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Chapter NumberXXI - XXIII
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LIFE IN THE EAST.

By Captain Abmstbono.

Chaptee XXI.

Hb. Shaw looked aghast, the attorney con- tinued! «If you will sign a paper, placing yourself in my hands, and agree to give me £5000 for my services, I will undertake to settle all the claims against you for half the amount ; and, having important papers in my hands as agent of the late Robert Shaw, the present pos-

sessor's brother, absolutely necessary to support

your olaims, I will put you in possession of the property, and allow you a certain amount now, if you require it, till ths death of Timothy Shaw enables us to proceed ; but it is necessary that you should keep quiet, and not let your return from Australia become public."

To this proposal Mr. Shaw most eagerly con- sented, without the slightest hesitation-merely asking : " But how is it tbot my oou»in, Timothy Shaw, starves himself to death-this appears a strange circumstance ?"

Y « Three words will do that," replied Mr. Bull- finch ; " Timothy Shaw is a miser, but one of a »*J5}it extraordinary kind ; you are aware that

tb¿\"|Kere three brothers-the eldest, George

Coleaau Shaw, possessod the property only .four years : Robert Steadman Shaw succoeded. He was of a most strange, cccentrio turn of mind, and only returned to Kilgerrun on the death of his brother. He was a remarkably handsomo man, and strange stories woro afloat about his previous life-but that baB nothing to do with our intentions and your rights.

" He made me his agent, permitted his bro- ther Timothy to occupy the house, and farm the lind. Again ho absented himself for five years, {turned much altered in manners and disposi-

tif-took the agency from me, and doputing

hiutrange brother to manage matters for him, agin went away. Five more years passod, and

| he leturned, shut himself up in Kilgerran, and

io human being saro his brother. Between Itheathoy did not spend one hundred a year,

ad to finally died of a fever and want of mcdi

I airice.

Iter his death Timothy Shaw,-there being w11-succeeded, though it was reported

bad had some connection with a lady of pt ispeetability, and deserted her and her

but it was hard to believe those stories timo : at all events, ho died without Iny provision for hor or her children..* iowit was that the extraordinary dispoBi

1 Tmothy Shaw showed itsolf-evory soul J eitablishment of Kilgorran was dis

lmust tell you that Timothy Shaw was

boij defamed dwurf, and ii scarcely four feet

nd hdcously distorted-but, noverthelossi

of "Igulady gifted mind. In his latteryoars' ne b&econo a miser, and Bhuts himself up, Mein*'/ tie tenonts who go to pay rents. OnceJtvfici j huyo had interviews with him on bless. v He completely dismantled the house*} ovs-y article oven to the glass of tho windoMthe gates, and timbor of tho out omcestiiippel tho roof of tho lead and sold it, andÄiiy onûned himself to one singlo room, *g onljon bread and water-oressos.

" Abjthis hno he wroto mo a noto, dosir ingme|jàrmsha cottage on tho estate for a widow cfie nane of Kavanagh ; and, to my surprise^esirèl me to do it handsomely. I did so, túio Vf ¡low arrived and took posses- sion. Njjit ismy firm belief this widow wus

his brothitmisteas. Here she has lived in

total seüj¿H tvo years. During tho last twelve intjs, he) daoghtor has arrived from

Bomo remtpart and now livos with her. Strango to/ Hint daughter, a young girl of some flixte», sotnteon yoars, is allowed ad- mission to misa's room, and supplios him with food, had o» interview with this Mrs. Kavanagh, ¡ |t wa in the dusk of tho ovon ing, and thiflm of tho cottago was gloomy from the ejreens growing over it. Sho stated to meit, Tinothy Shaw could not livo a week, he vèp omttiatod and feeble ho could

scarcely risipti hil bed. I saw him threo months agoir \ enbloycd mo to ronew tho lease of a frmlDU\ ho never paid my ox penses, sayi| he pull not afford it j he did not oven lettie ntl hi room. The interview took placo «whit vus )nco tho drawing-room of Kilgerra^ liwasmiancholy to bobold this fino room, . widows d»oid of glass, and tho walls teemij wit dampi I thought then ho

was dying, ia bu ho otght to mako a will. . A will,' ho|raos4creamed,looking mo sovagely in tho faco.j' A 41 ! for wjat ? I havo no- thing to le»-drou think I am going to die

at fifty ?-f, awaj man-I ob not want your

advice. Wen I ti going to die it will bo time enough lo Kvo tfc old ruin to somebody. You shall havo ¡'for iur costs,' bo addod, with a frightful gri, anlbon loft mc."

"What i chaster," observed Mr. Shaw, thinking o'*the Cold the uisor must havo hoarded u]' Hellion put hi' hand into the breast pock of li coat, and pilled out u large and Bomewlt diliidatcd book,which opening, he took outevcrdpapers, and aid them beforo Mr. BullQnl'. " lioso certificates will convince you," ho refrkedj" that I an Robert Shaw, son of Geo!» Shay, of Kilgorm, and that the said Georgdeld (captain's conmission in tho -infanrireguont, and that '.formerly hold a captain'siomtBäsion in tho -- foot, My ?on has otb paprs in his possssion, which you can secO-moirow, for I shalhiot roturn to

tho Bhip nolyinjiu Dunmonus I*y."

" Then yi onli landed this day'" a'sked tho attorney, early, |' you lisvo not h>en in Eng-

land." i' I

" No, on'bam« from Iilmoro bee ; wo put in there wíiIobs of mair, and miaonmasts."

" Then ti»]a longing here," said tin attorney, " under and|r name, tibwo see whni will turn up. I am failed Mr. 'Jmotby Shav will not livoaweck.t Bnpposc,'"lio added, "you aro

not burthetjl with coBljif I may judgo by jour acoouAf yourself.'!

