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trembling arms, his face raised towards shortly before the conflagration broke heaven, and his whole figure shrunk out: he had met Phil. Curtis, and firmly together by the intense malig- begged that man to conceal the fact of nity with which he was about to biss bis having seen him, and he had not out his venomous imprecations against slept in his own bed either on that or the defaulter, he presented at least one the preceding night. It was to do instance in wbich the low sordid vice purpose, he affirmed, that Flanaga, of avarice rose to something like wild himself had borrowed from him, and grandeur, if not sublimity.
on the night in question, the Having remained in this posture for shoes, whose prints were so strongly some time, he clasped his withered against him, or that the steel and tin. hands together and wrung them until der-box, which were found in his the bones cracked ; then rising up and pocket actually belonged to his accuser, striking his stick bitterly upon the who must have put them there without earth
his knowledge. His case, in fact, was a “ I can't,” he exclaimed, “ I can't get bad one, and he felt that the interview out the curses aginst him; but iny with his attorney left him more seriheart's full of them—they're in it- ously impressed with the danger of his they're in it-it's black an' hot wid situation, than he had been up till that them ; I feel them here-here-movin' period. as if they wor alive, an' they'll be out.” “ I suppose," said he, when the in
Such was the strength and impetu- structions were completed, “ you have osity of his hatred, and such bis eager- seen my father." ness to discharge the whole quiver of “Every thing is fully and liberally his maledictions against the great pub- arranged,” replied the other, with relic delinquent, that, as often happens servation ; " your father has been with in cases of overwhelming agitation, his me today ; in fact I parted with hiin faculties were paralysed by the storm only a few minutes before I left home. of passion which raged within him. So far let your mind be easy. The
Having rose to bis feet, he left the government prosecutes, which is somegroup, muttering his wordless malignity thing in your favour ; and now, goodas he went along, and occasionally bye to you ; for my part, I neither adpausing to look back with the fiery vise you to hope or despair. If the glare of a hyena at the house in which worst comes to the worst, you must the robbery of his soul's treasure had bear it like a man ; and if we get an been planned and accomplished. acquittal, it will prove the more agree
It is unnecessary to say that the ar able for its not being expected.” rangements entered into with Cassidy, The unfortunate youth felt, after by John O'Brien, were promptly and Cassidy's departure, the full force of ably carried into effect. A rapid ride that dark and fearful presentiment soon brought the man of briefs and de which arises from the approach of the positions to the prison, where unhappy mightiest calamity that can befall an inConnor lay. This young man's story, nucent man—a public and ignominious though simple, was improbable, and his death, while in the very pride of youth, version of the burning such as induced strength, and those natural hopes of Cassidy, who knew little of impres- happiness, which existence had othersions and feelings in the absence of wise promised. In him this awful apfacts, to believe that no other head prehension proceeded neither from than his ever concocted the crime. the terror of judgment nor of hell, but Still, from the manly sincerity with from that dread of being withdrawn which his young client spoke, he felt from life, and of passing down from the inclined to impute the act rather to light, the enjoyments and busy intera freak of boyish malice and disap- course of a breathing and conscious pointment, than to a spirit of vindictive world, into the silence and corruption rancour. He entertained no expeeta. of the unknown grave. When this tion whatsoever of Connor's acquittal
, ghastly picture was brought near him and hinted to him that it was his habit by the force of his imagination, he felt in such cases to recommend his clients for a moment as if his heart had died to be prepared for the worst, without away in him, and his blood become conat the same time altogether abolishing gealed into ice. Should this continue, hope. There was, indeed, nothing to he knew that human nature could not break the chain of circumstantial evi- sustain it long, and he had already redence in which Flanagan had entangled solved to bear his fate with firmuess, hinı ; he had been at the haggard whatever that fate might be. He then
reflected that he was innocent, and re- do. To what hand now can I turn membering the practice of his simple myself? who'll assist me? I dunua and less political forefathers, he knelt what I'm doin', nor scarcely what I'm down and fervently besought the pro- sayin'. My head's all in confusion. tection of that Being in whose hands Gone! gone! gone! Oh, see the luck are the issues of life and death.
that has come down upon me! Above all On rising from this act of heartfelt mer, why was I singled out to be devotion, he experienced that support made a world's wondher of-why was which he required so much. The fear of I? What did I do? I robbed no one; death ceased to alarm him, and his na- yet it's gone-an' see the death that's tural fortitude returned with more than afore me! oh God! oh God!" its usual power to his support. In this Well, father, let it go-you have state of mind he was pacing his narrow still your health ; you have still my poor room, when the door opened, and his mother to console you; and I hope father, with a tottering step, entered you'll soon have myself too ; between and approached him. The son was us we'll keep you comfortable, and if startled, if not terrified at the change you'll allow us to take our own way, which so short a time had wrought in more so than ever you didthe old man's appearance.
