-rather the mauvais ton of a person not sure “Yes-the Baron." of his own position, but who has resolved to “Baron! true. Come to plague me about swagger into the best one he can get. When the Mexican loan, I suppose. I will keep you it is remembered that he had made his way no longer." in the world, and gleaned together an im-l Randal, much meditating, left the house, mense fortune, it is needless to add that he and re-entered his hack cab. The Baron was was as sharp as a needle, and as hard as a admitted to the statesman's presence. flint. No man had had more friends, and no man had stuck by them more firmly—as long

CHAPTER XIV. as there was a pound in their pockets!

EGERTON had thrown himself at full length Something of this character had Randal on the sofa, a position exceedingly rare with heard of the Baron, and he now gazed, first him; and about his whole air and manner, as at his card, and then at him, with admira- Levy entered, there was something singularly

different from that stateliness of port common “I met a friend of yours at Borrowwell's to the austere legislator. The very tone of the other day," resued the Baron—"Young bis voice was different. It was as if the Hazeldean. Careful fellow-quite a man of statesman-the man of business—had vanishthe world.”

ed; it was rather the man of fashion and the As this was the last praise poor Frank idler, who, nodding languidly to his visitor, deserved, Randal again smiled.

said, “Lery, what money can I have for a The Baron went on—"I hear, Mr. Leslie, year ?" that you have much influence over this same “The estate will bear very little more. Hazeldean. His affairs are in a sad state. I My dear fellow, that last election was the should be very happy to be of use to him, as very devil. You cannot go on thus much a relation of my friend Egerton's; but he longer." understands business so well that he despises “My dear fellow !" Baron Levy hailed my advice.”

Andley Egerton as “my dear fellow.” And * I am sure you do him injustice."

Audley Egerton, perhaps, saw nothing strange " Injustice! I honor his eaution. I say to in the words, though his lip curled. every man, · Dont come to me-I can get “I shall not want to go on thus much you money on much easier terms than any longer," answered Egerton, as the curl on one else;' and what's the result? You come his lip changed to a gloomy smile. "The so often that you ruin yourself; whereas a estate must, meanwhile, bear £5000 more." regular usurer without conscience frightens “A hard pull on it. You had really better you. Cent per cent,' you say ; 'oh, I must sell.” pull in. If you have influence over your "I cannot afford to sell at present. I friend, tell him to stick to his bill-brokers, cannot afford men to say, “Audley Egerton and have nothing to do with Baron Levy." is done up-his property is for sale."

Here the minister's bell rung, and Randal, “It is very sad when one thinks what a looking through the window, saw Dr. F. rich man you have been—and may be yet!" walking to his carriage, which had made way "Be yet! How?" for Baron Levy's splendid cabriolet-a ca-l Baron Levy glanced towards the thick briolet in the most perfect taste--Baron's mahogany doors-thick and impervious as coronet on the dark brown panels-horse shonld be the doors of statesmen. “Why, black, with such action !-harness just re- you know that, with three words from you, lieved with plating. The servant now enter- I could produce an effect upon the stocks of ed, and requested Randal to step in; and three nations, that might give us each & addressing the Baron, assured him that he hundred thousand pounds. We would go would not be detained a minute.

shares.' “Leslie,” said the minister, sealing a note, “Levy," said Egerton coldly, though a deep "take this back to Lord — and say that I blush overspread his face, "you are a scounshall be with him in an hour."

drel; that is your look out. I interfere with "No other message ?-he seemed to expect no man's tastes and consciences. I don't inone."

tend to be a scoundrel myself. I have told “I dare say he did. Well, my letter is you that long ago." official, my message is not; beg him to see The Baron laughed, without evincing the Mr. — before we meet-he will understand least displeasure. all rests upon that interview."

“Well," said he, "you are neither wise nor Egerton then, extending the letter, resumed | complimentary; but you shall have the mongravely, “ Of course you will not mention to ey. But yet, would it not be better," added any one that Dr. F. was with me; the health Levy, with emphasis, “to borrow it, without of public men is not to be suspected. Hun- interest, of your friend L'Estrange?" were you in your own room or the ante | Egerton started as if stung. room?"

