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Chapter NumberXXIII PLOT AND COUNTERPLOT
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Newspaper TitleThe Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939)
Trove TitleHer Majesty's Tower
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Her Majesty's Tower.

CHAPTER XXIII.

PLOT AND COUNTERPLOT

BY WILLIAM HEPWORTH DIXON.

SIXTEEN months after Darnley's murder in the Kirk of Field, Queen Mary, his wife, and cousin, was a fugitive from justies on En glish soil. She had maarried his murderer and lost her crown.

: At this moment of her can**, U*.atyua#t# of Mary Stuart seemed lonely imough to subdue tqVwitoesV^t: lTrfchel had lBfc not only her criowta, but her reputation and ncr child. TOb half-brother who had beenjher oompanka* to youth, waii^aroMsagMnatW Tha.t|ianea>who h4d stood arovod her thrope had fflityw her int» ( > gaoL The parliament of het kingdom had pet on her brow ttt» brand <rf tourflerewt' What w«a she td live for more t At twenty-six the had «• ' hauatad evqcy i»«rfon: : o( #ie *>«>• #W *¥f reigned aa Queen, since,she , was aj^.dajft otoj, B*e< nad 'wen adored by poete, warriors, ana i immM*tK; 6he had married three hkisbarida { add itheae threa JJusbands »he had lost by death, by mtudo-, ami by papti^ty,, #h« hM flojoy*d eveirluxursof earth, and ahyhad sufejwj flyery ?• boltrfromheaveif. • At an a*e when goojft woven « kre begianing to taate the flavot 6* Hfi, Ae'wia already aap*a*«l from her partneri|i (*W,a«d a^k^t.pn .•,^>r«jg« W* a^mftigffifriiklliaf, oountfft her brother, jwdh^raoo,. , j : I vijj'JL ( , Such a fugitiye nugnt have been expected - . to lire in dal&L to1 UlUn the poWlc eye, and 10/ tderdU bee *ya and ttt^bta t» making AM •with God. But thia waa not the v*«w F^icfc Marr Stuart and her frlapda-moat $ .ftJJ J« fclarfckr Irienda—were dtopoaed to take of hn . dut^ toward* the land 'into which'aha had oanite, Granted Mm waa a> gMtt ate*r; yat aitouert b«TO >feeir riuM* i» la.wiaa!waU,iM iafaoi. Bhe waa a queen, sod q^MU. ( af« no«| i to be punubed for offenoee like, the rank and £le. David, aaid her divines, wia an idulWrer and a murderer; yet hia people nad not riten against him, and Ufcen awayibi# crowni, The commons have no authority to judge their kings. If kinga go wrong, the Lord'will chaatiae them with roda of ateeL Aey m««t be left to God; but they must be left to Qod-in hope and eharitys not^in wrajbh. ,of sptriti Even ffom ; th*S<»ttish wlpitja, ra the midat of people to whom the detank of her Vfe ware known, theae doctrines were put forth.. "Bt.D»vid was an adulterer, and so waa she," I cried Alexander Gorddn, ArohbUhep of Athena ; And Bishop bf Galloway; " St,D»yid oommitted > murder, and ao did ahe, Bvit whft.t,ia thia to, the matter ?'*' In Gordon* view it waa .hardly any thing1 at ttl.: ' ' ' ' " .l^v From the hour of her stepping on English •oil, Mary 3tua*t began to plot again* ElkabeWs , peace, and in ;all her plolf abe had tho peraonal sanction and service of Jonn Leslie, the able and learned Bishop of Ross, Who beottne her agent, her confessor, and her spy. This bishop waa'» divine of the Italian and Spanish type ; supple,1 .jtolerant} unscrupulous.; a man of ,cour^ and of afikirsj easy with fair sinners, facile with the, great; never afraid of lying and deceit; and bentr on' serving his ohurch, even though he shouM have to do; bo. at the peril of hia soul. The plots and counterplots of thia crafty woman, and -her yet more crafty priest, have no examples, expept in the Spanish and Italian comedy pf intrigue, ? ? To any other woman than Mary Stuart, to'any other Bishop than John Leslie, the event* which had driven the: Queen of Scots from Holyrood, and of whioh heir English cousin, in giving her abelter from her foes, was bound to take due notice, would have seemed sufficient to cancel her claim on the English crownv She had no rights in London which she had not iv Edin burgh ; and the highest court in Scotland hud deprived her by solemn acts of all those rights. Fonnd guilty of murder, her very life stood forfeit to the law. In England, too, she was a stranger, excluded from succession by the Alien Act. But all these facts and laws were nothing to the Queen of Scots, and to her spiritual adviser the Bishop of Ross. She had the example of her cousin, Mary Tudor, before her eyes. Mary Tudor had found no favor in the law; yet law and power united—the letters-patent, the fleet, the army, and the oouncil—hod not been able to . • Th« right at rtpubUshin* "Her !U}«ity'«Tcrtur" y» bMopur^luwUH Ui»pro{>ri«tqjc»<>t W* gaMMfe*}*). •n .'?? i> .'?.??'. ' >1<-

