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deira. He was reported to be a very fast cial connection, which enables them to dic- extortion and robbery. The planting of gatherer, collecting, with the aid of his In- tate the methods of transacting business. groves of the Siphonia elastica, a tree which dian wife, during the three or four dry months So the poorer class of collectors are com. grows rapidly and surely on the extensive more than a hundred arrobas of seringa (one pelled to sell the fruits of their industry at river-bottoms at points nearer the market arroba is equivalent to thirty-two pounds), ball-price, to be content with fourteen millreis than the present caoutchouc-forests, an enwhile the average produce of a large family i per arroba (about twenty-eight shillings for terprise in which the Brazilian Government is not more than fifty arrobas.

thirty-two pounds), while the purchaser finds would ultimately second the initiation given The traveler writes of the strange meet- quick sale at Pará for thirty-six millreis. by foreign speculators and capitalists, would ing as follows: “It was pleasant to see the Even this wretched price is rarely paid in have its marked effect and help to revolujoyous surprise and brightened face of the money, but in goods and provisions charged tionize the trade, in connection with the inman when he unexpectedly heard our loud at thrice their value, and poor in quality at flux of foreign and more energetic blood. zalutation, in German, of Good - morning, tbat.

Some of the hundreds of European laborers countryman,' from out a canoe full of Indians. So the poor seringueiro, in spite of the necessary for the construction of the Brazil. We had easily recognized him by his fair rich field which he works, and the lavish ian railways now projected, would be sure to hair and beard, the more so as we had heard bounty of Nature, is bound hand and foot in remain, in spite of fevers and difficulties. It of him before, and had been looking for him a clever bondage, from which he has not the would only depend on the ability of compafor several days. He stood near the water's | pluck or ingenuity to break loose. These nies, and the conduct of the imperial governedge, watching our canoes come slowly up. creatures, mostly mestizos and mulattoes, at ment, whether this number were increased or Near him was his female companion, a stout, the best but indolent and disposed to live diminished. strongly - built Tapuya,* and behind them from hand to mouth, are completely dis- The application of skill and science to some of their offspring, whose yellow hair heartened by their treatment, and sink to the preparation of the crude rubber, which contrasted strangely with their dark skins." a state of mind even more thoughtless and would be sure to result, would largely en

These accidental accessions to the ranks frivolous than Nature made them. Out of hance its value. This improvement could be of the caoutchouc-gatherers, the alliance of the glittering stores of the patrons, who easily effected by the use of alum for its so. stronger, more energetic, more industrious tempt and swindle them, they are sure to se- lidification, in place of the fatiguing process races, who would bring skilled labor, as well lect the most useless things for themselves of smoking it with palm-nuts, or by the mixt. as more enduring muscle, to the important and their dusky ladies, such as gilt watches, ure of ammoniac, a still more important disFork of collecting the raw material of rubber, silk jackets, silk umbrellas, and the most covery, by which the milk may be kept liquid, suggest an important element in a commercial tawdry gewgaws. It is no uncommon thing and rer ed transportable in casks. Simi. question which is yearly becoming of more in the rubber-districts to see men and women lar conditions would also affect the value of pressing value to the great manufacturers in reeking with filth and vermin, yet tricked the trade in cacao, Peruvian bark, and other Europe and America, and through them to the out with tinseled and shining attire, fit only valuable products of the Brazilian forests, world at large. for some dramatic spectacle.

but with these at present we have nothing to In order to measure the greatness of the Under such conditions it may readily be do. rabber interest, let us turn aside one brief seen that the caoutchouc industry in South Intimately allied with caoutchouc is the moment to the statistics of manufacture. America is only at its minimum state of de- resin known as gutta-percha, with which the

In the year 1870 there were in America velopment; that with the application of an civilized world, however, has only been ac. alone employed in the rubber-factories 6,000 enlightened system it could easily be trebled quainted about a quarter of a certury. It hands, on a basis of $8,000,000 of capital, and or quadrupled. Some sluggish attempts have was first discovered in China, but has since bethe value of the products of all descriptions been made by the Brazilian Government in come extirpated in that vast country by sheer reached $14,500,000. The imports of caout- this direction, but the intimate connection of ignorance and waste. It is the product from chouc into the United States in 1872 swelled the harpies, interested in keeping the trade the sap of a tree called Isonandra gutta, which to 12,000,000 pounds, of which considerable under their own control, with court and legis. is now mostly found in Surinam, Guiana, and more than half came from the port of Pará, lature, has paralyzed reform.

