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ses pieds, elle n'en avait presque pas." "Poor | cavaliers, Calderon and our Kate, had sleeping
The reason which there is (as I have said) for describing this lady arises out of her relation to the tragic events which followed. She, by her criminal levity, was the cause of all. And I must here warn the moralising blunderer of two errors that he is too likely to make: 1st, That he is invited to read some extract from a licentious amour, as if for its own interest; 2d, Or on account of Donna Catalina's memoirs, with a view to relieve their too martial character. I have the pleasure to assure him of his being so utterly in the darkness of error, that any possible change he can make in his opinions, right or left, must be for the better: he cannot stir, but he will mend; which is a delightful thought for the moral and blundering mind. As to the first point, what little glimpse he obtains of a licentious amour is, as a court of justice will sometimes show him such a glimpse, simply to make intelligible the subsequent facts which depend upon it. Secondly, As to the conceit, that Catalina wished to embellish her memoirs, understand that no such practice then existed; certainly not in Spanish literature. Her memoirs are electrifying by their facts; else, in the manner of telling these facts, they are systematically dry.
Don Antonio Calderon was a handsome, accomplished cavalier. And in the course of dinner, Catalina was led to judge from the behaviour to each other of this gentleman and the lady, the Alcalde's beautiful wife, that they had an improper understanding. This also she inferred from the furtive language of their eyes. Her wonder was, that the Alcalde should be so blind; though upon that point she saw reason in a day or two to change her opinion. Some people see everything by affecting to see nothing. The whole affair, however, was nothing at all to her, and she would have dismissed it from her thoughts altogether, but for what happened on the journey.
From the miserable roads, eight hours a-day of travelling was found quite enough for man and beast; the product of which eight hours was from ten to twelve leagues. On the last day but one of the journey, the travelling party, which was precisely the original dinner party, reached a little town ten leagues short of Cuzco. The Corregidor of this place was a friend of the Alcalde; and through his influence the party obtained better accomodations than those which they had usually had in a hovel calling itself a venta, or in the sheltered corner of a barn. The Alcalde was to sleep at the Corregidor's house; the two young
After dining gaily together at the locanda, and possibly taking a 'rise' out of his worship, the Corregidor, as a repeating echo of Don Quixote, (then growing popular in Spanish America) the young man who was no young officer, and the young officer who was no young man, lounged down together to the little pavilion in the flowergarden, with the purpose of paying their respects to the presiding belle. They were graciously received; and had the honour of meeting there his Mustiness the Alcalde, and his Fustiness the Corregidor; whose conversation was surely improving, but not equally brilliant. How they got on under the weight of two such muffs, has been a mystery for two centuries. But they did to a certainty, for the party did not break up till eleven. Tea and turn out you could not call it; for there was the turn out in rigour but not the tea. One thing, however, Catalina by mere accident had an opportunity of observing, and observed with pain. The two official gentlemen had gone down the steps into the garden. Catalina, having forgot her hat, went back into the little vestibule to look for it. There stood the lady and Don Antonio, exchanging a few final words (they were final) and a few final signs. Amongst the last Kate observed distinctly this; and distinctly she understood it. First drawing Calderon's attention to the gesture, as one of significant pantomime, by raising her forefinger, the lady snuffed out one of the candles. The young man answered it by a look of intelligence, and all three passed down the steps together. The lady was disposed to take the cool air, and accompanied them to the garden-gate; but in passing down the walk Catalina noticed a second illomened sign that all was not right. Two glaring eyes she distinguished amongst the shrubs for a moment, and a rustling immediately after."What's that?" said the lady, and Don Antonio answered carelessly" a bird flying out of the bushes."
