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danger that threatens him is in
my hands alone, and he shall pay the price of his rescue to the last farthing of
the debt that justice claims for me as my due—no more and no less.
"I have now laid my mind before
you, as you told me, without reserve. You know why I want to find this man, and
what I mean to do when I find him. I leave it to your sympathy for me to answer
the serious question that remains: How is the discovery to be made? If a first
trace of them can be found after their departure from Aldborough, I believe
careful inquiry will suffice for the rest. The personal appearance of the wife,
and the extraordinary contrast between her husband and herself, is certain to be
remarked and remembered by every stranger who sees them.
"When you favor me with your
answer, please address it to 'Care of Admiral Bartram, St. Crux-in-the-Marsh,
near Ossory, Essex.'
"Your much obliged,
FROM MR. DE BLERIOT TO MRS. LECOUNT.
"DARK'S BUILDINGS, KINGSLAND,
October 25, 1847.
[PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL.]
"DEAR MADAM,—I hasten to reply to
your favor of Saturday's date. Circumstances have enabled me to forward your
interests by consulting a friend of mine possessing great experience in the
management of private inquiries of all sorts. I have placed your case before him
(without mentioning names), and I am happy to inform you that my views and his
views of the proper course to take agree in every particular.
"Both myself and friend, then,
are of opinion that little or nothing can be done toward tracing the parties you
mention until the place of their temporary residence, after they left Aldborough,
has been discovered first. If this can be done, the sooner it is done the
better. Judging from your letter, some weeks must have passed since the lawyer
received his information that they had shifted their quarters. As they are both
remarkable looking people, the strangers who may have assisted them on their
travels have probably not forgotten them yet. Nevertheless, expedition is
"The question for you to consider
is, whether they may not possibly have communicated the address of which we
stand in need to some other person besides the lawyer. The husband may have
written to members of his family, or the wife may have written to members of her
family. Both myself and friend are of opinion that the latter chance is the
likeliest of the two. If you have any means of access in the direction of the
wife's family, we strongly recommend you to make use of them. If not, please
supply us with the names of any of her near relations or intimate female friends
whom you know, and we will endeavor to get access for you.
"In any case we request you will
at once favor us with the most exact personal description that can be written of
both the parties. We may require your assistance in this important particular at
five minutes' notice. Favor us, therefore, with the description by return of
post. In the mean time we will endeavor to ascertain on our side whether any
information is to be privately obtained at Mr. Loscombe's office. The lawyer
himself is probably altogether beyond our reach. But if any one of his clerks
can be advantageously treated with on such terms as may not overtax your
pecuniary resources, accept my assurance that the opportunity shall be made the
most of by,
"Your faithful servant,
"ALFRED DE BLERIOT."
FROM MR. PENDRIL TO NORAH VANSTONE.
"SEARLE STREET, October 27,
"MY DEAR MISS VANSTONE,—A lady,
named Lecount (formerly attached to Mr. Noel Vanstone's service in the capacity
of housekeeper), has called at my office this morning, and has asked me to
furnish her with your address. I have begged her to excuse my immediate
compliance with her request, and to favor me with a call to-morrow morning, when
I shall be prepared to meet her with a definite answer.
"My hesitation in this matter
does not proceed from any distrust of Mrs. Lecount personally, for I know
nothing whatever to her prejudice. But in making her request to me she stated
that the object of the desired interview was to speak to you privately on the
subject of your sister. Forgive me for acknowledging that I determined to
withhold the address as soon as I heard this. You will make allowances for your
old friend and your sincere well-wisher? You will not take it amiss if I express
my strong disapproval of your allowing yourself, on any pretense whatever, to be
mixed up for the future with your sister's proceedings.
"I will not distress you by
saying more than this. But I feel too deep an interest in your welfare, and too
sincere an admiration of the patience with which you have borne all your trials,
to say less.
"If I can not prevail on you to
follow my advice, you have only to say so, and Mrs. Lecount shall have your
address to-morrow. In this case (which I can not contemplate without the
greatest unwillingness), let me at least recommend you to stipulate that Miss
Garth should be present at the interview. In any matter with which your sister
is concerned you may want an old friend's advice and an old friend's protection
against your own generous impulses. If I could have helped you in this way I
would; but Mrs. Lecount gave me indirectly to understand that the subject to be
discussed was of too delicate a nature to permit of my presence. Whatever this
objection may be really worth it can not
apply to Miss Garth, who has
brought you both up from childhood. I say again, therefore, if you see Mrs.
