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BY GERALD GRIFFIN, Author of The Collegians." etc. CHAPTER VI.- (Continued.) "Gudhain ella?" asked the same voice. Spellacy made no answer, but mo tioned Kumba with his hand to remain in the darkness, where he was, and passed into the room. This, with its inmates, was fully visible to the latter, whose already excited brain was filled with a thousand new visions of terror, as bis eye wandered over the details of a scene, with which were associated even the horrors of his infant life, when the name of the blond-stained gang, on the threshold of whose bit- he now ytood, was used to quell the peevish quorulous ness of his childish heart—and made him cling witn murmers of dependent ansiefcv to the bonom of his fosterer. A large fire, formed with a mixtuie of culm, aud heavy turf, supplied the prin cipal portion of the light by which the .inmates- of the place were enabled to carry on their secret toil. Naai tue centre of the room, ihe farther end of which was almost completely enveloped in the evolutions of a black and sul phurous smoke, was an engine at work, tlie whitish and wavering light of the furnace revealing, in fitful alternations of brilliancy and gloom, the aged coun tenance of the artiiicer, a white-haired man, whose large glistening eyes, and hoarv, straight locks presented a ghastly contrast to las smutted and wasted fea tures. The ejieofi of this figure ou Rum ba's heart was such as might be occas ioned by a sudden indication oi lile on the features of a mummy. Around thi person a number of figures were con stantly flitting through the uncertain light, some young, some advanced in years—ihe countenances of all marked with a degree of sternness which could not but be considered as the result of a habitual ferocity of temper, and which was rendered doubly forcible and repug nant in its effect by the murk and dusky hue which the features had acquired from the thickened atmosphere around them. Kimba shrank back involuntar ily whenever any of their eyes happened to glance in his direction, although a moment's consideration might have satisfied Lira that lie was perfectly sheltered from observation by the dark ness in which be stood. The men were, i'or the most part, mi coated, the sleeves of their coarse and blackeued baodle linen shirts being tucked np, after the fashion of Dlaeks.uiit.hs, about their shoulders—their hai-sh, brown chests half exposed, and their hands employed witli various tool-i, of the immediate use of which the unseen spectator was ignorant. Xotwit.bstai.ding the anxiety even approaching ro terror, which made the heart of the latter knock fiercely against ins ribs as he gased upou the scene, aud although he deemed an introduction to this fearful circle of 'desperadoes as little less than a death-warraut, draBS, he could not resist the emotions oi that violent aud unaccount able curiosity which compels a man so strongly to neglect all other considera tions when weighed against the oppor tunity of its gratification, and which seems to increase precisely in propor tion to the extent of the danger which it involves. Hearing Spellacy engaged in conversation with a number of per sons at a little distance inside, and anxious, he thought not wherefore, to learn the purport of their conversation, he began to meditate a nearer ap proach. A heap of turf, gradually as cending to the very roof, and extend ing several feet into the room, appeared to afford the best means he could de sire of accomplishing this purpose. He crept cautiously up, trembling in all his limbs, as the action of his person seemed to menace the unstable pile of peat sods with a general downfall. In a few seconds he lay lengthwise Trunin a foot of the thatched roof, while the knot of confabulators was visible immediately beneath his eye. His friend Spellacy, whom he now sur veyed with a new and fearful interest since he became invested, by his own avowal, with all the terrible associations connected with the name of Suil Dhuv, the Coiner, was standing in the centre of- the group, one of whom was in the act of concluding a detail, which ap peared to excite a feeling of displeasure and perplexity in the mind of their leader. "And that?s the way of it, just," the fellow continued, throwing up his hands in a hopeless way, "all at a stand for the wash to give 'em a color. I rise out of it for a business entirely. I'll take a spade, like Jerry O'Gilvy, and work a av I don't want to be starved, all ou*." "Whist! yon innocent!" said a fair faoed youth "Who stood near, and saw the black eyes'of their leader kindle on th| speaker. "Oeh 'iss—av I could wash over a guinea be tellen a able or an ould story, I needn't go past yon, I know." "Where's Maney O'Neil's ingot?" asked Spellacy. "OI what's that Suil Dhuv is talken of," exclai ned a strange voice from a far corner. "Let Maney and his 'git alone, do ye. What could ye make of it in a wash, in comparison with what I make of it the way ye know ye'rselves? 