The mysterious murder, or, Crohoore of the Billhook : a story of old Ireland

The mysterious murder, or, Crohoore of the Billhook : a story of old Ireland

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Banim, Michael
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THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER ... A'.\IEitlCAN NEWS COMPANY, General Agents, 1!5, W7.aud 119 Nassau Street, New YC1rk.


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/ MYSTERIOUS MURDER; cfi / I l/ I Enwre d a c cording A c t or Uougr es s, in the year 1'2. by N. L. MUNRO. ./ In the o1lh:e of the Librarian of Congress, Washiugton, D. C. /


J '61 I 'MYSTERIOU ) f 11 CHAPTER l. IT wa ; Christmas eve, in the year l 7'!Ji that Anthony Dooling and his i

10 THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER light glittered among the bright pewter plates anll dishes, and the burnished copper vessels that decked the oppo site dresser, and showed the vast store of bacon banging within and without the chimney, at the same time that it lit up the figures and the countenances of as merry a group as ever bfessed the comforts of a warm fire, after a day's labor. At one side of the fire, a:i.d within the widti canopy of the chimney, in his stationary arm chair, one leg crossed above the other, bis short pipe rested on his projecting under-lip, which he frequently witl:drew in a .bqrry, t-0 partake of the merry lau gh that was passing him-there, and so, sat t t1e master of the house, Anthony Dooling. Opposite to him was the vanithee, an orderly innocent, aud even-temperecl dame ; her character in her face, mild, peaceable and happy; in a lo v tone she chmted the ancient ditty of Oo1lochu-thusa, which the busy hum of her spinning-wheel confined within the circu11derence of her own i!Ilmediate atmosphere. At one side stood a long deal table, off which master and workmen, mistress and maids, ate their meals exc e pt whE'n a guest of dis tinction \vas entertained in the boarded and well-furnished parlor at the back of the kitchen. In front, appe1taining to the table, was a form, occupied, at their ease, by five or six workmen, who enjoyed the full lustre of thti merry blaze, and the familiar and venerable jokes of their kind hearted master. Among them was Paudge Dermody, whose rustic wit and shrewd tongue, never at rest, but now particularly vigorous, kept the gr J up in a continued roar; none en joyed his l:isplay more than Ohevaun Darlauck, who, in the background, squat on her haunches, was giving tbe final p o lish to the brass, and copper utensils of the dresser, as one by one she took them down, burn ished, and again repJn,ced them. 'l'he other women of the house bad gone to spend Christmas day with their friends. The handsome daughter of the old couple had not yet taken her accustomed seat by her mother's side; she was


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. 11 i employed, or sAemingly employed, in s o me trivial household concerns, But con scious expectation app e ared in t!io glances of her eye towards the door, and she frequently pau sed and start ed a lit t l e as she tripped acrnss the .floor, and bent her h ead, att entive ly list e ning By-and by, the latch was lifted, and the cordial smile she gave the n"lw come:, who ent e r e d with the usual salutation of "God save all h e r e," showed he was no un'Velcome vis itor, anothar smile, of a differ ent character, with which she a nswered his whisper as be passed, told that tney pretty well understood each other. In truth, it was Pierce Sliea who came in, the son of a neighboring farmer, and the you u g g irl's betrothed lqv er. Alley Dooling, now. about eighteen, w a s t a ll and slight in p e rs on, but with a.delicate roundness of form, the con trary o f bony l ean ness. Her step was free and bound::ng, and her whole carriage, though it_ wanted the polish ed eleg a nce of the drawrng-room, possessed the unac quirable grace which perfect symmetry bestows. Her face was oval, her eye soft blue, her cheek blooming with health and h a ppiness, and there played about her smiling mouth a disposition to humor, sweet, though notextrav agant. H<'r shining gold hair, smoothly combed back, (the more the pity!) in her amply muslin cap. In th e eyes of her lover, Alley had never looked more beautiful than on this evening. He, too, was a fine young fellow, just such a one as we would willing!y give Alley for a husband. Above a middle size, he was well formed, and with a handsome and intelligent face, full of the smiles and the fire of youth ; ingenious, yet bold withal : there 1 rns in his bearing moreover, a manly dash that b ecame his He was just entering his twenty. first spring. When to his general salution; "God save all here," Pierce had received the usual answer, "God save you, kiu dly," and that he had particularly s!lluted the vanithee, i.nd the o : d man of the hous e ," he stood leaning on the back of the old woman's chair, as it occured to him, that although Alley might be shy of coming !o sit next to him, if he took his


la THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER place first, he would feel no suc 1 squirmishness when she shou l d be s etLtef christen!ngs and funerals, broken-off matrimonial bargains, and the endless et c e t e r a s of rustic tattle. All which, as, in one shape or another, it brought wind to his bag. Andrew was keen in snuffing out, as ever was the primist nosed hound in coming on bis game By this time Andrew's anecdotes were exhausted, and his tongue tired, his instrument was happily ready to take his


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. 13 part, e.nd he blew forth his most ravishing strains. The music inspired a era! passion for dancing, and young, light hearts did not d e mur, nor the old ot:es disapprov.e. So Pierce led out his Alle y, and P a udge Den::iody made his best bow to Chevaun Dari duck, by whom be was blushingly acCllpted, and the dance wen! on. Old Anthony the sport, fur:iishing himself a fr>aming can of his best home-brewed a le, with which he plied t)le piper, the dancers, a.nd, including the vanithee and himself, t.he lookerson and !he night wore apace in mirth and joya lty. There was hut one individual present, the quick and reso lute glance of whose red eye, as it shot fro m one to an other of th e dances, showed no sympathy with the happy scene. This was a young man, in the prime, bnt with little elst: of the of youth about 11 m. An ex uberance of bristling, fiery red hair stared around a bend of unusual size; bis knobby forehead projected much, and ter minateC in strongly-marked wrinkles, formed over brows of bushy thickness, the color of h'i!! hair; bis eyes fell far into their and his cheek-bones pushed out proportionably with bis forehead, so that t\Je eyes g l nred ns from a recess. His c\Jeeks were pale, hollow, nnrl retiring; his nose, of the old Milesian mould, long, hroad-backed, and hooked; bis jaws, coming unusually forward, caused his teeth to start out from his face; allll !Jis lips, that, without much effort, never clos r d over those disagreeable tePtb, were large, fleshy, and i>lood. ess, the upper one wearing, in common with his chin, a red beard, just chHngcd from the cloll'n of youth lo the bristlincss of manhood, and, as yet, unshavl'n. These fea tures, all large to disproportion, co n veyed, along with the unpleasantness deformity inspires, tbe expression of a bold and decided character, and else besides, which was malignity or mystery, according to the observntion or mood of a curious o b server. Had they, togeth e r with the enormous head, been placed on the shoul

14 THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. Lie expression, and, joined to another cause we shall have occasion to notice, created, among his rustic compeers, a fe e l in .:; of dislike and dread for their possessor, repelling all free clom, which, by the way, did not s e em anxious to Having said thh; young man was very short m stature; it should be addeJ, that be was not at all deformed. Across bis shoulders and indeed, was a breactth that told more for strength than proportion, and his arms were long, and full of Herculean sinew. But the lower part of the figure, hips, thighs, and legs, bespoke vigor and elastic i ty, rat!ler than clumsiness. Strang e -looking as the cre ature might be, he could run, leap or wrestle, with a swiftness and dexterity seldom matched among meu of more perfe c t shape, and mote promising appearance. He took uo share in the diversions of the evening. Seated far back on the hob, so far that the blaze of tlrn fir e shone b e tween him and the others, 11nd ({ave occasion to Paudge D e r m.idy to remark," that be loo'.rnd lika the ould buuch a l him self in the middle of bis own place," he seemed busily em ployed in whetting a rusty billhook. While fro m under the shade of an old br0ad-leafed bat.-formerly belongilig to An thony Dooling, which, from constant wear, had become much wider than at first, and was therefore squeezect wilh a small hay-rope, causmg it to flap in many irregular Ins face,-the fiery eyes glan0 t d round, and were covcrt : y fixed, now on one, now on anoth e r, with a dangero\is and bidcln meaning. 1 Anthony Dooling, by freqnent applications to the copper can b e came in thP. long run, as he would himself term it, su. gucb; in Sculcb,fou; Anglice, approaching to in toxic iition; and bis temper grew constantly irritable. In this mood, the 1 : ratmg of the billhook against the whetst o ne, so much in dis ord with the harmony of Andrew 1riulJowuy's pipes, offend. ed his ears, and more than once he c Jled to the operator to stop. Findmg himself unheard or unheeded: "What are you grinding for?' be asked in an g ry tone of Croboore, name of the person we bave just describ e d A surly look was the only answer. "l>id you hear me spa.kin' to you, a veehoon gmwna? An-


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. 15 thony went on ; and)ubdued resentment, ; at the disgraceful and stinging term applied to him, knotted Crohoore's brow as he slowly r a ised his head to answer. "What am I grind in' it for? I know, now, its meself you mime." the man replied; "I thought afoore you were dis-coo1 s i n' the piper." "You didn't!" Anlony, springing up in. wrath at the tone of his insignificant cowboy. "No, you didn't think any such thing, a 'Vich-'IUJrsth'!'eepea!" Ano t her savage look w u s given in exchange for this oppro brious epithet. "None o' your dog's ooks !" continued Tony, replying to it. "Take yourself to bed out o' that, since your blnek heart won't let yoa shar'e in the innocent diversions." Crohoore rose from the hob to go. He slowly laid the bill hook where he had been sitting, his brows were kmt closer than ever, his teeth clenched, and his eyes rolling. "And do you hear me, bull-head?" the angry master con tinued, "don't let it be wid you ns it was this morning. Rave the cows in the bawn at the first light, or I'll break every bone in your lazy skin." The dwarf, as he may be called, was passing his master ns these words ended. Fixing the full meaning of his look on Anthony, he aaid: "That 'url be nothing new, for tryin' at laste. It's an old trick you have." "What's that you say, : here, you sliingawn, you?" question ed 'l'ony, his passion raise ( l to the utmost at !he thought of a s a ucy answer from a creature so contemptible. "An' it's well yvu know I am a shingawn, or you wouldn't be so rP.ady with your bo11e-breaking,'' still retorted Crohoorc This was past enduring. "Take that for a patthern I" cried Anthony, the mo ment the spe e ch was uttered, raising his clenched and ponderous hand, anJ dealing tbe miserable offended1." violent blow with the whole force of his arm. Crohooro spun round and fell; his head, as he went down, strikin"' against a chair so smartly as to draw the b!ood in profusion. The piper stopped suddenly; ceased and Pierce Shea was the first to raise and 2upport the


16 MYSTERIOUS MURDER. less Crohoorf', while Alley, trembling and weeping, gave him a handkerchief to bind the wretch's temples, and staunch the welling blood. Cauth Dooling, with eyes of pity, looked at her huBband, fully cc:.mprehending his feelings, as he stood the picture of shame, sorrow, a.nd repentance. Indeed, the blow had scarcely been given, when, from the bottom of his heart, he blamed and hated himself for it. In his present mo od, be would hav,e of fered half his little wealth as atonement Crohoore, suddenly recovering, sprang on bis legs, and freed b1mseif from his supporter, with a force that made liim reel, and a manner that seemed to spurn all obligation. His face was horribly pale, covered with blood, and every hideous feature rigid in checked pas sion. Without opening his lips, be dropped bis head upon his breast, and, trying to but staggering, crossed the apartment to an oppos;te door tbat opened in to a passage, th rough which he should go to the loft where he slept. While the whole group !ooked on with wonder and alarm, Anthony called after him, and, in a crying voice, said: "Crohoore, a-vich machree, back an' make it up. Drmk to me, an' be friends." But there was no reply to this pacific and penitent overture. Crohoore only turned round his ghastly i ace on his master, as he held the door in his hand, gave him one parti'.lg look, and then banged the door after him. That look was afterwards well remembered, and often commented on. Anthony sat himself down without speaking. He felt a. return of dudgeon at the manner in which his advances had been rec eived, and this, in some degre r served to reconcile Ins conscience to the cruelty he had been guilty of. But a general damp fell over the whole party, and itS effects soon b e came visible. The workmen si lently, or in whispers, withdrew to an out-house, where they slept, and the now supertluous :;>iper as silently plodded after them. Pierce bhea took his leave, but not without his parting from Alley, and the renewa1 "f an undersUl.Ilding with he.rand tbe old people, to ca11 -


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. 17 for them next at a very e;.rly hour, when all were to set off to' the chapel for six o'clock Mass. It being the practice throughout Ireland, whenever it can be done. to assemble for devotion b efo re daybreak on the Christmas '-.. .. /.r !z;'t /.;:F !t .;;l -v-(-' T : ... / I J J .,. / ..P.J .r:.ryr, "'

18 THE MYSTERIOUS "Heaven protect and save me I What is ?" Pierce now ejacu'.ated, perceiving, by the light of the candle, his hands He ;>ause d a moment to re fleet how it coulJ have occurred tLlld then brought. to mind tliat the billhook bad felt moist in grasp. He took it up was besmeared with clott e d gore. A rapid conviction of the fnghtful manner in which it bad been used darted across his mind. Murder had been committed! The opea door, and the silence that prevailed when he expected to have found his friends ready to set out on their pious journey, wh.,,re now fear fully accounted for. Tire inmltt e s of the once happy house were no mor e and the murderers had left the door op e n at their hurrie i depd morn ing, I wiil see what is the matter." And he tot ered forward with a desperate Nsolutiun to know the worst. We have before ment10ued a littb boar d ed parlor, en tered from the kitchen, the state room of the farmer s house. This he gamed. A door at o : e side of it open. ed into Alley's bedch:i. 1 bur, and another at the opposite sidr into that of,_tbe old c oup lP. He rushed throu g h the former, and, panti11g w 1th terror,

THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER 19 the threshold, nnd the old man's blood, running in a stream, bad fbwed under the door, and trickled over the well whitened boards on the neat little parlor. 1Pi erce's gaze fixed involuntarily o'n the rPmains uf his old friend. We should scarce describe the the l:ead and brea s t were s avagely cut and mangled : it was murder i n its worst aspecL. 'l'he t e rror and anxiety of the lover till predomirrnnt, be gave one affrigb1ed glare towards the old people's bed. There Alley might have taken refug e and there looThe thought could not be followed up l Wit.h a convul sed bonnd he sprang across the room, for, at bis fii st motion, he foun:l himself slipping on the gory I oards. He held the candle 01er the bed: its fell upon a female form, also lifeless, and presenting marks of' t h e as sassin's hand, again too horrible for descript!on. W o gla 1co at the a moment, only to say that with the li t e-stre a m overflowing the bed, and ru1111ing down its side, it lay so mangled and deformed as, during a first view to leave the wretched lover doubtful of 1cs identi ty. And upon that doubt what feelings came !-but looking clo ser, he knew the corpse of his mother. She herself, was uowhere visible. A hope that she might have escaped came flushing across his darkened b osom. Buoyed up by this hope, he flew through every other apartment in the house. On his way along a passage l e ading from the kitchen to the sleepingylace of the le male servantq, I e was obstructed by another victim. Poor Chevaun Darlduck I Alarmed by the shrieks of lier old mistress, and rushing to ber perhaps out uf a dream the most favorable to Paudge Dermadti that ever hd occurred, her zeal had marked her for the murderer's caution, and she fell a sacrifice to the necessi ty, that, to conceal the perpetra ion of one deed of blood, urges him to shed more. Arreste d and again chilled by this new o! ject of horror Pierc e remained some time stat onary and si lent, until his feelings grew mto increased apprehension


---20 THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. for his mistress, and then he rushed on, and in louJ cries pronounc::J her name. R o used by his voice, 1be men who slept without nn, half-dressed, to enquire into the cause of th e outcry. 'l'o t e1r impat ient questions he cou'.d only answer that black murder has bee n commit 'ted; while they, more calm than _he, proceeded to inves tigate tha bloody business. L eft alont:J, Pie:-ce, conceiv iug that Alley might hav e sought safety at his fatb':lr's house, it being the nearest, and one in which she wou l d be sure of protection, hastened thither to inquire. :Perhaps sh e 1 1aJ shunrnd tho dir 1 ct w ay be had came, and had choosen a less open and dangerous one. .'\ s he passed out, circu111stance:; that had previously escaped bis notice, bis mind b e ing absorbed by oth e r emotion now presented themselve s The corner cupboar d that decorated the parlor and which had bern furnished with some sub.:;tanLi<>.l p.att>, was o pen, a n l rifir d c f its con tents, and the desk, in which it was linown Pierc e L he old man kept his money by wrenc 11ed asunder, and emp ty, itll papers strewing the grcu11d _<\Jter a look at these ma1ters, Pierce mounted bis hor se, :md g:il.o pe 1 to b s Jather's. Mr antim o the workmen, three in 'lllmber-Paudge Dermo y, Andy Houloh ;rn, Pie rce's foster-b1other, and Shamus \V i elan-went over the house, and R.1w, ic their turn, th e s ghts already described. "his a dhre11 dful murtber," said Andy Houlohan, in a whisper, as, for the firs t time, his eyes met those of b is com pa. n ions. "T11e most frightful CVl r poor sinner hard of," echoed S amus Whelan. An' i L w s dolie wid this b : llbook," said Paudgc Dermody, pomting to the weapo:1 where P ierce had d i op ped it who:in be left t e kitchen to enter the little parlor. It is their 011ld blood is on iJ." ".A.:::i tb.i.t very same b llhook Croboere was wbet1in' last night," whispe ed Shamus. "The Lord presa rve us!" all exclaimed, and crossed tbe:llselvcs. Shamus nsumrd:


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. 21 Right enongb, Andy ; you guessed right at the first offer. Do ye t n ink of his look, wid his hand on the door, when he went away bleedin', last night?" "An' where i-s Croh o ore himself, then ?" asked Paudge, the fast to start from stupid ina c tion, aod take the neces sa,ry steps-' Let us find the murder!'' All proceeded on the search. They gaineJ the Iott where Crohoore usually slept. He \vas not there, nor had he been in bed. They went through the outhouses, sheds, and stables. There was the red mark of a band on the sta.bledoor near the hasp. T h e door w s open, the best horse gone ; and footprints appe.ired in a heap of litte1 con ti g u0us to th e stable, on which it was conjectured the shingawn bad stood to enable himself to mount the tall hor se. J hese prints exnctly correspond ed to a pair of old brJ uges found by his bedside. Daylight had dawned while the men were vainly em ployed in tracing the Pierce Shea returned, ac companied by his fat. : er, having got no intellig e nce of Alley, and still distract ad with apprehension for her fate. He c 1me up just as the w o rkmen were satisfied that CroJ10ore was the slayer of the three human bein'.!s that lay stiff within the and when to this conviction anoth er had been add ed, was intimated hy Shamus Whelan, eldest of the three, whose silvered locks gave .veigbt to the s0lemu tone in which the following ejaculatio11 was uttered: "Lord look down on you wid eyes of pity, poor Alley Dooling I 'l'he miau and the miroch has come over you in your young days; an' it would be better lor yon mille times, to be lyin' stretched an' dead with them that arc withm, this mornin' I" "Then y3u know about lier?" cried Pierce. '"\Vherc is she? What has become of h er?" "Nothm', for sartin, do we know, Master Pierce, a-roon. Only we make up our minds that the father's murtberer is the child's undoer," Shamus answered. 'Ihe young man i;roaned aloud.