“You meant to taunt me, sir!” he exclaim" The ante-room, sir."

ed passionately. “I accept pecuniary favors Egerton's brow contracted slightly. from Lord L'Estrange! 1!" “And Mr. Levy was there, eh?" | “Tut, my dear Egerton, I dare say my

Lord would not think so ill now of that little muttered, “Thank heaven, not for long-it act in your life which "

| will not last long." “ Hold !” exclaimed Egerton, writhing. l. Repeating those words, he mechanically "Hold!”

locked up his papers, and pressed his hand to He stopped, and paced the room, mutter- his heart for an instant, as if a spasm had ing in broken sentences, “To blush before shot through it. this man! Chastisement, chastisement!” “So-I must shun all emotion!” said he,

Lery gazed on him with hard and sinister shaking his head gently. eyes. The minister turned abruptly.

In five minutes more, Audley Egerton was “Look you, Levy," said he, with forced in the streets, his mien erect, and his step composure you hate me—why, I know not. firm as ever. I have never injured you—never avenged the “That man is made of bronze," said a leader inexpiable wrong you did me."

of the Opposition to a friend as they rode past - Wrong!--you a man of the world ! | the minister. “What would I give for his Wrong! Call it so if you will then," he add-nerves !”. ed shrinkingly, for Audley's brow grew terrible. “But have I not atoned it? Would

From Mr. Kimball's forthcoming "Sequel to St. Leger. you ever have lived in this palace, and ruled! THE STORY OF DR. LINDHORST. this country as one of the most influential of 16 TR. LINDHORST has been an intimata its ministers, but for my management-my! friend of my father from the time they whispers to the wealthy Miss Leslie? Come, were both together at Heidelberg. The Doo but for me what would you have been-per- tor was born in Switzerland, and, after fin haps a beggar?"

ishing the study of medicine, came back to #What shall I be now if I live? Then I his native town to practise it. Before this, should not have been a beggar; poor perhaps however, he had become enthusiastically de in money, but rich-rich in all that now voted to geology and its kindred sciences, boleaves my life bankrupt. Gold has not thriv- tany and mineralogy; and, indeed, to all those en with me; how should it. And this for- pursuits which have direct relation to nature tune-it has passed for the main part into and her operations. His father dying soon your hands. Be patient, you will have it all after, and leaving him a handsome patrimoere long. But there is one man in the world ny, he had abundant opportunity to indulge who has loved me from a boy, and wo to you in them; which he did, without, however, if ever he learn that he has the right to des- neglecting his profession. Indeed, he soon pise me!"

acquired a reputation for being skilful and at"Egerton, my good fellow," said Levy, tentive, while every one spoke in terms of with great composure, you need not threat- commendation of the young Doctor Paul. en me, for what interest can I possibly have Suddenly there was a change. He declined in tale-telling to Lord L'Estrange? As to any longer to visit the sick, excepting only hating you-pooh! You srub me in private, the most poor and miserable. He absented you cut me in public, you refuse to come to himself for days and weeks in the mountains, my dinners, you'll not ask me to your own; 1 pursuing his favorite objects with an unnastill there is no man I like better, nor would tural enthusiasm. Then he left Thun for formore willingly serve. When do you want eign countries, and was gone two or three the £5000 ?"

years, and returned with an accumulation of "Perhaps in one month, perhaps not for various speoimens in almost every departthree or four. Let it be ready when required."ment of natural science: with note-books,

"Enough; depend on it. Have you any herbariums, cabinets, strange animals stuffed other commands ?"

to resemble life, birds, fishes, petrifactions“None."

in short, the air, the water, and the earth "I will take my leave, then. By the by, had furnished their quota to satisfy his feverish what do you suppose the Hazeldean rental is zeal for acquisition. He was still a young man, Korth-net?"

scarce five-and-twenty, yet he bore the appear "I don't know, nor care. You have no ance of a person at least forty years old—”. designs upon that, too ?”

“But the cause of this strange metamor*Well, I like keeping up family connections.phose ?" Hr. Frank seems a liberal young gentleman."| “No one pretends to tell,” continued Jose

Before Egerton could answer, the Baron | phine. “There is a report-and my father, had glided to the door, and, nodding pleas- who, I am sure, knows all, does not contraantly, vanished with that nod.

| dict it—that Paul Lindhorst was attached to Egerton remained, standing on his solitary | a young girl who resided in the same town, hearth. A drear, single man's room it was, and that his affection was returned. On one from wall to wall, despite its fretted ceilings occasion, & detachment of French soldiers and official pomp of Bramah escritoires and was quartered in Thun for a short time, and red boxes. Drear and cheerless--no trace of a sub-lieutenant, who had in some way been woman's habitation—no vestige of intruding, made acquainted with her, was smitten with happy children. There stood the austere the charms of the pretty Swiss. I suppose, man alone. And then with a deep sigh he like some of her sex, she had a spice of co