'Tis Awney Farrel put that in ye'r heads, but he had best change his tone, the Dublin clea'-boy that he is, av he has a mind to stay in my sarvice." "Was Awney out to-day?5' asked the old man near the engine. "He was and I heard a party coming to the door as I left the house, with Awney by their side," said Spellacy. "Well, that's some thin any way. What road do they take? and how many of us is to be on their track? An1 how much 'o the money do they look to have? Eh? That Awfiey is a smart lad. With his scrap o' Latin and his off hand. free ana aisy way, he'd desave the airth." •Til arrange all those particulars, when I return to the inn," said Spellacy. "Do then—and somethen for uz at last—as you get uz to do uvury thing for you. What gain had we by blowing out the brains of the ould dark Segur, only pleasing you, bekays his relation in Germany kicked The sound of a heavy blow ana a deep groan cut short this speech, to which Kumba was lending a terrified at tention "Now, ruffian!" exclaimed Spellacy. "have you gained nothing? I have- the use of my old hand yet, eh? Take him to the far end o' the room, one o' ye!" The stunned and speechless wretch was iustantly conveyed from the circle, and a deep silence followed. E'nruba listened with renewed anxiety, although the quickness and boldness of this asser tion of his authority by Spellacy con veyed an immediate sense of security to himself, which was only qualified by his awakened doubts as to the real char acter and intentions of the man. "There's no occasion for ye to be looking at one another that way," said Spellacy, determinedly. "As I served him, so I'll serve every one of ye that dares to question the command you yourselves gave me, while there's a drop o' blood in this arm,"—and he extended one, the rigid muscles of which worked like small cables, as he slowly clenched his fist while he. spoke. "Ye'll mind my orders—aud 'twill be better for ye. Isn't that calf done bleating yet?" "He axes your pardon for forgetteu himself." said the fair-faced lad in a soft and conciliating tone. The won tided man dissented, with a noise similar to that short thick bark which a mastiff gives in its sleep. "I never make words with Suil Dhuv,'' said the old white-haired man near the engine, rising from his place, his limbs all shaking with the palsied impotence of age—and a horrible hyena convul sion, too frightful for laughter, ming ling its hoarse and sudden peals with a fit of heavy coughing and whezzing, which seemed a.s though it would shatter him momentarily to pieces—never qua ml wit him for clinchen a bizniz well—'tis—O—h ugh—hugh—tins chest O' mine!—'tis the safest and the surest cours3 by half. That was our word— hugh—hugh—among the Eappareew of ould times—in my young—O this bacli o' mine—hugh—hugh!—young days— when they used to be laughen at strong John Macpharson for never passen a good squeeze—and he coom. to the gal lows be that same, too. I seen—hugh— hugh!—I seen him myself playen up Macpharson's tune, and he goen to the tree. Ah, ha, John, thought I wit me self (but I said notheti)—av you tuk the advice (r Redmond's lads, you'd be sporten on the highway still, instead o: bein' playen at your own funeral—hugh hugh!—O Misthur Darlen Suil Dhuv! gi' me somethen for this cough o' mine! Nothen—nothen—we used all to say to Shawn, like a taste o' blood for salen a matter up. I'm 68 years now in the world, an' I never seen a dead man mount a witness table yit. Ah! never trust one of 'em, Suil, darlen, an' you'll laugh at the law all your days—an' the comfort in it to, when you're used to it and—" here a fit of coughing seized the speaker, so violent and suffocating that Kumba, whose whole attention had been fascinated and concentrated by this display of perfect depravity, imag ined that the ruffian had consummated his impieties in the patient ear. of Heaven and was about to be summoned to an instant and awful judgment. "This culm smoke that's killeu me intirely," the fellow continued, taking his seat at the bottom of the very heap of turf on which Kumba lay, and caus ing it to.shake under him. "No! Suil Dhuv—folly my ways. As long as ever I live, I'll kill. Kill first, and rob after is my word—and I'll stick to it—aye— always—O my poor back, intirely!" "Poor deceived wretch," thought Kumba, an emotion of great pity ming ling itself with all his horror. "Does this hoary villian, with the red guilt of ji life blood upon his soul—the arm of angry God made bare above his head,—this miserable creature, the strings of whose life appear to be all let down—with a frame whose least motion is almost sufficient to shake its struc ture to pieces—who sits there shaking and laughing, and ready to fall bone after bone, already mouldering, into the grave—does this idiot demou plan fu ture