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those hopes, with which he had entered life, and assassination-declaring that Padreen and which had the independence of his Gar's feigned assistance svas ondy a plan country for their object.”

to surprize her carriage, which was frusLady Dunore was the daughter of this trated by the presence of the two Crawgentleman's sister, and he loved her for leys—that a plot was now in agitation the sake of her mother. The Earl of between Padreen Gar and certain asso. L-, Lady Dunore's father, had re- ciates of his, called Padreen Gar Boys, fused his consent to her marriage with to meet at the holy-well of the neighthe Honourable General Fitzadelm, the bouring village of Ballydab on St. Gobyounger of two brothers, whose father, pate's eve, and thence to make an attack the Marquis of Dunore, still lived, and on Dunore Castle. who sought her hand to obtain the im- Lady Dunore who enjoyed all manner of mense fortune to which she was sole heir. excitement, liked these terrors, so oppor

But the obstinate and blind young tunely produced for prevention; and imlady, chose to accept the pretended lover, mediately consulted her good friends from the motive of self-will principally; about suitable measures for the detection and suffered for the want of tenderness and punishment of the enemy. The and the want of money, till the death of Crawleys advised that on the night speciher father and that of the Marquis Du- fied, the incendiary and his party should be nore and his sons united the property of arrested at Ballydab, and brought to the all in herself, and her two sons; the elder castle where previous to their commitment of whom was become hopelessly insane, to prison, their countenances and appearand the younger now abroad, employed ance would go far to establish their guilt his mother's present cares and efforts. or innocence. This little self-constituted

Lady Dunore once proposing to can- court was quite consonant to Lady Duvass among the freeholders, as much to nore's love of authority and adventure. divert ennui as to advance the election, St. Gobnate's eve was a few days diswas accompanied by the two Mr. Craw. tant, and the interval was employed by leys in her expedition, which was so di- the Crawleys in prepossessing the judg. rected, as to create as much disgust as ment and awakening the fears of Lady possible in the fastidious lady's mind, Dunore, by all manner of details printed against her tenantry; the object of the and oral, concerning the atrocities of Crawleys being to keep these poor peo- 'Irish rebels. ple wholly in their power, and to prevent if possible, any more visits to Ireland

" Meantime the rumour of an insurrection that might interfere with it. Lady Du- nore, and had reached the steward's room

had been spread through the town of Dunore's carriage was ordered to such a and servants' hall of the castle; whence it dangerous and unfrequented road as to ascended to the drawing-room, where some

laughed and some trembled at it. Although excite much alarm, and the commands of Lady Dunore and the Crawleys preserved a the lady to her driver might have endan- profound silence on the subject, it was ungered the whole party, had not the spi- derstood that a party of the New-Town rited and timely aid of a certain Padreen legion occupied the flank towers of the

Mount Crawley supplementary auxiliary Gar, assisted the coachman, and relieved castle every night after sun-set. Espresses all apprehension. Lady Dunore was

had been forwarded to Dublin, and many loud in the poor Padreen’s praise, and leave to return to their native country

of the English servants bad applied for declared her admiration for the whole What, however, bad spread the greatest race of Irish peasantry.

consternation in the neighbourhood, was, Here was a defeat, and a fresh call for entered by constables, his papers seized,

that Terence Oge O'Leary's house had been new devices. Lady Dunore soon re- and officers of justice stationed to arrest any ceives an anonymous letter assuring her persons found lurking about the

cemetry of that the spirit of rebellion was fermenting escaped by being absent on some of his

the Monaster-ny-oriel. O'Leary himself in

secret, hinting at the borrors of attack usual antiquarian researches."


