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never allowed to have an opinion of his own; “I jest !” exclaimed the imperturbable spending half his time in dissipation, and deacon, opening his eyes to their utmost half in confession of his peccadilloes to a extent, and looking awful. “It is for those fanatic priest, without ono manly quality who are still in the hands of Satan and the to entitle him to notice-stained with the bonds of iniquity, to trifle in serious inatvices of a profligate barrack-room." ters, and not for one of the pillars of the
Helen shut the volume before her with church, whose duty it is to reprove such such force, that the old deacon started. She indiscretions when he observes them in rose, and was about leaving the room. The others." motion did not escape the notice of the Flora, in despair, turned to her father, worthy deacon. Instantly aware of the who, roused by her pleading, anxious look, construction that would be put upon her and understanding her generous motive, laid actions, she subdued the indignant feelings down the Courier which he had been readwhich rose in her heart, and resumed her ing, and begged to know if his neighbor seat, just as Flora's father, Colonel Manning, had heard any tidings of Madame Dumont's entered the room. The deacon went on
“I do not blame the silly youth so much At the mention of Madame Dumont, the as I do those under whose guidance he deacon was off again like a rocket. He might have learned better. But he has been abused mother and son, and the whole Camore spoiled by admiration from the women tholic dynasty, from the Pope down to Mathan any thing else.”
dame's confessor, and ended with saying, “ Poor Clarence! what a pity he is not " that those who sympathized with these here to profit by your lecture!" said Flora, degenerate persecutors of the true supportlaughing
ers of the faith were as bad as they were, “He is where he will receive a severer and deserved to be shanned.” lesson, young lady," said the old man, look- "Softly, good neighbor," said Colonel ing hard at her bright face. “I hope his Manning, laying his hand on the shoulder illness—which I cannot help considering a of the excited speaker. “You alarm my judgment for his crimes—will be visited in little girl, here, with your violence. Pray mercy to his soul, and that he may be tried tell us, in as few words as possible, what you in the furnace of affliction until he is drawn know of the situation of this youth, in whom from his errors."
we are all interested, and whom every body Flora caught the book as it fell from the in this neighborhood loves." The rich blood hand of her friend, and placing herself so as sprang to the cheek of Helen, and her heart to shield her from observation, asked: beat high at this generous defense. “ I am
" Is Clarence ill, or wounded, Deacon sure he can have done nothing deserving Jones ?"
this severe anathema, and it is but fair that "Oh, you do not smile at that news, you allow the poor youth some quarter, and young lady, though you may at my endea- a chance to clear himself.” vor to call a sheep into the right fold. You “Well, all I know about it," said the deaare like all the rest who have assisted in con, somewhat cooled down by this admoruining this youth, thinking more of his nition, all I know about it is this : Genetemporal than his eternal welfare."
ral Burgoyne sent this boy on a secret com“For mercy's sake, dear Mr. Jones, do not mission, and he got into difficulty. Some keep us in this horrid suspense,” cried Flora, say General Washington condemned him to feeling that every word he uttered must be death ; others, that Lafayette interfered and as a dagger to the heart of Helen. “Tell sent him back ; but at all events he went us truly, is Clarence in any trouble, or do through some danger, and was wounded. you only jest ?"
The dispatches have but just arrived, and
I came to tell you—but here is your bro nel Brown, with a number, were detached, ther-in-law with a letter.”
and sent to retake Ticonderoga. By express Flora darted toward the new-comer. yesterday from Colonel Brown, we are in“What news from the army, uncle ?” formed that they have taken Fort George,
" Read for yourself, pet,” said her uncle, the French lines at Ti., a large number of handing her the letter.
