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he grinned again at the enraged Bully Jackson, turned episodes of domestic happiness, of which the eloquent a summersault and grinned once more, till the whole Charlie was delivering himself. crowd burst out into a roar of laughter that seemed “My estate is not entirely gone,” said Charlieto shake the ancient walls around them.
“not so far sunk but that a little
would Bob now turned towards the throng of dandies deem it.” before the porch of the theatre, but they not relish- “I understand,” said Sam, at last venturing to ing a similar display of wit at their expense,
after sperk. whispering a few moments, all gathered together and And,” rezumed Charlie, “ if I marry your niece, rushing forward in a body with their drawn swords, who, I must say, is fit for any man in the kingdom, drove the crowd before them, the impetus of which you, of course, would get rid of this business-convert in an instant overturned the rude stage, and Bob the whole concern into ready money, and come to O'Mahony with it; he, however, with the agility of a live with us in the country, for I am heartily tired cat, alighting on his feet amid the throng beyond, of the wickedness of the town !” where he proceeded deliberately to disincumber him- “Probably," echoed old Sam, with another sagaciself of his spangled habiliments, at the same time
ous wink. exhibiting beneath a suit of most unexceptionable “ Then,” said Handsome Charlie, " we had better, broad cloth. After whispering to a few students, I think, come to business at once. What fortune who in their turn spread the intelligence he gave to will you be able to give Winnie ? I am thus partitheir companions around, Bob, with a rapier which cular, seeing that my estate stands in need of present some how or other he had possessed himself of, began redemption." forcing his way towards Bully Jackson, and at last “Well, sir," answered Sam, shaking his head doa regular and uproarious scrimmage commenced in lorously, "I am much grieved to disappoint your the street around the fallen stage. Men and women expectations on that score. I am a far poorer man swayed to and fro, swords clashed, and clenched fists than they say, and the fact of it is, I think if my resounded upon sturdy chest and forehead, when, niece were to get married to-morrow I could scarcely just as the uproar was at its highest, Donat Connor, leave her even my old boots, which I haven't worn who was a corpulent and aged man, found himself since the sack of Drogheda, where I had the honour with his three daughters and Winnie Walton in the of serving as one of Cromwell's troopers !" very centre of the fray. As he stood perplexed and This answer Charlie at first pretended to take as fearful, looking from side to side for some way by a good jest, but when it was repeated by old Sam which to extricate himself and his charge, two gen- with perfect earnestness and solemnity, he became tlemen, who we may as well say at once weru no convinced that the chance of redeeming his estate, or other than Handsome Charlie and his friend Tom in plain language, of enabling him to pursue his caFenton, pushed their way up to him and bade him reer of dissipition, by means of Winnie's fortune, be of good cheer, promising at the same time to con- was but a poor one indeed, and after another cup of duct himself and his charge safe through the roaring wine, hastily took his departure and repaired to his crowd.
garret, where his bɔsom friend, Tom Fenton, was " This way—this way, good sir,” said Charlie, with a waiting him. great politeness, as he and Tom Fenton made their Well,” said the old fellow, with an additional way before towards the wall opposite the fallen stage. wink at a hug: arm-chair opposite, as Charlie went “Quick ! or yonder break in the crowd will be filled
out, - if that is not as sweet-tempered and angelica up in an instant !”
young min as I ever met in the whole course of my Donat Connor puffud and pushed onward, the four life, my name is not Sam Grimes. Good as he is terrified girls following, and Handsome Charlie and though, I do not think I can give him Winnie and his companion clearing the way in front, and at last the old boots !" had the satisfaction of seeing himself and all safe on Handsome Charlie, after getting the rather disthe other side of the crowd. Charlie and Tom now heartening answer from old Sam, which we have reoffered their services to escort the party safely home. lated above, for some time gave up all thoughts of The latter they accomplished without further adven- Winnie Walton, and once more turned his attention ture, and that niy t Handsome Charlie had the satis- to the alluring vicissitudes of the gaming-table. faction of receiving, over a tankard of wine, the Now it was that he hated Rupert Russell with marked and especial thanks of old Sam Grimes for that bitterness and intensity of which only a man the services he and his companions had rendered to mad in love is capable of feeling towards a successWinnie Walton.
