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CHAPTER VI.

some tale is over. But you know human nature the steam. The time wore on, and George, bidloves egotism, and will excuse me, will you not ?" ding his friend Mr. Elliot good night, retired to and carelessly, she wound her arm around Ade- rest. The latter still continued his walk, and dislaide's neck. “What! sobbing ! is it possible! inclined to sleep, wandered down to the lowest and can you, do you feel such kind compassion for deck, to observe the labors of the firemen. As my weakness ? I shall indeed bless this evening, he passed the pile of fuel placed near the boilers since it has given me this proof of your regard.” for immediate use, he thought there was danger in

The entrance of Mr. Gordon and George pre- its proximity to the fire, especially as the sparks vented a reply or still more embarrassing pause. were falling rapidly upon the wood. Calling to one Lights were brought in, and the gentlemen pro- of the men, he attracted his attention to the circeeded to relate the disappointment they had re- cumstance; but the man, with an oath, bade him ceived. George was obliged to wait the arrival of “mind his own business," and sulkily passed on. a letter of some importance before he could leave Mr. Elliot for a time remained near the spot; the city, and the mail would not be due until the but, supposing that those employed about the ennext evening at eight. “Can we not postpone our gine must be better judges than bimself, he looked departure, my dear father?”—said Adelaide. “Im- at his watch, and finding it was long after twelve possible, my love, as my arrangements now stand. o'clock, he too retired to rest. Scarcely were his We have no alternative but to look forward to our eyes fairly closed, however, when he was awaked safe and speedy meeting in Louisville."

by a bustle around him, and the awful cry—" the The friends soon after separated for the night, vessel is on fire !” Hastily he sprang op; and, and on the ensuing afternoon visited the floating dressing himself, ran to the small boat which was palace which for a week was to be the home of hanging at the stern; he leaped in; several others Mr. Gordon and his daughter. Bright were the followed; and one, in his eagerness to escape, ect wishes, affectionate the adieus that passed between the forward tackle; the yawl was capsized, and them; and the majestic “ Ambassador” wended all on board were precipitated into the water. Nr. her way up the dark waters of the “ Father of Elliot alone rose again, and floating down some Rivers."

distance, was rescued by a boat's crew who were
approaching. Meanwhile, the devastating element

spread with awful rapidity through the steamer. “What though no fun'ral pomp, no borrowed tear

The heroic pilot, still firm at his post, continued • Your hour of death to gazing crowds shall tell,-- his earnest, but unavailing efforts to direct the No weeping friends attend your sable bier

vessel to the shore, and in the performance of his • Who sadly listen to the passing bell,

duty, died. For miles round might be heard the Yet shall remembrance from oblivion's veil,

agonizing shrieks of the poor wretches, calling in • Relieve your scene and sigh with grief sincere ; vain for help. The light of the destructive element, * And soft compassion, at your tragic tale,

shewed every object with the vividness of day. • In silent tribute pay her kindred tear."--Falconer.

Some clung convulsively to the burning sides ef On the same evening the expected letter arrived; the boat, while others madly plunged into the stream, and finding that a steamboat was to depart early on there meeting a more sudden and less horrible the following morning, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley em- death. One noble youth, with the impnlse of our braced the opportunity in order that they might nature's law, self-preservation, had reached the sooner overtake their friends. They were already hurricane-deck in safety, when the thought of his acquainted with many of the passengers, and they dear and loving sister, left to perish; rushed across looked forward to an agreeable journey. On Sun- his mind. Eagerly he threaded his way back to day evening, Mr. "Stanley, who, from the lateness the cabin amidst the crowds and confusion that obof his application, was unable to procure an entire structed his path, and clasping his sister to his state-room for his family, was thus separated from heart, both sunk into the fames together. them; he bade his wife and child good night, and There, at one end of the vessel, a mother,-leading taking the arm of a friend, strolled up and down her little son, while the attendant stood by, holding the hurricane deck. The moon shone brightly and another, an infant,-called loudly for her husband; coldly on the misty waters,—the black cloud of while the boy, clasping his tiny arms around ber, smoke, spotted with its myriads of ruby sparks, tearfully besought her to take him away, crying“like a wounded snake, dragged its slow length" the fire is burning me,-it is so hot-so hot?? along," through “ the darkly blue” sky,—the low, Her husband heard the cry, and joined then. wooded banks on either side cast their lengthened · Collect yourselves," said he. “ Sare God, our shadows in the water, while here and there a light, only hope now, is in presence of mind." The beaming from a solitary cabin on the shore, only timid and delicate mother grasped her son in het threw the surrounding objects into deeper shade. arms, whose weight at another time would almost

