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TLATTiSMOUTIl WEEKLY IlEItALl), TIIUUSUAV OGTOJilSU 13, 1SS7.
Dy XL niDEU ITAOOAliD.
fcraoa o kiko 8olomoh,b kikes," "una,'
ona nomj anu nioanuremontB. uooa was
much flattorol nt tho tinio, not sweeting
that ho hud to doal -w ith tho six leading tail
ors of Milosi.4. A fortnight afterwards, how
ever, when on uttondinx court us usual ho
had the pleasure of eevin Bomosovi-n or eight
Zu-Vondl'iiiashers" array ed 5u all tho glory
of a vory fuir Imitation of his full dress uni
form, ho changed hU niiiuL I shall never
forgot law fuco of astonishment und disgust.
It was after this, chicly in order to avoid ro
nmrlf, and also becauso our cloths were
woarinjj out and had to bo saved up, wo ro
Bolvod to adopt tho native dross; and a very
comfortable ouo wo found It, though I am
bound to say that I looked sufficiently ludi
crous In it, and as for Alphonsol Only Um
slopogoas would havo nono of theso things;
when his moocha was worn out the fierce old
Zulu inado him a uevr on, and went about
unconcorifed as grim and naked as lib own
Meanwhile w pursued our study of tho
language steadily and mado very good prog
ress. On tho morning following our adven
ture in tho toniplo three gravo and reverend
seigniors presented themselves nrmod with
manuscript books, ink horns and feather pens
and Indicated tliatthoy had leen sent to teach
us, and, with tho exception of Umr;lopogaas,
we all bucklod to with a will, doing four
Lours a day. As for Umslopognas ho would
havo nono of that eithor. lie did not wish to
learn that "woman's talk," not ho, and when
ono of tho teachers advanced on him with a
book and an Ink Lorn and waved them before
him In a mild, persuasive way, much as a
church wardon Invitingly shakes tho offertory
bag under tho noso of a rich but niggardly
parishioner, ho sprang up with a fierce oath
and fla.sh.ed Inkosi-kaas beforo tho eyes of our
learned friend, and there was an end of tho
attempt to teach him Zu-Vendi.
Thus we 6pent our mornings in useful occu
pation, which grew more and nioro interest
ing as wo proceeded, and tho af tornoons were
given up to recreation. Sometimes wo mado
trips, notably one to tho gold mines and an
other to the marblo quarries, both of which I
wish I had space aud timo to desciiho, and
sometimes wo wtmt out hunting buck with
uogs trained for that purpose, and a vory ex
citing sport it is, as tho country is full of
agricultural inelosures, and our horses were
magnificent This 13 not to be wondered at,
seeing that tho royal stables were at our com
mand, in addition to which we Lad four
splendid saddle horses given to us by Ny
In tho evenings It was customary for Sir
Ilenry, Good and mj'self to dine, or rather
sup, with thoir majesties not every nit;ht,
indeed, but about three or four times a week.
whenever they had not much company or tho
affairs of state would allow of it And I am
bound to say that those little suppers were
quite tho most charming things of their sort
that I ever had to do with. How true is tho
Ea3-ing that the very highest in rank are
always tho most simple and kindly. It is
from your half and half sort of people that
you got pomposity and vulgarity, tho differ
ence between the two being very much what
one sees overy day in England between tho
old, out at elbows, broken down county fam
ily and tho overbearing, purse proud people
who come and "take tho place." I really
think that Nyloptha's greatest charm is her
sweet simplicity, and her kindly, genuino in
terest even in little things. Sho is the sim
plest woman I ever knew, aud where her pas
Eions are not involved one of tho sweetest;
but sho can look queenly enough when sho
likos and bo as fierce as any savago, too.
For instance, never shall I forget that scene
whan I for the first time was sure that she
was really in love with Curtis. It came about
in this way all through Good's weakness for
ladies' society. Vv"hen we had been employed
for some throe months in learning Zu-Vendi
it struck Master Good that ho was getting
rather tired of the old gentlemen who did us
the honor to lead us in the way that we
should go, so he proceeded, without saying a
word to anybody elso, to inform them that it
was a peculiar fact,but that we could not mako
any real progress in tho Sloeper intricacies of
a foreign language unless wo were taught by
ladies young ladies, he was careful to ex
plain. In his own country, he pointed out, it
was habitual to choose the very best looking
and most charming girls who could bo found
to instruct any strangers who happened to
come that way, etc.
