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turned away quickly and listened to Miss
tion, and gain ber her place in society. This Northumberland. Mr. Byles was haranguing
I have undertaken, and, as you say I must on his one theme with its variations.
tell you all, even my motives, I will add that A TALE OF THE WEST INDIES. “Now, my wife, Mr. Tyrel, will do what
I do it with the more zest because I am afraid her sex can in promoting this enterprise. I
I do not love Miss Sinclair as I ought to love propose that she shall illustrate certain func
ELBEKOMER," said the Danish my wife. If I can serve her, perhaps I shall tions of womankind."
lawyer after dinner, as he pressed love her better. If I gain for her a name, a “And very gracefully she will do it," said the hand of the young American officer, on fortune, and a lineage, I may then honorably Tyrel, looking at the simpering wife. taking leave of him.
retire from a connection which has been "Well, sir, it is not so much grace that “And what does that mean?” said the brought about by circumstance ratber than will be required,” rejoined Mr. Byles. “She lieutenant-commander.
by choice; by filial duty rather than by the will perform the various domestic labors “Ah! it means "May it go well with instincts of the heart." which fall to woman's share, and display, in you,' may your dinner agree with you, may “Does the young lady love you ?
said this particular, man as a worker, or, as I you enjoy life, live to grow old, marry the Counselor Federstahl. sometimes call him, man as a bee."
woman you love; have good luck '-as you “I am afraid she does,” said the poor “Pray, Mr. Byles,” said Tyrel, “ why not
Americans say. It is a sort of universal | captain, blushing beneath his bronze. make a collection of women by themselves, blessing !"
“A complicated case-truly a complicated and illustrate woman, all the way up from
“ Then I
may return it, Counselor Feder- case," said the lawyer. the Hottentot to the graceful American, say ?
stahl, and say “Welbekomer' to you, may I The counselor's house was situated high, That would draw a good crowd.” He arched
and commanded a splendid view. Seldom, in his brow for a private signal to me.
“ Certainly, Captain Belknap, certainly. | all his wandering life, had the young sailor Byles, who only caught at one seeming sneer, It is our Danish custom after dinner, and seen any thing so superb as this unlimited and lost the whole, looked a little angry, and not a bad one; we shake hands, and invoke reach of ocean, this calm, splendid, brilliant. said :
good wishes on our guests. It may make up ly-illuminated heaven. Each star seemed to “Mr. Tyrel, I think I told you, sir, that I for the poorness of our cooks, the deficiency be detached from the sky, and to hang down am not a worker in the confined sense of the of our entourage. It at least is better than by an invisible thread. Each planet glowed word. My business bas to do with thought, the old Italian custom of poisoning people.” with pale, intense fire; and, although there and I shall take my place among the philoso- “Decidedly! Then, counselor, I may rely was no moon, the earth was filled with their phers, as I explained.”
on your help ; may trust that you will act for radiance. He walked sturdily down the steep “ Please to accept my humble services as me, and with me, in this matter which has descent, casting one glance at his ship, the chamberlain," said Tyrel, deferentially; "and brought me to St. Thomas ?”
Calypso, as she lay grandly at rest in the Mr. Penhallow here would, I am sure, make “Yes, Captain Belknap, you have my beautiful harbor. All was well with her. an admirable representative of man as an word to that effect.-Good-night.”
Discipline reigned on that fine vessel. Was intimate friend."
And the young naval officer walked away it as well with him ? Could be pipe all My plan does not propose to classify into the stillness of the tropical night toward hands to their duty in his own nature ? the virtues," said Mr. Byles, looking suspi. the famous French Hotel, which then accom- Could he rule Captain Belknap as he did his ciously at me, as if I had been guilty of modated the heterogeneous visitors to the crew ? He looked up at the sky, and saw chaffing him.
little town of Charlotte Amalie, which Venus-loveliest planet of them all--and a “ Then leave out the lawyer,” said 1, crowned the conical hill of St. Thomas, Dan. smile crept over his face. turning about and joining the other group, ish West Indies.
“All very well but for you, my lady,” looking, I know, very red. Miss Bodley saw Captain Belknap, in his interview with said he, addressing himself to the serene god. there was something disagreeable going on, Counselor Federstahl, had put him in posses. dess, and, turning to ber father, asked if they sion of some facts which it was difficult for When he reached the hotel he crept up should wait for M. Bodelet.
the young man to narrate, but which he was to his room, rather than join the group of “I hardly like to wait,” he said, to us obliged, by the counselor's demand, to give travelers on the piazza ; but he noticed, as he three. “But there is one guest yet to ar. him.
passed them, the figure of a mook, in the rive, and I am afraid he might be somewhat “ You must remember, my dear young
dress of bis order-some South American hurt if he were to find us at dinner; and friend," said the sagacious lawyer,
brother, no doubt, on his way to Europe. yet-you are quite sure, Fear, that he will there must be perfect confidence between He had a brown robe with the conventional come!"
