|Chapter Number||XXXII - XXXIV|
|Newspaper Title||The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933)|
|Trove Title||Life in the East|
LIFE IN,THE EAST.
By Captain Abmstbong.
In the meantime, the Princess Catherine and Julia, with their attendant, after? descending from the drosky, were conducted into a saloon well furnished, in the mansion of the previous Commandant of Anapa ; they were growing distressed at being separated from their pro- tector, who was conducted, by orders of Captain Kickemoff, into another part of the mansion.
It was quite useless for the indignant maidens to complain to Captain Kickemoff at the cruel treatment they received, that gentleman declar- ing in the most polito manner that he only oboycd orders ; the Commandant of Anapa had given him directions to conduct them to the place thoy were now in, and so at once separate them from Gortsare, whom he designated a traitor to his country.
Catherine was shocked and alarmed. She felt great uneasiness about Ivan, being well aware ho had not fulfilled his duties as a secret agent, a post ho abhorred ; ho had also quitted England without permission; thereforo, alto- gether, she considered his position one of groat peril, if dolivered over to the chief of the " secret police," a man of tho most stern and unrelenting character; and more dreaded at St. Petersburg than the Emperor himaolf. The only consolation tho two girls had was that when Gortsaro was separated from them, he managed to whisper to the Princess Catherine
" Bo not alarmed, I havo provided for an accident of this kind ; declaro at once who you are, and you aro sofe from the Bchemes of Count
Now, it puzzled both Catherine and Julia why ho was bo anxious that the Count Zouboski should not recogniso her, and now he desired her to declare herself as tho daughter of the Prin- cess Catherine ; it appeared strange, but Julia suppoBcd that if thoy oould have escaped with- out being recognised so much the better, as then they would have rejoinod the Princess, but declaring herself as Catherina Warhondorff, her mother connooted with tho Empress, would at all events save her from the snares or projects
of Count Zouboski.
As they stood conversing and'gazing from the windows, which certainly commanded a most varied and magnificent view of sea, and stu- pendous rocks, with a great oxtent of forost to- wards tho south, they perceived two officers, and a lady leaning on the arm of one of thom, leave the gate of the fort, and, passing over the bridge, approach the house. As they came nearer, and thon close under the windows, the lady looked up, and disclosed the features of a femólo about six or eight-and-twonty, not un- handsome features, but thoro was something about thom, and tho manner of the lady herself, who was wrapped in a fur mantle, more dis- agreeable than otherwise.
As her glance rested for a momont on the fair prisoners, she laughed and said something to the officer on whose arm she was leaning ; he looked up, but both girls quickly drew back.
" I had at first rejoicod to soo a female, and one apparently highly rospcctable," remarked Julia, " but I do not Uko tho appearance of that lady nor tho officer on whoso arm sho loans."
" Neither do I," replied Catherino ; " there was a saucy curl of her lip as she looked up, that was extremely disagreeable."
She had scarcely spoken the words when tho door of tho saloon oponed, and tholudy, divested of her mantle, entered the room.
Both the occupants of tho room roso with some surpriso in their looks, but the lady ad- vanced with a caroloss, easy air, and begged them to sit down, as abo was como to havo a
little chat with thom.
Divested of her mantle, the girls liked her appearauco oven less. Sho was showily if not gaudily dressed, woro a profusion of ornaments, and hor manner and air not at all adapted to the higher circles. She appeared moro Uko tho Russian subaltern's wife, and those gontlemon thoy know oro ponerally anything but particular in their selection. She was handsome, oertuinly, but a disagreeable bold kind of beauty, agreeablo only to a certain class of men.
" So," said tho lady, seating herself with a vory nonchalant air, "you aro tho daughters of tho socrot agent, Ivan Gortsare ; but don't bo alarmed about your father."
"Madam," replied Catherino Warhendorff, with a flushed cheek, " you are in error. My father was tho late General Warhendorff, and my mother, boforo sho married him, the Princos»
The lady started to hor foet with a look of in-
" You say you aro the daughter of the Prin- cess Warhendorff!" at last burst from her lips, but sho did not again sit down.
" Suoh is tho coao, madame," said Catherine, firmly and oalmly, " and I protoat against this outrago, which, if known to the Emperor, would certainly bring punishment upon the heads of
thoBO who have oommitted it."
Tho visitor seoinod stupified ; she colored to the very templos, and stammered out that she had heon misled ; it was not hor fault if sho had committed an indiecretion, as sho was informed thoy woro tho daughters of Ivan Gortsare, a serf, and one of tho sccrot agonts of tho police ; and that the Govornor of Anapa had ordered his arrest, for having betrayed his trust.
" May I ask, madam," inquired Catherine, " whom I havo the pleasuro of addressing ?"
Tho lady's face becamo scarlet, as sho hesi- tated, and then said
" My name is Golowiu, madamo ; but, pardon me, you must require somo refreshment,"
And with an humble salutation, sho turned
and left the room.
Catherine looked at Julia.
" This is vory strango, door Julia ; I do not know what to think ; I thought it bottor to do
claro at once who I was. I havo followed herein Ivan Gortsaro's directions, and wo must wait
Somo short time afterwards, tho Greek at- tendant brought up somo fowl and othor things on a tray, but the female did not moko hor appearanco again.
" Did you hear who inhabited or inhabits this house, Ireno ?" questioned her mistress.
" Tho offioors of tho fort and two ladies," said Ireno, with a little hesitation.
"And whoro havo thoy put Iran GortsareP"
" In tho fort," returned tho girl. " Thoy say a Russian ship of war will bo boro in a day or two, with soldiers and workmon to strengthen this placo."
Julia and Catherino looked serious aud tremblod, for both cherished the idea that Lord Courtland might contrivo, with tho orew of the
Medora, to releaso thom j but thoy shuddered |
when they considered the strength of the place and how many'liyos might be saoriücod in the
The following day thoy beheld Count Zou
boski's drosky drjve into the front court ; they ' did not seo who was in it, but they felt uneasy imagining the Commandant of Anapo was the
Count Alexander Zouboski cntored the houso and proceeded at once into another wing of the large mansion, and, opening a door, entered a well furnished and well heated saloon, in which sot the lady who had given hor name as Golo win to the two captives.
" Well, Martha," cried the Count, throwing himself into a choir, " how do you get on with the two pretty birds I sent you ? Do you think you will bo oblo to improve them ?"
The lady called Martha laid aside the book she was reading, and, looking over at the Count, said seriously
" AVho are those two girls ?"
" St. Nicholas ! didn't I write you word they wera Ivan Gortaare's daughters ?" said the Count, with a slight chango of color.
" Ah, but did you believe so when you
" Why, what the deuce are you pumping me for by those cross questions ? What matter who they aro if thoy coll themselves Ivan Gort sare's daughters ? It's not my business to hunt out their pedigreo, girl. Havo you seen them ?"
" Yes," returned Martha Golowin, " and if what I heard ia true, you may get into a scrape, Alexander, with all your cleverness."
" Why, what the douco did ahe tell you ? Out with it," said the Count, sharply. " I sup» pose you do not admire my taking one of them for a wife, eh ?"
The woman laughed, saying-"As far as I am concerned, you may hove tho two. I was not aware you intended allying yourself to the Emperor. It's a bold move, but will not suc-
" What the deuce does tho woman mean ?" cried Alexander Zouboski, angrily.