batteaux, seventeen gun-boats, an armed Camp, near Stillwater, Sept. 17, 1777. schooner, and a number of cannon, and also DEAR GENERAL:—Doubtless you are an sent a summons into Fort Ticonderoga and xious to hear from our army at such a time as Mount Independence to surrender—an anthis, when a decisive action in this department swer to which we had not received when is daily expected. On the 19th inst., part of the the express came away. Also took two hunleft wing of our army had a warm engage- dred and ninety-three prisoners, and retook ment with the enemy. The action began on of our prisoners upwards of one hundred. our left between General Frazier's flying The last account from General Lincoln was, camp and Colonel Morgan's corps of rifle that he was at Pollet, about thirty-seven men, together with our light troops who are miles eastward of Fort Edward. We exadded to that corps, at half-past twelve | pect he is now on his way to join us, after o'clock P. M. The action continued very which I make no doubt we shall be able, obstinate on both sides for some time, when with the blessing of Heaven, to give the General Frazier was obliged to retreat ; but public a very agreeable account of Mr. Burbeing reinforced, he renewed the action goyne and his army. about half-past three. Colonel Morgan was Our army is remarkably inspired with supported from the left wing of our army, martial zeal; their very countenances not and after a heavy, incessant firing for about only indicate courage and true valor, but three hours, the evening closed the scene of give us the strongest assurance of success, action. Our loss is sixty-four killed and which, I trust, we shall be favored with thirty missing, officers included. Amongst through the blessing of Heaven, whenever our dead are Lieutenant-Colonel Adams and | we shall have a good opportunity to meet Coburn; also, three captains and eight sub our enemy. In the late battle we took a alterns and sergeants. We had two hun- considerable number of prisoners, but cannot dred and seventeen wounded. The enemy's ascertain the number. Through Divine goodloss I cannot ascertain ; but by the best in- | ness I am restored to a very good state of telligence it is great. I am informed by a health, and joined the army the Tuesday deserter to us, that amongst their wounded after you left me. is General Burgoyne, and amongst their I have the honor, with due respect, to be dead is General Frazier. We constantly your most obedient, humble servant, expect another engagement, which I expect
Jno. Nixon. will be decisive, as doubtless it will be general. Our troops who were in the battle in The Hon. Brigadier-General PALMER. general fought well, and our army are in “Not a word about Clarence, after all !" good spirits—though I must confess I am said Flora; and then aside to Helen, who had surprised that our States have been so dila | listened with breathless attention : "I don't tory in sending us reinforcements at a time | believe one word of Deacon Jones's story when, had we a sufficient number of troops, begging his pardon. Be sure, Helen, you the whole of General Burgoyne's army must will hear the truth from some other source. inevitably fall into our hands. The militia And not a word either about a more imporfrom our State are under the command of tant individual !" she muttered to herself. General Lincoln, from whose division Colo- "Success to our gallant boys !” exclaimed
Colonel Manning, rising and pacing the floor It was through his influence that she was with rapid steps. "I knew that Burgoyne's made the companion of his niece, and he footing in Canada would prove a slippery had pointed her out to Flora as an example When do you start for your quarters,
to be imitated. He had long suspected my dear General ?”
how matters stood with ber and Madame “This news makes it necessary that I pro- Dumont, though not a word of complaint ceed immediately,” replied General Phad passed Helen's lips upon the subject. "Well, niece, what now? you seem puzzling She merely gave as a reason for leaving her that pretty head with some plot or other. former protector, that her services were no What have you been about here, you mis- longer desired. But Clarence had opened chievous little elf?” glancing round upon his heart to the guardian of her he loved. the flower-strewed room. Ah, I fear you He had pleaded with such earnestness to be find too lenient a tutoress in my young allowed the privilege of corresponding with friend Helen, We must send you to Ma- her, desiring at the same time that all the dame R- to learn manners."
letters should pass through his hands, that Flora pouted her lip, and flew to her he had not the heart to refuse; and although friend, round whom she twined her white ignorant of the residence of Helen, his letarms with the utmost affection. “That you ters reached her frequently, and kept alive will never do, uncle, for, in spite of the the feelings she had endeavored to subdue. threat, I know you would be as great a suf- The General was pained to hear that his serer as myself, should Helen Williams young favorite had drawn himself into diffileave us,"
culty, and readily promised Flora to inquire “There you are right, niece; and now tell into the matter at once. me if you have merited the reward I pro- "And poor Edward, uncle, will you not mised you for the Virgil translation." do something for him ?" “I have, I have, as Helen will testify. “On condition that
make a confidant And now a boon, a boon, dear uncle, you
of your parent; not otherwise,” replied he. will not deny me."
