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1.   characters of that locality in the early days. THE FATE OF THE DANE, Cloth, $1.5
2. is of a distinguished Protestant family in old Virginia, whose clear intellect
3. Catholic teachings, which he heroically follows up until it ends in his happy c
4. unt. Strange stories are told of ghastly lights flitting here and THE FATE OF TH
5. e spring of 18 — a stranger, evidently a foreigner and a gentleman, and a man
6. fteen her- hundred years before the holy chaunts of mits and monks echoed amidst
7. he said, in a quiet voice. " And surely now yer honor won't be there'll afther
8. cliorp agus manim ! * but work presently," said Owen. " be wild " ? You fine, ar
9. in that Pagan Tower," said Owny, gravely. Did you know% Owny, that we Americans
10. a venture," he said, more good-humoredly, as he * At loss. — 6 the Druid's tow
11. h exercise, "we are getting along finely and I wish to hear more of this " Pundi
12. ting odd chances and praying alternately. After a wild, whirling dance over the
13. e, frothing billows defiantOwen, with ly up beyond their usual limits. the assis
14. in time to lind a hand." And Owen Daily dragged the boat out of harm's reach, h
15. t assert that he felt as We will bravely as he assumed, or that he did not wish
16. that he had selected some other We only know that he acted like a brave guide.
17. nal honor. re- He would not individually have brought a proach on the hospitalit
18. e rain, shelter. now All falling heavily, drove him in for was dark and silent w
19. s dark and silent within and comfortably warm and as he leaned against the rough
20. k weeds, and a few scratches, which only had the effect of spurring him on to gr
21. n that he had been guilty of a decidedly foolish thing in venturing so far into
22. being deterred by difficulties, are only incited to greater success by them, unt
23. , and would offer to pay them handsomely to take me to France." " Very good as f
24. smugglers and Ribbonmen, you find really one who, having made over " Bethis soul
25. pressive the air still them very civilly — — ! — — THE DRUIDS TOWER; OR,
26. tairway, until just as he felt perfectly exhausted, he saw a gleam of light " sh
27. d by a low, narrow door. It was slightly open, and a bright cautiously and on th
28. s slightly open, and a bright cautiously and on the gloomy stairway, presenting
29. he introduced himself .but unfortunately for his plans, as he leaned forward, hi
30. entury past. have been waiting patiently for thee. Hitherto no one has answered
31. he time is at hand," he replied solemnly. I " I am sorry I could not come before
32. t come before " ! re- Wilmot, now firmly convinced that he was confronted by the
33. ope I am not too late." Then he suddenly bethought himself that Owny's suggestio
34. — times his head sunk on he said sadly; then his breast and he was silent. Mr.
35. FATE OF THE DANE. Wilmot knew hopelessly the safest that the unfortunate old ; 1
36. . Mr. Wilmot kept his eye fixed steadily on him, and shied a little to the right
37. rom his bosom. thought it might possibly be a pistol, but it was only a roll of
38. ht possibly be a pistol, but it was only a roll of discolored parchment. " Ahem,
39. Wise. he was imprisoned by the dastardly Dane, the robber, the sea-wolf, the arc
40. s that clustered over it, and found only the carcass While engaged in his " aeri
41. silver cord? He could not tell. He only knew that he was alone the " monarch of
42. he opinion that it was anything heavenly. Just then he heard a terrific outcry a
43. another moment Owen the brave as rapidly as the down — — ; — 7 THE FATE OF
44. 7 THE FATE OF THE DANE. 1 dashed wildly into the room staring around him like a
45. , flash of lightning, and I seen him fly off wid a I all, wings. By I St. Patric
46. s feeling of repose. His voice gradually grew fainter and fainter, until at last
47. . Wilmot trimmed the lamp replenished ly. the fire, and examined the priming of
48. e left for him to do, but wait patiently for day-dawn while he listened to the d
49. d loneliness an oppression and gradually stole over him drowsiness, which were t
50. would keep him awake. But it was merely a collection of antique manuscripts, ch
51. 1 Hobson's choice, now," he said, slowly Ha! unrolling the last one •" this, o
52. thing. good Latin The Fate of the Fairly written Dane, it is called. This will d
53. Dane, it is called. This will do finely " saying which, he settled himself in a
54. iminish and whose losses were constantly repaired by troops from the grim shores
55. over the land like the Egypt, and daily landed fresh hordes on our coasts, arme
56. of freedom, and rivetted more completely the chains which Turgesius had laid on
57. hese calamities, after who were narrowly escaping the sword, quitted the country
58. ry homestead was obliged to pay annually to the receivers of Turgesius, one ounc
59. d cruelty, that such as could not comply, were to suffer the loss This tax of th
60. rrific storm was brewing, which was only heard in low, ground-swell murmurs. The
61. iscontent amongst his soldiery, suddenly adjourned the council, and determined t
62. day shed an indescribable glory, softly after its and the blue shadows crept TH
63. ds, and his breath struggled up hoarsely from his oppressed bosom. Nature could
64. hed the fountain of his soul, and slowly a few large tears stole over his sunken
65. people. At this moment a door was softly opened, and a maiden glided timidly in,
66. ftly opened, and a maiden glided timidly in, and looked anxiously around. She ad
67. glided timidly in, and looked anxiously around. She advanced a few steps with a
68. er hands, she She approached noiselessly, — awaited the passing away of the st
69. e have perished ? " she whispered softly, while a deep and inexpressible tendern
70. light upon her ? Then she crept silently towards the king, and winding her arms
71. ressing her beautiful face, and tenderly kissing her broad white forehead. " My
72. At the risk of his life he almost daily brings me tidings and messages from wit
73. nd messages from without. He is the only medium I have, through which I correspo
74. e Leatha could escape, ere she could fly " ! 28 the druid's tower; or, to a remo
75. rtesy and mockery, then bowed carelessly to King Malachy, and threw himself half
76. lachy's solitude is cheered by the Truly, it is no wonder thou smiles of the fai
77. of thy prerogatives to complain but fly not, fair maiden, I knew not, on my hon
78. ot, on my honor, that anything so lovely, had e'er birth in this bleak isle, or
79. his fortress," he replied, gazing rudely on Leatha. " Pardon me, sir, my fealty
80. ght," she replied with an air of womanly dignity, while her eyes involuntarily m
81. ly dignity, while her eyes involuntarily meaning of all she dared not say. Turge
82. the king, lifting his gray head proudly up. " Henceforth I will share thy cares
83. y trust me the maiden shall fare bravely. But how is this fair bird lodged ? evi
84. pt Freedom " ! replied the king bitterly. " The fortunes of war are inevitable b
85. by gew-gaws, and the like but it is only the jewel of an honorable love, that co
86. n oak panel in the wall slid noiselessly aside revealing an arched aperture whic
87. the appearance of a bronze statue, only the eyes glowed brighter and more flash
88. n his cheeks. Otherwise he was perfectly immobile in his statuesque He stepped d
89. startled the king, who, turning quickly, uttered an expresin — * Cloak. 32 TH
90. the coast of his territory, and the only living creature that was found on the w
91. e court, yet bore his honors so modestly, as to escape the enmity of those who m
92. He had worshipped Leatha from her early girlhood, distantly and silently never
93. eatha from her early girlhood, distantly and silently never hoping to win, yet s
94. r early girlhood, distantly and silently never hoping to win, yet still loving h
95. ever accomplish his miserable and unholy ends, I cannot at once see how it is Bu
96. vented. our God, whom we have faithfully served, Although enlighten us. I There
97. he drew a slender dagger, of such highly on'e escape," emergency — tempered st
98. ed with a something so subtle and deadly, that the slightest puncture made with
99. for a decisive blow, let who I narrowly escaped the pickets will strike first.
100. pickets will strike first. I had barely of the Dane beyond the Moat. plunged in
101. all ever waft a cloud towards her I only beg the privilege of guarding and savin
102. . THE FATE OF THE DANE. 35 CHAPTER Daily did Turgesius beautiful Leatha, IV. see
103. his offensive freedoms, authorized only by the arrogance of his assumed power,
104. e sharpened by anger he could trust only in God he saw no other deliverer but ev
105. yal honors in the presence of his family and court, thought that the cup of his
106. s an honor, and assured him that he only required a short period to consider the
107. g he returned his salutation courteously and awaited in silence the bursting of
108. he king, and the word was too distinctly uttered for him to suppose for a moment
109. alachy?" said Turgesius, scowling darkly. " Age is cautious, my lord. My daughte
110. HE DRUID'S TOWER ; ; OR, replied eagerly " if much, foul." " I would rather win
111. it and thee. We seakings scorn priestly rites, and mummeries therefore trouble
112. emand her!" was the inflexi; ; ble reply. consider," said the king, while every
113. affle me no longer," was the angry reply. " I throw myself and my griefs on thy
114. ER; OR, "It is well," he replied surlily. "As to thy God, I fear him not." " Tur
115. indignation, these words, spoken shrilly and distinctly, smote on their ears "Th
116. ese words, spoken shrilly and distinctly, smote on their ears "Thy behests shall
117. spy ; however, this one seemeth friendly to thy ests," replied the king. inter-
118. orted to Turgesius, who saw in them only signs of a willing submission to his po
119. nd bewilder the eye. Turgesius, superbly arrayed, was seated on a dais of ivory
120. es they had sacked laughing vociferously, as demons might laugh, over the wild a
121. th eyes like an Egyptian, was frequently seen passing to and fro, from an near t
122. low number of white silken veils, softly piled covered embroidery and a little w
123. ike poignards those small, sharp, deadly poignards, which even then had been bro
124. ught from Oriental lands and were highly prized by the nobles and chiefs who wer
125. idens came in, and with slow and stately steps advanced toward King Malachy. The
126. ions which rent his heart, he could only murmur " my chil- 44 dren," and the dru
127. , not a sob escaped their lips they only went and knelt at his feet, and bowed t
128. ll be well " Her voice sounded strangely like the voice of Ingomar then she sped
129. ! ; palace of Turgesius, who impatiently awaited Triumphal music welcomed them,
130. soft welcome, to the throneroom. Softly streamed down the light through wreaths
131. veiled maidens to Turgesius, said grimly and " Receive from her foster-mother, L
132. eceive from her foster-mother, Learudely tha, the chaste daughter of our captive
133. emony of unveiling, to prevent jealously and rivalry, led the way toward the sum
134. outcry is heard, and Turgesius, scarcely wounded, springs to his feet. But his s
135. sh officers and soldiers promis- cuously gesius, in the carnage that ensued, exc
136. sook them they were routed with scarcely an effort on the part of the Irish, who
137. betook themselves to their ships, hotly dispirited. pursued by their lately opp
138. otly dispirited. pursued by their lately oppressed foes, who, after the barbarou
139. d from their waters the Irish ; suddenly dis- appeared ; sunk, burnt, or cap- an
140. nflagration of the Danes, were carefully colMany of the Danes had settled in the
141. n was considered fato his crown. vorably, and they were permitted to remain for
142. and they became incorporated, apparently, in inThe next terest and sentiment, wi
143. he would have replied in sweet, friendly words, for Ingomar had been more than a
144. , he looked with a bewildered gaze fully around him, wondering how he got there.
