The Columbia Democrat. (Bloomsburg, Pa.) 1837-1850, July 04, 1840, Image 1

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I hovo iworn upon tho Altar of lod, eternal Hostility to every form or Tyranny over tho "-"-Thorn. Jefferson.
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'In the sixteenth century, and in tlic reign
f Qucon Elizabeth of glorious memory,
glboil many of her golden days am rusiou
with blooil)thcre lived in tho city of London
i bold young' prentice, who loved hie mas-
' ilniiirhter. There wero no uouo; wwi-
tlie walls a sreat many 'prentices in the
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amo conaition, uiu i npcai. ui u.njr
id his name was Hugh Graham.
This Hugh wa3 apprenticed to an honest
owyer who dwelt iu the ward of Uheypo,
nd was rumored to possess great wealth
tumor was nuilo as infalliblo in those days
,s at the present time, but it happened then
now. to be sometimes right by acoiucni.
stumbled unon the truth when it gave the
4 n.Hontr mini of tnnnov. .wllis Uade
ad been a profitable one in the time of
jng Henry, the Eiglh, who encourageu
nphsh archory to the utmost, and no nau
r. nnrl iliscrCOl. TIlUS it CalHU
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n nass that Mistiess Alice, his only daugh
r. is the richest heiress in all his wealthy
ward. Young Hugh had olien maintained
ith staff and cudgel that she was the tho
handsomest. To do him justice I believe
she was.
If he could have pained the heart of pret
tv Mistress Alice bv knocking this convic
ftioninto stubborn people's heads, Hugh
iwnuld have had no cause to tear. lSut
(though the Uowyor's daughter smiled in
secret to hoar ol his doughty uoeu lor nor
sake, and though her lillle waiting woman
Tenoned all her smiles (and many more) to
(Hugh, and though he was at a vastexpenso
in kisses and small coin to recompenco lier
idolhy, ho mado no progress m his love.
o duist not whisporto Mistress Alice savo
sure encouragement, and that she novor
gavo him. A glance of hor dark eye as
6he sat at the door, on summer's evening
after prayer time, while he and the. neigh
boring 'prentices exercised themselves in
the street with blunted sworu and buckler,
Would fire Hugh's blond so that iiunu could
fjtand before him; but then she glanced at
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rothers finite as kinuiy as on mm, nnu wjic.u
(was tho use of Bracking crown's if Mistress
fAlice smiled upon the cracked as well as on
Ithe craeUcr I
Still Hugh went on, and loved hor more
'nnd more. He thought of her all day, and
rpamcd of her all mailt lonr. He treas
nrrd no evcrv word and had a palpitation
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if tho heart whenovcr he heard her loot-
iens on tho stairs or her voice in an adjoin
ling room. To him.the old Uowyer s House
'was haunted bv an anstel: there was on
'ichautmcnt in the air and space m which she
'moved. It would hro been a miracle to
Hugh if flowers had sprung upfront the
rush BlrcXvn floors beneath the tread of the
lovely Mistress Alice.
Never did 'prentice long to distinguish
himself in tho eyes of his lady-love so ar-
.xlontlvas Hush. Sometimes he pictured
f to himself the house taking fire by night,
mini nn. wueii an uiuw ndun 111 iwu, twuu.t
through the flamo and smoke and bearing
fon :
Iter from the ruitis in hia arms. At other
limes he thought of a rising of fierco reb
els, an ntlack upon the city, a strong ussault
upon tho IJowyer's house in particular) and
ho falling on tho threshhold piereed witn
numberless wounds in defence of Mistres.3
AIIpr. If hn could onlv enact torao pfo-
digy of valor, do somo wonderful deod anUv
let her know that she had inspired i.t, he
thought he coulddio contented. .
Sometimes tho Bowyer and his daughter
would po out to supper with a worthy citi
zen at the fashionable hour.flrsix o'clock,
unit mi kiip.1i ocL-asions llu''h wcarinsr his
blue 'prentice cloak as gallantly as 'pren
tice might, would attend with a lantern and
his trusty club to escort them home. These
were the brightest moments of his lite.