India. The process of preparing the resin in Brazil, which is the great depot of caout- The state of things we have mentioned, from the sap is very similar to that of mak. ehoue esportation. The imports of raw rub- however, will gradually correct itself with ing caoutchouc, except that the liquid solidiber to Great Britain for the same year reached the development of the railway and steam- fies by exposure without the agency of smok13,000,000 pounds, valued at more than navigation systems, which are gradually but | ing. $6,000,000, of which two-thirds was from Bra- surely opening the interior of Brazil to com- Analysis shows the same ultimate atoms zil, in spite of the attempts made to force the merce and agriculture. European and Amer. in gutta-percha and caoutchouc, yet, strange East-Indian caoutchouc on the market. The ican firms will ultimately establish their own to say, the reaction on them of chemical

opinions of the best judges point to an in- depots on the Amazon and Madeira Rivers, agents is widely different. The former is 1 crease of the rubber-manufacture by 1880 of and get their supply of the valuable gum also a non-conductor of electricity, a trait

at least fifty per cent. In order to meet this without recourse to the unprincipled middle- which renders it invaluable in telegraphic estra demand, improved processes as well as men at Pará, who make the caoutchouc pay construction and other important scientific in organized system of labor are needed in heavy toll at both ends.

processes. Different societies of arts in Eu. the seringa districts of Brazil.

The immigration of hardy families of Eu- rope have stimulated the discovery of new The trade at present is mostly in the ropean blood to swell the ranks of the caout. fields of supply by offering large rewards, hands of a few rich landholders and other chouc industry, which, as we have seen, has but so far the search bas not been a success. rich Brazilians, who have an iron hold on the already commenced in a small, casual way,

If the yield of gutta-percba were poorer seringueiros, such as are not able to will also have great weight. A thousand as large as that of India-rubber, it is prob

establish any direct correspondence with the such families scattered along the rivers able tbat it would more than rival it as an | ribber-factors at Pará. Many of these mo- would soon completely change the aspect of important article of commerce. But this is napolists, who fatten like vampires on the the country.

This would specially be the regarded as hopeless by those who bave hard labor of the wretched, ague-shaken caout- case if an energetic company fully alive to fully investigated the subject, since the tree choac-collectors, are officers of the govern- the position, and sure of adequate support is not only much more rare, but slow of sent, or at least enjoy some powerful offi. from home, would lead the settlers and pro- growth, and demanding peculiarly favorable tect them from the inevitable jealousies of conditions.

A substance nearly identical "In the Tapi language, " Tapnya" means for

land and trade monopolists. It is the opin- with gutta-percha is yielded by the bulletemner and enemy; but nowadays the appellation ion of experienced merchants, long in the tree of Guiana. Its fruit resembles a bergaa giren not only to all Indian settlers of the Amacon Valley, of whatever tribe they may be, but

Brazil trade, that such a colony would be mot-pear, and is filled with a milky secretion, promiscuously to all mestizos. Very likely, a huc

highly successful, particularly as the improv. at first tasteless and hardly distinguishable dred years hence, every one who has a brown skin ing facilities of intercommunication would from the caoutchouc-fluid. This afterward

und eatches fish there will be so designated. !

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into the delicious mangava. This suggested begged for mercy, and from which he was We have looked at the dark stain, and to Chevalier de Claussin, an ingenious and hustled screaming to his death.

are now seeking the Chapel Royal. In comscientific Frenchman, resident in Guiaua, that We stand in the little room mute with ing down-stairs Dundas somehow has gotten the sap was largely constituted of starch. thought and sick at heart. The spiders are ahead, or we have lagged, or perhaps both, By various chemical experiments he at last spinning here, too, their webs over the frames and I am now left quite alone with the womsucceeded in producing from it a substance on the walls, from which the silken hangings, an I love. wonderfully resembling ebonite, a transfor- that became so well the queen's complexion, “Am I to do all this for you and go unmation of caoutchouc, which was one of the are dropping shred by shred.

rewarded ?" most wonderful discoveries of Mr. Goodyear. Here Ruthven, fresh from his victim, came I look down at her steadily until she It is doubtful, though, whether this French reeling and demanding his cup of wine, and looks up. Many a girl would know at once experiment will have much value in the prac. here the candle-light shone that night upon what I mean, and many a one would go all tical arts. The supply of caoutchouc will her despairing face, and upon the table over- the way through life without ever having a probably always dominate the markets of the thrown at her feet.

spark of the pure light in her eyes that shines civilized world in relation to all those manu. The guide allows us to think a while, and up at me now from Cecile's. factures depending on the classes of gums of then awakens each by stating that the stain “No, indeed. I'd do as much for you." which we have treated.

made by Rizzio's blood is still to be seen at “ Would you? Then will you give me the head of the staircase just outside the any thing I ask for if I outlive the ghosts?" cabinet-door.

