The Fenians, or, Neil O'Connor's triumph : a story of old Ireland and young America

The Fenians, or, Neil O'Connor's triumph : a story of old Ireland and young America

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8 OH APTER Tliil: on Kathie O'Connor's cheek, revealed by the I gilt of the evening fire, was too deep to be the index to a calm splrit and a happy heart. Taken along reso lute though half-appealing expression of lar-ge b)ue eyes fixed in reverie, there was enough tt> suggest some secret trou'lile and indignation-t o convince the careful observer that the gifts of home and friends and a beauty so rare it"had won for the maiden the appellation of Bloom of Klllarney, had not altogether suftlced to protect herragainst the vicissi tudes common to our race. Sitting her rosy finger-UP,. dee p ly Indenting the crimson cheek, over against her1 likewise fiund latltidea of the North. 1


8 THE FENIANS. At the feet of Nell O'Connor crouched a couple of dogs, not belonging to any of the common breeds; these their young master alternately incited to belligerence 'ivlth each other, and with a few low-spoken words soothed and shamed into fawning upon himself in most humble abjectuess. While apparently thus employed, the handsome and intelligent, though somewhat erratic, hotspur youth, through constant glances of a pair of sharp, laughing eyes, kept open,. uncon sciously to her, a line of communication with his sister, by which he acquainted hims lf fully with her thoughts and feelings ot an a perse of dull r p'ercej>tiorls could have done in unrestrained conversation of hours' length. By-and-by the elder.O'Conner Fese stifily as an automaton, folded his newspaper like the same mechanical apparatus, and still without the recognition of the presence of his children, went out of the house. The shutting of the door with that sharp clicking of the latch and dull, jarriug echo throughou t the cottage, just rnused Kathie so 11:1uch thiit &fe turned her head, leaning the other over-tl:qshed cheek upon the dimpling flngers .ofthe. other plump little hand. At the moment Nell seized with a jerk the pendant ears of one of the dogs, flapping with them th' e nose ot' the other1 stubby and blunt as a and the aui1nals snapping and growling. 1 Arrah,'' be then exclaimed, take the o : yer 111-lookln' wh1te teeth inside the jaws: o1 ye 'now, or)t's mese1r will ftog ye both. For shame Eric I What'd ye be after doln', Rookh? lf ye'll 11ay it's lack o' mate sets ye threatnln' to devour each 1yer brithElr, we'll go bleed a stag by moonlight in his 11?rdShlp's park-there, l:>e alsy!-aisy, I say I Aren't we thi-e'e a8 fair united Iris hmen as any ot' '97, sure?. Heart$ or steel we are : but paceabJe for the prisent as underground mfoe. We know lfow, when the time comes,, to slip Ireiilnd t o' the or her lnemies, ai an egg is sucked obt o tl\e 11hell-och, isn't it the truth l'm spakin', itie o, ay now, the o' yer on me ra<\e, !rye mean yes intirely." Dufing the last part' of this spe : ch the mastet had drawn himielr up and 6ack in #ill chair; while the shorter ; ef'the two dogs had sprupg upon his 1-nee and the tatit:r r ired with fore placed on liis BhQulder, and both r r moat vigorously demonstrating their afl'ection by licking h111


THE FENIANS. 9 l"heeks Inside and out, his forehead, eyey, neck and ears seemingly bent on out-doing each other. When tbis scene had lasted long enough ror the of Neil a word from him sent his servile friends down, one pn eithe r side of him, where they lay prone along the ground, their heads meeting beneath bis chair. '.fhen at last be lookedstralght into his sister's face, without any fur ther at....;mpt .at s.tealieg her thoughts unawares; yet still, throughout, his expression of cduntenance was little changed fr:om its ltal;>itual jollity and careless preclpitancy. "Kathie!" Kathie aid not stir, nor even turn her eyes on her brother, but "What's it, ?" "Did ye come back to-night over the downs?" "Did I the path for half the way overshoe with water by the late rain s ." y OU came over the hill?" "Where else, of course." "Was Glyn Brodrick in yer company?" "Indeed, it's yourself may answer that question, Nell. When you've a decenter tongue, 'twill be time for "Arrah now, don't be angry with me for spakln' that name, Kathie It's plain ye're In love witb Glyn, as the boy himself is in love with niy sister, or ye'd nlver be makln' a show o' temper for a poor raison like that. it's Glyn Brodrick has seen you home within the week, and will again." "Not in broad day has he, or any besides." Ah then, how should I know ye was back be(ore dusk at all? But what's the use o' yer .see min' dlsplazed, when I see the ba sli fuln ess in y e r e y e, and yer lips lookin' lik e swaie wine. By Saint P ete r, though, Glyn was not the nam e It matt e red with me to spake about to-ni:tht." "No, but his sister Ro se's Ro s e is well, and as handsom e as at church last Sund ay-if ye r e member where yer eyee were lookin' all the time o But Nell,"-serlously" Rose is a sober, right-mind e d girl, who'd sooner put out her own eyes than marry with one of your wild courses." Wllcf courses Is it I Be alsy now I Isn't it I that has turned square about, and the pralst is not the pattern or a boy as I am myself."


10 TllE FENIANS. Kathie shook h& head. "Indeed then," confessed her brother in an altered tone, it may as you say in all else, but I'll be the like,s o' one to stand between you and harm, Kathie, while I've breath i1,1 my body or a finger to my hand. Hear that now." Tears sprang to the eyes of Kntliie O'Connor. She knew that, be his failings what they might, her. brother lOved her almost better than everythin g in the world besides, and she felt, alas I that a crisis in her life was ai hand, where sympa thy and assistance 1\'ould be invaluable. Neil quitted his canine body ghard, and coming over, seatep himself b,y bis sister's taking her hand in bis. "This then ls the question, Kathie, a8 I was comln' to at the first. Was it by the hill you came?" What other waJ. shpul4 I?" returi:ied Kathie, mildly. It's you bas asked I that before.'' "True for ye. Holy saints, that's not the question at all, this. Perhaps some one was after matln' and spakin' with ye as ye came on yer way:-it might be his lordship as would offer that insult.'' "Lord Lismore bas been speakin' wlth father." About you ii" He has And to marry, you?" 'Tis that he wishes still." "'Aud father?" pursued Neil, half starting from his chair. "He's growin' to favor bis lordship's wishes. He repeated to me this hour nil that was said, and aclded it was a won1 derful condescension altogether for a lord-an earl's son-and few would ever have the reasons I had to be proud.'' Saying this th le burst into tears. Neil sprang to his feet. "Curse-" 0 I stop, Neil, stop, or ye'll be sorry one day;" springing up and flinging her arms ropnd her neck, while the dogs bounded forward with a yell. Lord Lismore I It's meself as will curse him and every English nobleman on Irish soil that ought to be free. Curse hiii head and foot for a blac

THE FENIA.NS: 11 wic ked. Better I !!hould be bounil In an unhappy marriage, thllll you should ftlel the hangman's rope?' Bot you're not t.o marry his lordship, come whatever. Think o' yerselflivin' up at the Ball as its mistress, and I lookin' down on yer Cather's cabin here. What'd it. be but despisin' yer own ll.esh and blood? Think o' shlnin' in jewels in London, bought with the tithes an d hearth-l!loney o' yer countrymen and brithers. Arrah, I'd be huggin' the conecience of one that's myself and the murtherer of a big blackguard and spalpeen, sooner than the c,,onsclence ye'd carry In yer buzzum that day-barrio' the facto' Glyn Brod rick a suicide because o' yez. S!!oy, Kathie-say for a darlint, ye niver will marry his lordship, niver. Sure ye see the two dogs glintln' up for answer now." I wisf you'd be sendin' the dogs from h ere They look as fierce as if hind's blood was upon their Did they never taste 'that same, Neil?" significantly. 'What goOd are the bass, ave it's to get us all lntd trouble?" 1 "Whats tqe gir.J sure? Girls are the qnarest wid their biotin' aftd glintin'. I ask yer promise -of refusln' hls lordshi p M L I k'now you intind, and 'oft' ye go on a question of dogs and game." need I promi,se w haJ y e wetl, I'll never u\arry his lordship If I can help It-though It's a fool ye are intlrely, N'ell "-hldlf!g her cheek lovingly in bl' breast-" to be spakln' o' Glyn that l\lay. He'll never be shorteuln' his days for the likes o' any girl In the connthry as why should he that can have )lls pick o' them that's left? But when ye talk, Neil, o' savin' me out of his lordship's power, Is it that way ye're doin' at all? I'd not be blamin' ye with a l_ieil, but who was it supped his friends on venison at the Sign o' the Elk, and where, Neil, did the venison come from-that's all ?" 1 "Has lordship accused me ?-tell me that, now." Neil struggleil for a bold still; he even putthe In terrogation with the spirit of one prepared to redress his own grievJlnces; but in spite of himself the of his eye went under a little cloud of guilty fear; so that the dogs who took their cue from him, instantly crawled away I ashamed toward duskiest angle or the room. "What's that I" and joined almost t.o the startled exclama tion, ];(athie's shriek rang through the dwel!!ng.


THJo: FENJA.NS. A crash, sounding ln the quiet like a falling thunderbolt, was followed by the C?f a'n angry voice a tramping that &hook tlie hillside in which the village stands. The door of O'Connor's cottage was burst open, and in rushed a man with glaring eyeballs and lowering brow, his wlde open ln desperate panting for the breath of life and holding grasped his right hand a stout club uplifted in the air. CHAPTER II. THJI: GEBMB OJI' UBELLION. I "So 'ere you hare, you young poacher," gasped the -Ibroken individual, flourishing his baton-'' caught at Now you;ll come halong o' me, to hanswer haccordln' to, ., t.o the charge of stealilig his lordship 1 s deer. Call holf your 'ell-'ound curs-can 'em ,holf,. or I'll 'alve thetr 'eads for 'em. I 1 Hit you 'urt a Binglishman, you hinsnlt the queen on 'er throne." Yer welcome to a fair fight wld the crayt.h';irs, and let kill who may,'' shouted back Neil O'Connor. thinking better of it, he spoke to the dogs and spa i ed the trightened gamekeeper. Rookh I-Eric"! Don't be maklri yerselves sick at the stomach directly. F11ix,, rest ye a bit, then go swaten yer mouths wid a taste o' the kerrion lamb that's lyiu' in the ditch over the downs." Fierce as they seemed, the brutes retired at once a t his bidding; and having waved them close within a corner, y 6 ung Nell O'Connor wheeled again to face his adversary with the dignity of an orator appearing before an audience. And truly no me1tgre audience 'Y&!i there. Men, women and boys-the whole village-had collected ; and the poor gamekeeper who just before had gloated in fancying himself a corn on her m&,Jesty's toe, not_ to be trodden on with impu nity, atandiug on the threshold whither the assaulting doga had compelled his retreat, now.. looked wistfully over his two (, ahouldera-seeing himself blockaded by a surging mass of Impatient and incensed humanity, w{th perplexing doubts regarding his safety : I


. TJlll: FENIA.NS. 18 Well, and here I am, Morgan Bird. Wlll It plaze ye lio take me?" "No, no," wailed little Kathie, clinging to her brother &om behind, and quite hidden from view by his stout person. Sure, sure, his lordship will forgive my brother if he's once done wrong. And why should ye be stormln' into a paceful dwellin' this way? That's not his lordship's command, ono." W'llat helse should hi do hey? You hact, miss, has hlf you didn't know me hatrer hall. Me-Morgan Bird-gamekeeper to Lord Lismore, of Lismore 'all.' "County Killarney," interposed Neil, by way of de11.nlng the point more indisputably, and rounding his period with a double shufile, at the end of whicq he again challenged his lordship's menial to take him into custody Niver a bit of it!" ran g from the crowd, and as ap earnest of their intentions, a missile seeking a hasty passage through the gamekeeper's hat, knocked it off his head. "Ha I ladies and gentlemen," he said deprecatingly, "hi happeal to you as Hlrlsh subjects-" "Irish &eemen," corrected a voice. "Bryan the Brave," cried another. "Will you 'ear me?" vociferated the gamekeeper. Ear 'im-clane off with his two ears-don't let 'im be ukin' the favor twice," came &om the crowd, and a general peal of laughter modifi e d for the looment the mob 1plrlt beginning to prevail. The gamekeeper essayed once more. "This fellow feasts an 'oat oft'riends on 'are." From the crowd" On air i s it? Wake food that, intirely. He has f e asted friend s hon 'are and venison.'' A voice-" Count m y self among yer frins for nlxt time, Neil, my boy-I'll be eervfu' to the best o' me poor ability." "Now where does the son of a poor laborer, that's at present' be'ind 'and with his rent-" You lie, you sneakin' blaggard ye I" Where, hi hask, does this honest young gentleman get 'are and venison for to feast an 'oat? HI hanswer-'e steals hit. To-night 'e lassoed a deer In the park, hand was about for to bring 'im hoff, when bl 'ove in eight. Hof coune 'e s c amper ed; hand, in dooty, hi 'unted 'Im down the 'Ill, bar-


14 THE FENIANB. rivin' bin time to 'ear the door when hit bursted hopen to hadmit 'im-ha 11 1 'ere ; e his." 1 The account appeared to have interested to such a deg.ree that no one had interrnpted. B11-t th e Instant h13 ceas ed to speak, Kathie O'Con nor bounded bcfor d the gamekeeper. "It's a liar somebody culled yejist now, and that's true for ye. As sure s the life's in me bosom, Neil O'Connor.s brother as l1asn't been outside for this whole evenin' jist. Nor the door hasn't opened since my fathe& went out, IJ.n how; and !UOre l!:.g-O. Repate yer words to tqe conthrary fo!'llninst our neighbors here if you dare. All was paceful as the grave till yerself'. come thunderin' down upon us, like a stio,-slide among a flock o' feedin' sheep-and it's truth! speak, Morg!+ Bird.'' "Down with the. Eng lish blackguard! 'Traie bim, Ji: desai:. ts I We're heeded less than deer in the and ca(tle al>road-they kill and ate us without fattenin' "-were some ottheexpressions through which the assemble<\ g,ay e ve.nt to feeling s that burn centlnually in the breast of the Irish nation, as fires are sa_ld to burn beneath the earth's crust on which we dwell. Each Instant added to the excitement, the kno)Vn by its smoke and barely appear e d certainly de s -i11ed. to brl\ak fQ_rth in volcanic ,rury; clay were i!fed }Vith occaslonaJly a more while l:<> the repeated and earne s t of the game keepcr that he would go," the only answer vo.uchsaft;d Wl!-S a denser huddling around his cowering form. When instead of making Neil O'Connor a prisoner he sought .to, take ref11ge within the cottage,"the i:na.ster called the two i:Iogs ap,d held theni in abeyance, ready to pounce upo.n the victim at. a wo.rd; and even tender-4earted Kathie burst into a faugh of deri s ion at the wretch's dismay, with the tables so completely turned against h lm. At tl 1is crisis Providence interposed to prevent 11iny dis tressing issue, by sending O Connor bac\;: to his home. A wondering inquiry or two whicl\ be put, served to call attention, and way was made (or h}m Immediately. Almost in; unison with his coming, t\le crowd swayed backward, awestruck at the 1v!'guely; deft ned itPPCllrance of a bone!:llan dastng down hill to!ard tlleir midst. _. Shadowy at best, and nq and then ".a.Dishing quite 1!1 some I


THE FKNIANB. hollow, qr for a second blotted out in the deeper gloom or an evergreen tree dripping blank darkness from its boughs, he well might h a ve passed for a phantom, save for th e loud echo of his horse's hoofs. If terror was struck to any timid hearts, his voic e too-the volce of his from the Hall -dis sip a ted it speedily. Almost before his headlong speed was checked q pposite O Connor's doo the crowd gathered there h a d melted away and disappeared. The g atQekeeper, not yet sufll.ciently recovered to sUr, cowered a g ainst the doorpost; but a stern reprimand from his l o rdship sent J um quickly away. His lordship, leaning over, -shoolc the el4 e r O Connor by the hand, assuring him it was all a mistake of Mor g au Blrd's,'and de s iring him tO come up to th e Hall at ten ne x t morning. He then bowed to Kathie; but the maiden, willing to transfer the honor to her broth e r who was standing by, mad41 no sign of returning the salutation; while the latter, full well knowing it was never .Int e nded for himself, of course passed it by likewise without r ecognition. Lord Lismore then rod e back toward the Hill -not, howe ver, by the ste e p hill-path over which, In his Im petuou s haste to arrive a nd put a n end to th e too zealous proceedings of his gamekeeper, he hnd risked his neck in coming, but by the less dir ect and safe r highway. Quiet being now compl e t e ly r e stored, the O'Connor family shortly retired to r est. Through contrast with the precedlng hour, the stillness all about th e cottage seemed stiller than usual to Kathie, as s he crept into the cot in her little bedroom. IC h e r girl's heart was a correct barometer a great storm of trouble was brewin g Indeed, she could be" at no loss ia what direction to look for It, but the event.s of the evening had left her in doubt and perplexity as to whither she could ftee Jrom lt9 power. One week ago, Kathie would have upon the holy Evangelists, tha t nothiqg should ever induce her to listen to his lordship's proposals. Now, facts were brought to light which, while did not in least lessen her fe"elin g of repugnan<;e to the union, c omp e ll e d her t? fear lest she might be left of her course. A fl\th e r's and brother's and even liberty, threatened to laid in the balance against her hopes and desires. The implied assertion of Morgan Bird that her father w111> in arrears in his rent, while it would not for a moment be


16 THE FENIA.NS. believed by his frl!1ds and neighbors, was o ,nlY the repetition of what O'Connor had himself given his daughter to under stand. The wild ways that boy Neil had latterly taken up, were, he said, the o c casion of the difficulty; and now there appeared but one way of s a tisfying his lordship and cancelling his just d e m a nds. So the petty pro11.lgacy of one child must be the altar of s acrifice to the other. No wonder Kathie's little he a d refused to lie still on Its pillow, and tossed restlessly tlll Its sunny, silken hair became twined and twisted in Inconcei v able disorder. And ever and anon the while, she heard, or fancied, strange tapplngs about the house, enough to have fixed the r e putation of the place ror being haunt e d, had It been a wayside Inn where a murder was known to have been committed, instead of her own peaceful home. Footsteps in the low-roofed chamber above, she certainly did hear; she wondered what should keep brother out of his bed after this hour. Perhaps he was recollecting himself at last and too sorry to sleep. Ah, how dear he was to bar. She had a good mind to ri s e and creep up the stairs and try to comfort him. Innocent little Kathie! At that moment her brother N:ell, who had made n o inove ment toward undressing, was leaning out of his window so far he was but just able to retain his balance ; listenin g to 11 song in the distance, ringing out on the air of a starry night. 1 "0 l to ban nved like an JrUA Chief, when heartii were fresh and true, And a manly thought, like a pealing bell, would quicken them through and through; And the ll88il ol a genero!IS hope right soon to a fiery action grew, .And men would have s c o rned to talk and talk and never a deed to do." Myriad stars seemed shoo t ing 1i'Om Nell O Connor's eye s, while eagerly his ears drank In the music. He had meant to be very quiet there in his chamber; the end for which he was most impatiently waiting, being an assurance that the seal of slumber was set on the eyelids of the o t her members 'or the household; 1t was no long e r of any however, he forgot everything, and with voice like a" pealing bell," joined In the exhilarating refr,;in :