We have not particularly noticed the Rosbrin, in his black velvet Hamlet suit, members of Lady Dunore's party, pre- dressed, with wild looks and wilder voice,

which he had been trying on before he cisely because they are not worth notic- rushed in, crying outing for any merit they bave; but it may

Oh! horror, horror, horror, tongue nor heari not be amiss to mention two of them, as

Cannot conceive nor name thee!' possessing a little more vivacity than the rest. Lord Frederick Eversham is a “ Lady Dunore shrieked. Lord Frederick young nobleman attached to the vice- and Pottinger stood aghast. Mr. Daly, who

laughed to hysterics, and Messrs. Heneage regal establishment in Dublin; has lived had been hitherto quietly reading the Engin Paris; is a great talker; styles Ire- lish papers, now started up astonished, esland the celestial empire; gives to the claiming with vivacity :

“Why, are you all mad! what is the elder Crawley the order of the yellow matter Rosbrin, see, you have frightened button, and to Counsellor Con, that the ladies to death. What is the matter?

16. What is the matter reiterated Lord of the peacock's fealher. Lord Rosbrin Rosbrin, seizing the well remembered lines is a mad-cap, with his head full of thea- of Macduff, why confusion is the mat

ter.' tricals, and his conversation of nonsense. In wbat manner these visitors treated • Confusion lias made his master-piece, Lady Dunore's fears, as well as their ge

Most sacrilegious murder hath broke ope

The Temple, and stolen thenceneral frivolity, is exbibited on the morning which preceded St. Gobnate's eve. 666 Murdersaid Mr. Daly, shuddering.

16. Stolen ! stolen what?' interrupted Lord “On that day, observed in the country as Frederick, becoming suddenly serious. the feast of St. Gobnate, Lady Dunore des- “ Lady Dunore, now believing that there cended earlier than usual into the breakfast was reason for her fears, continued to room, her cheek Qushed, and her eye wan.. scream louder than before ; and Lord Rosdering : she was also dressed in black, as brin, pointing to a letter he held in his was usual with her when under the influence hand, observed, with a little paraphrase in of grief or anxiety. She spoke little, and his citation, refused to breakfast, alleging that she had been drinking gunpowder tea since dayligbt. Approach this letter, and destroy your sight She was restless

and unquiet, appeared and with a new gorgon.' disappeared like a phantom, despatched note after note to Mr. Crawley, and seemed

66. Who is it from?" said Mr. Daly, snatciaso agitated by ill-suppressed emotions, that ing the letter, and searching for his spectaLord Frederick, who was sipping his caffè cles. au lait, and reading a French novel, at last

"Who from?' continued Lord Rosbring inquired of her, in his usual tone of affec- pacing up and down the room with frantic tation, . Mais qu'est ce qu'il ya dunc, belle but with theatrical gestures. Tis from the Chatelaine ?" What is the matter my mar- deputy prompter of Covent Garden Theachioness? Are the reports we have heard tre. of incipient rebellion in the celestial empire really true, or are they only got up by

Oh! insupportable, oh heary hour! the chop-mandarins for their own special

It should be now an huge eclipse o' the sun ;' purposes? I dare say that professeur de ba- for oh! my friends, Mrs. Siddons's point vardisse, Duke Conway Townsend Crawley, of the peacock's feather, is at the bottom of lace, Mrs. Siddons's lace, alas! she has no all this, or that my own ching-foo, of the lace! but her point lace that was, and that yellow button, is amusing hiinsell with a

I should have worn, is stolen away from her plot, like the honest :entleman that got his dressing-room at the theatre; all, all own ettigy shot at, to alarm the sleeping gone! sensibility of the lenient government peo

Nor left a wreck behind.' ple at the castle.* Now pray speak: are we to be roasted a la mode Irelandaise before a slow fire, like so many chesnuts, or and resuming his, newspaper, .so, as Mo-'

“So,' said Mr. Daly, much proroked, spitted like the children in the old rebellion, liere says of his capricious lady, 'ou fait la. like so many snipes—Voyons donc !

sottise et nous sommes les sots. “ Here Lord Frederick was interrupted

“ Meantime, Lord Frederick rolled inconby the loud stamping of feet outside the door, vulsions of laughter; Mr. Pottinger and the whicb was suddenly burst open, and Lord ladies dried their humid eyes ; and Mr. He..

neage, smelling a lower-box in the window, *“ Fact--the ingenious party was a magis- observed, the mignionette harvest has trate, and proh pudor, a clergyman," been vastly abundant this year.'"

