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ntiilo In Tyler's i.i'ilmt Willi the llxitl iln
torinlniKloil M M. .p.llc- IidIIi TVvm UIHl
Oirgnii. Nicholas Tint, his m-iTi'liiry. In
Mlll Willi II Hld-miK"' t" thi IIuioiiomj von
Illl. spy ami reputed mlstims of Hip
IIiIIIhIi minister, I'liUi'iihiuii Trim en
loiiiilcrH the Imrinii'fM mill iihhIMh her In
I'tll'linlm: fllllll plllHlllTN. Hill' IlKP'Orl t
! (.'nlliouii, mill aw a pledge tlmt "'
will IHI lilin wlml ho swmts t lumw n
jrnrdlng tho IntontliJiiM of Kiirilmiil Inward
.Mexico. nIiu given Trial 11 iillppcr, the
mute of Wllll'll Iihh Ix en IrtMl. Tumi In oi
ilcrcd (0 Mnnlieiil on state liliMlmsi. ami
arranges to ho Minified to l.ll.ubi'tli
Churchill heroic tli'piirtlNK Tin- baroness
niiyH Hhu will try to pievent the inuirlaKU
A drunken eoiiKrenninii. who li assisting
Trial In His weililliiK iiirnngeiiieiilH. hum
(lorlngly Hend.'i the hnmm st" sllppur to
KliZ.ihrtll Inmpnil of the owner, and the
murrliige Is de. lined oil Nh linl.is Duds
lliu bitumens In Miinlienl, she having sin
reeded, wheie he failed. In dl.'ieoverliiK
litiKlaiiil'H Intentions regiinllng Oregon
Him tells lit in the Hllpper he had, 1011
talnrd n note from the Texas iitmeho to
I'alietihiun, saying that If tho United
Mates did not annex Texan within ."W days
Mliu would lose hiith Texas and Oicgnn
'Ciillmun oiderH Trim to head a party
bound for Oregon, t'alhonn excites the
Jealousy of Hennr.i Ylurilo. and therohy
hccurcH the HlKiialtiro of tho Texan nt
taeho to a treaty of annexation Nicholas
inrrlvos In Oregon, Later tho haronen.i ar
il Ivi'H on a llrltish warship Hhe tells
Nicholas that a note site plared In her
!Hllper i'iiiihciI the hi caking off of hlii
,111111 rlage, and that Mie Intends to return
to Washington to lepalr I ho wrong
iNlehohiH follows her. lie learnt on the
way that rolls Iihh been elected and
TeviiH annexed, and that Ihero hi to he
1 war with Mi'lni The biirnnesn tells
.Trial that In leliirn for a coinpionilno of
'tho Oregon boundary on tho foiiy-nlnth
.degree. hIiu hits .told hernnlf to l'lihenhain
Hhe tolls hhu tho story of her life.
Trial breaks I'altetihanrH Icev to tho
Iiiiioiioms' apartments. I'nkmiliiirn calls
'for his price, ami tho hainncsii refuses to
limy. Hi Insults her, Hhu compels him
to apologize, holds 1 1 1 tn up In his true
light, and he declares that nhn 1m pure iir
a Illy. Tho treaty In hIkiici! by I'nkun
I111111. Tho haroneua kIvc.i tho treaty to
Calhoun and tells 111 1 1 1 Bho Kt It for
CHAPTER XXXV. Continued.
Mr. Calhoun Is commonly credited
'with hnvliiK brought about thin treaty,
land with bnviiiR boon author of Itti
tontiH. So ho wn, but only In tho
Blngulnr wny which in those foregoing
Iiugos I have rclutctl. States liavo
their price. Texas was bought by
'blood. Oregon ah, wo who own It
ought to iirfyo It. None of our country
In half ho full of romance, none of It
Is half no clean, as our great and
bodeful far northwest, still young in
Its dnys of destiny.
"Wo should In time have had all of
Oregon, norhnps," said Mr. Calhoun;
"at least, thnt Is tho talk of these
"Hut for this fresh outbreak on tho
southwest t'liero would luivo been a
bettor chance," said Helena von Hltz;
"but I think, as nintteiH aro today,
you would bo wlno to accept this com
promise I have seen your men
.tuurchlug, thousands of thorn, tho
grandest sight of this century or any
other. They give full base for this
compromise. Given another year, and
your rifles and your plows would
.innlio your claims still better. lJut
ithla is today"
"Hollove me, Mr. Calhoun," I broko
in, "your slgnaturo must go on this."
