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CHAPTER II.-THE FLIGHT.
of the Solicitor-General. The members of the House for which that blood has been shed. Once more, I the King; the outrage done to majesty was enlarged all rose, and the cry of “ Long live the King !" re- repeat, the principles of our Church are freedom of apon; high treason was hinted at, and many an sounded through the hall.
faith and of thought; the foundation on which we imprecation was heaped on the name of Viole, over This unexpected visit made a great sensation in stand the pure Word of Truth, against which the whose head the sword of Damocles was suspended the House, and during the momentary stillness gates of hell shall never prevail. Leave us but, we by a hair. which succeeded this event, a looker-on might have ask, the full exercise of faith, and soon shall the The warrant for his arrest was made out, and as remarked on the one side, pale, anxious faces, and angel of peace wave its palm over our fair land of the night-shadows fell upon Paris, the ruin of the on the other, a universal look of triumph and curi- France. Truer subjects has no prince on earth man drew nigh, whose crime was, that he had osity
than our sovereign has in his Protestant people. dared to speak truth to his king ! After a short greeting to the assembly, the King Once calm these internal distractions, and the spirit cast a look of searching meaning around, a glance of industry, now repressed and stifled, would revive, which was well understood, and then ascending the and its blessings be diffused over the land. It is the dais, he issued the command, in an imperious tone, Ediet of Escouan which plunges the dagger uf hatred NA
ATURE seemed to share the tumult of human that the discussion which his entrance had inter- into the heart of France. Hatred, murder, bloodshed, The lightening flashed, and thunder rolled fearfully
hearts. A storm had gathered over Paris. rupted should be immediately resumed. has that edict sown. Sorrow and misery are its
over the town. The wind raged in the streets, and Every eye was directed to Viole. His pale face attendants. Brother lifts up his hand against brother
passengers could scarcely withstand its violence ; was still paler as the King spoke; but his dark eye who differs from him, and the spirit of fanaticism gleamed with extraordinary lustre, and with a swift will destroy our country's peace, and work its whilst in the chimneys it roared as if some uncarthly
spirit was let loose upon the earth. As yet, not a
And on whom rests the movement hastily passing his hand over his beard, destruction and woe,
drop of rain had fallen, and the tempest seemed to he rose, with a dignity peculiarly his own, from his responibility of this fearful oppression ?
threaten the vast city with destruction, seat, which was precisely opposite that of the King.
He was silent. The earnestness of his manner,
At ten o'clock its fury seemed spent—the thunderThere was no tremor in his voice, no agitation in and the importance of his subject, had given to his
roll was hushed, the lightning ceased to flash. The his manner, no shrinking from his purpose, even in pale face an expression such as we inay have pic- clocks were heard to strike in the calm, and gentle the presence of majesty, for, with the full conviction tured on that of the prophet of Israel. Again ho
rain fall. of the justice and holiness of his cause, Viole would asked,
The Senator de Viole was seated by a little bed, bow before no earthly power.
“On whom, I say, rests the guilt of this persecu- watching the peaceful slumbers of his child—a boy "It is true," he began, in the deepest tones of his tion? In the words of the prophet Elias, I declare
of scarcely four years old. rich voice, and his eye sparkled beneath his dark unto thee, as he declared unto Ahab, “Thou, o
The child was his only one the sole treasure and overhanging brow,—“It is true that this spirit king, art he that troubleth Israel.''
saved from the wreck of his domestic joys. of persecution is spreading in our beloved country,
His eye rested on Henry, who quailed beneath
His beloved wife was no more ; and it seemed as and that its advocates are stirring up grievous strife. his steady glance, and was pale and trembling as a
though his soul poured forth its entire stream of It has set our peaceful citizens and countrymen in criminal before a judge. The whole assembly were love on the child which she had left him. He held arms against the holiest and the dearest of our rights. struck dumb with astonishment and consternation. the little sleeper's hand ; and as he listened to the That spirit has done it, which, trampling under foot Every eye was on the King. In vain he tried to quiet breathing, amidst the disturbance of the elements, the God-bestowed, sacred right of man, condemns collect his senses, and to re-assume his firmness he forgot the tempest without and the late stormy a brother who may differ from him in faith to the and self-control; and after an ineffectual effort to
passage in the earlier part of the day. scaffold, to the dungeon, or to the stake. God, I speak, he rose hastily from his seat, and breaking
Suddenly the remembrance flashed upon him, and, say, hath given to man that which persecution would up the conference, left the han.