All of this tho old gentlemen swallowed
open mouthed. Thero was, they admitted,
reason in what he vxid, since tho contempla
tion of the beautiful, as their philosophy
taught, induced a certain porosity of mind
similar to that produced upon the physical
body by tho healthful influences of suu and air ;
consequently it was probable that wo might
absorb the Zu-Vendi tongue a little faster if
suitable teachers could bo found. Another
thing was that as the female sex was naturally
loquacious, good practice would be gained in
tho viva voce department of our studies.
To all of this Good gravely assented, and
the learned gentlemen departed, assuring him
that their orders were to fall in with our
wishes in every way, and that, if possible, our
views should be met.
Imagine, therefore, the surprise and dis
gust of myself, aud I trust and believe Sir
Henry, when, on entering the room where wo
were accustomed to carry 011 our studies, tho
following morning, wo found, instead of our
usual venerable tutors, three of the best look
ing young women whom Milosis could pro
duce and that is saying a good deal who
blushed and smiled and courtesied, aud gavo
us to understand that they were there to carry
on our instruction. Then Good, as wo gazed
at ono another in bewilderment, thought fit
to'oxplain, saying that it had slipped his mem
ory bofore but the old gentlemen had told
turn, on tho previous evening, that it was ab
solutely necessary that our further education
hould be carried on by the other sex. I was
overwhelmed, and appealed to Bir Henry for
advice in such a crisis.
"Well," he said, "you see the ladies are
here, ain't they? If we sent them away, don't
you trunK IE migni uurt ineir ieeungs, euf
Ono doesn't like to be rough, you see; and
they look regular blues, don't they, eh3"
By this time Good had already begun Lis
lessons with the handsomest of the three, aud
o with a sigh I yielded. That day every
thing went very well; tho young ladies were
certainly very clever, and they only smiled
when we blundered. I never saw Good so
attentive to his book3 before, and even Sir
Henry appeared to tacklo Zu-Vendi with a
renewed zest "Ah," thought I, "will it al
ways be thus?"
Next day we were much more lively; our
work was pleasingly interspersed with ques
tions about our native country, what the la
dies were like there, etc., all of which we an
swered as best we could In Zu-Vendi, and I
heard Good assuring his teacher that her love
liness was to tho beauties of Europe as the sun
to the moon ; to which she replied with a littlo
toss of the head that she was a plain teaching
wnmnn and nothinz else, and that it was not
kind "to deceive a poor girl so." Then we
had a little sinking that was really charrnlnjr,
so natural and unaffected. Th Zu-Vendi
love songs are most tow hing. On tho third
day wo were all qtiito intimate. Good nar
rated sonic of his previous lov affair to his
fair teacher, and bo moved wan uh
that her silm mingled with Lis own. I dis
coursed with mine, a merry, Lluo eyed girl,
upon Zu- Vendian art, and never saw that tho
was waiting for an opportunity to drop a
fipcoiinen of the cockroach tribe down my
back, while in tho corner Sir Henry and Lis
governess appeared, 60 far as I could judgo,
to bo going through a lesson framed on tho
great educational principles laid down by
Waekford Hquetra, Esq., though in a very
modified or rather spiritualized form. Th
lady softly repeated tho Zu-Vendi word for
"hand," ami hu look hers; "eyes," and he gazed
deep into her brown orbs; ''lips," and but
just at that moment my young lady dropped
tho cockroach down my buck and ran atv-ay
laughing. Now, if there is ono thing I loath
moro than another it is cockroaches, and
moved quite beyond myself, and yet laugh
ing at her impudence, I took up tho cushion
sho had been sitting on and threw it after
her. Imagine then my shame, my horror
and my distress, when tho door opened, and.
attended by two guards only, in walked Ny
leptha. Tho cushion could not be recalled
(it mLssod the girl and Lit one of tho guards
on tho head), but I instantly and ineffectually
tried to look as though I had not thrown it
Good ceased his sighing, and began to mur
der Zu-Vendi at tho top of Lis voico, and Bir
Henry whistled and looked sillj As for tho
poor girls, they were utterly dum founded.
Ami Nyleptha! Fho drw herself up till her
frame seemed to tower oven above that of the
tall guards, and her face wont first rod and
then palo as death.
"Guards," she said, in a quiet, chokod
voice, and pointing at tho fair but uncon
scious disciple of Waekford Bquoers, :slay
me that woman."