THE FENIANB. 0 I the iron grasp, And thJ\ kindly .clup; And the laugh ao fond and gay; And the roaring board, the ready sword, Were the types ofthat vanished day." t I THE KIDNIGHT llBSSAGB. l'l l ,t ,.. ha4 tb,e, echoes of his sonorous voice away, when Neil stood within his sister's .chamber, utt.erlng her name iu a whispered exclamation. "Sure, Neil, and what is it you'd be having, and why bven't ye gone to bed an hour ago like a decent lad 1"' Och now be swate, K athle1ye. know ye're the }'Oise ot me heart. And tell me If ye're belavln' father's asleep." "Like peat o' the bog. Though if ye's carhr to kape 'Im 10, wouldn't IL be .the wieer doin's DQt to cut him in strips with the likes of a song sharp -set out o' yer windy." "Faix, don't ye be blamin' me at all, at all-for how could I help it anyhow? 'rbe saints be witness, I clapped me two hands to me mouth, though IOr the matter o that, rd better h:i' clapped 'em over me ears. No sooner a9 I heard Hike Rattigan's voice ooyant the .shaw, than me own ficw from me moulh,)i.lte a martin from a cat'R when you choke her In the throat. So be aisy now,, and I've c ome to tell ye a trifle and close a cle ver bargain wld ye; ijluce it's ;DO. good o' tryia' to desave ye, and yer eye as wakeful in bed as the knot-hole in a door." "And what, Neil,.should be the nade o' desavlu' a body at all? Ah, Neil, It's fetchln' yerself to grief ye are, as u the wind, lavln' out yer father and me." "Arrah, Kathie darlint, lave pr11,ehi11' to his riverence, and don t ye be at\er dramin' o' harm to any o' us. 1 Ifs only a crumb o' kindness I'd be givin' to a fellow crayt,hur und4' the same roof." Then that' father or meself.''


l8 .THE FENIANS. "Naither ls it though, at all; but if somebody that's bearin' the name o' Hugh Flannery or the likes, had bursted In the door of a cell a r to the ind o' savln' hlsself-Ollt o' the claws or a Bfrd o' prey, what less could ye be doin' than l ettin' him dacently off all was paceable at last? Did ye hear any tip-tap-pins above, Kathie, wid the same fiSr answers from below-say, did ye now?" "Ay did L Ah, Neil, I'm ashamed o' yez, to be knowin' signals wld 5me o' his stamp, wid the brain under his hair as full o' mischief as the air of beetles in a simmer night. And sq It's himself, that's J:gh .FJana y1,1! was chased from his lordship's park this very blessed evenln'." "Ah, but 'twas .wfi!r Hyglf bring off game at all. The worst ls, he's fond of a bit o' fun, as I know. Thin don't ye be makln' a htlllaballoo, 'but turn & kay; jf!it, -en >the little secret l've let Into yer ear hour. GoOd nlgbt, Katlile-I'll be goln' to see the lad well ofll; aa,sure, wouldn't re do yerselfin my place!'" Kathie just discerned the Agure of her brother gliding over 'the threshold, and beard him close the door of her ro o m solUy. She was alone, but less Inclined to rest than ever, 'and tile first beam of moon-rising now stealing In, ehow.ed the 'little white figure upright amid the tossed4Vaves of bed -"ueo, looking like Venus wben she eprnng from the foam of the ee&. But wringingher bands anon with -a low wail-was It or hers e lf or another ?-she seemed the banshee shting In the fa\ Of the mead O W by the ratb, I Five minutes after N e il slipped fromi:ber chamber, Kathi e heard the footstep s of two persons without, and while s l\c still listened, three just audible taps, llke'they from the -beak of a winter-king, were given on her whi dow-sash, by way of setting tJ:ie seal of strictest prl.vacy on such small 'items of behaviour as the master of the house might not fee l pre par e d to approve. She heard their suppressed laughter as the two bnle fellow s m oved away. But though she ll a te ued long for signs of h e r brother's return, she listened in vaio. Doubtless then he had gone with Hugh Flannery to the Elk, there to 1.he t riumph ofthe fatter lo baJing so successfully ihe vengearlce or his lordship's gamekeeper. some time Kathi e 's young h eart, having thrown off the effervesc e nce of J ts woe in sighs and moans, with the


THE FEl!UA:NS. 19 aifditlon 6ta f'ew agreeato bid'e.lts thnd; and sink ing back on her pillow, she knew not when, with a 'pair i.fln'lpled hands clasped ol'er he1'head / the-blae eyes in etuiiiber. Dteams-'-not lrhite"--wihged : eweetr..:olced Dies' sengeni ofbill u;oo .a l\Orie wh.11 dlste1nledi nostl.1fll! and irti:l!amlog l mane,;alid 1 wlth l>ut iladdfu .or brtdte. .rust 1ls they. entered die villig Ute lnlftud fell dead, and tlie t'sli broke the rider'! neck : Tile horse turned to a deer, which Neil and Hugh carried tletweerl them; while Glyn Brodrick etood oy:, repeatin g her name and lcnxiously desiring that she should endeavor td resuscitate the dead which was too lndignliilt to an ewer him a word .,, "Kathie I Kathie I Katllie !!' She roosed at. last It was lien calling her .in eup, pressed tones, outside the little window. In a moment Kathie had sprung from her bed and raised the sash, for there was a cadence in the voice repeating her name so low and earnesil WhTcll startled her into apprehen sion of some new calamity Had, Neil's mad self-indulgence drawn him int<> trouble again-something perhaps trom wliich i'i<> possil:He M\riftce of -hers could extricate Jiifu..1..noM a'Vert dis g race and iuin" from the family? 0 if Nell wofttd lint have kept at home to-night, out of the companions. 'l IH .. And sure, Neil, what ls it-now?" "Ye, may well a8k drat. 0nty to tlilllk noW of MeBW>Cl-, 'l >l


TB1 "FENIAN& rick tbok elck at Flanilery's aunt's, and wantln l tp, see Yelf 'fore lt's too late.'' .r,.. 1 0 Nell, but lt can't be 80 bad. Why, you Jrlgl!ten me as belple &11 any Infant. It's meeelf as bade Roee 1 good-by 4 t 'her own mother's past four o' the clock 6n t his blessed after noon. N e il, you nadent take o11lnce at me, but I vlnture to uk, oould ye be coontin' upon yez ten two of t em's thumb&--the number o' dhrinks ye's tuk at the public house to-night along o' Hugh l "By this and by that, nowi:it's all &11 I tell ye,,jis.t. Niver the taste o' whisky has come to me lips thil nJght, .nof.,the day that's forenlnst It, alther; and al lowln' tlie to be u clare 'o' rats as It's been o' meself these seven days that's a wake-or I lnay double the they AS kapes lt must be after feedln' their at.s, or le \ 'em starve-and I say lt &11 knows." 1 "Hush thin, Nell-yez speakin' too loud. !I'll be pardon, but ye seemed wild-like lo yer apache, and It's aJtoglther 80 Strange What ye told about Rotfe.'' T "And will ye be wutln' time that way ;and hersllf ftt to It' a purty frlnd ye are. Cali Iver ye belav e the 80n o' yer mlth-eii, a;nd make hast.e to come along wld ye? 1 Or: may be ye'll like me to go back and say & e's too slapy ;" r Ah no, Neil-It's r:eady I am In a minute. Kape yer staodln', and I'll be comln' out o' the windy to yez, Instead o' through the kitchen and maybe waken Cather nadele,ss. 0 I Rose, darllut She tl e w back to the bedside and dressed hastil y trembling all the while, because of the' tld1ngs, so sudden, so dreadful. -,.-t CJIAPTER, IV. ( .A.LL up; -;;.. WmtN she w11s ready Neil her to alight trom her Jlttle cab of ll chamber. That he excitement wu highly,, appropliate; the, abruptqess of Jils movem e nts iu snatching her up and setting her down, l ei\ her spinning like a top; and sh e bad a t least. (oqr diflercnt g limpses of the door ad91ittlng to the cellar behind .the Jiouse, ahe could recover her standing.


THE FENIANS: 21 "What will father be thioklog M did It?" she lovolontarlly ejaculat.ed, re_ membering the scenes of earlier evening. Her brother was not so much overcome by tho perllons situation of his sweetheart, but he was ready with a reply: "Let hlm be chargin' the break to Barney M'Cann's pigs_!. only It's meselfmust be home in saison to dhrop a few tracb o' th.eir blaggal'd feet in the mud foreninst the sill." .. "Ah," rruoined hls," I'd not

22 .1'IJE FE:NIANFI. "Arrah, don't. now be ma.kin' a eca.lrt pigeon ersell: thln, Ws shaddies they are, and no more. see .three dead trees in arow,jist there in tbe stubble n etn, aud th'! dauc\n' Jn and out o' the clouds desav! ftl' 80 bring along yer lightsome feet, rily darlint, and we'il l)e past In a snap o' the eye." An d past they went., but not alone, for out -o( tbe shado'l\l of the noted wayside rock, bounded some half a dozen Flail' nery; though from the way Neil had spoken in snmmoning his sister, It was naturally supi>osed, as he desigrietl It shoul

THE FENIANS. Away now went the party, over the stile, across the field, brushing the dew from the grass with their fantastic steps. Having made probably a couple of miles of this last quarter of a mile, they arrived in the best of aptitudes for the hn promptu festiviti es. Flannery, mounted upon the table, beg a n tuning bis fiddle; the fellows grasped theii partners and whirl e d ir to place for a highland reel. Not till then was it dis covered 1hat one division 1acked a member. However, some w e re equal to ttie emergency; poor Mrs. Brod.t ; ic1', though pleadl 111t .a rpeum at}c Jcllfl and protesti,ng 11he was '' too ould by hlllf,'' was uncer(,li;noniously pressed Into service to supply the ,deficiency; and indeed, as her. blood warmed with the exer cise, hardly one appeared 1igb,ter of foot or in heart. For the space of ten m!nqtes the dancing went on in per fect when just as the spirit of the revel seemed to have reached its height: suddenly as if a thunderbolt bad .stunned them one l\lld all, the hUal'ious company stood still 4n their nwing, with open eyes and mouths, the door. one had h.'lfird tl!e door opene!l, bqt-there it was, wide 11jar, and, between the two posts, leisurely reviewing the carnival, 't'ppeared tl}e new priest of the parish, Duotea. It was a 'ti-ying moment to all, hu!;'-more especially to Mrs. Brodrick, cut 11hort in the most animated balancing up to Ratigan. "Faith/' WR!! the good woman s internal exclamation, but .a}le couldn t have uttered' a word of anything for the life or lier, "I'd nixt 11!1 li e f Ws riverence had come upon us at a dinn e r o' mate." But they that feared the disapproval of Roger Dnulca on that oocasion, did so on account of his being 1111 yet almO'lt a et.ranger-among them. The holy father felt not the slight.est obj e ction to a dancing party, unless, indeed, it lei\; him out; and ready enough was be, in the present instance, to count blmselfh:i at the entertainment, and give and take his full share In the general enjoym nt. With excellent grace iBrodrlck.resigncd her place to him, declaring she had but "stood op to plu.e childers," and the dance went Oil With fi:esh zest, nor wa.s discontinued till a second volley of cock crowing from the shed warned the revellilrs in time, sending them home, as Neil O"Connor said-" chased by the daybreak raal Peep'o' Day Boys."


THE FEXIA.N8, ., CHAPTER V. A PROJECT AND A PROPBE;T BRYSON O'CONNOR wns rather less Ignorant or the proceeding's, than his children were glad to believe. To be Pnre, his knowledge incJnded no definite programme or events; hnt of bot h Neil's and Kathie's absence from home through the l!'reater part of the night, he did know, and the f>aily imagfned. Not that he would by any means object, ordinarily, to what the priest himself had taken a part in; bnt, he e ldes considering that his son's tendencies to dissipation needed rather than cultivation, 4is designs concern ing Kathie made him regret everything, which, by binding her more closely to her own class, separated between her and her f'ntnre prospects Lord Lismore had that day distinctly proposed to the father for his daughter's band, as l a ear.celment of certain existing obligations on t.he part of the two O'Connors, father and son. And the father of Kathie tried hard to think his lord11hip did them a great horior. His success In' the undertaking was not per fect ytt decidedly greater than that he met with In labor ing to conviI)ce his da1111hter on the same point. At this tlm.e It had not occurred to him that her consent was not Indis pensable. As t6 Neil, thongh well knowing the lad bated everything ]!:ngllsh, yet the advantage to himself which such a connection would brlng-tHe ruin to tie averted-must, he believed, Induce him to. nse every exertion to effect that important eud. ..i Fowls are not unfreqently astonished by .seeing another species than their own come forth 1 (rom the egg& on which they have been sitting; and hot every parent can calculate .to ,:a,nlc11ty what ls in a spn or daughter. Bryson O'Connor would yet ftud that out. At ten o'clock, punctnal to bis lordship's appointment, O'Connor was at the Hall The nobleman received him with a graclousnes ; that quite aft'e"Cted him, remembetipg, as he


THE FENIANS. 25 always did, that he was ln arrears, and knolflng that any otper tenant would, In the same circumstances, h!lve been stripped of the rags he wore, and turned out homeless. Not entering at once on the business in hand, hi& lordship conducted his peasant visitor about the grounds, showing him the glory thereof, saying, in everything but words, "You see what a wonderful personage it is, who Is willing to connect himself with a peasant's daughter." The other felt the lnfiu ence, secretly glorying in his marvellously good fortune. And in one view, it must be confessed, It was a rare honor which bis lordship Lord Lismore was fifty years old; In person still erect alm0st to stiffness. )Ie had digested a vast amount of Number One beer In his day, but more recently, for some reason, the results of good dining were less apparent on him; bis once rotund boay had a good deal collapsed ; the cheeks that bad stood 6ut with fatness, now hung down like the wattles of a turkey cock, and about as blue, and his flesh generally had very much the consistency of a water bed. His hair, naturally thin and bri'stling, was at this time paying tithe In silver to that inexorable landlord, Time. His lordship bad been once married; that was long ago. He married for what he had not Inherited along with his title, save in stinted measure-namely, money. He got what he bargained for, aud was satisfied. The Lady Alice married him for love; her speculation deserved better than his, but tbe machinery of this world well aclJusted yet. -She made a failure-an utter, deplorable failure-and, find ing out the fact beyond a doubt, slie went !nto a decline, and died two years from their wedding-rlay. Lady Alice went to heaven, and his lordship to Ireland. She went in white, the emblem of purity; be In black, by some supposed to be emblematic of Let us do him the justice to say be was a better mourner than he had been a The woe was a quarter of an ell deep on his hat, or about the same as the snow on te ground, ut the time of his coming over to purchase one of :ilhes. t 'estates IQ Qoun ty Killarney; the crape above and the snow beneath, prJ. sented a delightful eontrast, as he waiked0 up the path to the church portal on a Sunday morning, anxiously by the peasantry sbor 't1y to come under bis lordly rule. Being, furtunately, a tall man. his ba.tlge of widowhood waa eo ad-


26 THE FENIANS. vautageously displayed, it would seemed a folly for him to take the trouble of carrying it on a pole; the foll:r he was uot guilty of. When spring advanced, Lord Lismore came to reside in Ireland; and ever since, during half or two-thirds the year, he was there, watching personally, and with vigilant eye, over affairs; thii remainder of the time, these were intrusted to an agent, while he went up get a taste of London sofil ety. Ireland the plac;e for filling his sponge, England for squeezing it out. At the earliest period of her father's becoming the tenant !>f his Kathie O'Connor was not born. The Bloom of KUlarney" was somewhere in the region11of the Unknown -perchancEl forming a bouc1net for au angel hand, which, when it was flung upon the stage of must of course hnve been in his lordship's honor, and designed, like every thing good In Ireland, for his approbation. Seventeen yenrs had broul{ht him o this conclusion, and to-day, Lord Lismore, leaning agaiust the trunk of a11 elm in his park, uttered his sentiments to Bryson O'Connor, without any reserve-the latt!)r, In his Sunday jacket, which he had thought due to the occasion, taking an humble attit. ude, yet savoring of a certain conscious self-importance, as the un questioned proprietqr of one thing which a grand noblemap. found It worth his while to covet. "You are now in arrears, Mr. O'Connor, as I said yester day, and as you yourself must be well aware, in the sum of seven pounds, six shillings sixpence. A good deal of money, it must be con(esscd, for one in your circumstances to owe." True for yer lordship," replied the other ; humbly, though without the abject discouragement he hacl felt previous to kno wing how his lordship proposed that the debt should be cancelled. "My only son is the right dacent boy of his wither that's dead-Heaven rest her so'wi. But it's somethin' in him as wont be aisy. He's a good heart-the lad; but the mis chief's in his hands,.and the same's brought me to strouble that's his father." He's a. ringleader," said his lordship, comfortingly. "Young as he is..:..for I believe the lad is scarcely turned wenty-he has been guilty of almost everything, and, to Judge from present appearances, will be worse before he is better.''


THIC FENIANB. lprdshlp'll not be too hd on ,the boy," i e the father, with a teat in his If I 'might so bould, it's a. dale bas been charged on him, as I could swear by my life he's not guil t y of at all. as to bis lavin' his dogs to worry the squire's flock for sport, I've bad the mather to settle with two pounds ten. Then there's the wlnc)ies smashed and the rick destroyed on the night after the Fair Td not be disputln' about it, and s+e was a cost to m!l poc'!rnt of four pounds. It's IIiesilfbas worked hard to bread me childer.s! and I have had it in me to give a S!,llather o' and maybe God sint oq me1 tb,at I be makin' mesilf 1,>roud. Sure, thou g it's not althegither the lad's fault if his father's behind; yer lordship knows the praitle crop came in but poorly thi,s 1salson that's past." "Well," said his.lordship," I'm not di s poseq to pursue this point. It ls not necessar,Y>.indeed, to dwell ,on an evil for which a remedy Is at hand. M;any. times tl ,1e amount you have named is justly due for your son's trespasses upon my grounds, yet I am ready to forgive everything-not only so but to gr,ant you every Indulgence for the future; anq I will congratulate both you and myself on so easy and agreeable a method of arranging what else would occasion a disagree able duty on my part, and ruin on 7ours. Have you spoken to your dl!.ug}\ter concerning my proposal?" O'Connor dropped his answering, in a sort of mum bling tone, that he bad. "How did she receive it?" Wid a dale o' silence, yer lordship, sayin' she couldn't be thlnkin' o' the thing at "And what then?" quickly responded his lordship, grvw ing red in the wattles; what then?" And he snapped a twig into inch pieces in his fingers, with a succession of sounds, as if he was tryirig to get off a pistol, and it missed fire. "What.then is it? Ah, indade, yer lordship, it's not me silf as knows what nixt to be doin'. But says I 'mesilf, says I-Maybe the girl is tuk by surprise, and is frightened Jlst, so it's the wise coorse to be sevare on her at oncet." "Very Bryson," said hi tightening the rein on his wrath. '"That was very discreet In you, undoubtedly." "I hope it wasn't greatly'itherwise, yer lordship." Has Miss Kathie a lover?"


28 THE FENIANS. t ,. "A lover, ls It 1' Niver the same at nil, yer lordship, barrln' It's the lad that's Glyn Brodrick by name, and bis mither's the wlddy woman yenter under the hill-It's Glyn h issil f as has been s parkin"' my girl a tlirifie-J:mt It s notbin' to mlntion, yer lordship.'' "If you are sure that aff a irs in tha t qu arter will not be growing m o re difficult to manage, we will give K a thie a little time. She is a sensiple girl as well 8.s a beautiful, and a (ew days' consideration can hardly fail of I ea di g her to see what is SO Infinitely to her ad,va ntage. or course, I shall depend on yourself to set all this before h e r In its true. benefits on the one hand, the e vil on the other.'' 1 Yer lordship may be certain rn do my best endeavors," returned the man, sincerely. "And now to put the question : Is there, In yQur opinion, a reasonable possibility thl!-t your daughter may : all, continue of the same mind as at present?" "Savin' yer presence, I'd not be the man that's mysllf to say no.'' "In that case, as I said a short time ago, wliat then?" The bluish-red wattles were shaking wrathfully. Would yer lordship kindly be answerln' the question for me-of what should I do?" There was a pause of several second s making what follow ed the more impressive. During that too, the noble man's eyes were fixed on the peasant with the intentness ofa hunter taking aim at his prey. When the explosion came, it was not loud, but yet tremendous ; "I prefer telling you what I sbo'uld do. However, tl iat I s needless-you know already. You your son wiU be arrested and s ent to prison, as be justly deser\>:es, while your self and daughter will be turned out into th. e beg gars This is too plain to oo misunderstood, and I hope you w ill attempt nothing but to look it in the fac e Come here ! one week from to-day : "Stay," he added, as O 'Connor, quailing, turned to move away; "a word concerning this son, who is giving you so much trouble. My 1s; that you send him to Auierlca forthwith.'' "To America is it-?'' repeated the overwheimed parent.


