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.t is not on the signboard, Sir;
Go search both far and wide ;
it in the town directory,
The map or railroad.g,ulde;
f you punip your neighbors, Sir,
You pump, alas! in rain,
or no one e'er acknowledged yet
Ile lived in Seandal Lane I •
iF; a fearful neighborhood,
So secret and so sly;
A..l:hough the tenants oftentimes
)nchme the rich and high.
I'm told they're evert cannibals,
And 1.77,a(‘.0 they dine or sup,
By ,e-ay of change they'll turn about,
And eali each other -up!
The? ...anal, prefer the youthful, Sir, I
T 1 eautift:l and rare;
They Bind r.p character and all,
Ana call it wholesome faro!
And stioalcl the helpless victim wince,
They heed not cries of pain ;
'These very bloody cannibals,
That live in Scandal Lane!
if you should.chance to dine with them,
Pray,never be deceived,
When they seem Most like bosom friends,
They're liast to be believed. •
Their claws are sheathed in velvet, Sir,
Their teeth aro hid by smiles,
And woe betide the innocent ,
Who falls beneath their wiles,-
When they have singled out their prey,
They mate a cat-like spring;
Or hag them like a serpent, ere
They plant the fatal sting!
And then they wash their guilty hands,
But don't efface the stain,
These very greatly cannibals,
That live in Scandal Laue!
TREE BIDDEN HAND.
DY 3fltS. SOVISWORTII
Author of ~"The Bride of au Ereuing,"."The De
sorted Wife," Ae., =&C„, &c.
• CHAPTER I. .
TIM 'FORCED MABBLIGE.
Colonel Gabrielle Le Noir, a Virginia nre
hob, in order that he might inherit the pa
ternal estates,, hired an outlaw, named
Black Donald, to murder his <elder brother,
Eugene Le Noir. He then shut up En
gene's widow in his residence, known as
the Hidden Home, 'and, as he:,stipposed,
made away with her new-horn infant. But
Eugene's infant child was saved, and finally
got into the possession of Major Ira War
field, a tempestuous old neighbor and re
lentless foe of Colonel Le Noir's. On ac
count of Major Werfield's irrepressible
temper, he was called Old Hurricane, and
his residence Was known asHurricane Hall.
Years :before our story opens, Col. Le
Noir had caused a separation between Ma
jor Waxfield and his wife, and the latter,
under the name of Marsh Rocke, - with her
son Travers , , had had a bitter struggle for
bread. But they had got along, and Tr-
verse had become a hysician, and was be
trothed to Clara ape the only daughter of
a rich doctor. ut Dr. Day dying sod
denly, Clara had come under the control of
the unscrupulous Cu).. Le Noir, the e.necn.-
tor of the Doctor's will and her guardian.
The Colonel had turned Mrs. Rocke and
Traverse oat of Dr. Day's house, and taken
_ Clara off to his own residence, the Hidden
House, where he tried to compel her to
marry his own eon, Craven Le Noir.` But
Capitola [ Black, the heroine a our story,
(and who; though now grown up, was the
same infant child of Ehgele Le Noir that
the Colonel supposed he had silenced fo'r
ever, and who is as keen as an eagle and
braved as a lion ! ) undertook to get Clara out
of the clutches of her peraecutors:
.It was a desperate.game that Capitola un
dertook to play, for the Le Noirs, both fath
er and son, were unscrupulous and cruel to
the last degree. They would not h.eaitate to
commit murder to carry their point if they
could not gain it by the perpetration of les
ser criyaes. But, nothing daunted, the spir
ited-Capitola determined to aid her friend'
Clara, and fornhat purpose risked a visit.to
the Hidden. House while Col. Le Noir was
at honte. She learned from ClB,lll that the
Colonel and Craven were going to take her
to an out-of-the-way chapel in Ahe evening,
' and force her into a marriage against her
will. "The officiating clergymen is' their
friend," said Clara; and even if I tould
consent to act a deceitful part, and should go
to church as if to marry Creven, and upon
getting there, denounce him, instead of re
ceiving the protection of the cerman, I
should be restored to the handsl gy
of my legal
guardian, and be brought backhere to meet
a fate.worse then death." Thus Clara epoke
in a tone of deepair.
