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Foyle, in your thravels ; why, man, if keys his intention of proceeding on you'd only just take a standin'-lep from his way. This was the day fol. the top of it, you'd never have an lowing that of the interview detailed hour's trouble the longest day you'd above. He expressed, on his depar. live."
ture, more than ordinary acknowledg. “ You may depend on that,” replied ments for the hospitality he had enjoythe other, a little disturbed, but stilled; but, though no civility was wantwith the same unmeaning smile. ing, he did not receive the cordial
"Well, come and try your luck, any "God speed you” which usually cheers how," cried Jack, and he laid hold on the departure of a guest. He was careLarry, who shrunk back in terror from fully directed in the way he was to bis grasp. He still, however, affected proceed, but when he was gone, the to take all in good part, until Jack's father and son exchanged looks. manner became a little too serious to “ Jack," said the former, “ I don't be misunderstood.
like his way !" The Tipperary-man then altered his “ By dad, nor me, father,” said Jack, tone. "Oh, musha, is it mad he is ?-Is with a serious expression. “ Did you it to kill me you mane? Oh, wurrah! mind the look he gave out of the wurrah! would you take the life of a corner of his eye, when he said, and poor wandherin' stranger ?"
him on his step, I hope your sick “Come on ; I tould you," exclaimed neighbour will be mendin' soon ?? Jack, giving him a strenuous pull, " Troth I did mind that, and it while the darkening countenance of wasn't an honest look, Jack." the other changed in a moment from • By dad, father, I'll folly him !" its assumed simplicity, as he plunged “ No, no," cried the father as Jack his hand into his bosom, as if to draw was about to hasten after the suspicous forth a concealed weapon. Jack, how- stranger ; "where's the use of that ? ever, did not perceive the action, but, we must only be careful how we go on turning round, he saw a momentary near the poor crathur beyant ; and fierceness about the stranger's eyes maybe we're wrongin' the gossoon,” he which belied the former almost idiotic added. “ I know them Tipperary boys expression of his face. That expres- isn't like this country men in a power sion, however, was instantly resumed. o' their ways, and I wouldn't have it Jack was considerably perplexed — said, avick, that we evened a bad - Tell us now," he said, " honestly, are thought to a poor thraveller far from Fou a stranger, at all, at all pas
home." * Isn't a Tipperary man a stranger, “Well, father, your way of it," said when he's a hundred miles from his the other ; “ but I'll tell you how we'll own country?"
manage :-I'll take my oath he has’nt “ Faith I don't know," said Jack, a notion where Barney is yet any how ; and be gazed for some moments on the solet you keep about the house this evenlachrymose countenance of the other. ing, when I slip away up the glen ; and * By my sowl I think I'll twist your if you see him comin' back this road, you neck, any way."
may just ax him, “are you goin' far * Oba!” cried poor Larry, drawing that way, neighbour,' says you ; and back in horror. “ You'll twist my then if it's foxin' he is, never fear but neck ! Oh, musha but you're the I'll
settle him.” quare people in this country : faix my This was accordingly agreed upou ; self wishes I was safe back in Tippe- and towards evening Jack proceeded rary. The poor stranger would thravel alone to the outlaw's retreat. On a long wbile there, young man, afore reaching the spot he was surprised at he'd get the ballyraggio you're neither hearing the robber talking in a low ashamed nor afeard to give the crathur voice, but his astonishment was enthat doesn't know where he'll lay his creased when he entered the miserable head the morrow-night.”
