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windows, fell upon her brow and head, wreathing them | what had happened. So sudden was. the ejectment, like a halo, rendering the resemblance to the picture of that the whole congregation were taken by surprise. the virgin more than usually striking.
Sir Cuthbert was amongst the foremost to rush to the The congregation were soon all assembled. The bell rescue of the preacher, and was in the act of drawing ceased its knolling. The worship began, soon however, his sword on the Parliamentary officer, Lieutenant to be interrupted by one of those stern disturbances, so Whaley, when Bertha placed her hand gently, but common to the period.
firmly, on his arm, as she exclaimed, “Father! dear The choir had just finished singing the beautiful old father! for my sake, speak to the man fairly. What psalm of
can you do against so many ?” With a curse on the “ When Israel, by the Almighty led,"
crop-eared scoundrel, the old royalist let his sword drop
back into the scabbard, and then began to hold angry when loud, long, clear and deep, came the blast of a parley with the Parliamentary officer. Whaley replied bugle, which filled the vaulted aisle with a confusion of that the orders were to take possession of Clipstone deafening echoes, and the breast of every worshipper Hall, Church and Chase, and hold them until he receivwith terror—for the pastoral valleys of England were ed further commands from Cromwell, since he, Sir dented then by the hoofs of war-horses—the clash of Cuthbert Clipstone, had a fortnight ago given quarter sabres, and the roar of muskets awoke the echoes of to Colonel Cleveland and a party of Cavaliers, and by many a still green wood, which had never been broken so doing, proved himself an enemy to the authority of before, but by the bugle-horn of the belted hunter, or Parliament, and a partisan of Charles Stuart, known as the axe of the peaceful woodman. War was on every King Charles; and further, that he, Sir Cuthbert Clipside, and every man felt that the morrow might bring stone, was a prisoner; that the Hall was already in it to his own door, that an hour might show the flame possession of the Parliamenary soldiers, but that they consuming his homestead, and his heart's blood redden- had no wish to place him under any restraint, or in any ing his fields.
way molest him, so long as the soldiers were allowed to Presently the tramp of horses was heard outside the retain possession peacefully. While the lieutenant, churcli—then a deep voice, as if issuing some stern with his sword point on the ground, and hand on the command, which was followed by the march of heavy hilt, gravely stated these orders, and how far they were footsteps, and the clanking of armed heels, and jingling hitherto executed, Bertha glanced around the churchof martial accoutrements, which first filled the porch, yard, and saw that beside several mounted troopers, then, after the rude slamming of the door, came echo- whose hands rested on the pistols in their saddle holing upon the chancel pavement, while one of the troop- sters, there were soldiers on foot by the porch and ers, who seemed to be spokesman, halted before the churchyard gates, who had left their war-horses grazpulpit, and in that long nasal tone which the Puritan ing among the peaceful graves, or thrown the bridleleaders affected, exclaimed, "Misguided and benighted reins carelessly over the old grey monuments — that brother, my commands enforce me to compel thee to indeed they were surrounded on all sides, and that subcome down from the fold, where thou hast too long mission was simply a matter of necessity, until they played the false shepherd, and led astray the foolish could obtain aid from their friends, or it pleased the flock, which, to wit, are here assembled. Thou art not Parliamentary officers to withdraw their presence from permitted to make any reply, but to quit this place at the hamlet and the Hall. These impressions Bertha once, peacefully an thou willest it, but quit it thou hurriedly whispered to her choleric father, who was must, and that instantly. Barnabas, Matthew, and still raving impotently at the troop, and swearing by Barachiah, advance quick, and drag down the false every oath he could think, that summary vengeance prophet." The last sentences were uttered in fiery should befall the whole presumptuous, canting, treasonhaste, compared to the slow puritanic whine with able tribe. which the trooper commenced speaking.