" Why," ehe replied, " tho tollest of the two girle said to me with a very haughty, disdainful look-' Madam, my fathor was General War- hendorff, and my mother was the Princess Mai dovitchko beforo she married.' "
" Who ? tho deuce !" exclaimed the Count, springing to his feet ; " she doclared this her«
"She did, and, moreover, very pointedly hinted, or rathor assorted, that those who com« mitted this outrage upon her would be severely punished when it carno to the ears of the Em« peror."
The Count Zouboski sat down ; he looked thoughtful, and then glancing up, said quickly
" Go, send Zaroski ; this affair puzzles and annoys me."
In a few minutcB an ofllccr with a very power- ful bulky frame and a Coree dark expression of countenance, about thirty years of age, entered
" What have you dono with Ivan Gortsare ?"
demanded the Count.
" I lodged him as directed in the fort, Count," returned Zaroski. "I have just this moment come from him ; he asserts very strange things."
" Confound tho rascal, what does he say," growled the Count, getting excitod.
"Ho saya you hove committed on outrage upon a lady highly conuootod, even allied to the Czarina, and that tho Emperor is sure to hear of it, and sovorely punish the offenders. ' AVhy, what aro you talking about ?' I inquired. ' Are not tho girls your daughters?' 'No,' ho re- plied, ' ono of tho ladies is tho young Princesa
" Well, suppose she is," retortod the Count, almost savagely, " how was I to know that s that traitor told mo thoy wore his daughters. I suspected, and arrested him and will send him by tho first opportunity to Tagaurog to the Chief of Polico ; lot him deal with him. I have no proof that this girl is tho young Prin- cess Warhendorff; however, if sho wishes it, sho and her companion shall bo sent to Tagan- rog also ; let her claim be investigated by the Count Gregory Rugetschef, its nothing to me ; they ore well treated. When Kickemoff ar- rives, send him to mo." Lieutenant Zaroaki
loft the room.
The Count Zouboski was taking some re- freshment, and drinking largo glasses of wine to cool the excited temper ho appeared to be in, when Captain Kickemoff entered the chamber.
Ho easily percoived by his patron's counten- ance that something had gone wrong ; he, how- ever, said nothing, but sat down by the Count's invitation, who pushed the wino towards him.
" Our matrimonial schemes, Kickemoff," be- gan tho Commandant, lighting a cigar, "are likely to be marred this time."
" I suspocted so from tho first," returned the captain ; " but what has happoned, Count?"
" Why, the girl has doolarod horsolf to be daughtor of tho Princess Warhendorff, which I never dreamed sho would do ; I thought there woro somo Tory oogent roasons for her conceal- ing her nomo, and also that both sho and Ivan Gortsare woro moBt anxious to avoid falling into tho hands of Russians, instead of which she not only declared who sho is, but very haughtily threatons with punishment whoovor detains her and her companion ; who, by-tho-hyo, must be that English girl, Fitzhording. Ivan Gortsare oleo threatens. Now, thoro is somo undor plot in all this. I sent them hero thinking Marthe Golowin would perhaps improve thoir morah, and so that öfter a time this proud young lady might listen to my proposals of espousing her with a good graoe ; now all this is knocked on
" Thoy were going, it appears, into Circassia," observed Captain Kickemoff, " whoro it is said the Princess horsolf is captive to Prince Schau vi, and that Armenian I saw last night was un- doubtedly a lover in disguise."
"A lover," ropeoted Count Zouboski, with a start ; " what mokos you think that, for, if s> lover, depend upon it he was an Englishman, and, now I think of it-that English vessel that yacht, that followed the »otee almost into Anapa, was well known to them all ; but let me hear what makes you think that the Armenien
rascal or fortuno teller wai a lover."
"In the first place," answered Captain Kiokcmoff, " I remember after he left the room last night that ho had neither beard nor raou stachios, and that he was very fair for an Ar- menian. I confess to not being quito sober, or I should havo been sharper. I also recollect that tho two girls looked romarkably uneasy till after tho said Armenian left tho room. I then dotcrminod to examino all the Armenian! the next morning, before they loft the town, but no suoh tall, handsomo-looking follow was amonget thom, not one within »li mohos of his hoight. I thought he might still be in the town, m I
hunted them all up-there wore only .half-a dozen of thom-but he woe not thero."
" You oro making a very long-winded story of this, Kickemoff; you have not come to the point yet. Who was tho Armenian you bow ?"
" Ah ! St. Nicholas ! that I cannot toll you, Count ; all I found out I will relato : On my. return to the town, I went to' the hou6o of a Jew, who keeps a kind of caravansary, whero all kinds of travellers and markot people put
" ' Had you many strangers hero, Hezokiah ?' I demanded, * yosterday.'
" « No, captain, only tho usual run of people to the market. There was one of them a serf, I think, of our Governor's-one Michael BoriB -who had a comrade with him, a fine, tall, strapping fellow, who did not seem to rolish thoir usual fare ; for ho came in tho morning, and quito politely, as I thought, inquired if I could give him a bowl of coffee. I suppose I looked surprised, for ho put his hand in his vest, and pulled out somo silver roubles, and said ho would pay for any dooont food I could give him. Of course I gave him the best I had, and, being a little ourious, I charged him five times the amount of the coffee and bread And buttor; but ho throw mo moro than the /.^am I demanded, and wont away without a
" Now wo aro on the right scent," said Count Zouboski, joyfully. " I forgive you, Kickemoff, your prolixity. You havo a noso like a blood- hound. Now, that Michael Boris and his brothor are serfs of mino, I brought thom hero and gavo them a few acres of lund about throo miles from this. Noithor of them aro tall mon, and I'll swear neither of thom possesses a silver rouble. Sond a couplo of tho mon in tho fort to tho village, and havo Michael Boris up hero at once; I'll havo tho truth out of him, or bia back will suffer. I thought there was au under- plot with Master Ivan Gortsare, but I think we Bhall get to tho bottom of it."
"Moy I ask you, Count, what you intond doing with tho young Princesa and hor com- panion now she has declared herself?"
"Send thom both to Kertch in the brig that we expect to-morrow, from thoneo thoy will go on in the Rcdditza war stoamor te Taganrog, whoro the Emperor will bo noarly all next month; at the samo timo kindly beseech tho Czar's pardon, and solicit tho hand of tho young
"And hor companion?" domanded Captain Kickemoff, " who no doubt íb Miss Fitzbard ing."
" I daro not detain hor," said the Count j " tho Emperor at ono timo was most anxious in his inquiries about her ; her father was a pro- digious favorite of bia."
Captain Kickemoff looked disappointed, re- flected a moment, and thon left tho room.
Tho Count Zouboski shortly after aroso, and proceodod to Beek an interview with his captives.
We trust our readers rotain a sufficient re- membrance of tho events that occurred to Mr. Shaw and his Bon Goorge, in the town of Ban- try, after tho murder of Mr. Timothy Show, of Kilgorron ; a few words, howovor, will refresh thoir momoriea ; George, porfoctly Botisfiod by questioning the sorvant girl at tho time that it was Mr. Bullfinch, tho attornoy that had ab- stracted the papers from under tho bolstor whilst ho was conversing with his father and tho policeman, loft tho inn as wo havo alroady stated, aud walked out into tho Btreet, his mind amazingly perplexed as to how ho should act under tho very singular ciroumBtancos of tho caso ; reflecting in his own mind, ho felt satisfied that Mr. Bullfinch must bo awaro that ho, George Shaw, had abstracted thoso papers from the cheat in Kilgerran Houao. "Now tho only thing to bo considered is," thought Goorgo Shaw, " whether Mr. Bullfinch took thoso papera for the sake of gain or to conviot mo of tho robbery."
