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were not vulgar, but they were not attractive. | can combine two or three bad railways into one Robert Anderson found himself in the House a good one. But it is the hero who devotes himself vote, and in the club, if not a bore, a nothing. to something nobler than the gilding or crowning A feeling of his insignificance flashed scathingly of his own selfishness—who makes light where on the quivering pride of Robert Anderson. Mere there was darkness--and righteousness where wealth would not do ; mere wealth could not there was oppression, at whose name disinterested bring even worldly success. His brain gave way hearts swell reverently. The conception of a under the perception. In his insanity he fancied man devoting himself in youth a living sacrifice his wealth had flown. A cloud must always rest to a benevolent end, forces from the faltering lips on what it would be too painful to look upon, his of all the best spirits the epithet godlike, sudden death and untimely grave.
Men admire in classes. The votaries of golu To conclude, after the manner of Marmontel worship the most successful money-grubbers. in his tales, and the old divines in the sermons, People of literary tastes admire the builders of with a moral lesson, or practical application. the most beautiful fabrics of words. The money For the mere ends of a worldly ambition, money lovers pity the men of letters as poor fellows, who alone will not do. Our age has many vices, and cannot give dinners. The taste of the admirer there are numerous votaries of Mammon addicted dictates the object of his admiration. Hundreds to this sordid vice. But they are a class by them- make the wealth of the man their first inquiry after selves, like the gamblers, the tuft-hunters, the his name, and thousands never think of people in profligates. They are only a portion of the peo- reference to their money. Many never realise to ple of this generation. When a Joseph Somes themselves at all the fact that a man is wealthy. dies, the greatest of shipowners, the signals of All they think about is, whether they like him. mourning are seen on every vessel from London The acquisition of wealth helps a man into the Bridge to Blackwall. However, he was the hero society of those who care more for his manners of none but the money makers of the shipping than his money. The reason is obvious. He interest. When met at a west-end dinner table, who has nothing but his money to give has nohe was merely a rich unknown. At the stations of thing to bestow but that which can seldom be his iron kingdom, the Railway King is saluted with offered without insult, and scarcely ever accepted royal honours. Every hat is taken off to him, without degradation. The well-bred man is apand the train stops at a wave of his hand. In a parelled in a robe of gracefulness. His gentle committee of the House of Commons, he is merely bearing, his chivalrous courtesies, his beautiful a curious specimen of the commercial class. kindnesses, exalt and delight the giver and the True it is that twenty thousand pounds are sub- receiver. Well-to-do people need to ward off the scribed as a testimonial to him ; justly, because pains of life; they have plenty of dinners, carriages, the subscribers owe many thousands to his talents mansions, parks. They need their ignorance as an administrator of railway companies. How lessened ; and the man who gives them an idea ever, he again is only a favourite of a class. His they had not, truly adds to the only riches they testimonial is deemed a disgrace to the age. want. The sum of the whole matter is, the inWhile he lived, Thomas Clarkson had no testi- telligent, the sordid, the generous, all admire the monial. His appearance was not a signal for un- chiefs of their own orders. No man can be the covering, and there were no fleets in mourning on hero of all. Analyse society, and you find in it the day of his interment. But in the whole of everywhere sordid, quackish, noble spirits. It is the shipping, or of the railway interests, perhaps for a man to determine whose abuse he would there is not to be found a man who would even prefer, whose praise he will seek ; for he cancompare their most successful representatives not serve both the bad and the good ; and they with the hero of a generous cause. Admiration alone are successful in life above all abuse, is the due of the man who knows, to a voyage, and all praise, who live for the celestial—well how long a ship will be serviceable, or him who done!