Tllli: .FENI..uIS, "Thank yer lordship for a benivolent gintleman, but could I bury both me chllders ?" The instant those words, in pathetic accents, had left his lips, he would have given his very teeth to have had them unsaid. As though to Kathie to him, was to see her in h e r g1.. O'Connor crouched, he f a irly quivered, in view of what l. ,lordship would do liy way of revenging the Insult lie had 80 1advertently offered m,. a la!ll' was grQundless. Lord Lismore spoke quietly, iu,i:iu a tingi,. "You could go io America along with your son," he "Ah, of course," th'Ought the other; "'oncet he gits the gii:l, he'll not be wantin' her low-bred father shtoppin in the same counthry wld 'em at all." ms lordship resumed: "In. his own country, Mr O'Connor, your son ls empha cally a dangerous person. If I possess any discernment, he is a seditious sort of fellow, who is destined certainly tO bring trouble on others besides his father;" O'Connor stared with wonder and int.8rest "There seems," contlriue4 the nobleol.a n, "'tO have been some. ot the dust-I wfil say d irt-of Owen and Grattan moulded lnio his composition." O'Connor brightened up with the thought of his heart-a thought he dared not breathe: "Heaven grant it riiaf .. be s0-It'r1 the prayer o' me heart. And it's proud o' the lad I am, at\her alL" "Before t.en years, I say," his lordship went on, "that boy, if he stays here, will be inciting some form of rebellion; whlie, In republican America, sentiments like bls would chime in well'ertougb, and he would do no harm, if he did no good. Here, be is a monkey In a chlo&-ahop; there, he 'WOnld be like the same animal turned out Into a barn-he could eut his 'antics, without danger of dealing destruction at every mOtion of his reatlelli paw. America's the pliice for your I


ao TIIE FElhANS. CHAPTER VI "I the p!e for youi: !!Qn,I' lJ:!lat'.11 mesilf. B.y all the saints now," and young Neil O'Connor peel'ed out of tl/.e tW,clrnt wbere he pad !>E;er hldde, \o every word of the Cl]nVersatlon bet}feen: his fa,t,her awJ the ngble Jo .9rn at 1111 -!IP. d U(\<}.er B!\vilf In bad luck to the likes o' him." r. Springing out o f 1* 'Mll11wi#?, P asls ca11, tilon, spit pobleJ1fJo .qnp Pf IM! ,DJe Ahat's ,,-e9s wi' ke o' J: be a w.)8.#y a,\d Ws YJMl!f. w W fH!! o.q J};p.glishman o f/!e be tge gr .Ii/ fo,; e um sure? 0-o;'P Where Nell O'Connor spent the remainder of that e:ventful day, was known only to himself. At supper time he returned home looking an inch or two taller than when he had gone out-though he was really well grown. His face was more changed still; his eye 1lashed none the less brightly, but there were purpo18 and thoughtful, sober conscientiousness, in place


THE FlCNIANSo 31 of the rattlesome, rollicking expression. There was a c e rtain firmness around the fiexibl.e lips always ready to open in as if they were about to utter deep stirring words of eloquence. -In short, the i r rel!ponsible boy had tiuddeulf' upon the dignity of manhood. HYlifather and Kathi!! were in the act of sitting down tc supMr; the latter look,ed up with an attempt to smile, though her eyelids were very red; and doing s o, her gaze fixed on her brother in a kind of rapt admiration. The father, though he g l\Ve his son a w.or<\ of greeting, clid not look up; he sat nervous through the meal, rising, took down his hat the peg, then stood, evidently at a loss whether to go out or stay at home. Could ye be givin' me a clane shirt?" wWspered her brother, stooping over Kathie's chair Sure could I," returned she in some surprise, but how should ye be that same? Neil, me g_,ood brither, don t be spreein' agin,, ye loo)I: li}te ye's meant for a betther thing intirely. 1r father goe!J, I'm alone mesilf, and, Neil, I'm in trouble that I'd be tellin' just you and none else. Stop at home, willyez ?" It's me as knows IDQre alriddy than I'm abl e to hould. I'll be goin' awhile, bu.tit s rememberin' to be pack arly. And don't ye be fayrin' what I'll do outside; sure now I may aa w e ll braithe in yer ear, I'll bi: done wid the thing ye mention -I' ll be done indade. It' s mesilf as'll set to work wid me two hands and rub out me scores. Ye ll belave me now, will y e. Now I don't mind yez it' s to conflseion I'm goin'." Kathie's eyes upturned on his face, grew more anxious in expre s sion. Neil, what's it yez been at?" she inquired in tender reproof. "Niver anything the saints be witness. Don t ye be disthrustin' that way, for it's the blissed truth I say, bedad. '; "But. why, Kathie, "must. ye be hastin' to confe9!1lOn this night?" i "Ah I he answered, playfully kissing her forehead, "wouldn' t it l?;e makin' yez ;the father confessor, did I tjlll ?" Kathls saw him depart; he walked on q.loue, ev e n mee ting and passing some of his boon compa:iions with a s hi e lded face Pl'llVented recognition. At he approached a chapel and entered a t a sniall door the rear. A woman was


32 'TIIE FENIANS. met on the threshold, sobbing, her sorrows not all put olf at the confessional. The ap artment, not large; was dimly lllumlnated by a taper.1 It was a not unfamiliar to the young man, the child or devout Catholic parents / Against tho wall opposite the door of entrance, appeared a bench or shelf elevated a few hiehe11 from the 1loor-shelr and 1loor being well worn by the 'knees and the feet of those who came continually to make confession of sins to the priest. At suitable height above the kneeling-board, was a small aperture Into an unlighted sanctuary; here his reverence waited to receive the saered deposlt.s of lord and peasant. or course, what followed when Neil O'Connor knelt there with lips pressed to the aperture, must remain forever' unknown. Not quite. A few moments only have elapsed, when, per haps through excess of emotion, the subject to be mercifully absolved speaks so loud we catch his words: "Dreadful's the crime Is In me heart to commit. Howly father, the fearfulest of crimes known in all the kingdom, la It. Hai::dly I'll be namln' lt,.even here." We listen and the priest's reply reaches our ear But the crime is not committed?" Not yet, yer rlverence." "Then-it la no crime, and you have nothlng to confess It's the crime rn be commlttln' so sure as iVer I live. By Saint Patrick, I will, now." I <"You mean, you wish an Indulgence granted If the crime Is so great, you may not have the means to pay the price. We shall 'see-go on." Of the rest we are able to hear only a few words or much significance. "WhiteboyB-English tyranny-Swate Erin-ll'reedom-Band o' Hope-Up and be doin'.'' '!'h e n came an Interval of dead silence It seemed no hn man being could be breathing that undisturbed atmosphere, and that the pair bearing the semblance must belong to the departed. l!hrouded the prie s t, bu f the fac e of Nell O'Co nnor was vislblii In the taper's gleam. The eY.elf were wide open and unwinking, the mouth immobile as m!'-rble. Look and attitude were expressive of the mo8t and eager suspense. A slight movement was heard within. Neil stood up. It was a noble, almost sublime look he wore in that moment.


THE FENIANS. 83 If it is possible to conceive of one sui.ndlng between tfRl stake and a throne, and nncertain whether he was to be doomed to the one or exalted to the other, yet determined lf death came, to die gloriously as he w ould reign-you have his picture before you. J 1 He hnd much longer to await the result-to' know whether the communication he had taken this method of im parting, was successful or unsuccessful-whether he had been wise or rash-whether, In short, he might lay himself onthe 1 altar of his beloved cpuntry, or must fold his arms Idly and' listen to the clanklng of her chains. His' face lighted with determination, then hope, then expectation, and hastily, the CO!HJ.ueror's ecstasy-all these successive variatloru!, receiving any token of what was td come There was the slight. noise of the opening of a door; a bright, genial gleam from an inner apartment met the priest as he passed out of the confessional. Pausing to throw aside Ws robe of offi.ce, he li>oked out arld be c koned to Nell. The latter 11.xed his keen eyes upon him, and a 11.ash ot sat!sfuctlon passed over his features as he obeyed the summons. The room into which: he advanced, was elegantly furnhihed, and brilliantly lighted by a chande!!er with a thousand glittering pendant.s, their diamond-like sparkle bel.ilg answer ed back by the choicest o( cut-glass decorating a sideboard of some d .ark foreign wood, polished to the resplendence of a mirror, and bountifully ornamented with silver trimmings. 'J:he ruddier glow J\'om a grate ot burning coals blended, deepening and intensifying the noonday radiance which hunted the shadows out of every place or refuge In the apartment. The luxurious roses of' the carpe't sprang up around the coarse shoes of the peasant, like living vegetation growing over and hiding an unsightly stump upon the lea. The sofa on wh!cll he was invited tO of French manufacture, up holatered in green tirticatelle, as genially received his person into its elastic depths. Opposite this humble guest, in a voluptuous easy chair; his reverence took a seat. He was Father Dunlea, the lion and the lamb of the dancing party at the Brodrick's-the lion when he had startled them by bis sudden the lamb when coming in to join them, he had brought peace and added delight to the little circle. The priest's hair to-night tell in roguish little ring-


84 'l'HE FENIAN!!. lets over his forehead, seeming to imitate the mazes of the illghland reel he had enjoyed with the peasant Very different from that memory, bowe v er, both to him and young O'Connor, was the purpose of. the present interview, to which now their attention was at once turned. A Jong two hours they sat" like brothers tried;" questloos were asked and answered, tales rehearsed and plans pr ojected -there were rapld1 impulsive utterances1 kindling looks and significant gestures; but ii' indeed walls have, t.bry t J ,r were not sufficiently sliarp on this occasi9n to catch the 11motbered tones in w bich the conversation was carrie

, THE JJ'ENIA.NB. CHAPt:ER VII D.LBK KA.B, G.A.B JCT, 35, JusT one week from the evenin g last mentioed, the pop p lou str,eE:w ,Qf Dubliq a young miin quite by hlmr lth human 11ood-like some river steer '"" Its cw-rent through the lfaters of IIlake. No one ob @ep ; edhl,a.l, R,e observed no one; like the waves of the hither a!IP thither and with Its bounds, on present-Its cares and pursuits ; t tijj P\16 a.future his chart of life -.h_ Y,e cry 90 t for bis deliverancl',, the with e ring l eaf fort -"why tarriest hou ?" .-.Already ]\av.e _V'(, e .seen the change i4afc;ame over the splri of O))r her 9,. wit belnS called to a new life, a distinct and imb} i'Jl!l Whwe of itetio J The i ndividual him s elf was awar e o !JW ited degree. that,Brrtion.p' (fqq.noi; was his f 3 the,r, '!'nd Kathie O'Connor bis sister, apd fr m JllOre ti:om any evidence within bhnseJr, he h lf OWll 11.!l Neil O'Co nnor. Stl)l as we hllve Jlll his ml11slon ooly to a llmiteil exte pt; }le hd yil\lded to the hand of destiny, could In .. n,oble f-<> U}fl 11nseen guidance. Near h 1tersection of two principal streets, the youthful patrlusly from the pa88ing, thl)Jlce arose the faint echo of his footfalls aloDgHyarrOW win,c;\lD[t t nd do w n Short :fj.ights Of; stone 1imp,e, net f\Wle darknes s which.!.. however, '?ot to ,h,fm hJ the lefLSt, ttl.l Pausing t-1m .omr1,1 of r i-swaliog on his person. Producmg a ponderous key, he then ad.pitted to a wlt!J.. all the appurtenances neces of a publl c assem Jilr. neou s ly W s e t rqnce, a i,n a church penle d forth dir e c t ly a'kv e hi s bead th e hour of nin e


36 distinct reverberation gilding Into that which succeeded, and all together combining to shake, like the eft'ect or an earth quake, the foundations which surrounded him. At the first stroke Nell O'Connor took the hat from his head, and having crossed himself, stood reverently with up lifted brow, alon!I beneath the Eye et ernal. The mighty three times-three that rolled RVer the multitude, was to his ear the htlzza of sainted foaders-martjrs to the cause of liberty, who, from their litatloil!J on the battlements or heaven, saw the end of his undertaking, the and everlasting t;iumph 'of the Right. ''. "" His lips as !fin prayer, as, having carefully secured the door behind hh, he walked with bared head up the aisle betwe...;.1 the rows of efupty benches, a n d halted before the rosttum. At his right a WJth wrltlng materiala upon II;. He bent over i t for a. mJment, contemplating the pens manufactured from the qurnB had clell clouds aud over-ridden the mountain snmnilts, the open Ink horn waiting l,>eside the unsullied paper which was to receiv e the recoril pointing to a nation's life-or death. Having drawn a chair conveniently ear, for the yet Invisi ble scribe, Nell tui:ne from the table and with some percep' tlble thnldlty, ascended to the platform and sto'od before hlli audience. Whq had that before hlm, or to what purpqse this subterranean apartment wa:i prevlously dedicated, can"ot be known; that'l't was not coeval with the ch'firch1 above : ut had merely received remodelling I with the that by po means modem structure, was very 1 evident. The whole upper end or the hall,.roor as well as walls, was In ancient that must have defied the 1 hand ,of t4ne through and capable or standing the through centuries come. It was of those vaults or whlcli many have been discovered throughout the Island, whose origin and uses are lost In ttie mists of by gbne ages-the lll!'elj or feudal lords, who lived but to slay rat each other; and who&e highest concern necessarily was for the t lr"' ... l .. protection of tliemselves and families against ihelr enemles-of who;ie an\} times caverns 1 are highly 1 Three distinct raps upon the door sounded through the hall. 'The solitary Inmate was at the Instant holding hta watch In the hollow or his hand, noting wlt.h eame&t


THE FENIANS.: 3'1 expectati o n that,it indicated. precisely one quarter past the hour. hasti11r step t4an he had come, Neil returned down the aisle. Some eyllahlas were exchanged through te keyhole; then the door open, and its kewe r fell back a pace to qad announced himself a s The tHend was conducted bf a guide, as he seemed to h a:ye imperathre blindfolded. A striking couple they l'lppeared at that time and other was .a woman. She was blind 1 A strange guide, one wouhl,say,1but,.,]!fatu,re,w:ho had shut her eyes since knew for what1du ,tie.11 intended her, and what were tbe ne ede d qual i flcatiqns. "Dai: k by her robe a Sister of Chty, out. her }J nd t<>#iuch of Nell, smiled and withdrew; when the door immediately relocked. During that space, tile pei"Son ajle)1ad conducted thither relJ}ained without word or motion, awaiting the other's pleasur e to remove the bandage from. his eyes. Thi.8 ,was now done, and he stood forth his reverence, Father Dunltta. the. of his ad1N881on hither b he b11t executed the plan he had himself formed a11d Jnsisted upon. To Neil O'Connor, he said, rightly belonged t,he office of leader, and none could justly complain of wh,at all, without to rank of position, were subjected to. Briet\Y the ,Br.qthers" listened In rap t silence before the entrance. The tramp of human feet upori the street-pave came below in deadened measure, less !listinct to the ea r than to the mind were the footsteps of events, surely approachJng to gladden a people and a nation scattered and peel e d." Thus felt each the knock for admissio!l was repented. "Wbo comes, and '!Vith. intept ?" "A. friend, and Give the "Erin Ullaloo." 1 Tbe same formality was observed in each instance, till, one after another, twenty-five lndhdduals, among the number : six priests, were gathered in the seer .et auditory. When the clock in the tower sounded ten, Park Margaret .bad been dis missed, having accomplish e d till the breaking iip -of the conclave Every man in turn, on his eyee daged, followed up the aiele to a seat. There wu aometlpng momentQus in the dead allence reign s


88 THE FENIA.N8. Ing In that room during the first few minutes; each man thought and felt as he h'ad never thought arid felt before. But when at the turnhlg of a key by Nell O'Connor a private depository In the wall opened to reveal a store of shining arms, all with one accord sprang; to their feet, and united their voices in loud, soul-stirring cheers. We will now follow Dark from the place. At no great distance from where she re-entered the street, her bfl nevolent heart drew her Into a by-way not less Intricate and far more dangerous than that through which the Fenian members had been guided by her hand-One or those hidden ulcers in the vitals of every great city, which an outward ob server could never suppose to exist-which could scarcely be found by searcWng, though they may be stumbled upon by accident. No accident was It, however, that brought the Sister or Charity Into that circuitous, muddy, uiteven little court to' night, where a stranger might have paused in bewilderment and retreated in terror. On she went, and truly her gentle yet confident steps seemed guided by angels. Thus from her youth had she threaded the streets and lanes of the city; and not only were all these famlliar to her, but where througuout their bounds was there a dwelling or the poor and aIDicted, that had not received her form and heard the son music of ,her voice? Entering a low door, she passed up a 11.lght of rickety stairs, through a passage toward the rear or the wretched building, and opened the door of !' chamber. There was a slight rust ling as or garments witWn, but the visitor herself was ftrst to speak. "Ah, Agnes, the Lord be praised, you have a fire to-night."' "Who but Shister Margaret ls it-and how can one that's dark see the fire-gleam?" "It is indeed me-Dark Margaret-I do not see the fire, bot I feel Its warmth." "lt'11 but a bit o' turr McMorny's after b'iliu' his little pratles over, that he'sated and gone. Ye dou'L think he'd be the husband would light a fire for the sake of u. wile as hasu't been able to light the same for herself these thre e year come Christmas? Troth, to the best of my belief, and to the 1.Je, t o' .inY J\ldgment aud opinion, be hears the sound of angel wings ln bis ear wbenlver ye come Into the alley and lt frights


THE FENIAN8, him out o' here, fol well it may, sure, &eein's tother's the sort o' spirits finds him ready to their llkln'." It is strange that never in my visits to you can I see your husband, though you say he's a good deal with you Still you re lying on your narrow bed, Agnes," and the Sister sank upon her knees before the low couch and the emaciated figure it supported. "It's a heavy trial is yours, but may your soul have peace through the merciful Lord." "Troth," returned the suffering invalid, keeping tO her point, "as ye say, and wheth e r ye say it or not, Terence M:c Morny s the man as kai>es to his home enough, whln it's no secret his home was always tte hetther and him away." "Well, the good Lord grant you pati e nce," repeated Dark Mar g aret, me e kly, "We all have our trials." "Ye may well say that," the woman replied, touched at fast-" well may ye lndade, and it be always night to ye, God bless ye" "No-it is always day to me," and the kneeling Sister brea t hed a pater noster. Meantime the poor sufferer had ra{sed herself up'.on her elbow. The only light in the room w&s what came from the smouldering peat upon the hearth, fitfully flashing, like sav ages with fiery eyeballs peering up from their secre' lurklng plac e In eager watching for the moment of raising the war whoop and burling themselves upon their work of devastaWon. Dark Margaret saw not that the eyes looking closely on her calm pale face were lighted with a st;jladier gleam. "Shisler Margaret," she whispered hoarsely ; "d'ye miud Iver a body as was nuder a TOW breakin' the same\> And what's the consequences? Spake In a breath, or on me con science, I ll be kilt with fear. It's what I expect your howly .. leddyship'll sthand my friend betwixt mesllf and him that's Terence McMorny, Ilse-. And what now do ye mind Is the sthrang e sihory about, as I'd be aft.her thrustln' to.yer ear? ah, the Virgin kape us." The wqian benelf, choking with terror, and rapidly went on-. "Pluck the blanket from over me body, and the same from undher me-sorrow take him as has laid me dylu' these three years come Christmas, that's nigh-hand, and m11oy I niver stir from the spot, to die or to live, If I'm tellln' a Ile, It's dark ye are, to be aure"'-God pity yet, will yer plaze I