George Shaw waB very apt to judgo uiost peo- ple by his own standard ; he thoroforo sot down
Mr. Bullfinch as a man who would commit a bad act for a largo bribe, provided tboro «iib no risk in the undertaking ; besides, ho argued with himself, ha is an attorney.
Having brought his thoughts and mind to this conclusion, ho set his hot straight on his head, and quickened his steps till ho reached tho front of the attorney's cottage. Without any further heaitatiou, ho kuockod at the door, requesting to
seo Mr. Bullfinch.
It was about 8 o'clock in the morning, and Mr. Bullfinch, notwithstanding tho stirring cvonta of the precoding evening, and his retarded hour of going to rest, was yet up, and in his study. Mr. Bullfinch had also mado up his mind how to act ; therefore, hearing Mr. Gcorgo Shaw's voico in tho hall, ho opened his parlor door, saying
" Pray walk this way, Mr. Shaw."
Goorgo Shaw walked in, and tho attornoy, pointing to a chair, begged him to bo seated, at tho samo timo carofully closing tho door.
Now, Goorge Shaw, onco determined upon o courso of action, waa not a man to wnsto timo boating about the bush, but jumped right iuto it, saying
" You, of courso, nro aware, Mr. Bullfinch, what brings mo hero. I havo but ono question to ask you, shall wo pull togothor or not ?"
" Do not speak bo loud, my dear B¡r, said tho attorney, blandly. I understand you perfectly, and my rejily is-pull together, of courso, on
"Without entering into particulars," said Gcorgo Shaw, feeling relieved, " what aro your
Tho attorney took up his pen, and taking o shoot of paper with a logal stamp ottaohod to it, wroto rapidly, and in loss than five minutes finished, and then quietly handed it to his visi-
George Shaw took tho paper and read as fol-
" Wo, the undoraignod, agreo to pay to Mr. Achillos Bullflnoh, attornoy, tho sum of ten thousand pounds on our coming into possession of tho Kilgerran catato and monoyod proporty, loft by tho late Timothy Show, Esq., of Kil- gerran, for servicoB and monoy advanced. Tho saidMr. Aohillea Bullflnoh also agreoing to aettlo, for the sum of fivo thousand pounds, all tho claims of Messrs. So-and-So against Mr. Robert Shaw. Dated this 28th day of Novem- ber, 1852.
" I am satisfied," said Goorgo Show, " pro- vided there aro funds to moot this demand."
" Funds !" repeated Mr. Bullflnoh ; " I know thoro ia over forty thousand pounds in securities, without the estate, and vthatovor money thero may bo in the chest. Why two largo legaoies fell to the lato Steadman Shaw, and some old
lcasos expiring, the Kilgerran estato nearly doubled itself, and neither of the late pro- prietors apont five hundred pounds a year-tho
last not fifty " |
" On the falhlinout of this ogroemont," said George Shaw, looking steadily into tho attorney's face, " you will place in my hands the documents you aro posBcsaed of "
" I will deatroy thom boforo your own eyes, or you sholl do so, which will be far bettor for all parties Papers aro dangerous articles to I koop, if thoir evidence was ever wanted against
" Very true," said Goorgo Shaw, taking up his hat, thon pausing ho said, "you will requiro a witness to our signing that document Can you trust any ono?'
" Bloaa mo," roturned tho attorney, " it's a straight forward document-monoy advnnccd, services, Ao , But do not be uneasy I havo a clerk «ho has served mo thcaoiho and twonty yoara who neither sees, hoars, nor roads, when not wanted Will y ou and your worthy father dine with mo to da}, aftoi oui proceedings in
court are terminated "
"No," aaid Georgo Shaw, " we shall require an outfit first AVo left," ho added, with a snoer ing smile, " our wardrobo in Australia "
" Well, as wo must meet and tnlk on huamoss mattors, wo will drink a bottle of wmo together, }ou mil boo no one here-say 6 o'clock "
To this George Shaw assontod, and took his leave tho attoiue} accompanying him to tho door, and cordially shaking bun by tho hand at parting Thero «as a strange feeling crcepiug over Geoigo Shaw , he felt aa if he could uavo spurned tho hand ho shook Ho felt tho hot blood rush to his ohoek und toraples mid quit- ting the cottoge ho muttered to himself
" Now am I an accomplished wllaiu ' I havo robhod an orphan girl of her rights, and bceoino the accomplice of o muí dorer "
Thero waa a atrango working in that young man's breast Tho palo but beautiful face of the young girl Nelly, as sho knelt beside lum, hold- ing tho head of the dying inisoi, hau ited him What had his career of vico and dissipation broughthim9 Could he probo his heart and say to hiniBolf, that Ina post hfo «as ono of happiness or enjoyment ? Fur, farfrouiit Gcorgo Shuw wob not an uttorl} reckkas man that never thought, ho plunged fioqueutl} from ono vico into another, to drown thought, to Kcop up ti feverish excitement, for, in tho midst of all, thero waa a struggle between tho ono good spnit and tho demon of ovil
As ho piocccdcd, with a gloomy, disturbed look, donn the Btreot, u young girl carno running up to htm, and, looking up into Ina faco, Bald
" PloaBO, Bir, buin't you Mr George Shaw ? ' " Yes, girl, I am."
