Page images
PDF
EPUB

I've seen and done there, when I come back again ?" fun, and all that, to be had in the woods, a runnin' without a suspicious and naughty reservation, were He stared at them vacantly, as if they had suddenly round anywhere you want to. Ever attend many wondrously settled and centered in him. He could risen in his estimation by a jumping bound of at picnics, ladies? Grand good things, aint they, paint, and he could hang paper as well. A more least a hundred feet. “ Hope I shall have a good though! Always have 'em over to Millbrook, 'most skillful hand with a fine cambric needle, with laces, time there, 't any rate. Wish some of you was every Fourth o’ July. Never enjoyed myself 50 ribbons, and the like of these things, was not to be disgoin', or all of you. Sh'd like to meet you there, much in all my life, as I did the last Fourth. covered but with great difficulty, and after traversing we should have such a nice time of it. Not quite Everybody was there, and there was most every- a large extent of domestic territory. And he seemed 80 lovely there as 'tis here, I guess, ha! ha! What thing to eat, too. I helped set the tables. Helped ? to be all the time traveling.. How he managed to do you think of this little town now, ladies ? Got I had charge of about the whole of 't. Everybody do it, the wisest of people didn't know. Who deuse't to it yet? You're pleasantly situated here, I admired 'em, too. And I arranged all the flowers frayed his expenses, was a problem more difficult of declare. And your garden is fine. How beautiful jest as tastefully as I could, tulips, and daffies, and solution than were even the brain-perplexing hyerothem flowers smell now, out ’n them beds yonder. roses, and geraniums, and hyacinths, and oh! such glyphics on the case of an Egyptian mummy. What do you pretend to call 'em? Got a man to great white lillies. I wish you could have been over Gliddon himself never could have deciphered it. tend your garden, or do you do it yourselves? Gar- there ; you'd have enjoyed it so much.

There was no one whom he did not know, and hardly den work 's called very healthy work for ladies, and

Mary betrayed symptoms of increasing impa- a spot that he said he had not seen. He was most I s'pose 'tis ; but I don't think its any too clean for tience. She found she had met with one indi- happy to converse upon subjects of every nature, their fine soft hands, ha! ha!" and he carelessly vidual

, whom neither satire nor menace itself could and no less ready and fluent on abstruse than on spread out and glanced at the backs of his own, drive from his position. A person more perfectly everyday topics. You could not catch him in the which, by-the-bye, hardly held their own by compa- at his ease, and more thoroughly indifferent to sati- trap of a surprise ; not that he was “too smart” for rison with the whiteness of his linen coat. Mr. rical speeches, the whole country round could not everybody, by any means, but because he would not Perkins keeps a fine garden, and so do the Laws. have furnished. Addicted to feminine talk and fem- be surprised. He had no conception of what such They have gard'ners, though, I believe. Everything inine pursuits, He was ambitious to become distin- a feeling, with the attendant feeling of modesty, looks nice and true,-so purty."

guished in no other. Nothing suited him better really was. Martha hereupon commenced a low conversation than to take a half-hour or so, for describing the Whatever might be the uneasiness of the girls, with Ellen about some knotting she was engaged press of a particular young lady at a particular ball, under this unlooked for infliction, he was not at all upon.

soiree, or party. In the enumeration of the long troubled. He had enjoyed nothing more for a long “What kind o' work is that ?" he broke out, inde- list of ladies' equipments, embracing those from the time. And still lounging in his chair, and still fatigable as ever, and reaching out his head to get a top of the head to the very tip of the foot, he ener- bolding his white beaver carelessly in his hand, he better view. Oh, its knotting, is it? Very beauti- getically put forth all his mental powers, and re- regarded the persons, the language, and the whole ful work, so soft and delicate for a lady's fingers. velled in the thought that his familiarity with such appearance of the three female friends with a degree Nothing any purtier 'n knotting. I've got a friend topics rendered his presence highly desirable in of coolness that was a full match for any effrontery that does a good deal of 't; Miss Burr, a very par- every little social assembly that was gathered.

either recorded or known. It was not until Mary ticular friend she is, and a very fine young lady, too.

He was nothing but a sort of man-milliner. He finally left the room, and refused stubbornly to reWish you did but know her, you'd surely be pleased was a strange hybrid of a creature, like nothing at turn, that he suggested he had staid longer than he with the acquaintance. What is that figger you're all that had ever before been seen The greater really intended, and got up to go. workin' at there ? P'raps I might give you some pains you were at to show your thorough disgust for

He assured them he should make another call help about it. I know somethin' about such things, him, the more determined he seemed that you should sometime before he left for the Springs, and repeated more'n folks think for. I make ladies' caps too, be altogether delighted with him. If you spoke his wish that they might become acquainted with sometimes. I can make a cap as handy as any chastising words to him,-words that would drive the many very fine friends to whom he should ever woman; do it very of'n ; always make Miss Per- any ordinary dog from your presence, —he at once stand ready to introduce them. kins's, trimmin's an' all. She says she don't want became sycophantically meek, and held himself