No sound disturbed the quiet of the hour but the have overpowered her; seizing a plank, her husdashing of the wheels, and the hoarse panting of band leaped overboard and called on her to follow;

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she did so, and catching her, as she rose, with her 'peace with himself, to be reconciled to the world, to resist burthen, he placed their precious charge astride misfortune, to conquer adversity.'— Mackenzie. upon the plank to which they clung, while he pre- • Danger gives fresh keenness to delight, pared to receive his infant and her nurse. Here · When we usurp ihe joy we fear to lose, a violent explosion for a moment involved all in

• And tremble whilst possessing.'- Tobin. smoke; and as the mist dispersed, the horror-stricken

• Hope deferred maketh the heart sick ; but when the parents beheld the nurse, in all the frantic energy

'desire cometh, it is a tree of life.' of panic fear, grasp their infant and madly plunge

In the Autumn of 1838, bright were the preparaheadlong into the fire. For a time their efforts tions in Mr. Gordon's happy family for the marwere paralysed by the shock, but the incessant ap- riage of Adelaide. The discipline of her heart in peals of their unconscious boy aroused them. For the erring passion she had once cherished, had two hours they drifted down the river ere they been of infinite service to her character. The uncould reach the shore. Nature bore up until that conscious narration of Mrs. Stanley on the last moment, when, in the transition to perfect safety, evening they had passed together, had shown her they could but gasp forth their thanks to Provi- the happiness she might have poisoned—the pure dence, and then sunk exhausted at the feet of devotion of the heart she might have broken; those who came to their assistance.

while the awful and sudden event, that afterwards Meanwhile, Mrs. Stanley, hearing the cries of occurred, had been a painful warning. Softened her domestics, who ran to and fro, helpless and in manner,--subdued in temper, she was now preterrified, as the conflagration first burst forth, pared to be a loving companion, a faithful wife to sprung from her bed, and holding her babe to her Mr. Enfield; who had, on her return, renewed his bosom, rushed out of the cabin to seek her hus- suit, and at length, been accepted. This was the band, wildly shrieking forth his name ;--she heard evening previous to their marriage,-and in their his voice in answer,-she beheld him striding family circle, all seemed joyous. Encouraged by through the mass of fire to reach her;—the glaring the approving smiles of her he loved, Mr. Enfield light revealed bis features convulsed with anxiety had been giving life-like sketches of his advenfor his dear wife and child, but as he came to the tures in the Far West, whither he had for a time verge of the blazing gulf that separated them, his exiled himself after Adelaide's rejection of him. footing gave way, and before her eyes he fell into He continued: “One of the most delightful acthe devouring flames. Scarcely conscious of the quaintances I ever made, was in the 'infant State action, Bertha leaped into the water with her babe. of Michigan. A small village, settled but a short Providentially a plank was floating near,—she time previous, was rapidly, like a young Hercules, seized it with one hand, and the current carried destroying opposition and striding into celebrity. her on towards a steamer that was approaching to The man, whom all there regarded as the presiding offer succor.

