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bered that Mrs. Hill saw no one now, "and, of we'll go to Praline's this instant and reverse it. And course, Miss Seymour wont come when her sister is those pine apples. They must be rich. Smith! have not invited. I wish I had not kept on this old gown, the carriage round immediately; I'll go up and put since they spied me out; but, lor! it do n't make any on my bonnet, Marian;" and when Mrs. Jones difference. I wonder what they said, 100; I could n't arrived at Praline's her heart dilated as she saw in tell from here."

how much consideration she was held by her conShe asked Cilla; but Cilla replied that “they didn't fectioner and his wise. Th y were all smirks and talk Merrican, and how could she understand? But smiles, particularly as she constantly repeated' "you I tell you what, Miss Sarly, I did n't like to invite know now, Mrs. Praline, that I mind no expense one 'thout tother; and I felt very oncomfortable 'bout whatever.” And Miss Fawney called her an extrait, too!"

vagant creature! “But I knew, Mrs. Jones, that So Cilla had the advantage over her mistress in when you did give a party, it would be a magnificent good feeling at least, but she was told to hold her affair!" tongue and go to her work, and no one was ever the And so, indeed, it proved. The weather was fine wiser by it. But as we wish to give only an account and everybody came. Mrs. Macfuss meeting her of the rise of Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson Jones, we own set, and seeing so much display, was reconciled must pay less attention to the little incidents of every- to her new acquaintance. Mr. Macfuss, seeing a day life.

magnificent supper and drinking the finest of wines, To have slighted Mrs. Hill, "whose husband did I shook hands with his host, and asked him to come a bad business," was one triumph-to have secured and see him sociably. Eda's non-attendance, another. But to receive Mrs. There was a pleasant combination of things. The Macfuss's acceptance, was one worthy of the gods! host and hostess said they never would regret the This joyful blow was too much for Mrs. Jones's ball, and Miss Fawney was profuse in her congranervous system! She had the paint rescoured, and lulations. Al length they had reached the goal, and Cilla, much discomforted, observed (out of her lady's began to feel with Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Crummles, hearing, of course,) " that if cos Mrs. Makefuss is a the sweets of popularity. comin' I has to do all my work over, I wish, (oh, my Mrs. Jones was heard soon afier to say that she sakes! if Miss Sarly could hear me !) she'd a kept had scarcely time to take her meals, people so her 'ceptance to herself. Here's Miss Sarly almost thronged the house; and before she was quite aware out her head, and when the 'oman do come, she 'll of it, she had asked Mrs. Macfuss to come over and be crazy as a coot-and cools is bad off' for sense." be intimate!

Cilla was not far wrong. When Miss Fawney communicated the intelligence that an acceptance One evening, as Mrs. Hill and her brother stood was to be sent on the morrow, Mrs. Jones ran about together at the gate of her pretiy cottage, a handin playful bewilderment and relieved herself a liule some equipage dashed by, filling with dust the mouths by adding some extra-artificials to her dress. She of the plebeian pedestrians on either side of the borrowed more candlesticks and lamps, and had some smooth road through Summerfield. idea of illuminating the house from attic to cellar, Two ladies were on the back seat, while in front ordering lanterns to be hung at the gate, that Mrs. sat two little boys, looking very gravely at one Macfuss might not mistake. “And now, Marian, another. The driver had on a coat filled with brass my dear child,” continued she, turning to her con- bulions—and this was called a livery; so the whole venient friend, “ do tell me what Mr. and Mrs. effect was very grand and imposing. Macfuss like best to eat. What more can I have on " Who was that, Fanny ?” said young Seymour; my table that they would relish? I know they always “ whose carriage is that ?" have the finest of every thing—think well now, and “The carriage belongs to Mrs. John Johnson Jones, let me know."

brother. Did you not see her?” Miss Fawney was a little puzzled at first, but " I did not recognize her—she bowed, did she not ?" suddenly recollected what she liked most hersell, so “Not she, my good sir; she never bends so low. informed Mrs. Jones that Mr. Macfuss was very fond Could you not see how stiff the lady was?” of paté de foie gras, and also of oyster gumbo.” “ Then who did bow to you just now?”

" The gumbo I have prepared, my love, of course; "Mrs. Macfuss,” said Fanny, smiling archly. but the pouly dee soy graws I had almost forgotten. " Whew! Whose little innocents were those in Gourmand has quantities of potties, as he is a French- front ?” man, and imports those articles from Paris direct. “ Master Pushaw Jones and Master Johnny MacI think you said Mrs. Macfuss liked sherbet and fuss." lemon ice cream ?”

Mr. Seymour paused. No; Miss Fawney liked vanilla best, and affirmed Fanny,” said he at length, “I'll go to Texas. that Mrs. Macfuss was very partial to it.