client and counselor. You must tell me cowl, and a rope tied round his waist-the “He certainly was very positive, yester- your motives, even, or I cannot attempt to very lowest and humblest dress, yet there day," said she. help you in this complicated affair."
was something so pronounced about bis The matter was set at rest by the ap- “Well, then, my dear sir, since you say
head and face that the young man turned pearance now of the last of the guests, M. so, I will tell you all,” said Belknap.
again to look at him; as he did so, he saw Felix Bodelet, who came in upon our little “There came under my mother's care that the monk was looking at him—earnestly room full of company, to the eye much as if some years ago, in a mysterious manner, a and curiously. a Huguenot had stepped bodily from a pict. young girl, a very young girl, who we have However, he went to his apartment, and ure-frame, to my thinking indeed, or rather reason to suppose has relatives and property was soon sleeping the sound, bealthy sleep to my instinct, with the old ducal power in these islands. There was a cloud hanging of early manhood. Toward morning he bewhich constantly reasserts itself in politics over her mother, and the records are very gan to dream of the monk in the brown robe, and society; that is to say, I saw before me much disturbed by the fact that just before finally getting into so much trouble with a man, quiet and determined, born to rule her death she (the mother) burned a quantity him that he awoke, saying rather impatientwhatever principality might rightly fall to of papers. Only a few letters remain: one ly to himself: his share. He became at once the centre of pointing to certain people in Cuba as pos- “I would rather dream of the 'Nun with the circle. It was for him that we had sessing facts of considerable importance; the Brown Rosary.'” waited, without knowing it, and now that he another recalling the name and relationship Just then the slightest, most delicate tap had come we were ready. For my part I borne by her to Captain Charles Walsingham. was heard at his door. Thinking it was the felt at once a sense of relief. There had been “ This young lady, whose name, to save colored servant with a jug of water, or his an undefined and uncomfortable feeling lest further complications, is Julia Sinclair, has early coffee and roll, he called out loudly, in this discordant gathering it might fall to become to my mother as a daughter ; nay, “ Come in!”—when there entered the monk. my lòt to act as master in charge, but now I more, she would have her a real daughter, “A thousand pardors, Captain Belknap,” recognized at a glance my leader, and knew and make her my wife. I have received her said the holy brother, with the ease and elethat he would prove equal to the emer promise to become so if I can find out her gance of a man of the world—“ten thousand gency.
real history, reëstablish her mother's reputa. pardons for disturbing you so early, but I
as we are.
have a letter for you, from your Secretary of Captain Belknap was not wanting in personal | Burgundy, a trifle better-such was Mrs. Cas. State, introducing my humble self, through attraction. The bronzed, mavly face was not tleton's dinner. the Lord Bishop of Baltimore. I must ask handsome, but it was better, it was strong, Horace was happy with a Danish beauty of you to read it, and to give me your an. concentrated, and honest. The compact fig. on either side, nor was he ignorant of the swer, as I am now called away to confess a ure was symmetrical and straight, and the fact that May Castleton's eyes were seeking dying person. Nothing else would have height, six feet and an inch, gave it majesty. him out, although she had been taken in to persuaded me to so early a call."
Christmas-day is the day after to-mor- dinner by Belknap. Captain Belknap sat up in bed, pulled row," said the counselor. “If you and your “How do you amuse yourself here!” said his mosquito-net aside, and took the letter. friend will be here at the botel to-morrow, the captain to his fair companion. It was indeed from Washington, and official. we will go over early in the morning on a lit. “Oh, we rise early, go to ride on horse. It requested (in terms which were politely a tle schooner, so that we can attend the ser- back, come back to an eleven-o'clock breakcommand) that he should take Father Am- vice in the morning of Christmas-day, pay a fast, then take a siesta, or read, or do our embrosius, of the Carmelite Monastery at Lima, visit to the governor and some dignitaries, broidery. Then we lunch at two, take anoth. on board his vessel as a guest, for his West take our drive, and make our toilets for a er siesta, drive at four to get the ocean-breeze, Indian and South American cruise. seven-o'clock dinner."
and dine at seven. A lazy, upinteresting, So he was to have this infernal monk, When the counselor saw the captain and sleepy life, Captain Belknap." of whom he had been dreaming, as a daily his friend, he did not wonder that Belknap “Ah!” said Miss Liogenbrod. "May has companion, was he? Captain Belknap felt had mentioned the beauty of his first-officer. just come home from boarding school in Eu. blasphemous.
