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the conflict, by periling his life and honor in the departure will have; and, since you cannot get a field of battle. His reply to Franklin, when that vessel, I shall procure and fit out one, to carry great American sought to discourage this purpose, your despatches to Congress and me to America.” shows the peculiar character of this young French Thus when a difficulty arises in finding a vessel nobleman in a most favorable light :
to bear him to the American shores, how promptly “Hitherto, I have only cherished your cause ; he removes that difficulty by the use of his pri
The lower it is in vate means in securing a vessel. Then, having the opinion of the people, the greater effect my arrived in America and proffered his services to
now I am going to serve it.
the Congress, when that body of American rep- and well-wisher, but that of a brother-not that resentatives hesitates and doubts the expediency of a foreigner, but that of an American patriot. of accepting those services in the only proper But we have other impressive illustrations of his manner, by giving the gallant young soldier a warm love for the American Republic. Can we suitable commission, how nobly he evinces the wish a stronger token than his journey to France entire absence of selfish considerations and of in 1779 to secure active intervention and assistance self-assertion, the sublime purity and marvelous for America, and his glad return with the insincerity of his avowed motives, by offering to telligence of his success in obtaining a fleet and serve as an unrecognized volunteer without com- an army, besides a considerable supply of clothing, mand, and without compensation.
guns, and ammunition ? nor was he content win The Nation's noble Father was not slow to this, he actually purchased with his own money comprehend the young French volunteer, nor his a large quantity of swords and other equirage heart to receive and welcome him to the most which he presented to his own command. Then intimate relations of his military home-circle. we have his second trip to France, after Corn. Washington saw in Lafayette, not an adventurer, wallis's surrender, when he went zealously to work not a seeker after warlike glory, but a pure, disin- recruiting an army for his beloved America; the terested lover, an honest, earnest devotee of the fact that the conclusion of the war and ratification cause which was so dear to his own heart-Wash of peace made this army unnecessary does not ington knew Lafayette, and fully appreciated his render Lafayette's effort any less an evidence of noble character at their first interview, and the his devoted love towards America. But even the friendship, or rather the relationship of father fact that the assured independence of the American and son, then formed, never grew less, but grew States rendered his services no longer necessary, stronger and warmer on the part of each until the could not repress his ardent love—he must once death of the elder, when there was not in all more come over and see the realization of his America a more sincere mourner than the noble hopes and prayers, the fruition of his labors, in Lafayette in his far-away France.
the establishment of the free Republic. Even the We shall not follow Lafayette in his doings in lapse of forty years did not weaken this attachment the American army; the scores of histories of our to the United States, and in 1824, he came gladly Revolution all record these, and we are not writ. in response to an invitation to revisit these prospering his biography; we have not herein to do with ous States. And he had ample testimony during this his exploits, but simply to study his character and visit that his love of our Nation was heartily recipthe nature of his relations to our country.
rocated by the people with absolute unanimity. Lafayette, in coming to America simply and So long as our American Republic continues, so purely obeyed the dictates of his warm love, his long as the American people cherish with fond affccintense devotion, to liberty and human freedom; tion the memory of George Washington, even so but under the influence of his truly filial attach-long should every American cherish, with love ment to Washington, seconded and sustained by second only to that entertained to the great chiel, the sentiments he could not but see were enter the name and fame of the MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE. tained towards him by all the patriots of the land,
REMARKS.—The illustrations ac. he learned to regard the young Republic itself
companying this article have been with the fond affection of a son; he learned to
prepared with special care; the porlove the American Nation with as sincere an
trait, engraved by Rea, is from a attachment as a native patriot could feel; he
French portrait of Lafayette in became, indeed, almost an American. One of the
1777, while the small medallion most striking and the most touching illustrations
picture is a copy of the portrait of his peculiar identification of himself with our
upon the medal voted to the Marcountry, is found in his letter to Mrs. Joseph quis by the famous Seventh Regiment, National Reed, the President of the Society of Ladies, Guard, of the City of New York, on the Centennial organized in Philadelphia in 1780, for the noble Birthday of Washington, which was illustrated and purpose of relieving the sufferings of the patriot described in the American Historical Recond, 1874, soldiers; his language is not that of a mere friend page 492.
