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ride over to Hillminster, and consult Jessie '; / sole comment, as she came to the conclusion, Imust prevail on her to undertake it. I dare was—66
- If you were free, Philip, I would bid not face Lady Mary; and as for this child,” you make her your wife;. you could not have he paused, with an exclamation of intolerable a dearer or a better." compassion and rage, his hand on the letter 6. But I am not free," was his response. containing her fond confession, her innocent, 66 You were kind to her; I observed that joyous reciprocation of all the tender things you liked to be near her, listening to her songs said to her in the fictitious epistle which she and her prattle.” had received as from himself. He rang the “Yes, yes; I am conscious of it now. She bell, and gave orders to have his horse sad- pleased re-there can be no blame attached dled and brought round to the door within to her. Many a man has offered marriage to ten minutes; and at the end of that time he a woman, and been accepted on slighter was mounted and galloping away to Hillmin- grounds than I gave her. But, Jessie, it ster, through the driving rain.
is not to excuse her I am here now - she Sir Jasper Raymond's house was in the needs no excuse to me of all the world. It Close, not far from the deanery, and Mr. is to entreat you to be my mediator; to enDigby Stuart’s appearance there before ten treat you to see Lady Mary, and explain the o'clock in such inclement weather gave rise cruel jest that has been played upon the to some speculations amongst the inmates of child. If any sacrifice within my power could other stately dwellings about the minster, spare it to them I would make it, but I am who happened at that hour to be taking note fast bound hand and foot.” of what was passing out of doors. He dis Lady Raymond was frightened at his propmounted, drenched and dripping, and, asking osition. 6 Would it not be easier to compel for Lady Raymond, was ushered into the li- Isabel Vernon to write, and own to her wicked brary, where she joined him almost imme- mischief ? " suggested she. diately.
“ Easier for us, certainly, but not for Sibyl * Jessie, I want your help,” said he, ad- or her mother. You have kind ways, Jessie; vancing to meet her as she entered.
if any one can soften the pain of wounded “ It is always at your service, Philip; what love and pride, you can. Let me burn her is your present need? Sit down, pray; you poor little letter ; it is sacred as a surprised look ill."
secret of life and death.” He took a few per“ Some person has played off a sorry jest fumed twigs from a spill-case on the chimupon Lady Mary Rivers' daughter and my-'ney, lighted them at the fire, and held the self. I hardly know how to tell even you, letter in the flame, until it shrunk into tinJessie, it is so cruelly mortifying: and I am dery film, and fluttered down upon the ashes at my wits’end how to act. Sibyl has writ- of the hearth. ten me a dear little letter in answer to one “ You wish me to go to them, and to-day?” she believes me to have written to her, of said Lady Raymond. which, God knows, I never thought or penned “ Yes, Jessie, I am requiring a hard thing a line."
of you! " It is Isabel Vernon,” said Lady Ray “My heart aches for Sibyl, Philip; have mond.
I not known the sorrow ? but mine was the 66 Isabel Vernon! Her own cousin ! A sorrow without the cruel shame that will emwoman who must have known the sweet, in- bitter hers. I know not how she will bear nocent thing she is.”
it, for she is as proud and pure as she is pas“ Yes; Isabel hates Sibyl — only her own sionate and tender. Isabel Vernon has one bitter heart can tell why — and this is her plea for her baseness—she does not know shameful revenge.
The poor girl betrayed what love means. No woman who has ever her secret to me early; and Isabel's sharp loved could have played this sorry jest in eyes spied it out a week ago. Let me see such deadly earnest." Sibyl's letter, then I can advise you better " Isabel Vernon's part can wait. You will what steps to take.”
go to Sibyl and Lady Mary?” Mr. Digby Stuart gave it reluctantly, but “ Yes. Sir Jasper is not ailing much this he did give it; and as Lady Raymond read morning ; you must keep him company in my it, womanly tears glittered in her eyes. Her absence, and explain as far as needs. If I
prepare now, I can start by the noon train , is it? What ails her, Lady Raymond ?” which reaches Scarbro about five."