A timely visit from two Irish Judges, though so often falsely attributed to mediBaron Boulter and Judge Aubrey, gave a

ocrity and ignorance. turn to this affair not exactly within the calculation of its projectors. The cha- Lord Rosbrin, determined to make the racter of Judge Aubrey is as free from trial amusing as possible, got up the arLady Morgan's faults of delineation as rangement for it, after his own notion of any passage we remember in her writ- that in “ Venice Preserved ;” and the ings.

wily Crawleys failed not to get into cus

tody, and to present at the appointed 6 Judge Aubrey was in character a me- place, a party of men and one woman. lange of those temperaments which produce All the depositions proved Dothing, and a quick and irritable sensibility, a prompt after going through some forms, half luuncalculating sympathy, and a warm deepseated, violent indignation ; qualities which dicrous and half serious, the Judge disform so broad a basis for human excellence, missed the prisoners. Counsellor Con while they unfit it for a patient endurance of baseness, meanness, and cupidity. These expostulated-he has some further chargwere powerfully worked on, and hourly es, and entreats that they may be excalled into action, by the political situation amined. The amount of these charges of a country, which he loved with all the fervour of an ancient Roman; and by the were, that in the absence of old Terence systematic degradation of a profession, he O'Leary his papers had been ravaged venerated as the guardian of human rights; and certain documents found, showing his bile and his experience increased together; the hopes of the patriot, and the that the last Florence Macarthy, Earl of health of the man, suffered in equal propor. Clancare, had returned from exile in tion ; and the social simplicity and playful Spain, and had died in poverty in Iregayety, which formed the charm of his domestic hearth, from which the world was land—that some infatuated people were shut out, deserted him in that public tribu- determined to assert the claims to the nal, where the liberty he worshipped was estatés-and that a certain Catholic sacrificed, and the profession he revered was debased.

Priest meant to assume the Archbishopric “ Ireland, his native country, was his ob- of Dublin-that, in fact, he had, in a letject; he had upheld her cause in the senate, ter to the late Earl of Clancare, signed until ber independence had breathed its last gasp; and he retired from the scene of her himself Yo Mateo, Arcobispo de Dublin. ruin with a minority that might be deemed This conspiracy, so consistent and proba

glorious, in every sense of the word. - ble, was wonderfully alarming; but alarm Ireland was still his object; and the lowliest of her children found redemption from his was changed to unrestrained laughter by mercy, solace in his commiseration, and the declaration of Judge Aubrey, that relief from his liberality. From the bench this, indeed, was in some of its parts a he expounded the causes of their crimes, while he lamented their effects; be taught genuine plot-the principal misstatement while he judged, he wept when he con- being in the date, as it might be found demned.

in the annals of Queen Elizabeth's reign. “ From the period of the Union, Judge Aubrey had retired from what is called the Counsellor Con rested a good part of the world, from the bustling walks of life, and plausibility of his scheme, upon the unfrom the giddy round of fashionable circles; known Spanish Priest, for such he asliving for

and with a few, he had for many sumed as a fact, that the stranger, hereyears made no progress in the successive modes and jargons of succeeding fashions ; tofore called the Commodore, was ; and and it was in part to this circumstance that having procured some false testimony from he owed much of that peculiar freshness of character, and something of that austerity a certain Mr. James Bryan, obtained, of manner, which the friction of society is upon the strength of it, a warrant from so apt to efface. This well preserved indi. Baron Boulter, to apprehend this susviduality was set off by a peculiar manner, idion, and phrase, which, as well as bis pected person. The actual existence of broad accent, were genuine Irish. To pro- such a person be urged as a confutation found classical reading, and considerable sci- of Judge Aubrey's declaration; but at entific acquirement, be added an unpre- that moment Terence O'Leary appeared, lending simplicity, which is inseparably connected with the highest order of falent, asserting, that his stolen papers related

