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city, penned by a stranger, telling that my some lady, I thought, for whose favours my brother had met with an untoward death-brother and the Doctor were rivals—hence had been shot at a brawl in a saloon. the eagerness to have a pick at him? But
Soon after Henry's departure my step- stay ! might not my brother and the Docmother died without issue, and my father tor be one and the same individual? If soon followed her, after the receipt of the so, he must have been addressing himself news respecting Henry, and I thought I was
in the third person.
Still the inference left alone in the world without kith or kin, had good grounds. I thought this, however, as my aunt was then dead too.
too good to be true. To have made a misSo minutely and truthfully did the Doctor take would have been terrible. detail the part which Henry had taken in this All doubt upon the point, was, however, domestic drama, that I could scarcely believe soon swept away by what followed-every my ears, and was petrified with astonish- word I shall remember all my life, for they ment. From whom had he heard this ? Not are carved on my memory with letters of fire. from me, for I had not breathed it to living They were the last my brother had spoken
Surely not from Henry himself, for he to me before he left England. Turning was not a likely one to tell of his disgrace. again, slightly and painfully, the injured Then from whom? I was lost in wonder man clearly and distinctly articulated the and could not conjecture farther-it was an following words : “Reginald, never grieve enigma beyond my powers to solve. The for me when I am gone, for I shall do better Doctor bad obtained the history from some away from home, but do not forget me.' source or another, and had related it in his These words had been ringing in my ears delirium, that was an indisputable fact, and for ten years, mournfully enough. Great one that staggered me. However, a few Heaven! this must be Henry himself moments after, the injured man wandered off —there could be no doubt about it. The to another theme, which appeared to be, revelation bewildered me-Henry alive and although somewhat confused, a reminiscence in my arms, when I had for years mourned of some bygone painful period of his life. over his imaginary remains, mouldering in He pictured at first an angry sea, whose high, the silence and gloom of the grave. Could storm-crested waves rose on every side to the it be true? Was I really awake? Was. horizon ; then came the terrors of a wreck it only a glorious dream, fated to vanish, -the insane rush for the boats, the tumul- by and by, forever into the chill and darktuous crowding and shouting while the boats ness of the terrible cañon?
In my great were being manned and loaded with their joy I scarcely knew whether it was or not. terror-stricken freight; then the tossing in When I had recovered from the bewilderthe over-laden boat with the breakers dash- ment sufficiently to realize what had haping over it; then a long pause; then again, pened, I cared to hearken to nothing farther. in a softened, pitiful tone, he called a wo. I was filled with one exultant idea aloneman's name-called it over and over again Henry was alive and near me, and my heart with a pathos that drew the tears from my went out to him, as hearts only can when eyes. Then another pause and some uneasy they welcome back near friends, as from that turning before taking a fresh start, which be- far off and unknown shore laved by the gan in an entirely different tone-a sort of dark river of death. self-congratulatory chuckle. “Who will know I lay upon the granite bed beside him, Henry Harland ?' Ha, ha ! Do they think of and enfolding him in my arms, breathed a him at home? I guess not-he was always prayer of thankfulness to God for what He a wild dog-it was good riddance you know, had restored. but he will go back some day-rich ! With Soon after, poor Henry grew quieter, and Marie and plenty of money. Then they'll did not move or speak for a long time. Durwish they hadn't turned him away--poor ing this interval, I lay thinking over the disMarie! she must be very lonely," and he closure, and planning in a feverish sort of came to a halt with almost a sob. What way many schemes to scale the cañon's was this? Henry Harland ? What reason walls, all of which I doubt not would have had the poor wandering wreich beside me to proved futile upon trial. laugh and chuckle over my poor brother's dis- I could not conceal from myself the painful grace? And who was this Marie? Doubtless fact that there was little chance of any other alternative than to die together ; yet hope stitution prevailed, and I drifted slowly back was strong, and I eagerly awaited the dawn once more to the world. to make some desperate attempt for Henry's Towards evening of the day of my convasake.