22 THE MYSTERIOUS .MURDER. "Aye, God help you, a-vich-God help you! It's a mournful Christmas to you," said all. No seemed to uow exist of t he identity of the assassin. T 11e news had spread by this time; the neigh IJors crowded in to grati f y, although to sho ck their eyes th the evidences of the thri iling sto r y. Amongst them came one whose word s served to fix upon Cro hoore the last crime attributed to him. He told that, h'1ving b ee n in search of a stray s heep, h o wa.s returniug hom e ctbout two hours after midnight, along the roa.d that ran at the foot of the des cen t on which stood Anthony Dooling's house, and there heard the qu ck tramp of a horse s feet behmd him. That, surprised a.t s > nnusu:i.l an occurance, and fright ened roo on account uf the fame of a desp erate band of then iu existen ce, be ha.d retir..:d unde1 : the shade of a ditch to observe the ho r seman. The frosty moon was brigh t for<) him, the shingawn h e ld with one arm so m et hing lik e a 11urnan figure enveloped in dark drapery. 'l'he man called at' him, but Crohoor e l ookmg behiaJ, put nis horse to full speed, struck into the fiel ds, mad e way up one of the opposite bills, and then d esce nded from view at the other side. Witb this clue, Pierce Shea d e t e rmin e J on imm e diat e pursuit. He provid c : d himself with arms, and equipped, in l ike manner, Pauge Shamus, and his foster-brother, Andy. Mounted on good hors e s they set out without loss of time, rP.solved to pers t:ve re tJ the till th ey sh1_i11; d have secured the murderer, aod rescue Alley, if a11J :he thought was h e art-breaking to poor Pierce-it nut already too late to save her from a fate worse than dinst death. "An' they spent all that day an' night," said the narra tor of ; his tale. the same aged retainer of th e family, who, at the w ake, gave t'le circumstantial. account of bis mast er's death here set down, to a circle of attentive and affrighted


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. hearers, and amongst whom we him speak ing: "They spent that day an' night, an' a good pnrt of th11 next day, among the bogs and mountains. An' they came home as empty-handed as the y went out, a.n' worse, by far. For they brought poor Pierce Sh e a half dead to his father an' moth<'r, an' h e' s now lyin' rn the hoith of n. great faver, raving like mad sw e aring that h e is up to his knees in poor '1 ony Doolin's blopd, an' call in' to them to take the bruised bead out of bis sight, and thinkin' be sees his poor Alley strqgglin' wid Croboore, an cryin out to him to save her. So that they're forced to have Andy Houlohan, his own nurse's child, an' another o' the stbr u ngest they can find, to hould him down in the b ed. An' little wonder it is, God help him I that h : s thoughts should be runnin' on tbe sight bE. saw." "!'he listeners glanced for a moment at the disfigured bodies, and turned their eyes away again in haste. "I'm tould," continued the old man, 'by one o' the boyl:! that went wid Pie rce was within arm s leng:h of him, au' hat be slipt, way like any sheeog. The boy himself was so tired an' ki.t, I cou ldn't get the whole story from him b u t to-morrow I'll know all about it. One thing is sar tin, they cum home widout tale or tidings of Alley Doolin'. There's no knowiu' where Crohoore has hicl her; but it's not far away, I m thinkin '." "As sure as the day, M ckle," said Anasthause Far lrell-:-a little old skeleton of a woman, with a crack ed, squeaking voice, one side ct her face a dirty purple hue, and the other pale as death-''as sure as t L e day, wha.t / you re for sayin' is only the sartin truth. It comes into my roind, that just ti:i years apast, Crohoore (save u s an' keep us!) once brought a cock, an' set him to again' my cock, as fine a bir of a common cock, as:evo r you seen. Well, he set them at one another 'till the 1ifo was a-most golie from the butb. I cotch h i m in it,:an' gava him a good luggin', An' it's now I _think of tho look he gave mtl: as I'm a sinner afore God, that very day my!!f:lf got the fairy-b!ast along the side 01 my face-


24, THE MYS'l'ERIOUS MURDER. the marks is hereto this very hour. And she held out the side of the lace alluded to, that ;her ue0ig;;bors have a c ular testimony of Cronoore's supernatural po11 e. The idea that he was connected with the "good peo pie" had before been no more than a gossiping presump tion, which it was pleasaaL occasionally to glance at ov e r the 'vinte.r's fireside. But now, under Mickie's guidance, it seemed to seize with conviction the minds of all the auditors. 'l'hey hustled took rapid p : nches of snuff, or "shoughs" of the pipe, breathed shorter, lowered their voicc 2 and went on. Thus did the gossipers Pun on with their shanaclllUs till the long night wore away. The crowd o f peopl1> left the wake one by one, as the morning app: oached; and at length there remained but three o r four womea with shut eyes, and heads drooping and nodding for wan t o r rest, scarcely attended the melancholy and still-utter ed Keenthechuan. Tho wild song was chanted by a tall, worn woman, with ma ttetl locks. and a haggard face. She changed abruptly from her praises of the decea sed into the mosL dreadful maledictions against then murd ere r and then the woman were somewhat aroused. And when, suddenly star t ing up, and pausing for a moment, she ex claimed: "See hiru I he comes to hear my curses, and to look on his work I" they, too, to their feet, and beheld the witch-like poetess, with eyes s tarting from their sockets, and her skinn; arms exteuded, pointing at a person who stood so close to the murdered bodies tnat his h11lld touch ed the o d man's head. He was carefuliy muffied up, and his face turn e d away; limt a second look at the diminutive figure told who he was. A momentary pausP. of terror ensue and Crohoore--for it was no oth 0 r than betak i ng a d vanta g e of their i naction, fla pped h i s broad lea ed old hat over his face, as if lo hide some strong em:ition that shook him, Th e n turning and walk ing i:ap. dly to the unobslruc ed door, he escaped. The women at last shrieked wildly, and 'rr .is _..


THE MYS1'ER10US MURbER sistance. But, when assistance came, the intruder was beyond reach. No one could tell or conjecture ho\V he had entered or approacted the house : and, when the wo men were angrily questioned as to why they had uot given timely alarm, they solemnly and earnestly averred, one and all, that th e ir s 0 nses had become paralyzed, fairly strick en, in fact, by his presence. Anasthause was among them, the most eloquent and impressive of the group. For she declar e d that, the moment she saw Crohoore., the purple side of her face had grown scorching hot, and the ghastly side "cowld as the clay;" and once more she proffered, in support of her assertions, to sight and touch, the facP, that looked l ike an ill-baked .::ake, burned on one side and left raw on the other. CHAPTER IIL ON the night of the murder of her father and mother, Alley Dooling was startled from a sleep more than usu ally p o lound, the consequences of her exercise of the day and night, by becoming sensi'Jle to rough personal violenCP. When first awakened, she strove to look around her, bur h e r eyes were blindfolded. Then she tried to rise, but a strong hand pressed heavily on her chest, and s me person was in the act of squeezing vio lently round her mouth a tight-folded linen cloth. So tha.t not only was she effectu a lly prevented from scream ing, but scarcely could she ever1 breathe. Her arms and ankles, too, were firmly bound, and aa struggles to free h

28 THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. to inconvenience her, and a long with her day-clothes (in which, with an idea of bei:ig ready dressed for Pierce Shea 's early cn.11, she had lain down on the outside of the bed) poor Alley was wra_ t i11 the c o verlid : and then li ft-ed up by a po\verful arm. D.iring all this she had heard :io voice. Shorr., rhick breathi:lo-s, as of one hastily and lab o rou sly e.nployed alo11e c me a.,.. ainst her face; bvt as she was raised up. an indistin c t curse grumbled in VcreJ the hideous features of Crohoore, deaaly pale, distorted with pa ssion, and stained with blcod. Only ;i few inches' space was betw ee n tlJem at this dread recognition. and bis small r e d ey e shot fire into her's during the ha sty gbnc e which it rrmJe. "In the Most Holy Nam e Cmhoore, whore are we going, and where are you dr.;g g ing me?" "You re go' n g to y our only home, Alley, where woe and so rrow wait w m eet you," be answer r J. "Wlmt d you mean by that?" she resumed. "C:-o huore, as yol1 hope to see the light of the world to c ome, carry me back t o my own home-to my father He remained silent ; from what motive, wbetr. P r through sullPnness or cruelty, or from abstra ction of though' it was impossible to discover. Alley could only


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDEk 27 repeat her passi0nate adjuration, to which at length the dwarf r eplied: "Alley, Alley, you and myse :r, this night, are two unfortunate, miserable creatures!" and then he immediate ly increased the speed of lus h orse, holding All ey t;ghter 011 her seat; and, from the swiftness of their course nnd her exhausted and agitated state, she could noL .:. mi11uu the conversation. They had surmounted oae of the range of hills, and now prrssP.d P>gninst another stretch, of what the inhabitants callod 'llountains, but whicll are not of sufficent elevation to claim t ha t title. They were, however, abrupt, fatiguing to ascend, barren and dreary, chr.qucred witll lieath and fruze and here and there a stunted oak, the re lic s of the large woods tba\ about fifty or sixty years before hat overspread the district. Tbrougll these wilds, Crohoore for some time journeyed, and at last, after looking long and ca! eful:y omHl him, suddenly halted, dismounteLl, and help ed Alley tci descend 1romher irk. some situation. He place t l her on her feet, forgetting that, from cold and fatigue, and misery of mind, well as from tl!e bonds which tie d her ankles, it was impo:>Sible she could stand. Alley no s ooner toucheLl the r round, and was depriv ed of lier support, than she fell prosuate Instantly he stoop cd tcrraide her, and his savage nature eecmed touched witll pity. Low moanings escaped him, when saw her tender ankles cut aad bleeding from the pressure and frictior. of tlle rude cord that bound them. Still on his knees, fie undid tliat cord ; then gave libe1ty to her arms also, and led her a step forward. Alley, unmindful cf every thing but her misfortunes, had not observed that lliey were at t l1e door of a miserable cabin, at which Crohoore stooped, and, with tile butt-end of a pis tol, which he drew friom his breast, knocked loudly. There w as a long pause, and no He knocked again, still }ouder: ant! to his second summons a squeaking, queroloua voica sounded from witl!lli, askrng who was there. "It is 1-Crohoore," he answered. The harsh voice scream ed aome observation in a dissatisfied cadence: footsteps were heard inside, and lights shot througll tl,te chinks of badly


28 THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. made and half-rotten door, whi..:h after m any 11hakings and crenk ing11, at last half-opened. From the vision that appeared, Alley drew back in naturnl terror. Sile had heard tal e s snch as all country girls hear, of witches scudding on the blast and hiding them selves i n ho les and comers to d o dee::ls of wickedness: she thought just such a being stood be f ore her It was a crone much under the middle size of women, a nd m a de still lower by an unusual bend in tile back, whi c h sent lier shoulders and forward and down almost to a level wit!!. her hip s Her face might seem a parchm ent mask, loosely adapted to the staring bones, and therfore shrivell e d up in iunumera ole wrinkles, which ran lengthways and crossw a ys, and here and there, unton, b1:ginning or e nd. Out of this face the chin c a me like a pointed ho1d; the mout!J, w h en clos e d, was but one of the many wrinkl e s around it and when open, showed bloodless rums without teeth. M a tted grey hairs, hung down he1 cheeks, escnping from a reel handker chieftbat 1

THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. a9 though not angrily. Then he whispered something, a few words only, yet they seemed to convulse his frame through every fibre. 'l'he hag whispered in her tura, and his paroxysm gained its height. He started back, trem bled still more violently, grew more deadly pale, and cast a mouruful, or, at le ast, strange glance on the poor terri -fied Alley. 'In the name of the God ofH aven, Crohoore," Alley said, "'be not to me, the only child of your old master and mistress the villain you intend to be l Think, a11ct repent m time R es ore me to my father this blessed Christ.mas morning, and you shall, not only be fo: given, but, I s1vear by my Father's soul, you shall be rewar ded I" But now the wretched girl, was for the first time, te learn the extent of her misery. Crohoore uncovered his face, which horror, grief, des pair. and every frightful passion seemed t.o agitate. Then he a dvanced a few steps, stood over her as sli e kn e lt, and with a voice chocked and almost inaudi b le, s .1id : Woe, woe be to you, child of the Doolings I and do11ble woe to myself, miserable creature that I am l Alley, Alley, you have no Father, you have no mother !-thoir blood is swimming about t!Jem-they ara both murdered !"-She one piercing shriek, and fell, in strong conVL1lsior1s, on the wet, earthen fioor. Whe11 she recovered, she found herself in a different apartment from that in which she had fainted, and of which the aspect was entirely new to "Ii.Ar; sbe had navel' before seen one like it, The walls around were built of solid masonry : overhead, instead of the bare thatch of do cabin, there was a ceiling of some black timber, from the middle of which hung, by &. cord, part of an old metal pot, filled with grease, and this fed the flame of a rag that sent its flickering and luri d beam around the unplastered s\d e s of the ample chamber. In a re mote corner stood a dirty deal t a ble, and a few chairs of the common es t kind On one of the two squalidly furnished beJs, which the place also contained, Al!ey


30 THE MYS1'ERIOUS :MURDER. was lying. It a.ppeareJ. extraordinary that, in the m i dst ol shreds and tatters, and vile furniture the mnterials of her b ed. should be leat:1ers, a bxury then almost unu su al, even in houses of the better sort of farmers. The unearthl y -looking old creature, who had opened t .bo cabi11 door, was supporting her on the lied as she r0cov ered, nnd applyiug stron g -smelling plants to her nos1rils. Over h e r stood l..:r ohoo r e also his contenance bearing n : mrly the same expr ssiou a;; when he 11arl spoken t : e h rrible wor_.s that d ep:we d Alley of her senses, an d that still rung in her ears, anrl rent her soul. Fr<>m the aspect and p resence of both her co pauions, the poor young girl ag:tiu shrnnk, now with :1 new cause for aver sion and tcJrror, in.init ely more powerful than that sho had 1 eforn folt. And in tl1i' ''"' 1n11s t l e :we the forlorn Alley, until, in the prog1es:> 01 Lilt: stv1J silt< agai.!1 \)Omes before us. CHAl'TER IV. / Ruu.H DORAN strict l y adhered to the voluntary prom ise he had given olJ Ned and sought Cr hoore i n every rlace that cuuld be suppose'1 to afford him secrecy and s helter. It w<>s the general opinion that Crohooro had not re moved. frum the neighborhood he being frequently seen, even at a late p er10d ; a!lvays alone, anJ. walking at a quick pace, his short guu in his hand; and from those wilo thus e<.1sua lly encountered him. or who averred so not se ming to shun any observation. But his pursuers '\1!1.inh ooked to me e t him; their path he nev r crossed .AnJ. while Rhiah Doran put a ll his wits Lo work, :>..nd in wa.v availed himself ,,f the assistance of his sub --


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. 31 jects, over the extensive range of conntry under his obe dience-thus it might be said, having on the alert eye for six mil e s round, all proved to no prpose. Cro hoore-nabilhope, or Crohoore of the bill hook, the surname giv<:n to him since the murder, was still at large. But, notwithstanding the alliegence due to King Doran, a principle had gone abroad that powerfully operated in Crohoore's favor, and served to counteract thft zeal that mig]t otherwise, by determineq col}lbinat1Qn, have speedily delivered him into the 1.apds of his pursuers '.!.'his was nothing else than a now firm opinion, establish ed in the minds of the pop:ilation of the whole country, arfaing out af the broad hints given at the wake. and fully cred ited (as we have already seen), that Croboore lived in constant intercourse with "the good peode," alld was unde r their sovereign protection. Those who have had local 'Jpportunities to observe, at the period we deal with the m e tal habits of the peasantry of Ireland, and their devoted belief in the fairy auperst1tion, will at once ac cede to the probability of such a statement. To those we appeal, and leave it for them to determine whether or not we outstep, in the preseut instance, the modesty af nature. It hapllened about this time that, having received p l vate and anonymous intelligence, (the ii:lormaot, divideci between hi::; fears an

32 THE MYSTERI.OUS MURDER. without seeming to be a whit more m drend 0 f apprP.bensi To the country-people, if they were belief worthy, wlio dare not h : m, and \1 ho chanr.ed to stray out at night, bl appearence was as f1equent as ev e r, they, me.antime, kee in: all that snug amon g tliemselvcs. It was but a dull repetition her J to give in de'.nil the tri fiing circumFtnnces a tte nded UlJOn the daily and nightly SP.arc of Pierce Shea. Andy, a n d th e ir new friends; as, up to acer tain evening, their toilsome occup .. tion differed on : y in th different routL: chosen But, upon the evening a;}uded to, a occu ance took place wor1h recording. The mon:h of March haJ began. when a man from a re mote district, suffic,ently out of reac1 1 of the superatural tyrants of Clarah, their jurisdiction, or anything to Le fearl!d from it, came to bhe L s house, whe1e 1 oran now constantly lived, witu informa1ion that, but a few hours before, he, th informant, s W Crohoore p11ss along the hills in the directio of Custkcomer, a village some miles -:list>1nt. Sb e a Domn and Andy, iusta11tly set forw111d, presi;ing their spy to join: them. But he declined the adventure; even he bad run quite/ enough hazard by pointing out the way. And .Andy agree with, and t ought it reaeonble. O r lriends engaged in this expedition more ardently, un with more hopes o f than for a long time the y ha felt. Their d epr, ssiou wns proportunat el y strong as, after another ni ht 0 1 use1ess toil, they wended hom e ward, in the coid grey morning, tliron g h th e little glen of Ba1leyfoire. Auout ninety yt!ars ng thi s glen was a dark unu 10t1icat -wood of spreading oak, affording a favorable and fnvorit rendezvous to a dcs pern e :::mud of f.l:ecbovtll'S that rule over the neighbourhood nnd who were formidable enougl.1 as tradition g es, to defeat and pursue in Kilkenny a com p!Uly of troopers," sent against them fro m that city: Since then it often g ven t11e same refug e to p e rsons rying on the same profC&!ic>n, tbouglt on a more contrncte scale. Only a few years ago, the last ad venturous who levied tribute upon travel ers' purs e s, Ill the la concealed h e re for more than a week, while the whole civ force wa s it) pur suit of them, and were at only a prehended wheu they sought an asylum elsewhere.