WOOED AND MARRIED.
rich or poor.
By Rosa NOUCHETTE CAREY, Author of "Vellie's Memories,” “Wee Wifie,” “Barbara Heathcote's I'rial,” and “Robert Ord's Atonement.” CHAPTER X. NIDDERDALE COTTAGE.
bands tune up as briskly as though they were in " Who is Honor Nethecote?"
the Cheltenham or Montpelier gardiens. Mrs. ChiDym's curiosity began to feel aggravated by the chester and her court have retired to the coolest constant recurrence of this name. Who could this tent; the villagers are beginning to come in, in mysterious individual be, who seemed to be the knots of twos and threes. Dym sees Phillis walkpresiding spirit of the day, so that nothing could ing with her fellow-servants from the Hall. Misbe done without her supervision? Was she young, tress Dorothy, in her black silk and Paisley shawl, or old ? If she were Humphrey's sister, was she curtsies primly as she passes the hillock where Dym plain and freckled as he was? Dym wondered. and her lame companion sat. There is nothing like a mystery to excite interest. " I should like to hear all about it, Grace,'' says An unconscious fascination impelled Dym to every Dym, settling herself comfortably against the treespot where Honor Nethecote's name was men- trunk; and Grace, nothing loth, complies. tioned-it seemed to be on the lips of every one, It was a long story, but Dym did not weary of
it-possibly because it reminded her of Will's, Honor's taste-how beautiful !" from Mrs. wherein Mr. Chichester was ever the hero; withTrevor. “Miss Nethecote-ah, she promised Doll out doubt he was Grace's hero. .
The little dressher fuchsia should be put in a good place." The maker's eyes filled with tears when she spoke of latter sotto voce from a lame, sickly-looking girl, his generosity and goodness. who with one crutch was trying to push her way Grace Dunster lived over Burgess, the tailor's; through a throng of merry-faced lasses. "Ah, she had two little rooms there, which she called where's Phil, I wonder," with a patient sort of home. But she did not live alone ; she had two sigh that excited Dym's compassion.
young sisters, whom she had to maintain with her “You are tired-can I help you to find your needle. friends? It must be very fatiguing for you in this Grace did not dwell much on their poverty and hot tent and with all this crowd,” says Dym, in struggles—it was not for naught that Grace Dunsher pleasant voice.
ter had that sweet, earnest face ; patience and en"It is only Doll's fuchsia, thank you. Ah, durance was written in every feature of it-but she there it is! I can see it over those heads." spoke of Doll, who had epileptic fits, and would
"You had better see it closer,'' returns Dym, not live to be a woman ; and Phil, who turned kindly. She pilots a way for the lame girl, and out to be a girl, “who is very rough, but homely, stations her very carefully where she can get a miss, and scours and cleans up so nicely, and helps gool view of the precious flower. She has no idea me with a white seam when her lessons are done that this is the object of Guy Chichester's chivalry and the other girls are at play." this morning--the lame dressmaker, Grace Duns- And then Grace related, but very briefly, how ter. Grace looks up with sparkling eyes. “Isn't her foot had been bad from a child, and how it it beautiful? I wish Doll could see how well it grew worse and worse, “ till the bone seemed to looks. If it had been a child we couldn't have be on fire with the pain ;' and Grace worked on tended it more.
