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to me too sacred to talk about.
And Ashleigh Sumner then courts Lilian ! How do you know ?"
"I know every thing that concerns
me; and here the explanation is simple. My aunt, Lady Delafield, is staying with
Lady Houghton. Lady Delafield is one of the women of fashion who shine by their
own light ; Lady Houghton shines by borrowed light, and borrows every ray she
"And Lady Delafield writes you
word—" "That Ashleigh Sumner is caught by Lilian's beauty."
"And Lilian herself—"
" Women like Lady Delafield do
not readily believe that any girl would refuse Ashleigh Sumner ; considered in
himself, he is steady and good-looking ; considered as owner of Kirby Hall and
Houghton Park, he has, in the eyes of any sensible mother, the virtues of Cato,
and the beauty of Antinous."
I pressed my hand to my
heart—close to my heart lay a letter front Lilian—and there was no word in that
letter which showed that her heart was gone from mine. I shook my head gently,
and smiled in confiding triumph.
Mrs. Poyntz surveyed me with a
bent brow, and a compressed lip.
"I understand your smile," she
said, ironically. "Very likely Lilian may be quite untouched by this young man's
admiration, but Anne Ashleigh may be dazzled by so brilliant a prospect for her
daughter. And, in short, I thought it desirable to let your engagement be
publicly known throughout the town to-day ; that information will travel—it will
reach Ashleigh Sumner through Mr. Vigors, or others in this neighborhood, with
whom I know that he corresponds. It will bring affairs to a crisis, and before
it may be too late. I think it well that Ashleigh Sumner should leave that
house; if he leaves it for good so much the better. And, perhaps, the sooner
Lilian returns to L- the lighter your own heart will be."
"And for these reasons you have
published the secret of—"
"Your engagement? Yes. Prepare to
be congratulated wherever you go. And now, if you hear, either from mother or
daughter, that Ashleigh Sumner has proposed, and been, let us say, refused, I do
not doubt that in the pride of your heart you will come and tell me."
"Rely upon it, I will; but before
I take my leave allow me to ask why you described to a young man like Mr.
Margrave—whose wild and strange humors you have witnessed and not approved—any
of those traits of character in Miss Ashleigh which distinguish her from other
girls of her age ?"
"I? You mistake. I said nothing
to him of her character. I mentioned her name, and said she was beautiful, that
"Nay, you said that she was fond
of musing, of solitude; that in her fancies she believed in the reality of
visions which might flit before her eyes as they flit before the eyes of all
"Not a word did I say to Mr.
Margrave of such peculiarities in Lilian; not a word more than what I have told
you, on my honor!"
Still incredulous, but disguising
my incredulity with that convenient smile by which we accomplish so much of the
polite dissimulation indispensable to the decencies of civilized life, I took my
departure, returned home, and wrote to Lilian.
OUR ARMY AT FORT PICKENS.
We illustrate on
page 645 the
BURNING OF THE DRY DOCK OPPOSITE PENSACOL.A, and on
page 641 the CUTTING OUT OF
THE PRIVATEER SCHOONER "JUDITH," by a party from Fort Pickens. A letter from
Pensacola thus describes the first transaction :
On the night of the 31st of
August Colonel Brown got an inkling of the design of the rebels to sink the dry
dock lower down in the channel, from the unusual stir at the Navy-yard, the
frequent passage of boats to and from the shore, conveying, what afterward
proved to be fuel for the furnaces, to the dock, etc. His plans to defeat the
accomplishment of the purpose which the enemy had in view were quickly formed.
Selecting one of his most trusty officers, Lieutenant Shipley, he gave him
orders to hold himself in readiness with a crew of picked men, to man a boat the
following night, cautiously to approach the dry dock, land upon and set fire to
it, then retreat as speedily as possible for the fort.
