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“ Ciel, si beau garçon! and to die Deserted then, as it seemed, by all like a cochon!"
earthly powers, the poor child ap“But the blood on your bodice, pealed in her agony to heaven. and on your hand, how came it She stretched her arms upwards there ?"
to the God who hears the cry of the “It was evening, sir, and the evil oppressed, and her voice was filled birds of prey are out then; a cruel with an awful anguish as it rung hawk swooped down upon a linnet, through the crowded court: “My but I scared it with my kerchief, and God! thou knowest I am innocent!” the linnet fell fluttering at my feet. I laid it against my bosom, but its
CHAPTER IV. wing was torn, and its eyes looked “God and our Lady help us, but like those of Melanie's little baby the girl is surely dead!” cried one when it lay dying on my lap. Soon to another, as a still white face lay I saw the poor bird was dead, and I back on the curé's arm, and for the laid it down on the soft grass that time being Lisbette was at rest from grows above the rocks. That was sorrow. how the blood came upon my “Give her air !" cried the priest, bodice.”
"she faints! her life fails!" Her clasped hands fell in front of “But how can that be, to give her her; the light had faded from her air in this crowd, my father?” aneyes-the poor, sad, tear-dimmed swered one of those nearest to the eyes that used to be like those of a prisoner. happy, trusting child.
And while thus Père Sylvestre Père Sylvestre looked in the face gazed with troubled eyes at the white of the judge, but alas! what he upturned face, the terrible semblance sought for, pity and credence, were of death upon it, a strange tumult, not there.
the sound of wild cries, a rush and The judge did not believe Lis- stir of many feet, became audible bette.
outside the building. Her admission of the insult offered Then the packed assembly surged by the murdered man had been fatal, and swayed and rolled from side to and a murmur of wonder at the girl's side like a troubled sea, and a man cunning ran through the crowd. with starting eyes, bareheaded, dis
A subtle sense of the fact that she ordered in dress as if by hasty travel, was losing ground in the minds of made his way, where a few moments her accusers was now borne in upon before one would have said to force the girl's soul; she grew paler than a passage was a miracle. He seemed ever, and when she tried to speak to cleave the people aside as he her voice failed, but making one su- fought and struggled through their preme effort, she turned in passion- ranks as a mower cuts down the ate appeal to the only human being blades of corn with his sickle, and she had to cling to in that vast as- at last he stood beside those two semblage:
pitiful figures that formed the centre “Father!" she cried, “tell them of the scene. that I am innocent; tell them that With uplifted arms he claimed a never yet had I to confess to thee a hearing from the judge, and, pointlie; maybe they will hear thy voice!" ing to the insensible form of the
But the curé was silent. . girl who lay as one slain by the
Full well he knew that the law, cruel hand of calumny, he cried and righteously, would not permit in a voice hoarse with an excitement him to use his knowledge of Lisbette that touched on madness: “ Would as her spiritual guide to plead for her you slay the innocent? I-I only or proclaim her innocence.
am guilty. 1-I only am the murderer of Antoine Martel! This lessly down; a hundred voices rehand drove the knife into his heart! joiced in her safety and deliverance, I knelt upon his breast and looked for now the public mind had veered into his eyes until he knew me for like the wind on an autumn day, and Theophile Le Moine-knew me for yielding to their impulsive, national the avenger of my sister's shame!" character, the people were ready to
Triumph, wild and cruel triumph make of Lisbette a martyr and a was in the murderer's eyes and voice; saint. They laid her on the soft he seemed to glory in the deed that grass in the court-yard, and some had rid the world of a villain. kindly woman's hand unloosed the
A silence like the silence of death white bodice about her throat, while had reigned while he spoke, but now another laved her pallid face with the sound of countless voices, raised fresh spring water. in wild debate and exclamation, At last, like opening flowers, the drowned the answer of the judge. violet eyes unclosed; a faint color Yet amid all the tumult Lisbette lay returned to her cheeks and lips, and still and white, the violet eyes never Lisbette sat up and gazed at the peounclosed, the little shell-like ears did ple about her, a crowd in which the not hear.