Phil used to wash its leaves and by day, and cried herself to sleep at night, but count the buds every morning. I think the squire softly, so as not to awake Phil; and how her face will be pleased with it. Phil will carry it up when grew pale and pinched-like with the constant the show is over."
trouble of it, and folks said she would go into "Is it a present for the squire ?" asks Dym, consumption and die; and then how this came with a winning look. She hears all about it pre- about to the squire's ears, and one day, when sently, when she and Grace are sitting together on Grace was sitting alone, sobbing a bit over her a shady seat on a hillock under some trees. The work—just for relief's sake-the squire and Miss Nethecote came in together, and were both of supported poor little Grace's tottering steps down them so kind, and the squire asked her if she those dreadful stone stairs ! But the climax of would be a good, brave girl, and do what he told the story, the flower-decked table, brought her her; and when she said “ Yes,” but very wander- | back to the old grievance: “Who was "liss ingly, he told her that Miss Nethecote had offered Nethecote ?" And she was about to put some to take Phil and Doll home to Nidderdale Cottage, leading question to Grace when Mr. Nethecote and promised her old servant should look after himself appeared at the foot of the hillock. Doll; but that he was going to send Grace down He doffed his straw hat, and looked so hard at to a grand London hospital, where the cleverest Dyin that she felt frightened. She found out afterdoctors in the world would see her poor foot, and wards that he was very short sighted. tell her what must be done to it; and when Grace “ Miss Elliott-ah, Grace, how d'ye do? In cried, though it was only out of pure gratitude pleasant company, I see-Miss Elliott, the squire and joy like, “at being so thought of, miss,'' he wants you to come down to the tent and have some promised there and then that he would come up refreshments, before it is too hot and crowded." to London and see her.
He had not forgotten her, then? Dym looked And he kept his word, and came twice or thrice pleased, but returned rather diffidently that she into the great hospital ward when the amputation would rather stay where she was, unless Mrs. Chi. was over, and Grace was relieved of her life-long chester wanted her. burden; nay, more, when the doctors said it “ Madam doesn't want you," returned Mr. would be long before she would be strong and fit Nethecote brusquely; “there's a regular bevy of for work again, he sent her to another beautiful dowagers in there," nodding contemptuously to hospital, built somewhere on the seashore, where the tent below. ". See the conquering Hero for six happy weeks Grace could see the waves rip comes,' that's out of compliment to you, squire," pling over the sand, and drink in health with the as Guy Chichester's broad shoulders appeared sweet sea-breezes.
below. “ Here is a rebel for you! Miss Elliot Nor did his kindness end there; “for if he did won't obey orders-rather stop where she is." not meet me himself at the station and bring me Mr. Chichester looked up and smiled. “As home in his fine open carriage, which will hold though you can expect anything but contradiction eight comfortable, miss ; and there I found Phil from a woman, Humphrey," in a tone of unusual and Doll and Miss Nethecote, and the tea-table benevolence. “Can't you bring her and Grace all dressed up with flowers, just as though it were something good up there? Miss Elliott, I think a school seast. Why, it is making you cry, miss, after all you put on that pink gown for effectI declare !"
you are so determined to show it. Halloo, Ber: Dym did actually brush away a tear.
wick, what are you after?" as the boy rushed pust rative, simple as it was, moved her to tearful him, panting and breathless. interest. What a great benevolent heart it must “I am only going to the house to fetch my be that could interest itself in the trouble of a wickets and bat, cousin Guy; those fellows up poor seamstress! Other men were doubtless as there want to get up a game of cricket. Well, generous as Mr. Chichester; many a one would what now, squire?" as Guy coolly took him by have sent the poor little sufferer to the London the shoulders and marched him off in a different hospital, and, perhaps, even to the convalescent direction, to where a knot of boys were assemhome-the lives of rich men abound in such deeds bled. of largesse and almsgiving-but who among these " I say, you boys, who proposed cricket?" Dives in purple would have troubled themselves The squire's tone was so awful, that consterna. with even a thought of the girl lying lonely and tion and silence prevailed, till a small boy said, home-sick in her distant ward, pining for news of “Burgess, sir;" and was instantly hustled to the Doll and Phil, and ready to cry her eyes out with front. joy over the beautiful letter Miss Nethecote had “Who was that who peached on the other? sent, enclosing a note in round hand from Phil; Tim Rydell ? Tim, I pity your father. I and who but the squire would have brought his wouldn't be the father of a sneak. Burgess, carriage around to the station door, and himself stand forward."
pered with mercy. Boys, make your apology to A sturdy curlyhaired boy planted himself be the squire, and promise to do better for the fore the squire, grinning from ear to ear.
future." “ You are the culprit, Ned, are you?”