Capitols , did not at once xeply,
into deep thought, which lasted many min
„rtes. Then speaking more gravely than she
had spoken before, she said : '
"There is but one plan of. eempe left,.
'your only remaining chance, and that full
of danger.” • •
"Oh I why should I feel danger ? 'What
evil can befall me zo great as that 'which.
now threatens me.? " said Clara.
"This plan requires on your part great
courage, self ; ,control and pr - .2sence of mind. t
"Teach me, teach me, dear Capitols. I
will be an apt pupil 1"
"I have thought it all out, and will tell
my plan. It is now eleven o'clock 'in the
forenoon, and the carriage is to'come for
you at six this evening, I believe ? , •"
"Yes ! yes! " -
"Then you have seien hours in which to
save yourself. And this is ray plat : First,
Clara, you-must change clothes with me
giving me your suit of mourning and
tang on my riding habit, hat and vail. Then
leaving me here in your place, you are to
pull the veil down closely over your face
and walk right out of the house. No one
will speak to you, for they never do to me.
When you have readied the yard, spring
upon my horse and put whip to him for the
village of Tip Top. My servant, Wool,
will ride after yon, but he will not speck to
you or approach near enough to discover
your identity—for he has been ordered by
his master to keep mein sight, and he has
• been foibidden by his mistress to intrude
upon her privacy.- Yon will reach Tip Top
by three o'clock, when the Staunton stage
passes through. Yon may then reveal your
, self to Wool, give my horse into his.eharge,
get into the coach and start for Staunton.
Upon reaching that place. put yourself un
der the protection of your friends, the two
old physiciane and get them to prosecute
yoneguardian'for cruelty and flagrant abuse
of Authority. Be cool, arm and alert, and
au will be well!" •
Clara, who had listened to this little Na
, poleon..in petticoats with breathless interest,
now clasped her hands in, a wild ecstasy of
joy, and exclaimed
• "I will try it 1 Oh, Capitola; I will try it!
Heaver bless you-for the counsel 1" • •
"Be quick, then, change your drug, pro
vide youreell with a purse of money, and
will glve you particular directions how to
make a short cut for Tip Top I Ha, ha, hal
'Ebbe they come for the bride, she will be
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• "But Yon! Oh, you, my generous deliv- 1
"Ijilfall dress myself in your clothes and
stay here in your place to keep you from be-
ing missed, so as to give you full time to
make 7 ur escape."
i"Bu you will place yourself in the en
raged( on's jaws. You will remain in the
poire f two. men who know neither jus
tice n mercy, who in their love .
hate fa r neither God or man. Oh, Capi
tole., . o w can I take - an advantage of your
gene osity, and leave your here in such ex
, trem peril? Capitols, 'I cannot do it."
I "N ell, then, I believe you must be anx
ious to marry Craven Le Noir."
"Well, if you are riot, hurry and get
ready there is no time to be lost. "
"But you! but you my generous friend?"
"Never mind me. 1 /shall be safe enough.
I am not afraid of Le Noire. Bless
their wigs, I should like to see them make
me blench. On the contrary. I desire above
all other things to be pitted against those
two. How r shall enjoy their disappoint
-1 ment and rage. Oh, it will be a rare frolic."
While Capitols was speaking she was also
engaged doing. She went softly to the door
and turned the key in the lock, to prevent
any one from lOoking through the key-hole.
- Then she began to take offher riding-habit.
Quickly she dressed Clara, superintending'
all the details of her disguiee as carefully as'
though she were the costumer of a new,
debutante. When Clara was dressed, she
was so nearly of the same size and shape of
Capitols that ne, one - frervbehind would
have suspected her identitv.
