|Chapter Number||XIII - XVI|
|Newspaper Title||The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933)|
|Trove Title||Life in the East|
LIFE IN THE EAST.
Bï Captain Abmstbonu.
The steamor to Trobizond waa a Turkish boat of some one hundred and fifty horse power, neither remarkable for ita beauty nor its cleanli- ness The saloon was small and inconvenient, poasessed neither state cabins nor private berths, and waa crowded with an extraordinary mixture of passengers of all kinds
Ivan Gortsaro and our fair horoines, on getting on the deck of the steamer, wore confounded by tho confuaion and noise, tho Babel of tongues, and tho extraordinary diversity of dresB and costume Thoro did not appear, how ever, to bo either a Trench, English, Italian, or German passenger, but there wero Tarka and Jews, Armenians and Circassians, Persians and several other strangely attired Asiatic tribes, tho «ntiro deck waa scattered over with pilos of lug gage and cargo, the funnel was throwing out volumes of black smoko, and there boiug little wind at the time and a hazy atmosphere, evory thing waa covered with black smut, what with tho roar of the steam, and tho shouting of the sailors, who appeared to be mostly Greoks, and the gabble of the numerous passengois trying to got their luggage and goods into a safe place, the two girls became confounded , they saw that the cabm was even in a worse Btato , so wiappiug themselves in thoir fur mantles, Ivan Gortsaro placed them for the timo near tho wheel, seating them upon a couple of boxes, being part of their own luggago In such n state of confu- sion the steamer weighed anchoi, the captain telling the angry passengers thoy would havo timo enough to settle themselves and then lug gage before they opened the rough waters of the Black Sea " Wo shall have a miserable timo of it, Catborino," obsorved Julia, "if rough wea tlier sets in What u contrast to tho elegant and orderly deck of the Modoia'"
"It will only last two or throo days," re turned Cathoriue WarhondoifT, m a íesigned tone, " and if it does not rain I would rather remain hero, wrapt m our fur mantle), than go below in that crowded cahin What a strange contr ist to the English steamers ! '
"Ah'" said Julia, with a Bigh," dour Eng land ' v> hen shall wo seo your shores again ?"
"And yet, after all, Julia," said horfnend, in a gentle tono of reproach, " you aro a Russian by birth, and bo is your brother, you must not deapise the land wheio you first drew breath "
" I would novor dcapiao tbo land that calls my own Catherino its ohild," rophed Julia, pressing the Russian maiden's hand, " let it be as wild as the summits of tho Caucasus, on which wo havo so often gazod in our childhood with so much awe -Look at those Circassian women crossing tho deck, how graceful and Una thoir figures ap pear, in their pretty costume, to those cluniBily attired Armenian women thoy aro Bpoaking to "
" Tho CireasBiana aro a fino people, as generous as brave Alae ' my dear father went, with reluctance, to fight against them, but ha considered he was doing his duty in obeying the cruel mandatos of tho Czar What a punish ment we havo all Buffered in oonsoquenco ! My beloved mother confined foi years within tho limita of a Caucasian fortroBB ' And but for the noble generosity of Princo Schamyl how misor ably hard might all our fates havo boon The clouds havo dispersed a little, owing to this ter- rible war , and, porhapa, we may look forward
with hope "
" Yes," Baid Julia, thoughtfully ; "if once we got back safe to the fortress of Priuco Sohamyl." They ceased conversing, for several of tho Ar- menian and Circassian women carno up and Bottled thomBelvcs near thom. Tho steamer, in the meantime, ploughed its way through the Bosphorus, aud thon into the open waters of the Black Sea, when it becamo exceedingly stormy j and Gortsaro having secured two berths for the two half-perished maidons, thoy pro reeded to take possession of them, and partaking
of some slight refreshment they carried in their j little baskets, they laid down in their berths dressed ob thoy were, drew the curtaina, and strove to forget the disagreeable noises that proceeded from tho machinery and the gabblo of Bomo thirty or forty passengers, who not only oat and drank in the saloon, but smoked their pipes and chibouks till the two girls were nearly suffocated with smoke. Tbo distance from Constantinople to Trebizond is above seven hundred milos j but tho steamer had to call at Sinope, a place that will bo long remembered as the first port whoro the cruel masBacro was permitted to bo enacted by the Russians upon the unfortunate Turka. With the memory of that savage and cowardly outrage ringing in the ears of all Europe, why
W8B Odessu spared ?
At this period there was cntortainod no fear or apprehension of Russian vessels of war in tho Black Sea, as the English fleet blockaded Sebas- topol, and tho southern coast was supposed to bo quito clear of tho enemy, as tho Russian forts on tho cast ooastB were without shipping. It blew a heavy gale during the night; but, never- theless, the steamer-though neither a fast nor a vory sea-worthy boat-as Bho kept near the coast, and the wind blew off it, held hor way, and on the evening of the second day thoy opened the fine bay of Sinope, and, running in,
carno to an anchor.
The weather was considerably milder at Sinope, and as a great number of tho passengers loft the steamer, our fair heroines gladly carno on deck, anxious to behold a placo rendered so remarkable by RusBian barbarity.
