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brother so much, I may not like her for a engaged, but was too timid to ask any quessister. Now the description you give of tions. At length his own were directed to that Mary Palmer suits my fancy. I be her. A deep flush rose to the brows of both lieve I must come to Boston and nurse you,
eyes met. It was the first tell-tale and by that means become acquainted with blush of a passion which had sprung up sudthese two divinities.
denly and unconsciously in each heart. It “What kind of looking man is the father was the silent interchange of feeling, requirof these Hunts ? Does his son resemble | ing no words to give it utterance. It was him? One night father sat gazing intently the mingling of kindred hearts wrapped in upon his face, and at last he exclaimed: that sweet dream • Where have I seen you before? At least I
“Which, could it last, this earth were heaven.” have seen some one whom you resemble ; you recall to my memory past scenes and
Amy rose in confusion, and saying she associations, both pleasing and painful.' supposed Mr. Douglas would like to be alone, Now, Allan, try to find out something that he might answer the letter, retired to about them. Perhaps they were acquaint- read the one she had herself received from ed in England. At any rate, I, like all
her brother, and soon after her grandfather daughters of Eve, would like to gratify my entered the room. curiosity on this point.
After inquiring kindly how the young “ They have just returned from their ex
man found himself, and whether he had recursion. Young Hunt looks serious and
ceived good news from his family, he exagitated, and father has a frown upon his pressed his uneasiness at the continued abbrow. What can have happened !
sence of his grandson, from whom he had “Oh, Allan ! things become more and more received a few hasty lines, merely informing strange. It seems that the young man was so him that he found himself so agreeably situimprudent as to get into an argument with ated that he had delayed longer than he infather about this rebellion, he of course tak- tended. ing your side and that of the patriots. Father
“My father appears to have become so became excited, as he always does when this much attached to your relative, sir, that he subject is touched upon, and he told mother, is hardly willing to part with him; and in the in my hearing, that the youth, while talking, absence of his rebel son, no doubt finds his looked so much like a man he once mortally companionship a relief.” hated, that he had a great inclination to “Then your father does not favor the cause hurl him from the top of the rock. In the of the patriots ?" observed Mr. Hunt. evening, however, our guest was so attentive “So far from favoring it, sir, he has disand respectful, and seemed so sorry for what carded me, his only son, because I joined it.” had happened, that father became softened “ The same invincible spirit of loyalty," toward him; and when he retired for the said the old gentleman, rather as if replying night, the tears started in his eyes as he to his own thoughts than to the remark of pressed my hand, and declared his intention to leave us to-morrow. I know not why, but The sentiments in which
father was I felt sad as he announced this intention. educated, and which have actuated him all
“Do write soon, Allan, and tell us every his life, are too firmly fixed to be easily eradithing, and whether you are well, and mean cated," replied Douglas. to join the army again.
JULIA." “I am well aware of that,” said Hunt.
"It is strange that, having so long breathed Allan sat long with this letter in his hand, the atmosphere of courts, he can consent to lost in deep thought. The gentle Amy raised live here at all. How old were you when he hier eyes from the work in which she was removed to this country ?"
"I was born here,” replied the youth. what I possessed in that terrible fire, but I “My father's second wife is an American.” have a shelter here, though an humble one.
"Ah!" said Hunt, starting, "did your so long as your lips are sealed, it shall be father marry a second time ?”
your home. And now I must deliver a mes“He did, sir," replied Douglas, looking up sage I have received from your General, who in surprise at the tone in which this was is anxious to see you as soon as you are sufsaid. “His first wife was "
ficiently recovered. Here is also a note." “The loveliest woman in England !” ex- Douglas opened it, and saw it was from claimed Hunt.
Putnam. “Ah! then you knew her, sir ?"
