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aged to get acquainted with this man | Dublin that it was not safe for Dilnichi and made love to his stout daughter, to venture near the Castle, and I earproposing to marry her, after which he nestly implored him to be careful how was received by the jailer and his wife he showed himself in the street. As as one of the family. He never, how-to myself, I went at once to visit ever, mentioned Fincer's name, but the viceroy, who, when I was one day he said to his future father-in- nounced, received me with marks of law that a considerable sum of money consideration. After regretting that was due to him which lie feared would certain duties were imposed on him by never be paid, as his debtor bad in his fidelity to his king and to the Encurred the displeasure of the govern- glish government, he assured me that ment and had been thrown into prison. if my brother were innocent I might A little enquiry brought out the fact rely upon it he would do his best to that Fincer was this debtor, after which have him set at liberty. He declined, the jailer was easily persuaded to grant however, to hear what I wished to say Dilnich an interview with his prisoner, on his behalf, saying it was too importhat they might settle their affairs. It tant a matter to be entrusted to his ear was easy, during their conversation alone. I however obtained permission and the exchange of papers concerning to see Patrick, though only in the prestheir pretended accounts, to iuform ence of a messenger of state. Fincer of the design on foot and in- Even with this condition attached to struct him how to play his part in it. the favor, I was glad to have obtained One day Dilnich, with great joy, showed it. My first step was to consult Dilthe jailer a note of hand from his pris- nichi, who wished me
to take my oner, in settlement of his account in brother a thousand crowns, which at full, and consulted him as to how he any moment he might find of use. might best invest the money. He said can assure you,” he said, “ that unless that, delighted at having got the money, your brother be indicted for high treaand very grateful to Fincer, he would son, there is not a living soul in all like to give him a little supper in his Dublin who will not, for money, do his cell that evening. The jailer con- best to set him free. I found that out sented, and he and his daughter, Dil- when I was working for Fincer. There nich's promised bride, were the guests is so little money in Ireland that Irishon the occasion. In the height of their men will do anything for a handful of gaiety Dilnich plunged a dagger into gold or silver ; but then, such horrible the jailer's breast, while Fincer threat- executions have taken place to consolened his daughter with the same fate if idate the authority of the English govshe uttered a cry. They had intended ernment, that people turn pale at the that she should take them both to the very mention of high treason.” gates, and see that they passed the He recommended me to write down guard in safety ; but the poor girl this remark, and to hide the scrap of fainted, and they could not bring her paper in the purse in which I should to her senses. Fincer took the outer place the thousand crowns. garments of the dead jailer, and they “But I am afraid my attendant will passed the sentinels with more ease not let me give this purse to Patrick in than they expected. Relays of horses his prison," said I. were in waiting, and before daylight " Then bribe bim,' said Dilnich. they had reached the coast. " It would " A hundred pistoles 1 will buy up any be a good thing," Dilnich added, as of these people.” he concluded his narration, “if your I hesitated to accept this advice. My brother should prove to be confined in conscience revolted against bribery in the same tower."
the first place, and in the second, it This proved to be the case, but we seemed hardly fair to Sara to use her soon found that the particulars of Fincer's escape were so widely known in 1 A pistole was ten francs — two dollars.
money in my brother's causé, till I had view. When I saw this I did not think ascertained what might be bis senti- it would be bribery to offer him part of ments with regard to her. However, a the sum that Dilnich had advised me to hundred pistoles was not a large sum. bestow on him. He received it with I had as much as that myself. With gratitude, and then said that, as he regard to the bribery I opened my could perceive nothing treasonable in heart to Dilnich, who only laughed at our discourse, he would leave us to talk my scruples and declined to argue the over our family affairs together. matter.