Tho men hesitated, as well they might
"Will yo do my bidding!' sho said, again In
tho same voico, '"or will yo not?"
Then they advanced upon the girl with
uplifted spears. By this timo Sir Ilenry had
recovered himself, and saw that tho comedy
was likely to turn into a tragedy.
"Stand backl" ho said, in a voico of thun
der, at tho same tinio getting in front of tho
tei rifled girl. "Shamo on thee, Nyleptha
shame! lhou shalt not kill her."
"Doubtless thou hast good reason to try to
protect her. Thou couldst hardly do less in
honor," answered tho infuriated queen; "but
sho shall die she shall die! and she stamped
her little foot.
"It is well," ho auswerod; "then I will die
with her. I am thy servant, O queen; do
with mo even as thou wilt," and ho bowed to
ward her, and fixed his clear eyes contemptu
ously on her face.
"I could wish to slay thee, too," ehe an
swered; "for thou dost make a mock of mo;"
and then feeling that she was mastered, and
I suppose not knowing what elso to do, she
burst into such a storm of tears, and looked
so royally lovely in her passionate distress
that, old as I am, I must say I envied Curtis
his task of supporting her. It was rather odd
to see hini holding her in his arms considering
what had jii?t passed; a thought that seemed
to occur to herself, for presently she wrenched
herself free and went, leaving us all much
Presently, however, ono of the guards re
turned with a message to the girls that they
were, on 1 a in of death, to leave the city and
return to their homes in tho country, and that
no further harm would come to them; and
accordingly they went, one of them remark-
ins philosophically lhat it could not bo
helped, and that it was a satisfaction to know
that they had taught us a little serviceable
Zu-Vendi. Mine was an exceedingly nice
girl, and, overlooking tho cockroach, I made
her a present of my favorite lucky sixpence
with a hole in it when sho went away. After
that our former masters resumed their course
of instruction, needless to say to my great
That lugut, when 111 lear ana trembling we
attended tho royal supper table, we found
that Nyleptlia was laid up with a bad Lead-
ache. That headache lasted for three whole
days; but on tho fourth sha was present at
supper as usual, and with the most gracious
and sweet smile gave Sir Heury her hand to
lead her to tho table. No allusion was made
to tho little affair described above beyond her
saying, with a charming air of innocence,
that when tho came to see us at cur studies
the other day she had been seized with agiddi-
nes3 from which sho had only now recovered.
Sho supposed, she added, with tho touch of
the humor that was common to her, that it
was the sight of people working so hard which
had affected her.
In reply Sir Ilenry said, dryly, that he had
thought she did not lock quite hersolf on that
day, whereat sho flushed one of those quick
glances of hers at him, which, if ho had tho
feelings of a man, must havo gone through
him like a knife, and the siject dropped en
tirely. Indeed, after supper was over Nylep
tha condescended to put us through an ex
amination to seo what wo had learned, and to
express herself well satisfied with tho results.
Indeed, sho proceeded to give us, especially
Sir Ilenry, n lesson on her own account, and
very interesting wo found it
And all tho whilo that wo talked, or rather
tried to talk, and laughed, Sorais would sit
there in her carven ivory chair, and look at
us and read us all liko a book, only from timo
to timo saying a few words, and smiling that
quick ominou3 smile of hers which was moro
liko a flash of summer lightning on a dark
cloud than anything else. And as near to
her as he dared would sit Good, worshiping
through his eye glass, for he really was get
ting seriously devoted to this somber beauty,
of whom, speaking personally, I felt terribly
afraid. I watched her keenly, and soon I
found out that for all her apparent impassi
bility she was at heart bitterly jealous of
Nyleptha. Another thing I found out, and
tho discovery filled mo with dismay; and that
was, that sho also was growing devoted to
Sir Henry Curtis. Of course I could not be
sure; It is not easy to read so cold and
haughty a woman, but I noticed one or two
littlo things, and, as elephant hunters know,
dried grass shows which way the wind has
And so another three months passed over
us, by which timo we had all attained to a
very considerable mastery of tho Zu-Vendi
language, which is an easy one to learn. And
as tho time went on wo became great favor
ites with the people, and even with the cour
tiers, gaining an enormous reputation for
cleverness, because, as I think I have said, Sir
Henry was able to show them how to make
glass, which was a national want; and also,
by the help of a twenty year almanac
that we had with us, to predict vari
ous heavenly combinations which were
quite unsuspected by the native as
tronomers. We even succeeded in de
monstrating the principle of tho steam engine
to a gathering of tho learned men, who were
filled with amazement; and several other
things of the same sort wo did. And so it
came about that tho people mado up their
minds that wo must on no account be allowed
to go out of tho country (which indeed was an
apparent impossibility even if wo had wished
it), and we were advanced to great honor aud
mado officers of tho body guards of tho si ;tr
queens, whilo permanent quarters were as-
signed to us hi the pnlace, and our opinion
was asked upon questions of national policy.