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. 33 Shea, Doran, and Andy, pursuing their way homeward through this solitude (whi0h at t he time of our narration, bore nearly the same aspect as it does at present), had gained that part where the bills 1J.pproacbed each other nearest. Pierce Shea was a few pa.ces before Doran, anJ Andy still farther in advance, when Pierce thought lie hea r d some1hing like the snap of a lock behind him. He turi:ed quickly ro11nd aud saw a man, a httle at Doran's b.:ck, but out of th e ir line of march, in the act of raising a gun to his should er, visibly with intent to fire on one of party. But Pierce could use any preca.ut!on, or belore the fellow <:ould pull his trigger, a. shot from the opposite hill, grazed Doran's breast, lodg d in the arm of th e assassin and the deadly weapon fell from his hand. Sher. sprung upon him and held him fast. Andy, who heard the shot, but was further igno rnpt of the transaction, made all sp e ed : o his foster brother, and Doran looking as if confounded at the sud denness ot the thing, or else at his own narrow escap, for the ball had cut through the breast of hia coat was the last one to turn to the spot ";coundrel cried Pierce "tell me your reason for wishin-r to take away my life! Did I ever wrong or in;ure you'! I min not recoll ect baviug seen you before." "Arrah, man, you never done anything to me," an swered a surlylooking fellow. "Why, illen, did you aim at my '.ife ? I am now sure I was your mark." "St1re enough !" said the man. "For what cause, I ask you again?" "Tunther ao-ouns How dare I know for what? Ax that question of them that sent me to do it. An' don't shake my arm afth e r that man ner : its smashed enough widout your help." "And who are they that sent you?" "Avock, now !" was the answer. ''W di, God Himself had a hand in it1 Master Pierce," ,here intt:rrnpted Andy, who conceived, after some effort,


3' THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. tnatbe'had pretty correctly guessed the occurrence. "m w as "Oin' for to shoot you, Pi e rce, agra, an' see-it'll himself he kilt." D o r m dr e w nearer. "1 'cl s w ar upon the mass book, Pierce," said he, "th&il is a,t the bottom of this cunel affair." "Don't, then, a-bouchal. Maybe you'd swear in a lie, if observed the wounded man "I got my best arm broke by it, !iowsomever th e Duoul that happened to cuo about." "You'll suffer for this insolenee as well as for the resl of th e job, you villain," rejoined Doran "Villain! Arrah, i s that the word wid you? Dhar Dieu bud it will be a sor e say in' to you, or my name ia not Shawn." "Who is the person th a t set you on ?"-once mon asked Shea, shaking him violently. "Why, th e re's that honest boy there, says he's ready tA swear to him for you." "Pierce, you'll find I'IL right," said Doran. shot from this fellow--" "You'll 1wver :;irove that agin me," the assassin inte rupted : l fired no shov--bad loock to the fient fi sto!Jpiu .rue "I heard your piec e snap, then," said Shea. "N othiu' elsP. you heard, agra." '"l'he first shot," Doran continued, "was meant fo you, Pierce; the second for me. And again, I say, l'. lay my life that Crohoore kaew of the one, and with hi own hands fired the other.'' "Answer, is he rig ht?" roared Shea, "or I'll red d e the sod you sta nd on with your blood! Was it Crohoor sent you? W a.S it Crohoore fired that shot? Tell ru truly, or-" Pierce cocked his pistol. "Och, avic, you're asy," answered the man changin color, for the first time ; "he that sent me, stands--" ,;SL p !" Doran $houtcd oqt in a. voic.e of


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. 35 triumph. "He st mds on the brow of the hill, this mo ment l Look, Pierce, look!" Shea looked u r and on the b r ow of the hill rnw Cro hoore indeed standing, and calmly contempLting the scenP. below. Instantly re fired and missed him, and Croboore was in other instant out of sight. "Here D u ran l" he then said, "take this man to my father's house and secure him we:J. Andy, come your w:1ys with me," and he dashed against the abrupt steep, with too much perc pitancy to make the mustering of it an easy matter, and his progres s up, throu "h fuzes, un derwood, and bugled roots, w:1s of course much slower than if he bad exerted his strength less, and his judg ment more. But he gained the i:.ummit, ;ianting and out of !:Jreath looked around the now wide country, and saw no one. He ran a few steps forward, and stood gazing down into an other valley, which was a m 0re open continuation of that he hadjust quitted, but which, turning quickly round the basfl of the hill, here met him. The descent. he had now to make was muc! 1 less precipitous than that which he ad just clainbered up; in fact onI5 a gentle slope. Ar.d opposite was another swell of the samE' kind, abo : e which stood the old square castle of Ballyfoile, whence : he ground imperceptibly sloped, in a high state of cultiva tion, towads Ki!kenny. There w11s a field of green corn in the valley, adjoining a pasture where some cows grazed, and where a half-nak ed boy had his station to preve:1t trespass, by the cows or aug :1t else, among the corn. \" T ith hands squeezed tight nnder his :J.l'ms to keep them warm, be jigged to his own whistle, if not with gmci:! or sk;Jl, at le: ist with vio lehee enough to prnvent the blo n d from g rowing stagnant in the dense cold of the early March morning. To him Shea made all spee J "Did you see any one come down the hill yonuer ?" he asked. "E-ah I" accompanied by a dull stare, was the only a:iswer. Pierce repeated his question.


36 THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. "Did myself see any body comin' drown frvm the hil is it?" -e "Yes, a-vich-ma-cre e,'' repliea Andy, now behim r "That's the very thing we want .to know." o "Then, mostha, bud if that s all, often's the time I did, with a leer, and resuming his jig. "Bud tl-'11 us a vourneen, if you s ee n any one at all 1 p, the present time? i "Hiah I pooh-a I gho-moch-a-sinn I piped the imp a if he had not h ard the last question, and shaking a stid he he ; d in his hand at a matronly cow, who had just turn ed round her head with a wistful look at the nice greei corn. "Will you g ive a civil answer? asked Shea, losing al patience at the loss of time. "Asy, Pierce, agr:i, an' the Duoul's bird to me,' said Andy, in a whisper: th en, with his most conciliatin tono to the boy"1'ell us, won't you, a-bouchal, did you obsarve no on1 in the world com in' down the bill side this morning?" "Arrah, then, will yourself tell me, i' you p laise, do you observe anything lik e as if I war blind, about me?' 'That's as mooch as to say you did?" "I seen a very ugly spalpcen as you'd meet in a sum mer's day, comin' down ." 'Thank you, a-vich. It's the very fellow we're lookin for." "Haul him fast then. For, barr : n' my eye-sight's bad, it was your own s elf I see n," and the urchin' glanced 111 and a low giggle. "Musha, but yon're a droll gorcoon," said Andy. P .ece smmped in vexation, and breaking away, to ascend the opposite height. Ana remained, and, aftd bearing wi. h lllnch of the yo ungster's raillery, and givinj way to a little badhmge on his own part,-for ../\ ndy, the absence or Pa.u d ge D e rmody, thought he could pa a joke well enough,-at last learned that the boy really seen Crohoore descending the hitl but a few ments before, and pas s ing in the very direction Pierce n


THE MYSTERIOUS 31 rurau e d The lad's attention had b een ui recte l to hirn by h;s siee, from t:ie unusual circumstance o f his bearing a g un and from his visible anxiety to es cape observa t ion. Now, Andy Houlohan, fbr the reasons before-mention r.d, had ev e r y obj ction that Shea should h3iJpen to fall in w i t h Crohoo re, and sagely reso lv ed to k ee p what he heard to himself. Besides, hoping bu} littl e from this weary pursuit, and t ir e d as well as affaid of it, h e had lntely determined on a plan of ac ting of his own, by which he resolved that they should not at all come in contact w i th e a c h other. But we will not anticipate While Andy and the lad were togeth er, Pierce had as cended t he hill. Some men and women were at work in a field n.t a littl e di stance below him and to them he rapidly advanced for info rmation. After the usual s a lu tation, "Ma rc.h-uth," he inquired if they had seen the ob j ect of b i s s e arch But, "The Lord k eep him out of our p::tth !"and the subsequent determined silence l rom the whole party was a ll the sati sfaction h e could obt ain. Un til a youn g girl, out of bre ath, and pale with haste and fright, ran Iuri JUsly through a gap into the fie ld, and, se : ting herself on a l a rge s : one near where Shea stood, seemed ready to faint away "Musba, what rniah is come over you, Oauth, a-lanna machr ee ?" said her mothAr, abandoni ng her work run ning over, squa ttiag herself down, and looking with ma ternal anx i ety into the girl's face. "Och, mother, moth e r, l'll never be a day the better of it." "Ochow11 of what, a-Janna?" 1 The great, strong woman, !'lit her g r eat, strong arms around her. The girl cri e d a l i ttle on h e r mother's bosom, then, somewhat rdie,cd, drew a h eavy s: g h and went on. 'Och! I was cumin' a lon g the boshe en, an' just think in' of the t e rribl e story yoursel f tould us about him last nig ht, when, at the short tiirn liard by M:ilroony's barn, where the 111 kes the place so dark, I sthruck mys e l f plump


38 THE MYS1'ER10US MURDER. "Whisht ?" cri L d he moth .er, rai sing her hand, and glancing with evident alarm at Shea. The girl, misap pr( her meaning. hid her ey es, and in ierror. She was set right in a wh' sp e r and then ended lie r slory in so low a tone, that Pi e r ce could uot catch an other word. He l1ad h ea ru enough, how eve r to guide him a step further in the chase. Mulr oony's barn, and the spot in the narrow lane, meution e d by the girl, be kuew well, and thither hastened in quick ene d speed, aud with reuewed hope. Le gained tho place, aud lo J k c d sharply about. No creature was visible. In an c ppo s it e route from that by which the girl must have come, Pierce continued to make way, and following th e course of the lane, found h imsel f on t h e high-road. H e r e he paused a moment, puz zle d as to w uLh sid e be s h ould turn next, for still Ile saw or met 1:0 Jivi11g thing. H e asce nded a contiguoo emi nence, and far, far off, the foggy atmosphere, discerned the figure of a 1na11 winding close by It must be lie! He marked the spot, and, with the elasticity cf a stag, me J surecl the space across the field. Still was Pierce at fault. From an other rising ground ho U;iain strained his eyes, and again caught a glimpse of, as he c o nc e:vcd, t he same figure. Onwa.rd he bounded, and gained l:\js second landmark. Just as he came up a, h e ad was po;>ped ove r a high hedge at h:s right Jmnd. Pierce's :teart leaped ; he drew his pistol; wa ; instantly on the 01]1er side of t\10 hed ge and there seized a man-who was not Crohoore. Dis covering his, Pier ce let him go, and, with some embarrassment, asked pardon. "Dieu a-uth," said the astonished str. : nger. "Dieu-as-ma.yu-uth," ami wercd Pierce, scarce able to articulate, orcr come by exertion. and the nervousness that generall : succeeds the sudden excitation of hope or fear when aii s nddcnly disappointed, "Savin' m a:iners," continued the man, "will you let a. body be askin' yon the name that's on you? Maybe you'd be Master Pierce She11 ?"


THE MY.: l'ERIOUS MURDER: ''The very man,"' ,,.,:.J Pierce. "Why, thtln y :: ,-e only the very mnn I tuck you for, an' the very O'. e I was wishiug to see, into the b&r gain "Here yo see then. An.:l whnt, after?" "I bard ol yom ,.,y, a11' could make a sort of n guess to what you're al .;;<. I'm t hinkin'. Mnybe you're not huntin' Croboore -n: ?" "Yom guess is n: rue as is the daylight." "Musba., then, as : '..:d Joock would have it, I have a sort of a notiC'n, 1 11 t e ll you e v e ry word a.bout it. You nrn;;t know, Master l 'ie ce, 111yself is none o' y1rnr coni m o n couuth r y sp a lp ee ns (not for to sa.y so by way of di p a rishment o' the country, where I was bred and born); b1,1t I knows more nor a dozen o' them cratures, that does notbin' only an' plough from year's end to


lO THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. year's end. I ha\ e a sort of a cal! to the law, d'ye see me? an' I goes to the nei g hb o urs wid a bit o c a lfakbin, just as the thing happens to b e ; winkin g cunni:i,.ly We may venture to m e ntion h e re b egging for the digression, that in all probability it was a h a ppy cir cumstance for the proce s s s e rver, th a t Andy Haul o han beard not this intelligence. From his cr a dl e he h ad mor tally hated all burns, and mig ht h a v e felt littl e r e pu g nance in kno c king a c n ip from his skull just of g e n eral antipathy to the rac e "Wha.t have I to do with thi s ? a s k e d Pierc e "Why, I'm on l y l e ttin you into it for t o l a rn you that I'm not the gourl o uch to be frighten e d wid y our sheeog stories, or the likes, and for that raison, to the ould Duoul myself bobs 'em. Well, a-roon. I over heard them sayin' it, that had a good right to know all about it, as how there a lob o' money for the m a n that would lay hould o' this Cr o hoore. An' so I w e nt here, an axin' there, and maybe I didn t make out the ups an' downs o' the thing, h o pin' I'd cum across biru in some o' my travels. An' sure enou g h I hav e him cotch ed this loocky an' blessed morn i ng." 11 But wbeie is be, man? impatiently interrupted Pierce. "What do yon J eep me h e re for ?" "Och, a.-bouclial, there's two words to a bargain. If you war the omadhaun to give yow money before band, that's no raison :U life would be ov e r soon wid my speech." Rascal do you mean to trifle with me?" rejoin e d Pierce, clutching his pistol. "Be peaceable, now a vicb," said the limb of"the l aw, drawing a brace of them from his bos om. "You s ee if you' re for that work, I'm not the fool to venr.u : e out where r,ib-breakin', done with a sle'.lge, is often our best t!eatmcnt. An' s o here's two good shots for your one, BcL the use of that whe n we can settle the mat tber m a e l a wful manner? Just listen to me I was goin' to ::. a bit or a barg11in wid you: you must as good as : ake your buke oath-an' its puttin' \U1.


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. (.1 heerd of thrust in you, wh e n I hav'nt the buke to band -but I hear you come of as honest a stock as myself. Well you must swear that every o' the re"l'ard, for the cribbin o' this bouchal, will com e into my poc ket, an' no other body as mooch as sneeze at it." "I swear by my Father' s sou!, you mu s t get ernry farthing of it." "Sec now. Sure th at's more asy nor to waste our powther for nothin'. Tell me, do you see no sort of a place you d b e for hiding yourself in, snpposin' a body was purshuin' you?" "Do yo u m ea n th e cave?" Just across 1he fioU w a s the terrifi c-lo oking entrance to the cav e of Dunmore. "'rhat' s the v e y spot, a-vich. Kee p y1rur tongue to yourself ; keep your toe n your brogue; teil no livin' sowl what we are a bo : ; t," s b owing a 'an, I'll be wid you agai11 while you ca: 1 s hairn yourself. Stop in the mouth o' the cave, and w a tch till l come. An' I'm the Devil's rogue, or irn ll ketch a hould o the boucha plaise God." c 'P ER THE cave of Dunmore i3 regarded as the great natural wonder of this district; :so mu<:h so that travellers come out of th e ir roatl to see and e xplore it. At the time of our narration it was b eli e ved by tile s urrounding peas antry to b o the residence of every d escrip L ion of super natural beings. Nay, to this day are shrewd notions on the p o int. At a r emote r o ne, the conviction reigned Jn its glory. H .re, on great o : casions, did the good peopl e hold their revels : it was also the choseu


42 THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. abode of the Leprechauns, or fairy mechanics who ; froni ail quarte rs of the IslanJ, assembled in it (th e cavern being sus.,ected to ramify, nndi::rground, tn e 1e1 y p oint of the kin gdom), for the purpose of manufactur ing foot gear for the littl e race to whic h they w e r e app J nded This could not be doubted as many had heard the din of th e ir hamm ers. and .::aught odd gli mps es of' their green s h e rkeens, or of their caps with red fe i th e rs in them what t ime the stars grew whi.te before the sun. It was the 1hvelii11g. too, of more fearful sprites of whose nat11 n 'l t !1ere existed no clear notion, but who, in ti1e very a ;sta11t, abodes ot the cavern, roamed along the off.brink of :1 littlP. subterranean rivulet, the boundary of their dark aboJe, and who took vast delight in extermina ting any 11111ortunate being fool-hardy enough to cross the forbitlclen stre,im. and so encroach on their charm ed de-111 .,;110. This was also fully by the splintered hu:mn bones that (really) strewed tho bed of t he r !ll. Wild shrieks w e re ofLen 1.eard to pierce the dar kness through t '1e gaping moulh of the cavern. But oftener the merr_v fairy lau.:ib; iJond the simall fairy-music, tingleJ to the night btceze. The absolute physiognomy c>f the place ,vas calcula ted to excite superstitious notions. After entering t 1e mouth of the cavern the light of your torches show e d you tliat vast masses of rock protruded overhe;id, r eady every sto p to crush, and h e ld iu their place as if by mira.cle alo11e. A short distance 011, two s par-a.te passages bran c hed to the right and to the left. '110 explore the 0110 a barrier of steep rock s made dangerous by the damp slime that covered them shouid be scaled 'l'hen yon a.10:1g a way of consiqrrable len gth, som times obligelf from the lown ess of' the h ead ing, to S O :i p on hands (tnd kne es still over lipp ery rocks, and over de t p hole,, formed by the co!1sta11t dripping of the r oot: 'l'il: at lilst von surldenlv entered a spacious anu lofi.y apartment, known by th e rtamA of th r from circumstance that a p c trifi d ma ss s tan 1li11g th e re b enrs some likeness to t!:ie ancient a:id curivus ::;tructure in old