without any apprehension that immediate danger was wrench from him-liberty of thought and liberty of
As soon as the doors were closed after his depart- at hand, he meditated upon it. A hasty knock was
The followers of Guise at this moment heard at the door; the servants faith. Good, loyal subjects of our sovereign lord ure, a wild tumult arose. the King, -faithful, true-hearted men are the Prot- were scarcely restrained from laying violent hands opened it, and at the same moment two men entered, estants ; but it is this samo spirit of persecution on Viole, around whom a phalanx soon formed. It one of whom, without waiting to be announced, which compels the hand which should be guiding
was an important crisis. Those undecided that sprang up the staircase into Viole's chamber; but the plough to take up the sword and shield, and day assumed decision and firmness. By his fire nut finding him there, he passed into the litle room those that would be laboring for their wives and were other flames kindled. His courage had raised where the father was seated in deep thought by the children in some innocent and useful craft, are theirs, and strengthened their hopes of victory.
sleeping child. driven from the shelter and peace of home to scenes
Du Plessis Mornay now stepped between the
“Viole,” he said, "how can you sit thus unmoved of tumult and bloodshed. Your priests, too, unable parties.
by that child's bed, when your enemies have already to destroy the blessed word of God itself, pursue,
“ In these walls,” he said, “ truth and justice planned your destruction! God may reward you for slaughter, burn, and imprison every faithful soul have ever found an asylum. Violate them not to
your boldness in his cause this day, but the consewho dares to wield that sword of the Spirit. It is day. Give not an example which the nation may quences of that courage no human power can avert, the same leaven which worked the destruction of imitate, and thus deluge your country with lood!” unless you fly. Your sentence is passed Death ? the murdered Albigenses; but lay it well to heart
This appeal had an extraordinary effect, and,
“ I am in God's hands," replied Viole, calmly; and that the blood his slaughtered saints crieth unto although in some confusion, the members at length he looked with a countenance full of peaceful trus God from the ground, and that blood will be required dispersed.
--the peace of a good conscience--into the face of at the hand of those who shed it. Yes, there is an The news of this scene soon transpired in Paris. Du Plessis Mornay. avenger
of His people, whose arm is not shortened There was scarcely a house or cottage in which the “How?” said his friend. “You will rest here, that it cannot save. It may not be stretched forth affair was not discussed. Even in those who had and allow your enemies to take you captive? You to-day nor to-morrow, but it shall surely fall on the no sympathy with the opinions of Viole, an interest will wait here for the starvation of the Bastille, or adversaries of Truth, and that without mercy. I and admiration were awakened for the man who the agonies of the rack ?" confess joyfully before God and man this day, that could thus boldly profess his faith before the king “I am not afraid," said Viole. I belong to the Church which holds the pure Word himself; and perhaps Protestantism gained more “No one doubts your courage,” replied Plessis of God as that inestimable, imperishable treasure ground in the affections of the people on that day Mornay ; " but is your life, then, of so little value to which the power of man camot take away. Fear than it had done for a whole year previously. But your religion and your country, that you coolly resign not them, then, which kill the body, the soul they in the Louvre, in the hotel of the Duke of Guise, it without an effort ?" can never touch. The Word, too, is indestructible; and in the Archbishop's Palace, everything was "Your fears are getting the better of your judgand as in the days of Christ's early followers, so in commotion and excitement. The immediate ment,” said Viole.
I do not believe in the danger now the martyrs' blood shall but spread the truth | enforcement of the Edict of Escouan was urged on you apprehend; they will not venture.""