Oh joy! They see her with her in- genius, is a native of New-York, and has scarcely fant treasure! They advance with slackened pace, reached manhood's prime. He is the preëminent lest the commotion of the water should destroy lawyer and magistrate of their new town.' He those they wish to save. With eager care some resides on his extensive farm like a patriarch, save prepare to send out the boat, while others at the that no wife shares his solitude. His own hands same time fling forth a rope,--she sees it-collects had cut down the first tree on his now well-cleared her almost exliausted strength, (and thanking Hea- and cultivated domain-round which those jewels ven for the aid,) reaches forth her arm to grasp of earth's crown, 'flowers of all hues,' blossom it;--twice she makes the effort,—but in vain. brightly to reward his fostering care.

He has orWith a mother's love, strongest e'en in death, she ganized the habits of the settlers,-he has legismurmurs forth a prayer and benediction on her lated in the new colony. Order, peace, honesty babe, while both sink to rise no more!

prevail there: the well-regulated schoolhouse boasts Another explosion now burst forth,—some bar-him for its founder—the traveller blesses his boundrels of powder on board the vessel had ignited, - less hospitality ;-wealth, respect, and an approving and ere the morning's dawn, the scattered frag- conscience, mark his days with brightness. He ments of the ill-fated Ben Sherrod, strewed the seems to live but to do good ; and amidst all the river in all directions. *

wilder and sterner virtues, the refinements of intellectual and educated life are not forgotten.”

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are painting a hero of romance.” “The office of a wife includes the exertion of a friend. “No, truly! all I say is simple fact-and trust “There are situations where it will not be enough to love, me, in the vast regions of our Western land, his cherish, and obey: she must teach her husband to be at character will find many a parallel. All that is

* The events related in this chapter are minutely true in wanting to complete the picture, is a woman's preevery particular. I received the account from one of the sence. How such a man can live without loving chief actors in the heart-rending scene.

is to me a mystery; and now,"—he added, gently

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pressing Adelaide's hand as he spoke,—“I feel Henry Wilmot had accomplished Mr. Gordon's rethat amid all his dignity and comfort, there is one quisition, and acquired wealth, he hourly toiled to blessing in his loneliness without which he cannot make his home fit for the reception of his bride. be happy."

When this was done, he wrote both to her parents You say then,” rejoined Mr. Gordon, “ that he and herself, announcing his intentions and his is from New-York. Do you not remember his hopes. His letter bad miscarried as it should name?"

seem,--and bestowing a passing epithet, not very “I never can forget it: Wilmot-Henry Wil- complimentary, upon mails, post-offices, and all mot.”

connected therewith, Harry proceeded to relate "Indeed! Harry Wilmot! He was as dear to that he had arrived in New-York the night preme as my own son. Bless the boy! I am glad to vious, and having heard of the intended wedding hear of his success. Clara, my child, where are and ascertained it was not that of Clara, hastened you going ?" he inquired, as her receding form dis- to the house. “And now, dearest Clara, may I appeared through the closing door. “Oh, some claim my reward? Will you leave the city and its little preparation for to-morrow, I suppose." luxuries for a colony in the wilderness! I have

“And that remark unwillingly reminds me that nothing to offer in exchange for all these comforts, I must take my leave,” replied Mr. Enfield, as he and the dear society of relatives and friends, but a rose to bid adieu. Adelaide accompanied him to settler's rude, unfinished home, and the love of an the door, and a few moments passed in the mur- honest and adoring heart.” muring of those fond words and gentle wishes, that “I could reproach you for the doubt, were I not ever new, though still repeated, gush with harmo- so happy. Do you, Harry, deem it necessary to nious flow from the lips of affianced lovers. With ask the question? I can answer in the words of a smile and blush yet lingering on her face, Ade- Ruth: Whither thou goest, I will go; where thoa laide sought her sister, who was weeping bitterly lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my peoin her own apartment. “Forgive me, Clara,” ple;' and—oh blessing that I can say so—"thy God said she, " that in my own happiness I for a mo- shall be my God.'” ment neglected your sorrow."