" Not at |'b momer.t,'|said Mr. Shaw, but taking an c nowspaperfrom his pocket, ho looked over and then hiding it to Mr. Bull- finch, said, 'fou see thcrj'our presoneo is re- quired in Elland. My Bl is entitled to a largo legacy, lofty tho lato lillionaro, Mr. Fitz harding, theroat OdosBtt :«rchant."

Mr. Bullioh read thoparagraph : it ap- peared to înio a great inwession upon him, and his miner change . wondorfully ; ho started up,- ad riuging thewll, observed, " We havo been tking a longtime, which íb dry work, allow io to offer youomo refreshment s." Whon the tri entered, a said, "Tell your mistress to »id in some pft and shorry j but, porhaps, Mr.jhaw, you wald like to try our native produiou-whisky Judy, bring also hot wator an, whisky. Cet»," ho added, rub- bing his hand, « wo will boo a oosy chat for an hour or so,"

Leaving them to enjoy what they both were rather addicted'to, we will return to the son.

Chaetbb XXII.

Haying finished his tumbler of punch, Mr. Georgo Shaw roso up, and thought as there wore atill two or three more houra of daylight, he would have a walk ; he had a fancy to see this Kilgerran House his father talked somuoh about. Accosting a respectable .person in the streot he inquired which was the way to Kilgerran House.

" Kilgerran House !" repoated the person ad- dressed, and looking very hard into the face of the inquiror.

" Yes," said George Shaw, " is there suoh a placo ?"

" Oh, faith there is ; it's there still, all that's loft of it," replied the man, " go straight up the street till you come to the turnpike, then take the road to tho right, and in half-au-hour's walk, faix, you'll seo Kilgerran House; and when once you seo it, bedad, yo won't forgot it."

" Well," thought Georgo Shaw, " thore's something singular about this Kilgorran ;" and he walked on to tho turnpike, took tho road to the right, and continued on through a vory

pretty and picturesque country, ascending a , slight hill crowdod with wood, and commanding a fine view over Whiddy Island and the wide expanse of Bantry Bay, with tho long tongue of lofty land, oalled Bear Island, on its western

shores.

For a quarter of an hour ho walked on with- out Boeing any house or mansion, buvo a dozen or so small cabins, but just as he turned an anglo of the road, after descending tho hill on tho other side, ho saw a large building before him that ho at onco set down as Kilgorran. Ho walked on till ho gained a clear viow of it, and then ho paused perfectly astounded. As ho halted, a young woman wrapt in her groy cloak, with the hood off her bare head, and her foot and legs as Nature made them-uucovered-was passing.

He called to hor, domanding "if that was Kilgerran." ,

" Bo dad it is, Vick," said the girl, " it's a quare place, ain't it ?" and without waiting for a reply, bIio walked on rapidly. ,

" Faith, it's a queer place, suro enough," mut- tered Shaw, passing between two massive and onco handsome pillars, adjoining tho entrance gatoway, but gate there was nono ; the house at one timo had been evidently surrounded on throo sides by fiuo old trees, for innumerable stumps remained above ground; there wero ornamental shrubs and evergreens also, all gono to deoay, or grown into a wild and shaggy stato ; thoro had onco beon a lawn of some four or five acres, but it was then devoted to the culture of potatoes. A road to tho house and gravel walks onco oxisted, but thoy were now covered with grass and weeds.

Ho stood within twenty yards of the mansion, which ho considerad uninhabited and in ruins. It must formerly havo beon a largo and vory handsome building, of a square form, with au almost flat roof, with a kind of battlement round it. There was a lofty flight of stops to the hall door, which was black with dirt, age, and decay. All the lower windows of tho houso wore rudely filled up with boards and rough Btoncs ; tho upper had noither frames, glass, nor sashes. At tho back appeared extensivo outhouses, all in ruins, and to the loft was what ho supposed to bo a high-walled gardon. Such an air of deso- lation and misery did tho placo bear in tho dusk of the evening, that George Shaw felt a strango sensation creeping over him, as ho stood with bis eyos resting upon the building whoro his great-grandfather had lived, and whioh was built by him. There was no habitation in its immediate vicinity, that ho could see. Suddonly a loud, strangely unnatural scream carno from the interior, and then, distinctly on tho still air, roso tho appalling cry of " murder."

Shaw, with all his faults, was u bravo and stout-hearted man. Without hesitation, ho sprang upon the steps, tho boll door gavo way, the rotten lock flying off at the vigorous push ho gavo it. Another scream, tho cry of a fo malo iu great agony and fear, rung through the houBO. The young man shouted at tho top of his voice, and then rushed up tho stouo stairs ; ho heard a door siam with violence. Lying on the floor of tho lobby, was a small crow-bar, and snatching this up, ho rushed on till a door bar- red his progress. Ho hoard voicea within, and curses loud and deep. The next moment ho dashed in tho door ; as ho did bo, two mon m long fritte coats, without hats, and with short stout sticks in their hands, mado a furious rush at him, exclaiming in Irish, " D'iowl tako you," at tho samo timo aiming a blow at bia hoad. Shaw had fought his way through tho rough gold seokors of Australia, and was not easily frightened. Springing on one side, ho avoided tho blows, and with -tho crow-bar foiled tho nearest ruffian to tho floor with a terrible blow, whou the other, with a fearful curso, dashed through the door, and "disappeared. Georgo Shaw was bent on pursuit, when a female voico cried out in agony

"Stay ! in God's nanio Btay ! ho may not bo

dead !"

Ho paused,, bewildered, and thon gazed

amazed around him. 1

Ho was in a largo room, scrupulously noat and clean ; thero was a bed at ono end, and near it an immeuBC chost bound all over with iron ; but what attracted his attontion and excited his us tonishmont, was a young girl, in a poasant's dress ; her dark and glossy hair thrown wildly

into disorder, disclosed a facs palo, it is true, ( but still interesting, if not beautiful. Sho was t kneeling on tho lloor, supporting on her lap tho head of a man-but what a head ¡ it was not

only in its hugo sizo, but tho distortion of its j shape and tho uglinesB of tho features ronderod

it hideous. Thero was a cut on tho forehead, I deep and ghastly to look at, and tho blood ran j do.ra tho face, which tho young girl strove to

staunch.