Heywood was one of those rare and unusual rope ; she has all her original energy hang. However, he was a gentleman, and he swal- masculine beauties who have appeared now ing about her yet. When she has been home lowed his wrath, and spoke gently :
and then upon the earth--once under the as long as we have, she will become contented “I must be here a week or ten days; name of Byron, once under the name of
This climate saps the ambition then we shall start, and I shall be most hap. Cæsar Borgia, farther back under the name in a year or two." py to receive your reverence on board." of Alcibiades, farther still under that of Ab- The young officers, who were simply melt.
Father Ambrosius smiled, bowed, and salom, and so on up and down the stream of ing in their formal uniforms and bigb, em. raised his three fingers to give the captain time-men who were not only handsome but broidered coat-collars, thought as much-the his blessing. The captain bowed from be- beautiful. He was dark, of the Byronic type, thermometer (although it was Christmas and hind the mosquito-net, and with satisfaction with most lustrous eyes, clear and perfect nine o'clock in the evening) was up among saw him shut the door. “ He might have complexion, most radiant smile, most regular the nineties. spared me the blessiag," said he. “I liked features. As he stepped forward to clasp The hour of toasts arrived, and the com. Counselor Federstahl's better-what was that the hand of Counselor Federstahl, such was pany drank “ To the roof !” “ To our absent word? Wellbeknown, Welcome-you-Wel. his grace, cordiality, and beaming beauty, friends ; God bless them !”—a toast always bekomer-now, I have it! Well, I don't say that the Danish lawyer almost uttered an ex- drunk with much emotion in these islandsWelbekomer to Father Ambrosius, any way." clamation. He had tbe added charm of un- “Good health and good wealth!" " His ma
After Captain Belknap had breakfasted, consciousness. Horace had been so long ac. jesty the king! “Our friendly allies-Engand had visited his ship, he received a visit customed to his own beauty that he was not land and America" (rather patronizing !); from Counselor Federstahl, who promised him troubled by it. Nature had done every thing then, rising, each shook hands with the otha ride on the little Spanish jennets, for which for this creature, in a fit of madness. She er, and said, “Welbekomor !" when the ladies St. Thomas was famous. No carriage can had chiseled his features, toned his col retired, obtain on that sugar-loaf, but these dear little and perfected his voice, which was sweeter The gentlemen over their cigars, rum-andpacing ponies give the Thomasians an after- than harp or dulcimer.
water, brandy, and cordials, heard the sound noon ride. The captain had a sailor's inap- “ This fellow is handsome-Belknap was of music from the parlor, and the younger titude for horseback, but owned that the right! The Santa Cruz ladies will admire men sighed to get to the performance and Spanish jennet was nearest to being a rock- him," thought Counselor Federstahl.
the performers. The Danish ladies all play ing-chair of any thing he had ever tried.
When the three gentlemen entered the beautifully on the piano, most of the mea When Counselor Federstahl had shown | long, low drawing-room of Mrs. Castleton on touch the piano with grace and skill, so that him the splendid view, when they had talked the Christmas-evening, they made a decided music is a very great resource in these reout Sir Francis Drake and Captain Kidd, the sensation. Two American officers in full mote communities. Danish lawyer took up the subject of Captain uniform were a rarity on the island, and The host finally giving the word to more, Belknap's business.
Counselor Federstahl was very distin. Captain Belknap and Lieutenant Herwond “So the lady's father was a naval officer, guished person.
found themselves entering the parlor as Viss and was here in 1814,” said he; “well, that Mrs. Castleton, an elderly widow in cap Lingenbrod was finishing a superb sonata, is a long time ago.
We are now in the and crape, received them with the sweetest and then May Castleton took her place by year 1850. The only person in the islands dignity. She was a lady of high degree, and her side to sing. wbo will be apt to remember him is a Mrs. her manners had the majesty of a bygone It was a contralto voice, exceedingly rich Castleton, whom we shall see at Santa Cruz. day. She presented them to her son and her and powerful, of limited compass, but very Fortunately, I have an invitation to dine guests, then to her daughter Miss May Cas- thrilling. She sang some English and Scotch with her on Christmas-day, and to bring two tleton, finally to Miss Lingenbrod, Miss Stridi. ballads, going from one to the other, winding friends; one of them shall be yourself. Have ron, Miss Feddersen-Danish beauties. But up with “ Lochaber no more"—that most you any intimate friend on your ship who it was on the fair face of May Castleton that heart-breaking melody which made the Scot shall be the other ?"