Seen from Bos-Jcpe (Bull'a-hcad), Sinope has a pictuiesquo and singular appearance. No matter from what quarter tho wind blows, ships ride at anchor with safety botwoon its two road- steads. Tho girls gazed with a melancholy in- terest upon tho ruined walla and shattered de- fences-upon its wilderness of cypress, and laurels, and olives, and pomegranates ; the tin cupolas, tiled roofs, and minarets, peeping up hore and thcro. Towards the cope they per- ceived it waa flankod by huge Byzontine walls and towers, mostly, however, in ruins. Tho town they saw wos also surrounded with walls and extensive fortifications. While they were gazing at the scene around them, Gortsare ap- proached., and, addressing Catborino Warben dorff, Baid, that as tho steamer would stay two days at Sinope, thoy might laud, as ho could procure good accommodation in a Greek house, aud, perhaps, be able to hire a Greek girl to ac-
company them the rest of tho way, as an at-
They were rejoiced to leave the steamer, if only for a couple of days ; the variety of passen- gers, and their strange manners, and more than disagreeable customs, making thoir Btoy on board anything but agreeable. Accordingly a boat, manned by Greek boatmen, was Boon procured, and they were pulled ashore. Having landed in the vicinity of the ship-yard, they followed
I Ivan Gortsaro through the few regular strcots Sinope poBBOBBes, and stopped at a Greek coflee bouse, a Bpecies of hotel.
Tho number of coffeo houses in Sinopo is pro digioua, and both Greeks and Turka havo a groat roputation for idleness and drunkenness
it is said, betwoon them, they oonaurao nearly sixty four thousand quarts of brondy yearly
Having procurod a privato room, Cathe- rine and Julia enjoyed tho quiet and ro poao the place ailoidod, besides a moot magnifi- cent viow ovor the western roadstead An agod
I Greok, his wifo, and threo daughters, kept tho
houso, two of the girls were pretty, good naturod maidens, and did everything thoy oould to mako tbo young ladies happy and eomfortablo.
Ivan Gortsaro, in the ovoning, had their luggago brought thom, and vory kindly mquirod if thero was anything bo could get to mako them
" No, thank you," returned Catborino War hondorff, " we aro woll ottondod hero"
"It will bo well worth your whilo," con- tinued Gortsare, " if to morrow is fino, to ascend tbo hill above this Greok quarter, thero is an old Roman aqueduot m ruins, aud near rt a small mosquo and tho tomb of a Khau of the Criuioa This place ib of gi oat antiquity You eua havo the two Greek girls to attend
"If, as you say, tho day is fino, we shall do so," quiotly roplied Catherine.
Wishing thom good-night, the Russian loft them to themsolves.
The next day thoy wore greatly gratifiod, rambling up tho hill abovo tho town, obtaining magnificent yiows ovor both the adjaeont country and tho broad waters of tho Black Sea.
This two days' respite from tho discomfort of tho steamer rofreshod our travellon exceodingly. The third day tho steamer sailod, and, without Booidont, or onoountoring auy very severe weather, roaohod Trobizond in fifty hours, thus ondiug, as thoy supposed, thoir sea voyogo.
Ivan Gortsoro was not acquainted with Trobi- zond, ho thoroforo was forced to dopond on tho sorvicos of a Greok to tako thom to a mansion where they could bo accommodutod with rooms to themselves. Everything elso thoy had to procuro, for Gortsaro would, on no account, tako up his abodo in B Turkish house of entertain-
It was night beforo thoy woro onablod to pro ouro all tho articlos necessary to tboir comfort. Ivan Gortsaro spared neithor trouble nor ox ponso, and tho two maidens felt grateful for his attention. Indeed, latterly, Juliu began to think sho had judgod him ruthor severely. A poid agont of tho Russian govornmout, sho was satis- fied ho was j but sho was well aware, that, if
tho arbitrary nnturo of the Russian Government ,
willed him to bo an agent, thora was no resisting 1
tho mandato. I h
" Perhaps ho will explain matters to-morrow," said Julia, "you know ho promised to do so when wo reached Trobizond. Wo aro to havo a week's rost, and it will bo very acceptable. I wonder what my doar brother Honry is about. I am sure ho will never bo satisfied at being a moro spectator of tho proceedings at Sebastopol. It makos mo foo! very iniserablo and uneasy about him : that terrible war has out. off so mony of our gallant and devoted army."
Catherine Warhcndorff sighod and looked very serious, saying
" War is a foorful thing to think of. I some- how think kings and potentates mast "havo a terrible responsibility on thoir heads, whon it's oithor their headstrong passions,' ambition, or love of sway, that plunges thousands of thoir ill-starred subjects into misory and mourning. But it is late, door Julia, lot us to rest, and trust to tho mercy of Providence to froo us and my beloved mother from tho cruel thraldom wo
shall havo to endure, perhaps for jours yet to
THB following morning, immediately after breakfast, Gortsoro visited his fair charges, who wore much refreshed, and appeared moro cheer-
ful and resigned.
" I am como," said he, seating himself, " to give you ¿bo explanation I promised, and to consult with you, at tho samo timo, on the best means of reaching the. fortress of . Prince Sohamyl ; for I am a little puzzled myself, from tho news I have heard, how .wo shall contçivo to got there. I will first explain the past to you ; for, in many respects, you aro bothquito ignorant of how you carno to bo placed in tho strango situation you aro in j and, to do this fully, I must go back to the period"-addressing Catherine particularly-"whon your lamontod father, Goneral Warhondorff, become detested by the haughty and implacable Circassian Chief,
Wo must, howover, dear reader, pursue tho narrativo after our own fashion j for there aro Boino thnt requiro explanation, and which would not bo touched upon by Ivan Gortsaro.
It is unnecessary to dwell upon tbo intonso desire of the Ozar Nicholas to crush the bravo and gallant Circassians. His ordors to his
generals wore, " not to spare thom, man, woman,
Now, Gcnoral Warhondorff, * though n kind and humane man in private life, a doating hus- band, a fond father, was a moat unsparing general. Ho falsely considered it his duty to obey the Czar's mandates to tho letter j and thus be incurred tho hatred of tho Cireaasians
aud their chiefa.
