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When called upon to plead to the upon that of his foe, but with a spirit indictment, he uttered the words “not in it that seemed to him alone by guilty" in a full, firm and mellow voice whom it was best understood, to strike that drew the eyes of the speetators dismay into the very soul of falsehood once more upon him, and occasioned within him. The villain's eyes could another slight hum of sympathy and not stand the glance of Connor's—they admiration. No change of colour was fell, and his whole countenance asobservable on his countenance, nor any sumed such a blank and guilty stamp, other expression, save the lofty com that an old experienced barrister who posure to which we have just alluded. watched them both, could not avoid
The trial at length proceeded, and, saying, that if he had his will they after a long and able statement from should exchange situations. the attorney-general, Bartle Flanagan “ I would not hang a dog," he whiswas called upon the table. The prisoner, pered, “ on that fellow's evidence—he whose motions were keenly observed, has guilt in his face.” betrayed, on seeing him, neither en When asked why he ran away on barrassment nor agitation ; all that meeting Phil Curtis, near O'Brien's could be perceived, was a more earnest house, on their return that night, while and intense light in his eyes, as they . Connor beld his ground, he replied settled upon his accuser. Flanagan that it was very natural he should run detailed, with singular minuteness and away, and not wish to be seen after accuracy, the whole progress of the having assisted at such a crime. In crime from its first conception to its reply to another question, he said it perpetration. Indeed, had he himself was as natural that Connor should have been in the dock, and his evidence run away also, and that he could not against Connor a confession of his own account for it, except by the fact that guilt, it would, with some exceptions, God always occasions the guilty to have been literally true. He was ably commit some oversight, by which they cross-examined, but no tact or experi- may be brought to punishment. These ence, or talent, on the part of the pri- replies, apparently so rational and sasoner's counsel, could in any iinportant tisfactory, convinced Connor's counsel degree shake his testimony. The in- that his case was hopeless, and that no genuity with which he laid and con- skill or ingenuity on their part could ducted the plot was astonishin succeed in breaking down Flanagan's was his foresight, and the precaution evidence. he adopted against detection. Cassidy, The next witness called was Phil Connor's attorney, had ferreted out the Curtis, whose testimony corroborated very man from whom he purchased the Bartle's in every particular, and gave tinder-box, with a hope of proving to the whole trial a character of gloom that it was not the prisoner's property and despair. The constables who apbut his own, yet this person, who plied his shoes to the foot-marks were remembered the transaction very well, then produced, and swore in the clearassured him that Flanagan said he pro- est manner as to their corresponding. cuted it by the desire of Fardorougha They then deposed to finding the Donovan's son.
tinder-box in his pocket, according to During bis whole evidence, he never the information received from Flanaonce raised his eye to look upon the gan, every tittle of which they found prisoner's face, until he was desired to to be remarkably correct. identify him. He then turned round, There was only one other witness and standing with the rod in his hand, now necessary to complete the chain looked for some moments upon his against him, and he was only produced victim. His dark brows got black as because Biddy Nulty, the servantnight, whilst his cheeks were blanched maid, positively stated, and actually to the hue of ashes—the white smile swore, when previously examined, that as before sat upon his lips, and his she was ignorant whether Connor slept eyes, in which there blazed the un in his father's house on the night in steady fire of a treacherous and cow- question or not. There was no alterardly heart, sparkled with the red native, therefore, but to produce the turbid glare of triumph and vengeance. father ; and Fardorougha Donovan was He laid the rod upon Connor's head, consequently forced to become an eviand they gazed at each other face to dence against his own son. face, exhibiting as striking a contrast The old man's appearance upon the as could be witnessed. The latter stood table excited deep commiseration for erectand unshaken--his eye calmly bent both, and the more so when the specVOL. IX.
tators contemplated the rooted sorrow know the love of a father for an only which lay upon the wild and wasted fea- son ?" tures of the wo-worn father. Still the old “ Perhaps, my lords,” observed the man was composed and calm ; but his attorney-general, “it would be desircalmness was in an extraordinary de- able to send for a clergyman of his gree mournful and touching. When own religion, who might succeed in he sat down after having been sworn, prevailing on him toand feebly wiped the dew from his “ No," interrupted Fardorougha, thin temples, many eyes were already my mind's made up—a word against filled with tears. When the question him will never come from my lips, not was put to him if he remembered the for priest or friar. I'd die widout the night laid in the indictment, he replied saykerment sooner." that he did.