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. 43 Kilkenny, so ca lled. Indeed, throughout the whole cham ber the strange freaks of nature bear comparison with art. Rml.-!eS uf tluteJ columns, tnat seem t11e produc: ion (f thfl chi >el, only mu h dilai:ii min J, and now banis h e d e v e r y oth 0 r foncy His poor mistress, his beloved and lost Alley, mi ght have been hurried by her mv1sher, preBc I by s u dde n pursuit and alarm, t o this very place. 1\ mid its dank ant.! luatliso m c dar,\1:ess sho might thi s n1ome11t : drng on a blighted and h.:tt>d existence, or prepare to yiu i j up life al top ether. Nay, p e rhaps she was, long ago a corpse, lester e d and. unburi e d in its foul r e 'l'he rc: colle..:cion oft he horrors he had experie .. ced on the morning alter the murd e r cam e npon him followed by forr:boding s of wors e h o rrors, yet to come. H o s.1 t stu pili d with the pressu; e of these fee lin gs when Andy's voice .at his b ac k st

. 44 THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. t'll last. But, sure, this isn t 1he handsomest kind o' place w a' r e sittin in;" staring down at the cave. Come, let us make out some other spot that won t bok so dismal." ,. Pierce's f, e lings all rush e d back upon. H e sprang up, with: "There is at present no ot .her pla c e for us, Andy. Crohoore na-bil oge is i that cave, <1J1d 1 '11 drag :Jim from it, or perish in thE> at1empt" The noggin dropped frun1 A nd y 's hit11a, aud down flowed the milk that had cos t him some time, trouble, and conscienc e He plunged a t the noggin but, in the ntte mpt, lent it an un intent ona l ki c k that sent it down to thA d escent wit l 1 inc r e ased velocity, t ill it gave many a 1.ollow thump amo ng t 11e vocks in the mouth of th e cavern. Il is J ist e nt e d eyes Jollow e d it for some time. Tho n he r e dd e n e d and lrowned. a nd, selecting the v e s s I as the immedi a t e m atte r on which to v e nt a vexation d e rived from a nother caus e sl o \vly and bitterly s aid : Musha, th e n 1he ould Duoul sp eeJ you o n your roa d down there bebw !" Pierce, sensibl e of the kind ne ss of his foster-brother, and pitying bis loss exhorted him n o t to mind the acci dent, as there w a s n o help for it. "None in the worl d," Andy replied mourn r ully re sarning h i s seat; "no help Jor spilt mi l k all the worl < l over. But tell me, Pierce, a-cbora. Su ro you're on' y for jokin' me. Sure you wouldn't b e the ruad cratu. e to go into that curs e d hole, afth e r Cro hoore ?'' "Have I come here fur uothin& Audy, whe11 I know he is now in it?" An you 're sure h e is?" Pierce gave his auth or ity and all the circumstances of i 1 is meeting with th o l a11 Jtti cer. "Well, a-vich; b ut sure you'd have no r hancJ of him, there, of all places on the face o the earth ; where the good peop1e-Christ save us I-are as thick a,, tbo crows ti.bout him?--",


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. "Except it was Hell itself, nothing else should stop me, Andy. And nothing shall." "Most)la, bud there's little in the differ." Pierce's new ally, Paddy Loue;hnan, here interrupted tnfl conference. Glancing enviously at Andy, he drew Shea aside and whispered : Arn,h, tell a body who is this wid ;wu ?"-"My own footer-brother; and you may depend your life l)n him." "Bud, Duoul take him, ,_might happen he'd be for cryin' halves wid myself !" "In my mh. d, the poor fellow s carce lu: ows the IDP,aning of the nrntier.-l'm quite sure l.e wouldn't be paid as an in former, with all t he king's gold." Then l1c's just the sort a soft omadhaun we want; he'll do betther nor 11ny other; an' sich a strong, big fellow may be or snrvice. I'd be on tbe road. at once. We can't go in, I> 1niu' we have the lights: l.lnd they're no nearer nor 'Comer. Is there any arnguth fJown where the gould came from I" Pierce h : rnded him a. shilling. "Sweet was your tis:. I've a sort of an ou1d horse to bring me back, an' I'll never stay leg 'till I'm here again. IJUu-a,. uth !" and t11e law Mercury vanished. Fro111 h.; observations of this man, and a. gueas at his call ing, An;ly comforted himself any tormented Shea with the expressc I i.Jelief his story of havilig seen Crohoo:-e enter the cave ws a falsehood, framed to gPt and 1hat they s 1ould never lay !1.ieir eyes on !Jim or it. "An' I'm sorry I h11vc it to say of your fatllcr : m'-mother's son, bud y u'rc ever an' always over Joolish wid your money," conti1111cu And y, who, on proper occasions, deemed; 1t his boundtJu duty tu assumtJ the Mentor with his foster-brother. Tl.ioug if he examined his c:,nscience, tliriftiness was none of his own perfections. til1ea only drew a heavy sigh in answer to thiR observation. A.s the ctay wore on, Andy became more certain, and Pierce more tortured at his certainty, that Paddy Louglrnan was" a. bite," aull Uiat Crohoore was uo mo1e in the cave than he,


4'6 THE MYS'l'ERIOUS MURDER. Andy-" Lord k e ep him from n ny sich thing !"-was tn it But, us it was near noon when Patldy set off for Castlecomcr, 11.ud as the distau e wns five mile s three bo11rs, at least, eveh including the service o( the son of au ould hors e ," must necessarily pass bcf re his return. That time had scarce yet elapse, and Pierce, though almost hopel ess from anxiety, did n o t therefo1 e d e spair. In fact, to his great j> Y and A11dy's undis g uised co11s term1t; on, Paddy 111ad0 bi re-ap pe<1rance about three o clock moun t ed on, as (it was now obvious) he had truly t erme d it, hi$ "sort of an ould hors e," b e arin g candles, and prov identl y supplied with touch-paper and matches, in case or unfor e s een a.ccid e11ts wit!lin. As th e prepa rations were ni; d e for entering t e cave rn Andy look e d on with stupid stare, excepl that, now and theu, h i s eye scowl e d ova. Paddy Loughnan, from top t u toe, as if h e atP d th e vNy marrow in his bone s 'Whe n all was ready, Piilrc n turnea and a d dressed him: "Andy, you must take up your post here. If the mur derer escape us, you cann o t po & sibly miss him. So, shake hando, Andy,., he continued, seeing the t ears start mto the p or fe,lows eyes, "and see that your and priming are in good order." "Most1a,, Pie rc e a-cuishln -ma-chree," replied Andy making strange laces t > conc eal his emotion, a11d dweEing 011 the sque ze of 1he h a nd th a t II"d beln aiforde j him'"Pi e rc e a-bouchal" (growing familiar)-' j11st b e sai d an' led by me. Once go in th e re au you' ll come out a dead man Or, whats worse, divil a si ght o' your lace we'll ever s ee, dead or alive." '-I'll make th e trin.!, Andy." "Considh( r wicl yoiirself what sort they arc. Divil a crooked i;thrnw they c:ire aoout your g un." "You t:ilk 10 no pu pose, Andy.' "An' th" n, the poochas tbnt are in plenty, too "Nonsense, man; I'd face the Devil in his den. Let me go." What 'ill myself say to poor ould Ned Shea when I must go home widout you ?"


Ttrm MURDER 4.7 "Come-free my hand, Audy." "Yon won't get so much ns christian berrian !"-struggling to keep the hand-" Yollr bones '.11 be at the bottom o' the poochas' river!"-"Let me go, I say !"-" Mosthn But sence you won't do as a body. taat's for ynur goo st:1m e hi.; o), I'. But


48 THE MYS TERIOUS MURDER. progressing aslHl spok e b a d l eft him to nnt his ire, in chill and darkness. Whil e th e bat, weary, p e rhaps, of the long ill-usage it h atl unclergone while in his service, kept so close nn l snug thnt all Ai:dy's gropmg and scrambleinp:s to recov e r it were incffoctua l At last, cont ent mer e ly to grope outward to the daylight h e l e ft it, with a hearty curse, to the poochas "Well, God. be wid y o u, Pierc e She a," he said, in a ain sitting down close by the entrance to the cave. "There's little hopes you'll ever see Clarab agin'; and where's the body that ever set eyes on you but 'ud li e sorry, not to talk c.>' myself? Ma-lwon -chise I if there was his l ike11 tue world over an' ov er; au' 1 arth er, if I'd say it. It was 11 thou s and an' a thousand pities he hadn' t more o' the gamptiop, au' that h o was giv l n to g o by his own will, afore a good advi ser like myself By the gun in my b a nd, I'll nm for ::onnaugbt, or so!lle such forei g n part, sooner n o r face home widout my po o r Pierce SIJea ;'" 11nd Andy wept ple nti f ully. Arrah, wha t s the wid you, honest boy? asked a commiserating old woman, \\ho had descen de d in sear c h of a stray cow, and was surprised to see a tall, robust fellow, sitting th e re, barehead ed, and blubbering at some rnte. "Enough, a' worse nor enough," replied Andy. An l he told her his whole sad story. 'Why, then sai ; the comfort er, 'ill be God's hand, an God s h;11: J a lone, that 'ill eve r bring him out alive a g ain .'' A n d pr.:>fessmg sorrow that she c.:>uld not stop, she hobb led ofT aft e r hAr cow. But, meeting this borly. a n d that body, the story was rep e ated and r e peated; ;,nd 01w p ee p e d down, and then another, and another; and, gainilig coarage as their numbers increased, they at last come dqw11, a11'.l And saw himself surrounded by a crowd of old men and okl women, yoU'ng girls and boys, all vio leut in th e ir c o ndolence. In return for 1-; a g ain" told tale, they gmtifie d him with many a an ec dote of the cave and the inhabitants" of the cave. And then they turned to Crohoo :c, surpassing e vPry former horror by i.tcco; mts o f his w e ll known intimacy with the good people, and of h i s very latest appearances under the most appalling circumstances, and in the mosL b&'witched places. ---.


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. The night began to fall on hem while thus engaged, and. the night's impressive silence to spread around. The rocks at each side grew browner, and the yawn of the cave bl11ocker and bla r k er. 'rheir voices sank into murmurs, and they d:1tw close lo Audy, no one willing to go home alone, and yet no movement m:tde to proceed together. They dared not in il lustration of their stories, any longer point or look at the cav ern. Indeed there se e med a general effort to change the sulr jcrt. But, whi : e they ceased to speak of it, the cave sudc'en Jy spoke to th em, emitting thr J ugh its vast mouth an aw ful ecuo of sounds, that from the subdued and imperfect way lu w 1 i ch they reached the group. it was impossible to ascribe to a p rticular cause-to human lips and lungs, or to any .. thing else, A. 1 shrank closer together. "Oh, v rngha vaugha !" claspmg his haiids-"There's ao e n d of him !"-"An murth c r l murther I See that!" txclaimed two or three of his co;iipanions, in a breath, A d!m, lurid light appeared some little distance in the cav e:n, flashing upward, ha.If showing a well-known face, and Jcndiog kind1e d lustre to the t .wo red eyes that fixed watch f u lly upon them. A general scream arose, and the light wu instantly extinguished. But, ere another second had elapsed, tuere was a stir in the gloom, immedialely at the entrance, and Crob oor e na-bil-hoge, the incarnate goblin of their terrns he out among them. A : i y IT0uloban had the gun in his and in mix ed horror and d e speration, imm e diately, and without briubiug piece to his shoulder, pulled the trigger; it recoil e d with vi o lence, and he measured his length among the rocks Crohoor.3 checked not hi.> speed a sec ond, but passing throu5h the very midst of the crowd, and scatt e r ing them iu every direction, g ave Andy one ex pre5 siv J look, a nd, bounding up the ascent, was quickly lost t v view, as, added to t 1 e increasing night, the depth in which they stood obstructed their vision. After some minute s of silence, and then a general thanksgi for their safety, the pR:iple d e parted in a body, dy to brave by himself all s11c c e eding hor He was yet in the a c t ot asce


oO TF1E MYS'l'ERIOt1S MURD1m. had 1 11 disabled by his f:11l, or by the fairy-blo w rather, when : 1ddy L oughnan, bareheaded, pal e and 1.g itated, stoo J l, .."ore him Th e k11owinl!', impud ent asp ec t he so :1.tely h < Li worn was nuw gone, anJ his l ook cowe rin g and wrror-,;1 ric J;en. "'vV .. o fired th e shoL ?"he h a stilv ask ed. "Myself; an' 1.orry I am to sn y it," Andy, '.er. .. "Aye, a-roon." "Did you hit J1im ?" "Och, to b e sure I did. But.what hurt w a s that to the likes of him ?" "Wh ere' s Pier. o Shea?' ''Whe res Pierc2 She a I Musha, you unloocky bird do you come ou t o your h ole to ax me th:1t quest.ion? It. was all your

THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. 61 er,' and to confirm bis ownly and worst p ophecies. There Jay Shea., without s e nse or motion. After a wild burst of sorrow, sincere as ever was sent up over a d epartE1d fril'Dd, ndy raised b!s beloved Pierce, and pla c e d his head 01 1 h i s should er, with intent, after a mome nt's r e st, t o c o nv0 y him to the surface of the earth, as a first step to th e oul y s o lace h e could n o w know, tba' is, "dacent Christ hen berrin, for the r e nmins of bis dolth. In th!s s itua tion, however, Pierce drew a hea v y sigh, and, aft e r a littlr time, o p:-ned h i s eye s, and stared wild ; around h!m. R e cognizing Andy, his first word W R request that they should immediately quit the cave; on which, it may be inferr e d Andy made little oppos11, :; The cool nig ht air much revived him. He asked bo"' long it had be e n since he entered the cave, and H anv thing happened outside. A thrill of seeming alarm shoo.II: him when he beard of Loughnan's hasty and n.ffrighted depa rturn But he grew half frantic at Croboore's escape, and bitterly ac.-:used Andy of negligence and waut of courage. lt was in vain Andy urgr d the !nutility of any att empt to seize Croho o re, and cited the harmless effect or the sh ot.he had fir d with so deadly an aim. Pierce in11isted on his lack of spirit; and averred that, had be been presPnt, he would have secure d the murderer, tbuugh surrounded by a !eg1on of imps. Andy' s time came Jor nsking qtwstions. But Pierce SE>emed very unwilling to give any account of bis ad veIJtar e Whilo his foster-brother still continued to urge him, Jac k Dor m and old Ned Shea appeared: the y had [or some time been seeking him out, wirh a led horse for bis a c comod a tion homewards, of which, in a very exhausted an d hara s s<'d state, be availed hims e lf, and all returned to Clarab. Doran, in compiiance with Pierce's request of the morning, bad led to his fathers house the assassin of Bal lyfoile, who, he ad

'52 THE. MYSTERIOUS MURDJDR. that person having merely sought him out, and with a weighty fee hired him for a specific purpose. It was hoped however, that, wlwn brought to justice fur his offence, h'3 would give mo: e amp 1 e and satisfac. tory information. Pierce Yi 1te d him on his arriva l at home; the fellow was dogged and saucy, and lau ghed with brutal levit.y N" every threat He was confined in a place lately constructed for a cellar : it had no win dow, and "the dc,or and bolts were strong. :?ie ro::e, dis gusted with the ruffian, lo cked and bolted th e door, and put the key in his pocket. The next morning he r&-opened the: door, for the p.ur pose of conveying his prisoner to Kilkenny jail, but the apartment was empty; and the name, "Crohoorena bilhoge," 11cra.wled in imperfect characters on the wall, and as if written with blood, seemed plainly to indicate b7 whose agency the riaoner had escaped. f J CHAPTER VI Tua llll!t recited adventure made a deep impression on fierce Shea. He grew gloomy and and con fidP,nt.i.y acknowledged to his foster-br other that be was m a degree become a convert to his often urgad opinions and thev spent their tim,; and energies in pursui t of on u who, t.o ali appearance. was protected by unearthly friends and agency. Andy beard this confe&Sion in pro cund silence but with a catchbg of breath, And an axpreuion of face that inJlcated a t e rrified triumph i:J the late baller 1\ imported, yet, as if he was mortally frightened at the resul t be had himself so industriou s ly labored tO produce. Then he left Pierce's presence, ljjS


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. 53 lips compressed, and his eyes bent i:tudionsly on tbe ground, and disappeared, P ie rce con!d not surmise whither. "By my cons cience, Pierce," said Rhia h Doran when Shea spoke to him on the matter, "the girl is P.itber b e witched out of her natural senses and feelings or something wors e has "Something worse-what do yo11 mean? ''Aye, worse, o. thousand times, Piercf'." A Fair Day is a. day o great bustle :.ind exc:tcment in the city o r Kilkenny. B eing chi e fly a mart for black cat1 le and pigs, the strnets are invaded at an early hour, and the ear.;, of quiet snoring citizens outra;:ed by the unusual noise of !owing cows and bullocks, trotting or mshi ng along under peaceable chamber windows, by the shouting of their drivers, and th e cl.l1tering of a.lpe e ns on their back-bones and horns Among them the cu rious eytJ, tbat has a taste for such studies, m a y easiiy distinguish by its bold step, its erect hea.d, its i : 11patient and its staring eye, distended in admiration of the dlange from its native fields and strearus to the ''streets paved with marble, over which. p::ces the kine of the good fat pasturage, from the poor c(lt.ter's half cow, tbil.I. moves with a plodding g'hlt, indifferent gaze. and drooping neck, careless where it goes smce no chan g e can be for the worse. A good illustration of its bumoo attendant, whD lean as the beast he follows, in ta.Mered garb, trailing pace, and st>arp vacant countenance, conveys, at a g l ance, the brol