"Give mo tho water from that jug," said tho girl, iu a troaibling voico, " it may revivo bim."

Dropping the bar, Shaw seized tho jug, and kneeling down beBido the girl, ho bathed tho

face of tho singularly deformod being, whoso j head rested on the young girl's lap.

While he »us doing so, ho did not percoivo

that tho rutilan ho had struck down was 1 oautiously dragging himsolf towards tho door, which ho roaohed, and thou suddenly rising, stealthily disappeared.

"Oh, my God!" exclaimed the young girl, 1

" I foar ho is doad !"

As bIio spoko, the deformed opened his oyes,

and they rested on hor anxious face ; a shuddor 1 shook his framo, and thon in a low voice ho Baid,

in broken acconts :

" 'Tis of no use, Nelly, 'tis of no use, 'tis a ] judgment again »t mo ; I murderod your father

yos, yes, 'tis true j if I had sont for a doctor, 1 but I would not. I saw him dio by inches, but t I wished him dead to have his gold.

" Oh, God ! hush, uncle, you are raving. Ob, sir, go for a doctor, ho might save him."

A violent shudder shook the dying man's frame, and lifting his hand he pointed to tho great chest, saying in scarcely articulate words :

" The will and all the papers are there."

Tho next moment he was dead, and a loud cry escaped the girl's lips.

Shaw was porfeotly bewildered; ho looked round him-the man he had knocked down was gone. It was getting rapidly dark, and there ho was in that ruined, desolate house, with the young girl, and the corpse of tho last of the three Shaws of Kilgerran.

Both remained for a moment speechless, then Nolly burst into a flood of tears, burying her head in her hands. The sound of that young girl's sobs in tho stillness of that deBolato house, affected the heart of Georgo in a new and strange way. Though his thoughts woro confused and bewildered, ho folt for hor sorrow, and laying his hand on her arm, he said, in a low, kind tone :

" Do not grieve so, I pray you ; toll me what I oan do to serve you, whereto go for assistance. If it will give you confidence, I now toll you I am a Shaw, and spring from the samo stock as he-who Mes there at your feet. Allow mo to

lift him on tho bed."

Tho girl roso to her feet, and in tho faint light looked up into the face of the speakor ; wo havo said ho was a tall, and, whon unmovod by passion, a vory handsome man.

" I do," sho replied, " fool confidonco in you whether you aro a Shaw or not, for you saved my life at tho risk of your own, for thoBo mon would havo ussurediy killed mo. If you aro not afraid-but I am wrong to say afraid-I mean, if you wiil do so much for mo and the dead as to watch boro till my roturn, I will bring thoBo who will caro for my poor, ill-fated, misorablo uncle; tho brutal wretches struck him down beforo I oould rush in botweon thom."

" I will stay," said Georgo, " till you roturn. Can you got mo a candle ?"

" Oh ! yes," sho answorcd ; and opening a cupboard she took out a candlestick with a candió in it, and with a luoifor lightod it. She shuddered as she saw the young man lift the body on tho bed, exclaiming, " Oh ! my God, this is a terriblo sceuo !" and thou wrapping her grey cloak round hor, and covering her hoad with the hood, sho waB loaving tho room, when she paused, saying, " but, good God ! if those mon should return ?"

" Never fear," said Goorge, taking down from a nail in the wall an old dragoon sabro in a steel sheath, kept brilliantly bright, " with this I am quito safo."

Sho then dopartod, closing tho door aftor her. " Well," soliloquised Shaw to himself, and sitting down and recovering his usual manner and thoughts, " this is a strango adventure ;

how will it end ? There lios the last of tho

Shaws, of Kilgerran, hoirs of tho younger bro- ther, and yot," ho started, as the words of tho murdered mau recurred to him, " the will is there, and the other papers," und then ho recol- lected that tho young girl ho callod Nolly was

his niée«.

" Ha," he continued, starting to his feet, and gazing on the uncovorod fuco of tho doad, " wo may not bo the heirs aftor all. Thot will," ho stepped closo to tho bod, and then gazod earnestly round tho apartment ; everything was scrupulously neat, thero was only tho bod, the ohest, a table, and two chairs in tho room, but against the wall was a book-ouso containing about fifty or sixty volumes. Tho gazer's oyes restod on tho steel plated chcBt, and suddenly recollecting that tho hand of tho dead man gruspod somothing liko stool rings or koys, ho paused-Iistoned-not a »ound disturbed the silence of that lonely, ruined houso.

Evil thoughts and evil resolves again ontorcd Shaw's brain. Approaching tho bed, ho throw back the quilt that partly covered that strango doformed body, and thoro he bohcld, grasped in tho bony emaciated fingers, two singular-shaped keys, united by a steol ring.

Without hesitation ho took tho keys from tho firm graBp of tho dead man's hand, and thon again ho listened. All was still, but the night air rising came with a mooning sound ugainst tho window, and tho low howl of a dog at somo distance woro tho only sounds hoard. Taking tho keys and tho eandlo ho procooded to tho chest ; olio glunco satisfied him that thu koys fitted the lock and padlock that fastoned tho chest. With a desperate determination ho un- locked both, throw up tho lid of tho chost, and hold tho cundle' so us to iook into tho iutcrior. It was full of small bags, tiekoted and Bcaled, and on tho top was a foldod parchment. This he took up, and on it ho road with astonishment tho words, "Tho last will und tostamont of Ro- bert Steadman Shaw, Esq., of Kilgorran." Thrusting this document and tho othor small ones into tho breast of his coat, and buttoning it, ho shut tho chest, re-locked it, and roplaood the keys again in tho hands of tho doad.