ful rival. He sought, however, no occasion of public Next night Charlie attended duly at " The Jolly quarrel with Rupert, but from the depths of his own Drummer," and over another tankard of claret began burning heart he swore to be avenged upon him at making his overtures to old Sam with regard to the first opportunity. And that opportunity spee lily Winnie. The cautious old fellow listened for a long presented itself. time without a word, merely nodding his head with One night Charlie and three of his companions a shrewd wink at the brilliant pictures and alluring were returning froin a masquerade, and, entering a
narrow and deserted street that led beside - The Jolly Drummer,” saw, by the indistinct light of a solitary lamp that burned in the distance, the figure of a man approaching.
“ Now,” whispered Charlie, we cannot be recognised in our masks and strange dresses, and if this be a Trinity man coming down the street, we will give him a little pinking to accelerate his motions towards Alma Mater." À The figure had at length approached within a few perches of where they were.
“ Hush !” whispered Charlie, peering sharply though the gloom. “By my soul, but it is the very man I want ! It is Rupert Rissell! Now, boys, stand to me for once, for I swear thut inan shall never leave the street alive !"
Rupert, for it was he, was coming down the street with his right hand to the wall. According to the custom of the time, it was his right to pass inside Charlie and his comrades, but it was not their intention to allow him that almost universally conceded privilege.
"Stop, sir !" hissed Charlie, in a feigned voice, a 3 Rupert came up ; " out with you, and let your vetters take the wall !"
“You'll have to fight, then, for the right of way," answered Rupert, stepping back and instantly drawing his rapier. “ Toe wall I must and will have, so I warn you, gentlemen, to pass on, else"
“ Else what, sir?” hissed Charlie again, now quivering with passion, as he found himself face to face with his hated rival.
“ Else I will run you through the body!" answered Rupert, making a sudden lounge at him, which Charlie succeeded in parrying without a scratch.
“ Pink him! piuk him!” shouted the companions of the latter, as Rupert placed his back to the wall and prepared to defend himself.
Yes, pink him !" echoed Charlie. “ Toss the base hound's body into the gutter!”
“Some of you will go first,” retorted Rupert, undauntedly, as he succeeded in plunging his rapier through the shoulder of the man nearest to him. “ Hlow do
friend ?" The man literally gave a yell of agoay as the cold steel was withdrawn froin his flesh, and now attacked Rupert with implacable fury. The result of the coutest was, that the four masqueraders, taking away with them some signal marks and tokens of Rupert's prowess, left the insensible body of the latter behind them, lying in a pool of bioo l uppa the solitary
About halt an hour afterwards, as a belated bacchanal was making a number of sin iosities down the street, he stumbled over Rupert's budy, and the fall sobering him somewhat, he scramu.ed to his feet, und called eagerly for assistance. Rupert's body was immediately borne back to the Jolly Drummer, and there laid upon old Sam's cupacious aro-chair, to await the arrival of a surgeon.
When the latter arrived, be found that Rupert exhibited still some
symptoms of life. He bandaged up the several serious wounds that the young student had received upon face and limb, but there was one near the region of the heart, which he paused over for a long time before making a decision regarding it. At last, after a most minute and careful examination, he pronounced it not mortal, and when it was dressed, poor Rupert, stiil alınost insensible, was conveyed to bed. It was broad daylight when he awoke to conscious
When he did so, he was barely able to give an account of the transaction as it had occurred, but he could not give the slightest guess as to the names of his assailants. The news of the affair soon spread, and a vast amount of indignation was thereby aroused in old Trinity amongst the students, by all of whon Rupert was greatly beloved.
Rupert was in good hands without any mistake, for Winnie Walton nursed him through the long illness that followed as only a loving heart could nurse the object of its adoration. At length he arose from his weary bel, and witnessed, with a throbbing heart, the joy displayed in every way by the guileless and lovely Winnie at his recovery. One morning, as she left the room in which he was sitting, with a sweet smile upon her bright face, he registered a vow within his burning and grateful heart tuat, come what might, he would, whea strength returned, ask her to become his wife. And he kept his vow, and was, as the reader will easily guess, accepted by the loviny Winnie.