40 TOE !'ENIANB'. see wld yer hands what it la the bed as restl me by day aud by night." Dark, li!Wd the bedclothee as 11he was dlrectlld not without for they were drawn securely as p088i ble around what tt waa designed td conceal-and with w 8en latlon of horror, found, instead of a cot, a cotll.n. CHAPTER VIIL UNDERGROUND MYSTERIES: TWELVE chhne11 from the tower. At the city claims a brief respite from the turmoil of business, the weary pave ment echoes but seldom to the tread of a human foot. the Babel of sounds Is dissolved away, and tbe clear, pure, less atmosphere comes down from heaven, like a good reso lution In the breast of plan But the secret hall was lighted ,atlll, tlie Fenians not \laving closed this, their first session. Without the door waited Dark Margaret, her fr\Ul figure leaning against the wall that gave out chill and dampnesa with its support, thinkinghow like the world's frl1mdship It was, which with its uncostly kindness mingles Nbuke for your Dark Margaret, if she had no.t seen the world, had felt the atmosp,b.ere ; and the tale she that evening had listened to waa one calculated to make her bless the misfortune which had excluded her from its biUereat experiences. A song, sung by many voices, her ear. She could not have guessed the direction wh1, mce came those animate\} -.trains-so effectuaUy was the new Brotherhoo4 secured againl!t ilitrmdon from without-but the words she could just distinguish. THE PEOPLE'S CHIEF. Come forth, forth, thou Man of Men I to the cry of the gathering nations, We watch on the tower, we w k tch on the hill, pouring our lnvoOur 119ula are lek or sounds and shades, that mf)Ck our sliame and grief, W11 burl the Dqons from their eeate, and call the lawful Chief! -


THE FENIA!H!. Ociimtb'lh, c 1 old fi>rth OM 'a'U of lllen I tO.tli&-frenil_Y o!f.-0\tr 11nplort11g,' The that D6 man can bear, up llOaring.I... Come, Faith and Hope, and Love and Trust, upon their centre NCS) The wailing millions 'Summon thee amid the earthquake shoe.It I We've kept the. weary watch of yeara, with a wild and heart-wrnng yearning, Bat the star of the Advent we s ought in vain, calmly and purely burning; False meteors fiashed acroBS the sky and falsely led on; The parting of the strife is come'-.the spell is o'er and gone The st.orms of enfranchised paasiona rise as the voice of the eagle : screaming, And we scatter now to .the earth'& four winds the memory of our dreaming! The cloud& but veil the lightninge bolt-Sibylline murmu r s ring In hollow tones 11-qm oat the depths-the People seek their King I Gome forth, come forth, Anointed (i)ne_! nor blazon nor hoilon bearingNo "ancient line" be thy 18&1 or ligJi, the crown of Hamaoit,., wearingSpring out as lucent fountains spring exulting from the ground-. Arise, u Adam rose from God, with strength and I The leader of the world's wide host guiding ou aspirations, Wear thou the .eamleaa garb of Truth sitting 'a mong the natioDI r Thy foot ie on the empty forms around in 1hivere castWe craab< ye with'. the acom of scom, exuvial of the past>! Future'& clos e gates are QOW on their pond..roua hinges jarring, And there comes a aound as of winds and wavea each with the, otber warring: And forward bends the listening world, aa to their eager ken From qut th'.at dark and mystic land app'eare the Man-of Men l The song eeaaed, the door w.aa opent?d. Witbtil the plaee. of meeting, ihe beqjlhes .had all been removed and plied against the wall, and at set distances throughoai the cleared space, were stacked muskets with glittertng bayonets that seemed to hls8 like so many tongues of serpents dartlngontbelr vict.Hm., Singly as they had come, with1 blindfolded eyes and on eada heart a seal eet1 forth ,those few Individuals-the germ or an alliance destined to shake the kingdom tiOm. north to south and from eut to west.


I THI: Ji'l:NIANB. So aoon had the En&liahman's prophecy regarding Neil O'Connor come true, his uttered thought having been father to the other's deed. The Jut to go from the place of meeting was he who had been first to come. Dark Margaret's shadowy self had piloted the last of the fleet out of the harbor and into the open sea, each emerging by a different channel; for the passage leading to the ball of mystel'les was a hydra-headed monster-and of those who came forth, one remembered only that he had seemed to rise out of ihe ground which immediately elosed under his feet, and another that after ascending many flights of stairs, he had been left, with liberty of vision, to find his way down from a housetop, over a descending series of roofs to the street. From that hour, any member numbered with the laity would as soon have sought the reality of the vagaries ol'bls Jut night's dream, as have thought to return of himself to the place where on tliat memorable night the tree of long down trodden liberties was planted in the earth. Not loog-n1:ver again In fact, so rapid beyond all precedent proved the growth and spread of what was there begun-was It posiule to observe this extreme caution; but it was well to have allowed the taproot to strike deep in -the secret aoil, that no whirlwind of opposition couhl le.vel it, no frost of bate scatter Its fruit untimely. A little time Nell lingered behind his companions, then ex tinguished the only remaining light, crossed the threshold and locked the door. Still something whispered him to delay his departure. The same awe-though less inspiring-that had attended his coming hither earlier In the evening, returned. upon him with almost irresistible effect : He was seized with apprehension amounUng to certainty, that were the place left; undefende d, fatal discoveries would be made ere the dawn. In vain he strove to shake himself free from this seemingly unreasonable fear; .It clung to him till he was fain to soothe it into quiet by yleldipg to its demands. "Well, and why should I not continue here the remaining boon of the night P" he asked himself, and re_--entered the, hall-" why not be keeping watch over the new-born Freedom there surely ls a Herod would destroy P My llfe, my soul, are bound up with the interest.a developing within these fourj walls, there ever a danger or a responsibility as I'd shun or forego, the howlf saints be wltneaa."


THE FENIAN8. He groped his way to a bench and sat down. At 11.rst he bad no thought of sleep; soon, however, his mind settled into calmness, all anxieties were dispelled, and he sunk into dreamless slumber. Not more than an hour had gone by, when without stirring ftom bis position he suddenly unclosed his eyes, while the be11ded perspiration oozed out upon his brow. What had disturbed his rest thus he could not tell, but his thoughts were Instantly upon the papers and gold which bad been deposited in a strong box, of whfoh he held the key. An Instinctive c11.ution held him as one spellbound. .. Never was sepulchre more silent than the place during the 11.rst moments that succeeded his waking. Yet so certain was be that his alarm could not have been wholly imaginary, be permitted no breath of his nostrils to stir the air with a sound, and even the pulsations of his heart were constrained, as if they might betray his presence. That passed, and he recognized the noise which had cut short his repose. No stealthy, gliding footstep past his chosen couch, no clicking of a key, great or small, In it.s faithless Jock, no tampering with the Instruments of deadly warfare bristling all over ihe ball-but a steady stroke on stroke-not distant, but yet dulled and deadened by some intervening substance-as if the ponderous bell io the church t-0wer were sounding out the 11.nal midnight of the world. Then another interval of silence. Neil raised himself from bis recumbent posture, still cautiously, and sat erect. Oppo site him, through the thick gloom, appeared a sbinhif atom, like a star dropped from its sphere and ready to be swallowed up in the diamond mines which no man's band hath wrought. Breathlessly the J>eholder for the instant or its disappearance, but with pure, lambent ray it glistened on. His was now the noiseless tread across that stone :floor which had resounded with the inarch ofsoldiety, few ID number yet mighty in wlll-determlned to do or die. His eye on the mark, step by step he advanced, thrllled with awe and wonder, till in ihe middle of his subterranean chamber he stopped and stood still-the guiding star had indeed vanished. But no, it re-appeared; steadily nearer be approached, and found the object to be a pohit or ligh' entering th.rough a in the ancient wall.


1:Jl'.E FEBIA.Jr8, CHAPTER 'IX. 'THE 8AOBILEG:& As Nell stooped to bring his eye to the crevice, the sounds which had roused him were again renewed, -and fell upon bis ear with a sharp distinctness which Instantly convinced him that whatever the nature of the mystery might be, the scene of it all was discovered. It was merely a speck of the olden cement which at last had dropped trom Its place or cracked apart, and the wa l l being thick and massive., it was not easy to obtain a view of any objects beyond; but movements as of some persol!, who now again brletly intercepted the llght as once before, we:r;e detected by the ear, while the quality of the sounds produced by the mysterious avocation, proved .. to be successive blows expended upon no baser a metal silver. 0 I What wonder the curious lnU:rest or Nell gr<\w ,Intense? Forcing his finger into the aperture too minute for observation, he gently endeavored to enlarge it, and w;lth str01JA resistance, exerted himself more .and, until li, ls whole weight was thrown against wall; w hen suddenl.x a block tlew from its place, and 'Yha he had coveted to see, stood completely revealed through one astonished glance. -W11ether through the unexpected!y gaping wall, or whether of choice he had made the leap, Nell was too fearfully excited at themoment to remember e ver afterward. 'tt" At bis ere-doubtless even unforeseen and to stran ge ,artisan-if really he was a human, being-the lamp burning upon the ground was instant ly extinguished. A little, white-shrouded figure, with face 11 I that_ also to b e long to the or men departed, was one visible, and tbe next blotte1 out utter dark:; is. 'It had seemed to flash on the io-uder a look, that urned, lightning-like, upon quaritity 'of gold and silver p ate, beaten Inti>, a sh ap_eless mass,Jylng beside the lamp. With the extinction1of the sound of snatch -


THJI: FENJANS. 45 ing the tre1111ure t\-om the' ground; and, all In the same breath, were heard footsteps hastily retreating around an angle of the burled wall. Witll a clash and jar the blo ck of stone had swung into place. To follow the spectre appeared the sole chance of escape from a living tomb ; but Neil thought not of that; to unravel the mystery was still his hadiug desire, and the instant he could gather up bis senses, he started In full pursuit after the footfalls. He had1 seemed' neither to gain nor to lose on the unknown, as they flew along1the nanow passage. Suddl!n ly the guiding sounds ceased. Nell, halting as s\uldenly, listened wiih all inten tness; a slight sound : as of some one groping eagerly though cautiously, was just audible to Uie ear; and sttt'Ceel!W ing this the ring of those mysterious feet asc e ndfng a stone sta ircase. dashed fo'rWard in close punmit. The pursued, as if only then convinced of belng followed, made desperate exertion, surmounting the last half dozen ateps .ofthe long ftlght at a couple or-Ieaps / where'at the bead he stood fumbllng-wlth the energy or life and death, for a 11'.ay of egress. Presently a d

ruE FENl.A.NS. crept. over him for a few moments denied him the power ot motion. Praying to be forgiven the unintentional sacrifice, he gath ered reverently as If they were human bones the relics of the JI1arble Mary; at the same time his heart seemed tq stand still, and the dead cold of th e marbl e to enter his whole frame. After this he began seriously to consider his situation, a pri s oner In the place. Quite probably the church would b e opened for mass at an early hour in the morning-no long time t9 wait, but what then\' What account could he pos sibly render of himself which would be for a moment believed? A while before; had this strange thing happened, he might have dwelt entirely on the personal consequences-the_ disgrace, perhaps punishment, of being found there with all the circumstances against him i now, very emotions stirred his breast, as one not any lo nger belonging to himself, but consecrated to his country and his country's God. How. would his new friends view their leader henceforth, and what would be the effect on the great enterprise in which had embarked with him? While these troubled thoughts were passing in his mind, Neil stood leaning against a pew in thii aisle, near the spot wh ere the had been b r oken The moon gliding in and out among white clouds, like a sballop amid beds of lilies, alternately and her soft radiance. At a moment when the light favored, his eye fell on what appeared to be1 some portion of the statue which had rolled aside within one o f the wws, and been overlooked. On examination, however, It proved to be a veritable spec ime n of the work which going on in the reg ions b el o w at the or the discovery being made-a silver chalice in closing a cross of gold set with rubies, was crushed in an unsig htly lump, fit to excite the indignation of all who a soul to honor sacrjld thing s It was a prof a nation not unlik e which br ought down on the head of the proud Assyl'ian Jdng the awful vengeance of off e nded D eity-the vessels of the t e mple of God de s ecrated to an unholy purpose. The church had been robbed, and the robber might be s till within iJ1e walls, but more probable he had made his through some of the mysterious proce s ses .or which he was The discovery, while it did way with the


THE FENIAN!!. events of ntght to any supernatural causes; increased rather than diminished our hero's anxiety respecting results. The more be thought, the more it seemed that certain doom impended over him, till horror ran through every vein He who but a few hours before had stood as the chosen pro to ty p e of bi s nation to an end Indescribably glorious, beh eld himself stam ped with a f e lon's disgrace fors a ken of hi s fri e nds and derided of foes. Was it through fate, or through folly, the b op e s so Incomparably bright had b

TBB FBNIANS. but the Immacula\e Mother beard and.answered. SurelyJ was no impiety when.he.seized the dismembered .tru'nk statue, dashed it. against the .,door w:ith .such force as broke the hinges, opel$:\g for him a pa11Bage from hl,s sepulchre of fire. The fire had been discovered through tb,e windows-an alarm souuded-and the .nucleus of a ;vast, excited throng already surrounded the sacred With these Neil min gled, unquestioned, unRoticed ; and rallying speedily from his atate of autfocation, joined with the foremoat In gigantic efl'ort.s for subduing the flames. They were suticessful ; and 11-t the end of. an hour the scathed structure, like a wounded thing .yet tenacious of life, h!!>d been plcked clear of the of tlle devouring monstrer., As quiet returned, Neil, standing exhausted and as he sup posed unknown, received the secret sign, and started with delight, like a bridegroom on whose ear breaks the chime of his bells. It was Father Dunlea lfhO had given the mystic touch. Thou )>rave," whispered the priest, "well I understood at seeing you swaying in from the summit of a ladder tha t looked but the tattered remnant of a web, :!fhat was the motive inspired you, and that you were remembering what was beloio e'en more than what was abolie Erin Ullaloo-!'lld so good night-or rather morning." CHAPTER .X. "There's a light in the window for' thee, brother, A light in the window for UN the following day report spread wildly that the Church St. --had been not only but o r Plate to the vale of more than a thousand pounds. "And -sC(l.llty a three years till is it," said one ;and Jlnother, since tl,ie same re.pated. By my sow! ADd St. PatJ:;ick, butit's a IrishQl&n's abroad, anyhow.'' Neil w3!1, however, that it was by most believed the plunder had been effected during the excitement of the II!. which )lad been set with that intent. He kept his own


TIIB 40 counsel, believing that what was past was put t.nd portended no danger to the and being far from seeking the notoriety, either with the Brotherhood or the public, which would come of divulging the tale of that night's marvellous e x per ie nces Nor did he remain longer in Dublin at that time. In Cork, -In B e lfast, and in all the cities and principal towns through out the country, lie was secretly sowing the seeds of a rich and mighty harvest to be g a thered in at the pleasure of Him who "rewardeth openly." E vf rywhere he found the soil ready for the reception of th e seed, with Panis to plant, and ApoJtoses to water. Men of every rank rushed with bared arm to redeem the land from her oppressors-to the rescue of their sacred rights from beneath the iron heel of tyranny. That done-the' first great triumph gained-the peasant boy one day quietly re-enter e d his native village, to be agaiu for a little time the Neil O Connor of his former l,ife. Not that either-nor h e if he would, uor won!d 4e if he could; but at least, though changed in all else, he carried the same warm heart in hill bosom, and never had the innooent rustic sports of his former life been so cear, as ami4 the stern realities which attended ) new career. It had been given out that he had gone to Dublin lo search of employment. Some said the me.,aure was of Rose Brod rick's enforcing, who had distinctly told him he must tur11 over a new leaf or never arrive at the picture of wedded happiness with her. Others again, not quite so far from the truth, hinted at his father's embarrassment.II as being the occasfon of Nell's reformatory resolutions-,.the latter clal!.I a g reeing that he was iver a broth of a boy, IVld fit to be the son of a lord any day In the year." It was deep twili ght when Neil approached aud pulled the string of the cabin d oor. Even b e fore he rais e d his hand, a wild chorus of do g s within announced his coming to Kathie, who at the moment sat thinking of her brother with tearful e y es. She bounded to open the door, and though of one mind as they were, each hindered the other so much that it required two full minutes of pushing and pulling to nccomplifih the purpos e "Arrah, one could almost a8 well aft'ord to be a juke or it.her nabob, as isn't able to admit hissilf to the castle that's his c>w n's till the footman and the head porter and all the 1ervanw


of the hall glnerally, does lt for his honor's ho .nor-and that's a truth to be sworn to by all the books ae iver was opened and shut." "0 Nell-Neill'' 0 Kathie darlint !" "Hush the dogs, Neil, for the love of heavf'\n. One can't by no meallll hear his own mouth spake. Och, murther I h e r e it ls Rookh what has broke him s elf from his chain, and would ali the same was it too sthrong for a horse, that's held the baste snug-like for a matter of weeks too." The great St. Bernard was at his master' face In an llll!taut ; and he and Kathie cutting short their embrace, the forme1 1hmg himself along the 1loor, for the present at the mercy of his canine friends, while his sister stood by, laughing and cry ing, and declaring he would be "kilt lntlrely.'' Having gorged their appetites by devouring him over and over, lapping out of his throat the fond endearing names the y had missed so long by way of sweetening the meal that need ed no sweetening, Rookh and Eric graClually settled into a c11.lmer behaviour, and lay down by his side together; each, however, In tum, constantly pushing between his brother brute and the masrer, for the love they bore him and the honor that was due his coming home. So there lay the boy patriot, whose untutored eloquence had lately fired the heart or thousands, stretched upon his back along the cottage 1loor, hie hands clasped beneath his head, his feet to the smouldering turf-jlre; while on t.he left. the two dogs disputed the place of honor, and on the right Kathie had dropped down like a lark to her nest lu the mead ow grass "Troth," she cried, it Is what I expect you ha'l"e come t< attind the :wake.'' "Whose wake sure?" "Ah then, It s nobody ilse's but ould Molly M'Gulre's, tht poor cratur that the roof was sowld over her head this d a l fortnight for the rlnt; and his lordship's agent sayln' to this, and to that, and iverybody into the bargain, that It's the ex. ample he'd be makin' of her, aud the poor body kilt all over wld the rheumatism at the time, which wae a shame to see, and you kuow it WM throe of her forenent the time gf yer 11\\ in' for Dooblin, only it's In my thought to swear to your beln' away forlver jlst, and Mlsther Kenson the agent, &S you