“Ah, Patrick,” I exclaimed, when So I went to the Castle under escort we found ourselves alone, 66 what I of the messenger of state. Patrick was dread is your want of firmness. This greatly moved at my solicitude. “But will weaken your defence if I am not ab!” he said, “it is not for me you by to encourage you. But, ali ! I know ought to be concerned. What will be a way, if you would listen to my coun
now of our sister ? Who will sels, by which you could repair all our take charge of the affairs of our poor losses and misfortunes. You could George ? You do not yet know,” he place Rose in safety. You could accel
"all the horrors of our situa- erate the liberty of George. You could tion, or you would not think of first keep me here to work in your behalf. bringing me succor. Go at once, I en- You could restore the fortunes of our treat you, to Paris, where your pres- ancient house. You could become the ence is more needed than in Dublin. glory, the support, the head of our I trust in Heaven to make clear my family — a family which has no hope innocence.”
but in you. I am not painting an imI was touched by his unselfishness aginary picture. I come here to offer and his family affection.
you the means of doing this, and I im" But what,” I said, “ have you con- plore you to accept them.” cealed from me, that should make the I looked earnestly at Patrick as I situation of George and Rose worse said all this. He seemed disturbed and than your own ?” “I do not think agitated. “Show me a way,” he said George's life is in danger,” he replied, at last, “ which I can take without loss “but now that I am laid up here and of honor." can do nothing, I will no longer dis- " Without loss of honor ?" I said. guise from you how much I fear for “ If you have any feeling for your famRose. She is virtuous; who can doubt ily ; if Rose's situation moves you ; if her virtue ? She has faced all our you can be touched by goodness, gengriefs with noble firmness, but she is erosity, and anxiety to serve you, you now almost without money, without will consider what I have
say. of support. The duke still And I told him all about Sara : “Sara, keeps his eyes on her; young, trustful, so modest,” I added, “ in all her acts, inexperienced, in a foreign land and so tender in her feelings. If you will unprotected — you may imagine what I take the help she offers you, I can at dread even to speak of. The firmest once succor Rose. You will be head, virtue needs support, and how can we chief, protector, benefactor, father of feel certain what may take place at any your family. One word, one sign from moment.'
you, will make us happy." His words filled me with vague anx- The emotion of Patrick was depicted iety. “ Have pity, Heaven !” I cried ; on his countenance. “ Have you for“do not abandon this unhappy girl! gotten,” he said, “ all I told you, only Ah, Patrick, why did you all despise three days ago ? Do you ask me to do my advice, and refuse to be guided by what would unite perfidy and perjury ?
Ah, brother, you must be very prompt Our distress was so great that it soft- if you desire to serve Rose. Leave at ened the heart of the man who had once for Paris. My innocence will be been sent to be present at our inter- | my best defence.”
my counsels ?"
It was clear that Sara had deceived | was set at liberty with apologies for my herself. She had inspired in Patrick's arrest. heart no tender feelings.
The first use I made of my freedom Before my visit ended I begged him was to call upon the viceroy. He had seriously to think over what I had said been much impressed by Fincer's letto him, and promised that I would, if ter, and assured me that he would do possible, see him again shortly. all in his power to aid my brother's
On leaving the Castle I determined cause. Not one word was said of Dilto send at once succor to Rose. I had nich who, happily for him, seemed not enough money of my own for that pur- to be mixed up in my affairs. pose, without touching the sum I had Delighted with all this, I hurried received from Sara. Besides, I had back to my lodgings, to which the life-long friends in Dublin to whom, at viceroy told me my trunks had been the worst, I could apply. But au un-conveyed. I found them there, inexpected event disturbed all my calcu- deed, but not my money ; not even the lations.
thousand crowns that I had carried in Dilnich, trusting to his change of a leathern purse to the Castle the day raiment, being now dressed as a gen-before, and had put back into my trunk tleman, whereas he had been known on returning to my lodgings. All had only in Dublin in the dress of a trades- been carried off by the soldiers of the could not be induced by me to crown.
In vain I returned to the take necessary precautions. He bad Castle. In vain I appealed to the vicebeen seen in a carriage on the street by roy. In vain he ordered the soldiers to the daughter of the unfortunate man be placed under arrest.
