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seen, for all the polish and manner of London cir- | her fan, and dropping her head plaintively. He took cles."
her hand. “Lamentable, indeed, Miss Elsworth."
“I cannot be mistaken in the surmise that you love “ The war brings one boon, at least," continued the already." lady, “the society of gentlemen.”
Her head dropped still lower. Ah, major, could you “Very true, indeed,” was the complacent rejoinder. have seen the mischievous smile upon her lip!
The inajor handed her to a seat in the parlor, and “Miss Elsworth! Rose !” He bent over her until his begged a moinent's leave from her side.
cheek touched her curls, and whispered, “Confide in Ilumph, Major Cleveland,” muttered she as he walked me. I am your friend.” away, “I'll so wheedle you this night you shall cry “I believe you, Major Cleveland. I-I-really sirenough to a woman, even if it so happens that you I implore you to believe me—I have nothing to conhave never done it to a man. So look to it, my valiant fide.” major !"
This she said stammeringly, confusedly, and with agi
tation. Ah, Rose, you cunning, adroit, skillful actress! CHAPTER V.
“Do not be offended, Miss Elsworth. I have your
interest at heart. Pardon me—but Captain Arbald _" It was very evident that Major Cleveland was com
A little start and appearance of agitation from Rose. pletely fascinated by Rose ; and from the moment of “Captain Arbald, Rose, believes, or at least hiopes, Walter's unlucky discovery, our heroine exerted all her that he is acceptable to you. I am very deeply his powers to render the control she had over him secure friend-very deeply yours.” and lasting. Her power of pleasing was very great. “It is very pleasant to hear you say so, Major CleveFew inen could resist the charm of her smile, or the land." fascination of her glance. Her spirits were fine, her “Then you do look upon him with favor ?" wit joyous, her manner agreeable beyond description, Alas, Major Cleveland, these wars, these wars!" and her beauty superior. It would have been hard if a “They separate us from those who are dearest to uscolder man than Major Cleveland had not yielded to a they come between us and our hearts' affections.” combination so powerful and so rare. As for the
“Do they not daily threaten us with a heart widowmajor, he was completely overcome. Ile was spell- | bood ?” bound by her side. He was enraptured, and did not “Ah, Miss Elsworth-Rose, let me call you—I see attempt to conceal his rapture. Rose smiled upon hiin, you are thinking of the young captain. You love shot glances at him from her glorious eyes; her wit him!" played about him in one incessant stream, spirited, “ Major !" exclaimed Rose, turning suddenly to him, brilliant, glad; she tickled him with the adroitest" let me beg of you one thing—let me hear you promise compliments, flattered him in a thousand ways; in what I will ask you. You assure' me you are my short, with diplomatic skill, played her part to perfec- friend. Then grant me a pledge. Promise me to—to tion. Bold, dazzling, and daring, she conducted the protectintrigue, and yet all the while her heart shrunk from “ The captainthe course.
She felt, however, that Walter's only hope “He, who is to be my husband." of safety depended upon the extent of the influence she “ You delight me. Are you then pledged ?" could obtain over the English officer; and, although “ We are." ready to allure him on, step by step, even at the “The young rascal. He never told me so. And risk of being harshly condemned as a coquette and a jealous enough, I'll be sworn he is, to see me monopaflirt, the magnitude of the interest at stake would not lize your society as I do." permit her to hesitate a moment in the course she was “ His life is almost in your hands. Often you can pursuing. To save Walter Armstrong was her resolve save him from danger.” -she could not be scrupulous about the means.
“Will you marry
.?" Twilight was settling down, and while those of the “Yes.” Very low and abashed. guests already arrived were gathered upon the piazza or “I give you the pledge then, you ask. Make him about the lawn, Rose and her admirer, by a movement your husband, and for your sake I will defend and prowhich the major must have learned in his tactics, found tect him to the extent of my power.” themselves sauntering off apart from the rest through “Oh, major, you make me happy. I have been torthe mazy turns of the garden. They came to a bower, mented at the prospect of some dreadful fate befalling and the major gently urged Rose to take a seat upon a lim. I am, major, a foolish girl—I place, perhaps rustic bench there provided. She did so, secretly absurdly, so much confidence in your ability to rescue trembling, but resolved to dare all, when all was at him from many dangers—that I should like-should stake.
