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angry invalid" but a country school-mistress, or brokendown

governess ?-but Senna was too well satisfied to entertain any doubtsso fearlessly proceeded.

“The preference of so excellent and exemplary a man; and a preacher so generally esteemed and admired for gifts and eloquence in the pulpit,” (Senna gasped for breath)" is truly manna to my grateful, humble heart.' Here the words " pride,'

,”“hypocrisy,” from the doctor's mouth, seemed very impertinently, as it were by a species of cross reading, to form part of the letter.

“Can't you proceed ?” cried Crank, whose debility gradually gave way to powerful excitement._“You look thunderstruck, man- What's the matter ?

Seppa slowly complied, and read

« • Within a few days, I trust, our bands, as already are our hearts, will be united.--The scruples of our dear child, I have reason to believe, have, by my patient and persevering admonitions, and the unwearied and affectionate assiduities of Major Harvey, I trust, been so far overcome as to render her disinclined to recall to mind a preference you so unfortunately cherished in her young breast towards that pennyless pauper, who is so utterly unworthy of her.'

Ungrateful woman!” cried Crank. “ Ungrateful woman!" echoed Senna. "Cant and hypocrisy!" rejoined the veteran.

Treachery and perfidy!” rebutted the man of medicine, flinging aside the letter with fury.

“It's bad enough!" said the old man, “ but I see no treachery.”

“Oh, Sir," said the Esculapian, “ I am paralyzed !-I'm palsied with horror at her complicated treacheryyou know it not,—but I am the depository of her secret.

-She is the whole and sole cause of all your illness.It was to defeat your wishes, and to forward her intrigues you were removed to Cheltenham.—Your health, already renovated, was thus sacrificed.-And as I see no hope, my dear friend, of your ever rising from that bed, I-1-and it heartily grieves me to say it-1-1-pronounce her-accessory to your premature death."

la rapid accents, and with an indiscretion which can only be accounted for by rage, and a want of presence of mind, arising from total incapacity to reflect on its consequences, he proceeded to corroborate these singular 2ssertions by a yet more incautious detail of the artifices which had been resorted to by both Mrs. Crank and himself, in order to withdraw him from his home.Crank, mate with astonishment, listened to the tale, to him, fraught with terror. He felt his life had been the sacrifice of their mutual duplicity.-But as the greater and more powerful teeling absorbs the lesser, his indignation against Senna was as dust in the balance, compared with the weight of resentment he felt towards the ungrateful woman who had so coolly planned his destruction.

CHAPTER XXVII.

FINALE.

-You are very near my
Brother in his love.

SHAKSPEARE.

Burton, on arriving in port with his prizes, found at Jeast one objection to his prospects of happiness obviated. His share in the captured merchantman, alope, was calculated at three thousand pounds; and he had not been four days in harbour, ere the only remaining obstacle, to the absorbing wish of his heart, was removed by an official account of his promotion to the rank of Commander.

Those words, “ When you can pay your mess,” (that is, become a man of independence)" and ship the other swab, you shall have my consent, if you have the girl's,” which had so painfully haunted him by day in the midst of duty, and mingled by night in his drearns; as though they portended the indefinite postponement of promised felicity, he, for the first time, recalled to his recollection, with an intense feeling of delight, which none can appreciate, who

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have not been similarly circumstanced. He now remembered, with satisfaction, the terms of that contract, which, at the time, appeared to him so discouragingly severe ; and whose fulfilment was so problematical. He perceived that every condition had been complied with: and it is not difficult to imagine that, with a young man of Burton's complexional character, and under the influence of a passion he had so long been compelled to control ; that he calculated on the prompt fulfilment of the contract, with all the sanguine enthusiasm of an ardent lover. Armed, therefore, with those credentials, which he had every reason to believe would be unquestionable in the court of Cupid, his resolve was instantly formed; and ere two days had elapsed, subsequent to Senna's penitential confession, as to the arts which had been so fatally practised on the unhappy invalid, Burton himself stood at the veteran's bedside to claim his niece's hand. Mutual explanations succeeded to cordial greeting—the story of the old man's sorrows, and of the young man's joys were rapidly interchanged. As the young commander concluded the narrative of his recent triumph, the enthusiastic old officer, for the last time in this life, was seen to flourish his withered arm over his aged head; while Burton's heart was too kind not to mingle the tributary tear with the too visible anguish of his old friend.