MRS. THORNTON'S TRUTH AND FALSEHOOD.*
Were Mrs. Thornton aware of the storm of of the conclusion of a story which proved so indignation which, from various quarters, has attractive to many of our readers as to provoke burst upon our devoted heads, for stopping short their ire by a temporary interruption. The in the middle of her Romance, she could not fail, truth is, that we were bound to insert Mrs. Gore's if literary fame be dear to her, to be highly gra- Tale, entitled “ Temptation and Atonement,” tified. For the abrupt termination of “ Truth as early as possible, in order that it might be and Falsehood” in the pages of Tait, we have brought out in volumes by Mr. Colburn, at the now to offer such explanation as must, we hope, beginning of the season ; and, as one or other be quite satisfactory ; preliminary to a sketch of the Tales must needs give way, Mrs. Gore's,
* “ Truth and Falsehood," a Romance, by Elizabeth Thornton, anthoress of " The Marchioness," " Lady Alice," &c. &c. three volumes. London: Chapman & Hall.
were it but for her seniority as an author, seemed trude, and Blanche, his cousin and betrothed. entitled to precedence, independently of her Sad change had been in his home. His mother, stipulation with her London publisher. - And who, with many noble and amiable qualities, was now for the close of a Romance most hopefully more the creature of impulse than of reason, had, begun, and long continued in this Magazine; and in his absence, been induced to contract a secret which, by those who like to see handsome books marriage with a young and very handsome and in large type on their tables, may now be obtained, fascinating, but thoroughly worthless adventurer, in three volumes, from the publishers.
whose only object was her great wealth. The proOur readers will remember the critical cir- Aigate character and villanous schemes of her cumstances in which we left the principal per- husband, De Sablons, could not long be concealed sonages of the story ; the mysterious murder of from the unhappy lady, who soon saw that in the villain De Sablons, the husband of the Lady ruining the prospects of her children, she had Felsenberg ; the dreadful suspicions which haunt- allied herself to a wretch whom she now hated ed the mind of that unhappy lady's son, Her- and despised ; and whose lieart, if heart he had, man; and the friendly warning given by Queen had been given to her niece, Blanche, even before Katharine to the whole family of an impending her ill-omened and secret marriage. On the icarrest by the French Government for “ great turn of Herman-an event which should have difharm done to a subject of France"—or, in other fused unbounded joy through the household—tho words, a suspicion of their being concerned in the hidden anguish of his mother increased. Every murder of De Sablons.
member of the family shunned the others. ConfiYet, as some of our readers may not have seen dence was destroyed ; everything went wrong ; the commencement, it may be necessary, as brief- a curse seemed to have fallen upon the house. ly as possible, to recapitulate the leading inci- The marriage had never been avowed by Lady dents of the story :- About the beginning of the Felsenberg ; and upon the sudden death of the 16th century, Herman, a young soldier of Ger- officiating priest, who with two servants, Esther many, who, as a vassal of the empire, had been and Barneck, devoted to their lady from her inserving in Spain, under Charles V., found himself, fancy, had been the only witnesses of her maron a cold, stormy November night, in a miserable riage, she formed the bold design of denying it, inn, between Pampeluna and Oleron. He was here and braving her husband. And by the sophisjoined next day by a certain Pedrillo, a muleteer, try of passion, she justified herself in every well known on the road and in the house, who, means which might enable her to protect the inthough he looked very like the rogue which he real- terests of her children, and break her galling ly was, proved lively and amusing, and gaily sped chains. This resolution gave rise to many trying the time, by singing love romances to his guitar. scenes ; but, for the moment, Lady Felsenberg Later in the day, another party of travellers triumphed, and the villain-husband awaited his reached the venta—mysterious characters, but, time. Once the lady was waylaid, carried off evidently, of high consideration ; and to the prin- by him and his associates, and rescued from imcipal personage, who was no other than Mar- prisonment by her son. But her distress speedily garet of Valois, a daughter of France, and the became more complicated. In a few months, she Queen of Navarre, the young soldier was after-must give birth to the child of this detested man, wards able to render the most invaluable service. Her wretched condition was made known only to A plan had been laid by the emissaries of the her maid, Esther, and to Blanche, her niece; and Emperor to capture and carry her back to Madrid, the infant, as soon as born, was sent to be nursed and she was now flying to the frontiers of France. in a distant village. The family, from this time,
