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future-the strong, true, manly soul ed and biassed historians falsely repreof D'Lisle leading the affectionate na- sent), and how great the regard and ad. ture of his sister to higher and holier miration she entertained of her husband, things; and, as he clasped her to his though that husband did not know or breast, and bade God bless her, he felt feel, until years after, how much she that if death should meet him on the loved him. And, (as she tried to still raging waters, or in the battle-field, or the sobs that broke from her overin whatever shape, he could bear it the charged heart, while delivering the letbetter now. All that his brotherly na. ters for the Princess Anne to Oakwood, ture could suggest he said to her in that he felt how great was the struggle parting hour; and, when the grey light through which her soul was passing, of morning entered the room, it found and he admired her the more from them still beside the loved one's bed. thenceforth for the unselfish kindness The doctor had just left them, and in- she had extended, at that time of doubt formed them that no danger need be and danger, to his sister and D'Lisle. apprehended, the dagger had not taken The last embrace was given, the last a vital direction. D'Lisle had recog- farewell uttered, and Henry Oakwood nised Henry, and endeavoured to speak left the Palace in the Wood, saddened to him, but, faint as he was from want in his affectionate heart, yet looking of blood, the emotion was too much for with hope and confidence to the issue of his feeble state, and the physician for- the great expedition in which he now bade the exertion.

engaged, heart and soul, for the delivery “I must leave you now, Lucy,” said of his country from the tyranny of a Henry, sadly; “but I part from you weak and incapable king. Iv that with less regret than I would have hour, as he thought over the words of done yesterday.” At that moment the Sir Arthur Sackville, which had formed Princess entered the chamber : ever the turning point in his career, perready to do good, ever willing to com- chance there caine a memory of the low fort ihe afflicted, in this case she sought voice of Florence to cheer him on his to do more; for, loving Lucy Oakwood way. sincerely, and admiring Hugo D'Lisle's Under his command were about three character much, she had long guessed hundred men—some fifty of his own how near had their two hearts been to faithful retainers, who had followed him each other, and, as she kissed her fa. to the Hague, about one hundred Gervourite on the cheek, and extended her mans, and the remainder mercenary hand to Henry, she smiled in her own troops from every nation. His plato kind and heartfelt way on D'Lisle, and and valuables he had converted into inquired considerately after him, “ May money for the use of the army, and he I speak to you alone, Mr. Oakwood ?. had thus very materially assisted the said Mary, leading the way to the win- projects of the Prince of Orange. As dow. “I have somewhat to ask you;' he was now overseeing the embarkation and then she explained that, in the event of these on board the large vessels Benof the Prince's departure immediately, tinck had engaged, he could not help she intended to remain in the utmost observing how varied the countenances privacy in the palace, and assured him of his little band were, and how many that she would take especial charge of dissimilar religions he had in his troop. D'Lisle and Lucy. “ What I want you Standing on the quay, and overseeing to do,” she continued, “is to deliver this the boats as they went to and from the packet to my sister Anne as soon as vessels, his attention was attracted by possible after your arrival, and see her. a conversation on the other side of the And, my dear Mr. Oakwood, if my fa- stone wall which divided the pier, and, ther falls into the hands of my husband, a word catching his ear, he stopped to use your influence to let him escape, listen. Would to God,” said Mary, “that I “How can you go on this expedition could be spared this trial !"

against your religion?” were the words; Henry Oakwood felt how poignant was and there was a sweetness in the tone her distress about the probable result of and accent which arrested him. the expedition, and knew how strong was The reply was from a trooper, laconic her affection for her father (for truly she and gruffloved him throughout, whatcvor intorest- "I am paid."

“Paid! but we pay better."

"No! I know not," was the answer. “ First come, first served.”