" Hero is a noto for you, sir I wont to tho hotel with it, but they told mo you «oro gono
"And how did you know, girl, that I waa
" I aoed you laat night at my mother's, sir I'm Mrs Sullivan's, as kcops tho turnpike, daughter "
Gcorgo Shaw took tho noto, put his hand m his pocket, and gavo tho child a sixponco, and then walked on, oponiug tho noto, without per coiving that tho child still followed him Ho
road thoso words
" Mia Steadman Shaw «ill feel deeply grato ful to Mr Georgo Show if ho will favor hor with ton minutes conversation boforo IO o'clock lho boaror will show him Mrs Shaw's cottago "
Goorgo Shaw turnod round, and beheld tho little girl at his side
" Please, Bir, I will show you tho woy to tho cottago "
" Do so, child, I will follow you Is it for ?" " Not so far as Kilgorran, sir Can walk
thoro in ten minutes "
In something about that timo tho httlo girl Btoppod boforo tho door of a email but very noot cottago-a humblo cottago it wbb-with its two windows , but tho small garden in front, though in wintor, *bb noat, and the wholo front wbb covorod with overgroenB As ho rcaohod tho door, a femalo throw it opon, aud ho behold Mrs Steadman Shaw She waa vory plainly but neutl} attired, and thero was no mistaking, oven at a glance, that tho femalo boforo him was a lady
Thero wbb still much boauty m her polo but finely formed features, thero was a graco and oleganco in her mannor unmistakoablo, as sho
"I am sorry, Mr Shaw, to havo given you this «alk, probably beforo you havo breakfasted , if ao, pray como in and partako of ours AVo aro, you know, doubly connected in relation- ship "
Gcorgo Shaw bowed, colored, but anBwcrod, as ho followed Mrs Stoadman Shaw
" You aro vory kind, mudam, and I am happy to haio oboyed your wish "
As they entered tho httlo, but very neat and well furnished room, a young girl Bturted up from the breakfast table, und, with a (lushed cheek and moat oxprossivo ojes, held out her hand, Boymg, in hor gontlo, soft i oico
"I am ao glad >ou aro como Y'ou must havo thought it strango, uftcr saving my hfo at tho riBk of you own, that neither ni} mother nor myaolf exprossod gratitudo for the sen ice "
Georgo Shaw held tho amall fair hand a mo mont in his Ho looked into tho pule, but exquisitoly interesting fuco of tho young yrl
Ho felt his o«n cheek hub pule, and his voico faltered, as he pressed Ina lipa on her hand,
1 You owe mo httlo thanks, cousin , I did on!} «hat any mun «ould have dono "
1 No " replied Nelly Shaw, with a Bweet smile, "not erny mun But pray Bit down, and let mo help you to aomocotleo , }ou cannot havo breuiifustod }et '
George Sha« sat down, bia heart Bmoto to tho icrv core, whilo Mrs Shu« poured out a oup of collie, and plaood it boforo lum , wlulo Nell} Shaw got lum an ogg, and paid him nil thoso httlo attentions, coming from fair hands and bright o}ee, bo endearing and bo loveablo
"I wished to see you, Mr Shaw," said his
hostess. Bitting down, " beforo tho meeting of I
magistrates, for soveral roasons In tho first | place, tho wretch «ho committed tho crime of taking that poor unhappy misorablo being s life, when o fow short weiks would assurodl} havo loon his otid, is taken and tho bod} of the other found earl} this morning "
Gcorgo Shan could soaroely conti ol Iub orno tion, but, making an effort, ho said
" They havo aecurod a man whom thoy sus poet, but from a oiroumstanoo that cceurrod to me, I am inclined to imagine ho is not tho mun "
"Oh, yes," said Elinor Show, "thoro is no mannor of doubt about it Tho man «ho com- mitted tho crimo is James Hillas I have soon him sovoral timos, and when he broke into (ho room last night, I instantly rooogmsod him, and.
I aa I shrieked, ho caught mo by tho throat, and , threw me back ogaiust the bed, saying words
too dreadful for mo to montion-ending with, 1 Aa you know mo, and can hang mc, you must die.' He would thou havo killed me, but } our stop in tho oorndoi startled him, and 1 broko away : beforo ho could grasp mo again, you rushed in ; therefore I cannot bo mietakon. I wiah to God that I could, for bad, wicked, and horrible as that man's crime is, I shudder at having his doath to answor for, for my ovidonco must prove his guilt."
Georgo Show was oonfounded-this was startling. After Elinor Shaw's ovidonco, how would his swearing that James Hillas was tho man ho encountered two minutoB boforo he heard tho ehriek be lcccived m court.
Mrs. Shaw looked at Goorgo Shaw's troublod expression of features, not with surpnao, but with commiseration, othor thoughts wore struggling in her breast, but finding ho re- mained thoughtful and silent she said
" Another thing, Mr. Shaw, presaos upon my mind, and «hich I wiahod to spoak to you about. Excuso mo, if I hurt your feelings, but behovo, I mean far dillerontly You saved my bolovcd child's life, sho is all thal ib left to me of tho past ; I had a son but I lost bun ; ho perished in a most melancholy wa}. But an othoi timo you shall havo a history of tho past. At present I will return to my objeot in request- ing this intorview. From what I hoard your father aay laat night, I am led to behovo that you both havo returned from abroad, almoBt penniless, and that on tho death of Timothy Sha« your father oxpectod to succood to tho Kilgerran estates. My claims, and tho papors that will bo found in the groat choBt in the Kil- gerran house, will depmo you of all. Now, Mr Show, }ou will behove me, w lion I solemnly docluro, neither my daughter nor in} solf oovot ono shilling of tho Kilgerran proporty ; ray wholo heart is bent on getting the pupoia m that choat, bocauao thoso pnpora clear mc from all ahatno of the past, and ostobhah my child's right to tho namo of Sha«. All this appoars myatenouB to }ou, but it will ho explained hero aftor. What I wish to say now is this that tho moment ournghta aro established wo will divido tho Kilgonan ostatoa with you and your father, thia is not my «lah alono, but tho aidont desire of my Ehnor'a also."
If ever Georgo Shaw felt romorso, ho felt it then, with the s«cct speaking eyes of Nolly Shaw lixod upon Ina face, with a look of such kmdncBB and anxioty. " Oh ' if man about to commit oi uno woro to pause and thiuk for ono short hour, and tax and probo bia boort and nek himself ono question, would thoro bo tho same amount of crimo as now and over has boen ?"
Thus it was »ith Goorgo Shaw. Tho look of Elinor, tho impresión of hor dcoply interest- ing countenance-her urdont wish to sorvo him -ohongod tho wholo tenor of his dostiny and Ins defligns-his good gonius triumphod. A fooling entered his heart for that young gul, all poworful and ongrosamg; it was ono of thoso atrnngc promptings from a highor powor gi\on us at timos, opening to us au opportunity to rotriovo the oirois of tho past. Like u Uaah of light it pasaos through our brains, if wo follow ita dictates wo aro saved-if wo spuru it wo aro
Goorgo Show «as saved from that horn from furthor rrimo. Ho roao up from his chair palo and agitated. AVo havo said ho was remark- ably hondsomo whou his features woro not dia turbod by passion or ovil thoughts. Elinor gazjd in'o his ecrious features, wondoring at thoir troubled expression, and letting young love steal into her own puro, innocent heart, for tho preflorvoi of hor life, and tho intended do Btroyor of herïolf and hor mother's fame. Turning to Mrs. Shaw, ho said
" Madam, I shall leave you non, highly im- pressed by yours and your daughter's grateful foohngs nnd intentions ton arda my fathor and ni} self. I do not attempt to dony but that ho will feel his hopcB disappointed, but, at tbo same time, ho «ill bo far from doatitutc. Tbo logacy left ni}aclf and Bister h} my uncle Fitz harduig ia ampi} sufficient foi whatoiei ho may require. Before I leave }0U, will }0U favor mo with pen, ink, and paper, and, Bingulai us tho request muy bo, permit mo to occupy thia room alone for a quarter of an hour."
Struck by the Berious tono, and the calm, Bolf podsoescd mannor of Gcorgo Shaw, Mrs. Steadman Shaw instantly auld
" Corluinly. Nelly, put in} doßk boforo Mr Shaw, und como with mo into tho next room "
Elinor looked sturtlod, «aa palor, and bocamo agitated aa abo mechanically obo}cd her mother, casting a timid look at Gcorgo Shaw, as abo placed tho desk beforo lum, and took out pupor -her mother had rotirod. Acting from an in voluntury impulse, ho took her hand, and look- ing into hor ead, but sweot face, ho said in a low and impassioned voioo
" May God bless and protoet you, my coubiii
You havo suvod mo ; and, though wo may never meet again, pra} lemcmbcr ono who will never cease to romomber yon."
Ho pressed tho hand of tho confounded and agitutcd girl to his hpa almost puBBiouatoly, and
" Lcaio mo, I pray you, and forgivo mo."
