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old Henderson capable of such villany. But / you. I will and must see London. I have wait, wait, you rascally Puritan! We shall made up my mind to do so, and no one shall meet again one day, and then beware of me! prevent me. I do not like living in the counPoor child! How you must have suffered ! try any longer ; perhaps I may be more sucEven a man would have trembled. I do, from cessful in the city. I am too good for the merely hearing your account of the terrible boors in the country; my place is at court, I scene. Weep no more. I will not forsake am fully satisfied of it. Many a vagabond you. I will always be your faithful pro- and rascal endowed with less sense than I has tector."
become a distinguished man there." “I have no one now on earth save you,” wailed the poor girl, throwing herself impetu- of the vagabond, who managed also to obtain ously into her lover's arms. “Neither father | Lucy's intercession in his behalf. nor mother—no place to lay down my head !” “Hurrah !” shouted Billy Green, jubilantly.
“Never fear,” said Thomas, consolingly. “I “I shall go now to London, to court, and into will be all to you. You will follow me im- the wide, wide world!” mediately."
“Until death, wberever you wish me to
0," Thomas yielded at last to the importunities
THE REAL FATHER- THE PURSUIT.
The youth signed to one of the servants,
CHAPTER XIX. who dismounted, and arranged the saddle so that Lucy could sit very comfortably upon it. Thomas himself helped her to mount the When the old Puritan awoke, on the mornhorse, and then gave the signal to start. Be- ing after that terrible night, his first move fore doing so, however, he called his confi was to go to the bedchamber of his daughter, dant, Billy Green, to his side.
but she was no longer there. The rope-ladder “Here,” he said, handing him a few gold- banging from the open window told him how pieces, “this is your pay. You may go now she had effected her escape. He set out at wherever you like.”
once in pursuit of Lucy. All his inquiries in “What, you intend to dismiss me?” asked the neighborhood were fruitless, for the girl Billy, in surprise. “No, sir, that will never had shrewdly exchanged her female dress for do; since you have secured the little bird, you a suit belonging to her lover, and was thus wish to repudiate the fowler, do you? I think riding in the handsome costume of a young that is very wrong."
cavalier by the side of Thomas. Being mounted “You see that servants are not wanting to on fast horses, both were soon beyond the
range of pursuit, so that grim old Henderson “You have awkward fools, but no servants. had to go back to his home without accomDo you believe, then, that any of these mon- plishing any thing. keys, in their gold-embroidered red coats, will He sat in his room, reading as usual in the be half as useful to you as Billy Green, who Bible, when the door opened noisily, and a has more sense and grit in his little finger strange visitor entered. It was a man of forty, than all the lackeys in Old England ? You not very tall, but broad-shouldered and heavy wish to discharge me, but I refuse to be dis- set. At the first blush his face seemed coarse charged. Never fear, I ask neither wages and rough, but a close observer could not but nor food of you ; allow me only to accompany | discover very soon that his broad, high fore
head indicated an unusual understanding; that “Well, that is right. I greet you, then, the firm, well-formed chin showed a high de once more in the name of Him who led me gree of energy and determination; and that a hither. I took a circuitous route for your powerful soul was slumbering in the piercing sake, and have ridden to-day upward of thirty bluish-gray eyes. As plain as his whole ap miles. The journey has whetted my appetite, pearance was his dress, which was in no wise
and my body longs in the first place for earthly different from the common garb of a well-to-do food." English farmer. He wore a brown coat, round “You shall be attended to immediately. which was wrapped a cloak of the same color; Food and drink are not wanting in this house." a broad-brimmede felt hat covered his large “I know that the Lord has endowed you head; his legs were encased in large cavalry- here more richly than at the time when you boots reaching up to his thighs. In the broad lived in our own neighborhood. The soil is leathern belt encircling his waist a brace of magnificent here; the waving cornfields prepistols was gleaming, for at that time no one sent a splendid appearance, and you live now set out on a journey without being well in very easy circumstances after formerly drainarmed.
ing the bitter cup of poverty to the dregs.” The loud, almost majestic tone of these “I should have perished had you not lent footsteps aroused the Puritan from his gloomy me the money I needed, and advised me to reflections. Twilight had already set in, so settle here. I owe to you all I am and have that he did not immediately recognize the new now." comer, although he had been looking for his
“And you are so ungrateful,” replied his arrival. On hearing his greeting, old Hender- visitor, with a tinge of bumor, as to starve son gave a start; the tone of this deep voice me now. You would do better to get me sounded like menacing thunder in his ears, some supper, instead of talking to me in this and when he met the searching glance of the manner.” flashing eyes, all his doubts were dispelled. In a few minutes supper was ready, and the Only one man possessed this glance, whose guest partook with great zest of the såvory magnetic charm was able to fascinate every ham, which diminished rapidly under the inone; and this man was the stranger who had roads he made upon it, until nothing was left arrived so suddenly. A wonderful expression of it but the bone. At the same time he animated old Henderson's rigid face, and a drank such large draughts from the jug which struggle between anxiety and joy was plainly Henderson bad placed before him, that it was visible in his features. He was scarcely able soon empty and had to be filled again. In the to rise from his easy-chair ; his feet and the mean time Henderson, who had not yet entirely hands which he held out to the visitor trembled recovered from his surprise, profited by this like aspen-leaves.