"There, Clara, tuck your light hair out of
the way; pull your gap over your eyes;
gather down your veil close; draw up your
figure; throw back yotir head; walk with a
little springy sway and swagger, as if yon
didn't care for anybody, and—therel I de
ed Capit nobody could tell you from me," ex
claimola in delight, as she com
pleted the disguise and the instructions of
Then Capitols dressed herself In
deep mourning robes. And now the two
girls sat down to compose themselves for a
few minutes, while Capitols gave new and
particular diiectiens for Clara's course and
conduct, so as to insure, as far as human
foresight could do it, the safe termination of
her perilous adventure. By the time they
had ended their talk, the hall clock struck
"There, it is full time you should be off.
Be calm, be cool, be firm, and God bless
you, 'Clara! Dear girl, if I were a young
man, I would deliver you by the strength
of my own arm, without subjecting you to
inconvenience or danger, said Cap. gal
lantly, as she led Cleat° the chamber doer,
and carefully gathered her thick veil in
cleat, tolds over her face, so as to entirely
"Oh, may the Lard in Heaven bless and
presene and reward yen, my brave, my no
ble, my heroic Capitolal" said Clara, fer
vently, with the tears rushing to her eyes.
"Bosh," said Cap. "If you go domg the
sentimental you won't look like me a bit,
and that will spoil all. There, keep, your
vail close, for it's wi'ady, you know. '
back your head swing yourself with a
swagger as if yon didn't care a fig for any
body, and—there you are, " said Cap.,
pushing Clara out and shuttig the door be
Clara paused an instant to offer up one
short fervent prayer for her success and Cap
itola'e safety, and then following her instruc
tions, went on.
Nearly all the girls are clever imitators,
and Clara readily adopted Capitola's light.
springy, swaying walk, and met old Dor
cas Knight, Colonel Le Notr's housekeeper,
in the hall,- without exerting the slightest
suspicion of her identity.
"Htunph," said the woman; "so you are
going. I advise yea not to come back again.
Clara threw ms her head with a swagger,
and went on.
"Very well, you may scorn my words,
but if you kap . * your own good, you'll fol
low my advice," said Dororeltnig,ht, harsh.
ly. •, ,
Clara threw up her head and passed oni,
Before the door, Wool; Caphola's black
servant, was waiting with tbe horees.
Keeping her face closely muffled, Clara
went to Capitoltee pony. Wool came and
helped her into the saddle, saying :
"Yer does right, Miss Cap., to keep your
face ldvered; it's awful windy, ain't it
though ? kin scantly , beep the hat from
blowing offen my head.'
With an impatient jerk after the meaner
of Capitols, Clara signified that she did not
Wish to converse. Wool dropped obedient
ly behind, mounted his horse, and followed
at a respectful distance, until Clara turned
her horse's, head and took the bridle-path
toward Tip , Top.'This move filled poor
Wool with dismay. Riding toward her, he
"'Deed. Miss Cap., yer plus' seise me for
speakin' now. Whar de mischief is Ter
aigolif to ? ,a
For all answer Clara, feigning the temper
of Capitols, suddenly
p wheeled her huponorse,
elevated her riding wh i , and he galloped
Wool in a threatening manner.
Wool dodged and backed his horse with
all possible OXPedigall—exclaiming in con
"Dar ! Dar.,Mlas Cap., I won't go•for to
ex you any more questions—no. not if yer
rides straight to Oliflick orßlaeli Donald!"
Whereupon,.reeeiving. this apology •in
good part,' Cte again turned her horse's
head and rode on her way.
Wool followed, bemoaning the destiny
that kept him between the two fierce fires
of his old master's despotism and his young
mistress' caprice, and muttering: ,
"I know old mares and die young gal am
goin.' for to be the death of me. I knows it
jes' as well as nuilin at all. I 'dare to men
if it aint null to make anybody go heave
themselves right into a grist • mill and be
erouad up at once."
Wool spoke no more .until they got to
Tip Top, when Clara, still closely veiled,
rode up to the stage office just as the coach,
half filled with passengers, was about, to
start. Springing from' her horse ehe went
up Ito Wool and said:
"Here, man, take this horse back to Hur
ricane Hall. Tell Major Warfield that Miss
Black remains at tho 'Hidden House in im
"mlnent danger. Ask him to ride there and
briag her home. Tell Miss Black when you
see her, that I reached Tip Top safe and in
time to take the coach. Tell her I will never
cease to be grateful. And now, here is a
half eagle for your trouble. Good-bye, and
God bless yea." And she put the piece in
his bane and took her place in the, coach,
which immediately sterted.. - - ' '
Meanwhile how fared it with CapitOle in
the Hidden Hoene?