Fardorougha started, as if struck by “Good God, father dear," he ex some faint but sudden recollection. claimed, as the latter threw his arms All at once he looked with amazement with a tight and clinging grasp about around the room, and afterwards, with him ; “good heavens, what has hap- a pause of inquiry, at his son. At pened to change you so much for the length, a light of some forgotten meworse ? why, if you fret this way about mory appeared to flash at once across me, you'll soon break your heart : why his brain ; his countenance changed will you fret, father, when you know I from the wild and unsettled expression am innocent ? Surely at the worst, it which it bore, to one more stamped is better to die innocent than live with the earnest humanity of our better guilty?"
nature. “ Connor," said the old man, still “Oh, Connor,” he at last exclaimed, clinging tenaciously to him, and look- putting his two hands into those of his ing wildly into his face ; “ Connor, it's son ; can you pity me, an' forgive me? broke--my heart's broke at last. Oh, You see, my poor boy, how I'm sufferin', Connor, won't you pity me, when you an' you see that I can't-I wont-be hear it-wont you, Connor-oh when able to bear up against this, long." you hear it, Connor, wont you pity me? The tears here ran down his worn gone,
it's gone-he's off, and hollow cheeks. off—to that nest of robbers, the Isle of “Oh,” he proceeded, “how could I Man, and has robbed me and half the forget you, my darlin'boy ? but I hardly county. P-has ; I'm a ruined think my head's right. If I had you man, a beggar, an' will die a dog's with me, an before my eyes, you'd keep death."
my heart right, an' give me strength, Connor looked down keenly into his which I stand sorely in need of. Saints father's face, and began to entertain in glory! how could I forget you, surmise so terrible that the beatings of acushla, an' what now can I do for his heart were in a moment audible to you? Not a penny have I to pay
lawyer, or attorney, or any one, to deFather," he inqnired “in the name find you at your trial, and it so near !" of God what is wrong with you ? what Why, haven't you settled all that is it you spake of ? Has P -gone with Mr. Cassidy, the attorney ?" off with your money ? Sit down, and “ Not a bit, achora machree, not a don't look so terrified.”
I was wid him this day, an' had * He has, Connor-robbed me an' agreed, but wbin I went to give him an half the county-he disappeared the ordher on P
he-oh saints evenin' of the very day I left my last above, he fwhstled at me an' it—an' lodgement wid him; he's in that nest tould me that P-was gone to of robbers, the Isle of Man, an' I'm that nest o' robbers, the Isle of Man.” ruined-ruined! Oh, God ! Connor, Connor turned his eyes, during a long how can I stand it ? all my earnins' an' pause, on the floor, and it was evident my savins' an' the fruits of my industhry by his features that he laboured under in his pocket, an' upon his back, an' some powerful and profound emotion. upon his bones ! My brain is reelin'-1 He rose up and took a sudden turn or dunna what I'm doin', nor what I'll two across the room, then resuming his
his own ear.
seat, he wiped away a few bitter tears ately, but shook his head apparently in that no firmness on his part could calm
but rooted sorrow. repress.
“Put your arms about me, Connor, “ Noble girl--my darling, darling and keep my head a little more up ; life, I see it all," he exclaimed, “ Fa- I'm weak an' tired, an', someway, spather, I never felt how bitter an' dark kin's a throuble to me; let me think for my fate is till now ; death, death would a while.". be little to me, only for her, but to leave “Do so, father," said the son, with her—to leave her,” he suddenly buried deep compassion ; “ God knows but his face in his hands ; but, by an in- you're sufferin's enough to wear you stant effort once more rose up and out." added—“Well, I'll die worthy of her, " It is,” said Fardorougha," it is." if I can't live so. Like a nan I'll die, if A silence of some minutes ensued, it must be—she knows I'm innocent, during which, Connor perceived that father ; an' when others--when the the old man, overcome with care and world-will be talkin' of me as a villain, misery, had actually fallen asleep with there will be, out of my own family at his head upon his bosom. This cir. all events, one heart and one tongue, cumstance, though by no means extrathat will defend my unhappy name. If ordinary, affected him very much. On I am to come to a shameful death, I'll surveying the pallid face of his father, care little about what the world may and the worn thread-like veins that think, but that she knows me to be ran along his temples, and calling to innocent, will make me die proudly- mind the love of the old man for himproudly."
self, which, even avarice, in its dead. Whilst he thus spoke and thought, he felt all the springs of his affection
liest power, failed to utterly overcome, the father's eyes with a fixed gaze, steadily followed his motions ; the old loosened, and his soul vibrated with a man's countenance altered ; it first be- tenderness towards him, such as no si. came pale as the ghastly visage of a
tuation in their past lives had ever
before created. skeleton, anon darkened with horror, which eventually shifted its hue into
“ If my fate chances to be an unthe workings of some passion or feeling timely one, father dear,” he slowly that was new to him.