“Yes-only I haven't much to give away.” QUEEN MARY'S GHOST. “ These rooms are haunted, are they The answer, although I put it by to re

not?” asks Cecile, almost begging him to member, hurts me, and when we come as we A STORY IN THREE CHAPTERS.

say yes with her face. “The driver said so." do now again in sight of Dundas, I feel like MARGUERITE KENT."

“ He only said so because he wanted a putting a bullet through him. shilling for his pains," says Mrs. Hogarth, in We are in the roofless nave of the chapel,

derision. But the guide answers to Cecile's with the ivy creeping up to look over on all CHAPTER II

gratification that uncanny blue lights flame sides - a tapestry-frame old nearly as the THER tourists come now to visit the out from these windows at night, especially walls, but with patterns born anew upon it

palace, and Cecile is reduced speedily from this one in the turret-room, and that every now and then. to the manners of an orthodox young lady. voices are beard sometimes, and the sound Dundas is inspecting a door through which In this cabinet, we are told, did Knox of fighting feet.

we are told the conspirators, on that wild come in answer to the queen's summons, and “And doesn't anybody ever come to find March nigbt, ascended secretly to the preshere, in language ungarnished by court flat- out what it is?" asks Cecile. “If I were a ence of Darpley. tery, and ingenuous with dislike, did he defy man and not afraid, I'd come and sleep here We loiter a while to tread the flat, vault. her displeasure. Here did Rizzio play lackey all night, and see for myself."

stones that cover the bones of old Scottish to her will, and Darnley alternately cringe “So would I,” says Dundas, sardonically. | kings and queens, so weather - beaten and and bully; and here, surrounded by her four “ Then don't be afraid, but come, Rob. trodden upon that the dates are nearly all Maries, did the loveliest and most fascinat- I want to find out whether they really are illegible, and we place ourselres—Cecile and ing woman of her age wrestle hourly with haunted. Won't you come if I tease you I-by chance upon the very spot where, at Fate. long enough ?”

daybreak, Mary, attired as if prophetically in Out these windows did she gaze, through “Yes, if you will tease until we get back mourning, wedded Darnley. these doors did she pass, and one might im- safe to New York. I wouldn't miss gratifying When I tell this to Cecile she starts away agine that the rush of the wind, as a window you for the world.”

from the spot to stare at it from afar, as is opened to admit fresh air, is made by the “ It is hateful of you to laugh at me. though a masked headsman stood there, poissweep of her ghostly dress.

You're afraid, if you won't do it when I beg ing a burnished axe upon his shoulder. We penetrate presently beyond into the

After studying for a while the shattered bedroom, where bang the portraits of the “Yes, I'm afraid. Ask Schuyler." peers, the fleur-de-lis tracery, the double row queen and her rival Elizabeth ; and on the “I would if I thought he'd say yes." of arcades, we wander out through the door. north side is a doorway, balf concealed by “No matter whether you ask me or not, way of the old chapel to examine the foun. tapestry, barred as the one below, and I will do it for you, just to show, of course, tain in front of the palace, and the old dial. through which we see the secret stairs go that I am not afraid."

As we enter the carriage, Cecile turns to winding down into pit of black nothing- “ Really? ”

look once more at the windows from which ness.


Mary Stuart used to gaze out upon the wild “ Those bars aren't so close together; so You will come here in the night-time,” world of those days. I didn't have so much trouble in getting she says, under her breath, for Dundas has “If I were a man,” she says, throwing through."

thrown his thumb toward the guide, warping herself back on her seat quite exhausted with Cecile laughs merrily in the guide's very her that he ought not to hear, “and stay here thought, “I should just want to live here face.

in the dark and listen and keep your eyes where she did, and spend my life in thinking The room is desolate-bare as to floor,

of her." and full of echoes. There is dust, and plenty “Yes, if you won't consent to my going What a happy day it is! We return up of it, upon the faded hangings of the bed ; to sleep when the ghosts do."

through the Canon-gate direct to the castle, there are cobwebs wedding the panels over- Mrs. Hogarth is a little ahead with the past the scale staircases of the old stone head; there are grim shadows huddling wher: guide, in search of the apocryphal blood lands; and, as we go, I tell Cecile that just ever they can; and when we look for cheer stain in the floor, and, just as we are quitting so did Montrose ride up on the hangman's at the window in the recess, it lets in only the desolate, ghostly rooms, Cecile turns to hurdle by the old Tolbooth that hangs its light which seems wet and gray with fog fresh have another look at them.

clock out over our heads, as though to let us from the sea.

