swhose arrogance and bodily strength were in I nowise einimnished by her years, entered the s room in which they were. r Speechless with horror, she gaszd on the I scene before her: her grand-daughter in the r arms of her hated daughter-in-law! It was a monetroeo! No wonder that she could find no words in which to express her i':dignation. s Louisa, too, was taken by surprise at her nn expected appearance. Natalio nlone found words. "Granlmimmn," - she said, "I have, in these my lot dais, bh.en s o ha!,ty as to find my bes: rnur-e in n:y own t hit-th a!" 'Yen her: !"' t length she sttueret'd; * this is I not yitr p' ce---- : "JMidarn,!" anwi-tred L3ni's, carb t-entmbing Slips, :t reo!nt'ely, "},,u drove ii from the aide of ny ho-band, fr'om the ""i-die of my chlild, hot ton bI:nn being will I:. found aLibt to f,-rc m.' fr-ma the death bid of my daugh I ter.' i No, no, marma ! yo ,'most not leave me! SAbh, if 1 had always had you by, nmy side 1 aced not die soycyng!" Tees-a words, which escaped Nataliu-for she r had not chosen them pnrpoauly--maloe at first no great imepreseion on the prinoees; but .aen,. Sfill of anger, she left the room to seek Madame iomyt.irs, who was no lie:~e to ba f.,ud, she began to refl-ict upon them. What could she do ? Make a funs, ad send Louiesa away ! Everyone wonld bla-ee her then, even her son. Madame Mosetiers ku~-v nothing of the aftair; the i.estimonial had b-en made out in due form. She herself had a.sotioned the arrange ment whioh-gave Miss de Roode to her grand dsaughter as a lady-companion. What was it now beet to dot To wr:t an account of the whole matter to her sut, and meanwhile let her danghter-in-law occupy the position of a servant; in that way tit least the matter would remain couceaIlei. While she was pondering over this, Natalie's words again recorred to tier, and uxcited her anger to the last degree. She wrote to Casi s mir that this was tiO way in which Natalie had sala'el her, and besought him moat pressingly to come a. soon as possible. V1r. Casimir had mrost :arneatly desire i to do this long since. b'it, he h.:id f-llen into an un pleasant sittal on. F'r some time past, those 1 who had envictn I:!ii lhie rank and , fli to, and who throuot envy had become hig enemies, 1 were seiking to ruop hi:t with the Cztr. Some inooartious words which foil from him on giving a toast, his known opini-,on, disliking the GOr G man element in Rssai. and the prot:ction he had afforded to some compromised Pole, had put weapons in their hands which they know how to use at tie right moment. I He defended timself as well as he could; bat his enemies were powerful; the Emperor, worried by anxieties and carried away by ohimeras of the brain, lent only a too willing ear to them. and at the very moment that tasimir received his mother's letter he was informed that he was dismissed from cufioe and that a lawsuit was commenced against him. SBt he was so shaken at the news he re ceived of the state of Natalie's health, at the expression she had used, as also at the unex pected appearance of his wife at the deathbed of their child, that be scarce gave a thought to the other blow which had been aimed at hint Without reflecting on the consequences of his leaving St. Petersburg so suddenly at the crisis, he set out immediately and flew through Germany to the sick bed of Natalie. In the long wearisome hours he spent in the coupe the whole of his past life unrolled itself in letters of flame before his spirit. Of what use had it b-en for him that he had for long years lived a sad an:d lonesome life, far from wife and c!ilh, on accoont of Il-eting honors and grander 7 lIe had now lost what he had -s:riveu and struggled for se loing with snbch feverynh z al; tb- t for which he linl secri fiord L.is .t'e, Iirken hi-s o 'h, sta;inet Lis con ciii-" t ! A. t l c-iw v.:s dying iu the bloom 4:f ,r' :t, ::. !I ter o i:i mti of tho: death on i ii. :;,in!. No, be had t-v-r kr.own t .+S it, :1 . r -t', s d :ivi lif t:rli idi's' d. rt i t :1" ' ..f t c 1." c k nd- I ' 1f ,iltrg ai id Sr:.ii " "v er, -:.