Belknap's eyes rested. Here was a gentle, tish soldiers in India die of homesickness. Captain Belknap, not yet accustomed to blue-eyed blonde of the most perfect type. She was singing to a roomful of differ insular hospitality, was for refusing this su- The dinner was a large one and most ent nationalities–Danes, Americans, English, perb offer, but finding the counselor to insist, excellent. Illuminated by innumerable wax- and Scotch — and she sang to everybody's he said :
candles, in long glass globes which defended heart. They all entreated for their own na“If I might be so bold, I would like to the flickering light from draughts and from tional air. She refused everybody's request bring my first officer, Horace Heywood-a | insects; the table loaded with Aowers and but Captain Belknap's when he asked her very handsome fellow. If there are ladies, fruit, with heavy, old-fashioned silver-plate to sing “ The Star-spangled Banner." She Horace will make himself agreeable at once. and china, which had been curious and valu- looked at her mother, who nodded assent; As for me, I am not much of a lady's man," able a hundred years ago; and, what was of and she sang it, looking full at the captain and the honest brown face was covered with more importance to the gentlemen, rare and with eyes as blue as the “azure robé of blushes.
excellent wines-Madeira, which had trav- night," in which Drake's poetry has set the The kindly, pale, elderly man looked eled far; Tinto, which had ripened surely ; stars of glory forever. round with a smile. He evidently thought claret, as good as when it left France; and This completed the gallant sailor's con
quest. Female beauty was his Capua, and “then that covers the year 1814; may I look and dancing, while two in front were playing he felt with a pang that he was being dis- back so far?"
with their thumbs on an improvised drum, a loyal to another to whom his fealty was “ Certainly, certainly. I will find it for skin stretched over a barrel-hoop. due.
you; "and the old man, delighted to find some It was a melancholy, minor strain - all Before parting for the night, the young one interested in his hobbies, turned the yel- enslaved and sad people pitch their music on ladies invited the officers to join their riding. | low leaves for him.
a minor chord; and as they danced and sang, party at six o'clock the next morning.
There, amid many entries of all nations, unhappy Africa with her burdens came be“We will take you up to see our astrono- for it was a busy year, Captain Belknap read: fore the listener. Soon the barbaric got the mer, an accomplished old Scotch gentleman,' “Ship Miranda, Captain Charles Walsingham, better of them; they wildly threw their arms said May Castleton, one who lives with arrived at St. Thomas, June 12, 1814." Other in the air, seized each other by the waist, Orion and the Pleiades, and who has had to particulars followed, and Captain Belknap danced as if the tarantula had bitten them; mount all his telescopes on fragments of iron thus accidentally seized one of the threads then they sobered down, advanced in slow implements, like old ploughs and broken bits which he wanted, for Sir Matthew Macdonald's movements, not without majesty, toward the of sugar-boilers, because the ants have eaten knowledge did not stop here; he knew much house, made deep courtesies and obeisance, up the wood which sustained them."
more of the strange story which Belknap and sang some rude rhymes to their monoto“ The ants eaten up the wood ? " said was to unravel, and became an important nous chant, blessing their mistress, the roof, Heywood, incredulously.
* though an unwilling actor, through this case, the family, and gave an especial blessing for "Oh, yes !” said Mrs. Castleton. “I can in that troubled world from which he had our youngest child-darling Miss May." show you pieces of furniture which have been so long persistently escaped. Circumstance May went out to throw them some money hollowed out by them, and frequently we see is too strong for us always.
and to speak to the older ones. A fine, ath& colony of them appear, deliberately strip May Castleton gave the order to return, letic negro stepped forward and addressed off their wings, and then disappear into the and, after taking coffee with Lady Macdonald, her; he had the brand of the slave-ship on wooden paneling, or the sturdy leg of a ma- they left the ruined, forlorn old residence, his brow; his hair was white; he might have hogany table. Oh! we are living on the out- where not only the ants, but other purloiners sat to Tintoretto as a model for the slave in side of things down here, I assure you." of freshness and comfort, had been at work the “Miracle of St. Mark."
The next morning, happily released from for long years. There are many such houses “Manuel, an African prince,” said Mr. their uniforms, by the command of the ladies, in the West Indies, monuments of past pros- Castleton. “Once very troublesome, supthe young officers joined them at Mrs. Castle- perity, where poverty is bravely, silently posed to have committed a murder, but now ton's.
borne. It would be well were they all illu- one of our best hands. When emancipation The fair equestriennes in white habits, or minated by learning and refinement, as was came about, he refused to leave us, and he cool, gray linen, as befitted the climate, were this one. Riding home she selected Belknap has the care of our best sugar-plantation.” mounted on the pretty Spanish jennets. Mr. for her cavalier, much to his delight.
As May bent over from the veranda to Castleton and two or three Danish officers “Old Sir Matthew is a great favorite of put a present in his hand, the negro took hers were already in attendance. Two borses mamma's," said she; “they have been friends and pressed it to his forehead. Her old nurse stood ready for the sailors.
for so many years. We tell them that they and several of the other negroes came forMay Castleton's bloom bore the early have some dramatic secrets, for they are al. ward and performed the same Oriental hommorning light better than the creamy com- ways whispering. You see, I am the young- age. Mrs. Castleton and her son came in plexion of the Danes. Miss Lingenbrod had est of a very large family; my brother, you also for some respectful ceremonies; then fine black eyes to help her along, but the observe, is almost old enough to be my father, the dusky serenaders disappeared down the others had the pale-blue orbs of their race. and I am left out of the family councils : they alleys, and this closed a characteristic West Horace Heywood looked as he always did, as treat me like a baby, which I am not !”
