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CHAPTER THIRD.

mouth of a fool may become worse than an uniform scarcely hidden within a rethe sword or poison.

cess, all proclaimed the room to be that of a man, that of the veteran father. The

young man gazed around him in silence Our story advances now to a point of for several moments, and then fixing his time three months later than that, with eyes upon Catherine, seemed trying to the event of which the last chapter con- read in her face the cause of her bringcluded. The young unknown, (for he ing him here. She, too, returned his was still a mystery to the peasant girl, gaze, until tears came to obstruct her although probably not for a moment to view; then, with a deep sigh, but with the attentive reader), was with Catherine the look and voice of one whose resolution at the usual place of meeting; the sun is taken, she said : had been long set, and the night was · Yes, look at them well, and then without a moon. Scarcely had he ar- hear what I have to say.

You see these rived at the spot, when Catherine drew arms, these pistols, that sword; they close to him, not, however, as was her tell you that this is the resting-place of wont, to throw herself into his arms an old soldier; of one who has never with passionate haste, but slowly, calmly, feared to hazard his life in defence of his and with an air of gravity such as he honour. My father is a Hungarian ; never had known her assume before. one of those proudest of all the people of Her first exclamation was uttered almost Austria, with whom an unblemished with solemnity:

name stands in the place of that wealth “I have something to tell you to- which fortune denies. Nay, speak not, night; but not here."

nor cast down thine eyes; thou knowest “Where then, Catherine !”.

him not; it was not to thee he confided “In my father's house.

his treasure, nor is it by thee he has been “In your father's house, my dear betrayed ; but he must be known to child ? And why must it be there? You thee now.” are perfectly incomprehensible."

With these words she drew back the There you will understand.” curtain behind which the partly-con

A keen and hitherto unfelt emotion cealed uniform was suspended. sprang up in the soul of the youth at “Look,” she continued; this is not this moment. It assuredly was not fear the dress of an obscure soldier of fortune; for his life, nor yet of being drawn into it is the garb of an officer and a gena snare; but it seemed to him that his tleman; but not of one who has gained presence within that humble abode would rank by courting the favour of princes. be adding insult to the wrong he had al. My father comes of a lofty race, his ready inficted upon its inhabitant ; that honours were gained in the battle-field, every object within its walls would pro- and this, the proudest of all, was claim, “here is a name dishonoured, a bestowed by the hand of the great hero trust betrayed, the gray head of an old of France.” man covered with sorrow and shame." Thus speaking, she took from the “ Here, Catherine, here,” he exclaim- wall, where it hung near the head of

“ we are alone; tell me what it is the bed, a decoration, and placed it you would say to me, here.”

within the hands of the youth, who, “ No," she replied, fimly, but sadly: falling upon his knees, uttered a loud “I can speak only there.”

cry, and covered the ribbon with pas. 6. Let us go then,” he cried, “ since sionate kisses and tears. it must be so ; your wishes shall be “ This cross of the legion of honour, obeyed.”

my father received from the hand of She took him by the hand, and with- Napoleon, on the field of Smolensko, out a word they repaired to her father's where Austria fought, with Prussia, house. They entered; a lamp was burn- under his banners. It is a cross of the ing within, but no person awaited their great emperor; now tell me, now that I coming Catherine took up the lamp, have proved my father to be like yourand still holding his hand, ascended a self, an officer and a gentleman, tell me narrow stair-case which led, as her com- what name I must give to your child panion supposed, to her own sleeping when it sees the light.” apartment. A single glance sufficed to The young man rose from his knees; correct his mistake. A rapier hanging and there was a wildness both in his against the wall, a musket and pistols words and in his look, which filled over the foot of the bed, a sabre lying Catherine's heart with terror. upon a small table, a few maps and books, “ Thy child !” he exclaimed; “thy

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father! mine too! Oh wretch, wretch than a service; it may be that I shall that I am!”

need your counsel as well as your aid.” Then he burst into tears afresh-hot, “ I am ready." bitter tears of remorse and anguish; “ Well, then, doctor- I must speak he beat his head and his breast, and the it is of a woman, young, lovely—an agony of his emotion was so dreadful, angel of truth and innocencema poor that the poor girl, wild with terror and girl who must be saved ; and who has a grief, fell at his feet, exclaiming, “Oh, right to every kindness and care at my pardon, pardon; forgive your unhappy hands." Catherine."