A few minutes after "tattoo"
(nine o'clock) Lieutenant Shipley left the beach in front of the fort in a boat
with eleven picked men, rowing noiselessly for the dry dock. The boat reached
the dock without being challenged, was made fast, when the men sprang up
prepared to encounter and overcome the sentries, who had often been seen
stationed upon it at night; none were found, however, and they proceeded to
accomplish their work. Combustible material of various kinds had been prepared
and brought along, together with three large
Columbiad shells. These were placed
in the boilers. The combustibles properly arranged, word was given for the men
to go aboard the boat, Lieutenant Shipley remaining to apply the match, which
done, he quickly followed in their wake. Scarcely had a distance of twenty yards
front the doomed structure been gained by the gallant little band when the
flames burst forth, followed almost immediately by the explosion of the shells,
which filled the air with fragments that fell in a perfect shower around the
retreating boat, but fortunately injuring none of its crew.
The "cutting out" is thus
described in a letter to the New York Times :
The affair occurred on the night
of the 13th inst. A large schooner had for several days been observed in the
harbor, near the Navy-yard, whose motions led to the suspicion that she was
fitted out as a privateer, and intended to attempt to run the blockade.
Information obtained from a deserter rendered these suspicions a certainty, and
it was also ascertained that she was moored under a new battery being erected on
one of the wharves, in which a Columbiad had already been mounted. It being
determined to "cut out" the privateer and burn her, and also to render useless
the guns of the battery, an expedition set out on the night before mentioned, on
board the first launch, and the first, second, and third cutters of the
Colorado, to carry out the desperate undertaking. The boats, with muffled oars,
proceeded up the harbor to a point a little above the Navy-yard, when their
course was changed, and they made all headway direct for the schooner and the
battery. The men in the launch and second cutter were to board and burn the
schooner, and those in the first and third cutters were to land, charge the
battery, and spike
the eye of the true Pythoness
matter has no obstruction, space no confines, time no measurement."
" My dear Margrave, you may well
say that creatures so gifted are rare ; and for my part, I would as soon search
for a unicorn as, to use your afffeted expression, for a Pythoness."
"Nevertheless, whenever there
come across the course of your practice some young creature to whom all the evil
of the world is as yet unknown, to whom the ordinary cares and duties of the
world are strange and unwelcome; who from the earliest dawn of reason has loved
to sit apart and to muse; before whose eyes visions pass unsolicited ; who
converses with those who are not dwellers on the earth, and beholds in the space
landscapes which the earth does not reflect—"
" Margrave, Margrave ! of whom do
"Whose frame, though exquisitely
sensitive, has still a health and a soundness in which you recognize no disease
; whose mind has a truthfulness that you know can not deceive you, and a simple
intelligence too clear to deceive itself; who is moved to a mysterious degree by
all the varying aspects of external nature—innocently joyous, or unaccountably
sad; when, I say, such a being comes across your experience, inform me; and the
chances are that the true Pythoness is found."
I had listened with vague terror,
and with more than one exclamation of amazement, to descriptions which brought
Lilian Ashleigh before me ; and I now sat mute, bewildered, breathless, gazing
upon Margrave, and rejoicing that at least Lilian he had never seen.
He returned my own gaze steadily,
searchingly, and then, breaking into a slight laugh, resumed :
"You call my word 'Pythoness'
affected. I know of no other. My recollections of classic anecdote and lusters
are confused and dim; but somewhere I have read or heard that the priests of
Delphi were accustomed to travel chiefly into Thrace or Thessaly in search of
the virgins who might fitly administer their oracles, and that the oracles
gradually ceased in repute as the priests became unable to discover the
organization requisite in the priestesses, and supplied by craft and imposture,
or by such imperfect fragmentary developments as belong now to professional
clairvoyants, the gifts which Nature failed to afford. Indeed, the demand was
one that most have rapidly exhausted so limited a supply. The constant stretch
upon faculties so wearing to the vital functions in their relentless exercise,
under the artful stimulants by which the priests heightened their power, was
mortal, and no Pythoness ever retained her life more than three years from the
time that her gift was elaborately trained and developed."
