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“I have no child, you no father!” was the iræ, dies illa !" as they gently bore the corpse stern reply. The young man hid his face in his from the place of its savage sepulture, to holy hands, and Alix saw them thrust their victim ground. For several days the body was exposed into the grave; but she saw no more, for, with in an open coffin in the little village church of a cry almost as startling as that which the mur- Beauregard, and every effort was made to track dered lady had uttered, she fled from her conceals the perpetrators of the dreadful deed. But in ment back to the village. Panting, she rushed | vain ; no trace of them could be found. An inon without pause, without hesitation, through nate dread of some personal misfortune sealed unknown paths; her short quick cries for “ Help! | Alix's lips with respect to her recognition of the help! help!” showing the one idea that pos- bailiff, and all inquiries as to the passing of a sessed her, but she met no one until she stopped carriage such as she had described, between Mailexhausted and breathless at the first house in the lot and Novelle, were made unsuccessfully. village, that of the curé.
The dress of the young lady was carefully ex« Come, come at once ; they will have killed amined, in hopes of the discovery of her name her !” she exclaimed.
by means of ciphers or initials on her linen ; but " What is the matter, my poor girl ?” he asked there were none. The satin robe, the jewels she in amazement, 'as, pushing back his spectacles, had worn on her neck and arms, and the delicate he raised his head from his breviary.
flowers twined in her hair, gave evidence that she « Oh come, sir! I will tell you as we go. had been carried away from some gay fête. From Where is François ! He would help me! Oh, the ring on her marriage finger they augured she what shall I do, what shall I do? Come, do was a wife ; but there all conjecture ended. come !"
After her burial in holy ground her gold ring and There was no mistaking the look of agitation other ornaments were hung up in the church, in in her face : the curé yielded to her entreaties the hope that some day a claimant might arise and followed her. As they quitted the house, who could unravel the strange mystery ; and they met some laborers with spades in their close by them was suspended an ex voto offering hands, going to their daily work.
by Alix, in gratitude for her own escape. “ Make these men come with us,” Alix said, The story was never cleared up. Monsieur “ and bring their spades !".
Reboul was never seen again, and Alix had so The curé did so, and in an incredibly short lost her boasted courage that she never afterward space of time the little party reached the green dared to take a solitary walk, especially near the ring. The spot was vacant now, as formerly- fatal green ring in the forest. Perhaps it was carriage, horses, servants, executioners, and vic- this dread of being alone, or perhaps the mystetim, all had disappeared as if by magic; and, in rious disappearance of Monsieur Reboul, which the quiet sylvan solitude, not a trace save the tempted her soon afterward to follow the advice newly-turned soil was perceptible of the tragedy of her neighbors, and become the wife of Franenacted there so lately. But Alix staid not to cois, the stone-cutter. The marriage was a happy glance around her; going directly up to the one, and a time came when the remembrance of fatal spot, she gasped out, “ Dig, dig!"
that fatal eve of St. John was recalled more as a No one knew why the order was given, nor strange legend to be told to her children and what they were expected to find; but her eager-grandchildren than as a fearful drama in which ness had extended itself to the whole party, and she had herself taken part. they at once set to work, while she herself, In the revolutionary struggles which followed, prostrate on the ground, tried to aid them by the ornaments of the murdered girl were, with tearing up the sods with her hands. At length other relics of the old régime, lost or removed the turf was removed, and a universal cry of from the little village church. Yet the story horror was heard when the body of the unhappy lingers there still, and, like many another strange girl was discovered.
story, it is a true one. “ Take her out; she is not dead! Monsieur le Curé, save her ; tell us how to save her!”
PICTURE OF A GREEK GIRL. The laborers gently raised the body, and placed SHE is a baggy damsel with a quaint, sly face, it in Alix's arms, as she still sat on the ground. and her principal occupation is that of a maid They chafed the cold hands, loosened the rich of all work. dress--the poor girl's only shroud—but she gave But she is dressed to-day; it is St. Somebody's no sign of life.
feast, and every body is idling away their time in “ Water, water !" cried Alix.
consequence. It was St. Whatshisname's day No fountain was near, but the rough men the day before yesterday, and it will be St. gathered the dead leaves strewed around, and Whoist's day the day after to-morrow. Though sprinkled the pale face with the dew they still our balloon-clad young acquaintance is idling, it is held. For a second they all hoped; the eyelids with a busy idleness, for she has been occupied quivered slightly, and a faint pulsation of the ever since eight o'clock this morning in carrying heart was clearly perceptible.