“ But, have you seen my sister or ?" “ But your religion?” pursued the in- the voice again was lowered, and, torrogator,

though Oakwood paused to listen, he “ My soul belongs to God, but my could hear no more. He looked through sword to the Prince of Orange !” said a chink in the shutter of the house from the trooper, using the same words that which the sounds proceeded, and saw, afterwards met James himself when he seated at a table, the speakers in the asked a similar question ; but Henry half-heard conversation. had heard enough some agent of The room contained but two, but James was manifestly tampering with those two fully armed and equipped ; his soldiers-the evil was apparent, the however, he hesitated not, but, cautempter must be taken. He leaped the tiously undoing the fastening of the wall, and stood beside the speakers. shutter, which bolted outside, he at· The trooper he recognised as a Fle- iemrted quietly to open the window. mish Roman Catholic mercenary, the “Hark! did you not hear someother he knew not. Muffled in a horse- thing?" said the younger of the two to man's cloak, and dressed in the usual his companion. « The wind,” said the fashion of the day, his head was averted. cther ; “ faith, if this lasts, England Oakwood touched him on the shoulder, need not fear.” "I arrest you !" said he. The stranger The fastening was undone, the bolt started at the words, and, casting one had fallen, Henry Oakwood looked cauglauce on Henry, bounded from the tiously in. The inmates of the apartquay into a boat which lay there, and, ment still seemed unaware of his vicibefore another could be loosed from its nity. At the same moment, two or moorings, he was beyond pursuit, lost three gentlemen passed up the street. in the number of boats which were per- “Ha! is it you, Russell ?” said Oakpetually crossing and recrossing the wood, in a whisper, “ You can aid me.” river. Henry Oakwood was annoyed A conversation in an undertone sucat the escape: though, in the moment ceeded, in which Oakwood informed of the arrest, he had grasped the cloak, young Russell of the importance of and it remained in his hands, it af- seizing the two strangers, and then reforded no clue as to who the stranger connoitred them through the window was, and the trooper could not give any again. They were on their feet, listeninformation ; he had met the stranger ing, as if attracted by the sound of only that moment.

voices and the movement of the shutter, Oakwood, afraid that others might and now, with hands grasping their not show the same fidelity as the sturdy pistols, they were bent toward the winFleming, hastened the embarkation of dow in an attitude of attention. “ Now his detachment, and, ere the night or never !" said Oakwood; and, flinging closed, all were safely on board. He back the shutter, he threw up the winhad returned to the Hague to give dow and jumped into the chamber, folsome last directions to his merchant lowed by Russell. The window dropped, banker, when, walking through one of and, at the same instant, two pistols the narrow streets of the quaint city, were discharged. “ Yield ! yield !" he heard the same voice which had at- cried Henry Oakwood, grasping one of tracted him before. The words came the strangers by the neck, while Rusfrom a room on the ground floor of one sell was engaged in struggling with the of the long, gaunt houses he was passing. other. Oakwood and his antagonist

“ We must sail to-night, ere they get had twice rolled upon the floor before under weigh. The intelligence must Russell's attendants had succeeded in be given, and this is dangerous. To-day breaking open the window, which had I was nearly taken, but fortunately es. fastened with a spring, and which, for caped. I saw it was one of William's five minutes or so, had resisted all their chief officers.”

efforts. Russell and his foe had fought " Who was it ?” was the reply of a their way out of the room, swords in second voice, in French ; “Dentinck, hand, to the passage ; and, when the Russell, or ---?" Here the speaker's two servants leaped in at the window, voice sunk, and Oakwood could not the Frenchman, with whom Henry Oakhear further.

wood was in close contest, had just contrived to extricate a dagger froin the gained the roofs of the adjoining houses, folds of his dress, and was about to and was beyond their reach. plunge it into Henry's side ; but the Returning to the scene of the condanger was but for a moment, for, plac- flict, they found the Frenchman quite ing a pistol to his ear, one of the ser- dead; and having searched his body, vants shot him dead. The arms re- on which they found a few papers of laxed their hold, the dagger dropped little consequence, and a commission from his nerveless grasp, and the spy from James the Second, they were fell heavily on the floor.

preparing to leave the house, when As if aware of the fate of his com- Henry's eye saw, glancing on the floor; panion, the other, who had successfully a small ring. escaped the thrusts of Russell-an He lifted it to the light, and what admirable swordsman-yet who had memories thronged through his heart, been slightly wounded, rushed upon him as he looked on it! Years ago had he with all his force, and drove him back placed that gem on Lady Sackville's into the room, then taking advantage hand, often and often had he seen it on of a turn in the hall, and the darkness the taper finger of Florence, and now of the spot, escaped up stairs.

he found it in that scene of blood and Russell and Oakwood pursued him, horror in that old house in the Hague. but found their way stopped by a double Yes! clear, and bold, and distinctly door on the staircase ; and before they traced, he read the word engraven on were able to break it open, he had its golden circlet-"FIDELITY.” (To be continued. )

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HERE AND HEREAFTER, "For now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face.”—1 Cor. xiii. 12.