“We are sorry, sir." " I wish I had knocked "Yes, squire," perfectly unabashed by the my head against a wall before I proposed it," publicity of the rebuke.
added Ned remorsefully; and “Cousin Guy, l'il “You are the boy who seduced stilts and mon- just carry my bat back," from Berwick. keys into this ground, and now you propose “Well, is Justice appeased, Mr. Chichester?" cricket."
“Oh, go your ways, boys,” was the squire's "Well, we tossed up heads and tails, and cricket somewhat irritated answer; "next time, when came down heads; and Brooks said dancing was Miss Nethecote is not by to beg you off, I'll thrash slow, and we couldn't manage prisoner's base, the whole lot of you." This terrible threat was and Master Burke he offered to fetch his bat and received with a shout of laughter; and the crowd things; and it is such a nice smooth bit of land, merrily dispersed. squire," finished Ned, in a wheedling tone.
“Got her innings as usual," muttered Mr. Chi*. You are a nice set of scamps, you are ! Do chester, as he went back to join the ladies; and you think cricket balls are sugar-plums, that they | Humphrey Nethecote came back to Dym with the can be allowed amongst the tents and dresses? good things he had provided for her and Grace. Do you want Miss Nethecote to act long-stop, as “ Which was Miss Nethecote ?" she asked, leanshe did last year, when the ball from your bowl. ing eagerly forward; but Humphrey, who was assisting, Burgess, nearly knocked down Grace Dun- ing Grace, did not hear her question. By-and-by, ster? Did I not interdict cricket then and there? when they had finished, and Grace, having sighted What do you mean by such gross disobedience? Phil from below, had hastily adjusted ber crutch Berwick, I am ashamed of you!"
and gone down in search of her, this singular in** Please, cousin Guy-"
dividual came and stationed himself against the " Please, squire"-a chorus of “O sir!" tree trunk.
“Not a word. I hate insubordination. Boys, " Don't let me detain you. I mean, there is you all know me that I will be minded. Ber: plenty of room to sit down,'' Dym hastily added, wick, you deserve a thrashing ; only your mother fearing she had been rude. would never forgive me; nevertheless, you and “Eh, what? I am afraid I did not hear you. Burgess
, as ringleaders, must quick march off the Oh, there is no occasion for me to go down just field; and you may take that little sneak Tim yet—and the squire asked me particularly to look Rydell with you. Come, be off with you !"
after you." “Nay, nay, I'll go bail for them, squire," in “He is very kind," answered Dym, ir a low Humphrey Nethecote's tones.
voice. "No bail !" was the severe answer.
“ Kind! Ah, the squire's always kind, except “Boys, come to me; I will take you under my to those boys just now. Ah, Honor had him protection. Mr. Chichester, you cannot refuse a
there. I told Honor once that the squire ought favor to a lady-please grant a general amnesty to be a Jew; he is so careful to carry out that bit and pardon the ringleaders."
of the Mosaic law about the widow, the fatherless, "Too bad, Miss Nethecote--you have always a and the stranger. I should think you found that trick of turning up when you are not wanted. I out at St. Luke's, didn't you?”' with an interam not in a mood for forgiveness."
rogative glance. Dym peeped forward, but there was such a Dym wondered what Mr. Nethecote would have crowd around the squire and the boys that, in thought if he had heard the story of Ned Smithers. spite of her elevated position, it was impossible to Not but what it was all of a piece with Grace see clearly; there were several ladies standing Dunster's hero. Will had done well to warn her near, all strangers to Dym, but the voice did not against hero-worship. She assented very quietly belong to them-it evidently proceeded from one
to Mr. Nethecote's question. To tell the truth,
the worthy Yorkshireman somewhat bored Dym, "In spite of your remarks, justice must be tem- who was a very lively little creature; he had
of the tent-doors.