Lecount, see her in Miss Garth's company.
"Always most truly yours,
FROM NORAH VANSTONE TO MR. PENDRIL.
"PORTLAND PLACE, Wednesday.
"DEAR MR. PENDRIL,—Pray don't
think I am ungrateful for your kindness. Indeed, indeed I am not! But I must see
Mrs. Lecount. You were not aware, when you wrote to me, that I had received a
few lines from Magdalen —not telling me where she is, but holding out the hope
of our meeting before long. Perhaps Mrs. Lecount may have something to say to me
on this very subject? Even if it should not be so, my sister—do what she may—is
still my sister. I can't desert her; I can't turn my back on any one who comes
to me in her name. You know, dear Mr. Pendril, I have always been obstinate on
this subject; and you have always borne with me. Let me owe another obligation
to you which I can never return—and bear with me still!
"Need I say that I willingly
accept that part of your advice which refers to Miss Garth? I have already
written to beg that she will come here at four to-morrow afternoon. When you see
Mrs. Lecount, please inform her that Miss Garth will be with me, and that she
will find us both ready to receive her here to-morrow at four o'clock.
FROM MR. DE BLERIOT TO MRS. LECOUNT.
"DARK'S BUILDINGS, October 28.
"DEAR MADAM,—One of Mr.
Loscombe's clerks has proved amenable to a small pecuniary consideration, and
has mentioned a circumstance which it may be of some importance to you to know.
"Nearly a month since accident
gave the clerk in question an opportunity of looking into one of the documents
on his master's table, which had attracted his attention from a slight
peculiarity in the form and color of the paper. He had only time, during Mr.
Loscombe's momentary absence, to satisfy his curiosity by looking at the
beginning of the document, and at the end. At the beginning, he saw the
customary form used in making a will. At the end, he discovered the signature of
Mr. Noel Vanstone, with the names of two witnesses underneath, and the date (of
which he is quite certain)—the thirtieth of September last.
"Before the clerk had time to
make any further investigations his master returned, sorted the papers on the
table, and carefully locked up the will in the strong box devoted to the custody
of Mr. Noel Vanstone's documents. It has been ascertained that at the close of
September Mr. Loscombe was absent from the office. If he was then employed in
superintending the execution of his client's will—which is quite possible —it
follows clearly that he was in the secret of Mr. Vanstone's address, after the
removal of the 4th of September; and if you can do nothing on your side, it may
be desirable to have the lawyer watched on ours. In any case it is certainly
ascertained that Mr. Noel Vanstone has made his will since his marriage. I leave
you to draw your own conclusions from that fact, and remain, in the hope of
hearing from you shortly,
"Your faithful servant,
"ALFRED DE BLERIOT."
FROM MISS GARTH TO MR. PENDRIL.
"PORTLAND PLACE, October 28.
"MY DEAR SIR,—Mrs. Lecount has
just left us. If it was not too late to wish, I should wish from the bottom of
my heart that Norah had taken your advice, and had refused to see her.
"I write in such distress of mind
that I can not hope to give you a clear and complete account of the interview. I
can only tell you briefly what Mrs. Lecount has done, and what our situation now
is. The rest must be left until I am more composed, and until I can speak to you
"You will remember my informing
you of the letter which Mrs. Lecount addressed to Norah from Aldborough, and
which I answered for her in her absence. When Mrs. Lecount made her appearance
to-day, her first words announced to us that she had come to renew the subject.
As well as I can remember it, this is what she said, addressing herself to
"I wrote to you on the subject of
your sister, Miss Vanstone, some little time since; and Miss Garth was so good
as to answer the letter. What I feared at that time has come true. Your sister
has defied all my efforts to check her; she has disappeared in company with my
master, Mr. Noel Vanstone; and she is now in a position of danger, which may
lead to her disgrace and ruin at a moment's notice. It is my interest to recover
my master; it is your interest to save your sister. Tell me—for time is precious
—have you any news of her?'
"Norah answered, as well as her
terror and distress would allow her, 'I have had a letter, but there was no
address on it.'
"Mrs. Lecount asked, 'Was there
no post-mark on the envelope?'
"Norah said, 'Yes, Allonby.'
" 'Alonby is better than
nothing,' said Mrs. Lecount. 'Allonby may help you to trace her. Where is
"Norah told her. It all passed in
a minute. I had been too much confused and startled to interfere
before, but I composed myself
sufficiently to interfere now.