As he had continued to walk rapidly, In a moment the youth grew calm; he did not perceive that at the word but it was with the stern calmness of “woman,” the face of the doctor had toutter misery. He raised her from where tally changed in its expression of friendly she knelt at his feet, and said, “ To interest, nor yet the sad smile of pity morrow I will see you again ; then all that hovered upon his lips, as the disshall be made clear, and you shall be closure was finished. But receiving saved.

no answer, he stopped suddenly, and Did Catherine understand this word added“ saved,” as it was meant by him! Per- “ You are surprised, doctor, at what I haps not; but be that as it may, when have told you ?” she was left alone, her heart was elated “No, my lord,” was the grave and with hope and joy.

sorrowful answer. Early next morning, the doctor was “ The service that I require of you called to the young man, whose health will prove dangerous, perhaps.” appeared to be his peculiar charge. The The physician looked at him with a scene of the previous night had wrought slight expression of surprise and resentits effect on his frame; he was pale, ment, and said though fever burned in his restless eyes, “ There will be no danger in it, asand a

tremor pervaded his suredly. limbs. The physician was struck with “ Then you are displeased at my askalarm; and advancing hastily to his side, ing it? it is enough ; let it drop; we exclaimed, with an air of deep interest, will say nothing more on the subject."

“ Gracious heavens, my lord! You “ My lord," answered the physician, are suffering dreadfully!”

“command me; I am ready to comply “ No, it is nothing, be not alarmed. with your orders." We will speak of that presently. In the “Oh, doctor,” said the young man, meantime, I have something of more sorrowfully, “this is not what I eximportance to think of.”

pected from you: I thought you had There was a pause; he walked rapidly promised to be my friend!” backward and forward several times, ap- “ And it is precisely because I wish parently lost in thought; then stop- to deserve the name, that in this matping abruptly before the physician, he ter I can act only in obedience to your

commands." “ Doctor, I stand in need of a friend. “ For heaven's sake, doctor, explain May I find him in you?"

yourself.” The answer was brief, and spoken “If I were nothing more than your with deep and sincere emotion.

friend, I would; but my duty to others 6 You may.”

will not permit me to do that. Never. “ Well, then,” he continued, giving theless, as I said before, I am ready to his hand, which the physician grasped execute your commands.” warmed and kindly, “since you are my “ Alas, doctor, am I deceived in you? friend, I have a service to ask; under- I fancied there was one, at least, in stand me, doctor, a service which can whose heart But enough ; since be expected only from the truest of I have no friend, I must seek for a friends, or from a hireling who is paid tool, whose services money can buy. I and despised.”

will detain you no longer, sir.”: “My lord,” said the physician, “there “ It will he better thus,” said the is nothing you may not require of me. physician, with a profound bow, as he Speak on.

left the room. The young man appeared somewhat The young man followed him with embarrassed, and there was a pause of a

He had never opened his few moments: but he soon recovered heart to this gentleman, but he had himself, and continued

always esteemed him trust-worthy and Perhaps, doctor, I shall ask more good, and treasured him up, as it were,

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in reserve, for the first occasion in tated, and wished he had been less ready which he should stand in need of a to shew his knowledge ; but, with still faithful, devoted friend.

greater vehemence, the young man con“ It is but another deception,” he tinued :thought; “nevertheless, it is bitter.” “ Speak—answer! By what infamous

Well would it have been for him if treachery—from what detestable spy this fatal day had witnessed no other have you learnt aught of her? Wretch! and greater !

villain! speak!” After a few moments of painful • My lord,” answered the baron, inthought, a few sighs of vexation and dignant at being accused of a baseness disappointment, he passed his hand over of which he was really innocent, simply his brow, as if to disperse the unwel- because its performance had not been come thoughts that still harassed his entrusted to him—" My lord, you must mind, and then ringing the bell, re- ask his excellency the minister; he can quested the servant, who came at its answer your questions.” summons, to send for the baron. Dis- “ He! Is it he?” Then, after a mo. appointed in friendship, he was fain to ment of fearful silence, he added, “ Beresort to the most abject servility. gone, sir, leave the room instantly.”

“ Baron,' said he, when that person And as soon as the door was closed, he made his appearance, “you will seek threw himself into a chair, and clasping and hire, somewhere in the city, a his hands over his eyes, exclaimedsmall house, in a retired situation. You “ Monstrous, infamous baseness ! dewill furnish it neatly but simply." testable villany!"