The next business was to communicate with old San Grimes. Rupert felt a little perturbation at the thonght of encountering the shrewd old fellow regarding such a delicate affair, but Sam seemed to take it all after tha best fashion, merely answering, however, in the precise words with which he had put off Handsone Charlie. But Rupert was not to be disposed of so easily.
“I care not," he said, “ what you can give her. I will now turn my thoughts to a profession, and trust to be able to marry her independently after a short time."
“I advise you to marry her at once," returned old Sam, with a wink of mysterious maning at Rapert. “ My will is ma le, and believe me, neither you nor my grand-niece will regret its wording when I die, notwithstanding the old boots !"
Anu Rupert did marry her at once, and we will venture to say that a lovelier brile thau Winnie was not seen for many a year by the Liffey shore. Sam Grimes, on the welding-iiy, wrote a letter to his abseat sun. Whether it was that the old fellow drank too much of his own sack that night, our authority does not say, bat however it was, Sin Grimes died the day after th: wedling, and was buried with all due solemnity in Saint Patrick’s. About ten days after the old man's death Abil Grim ca n; over from England to act as execator to his father's will. The latter was opened in the presence of Winnie and her husband and a few witnesses, and after the usual prea.nble, Abel read out, in a full-toned satistiel voice, the words that give aud bequeathed to oin bis father's property, without a sia zle reservation save one. This went on to say that
in school books, to devote them to the oral narrative of septagenarian chroniclers, who excited every feeling of the heart by different versions of the tradition, of which we give a slight outline in the following paragraphs :
“ Forasmuch as my grand-niece Winfred Walton has lived with me since her infancy-has been to me even as a daughter, and perchance better; and has always been obedient to orders, fron réveille to shutting up of cimp, I therefore give and bequeath to her my old bɔɔts aal their contents, which are locked in the black cabinet in my bed-room, and which I have never worn since obeying my lord, the Protector's orders, at the sac's of Drogheda.”
The black cabinet was opened, and the huge pair of old jack-boots brought to light, and examined. They were both filled with coins of silver and gold-chiefly of the latter-one of them, namely the left, having only a top layer of silver, the remainder being all gold. When this glittering heap was removed, Rupert found in the foot of the right boot a mass of papers and a parchment, which on his examining them, to the intinite astonishment of all, proved to be the title-deeds of the lost property of his fathers.
Aided by the persuasive contents of one of the old jack-boots, Rupert soon entered into another law-suit, worked it up to a certain turning-point as his father did before him, then produced the title-deeds and won the long-contested property ; to his splendid mansion beside the Bøyne he then removed in triumph with his beautiful wife, and there both lived happily during many a bright day and revolving year.
Handsome Charlie some time after, failing to recruit his fortunes at the gaming-table, was lodged by the old Jew Tom Fenton had threatened him with in a debtor's prison, where for two years he continued daily and nightly chewing the cud of sad experience, at the end of which time, by the death of an old aunt who had not forgo ten him in her will, he was enabled to release himself, and came forth a sadder but a wiser man. The lesson he had brooded upon in prison effectually cured him of his gambling propensities; but he still relished the town, and lived there till his death, always the most fastidious and exquisitely dressed old bachelor in the merry city of Dublin.
royal city of Copenhagen a more enterprising, prosperous, or wealthy merchant than Karl Vardar, “tae Fortunate," as he was called by all his fellow-citizens, even those who envied his prosperity as well as they who rejoice 1 in it.
He was the proprietor of broad lands, having purchased, from time to time, many a goodly tract of the island of Seeland; of tall ships, of rich stores, of well-tilled warehouses, in short, of boundless wealth ; but the pride of Karl Vardar was out of a promising son and a beautiful daughier, not altogether out of the vast accu nulation of wealth, which the princemerchants of Florence, of Venice, or of Genoa the Superb, might fairly envy. Karl's daughter was a great beauty, who might have won a Danish coronet, even if her father's gold and fertile acres did not enable him to afford her the dower of a duchess; and it is said that Karl, from her infancy, had in his own mind, though he kept bis mind pretty closely to himself, looked forward to the day ou which he would behold upon her brow the badge of nobility. These aspirations would have induced hiin to abandon the pursuit of commercial gaiu, even in the prime of his manhood; but he was adding rapidly and enormously, almost in geometrical progression, to his wealth, and as he would leave his sou, Koute, the wealthiest subject in Europ', he reinained a hard-working, and withal an honest, though rather covetous trader, until, as we shall presently see, unforeseen circumstances put a term at once to his labours and his life.