about fruit, jellies, and sweetmeats, with strong But that was all They had come too late. raw spirits in gilded glasses, and little cups of
The curé bent over the dead, and repeated the unstrained coffee. A very singular and amusing solemn “De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine," picture she makes, as she stands bolt upright, and then all joined in the hymn of death, “ Dies tray in hand, before her father's guests. She is eaten into all classes of society in Turkey, until THE DURAND PROPERTY. even women lisp, and the children prattle ven- THE register of any lawyer in ordinary praegeance. It is so strong that it has made the 1 tice contains more records of the emotions Greeks hate one of the prettiest remaining cos- and passions which sway human nature than tumes in the world, as a symbol of their most any other sort of volume ever written or printbitter and cruel servitude.
ed. To the eye of a stranger, indeed, these lines By-and-by, the Greek girl will grow old. present only the abbreviated notes of ordinary From a household servant, she will then sink into office occurrences, or the condensed history of a drudge, and her head will be always bound the progress of suits at law or in equity. But to up as if she had a chronic toothache. You will the eye of the man who has made or directed the see her carrying water on washing days, or groan entries from day to day, a glance over the pages ing and squabbling upon others as she cleans the recalls a hundred strange and startling, and as herbs for dinner. She will have become so old many sad and sickening histories. It is no pleaseven at thirty, that it is impossible to recognize ant retrospect for a lawyer to review this book ; her. Rouge and whitening will have so corrod and I believe it is seldom done except when abed her face, that it looks like a sleepy apple or a solutely required for business purposes. The withered medlar. Her eyes are shriveled into private histories of many families--stories that nothing. , Her teeth will have been eaten away men and women would give fortunes to have by rough wine, and noxious tooth-powders. She blotted out of their own and all other persons' will be bald when she does not wear a towering memories--are in these pages; and when the wig, that only comes out on St. Everybody's possessor dies, the record becomes unintelligible, days. The plump figure and all its bumps will except as a memorandum that on such and such have shriveled into a mere heap of aching old days such papers were filed or served, and such bones, and her only pleasures in this life will be motions or decrees made. , scandal and curiosity.
For example, I open to one of the briefest You will find her croaking about, watching pages in my old register, and find on it not more her neighbors at the most unseasonable times. than a half dozen entries. The title of the cause She has wonderful perseverance in ferreting out is as follows : New York Supreme Court. John a secret. She will thus know many more things E. Durand vs. Stephen Halliday. We were plainthan are true, and tell them with singular readi- tiff's attorneys. ness and vivacity. She will be the terror of her. The first entry is " March 18th. Ret'd by plff. neighborhood, and there is no conciliating her. | in person." Kindness, good humor, even money-which sbe. He was a very old man. He came into the ofprizes as much as she did when a girl, and grasps fice with a feeble step, and with a humility that at it as eagerly will have no effect on her. She was painful. It is exceedingly unpleasant to see must speak evil and hatch troubles, or she would an old man so broken down as to speak with an die. The instinct of self-preservation is strong; appearance of inferiority to mere boys; and yet he so she will go upon her old course, come what did so, and asked the clerks in the office if he was may. She will be a terror even to her own intruding, in a tone so meek and quiet, that I was daughter.
shocked, and called out from my inner room to She has been reduced to this state by having bid him walk in. been a thing of bargain and sale so long, that He was a very tall man, bowed down by his she has learned to consider money as the chief age, but with an eye that spoke a commingling of good. She has been subject to insult; to be gentleness and of confidence which won you to beaten ; to be carried away into the harem of a him irresistibly. His story was brief. He deman she has never seen, and whose whole kind sired to bring an action against a man named she despises ; and has lost all natural feeling. Halliday, to recover the value of a large estate, All grace, tenderness, and affection, have been placed in his hands as trustee, but which he bad burnt out of her as with a brand. She has been disposed of. The circumstances, as I afterward looked upon as a mere tame animal until she has learned them, were these : become little better. She has been doubted until Mr. Durand was a man of large wealth, but of deception has become her glory. She has been small financial ability. He had lived a peaceful imprisoned and secluded until trickery has be- and quiet life not far from the city ; but when come her master passion. She has been kept his family persuaded him to remove into New from healthy knowledge and graceful accom- York, he had fallen into the speculating temptaplishments, from all softening influences and tions of the city. A year or two passed, and he ennobling thoughts, until her mind has fes- had made two or three very fortunate operations tered. When she is young, she is shut up in stock and in real estate, which, like all gamuntil she becomes uncomfortable from fat; when bling successes, whetted his appetite for other she is old, she is worked until she becomes and bolder schemes. He formed new acquainta skeleton. Nome have any respect or love for ances, made many new alliances, and among her, nor would she be now worthy of it, if they them all attached himself with special confidence had.
to one man, a real estate broker named Halliday, But I drop the pen in weariness, only saying, who so far ingratiated himself into the old man's that if a Greek girl be such as I have described favor as to win his complete confidence. Durand her, what must a Greek boy be.
had made several purchases, in expectation of
ed, loved; and for ten years past I have walked sent his granddaughter to relate this conversation with my head bowed down to the ground, afraid to me, and to request me to take no further proto meet the gaze of my fellow-men—a poor, mis- ceedings in the matter. erable, broken-hearted old man, tottering to the “I beg your pardon, Miss Durand; but do you grave. And how happened this? Tell me, Ste-concur in your grandfather's views of this mat. phen Halliday, how happened it ?"