To hold the light while Mistress Alico pick
ed her Btens. to touch her hand uj he help
ed her over broken ways, to have her lean
ing on his arm it sometimes even camo to
that this was happiness iudeed 1
When the nights were fair, Hugh follow
ed in the rear, his eyes riveted on the grace
ful figure of the Bowyer's daughter as sue
and the old man moved on before him. be
they threaded tho narrow winding streets of
the city, now passing beneath tho ovei hang
cables of old wooden houses whenco
creaking signs projected into streets, BHd
now emerging from somo dark nnd frown
ing gateway into tho clear moonlight. At
such times, or when the shouts of strag
gling brawlers met her ear, tho Bowyer's
daughter vould look timidly back at Hugh
beseeching him to draw nearer; and then
hew ho grasped his club ami longed to do
battle with a dozen rufllew, for the lovo of
Mistress Alice 1
The old Bowvcr was in tho habit of
lending money on interest to the gallants
of the Court.and thus it happened that ma
ny n richly-dressed gentleman dismounted
at his door. More waving plumes and gal
lant steeds, indeed, wero seen at the Bow
yer's house, and who embroidfirod silks and
velvets snaikled in his dark shop and dark
er private closest than at any merchant's iu
tho city. In those times no less than m
the present it would soem that the richest
looking cavaliers often wanted money the
Of these glittering clients there was one
who always camo alone. He was always
nobly mounted, and having no attendant
cavo his horse in charco ts Hugh while he
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and the Bowyer were closeted within.
Once as he sprung into the saddle Mistress
Alice was seated at nn upper window, and
beforo she could withdraw he had doited
his jewelled cap nnd kissed his hand.
Hugh watched him caracoling down the
street, and burnt with indijnalion. But
how much dcepor was tho glow that red
dened in his cheeks when raising his eyes
to the casement ho saw that Alice watched
the stranger too !
Ho came a'ain and ofton each time array
ed more gaily than before, and still tho lit-
tie casement showed him Mistress Alice.
At length ono heavy day, she fled from
home. It had cost her n hard struggle, mr
all her old father's gifts wore strewn about
her chamber as if she had parted from them
ono by one and knew that tho time must
come when theso tokens of his love wouiu
wring her heart yet she was gooo.
She left a letter commending her poor
fiiiher to the eare of Hugh, and wishing ho
might he happier than he could ever havo
been with her, for ho deserved tho love 01 a
better and purer heart than she had to be
slow. Tho old man's frgivenos3 (she
said) she had no power to risk.butshe pray
ed God to bless him and so ended with a
blot upon the paper whero her had fal
len .. .
At first the old man's wrath was kindled,
and ho carried his wrong to tho Queen s
throne itself; but thoro was no redress ne
loarnt at Court, for his daughter had been
cenveyed abroad. This afterwards appoar
ml to 'be the truth, sh there came from
Franre, after an interval of several years, a
lulter in her hand. It was written in trem
blinc characters, and almost illegible. Lit
tle could be made out save that she olten
thought of home and her old dear pleasant IswaUowed up by a Royal Proclamation, in
ily by a quar
ter of au inch, three standard feet in
length. 'J"-
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Royal proclamations usually lake their
room and that she had dreamt her father wMoh'hc'r majesty, strongly censoring the
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was neau ana nan noi oicssco ner anu mai practice, oicanng ivbj; opai'isii m
her heart was breaking. prepasterousuength (as being a bullying and
The poor old Bowyer lingered on, novor swaggerlngwiitom, tending to bloodshed
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knew now that ho had loTtd his daughter particular day thereyi named, certain grave
.,.1 ...nn il.n lint- (list hminil him i'iti7"nn nil null! rnnalr in tho nitv trntss. and
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to earth. It broke nt length, and he died, there, iu public, break nlfjraplors worn or
bequeathing his old 'prentico his . trade and carried by perwiiaiclaimingjidmisslon, that
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n nn wp.ri 1 1. and solemn v cuarcinf? it m. oxcecucu. irionm :wero -oni
with his last breath to revengo his child if
ever he whs had worked her misery croEs
prl hia nnlli in Ufa iisain.
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T?.n iUm limn nt A line's fiirM. Ihn till, pnnnn. pi llin nnli ir 1 wnhnor nnvcr ca much
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ing ground, the fields, lh fencing-cchool, On tho appointed day two citizens of high
the summer evening sporti, knew Hugh no repute took up their stations at cich of the
Tin rni. in rrrfnt ninnnrn nnil re. I nr.itps. attended bv n IiartV of the citv fllard:
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pute among the citizens, bit ho was never the main body to enforce tho Queen's will
o..n in miln nml nnrnr mnnlnil in their and lake custody of all such rebels fif any
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generous, he was loved by all. Ho was a f.w to boar tho standard measures and in-
pitied too by thoso who knew his slory;and .trumcnts for reducing all unlawful sword-
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along tho streets alone at disk, even tho pursuance of these arrangements, MaBter
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rude common people Qoiieuuieir cap3, anu i urauarn anu anoincr woro pou si uuu
minelcd n rouh air of symtathy with their Gate, on the hill before Saiut Paul's.
