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* No. XXIV.–MAY, 1852.-Vol. IV.
RODOLPHUS.-A FRANCONIA STORY. | Agnes sung when she was dancing on the ico BY JACOB A B BOTT.
that summer night."
Phonny laughed aloud at this. “Oh, MalleCHAPTER III.
ville !” said he ; "there could not be any ice on I. ANTONIO.
a summer night.” THE person who came in so suddenly to help “Yes, there could,” said Malleville, in a very
I the boys extinguish the fire under the corn-positive tone, “and there was. Beechnut told barn, on the night of the robbery, was Antonio, me so." or Beechnut, as the boys more commonly called “Oh, that was only one of Beechnut's stories," him. In order to explain how he came to be said Phonny, “made up to amuse you." there, we must go back a little in our narrative, “Well, I don't care,” said Malleville, “I want and change the scene of it to Mrs. Henry's house to hear the song again." at Franconia, where Antonio lived.
| Beechnut had told Malleville a story about One morning about a week before the robbery, the fairy Agnes whom he found dancing upon a Phonny, Mrs. Henry's son, and his cousin Malle- fountain one summer night in the woods, having ville, who was at that time making a visit at his previously frozen over the surface of the water mother's, were out upon the back platform at with a little silver wand. He had often sung play, when they saw Antonio walking toward this song to Ma!leville, and now she wished to the barn.
hear it again. The words of the song, as Beech “ Children," said Antonio, "we are going into nut sang them, were as follows: the field to get a great stone out of the ground.
Peep! peep! chippeda dee. You may go with us if you like."
Playing in the moonlight, nobody to see. “Well," said Phonny, “come, Malleville, let
The boys and girls have gone away,
They've had their playtime in the day us go."
And now the night is left for me:
Peep! peep! chippeda dee.
The music was as follows: oxen. James drove the oxen into the shed, and
there attached them to a certain vehicle called 6
through, to draw the drag woon The end of the
a drag. This drag was formed of two planks placed side by side, with small pieces nailed
Peep! Peep! Chip - pe · da · dee ! along the sides and at the ends. The drag was shaped at the front so as to turn up a little, in order that it might not catch in the ground when drawn along. There was a hole in the front part Playing in the moonlight, no-bod-y to see. of the drag for the end of a chain to be passed through, to draw the drag by. The end of the chain was fastened by u wooden pin called a ful, which was passed through the hook or one of The boys and girls have gone &- way; They've the links, and this prevented the chain from being drawn back through the hole again.
While James was attaching the oxen to the drag, Antonio was putting such tools and imple
had their play-time in the day, And now the night is ments upon it as would be required for the work. He put on an iron bar, an ax, a saw, a shovel, and two spare chains. "Now, children," said he, "jump on."
left to me. Peep! Peep! Chip-pe-da-dee! So Phondly and Malleville juinped on, and Antonio with them Antonio stood in the middle When Beechnut had sung the song Malleville of the drag, while Phonny and Malleville took said, “Again." She was accustomed to say their places on each side of him, and held on by “ again," when she wished to hear Beechnut go his arms. James then started the oxen along, on with his singing, and as she usually liked to and thus they went into the field.
hear such songs a great many times, Beechnut “And now, Beechnut," said Malleville, “I always continued to sing them, over and over, as wish you would sing me the little song that I long as she said “ again."
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Thus Malleville kept him singing Agnes's song by the drag. He looked at the drag in doing in this instance all the way toward the field. this, and observed that one of the side-pieces had
At length Malleville ceased to say “ again," started up, and that it ought to be nailed down on account of her attention being attracted to a again. He looked up into the tree where Phonbridge which she saw before them, and which it ny was sawing, and said : was obvious they were going to cross. It had “Phonny !” only logs on the sides of it for railing. Beyond “What?" said Phonny. the bridge the road lay along the margin of a “Look up over your head,” said Antonio. wood. The stone which James and Antonio Phonny looked up. were going to get out, was just beyond the bridge, “Do you see that short branch just above and almost in the road. When the oxen got you ?" opposite to the stone, James stopped them, and “This?" said Phonny, putting his band upon it. Antonio and the children got off the drag
“Yes," said Antonio.
“ Yes," said Phonny, “I see
"Hang your saw on it," said Antonio
Phonny did so.
“Now, come down from the trec," said Antonio.
Phonny climbed down as fast as he could, and came to Beechnut.
“Take all the things out of your pocket and put them down on the drag."
Phonny began to take the things out. First came a pocket handkerchief. Then a knife handle without any blades. Then a fishing line. Then two old coins and a dark red pebble stone This exhausted one pocket.From the other came a small glass prism, three acorns, and at last two long nails.
"Ah, that is what I want," said Antonio, taking up the nails "I thought you had two nails in your pocket, for I remembered that I gave you two yesterday Will you give them back to me again ?"