145. I want to get to the mainland as quickly as possible? I'm going to Lough Neagh."
146. Owen remembered* everything, and his ly together, ; 52 first THE DRUID'S TOWER;
147. act OR, : was to cross himself devoutly with, a God be thanked for all his merc
148. mornin'," which salutation was heartily re" ; turned. " And it did your honor s
149. Wilmot's antiquarian tastes were highly had the effect of Every step he had tak
150. oal merchant of Albion, who complacently gorges himself with roast beef and plum
151. to search for his body, believing firmly that he had been murdered by some wretc
152. y lamb that had found it We onaisy, Ally and way home. but then we thought its t
153. gorous arms, which would have as readily avenged the death of the boat before th
154. thing else. Mr. rewarded them handsomely, engaged Owen on liberal terms to trave
155. had succeeded in removing all his family thither, and if our readers Wilmot are
156. chools and the two brothers are not only providing ease and luxury for their old
157. distance wending their way to the early Masses, but the holiday aspect of happi
158. Where are the young men?" been naturally faces, I 2 THE STORY OF A BRAVE GIRL. s
159. ORY OF A BRAVE GIRL. suggested, not only by observing their absence, but by the
160. before the Empire. conscript law rigidly enforced had more than decimated the ma
161. awn by four horses, its curtains closely buttoned down and a guard of gendarmes
162. f gendarmes on each side, rolled swiftly along the road towards Paris. It was no
163. at Austerlitz and he hated both equally, for between them his house had been ;
164. n ; left desolate. "It it is is probably some old enough of white hairs, brave,
165. res out God's justice, " grinding slowly but exceeding small." in dumb On riage,
166. On riage, rolled the curtained, closely-guarded car- almost hidden by clouds of
167. the men and women of France, whose only crime was their THE PRISONER AND HER CH
168. on duty, who, having examined it closely, gave orders for the ponderous gates to
169. ight be who were brought here so closely guarded, if they had been sentenced alr
170. them time to clothe themselves properly for the journey. They were in dinner dr
171. of luxury in those days thrown hurriedly around their shoulders, enveloped them
172. , enveloped them both in its folds. Only their heads were visible one, covered w
173. vy tresses of black silky hair partially di- — — ; shevelled ; the other, wi
174. nd her. " Here are two, we expected only one. Lift up your head, young one, and
175. ts hiding-place, and shunning as swiftly as possible the rude gaze of the repuls
176. ew the large shawl, that covered closely together. " I them both, more think you
177. an, who pressed her " child convulsively to her breast, as she turned a face who
178. orders, madame," interrupted the rudely. man : 8 THE STORY OF A BRAVE " It is G
179. brown hand, and said jailer The angrily " Do you know to that in this place we
180. by force, if they refuse to obey quietly?" " But if you take her from me where w
181. t don't concern me. You " That's gruffly, " didn't ask my opinion " about assass
182. " said the jailer, a little less roughly, touched by some thought disconnected w
183. ans, pity us " ! low whisper. " But only the wife of Gen. Lajolais," contin- ued
184. re to go in this strange city, I am only a poor child without friends Oh, please
185. ake to end the painful scene. She gently unwound the arms that encircled her nec
186. ll not " she sobbed — ; ! distractedly. The gendarmes were touched of such gri
187. l from his officer, said " This is folly; come, come, let us end it," and seizin
188. t care. I'm not afraid of them. I'm only calling my mother whom they have got sh
189. w words calmed Marie and turning quickly she saw a young girl about her own age
190. son gates and going towards the friendly stranger. " Those cruel men in there ha
191. nd you so young The good God will surely " pity you. But tell me, what is the ot
192. ed vived her anguish, she wept piteously, and called words on the dear parents f
193. hy in her round fresh face, she suddenly checked her sobs ; did she attempt to d
194. ther? ? " The young nodded affirmatively. " " And a father also She answered by
195. e thought of happiness that until lately been her own, made the poor child's des
196. he contrast, and again she wept bitterly. " Tell me your name ? " she presently
197. y. " Tell me your name ? " she presently asked. is in your service." " " What is
198. too much." Susette shook her head sadly she had never felt so sorry for any one
199. f. Why " do you shake your head so sadly, Suno one heard is sette? " Because mad
200. her side to persuade her to eat Oh, holy Virgin see and help my mamma she ! ; "
201. t " answered Marie, weeping passionately, " when my dear mamma is in prison, whe
202. its usual leaden quiet, a for the daily young lieutenant who was waiting Justic
203. he most leiscan't Why you tell us, urely manner. now, Prevost, out with your new
204. arters of the world and miss it entirely. Or do "Come you jest ! " ? " Jest yes.
205. against a sentry- " It can't box calmly smoking. 2 8 1 THE STORY OF A BRAVE " I
206. t attracting attention, they unwillingly remained. Unwillingly at first but Mari
207. , they unwillingly remained. Unwillingly at first but Marie no sooner heard the
208. here, Hortense ? * he inquired, abruptly. " ' see here, said Madame Louis, into
209. s kneeling at his feet, weeping bitterly and making I " a vain effort to articul
210. in so odious an affair. Did he entirely forget that we were classmates at the m
211. resolve. " Susette," she said, suddenly rousing herself, " a little while ago y
212. ER. 23 my dinner," she replied, joyfully, as she knocked in It at the side-door
213. on wall used by the was opened instantly by the sentinel who kept guard within,
214. ate of bread and meat and a glass family. of wine. Entirely absorbed by the proj
215. at and a glass family. of wine. Entirely absorbed by the project she girl, ; med
216. ct she girl, ; meditated, Marie scarcely thanked the kind but ate the soup and d
217. it brown bread from the plate, carefully up in her pocket-hand- wish I could rew
218. see the valuable ornaments she generally wore in her ears hurry and grief of tha
219. Y OF A BRAVE GIRL. I thought it was only bodily pain that could make one weep, b
220. BRAVE GIRL. I thought it was only bodily pain that could make one weep, but I kn
221. not, deed dare not accept " I willingly ate your soup and bread and. drank your
222. sette " was heard, this time more loudly and in angry tones, and without another
223. to walk away, but her heart beat wildly and her limbs trembled so that it was i
224. d our blessed Lady of Loreto will surely pity me. Mamma has always taught me tha
225. protection. Behold me then, O most holy Virgin how desolate and Help me, and tu
226. hrone in heaven. " ! ! ! ; How naturally does the soul assert all ! its exist- e
227. and supports, that glides out buoyantly upon the tide, so the soul deprived of
228. ide, so the soul deprived of all earthly support its finds only in the mercy of
229. ed of all earthly support its finds only in the mercy of God true element. Grief
230. ough many difficulties which alternately terrify, weary and dishearten, but neve
231. nglish in 1358 and again destroyed early in the 14th century by the party of the
232. French government was effected. quently, in 181 5, the capitulation of Paris wa
233. ecree that caused the revolution of July, and it was here that he received nacs.
234. e piles of buildings, nected irregularly with and other spacious wings conthem.
235. Archbishops of Paris of the same family, and was renowned In 1658 for the exten
236. expense ; residence of the their family until Dukes of Orleans continued in 178
237. added several buildings, and frequently visited it accompanied by the king. It
238. th Brumaire took place, and subsequently he transacted the affairs of the Empire
239. he affairs of the Empire more frequently at St. Cloud than at Paris. It would ta
240. ents that transpired them. There is only one refer to particu- 30 larly, THE STO
241. e is only one refer to particu- 30 larly, THE STORY OF A BRAVE GIRL. the Galcrie
242. furniture of an antique date and richly upholstered in gobelins and rare stuffs
243. alons, and galeries en suite, all richly and royally furnished and ornamented by
244. aleries en suite, all richly and royally furnished and ornamented by the best di
245. LOUD. in 31 These apartments were richly furnished ace, only keep- ing with the
246. artments were richly furnished ace, only keep- ing with the magnificence of the
247. ays of his power, that he found the only refuge and solace he knew on earth. A m
248. nce, had a the household as were piously inclined ; whim filled —so they calle
249. s respected, the at chapel was generally well Masses on Sundays and fete days. T
250. ed here in the twilight and in the early morning, when only the priest was at th
251. ight and in the early morning, when only the priest was at the altar and only th
252. nly the priest was at the altar and only the painted hues of the windows and the
253. mble and caused her to see in every holy place unfortunate her vision, or — th
254. sheen, could do to make it bewilderingly beautiful, had been done and done well.
255. e surrounding country there occasionally with an astrologer and it was whispered
256. ue is crowded with distinguished, richly apparelled guests, are who returning to
257. OF A BRAVE GIRL. brought Paris literally to his feet, and many of the old nobles
258. of the old noblesse who had held proudly aloof from him before, and some of the
259. e legitimists, thought the act so kindly a one that they came out of their retre
260. er and his Creole wife," as they usually termed the Emperor and Empress. And thi
261. ey had gone away to " make their stately the imperial dignity did not belong alo
262. hed citizens back to Paris and presently the broad avenue was empty and silent,
263. sentryboxes, several soldiers but lately returned from Egypt chatted and smoked.
264. d smoked. riages filled with fair richly dressed ; ; ; dames ; ; ST. 14 CLOUD. 3
265. absence," replied Brugaud good-humoredly " but as a good comrade should, I'm goi
266. to their getting access to the strictly Emperor, although he had forbidden it S
267. f Bru- gaud's words, and turning quickly the direc- from which the sounds procee
268. f and sadness. "What do you asked kindly. " wish, my To know the right way to ge
269. who, after thanking him with a look only, for her heart was too full to speak, w
270. as too full to speak, walked tremblingly and with uncertain steps towards the pl
271. as glass door, where she knocked timidly. opened by an imposing-looking function
272. n he saw that his visitor, who evidently belonged to the higher classes, was in
273. until night so you must go, and quickly too " answered the man impatiently. " B
274. ickly too " answered the man impatiently. " Bast ! If I let ; ! " Oh, monsieur,
275. for you, mademoiselle " he asked kindly. Let me speak to the Emperor, monsieur.
