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Valladolid, were the King and his Court. Con- | moment she heard from papa's lips what was the nasequently, there was plenty of regiments and ture of his errand. His daughter Catharine, he inplenty of regimental bands. Attracted by one formed the Don, had eloped from the convent of St. of these, Catalina was quietly listening to the Sebastian, a place rich in delight. Then he laid music, when some street ruffians, in derision of open the unparalleled ingratitude of such a step." the

gay colours and the form of her forest-made Oh, the unseen treasure that had been spent upon costume-{rascals ! one would like to have seen that girl! Oh, the untold sums of money that he had what sort of trousers they would have made with sunk in that unhappy speculation! The nights of no better scissors ! ]-began to pelt her with sleeplessness suffered during her infancy: The fifstones. Ah, my friends, of the genus blackguard, teen years of solicitude thrown away in schemes for you little know who it is that you are selecting her improvement! It would have moved the heart for experiments. This is the one creature of fif- of a stone. The hidalgo wept copiously at his own teen in all Spain, be the other male or female, pathos. And to such a height of grandeur had he whom nature, and temper, and provocation have carried his Spanish sense of the sublime, that he qualified for taking the conceit out of you. This disdained to mention the pocket-handkerchief she very soon did, laying open a head or two with which he had left at St. Sebastian's fifteen years a sharp stone, and letting out rather too little ago, by way of envelope for "pussy," and which, than too much of bad Valladolid blood. But mark to the best of pussy's knowledge, was the one solo the constant villany of this world. Certain Al- memorandum of papa ever heard of at St. Seguazils—very like some other Alguazils that Ibastian's. Pussy, however, saw no use in revisknow nearer home—having stood by quietly to ing and correcting the text of papa's rememsee the friendless stranger insulted and assaulted, brances. She showed her usual prudence, and now felt it their duty to apprehend the poor nun her usual incomparable decision.

It did not apfor murderous violence: and had there been such pear, as yet, that she would be reclaimed, or was a thing as a treadmill in Valladolid, Kate was at all suspected for the fugitive by her father. booked for a place on it without further inquiry. For it is an instance of that singular fatality Luckily, injustice does not always prosper. A which pursued Catalina through life, that, to her gallant young cavalier, who had witnessed from own astonishment (as she now collected from her his windows the whole affair, had seen the pro- father's conference), nobody had traced her to vocation, and admired Catalina's behaviour-Valladolid, nor had her father's visit any conequally patient at first and bold at last-hastened nexion with suspicions travelling in that direcinto the street, pursued the officers, forced them tion. The case was quite different. Strangely to release their prisoner, upon stating the cir- enough, her street row had thrown her into the cumstances of the case, and instantly offered Ca-one sole household in all Spain that had an offitalina a situation amongst his retinue. He was cial connexion with St. Sebastian's.

That cona man of birth and fortune; and the place offered, vent had been founded by the young cavalier's that of an honorary page, not being at all degrad-family; and, according to the usage of Spain, ing even to a daughter of somebody,” was the young mau (as present representative of his cheerfully accepted. Here Catalina spent a house) was the responsible protector of the estahappy month. She was now splendidly dressed blishment. It was not to the Don, as harbourer in dark blue velvet, by a tailor that did not work of his daughter, but to the Don, as ex oficio visiter within the gloom of a chestnut forest. She and of the convent, that the hidalgo was appealing. the young cavalier, Don Francisco de Cardenas, Probably Kate might have staid safely some time were mutually pleased, and had mutual confi- longer. Yet, again, this would but have multidence. All went well—when one evening, but, plied the clues for tracing her ; and, finally, she luckily, not until the sun had been set so long would too probably have been discovered ; after as to make all things indistinct, who should which, with all his youthful generosity, the poor march into the ante-chamber of the cavalier but Don could not have protected her. Too terrific that sublime of crocodiles, Papa, that we lost was the vengeance that awaited an abettor of any sight of fifteen years ago, and shall never see fugitive nun ; but above all, if such a crime were again after this night. He had his crocodile perpetrated by an official mandatory of the church. tears all ready for use, in working order, like a Yet, again, so far it was the more hazardous good industrious fire-engine. It was absolutely course to abscond, that it almost revealed her to to Catalina herrelf that he advanced ; whom, for the young Don as the missing daughter. Still, many reasons, he could not be supposed to re- if it really had that effect, nothing at present cognise-lapse of years, male attire, twilight, obliged him to pursue her, as might have been were all against him. Still, she might have the the case a few weeks later. Kate argued (I darefamily countenance ; and Kate thought he looked say) rightly, as she always did.