" 'You have entered into no
particulars,' I said. You have only frightened us—you have told us nothing.'
" 'You shall hear the
particulars, ma'am,' said Mrs. Lecount; 'and you and Miss Vanstone shall judge
for yourselves if I have frightened you without a cause.'
"Upon this she entered at once
upon a long narrative, which I can not—I might almost say, which I dare
not—repeat. You will understand the horror we both felt when I tell you the end.
If Mrs. Lecount's statement is to be relied on, Magdalen has carried her mad
resolution of recovering her father's fortune to the last and most desperate
extremity—she has married Michael Vanstone's son under a false name. Her husband
is at this moment still persuaded that her maiden name was Bygrave, and that she
is really the niece of a scoundrel who assisted her imposture, and whom I
recognize by the description of him to have been Captain Wragge.
"I spare you Mrs. Lecount's cool
avowal, when she rose to leave us, of her own mercenary motives in wishing to
discover her master and to enlighten him. I spare you the hints she dropped of
Magdalen's purpose in contracting this infamous marriage. The one aim and object
of my letter is, to implore you to assist me in quieting Norah's anguish of
mind. The shock she has received at hearing this news of her sister is not the
worst result of what has happened. She has persuaded herself that the answers
she innocently gave in her distress to Mrs. Lecount's questions on the subject
of the letter—the answers wrung from her under the sudden pressure of confusion
and alarm—may be used to Magdalen's prejudice by the woman who purposely
startled her into giving the information. I can only prevent her from taking
some desperate step on her side—some step by which she may forfeit the
friendship and protection of the excellent people with whom she is now living—by
reminding her that if Mrs. Lecount traces her master by means of the post-mark
on the letter, we may trace Magdalen at the same time, and by the same means.
Whatever objection you may personally feel to renewing the efforts for the
rescue of this miserable girl, which failed so lamentably at York, I entreat
you, for Norah's sake, to take the same steps now which we took then. Send me
the only assurance which will quiet her—the assurance, under your own hand, that
the search on our side has begun. If you will do this, you may trust me when the
time comes to stand between these two sisters, and to defend Norah's peace,
character, and future prosperity, at any price.
Most sincerely yours,
FROM MRS. LECOUNT TO MR. DE
"DEAR SIR,—I have found the trace
you wanted. Mrs. Noel Vanstone has written to her sister. The letter contains no
address; but the post-mark is Allonby, in Cumberland. From Allonby, therefore,
the inquiries must begin. You have already in your possession the personal
description of both husband and wife. I urgently recommend you not to lose one
unnecessary moment. If it is possible to send to Cumberland immediately on
receipt of this letter, I beg you will do so.
"I have another word to say
before I close my note—a word about the discovery in Mr. Loscombe's office.
"It is no surprise to me to hear
that Mr. Noel Vanstone has made his will since his marriage; and I am at no loss
to guess in whose favor the will is made. If I succeed in finding my master —
let that person get the money, if that person can! A course to follow in this
matter has presented itself to my mind since I received your letter, but my
ignorance of details of business and intricacies of law leaves me still
uncertain whether my idea is capable of ready and certain execution. I will call
at your office to-morrow at two o'clock for the purpose of consulting you on the
subject. It is of great importance when I next see Mr. Noel Vanstone that he
should find me thoroughly prepared beforehand in this matter of the will.
"Your much obliged servant,
FROM MR. PENDRIL TO MISS
"SEARLE STREET, October 29.
"DEAR MISS GARTH,—I have only a
moment to assure you of the sorrow with which I have read your letter. The
circumstances under which you urge your request, and the reasons you give for
making it, are sufficient to silence any objection I might otherwise feel to the
course you propose. A trust-worthy person, whom I have myself instructed, will
start for Allonby to-day; and as soon as I receive any news from him, you shall
hear of it by special messenger. Tell Miss Vanstone this, and pray add the
sincere expression of my sympathy and regard.
FROM MR. DE BLERIOT TO MRS.
"DARK'S BUILDINGS, November 1.
"DEAR MADAM,—I have the pleasure
of informing you that the discovery has been made with far less trouble than I
"Mr. and Mrs. Noel Vanstone have
been traced across the Solway Firth to Dumfries, and thence to a cottage a few
miles from the town, on the banks of the Nith. The exact address is, Baliol
Cottage, near Dumfries.
