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with bloody and hands torn dress; but in Jervis had ordered, once for all, that no. a minute he was gone. He ran towards body should enter there without special Yokohama.”
orders. The statements of these people The sun was shining, unmercifully; bore every mark of truth. many of the young men felt completely The Japanese police did their very best exhausted, and took boats to return to the to capture the murderer; but in those city. Only Ashbourne, Inish, Mitchell, days there were no telegraphs or railroads, and the policeman proceeded at a running and Jervis had certainly made the most pace towards Yokohama. Jervis's house of the start he had of his pursuers. In was the first to be reached. The fugitive the neighborhood of Yokohama no trace might have entered it without being no- of him could be found. ticed, if he had come across the swamp, On the third day after his flight the where, at that hour of the day, nobody well-known pony Tautai made his appearwas to be seen.
ance in Yokohama. He seemed to be The pursuers entered the courtyard; completely exhausted, and paced slowly but everything there was quiet and peace through the streets; but when some Jap. ful. The large doors and windows of the anese ran up to catch him, he showed his house stood wide open, so that one could old temper by kicking furiously. Shak. see through the whole building. In fronting his shaggy mane, he then irotted off of the stable sat Jervis's groom smoking to his stable, where he allowed himself a pipe. He rose on recognizing the con- to be unsaddled, and lay quietly down sol, and professed himself ready to an- without touching food. swer all questions to the best of his knowl- The Japanese had no difficulty in dis. edge.
covering the road by which the pony had * Mr. Jervis,” he said, “had returned a come to Yokohama. In several of the little while before from the graveyard - surrounding villages people had seen the perhaps an hour ago. He had opened odd-looking little white horse, and had the stable door, and told the groom to tried to capture it. Towards evening the saddle Tautai. Then he had rushed into police reached the tea-house which Jervis the house and had returned quickly with bad on a former occasion entered to make a little bundle, which he had fastened to his toilet. The landlady was evidently his saddle, and had disappeared in the embarrassed when she saw the officers. direction of Kanagawa and Yedo.” In harsh tones they ordered her to state What was in the bundle?"
what she knew, threatening her with im• Japanese clothing and a sword, I prisonment and torture if she did not think."
inmediately confess where Jervis was “How was Mr. Jervis dressed ?” hidden. The woman threw herself upon “He wore a light linen suit.”
her knees, and related in a trembling " Was be armed ?"
voice all she knew. The stranger, whose “He had a revolver and a heavy riding. name she did not even know, had been a whip.”
frequent guest in her house during the Whilst Mr. Mitchell went to the gove previous year. He had come there to ernor of Yokohama to demand pursuit of drink tea, and also to take a meal occathe criminal by the Japanese authorities, sionally, but as a rule he had asked only Ashbourne and his friends entered the for water to bathe his hands and face. house. In the little office they found He had always paid her well, and he had an open safe containing letters, account. not been rough and exacting like other books, and a considerable sum in ready foreigners, but had acted like a Japanese money. Scattered on the mat were sev. gentleman. About three days ago he had eral Japanese gold pieces. Jervis had come at an unusually early lour. He did evidently not forgotten to supply himself not take the saddle off his horse, which plentifully with money. In his bedroom was covered with foam, but only asked a chest of drawers stood open ; a pair of her to hold it a moment. Then he entrousers and a light coat, soiled and cov.tered the house, and returned a few minered with blood, lay upon the floor. The utes afterwards in the dress of a Japan. other rooms were untouched.
ese officer. Immediately remounting, he Nothing more could be learned from rode away up the steep path which led to the Japanese servants. They had seen the mountains. On entering the room their master enter the house, and con- placed at his disposal she found his white cluded by his air that some accident must linen suit, which she would give to the have happened to him; but they dared police officers. This was all she knew, not follow him into his bedroom, as Mr. She was a poor but respectable and law.
abiding woman, and she therefore hoped | treacherous manner had assumed the di. they would not punish her.
vine powers of the legitimate emperor of Not satisfied with this statement, the Japan, the mikado. They demanded his officers took the poor trembling creature resignation, and threatened, if he would to Yokohama, to undergo another exam. not yield, to overthrow him by force. ination in the presence of the English Discontent was greatest the provinces consul. But her statement bore so un- of Satsuma and Mito, where rebellion was mistakably the stamp of truth, that Mr. preached in the open streets. Mitchell himself recommended her instant Minamoto, the reigning tycoon, tried liberation.
in vain to quiet the unruly princes. His Beyond the tea-house all trace of the requests and admonitions were answered murderer was lost. No European had by their massing large bodies of armed been seen in any of the surrounding vil- men on the frontiers of their provinces. lages. All inquiries failed. The English Suddenly Minamoto died a violent death, government offered a reward of five hun. and the daimio of Mito was accused of dred rios (about £200) for the capture of being his murderer. the criminal, but without success.