276. ed to his cabinet, where he may possibly remain all night. But tell me, why do y
277. that the anguish of her soul so plainly ex- pressed in her face and her tears d
278. ld answer to give " !" he said, scarcely knowing what her. ST. CLOUD. 41 So you
279. n said for you, mademoiusher, the deeply moved. £/<»??— /&7~0*"ff - CHAPTER
280. as feet Her tired, ; blistered scarcely touched the ground the almost fainting
281. he least check now would have completely crushed her. The nusher at length stopp
282. th stopped at the door of a small richly-furnished salon with hangings of seagre
283. re were books upon the tables and lovely but Marie pictures hanging against the
284. ings was fixed on the figure of the only occupant a young lady whose back of the
285. ie as the dread of a cold ; ; could only see her beautiful blonde hair gathered
286. qne, and her tall graceful figure simply dressed in fine transparent white musli
287. girl in tears standing there. she gently inquired. in What do you want?" : But r
288. asked " tones " Who are you ? " I kindly am the daughter of Gen. Lajolais, madam
289. evinced the liveliest Hortense instantly compassion. " Poor child, of what can I
290. r her do not say impossible. If you only knew how I have suffered in trying to r
291. ord." " The Emperor, my child, is justly incensed against the authors of this co
292. e, in the kindest tones. " It would only expose you to new pain were you to see
293. gue, and taking her hand with a friendly pressure, seated he will ! —— — ;
294. if I had not had my mamma to conFinally, one day oh, that dreadful day sole. we
295. heard in the hall of our hotel suddenly our door was burst open, our room fille
296. id Marie, whose tears flowed unceasingly. But the cruel men at the prison said w
297. covered my — — found myself suddenly all alone in the world, without help, w
298. orrows of a child so innocent and lovely as Marie, and smoothing back the disord
299. naparte " Josephine almost involuntarily asked. " Is this poor child responsible
300. und the neck of the Empress and tenderly embracing her. " If ! you only knew how
301. tenderly embracing her. " If ! you only knew how much she has suffered ! how "
302. ow much she has suffered ! how " greatly she is to be pitied " God alone can kno
303. thos that the Empress looked attentively at her. "Who " accompanied you here, ma
304. ession of growing interest in her lovely, regular features. Marie with a fresh b
305. t I can for you," said Josephine, kindly and ear; " Yes, alone," said " and, nes
306. d ear; " Yes, alone," said " and, nestly. added Hortense. " Oh, I trust the good
307. e can speak to the Emperor, will eagerly. ? " asked Hortense extremely sorry, my
308. ll eagerly. ? " asked Hortense extremely sorry, my child," answered Josephine, u
309. naparte has commanded me so emphatically to spare him these scenes that I Then h
310. I Then he is closeted with the Minreally fear This young girl must come ister of
311. don," answered Josephine. " But, eagerly. " To-morrow or the time tated mamma, c
312. Josephine went away, her gentle, womanly heart busy devising plans for the relie
313. the young girl, whose sorrows had deeply impressed her. Meanwhile Hortense led M
314. ything for her concealment, and not only brought her meals to her, but used her
315. ut the poor girl's heart was too heavily oppressed by anxiety and sorrow combine
316. nceal the tears that suffused her lovely blue eyes then she laid her hand caress
317. eyes then she laid her hand caressingly on Marie's head, and, stoop: ! * ; ing
318. that the painted in graceful and richly tinted delineations, symbolizing the vi
319. e court — ; of the palace. It was only nine o'clock, but every few moments per
320. ces. Some came through curiosity, merely to look upon the great and world-renown
321. present on duty while others were simply there on the qui vive for something new
322. out galerie, conversing midway the gayly about the opera of the previous night,
323. . They chaffed each other good-naturedly, and their persiflage was seasoned with
324. als, had been his aides-de-camp in Italy and Egypt, and had been ject otherwise
325. • galerie and stationed herself nearly opposite to where they were standing. T
326. interrupted their conversation abruptly. " Look, Lavalette there is Madame Loui
327. e is Madame Louis; ! and how very lovely she looks to-day! Ma foi ! I wonder wha
328. h, if it should be so the Em- how richly she is dressed, peror will be furious."
329. good than beautiful See how respectfully every one high and low salutes her, and
330. and low salutes her, and how graciously she returns their There's no hauteur in
331. like her mother, and uses her power only But who is that young girl with to do g
332. e from that of Madame Louis', and nearly covers her bare shoulders with heavy go
333. id not know you could rave so poetically. The child is very pretty, and there is
334. furious! feet, '" But see how strangely she is dressed! She looks as if she had
335. ille bowed low in response to the kindly and graceful symmetry — salution of t
336. asp. Marie did not speak, she could only raise her sad, expressive eyes, full of
337. to the EmShe remained thus, so perfectly 56 THE STORY OF A BRAVE it GIRL. appear
338. far with him, as he had already plainly intimated when he told them that he had
339. Capt. Lavalette, in the same that lovely believe who low tone. they have moved f
340. , THE STORY OF A BRAVE GIRL. broken only now and then by an involeleven o'clock
341. ry sigh from some anxious bosom. Finally, struck ; the folding doors of the coun
342. e, in quick, ner- vous tones. " The only one whose head is covered," an- swered
343. s covered," an- swered Hortense, quickly, for the Emperor was approaching them.
344. is unexpected scene the Emperor suddenly halted. "What! again!" he exclaimed, in
345. oiselle," said the Em- peror, apparently unmoved, as he rudely pushed her aside.
346. peror, apparently unmoved, as he rudely pushed her aside. But this did not inti
347. had no thought of self she thought only of the life so dear to her that was in
348. e so dear to her that was in such deadly peril, and she dragged herself along th
349. rded the young girl, who so persistently importuned him, with a keen glance. Mar
350. with a keen glance. Marie was extremely beautiful, but at this moment grief she
351. le Lajolais?" asked the* Emperor sternly. Marie could only press his hand in the
352. d the* Emperor sternly. Marie could only press his hand in the affirmative. " Do
353. not, you admit?" said Bonaparte, harshly. "And so I implore you to pardon him, s
354. e disengaged his hand and walked rapidly away. The sudden shock of joy was more
355. few steps, and would have fallen heavily to the marble floor had not an officer
356. her. follow me Captain Lavalette quickly, the poor child has fainted, " said Mad
357. e Louis, who had kept herself discreetly in the background and felt happy in not
358. re ; it is but just that one of a family of traitors should suffer,'' Emperor, w
359. RM. Lajolais was released from the surly officials told her nothing ex- cept tha
360. ivine Providence, even while she humanly suffered ? The house was closed when sh
361. e house was closed when she arrived only the old butler, who had served two gene
362. had served two generations of the family of Lajolais, was there, pale, trembling
363. run until she dropped dead. But suddenly there was a bustle an unclosing and clo
364. ter the first transports, of this family, who had come together again as from th
365. ew brief sentences how kind and friendly he had been to them. " My heart is too
366. sieur/' said Madame Lajolais, gracefully extending her hand " but you see what t
367. Y OF A BRAVE GIRL. witnessing the family, joy of your reunion with your of and a
368. ce your friendship/' he answered, deeply touched. " From ! this sacred hour, mon
369. o the drawing-room, which was cheerfully lighted with wax-candles and decorated
370. and decorated with fresh flowers hastily gathered by the old butler, who knew ho
371. d by the old butler, who knew how dearly Madame Lajolais and Marie loved Here Ma
372. ing her in her labor of love and finally described the scene between Bona- SUNSH
373. f everything had turned out successfully but ere he left he asked a private inte
374. e stone bench outside the gates ? Nearly five years have passed since then, and
375. since then, and Susette is now a comely, blooming girl of nineteen, who, full o
376. nd cheerful spirits, has to bewail daily being obliged to live in so gloomy a pl
377. ting with her in assisting mother busily engaged her to cut out and make some co
378. AVE GIRL. winter clothing for the family. a sensible " Susette best is evi- dent
379. a sensible " Susette best is evi- dently excited, and argues with her mother, is
380. , and I them, much cloth she less hardly allowed to look at wear them," and she
381. whole set of trimmed undergarments, only Pierre for aristocrats wear — What no
382. honest folk, and never had a our family since the Deluge. offered, I rogue or d
383. lonel of the French Guards with a richly dressed and beautiful lady beside him.
384. l lady beside him. She nodded pleasantly to Susette, who came forward, wondering
385. ; Susette was bewildered she had surely seen that face once long ago in a troub
386. , no! impossible! this lady so radiantly lovely, in fine rich silks and was and
387. mpossible! this lady so radiantly lovely, in fine rich silks and was and — cos
388. n fine rich silks and was and — costly jewels, could not be that broken-hearte
389. ould have come to see you long ago, only we went travelling; then when we got ba
390. once before." " I will come most gladly, madame, if my father SUNSHINE AFTER TH
391. NSHINE AFTER THE STORM. and mother fully ; 69 joyit will consent, " replied Suse
392. his gloomy place all the time, with only soldiers and prison walls and crazy peo
393. e of Madame rion's Lavalette, especially since Mother Cho- mind was made easy ab
394. t be Queen interested herself personally in their affairs, de- romance ended wit
395. on her head with her own hands a costly and elegant bridal After the divorce of
396. ousehold at Malmaison who had so cruelly outraged his own heart, and happy unles
397. faithful servants. _ sacrificed the only being -re?er?fa~/7»^ Cc wiser?* 4ZZ=a-
398. and sweep the house and seek diligently until she find it ? And when she hath f
399. fire or ice perishes and grows unsightly even to those who were charmed by its l
400. hough two decades of years have scarcely slipped by since it all happened, and I
401. ciations with Manuel and soul his family, in the hope that some stricken may, li
402. shone which never life, mother and only brother. We were accompanied by Paul Je
403. of my brother. travelled about leisurely for some months, and my finally settled
404. eisurely for some months, and my finally settled for a little while near a pictu
405. g en rapport with nature. We were surely too happy, we had not a desire beyond o
406. py, we had not a desire beyond our daily life, in fact we were people who had ne
407. d down to the beach, and strolled slowly about on the sands, watching in the dis
408. her and Paul Jeniffer had gone out early that bright balmy morning, when all nat
409. m to be in sight and I thought how gayly I'd dance along the edge of the surf, w
410. ame at last, careering over the slightly-roughened waves, tacking about to catch
411. fair hidden the foam, now rising stately I upon the crest of a tall wave. them,
412. ld not trust their boats out. would only lose her life, that would not help and
413. rve. " Let mademoiselle wait," pityingly. " It said an old fisherman never lasts
414. The little skiff that went out so gayly that morning with the sunlight gleaming
415. to us, which were dashed out so suddenly they had gone down while we looked on,
416. hoping much from it, for she was my only, my nearest and dearest, my all upon ea
417. started up, the sun was shining brightly, and I wondered if my mother still slep
418. still slept. I turned round very gently, fearing to awaken her. Her head leaned
419. the quiet dead. It seemed not so lonely near those sacred sounds, and I felt as
420. sounds, and I felt as if something holy had her dust in its keeping when I came