A BLIND man, groping o'er a fair child's face,

Feels all the features, smooths the curling hair,
But lost to him is every changing grace,

Upon a sunlit lake, like waves of air.

So, over Inspiration's truths, our touch

Seeks to reveal their godlike shapes of thought,
Fondly believing—when we've wondered much-

That all their glories to our mind are brought :

When what we grasp is but the outlined form,

Hid from our sight, Expression's varied play,
By time's thick mists, our own heart's darkening storm,

Clouds, which the whirlwind Death will sweep away ;

Then, in the agonies of joy's new birth,

When mighty thoughts are swelling in the brain,
All will be clear which once was dim on earth,

Ages of pleasure for a moment's pain.

Creation's mysteries, by Love revealed,

Will then delight the free, unfettered mind ;
Which, with rapt gazo, when opening the long-scaled,

Will in “I sec,” forget it once was blind!

FELIX RL

A PEDESTRIAN TOUR IN THE HIMALAYAS. (From the unpublished Journal of an Oficer in the 26th Regt., Bengal Native Infantry.) PART I. THE START-RAIN-OUR FIRST ENCAMPMENT-FAG00-PARILLA-OUR

SUITE - KOTE-KHYE-HILL-SIDE ROYALTY — SCENERY — THE TORRENT-THE BROKEN BRIDGE—THE DANGERS OF THE ROAD-CONDUCT OF THE NATIVES THE CATARACTS.

Having obtained a general six mouths' drink, when, to our delight, a coolie arleave, I found myself, about the middle rived, bearing on his shoulder

S n 's of April 1846, at Simla, enjoying the canteen, containing coffee, tea, sugar, glorious scenery of its mountainous brandy, cups and saucers, &c.; and perneighbourhood, so delightful after a haps we did not look a happy couple, as long and monotonous residence in the we sat over a thundering big fire, rolled detestable plains. Three months passed up in blankets, and with a bowl of reek, by rapidly in the pleasant and gay so- ing hot coffee before each of us! Our ciety of this charming spot, and it was original appearance afforded us ample not until the month of August that I topic for conversation and amusement. resolved to penetrate into the mountains The scene outside was very differentof the Himalayan range.

the night dark as pitob, the rain falling Saturday, 8th Aug. 1846.-Having as if from buckets, lightning and thunmade arrangements with

S D , of the der, and the verandah of the bungalow 3rd Dragoons, for making an excursion crowded with natives endeavouring to into the interior of the Himalayas, we escape the horrors of such a night; but, this day left Simla, at twelve o'clock, poor wretches ! it gave them little or on pony-back, the rain falling in tor- no shelter, for, the wind being high, the rents, but our departure had been de- rain was driven into every corner. We layed so long, waiting for favourable sate up drying our clothes for the inornweather, that we determined at length ing, until a rather late hour, and then, on getting under weigh, and running all spreading our blankets as close to the risks. We had not proceeded many fire as possible, lay down, and went to miles when we found ourselves tho sleep, roughly soaked, and, to keep up the cir Sunday, 9th.--The rain continued culation, we dismounted and walked. to fall without intermission during the Late in the evening, we arrived at the whole of the night, nor did it cease till first stage of our route, in a most iniser: about four o'clock this evening. Our able condition. All our baggage and servants all came up to-day, like so provisions in the rear, and no chance of many drowned rats, and our traps also their reaching us till morning. Events, in a horrid mess. S--n being rather however, are never so bad but they an adept in the art of cookery, the mamight be worse. Fortunately, all my nagement of the table is left altogether bedding and a carpet-bag had been de- to him ; and never will I forget the spatched some days before, and, by co- splendid basin of soup he made, almost vering ourselves up in the blankets, &c., from nothing, for our dinner to-day. we were enabled to cast off our wet My office is that of paymaster and writerclothes. The name of this place is general for the expedition, as S un, Fagoo, and the Government has been being crippled by a severe sword-cut in liberal enough to build a bungalow his right hand, from Moodkie, can do for the accommodation of travellers, for nothing in the way of writing. We the use of which, for every day, or part passed the day drying our clothes, of the twenty-four hours, the charge is Fagoo is situated on a ridge higher than one rupee. We bought a lot of wood, that of Simla, and distant about fourand, lighting a blazing fire, made our teen miles from the latter place. In selves as comfortable as it was possible consequence of the very unfavourable under the circumstances. Our situation, day, I can give no description of the though not the most enviable, had its appearance of the country between Simla pleasures. We had given up all hopes and Tagoo, for throughout the march, of getting anything either to eat or heavy clouds rolled up the valleys, and