The successor of the tycoon, Prince In looking over Jervis's papers, it was Yesada, was a minor, and Prince I kamofound that he had lived for some time in no-Kami was appointed gotairo or regent. America. It appeared that he had taken But then the long-threatened rebellion the name of Jervis some four years pre broke out. Japan resembled a vast open viously. Nothing could be discovered camp, in which the followers of the ty. regarding him during the interval between coon and of the mikado stood face to face his Aight from Limerick and that time. with drawn swords. Yokohama was filled The passport which he brought to Yoko with news of bloody encounters, in which hama had evidently belonged to somebody sometimes the troops of the government, else, probably to some broken-down ad- and sometimes those of the rebels, were venturer whom Jervis had met in Califor. victorious. But the chief interest for the nia. Whether this wanderer was the members of the foreign community lay in same Jervis whom Mitchell had known in the circumstance, that in the reports of Singapore could not be ascertained. many of the battles there appeared the
Weeks and months passed by. The names of Europeans and Americans who dead are soon forgotten, and the members were fighting in the ranks of the rebels. of the foreign community would scarcely, Some of them were well-known adventurperhaps, have thought of Daniel Asb. ers who had already, in China, taken part bourne, whom they had known only for a in the Taiping rebellion. few days, had not the mournful faces of The governor of Yokohama had repeatThomas Ashbourne and Patrick Inish re. edly complained to the consuls that forpeatedly reminded them that a hideous eigners were engaged with daimios against murder had been committed, and still re- the government, and by their superior milimained unavenged.
tary knowledge greatly increased the dif. ficulty of suppressing the rebellion. The
European officials were, however, powerTHERE was great excitement in those less to do anything in this matter. They days in Japan. The little insular empire knew that every now and then some of which, separated as it was from the rest their countrymen suddenly disappeared of the world, had developed its resources from Yokohama, and were probably serv. in a peculiarly independent manner, had ing in the rebel army in Satsuma or Mito; suddenly been visited, and, as it were, but they had no means of preventing this. conquered by a small party of foreigners. It was known also, through reports, what The government, however, suffered the kind of life these adventurers led in the intrusion, knowing that in any conflict Japanese camp. They were employed as with the Western powers it would un officers, and enjoyed high pay and great avoidably be defeated. But the open and respect; but, on the other hand, much the secret enemies of the tycoon spoke was expected of them. They were emof the grand old times when Japan was ployed in the most dangerous expeditions. the proud empire of “the Rising Sun,” Their refusal to act would have been fol. strong enough to drive out aliens who lowed by immediate dismissal from the came uninvited to settle on its soil. They army - in other words, by surrender to accused the tycoon of having humiliated the tycoon's army, which meant death. Japan. They reproached him with being It required, therefore, an the descendant of the usurper who in a amount of personal courage in these for
uncommon were more.
eign soldiers to enter the camp of the | The whole appearance of this man was rebels; for every one in Japan knew that very striking. His tall, slim figure, and if the natives cannot be compared in his noble bearing, were remarkable, and boldness and active courage to the Euro- his step was as light and elastic as that of pean races, they surpass the latter in their a panther. apathetic contempt of death.
The princely procession approached. Since the murder of the tycoon, the In front walked four heavy, gigantic men, gotairo had done his best to restore peace, the s'mo, or wrestlers of the prince. and had taken the most energetic meas. They had a slow, rolling gait, and looked ures against the rebel daimios. These contemptuously upon all around them. princes looked upon him as their most These four big fellows were followed by dangerous enemy, and would have stopped archers, lancers, and also by standardat nothing to get him out of the way, bearers, showing the well-known and either by force or by cunning. The go- dreaded coat-of-arms of the gotairo. The tairo, too, knew that his life was in dan soldiers, who immediately followed, were ger, and only dared to show himself in the wrapped in large cloaks, which protected streets surrounded by a well-armed body their dress and costly swords from the of guards, in whose fidelity and bravery pouring rain. By the side of the chair he could trust.