But blue as tho sky seemed, there was a
cloud, and a big ono, on th horizon. We
hail, indeed, heard 'no moro of those oon
fouuded LipiopoUimi; but it U not on that
uccount to bo s:ippo!wd that our sacrilege was
forgotten, or thu enmity of tho great and
powerful priesthood headed by Agon up--tbxd.
On the contrary, 11 was burning the
more fiercely becuuk is vrui necessarily sup
pressed, and what L1 perhaps begun in
bigotry was ending in downright direct hatred
born of jealousy. Hitherto tho priests had
been the wlso men of the land, and were
on this account, as well as from supar
6titioua causes, looked on with peculiar ven
eration. But our arrival, with our outland
ish wisdom and our range inventions and
hint of unlmugined things, dualt a serious
blow to this stale of (Tnir, and, among the
educated Zu-Vendi, wnt far toward destroy
ing tho pi lastly prtntJgo. A. still worn
affront to them, however, was tho favor with
which we wore regarded, and tho trust thtt
was reposed In us. All theea things tended
to make us excessively obnoxious to tho great
sncordotal clan, the most poworful because
tho most united faction in the kingdom.
Another source of i nminent danger to us
was lh rising envy of some of tho great
lords, headed Ly Nastn, whoso antagonism to
ua bed at test boen but thinly veiled, and
which now threatened to break out into open
flame. Nasta had for romo years boen a
candidate for NylepthVs hand in marriage;
and when we nppoair l 011 the fcoao, I fnncy,
from nil I could gatr.r, that though there
were still many obstacles in h's path, succe-s
was by no nioau3 out cf his rsach. But now
all tLis had changed; tho coy Nyleptha smiled
no moro in hH direction, and he was not slow
to guess tho cause. Infuriated and alarmed,
h-s turned hie attention to Sorais, only to find
that ho might 113 well try to woo a mountain
side. With a bitter jest or two about his
fickleness, that door was closed on him for
ever, bo Naita bethought him of the 0,000
wild swordsmen who would pour down at his
bidding through the northern mountain
passes, and no doubt vowed to adorn the
gates of Milosis with cur heads.
But first he determined, as we learned, to
mako ono more attempt, and to demand the
hand of Nyleptha in tho open court after the
formal annual ceromony of tho signing of the
laws that had been proclaimed by tho queens
during tho year.
Of this astounding fact Nyleptha heard
with simulated nonchalanco, and with a little
trembling of tho voice hersolf informed us of
i. as wo sat at supper on the night precodina
the great ceromony of tho law signing.
Sir Henry bit his lip, and, do what ho could
to prevent it, pluinly showed his agitation.
"And what answer will tho queen be
ploasod to give to the great lord?" asked I, ia
a jesting manner.
"Answer, Mnmniazahn" (for we had elected
to pass by our Zulu names in Zu-Vendis), she
said, with a pretty shrug of her ivory shoul
der. "Nay, I know not; what is a poor
woman to do when the wooer has SJ.000
swords wherewith to urge his lovo!"and from
under her long lashes she glanced at Curtis.
Just then we roso from tho table to adjourn
into another room. "Quatermain, a word,
qui'-kpsaid Sir Henry to mo. "Listen; I
havo never spoken about it, but surely you
have guessed I love Nyleptha. What am I
Fortunately, I had moro or les3 already
taken tho queslion into consideration, and
was therefore able to give such answer as
seemed tho wisest to me.
"You must tpeak to Nyleptha to-night," I
Faid. "Now is your time now or never.
Listen; in tho sitting room get near to her.
and whisper to her to meet ycu at midnight
by the Rademas statuo at the end of tho great
halL I will keep watch for you there. Now
or never, Curtis."
We passed on into the other room. Nylep
tha was sitting, her hands before her, and a
sad, anxious look upon her Jovely face. A
littlo way off was Sorais talking to Good in
her slow, measured tones.
