ter, who stood and looked, with great you the country about him,” Mrs. For gravity, upon his place of trial. When rester said. The English M. P. could Katie's voice became audible at his side, not but think that it was his reputation advising him in very distinct tones to re- which had travelled before him, and gained store the old place, Walter felt himself him so delightful a reception. shrink and grow red, as if some villany As for the rest of the party, they were had been suggested to him. He made no fully entertained by Oona, who was more reply. He had thought himself of some than usually lively and bright. She said thing of the same description in his first very little to Lord Erradeen, who was by acquaintance with Kinloch-houran; but far the most silent of the assembly, but how different his feelings were now!exerted herself for her other guests, with

The reader already knows what were a little Aush upon her which was very Mrs. Forrester's teas. The party filled | becoming, and an excitement completely the pleasant drawing-room in which a fire i concealed and kept under, which yet acted was burning brightly, not withstanding the upon her like a sort of ethereal stimulant sunshine without, and the scones arrived quickening all her powers. They were in bountiful quantity, one supply after so gay that Mrs. Forrester's anxiety about another; Mysie's countenance beaming their return, which indeed she forgot as as “a few more were demanded; while soon as they were under her roof, was her mistress did nothing but fill out cups baffled, and it was not till the glow of the of tea and press her young guests to eat. sunset was beginning to die out in the

Another cup will not hurt you," she west that the visitors began to move. said. "That is just nonsense about Then there was a hurrying and trooping

If it was green tea, indeed, and out, one group following another, to get you were indulging in it at night to keep to the boats. The landscape had changed you off your sieep - but in a fine after since they came, and now the upper end noon like this, and after your row. Now of the loch was all cold and chill in the just try one of these scones; you have greyness of early twilight, though the sky not tasted this kind. It is hot from the behind in the southward was still glowing girdle, and we all think my cook has a with color. Benlui lay in a soft mist, gift. Mysie, tell Margaret that we will having put off his purple and gold, and have a few more. And Oona, it is the drawn about him the ethereal violet tones cream scones that Katie likes : but you of his evening mantle; but on the slopes must tell Lord Erradeen to try this kind, beneath, as they fell towards the margin just to please me.”

of the water, all color had died out. Lord Thus the kind lady ran on. It gave Erradeen was one of the last to leave the her the profoundest pleasure to see her house, and he was at first but vaguely house filled, and to serve her young guests aware of the little movement and sudden with these simple delicacies. “Dear me, pause of the party upon the first turn of it is just nothing. I wish it was better the winding path. He did not even unworth taking,” she answered to Mr. Braith. derstand for a moment the eager whisper waite's compliments, who made the usual which came almost more distinctly than a pretty speeches of the English tourist as shout through the clear, still evening air. to Scotch hospitality. Mrs. Forrester felt It was the voice of young Tom of Elleras if these compliinents were a half-re. more. proach to her for so simple an entertain. " Look there! the light - the light! ment. "You see,” she said, “it is all we Who says they do not believe in it?" the can do; for, besides that there is no gen- young fellow said; and then there was a tleman' in the house, which is against Autter of exclamations and subdued cries, we are not well situated in of wonder and interest, not without disthe isle for evening visits. The nights sentient voices. are cold at this time of the year, and it is “I see some sort of a glimmer," said not always easy to strike our lit little one. landing in the dark; so we have to con- “It is as clear as day,” cried another. tent ourselves with a poor offering to our " It must be reflection,” a third said. friends. And I am sure you are very

Walter raised his eyes;

had no sort kind to take it so politely. If my boy's of doubt to what they referred. His old were at home, I would have it more in house lay dark upon the edge of the dark, my power to show attention ; but if you gleaming loch, silent, deserted, not a sign are going further north, I hope you will of life about the ruined walls; but upon make your way to Eaglescairn and see the tower shone the phantasm of the my son, who will be delighted to show i light, now waning, now rising, as if some

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unfelt wind blew about the soft light of an of the last boat as it was pushed off. Then unseen lamp. It brought him to himself he looked at Oona with a smile. in a moment, and woke him up from the “I am called "- he said, “but not that maze of vague thoughts which had ab- way. Now I must go home.” stracted him even in the midst of the gay

Her heart beat so that she could scarcemovement and bustle. He listened with ly speak. Was this spell to take posses. strange spectatorship, half stern, half sion of her again, against her will, without amused, to all the murmurs of the little any wish of his, like some enchantment? crowd.