Karl Vardar had a correspondent in Amsterdam, with whoin he had traded for a great many years, during which they had had occasional differences, für Myuheer the Dutchman was not reputed the most straightforward of merchants, but their differences bad always been readily adjusted, the honesty of the Dane and the astute policy of the Dutchman, forming a basis of accommodation which never failed of producing an amicable understanding. Krantz of Amsterdam was reputed very wealthy, but those who knew him intimately found, iu his great anxiety to produce an impression favourable to the reputation he bore, the reverse of a proof of the vastness of his acquisitions. He had an only son, whose ruving disposition disqualified him for partaking in his father's pursuits; and Krantz felt constrained to gratify his propensity for the adventures of a sea life, by suitering him to make several voyages in his ships, even when no more than a mere boy. In this way he visited Copenhagen, where he was hospitably received by Karl Vardar. The youth admired Karl's daughter, and envied his great wealth ; and even when green in his teens he coveted both. But he left Copenhagen carrying nothing with him but the good-wishes of his host, and hopes for the future. And he, wearied of the prosaic service in which he was engaged, for he dreamt of renown, which daring might win on field or flood; but
A LEGEND OF “ THE BURNT HOUSE;"
OR, THE DANE'S REVENGE.
There stands what was once the “ House," a blackened, charred, soot-begrimed pile; a hideous ruin, haunted in the day-time by birds of foul repute and eril omen ; and at night by malignant goblins, who delight in deeds of ill, and revel in the mischief they can inflict upon those who have the misfortune to fall within the sphere of their accursed dominion. There it stands on the river bank, on a sudden bend of the broad Shannon, not a beacon of hope and a voucher of safety to the hardy mariner, but a monument of disaster and an augury of doom. So, at least, was it regarded in the days of our youth, when we rehearsed the thrilling legend connected with the ruin; and “mitched” many a long hour from the more useful employment of study
his own country at the time afforded him no chance of old friend of his father with warmth and distinction; pushing his fortunes in the line that he deemed suited to and the beautiful Kristine, now a blooming woman of his temper and talents. So he turned his thoughts to- twenty-one, looked admiringly upon the hero, whom wards France, which was seldom out of the turmoil of she had seen with scaot regard as a boy some eight war in the Grand King's reign. He made his way to years before. But knute was hardly civil to the dis. the French court, saw Louis's Minister of Marine, pro- tinguished guest. His demeanour to Harkar was such posed to him, without his father's permission had or as to show that he suspected the career of that hero to asked, to fit out his ship, if commissioned, as a privateer, have been stained with very unheroic acts. And the and do good service for the Grande Monarque. His observant Harkar was not slow in discovering the disproposal was favourably received by the minister, and like and inistrust of the young Dane; but he affectel in due time the Terror, under Captain Harkar, became to perceive nothing of the kivd, and he made himself to the enemies of France what her name implied; and quite at home in the mansion of Kul Vardar, and esher commander enriched himself and his daring crew, tremely agreeable to the millionaire and his daughter. without stint or scruple, at the expense of those very His followers modestly whispered marvels of his achieve. sanc foes; and it was rumoured, to the prejudice of mients, his wealth, his honour, and the titles which his Captain Harkar's reputation, that some merchantmen sovereign had in store for him; but upon these points whos" cargoes were deemed secured against belligerent he was himself scrupulously silent; and his people precupidity by the neutral flag of the free states of Hol- tended that they spoke of them in the apprehension of land, including not a few belonging to Krantz of Am- experiencing the heavy effects of his anger should they sterdam, fell into the clutches of the Terror's grasping be found out alluding to them. He had learned that crew, and were forfeited to the advantage of those Kune had been on the eve of setting out on a journey hardv rovers.