Catalina, as usual, had read everything. Not a wrinkle or a rustle was lost upon her. And, therefore, when she reached the locanda, knowing to an iota all that was coming, she did not retire to bed, but paced before the house. She had not long to wait: in fifteen minutes, the door opened softly, and out stepped Calderon. Kate walked forward, and faced him immediately; telling him laughingly that it was not good for his health to go abroad on this night. The young man showed some impatience; upon which, very seriously, Kate acquainted him with her suspicions, and with the certainty that the Alcalde was not so blind as he had seemed. Calderon thanked her
she would have perished. But there was no time to lose. They had already lost two hours from the consequences of their cold bath. Cuzco was still eighteen miles distant; and the Alcalde's shrewdness would at once divine this to be his wife's mark. They remounted: very soon the silent night echoed the hoofs of a pursuing rider; and now commenced the most frantic race, in which each party rode as if the whole game of life were staked upon the issue. The pace was killing: and Kate has delivered it as her opinion, in the memoirs which she wrote, that the Alcalde was the better mounted. This
for the information; would be upon his guard; but, | robe, so that but for the horseman's cloak of Kate to prevent further expostulation, he wheeled round instantly into the darkness. Catalina was too well convinced, however, of the mischief on foot, to leave him thus. She followed rapidly, and passed silently into the garden, almost at the same time with Calderon. Both took their stations behind trees; Calderon watching nothing but the burning candles, Catalina watching circumstances to direct her movements. The candles burned brightly in the little pavilion. Presently one was extinguished. Upon this, Calderon pressed forward to the steps, hastily asconded them, and passed into the vestibule. Catalina followed on his traces. What succeeded | may be doubted. And certainly Kate had ridden was all one scene of continued, dreadful dumb show different passions of panic, or deadly struggle, or hellish malice absolutely suffocated all articulate words.
In a moment a gurgling sound was heard as of a wild beast attempting vainly to yell over some creature that it was strangling. Next came a tumbling out at the door of one black mass, which heaved and parted at intervals into two figures, which closed, which parted again, which at last fell down the steps together. Then appeared a figure in white. It was the unhappy Andalusian; and she seeing the outline of Catalina's person, ran up to her, unable to utter one syllable. Pitying the agony of her horror, Catalina took her within her own cloak, and carried her out at the garden gate. Calderon had by this time died; and the maniacal Alcalde had risen up to pursue his wife. But Kate, foreseeing what he would do, had stepped silently within the shadow of the garden wall. Looking down the road to the town, and seeing nobody moving, the maniac, for some purpose, went back to the house. This moment Kate used to recover the locanda with the lady still panting in horror. What was to be done? To think of concealment in this little place was out of the question. The Alcalde was a man of local power, and it was certain that he would kill his wife on the spot. Kate's generosity would not allow her to have any collusion with this murderous purpose. At Cuzco, the principal convent was ruled by a near relative of the Andalusian; and there she would find shelter. Kate, therefore, saddled her horse rapidly, placed the lady behind, and rode off in the darkness. About five miles out of the town their road was crossed by a torrent, over which they could not hit the bridge. "Forward!" cried the lady; and Kate repeating the word to the horse, the docile creature leaped down into the
They were all sinking at first; but having its head free, the horse swam clear of all obstacles through the midnight darkness, and scrambled out on the opposite bank. The two riders were dripping from the shoulders downward. But, seeing a light twinkling from a cottage window, Kate rode up; obtained a little refreshment, and the benefit of a fire, from a poor labouring man. From this man she also bought a warm mantle for the lady, who, besides her torrent bath, was dressed in a light evening
too many years in the Spanish cavalry to have
The bullets, says
turning a little in her saddle to see the Al- the Alcalde, who died upon the spot. In an calde's performance on this tight rope of the instant the servant of Calderon had fled. In an trench. His worship's horsemanship being per- instant the Alguazils had come up. They and haps rather rusty, and he not perfectly acquainted the servants of the Alcalde pressed furiously on with his horse, it would have been agreeable to Kate, who now again was fighting for life. compromise the case by riding round, or dis- Against such odds, she was rapidly losing ground: mounting. But all that was impossible. The when, in an instant, on the opposite side of the job must be done. And I am happy to report, street, the great gates of the Episcopal palace for the reader's satisfaction, the sequel-so far rolled open. Thither it was that Calderon's seras Kate could attend the performance. Gather- vant had fled. The bishop and his attendants ing himself up for mischief, the Alcalde took hurried across. "Senor Caballador," said the a sweep, as if ploughing out the line of some vast bishop, "in the name of the Virgin, I enjoin you encampment, or tracing the pomærium for some to surrender your sword." "My lord," said future Rome; then, like thunder and lightning, | Kate, "I dare not do it with so many enemies with arms flying aloft in the air, down he came about me." "But I," replied the bishop, "beupon the trembling trench. But the horse re- come answerable to the law for your safe-keeping." fused the leap; and, as the only compromise that Upon which, with filial reverence, all parties his unlearned brain could suggest, he threw his dropped their swords. Kate being severely worship right over his ears, lodging him safely in wounded, the bishop led her into his palace. In a sand heap that rose with clouds of dust and an instant came the catastrophe; Kate's disscreams of birds into the morning air. Kate covery could no longer be delayed; the blood had now no time to send back her compliments flowed too rapidly; the wound was in her bosom. in a musical halloo. The Alcalde missed break-She requested a private interview with the bishop; ing his neck on this occasion very narrowly; but his neck was of no use to him in twenty minutes more, as the reader will soon find. Kate rode right onwards; and, coming in with a lady behind her, horse bloody, and pace such as no hounds could have lived with, she ought to have made a great sensation in Cuzco. But, unhappily, the people were all in bed.