The time went on; in another quarter of au
hour I knew that, aocordmg to their habit,
the queens would retire. As yet Sir Henry
nau uau no oiiauce or saying a word in pri
vate; indeed, though we saw much of the
royal sifters it was by no means easy to see
them alone. I racked my brains, and at last
an idea earns to mo.
"Will the queeu be pleased," I said, bowing
low before Sorais-, "to sing unto her servants J
Our hearts are heavy this night. Sing to ns,
O Lady of the Night" (Sorais' favorite name
among tho people).
"My song3, Liacumazahn, are not such as
to lighten the h.-avy heart, yet will I sing if
it pleases thee," she answored, and sho roso
and went a few paces to a table, whereon lay
an instrument not unlike a zither, and struck
a few wandering chords.
Then suddenly, like the notes of some deep
throated bird, her rounded voice rang out iu
song so wildly sweet, and yet with so eerie and
sad a refrain, that it made the very blood stand
still. Up, up soared the golden notee, that
seemed to molt far away, and then to grow
again and travel on, laden with all the sor
row of tho world and all tho despair of the
lost. It was a marvelous song, but I had not
time to li.tcn to ic properly. However, I got
tho wcrdd of it afterward, and here is a trans
lation of its burden, so far as it admits of be
ing translated at all:
As a dosolate bird that through darkness Its lost
way is wincrin,
As a Liuid that is helplessly raised when Death's
sickle id swinging,
So is life: aye. the life that lends passion and
breath to my singing.
As the nishtinRale's song that is full of a sweet
As a spirit unbarring the gates of tho skies for a
So is love I aye, the love that shall fall when Lis
pinion is broken.
As the tramp of the legions when trttnpets their
challenge are sending.
As the shout of the storm god when lightnings
tao blsclr B.;y are rending,
So is power: nye, the power that shall lie in the
dust at its ending.
So short Is our life; yet with epaeo for all things
to forsake us.
A bitter delusion, a dream from which naught
can avrate us.
Till Death's doinp: footsteps at mora or at eve
shall oertako us.
Oh, tha world Is fair at tho dawning dawning
But the red sun sinks in blood, tho red sun sinks
I only wish that I could write down the
"Now, Curtis, now," I whispered, when she
began the second verso, and turned my back.
"Nyleptha, ho said for my nerves were
so much on the stretch that I could hear every
word, low as it was spoken, even through
Sorais' divine notes "Nyleptha, I must speak
with thee this night; upon my life I must
Say mo not nay, oh, say me not nay!"
"How can I speak with thee?" she answered
looking fixedly before her; "queens are not
like other people. I am surrounded and
"Listen, Nyleptha, thus: I will be before
the statue of Rademas in the great hall at
midnight I have the countersign and can
pass m. Macumnznii will De tuero to Keep j
guard, aud with him the Zulu. Oh, come, i
my queen; den; mo not"
"It is not seemly," she murmured; "and to
morrow" Just then the music began to die in the last
wall of tho refrain, and Porah sli.wly turned
"I will bo there." snM Nvlei.thn. hurrledlv:
"on thy life seo thut thou f;:il mo not."
SEFOKE THE STATUS.
It was nlarht dead niIil and tho silence
! lay on tho Frowning City liko u cloud.
I Secretly, as evil doers, Sir nonry Curtis,
! Umslopogaas and myself threaded our way
through the passage towards a by entrance
I to tho great throno chamber. Onco wo wcro
I met by the fiorco, rattling challenge of tho
I sentrv. I eavo tlio countersign and the
man groundod his cpar and Jot us pos.
Also, wo were officers of tha queen's body
guard, and in tbet capacity had a right to
coino and go unquestioned.
We gained tho hall in safety. So empty
aud so still was It that oven when we had
pasjiod, tho sound of our f(Xtstepa yet echoed
up tho lofty walls, vibrating faintly and still
moro faintly ugainsi tho cavorn roof, l;ko
ghosts of tho foots; ;:s of dead men haunting
tho place that onco ll.cy troth
It was nn eerio spot, and it oppressed ma
Tho moon was full, and throw great pencils
and patches of light through the hi,zh, win
dowless openings in the vrulis, that lay pure
and beautiful upon tho blackness of the nmr
Llo floor, liko whito holers on a coffin. Ono
of theso silver arrows fell upon tho status of
the sleeping Hadomas, and of the niigd form
bent over him, illumining it, and a small cir-
clo round it, with a s-ift, clear light, remind
ing mo of that which Catholics illumine tho
altars of thoir cathedrals.