Her prudence with a suspicious scrutiny into her face, as he whispered eternally, that safety there was none inquired for the young Don. To avert her own for her, until she had laid the Atlantic between face, to announce him to Don Francisco, to wish herself and St. Sebastian's. Life was to be for him on the shores of that ancient river for croco- her a Bay of Biscay; and it was odds but she diles, the Nile, furnished but one moment's work had first embarked upon this billowy life from to the active Catalina. She lingered, however, the literal Bay of Biscay. Chance ordered otheras her place entitled her to do, at the door of the wiso. Or, as a Frenchinan says with eloquent audience chamber. She guessed already, but in a l ingenuity, in connexion with this story, " chance

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is but the pseudonyme of God for those particular she had opened it, she dropped her person, dressed cases which he does not subscribe openly with his as she was, upon the nearest heap of straw. own sign manual." She crept up stairs to her Some ten feet further were lying two muleteers, bed-room. Simple are the travelling prepara- honest and happy enougii, as compared with the tions of those that, possessing nothing, have lords of the bed-chamber then in Valladolid : but no imperials to pack, She had Juvenal's quali- still gross men, carnally deaf from eating garlic fication for caroling gaily through a forest full and onions, and other horrible substances. Acof robbers; for she had nothing to lose but cordingly, they never heard her, nor were aware, a change of linen, that rode easily enough under until dawn, that such a blooming person existed. her left arm, leaving the right free for answer- But she was aware of them, and of their convering any questions of impertinent customers. As sation. They were talking of an expedition for she crept down stairs, she heard the. Crocodile America, on the point of sailing under Don Ferstill weeping forth his sorrows to the pensive ear dinand de Cordova. It was to sail from some of twilight, and to the sympathetic Don Francisco. Andalusian port. That was the very thing for Now, it would not have been filial or lady-like her. At daylight she woke, and jumped up, for Kate to do what I am going to suggest ; but needing no more toilet than the birds that already what a pity that some gay brother page had not were singing in the gardens, or than the two been there to turn asi into the room, armed muleteers, who, good honest fellows, saluted the with a roasted potato, and, taking a sportsman's handsome boy kindly—thinking no ill at his makaim, to have lodged it in the Crocodile's abomin-ing free with their straw, though no leave had able mouth. Yet, what an anachronism! There been asked, were no roasted potatoes in Spain at that date, With these philo-garlic men Kate took her deand very few in England. But anger drives a parture. The morning was divine ; and leayman to say anything.

ing Valladolid with the transports that befitted Catalina had seen her last of friends and ene- such a golden dawn, feeling also already, in mies iu Valladolid. Short was her time there; but the very obscurity of her exit, the pledge of her she had improved it so far as to make a few of both. escape ; she cared no longer for the crocodile, There was an eye or two in Valladolid that would or for St. Sebastian, or (in the way of fear) for have glared with malice upon her, had she been the protector of St. Sebastian, though of him she seen by all eyes in that city, as she tripped through thought with some tenderness; so deep is the the streets in the dusk ; and eyes there were that remembrance of kindness mixed with justice. would have softened into tears, had they seen the Andalusia she reached rather slowly ; but many desolate condition of the child, or in vision had months before she was sixteen years old, and quite seen the struggles that were before her. But in time for the expedition. St. Lucar being the what's the use of wasting tears upon our Kate ? port of rendezvous for the Peruvian expedition, Wait till to-inorrow morning at sun-rise, and see thither she went. All comers were welcome on if she is particularly in need of pity. What now board the fleet; much more a fine young fellow should a young lady do--I propose it as a subject like Kate. She was at once engaged as a mate; for a prize essay--that finds herself in Valladolid and her ship, in particular, after doubling Cape at nightfall, having no letters of introduction, not Horn without loss, made the coast of Peru. Paita aware of any reason great or small for preferring was the port of her destination. Very near to any street in general, except so far as she knows this port they were, when a storm threw them of some reason for avoiding one or two streets upon a coral reef. There was little hope of the in particular? The great problem I have stated, ship from the first, for she was unmanageable, Kate investigated as she went along; and she and was not expected to hold together for twentysolved it with the accuracy with which she four hours. In this condition, with death before ever applied to practical exigencies. Her con- their faces, mark what Kate did ; and please to clusion was-that the best door to knock at remember it for her benefit, when she does any in such a case the door where there was other little thing that angers you.