respect. A pretty numerous company were gath-
One uight in May it wai her birthnight Crsd together at this spot, foi, besides tho
and twenty years siuco oho had left her officers in attendance to enforce tho procla-
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had hallowed in his boyish days. He was ers-on of various degrees, who raised from
now a gray-haired map, though still in tho time to time such shouts and cries as the
prime of life. Old thoughts had borne circumstance called forth. A spruce youug
him company for many hours, and the courtier was tho first who approached; ne
ii..n,iiBr had (rr:iiliinllv uat nuitG dark. nnsshRflthcd a weanon of burnished steel
when he was roused by a lew knocking at that shone and glistened in the sun, and
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the outsr door. nanueu u wun uie newen uir m mu w.-ii
He hastened down, and opening it, saw who, finding it exactly three feet- long, ro
hv thn lirht of a lamn which he had seized turned it with a bow. Thereupon tho gal-
in the way, a female figure crouching in lant raised his hat and crying,"God save the
tho portal. It hurried swiftly past him.and
changed that
gleam of what
her knees with
and shamo be-
frlided un tho stairs. He looked out
pursuers. There were none inUight,
Ho was incliucd to tHink it a vision of
his own brain when suddenly a vague sus
picion of tho truth flashed upon his mind.
He barred the door and hastened wildly
back. Yo3, there she was there in the
chamber ho had quitted, ithcro in her old
innocent, happy home,
none but ho could trace on
she had bten there upon
her hands clasped in agon;
fore her burning face.
"My God, my God!" )sho cried, "now
strike me dead 1 ThougHI have brought
death and shame aud sorroy on this roof
oh, let mc dio at homo in nercy!"
Tliero vas no tear upon her f.ce thon.but
she trembled and glanced mind tho cham
ber. Every thing wa3 in tl.e old place,
Her bed looked as if sho had risen from it
but that morning. The sight of these fa
miliar objects marking the dear remem-
branco in which sho had been held, and tho
hliirht he had brought unon herself was
moro lhan the woman's better naturo that
had carried her there, could bear, Sho wept
and fell upon the ground.
A rumor was spread about, in a few days
time; that tho Bowyer's cruel daughter
had come home, and that Master Hugh
Graham had given her lodging in his house.
It was ru-nored too that lie had resigned her
fortune, iu order that she might bestow it in
acts of chantv, and that ho had vowed to
guard her in her solitude.butthat they wero
neer to see each other moro. 1 hose ru
mors greatly incensed all virtnou3 wives
and daughters in tho ward, especially when
they appeared to recoivo somo corrobora
tion from tho circumstance of Master Gra
ham taking up his abado iu another tene
ment hard by. Tho estimation iu which
he was held, however, forbade any ques
tioning on the subject, and as the Bowyer's
house was close shut up, and nobody camo
forth when public shows and festivities were
in progress, or to flaunt in tho public walks
or to buy now fashions at tho mercer's
booths, all tho woll-conducted females a
greed among themselves that (hero could be
no woman there.
These reports had scarcely died away
when the wonder of oyery good citizen,
mala and female, was uttorly absorbed anJ
Queen" passed on amidst the plaudits of the
mob. Then came another a better cour
tier .still who wore a blade but two feet
long, whereat the .people laughed, much to
tho disparagement of his honor's dignity.
Then camo third, a Bturdy old officer of
the army, girded with a rapier n least a foot
and a half beyond her Majesty's pleasurejat
him thov raised a eroat shout and most of
the spectators (but especially those who
wero armorers or cullers) laughed very
heartily at tho breakage which would ensue.
But they were disappointed; for the old
campaigner, cooly unbuckling his sword
and bidding his servant carry it home again
passed through unarmed, to tho great indig
nation of all tho spectators. They relieved
themselves in some degree by hooing a tal
blustering fellow with a prodigious weapon
who stopped short in coming in sight ot tho
preparations, and after n little consideration
turned bacft cain; but all this time no rapi
ho.t liion hrnL-i-n slihoimh it was hL'li
v v a w
noon, nnd all cavaliers of any quality or ap
nnnrnnnfi worn latins? their way towards
Saint Paul's churchyard.
During theso proceedings Master Urs
ham had stood apart.strictly confining him m ihn ilniv imDOscd unon him, add
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taking little heed of anything beyond.
