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NEW YORK JOURNAL.
NO. 65. VOL. III.]
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1854.
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the O'Donnell of Tyrconnell Bisbal against one of the Lieutenants of Napoleon.
soon afterwards made a French troops, and he contrived to reach France in
Leopold O'Donnell, Count of Lucena, Marshal of
Spain, and Minister of War in the Ministry of ber of the family, Francis Count Espartero, is the younger son of Joseph Henry O'Donnell, in 1809, filled the post O'Donnell, Count of Bisbal. He was born in 1809, of Minister of Finance in Austria ; and is therefore 45 years of age. He is of prepossesand the present head of the Aus- sing appearance, of lofty stature, and with a mouth trian branch of the O'Donnells, and chin expressive of force of character ; of fair comMaurice, Count O'Donnell of plexion, and the original Irish type remains. His Tyrconnel, is a Field - Marshal chief charac eristic is determination. Throughout 'Lieutenant in the Austrian ser- his chequered career he has never hesitated to risk vice. He is married to Christina, his life and property in the cause which he may
daughter of the Prince de Ligne. have embraced for the time being. If his objects MARSHAL O'DONNELL, We have no record of the exact date when a have been personal, his conduct has been brave ;
branch of these Austrian O'Donnells went to Spain ; ; and he has never been suspected of treachery. As THE SPANISH MINISTER OF WAR. THE
more than a century enjoyed high distinction About the time when the Austrian Count O'Donnell ties of achieving a great reputation as a soldier in Spain and in Austria. The O'Donnells were
was made Governor-General of Transylvania, the have been limited. It is more than probable that originally emigrants from Ireland, and their history Spanish Count O'Donnell was fighting his way up in the period of anarchy impending in Spain his is full of romance. In the annals of Ireland they in the Spanish army. He had commenced his mili- energy and determination of character, with the occupy a conspicuous position. They were formerly tary career in the Guards. In 1795 he fought with claims he has as the originator of the last revoproprietors of a great part of the county of Tyrcon- success and distinction against the French ; and he lution, may make him the arbiter of his country's nel, in Ireland ; and the greatness of the exploits of I gained his rank of General for a battle he won at 'fortunes.
LIVES OF THE
ing humbly, “expects your grace! I will conduct your answer, my lord, and may withdraw : it is not QUEENS OF ENGLAND. you."
my custom to pronounce my pleasure twice !" BY J. F. SMITH, ESQ,,
“God help mo !" sighed Elizabeth, as she slowly Gardiner bit his lips with mortification, and, Author of " Stanfield Hall," " Minnie Grey,” etc.
ascended the staircase. "My life hangs on the bowing lowly, to conceal his confusion, withdrew. balance !"
“Our Lady of many Sorrows help me!" murELIZABETH, QUEEN REGNANT OF ENGLAND.
Sir Henry Beddingfied and the chamberlain alono mured the queen, as soon as she was alone. “I (Continued.) accompanied her.
am beset on all sides! First, Spain, Philip, the It was on a bright morning in May, that the barge In a tapestried chamber, hung with arras from the Pope—and now my ministers urge me to consent which was to convey the future sovereign of Eng- looms of Beauvais, was seated Mary Tudor. There to the death of my rival! Would that rival,” she land to her new abode, drew up to the Tower stairs. was an air of determination on her harsh features, added, sternly, “were any but my sister!” This time it was not the Traitor's Gate, but the which argued unfavorably for her successor A Before giving the signal which was to admit the usual landing-place. The gates of the fortress missal, richly illuminated by the cunning hand of captive to her presence, the speaker closed the little were shut, to prevent the approach of the idlo or some Italian painter, together with a cross and por- ebony shrine which contained the portrait of her the curious. The Lord Treasurer and the Lord trait of Catherine of Arragon, were upon the table. mother—but not till she had pressed it to her lips. Chamberlain were there.