“Oh, if you should only see oue ghost- know for certain that it is a real clock, and The only bright thing is Cecile, and I just one-wouldn't it be fun ?”

can tick, under the aged stone balcony of know that the centenarian spiders long to “Well, I don't know. My hair might be i Murray House, which also overhangs the drop on her fair head. modest, and change color at it."

street, and where the foes of Montrose stood, Almost joining the doorway opening out “Don't you believe in ghosts?"

long ago, mocking him as he passed. upon the secret stair is another, and through “No-I really don't.”

We do the castle thoroughly, enjoy the this we now pass from the royal bedchamber “Wouldn't you believe if you saw one?” view once more, and return, as it were, to directly into the queen's supping-closet, a No, I can safely say that, as I shall the side issues of the old city—to the differturret-room, where, crouching behind Mary never be tried."

ent localities of interest that we have hither. and clinging to her dress, the poor Italian “ Don't be so sure."

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In the Grass-Market an uncanny old crone, thereat, I am fearful and jealous all at once, my sudden outbreak and her tender treatfor a shilliug, sings one or two weird Gaelic lest he is trying to step in and crowd me out ment of it, all intercourse with either Cecile songs—of the bride being dragged by her from my voluntary position in the matter. or me, and acts as though he had begun in phantom lover to the ship that was never My suspicions as to his jealousy of me real earnest to understand the situation, and built by mortal hands; of the battle so red are strengthened wlien morning comes ; he was trying to pique Cecile by showing of with blood, which drove the girl of Tantallon seems to avoid asking me to stroll out with what very little moment he considered it. crazy, to baunt the ruins of the castle of the him before the ladies are ready for the sight- Only once or twice after we have returned Douglases to this day.

seeing, and starts off with one of the Hagues from our sight-seeing for the day I find the Now a Highlander in a bonnet and tartan instead.

two haunting corners, probably effecting a skirls on bis pipes for Cecile a love-strain When he returns, however, he has walked reconciliation, and disappearing like shadows that touches her, for her eyes grow big and off his spleen, and relapses into his usual at my unexpected approach. dark, and she leans forward to listen, with spirit of camaraderie.

I bate them quickly at this, and myself parted lips, when suddenly instead comes the It comes out before long that he has been unmitigatedly, when I reflect that I am being plaiotive coranach of a clan bearing their interviewing, at Cecile's request, our guide of used as a decoy, one for the other; and I. chief, rolled in a plaidie, to his grave. yesterday, and has succeeded, by offering him hasten to resent in the next breath my own

When we return to the hotel for a late a large bribe, in winning him over to her suspicion by adding color to Dundas's posluncheon, we find Dundas's friends the Hagues

sible one in a wholesale devotion to Cecile. already arrived, and I begin now to under. “He says the only way for you to do is to In the mean time there is a great deal of stand Cecile's allusion to the tribe of Ephra.go to the palace as late in the afternoon as frolicking in the party since the Hagues have im. Besides mater and pater familias are two the rules for visiting allow, and remain be joined, and Cecile is in her element. She ordaughters and one son, while later in the hind when the gates are closed. You can ders the Hague men, just fresh from college, evening this party is augmented by the ar- quit the palace the next morning when he about as though they were born vassals to rival of another son and bis comrade, who comes with the keys."

her, and the young ladies ape her manners have been coming through the Trosacus on “That isn't much to go through with to and costumes with a minuteness that is posifoot to meet them here. see a ghost,” Cecile coaxes.

tively ridiculous. As we become better acEvidently, Cecile is influenced by jealousy “No indeed. But it is a great deal to quainted with each other, practical jokes beof one of the daughters in her willful depre- undergo and be disappointed. Now, if you come a rage ; and Cecile, whose inventive ciation of these people, for, as far as I can would only promise me just one ghost-one genius is a new revelation to me, devises all see, they are fairly refined, and intelligent, would do, I couldn't demur.”

sorts of tricks, and executes them with the and objectionable in no positive way. Annie “Well, I can't do that, you know—not ex. skill and assurance of a prestidigitator. Hague, whom Duodas sits by at table, is actly—but I will promise, perhaps, to make it The second day after the arrival of the neither plain nor pretty, but good-humored worth your while ;” and Dundas frowns at Hagues the entire party spend in driving out to a tiresome extent; and Cecile, in having her suddenly, for she is looking up at me so of town among the environs of green trees nothing to be jealous of, displays her woman coquettislily and slyly that my thoughts re- and greener grass that are kept so continually nature in taking extra trouble on that account vert unwillingly to the scene of yesterday, sea-christened by the fogs that roll in almost to be so.

when I pleaded so against going unrewarded. bourly from the Firth. At dinner, wbich we partake of at adjoin- The serene light bas quite gone out of her As we start off, Cecile, who is as usual all ing tables, each one has some different expe

aglow with restrained excitement, says to me: rience in traveling to relate; and when it She is trifling," is my sober second- “We are going to keep you quiet to-day by

Cecile's turn, she gives a minute and thought; but I never know what becomes taking you to see the cows and sheep the graphic description of her favorite Holy. | my intoxicated first one.

hill-sides ; so that, if you do see a ghost torood.