“Not venture !” said Mornay. “The warrant is shall be pursued, and unless we can gain a decided After a silent embrace, the friends parted, and, in already made out, and is in the hands of Tavannes. Do advantage over them, all our trouble will have been a few moments, Mornay had disappeared in the you believe that he will delay? In God's name in vain. What direction do you intend to take ?" forest. It was the work of a short time to reach the hasten! Every moment is precious. Look at that “That of Auvergne," answered Viole ; "at St. boat, and row to the opposite side of the river. innocent child-you are his all, father and mother Flore I can at least find an asylum during my danger." Here servants and horses were in wating for him ; both. He has had one bitter loss; take not from “ If you go thither,” said his noble friend, “ you and before any one was astir in the streets of Paris, him his only support. Give not your child to the must not remain there. Go to England ; that is the he had arrived at the spot where Viole's house stood. enemy."
only place that I think is safe for you. Diana of What a scene awaited him there! Every article of Viole was moved.
Poitiers has her eye not only on you, but upon your furniture destroyed, looking-glasses and windows " Ferrier, Du Faure, and Du Bourg are already property, and she will send her emissaries on your broken, even the family pictures of the good man fled," said Mornay. track."
battered and ruined, his possessions plundered, and, " What do you say?" said Viole springing up, "You may be right,” said Viole, after a little con- in short, the whole dwelling presented a picture of “ Fled!”
sideration, “ but the mountains of Auvergne are rich wreck and devastation impossible to describe. As “ They are already beyond the gates of Paris," in hiding-places. There is my childhood's homc; he stood sorrowfully considering the scene, returned the other ; "and you tarry."
I have many old friends in the vicinity; and there ceived two of Viole's servants, who happened to be “And is it come to this ?" said Viole, sorrowfully. I have learned, from long experience as a hunter, of from home at the time of their master's flight. "Must France expatriate her truest children? Even lurking-places where spies may come and search in They had the courage, notwithstanding grievous illso: the stars do not lie—I have seen my fate written vain ; and in case of danger, it will not be difficult treatment and the influence of much fear, to declare there. Yes, it is clear to me now that I must flee to go by La Rochelle to England.”
their attachment to him, and their determination to for my boy's sake. I must and will.”
Again they relapsed into silence, each pondering stand by his property to the last. They now, how“Then use all possible dispatch, I entreat of you, on the plan for the future. In the meantime they ever, besought, Mornay's protection. or it may be too late," said Mornay, urgently. “Haste! had reached a place where the forests that bordered “ Be of good heart,” said Plessis. “You shall haste !"
the Seine were thicker and more extensive. The enter my service, and remain with me until better “I will,” he replied but only with my child; moon was just disappearing, and its pale light fell days come.” and how is that possible ?" upon the shore. The masses of cloud, which had so
This promise restored their fainting courage, and “I have foreseen the difficulty,” said Mornay, long hung over Paris, had cleared away, and the they were soon able to give a more connected ac“and provided for it too. Only hasten, hasten, I morning was calm and clear. The sharp eyes of count of the events of the past night. They related say; for while we linger you may both be lost.” the pilot now discerned a man upon the opposite it as follows :-A very few minutes after the flight
Viole now arose, his hasty preparations were soon bank of the river, and by a motion of the helm they of their master, they had returned home, and to completed, money and some important papers packed were soon in the middle of the stream, when he their astonishment and terror, had found the doors up, and with the boy wrapped in a cloak, the fuga- allowed the boat quietly to float down the river until open, and the house entirely deserted. No one tives left the house, and stepped forth into the they arrived opposite the spot where they had per- could say whither their master was fled; but the solemn night. It was dark as the grave, and the ceived the figure. The captain whistled in a short idea at once struck them that he had been thrown drowsy child soon slept again in the servant's arms, peculiar manner; the signal was answered, and in into the Bastille ; as during their gossip in the town Plessis Mornay walking a little in advance.
a few moments the boat lay to by the river's bank. they had learned of the scenes enacted in the ParliaThrough many a narrow street and alley, through “I had almost given you up,” said the stranger, ment House that morning, and of the fearful risk passages and open squares, the party quickly passed. as, holding out his hand, he helped Mornay to land. that Viole had incurred by speaking so boldly to the At length he heard the splashing of the waters of “Is all ready ?” he asked
King. This fear was not of long duration ; in a few the Seine, which agitated by the late storm, werc Everything is as you have commanded,” replied moments after their entrance, a crowd of persons, breaking upon the banks.