“For a lady ?" said the baron, with But the blow, severe as it was, had his coarse smile of intelligence.

yet to be followed up by another of The youth gave him a look, but the deeper infiction. As he was sitting, question did not surprise him; he as- absorbed in thought, the door of his cribed it merely to the quick apprehen- room was opened, and the physician sion of base minds, always ready to un- again stood before him. derstand and perform servile actions. “Oh, doctor,” the young man exBut the truth was, that the secret to claimed, “you knew of this, and yet which the clue had been foolishly yielded you withheld it from me. Is it thus you up by the minister, in a moment of perform the part of a friend ?” weakness, and which he had since fer- The friend would have explained all, reted out in all its details, had become but the physician feared. at last too weighty to rest in the baron's How could I tell you without dreadown keeping; hitherto he had merely ing the consequence to your health, to given a hint, now and then, to one or your very life, that the innocent girl to two of his intimate friends, just to ex- whom you had given your heart, from cite their envy and wonder at his supe- whom

you had no reserve, was a spy, rior knowledge; but now he could hold and betrayed all that you said or did to no longer. Besides, he fancied that, a vile priest in the pay of the governseeming to know all, he should at last ment?gain the confidence of the young man, The mischief was done; to this had whose movements were to a certain ex- the foolish confidence of the minister tent his peculiar charge, and whose come, enlarged and improved by the haughty reserve had so often repulsed baron. With a fearful cry, the unhis attempts at greater freedom of inter- fortunate youth fell prostrate upon the

The fault of the minister was floor, as if struck by the hand of death, about to produce its effects.

and lay motionless there, with his eyes For a lady," the young man coldly fixed, and murmuring once or twice, replied.

in a low voice of despair and horror, “ And I suppose," said the baron, “ Betrayed by her! by Catherine Tillwith a shrewd, knowing look, “ that in man!” hiring this house I am not to give in the The physician rang for assistance, the name of your highness as tenant; nor victim was laid on a couch, and, in proyet, I presume, would your highnesscess of time, they succeeded in calling care to have that of Catherine Tillman him back to life. The wild glare of his mentioned.”

eyes passed away, and, as the night drew « Catherine Tillman !” exclaimed the on, powerful opiates triumphed over the youth ; "what of her ? Who has dared fever that raged in his exhausted frame. to speak or even to think of her? From The next day he was so far restored whom have you learned that name ?” as to be able to ride out in a carriage

The terrified baron stammered, hesi- with his physician. The character of

course.

the patient seemed now totally changed: pale, and sinking at once into apathy. heretofore he had always been silent, A single instant sufficed to recall to his grave, and reserved; but now he was mind the archduke's warning, the relafull of discourse, excitement, and ani- tion existing between this man and the mation. It appeared as though he was monk of the abbey at Kleusterneubourg, striving to keep away thought by inces- and between the same monk and Cathesant action and change. He declaimed, rine. He beheld, in father and daughdisputed, argued ; few from subject to ter, only the agents of an infamous subject; from the objects around him to system espionage, of which he was sciences, arts, battles, and great political the object, and of which the paper he movements; pouring out, with incon- had just read was designed as the conceivable fluency, as it seemed, the pent- summation ; scorn, misery, and despair, up thoughts of his whole previous life. struck at the seat of life, and again he They returned, and the physician was fell on the floor without sense or motion, just on the point of quitting his patient, Tillman rushed from the room, loaded urging him to seek repose for an hour with curses by the physician, shocked or two, when a servant came in, and and astounded at what he had seen, and spoke in a low voice to the former. It hastened to bury his mortification and was to announce the return of an un- grief in the solitude of his own humble known man, who had called at the palace dwelling. Up to this moment the secret several evenings past, seeking an inter- design of which he was the agent, the view with the young man, but had hope which had just been destroyed in never before found him within. The his very sight, had engrossed his thoughts physician was glad to be furnished thus so completely, that nothing within his with something that might divert the own household had received the least mind of his patient, trifling though he share of his attention. This night he presumed the stranger's business to be, returned much sooner than usual. Supand directed the servant to give him ad- posing that Catherine had retired to mittance. He was a man of about fifty, rest, he proceeded at once to his own tall, and erect, with a rugged and war- room, taking the light which he found worn visage; he advanced without speak- burning in the lower apartment, and ing, and placed in the hands of the youth which he presumed she had left by misa paper, which he drew from his breast. take; but as he passed the door of her Its contents, instead of allaying, as the chamber, he saw that it was open, and physician had hoped, the excited mind looking within, found the apartment of his patient, seemed only to give it unoccupied. Catherine absent at this new force; a fierce delight gleamed in late hour! The incident was suspihis eyes as he read, and when he had cious. He called aloud, but no voice finished, he broke out in a species of replied: seized with terrible doubts, he phrenzy:

:-“ Yes, I will go; the design rushed forth into the wood, armed with is glorious. I alone, with my sword, for his sword, for his intent now was not France and the crown of a hero! France merely to find but to surprise. With is my mother, and she calls me with a this purpose he no longer called on his voice from the grave. She is fettered daughter's name, but glided between the like me, and I only can break the chains. trees, silent, watchful, and brooding on If we fail, it is but a bullet aimed at the fearful designs. At length, through the heart, and the destiny is achieved. I, dim obscure he perceived a white, too, can die; but there can be no St. motionless object. Like a tiger creepHelena without a Marengo, an Auster- ing upon its prey, he advanced slowly, litz. We shall see.”

without the least noise, and at last came His hearers, astonished, gazed upon near enough to make out the form of a him without a word, as he strode rapidly woman; but she was alone, leaning from one side of the room to the other, against a tree, in an attitude of deep with head erect and gestures abrupt, and grief. As her father approached, she full of a terrible meaning. On a sud- lifted her eyes, and rushing into his den he stopped directly in front of the arms, exclaimed, “ At last you have stranger, and said," What is your name?"