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quetry in her composition, and now, possess-, to overtake the detachment, supposing that ing two lovers, she had a good opportunity to by some accident the little creature had been practise it. Paul Lindhorst, however, was overlooked. On coming up, he inquired for of too earnest a nature to bear this new con- the child's mother. duct from the dearest object of his heart with “Bless me!' said one of the women, il composure, neither was it his disposition to there is not poor little Annette !! suffer in silence. He remonstrated, and was “We can't take her; that's positive,' cried langlied at; he showed signs of deep dejec- another. tion, and these marks of a wounded spirit “Ilow did she get here?' exclaimed a third. were treated with thoughtless levity or indif- "Something must be done,' said a woundference; he became indignant, and they quared soldier, in a compassionate tone. Give relled. It is quite the old story; the girl, her to me; I will carry her in my arms;' and half in revenge, half from a fancied liking for taking the little Annette, who recognized in her new lover, married him; soon the order lhini an old acquaintance, he easily quieted her for march came, and, by special permission, 1 by saying her mamma would come very soon. she was permitted to accompany her husband, “The Doctor at length discovered that the as the regiment was to be quartered in France, 1 poor child's mother had died in the village and not to go on active service. Such," con- they were just leaving. He learned also that tinued Josephine Fluellen, “is the story which she was the wite of an officer who had been I have heard repeated, and to which was at wounded some time before, and that she had tributed the extraordinary change in the made a long journey, just in time to see him young physician. Ilis devotion to his favor- | breathe lis last, and had remained with the ite pursuits continued to engross him, he camp until her own death. Some charitable grew more abstracted, more laborious, more person, attracted by the sprightly appearance nnremitting in his vocation. Again he visit of the little girl, had volunteered the charge ed foreign lands, and was gone another three of it, and, the halt at an end, the detachinent years. Returning, he brought, in addition to had marched on its victorious course. Paul his various collections, a little bright-eved, 1 Lindhorst felt a shock, like the last shock brown-haired child, a girl, some four vears which separates soul from body. He had inold; and taking her to his house, which he quired and been told the name of the destill retained, he made arrangements for her ceased officer; he buried his face in his hands accommodation there, by sending to Berne and wept. Little Annette had fallen asleep for a distant relative, á widow lady, who had in the old soldier's arms, and the heavy milibut one child, also a little girl, about the age tary wagon lumbered slowly on its way. It of the stranger. She accordingly took up was more than he could bear, to give up the her residence with Dr. Lindhorst, and assum- child into the hands of strangers-her child. ed the charge of both the children, while the Old scenes came back to his recollection. He Doctor continued to pursue his labors, an- | forgot every resentinent. He remembered parently much lighter of heart than before." but his first, his only love. Ile walked hasti“But the child ?"

lly after the wagon, and readily persuaded the " I was about to add that I learned from old soldier to give the little girl to him. Then my father the following account of it. He taking her in his arms while she still slept, told me (but I am sure this is not known to be walked almost with a light heart into the any out of our own family) that as Dr. Lind- village. It was of course difficult at first to horst was returning home after his second pacify the little creature; but kindness and long absence, he entered a small village near devotion soon do their office, and all the love Turin, just as a detachment of The Army of which she had had for her mother was transItaly' were leaving it. The rear presented ferred to her kind protector. She has always the usual motley collection of baggage-wagons, borne his name, and, I believe, is unacquaintdisabled soldiers, sutlers, camp-women, and ed with her history, at least with the more hangers-on of all sorts, who attend in the melancholy portions of it. Do not askine steps of a victorious troop. As Paul Lind- any more questions. I know you want to horst stopped to view the spectacle, and while speak of your friend Maclorne. I must not the wild strains of music could be heard echo- show you too much favor at one time; being and re-echoing as the columns defiled sides, we must visit Lina a few moments. I around the brow of a mountain which shut have quite neglected ber of late."" them from his sight, the rear of the detachient came up and passed. At a short dis

From the New Monthly Magazine. tance behind, a child, scarcely four years of | A DARK DEED OF THE DAYS GONE BY. age, without shoes or stockings, and thinly clad, her hair streaming in the wind, ran by TN one of the sunniest spots of sunny Tusas fast as her little feet could carry her, I cany, that favored department of Italy, screaming, in a tone of agony and terror, may still be seen the ruins of a strong, an• Wait for me, mamma!' 'Here I am, mam- cient-built castle, or palace, surrounded by ma!' 'Do dot leave me, mamma!' •Do extensive grounds now run to waste; and wait for me!' Paul Lindhorst sprang forward, which was, a century or two ago, one of the and taking the child in his arms, he hastened proudest buildings in that balmy land.

