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something of this Margrave in the
East-Margrave might dread exposure, revelations—of what I know not ; but,
strange as it may seem to you, it is my conviction that this young man,
apparently so gay and so thoughtless, is the real criminal, and in some way that
I can not conjecture has employed this lying vagabond in the fabrication of a
charge against myself. Reflect : of Mr. Margrave's antecedents we know nothing;
of them nothing was known even by the young gentleman who first introduced him
to the society of this town. If you would serve and save me, it is to that
quarter that you will direct your vigilant and unrelaxing researches."
I had scarcely so said when I
repented my candor ; for I observed in the face of
Mr. Stanton a sudden
revulsion of feeling, an utter incredulity of the accusation I had thus
hazarded, and for the first time a doubt of my own guilt. The fascination
exercised by Margrave was universal ; nor was it to be wondered at : for,
besides the charm of his joyous presence, he seemed so singularly free from even
the errors common enough with the young. So gay and boon a companion, yet a shunner of wine ; so dazzling in aspect, so more than beautiful, so courted, so
idolized by women, yet no tale of seduction, of profligacy, attached to his name
! As to his antecedents, he had so frankly owned himself a natural son, a
nobody, a traveler, an idler; his expenses, though lavish, were so
unostentatious, so regularly defrayed. He was so wholly the reverse of the
character assigned to criminals, that it seemed as absurd to bring a charge of
homicide against a butterfly or a goldfinch as against this seemingly innocent
and delightful favorite of humanity and nature.
However, Mr. Stanton said little
or nothing, and shortly afterward left me, with a dry expression of hope that my
innocence would be cleared in spite of evidence that he was bound to say was of
the most serious character.
I was exhausted. I fell into a
profound sleep early that night ; it might be a little after twelve when I woke,
and woke as fully, as completely, as much restored to life and consciousness as
it was then my habit to be at the break of day. And so waking, I saw on the wall
opposite my bed the same luminous phantom I had seen in the wizard's study at
Derval Court. I have read in Scandinavian legends of an apparition called the
Scin-Laeca, or shining corpse. It is supposed, in the northern superstition,
sometimes to haunt sepulchres, sometimes to foretell doom. It is the spectre of
a human body seen in a phosphoric light. And so exactly did this phantom
correspond to the description of such an apparition in Scandinavian fable that I
know not how to give it a better name than that of Scin-Laeca—the shining
There it was before me,
corpse-like, yet not dead; there, as in the haunted study of the wizard
Forman!—the form and the face of Margrave. Constitutionally, my nerves are
strong, and my temper hardy, and now I was resolved to battle against any
impression which my senses might receive from my own deluding fancies. Things
that witnessed for the first time daunt us, witnessed for the second time lose
their terror. I rose from my bed with a bold aspect, I approached the phantom
with a firm step ; but when within two paces of it, and my hand outstretched to
touch it, my arm became fixed in air, my feet locked to the ground. I did not
experience fear ; I felt that my heart beat regularly, but an invincible
something opposed itself to me. I stood as if turned to stone, and then from the
lips of this phantom there came a voice, but a voice which seemed borne from a
great distance—very low, muffled, and yet distinct : I could not even be sure
that my ear heard it, or whether the sound was not conveyed to me by an inner
"I, and I alone, can save and
deliver you," said the voice. "I will do so, and ask but one condition in
return—a condition simple and easy."
"Fiend or spectre, or mere
delusion of my own brain," cried I, " there can be no compact between thee and
me. I despise thy malice ; I reject thy services ; I accept no conditions to
escape from the one or to obtain the other."
"You may give a different answer
when I ask again."
The Scin-Laeca slowly waned, and
fading first into a wan shadow, then vanished. I rejoiced at the reply I had
given. Two days elapsed before Mr. Stanton again came to me ; in the interval
the Scin-Laeca did not reappear. I had mustered all my courage, all my common
sense, noted down all the weak points of the false evidence against me, and felt
calm and supported by the strength of my innocence.
The first few words of the
solicitor dashed all my courage to the ground. For I was anxious to hear news of
Lilian, anxious to have some message from her that might cheer and strengthen
me, and my first question was this :
" Mr. Stanton, you are aware that
I am engaged in marriage to Miss Ashleigh. Your family are not unacquainted with
her. What says, what thinks she of this monstrous charge against her betrothed?"
" I was for two hours at Mrs.
Ashleigh's house last evening," replied the lawyer ; "she was naturally anxious
to see me as employed in your defense. Who do you think was there ? Who, eager
to defend you, to express his persuasion of your innocence, to declare his
conviction that the real criminal would be soon discovered—who but that same Mr.
Margrave, whom, pardon me my frankness, you so rashly and groundlessly
"Heavens ! Do you say that he is
received in that house ? that he—he is familiarly admitted to her presence ?"
