The Pittsburgh gazette. (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 1866-1877, December 28, 1868, Image 7
...... ~ .„.....,.:,..y„,..........:2. „ .,., „ . ..:...„.... _,...... h _ z . ter tu_ • . jigiisva ) QSCA!iDAI LANE. FIDDErt .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. but fell 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 put 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 'e . . . . I . . _ . . . rgisßligpri. cA.zEng,.. x oNDIx . DEcTgBER 9 8 • 1861; ~ . .. . ... ~.. _ ... , ~ . .. . . ' -- . it r eali`totiliiidiettiiifitaliefkii ieri V - 1 -' Top and Staunton." , • "But Yon! Oh, you, my generous deliv- 1 eror?" , "Ijilfall dress myself in your clothes and stay here in your place to keep you from be- . i 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 . or their 1 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." "Oh, Capitols." "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 dare, ed Capit nobody could tell you from me," ex claimola in delight, as she com pleted the disguise and the instructions of Clara. , 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 twelve. "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 conceal it. "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. ' throw 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 hind her. 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 -- I. 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 exclaimed "'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 sternation "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., closed cloeed the door *kind Clara; "1 ar it now! This is al jolly imprudef 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 . Icelliitralitiatia,-eitiCr wiBl6fireif 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. . . Dorcas rapped. Cap. sobbed in 'reponse. i "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 Cap. "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 ing voice. The woman went away, and Cap. suffer ed no other interruption until six o'clock, when Dorcas Knight once more rapped, saying : 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 would break. 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 penetrable veil. "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 house. 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 alight. 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- , dons. 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." 0 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, t i) 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 ~ f.77.:-. '....."1-• “Well, I declare, this r- -- ' • - - 7 ., - ally aw ',..o!:, '7 - - - - "or Her-, • 1 Straight happon shall UNE 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 favor." 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 Le Noir. "Capito l .a Black, your honor's glory!" she replied, making a deep courtesy. "What the foul fiend is the meanir.g*of all this?" In the same breath inquired the father and son. 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 sIl 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 hand. 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's feet. Capitols, flushed, breathless and confused, looked up and was caught to the bosom' o n f 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 • aggressor ?" "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 to rise. "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 nd 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., CHAPTER IL 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 estates. In this mood of mind, three day before 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 Punch. Bowl. 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 the Captain. 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, mental ; e bride- ) be thy 1 ye both sonorous a.that pre, the bride, 'thy wed -.T.fieSieffetfeeMdter-eeßleciteDolitild Was • 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, psssed on./ "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 pardon?" "Oh, /have nothing against you, Mr. Le Noir ! It was not / whom you were in 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 perinie. -, 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 great fortune, _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. The above is ull of this story that will be published la-our columns. The continua tion of it from where it leaves off here can be found' only in the New York Ledger, which ; is for sale at all the book stores and news depots. Ask for the narebee dated , .A• 4iktiturt2tl;4BB9; and in ityon will thul tilt! Tho,Ledger vitnailetl to still. ihiee dollars 11. y tarc Tyrig is now writing, expressly for the Lea,ger,, , origirtal ory,-..whicL. continued, through twelve nturibers., WNE3.4 , 0&- 1 .81Egii nOtisk„ r.e.!See Manager ' _ Engagement for one week onto or DIIIISUpEP, PaetomMetst and Tight Coq., 2241 E; MONDNY EVENING; ilEcrazt,Pr y be pre,mted O.:ant:leer RE. : NyeaH. mt.leui C Sirr. Henri, tiamet, coliclude with 11.A.,A the far ofce a NT Grand Ravel 312th:teed on New Ye-tr . day afternoons. PIFTSBUIIIGifTLii E .! Leasee 11. M.:. • - !-.1264 Stare Man , TRIUItHIANT oUCCEss. First appearance orthe t cantitai Dansu - .. 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