-;.r, i. Liaust na:k1oledgo , T, , - i I0 b mt ctsi isiid con ;,:,t' ci·,,c h !: .:i ri;ven his .Lauica form A. !1~: , reiclt~id tho l)ntch copital, and i ra ne'iotey orderedi iiir-c : to go to Schvenin gen ; he t :-n~it ouly of Natalie, the child ihe idolw. id, thoula lie eared the sight of her, for ii seemedi to hinl she was always repeating softly the words she had lately snpoken alood. Arrived at the BIath llotel, he ficat asked for his mother. The meeting of mother and son was cOol and formal. "Is she still alizo "' was hise first question. "Yes, but the Pl sh woman does no; stir from her side." '-She is right. Her plaoe is there, and no where else. Ill news is heaped upon me. At the moment I reoeived your letter, notice was given me that I was dismissed from ofliae, and that I have to answer a complaint laid against me before the courts." "And yet you left St. Petersburg! But that looks like a flight, an acknowledgment of guilt." "It's all the same to me! Of what avails it now that by your advice I sacorificed wife and child I "Be my advioe! but, Casimir, I did it for the bthest " "Yee, oertainly for the best; now nothing Is left me; who knows if Sibersia doaes not await mel but lead me to her." Madame Moostier brought the news of Cas miir' a rriral suddenly into the sick-chamber Nstalie was lying on the lounge, weaker than ever: her mother did not stir from her side." "'O Gid, papa !" cried out the sick girl, in a frighteued tone ; she trembled in every limb. "You must not be afraid of your father, dear," said Lnouisa, consolingly. ar "I cannot help It, I always was. Give me be your little eross, mamma; that will give me he oourage. Oh, if I had but died soonert-but bh no I have a duty to perform. id Louisa's looks whiob usually shaded her be forehead somew at, had today fallen back, from the haste with which she had dressed ma her hair. so that the soar of the fall shabe had is had in Wisebaden, whioh had never been ef a faced. became visible. or "What Is that, mammal" asked Natalie sad - denly ; "I never saw that before." - '"Nothing, my child, that comes from a foill I re had." "The sight of it pains me, I know not te why." o. "I will cover it" lt "Is papa coming f I hear him; your hand, d mamma, give me youear hand." kr Pale as death, and motionless, Loutaa re mained kneeling by the aide of the lounge, 1n her hand clasping that of her daughter. She I- did not look up when she beard the roatle of ir her mother-in-law's silk dress and the heavy is tread of her husband. d They both approaohed in sllence. Natalie raised herself up, and pressed her t- mother's hand closer to herself. "Dear father," e she said, with a sweet, angelio smile, and or stretobhed out her band to him. , She had never smiled at him in that way a before, and the lay crust which enveloped t Casimit's heart gave way, melted at the a.ngle I words spoken so touchingly. o "Nat 'tie I' he stammered; "Natalie I" and he s; ank on hbis knees by the side of Louisa. "My poor child I will you leave me 1 Oh, forgive t me for causing the sadness of your life, and your early, early - Convulsive sobs prevented the unhappy man from finishing the sentence. a With looks of deepest eympathxy Louisa LI looked at father and daughter, but she said nothing. Timidly did Casimir cast a glance r at her, and the first thing he saw was the scar on her forehead that for years and years had h, baunted his spirit as a threatening symbol. a "Father I" continued Natalie, and she strok a ed the crown of his head with her almost trans parent hand. "Father, let the past rest ! I am a going away, and would leave the earth with ja oy, if- Give mOe your hand, father I So ! Let a me role a while." And she placed the hands of both together and held them enclosed in here. "Papa l don't let mamma wander alone around the world any more. See, I shall be with you always if Syou remain together." Exhanuste, she bank back. Nothing was audible in the apartment but Castmir's hollow groans and Louisa's gentle sobs. S Toe Princess Dalmatchine, who had looked on the three for an iosta't with a cold, haugh ty gez ., turued contmptuoously away and left the room that she might reil~ot on the tidings Casimir had brou t.t her, and which had blown down all the castlce in the air of her ambition. "Do you promise me that, f-ther 1" asbked Natalie. 1 "Do net ask me, my child." he saghed; "ask your mother, whom I cast off She most de cide. I am no longer favored by fortune; t uerhape even stand condemned ; she will sure 1 ceast me from her now." "Mamma, speak ; is it tree? Will you l-ave a my father again ?" "What God has joined together let no man put asunder. If he calls me t. him again I dare not refuse." "And your forehead. Louisa 1" "Peace, be still! Why awaken sunob memo ries ?" "'Natalie, do you ask her if she will forgive Sme; I dare not." But before the sick git I could speak Louisa Shad thrown both arms round Casamir's neck and with a sweet force she drew him towards herself. "Oh," said the child, with a blissful look, "how happy you will be now I Ahb, why most r I die just at this time t" Too