Bidding them good afternoon, he hit his toe no better hand. I guess I could astonish you with ready to lick your hand whenever you should extend against the corner of the outer door, crushed his my skill at such things.

it. How could such a creature be shaken off? hat shockingly against the post, scattered his fallen" And then, too, I make vases, and baskets out o'

Mary tried satire ; and her satire was sometimes down ringlets over his eyes, and passed out through pine-burrs and melon seeds, and boxes o' pasteboard pretty sharp stuff, too. But nothing came of it. the gate as carelessly as if that were the way he was and mosses, and crosses, and pyramids o' shells out Instead of feeling in the least degree abashed or hu- in the habit of taking his leave, everywhere he went. oʻred putty and little sca-shells, you've seen 'em, 1 miliated, he simply turned to bestow his attention know,—and lounges, and ottomans, and crickets, on the other two, as if he would leave her out of his and I guess about everything else. There aint but calculation entirely.

Do Rats Reason!—A few evenings since, as a little, ladies, that I can't do, ha! ha!"

the rain was falling in torrents, deluging the little

Martha happened to be rather better natured about yard by the house, a large rat was observed to come "You certainly must be a very useful

it. Perhaps she possessed a trifle more of tact in hurriedly out of a hole by the side of the house, some families," suggested Mary, drily.

getting along with such strangely disagreeable be- where the water was pouring in, and springing for“Ah, but, Miss Rivers, that's what I am !

ings. She seemed patient with him, even when his ward to an opposite building, for a moment disapThere's very few about here it can beat me very

presence must have been most offensive. The well. I'll take you into Miss Perkins's parlors, abundance of her native good humor—that blessed the hole, which was fast being filled with water, and

peared. Back again came the rat, and plunged into she's got two parlors, you see,—and I'll show you gift to mortals-led her rather to enjoy than to dis- in a moment re-appeared, bearing in her mouth a things that I've made, and that I've fixed, till you'll sect and criticise. He offered her a large fund of young rat, which she carried to the opposite buildhardly be willin' to believe me.

amusement. It was quite as good as a rare show ing. Thus she continued to labor, until five of the “I dare say,” returned Mary.

for her. So she sat and laughed, sometimes reply- young had been rescued from a watery grave, and He did not quite comprehend what she meant ; so ing to the interrogatories of the strange gentleman, deposited in a place of safety; but on coming again he followed his usual habit when puzzled, and forth- and sometimes breaking out with an odd and quiz- from the wall with one of her young in her mouth, with sent his fingers on another exploring excursion zical remark to Ellen, the eyes of both of them the she dropped it down upon the ground, and after through his bed of ringlets, and twinkled his eyes at while gllstening with nothing in the world but fun looking a moment, again took it up, and trying to her vacantly. Then he resumed his rattle: alive.

wake it, laid it down again. The little one was “ Wish the people round here were at all lively. Mr. Dandelly was, by profession Well, he dead. It had been drowned. After repeated efforts Dullest folks I ever did see ; jest the dullest. Why really was a little of everything. The peculiar re- to bring to life her offspring, she mournfully left the can't somebody git up a picnic here, once in a great quisites to success in every known human calling, little one, and went to the new home she had prewhile, or somethin' o' that sort ? There's so much if his own ingenuous statements were to be received 'pared for her more fortunate family.

person in

FROM THE GERMAN OF HORN.

CHAPTER XII.-PLOTS

OF THE

QUEEN MOTHER AND

HER SON-A HUNTING ADVENTURE.

search. When the curd of milk is exposed to the
MISCELLANY.

ST. FLORE.
air in a moist state, for a few days at a moderate
temperature, it begins gradually to decay, to emit

A NEW HISTORICAL ROMANCE. The Holy Land.—The pools all round Jerusalem a disagreeable odour, and to ferment. When in are beautiful ; the cool arching rock roof of some, this state, it possesses the property, in certain cir the weed-tufted sides and clear waters of all, are de- cumstances, of inducing a species of chemical licious. The pool of Siloam is still pretty—though change and fermentation in other moist substances

(Continued.) less su, no doubt, than when the blind man, sent to with which it is mixed, or is brought into contact. wash there, opened his eyes on its sacred stream. It acts after the same manner as sour leaven does The fountain of Siloam is more beautiful than the when mixed, with sweet dough. Now, old and pool. It lies deep in a cave, and must be reached partially decayed cheese acts in a similar way when THE Huguenots saw their impending danger, for

the ranks of the royal army daily swelled both by broad steps which wind down in the shadow. introduced into the stomach. It causes chemical

at Valery and Chatillon. Several councils had alA woman sat to-day in the dim light ot reflected changes gradually to commence among the particles ready been held, wherein it was concluded to assume sunshine-washing linen in the pool. Here it was, of the food which has previously been eaten, and a posture of defence. During one held at Chatillon, that in the days of old the priest came down with thus facilitates the dissolution which necessarily a plan was resolved upon for the capture of the young his golden pitcher, to draw water for the temple ser- precedes digestion. It is only some kinds of cheese, king, who was at that time in the Castle of Monvice. We were now in the valley of Jehosaphat; however, which will effect this purpose. Those are