"Pooh ! I know of no classical
authority for the details you so confidently cite. Perhaps some such legends may
be found in the Alexandrian writers ; but those mystics are no authority on such
a subject. After all," I added, recovering from my first surprise or awe, "the
Delphic oracles were proverbially ambiguous, and their responses might be read
either way, a proof that the priests dictated the verses, though their arts on
the unhappy priestess might throw her into real convulsions, and the real
convulsions, not the false gift, might shorten her life. Enough of such idle
subjects ! Yet no ! one question more. If you found your Pythoness, what then ?"
"What then ? Why through her aid
I might discover the process of an experiment which your practical science would
assist me to complete."
"Tell me of what kind is your
experiment; and precisely because such little science as I possess is
exclusively practical, I may assist you without the help of the Pythoness."
Margrave was silent for some
minutes, passing his hand several times across his forehead, which was a
frequent gesture of his, and then rising, he answered, in weary, listless
"I can not say more now, my brain
is fatigued; and you are not yet in the right mood to hear me. By-the-way, how
close and reserved you are with me."
" How so ?"
" You never told me that you were
engaged to be married. You leave me, who thought to have won your friendship, to
hear what concerns you so intimately from a comparative stranger."
"Who told you?"
"'That woman with eyes that pry
and lips that scheme, to whose house you took me."
"Mrs. Poyntz! Is it possible ?
"'This afternoon. I met her in
the street—she stopped me and, after some unmeaning talk, asked ' if I had seen
you lately ; if I did not find you very absent and distracted ; no wonder—you
were in love. The young lady was away on a visit, and wooed by a dangerous
"Wooed by a dangerous rival!"
"Very rich, good-looking, young.
Do you fear him ? You turn pale."
"I do not fear, except so far as
he who loves truly loves humbly, and fears not that another may be preferred,
but that another may be worthier than himself. But that Mrs. Poyntz should tell
you all this does amaze me. Did she mention the name of the young lady ?"
" Yes ; Lilian Ashleigh.
Henceforth be more frank with me. Who knows ? I may help you.
WHEN Margrave had gone I glanced
at the clock—not yet nine. I resolved to go at once to Mrs. Poyntz. It was not
an evening on which she received, but doubtless she would see me. She owed me an
explanation. How thus carelessly divulge a secret, she had been enjoined
to keep ? and this rival, of whom
I was ignorant ? It was no longer a matter of wonder that Margrave should have
described Lilian's peculiar idiosyncrasies in his sketch of his fabulous
Pythoness. Doubtless Mrs. Poyntz had, with unpardonable levity of indiscretion,
revealed all of which she disapproved in my choice. But for what object? Was
this her boasted friendship for me ? Was it consistent with the regard she
professed for Mrs. Ashleigh and Lilian ? Occupied by these perplexed and
indignant thoughts, I arrived at Mrs. Poyntz's house, and was admitted to her
presence. She was fortunately alone ; her daughter and the Colonel had gone to
some party on the Hill. I would not take the hand she held out to me on
entrance; seated myself in stern displeasure, and proceeded at once to inquire
if she had really betrayed to Mr. Margrave the secret of my engagement to Lilian.