like--sir, let me wear this ring" (slipping one from his “Do you know, dear Miss Elsworth,” said he, bend- finger) “ as a friendly pledge that you will be his guarding over her, “ that I could wish to see you in these ian, his watchful protector.” troubled times united to some one who could afford you "Lady, let me kiss the ring upon your hand, as a the protection which only a husband can extend ?” formal seal to my pledge. Your husband, lady, while
“Ali, Major Cleveland !” said Rose sighing behind | under my command shall be my especial care."
“Do not not mention this to him, major. His bigh | intelligence, at this moment heard the slightest possible sense of honor would spurn such a guardianship. For movement in the shrubbery behind her. She gave a my sake you will keep your pledge -- let him not know rapid glance, and saw a form gliding away she could of it."
have sworn was that of her lover's. A cry of surprise “As you wish, my dear Miss Elsworth.”
and terror almost escaped from her lips, and for a They rose and sauntered towards home.
single instant her presence of mind forsook her. For The major was in a state of rapture. The reader has an instant only, however. The major had been meanperhaps divined the reason of his strong desire for the while giving some rapid orders to the officers. union of Rose with his young officer. He was enam- “Hunt him out,” said he; “I wouldn't lose my hold ored of her charms he believed that if married and upon him for the value of a dozen ordinary rebels. If frequently a resident of the camp—as he meant she necessary set the whole regiment to the work.” should be-he should have time to weave those fascina- Gentlemen, gentlemen," cried Rose in great appartions around her, which he believed capable of ensnar-ent consternation, as she unseen unclasped a bracelet ing the most virtuous, and which indeed, he possessed from her arm and flung it far over head into the shrubto a remarkable degree. Arbald was a creature of his bery, “gentlemen, I've lost my bracelet—a valued making--a pliant, shallow instrument. He could be bracelet. Five minutes ago I had it on my arm. Major got rid of, and in due time the fruit should be ripe for Cleveland—Captain Arbald—I beseech you to search plucking—all the inore valuable for the exercise of in- for it. What could have become of it?" genuity and stratagem necessary for securing it.
This outbreak arrested the departure of the young Rose in part penetrated his object~that is, she felt officers, who had started to execute the orders of their assured that some libertine scheme was behind his superiors. desire for her union with Captain Arbald—and the “Gentlemen, I implore you to search for it. Major, wbole scene just related was managed with this know- it may have been dropped in the bower. Go look for ledge as a guide-and with some such result in view as it, sir. Captain Arbald and Lieutenant Marvin, why that attained.
do you stand idly there? Do you refuse to search for The promise obtained from the major was in view of my jewel? I've lost a bracelet, I tell you, sirs. Is this a bold and daring plan vaguely and dimly forming in the way you attend upon the wishes of a lady ?" her mind. Inasmuch as Captain Armstrong could only “Really, Miss Elsworth,” broke in Cleveland, be saved by some desperate means, her qnick wit had “dutysuggested the way it might be done—through the “Don't talk to me of duty, sir. I would not lose my mediuin of the spell she held over Cleveland, and by bracelet for the wealth of the world. A valued token an act which though she shrunk froin performning, she from a dear friend; I swore never to part with it. Oh, yet was resolved to attempt. She had adroitly drawn indeed, you are gallant gentlemen. You let me lose a & promise from the major which left her at liberty to precious jewel, and you stand staring by. I tell you I construe in favor of any person she might elect. IIe value that bracelet with my very life.” thought it was her intention to marry Arbald—she, The gentleman stared. Rose certainly understood secretly meant it for Walter, and if necessary, she was how to play the imperious woman. Her whole object resolved by some means to clandestinely marry him that was to gain time. very night, if no other chance offered for his safety. “But the escaped prisoner, Miss Elsworth,” inter
“Bold! bold !” she muttered to herself, " what will ceded Major Cleveland, who was not willing to lose the he think of me? But it must be done. He will under-hold lie fancied he possessed upon Rose by any act of stand-forgive."
opposition to her will, while at the same time he felt She did not know how circumstances were to precipi- himself imperatively urged to secure the escaped rebel. tate ber action, and force her to a rapid decision as to “What is the prisoner to me?" passionately exclaimer ber course.