abode, and found Barney sitting up in Jack, whose heart was far too good bed-the bandage removed—and the for his understanding, felt the entire blood slowly trickling down his cheek. force of this accusation; and he and "Oh Barney, man, how is this you Larry eventually returned to the cabin, are ?" cried Jack ; when the other turnthe best possible friends, neither en- ing his eyes on the speaker, he saw at mity por suspicion existing between once the progress his malady had them. The Munster-man had been made. A low muttering delirium had some days an inmate of their hut, set in, and all Jack's enquiries were when he intimated to the Cumes- answered only by the incoherent rave
ings of the sufferer. Jack was thun. happenin' him. Sure there's four o' derstruck. He knelt down beside his yees---fine, by jabers !" he shouted, as unfortunate brother, and, as with trem- he observed the grinning face of the bling hands he bandaged up his head, stranger at the door. his own mind was hardly less disturbed Jack moved slowly, and as if uninthan his patient's. Indeed, his half tentionally towards the party. uttered exclamations of anguish and re “ There's five o' yees," he said ; but morse seemed to indicate a disordered with a less pleading tone, “agin' one intellect, but for the occasional look of unfortunate, that's not able to keep his dreadful consciousness, with which he standin' no more nor that hathen gazed on the wretched object before hound;" and ere the last words were him. The old man in the meantime uttered, and while the dishonest face was wandering about in the neighbour of the spy was turned with a sneer on hood of his dwelling, oppressed with the speaker, Jack's iron fist felt right some unaccountable anxiety, and still between his eyes, and the poor Tiphaunted by the image of his suspi- perary man reeled, and staggered, and cious guest. He sat down, at length; tumbled head foremost into a wilder. in the shadow of the glen, and was ness of briers. looking at the rivulet Bowing by, when Jack was now secured as well as his he was startled by the rapid tread of brother. The former was shortly after feet, and the next moment a party of discharged on security, while the latter police, conducted by the false Munster was lodged of course in the county man, rushed past him, with fixed jail, where, having the usual medical bayonets, up the glen. They appeared attendance, he recovered in time from at the entrance of the hovel, while his wound, and the fever it had occaJack was still gazing in stupid agony sioned. on the face of his brother. The for. From the night of the attack on mer perceived at once, that resistance Aby's cottage, Nelly and her lover had was vain ; and resolving not to irritate never met. Indeed, a meeting was by any useless opposition, he stood now more cautiously avoided by Willy apart, and silently watched their pro- than it had formerly been by the girl ceedings. The outlaw half rose from herself. He no longer entertained a his pallet, and gazing on the armed shadow of hope, and believing that he men with more collectedness than had had sunk in her estimation, he ever hitherto appeared in his countenance, tried to banish the image which had seemed to keep them at bay by the been so long the idol of his life. That is terror of his look. He was indeed a a painful passage in the heart's history, fearful object, as he lay within those when, from whatever motive, we first enruined walls--his mind disordered_his deavour to forget the object of early mad eyes glaring on his captors—his love; and no wonder that poor Willy face rendered more ghastly by the red did not feel the same concern about his locks hanging about it—and all asso- personal safety now, that he might ciated with the dark fame of the Ro. have experienced when that love gave pairé Ruadh.
a universal brightuess to his life. Jack did not move when the police After the Red Robber's capture, his proceeded to secure their till mind was relieved from much of its one of the men producing a pair of anxiety; for he now considered his handcuffs, was about to fasten them on fate inevitable, and he was prepared the robber's wrists. On seeing his ob- for the worst. When the assizes drew ject, however, he stepped forward
however, and he was still unsus“ Come out o this," he said ; pected, he began to reflect, that as come out o' the way, my honest Barney had some notions of honour and man ; he's your prisoner, I allow ; but generosity, and as he could have no sure man, you would'nt go put them object, beyond the gratification of reirons on the crathur that's lyin' for venge, in betraying him, his secret was death?"
probably safe in the robber's bosom. “Secure the prisoner," shouted the He was strengthened in his opinion on individual in command, who stood with discovering that even Jack was ignoone or two of his party at the entrance rant of his having been concerned in of the hut.
the outrage. As soon as he was so far " () murdher,” cried Jack ; "it's not convinced of Barney's fidelity, he felt a wild baste that's in it. Ah misther that he was bound in all honour to dear, you wouldn't handcuff that poor make some effort for the safety of a mad crathur, that does'nt know what's man who stood true to him, and, what.