“You'd better put off going until to-mor- night, it won't be one of an excited imaginaThis brings us, of course, to the subject row night," says Dundas; we have so much tion." of ghosts again, and I am not permitted long to do and see today."

“The only way for me to get out of the to imagine that Cecile has in the least for- Dundas, ever since his return, has been scrape is by hiring a boy to play in the cellar gotten my rash promise to dare them for her very devoted to Cecile, following her about of Holyrood to-day with a match and some sake. When she remembers, and taxes me when she is not following him, and talking pine-shavings." with it, although I declare myself ready to with her in affectionate undertones, until I “Oh, no!” cries Miss Hague, "you must stand the trial, I suggest that it may yet be am tingling to my fingers' ends with a ner- not do that, for we haven't seen Holyrood an impossible thing for me to do, as, of vous desire to make a fool of myself in some yet, and we've been saving it for the very course, after nightfall, no one would be per- way.

last, so as to have an excuse to take and mitted by the authorities to enter the pal- “Put it off altogether," I say, in a temper leave you there. You wouldn't be cruel

that I am fighting hard not to show. “I enough to disappoint us all now, and the But Cecile is never at a loss for expedi- think I will back out after all."

ghost, too?"

“Oh, no, no !” cries Cecile, in a sort of “Don't worry, Helena. Mr. Schuyler "Rob will find out some way,” she says, enthusiastic terror, while Dundas bites his hasn't the slightest intention of doing so. and then the Hague sisters join in their en- lip suddenly and turns his back, a movement He is as good as his word.” treaties until they spoil the whole thing. so suggestive of a reciprocity in my own feel. “ Yes, too good to be true," I answer, in

Later I see Dundas propitiate her by ings of jealous restlessness that I am twinged a state of mental parallax; for, although I abandoning Miss Hague for a time, and, put all over with a species of satanic delight. would thoroughly enjoy disappointing Miss ting her hand through his arm, walk with “Oh, do not disappoint me, Mr. Schuyler! Hague, on the other hand every thing Cecile her up and down the corridor. I see Cecile Nobody would do it for me but you—not says is so like the tick of a clock that, whatgrow flushed, and excitedly answer someeven Rob."

ever language it may possess for others, I thing he is saying. I begin to grow sick And I am quite peaceful again in the can buit my imagination to it with a precision with the idea that she loves him with her thought of being able to please her, and in of meaning that insures my deference and whole heart, after all, since he can turn her having startled Dundas anew into the convic- eagerness to be accommodating. 30 with a touch or a word.

tion that he has somebody in me to fear and I continue in this sing-song condition of I rejoice in the chance to do something defy.

good-nature all day, for it seems to me that I for her that he is too lazy and indifferent to All day long Cecile keeps up her coaxing, have every thing my own way, and that out do, and, althon gh in one way I rebel some- alternately demure and mischievous, now ex- of sheer sympathy with my happiness the what against the effect of my own impetuos- citing, now allaying my suspicions that she sun lags in rolling up-hill, and the fog even ity of the morning, yet now, as I see them is making game of me to win Dundas back is considerate, and does not once display its together, he dawoing out from one of his from his devotion to Miss Hague.

wet blanket. taciturn moods, and she feverish with delight As for Dundas, he seems to avoid, since ! We drive from out the shadow of the city's

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bigh, black roofs into the country-side, where To favor the possibility, I duck it toward we find the grass so tender and vividly green her, whereupon she laughs aloud, and Dun. that one is nearly provoked into tasting it; das turns to look the other way, with the and its smooth surface, rounding everywhere, same stoical expression that he has been is only broken at long distances by a show cultivating for the last forty-eight hours. of sterile soil that is kept prickly with furze, I am enjoying this day thoroughly in hav. and as a fine cover for game, and where we ing made two men more miserable than they see the tenderer shoots browsed upon by the would have been had the force of circumwandering sheep and cattle.