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to the forgotten insurrection only; and ter, and that his interference and preat the same moment the Commodore was sence were necessary to frustrate the depresented to Baron Boulter, informing signs of that gentleman's enemies. Who him that he was prisoner upon the de- this secret friend could be, was beyond position of a man who had been pub- conjecture-neither of the objects of her licly condemned for perjury, and de- kindness had any clew to discovery. manding liberty in the name of the law The dinners, suppers, and theatrical and his own innocence. Baron Boulter entertainments of Dunore Castle, are did not retract the warrant, and the the most tasteless things in the world.stranger, after a little spirited remon- The Ban Tierna, however, gave them strance, prepared to submit to temporary all the interest they possess. Lord Fitzimprisonment, in hopes of speedy justice. adelm does not like her, but Genera! Judge Aubrey pronounced the transaction Fitzwalter becomes absolutely in love to be illegal, and recommended to the with her. Lord Fitzadelm once came stranger to procure bail till it could be near to the discovery of his unknown corproved so. At that moment a noble look- respondent, having received a'summons ing person came forward with offered res- to meet this person at a rock 'near the ponsibility, and the prisoner inmediately castle; but his mother interrupted the recognised his friend and fellow-traveller appointment, and he found at the place Mr. De Vere. Pray who are you?" in- nothing but a black scarf of Spanish masolently demanded young Crawley. nufacture, on which was marked the ini

“I am Lord Adelm Fitzadelm-Pray tials F. M., and on its centre was an who are you?" was the rejoinder. We embroidered red cross. This scarf was are left to imagine the feelings of Mr. again lost and found by O'Leary, who Crawley.

informed the General that it must belong Lord Pitzadelm introduced the suppos- to a certain Florence Macarthy, a cousin ed Priest to the company as his friend, of Lady Clancare, who had come over General Fitzwalter, from South America, from Spain, and was now at a convent in a distinguished officer in the Patriot ser- Tipperary. vice. The business of giving bail was It requires no great penetration to discompleted, by forcing the discomfited old cover, that General Fitzwalter was the Crawley to become joint security with son of the Black Baron Fitzadelm. His Lord Fitzadelm.

uncle, the Red Baron, had endeavoured The female proves to be no other than to procure his death ; but his preservathe celebrated Ban Tierna, who has suf- tion was effected, and when the attempt fered herself to be taken prisoner for rea- to drown him was made, he was of an age sons of her own, and whom Lady Du- to retain a history of his life. He had pore discovers to be the same Lady Clan- risen by his bravery and good fortune to care whom she had known and admired rank and power, and had now returned in London. After the dispersion of the to Ireland, to prosecute bis claims to his company, the two friends walked out to birthright. A few years before this peġether, and Lord Fitzadelm showed to riod, he had formed a very sadden conGeneral Fitzwalter three letters, with nexion in South America. Colonel Mathe same seal annexed, as to the letter carthy, an Irish officer, in dying, left to once addressed to O'Leary in behalf of his protection a daughter, whom he was the General. The first letter was des- immediately to have married; but, bepatched to Portugal, to give informa- fore the ceremony was finished, a sudden tion of Lady Dupore's borough intrigues, alarm of the enemy severed him from his the second intimated that the writer's bride, to whom he had never been reabode was near Kilcolman, and the third united. This lady was Florence Maacquainted Lord Fitzadelm that his tra- carthy, and this intelligence of Terence velling companion was General Fitzwal- O'Leary, was the first which ber hus