The TcherkisBians were at that time under the command of Prince Schamyl, who survived, in a most extraordinary manner, tbo terrible mas- sacre of the "Monds," in the Booking of the Fortress of Hunri. This escape was considered by his religious followers to bo miraculous, and, in proportion to the intense devotion felt for him by his followers, so ho become hated and
feared by the Russians.
Kasi Mullah, the leader of the Tcheikissians' was mortally wounded at tho sacking of Hunri -which cost tbo RuEsians twenty-five days' Biege, und a tcrriblo loss in men-and just bo fore he breathed hw last, called his favorite disciple, Schamyl, to his sido, and appointing him his successor, made bim swear a sacred oath, never, with life, to surrender to Russia ¡ and that should General Warhendorff fall into bis banda, to put him to aB cruel a death as the general had inflicted on thousands of his bravo followers : and should any of th'iB noted gene- ral's kith or kin fall into his banda, never to re- lease them, unlesB they paid a ransom that
would beggar them.
This oath Schamyl took according to the most sacred form of their faith. How he escaped the massacre is unknown to us, but escape from Hunri bo did, and Tjecamo leader of the Cir-
General Worhendorff is, of courso, as tar as nami aw goes, a fictitious personage.
Princo Schamyl thon rotirod to his famous for- tress of Alkucho, Gcnoral Warhcndorff followed him, and after four months' warfare, and losing a vast number of mon, ho gained possession of tho fortress, and again woro all the inhabitants massacred, hoping to slay tho Princo, but again ho oscaped-this timo through tho devotion of his followers. Tho olioct of this oscapo was paralyzing to tho Russians, who bogan to look
upon tho deeds of this bravo man with awo and
After tho massacre ot Alkucho, Schamyl re- tired to tho almost iuiprognablo fortress of Dargo, and thoro also tho gonoral, Warhondorff, followod- him. Dargo ia one of tho most re- markable strongholds in Georgia ; built on the summit of a mountain, in the midst of stoop rooks, thoro is no approaching it oxcopt through immonso forests and tortuous aud barron defiles.
Schamyl, bent upon revenge, permitted tho approach of Gonoral Warhondorff, till ho bo camo shut up in a narrow gorge, and thon pouring down his troops upon tho appalled Russians, Uko a mighty avalanoho, who, hom inod in boforo and bohind, booamo an oasy con quost, nearly all woro slain. General Worhon dorff, covorod with wounds, foil into tho hands of Princo Schamyl. Tho Princo ordorod him and his follower, Ivan Gortsare, to be carried to tho fortress of Dargo, and then ho first reool lootod, with pain, his oath to Kasi Mollah ¡ for Sshamyl was a noblo, generous warrior, fur fro'm being oithor eruol, Banguinary, or despotic, though when ho recollected thnt tho four-and twonty Murida massaorod at Hunri woro slain by General Warhondorff's troops, and by his orders, his heart becamo in' somo degree steolod against his prisonor. But General Warhon- dorff was iusonsiblo from hiB woundB, and tho surgeon who drossod thom declared that ho oould not long Burvivo.
Whon Gortsaro was brought boforo the Cir- cassian ohiof, tho princo demanded, " Who aro you ; you aro not a soldior ?"
"No," returned Ivan, oalmly, "I am not j I am tho personal attendant of General Warkon dorlT, My father was a Russian, but my mother
was a Circassian."
"Hu!" oxolaimod tho prince, "a Circassian
-hor namo ?"
" Sho wus your fathor's sister, O princo ; her name was Alosma Anopoli."
Schamyl gavo a sturt of surprise, and said, " What proof havo you of this unlookod for
" I have hoard my fathor say," roplicd Ivan Gortsaro, " thit my mother was curried off from tho fortress of Souoba, aftor its defenders woro eliiin, and taken to Russia. She married my father, and Chis"-taking from his nook where it was fastened by a silk oord, a curious purplo stone, on which was carvod soino curious hieroglyphics-" this was round her nook at tho time of hor captivity."
Prince Schamyl lookod gravo ; ho took tho amulet from tho hands of Ivan, and examined it most carofuliy. " Yos," ho oxolaimod, " this is tho stone I havo heard so much of, ho or sho who woars it cannot porish by tho Bword. I roniombor houring of my aunt's boiug carried as a slave into Russia, and that she alono, of all tho garrison, escaped being slain by tho sword,
as sho woro this oharmod amulet."
J'Then koop, it, my lord princo," roplicd öortsaro, earnestly ¡ " my heart was always in
,-v..v , .uj "nuil, nu» aiways in
my mother's land, and from childhood I havo panted for froodom ,- the degradation of a sorf has cut into my very eoul. Nought but the kind- ness I experienced from tho Gcnorul Warhen dorff and tho princess, his wifo, roBtrainod mo seeking to raise the surfs on her domaiuB, and endeavor to roguiu our freodom or dio. Whon tho general was ordorod into this country, I implorod to follow him, hopiug to rogain tho
land of my mothor's birth, mid obtain my
"From this hour you aro free; buta Rus- sian name will not do to dwell with us. You muBt drop your father's and tako your mothor's. You.aro welcome to share my fortmios from thÍB day, and, if willing, you may do us good
Ivan Gortsaro, ob wo Bhall still, to avoid con- fusion, call him, willingly.agreed to tho princo's proposition, but bogged pcrmÍBsion, whilo tho general lived, to remain as his attendunt, say- ing, " Ho is wounded to tho death, prince, and will not long troublo you."
" 80 much tho bettor," replied Princo Schamyl, " othorwieo I must keep my oath, and
put bim to dooth."