A collision between a part of the Parliamentary sooner was the command given, than three of the troop- troops and the villagers, in the inn-yard of the village, ers he had named, approached the pulpit, and were in cut short the parley, and drew off Whaley, furiously, the act of ascending, when a rush from some of the vowing destruction and ruin to the whole hamlet if & congregation caused the pastor to wave his hand and hair of one of his men were injured. exclaim as he descended, “Not here—not in the house Sir Cuthbert and his daughter, therefore-followed at of prayer—not in the temple dedicated to Almighty a respectful distance by the troopers—returned to the God, must his children strive together.” And while so Hall. speaking, he waved back the angry peasants and sturdy As they approached the park-entrance, they saw that farmers as he descended. But no sooner had the foot the Hall had been taken possession of only by a strugof the preacher touched the pavement, than the two gle between the troopers and the retainers of the knight tall Babes of Grace, Matthew and Barnabas, seized him —and that the faithful followers had defended their by the surplice, while Barachiah with the butt-end of charge with all the strength, courage, and resolution his short musket, thrust behind, and with a run which they could bring to bear. The iron gates of the there was no resisting, the worthy pastor found him- entrance had been burst open by a petard. A faithful forself outside the porch, and standing panting in the rural ester, in his green livery, was stretched out lifeless beside churchyard, almost before he knew where he was, or the avenue of tall elm trees which went winding up
to the IIall, his head severed by a sabre cut. As they | than four and twenty summers. His corselet was richly drew nearer the Hall, every step revealed fresh signs of inlaid, and such portions of his dress as were displayed, the struggle, in the trampled grass, broken branches, seemed more befitting a Cavalier, than a leader of the and traces of blood.
Roundheads. At every ontlet of the ancient building armed senti- “I thank you for your attention, sir,” said Sir Cuthnels were stationed, while voices came from the open bert,“ but you are one of the last I ever looked for in casements proclaiming the riot that was held within the ranks of the rebels." With pallid lip and faltering step the old knight pursued "I am in the performance of my duty,” replied the his way, leaning heavier on the beautiful Bertha than he young man calmly. was aware of, while his eyes were dimmed with tears, “Duty !” The color rushed into the old knight's which he had not the power to check, as he thought face. "Well, sir," resumed he, “we understand these how many of his faithful retainers had fallen, whose things differently. I thank you for your aid. My lives might have been spared had he remained behind. daughter is recovering from her fright, you perceive."
Quite prepared as he was, through the scenes he had The young man bowed, turned upon his heel, and already witnessed, to see the change wrought in the walked towards one of the windows. home of his fathers; yet, when he entered, the reality Bertha's tiring-maid, after some moments, was discofar exceeded all he had imagined. Rioting and drink- vered, hid away in a closet half dead with fear, and ing he expected to meet, for the troop who had taken with her aid the young maiden was led from the room possession of the Hall professed as little godliness as into her own chamber. any that served under the Parliamentary generals. But a far different scene met his view to what his fancy had pictured; there was neither brawl nor riotous
II. excess in the large wainscoted hall which he and his daughter entered; those scenes were confined to another By a ruined chapel that stood at the end of a long wing of the spacious mansion; here, the new occupiers avenue of trees, Reginald Thurlby and Bertha Clipstone seemed so intent upon examining his own private docu- paced to and fro, now in moonlight, now in shade. ments, that he entered without being perceived. Nearly “ This is kindly done,” said Reginald to his compaevery secret recess had been ransacked-old carved nion, "and I care not if the whole world pronounce me oaken bureaus broken open, hidden drawers emptied a renegade, so long as my name stands unsullied in the of documents, charters, and deeds, which with their estimation of Bertha.” ancient seals and ribbons affixed, lay piled on the dark “It does, it is," replied she, her tears falling as she massy table, or scattered on the polished oaken floor, spoke; “ but oh, Reginald, the shock was so sudden to amid silver ilagons, huge black-letter volumes, and tind you arrayed on the side of our enemies, that it other relics. Sir Cuthbert seeing from the intentness overcame me. But I now know how ill it would have with which these documents were perused, that his proved with us this day but for your presence. My being present was not perceived, motioned Bertha father still refuses to listen to me, Reginald. His anger to keep stationary within the shadow of the doorway, is great. He says that it would have been better for while they stood unobserved, and heard the following the home of our ancestors to have been levelled to the remarks:
dust, rather than that one to whom his daughter's troth Certes, these account for the place holding out so is plighted-should-should have" long-and so, under what we conceived to be only It is enough that he is your father," answered he, rural produce, and allowed to pass the gates, were his cheek reddening as his mind shaped Bertha's unfinitem, five barrels of gunpowder—item, one hundred ished sentence; “ many will think as he does. So be weight of shot—twenty-four slaughtered beeves for it. Yet, Bertha, I feel that I have not done wrong. Is the garrison, one hundred muttons, to be left behind he not unworthy of the name of king who falsifies his the rick-yard; three hundred Jacobuses in gold. word ? Tell me, Bertha, am I bound to one who plays Marry, but the old knight spared neither pouch nor fast and loose with me? You know how well I served powder, cattle nor cunning, to maintain, what he and him-how I gave up all for him. He pledged his royal his call the good old cause. Our informant was right, word that Cleveland's forces should not be withdrawn though he is not a jot the less a knave to betray an old from your protection—but he broke that royal word. I neighbor-right so far, in all he has communicated. He tell you, Bertha,” continued he, pacing up and down in must not be spared, Thurlby.”