"1 am in for it. now!" said Cap.,
cloeed the door *kind Clara; "1 ar
it now! This is al
tare! What will! 00l do when h
era' that he has 'lost eight' of mi. ^
will uncle shy when he finds 1
I've done? , Wh- l --erial Uncle wilt
I wonder if the walls at Hurricani
be, strong enough to stand it? I
go mad! I doubt if he will v
more good in this world? 4
'But, above all, I woader wl
Noire, father and sort will. sax
find that the heiress has fiown.i
gar,' as undo flatters me by calif,
be here in her place! Whe—eNl
There will be a tornado! Cap., cl i
murder yout gaol just what .
salt, or .thermay lock you up in the haunt
ed , room' to , live with the ghost, Cap., and
that would be worse!
"Hush! here comes Dorcasliniht I ' , Tow
I must Make her believe I'm Clain, and do
the sentimental up brown !" concluded
Capitola, as she seated herself near the door
where shecould be heard, sad began to sob
softly. . .
Cap. sobbed in 'reponse.
"Are you coming to lu lheon, 3lisi
Day?',' inquired the woman.
"Ee—keel Ee—hee! , Ee— e! Ido riot
want to eat," sobbed Cap., in a low and
smothered voice. Any one I would have
thought she was drowned in tears.
"Very well --just as you like," said the
woman, harshly, as she went away.
"Well, I declare," laughed Cap.," gel I
did that quite its'well as an actress could!
But now what am Ito do? How long can I
keep this up? . Heigh-ho!,'let the world
slide! ' I'll not reveal myself until I'm
driven to it, for when I do-i.! Cap., child,
you'll get chewed right up! " I
.A. little later in the day. Dorcas Knight
came again, and rapped at the door.
"Ee—heel Ee—heel Be -heel" sobbed
"Miss Day, your cousin, Craven Le Noir,
wishes to speak with you alone."
"Ee—hee! Be—heel Ee—hed I cannot
see him, sobbed Cap., in a low and suffocat
The woman went away, and Cap. suffer
ed no other interruption until six o'clock,
when Dorcas Knight once more rapped,
: Ales Day, your uncle last the front door
with the carriage, and he wishes to know if
you are ready to obey him'," '
"Ee—hoe! Ee-=-hesf Ee—hed—te—te
- tell him yes!" sobbed Cap., as if her heart
The woman went off with this answer,
arid Capitols hastily enveloped her fn
Clara's large black shawl,, put on plaza'
black bonnet, and tied her, thick mourning
veil closely over her face. _
"A. pretty bridal dress this! but, however,
I suppose these men are no more particular
shoat my costume than they are about their
own conduct," said Cap.
She had just drawn on her gloves when
she heard the footsteps of two men approach
ing. They rapped at the door.
"Come in," she sobbed, in a low broken
voice, that might have belonged to any girl
in deep distress, and she put a white , cam
bric handkerchief up to her eyes and drew
her thick vail closely over her face.
The two Le Noirs immediately entered
the room. Craven approached her, and
whispered softly: •
"You will forgive me this, my share in
these proceedings, after while, sweet Clara.
The Sabine women did not love the Roman
youths the less that they were forcibly made
wives by them."
"Ee—hed7 Fx—hee! Ke —heat" sobbed
Cap., entirely' concealing her face in her
white cambric handkerchief under her im
"Come, comet we lose time," said the el
der Le Noir. "Draw her arm within yours,
Craven, and lead her out."
The young man did as he was directed,
and led Cap. from the room. It was now
quite dark—the long dreary passage' was
only dimly lighted by a hanging lamp, so
that, with the care she took, there, was
scarcely a possibility of Capltola's being
discover ed. They went on, Craven Le Noir
whispering hypocritical apologies, and Cap.
replying only tly sobs.