"Yes, Allen Fenwick ; I have this
day told not only Dr. Margrave, but every person I met who is likely to tell it
to some one else, the secret of your engagement to Lilian Ashleigh. I never
promised to conceal it ; on the contrary, I wrote word to Anne Ashleigh that I
would therein net as my own judgment counseled me. I think my words to you were
that ' public gossip was sometimes the best security for the fulfillment of
private engagements.' "
"Do you mean that Mrs. or Miss
Ashleigh recoils from the engagement with me, and that I should meanly compel
them to fulfill it by calling in the public to censure them—if—if- Oh, madam,
this is worldly artifice indeed!" "Be good enough to listen to me quietly. I
have never yet showed you the letter to Mrs. Ashleigh, written by Lady Haughton,
and delivered by Mr. Vigors. That letter I will now show to you; but before
doing so I must enter into a preliminary explanation. Lady Haughton is one of
those women who love power, and can not obtain it except through wealth and
station—by her own intellect never obtain it. When her husband died she was
reduced from an income of twelve thousand a year to a jointure of twelve
hundred, but with the exclusive guardianship of a young son, a minor, and
adequate allowances for the charge ; she continued, therefore, to preside as
mistress over the establishments in town and country; still had the
administration of her son's wealth and rank. She stinted his education in order
to maintain her ascendency over him. He became a brainless prodigal—spendthrift
alike of health and fortune. Alarmed, she saw that probably he would die young
and a beggar; his only hope of reform was in marriage. She reluctantly resolved
to marry him to a penniless, well-born, soft-minded young lady whom she knew she
could control : just before this marriage was to take place he died, from a mad
steeple-chase, in a drunken fit. The Haughton estate passed to his cousin, the
luckiest young man alive; the same Ashleigh Sumner who had already succeeded, in
default of male issue, to poor Gilbert Ashleigh's landed possessions. Over this
young man Lady Haughton could expect no influence. She would be a stranger in
his house. She then suddenly remembered that she had a beautiful niece. Of that
fact Mr. Vigors reminded her. Mr. Vigors and she both thought it would be an
excellent thing to bring Ashleigh Sumner and Lilian together. Hence the
invitation, and hence my advice to you to secure the hand of Lilian before that
invitation is accepted. Now glance at this letter."
Mrs. Poyntz here went to her
bureau, found and gave to me Lady Haughton's note to Mrs. Ashleigh.
It was short, couched in
conventional terms of hollow affection. The writer blamed herself for having so
long neglected her brother's widow and child ; her heart had been wrapped up too
much in the son she had lost ; that loss had made her turn to the ties of blood
still left to her; she had heard much of Lilian from their common friend, Mr.
Vigors ; she longed to embrace so charming a niece. Then followed the invitation
and the postscript. The postscript ran thus, so far as I can remember :
"Whatever my own grief at my irreparable bereavement, I am no egotist, I keep my
sorrow to myself. You will find some pleasant guests at my house, among others
our joint connection, young Ashleigh Sumner."
"Woman's postscripts are
proverbial for their significance," said Mrs. Poyntz, when I had concluded the
letter and laid it on the table ; "and if I did not at once show you this
hypocritical effusion, it was simply because at the name Ashleigh Sumner its
object became transparent, not perhaps to poor Anne Ashleigh nor to innocent
Lilian, but to my knowledge of the parties concerned, and to that shrewd
intelligence which you derive partly from nature, partly from the insight into
life which a true physician can not fail to acquire. And if I know any thing of
you, you would have romantically said, 'Let me not shackle the choice of the
woman I love, and to whom an alliance so coveted in the eyes of the world might,
if she be left free, be proffered:"
"I should not have gathered from
the postscript all that you see in it, but had its purport been so suggested to
me, you are right, I should have so said. Well, and as Mr. Margrave tells me
that you informed him that I have a rival, I am now to conclude that that rival
is Mr. Ashleigh Sumner?"
"Has not Mrs. Ashleigh or Lilian
mentioned him in writing to you?"
" Yes, both ; Lilian very
slightly ; Mrs. Ashleigh with some praise, a a young man of high character, and
very courteous to her."
"Yet, though I asked you to come
and tell me who were the guests at Lady Houghton's, you never did so."
"Pardon me ; but of the guests I
thought nothing, and letters addressed to my heart seemed
the Columbiad. These respective
duties were accomplished in the most gallant manner. The "big gun" was disabled
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Colorado—not, however, without giving the crowd of rebels who had, by this time,
assembled on the wharf a parting salute of canister. The number of rebels killed
in this encounter is not known. but it must have been considerable. A negro, who
deserted to one of our vessels, subsequently reported the number at thirty.
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