The latter was inclosed in a sort of ebony and silver “ Ne nos inducas in tentationem !" she said; and, As Sir Henry Beddingfied conducted his charge shrine, such as the Catholics use to contain the seating herself upon a chair of state, close to the
table, she struck the bell. to her seat, she cast her eyes thankfully around her. relics of the saints. The recollection of her mother's death, and the bit- The gloomy queen was clothed in a dark mul- When Elizabeth entered, she approached the spot ter hours she had endured, made the Tower dis- berry colored velvet dress, edged with miniver, and where her sister was seated, and, bending the knee, tasteful to her, independent of her own sufferings. richly ornamented with pearls. Upon her head began a passionate protestation of her innocence As she stepped into the barge, the child who had was one of those small peaked caps, such as we and loyalty, ending in a well-rounded period, in so frequently brought her flowers, but who had not find in all her portraits. It was evident she had which she expressed her affection for her sister, and been permitted for some time to see her, ran to the been praying, and from prayer had fallen into a deep the joy she felt at being once more admitted into water's edge, and exclaimed : reverie,
A gentle knock was heard at the door, but Mary Mary listened to her with the impassibility of “ Farewell, lady! I shall bring you no more did not seem to hear it till it had been twice a statue—there was no sign of relenting in her repeated.
features. The captive was observed to dash aside a tear, “Enter !” she said in her usual brief tone.
Words !" she said, at last—"mere words ! and the barge, with the curtains of the awning drawn The curtain over the door was drawn aside, and which bitter experience teaches us are used to concarefully down, moved from the Tower stairs.
Gardiner made his appearance. Mary received him ceal, more frequently than to express our thoughts! rather coldly.
I am tired of them !" “Madame," said the prelate, “the prisoner has “Alas ! how can I defeat the malice of mine arrired.”
enemies ?" exclaimed Elizabeth, wringing her hands Remember in thy youth the Lord, And gladly bow before His throno;
“Our sister, my lord—I presume you mean the with real or well-acted sorrow," and prove my love Follow the precept and the word,
Lady Elizabeth? 'Tis well! Give orders to the to your majesty ?"
captain of our guard to admit her grace to the “By obedience.”
presence when he shall bear the strike of the “ Obedience ?"
“Aye," continued the queen ; "the councillors THOSE who had charge of the august prisoner,
The chancellor bowed. From his manner it was THO
of my throne urge me to bring you to trial and ex
ecution. But I have paused. The public voice did not permit the barge once to stop until it evident that he wished to urge something, but was reached Richmond where Mary Tudor then held her doubtful how his advice would be received; for, has accused you of treason—as yet I have not liscourt, when it drew up at the landing-plase in the since his unconstitutional attempt to execute the tened to itone way will end my doubts, and cast gardens.
princess without the form of a trial-stretch of a seal of oblivion over the past. Accept as a busThe palace a plain but large pile of building, authority which, with all his tyranny, Henry VIII. band Philibert of Savoy, a prince of unblemished was the same which Henry VIII. had bestowed, himself would have paused at-he had evidently honor, who is a suitor for your hand. Your dower together with the manor of Richmond, upon his lost ground, both in the favor and confidence of his shall be worthy of the sister of a queen! One
word," added Mary, "of assent, and I restore you to favorite, Cardinal Wolsey, when that magnificent royal mistress. prelate surrendered to his rapacious master his
"Speak !" she said, perceiving his embarrass
my favor and my love !"
“Alas, gracious madam !" more splendid palace of Hampton Court, which he ment, “what would you request ?" had reared at such great expense, and furnished
“Hear me!" interrupted her majesty. “I will with every luxury.
“ Advise, then?"
do more, in consideration of your compliance with As Elizabeth, surrounded by her escort, passed with the rival to your throne--for such my duty my having issue, to acknowledge you
heiress of the Merely this : that in the approaching interview my wish. I will cause parliament, in default of cially those inclined to the reformed church--the enemy of our Holy Church, your majesty should through the gardens, many of the courtiers-espe- compels me to designate
the Lady Elizabeth—and crown : the object of your dreams—of your ambi
tion!” regarded her with the deepest sympathy—for none have the support and presence of one of your
“It has done so already!" observed the princess. could tell what might be her fate. The demeanor ministers."
It was terrible to see the change which overof the captive was firm, and even cheerful: pride would not let her betray the doubt and secret terror
" Yourself, my lord ?" inquired the queen, spread the countenance of Mary Tudor, at this coldly.
indiscreet reply of her sister. Her brow knitted, which must have agitated her spirits.