“ This is trifling with the court," said “ Did the prisoner at the bar sleep the judge, assuming an air of severity, at home on that night?".
which, however, he did not feel. *We The old man looked into the face of shall be forced to commit you to prison the counsel with such an eye of depre- unless you give evidence.” cating eutreaty, as shook ihe voice in “My lord," said Fardorougha, meekly which the question was repeated. He but firmly, “I am willin' to go to prison. then turned about, and taking a long I am willin' to die wid him, if he is to gaze at his son, rose up, and extend- die—but I neither can nor will open ing his hands to the judges, exclaimed : my lips against him. If I thought him
My lords, my lords, he is my only guilty I might, but I know he is in. son-my only child !”
nocent-my heart knows it—an' am I These words were followed by a to back the villian that's strivin' to pause in the business of the court, and swear away his life? No, Connot a dead silence of more than a minute. avourneen, whatever they do to you,
“ If Justice,” said the judge, “could your father will have no hand in it." on any occasion waive her claim The court, in fact, were perplesed to a subordinate link in the testi- in the extreme. The old man was not
1 mony she requires, it would certainly only firm, from motives of strong albe in a case so painful and affecting tachment, but intractable from a habis as this. Still we cannot permit per- tual narrowness of thought which presonal feeling, however amiable, or do- vented him from taking that compre. mestic attachment, however strong, to hensive view of justice and judicia! impede her progress when redressing authority, which might overcome the public wrong. Although the duty be repugnance of men less obstinate from painful, and, we admit, that such a ignorance of legal usages. duty is one of unexampled agony, yet “I ask you for the last time," said it must be complied with, and you con the judge,“ will you give your evisequently will answer the question which dence? because if you refuse, the court the counsel has put to you. The in- will feel bound to send you to prison.' terests of society require such sacrifices, " God bless you, my lord; that's a and they must be made.”
relief to my heart—any thing, ang The old man kept his eyes fixed on thing, but to say a word against a boy the judge while he spoke, but when he that, since the day he was born, never had ceased, he again fixed them on his vexed either his mother or myself. If
he gets over this, I have much to make “ My lord,” he exclaimed again, with up to him, for indeed I wasn't the clasped hands, “ I can't-I can't.” father to him that I ought. Arick
“ There is nothing criminal, or im- machree, now I feel it, maybe whin it's proper, or sinful in it,” replied the too late.” judge ; the contrary, it is your These words affected all who heard duty both as a Christian and a man. them, many even to tears. Remember you have this moment “I have no remedy," observed the sworn to tell the truth, and the whole judge. Tipstaff
, take away the wittruth ; you consequently must keep your ness to prison. It is painful to me, oath."
he added, in a broken voice, * to feel “ What you say, sir, may be right, compelled thus to punish you for an an' of coorse is; but oh, my lord, I'm act which, however I may respect the not able ; I can't get out the words motives that dictate it, I cannot overto hang my only boy. If I sed any look. The ends of justice cannot be thing to hurt him, my heart 'ud break frustrated." before your eyes. Maybe you don't "My lord," exclaimed the prisoner,
"don't punish the old man for refusing more affecting one than bad occurred to speak against me. His love for me in that court for many years. As the is so strong, that I know he couldn't foreman handed down the verdict, do it. I will state the truth myself, Connor's eye followed the paper with but spare him. I did not sleep in my the same calm resolution which he disown bed on the night Mr. O'Brien's played during the trial. On himself haggard was burned, nor on the night there was no change visible, unless before it. I slept in my father's barn the appearance of two round spots, one with Flanagan, both times at his own on each cheek, of a somewhat deeper request, but I did not then suspect his red than the rest. At length, in the design in asking me."
midst of the dead silence, pronounced * This admission, though creditable in a voice that reached to the remotest to your affection and filial duty, was extremity of the court, was heard the fatal indiscreet," observed the judge. “What- sentence-"Guilty;" and afterwards ever you think might be serviceable, in a less distinct manner, “with our suggest to your attorney, who can strongest and most earnest recommencommunicate it to your counsel.” dation for mercy, in consequence of
"My lord,” said Connor, “I could his youth and previous good character." not see my father punished for loving The wail and loud sobbings of the me as he does ; an' besides I have no female part of the crowd, and the wish to conceal any thing. If the stronger but more silent grief of the whole trutb could be known, I would men, could not for many minutes be stand but a short time where I am, nor repressed by any efforts of the court would Flanagan be long out of it.” or its officers. In the midst of this a
There is an earnest and impressive little to the left of the dock, was an old tone in truth, especially when spoken man, whom those around him were under circumstances of great difficulty, conveying in a state of insensibility out where it is rather disadvantageous to of the court, and it was obvious that him who utters it, that in many in- from motives of humane consideration stances produces conviction by an in- for the prisoner, they endeavoured to berent candour which all feel without prevent him from ascertaining that it any process of reasoning or argument, was his father. In this, however, they There was in those few words a warmth failed ; the son's eye caught a glimpse of affection towards his father, and a of his grey locks, and it was observed manly simplicity of heart, each of that his cheek pa!ed for the first time, which was duly appreciated by the as- indicating by a momentary change, sembly about him, who felt, without that the only evidence of agitation he knowing why, the indignant scorn of betrayed, was occasioned by sympathy falsehood that so emphatically per- in the old man's sorrows, rather than vaded his expressions. It was indeed by the contemplation of his own fate. impossible to hear them, and look upon The tragic spirit of the day, howhis noble countenance and figure with ever, was still to deepen, and a more out forgetting the humbleness of his stunning blow, though less acute in its rank in life, and feeling for him a agony, was to fall upon the prisoner. marked deference and respect.