on his arrival, and he knew that his stay alone prereated Be that, however, as it may, Harkar throve apace, his departure. So he took his leave of the old Dane as unscrupulous daring will thrive whenever and where- and his daughter, and of the young Dane, too, with ever it has a wide field for the exercise of its congenial affected cordiality and friendship, to which Knute vocation. He grew rich and became dreaded ; and his responded with coldness but dignity. And the Terror name was carried far and wide upon the pinions of set sail from Copenhagen, and Koute set out on his fa'nefor infany at'aches ooly to the unsuccessful. journey to pass a month or so with a relative in Norway. And when it became kuown in the household of Karl But the Terror had only been three days away, and Vardar that Harkar, the favourite of princes and ininis. Harkar appeared once more at the merchant's musion. ters, and the protege of the greatest of Christendom's His reason for returning was thus explained by him : kings, and the sin of old Krantz, were one and the “ From the day that I first set my eyes upon the same person, the mind of Karl underwent a great fairest Kristine I loved her, loved her dearly and dechinge regarding the hero whom, as a boy, he had held votedly ; but, as the simple son of the Amsterdam in trifling account; and the imagination of his daughter, trader, I thought not of aspiring to the hand of one who the simple and lovely Kristine, was inpressed very fa- might choose amongst the proudest of her countrymen. vourably by the repute of the valiant Harkar. But But, Kul Vardar, I despaired not of one day attaining the son of Kurl, the thonghtful, sensible, calculating the position that would cntitle me to woo with the hope Knute, did not believe all that fame had trumpeted in of winning her. I felt that in commercial pursuits there his ears, and in those of his family, regarding the heroic was not for one of my temperament any path to the Harkar. That astute and wily commander had emis- condition suitable to the husband of the fairest and the saries around, and in the very household of Karl, whose wealthiest of Denmark's daughters. I, therefore, abanc:re it was to repeat and amplify all that could be doned the idea of following in my father's footsteps, and stated to the credit of Harkar, and to guard them took service in the naval force of the most Christian against hearing anything to his prejudice. So they King of France. I have served that potentate with zeal, bard all about his naval achievments, and others were and with all the ability with which nature endowed me; invented in his favour, to exalt his fame, but not a word and the generous Louis has been more than just in reto his prejudice penetrated the well-paid cordon of his warding my poor services. Daty having brought me spies, or if anything to his discredit were heard within into the northern seas, I availed myself of the opportnithit circle, it was either wholly discredited, or but nity of visiting Kristine, with the view of learning hor served to show forth the brilliancy of his good qualities she might be disposed to receive the suit of an old friend with additional lustre.
and adorer, who had succeeded in honourably winning But, though intelligence travelled very slowly in wealth and rank; and I was, need I say, entranced wit'ı those days, Knute Vardar heard enough of the misdeeds unutterable delight to find that I might hope for, not rif the Terror to determine him to keep her commander despair of, happiness. Thus encouraged to pursue the at a safe and civil distance. And when the proud prow track of renown, I set sail three days ago, with the view of that virtuous barque ploughed the tempestuous Ger- of winning the further favvurs of the king of France, by man Ocean, and, having passed the dangers of the Skager the manifestation of renewed zeal in his service; bat Rack, the Categat, and the Sound, landed her bold com- judge of my surprise, of my gratitude and joy, when, mander safely at Copenbagen, he was received by the having sailed throng'i the Sound, I met a special mes.