scenes of murder for himself? Poor decieved, unhappy wretch! This is horrible." And in an emotion of deep feeling, such as people of an enthusiastic temper and susceptible mind are liable to experience at witnessing any extra ordinary novelty, either in the moral or physical world, he clasped his hands together, and felt his eyes fill, and' his whole frame tremble with a wholesome and softening agitation. Immediately, aud by one of those startling bounds which Reason makes, when accidently freed from the restraint that was imposed upon her by passion and convenience, she springs into her own free dominion, and mounts "with prosperous wihir full summed." to her real station in the soul—ascend ing, not by the slow steps of inference and deduction, but piercing with one glauce the mists which worldly interest have gathered the naked brightness of truth—dashing aside at a single effort the cobweb snares of her false sister sophistry, and trampling and hurling downward iu her flight the loose and crumbling obstacles, among which she has been so long imprisoned by selfish motive and human respect—in an instant and by a transition as rapid—a per fect and illuminating change was worked iu the soul of Kumba. While he gazed on the old man, the fearful aud terrify ing suggestion darted through his brain that his was the close of a career com mencing like his own. His heart froze within, his bosom—and then burned- and grew cold again, while a sudden damp stood on his brow and limbs, and his eyes became riveted and fixed in spite of himself on +.he hoarv and palsied murderer—whom he began now to look on as a future self of himself—the dou ble-goer of his iige!—a spectre conjured back from the days to come, for the pur pose of startling him, like another Haz ael, with a reflection of hie future soul. He clasped his hands once more fear fully—and lost, in the intensity of his agitation, a part of the conversation which ensued. The first sound from beneath that again fixed his attention, was the mention of his own name, pro nounced in a heated and passionate tone by Spellacy. The old man was reply ing, when Rumba's attention was aroused— "O don't iniud that, Suil Dhuv, 'tis like the dhrams o' whiskey. Let him get the taste of it wanst, an' see av he won't long for it again. Twas the same way wit meself jest. The first blood I uver tuk was that of a 'it-tie mouseen, that bit me finger in a mail-tub. Ah ha, fait my lad, eiz I, an' I not four year ould the same time, I'll ha' my reviuge o' you anyway aa' I caught him be the tail an' I hung him over the bioze of a slip of bog-dale—aud. he screechen an' I laughen an' grir.den my teeth as it might be this wav—till he died, burnt in the blaze—an' my father laughen an' houlden me mother, that was for runnen an? tairen the 'ittle orator from betuue me fingirs." Here a renewed convul sion of coughhig a.nd laughter seized the wretch—"Then I used to slit the throats o' the chickens to save the maids the trouble—this way wit the scissor— and afther. I'd get one o? the pigs to give "nm a knock o' the hatchet whin the butcher would come to the house at Aisther or Christmas—an' sometimes, may be I'd haugh the stout cov fur him when she wouldn't stand steady—I wish I could stand steady, now I kuow—O mil'la murther! and 'tis I that ought to say that! How the butcher an' all of 'em laughed the fusht time when I tuk the sharp edge, instid of the broad back o1 the hat-chit—ha! ha! 'Twas that first made 'em put the name o' Red Rody upon me—though it's White Rody wit me now. any way," he concluded, rais ing his long silver hair with a smile which had so much of meloncholy in it, as to astouish Kumba with the convic tion that the hard and ungentle nature even of such a being as this, was not incapable of retaining amid the petri faction of all its benovelent susceptibili ties—a selfish softness and tenderness of feeling in its own regard. "Paugh! What has all this to do wit the robben o' Lilly Byrne and her Hush-sh-sh!" Spellacy hastily inter rupted the speaker. "For what? Eh? Who's there? Are we betrayed? Ay—do! strike me agin an' agin after that, if you have a mind, but I'll do ray duty—Have you any body lissnen to us?" The name of his mistress, pronounced iu such ruffian fashion, occasioned such an agitation of rage and horror in Kum ba's soul, that it was with difficulty he restrained himself from rushing into the midst of the group aud hazarding every thing for an instant elucidation of the designs which were under debate Chance did for him what prudence, .however, forbade his attempting. The old man, Rody, quickly rising from his seat at the base of the turfen heap, disturbed materially the already frail structure that sustained the listener. A few sods fell—in the effort to prevent peril, Kum ba shook the whole fabric and came came tumbling headlong, amid the clat ter of the falling, fuel and the savage