interval, during which little was said, to regain "Oliver !” he cried, almost in dismay. his presence of mind. The short but hearty
“It is I,” replied the visitor. “But why menl ended almost too soon for him. The do
you stare at me as though I were a ghost ? guest closed the lid of the empty jug noisily Has old age confused your head and weakened and wiped his mouth with an end of the tableyour memory? You recognize your friend no cloth ; he then clasped his bony hands and was more."
about to say grace. “Oh, how should I not recognize you? Wel “ Take some more food, or drink, at least, come, whatever you may bring to me." some of the beer which I have brewed myself,"
said Henderson, whom his confusion rendered | America, to recover there our lost liberties. quite polite.
We will intrust our lives and fortunes to the “No, I have had enough,” replied the guest, ocean rather than longer bear this grinding pushing back the food which Henderson of tyranny. It is better to live in the wilderness fered to him. “You have refreshed me suffi- with a free conscience, than to be slaves in the ciently and strengthened me with earthly midst of plenty and ease. The wild beasts
The more disagreeable it is for me will be more merciful and less cruel than these to sadden you, but I cannot keep from you the proud and insatiable bishops. We shall have news which you would sooner or later hear to bear no other evils there than the inclemfrom other persons. The hand of the Lord ency of the climate, no arbitrary imposts, no rests heavily on His people.”
other duties than the sweat with which we “What has happened ?" asked Henderson, sball cultivate the virgin soil. There we shall eagerly.
find no coercion of faith, no arrogant and suNothing particularly new. The old burden percilious courtiers, no impudent and lustful which almost crushes us is heavy enough for priests. Among the mighty trees of the prius. Distress and suffering are the lot of true meval forest we shall obtain an asylum for us believers, and pious men are being persecuted and our children, and be allowed to worship and punished for the sake of their fidelity, be- the Lord freely and without fear of man in the cause they do not bend their knees before the churches which He built for Himself.” idols nor pass over to the Church of England, “ Then you intend to emigrate and go to which is a sister of the Babylonian harlot, and America ? " holds adulterous intercourse with the Roman “Is there any other course left to us? We dragon. Our conscience is oppressed, our bid farewell to our native country with bleedfreedom is trampled upon. A Pharaoh is ing hearts; but man should attach a higher seated on the throne, and listens to the advice importance to the purity of faith and to liberty of his blind and infatuated priests instead of than to worldly considerations. I come to you the voice of his people and Parliament. Our as a man at the point of death, to take leave privileges are no longer respected, our liberties of you and settle my earthly affairs. You know are violated, and the most barefaced despotism that I intrusted you with something very prereigns instead of our sacred laws. The arro- cious to me.” gance of our rulers knows no longer any “I am ready to pay you the last instalment bounds, and our native country, which was of my debt,” replied Henderson, evasively. once envied by the nations of the world, has "You can get the money immediately." now become their butt. The best men in the “I did not make this circuitous journey for country are mourning and averting their heads, the sake of the money coming to me, brother, for they are powerless against the encroach- although under these circumstances the sum ments of the government."
cannot but be welcome, provided you are able “What are you going to do about it?" to pay it without embarrassing yourself. I
“The most pious and sagacious men, among refer to something else that is much more prewhom I will mention my excellent uncle John cious to me. Where is the girl whom I inHampden, are going to turn their backs upon trusted to you? Call her, that I may see her their ungrateful fatherland. I have consented once more and give her my blessing." to accompany them. We shall leave England “What ! you are really going to tell her in the course of a few weeks and embark for that you are her father ? " asked the Puritan,
trying to recover his presence of mind, and flushed with feverish heat. He struck his merely intent on gaining time.