Indian scene. if he had been especially prinked by Apollo Certainly, if she was, she was very well “Manuel is unhappy about his son,” said and Venus for the destruction of Hebe and grown, robust, and beautiful, the captain May. “He wants to go to Cuba very much the minor goddesses; and Captain Belknap thought.
to see him. The poor boy is in some trouble looked tall and brown and strong-if anybody Mrs. Castleton awaited them with a dé- there.” looked at him.
jeuner à la fourchette, for which they were “ The revolutionary spirit of the family The morning was glorious, as tropical quite ready. It was served in a shaded ve. broken out, I suppose," said Mr. Castleton. mornings always are, and the little cavalcade randa which looked into the garden. Any began a fast movement along a palm avenue, inclosed spot is a garden in these fortunate The time came for Captain Belknap and and then more slowly ascended the hill which islands, but Mrs. Cast ton, alway
his ship to depart from the hospitable din. led to Sir Matthew Macdonald's,
ways tasteful, an old resident, had the most ners and the beautiful drives under the palms They found the old Scotch laird at his beautiful garden on the island : long avenues, of Santa Cruz. As a slight return for Mrs. observations already, noting barometers, shaded thickly by the polished-leaved orange- Castleton's many hospitalities, he offered to thermometers, and observing Nature accu- trees, the fragrant olive, and the innumerable take Manuel to Cuba-an offer gratefully acrately.
blossoming trees of the island, radiated fan- cepted. They were of the kind-hearted class When the young American officers were shaped from the house; along one alley, scar- of masters, and, although virtual emancipapresented to him he showed great interest, let blossoms lighted up the green ; in anoth- tion hail then taken place on the Danish asked the name of their ship, and, turning to er, yellow tassels hung gracefully; in another, islands, it had not freed the negro and masa big, musty folio, recorded all the facts they pink; in another, white flowers shone against ter from those ties of almost paternal interest told him about the Calypso, her guns, her the leaves like stars. The banana, the pine which had held them together. Captain Beltonnage, etc. “ This I have done for fifty apple, the guava, and the orange, were planted knap took Manuel for his own body-servant, years," said the patient old man; “my inter- at intervals, while on the porch hung the and promised him as such protection and est in this world is bounded by what comes heavy blossoms of the passion-flower, which help in that cruel island of Cuba where the into these seas, which lie under my eyes, Na- bears the curious, pear-shaped fruit they call black man has no rights. ture, which lies all about me, and the heav. the “pawpaw.”
Horace Heywood had made the best use ens above me; I care not for society, for After breakfast, Mrs. Castleton had ar- of his eyes and opportunities, and, when he politics, for the performance of men on the ranged a surprise for her guests. The negroes left the island, the Danish beauties suffered theatre of the world. So long as men see fit from the plantations always come in during | inexpressible heart-breaks. Poor Belknap to come here to me, I am interested in them, Christmas-week to dance and sing for their could not tell whether May Castleton's blush but no further. It may be a selfish existence, masters, who live in the town. So, as the was for lim or for his first-officer, as togethbut it is a bappy one, and hurts no one.” last course was disappearing, a wild, monot- er they bade her good-by.
Captain Belknap asked permission to ex- onous drumming was heard, and, looking "I feel like Ulysses when he said, My amine this curious old volume.
into the garden, the young men saw the ne- dear comrades called on me by name, and “Fifty years, did you say, sir ?” he asked; l'groes, men and women, advancing, singing spake once more of home,'” said the light
hearted Horace, as he paced the deck of the our holy mother Church, by the appropriation up for a few days to the fascinations of the Calypso with Belknap, as they gallantly of large sums of money."
gayest city of the Antilles, and one of the steamed out of the harbor of St. Thomas, on The revelations which followed were of most peculiar and beautiful of all the cities their way through the Caribbean Sea toward the utmost importance to Captain Belknap. of the world - Havana, a city unlike any Cuba.
They supplied many a missing link, and other, and well worth seeing once in a lifetime. “And I feel that our ship is appropriate wholly removed the doubts which had bung Father Ambrosius had quietly bidden tbem ly named," said Belknap.
about the legality of the marriage of Julia good-morning, and bad disappeared as soon “ Calypso was not a woman, she was a Sinclair's mother.
as the first boat from the Calypso touched goddess," said a soft voice near them.