rays of the son were playing on the wavoes-the visitors of the baths were parading t up and down the terraco--the forest wee send iqg its sweetest fragrance on the wings of the breeae to the shore-toe bells of toe little church were cheerily announcing the celebra tion cf to-morrow's rites, it being Sunday. as Natalie's soul took flight from the earth. Her last words no longer desired a longer life, but were fall of hope. "Adieu, till I see you again, above, dear parents, one in faith, one in love !' Calm and composed, as sie had etood by her father in his dying moments, Louia now stood by the earthly remains of her only child. Casi I mir, on the contrary, when a significant look from his wife told him the painful truth, lost all the strength which had enabled him to keep up through the exciting scenes of the last few days. He fell down senseless, and I that same evening a violent brain fever set in. His mother wanted to take care of him and nurse him, but he thrust her violently from him. ' Get away; I have lost everything Sthrough you," he said; "my place, my name, i perhaps my honor and, besides these, my child. Lodolaka I Lodoiska I" and her name oame in oessantly to his lips. The old princess became very uneasy con cerning her son's state. She sent a servant to I call Louisa, but Louisa returned for answer she would not quit the dead body of her child. Prince Dalmatohine had attendants enough to nurse him; she would remain as long as pos sible by the remains of her daughter. But Caeimir's illness became worse so rapid ly that the proud woman resolved on taking a step which most have coaest her a great victory over herself. She descended to the apartment where the obildlese mother was occupied in decking the corpse with flowers and laying it out on a bed of state. "Louisa," said t ie now humbled princess, "I do not flattor myself that a rqute s from me will have more tffect than one from another person, but forget for a moment your enmity and aee only the mother in me. My child also needs help, but he pvshes me away, and calls perpetnually for you ; perhaps you may succeed in paciSIIg t:ih. Forget all that has passed, Loutnsa, ud do not foraeke hisa now when he is n3'ioappy. ' Where is he I' asked Loaisa, simply, and without epeaking farther to the princess she followed her to tbo e;ok chamber. "Is my triumph t ,e death in this case also ?" Louisa asked herself aoxiooe.y, as she sprinkled fresh water on the glowing head of her husband and whispered to him esftly: "Casimir, be calm; oar child is with God." "Lodoishka, do not leave me," he begged in an anxious tone; "she laid your hand in mine, oh do not take it away I' and he squeesed her hands as if he would screw them together be t ween his iron fingers. "No, you will not leave me. Serve your God in your own way. We are terribly punished." "No," she promised, "I will never leave you; never, till we are again united to our Natalie." VHr. '-Can you nunderstand my sister, Lady Baron esa " satked Vera of Lady Ten Bsrgbe. "That she should desire to be with her siclk child I oan perfectly oomprehend ; but that she should now worry day and night on aooountof a family which thrust her from them when they they were in prosperity-no, that is pushing virtue a little too far." "Deer Vera, what would Paul think if he heard what you say Would he not be afraid that you knew less of the duties of wedded life than our dear Lonisa I' "Paul I but how oan you compare Paul with that half-barbsrian, Casimir ?' "If Paul had offended you so often and as greatly, would yon refuse to stand by him on I a bed of sicknes '' " I don't know; but I detest that Casimir, and cannot possibly compare him with Paul. It seems to me, if I think of doing it, as if the tortoe had lost its balance " "Yet yeon most do this if you woeld jadge your sister's acts correctly." "rest may be. Meantme I am glad-oh, if " papa did best ear me-that I am no loger a s Pole, that I shall never have anything to do t with Russia, bat may live among a good civil Ized people with domestic manners and one r toms, among whom each a condition as my :sister's can scarcely exist. '*INow, Vera, do not overpraise my country i men; or is it because you wishi to say some thing pleasant to me '' "O no. my lady; I like the Dutch because they all bear the stamp of straightforwardness and of good, sound common sense, and-" 1 "Because Paul van Kysen is a Dutchman I" Blushing, she turned away her head; but t immediately after she began again to com plain of her sister's too great condeseension in that she never left the side of the