tall white caps of the women were Once more the murderer spoke. conspicuous, for the men, with native He had been asked why he had let chivalry of feeling, had retired to the innocent girl be arrested for his the background and let the women crime; why he had so long delayed close around. his confession. “Love of life is the dark figure of Père Sylvestre strong in a man's heart," said the knelt beside Lisbette, and her eyes clear, deep voice of Le Moine; sought his face with wild appeal, as “when the deed is done, then one the cruel recognition of all around thinks of the penalty. The fishing- her came back to her poor confused boats were going out in the early brain, and filled her with a fresh morning, mine among the rest; I terror. knew no one could have aught to say “Am I to die, father?" she said. at my departure, and that I might"Why have they brought me here?" escape, for my boat is sure and good; Then the people kept silent, and there are other countries in the world the curé told her gently, for joy kills than France, and it would have been as well as pain sometimes, of the thought that I was lost, but in the marvellous mercy God had meted nighttime, as I lay under the quiet out to her, and how she was acquitted heaven, I bethought me of the little by the tribunal, and once more maiden arrested for my crime. Per- known by men as the innocent haps God stirred the thought within maiden of St. Lys. me, who knows? that she had a look “Father, it was the dear Saviour reminding me of my little Babette, who heard your prayers,” she said, my dear one that was stolen away folding her hands, and smiling softly from my home while I was at sea; I to see that the iron bands were there alone am guilty; I alone shall suffer; no longer; she was strangely calm and but she—what hath she done?—and quiet, hushed into stillness by the now, behold, I am here to give my nearness of God's hand over her. life for my crime!"
Soon a frantic figure burst through Then they carried Lisbette from the crowd, and would have precipithe crowded court, lifting her high tated itself upon Lisbette's neck, for above the people's heads. Twenty Annette had heard the news, and willing hands were ready to aid in Lisbette, innocent and a heroine, bearing aloft that still form, from must be at once claimed as a dear which the shackled hands hung life- relative, though Lisbette, a prisoner, and held in detestation by the little father!" said Lisbette, slipping her world of Mervaine, was to be avoid- hand into that of the curé. "I will ed, and (had it been possible) dis- never leave it more." owned !
So the good priest took his child But the girl shrank from the prof- home to the village among the hills, fered embrace. Misfortune brings and a festa was held in honor of out the truth and the falsehood of their return; and still far and near the love that is given to us, as the the people told each other the marhand of the cutter lays bare the flaw vellous story of the Dream of Père in the jewel.
Sylvestre. “Take me back to St. Lys, my
LIBRARY OF GEORGETOWN COLLEGE, D. C.
The college library occupies a like some other departments of the room on the main floor at the west- college, stands greatly in need of ern extremity of the northernmost increased space in order to bring all of the two college buildings. The its collections together. structure in which it is placed was In the library-room two projecerected in the last century, but was tions on each side form alcoves of only completely fitted up about the the intervening spaces. The two year 1806. Even then the library upper shelves of these projections was not placed here, but occupied a are carried across to meet those oproom in the south building. The posite, and are supported by wooden present library-room was used as a columns painted to imitate Brazilstudy-hall until about the year 1830, wood, resting on bases of mahogany when it was prepared for its present and curled maple. Thirty-one pipurpose and the books were removed lasters of Brazilwood form the aninto it. The main room is 23 gles of the cases or separate the by 33 feet, and connected with compartments, and likewise rest on it is an octagonal room in one of mahogany and maple bases. The the two towers which form but- Brazilwood used was a present from tresses to the building on the north a former student, a South American. side. The space was thought ample Two wide and very long tables, on at first, but the gradual increase of which books may be displayed, octhe library has made it necessary to cupy sides of the room. On one of occupy two smaller rooms at the these tables is a large show-case coneastern extremity, second floor of taining the more remarkable manuthe same building, besides three scripts, the oldest books, etc., so other rooms in the attic of the south that these objects can be viewed building, which contain duplicates, without being handled. Open broken sets, old breviaries and mis- shelves, eleven in number, run up sals, works on law and medicine, to the ceiling, twelve feet in height, novels, translations, bound volumes or to the cornice under it. The of large newspapers, unbound pam- height of the upper shelves is such phlets, congressional reports, and that they cannot be reached without school books. Thus the library, a ladder, which is a great inconvenience, and the projections of the logical folios will permit. In the pilasters form dark corners on every main library these divisions are shelf, so that convenience has been under the head of bibles and biblisacrificed to a fine appearance. A cal literature, controversy by Cathsmall locked room in one corner of olic authors, Christian ethics by the the library-room formerly contained same, non-Catholic writers on retranslations and other confiscated ligion, Catholic theology, Catholic books. These have now been re- sermons, travels, and sketches, Cathplaced by the large number of olic religious biography, general ancient books, which are rather ob- biography, classical literature, Engjects of curiosity than valuable as lish literature, encyclopedias, Britreferences. Two windows to the ish literary magazines, natural scisouth give the principal light to the ence, profane history, ecclesiastical room, but the middle alcoves are history, French literature, Spanish generally more or less obscured. literature, Italian literature, modern Panels in the jambs of the four Latin essayists and poets (about 150 windows are set with engraved copies vols.), mental philosophy, journals of Raphael's frescos. In one of the of learned societies, works of the two upper rooms, previously referred fathers of the Church, bibliography to, are kept the ascetical and cate- and educational works. In the rechetical works, and Catholic journals, arrangement of the library, which bound and unbound. In the other took place about six years ago, one are the works on the fine arts wherever a sufficient number of and antiquities, on science, on canon books were found to form a spelaw and councils, and works on the cialty, they were given a place by pastoral office. It is needless to ob- themselves, not all these specialties serve that when the college builds, being named above. In the princithe defects of the present library, in pal divisions there are subdivisions, the matter of space and convenience, and the shelves marked, for instance will be remedied, and the books will under history, are general history, be sheltered all together in a fire- ancient history, modern history, proof building. A considerable American, Italian, and Irish history, number of astronomical and scien- chronology, and historical essays. tific works Occupy shelves in the It was the intention of the librarian observatory, distant a quarter of a to prepare a new catalogue, arranged mile from the college, and separated under the head of subjects, but other
from it by a deep valley. The more duties devolving upon him the work modern works on English and foreign was not even begun. literature, and the books of refer- The principal manuscripts preence, occupy the room of the prefect served in the library are as follows: of studies. Each professor is also Monastic prayer-book written on provided in his own room with all vellum, with miniatures the size of the books he may need for use or the page, a decorated border to reference in the course of the year, every page, and initial letters in so that the works constituting the colors and gold; was damaged by library are scattered all over the water before it came into the pospremises. Hence the difficulty even session of the college, and the picof enumerating them, since the exi- tures are consequently much injured; gencies of the house are such that no attributed to the thirteenth century. one can be spared to occupy himself An Epistolarium (the epistles of the exclusively with the library.