Rose, "what is he to my bracelet? Must I lose my After leaving the bower they walked slowly but by bracelet for the sake of a runaway rebel—a miserable devious paths toward the house. The entrapped and clown who may either hang or run, I care not. Some fascinated major more than once arrested their progress one will tread upon my bracelet;" walking up. and to hang over some flower, or by some other stratagem down the path, peering and searching impetuously, and seeking to prolong the interview.
with feverish impatience; “one of the common soldiery Suddenly the two young officers, Arbald and Marvin, will find and keep it. I would not lose it for worlds." came hurrying towards them, in some excitement of “Indeed, Miss Elsworth, I assure you—"interrupted
Arbald. “The rebel has escaped,” exclaimed Arbald.
Oh, no assurances, sir,” said Rose, turning upon the “ Hal” cried Cleveland, “What do you mean? poor captain like a tigress; "where is your devotion to How ?"
me? where your willingness to sacrifice everything for " It is uncertain how," said Marvin.
me, as I have heard you swear more than once? If “ He must be about the grounds concealed some- you ever expect to come into my presence again, you where. He could not have passed the guard. Put must first clasp that bracelet on my arm. I will lear your fellows upon his track.”
nothing, listen to no excuse, and if you refuse to obey Rose, whose blood tingled with wild delight at the me, never let me see you again.”
Major Cleveland saw his great object in danger, and foliage-the uncertainty and wild confusion attending hastened to retrieve matters.
the inovements of the prisoner—the distant shout-all “Gentlemen," said he,“ do you remain with Miss these things combined to render the scene strangely Elsworth, and search for the missing jewel. I will tascinating and thrilling. myself give the necessary order for the search for the Rose stood spell-bound, with palpitating heart, lookmissing prisoner.” He lifted his hat to Rose, and ing upon the scene. The power to move seemned to be walked away.
suspended. Her cheek looked blenched even in the Rose immediately dispatched the young officers in darkness in which she stood. Suddenly a voice fell different directions, and no sooner was she unobserved upon her ear, close at her side. She started, and looked than she darted into the shrubbery in the direction she up. Major Cleveland's face was bending over her had seen Walter gliding away. He was nowhere to be shoulder.
Had le escaped ? The hope was so promising, “What am I to think, Miss Elsworth ?” said he, “I that Rose's cheek glowed with delight. She hastened find you assisting at this fellow's escape.” towards the outer limits of the garden nearest to the “ Think!” exclaimed Rose, vehemently, “that. I forest. In that direction, if in any, he must have effected would give the world for Captain Armstrong to escape.” his escape.' To her consternation, as she approached, “Humph! That would be a useless gift, Miss Elsshe saw a strong guard posted there. The shrubbery worth. Look and see for yourself.” here was dense, consisting of thickly tangled lilac The major pointed to where the torches had congrebushes, snow balls, a few evergreens, and the like. In gated, and were swaying to and fro in the strugyle the inidst of these bushes, thickly screened in front by of the capture. In a few moments more, a party of dense spruces, the captain lay prostrate upon the a dozen soldiers came crashing through the strrubbery, ground. Through the bushes he saw Rose, and whis- dragging the unfortunate Walter a prisoner in their pered her name. She heard it, and moving up to the midst. bush, bent her head so as to listen, at the same time “Great Heaven !" cried Rose, burying her face in ver pretending to be otherwise engaged.
hands. The light by this time had nearly faded out from the “How's this, Miss Elsworth ?” whispered the major west, but there was a full moon, riding clearly and in her ear. She started, and stared at him proudly, with directly above their heads. The moonlight rendered all her self-possession regained. the open walks almost as bright as day, but the shadows " I rejoice that we meet again,” said Cleveland, lifting were dense and black.