“ It is not for a subject, madam, to dictate to the and her eye flashed like her father's. Leaving the great entrance, they approached the choice of his sovereign !" was the reply of the astute “ Has it, minion!” she exclaimed. - Bat thou palace by a private path, and reached the north churchman.
dost forget that between it and thee the headsman tower, in which the royal apartments were situate. “I shall receive the Lady Elizabeth," said Mary stands, grasping the blood-stained are the fitting It was evident that arrangements had been made Tudor, “ according to my original intention!”
doom of traitors! Dost think I cannot read thy for their reception-for they found the captain of “ Madam! the council ?"
pretended love and loyalty ? Hollow wordsthe guard at the bottom of the stairs, and a gentle- “ Are my subjects !” exclaimed the daughter of masking deceit and falsehood! I have chosea man usher at the entrance.
Henry VIII., striking her hand upon the table ; "I for thee a husband worthy the daughter of a king; “The queen,” said the last-named officer, bow. I have no dictation to receive from them! You have land, doubly so, of the offspring of Anne Boleyn !"
This was one of the very rare occasions on which severe restraint which he placed upon the princess. “He has, my lord." the speaker had been known to make an ungenerous No one was permitted to bave access to her person • Left he any letter, packet, or measage!" allusion to the mother of her sister.
without his special warrant; and when, after seve- “He merely bid me say, my lord, that the thing “ Madam,” said Elizabeth, sinking once more ral weeks' close captivity, he permitted his prisoner you wish was easy of accomplishment, and that he upon ber knee ; “punish me not for the slanders of to walk in the gardens of Woodstock, the doors were would return in two hours," mine enemies—it is your place, as the fountain of carefully locked-sentinels placed at regular inter- “ When was this ?" all justice and honor, to protect me from them—but vals, with orders to allow no stranger to approach. “ About one hour since, my lord." judge my disinclination to accept the gracious offer The sequel proved that the stern old knight was ac- "When he comes,” replied the prelate, after a of your majesty for my unworthy hand to its true tuated by better and more generous motives than pause, “ conduct him at once to my cabinet. And, motive-the resolution I have made to lead a single the mere pleasure of oppressing the enemy of his as the affair I have to transact with him is one of life! I shall never love!"
church, the Protestant heiress of the kingdom. importance, see that we are not interrupted." Mary smiled bitterly, and pronounced the name of The health of Mary was already failing. Gardi
Francis bowed. Seymour-alluding, of course, to the high admiral, ner, whose enmity to Elizabeth was increased by “Take good heed also," continued the speaker, the first lover of the princess.
the dread he felt at the possibility of her accession, " that he is seen by none of my household. I have "I have been foully wronged !” replied the prin- repeatedly urged on the council the necessity of my reasons for wishing his visits here to remain cess; “ the admiral was nothing more to me than a bringing her to trial. Paget and others of his party unknown to all." friend !"
expressed the same opinion: to all of which, how- • They are, my lord.” “Arundel ?" added the queen.
ever, the queen turned a deaf ear. When it is re- “ Save you ?" observed the churchman, sus"A fool who deceived himself ?"
membered how little cause she had to love her rival piciously. “ And Courtney ?" -whose birth had stamped her own with illegiti
“And I," meekly replied the priest, "have neither “A relative,” said Elizabeth, " for whom I was macy, the character of the sovereign whom history ears nor eyes, but as you bid me use them. The bound to pray!”
has branded as cruel, bloodthirsty, and bigoted con- reverend general of the order, when he sent me froin “ I am tired of this paltering with my will—an- trasts favorably with that of her successor, who, in Rome to assist your lordship in these matters, gave swer me at once !" said Mary ; " do I see before me her murder of the unfortunate Queen of Scots, dis- me but one direction.” a sister whom I can take to my heart and love, as played an amount of hypocricy and vindictiveness,
“ And what was that ?" demanded Gardiner, with the bride of the Prince of Savoy, or a contumacious which must for ever tarnish her memory.
a slight expression of curiosity. traitor, plotting against my crown ?"
“ Obedience to your commands," said the young Gardiner was seated in his cabinet, towards the “A royal subject, and a true sister!" answered close of the month of June : he had that very day man; “implicit obedience-life
, judgment, inthe princess
, in a firm tone. although her features been unsuccessful in urging upon his royal mistress dividuality, and reason, exist only as you bid me were pale as she pronounced the words ; “ but not the topic nearest his heart-and failed ; more—been exercise them! A word and they are annihilated.” the bride of Philibert !"
The priest was a Jesuit : one of that order whose severely chidden for his excess of zeal. The rebuff The queen, with a look of terrible anger, struck had but decided in his own mind his half-settled influence encircled the earth, the more dangerous
from being unseen.