In this scheme, the muleteer was an instrument, lived almost in a state of siege, and took every though baffled by the superior address of Torna- precaution that the lady might evade the atlina, the beautiful and clever niece of the moun- tempts and stratagems of De Sablons to get her tain hunter, to whose cabin Pedrillo had wiled again into his power.—Esther was a leading spirit them, and by the bravery and gallantry of Her- in the household, and a native of England ; and, man; though as yet he knew nothing whatever of by her suggestion, it was finally agreed that, the high rank of the lady whose queenly bearing under a feigned name, the family should seek a and evident distress had so deeply interested his refuge in that country, while Herman returned feelings. After a hard chase, and at great peril, the to the army. Their English home, the old manorunknown lady and her attendants safely reached house of Fenmoor, was situated on a high moor, or the frontiers of France, and Herman took a re- down, on the coast of Devonshire. Thither Herspectful leave of the “ Lady Marguerite,” as he man escorted them, and here for a time they ennow heard her named. At parting, she pre- joyed quiet; but again De Sablons appeared. He sented him with a ring, requesting him if he had been reported killed in a duel ; but now he ever needed a friend at the Court of France, to was too surely seen lurking in disguise about the inquire for her in the household of the Duchess grounds, and his first act was to steal away the d'Alençon, when he might find the ring a child whom he suspected to be his own, and who powerful talisman. Herman, half in love with now, two years old, was living in the family as the all-accomplished mysterious stranger, has the protegée of Lady Felsenberg. The misery of tened, nevertheless, to join his family at Felsen- the bereaved mother discovered to Herman and berg, in Germany-his widowed mother, still a his sister, Gertrude, what Blanche alone certainly young and lovely woman, his young sister, Ger- knew-viz., that the little Betta was the child of
their unfortunate mother, and the daughter of the ous Durochet has accused us of the crime! the better, basest of mankind. Here is distress enough. doubtless, to screen himself'; for I firmly believe he himBut that same night, the mangled body of De self murdered him.'
" • For shame, Gertrude !' said Lady Felsenberg, Sablons, the cause of so much misery, was found sharply. • How often must I say to you, “ Judge not, at the bottom of the cliff, near the dwelling of lest ye be judged ?" You have no proof whatever, yet Lady Felsenberg ; and Herman, who had been you rashly dare to assert his guilt. "God knows the sad wandering on the shores was the secret witness of secret,' she added gravely. The name of the guilty one
will be published, and the crime punished, when His will things which filled his mind with the most agonis-shall ordain its disclosure. You will know the fatal truth ing suspicion. His mother_his wretched mother! but too soon. was she a murderess ?
From farther conversation, Herman learned that To this length the story had proceeded in Taits Durochet, the infamous friend or associate of De Vagazine ; and to its pages the reader may look Sablons, was bringing witnesses from England to back for those full details and high-wrought establish the charge of murder against them; dramatic scenes which we have barely indicated, while a kind-hearted priest, who visited them in and with which most of our readers must already prison, was seeking out able lawyers to defend be familiar. The warning of Queen Katharine came too meanwhile be done ; and Herman, disengaged
them in the criminal court. Nothing more could late to prevent the capture of Lady Felsenberg, from his first duty, was proceeding to deliver Blanche, and Gertrude ; but Herman, who had the letters with which he had been charged, when, fortunately been absent, escaped, and speedily to his great vexation, he found that the one adinade every arrangement to discover whither they dressed to the King of France had disappeared. had been carried, and to follow them.