54 THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. keuny offered many rare and tamp ting c o mmodities to the country visitor. Coopers brogue-makers, hatters, nailors, and makers of chairs, tables, stool s and b eds tea ds, displ a yed the Yarious products of their separate ing enuity. Bri ght cruckcry-wure glitteretl around; and whe n in our y u u th ful days, as at th e time Of th1S tale \Ye were USCd to be a dispby of goodly p e w te r plat e s and dis h es, and two-ha11dled pots an:l p i uts. But the n se of d e lph has d o ne away with these durable commod i ties, which now exhibit but as the hic rloorn ornam e nts of the country dress(:lr: and the excise laws, to those who can afford a lisence th e of ltorne -br ewed ale, have S ( nt the pots and pints to the publ i c-house, so th a t gen n ml demand no longt r r e qnires th e m in the fair. Under rude awnings of sack or bia11ket, and spre ad out on doors that had bee n taken off their h i ng e s for th e pur posis, numerous establishmei;ts of fancy articles fortl:er att1:acted the eye; sucl1 21s knives and forks, sci s sors, g ar ters, thimbles, threads, t : 1pes and a great and rich varie ty of other nick-11acks. Similarly disp o sed on unpainted deal doors, or plauk s th e re w a s gingerbr e ad, and all such humble confect1011 .ry; the fruit in s11ason; white and yellow che e se, and wooden tre uch es, and noggins and the et ceteras oI the turner's ware, picturesquely throw!! togeth 3r. The proprietors of these commodities might be errly in th(} morning. running in breath lcssJ1ast : i to secure go) d and s :1fc spot for opening their sales. And while th e y clatt e red along in by no means silent emulation or contesLed with each other the right to a favorit e whil e the catt'e b e llow e d anj the shPep bleated, and the l1orsP S ne1gned, and tbe h e ad strong pigs ran throngh their g runtin g gamut, and the sur roundin"' rnsh and roar of a thronging multitude was beard all :-st: irtlin g. n s we have b e for n said, was the commencement of a foir-day for the tranquil and by no means commercial or bustling citizens of Kil kenny. On such a morning, too, the milkma.iclSi coming in as


TIIE MYSTERIOUS MURDER 55 usual to sen'e tl:e i r city customers, with !'now-white skillfully poised on 1heir heads, without hand to hold them; tl e servant-maids-in fact all tlw mnidi::, and some of the matrons, too-make it a point to nl'.k 1heir "fairiug" of all their male acqnaintnncP; lt S!>, it IS conjertion, in hope of pro fit, th; ,n to hear over a nd ornr again the shrewd rej)ly tluit "they are the foirPst seen thnt day." To the younger part of the generntion, it ii: the dn.y of days, Jong sigh e d nncl ; for hol\i lays are granted in every s c hool throng! out town, on the s c ore of not exposing po l r little b oys to 1he throng of the fair, a precaution of which the poor litrle boys remember not a word. Besidei.::, :hey .are on n glce isb and greedy look-out for their matured and monied nc quaintes, to "put the r fairing on them," w ;th a prospec t ve eye to tbe dissipation of tie gingerbreadst:!ll or toy b o oth Let us, in kind l y feeling, be permitted t o dwPll a moment longer on the well-remembered features of a scene with which are : .mociated the purPst pleasure that ever ndl'anced and experienced life can supply-the plea sur r s o( ca1ly and innocent recollection. In flock th e young conn1:-y girls fair :mil", plump and rosy ost e nsibly, rerha ps, to buy a pair of garters, a row of pins or a ribbo n but in their brst nnd quain1est attire really to s e c and be seen by their rum! squires admi rers; to get their fairing, and in every shnpe to partake of t h o unloosed and dlluE'nt spirit of holiday enJ0)'1D P11t. W e shall omit :my positiv e mention of the oc cational fraces between th ose same squires, the h roes of 1he cnd g el ttnd alpeen in systematic :irra.ngrment of their intermiua le and mysteri ous cau 1 cs of dispute; snch in cidents though chamcteristic, being, at the same time, an intrusion on the p l ensing r e mini scences Wf' wish to in dulge 1tnd communi c ate. 'J' h e Bocchochs, who sang and bawl e d their mis e ries nt evrry turn, we mt:st no, how ever, foget; n o r the ir riv a k th e b allot singers-( and oh l (none are like to tby OiiJlP singers, gree n land of song and of our birth I nor, the i: competitors again, the reci


56 THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. ... ters of pruse offusions, who, in the blotted rather thanl'I printed slips of tea paper !n th eir hands found not a word of the wonderful or facetious rigmarole that issued from their mouths, a11d yet that gulled, over and over, l the of grir:ning rustic. l l u fact we might, with our de light e d reade.r, pass a good hour in tire now mid-day bustle aud uproar of thel fair. We mig ht pau se to admire the more than Ciceron ian art of th e buy er and the sellar "of a s li? of a pig;" : the haif.proffer e d ear:iest money, t ec hnicalty slappeJ down on the op n palm of' the vent disburthcn i r for sympathy or advice, to any one around him. from his foster-brother he had di'>guised t h e truth of his noc turnal adventure, n nd tho b loody ac t idents o f the fo.low ing Jay; accounting for his absence b y a story of a new and still fruitles s smrch a 'ter his mistress and het ravish er. Doran he bad seen but o nce, and th e n only for a hasty moment, since the Wbite boy outrage. The warn ing of the mendicant at the fair l e d"bim to apprehend that private informations either were or w o uld be sw orn a gai nst him; an J all his fears and thou g ht, experience a u d re a s onings, pointed to Croboorc-na b ilboge as the informer. How this abhorreu and mysteri c u 3 individual c o uld have come :Py his evidence, still remaining matter for discov ery. .f pond e ring these doubts, as he sat silently gaz ing at the parlor fire, Pietce was surprised by a sudden p ressur e of his who ha.d entered the


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. .5'l' m without his notfce, ana who immediately walked t.o e door. Lookin g arvund, he perceived Breedge Chree; nd he was more and m ore surprised to observe that, as 'f to avoid observation of his mother, who sat knitting in he window, she now winked the orooked eye at him. flate, and he ha d been only passing for, &'Varc ns he was of' honorable attachment subsisting between her and hi.; foster-brother, he sedulously avoided nny ot those littl e romping civilities that rustic politenes& expe cted of h m, Fut th a t he feared might give Andy un easiness. lie could !lot th crC>fv re, but marvel at the pr essure and wink of the b e t:'othed Breedge Chree. As his looks followtd J1er through the door for an explauation, s!te winked again and again, and added an unequivocal motion o f the head, that was plainly translatable into "follow :ne as l ast as /OU can." His late train of thought llOW took fire, and b e lievin g with a quick spasm and sinking of the heart, that a tale oth r than a love.tale was to be communicated, h e h'.tsfily followed her footst ps. Breedge, still beckonmg sil e n ce with h::r band. led the way through the house and yard, to ''the haggart ;" and there, between two huge stocks of corn, where there was scarce room to push in, and where she judged they were nffectually scree :1ed from obse rvati on, b ega n her story. Pierce heard, with r e lief and wonder, the whole accoun. of Andy's journ ey to Lheeum-na-Sheeog, imd recei ved from her h11nJ th e bot tle of charmed water and the sprigs of canavaun-beg, accompanied by directions when, and where and how to use them, and for what purpose. After which, with many ca'ltions and prayers to conceal her agency f'rom Andy Awling, Breedge glided back to her kit c hen, and left Pierce to his own reflections anj re solves on the stmnge and uirnsual occurance. Night was f st falling. We do not say that PiercEl Shea was entirely fr ee from the shadow of the great cloud. of local superst : tion which since his infancy had hovered over him : we are jus t as far from asserting that he bulieved a word of the promise of the fairy-man, or of what had been_ said concerning the power and virtut:s


58 'J'HE M S'l;ERIOUS MURDER. the sim le drop of water an1l the -.vithe red weed he held in his hands. But, along w ; th the shattered and restless state of mind that, whil e it de rivi d him of the power of calm thought or reasoning enfeebled him also, he had he.1rJ, 110 matter how or from whom, an assnrance of nierting. that night, his long-lost and dearly loved mistrn s; a.nd ti: is imparted a hopP, or, at ieast, an impulse tha.t w s irresisttb <'. He r ern lv ed, even though it s hc-u d prove but an act of stupid absurdity, to try the 1 hinm nt Breedge and the !'age of the hills had recomn1endP humnn nssistnncc, and in the dead hour of the ni;:ht, 'Jn the very srot 1Yhere a r l'ccnt atter11pt had been made on his life. But th e form of Alley again flitted before his im iirir.ation anubject-which is a doubt to us-Pic>rce Shea. at the time persc:-1bed, closing O!l midnight, with only the hosL of frost cieared stars witnessing his motions, stood in the lone and dis tant glen of Ballyfoile, on the spot where an assas &in had once levelled at his heart. He flung separately, the sp of cana.vaun-beJ in the i.vind's eye; and, tu rn i ng hastily rour.d, asa foint brea.t.hing seuned to arise at his back, Alle y Dooling was before him. '!.'he figure was at rrst, showing no signs of the motion that h 1 ve brought h e r t o the spot, except 1hat her light. dmpery flut:eree1, and that har bosom quickly rose aud fell, lik e a. chorJ tre mbling aft e r it had ceased to sound, or a bird just perch ing after a. frightened flight, with it> plu mage yet in disorder. She was pale and thinner than her lov e r had before seen h 0r, and her eye widened and in expression new an:l startling to him. Yet, under this chan ge, and only assisted by the weak Pierce knew his mistress a.t a glance,


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. 59 Id His first instinctive action, prompteJ by wild surprise, ;s with perhaps a dash of rnpe m a tural consternation rn it, r was to s tart back, utterin g a low cry ; but the mast erd passio n instantly resumed i t s sway; a.nd while th e pale f girl exte.:4ded her arms, as if in r e proach, they w e re locked in .i. lovf>r' s embrace a moment after. For a con3iderable time, tears alone fo:md their way; and during another pause they could but exchange thf words""Oh, Alley "-oh, Pierce !"-until relieved bJ successive showers of weeping. Pierce was the first t<. speak. 'My heart'i> darling.I My own poor Alley !-how o l ten ano in what despai I have sought this blessed Oh, I h a d no hope we should ever s ec each odrnr again. And least of all did I tbink, after all my days and nig hts of toil and suffering, the joy was so near me!' "My beloved :Pierce," she sobbed forth, in undisguised tenderr.ess-"God knows whether or not I wished to see you. My poor heart was almost broken with its early sorrows and you were not 11ear me-you, that poor heart 's only remaining c omfort!'' "Do not think of the past, Alley; the storm is blown awny; and our future lives shail be spent iii tbe sun shine." "Oh, -Reuven gra".lt it may be possibl e !-for, ind e ed, indeed, the storm was b l ack and bitter But has its cloud so surely p:iss e d away?" J t lws it has I My heart hour.ids to tell you so ; and your own dearest Alley, sho11:d confirm the answer. do you m t'an? I have many things to ask you, anrl Juany to tell-but. this is no place-here und e r the c i ld night-let me conduct you home." "Home, Pierce !"-and she burst into fresh tears. "Yes, dear Alley, the home where you will be welcome dearly-where I and my mother--" "Your mother! but mine, Pierce, where is mine? "Forget, my beloved girl-forget it, for the present at Come now-:lea.n on come."


60 THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. Alley showed no symtom of motion, or of wil!ingness to accompany him, and only answered, with .her hands spread over her faco: "Pi e r ce Pierce!" W oil, darling? Speak, dear est Alley; and quickly. This is no place t-0 stay in." "I cannot. No, 110 Pierce, I cannot go with you! "Caanot I Now I r eco llect--your pres ence-the wild JOY of rnei ng you-of holding you onc e more to my heart -this banished all other thoughts, Allfly. But tell me who sent or led you h e re? Had Lheeumna-Sheeog any thing to do with my seeing you '?' tis a foolish ques tion -but had he ?" "He had, indeed." 'He had !-What am I to understand? And now you cannot let me be your conductor from thi.a wild glen?" "Pierce, it is impossible. You and I muilt live sep arate." ''Must I I ask again Alley, what you mean ? Y 011 stand beside me-my arqis are round you-you are un accompanied-free to Hct-free to make me hlest or curst-happy or rua d I Yet you s a y we must part again?" "I am not free to act, Pierce. And though my heart should break while I say it-still I do say we must part here-here on the very spot where we met." "We must not, by heaven I Whatever m::ty b e your mystery-whoever the agents th .. t control you-spirit or mortal-man or devil. Ha!" he int errupte d liims elf as one horrible recollection darkened his soul. 'Listen to me Alley, and answer me. [ have a rig ht t.o ask the question. You left your father's and your mother's house wich bloo J y murdernr. "Pierce, Pierce, spare roe!" was her only reply, given in a low and shuddering accent. "If I could-if I dared, I would, All o y I Y oilr heart is not more riven to hear, than mine to speak-but recol lect it is Pierce Shea. that speaks, and .Alley Dooling tbM,


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. 61 hears How did t.he villain act towards you? where did he convey you?" She was silent. Do y o u still live with him, I say?'' 'f d a :e n n swe r you." cliomg ber words in h o rror and a gony, he untwisted her arms from his n ec k l : e ld h e r from him, look e d with glaring cyl'S rnto h e r fa.c0, and resumed ; in a hollow, broken voice: "Only one word more, Alley, and answer or be silent a gain as you wish. Do you refuse to quit him?" She was a ga n silent. He continued lo h'.>ld her fr o m him, and to into her eyes, unti l the g radually rising p assion g ur g led and nt last shrieked in n s thro a t Then h e l e t h e r f!O, and with a.rms still ex en ded as he stept backwards, excl aim ed : "Stan 1 by yourself, then I We part, indeed .. Pie1 e, Jo n o t thr J W m a from you!" She wild ly to his neck a ga in. "No! no I t.ake your hanJs-your touch-from my n eck a n d m e Go d 0 God I how am I by this g irl !-by her for whom my h a rt bas la.i n waste, 1r.y p eace oent, and faithful w as my soul's P nly hope and effo rt !-And now-now"-the tears in Lerrup,od h1m-"a u d now s he returns to me a dishonored 1 rn 1hl-:s tabe creature I No, no, Alley," he continued, tu fro111 h e r ; "na, no. Free me of your arm'3-and t .ere-there-stand for yourself, I say !" S .10 sank on h e r kne es cla s p e d her hands and h e1 eye.3 upw'1rd till th w e r e hid in the ir sock e s, and :il o'>t crac ked with the stra i ning, appealing effort. G i, 1 ha.L rul e s in Heaven !" she mutt e red; "pity and comfort m e I-give me strength to be a r what I mu s t b ear-this. the worst of all. And, fath er-mother you th i t are now enjoying the li g ht of glory, P\3.Y to God for your miserable d a ught e r." With the last word the poor girl sank on the eai:th,


62 THE MYSTERIOUS :\I URDER. her fac e downw a rd sobb in g as if she craved it to op anJ gi1'e her r est, An so ut.ter and so touching con ld not foil t smite the Jove r s heart, amid all its workiu g of rag an disappointment l1ast1 r e morse. He 1 e p r oac h ed him self f r haviu g b e n too c ruel and too and now sta ndin g ove: h e r sit id: "..-dl0y, dea r Alley -:ear yet, though los t t o me fo o v e r-check this t e rr ible sonow-:-ise up-come witl me-I-oh! T do l ove you H 11, though we can ilt'Vt be a11y1hi11g to ea h oth\) r-But, come-come to m.r mo ther's 110111e and comf'ort-W'l will spend onr li11e s tn mak e you Ii pp y -S;1vv your sel f from furth e r ll"Oe and infamy-rise, a nd come with me." He t ouched her, a d she sprang up inp:: "No. no Pi erce, collle not 1Har me-lay no hand on m0-l have now to d.<> 1111 act I could not do were yo ur arms ar1iu11d me." Sile r etreate d from him, clapp e d her bands Ion l y, and cri.;tl o ut: "NOW I now I He:u I h e ro!" an1l Pierce to:i '11d himself instantly ovc r w e r ed-pnllc d to the eartb in sp te of all his efforts-his hands 1ic d beili11J his back, and his fee l also seemed ; the r apid wor k of lnur strong men, who took him unpr epa r ed Jor th e ir sudden and alarming att. ick. "Aud now, s .1iii Alley, stoo pin g down nn d kissing, as h e lay on th e sward his shr: nkin g cheek "Farewell I I n.m g<>in g frorn ;rou. I w e should p art on the s ; ot w here had m et: we m a y meet again, and be Imppier." "Tue cur e of a bet aved and l:roken heart com e b e tween you nnu lu.ppiness, D e v .ii in au A ngles s h i ipe !"lie exclaimed. "Pierce ,I for give y ou; m a y God yon !'' ohe turn ed and ,]isnppearetl and he sank inlo a horrid lt!lharg y The exerti n ns of those who ha d overpowered him to rnise him up, and b e ar him 11!011g on th e ir eunulders confuseuly re store h s sens es. He Jee me just concious of being hurried through the glen ; b ,ut his thoughts never once turned to


'.liHl!J MYSTERIOUS MURDER. 63 eir probable purpose or destination. Alley Pooling lost, lasted, base, and treaclJerous, was all he could comprd1encl. hen-Th wack t!Jwack thwack! cnme t!Jree succe.s ; ve and tre endeous blows of alpeen againsL t!Je skulls or three f his cap:ors, and down they Cell of course. D::-wn came ierce Sheu, of course, al so: the fourLll m:in, Andy aftc1ard said, "gave kg bail, a .n' cleared off." The deliverer uiled and tugged to l o ose the fetters of his foste:-lm 1thcr; ut, as were form. id turned to look after the prostrate enemy, they were o visihle, a resurrection and a retreat having t:1ken plac:J h1le he was otherwise occ pied. T .. eu he propo.etl uu in slant pursuit. "No, no," groaned Pierce, "they nre Alley Doo;i11g's friends; and slle is-no matter wlmt-1 will go home-to forge t if I can-Heaven pity and s rengtllcn me !-1 will attend to noLIJing but my business-notl.Jiug. Coml', Andy; my J.eart is cold, Andy-cold. Come away." Hr, did not afcerwards o}1\:n l.Jis lips, Amly happened to be near the corn-stack< as Pierce and Breedge glided between them. Naturnlly curious, t.o say the least, l.Je concealed llimself, by," and ovc1heard the conference. lie knew that, Pierce once in possession of the 111.cret, Ile coul1l nut prevent his visit Lo the Jen; li