ever his motive was, had forfeited his his face was’nt blackened like the life in his service. He resolved, there- rest ?", fore, to make an effort for the robber's Ay, him that saved ould Aby's rescue, if by any means it could be ac- life ?" complished, no matter at what risk or “ The very one ; and did Barney cost to himself. He would most pro never tell you who that ruffan was ” bably, have found it impracticable but · No, he only said he acted like a for an accident which singularly fa- man; and though he'd have stuck him Foured his design. Willy had been that night if he could, it was one thing absent at a fair in a neighbouriog he was thankful for that he had'nt his county, and the day after his return, blood on his soul, any way. And I he went across the river for the pur- hope and pray, said 'he, that he may pose of bolding a conference with Jack never come to my end, as I trust he Cumeskey. Jack was engaged in re wont." pairing the banks of the little rivulet, • Did he say that ?" cried the young when his friend and rival approached. man, his countenance lighted up with " God bless the work, Jack.”
adıniration and gratitude. “ And you likewise,” replied the
“ Troth he did say that, other.
enough.” Well, Jack, what news with you
Well, then it's what I think, no this morning?"
man ever lost by havin' a friendly “ The not a word that's strange, heart yet ; and now I'll tell you the Willy-barrin' that I'm tould there's sacret out and out-it was me was in no chance."
it that night, and,” he added in a lower “ Faith, there's no chance at the tone, “it was for the daughter we thrial, you may depind ; but there went.” might be a chance for all that.”
“ Go to God!" cried the other, thun
derstruck with the intelligence. “ Ah no, Willy," replied the other, despondingly. You wish us well I
Och, you dont think I'd tell you a know, but it isn't the Ropaire Ruadh lic
, that'll may be put my own neck in need think of pardon."
a halter—but quit starin' at me, I say,
and listen to what I have to tell you. * Well, but did you never hear tell We must save Barney by hook or by of a man follyin' his own way, just crook, that's all about it.” takin' a spree into his head, and givin’
Willy," cried the other, hardly releg bail to the whole kit o'them?"
covered from his astonishinent, “ that's “Oh God help you, is that what beyant us, I doubt." you're at ? Why man,” he continued, • But I'm full sure it's not beyant us, leaning on his spade; "if you'd only and I have a notion how it may be seen the black hole of a place he's done.” locked up in, and the load of chains · You have, Willy!" that's on him, now you'd be sur “ I have, in troth, Jack, but there's prised."
danger in it of coorse." “ No matther for that, Jack, the like An alibi ?" whispered Jack with a was donelafore.”
doubıful look. “ Ay, that's thrue; but it is'nt every “ No," said the other, “I wouldn't one they keep as close as Barney ; perjure my sowl to save my own or any you know the name he has, Willy, other mai's life ; but there's a better way makes them afeard."
than that, and an honester way, and " Oh, of coorse," said the other, “it's listen now and I'll tell you what it is. Dathral to suppose ; but I'll tell you a When I was in the fair of Thurles the sacret, Jack, and troth myself does'nt other day, I sees a man loiterin' about, care a power whether you keep it a quite careless-like, till at last he kem Sacret or no-only for Barney's sake, over to where myself was standin' with it's betther to keep it for a start any- the cattle, and he begins handliu' them way-but it's what I'm goin' to tell as if he was for buyin.' you, if every man had his due the Ro
• Them's purty bastes, God bless paire's not the only one would be lyin' them,' he says. in could irons to-night.”
** Ay,' says I, there's worse on the * By my song,” said Jack, “ I b'lieve street ;' and with that we looked at you ; faix' that's the sacret the world each other, and he says-knows."