great excitement, “I tell you, that while we have been As the name of Thurlby was spoken, Bertha uttered shedding our blood, and exhausting our patrimony, he, a sudden cry, and, as pale as death, staggered forward, this king, whom we believed to be the soul of honor, and would have fallen had not Sir Cuthbert caught her has been tampering with the Parliamentary forcesin his arms.
making offers to Fairfax, Cromwell, Ireton, and others, Bertha's sudden cry brought the other occupants to and deceiving us, who have ruined ourselves in his sertheir feet. The young officer addressed by the speaker vice. I threw my commission at his feet—told him to as Thurlby, sprang forward to assist the old knight to his face that he had broken faith with me--and rushing place the now pale and senseless Bertha upon a couch from his presence, hurried as fast as horse could speed, at hand. He was a tall, stalwart youth, of not more to fall single-handed in your protection; to block up
with my own body, should there be no other defender, despoil the fatherless and the widow to support their that threshold, over which King Charles had pledged cursed cause.” his royal honor that no Roundhead should pass--but I So loud were the tones in which the young Cavalier came too late."
spoke, and such a jingling did his weapons and armor “ No, not too late," replied Bertha; " but for your make, as in his excitement he paced to and fro, that he presence, much blood would have been shed, and it heard not the sound of approaching footsteps behind gives my heart ease to know that you have not taken the trees; nor was he aware that he had any other up arms in behalf of the rebels ; for, believe me, Regin- listener but Bertha, until the tall grave Roundhead, ald, though the King falsified his word and his oath ten Colonel Thrapstone, stepped forward and exclaimed, " ] thousand times, it behoves not the honorable soldier knew, young man, that the leopard could as to forsake the standard under which he has once en change its spots, and the lion browse beside the beeves, listed."
as thou and thine ever mingle peaceably with our peo“ Thou hast but spoken sooth, my beloved Bertha,” ple. I am not deceived. Many and great are the answered the lover; “my first thought when I came up allowances I could make for the influence of this fair was to drive a bullet through the brain of the captain and comely damsel, knowing thy yearning towards her; of these troopers, but some shot from one or another of and some little hope had I that, having found out the his followers would have sent me to my long night's falsehood of the man, Charles Stuart, who is but an sleep, without having rendered thee that aid which I unsound vessel, a cracked cymbal, that thou wouldst at came to offer. Beside, he but obeyed his general— | least have dealt fairly and openly in our cause, and devillain and hypocrite though this colonel is—as we did clared thyself either for or against us. When I met the commands of the king. The hall must be cleared thee by the waters this morning, I asked thee not of these Roundheads, at any cost: the resigning of my whether thou wert an Ephraimite. I said not unto thee commission is already known to the Parliamentary say Shibboleth, for knowing how this man, whom all generals, and may stand us in good stead. Some bowed to a little while ago as king, when it is written, method must be devised to save your father's property that thou shalt not bow down to anything on earth from confiscation, and that too, speedily. The Round beneath-knowing he bad spurned thee with his footheads are but obtaining by power what the king has I did think that thou wouldst have dealt fairly with me, hitherto got by policy. The one seizes upon the estates and ot have entered the fold in sheep's clothing. But of the Cavalier, and appropriates them to their own lo! thou standest a wolf confessed: out of thine own use, the other obtains them by persuasive appeals, so
mouth do I condemn thee. Thou hast come as a spy, that we are stripped by both friend and foe, and left and thy punishment will be death.” He raised his arm only with our naked swords, bare estates, and empty in the moonlight as he ceased speaking, and six trooppouches.”