64 THE MYSTERrotJs MURDER. Theo, Fairy-blast or not, crip;>le or no cripple, he stol off w Ballyfo1le. At som e dist a nce he watched Pierce, and Alley; witnessed her treac hery ; got sens e e nough, a ter all, to 1ee he had no fairie > to deal with-t hough even if he had, his alpeen would not, therefore, be the more quiet; coolly seized his proper time, and rescu e d h i 1 fo.:;t erbrother. He rescued him a'.as bnt for a short time to havo him free. Whatever might hav e be e n th e u1ilmown fale that awa i ted Pie rce from thos e into whose hands All ey Dooling had delivered him, the fate for which lie was re served was terrible as any that could bcf1ll him. When he r e ached )is father's Pierce thr,nv him self, without undressing, on his bed; his heart wretched, his mind doll and stupified, and nut performing with reg ularity any of its accustomed movem e nts. Sleep c a m(} not, yet he might b e said, with reg

THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. 65 One poor effort he did ml\kfl to b ear himself like a man. But when, ob.-ying his 1:motion he clasped 11nd wrun g hia fath e r's h1md, and on his knees begg e d forgiveness for the disobedi ence tLat must now bring him to tile felon's death, and bow down that stricken h e ad with sorrow and with shame; when, again and ngain, Ile r e turned tbe embrnces of bis shr:okiug gave back Andy Roulohau's i-iss; shook Lands, for the last t im e with all the weeping household,; and with J:ngering fondness patterP.d th e head of the old faithful mastiff, as he cast a long look to the old hearth that henceforth should never blaze for him, nor be a place of le and holy recollect i ons to those he left nrou:icl it; when, in a convul sive struggle for r e signation, he attempted nll this, nature re fused to support him. He wept like a child, and the "Motli er, mother, do not break my heart !"-"Father, forgive me, and pray for me !"-an1 l the Inst, last-" God be with you all !"-came from a bosom overflowing in bitterest anguish ; and i Jaint an1l aili:ig as a cradled i.Dfant. -v"L l _.,..., I W& have said it was the time of Kilkenny. Pierce Shea arrived there before the morning sittingi 1/ coul't. In two hours afterwards he was put on trial be e 'Goel and his country. The evidence was con e lusive a nst !Jim, on diff e rent clmrges; !lere he sn.w he had again to encountP.r the cold, machinations of Crohoere-na-lJilhoge. One of the witnesses was the assassin of Ballyfoile; the same wllo, unJer the influence of Crohoore, had personally attemp te-l his life. Pierce felt it not difficult to conceive that hn ing failed in the attem'Pt to assassmate him, the murderer now hired this wretch to swear away bis life in !\court of justice The man was cross-examined as to the faot of hia having


66 THE MYS1'ERIOUS MtJRDEP be e n employed t o fire nt Shea: he deni e d it sturdily and scuffin g ly. Two per s u ns o nly could contri d ict him, Doran an d Andy lloulohau. Bnt D o ra n c hd not app e nr as .he was hid i n g froru just ice; whil e poor Audy foll so bewil d ered by tl1c si t uation o f hi s fos ter-ht other, tlrnt, when called upun lie co u : d n e it he r i\nawer n u r r t c o ll cc:t a nytbing with the n ecessa ry r wit h eqn a l 1 accu s ed him o r b:tYing assisted in tbe ou r ag-:: lJis, p e rson. I t was,' h o wev e r e licit e d in crosse x ami,1nt i on, tb:it Pierce llad s ub se que ntly i;n.vecl lus J!fe nt p e ril of his own; owing to which slight extenuutiu g fact, the c r i min a l was allow e d forty-cigllt J1our t : pre p a r e for death. :::ie nlcnc e was p!ls s ed o n him at two o'cloc k in the afternoon uf tbe m o rni ng of his arrest, which was on a Tue,;tlay A!Jout e l eve n o'clock the next nigl1t, W ed n esday, a thun d e rin g kuo<:k p

THE MYSTEKOUS MURDER. 67 Their a ge s were a like; t hei r tempe rs both ami;:ble; t tastes, too, notwithstandin g thr> difference in social rank, si mila r For, ; s we h av e before ol servL d, Pie r ce's e du cation had b y no means been J 'egkctcd. So that i f he c ould not invarmblj follo w t11e 111,. r e extende d o r more systemati c attn inm o nts o f the young squire, n s sh 0wn in their occas onal conversa1ic1ns, i req11ireL1 but littl e effort to make him do so; and li ,; yo u 1 hful zeal a11d qui c kn es s in asking questi o ns, ll'ero 1 paid by the ingeniou s n e sa of his ttdmiring tutor, who, al ong w i ili the wish and p leas u re of cornu 1 u nicating knowledgP, perhaps, a c'egree of natural 1 an ity iu dis p superio r acqui r eme nt. In fact they became a. cl an accident served to fix and en'.arge t l : e good v ill Mr. l3nrry bore his e s teeme d young tenant. P ie ce had preserved, if not his life, hi" lim b s at i east, J y checkin", with imu iinent dan ger to hims e lf ; o n t he verge of a precip : t ate qu a rry, a restive horse, over which his companion h:1,1 lo s t :ill c on t o l aud whi c h wa" p l ung ing headlong lo the p rec ip : c e maturer years, indeed, came different occupa tions ; distinct p laces in d ifferent rank s of society; and, of c ourse, mutual and da1 kening, if not some of tile ca: ly inte rcours e of boyhood. But. Mr. Barry was too 1 orth y a yo un g man to have al tog ethe r a bad m e mory. The treme ndous at his <'oor, r o us e d Mr. B arry from a sound s1e p ; fo h e I a d gone to bed early. He listP.ned ; i t was r e p eated. He r a ng his bell vio l ently, an d shortly a pp eared hi s favoritf ) lLttendant, with a light in one hand, a nd a lctte>r in the oth er. He took t' e letter, g'.auced over it, and asked with mucb in teres t : "Who is the b earer of th is Pat ?u "As ugly a little fellow, y our ho:1or, as ever you'd wish to se e "Leave the li ght, and how him instantl ... up stairs." "Into whi c h room, sir?" "Into this-thi3 roon1. Make haste."


68 THH MYSTERIOUS "I'm thinkin' if your honor war afther seein' him, you wouldn't bid me Jet him up ... "That will be detided "he n I do see him. Begone Pat, and obey my commands." "Fai th, it's square enough," muttered the servant, a; he d esce nd ed "to go an' bid us show the i;palpee:i of an little divil all the way up to his own bedroom. Will you plase, sir," standing at the hea d of the stnircase that commanded the hall-"will you plase, sir, to walk up to his honor 's bedroom ?" "I don' t plas e ;-I'll stay where I am for your master's answer." "Eh!'' said the staring. "Are you deaf?-Didn't you b ea r me?" "Do you mane that I'm to repeat that aft her you to my ow11 masther, in exchange for my civil mes sage?" "Yes, tell your own masthor I don't choose to go up, \mt will wait h ere for his answer; that s what 1 s;i.i.t a.fore Can't you hear me yet, that you look so foolish?' He re-entered his master's chamber. "Faith, glory to your honor, if the d awny, ugly : muggcd fell o w that brought that same lettber isn't grate in one way, he's grate another way. '!'ell you r masther, says he t o me I don't choose to come up. but i ll slop where I am for answer." Aga in stooping on his haunches, a.nd makiug a hideous face, to render evideut the c a us e of hjs surpris ) or amusement. ''Will you e v e r be serious, Pat?" asked Mr. Barry, who was now up, and attired in bis morninggown. "When w e're both married, p 'ase your honor." "Well, well. this mighty great l ittle man I will com6 to "Ulla-loo I" said Pat, withdrew, "This bates all before it." He tarried a moment on th e landing pla.ce, to study how he should aduress the strau6e animal below; ere he had p roceeded f arther, his master pa ssed b m, de scended the stai : s, and approached the stranger. The almost ex h auste d lamp had be en re ligh ted io the /


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. 69 hall, but was not to illumine it fully. In r e motest gloom, leaniu g against a pillar, sto o d th e di mmntivo figure of tho midni g t 1 t courier. He puts his hand :to his hat as Mr. Barry a.p;:iroached hirr.. "Miss Lovett writes me that she owes you much for a sig. 1 al gC)rvice, my good friend. l thauk her Jor owning it to your l1Jnor." "You will convey these few hasty lines to Miss Lov ett," giving him a note. That 1 '11 do, 1 1aise God early in the rnornin' o this day, comin on."-lie turned to go.-"An' we may de pen I on your h ono r in rc ga rtl o' w hat Miss Lo -ett writes ab o m 'r' l'o -mor row, at one o' the clock; your honor." "De pend on me. li';1rewel!." "Well, l mu s t b e for Kilkenney this moment. So I wish your honor a ,goodbye. "Open th e door, Pat, "-1nd Pat, running down with a fight, obeyed in increased wonder. When it was open ct!, the stranger slowly moved fro111 his position; gained the steps; pu.led off his l : at, and, witl1 ;i "God guard your honor," flung a paper into t.he hall. Just as he turned to walk down the steps, the light held by Pat fell on his and Mr Barry startled suddenl y the now well known features of. one about whom ho had reason to feel peculiar iu terest "Seize t ,at person, Pat !"-he exc : a : med. sto o ping to pick up the p ; 1pcr 'rh3 servant shot through the ball door; his master re n d the document; and, he had done, said-" This to me, is wondrrfuJ. In :i fuw m in utcs Pat returned alone, hi.> clothes s.oiled with the mire or the street, anti his countcnancG p : i le and agitat Pd. "What's tte matter you, man ?" a s ked Mr. Carry. "Faith, an' I don t well know, plase your honor, an swered the servant now gra\ely enough. "I cu 111 up to the little man two ss ? says he, stoppin', and facin' round upon 'He'll t e ll you that when you come,' say.; l.


I 70 T1lE M YSTEI:UOU S MlJRbER. 'Th e n h e 'll n e \ er t e ll m e u o w .' sa y s he 'for I'm in si c h a hurry I ca.n't c o me ba c k at all.' 'B e asy,' s ays I, au I put oi'1t tny h5.11d to grip him; when-1 la\'e it to my death that I don't )mow how h e done it-but up wid my h e els, and

'l'HE MYSTERIOJJS MURDER 71 11 Mush:i thrust am1.y. Little myself cares I was kilt d ea d this moment." And Andy scarco stirreil, until th o sentinel, again re verti ng his pieci>, sl u i v r d him off his post with sulliciont forco to send him staggering among tl e crowd bis cries had attracted in the st .reet before tho "He' ll never get a rd o' me ;-He'll die without p a rtin from :no l an' I'll nover know pace again, 'till tho so d covers myself!" Jt was now past nine o c!o ck. "Andy IIoulohan l"-whisperod a sharp Yoice in his ear. Andy turned to tho speaker. It \YaS Pady Loughnan : but Andy did n ot recognize him. ':l'here's pity on m y heart for you, Pady continued. "Muslrn i:;ood loock on you. h s little of it is t:i be found here." What 'ud do for a body, suppos'.n' he got you inside the dour o the cage?" 11 l'

72 THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. "Help, help good Christians, for :;. poor cripple!" cried th o lit tie fellow in the car. l'h : L t 's Loughnan, the bum-bailiff," said a young man in the crowd. "Touch his h e ad to the paving-stones ,'' said another. "Cl ean the kenn e l with tho thi e vin' bum," said a third. "Loughnan, take your lmnder from the cripple," ex claim ed severaJ. "What call lmve you to him?" asked a stout-built shoemak er, who, with his hands under ilis well-waxed Latlier aprJn, now advanced. "Ax tha t o' one tha.t. ill tell you," an s wered Paddy; "an' take awty y our big fists there, from my prisoner." "Di vii a take, to pH1se you." ":N' eighbors, don't let a poor crature, witdout power to help himself, be i 1 l u c o d for nothing at all," still ap pe aled the cr ipple. hLm go! resum e d the commiserating Crispin "Bother!" repli ed Lo11gl1nan, the object from his ca.r. "Where's yom warrant?" demand e d the shoemaker, with a face 0f knowle dge and imporl;a .nce. Musha httt;;hrd th e bailiff, "what a way you're in, to know l A :1' 'tisn't th e way you're in, but the figure you cut Como along a bon c hal." Let him go this mome nt, "-tho ::ham pion stepped up fierc e l y. 'Bight Joe r''-and--"that'. s the way to 11erve him I" -ai;d-"srnas h the bum !"-cried his seconders. "God bless you honest guod gentlemen!" prayed the subj ect of dispute. "I tell yez what," roar r d Loughnan ; "he' s a fair cap tion. Tb e r e 's lawful m oney ready; an' I'll sware a sa zurc agi11 every u g ly m othe r's son o' you." urse your law," r esumed Crispi n ; "llo you think we'll take it from you? Show ycur warran4 an' then n<] harm done. If not let God's cripple 1tlon!}. "9u 'Yh.aJ i\_ccount !" P!.!l GrPlf


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. '13 "Did you nevcib1mr tel l o' one Cro hoorc-na-bilho .... e?" "Whoo! )lc s lter. rtil y wclc OlllC ; un' bis n a t e c h ; lo t l .... i11' rc:i'dy tl11s many n. day Tlte d.i o r o pen e d to Paddy anti the at-last ca1Jturcd Crohoo r c 'L .... ltim al u1w iu hi;; .:::> ,:) ) ..::> alon g," bn.rked out 1\fottl11;w, as lie waddl ed b e for'. Th<'y had, for som e tl1sta11cc. to w alk thro ud1 a low n.r.:ll"d passag< until th'ily arrived :ot a Impd oor, which, !Jy 111c:1:is of a step-ladder, gave descent i n to the lower regions: and forc they :.rrhcd at this po'.nt, Patldy Loughnan spo;rn lmH to himsl'lf, hrilf to Arnly Houloli:rn. The y g aine d the t1 apd o o r. Croboore was heavily iron e d and nl i s cclgc, and then sliovctl tlown to Li s etra w ami his soon nftcr, Andy 'irns nllP. t o r e a c h the c ell where oltl Nc c 1 Shea had previous ly nrrivetl, to tu e a last. farew e ll of hi 8 SO?!. Little m0re tlmn a sh ort d ily l acl dapsctl since the still henlt! 1 y rose of y-:mth hlns h etl on the c h, ck that was white and livid; the that, s ec11re in h : 1ppincss, to sparkle with a most h nyhom i' s 1irt 'l'llS ll c arnll!ss nnd hollow. H e nppearctl at tl1e l oll' do o r, a s doomctl and judged a b e ing as the prisoner he came t.o visit; one for whom there w ;;s no l onger a hope or pnrpo s o on earth; one from wh"m the world and life had passnl aw:iy; who was indebted to tll c one for the light it lent, :nlil whir.ii he loved not, aml to the other for a puff of 1>rc:11h, tn \\ lii c h he was indi.tfer 1 nt. After Pierce, spring-in)! froni hi : he, felt the 1r emours and weakness of nnguish and tles pai!', and tottered untler his snd !Jurden. "Put me somewhere to sit tlown, Pierce," said old Ned Sllea ".N cttb t 1 o f u s ca n s t : m d The clergym:111 th e m t o th D shle o f th e wre t c h e d ? ed, the only sittin g pl a c e in th e cell. Thc10 P.c r ce s till h e ld bis father in hi s anus. 1. h1 ,Pierce be a .11 C'h ,oking, "I :lJU


I 74 THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. struck down ; the ould h cnrt is as drenry as it will be desolnte. I am come t;i speak to y<'u for the Inst time in this world; to kiss your check for the last time; to feel your arms around me for tile last time. "You ate greatly chuug ecl, Father,"snicl Pierce, endeavor ing to s y something "Oh I I thunk my God for thn.t I rPplied the old mnn, ir. a loud, shrill Yo1ce-" 'tis n good sil("n, Pierce-n good sign!" "Father, father, you 1.Jreak my heart, and make my death too Wdl, I neYe:wiabed to do llrnt; I'd wish your suff c rin' an easy one, Pi rec. Ilut oh, Father of nll, look down 011 us this 1!ay I Uqme n-vic:h, come to ;:ie-tbis is the only time I c : m lny hnnd on you." "Oh, lrnve pity on me, Father." "But 110; I spoki wrong. Once ngnin I will lny my on yon. But then," he added-in a voice of blackest de1pair -" then, Pierce, you will be n strangled corpse." "Ne d Sheu; compose yourself," interrupted the clergyman. Your good son will then be with the Great Father you h .1ve invoked, in hea ven Let us pray together." repeated old She:i. But, as they moved, he' gain in his embrace: 1 "Pierce. Pierce," be said "the p r or mother could not c ome to see you!" This t ook Pierce unprepared, and went like a knife throu g h his heart. He shrieked in ugony, and cast him self on th'l rustling straw. Tho dergy man again gently exorted to prayer. A ft9r some time they aboutto km 'el when a bustle in the pa s sage attracted their notice, aih! Andy Houlohan ru s h e d by the under turnkey, who at the open d o o r o f tho c ell. M y poor fellow h ave you come to see me?" said Pie rce 11olding o u t l 1 i s h and, as Andy n o w stat ione ry m gr. et" a lld h o rrur st .::tr e d upon the group. Yes, a \'i ck-just-just say-God ho wid you, stamm crc'.l t1ie faithful creature. "W Poing to pray,'' resumed Pierce; come


'!'HE Mtfit:DER. .. 1 .. Yer nnd joir. us-Father, whrn I am gone you will be this poo r lad, for he wns kind to llle. A foeble-moan came in answer from the fati1er. "I'm thankful to you, Piercw, a-cuishla-mo.chrce," continued ndy, still standing: "lllit thrre3 uo nr ed-no need. I'm oin' to stay in this part o' the counthry." "Don't. spake in that manner-don' t Pierce or my throat I !" Ile put his haad to his n eck; l1is face bect1me cd, iiwollen, and distorted ; and weczing of the rose, gradually louder, until it gain e d a tcrriule gush of ough sorrow. "I'm lookin' at yon," he r e sume ll, never 0 look agin. vVetwa(cbildcr, tog e ther; we war g a rcoons, to-I ether. Dut nO\V' you lave me be!.iind yo11. I'll put the sod on your early gmve." "This must not be," af"ain interrupted the prie st; "my penitent must be left alone with ml!." Just then the en trance of the jailor served to assist him in pu : ting his wishe11 in to effect. Andy flew to Pierce' s arms. The j:Jilor 1ore him nway. He C(lJJtinued to look on !1is fost e r-brother as he contin u e d to go b:ickwards, till the cell doo r was dashe-3 in his fa ce. '!'he clergyman then sil e ntl y led the father and son t0 a. hist embrac e lt was wordles s a.s the first they had exchanged at H:eir me c tin)!. After a long pause, in obe dienco to a whisper from his ad\ iscr, Pierce sunk -on his knees, cry i11g ont : "Father, your blesiing I and a forgiveness for the dis ob e dience that brought on this fate! But tho moment he undid l11s arms from his fa1her the man fol!, a dead weight, 011 th e f loor o f the cell Pierce cried-out, for he thought l1is lath e r wa s d e ad. 'l.'he priest soon ascertained how e v er, that he l1ad but fainted; and urged Pierce as soon as the slightest symptoms of recovery appeared, to cons?nt, Lefore old Shea again become aware of his situation, to a parting. It would be kind and merciful, he said, and easiest for both. The criminal at last yielded ; and when, over and over, he embraced his insensible parent, the old man wa.a.


