had tossed her nature. Presently she Thus do tragedy and comedy play side beard the door-bell, and Sam's voice by side in the drama of life. asking for her. If she had placed her In the midst of her wretchedness, finger on her wrist then, her pulse would Lissa's hysterical humor was caught by have flowed evenly beneath its touch. every trifle. Her father, with a man's She did not wait to be summoned, but ignorance of a woman's nature, was glided out of the library into the par- delighted to see his favorite so bright lor, and said good-evening to Sam with and well. Not that she looked as she a grave smile, which turned him bect- did during those happy summer-weeks, color instantly. He would have drop- when such a roseate atmosphere of joy ped down on his knees, at meeting this hovered about her; but to have her smile, had not Mr. and Mrs. Cameron playful and mirthful was a gain. He entered in time to prevent such an old- did not wonder at her being amused fashioned proceeding.

with Sam Grizzle, who might have Lissa had said nothing to her mother made the Sphinx laugh with some of of the proposal she had received. She his agreeabilities. felt that her mother would disapprove At last the silvery voice of the libraryof it, because she could not blind those clock called ten. Sam cast a side-look loving eyes to the impulses which alone of despair at Miss Cameron, and recould urge her to accept it. So the marked, parents, unaware of the fervor of Sam's “Don't let me keep you up beyond wish that they were otherwise engaged, your common time, Mr. Cameron. and seeking to assist their daughter in Somehow, I don't feel sleepy, and if the task of entertaining their stu

Miss 'Lizabeth would favor me with a pid but well-meaning young visitor, little music, I could get along without exerted themselves to have him feel at your troubling yourselves.”

The look which her father turned It was a dull evening. Milla came in upon the guilty parties caused Lissa to for a few moments, but Mr. Dassel was beat a retreat to the piano. Her face not coming, and she had sat so long at was red, and her voice choked as she the piano during the day that she was very tired and glad to slip out and give “I will give you one song, and then herself up to the care of old Sabrina. you must go, Mr. Grizzle." Sam was difficult to entertain. His Sam smiled as usual, and came formood was a mingled one, light and ward to turn the music. dark, like that new-fashioned triumph “Now, Miss Lissa, you don't treat me of cookery called marble-cake, and like fair,” in a voice which he thought was that, on the whole, sweet. He answered as low as it was reproachful. “I shan't with a broad smile to each and every sleep a wink to-night, if you don't do as remark, even when Mrs. Cameron asked you promised." him if he had noticed, in the evening Her hands ran over the keys, bending papers, the death of a young gentle- her head as if to read the notes before man, at Yonkers, by drowning, while her, as she answered, bathing. Yet, while his face beamed “Excuse me, Mr. Grizzle, the time like a sun-flower, he evidently was ill has been so very brief. I have not at ease.

Whenever Lissa's eye by any talked with my mother. I cannot anchance met his, he made mysterious swer you to-night. Please go home, for signs of distress, which, unstrung as I have thought so much my head were her nerves by the ordeal through aches." which she had passed, struck upon “ But when ?” persisted the suitor. them with the force of something in “Come, now, I'm in an awful way—" tensely ludicrous. She laugbed so much “Well, why not say Monday evening. that her serene, gentle mother looked at at the party? If I wear a camelia in my her in surprise with reproof in her eyes. hair, it will mean 'yes.'”


“I'll send one over,” said Sam, into the hall, which he did with a reeagerly ; “ we've got lots of 'em in the proachful smile, fixed, unhappily, full hot-house."

upon Mr. Cameron, instead of his “I shall find the flower if I need daughter,—but in his confusion he was it.”

unaware of the difference. “But that's three more days! I “Why, Elizabeth, what's the matter shan't know whether I'm standing on with Mr. Grizzle? Does he mean that my head or my heels by that time. he has commenced an old-fashioned Why not say—" but Miss Cameron had course of sparking,' by giving your burst into full song, and his plea was parents permission to retire ?" unheeded.