çeaux, a place ill calculated for defence, in which he and we crossed the bottom of it, where the brook genorally considered the best in which some kind of

was pursuing his favorite diversion of the chase. Kedron must run when it runs at all; but it seems cheese mould has established itself. Hence the For this undertaking preparations were now secretly to be now merely a winter torrent, and never to mere eating of a morsel of cheese after dinner does

carried on. Gui de Viole was despatched to Plessis have been a constant stream. When we had as- not necessarily promote digestion. If too new, or

Mornay, who resided in Picardy, and on whom cended the opposite side of the valley, we were on of improper quality, it will only add to the quantity the Huguenots relied for an accession to their the Mount of Olives. The ascent was steep,-now of food with which the stomach is already over

forces. among tombs, and now past fields of waving barley, loaded, and will have to await its turn for digestion

Provided with the necessary documents, which flecked with the shade of olive trees. As we by the ordinary process.-Chemistry of Common

were concealed on different parts of his person, Gui ascended, the opposite hill seemed to rise, and the Life.

quitted Chatillon, and, in company with his servant, city to spread. Two horsemen in the valley below,

Tax PARIS EXHIBITION.—The edifice in the commenced a journey of which he could not bat and a woman with a burden on her head, mounting Champs Elyseés preparing for the Exposition of auger ill, believing it to be attended not only with to the city by a path up Moriah, looked so surpris- next year is now in a state that some opinion may personal risk, but that the plot, if carried into exeingly small as to prove the grandeur of the scenery. be formed of its effects, proportions, and distribu-cution, would tend yet further to inflame the anger Hereabouts it was, as it is said, and may reasonably tion. The leading idea appears to be a vast, oblong and prejudice of the opposite party. be believed, that Jesus mourned over Jerusalem, and central hall-since though the side galleries and The beautiful situation of the Castle of Monceaux, told his followers what would become of the noble double aisles are wide, and the former are abundant no less than the riches of its forests in game, rencity which here rose upon their view, crowning the in the amount of space which they provide, by the dered it a favorite resort of Charles IX., who, eager sacred mount, and shining clear against the cloud-nature of the composition they are so shut off from in the pursuit of everything which he undertook, less sky. Dwellers in our climate cannot conceive the central portion as in no point of view to be com- gave himself up with entire devotion to the pleaof such a sight as Jerusalem seen from the summit manded by the eye in conjunction with it. This sures of a hunting life. To this li.e he sacrificed all of the Mount of Olives. The Mvab mountains, over

separation is on the lower story further aided by the other interests, and was as thoroughly absorbed in it towards the Dead Sea, are dressed in the softest heaviness of the iron-work, which, unless it be as if it had been the great object of his being to hues of purple, lilac, and gray. The hill country to decorated with remarkable skill, bids fair to produce excel in woodcraft. Catherine, so far from disthe north is almost gaudy with its contrasts of color: the effect of a wilderness of columns and cross-couraging this taste in her royal son, rejoiced in its white or gray stones, red soil ; and crops of vivid beams in deep shadow—so intricate as to destroy any pursuit which, by diverting his mind from the green, But the city is the glory-aloft on the steep all intimation of the area betwixt them and the affairs of government, would leave more power in _its long lines of wall clearly defining it to the outer wall. Then, the distribution of light and her own hands. sight, and every minaret and cupola, and almost shade-or

, to speak more exactly, of glare and The Court had already been some time at Monevery stone marked out by the brilliant sunshine

gloom—may offer difficulties of detail which it will çeaux, and still the return to Paris was delayed, as against the deep blue sky. In the spaces unbuilt

require as much ingenuity as foresight to cope Charles, from early morning till late at night, caron within the walls are tufts of verdure ; and cy-with. In the central hall-although it is to be ried on his darling diversion, often accompanied presses spring here and there from some convent

glazed with ground glass--the affluence of daylight by the ladies of the Court, who many of them er garden. The green lawns of the Mosque of Omar, and sunshine may become dazzling. In the side celled in the unfeminine sport. Margaret of Valois, are spread out small before the eye, with their groups aisles, on the ground floor, light is so sparingly the King's sister, especially delighted in hunting. of tiny gay moving people. If it is now so glorious admitted that subdivision will be almost impossible Beautiful and gay, in the very spring-time of ber a place to the eye, what must it have been in the in anything higher than dwarf partitions. To eyes cxistence, adorned with the richest gifts of natural days of its pride! Yet in that day, when every one accustomed to the Crystal Palaces at Knightsbridge grace, she found it some compensation for the molooked for the exulting blessing “ Peace be within and Sydenham, the central hall of the Parisian notony of her life at Monceaux to enter, with the thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces !" there building will seem deficient in height, while the young gallants of her brother's couri, into this came instead the lamentation over the Jerusalem that curves of the iron work, in the roof, when viewed favorite amusement. killed the prophets and stoned the messengers of in certain positions, have an appearance which is It was towards the close of September that Jehovah, and whose house must be therefore left

more singular than satisfactory to the unscientific Charles arranged a hunting party of extraordinary desolate.-Miss Martineau.