stammered she, greatly alarmed. - God bless you, Jessie! you are a good - It must be the shock ; let us lay her
Trouble has made you very piti- down ; when she gets leave to cry she will be ful?” They shook hands on it, trusty friends better." So they laid her down, and where now, who had been lovers once, and in half they laid her there she remained, never closan hour Lady Raymond was on her way. ing eye or moving limb or lip, suddenly
At Scarbro the hours had been strangely stricken as by a total suspension of every long with Sibyl and her mother; and nei- sense, every faculty. They watched by her ther had done much to occupy them. Sibyl the night through, and there was no change. watched the rain, and the trees, and the sea, They watched by her till the morning, and with folded hands on her lap.and frequent there was no change. They watched by her sighs. When it began to darken, Lady Mary through the sunny autumnal day that came bade her come away from the window to the after the storm, and there was no change fireside; but she either did not heed or did when the sun went down; there was no not hear, for she was still cowering within change any more on earth in the breathing the curtains when the maid arrived to close statue that had been instinct once with youth them, and brought in lights. The room-door and joyous love, and all the hopes of life in was left ajar while the young woman per- blossom-time. formed her duties, and during that moment a voice was heard on the stairs which caused And how did it all end? This is a true Sibyl to start to her feet and cry : “ It is tale, and therefore it can have no end in parLady Raymond. Why does she come here?” ticular; no neat tying up of loose tags; no
Her mother had no time to answer before decisive sentences of moral or poetical justice. Lady Raymond entered with an ineffectual “ I did it in jest. I never expected the pretence of ease which she soon dropped. letter would deceive her or Aunt Mary either,” She kissed Sibyl, who stood on the spot where was Isabel Vernon’s quivering defence when she had risen and made no advance to greet her work was brought home to her. Goodher, and then seated herself beside Lady natured persons gave her the benefit of the Mary, keeping fast hold of her tremulous doubt. hand.
Sibyl survived several years. Many expe" Tell us,” whispered the mother faintly, dients were devised to rouse her ; cruel esglancing towards her daughter. “I guess, pedients they may seem to us. For a little but tell us quickly.”
while she was parted from her mother, and 6. Lady Mary, that love-letter Sibyl replied during that period Mr. Digby Stuart and her to yesterday was not written by Mr. Digby Cousin Isabel were introduced into her presStuart, but by her cousin Isabel Vernon," ence, with some vague hope that the sight of answered Lady Raymond, forcing out the them might break the spell that held fastwords with a choking sensation. She could bound her powers of volition. All in vain. not have added another syllable to soften They were alike to her ; him she had loved, them if her own life had depended on it, and and the woman who had done worse than for the next five minutes there was not a slain her! Isabel disguised herself carefully sound in the room. Lady Mary was the first in her dread of recognition ; she need not to break the silence.
have dreaded it; Sibyl did not know her own " Where is that letter, Sibyl? Let us show mother. it to Lady Raymond,” was what she said. After a time, professional treatment failSibyl neither moved nor spoke. “My darling, ing, and the poor soul being quite harmless, give me the letter,” repeated her mother, Lady Mary took her home again, and they rising and going to her. Still Sibyl was mute lived in an old-fashioned house, inclosed in a and motionless. Her mother took it out of wahed garden, in one of the quiet suburbs of her bosom ; she neither resisted nor uttered Hillminster. George Lansmere once begged a word. Her mother kissed her cooingly as to be allowed to see her. Why give yourshe would have kissed a baby, but she might self the pain, my dear boy ?” Lady Mary as well have kissed a face of stone. 66 What said. " She will not remember
you, nor will
you remember her.” But he did ; he saw | woman; they married as soon as he was free sweet Sibyl still in that passive figure sitting - free from what or from whom is matter of in the
burnt-brown her face as a glean- speculation to the general community of Hiller's in the harvest-fields, with short rusted minster still. But Lady Anne Vernon, and one hair, and wide pathetic eyes, in which there or two others of Mrs. Digby Stuart’s nearest was no expression but the expression of an and dearest friends, know now that their long animal, wounded, and in desperate pain. separation was due to an old, old folly of his Whether she really suffered I cannot tell. boyhood, when he was deluded into a secret Lady Mary long entertained hopes of her res- marriage in Paris with a beautiful white toration ; and when friends asked after her witch of a woman who shortly left him, and daughter, which they did often because it would afterwards neither live with him nor gratified her to know her darling was not for- die to release him. She set up her tent in gotten, her usual reply was that she fancied Rome, and held there a semi-vagabond court she was a little clearer, a little brighter. of all nations, maintained in part by his lib
She had been in this state nearly seven eral allowance, but chiefly by the contribuyears, when one Sunday morning-Easter-day tions levied on her train of Platonic admirers, morning it was—Lady Raymond was sum- artist folk, gamblers, and the like. She called moned from her pillow an hour before dawn, herself by a picturesque title, and was eccenby a message from the old-fashioned house in tric rather than bad.
the suburb. Through the still streets, ere Julia
Vernon married Mr. Danvers. She
the world was awake, she hurried; and when has no 'children of her own, but she is an she entered the garden, where the first sun-excellent mother to his. rays were gleaming and the birds were all Isabel also married-well as to rank and a-twitter, Lady Mary met her-met her al- fortune, very meanly as to mate. She also most cheerfully. “ Too late! you are too is childless, and on the face of her, she is an late, love; she is gone. It has pleased the unhappy, dissatisfied woman, whom few pergood God to take her,” said she; then reply- sons love-she herself loving few or none. ing to a felt but unspoken inquiry, she The dean is dead, and Lady Anne lives added, “ No; she did not know me—not even with her sister Lady Mary, in the old-fashat the last. But she will know me in heaven, ioned house in the suburb. she will know me again in heaven!”