stance left me entirely out of the census reWe drive to Craigmillar Castle, and over turus in my native country some twenty-eight these feudal ruins Cecile is ecstasied; for years ago. bere she again finds traces of Mary Stuart in Foster is the other man, the comrade of its embattled walls and square, high keep, the younger Hague in his walk through the that the driven queen so loved to take shelter Trosachs to join the family here; and I am in. The ivy is wandering all over the old so delighted to find one clinging to a lower stones that peep out, hoary and grim with round of the ladder than I that, perhaps in story, from between the light, soothing touch- | order to establish a precedent for future use, es of leaves to drop their sands of time, as it I begin to regard Dundas's claim upon Cewere, gravely one by one down into the moat cile's favor more impartially, and to tread dried in a flowering hollow at their feet. my own ground well over before precipitating

As we have brought luncheon with us, we matters. picnic on the slope of the castle, from which It is a glorious drive back to Holyrood we may see the low country stretching, crisp from the castle, with Cecile lying opposite with tender, moist verdure, toward the som- against the cushions, her cheeks throbbing bre smoke of the city.

color anew with erery breath, and a mischiev. In the valley just below a loch lies still ous light kept hidden by the half-dropped in a wicker - work of willow and chestnut eyelids. trees; the flying hair of the willows shim. Back from the ivied walls of Craig mil. mering alternately green and white in the lar; past the gardens that make the air breeze over the rushes on the shore, and the drunk with the sweet smell of fruit-blossoms, swaps, never tired of kissing their own to the music of drumming - bees, the whis. wraiths, floating just under in the gray, chill tling of myriad birds, as if there were one for water.

every leaf, and the singing of the insects all It is late in the afternoon when we bestir astir. ourselves for a return to the city.

The distant hills are purple with beather “ All ho for Holyrood!” cries Cecile.- and flushed gold on their tops, and the smoke “Now, Mr. Schuyler, you have rested so long of the heath-fires goes up unfolding like white that you won't need to rest to night, and you wings, and is lost. must promise not to let the ghost have any In the distance the battlemented towers rest either."

of Holyrood come rearing up into sight, and “Am I not to be allowed to return to the from here they look wet and black with yes. hotel first?” I inquire, with solicitude. terday's fog and to-day's desolation. “Really, you do not mean to dump me in We are a little in advance of the remainthat forsaken old palace dinnerless. If you der of the party, who are following in car. should do such a thing, your conscience riages, and I am glad, for now I can be al. would make you more uneasy than the inost alone with Cecile in the old palace for ghosts will me to-night.”

just one little while. “No, indeed. There is some luncheon Our guide of the other day, according to left in the basket, and you shall have that. orders received from Dundas, I suppose, is on Don't make up a wry face, for it isn't all the lookout for us, and seems as innocent cake, by a good deal. There's a game-pie for and uninterested as men usually do wlien you, and you really can't find fault with that. they have been bribed to the extent of reaIf we let you go to the hotel for dinner, you couldn't get into the palace at all."

As we enter the courtyard, Dundas lounges “Well, then, I'll give Dundas the game- off with him to one side as though only to inpie, and I'll go home to dinner with you." spect the pediment on the east side, upon

“You are only talking for effect. I am which are sculptured the royal arms of Britgoing to take you straight to Holyrood and ain, and I am left to escort Mrs. Hogarth leave you behind."

and Cecile up-stairs. “Leave me behind!" I echo, lugubriously. When we reach the top of the stairs we “Indeed, my shadow is the only thing I ever only give one peep into the picture gallery, leave behind under such circumstances, for it and then Mrs. Hogarth, who really looks can live without dining."

pale and fatigued, and therefore never “Well, we won't talk about it," says Ce- handsome to my eyes, siuks upon a chair and cile, just as she might coax a child to have a increases her comeliness by declaring that she tooth pulled; “ we'll just go and see how it is, can go not a step farther. and then if at the last moment you are really So, as this chair upon which she reposes frightened, why, you needn't stay – that's happens to be on the landing, just outside all."

the audience-chamber to Daroley's suite, CeThe tone of her voice is suddenly become cile and I are permitted to wander on alone so conservative with age and experience, that into the dusty square of uncarpeted room. I feel it might be proper for her to add to its As we enter there is a scare of echoes, effect by p:itting me encouragingly on the that the old tapestry smothers a little, and it head.

| sounds exactly as though the ghosts of dead

and-gone courtiers were scampering away at our approach, and hitting the floor and their heels with their dangling rapiers at every step in their flight. When we stop by the window, the clang stops too, and then, a little after, there is a duller clatter from outside as the carriages left behind drive up to the entrance and are brought to a turn.