with Tavannes at their head, stormed the house, * God be praised? whispered Plessis Mornay to "Wait here a few moments,” said Plessis Mornay sought for Viole in every room, and cruelly malViole; "we are near the boundaries of the city. to the boatman ; and beckoning Viole and the two treated the servants, because they suspected them to May He be merciful to us, and watch over us !" servants, they entered the forest.
be acquainted with the place of their master's reThey traversed yet another narrow street, and The path seemed to lie in thick darkness, but it treat. Enraged at their silence, they threatened then plunged into a dark alley that sloped to the was not intricate, and they soon arrived at a more the unhappy creatures with torture and imprisonwater's edge. Here Plessis Mornay stood still and open part. Horses stood there ready for flight. ment, until at length Tavannes, convinced that he whistled three times. He was immediately answered * Mornay," said Viole, “a true friend is proved in must have departed without their knowledge, left in the same manner by some one at no great dis- adversity. You are such an one. Many a time have the house, giving permission to the mob to enter tance. Grasping Viole's hand, he safely conducted I thought you undecided and half-hearted in the and plunder, or destroy everything that it contained, him down the sloping pavement, at the foot of which cause. Forgive me that I did you that injustice !" resolved at once to lose no time in his pursuit of the they perceived a dark form.
Appearances often deceive,” he replied, as he fugitives. Du Plessis Mornay, although prepared, • What o'clock is it?" said the unknown.
pressed Viole's hand. “I have learned that I can heard the narrative with horror, and, followed by “Nearly midnight," answered his friend.
better serve Protestantism by taking no decided part. Viole's household, soon left the spot, with deep feelWithout further question the stranger turned back I am often misunderstood and doubted; but in my ings of thanksgiving that noble master had esto the river, and, with the assistance of one or two own breast I cherish a full conviction that my course caped from the barbarous hands of his enemies. men, hauled a boat to shoré. The fugitives entered is right. We are not all called to the same path ; In the meantime, preparations were making by it, and as soon as they were seated, the master only let each be true to his post. You have hitherto the little party on the banks of the Seine, for a yet sprang in and pushed off So good was the will of misunderstood me. Trust in me henceforth, and to further flight. The servant whom Mornay had left the rowers, and so vigorous their efforts, that in spite the little light which has fallen to my share. Now with the horses, and to whom he had committed the of the strength of the current, they soon passed I must leave you. May God protect and guide guidance of Viole, was a trusty, energetic man. the lighted houses, and Paris lay far behind them. you! To His mercy I commend you and yours!” Although, indeed, unacquainted with Auvergne, he
“Whither are you conducting me ?" said Viole. Viole held his hand for a few seconds without had travelled much in the district through which
“Once for all, leave everything to me," said Mornay, being able to answer, and a tear stood in his eye. they must pass on their way thither, and could purwho sat at the helm, and there was a deep silence Noble man!” he replied; I pray that we may sue his track through forest paths, however intricate, for some time.
meet once more. That which you have done for me without losing himself. A sumpter horse followed At length they perceived, by the light of the moon, will never be forgotten. But now I have only my them, bearing provisions necessary for so long a that the banks of the river were belted by thick forests thanks to render. God grant that no harm may journey ; Mornay, with wonderful foresight, having
" Danger is over for the present," said Mornay to come to you in consequence of this! Blessings on provided for every emergency. It was necessary, Viole, “but still we must flee, for at daybreak we you! Adieu!"
before proceeding on their route, however to dis
CHAPTER III.--THE MOUNTAIN BIOME.
guise Viole, in order to elude detection ; and for vast crater, but in the course of time the deep hollow lay not far from Pont de Razan. The other branch this purpose he cut off his flowing hair and thick had been filled up, and it had become an extensive of the family, called Viole de St. Flore, dwelt in the beard, and changed clothes with a countryman of level, where vegitation flourished ; and in the trou- castle bearing his name in Auvergne ; his relation, the neighborhood.