The steeple-chase into Cuzco had been a fine headlong thing, considering the torrent, the trench, the wounded horse, the lovely lady, with her agonising fears, mounted behind Kate, together with the meek dove-like dawn: but the finale crowded together the quickest succession of changes that out of a melo-drama can ever have been witnessed. Kate reached the convent in safety; carried into the cloisters, and delivered like a parcel the fair Andalusian. But to rouse the servants caused delay; and on returning to the street through the broad gateway of the convent, whom should she face but the Alcalde! How he escaped the trench, who can tell? He had no time to write memoirs; his horse was too illiterate. But he had escaped; temper not at all improved by that adventure, and now raised to a hell of malignity by seeing that he had lost his prey. In the morning light he now saw how to use his sword. He attacked Kate with fury. Both were exhausted; and Kate, besides that she had no personal quarrel with the Alcalde, having now accomplished her sole object in saving the lady, would have been glad of a truce. She could with difficulty wield her sword: and the Alcalde had so far the advantage, that he wounded Kate severely. That roused her ancient blood. She turned on him now with determination. At that moment in rode two servants of the Alcalde, who took part with their master. These odds strengthened Kate's resolution, but weakened her chances. Just then, however, rode in, and ranged himself on Kate's side, the servant of the murdered Don Calderon. In an instant, Kate had pushed her sword through
all was known in a moment; for surgeons and attendants were summoned hastily, and Kate had fainted. The good bishop pitied her, and had her attended in his palace; then removed to a convent; then to a second at Lima; and, after many months had passed, his report to the Spanish Government at home of all the particulars, drew from the King of Spain and from the Pope an order that the Nun should be transferred to Spain.
Yes, at length the warrior lady, the blooming cornet, this nun that is so martial, this dragoon that is so lovely, must visit again the home of her childhood, which now for seventeen years she has not seen.
All Spain, Portugal, Italy, rang with her adventures. Spain, from north to south, was frantic with desire to behold her fiery child, whose girlish romance, whose patriotic heroism electrified the national imagination. The King of Spain must kiss his faithful daughter, that would not suffer his banner to see dishonour. The Pope must kiss his wandering daughter, that henceforwards will be a lamb travelling back into the Christian fold. Potentates so great as these, when they speak words of love, do not speak in vain. All was forgiven; the sacrilege, the bloodshed, the flight and the scorn of St. Peter's keys; the pardons were made out, were signed, were sealed, and the chanceries of earth were satisfied.
Ah! what a day of sorrow and of joy was that one day, in the first week of November, 1624, when the returning Kate drew near to the shore of Andalusia-when, descending into the ship's barge, she was rowed to the piers of Cadiz by bargemen in the royal liveries-when she saw every ship, street, house, convent, church, crowded, like a day of judgment, with human faces, with men, with women, with children, all bending the lights of their flashing and their loving eyes upon herself. Forty myriads of people had gathered in Cadiz alone. All Andalusia had turned out to receive her. Ah what joy, if she had not looked back to the Andes, to their dreadful
summits, and their more dreadful feet. Ah! what sorrow, if she had not been forced by music, and endless banners, and triumphant clamours, to turn away from the Andes to the joyous shore which she approached!
wear henceforth in all countries-even in partibus Infidelium-a cavalry officer's dress-boots, spurs, sabre, and sabre-tache; in fact, anything that she and the Horse Guards might agree upon. Consequently, reader, remember for your life never to say one word, nor suffer any tailor to say one word, against those Wellington trousers made in the chestnut forest; for, understand that the Papal indulgence, as to this point, runs backwards as well as forwards; it is equally shocking and heretical to murmur against trousers in the forgotten rear or against trousers yet to come.
From Rome Kate returned to Spain. She even went to St. Sebastian's-to the city, but—whether it was that her heart failed her or not-never to the convent. She roamed up and down; everywhere she was welcome-everywhere an honoured guest; but everywhere restless. The poor and humble never ceased from their admiration of her; and amongst the rich and aristocratic of Spain, with the King at their head, Kate found especial love from two classes of men. The Cardinals and Bishops all doated upon her—as their daughter that was returning. The military men all doated upon her-as their sister that was retiring.