" I think,' says be, I seen you • Well, but Jacky, do you mind on alore.' the night of the robbery, the chap that "• It's like enough,' says I; for I sus
pected who it was the first sight I got the worst went to the worst-Hughy of him, and when he said that, I Stapleton's a wild divil, and for all be knowed him at wanst.
looks so sober now, I know, he says, And who was it?" said Jack. the world wouldn't tame him and as
Faith, it was just one of Barney's he was what you may call an eddycong boys, that was with us that unlucky of Barney's, by gor, I think he might night. So he comes over to me be tempted to give us a hand himself, if
** You had a hard rowl,' says he, it would even force him to lave the ‘that night with the Ropairé Ruadh. place.? By my sowl,' he says, “young man, I'd sooner be friends nor foes with you, sarvice no doubt.'
“« Well,' says I, he could be of for I never seen one could give the
Oh, wouldn't he be the crownin' captain his own afore.'
o'the business ?* says he, “and, fair,' * • Well, well,' says 1, lettin' on, the
says captain, as you call bim,
' says I, has for I'll tell you no lie, we're all gone
he, • I'm glad you're in the notion, met his match this turn anyway. It's a clane to the divil, since we lost the strong, guard,' says I, the law can't break.'
poor captain.' · Ay,' says he, “ poor fellow, I hear these things, you tell me, and if it's a
Very well,' says I : 'you're up to he's back in the ould lodgin's ; but wait awhile,' says he, he was there thing we can save Barney from the afore, and, troth, myself was there gallows, I'm your man for life or
death.' afore, more nor wanst; and I have a notion that for all he's under lock and
• By gor, then,' says he, 'it's a bar. irons, Barney was
gain ; and I tell you many a good never born to
man's trustin' to worse nor us. But sthretch a rope.' “« Oh, by my faix,' says I, it's a
we'll want more help,' says he ; • Jack folly to talk. If he had as many lives
Rua would be a good hand.'
• The divil a better,' says I. as a Plutarch, he's done now.' ** Well, may be so,' said he, and
Well, then,' says he, let you and then he mused for a bit. . Certainly,' days afore the thrial comes on, and
Jack meet me at the beech grove two said he, he has a worse chance than ever, for he had still them would stand
I'll tell you then how it is we'll maby him, always till now.'
nage.' • Many's the time, Jacky, since
So what do you think of that, Jack?" Barney was taken, I was wondherin' soul to this narration, now struck his
Jack, who had listened with all his with myself what could be done to save him. So when the fellow said this, spade, up to the shaft, in the earth.
“ What do I think of it?" he said. I thought he might maybe be a good man to put us on some way
“Now, inay I never lift that spade, so I axed him would he be plaised tó Willy O'Brien, if I don't stand ihrue come in and take a dhrop of some
to you and yours while there's breath thin'; and I calls another boy that was
in my body." with me to keep an eye to the cows, It was to sarve me Barney got into all
Oh, Jack, never beed that kind o'talk. and in we went. Well, if we did, afther a power of talk, and me findin' that he this throuble, and I wouldn't be an had a good wish for Barney still, we
honest man if I didn't sthrive my best begun considherin' about a rescue ; and
to get him out of it." at long last here's what we agreed was
“Well, and sure you are sthrivin' best to be done. One of the jailers, your best ; and though you missed you see, is brother's son to this chap's once, in truth we'll dance at yours and father ; and as he was one o' Barney's Nelly's weddin' yet, plase God.” men himself, he thinks he might be " In troth you'll not, Jacky,” replied willin' enough to sarve him yet. the other ; "and if Nelly has any likin' • "• Any way,' says he, • I know he'd for you, you may take her with my do a tritie to obleege me ; and I have heart and good-will. I'll never be a a right to know it,' he says, for I had hindrance to you or any man again." some dalin's with him lately—it's no “ Och, do you hear him now?" cried matther what it was about,' says he, Jack. “You'd make me believe it's all -but I had my own notions, Jacky, over with yees." what it was about—but,' says he, he Faith, it is Jacky," said the other, allowed me to stand by the boys, for with ill-assumed carelessness. that he was never sorry but once for " Faith but your right sure it's not. lavin' them. So I think,' he says, 'if By my song, I think she's fonder o'
you nor ever; and you think it yourself, The girl held down her head she Willy, for all your talkin'."