The crew no need to knock at all, as being unfastened, lowered the long-boat. Vainly the Captain proand open to all comers. For she argued that tested against thris disloyal desertion of a king's within such a door there would be nothing ship, which might yet perhaps be run on shore, so to steal, so that, at least, you could not be mis- as to save the stores. All the crew, to a man, detaken in the dark for a thief. Then, as to steal-serted the captain. You may say that literally; ing from her, they might do that if they could. for the single exception was not a man, being our

Upon these principles, which hostile critics will | bold-hearted Kate. She was the only sailor that in vain endeavour to undermine, she laid her hand refused to leave her captain, or the king of Spain's upon what seemed a rude stable door. Such it ship. The rest pulled away for the shore, and with proved. There was an empty cart inside ; cer- fair hopes of reaching it. But one half hour told tainly there was, but you couldn't take that away another tale : just about that time came a broad in your pocket; and there were five loads of sheet of lightning, which, through the darkness straw, but then of those a lady could take no of evening, revealed the boat in the very act of more than her reticule would carry, which per- mounting like a horse upon an inner reef, inhaps was allowed by the courtesy of Spain. So stantly filling, and throwing out the crow, every Kate was right as to the difficulty of being chal- man of whom disappeared amongst the breakers. lenged for a thief. Closing the door as gently as The night which succeeded was gloomy for both the representatives of his Catholic Majesty. It outside of a maritime land must be the shore ; cannot be denied by the greatest of philosophers, so that, if she kept the shore, and went far enough, that the muleteer's stable at Valladolid was worth she could not fail of hitting her foot against Paita twenty such ships, though the stable was not at last, in the very darkest night, provided only insured against fire, and the ship was insured | she could first find out which was up and which against the sea and the wind by some fellow that was down ; else she might walk her shoes off, thought very little of his engagements. But and find herself six thousand miles in the

wrong. what's the use of sitting down to cry? That was Here was an awkward case, all for want of a never any trick of Catalina’s. By day-break, guide post. Still, when one thinks of Kate's she was at work with an axe in her hand. I prosperous horoscope, that after so long a voyage, knew it, before ever I came to this place, in her she only, out of the total crew, was thrown on memoirs. I felt, as sure as if I had read it, that, the American shore, with one hundred and five when day broke, we should find Kate hard at pounds in her purse of clear gain on the voyage, work. Thimble or axe, trowsers or raft, all one a conviction arises that she could not guess to her. The Captain, though true to his duty, wrongly. She might have tossed up, having coins seems to have desponded. He gave no help to- in her pocket, heads or tails ? but this kind of wards the raft. Signs were speaking, how- sortilege was then coming to be thought irreliever, pretty loudly that he must do something: gions in Christendom, as a Jowish and a Heathen for notice to quit was now served pretty liberally. mode of questioning the dark future. She simKate's raft was ready; and she encouraged the cap- ply guessed, therefore; and very soon a thing haptain to think that it would give both of them some- pened wlich, though adding nothing to strengthen thing to hold by in swimming, if not even carry her guess as a true one, did much to swecten it double, At this moment, when all was waiting if it should prove a false one. On turning a point for a start, and the ship herself was waiting for a of the shore, she came upon a barrel of biscuit final lurch, to say Good-bye to the King of Spain, washed ashore from the ship. Biscuit is about kate went and did a thing which some misjudging the best thing I know, but it is the soonest spoiled ; people will object to. She knew of a box laden and one would like to hear counsel on one puzzling with gold coins, reputed to be the King of Spain's, point, why it is that a touch of water utterly and meant for contingencies in the voyage out. ruins it, taking its life, and leaving a caput morThis she smashed open with her axe, and took tuum corpse! Upon this caput Kate breakfasted, a sum equal to 100 guineas English ; which, though her case was worse than mine ; for any having well secured in a pillow-case, she then water that ever plagued me was always fresh ; lashed firmly to the raft. Now this, you know, now hers was a present from the Pacific ocean. though not "flotsom,” because it would not float, She, that was always prudent, packed up some was certainly, by maritime law, "jetsom.” It would of the Catholic king's biscuit, as she had prebe the idlest of scruples to fancy that the sea or viously packed up far too little of his gold. But a shark had a better right to it than a philo- in such cases a most delicate question occurs, sopher, or a splendid girl who showed her pressing equally on medicino and algebra. It self capable of writing a very fair 8vo, to say no- is this : if you pack up too much, then, by this thing of her decapitating in battle several of the extra burthen of salt provisions, you may retard king's enemies, and recovering the king's banner. for days your arrival at fresh provisions ; on the No sane moralist would hesitate to do the same other hand, if you pack up too little, you may thing under the same circumstances, on board an never arrive at all. Catalina hit the juste milieu ; English vessel, though the First Lord of the Ad- and about twilight on the second day, she found miralty should be looking on. The raft was now herself entering Paita, without having had to thrown into the sea. Kate jumped after it, and swim any river in her walk. then entreated the captain to follow her. He at- The first thing, in such a case of distress, which tempted it; but, wanting her youthful agility, he a young lady does, even if she happens to be a struck his head against a spar, and sank like lead, young gentleman, is to beautify her dress. Kate giving notice below that his ship was coming. always attended to that, as we know, having overKate mounted the raft, and was gradually washed looked her in the chestnut wood. The man she ashore, but so exhausted, as to have lost all recol- sent for was not properly a tailor, but one who lection. She lay for hours until the warmth of the employed tailors, he himself furnishing the masun revived her. On sitting up, she saw a deso- terials. His name was Urquiza, a fact of very late shore stretching both ways-nothing to eat, little importance to us in 1847, if it had stood only nothing to drink, but fortunately the raft and the at the head and foot of Kate's little account. But money had been thrown near her; none of the unhappily for Kate's debut on this vast American lashings having given way—only what is the use stage, the case was otherwise. Mr. Urquiza had of a guinea amongst tangle and sea-gulls? The the misfortune (equally common in the old world money she distributed amongst her pockets, and and the new) of being a knave ; and also a showy soon found strength to rise and march forward. specious knave. Kate, who had prospered under But which was forward ? and which backward ? sea allowances of biscuit and hardship, was now She knew by the conversation of the sailors that expanding in proportions. With very little vanity Paita must be in the neighbourhood ; and Paita, or consciousness on that head, she now displayed being a port, could not be in the inside of Peru, a really fine person ; and, when drest anew in the but, of course, somewhere on its outside and the way that became a young officer in the Spanish