“Oh! Adelaide, you talked of my fortitudewhere is it now? God grant me strength to bear

“Our actions are our heralds, and they fis, this blow. I did not expect it; but it is too plain :

Beyond the date of tombs or epitaphs, Harry has forgotten me. Else, what now prevents Renown or infamy."Tobin. him from coming to claim my promise ?"

“ Thou unrelenting Past! “ Hope yet, dearest Clara, I cannot but believe

Strong are the barriers round thy dark domaia ; that you are mistaken."

And setters, suire and fast, No, no! it is but too true; the turmoil, the am- Hold all that enter thy unbreathing reign. bition, the pride and enterprise of his present ca

In thy alysses hide reer have effaced my image his memory. Beauty and excellence unknown-lo thee Do not offer consolation, sister, leave me for

Earth's wonder and her pride awhile. Hereafter, I will reasonnow, I can only

Are gathered, as the waters to the sea ; feel. Oh merciful Father, if indeed the blessed

Labors of good to mnan, hope that I have cherished for long years is to be Unpublished charity, unbroken faith, crushed, teach me to bear the shock; and in the

Love, that midst grief began, discharge of friendship’s ties and duties, let Thy And grew with years, and faltered not in dea:h" bounty, Thy protection, and Thy love satisfy all my earthly cravings!"

No great effort of imagination is required to di

vine the conclusion of their history. Adelaide's Morning dawned, beautifully cloudless as the marriage, which allowed her still 10 remain with prospects of the bride. As the company were as- her parents, was soon followed by that of Clara, sembled on their return from church, a knock was who with her husband was shortly to depart. lnheard at the door and an inquiry made for Miss til that time the family were inseparable

, and the Gordon. The only lady now bearing that appella- hours passed swiftly in solicitude on the one hand tion tripped unconcernedly down stairs, and enter- as to the strange mode of life and journey in prosing the dining-room, where she learned a stranger pect, and on Harry's part, in eager inquiries after waited for her, the exclamation "Clara! dearest old acquaintances and friends. Among others be Clara!" met her ear. A cry of joy burst from her had asked all particulars relative to George Starlips--reserve, dignity, injured pride were all for- ley, and on being informed of his melancholy fate, gotten in the impulse of the moment, and she he remarked: “I knew but little of him here as rushed into the arms that were outstretched to re- you are aware; but I have felt an unfailing esteen ceive her.

and respect for his character from a circumstance The mystery was easily explained. As soon as to which I was accidentally a party." Every one