" Yes," said Phonny,
“Now, put the things back in THE DRAG RIDE.
your pocket. I admire a boy that It was only a small part of the stone that ap- obeys orders, without stopping to ask why. He peared above the ground. James took the shovel waits till the end, and then he sces why. Now, and began to dig around the place, so as to bring you can go back to your saw." the stone more fully to view, while Antonio went But instead of going back to his saw, Phonny into the wood to cut a small tree, in order to make seemed just at that instant to get a glimpse of a lever of the stem of it. Phonny took the saw something which attracted his attention along the
-first asking Antonio's permission to take it road beyond the bridge, for as soon as he had put and climbed up into a large tree near the margin his goods and chattels back in his pockets, bo of the wood, where he began to saw off a dead paused a moment, looking in that direction, and branch which was growing there, and which may then he set out to run as fast as he could over be seen in the picture. Malleville, in the mean the bridge. Antonio looked, and saw that there time, sat down upon a square stone which was was a girl coming along, and that Phonny was lying by the road-side near the wood, and occu- running to meet her. pied herself sometimes in watching the operation Antonio wondered who it could be. of digging out the stone, sometimes in looking It proved to be Ellen Linn. When Malleville up at Phonny, and sometimes in singing the saw that it was Ellen, she ran to meet her. She song which Antonio had sung to her on the asked her why she did not bring Annie with her way.
"I did," said Ellen ; "she is at the house. Present'y Antonio, having obtained his lever, she was tired after walking so far, and so I left came out into the road with it, and laid it down her there."
"I am glad that she has come," said Malleville, “When can you go ?” asked Ellen.
“I can go next Saturday, most conveniently," "Not just yet,” said Ellen. “I will go with said Antonio. “Besides if I go un Saturday I you pretty soon."
can stay till Monday, and that will give me all The fact was that Ellen had come to see An of Sunday to see Rodophus, when he will of tonio about Rodolphus, and now she did not know course be at leisure." exactly how she should manage to have any con- ! So it was arranged that Antonio was to go on versation with him alone; and she did not wish Saturday. Ellen requested him to manage his to talk before James and all the rest about the expedition as privately as possible, for she did misconduct of her brother. As soon as Antonio not wish to have her brother's misconduct made saw her, he went to meet her, and walked with known more than was absolutely necessarı her up to the place where they were at work, to Antonio told her that nobody but Mrs. Henrr show her the great stone that they were digging should know where he was going, and that he out. Ellen looked at it a few minutes and asked would not even tell her what he was gomg some questions about it, but her thoughts were for. after all upon her brother, and not upon the stone. That evening Antonio obtained leave of Mrs. Presently she went to the place where Malleville Henry to go to the town where Mr. Kerber lived, had been sitting, and sat down there. She on Saturday, and to be gone until Monday. He thought, perhaps, that Antonio would come there, told Mrs. Henry that the business on which he and that then she could speak to him.
was going, was private, and that it concerned Phonny climbed up into the tree again, partly other persons, and that on their account, if she to finish his sawing, and partly to let Ellen Linn had confidence enough in him to trust him, he see how well he could work in such a high place. should like to be allowed to go without explainWhile he was there, Antonio went to the place ing what the business was. Mrs. Henry said where Ellen Linn was sitting, and asked her if that she had perfect confidence in him, and that she had heard from Rodolphus lately.
she did not wish him to explain the nature of * Yes," said Ellen, " and that is the very thing the business. She surmised, however, that it that I came to see you about. I want to talk was something relating to Rodolphus, for she with you about Rodolphus."
knew about his character and history, and she Ellen said this in a low and desponding voice, recollected Ellen's calling at her house to inquire and Antonio knew that she wished to speak to for Antonio that morning. him alone.
When the Saturday arrived, Antonio began “We can not talk very well here," said An- about ten o'clock to prepare for his jou rney. tonio, “ will it do if I come and see you about it He had decided to set out on foot. He thought to-night ?"
| that he should get along very comfortably and “Yes," said Ellen, looking up joyfully. “Only well without a horse, as he supposed it would be I am sorry to put you to that trouble.”
easy for him to make bargains with the teamsters “I will come,” said Antonio. “I shall get and travelers that would overtake him on the there about half past eight."