“So, boy," he wrote, "you could not do “I knew her when she was a merry girl your duty without getting into a scrape. of Amy's age, when there was not a shadow But you were young and reckless, and, as on her brow;" and, in a voice of strong emo- there's no great harm done, as it was too tion, " I saw her again in after years, when late for that, I hope you will learn to be wiser she longed for the grave as a refuge from in future. Don't be deceived by names, but sorrow;" but, seeing his auditor's look of sur- become acquainted with persons before you prise and inquiry, he changed the subject, trust them. Palmer's family are in Medand said, “Why did Sir Robert remove to ford, and will be happy to see you when you this country? Do not think me too inqui- get out again. I was pleased with your sitive, but I have particular reasons for wish- penitential letter, and Colonel Stark acquits ing to know.”
you of half the blame, and says it was his “ That I have never been able to ascertain own fault. You will return to your duty as to my satisfaction, sir. There is some mys- soon as possible, and for the present are to tery about it which my father never would be placed under General Lee, until I require explain.”
your services in New York, where I am "Nor ever will," replied Hunt; " but I ordered. At Cambridge you will see Gencould."
eral Washington, which you seem so anxious “ Have you any objection to telling me, about. Come, get well as fast as you can, sir, and how you became acquainted with for I want you. I have seen that you can him and his affairs ?"
stand one kind of fire, if not another, and " The tale would be far from pleasing you, have spoken well of you in the dispatches. young man.
You have done me an inesti- So keep out of all scrapes, and be prepared mable service, which I can never forget, nor to salute the enemy when called upon. erer sufficiently repay. Thrown upon my
“ ISRAEL PUTNAM." care, through injuries you have suffered from that circumstance, I have given you the care Douglas read this letter with pride and and attention of a father for a child. I have delight, and began to feel himself inspired now one more favor to beg: that is, that you with new strength, animated by the praises will never repeat this conversation to your of a man whose bravery was the theme of father, nor make any inquiries concerning me every tongue. He was now eager to return or my past history."
to the army, although he would have pre"I am likely to be an alien from my ferred remaining with Putnam to being father's house for years, perhaps for ever,” | placed under a new commander. His letreplied Douglas in a sad tone, " and shall, ters to his sister being finished and distherefore, have no opportunity for doing the patched, he now returned thanks to his host first; and with regard to the last, you may for his kindness, and declared his intention rely upon my honor."
of departing early in the morning, The aged man pressed his hand with Mr. Hunt said they should be sorry to warmth. "I have,” said he, “lost half of part with him, but did not urge his stay,
nor invite a second visit, and Douglas again pointed love," said Allan, fixing his eyes saw him wrapped in the chilling reserve he upon her beautiful face until the dark eyes had so often noticed. But a more painful were averted from his. “A beautiful Inparting was reserved for him. The door dian girl loved a brave youth, and her pasopened, and Amy appeared. At sight of sion was returned; but her family opposed her, the resolutiou with which our hero had their union, because he was related to the armed himself grew fainter and fainter, family—I believe a cousin—and the Indians and Mr. Hunt leaving the room at that mo- consider such a marriage as not lawful. ment, rendered him more embarrassed. To The wretched girl could not endure the his relief, Amy was the first to speak : separation from him she loved more than
“My grandfather tells me we are to lose life, and threw herself from the top of the you, Mr. Douglas." She tried to speak high rock. On the spot where she was calmly, but her voice trembled.
buried her relatives raised this tomb, and should regret it more than we do, if we did since that time the place has been called not know it was to obey a solemn call to Monument Mountain." which all selfish considerations should yield. “What a sad story!" said Amy, with the But you will not quite forget us.”
tears in her eyes. "Forget! forget you! Never, while life There are many victims of unhappy remains," replied Douglas fervently. love still living,” said Douglas ; “some
“I had hoped to see you acquainted with made wretched from the opposition of brother Charles before you left us, but parents; others married to the objects of he seems to have found such agreeable their aversion from interested motives ; company at your father's, that I am quite many from want of the wealth which one jealous of his preference.”