421. estless impulse, started homewards, only remembering that I had no home. People
422. the health officer released us speedily from quarantine, and as our ship had ma
423. e, and as our ship had made an unusually quick voyage, arriving two or three day
424. sire to do anything; and walking briskly with the fresh land breeze gently fanni
425. riskly with the fresh land breeze gently fanning my dead face, I felt something
426. ; upper portion of the city, I scarcely knew where, there were so many changes,
427. and vulgar. Everything looked dreadfully new until my eye rested on the gray par
428. d with a strange rush of tears I swiftly entered the door and ; ; ! ! ! ; threw
429. ; ; ; the shoulder, saying with slightly foreign accent " My child ! it is time
430. rt " Impossible," said the priest gently ; " go, my and return to-morrow. These
431. ic, my I poor child?" he asked pityingly. No. I am nothing. know nothing of ; TH
432. tcast from I tell my kind have made only a numb you I was dead until just now I
433. inning of my Catholic life. It was truly a resurrection to a new life for up to
434. up to that time, I repeat, I was morally dead. To my great astonishment I discov
435. Catholic Church. They received me warmly, took me lovingly into their pleasant h
436. hey received me warmly, took me lovingly into their pleasant home and made much
437. ; ; ; 12 THE STORY OF MANUEL. especially them constantly about me, holiest child
438. RY OF MANUEL. especially them constantly about me, holiest child I the eldest ch
439. of the childhood of Jesus. * * * I daily visited the church of the Redemptorists
440. seek an interview who in time literally and figuwith Father R ratively led me f
441. literally and figuwith Father R ratively led me from the vestibule and sculpture
442. nd hope seem lost but I could faithfully the sweet ; how not relate the circumst
443. w it was that I came to be so intimately associated with them thought perhaps th
444. hen I my experience to seek, voluntarily, the solace 3 THE STORY OF MANUEL. whic
445. cture sat and enjoyment, a plump, comely negro woman sewing, her ebon face weari
446. id a real Madras was arranged tastefully on her head, leaving a glossy — — w
447. g a glossy — — wool puffed carefully over each eyebrow another of blue and p
448. ith red, completed her attire and surely the Queen of Sheba never felt a more ;
449. It was her hour of rest, when, as surely as her tasks were over, if it did not r
450. sick in the memory of any of the family, an excited committee of the whole woul
451. the open door of her kitchen, evidently proud of its neatness and delighted wit
452. oated in full diaphanous folds, slightly bending over her task, placing here a w
453. , with geran- ium leaves all plentifully interspersed between, until were arrang
454. her husband, for flowers that who dearly loved all these refinements of taste, a
455. liked to see them everywhere, especially on the table, that he might feast his H
456. to tea, and say, Then he would daintily touch the fragrant things then he would
457. arm about her and ,! ! She knew exactly how it would all happen, it had happene
458. gentle, and the red blood flowed softly through the clear olive She could not h
459. ke " His face," she thought, " I exactly once saw and no doubt the painters of I
460. e saw and no doubt the painters of Italy have lost one of their best models." "
461. a/' her said the boy, looking ; lovingly into face " he's hungry, I reckon." Per
462. g-room. Mrs. H placed a bountiful supply of bread and butter, some bunches of gr
463. t to the child, which he, walking slowly for fear of upsetting something, carrie
464. and laid his hand caressfair land. ingly on the child's head, as he took the tra
465. few pebbles at the pigeons, and finally ran, and threw his arms around the neck
466. times, just like chickens when they only come to ask just for a little piece of
467. ut — A a supreme The stranger, happily unconscious of these re- marks, had fin
468. rs. H who had an artist's vines in Italy. eye, stood at the window enjoying the
469. s 21 which she was endeavoring earnestly to direct aright. She watched his eager
470. ass, for the boy had one of those finely organized natures which have alike a de
471. ering, one of those ductile minds easily influenced and led astray by the sembla
472. hat Tito Gola's little farm was entirely destroyed and burned by the and last te
473. at. " Manuel, my child " she said gently. ; ! 22 THE STORY OF MANUEL. He came an
474. nderstood by so young a child ordinarily it might be so, but Manuel was unlike o
475. ughtful beyond his years, and had keenly delicate perceptions, with a great and
476. eptions, with a great and But singularly developed love for the beautiful. more
477. t without knowing why, and he frequently asked questions which by some mysteriou
478. star made of Under it was a beautifully arranged spangles. Bethlehem, represent
479. manated from them. The effect was lovely, and made a strong impression upon Manu
480. of the childhood of Jesus, and His Holy Mother, and had got to think and talk o
481. toy, or bon- that he did not immediately become : anxious to share his treasures
482. he dear Son of Mary. Mrs. H was probably too anxious about the child. His father
483. et the boy grow, that she'd make a molly of him ;" but she felt a deep responsib
484. ay to direct their thoughts towards holy things. It was not long before Manuel a
485. o that these children, Manuel especially, were full of a tender love for our Lor
486. ar to be fed or clothed, until it really became quite a tax, at which however no
487. dy grumbled except Nannie. It would only be necessary to remind Manuel of the ob
488. of the obedience of our Lord to His holy Mother for him to give up his own will
489. him to give up his own will immediately and when sick and impatient he rebelled
490. itter sufferings of Jesus then, suddenly patient and docile, he would swallow th
491. ope that he would grow up like certainly she spared St. Aloysius Gonzaga neither
492. e must come when the spell of these holy influences would be broken by the boy's
493. ature and begin the warfare in ends only with life. She saw no signs of this yet
494. ions had developed themselves she fondly thought there could be no germs of evil
495. could be no germs of evil in his lovely nature. But her labor of love did not g
496. sters of luscious grapes hanging heavily upon the vines and pervading all was th
497. in the conservatory. thing was strangely silent Except the pigeons, there was no
498. ghost, into every one's life. Presently a beggar child came to the gate and kno
499. ild came to the gate and knocked timidly, and Nannie emerged from some deep rece
500. , and came forward, treading very softly on the gravel, to see who sought admitt
501. he gate, she stopped and scowled angrily at it and resting a hand upon each hip,
502. allet then she went back, walking slowly, stopped at the kitchen door and looked
503. er head sat down and again wept bitterly. Manuel was dying. The afternoon It was
504. he was obliged to leave her quince jelly in Nannie's care and go up to her room
505. lay, and nestling beside hef very gently he drew one of her hands up to his chee
506. still in a deep sleep, breathing heavily, and she saw that he was very white. Sh
507. hen tried to rouse him -and now, greatly alarmed, she even lifted mother and cre
508. t to death, she , who alarmed the family and sent for Dr. B came without delay,
509. hope for the best he always fatal really thought they could pull him through. ;
510. ; it — — — ; — All said cheerily, for the doctor fibre knew how every kn
511. of her first-born — and, not entirely despairbest to give her like a ing of h
512. to every part of the house, 3 which only a few short hours ago resounded with th
513. th the glee of children's voices, kindly words, and happy laughter. A long night
514. e white cheeks, and his beautiful finely-cut features looked even more like chis
515. shall I do, oh, what docile and so holy shall I do?" Then she wept bitterly, ca
516. holy shall I do?" Then she wept bitterly, can't ! — ! — ; ! 32 " Yes, THE ST
517. MANUEL. my child, you may well say holy," replied his tears with the good old p
518. s in my whole life. yet he was sprightly, merry, I Manuel had and enjoyed play.
519. ing I must ask mamma first.' It was only this morn' dear child, after the four o
520. illness and danger. My heart was deeply touched, and ing, my grew so full of hi
521. , and ing, my grew so full of his lovely traits that spoke of him in my class of
522. ay nothing to comfort her she was simply wild with grief, and unreasonable she m
523. ; ; Father Regis saw all this and wisely forbore further counsels he knew how th
524. ess and humbled and longing for heavenly consolations, the poor wearied heart wo
525. ier, he dipped his fingers into the holy-water and sprinkled the sacred drops an
526. pray for the afflicted mother and family. There was a change in the child that n
527. to comfort her. " I wish to be perfectly quiet," she said to her mother as she "
528. s in her burning clasp they were deathly cold, and with a smothered groan she le
529. breath was cold. "Yes," she said slowly, " he is dying, and I can neither help
530. my little boy good-by," said Mrs. calmly kissing the ice-cold lips again. H " I
531. at Manuel still lived. She was outwardly in They went very calm, but her soul ag
532. fice for the boon she sought. She simply and passionately asked that his life mi
533. she sought. She simply and passionately asked that his life might be spared. Ah
534. er dawn than ours " and they sat quietly around until the supreme moment arrived
535. with resignaing!" ; tion. Mamma suddenly rang out the voice of " " Mamma Manuel
536. Do not go," he cried. life. " It is only the ; last flash-up of Spare yourself,
537. ? do you know me? He looked wonderingly at her out of his great black eyes, as
538. want?* she asked, as he looked wistfully around. "I want my tea, mamma! I'm hung
539. the medicine had but I don't undoubtedly saved the boy's life know. She always t
540. ayers made without reference to His holy will, I believed with Not for three nig
541. nuel's recovery was slow. His delicately organized nervous system had received a
542. f she feared that what she had so nearly lost might be snatched from her again a
543. subdued and resigned air which actually wore the sem; — and thinking to pleas
544. LOVE to remember Manuel's noble pecially his tender pity for the destitute ing,
545. ad deep root in his heart and constantly budded forth in a thousand simple and t
546. ition, and, as I have said, so carefully was he guarded from all contaminating d
547. his nature were undeveloped and scarcely suspected. Father Regis would sometimes
548. never cease to remember him in the Holy Sacrifice and pray for his eternal safe
549. s and friends great blow to the H family, whom he had ; instructed and received
550. soon for one so young and so sensitively organized, when Manuel was withdrawn in
551. o whose rough battles he must inevitably enter if he lived, and it was deemed wi
552. igorous influences which would gradually wear the fine edge from his shrinking,
553. ne and his sensitive temperament. keenly sensitive perceptions and mobile temper
554. cipline, although they did not radically change the essential good traits of his
555. the essential good traits of his lovely character, warped and misdirected them,
556. rped and misdirected them, and gradually gave him that which of all things in th
557. and And how the thorns which inevitably await us. then ? Let us think how then
558. us " ? Shall we have — strength to fly for refuge where alone it may be Perhap
559. * perish without succor or hope * family, who had all along been so The H prospe
560. ll ; — durable at first, of their holy faith they learned through the lessons
561. ch became part and parcel of their daily life. God. : — THE STORY OF MANUEL. U
562. lying principles, which, more frequently than not, were opposed to his faith but
563. ings by the standard of what and morally but alas the insidious poison little by
564. questions, which seemed to appeal fairly to the American mind, but which in fact
565. but which in fact were aimed with deadly purpose against the Catholic religion.