**ÜBUfn the nme-^ajßl Queen against the higher forpe which lay in her rights of bleed. -Rose wri * •'tetodjtf thai a rM^f future is :fcoi *°^22 ' Una* inHbe *or**3fc^i :'tib»." war *t R*W5 ' Neither^ MikrJ 6WA-nof' ke^ P?** c! ou1<1 !$* ! ? JHJr^EM fc°i#» which,. it wjl fu airalfett, af-4iurclere^s> atta a 'fiAaww. fIM had njr treat fH»d» afcroadv and* 'aSti »• npi iriend at hbW vJft*«be had W^Rpfc W «HK -*»ew iVfuch atfaWg Tpfb?«otfft offer to*; r brfeht eyes, a Hfyll £bu*hY a*^arwhee4j|jg. tongue. The Bishop Jumsell, JomMP a« >P| profewionally renounced'the, e>vftt«t* all bh works, cduld not escap^the ch«m ql M«rrfj •mile. No wonym in tit* w«rld h»<r «o n*oc* power ql "making foohPo^nfen. B*!*U»>f| a»«lW tout?, she had Vwlde ejsetiM»ajri» the way* of lortf, and knew the «Ma ,by wfcM men* aensifcar* jspslawcV .»9 **» *•«*** •>oubadoof, J#* yet been aW*.to resist M :JwUf»V.4» bfifawlWohrt, had fall ea equally « ol' ttetr ptoud dfaa; ih« ortaM,*row itkt« tM ll??n^Buorda*k<» w|» o*iw»o| ToJ^Si: power to judge between her and the Scots, was no htout open to the flash of peerless eyes ? If Jfuy could find a lover on the bench of judge*! ' sh6 might rebuke her brother, the Regent Murray, and weaken the position of her cousin the English Queen. From the lords sent down to York on the Scottish business, she selected M her ps»y, with! ,the assent of her Catholic counsellor, that, Hern, reformer, Thomas, fourth' Duke of Nprfplk, the richest noble and strictest Protestant in her cousin's ooart. I« i« not likely that she would hfwe gobs', sb.far .»» to «aarry Ihim; lon he-Was' crabh^i in, t^mwer, wa*k purpose, ugly in, 'ft cure; eyen if Ipe seur but h^est Duke could ?' hive been' feersuigeel to tik fl her as1 a wife, whib^ her husband, Bothwell *vi yet alire. But short <W i actual marriage,* clever woman mighi do niuch) • and l^ry'v misfbrtun« was tM her brajn .wjas ,o*ly too prompt to suggest the way of doing sny, 'bad.tbing on which she Bet hdrhehri , Norfolk was not the only conquist which she t ideigned to make. Thomas Perey*-«oa *f Sir , Thocaa* the Pitgrya-pa maa who, on thef»U of Dudley, had been restored by Philip and Mary. toi the ancient honors of his house, as seventh Earl of Northumberland; and Warden of the. E|»t and Middle Marches—was in crow bume* with the Queeq. He thought himself iU used.' Eliwibeth bad taken from him the.great power; .yf., Warden df'ihe'Marches, and given thw power to; Wffluus, Lord1 Orey of Wilton, a man wfatn Pfref 'tfegaraet as inferior to hitnseU in biifih and ranL Percy's confessor found fault witft; tfa » policy pursued by Bnrghlev: and Percy had "itxgaWio thinl'that tne old religion and the old iamilies would never fare well in England Until • the dymsty «v chaaged.< The Qneen of Soots . had «a jeaay.conquest in,the Earl, B^t Pejroy was one of her minor cards; ( tp/be. ' pl*yid or not, as fortuneishoufd suggest; ief. < gam* *wm to <be *n«de on'Norfdlk, whom she had drawn to heir ride ill body and sbuL "HaT© a ..cate, my. I^rd< on^Rhat^Dl^ilyou; lay yowr. hii^r2Sa,heth^4rly tpihe Puke. ,I'oox, Dukiß,1 the'only pilbw.lo which Mary: Stuart to^leW him Wfl tne block!-; li' ' •'? For a time the coming over- of Norfolk'and his fiarjly the ; Queen, of Soot» g»v«i A<liv<sJy torn to her aftlirs ; leading to. mamy wi^.hopea in the north, and tq much-correspondence with > ihe courts of BrusfceVand Madrid. Fot'the'obJ f veyanoe afjfefci dwgerotia cocnapbtfdence, tesHe ijr -who 1M "been received k/ Blmbetb m m ambassador from the Queen of Sx»ts-rhad to find, . out trusty agents; men who were willing to risk ' their 'liVes for either a punM of money or a bishop's thanks. Where a fanatic could be found, he,was naturally preferred. ;, . ?, ? Among the shrewdaat of the maoy. afenta em ployed, by the Bishop of Rosa, in going and coming between London and Brussels, was. « young Fleming^ known'as* Monsieur Charles; who seems to have been a messenger and rfpy to Bignpr Ridolft, the secret minister of Hub the Fifth. Clever with pen. and pencil, speaking four or five languages like a native, a good Catholic, poor, arid of no family, attached to Mary > Stuart as to *> royal saint, brofestoing boundless •reverence for his Church, tie young Fleming, Charles: Bailly, was just the man for conspirators '.Eke Ridolfi and £he Bishop of Row. He knew ''the cWtitty and the Continent.' I* Scotyund a Scot» in Italy an Italian, hi Flanders a Fleming, , in France a Gaul, he could go anywhere, and pass for anything- ,One day he might be a merchant, a second day nn artist, » third day a courtier, Cobham, then Lord Warden of the Five" Ports, was'keen of scent, yet Monsieur Chariea crowed and recrosßed from Dover without exciting his jealous .quest., Not until he and his packet of letters fell under Burghley's Bcrq^ny. ' was the young Fleniing 'caught in the trap, and made to give up the! secrete which he knew. Norfolk was led to fancy that'he could wed the Queen of Scote, and carry her back to Edinburgh with the help of Spanish gold and English steel. Leslie thought so too. Not that the Duke and Bishop regarded Mary as a_ royal saint, whom it was a sacred duty to assist in recovering her lost throne. They knew her too well. Howard, while he was offering her his hand, believed iv his heart that she had been privy to Darnley'a deAth; and Leslie, who knew her rb only a priest could know ber, believed that she had nqt only taken off her second huabund, but her first But the fact of Mary being a bad woman was of no account to men with purposes like theirs. She was a Queen. In her veins .-an the blood of Btuart, Tudor, and Plantagenet. Her children, thought Howard, will wear two crowns; her advent in London, thought Leslie, will serve the universal Church. The two men thought of Mary aii a tool which they toooW use {or pur poses of their own. Norfolk persuaded himself that he was nob a boy, to be put aside like Durnley; and the Biahop of Roaa repeated to himself that even when David had taken Uriah's wife he had not been wholly cast out from the fold of God. The Duke thought him-

