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action at a moment's warning.” And away formed, was crescent-shaped, with the conhe dashed off at full speed.

vex side toward the enemy. The hills on It was a tedious night - marching and the opposite side of the river were equally halting – halting and marching—while all high with those we occupied, descending in kinds of wild rumors were pouring in upon open slopes to the Antietam, which was us: one, that the enemy had captured a about half way between the two armies. great number of prisoners from us and a In the formation, Hood's division was sent large portion of our artillery ; another, that to the left, and posted near St. Mumma's their cavalry were in our rear, had cut off Church, while his artillery was placed imour retreat, and had captured the whole of mediately to the right of the Boonesboro our wagon train. There was some truth in turnpike. There was an immense park of the latter portion of this report. Some two artillery here, extending from the right to thousand Yankee cavalry, escaping from the Kedisville road, far to the left of the Harper's Ferry, had, indeed, passed along Boonesboro turnpike, covering all the apour rear, capturing some forty wagons, and proaches from the bridges and fords of the would have captured more but for the river. promptness displayed by a young ordnance

(TO BE CONTINUED.) officer, Lieutenant Sublett, of General Hood's staff. The Yankees had placed two men at I HAVE often thought upon death, and I a point where the roads forked, who directed find it the least of all evils. All that which the wagons as they came up to turn to the is past is as a dream; and he that hopes or right, leading them directly into the trap depends upon time coming, dreams waking. they had laid for them.' When Sublett came So much of our life as we have discovered is up he was also directed to turn to the right, already dead; and all those lours which we but suspecting something wrong, he took share, even from the breasts of our mother, the other road, and hurrying on at a trot, until we return to our grandmother, the effected his escape, with the balance of the earth, are part of our dying days; whereof train.

even this is one, and those that succeed are As day broke we were nearing the bridge of the same nature, for we die daily; and as over the Antietam. The enemy were press others have given place to us, so we must in ing hard after us. We could distinctly see the end give way to others.--Bacon. the dust raised by their columns and a portion of our cavalry, under General Fitz Lee,

ALWAYS suspect a man who affects great who were bravely contesting every foot of softness of manners, an unruffled evenness ground with them, and gallantly holding of temper, and an enunciation studied, slow their advance in check. We halted a short and deliberate. They bespeak a degree of distance in front of the river, and forming mental discipline, into which he that has no line of battle, awaited their approach ; at the purposes of craft or design to answer, can same time giving the wagon trains and a not submit to drill himself. The most sucportion of the artillery time to cross the cessful knaves are usually of this description bridge. Soon after forming a staff officer

-as smooth as razors dipped in oil, and as rode along the lines, reading an order from sharp. They affect the innocence of a dove, General Lee announcing the capture of Har- which they have not, in order to hide the per's Ferry by Jackson, together with thir- cunning of the serpent which they have. teen thousand prisoners, seventy-three pieces Colton. of artillery, about thirteen thousand stand of small arms, and a large quantity of military

NEVER consider that vanity an offense stores. The news was received by the men which limits itself to wishing for the praise of with loud shouts, and it greatly reünimated good men for good actions : next to our own their courage, after their long and toilsome esteem it is a virtue to desire the esteem of night's march.

others. We may covet general admiration As the enemy did not advance, we again for a bad action, but one can expect general fell back, forming in front of the little village esteem only for a good one.Bulwer. of Sharpsburg, while Captain Sellers, with a body of select men from the Texas brigade, ABSENCE cures little passions, but aggrawas left to guard the bridge. Our line, when | vates great ones.-Napolcon.


BY Χαλκοπυγος. .


She was no longer the severe and formal It was a fine October morning. The early judge of society. A change was visible in frost had tinged the foliage of the trees with her softened deportment. A pleasant and variegated dyes. The few remaining song

kind look cheered her household. Her genisters of the season filled the grove around ality overflowed in special attentions to her the General's residence with notes of melan- daughter. choly joy. The woods and fields felt the

Esther had yielded to circumstances an exalted emotions of the ripened year. The outward compliance. Her own judgment cool, bracing air of frosty hour set the and convictions were private possessions. blood flowing with a more generous thrill. The wondrous chapter of accidents was her Animated nature without doors responded study. From its kaleidoscope she hoped to that within.

much. Notwithstanding General Harmon There are many such sunny mornings in and his wife might congratulate themselves the decline of the year. The other seasons

upon auspicious foreshadowings, Miss Eshave corresponding delights that fill up the ther was looking to facts without auspices. hour with pleasure suitable to the changing So, this morning, Mrs. Harmon finding the landscape. Our pleasant atmosphere and child in a mood of steady thought, tried to genial climate put on their real crown of rouse gayer feelings. Success crowned her beauty with the coronation of the plants. effort; for the young lady had learned that It is the harvest of the hours, the home-gath- the virtue of passive obedience, although ering of winged, wandering anticipations bypocritical and reprehensible morally, was and the concentration of evanescent mem

the sweetest flattery and least liable to abuse. ories.

