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As it is natural for you and Harry to sympathize with of his breath. It lived a thing of power and pride, of the king, so it is natural for Walter to follow these strength and courage, and could not be controlled. great spirits who are guiding their countrymen in their For more than an hour Rose sat musing-painfully resistance against oppression. I wish, father, that you musing upon the clouds and the darkness which seemed could look upon Walter's conduct in this lighit." sweeping down over her future, when her rererie was " You're no politician, girl."
interrupted by Kate's bursting into the room, declaring “No, sir; I believe neither of us are learned in that that the horses had been waiting ever so long, and why way.”
didn't she come? “If you justify this rebellion, revolutions will become The ride proved a wearisome one. In vain did Rose as common as Irish riots. For every imaginary wrong put her horse to his speed. The canter failed to aniarmies will spring up—the opponents of every new law mate her spirits, or to dispel the gloom that settled upon will find a Washington to organize their opposition." them. She was glad to return, and be rid of Kate's
“I know nothing about logic,” said Rose; " but it high spirits, which fell discordantly upon her heart. seems to me to be poor argument to deny the justice of Some hours later in the day, as she was seated alone a great cause because its success would embolden in one of the lower rooms, a cloaked figure approached upprincipled imitators. Revolutions certainly should the window, and leaped into the room. It was Walter not be entered into lightly. History will say that this Armstrong, who, tearing off his cloak, ran up to Rose was not."
with extended hands. “This is waste of words,” said Mr. Elsworth. “I “Why, Walter,” exclaimed Rose, as she received a did not send for you for an argument. Rose, I cannot warm salutation upon the cheek from Walter's lips, consent for my daughter to marry a rebel."
“I'm so very glad to see you. How you look. Brown “If I were a giddy girl, father, you would be justified as a nut, and so like a soldier!" in exercising your authority. But I am a woman old “With a soldier's appetite, Rose. I've neither ate nos enough to know my own heart-old enough not to be drunk since midnight.” misled by mere fancy. I love Walter Armstrong, “Wait,” said Rose, “I'll bring you refreshments father. I have given a woman's promise to marry him myself. Ah, Walter, now you are my hero! I must -a woman's promise which is free."
hear all your adventures. But I'll be back directly." “I would rather see you wedded to a Turk than to a Rose soon returned with sandwiches and wine, and disloyal wretch, insensible to the claims of his sove- Walter fell to consuming them with a vast relish, while reign.”
Rose drew up to his side. "This is nothing,” replied Rose, bitterly, “but blind Walter Armstrong was nearly six feet in height; prejudice. It has neither sense nor justice.”
slight and symmetrical of build; his manner full of “Girl, I will not be tutored by you,” replied Mr. unrestrained grace; his face frank and open in expresElsworth, rising quite excited. “I sent for you to sion; his eye full of playful vivacity, and upon his lips express my disapprobation of your connection with there reposed an exp sion of mingled power and Walter. My commands upon the matter are explicit. sweetness. His brow white, well-formed, and square at I forbid you to marry him.”
the temples, to which of all brows commend me, over “Sir! Father!"
which his brown locks curled with an artistic grace. In “Understand me, girl. I decline to continue the short, my hero was no less a handsome man, than my argument. My meaning is clear enough."
heroine was a beautiful woman. Mr. Elsworth walked the floor rapidly, seeking in “Now, Walter,” said Rose, when his appetite began excitement and action the courage he evidently lacked to wane, “I must have a history of your doings; and to carry him through the scene.
you recollect you promised me, when next we met, to “Moreover,” resumed he, "we shall leave this place tell me all about that marvellous and secret adventure and return to town. Here we are exposed to the of yours, which tumbled you into a captaincy so sudmarauding and brigandary attacks of your apostles of denly. Shall I have it now?" liberty. When the people come back to their senses we “If you wish it, certainly. You know, Rose, bow at can return."
first I concealed my whiggish principles from you, fearHe turned upon his heel, and abruptly left the room. ing the consequences of an avowal, but you do not know
Rose flung herself into a chair, and leaned her face how in secret I fretted and raved at the weakness which apon her hund. She was not surprised at the result of kept me at your side. While in this state of mind an the interview. It was what she had expected and unexpected opportunity was afforded me of doing our dreaded, but now that it had come, she experienced cause a decided service. I seized upon it at once, deterhow inexpressibly bitter it was.