Ivan Gortsaro, who was a man of doop thought and reflection, was imbued with an intenso lovo of freedom ; ho hod always ab- horred tho stats of serfdom in which ho livod, and tho degradation tho sorfs aro always sub joot to. A sorf may arrive at a state of afllu onoo; ho moy even become so opulont-as to roa ¡do in St. Petersburg», keep his servants and carriage, and frequent the best society ; but, at any moment, ho is Habla, at a word from the lord whoso sorf ho originally wbb, to be pushed from his position and to bocomo tbo mounoBt drudgo of his master. To escape such a lia- bility was Ivan'B greatest anxioty, and ho formed a plan, which his frequent conrorsations with Schamyl upon tho Bubjoct of the war scorned to render easy of accomplishment. Tho grund want of the Circassians was tho aiuows of war. Money was their aim, for without it they were unable to procure arms and ammunition. So eager were they to maintain thoir freedom, that thoy frequently bartered their daughters with
the Turks of Stamboul for arma.
"I will put you in a way, prince," Baid Ivan Gortsare, " of procuring a vast sum of monoy."
" How ?" cried the princo, oagorly.
" Your prisonor, the general, is dying ; but it is by Blow degrees. Ho burns with a deop anxiety to bohold tho princess (his wife) and his child. The princess adores him : she would sacrifice lifo-if auch was to bo the penalty-in order to seo him again. I will return to St# Potersburgh, and engage- to bring hor and her child here. She would poy an immense ransom .for her release, after her husband's death."
"No," said tho princo, " that would bo acting with treachery. Besides, were the princess once in my power, ï have sworn never to release ono connected by ties of blood with Genorol War hendorff, except by extorting a ransom th'at
would beggar them."
The prince was gonerous and bold in his na- ture; but the Circassians wanted arms and am- munition, and the other chiefs wera not so scrupulous. Ivan Gortaaro's project found favor with them ¡ and, while Schamyl pro- ceeded into Albania to carry on tho war, Gort- sare set out for St. Potersburgh aa an escaped prisoner, with the full intention of bringing.tho princess to her husband, who still survived, and who earnestly implored him to do bo, not being aware of the foto that awaited ber, if she fol- lowed the dictates of her heart, bat firmly be
>r- I liovmg that a moderate ransom would roleoso
ed ' hor.
og Ivan, without Doing a very bad manor avery
good out, was yet playing a deeeptivo part with all parties Ho lovod freedom , but it was not tho speoios of freedom to bo enjoyed in Circus sia that ho admired Evory man among tho Tchcrkis8iaiis capable of boanng arms went to tho wars Ivan was not a warrior, ho was not a coward, but ho was no soldier, ho would not injuro tho Princess Warhondorff personally, but ho had no scruplos in moking uso of her to furthor his own viows, his project was to gam a handsome independence for himself, and then rotiro to soino European state, out of tho reach of tho Russian powor-ho fancied England and to« aids England his thoughts woro turned
On reaching St Potorsburgh, ho found tho I Princesa Warhoiidorll m dcop affliction and do spair, tho Czur, oxaeporatod at tho loes of his armj bud confiscated tho property of General Warhondorff, and sent tho fow oflioors who oscaped from tho battle to Siberia
Tho princess foarod her husband was doad, and hoi ¡oy was excess» o whon I\na Gortsaio Boorctly infoimed her that ho was still alive, though a prisoner, and that ho ardently desired to Bco her aud his child, and had hopos of gam- ing his pin don by ransom, should ho recover
from his wounds
Tho prmcoss immediately and oagorly pro posed sotting out for Odessa, and, thero loading thojouug duughtor of Mis Fitzhurding pro- ceed bj sea to Trobizond, and thus gain the Foitrosa of Dargo But thiB modo of procood ing did not suit tho views of Ivan Gortsaro, and boforo ho had quito settled his plaUB, nowa reached tho prmcoss of tho doath of Mr and Mrs Fitzliurding
Sho was shocked and hoirified , Ivan Gort
saro porsuaded hor to proecod at onco to Tagan- rog, looping tho two oluldrou with her Tho English child, who had now no parents to pro- tect and watch ovor her, would bo happier to romani with hor boloved companion (bau living
AnxiouB to reach hor husband, tho prmcoss mado uo objection to the pioposal, but loft St Potorsburgh and proceodod on tho journoy to loganrog, and, so cloverly and w oil did Ivan Goitsaro manage tho ronlo, that he baillod all uttompts to traco tho princess furthor than
After a long and difficult journey, thoy at length reached tho Oircasfliau fortress of Dargo, and, to hor infinito joy and delight, tho prmcoss found lier husband still ahvo, and, as sho con Biderod, with ovciy prospoct o' recoiorj , but in this sho was dceiovad, for, after lingering for
four montliB without suffering muoh pam, ho
Princo Sohamyl, on his roturn to Dargo, wa» grieved to find tho PmiooBS Wurhondorll an in- mate of tho fortress Aocoidmg to his oath ho could not rolooso hor without domandiug tho cuino fortuno she possossod That question was soon ecttlod , for tho Czar, oxusporatod at tho flight of tho princess, seized hor ostates and mansion, and, haung a Btrong suspicion that General Warhondorff was not doad, und that tho princess, had gone to join hor husband in his captiwty, to punish hor for disobedience to his ordors-for ho had foi bidden hor leaving St Potorsburgh-confiscated her property
Tina Ivan Goitsaro did not expect, but it waa not upon her fortuno that ho built his future hopes of independence-ho ootuollv con coivod tho idoa of boing ablo to aocuro tho woalth that would, without doubt, bo loft to tho joung Julia Fitzhording
ÏIMB rollod on 'iho pnnooas ond tho two ohildron, shut up m the fortross of Dargo, till Prince Schamyl, too gonorous and lofty in bia ulcaa and projocta to render tho allhetod pnn coas moro rniBorublo than sho nood be, romoved her and tho ohildron to nnothor fortross, beau- tifully situated m one of the valloys of tho Cau- casus It was not an important placo, and not hkoly to bo attacked by Russia, as it waa molo u rural rotroat than a fortified castle, but tho country around it was beautiful und pcacoful,
and tho air mild und salubrious