blous times of the tenth and eleventh century men Viole d'Arbèque, residing on his estate in Dauphiné. In the day time, they usually rested in the forest, had been wont to flee to this and similarinaccessible When the light of the Reformation, first kindled or in some solitary cottage or barn, and in the night places for shelter and protection. On these very at Geneva, shed its influence over France, an event continued their way. As soon as they arrived at the heights a city had indeed been built, of whose early occurred in connection with the subject of our story, spot where the dark outline of the mountains of inhabitants we have only the records of the monks, which we will relate. Auvergne was visible, Viole became the leader and whose works, somewhat voluminous, were not always Viole d'Arbèquc and Viole de St. Flore were the guide of the little band The anxiety which he had strictly veracious. The walls were certainly built only representatives of the family. Neither of them felt in the prospect of so much fatigue for his dear Gui, for durability. Whole blocks of stone had been had hitherto shown any decided attachment to reliappeared for the present without foundation. The fixed together by the indestructible mortar of the gion. Viole d'Arbèque, proud of his family and his boy revelled in the new life, was charmed with the early builders ; and surrounded by these gigantic ancient descent, forsook the pursuit of true wisdom, country, and delighted to be continually near his masses, standing on a height so precipitous and en- and became absorbed in worldly pursuits. To mainfather, from whom, in Paris, he had been so fre- closed by gates so secure, that the mountain fortress tain the honor and dignity of the house intact, to quently separated. The journey was accomplished might be said to defy every attack. Within the follow the king in battle, and to serve him truly and without any accident, and with far less danger than walls was a second, yet higher circle, accessible bravely both in war and peace, were the aims of his could have been anticipated. That Mornay would only by a draw-bridge, which worked by means of an life. care for his faithful servants at Paris, Viole could enormous chain, and which could be drawn aside Claude, his contemporary, was of an opposite connot doubt, and his heart was light as he saw the in case of danger. The gates of the inner walls stitution, and his tastes led him into a somewhat well-known peaks ofthe mountains of his native land, were so situated, that viewed from a distance, they different line of action. The thirst for knowledge which were now to be his home and hiding-place. seemed to be side by side with the other gates; pressed him to pursue it under every difficulty, and
that is to say, they were placed precisely between the love of astrology, carly cultivated by his inthe outer doors. In the enclosure formed by this structor, was pursued by him with a zeal worthy a double wall was a spacious castle, surrounded by a better cause. As soon as he arrived at manhood,
to in which, at some remote period, an earth-wards the western walls, and was terminated by a to go to Geneva, and here, in his restless desire to quake must have made fearful ravages, and where lofty round tower, which considerably overlooked acquire information, he sought the Holy Scriptures, the destruction caused by volcanic eruption had been all the gates and walls of the little fort.
from which divine source he obtained a degree of of an extent, and a power and grandeur, the effect To the right of this tower were the dwellings of content to which he had hitherto been a stranger. of which, even at the present day, fills the beholder the retainers, with the stables and granaries of the D'Arbèquc who was given up to different pursuits, with astonishment and horror. Enormous craters settlement. To the right surrounded by a large bal- was extremely indignant at the new principles of mark the spot of each eruption, and one cannot look cony, was the turreted mansion of the lord of the his kinsman, which had the effect of placing beat the fields of black lava without picturing the time domain, consisting of wide halls, a spacious ban tween them a barrier nothing could possibly overwhen that lava ran like liquid fire, spreading over queting-room, and other apartments, very different come. A deep-rooted feeling of enmity on D'Arthe plains, and filling the smiling valleys, destroying and inferior both in their arrangement and apparten- bèque's part sprung up, and only seemed to gather all animated beings, consuming vast forests, and ances to those of the present day. There you might strength by time Claude de Viole was himself of spreading terror and devastation around. The deep see the vast chimney corner, which the skill of the a proud and fiery disposition To make advances craters are now filled with water, and where the dc- stonemason's chisel had adorned with illustrations to D'Arbèque was not in his nature He had, he vouring element raged so long, little seas foam now of battles, heads of animals, wreaths of flowers and said, as little need of his neighbors' friendship as his upon the mountain tops. Stones are scattered fruit, varied by coats of arms. The walls were hung neighbor had of his, and so was content to live around, and cover vast spaces, whilst basalt, in all with leather stamped with fanciful patterns