eye. The outer elevation of the building, which is magnificence, which was, indeed, to comprise every Cheese after DinneR--As a digester, as some solid stone-work, offers less matter for doubt and member of the royal household. A lovely autum not inappropriately call it, cheese—that which is question. It is simple and handsome.

day smiled on the festivity; and early in the morndecayed and mouldy being preferred by connoisseurs IMPEDIMENTS TO MATRIMONY.—There are some ing the hunters assembled in the court-yard of the -is often eaten after dinner. The action which legal disabilities for marriage, such as the slight im- castle. The noonday meal was to be taken beneath experience seems to have proved it to possess, in pedimont of being married already. Another inca a costly tent in the forest. The lords and ladies in aiding the digestion of what has previously been pacity is want of reason; but if want of reason really their varied hunting attire formed a gay and aaicalen, is both curious and interesting, and has had prevented a marriage from taking place, there would mated spectacle, and the palfreys waited impatientin some light thrown upon it by recent chemical ro. be an end to half the matches that are entered into. I for the signal of departure, which was only delayed

until the appearance of Margaret, the flower of the tidings of Master Acevedo's arrival from Paris, and and the dark, speaking eyes, so deeply sunk in their party. And when the maiden came forth, mounted with a request for an immediate audience with her sockets, impressed her with silent awe. A moment's on a snow-white Arab steed, richly caparisoned, at majesty.

silence, and again he uttered the words, “ Blood! her brother's right hand, there was a universal mur- “I must see him alone, Henry,” observed the blood! the blood of peaceful citizens !” and his voice mer of admiration at her surpassing beauty. She queen, and the prince retired from the apartment. rose as he uttered each word; so that at the end of wore a green dress, embroidered with gold, which He met the astrologer in the ante-room, whose res- his speech, it resembled the thunder's roar. well became her fair proportions. A slight color pectful reverence he scarcely noticed, for his eye A cold shudder ran through the queen's frame, mantled on her cheek, and the dark drapery con- fell on the lovely face of Gabrielle, who, shrinking the color forsook her cheeks, her teeth chattered, trasted admirably with the lily whiteness of her com- from his earnest look, cast down her beautiful eyes her hands trembled, her knees bent beneath her, as plexion.

in confusion. The prince remained standing for a sinking into the arm-chair, and covering her face Even Charles' dark eye lighted up with pride as few moments, boldly looking at the blushing face, with her hands, she said, in a tone of entreaty, he looked on his lovely sister, who sate with such and then muttering some unintelligible words, left “Silence! silence! I implore thee, thou dreadnoble dignity on the beautiful Arabian horse ; and the room.

ful man !” he could not forbear exclaiming to Tavannes- Acevedo now entered the queen's apartment; his Acevedo remained in the same place; and when,

“Our chase must be successful to-day, my lord, greeting was serious and reverential, and his eyes after a long reverie, Catherine repeated her request, for Diana, the goddess of hunting, herself conducts were so steadfastly fixed on Catherine, that she he still stood gazing on her, to her horror and conus." quailed beneath his firm gaze.

sternation. The whole party echoed the gallant speech of the “Welcome, Master Acevedo,” she said kindly ; “Go into the ante-room !” she at length said. king. Margaret blushed deeply. The horn now “you have been too long absent for my wishes. “Your presence kills me.” sounding, they prepared to depart. Catherine What detained you at Paris ?"

Acevedo at once withdrew, without uttering a watched them from the balcony as they left the " The weight of years presses down your servant, word, and left the Queen to her searful reflections. castle, and a feeling of more motherly tenderness and the curse of man's suffering and weariness has But as he crossed the passage he folded his hands, and pride than she had experienced for some time visited him," he answered in a hollow tone. and, raising his eyes to heaven, he exclaimed : touched her hard and worldly heart. She and her The queen looked at him inquiringly.

“ Lord, complete thy work!" favorite son, Henry of Anjou, were the only mem- “You are still vigorous, however,” she said. An hour passed away without any summons to bers of the household who did not join in the day's “Can you say this of a tree whose root is dis-Catherine's chamber. Meanwhile a fearful war sport. eased, and its heart withered,” he asked.

raged within her distracted breast. It seemed as The train was soon lost to view, and when the I hope, Master," replied the queen, “ that your though the very powers of hell were let loose there, merry sound of the clanging horn gradually melted illness has not interfered with your observations; through the fearful words of the astrologer. in the distance, Catherine left the balcony and pro- for since I left Paris many things have occurred, As often as she thought she was calm, her fear ceeded to her apartments, where she and Henry be- relative to which I desire to consult you."

and trembling returned; and it was in vain that gan to discuss very mighty matters.