Qoilsaro had arranged with Bomo of the Cir- cassian loaders that ho should play the part of a spy upon Russia, and roturn, as if i Btapod u socoud time, to St Potersburgh, and discover what tho Czar's designs woro , for there was ovon ut that tuno symptoms of his attuck upon
Hib return, after on abeenco of two years, croatcd considerable surprise to the fnonds of tho Princess Wurbondorff, who now oxpeotod to gain intelligence of hor whereabouts, but, m twenty-four hours after his arrival, ho was soiled and imprisoned by ordor of the Czar, and whon this bocamo known, the name of Ivan Gortsaro 01 the Princess Wurhondorff were no longer mentioned
Wo must not, kowover, woury our roadors with minuto details of Ivan Gortauro's proceed ings. In two months ho was visitod in priaon by tho chief of tho police. Aftor a lengthened conference ho wob rolensod, along with two other Russian serfs, hko him, men of great in- telligence and oducation, for bomg a Bcrf dooa not force a man to bo either ignorant or dopnvod of resources , the better informod thoy bocomo, and tho higher tho branch, of trade or employ mont they enter into, tho larger tho sum thoy can afford to pay their loi d and muster for their liberty ; but tho roà is for over over thoir heads
GortBaro was appointed a govcrnmonfc agent or spy, along with Gottren and another, named Perkoff Tina mun was aho a torf of tho Prin cess Warhondorff, and had formerly much inter courao with Ivan, Und ho it was who personated tho Armenian fortune teller in Constantinople,
to which place ho was removed after the death of
Gortsaro's destination was Stamboul. Thero ho passed for a Greok, under the nomo of Pub
kovoi, but ho had no intention whatever of kooping faith with Russia So, as soon as ho could do so with safety, ho was preparing to escapo to Circassia, whoa ho received u mandate to proceed to England, containing instructions how to act and how to correspond in cipher.
In some respects this suited his views Qcfitting Constantinople, as if for England, ho made his woy to the fortross of Dargo, convoying intelligence of movements in Russia and Turkey, of infinite importance to the Cir-
Gortsaro then proceeded to soo tho Princess Wurhendorff, who always considering him a faithful follower, and devoted to hor fumiJy, beheld him with great ploaiuro The difficulty the princess labored under was, how to get tho two beautiful girls, whom bIio loved with equal kindness, to England Prince Schamyl consented to their going for a few years, but a meeting of chiefs deliberated, and finally insisted that
thoy should, aftor the lapso of a certain period, return to tho care of tho princess, and thon, if tho sum agreed upon wob poid, in either money or arms and ammunition, thoy should all bo
restored to liberty
Anxious m hor heart that tho children should rocoivo a Europoan oduoation, sho removed from tho secluded fortress thoy inhabited, and wlio-o thoy wore uuavoidubly oxpoBed to much ponl in many woys Tho pnncoas, though it grioved her hoait to part with thom, ngrood to tho terms proposed Tho princisB* family wob ono of rank and station in England Lord B-was tho head of tho funnly, and rosidod at tho family mansion in Dorsotshiro lho princess waa poruiittcd to confide the children to his oaro during thoir stay in England, both boing represented as tho princess' dougbtors lho letters thoy wero to toko with thom woro to ro presout tho prmcoss in banishmont, and that on no account whatovcr waa it to be known that Bho wbb oven in oxistonco, ns tho futuro futo of hor children dopondod on hor atiict!) oboymg tho Czar's ordors Whon loavmg St Potors- burgh bIio lind can íod monoy ana jowola n ith hor to a largo amount-and those sho had still at command-so that Ivan Gortsaro was fully provided with funds to boar all cxponsos duting thoir abaonco Tho princosB thou undertook to proparo tho two girls to tako tho solemn oath, to koop what they know to thotnsolvoB eoorot, and to implicitly obey Ivan Gortsaro
This parting from thoir mother, for tho prin- cess had conaoiontiously porfoimod ii puront's duty to tho littlo Julia, caused tho poor children much sorrow, and muuj bittor toars
Thoy woro both, for thoir ago, singularly «oil instructed, they could BpoaK tho English and Russian oqually lluonlly, oould road Fronoh and Italian, but of music thoj know nothing whatever, for no musioal iiiBtiuniont found its way to tho fortross of Naohltz, if wo oxcopt tho species of guitar usod bj tho Circassian women
Gortsuio was intrusted with tho two children, who woro of an ugo poifoctlj capable of undor stondiug tho consequence of bioukmg the Biioiod pledgo exacted from thom Thoro waa no dim oulty in rouchiug England at that period , all tho countries the) passed through woioutpeaco, und modos of traulling easy and commodious, sleaniors plied to all parts, so that Btartmg at a favorable period of tho j obi, then apparently long voyage was accomplished without riBk, 01
Lord and Lady B-rocoivod thoir îoIatiouB willi intenso surpiiso, but oxoeoding cordiality and hospitality , they road tho princess' lottor, and did not foel much surpriaod ut the mystery that was thrown ovoi hoi futo, knowing right wal! tho terrible despot mm thal roigtied through out the Russian dominions Ohm mod with the two graceful and beautiful children, pitying their situation, and their futuro unoortam fate, and that of thoir raothei, Lord B-roaolvod
to bo a father to them
If happiness was to bo on|oycd, away from their bolovcd mother, tho two muidons would
havo bteti most happy undor the liospitablo
loof of Lord B
Masters of al! kinds woro proourod, and a goiornoss of high rospectubihlj , thoy woio mtroducod to Ina lordship's circle of acquaint- ances, as tho orphun duughlors of an old und cstconiod, but distant relativo, of tho mimo of
liortSuro having porforraod his part, to tho satisfaction of the two young gula-to whom ho had Bhowod every ottontion duung his journey -took his leave, impressing an thoir minde to bo cuutioUB and silent for tho princess' sako. From Lord B-ho rcceivod u vory bandsomo donation, and rsninmod in England, ti ans
uniting to RuBBia various lottors in eyphor, but of httlo consoqueiioo to tho interests of' tho country ho wus in, till rumors of the approach-
ing war mducod lum to muko a lourney to Cir
Embarking in tho regular steamer to Con- stantinople, ho eiossod the Black Sea in anothur si earner to Soucha, and thoneo to tho forti ess.
