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The sums which have been deposited a peculiar attraction. His father with your house must shortly be made had been one of those men who, useful to our cause. You are aware beginning their career with nothing, of the extent of my transactions in never lose sight of the possibility of this respect with your late honored being, by some capricious stroke of father."
fortune, again reduced to nothing. “Not entirely, sir, for my father Prudence, therefore, guided him from kept those accounts under his sole the outset of his life to its close. All supervision. It was only this morn- his thoughts were directed to the ing, for the first time, that I have had establishment of his house on the access to the volume in which they surest foundation, and to acquire the are entered. It is one that has been reputation of being safe, while he kept apart for that especial purpose.” silently increased his wealth, was the
“I have some large additions to great object of his ambition. He make," continued Monsieur Morin. labored hard also to impress his son “I waited to the last to collect all I with his own views, and, to carry could, as well of my own capital as of them into effect, compelled his closest that which I was empowered to raise." attention to business. Never relax
“And have you finally left Paris?" ing from personal toil, not even dur
“Alas, yes, till better times, should ing the illness which ended fatally, we ever behold them, arrive.”
he permitted no relaxation on the "Well, sir,” said Richard Devaux, part of others, and thus it happened after a short pause, “whatever that Richard Devaux knew nothing amounts you are prepared to lodge of the pleasures of society. Home, with us shall be held in trust—or, in its best sense, he had none, his as we bankers say, at call-till you mother having died while he was yet require them. I am, moreover, quite a child without increasing the family, at your service whenever you wish and he was left to the training of his to go through the accounts. My father alone. A good training it poor father's principles are mine, was for creating a mere money-makpolitical as well as commercial. You ing machine; but as men, after all, may rest assured that what he would are not machines, but have senses, have done I shall ever faithfully per- affections, passions, and as these were form. This is not only a duty I owe for the most part overlooked by the to his memory, but a tribute of my elder Devaux in his desire to make own personal respect for yourself.” his son a model of commercial re
Monsieur Morin was gratified to spectability, it is not altogether surhear Richard Devaux speak in this prising that the experiment should wise, and they parted on the friend- fail. Richard Devaux devoted himliest terms, after the refugee had en- self to his father's pursuits, as long tered into some further explanation as he lived, with all the earnestness of his present position, which ended the old man could desire, being recby an invitation to the young banker onciled to what was in reality a sacto come and see him. An intimacy rifice by an ardent love of money. consequently arose, and after the first There was, however, this difference visit paid by Richard Devaux to Mon- between father and son: the former sieur Morin's house, there was no would rather have witnessed the utter necessity for pressing its repetition. downfall of his house than have sus
tained it by any course not strictly II.
honest; the latter was less scrupu
lous. A new kind of existence had now Instructed in Monsieur Morin's opened before Richard Devaux, reasons for leaving France at that which, situated as he was, possessed particular crisis, Richard Devaux foresaw many material advantages, he viewed the question, with the and anticipated great personal grati- interests of his country, for he had fication from being admitted to the been brought up in the faith of the counsels, and enjoying the society of ancient régime, not blind to its his father's friend. He certainly was faults, but believing that with those not disappointed in the last-named faults amended, there was no salvaexpectation. Monsieur Morin was tion for France beyond the pale of a person of extensive information, monarchy. Apprehensions for their who had mixed largely with the personal safety, and the security of world, untainted by its vices, yet their property operated with many familiar with its failings, and master of the emigrants, who, so early as of many of its secrets. His powers the year 1790, withdrew from France of observation were rapid, his in- into Germany and other countries. stincts true, and his judgments sel. But all were not influenced by purely dom wrong. The defect in his char- selfish reasons, and at the head of the acter, if defect it were, was a natu- excepted few was the Marquis de ral tendency, and which no experi- Grandmesnil, a nobleman of conence could correct, to put implicit siderable wealth, who had served with trust in all men's honor. The first distinction in the last war. Not article of his creed, both social and even amongst his own class had political, was truth; if difficulties Monsieur de Grandmesnil a more inarose from being too outspoken, timate friend than Monsieur Morin, they must be conquered in fair and it was by his advice the Marquis fight.
acted when, with his only son Henri, Richard Devaux was, perhaps, no then in his twenty-third year, he at worshipper of abstract virtue ; but length decided on joining the army he was fain to pay respect to the of the Prince de Condé. In doing qualities which were conspicuous in so, he left with Monsieur Morin the Monsieur Morin, and the sentiments requisite authority for disposing of he uttered were as much to the pur- all his available property; and such pose as if the sincerest conviction was the well-known probity of the had prompted them. The atmos- man whom he thus trusted, such was phere, moreover, in which he now the opinion entertained of his politilived, allowed but of one mode of cal capacity, that several other noblethinking, or at all events, but of one men similarly situated also deposited form of expression. The friends large sums with Monsieur Morin to who gathered round Monsieur Morin be devoted to the object they all had immediately on his arrival in London, in view. Foreseeing, on his side, however opposed in many respects, that England must eventually behad one common bond of union. come the centre of his party's operaThey were banded together for one tions, Monsieur Morin repeatedly high purpose. The object of the crossed over to London to organize meetings held at Monsieur Morin's his plans for the expected time ; and house was to effect a combination of although such journeys were eminentemigrant wealth and energy, for re- ly hazardous, his care and skill, storing France to her former condi- coupled with the assistance rendered tion.