George Lansmere is lieutenant-colonel now Sir Jasper Raymond died in the autumn of by promotion won in the field of battle. He the same year as Sibyl, and then the gossips be- wears many decorations, amongst others the gan to say again that Mr. Digby Stuart would Cross of Valor, and a bit of glory in an ugly marry the widow ; but he did not.
Why, sword cut across the left cheek and temple. remained still their secret. It was not until He is still a bachelor, and his own mother nearly ten years after the holy Easter morning being long since dead, he calls Lady Mary when Death came with his merciful order of " mother; " when he has a few days' leave release to Sibyl, that they were privately mar- to spare he goes home to her like a son. ried in London. They were then no longer This is all the end I have to tell to this young, but Jessie was always a sweet and loving story of a sorry jest played out in carnest.
The Many Mansions in the House of the body.” He believes, moreover, that angels are Father, Scripturally Discussed and Practical- like man, and are spirits combined with matter; ly Considered. By G. S. Faber, B. D. Brown and that “the Place” of what he calls “ Penal & Co. Pp. 456.- This thick volume is inscribed Confinement” is in the bowels of the earth, while to the late Archbishop of Canterbury, and con " the Intermediate State” (which he by no means tains a prefatory memoir of the author by Francis confounds with Purgatory) “ is immediately unA. Faber, B. D. The writer believes the heav- der the surface of the earth.” In support of enly bodies to be “ The Many Mansions,” and these and kindred views he brings erudition and that Heaven will be the Earth renewed, and not scriptural and church authority, and he argues a moral but a material heaven, as “after the out his case very calmly.-Reader. Resurrection we shall exist in a solid material
From The Richmond Inquirer, 12 June. plank in their platform. Yet they under-
stand very well that no matter how soundly In two years, as many persons hope, we their armies may be happily beaten ; no matmay possibly have peace — that is, always ter how completely Lincoln's present war provided we continue to repulse and defeat policy may be condemned by its results, yet the invading enemy. The Yankee “ Democ- all this will not be enough to enable the unracy” is certainly rousing itself, and prepar- terrified Democracy to clutch the spoils —or, ing for a new struggle (at the ballot-box) in as they phrase it, to restore the Constitution the great cause of the “ spoils,” or, as they of their fathers. This, of itself would never call it, the cause of Constitutional Liberty. give them a Peace-Democrat President and Those Democrats are evidently beginning to Cabinet; it would only result in another raise a Peace platform for their next Presiden- Abolitionist Administration, with a new Sectial election : and if they have the good luck retary of War, and a new Commander-into be helped on and sustained by more and Chief, and a slightly different programme for more serious disasters of the Yankee army in “ crushing the rebellion.” Those Black Rethe field, there is no doubt that the present publicans are in power ; after long waiting, devourers of the said spoils at Washington pining, intriguing in the cold shade of the may soon be so discredited and decried that our opposition ; and they have now the numerienemy's country would be ripe for such peace- cal preponderance so decidedly that they both ful ballot-box revolution.
can and will hold on to the office with a clutch It is sincerely to be hoped that those ear-like death. The Democrats can do absolutely nest champions of constitutional freedom will nothing without “ the South,” as they perbe helped on and sustained in the manner sist in terming these Confederate States; and they require-namely, by continued and severe they cannot bring themselves to admit the reverses in the field; and it is the first and thought that we would refuse to unite with them most urgent duty of our countrymen so to (as alas ! we used to do) in a grand Universal help and sustain that Democratic party. It Presidential campaign, for a Democratic Presis nothing to us which of their factions may ident, with a Peace platform, and the “ Condevour their “ spoils ; " just as little does it stitution as it is.” In fact, this whole two signify to us whether they recover or do not years' war, and the two years' more war recover that constitutional liberty which they which has yet to be gone through, is itself, 80 wantonly threw away in the mad pursuit in their eyes, only a Presidential campaign, of Southern conquest and plunder. But it is only somewhat more vivacious than ordinary. of the utmost importance to us to aid in stimu This explains the Vallandigham Peace lating disaffection among Yankees against their Meetings in New York and New Jersey; and own Government, and in demoralizing and dis- the “ manly declarations” of Mr. Horatio integrating society in that God-abandoned coun- Seymour and other patriots. • Do not let try. We can do this only in one way - us forget,” says Fernando Wood, writing to namely, by thrashing their armies and carry- the Philadelphia meeting, “ that those who ing the war to their own firesides. Then, perpetrate such outrages as the arrest and indeed, conscientious constitutional principles banishment of Mr. Vallandigham, do so as will hold sway; peace platforms will look at- necessary war measures. Let us, therefore, tractive; arbitrary arrests will become odious, strike at the cause, and declare for peace and and habeas corpus be quoted at a premium. against the war. This is the only way we can help them. In This would sound very well if the said this sense, and to this extent, those Democrats " declaring for peace” could have any effect are truly our allies, and we shall endeavor to do whatever in bringing about peace. If a man our duty by them.