ers, led by Lieutenant Whaley, stepped up. The young “But, surely, his majesty will at last make the con- officer knew too well the nature of the men into whose cessions which the Parliamentary forces are so clamor- power he had fallen, to throw away his life wantonly ous for,” said Bertha; “then the land will again sleep against such odds, and mentally quoting, "There is no in peace.”
armor against fate," was in the act of marching off a " It is too late,” replied the soldier ; “the king has prisoner, guarded by the troopers, when Thrapstone broken his solemn promises too many times ever to be said, “ Thou hast had thy wish; thou hast met me in trusted again. Those who humbly entreated, with the Chase, and I hope hast found the greensward all bowed heads, now draw themselves np haughtily and that thou wishest." despise him. Dishonorably though the king has acted, “ Coward !” exclaimed Reginald, furiously, darting in breaking his pledge, to me, yet I hate these canting upon him so suddenly, that the soldiers were unprepsalm-singing, crop-haired hypocrites ! The greater pared for the movement, and felling the tall colonel bulk are made up of such knaves as Thrapstone, who | with his clenched fist, " I would give the whole of this has now the command of the troops at the Hall. I round island, an it were mine, an I had my wish. But would give a few of the best of my remaining acres, thou never yet hadst the courage to meet a fair foe an he and I were alone in the Chase, with a few feet single-handed; thou hast always had cunning enough of clear greensward for a stage, and only his drawn to creep into the council, and caution enough to keep sword between us. It was well for him that he had out of the battle-field. I know, and I despise thee.” half-a-dozen stout troopers at his elbow, when he com- But the words were lost to the ear of the prostrate menced ransacking your father's drawers and cupboards colonel. The blow had left him senseless, and a grim this morning ; even after I interceded, and he pro- smile passed over the lieutenant's countenance, who mised that the documents should only be examined as was a brave soldier, as he looked on the fallen boaster a mere form, the smooth-tongued sniveller commenced towards whom he bore no love. taking notes of every paper that passed through his The lieutenant left two of his men to attend to the hands; and, worse than all, every now and then appris- colonel, then led the way to the hall, with Thurlby a ed me of their contents, as if in confidence—as if prisoner, yet allowing him to walk with Bertha, adding, because I had chosen to resent the king's breach of with a gruff courtesy, “Neither I nor my men have faith, I had become one of the groaning, praying, cut- any wish to overhear your conversation, captain, with throat house-robbers, who, while they hum a psalm, I the fair lady; but if you attempt to escape, I have
given orders to shoot you dead:” saying which, he fell “Die !” exclaimed Whaley, overturning the goblet back several paces, and commanded those who marched by the sudden jerk of his hand, as he started back in in advance to just keep within range of their fire-arms, his seat. “Die! He has surely done nothing deservand so left the lovers at liberty to converse without fear ing of death ? Had you or I, colonel, plighted our of being overheard. Thurlby thanked him for this at- troth to such a fair maiden as Mistress Bertha, and tention.
known that she and her father were in such straits as
they now are, we should never have drawn bit or slackIII.
ened bridle-rein until we had arrived at the rescue.
for the blow he struck, forget that. He shall crave parAr the period of our story, almost every castle and don for it on the morrow.” manor-house had its guard-house or prison. Into the “It is not for myself that I adjudge him to die. It is strong-room which served this purpose in Clipstone my duty to the cause, the Parliament, and the army Hall, Thurlby was thrust with little ceremony, and a that moveth me. Knowest thou not that were he not double guard stationed at the door.