or the other party requires, but more from “I rather think it is the enchanting a want of openness and candor on both scenery of our village that holds him cap- sides." tive,” replied Douglas. “My sister tells me A deep groan here startled them both, and that your brother and my father have been looking up, they saw Mr. Hunt, who had employed during his visit in rambling about entered the room unperceived, standing at a the place, and that their last visit was to the short distance from them, with his hand celebrated Monument Mountain."
clasped to his pale forehead, as if seized “ Monument Mountain ! a singular name. with some sudden pain. Amy sprang to Pray, why was it so called ?”
his side. "The origin of the name was this,” replied “ 'Tis nothing, darling : don't be alarmed. Douglas. “ The Indians have a custom, Only a sudden spasm. I often have these whenever they pass the grave of any of attacks since that horrible day. I am their relatives, of throwing a stone upon it; going to lie down, but trust you will not and as each one follows the example of the leave us, Mr. Douglas, until I see you first, the pile accumulates until in a few again." years it forms a kind of rude monument; "Certainly not,” replied Douglas, touched and on this mountain is placed one of these, to the heart by the illness of his aged host, six or eight feet in diameter, circular at its whom he compelled to lean upon his arm, base, and raised in the form of a cone over and assisted to his room. But not all his a grave which covers the form of one of entreaties could prevail upon Hunt to allow their race, to whom a romantic story is at him to remain by his side till morning. “I tached."
would be alone, Mr. Douglas. It is not so “ recollect the story?" asked much suffering of body as of mind that afAmy.
fects me. No care on earth can suffice to " It is a story of unhappy and disap- drive away that worst of all maladies, the
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memory of past years, recalling blighted I was an infant, and Charles but two years hopes and crushed affections. One would old. Since that time we have lived with suppose that the sufferings of more than grandfather in great seclusion; few persons, threescore years would have tamed the rest except the clergyman of the place, ever less heart, and lulled excited passions into visiting us. He has never remained long in rest ; but it is not so. Leave me, Allan one place, but old Ruth has frequently reDouglas. I would be alone."
ceived orders at a moment's warning to preAllan returned to the room where he had pare for our departure somewhere else. She left Amy. His mind was a prey to strange never presumed to question the reason of conjectures. There must have been some- this caprice, and we, of course, dared ask no thing in the conversation which had just questions. While we lived in Charlestown passed between him and his grandchild, he seemed comparatively easy and happy, which had affected the old man so deeply; ) but since the fire, and we have been in this but, true to the promise he had given to old farm-house without a neighbor near us, make no inquiries that might lead to a he has been more uneasy than ever, and knowledge of the early history of his host, especially since your stay with us. And Allan restrained the curiosity which he was yet he does not appear to have taken the 80 anxious to gratify.
same dislike to you he has to some others. “ Is he better ?” asked Amy, in her eager- There are some people he will not admit to ness clasping the hand of Douglas, and his presence. I think perhaps your bravery looking earnestly at him.
in saving my life on that dreadful day has Douglas, retaining that little hand in his, softened his feelings toward you." led her to the seat they had occupied before “It was a dreadful, but, to me, also a this interruption. “He is better, dear Miss blessed day," exclaimed Douglas, pressing Amy, and only requests that he may not be the hand which lay unconsciously in his, disturbed. I am
he will not allow me “for it made me acquainted with sweet Amy to return his kindness, and nurse him as he Hunt." has me for so many days."
Amy, blushing, endeavored to withdraw “ He never will allow any one to be near her hand, but in vain. “One moment, dear him at these times except old Ruth, who has Amy. Listen to me one moment, and if lived in the family since he was a boy." my words displease you I will promise never
" Then this is not the first attack ?" more to offend. In the absence of your
" Oh no," replied Amy sadly; "he is brother, and the illness of your grandfather, often thus, and has sometimes kept his I ought not, perhaps, to dare thus to address room for days together. It has been a you. But I am going far from you tosource of great uneasiness to Charles and
morrow, Amy, and it would be a solace to me myself, who would have been so happy to to think that during my absence my memory comfort and console him."
was cherished. Amy, I love you. I loved “Does there appear to be any apparent you from the first moment I beheld youcause for this affliction, or is it constitu- when you lay helpless upon my breast, and tional ?"