He had understood that it recommended him After a few hours of sleep, the party, consist to the protection of the King, so that this was ing now of Herman, the servants Barneck and doubly vexatious. Lest the letter to the EmFritz, with the little Betta, who had been re
peror might also be lost, Herman at once gave it stored-in the manner afterwards to be seen
to the care of the Count de Preville, to whom he were early astir, on their way to London, and related the unhappy circumstances of his family. en route for Paris, whither the prisoners had been The Count gave him good hopes of defeating the taken.
machinations of Durochet, a man whom he deHerinan was charged by Queen Katharine with scribed as a needy adventurer. Herman, he said, a private letter to the King of France ; and also belonged to a noble family: he had money in his with a message and letter for his native sovereign the Emperor. The unfortunate Queen was at tainly would the Count have predicted that the
purse.” Had he been poor and obscure, as certhis time in the extremity of distress--her rival decision of the criminal court would be against Anne Boleyn triumphant, and, as she believed,
him. The hopes of Herman revived ; nor could every one leagued against her and the true he quarrel with an administration of justice Church, Her cause and that of the true faith which, however partial or iniquitous, might benewere identical ; and both were menaced with de- fit his mother, and defeat the nefarious schemes struction.
of Durochet. Leaving the little Betta under the care of a lady of the Court, Herman and his attendants in tance to the Châtelet; and almost distracted and
Next morning, Herman was refused admitsafety reached Paris
, and found that the prisoners at a complete stand when he found that his only were confined in the Châtelet. To that prison he found means of admittance, and saw the whole friend, De Preville, had left Paris for some weeks.
He rambled on unheeding, until he accidentally beloved group; mother, sister, and his shy cousin, found himself in the precincts of the palace; and the cold-mannered though warm-hearted Blanche.
this brings us back to the spirited opening of the They occupied a long, low-ceiled room, decently furnished ; nor resembling a prison, save in the romance, and the adventure on the frontier of
Spain, when the young soldier had performed inassy iron bars of the windows.
such gallant and signal service to the mysterious “ An oaken table stood at the farther end, round which Lady Marguerite. sat his mother, Blanche, and Gertrude ; Esther on the The ring which she had presented to him at tiled floor at their feet.
At his appearance a joyful ex- parting, with such memorable words, at this moclamation burst simultaneously from the whole group, who sprung up to greet a visiter so welcome. Even
ment accidentally caught his eye, and recalled Blanche, the cold, shy Blanche, apparently obeying an
the lady's voluntary promise, just as he was involuntary impulse, with sparkling eyes rushed to meet racking his brain to devise means of introducing the astonished young man, whose arms seemed also in- himself to the presence of the royal Francis withvoluntarily stretched forth to enfold her ; but, checking out the credentials of the Queen of England. herself, she resumed her gravity, and with a deep blush retreated behind the others. Short as their separation “Suddenly as he looked at it, his eye brightened, and bad been, there was nevertheless much to ask and to tell. hope awoke in his heart. With a light and quick step he
“ Many and eager were the questions respectively put returned again to the palace, soliloquising as he went, nd answered. Foremost among them were those that I will ask for the Lady Marguerite! Who knows but related to the little Betta, whose bestowal in safety and that she may be able to aid me? She said she had some comfort was a beam of sunshine amid the gloom which influence at the French Court. Who knows, as she said, now enveloped the family, and tended much to calm and but the ring may prove a talisman to serve me at my cheer them.
need ? " • Would you believe, llerman,' said Gertrude, that “Ho crossed the great court, filled with a bustling we are accused of the death of De Sablons ? That villan- | crowd hastily moving in different directions, entered the
palace, and proceeded until he was stopped, whien he ««• Tornalina !' said the astonished young man. Is inquired for the Lady Marguerite, and, to invite civility, it, indeed, the handsome Spanish maiden transformed at the same time offered a piece of money.
into a court lady?' "What Lady Marguerite ? said the man.
“Indeed it is,' she replied, laughing. “Don't you see *. A lady in the service of, and living with, the King's that I was born to grace à court? How proudly I bear sister,' replied IIerman.
my gay plumage?' "• I know no such person ; but pass on!' He did so, Yes, truly! you are at once so like and so unlike crossed another court and entered a hall, from which what you were, that I was greatly puzzled, until your arose a broad staircase, guarded by a massive marble voice, and, above all, your laugh recalled to my memory balustrade. At the foot of it stood two sentinels, who, the mountain maiden. on his approach, crossed their halberds to bar his passage. “ He was about to say more, but she hastily left him.