Mr. Cameron was laughing heartily. As soon as she had concluded, she Lissa kissed him and her mother quickarose and remained standing, and Sam ly, and ran up-stairs to avoid further had nothing to do but to bow himself questioning.

(To be continued.)



“When, hereafter, some distinguished antagonistic opinions. It had been deAmerican lawyer shall retire from his cided upon the same issues of fact, by practice to write the history of his the same bench of judges, in the light country's jurisprudence, this case will be of substantially the same testimony, in registered by him as the most remark- precisely opposite directions. able in the records of its courts."

One woman had been the moving spirit So said the Supreme Court of the of all this litigation. United States, speaking in the person Her suit was a most audacious one. of Associate-Justice Wayne, when in She attacked that most sensitive, most 1860, for the sixth time, it decided upon carefully-guarded interest, the possession an issue in the famous case of Myra of real property, and threatened in her Clark Gaines.

efforts the overthrow of all that was Justice Wayne's language was judi- stable in the ideas of law and custom, cially careful. The subject of his refer- in respect to it. Her claim was for ence justified him in terming it the houses, lands, and human property, “ most remarkable" in all the records which had passed into the hands of of American courts. When he thus hundreds of different owners. Their spoke, it had been for twenty-six years

title could be traced back for years prethreading the tortuous path of the law. vious to the commencement of this suit, Commenced in 1834, it had been in without a blemish of irregularity. It every Court of Louisiana, and six times had come through dozens of hands, all in the Supreme Court of the United of whom had bought and sold in perfect States. It had at times been represented good faith, and without the shadow of by the ablest counsel in the country, suspicion. and at other times by no counsel at all. It was the one woman against five It had enlisted on one side romantic hundred men. and sympathetic enthusiasm, and on the It was one resolute claim for Abstract other had incurred the opposition of Justice against five hundred apparent most immense and perfectly bonest pri- Rights, fortified in every tradition of vate interests. It had divided the law, and every selfish interest of organCourt in the most irreconcilable and ized society.

The evidence to support the claim Among the rich men of the city in was as remarkable as the demand itself. this stage of its existence, whose ships At the end of twenty-six years of law, were on many seas, and whose interests when Justice Wayne pronounced his were recorded in the counting-houses decision, he passed in review upon alle- of many cities, was Daniel Clark, a gations of fact running back into the shipping-merchant and a politician. last century. He inquired into the He stood at the head of his rank, a most private life of individuals, and prince among a class whose luxurious analyzed their most intimate relations, and elegant life has seldom been surin the earliest five years of the present passed. Born at Sligo, in Ireland, an century. Upon the view which the uncle in New Orleans, a bachelor-as Court took of the occurrence or other all the merchants of the city were—had wise of circumstances alleged to have invited him to come to the New World, happened in those years, depended the engage with him in business, and beresult of this case. And finally, they be- come his heir. The estate thus inheriting determined favorably to the claims ed had been boldly and skilfully manof Mrs. Gaines, her fortunes turned up- aged. Fortunate ventures had added on the established existence of a will, to it, and illegitimate as well as strictly which even she did not pretend ever proper means had probably gone to swell had an existence after the decease of the the grand aggregate. testator, and the purport of which had This merchant-prince was a man of no other proof than the recollections, strong character, restless and far-reachafter the lapse of more than forty years, ing ambition, whose imperious will of aged and infirm persons who remem- little brooked opposition, and knew no bered hearing it read.

control except the code which a society Such were some of the features which composed of such as himself rudely the learned justice pronounced "most organized and often violently mainremarkable.”

tained. Justice Wayne, in delivering Let us draw from this tangled skein the opinion of the Supreme Court, at the of real life, the thread of romance, term of 1847, described him as “a man whose remote end, silvered by Time, of no ordinary character, or influence has its origin seventy years ago in an

on those who were about him. His natatmosphere of society and under a sys- ural fitness to control became habitual, tem of government so foreign that we as his wealth and standing increased, can now scarcely realize them.