endeavoured to reply, but her voice « Úh, I do," said the unbappy lover was choked. Willy bit his lip, till the in a low and bitter tone," she has a blood almost appeared, as he walked good right ; but any way, Jacky, mind up and down for some moments ; and all I tould you."
then standing before the girl"I will," said Jack, "and I thank Nelly M.Evoy,” he said, "it's a God and you that Baruey's not beyant lony day since we first met ; and I can his chances yet."
say now, before Him that hears me, I As the assizes approached there was never from that hour had a thought a considerable degree of interest felt but for your good. I turned villain in about the fate of the Ropaire Ruadh. the end, I know, but afore we part for As far as he alone was concerned, there ever, I came to ax your forgiveness ; was very little sympathy for his mise and,” he added, unable to restrain his fortunes, but the neighbours uniformly emotion, “to give you back the proendeavoured to afford comfort and mise you made me when we were both consolation to the unhappy old man, younger than now, and a dale happier who it was evident could not long than we'll ever be again." bear up against the sorrows which The tears fell like rain from Nelly's clouded his age. Jack bad intimated eyes at this renunciation of all their to him the possibility of a rescue, but he hopes. at once rejected such an idea. He felt Willy," she cried, “you needn't that Barney's fate was merited, and he give me back that promise. If I would not compromise the safety of a can't be yours, I'm never goin' to be more worthy son, in a desperate effort another's.” to prolong for a time his guilty career. A gleam of joy passed over Willy's
On the day previous to the ap- face, but it was only momentary. He pointed meeting between Willy and remembered that her refusal, though his associates, Nelly M'Evoy was it assured him anew of her attachment, sitting, pale and silent, at her wheel, was of little avail to their happiness whose melancholy sound seemed the now. fittest music for a mourner's heart. “ No," he cried, with some bitterness Her father had never mentioned to of tone, “where's the use of bein' bound her his suspicions of O'Brien's guilt; to one that will never see you more ? but there had been latterly a coldness Take back your promise, Nelly, and in his manner towards her, peculiarly my heart's blessin' go with you, and painful, as she had sacrificed every with him that will love you when I'm other feeling to her duty to him. She far away.” was a tender.hearted girl ; and now that The girl turned her eyes on her her mother was gone, and that her lover, and there was something of refilial devotion received so poor a re- proach mingled with their sorrow. turn, she felt more bitterly the loss of “I knew," she said, in firm but
in whose love she could have re tender accents, * there was throuble posed for ever with full and happy con- afore us, but I never thought to hear fidence. She understood, besides, that you spake that word. I never said Willy O'Brien was about to leave the ihe like to you, Willy, though if I was country; and the intelligence of this dyin' this minute, I could say I love event was the last and strongest test you as thruly as the heart of woman of her resolution. While reflecting ever loved afore." on her hopeless lot, and beginning for " I know you do, darlint,” cried the the first time to consider whether her youth, clasping her in his arms. “I vow was absolutely aad unconditionally know you do, achora machree ; and, bindiny, her lover entered the cottage. och, it's a comfort,” he added, “that The girl started—she had not there's one'll think well of me, when him since that fatal night—and while I'm an outcast on the world." He her eyes filled, a fond and embarrassed folded her to his bosom in an agony of expression gave a singular charm to her despair. countenance. The young man was still “The grass is green above her,” more embarrassed. He advanced, how- cried the girl wildly, “the grass ever, and with a slight tremor in his green above her, and I daru't break voice, he said,
Oh God forgive you, father, " I hope, Nelly, it's no offence to it's the sore hearts your pride has left come and spake to you, for the last us this day time."
And sore and sorrowful were the