Queen Mary's picture hangs on the wall, just over Cecile's bright head, as I stand with my heart in my eyes looking down upon her, and for a background she has a bit of old tapestry, that sets her forth like a flower with the dew fresh upon it, the stitches and colors are so old, and dingy, and motheaten,

Upon the tapestry are embroidered little Cupids that toss grapes down from the vines, to other Cupids playing upon the ground; and as these snatch the grapes to suck them, they do not become more drunk than do I, draining thirstily all the joy out of this moment alone with the woman who stands here within reach of my arms.

She is fretting with color, and her hands clasp nervously one over the other. She is half-turning aside from me, as though eager to run away and no longer possessing the power; she parts her lips that grow pale now, but not to speak. Only a breath since she was laughing and defying me, and acting like a child that can never grow old. And now my eyes are aging ber, and the silence is calling her by the name of woman—and she is facing for the first time a fright that is only terrible in its sudden sweetness.

I forget Dundas. I step, almost without being aware, forward to touch and make it real to her. I begin to say something that is almost inarticulate, when I am startled back by the sound of feet upon the landing running this way, and the voice of Miss Hague crying, “Oh, where is Cecile? I really must tell her quick, or I shall die ! ”

When the voice is followed in by the owner of it, we are far apart-Cecile staring vacantly at an old shaky screen, and I examining another bit of tapestry on the other side of the room.

All about us the echoes, sympathizing with my state of mind, go screaming back at the high - pitched staccato temper of Miss Hague's voice.

“ Cecile-oh, I've the greatest joke to tell you! What do you think? Mr. Foster has been imagining all along that you are engaged to Mr. Dundas, and he wouldn't believe me in the carriage when I told him the truth. Mamma and sister had to assure him over and over again that you were not.”

The hanging of tapestry that I have been so rudely shocked into examining has trees upon it, and in long perspective a street which goes wandering away, with people crossing and recrossing as though trying to be on both sides at one and the same time.

My vision becomes suddenly irresponsible and dazed into a state of ceaseless multiplication. The figures on the tapestry are included in this abbreviated process in which they repeat themselves in a truly uncertain and bewildering result.

" It is a ridiculous mistake, and one that I am quite tired of," I hear Cecile's voice






make answer. “Ask Mr. Foster to come here, of having been embroidered by Mary's own “ Don't stand there asking me questions. and I will tell him so that he will believe." industrious fingers, and which now, grotesque | If you'll stay to dinner it's all right; but, if

** Tell me first”-I turn round upon her with age, serves as a throne for the reclining you intend to go, you'd better be about it. quickly. The room is silent again, Miss figure of my fair young gir).

I don't want to see any thing more of you till Hague having gone. She is not a stupid girl, I am frantic with longing to say just one daylight.” perbaps understands the situation, and will word alone to her, and I hover about, ever “I hope the gentleman has no fire-arms not hurry to come back. If she does not, alert to take advantage of any lapse in their about him," says the guide, anxiously, while she will never be loved by any man better seeming vigilance, for all at once they are Dundas all of a sudden looks me squarely and tban she will be loved by me.

possessed of a spirit of conspiracy, as it keenly in the face, as though not caring to Cecile looks up now, half mad with laugh. were, to prevent my getting near enough even question me again aloud. “He knows I'm

to touch my hand to her chair. It is not taking a good deal of responsibility, and it “ And have you made the same mistake? long before I begin to hate everybody in the would not be well to have any thing of that Oh, you could not; you are not so stupid as world but Cecile, and in the midst of their kind going on in case the ghosts should be Mr. Foster!"

verbal clatter I become speechless and mo“ Yes, I am, in one way, and all about rose with imagining how different it all might Dundas motions the guide to the door, you. You don't mean to tell me that Dundas be at this moment if they would only leave and we are left alone. is is your half-brother. If you do "-I her here with me; how as she sits there in the “Here is a pocket-pistol for you”-he catch my breath, for her face is crimson, and dusk of her throne, like a white lily laid hands me a flask—“I'll exchange with you mine all aglow—"what a donkey I've been !” against black velvet, I might go to her, and, if you are carrying any of the other kind.”

The whole pack of them are upon us now, kneeling with my face upon her folded hands, But we do not exchange, for I take his and we are separated in the crowd, so I take tell her my story.

and have none to give in return, and I laugh, the first opportunity to get rid of this singing “You are looking dreadfully worried, Mr. for the first time in an hour, at his daring in in my head by slipping down-stairs and out Schuyler," says Miss Hague; “I do believe having even suggested that I might consider into the fresh air.

you are getting afraid. For shame - for such a precaution necessary. When Dundas comes to seek me I am shame-a big man like you !”