"How now? Why no noxious, my
"Hecnuso It is right!"
Calhoun turned to Helena von Ultz.
"Has this been presented to Mr. Hu
chnnnn, our secretary of state?" ho
"Certainly not. It has been shown
'to no one. I havo been hero in Wash
ington working well, working In no
crot to secure this document for you.
'I do this well, I will bo frank with
you I do this for Mr. Trlst. He is my
friend. I wIeIi to say to you that he
lhas boon a fallhful "
I saw her face whiten and her lips
Bhut tight, fiho swayed a little art
8ho stood. Dr. Ward was at her side
nnd assisted her to a couch. For tho
first tlmo tho splendid courngo of
Holona von Rita seemed to fall her.
,Sho sank back, whlto, unconscious.
"It's theso dnmnod Btays, John!" bo
igan Dr. Ward flercoly. "She has faint
lod. Horc, put her down, so. Wo'll
jbring her around In a miniito. Groat
'Jovo! I wnnt her to hoar us thank
Jhor. It's splendid work oho has dono
yjllUV 1 1 1 "Witt tf JlJilllJIulltt J
nam &v L
"I Am But a Woman," She Said, "Out it Chances That I Have Been Able
to Do This Country Perhaps Some-thing of a Favor." 4 j
jfor us. Hut why?"
. When, prosently, under tho nilnlstra
itlons of tho old physician. Helena
ivon Rltz recovered her consciousness,
ibIio aroso, fighting desporately to pull
jherself together and got back her
"Would you rotlro now, madam?"
1 asked Mr. Calhoun. "I havo sent for
"No, no. It 1b nothing!" sho said.
T'Forglvo mo, it is only an old habit
of mine. Seo, I am qulto woll!"
Indeed, in n few moments sho had
regained something of that niagnlfl
icont energy which was her heritage.
'As though nothing had happened, sho
,nroso nnd walked swiftly across tho
room. Her eyes were fixed upon tho
.great map which hung upon tho wnlls
a strango map It would seem to us
to-day. Across this sho swept a whlto
"I saw your men cross this," sho
;sald, pointing nlong tho courso of tho
igrent Oregon Trail whoso detailed
plu and thoso who rulo them
peoplo still will win."
Sho spread out her two hands top
nnd bottom of tho map. "All, all,
ought to bo yours from tho Isthmus
to tho lco, for the sake of tho peoplo
of tho world. Tho people but In tlmo
they will havo their own!"
Wo listened to her silently, credit
ing her enthusiasiu (o her sex, her
race; but what sho said has remained
in ono mind nt least from that day to
this. Well might part of her speech
remain In tho minds to-day of peoplo
and rulers alike. Are wo worth tho
price paid Tor tho country we gained?
And when wo shall bo worth that
price, what numerals shall mark our
"Mny I carry this document to Mr.
Pnkenhnm?" asked John Calhoun, at
last, touching tho paper on tho tabic.
"Pleatio, no. Do not. Only bo suro
that this proposition of compromlso
will moot with his acceptance."
"I do not qulto understand why you
do not go to Mr. Iluchanan, our secro
tary of state."
"Because- I pay my debts," she said
simply. "I told you that Mr. Trlst
and I were comrades. I conceived It
might bo soiuo credit for him In his
work to havo been tho menna of do
ing this much."
"Ho shall havo that credit, madam,
bo suro of that," said John Calhoun,
lie held out to her hi.-? long, thin,
"Madam," ho said, "I have been mis
takon in many things. My life will bo
writ ton down as failure. I have been
misjudged. But at least It shall not
bo said of mo that 1 failed to rover
onco a woman such as you. All that
I thought of you, that first night I met
you, was moro than true. And did I
not toll you you would one day, ono
way, find your reward?"
Ho did not know what ho said;
but I knew, and I spoko with him In
tho sllonco of my own heart, know
ing that his speech would bo tho same
wero his knowledge oven with mluo.
"To-morrow," went on Calhoun, "to
morrow evening there Is to bo what
wo call a ball of our diplomacy nt tho
Whlto House. Our administration,
knowing that war In soon to bo an
nounced In tho country, seeks to mako
n little festival hero at tho capital.
Wo whlstlo to koop up our courago.
Wo listen to music to mako us for
got our consciences. To-morrow night
wo danco. All Wushlngton will bo
thoro. Baronoss von Rltz, n card
will como to you."
Sho swept him a curtsey, nnd gavo
him a smllo.