service, she looked* the representative picture of a years," which even`annuity offices hear, and perSpanish caballador. It is strange that such an haps utter, without a pang. Kate, therefore, appearance, and such a rank, should have sug- wrote to Trujillo, expressing her honest fears, gested to Urquiza the presumptuous idea of wisłı- and desiring to have more definite instructions. ing that Kato might become his clerk. He did, These were positive. If the lady chose to send however, wish it ; for Kate wrote a beautiful for the entire shop, her account was to be debited hand; and a stranger thing is, that Kate accepted instantly with that. She had, however, as yet, his proposal. This might arise from the difficulty not sent for the shop, but she began to manifest of moving in those days to any distance in Peru. strong signs of sending for the shopman. Upon The ship had been merely bringing stores to the the blooming young Biscayan had her roving eye station of Paita ; and no corps of the royal armies settled ; and she wils in a course of making up was readily to be reached, whilst something must her mind to take Kate for a sweetheart. Poor be done at once for a livelihood. Urquiza had two Kate saw this with a heavy heart. And, at the mereantile establishments, one at Trujillo, to which same time that she had a prospect of a tender he repaired in person, on kate's agreeing to un- friend more than she wanted, she had become dertake the management of the other in Paita. certain of an extra enemy that she wanted quite Like tho sensible girl, that we have always found as litile. What she had done to offend Mr. Reyes, her, she demanded specific instructions for her Kate could not guess, except as to the matter of yuidance in duties so new. Certainly she was in the credit : but then, in that, she only executed a fair way for seeing life. Telling her beads at her instructions. Still Mr. Reyes was of opinion St. Sebastian's, muncuvring irregular verbs at that there were two ways of executing orders : Vittoria, acting as gentleman usher at Valladolid, but the main offence was unintentional on Kate's serving his Spanish majesty round Cape Horn, part. Reyes, though as yet she did not know it, fighting with storms and sharks off the coast of had himself been a candidate for the situation of Peru, and now commencing as book-keeper or clerk ; and intended probably to keep the equacommis to a draper at Paita, does she not justify tion precisely as it was with respect to the allowthe character that I myself gave her, just before ance of crodit, only to change places with the dismissing her from St. Sebastian's, of being a handsome lady-kemping her on the negative side, "handy” girl? Mr. Urquiza's instructions were himself on the affirmative--an arrangement that short, easy to be understood, but rather comic; you know could have made no sort of pecuniary and yet, which is odd, they led to tragic results. | difference to Urquiza. There were two debtors of the shop, (many, it is Thus stood matters, when a party of strolling to be hoped, but two meriting his affectionate no-players strolled into Paita. Kate, as a Spaniard, tice) with respect to whom he left the most oppo- being one held of the Paita aristocracy, was exsite directions. The one was a very handsome pected to attend. She did so; and there also was lady; and the rule as to her was, that she was to the malignant Reyes. He came and seated himself have credit unlimited, strictly unlimited. That purposely so as to shut out Kate from all view of was plain. The other customer, favoured by Mr. the stage. She, who had nothing of the bully in Urquiza's valedictory thoughts, was a young man, her nature, and was a gentle creature when her cousin to the handsome lady, and bearing the wild Biscayan blood had not been kindled by inname of Reyes. This youth occupied in Mr. sult, courteously requested him to move a little ; Urquiza's estimate tho same hyperbolica? rank upon which Reyes remarked that it was not in as the handsome lady, but on the opposite side his power to oblige the clerk as to that, but that of the equation. The rule as to him was—that he could oblige him by cutting his throat. The he was to have no credit; strictly none. In tiger that slept in Catalina wakened at once. She this case, also, Kate saw no difficulty; and when seized him, and would have executed vengeance she came to know Mr. Reyes a little, she found on the spot, but that a party of young men interthe path of pleasure coinciding with the path of posed to part them. The next day, when Kate duty. Mr. Urquiza could not be more precise in (always ready to forget and forgive) was thinking Jaying down the rule than Kate was in enforcing no more of the row, Reyes passed ; by spitting it. But in the other case a scruple arose. Un- at the window, and other gestures insulting to limited might be a word, not of Spanish law, but Kate, again he roused her Spanish blood. Out of Spanish rhetoric ; such as Live a thousand she rushed, sword in hand--a duel began in the