566. did not hesitate to cavil at and finally deny it. Besides these spiritual perils
567. to break his faith taught, ! religiously ; — : 44 THE STORY OF MANUEL. down al
568. e honesty, worth and excellence the only This was a noble but impracticable idea
569. e but impracticable idea, which can only exist in Utopian theories, but he could
570. our discussions on the subject generally ended in senseless heat, he declaring t
571. eleHis falls at first shocked and fairly terrivate. fied him, but then the thoug
572. p for a few but, poor fellows slips only I'll take care they don't trip me up hi
573. l was led into associations far- morally bad, which separated him farther and th
574. ted him farther and ther from his family and friends — although his love for t
575. ceased. old he never shook off entirely her influence, and yielded much to her
576. would concede to no other, and patiently listened to whatever she ; them, and V
577. of sentiment which he mistook for manly indehe dropped one pendence and at leng
578. ing into modern progress, railed openly against the Pope and what was styled th
579. st shocked into utter silence, patiently and ceaselessly argued with him, but ap
580. utter silence, patiently and ceaselessly argued with him, but apparently without
581. selessly argued with him, but apparently without result, for he was drifting alo
582. he could do so without being offensively rude, so that humanly speaking nothing
583. being offensively rude, so that humanly speaking nothing could be done to check
584. ich in Manuel's case was restricted only by his limited means. He always wore a
585. being can attempt," she answered gravely. Then he would throw his arm about her
586. ith terrible convulsions which seriously threatened his life. What could we do a
587. ange was beneficial to all of his family. us, and something like the old happy d
588. ay of thinking and living, and gradually give him- more true and healthy views o
589. for a while our expectations were fully answered. But having mastered the routi
590. xample of patience, resignation and holy dying which formed others, congenial in
591. congenial in taste, opinions ; the only consolation of his afflicted family. Ma
592. only consolation of his afflicted family. Manuel felt his father's death keenly,
593. y. Manuel felt his father's death keenly, and vowed to supply his place to his m
594. ther's death keenly, and vowed to supply his place to his mother and sisters, wh
595. ther and sisters, which he set earnestly to, work to do. His love for his mother
596. ry it seemed so useless then, so utterly but alas useless, to contend with him i
597. heard that Manuel, not sit unfrequently, after office hours, would after night
598. office hours, would after night tenderly aiding up night without friends. deter
599. did not ask for a clergyman, he not only advised to send for one, but volunteere
600. Sacrifice." I will remember him : daily in the " Manuel, a Holy learn Once Ijis
601. mber him : daily in the " Manuel, a Holy learn Once Ijis mother said to him that
602. e, and left him there. I want some jelly for him, and you can say a Hail die wit
603. ul wood at night to some freezing family ; a bundle of half-worn but comfortable
604. that he would make a raid on the family chest for, to other destitute ones some
605. penny, to pay the rent for a poor family, who were threatened by a cruel landlor
606. strangest the hungry and naked. anomaly I ever knew. He could never, through to
607. r Christian duties, gave alms constantly and always treated the destitute and wo
608. beyond all by a true conversion and holy death. Manuel's health continued to giv
609. anxieties the fear of his dying suddenly and without : preparation haunted her d
610. cerned about the future, and intent only on the exciteful, ments of the present,
611. ef and trial to us he grew extravagantly profane, and finally excommunicated him
612. grew extravagantly profane, and finally excommunicated himself from the Church
613. e grief of his mother can be more easily imagined than described but one had to
614. s list of sins he still loved his family with a clinging and deep ; ; ; ; 52 aff
615. ion, THE STORY OF MANUEL. and faithfully and generously divided Ah, there were m
616. OF MANUEL. and faithfully and generously divided Ah, there were many virhis mean
617. ld, Father's House. conversed frequently with his mother on the subject of Mason
618. ought his Masonic paper to her regularly, which she read to acquaint herself, as
619. at the Catholic religion does not supply in full measure, " pressed together and
620. d benevolence and charity so universally practiced as in the Church ? where a co
621. h ? where a code of morality so divinely established ? Look, for instance, at th
622. f ; — ' " THE STORY OF MANUEL. stantly succor the poor and destitute in the 53
623. terrible thing, for it cuts him entirely off from his Church, through disSome da
624. arywhich nothing see then, seemed fairly to be gained as far as her. we could ;
625. s her. we could ; exhausted than usually painful moaned, " My God " — ! Her th
626. wild prayers? died then, if he had only died then and escaped my boy was raised
627. ole hope," she sighed " my last and only hope/* " It is much to have this hope,
628. asked her assistance ? Manuel frequently does this, and I do not believe she wil
629. e scenes of peril to which he recklessly exposed himself on these occasions, see
630. THE STORY OF MANUEL. 55 "I am constantly expecting something dreadful, fire. Man
631. ll, don't know about that ; but I really did promise to go to confession to him
632. said too much or pushed him too closely, for it threw him into a passion and us
633. s heart sang for joy. She could scarcely knew where I restrain herself ; but she
634. where I restrain herself ; but she only said : that you will return his visit,
635. nuel ? " Oh, yes; I suppose so. I'm only afraid he'll begin to hammer away at me
636. at lay in his path, and when so suddenly reminded of old, dreary, careworn expre
637. s of consciousness Miriam spoke tenderly and solemnly to him about seeing a prie
638. sness Miriam spoke tenderly and solemnly to him about seeing a priest, but it th
639. ers by flood and mountain and the deadly diseases pecul; " iar to the country ne
640. eases pecul; " iar to the country nearly perished in " plains. * * * and once th
641. eble health, which unfitted him entirely He gave for field duty or hardships of
642. to one! * * -* He our erring but dearly loved still wears his medal His letters
643. s medal His letters ! come if faithfully, but as each one comes we wonder there
644. e through the regular channels; not only wrote his discharge, but a recommendati
645. ve that Manuel's life was ; miraculously preserved ! Oh, the deathless love of M
647. looking from her window is "THIS lovely !" said H at one afterthe romantic view
648. y of autumnal sunshine. " This is lovely, and but for the thought of my poor boy
649. n the city, I should enjoy it thoroughly." The thought his of Manuel, and a grea
650. l, and a great dread of * dying suddenly, haunt her continually. " I wish you co
651. * dying suddenly, haunt her continually. " I wish you could see your poor boy's
652. you ters, Miriam," I answered cheerfully; His sisters have never saw a more cosy
653. girls, kissing him. ?' Isn't it a jolly den for an old bachelor " i ' It is too
654. is too much, too much,' he said quietly. it. I don't deserve " But they, seeing
655. ted away like two magpies, and presently he grew more cheerful, and began to tal
656. ch to comfort us," I answered cheerfully. but he looks very He he is well delica
657. t too ; declares that — ; thoughtfully. " Oh nonsense," I said petulantly ; "
658. fully. " Oh nonsense," I said petulantly ; " for mercy's re- sake don't be forev
659. in. looking fair and innocent and lovely, just as he used to. 1 was very happy l
660. iriam's oldest daughter, who was happily married to a Catholic gentleman of grea
661. t sunny, glorious day in October, family council to was decided stay during the
662. enthusiastic over the plan, and the only drawback to our happiness was the thoug
663. ery evening. Yes, a change had certainly come over Manuel. He was very thoughtfu
664. us to come in. The weather was bitterly cold snow and ice covered the ground th
665. g hands and trying to be cheerful. badly with neuralgia, and we wouldn't let her
666. nuel/' I blurted out, "if you would only give up all your nonsense, and " come b
667. ough of that," he said, flushing angrily. " Don't worry me with talk now. I won'
668. ut what has been the matter?" " God only knows the doctor don't. I never had any
669. ich a shawl was thrown. I was dreadfully shocked to see them swollen out of all
670. one of the former servants of the family to attend to He then talked over some h
671. to see the doctor, who was, fortunately, at home, to learn what he He told me t
672. feet," continued the doctor. his family were Catholics, and I proposed to him t
673. turned, about eleven o'clock. But really think he should be with his friends." "
674. trouble, doctor?" asked, inex- pressibly shocked and grieved. " He has a complic
675. n of diseases, either one prove suddenly fatal. I am sorry to pain you, madam, b
676. hich may cases," said the doctor, kindly. " I am shocked and pained, indeed ' !
677. I replied, THE STORY OF MANUEL. scarcely " 69 knowing what to " ever go back sho
678. ternoon I think you'd better defer rally it for a day or two. He may fear not."
679. nto the confesManuel. sional, but kindly waited to hear what I told him and prom
680. uel He knew our poor boy, and a friendly visit. had met him now and then in the
681. a regular croaker, and Ah, if I had only known — known If I he neared the Dark
682. that long night of agony and how swiftly had known this, how wonderful peril ;
683. nd succor. But I did not know it happily for us, sometimes, we cannot see beyond
684. cannot see beyond the present and I only rejoiced in the hope that Manuel would
685. visit," he it continued, " was extremely painful to me, for left with scarcely a
686. ly painful to me, for left with scarcely a hope that he will ever be He conceale
687. ng ; and as for his devotion to the Holy Mother of God, there is something remar
688. him, because he declares most positively that he will never renounce the only ob
689. ely that he will never renounce the only obstacle that deprives him of the help
690. ess shall never do it.' He is dreadfully in earnest he meant what he said, and I
691. a cloud, and the south wind blew softly among the firs and cedars, which, like
692. edars, which, like censers, swung lazily to and fro, sending forth a fragrance l
693. OF MANUEL. had not yet cast their richly-tinted foliage. We had had good news fr
694. t of the balmy weather and But presently the the fair scenes around us. silence
695. r them, when the whole of them would fly upwards with an angry shout and clatter
696. ho was raking away the dead deliberately stopped his work, and, leaning upon the
697. oyin' deirselves/' he observed presently. " The crows seem to be in trouble, Unc
698. always told me dat," he answered sagely. " But it is so very mild, uncle Jeff s
699. ut it is so very mild, uncle Jeff surely the weather will not change for two or
700. wo or three days," said miriam anxiously she was thinking of her an' wild grapes
701. ows he said " We're going to Snow likely. have falling weather, I reckon. There'
702. phets." " Yes," said her mother absently. "It must be true. This sort of people
703. arriage The crows may be true as quickly as they can. : : , ; ; ; ; . THE STORY
704. IVe got Christmas in my bones generally, and I want you to go down town and buy
705. h, cheerful mood. " Christmas is my only festival, and I feel it said. shall be
706. njoy Christmas for all that. will really don't I know what would happen Christma
707. , the weather had changed very decidedly, and Manuel was shivering. His mother d
708. him, and put" My ting her arms tenderly about him said child, you have been ver
709. smoothing his rich, brown hair tenderly. They were alone, and I learned this, a
710. l relate, from her afterwards. Presently he grew calrrrand said: " It is very pl
711. be well again, mother," he said gravely. " Oh yes, rest all I am sure that you
712. st all I am sure that you will. You only it need and quiet," she said, believing
713. he replied with a wistful, sad lean only stay a few days look; "I hope so. howev
714. ll enough. dear son, and get well slowly. the safest plan," she said, stooping o
715. ening, that ing, we felt and needed only and time to recover fully. That night a
716. nd needed only and time to recover fully. That night after the little ones the C
717. s around the Virgin Mother and presently having got them arranged to suit, he "
718. se told us that snow was falling heavily. So the crows were wise, and knew their
719. y, ominous cough. I went in to him early, and found him sitting in a large cushi
720. is manner. His poor feet were dreadfully swollen. I rewho sent out ported his co
721. el's re- He will said, " He may possibly get I over think this attack, and ; liv
722. I've so often seen Manuel so desperately ill that I wouldn't have given a jackst
723. . He spent Christmas day with the family, and enjoyed the happiness of the child
724. ed the happiness of the children, dearly loved. whom he He was evidently sufferi
725. , dearly loved. whom he He was evidently suffering, but would not admit it. Over
726. d after being silent some time, suddenly asked her: " Mother, should anything ha
727. as that, Manuel ? " she replied, greatly shocked. " Because I want to know. Plea
728. ocked the subject He changed immediately, ! ; up." His mother and I listened to
729. with him, and but little. we could only talk and grieve over him, wonder His ba
730. ceive him, but we felt that so eternally much depended on his visit we were will
731. ppose that Father Carey came voluntarily to pay him a friendly visit, and we wer
732. y came voluntarily to pay him a friendly visit, and we were in a state of feveri
733. ather Carey told us that he had scarcely a hope that Manuel would ever renounce
734. ver renounce Masonry, which was the only obstacle to his being restored to his "
735. es, concede this point. I talked plainly to him about his condition, of which he
736. condition, of which he seems to be fully aware but nothing moves him from his de
737. ou, Father?'" I at the door. Very kindly. He was glad to see me, but I very much
738. ng our conversation. will offer the Holy Sacrifice for him to-morrow, and get Fa
739. she answered. " Yes," he ; said, shortly. Then he dropped I into silence a sorro
740. lence, know, for I heard him sigh deeply two or three times. The weather was war
741. weather was warm, bright fire I bitterly cold. Even beside a could hardly guide
742. itterly cold. Even beside a could hardly guide my pen, my fingers felt so frozen
743. g on the pages I turn tells faith- fully the story of those sorrowful days. " It
744. l days. " It is midnight, and restlessly hear my darling coughing, and moving is
745. ; 'go to bed, Bettine.' If he would only let me watch with him But he will have
746. . His disappointment excited him greatly. He remains in his room, and a deep glo
747. k that at any moment he may die suddenly/is almost more than we can bear. Oh, Go
748. ok- now and then. The sun shone brightly, flooding the room with cheerful light.