mined to make amends for my past inactivity by a brilRose's heart rebelled against the injustice of her liant exploit, and if the loss of your hand was the consefather's decision with more bitterness and feeling, quence, to find what compensation I could for such a because the love between Walter and herself had been calamity in the fame attending the adventure. In brief, fostered by him-encouraged and smiled upon by I resolved at once to come out boldly a rebel—and to him.
signalize my advent by a bold and brilliant stroke. An He had fanned the flame, and now capriciously sought English officer, high in rank, was encamped with his to extinguish it. But it blazed up beyond the power troop at a certain locality. The officer's head-quarters were in a farmhouse, and his troop were in possession they flew, and upon reaching the steep-peaked garret, of the outhonses, and bivouacked in the meadows and crowded with broken furniture, and the usual accumufields. This officer I happened to know was peculiarly lations of a household, Rose said : obnoxious to Washington. One day I proposed a plan “They will not suspect à concealed whig in my to three or four whom I could trust, for his capture. father's house, so here I think you will be safe.” My plan was acceded to, and we prepared to put it in “I wonder who they are—what command,” said execution. Choosing a dark night, we managed to get Walter. “Can we get a peep at them any how ?" by the sentinels by crawling upon our stomachs through “Yes, down upon your knees, and you can reach those the tall grass of a meadow. This was very laborious and little lights." ditficult. We then had to creep cautiously along a stone Walter crawled to the little foot-high lights that were wall, and watch a chance to dart rapidly across a space of set in front beneath the cornice of the building, and by about a hundred yards to the deep shadow of a huge this means could survey the lawn and road beneath. tree that stood directly by the house porch. There was He withdrew after a moment's close scrutiny. a sentinel stationed at this point, whose walk extended “Major Cleveland," said he. about fifty feet to and fro. It was when his back was Cleveland,” exclaimed Rose. “I know him. We towards us that we took the opportunity, one by one, met at a ball.” of darting to the tree, where we huddled behind the “The man of men,” replied Walter, “who itches to trunk. At last, at a preconcerted signal, we sprang upon get hold of my insignificant person.” hiin, gagged him before he could cry out, and bound him “ Lie close here,” said Rose," and I do not think hand and foot. Entrance to the house was easily gained there will be any danger. I must descend or my father -we went into the room of the sleeping officer, dragged will be searching for me. Come Kate. Keep up your him from his bed, compelled him to silence by the spirits, Walter. I'll manage soon to smuggle you, by threatening looks of our weapons, bore him off, made a Kate's aid, some wine and biscuit." rush between the sentinels, and notwithstanding they Rose and Kate went out quietly and cautiously for discharged their weapons at us, we mounted our steeds fear of being overheard and seen. As they were and scampered off before pursuit could be made. descending the stairs they met a servant sent by their There's my story, Rose, in the rough. I must confess father in search of them, and with a summons for them that I have a fondness for such bair-brained adventures, to appear in the drawing-room. and—à secret in your ear, Roseam bound on one now." Scarcely had the captain ceased speaking, when Kate
CHAPTER III. came hurrying into the room, out of breath, and incoherently exclaiming that a party of soldiers were
With head uncovered Mr. Elsworth stood upon the approaching,
wide piazza before his house, receiving Major Cleveland "Red or blue?" cried Walter.
and officers. The command was
company of “Bless me, Mr. Armstrong! You here? Why, Idragoons, who were drawn up on three sides of the didn't see you. You'd better look out, sir, for they are house. red coats, and there's a big number of them too."
“My dear Major Cleveland,” said Mr. Elsworth, “let "I must vanish,” said he, running to the window, me welcome you zealously to this abode.” and then instantly retreating, “Why, we're surrounded. "A great many thanks, my dear Elsworth,” replied To the north of the house, quick, Rose. That's near the the Major, as he mounted the steps of the piazza. He wood. Perhaps I can reach it. My fellows are waiting was short and stout, with a very pompous air, puffed up for me a mile below."
and over red cheeks, and dressed with a good deal of They all hastened in the direction indicated, but to coxcombry. their dismay they were just in time to see a company of “I am delighted,” resumed he, “to meet so truehorse come sweeping around between them and the hearted a loyalist. We pushed our march, sir, in order forest.
to partake of your hospitality.” “What will you do ?” said Rose.
