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more seriously. To play in public, in- “Mrs. Destrier, I have an immense deed, I had neither leisure nor desire : favor to ask ; introduce me to Madame but in certain salons of my acquaintance, Romanoff !” where music was much in vogue, I made She gave me a quick, shrewd smile ; from time to time a desultory appearance. then I remembered stories of her intimate I set down these facts because, as it hap- quaintness. pened, this ineffectual talent of mine “My dear young man, I have no obwhich poor Cristich's legacy had recalled jection. Only I warn you, she is not conto life was to procure me an interesting versational ; you will make no good of it, encounter. I had played at a house where and you will be disappointed ; perhaps I was a stranger, brought there by a that will be best. Please remember, I friend, to whose insistence I had yielded am responsible for nobody.' somewhat reluctantly, although he had “ Is she so dangerous ?" I asked. assured me—and, I believe, with reason- “ But never mind ; I believe that I have that it was a house where the indirect or something to say which may
interest Attic invitation greatly prevailed-in brief, her.” a place where one met very queer people. Oh, for that !” she smiled elliptiThe hostess was American, a charming cally ; yes, she is most dangerous. But woman of unimpeachable antecedents, but I will introduce you ; you shall tell me whose passion for society, which, while it how you succeed." must always be interesting, need not al- I bowed and smiled; she laid a light ways be equally reputable, bad exposed hand on my arm, and I piloted her to the her evenings to the suspicion of her com- desired corner. It seemed that the chance patriots. And when I had discharged my was with me. The little, fluent foreigner part in the programme and had leisure to had just vacated his seat ; and when the look around me, I saw at a glance that prima donna had acknowledged the hasty their suspicion was justified ; very queer mention of my name, with a bare inclina. people indeed were there. The large, hot tion of her head, I was emboldened to
cosmopolitan—infidels and succeed to it. And then I was silent. Jews, everybody and nobody ; a scanda- In the perfection of that dolorous face I Jously promiscuous assemblage ! And could not but be reminded of the tradi. there with a half start, wbich was not at tion which has always ascribed something first recognition, iny eyes stopped before fatal and inevitable to the possession of a face which brought me a confused rush great gifts, of genius, or uncommon forof memories. It was that of a woman, tune, or a singular personal beauty, and who sat on an ottoman in the smallest the commonplace of conversation failed room which was almost empty. Her companion was a small vivacious man, with a After a while she looked askance at me, gray imperial and the red ribbon in his with a sudden flash of resentment. buttonhole, to wbose continuous stream of "You speak no French, monsieur ! talk, eked out with meridional gestures, And yet you write it well enough ; I have she had the air of being listlessly resigned. read your stories." Her dress, a marvel of discretion, its color I acknowledged Madame's irony, perthe yellow of old ivory, was of some very mitting myself to hope that my efforts rich and stiff stuff cut high to her neck ; had met with Madame's approval. that, and her great black hair, clustered to " A la bonne heure! I perceive you also a crimson rose at the top of her head, speak it. Is that why you wished to be made the pallor of her face a thing to presented, to bear my criticisms ?”' marvel at. Her beauty was at once som- “Let me answer that question when bre and illuminating, and youthful too. you have answered mine." It was the wonian of thirty ; but her com- She glanced curiously over her feathered plexion, and her arms, which were bare, fan, then with the slightest upward inclinawere soft in texture as a young girl's. tion of her statuesqne shoulders,—“ I ad
I made my way, as well as I could for mire your books ; but are you women the crowd, to my hostess, listened, with quite just ? I prefer your playing." what patience I might, to some polite “ That is better, Madame! It was to praise of my playing, and made my re- talk of that I came.'' quest.
“ Your playing ?"
a gift ; you say you knew, esteemed him. “ You want me to look at it? It is a You were with him? Perbaps a mesCremona ?''
“ It is not a Cremona ; but if you like " He died alone, madame! I have no I will give it to you."
message. If there were nune, it might Her dark eyes shone out in anazed be, perhaps, that he believed you had not amusement.
cared for it. If that were wrong, I could 'You are eccentric, monsieur ! but tell you that you were not forgotten. your nation has a privilege of eccen- Ob ! he loved you! I had his word for tricity. At least, you amuse me ; and I it, and the story. The violin is yours. have wearied myself enough this long Do not mistake me ; it is not for your evening. Show me your violin ; I am sake but his. He died alone ; value it, something of a virtuosa."