As he throw tho quilt over the body thoro came a sound of voioos up from tho exterior of tho house, and then tho tread of Bovoral foot was heard in the corridor, the door was pushed opon, aud, to Goorgo Shaw's cxtrorao surprise, his father, Mr. Bullfinch, tho attorney, whom of courso ho did not know, and two policomon

entered the room.

. Tho amazement of Mr. Shaw on boholding his 6cm in u chambor of Kilgorran Houso was equally great.

. " God bless mo," ho oxclairaed, "how is this, Goorge ? Y'ou hero ? Aro you tho person, then, that put tho murderers to flight ?"

" Yob, but unfortunatoly I did not, as you may perceive, arrivo in timo ; but perhaps I prevented a doublo murder."

" This íb your son, then, Mr. Shaw ?" asked Mr. Bulfinch very thoughtfully, whilo the two policomeu wero carofully examining tho room, and two othors in tho front koeping out strag- glers, who kopt arriving cvory momont.

Just then was heard tho Bound of horsos' foot, and Mr. Bullfinch exclaimod, "Horo is tho magistrate, Mr. Daunt."

In a few minutos a very gdntlomanly looking personugo onterod the room. Mr. Bullfinch re- ceived him with a low salutation, saying

" This is a sad affair, Mr. Daunt ; thoro might havo boon two murdors but for this gontlotaan's interference," directing his attention to Mr. Shaw, j un.

At tho word gontleman, Mr. Daunt looked hard at Georgo Shaw, but notwithstanding his somowhat Btrungo and shabby attire, thero was an air and mannor in tho young man that denied his dross as befitting him.

Tho attorney thon introduced father and son as tho nearest rolationB to tho doceasod. Mr. Daunt lookod surprisod, bowod, and thon askod, " Whoro is tho young girl or woman who was horo at the time, and who gavo intimation of

this crimo being oominittod?" I ¡|

One of the policeman replied, " Her name is A

b, Elinor Kavanagh, sir. She is tho daughter of

Widow Kavanagh, as the peoplo call her. She is a stranger to this place, and lives in a cottage a quarter of a mile from here. Whon she met me just by tho turnpike, sho told me in a hur- ried, confused manner, to go to Mr. Bullflnoh) tho attornoy, and toll him Mr. Shaw, of Kilgor ran, was murdered ; and that, only for a gontlo man, sho would also have been killed. Beforo I could get a word more from her she fell down in

a faint."

" And wliero is bIio now ?" said Mr. Daunt. | " I carried her into tho turnpike houso, sir, and loft hor under the caro of tho woman who keeps it, and then ran down to Mr. Bullfinch. Ho ordorod me to send a policeman for you, sir,

and thon wo como on hero with moro men."

"Do you know this Mrs. Kavanagh, Mr. Bullfinch ?" questioned Mr. Daunt.

d " Yes, sir," roturnod the attorney, with a little g hesitation in his manner ; and then, taking tho

magistrate asido, ho conversed for a moment in a low tono. During this conversation, tho elder Shaw was qucstioniug his son eagerly, as to how ho carno thero, and who was tho young girl ho had found with the murdered owner of Kilgor ran. Having oxplained all to his father, ho

added

" With respect to the young girl, I can only tell you that tho old man who lies thero dead, oalled her Nelly, and sho addressed him as uncle ; for ho had sufficient power to say so much befare he oxpircd."

" Undo !" oxclaimcd Mr. Shaw with a start, and turning palo, " impossible !"

Bofore the son oould reply, tho magistruto'd clork entered tho room, and Mr. Daunt at once commenced his investigation and examination of Georgo Shaw, who gavo a plain statement of facts as they occurred. The clork wroto dqwu his account, and thon other investigations took placo. Tho body was examined, and the koye takon possession of, Mr. Bullfinch claiming thom in tho nanto of Mr. Shaw, as tho next hoir of the deceased, until a will was found, or any othor claimant to the property appeared.

Two or three policomon woro now dispatched to endeavor to track tho murdorors. Goorgo Shaw describod them as tall men, in long groy friezo coats, ono strongly pock-marked, and both about thirty-eight to forty years of ago.

" Thoro is a mau named Timmins, Joo Tim- mins," said tho sergoant of police, addressing tho magistrate ; "ho is a roturnod convict, and lives near this placo, who answers to thut de- scription ; ho is poek-morkod and ubout thirty eight or forty."

" Thomsond immediately and soo if that mau is in his cabin. You would bo ablo to identify him, Mr. Gorego Shaw, would you not?" in- quired tho magistrate.

" I could swoar to him poaitivoly," roturncd the person addrosBod, " for ho looked mo steadily in tho face, as ho aimod a blow of his loaded bludgeon at mo. No doubt tho young girl will bo ablo to swoar to eithor of thom, Bhould you

bo ablo to secure them."

" Ah, vory true," observed Mr. Dnunt.

Further arrangements wore then mudo, a ser- geant and four policomon woro loft in charge, tho loakB of tho chest eealod by tho magistrate, and then Mr. Daunt, Mr. Bullfinch, and the two Shaws prococded towards Bantry, intending to stop at tho turnpiko gate to see and question tho young girl.

"You say, Mr. Bullfinch," inquired the magistrate as thoy walkod on, ono of the police- men having the caro of his horso, " that you do not know this Elinor Kavanagh, though you

know so much of hor mother."

" The mother has been hero three years, and tho duugblm oulj the lual}oar. Till hor arrival I did not know Mrs. Kavanagh had a daughter."

" Do you think a will was mado by that un fortunato man, whoso life must havo boen upor feet torment. Was ho aware of this Mr. Shaw's boing in oxistanco ?"