his hat with mock politeness to Walter, as the party " They are searching for me with torches, Rose," whis- came up. Walter shook off the hands that were upon pered Walter, “and will be sure to find me. Is there, him, and folded his arms in silent disdain. As he did no opening by which I can glide through to the forest ?" so something glittering dropped upon the grass at his Rose looked around. Not a chance seemed to offer. teet. A soldier picked it up, and stepped forward to
No, Walter,” said she; " but I might get you to the present it to the major. As Cleveland received it he house. There you could effect a disguise. We might started with undisguised snprise. It was the very bracelet steal along by the shadows to one of the windows." he had seen on Rose's arin, and the one she had lost,
“We must, at least, try it,” was the reply. “I saw and for the discovery of which she was so clamorous. your bracelet trick, dear Rose, and found it for you A light broke upon the major's mind. He began to before I crawled away. Why it is the very one I gave, divine matters. A torch was at his elbow. He held the and had a kiss for once."
jewel to the flame, and read the inscription" To Rose, “ Huslı!" muttered Rose; “be cautious, Walter, I from Walter.” Ile smiled, although at heart greatly implore you!"
chagrined and enraged, and stepping up to Rose, extended Rose and Walter succeeded in getting to the sha- the bracelet to her. dowed side of the house unobserved; but between the “I am glad, my dear Miss Elsworth, to be the means screen-work of shrubbery through which they had of restoring this valued token from a dear friend. forced their way, an open space was to be crossed—a Would it not be a strange vicissitude if the finding space in shadow, to be sure, but dangerous and exposed of the trinket should be the means of losing the nevertheless. After some consultation, they made an friend ?” attempt to cross, but at an unfortunate moment. They Rose violently compressed her lip, but did not reply. had not run a dozen yards, before a whole party of sol. The major whispered an order, and Walter was led off diery with torches came rushing around the corner of to his former quarters. None remained but the officer the house--among them Major Cleveland. Walter and our heroine. Rose stood with tightly clasped hands turned and darted back, but he was seen, and a rush her eyes following the cortege. Cleveland uttered her made in the direction he disappeared. Several shots name in a low tone, when, starting from her reverie, were fired, and the clamor that arose was startling. she turned upon him fiercely : The whole scene, indeed, was wild and picturesque. “ Major Cleveland, Captain Armstrong must be The flashing, red glearning torches, lighting up the allowed to go free. I have your promise. I hold you shadows, and falling with a strange contrast upon the to it. lle inust-he shall be free!” peaceful, soft liglit of the moon—the figures darting in "My promise, madam ?” and out of the shrubbery—the fiery aspect of the “Look!” exclaimed she vehemently, holding up her
hand and pointing to the ring he had given her in the " It would be too late." bower.
“This moment, then.” “Aha! I was beginning to suspect the trick !" “I would anticipate you.” Could any one have seen
“Your shrewdness would have done you more credit the blaze and flash in Rose's eyes during this scene, he if you had detected it be
As it is, I have your would have remembered it his dying moment. She signet and your promise to save Captain Armstrong!" was superb, beautiful, grand, in the full sway of her
“But the promise referred only to your husband.” reckless, vehement purpose. “ Captain Armstrong is my betrothed husband." “Madam,” exclaimed the major, astounded at what
“Aye, but at present is a prisoner. You see, madam, appeared her audacity, "you talk idly." I hold the trump card."
Sir, you talk without reason." "Your pardon, sir, but I have the game.”
“Why, madam, I'll go to him at once, put a pistol to "Eh! Is not the captain in my hands ?”
his head, blow his brains out“Before to-morrow morning he shall be in mine." " And make me his widow !"
“Confound it, madam," exclaimed the major, allow- “Deuce take it, you're mad !” ing his rage to escape, “I'll keep so strict a guard upon Mad, if you will, Major Cleveland.
It is” (darting him, a fly shan't light upon him without my knowing at him)," a struggle between us. Look to it, sir. You of it.”
may be bold, valorous, cunning-vastly so—but you “Do so, and if you were argus-eyed into the bargain, have a woman's wit against you, so look to it.” I'd marry him before to-morrow morning."
“A challenge, Miss Elsworth ?” “Ha, is it come to that? I'll march this hour." “A challenge, Major Cleveland !"
(To be continued.)
MY COUSIN LUOY.