I see that Mrs. Macfuss has been over, and s “Is she, indeed! Oh, Marian, I had ordered intimate !" lemon !" cried Mrs. Jones, in dismay.

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THE NAVAL OFFICER.

BY WM. F. LYXCH.

(Concluded from page 230.)

CHAPTER IV.

to detain them. These representations so far opeIt was the morning of the fifth day after the escape rated upon the youth, that he was several times preof Talbot and his companion. The land breeze, likevailed upon to visit the designing count. But his the breath of expiring humanity, had become more sister pertinaciously refused to see, or receive any and yet more faint, until it ceased entirely, and the message from her persecutor, and might have deflag that was wont to wave over the ram parts of the parted from her resolution and told Frank sufficient Moro Castle hung listless beside the staff which sup- to prevent him from leaving her alone, but that in her ported it. Into the cavernous recesses worn by the fears for Talbot she had forgotten every thing else. friction of the water, in the foundations of the mas- Although a prisoner, confined apart and denied all sive structure, the sluggish waves tumbled with a intercourse, the mere presence of her lover in the dull and deafening sound. In the near ofling lay the same vessel gave her a sense of security. But now frigate, rolling slowly on the unbroken surface of a he was gone, whither and wherefore she could not light ground swell, while the sails flapped against the tell, and she felt as if she were abandoned to ihe masts, as if impatient for the breeze. In various di- dreadful fate which so long had threatened her. To rections, a number of vessels, differing in size and do her justice, too, her bilterest source of grief was appearance, like the frigate awaited a wind to waft in anxiety for the safety of Talbot. Had she heard them to their various destinations. Beyond them, nothing of him, she would have concluded that he and until it blended with the distant horizon, save was still among the prisoners, and by the strict vigihere and there a sea-gull noiselessly skimming its lance of his guards denied the opportunity of comsurface, there was nothing visible on the far-stretch-municating with her. Tut ler persecutor was too ing and pellucid sea. Like a slumbering giant, the malignant, was also 100 shrewd not to know that if very heavings of that sea told of the latent power he could persuade her of ler lover's desertion, be that dwelt within it, and conveyed a forcible idea of might more reasonably hope for success. She was the might and majesty of the Great Being that therefore but too soon informed of the escape, of made it.

which the mi sing boat was sufficient proof; and On the after part of the deck of the frigate, screened through others every representation was made, calfrom the sun by an awning overhead, sat Miss Giloculated to impair her confidence and weaken her lespie and her brother. She, with an air of unmiti attachment. But, like a mail of proof, her own in

ated sadness; he, chafing at a captivity which he iegrity protected her, and the malicious shafts fell deemed illegal, and impatient to reach the shore and harmless, creating no pain, nnd scarce attracting obtain his freedom. He had never understood for notice. what purpose the soporific incense had been burned, Although young and inexperienced, scarce more or, boy as he was, he would have attempted the life than a nestling that had for the first time fledged its of their insidious foe. He had imagined that it was wing, this girl possessed the noblest attributes of her an attempt on their lives, (for the disaster of the count sex, and hers was more than the ordinary love of had been carefully concealed from them,) and his woman. True, deep, fervent love, such as that sex sister had shrunk from undeceiving him. Her pure alone can feel, cannot harbor a doubt. Undying and nature could itself with difficulty comprehend such unchangeable in itself, it cannot comprehend that, of bazeness, but was absolutely incapable of conveying the existence of which it is unconscious. Often an idea of it to another, particularly one whose dis- placed unhappily, often denied the communion for position was naturally as unsuspecting as her own. which it yearns, it looks beyond the grave for the She therefore determined to avoid exciting his sus- fruition of its hopes. picions, and even forbore to interfere further than by

“ They sin who tell us love can die.” advice, when the steward, at the instance of his She had listened to the soft and hesitating whisper master, now able to sit up, represented that so far of proffered love, and her gushing eye and mantling from designing injury, the object was to soothe their cheek and throbbing breath had confessed that love nerves, those of the lady in especial, after the to be requited. Her soul had mingled with another's anxiety and alarm of the evening previous. He also in the dearest and the noblest union which adorns persuaded Frank that the count would exert himself and irradiates existence—the union of manly strength to obtain their speedy liberation when they reached with shrinking beauty; of the clear eye to look upon, the port; and, that having found them on board of and the bold heart to encounter peril, with the step privateer of the enemy, a class of vessels not in the hesitating and timid as a fawn! of' skill 10 do and habit of conveying passengers, he was, by the strict will to dare, with affection to sustain and fortitude to tenor of his orders, bound, although most reluctantly, endure; of man, fashioned in comeliness and radiant