gilt. apart from him. manner of grotesque forms and colors, sprinkle the The joiner's work was massive and clumsy, but the Claude de Viole therefore resided alone in his cassides and summit of these lofty hills. In those attempts at carving showed considerable skill; and tle of St. Florc, hunted in his wide forests, and pursituations where the power of the atmosphere has the high backed chairs, especially, were curiously sued his favorite researches in astrology, in which been sufficiently strong, the process of the disso!u- and elaborately wrought, while their cushions were study ho had made great proficiency under an old tion of lava has for some centuries past been extra- soft, and covered with the richest damask. Armor Spaniard, called Acevedo, at Geneva. Indeed he ordinary; and even at the period of which these of the finest steel hung in different parts of the hall ; carried his love of this science to such an extent pages treat, the fruitful spots of land were spread- and in a glazed closet at one end of the apartment that he was in some danger of forgetting that knowing, and the forest year by year thickly clad with was a goodly array of dishes, plates, and drinking ledge which he had so recently acquired, and of verdure, in spots where once desolation had seemed | cups of precious metal. Sculpturoi marble, such as wasting his life in the useless pursuit of a visionary universal and hopeless. One mountain peak, nono other than the Italian school could then pro- research. which riscs like a pyramid to heaven, aud which duce, adorned the room; windows of the richest A circumstance, however, occurred, which turned may be discerned by its peculiar appearance, for colored glass heightened the generai effect ; and the current of his thoughts, and altered the wholo many miles, was the spot to which Viole's strps everything bespoke the owner of the castle to be course of his being. were hastening.
not only a wealthy lord, but one of the most power- His possessions at St. Flore bordered on those of At a considerable distance from the towns of fal of the country. This was the castle of St. a noble family of Auvergne. For some years a Pierresort, Coulades la Boute, and Longers, in a Flore, belonging to the noblest and most ancient of law-suit had been carried on against the owner of wide valley filled with lava, and which is now a the families of Auvergne. As far as the eye could this estate to determine the right of luunting in a smooth and level plain, enclosed on all sides by reach, from the highest tower of the castle, only the certain extensive forest between the two castles. ranges of lofty hills, rose this solitary and extensive lands and tenements which acknowledged their Already had the trial lasted a considerable time, and peak. Huge stones were scattered here and there sway could be perceived.
the costs, with a succession of losses and misforin strange confusion on its declivity, as even in the The time of the wars of the middle ages was, in- tunes, had undermined the prosperity and standing distance one could perceive. The foot of the hill decd, long passed away, but the castle still stood of D'Oudraque. It was now tried in the Parliament was clad with fine trees, and the path for some way as a monument of the greatness and power of at Paris, and the cause of Viole promised to be vicup the mountain side rejoiced in their shade. There the race of St. Flore. Two branches only re- torious. He had, in the prospect of a settlement, were four places in the hill, however, only accessi- mained of the old parent stem, one in Auvergne, hastened to the capital to assert his rights in the ble by gates, secured by the strong portcullis of the the other in Dauphiné. The Dauphiné property house. age. Centuries ago this mountain fort had been a embraced also the valuable castle of Arbèque, which The fire and energy of his oratory, supported by
St. Flore.' The old were found in the
man turned pale, and archives of St. Flore,
tears started to the brought him trium
maiden's eyes. phantly through, and
“Du Bourg," he the eye of the chan
said, “I thought you cellor de l'Hôpital
a friend! Am I mislooked favorably on
taken? Would you the promising talents
bring my enemy to of the young man.
triumph over my deOne evening, an el
feat?" derly member of the
“Not so," said Viparliament entered
ole, tenderly. “God his dwelling.
forbid ! An unhappy "I come,” he said,
feud has for nearly “to congratulate you
half a century severed on the success which
our families ; let that you have won. I
feud be at an end. I would also wish you
come to declare to joy of your increased
you, sir, that I am possessions, if I
willing to resign the
forest for the better could." Viole started.
possession of your “And why not,”
friendship." he asked with as
D'Oudraque look tonishment.
ed steadfastly at the you consider I came
young speaker. by them unjustly, my
“I thank you corlord ?"
dially,” he said, " for "said the
your intention ; I am old man, “ for of the
truly thankful that
this hatred between legitimacy of your claim and of your
neighbors is at documents there can
end; but I am somebe no doubt. You are
what too proud to the lawful possessor
accept your offer. of the forest. I havo
Consider it is awardmyself raised my
ed to you by law; it [DIANA OF
THE CHURCI. ] voice on your behalf.
is your right.” But is it nothing to Engraved expressly for the New York Journal.