and it was exercised, and involuntarily We must go back to the commence- yielded to by all who associated or were ment of the present century, and

in business with him. He was a man imagine ourselves in New Orleans, un- of high qualities, but of no rigor of virder the Spanish rule. The laws were a tue or self-control ; energetic, enterpriscurious mixture of weak civil authority ing, courageous, affectionate, and generand decaying ecclesiastical control. ous, but with a pride which had yielded The Spanish possessions, in America, to no mortification until his affection were but an extra pawn upon the chess- subdued it to a sense of justice in beboard of European politics. New Or- half of his child." leans was a true tropical city; its popu- Such a character filled a prominent lation amalgamated from a dozen differ- place in the political and social life of ent races; its morals corrupted from as New Orleans. In 1798 he had acted as many different sources. Already it was consul on behalf of the interests of the the seat of luxury, for the great Missis- United States. When, in 1802, he vissippi rolled past its levées, then as now. ited Paris, he was treated with marked Rich princes of landed estates, wealthy respect by the French Government, merchants and extensive traders, as well which, having obtained the cession of as proud grandees of an ancien régime, Louisiana from Spain by the secret sipped sherbets under the magrolias. treaty of St. Ildefonso, was desirous of


learning its present condition and De Granges was void, because a previous value. General Victor, on behalf of the wife, to whom he had been married in First Consul, listened respectfully, in a France, was still living. confidential audience, to the statements How and when did so startling a fact of “the merchant from New Orleans," become known? What was the intiwhile Minister Livingston, charged by macy between Clark and Zulime when it President Jefferson with the delicate was discovered ? A multitude of sugduty of negotiating for the purchase— gestive questions arise, and must be dis"outside the Constitution”-of Louisi- missed. ana, at a price not too great for the ne Some time in the early summer of cessitous economies of the American 1802, however, found Madame De treasury, was full of alarm and watch Granges and another sister, Madame fulness at these intimate communica- Despau, in Philadelphia. They had tions. Active, and doubtless not espe come, says the latter lady, by way of cially scrupulous, Clark, at home, was a New York. In that city they had been perpetual thorn in the side of worthy diligently turning over old marriagebut nervous Claiborne, the first Ameri- registers in the Catholic churches, hopcan Governor, who denounced him, at ing to find the record of De Granges' one time, as secretly an enemy of the previous marriage. Nothing of the kind United States, and who was

had rewarded their search, but they quently annoyed and mortified, when in were told of a witness to the ceremony, the same year he was elected the first Gardette by name, whom they would delegate from Louisiana to the National find in Philadelphia. Hence their presCongress.

ence in the latter city. In the heated atmosphere of a society Mr. Gardette was found, and was exruled by passion, this proud chevalier plicit and satisfactory in his statements. " became acquainted,” about 1802, with He had been a witness to the alleged Madame Zulime De Granges, the wife of marriage. He knew the wife then Monsieur Jerome, of that name. The wedded by De Granges to be still livlatter was a Frenchman by birth, a ing. “nobleman” of France, as was after Was more proof necessary? Appaward testified of him, but in New rently not. The wife of eight years felt Orleans, in the language of Judge convinced of her husband's perfidy. Catron, only a humble shopkeeper.” The bond between them had been a His wife, who had married him at the guilty dishonor, not an honorable wedearly age of thirteen, was a Creole of lock. The rumors in New Orleans had rare and voluptuous beauty. They had their full confirmation. She was free. been wedded, when Clark made their At this juncture, who came upon the acquaintance, for about eight years. scene? The merchant-lover from New

The relationship that ensued between Orleans. The consequence is readily the merchant and Madame De Granges imagined. A private marriage was can better appear by the facts hereafter proposed, pressed, consented to, and recited than by a too positive and cir- according to Madame Despau, according cum tantial statement. We can hardly to the Supreme Court, the ceremony be charitable enough to disguise the was duly performed by a priest; the truth as it must subsequently appear. good Despau, M. Doisier, of Louisiana,