as I should, madame !" I took the instrument from its case, They were insolent words, perhaps handed it to her in silence, watching her cruel, provoked from me by the mixed gravely. She received it with the dex- nature of my attractia to her; the need terous bands of a musician, looked at the of turning a reasonable and cool front to splendid stains on the back, then bent that pathetic beauty, that artful music, over toward the light in a curious scrutiny which whipped jaded nerves to mutiny. of the little faded signature of its maker, The arrow in them struck so true, that I the fecit of an obscure Bavarian of the was shocked at my work. It transfixed seventeenth century. It was a long time the child in her, latent in most women, before she raised her eyes.
which moaned at my feet ; so that for When she spoke her rich voice had a sheer shame, as though it were actually a note of imperious entreaty in it. “Your child I had hurt, I could have fallen and violin interests me, monsieur ! Oh, I kissed her hands. know that wood! It came to you - ?" “Oh, you judge me hard ; you believe
“ A legacy from an esteemed friend.' the worst of me ; and why not? I am
“ His name?” she cried, with the flash against the world ! At least he might which I waited for.
have taught you to be generous, that kind “ Maurice Cristich, madame!"
old man ! Have I forgotten, do you We were deserted in our corner. The think? Am I so happy ihen? Oh, it is company had strayed in, one by one to a just question! The world busies itself the large salon with its great piano, where with me, and you are in the lap of its a young Russian musician, a pupil of tongues. Has it ever accused me of Chopin, sat down to play with no con- that, of happiness ? Cruel, cruel ! I ventional essay of preliminary chords an have paid iny penalties, and a woman is
The strains of it wailed not free to do as she will. But would not in just then through the heavy screening I have gone to him, for a word, a sign? curtains ; a mad valse of his own, that no Yes, for the sake of my childhood. And human feet could dance to ; a pitiful, pas- to-night when you showed me that,” her sionate thing that thrilled the nerves pain- white hand swept over the violin with fully, ringing the changes between volup- something of a caress, “ I thought it had tuous sorrow and the merriment of devils, come ; yes, from the grave ! and you and burdened always with the weariness make it more bitter by readings of your of “ all the Russias” —the proper Welt- You strike me hard.” schmerz of a young, disconsolate people. I bent forward in real humility ; her It seemed to charge the air, like electric- voice had tears in it, though her splendid ity, with passionate undertones ; it gave eyes were bard. intimate facilities, and a tense personal “Forgive me, madame ! a vulgar stroke note to our interview.
at random. I had no right to make it ; “A legacy ! so he is gone !” She he told me only good of you. Forgive swayed to me with a wail in her voice, in me; and for proof of your pardon,-I a sort of childish abandonment : “ And am serious now-take his violin." you tell me! Ah !" She drew back, Her smile, as she refused me, was full chilling suddenly with a touch of visible of sad dignity. suspicion. " You hurt me, monsieur ! "You have made it impossible, monIs it a stroke at random? You spoke of sieur ! It would remind me only now of
how ill you think of me. I beg you to tunity of an effect ? Had her whole attikeep it.
tude been a deliberate pose, a sort of trick ? The music had died away suddenly, and The sudden changes in her subtle voice, its ceasing had been followed by a loud the undercurrent of mockery in an invitamurmur of applause. The prima donna tion which seemed inconsequent, put me rose, and stood for a moment, observing on my guard, reinforced all my deepme irresolutely.
seated prejudices against the candor of “I leave you and your violin, mon. the ferninine soul. It left me with a vision sieur ! I have to sing presently, with of her, fantastically vivid, recounting to such voice as our talk has left me. I bid an intimate circle, to an accompaniment of you both adieu.”
some discreet laughter and the popping of Ah, madame !" I deprecated, you champagne corks, the success of her imwill think again of this. I will send it position, the sentimental concessions she you in the morning. I have no right—" bad extorted from a notorious student of
She shook her head ; then with a sud- cynical moods. den flash of amusement, or fantasy,- “ A dangerous woman !” cried Mrs. “ I agree, monsieur, on a condition. To Destrier with the world, which might conprove your penitence you shall bring it ceivably be right ; at least, I was fain to me yourself.
add, a woman whose laughter would be I professed that her favor overpowered merciless. Certainly I had no temper for
She named an hour when she would adventures ; and a visit to Madame Robe at home ; an address in the Avenue manoff on so sentimental an errand seemned Des Champs Élysées, which I noted on to me, the more I pondered it, to belong
to this category, to be rich in distasteful “Not adieu, then, monsieur ; but au possibilities. Must I write myself pusil. revoir !"