Again he made a demand to see the lady he was in Returning again, after a short absence, with a gay quest of, presenting the same golden passport. After and laughing face, she said, “Advance, noble knight of some hesitation they also suffered him to proceed. He the galloping steed! I have orders to present you to her mounted the broad stairs, and saw before him the open Highness the Duchesse D'Alençon, now Queen of Navarre. door of the guard chamber, in which a small number of Advance, and see if you can discover the Lady Marguerite officers were lounging. There seemed no end to his diffi- among the dames and damsels in her train.'" culties, for here he was rudely repulsed with an assurance that there was no Lady Marguerite in the service of the To be brief, Herman was conducted into a King's sister,
magnificent apartment, in which were many beauHerman, with bitter feelings of grief and indignation swelling in his heart, at the deceit and ingratitude of the tiful and splendidly dressed ladies, and foremost woman he had so well served in the hour of danger and among them was that noble dame, whose fair and difficulty, turned away, and was about to retreat in lofty brow gave, rather than borrowed, distincdespair, when the figure of the lady presented itself to tion from the diadem by which it was encircled. his menory as she had then appeared, grateful, gracious, and dignified.
“Herman looked at her, and recognised the unforgotten " He recalled the whole of her conduct during that Lady Marguerite in the Queen of Navarre, that firm and eventful day and night, and he finished his reverie on the faithful protectress of the hunted and persecuted Protestop of the stairs by exclaiming aloud, “It is impossible ! tants—their only steady and consistent friend in France. she could not-would not have deceived me!'
"The officer appeared to be watching him, probably “ Astonished and somewhat confused, Herman stood rendered curious by the eager yet embarrassed manner of before the Queen of Navarre ; but quickly reassured by the applicant. As llerman uttered this ejaculation, he the smiling welcome he met with, he bent his knee, and said, "How old is the lady you wish to find ? She is of kissed the hand graciously extended towards him, as she course young and handsome? I am afraid she has jilted said, “Welcome, noble sir ; we are glad to see again our you, sir ! he added with a smile.
own true knight! You sought us : what can we do to "Spite of his smile of derision and his mocking mien, serve a gentleman to whom we deem ourselves greatly Herman turned again to him, described the lady, and beholden ? repeated, “'Tis impossible that she should have deceived " Herman related the unhappy circumstances under me. Truth and honour were stamped on her noble brow. which his family were placed. She was a woman such as one seldom sees. She said she "• How!' she exclaimed, confined! The Lady Felhad influence at the court, and gave me this ring as a senberg imprisoned. On what charge ?' token of her gratitude, for a small service I had the good “ Herman hesitated, and at length stammered out a fortune to render her.'
few words, that seemed to choke him, in explanation. “Ha!' said the officer, as he looked at the ring, “I "• Murder!' she repeated with a start, but the acbegin to comprehend this affair. We have a Lady Mar- cusation is false ? they are doubtless innocent ?' guerite, of whom we-of whom France is proud. She is, “ Again Herman cast down his eyes and hesitated. She indeed, such a woman as one seldom sees. Good and looked at him earnestly for a moment, motioned to the great as she is beautiful. Follow me, sir. Ilad you ladies to retire, and as they retreated she said gravely, 'I sooner shown the ring, it would have saved you much am anxious to serve you, sir ; but to enable me to do so trouble. You would have found it a passport no one you must be candid with me. There must be no reserve. would have dared to disobey!'