The Order of Jesus cares npon the bell : in an instant the captain of the
purpose. guard, Sir Henry Beddingfield, the chamberlain,
little for outward pomp or dignity—it is content to
“She must die!” he ruttered. " What is the and the chancellor, entered the apartment: there life of the heretic daughter of a heretic king, weighed
make itself felt. was an expression of curiosity in every counten- in the balance against the interests of Rome, the
The dark intriguer waved his hand, and the salvation of a kingdom, and the safety of its minis- cabinet. No eastern despot could have dismissed
speaker disappeared as silently as he entered the . Sir Henry,” said Mary, with dreadful calmness, ters ? Mary is doomed to be a childless woman ; his slave with less ceremony from his presence than " conduct the Lady Elizabeth to Woodstock, and she cannot long survive, and, failing Elizabeth, the the scheming prelate did the priest : he knew, hold her close prisoner until further orders! We Queen of Scots succeeds! She, at least, is Catho- whether for good or evil, that his power was unneed not recommend you to be careful of your ward lic: and the people will soon be reconciled to her
limited over him. - for we have proved your fidelity to our crown and
foreign husband. Would that she had chosen any person ! You will dismiss her household !" she
“Strange order !” he murmured, as soon as he was but a Frenchman !! added, “ and see that none have access to her, but
alone ; “whose sovereignty is in the mind — whose
These and similar reflections crowded on the busy sceptre the will of its subjects—whose agents the on our especial warrant !"
So saying, she left the apartment, without deign- / brain of the churchman, as he continued to pace the passions of mankind! Had Ignatius lived a century ing to cast a look upon her stiil kneeling sister, who narrow limits of the chamber. He was too astute earlier
, Rome had not been shaken on her seven not to perceive the weakness of the arguments by crowned hills—the pestilent breath of heresy would faintly murmured, as she disappeared :
which he was attempting to justify to himself the have been stifled—and England, Catholic in heart, as “Lost-lost !" crime he meditated.
she is still in name ! And shall be in heart again !!! “ It must be done !" he repeated; "necessity and he added, striking his clenched hand upon the table. the motive sanctify the crime, and holy church has “ What is the life of a girl—a king's daughter an absolving power.”
though she be-compared with the safety or the inThough rado in speech, fashioned in honor's mould, Loyal alike to friend or foo-a man
With this convenient reflection, he seated him- terests of Rome? Should we fail? Impossible !" Unassailable by passion, or the lust
self at a table placed near the quaintly-carved chim- Several times he repeated the word “fail” to himor courtly favor.
ney, and struck, with a small metal rod, not unlike self—for he was one who saw as far as most men SIR IR HENRY BEDDINGFIELD seems to have a baton, upon a bell, suspended in ån oaken frame into the future. He had noticed on more than one
been perfectly aware of the importance of his near him. The arras which covered the door of the occasion that Elizabeth had regarded him with a charge, and how deeplg his honor would be ques- apartment was drawn aside, and a young man, in look which reminded him of her father, when he tioned if any evil befel the person of Elizabeth the costume of a priest, made his appearance. His signed the death warrant of the virtuous Fisher, upon whilst in his keeping: perhaps, also, he was no countenance bore the pale, ascetic expression, pe- whom the Pope had vainly bestowed the dignity of stranger to the machinations of Gardiner and the culiar to the Catholic clergy; motionless as a statue cardinal, in the hope that Henry would respect it. heads of the Catholic party, who saw no hope of he stood, with his arms folded meekly upon his breast, But the lustful tyrant merely observed, when he their caith being permanently established in Eng- at a short distance from the table, awaiting the orders heard of it, that although the Pope might bestow a land, if once the daughter of Anne Boleyn suc- of the bisl.op.
hat, it should not interfere with his claim to the ceeded to the crown.
“ Francis,” said Gardiner. " has the person who, head. By those who have imperfectly understood his during the last week, twice visited me, been here Gardiner remembered with what terrible punctucharacter, he has been greatly censured for the I to-night ?"
ality he kept his word ; and Elizabeth, if she suc
ceeded to the crown, seemed very likely to follow his services of others, who may feel as little inclined to
Shall I become a common stabber? tako
A hireling's pay to cut the throats raised, and Father Francis appeared at the door of added, “ the affair would be different.”
or wretches while they sleep? OLD PLAY the cabinet.