My Cousin Lucy was a romp—a bold, dashing, beau- did; nor to mount such mettlesome steeds; nor to clamtiful, delightful tease of a romp, who gave me no peace ber up such dangerous precipices; nor to do a thousand —and made me the happiest mortal in the world. It things at which other young ladies shrink and become was perfect torment and perfect happiness to be teased terrified. by Cousin Lucy. She was a fairy romp. There never I confess that I loved my Cousin Lucy. I was not was anything so light, and buoyant and graceful as alone in this, but I fancied from the first that while she Cousin Lucy; there never was such a laugh as hers—it unmercifully ridiculed and tormented other of her was merriment set to music. You might be vexed admirers, with me there was a leaven of mercy—of tensometimes; an angry word would rise to your lip per- derness, I could almost say. Indeed I shall never know haps—but one glance at the smile that lighted up her happiness so complete and entire again, as those days sweet lips-one glance at her merry, half-roguish, half- spent with Cousin Lucy-when she was only Couapologizing eyes, would send your vexation to the sin Lucy. Now—well, no matter about now--then, she winds. It was exquisite pleasure to be near her. She was a new and a rare flower, with the dew on, and came and went like a sunbeam. She brought light with every sense I possessed was fascinated. If I could only her, and left a shadow behind when she was gone. It look upon her, I was happy; to close my eyes and listen would have been cruelty to have checked the flow of to her, was enough; to touch her, to feel her hand in her spirits. She could not have lived in a restrained mine-sometimes even to kiss her hand—this was too atmosphere. Merriment, and laughter, and glee bub- much. Once, indeed, in the midst of a mad romp-for bled up from her breast—and if pressed down into her we were very children both, and gave our spirits holibosom, would have broken her heart. Everybody liked day—I caught her in my arms and snatched one full, her. She teased everybody, tormented their lives out complete, round kiss! That kiss! It was a dozen (so they said), but everybody continually talked about years ago, but I have not forgotten its sweetness yet, her, courted her, praised her, took delight in her. although since then, the same lips have been fondly What a light, graceful thing she was! I do not believe pressed to mine many, many times. the flowers felt the pressure of her feet, as she passed The fine sports we had in those times—that dozen over them. Her pat, little, arched foot, would scarcely years ago. Lucy was up to many a trick, bold, hoydenbrush the dew from the leaf it touched. Her agility ish some would call them—very unlady-like they was wonderful. She would dart about you like the undoubtedly were—but Cousin Lucy no more thought play of lightning, and defy your efforts to seize her. of being lady-like, than she did of being her grandHer spring was like a fawn's. She would almost have mother. She would have laughed at any such idea crossed "a roaring flood on the unsteadfast footing of a with so rich, merry, and glorious a laugh, that the spear"—if any footing could have been unsteadfast to stiffest sticklers for the proprieties would have been her lightness and command of limb. And then her half-converted to her view of the question. I recollect daring. No one ever ventured to swing so high as she one of her tom-boy tricks-in which I was the victima very naughty trick, so everybody said; but then cramming her apron in her mouth as if to stopple ap everybody laughed heartily. We had been in high glee her laughter; I looked at Lucy laughing so triumphall that day—had tormented and teased each other in antly below; I looked at half a dozen other faces, every conceivable way, but all with so much real enjoy- attracted to the spot by my discomfiture; and I bolted, ment that even the gravest member of the family did ran, out of sight and out of hearing. not attempt to check our spirits. At last, I hardly It was getting really necessary that I should do someknow how it began, I was 'playfully attempting to thing heroic in the sight of my cousin Lucy. I had retort upon her for something done, by sprinkling her been her victim and laughing-stock too much. She face with a few drops of cool spring water I had in the would grow to despise me—so I feared. I wanted to hollow of my hand. I suoceeded, but only to receive in conquer somebody or something. I felt quite Quixotreturn a much larger quantity. The game was open, ish-chivalrous, heroic, and so forth. Some adventure and I received a shower at every turn. I was tho- or hairbreath escape I quite panted for. An accident roughly ducked_drowned-in fact, became a sort of unexpectedly did it all for me. There was a little walking cataract. The mischievous witch began by stream we often sailed upon, with a beautiful, little