When they reached the outer door they
found a close carriage drawn up before the
To . this Craven Le. Noir led Capitols,
placed her within and took the seat by her
side. Colonel Le Noir placed himself on
the front seat opposite them, and the carriage
was driven rapidly off. '
An hour's ride brought the party to an
obscur3 church in the depths of the forest,
which Capitola recognized, by the cross on
its top, to be a Roman Catholic Chapel.
were the carriage drew up, andJC
Le Noire got out and assisted Capi ola to
They then led her into the church, whim.
was ,dimly illuminated by a pair of wax
candles burning before the altar. The priest
in his sacerdotal robes was in attendance.
A few country people were scattered thinly
about among the pews, at their private devo- ,
Guarded by Craven Le Noir on the right,
and Colonel Le Noir on the left, Capitols
was marched up the aisle and placed before
the altar. _
Colonel Le Noir then went and spoke
apart to the officiating priest, saying, in a
tone of dissatisfaction:
'TT. told you, Sir, that al our bride was, an
orphan, recently bereaved, and still in deep
mourning, we wished the 'marriage ceresno
ny to be Aridly private, and you gave me
to understand, Sir, that at this hour the
chapel was most likely to be vacant. Yet
here I find half a score of people. Mow is
this?" , •
"Sir," replied the priest, "it is true that
at this hour of the evening the chapel is
most likely to be vacant, but it is nut
certain to be so, nor did I promise as
much. Our chapel is, as you know, open
at all hours of the day and night, that all
who please may come and pray. These peo
ple that yon see are hard-working farm la
borers, who have no time to come in the day,
and who are now hereto offer up their even.'
ing prayers, and, also, some of them to ex
amine their consciences Keparatory to con
fession. They can certainly be no inter
ruptionto the ceremony."
"Egad, I don't know that," muttered
Colonel Le Noir between his teeth.
As for Cap., the sight "of other persons
present in the chapel filled her heart with
joy and exultation,.inasmuch AS it insured
her final safety. And so she just abandoned
herself to the spirit of frolic that poisessed
her, and anticipated with the keenest relish
the ' denouement of her strange. adventure.
"Well, what aro we waiting for? Proceed,
Sir, proceed," said Colonel Le Noir as he
took Cap. by the shoulders and placed her
on the left side of his son, while he himself
stood behind ready to "(rive the bride away."
The ceremony immediately commenced.
The prologue beginning "Dearly Be
loved; we are gathered together here," etc.,
eta.,, etc., was read. .
he solemn exhortation to the contract
ing parties commencing : "I require and
charge ye both, as' ye shall answer in the
dreadfal day of judgment, when the secrets,
of all hearts shall be disclosed,;that if her
of you know any j St cause or impediment
why ye may not lawfully be joined to
gether," &c., &c., c., followed, ' 7
Capitols listened all this with the deepl
est attention, min
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• 1 Straight
tbe bilde; throwing aside her
Tail, answered ftrmly:,' , •
"Not not if he were the last man and 1
the last woman on the face of the earth t ecnd
the human race were about to bec2use ex
tinct, and the angel Gabriel, came clown
from above to ask it of me• as a perscual
Tha' e Cect of this outburst, this invela
tion, this eXplosion, may be imagined brt
can never be adequately. described.
The triest dropped his book, and stets&
with lilted hands and open mouth and star
ing eyes, as though he had raised a ghost!
The tv:o Le Noirs siroulter.eously sprang
forward, astonishment, disappointment rod
rage contending in their blanched faces!
"Who are you, girl?" exclaimed Colonel
"Capito l .a Black, your honor's glory!"
she replied, making a deep courtesy.
"What the foul fiend is the meanir.g*of
this?" In the same breath inquired the father
Ga., in her free, rollicking way, re-
plied: ' •
"It means that y ou have 'been outwitted
by' a girl; it means that your purposed vic
tim has lied, and is by this time in safety,
It means that you two, precious father and
son', would be, a pair of knave' if you had
.sense enough; but, failing in that, you are
only a pair of fools." . •
By this time, the attention of the feet per
in the church was aroused. ,They
arose to their .feet to look and liaten, dad
some of them left their places and approach
ed the altar. And to these latter .Capitola
now suddenly turned, and said, aloud:
"Good people, I am. Capitola • Black, the
niece .and ward of Xajor Ira Warfield, of
Hurricane Hall, whom you all know,; and
now "claim your protection:while I shall
tell you the meaning of my presence here."