murmured, “we'll soon meet in another
place, for I know that you will not long Connor,” said he, feebly, “ I am un
live after me." well—unwell-come and sit down by
He then thought with bitterness of me.”
his mother and Una, and wondered at You are too much distressed every the mystery of the trial to which he way, father," said his son, taking his
was exposed. place upon the iron bedstead beside
The old man's slumber, however, him.
was not dreamless, nor so refreshing as “ I am,” said Fardorougha calmly ; “I am too much distressed-sit nearer the havoc of contending principles re
the exhaustion of a frame, shattered by me, Connor. I wish your mother was here, but she wasn't able to come, she's turbed by heavy groans, quick startings.
quired. On the contrary, it was disunwell too ; a good mother she was, and those twitchings of the limbs Connor, and a good wife.”
which betoken a restless mood of mind, The son was struck, and somewhat and a nervous system highly excited. alarmed by this sudden and extraor- In the course of half an hour, the sympdinary calmness of the old man. toms of his inward commotion became
“ Father dear,” said he, “ don't be more apparent ; from being as at first too much disheartened—all will be well merely physical, they assumed a men. yet, I hope—my trust in God is tal character, and passed from ejaculastrong."
tions and single words, to short sen“I hope all will be well,” replied the tences, and ultimately to those of con
“sit nearer me, an' Connor, siderable length. let me lay my head over upon your “ Gone,” he exclaimed, “gone, oh breast. I'm thinkin' a great dale- God! my curse-starved-dog-wid don't the world say, Connor, that I am my tongue out !" a bad man ?"
This dread of starvation, which “ I don't care what the world says; haunted him through life, appeared in no one in it ever durst say as much to his dream still to follow him like a
father dear.” The old man looked up affection I'm dyin'," he said, “ I'm dyin' wid
hunger—will no one give me a morsel? lost. What attorney would you wish I was robbed an' have no money me to employ? I'll go home an' sell don't you see me starvin'. I'm cuttin' oats an'a cow or two. I've done you wid bunger-five days widout mate- harm enough-more than you knowbring me mate, for God's sake—mate, but now I'll spare no cost to get you mate, mate!-- I'm gaspin'—my tongue's out of this business. Connor, the out ; look at me, like a dog, behind this tears that I saw a while agone run ditch, an' my tongue out !"
down your cheeks cut me to the The son at this period would have heart.” awoke him, but he became more com The son then informed bil
that a posed for a time, and enjoyed appa- friend had taken proper measures for rently a refreshing sleep. Still it soon his defence, and that any further interwas evident that he dreamt, and as ference on his part would only create clear that a change had come o'er the confusion and delay. He also enspirit of his dream.
treated his father to make no allusion “ Who'll prevent me!" he exclaimed, whatsoever to this circumstance, and “ isn't he my son, our only child ? Let added, “ that he binself actually knew me alone, I must, I must—wbat's my not the name of the friend in question, life, take it, an' let him live.”
but that, as the matter stood, he conThe tears started to Connor's eyes, sidered even a surmise to be a breach and he pressed his father to his of confidence that might be indelicate heart.
and offensive. After the trial, you can " Don't hould me,” he proceeded, and ought to pay the expenses, and not "oh God, here I'll give all I'm worth, be under an obligation to any one an' save him! Oh let me, thin let me of so solemn a kind as that." He but kiss him once before he dies; it then sent his affectionate love and duty was I, it was myself that murdered to his mother, at whose name his eyes him-all might 'a been well ; ay, it was were again filled with tears, and I that murdhered you, Connor, my begged the old man to comfort and brave boy, an' have I you in my arms ? support her with the utmost care and Oh avick agus asthore machree, it was tenderness. As she was unwell, he I that murdhered you, by my
requested him to dissuade her against but they're takin' him—they're bearin' visiting him till after the trial, lest an him away to
interview might increase her illness, He started, and awoke, but so ter- and render her less capable of bearing rific had been his dream, that on open- up under an unfavourable sentence, ing his eyes he clasped Connor in his should such be the issue of the prosearms, and exclaimed
cution. Having then bade farewell to, “ No, no, I'll hould him till you cut and embraced the old man, the latter my grip. Connor, avick, avick ma- departed with more calmness and forchree, hould to me !"
titude than he had up to that period “ Father, father, for God's sake, displayed. think a minute, you wor only dreamin'.” When Time approaches the iniserable
“ Eh-what-where am I? Oh Con- with calamity in his train, bis pinion is nor darlin', if you knew the dhrames swifter than that of the eagle ; but, I had-I thought you wor on the alas! · when carrying them towards scafe ; but thanks be to the Saver, it happiness, his pace is slower than is was only a dhrame.”
that of the tortoise. The only three “ Nothing more, father nothing persons on earth, whose happiness was more; but for God's sake, keep your involved in that of O'Donovan, found mind asy.