'16 THE MTJR:t>Elt ,1 still in a state of :unconsc iousness conveyed out of prison. / .J CHAP'l'EU IX. '..THE lark, "His feathers saturate wit!: dew," was mounting to salute the ris e n sun with thPfirst song of spriu,g, wh e n Mr. ll:.LtTy, to whom. we have before in troduced the read er, was far on his way from Dub ; in to Kilkenny. At nn !nu, about ten miles from the last n:uned c .ty w here l11i had stopped to change horses, while l1is servant P:.Lt was busy soeiug that everything about tho carriage was nate and puny," and nccasionally inpecting tho orerations of the vil'.age smi1h, who exerted his skill to set to 1:ights one of the w:1eels that had some what suffered in tho mpid journ ey Mr. Ilarry, referring w his wa,lch, found, in considerabl-i alarm, it wa 3 a:1 hour later than he supposed it could be. Ho wondered how the miscalcufation could have occurred. It was, in fact, now lm,lf-past ten o'clock, and, even if the de s patch of the s mith should allow him to start that moment, he scarce expected to complete tho leu long Irish miles before him in less than an hour and a-h:i.lf. So that it must be noon as he rea c hed Kilkenny; l'ln l if :i.nothor accident or de hy should occur !-If tho s1rith did his work b :dly-If 1 he wheel fail e d a_'.!'nin-Jf but a pin-or a brace-or a p;vo t gavo way !-His heart boat high, and the blood tingleJ throurrh his frame at the thought. He rushed from t h e inn-door to que stion the smith. The, m a n wns p .ius ing for the return f1: om his smithy, at some distance off a gorcon he had dispatched thither, to


THE MYSTERIOUS : / 1 fe t ch a something or orther, Mr, Barry did not care to listen what. Ho stamped, and called for a hackney coach There was not one at homo. For a horso !-a horse wa<; led to him on threo Je2s, ior the wrf!tched anima! oni\ touched the very point the fourth to the ground "Goo : l God !" Mr. Barry er ied: what is to be done? such arr hour!" And now came the only comfort the smith, innkeeper, hostler, waiter, and chamb e rmaid, could lord him; his honor's watch was too fast. they said; muc 1 too fast, tlley assured him. "Them Dublin clocks and watches often set r oopio asthray ;" and even so, thou g h "the ch.ay" was not just then at homo, 1t ,,as expecte d every minute ; fresh from the road; little time would be lost, after all, even supposing his honor's own carriage wasn't done up before t at. Endeavoring to believe a:1d rely on these people, and urging the smit\ whoso gorcoon now appea red in distant view, Mr. Barry stood si!ent for some time, until, even in t l1e agitation of the moment, ho was intere!;ted by a new circumstance. At a part of the road-side, a littl e way down from tho rnn, there was tho termination of

I S THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. mediately opposite; his eyes drooped, and his air no seemingly inJifferent. In a few minutes a. strange-looking figure made it appearance, mounted on a stil: stranger animal. lt woul be difficult to pr.netrat e his through the expressio of his count enance : whether it b eto kened folly or knav ery, or such a mixture of both as \VO somet i mes m ee with was a qu es tion. H o wore a hat, bruised and bat ted, open at the top, that is, without a crown; l eaving to the v;s i ation of whatever weather happened to blow, the pate it served but to adorn. 'l'his relic of a cl!apeau waa stuck at one side of. his l 1rad, almost as ii it had hung a gain st a wn.11, giving a finis h to the idiot 1mp1 udenc e of h s look. H his foco puzzl e d :i physiognomist, the most expert Moses in Monm o uth Street wou d feel nta. loss to determin e the text ure or material of his attire, so be smeared_ was it with grease and filth and showing snch a sover e ign disr eg ard of button and button-hole, tlrnt a pin a skewer, or any other random means of faste11ing, was the o nly itgency to keep its parts together. H& b est rod e a rib-marked, lob-cared horse, of which th e trappings were in character wit.h tho'3e o(their owner, and the !1 iserable beast the)ll'-we cannut say, furnished. They consisted of a rusty bridle, knotted in many places; a "suggaun," or hay-rope, looped at either side, through by way of sturrips, the kn' gl.t thrnst his feet; while he sat on a large equally ladc' n on both e nds, that in a. de g ree served chariiably to hide the ribs of t.ho poor horse ov e r which th y hung. 'l'h o inn door at which Mr. Barry's c:trriabe was at th e side of tho ro nd, :i11d tho 1rny "a.s nenrly block ed np by it a ud the four h orse.3 that stood 1111barnessed, and the other four, putting to." Nevertheless, the newcom e r might easily h :we passed if h o \vished; but this did not seem to su t h s humor. "Do yez hear ye ,;cullions. Move a one side wid yoursl:llves, an' let a body pass," he cried l:itopping a. few yards from them. They took no n o tice of his command, a,nd be person


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. 77 Uy addressed the hostler who was now leading off the :!ded horse. "CQme, my enllaun. Lug dat umperin'-box out. o' y road;" meaning the c..irriage, and spem which 110 had advance d to converse with his friend. Mr. Barry overheard tho whole of this dialo!!11e, nnd felt much interested wiih the spenkcrs, pnrticuhirly with him who had last arrived. As hi s carriage was M last :ilruost ready, and his mmd more at rest, he hazarded a. "Aud pray, what have you got in the sack my goud fellow?'' "It's-:i. token you don't know, or you wouldu't enquire,! -replied the impudent dug, not a whit influeuc ;


8 0 THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. I'd by the O}'ident rank alll1 the gentlemanly address ot t !io spe:u;er. '\Vhy, plase your hon or." said "its a thous to one but ho has som e lwnest p oor man's bacon in j !." What a guess you"mn,kc', Ciooua.woo. Why, ti.Jo n, for all your know lodge, of oul

THE MYS1'ERIOUS MURDER. 81 Menntime, while the noise of the [butcber'11 fall seemed to create around only unmixed in::lifference, if not satisfaction. the noise of causcJ a stronzer feeling. As i t struck heavily upon the h a rd r oad, them was a c:as'iing, ging ing sound, very like wh:it m ;ght happen Jud it been fillc.l witll l arg e pieces of silver '!'his rou sed the suspicious of a ll who heard it, nn. He, therefore, instantly gave orders that the prcstrate hero should be f!.ecuretl, and. thM. his w,11!et should be conveyed into the inn, lor the purpose of un ergo ng an examination. The man \\'Ould answer no question directly, or smiously; but the sack hei11g opened was found liter ally to cont,\ n a !10ap of silrer plate:-part brok en up, aud part yet per e : t. A tankard, which Mr. B arry wok i:i his hand, still bore, the crest n.nd cypher of hi s friends. Further investigation enabled him to ui::;co1 er the samo marks on many of the broken pieces ; ancl, on other articles, different crests, thn.t belo: : ged to different families, thnt had b een plundered b y tho unlmown gnn g He was sti:l engaged in th e rxnminat1on. when the fellow, in whose posse1:sion th c s'.l ar1ieks had bee11 found and whom, having in tho lir s t instar.ce refuse d lo answer riny questions, Mr. Barry sent out of the room, again by his own motion, appeared b efo re him. Not entirely rocovororl from the effects of Sheemun's staff: bis former foul attire, rendered more foul by the puddle of the road, he a .ppeared a very disagreeable


82 THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. object. Rarry was struck, by the altered of the wretch's face. when he had first seen it, saucy idhtism s !emed its prevailing characte!; and a cast of silliness, derived from the, perhaps u11inter.tioual droop ing of the lower jaw, still attached t> it. But there 11as ul:>o a newly come scowl and gloom of dogged ferocity; but Mr. Barry thm1ght that murder gbred from the large, dull, grey eyC', overshadowed by thick eyot.row.s, heavily drawn together, :rnd forming a black ri6id line across tho forehead .Mr. Barry placed him before ti.Jc strong lighl of lhc win low, and looked long into those eyes; !mt the disgusting sla e of the other nc1P.r winced. How dill you C J mc l>y this stolen property P" he demaudcd in llis sternest tone. "Did you ever hear tell e:f how tho divil got de friar? -by cri po > lie got him just fern ho was. That's your answer, a bouchal, an' make much of,t." Mr. Barry declined, for two rnasons, any further <:ommu11ication with :\ crLature so loath some; first, because h e had not patience to coJt.inue his s; next, becau s e carriage was now :rnnouuc e d us quite ready, un.J :1 more pressiug July hurried lij111 away. Nor mJst the reader suppose that, even fJr an in1 estigation of such momeut, :rny timo beyond that which tho smith's prepar alions re11derod uua\'oidable was spent in th, i inn. 111 fact, t11oug h our desc ription lias be e n neces sarily long, S".art!C !11010 than ten mi11utcs Im I elaps e d from llle arrival of the old Bocc hoch to th e tl'nnin:ttion of the young g o n's inq11iries of the butch r Now rapidly replacing wi h his owu h:rnds tho pi lo of pl:Lte in the wallet he pnt it iuto his ca.rrht ;o, flung :irtcr it ordered his s ervant to follow in the cha s e that ha I just arrived, with tho :suspected per on in custody, _and giving dir e ctions for Hrery drivi11g to his own pustil11on, startoJ off for Kil kenny. \Vo sho11ld not forg e t to say, that on his quick passage from t h o iun to his carriage-dour, ho looked round in vai11, and iuquir e d in vaiu for tho old ma11, whose


MYSTERIOUS MURDER. 83 before he wielclo his stafT, now to .Mr. Barry's mind, as something very necessary to have ex plained. Disappointed, however, i11 seeing him )l!3ar, l.e could, in his urgent despatch, only loave acld1tional com mands with hh1 servant to iook alter h s oerson, and, if possible, convey him also to Kilkenny. Pat gaped, thunderstricken, at tho order to sit down in the same vehicle v.ith the greasy and otherwise soiled butclrP.r. "Plaso your honor," said he, just as his master drove away, "wouldn't bo well done to tho host'er rub him down a. bit ?-he's so mortial

84 THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. long locks; the rich wav('s combed back, hung cuds :i.roun I his face and shoulders. At the instnnt of his uppearance, the young man's face was flushea, eveu beyond its natural ruddy hne, to a scarlet blaze, the evidence of .the burning fever of mingled emotions th:it reigned within !Jim-of human shrinking from his hvriible fate, spite of nrnnly effort aud religious z eal lo endure bravely. The :nomeut his eye met the gazing crowd, it fell, and his checks rnpidly \Jccamc hvi c l as death. This change was not, however, the effect of moral cowardice. He' wus soon able to mnn :self again, and to take a second and composed survey of the thousands. of living crent11res that starell so strang ely :md so fcarr ully upon hio1. llis coqntc nance then assu!ue.l P n expression in unison 'ilh t:ie prepared and resig.111id state of his previous thoughts; and which, lO!\'Clhcr with his ban. Isome, manly form, drew down unqualified pity and compassion. All was once more prepared. 'l'hc so1di c rs close d arounJ him t1nd the priest: his were pinion e d. The left,.however, Ile pnssed t!:irough that of his r everend compnnio n ; his hand held a pruyer1.Jnok; nnd C ;ivalcade nnved on. The sheriff, with his w:iitc wand, attended by the stiff gruff jailor, immediately prccelled him. A car, holding Pierce's coffin anl.1 his e x ecmioncr, the la s t agent of tlie law-dis guised from popular r ecognition by a outside coat, a slonc ed hat, and a black mask-closely foll0wcd 'fhs procession gained the l:ist turning of tlle lust suburb strcP-t it had to trnvers '. The higlI gallows-tree was before the culprit. At first sight of it he stepped hack a lit tl e nnd presse d t ight th e arm of his prie st. A few words of kind and s111Jli111c c n cv uragc;n cnt from th e z e al o u s clerg y. man gave him i1ew nei e ; n o w lie w :dked on quicker than cvl'r. At thi8 m o m ent some 8tir allll noise iu th<' cnnvd uc l1illll clivc rtcd i::cn c rnl atll'n1 i u n lro111 t .Ju; chie f obj e ct. T11e u 1 1 s1lc inc r e a se d ; th e croll'd ( e ll h : 1 c k A carriage clro e r11riously up in a c r,, s s direction; nn

F--THE MYSl'ERIOUS MURDER. (} f _The culprit and his priest stood under the gallows. The clergyman, a young man like himself, held his hands, and, with tears of mingled grief an ( l zeal running dow1i_ his chl'eks, continued to speak the lust grand wonls of comfort" and 1ro mise. Then he the lips, and intimatcd sheriff that his penitent was ready for bis ruie. But scarcely bud be spoken, when a ph rcing ECl'Ciint was heard without, an c l a woman, darling :ike ligltning through the throng and the gu:i.rds, broke into the inward space,. anken roar of hum!\n voices, rat!ler than intermittent sbouts.


D 86 THE MYSTERIO U S MURDER. "A, repriVe I\ r<:prive !"-the y exclaimed jumping lier 1 and there ns they and thro wing up the i r hats and c aps 1 yql only showin g in the whole of t;1e ir mad joy, nt ti.Jc sa i h1g of one _lif e h o w ckar, IJc y o n c l words h tlrcir ml\d joy at th e sav i n g of o ne fcllow -ercature 's life, how h denr, beyond words or utterance ) s the love of life in the hi1man bosom. : 'l'be tumult r o s e highe r, as t l c or carriage wheels t wns ngain hc nppron c hing th e 1-'.allow s-g rccn, m _1cl ns all cnu ght tl1c sight of a white handkerchid wuvi n g lligh in the 111r, :lt the t o p of a lon g r o d t1 11lake way mnke way !"---,cried the sheriff "Soldien, \ fall back, ari cl'makc wny !'' ] A.t lnst a clear w>ty was made lo the sbcrilf. In drove the cnrringc that Imel before be e n s een; P ol, sear e d on the 0 01 '. with his rod wuite fiag, and Mr. llurry h alf "ny 111 window. In the n ext Ilnrry wns t>y Ili c side of Pierce Sh el\, nss i sting in t ear;ng 3."'llY 1he ct:r\1 thnl pinioned him, ehnkin .!:! his henrtily mHI trium1hnntly,11nll spenkin g rnpid 1 y to c lirs that h eed e d him 1101. \Ve hnvc not attempted. to de s cribe the workings of Shea's h eart dllring t he Inst few minutes ; nor shall we now nltcmpt it. '\Ve c ontent o urEe vcs, therefore, "ilh relating tbc' nppcnrcnce only of Pitrce She a, nt this great moment-He stood wit !Jout word or gcs- ture: he stared besee c hingly around him; he seemed incre dulous to the announ cc 11Jent of preserved life, nnd a l ong of ha.ppy days to come Death nnd h e h n.I mnde ncquair.tancc; they !incl shaken on the very l imit of the unknown world, ns the youth' s linc k turn e d o n the reality of thi8, his e y c s withclrnwn from it s snnshin e n o e l his cars shut n g ain s l i1s )1a p y sounds: hope fle d his h eart; the Inst, Inst h o p e o lif e ; h e hnd cease d t o think h e livelli that death had yie l d e d up hi s victim! To h e 10!\I of .ifc ngn n nnd of clnys 11nd years o f hl1 sse J lif e To feel the s e c<'ml h i :th of hope withi,u him Ile lo o ked ns if he du s t not lie !icve it. Mr. Barry soon S(l.IV tho innt1lity of continuing to gi v e any d e t a il e d inform ation to h s young friend, and for t h e present attended ouly to his situatio n. He gently released from his hands; she bad fainted under the first announcement of the joyous new:1, and Pierco caught ber, and h!!ld PW from falling. 'rPen, causing wipfl lw


'l'HE MYS'l'EHlUUS MURDER. 87 u g ht to the spot, Mr. Barry gave some to the rescu e d h, him seat himselt, and, by degre t s, rc->stored tone of his thougl:ts and seusations, 1111til pco1 erce could at l e n th gratefully and return of l1is true lriond, aud lrneel down in an k s to He:wen and to h1n;. Now, too, he was ab: o to understand 1ho subj ec ts ] ;is alous friend and patron had be :o. e vainly endeavored expl ain. :Hr. Barry stated that, owing to tho sudden ss ol tho account he had received of Pierce's 111isfor rne, tho Jato hour of tho night at which it. had reacl1ed im, and the n ecess ity fur instantaneous departur e fro m ublin to Kilk e nny, as scarcely a minute could be pared, he bad prelCrred a firE t ap p lication 10 the dg.i by whom Shea h ;1d be e n tr:ed, and who was on tho pot, r .. ther than run the hazards of remaining au hour wa. y in n egot i a tion with tho viceregal gol'ernmcut. '.!'ho etter ho hnd r cceivl'd in Dublin, toge ther with l1is per o nal knowlodp:o uf' Pierce, enabkd him : 1 t once to give he judge such infor11rntion of his character, c f 1ho cirumsta11ces bf which he had been rodt:ced into Whito o,vis m and of his gt1i: tloss conduct dnrin g tho n the proctor, as at once I rocureJ the l'