Some time or other, when I am allowed more elbow-room, I will tell you why it is that I myself love this Kate. Now, at this moment, when it is necessary for me to close, if I allow you one question before laying down my pen-if I say, Come now, be quick, ask anything you have to ask, for, in one minute, I am going to write Finis, after which (unless the Queen wished it) I could not add a syllable"-twenty to one, I guess what your question will be. You will ask me, What became of Kate? What was her end?
Upon this shore stood, ready to receive her, in front of all this mighty crowd, the Prime Minister of Spain, the same Condé Olivarez, who but one year before had been so haughty and so defying to our haughty and defying Duke of Buckingham. But a year ago the Prince of Wales was in Spain, and he also was welcomed with triumph and great joy, but not with the hundredth part of that enthusiasm which now met the returning nun. And Olivarez, that had spoken so roughly to the English Duke, to her " was sweet as summer."* Through endless crowds of festive compatriots he conducted her to the King. The King folded her in his arms, and could never be satisfied with listening to her. He sent for her continually to his presence-he delighted in her conversation, so new, so natural, so spirited-he settled a pension upon her at that time, of unprecedented amount, in the case of a subaltern officer; and by his desire, because the year 1625 was a year of jubilee, she departed in a few months from Madrid to Rome. She went through Barcelona; there and everywhere welcomed as the lady whom the King delighted to honour. She travelled to Rome, and all doors flew open to receive her. She was presented to his Holiness, with letters from his most Catholic majesty. 66 But letters there needed none. The Pope admired her as much as all before had done. He caused her to recite all her adventures; and what he loved most in her account, was the sincere and sorrowing spirit in which she described herself as neither better nor worse than she had been. Neither proud was Kate, nor sycophantishly and falsely humble. Urban VIII. it was that then filled the chair of St. Peter. He did not neglect to raise his daughter's thoughts from earthly things he pointed her eyes to the clouds that were above the dome of St. Peter's cathedral-he told her what the cathedral had told her in the gorgeous clouds of the Andes and the vesper lights, how sweet a thing, how divine a thing it was for Christ's sake to forgive all injuries, and how he trusted that no more she would think of bloodshed. He also said two words to her in Latin, which, if I had time to repeat a Spanish bishop's remark to Kate some time afterwards upon those two mysterious words, with Kate's most natural and ingenuous answer to the Bishop upon what she supposed to be their meaning, would make the reader smile not less than they made myself. You know that Kate did understand a little Latin, which, probably, had not been much improved by riding in the Light Dragoons. I must find time, however, whether the press and the compositors are in a fury or not, to mention that the Pope, in his farewell audience to his dear daughter, whom he was to see no more, gave her a general license to
* Griffith in Shakspere, when vindicating, in that immortal scene with Queen Catherine, Cardinal Wolsey.
Ah, reader but, if I answer that question, you will say I have not answered it. If I tell you that secret, you will say that the secret is still hidden. Yet, because I have promised, and because you will be angry if I do not, let me do my best; and bad is the best. After ten years of restlessness in Spain, with thoughts always turning back to the Andes, Kate heard of an expedition on the point of sailing to Spanish America. All soldiers knew her, so that she had information of everything that stirred in camps. Men of the highest military rank were going out with the expedition; but they all loved Kate as a sister, and were delighted to hear that she would join their mess on board ship. This ship, with others, sailed, whither finally bound, I really forget. But, on reaching America, all the expedition touched at Vera Cruz. Thither a great crowd of the military went on shore. The leading officers made a separate party for the same purpose. Their intention was, to have a gay happy dinner, after their long confinement to a ship, at the chief hotel; and happy in perfection it could not be, unless Kate would consent to join it. She, that was ever kind to brother soldiers, agreed to do so. She descended into the boat along with them, and in twenty minutes the boat touched the shore. All the bevy of gay laughing officers, junior and senior, like schoolboys escaping from school, jumped on shore, and
walked hastily, as their time was limited, up to the hotel. Arriving there, all turned round in eagerness, saying, "Where is our dear Kate?" Ah, yes, my dear Kate, at that solemn moment, where, indeed, were you? She had certainly taken her seat in the boat: that was sure. Nobody, in the general confusion, was certain of having seen her on coming ashore. The sea was searched for her the forests were ransacked. The sea made no answer-the forests gave up no sign. I have a conjecture of my own; but her brother soldiers were lost in sorrow and confusion, and could never arrive even at a conjecture.