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with virtue, with woman, the celestial link that binds until late the next morning. I remember that at first him to a purer state! With a pledge as dear as it we thought that an attempt was being made to stuwas enduring, they had sworn to preserve that union pefy or smother us with something that was burned, until it should be merged into that most glorious, but, as we were not molested, we concluded that we holiest and most beautiful of all, which is effected in had been mistaken. For God's sake, tell me what death-when their souls, stripped of the mortal coils happened ?” which encumbered them, and watted on the wings Young lady,” he answered, " I have ever since of love, should soar upward and onward, until side sought an opportunity to speak to you; why is it by side, inseparable as in life, and inseparable for that you have confined yourself below ?” ever, they intoned their hymns of praise with the “We often wished to come up," she replied, " but choir which surrounds The Eternal !

were told that the count was too ill to be consulted, Could a woman capable of conceiving such a and that without his permission we could not leave pledge ever falter, much less prove unfaithful ? the cabin. But do tell me all about that night, I imNever. And Miss Gillespie was as unmoved by the plore you." insinuations of those around her, as is the calm and The lieutenant then informed her of the condition placid moon by the howlings of a hungry wolf. in which the count was found the next morning, and

As the iwo orphans sat apart, occasionally ex- the general belief of the officers that his villainous changing a few words, and then relapsing into design had been frustrated by Talbot or Gonzalez, silence, the first lieutenant, an old and worthy officer, who must have been concealed in the cabin. They who, from ihe want of family influence, had long conversed for some time, and before leaving her, he been denied promotion, touched by the sadness of the advised her, as the count was nearly well, to keep fair captive, approached and respectfully accosted always near her brother, and to write a note to the them. He first confined himself to inquiries respect- American Consul in Havana, claiming his protection, ing their health and comfort, and made some cheer- promising that if she would send her note to him he ing observations on their prospects of liberation. would forward it at once to its destination. He then, after musing a few moments, left them With diminished fear, and in a comparatively and whispered a few words to the officer of the deck cheerful mood, Miss Gillespie returned to the cabin, The latter nodded intelligence, and immediately gave and repeated 10 her brother such parts of her conan order which required those of the crew hovering versation with the lieutenant as she thought she could about to go forward to aid in its execution. The safely confide to him. lieutenant then returning said, Young lady, may I

About the usual hour the breeze set in, and sailing speak a few words with you ?" and leading her a majestically slow," by the lowering fortress on the few steps from where her brother sat, continued, “I one hand, and the gay and beautiful structures of the have two daughters at home, one of them about your town, with its crowded wharves and numerous shipage, and when I think how I should feel if either of ping on the other, the frigate, early in the afternoon, them were in your almost unprotected situation, I had anchored in the upper barbor of Havana. sympathize deeply with you. Indeed I am not the Frank Gillespie, who was no longer restricted to only one. There is a general feeling among the offi- the cabin, watched his opportunity and slipped into cers to protect you if need be. You may rely upon the old lieutenant's hand the note with which his our disposition to serve you—and now answer me sister had entrusted him. Soon after the ship had frankly-Does your extreme sadness proceed solely cast her anchor, the Captain of the Port came on from your detention here, and the escape and appa- board to pay his official visit. The lieutenant, who rent desertion of your friend ?”

was on intimate terms with him, invited him down “Oh no, sir!” cried she, immeasurably relieved to his state-room, and there giving him the note, with by his words, “whatever may have induced Mr. the assurance that it was of very great importance, Talbot to leave us, I am sure that he has acted for exacted a promise that he would transmit it without the best. You judge rightly,” she added, "in sup- delay to the American Consul. The officer promised posing that I have other cause of anxiety than what to attend punctually to the commission, and the kindproceeds from our detention, which, if we be not hearted lieutenant with great satisfaction saw him, a most unjustly dealt by, must terminate so soon. I short time afterward, take his depariure for the shore. have not dared 10 tell my brother what horrid fears Quite late in the afternoon, when the ship was distract me, for I know he would attempt something moored, the count, unable to go himself, sent the violent, that would most probably separate us, and I first lieutenant to wait upon the admiral and report love my only protector.”

the ship. About dusk, and before he returned, a boat “Our fears then are not unfounded, and the mys- came alongside for Miss Gillespie and her brother. tery of that night is partly solved,” said the lieuten- The person who came in charge stated that the Ameant, in a soliloquizing lone.

rican Consul was absent and would not return for a “What night? Of what mystery do you speak ?” day or two, but that his wife had prepared a room exclaimed the lady.

for, and would gladly welcome them. The message “Of the night you came on board. But is it pos- ended with an entreaty that they would come at sible you are ignorant of what I allude to ?” once. They needed no persuasion, and with alacrity

"I have not the most remote idea; Frank and I making their brief preparation, and without meeting slept soundly the whole night, and did not awake obstructions, which to the last they feared, with in

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describable joy they took their seats in the boat and as well of the waters as the land, was heard the bade adieu to their late floating prison.