. t i 88 THE 1.(URDER, and atl4irnd on Alley, who had just recovered fro-m her swuon in the arins of some female, to whom Mr. Barry, I in his Im te had been ob l i ged to consi g n h e r Sbea.,l1ad 1rnver b e furo soen this p e rs o n bnt she look e d moan and squalid ; and, as h e wondered h o w such a. cioature could p r esume to exercise O\e r h i s mis tre s s the authority and oflic iousness ho uow s aw her evin co, remembrance, bit t o r remembran ce, aw olcc. 'l'h c y gaiuod tho s l o w movin g body of soldiers, and Picrc o n : co g n zod his foster-brother. Andy m ado a headloug jump upon tho guards, to reach him; he was at f:ir. t violently repul sed; but, at a. word of e:cplanation from tho prisoner, they paused a. moment, and admitted him He plunged on Pierce like a tige1; squeezed him despernwly in his tic arms; let him go; danced round him, yelled again aud a!rain smote t ho paveing stones :11 mery bound. Then, suddenly darting through the sol diers ho iaise d his vuic;:i l ouder than evur, ha.d gallopeci off, in a coutrary direction; no one knew whither, why, or wherefore. .. We liavo det.-'l.1lod tho manner in which, a few hour! b e foro Pierce' was led out for execution, Crohoon foll iuto the ha11d& of P_addy Loug hnan, :ind und e r the lock and key, bolt and bar, of Matthe y, the grirri jailor ] t was the. VHry la s t day of the assizes and he was 111most iuimediately arraigned and tr.ej on the char g e of having rnurdered his master and nmtress, and their poor lcml)-le servant. 'l'hf' trial rapidly went on ; the chain of evidence was.conclusive. 'l'he fact of his sharpeni!lg the billhook on the night of t_he murder; the quarrel, and the blo\V g1veo him by his master, which, orera,ting on a na ture so dark and misanthropic, seemed the cause for vengeance that had been so long threa tened, or at least indirectly al l uded to; the marks of the feet on the litter at the stable-door, ex:ictly corresponding with the pai1 of old brogues found after him ; the print of bloody fiugers on tho hasp, as he w ent iu to steal the horse ; and finally the encounter with him on that l).orse,


'1"liE IMYSTERIOUS M.URDER 59 s he boxe away the wretched daughter of his wretched ictims. At the moment of his conviction, something like a spasm ot tc1Tor shot, however, across the wretch's unt:Q U l h f e a t ur es. As ii to hide rrom all th t looked OU lii111 t 1 c cvi peak, and' the silence bec; br1 athless. "My lord 1he juJge,' he said, in a steady and not unmelodious voice-it was nature' s sole gilt to a being she sce111l'd otherwise to have fopned in aversion; aud the lull, uuquailiug tone slowly rolled over the deep p u c. ".My lord the judge, go on. I stand here to .listen to your sc 11ience: nothing ha.vo I to sny against it; my tim.e to pak9 is not yet conie. You will tdl me I 111ust hang like ti dog upon the ga.llows; but--" a grim s111ile crossed !iis foaturcs-"the skiubecah's fingers will never b c -laitl on my :1eck. Do your duty, my lord tho judge, your words cannot ha.rm me. No more have I to say." '-Corncli_us Field," he said, "you have been .founCl guilty, by a jury of your country, of a. cool and deliberate 111ur der, and one of a character tho most frightful that ever shocked n court of justice." At tliii pai of the...., ... \!, tears started into the con


90 THE :MYSTE:IHOUS MURDER. vict's eyes, and the hetic struggle of_ some great and over powering emotion warp e d his disagre eable teatures. He brush e d the tears away with 0110 hand ; b ?nt his head on the otl:cr; and, whc.ri hA again l ooked up, his face was calm a.s before. Tho judge continued: Yo u have deiugod with bloo d earth that so lorig chee red you,-nnd with the blood of ge n e r o us protectors: for all kindn esse s and charities recoived, you luwe brought do\rn woe in shape, ou their hos pitable root : Pr. eparQ for a terrible and prompt rec koning. But, before I proc eed to pass upon you the s en tence 6f tho bw, I would for your soul s sake, earuest l.v ad,iso you to offor to an enraged God, and a detesting world, by resl ori11g-if sh e yet lives-the probab y ruin ed cre:lture you Jmvc carri e d olf,-lhe only s l i ght pro piria1ion it is in your p o wer n o w !o make." 'I will restore her," inlL'rrupted the culprit, slowly and deliberately. "Do so : and Heaven give you t h e grace to keep that expressed resolution durin g the Yery short space of t i me allott<:d to you on this earth. 'l'ho .sentence of t.ho court is that you b e tak e n fro m the place where you stan d to the place whe nce you C

t .... THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER: 91 ing himself a. very athletic, courgeous, or active person, ran to collect the force in attendance. Matthew, tbejailor, who -occupied" his usual place rn the barrier between the outer and inner docks, strove, with all his might, to tear away the hands of the dwarf Jrom the breast of the per son be But th e grip was kept with almost super human force. 'l'he man himself; a powerful athictio fig ure, ex ertetf his strength to the utmost. At first h e pushl?d with his :1rms against tha siJe of. the dock, .and swung ont from his captor: then Ju was seen to snatch a pistol Jrom his and, ere hinJra1ce could be offer ed, he fired it in Crohoore's face. But, from the strug gling, tho shot took no effect; glnncing npwa.rds, fortn for the spectators, also, and stnkin)! ne11r the ccil iog,orthe courthouse. 'l'hen Crohoorere doubled his efforts Ilithetto, he had stood on a form, placed in tho dock to elevate him suffi c i e ntly before the eyes of the court; from this he jumped into body of the dock there, still holdin g firmly to his man, flung himself a own ; and by the hanging weight of his body, unwittingly assisted, in deed, by 1\fatthe-."'s coutinucd tug6tng, as well as by lie anmi sing power of his own arms, actually succeeded in dragging over the wooden bar the object of his unaccoutable hostility. Both rolled on the ground within the dock, and a dread ful scuffle went 011 between them. The man fasten e d his hands on Crohoore"s throat, and the dwarf was nearly suff ocated. Again he cried out for help; and"Ho ho l" h e continued, half choki11g-"l\:l'y lord the judge, ;i;ive your orders to saze upon thi s m:rn-1'11 havo more than au hour, n o w if a friend is_ as loocky as I amh e lp, or he is gono !-He chokes me, to keep down my words1sazc him l-1'his is tho murderer of the Dool ings !" ".Yes, sit'," exclaimed Mr. Barry, rushing in, and addressing the sheriff, who had re-entered with his force. "Here i:s your warrant lor the apprehension of that man. As a magistrate ot your county, I to your charge,"


9:J THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. ''Thanks to y our honor," said Crohoore, 19osing hi grasp, when ho sa\V his antngo1iist secured by other hands; "I give y our noble honor thanks from my I kne1v you d bo in time to stand my friend," and he lightly bounJed to the form upon which he had formerly stood, at front o the dock A l l eyes wore, of course, nolV bent on the man w ho had been so unexpect e dly t a ken int o cus tody, and so sudd e n Jy accused of the dreadful crime& for which an ot h e r was about to suffer Take off that outside coat from the said the judge, p : iusing iI,l his con versatiou w it h Mr. Barry. His comnfands were obeyed; and the h a ndl e s ot two large pistols, exclusi, e of th a t at C rooh o re and which he had dropped, wor o se e n pr o j e cting from the b som of his inner garb. Remove his hat, n:id the pat c h and hanker c hief from his face," the judge continued Thi s too, w u s done; and th e gnilt-stricken c 9 untenance of th e re a l murderer was t hat of OUJ: old acquaint:auce, Rhiah pomu. r C H A PT ER X I. T N T O the d o m esl i c '.tpn. r : m c nt. o r tlie trustw o r t h y j a i : o r w e h ave next t o in t r odueo our rcaJor. In M a tth e w's a prtrln1e111, snc h ::s i t i s aro n o w :i.s 0111hled th o who m w e !:alte r o ur se l th o reader is-disp ose d to follow an ywhe re t h a t h e m a y witn ess the imestig a t i ou wit h whic h they aro eng; 1 .god. '!'h ey con s ist o f M r Ban:y, a i ded by two o t h e r cou nty ma g i strate s ; hiLhe rto lormid able C r o h ooi e ; Pie r ce Shea-the rescued Pie rce Shea ; Rhiah Doran well guard ed and hand cuffed; his acquainta.nce, 'l'im Ly1l(lop, ;il s o


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDElt isttended; -sheemun Croonawnee, whom Mr. Barry's set Ita:it failed to secure, but who now cMne at call; Audy t.A.wling, as Pierce's shadow; thntlemon," began Mr. B;+rry, addressing his brotber magisLrates, and b:111ding in a pn.per, "have the goodness first to r ead that deposition. lt 1s Miss Lovet'3 anJ of much 'l'hey did so. .M:r. Barry went to Lhe door, and re turned, l eading in the JaJy mid her fat.her. "Is 1hat your signaturt', .M:iss Lovett?" asked of the magi s trate9> showing tho deposition. -It is my signature," answered the graceful and ful depon e nt. "Have yo11 read the contents of this affidavit, and are they true?"' "They are;" and Miss Lovett swore to truth. Mr. Barry now led h r towar J s Rhiah Doran, ar;d de mandfd,' "Is that the man ?" "'l'i:at is the ma:i," said the young lady; and with her fatl:f:r left the roorr "By this evidence, then, resumed Mr. Barry, the tali er of the prisoners clearly stands nccused of havi11g led the l!'nni; of robbers, who only a .Jew nights ago, plua Jercd Lovett's house. "The plate I have shown you, gentlemen, and part of which, by t!: e crest and cyphers upon it, is proven to 11a\'e been carried off in that robbery, I found in the po3 session of the other prisontlr He therefore s:11nJs charged as an accomplice. Let us now trace their con with a more horrible outr.ige. Jailor, remove u of hearing, into sepf.rate place3 the two priso:iets and e mendicant." -r -. ., ?


,, l J TiiE MYS'l'ERtotts .. 1 D u ran, Lynd<>p, and Sheemun, were accordingly ied out, and the door closed. Crohoore," Mr. Barry continued, "proceed with the cxplanat on we are all anxious to hear." "\Villyoiir honor give me my own way?'' "Y <'S; proceed." "Come forward, Dora Shea. lhe sister of Ned Shea, nnd the aunt of Pierce S hea,. who is to tho fore. Come forward, and first tell in the face ot these gentlemen, and of your own nephew, who and what I am.'' 'l'he speak .er elevated his low figure to its utmost height; a smile of pride aud triu mph a n ow. and n o t ex pression to his generally-npelling fen.lures, as the little, stooped hag totten'n died, and Cauth DoGlini; dropped mothers tcal'!!I O\'er him. Alter some Jitc!e time I gave over 1 he shoo liu' lift', .My husband, Garodhe Do11ohoe, the Ilocchoch, we?.t to liv e amo ng the hills where fast by his cabi1i-door, he had a way into 1 he ould l1idi11' 'place in tl .1e mth, md people called him LIH: e11m-11a-S1ieeog. I didn't want 'l'ony Duoling's boy to help n1e begging, and I .left him where his father found him." H e re tho shrill voice of Dor.;. Shea failed "You ha\'e to tell, a-roon ?'' said Crohoore "Yes, I h:we, at:d I will tell it. It was many years b efo ro the murd er, that young Anthony Dooling, now bforc ye, came w i th his gun a111011g Lhe hills, and stroll in' into my c:tbin, fountl out the secret of Gorodhe Dono hoe 's place in the green rath. 'l'o keep him sileut, for lte was a llJ}art.y boy, not afraid of the fairies, nor to be imposer! u on like the others, I told him-God forgive me all my hug sins-I told him he was my own son, and I reminded him qf upon his body, no one but himseir or 11 mother ou ght to know. It was plain to me he never wished to see mot. her, bi:t l found him


\ 'THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. 95 .. good and dutiful, liko a Mn, from tha.t da. y out. Ho never knew the truth of his real bir h, 'till the :.iight he brought his own s:stcr A:lny to my cabn. Then, wis h ing : o saYo him from a s111 I now know ho never inten d ed, I whispered in his oar, the minute they came to gcthor before me, tho words tlmt gave him all tho knowl edge." "Aye," snid Crohoore, interrupting his nnrrntor; "I "!"''18 then told I hat! a Father I coultl be proud of, 1u11! 11 1\Iother I could Juv e, nm! I kn ew they Jay murthered that vcr_v 11ight. I wns tole! I had a e r, but he was gone; I was told I h:1d a Mothtr-sho w11s gone,too-Oh I thought the h art m my body would burst that night l" 'l'he tears nm down bis cheeks nnl sobs rent his ::iosom. On tliat nigut, that bloody ni ght, I stole out, nflcr the family rt stcll in their \JCad. Sheemun and I jumped out, and the y speeded away without their plunder. "I put Alley on the ho1:se, senseless, and turned my face, Sheemun near us, but out of sight, to her bloody home. She came to herself, knew me, an' coiled me her destroyer, prny. IP.-' to her father a E,1!-W llo"!)'


96 THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. J tbe was. A ll<'y hnd never seen who cnrricd her off; the b:m1la ;: e was on h<'r eyes till I r c mov1d it, and now she thonitbt I wa s the n11\n, J f eare d 10 uc callt-d a munlcrer. Every thing was :tgainst m e ; nnd I fcarc1l I'd lie made to snfl'cr fur the dec1ls o[ others. I k11ew I h:11l 110 fri c nils lo stand L>y me -1i.1t a creature to hcli e v e the innocent. !So, I made up my mind to take i\J t;y hide her, to be:ir the <'hnrf"C, nn' in wit! auld Sl1eem11n, who, for all Jlis s!wolin thrnde, I fonnd Joyal, to work h<'aven and e11rtl1 until we mmle off the only 111.1n tl1at coul d the. crime upon the th rue person. I m1ie the nrnn that ro1lc loy the sitle o' Duran, that night, anti wlio s e face we saw well n evi r to forg c t it. "Arc you sure of the face and person of the man yon saw with l>ornn on the ni :;ht of tue ?" aske d .Mr. lfarry. "As a s of :my fnc e :111d ruau I now see foreucnt me. Ile w&s in the room just nvw." Mr. Barry Matthew, who ng:iin withdrew, returning with nt least a dozen ill-looking follows !lb nut him. "ls he i11 the room nt prcgcnt ?" nskcJ n. m : tgi > ll'n her. ):;he screamei l struggled for some tim e in \'nin; until at last a body of servants, led on by Crvhoore, rushed iu and saved her, the vii hill escaping through an open window. Re wore a mask, hut it fell fr:!m him i11 the shocking strnggle, nnd Miss Lo vett was therefore t 1111bleol'd for you." inlerrnpte d l\Iat. t!Jl!w, who returne d alron e "w!Jcn I bud th e Jud in the stone jug, 'till he wus let out, tlie fnir day o f 'Ki k ei:ny." "lt was on that very day," resumed Crohoort;, "tbat my sp_y first saw porn, to ethcr. .to take p


THE MYSTERIOUS MURDER. 97 1 look at 'em, bnt. they were gone. This morn in' enrly he saw ; hem again on the s treets in this town, with the knowledge Lhat Lynclop was to be on the road to Dublin, to sell wh11t ivas in his wallet. Siocemun and my se lf were to thrnck 'em, 'On two good loorsrs, whichever wuy they w ent, in co111pany or :ilone; and I only came, like 11 e ripplc in n c:ort, to meet ouhl Neel She1i comm' out of jilil, and to spake the word coo1fort to him, bec1ise I knew his son would not die. But l was taken there." The magistr'.1t e s were and the clerk b gan to make out a committal for the two Dorans and their friends. One pint more sce:ns necessary for my poor protego, Crohoorc," continued Mr. Barry "You arc sworn, Miss Dooling to give :in account of this man's con u uct tow;ord you, in your concealment." "It was the conduc;t of the brother, he proved himself to be." answered Alley. "All the comfort be could pro cure me in the ;;;e cret place, where, along with my unfor tunate Aunt and bar husband, I remained, Crohoore prov i ded. Seldom, indeed, did he visit us; but I knew he was out in danger for my welfare. I knew, in fac t, .bat Doran, for his own purposes, s 1 ill tried to get me into his power. And I was cont'.)nt to stay where l was, nuder my Brother 's protection, until bettor days might come for me--and for ethers." At her last words, Alley's eye turned involuntary to Pierce Shea. 1 I presume, gentleme:h, I shal l now have your coopnration in forwarding to the government such a vin dication of surprising man as shall induce an immediate rescind'.ng of the unmerited sentence passed upon him?" asked Mr. Barry. His brother magistrates expresseJ their great willingness and anxiety tu make the ry statement. Once more tho gentleman conversed in private, as Pierce Shea, recovering from a sudden con vulsi o n of new and joyful feelings that, during Alley's answe:-, had crowded round his heart, sprang towards )rnr, exclaiming: G ,reat Goq l }}ow bee!} f3Very way


L 93 I THE MYSTERIOUS .MURDER. upon '!-Alloy," be added, holdin g both h e r hands in hi and looking into her eyes. "An' now, Pierce Shen, Friend of my father, is your midl'lr al l'l'St. ?" .1skcd tho Dwarf. \v11 "It is, inde('(l," answered Shen. "Oh! I have wronge, 1 m, Alllly, 1 fear, bt,yontl forgive "l'levu say that," said Crohoorc. "Since we hid our plnn\.r1 from yon, ns we too hot to he gniuplo were in other's arms, oblivious o 1 all prese nt, sa1 each other. At the moment,!nll the p e rson I nsscmblr t1 started ronnd at n sudden whoop, uttered from R < corner, by 110 other than A1dy /\1Yli11i;: who, when Bnrry rather f lrnri ly inqniretl the cause of this i11tkc cnt intcrrnp ti on, thus ex plained. "l\fasth c r <.Jrohoorc," scrnp'ng respcct[ully, "m11ybo you'd tell a;hody a mnlther or two, thnt he'tl be very ghcl to !

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