“ I am like the night owl,” answered Acevedo— she used her accustomed arts of sophistry to silence The seed, which Alva had so assiduously sown "night is my time for labor ; and more, as the cry the voice of judgment in her heart—it would not in Bayonne, began to spring up. She had scarcely of the screech owl only forebodes évil, so with my succeed. entered her cabinet, when the ambitious prince, who voice. Ask no further, gracious lady.”

At length, as by a violent effort, she aroused heralready perceived, in the weak state of Charles's The queen trembled violently; Acevedo's words self; and, stepping to the mirror, endeavored to health, a prospect of the throne, entered and seated had excited her curiosity to the utmost.

impart a little color to her white lips, when she himself by his royal mother.

“Do the stars prophecy of evil ? Alas ! alas ! again recalled the astrologer ; but his appearance Their conversation turned immediately on the near speak, Acevedo! I am a woman, but my soul is destroyed her equanimity, and she trembled, as beoutbreak of hostilities, and the furtherance of Henry's strong; I have seen and heard of many horrors, and fore. ambitious views. I can yot hear-speak on !"

* You must remark signs of a weakness for which If,” said the young man, fire darting from his “Be it so,” replied the astrologer, as he fixed his I blush,” she said. eye, "if I occupied my brother's throne, not a here- dark eyes steadily on the queen. His position was

Acevedo looked at her sharply, as he said, tic should stand upon the soil of France, and our imposing ; an unwonted glow was on his face, and within himself, “ Thou wilt not deceive me, deHoly Church should reign unmolested wherever the his right hand was raised. “ Hear what the stars ceiver.” French tongue is heard."

declare, Queen of France !” he continued, with pro- “Let us," she continued, " resume our conversa" Thou speakest as becomes my child,” said Ca- phetic fire, and his voice appeared to proceed from tion, Acevedo. Tell me what you know of the therine warnily. “Too limited, too feeble, have the grave. • Thou, O Queen, art surrounded by approaching future ?" been our efforts hitherto. "Cut off the head of the blood-blood-blood! The blood of citizens gushes Little,” returned he, “but little can I tell you. serpent,' as Alva said at Bayonne, and the danger by thee in a stream, and cries for vengeance from One thing, however, I may say: you are threatened is over.' I have yielded too much, and to this weak- God, the Avenger. Blood flows over the land of with a near danger.” ness, which I acknowledge to have been ill-timed, I France; but no seed springs up where guiltless “What, and from whence ?" she askod, in a ascribe their present daring."

blood flows. Mother! thy race shall be extinct; faltering voice, which plainly showed the tumult Henry clenched his fist, and replied

fearful truth! but it is even so! The Angel of within. “ To destroy them at a blow, my mother, is our Death shall brandish his sword over thousands, and That I may not tell you; my knowledge goes only safety, for seven new heads would start up if his sword art thou! Darkness and desolation shall not so far; but let me to-day and to-morrow study only one fall.”

be where once bloomed joy and beauty-wailing the heavens, and perhaps I may then be able to enThe queen laughed ironically as she said, “That sorrow shall be heard where once stood the peaceful lighten you." was Alva's intent, my son.”

Tho stream rises in the south, and thou guid- Good, said Catherine, “ do so." "But remember," interrupted the prince, " that est it-Thou, thou !-Woe! woe !"

She now called for her attendants, and directed the whilst the Chancellor L'Hôpital exists, his influence

Catherine had hitherto stood before him, leaning astrologer to a small apartment which communiover the beretics will, although indirectly, work against an arm chair. Her whole being seemed ab- cated with her own. against us." sorbed, and her eyes were riveted on the speaker.

Acevedo left her presence; and, accompanied by “ L'Hôpital !” she said, and the same bitter smile she hung, as it were, on his lip; and every power

Gabrielle, they entered the room that was indicated played about her mouth,—“ L'Hôpital! Who shall of her soul seemed concentrated in that of hearing, together. say nay, if thy mother command his destruction ?"

The appearance of the man who addressed her, with Catherine was, however, in no condition to enjoy The conversation was here interrupted by the en- his long mantle hung loosely around his thin form, solitude. The past conversation had terrified her ; trance of one of Catherine s ladies, who came with the snow-white beard which flowed over his breast, I fury and anxiety raged within, and it was ia vain

[ocr errors]

60

cot.

your veil."