He stepped forward now as a richly dress
cd centleman on foot, followed by n sin
irlo ntmndnnt. wnstecn advancin.T up the
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Ao this narson drew nearer, the crowd
stopped their clamor and bent forward with
eager looks. Master Graham standing n
lono in tho gateway, and the stranger com
ing slowly towards him, they seemed, as it
were, set face to face. The noblemen (for
he looked one) had a haughty and disdain
ful air, which bespoko the slight estimation
iu which he hold tho citizen. Tho citizen,
on the other hand, preserved tho resolute
bearing of ono who was not to bs frowned
down or daunted, and who cared vory littlo
for any nobility but that of worth and man
hood. It was,perhap-,somo consciousness
on tho part of each, of theso feelings in tho
other, that infused a more stern expression
into their regards as they camo closer to
gether. "Your rapier, worthy Sir!"
At tho instant that he pronoucod theso
words, Graham started, and falling back
some paces, laid his hand upon his dagger
n his belt.
" Yotl are the man whoso hdrse I used
to hold before the Bowyer's door t Yoii
aro tho lean I Speak 1"
" Out, you 'prentice bound 1" cried th.
" You are he 1 1 know you well l" cried
Graham. " Let no man be step belwcn ua
two, or I shall bo his murderer." With
that he drew his dagger and rushed in upon
Ho slrancer iad drawn his weanon frord
tho scabbard ready for the scrutiny, beforo
a word wa3 spoken, lie made a thrust st
his assailant, but tha dagger which Gra
hum clutched in his left hand being the dirk
in uso at that time for parrying such blows,
promptly turned the point aside Thoy
closed. The dagger fell rattling upon the"
ground, and Graham wresting his adversa
ry'a uwoid from his grasp, plunged it
through hia heart. As ho drew it out it
snapped in two, leaving a fragment in tho
dead roan's body,
All this passed so swiftly that tho bvrihm-
dersloeked on without an effort to interfere;
but the malt was no sooner down than an
Uproar broko forth which rent tho nir. -t
The attendant rushing the gate pro
claimed that his master a ncbleman, had
been set upon and slain by a citizen; tho
word quickly spread from mouth to mouthj
Saint Paul's cathedral and every hook-shop,
ordinary, nnd smokmg-liouse m the church
yard poured out it3 stream of cavaliers and
their followers, who mingling together in a,
dense tumultuous body, struggled sword iri
hand, towards tho npot.
With equal impetuosity and stimulating
each other in loud cries and shouts, the cit
izen md common people took the quarrel
on their side, and encircling Master Gra
ham a hundred deep, forced him from tho
gate. In vain ho waved the broken sword
above his head, crying that ha would die on
Londou's threshold fer their sacK?J homes.
They bore him on, end ever keeping him in
the midst so that no man could attack him,
fought their way into tho city.
The clash of swords and roar of voices.
the dust and heat and pressure, the tramp
ling under foot of men, the distracted looks
and shrieks of women at tho windows a-
bovo as they recognized their relatives of
lovers in the crowd, tho rapid tolling of a-
larrn bells, tho furious rage and passion of
the scene, were fearful. Those who, be
ing on the outskirts of each crowd could
use their weapons with effect, fought des
perately .while those behind maddened with,
baffled rage struck at each other over tho
heads of those before them, and crushed
their own fellows. Wherever the broken
sword was seen above the people's heads,
towards that spot the cavaliers made a new
rush. Every ono of these charge- was
marked by sudden gaps in the throng whero
men were trodden down, but as fast as they
wero made, tho tide swept over them and
slill the multitude pressed oil again; a con
fused msss of swords, clubs, staves, bro
ken plumes, fragments of rich cloaks and
doublets, and angry Heeding faces, all mix
ed up together in inexlrinable disorder.
Tho desisn of the people was to forco
Master Graham to tako refuge in his dwell
ing, and to defend it until tho authorities
could interfere or they could gain time for
parley. But either from ignorances or in
tho confusion of the niomont, they utopped
at his old house which was so closely shut.
Somo time was lo3t in beating tho doors
open and passing him to the front. About
a score of the boldest of the party threw
themselves into the torrent while this was
being done, and reaching tho doer at tho
same moment vith himself, cut him off
from his defenders,
"I never will turn in such righlesus c'aasd
so help me Heaven!" cried Graham in 4
voice that at last made itself heard.and con
fronting lhcta as he spoke, "Least of all
will I turn upon this threshold which owes
its desolation to such men as yc. I giro no
quarter, and I will have none. Strike 1"
For a moment they stood at boy At thai
moment a shot from an unseen hand ap
parently fired by soma pirton who had