by some of the men in power who No sudden impulse had caused secretly wished well to the royal this movement, although it was cause, enabled him to pass to and fro urged to more immediate action by without molestation, and even withthe present danger of the King. out suspicion. These visits were Without belonging to the noble paid in the lifetime of the elder Declass, Monsieur Morin was thoroughly vaux, and it was privately through identified with all its interests, or, as him, as we have seen, that all Monsieur Morin's financial arrangements letters to-day, Louis ?” he asked of were made.
the valet. It has been intimated that Richard “No, sir. And he is very anxious Devaux entered readily into the proj- on that account." ects of the emigrants; but, besides “Where is he?” the feeling excited throughout Eng. “In the study, sir, with Mademoiland by the bloody acts of the Sep- selle''. tembrist, an additional stimulus to "Show me there!" his zeal was given by Adelaide Morin, Entering as Louis announced him, who had herself beheld the fearful Devaux found Monsieur Morin and spectacle which followed the murder Adelaide writing. of the unfortunate Princesse de On hearing his name they both Lamballe.
looked quickly up. Adelaide Morin was well calcu- "Have you news?”' eagerly inlated to make converts of those who quired Monsieur Morin. listened to her impassioned words. "I have. At least there are ruHad there been no suffering to de- mors. They are very bad !". plore, no wrong to redress, no right « Mon Dieu !” exclaimed Adeto sustain, royalty was so thoroughly laide. " What has happened?” a part of her nature that even from “ It is reported that the Convensuch as held a contrary opinion, her tion" he paused. advocacy must have commanded at- "Speak! -speak !" cried father tention. But when her auditors felt, and daughter. in one breath. or were disposed to feel as she did, it "Have condemned the King to was no wonder that she created death!" partisans. Of all the circle that
at Adelaide sank back in her chair. surrounded her, none echoed her The pen fell from Monsieur Morin's sentiments more warmly than Rich- hand ard Devaux.
“ Condemned to death!" he It is possible that, for the moment,
said. “From whom have you this this young man's devotion to the cause of French royalty was sincere;
news ?" but if Adelaide Morin had been
“It is current generally. It was separated from that cause there is no every man's conversation at the openroom for doubting which side of the ing of 'Change. I came here inquestion he would have taken. He stantly to learn the truth.” had, indeed, fallen deeply in love
“And they have left me uninwith her.
formed,” said Monsieur Morin, with bitterness. “When, do they say, was this fearful decree pronounced?"
" On the evening before last. A The single purpose by which government courier is believed to Monsieur Morin was inspired so have brought the intelligence. The completely filled his mind that he funds have already fallen more than was alive only to that which reflected three per cent. Yet it may be only his own desires, and he unhesitat- a stockjobbing report.”. ingly took for granted Richard De- “I fear not. But I have still the vaux's fervent declarations, and re- means of finding out. Stay here, posed unlimited confidence in them. Devaux, till I return. I will be ab
The refugee's house was accord- sent no longer than I can help.” ingly open at all hours to his new Monsieur Morin quitted the room. friend, who, one morning, went The street-door closed immediately there much earlier than usual. afterwards, and Adelaide was left
“Has your master received his alone with Richard Devaux. It was
the first time that this had ever oc- things, your words would be wholly curred.
unavailing.". For several minutes Mademoiselle “If,'' pleaded Devaux, “ I have Morin remained without speech or chosen a wrong moment—" motion. At length she sighed “All moments are the same," heavily, and raised her head. interrupted Adelaide, “ your suit is
“This is terrible !" she said. hopeless. Let the subject be no
“Sad enough, Mademoiselle,” more mentioned." answered Devaux, “if the news be “Mademoiselle Morin ?" cried really true.”
Devaux, impatiently, “ you love an" They will not dare to execute other ! You are proud, Mademoithe sentence," she continued, with selle Morin, but—". flashing eyes.
His speech was broken short by a o What have they not dared ?” he violent knocking at the street door. returned.