wearisome siok-oonch of her husband for an instant. Casimir'e illness lasted for weeks and weeks. He hovered between life and death, and when at length toe threatened danger of his life had a passed away, it seemed doubtful whether he f would retain the use of his reason. Lidoleka r alone could master the attacks of rage and de spair which beset him by turns. Thus passed several months. Tuey had hired a dwelling r near the city. The law-snit against the prince was still I pending and appeared likely to take a bad turn. The old princess had returned to St. Petersburg; the severelesson she had received, I exercised a beneficial effect upon her charac ter. She had heaped friendly attentions on her dsughter-in-law,-who, however, returned them with politeness but remained cool and dignifled towards the woman who had been the first occasion of her unhappiness. Vera spent the winter partly with the Ten Berghe.family, partly with her future sister in-law. She often accompanied the Baroness on a visit to the young Princess Dalmatolnioe. By degrees the cloud on the spirit of the I Prince yielded to his Improving condition of bodily health; but Vera for some time steadily refused to meet him. One day, however, en tering unexpectedly the sitting room, she saw her brother-in-law seated at the window; pale, wasted, and his frame bent with weakness. Louisa was moving quietly yet busily about the room, and his looks followed her fixedly. "Come in, Vera," said Louisa, in the most friendly manner. "There is Casimir. Casimir, don't you flid her grown very tall t" Casimir tried to rise, but his weakness for bade it. Moved with compassion, Vera ap proached and held her band. "Forgive me, Vera," he said, in trembling tones, "in the name of your departed parents. the sorrow I occasioned your sister and the had coldidt by which I let her saffer so many yore. ,d is too good that 1i gave rue His angel back again." With tears in her eyces Vera aesur,d him she forgave him everythiageven as Louoi forgive tire. "Yea. as Laniai has fo, :' - . is a saint, whom I misonderatJo i . own aol my child's detriment," 'Dorn't you think she is lice her, Caiumir i" asked Loaisa, coming nearer and leaaing on his arm chair. ' Yes, she might have grown like her if her yo,.ih had known tLe warmth of a mothet's love." In April, soon after the f.stival of Easter, the marriage of Paul von Kyzen and Vera Florinski was solemnized with great foestivity. The Baron and Baroness Teaoo Berghe honored the young couple by their preseanc on the oc casion. Casimir and Louisa did not make their appearance, on acoount of the mourning which they still wore for their daughter, but before the young couple started on their wed. ding trip they spent a day witi them in the city. Paul looked admiringly at his sister-in-law, whom he had once thought of for a wife, and whom he now venerated as an ideal, who stood far above the ordinary standard of humankind; he way happy with his dear little wife, whom he had known and loved from childhood up wards. "Are you satibfied with met" he asked of Louieas. "Was I faithful to the promise I gave your father 1" "How can you ask But now more than ever is Vera confided to your care." "And you will know better than I did how to watch over your treasure and prize it at its real worth." added Casimir. "Oh, tiir !' said Louisa; "let the past reest." Tnromtlh unforeseen circomstances the law suit took a turn in the right direction. Ca-i mir's cause triumphed; his enemies were de feat:d; he was restored to his tfl'e,. and the Emperor himself desired his return. Bat Casi mir deolined acceptance. "I have bat one de sire," he wrote back, "and that is to compen sate my wife for all thesnffering I have caused her; this duty binds me to existence." And he hung on t Louisa with almost morbid feel ing; he could soaroely bear her a moment out of his eight; yet when he looked at her his for mer cruelty was ever present to his thoughts. Louisa, however, understood the art of guiding his troubled spirit, of raising up and and tranquilizing his despairing soul; by her ever constant love and indefatigable care she convinced him at length that she thought of the past only to remember that she had ever dearly loved him and had taworn to him eternal fidelity. "The weather is so splendid, Casimir," she said one day, "the spring Invites as out to enjoy the refreshing evening hour. Will you not sake a walk with Paul and Vera 7" "Yes, if you go with me." "Certainly, if you wish it." For the first time since his sickness Casimir left the house. Both couples took the road to