[ocr errors]

that she sought, by light conversation with her quit. The quiet thoughtfulness of the youth was lifted the powerless girl on to it. Her throat was ladies, to forget the danger that threatened. now changed to eager attention. From time to time slightly wounded by a thorn, and binding it with her

Leaving her to her unhappy thoughts, we will he cast rapid glances in the direction of the forest, veil, he whistled for his servant. He was close at return to the hunting party, who were scattered still urging on his horse with energy. He listened hand, and it was the work of a few moments to bring over the noble forest in pursuit of game, at about a attentively to the sound of the bugle, which every water from a neighboring spring, and apply it to the mile's distance from Monceaux. The high road to now and then broke on his ear, when suddenly he temples of the lovely woman. Picardy skirted the southern border of the wood. reined in his steed, for a shrill cry mingled with

She was, indeed, surpassingly beautiful, and her On one side alone was the forest open to the road, that of the huntsman.

beauty was enhanced by the disorder of her luxuthe other was bordered by a thicket, beyond which "What could that be ?” he asked of the ser- riant hair, which, having escaped from confinement, fruitful fields and smiling pastures formed a lovely vant, who, with his mouth open, had also checked floated gracefully over her shoulders. The means landscape. his horse.

used for her restoration were successful, and, openThe autumn day was warm and genial, and the " It is the cry of some one in distress,” replied ing her eyes, she exclaimed

“ Blessed Heaven! where am I ?" sky almost cloudless. At a distance, the sound of the man; “ and, if my ears do not deceive me, it is mirth and the shouts of the hunter were heard the voice of a woman.”

“Safe, and under good protection," answered Gui; breaking in strangely on the wonted stillness of the Scarcely had he spoken when a rustle from the be at rest, lady. A kind Providence has conducted spot. A youth, well mounted, on a fine horse, was adjoining thichet was heard, and then a loud snort- me hither at the moment when my aid has probably seen hastily riding in the direction of Picardy, ing. The love of the chase was strong in the saved you from the sad consequences of your acciand not far behind his serving man was following youth, as, seizing his loaded pistols

, he said, “ It is dent

. I tremble to think what you might have sufHis appearance was indicative of high birth, but a stag !"

fered with no one near to relieve you from your was far removed from any display of foppery, or He looked with breathless expectation towards perilous condition.” that affectation of gentility so common with the the spot whence the 'noise came, and, whatever it

“ I can trust you,” she replied faintly.

“But now," continued Gui," tell me, above all young nobility of the Court in that age. No mili- might be, the animal was approaching nearer. tary signs discovered whether he belonged to the “No stag, however," replied the servant, but a

things, if you are in any pain. You have had a fall, party of Chatillon or Guise. His armor was simple wild runaway horse.”

as I imagined from seeing your runaway horse." and his clothing plain ; but his whole bearing was At the same moment a snow-white Arabian steed

"I am in no pain,” she replied, with a faint noble and imposing. His figure was manly, well- darted out of the forest at full speed, his beautiful smile," except in my hand, which I think I formed, and that of a young man; yet notwith- mane flowing in the breeze.”

sprained in my fall, and my throat smarts a little ;

but this is all." standing the hue of youth, there was an expression “Some accident must have happened,” said Gui, of seriousness, and a trace of past suffering, on his for the horse is without a rider ; and it was doubt

“You have a slight wound there, Madam,” recountenance, which made a melancholy impression. less from him that the shrill cry came.”

turned Gui; "and I thought it better to bind it with He seemed so wholly absorbed with his own “ You had better say from her," returned the thoughts that he was disinclined to enter into any man, “ for the beautiful creature has got a side

A blush suffused the pale face of the maiden, and

she looked embarrassed. conversation with his attendant; and letting the saddle.” bridle fall carelessly on his horse's neck, he seemed

· Permit me,” he said, " to examine the sprain."

“ It is all the same," observed Gui. “ Go after very indifferent as to the road he was pursuing. the horse, and try to bring it back, whilst I will

The white and beautifully-formed hand The servant, who was more alive to surrounding seek for the person in distress."

timidly extended, but the injury was found to be objects, had heard the sounds that proceeded from “ You have given me no very easy task,” muttered slight. the hunting-party in the forest, and impatiently the servant, as he commenced the pursuit of the

The maiden saw, with the natural tact of woman, waited for an opportunity to direct his master's at- animal.

that she had made an impression on the youth, and tention to them, for he had not appeared to hear Gui now turned his horse's head in the direction she could not fail to remark that he was one of no them. At last, he could no longer restrain him- from whence the white Arabian had sprung. He common order, and that his fine figure and noble self, and called out,soon found that he must pursue his search on foot, bearing denoted high birth.

After a short pause “ You don't appear to take notice of anything to- for the thicket was perfectly impassable on horse-Gui saidday, sir !"

back. He sought the traces of the animal's feet "Are you able to mount your horse, Madam! If His master looked for an explanation, but did not with the greatest care, but his search was fruitless; so, I am at your service, to conduct you wherever speak.

for so rapid had been its flight, that its hoofs had you may command, for I am sure you require rest." “ Grand doings there,” said the man significantly, scarcely left an impression on the mossy ground. “I must go home to Monceaux," she replied, and pointing to the forest ; “King Charles has a fine But the greater the difficulties he had to encounter, leaning on his arm, the fair stranger prepared to hunt to-day.”

the stronger were the efforts which he put forth, mount the steed which Viole's servant held. “And where might you learn this?" asked his prompted, as they were, by his benevolent heart.