"How should I know, Mr. Durand? When Il “I am not accustomed to judge of such subleft the country you were in an unfortunate pojects, sir.”. sition ; but I certainly supposed that you would “But you must have an opinion; have you extricate yourself without difficulty. Did not not ?". your creditors release you?"
“Mr. Leggett thought that Mr. Halliday's voice “ Yes, all of them—to a man-except you. I was not sincere." have no release or receipt from you, although I “Who is Mr. Leggett?". owed you a hundred thousand dollars."
"A friend of my grandfather, who was with “But I was paid."
me in the sitting-room during this conversation. “And how? Did. I pay you, or did you pay I should not have remained to listen, but that I yourself?”
had company, and we were forced to hear it all." “Why, both. You transferred property to me “Was any other person present ?" to pay your debts, and I paid myself first of all ; 1 “Mr. Harrison also was with us." certainly you designed that I should do so, did “Who is he?" you not ?"
“A friend of mine, a merchant in the city." “ Yes, first, but not last."
I smiled at the distinction she had made be“Why, there was hardly enough to pay my-tween the two gentlemen-one of whom was her
grandfather's friend, and the other her own. But "Was there not the Brooklyn property, and I certainly took a different view of Mr. Halliday's the up-town lots, and the store in Pearl Street, character and intentions from that of her grandand the twenty houses on Chambers, Warren, father, and I saw very clearly a design on Halliand Murray Streets, and the old homestead farm ?" day's part to effect a complete and final settle“ Yes, all these."
ment by paying Mr. Durand some sum of money “And what amount of stocks and bonds ?" and obtaining his receipt in full on account of “Some fifty thousand dollars worth.”
these old transactions. “ And these were hardly enough to pay your The more I reflected on the matter the clearer claim! You surely do not mean here, in my it became to me, and I resolved on a decided room, to claim that there was any other consid- course of action. I cautioned Miss Durand to eration for the conveyance of all that property to explain my ideas to her grandfather, and prepare you, except solely the agreement you made to him for the evening interview ; and I also took relieve me of the trouble of settling my own com- the liberty of requesting Mr. Leggett and Mr. plicated affairs ?"
Harrison to call on me immediately, if conven“No, I do not deny that. But I say again, ient, and if not so, to let me see them at their the property was hardly sufficient to pay my respective places of business. claim. It was all poor property, and I had to They were both in my office within a half hour, force it off from my hands immediately, or it and I was glad to find them clear-headed, intelliwould have sunk me. I did as well as I could, gent men. I could not conceal from myself the and I realized only enough to pay myself, and belief that they were both of them suitors of Miss the small balance which my clerk paid over to Durand, yet there was no ill-feeling between you after I left."
them. They were evidently surprised at meet“He paid no balance to me.”
ing, and still more so when I requested them to “He did not! I am astonished. The scoun- sit down and write out separate accounts of the drel wrote to me that he had done so. It shall conversation they had overheard the evening prebe paid immediately. It was a thousand and vious at the residence of Mr. Durand. some odd dollars. I will call to-morrow evening I was entirely satisfied with the exactness and pay it to you. It will perhaps be a conve- with which these accounts agreed with each nience to you. Believe me, Durand, I did the other, and with Miss Durand's statements, and best I could for you. I will convince you of it, then I took the liberty of asking them to pass the if you still doubt me, by showing you all the ac- evening with the same lady. They hesitated a counts of my sales. I left in haste, but I directed little ; but on my assuring them that they might that clerk Johnson to exhibit every thing to you. be of great service to her, they consented, and I I suspected him of cheating me, but not of cheat- parted from them to meet them at my client's ing you, when he made me his final account." house.
This closed the conversation, and had well It was a small house in a retired street, where nigh convinced the feeble old man of his old he had gone to avoid the gaze of those who used adviser's honesty. He had slept with somewhat to meet him in more fashionable parts of the more calmness than usual, and woke in the morn- city. There was a painful poverty in the appearing with a great fear that the lawyer he had con- ance of the little door, the dark knocker, the small sulted might take some step against Halliday, entry, and the simple furniture of the room into whom he was now ready to forgive; and he had which I was shown, and where I found the gen