749. ical illusions in- " attributable solely to a diseased physique." Of ? course, t
750. them " said his I ; mother. " Certainly, know they are the articles the effect
751. ey are the articles the effect of purely read several years physical causes they
752. each case, the phantoms faded gradually, and finally disappeared altogether, as
753. he phantoms faded gradually, and finally disappeared altogether, as the patient
754. part of the room; " see more distinctly than upon that table, a curls, see you
755. THE STORY OF MANUEL. see her distinctly." " m % have so fair a visitant/' she s
756. m, but when he got half way, he suddenly stopped, leaned forward, and fixing his
757. . " It would be very her heart, but only said sweet to think, Manuel, that an an
758. rived when by God's grace he voluntarily yielded his will to the requisitions of
760. T AND REJOICETH." " Jan. 5th. Apparently Manuel's condition is no worse on the c
761. unting me a something like a voice, only I cannot hear it, although it shapes it
762. in its mysterious way, that he is surely passing away, and my soul is filled wit
763. affection seems to have drifted entirely beyond our reach. ; but alas ! this All
764. e out to see him to-day, but stayed only a short time. He asked Manuel if he 89
765. the past stand it ; I could not clearly under- Miriam was more reticent than us
766. currences of the day. since then, I only know that mother and son seem more ; cl
767. that mother and son seem more ; closely he cannot bear her out of his sight a m
768. d afterwards, " that the night I exactly as I did dreamed he was a child again."
769. scribable pain, which excited him nearly to frenzy. At length the remedies began
770. ared us 'another day/ " He made no reply, but lay back on the up pillows with a
771. pains, declaring that he was not nearly so sick as he had been fifty times befo
772. ceding it.* Manuel's room was the family rendezvous, where every one came solici
773. wilight was creeping on, and an easterly wind drove sheets of mist over the hill
774. njoyment of it by an insistance of early Even the little children of the house u
775. he twilight, little dreaming how swiftly it was to be ; : consecrated by the ris
776. that she imagined he slept. he suddenly asked, " do you believe the soul, after
777. the grave?" " No," she answered quickly. It's the soul which gives life to the
778. his strange questions turned sorrowfully back to look out at the blurred landsca
779. claimed, as he brought hand down heavily on the arm of his chair: again, his " I
780. ust speak now, but she must speak wisely for his was a strange, erratic nature t
781. eal with, and she must deal with it only as God inspired her. She knew that Maso
782. lp him the best she did not know exactly how, but she could the critical moment
783. of from they the lodges. but by quietly dropping off To renounce Masonry does i
784. secrets, whatever will, may be. It only requires an effort of and some moral ge
785. it ? how you " talk ! What can you ately. know about he exclaimed passionbeloved
786. claimed passionbeloved," she an- "I only know this, my swered drawing near and s
787. ing near and sitting down by him "I only know that Masonry is a human invention
788. the help it affords the soul in its holy sacraments which strengthen the soul fo
789. see ! the difference " ? g6 " Yes. edly. I THE STORY OF MANUEL. see the differe
790. is very strange." Let us then do quickly all that we can, ManThese presentiments
791. imes, yes, my darling and if I, motherly duty, have been sometimes through stern
792. , I'm in a quiet he said, the city reply to his sister, mood to-night," who aske
793. k." " You shall come in bright and early," she said, kissing him. afterin to- "
794. ?" 7 98 THE STORY OF MANUEL. " Certainly, Bettine ; I shall feel far better sati
795. to the cheery blaze. " This is the only sort of fire fit for a man to sit by,"
796. miles stronger He did seem won- derfully he enjoyed the change and to be lying t
797. you wish to do so," he most unexpectedly let you me TOO replied. THE STORY OF MA
798. ather Carey came. Manuel seemed slightly agitated, but was glad to see him and t
799. is reconciliation with God. The ; family, except Miriam, went down to dinner she
800. nothing for Manuel. to his He absolutely the only I refuses to renounce Masonry,
801. or Manuel. to his He absolutely the only I refuses to renounce Masonry, which ob
802. an- uel's 'no,' better than you do. Only think of devotion to the Blessed Virgin
803. ? " Yes, indeed," he answered earnestly. Then, ; : , very tenderly, while she m
804. red earnestly. Then, ; : , very tenderly, while she mentally implored the sinles
805. ; : , very tenderly, while she mentally implored the sinless Mother of Jesus, b
806. stood at the window, looking listlessly out at the deso; —which late wintry s
807. sol- her anxiety, and speaking tenderly and as she went towards him: "Don't, I
808. trials, as you know but if you will only make your peace with God I shall feel m
809. ed for all that I have suffered. ; emnly He said nothing, only closed his large
810. suffered. ; emnly He said nothing, only closed his large beautiful weary expres
811. nd his Mother in heaven watched tenderly while she plead his cause eyes, with a
812. a sad, ; with her Divine Son. Presently he obliged him to was sit seized with d
813. hispered, so low that she could scarcely hear him. "Ah, my child God alone knows
814. nd the door is closed ! " She was nearly beside herself with joy. In a short tim
815. o give him Extreme Unction, and the Holy Viaticum." The good priest was much af-
816. E STORY OF MANUEL. fected. I05 evidently mingled his tears with the contrite tea
817. He had These words, which so frequently sentence of filled this fill the hearts
818. st, as in a sacred ecstasy. But she only I said, as we folded each : other for a
819. rt with a happiness unalloyed by earthly emotions. But Manuel never could bear a
820. alone during the solemn rites, so I only went in and out to arrange a temporary
821. MANUEL. washing it purer of its earthly stains. near the open door, and assiste
822. and after awhile, when she had perfectly recovered her composure, his mother wen
823. r went " My " I and kissing him tenderly, whispered " little boy once more hope
824. emphatic manner, that he would, I really felt as if I should faint, it was so su
825. uld faint, it was so sudden, so entirely unexpected. Then I thought perhaps that
826. replied. ' Do you then do so voluntarily? renounce it I inquired. I should never
827. and genuine humility. it seems perfectly miraculous to me, and I can hardly real
828. ectly miraculous to me, and I can hardly realize it. God's ways are truly wonder
829. hardly realize it. God's ways are truly wonderHis mercy endureth forever.' ful,
830. when his will appeared seemed so utterly hopeless, he was saved that he found, l
831. eak of what had passed he port. was only very quiet and patient. No profane word
832. s worst paroxysms of pain. He would only lift his eyes to the crucifix above his
833. overed trees. The fire sparkled brightly, and a cricket chirped merrily from its
834. brightly, and a cricket chirped merrily from its warm crevice in ; ; the hearth
835. pare me." " Oh, my child, He will surely help you " ! " " I believe that He will
836. of Mary after this. How I often strongly she stood by me through all. wondered a
837. o her it, groat, she searches diligently until she finds and puts it among the t
838. indeed," he whispered he could Presently he added only speak in whispers now. "
839. ispered he could Presently he added only speak in whispers now. " Mother, I shal
840. for his comfort. Father Carey came daily, laden with the spiritual gifts of the
841. ; making no complaint time, a pious Holy Face of nun sent Miriam a picture of "
842. d sunken, there was the same unutterably sad and patient look upon his countenan
843. age of her Son, * * * The sun was slowly sinking, and threw beams of tremulous e
844. ned the passion of the young life slowly sinking into the unseen, relentless tid
845. r the hour of death Manuel was perfectly calm and conscious, and made an effort
846. orious eyes, It lasted for a moment only brightened into strange effulgence by t
847. erce pangs of dissolution, rolled wildly a single spasm wrung his features then
848. STORY OF MANUEL. Ill awake, went swiftly back to her room, and flinging herself
849. chiselled. The rare beauty of his early life was perfectly restored, and when h
850. e beauty of his early life was perfectly restored, and when his mother came in t
851. almost a smile lit up her face scarcely less white than his she kissed feet, hi
852. . This little incident touched us deeply. It was a strange^ mournful requiem to
853. ever ready to lift it and lead it gently, THE STORY OF MANUEL. and with motherly
854. , THE STORY OF MANUEL. and with motherly tenderness, to alone wash away the scar
855. y which our little iniscences and homely sketches darling was brought back to Go
856. orld but for a promise made to a saintly friend who was acquainted with the circ
857. a unite their waters and flow peacefully through fertile meadows and shadowy sol
858. s, soft purple shadows that creep slowly up, to throw a twilight mantle over the
859. ith bared heads had knelt and reverently whispered the Ange/as, now turn to asce
860. ce the other, in the first glow of early manhood, with dark, soullit eyes, finel
861. manhood, with dark, soullit eyes, finely chiselled aquiline features, and a drea
862. The elder man had seen in Southern Italy. spent his life in endeavoring to maste
863. ing of the hour which would triumphantly — — — verify his calculations, th
864. ness outspread before him, when suddenly wild shrieks fill the air, people rush
865. shrieks fill the air, people rush wildly hither and thither, as if seeking safet
866. two hasten forward, and have 4 scarcely reached the last step when two spirited
867. wards them, handsome young man in richly — embroidered garments of garnet velv
868. nvulsed passes his long soft hand gently over their faces, : ; speaking caressin
869. er their faces, : ; speaking caressingly to the frightened creatures, smooths an
870. ay to his was too well known as the only son of the richest man in Umbria, whose
871. ty and escapades kept the town generally in a fever Having seen that his horses
872. s horses step of excitement. off quietly, led slowly by the men having them in c
873. p of excitement. off quietly, led slowly by the men having them in charge, —he
874. ines, trembling and sobbing hysterically, on the spot to which he had conducted
875. y which leads by a short Walking swiftly forward, he cut to the street. overtake
876. kes them, and, saluting them courteously, holds out his hand to grasp theirs, an
877. e older of the two men replies in coldly courteous words that they deserve no th
878. for obeying a humane impulse. Evidently chagrined at the repulse, the young cav
879. ng cavalier, with the blood rising hotly to his face, hands them his card, sayin
880. service done me to-day, it will be only necessary to present or send this to my
881. es are emotional, and yield more readily to sensatipn than others. But that is a
882. poken, more's the pity and he's not only of gentle birth, but the only son of th
883. s not only of gentle birth, but the only son of the richest man in Umbria, I " s
884. Listen, Alighieri that man was the reply. whose life we have just saved is Jacqu
885. lize." The man hath touched me strangely, and I will offer a decade of Ave Maria
886. will offer a decade of Ave Marias daily for him," said Alighieri, in of faith ;
887. alking religion entered into their daily it ; this strain as devotion was an ack
888. y ; weakness or cant to speak reverently of sacred things, and. acknowledge thei
889. n studying the movements of the heavenly bodies, and it was said that he was mas
890. e even tenor of his way, and waited only for the appearance of the new planet, w
891. thy quiet eyrie, ; ; Maestro, of if only to read I the poetry of the heavens, bu
892. ince her childhood. thou divine so truly?" " " But how didst No divination in th
893. y the world, who had never known earthly love, and whose highest happiness was t
894. inted on his imagination so that vividly, that in later He years, clothing Beatr
895. when they came thither to pray the holy places dedicated in his honor. And here
896. ri saw the beautiful maiden at the early Masses sometimes when, coming from Holy