She fought against it with all her might. “If you call that light !” said the voice “If that is so," she said, “ Hamish will of Katie; “it is some phosphorescence put you across, when you please.” that nobody has examined into, I suppose. He took no notice of these indifferent Who knows what decayed things are words. there? That sort of glimmer always “ This time,” he said, “it is altogether comes out of decay. Oh, yes, I once went different. I know what is going to hapto chemistry lectures, and I know. Be. pen, and I am not afraid. But it must sides, it stands to reason. What could come to an end." it be else?"

What was it to her if it came to an end . You know very well, Katie, what they or not? She tried to check the quicksay — that it is the summons of the war. rising sympathy; to offer no response. lock lord.”

· They will be late on the water, but I “I would like to answer the summons," hope they will get home before dark," she cried Katie with a laugh. “I would send replied. for the health inspector, from Glasgow, Then he looked at her wistfully, with a and clear it all out, every old crevice, and look that melted her very heart. all the perilous stuff. That would be the “Don't you know that it will never thing to do. As for the warlock lord, come to an end unless you stand by me?" papa shall invite him to dinner if you will he cried. find out where he is to be met with, Tom.”

“ Like the commandant in •Don Giovanni, somebody said; and there was an echoing laugh, but of a feeble kind. Walter heard this conversation with a

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NAPOLEON'S MARSHALS. excited; his blood was rather congealed If a man were asked what epoch of the than quickened in his veins. But he lin past he would most gladly summon back gered behind, taking no notice of his late so as to live in it, he would choose well companions as they streamed away to the in reviving the reign of Napoleon, and boats. He seemed in a moment to have making himself an officer in the impebeen parted miles – nay, worlds away rial army. To us who read of those ten from them. When he thought of the in- sparkling years. 1804-14, when the great terview that was before him, and of the emperor carried the spoils of Europe 10 light-hearted strangers making comments Paris, and distributed crowns and coro. upon the legend of the place with laugh nets, bâtons, estates, and even high-born and jest, it seemed to him that he and brides among his victorious soldiers, it they could scarcely belong to the same seems as if the excitement of being a

He lingered, with no heart for the French officer must have been so intense farewells and explanations that would be as to keep the nerves in constant thrill. necessary if be left them formally: and A single act of bravery in the field might turning round gazed steadfastly towards bring a man under the conqueror's notice, Kinloch-houran from behind the shade of and to win honors from his hand was a the shrubbery. Here Oona found him, as very different thing to getting them from she rushed back to warn him that the boats the republic, which he had improved away. were pushing off. She began breath. The grotesque governments of the Revo. lessly,

lutionary period never made a general " Lord Erradeen, you are called " without bringing him to book afterwards then stopped, looked at him, and said no to test whether he came up to the full

standard of republican foolishness, and He did not answer her for a moment, if he did not he was sure to feel that his but stood still, and listened to the sounds head sat loosely on his shoulders. Even below, the impatient call, the plash of the under the Directorate generals who reoars in the water, the grating of the keel | turned in triumph from war bad their