Do you believe the charge to be a just one?' "Herman gladly followed him. They trarersed the Alas, your Highness! he replied, “I know not guard-room, passed through a long gallery into a saloon, what to say ; I have never dared to ask. I have always where he requested him to wait, disappearing by a door feared to inquire.' on the opposite side. In a few minutes a young and cle- "• I comprehend you, sir : it is a sufficient answer. gant lady entered, arrayed in the singular but picturesque | Uad you not believed it true, you would not have feared dress of a Navarrese gentlewoman. The deep black and to inquire! Who was the person so mysteriously degold fringe swinging round her slender ankles and white stroyed ?' arns, from the ample folds of the satin petticoat and the "«Ile-he was—the husband of my mother,' said hanging sleeves of the tight bodice, which set off to the Herman, half suffocated by grief and shame. utmost advantage the slender and graceful form it ««• Great God! - her husband !' exclaimed the Queen, covered ; aided in its effect by the light and transparent with a painful contraction of the muscles of her face. 'I veil fastened to the comb at the back of the head, and cannot, must not, will not plead for, or protect a woman filling to the ground in shadowy folds.
who "As this graceful lady advanced, she fixed her large “She storped. The pale and agitated countenance of dark eyes on Herman, and said with a curtsy, You the brave young man, to whom she owed a weighty oblirequest an audience of her Highness the Queen of Na- gation, moved her greatly. After a pause of silent reflecParre, sir?
tion, she said, “There is but one course to take in an ". No, madam,' he replied in his turn, earnestly re- affair like this. You must get this lady out of confinecarding the handsome creature who stood before him,
Effect her escape from Le Châtelet.' " It is the Lady Marguerite, who is in the service of the * Alas, madam ! he replied, “I fear she will not conDuchesse D'Alençon. I had the pleasure some two years sent: I have already proposed this plan.' since to
• Ilow! she will not consent to fly from condemna“ He was interrupted by the dark-eyed lady, who, tion, from death ?' gaily clapping her hands, exclaimed with all the original No,' said Herman mournfully : 'she has never exnaiveté of her character, 'It is—it is our master of the plained her motives for refusing to listen to my propos:il, korse! our knight of the mountains, about whom we have and, as I told your Highness, I have not dared to investisaid and sung so much, hardly hoping again to see liim!' gate. But I believe she thinks it her duty to subuit ta
punishment, to bow her head in humbleness to the will | whom she had been betrothod, although so long es. of God.'
tranged from him. So cold, so guarded, had her con“ . May the holy saints have heed of us, but this is a duct been that he knew it not. But she had watched bim strange atfair!' exclaimed the Queen surprised, but ap- with the earnest eye of affection--had seen him become parently also greatly relieved; for her bright eyes sparkled, pale and thin under the pressure of a secret sorrow, and her cheek again dimpled with a smile as she added, which he had told to none. This was now revealed ;
You described your lady mother as gentle, affectionate, and with the true sympathy of a gentle nature, and a and just, refusing to fly, though threatened with death, loving heart, she felt the full extent of what he must because she thinks it her duty to submit and suffer. Trust have suffered. me, sir, this lady is no murderer! take comfort, sir, and “ Greatly affected by this proof of sensibility on the courage. Be sure there is some unhappy combination of part of a woman whom he still loved, although he circumstances which will yet be explained. Meantime, thought she cared not for him, he stood silently beside depend on us, we will do all we can to aid you.'
her, half inclined to ask her why she had blighted the " • Heaven bless you, madam ! he replied, “for the happiness of one for whose sorrows she could still so hope, the relief, you have given to my heavy heart.”” keenly feel.
But at this moment the warder's key gratIn farther conversation, the Queen explained ing in the lock, and the creaking of the iron bolts, anthe strange circumstances in which she had been he quitted her, to bestow a kind caress and a few words
nounced the necessity of separating. With a heavy sigh placed by treachery, when Herman so opportune- of comfort on his mother and Gertrude. Ile left the ly came to her rescue, and through her rendered room, and they felt, as the door closed on him, that they great service to France and to the Protestant were indeed prisoners.”
On the two following days Herman endeaThe King entered the drawing-room, and his voured to shake his mother's obstinate and deterroyal sister obtained his signature to an order mined silence, but in vain ; and on the third he for the free admission of Herman and his friends was alarmed to find himself, by the alleged counto the prisoners in the Châtelet. He was then ter-order of the king, refused admission to the dismissed, with the gracious assurance from the prisoners. He hurried to the palace, where TorQueen of Navarre of her anxiety to serve and nalina, warmly sympathising in his distress, at assist him ; and he was farther ordered freely to
once introduced him to her royal mistress. The apply to her, through his old acquaintance, now
Queen could form no idea of the cause of this inthe " Lady Tornalina,” the ready minister of the terference and obstruction to her wishes :Queen's will ; her favourite and confidential at- ««• It is the more unfortunate,' she added, since the tendant.