“That I cannot do,” said Flora, the tears “Bless that bright young face! who could starting in her eyes. deny you any thing? Brother, I am half a “How do you know that he favors this mind to steal this treasure of yours, though St. Clair ?" blest with half a dozen of my own. Come,
“Does he not allow him to come here as pet, what is it ?"
often as be likes? and does he not treat Flora drew him aside, and in a few words Lester coolly when he takes the same liberexplained the situation of her lover—(for ty? I will never marry that man, uncle, our readers must have divined that Edward I am resolved !” exclaimed Flora, in rather Lester claimed that title.) General P- a louder tone of voice. looked grave, and bade his niece go directly " What's that about marrying ?” cried to her father, and tell him the whole affair. Colonel Manning, stopping short in his walk. Flora refused, persisting that St. Clair was " IIa, brother, are you going to dispose of his favorite, and he would not move an inch
my naughty girl here, without my knowto thwart his own plans with regard to him. ledge? What's all this ?” Clarence also came in for a share of her “Come, Flora, be candid, and tell him all
, sympathy; and here her auditor was all at- or leave it to me. There; go, darling, and tention. For Helen Williams, he felt all the dry your eyes. I will explain for you." interest of a parent for a child. She was Flora vanished from the room, and was the daughter of his early friend, and she shortly seen in close confab with Philis in was also an orphan, and had ever looked up
the garden. to him for advice in all her little difficulties. Shall we follow Helen Williams to the
retirement of her own room, when night “unaccustomed as I am to addressing a kad drawn ber sable curtain over the earth, large audience—" and none were near to witness the emotions “Please address the chair, sir.” of her pure and guileless heart! Shall we “ Unaccustomed as I am to address the break the seal of that letter on which her chair—"
are bent, and about which her There was, for a moment, too much
trembling fingers are employed! Shall we laughter and confusion to allow the orator linger on each line until it is impressed in to proceed. undying colors upon the heart! Fie, fie, "I am called upon, on this occasion, to Helen! that letter has been read already announce to you the agreeable intelligence, half a dozen times. Are you not satisfied ? that early to-morrow morning we must What, again—and again! And that beau- march through the swamps and thickets, to tiful miniature ! Are not the features fami- attack, conquer, and carry off a large numliar enough, that you must gaze so eagerly ber of rebel Yankees. The cry is to be, No upon it, as if it were some newly discovered quarter ! unless they yield peaceably. Genetreasure! Was there no kind, confidential ral Burgoyne—make bows, gentlemen—has friend to make a morning call upon Madame recovered from his fatigue, and resumes the Dumont, and hint that her son was very command. Mr. Washington will shortly be disobedient? Dear reader, you and I will in our power. Sıx Skinners have engaged look in upon the “proud ladye,” and make to capture him, and”—bere be looked toa discovery which shall be the subject of wards the lower end of the table, at a fineanother chapter. Meanwhile, fair Helen, looking young officer who had not joined in fold up that precious epistle, take a last, the toasts, "and a decoy-duck, sent on to lingering look of those idolized features, and make the matter easier to be accomplished." resiga thyself to such peaceful dreams as There was a roar of merriment, and all youth and innocence alone enjoy.
eyes turned in the same direction. The president rose and waved his hand.
"Gentlemen, fill your glasses, and drink CHAPTER III.
to the success of our expedition, and to a Now strike your wild harpol let them swell with the prosperous journey to Clarence Grahame."
strain ! Let the mighty in arms love and conquer again;
Our hero rose and bowed his thanks Their deeds and their glory our lay shall prolong, And the fame of our country shall live in our song.
for the compliment. He was seating himThough the proud wreath of victory round heroes may twine,
self again, when Captain More shouted"Tis the poet who crowns them with honors divine ;
"A And the laurels of heroes would fade o'er their tomb,
from Lieutenant Grahame."
song Did the bard not preserve them immortal in bloom.