“Daughter dear," said the elder," these Poets, novelists, and travelers have re- pleasant days should not be wasted upon counted the beauties of landscape and sky moody feelings.” of Southern Europe, till the world has been What shall I do then, mother? Melanlead to believe that the good Creator has choly has its sweets.” been partial toward those favored climes. “No question of it, dear child, for those Many errors are current in good society, whose course of life is in uncertain contemarising from limited observation. Even our plation. For you there should be more joy. clergyman may mislead us when his position ous anticipations.” demands of him an effort that is beyond his “Pray stop, mother. Do not repaint my reach. If in spiritual matters such things future for me. I know your facile hand and occur, it is no wonder that the half-traveled brilliant coloring. I'm tired of the anticiworld underrate the untraveled half.

pation and reach forward to the reality.” No doubt that the rich hand of Providence “Just what I am doing too, Estler. Painthas scattered unnumbered jewels in all lands ing I will set off against your brown study, with an abundance that the oldest and most and gladly join you in something that will persevering traveler—a Captain Cook or a smooth the progress to the reality.” Belzoni-has not seen the choicest parts. “Progress?' Do you mean a certain

Pardon, then, ignorance and an untraveled ceremony, both pleasing and fearful to girls, pen, and permit to native prejudice a belief and all unmarried objects of charity ?” that this bright October morning had no peer “Call it as you please, Esther. I refer to beneath the skies of Khorassan, Spain, or your approaching marriage with Mr. Hardthe other fair slopes of the Mediterranean castle." seas. The Fortunate Isles of the old Greeks “Tell me this, mother: is he a Lord, a might be imagined blessed with an eternal Duke, a Marquis, or a round of such days.

“Silence, Miss Pert. He is plain Mr. Mrs. Harmon partook of the spirit of the Hardcastle. That is all that he is—at preshour. She had undergone a metamorphosis. I ent.”

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“'At present?' Then there is a secret fu- to unmask dastardy. Let us make that deture of noble titles, is there?”

termination. I ask that pledge alone, moth“I do not know, my dear. I am fully sat. er, and you may then ever rule me." isfied though that, when married to him, you “You shall have it, child. You yielded will cease to be a plain countrywoman.” obediently to my wiser foresight. Now I

"Yet, mother, I always loved plain Amer- will yield to your more spirited pride. Mars ican names. This I now see is the folly of shall win his Venus only by the sword.” prejudice. How glad I shall be when called “I have no fears of that. Pedagogism by obsequious attendants and acquaintances, and poltroonery may be shown to be twins, I Marchioness, or Duchess, or Lady Hardcas- believe.” tle! How it will heat my blood! I just “Bravo, child! You are your own father's know that it will not be a title below a baro-spirit in the flesh." netcy or something of that sort. By the by, “It takes two to make a bargain," is an I must buy me a British Peerage. How fool- old adage, implying that the two shall be of ish not to think of it before !"

one accord. The above scene further illus“You may relieve yourself of that trouble, trates and extends the maxim that extremes dear : Mr. Hardcastle presented a copy to meet, by showing that bargains are not alyour father."

ways made with the same intention. “How glad I am."

Even that sunny day had not a smile to “ With leaves folded down at various compare with the satisfied smile of Mrs. places."

Harmon. “I must see it.”

Esther believed that no harm, but deliver"I would have told you before, only out of ance rather, could come from that day's conlove of a surprise; and then, too, it is better versation. Should Mr. Hardcastle show the not to awaken your curiosity too much be- white feather, no title, borrowed or stolen or fore fully satisfying it. It is, therefore, at inherited, could smooth over the disgrace in Mr. Hardcastle's request, decided to keep the her father's mind, and it would be her instant book a secret till you are Lad Well, relief and happiness. Should Charles Lessnever mind-till you are Mrs. Hardcastle." ing be recreant to manhood, then— She

“What astonishment this will be for our would not consider the supposition. She people!"

could not realize its possibility. The very “Yes, indeed; and what a thunderstroke idea made her sick with disgust for herself to a certain pedagogue--eh?”

at harboring the suspicion. “ To be sure," nodded the young lady.