Gardiner did not wish to revert to that subject :
BOUT six miles from the little town of Wood“Ho has arrived,” he said, in a calm tone— rising from his seat, he advanced to a strong oaken
stock stood a solitary hostel, known by the although he knew perfectly well that the purpose for cabinet at the extreme end of the chamber, which sign of Fair Rosamond, whose portrait, painted by which the visitor whom he announced sought the opered with a look of peculiar construction, the key the hand of some itinerant artist, swung from the presence of the churchman, was nothing less than to of which he wore constantly suspended by a chain lofty sign-post erected on the little knoll in front of concert a plan of cowardly assassination.
round his neck. The great seal of England was the porch. The artist had made the hair of the ". Admit him, and leave us,” were the orders of the kept by him in the same repository. The eyes of celebrated mistress of Henry as shining and yellow as prelate, who found himself directly afterwards téte- Basset followed him with an eager expression : he the broad pieces which Miles Max, the avaricious à-tête with a hard-featured, dissipated-looking man would have given ten years of his life at that old host, loved to count. The house was chiefly about forty years of age, whose dress, although moment for a rumage in the chancellor's reposi- frequented.by pack-carriers and merchants, on their somewhat worn, and not in the most becoming tory—especially when he saw that it was filled journey between London and Oxford. fashion, denoted that its wearer had the station of a with sacks of coin, each one carefully sealed with
The household consisted, first of the landlord himgentleman. the prelate's signet, and labelled.
self, next his wife—a bustling dame-his daughter “So Basset," said the churchman, "you have “ There are three hundred pieces," said the Mabel, and two female servants. A nephew, who considered of my proposal, anent which we have churchman, placing two heavy bags in his hands, was supposed to be no cold admirer of the pretty scveral times spoken together ?"
| fresh from the royal mint ; “ the rest of thy guerdon Mabel, officiated as tapster. He had a boy under “I have, my lord." shall be paid thee when thou hast earned it.”
him, whom Miles, as he always stated, had taken to " And the result ?"
The wretch eagerly clutched the gold, and after his house through charity; though, considering the ** It may be done, but not without difficulty and weighing it in his hand, he dropped one bag into various drudgeries the lad performed, the charity of danger : the princess has many friends. It is each of the side pockets under the arm-holes of his his master must have been rather profitable than whispered that the queen herself is opposed to faded velvet cloak.
otherwise to him. The long oaken table in the bringing her to trial and punishing her for her trea- “Now,” said his employer, closing the cabinet, kitchen was already spread with bowls of furmety, son.” “tell me thy project !”
and savoury messes of pork and beef-the former “ Openly, Basset! That is openly !"
“I shall proceed at once to Woodstock, in dressed with prunes, a favorite dish in those days, Gardiner said this to persuade the instrument he company with one Chillingworth, a resolute fellow, when a party of twelve persons, well mounted, rode was anxious to employ in the furtherance of his dark who served under the emperor in Italy."
up to the house, and began calling, in a loud, insolent designs against the life of the heiress of the crown, Is he of our far). ?" demanded Gardiner.
tone, for the landlord, or some one to take their that Queen Mary was no less anxious than himself “Staunch my lori'. I remember, at the sacking horses. The packmen, who were gathered in the for the death of her sister and her rival-only that of Rome, he cut down a Lutheran soldier who had kitchen, ready for supper, appeared anything but prudence forbade her to tamper it in the eyes of the taken a golden chalico from the sanctuary of St. delighted with the prospect of such an additiou world; but that secretly she had no objection to her Peter. He was disgusted to see the consecrated to their company. Bodies of lawless men still being taken off, and was little scrupulous as to the vessel of the church in such ungodly hands."
roved about the country, taking tithe of honest in
“ Did he restore it?" inquired the churchmay. dustry in a most unseemly fashion. More than one “If I had only some token of her majesty's plea
There was a scarcely perceptible smile playing for of the travellers began to look to their arms; the sure,” said the adventurer—for such his folly and an instant round the corners of Basset's mouth, as elders to consider how they could best conceal their extravagance had reduced him to.
he made answer, “that he could not vouch for well-filled purses—for most of them were on their “ Token !" interrupted the chancellor ;
way to London, to purchase goods suited to the inad to dream of such a thing! Where would be
Oxford market. the need of an instrument of her will, such as thou
“ Then you must consider, father," added the
· Rare roysters," observed one. “ For my part, art, if the queen could give her mind to give a token of it? What would her sign manual to the Lady speaker, " that the chalice was already desecrated I could well dispense with such company."