lanimous if I confess that I never made I bowed perplexedly, holding the it ; that I committed my old friend's vio. curtain aside to let her sweep through ; lin into the hands of the woman who had and once more she turned back, gathering been his pupil by the vulgar aid of a up her voluminous train, to repeat with a commissionaire ? glance and accent, which I found mysti- Pusillanimous or simply prudent; or fying : “Remember, monsieur, it is only perhaps cruelly unjust to a person who au revoir !"
had paid penalties and greatly needed That last glimpse of her, with the kindness ? "It is a point I have never been strange mockery and an almost elfish able to decide, though I have tried to malice in her fine eyes, went home with raise theories on the ground of her acme later, to cause vague disquiet and fresh quiescence. It seemed to ine on the cards suspicion of her truth. The spell of her that my fiddle, bestowed so cavalierly, extraordinary personal charm removed, should be refused. And yet even the fact doubt would assert itself. Was she quite of her retaining it is open to two intersincere ? Was her fascination not a ques- pretations ; and Cristich testified for her. tionable one ? Might not that almost Maurice Cristich ! Madame Romanoff ! childish outburst of a grief so touching the renowned Romanoff, Maurice Cristich ! and at the time convincing, be, after all, Have I been pusillanimous, prudent, or fictitious ; the movement of a born actress merely cruel ? For the life of me I canand enchantress of men, quick to seize as not say !-Macmillan's Magazine. by a nice professional instinct the oppor
THE SPANISH STORY OF THE ARMADA.
BY J. A. FROUDE.
often in prose and verse. It is the most
dramatic incident in our national history, The fate of the great expedition sent and the materials for a faithful account of by Philip the Second restore the Papal it in the contemporary narratives are unauthority in England has been related usually excellent. The English nature on that occasion was seen at its very best. take up into the story Captain Duro's The days had not yet come of inflated contribution. With innocent necromancy self praise, and the spirit which produces he calls the dead out of their graves, and actions of real merit is usually simple in makes them play their drama over again. the description of such actions. Good With his assistance we will turn to the wine needs no bush. The finest jewels city of Lisbon, on the 25th of April of need least a gaudy setting ; and as the the Annus Mirabilis. The preparations newspaper correspondent was not yet were then all but completed for the inborn, and the men who did the fighting vasion of England and the overthrow of wrote also the reports, the same fine and the Protestant beresy. From all parts of modest temper is equally seen in both. Catholic Europe the prayers of the faith
Necessarily, however, Englishmen ful had ascended for more than a year in could only tell what they themselves had a stream of passionate entreaty that God scen, and the other side of the story bas would arise and make His
known. been left untold. The Spanish historians Masses had been said day after day on have never attempted to minimize the fifty thousand altars; and devout nuns magnitude of their disaster, but they have had bruised their knees in midnight left the official records to sleep in the watches on the chapel pavements. The shades of their public offices, and what event so long hoped for was to come at the Spanish commanders might have them. last. On that day the consecrated standselves to say of their defeat and its causes ard was to be presented in state to the has been left hitherto unprinted. I dis- Commander-in-Chief of the Expedition. covered myself at Simancas the narrative Catholics had collected froin every corner of the Accountant-General of the Fleet, of the world : Spanish and Italian, French Don Pedro Coco Calderon, and made use and Irish, English and German owning a of it in my own history. But Don Pe. common nationality in the Church. The dro's account showed only how much more Portuguese alone of Catholic nations remained to be discovered, of which I looked on in indifference. Portugal had myself could find no record either in print been recently annexed by force to Spain.
The wound was still bleeding, and even The defect has now been supplied by religion failed to unite the nob'es and the industry and patriotism of an officer people in common cause with their conin the present Spanish Navy, who has querors. But Lisbon bad ceased to be a brought together a collection of letters Portuguese city. Philip dealt with it as and documents bearing on the subject he pleased, and the Church of Portugal, which is signally curious and interesting at least on this occasion, was at Philip's Captain Fernandez Duro deserves grateful disposition. thanks and recognition, as enabling us for There was something of real piety in the first time really to understand what what was going on; and there was much took place. But more than that, he re- of the artificial emotion which bore the produces the spirit and genius of the same relation to piety which the enthusitime ; he enables us to see, face to face, asm of the Knight of La Mancha bore to the De Valdez, the Recaldes, the Oquen- true chivalry. Philip himself in certain dos, the De Ley Vas, who had hitherto aspects of his character was not unlike been only names to us. The “Iliad” Don Quixote. He believed that he was would lose half its interest if we knew divinely commissioned to extirpate the only Agamemnon and Achilles and knew dragons and monsters of heresy. As the nothing of Priam and Hector. The five adventure with the enchanted horse had days' battle in the English Channel in been specially reserved for Don Quixote, August 1588 was fought out between wen so the “ Enterprise of England,'' in the on both sides of a signally gallant and inflated language of the time, was said to noble nature ; and when the asperities of bave been reserved for Philip; and as theology shall have mellowed down at analogies are apt to complete themselves. last, Spanish and English authorities to. the fat, good-humored, and entirely ingether will furnish materials for a great capable Medina Sidonia had a certain re. epic poem.