Tllli: l'ENI.ill8. 51 i;nlnd as well's mesilf, barrio' the sthrangeneea or yer beln' back and wasn t al( along-Mlsther Kenson he tould her a long sthory out of face, about it bein' his lordship as had sent up from London, for he's gone down1 long life to him If he st(Lys; for the matter of a hundred pounds, to be had could It or not, which is a great sin and a shame if he did, and I need n't be botherin' to say what iverybody knows, and he tould Molly M'Guire she'd be takin' hersilf from there in a hurry, and she neither chair nor table but the sthraw of her bell to lie on, and she ax'd him civilly back, whether If she lived till she. 11ie d in the cabin, she would be actln' greatly agin conscience and agln his honor's favor, dld she stay to be waked pleasant like undher the .t hatch as had laked a river on her us orteu as Iver there was rain, and the agent-ill luck to him the baste of a man that he ls-he answered her nlver a word, good or bad, but turned his face and weut away, and sint. the bailiff directly he could tl.nd him, with a writ ofeject ment aud whin they lifted Molly by her shoulders and the two fee t her, to take up from her bed-and it is wbft her ni e ce tould me with her own mouth that's all the way f rom O Shaugqlin s town to be carin' for her from charity, with puttin' on airs and a shawl on her back as she vows cost a guin e a and ni'w:e r a penny less, but I reckon on the thing nlver cost half the mon e y and the h a lf not paid for-and she says it was her aunt as put back the arm she hasn't moved for a year, quick-like, and snatched out of the sthraw a hand kerchief and something in it as made a jingle, which It was his honor, the bailiff, didn't hear it at all, bekase he was by luck lookln' t'other way, and Molly hid the handkerchief in her own bosom, as was s insible in one so long ailin', till' they'd carried her to the-nixt neighbor s that's Mrs. M Rem m i s, as I needn't be tellln' you, that's sister to Mrs. O'Rellley, that's Hugh Flannerty's aunt, and sure do mind where !Je's gone these three weeks ?-and It's the illegant soi; of a wake they 're to have, as is proper for one so well oft' sure, for Lord knows how many's the sovereigns in gowld she had laid by in the handkerchief, and niver none the wiser for it-so now, Neil, it's mesllf !Jas tould ye the news and the stoey out of face." Ah, but I'm thlnkln' It's what I'd llke to hear aomethln' of yersilfnow, to be sure." Would ye so P Well, his lordahlp was cu.lied to London,


as I safd:....bettller luc't t couldn't be I-by tlie death of his and she not expected by nobody to live till his lordship could get there, and that's the last as has been heard from him, good or bad, or will I'm hopin', and the salson wliat It Is, forenent the spring anyway, savin' It's what lils lordsliip sint for the hundred pounds, you are sensible, and It might be for buryiu' his shlster, as mayn t have the ablllty to bury berstlf, for I seen a nursery maid as has know'd his lordship's family all their lives, by way of what her own mlther has tould her, and she said what it Is the truth by all accounts, tliat his lordship himself wasn't born to the matter of a peony a year aavln' his wife's fortune that's dend, and t .hat releases me while Iver hls1lordshlp's away, whlcli I trust wont be sbol"t; bot I was scairt all over whin lt caine out that his lordship was in want o' money, for I ax'd mesilf would Mlsther Kenson be comin' tO father, and it was wishln' to my sowl he'd be doln' the same, bekase then I'd make sure his lordship had give up the thought oftakln' a wife for the riot." .U Maybe then it's no rlut Is no longer, savin' what' paid," suggested the brother, very quietly. "Q that can't be," she replied, "for how should it? Bot ls lt goin' to the wake we are?" CHAPTER XL THE W.A.KK. "D'TB mind the day' as oursilves was last liere, wbln we wlnt to the dance that and you afeared I'd not be eomin' di \i'I mind it' w!l.S a dance, the hour what it was?" And Kathie dashed away from her brother's side to throw an eye, as she sald, around the shadowy side of Murderer's Rock, as lf dreaming 'som'e of" her friends might be lying lo wait there, as on' .the occasion referred tp. To-night, however,'lill the neighborhood for many a mile was centering at the wake. The report of tlie sovereigns concealed in the straw of her bed, had won for poor old Mollj a host of"triends. "And do ye mind how it was his reverence aa danced witli m till break o' day?" rattled on sweet Kathie. It is what


THE FENIANB. he had been, or was goib', to 1hriv& Molly M'G"uire tllat bfissed night, dead the day. Sure we'll all be at tl1e wake of it l' It's wliat his riverence will be plazed to see ye, and he himself was away the while." Was he so?'' returned tier brother. '"And it's mesllf wlll b e plazed to see his riverence, which is what's more befitting intirely. (And sure now, what would Kathie darlint be t.hinkin' did sl;le mind this minute what's in the two hearts of us-the priest's and me owu'sl") Wberi N!!il ana1 his'' sister arrived, had opened 'Y.ith power : Tlie cryin)t sounded uncommonly floe, every body seeming in excellent vdice. and doing their best; while the calm and frosty, was just the medium for echoing the choruses far and wide. They found the house twice filled already, fln!t with men and women, and secondly with the smoke of their pipes; and still by far the greater number of those present were standing without,-among whom Nell and Kathie took up a position; -i\.hich, being just before the door, was the most favorable for seeing as well as hearing. Young O'Connor's friends throng ed about him, with shaking of hands and the compliments or the day. "It's good luck to see ye home again the night," said one, sich is the illegant time we'll be havin'. Sure it would go hard with me but I'd be at it, was it mllesee and mileses away. It's the night's as good as Molly hersll' could have got made to ordher; and it's the best of my judgment and belief, we'll be heard dlsthintly as fur as Carrickoshaw, and furder. Will ye be givln' out some pipes and terbacker here!" The last sentence was shouted in at the door. "You niver seen the likes for wailin'," said another exultingly," of the Munster woman as happens to be prlsent, under heaven. You'll not be long waitln' to hear for yersil'. Every one would wish and be proud to have such at his funeral." Neil espied his father among the crowd, as Kathie ht:drled him to expe ct; he s eemed to ( be looking care-worn and un happy, even irr so gay a place as a wake. The son saw abstractedly, and just hearing the remark,, Many and many's the fine word they're sayln' which It must be pleasant for the deceased to be heiuin' about hersll'


TSB FBNIANS. about them to be sure, as his lordshlp111 luck to him I would like to be takin' from the poor cratur, through bis lordship's agent and the bailiff-not the dacent kind of a man Is His lordship in the course of the night, came in for a bountiful share of anathemas, as did also Kenson the agent, both being about equally bated, and the Ilitter hardly the less feared. "Our-ow-ah-agh I" Those without, startled by the sudden howl, turned and looked up and down the road. An old woman, qulte by her self, approached as near as practicable for the conden11ed multltude, aud continued her exclamations, swaying her body about, with wringing of hands and the most horrible contor tion of "Isn't she illegaut noiy ? cried many admirers. "Who is the craytur at all?" asked others. Suddenly the woman cea s ed, and standing on tiptoe In the endeavor to see over the heads blocking up the passage to the door, inquired: "Arrah I who Is it that's dead ?-wh:o Is it we're crying for?'' Sure It's one Molly M'Gulre," answered a dozen voices at once. Is It so I" returned the ot!ter. Thin I hope she'll not be jealous, but I heard nlver a sentence till as I was passin', and it's a stbranger I am from tin miles up the countbry sure. But it's mesilf seen the body oncet on a time, that was yearses agq, and I'd not a doubt she was In heaven since.'' May be thin," rejoined the eager crowd, "ye'd be plazed to hear about the heap o' sovereigns she was aftber lavin' to the niece us c0111e .to attind her duty, when it was what every one supposed that she owned nlver a thlng In the world, her body andsowl at all at all.'' Three or four of those standing nearest proceeded In a chorus Qf voices to give the story in all its details-or, as their expression would have been-" out of face.'' The other with gratifying interest, tlll almost at the close she interrupted vociferously: B<;>theratlon !..-don t any of yez be makln' a fool o' yersllfl Tho money ye spake of is no more nor less as a few pence and


TBB FE!!IA.Nll. 1hlllln's, and I wont say pounds, what I 1een Molly with me own eyes a beggln up and down for her funeral. It's all very well, to be sm: e, but the no slch amount as ye mln tlon, and I'd say the same before his honor on me oathwouldn't I now I" Thin it's all along of her niece that's desaved us," replied the story-tellers, crestfallen and indignant. "It's the man e s t kind of doin's anyway, and who knows, al\her all, will there be plinty of terbarcker, and she puttln' on her airs The effect of this piece of Intelligence was dampening in the extreme; the sentiment being general, that 111olly bad gotten up a good time for herself under false pretences Wfth -the younger portion of the company, however, the niece who had been putting on o.irs before them, was the person to blame, and she was accordingly berated h1 no gentle words; nor could she ever have it to say of that night, that she had tieen slandered behind her back on all the throng. In several quarters mutterings for vengeance arose. "I'd ax ye would ye be showln' y'ersll' now I" shouted a voice, calling the young woman by name; :md through some lnadvertency at about the same time, a pebble the size of a man's fist, came smashing t hrough the little window of four panes, and hitting a man In the leg, occa1!1ot1ed his cry.Ing out that he was "kilt, kilt, kilt !"-in imitation, probably, of that t.ime-honored phrase in the sentence for capital oflences-"bung by the neck till you are dead, dead, deadl"-but in the present case, nobody's soul was recommended to mercy. See what's It ye's done now r exclaimed a single daring individual, striking hands against the multitude in accusation of the informer, as with Impressive gestures he closely follow ed her up, the former forcing her tardy progress through the throng outside, bent upon getting a look at the corpee at all hazards. "It's all one as if ye'd brought down a hel\rty shower o' rain on the peoples at a fair. Home wld ye, ye ould hypocrite-It's none o' your wake at all at all-begone for safety, and let dacent men and womens hereabouts be en joyln' theysil's-clm't ye now I" As to the woman herself, bareheaded, with dark, unkempt hair and fierce-lookingeyes,she may have begrudged the ullaloo 1he had lavished on one so unworthy, and have devoutly wish ed to demand her contribution back, and hold the same in


TBB: FJCNJANll reserve till her own country Pfflple, .t0me doe night, shold get up a wake of their own. "Pity Lt Is now I" remarked one, gazlog after her, "eloc. e her whUlaluh, wasn't It right Ulegant altheg!ther-whosom iver she is or isn't-and may she have the same at her own wali:e, anyhow." "Don't not let us be mattbers, and the crowd this is, as 'most Iver I seen," added one with the whlte haired crown of eJiperlence on her llead-" anyway, the likes hasn't OO&n at no woman'11 JWake in tin yea.rses, uvin' at the funeral of his honor, where happy was the ll)an could get a sight at the hearse." The scale wu turned-or at le&81i lncllnlng to turn....:in favor of making the most of a good ovpoi:tunlty, trUles to the contrary notwlthetaoding. An earnest effort which was made to renew the wailing, met with considerable succe!\,', "Wouldn't we jist be afther runnln' over beyant f(opm bog and see bow fine it sounds," said a li'iend to Nell. No sooner propoeed than agreed to; and away went the O 'Connor-Brodrlck-Ratlgao-Flannerty clique of former time, intent on a criticism of the aUaloo ae heard from a distance. O, but I'm wonderln'. where's the Cuo," murmured Rose Brodrick, with a dieco0solat.e sigh, about ,tlve minutes after Nell had left her aide. "It's tbeethupJdest place iver I to be at-is a wake." Kathie was suddenly ol tbe same opinion. "Let's we be goio' by oursllves round the pin't o' the rocks aod thry the echo," was her suggestion for relieving the dulloees ti.II their lovers' return; and the two, hand In band, sto)e qoietJy away, and soon, under the calm moonlight, were. 11t the locality of the wonderful echo. "Does it repate twice, it manes yes-does it more, it manes no. You'll be first to ax it a question-come now." It was K_athle whom her friend tbua prefel'l'ed, l\nd who was thus perJD.itted to consult the rural, without money and without price. She stood up on an altar of rock. She drew her breath-then her courage failed her. "You'll nlver be iellin'," she exclaimed-" niver, Rose, will you?" Niver, ae ae I live, or hope to be was the eolemn aeeeveratlon. But, and I'm to take iny turn at the


THE FEJHA.N8. aame thing pnsentJy, Kathie dear-so we'll be aven, fort.ha mattber." "Well, and I'll not tell no sowl alive what may be your question." "No, I'm sure you wouldn't at all." Kathie drew herself up the second time. "Will I "-falteringly-" will I be married I'" "Loudher I" cried her friend-" no sick cbilder of an echo wouldn't be wakened by.puttin' a question in that kay. Spake, its only mesllfand the echo to hearanyway.!-butthe no question to pe axio' at all at all." "How cari ye say that, Rose I' I'd ll)!:e to know isn't it the question as e.very ,gid is 11ofther uln' tqe echo that? s in -her heart sure I'" :I'hruc for ye," laughed the other, and howsiver aley she's u:io', that ecbo al'.ays spakes up wid the answer-' ;yes, darlint, to be sure.' But for yersllf to be axin' .the, question here-it' s all one as to ax was ye born or a mither--or was ye to die. Say ye put it this way...L' Will I macrf --' here ye spake the gintleman's namlh ye know. A.a thfs now-' Will I marry Coudyocarrlgankillybogah I'" Both laughed, the proof cllllle to their ears that Echo was out of her couch, and waiting to be gracio0&-0r otherwise. But niver could I .do it," protested Kathie-" to be spakln' a real name that way, no indade." "Why not, sure; and none but oursil s to know It Iver I'" Then Glyn Brodrick's sister added, naively-" Ye mought be thryin' with bis lordship's name, can't ye find a bettherl"' "I can find a b e tther thin-so I can," returned Kathie, and drawing up her little figurn for the final issue, she put the question right brav ely: "Mis thress Echo, will I marry-Glyn Brodrickt" Faith, and upon my conscience "-a wonderful echo, truly! The fair devot e es at her shrine recognized a familiar htt pian voice. Alas I for poor timid little Kathie. She shl'ieked, and the genuine echo there flew around and around her, like a mother oriole around the nest in danger of being plundered Down a rocky clell. .a Jooee !\tone came rolling, and tumbling, four stalwart young fellows; never more wildly bas


THJ!: FENl-'NS. lovcl<>rn mAideu 11ung her:

THE Jl'ENIANS. 60 be thought t:ie little monosyllable the 11weeteat aound be had ever he!lrd. Nel! was a fine natural singer, and not strongly opposed to heanng the music of his own voice at every proper occasion The 11ong he chose to-night was: KITTY NEIL. "Ah, sweet Kitty Neill rise UI) from your wheel; Your .neat little foo. t will be weary ftom spinning; dome trip down with me to the sycamore tree Halit!u1 pari s h is there, and the dance is beginning. The sim is gone down, b u t the fulf harve s t moon Shines sweetly and sad on the dew wbiteued valley, While all the air rings with the soil: loving things Each little bird sings in the green shaded alley." With a blush and a smile, Kitty rose up the while, Her eye in the glaBB, as she bound her bair, glancing, 'Tis hard to refuse when a young lover sues, So she couldn't but choose to-go off to the dancing. And now on the green the glad groups are Each gay-hearted lad with the of bis choosing; And 'Pt, without leada out Kitty Neil-Som e how, when he asked, ne'er thought Now Felix Magee puts bi s pipe to bis knee, And, with flourish so free, sets each couple in motion ; With a cheer and a bound, the lads patter the ground Thi! maids move around just like swans on the ocean Cheeks bright as the rose-feet light as the doe'.. Now coyly retiring, now bol

TBB FENIAN8. Here the' elder-O'Connor, having learned that' his soli was present, pressed his way out to him with affectionate greeting. can't but spake my word in favor of his river.ence," he privately remarked. His aqual I niver seen at any wake; and sure I'll niver be thinkin' again'. that a wake's a wake without Father Dunlea." CHAPTER XII. TBlC BOUSE IN THE ALLEY. TROTH thin, may be ltls the dacent place, as ye say, for the likes o' poor folk as we be, yet ye'll all the better be kapin' yersil' and chllder In the ye wlll. Be set by me, and don't ye not be movin' in here at all at all." "Will ye be glvln' the raison, thin \>-I ax ye agin, Mrs. Mc Croghan, will ye be givin' the raison for beratin' the house as ye lives In yersll' yare in and yare out-I take-yer own W()rd for the same, and it's not nebody Ilse's word but yer own's. Maybe now ye's one o' them womens, and I reckons you be, what's mane aud sllftsh-llke inthlrely, so ye wants a, whole room or ii house an'. to yer own's wid nobody nlgh : hand, this way or t'other. Maybe lt's the as 1.1ees the bot tom of itself too soon, and no If&ee to be had wid ye in the neighborhood-sure it's not afraid -to be spakin' out toyer face I am. -Or maybees U?s what you expect the chllder will be makln' a noise in the lntry, or yet In the alley outsidethan which two lambs uiver was aisier ; a11d IC I say it that's their mlther; it's no lie." Let it not be supposed that Mrs. lfcCrogban heard all this in silence, whlle she waited her tliril to speak. Troe, she did not interrupt, for the sufficient reason that the other Wll8 too well-bred to be pot down; she merely remarked qnilffiy ; at the top of her voice; that this person cn'Veting to. become ber neighbor in some one of the long-vacant apartments of. the honse, above and below, was himself chargeable with all she had char'ged"on another-that she was a liar, and a thief, and no honest woman, besides being dr.unk at that very moment, and the bonnet on her he _ad noll her own. "!i's dhrunk as a ba&te ye are, and I can prove it b)l the1


THK FENIANS. 61 man thl\t seen you yistherdy-Lord knows who or what ye bez .anyway-it's mesil' as niver set my eyes on ye till the day1 and, faith, may 1 nlver do it again, or wouldn't I like ,to be kickin' ye out." Thes e were the compliment.a exchanged simultaneously, and were well calculated tp promote an acquaintance beiween the two prospective neighbors. it!" softly shouted the lady, taking 8. step beyond the threshold into the other's domains, h e r eyes gentle as a springing panther's, and Jher right haud clenched as if it held a crown diamond 1whil;h11he was fearful of losing. At thi s Mrs. McCroghan faced -her visitor with a lifted stool-" which Jf she meant. for t4e,olher to sit down upon the same, it w:as: a very /dgl i colAJllimeht r she paid her, sure.'' Then one or the other; I am not certain which, said "Arrah now, be alsy "-or iqiportant words to that eft'olct ; to which the other, whichever that refers to, responded some thing like-" No harrumor offince-I'm hopin'.'' Whereupon the hospitable Mrs. :went; at once to a corner of the room, and drew from beneath; a heap of old bedding a black j ug, having Uldn't.'' ls it ghost.a, DOW""


62 THE t'ENIA.NS, Mrs. McCro1;1hao nodded assent nearly to the floor, where Jay the black uncorked, with a stream of .nothing running 11ut of It; but she rallied again, rather than miss the chance of relating a story of the marvellous, and proceeded: the smaller sort of man a8 riots the room-" "And he the imp hissllf!-ah-h r Faix now, I'll be tellln' ye the lllegant tale of a goblin, as Iver ye heard wid your two e yes !-le that dark-colored cat yer own's now ?-bow she's 11penin' her month and pnrrin', God bless her I wid s care e the length of a leg to her body." Here the morning caller gave the overtnrnecl black jug a little kick, which set it rolling away In a curv e till It brought up against the water bucket ln the middle of the room. stared vacantly after lt, rubbed her eyes to improve her vision, then apparently dl11gu11ted with 110 eccentric an animal, returned to her story. "As lUegant a tale lnthirely as iver made yer hair crape up and down. Me own mlther'e uncle lt was, as thravelled to Wales-! 0 boo I-it's not yenilf now as was spakin' at all-.bad manners to ye I You'd be changln' the chllder In their chra dles, wld puttln' yer boshy ould ethory for one that' e all nate and new that'e me own's. Be aisy now." "Wlll ye be long at it?-bekaee I left me little chllder that'e not ecalt and, killed like t'other, locked in along with a toob and pllnty of hot wather-" Sainte above, hear that now I Isn't lt the ungrateful craythur she ls, atl;lier tastin' the las' dhrop o' me whiskey! I'll be done thin ln le81 than a And now be listenln' wld yer two ears. "About this day, three years, to be eure, the man I epake of --ilOrroW take him !-kilt and murthered his own wife in that very room, who was moved into lt wld her husband only a wake or two, and seemed all 11calrted-like and not darln' to be lavln' at all, be the man hlmsil' in or out, but jist etayln' by to attlnd his duty, and him as surly-tlmpel'!ld as Iver you seen; and I'd swear to seeln' him take ln a goodly-eize all alone by hissll', barrln' anlther to help him on wid It; and the man as was t'other and not hlssllf at all, tuggin' up the sharp stairs In a priest'& robe on him, which ls the raison I wouldn't be spakln' of the same to this or that, ftret nor last.