"Don't listen to her! she, is a maniac!"
cried Colonel Le - Noir.
"Stop her mouth!" cried Craven, spring
ing upon Capitola-and holding him tightly
in the grasp of his right Wan, while he cov
ered her lips and ndstrila with his large left
Capitols struggled so fiercely to free her
self that Craven had enough to do to hold
her, and was not aware of a ringing foot
step coming up the aisle, until a stunning
blow, dealt from a strong arm, covered his
face with blood, and stretched him out at
Capitols, flushed, breathless and confused,
looked up and was caught to the bosom' o
Herbert Grayson, who, pale with conce
trated rage. held her closely and inquired:
"Capitols, what violence is this which,
has been done you? Explen, , who is the
"Wai—wal—wait until I get my breath !
-there"! that was good. • That "Villain has
all but strangled me to death. Oh, Herbert,
I'm so delighted you've come HOw is it
that_you always drop right down at the
right time and on the right spot ?" said Cap-
Rola, -while gasping for breath.
"I will tell you another time. Now' I
want en explanbtion.
"Yes, Herbert, also wish to explain—
not only to you, but to these gaping good
people. Let me have a hearing," raid Cap.
"She -is mad—absolutely mad I" cried
Colonel Le Noir, who was assisting his son
"Sinises, Sin !" thundered Harbert
Greyson, advancing toward'lm withuplift
ed and threatening hand./
"Gentlemen, gentlemen! pray remember
that you are within. the walls of a church,"
said the distressed priest.
"Craven, this Is / no place for us go
and pursue our fugitive ward," whispered
Colonel Le Noir to his son.
"We might as well; for it is clear that all
is over here," replied Craven.
And the two baffled villains left the place.
Herbert Greyson was ,Capitola's lover.
He had just graduated from West. Point had
received a Lieutenant's com forces
was on his way to Mezi join ther
under General T .He had come out
of his w visit Hurricane Hall, had met
o at Tip Top, and from him learned of
Capitols's danger, and come to her rescue.,
cow:gm LE nom's naVENGU.
When Colonel Le Noir left the chapel, his
heart was torn with, rage'and shame, and he
determined to wreak sumary vengeance
on Capitols, not only because she had baf
fled him in his schemes against Clara Day,
but because he knew her to be the child of
his murdered brother, Eugene, and. feared
she would some day claim her dead father's
In this mood of mind, three day
his departure to joinhis regiment, besought
the retreat of the outlaw. He chose an early
hour of 'the evening as that in' which he
should be most likely to find Bladt'Donald.
It was about eight o'clock when he
wrapped his large cloak around his tall
figure, palled his hat low over his sinister
brows, and set out to walk alone in the se
cret cavern in the side of Aim Demon's
On arriving eta certain spot,. he gave a
peculiar whistle, which was immediately
answered from within by the well-known
voice of the outlaw chief, saying: --
"All right, my Colonel. Give me your
hand. Be careful now; .the door of this
cavern is several feet below the opening."
Le Noir extended his hand into the dark
ness within and soon felt It grasped by that
of Black Donald, who, muttering, "Slow
ly, slowly, my Colonel!" succeeded in guid
ing him• down the utter darkness of the sub
terranean, descent until they stood upon the
firm bottom of the cavern..
They were Mill in the midst 'of a black
ness that might be felt, except that fr6m a
small peening in the side of the rock a light
gleamed. Toward this second opening
Black Donald conducted his patron.
And Stooping and passing before him, led
him into an inner cavern, well lighted and
rudely fitted up. Upon a large natural plat
form of rock, occupying the centre of the
space, were some dozen bottles of brandy
or whisk several loaves of bread and some
dried ve y, nison. Around this rude table,
seated' upon fragments, of rock, lugged .
thither for, the purpose, Were some eight or
ten men of the band, in various stages of
intoxication: Along the walls were piles of
bear-skine, some, of which served as couches
for six or seven en, who bad thrown them
selves down upon them in a state of exhaus
tion or drunken stupor..