street, and very soon Kate's sword had passed

into the heart of Reyes. Now that the mischief * « She looked," &e. Jferer the reader shonll risit Aix

was done, the police were, as usual, all alive for la-Chapelle, lie will probably feel interest enough in the poor, wild impassioned girl, to look ont for a picture of her the pleasure of avenging it. Kate found herself in that city, and the only one known certainly to be authen suddenly in a strong prison, and with small hopes tie. It is in the collection of Mr. Sempaler. For some of leaving it, except

execution. The relations tiine it was supposed that the best (if noi the only ) portrait of her lurked somewhere in Italy. Since the list of the dead man were potent in Paita, and clacovery of the picture at Aix-la-Chapelle, that notion has mourous for justice, so that the corregidor, in a been abandoned. But there is great reason to believe that,

case where he saw a very poor chance of being both in Madrid and Rome, many portraits of her must have been painteil to meet the intense interest which arose corrupted by bribes, felt it his duty to be sublimely in her bistory subsequently amongst all the men of rank, incorruptible. The reader knows, however, that, military or ecclesiasticul, whether in Italy or Spain. The date of these would range between sixteen and twenty-two amongst the relatives of the deceased bully, was years from the periol wlich we have now reached (100),' that handsome lady, who differed as much from


her cousin in her sentimer ts as to Kate, as she did desirable, Kate assented, and instantly rose. A in the extent of her credit with Mr. Urquiza. To sort of procession formed, for the purpose of doing her Kate wrote a note ; and, using one of the Spa-honour to the interesting guest, and escorting nish King's gold coins for pribing the jailor, got it him in pomp to his bed-room. Kate viewed it safely delivered, That, perhaaps, was unnecessary; much in the same light as the procession to which for the lady had been already on the alert, and bad for some days she had been expecting an invitasummoned Urquiza from Trujillo. By some means, tion from the corregidor. Far ahead ran the not very luminously stated, and by paying proper servant-woman as a sort of outrider. Then came fees in proper quarters, Kate was smuggled out of Urquiza, like a Pasha of two tails, who granted the prison at nightfall, and smuggled into a pretty two sorts of credit, viz, unlimited and none at all, house in the suburbs. Had she known exactly bearing two wax-lights, one in each hand, and the footing she stood on as to the law, she would wanting only cymbals and kettle drums to express have been decided. As it was, she was uneasy, emphatically the pathos of his Castillian strut. and jealous of mischief abroad ; and, before Next came the bride, a little in advance of the supper, she understood it all. Urquiza briefly in- clerk, but still turning obliquely towards him, and formed his clerk, that it would be requisite for smiling graciously into his face. Lastly, bringing him to marry the handsome lady. But why ? up the rear, came the prisoner-our Kate-the Because, said Urquiza, after talking for hours nun, the page, the mate, the clerk, the homicide, with the corrégidor, who was infamous for obsti- the convict; and, for this day only, by particular nacy, he had found it impossible to make him desire, the bridegroom elect. “hear reason,” and release the prisoner, until this It was Kate's fixed opinion, that, if for a mocompromise of marriage was suggested. But how ment she entered any bed-room having obviously could public justice be pacified for the clerk's un- no outlet, her fate would be that of an ox once fortunate homicide of Reyes, by a female cousin of driven within the shambles. Outside, the bullock the deceased man engaging to love, honour, and might make some defence with his horns; but once obey the clerk