I looked forward to a terrible death, scarcely "I do not know," replied Amy. “At dreaded by me if shared with you. But we times he is afflicted by the mention of some were both saved, Amy, and since that time name or some person; then some event my life has been bound up in yours. Our occurs which, related to him, brings on his families are as yet strangers to each other. malady. Any allusion to his family, his I am an outcast, and must rely upon myself father or grandfather, by people who are to carve out my own fortunes. We may curious about him, never fails to excite him be doomed to meet with the same oppoalmost to madness. My parents died while sition that I have described to you. But tell me, Amy, in case fortune favors us, tell centre of the picture was a platform, covered me, sweet Amy, may I hope for a return ?” with black cloth, in front of the banqueting
" You saved my life," replied Amy; "can house of Guildhall, London, and the scene I ever give my heart to another? As for represented the fatal moment when the my hand, the sanction of my nearest rela- head of the unfortunate
the unfortunate King Charles the tives must be obtained before I promise that. First had just been severed, and the execuBut it will never be given to another." tioner was holding it up to the view of an
“Bless you, Amy, for those words! I am mmense multitude below, some of the faces contented with this assurance. Now I can turned towards it with horror, others with go forth in my country's' cause with the exultation; and the most conspicuous of the hope of returning one day to claim a prize group was a female figure lying apparently dearer than all that fame can bestow. But lifeless in the arms of several attendants. In you will write to me, Amy, you will let me a scroll frame, at the lower left-hand corner, hear often of your welfare, and of your aged was a representation of Charles, proceeding relative, whom, next to my own father, I love on foot to execution, having Bishop Juxon and reverence."
on his left hand and Mr. Herbert on his " I will,” replied Amy. “But you are right, behind whom were the forms of going again to battle. Oh, remember you Colonels Hacker and Tomlinson, followed have friends who will be so anxious about by a group of soldiers. In the opposite you, and be careful !"
scroll, on the right side of the picture, was “One image, while it inspires me to exer- shown a part of the banqueting-house, with tion, will guard me from danger," said the platform and coffin, on either side of Douglas. “But I am not yet gone, dear which were stationed troops of halberdiers, Amy; we shall meet again in the morn- and in the front, pictures of several persons ing."
dipping their handkerchiefs in the blood of The room in which our hero was to pass the departed prince, the pavement being the night was a rough, old-fashioned apart- saturated with gore. But the most singular ment, the plastered walls broken in numer- feature in the whole was the portrait of the ous places in such a peculiar manner as to executioner, in another scroll frame immeform grotesque figures of various shapes diately above this, holding in one hand the many of them resembling human faces, bloody hatchet, and in the other the sevsome in profile, others joined to bulky figures, ered head of the monarch. Opposite to and many with skeleton heads, which to a this, on the left, was another portrait in a diseased imagination would present horrible Dutch costume, and underneath it was fancies. A piece of faded embroidery, in an written—“This picture was drawn by W. old worm-eaten frame, hung in one corner. Wessop, a Dutchman, who was a spectator It represented a tomb, with simply the name of this execution, and who quitted England
Julia" upon it, wrought with black silk; in 1649, as he could not live in a counand Allan was struck with the singularity try where they beheaded their king, and of this being the name of his sister, and also were not ashamed of the action." Above of his father's first wife. There was one this picture were written the names of fiftymourner by the tomb, his head buried in nine persons; at the side of each the coat of his hands, and thus leaning against the arms of his family. These were the signers marble tablet. But over the fire-place hung of the Death Warrant. There was one a picture which particularly fascinated his name which made a strong impression upon gaze. It was divided into four parts, as if the mind of Douglas, and the seal he had the artist had at first intended to make four seen before. But while he lay wrapped in distinct pictures, but afterwards changed his thought, contemplating these things, slummind, and combined them together. In the ber stole over his senses, and soon he was in