“Will you enter the house, şir ? The other gentle“I believe I'm caged, that's certain. And I've no men, I presume, will soon join you." disposition to be caught, either. If they should know Major Cleveland assented, and Mr. Elsworth, led the me for the fellow who served them the trick I was way to the drawing room. describing to you, an hour's time would suffice for them
Rose was already in the room when they entered. to make me an ornament to one of your old oaks on the She rose as the gentleman entered, and Major Cleveland, lawn—a style of decoration that might suit their taste, whose gallantry to ladies was notorious, with many but which wouldn't accord with my fancy at all.” bows and more airs, saluted her. “Do they know your person ?”
“It gives me intinite pleasure, Miss Elsworth, to " From description, probably."
meet you once again, for the recollection of the occa“ We must conceal you, then.”
sions we have met previously, are bright spots in my “If you've a rat-hole in which you can crowd me. memory. Permit me also, my dear madam, to express After dark, probably, I can steal away.”
how delighted I am to find that time, who deals so "Up stairs, then, quick," exclaimed Rose. Up stairs inexorably with us, has been won to favor you."
“Oh, sir, I thank you," replied Rose.
“That is her pride, sir. Her passes are but play." " The old Father with his scythe and glass,” resumed “I'll be sworn her heart is as true as her wit. Sbe the major, who delighted in framing poetical compli- isments, “is a gallant, lady, equal to the best of us.
'Rebel, sir, from top to toe !” broke in Rose, with you his sands do not run.'
almost vehement emphasis. “ If you, sir, were Time's prime minister, your assur- Major Cleveland stared, and Mr. Elsworth fidgetted ances would have more weight.”
nervously, but at this moment the door opened, and “I wish it were so, and then I would endow the ladies several officers were ushered in. At the same moment, with perpetual youth."
at the other end of the apartment, Miss Sarah Elsworth Rose laughed.
and Kate entered, followed by a waiter bringing wine * Very pretty indeed, sir.”
and refreshment. " And how comes on the loyal cause," inquired Mr. Presentations and introductions followed, and Captain Elsworth; "will it be long ere these rebels are taught Arbald and Lieutenant Marvin caine up to pay their their duty to their king ?”
respects to Rose. "Have no apprehensions, my dear Elsworth," replied “Gentlemen,” said she, “my best welcome. My the major; "another campaign will scatter them to the father is proud to receive you." mountains, and a live rebel be so great a curiosity, that “You do not know, gentlemen,” said the major, comto cage one and exhibit him would make a showman's ing up, "what pleasant things Miss Elsworth has been fortune."
saying about you." “ If he knew there was a caged one here now,” The coxcombs both smirked. thought Rose, “how the major would stare.”
They would have quite delighted you, I'm sure.” “But where are your companions? I must see why They bowed, tried to say something peculiarly elethey have not followed you," said Mr. Elsworth. gant—and failed.
They are delayed for a moment with the troop. “Gentlemen,” said Major Cleveland (holding a glass They will be with you presently. By the bye, Miss of wine in his hand), “I hope you will all fill and honor Elsworth, I believe that there are a couple of gentlemen the toast I am going to propose." without, who are old admirers of yours—Captain The gentlemen filled. The ladies stood up. Arbald and Lieutenant Marvin."
“The ladies ! Speedy priests and rings!” said the “Old, major! you flatter my taste."
major, with a gallant bow. “Why, with beauty I thought the conquest of the “A doubtful compliment, Major Cleveland," said morning stale matter by night."
Rose, when the toast was drunk. “Oh, sir, if staleness go to make their age, they “Can you think so, Miss Elsworth? Marriage would should be proverbed instead of Methuselah."
be a paradise for at least one happy man." They were fascinated with you. My word for it, they "Ah, sir, marriages, though called matches, are would die for you."
mostly but sad patch-work.” “So they once told me, but I courtesied, and replied “I rejoice to hear you say so. Unmarried you are a that I should prefer a live rebel to oven two dead star which all the world can worship." loyalists."