for life? Kate could not see her way in, with no space for turning, he is muffled and through this logic. “Nonsense, my friend,” said gagged. She carried her eye, therefore, like a Urquiza, you don't comprehend. As it stands, hawk's, steady, though restless, for vigilant examithe affair is a murder, and hanging the penalty. nation of every angle she turned. Before she enBut, if you marry into the murdered man's house, tered any bed-room, she was resolved to reconnoiter then it becomes a little family murder, all quiet it from the doorway, and, in case of necessity, show and comfortable amongst ourselves. What has the fight at once, before entering--as the best chance, corregidor to do with that? or the public either after all, where all chances were bad. Everything Now, let me introduce the bride.” Supper entered ends; and at last the procession reached the bedat that moment, and the bride immediately after. room door, the outrider having filed off to the The thoughtfulness of Kate was narrowly ob- One glance sufficed to satisfy Kate that served, and even alluded to, but politely ascribed windows there were none, and, therefore, no outto the natural anxieties of a prisoner, and the let for escape. Treachery appeared even in that; very imperfect state of liberation even yet from and Kate, though unfortunately without arms, prison surveillance. Kate had, indeed, never been

was now fixed for resistance. Mr. Urquiza entered in so trying a situation before. The anxieties of first—“ Sound the trumpets ! Beat the drums !" the farewell night at St. Sebastian were nothing to There were, as we know already, no windows ; this ; because, even if she had failed then, a failure but a slight interruption to Mr. Urquiza's pompous might not have been always irreparable. It was tread showed that there were steps downwards into but to watch and wait. But now, at this supper the room. Those, thought Kate, will suit me table, she was not more alive to the nature of the

even better. She had watched the unlocking of peril than she was to the fact, that if, before the bed-room door-she had lost nothing-she the night closed, she did not by some means had marked that the key was left in the lock. escape from it, she never would escape with life. At this moment, the beautiful lady, as one acThe deception as to her sex, though resting on quainted with the details of the house, turning no motive that pointed to these people, or at all with the air of a gracious monitress, held out concerned them, would be resented as if it had. her fair hand to guide Kate in careful descent of The lady would resent the case as a mockery; the steps. This had the air of taking out Kate and Urquiza would lose his opportunity of deliver- to dance ; and Kate, at that same moment, aning himself from an imperious mistress. According swering to it by the gesture of a modern waltzer, to the usages of the times and country, Kate threw her arm behind the lady's waist, hurled knew that in twelve hours she would be assassi. her headlong down the steps right against Mr. nated.

Urquiza, draper and haberdasher ; and then, People of infirmer resolution would have lin- with the speed of lightening, throwing the door gered at the supper-table, for the sake of putting home within its architrave, doubly locked the off the evil moment of final crisis. Not so Kate. creditor and debtor into the rat-trap which they She had revolved the case on all its sides in a few had prepared for herself. minutes, and had formed her resolution. This

The affrighted out-rider fled with horror : she done, she was as ready for the trial at one moment already knew that the clerk had committed one as another ; and, when the lady suggested that homicide ; a second would cost him still less the hardships of a prison must have made repose thought; and thus it happened that egress was left


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