dowsing me with a dipperful—and ended by pailfols. wooded island in its centre. The trees apon this island In vain did I attempt to approach her with a view of in one place, interlaced in a perfect arch with those of punishment. She darted around me like a sprite. It the opposite bank. It occurred to me one day, and I was splash, splash-blinded, bewildered, gasping, drip- proposed it at once to Lucy, that I should climb the ping, saturated, I could only make ineffectual attempts trees, clamber along the arching boughs, and descend on to escape her, or retort upon her. To retort upon her! the opposite side. There was enough danger in the She was a Napoleon—everywhere at the same moment adventure to give it zest. I was surprised to hear Lucy -pouncing down upon me from unexpected quarters— oppose it. Nothing ever seemed to give her fear for appearing and disappearing with the rapidity of flashes herself; why should she tremble, as she evidently did, of lightning. Did I crawl around the corner of the at the trifling thing I was proposing? She told me house to come upon her unawares—just as I thought afterwards that she was seized with an unaccountable her capture secure-splash came a bucketful over my apprehension—a sort of presentiment, I suppose. head from behind ? There was no taking her unpre- The ascent was easy enough, and I was just about to pared, and there was no being prepared for her. My own pass from the tree I had ascended to the branch of an feelings were those of a drowning rat—as near as I can elm, and from this to an oak by which I could descend, imagine the feelings of a drowning rat to be. It ended as and was exulting over the success of my feat, when, all our sports ended. I was thoroughly conquered—and as I threw my weight upon the bough, it snapper, she without a thread wet. It was all very childish and bent, and I was suddenly sent swinging through the very ridiculous—a practical joke, and practical jokes are air at a height of forty feet. At the same instant, I under bạn; but nevertheless I like childish and ridicu- heard Lucy scream, and giving a hasty glance downlous things--and a good practical joke sometimes. ward, saw her sinking upon the ground. The branch
Never shall I forget how heartily the laugh was upon which I was suspended had partially broken at a turned against me upon another occasion. I had vowed joint, and was held by what appeared to me no more that I would have a kiss from Cousin Lucy, and Cousin than its mere bark. I had slipped down the full length Lucy had dared me to the attempt. I accepted the of the pendent branch, and my only hold was by my challenge, and darted at her. She eluded my spring, hands. The position was one that could not be retained and then began the chase. It was in the evening. Up many moments, even if the broken bough had strength and down stairs, in and out of rooms, with doublings enough to sustain me. My muscles and sinews soon and turnings, and stratagems and manæuvres. The grew swollen and strained. My strength was gradually chase was a spirited one. More than once I had escaping from my limbs. I felt that my hour was my hands upon her, but she glided from my grasp as if come. The river was shallow beneath me, and its bed she had been a sunbeam. At last, I was close behind rocky. If I fell, I should be dashed to pieces, and to her, and there was only one turning by which she climb up the branch seemed impossible, when the least could escape. It was in the hall, and it was dark. She strain threatened to snap it entirely off, and send me turned an angle, whence a flight of stairs descended, plunging through the air. I closed my eyes, and tried and, as she did so, I sprang upon and seized her, as I to think of death. My position had become so painful, thought. She struggled in my arms, shaking with that I tried to gain sufficient resolution to loosen my suppressed laughter. I bent down to seize the kiss, hold, and so at once end my suspense and agony. I fairly won as I supposed, when a light suddenly flashed looked down to take my last look of Lucy. Her hands up from the foot of the stairs, and a peal of laughter were clasped, and her pale face gleamed through her rang through the house. There, below, was my Cousin dishevelled tresses. The sight of her nerved me to Lucy with a light held above her head, her finger exertion. I looked up along the branch to which I pointed at me, and the most provoking expression upon clung. It was evidently firmer than I bad first supuer face. I looked at the figure I so tightly held in my posed. It was possible that I could draw myself up. embrace, and I dropped it suddenly. I had been vigo- The hope gave me courge. I began cautiously to rously embracing the kitchen wench, instead of Cousiu ascend. Incessant practice in a gymnasium had given Lucy. I looked at the red-armed Bridget, who was ! me experience in this mode of cuimbing, and desperation