breast repeatedly with his clinched fist. This “No, I am not,” replied the guest. “Never fit, which seemed to border on insanity, lasted must Lucy learn who is her father. The secret a short time; the stranger then rose, calm and of her birth shall be concealed from her for- composed, without exhibiting the slightest ever ; since her mother is dead, only you and trace of so profound an emotion. He resumed I are aware of it. I have still the same reasons the conversation in as measured a tone as to hide the sins of my early years. Oh, would I though nothing remarkable had happened. had never committed this folly! But at that “Well, then, I came to you to see the girl time I was not yet in a state of grace; I lis once more previous to, my departure. Betened to the temptations of my sinful passions sides, I wished to make all necessary arrangeand tottered on the verge of hell. You know ments with you, brother, and provide for all, for Lucy's mother was the nearest relative Lucy's future. Let us first settle our earthly of your wife; the poor girl atoned for her sin affairs. You may keep the hundred pounds by death. She died in the hour that she gave and fifteen shillings which you owe me yet, birth to her daughter, and I intrusted you with and spend them for her. I have also brought the new-born child, the fruit of sin and shame. with me another sum of about the same Years have gone by since then; the Lord has amount. It is to be her dower when she finds opened my eyes and shown me the true path; a suitable husband and enters the holy state nay, I may justly claim that I have become of matrimony. Keep the money in a secure another man; but I have been unable to blot place; I bave saved it by undergoing a great out the remembrance of my fault, which stands many privations. I have not taken a farthing all the time before my eyes as a dark spot. I of it from the property of my present wife and will atone for the wrong I committed; I will my legitimate children, who must not suffer repent to the best of my ability. The thought any detriment in consequence of my sins. of it pursues me incessantly. Therefore, I Above all things, do not lose sight of Lucy's came to you to humble myself once more at salvation ; she is the daughter of a frivolous the sight of my daughter and recall my sins. mother, and the vices and weaknesses of the Lord, Lord ! I do not deserve that Thou parents are entailed upon the children. Thereshouldst look down and have mercy upon me. | fore, watch her carefully, and do not treat her I violated Thy holy commandments, turned a with undue lenity. You have taken an ardudeaf ear to Thy teachings, wallowed in sin and ous duty upon yourself, for you are responsible shame, and stained my immortal soul with all for this child not only to me, but to God vices. Canst Thou forgive me and raise me Himself.” up? Look at my repentance, at the tears “Oliver,” cried the Puritan, “I cannot call which my early career wrings from me. I lie your daughter, for she is no longer in my here in the dust before Thee and implore Thy house." forgiveness. Lord, my God, do not thrust me “What do you say?” replied the stranger, from the heavenly threshold which my foot is frowning. “You have sent her out of your unworthy to cross."
house and lost sight of her ? " The strange guest had knelt down with man “I did not send her away; she left it of her ifestations of the most profound contrition, own accord. She has escaped.” and prayed fervently. His eyes beamed with " And you sit still here? You do not purwonderful enthusiasm, and his cheeks were
“I started at once in pursuit, and followed | fanaticism, a wonderful clearness of thought her for many miles, but was unable to discover and a surprising knowledge of human nature. ber track.”
A few hints were sufficient for bis keen mind “You are responsible for all consequences. to fathom the true state of affairs. The news Henderson, you must restore my child to me, which Henderson brought with him on his reeven though you have to go to the ends of the turn from Ludlow Castle, were apparently earth. But tell me first what has happened, insignificant; he informed him merely that and why she has left your house. Oh, I know the earl's younger son had gone to London. you; your severity has driven her to despair; “Do you know the lad ?" asked the you have maltreated her and punished her too stranger.
1; “Be a man, Oliver! Listen to me calmly ; bearing fellow." you shall judge between me and her. I will “And he came to see Lucy repeatedly ?” not conceal any thing from you."
“My man-servant told me he saw him often The stranger allowed himself to be calmed prowling round my house." by and by, and the Puritan gave him a truth “ Call your man-servant.” ful account of the events of the night.
The servant came, and Oliver examined him “Your child was in the snares of hell; you very carefully. The servant asserted that he yourself had conferred on me paternal power had seen Lucy and Thomas one evening at the over Lucy. Can you deny it?”
lonely three pines, and added that he had been “Certainly not,” murmured the guest, gloom- so much afraid of the ghosts haunting that ily; "but I feel that a father would have acted gloomy spot, that he did not venture to apotherwise."
proach them. “For this reason I did not carry my resolve “Enough said,” replied the guest. “I am into execution, though the spirit prompted me greatly mistaken if Lucy did not escape with to do so. I determined to leave her punish- the young man to London. We must look for ment to you."
her there." “You frightened her, and she fled in conse You will sooner find a needle in a hayquence of it. It is a terrible misfortune. It stack than your daughter in London." is not only that she is exposed to all the temp “ That is my lookout. You know me; you tations of the world, but that you have bur- know that I can always do what I will do." dened my heart with heavy solicitude. We This time, however, the stranger's self-confimust discover her whereabouts. Avail your-dence was to be disappointed. On the same self of all your sagacity; make even more day, after a short rest, he left the Puritan's minute inquiries in regard to her; do not house, accompanied by Henderson, to go to overlook the slightest hints, for they may help London and ferret out the whereabouts of his us to discover where she has gone. Above all lost daughter. However, all his efforts were things, inquire at Ludlow Castle, for I must be in vain, as Thomas took good care to conceal greatly mistaken if she has not friends and Lucy for the time being. Billy Green disconfidants there, and perhaps a lover, who as played his talents again on this occasion. The sisted her in escaping."
vagabond had rented a house in an out-of-theThe Puritan set out at once to comply with way part of the city, where the girl lived safely the instructions of his friend. The stranger under his vigilant care. After a great many displayed on this occasion, despite his religious fruitless efforts, Henderson, at the stranger's