More than thirty years afterward and a friend of Mr. Clark, from New Maclame Caillaret, the sister of Madame York, being witnesses. De Granges, made her deposition in At this point let us consider two facts behalf of her niece, the heroine of this established—the bigamy of De Granges, story. She affirmed that she knew and consequent nullity of Zulime's union Clark made to her family propositions with him; and the performance of a of marriage with Zulime, “after it had legal marriage between herself and become knownthat her marriage with Daniel Clark. Both these have been

decided to be facts by the Supreme declared that the wife fled from her Court. Both were, at different times, husband's companionship to conceal her vitally important in the decisions upon dishonor, and not to seek for proofs of the claims of Mrs. Gaines.

his bigamy. He accepted Mr. Cose's But the testimony in regard to this statements that these events occurred in Philadelphia visit is not without con 1802, and that in 1803, when Despau tradiction.

testified the wedding took place, Clark In the opinion pronounced by the was not in Philadelphia at all. Supreme Court, on the fourth appeal to Still, Mr. Coxe may readily have been it in this case—the only one decided right in his narration of circumstances, explicitly against Mrs. Gaines—Judge and wrong in his dates. Or there is Catron dwelt upon the testimony of nothing, indeed, to show that though Daniel W. Coxe. Mr. Coxe was the Madame Despau did not apparently teil business partner and personal friend of all that occurred during their Northern Daniel Clark. They seem to have been visit, what she testified to was true as congenial as well as familiar. Judge far as it went, and the wedding did Catron described them as nearly of the take place. same age, “ both proud, intelligent, and Right or wrong, it is useless now to ambitious of success, equals in rank, and speculate. Presumption must be upon intimate in their social relations as a the side of Virtue. The daughter of common interest and constant inter Zulime has crowned her life-time strugcourse could make them."

gle with success, and part of that sucIn April or August, 1802, said Mr. cess is the vindication of her mother's Coxe in his testimony, thirty-five years fame, as well as the assertion of her own afterward, a lady came to him in Phila- despoiled rights. delphia. She presented, for introduc More than that, her theory is the tion, a confidential letter from Mr. theory of the highest courts in the Clark. The latter in his note charged land. his friend with the performance of a We go back to New Orleans. After delicate duty. In brief, the communi the marriage, says Madame Despau, cation stated that the lady, whom Mr. her sister and herself hurried home, on Clark thus confided to his f.iend's care, the receipt of intelligence that the was about to become a mother,-her French wife of De Granges had made child was his,-care for her expected her appearance, and claimed her rights. situation in the most tender and luxuri Other witnesses afterward testified

that they remembered some scandal of The lady was Madame De Granges. this sort.

Mr. Coxe discharged the trust con And then, it is said, De Granges was fided to him. His testimony concern regularly prosecuted. The evidence of ing it is circumstantially full. The his bigamy was fully established. He babe was sent away to be nu sed. was convicted and imprisoned. Zulime Funds for her maintenance came from had been waiting impatiently for this. her father. She was comfortably reared, Noacknowledgment of her marriage had grew to womanhood, married respect- yet been published by Clark, and though ably, and afterward appeared as a party they lived in the most intimate relain interest, in one of the many phases tions, she did not occupy his house. of the most remarkable " Gaines case. But with the judicial proof of De

Judge Catron was the steady oppo. Granges' bigamy, she anticipated her nent, as Judge Wayne was the faithful justification before the world, and her friend, of Mrs. Gaines and her claims. accession to her proper rank in society, Upon this testimony of Mr. Coxe, as as the wife of such a husband as Clark. showing the apparent motive of the Foul accident! Just at this moment, visit to Philadelphia, he dwelt with when so much of happiness depended, terrible severity in his opinion. He De Granges escaped from his prison.

ous manner.

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