"Come, boys, we have not a boundless
choice' of apartments here;
ose and I want 'to
talk to my Colonel. Supp you take your
liquor and bread and meat into the outer
cavern, and givoris the use of this one for
an hour," said the outlaw. ,
The men sullenly obeyed. and ,began to
gather up the viands. , Demon . Dick seized
one of the lights to go after;them,
4 Tut down the glim, Satan singe your
skin for •youl Do you want to bring a hue
and cry uron us: Don't you know,a light,
in the outer cavern can be seen from the
'outdoor roaredßlack Donild..
Dick sulkily' set down the candle and fol
lowed Ids comrades. ,
"What are you g,lummering about? con
found you! You can see to eat and drink
well enough and find your way to your
mouth in the dark, you brute," thundered
But there was no answer to this as the
men had , retreated and left their chief with
his visitor alone.
Colonel Le lioir's bargain with the out,
; e bride-
) be thy
1 ye both
• waylay and kill Capitols., as,soon as . possi-,
ble, for which service Colonel Le Noir was
to pay him $5,000 in gold. • The heartless
outlaw said, on the bargain's being corrie r
plated, "Yon know, my Coloael, how I set
tled the hash of the girl's father—your elder
brother—and now it is no more than just
amends that I should send his daughter to
hoz. in Heaven as soon as possible."
In a few days after his interview with
Black Donald, Colonel Le Noir started to
joie. his regiment in Mexico, in which, as ill
luck would have it, Herbert Greyson was a
Lieutenant and Traverse Bodo (Clara
They's lover) had enlisted as a private. -As
soon as the Colonel had gone, his son Cra
ven began to plot against hira. Having lost
Clara Day, Craeen thought the nest best
thing he could do would be to woo and win
Capitola, and after securing her for his wife,
claim all the Le Noir estates for her as the
heir. of his uncle Eugene and leave his
father to take care of himself as best he weld.
Craven Le Noir proceeded cautiously with
his plans, knowing that there was time
enough, and that all might,be lost by baste.
He did not evieh to alarm Capitols.
The first time he took occasion to meet
her in liar rides he merely bowed deeply,
even to the nape of his saddle, and with a
melancholy smile passed on.
"Miserable Wretch! be is a mean fellow
to want to marry a girl , against her will, no
matter how much he might have been in
.love witla leer, and I am very glad I balked
him. Still, he ' looks so ill and unhappy that
—I can't help ,pitying him," said Case, l
looking compassionately at his white cheeks
and languishing eyes, and little knowing
that the illness was the effect of dissipation,
and that the.melafithely was assumed for
the occasion. •
, A. few days after this Cap. again met era. /
yen Le Noir, who again, with fi deep bow
and sad smile, passed her. . / I
"Poor fellow! he richly deserves to e ease-
far, and I hope it will make him better, for
lum downright sorry for him; it must be
so dreadful to lose one we love! but it was
too base in him to let his father try to com
pel her to have him!" /
Now Craven Le Noir had been conscious
of the relenting and compassiOnate looks of
Capitols, bnt he did not know they were
only the pity* regardspf a noble and vic
torious nature over a vanquished and suf
fering wroug-doer. However, he still de
termined to be cautious, and not ruin his
prospects by precipitate action, but to has
ten slowly.. , - -
So the next time he met Capitols he rais
ed his eye with', one deep, sad, appealing
gaze to herseand then bowing profoundly,
"Poor man!" said Cap - to herself," he
bears no / mallee toward me for depriving him
of his,svreethearte that's certain! And bad
ly as'he behaved,euppose it was all for
loye; for I don't know how any one could
live in the same house with Clara and not
he in love with her. I should have been so
myself, if ld been a man,l know!"