Elinor Shan felt hor limbs trcmblo undor her. She wished to say something, but her lips refused to utter u word. The etrungouesB of Gcoigc Shan's mannor, Ina lookB, Ina agita- tion, confounded and bewilderod her. 'Trembling with an unknown droad, sho pussod out of tho room, and joined hor thoughtful mother in tbo
Goorgo Shaw took up tho pon , for on in- stant ho hesitated, and thon bending down, wrote rupidl} foi somo moments, folded tho pnper, put u gum wafer on it, and directed it to " Mr. Bullfinch, uttornoy, Buntry."
Ho then commencod unothor ; this waa short, and wasdirectod to Mr.Shaw, Marmora'Hotel, ho took another Bucot, and continuod rapidly to writo for nearly ton minutes ; this ho folded, wafered, and directod it to Mrs Steudman Shaw, and then undorneath tho direction ho wrote, " Mr. Gcorgo Shaw oarnoBtly requests Mrs Stoudmun Shaw not to opon this till sho rocoivoa a noto from Mr. Bullflnoh." Having flmsbod writing, ho roao up from tho tablo look- ing infinitely moro composed, and with a moro buoyant expression of countenance than for mun} a day had llluminod lue features.
Hearing no noiso in tho noxt room, or tho sound of voicos, ho conjocturod that Mrs. Shaw and hor daughter woro at the baok of the cottoge, for ho knockod at tho door-ho thought for a moment, and thon said half-aloud, " It is botter," and placing tho throo letters on tho desk, ho wrote on a Blip of paper, "Bo bo kind as to Bond tho lottors according to thoir direc- tion." Taking up his hat, ho moved out from tho house, and walked rapidly on over tho same
road he and his father had traversed two days previously-two days so ovontful, and having such powerful mfliionco ovei hie after hfo
Mrs Shaw and hor daughtor woro in the httlo kitchen which foriuod ono of the two back rooms of tho cottago when Gcorgo Shaw passed out lhoy did not hear him, for mothor and daughter wore earnestly conversing, and of him, in a low tono , timo passing o\ or, and a knock at tho front door rousod thom from thoir con
Mrs Shaw proccodod to tho parlor, but sec ing o policeman standing at tho door, sho wont to him, whilo hoi daughtor ontored the parlor, uttering nn exclamation of surpneo and sorrow when bIio porcoivod that Goorgo Shaw «ub gone
"Pleaso ma'am," aaid tho policeman, wy civilly, " Mr Daunt'e comphmouts, and hopes you and }our daughtor will be punctual, }ou «ill havo a pnvato room at tho Roso and Crown till you aro required 12 o'clock is the horn,
" Vory well, thank you," said Mrs Shaw, " wo shall bo punctual "
The pohcoman touched his hat, and waa re tiring, but Elinor Show, who had looked with intonso surpnao at tho letters on tbo doak, took up tho ono directed to Mr Bullfinch, and tho ono to Mi Shaw, and carno out say mg, "tho policeman had bettoi toko thcBC two letters to tho parties addressed "
Tho policeman paused, Mrs Shaw looked BUipnaed, butaeoing tho dnoction of tho loiters, abo roqucatcd tho pohcoman to dohver them, which ho promised to do, and dopartod.
"lina ia vory atrango," said Mrs Sha«, "he wont ana} without saying a word , bia mannor ipid conduct «as altogotbor most unaocount
" Vory probably tina lettei to you, mamma, will explain all, ' aaid Elinor, in a sad and
Mrs Shaw took thelottoi undioad the rcqiiOBt underneath the dnoction She remained vory thoughtful for somo moments, und then auld, "I dialiko ra}sleiy, howotor, wo must hino putionco," and thon locking tho lotter up m hoi desk, she and Nolly proceeded to get thouisohcs road} foi tho veiy unpleasant pro oecdniga that wcro to tuko plnoo thut day
But Elinor Shaw'a thoughts woro moro fully ooeupied with tho myatorious conduct and tho Btrango departiuo of hoi cousin, Geoigo Show , and nondornig if abo shoul 1 seo bim ut the examination of tho mau taken, for somehow sho imagined, why bIio could not exactly Bay, indeed abo felt almost corlaiu, thut Goorgo Shaw wouH not appear
lu tho meantimo Mr Bullflnoh waa tory busy t}ing up Bomo popors nnd getting reudy foi tho business of tho day, lus tlioii^lits ni tho samo timo fixed upon tho handsome auni of ten thousand pounds ho hud, ua ho imagined, ao oloverly scoured to hnnsolf, ho did not bestow a thought upon tho widow and hor daughtor ho was so contentedly robbing of their fair mime
A knock at the door and tho voico of tho pohcoman desiring tho gul to givo tho noto to hor muster, íouaod lum from tbo train of pleas- ing rolled ions ho waa indulging m
Tho girl handed lum tho noto and rotirod Finishing tying up his papera, ho took up tho note caroloBBly, and, opening it, bogan reading Scarcely had ho perused tho thrco or foul first lines boforo ho staggorod back, dropping into a chair-his fuco palo ub deuth, though tho por apirotion foil from Ins foreheud, whilo ho cx claunod m a voico of agon}, "Ruined, du stroyod, villain ! villain ' w hat can bo tho moaning of this?" Ho tromblod in ovory limb, but again aoizing tho noto, ho read ou " Hu," ho exclaimed, ua ho rood on drawing his brou til, and wiping tho moiBture from his forehead, and smiling somewhat ghastly ; "I am enfu after all, but tho fool, idiot, and worao than madman coward, has tumbled to tho ground all my dreams of aggrandisement mid wealth " Again ho slowly reud over the lettor AVo ubo our privilege, mid, looking our his shouldor, road
as follows -
" Sir,-On tho brink of o procipico I pauso, and tiltia 1 bu\o }0U and in} self from truno and bitter romorso I liai o disclosed to Mia Stoad mau Sim« tho fact of my huwng robbed tho ehest in Kilkerran house of moat important papers, relttti\e to tho rights and succession to tho lulgorrun property
" Unving no dcBiro to ruin or involve} ou, I leave tho door open In which } on may escapo all consequences of tho foul, unmanly, and troacherous act wo intended to corni nt AVhon you hine perused tim write at onco to Mrs Steadman Shan, and to tins clleot -
" ' Madnm,-I bau this moment rocoivod from Mr Goorgo Shun a bundle of most im portant papora and documenta, nppnrontly bo longing to you, ua tho widow of Steadman Shaw,1eq
' ' How thoso pnpora carno into the hundo of Mr Goorgo Shuw 1 um not ablo to aay, noithor ia it important to know Howoior, madam, youl papers uro perfectly Bafo with mo, und, from what I can judge fiom a íapid glance over thom, thoy full} subBlunli de your chuma to tho estate und funded piopcrty of the lato Stead mun Shuw, 1 sq '
" You may now add what }Ou ploaao, and of this bo perfectly satisfied, your part in this misorublo transaction «ill nour bo betrayed by
Gfoiiol Shaw "
Tor a fow momentB the worthy Mr Bullfitioh was uttorly confounded Mentally ho oursod
tbo «ritor aa a weak, conscience stricken cow uni, but after bohío moments of eurnost ro flection, ho bow tho absoluto ncccBBity of notion, not thought
It then Buddenly struck linn that bohío vory pretty pickings might still bo had b} managing ufluirs foi tho widow Kawinugh-now Mrs Steadman Shaw He therefore sat down to his dosk, und wrote noarl} icrbatttn what Goorgo Shaw had dictated, and then added-that ho (Mr Bullfinch) would feel vory proud and happy if ho c uld, in his law capacity, and knowing bo much of tho Shaws' (of Kilgerran) family mattera, in fact being un agent ut ono timo for Mr Shuw, ícndor Mia Sha« uny aa
Bistanco m his power 'Tina noto ho folded, Boalcd, and sont oil nnmodiutel} Tuking two or thrco glajsoa of w mo to strengthen Ina nerves, a little Bhukon by the îocoiit untonurd event, us ho Btylod it, tho attornoy collcotcd his papera, aud propurod for tho busiiioss of tho da}, cor
tainly most amazingly crost füllen, but still curious to soo how Georgo Show would boar himsolf through tho trial of tho day.