Hero by the statuo wo took our stand rnd
waited Sir Ilenry r.nd I closo together, Uju
clopogaas Eomo paces off in tho darknes", no
that 1 could only just, mako cut hi ? towering
outlino leaning on tho outline of an ax.
So long did wo ait that I alino?t fell
asleep resting agnlTjrt tin cold marble, but
was suddenly aroused by hearing Curti:; give
a quick, catching brc-aLb. Then from fnr, far
far away there cairn ft h:;.!o sound, r.s thou;,-h
tho ctatucs thc.t lined tho walb were whisper
ing to each other so:nj mossae c" tho ntes.
16 was tho faint sweep of a lady's dress.
Nearer it grew, and noarcr yot. Wo could
loo a Gsro steal from patch to patch of
moonlight, and oven hear tho soft fs.ll of Fan
dalcd foot Another second and I caw tho
black silhouetto of tho old Zulu raba iw arm
In muto salute, and Nyleptha was beforo us.
Oh, how beautiful the looked as sbo paused
a moment just within tho circlo of tho moon
light I Her hand was pressed upon her heart,
and her whito boiom heaved beneath it.
Round her head a bi oidered scF.rf was loosely
thrown, partially chrulowing the perfect f nco,
and thus rendering it even more lovely ; for
beauty, dependent as it is to a certain extc::t
upon the imagination, is never so leaulii'ul
as when it b half hid. There sho stood, radi
ant but half doubting, stately and yet so
sweet It was but a moment; but I thru and
there fell in love with bar myself, and have
remained so to this hour; for indeed sho
looked moro liko an angel out of heaven than
a loving, passionate, mortal woman. Low wo
bowed beforo her, and then sho spoke.
"I havo come," sho whispejod, ''but it was
nfc great risk. Ye know not how I am
watched. Tho priests watch me. f-Jorab
watches mo with those great eyes of hers.
My very gunrds are spies upon me.
Nasta watches mo too. Ob, let hiin bo care
full" and sho stamped her foot "Let him bo
careful; lama woman, and therefore hard
to drive. Ay, and I am a quean, too. raid
can still avenge. Let him bo careful, 1 sny,
lest in place cf giving him my hand I tako
Lis head;" and sho ended tho outburst with a
littlo sab and then smiled up at us bewitch
in gly and laughed.
"Thou didst bid mo come hither, my Lord
Incubu" (Curtb had taught her to call him
CO). "Doubtless it is about business of tho
Etr.t?, for I know that thou art ever full of
great ideas end plar.3 for my welfare and my
pcct)lo"s. So, even t;s a or.een should I have
coino, though I greatly fe?r the dark alone;"
and again sho laughed and give Lim a glauco
i"orn her gray eyes.
At this poiui I thr-ughft it vrlse to move a
littlo, since secrets "of th? state" should net
be mado publio prcc.-rty, but sho would not
let mo go far, peremptorily sapping ma
within fivo yards or so, saying that she feared
surprbo. So It ca:n3to pass that, however
unwillingly, I heard ell that pasred.
"Thoukuowest, Nyleptha,"ffiid fr'ir Henry,
'that it was for nen3 cf thcao thiugs that I
asked thee to mo at this lonely place. Nylep
tha, wasto net tho timo in pleasantry, but
Ibten to mc, for I lor 3 thee."
As ho said tho word.; I saw Ler face break
tip, as it were, and chmgo. The coquetry
went out of it, end in itr, p'.aco thero ehoue a
must havo been a touch of prophetic instinct
which made the long dead Rademas limn in
tho features of the tucl of his inspiring vis
ion so strcngo a likeness of his own descend
ant Sir Ilenry also must have observed and
been struck by the likeness, for, catching tho
look upon Nyleptha's face, ho glanced quickly
from It to the moonlit statue, aud then back
again at hi3 beloved.