"Now, ns for mo," ho continued, "I
nm nn old man, nnd long ago danced
my last danco in public. To-morrow
night all of us will bo at tho Whlto
House Mr. Trlst will bo thoro, and
Dr. Ward, and a certain lady, a Miss
KltBahoth Churchill, madam, whom I
shall bo glad to havo you meet. You
must not fall us, dear lady, because I
am going to nsk of you ono favor."
Ho bowed with a courtesy which
might havo como from gonorntlons of
ono younger man, took her hands and
Now our ling floats on tho Columbia
nnd on tho Rio Grande. I am older
now, but when I think of that scene,
I wish that flag might float yet freer;
nnd though tho price wore war itself,
that It might lloat over a cleaner nnd
a nobler people, over cleaner nnd nobler
micro, more sensible of tho splendor
of thnt hciitago of prlnclplo which
should bo ours.
nn old aristocracy. "If you pleaso,
ipath waB then unknown to our geog- madam, I ask you to honor mo with
iiaphorB. "I saw thorn go wost along your hand for my first danco In years
that road of destiny, I told mysolf my last danco In all my life."
that by vlrtuo.of their courago thoy I Impulslvoly 6ho hold out both hor
had won this war. Somotimo thero will hands, bowing her head ns sho did so ono in tho second seasou of Mr. Polk's
coin tlio great war between your peo-1 to hldo her faco. Two old gray mon. I oomowhat confused and dlscordaut ad
The Palo Alto Ball.
A beautiful woman plrnso.s tho eye, a
Kood uniimn pleases tho heart; ono Is a
Jowol. tho other a treasure. Napoleon I.
On tho evening of that following day
In May, tho sun hung rod nnd round
over a distant unknown land nlong
tho Rio Grande. In that country, no
iron trails as yet had come. Tho mag
ic of tho who, so recently nppllcd to
tho scrvico of mnn, was as yet thoro
unknown. Word traveled slowly by
horses and mules nnd carts. There
camo small news from thnt far-off
country, half tropic, covered with
palms nnd crooked dwarfed growth of
mosquito nnd chnparral. Tho long
horned cattle lived In theso donso
thickets, tho spotted Jnguar, the wolf,
tho ocelot, tho Javellnn, many small
er creatures not known in our north
ern lands. In the loam nlong tho
strenm tho door loft their tracks, min
gled with thoso of tho wild turkeys
nnd of countless wntor fowl. It wns
a far-off, unknown, unvalued land.
Our flag, long past tho Sablno, had
halted at tho Nueces. Now it was to
advanco across this wild region to tho
Rio Grnndo. Thus did smug James
Polk keep his promises!
Among thoso tangled mosqulte
thickets ran sometimes long bayous,
mndo from tho overflow of tho greater
rivers rcsacas, ns tho natives call
them. Tall palms sometimes grow
nlong tho bayous, for tho country is
half tropic. Again, on tho dryer
ridges, thoro might bo tailor dotnehed
trees, heavier forests palo alto, tho
natives call them. In somo such plnce
as this, whoro tho trees wero tall,
thoro was llrod tho first gun of our
war in tho southwest. Thoro wero
strnngo noises heard horo in tho wit
dornoss, followed by lessor noises, nnd
by human groans. Somo facos that
night wero upturned to tho moon
tho snmo moon which swam so glori
ously over Washington. Taylor camped
closer to tho Rio Grande. Tho fight
was next to begin by tho lagoon
called tho Rcsnca do la Palmn. But
that night nt the capital that samo
moon told us nothing of all this. Wo
did not. hear tho guns. It was far
from Palo Alto to our ports of Gal-
I veston or Now Orleans. Our cocknded
nttny mndo its own history In Its own
Wo nt tho Whlto IIouso ball that
night also mndo history in our own un
recorded wny. As our army wns lidd
ing to our confines on tho southwest,
fo thero wero othor, though Bocrot,
forces which' ndded to our territory In
tho far northwest. As to this nnd ns
to tho moans by which it camo about,
I havo nlrondy boon somewhat plain.
It was a. goodly company that as
sembled for the grand ball, tho first
ministration. Social matters had
started off dour enough. Mrs. Polk
was herself of strict religious practice,
and I Imagine it had taken somowhnt
of finesse to get hor consent to theso
festivities. It was called somotitnos
tho diplomat's ball. At least there
was diplomacy back of It. It was
moro nccldont which sot thin celebra
tion upon (ho very evening of tho bat
tle of Palo Alto, May 8, 18IC.