Mb Bullfinch, in a vory thoughtful mood, with his papers undor his arm, procoodod to the inn Ho lookoned on a ury unpleasant oxami
nation, though ho rohod upon his usual good fortuno to como out of tho sorapo with Ina eba raotor unimpaired
Ho found Mr Daunt and thrco othor milgi
Btrates assomblod, awaiting Iiib arrival, but noithor Mr Shaw nor his son had y et mado thoir
Mr Shaw soon arrived, and stated that ho hod not scon his son that morning, but the girl of tho inn rclatod that she had spoken to Mr Georgo Shaw, after which sho saw him loavo tho houao, beforo 7 o'clock, and ho bad not ro
"Ha," muttorod Mr Bullfinch to himself, " abscondod for a thousand, thought ho would scarcoly faoo tho mogtstratos, glad ho's gono, howovor " Thou turning to tho magistrates, ho said aloud, " Mr Goorgo Shaw called upon mo this morning at 8 o'clock, to consult mo upon somo la« mattors, ho remainod with mo half an hour I woudor what koops him away "
" Oh, ho will bo here," lomaikedMi Daunt, "no doubt, in time Ho is not a vory hkoly looking man to bo spirited away, ho is a vory powerful, determined young fellon "
Mi Daunt had searcoly eeaBed speaking whon a violent uproar was hoard without, and looking through tho window, a bcouo of confuson and commotion was soon taking placo m tho grcnt crowd round tho placo Thoro wus a droadful noiso of exclamations, erics, and shouts, and a fow abort stout sticks appoarod now and thou
aboio tho hoads of tho ciowd
" AVhat is tho mattor? Bindy, why ia thia tumult pormitted ? ' oxoltumod Mi Daunt angrily, to a pohco sergeant " Ha," he added, ob he continued to look down upon tho crowd, " thero ia some ono hurt, thoy aro bringing in the body of a man on a strotchoi "
Gi oat confusion aud trampling of feot was heard on the stuira , tho door opened, und tho Borgeaut of pohco ontcred, looking unoasy and rather agitated
" AVhut's the innttor, Sorgoant Brudy ? ' do inandod tho magistrutos in a breath, gottmg ox
' Why, sir," roturnod tho soigeiint, "n sud allan bus oecurrod Jumes Hilla«, tho mun at rested on suspicion, has been killed "
" Killed ' ' exclaimed all prosont, looking at
ouch othci in uinuzomout
" How has tina moat unexpected o\ out hup poned ? ' onquirod Mi Daunt, whilst tho coronet became moro intorostcd and listened attentively
" AVhy, su," rophed tho pohco soigouut, " tho mnu wont to the lock up houao for tho prisoner, who soenicd to bo perfectly unconcorned und cunio cracking his jolccs with tho pcoplo who followed them, till, us thoy woro cioasing tho stiect, not two huiidrod yards from hore, two carla, with tho horsos ni a furious gallop, and without diuoifl, turned out from tho market- place A rush of tho frightcmd people upon tho foui policemen gum ding tho prisonei throw them donn, mid ono of tho caitB cunio with such iiolento uguinst Junios Hillas, that tho shaft brained lum on tho spot, and tho whcol at tho auinu tuno broko tho arm of ono of tho men who waa holding tho piisouor Sovoral females in tho crowd «ero nlao sovoroly injured "
"Lot tho ruaculs who on nod thoso curta bo instantly uriostod," said Mr Daunt, "they shall pay foi their ahommablo nogligotico
Hub is a most untoward event, especially if this
sanio Jamos Ullina wus innocent "
" AA oil," lemarkcd ono of the magistrates, " God has ]udgod lum, and if ho was guilty, ho has mot with a bottor fato thuu ho desorvod. AVhat ia to bo dono now ?"
Wo will epuro our roadois tho dull dotada of law, magistrates' and coiouot's spocehca, oom monts, Ac , upon tho cuso
Tho coroner pronouncod his voidiot, aftor a very sagnoious jury hud leturnod thou opinion, That Jamos Hillas was killed by blow fiom tho Bhaft of a curt, Ac
Tho magistrates exommod Mibb Elinor Show, and folt quite BOtisflod, hor dotails of tho trims action loaving no doubts on thoir minda but that JamoB Hillas and Con, 01 Cornohus Maher, wcro the leul culprits
Tho disoppcurunco of Goorgo Shuw «ob cor tuml} mysterious, und cauBod much surpriso, but tho following day it waa ascertained that ho had sailed fiom Kilmore Buy, in tho Lord of tho Isles, having sent a note to his father to say that that ship, having repaired to a certain dogioo hor damages, had put to boo, and continued hor voyugo to Lncrpool
Aa Gool go Shaw was not leqiurod, it was of httlo consequeiico his dopurtnre But tho moat lroliincholy part of tho wholo afluir wiib tho serious illness thut ut lui lied Mr Show, senior, thu tluy nftoi his dopurtuic AArholhor tho pri Mitions und hardships ho bud sullorod m Aub
triihu had brokon up a naturally strong consti- tution, or tho shock and disappointment ho had received, whon fooling Boeuro of tho Kilgorran ] state", ufleclod his mind, wo cannot say, hut ho took to his bod , hiB son's letter, though u kind and dutiful ono, also pruyod on his mind Georgo Shuw stated how honitondod to net, vi/ , that ho would aettlo tho wholo of tho Fit/hard ing legaoy upon lum, ho himself intending lo enlist in any regiment proceeding to the Crimea
It wiib ovulent to all uround lum that Mr. Shaw wus Boutd with a mortal lllnoss, which curried bim off in a fortnight
It will no« ho noccBBiiry to luy beforo our readers a bnof narrativo of Mrs Steadman Shaw's previous life, from tho ponod of her mysterious disappearance, and also to account for tho inimnor in which Mr Timothy Shuw como into possession of tho proporly
With muny good quuhtios of boult und mind, Elinor litzhaiding hud imbibed, from a very euily period of her girlhood, strange and un- natural préjudices against matrimony, regarding it iib tho grave of lovo Unfoi Innately left without a mother, und under tho euro of u Bieter, careless und mdiffcrunl us herself about forms or coi cmony, und who, guy, light hcadod, fmolous and vam, vu a bad oxamplo to a beautiful, Iinji spiuted, and eccentric yrl
About tina timo abo met, at an oicning partyi Mi Robort Steadman Shaw, wl o «aa then known in many circ cb in Dublin ob one of tho most occentric young man in Ireland, or uny whero olao probably
Ho was imhnod with oxuctly tho somo prinoiples us Mibb lit/hurding, only curried out to a much more exaggerated extent
Thoso two diflciplca of freedom of thought and aotion full in lovo with each other, und finally Elinor I il/harding aL,rcod to dope and Ino with Mr Steadman Shaw, prowdod abo could bu\o her naino und rolations from the shaino that would full upon hor and thom by tho
act bIio wus ubout to commit
They went to England to bo murried, and Stoudmun Shuw bo munugud it, thut he ulono know tho plucc, und tho clergyman who murnod thom lie dooened his wife, und left it out of her power to prou her murnuge, ahould bIio feel inclined to break hor oath.