THE FBlUANll. G3 Well, there waa goln's on, and I q ul verln' from head to fut, wld the quilt over me fnce where I'd gone Into my bed u wake as wather, for I'd along been too afeared of the man to ax him civil good-mornln', nor Iver sip.ce did I or did any one -and whose-Iver lived in the house, soon pick\ld up thei,r joog and bed and stool, maybees, and left it, for the suspicion meut they'd took up In one way and another, me vintur ln' uiver a word more than that I'd be mysil' the fir6t to go and last to come back, barrio' it was my mither as paid t L e rint, and I no.t the ability to do as much for lll}sil' aud the whbke y what it Is for price; and nohody a8 knows the mat.tiler, hut would cut the right hand off their body 8oouer as they"d be goin' towards the door o' that room, bnt we all hearn a go! and a lament many's the time. Well, thin, It's no long while ago, all of a aveuln', I was chancln' to look out o' me door by raison of a noise to be hearn In the in try there, about bedtime was t\le hour, I mind, aeeln's I'd niver a candhle, no more a bit o' turf, aud the sight I s.een was-nothin' airthly, be sure. She glid out o' that very room, as plain as could be, wid her hand as white as the dead's, by the light from the brewery through the windy, put forenent hersil', and the fingers movin' up and down, like playin' slow music, and niver turnln' ta the right nor yet to the lit't, but all one as the dead might do, hersll' gild dowu the stairs, and jist on the last o' them, 8he vanished nowhere, and I seen it wid my own eyes, as wouldn't be tellln' a lie and notllin' for it, and thia person wasn't the man's wife that was, at all at all, barrin' they've put It on her in heaven a Sister of Charity's gown and hood-so now it's what I've tould ye the sthory out of face." How decidedly Mrs. M'Croghan's relation weighed against the interests of her landlord as regards the applicant of that moruing, cannot with certainty be recorded; but the same evening brought with It a sequel to her tale of mystery, not quite so mysterious to the reader. It was Dark Margaret and Father Dunlea, 1fhO noiselessly ascended the stairs and passed into the haunted chamber. A candle which the former had brought with her being lighted, the priest looked about him, and first to carefully secure the door against possible intrusion. There, still, lay Agnes upon her dismal her large eyea tnrQed on the priest, wherever he went, with


64. TBE FICNIA:N"8, the extreme earnestness of hope almost ontweighed by despair. The chamber appeared quite bare of furniture, with the exception of a stool and a rude table; the former Sister Mar garet placed for his reverence, while herself was half kneeling, half crouching, at the head of the snftbring victim of cruc_,lty and wrong .After a brief conversation V?hich merely repeated from Agnes's lips what he had before learned through his companion, the priest arose solemnly, and with hands out. stretched above that emaciated form, absolved her from the unholy vow which had been forc ed upon her three lon g before Agn es could sc'1rce believe that at last h e r soul was cipated Jrom its thrafdom; during many mouths she had con stantly looked for death, and had hailed the grim me81lenger as her only dellv:erer. It was several minutes ere her feelings would permit her to speak; but having relieved them by abundance of tears, she warmly thanked both his reverence and Dark Margaret, and then gave them her surprising narrative. Three years before, her husband, had found means to rob the Church of St.--of all its gold and silver plate and ornaments. Under cover of night he brought his sad booty to their one chamber, boldly avowing all to his wife; and likewise declaring his intention of making similar attempts Jn other directions, and of finally emigrating to America, whl!n he should have made himself rich eno ugh. :Mrs. M :Momy, shocked .at her husband s pl'oceedlngs, first expostulated, and next threatened him with exposure; andl in that hour he laid a ; plot for the greater security of his plunder, and the gratlftcation of his re'v'enge at the time. He stripped the little room of every article which could be sold, carrying them out one by one, and In return brought back a coftln, telling his wife it was for herself both.. while she lived and death, and that he had been pains-taking fn selecting the proper size. One who pretended to hQlcl the office of a priest panied Terence on that night, and stood by, muttering prayel'a; In an unknown tongue, while the other made the coftln they had brought the depoeitorj of his new riches, afterwards


TBB-ftNIAli8. deliberately preparing a bed upon it and compelllng his wife to lie down there. The woman, feeling stunned and helpleS1, could only obey. The priest, whose genuineness she never thought of doubting -albeit, wondering In her heart how a good man could con nive at such iniquity, then stepped forward and put her under the most solemn vow never to rise from that bed with, out her husband's consent, and never to betray his 11ecret to living mortal. The priest then went from the house, and Terence standing over his wife with a deadly weapon, swore by a terrible oath, that he would kill her, 1f ever she made known to any one that she was still in the land of the living. At different times he had added to his deposit-the last of these occasions being only a short time previous. Of late she had been undergoing the pangs of starvation at the hands of this monster; and had revealed her situation to Dark Mar garet as a dying woman. In horror and amazement they removed the invalid and examin'ed the coflln, finding there all the evidence of her veracity. Father Dunlea had been the more intensely inter ested, from recognizing in Terence M'Morny the probable robber of the Church of St. --for the second time ; and upon close scrutiny of the ruined plate, inscriptions were found which proved the fact beyond a doubt. The ll&Dle hour, the wretched suffilrer w1111 carried out of the house and conveyed to a hospital, where she three days afterwards expired. Though the removal had been as secret u possible, yet by that weans or some other, the guilty party took the alarm-at least, he kept away from the place, and aecordingly the measures devised to entrap him failed. The only thing to be done, w1111 to recover the treaaure and wait in hope for the detection of the criminal.


66 THI!: F&NIAlU CHAPTER XIII. ACTING UNDER ORDERS. BRIEF was the lntervai ere our hero prepared to put ot Nell O'Connor the boy, and put on. again Nell O'Connor the "Man ol' Men." He knew that in every county or his own Emeraill Isle eager masses awaited his coming; yet while thanking God for his mission with a burning spirit and in unfaltering trust, he shed some not unpardonable tears, :1t parting, perhaps forever, from the scene3 of the careless, happy past, to enter and contest for the prize iu the areua of the future. He had slept once more under the dear home-roof, hlld wandered over the downs, leaped ditches, and wished beside fahy mount>!, and chatted with all the people or hi:! neighbor hood-better than these, he had won from the girl of his hl!ll.rt the sweetest of confessions-better-sweet-even though prudence half reproached him foi: the deed, whisperiug it would'have been more honorable to have len Rose free, iu view of the ditllculties and uncertainties before him-and i.ow be must away to other duties and sterner realities. Nor had he been quite idle here. His father had beeirtlrst to be informed of his deeds and their results hil.herto; and next, cautiously but thoroughly,

TUE FENIANS. 6'1 finally planted themselves against the door, as a last resort, determined to make him a prisoner at home. Neil was forced to tie them In their comer at length; but at this th.!ly set up a howl, enough to distract the whole neighborhood. "0 troth, It's very unkind of ye now," exclaimed the. young master, brushing a tear from his eye, and folding hie anii!i, he stood glancing l\'om Kathie io the dogs, quite despairingly. "rll niver be makln' ye ashamed of Nell O'Connor, though It' agln my goin' ye are.'s mesllf best knows what's needln' to be done; and could I take along all my heart Is aching for here, the sacrifice would b& but half com plate. Let me be gone thih-be alsy, and we'll be comln' toglther In better whiles-trust and belave me, can't ye?" For a moment there was quiet; Kathie seemed convinced, and sat down, only sobbing just audibly, her face hidden In a coquettish little white apron. But no sooner did Nell venture to lift the latch, than the dogs set up a wilder screeching than before. He caught a handkerchief from bis pocket, and throwing It on the ground beneath the sharp noee of the faithful Rookh, bade the animal watch it till his return, then rushed lfom the cabin. The laat glimpse he had within was of Kathie ftlnglng hen:elf down beside Rookh and clasping hil neck, that they might cry in sympathy. Neil had conversed with his father In confidence than had existed between them previously, concerning Lord LismorP. and his proposals for the hand of Kathie. As his sister had already informed him, the nobleman was absent for the present In London, where he had been summoned with out any premonition, by oue of those events which Intrude themselves; unabashed, even on the notice of lords and kings, to Interrupt or destroy their pursuits, their desires and their delights. Bryson O'Connor, unlike his Innocent, sangulAe d&ugbter, was in hourly expectation of bis lordship's return, and dread of what would follow-" harrin','' he added doubt fully, .. it's what coulJl be conthrlved to pay oft' the debt." "And paid it'll be directly," was Nell's response-" for It's melillfwlll be sendln' the money, so look out for the same by the lnJl o' the wake, as I live." This conversation occurred on the morning of Nell's second departure, as he accompanied his father a couple of miles toward the next town; where some business ca'lled him. His


68 TllE FENIA.NS. son's promise was a rellefto Bryson O'Connor, who went on his way with a li,ghter heart; at the same time, had Kathie herself been to the rProposed union, such a mation would have not a little the father's ambition. To tell the truth he had always hoped Kathie would finally marry his lorpship -;-lt would be something so grand 111-nd amazing; but he did not want fo be reduced to the necessity of selling her to. him for a few paltry pounds. When Nell had bidden good -by and was pn his way to meet the stagecoach at the high road, his inlnd reverted to the subject; and the probability that his lordship might return at any moment and press matters tO a speedy issue dis turbed him so much, that he resolved to see tlie demand upon which the threat was based, cancelled thtt. same hour, using for the pwpose money lntrusted to him for the furtherance of the great cause in which he was engaged, and which he had the means of repaying so 8oon as he should reach Dublin. Accordingly he turned aside, and having crossed a couple of stiles and a stubble field, found himself at the JQ4p occupied by Kerison, Lord Lismore's agent. Passing up the gravel walk, be espied this person, through a French window, lolling in an easy chair, enjoying his pipe; but on looking out, he rose up quickly and disappeared, at the very moment the young man was congratulating himself that the agent would be able to attend to him at once aud be w ould not be long detained. Upon inquiry him, he was answered that "his honor had departed"" I'm quite prepared to belave that same," interrupted Neil, with a twinkle of the old sly humor in his eye-" indeed, what you mintion is but a truth well known up and dowD, throughout this neighborhood for ye!IJ'!I and but with yer lave I'll be seeln' Misther Kenson as he is jist, barrio' the honor aud all that." The servant dtared. Hi'd 'ave you hunderstand," he replied ,,eeverely-" hif a Hirlshman can hunde?tand hayything hat hall.:_that 'is honor, the hagent, his haway." Thin ye may .aa well prepare to be resavln' baek his dead body," aald Neil O'Connor 11olemnly, "for as I came up I was seein' his ghost in11ide, rocking itllel' paceably and smokln' a pipe 80 natural, I'd be vowiU: 1 a smell of the same's in the room this minute, if ye'll plaze open the door.


THE FENUNS. 60 So I think I'll be waitin' to see the slght and att.lnd the funeral." So saying he very compoeedly sat down in the hall. You deserve to be kicked hout," cried the lackey, steaming with wrath. ,; 1 Och, and I'm very comforthable as I am, thank ye," re turned the other, imperturbably. "It's a mysthery,'' he added, "what all this manes anyhow. I came to pay Misther Kenson some money, and I d not be hinderin' him a quarther part of the time we're wastln' here togither this minute-will ye plaze be sayin' the same to Misther Kenson himsel' ?" "'You're a hinsolent Hlrish blocklt,'' retorted tihe other 'aven't hi hinformed you halready as 'ovi J ls honor's hingaged!" "Not the brith oflt has passed yer lips tllf this," cried Nell, with lively interest. "Arrah, engaged ls it! An.done o'the dacent womens ls she, niver a 4oubt, with the matther of tin thou s and a year orless, maybe-for what Jeddy of all the land but wouldn't jump clare off her shoes for the cliance of mlll'ryin' a man o' sich illegant looks, wlth his red hair the nate s t as iver shown a comb, and his face all over dim pled as niver was any girrul's barrio' she's had the small-pox like himsel'. My compliments to ye for the news, and sure it's what we 111ay expect our whiskey0on rint-days again." The servant had staggered baek against the wall and stopped his ears. As Neil ceased, he swore an oath so hot it cannot be recorded for the danger of setting to the paper. "What bin 'ell's going on 'ere hin the 'all I" politely in quired another attache of the lodge, blustering out. Hit' s an 'anged hlnsolent Hlrlsh 'ind, as hlnsists hou 'avin' a hlnterview with 'is honor, though hi've hlnformeil 'im hover hand hover, has 'ow hit haint no use-'ls honor beln' hout." "I mind it was niver the fashion here at all till this, that no tenant was slot away with his money as should be pald for the riot, and that in arrear; and will ye be axlh' yer master the favor to see me for only seconds, till I can be tould the manin' of so sthrange a thing, it's mesil' will be obleged, sure." The servant who last made his appearance, turned with a swell worthy of bls nationality, and carried the meesage, 5


'10 THE FENIA.NB. presently return_ ing to conduct Neil at last into the august presence. "Well, young man," said the ag!lnt the Instant the other crossed the threshold, 1fhat is the 'lghly important business you have come upon, hey?-let us know, if you please, without any ofyourinfenially long Irish yarns." "That's w_hat I'll do, sir. It's to pay my father's rint, that happens to be behind-that's my business sure, nor one to be ashamed of, as I think." "Your father owes no rent whatever-flO \here the matter euds, and you can depart." I wish it was true for ye, but if ye'll take the trouble to glance at the books "-"Do you undertake .. to give Information concerning my ?" vocifurated the agent, clothed in terrible authority. "Who are you thi,at presumes-" "Ai:rah, i thought I known to ye for Nell O'Connor, and Bryson O'Connor is my "father .And who says you are not? If it was a question of identity, we might easily summon his iordship's gamekeeper .I tell yon again-or if yon will have it in plainer terms, we are 1wt ready for a BeUlement. I am acting under express orders, and shall not receive a shilling at your hands, till his lordship's return.' '' "And when will .that be, plaze ye?" The other seemed to bethink himself an instiwt, before replying: "In the spring." "No sooner at all?" "No." "It's very well thin. Whiniver it is you are ready for the settlement you spake of, say nothing about it to my father, if ye plaze, but address me in Dublin-for to Dublin I'm startin' this hour, barrin' I'm too late to meet the coach-and I'll attend your duty at once Till thin, Morgan Bird is a hundred times welcome to all he could swear against me before his honor, in conscience, honorably. Good-day.''


. THB FENLUfS CHAPTER XIV. NO FENLUf. "SoKE of the records are missing.'' "You cannot be mistaken'?" "Unfortunately, no." Can there be a traitor among us ?": '11 It was Roger Dunlea who hissed the last question through his teeth. It was Nell O'Connor who replied with dashing eyes, though wordle)!S lips. The two were standing upon the platform by themselves in the underground hall. The lloor of the hall was crowded with members new and old-Fenians, whose11ame was now sounded abroad, to the wonder, not to say tenor of nations. The existence of a vast and rapidly !lpreadlng organization bearing that name, was no longer any secret, but their object was still a mystery, or at most but conjectured. Neil, standing there by his friend's side, ran his quick eye over the assembled meeting, as if be would detect the traitor, if traitor were there. His blood bolled .at the thought of seeing the .enterprise so nobly begun, betrayed into the hands ot its and Ireland s enemies : Who was the base-hearted wretch, and why did not the brand of Calri appear on his forehead? How was it tth the records at the close of the last meeting?' "All was then safe. Whatever is missed, must, I appre heud, have been taken this very hour.'' "Then not a man goes from this place without thorough searching." is our on\y way.'' Everything seemed changed. Deep depression fell on the RSSembly, and each brother looked on his brethren with sus picion. All in turn gladly submitted to the search, but when the last had g-0ne forth, the important papers had Iiot been found.


THB FENIA.N8, Father Dunlea and young O'Connor alone remained In the hall. The latter had sat with face burled in his hands, pet rlfted, as it wern, by the calamity whose extent it was not possible at once to measure, the former meantime striding up and down, excitedly, with pale cheeks and eyes that glowed like fire. "Would to heaverr not a man had been allowed to go henc e ," excl aimed his reverence at length. "And what then P" asked the Jther. "I know not what coll Id have been done that has not been done; but o_ne thing I know-if all is lost, it' s mys elf would pray to die in this place to-night, and here to be buried. Your reverence," pursued Neil, I have never told ye the story of a night's experience I had in this place-I allude to the night of the the tire. It seemed altogether so incredible, my own reason was against it when daylight came; and but for the fact of the robbery, I could well_ have believed ineself to have been dreaming.'' Let me hear your story then, I will relate.some strange developments that came to my knowledge connected with the robbery and the recovery of the plate, though in a damaged state." "Indeed! Ahd what of the robber!'" He has not been arrested.'' Hist I What sound was that P" It came, I think, from the world above.'' Troth, I have known a similar come from the world below:" "How mean you!'" To this question Neil replied by inquiring: Are ye sure the church Is now secure against burglars !'" "Almost like heaven itself, I should say. All the doors are furnished with the most impenetrable locks "-Father Dunlea stopped short, for his' own ear seemed to catch an un natural sound. The conyersation had been carried on In murmured tones, th" priest having paused in his walk and seated himself be side N11il. A light burned dimly at the low e r end of the hall, while the upper portion, marked by the anci e nt, mys terious wa.11, was sbrouded in gloom. After a moment, in which perfect stillness reizned around, Neil tile w!Jiqpe r e d Inquiry:


THE F:ENIANS. 78 Can you tell, ls there a passage behlnd the wall?" "A passage?" repeated his reverence, in surprise. You speak like one having some knowledge on the point. There may be one, but if so; I am almost certain it is unknown to the generation now living." Some knowledge indeed is what I may say I have on the point, having once traversed such passage ; though all efforts to find the place of P-ntrance since that time have been fruit less. It now comes to my thought, could the entrance from the church above be availed of, the secret door out of this room might be discovered through the very means as at first -that is to say, by a light set in the passage ; showing the aperture, where is placed, as would seem, a secret spring that controls the door." You astonish me. Can it be that. thus we. have a clue to the missing papers?" The saints forbid I And yet I would rather believe that none of our number could so basely betray our interests. The man discovered to be gui)ty of so vil!l au outrag!l against humanity should nevermore open his eyes to the light of day -no pever I It was the best of my belief, that the thorough securing of the church against intrusion averted entirely all danger to ourselves, else would I have revealed my discovery As Neil uttered the last wor ds, the same sound which each had before heard, or imagined, was repeated more distictly, It was lili:e the distant clashing of arms; and sitting in that deep underground apartment, at tile dread midnight hour, amid all the certain and possible associations of the place, what wonder ifa superstitious awe fell upon the two? It would have been difilcult to say from whence came the sound, yet as If by mutual consent, the eyes of the two soli tary inmates of the hall were riveted upon the oppooitc eu

THE J'ENIANS, each other' race; neither sight nor sound was there to ac count for what had preceded. Neil grasped a musket with fixed bayonet, putting another into the hands of the priest. "Thou brave I" ejaculated the latter," direct-I will obey. Be it man or goblin that here intrudes, he shall feel our vengeance." With a firmness or mien that spoke more than any words could have done, tile other took a step forward and drew open the door or the armory. It was half filled with muni tions or warfare, which were all that at first appeared in the light of a lamp thrust within. There was a pause amid utter silence, while every faculty was strained to the utmost. Had the base-born wretch, to whom walls appeared to offer no obstruction, escaped d88erved vengeance? Must Jus tice go unsatisfied, and Wrong triumph, and Truth Jay her fair face in the dust ? He pressed within, making his way between the closely packed muskets and the wall. Neil believed that in the glimpse at the apparition, he had identified it with the per son he had seen on that. former night, beating the ch:rch plate into convenient masses behind the wall. A ste p further, another, and he discovered, drawn in the smallest possible compass, beyond and beneath the military stores, the figure rn its white drapery. Had he stood forth, musket in hand, in bold defence of .hls miserable life, those to whom he had forfeited his existence might have felt a comparative respect for the fiend; bnt there was something so abject and de s picable in the posture in which he was found, huddled into a corner like a conquer ed wolf, Nell threw down his weapon at once, shouting back, as the trusty steel rung upon the stoe floor: Your reverence can put by rifie and bayonet; less hon orable must be the weapons suited to deal with spies and cowar ds." But as he was dragged forth intQ the light, who that had gazed upon that strange, weird, diabolical-looking being would but stand aghast for a breath, questioning with himself whether he could belong to the human kind? "Art thou ape o r imp-speak!" demanded the priest. No llilBwer, save from the impish throat, as from an open sepulchre, a hollow, unearthly roar.