It was on an evening of delicious coolness, you now. Cajoled that I have been in listhere so coveted, that a cavalier issued on tening to you so long !" horseback from the gates of the castle, which “Gina!" was then at the acme of its pride and strength. “And so the honorable Count di Visinara Namerous retainers stood on either side by has amused his leisure hours in making love the drawbridge, their heads bared to the eve- to Gina Montani !" she cried, vehemently. ning sun, until the horseman should have " The lordly chieftain who ”. passed, but he went forth unattended ; and “Be silent, Gina !" he interrupted. “Bethe men resumed their caps, and swung to fore you continue your strange accusations, the drawbridge, as he urged his horse to a tell me the origin of them. My love has quick pace. It was the lord of that stately never wandered from you." castle, the young inheritor of the lands of “Yet you are seeking a wife in the heiress Visinara. His form, tall and graceful, was of Della Ripa! Ah, Sir Count, your combent occasionally to the very neck of his plexion changes now !" Gina Montani was horse, in acknowledgment of the homage that right: the flush of excitement on his face was universally paid him, though he sat his had turned to paleness. “Your long and resteed proudly, as if conscious that such bear- peated journeys, for days together, are now ing befitted the descendant of one of Italia's explained," she continued. “It was well to noblest families. In years he had numbered tell me business took you from home." scarcely more than a quarter of a century, and “I have had business to transact with the set on his beautiful features might be traced Prince of Della Ripa," he replied, boldly, rea shade, which told of perplexity or care, covering his equanimity.

Turning down a narrow and not much fre- “And to combine business with pleasure,” quented way, which branched off from the she answered, with a curl of her delicate lin, main road, a mile or two distant from his "you have been wont to linger by the side residence, he urged his horse to a fast pace, of his daughter." and at length came in view of one of those “And what though I have sometimes seen pretty places, partly mansion, partly cottage, the Lady Adelaide ?” he rejoined. “I have and partly temple, at that period to be seen no love for her.” in Italy; but which we nou meet with rarely Gina was silent for a while, as if struggling save in pictures. Fastening the bridle of his with her strong emotion, and then spoke charger to a tree, he walked towards the calmly. “My mother has enjoined me, times house, and passing down the colonade, which out of inind, not to suffer your continued ran along the south side of it, entered one of visits here, for that you would never marry the rooms through the open window. me. You never will, Giovanni."

1 lady, young and beautiful, sat there alone. “Turn to my own faith, Gina,” he exShe had delicate features, and a fair, open claimed, with emotion, “and I will marry countenance, the complexion of which re- thee to-morrow.” sembled more that of an English than an “They say you are about to marry AdeItalian one, inasmuch as a fine, transparent laide of Della Ripa," she replied, passing by color was glowing on the cheeks. The ex- | his own words with a gesture. pression of her eyes was mild and sweet, and “They deceive you, Gina." her hair, of a chestnut brown, fell in curls You deceive me," she answered, passionupon her neck, according to the fashion of ately; "you, upon whose veracity I would the times. She started visibly at sight of the have staked my life. And this is to be my count, and her tongue gave utterance to words, reward!” but what she apparently knew not. “So you! “You are like all your sex, Gina—when have returned, signor ?"

their jealousy is aroused, good-by to reason; * At last, Gina," was the count's answer, one and all are alike." as lie threw his arm around her slender waist, “Can you say that in this case my suspiand essayed to draw her affectionately to- cions are unfounded ?” wards him.

| “Gina,” he answered, as he once again "Unband me, Count di Visinara !" she im- would have folded her to his heart, “let us petuously exclaimed, sliding from his embrace, not waste the hours in vain recriminations: and standing apart, her whole form heaving I have no love for Adelaide of Della Ripa."

| And, alas! for the credulity of woman, Gina He stood irresolute; aghast at this recep-Montani lent ear once more to his honeyed tion from her, who was his early and dearest | persuasions, until she deemed them true; love. " Are you out of your senses ?" was and they were again happy together, as of his exclamation.

old. But this security was not to last long *No, but I soon shall be. And I have for her. As the weeks and months flew on, prayed to Heaven that insanity may fall the visits of the count to her mother's house upon me rather than experience the wretch- grew few and far between. He made long edness of these last few days.”

stays at the territory of Della Ripa, and peo“My love, my love, what mean you ?”. ple told it as a fact, no longer disputable,

My loce! you call me your love, Count di that he was about to make a bride of the Visinara! Be silent, hypocrite! I know | Lady Adelaide.

with agitation.