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anxiously begged to hear it related, and Harry “This argument is just, my son, but it must not continued: “ While he lived, nothing would have avail here. I know your strength of mind. The induced me to reveal it, and thereby perhaps annul bride I offer, is, as you well know, lovely, young, the effect of the noble sacrifice he made; now intelligent and amiable. She has been sought after however I cannot hesitate to narrate it to you in by numerous suitors, but I have led her innocent confidence. Some time after I had left New-York heart to contemplate the prospect of a union with and bent my way to Michigan, I was introduced to you. She loves you with all the fervor of a first the elder Mr. Stanley, who was engaged in the affection—she cannot fail to make you happy. Oh survey of some lands he had purchased there, but George, consent, I beseech you!' I became only slightly acquainted with him. Busi- “ . You call upon me so earnestly to make this ness called me still further into the interior, and on sacrifice, my dear father, that I feel there must be my return to the inn, where he was also staying, I some powerful undivulged reason for your vehefound that he was seriously ill,—that his son had mence. I have an unquestionable right on this been sent for and was then with him. Not wish- point to demand your confidence.” ing to intrude, I satisfied myself by making inqui- “A deep groan burst from his father's lips as he ries concerning him; and by an offer of my servi- ejaculated : 'Yes, yes; you are right-you are ces in any way that might be needed, and taking a right; listen to me, and if possible, do not despise traveller's meal, hastened to recruit my strength me. You know I am reputed to be immensely by a night's rest, after my weary journey on horse-rich—the wealth is not mine-it is Bertha's. Her back. As is often the case in intense fatigue, father left me her sole guardian as you know-she though exceedingly tired, I was unable to sleep, was then a child. At that time I had for years and about midnight I became aware of a slight indulged a passion for gambling, which was gradubustle in the adjoining apartment. The inn was a ally destroying my fortune. The more unpromising large log hut; it boasted of several rooms, however, my position became, the more desperate I grew : which were formed by slight and rudely constructed my infatuation increased, and at last I lost every partitions barely answering the purpose of a screen. thing. The ruin of my reputation must have been Every word could be distinctly heard through them, the consequence of a discovery of the truth, and and thus I became the involuntary auditor of their to be pointed at as the beggared gamester was an conversation-of which the entire purport, and idea that almost drove me mad. More than once many of the actual expressions, are firmly impressed I contemplated suicide-yes, groan as you will, upon my memory. It appeared that Mr. Stanley George, it is too true. I was deterred from that had been asleep, and on awaking called his son, crime, not (I blush to own it,) by the fear of punwho was at his bedside. Now that we are ishment hereafter, but by the certainty of the stigma alone, George,' said he, ‘I wish to speak to you on which would be entailed by an investigation of the matters of the utmost importance. It is for the causes of such an act. At this moment the evil sake of this interview, more than all the rest, that spirit within me recalled the thought of Bertha's I required your presence before my death. George, fortune—the documents were all in my possessionmy son, I have one desire—one prayer to you— you were then at college-I have not strength to that you will marry Bertha Delacroix.'

tell or to describe details—the struggle was long “«Great Heaven! marry Bertha! Father, it is and violent, but at last I yielded. The insertion of impossible.'

one word, the transposition of others sufficed—the "George, beware ere you decide so hastily. I deed was accomplished---my reputation unstaineddo not command—I do not threaten—but I entreat I was still a rich man. I entered into commerce ;with my dying breath, as you would see me leave men wondered at the mad speculations I embarked the world in peace.'

in, which as it happened brought me tenfold profit. “ 'Be calm, my dear father! Think me not un- They knew not that I flew to every species of exfilial, or ungrateful; but this sudden proposal has citement to deaden the tortures of remorse. One startled me, I confess. My feelings are already only hope brought me consolation : that you

would engaged_indeed my honor is already pledged. It marry Bertha, and thus unsuspected by the world, is true, I have not directly offered myself, but I am secure to her the fortune of which I had robbed not the less bound. With your nice sense of jus- her.' tice you need not be told, my dear sir, that there " " Restore it all to her, my father. Let your are many points far short of an actual declaration, last act be one of justice and restitution. I am on which to hesitate or retract would be unworthy young, and thanks be to your care, well-educated. the character of a man of integrity and rectitude. Providence has given me health, ability and strength. Such is now my situation,--and to marry another, - I will make a name and fortune for myself.' even were I to consent so to sacrifice my own af- 66. It cannot be. What reason can I give for fections, would entail unhappiness, as well as mor- enriching her and impoverishing you, that will not tification, and perhaps scandal, upon the woman I excite suspicion or remark? I could not rest even love.'

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only to have my name blasted as the forger—the mitted to return to Rhodes, and carry with him thier—but as the accursed the man who wronged from the Sultan, the following note: the orphan!"

“If I had no compassion of human infirmity, “With a voice almost inarticulate from emotion, " which oftentimes tumbleth man's ambition to the George interrupted him : ‘My dear father, be com- " ground, and turneth the haughty mind to most posed-urge me no further—it is needless. I will" dangerous and unnecessary measures, truly I marry Bertha Delacroix, and as far as in me lies," would not have directed unto you these letters at do all to make her happy.'