“ By the by, the General says that if this said individual ever puts his hand again upon your brother, it shall not go unnoticed. Then, too, that affair of the bracelet is not wholly

CAP. IX. explained to my satisfaction. There is some WHEN the wily Englishman next met his thing not wholly clear. I am so in hopes brothers in the magical art, he was equipped that something will expose him yet as an im- with the necessary arms for a master stroke postor and deluding cheat. If there is any of policy. What had been pleasantry, now thing that I do hate and despise, it is a became business. He announced to them whining sycophant, trading upon visionary that he had now possession of the mystical capital; and in my humble opinion, Mr. sheath, having purchased it of the Rabbi, for Hardcastle, in the matter of the challenge, two thousand dollars ready money. renewing the offensive, will uncloak the pre “Now,” said Hardcastle, “ I am ripe for a tender, and

trade. Sell me your sword.” "I do hope he will," fervently interposed "Nay, my brother, do you not remember the daughter, in a contradictory sense. that I desired the two implements for myself?

"Well, well! I have almost a mind to say Did I not speak to you of Spanislı treasthat Mr. Hardcastle shall not have your hand ure?” without performing that Christian duty." “So you did, my elder brother and master,

“I applaud your resolve, mother dear and that has opened my eyes. I know much Nothing will please me better, or grace our of that Spanislı treasure. I know the very wedding more honorably, than for chivalry | spot, the place where is engrayed by Span

ish arms Solomon's signet, encircled by the Mayfair counted — Hardcastle counted : words: “In sanguine fædus."

the tale was correct. He saw that there was “Let me have the sheath, then," eagerly more uncounted and the place of the deposit. ejaculated Mayfair.

His cupidity was aroused. Two thousand “On condition that we share the discov- dollars had before filled up the extent of his ery."

desires; but since he saw the money, his “I can not do that."

scope of need enlarged. He had underrated “But I think I ought to demand it, sire. the old man's gullibility; he had made a By my knowledge you are directed in the misstep, and must repair the oversight. right path. Heretofore you have failed by Knowing Mayfair to be a miser, his temptapursuing a wrong direction. If I set you tion increased. right, ought I not to share the discovery?” Although blind to some things, the miser

"Surely, surely, brother; only I must be was a close business man, with an eye open allowed to test the practical value of this to the main chance. Hardcastle had not holy implement, before the final contract yet laid his hand upon the money. Accordand delivery of the purchase price.” ing to the conditions of the trade, the May

“Nothing can be more welcome to me, or fairs were to test the efficiency of their purdesirable, sire. When shall they be tested ?" chase. “Let me see the sheath."

Voluntarily had Hardcastle consented to "Here it is,” replied the cunning English- this demand, though for the life of him, he man, drawing from beneath his sleeve and did not see how he was to pass through its displaying to their protruding eyes, a bronzed trial successfully. He had placed himself in sheath, that might, from all appearances, a position that barred him from denying the have been the reputed article.

test, as this would have ruined all his plans, In order to construct a suitable covering whereas the sight of the gold had emboldenfor a sword of such marvelous power and ed him to risk every thing, trusting to the form, he was driven to the necessity of pro- luck of a bold defiance of Fate. Boldness ducing an extravagance. In the room ad- was his safety. joining his sleeping room at the hotel, he had While the Mayfairs were wondering at noticed a miscellaneous collection of refuse their purchase, Hardcastle turned to the old wares and cast-off clothing of what had once man's small library of books and opened a been a company of dragoons. Among them copy of the “Commentaries " .of Raymond was an old pair of horseman's boots, with Lulle, who had explained all that Arnold of high leggings. Cutting this into shape and Villeneuve had written at the dictation of boiling the leather into pliancy and rubbing Roger Bacon and Iebex. This precious it with every thing that could put it beyond manuscript was in an ivory box. Without recognition, with soap-stone, ocher, and sand, being observed, he wrote with a brown-colhe succeeded in imparting to the boot leg- ored pencil the following addendum to the ging a form and color whimsical enough to chapter: provoke laughter. Upon its outside, he worked with brass and lead into its body the

“DES TRÉSORS OCCULTES ON CACHÉS." sentence: “Mitte gladium tuum in vaginam."Le trésor est à dix-sept toises et demie