Du Bourg and Viole you that your success
felt that they had has plunged a gray-haired old man into misery and suit and dispute about the property, has existed been too hasty, and both were somewhat confused. ruin? The aged D'Oudraque is impoverished between our families for fifty years past.”
“Marie," said the old man, "get the gentlemen through the result of this contest, and the heavy “I know it well,” said Du Bourg; “but is it right chairs." costs which fall upon him to pay. The worthy man that such enmity should continue ? Truly I think There was an awkward pause. In D'Oudraque's is crushed by the blow, and an innocent child shares not.”
bosom there was an independence and a nobility for in his misfortune. The ruin of the house seems "I am ready,” said Viole, “to stretch forth my which Viole was not prepared. He took his hand, complete ; for Diana of Poitiers, hearing of her hand for reconciliation, if he will accept it." and begged him not to misunderstand his meaning. situation, has been urgent that the maiden should That, too, I expected of you,” replied Du D'Oudraque returned the pressure. "I will not enter her service as a lady-in-waiting. You know Bourg. “Now let me lead you at once to the old speak to my neighbor,” he said, “ of the sin of our what that involves ; but there seems no alternative. man's lodgings."
past enmity ; but will promise never again to allude I have to-day seen the tears not only on the old Viole complied. They went out together, and to the unhappy misunderstanding between our fainman's cheek, but on those of his fair daughter. after a long walk they found him in a remote part of lies. Let us change the subject.” Viole was moved.
the city, in an humble and insignificant house, where The interview lasted for some time, and when “ You are a noble man,” he said. “You were he had taken up his temporary abode. Du Bourg Du Bourg had recovered his composure, he, with my father's friend, and you know that I value my opened the door of a small room, and they entered. the adroitness of a man of the world, led the conright more than the actual possession of the forest. The room was poorly furnished.
versation to other subjects of interest, in which Tell the good old man from me, that for the sake of By a lamp two persons were seated—a man of Marie was able to take a part; and it was with raphis friendship, I will gladly resign the property, and sixty in a plain dress, and a girl of eighteen years. ture that Viole listened when the maiden spoke. to-morrow I will hand him over the deed. Tell him Becoming, although of the simplest form and mate- They parted on terms of the utmost amity, and Violo this. His tears would burn my heart !"
rial, was her clothing; but Viole at once felt that left a very favorable impression on the mind both The old senator heartily shook hands with the he had never beheld a being of such beauty and of father and daughter. young man.
purity. She was sitting sorrowfully, with traces of As soon as they were in the street he seized Du “ I know you,” he observed, “ for the worthy son anxiety and suffering visible on her countenance. Bourg's hand.
“God forbid," he said, with an of my old friend. I knew that I had but to place “You bring bad news, Du Bourg,” said the old earne,tness which made his friend laugh, that the matter before you in its true light and you would man, mournfully; "but it has already reached me, this angel should ever go back to her castle !" yield. Do you know D'Oudraque ?" Who is the young man, your companion ?"
“We have effected something to-day,” he said, No," said Viole. “ You know that this law- "The son of an old friend, Claude Viole de l without attending to Viole's exclamation ; “I must
CHAPTER IV.—THE DISGUISED LORD.
make another effort. Old D'Oudraque is a noble presence of Royalty at the Parliament House. It He often talked confidentially to Rabaud of his fellow, but his particularity is so great that he can- was as a fugitive that he now returned to his noble prospects ; for he knew that his faithful steward was not think of any changes, nor can he bear the least castle of St. Flore, and the place in which he to be trusted. He was a native of Dauphiny, had been excitement. His independence, too, is equal to his had passed the happiest and most peaceful hours of in Viole's service from his boyhood, and had served sensitiveness."