Ho found tho princess-still romorkablo for hor boauty-contented, now that hor child and her prolog, e wcio in o country shedoarly loved, and with relations who woro ab!o und willing to
Everything wub done by the noblo Princo Schamyl to roudor the princess' abode in tho lovely but secluded fortross of Nuchtlz as de- sirable as possible, hor two female attendants woro persons of a highly roBpootablo grado, and greatly attached to thoir mistress Another ycur, and her beloved children would bo res toi ud
to her '
After exhausting overy quostion fond affoo tion could deviso, concormng her children, of Ivan Gortsaro, tho prinooss bogan requosling in- formation respecting Henry Fitzhardiug.
Ivan GortBaro had boon most particular m his inquiries concormng our boro, and ho informod the princess that ho had been placed in tho nav> by his undo and guardian, und, just bo foto ho had loft England, ho loomed thal ho bocamo, by tho death of his fathor'B brother, the next hoir to the auoiont titlo of Courtland, and that evory ono in tho vicinity of his unelo's residence talked of tho enormous wealth ho
would succeed to.
The sum expected by tho Circassian chiefs for tho roleaBO of tho princess, her daughter, and protegee, amounted in English monoy to tho really cnormouB sum of one hundred thouBand poundB ; a sum that would havo absorbod the ontiro of tho princoBB' property and ostutoe, hod thoy not boeri confiscated by tho Czar.
" And how," soid tho princess to Ivan Gort Bare, " is this immense sum to bo paid ?" Sho spoko in on exceedingly depressed tone. " For I seo no chanco of tho Czar's rotating. With tho permission of Princo Schamyl, I forwarded, inany montliB ago, a humble petition to tbo Emperor, beseeching his forgiveness for seeking my huoband'B death bed, contrary to his ordors. After a time, I received tho Emperor's reply ; gracious and kind enough, but still leaving mo hopeless. Ho oven condescended to answer tho letter himself, and sent it by a special courier from Taganrog, who delivered it at one of the advanced posts in tho Caucasus.
" Tho^Czar declared ho regrettod my captivity, but that it was my own seeking ; that if free, ho waa quite willing to restore my rank and estates, having suffered enough from my dis- obedience ; but to restore them, eo that tho enormous sum of one hundrod thousand pounds British should bo paid for ray doughter's ran- som, was out of tho queation, as it would bo tho moons of supplying an enemy ho was resolved to crush with the means of resisting him ; it waa not to bo thought of ; but, boforo another year should expire, tho whole Circaaaia, Georgia, and all tho rebellious province», should either
Bubmit to his rule or be exterminated by fire
" But, madam," Baid Ivan Gortsaro, after a i
moment's thought, " Mr Fitahardmg, whon of age, will eagerly poy that sum to release you Ho will have over sixty thousand pounds a year What if ho does Baonfico ten thousand pounds a year of that moomo to roiso the ono hundred thousand pounds, ho will still possess o fortuno beyond tho wants of any individual "
"Trno," returned tho prmcoss, with a sigh , " but who can toll how that young man's mind may bo biassed. Tho loro of gold is yory powerful in tho human heart PossosBing thousands, wo crave millions Ho may not bo willing to «norillee so largo a sum , though, in truth, ho was a noble, high hoarfod, generous boy and vowed ho would lovo and protoot my Catherine through life "
lho tears ran down the chocks of tho prin- cess, and hor bcaulv at that moment looked so touching-sho was but four and thtrty-that Ivan Gortsaro, whoso hoart was not naturally bad, was ovoroomo At first ho turned very palo mid lookod agitated, thou oast ono look at tho soirowing princess, whoso kindiiesa and gonorosity had nlwnys boon extended towards lum-« lioso father lind releasod him from a Iifo of drudgery, educated him, and pim ed lum in n situation far boyond his hopos-aud jot ho was about lo botray hor and deoeivo her
Thot cold, iron heart gave woy, and, throw
mg hnnsolf at tho astonished priucosi' foot, ho
"Forgive mo for «hut I hnvo dono, and bj this Boorod symbol "-tnkiug a oroBB from his broast, "I swear to j ou, that al! my futuro oflorts shall bo to rostoro jon and your child to
"Oil, lion, linn, what is this you say?" oxolniinod tho princess, palo us death, aud ohispuig hor hands "You doooivod mo! Ah, my God ' is thoro no faith on ouithi"'
Ivan Gortsaro roso to ins foot, palo and do jootod in look, but porfcotly caira mid colleotod After a moment, ho Baul, looking steadily into tho foutuios of tho pnnooBS, who waa »roping, "I luna smnod, madame, but my ropoutauco is Bincoro, it wub not my intention, boliovo ino, to ni]uro oilhoi you 01 jour daughter, 1 sought nil own nggriiudiaoinont, mid my own freedom from tlio degradation of Borfdom, wlnoh gallod
ino to tho sou!, and mudo ovory hour of my Iifo
ono of torturo "
"Sid!," suiel the prmcoss, "Ino not under stand how you have docoivod mo, I cunio boro at my own discretion, I was tiwuio I Bhould litt>o to pay a loigo sum foi my rolonso, and to ii certain extent I wus awuro thal Hie Emperor w ould rosont my diBobudiouoo "