Schveningen, bat Casimir walked too slowly for Paul and his young wife, so that these went on before at eome li tle distanca. "Louisa," said Casimir, "let as go--on know already-I have not been there yet." "Will it not affect you too much f" "No. I dream of her every night. I shall feel easier when I have knelt at her grave." "Then we will turn off in thisdiretriou; the others will fied their own way." Just then Vora looked back. ' Follow us, at a disltnce,' Lounisa signalled to her. She iWell nndirs:and how muos Casi mir wished to ho alone with her at t Aii hLa first visit to tee grave of his child. They walked together tP the Catholic grave yard, which lay still and lonely amid the brnshwood. Louisa knew the way. Almost every morn ing she brought fresh flowers to the little monument. "Hlere it is," she said, and knelt down. They stood before a small but tasteful monu ment; under a medallion which represented I the busnet of the young departed was engraved the text from the high hymn: "I sleep, but my heart waketh." A small oross, under a framed - glass, was inserted beneath the words. It was the cross that Louisa had worn in all her years of desolation, and from the sight of which she had drawn courage to suffer and to gain the victory. A little lower down, the name and age of the sleeper were also out In the stone: NATAL' DArAiTCIIrcm, 1 ae are tof e. Dsuetere of Cuimlr D~almatehtint and Loluisa Florinekl. Her life wes short, br her memory refreshes the lives of her paentus lie a sweet fragrance. Pray for me. Casimir stood for a while beside his wife. With an expression of heart-breaking woe he gazed on the stone beneath which the remains of his beloved daughter were laid to rest. ( Then his eye fell on the inscription, and it seemed as if in that his pain Bfirest found some alleviation; be sank down on the ground, and copious tears flowed from his eyes. "'I sleep, I but my heart waketh. - a sweet frag rance,' " he murmured. "0 Louisa, these were your thoughtsr; yes, I know it; but her last words, do you know them still i' "TIill we meet again, one io Faith, one in love." "One in Faith ! Yes, Louisa, teach me her :a aith and yotrs. Both of you have enitgd o for it let me learn to know it." And Louisa bowed her head. Her prayer was ,. heard, her offering accepted. SThe yet leafless poplar trees rustled saft]y and mysterioosly to their topmost heads, ts the last rays of the aun played through t, tender foliage of the willows as the pair aroms and arm in arm left God's sere more intimatesl a united than ever before. Paul and Vera were before them on the highway, engaged in oheerfal conversation. "How glorious is the spring," said Loules. I t "Yes, they two are in springtime," sighed Casimir; "but we, Louies, we are in autumno. "0 no, Casimir; winter follows autumn, aod e we-we have a meet baantifal spring before us yet." Louisa's prediotion was verified. Casimir's d health was completely restored, and he took e his Louisa back to Rossia. There they devote themselves to the welfare of their subjects on their princely estates. They live far from the j Court, but first Casimir had something to do for his wife by way of compensation. Bifore he retired from public life altiether he pre. s1 aented Louisa to the Imperial family as the a Princess Dalmatohine, his beloved and bonored wife. She was received with great respect, and thence forth his own family never ren tared to treat her otherwise than with grat 0 consideration. Even his return to the Catho. Slie Church made no unfavorable impression. This last fact increased his self-reproach. How different his life might have been had ho mani. feated the like noble firmness from the first. Meanwhile their lives passed as beautifully as was possible, after all the the storms they a had encountered. Paul and Vera paid them one visit, and bat one; but every year they went to ol land to f visit two graves, that of the old Count Florin. ski and that of their eldest daughter; for at. though the dear God filled their house with j y through the merry voices of two frolicsome boys, yet ineffaceable in the memory of both parents remains enuraven the rememb:rance of their first darling, Natalie. Tella "PooR OaIRLs"-The poorest girlo in the world are those who have never been taught to work. There are thousands of thea. Rich parents have petted them. They have been taught to despise labor and depend npon others for a living, and are perfectly helpless. If misfortune comes upon their friends, as it often does their case is hopeless. 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