" I should say not. As to a will, I should say there was none, ho could not have mado ono without assistance and witnessoB ; bosides, his

right hand was so deformed that ho always ] wroto his nanto with his left ; tho montion of u I will drovo him furioua."

" Then you have no idea of who this Mrs. Ka-

vanagh was, beforo sho becamo connoeted with ( tho late Robert Stoadman Shaw." 1

" No idea whatovor, sir ¡ I was ordorod by the late Timothy Shaw to turn out Collins, who thon inhabited tho cottage Mrs. Kavanagh now

lives in, und to get it ready for ths present oc- 1 oupior. I was surprised at the widow's uppear

anco when I Baw her, though sho ovidontly t wished to Bhun observation. Sho was vory { handsomo, and in manner far abovo tho class I suppoBod sho bolongcd to.

" I had sevoral intorviows with Mr. Timothy Shaw somo months aftorwards, und, to my sur- prise, ho told mo tint Mrs. Kavanagh waB con- nected with his brother Robert, und lived in England with bim, provious to his becoming ownor of Kilgorran, and that ho intondod to pro-

vide for hor, but ho uover fluid a word ubout her ] having u daughtor."

'. Ah ! hero wo aro," Baid Mr. Daunt, stop- ping beforo tho turnpiko houso.

For what pusscd thero, wo rofor our rcadors to our next chapter.

CnAITEH XXIII.

On ontoring tho little room of tho turnpiko gato houso, they found tho woman who hud ohurgo of tho gute, lira. Risby by nomo, in a considerable state of agitation.

Only tho mugistnto mid tho attornoy, and Mr. Shaw onterod, tho two policomon romaiuod outside, for what purpose was not vory apparent, unloBB indoed to attend on Mr. Daunt.

Georgo Shaw walked on towards. tho inn whoro ho had dined, rather anxious to got rid of tho doeumonts he had so uofariously beoomo possessed of.

" Well, Mrs, Risby," said Mr. Daunt, addros sing tho woman, who hastily dusted a chair, and huddled othor urticles out of tho way, " whore is tho young girl, Elinor Kavanagh, who you so kindly guvo shelter to j ¡b bIio boro still ?"

" She is, your honor," answered Mrs. Risby, " and, poor thing, sho's boon dosporate bad since sho come, but hor mother is with her now, and sho's coming round nicoly-Lord savo us!" and Mrs, Risby crossod horself vory devoutly ¡ " thoy wanted to murder the poor thing as woll

as Mr. Shaw.

"So it seems," uttered Mr. Daunt, sitting down : " is there auy chanco of her being ablo to answor ono or two quostions to-night ¡ if not, wo will poBtpono any furthor inquiry until to-

morrow."

As the magistrate spoke, the door botweon the I m two rooms oponed, and a femulo entered tho I cu ohumbor. Thoro was only a small cmtdlo burn- I ca

ing on tho table, but iib tho light, indifferont as j fo it was, fell upon the features of Mrs, Kavanagh, j po Mr. Daunt involuntarily roso from his chair,

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struck with tho oxtremoly handsome features and easy graceful manner of the lady. Sho was vory simply attired in a plain colton dress, but it was noat and genteelly made. She woro no cap, and .though forty, or perhaps more, her hair was jet blaok and beautifully glosBy.

" You aro Mrs Kavanagh, I prosumo," said Mr Daunt, politely offering a chair

" Such was tho umno I was obhgod to assumo, sir," rophod Mrs Kavanagh, in a calm, serious tone, sitting down at the samo timo, circum stances now pormit mo to resumo the ñamo I am cntitlod to I am the widow of tho lato Mr Robort Staadman Shaw of Kilgorran "

Mr Shaw sprung from his chair with a startled, bowildorod look, and nu exclamation of intonso astonishment, and became very palo as ho exclaimed m an agitatod vo co

" Good God ' I thought I know you "

"Yos, you ought to know mo, Mr Shaw," intoiruptcd Mrs. Stoadman Shaw, as wo shull now call hor, m n vory bitter tono, and thon turning to the surprised magistrato and tho con founded Mrs Risb), sho addod, " my maiden name, sir, was Elinor Fitzhardmg "

Mr Shan sunk back in his chair, oonfusod and overpowered, while Mr Bullfinch, tho attor- ney, looked staggorod and confounded

" That I should fool puzzlod and amazed, Mrs' Shaw," said Mr Daunt, rocovormg his usual manner and tone, " will not surpnso you, as I no\or know that tho lato Mr Stoadman Shaw was married, but as that is not an adair for mo to inquire into or investigate I will not mtrudo at present any furthor on von than to inquire whether tho )oung girl, whom, I prosumo, is your daughtor, will bo ublo to auswor a few moro questions to night, if not wo will postpono

it till to morrow "

" I shall fool greatly obhgod, sir, if you will postpono )Our quostions till tomorrow , sho is now much moro ovorcomo than at tho timo

the crime wob committod , tho onorgy sho thon called up has abandoned hoi-sho is quito ox

bun 9tod "

" Vory good," said Mr Daunt, rising, " wo will say no moro now, piav can I bo of any as sistanco to you-had ) ou not botter Bond for a

doctor?"