" Ask mo not, madnm, what my projects woro , Illino abandoned thom, thoy woio cluolly di- rected agiiuiBt the woultli of the English maldon I lntondcd to boquio mi independence in other lands, by appropriating a portion of hoi fiitiuo fortuno-but tho idea that 1 was a Borf gallod mo Fiom tho ponod whon I lirBt coiicoii ed tins pioject, I hin o known no poaco, for it was tobo carried out by doconing you, and retarding youi emancipation Prmco Sohumyl dato not breuk his oath, and tho other oluefs of tho Tchorkissiaiis aro al! of ono mind, in demanding tho sum of ono hundrod thou- sand pounds for your rolouao "
" lill Mr. Honry Fitzharding is of ago, it would bo usoIosb nogociating ; noithor will tho chiefs porrait mj uttomptiug to do so, unloss thoy hold in thoir poner tho two young ludios , thoy say that if ant thing of tho kind was ut toraptod, and it was known thoy woro m Eng- land, their fuonds would not permit thoir do portuio Thoy theroforo bound mo, by tho most sacred oui Iib, not to rovoul thoir namoB while in foreign lands, but to bring thom back boro, and thon coinmunicato with Mr. Fit/ harding " *
"Bul if this war actually takes placo-and Prince Schamyl declared that oithor <Turkoy must bo assisted by England und foioign powers, or oleo she will fall u viotun to Russia's doBiro of aggrandisement-if tina wur thon breaks out, how will you bo able to reach this fortroaa with my duughtor ond Miaa Fitzhard mg? Russian mon of wur will scour I ho Black Soa, if you foil nib tho hands of Russia, I might novor soo my child ugmn , for the Czar would chum my duughtor ns a Russian subjoct, and Mies Fitzhurding would remain in capti
"But the war with England l8 not dcclarod yot," sold Ivan Gortsaro, "oven if it was, wo can roach Consluntiiioplo at any tuno, und then, if necessity requin d it, procuro n passage in a Greok vessel to Trobi/ond, und thus avoid all Russian vessels and ports "
Aftor Bomo further explanation, Ivan Gort- saro loft tho princess to pondor over whut ho
proposed, whilo ho himsolf sought un íntorviow
with Alan/a Gour.
ClIAPTBE XVI. .
It waa finally sottled that Ivan Gortsaro Bhould depart at onco for England, und return, without dcluy, with tho two girls. Tho prin- cess, who had sulforod much griof ut tho con- fession of his duplicity, saw him depart, with full confidence in his sincerity. At parting she
" If over it is in my powor, I will not only rostoro you to liberty, but rondor you indepen-
dent for life."
Gortsaro kissed the princess' oxlonded bund, and sworo to bo faithful and truo to hor, and to bring both children back to her arms, safe and
Ivan Gortsaro oarriod with him letters to Lofti jj!-. from tho PrincosB, in which sho stated sho had overy rcuson to hope «ho should soon bo reinstated in her rank und hor estates restored. Sho «pressed hor dcop grutitudo for his lordship's paternal caro of hor daughtors, and trusted that no war would broak out to interrupt tho friendly intercourse of tho two nations, as it was the dourest wish of her heart to visit England and return thanks in person.
Sho oleo wroto to her daughter, and to Julia, telling ^bom to confido in Ivan Gortsare, and obey his instructions, us sho now felt perfectly satisfied ho would faithfully perform hiB duty.
In tho lapso of years-for nearly soven hod passed from the period of their quitting Ciroas sia-the two fair girls had grown up into womanhood, tho admiration of oil who beheld
and associated with thom.
In manner and appearance, Catherine War hondorff had become quito «s English as her friend ; "each treasured in her heart a vivid memory of tho past. Nothing from their earlioat childhood was forgotten j and for hours they would sit and converso over the scones and adventures of thoir girlhood in Russia and
Henry Fitzbardnig was tho constant subject of their conversation. Catheriuo Warhendorff cherished tho memory of her early playmate with a singular and fervent tenacity; it waa a
fooling engrafted m hor heart, that neither time
nor absonoo effaced or weakened.
Lord B-, knowing the connection that had formerly ousted botwoen tho Warhendorff family and the Fitzbordiugs, often talked about tho largo fortuno inhorited by Henry Fitzhard ing, and the untimely death of his sister, for Ina lordship had boord the some vorsion of the story as the Czar, from Ivan Gortsaro, that Miss Fitzhardtng was carriod off by the cholera
on tho journey into Circassia
Tho girls, thcroforo, without exciting ony Bur priso, woro enabled to ask many questions con- cerning thoir oarly playruato. Thoy hoard he had cntored tho navy as a midshipman, and become a lioulonant, and lind, as far us lay in his powor- considering tunca of poaco-distin-
Time íollod on, till tho rumors of war became reality, thoy hoard of Henry Pitzharding's return, from tho coast of Africa, and of his quitting tho navy on coming of ago
Eiorj diy thoy c-cpcctod the arrival of Ivan Gortsaro, nnd as the timo for their departure uuivod. Lord and Lady B- ho¿nn to feel that losing thom would bo a sovoro blow to (heir domcstiu happiness , for the two girls had won not only their ostoom, but tho sincero love of thou gotioiouB host and hostess
Just nt this ponodj an ovont occurred that had au influence on tho aftoi fulo of Julia Filzhordiug lord B-'a estate waa on tho bou coast of Dorsorahuo, within half a milo of tho harbor of -. During a sudden gale, und donso fog, tho S- sloop of war went on shore, and was only got off by throwing most of hor guns mid hoavy metal oicrboard, aud losa of hoi false kool and foro most Sho wne, with somo difiioulty, got into the harbor of -, und thon her offloors and mon oommoncod roooioring fchon guns, A-o.