lescence, I opened my eyes, and became for Our evil star, however, was still in the as the first time during a fortnight, cognizant of cendant, and the almost hopelessness of our things mundane. The first object that met position was to be still further increased. my view was a mild, benignant-looking, el
Several times during the preceding twenty- derly lady clad in dark garments, who stood four hours I had been admonished by cer- close by my couch, watching me. As she tain signs, of approaching illness, but trust- saw I was conscious, she said gently, with a ing it would pass by I had paid little heed. slight Spanish accent: “You feel better, Towards morning, however, I grew rapidly Señor. I am very glad;" and signing me not worse, and before the sun rose over the outer to answer, she turned and silently left the world, fever had seized me in its burning apartment. folds, and I writhed upon my hard bed in I did not recollect then the circumstances agony. After bearing this excruciating tor- which had happened in the cañon, nor had ment until I could bear it no longer, nature I the remotest idea as to where I was, or happily relieved me, and to the throbbing how I had been succoured. temple, fierce thirst, and racking pains, there My eyes, with weary lassitude, wandered succeeded an interval of quiet, in which from object to object which the room conthe gurgle of the river and gloom of the tained, but as everything was strange and cañon were intermingled with the sunshine unfamiliar, I was fain to close them again. and pleasant voices of home. At length" I knew . nothing of those heavy, black, these too faded away, and I knew no more. queerly carved pieces of furniture placed
about the room, nor of that effigy of the dead Christ with the crucifix beneath it, nor of
the dark, rich hangings at the end of the V.
apartment - no, these were not old ac
quaintances, but were part of a long dream HEN I came back to consciousness, that would close by and by, and leave me
it was a long time ere I could muster where it began. sufficient energy to think. The world and all Everything the room contained was old and its sorrows and cares seemed to be an infinite sombre, and had evidently seen better days. distance away, buried in the forgotten past, The apartinent itself was low, void of ornaand from which I was forever alienated. In a ment, and lighted from one window, which dreamy, half-stupid languor, begotten of ex- opened to the west and let in the last treme weakness, I lay for hours revelling with melancholy glory of sunset. fancies ethereally light, which came and de- The hangings parted after a short space, parted withoutan effort of volition. I existed, and the ladya gain appeared. She said, in her and I was conscious of the fact, but it was a broken English and gentle manner, I was mere passive existence, expressive of nei not to talk or disturb myself, and I would ther pain nor pleasure. Sometimes dim forms soon be beiter. I had been very ill, she went hovered over or near me, but I possessed no on, and for two days she had despaired of interest in them-I did not desire a nearer my life ; but the fever took a turn then, and acquaintance ; I was all in all to myself--I henceforth I began to mend. After saying only wanted to lie quiet.
this, she continued silent until she again Osten, in severe struggles for the mastery departed. with disease, the physical powers are left so I was attended all through my illness by inert and exhausted, that the patient lies this lady—the widow of a Spanish gentleman midway between life and death, so that the as I afterward learned—and had I been her mere weight of a feather almost, of advan- brother, rather than a forlorn, helpless tage, will turn the scale either one way or stranger, she could not have been more the other. I was left by the fever in just that kind, or more attentive to my wants. When condition. For the time being it was a drawn I was sufficiently recovered to bear the rebattle, neither side having won the victory. cital, she informed me that I was then at a Gradually, however, my naturally sound con-ranche on the banks of one of the tribu
taries of the San Joaquin River, and that I dences enough that a party of miners had had been carried thither by a party of rough been at work there, and had turned over the miners, who entreated that I should be cared bottom of a dry river-bed for nearly two for and have medical attendance, or the fever hundred yards. would soon carry me off, offering to pay any It was very probable that some of these price if consent would only be given. She miners, when prospecting, had wandered promised them she would do all she could down the lateral cañon to the main one, and for me, stating at the same time, that the entering that, and following its windings only medical attendant I could have was some distance, had lighted upon Henry and herself, for the only doctor in the neighbour- myself at a most critical moment. But where hood had gone to the diggings. This kind- were these miners now, and where was ness on her part seemed to give them vast Henry? I searched the neighbourhood in relief, and one man as he was leaving, in his every direction, but could obtain no tidings gratitude, threw down a heavy bag of gold of them—they had all departed. dust, saying it was for my expenses.