King is at Blois. His absence leaves me powerless. I Daily consultations were now held at the Cha- know not what to do."
“Shall I summon Pedrillo, your Highness said telet, and arrangements made for the approach - Tornalina, who stood behind her chair. • He will, at ing trial. For this purpose, it was necessary least, be able to ferret out the name of the presumptuous that llerman should learn every minute circum- person who has thus dared to brave you.'
Do so,' said the Queen. stance connected with the death of De Sablons ;
"6" Pedrillo !' exclaimed Herman. • Not the Pedrillo but his mother maintained a pertinacious silence.
who • With a strange pertinacity which almost argued a Tornalina gravely nodded her head in the affirmative, shaken intellect, she declared she would have no human as she left the room, not now disposed to largh, for afhelp, but would leave her cause to God. If it was the fairs appeared to be taking an ill aspect for the protege Almighty will that she should be condemned, she would of the Queen, who was, of course, her protegé also ; bend to the decree unmurmuring. She should rejoice, as were all who sought refuge from persecution and opshe said, if she were acquitted, for her children's sake, but pression in the benevolent influence so kindly and steadily she would not seek to save herself by human agency. exerted by the good Marguerite.
“• For my children only is it that I grieve, that I fear,' " " Yes,' she said, in reply to llerman's half-uttered she murmured, bursting into tears. 'I never hoped, I question ; ‘Pedrillo, the Biscayan arricro. He has been did not expect erer to have seen you, llerman, again ; some time in our service, and is one of our most useful but you came. I resigned myself to the will of God, and agents.' he sent you to comfort me. Even my little Betta, per- “• But your Majesty is aware of his treachery ?' said haps She paused, the subject was one she feared Herman.--. That he wouldto touch. With an effort to recover her composure she Yes,' she said quietly with a smile, he would have ceased to weep, and added in a low, but solemn tone, sold me to your Imperial master. He told me so him• Whatever is to come, His will be done!'
self. The knave is frank enough. He recommended “ They had been so engrossed by the deep interest of himself first to our notice by his musical talents, which the terrible subject they were discussing, that they are considerable. He is a clever fellow ; he has wit thought not of the auditors to whom the astounding facts enough to know his own interest ; that binds him to us. implied by their words were thus abruptly revealed. At once crafty, intelligent, and unscrupulous, he aids us Their attention was drawn to the two young women by in our plans, as a better man neither could nor would do. the broken sobs of Gertrude, which alone disturbed the Such men are but too necessary-indispensable in the mournful silence which now reigned in the prison cham- present state of affairs in this country.' ber.
“ Herman looked surprised, but he said nothing. You “ Blanche shed no tears, but sat pale and still, with would scarcely believe,' she continued, how much good an expression of suffering on her face, and a wildness in that bad man enables me to do-traitor and spy, as her eye, that was far more alarming. Herman rose and were the real names he merited when he called himself a went to her. She put her two hands into his, and leaned muleteer and traveller's guide, over the mountains which her head against his side, but spoke not.
separate France from Spain.' * Dear Blanche,' he said, kissing the hands with As she finished speaking, Pedrillo entered, dressed which she grasped his • take courage.'
in the green and gold uniform worn by that class of per“ Tears at length came to relievo her overcharged sons known by the name of supernumeraries, and whose heart, and she murmured as she wept, ‘Oh, Herman, do occupation was better understood than capable of defiyou take courage ! Strive to bear up! It is for you I nition—' secret service men'-of whom many were re-I suffer.'
tained in almost every nobleman's establishment in “ Poor Blanche ! she had a double portion of misery France, and a still greater number in royal households, to endure ; for she loved, and always lored the man to during the sixteenth century.