By a rapid transition, natural under such circumstances, the conversation turned on the all-engrossing subject of his attachment. He repeated the old gentleman's promise--uwelt on his own minute compliance with every condition,--and threw himself upon Crank's generosity for its fulfilment.

“Ah, my dear fellow !-- I'in satisfied you deserve the girl, and I wish her band was still at my disposal--you'll see what cause I have to fear it's too late, if you read that letter, which, I am grieved to say, has been two days in my possession,” said the veteran, as he pulled the ominous document from under his pillow.

Burton's alarm was indescribable; he snatched the paper, and in looking for the signature, discovered that paragraph, which acquainted him with the whole extent of bis misfortune--His usual promptitude forsook him-he

stood mute and motionless; while unconsciously, he dropped the letter on the floor.

Happily his old friend's presence of mind came to his aid ; with an energy surprising, in his enfeebled situation, he thrust his purse into his hand, vehemently exclaiming

“ There's money-fly--save her from the soger-four horses-crack-on every thing--your only chance!"

"I feel it !” said Burton, recovering from his stupor.; " but without your written consent, expedition would be fruitless : for you well know her mother's hostility to the cloth."

" That you shall have,” said the Commodore, furiously tearing off the bandages from his right hand; and with the ready aid of Tiller, accomplishing a task, which, an hour before, both would have imagined impossible.

“ There !" said he, in a tone which indicated, that the effort he had made was too much for him, " I've told her my mind--cancel my will--cut her off with a shillingthe day's your own ; if you're in time--listen to no delay: but clinch the concern for fear of accidents ;" added he, handing Burton the important document, and falling back on his pillow, completely exhausted.

It was evening ere the young commander started for his destination. Along winter's night succeeded, and the lingering dawn of a chill December's morning still found him inwardly chiding the willing post-boys, and panting steeds, which whirled him precipitately along to the destined scene of happiness or misery.

On his arrival at the · Plough,' he, without waiting to make any alteration in his attire, betook himself to Clarence Lodge, wbich bore all the appearance of being deserted. Judge for yourselves! ye sympathizing souls of either sex, what was his surprise and astonishment, at hearing, from the only menial left behind, that her mistress, and several friends, had but a few minutes before, set out in two carriages, to accompany Miss Emily to church.

He heard no more—as he rushed furiously along the avenue, to the church-yard, his anxious, haggard appearance, attracted every eye. Absorbed in gloomy foreboding-bis mind, brooded in moody melancholy on his now almost assured misery, and irreparable loss. In anger with the world with himself— with everything--at moments his heart played the rebel against his love, and wounded pride directed his indiscriminating resentment against the object of his idolatry.

Little knew or recked he, the subtle art, the delicate address used in order to beguile her innocent footsteps into a path, for her thickly planted with thorns; and induce her to make a surrender of her feelings her heart's preference,--through a duteous compliance with the wishes and importunities of an affectionate, though proud-minded, ambitious parent.

How many mysterious conjectures, insinuations, suppressions, concealments, are often placed in the way of a young girl, in the hope of biassing her judgment in that critical choice, which is certain to fix irrevocably the colour of her future life! How many a kind and gentle spirit, is thus cajoled into odious, though indissoluble chains! How many a cruel, though well-meant artifice, is devised by maternal solicitude, to deceive the almost instinctive judgment of a young female ; and induce her to yield, even though shuddering with reluctance, her guileless heart, an unblest offering on the golden altar of sordid Interest !-How laughs the Demon as te marks the sacrifice, which so fatally lays the foundation of a woman's misery ; so frequently that of her headlong fall from virtue!

He reached the church--the wedding train had entered be heard an indistinct murmur-a name pronounced, which thrilled to his heart. Blinded with sorrow, passion, frenzy, he staggered up the great aisle. The amazed, alarmed bridegroom read half her story in the shriek of his almost affianced bride ; and Burton had barely time to sever those whom another moment would have united for

With one arm he extended the letter which author. ized this interruption of the ceremony ; while, with the other, he encircled all that was dear to him on earth.

“Oh, Burton !-how happy ought I to be how grateful to Heaven !" exclaimed Emily, as she sought to bide hep blushes on his neck.

"Burton !" repeated the astonished Hervey, " is it posşible ? Good God ! 'tis Frederic !"

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