"Thou sayest thou c'.csfc lova rac," she said,
in a low voice, "and thy voice rings true; but
how am I to know that thou dest speak tho
truth? Though," she went on, with proud hu
mility, and in tho stately third person which
is so largely used by the Zu-Vendi, "I bo svj
nothing in tho eyes of my lord1' and sho
courtesied towards him "who comes from
among a wonderful people, to whom my peo
plo are but children, yet here am I a queen
and a leader of men, and if I would go to .1
battlo a hundred thousaud spears shall spcrldo
In my train like stars glimmering down tho
path of the bent moon. And although my
beauty bo a littlo thing in the eyes of my lord"'
and she lifted her broidered skirt and cour
tesied again "yet hero among my own peo
ple am I held right fair; and ever since I was
a woman tho great lords of my kingdom have
mado quarrel concerning me, as though, for
sooth," sho added, with a Cash of passion,
"I were a deer to bo pulled down by the
hungriest wolf, or a horso to bo sold to tho
highest bidder. Let my lord pardon me if I
weary my lord, but it hath pleased my lord
to say that ho loves me, Nyleptha, a queen of
the Zu-Vendi ; and therefore would I say, that
though my love and my hand bo not much
to my lord, yet to me are they alL"
"Oh 1" she cried, with a sudden and thrill!.-g
change of voice, and modifying her dignified
mode of address "oh, hew can I know that
thou lovest but me? How can I know that
thou wilt not weary of me and seek thine own
placo again, leaving me desolate? IVhj is
there to tell me but that thou lovest sexno
other woman, some fair woman unknown to
me, but who yet draws breath benoath this
same moon that shiue3 on meto-niut? Tell
me how am I to know?"' And she clasped her
hands and stretched them out towards him,
and looked anpealincly into his face.
"Nyleptha," answered Sir Kenry, adopting
tho Zu-Vendi way of speech, "I have told thee
that I lovo thee; how am I to tell thee how
much I love thee? Is there, then, a measure
for love? Yet will I try. I say not that I
have never looked upon another woman with
favor, but this I say, that I love thee with nil
my life and with all $:iy strength; that I love
theessow, and shall love thco till I grow cold
in death, aye, and as I believe, beyond my
death, ar.d on and on forever; I say that thy
voice b music to my ear, and thy touch as j
great light of love, which eccuied to giorny
it, and mako it liko that tf tho marble ar.gcl
overhead. I could not help thinking that it
' water to a thirsty land; that when thou art
'.1 ... - 1. T
there the world is beaultf ul, and when I seo
; thee not it Is as though tho light was dead
Ob, Nyleptha, I will never leave theol Here
and now, for thy dear sake, 1 wia 1 orgec my
people and my father's house; yea, I renounce
them alL By thy sido will I live, Nyleptha,
and at thy sldo will I die."
He pausod and gazed nt her earnestly, but
she hung her head like a lily, aud suid uevcr a
A Novel Cold Oir.covory.
Tho fivnn where Mrs. Fnink Scaroy rc
buIcs is near tho river and about two
miles from Mattcron' s mill. Oil lirr farm
the well was cleaned out n few l:iys ago
and one or two bushels of dirt ami jjravel
were thrown out. Around this pile of
gravel Mrs. Scneoy's Hock of chickens
congregated and j-icked it over, jiim! with
it filled up their hungry crops. Tin; day
after, one of theso chickens was killed
for dinner. In its crop whs fonnd a
good-sized gold nugget worth not less
than a dollar. This nugget she brought
to town on Tuesday and left it nt this
o-lice for inspection. Mr. lb Sninln-r, tin
jeweler, examined and tested the niiug-l
with acid, and nays it is gold, and Squire
Hewitt, who was a miner in California,
agrees with Mr. DcSombcr. This nugget
can be seen at this oH'uv. Mis. Scacoy i
a lady whoso word as to the manner of
finding it, is worthy of implicit confi
dence. Von :a Jon mal.
Oil Monday tin Atchi.-on man w;:s
caught at Fometliing or other ly Lis wife,
th j paper don't vny what. lie found out
Tuesday that a man had given his wife
a pointer, lie swore i ix a loud voice that
ho wa3 g"ing to t"ll on every n::ui in
Atchison. Within two dnys inure than
hundred of thu wives of his .'icjuam
dances were surprised by being invitcd'by
their husbands to go and spend a few
weeks with their folks in the cast, wliih
no less than nine men (-tatted their entire
families off to California for tho winter.
Such funny things do happen down in
Atchison. Lincoln Democrat.
Olivia IXluplaine, in Mr. Fawcett'.s
story in the Amcrimn May-uine, is at
lust fairly launched oa the tea of New
York society, and begins to t-Iiow some
of the qualifications of a leader.
