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another who I think would suit you better." "Oh, Sir! do not talk to me of marrying," replied Oswald, in a melancholy voice. My father and I are of two minds on this subject. It is better for me to go out to the wars." "Well, tell me, at least," said the knight, smiling, "how you would like to have Elly Halder?" A deep flush came over Oswald's cheeks, his dark eyes flashed fire, he bit his lips, and hastily exclaimed, "Sir knight, you are my godfather, and I owe you respect and duty; but you have no right to make game of me." "Do not be so hasty, godson," said the knight; "but just tell me whether you would still insist upon going with Beeli, if your father were really to let you marry Elly?" Peter, in an impetuous tone, now interfered, 'Boy," said he, " things have changed greatly within the last hour; not because you ran away from me in defiance, but for very different reasons; I am now determined that you shall marry Elly, whether you like it or not; for if it had not been for her father Uli, I should not now be alive." Oswald felt as if he had fallen from the clouds. He was lost in a tumult of joy, and could not find words to express his gratitude to his father and the knight Von Moos. He then longed to know all the particulars, and how and where Uli had saved his father's life; and when he had heard the whole story, he exclaimed, in an ecstacy of delight, "Oh! Elly, Elly, I

will reward you for all this." "And the good old Goutta; father, we will take her to live with us,

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not?" cried he; then suddenly recollecting himself, and taking a couple of dollars out of his pocket, "but how shall I contrive," he asked, "to give this money back to Balz, which he gave to me when I enlisted? and how shall I get back my father's halberd, which I left in the public-house." "Oh, I will take care of all that," said the knight; "only give me the dollars, and in a couple of days you shall find the halberd at my house. And another thing, Oswald; before you keep the wedding, you must come to me for a godfather's present. And now let us empty a flask of wine together, to drink the bride's health; and then you shall make haste to carry the good news to Stürvis, for it is getting late, and you have a long and a tedious way before you." While the wine was sent for, Oswald ran to tell his sister Verena, and her husband, what an unlooked for piece of good fortune had befallen him; aud they were both delighted with the idea of having Elly for their sister-in-law; for all who knew the gentle maiden, could not help loving and respecting her.

The father and son chose the shortest road home; but a little beyond Rofels, Peter began to call out, "I am a stout, hearty man yet Oswald; but if you push on at this rate up the mountain, I can never keep up with you~~ you really run like a madman." "Dear father," answered Oswald, "It is joy that lends me wings; I feel as if I could not be with Elly soon enough, and as if every moment were lost till I have told her that you are

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willing to have her for a daughter. But I will try to check my impatience, and walk behind you." Well, I think you had better," said Peter, "for we have a good many things to settle together."

Proceeding at a more moderate pace, they now began to talk about the wedding. The father wished it to be put off till spring, and celebrated, not at Sturvis, but in Mayenfeld, that the knight Von Moos might be present, and every thing arranged in a handsome manner. But this plan was by no means approved of by Oswald. With his father's leave, he said, he should like it to take place at Stürvis, at the end of a fortnight; and when Peter reminded him that it would be difficult to persuade the chaplain to undertake such a perilous journey, just for the sake of indulging him in his whim of being married in the village chapel; Oswald declared that the good man might easily be tempted, by the promise of a double fee. The father being in a wonderfully complying humour, at length was prevailed upon to consent to this also; and it was settled, that all the inhabitants of Stürvis should be invited to the wedding-feast; because, as he said, this would be a good opportunity for the fathers of families to talk over the project of a change of residence --a project which the knight Von Moos, had spoken of as a thing by no means impracticable. Oswald was not inclined to dispute the point, though, for his own part he saw nothing so dreadful in being separated from the rest of the world, and would never have wished for greater happiness


than to pass his whole life in the free mountain-wilds, where his Elly was born and bred. After a three hours' walk, the father and son arrived at Stürvis, just as twilight was beginning to set in. Greet my mother, for me," said Oswald; " dearly as I love her, my first care is now to fly to Elly, and to bring your new daughter to receive her parents' blessing." This evening, like the last, saw Oswald at Elly's cottage, tapping at the little window, and begging her to come out to him. But this time the mother was awake, and she opened the window and answered :-" Oswald, Elly cannot come out to you, and you must not come after her any longer, and make her a talk amongst the neighbours. I do not believe that you mean any thing dishonourable, but as your father has refused his consent to your marrying her, you must not torment my poor child any more. God knows, you have made her heart heavy enough already.” “Good evening, mother Goutta," said Oswald; "you need not be afraid of letting Elly come to speak to me, for I have something to tell her which is not to be a secret from you either. Is not she there?" "s Yes, she is there, crying," answered the mother, "because you will do nothing that might help to make her forget you. But I have told her, once for all, that she is never to come out to you again." "Then let me come in, Goutta," said Oswald; "if there is nothing else for it, I must talk to you first." "Be quick then," said the mother, a little softened as she opened the door. When he entered the little low room,

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dimly lighted by a melancholy lamp, and saw poor Elly sitting sobbing in a corner, not daring to lift up her eyes, Oswald could restrain himself no longer, but rushed towards her, and raised her in his arms. Elly, my own Elly-Goutta, mother Goutta," cried he, "my father has sent me to tell you that now he is determined I shall marry no other woman than the daughter of Uli Halder, who saved his life at Luciensteig." At these words, Elly awoke as from a dream. "What did you say, Oswald?" said she; 'your father sent you to me?" and Goutta crossed herself, and exclaimed, "Gracious Heaven! it cannot be possible!" 'By all the saints in heaven!" vociferated Oswald, "I swear that it is true; and I am come to fetch you, Elly, that my parents may give you their blessing." The gentle girl now turned away from her lover, and meekly kneeling before the image of the Virgin, which hung on the wall within a tinsel garland, clasped her little trembling hands together, and exclaimed, while warm tears trickled down her burning cheeks, "Oh, thou blessed One! I have not prayed to thee in vain-to thee let me offer my first thanksgivings, for thou hast heard the prayers of thy children; thou hast given me what is dearer than all the world beside!" She then timidly arose, threw her arms round her lover, and still weeping, looked up in his face, and murmured in a low voice, "Now, Oswald, I am yours for ever; nothing but the cold hand of death can part us."

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