“ And the name of your Cuban?” said the shore. There are many priests, holy Both young men started, and observed Father Ambrosius.
brothers, friars, monks, and so on, in Havana, Father Ambrosius, who had joined them at “ Don Pedro de Santillo," said Belknap. and often Captain Belknap thought he saw St. Thomas, and who was now walking gen- A gleam of satisfaction passed over the dark him, but he would find only another brown tly by their side.
face of the monk, which suddenly recalled to robe, another cowl, another sbaven head, but Father Ambrosius, like most of his order, Belknup the feeling of suspicion with which not Father Ambrosius. was an accomplished scholar, a man of the he had regarded him at first. Discretion, At length he found the time had come to world, a person of infinite tact, and sure to that better part of valor, was not a part of go in search of Don Pedro de Santillo, a make himself agreeable if he chose to do so. the brave sailor's character. It suddenly oc- wealthy planter, wbo lived up in the country He had joined the two young men, and had curred to him that he had done an indiscreet beyond Matanzas. He told Horace of his broken in upon a tête-d-tête, two things unen- thing, but the reflection came after the deed. plans, put him temporarily in charge of the durable to men generally, but he had struck However, the monk had certainly given him Calypso, and took with him Manuel, #bo the key-note of their talk and their thought. a quid pro quo, and by his graceful and in- hoped, at Matanzas, to find his son, a slate He proceeded with his walk and talk in such genuous talk soon quieted the captain's fears. on one of the coffee-plantations. an unpriestly and in so agreeable a manner, As for Horace Heywood, he gave himself And from that moment Captain Belknap that they were both won, in spite of them- up to “soft air tints and delightful dreams.” (who, for the comfort of the thing, had diselves. Not that Father Ambrosius ever de. He recalled, as he walked the deck, the black vested bimself of bis uniform, and wore simscended into light conversation that unbe- eyes of Miss Lingenbrod, and, as he took the ply the linen clothes of the island) was lost came his character as a consecrated and an morning watch, he saw in the sky the blue for many months to the ship he commanded, elderly man, but he knew the classics, he eyes of May Castleton. No place is so per- the friends he loved, the people whose object knew human nature, he had taste and intel. fectly fitted for the lover's dream as the deck and duty it was to search for him. ligence, he talked of those passions which of a ship. The silent stars are good confi- When the time came for him to return agitate the world, not wholly to condemn dants; they never tell.
And those trop
to his ship, Horace of course watened for them, but to sympathize with those who ical seas and lustrous stars, those trade- him anxiously. When a day, several days, struggled. He was, also, a capital judge of winds, on whose soft wings fly delicate a week, had passed, then the search began in wines, and a gourmand when not fasting. thoughts and gentle fancies, are all conducive good earnest. The Spanish Government were
On his fast-days, a salad suffioed for his to tender dreams. Father Ambrosius, suffi- not anxious to be held responsible for the dinner, but his talk was as wise and witty as ciently human to be touched by the beauty | loss of a Daval officer-one of high rank, and
He soon overcame all Belknap's preju- of the young officer, came and talked with commanding a ship-of-war in their port—but dice. The frank, warm-hearted sailor was him, as he walked, of Provençal poetry, of Captain Belknap had disappeared, and no one ashamed of the presentiment which had as. Clémence Isaure and her violet, of old Span- could find him. To do them justice, the Spansailed him when he first saw the holy broth- ish romance, of French sentiment. The rus- ish officials worked hard, but fruitlessly. Poor
ty old monk had all Petrarch's sonnets on Manuel-whose fate no one cared for particu. One moonlit night, as they sailed on the his tongue's end, and quoted them beautiful- larly—and his temporary friend and master smooth Caribbean Sea, and watched for the ly for the benefit of Horace.
had disappeared from the face of the earth. Southern Cross, then dimly visible, Father When the Calypso had arrived at Havana, There was no telegraph, as now, to the United Ambrosius opened to Captain Belknap the and had properly saluted, and received from States; so Horace Heywood, in the absence most interesting and valuable discovery. the great Morro Castle her quota of guns, of his superior, took command of the Calyp
“ You will forgive me,” said he, in his Captain Belknap and his first-officer made so, and went on with his cruise. Don Pedro soft, low tones, “if I have concealed from the formal call on the governor-general, at- de Santillo, a fine, patriarchal old planter, you that I know your business in these isl. tended by an appropriate suite, and by Man- had received the visit of Captain Belknap, ands, and that I have some important infor- uel, who was carefully dressed in the navy had put him in possession of valuable papers mation for you. I did not connect you with blue of the ship, with“ Calypso ” embroidered and had noticed his servant, a fine old whitethis story until a conversation with Counselon bis cap.
haired African, but had seen them all depart or Federstahl accidentally revealed it to me, They did not love the United States at from his house with an English gentleman, but I can and will try to recompense you
that moment in Cuba. Captain William who was also his guest, and who he said had for your politeness in taking me from St. Walker, whom some one has called the “gray- struck up quite an acquaintance with Captain Thomas to Cuba on your ship by putting in cyed nuisance of destiny," was fresh in his Belknap. your hands the confession of Julia Sinclair's exploits of filibusterdom, and no American This was all Horace could learn. Some mother, which was given to us with her per- was allowed to visit the Morro Castle. Sev. foul play had been done the party between mission to use it, at our discretion, for the eral Americans had lately been imprisoned, the plantation of Don Pedro de Santillo and adrantage of her daughter when the proper notoriously one editor, whose case will be Matanzas, but nothing more could be learned. time should come. You will find it here, fresh in the minds of many.