The stir of the calm and solemn jurors, The trial then proceeded, but, alas, as they issued out of their room—the the hopes of Connor's friends aban- hushed breaths of the spectators—the doned them at its conclusion ; for deadly silence that prevails—and the although the judge's charge was as appalling announcement of the word favourable as the nature of the evidence Guilty" '-are circumstances that test permitted, yet it was quite clear that human fortitude, more even than the the jury had only one course to pursue, passing of the fearful sentence itself. and that was to bring in a conviction. In the latter case hope is banished, After a lapse of about ten minutes, and the worst that can happen known; they returned to the jury-box, and as the mind is, therefore, thrown back the foreman handed down their verdict, upon its last energies, which give it a feather might be heard falling in the strength in the same way in which the court. The faces of the spectators got death-struggle frequently arouses the pale, and the bearts of strong men beat muscular action of the body-an unas if the verdict about to be announced conscious power of resistance that were to fall upon themselves, and not forces the culprit's heart to take refuge upon the prisoner. It is at all times in the first and strongest instincts of an awful and trying ceremony to wit- its nature, the undying principle of ness, but on this occasion it was a much self-preservation. No sooner was the
verdict returned, and silence obtained, those beloved beings whom he has than the judge, now deeply affected, brought into the world, and who, in a put on the black cap, at which a low great measure depend upon bim * wild murmur of stified grief and pity their dearest relative, their guardian ran through the conrt-house ; but no by the voice of nature, for the fulfilsooner was his eye bent on the pri- ment of those expectations upon which soner, than their anxiety to hear the depends the principal comforts and sentence hushed them once more into enjoyments of lite ? Reason, religion, the stillness of the grave. The prisoner justice, instinct, the whole economy of Jooked upon him with an open but nature, both in man and the inferior melancholy gaze, which from the can- animals, all teach him to secure for did and manly character of his coun- them, as far as in him lies, the greatest tenance, was touching in the extreme. sum of human happiness; but if there
“ Connor O'Donovan,” said the be one duty more sacred and tender judge, “have you any thing to say tban another, it is that which a parent why sentence of death slould not be is called upon to exercise on behalf of passed upon you u?"
a daughter. The son, impressed by “ My lord,' he replied, “I can say that original impulse which moves bis nothing to prevent it. I am prepared to assume a loftier place in the confor it. I know I must bear it, and I duct of life, and gifted also with a hope I will bear it as a man ought that stronger mind, and clearer judgment, feels his heart free from even a thought to guide him in its varied transactions, of the crime he is to die for. I have goes abroad into society, and claims for nothing more to say.”