falling from a tower could arrest his fall by But they evidently look for other and fur- declaring against it, then the declarations of ther help at our hands, and of quite a differ- Democrats against the war might be of some ent sort. No doubt they are pleased for the avail. As it is, they resemble that emphatic present, with the efficient aid which the Con- pronouncement of Mr. Washington Hunt: federate army is affording them. Chancel- | - Let it be proclaimed upon the housetops, lorsville was a God-send to them, and the tre- that no citizen of New York shall be arrested mendous repulse at Port Hudson is quite a without process of law.” There is no use in
bawling from the housetops what everybody Subjugation or annihilation being alike knows to be nonsense. Or this resolution of impossible, I am in favor of an immediate the New Jersey meeting :
cessation of hostilities, for an armistice,
that 'mid the lull of the strife the heat of Resolved, That in the illegal seizure and passion shall have time to cool, and the calm, banishment of the Hon. C. L. Vallandigham, majestic voice of reason can be heard. In the the laws of our country have been outraged, midst of such a calm I am for endeavoring to the name of the United States disgraced, and learn from those in arms against us what the rights of every citizen menaced, and that their demands may be, and inviting their coit is now the duty of a law respecting people operation in the name of a common Christo demand of the Administration that it at tianity, in the name of a common humanity, once and forever desist from such deeds of to some plan of reconciliation or reconstrucdespotism and crime. [Enthusiasm.] tion by which the sections may unite upon a Demand, quotha ? The starling that Mr. more stable basis—a plan in which the
quesSterne saw in the cage, said only “ I can't tions upon which we have differed so long get out.” It would have been more“ manly" may be harmoniously adjusted ; and each secto scream, “ I demand to get out-I proclaim this war, may profit by the experience. If it
tion, by virtue of the greatness developed in on the housetops that I will get out."
shall be found that sectional opinions and Another of the New Jersey resolutions prejudices are too obstinate, and the exaspethrows an instructive light upon this whole rations of this war have burnt too deep to movement, and its objects.
settle it upon the basis of reconciliation or reResolved, That we renew our declaration
construction, then I know that separation and
reconstruction are inevitable." of attachment to the Union, pledging to its friends, wherever found, our unwavering support, and to its enemies, in whatever guise, then “inviting our co-operation.” During
Here is the whole plan: an armistice, and our undying hostility, and that, God willing, we will stand by the Constitution and laws that armistice they hope that the “ calm, of our country, and under their sacred shield majestic voice of reason will maintain and defend our liberty and Christianity” might do something considerrights, “ peaceably if we can, forcibly if we able. The game, as they calculate, would must.' (Great cheering.)
then be on the board, with stakes so temptThis phrase, “ wherever found,” implies ing! Mr. Wall would endeavor “ to learn that there are friends of the Union in this from us what our demands are." Confederacy, and the resolution obligingly Anything in reason he would be prepared pledges to them the support of the New Jer- to grant us: but if we replied, our demands sey Democracy-not surely without an equiv- are, that you bring away your troops from alent return.
every inch of our soil, that you leave the To the same meeting, Gen. Fitz John Porter Border States free to decide on their own writes a letter, declaring, of course, for the destiny, that you evacuate all our forts and Constitution and resistance to despotism, and towns which you now hold, and make us rid ending thus :
and the whole breed of you forever, “ The contest of arms, however, will not then Mr. Wall would exclaim, What, do you be required; the certain and peaceful remedy call that the calm, majestic voice of reason ? will be found in the ballot-box. Let us all is that your common Christianity? He would possess our soul in patience. The remedy is say, when I spoke of the calm majestic, etc., I
meant the spoils ; when I said a common ChrisGen. Fitz John knows well that the remedy tianity, I meant money. Let us talk rationis not theirs, unless “ the South” consent to ally-how much common Christianity will throw its votes into that same ballot-box; you take ? and it is for this, and this only, that the In vain is a net spread in the sight of any Democratic hook is baited with “ Peace.” bird. We are 'ware of them; and we will But in a speech of Senator Wall, of New Jer- watch them well, and the friends of the sey, before a Democratic Club of Philadelphia Union, “ wheresoever found.” Our views yo (which we find printed in The Sentinel), is a a little further than theirs—we hope to so dispassage more fully expounding the Demo- organize and disintegrate society in their councratic plan than any other we have seen. He try that they will rush into armed revolution says :
and anarchy. We spit upon their ballot-box.