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pleasure marred by being solicited to join | ated the young prince of Neufchâtel and in political intrigues, and it made matters Wagram Berthier's son, who was but worse that such intrigues were often nec- five years old hereditary peer of essary to secure to them not only their France. honors, but their pay. At a time when it Napoleon's marshals were twenty-six in required fifteen thousand francs of re. number, of whom seven only were born publican paper money to make a louis in a rank which would have entitled them d'or, all grades and dignities which the to become general officers under the old republic conferred might be compared to monarchy. These were Kellermann, Ber. assignats: they bore no sort of specific thier, Davoust, Macdonald, Marmont, relation to those bestowed under the old Grouchy, and Poniatowski, a Pole. Of monarchy. Napoleon, however, suddenly the others, Murat was the son of an inn. raised all these depreciated honors to a keeper, Lefèbvre of a miller, Augereau of premium, and it was the most signal glory a mason, Bernadotte of a weaver, and of his reign to have done so. He was Ney of a cooper. Masséna's father, like greater as a pacificator than as a con- Murat's, kept a village wine-shop; Lannes queror. To have reopened the churches, was the son of an ostler, and was himself to have replaced justice on her seat, to apprenticed to a dyer; Victor, whose real have put an end to the reign of talkers name was Perrin, was the son of an inand writers the men who are least fitted valided private soldier, who after leaving for business, but who under republics get the service became a market.crier; while a monopoly of it to the general detriment Soult's mother kept a mercer's shop, and —was a mighty achievement. It set all Oudinot's a small café with a circulating things in order, and made France once library. The marshals sprung from the more habitable and pleasant to dwell in. bourgeoisie or middle class were SerruBut again when Napoleon created a new rier, whose father was an officer, but aristocracy, he performed a brilliant stroke never rose above the rank of captain ; of policy. Those who have ridiculed him Bessières, whose father, though a poor for it as if he had indulged in a mere clerk in a lawyer's office, was the son of a piece of vanity, have not considered what doctor; Suchet, who was the son of a were the difficulties of his position. Un silk-merchant; Moncey, the son of a bar. til he had converted his foremost soldiers rister; Gouvion, who assumed the name into princes, dukes, and counts, they could of Saint-Cyr, and whose father practised all feel that he had not done so much for as an attorney; and Brune, who started them as a Bourbon king would have done; in life as a journalist. It is curious to and some of them did feelit. Many were trace through the lives of the different sprung from the poorest class, and the men the effect which their earliest assoprestige of the village seigneur to whom ciations had upon them. they had bowed as boys, loomed very ashamed of their parentage; whilst others large in their memories. The character bragged overmuch of being self-made of a nation is not to be altered within a men. Only one or two bore their lionors few years, because a number of ranters with perfect modesty and tact. have declaimed about equality even to the The noblest character among Napolength of proposing that all steeples and leon's marshals was beyond doubt Adrian towers should be razed so that buildings Moncey, Duc de Conegliano. He was might be of one symbolical height; and born at Besançon in 1754, and enlisted at the persecution of the nobility during the the age of fifteen, simply that he might Revolution had really added to the value not be a charge to his parents. From his of titles. Whether Napoleon wished to father, the barrister, he had picked up a lessen the worth of the old distinctions, smattering of education, while nature had or merely to gratify his followers by plac- given him a talent for drawing: He looked ing them on a level with their former so small and young when he was brought masters the nobles, bis creation of a new before the colonel of the Franche Comté aristocracy was a wise act, and it was im. regiment for enrolment, that the latter, inediately ratified by popular approval. who was quite a young man - the Count Somebody jested with Ney about the new de Survilliers asked him, laughing, nobility having no ancestors : We Are whether he had been tipsy from “drinking ancestors," answered the marshal, and too much milk” when he fell into the this view was so generally accepted that hands of the recruiting sergeant. The even when the Bourbons were restored sergeant, by way of proving that young the imperial titles obtained full recogni. Moncey had been quite sober when he had tion. În 1815 Louis XVIII. actually cre. I put on the white cockade (which was like