They had come strangers into Tuscany, uttered; " when the same mode of worship, the Signora Montani and her daughter, but and that a pure one, shall animate us all. In a year or two before. The signora was in the later ages, this peace may be upon the deep grief for the loss of her husband, and earth.” they lived the most secluded life, making no “Would to the saints that it were now, acquaintances. They were scarcely known Gina; or that you and I had never met." by name or by sight, and, save the Count di “What! do you wish it?" she contemptuVisinara, no visitors were ever found there. ously exclaimed ; " yon, who voluntarily The signora was of northern extraction, and sever yourself from me?" of the Reformed faith, and had reared her “I have acted an honorable part, Gina," daughter in the principles of the latter, he cried, striding to and fro in his agitation. which of itself would cause them to court “Honorable, did you say?" seclusion, at that period, in Italy. And the “Ay, honorable. You were growing too Lord of Visinara, independent and haughty dear to me, and I could not speak of marriage as he was by nature and by position, would to you." There was a long pause. She was no more have dared to take Gina Montani to standing against one of the cypress-trees, the be his wedded wife, than he would have brav- moon, through an opening above, casting its ed his Mightiness the Pope in St. Peter's clair. light upon her pure face, down which were II.

coursing tears of anguish. “ So henceforth It was on a calm moonlight night, that a we must be brother and sister," he whisclosely-wrapped-up form stood in the deep pered. shade of a grove of cypress-trees, within the "Brother and sister," she repeated, in a gates of the Castle of Visinara, anxiously moaning voice, pressing the cold tree against watching. Parties passed and repassed, and her aching temples. the figure stirred not; but now there came “After awhile, Gina, when time shall have one, the very echo of whose footsteps had tamed our feelings down. Until then, we command in it, and the form advanced may not meet." stealthily, and glided out of its hiding-place, “Not meet!” she exclaimed, startled by right upon the path of the Lord of Visinara. the words into sudden pain.' " Will you He stood still, and faced the intruder. “Who never come to see us ? Shall we never be are you—and what do you do here?” together again—like brother and sister, as

“ I came to bid you farewell, my Lord; to you have just said ?" wish you joy of your marriage!" And, throw- “Nay, Gina, I must not do so great wrong ing back the mantle and hood, Gina Mon- to the Lady Adelaide." tani’s fragile form stood out to view.

“So great wrong !” she exclaimed in "You here, Gina!”

amazement. “Ay; I have struggled long-long. Pride, “Not real wrong, I am aware. But I resentment, jealousy-I have struggled fierce- shall undertake at the altar to love and cberly with them; but all are forgotten in my un- ish her; and though I cannot do the one, I happy love." He folded her to his heart, as will the other. Knowing this, it is incumbent in their happy days. “You depart to-mor-on me to be doubly careful of her feelings." row morning on your way to bring home “I see, I see," interrupted the young lady, your bride. I have seen your preparations; indignantly; her feelings must be respectI have watched the movements of your re-ed, whilst mine- Farewell, Giovanni." tainers. No farewell was given me—no word “One word yet, Gina," he said, detaining offered of consolation-no last visit vouch- her. “You will probably hear of me much sated.” It would seem that he could not-foremost in the chase, gayest in the ballgainsay her words, for he made no reply. room, last at the banquet-the gay, fortunate “Know you how long it is since we met ?" Lord of Visinara; and when you do so, reshe continued; “how long,"

member that that gay lord wears about him “Reproach me not,” he interrupted. “Ila secret chain, suspected by and known to have suffered more than you, and, for a fare- none-a chain, some links of which will rewell visit, I did not dare to trust myself.” main entwined around his heart to his dying

“And so this is to be the end of your en- day, though the gilding that made it precious during love, that you said was to be mine, and must from this tiine moulder away. Know only mine, till death!”

you what the chain is, Gina?" "And before Heaven I spoke the truth. I The suffocating sobs were rising in her have never loved- I never shall love bnt you. throat, and she made no answer. Yet, Gina, what would you have me do? Il “His love for you. Fare thee well, my may not speak to you of marriage; and it is dearest and best. Nay, another instant; it necessary to iny position that I wed."

is our last embrace in this world.” “ She is of your own rank, therefore you have wooed her ?"

It was a princely cavalcade that bore the “And of my own faith. Difference in rank heiress of Della Ripa to her new territories, may be overcome; in faith, never.”

and all eyes looked out upon it. The armor “Oh that the time had come when God's of the warlike retainers of the house of Visichildren shall be all of one mind !” she I nara sparkled in the sun, and the more

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