897. Masses sometimes when, coming from Holy Francis find ; Communion — her eyes d
898. nd unthinking of all except the heavenly Guest who abode in her heart she passed
899. set apart, and as far above all earthly passion as the image of saint or Madonn
900. ge of saint or Madonna. — Occasionally, in these few last days in Todi, Alighi
901. , winning The poet's heart was strangely drawn towards him, why he could not def
902. when in outrage of all decency he rarely appeared except in company with the wom
903. he old astrologer, high up in his lonely tower still worked over his problems an
904. g blooms, which, wafted sometimes singly by the wind, sometimes mingled, reminde
905. fingers. The united rivers of the early fair Umbrian valley sang their song, re
906. nshine and starlight and clouds the holy solitaries in the monastery of St. Fran
907. traction, some going to gaze delightedly on the wrestling and chariot-races, tes
908. sensation came. A strange rumor suddenly shook the old city that made men turn p
909. house that sheltered them, and that only because it had been inalienably l6 sett
910. hat only because it had been inalienably l6 settled THE MAD PENITENT OF upon him
911. and his TODI. descendants by his shortly after grandfather. ruin One morning, th
912. cted his wide-open His son was instantly summoned. He had avoided his father's p
913. for did he not see in that pale, deeply-lined visage, so marked with grief, his
914. marked with grief, his work? He hastily obeyed the summons, not knowing what to
915. eproach which made him tremble. Suddenly the flame THE MAD PENITENT OF TOM. shot
916. ired, and the stricken 1 man beheld only the sad, pathetic expression left upon
917. pressed and registered a vow, known only to God, a vow which he fulfilled to Ret
918. ts for the last rites. Masses were daily offered for the repose of the departed
919. gift the Office of the Dead was devoutly chanted in the Franciscan choir and in
920. in a was customary torchlight. in Italy, took place night, by One figure wrappe
921. ystery of God'3 ways, and cry out wildly, " Lo here " and " Lo there when His gr
922. en His grand designs are ripening slowly but surely, through human means. But th
923. d designs are ripening slowly but surely, through human means. But there was one
924. eans. But there was one present, closely veiled, at the sepulture who watched Ja
925. THE MAD PENITENT OF TODI. she could only pray, and oh a sacrifice for him. tell,
926. rifice for him. tell, ! 19 how earnestly she prayed for him, offering her very l
927. xcept that she knew he had sinned deeply, and her heart was filled with a great
928. ntle traits of his character, especially and his merry companionship how then co
929. ould she be indifferent, and turn coldly from him in his hour of trouble ? She k
930. her inten- tion the prayers of the holy souls she knew. But the gentle maiden n
931. MAD PENITENT OF TODI. live He would only for this, and accomplish see that the i
932. flow the waters of penitence it had only touched his honor, filled him with bitt
933. o his sinful pleasures were peremptorily, and without appeal, dismissed, and of
934. er and, then, his object he thought only of that it was his car of juggerness ;
935. attentions to his affairs, he had nearly retrieved his losses and the honor of h
936. nfluence of a mysterious spell, not only while in her presence, but afterwards t
937. far apart — towards each —apparently future, but a plain. How day came in on
938. in the which all seemed made and saintly in her life could ever consent to becom
939. ence for sin it ; whom had been the only way he knew, and, finding it pleasant,
940. night ; 23 Count Gondolfo probed deeply the suitor, and, past history of his da
941. r's stern insistence to with and frankly muchthat had been only half revealed by
942. with and frankly muchthat had been only half revealed by rumors and But he goss
943. ercy. was equal to the ordeal he frankly acknowledged clearly ; know his guilty
944. e ordeal he frankly acknowledged clearly ; know his guilty peccadilloes, but def
945. Count Gondolfo," said the other, proudly " I must have a willing bride or none.
946. give him an affirmative answer; she only asked in shy, broken words, for time to
947. would it not then be risking her earthly happiness, perhaps her very salvation,
948. fluence her decision in the case he only advised her to have recourse to prayer,
949. ODI. 25 asked the prayers of the saintly religious of St. Agnese and of the monk
950. on " was,— and, truth to say, the holy it < ' souls were opposed to had they n
951. virgin too fair and pure for any earthly love, and that she it, for was surely d
952. ly love, and that she it, for was surely destined ? to become the bride of Heave
953. ushing to the destruction of her earthly happiness and the day on which the nove
954. the sanctuary to receive and offer Holy Communion, that all in ; He did not see
955. twithstanding which they prayed ardently for his conversion, for (as they said)
956. in fact they suspected that he had only exchanged one form of wickedness for an
957. l of Julia Gondolfo and Jacques was duly announced, and celebrated with great sp
958. ss. after, The nuptials followed shortly and never had so lovely and magnificent
959. followed shortly and never had so lovely and magnificently dressed a bride been
960. nd never had so lovely and magnificently dressed a bride been seen in Todi and d
961. noble in appearance, so perfect in manly beauty indeed they almost found it in t
962. r, and the time approached for the newly wedded pair to receive the Bread of Lif
963. esents the sentiment which had generally prevailed at the moment. " Thanks to ou
964. ted her style of loveliness so perfectly that enhanced her dignity and grace. It
965. vered that although his life was morally changed he never approached the Sacrame
966. achievement in finance which had greatly benefitted the royal less terms, 28 THE
967. izen to live and entertain magnificently, to patronize the arts and literature,
968. d to take the lead which was universally conceded to him. With all his pride, Be
969. id- from India, the most rare and costly laces from Venice and Flanders opals, p
970. red as love-gifts to her the most costly equipages and the finest of Arabian hor
971. off in all the splendor he so profusely heaped upon her that none might outshin
972. the cynosure of every eye. And not only was he generous and proud in this prodi
973. d that responded to every appeal, partly because he knew that it would please hi
974. at it would please his wife, but chiefly because he was by nature lavish, and fo
975. nd surrounded her with, irked her sorely, and burdened her gentle spirit but all
976. something, and so long as he gave freely, and allowed her to bestow generous alm
977. unbroken. But ; ; Benedetti gazing sadly, it is true, upon the white, drawn feat
978. and scented air of his garden, his only grief being the tears which he knew tha
979. home. He hated gloom he breathed freely only when in an atmosphere of gay, stir
980. . He hated gloom he breathed freely only when in an atmosphere of gay, stirring
981. listening And while he was thus inwardly under the restraints imposed by custom,
982. lia was almost happy, and often secretly wished that they might thus always live
983. and consoled her and her drives, usually terminated at the Convent of St. Agnese
984. where in sweet converse with the saintly men and women who had devoted themselve
985. oul, to Heaven, the hours passed swiftly and happily by. Every morning found ; h
986. en, the hours passed swiftly and happily by. Every morning found ; her humbly kn
987. ily by. Every morning found ; her humbly kneeling before the altar of St. Stephe
988. mercy, her time was well and profitably occupied. days passed on, Benedetti, wh
989. nd flowers, of which he was passionately fond, garlanded and grouped everywhere
990. usic, revelry and dancing which formerly echoed through his halls and used to gl
991. nce had been rare, but it was now nearly worn out, and he began to absent himsel
992. to absent himself from home, frequently not returning until far in the night, a
993. ry from her presence, leaving her lonely, slight and saddened by evening he came
994. self, questioning her own heart severely, and praying earnestly for guidance. "
995. wn heart severely, and praying earnestly for guidance. " I have been selfish " w
996. itude and devotion as something fit only for priests and This is no way to win a
997. akable sorrows, may not be I vow, O holy Mother, to devote my lost on him. life
998. the gardens in his usual way, elegantly attired, dignified as became a juriscon
999. s surprise to find his house brilliantly lighted, and to hear the sound the half
1000.r ! of music stealing through He hastily entered ; : the welcomed him the sight
1001.overjoyed never had she looked so lovely, so regal never had such brightness and
1002.TENT OF TODI. 37 suitfast- gazing fondly upon her, " how much more able to thy y
1003.t is have no time in fact I am extremely well satisfied to be rid of so disagree
1004.husband, let me do penance I will gladly, and mayhap our dear Lord and will be t
1005.days of Santa Agnese thou wouldst surely have won the palm of martyrdom. Do pena
1006. mia, if it will make thee happier; only don't flog thy fair flesh, or torture i
1007.ingale." ; She smiled, but made no reply for at that very : % 38 THE MAD PENITEN
1008. down to receive them/' she said sweetly, as she left the dressing room. "Compan
1009. devout man, led a life which completely filled out his ideal of happiness. in I
1010.led out his ideal of happiness. in Italy The most beautiful woman her? — —wa
1011.nd did they not love each other entirely ? There seemed to him to be nothing to
1012.llow-citizens, who now thought leniently of his former life, and smiling said to
1013.y," in the bastard Latin tongue of Italy, instead of the more classic and severe
1014.strologer, Tasti, who had once so rudely repulsed his thanks after having saved
1015.the poet's hand. " If I may, most gladly," answered the poet, " My God " ! ! gra
1016.nswered the poet, " My God " ! ! gravely. " Thou mayest if thou wilt ; I ask not
1017.d have thee be my almoner I ; not really to Tasti to give alms, but to repay a d a long-delayed debt due his is family, of which he sole representative, and t
1019.ot appear, or even a debt due his family. be suspected of having a hand in it if my ? debts," replied Benedetti, dryly, let When I thy cursed pride " me pay t
1021.ns being the necessaries of leave barely sufficient to procure him life. Now he
1022.ed on the garden, where his wife usually spent her mornings, fully expecting to
1023.s wife usually spent her mornings, fully expecting to find her there. The light
1024.een fashioning for one day, at an rarely there, Benedetti of her poor, lying " u
1025.ied over a piece of embroidery evidently intended for the " My lady has gone to wife, and held by her in bondage only as a hostage, to be returned to her own
1027.or a Christian captive. But she steadily refused to be a Christian. fiend fly of
1028.ily refused to be a Christian. fiend fly off with so much praying " he " Are you you sure it is the Caexclaimed, hotly. " The ! thedral she is gone to " ? " Y
1030.way, for I is I it thou? Turn back? only came to bring thee have great news for
1031.e until we get home," he answered, gaily. The distance was short between the Cat
1032.gements for days to come that I scarcely hope to catch more than a glimpse of th of thee, bella sposa," he said fondly, " Aha toying with a tress of her soft
1034. ! — a treasure — makes me supremely happy ing her hand to his heart. " for
1035. his brow, and did not speak immediately when he did, it was not unkindly ferred
1036.diately when he did, it was not unkindly ferred before ; 46 THE MAD PENITENT OF
1037.ld water, my face I when will my be holy water, into heart runs over with love f
1038.the secrets of hearts, can said, sweetly. judge righteously," she use of being p
1039.ts, can said, sweetly. judge righteously," she use of being pious ? " If the dev
1040.l for the baldacliino and did I not only yesterday send of our Lady a beautiful
1041. from his forehead, and smiling brightly. " Yes, thou art good, my love, accordi
1042.hee His said, re- "Wilt thou go abruptly, almost as fuse. the games?" he he fear
1043.. What is ?" to be done " I can scarcely tell thee in order yet. There " Yes, as