There was diplomatic correspondence with the indorsement of the Lord Bishop of But the uniform of our gallant navy, and enough to liberate ten thousand officers. Baltimore. You know that Mrs. Sinclair the guns of the Calypso, and our broad pennon Ships-of-war were sent bither and thither, died a dutiful daughter of our Church, and floating from the topmast, were a protection but Captain Belknap was not found. I have but been waiting to get this clew to of the proudest. The captain, however, It is now proper to return to the fate of her. One single obligation remains on your mindful of his humble charge (the negro poor Belknap, who had, through his unlucky side before giving this up. I must receive Manuel), provided him with a special paper confidence in Father Ambrosius, thrown himfrom you the name of the Spanish resident in from the governor-general, which gave him self entirely into the hands of a powerful Cuba to whom you are now going, as a proof Jiberty to walk about the city of Havana, and ganization, who had the most intense reason demanded by these documents, that you which would protect him, in case of difficulty for finding him out, and for suppressing him know Julia Sinclair's history up to a certain or danger, from arrest.
—that of gaining for Mother Church a very point, and that you will help me also to dis- Then, going up to the agreeable hotel large fortune, the fortune of Julia Sinclair. cover a certain person involved in the net, of Mrs. Almy, where Americans most do It was for this that Father Ambrosius had who has not only wronged Miss Sinclair, but congregate, the young men gave themselves laid in wait at St. Thomas; it was for this
that he had accompanied the unsuspicious the next morning he was borne, heavily position, taken a negro from Santa Cruz to Belknap, and bad wormed from him the val- chained, to the interior of the island — he Cuba—a most imprudent thing to do—and uable information he had gained; it was for knew not where.
my theory is, that Manuel got into some trouthis that he caused him to be waylaid and In the horrors of a sugar-boiling house, ble, and that poor Belknap in defending him decoyed until he got him into the Morro Cas- where the slaves are worked, in Cuba, eigh- was murdered and put out of the way." tle.
teen hours out of the twenty-four, Manuel Of course Horace, as the nearest friend For Belknap, after gaining from Don Pe. passed the next three months—occasionally of Belknap, was very important and interestdro all the information he needed, bad been feeling for the paper hidden in his hair. ing to these two poor ladies, who hung upon very much fascinated with the conversation That was safe, but the time to use it had not his every word. of an English gentleman, Mr. St. John, who
Meantime, Father Ambrosius was not talked to him of the extent, majesty, and Meantime Captain Belknap and Mr. St. idle. By his profound and well-laid plot, his worth of Havana's great fortification, the John had gone to Havana, passed the night amiable and accomplished tool Mr. St. John, Morro Castle. It was, as we have said, for- at Mr. St. John's lodgings, where the unsus- and by Belkoap's unlucky complaisance, he bidden to Americans to visit that extensive pecting American left bis name, his belong. bad gained every thing he wanted, even Bel. work-one of the many of which the story is ings, even his papers, lest some search should knap's papers. Belknap's disappearance, and told that Charles V. asked if they were being be made at the Morro, and proceeded to in- the noise made about it, did not trouble him built of silver—and Belkuap felt a great de
spect the castle. Polite officials received at all. He knew that the American Governsire to see it. Mr. St. John went on expa- them, passed them from casemate to case- ment would not find him, and that after a tiating, and finally proposed that Captain mate, showed them the acres of stone-wall little squabbling in Congress the matter Belknap should change his name, and, re- which defend Cuba, ånd, finally, arriving at a would be dropped, and poor Belknap forgotmaining one night perdu at his lodgings in wicket, they were temporarily stopped and ten. He was in the country where his Church Havana, should go with him, under his pass asked their names. They recorded them: is most favored, and he had that great power as an Englishman, to visit the Morro.