That happened two hundred and fourteen years ago! Here is the brief sum of all:-This nun sailed from Spain to Peru, and she found no rest for the sole of her foot. This nun sailed back from Peru to Spain, and she found no rest for the agitations of her heart. This nun sailed again from Spain to America, and she found-the rest which all of us find. But where it was, could never be made known to the father of Spanish camps, that sat
in Madrid; nor to Kate's spiritual father, that sat in Rome. Known it is to the great Father that once whispered to Kate on the Andes; but else it has been a secret for two centuries; and to man it remains a secret for ever and ever!
P.S. The portrait of Kate at Aix-la-Chapelle, mentioned in Part I., is in the gallery of Herr Sempeller: Sempaler was a press error. There is reason, however, to think that Velasquez painted a portrait of her in 1624, for his Spanish Majesty. In the year previous, that great artist certainly painted a portrait of Charles I., then Prince of Wales; and a rumour is abroad that this picture has recently been discovered. Perhaps a little search would bring to light the Nun's. All things were strange that ever connected themselves with Kate; and amongst the latest of these strange things should be mentioned, that, in the Three Days of Paris (July, 1830), nearly all the copies of her memoirs and documents, just then printed by M. de Ferrer, perished by cannon shot.
THE HAND AND THE RING.
A STORY FROM THE OLD CHRONICLERS.
BY HANNAH LAWRANCE.
was that of a man of high Norman birth, it was judged best to leave it there until notice had been sent to Richard de Lacy, the King's Chief Justiciar, who was now holding court at Westminster.
Little pity did the corpse of that young man, so timelessly slain, seem to excite in the minds of the old men, who stood round still earnestly scanning the features, as though anxious to determine that important point, which the inquest had left undetermined-who he really was. "Though, whomever he may be found to be, of this I am certain," said Adam le Blunde, of Tindace Street, "that the finding of the jurors was sooth, that he was slain in his own wrong. Heaven help us all!"'
Nor far from the low stone wall, that in the twelfth | cloak, the girdle clasp of foreign workmanship, evidently century circled the wide area where old St. Paul's stood, and just beside the massive stone cross that formed the centre of the market, at the top of Westcheap, a group of long-robed, long-bearded fathers of the city, were gathered one afternoon in the February of 1177. It was a gloomy afternoon, when the heavy grey clouds slowly sweeping from the east, and the low fitful moaning of the wind foreboded a stormy nightfall. But heedless of the keen air, although the sharp prickles of frozen snow were falling thick and fast, they continued their earnest conversation, crowding still more closely together, and drawing their wide hoods, lined with rabbit skin, more tightly round their faces. It was, indeed, no ordinary subject of discourse that kept these ancient men away from their blazing hearths that bitter afternoon. It was no question of political interest, although, on the morrow of the Candlemas just past, some of their number had been forced to placate the King with marks of pure silver, and although rumour was already busy with whispers of a new tollage to be imposed at Easter; but it was a subject that came even more closely home to them-the security of their good city and of their own dwellings. At the foot of this stone cross a bier was placed, and upon it, clothed in an under dress of fine cloth, and wrapped in a silk mantle, lined with rich fur, lay the corpse of a fine young man; his long light brown hair dabbled with blood, and a deep wound on the left temple. This body had been found, not far from the spot where it now lay, that very morning, and the inquiry "touching his death," which, by the ancient municipal laws, was always made, although coroners were not appointed until near the close of the following century, had just, under the superintendence of the earlderman of the ward, been completed; but as the body, from the unquestionable indications of the dress, the silk fur-lined
“Ay, heaven help us all!” responded Aylwin Hunne, the tanner, who had been one of the summoned witnesses; “awful times these! when abroad, we may be set upon by the strong hand, and at home, have our houses plundered by stout rife. I could not for certain swear, more especially seeing it was upon holy St. Erkenwald's copy of the gospels, that this young man was truly one of them; that heathen crew I mean who broke through my five doors and wounded Teuscarl and Sigar, stout fellows as they are, and carried off my strong chest; but I have little more doubt of it than that the King and his justiciar love silver marks, or that holy archbishop Thomas is a saint in heaven."
"The holy saints watch over this good city," ejaculated a third, Herlewin Godwinsone, the notary; "even in King Stephen's time never was the like known as we have seen this winter. Bands of stout armed men, full two score strong."
'More than three score, as I know to my cost," interrupted Aylwin Hunne.
"And," continued Herlewin Godwinsone, “not home