He was powwhom he had murdered. She traced erless to help me. The prospect of him to our lodgings, then she gave in-death would not have induced those formation to the police. I was just wretches to give up my money. asking him how I might best procure a
They persisted in saying that if anybill of exchange on Paris, when the thing was missing it must have been noise of a scuffle was heard outside our taken by the viceroy ! - an imperti. door. Judging rightly what was taking nence which in any other country place, I had just time to hurry Dilnich would have met with instant punishout of a window which looked upon a ment.
Such insolence could hardly be garden, when a party of soldiers, having believed by any one unacquainted with
our servants, entered the the rascality and veniality of the lower
The officer in command told class of the Irish people. me that his orders were to arrest a The viceroy told me that he was trader in that house, and to take pos- deeply grieved for my loss, but that he session of everything that he might did not see how the money could be find in his lodgings. This order he recovered. That I must blame myself considered authorized him to make me for not having made a declaration as prisoner. I was accordingly arrested, soon as I was seized, that I had such and taken at once to a strong room in and such moneys in my trunk. He the Castle, while my trunks and Dil-even said that as I had accused his solnich's were carried off to be inspected diers without proof, he feared that they by the viceroy.
might take some occasion to be reI did not think much harm could be- venged on me. fall me, personally, from my arrest, but I took this as an intimation that I I was terribly auxious about Rose. had better leave Dublin. I could only
Things turned out as I had hoped. hope, and so I told the viceroy, that The viceroy examined our trunks, and my misfortune might prove an addifound nothing treasonable. Indeed, he tional motive for his espousing the found no paper but Fincer's letter, cause of my brother. I left his preswhich confirmed him in a belief inence comforted by his promise, but terPatrick's innocence, and the next day I'ribly unhappy, not only about George
and Rose, but about poor Sara. Her | unwilling to share with me.
With remoney I hoped to replace, but for the spect to Sara, he would only repeat loss of her hopes who would console sadly that he could say nothing but her ?
what he had said already. In vain I I thought of myself, and how it represented that Julie would never be would strip me of every penny I could restored to him, that she was in charge hope to earn during my lifetime to pay of a father who detested him, and who back that money. What would Sara would marry her to some Protestant think of me if I did not ? And if I against her will. Patrick was immovsucceeded in paying Sara, by turning able. into money all I had, and mortgaging The next day I received a slip of the revenues of my benefice, what was paper on which was merely written an to become of our poor Rose ? Heaven address. I knew what it meant,
and alone could help her. But might she hastened to the house, where I found not have forfeited her claim to Heaven's Dilpich. He received me with great help by her worldliness and her rejec-joy, but told me, that fearing to lose tion of good counsel ?
the chance of selling his land to advanI sat pondering these things with tage, he had already concluded his bardeep sorrow in my heart, when a note gain, and that very day, having his was handed me. It had been brought money in hand, he had contrived to to the house by an unknown man. It see the presiding judge of the court was from Dilnich, as I knew at once, appointed to try charges of treason, although it had no signature.
before which Patrick would have to He knew all that had happened to appear. me, he said. He himself was in safety, He had represented bimself as under a friend's roof. He insisted that gentleman belonging to our family. the loss of the money was no great mis- He had ascertained that the imprisonfortune, and he begged me to take menit of Patrick might be long before heart, for he had ample means to repair his case was disposed of; and, seeing that loss. He was Sara's nearest rela- this, he had said to the judge that betion. He had neither children nor ing aware that everything would depend wife.