“this time, but, as you have well deserved, would “ • Bless you, my son! The blessing, the love, the “persecute you with death, and most miserable gratitude of your unworthy father be with you for " servitude-the which, how easy a thing it is for ever!"

“me to do, you yourselves well know. But having “Almost at this moment I heard the physician" now sufficiently tried my force, if you be wise, enter the apartment. The next morning I procured "make proof of my clemency. You have already a more distant room, and a few days after, Mr. “ satisfied your fury, your own mad humor: and Stanley died. Within a year I learned that George now advise yourselves, lay your hands upon your had fulfilled his promise and married Bertha Dela- “ hearts, and without delay yield yourselves as I croix."

“command—your lives I give; I give you wealth:

"and more than that, your choice to tarry where · Adelaide,” said Clara before they separated "you are, or to depart. Refuse not the grace for the night,—"I rejoice that we are at last ena- frankly offered, which was of you to have been bled, though tardily, to do justice to George Stan- “most heartily desired. It shall not always be ley; and not the least noble part of his character lawful, as at present, to make choice of both. was the silent forbearanee with wbich he bore the “From our camp." odium of trifling with your affections, never seek- On the receipt of this document, all classes of ing to vindicate himself or to make his wife un- people in Rhodes gathered around the palace of the happy by a suspicion of the facts. It seems to Grand-Master, to know its contents—the mass of me that his life, as well as ours, tends to prove a the citizens had resolved on peace; they looked consoling truth : that when we lay upon the altar upon the Sultan as their conqueror, and were aniof duty or religion the offering of our heart's dear-ious to know what were his terms for a lasting est affections,—the approval of our conscience and truce. When to the crowd the Ottoman summons the happiness derived from the fulfilment of our was made known, the demands of Solyman were allotted task, form the sweet reward by which far more easy than they had ever expected; and Providence benignly teaches that the offering is there was among the people a general murmur to accepted."

have the Knights surrender, while they had so faNew-York, 1839.

vorable an opportunity presented to save the lives of all, whom thus får during the siege their own good fortune had spared. Whether to accept or

reject the proposition of the Sultan, was a subject HISTORY OF THE KNIGHTS OF MALTA.

of two days discussion by the Knights and the

principal inhabitants of Rhodes, before their assemBY WM. W. ANDREWS, AMERICAN CONSUL AT MALTA.

bled army. As all had permission granted them PART I.

to speak, the opinions expressed were as various When the next signal for a truce was seen flying and as contradictory as possible ; many had lost over the Turkish camp, the same was answered by their friends, and valued not their lives, when a similar one from the fortifications of the Order. spared on such terms as those now presented to This being observed by the Sultan, he sent two them-some, in their religious phrensy, thought

, distinguished officers, with their suites, to the gates that in their holy war, their Saviour was their of Rhodes—the one being his own drogoman, and leader, and should they yield, their souls would be the other a near kinsman of Achmet Pasha. Two lost; to such, the sound of peace was worse than knights, Anthony Grolee the standard-bearer, and a decree of death ; they revelled only in the blood Robert Perrucey a Rhodian judge, both men of of the Infidels, and were willing to risk their lives great gravity, and learned in the Grecian language, and all they possessed on earth, to be partakers of were the embassadors of the Grand-Master. On such a deadly feast-to such, the groans of their the arrival of these two Christians among the Mus- wounded enemies were as sweet music; and to selmen soldiers, they were, by the command of gaze on piles of dead Mahommedans, were as Solyman, received with marked distinction, more pleasing sights as they could desire to see. particularly Grolee, who had his quarters in the L'Isle Adam was for continuing the war, and for same tent with the Turkish general; and was on burying their honors, and their oaths, only with all occasions, when leaving them, respectfully es- their bodies, under the ruins of those towers which corted by an Albanian guard. Perrucey was per-'they had so frequently sworn to defend. Among

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