" I do not think it will bonocc3sary,"roturnod Mrs Show, " in au hour or two I will got hor earned homo Pi ay, sir," sho added, with a slight hositation of mininer, " is tho chest iu tho thnmbor whoro tho crimo was ootnmittod left m safo cb Jigo, I do not feel any apprehension for tho gold it may eontam, but I um uwuio it on closes papers most toltiablo to mound my child "

" It has not beon openod, madam," said Mr Daunt, "I sa« tho keys takou fiom the lifeless hands of tho unfortunate Mr Timothy Shaw, and I put my own seal upon tho looks boforo I loft, thero uro also two poheomon and a sorgoant romiumng in tho house, so that you may rest quito easy with roBpoet to whatovor romains in tha placo lo morrow, thou, madam, I will toko your daughter's deposition - say 10

o'clock "

" Cortomly, sir, Bhe will no doubt bo ablo to stato all sho heard or bow till Mr Goorgo Shaw, jun , cunio to hor roscue I owo him, at all ovonts, dcop grntitudo for tho preservation of my daughter's lifo "

" Thoro is a good deal of mystory and por ploxiry about tho affair at prosont," observed Mr Daunt, taking up his hat, " which I hopo will bo in a measure cleurod away to morro tv, and perhaps the villains may bo captured by

that timo "

Mrs Shaw roturnod tho salutation of the magistrato, und at onco, without waiting for his doparturo retired into tho adjoining ohamboi

Mr Daunt scorned thoughtful as he pausod outsido tho cottugc, till joinod by tho crest Tullun Mr Shaw und tho astounded attoinoy

" This is a monstrous singular afluir, Mr Bullfinoh," saul tho magistrato "I Bupposo you wore not awaro that tho luto Stoadman Shaw loft u widow? No ono boro, I bohove, over drcumt ho was a married man, and his wife turns out to bo tho beautiful Miss Titz

harding, whose diBoppoaranco somo twenty or twenty-two yoars ago, mado Biioh a Btir m Dublin You, Mi Shaw,must know somothing more of this allan than wo do, if you uro tho Captain Shaw from whoso houso tho young lad) olopod If sho proviB hor marnugo, sho and her duiifehlor will succood to tho Kilkerran ostuto, und tho monoy Biived up by tho mur deiod lunothy Shaw, who, by tho bye, could havo had no right to tho property at all "

Captain Shaw, as tho light from the lamp by tho tuinpiko (,ato foil on his face, lookod vor) ghostly, ho, howovor, unswerod

" I know vory httlo about tlio olopomont of Miss Fitzhardmg I was astoundod whoa I saw hor, though tho lapso of )cars confuBod my memory loi u moment, but thut alio boeumo tho wifo of Steadman Shaw I had not tho slightest idea Sho had a fino fortuno of hor own, which, most Btiango to sa), has novor beon claimed , m fact she bus boon considered doad Her nephow, Mr Henry Edgar Tilzharding, is ono ol tho wealtluoBt mon in 1 ngland, und noxt heir to tho title» of Lo?d Courtland "

"Lord win did you say?" interrupted tho magistrato, looking into tho palo features of Mr

Shuw

"Lorl Courtland, o( Courtlund loner, Dor Botshuo," ropoitid Mr Shaw

"By Jupiter'" said Mi Daunt, "thon tho Mi 1 ltzhardiiig is Lord Courtland now I sun ins lordship's douth in ) ostcrduy's Herald-died suJdonly of disenso of tho henit Howovor," continued the woith) mugiatiato, ' tlioro's no uso standing talking hero , I shall bid you good night, and to morrow, ut 10 o'clock, I shull ox poottoseo )ou and your son at tho Roso uno Crown, when this shoeking uirair will bo fully investigated "

So sii) ing, Mr Daunt, after giving some private directions to tho two poheomon, mountod hid horso und rodo oil Ho lived ubout a mile from tho town, in the direction of Glongurnfl

Mr Shuw and tho attornoy walked sloivly

donn tho streot

This is an astounding blow to you, Mr Shuw," observed tho attorney, Benously, 'if Airs Stoadman Shaw proves her murringo and the bn th of her child you loso tho pi porty, it's most oxtruoi dinar) You can't oppose her, I know how tho Kilkerran property goes, that miBorublo misor, who now lies stark und still in his don, hud no rifcht to it, as suro ob fate That man who committed the murder, and dcscribod b) your son us potk miirked, and in )cars ubout forty fiio, ib that follow, woll known boro iib a most abundoncd und desporato millan, James lillias by name , ho onl) roturnod to this his natue place ubout six months ago, ho was cau"ht and conviotod of smuggling and running cargocB, und uoarl) killed ono of tho coast guard, for willoh ho was sontonccd to bovoii years'trans- portation, and now ho's como back."

" I am quito bowildorod," returned Mr. Shawi

res in a low tone, " I can. scarcoly bchevo sho was ras married ; sho was a most extraordinary girl "

)ut "Stay," interrupted tho attornoy, "what's

this crowd about our look-up house, thoy have capturod ono or both of tho ruil'mns no doubt."

On approaolung tho crowd, which several pohcemeu woro keeping back, Mr. Bullfinch in- quired what waa tho matttor

"Twoof the mon, sir, have juBt apprehondcd James Hillas on suspicion," roturnod tho police- man , " he takes it quito coolly, howovcr, and laughs at us, ho sayB hu will eloarly prove to morrow that it was quite impossible ho could bo ono of tho two mon, as ho was talking to the gontleman who roscuod tho young girl from boing murdered gust a minuto or two beforo , ho says he thought ha heard a eliuok himself us ho walked towards tho town Howovor, ho is locked up till to morrow morning, wo shall havo Mr. Daunt and a couple moro magistrates hore earl}."

"If }Our son, Mr. Shaw," said tho attornoy, "athrma that statomeut, it will provo Ina tnno conco altogether. I will now nish you good night, wo shall meet at tho Robo and Crown to morrow, at 10 o'clock-good night "

Mr. Shaw said good night m a ver} disconso- late tono, and walked on to the inn, whore ho anxiously oxpocted to soo his son

Wo must first, howovor, follow tho footsteps of George Shaw us ho procoedod to tho um to deposit tho documents he had concealed about

him

Thero was porhapB half a milo from tho linn pike gato to tho entrance of the town, and it v. as at this timo quito dark. Just os ho upproaehed a nanow lane, leading bctwoon tho thick hedges that oponed out on tho mam road, a mau rushed out from tho deep gloom and caught Goor"o Shaw !>} the urtu, his fust impulso nus to wiest his urm from tho grasp of tho man, and then to seizo him, su}iug, " Vilium, }ou aro tho mau, I know you "