semblance to Sancho. The Duke of Until that happy and still far-distant Medina had no ambition for such adventime shall arrive, we must appropriate and tures ; he would have greatly preferred
staying at home, and only consented to them.
them. But & regiment of priests distake the command out of a certain dog- persed through the various squadrons kept like obedience to his master. The repre- alive in most the sense that they were sentatives of the imaginary powers had going on the most glorious expedition been called in to bring him to accept the ever undertaken by man. dangerous responsibility. A pious hermit The standard which was to be presented told him that he had been instituted by itself indicated the sacred character of the the Almighty to promise him victory. Into the Royal Arms of Spain there The Prioress of the Annunciata Maria di had been introduced as supporters on one la Visitacion, who had received the five side Christ on the Cross, on the other the wounds and was punished afterward as a Virgin mother, and on the scroll below detected impostor, bad seen Santiago and
was written : 6
Exsurge Deus et vindica two angels smiting Drake and his unbe
tuam” Arise, O Lord, and lieving comrades, and she assured the avenge thy cause." "Philip, by the Duke of glory in both worlds if he went. grace of God King of Castille, of Leon, The Duke's experience of English Ad- of Aragon, the two Sicilies, Jerusalem, mirals had bcen, so far, not glorious to Portugal, Navarre, Granada, Toledo, Vahim at all. He had been in command at lencia, Gallicia, Majorca, Sardinia, CorCadiz two years before when the English dova, Corsica, Murcia, Jaen, Algaves, fleet sailed up the harbor, burned eighteen Algesiras, Gibraltar, the Canary Islands, large ships, and went off unfought with, the East and West Indies, the Isles and taking six more away with them. A!! Continents of the Ocean ; Archduke of Spain had cried shame and called the Austria, Duke of Burgundy, of Brabant Duke a coward, but Pbilip had refused to and Milan, Count of Hapsburgh, Count be displeased, and had deliberately chosen of Flanders, Tirol, and Barcelona ; Lord him for an undertaking far more arduous of Biscay and Molina,” etc.; the monthan the defence of a provincial port. arch, in short, whose name was swatbed On this April 25 he was to receive his in these innumerable titles, had detercommission, with the standard undermined to commit the sacred banner to his which he was to go into action, and the, well-beloved Don Alonzo de Guzman, surCatholic Church was to celebrate the oc- named El Bueno, or the Good, and under casion with its imposing splendors and its folds to sweep the ocean clear of the imperious solemnities.
piratical squadrons of the English Queen. The Armada lay in the Tagus waiting The scene was the great metropolitan the completion of the ceremony. It was church of Lisbon, the Iglesia Major. It the most powerful armament which had was six o'clock in the morning ; strcets ever been collected in modern Europe, a and squares were lined with troops who hundred and thirty ships—great galleons bad been landed from the ships. The from a thousand to thirteen hundred King was represented by his nephew, the tous ; galliasses rowed by three hundred Cardinal Archduke, who was Viceroy of slaves, carrying fifty guns ; galleys almost Portugal. The Viceroy rode out of the as formidable, and other vessels, the best Palace with the Duke on his right hand, appointed which Spain and Italy could followed by the gentlemen adventurers of produce. They carried nine thousand the expedition in their splendid dresses. seamen, seasoned mariners who had served At the church they were received by the in all parts of the world, and seventeen Archbishop. The standard was placed thousand soldiers, who were to join Parma on the altar. Mass was sung. The Vice. and assist the conquest of England. Be- roy then led the Duke up the altar steps, sides them were some hundreds of nobles lifted a fold of the standard and placed it and gentlemen who, with their servants in his bands, while, as the signal was and retinues, had volunteered for the new passed outside, the ships in the river and crusade, gallant high-spirited youths quite the troops in the streets fired a saluteready to fight with Satan hinself in the una pequeña salva, a small one, for cause of Spain and Holy Church. In powder was scarce and there was none to them all was a fine profession of enthusi- waste. The scene was not impressive ; asm-qualified, indeed, among the seamen and the effect was frittered away in a by a demand for wages in advance and a complexity of details. The Archbishop tendency to desert when they received took the Holy Sacrament and passed out