"This information, though easily
has nevertheless been obtained
under rather singular circumstances.
"Before leaving Allonby, the
persons in my employ discovered, to their surprise, that a stranger was in the
place pursuing the same inquiry as themselves. In the absence of any
instructions preparing them for such an occurrence as this, they took their own
view of the circumstance. Considering the man as an intruder on their business,
whose success might deprive them of the credit and reward of making the
discovery, they took advantage of their superiority in numbers, and of their
being first in the field, and carefully misled the stranger before they ventured
any further with their own investigations. I am in possession of the details of
their proceedings, with which I need not trouble you. The end is, that this
person, whoever he may be, was cleverly turned back southward, on a false scent,
before the men in my employment crossed the Firth.
"I mention the circumstance, as
you may be better able than I am to find a clew to it, and as it may possibly be
of a nature to induce you to hasten your journey.
"Your faithful servant,
"ALFRED DE BLERIOT."
FROM MRS. LECOUNT TO MR. DE
"DEAR SIR,—One line to say that
your letter has just reached me at my lodging in London. I think I know who sent
the strange man to inquire at Allonby. It matters little. Before he finds out
his mistake I shall be at Dumfries. My luggage is packed, and I start for the
North by the next train.
"Your deeply obliged,
CAMPAIGN IN MARYLAND.
OUR special artist with the Army
of the Potomac has sent us sketches which we reproduce on
pages 676 and
of these pictures explain themselves; but we subjoin Mr. Waud's descriptions:
is used as a signal station,
having a very extensive view over the neighboring country. When the Confederates
were in Maryland their signal officers occupied it, but the advance of
Franklin's corps drove them off, and
re-established our own on its summit.
is a small town away from
railroads, on the stage-road from Frederick to Hagerstown. The right wing of the
army passed through on its way to attack the enemy at the battle of
is about six miles from
Middleton. The turnpike here crosses the mountain. It was held by the rebels in
force, and considered an impregnable position, but it could not stand before the
determined valor of the Union army. Our sketch is from the north side of the
mountain, the smoke on the top of the mountain at each side of the gap showing
where the battle was fought. Nearer is the village of Boonesborough, six miles
from the battle-field of Antietam, which was filled with the wounded of both
is six miles to the south of
Thornton's. Here Franklin's corps covered itself with glory. The position of the
rebel army was much the same as at Thornton's, being posted on the hill-side,
where its guns could command the approaches. Up the steep sides of the hill the
brave soldiers of Slocum's division charged, driving first one, and then a
second line of the rebels before them. The sketch shows how steep was the
incline the soldiers had to climb in the face of the enemy, who in some places
used a stone wall as a breast-work. On meeting the second line (seen in the
picture, formed on a little mountain road) the Union line wavered. Colonel
Bartlett (commanding a brigade in Slocum's division) started forward and led the
soldiers to a fresh effort, so impetuous that the rebels were broken and driven
over the crest of the mountain in utter rout. The general view of the scene
shows where the rebel artillery was posted, and gives a good idea of the
difficulties encountered in this battle, which M'Clellan speaks of as the battle
of South Mountain.
COLONEL OF THE TWENTIETH NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS LEADING HIS REGIMENT AT THE
BATTLE OF ANTIETAM.
The Twentieth Regiment, of which
General Max Weber was originally Colonel, lost in the recent battle two hundred
and forty men and nine officers at one time when it was necessary to charge up a
slope against the rebels. The Colonel, Van Vegesark, took the flag, and
galloping up the rise, led the Regiment to the crest of the hill amidst a very
heavy fire. Strange to relate, the Colonel escaped uninjured.
THE FLAG OF TRUCE.
While the armies stood in line of
battle grimly contemplating each other, neither one anxious to renew the
engagement, unarmed parties under a flag of truce—which was suffered rather than
granted—went about picking up the wounded who lay between the lines. The rebel
ambulance corps, with pieces of white cloth on their hats, and our soldiers with
white bands on their arms, mixed freely on the field. At one time some muskets
were fired, whether by accident or design was not known; in an instant each army
sprang into line, cannoneers in position, and all ready at once to renew the
The little church in the sketch
was badly peppered by the shot and shell, and its neighborhood was the scene of
fearful slaughter. A Union officer, who was taken into it, wounded, by the
rebels, had to lie there all through the fight, and was not injured by the