It was Monsieur Morin. He hastened “ It is true,” she said, “nothing into the room like one distracted, restrains them. Oh, if there were threw an open letter upon the table, hands now to strike in the King's and buried his face in his hands. defence. But such hands are far, far Deep and long-drawn sobs choked away!”
his utterance. “ Hands there are," said Devaux, “Our kind, good master-come, "near enough yet to serve him. They Adelaide, come to my breast, and can never be wanting when you de- weep your heart away—the King is sire their aid.”
no more !” There was something in the While Monsieur Morin and his speaker's tone which sounded daughter were locked in each other's strangely in Adelaide's ears. She arms, Richard Devaux read the letturned on him a searching glance. ter. In a few lines it told of the ex
Devaux met it without shrink- ecution of Louis the Sixteenth. ing.
There was a settled resolve on “Is there any one,'' he continued, Monsieur Morin's brow when he "who would not give his life for the spoke again. cause that interests Adelaide Morin?” “We had hoped,” he said, “to
Still her eyes were fixed on his, as avert this blow. Our task must be if she doubted what she heard. to avenge it. Not an hour must be Devaux drew nearer.
lost. Everything, Devaux, must be - Why," he said, “should I re- realized as soon as possible. You frain from uttering what my heart is will kindly excuse us now. Adelaide bursting to reveal ? Mademoiselle and I have a sad day's work to do. Morin-Adelaide—I love you! As There are dear friends abroad who man never yet loved woman, I love should learn the news of to-day from you !" Encouraged by her silence, none but ourselves.” he attempted to take her hand. She Mademoiselle Morin said nothing. started back, astonished.
She did not even raise her eyes when “Love me !" she cried. “You! Richard Devaux took his leave. Had at this hour!”
she done so, she might have mar“ From the first moment I saw velled at the singular expression you. If you will be mine, all I have which his features wore. is yours. Every resource I can command shall be at the service of your King."
IV. “There is no traffic, sir, in love," Days of agitation passed for each of said Adelaide, with dignity. “Were the three persons whom this narrative this even a time to speak of such most concerns. Events succeeded
each other so rapidly, that, within a still more haughtiness than before, month from the reception of the Mademoiselle Morin repelled his adnews of the King's execution, war vances, and he left her presence with against England had been declared that in his heart which only wanted by the Convention, and a counter one assurance to change its feelings defiance hurled against the regi- to deadly hate. Accident supplied cide government. This furnished him 'with it. full occupation for Monsieur Morin, For greater security in a time so at whose house meetings were con- fraught with trouble to the French stantly held to organize the expedi- emigrants, wherever they happened tion of an emigrant force to operate to have taken refuge, it had been on the coast of Brittany, under the settled between Monsieur Morin and command of the Marquis de Grand- Richard Devaux, that all the corremesnil, and his son Henri. In all spondence having relation to the the business connected with this ex- projected descent upon the French pedition, Mademoiselle Morin was shores should pass through the indefatigable. She acted as her banker's firm. father's secretary, and something On the day of his last interview more. She had personal motives for with Adelaide, when, with every desiring the presence of the destined angry passion at war within him, he chiefs of the expedition in London, went back to the city to bury himand her letters to that effect were self in affairs, he found that a large urgent. Richard Devaux also had packet, with a foreign postmark, enough to occupy his thoughts. Upon had arrived. The envelope bore his him devolved the supply of the sin- address alone; within were at least ews of this proposed warfare, de- a dozen letters, the greater part dirivable from the funds which Mon- rected to Monsieur Morin. As he sieur Morin had lodged with his turned them over hastily, with the house. This business, however, was intention of dispatching them to not all he had to think about, the their several destinations, one letter scene between Adelaide and himself caught his attention. It was adbeing never absent from his memory dressed, not to Monsieur Morin, but
Undeterred by a first rejection, he to his daughter. On the seal was was bent on renewing his proposals. the letter H, with this motto, in An idea, not yet definitely shaped, Gothic characters, “Plus est en had crossed his mind, which pointed vous.” Was the key to the enigma toward success; but, before he en- here? Without a moment's pause, couraged it, there was a test to which he tore open the letter, and, though Adelaide Morin must yet be submit- every word in it danced before his ted. He remembered that, when he eyes, he read it through, long as it abruptly charged her with loving was, to the end. another, her countenance changed; “ This then,” he muttered, “conhe also remembered what Monsieur tains the secret of my rejection. The Morin had said in reference to the 'dear friend' is here. Henri de dear friends who were absent; and Grandmesnil is her accepted lover. these recollections strengthened his What tenderness! What constancy! first suspicion. If Mademoiselle What ardent affection! "To clasp Morin wished her cause to prosper, her again to his bosom!' A husband she must be his, and his alone. could scarcely say more. A French
Upon this resolution he acted on husband, if all I have heard be true, the first occasion that offered of would never say so much. But speaking to her again without a wit- whether true or false, Henri de ness to their conversation. Vain, Grandmesnil, since that is your highhowever, were all his words. With sounding name, you shall never see