“ No, he is not come,” replied Tillman, “ The Captain Tillman.”

with a terrible voice, and thrusting her The effect of these words upon the from him. fiery spirit to which they were addressed, “Oh, my father! my father !” she was like that of water on flame.“ Till- cried, falling upon her knees at his feet, man!” he repeated, turning suddenly “have you slain him, then ?”

come.

room.

“ Not yet,” he replied; “but he will One evening a stranger appeared at come in good time.”

the door of the old soldier ; a stranger, “ No, my father,” she cried, in the at least, to Catherine. Tokens of recogdepth of her sorrow, “he will come no nition were exchanged between her more; he abandons me to despair.” father and this unknown, and the former

“ Thou liest!” fiercely exclaimed the commanded his daughter to leave the old man.

She obeyed; but a vague sus. The unfortunate girl, who indeed picion of some fearful relation between hoped that her words were not true, the stranger's coming, and that which burst into sobs and tears; and then was engrossed all her thoughts, induced her rehearsed, not for the first time, the to listen to their discourse.

A name dreadful scene of an outraged parent and was first mentioned, with which she had guilty child—a scene of threats, re- long suspected her father's political proaches, curses and misery. The old schemes to be in connexion, and then man would have renounced his daughter the stranger went on: and driven her from his door, had it not “ It is all over ; his life is despaired of. been for the hope of vengeance to be Our meetings are useless now, and they wreaked on the head of another; and if, must be given up. Some of us even think when he demanded the name of her it imprudent to stay longer in Austria; seducer, she had not answered him there is reason to fear that the governsimply, “ I know it not.” His wrath was ment is advised of our plans, and that augmented at this reply, esteeming it nothing but fear of what the young

lion nothing less than an insolent falsehood; might do if aroused, has so far protected but, perhaps, other thoughts came into those who designed to break open his his mind when she continued firmly, “If den. When he is dead, its vengeance I knew, I would never disclose it to you, will have no check." though you should slay me here, on this “ You speak truly,” said Tillman, spot; but in truth, I know not his “and fight will no doubt be prudent. name;" for he merely answered, “It But come what may, I shall remain. I matters not; I shall find him out:" and have a duty that keeps me here, and then, without saying another word, he must be fulfilled.” began to march up and down with long Catherine heard no more. At first strides, while his daughter sat motionless she had trembled with fear at the thought on the earth. Thus the night passed of leaving Vienna; now she dreaded the away; and when morning came and no stern purpose for which, as she well one appeared, the old man, taking knew, her father determined to stay. Catherine by the hand, returned with During the rest of the day, he was even her to the humble dwelling from which more silent and gloomy than she had hope and joy were now banished for ever beheld him; at evening he went

out, and at midnight returned, still silent Days passed in one uniform course; and gloomy. She saw that as yet he at evening the captain went forth, armed had not found what he sought, and arose with his sword, to watch near the spot to go to her chamber. He too, arose, where his daughter had waited the and closing the door, commanded ber by coming of her seducer; there he re- a sign to be seated again. She breathed mained until midnight, and then re- a prayer for herself and her child, and turned. Catherine watched too, but it obeyed, with a sinking heart. was the expression of Tillman's face; “ Catherine,” said he,“ does your be

a prisoner; and the only trayer know of your situation." moments of comfort that lightened her She blushed and cast down her eyes, sorrow, were gained from the gloomy which were filled with tears. and almost ferocious look which told “Speak,” continued her father; “ does her, night after night, that the hand of he know?" her father was not yet red with the “ He does.” blood of her faithless lover. She believed “He knows it, and comes not ! He him base; the thought of his perfidy is worse than a villain ; a monster, a withered her heart, but she loved him wretch who abandons his child.” still, and hope still whispered at times, “ Catherine," he resumed, “ this must

he would yet return. An not be. Listen to me; your father as. event, which neither supposed to be in sumes your cause, pledges to you an the least connected with their affliction, honour that never was stained. Your was soon to afford the key to the singular father renounces his own vengeance to history of their misfortunes.

save you; he swears to forgive the man

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