ecclesiastical year) written on velThe books are grouped according lum in very large text, the headings to subjects, so far as the dispropor- of the epistles and some of the initials tionate space required for the theo- in brilliant gold, the other initials elegantly done in colors, with much deli- written in Arabic, found on the body cate tracery proceeding from them. of a Tripolitan sailor at the time The book seems not to have been of Decatur's assault; presented by completed, as the space for the grand Mrs. Decatur. Manuscript theology, initial letter is not occupied, and by Rev. John Carroll, afterwards the last page is not filled out; as- founder of Georgetown College, and signed to the fourteenth century, first Archbishop of Baltimore, probHora Diurnæ, small, on vellum ; ably the notes of his theological the principal capitals are alternately course at Liège, 1755 and 1759. red and blue, with elegant tracery Prayers, etc., in the Penobscot lanfrequently running from them down guage, a book prepared by Rev. the margin of the page. The initial Romagné, Catholic pastor of those letter has the appearance of being Indians in 1804, and for many years embossed. No date assigned. There thereafter. Manuscript catalogue of is another monastic prayer-book the Society of Jesus in the province written on vellum, with music for of New Spain, 1744, with title-page the chants. Some of the pages are fancifully executed in gilding and surrounded by a rich margin in gold colors. Besides these there are and colors, the initials are brilliantly other manuscripts not sufficiently illuminated, a small miniature of remarkable to be added to a list King David with his harp occupying already long. Some of them are the first place; attributed to the theological. One is a kind of fifteenth century. Ordo Ceremo- “commonplace book," English niarum in Vestitione Novitiorum Ca- extracts, about two hundred years nonicorum Regular. S. Augustini, a old. modern work, probably of the last Of early printed books, the library century, but remarkable for the possesses the Liber Etymologiarum beauty of the lettering and the bril- of St. Isidore, Bishop of Seville, liancy of the gold border around printed at Augsburg in 1472 each page. Relationes Patrum Soc. (twenty years before the discovery Jesu Missionariorum in America of America); Tractatus de Vitiis, Septentrionale et China, a book of by William, Bishop of Lyons, 1473; original letters written by Jesuit Explanations of the Gospels of the missionaries in China and South Year, by Albert of Padua, Venice, America, 1676 to 1682. Mani- 1476; Pandects of Justinian, with festo al Mundo de Augustin de Ytur- Commentary, Venice, 1477; Summa bide, a manuscript written by the S. Thomæ, first part of second book, Emperor Iturbide, and signed by his complete in itself; initial letter curihand a few days before his overthrow ously painted, Venice, 1478. in 1823. Manuscript in old French, Biblia Sacra, the entire Bible, explanation of the Creed, etc., head with St. Jerome's prologues to each ings and capitals written in red. book, with elaborate initial letter, Manuscript in the Irish character, 1479. Another Latin Bible, with doctrinal and religious tracts, con- many ancient manuscript annotasiderably time-stained, chiefly ex- tions on margin, Venice, 1479 ; tracts from the historian Geoffry Keat Commentary of Paul de Castro on ing; another Irish manuscript in the first part of the Pandects of Jusparchment cover, like a wallet, a tinian. Attached to the wooden kind of portable miscellany. A cover is the original chain and staple manuscript in the Siamese language, with which the book was secured to written on both sides of heavy paper, its desk, in some court of law, evifolded ; length of the sheet when dently as a book of general referopened about six feet. A small ence, Bologna, 1483 ; Tractatus de book of extracts from the Koran, Horis Canonisis, by John Moschius,