road, to carry him a considerable part of the Pretty soon after this, Ellen Linn went back way. He could have taken a horse as well as to the house, and after a time she and Annie not from Mr. Henry's, but as he was to remain in went home. About a quarter past eight that the place where he was going over Sunday, he evening, she went out into the yard and down to concluded that the expense of keeping the horse the gate to watch for Antonio. At length she there, if he were to take one, would be more saw him coming. When he reached the house, than he would have to pay to the travelers and Fillen walked with him to the great tree in the teamsters for carrying him along the road. middle of the yard, and they both sat down on He told James that he was going away, and the bench by the side of it, while Annie was run- that he was not to be back again until Monday. ning about in the great circular walk, drawing He did not, however, tell him where he was her cart. Here Antonio and Ellen had a long going. When he was all ready to set out, he conversation about Rodolphus. Ellen said that went to his chest and took some money out of she had heard very unfavorable accounts of him. his till-as much as he thought that he should She had learned that he had got into bad com- need—and then went into the parlor to tell any in the town where he now lived, as he had | Mrs. Henry that he was going. one at home, and that she was afraid that he “ Are you all ready, and have you got every as fast going to ruin. She did not know what | thing that you want ?" asked Mrs. Henry. uld be done, but she thought that perhaps An- Antonio said that he had every thing. nio might go there and see him, and find out “Well, good-by then, said Mrs. Henry. “I w the case really was, and perhaps do some- wish you a pleasant journey; and if you find ng to save her brother.
that any thing occurs so that you think it best * I will go, at any rate," said Antonio, "and to stay longer than Monday, you can do so."
if any thing can be done. Perhaps," he Antonio thanked Mrs. Henry, bade her goodtinued, “Mr. Kerber has found that he is a by, and went away. blesome boy and may be willing to give him Antonio stopped at Mrs. Linn's as he passed and then we can get him another place. through the village. He had promised Ellen zever, at all events, I will go and see.” that he would call there on his way, to get a let
ter which she was going to send. and had told hour,” said Antonio. It is twenty miles more her at what time he should probably come. He that I have got to go." found Ellen waiting for him at the gate. She Then he made a calculation in his mind, and had a small parcel in her hand. When Antonio found that if he should have to walk all the way, came to the gate she showed him the parcel, he should not reach the end of his journey till and asked him if he could carry such a large about eleven o'clock, allowing one hour to stop one.
for supper and rest. " It is not large at all,” said Antonio ; "I can Antonio thanked the girls for his drink of water carry it just as well as not.'
and then went on. " It is my little Bible," said she, "and the let- Pretty soon he saw a large wagon in the road ter is inside. It is the Bible that my aunt gave before him. He walked on fast until he overtook me; but I thought she would be willing that I it. He made a bargain with the wagoner to carry should give it to Rodolphus, if she knew_” him as far as the wagon was going on his road,
Here Ellen stopped, without finishing her sen- which was about ten miles. This ride rested tence, and walked away toward the house. An- him very much, but it did not help him forward tonio looked after her a moment, and then went at all in respect to time, for the wagon did not away without saying another word.
travel any faster than he would have walked. It was twelve o'clock before he was fairly set At length the wagon came to the place where out on his journey. He walked on for about two it was to turn off from Antonio's road; so Anhours, meeting with various objects of interest tonio paid the man the price which had been in the way, but without finding any traveler go-agreed upon, and then took to the road again as ing the same way, to help him on his journey. I a pedestrian. At last he came to a place where there were two He walked on about an hour, and then he be girls standing by a well before a farm-house. gan to be pretty tired. He concluded that he Antonio, being tired and thirsty, went up to the would stop and rest and get some supper at the well to get a drink.
very next tavern. It was now about half-past seven, and he was yet, as he calculated, nearly eight miles from the end of his journey. Just then he heard the sound of wheels behind him, and, on looking round, he saw a light wagon coming, drawn by a single horse, and with but one man in the wagon. The wagon was coming on pretty rapidly, but Antonio determined to stop it as it passed ; so he stood at one side of the road, and held up his hand as a signal, when the wagon came near.
The man stopped. On inquiry Antonio found that he was going directly to the town where Rodolphus lived. Antonio asked the man what he would ask to carry him there.
“What may I call your name?" said the man “My name is Antonio."
“And my name is Antony," said the man “Antony. It is a remarkable coincidence that our names should be so near alike. Get in here with me and ride on to the tavern, we will see if we can make a trade."
Antonio found Antony a very amusing and agreeable companion. In the end it was agreed
that they should stop at the tavern and have some " How far is it from here to Franconia ?” said supper, and that Antonio should pay for the supAntonio to the girls.
per for both himself and Antony, and in considerThey looked at him as if surprised, but at first | ation of that, he was to be carried in the wagon they did not answer.
to the end of his journey. "Do you know?” said Antonio, speaking again. During the supper and afterward, while riding
“ Haven't you just come from Franconia ?" | along the road, Antony was quite inquisitive to said one of the girls.
learn all about Antonio, and especially to ascer“Yes," said Antonio.
tain what was the cause of his taking that jour“Then I should think that you would know ney. But Antonio resisted all these attempts. yourself," said she.
and would give no information whatever in te “No," said Antonio, “I don't know. I have spect to his business. been walking about two hours ; but I don't know They reached the end of their journey about how far it is.”