"Wheeling Stogies 3 for 5 p. tli- bctt
in the city at Warrick's. dCt-w-lt
lean live at homo su;d in;ile inori
TiHUM-y at work for us Ili;;n ;it. anv
tliiujr els:; in ihis world. Caj -ir'al
not, l eedeil : vcm :.n wtartc.i
8 15"tli sexes : all .-ces. ,n on cm
do tin work. l.ar:'e ('.-ri:ii!--' sun"
I mm first start. 'ust !-. i.mi v. is
terms free. Better nor. io!av Ch-'kmim
ir-K ro semi iim your adiWess and find on: ami I
11 you are wise you will do so at once. Address ?
UALLETT & CO.. 1'oi tland. Maine. ;;
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WK CAN NOW Ol'-FEn. SOME F!ti:sir AM) filPEItlOJt GOOD.S IX
P- f 3 fcii
Croatly 2R.Qd-a.03a ZPrlocx.
Ladies' Kid lutton Shoes, formerly S3. 00, v.ow 2.00
Ladies' Kid .Button Shoes, formerly now $1.2r
Ladies' Tel). Goat Shoes, foriiicry$2.7i, now ft 1.75.
Ladies' A Calf Shoes, former v 82.25. now ,S- tin'
Ladies' Kid Opera Slippers, formeriv ' QUMi now
Men's Working Shoes, formerly 1.75, now 1.10.
Choice Box of few old Goods left at less lhan half Cost
5 Hr P
fe-ta & K t.r-f
from n two
E i 1 !
are always kc pi ready. Csihs or ti-ht c.:rnagcs. pall-hearer waoiu
and everything for funeral- tin-nithed on ;.hort notice. Terms cash.
Bank Cass County
Collier Mhiu i.: tft.-.tli tilt'-eisi.
Xi at 'X: A o u y: 2.-1. 2-1 jr
,V. il. l'AIIMl'I.K, fi-sirViit, I
JJ i.l. i'A'l'i -l. : . Cashier. (
Transacts a General Eatfirg Business
highest caoii rnici;;
Paid or County and City War ants
vot'i. va Tin n y ia 1;
and prou-ptly remitted tor.
C. II. I'anr.ele,
IC. 15. VVluilli iui.
J. !. ratteijif.u,
.. . I. Finiili.
it tenon. Jr.
3 IKT 'JEZL 2
I'LATTSMOUTH. - M I'lCA.-IvA.
CAPITAL STOCK PAID IM, - $50,000
Authorized Capita!, 5ICO.OOO.
HASH ('AKllV. l II. J.S.
. (')?. NO!
it. ci sii !;;;. o.i-iiier.
Krank Carrut!!, J. A. (.'on:. or, 1". l. Cut liinr.rn,
J. V. .foil i son. Ken ry !., .Jolni O "lie i I e,
V. 1). M riiam, Win. V, ideiicainp, W.
H. Cu; l.;n;.
rrnns-jipt'. a Com. in! i'.o.-iness. All
v ho li.iv any l.ai.Unii liisim ss to transact
are united to -!l. ."o ma'tir lnw
laiire r tlx- 1 1 p. i, s.i:-; ion , il
will receive nor ar.-inl a I tention,
and we i"n:iso always cour
b'.itis 1 n-atm.i nt.
Irenes Ccrtil'.ciites of Deposits bearing interest
liuys and se!U Koi. -i: !-cli;.nee, County
and Cit.v .sceuritiee."
John FixzoKiiAidJ, wau.ji:
riAT-ra :.'.) irm , n km ka s i; a.
Offers tio very resr fiteiiift.s fortius prompt
tram' act Son of ii.iato
Itoeks, I'.onds. C.oM, Covc'emcr? ;u rt I era
Securities P.otielit ami S..-lrl, I;oi r-eci-i .
ed and i'itei'";! al towed or, ;'!- t itifi
eaten, K-raf It- iii-;.-. i..ava:!alde in ,H.-,y
part of t!ie. I'nitcd si.-.ic- and all
the .-lim-ii-al towns of
Mlcp.tions made d- lr7.ftly rviuittwl
it;h.-?8t market ;.rict -j vmk! for CYemty Vnr
Sii'.tc. ai.d ;ici,f y- I'.oi:,:.
f-!:n i'"It7' er.ifd
Jo .i; Si. CinrK,
fi 1 -, V"V"l
r if fi
vi W J LJl k3 5
Repairino KeaUy and
rp?i i, r- 4 --
- wheeled go cart to a twenty -four
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