whizzing sound of the sinuous and beautiful rocket, Talbot and Gonzalez, representing themselves as which, exploding above and around with an unceasing having escaped from a wreck, were kindly received feu de joie, filled the air with its fiery flakes. The at the little seulement where they landed, but instead sound of music and the shouts of merriment comof accepting the hospitalities which were freely ten- mingled, and wafied by the breeze, fell gratefully dered, they merely asked for a guide to conduct them upon the ear of the boatmen reclining upon their into the interior, so fearful were they of being pur- oars, and the distant sentinels making their solitary sued. With much toil and privation, and at one time rounds on the ramparts of the castle. exposed to imminent peril, they reached the Reglos, As the boat with Frank and his sister pushed off a settlement opposite to the city of Havana, the very from the frigate, another, and much smaller one, that day on which the frigate arrived.

had hovered within the shadow of the ship, noiseAfraid 10 venture out before night-fall, one of them lessly pursued the same direction. The first pulled feigned to be sick, and the other remained as if 10 for some distance up the river, until it had passed keep him company, in the small room or an obscure the city, and then stopped at one of the neal villas fonda, which they occupied. They had remained that lined its banks. The smaller boat, which, as the for a very long time without seeing or bearing any reader must have surmised, contained Talbot and one, when, about an hour after the ship had anchored, Gonzalez, had been obliged to keep close within the they heard footsteps on the creaking staircase, and other shore, to avoid observation. When the larger one called out, “ Is there any one above, Mar- boat was turned toward the shore, the two friends, guerita ?"

unseen themselves, distinctly saw all that passed. “There were two sailor-looking men there this "I do not understand this movement,” said Gonmorning,” replied a female voice, " but they must zalez. " They have stopped at a Posada, to which have gone oui, for I have heard nothing of them since the citizens, in their evening rides, usually resort for dinner.”

refreshment. There must be some change in their “We will see,” said the first voice. But Gon plans since we heard them discuss it.” zalez was loo quick for him. He had started at the In the meantime, the party, (with the exception of first word, and rising from the bed, which was at the one who remained by the boal,) had landed, and side of the room, placed himself by the door, and ascending the bank, opened the little wicker-gale and quietly turning the bolt of the lock, withdrew the proceeded through the garden toward the house. key. He then bent his head and listened attentively, Talbot and Gonzalez were about to pull across, and taking care not to place it in a line with the key-hole. had nearly reached the line of light when the latter

The party, consisting of three, came up in the cried, “ Hush! back, back your oars quickly, they meantime, and two of them proceeded to an adjoin-are returning!" ing room, while one stopped and tried the door. In They again retreated within the sbadows of the a few moments he rejoined his companions, saying, opposite bank. and saw' two men, followed by a Ibird, * All safe, they are out."

hurrying the lady rapidly toward the boat, into which When Gonzalez started up and hurried to the door, they forced her, for it was evident that she was strugTalbot was struck as much by the expression of his gling. The moment she was placed in the boat, they countenance as by the movement itself, and he had again shoved off from the shore. continued to watch him in silent amazeinent. But he “I now understand it all," whispered Gonzalez to was soon convinced that his friend was not insane. his companion. “They have decoyed the brother When the person who tried the door bad retired, into the house, and run ofl' and left him. I am sure, Gonzalez, stepping lightly to the bed, whispered, too, that the lady is gagged, for she does not cry out, “Do n't speak or make the slightest noise, it is the although she yet struggles desperately. Stop, stop! rascally steward, with some of the cut-throals who What are you about ?" he cried, as he saw Talbot resort to this side of the harbor. The count has some begin to ply his oars with all his might. design afoot, and Providence has sent us just in time “Do you ask me, with such a sight before us," to save that unfortunate young lady."

replied the latter, indignantly. Talbot needed no more, and with their faculties on * Nay, lay on your oars, I beg, I entreat you. the full stretch, they listened intently, and gathered Your precipitation will ruin all. They are four, and almost every word of the conversation in the next room. well armed--we are defenceless. They would slay

It was a festival day in Havana. The clang of us before we could cope with them, and then sarethe bells had been incessant since noon, and the air well to all hopes of the lady's rescue.” reverberated with the almost uninterrupted discharge ** What shall we do, then?" said Talbot, as he deof artillery from the forts and men-of-war. There spairingly rested his oar. was no diminution of light with the setting of the “Follow them, as we at first proposed, and consun, for the clouds which slowly floated along the sky, cert our plan alter we have seen the place in which threw back the blaze of the illuminated city, while, they mean to place her.” like an undulating mirror, the harbor reflected the “Gonzalez,” said Talbot, “ you have not so much myriads of lights interspersed among the spurs and at stake as I in this matter, and you are therefore rigging of the men-of-war. Along the shore, in each less agitated and better qualified to adopt the course direction, bonfires were blazing, and from every point we should pursue. I will not be rash if I can help

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