“An old maid, sir! Of many evils that would be the “And then," said the major, with a fascinating smile. worst. Old maids and old bachelors are only the odds
“They vowed to live for me. I begged of them to and ends of humanity.” put themselves to no such inconvenience; that I “The happiest wit, madam, I ever heard,” exclaimed wouldn't trouble them to do anything of the kind; that the major, evidently quite fascinated, going over to her if they didn't think it worth while to live for them- side, and speaking in a low tone. selves, I shouldn't intrude upon any suicidal intention Excited by the danger of her lover, Rose was giving they might entertain.”
way to a feverish and unrestrained mirth—to a tem“ And so they lived," said the major, laughing heartily perament like hers, the natural consequence of an and with great glee.
attempt to conceal the inward fear and apprehension “ But I had no hand in it,” exclaimed Rose, “I am she was experiencing. innocent; I clear my skirts of the melancholy fact." Really, Mr. Elsworth,” said the major, “with your
“They are noble gentlemen, Miss Elsworth. You permission, I am urged to impose on your hospitality must bear with me if I defend them. They are good longer than I had first intended. There are charms here soldiers, and fine noble looking fellows."
difficult to withdraw from. Have I your permission to “For which I thank their tailor."
postpone our further march until to-morrow ?" “And decidedly witty," continued the major.
Rose started, and for an instant evinced some little "Then they've been studying the almanac," cried Rose, apprehension. who was giving the free rein to her humor; “when I " I shall only be too proud, sir,” said Mr. Elsworth, saw them last they hadn't a grain, not even by scratch- “ to entertain the king's officers as long as they will con
sent to make use of my roof." “Really, Mr. Elsworth,” replied the major, who “And what, sir," said the major, seized with a sudden appeared heartily to enjoy Rose's home thrusts, " your idea, “if I should go further, and propose an extenipodaughter has been schooling herself for a sharp tongue,"rized ball. I do not forget that I first met your daugh
ter at such an entertainment. These gentlemen have so after entertaining and rejecting a dozen different long encountered bullets and muskets, they are eager schemes, she went out, and stole secretly up stairs to for an engagement with bright smiles and flashing eyes." Walter's hiding-place.
" A ball !” cried Rose, in atter dismay; “why, sir, She entered, and to her dismay found that he was not you'd have to pit coat against coat. Where are your there. He had escaped, but how-and was he yet beladies ?"
yond danger? She hurried down again to her room “Oh, we'll drum them up. There are a dozen fami- and to the windows. Nothing was in sight. With an lies within as many miles, and these gentlemen would excitement of manner she vainly endeavored to control, ride a steeple chase with a dance as the goal. Trust me, she hurried to the lower floor, and upon entering the they'll hunt out enough."
dining-room, to her astonishment found him there. "A mad idea,” said Rose.
“Are you mad ?” exclaimed Rose, “back to your "A wild one, I confess,” returned the major, “but hiding-place !" who would not pluck what flowers he could in the “No, Rose, I shall not go." midst of many harsh and stern duties."
“Why-what-not go back-" "And moreover,” said Mr. Elsworth, “it would be a “Hear me, Rose. After you concealed and left me, suitable festivity in honor of our recent Long Island vic- a few moments' reflection convinced me that I was dotory. I only hesitate, sir, because of the incomplete ing a great wrong to your father in permitting myself ness of our preparations."
to be concealed upon his premises. I am a proscribed "We only ask a dance, sir, nothing else.”
I am what is called a spy. My concealment here "I will order the horses to my carriage immediately,” compromises your father. If I were discovered, the said Mr. Elsworth, “ to dispatch in whatever direction consequences to him would be severe. I cannot conyou may decide.”
sent to expose him to those consequences. I would " Then, gentlemen, to horse! Ho, for merriment! rather openly deliver myself into Major Cleveland's Hunt up the petticoats. You, Arbald and Marvin, are hands." keen of scent-away with you!"
"Foolish man! You are ruining all. Walter, for my In an instant all was spirited preparation and acti- sake go back again. This is a ridiculous and false sense vity. Mrs. Elsworth descended to the kitchen, and of honor." directly servants began running in every direction, with No, Rose, I am resolved.” dusters, glasses, china, orders, counter-orders, and so “Walter, I implore you.