" My good Sir, why these unjust
prepossessions against a true friend? It was as your friend that, as soon as the
charge against you amazed
and shocked the town of L- , Mr.
Margrave called on Mrs. Ashleigh—presented to her by Miss Brabazon—and was so
cheering and hopeful that—"
" Enough !" I exclaimed—" enough
I paced the room in a state of
excitement and rage, which the lawyer in vain endeavored to calm, until at
length I halted abruptly. " Well—and you saw Miss Ashleigh ? What message does
she send to me—her betrothed ?"
Mr. Stanton looked confused.
"Message! Consider, Sir— Miss Ashleigh's situation— the delicacy—and—and—"
"I understand ! no message, no
word, from a young Lady so respectable to a Man accused of murder."
Mr. Stanton was silent for some
moments, and then said, quietly, "Let us change this subject ; let us think of
what more immediately presses. I see you have been making some notes; may I look
I composed myself and sat down. "
This accuser—have inquiries really been made as to himself, and his statement of
his own proceedings ? He comes, he says, from America—in what ship ? At what
port did he land ? Is there any evidence to corroborate his story of the
relations he tried to discover—of the inn at which he first put up, and to which
he could not find his way ?"
"Your suggestions are sensible,
Dr. Fenwick. I have forestalled them. It is true that the man lodged at a small
inn—the Rising Sun ; true that he made inquiries about some relations of the
name of Walls, who formerly resided at L- , and afterward removed to a village
ten miles distant—two brothers—tradesmen of small means but respectable
character. He at first refused to say at what sea-port he landed, in what ship
he sailed. I suspect that he has now told a falsehood as to these matters. I
have sent my clerk to Southampton—for it is there he said that he was put on
shore ; we shall see—the man himself is detained in close custody. I hear that
his manner is strange and excitable; but that he preserves silence as much as
possible. It is generally believed that he is a bad character, perhaps a
returned convict, and that this is the true reason why he so long delayed giving
evidence, and has been since so reluctant to account for himself. But even if
his testimony should be impugned, should break down, still we should have to
account for the fact that the casket and the case-knife were found in your
bureau. For, granting that a man acquainted with your house could in your
absence have entered your study and placed the articles in your bureau, it is
clear that this stranger to L- could not have possessed that knowledge."
" Of course not—Mr. Margrave did
" Mr. Margrave again—oh, Sir !"
I arose and moved away, with an
impatient gesture. I could not trust myself to speak. That night I did not sleep
; I watched impatiently, gazing on the opposite wall, for the gleam of the
Scin-Laeca. But the night passed away, and it did not appear.
THE McCLELLAN CELEBRATION.
page 764 we publish a picture of the
which took place last week in Washington, on the occasion of his appointment as
Commander-in-Chief. The Washington Star said of it :
The grand torch-light procession,
display of fire-works, and serenade to General
McClellan, last night, in honor of his
succession to the chief command of the armies of the United States, was one of
the most imposing displays ever witnessed in this city. The compliment proceeded
from the soldiers of Blenker's Brigade, but the procession was joined by a great
number of other volunteers and a large number of citizens anxious to do honor to
our General. The procession numbered about 2000 infantry and two companies of
cavalry, with a great number of citizens, each man holding a torch in his hand,
while brilliant blue, red, and white lights were seen at intervals along the
They started from the
neighborhood of Seventh Street, and marched up the Avenue as far as the
Presidential Mansion, and entering the eastern gate, defiled past the mansion
and out of the western gate of the inclosure past the residence of the Secretary
of War, toward the residence of General McClellan, at the corner of Sixteenth
and H streets.
Fine bands accompanied the
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appeared for an instant, bowed, and retired. There were loud calls for a speech
from him, but they did not have the effect to bring him out.
Speeches were made by Secretaries
Seward and Cameron, and by General Blenker,
however, which were received with the wildest enthusiasm by the vast multitude
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THE OKAVANGO RIVER.
Shooting-Ground.—Crossing a burning Savanna. — A Right Royal Front.—Furious
Charge of a Paterfamilias.—Pursuit of an Elephant.—Chase of the Wild
Boar.—Disappointed Lions.—. Death-Grapple with a Lion.—The White Man a Show.
A WIFE'S STORY.
ORLEY FARM. By ANTHONY
TROLLOPE.—Illustrated by J. E. MILLAIS.
CHAPTER XXIX. Breaking Covert.
CHAPTER XXX. Another Fall.
CHAPTER XXXI. Footsteps in the
CHATTER XXXII. What Bridget
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THE REIGN OF SULTAN ABDUL-MEDJID.
MR. AND MRS. MEYER.
A PSALM OF THE UNION.
THE ADVENTURES OF PHILIP. By W.
CHAPTER XXIII. In which we still
hover about the Elysian Fields.
CHAPTER XXIV. Nec dulces Amores
sperne, Puer, neque tu choreas.
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