this night our prisoner, he would likely enough have When Sir Cuthbert heard of Reginald's imprison- been on his way, as fast as horse could speed, to the ment, he felt how grievously he had wronged the young stronghold of Greythorpe, and have brought back with Cavalier in suspecting his loyalty, or in doubting for a him by to-morrow's noon, Cleveland's whole garrison ?" moment that he had any other motive beyond that of Whaley could not reply to this. It was, indeed, the serving himself and his daughter, while appearing to be darkest feature of Thurlby's case, that he had endeavored on friendly terms with the puritanical colonel. Sir secretly to communicate with a detachment of Royalist Cuthbert endeavored in vain to gain admission to the troops, some few miles distant. But, Thurlby's messenprison, and apologize for the words he had uttered and ger had been apprehended, and was a prisoner. The the coldness of his manners; but the stern Roundhead, orders he received from Reginald had been overheard who stood guard, refused to open the door without an by a Roundhead spy sent out upon the path of the young order from Colonel Thrapstone or Lieutenant Whaley; Cavalier. and he well knew that he was not likely to obtain it Whaley, after some further conversation, withdrew. froin the former, smarting as he was under the blow he Left to himself, Colonel Thrapstone rose and began to had received from the prisoner. Thrapstone had pace the apartment-slowly at first, and then with resolved, as he walked from the ruined chapel, that rapid strides as he was carried away by his increasing Thurlby should be tried on the morrow as a spy before passion. Revenge consumed him. He burned to wipe the military tribunal which he had the power to sum out the stigma of the blow inflicted upon him by the mon, and at which he himself would sit as judge; and Cavalier. Cowardly, subtle, full of bitterness and fiendthat he would then sentence him to be shot, irregular ish hate, he panted to crush the youth beneath his heel though the trial might be. He thought his limited gar- 1-thirsted with insane intensity for his blood, but rison, situation, and the fact of the prisoner having really dared not seek his revenge openly and boldly. He come to the rescue of Sir Cuthbert, would satisfy any aimed to glide, snake-like, up to a defenceless foe, and qualms that Cromwell, or any other general, might have strike his fangs into his heart unseen and undiscovered. about the matter; and if not, he should anyhow have For hours he walked the floor, clutching with his fingratified his revenge.
gers, beating his brow, and pausing sometimes to grind When Whaley came in to receive final orders for the his heel into the floor with uncontrollable fury, as if he night, he found the colonel with a flask of wine before fancied he held the prostrate form of Reginald beneath him on the table. The hypocrite apologized for having his foot. At last lie flung himself upon a couch, and the flask before him, on account of the faintness from mused over the forthcoming events of the morrow, loss of blood by the blow struck by the “ cowardly until sleep sealed his eyes. Cavalier."
Early on the morrow, he summoned Whaley before “He is no coward,” replied the blunt lieutenant, fill- him. “Bring forth the prisoner,” said he; “ we will ing a goblet of wine and tossing it off; “if the Royalists proceed to business at once.” had had a few more such swords at Marston Moor, “You are in a hurry with this bloody business,” a different tale might have been told.”
replied Whaley bluntly, and knitting his bushy brows as “Not while we had the Lord of Hosts on our side,” he added : “You were not always so eager to be at the whined the puritanical leader in reply. “Were it His work of death. I would rather lend a hand at helping will, and we had only a nail of the tent and a hammer, a dozen out of the world in a fair field, where all we should smite low our enemies, as did the wife of the are warm at the work, than sit here and see one brave Kenite when she slew Sisera as he fled from the borders fellow sentenced to death in cold blood. This mornof Kishon-hum, hum, hum!" and he purred like a cat ing's work will spoil my breakfast, while an hour dandling with its prey, and which it no more loses sight or two of sharp fighting, hand to hand, has often given of than he lost the tenor of thought uppermost at the me a good appetite for my morning meal. Is he to moment as he added, “Pity but what he had fallen have no quarter, colonel ?” amongst the brave to which he then belonged, before he “He shall have a fair trial," answered Thrapstone. came up to us to-day, a spy upon the land, and for biting his lip, and internally writhing under Whaley's which to-morrow he shall surely die."
remarks ; for he keenly felt the allusion to his own cowardice. “ Thou knowest that I am no lover of for the colonel seemed at a loss what to say, and before bloodshed,” he added, with a peculiar glance at the he had well finished his preliminary humming and lieutenant, while the latter passed his hand over his hawing, Lieutenant Whaley said to the prisoner, “I grizzly beard, and nodded in reply, “I have summoned opine this is the fortune of war, captain; you tried to the worthy knight to attend the trial; he is an old sol- serve your friends, and have been out-generalled, and dier, and, I donbt not, would have acted as I shall now there is no more to be said. Is it true ?" act, had one of the Parliamentary soldiers, fallen into “It is true," answered Thurlby, and there was anothe hands of the Royalists, been proved to be a spy, ther painful pause. and taken red-handed in the act of communication The colonel was beginning with something about the with the enemy."