By ten o'clock thoro were many In
tho great room which had been mndo
ready for tho dnnclng, nnd rather a
bravo company it might havo been
called. We had at least tho splendor
of tho foreign diplomats' uniforms for
our background, and to this wo added
tho bravest of our nttlre, each ono In
his own Indlvldunl fashion, I fear.
Thus my friend Jack Dandrldgo wns
wholly resplendent In a new waist
coat of his own devising, nnd an even
ing coat which almost swept tho floor
as he executed tho evolutions of his
western style of dancing. Other gen
tlemen were, porhnps, more grave nnd
stnld. Wo had with us at least ono
man, old In govornm'ent service, who
dated the silk stockings and kneo
breaches of un cnrller generation. Yot
another wore tho whlto powdered
queue, which might havo been moro
suited for his grandfather. Tho young
er men of tho day wore their hair
long, in fnshlon quite different, yet
this did not detract from the distinc
tion of some of the faces which ono
might havo seen among them somo
of them to sleep nil too soon upturned
to tho moon In another and yet moro
bitter war. aftermath of this with
Mexico. Tho tall stock was still in
cvldenco at that time, nnd tho ruffled
tiilrts gave something of a formal and
old-fnfchloncd touch to tho nssembly.
Such as thoy wore, In their somowhat
varied but not uninteresting nttlre, tho
best of Washington were present. In
vitation was wholly by card. Somo
said that Mrs. Polk wrote these Invi
tations In her own hand, though this
wo mny be permitted to doubt.
Whatever might hnve been said na
to tho democratic nppearanco of our
gentlemen In Washington, our women
wero nlwnys our great reliance, nnd
iheso nt least never failed to meet tho
approval of tho most sneering of our
foreign visitors. Thus wo had pres
ent that night, ns I remember, two
young girls both later to becomo
fan, ous in Washington society; tall
and slender young Teroso Chnlfnnt,
later to become Mrs. Pugh of Ohio,
nnd to recelvo at tho hands ot Don
mark's minister, who knelt beforo
her nt n later public bnll, that Jew
eled clasp which his wlfo had bado
him present to tho most beautiful
woman he found in America. Horo
also was Miss Harriet Williams of
Georgetown, later to becomo tho sec-
ond wlfo of that Baron Bodlsco of 1
Russln who had represented his gov- J
eminent with us since tho year 1S38
a tall, robust, blonde lady she later
grow to be. Brown's hotel, homo of
many of our stntesnien nnd their la
dles, turned out a full complement.
Mr. Clay was there, smiling, though I
fear none too hnppy. Mr. Edward
Everett, as it chanced, wbb with us
at that time. Wo had Sam Houston
of Texas, who would not, until he ap
peared upon tho floor, relinquish tho
striped blanket which distinguished
him though a splendid figure of a
man ho appeared when ho paced
forth In evening dress, a part of which
was a waistcoat embroidered In such
fancy as might hnve delighted tho oyo
of his erstwhile Indian wlfo had sho
been thoro to seo It. Here and thero,
scattered about the floor, thore might
have been seen many of tho public
figures of America nt that time, men
from north nnd south nnd east nnd
west, and from many other nntlons be
side our own.
Under Mrs. Polk's soclnl administra
tion, wo did not wnltz, but our ball
began with n stately mnrch, renlly a
grand procession, In Its wny distinctly
interesting, in scarlet and gold nnd
bluo and silks, nnd nil tho flowered
clrcumstnnco of broendes and laces of
our ladles. And after our march wo
hnd our own polite Virginia reel, mer
ry ns nny dance, yet Btntcly too.
I was late In nrrlvlng that night, for
It must bo romembcred that this wns
but my second day in town, nnd I had
had small chanco to tnko my chiofs
advice, and to make myself prosent
ablo for nn occnslon such ns this. I wns
fresh from my tailor, nnd very new
mndo when I entored tho room. I
enmo Just In tlmo to seo what I was
glad to seo; thnt Is to say, tho koop
lng of John Calhoun's promise to
Helena von Rltz.
It was not to bo denied that thoro
had boon talk regarding this Indy,
nnd that Calhoun knew it, though not
from mo. Much of it was Idlo talk,
based largely upon her mystorlous life.
Beyond that, n woman beautiful as
alio has many enemies among hor box.
Thoro wero dark glancos for hor that
night, I do not deny, before Mr, Cal
houn changed thorn. For, howovor
John Calhoun wns rated by his ono
inles, the worst of thoso know woll
his austcroly spotless privato llfo, and
his scrupulous concern for decorum.
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