Trust in God, father ; themselves, on the eve of the assizes, every thing's in his hands ; if it's his overshadowed by a dreariness of heart, will to make us suffer, we ought to sub- that was strong in proportion to the mit ; and if it's not his will, he surely love they bore him. The dead calm can bring us out of all our troubles. which had fallen on Fardorougha was That's the greatest comfort I have.”
absolutely more painful to his wife, Fardorougha once more became than would have been the paroxysms calm, but still there was on his coun- that resulted from his lust of wealth. tenance, which was mournful and full Since his last interview with Connor, of something else than simple sorrow, he never once alluded to the loss of his some deeply fixed determination, such money, unless abruptly in his dreams, as it was difficult to develope.
but there was stamped upon his whole “ Connor, achora,” said he, “I must manner a gloomy and mysterious comlave you, for there's little time to be posure, which, of itself wofully sank
her spirits, independently of the fate report had already carried abroad the which impended over their son. The story of Una's love and his, many inchange, visible on both, and the break- teresting accounts of which had got ing down of their strength were in- into the papers of the day. When be deed pitiable.
stood forward, therefore, all eyes were As for Una, it would be difficult to eagerly rivetted upon him ; the judge describe her struggle between confi- glanced at him with calm dispassionate dence in his innocence, and apprehen- scrutiny, and the members of the bar, sion of the law, which she knew had especially the juniors, turning round, often punished the guiltless instead of surveyed him through their glasses with the criminal. 'Tis true she attempted a gaze in which might be read someto assume, in the eyes of others, a for- thing more than that hard indifference titude which belied her fears, and even which familiarity with human crime affected to smile at the possibility of and affliction ultimately produces even her lover's honour and character suffer- in dispositions the most humane and ing any tarnish from the ordeal to amiable. No sooner had the curiosity which they were about to be submitted. of the multitude been gratified, than a Her smile, however, on such occasions, murmur of pity, blended slightly with was a melancholy one, and the secret surprise and approbation, ran lowly tears she shed 'might prove, as they through the court-house. One of the did to her brother, who was alone judges whispered a few words to his privy to her grief, the extent of those brother, and the latter again surveyed terrors which, notwithstanding her dis. Connor with a countenance in which avowal of them, wrung her soul so were depicted admiration and regret. bitterly. Day after day her spirits The counsel also chatted to each became more and more depressed, till, other in a low tone, occasionally turnas the crisis of Connor's fate arrived, ing round and marking his deportment the roses had altogether flown from her and appearance with increasing intercheeks.
est. Indeed, now that the trial was at Seldom, probably never, had a more hand, public sympathy turned rapidly striking, perhaps a more noble figure, and strongly in his favour ; his father stood at the bar of that court. His had lost that wealth, the acquisi- locks were rich and brown; his fore. tion of which earned him so heavy a head expansive, and his manly feaportion of infamy ; and, as he had tures remarkable for their symmetry; been sufficiently punished in his own his teeth were regular and white, and person, they did not think it just to his dark eye full of a youthful lustre transfer any portion of the resentment which the dread of no calamity could borne against him to a son who had repress. Neither was bis figure, which never participated in his system of op- was of the tallest, inferior in a single pression. They felt for Connor now point to so fine a countenance. As be on his own account, and remembered stood, at his full height of six feet, it only his amiable and excellent charac was impossible not to feel deeply influ
In addition to this, the history of enced in his favour, especially after the mutual attachment between him having witnessed the mournful but digand Una having become the topic of nified composure of his manner, equally general conversation, the rash act for remote from indifference or dejection. which he stoud committed was good. He appeared indeed to view in its prohumouredly resolved into a foolish per light, the danger of the position freak of love, for which it would be a in which he stood, but he viewed it thousand murders to take away his life. with the calm unshrinking energy of In such mood was the public, and the a brave man who is always prepared parties most interested in the event of for the worst. Indeed there might our story, when the morning dawned be observed upon his broad open brow of that awful day whiųh was to restore a loftiness of bearing such as is not Connor O'Donovan to the hearts that unfrequently produced by a consciousoved him so well, or to doom him a ness of innocence, and the natural eleconvicted felon, to a shameful and ig- vation of mind which results from a nominions death.
sense of danger ; to which we may add At length the trial came on, that inward scorn wbich is ever felt for unhappy prisoner, at the hour of baseness, by those who are degraded eleven o'clock, was placed at the bar to the necessity of defending themof his country to stand the brunt of a selves against the villany of the maligGovernment prosecution. Common nant and profligate.