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taking the king's shilling in England), standing between us, sir,” said the Duc produced a cleverly executed caricature of d'Angoulême to him, after Moncey had himself which the boy had drawn; upon forced Barcelona and Tarragona to surwhich M. de Survilliers predicted that so render. accomplished a recruit would quickly win “ There is likely to be none so long as an epaulette. This promise came to you only employ me on soldier's work," nothing, for in 1789, after twenty years' was the marshal's mild answer. He service, Moncey was only a lieutenant. eventually became governor of the Iova. It was a noble trait in him that in after. lides, and it fell to him in 1840 to receive years he never spoke resentfully of his Napoleon's body when it was brought slow promotion. He used to say that he froin St. Helena. It was remarked at the had been thoroughly well trained, and he time that if Napoleon himself could have alluded kindly to all his former officers. designated the man who was to discharge There is a well-known story of Napoleon this pious duty, he would have chosen being addressed by an officer who com- none other than Moncey, or Oudinot, who plained that he had been six years a lieu- by a happy coincidence became governor

" I served seven years in that of the Invalides in 1842 after Moncey's grade!” was the answer, " and it has not death. prevented me from making my way." | Nicolas Oudinot, Duc de Reggio, was This was not the spirit in which Moncey surnamed the Modern Bayard.

He was would have replied. His sense of what born in 1767, and like Moncey enlisted in he had suffered himself, rather urged him his sixteenth year. He was wounded to watch that no deserving officer under thirty-two times in action, but was so little his orders should be kept from promotion of a braggart that in going among the old in his regular turn. He was so gentle pensioners of the Invalides he was never and just that he got surnamed the second heard to allude to his own scars. At Catinat. Louis XIV. said of Catinat, that Friedland a bullet went through both his he was the only Frenchman who never cheeks, breaking two molars."Ces den. asked anything of government, and Mon- tistes russes ne savent pas arracher," was cey, like him, was no courtier in the Duc his only remark as his wound was being d’Antin's famous definition of that crea dressed. It was to him that an old sol ture : "One who speaks well of all men dier, applying for a decoration, addressed that are up, gives the go-by to those that a letter beginning thus : "Marshal! un. are down, and begs for every place that der the Einpire I received two wounds falls vacant." After Napoleon's over- which are the ornaments of my life, one throw, Moncey's conduct was most chiv. in the left leg, the other in the campaign alrous; he privately blamed Ney's be of Jéna.” This note used to be exhibited trayal of the Bourbons, for it was not in in the Museum of Arms, which Oudinot his nature to approve of double-dealing, forined at his Château of Jean d'Heurs, but he refused to sit in judgment upon his near Bar-le-Duc, a museum which has former comrade. Marshal Victor was since been purchased by the city of St. sent to shake his resolution, but Moncey Etienne. It is full of curiosities collected repeated two or three times: “I do not from battle-fields, sometimes at great cost, think I should have acted as Ney did, but for Oudinot never grudged money in buyI believe he acted according to his con- ing mementoes of his profession.' He was science and did well; ordinary rules do the most disinterested of men. After not apply to this case.

Friedland he received with the title of The Bourbons were so exasperated that count a grant of £40,000, and he began to they deprived Moncey of his rank and distribute money at such a rate among honors, and locked him up in the State his poor relations, that the emperor reprison of Ham, nevertheless in 1823, when monstrated with himn. “ You keep the the expedition to Spain took place under lead for yourself, and you give the gold the Duc d'Angoulême's orders, Moncey away,” said his Majesty, in allusion to was offered the command of the 4th Corps, two bullets which remained in the marand accepted it without rancor. He had shal's body. Oudinot was a great sayer first won his renown in the war of 1796 of drolleries of the Rabelaisian sort. against Spain, and had distinguished him- Being temporary governor of Madrid self in the subsequent Peninsular cam- during the war of 1823, he was appealed paigns, so that his experience of Spanish to by an irascible Spanish don, who had warsare was considered, and proved in the been kicked by a French officer, and event, to be valuable. “I am sorry there wanted reparation for his “injured honshould ever have been any misunder. or.” “Où diable placez-vous votre bon.