But Mrs Shaw bud no intontion ; Bhobooamo un altered woman in uory boiibo, but her estoora for her husbuud was gono ; whilst to gratify a false pride in adhormg to prinoiplos ho know in hi« boort to bo a delusion and a maro, ho s»on
flood lus own hnppinoBB and the lovo of a woman, who, chostonod and onhghtonod, would havo roudorod tho remainder of his life blesaod.
Mr Steadman Shaw purohasod a cottago m tho vioinity of Castletown, to tho wostward of Bear Haven, whore Elinor gave hirth to a boh, and fivo yours nftei to a daughtor Sho sow her husband only at intorvals, ho had Btrangely altored, and h\od, after tho birth of his daugh ter, entirely at Kilgerran, and gave lnm«elf up to tho dominion of his strange, incomprehensible
AAThou her son had attained his fourth ycai, a BcriouB llliiosa attnekod her husband, and ho wroto to hor to visit him, but still como undor tho uamo of Kavanagh Sho went to Kilgorrun, and then, for tho first tuno, bohold hor oxtru ordinnry brothor in Inw On tho bod of death, na she feared, sho surely thought Steadman Shaw would rolout, but no, tho luhug pasBion pi o uulod, ho declared bofoio his brother, that hor rights, and tho rights of her children should bo secured-now tina waa au admission, ho mado bia will which was witnossod by two rospoctablo farmers on tho catuto, but, in tho end ho ro
Whon Mis Shuw returned to hor cottago, ebo was horroi struck at boing told thnt n boy, of tho nomo of Mulligin, had tuken hoi aonont in o small boat, luto in tho ounmg Thoy wero not missed till night, when tho woman who bud tho caro of the clnldron became dist i ni tod Mrs Shaw wbb pat aly seel, for no truco of tho boat, which belonged to Castleton n, could bo dis- covered, though amoral halting purtles put to sea that night, but u thick mist pi mailed und no signs of thom could be ecen, mid us it bluw a guio tho next day, they woro considered to I uri o perished Mis Shaw s distioction hioughtona foul of long duration , befoic she wua ieco\ered sulbciontly to louu hei ho 1, she rccciud a noto from Mr Timothy Shuw, ni which ho staled
that his biothoi wus uttuckod with tho sumo disouso as belorc, that ho bud desti oy ed bia will whon ho hoard of his son's loss and probablo doath, with the intention of making unothoi, and bogged her to lemo nguiu for Kilgoiiun
When blio renchod Kilgin ran, which she could not do for moro than ii woik uftei rocoiwng tho loltor, lo her guef mid iimii/cinoiit, she found hor husband waa no1 only dead but buiiod, mid that Timothy Shaw oonsidored himself the heir , iib no will 01 document remained to proio Mra Shaw's naaortion, thut abo wus Ina wife, mid not, ub Timothy Shaw boldly asserted, his uustriss
Deeply gnovod in mind ut tho falseness and trcuehory of tho miserably deformed »refill her brother in luw, Mis Shun proceeded lol ngliind to oiidoaior to disco* or the piuco, mid thoilorgy
mun who mun led her , but, bullied in overy way, dispirited and broken hearted, abo relumed to Kilgerran, to tiy and soften the Btiimgo being who hold hor fun niuno, and hoi daiightei's, ni
All her cllorta piovcd unavailing Sho even feared to irritato lum too foi, lest, should ho, possess tho documenta she ao eiiriuiBlly desired ho might m Ina fiuntic passion destroy thom
loo proud and too sonsitiio lo sock lier re latiua, without somo proof of her child's lugiti
limey, she foi sound yours hied in England m totul obscurity, oduculmg hor daughtor Shi
fortunately poasoasid jew ola to tho amount of nearly a thousand pounds, und u huge sum of mouoy depoBitcd in u bunking boueo m Dublin by hor husband, m hor name, mid for her ubo, two years proiious to Ina aoutli, and on this, and on the salo of horjcwela, elie and hor diiugh tor lived , and a sweet, innocent, well liifoimed bountiful t,irl did Nelly Shaw bocomo, till ut length Mrs Shaw íocoived a littor from Mr 'Timothy Shaw, aa st i ango in ita contents us that strange and wayward being himself.
In this letter Mr 'Timothy Shaw staled that ho wuB ill, und lio earnestly requested her to como to Kilgerrun, that hu would clear her fumo in tho oyes of tho world, und reinstalo her in all hor rights, but ho required her to faith- fully promise thut, whilst hu lil oil, things should romani iib they woro
'Thinking it bettor for hor own and daughter's wolfaro to tomply with his strung» wibIioo, abe took up bei ubodo at tho cottu0o, writing for hei daughter to (Oin her in Dublin, where sho went to roooivo hor Whon Elmoi arrived at Kil
gorum, hor inothci proposod to 'Timothy Shuw to lol Nolly attend on lum, foi tho mother knew how winning and gontlo hor duughtor'a munneiB
But tho miBoi shrunk from soomg any ono a Btrungorto lum, but olio day, when ury poorly, Nolly dotorminod to boo and bbbisI him, und Hint ono day established hot influence for our our tho Btony boort of tho mieeruhlo niiBiintliropo
Nelly lompletily changed Ino appoaranco of tho room, which become iib neal us it wiib poa Biblo to be She procured lum good und nouriBh nig food, und mudo lum out it, too, winn per footly satisfied that it cost lum nothing Strange delusion of tho human hriuii ' Knowing that tho lum)) of hfo waa Dickering in ita Bocket, the misorable mun ßtiou to lotuin thut foi which ho bud not only hurtorod hfo, but poullod Ina own
Onodtiy, iib ho luy Bleeping, half dreaming mid waking ut intervals, ho made a Bigii to Nilly
to tomo to lus hodflidi!
"Nolly, dour," ho Bind in ii low \oico, " nhen I d10 you «ill bo u« rich us the queon "
Ho then closod Ina eyes, und luy for somo mo mellis atill, then with a Btuit ho tried to ail up und fix lim wonk gu/o upon li o great cheat
"Nolly, do you soo that choat ( 'Tuko cure," ho uddod Btornly, though Ina un e trombli d with tho dfort, "do not duro to ti ink of looking into thut i best , if I ovei thought you wished to do bo I would burn it-destroy ouiy paper in it '
"Dom unole," replied Nelly B(>othim,ly, " do not distress y oursi If I do n ú bl stow ii thought upon what is in it Alas'" saul tho poor girl mentiilU, ' this is nut truth, Ood forgiu mc, for my lioloud mother'B «bolo hoart und Boni iri there, mid mino too, but no (uro not for tho gold
it contains "
'The miser lay foi flomo tuno looking ouinostlv at Nelly No doubt hu could seo tho toara ateul nig down her clio ka Purhupa lila heart did
Boftun, for he Buid
Nelly, your father's will ia in that ohost j I your motbor'fl oertillcuto of murringo Ah!" continued the old mun, " I have buen iwnonstcr all my hfo I killed your futhor."