walked two servants carrying a long box It was on a dull autumn day, about four which contained the two swords the months after the murder of Daniel Ash. prince, who carelessly reposed on his seat. bourne, that twelve men coming from When the procession had approached different quarters met, as it were by within a few steps of the narrow street chance, in the neighborhood of the impe- where the twelve armed men were watchrial palace at Yedo. All carried two ing, their leader uttered a short, sharp cry. swords in their belts, a sign that they At the same moment eight of his comwere noblemen. The weather was cold panions rushed upon the chair, whilst the and stormy; the rain was falling in tor- others remained with him at the corner of rents; the streets around the palace were the street. In an instant the file of the deserted. After exchanging a few words, bodyguard was broken through, and some these twelve men placed themselves un of the chair-bearers cut down : the chair der the portal of the palace of a daimio, fell heavily to the ground. The regent, which stood at the corner of a narrow looking out of the window of the sedan, street. It seemed as if they were waiting called for his sword, but before the weapon for the rain to cease; and their presence could be handed him, a terrible blow had in the neighborhood of the palace excited almost severed his head from his body, no attention, as the capital was full of and he fell dead. noblemen, who could be met at any time His followers had been unable to save of the day or night in the palace quarter. their master's life. Enveloped in wide
They had thus waited about half an cloaks, they had been slow in getting out hour when there appeared at the other their swords; but now they rushed with a end of the street several hundred sol. furious howl upon the murderers. After diers marching before a large sedan-chair, a short fight five of these were struck which was carried by sixteen strong men. down, while the surviving three pushed The procession came on slowly in solemn their way towards the entrance of the silence. As soon as the group noticed lane, where their leader and his other its approach, one of the men, who was companions were keeping watch. about a head taller than any of his com. Thus far these four had only been specpanions, stepped forward, and, looking tators of the struggle; but after helping cautiously around, gave some whispered their surviving companions to escape into instructions. Thereupon the others slow. the side street, they now stood forth ready ly moved in pairs towards the entrance to to do or die. They fought against overthe narrow street, where they placed them whelming odds while covering the fight selves against the walls of the palace, as of their companions; but they kept their if to seek shelter under its projecting ground without any, sign of weakness. roof from the storm. They were a set of One of them had already fallen, fatally wild-looking, weather-beaten men, with wounded, the others were bleeding from dark, fiery, eyes. Only the tallest of them numerous wounds. Suddenly there again
- the leader – was of a remarkably light came a hoarse, sharp cry from their leader, color, the paleness of his countenance be. and at the same time he and two of his ing intensified, as it were, by comparison companions, who were still able to run, with the dusky faces of his companions. turned and fed. The two men
quickly overtaken and cut down; but the vis, the murderer of Daniel Ashbourne. leader had a start which became evidently A Japanese officer, formerly stationed in greater with each of his mighty leaps. Yokohama, liad gone so far as to affirm He bad passed two streets, and now he this positively. Under these circun. turned, like one who is quite sure of what stances the governor thought it his duty he is doing, into a third on his left. But to inquire whether the consul would take having advanced about two hundred yards, the trouble to ride up to Yedo, or whether he suddenly stopped. He had run into he preferred to have the dead body a cul-de-sai. He turned to retrieve this brought down to Yokohama in order to fatal mistake. Too late. His enemies examine it. were already upon him with furious yells. Mr. Mitchell expressed himself in favor Once more he turned his back upon them, of the former course, adding that he would looking to the right and left to find an leave at once. To this the governor reescape; but the closed doors and windows plied that a mounted escort would be on both sides of the street formed an un- placed at his disposal in half an hour. broken and impenetrable wall. And now Mitchell had at first intended to ask he had come to the end of the street and Thomas Ashbourne to accompany him, to the end of his tether. . Up to the last but he abandoned the idea. Poor Djusarmoment he had not despaired of being ban had become a sad and quiet man able to save himself, and he had struggled since the death of Daniel Ashbourne, and for dear life. But now he knew that all Mitchell wished to spare him the painful was over, and that he must die. With sight of the slain murderer of his brother. panting breast, and back against the wall He therefore asked young Gilmore to go which closed the street, be seized his with him; and the latter agreeing to it, the broadsword with both hands, and waited two Englishmen, followed by four Japfor his pursuers. But they dared not anese officers, arrived after a sharp ride approachi him. A terrible expression of of three hours in Yedo, where the chief of despair and power was in that strange their escort led them to the palace of the white face. The hunted man stood im- tycoon. movable, at bay. All was quiet, very It was already dark when they apquiet, as on the day in the cemetery when proached the vast building surrounded by Patrick Inish, pointing to the murderer strong walls, which, according to Japanese of his master, bad called “Murder! Hel- ideas, made it an impregnable fortress. lington! Murderer!”. The howling wind Having passed the drawbridge they were and the splashing rain seemed to carry requested to dismount, as nobody except these words to the ear of the murderer. the tycoon had the right to enter the ... An arrow whizzed through the air, palace on horseback. A young officer and buried itself in the left breast of the joined them, and, bowing politely, asked fugitive. For a second he remained mo the consul and his friend to follow him, tionless. Then his hands opened, and and led them, without any more words, to the sword slid from his grasp. Like a the place where the dead man lay. caged eagle's wings, his arms rose slowly A gloomy silence reigned in the vast and then fell powerless by his side; a deserted courtyards. Not a human being deathly pallor covered his face like a veil; was visible. Át last the party reached a a trembling went through his whole frame; wooden shed, at the door of which were once more his arms rose feebly and again two Japanese servants, with paper landropped, and at the same moment he fell terns ready, who led the way into a dark heavily forward on his face, breaking, in room in which the atmosphere was damp his fall the arrow that had pierced his and heavy, and at the end of which they heart.