"A song-a song !" repeated a dozen "CAPITAL! and very well sung, Major. voices. Give us another song. Whose turn is it? "Address yourself to the chair!" exclaimThis evening is for enjoyment, to-morrow
ed the President. for the din of war. Comrades, I call upon
Clarence knew there was no retreat for you all to do your duty. Lieutenant Allen, him, and in a clear, sweet, yet powerful we call upon you for a sentiment."
voice, rendered somewhat tremulous from "Success to the Light Guards, and death agitation, he sang the following words, to all rebels !" shouted Lieutenant Allen. which had been composed soon after his
"Fill your glasses again ; and, Captain separation from Helen. More, a right loyal speech. Please address
There's many a cheek as fair, love,
There's many an eye as bright; yourself to the chair, and silence at the lower
But from my earliest youth, love, end of the table.”
I lived but in thy sig "Friends, Britons, comrades !" cried Cap
My frst fond dreams of bope, love,
Were mingled with thy name;
Thine image as a star, love, tain More, rising and brushing up his hair ;
Has guided me to fame.
Though others come around, love,
return to the apartment to which we first Yet constant at thy sbripe, love,
introduced our readers, in the house of Remained my faithful heart.
After the sudden disappearance of Helen,
and the departure of her son, Madame DuThe laurel-wreath they twine, love,
mont found that the gay circle she was acWill have no charms for me, Nor life a happy hour, love,
customed to draw around her sensibly dimiIf 'tis not shared with thee.
nished. The butterflies of fashion still paid “ Bravo! Capital ! Encore-encore !" their court to the wealthy widow, but the exclaimed several voices. But Clarence ex- charm which had been thrown around her cused himself, on the plea that he must house had flown. The harp and piano no withdraw from the gay group, as he was to longer sent forth sweet sounds; the lady receive his orders that evening from General herself had become peevish and irritable, and Burgoyne, and to start early in the morning instead of courting, seemed to exact attenon some secret expedition, the nature of tion. As she had lost the bright charms of which had not been explained to him. youth, and her mind had not been suffi
Had our hero glanced round the table as ciently cultivated to make amends for that he spoke, he would have observed certain loss, this was not to be expected. There looks exchanged among the officers, which was one, however, who still paid his court would bave roused suspicions in a less inge- to Madame Dumont with an assiduity which nuous mind. But Clarence, although he puzzled many to account for. This was had been a year in the army, had not yet Adolphus St. Clair, the brother of Adelaide. learned all the snares laid for the unwary- He had lately arrived from France, bringing not been a participator in the intrigues the disagreeable intelligence that his sister which there, as well as in a court, were con- had become a nun, and bestowed all her tinually carried on. He knew only that he property upon the convent in which she had had been chosen by his general as a trusty been educated. This was of course a terrimessenger to the camp of General Howe, ble blow to Madame Dumont—the absolute then stationed in New Jersey. The letters destruction of all her hopes. But when St. he was to carry were sealed in his presence, Clair, whose attentions had become pleasing but without his having any knowledge of to her, one morning burst into loud eulotheir contents, and he took them with as giums of Helen Williams, and begged his much readiness as he would any common friend to use her influence with her protégé message between two friends.
We shall in his favor, her vexation became too great not take time here to explain the nature of to be concealed. Declaring that she knew the dangerous commission with which he nothing about the orphan, and wished to was charged. Suffice it to say, that he left have nothing to do with her in future, she the next morning with a buoyant heart, at- rose abruptly and left the room. tended by only six men, and not the least St. Clair was surprised, for, having heard of his joyous anticipations was that of pass- nothing of the circumstances which coming through the city where his mother re- pelled the young lady to leave the bouse, he sided; and a brighter hope rose in his mind, bad supposed she was only on a visit at that by some happy chance he might hear Col. Manning's
, where he had first seen her. of or see another object still dearer to his Won by the fascinating talents of the beauheart
tiful girl, he had resolved to lay his heart and The first day passed without any remark- fortune at her feet. All his advances, howable incident; the next saw him on the ever, were received with coldness, and, harbanks of the noble Hudson : and here we ing used every effort to gain her affection, must leave him to pursue his journey, and I but without success, he resolved to solicit