"Arruh, hould mo fust now you huvomt," said tho man, with a curse und a bourse laugh, " but if yo want to koop what yo tuek from tho chist, oomo into tho lune till wo talk a bit "

Georgo Shaw felt all the blood in his boil} rushing to his hcud, ho felt as if annihilated, und without opposition ullowod himself to bo led by tho mun doop into tho flhudo Having got to tho buck of tho hedge, tho rufhun who was no othor than Jamos Hillas, and tho very villain who stiuck tho blow thut killed the miser, said to Georgo Shuw, " So you know I mia tho mau you buw in tho miser's room at Edgell an "

Shun rapidly guossca ho hud been watohod Ho rapidly regained his piosonco of mind, and

resohed to seo how fur ho wis in tho rulhan's

power. He therefore ropliod

" Yes, I can swear to }Our bomg ono of tho mon I buw at Kilpi rran "

" And bv-I can swoar you nro tho man I seed take the keys from tho ould miser's hands, and open tho dust, und tuck fiout it u big parcel of papers, and put them under youl grout coat

and bo tho token you have thom ubout yo non."

lins is just »hut Shuw expected, but ho coolly obsonod, " You uro not uwaro thut I am tho nearest rolutipu of the man you killoe!, und that I only took thoBO pnpors for fear of acci-

dents "

"Oh, bo goi," returned tho man, withuliorco cu-so, und u Bontonco in Irish, whioh his com- panion did not understand, but which implied thut ho was as grout a vilium as lumsolf " I'm wide uwako, yo know yo wero committing a robbery, for yo ti ltd to make tho dead man's fingers grasp tho koys back again, but thoy wouldn't I saw you Whon you knocked over my comrade, I thought j ou bud kilt lum, and I boltod, but I wont round, foi I knows ovory inch of tho ould houso, and got into a room thut bus a small window in it, and looks down into tho imsors chamber, and I seed }0U und the girl, und thon how my comrade stole

out und mudo off I could not hour whut tho

ould miser Bald, but «lion the gul left I seed you look cautiously round, and then tuko tho ko}s, una, ob I Bind, opon tho einst, und tuko the papois Ye did not touch the gould, the papers woro of moro vuluo, aren't 1 light master?"

"Woll," oliaorvod Shaw, quito cahill}, "I admit this-I want those paporB , they may bo important, or thoy moy not, but I took thom for fear they should Now, tell mo vthut }ou ex- pect of mo, foi monoy I havo nono ai yot "

" I don't want monty, now," saul the nian> " but I don't want to quit the couiitr} , und, faix, I don't »ant to bo hiuifed, it ain't pleasant

You must swear, whon I'm taken, for takon I will bo, and brought beforo you-you must swear I'm not tho mun you seed, and that )ust a minute or two beforo you heard tho girl's cry, you mot mo m tho road, und axed mo if yonder house was Kilgorran, and I tould you it was, and that then I went on towards Bnutry "

George Shaw was staggoicd und atartlod, hut uftor u momont's thought, ho said, " You forget that tho young girl must havo seen, and will re member } our fuco, us well us I do, Sho will swear } ou uro tho man "

"Bothor," roturnod Jamos Hillas, " lier testi- mony uftor yours, won't bo worth that," and ho snapped his fhigors

" ïhen your comrudo ma} bo takon, and turn informer, and i uni us both "

" Oh, bo gor, if yo wait till Darby Miillmo turns informer you'll bro to ii lino ould ago, bo labors , }ou made a bolo in bia hoad you could put a turnip ni, faix bo's us dead us a herring "

" Dead ' ' exclaimed Georgo Shavi,astomshid, "vrfiy ho bolted, }ou told me, from the loom "

" 1 uix, Boho did, but ho had only Btnii(,th onough to crawl to a secret hiding place of ourt, and thero I found lum deiid, so I took and ear ried him into tho next field , flio} will find him when da}light comos bo }ou seo }ou need not

heed linn "

Shaw shuddeied, ho felt humiliated-worao than degraded , ho bud, in fact, by tho com- mission of a foul crime, placed himself in com- munion with a murderer, becomo an accomplice Bad as lu mhb, tina climax he had novor con- templated, and yet ho saw no othor wii} to ox tncuto himself from his horrible companion Hy tho act ho had committed, ho had, if bo travod, incurred tho penalty of transportation Still it was not compunction for his own act, ho felt, but fear of tho diBtovory of tho crimo by

tho villain bcBidu lum,

" Woll," mquirod James ndlas, " what bo yo thinking of? Taix, thero's no tinto or need of thinking, for," and ho sworo a fourful oath , " if }ou will not savo mo I'll inform on you tho mo mont I'm takon j and from this I won't I!}, for I should bo pursued and taken, nftcr }oiu de- scription of my person "

"Well, bo it bo," rophed Goorgo Shaw, "I

may not bo put on oath ¡ at all ovonts, I will say / ^' sufficient to oluur }ou ¡ take cure what j ou say, I wll if you ure taken and oxuniuiod " { um

"Taro au' nouus, do you take mo for an oma- Wt

daun. Hero's my hand ; by -- I will never botray you, if you don't me."

" Agrood," said Shaw, turning away with dis- gust. As .ho did so, a coarse, brutal laugh salutod his ears, as the man sprang over the al hedgo und disappeared in the lane on the other

sido.

Torribly depressed and annoyed, Shaw got nto the lane, and turnod into the town. There woro groups hero and thoro in the streets con- versing about tho murder of Timothy Shaw, of Kilgerran, but ho passed on rapidly, and onteriug tho inn, found the kitchon full of people, all

eagerly uttoring their comments on the event.

Tho talo of o mordor Bpreads with lightning speed. Evcryono lins his own version of tho orimo, and to liston to each would puzzle tho host jury that over sat to find tho true version of

the affair.