his life could no longer afford him a shelter What him with a devotion and affection which were unViole sighed. The maiden had made an impres- | a change in his lot since last he beheld its walls ! alterable. He listened to the narration of the past sion upon him which he could not efface, and in a His cup was not yet full. The fatigue and ex- events with great seriousness, and entirely agreed few days he again sought D'Oudraque.
posure to which his child had been subject-for so with Du Plessis Mornay in his opinion that Viole By degrees Marie learned of his love.
many days and nights, at length told upon the little was no longer safe in France, and that he must At length he said to Du Bourg, “D'Oudraque has frame. Gui fell sick. The poor father's heart sank without delay quit it for England. not yet accepted my proposition. Now I can see a as he saw the last treasure which he held of the ship- But the father's love restrained him. How could way to oblige him to do so."
wreck of his possessions threatened with destruction. he leave his child? And yet, to expose that frail “How ?" said his friend.
Day and night he sat by the child's bed, listening to being to the vicissitudes and danger of another "Thus; he shall give me Marie for my wife, in every breath of the sufferer. In vain were the flight, above all to the trials of the sea, seemed madreturn for the forest land, and thus make me the entreaties of his trusty steward Rabaud to leave him ness.
Rabaud used every argument in his power to happiest of men.”
for awhile, and to take the rest he so greatly needed induce Viole to yield. He represented to him that he The matter was concluded. Marie returned his-he watched on. Grief and anxiety prayed on his might safely leave Gui in his hands; that he would love ; it was a proud day when Viole made her his already troubled spirit; but God had pity on his carry him to his old home in Dauphiny, where the wife ; and the old man accompanied his voung son tried and afflicted servant ; the hand of disease was child might pass for his own ; and that, in remaining, and daughter to the Castle of St. Flore.
stayed, and the fever which had threatened the he ran the risk, not only of his own, but of the boy's
as to the effect which the father's speedy departure then came the parting. A letter, however, which the FIVE years of unclouded bliss passed over the would have on the little invalid ; for Viole could not steward one morning put into his hand, decided the
young couple's heads, partly at St. Flore and cherish the hope of long remaining at his castle. It question ; it was brought by a gipsy who was partly at Paris, whi
wandering through ther Viole's duties as
France, and on her Member of Parlia.
way to rejoin her ment called him.
tribe, and was in the His beloved wife, who
handwriting of Plesmade his home a para
sis Mornay. dise, died at the ex
“ You are not safo piration of that time,
another moment after giving birth to a
St. Flore," he wrote. son. The father sod
“ Preparations followed his beloved
making to capture daughter, and Viole
you, and to take you stood alone in the
to the Bastile. You world--alone with his
Tivannes. motherlesss boy. He
There are no bounds Luried his grief within
to his cruelty and the walls of St. Flore,
vengeance. He has and only the en
a double scheme ; treaties of his friends,
first, to plunge a and a sense of duty
dagger in your heart, to his country, were
and then take possesable to draw him from
sion of your boy, liis beloved retire
whom he will bring ment; for the hand
up in the Catholic of death had marred
faith. Your property his fairest pictures,
is promised to Diana and Viole was him
You self dead to all carthly
now that joy. His child, his
She will not scruple duties in the House,
to take possession of and his astrological
St. Flore. Fly therestudies employed his
fore at once. God time; but it was
grant that this letter seldom that a smile
be not too late. passed over his seri
Avoid as much as ous lips, or that he
possible all towns and manifested any inte[TTE PARTING OF VIOLE DE ST. FLORE AND DU PLESSIS MORNAY.)
villages in your flight. rest in common affairs. With increased Engraved expressly for the New York Journal.
Spies are everywhere
dogging your footearnestness was he applying himself to forward the work of the Refor- was indeed astonishing that the vengeance of his steps. God protect you !"— The letter bore no sigmation in his native land, when his career was enemies had not yet pursued him, and that the usual nature ; but it was Mornay's handwriting. Viole suddenly checked, in consequence of the bold speech sharpness and zeal of Tavannes had not already traced knew it well. After he had read it, he sank back already recorded, which he had dared to make in his victim to the castle of St. Flore.
pale as death in his chair Rabaud knew its import,