THE FENIA.NB. 75 The priest repeated the question. The small, deep-set, fiery eyes, lookiiig out of the clay colored face, fixed upon him; the hideous beast setUed as it wer e upon its haunches, with a motion of its 'dangling fore paws indicatin g a leaj> upon its pFey. Jn an instant the priest had grappled with him. That instant the monster lay powerand ntterly lifeless at his feet. Father Dunlea stood transllxed with "Exorcised, your worship," cried Neil with a smile, and planting his foot firmly on the begrimmed robe, so ridiculous in its aspect, in which the noni:Iescript was attired .. It's child's play this is, indeed," he went on, address\ng the shape. Do ye take us for children, or fools-or cowards like yourself? It's you a _Qd meself have met 9efore, very near this spot, and not for nothing. Up quickly, if yon wish the chance to do or say anything more in life.'' Thus compelled, the man struggled upon his feet. "0 full of all depravity!" came in solemn tones from his lips. "Know ye not, ye thus profanely disturb the repose of generations.? I am one belonging to a past ase, even that which beheld these ancient stones laid one upQn another. Is it not enough that ye profanely intrude here wJth your pool.l affairs of to-day, but would ye do me violence, also, and seal your souls for perdition? Remove your sacrilegious hands -let me go free, and I will yield to you the place, and will return hither no more forever." This was his speech in substance; the language cannot be given-being a strange intermingling of every tongue the priest had known, and especially of the ancient Irish, in its wild expressiveness, that would seem to have originated with the race of Banshees and good people," of fairy mounts. "I'd not be disputin' what ye say, so far as I understand," returned Neil, without relaxing his grasp upon the prize, "but I say of ye-at the least no.w, ye must have gone shoppin' since the. days you mintion, seein' as it's very good linen you wear about ye this niglit. Aild, axin' ier pardon, Is it woven fabric, or hairy hide, as i,\ to be found underneath the .same?" He Tent the white robe ti'om the ancient al}d honorable, and ftung it to the right; the gray lli&ftk;_and fiugg it to the lei\; then from the poc)ret 'ofa suit very well kept and modern Of style, to have been moilelled live or 'Cepturies back and


'.16 THE F ENIANB. worn during all the period since-snatched forth in triumph a package of papers, neatly folded, fresh and whit'\. A cheer he could not repress, mingled with anathemas from the priest, the strongest his reverence knew how to utter. So forcible and unlooked-for was Neil's handling of the robber and traitor, the wretch himself had nearly been thrown down, along with his vestments, or tossed aloft with the re cover e d papers. It was his last resource, and the instant his equilibrium was regained, he seized the priest's weapon from thll ground and made a most furious attack, in which Fatll e r Dunlea was slightly wounded in the arm, and Neil mor e than once escaped a mortal thrust. The musket was fired, its heavy, muffied boom reverberating through the unexplored caverns around. At the same time there came a summons to those within the hall, to open the door. The knocking was loud enough to be heard certainly, while its imperiousness s eemed to demand instant attention; yet not until the prison e r had been secured and firmly bound were the two friends fully aware of its import. Hear!" eJaculated the priest, glancing over his shoulder villain is in concert wlth those without. Die, base betrayer of a nation s rights!" Hold!" cried Neil, staying his rever e nce's arm. If it's hlmsel' must die thus, Ireland is only half avenged. Sure, prostrate as he's lying cowed and supine, it's not the air of a victor be has. He should live to be dipped in the Shannon." Still the knocking at the door. "We have more adversaries at hand than we can bind with cords,'' said the priest hurriedly, both glancing toward the door. "We will sell our lives dearly, as they shall find-and may God lead on our hosts!" "It may be better than our fears," retuned the other. Impatient for friends, th e y yet seem too patient for enemies. Be waiting here while I go and clear up the mystery." A word interchanged; and the door flew open, admitting Brodrick and Ratigan. "Th the nalne of heaven, what Is it going on here?" they exclaimed in a breath. "We waited for your coming out fearing none kile w what danger Ii-om your staying behindand it seems an hour we've been knockln', and the din or battle within." 1 "Come on! ; cried Nell, triumphantly. "We are four-


THE FENIANS. 77 enough to speak the doom of a villain sure. But no, it's this shall be the judgment hall, with our whole uoble band for a jury." "You behold our prize, brothers," observed the priest, "but none of you may be aware of the extent of his crimes. I at least know his history for a short time previous to this night." "It is he that robbed the church," cried Neil. "And murdered his wife," added his reverence. Ye' re a liar!" retorted the prisoner-" instead of the same, it's yerself as stole her away." Robber and murderer!" they exclaimed. "But that is nothing to this," pursued the priest-" for this night Terence McMorny resolved to sell his country and butcher scores ofher bravest sons." "Terence McMorny is not my real name," he cried, "and I am no Irishman, if I am a spy." Thank God!" exclaimed four voices in concert. It wail no Fenian, and no Irishman born, who could act so base a part." CHAPTER XV. DIPPED IN THE SHANNON. THE riv!!r was narrow and deep, seeming in the earlier times of creation to have concentrated its forces at this point, to hurl them against the rocky barrier opposing its course. s uccessful, it had made for itself a way; and the two sides of the mountain boulder-an arch, wanting its keystoue-remained as monuments of victorious effort Dark as the stream was the night, and its hours gliding like the swift waters. A few evergreen trees, like monks with cowled heads; were scattered along the banks; from some one of whose tops, a shrilly-crying night-bird seemed to herald the approaching event. With steady tramp a train of horses neared the destined spot. No word was spoken as the dark riders drew rein upon the precipitous brink. From the back of one of the beasts was lifted a burden enclosed in a sack long and narrow. It


78 THE FENIANS. was bOrne between two, to the top of the overhanging rock, and held for a moment suspended over the black sweep of waters. A heavy plash; the night-bird ceased; empty handed, those who had borne forward the writhing sack retired, and mount ing their horses, rode from the place speechless as they had come. It was over. Daybreak came over the hills, aud sunbeams kissed tbe river; the river smiled back, and told no tale. Another night fell, and the Fenians' secret hall had never be e n so densely crowded. Every face seemed ablaze with triumph, and none more than Neil O'Connor's. The last twenty-four hours were pregnant with event.a pertaining to the cause or liberty. That day had witnessed the sailing of a determined band-gone to infuse the principles of. Fenianism into the Irish-American heart. With that occurrence, N e il had shak e n the hand with Roger Dunlea and the three most Intimate friends of boyhood-Brodrick; Ratigan and Flannerty. He was left behind, yet he could not feel that the circle was broken; it was only widening and enlarging from shore to shore. But for some doubt and uncertainty regarding hi s father and Kathie, Neil would have been of those who with faces westward, were rocked on the deep to-night. "Were there but one English tyrant less," he had said to Kathi e'>! betrothed, "I would be of your number." To which the other replied with glistening eyes-" It is to you only I could give my Kathie in trust. Save her from all harm, and thete'>1 a day in the future-by .the blessing of God-s hall give my sister to you, and yo. urs to me." And Neil h a d rejoin ed "Ay, fear nothing; since I will wear Rose and Kathie uext me heart, that is the shrine of me country." So full to overflowing was the place of meeting on that evening; that it was necessary to omit the customary drill, much to the general r egret-every one feeling that on their proficiency in the arts of war, hinged the gfory of their c a u se. It was voted to divide once again, and the needed locality d es ignat e d for the me e ting. "I'm wishing half of you were in America," said N eii, with a smile. Please God, we soon will be," responded a sturdy voice, for nowher e so safely and well, we may be sure, can we


TllE FENIANS. model our owu llberty, ns on that fair soil of freedom. It is to England we are going, but we must take America in our course." Cheers were proposed, and right heartily given, for the band of patriots who had just departed, on their secret, momentous mis s ion. Just as the last soundil died away, the assembly was thrilled by a strange noise at the door, as of a person filing at the lock. The door was of oak, strongly plated with iron; its Jock, for strength and ponderosity, might have been the same used on the Bastile, come bow to a better, nobler service. "We are betrayed!'' was the startled exclamation that fiew from lip to lip, while instantly every face changed its expres sion from gladness to severity,and from exultation to fierceness. The majority of those present fixed their eyes on their leaders; a few nearest the armory, without waiting for orders, hastened to grip the weapons of defence. Breathless was the 1 suepense, bloody the portent of that moment. "Well is it we all are still here present and undivided," said one, wheeling to face the entrance, and it will go hard with su c h as try to force a pass into this room to-night, not being friends." "Come on, ye minions of a despotic.. government," cried another, unable to repress his determined rage. "A nightly vi s i t to the Shannon would by no means be amiss, and would to just heaven, I might see its waters dammed with the carcll.!!ses of Ireland's e nemies. The seed is sown-has spruug up-and not even E!Jgland s proud might can root it from the soil. This it is makes us fearless this hour, and ready for 1any fate." At this crisis a voice that had power with that mass of meu was heard, speaking in clear low 'tones, Neil moving calmly the solid rauks : We ll not be long in discovering the cause of alarm, brothers-but trust in me, it is not s erious-and trust your selves, you can meet any emerg e ncy." By the time he approached the door the excitement had passed, and not a sound could be heard within the hall; but all watched anxiously, listened intently-then broke into ch eers at th e familiar knock of Dark Mar g aret. It w as not, h o w e v e r, th e little dark-rob e d figure of the Sister of Charity which first mad e it:! appearance at the un-


80 THE FENIANS. closing of the baITed portal. It was merely an animal-a dog -formidable coo ugh in appearance, it is trb.e, with his deep, St. :Bernard j aws and powerful frame. Rookh l Troth, is it yerself now!" and Neil with actually a tear on his cheek, thre w his arms around the neck of his favorite, amid the laughter and exclamations of his friends and the half devouring caresses of the dog. Then he stooped and gathered up something the brute had laid at his feet, and rising unfurled a handkerchief l)lol't. There was a rent at one side, and the bright folds were dimmed and draggled, but still it was the very property he had.set the creature to guard at home. "It's faithful enough for a Fenian ye are," said the master, proudly, "and a Fenian ye shall be made this night, as sure as Iver there's a spare oath for ye to be sworn by. "And upon my soul," he continued, brushing his sleeves of some drops of water, "it's the same may have been in yer own mind, that ye've been preparin' yerself with some kind of baptism. Inside yer shaggy coat is an ocean of wet, to be sure." How Dark Margaret had recognized the animal of which she had never before heard, and had thus gained him admis sion to the presence f his master, was a mystery soon ex plained. The latter had given her his own purse in which to make collections for the cause of liberty. This purse the dog, though at once having recognized Sister Margaret for a friend and not an enemy, and though he could only be gentle to one gentle like her-had per e mptorily claimed ; and the quick instinct of the blind had effected the rest. Dark Margaret glided along the subte.rranean passage, to her post of watchfulness again; but up to the close of the session, Rookh remained with the Brotherhood, in full fellow ship-honored for a Fenian who would never, by any word, betray the interests of the Order.


TllB PEl'UA.NS. 81 CHAPTER XVL WHEN LEAST EXPECTED. DEAD men tell no tales, so there was no longer any fear of Terence Mclforny; but lest he might have bad accompllces, who understood the wizard ways of ingress and egress to and > from their peculiar realm, the Fenians who still met in the original hall, had caused the most rigid examination o f the walls to be made, by which the secret door was at last discovered. An ejcploration of the space beyond resulted in nothing more than the finding of ancient passages which appeared to lead in different directions, but all completely blockaded by fallen masses of rocks and earth. The strictest investigation, however, ferreted out a narrow pass, terminating in the cellar of the house McMorny had occupied; and with this revelation of the secret, and the most decided measures to prevent a recurrence of spying intrusion, the subject.. was dismissed. Time passed and the nation's cause continued to prosper abundantly, both at home and abroad. Letters full of good cheer were received by Neil from his friends in Ame1ica, making his heart bound with triumph, nerving him to press forward to the ultimate and crowning to be achieved. It was on an evening of a regular meeting of the Brother hood, and most, ifnot all, the members were already assembled. In a small vestibule where pitcby darkness reigned, the slight female figure still delayed. All was so silent she deemed her duties for the evening ended, and only paused to whisper an A tie before retiring. Then lightly another footstep approached-stopped before her-and a voice whispered: Sainted Sister Margaret, seal me also.'' She put forth her hand, and instantly withdrew it. "Why come you here?" she .said quickly. You are no Fenian.'' In an instant a hand was upon her throat. Slight was the s truggle and soon over; for her feeble strength was as


82 TUE FENIAN8. nothing to that of her adverslll'y; and yet the latter In hoarsely whispered terror, like one ready to be overcome, exclaimed: Bird! For the love of heaven, help. Where you, that you don't come on !" 'Ere I ham. 'Ow hawt'ul dark! His the haccursed nun done for ?-where can we 'Ide the body? Ho, 'ow dark!" "Never mind about the body-we Will take good care to be first out-no inatter what discoveries are made after that. going late would attract attention, and perhaps expose us. Follow me closely, Bird-I know evecy inch of the way. Courage !-think of the offered reward." Ho I I ham hall courage-like an helephant. Hif I caq honly hexpose this Hlrish hintrigue to hour Hinglish hau fhorities, hand 'ave Neil Hoconnor 'anged, 'appy the day." "Happy the day when I see in my baud the thousand pounds' reward. But I have vengeance to be satisfied, as well as you, Bird-not only on Neil O'Connor,. but on that infernal priest, Father Dunlea, and, by the King of Glory I on all this Fenian horde. Faith 1 nor was it amiss to begin with Dark Margaret. Hush I here we are I" Hi think "-breathed the other, stammeringly-" hi'll just wait a 'alfminute-hout 'ere. We hottent to henter huther wise than one by The door opened, admitting one. Hi reckon hi wont hexpose myself, hall," said Morgan Bird to his fears, creeping behind the door. "Hit hisn't an ljeven thing-the huther being honly a hordinary hindi vidual, while I ham 'is lordship's gamekeeper : Hi might 'ear through the key ole, but hi reckon the houtrageous houtlaws 'ave stopped hit hup.'' Nell O Connor was at that moment standing on the plat form, holding In his hand the open letters of his friends beyond the seas; and as he read, every sentence was hailed with delight. His own eye flashed, his chest heaved, the tones of his voice were instinct with eloquence. The letters finished, in response to an unanimous call, ho spoke for a full hour, representing the wonderful progress which the cause was making in all quarters, and picturing in glowing words the cheering signs of the times and the cer tain, complete success. Then fol!Qwed cheers for Ireland and Freedom, and groans for England apd Tyranny. After this


THE FENIAN8. 83 came the usual military drill, and the meeting was dismissed. Neil hims elf unlocked the door, as was hls habit. Never had he been s o ela te d as on that ev e nin g for nev e r had the end seemed so nearly attained. .Almost hia boyish carel e ss ness and hilarity were upon him, air he reached forth his hand to join in a good-night's grasp witlj. the first that offered. At the same in s tant, one, disregardful of the parting salutation, shot past through the doorway, as he did so, turning a glance of mingled hate and triumph on the young leader, who saw that he was masked. "Holy saints I" ejaculated. Nell-" th!! dead alive I llleMor ny I Treason !" He sprang after the flying figure, which eludedr his grasp and disappeared amid the darkness, the footsteps of two beat ing echoes out off.he stone 11oor. A hundred panting spirits burst from the hall, but their leader, against his will, Wis compell e a to hold them back: "Caution, or all ls lost!" Quickly, noiselessly, every avenue leading from the haU was thronged; but t1!e search was bootless. It was not to be believed for a moment, that any person unfamiliar with the place could readily make his way out of lt; and Nell hardly dared risk his credit for saneness, by reasserting the Identity of the present bold intrud e r with Terence McMorny. He was standing at a fork of the passage, half petrified with am a zement and chagrin, when one came running back to him, and having made two or three unsuccessful efforts to speak, exclaimed: Dark Margaret is slain!" Mechanically, as though wonder and Indignation had reach ed their climax already, Nell went with the man and found it even as he had said. The body of the strangled nun lay stark upon the floor, and the murderer had escaped. It was break of day when Nell O'Connor and the last of his comrades forced themselves to depart; and to say that they did so with heavy, foreboding hearts, t.ella but half the truth.