1044.the happiest woman on earth, were simply wearying and irksome trials for his sak
1045.uffered them, bearing them as cheerfully as she might any other cross, but she h
1046. might any other cross, but she had only one wish upon earth, and that was for h
1047.een Benedetti and his wife it was : only when his that mood presented the opport
1048.siderations than it, those which usually occupied a and then only so ; long as h
1049.e which usually occupied a and then only so ; long as he appeared willing to lis
1050.Faith, for she was persuaded he was only putKeen in ting it off to a more conven
1051. it softened his heart yet more tenderly towards her, and made more holy and bea
1052.tenderly towards her, and made more holy and beautiful in his eyes the example N
1053.e was a nobler life within him that only the voice of God could bring out of its
1054.Todi was full of strangers, the princely, the noble, and wealthy citizens from o
1055.Days and weeks passed by. — ; ; nearly wild with excitement. There were those
1056.mphitheatre having been made too hastily for safety; among them the Ju-risconsul
1057.pangled leaf and flower. Oh how brightly dawned the day upon the old Umbrian cit
1058.d rain, but now all was propitious, only waiting for every one to waken up to en carving and sculpture, a lady closely wrapped in mantle and veil, came out. T
1060.rk upon the street, and she was the only living thing to be seen in the long nar
1061.tar to begin the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice. Devoutly she knelt with a gr
1062.ebration of the Holy Sacrifice. Devoutly she knelt with a group of peasants and
1063. an ostentatious toilette, selected only with regard to its costliness his taste
1064.bedience to his request, so emphatically made that it savored of command, she ar
1065.her ears. Never had she looked so lovely, and when Benedetti presently ran up to
1066. so lovely, and when Benedetti presently ran up to her dressing"-room to speak t
1067. she happened to be standing just costly silk of pale delicate colors films of ;
1068.stepped out of Paradise ? I can scarcely dare more than offer homage to an : ; :
1069.ttle laugh, making him rise. " I am only I all these beautiful things in which I
1070., bella sposa, to say that it is utterly impossible for me to accompany thee fam
1071.possible for me to accompany thee family, to re- the amphitheatre. ceive the I h
1072.ioni, and his wife, are coming presently "Ah! I am go with thee." sorry to lose that they have been recalled to only son." " Rome by ! the illness of their
1074. the sun to a pleasant light, and surely there was never assembled a gayer or mo
1075.h excitement and expectation. The richly decorated gallery of the Jurisconsult,
1076.erself with so modest a grace, seemingly unconscious of her unequalled charms an
1077. and strains of music thundered to- only subsided when troupe of Egyptian dancin
1078.ti had not yet appeared he was evidently detained by something imperative, for t
1079. Julia's eyes, which had been restlessly watching for him, caught a glimpse of h
1080.pon his lips as he saw how conspicuously her beauty shone in that great assembla
1081. shrieks filled the air, and that richly decorated structure, that gallery on wh
1082.e world to him, and lifting her tenderly he conveyed her to a place of safety, t
1083. his arms, which cradled her as tenderly as a mother might her new-born babe, an
1084.e her to a green, shaded spot where only a low murmur from the din in the amphit
1085. not here " ! THE MAD PENITENT OF freely fair TODI. ? 57 upon her ; but what did
1086. to perform the last sad offices He only touched for the dead led him away. the
1087.e marrow " and looking back upon earthly ; ; he beheld all the dark record of hi
1088. echoed through heart and brain one only word Penance Penance Penance Was this t
1089.ithin, not yet revealed to him, and only strength it known by the gave him to re
1090.ld have led him to look upon the saintly beauty of his dead wife as she reposed
1091.none fairer or purer than she, he simply uttered a stern " No," and closing his
1092.d that he felt himself to be worthy only of stripes and contempt. ; ; Need we de
1093.TODI. 6l the dead, his hair grown nearly white, and his stately form so bowed wi grown nearly white, and his stately form so bowed within a few it days, tha
1095.t people questioned whether could really be the proud, handsome Jurisconsult? Or
1096.he prayers for the repose of the saintly dead ? — The blazing flowers splendor
1097.hat rolled up and almost veiled the holy place, reminding one of the angel in Jo
1098. beautiful in idyls of the every earthly hope and desire, of everything that cou
1099.ripped of self he offered himself humbly to Almighty God, His to be moulded and
1100.he sold his ; the churches. At the early Masses, at the Offices of the day, at V
1101.ENT OF TODI. He is not mad/' said a holy man who knew ; he is doing penance." No
1102. where, forgetting God, and setting holy things aside, he had sinned where he ha
1103.e had cared before heaven and earth only to wrap himself in the purple and fine
1104.upernatural under such a guise they only stared and laughed " Poor at the strang
1105.t with the loss of his misses him sorely money, which he spent profusely, and th
1106.m sorely money, which he spent profusely, and the stir of gay life that he kept
1107. of gay life that he kept us perpetually in, one way or another, the place has g
1108. the Order of Mercy founded by a saintly knight of Languedoc, Peter Nolasco, whi
1109.T OF insanity will, ; TODI. 65 certainly for when he recovers, as he he will not
1110.t the dear Lord none knew of his nightly vigils in the churches, where, hidden b
1111. sent having authority three men of holy lives — to aote his eccentricities an
1112. of deep humility and penitence, briefly and simply made, convinced them that he
1113.mility and penitence, briefly and simply made, convinced them that he was moved
1114.rm Li heroic acts of penance by a purely supernatural motive. had sent St. Franc
1115. either refuse of the earth. he inwardly of mockery, or blows, or derision ; rej
1116.or his sins and the time wasted in folly he deserved porter of it all. One morni
1117. his loose sleeves. He was a man of holy, ascetic life, but looked upon all nove
1118.him, brother, that the Abbot " is rarely interrupted at this hour? " I did, Reve
1119.resence but as his dismiss visit if only prove a distraction thou sayest so ?" w
1120.ll I will him Name him/' he said briefly. " Jacopone," answered the Prior. " Jac
1121.iting on the roadside he comes so rarely that it were a shame to us, whose house
1122.on his pale cheeks, but he made no reply, and withdrew to do the bidding of his
1123. public promenade, where he had formerly moved in splendor and triumph, followed
1124.eases thee, my son ; but what God's holy name?" " Having fulfilled a vow, I now
1125.s as a brother servant," he 'said humbly, never raising his eyes. The Abbot did
1126.aising his eyes. The Abbot did not reply immediately, for in an instant a thousa
1127.yes. The Abbot did not reply immediately, for in an instant a thousand obstacles
1128.l the unseen monitor of his soul swiftly weighed the matter and gave him speech.
1129.ll who enter here have to learn the holy science of obedience?" he asked, his vo
1130.ncis as a servant, that here, under holy obedience, and doing penance for my sin
1131.Order, so well convinced was he not only of the perfect sanity but also of But h
1132.he supernatural virtues of the man. only said " : Be comforted, St. my son; for
1133.ed a mountain path which led to a lonely chapel built up among the gray cliffs,
1134.hould sympathize with Jacopone, formerly whom civil he had known as a rich man,
1135.ral character of Jacopone's peni- deeply he felt his responsibility and the need be vouchsafed to him whereby the holy will of God would be made manifest, and
1137. God would be made manifest, and finally he laid the burden of his cares at the
1138.o sat at the upper end, arose and simply informed them that Jacopone, of whom th
1139.y the ap- his objections were and calmly, and not to gratify any prejudice of hi
1140.ify any prejudice of his own, but solely for the good and well-being of the comm
1141.against the measure proposed And finally, by the Abbot weighed equally. when eac
1142.nd finally, by the Abbot weighed equally. when each one had given an opinion, wi
1143.iven an opinion, without offered clearly ; 74 THE MAD PENITENT OF TODI. any unan
1144.d had beheld with his own eyes' the holy stigmata on his hands and feet, arose,
1145.f madness ye think crazed it, is closely akin to that of our i holy used to say,
1146.t, is closely akin to that of our i holy used to say, He is he did works of pena
1147. bread this man whose repentance is only equalled by that of the hermit of Monts
1148.upernatural light behold what sin really is, and try to expiate theirs by works
1149.had gone over his head, and he generally moved among them sibut his words had fa
1150.g them sibut his words had fallen lently, rarely speaking upon every heart prese
1151.ibut his words had fallen lently, rarely speaking upon every heart present almos Silence reigned, broken presently by the Abbot " Brother Fidelis, thy wor from his chair said " It is the holy will of God that Jacques dei Benedetti,
1154., peace." On Monday morning, first early Mass, Jacopone, kneeling near the altar
1155.nd folded hands knelt before him, meekly awaiting his blessing, the good monk co
1156.'s spirit by the Superiors rules of holy obedience, and to begin, will see if 4
1157.athed through it, thou wouldst certainly not have despised it He had but one req granted. He humiliations, was sweetly obedient to author- ity, holy in life, sweetly obedient to author- ity, holy in life, that life if his and willing i
1160.d directed certain devotions to be daily recited, and Masses to be offered every
1161.ews, but none gave themselves interiorly, of to it with such ardor as Jacopone c
1162.h ardor as Jacopone course for outwardly he only did what was preThe subject too Jacopone course for outwardly he only did what was preThe subject took posscr
1164.icing, "for," said the people, " so holy a man must be the choice of Heaven!" Bu
1165.ul was stricken with sadness that a holy solitary of the desert, of whose sancti
1166. himself to overcome this strange solely whose mind, things, would fail ; anxiet
1167.But I will obey thee henceforth." humbly. The abbot gave him absolution but he w
1168.he was What displeasure might not sorely perplexed. heart was moved to " ; this
1169.them? Then re- membering Jacopone's holy life, he bethought him of the prophets
1170.of it. Pope Celestine's heart constantly wandered back to his desert cell The po
1171.itual, the corruption and intrigue daily brought to his notice, with other untol
1172.o mad under the heavy burden, so utterly was he unfitted to evil ! ; cope with t the snares set for him by the ungodly he, a simple cenobite, who had spent he
1174. heavy cross, or whether it was His holy will that he should bear it to the end he had made in leaving the holy and contemplative seclusion of his cell
1176. of his the magnitude of the dangers fly threatening his soul, he determined to
1177.known and explain his flight. As rapidly as such a journey could be then accompl
1178.s too weak to bear. It was not generally known what had determined him so sudden
1179.nown what had determined him so suddenly to take the step he did; there were rum
1180. upon the Church. I, Abbot, but the holy will of God," answered Jacopone, humbly
1181. will of God," answered Jacopone, humbly. " Do penance, do penance, until the Lo
1182.n heart; and remember that thou art only a poor monk, who has no right to meddle
1183.peace. Yes, he would do penance joyfully, but not for grief in having penned tha
1184.r, which, it was said, had sent the holy cenobite back to his solilord ; "Not my
1185. tude. in The public commotion presently subsided view of the necessity of elect
1186.lous monk accepted the situation bravely, willing to bear all, even death itself
1187.ven death itself, submissive to the holy will of God, and even accepting with jo
1188. dungeon, which had become to him a holy spot, where in and meditation on the Pa
1189., on the Dolors of Mary, and in bitterly bewailing the sins of his past life, he

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