band had received; and that too, at a time had lived unassociated and solitary in the when his heart was deyoted to another. midst of the universe ;, bis deep and lonely He determined, if possible, to break this feelings preyed on a mind left to its

own re

sources, unanswered, unreciprocated. He tie, and to effect his purpose sought the now found one like himself, vigorous in inaid of Lady Clancare. On making her a tellect, and rapid in action ; full of that life

and spirit which suited bis own habits and visit, be found the Ban Tierna employed modes of being; devoted to that country in setting the example of industry, and whose interests was the object of his future encouraging the labours of the peasantry; ble 'and futile society, whose very atmos:

life ; and drooping like himself, in that feeThe benevolence of her sentiments and phere is fatal to the elevation of great manners, her beauty, her unprotected minds, or the vivacity of lively and ener. condition, the mingled liveliness and sad- getic ones.

" This conviction struck at once upon bis ness of her conversation, inspired a imagination with that force which accom, stronger passion than ever, in the breast panied all its strong and promptly received of her visiter. Lady Clancare professed impressions. It awakened his passions in herself the faithful friend of Florence tient of all suspense, ill brooking even ine

all their natural vehemence; and, impaMacarthy, and declared she would hold vitable delay, he would have gone at once oo intercourse with that lady's husband, to the head and front of his views and till she had herself absolved him from have followed their object from pole to

hopes; he would, in his own language, his half contracted vow; and she pro. pole, over alps and oceans, or have remain. mised to carry on a correspondence be- ed fixed and rooted to the spot she inhabit. tween the General and the Nun or Tip- cherished her; and, according to the start

ed, wooed her, won her, elung to her, and perary.

ling conclusion of Lord Adelm, married The object of his affection, and the her, but that he was already married ; marstate of his heart at this period, are thus ried, at least, he considered himseld in ho

ir gratitude, until she who shared his described :

bondage voluntarily broke it.” " The person of Lady Clancare was not

To ascertain his fate, and to relieve particularly, distinguished by its beauty, but it was characteristic. Fresh, healthful, bis exquisite suspense, general Fitzwalter and intelligent, she had neither the sym: immediately wrote to his quondam bride, liant colouring of pictured charms; but she committed the letter to Lady Clancare, and was piquante, graceful, and vivacious : her to beguile the interval, passed a sew days mouth and teeth were well compared by in riding over the neighbouring country, O'Leary to those of a young hound; ber head was picturesque, and Irer whole ap. On the evening of the fifth day be meets pearance the very personification of wo- the object of all his thoughts, coming manhood. Silent, and at rest, she was from a cottage in which an infectious disscarcely distinguishable from the ordinary class of women; but when her countenance ease was raging. This accidental meetwas thrown into play, when she spoke ing produces a long conversation, in which with the anxiety or the consciousness of the Ban Tierna espatiates on the sufpleasing, or under the impression of being pleased, there was a mobility, a variety of sering fondness, the unyielding constancy expression and colouring, whicb corres. of Florence Macarthy, and in pleading ponded with the vigour, spirit, and energy for the happiness of the deserted wise, of her extraordinary mind. “ This indication, which might have re

she excites a fresh and heightened admipelled others, was the charm that fascinated ration, for her own exalted friendship Fitzwalter. The kindling susceptibility it and disinterestedness. The only fault betrayed harmonized with

his own prompt which the lover had discerned in Lady and impetuous disposition, bespeaking a congeniality of feeling, and a reciprocity Clancare, was her frivolous participation of intelligence, which he had never found in the amusements and plans of Dunoce in man, which he had never sought for in woman, and which, whether it took the Castle, and her apparent friendship for calm and steady form of friendship, or the its mistress; but she justified these corubright intoxicating aspect of love, was still pliances upon the ground, that the influthe indispensable ingredient of his perma. ence which she thus obtained, might dinept schemes of happiness. Hitherto he rect the caprices of these unfeeling fa

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