Patrick, as Sara's husband, upon his favor, and since all he asked would be bis heir. He was already was that his relative might 'soon be negotiating for the sale of a part of tried, there could be no reason that his his estates, and with the money he Honor should feel delicacy in acceptreceived he would set right everything. ing a thousand pistoles from Patrick, The letter was full of offers of kindness in acknowledgment of his goodness in and of friendship, and ended by saying accelerating his restoration to liberty. that he had sent word Sara that he So the bargain was concluded. The was in hiding, and that I was in prison, money was paid at once, with the but he had not told her of the robbery, understanding that no offence being adding, “I think you had better be proved against Patrick, he was to be equally discreet.”
set at liberty before the end of the Alas, his generous offer of assistance month. only caused me further embarrassment. “I am delighted to tell you this,” I answered at once that I begged him said Dilnich, "and you must make it dot to do anything about the sale of his known to Patrick as soon as possible.” property till he had seen me. Before “Oh, you did wrong,'
" I cried, “to the day ended I paid another visit go so far without consulting me." to Patrick. We discussed together the Ah, be easy,” replied Dilnich. situation of poor Rose. I learned all “Sara is my heiress, and I know she be would tell me about her; but I will be grateful to me for the service I fancied I could see that he was keep-' have rendered her." ing something back.
Some anxiety Leaving Dilnich as soon as possible, weighed upon his mind which he was I hurried to the Castle. There I had
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to wait some time for the messenger of this. He received my communication state. Every moment of delay seemed in silence, and with deep sighs. to me a loss of honor for Patrick, for The next day came papers setting myself, for all who were dear to me. Patrick at liberty, and offering him
“This is no time to think of senti- apologies for the mistake of his imprisment,” I said to Patrick the moment I onment. This courtesy was due to the saw him.
“I must speak plainly. viceroy's desire to keep well with the You must think only of your honor." families of leading Irish noblemen. I Thereupon I recapitulated all that had received the news with transports of been done for him by Sara and her joy. As soon as I had been assured of family. “You are no longer free to the certainty of his return, I hastened choose,” I said. “You may complain to Patrick. Even the hope of freedom that your fate is hard, but it is no could not rouse him from his melanlonger possible to cause shame and dis- choly. “I have no heart to give to: appointment to Sara, after all that she Sara Fincer,” he sighed, as I reiterhas done for you. You cannot aban- ated the necessity he was under of don Rose without ruining our family responding to the hopes that had been honor."
raised in her. I answered that Sara, He listened to me with the air of one if he could not give her all his love, who is receiving sentence of death. would gladly accept all he could offer Then he said : “I know Sara Fincer; her, and I informed him that I had I acknowledge her to be charming ; made all my arraugements for their I am grateful for her benefits, but she immediate marriage as
be has no right to claim what, had the should be out of prison. The ceremochoice been offered me, I never would nies of the Catholic Church were by have given her.”'
law obliged to be performed very quiI pleaded that time can efface the etly in Ireland ; and by such a wedmemory of an early love, and that ding as I proposed, I said we should marriage would soon teach him to love be saved expense and other difficulties.
so charming and so amiable as Having wrung from Patrick his acSara.
quiescence rather than his consent, I That day I prevailed nothing. went home to my lodgings, and there
Very soon the examination of Patrick found a letter which had been fortook place. He won the consideration warded to me from Killerine. It was of the court by the frankness and the in the handwriting of Rose. I opened directness with which he answered it with feelings of great satisfaction. every question put to him. Dilnich Alas! its first words told me that all saw the chief justice. I visited the had gone wrong. viceroy. We felt sure that Patrick's The superior of the convent, a few restoration to liberty was at hand. days after Patrick's departure, began to
But he did not seem to share our joy. feel anxious lest Rose's board should The obligations he was under to Sara not be paid, and told her frankly that and her cousin hung about him like a the convent could not afford the exchain.
pense of keeping guests who had no It was at this moment that Sara un- money. Rose gave her nearly all the expectedly made her appearance in little she had, and left the convent, deDublin. Alarmed by what she had termined to support her waiting-maid heard from Dilnich, believing me in a and herself by needlework, for she was dungeon, and Patrick friendless in very skilful at embroidery. prison, she had come prepared to do She might have lived peaceably in her best for both of us. Her arrival very humble lodgings had not the duke, filled me with consternation and em- her persecutor, discovered her. He barrassment. And she was so happy gained over her landlord. He in the thought that she had contributed newed his offers of protection. He to set Patrick free! I told Patrick' was repulsed in every way,