spies that went up into the Promised Land, when Whaley was silent, for he well knew if the latter part Whaley rose suddenly and impatiently from his seat, of the charge could be proved against the prisoner, and again said, “I suppose the sentence is, that he must Cromwell himself would be one of the first to sign his be removed back to prison, until we receive further death-warrant. Scarcely had the colonel done speak- orders from General Cromwell ?" ing, before Thurlby entered the apartment, his hands “I believe that I am commander here, sir," said the fettered, while he was strongly guarded by the soldiers colonel, “ for the present? and if so, and as the prisoner who drew up in a line on each side of the ball, leaving has admitted his guilt, I see no necessity for either comthe prisoner standing at one end of the massy oaken municating with General Cromwell, or any other cointable. Sir Cuthbert Clipstone, accompanied by Bertha, mander of the Parliamentary forces : and I hereby, as also entered the apartment for the latter, much against his own mouth hath testified against him, sentence liim the old knight's wishes, resolved to accompany him. to be shot to death on the lawn before the Hall, at the Two or three soldiers, who held such commissions noonday hour of twelve." Then turning to the secrein the troop as were common at the period, sat at the tary, he added, “Let the sentence be recorded, and table, at the head of which the colonel and lieutenant you, Lieutenant Whaley, will see it carried into execuwere placed, and one of the former officiated as secre- tion.” He looked at Bertha, as he pronounced the tary. There was something martial in the way the doom of her lover, which the soldier was recording on whole group was arranged ; for several of the armed the paper before him, while only the scratching of his troopers that stood guard over the prisoner had been pen broke the silence that reigned in the apartment, tried in many a hard-fought field. Bertha took her and was about to affix his own signature to the docustation beside her lover, who greeted her appearance ment, when Bertha, with clasped lands, rushed forwith a melancholy smile; he knew that his hour was wards, and exclaimed, “In mercy spare him! in pity to come, and he was prepared to die. He looked for no my father's grey hairs, save his live! Do plead in his mercy-he expected none. Sir Cuthbert gazed on the behalf, good lientenant,” she added, placing her hand scene in sorrowful silence, and endeavored in vain to on Whaley's shoulder, "you are known, as he is, far stifle the sighs which from time to time escaped from and wide as a brave soldier, oh! plead for him !" his sad heart.
“I have, I have, fair maiden," answered Whaley, his The trial opened by the soldier who acted as secre- voice faltering as he spoke, “but it is useless ;" then tary reading the charge against the prisoner, which was, turning round, he added, " Colonel Thrapstone, I refuse that he instructed one William Wilmot to take a horse to execute the sentence. His blood be upon your own from the stables of the Old Chase Inn, ride for life to bead;" and with a threatening frown he quitted the the fortress of Greythorpe, and bid Colonel Cleveland apartment. The troopers exchanged deep-meaning send a troop of soldiers to Clipstone Hall without a glances with one another, evidently in approval of moment's delay, as it was held by the Parliamentary Whaley's conduct, though they dared not, like him, dissoldiers in the command of Colonel Thrapstone; and obey their colonel, for it was well-known that not a solthat the said Colonel Cleveland might rely upon all the dier stood higher in the estimation of Cromwell than aid that he, Reginald Thurlby, late captain in the Royal- the lieutenant. Although the colonel sat pale and ist army, could procure; and that, should the Par- speechless with passion, there was a fear about his liamentary troop barricade and defend the Hall, there heart, and he dared not issue the command to his solwas a door facing the stables which opened into the diers to make Whaley prisoner, lest the fiery lieutenant underground portion of the building, which could should draw his sword against him and challenge him be readily opened; and that, with the aid of Sir Cuth- to combat upon the spot; for that blind obedience to a bert's domesties, there would be no fear of the Royalists superior officer, which causes so many heart-burnings in obtaining ready entrance, and retaking Clipstone Hall the army at the present day, did not then exist, or, if it from the rebels. The trooper who stood sentinel unob- did, was not, when broken, visited with such severe served in the stables, and who overheard the prisoner punishment as now. give the order to Wilmot, stepped forward and corro- Taking advantage of the sensation Whaley had made, borated the charge. Another trooper deposed to riding Sir Cuthbert said to the colonel, “ I am an old soldier, over to the Old Chase, and capturing William Wilmot, and have had to decide upon matters of life and death just as he was in the act of mounting the horse belong- when left in command, and I do not think that the ing to the host in the inn-yard. When the charge was severest stretch of military judgment could fairly find ended, there was a painful silence for a moment or two, my young friend deserving of the sentence yon have