self a wary msn 5 yo«ng fa ywrB > bufc rIP 8 T . l° knowledge; with an experience of married lilo ebual at least to that oi Mary, since-he bad buried three tfuohessM pffiorfolfc before he was thirty one year* <*d: vWe Ifttpp mus* hare laughed under .Ms «bpe *t the Dak?-* pretenoe of being able to ooitrolthe/Qttesn*! Soots. . EHsabeth sent for Norfolk., hi the gallery at Whitehall sh* rated him for trying after » match with bay cousin, a twrteader to her crown,. without <*Us* to he* ferUssve. The Duke made light of the affair; he oared nothing, he said, for the Q»etf<oi Bst*rph**ss* «•«!*)& togain by the alliance; his own ajtttesin England being worth little lew than the whole kingdom of Scotland. Words so haughty must have attack tie Queen. The foolish follow added that when, he stood tn his own tennis-oourt in Norwich he felt himself a prinoe. What wonder if the Queen was cold to him after that memorable day. t Norfolk felt that he was losing faTor; and 16 make things worse fcjr him he withdrew from oourt without taking leave ; retiring to Kenning Hall, his great castle on the Waveney, which was linked in everyone s memory with the advent of that other Catholic Queen. But Elisabeth was not Jane. Norfolk was soon arrested and in the Tower; though not in peril of his life ; until Rom and Mary began to stir up friends in the north, sons of the eld Pilgrims of Grace, to make a diversion in his favor by a sudden appeal to arms. Percy, Earl of Northumberland, rose at once. Joined by Charles Nevill, E*ri of Weetmoteland, he donned the Pilgrim's badge, a cross, with the five wounds of Christ; entered Durham at the ' !he«d of his armed followers; declared thoCatholio ' 'Church restored to her ancient righto; attended high mass in the Cathedral; and then marched (forward to Clifford Moor* on which he encamped with six thousand hone and four thousand foot. 'The rebel Earls proposed to advance on York, and raising tha country as they went along, push onward for the Don. If they oottld reach Tutr bury, on the Dove, where the Queep. of Scota tben dwelt, and carry her back to Scotland on their shields, Percy might hope for some sweet reward, and both the E*rl» could defy Elisabeth's 7power. But while" Percy : and Jfevill were dseaming, Sussex, Clinton, and Warwick were rushing on Uwir lines with overwhelming power*. The rebels retreated across the border; whenoe "Nsvill escaped to Flanders, where the Countess of Northumberland Joined him ; while Percy himself, unable to get on board a vessel m the Firth, was seized by Murray, and flung into Loohleven castle, the strong and lonely pile from which Queen Mftry had escaped. ' [TO BE <»yri!ftO).J ,