I have the last word, and then I am left to paciog up and down the roofless nave of the “You know this is the room where the listen to the rat-tatting of their boots across old chapel, with the shine from the setting ghosts come,” adds her younger sister, for the floor of the outer room and down the sun flushing through the aged doorway upon fear that for ore instant I may be left in stairs until the clang-to of the heavy door my face as I turn, and the grass pushing up peace; “if you don't stay here all the time, opening below into the quadrangle tells me from between the vault - stones like green the guide says you won't see any. So, if you that I am alone in the grim old palace. nerves reaching out in uneasy filaments for don't see any, we shall know that you have I do not realize the enormity of it yet, for the light, standing erect again after every

I am hastening to the western window to tread.

“ If you find the horns of the dilemma watch with a hot heart how Cecile has gotten “What are you doing here, Schuyler ?” one too many for you, toot the extra one out away into her corner of the carriage, and, he says, in a restrained sort of way, which the window," says Dundas, grimly smiling at when she turns her face up, I feel exnctly as may mean one thing or another. “ You me, “and you will have the town about your though we were looking straight into each mustn't try to skulk now at the last moment, ears in good earnest.”

other's eyes. for, if you do intend any venture of the kind, In the midst of it, the guide comes to This sensation keeps me warm some I will bring up the rear with a vengeance." say that it is high time for those who intend time after I have lost all trace of her, even

"I may be dumb, but I will not be driven going to be gone, and then the luncheon. to the last echo of the wheels, and the thick, Go back to where you came from, and stay basket is brought in, and as Cecile continues soft silence crawls over the fire and tumuit there."

seated, an unusual repose for her, and I lean of my brain. “ Do you know that we have only ten up against one of the rickety bedposts, the After a while there is a stab of sound minutes left, and at the end of that time the Hague sisters spread hastily out upon a table made by footsteps upon the flags in the rest of us must be out of the palace ? " the ruins left of our noonday meal, the game- quadrangle below, and soon the guide, in

“Very well, lead on. How you are taking pie having been alone left untouched. But I company with two others, passes the window for granted that I will not follow !”

do not even complain at this ; indeed, I am to cross the square and enter one of the In all my life I have never been so near being led so meekly by the ear that, under ancient houses that opposite begin the Canonembracing one of my own sex, and in my ordinary circumstances, I would be inclined to gate. foolish excess of desire I am so afraid that I make as much sport as possible out of it; may make a guy of myself if I do not ad. but the idea of allowing Cecile to go away minister a hasty snub to the situation that and be separated from her an entirety of

NANNCHEN OF MAYENCE. DOW I am stilting my phraseology in a way twelve hours with all these thoughts unborn, calculated to set Dundas's wits agog with yet in words strangling me, suffices to stun conjecture as to the provocation of it. my appreciation of the frolic, and to make

I see him look me stealthily in the face, my cheeks hot and my eyes burn with an in. as though uncertain as to whether a hand- tolerable indignation at the nonsense of the ER name is Nannchen, and I will gladly clasp or a blow is the chrysalis inclosed in whole situation.

tell her story. this transparent covering of restraint, and I I shall never forget how Cecile drags her. Nannchen is certainly not a remarkable at not more silent than he, as I follow him self up from her dusky seat, in a tired way name in Mayence ; many girls bear it. But through the court-yard and up the flight of that I have never known her to affect before, Nannchen Becker is a remarkable girl, not storied stairs.

nor how, without a word either of cheer or on account of her beauty or her well-develAs we go we hear their voices ever above farewell, she passes me by and is gone. Just oped, powerful figure—there are many beauus, and, when we reach the second landing, as I am about to defy them all and follow af. tiful girls in Mayence, especially in Garten. where the round stain of Rizzio's blood upon ter, the rest of them string after her one by feld, where our Nannchen lives—but she has the floor seems to act as a full stop to further one like an interminable flock of sheep-and a specially brave nature, and, above all, can ascent, through the doorway to the queen's I am left alone with the guide and Dundas. laugh so that it makes one's heart swell for cabinet we see them flitting about, irreverent- I awake with a start now to the knowledge joy; and when she laughs her face breaks ly awakening the echoes that do penance for that the latter has been regarding my melo- into so many mirthful hues, especially around naving belonged to Mary Stuart by never be. dramatic lounge against the bedpost, my her brown eyes, that it is a pleasure to see ing allowed to sleep.

frowning face and crossed arms, for some her. She inherits her powerful figure from Cecile is not here, but I find her soon in little time attentively.

her father, Becker the porter, who works in the royal bedehamber, seated in a cavernous “You really don't feel like backing ort unloading the steamers that ply up and down arm-chair, that is speechless with the glory now?” he asks, soberly.

the Rhine, and is a noticeable personage. He



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