After leaving this spot, unsuccessful in my She could tell me, however, little about search, I visited every mining camp, I bethem ; they had not told her where they be- lieve, in California, in succession, without longed, or when they would return-they hearing aught of Henry or those who had so only mentioned that they had come a long opportunely come to our assistance. They way down the mountains.
had disappeared as utterly as if the earth Although eager to be gone, to revisit the had swallowed them up. cañon, and ascertain, if possible, what had become of Henry, I bade farewell to my When I saw that farther search was usekind hostess with regret. She had fulfilled less, I started once more to digging, and her promise well.
being very successful, lighting upon several I went first to Grizzly Bear Mines, where very rich placers, I felt myself, in a comparaHenry and I had worked for nearly a year, tively short time, to be in a position to unsuspecting our close relationship, and then return home. While on my way—as you started alone over the same tract of country know I returned via Panama and New Yorkwe had traversed in company two months I searched Sacramento and San Francisco, previously, until I arrived at the cañon into very loth to leave the country without learnwhich we had fallen. Retracing our track ing something of Henry. But it was all futile, along the margin, I soon came to the spot and I gave up the quest, and went on board where we had commenced our descent, and the steamer which was to carry me away. looking over the brink, I saw no signs of In due time I learned what God had in the miners, or indeed anything living. There store for me, and, with almost a broken were the same gloomy depths-the same quiet heart, I proceeded to fulfil the duty which I gurgle of the stream below, as if the dark had deemed urgent enough to cause me in abyss had never been disturbed since the the beginning to start for the land of gold; creation. Knowing that there must of ne- and then I purchased this property on the cessity be an easy path somewhere, leading banks of the river, far away from the bustle down to its bottom, or I could never have and noise and tumult of the busy town, and been carried from thence, I proceeded far- taking you, my child, we have lived a peacether up the slope towards the mountains, ful and quiet life since. for some distance, until I reached a lateral Nothing farther was heard of my brother cañon, which entered the one I had been Henry as the years rolled on, and I was alfollowing, at right angles. The mystery was most beginning to believe the episode of the solved.
cañon to have been a mere chimera, when Turning to the left, and following the new you directed my attention to a Dr. Henry one for about half a mile up, I came to a Harland's advertisementin a St. Louis paper, spot where it was practicable to get down. which your husband had received. I felt at The lateral cañon, although just as deep and once that Henry was found.
The answer abrupt at the point of confluence with the which came to my letter of inquiry corroboother, was ere not more than two hundred rated this, and my long-lost brother will be feet in depth, with gently sloping sides. here, thank God, to-night or to
morrow. Going eagerly to the bottom, I found evi- The old man ceased, and remained for some time without speaking. Doubtless, the life, now thoroughly sobered, could do no resuscitation of by-gone scenes gave him thing (as the villians had decamped) but pain. His two companions were silent like have the wounded man conveyed to his own wise.
home, and being himself a young medical This lull within the room made the fury practitioner, he sedulously attended upon him of the storm outside more apparent. The until he recovered. wind howled, the trees groaned louder, the In the meantime the lodging-house keeper snow fell in blinding drifts.
with whom Henry had been staying, hearing In a few moments, over the noise of the a much exaggerated account of the fracas, tempest, came startlingly clear, the sound of and seeing no more of his boarder, concluded sleigh bells. Nearer and nearer they came, that Henry was defunct ; and as there hapjingling gaily, until the sounds were nearly pened to be a small balance for lodging in opposite the dwelling, when they suddenly his favour, he took charge of the deceased's stopped.
effects in lieu thereof, quieting his conscience “There's Joseph,” exclaimed Mrs. Kirby, by writing to the missing man's friends in running to open the street door, to be the England informing them of the untoward first to welcome her long lost uncle. event. To do this, he had doubtless found
A few moments after, the bells ring out Mr. Harland's address in an old waste-book again, as the sleigh is driven around by the which was in Henry's trunk. Howbeit, serving-man to the stables, and two muffled, Henry could account in no other way for the white figures hurry up the garden walk, shake letter having been sent. After he recovered the snow from their garments on the steps, from the effects of the wound, his friend adand briskly enter the house.
vised him not to return to his former vocaHenry Harland and his wife find a cordial tion, nor to go near his former haunts at all, reception awaiting them, and that night, and in his gratitude offered to pay his exwhile the storm raves and moans itself to penses if he would enter college and study rest in the darkness, lights could be seen medicine. Henry consented, and soon after gleaming brightly from the windows of the began the course. In due time he received his house upon the hill until a very late hour. diploma and left the college with bright pros
We shall anticipate what the doctor related pects before him. He soon received an apto his brother the following day after his ar- pointment to accompany a scientific expedirival, and give the substance in as few words tion to South America. After some months' as may be.