'Tis death to remain forth ; vast culinary machinery straightway became in hereoperation; and the thousand and one things began to be Rose was standing with her back to the door, which done and undone, which housekeepers always find so in her confusion and surprise she had left wide open. necessary upon these occasions.
Walter's face was turned towards it. In the midst of Rose flew to her own room, and locked herself in. her impetuous remonstrance, Rose saw her lover give a What would become of Walter, and what ought to be sudden start at something over her shoulder. She done for Walter, were the problems she was striving to turned quicklysolve. In vain did she seek for a plan by which he Major Cleveland was standing in the doorway lookmight escape undetected from the house. Everything ing at them. which suggested itself seemed too hazardous. At last,
(To be continued.)
"THE SHADY SIDE.
EW, even of dreamed rare dreams, and poured out my soul to its solimy neigh- tudes, and stretched out my arms as if to embrace the bors, know palpable, almost oppressive beauty of its summer mornanything ings, and more than all, seen and been conscious of an about 'Sha- angel moving through the scene! All this—and shall a dy Side. pitiful bit of wax and paper supersede a possession like Indeed, the
that of mine? John Jellaway, Builder, I snap my finname is of gers at you.
I am an angler. That is, I have an assortment of my own
rods of many lengths, and reels of many varieties, with bestowal,
baskets, and flies, and indeed all the paraphernalia and as I dis
of the art. I fancy myself a sound disciple of Izaak covered its
Walton, because my piscatorial efforts are largely minmany beau
gled with reverie. But the truth is, I am afraid that ties
quite with me rererie greatly predominates. It is true, someaccidentally times I rouse ap, and find myself quite transported and
very with excitement as I toss one after another upon the rarely have grass, the glittering and beautiful victims of my efforts ; known oth- but usually my rod drops idly by my side, my line trails er footsteps in the stream, and with face upturned, I dreamily watch
than my own the wind playing with the foliage of the old tree that to press its sod, why should I hasten to obtrade into pub-canopies me, or else I stretch my gaze beyond into the licity a treasure which has been neglected simply because far blue, while my thoughts mount, expand, traversing unappreciated ? Even lovers have not found it out. The worlds celestial and terrestrial. moonlight that glistens upon the rippling stream and But I must describe “Shady Side” more fully to yon. sleeps so softly and sweetly upon the green bank, has It is the richly wooded bank of a little, devious, romanbut rarely heard the whispered prattlings of affection. tic stream, which, sometimes dark, narrow, and turbuAnd if love, which so delights in shadowy glades, and lent, at others is soft and rippling in its flow; at silent paths, and mossy banks, and woodland rambles, one time dashing fiercely with froth and foam down has found no beauty in this spot, how can I expect the rocky descents, rushing on with a hiss and a roar, prosier part of humanity to pause and taste its sweets ? almost immediately to subside, and a little farther on to But, indeed, I do not expect or desire it. I rejoice that softly murmur among the meads, and lift up its lips to its seclusion is so perfect, and I wander up and down, the kiss of the flowers. The bank itself is covered in and out, with a certain sense of mastership, as if I with a rare old growth of trees, a turf in places almost were monarch of the scene. It does not occur to me park-like in greenness and smoothness, but with occathat it is the property of John Jellaway, Builder. In- sional wild and tangled masses of brush and shrubbery. deed, if John Jellaway, Builder, should appear some The trees interlace above so closely, that a darkened, and day, and lay his hands upon one of these old trees, and solemn cathedral-like aspect prevails below. The light call it his, I should ignore title-deeds and all such mise- chequers the sward in ever-shifting play, but sometimes rable red tape affairs, and defy John Jellaway, Builder, comes down through an opening in a rich and mellow to his face. How, indeed, by the sweet sunlight, and food. The surface of the bank is uneven, sometimes the flowers and the green sward, came it to be his? precipitous and abrupt to the stream, sometimes sloping Have I not rolled upon the grass, and lain my head upon gently and greenly down to the very edge. The trees, the rocks, and climbed the trees, and listened by the many of them, stretch far over the streain, and the wilhour to the carol of the birds, and watched the play lows droop their pendant branches until they just touch of light and shadow, and looked down upon the blue the surface. The opposite bank is unwooded, abrupt and bright waters, and listened to its low musical flow, and 'rocky in places, but mostly of swelling meadow, green