"Let us remain for a moment," she said, “ for it master.

Wisely cutting his way through the branches, not strikes me that the hunters are approaching to seek “They told me at the inn just now,” continued only that he might find his way back, but that his for me." the servant, “ that there was to be the finest hunt man-servant might not miss him, he persevered in to-day that the forest had ever seen."

his resolution. Before he had discovered any traces “ Then we cannot be far from Monceaux ?”

of the accident, however, he heard the self-gratula- CHAPTER XIII. — AN INTERVIEW WITH ROYALTY—A At most not more than a league ; and, if you tions of the servant, who, accustomed to think please, we might just as well take the forest patlı aloud, was praising himself for having captured the AS the fair stranger, whom, in our last chapter

, that you see before you, which will lead you safely beautiful horse. At the same moment Gui per- we left with Gui, spoke, a hunter broke there."

ceived something light-colored among the under- through the thicket, and stood before them. He “I have not the smallest desire to do so," replied wood, and clearing away the bushes, discerned a was a richly-clad, young, and slender man. His Gui. “And had I desired it ever so much, your prostrate female form clad in a richly-embroidered figure was considerably bent, his eyes were sharp, information that the road led to Monceaux would green hunting dress. Her white veil was covered black, and piercing, his face pale and sallow, and his be quite sufficient to deter me.”

with blood-her face he could not discern. In an whole appearance was anything but prepossessing. This very decided answer discomfited the servant, ) instant he was by her side, and, unloosening his No sooner did he discover the persons of the youth who relapsed into silence. The young man now cloak, he spread it on the damp moss, and gently and maiden, than he threw himself from his horse, seized the bridle, and setting spurs to the horse

and leaving it under the care of his attendant, he urged it to a more rapid pace. It appeared that the

• Side-saddles were first introduced into France by Ca- approached his sister, asking eagerly if she were at vicinity of Monçeaux was one that he would gladly therine de Medicis.

all hurt.

was

SHORT IMPRISONMENT AND AN EECAPE.

[ocr errors]

" Thank God, no," she answered ; "with the ex- the King, the anger which Gui's presence had to my rescue. You will thank him, surely, for ception of a slight sprain, I have escaped injury." created having somewhat abated.

all he has done for your child ?” “ And thou art not wounded at all ?" he inquired. Perfectly ; twice have I seen him fighting Catherine's feelings, as Margaret pronounced the

Not in the least, so far as I know,” said bravely at Rouen and Dreux. At Dreux he took hateful name, were of a mingled description. Could Margaret ; " but to this my deliverer can speak my sword from my hand, and he was not unworthy it be that the trusty friend of Coligny was really in better than I." Yof it, I assure you."

her power? Even so: Her resolution was quickly The King now turned to Viole, and after a stead- • Truly,” said the King, awaking from a reverie, taken; but, as usual, dissembling, she mastered her fast

gaze at him, he said—“ Who may you be, “ he who can compliment an enemy deserves a feelings sufficiently to express her gratitude ; and, young man ?"

laurel crown!” and turning to Gui, he said, “Come, cordially inviting him to ascend the stairs with her, "Your Majesty's loyal subject, Gui de St. Flore." young man, forgive the past, and accompany us to she bade him be seated at her side. “De Viole?" asked Charles, and his mouth as- Monceaux."

Margaret's face beamed with joy, for she anticisumed an appearance of unmistakable hatred. “ Your Majesty's command is law !” he replied, pated only the most happy results from the urbanity “Your Majesty appears to know my family repressing his bitter feeling.

of her mother, and discerned in it neither treachery name."

Gui's servant now bringing up Margaret's horse, nor art. “Which does not appear to me to be extremely she sprang lightly into the saddle, and smiling at

Catherine was determined to sound Gui's purposes important, however,” replied the King, sarcasti- Gui, said pleasantly to the King -

to the utmost, and by degrees she discovered his cally.

" You will permit my deliverer to ride by my side, destination. In vain did he endeavor to blind her, Gui colored with indignation, as proudly raising my brother ?"

as he had succeeded in blinding the Princess as to his head, and fixing his fine eyes on Charles, he “Certainly ; he deserves the honor,” replied his errand. Catherine was too shrewd not to detect said with emphasis

Charles; and heckoning to Gui, who leaped nimbly the falsehood. She knew that Du Plessis Mornay " It was once so, my Lord the King, and the ser on his horse, the cavalcade proceeded.

lived in Picardy; and soon, by connecting different vice it rendered to my sovereign and country were “You will remain a few days in Monceaux,” said circumstances, her suspicions were so awakened that not then thought insignificant, nor unworthy to be Margaret, as they approached their journey's end.