“Henry St. John, Charles Brown, London, on his side. Belknap, with his singular want of dis. England." They then penetrated farther into But he had forgotten the fable of the lion cretion, consented, and, on a certain Tues- the secrets of the Morro. At this point Mr. and the mouse. The humblest element in day, Mr. St. John and Mr. Brown visited the St. John went off to speak to a Spanish of. this mixed story was to prove the deliverer. Morro Castle. Mr. St. John came out, but ficer, and Belknap stopped to look at his own Manuel was the mouse wbo was to gnaw the Mr. Brown did not.
ship, the Calypso, which he saw proudly rid- net, and to upset Father Ambrosius and all All this conversation had passed as they ing at anchor in the beautiful harbor below his cunning. drove from the plantation to Matanzas, in the him. Then, wandering a little farther, he en- We must now return to Santa Cruz and to presence of Manuel, who was to be left there tered a large stone room, looked around for May Castleton, who sat at her window looking to find his unhappy son—who had been con- St. John, heard an iron door shut behind him, into her garden, one tropical morning-on demned to the chain-gang. By what myste- and realized in a moment of time, but in an just such a morning as that when with Caprious telegraph or letter these poor people eternity of anguish, that he was entrapped- tain Belknap she had talked of the poor communicate with each other no one knows, a prisoner!
slave who wanted to go to Cuba. Months but that they do so is well known. Manuel, Yes, a moment before he had seen through and seasons make no difference in Santa who could neither read nor write, had heard a window his own ship; now, a nameless Cruz, and June is like December. She was in Santa Cruz of his son's trouble, and he had man, with no proof of his identity or bis na- thinking of Belknap, wondering that she had some mysterious intention of helping him- tionality, he was a prisoner, caught in the not heard of him or of Manuel, for no word no one knew how or wherefore.
most carefully-prepared trap. Could such a had reached her of the disappearance of the With intuitive cunning and a slave's in- transition be possible ?
captain. Horace had not known of the constinct — that instinct immortalized in the For he bad shut off all hope. As an sultations with Counselor Federstabl or of the classic statue of the “Rémoleur," who lis- American officer, he had no right in the Morro suggestions which had made Miss Castleton tens, as he grinds his knife, to the story of Castle; as Mr. Brown, he had no hope—for an important link in Captain Belknap's dis. conspiracy-Manual listened to Mr. St. John who was Mr. Brown
coveries. Therefore he had not written, and and his young master, and heard every word He realized it all, and bitterly cursed the news comes slowly to Santa Cruz, of their talk. He did not like to be left at day when he had first seen Father Ambrosius. May could hardly tell whether it was Matanzas, for he felt evil in the air ; but, on For the next three months he was as care- reality, or only a part of her dreaming, as she Captain Belknap's telling him that it was his fully watched as the Man in the Iron Mask. saw Manuel, wasted, old, and decrepit, comlast opportunity to see his son, he consented. He could not communicate at all with the ing toward her. He crept up one of the gar
With that regard, too, for a written paper outer world. He was fed and treated well den-avenues, and beckoned to her. She wept which all ignorant persons possess, Manuel enough, even allowed some books; but, as to him ; he fell on his face at her feet. had twisted the governor's protecting pass these were devotional, and in the Spanish Through unexampled hardships and perils into a small wisp, and had braided it in bis language, he did not derive much comfort he had run away from the sugar-plantation, thick, woolly white hair. Some one has wit- from them. He went through the ordinary had reached Havana, and then, using the tily said that no one has so much regard for despair and madness of a prisoner, then sank governor's puss, had tried to find an Ameria printed book as one who cannot read. To into a torpor, and commenced cultivating the can ship in the harbor. Unfortunately, there Manuel a written paper was cabalistic. spiders in his window.
was none at the moment. He had in his It was well for him that he had taken the Horace Heywood, meantime, had per- search run against Father Ambrosius, whom precaution, for that night, after a day spent formed his South American journey, and start- he recognized, and, with true instinct regardwatching his unhapi son, as, with a cannon- ed for the United States. When the Calypso ing him as the cause of all his woes, lie had ball chained to an already sore and festering had entered New York Harbor, he went im- | hastily retreated, and left Havana on limb, he walked his heavy round as one of mediately to see Belknap's poor mother and of the steamers coming back to Santa Cruz, the chain-gang (slaves are condemned to this her adopted daughter, Miss Sinclair. He where, working his passage, he reached St. punishment for an attempt to revolt), he, found a beautiful young woman, who remind- Thomas and home easily. Manuel, was sleeping on a mat before the ed him immediately of May Castleton.
His hardships, and troubles, and fears, wretched prison-door which held the culprits “And you are sure every thing was done had told severely on him; for he was an old at night, when he was set upon by four armed to prosecute the search for poor James ? " man, but he managed to give a very correct men. He was a powerful negro, and armed said she, in those same sweet contralto tones account of the conversation between Captain with a sailor's cutlass. In the effort to de- which he remembered at Santa Cruz.
Belknap and St. John, and of bis fears of foul fend bimself he wounded one of the men Oh, yes; money is being spent freely by play. severely. He was overpowered, his navy- our government now to follow up every clew. May wrote a note immediately to Counclothes and cap torn from him, and he was I fear the poor fellow was murdered. You selor Federstahl, detailing Manuel's strange carried off to a wretched prison. From that I see he had, through the generosity of his dis- story.