yells of the outrageous gang, who started back from the circle with ex clamations of rage and terror. "Therom a-shkien! Mauriga spy!" shouted one, in a rapture of vengeance. •Rosth erdhai fier dhen thinna." cried another, springing on the youth with a yell of ferocious anger, "Fauscai—hugh—hugh—fauscai moch a nihin leshai press!" wheezed out Red Rody—all clamoring together in their venacular idiom, in their sudden excite ment of the moment. "Connidh-a-lauv! Esaun-dha sucur a bberom lath!" Spellacy suddenly shouted out, in accents that made the floor shake beneath them, while he placed himself in an attitude of deter mined resistance between the gang and his prostrate friend, over whom Red Rody had uplifted a short bar of iron, with a degree of strength which nothing less stimulating than the prospect of an immediate gratification of his ruling passion could have struck into his pal sied arm. There was a pause—while the eyes of all were directed on their leader. ''Fools, dolts'" heat length exclaimed his round black eyes sparkling with a ligiit which might readily have ac counted to a stranger for the cognomen which bad been conferred upon him— "a brass pin would make me lave him to ye, to let ye see what, ye'd get by ye'r mane suspicion of one that's a better friend than ye'rselves to ye! An' you you graat baste, that nothen '11 ever tache" addressing the wounded man— "it's the dint o' the bare compassion that prevents me maken a mash o' your head upon the floor. Get up, Mr. Kumba, an' tell 'em who you are." Kumba arose and gazed around him. The men slowly relaxed their attitudes of rigid passion, and old Rody, lower ing bis weapon, tottered with many dis contented mutterings toward his an cient place near the stamping press. "We meant no harm," said the wounded man "but there's little admir ation we shouldn't know a frind that coom that way, so droll, tumbling down ova hape o' turf into the middle of us, all at wanst, out." "May be," said Jerry, with a very soft sneer, "that's the way of intherduc shins among the giutlemin, that we knows nothen about?" It was some moments before the young man fully recollected himself. When he did so, all the consequences and difficulties of his situation came rushing swiftly upon his mind as he had already, in one rapid glance at the approaching possibilities, determined upon his course, the peril which they involved made his heart beat and trem ble within him. He felt himself, never theless, amid ail the gathering anxiety that began to creep within his bosom, more at libertjr to debate and decide them, while he was yet iu comparative safety—for there are doubtless many natures, while yet unformed and unde cided, in which the elements of vigor and and energy are loosely scattered, and which require the impulse of extremity itself to call them into confident action as vane,that flaps from point to point of the compass while it is visited by feeble currents of air, will firmly fix and settle when the black tempest is poured about it. While Kumba thus remained, gazing upon the circle—and charged (to use a chemical metaphor) with an intense and uncompromising purpose—Iris frame covered with the dew of anxiety, and trembling for itself, while the mind maintained that fearful and clear-sighted serenity which governed the tottering steps of the martyrs of the early faith, or fchat feeling which, to use a more familiar, though less noble illustration, throws a degree of grace and dignity into the movements of the hopeless wretch who journeys to his fate at the summons of the injured spirit of justice --while he remained buoyed up, amid a tumult of agitating reflections, by this sudden firmness cf resolution, the men with whom he was preparing his heart to endure a keen encounter of moral or physical strength, as the case might be (the latter evidently hopeless), recom menced their deliberation oi' the myster ions design of which Kumba had already received so terrifying a glimpse. "'Tis a'most time for us to be starten, I'm thinken," said Jerry, withdrawing a heavy cloth, and exposing a small pane, through which the dark red. level light of a sullen evening sun darted across the room, forming a singular contrast to the whitish, ghastly lustre of the fur nace, as it-struck in succession on the outlines of stern and smutted features, and fragments of scattered tools, tinging the white and eddying volumes oi vapor with deep crimson, and losing itself in the dense gloom long before it could have struck the further wall of the apartment. CTo be continued.) NEWS IN BRIEF. Wm. Morin and wife, of Albert Lea, left for California recently for the winter. Mrs. Gen. Logan recently received from Wm. Penn Nixon, manager of the Chicago Inter-Ocean, the sum of $6,500, collected in Chicago. The amount of the Chicago fund now delivered to Airs. Logan is $13,000. 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