Luckily for tho young man, ho was not known by those present as tho principal person who figurod in tho tragedy enacted in Kilgorran Houso, so ho passed quickly on, and mooting tho girl of the house, ho proourod a candió, and retired to tho bed-room propared for thom, tel- ling the girl to toll his father whon ho carno in that ho was gono to bod : it was a doublo-bodded

room allotted to thom.

Looking tho door, Georgo Shaw shut the window-shutter, and thon having oxaminod tho room, ho sat down by tho small table tho room contained, and drew tho bulky pockot from the breast of his grout coat.

" I shall honcoforth know no moro peaco," he exclaimed almost aloud, a habit ho had when oxoitod, " as long us that ruffian lives. Ho will haunt mo ; I feol satisfied ho will sook to extort gold noxt, and aftor all, this will moy bo only a copy."

Untying the red tape, ho percoivod that tho packet contained fivo other dooumonts, all noatly folded and tied with tapo. On ono ho road, " Marriago Cortifieato and Certificate of Birth of Elinor Fitzharding."

Georgo Shaw paused in intenso surpriso, re- peating to himsolf, "Elinor Fitzharding! how is this possiblo ?"

-A loud uoiso boncath tho room which was ovor the kitchou mado him pauso, and tho sound of footsteps nsconding tho stairs caused him to bundlo up tho papers, wrap thom in his great coat, und thrust both under the bolstor of the hod. Tho noxt moinont the bundle of tho door was turned, but thoso without finding it locked«

knocked, und thon lie heard his father's voico re- questing bim to open tho door ; ho also heard a Btrungo voico talking to his father outsido, so throwing oil' his under coat, wuistcoat, and stock, ho nppronchod the door, and unlocking it, ad- mitted his father and a policeman.

Tho first glance ho cast at tho formor's ooun tonance convinced George that something had occurred, for ho looked greatly depressed, and vory pulo, but tho policeman carno briskly into the room, and looking up into Georgo Shaw's face, said :

" I am happy to toll you, sir, that wo havo

taken ono of tho murderers."

Georgo started, and for un instnnt looked con- founded, but tho next instnnt said, a littlo sharply :

" How do you know that, policeman P"

" Why, sir, ho tallies so oxootly with your de- scription, there can bo scarcely a doubt, though ho tukes his cupturo vory easy-faith, ho oven laughed at us, saying ho had evidence to prove thut ho could not havo boen at Kilgorran at tho timo of tho murder."

"Do you require my prosonco to-night?" de- manded Qoorgo, taking up his coat.

" Oh, no, Bir, you need not troublo to-night, I only carno to lot. you krow, thinking it must be a satisfaction to you to hear that ono of tho vil- lains is tuUon-at nil ovonts, wo shall soon havo tho othor, probably beloro morning."

" When did you toko bim ?" domandod Shaw ; " I should fancy this must not bo tho man to bo so ousily and soon detected ; boing u pock- marked mun, mid ubout tho ago I montionod, will not identify him us tho murderer; but I would know bun at once. By the way, now I think of it, just a minuto or two beforo I hoard tho cry from Kilgorran House', I Btoppcd a man passing mo, and who was drosscd in a long frieze coat ; ho was markod with tho small-pook, und had a cut ovor his loft oyo, ugly to look at."

"Bo dad," said the policeman, quito crost fallon, " that's the mun wo nabbod going quito coolly into his own cabin-James Hillas is his ñamo, a rum covo ho ia ; wo keep our oyos opon upon him ; ho is u roturnod convict-faith, I

wus Biiro wo hud bim this timo."

" It muy bo bira still," ropliod Goorgo in his usual munnor, " though I certainly saw no sear on tho fuco of tho mun I attacked in Kilgorran Houso."

"Woll, sir, I won't koop you any longer," Biiid tho policeman ; " to-morrow at 10 o'clock tho magistrates will moot at tho Rose and Crown ; you will pienso to bo thoro ;" so wishing them both good night, tho policeman retired, leaving fathor and son nlotio.

Q> »K rosriinyi'.l

On one occusion n )Oimg und zealous lawyor, not over punctilious in his allusion i to tho

Court, not very formal in his manner, >.os argu- ing a question before ajntl^o, und in tho courso of hil argument, by way ol' illustration, wishod to supposu a wise. " Wo will suppose, your Uonor," «'lid he, " thut your honor woro to stool " lioreó-" »No, no, no," interrupted tho judge. " Not ut nil, not at all. "Tuin't u sup posublo cuso, Mr. S-j 'tuin't a supposoblo eiiso." " Very nell, begging your Honor's par- don," proceeded the eager lawyer, with moro zeul thun prudence; "very well. Thon sup- posing that I should steal ii horso-" "Ah, yes, yoi, yes," said the judge ; thut is a vory dif- ferent tiling. Very likely, Mr. S-, very hkely. Proceed, Mr. S-." Mr. S-pro- ceeded to take a seat, amidst tho shouts of hi» brethren -, und had tho good sonso to toko tho joke in good part, und repeat it often to his

friends.

" Oub Giiils" is tho title of a, now book by Dio Lewis, just publishod by Harper and Bro thora, which contains much Bonsiblo advico, given in a pluin but intoreBting munnor^ Tho book will lind muny rendors, for many topics aro troutcd concerning which girls and thoir mothors will bo glad of information. Dio Lewis dis- courses at some longth upon tho dangers of wearing high hools, and tho necessity of girls loaming to wulk. Ho says : " 'Tho hue's of the fashionable ludios* bIiocs at tho present momont -quarter past 3 p.m., August 4, ls70-aro two indios high, and at tho bottom not larger than un old-fashioned silver quarter of *¡>°}l**> » anybody can remember how largo that was. Ne«! it be argued «hat this «tau«UWuaa

weakens the ankle «¿¿-«jft %£»£

those

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