placed themselves right and left of a
shapeless mass covered with ragged Japon the day after the murder of the anese matting. The officer pushed the gotairo, the foreign consuls in Yokohama cover off with his foot, and a white, naked received a visit from the governor, who body became visible, as the servants held informed them, in a business-like way, of their lanterns over the quiet face. the tragic event. The governor paid a “Jervis ! ” whispered Mitchell and Gil. Jonger visit to the English consul than to
He did not look like a murderer. his colleagues, as, after telling of the Death had softened and ennobled that murder of the gotairo, be added there that pale countenance which, even at the last the chief of the assassin's band had been moment, had been so terrible to his ene. recognized after his death as a foreigner, mies. A wonderful expression of peace and was supposed to be the missing Jer. I had come over it. On the left side of
Jervis's breast there was a little bluish
From The Contemporary Review. spot, showing where the arrow which pierced his heart had broken off. The body was buried the next morning
At last we have a “Life of Luther' in the same place where the other mur. which deserves the name. “Lives" there derers had been laid. There, in the buri. have been many in various languages, al place of criminals -- that one place on and “Collections of Letters," and the earth where he had still a right to be
“ Table Talk," and details more or less Jervis Hellington has now lain for twenty accurate in “Histories of the Reformayears.
tion ;” but a biography which would show Thomas Ashbourne and Patrick Inish
us Luther in all aspects - as a child, as have long disappeared from Japan, and a man, as the antagonist of popes and only a few will remember even their
and as a father and householder Inish is dead. After many years in his own home, as he appeared 10 the Ashbourne conquered the grief which world, and as be appeared to his wife and weighed on him. He has returned home, children and his personal friends - for and every year during the season he goes such a biography Europe has waited till to London, where at the club he meets the eve of the four hundredth anniversary friends from the East with whom he talks of his birth. The greatest men, strange about the “ good old
say, are those of whom the world has His youthful merriness and light-hearted- been contented to know the least. The ness he has lost, with many other things
"lives” of the greatest saints of the belonging to youth; he has become a Church are little more than legends. A silent but not a sad man. For
few pages will contain all that can be has not pronounced the name of Jervis.
authentically learnt of Raphael or ShakeBut in Japan, about the ronin who at
speare. tacked the gotairo in the midst of his
Of Luther at all events this can no guards in the open street and killed him, longer be said. The Herr Köstlin in a å legend has been formed. The tycoon single well-composed volume has produced is overthrown : the mikado, the legiti- a picture which leaves little to be desired. mate emperor of Japan, rules again upon A student who has read these six hun. the throne of the realm of the Rising Sun. dred pages attentively will have no ques: His former enemies figure in the history tions left to ask. He will have heard of to-day as hateful rebels; but those Luther speak in his own racy provincial who, twenty years ago, first dared to be German.' He will have seen him in the gin the figlit for the good cause, and who pulpit. He will have seen him in kings' died for it, are revered as martyrs and courts and Imperial Diets. He will have heroes.
seen him at his own table, or working in Not far from the spot where the nine his garden, or by his children's bedside. renin were buried like criminals, there He will have seen, moreover — - and it is stands now a little temple erected in
a further merit of this most excellent memory of those who gave their lives sor
book a series of carefully engraved the mikado. Around the temple is a well
; portraits from the best pictures, of Lu kept little garden, full of blossoms and ther himself, of his wife and family, and perfume during the summer.
of all the most eminent men with whom Over one of these graves, a little bis work forced him into friendship or apart from the rest, grow's a beautiful collision. camellia tree, of which the red and white
Such a volume is singularly valuable to flowers begin already to blossom in the us, now especially, when the forces of the winter. And that is the grave of the great spiritual deep are again broken up; leader of the ronin. Nobody knows his when the intelleci, dissatisfied with the name ; his origin is lost in darkness, like
answers which Luther furnished to the the origin of the heroes of the old days; great problems of life, is claiming on one but the voice of the people, always eager side to revise those answers, and his for miracles, relates how bis terrible
great Italian enemy, whom he and the look frightened the murderers who pur. Protestant world after him called Antisued him, until at last, struck by a poi-christ, is pretending on the other that he soned arrow, he fell prone and gave up was right after all, and that we must be. his fearless soul, - as becomes the hero lieve in him or in nothing. The Evangelwho, dying, kisses the earth, so that she alone, the loving mother, may look into * Luther's Leben. Von JULIUS KOSTLIN. Leipzig, his face when death conquers him.
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