“And I also,” added another. “They resemble, Elizabeth's death-warrant be but a token ? and has
by passing through such impious hands-and Chilshe not the headsman? It is because she will give
lingworth might consider it fairly as legitimate more than is agreeable, the description of the men no token that thou art employed. Reflect : thou art plunder. He did his duty to Mother Church, by who waylaid and robbed Mark Lumley, the rich cutting down the sacrilegious robber."
hosier of Cheapside on his return from Norwich not only in debt, but steeped in poverty to the very
fair." lips; a beggar no less in estate than in reputa
“And to himself by keeping the spoil,” observed tion."
“What! ho! tapster! host ! knaves !” roared his hearer; “I appreciate the difference. But
the leader of the horsemen ; is it thus you keep “The outcry,” observed Basset, “ will be fear-away ?” he continued, “I have no time to prate
men who ride on the queen's business, waiting like
When do you propose to ful."
upon such matters now.
beggars at the gate ? Ho, I say !" “What needest thou care ? Long ore the deed
The speaker-who was no other than Bassetcan become known, thou wilt be safe in the Low “ With the dawn, my lord !" was the reply.
and a party of ruffians engaged by him as auxiliaries Countries, under the protection of the Emperor “Slint not the gold, nor spare your men! See in the desperate business he was concerned in, conCharles."
that you are numerous enough for Beddingfield's tinued to roar lustily for the landlord and tapster. True," said the man reflectingly; "and the guards. He is a precise, mawkish fellow, who has The former, however, was far too wary a personage
no true love to the church or to our royal mistress, to trust himself within reach of his riding-staff. He “ A thousand pounds !” eagerly urged the prelate. or he might have spared both her majesty and the had met with many such customers before. " It is a bargain my lord,” exclaimed the ruffian ; council much embarrassment. When it is done,
"Go, Reuben," he said to his nephew; “ten “ but I must have something more than your pro- return' at once to London : I will have a vessel them that the house is full ; that we espect the armise for the payment."
ready to convey you and your accomplices to the rival of my Lord of Arundel-of any one-only rid “ Dost doubt me?" Netherlands."
me of them, in the saint's name." “My knowledge of the world has taught me to “To a prison there !” he muttered to himself, as “I'll do my best, uncle," said the young man, doubt overy man until I have proved him. It is a Basset left the cabinet. “ He must not live to tell whose manner and speech denoted that he had been hard lesson, but sooner or later we all arrive at the the tale of my dishonour! I may trust him to the better reared than to serve all his days as tapster at same conclusion ; besides, I shall have to engage the keeping of the Emperor Charles."
the sign of the Fair Rosamond. “It is a shame the
6 thou art that."
THE LITTLE MOLES
BY CHARLES MACKAY.
WHEN grasping tyranny offends,
Or angry bigots frown;
To keep the people down;
To drive the world to war ;
For ribbons or a star :
And cheerily reply-
There's sunshine in the sky
To curb a free man's thought,
That holds their canting nought;
And scornfully assume
And justify the doom :
And strong in hope reply-
There's sunshine in the sky.
government does not take strong measures, and rid landlord, they so far overcame his objections, that he the country of such extortioners."
ordered Reuben to conduct the horses of the party “Hush, boy ! hush !"
-most of whom had by this time dismountedThe youth, with no very satisfied air, advanced round the back of the house to the stables. to the leader of the party, to endeavor, if possible, " I will precede you," he said to Basset," and make to induce him to ride on ; for they had hitherto right with my guests, who, to speak the truth, found, to their cost, that such customers were any- entertain no very excellent opinion of you and your thing but profitable. Before Reuben could speak, friends." Basset, irritated at having been kept bawling so long,
“ Take us for free riders, eh?” observed the agent struck the young man sharply over the shoulders of Gardiner, with a chuckle. with his riding staff.