himself a bolder right of thought and a “ You have this day been found wider range of action, while determinguilty," proceeded the judge, “and, ing an event which is to exercise, as in the opinion of the court, upon marriage does, such an important inclear and satisfactory evidence, of a Auence upon his own future condition, crime marked by a character of re- and all the relations that may arise venge, which I am bound to say out of it. From this privilege the must have proceeded from a very beautiful and delicate frame-work of malignant spirit. It was wanton woman's moral nature debars her, and act, for the perpetration of which your she is consequently forced, by the motives were so inadequate, that one graces of her own modesty—by the must feel at a loss to ascertain the finer texture of her mind-bý her exact principle on which you com greater purity and gentleness-in short, mitted it. It was also not only a by all her virtues, into a tenderer and wicked act, but one so mean, that a more affecting dependence upon the young man bearing the character of judgment and love of her natural guarspirit and generosity which you have dians, whose pleasure is made, by a hitherto borne, as appears from the wise decree of God, commensurate testimony of those respectable persons with their duty in providing for her who this day have spoken in your wants and enjoyments. There is no favour, ought to have scorned to con- point of view in which the parental template it even for a moment. Had character shines forth with greater the passion you entertained for the beauty than that in which it appears daughter of the man you so basely in while working for and promoting the jured, possessed one atom of the dig- happiness of a daughter. But you, it nity, disinterestedness, or purity of true would seem, did not think so. You affection, you never could have stooped punished the father by a dastardly and to any act offensive to the object of unmanly act, for guarding the future your love, or to those even in the re peace and welfare of a child so young, motest degree related to her. The and so dear to him. What wonld example, consequently, which you have become of society if this exercise of held out to society, is equally vile and a parent's right on behalf of his daughdangerous. A parent discharges the ter were to be visited mpon hin as a most solemn and important of all crime, by every vindictive and disapduties, when disposing of his children pointed man, whose affection for them in marriage, because by that act he he might, upon proper grounds, deseals their happiness or misery in this cline to sanction? Yet it is singular, life, and most probably in that which is and, I confess, almost inexplicable to to come. By what tie, by what duty, me at least, why you should have by what consideration, is not a parent rushed into the commission of such an bound to consult for the best interests of act. The brief period of your existence
has been stained by no other crime. might be that both expressed more On the contrary, you have maintained decision and energy than he had shown a character far above your situation in during any other part of the trial ; “my life—a character equally remarkable for lord, I am now a condemned man, but gentleness, spirit, truth, and affection if I stood with the rope about any all of which your appearance and bear- neck, ready to die, I would not exing have this day exhibited. Your coun- change situations with the man that tenance presents no feature expressive of has been my accuser. My lord, I can ferocity, or of those heaulong propensi- forgive him, and I ought, for I know ties which lead to outrage ; nd I he has yet to die, and must meet his must confess, that on uo other occasion God. As for myself, I am thankful of my judicial life have I ever felt my that I have not such a conscience as judgment and my feelings so much at his to bring before my Judge ; and for issue. I cannot doubt your guilt, but this reason I am not afraid to die.” I shed those tears that it ever existed, He was then removed amidst a murand that a youth of so much promise mur of grief, as deep and sincere as should be cut down prematurely by the was ever expressed for a human being strong arm of necessary justice, leaving under circumstances of a similar chahis bereaved parents bowed down with racter, After having entered the despair that can never be comforted. prison, he was about to turn along a Had they another son, or another passage which led to the apartment child to whom their affections could bitherto allocated to himn.
This way,” said the turkey, “this Here the judge felt it necessary to way; God knows I would be glad to pause, in consequence of his emotions. let you stop in the room you had, but Strong feelings had, indeed, spread I haven't the power. We must put through the whole court, in which you into one of the condemned cells ; while he ceased, could be heard low but by it'll go harid if I don't moanings, and other symptoms of acute stretch a little to make you as com
fortable as possible." “ It is now your duty to forget every “ Take no trouble," said Connor, earthly object on which your heart "take no trouble. I care now little niay have been fixed, and to seek that about my own comfort ; but if you source of consolation and mercy which wish to oblage me, bring me my father. can best sustain and comfort you. Go Oh, my mother, my mother !-you, I with a penitent heart to the throne of doubt, are struck down already!" your Redeemer, who, if your repentance “She was too ill to attend the trial be sincere, will in no wise cast you out. to-day,” replied the turnkey. Unhappy youth, prepare yourself, let “I know it,” said Connor ; “but as nie implore you, for intinitely a greater she's not here, bring me my father. and more awful tribunal than this. Send out a messenger for him, and be There, should the judgment be in your quick, for I won't rest till I see himfavour, you will learn that the fate he wants comfort—the old man's heart which has cut you off in the bloom of will break.” early life, will bring an accession of " I heard them say," replied the turnhappiness to your being for which no key, after they had entered the cell earthly enjoyment here, however pro- allotted to him, “ that he was in a faint longed or exalted, could compensate in Mat Corrigan's public-house, but you. The recommendation of the jury that he had recovered. I'll go myself to the mercy of the crown, in consi- and bring him in to you.” deration of your youth and previous Do," said Connor, “au' leave us good conduct, will not be overlooked; the moment you bring him.” but in the meantiine the court is bound It was more than an hour before the to pronounce upon you the sentence man returned, holding Fardorougha by of the law, which is, that you be taken the arm, and after having left him in from the prison from which you came, the cell, he instantly locked it outside, on the 8th of next month, at the and withdrew as he had been desired. hour of ten o'clock in the forenoon, to Connor ran to support his tottering the front drop of the gaol, and there steps ; and woefully indeed did that hanged by the neck, until you be dead, unfortunate parent stand in need of his and may God have mercy on your assistance. In the picture presented soul!"
by Fardorougha the unhappy young " My lord,” said the prisoner, un. man forgot in a moment his owu misermoved in voice or in manner, unless it able and gloomy late. There blazed