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neur?” asked the marshal. It was Oudi- colonelcy at Jemmapes. The Irish Corps not's son who commanded the expedition had just then got into a bad scrape by that was sent to Rome in 1849, to restore mutinying and killing Count Theodobald Pius IX. to his throne. He was a plain, Dillon, brother of their colonel, and soldierly man, much like his father, and grandson of General Arthur Dillon, who once scolded M. Ferdinand de Lesseps had founded the corps. T. Dillon was piteously for being too charming. De brigadier-genera! (maréchal de camp) and Lesseps was trying to arrange a concilia- the cause of his massacre was simply tion between the Roman triumvirate that in obedience to sealed instructions he headed by Mazzini and the French gov. had avoided an engagement with the ernment, and thereby he delayed the gen-Austrians in Flanders. A dozen of his eral's military action. At last Oudinot murderers were guillotined or shot by wrote impatiently: “I know, sir, how order of the Convention, and this affair seductive you are: you enthralled Gen- started the question as to whether the eral Vaillant, and you might talk me round Irishmen were not guilty of incivisine in if we met; but I do not want to hear you ; continuing to call themselves Macs and and General Vaillant, now that he is no O's after the de had been proscribed from longer under the spell of your tongue, the nomenclature of Frenchmen? Noththinks as I do. We both protest against ing came of the dispute except the pleasanyour baulking us any longer.'

try of addressing some of the Irish as le Macdonald comes next among the ci-devant Mac, le ci-devant O'. Of course marshals for nobility of character. He very few of these descendants of Irishwas of Irish extraction; and, born at men could speak English; and this was Sancerre in 1765, served under Louis the case with Macdonald, who only comXVI. in Dillon's Irish Regiment. The manced studying that language seriously privates in that corps, like those in the in 1802-3, when he had an idea that he old Scotch Guard, ranked as cadets, the might become first consul of the Irish particles líne and O' being held equiva- republic. Bonaparte was beginning then lent to the French de. “We'll take it to form his huge camp at Boulogne, and for granted you are all sons of Irish Macdonald's promotion seemed to depend kings," said Marshal de Broglie impa on nothing more difficult than the con. tiently, and wishing to cut short the argu- quest of Great Britain. In 1804, howments of a deputation of them_who ever, all his prospects were suddenly claimed that the cadets of the Ecole marred through his yenerous espousal of Militaire could cross swords with them Moreau's cause. Moreau had been banwithout derogating. The Irish were not ished on an ill-proven charge of conspirmuch more popular with the French than acy : and Macdonald thought, like most the Swiss Guards, and had to exercise honest men, that he had been very badly themselves in repartee in order to parry treated. the sarcasms that were continually prod- But by saying aloud what most honest ded at them. Their skill in this kind of men were afraid even to whisper, Macfence gave rise to the joke that in the donald incurred the Corsican's vindictive Irish Corps there was tongue drill twice hatred, and during five years he was kept a day; and Macdonald's earliest duel was in disgrace, being deprived of his comwith a wag, who, in allusion to an affair mand, and debarred from active service. of honor in which two Irishmen were He thus missed the campaigns of Austerthe principals, said “he supposed the litz and Jena, and this was a bitter chaweapons chosen were speaking-trumpets." grin to him. He retired to a small It may be doubted whether any of the country-house near Brunoy, and one of Irish boys ever managed to say a smarter his favorite occupations was gardening. thing than a certain Swiss Guardsman at He was much interested in the projects whom a Parisian jeered, saying: “You for manufacturing sugar out of beet-root, Swiss fight only for money, but we French, which were to render France independent men for honor."

" Parbleu !answered of West Indian sugar - a matter of great the Swiss, “ each fights for what he has consequence after the destruction of not got.” Macdonald, however, did make France's naval power at Trafalgar; and a very neat hit, when hearing a crabbed he bad an intelligent gardener who helped general ask, “What has been the use of him in his not very successful efforts to these Irish ?” he replied with a bow, raise fine beet-roois. This man turned “ To be killed instead of Frenchmen.” out to be a police-spy. Napoleon in his This was at the time of the republic, and | jealousy of Moreau and hatred of all who a few months before Macdonald won his sympathized with the latter, had thought

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