Miles grinned in the affirmative. « That is to teach thee,” he said, “ to keep thy When the landlord entered the kitchen, he had no betters waiting !"
small difficulty in pacifying the packmen and traders, The blood rushed to the countenance of the tap- several of whom declared their intention of passing ster, and his dark, intelligent eye flashed with pas- the night in the neighboring village, rather than sion. Catching up a stable-fork which was stand- under the same roof with the new comers. ing near to the sign-post, he returned the assault “They are honest men, I can assure you,” replied by a blow which made the bullying ruffian reel in the host, apologetically, or I would not admit his saddle.
them : their leader has given me proof of that. You “And that,” replied the youth, " is to teach thee need not doubt my word: methinks I have as much that Englishmen are not to be beaten like curs at to lose by the contrary as any of you." the caprice of every ruffian whose only claim to be The strangers soon afterwards entered, and, seatconsidered a gentleman is his sword !"
ing themselves at the table, commenced a furious With a fearful oath, Basset drew his weapon, and onslaught upon the good dame's supper ; still, as wheeling his horse round, rushed upon the speaker there was nothing absolutely offensive or hostile in -who, nowise daunted, continued to retreat towards their manner, the traders gradually joined them, and the house ; still keeping his enemy at bay with the the conversation soon afterwards became general. stable fork.
Confidence was still further strengthened amongst The landlord and packmen, alarmed by the cries the habitual frequenters of the house, by the readiof the hostess and her daughter—the latter a blue- ness with which the host answered the calls of eyed Saxon-complexioned girl, who evidently took Basset and his companions for wine. The best of a deep interest in her cousin-ran from the house, his cellar was unhesitatingly set before them. armed with such weapons as they could lay their They knew him to be a prudent man. hands on.
Reuben was engaged in the kitchen, wlien Simon Seeing that the numbers were nearly equal, and Roach, a respectable trader, who, for many years, not wishing to call the attention of the authorities to had frequented the hostel, entered the room. After his being in that part of the country, Basset was the carefully looking round the place, to see that they first to propose a truce.
were alone, he demanded of the young man, of * With all my heart !” said Reuben. « Let him
whose discretion and honesty he entertained a much sheath his sword, and I will lay down my stable- better opinion than of his uncle's, where the captain fork!"
was to sleep. The terms were agreed upon, and executed ac
“In the chamber above the porch," answered the
youth with a look of surprise. cordingly.
“ Art sure ?" “And now,” said the ruffian, “I would speak with the landlord of the hostel. Methinks he shows
“I heard my aunt direct Mabel to prepare it."
“I think,” said Simon, “there is a kindness bebut scant courtesy to worshipful guests who leave
tween thee and thy cousin; nay, speak freely-I the God-penny with him.”
am no tale-bearer!” Miles Max advanced, and assured the speaker that
“ There is,” said Reuben, modestly. he had not a room in the house disengaged; but
" And her father ?" added, by way of consolation for the disappointment, that there was a house four miles further on
“Seeks a wealthy husband for my pretty cousin.” the road towards Oxford, kept by a widow and her
“Follow my advice, and he shall be only too
happy to bestow her upon thee !" whispered the old three daughters, where he could he entertained, to
trader. “I can make thee rich." say the least, respectably, if not as well as at the Fair Rosannond.
Honestly ?" demanded the young tapster.
Honestly !" “I must stay here !" said Basset, resolutely. “Impossible !” was the unmoved reply of mine
The answer was met by the single, but not unim host.
portant query_"How?" “I tell thee that I must! I am waiting for a "At night," continued Simon, "climb to the winnumber of my men to join me here—this is our dow of the room, and note what passes in his place of rendezvous. Be reasonable, Miles Max, chamber; or place thyself in some situation where and thou shalt have little cause to quarrel with thy thou mayest overhear his words—for I feel assured guests ; as for malapert tapster, he is safe from that he will not be long alone there! Report my anger—at least for the present,” he added, in an them to me in the morning, and thy fortune is under-tone.
made !" Whatever additional arguments the speaker ad- “I'll do it!" said the youth, resolutely ; and, duced, it appears they were sufficient ; for, after a without another word, his visitor left the kitchen. few minutes of whispered conversation with the
(To be continued.)
When greedy authors wield the pen
To please the vulgar town-
And heroes of renown;
Apologise for crime,
With flattery like slime :
We blush, but yet reply-
There's sunshine in the sky
The various climes of earth,
Its too prolific birth ;
The large fair world too small
That flourish on its ball:
And corn-fields waving high-
There's sunshine in the sky.
In misanthropic mood,
To presence of the good ;
They urge that evermore
For going wrong before :
And smile as we reply-
There's sunshine in the sky
If sin came by theo,