struggling with a sickly climate, he was taken Filled with resentment at what he con- seriously ill, and was advised to return by the sidered his father's injustice, he had left his first steamer, as the only chance to save his native city for the New World, by the first life. Sadly disheartened he complied, and outward-bound steamer. Arriving in New sailed for New York a few days after. Once York without means, he picked up a precar- on the sea, he speedily recovered, and all went ious livelihood, sometimes in one way, some well until the vessel encountered a storm in times in another, but latterly as a billiard the gulf stream. The steamer became a wreck, marker in cne of the large saloons, for nearly the passengers and crew being obliged to take a year, when one night, entering a rival es to the boats. Only one of these arrived tablishment kept by a passing acquaintance, safely to shore, the remainder having suche discovered therein a friend who had given cumbed to the violence of the cyclone, and hiin assistance at various times, sadly intoxi- gone down with all on board. Among the cated, and recklessly playing Faro. He soon passengers of the remaining boat was a singuperceived his friend was being fleeced by as larly beautiful girl of seventeen, the daughter arrant a set of black-legs as ever fingered the and only child of a Cuban planter, who had ace of spades, and he angrily interfered and been separated by some fatality from her endeavoured to get his friend away. Before father when the first rush was made for the he knew what had happened, there was a boats. This young maiden fascinated Henry sudden flash in his face and a loud report, Harland, and after they landed, learning immediately succeeded by a burning pain in from her own lips that now her father was his shoulder from a pistol bullet ; and he dead she was left alone in the world, he knew nothing further.
brought her to New York, winning her gratiThe friend for whom he had risked his tude by his kindness and delicacy. Here, his means being low, he was obliged to place her Assisted by a good constitution, he graduunder his friend's protection, who was then ally got round again, but it was very long ere married and had forsaken his evil ways; and he recovered his usual strength. The miners as the quickest way to better his own fortune were very kind to him, for these men, rough he bade her good-bye, promising to return and uncouth and wild as many of them were, within a year and a half, and left for Cali- had hearts as tender as their brothers of civifornia.
lization. As soon as Henry was able to be How he fell in with his brother Reginald moved they changed their camp, going about at Independence, and accomparied him ten miles to the eastward, where they had across the plains, and mined with him discovered a very rich gulch, and here they through the following fall and winter, leaving remained until Henry was well. After fully with him on their ill-starred prospecting tour recovering he entered with zest into the abwhich ended in their falling into the cañon, sorbing work of digging like the rest, rememwe already know. It remains to be told, bering his promise to be home by a certain how, after lying at the bottom of the cañon time, which he resolved should be kept to nearly twenty-four hours, a couple of red- the letter. shirted miners had passed that way by He was very successful, and before the chance, wandering down the cañon looking time was ready to return to the States. Not for gold, and finding them and being unable forgetting his companion, however, and wishalone to give them succour, one hurried back ing to see him ere he returned, he inquired to camp to bring help, while the other re- the position of the ranche to which he had mained until his companion returned. An been taken. He easily found it, but learned hour after, a numerous party of miners arrived to his regret that Reginald had started off as on the scene, and carefully lifting them from soon as he got better, and had never returned. the alcove where they were lying, conveyed Thinking it a hopeless task to attempt to them up the cañon, whose lofty walls grew find him, he left the country for good, and loftier as they proceeded, until they came to returned to New York, where he arrived a halt where a lateral cañon opened its tre- safely with sufficient wealth to enable him mendous jaws upon them. Then, fording to marry Marie, for whom he had so early the little stream which emptied into the main forsaken the land of gold, and to buy a recañon, they slowly moved up the slope until spectable practice in the city of St. Louis, the walls decreased in height and gradually · where he lived comfortable and happy until fell away until a little valley opened out his brother Reginald's letter reached him before them, covered with a carpet of varie- from Canada. Filled with wonder, he immegated flowers, where two or three white tents diately set off, accompanied by his wife, alcould be seen, forming the miners' camp. though it was midwinter, arriving at his The next day, after a consultation had been brother's home, as we have seen, late one held, it was agreed that one of the two who night in the midst of a snow-storm. had been discovered under such peculiar cir- After remaining two weeks with Reginald cumstances, should be taken to the nearest in Canada, the Doctor was obliged to return ranche, or he would certainly soon die. And home, but he was accompanied by his brother, so Reginald was carried down the mountains who spent the remaining years of his life alby three stalwart men, who had kindly volun- ternately between Brantford and St. Louis. teered for the duty, and Henry was left to take his chances in the camp.
R. W. DOUGLAS.