she determined, by some means, to discover the named with those of Montmorency, Montesquieu, I am indeed sorry to refuse so gracious an invi- contents of the dispatches, which she did not doubt Croi, and Rohan." tation,” replied Gui, “but I must not do so."

he bore concealed on his person. The King glanced angrily at the young speaker, “And is your journey, then, so pressing that you

It was with great regret that Margaret, in conand his eye gleamed with fury ; but at a look from must deny me this request," she asked, with a winning sideration of her late fatigue, withdrew to her Margaret, who drew near, and laid her soft hand on smile.

chamber, for the handsome stranger had made a his arm in an entreating manner, he restrained him- Gui looked at the lovely blue eyes of the Princess, powerful impression on her young heart ; and beself.

and felt that he stood in a magic circle. A sigh fore leaving him for the night, she blushingly " If you are a true son of your father,” said broke from his breast, and his cheeks were suffused; entreated that if it were really necessary for him to Charles, sharply, “it appears to me a great want of he felt the temptation offered to be powerful, but take his departure on the morrow, that he would at respect and loyalty to reproach your King.” And, important duties devolved on him, and he was least defer it until a later hour than he had proposed. turning away contemptuously, he addressed one of obliged to prevaricate.

Gui made the promise so winningly requested, and his attendants.

"Forgive me, royal lady !" he said ;

" but griev

the young Princess sought her pillow to think on the Margaret's color fled. She could not but experi

ous as it is to refuse, I must still be firm. The exciting occurrences of the past day; but for some ence the deepest mortification that her deliverer met holiest of all earthly duties—that of a child to a

time she was unable to sleep. Gui's image was conwith no more generous return for his services; and

tinually before her, and when at length, overpowered father-calls me to Paris." Gui a look, which was not lost upon him,

by fatigue, she sank to rest, his voice was heard in

“I must not urge my claim again,” said Margaret, her dreams. and consoled him for the stormy reception of his sovereign. All eyes were fixed on Charles ; and tenderly. “But is your father ill ?"

“Would to God that I knew he lived!” said Gui : withdrew for a short time, leaving Gui in conversa

Before the evening meal was served, the Queen Margaret, stepping to the side of Viole, said, kindly,

" but of this I am uncertain. Mine is a sorrowful tion with the Constable, on whom he made an in“ Forgive his manner, sir. He is not really unand lonely lot !"

creasingly favorable impression, Scarcely had the grateful. Come, you shall accompany us to Mon- “Do not say so," murmured the Princess, softly; Queen reached her cabinet than she took out of a

and as she spoke, Gui experienced a satisfastion secret chest a white powder, and summoning one of Gui was irresolute ; but he was not proof against scarcely compatible with his old love to Gabrielle. her most confidential ladies—the Lady of Martignac the flattering manner of the royal lady; and bowing By this time they had arrived at the tent.

-she commanded her to hold herself in readiness low, he said,

“Our chase has been most prosperous," said for a plot, if she (the Queen) should deem it ad"Who could refuse your request, madam ?" Charles, “ but for the accident that befel the visable. Margaret blushed ; accustomed though she was to Princess; and now we will at once return to

“You know, undoubtedly,” she said, “what has flattery, the compliment from his lips was of double Monceaux."

taken place between that young Viole and Margavalue. The whole party had by this time rejoined

ret?" them; and all pressed eagerly round the Princess to The sun cast its setting rays on the old turrets of Madame Martignac assented. congratulate her on her escape. Gui stood apart. Monceaux, when the hunting party neared the “Know also," continued she, “that this youth

The old Constable Montmorency, who, contrary Castle. The bugle announced their arrival from is the confidential secretary of Coligny, and that he to his inclinations, had suffered Charles to persuade afar, and already summoned Catherine to the doubtless is the bearer of some secret papers, which him to join in the diversion of the chase, and who balcony.

it is absolutely necessary that I should see. Mix had heard Margaret's words, now approached Gui, “I have had a narrow escape, mother,” said this powder in his flask of winc. It is narcotic, but saying, “To this noble youth I owe my safety at Margaret, lightly. “Would you believe it ?-my not poisonous in its effects. It will produce the Dreux;" and, heartily grasping his hand, he con- Arab threw me.”

most profound sleep, which will render the abstractinued

Her mother anxiously inquired if she were hurt. tion of the papers easy." “God bless you, youngster! I rejoice that we She gaily replied in the negative, and pointed out

Madame Martignac was perfectly content to perhave met."

the young man who had exerted himself so gallantly form the wicked mission ; and, taking the powder, With a heart beating with pleasure Viole reve-in her behalf.

quickly departed to watch for a favorable opporrently acknowledged the courtesy of the old man, “My Lord de Viole!” she said aloud, and Gui tunity of obeying the Queen's command. who looked on him with a tender interest. drew near.

The meal began. Gui, to his astonishment, found “ You know that young man, apparently," said “See, dearest mother, the gallant youth who came himself far more at ease in the royal circle than he

she gave

çeaux.”

« PreviousContinue »