Equipped with this nondescript work of sous terre, depuis trois siecles. Sa valeur se art, he presented it to the Mayfairs. It fitted monte à deux millions de doublons; la mathe sword excellently. The inscription was tière est enfermée dans une caisse, la même marvelously like Black Letter, and held the que le fameux pirate de la mer, Main de old man's eye with the spell of fascination. Fer, enleva à Guise, un Seigneur Français, He knew just enough of - Latin to understand l'an 1563, quand il voulut aider les Espagthe significance of the quotation, and had nols à bâtir le palais l'Escurial. Elle fut endallied with mystery long enough to attrib- terrée par lui-même, au lieu où elle se trouve ute to a sacred rescript like the above Bibli- encore, avant qu'il assieger Rome. Pius VII., cal sentence, a power and adaptedness be- qui était grand magicien, ayant su où la yond human agency.

caisse était enterrée, s'était déterminé à l'aller They were not long in making a bargain, recouvrer en personne, mais la mort vint exchanging patent humbuggery for unmis- traverser ses projets. Apres la mort du pitakable cash.

rate Main de Fer, le genie qui preside aux

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trésors cachés donna à celui-ci sept gardiens. “I believe I have, brother Hardcastle. If Dans une nuit de pleine lune, sole propin- they ferret out this matter, worlds could not quante, un philosophe savant pouvra faire buy them from me." élever le trésor à la superficie du sol en se “I am all impatience to know what you tenant dans le circle maxime cum vagina mean, sire." gladioque sacro, par l'emploi du Pentacle, “Know then, that years ago, I deposited quand la lumière pleine se tomba sur la for safe keeping, some money in a field hard pierre, “Tabella Petrea,' Long. 33°, 34°; by. From a feeling of security that the Lat. W."

matter was safe, and from the lapse of time, Which addendum, being interpreted, mean

I forgot the fact of its hiding, and now know eth:

nothing of the place.”

“ That is, indeed, wonderful,” said Hard“The treasure is seventeen and a half

castle. fathoms under ground, where it has lain for

“Now if this wand of sacred manifestathree centuries. The value is two millions tion can bring up to mind the place, and of doubloons: it is enclosed in a chest which restore the money, then shall it be my great the famous sea pirate Main de Fer (or Iron

salvation." Hand) bore off from the French nobleman,

"All hail, my master! It shall do it. I de Guise, in the year 1563, when he wished bave a certainty of it-I feel it this moment. to aid the Spanish in building the palace of Hail thou Lord of the Bowels of the Earth! the Escurial. It was buried by himself, thou second Golden Hand ! When shall where it now is, before going to besiege trial be made of their virtues ?” Rome. Pius VII., an expert magician, bav

"To-morrow night, at nine," answered ing learned where the chest was buried, had

Mayfair. "And if they fail?” determined to recover it himself, when his

“Then no pay—the bargain is cancelled. designs were cut short by death. After the But they'll not fail. The recovery of your death of the pirate, Iron Hand, the genius buried wealth will not be failure.” that presides over Hidden Treasure set over

A sudden thought inspired the bold conit seven guardians. On the night of a full

spirator. He invited Simon to pass the moon, at the approach of the sun, a wise

night with him. The invitation was acman can sublime this treasure to the surface

cepted. of the soil, by keeping himself within the circle marime, girt with the Sacred Sword at General Harmon's. Hardcastle was in

The early hours of the night were passed and Sheath, by employing the Pentacle, when excellent spirits. Beyond some few courtethe light of the moon falls full upon the

ous words 10 Esther, and the usual interTabella Petrea," etc.

change of convivial small phrases, he devoReplacing the MS., Hardcastle asks: ted himself to Mrs. Harm'on. His knowledge

“ What share am I to have in the discove- of human nature and the circumstances ry? If this relic has the properties that are taught him that she was empress of his ascribed to it and proves tractable in your fortunes. He therefore courted the higher hands

powers. His partial neglect of Esther was “In that event, you shall have a tenth, taken as a high tone of fashion under tender provided always, that you reveal to us your relations. knowledge of the Spanish treasure.”

That young lady, notwithstanding her Why, you know as much of that, sire, social rebuff, was by no means displeased as I do,"

with the fact. She was unusually attentive “ How so?”

to Simon. He was a little discomposed at “Look in your copy of old Raymond the kindness of the lady, knowing that the Lulle. He is full of the matter, and if I mis- short-comings of his education had cut him take not, reveals the long-sought hidden off from participating without restraint in wealth of the pirate Main de Fer. All I convivial amusements. Yet the familiar know I got from him; but of this another address of Miss Esther partly succeeded in day. Now let us talk of the test, to which restoring him to calmness and the use of you appeal. Have you any definite object his tongue. in view that comes up to the character of Beginning a trivial conversation, Esther your sacred utensils ?”

inquired into his acquaintanceship with

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