hung over the mountajp sides, making gage, &c., is conveyed. The provisions it impossible to see more than about a are packed into long shaped baskets, hundred yards before one. About half called kiltas, wide at the mouth, and taway, we passed through a dense forest pering towards the bottom. These are of pine trees, and there is a bungalow slung on the back, with ropes passing belonging to Colonel Chadwick built on under the arms and over the shoulders, the crest of the hill above the forest. and, by this means, the carrier has the

Monday, 10th.-At an early hour free use of his hands to assist him in we left Fagoo for a place called Parilla, climbing up the rocks. Our clothes, about pine miles distant, and situated again, are carried in the same manner, a little above the Girree river. We but packed in small square boxes, about were obliged to send our ponies back to two feet by two, commonly made of Simla to-day, as we were not able to wood, covered with leather, but someget them across one of the torrents ; times of tin. These are called pitarahs, this puts an end to our riding, and now and are very convenient articles for carwe must trip it along on foot. When rying things on both hills and plains. within about two miles of Parilla, we Our bedding, consisting of a number of passed a spot on the road called Synge, blankets and soft rugs, is rolled up in a where one of the hill Ranas has his re- bundle, with an oil-cloth covering, and sidence, a miserable-looking building, conveyed from place to place in like of stone and wood, and close to the manner. We have one small tent bewater's edge. The road branches off at tween us, and this is carried by two Sypge into two or three directions, one coolies. We are obliged to provide of which is to a hill seen from Simla, three men, also, for the servants; and, and called the Chorree-Dhai; from altogether, we employ from eighteen to thence it leads across the mountains to twenty men daily-viz., three to carry Mussvorie. I observed many beautiful the servants' luggage, six for carrying flowers growing on the hill-sides in to- the cooking-vessels, dishes, and stores, day's march, and also a peculiar kind two or three for the tent, two for the of long, coarse grass, which emits a bedding, three for three pitarabs, one most agreeable perfume. The moun- to carry the canteen (a small square tains between Fagoo and Parilla are box), and two extra men for the guns. rather destitute of wood, and covered We have, also, the following servants : with long, rapk grass, but the valley is two table attendants, two valets, well cultivated, more especially round two washermen, one tent-pitcher, and about the villages. The road commences one sweeper. In all, our staff is about with a very steep descent, which conti- thirty. The coolies are changed at nues for about two miles, then crosses a every station, or day's journey; and rapid torrent by a rotten bridge, and each man receives the sum of four an. then an ascent. Again descending for nas for the day, with which they seem some time, we were brought up by ano. very well satisfied ; but the hill counther torrent, and here it was that our try, in general, is so thinly populated, ponies could not manage to climb the that we find much difficulty in procuriug opposite bank, but had to be sent back. fresh hands ; the old ones never like to The road after this is pretty level until go beyond the one day's trip. Therit reaches Parilla. We put up in a sort mometer in the house, 73o. of square building at this place, intended Tuesday, 11th.-Before sunrise, we for the accommodation of travellers; marched from Parilla for Kote-Khye, but, as few Europeans ever visit this a journey of about thirteen miles. part of the country, the room had been This day's march was an ascent the converted into a house for cows, sheep, whole way, and we found it very fa&c., and, although we had it well swept tiguing About a couple of miles out, it was far from clean, and, before beyond Parilla, we crossed the Girree by we could provide against it, we found a wooden bridge, which had been renourselves swarming with abominable dered rather dangerous by late rains. ipsects, which covered in thousands the The river here was a good width, and walls, doors, and rafters. Ere I proceed the bridge much sunk in the centre. further, I may as well give you some Above the bridge a short distance, the idea of the manner in which our bag. two torrents forming the Girree meet,

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