Her conminador, Captain tho Honorablo Goorgo D-, »as a distant relativo of Lord B--'a, and was at once invited to tho hospit- able houso of his lordship during tho timo cm plojod raising tho guns and ropairingdamages ; Ins ollicors woro also often iiiulod Lieutenant Edgar Erwin was ono, and during a dinner party gn cn by his lordship, chanced to Bit noxt
Julia was plousod ut meeting u naval ofllcor, particularly whon that olllcoi wub n tall and very handsoiiio young mun, full of life and vi incity, and as ohalty and ngrceiiblo ob young ilma! olhoors gonorully uro Eiory opportunity to hoar of hor brother was ougerly sought by Julia who yontured u quoBtion sho hoard with dohght iwBwoiod by tho young ollicor
"Oil, dour, yoB, I served six yoius in tho Blnp you havo pist named "
"It must bo very diatrosBing," again ro murkod Julia, "aftor living so many yours in companionship with your brothoi ofilcors, to bo
?udilonly and unceremoniously sopurutod from
'"Hint, Miss rbitosouo, is ono of tho misónos of ii Biiilor'B life In tho Bunio ship, I had a oomrado I loved as ii brothoi , no (¡nor follow ovor wulkod a dock than Honry Fitzharding "
A slight oxoluniution escaped tho lips of tho delighted girl, tho rich color in hor cheek rmillod tho peony, und ns tho sailor lookod into hor foaturoB, ho muttorod to Inmsolf " By Jovo, ?no is too lovely, thoso bluo oyos of hers would brood a mutiny m a tliroo dookor "
Two or thrco tunos Lioutouuut Erwin viBitcd Lord B-'s, who took un ospecwl liking to him His fViinle and plousing manner, high spiiits, and grucoful porson won upon thom all, and it wub with grout regret that thoy bohold
tho dopui turo of tho-sloop of wur
* u ui>i,ui turo oí mo-sloop of wur
It cost Lioutonunt Erwin u struggle, also, to an) good bye Ho reasoned with huneolf and labored to convince himself ho was tindor a do lusion ns it was quito impossible thul ho could full in loi o with a wind of Lou! B-'o Ho, a poor lioutouoiit m tho navy, with scarcoly enough pay to find himself in uniforms and
It was no uso, his argumonts Lieutenants in tho navy aro quita as hablo to full in lovo as anyone oIbo So poor Edgur Li win took his leavo, vowing, if fighting could moko him an admiral, ho'd givo tho Russiuns enough of it Ho forgot, as ho made this vow, that wo never moko admirals or generals m tho English sor vico till noarly too old to bo of uso, and cer- tainly too old to think of loi o
Julia did not bid tho handsome sailor faro well without fooling Bomotlnng molo than com- mon rogrot in losing un ugrooublaacquaintance; bul, situutod ob sho was, she strove to stool hor heart »gainst the shafts of Cupid
linn Gortsaro arrived in England, but ho did not immediately proceed to Lord B-'s man- sion, as he first was anxious to discover what our hero was ubout It is romurkably easy to obtain intelligence of tho nioicments of a mau in tho position and possessing tho woalth of Henry Fitzhiiiditig His having pmchased one of tho ßnost und lurgosl yaohts m .England, and Ins intondod voyugo to tho Black Sou, and the sout of war, convinced huu that Fitzharding must havo so/no intention of tracing his lost Bister By putiont und cuutious inquiries, and boing perpetually on tho alert, ho know pretty acouratoly'his limo of depurturo for tho Crimea,
and tlion ooncocíed his own plans.
On roaohing Lord B-'s mansion, ho found that tho fumily wore in Loudon. Ono evening, at tho operu, us Julia hupponcd to look ncrOBB the pit, hor eyes for an instant rostcd on tho foutiiros and tall form of Henry Fitzharding ; waa it nature that spoke to that fair girl's heart, or was it memory wakened up after a lapse of yoors ? The momont their oyes mot Bhe folt a tremor over hor fromo, her heart boat wildly, and pressing Catherine's arm, bIio whispored,
Good heavens ! soo, thero is my brother Henry, looking intontly at us."
Catherine felt her cheek blanch, as, turning round, her dark and brilliant eyes mot those of Fitzharding.
"It is ho, ob surely as I live! Oh, Julia; there is no alteration in-his expressive features, oxcopt that ho has grown moro manly ; I dore not look at him any longer."
We pass ovor the parting with Lord and Lady B-, who wore, iu truth, greatly grieved to loso their children, as thoy had often called thom, and who now sent thom forth lodou with valuable proeonts and letters to thoir mother.
Accordingly, they embarked in a trading brig for Batoum, and thero engaging a large Greek zetee, used for trading with the ports iu the Sea of Azoff, thoy embarked, v.ith a oalm soo I and a land breeze, for tho coast of Circaasia,
koeping within gun-shot of the land. Hero wo must leave them, and return to the allied fleet lying before Balaclava.
[to he costikueu.]
Tub following question is now being discussed before the Bungtown Debating Society : ",Oiin a big mun ache harder than a little one?"