half-past nine o'clock. Antonio was set down si “I believe it is about five miles," said the the tavern, which has already been spoken of as youngest girl.
situated at the head of the lane leading to the "Then I have come two miles and a half an corn-barn, where Rodolphus and the other boyo
had made their rendezvous. Immediately after denly occurred to Antonio that if he were found being shown to his room, which it happened there at the fire he should be obliged to explain was a chamber on the side of the house which how he came there, and by so doing to expose was toward the lane, Antonio came down stairs Rodolphus as a thief and a burglar.* When Anand went out. His plan was to proceed directly tonio thought how broken-hearted Ellen would to Mr. Kerber's house, hoping to be able to see be to have her brother sent to prison for such Rodolphus that evening. He was afraid before crimes, he could not endure the thought of being he left the tavern that it might be too late, and the means of his detection. He immediately dethat he should find they had all gone to bed at termined therefore to run away, and leave the Mr. Kerber's. He thought, however, that he people to find out how the fire originated as they could tell whether the family were still up, by the best could. light which he would in that case see at the win-| All these thoughts passed through Antonio's dows; and he concluded that if the house should mind in an instant, and he sprang out from under appear dark, he would not knock at the door, but the corn-barn as soon as he heard the men comgo back to the tavern, and wait till the next | ing, and ran off toward the fields. The men saw morning.
him, and they concluded immediately that he was The house was dark, and so Antonio, after an incendiary who had set the building on fire, standing and looking at it a few moments with a and accordingly the first two that came to the disappointed air, went back to the tavern. He spot instead of stopping to put out the fire, dewent in at the door, and went up to his room. termined to pursue the fugitive. Antonio ran to It happened that no one saw him go into the a place where there was a gap in a wall, and, taveru this time, for as there was a very bright leaping over, he crouched down, and ran along moon, and it shone directly into his chamber on the outer side of the wall. The men followed window, he thought that he should not need a him. Antonio made for a haystack which was lamp to go to bed by, so he went directly up stairs near, and after going round to the further side of to his room.
the haystack, he ran on toward a wood, keeping the It was now about ten o'clock. Antonio sat haystack between himself and the men, in hopes down by his window and looked out. It was a that he should thus be concealed from their view. beautiful evening, and he sat some time enjoy- As soon as he got into the wood he ran into a ing the scene. At length he heard suppressed little thicket, and creeping into the darkest place voices, and looking down he saw three boys come that he could find, he lay down there to await the stealing along round the corner of a fence and result. enter a lane. He saw the light of a lantern, too, The men came up to the place out of breath for he was up so high that he could look down with running. They looked about in the wood into it, as it were. He was convinced at once for some time, and Antonio began to think that from these indications that there was something they would not find him. But he was mistaken. going on that was wrong.
One of the men at length found him, and pulled He listened attentively, and thought that he him out roughly by the arms. could recognize Rodolphus's voice, and he was | They took licid of him, one on one side and at once filled with apprehension and anxiety. He the other on the other, and led him back toward immediately took his cap, and went softly down the fire. The building was by this time all in stairs, and out at the door, and then going round Aames, and though many men had assembled into the lane, he followed the boys down toward they made no effort to extinguish the fire. It the corn-barn. When they had all got safely in, was obvious, in fact, that all such efforts would underneath the building, he crept up softly to the have been unavailing. Then, besides, as the place, and looking through a small crack in the building stood by itself, there was no danger to boards he saw and heard all that was going on : 1 any other property, in letting it burn. The men he overheard the conversation between the boys gathered round Antonio, wondering who he could about the box, saw them take away the straw, be, but he would not answer any questions. He dig the hole, and bury it, and then had just time was there an utter stranger to them alla pristo step round the corner of the barn, and conceal oner, seized almost in the very act of setting the himself, when the boys caine out to see if the building on fire, and yet he stood before them way was clear for them to go home. The next with such an open, fearless, honest look, that no moment the light from the burning straw broke one knew what to think or to say in respect to him. out, and Antonio, without stopping to think, ran In the mean time the flames rolled fearfully instinctively in among the boys to help them to into the air, sending up columns of sparks, and put out the fire.
illuminating all the objects around in the most Of course when the boys fled he was left there brilliant manner. Groups of boys stood here and alone, and he soon found that it would be impos- there, their faces brightened with the reflection sible for him to extinguish the fire. It spread so of the fire, and their arms held up before their rapidly over the straw and among the boxes, that eyes to shield them from the dazzling light. A it was very plain all his efforts to arrest the pro- little further back were companies of women and gress of it would be unavailing. In the mean time children, beaming out beautifully from the surse began to hear the cry of " fire.” The people of the
opres, + The crime of breaking into a building in such a way he tavern had been the first to see the light, and is called burglary, and it is punished very severely among -'ere running to the spot down the lane. It sud- all civilized nations.