senger from Louis come to urge my immediate return had hoped to enjoy in the society of a heroic and hoto the south, and the bearer of despatches expressive of noured husband and his guests, nor such as she was his majesty's intention to enrol my poor name amongst accustomed to in the affluent home of her youth. Her those of the nobility of his kingdom, in consideration of husband was visited by gay cavaliers, accompanied frewhat he is graciously pleased to consider my distin- quently by no less gay, sprightly, light-hearted persons -guished services. Here, my dearest friend, are the de- of her own sex; but the simple young Dane only s.11 spatches. Peruse them, and say will you suffer the in the frivolity and levity of these people, manners and lovely Kristine to become the Countess of Darkligne, a customs different from those of her own country; and ank wbich will derive its chief merit, in my eyes,
she could only wish that the court of France were a the lustre which her beauty and her graces will reflect shade more solemn and decorous than it evidently was,
judging from the sample of the courtiers introduced to Old Karl was overjoyed at the brilliant destiny that her by her husband. Kristine was not happy, but she thus, as it were, came to seek his beloved daughter. indulged in hopes of be:ter circumstances, when the Might not the young count of twenty-five be a young position of her husband became defined by the acquisiduke at thirty, and Kristine once a duchess, would fill the tion of rank, and she imposed contentment upon herself measure of the aspiring m:rchant's ambition? Of course as a duty. he consented to bestow lier on the count that was to Amongst the visitors at her house, which was in a be, and the duke in perspective; but arrangements and fashionable quarter of the capital, was a slight youth, of love-making, and the rest of it, would take time. No! delicato frame, retined features, and somewhat feminine Harkar referred to the despatches to show that time was cast of conntenance, to whom his companions paid more not lis; and secresy, too, he reasoned, was required, as than ordinary deference, and who seemed in no way to the king of France had matrimonial projects in view for court the homage they rendered him. He was called his proiege, which could only be frustrated by the pre- Count de Blois, but even the simplicity of Kristine sentation to the sovereign of Kristine as Countess of could detect in the youth more than the bearing and Darkligne. Despatch and secrecy were essentially ne- pretensions of a simple count. Could he be a prince of Cessary, and to ensure the latter, bis owa chaplain could the blood ? She more than suspected so, but why should solemnize the marriage ceremony on board the Terror, he come under an assumed name to her house ? She in the presence of her father, and the few confidential
ventured to question her husband, who admitted the friends he might choose to accompany bim.
Karl and superior rank of the count, without saying what it was; Kristine would have had matters more leisurely and de- and stated that his disguise was assumed in order to corously con lucted, but wbat could they do in the face facilitate free and unrestrained intercourse with his of the urgent, the imperative behest of a king, and the chosen friends in the city. This satisfied ber for the anxiety of an officer desirous oi punctual obedience to time, but if it did the increasing attentions of the orders ? So the marriage took place on board the ship; had quite a contrary effect; and not the least so that he and when Knute returned he was horror-stricken to appeared to think she should receive them as a matter find his only sister, in whom he prided, gone off to a of course, and with the extreme of gratitude. Au apforeign land, the wi'e of the man whose honour and peal to her husband on this point was met by some lionesty he more than suspected, and whom he could flippant common places, which greatly mortified her ; but hold in hearty aversion. He, however, kept his and called into active play her worst suspicions respectmind to himself, not wishing to communicate to his fa- ing the good faith of Harkar Oh, that ther the harrowing suspicions that haunted him ; but he poignant thrill of avguish that shot through her frame, nourished projects of a terrible retribution in the event and made her heart stand still under the weight of of his suspicions proving well-founded.
agony, as that cruel suspicion first crossed her mind ! Meanwhile, the prow of the formidable Terror Was she deceived ? She was in this frame of thought ploughed the German Ocean on her return track; and when the count half forced himself into her presence; her captain made for an obscure French port, where he and she did not spurn him as she would a viper, because spent some weeks, amusing bis beautiful bride with pro- she instincively felt that he would either dispel or conjects of happiness in their settled home in the capital; firm the terrible doubt that glowed in her breast like and the charming Kristine wondered greatly why her living flame. To his euphuistic address--for the sehusband lingered upon the coast, instead of hastening verity of her look froze into some sort of respect and to Paris to obtain the promised honours at the hand of formality the usual flippancy of his advances-she rehis sovereign; and she longed to obtain an explanatio plied by demanding the cause of his intrusion. And upon this head, but Harkar would not be questioned. when he replied, It was enough that counter-orders superseded those that “ The ungovernable love I bear to the most charmhad reached him in the north, and she was perforce ing of her sex—oh, surely, madame, it is cause safficient content to remain where he chose, or where, as he al- for risking even the repelling glances of the brightest leged, his orders detained him. And in the course of eyes in the world.” a month or two, she found herself at the capital amidst She did not lose her self-possession, but calmly asked state and luxury ; but the state did not please her, and did he not fear that her husband would exact a terrible the luxury was not of the refined character which she account for the outrage of which he had been guilty.