The next time Cap. mt Craven, and saw
again that deep, sorrowful, appealing gaze,
as he bowed and passed her, she glanced
after him, saying to herself :
"Poor soul, I wonder what he means by
looking at me in that piteous manner? I
can do nothing to relieve him. I'm sure if
I could I would. 'Bat the way of the
transgressor is hard,' Mr. Le Noir, and he
who sins mast suffer!" •
For about three weeks their seemingly
accidental meetings continued in this silent
manner, so slowly did Craven make his ad
vances. Then feeling more confidence he
made a considerable long step forward.
One day, when he guessed that Capitols
would be out, instead of meeting her as
heretofore, he puthimself in her road, and,
riding slowly toward a five-barred gate, al
lowed her to overtake him.
He opened the gate, and bowing, held it
open until she had passed.
She bowed her thanks and rode on, but,
presently, withci - ut the , least appearance of
intrnding--since she had overtaken hies—he
was at her side, and, speaking with down
cast eyes and deferential-manner, he said:
"I have long desired an opportunity to
express the deep sorrow and mortification I
feel, for having been hurried into rudeness
toward an estimable young lady at the For
est Chapel: Miss Black, will you permit
me now to assure you of my profound re=
pentanee of that act, and to implore your
"Oh, /have nothing against you, Mr. Le
Noir ! It was not / whom you were
tending to marry against my will ! and as
for what you said and did to me, ha-ha !
I had provoked 'it, you know, and I also
afterward paid it in kind ! It was a fair
fight, in which I was victor; and victors
should never be vindictive I" said Cap.,
laughing, for although knowinghim to bave
been violent and unjust, she'did not suspect
him of being treicherons, and deceitful, or
imagine the base designs concealed beneath
his plausible manner. Her brave, `honest
nature could understand a brute andl a des
pot, but not a traitor. •\
• Craven bowed, smiled, lifted his hat and
rode away; and not to excite Capitola's sus•
jicions; he avoided meeting her for a -few
days, and then threw himself in he road,
and, as before); allowed he to overtake, him.
. Very subtiely he entered - into conversa
tion with her, mid guarded every word and
look, took care :to.interest without alarming
her. He said no more of friendship, but a
great deal of reget for wasted yeses and,
wasted talents - teethe past, and good resolu
tions for the future. •
And Cap. listened good huraoredly. I Cap
itols being ofea brave, hard, firm nature,
had net the seasitiye perceptions, fine intui
tions and - true insight into character that
distinguished the more refined nature of
Clara Day--or, at least, she had not these
delicate faculties - in the- same perfection.
Thus her undefined suspicions of Craven's
sincerity were overborne by a sort of noble
benevolence, which determined her to think,
the best'of him which circumstances would
Craven, on his part, having had naore ex
perience, was , much wiser ha the pdrsnit of
his • object; he had also the advantage of ,
being in. elongate his passion for Capitols
was sincere, and • not, as it had been in the
ease -of•Clarae simulated; he believed, there
fore, that when the time should be ripe - for
'the deelfiration of his love, he would have a
Much better prdspeet of sueeess—especlelly
as Capitola, her ignorance of her 'own
_must consider his propoeal
the very_climax of disinterestedness. -
After three more weeka of riding and con•
'-versing witleCapitola, he had, in his own
utilisation; advanced' so far in her good
:opinion - 8510 make it perfectly safe to risk a
declaration: And this he determined - to do
upon the first, oinfortamty.
, Chance favored him. •
One afternoon Capitels, riding through
the pleasanewoods skirting the beck of the
mountain: range that sheltered Hurricane
Mall, got a fall, fer Which slae was afterward
inclined welleo cuff her servant Wool.
happened in this way: she had come to
asleep Ilia in the road, end urged her Pony
Into a hard ettliop, intending, as she said to
herself, to "storm the height e " when sud
denly. under the violent strain, ",the girth e
ill-fustened, fievr ap . art e and Miss, Cap. was
on the ground, buried under the fallen sad
dle. At this'instant Craven rode up.
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TIIE FAIRY YA.L.ISI4III:, •
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ACADEMY OF' MUSIC .
M. HERTZ, .the 'Great 11111-I,q'izt.
MONDAY, TUESDAY AND;WED rayl,
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