" YeB," ho loutinuod, moro wildly, " my aya-
nco killed lum '"
Oh ' uncle, do boo a dootoi ?" entreated the pooi girl caruostly
" Dootor'" ropoatod tho rouor with a growl, * it was my not gotting a doctor killed your futhor. What, pay a dootor' No, no, no That would bo rumouB, If }ou dara to »omi for u
I dootor, I will burn the room and all m it " I
Nolly soothod and oulmed Iilm by her own j gentío, persuasivo voico, and then ho slept. I
Similar seonoa frequently occurrod till the night of the murder. Nolly had arranged ovorything for tho night, and was loaving the room, previous to tho coming of the old woman who usuully kept watch in tho outer room, when the door was pushed open, and Jamos Hillas and bia comrado ontorod. But for Gcorgo Shaw, Nolly's days had auroly boen numbered that night, for James Hillas know hor well by Bight and Nelly bim.
In thus bringing Mrs. Steadman Sbaw's his- tory to a close, wo have from necessity boen as brief as possible.
Aftor mother and daughtor reached England, Mrs. Shaw's first thought wob to make every nocosBiiry inquiry about her relativos. Sho was well awaro that her brothor and bia wife had died at Odessa, leaving immouso woalth to his son. Sho also waa awaro that hor neico Julia waa not to bo tracod. The only relativo, there- fore, that sho know of in England waa Sir Edgar Manners, who sho found lived at Wild Drako Lodge, Biibbicombo.
As Torquay waa a boautiful and charming rosidenco, Mrs. Shaw proceeded there, and took a furnished houao for tho wintor, and whon Bottlod, she wroto a note to tho old Commodore, stating who sho was, and requesting an inter-
Tho astoiiishmoiit of Sir Edgar Manuors waa indeed great whon ho porusod Mrs. Shaw's noto.
" AVoll, by Jovo ! hero'a a hurricane of nowa! Hullo I where uro you, Toni ?" shoutod tho com- modore to bia coxswain, who was busy in tho
" Aye, ayo, sir ! what's the matter ?" sung out tho cookswnin, stumping into his moator'a presonco. Tho baronet had not yot acrowod on his leg, and waa sitting in on easy chair boforo tho Uro. "Faith, I thought tho Russians
" Choke tho Russians aud you, too, you vii linn ! you know deuco.l well that no Russian hour daro growl on England's soil. No, but hero's ii hurricono of news. Do you know who's lurnod up ?"
"No, faith, your honor, I do not. Old Mothor Munglu yostorday tripped over tho stair enrpot, and stood on her hoad for llvo minutes, on tho windy placo, but I capsized her right on
"Hold your tongue. If your wife knocked your figure-head agninst thut noisy old fool'a, it would do you both good," enid the baronet. " Hut give mo my cork log, I huvo a visit to pay ; Mrs. Shaw, of-thoro, I forgot tho name."
" Mra. Shaw," ropcatod tho cockswain, rub- bing bia chin ; " fnix, I thought, Bir, abo was dead. Sure, that's tho name of tho proprietor of tho groat Sunbeam Company ; bo gor, I re-
" You're un old fool, you know nothing about this Mrs. Shaw," criod Sir Edgar. "Thia lady ia tho Míbb Fitzharding that diauppoarcd from Dublin, somo two-nnd-twonty or moro years since. Sho married u Mr. Shaw, of Kil tome thing or other. Always aoino outlundiah names to placea in Ireland."
" Bo gor, sir, I don't boo that, Hiíb hero placo is called Baby Comb, that's un outlandish namo, if you Uko; but tho placo you moan ia Kil- gerran."
" Ah, that's it-givo mo my leg-Mr. Shaw, of Kilgiant."
" Kilgorran," put in tho cockswain.
" Well, Kilgerran ; ila always Kill something. Now Bcrow on my log, mid go got tho carriego rigged."
" You don't got «long half as well with this now fanglod thing, with aa many springs in it as an old watch, iib tho old timber ono," said tho cockswain, ne ho strapped down tho barouot's trousers over a very Bninrt cork leg.
"Ha! hu!" laughed tho buronot, "you'ro Buying that boouuBO your wife wouldn't let you mount tho sanio. Sho auid it wasn't Bhipshupo lo soo tho commodore mid his cockswain in tho saino íig; so stump oil' and got tho ourringo brought round."
Wild Druko Lodgo, sinco the marriage of Tom Doliiny, had undergone a very romarkablo chungo. Sho had quito remodelled tho establish- ment, there boing no Icsb thuii four femulo in matea of tho mniieion ; n vory Binnrt damBol, indeod, attending to tho baronet's comforta at dinner. Ho was c\on hoard to aay, if over ho had to go to bob again, ho should certainly bo of opinion that two or throo lomuloa to koop tho cabin tidy would bo a great acquisition.
About 1 o'clock in tho day, Sir Edgar Mun- nora' ourringo stoppod before tho rosideuco of Mra. Stoodmun Shaw, mid out ateppod tho old sailor, looking aa hourly and froah aa whon lust ho trod on tho deck of the old Triiicomaloo. Ho was remarkably sprucoly dressed, and his Uno portly figure and good humored features struck tho boholdors with a feeling of pleasure. It was not without ii palpitation of tbo heart, mid a cheek a littlo palor thuu usual, thut Mrs. Steadman Shaw stopped forward lo meet tho warm-hearted Sir Edgar Manuel a. Mother and daughtor wero both in deep morning, but, hav- ing recovered their peace of mind, lo»kod re morkiibly well ; Nelly positively boautiful aud
'J he commodore, with unaffected emotion, kissed the cheek of Mrs. Shaw, and welcomed her return to the world und her kindred with so much of kindness and affection in his mannor thal Mrs. Shaw could not holp boing dooply moved. Ile also embraced Nelly with tho man- ner mid ulle'ctiou of u father ; kissod her blush- ing rhook, mid told her bIio wus tho prettiest girl in nil Devon, und would creato a fooling of udinirutioH umongst tho benux of Torquay.
Verily, verily, Tom Doluny had worked wonders with tho stout old commodore. 'Thoro wus no longer to bo booh at AVild Drako lodgo " petticoats scouring aaross tho lawn at gun fire." Indeed, Tom hintod that Iiíb commander would not have much objection to got Bplicod, if uny good-looking darno know how to work to
windward of him."
For somo momonts aftor lho first ceremony of mooting had passed over, thero wiib a slight hesitation in all throe j but ut length Mrs. Shaw
" My dear sir, oan you muko it convenient ta spond tho day with ub, for really I huvo soinuoh to Bay, und indeed so immy questions to ask,
thut I fear I bIiuII woury youP"
" Not ut ull, my dear madam," replied Sir Edgrr ; " nothing could give mo greater plea sure than a long conversation with you and your charming daughter. I como with tbo intention of roqueting tho pleasure of Tûur °°«np<H>y »* AVild Drake Lodge, but sinco you huvo got the wouthcr-gag» of mo I yield, on the promise that you favor mo with your company tomorrow."
To this urrungomont both ladies most willingly
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