A precocious youth holding the important' portion of office hoy In » mercantile firm, con- ; oeived » taste tot finance. Haring had the mis fortune to tear his clothes, he informed his f mother, in a moat ibustoes* like manner, that ' rentt were going, mp. (Chat worthy woman, re moving her aUpper.'peWejly ehutised Mm with it In course of thei operation the young in ; corrigible cwually rwnaAed'that leather vmt coming down. * This is a specimen of the work of the early reporter of The Evening $eM>s:— At an aarijr ' I hour yesterday morning, aipersoji who, we pro- . aume, was iuoommoded with the amount of his "xidhea, dropped a sovereign-ddwu the <l«mat'th« • intersection of King: and George utreeU. With '«look of despair m> the direction of hit lost ,*riaaure, the' indfrfdoal,' with some' difficulty.' managed to get jb#netAh the culvert, and mneared hiinaelf black as an; Ethiopian with mud, in a Vain endeavor to recover the cow*. M •length, mwing partially joripedhiinarit ?gainst the iron of th« culrorti' tort a large hoi* m the dexter knee of his inexpwwihlea, barked his shinii in ( a fearful manner, and in fact generally embeUuhed himself, he muttered • few familiar quotations, and went home in a ftage in the omnibus. Now, it came to pass that another man had beheld these proceedings., ,On the, disappearance of the unfortunate lose* of the gold; there crossed 'the road, in an gbMqtte direction, a rough looking party with a thin, forbidding counten »nbe, a pair of scrubby whiskers, and two ot tho#» aide lodes knows to the more aristocratic ql fhe fair sex as ." aggorawaters." TVs grini wight planted himself on the culvert, locked HeartJbingly up aad down the street, and then his expressive physiognomy wrinkled into a genial unite.. ? Hi* next proßeedtng was; to doff a loßg «nd very grimy coat, whioh he carefully , foldoft up", l^A the garmept should lobe any of its glb^s,' and apittibg on his binds, he produced 4rom.thßtreoeas.of a soiled,''bandanna" a large . and rus,ty-looking dipper.. The,n he. Bmiled_tq:, ihittuelf, and murmured, f' Here's a start ! Ho ! ho ! I'll strike it rich b>ahd : by, >* and proceeded to raise the Jrtn grating. Then spooning' out with dignified : composure the black vosy mud ' withhis. djpper, he began to. search for the. sove reign. 6y thw time a had coUectedi _ which hailed every, appearance of the tin utensil with orfeV of—"He's got the color." "No, be • aid*t.". 'f^Wasb'that dUh, old stocking,"' *c At length,' hofwever, the efforts of the persevering miner were crowned with success, and he held a,loft, with many exclamations of delight, the gleaming coin. On tfcis there . iwaa a general chorus of—" Come on, Smith;" " I'll take a nobbier of brandy." "I'll take rum and raspberry." "Two ales for me," with many more cries of a like nature. But clutching the "greed " tightly in his hand, the besmeared goldfinder emerged slowly from the muddy well, and shaking his grimy head from side to aide, exclaimed, " Where's my fan tail bauger ?" That garment having boen pro duced, he slowly drew it on, and wiping his fevered brow with his mfuch frayed coat cuff, he said—" Gents, I'm rich, but honeat. The ooin I hold in. my palm represents eighty drinks," Chorus,. "Hurrah!" "Of course," continued the man, "I should be happy, charmed, ravished, to invite you all—(cheers)—but there is one little impediment—l am a Good Templar. , (Groans.) .We canuot always be together, dear friends, and so I will now leave you. Bless you; be Virtuous and you'll be happr." And with a ?ftinila upon his visage, that cracked the layer of mud with which his was coated, he walked alowly away, atuidtthe execrations of the multi-: tfude.