84 TBJ: J'UU.NB. CHAPTER XVII. VENGEANCE. WHEN the Fenian leader at last quitted the place, he had registered a vow to give himself no rest until the new mystery was unravelled. However seemingly absurd and pre posterous the Idea, he, at least, could not doubt that McMorny had come to an untimely resurrectfon It was but a glance of the eye, yet he knew he could not be mistaken. It was not a conclusion reasonably arrived at, but merely a suggestion forced upon his mind, that some Innocent had suff e red the penalty due to McMorny's crimes, while through some satanic jugglery in which he had shown himself such an adept, the real criminal had escaped his fate. The of identity was at the river's bank, and not at the F e nians' hall. At l e ast, Terence McMorny's baptism had not made him loyal ; and he had evaded punishment but to r e p eat all his offences the more daringly. That they were basely betrayed, and scores of F enian patriots standing on the very crust of a volcano, all w e re w ell aware; bnt the danger did not prevent their attend a nce in n body at the fun e ral of Dark Margarek-their frie nd, tri e d and true, and the first martyr to the cause. She WllS buri e d in th e chapel-vault of the convent where all her lif e had been pas s ed -a life wholly devoted to the labors and sw eet ch a riti e s of rellgion.:...and many were the tears shed by the Sis ters who had loved her so much, on the blind eyes now opened in paradise. Solemn masses were said; and wh e re dust was committed to dust, stands a sculptured likene s s of the departed; but more enduring than marble i11 her monument in the hearts of the lowly children of want, and of their children'" children, and finally of all tho s e, ev e rywhere, who pray for Ireland's deliverance out of the hands of her e nemies. Neil saw that a c rls is was a.t hand, but only the more did each word he utte red and each movement he made, Impart Inspiration to those who looked up to him for guid,l'nce. Their


THE FENIAN8. shield of secrecy was now torn from them, yet still they fought wlt.h bared breasts, and all the more desperately. They had lived to sow broadcast the seed of freedom; and if to water the soil wit.h their blood was necessary to its growth and maturity, let proud En-gland strike Still, every precaution that remained to thlfm, they con; scientiously made use -of in behalfof the great cause to which they had pledged themselves and their all. Every ship that sailed for the western world was freighted wit.h bold spirits; who looked back on their native land with a blessing a!!d a promise, biding their time for action. Neil's time had n9t come even yet. Never since the start ing-point, had he seen greater need of jlillgence in the race. Though having bent all his energies to the task, the mysteri ous spy and informer had thus far escaped detection. Ample time had been allotted the villain in which to do his infamous work; and at home or abroad, no man knew what snares were laid for his feet, or at what moment the emissaries of tyranny would have him in their grasp. But justice, however slow, is always sure; and what could not be prevented, might yet be puni s hed. So thought Neil, and relaxed none of his determined zeal in searching tor the offender. And yet, as often as he seriously considered the subject, to look for Terence McMorny among the living appeared little better than an evidence of of intellect. But at least, he constantly reiterated to himself-atleast, that pair of eyes belonged to McMorny, and to none beside. The face had been hidden under a mask, the figure he had scarcely no ticed, but the treacherous glance that had met his at the mo ment when the false member dashed from the hall with his ill-gotten intelligence, seemed to have been before him ever since. Neil O Connor, by day and by night, nee.r awl.far, was searching for a pair of eyes. Late one evening, .he entered a low restaurant kept by an Englishman, in a filthy street; and in order to have the op. portunity of looking about unsuspected, called for a chop and pot of ale. Before they were brought, he cauglit a single tone of a voice from the next stall, which caused him to hold his breath to listen. "You hoght for to divide hequally-so you bought." So much he heard in a deprecating, though evidently fuddled tone, and no more. The din of the place drowned 6


THE FENIANS, every sound in particular. There was a discordant shouting throughout the establishment, for all 'the different dishes it furnished-and many more; there was cursing of the dishes when brought, and of the waiters who had brought them-a drunken party to be put out; and several more in various stages of finishing up to the same end, as testified by their bacchanalian singing and only half coherent orders for" more w'iskey." Finally the waiter came hurrying up with ciur hero s por tion; placed the delectable viands on the very edge of the table before him, his knife and fork carefully for a left-handed person, smirked a sort of obeisance as he stepped back and drew the gr.easy curtain, and departed to the service of other customers-hoping, however, for some kind of perquisite here. The instant he was alon.e, Neil pushed the plate and mug into the middle of the table, and standing upon the bench peered over the partition into the adjacent stall. He saw that his conjecture was entirely correct, astonishing as it might seem. The marr he hil.d never known to veqture beyond the limits of Lord Lismore's demesne eat facing him, bent rather dubiously over a black bottle and a well-scraped bone of beef. 0 troth, I'd no idea! It's a Birdo' passage ye-arefas well as a Birdo' prey," said Neil to himself, with a smile. Up to this moment he had not discovered that Morgan Bird had a companion at dinner, but presumed him to be merely enjoying a bit of sociability with himself, under these unusual circumstances-and fancying, perhaps, that he was his lord ship himself, dividing an inheritance with a greedy relative. It must be remembered that the gamekeeper had not ventured into the hall, and none there present on the eventful evening last described had guessed that the spy was accompanied by any except invisible fiends. Just then he espied in the dim light of the stall., a hand thrust out from the partition on the opposite side ofwhicll was very remarkable hand it was, literally piled up with shining yellow sovereigns; to which the individual to whom they-appeared to be offered gave no heed, however, or viewed with a kind of dogged contempt. "So that amount doesn't meet your mind, eh?" and with the words, the holder of the gold half rose from his seat, lean Ing across the tal.Jle, when to Neil's surprise and unbounded


THE FENIANB. gratification he heard the voice and saw the person of Terence McMorny. It was no mistaken identity, and neither wraith nor appari tion; but really and trulv, Terence McMomy, with all his crime s upon his head, and in his hand the price of blood. "Now my idee is," continued McMomy with considerable emphasis, that you are quite too well paid with this, Bird. I'd like to ax, what risk did ever you run in ttie matter? Nary risk; on the contrary, you acted the part of a coward and a sneak-yes, you did I-deny it, if you can!" "Hi?" returned the other-" well, hi know hi run a him mense risk; hand you houghter know. Haint I absent without anybody's leave ; hand. what if 'ls lordship should 'appen to come to Lismore 'alll" "That's nothing here nor there," rejoined the principal. It's the fact; you mi ght as well have been at home all the :while, looking after the master's game, for aqy good you've done." "Hit's a hungrateful world this," remarked Morgan Bird, in profound wisdom, watching the empty bottle, as with his spread palm resting on its top he tipped it right and left demurely. Hits hingratitude his hawful-hlt' s 'orrid. 'Ere I ham-you ire me-just when I hexpect my money s hearnt, you git hall hintoyour hown 'ands,al!d you hobject to giving me 'alf. Bask yourself what was the agreement." "The agreement was, that you was to go into the Fenians' hall with me," said McMorny with increased severity-" and did you do it? No, you didn't.'' "Something might ave appened,'' explained the game keeper, "hand I could 'elp you more to be houtside. But hany'ow this hisn't the first time I've haided you. There was the haffair hin your hown 'ouse ; hand 'Ow was I hever paid? Hit's no fault of mine, hif you l!lt hevrything slip through your 'ands in the hend." Neil was able to hear, as well as see, all that passed. While looking and listening, he found opportunity likewise to think; but his thoughts were none of the most agreeable. Here was the individual he had so zealously for-he could al most have clutched hill eager fingers in that bristling hair; and yet to secure him and his accomplice in this place was simply an impossibility. Had they been Irishmen, the case might have been different; but a Cockney in the midst of


88 THE FENIANS. Cockney brood, could not be so much as accused with im punity. However unwilling, he must allow them to quit the place, without suspicion, trusting to what might follow. It was no ea9y task to bring hims elf to this-conclu s ion; and had Morgan Bird given one glance up at the face ihat was bent upon him, with its set teeth, fierce, devouring eyes, and cords standing out knottily on the forehead, he would hardly have sat there with that cool assuran ce. He had been drink ing pretty freely, as well as the other-to judg e from appear anc es, and Nell was not sorry to hearhim call for more liquor. His handful of gold had been returned to his own pocket. Not to disappoint the waiter fatally, our hero laid a shilling beside his untasted lunch, and went out with as much sang froid as possible. The count e r at which he paid his bill directly fronted the stall in which his two choice acquain tances were sitting; and having been obliged to wait there for several minutes in the crowd, with only a dingy fold of cur tain to hide him from them, he was gl a d to escape to the street. .As he ascended the last step leading from the cellar, so propitious was fortune, he was met by two trusty brothers, bent on the same errand with him s elf. Neil could only clasp their hands in his own, without uttering a syllable, nor were these less elated than himself at the unlooked-for meeting. Come with us," whispered one of them, "for it's a good night's work we mean to make of it." "Hush!" replied Nell, "whatever it is, don't breathe your business in thi s crowd." He led the way across the street to a du s ky angle, whence he could watch the door through which he had just emerg ed. "It will go hard with us,'' said the second friend, '.'but we will have our fine informer before another day. It' appears we're close on his track; for not an .nour ago, a man was s howing gowld in a drinkin' hole nigh-hand, a nd boastin' of a g reat reward he had received from Government, for turn41' up a nest of Fenians. We overh eard a sailortellin' the same to his two comrades, the three-villains, to be sure !-la yin' all their plans for kapin' an eye on the man with the gowlti, to waylay and rob him after all's gone quiet. And the fellow hiss e lf can't be far off, sure." "Quite right," Neil replied-" they're in yonder cellarfor they are t;wo in company-and there they come this blessed minute!"


THE FENIANS. 89 The two Informers came out and passed down the street; Neither was entfrely firm upon his legs; Morgan Bird, e! pecially, fouud itconvenient to take his companion's arm to help his infirmity. Thp.t last botllle together had made them better frie nd s -it seemed; and instead of wrangling about the proce e d s of their nefarious work, they were speaking in the most amicable manner. "Rayther 'eroic, that last story o' yourn-if it's true-but I'll be 'anged hif I don't find hit 'ard to swallow," remarked the gamekeeper, with some unmanageableness of the tongue. "Them houtlaws may 'a' drowned ye-that's hall right; !mt to tell that a dog drawed you hout of the river-aha-ah! Hi hask, 'ow would you be hable to believe a story so hawful 'ard? But by hall the saints, now I think hon't, Neil Hocon nor 'as a dog hexactly wot you tell for. 'E could be savage as a meat-hax, hand so hi've wanted a chance to pizen 'im. I wouldn't wonder an' it's the very hanimal-hanybody couldn't drowned hif 'e was hever so determined, where that dog was haround." "Well, all I know," drawled his companion, "I was hatlu' that dog afore he'd fairly got rpe out o' tne river. It wa8nt nat'ral, and if he belonged to that confounded Fenian, why that accounts for the feeling. It's about a SIJ,{e thing, that the whole gang of Fenians is arrested by this time, and may you and I see them hanged. Well, as many dogs as there bez in the world, I wouldn't wood er, al\er all, if that dog was Neil O'Connor's dog, as yot1 say.'' Rookh's master, as he ca.ught these observations, somewhat vaguely in the highly excited state of his feelings, was of McMorny 's opinion. He recollected the coat of his favorite saturated with water, when the latter came to him in the 1 hall, creating so great a panic, and the mystery of Terence McMorny's re-appearance disappeared like a shadow. Not shadows, but realities, were here-it was with the present those three men had to_ do. Cautiously they had followed the unsuspecting villains, till the opportunity arrived. It was a dark alley admitting to the rear of a house belonging to a staunch member of the Brotherhood. "Blood for blood !-Fenianism and Dark Margaret!" were the ejaculations hissed into the guilty ears of the pair with the application of the garotte. How soon all was over! They came and went-men and


00 THE FE!lflAN wo.meu-over that very spot of pavement, seeing nothing, tuinki11g uotl.1iug amiss. And indeed what was amiss? J us tice and Neil O'Connor had triumphed again-and this time the triumph was sure I CHAPTER xvm. ROOKH. was evening. A stagecoach rattled along the country highway, and within the coach four travellers. Two of the number were English, which of course entitles them to be first mentioned. They had entered the public conveyance together, aud seemed to be acquaintances, though their con versation had thus far been confined to a question or a remark, here and there. The remaining passengers were a middle-aged woman and a young man, belonging, by their dress, to the respectable class of Irish peasantry. The latter, evidently, was an object of no little attention to the two Englishmen, though the glances -each by turns cast upon him were furtive, and intended to pl\Ss unobserve1l. Nature gives to all Englishmen a certain pompous air_:it is the stamp of their nationality; these showed rather morethere was about them something of the air official-a hidden badge of authority. One might imagine their pockets to be plethoric with documents of some kind. The woman appeared to 'feel an instinctive dread of them, such as the Irish peasantry do of bailiffs and squires, and had packed herself into the corner of tl:)e carriage as closely liB her dimensions would allow, and drawn Iler hood well over her face. The young man sharing the front seat with her, facing her majesty's favorites, may or may not have been aware of the attent.ion he was honored with-at all events, he was not in the least embarrassed, but sat erect, or lounged carelessly, as suited his mood, and once was heard humming Molly Muldoon-a great irreverence, to be sure, when the air ought to have been-God save the Queen I While tlie coach stopped ror a few moments, one of tlie gentlemen got out and standing close by the horses' heads while the driver was watering the animals, made with un accountable privac y the very ordinary inquiry-how far it was to the next town.


THE FENIANS. 91 Nell-for the peasant travell e r was he-overheard the ques tion distinctly. He could have answered rt as wel.l as the driver, and would have b ee n happy to obli ge and s o to h a v e sav e d the stout Engli shman the troubl e of ali g htin g ; but the latter r e -enter e d as hastily as possible, br e ath e d in hi s com panion's ear-" a matter of three miles, he says "-and both appeared gratifi e d when the y h a d started on their w ay anl\ were lessening that distance at a very rate of sp e ed. Haven t we come a mile from the watering-plac e ?" inquired one of the Eng lishmen by-and-by, happening to turn his eyes on Neil aS he spoke. "It's what I should say was that intlrely," the latter promptly replied-quickly adding-"Arrah, I beg y e r h o nor's pardon-I thought it was mysil' as was axed." The two English gentlemen gave him a Jong, s e arching look-lasting, in fact, till the second mileston e was fully past. N ext they exchanged glances with each other, and lastly, each sat on the edge of the seat and barred a coach-door with his outstretched legs. "Holy Mither I" groaned the woman in the corner impati e ntly," will w e lver be glttin' th ere?" The "Yigorous youth did not look tired at aU, and appeared to f e el that they were getting forward rapidly enough for any purposes that concerned himself. He s ee med, as he had se e med a ll along, one of those comfortable people who tako the world a nd w eather just as they find them. The English m e n, on the contrary, seemed getting excessive ly n e rvous; th e y eye d N eil O'C o nnor openly now, while th e offic ial air a bout the m gr e w mig hty, Q.nd looked out of every feature of the ir rubicund faces A sudden sharp yell, a prolong e d baying behind th e coach, and the hor s es started off at a mad gallop. It was just at the top of a Jong hill, overlooking the town. The driv e r ex erte d hitn s elf to the utmo s t to che e k the beasts; there was the sn a pping' of a rein, a nd th e man was dashed from his. seat into the d c e p mud o f th e ditch-a bed softer tha n a ny down. The Eng li s hm e n curse d the driv e r and s prang u p in dis may; the fema le travell e r gave a shriek and jumped throu g h th e d oor; and now anoth e r s harp cry, and into the coach leap e d a tre m e nd o us brute with glaring eyeballs and distend e d jaws Fortunately for Engl a nd' s worthies, the cre a ture m a d e his first on s l aught upon the young IrishmaD, which gave them


THE FENIANS. time to escape with their lives. One leaped out right, one left-they never remembered how; but they received between them, in the shape of a sprained ankle and a broken ar. m, the only serious lnjuries to horses, coach or passengers. The animals gradually slackened their headlong speed, and dre w up of their own accord before the door of the little inn; whe re Neil alighting, reported the accident and sent off assist.o c e The solitary original passenger waited not, however, GO le11rn the results; but with that terrible brute still cleaving to him, walked quickly on, leaped a stile into a wide moor; cros sing which, he soon saw the light of a cabin window, where h e knew be would find a welcome-not one ending in words. ''.It's a reckless brute y e are, anyhow Rookh," observed the dog's master with a smile, sitting comfortably before the fire, over wlJic.h a tidy woman was bu s ily pre paring him supper. Since the night ye tuk the oath for a Fenian, ye ob e y not the laws at all. Wasn't it mesil' yer own masther, as sint ye home by a neebor, and how comes ye here the night, wid all yer ould blusther and mischief-makin' about ye, and the loop of rope still on yer neck !" The reckless brute had been employed in swallowing suc a family of five or six small children, beginning with their aqns-thcn as he thought better of it in each instance, gulping them up again-the children vieing with one another in. being swallowed the greatest number of times. At this speech from the master he worshiped, Rookh left his sport and turned toward him with that wi s tful look wllich makes one wish a favorit e animal could speak his thoughts. "Arrah, could ye be tellin' us how is Kathie now?" The dog with a low whine reared upon his master's knee, the master caressing him, with fingers buried in the shaggy hair of the creatur e 's neck. "Yerself was too faithful once-only once-too faithful altogither. But Terence McMorny's safe now, and I forgive ye-I do, from me heart. Troth-" in a. changed tone-" is i t that ,ye carry the mail, Rookh ?-and was it the post-horn ye was blowin' behind the coach maybe?" Attached to the cord around the creature's neck, he had found a. bit of folded paper. Wondering, he tore it off, a nd to the firelight, opened and r ead: "NEIL, DEA.REST BROTHER:-Wherever this may flnd ye-does it find ye at all-come to us I


'l'Hl FENI.A.NS. 93 That was all, but in those few words was a world of meaning to the brother of Kathie O'Connor. "I'll not be stayin' for supper, thank ye kindly," he said rising. It's a letter from me sister the ba.'te has brought to me hand, and I'll not be atiii' nor slapin' till I know the trouble that's at home, sure." His friends prevailed upon him, however, to partake of some hasty refreshment; when with the noble animal by his side, he bade good-by and departed. CHAPTER XIX. A FINAL SE'lTLEMENT. THE first faint streaks of dawn appeared In the east, as Neil entered the little vll\ILge where he was born, and passed on by the cottages of his neighbors to that of his father : All was silent-so silent, he wished he might hear if it were but the crowing of a cock, or the lowing of a cow, to break the oppress! ve stillness and show him that he was among the livibg. Rookh, the whole distance, had walked just under his mas ter's right hand, as if held in leash; now, instead of any dem onstration of joy at nearing home, the animal strided on only the more demurely, solemnly; and his manner was calculated to increase his master's misgivings. "Well, at least. they're aisy in bed the hour," said Neil to himself, standing a moment before the home-door. He pulled the latch-string and noiselessly crossed the familiar threshold. The light of morning was just sufHci_ent to reveal the room totally stripped of everything like furniture, and having the chilly, glo-omy aspect of a barn, rather than the cheerfulness ofa human dwelling. The heart of the son and brother sank within bim; he could not forbear moaning aloud. Rookh echoed the plaintive cry, pulling at his master's frock, In the attempt to draw him from the house, as though to wander abroad still were better than to remaip. in this desolate spot. Neil turned toward the cornei: where had stood his father's bed, and on which his mother had died-how vacant! He. look the settle under the littie window-only the blank wall met his painful gaze. He went up to the hearth-t\le handful of cold, gray ashes scattered there was beaten down


04 THE FENIANS. by the last rain. Once more he turned; he opened the door into Kathie's bedroom-all was empty likewise. Then, tread ing softly, as we tread in the chamber of death, he suffered the dog to lead him from the dwelling. "Is this his by Saint Peter, it shall go hard with him!" Neil said this rather to strengthen himself, than with any definite idea that the remark was just and appropriate. He recalled the interview with the agent, effected with so m11e h difliculty-and how he had vainly pressed him to r e c e i 1 c pay ment of his father's debt; and being positively refused, hud left explicit orders to be addressed in Dublin, in case of money being wanted. No communication was ever received; and, of course, no demand, then, had been made in any quarter. He had a desire to visit the graveyard-a vague. sense that there and there alone could the mystery be solved. He thought of Rose, but it seemed to Him that she too was lostand everything was lost! He thought. of Glyn; and asked him self reproachfully, how would he answer to that friend, should they ever meet, for the broken vow given him at parting? Stupefied with grief and amazement, he was led forward blindly; till coming to himself just as the earliest sunbeams tinged the hilltop, he saw "the smoke curling upward from Mrs. Brodrick's cottage, near at hand. In a moment Kathie and Rose burst from the door, and were encircled in his arms. "It's a coward I am-the greatest coward that lives!" he exclaimed, with tears coursing down his cheeks, as he kissed his sister and aflianced. "But it this manes? I went to the house and found it deserted intirely. S"urely his lordship-" returned Rose, tlashlng indignation from her deep blue eyes, while Kathie could speak never a word, "it's all of his lordship's doin', and he struck your poor father a blow as has laid him on his bed iver since-and that's four days. Come in and see him-and see my mithcr. And tell us, was the letther afther reachin' you ?-and wasn't it a clever thought of Kathie's? And," she whispered, "for Kathie's sake, ye might be sayin' when did ye hear last from. Glyuthe dear boy!" Little additional explanation is necessary. Lord Lismore had returned from London, arid attempted to press his suit with Kathie, fuliy resolved to brook no delay. Bryson


THE .FENI.A.NS. 95 O'Connor, as gently as possible, returned for answer, that his daughter still strenuously opposed such a union, and in fact had made a very different choice for herself. When his lord ship, choking wrth wrath, interrupted with the old threat of turning them out, the other replied that his son lu Dublin would cancel the demand as soon as he could be written to on the subject-a reply which only made his lordship furious. He repeatedly sought an lnt.erview with Kathie herself, but always without success, for the lass would fiy from him, as the deer from the wolf. Meeting with her father after one of these disappointments,. and finding the man was neither to be bribed nor frightened, he became so enraged that be struck him a heavy blow over the shoulder with his cane. The same day the tenant was ejected, and compelled to seek a shelter for himself and daughter at a neighbor's. "Wait a bit," said Neil, white with anger, when he had heard the story from the lips of bis father-" it's mesilf will settle with his lordship." His tone sounded significant to Kathie, who glanced at her friend with a proud smile, as much as to say-" Now lt'M my brother is here, he'll see things set riglit, or it shall go hard with him." Neil requested the family to keep his presence a secret for one day. An hour or two later, having disguised himself as m11ch as possible, he went out. They looked for his return until afternoon, and then were visited by a very different person. The poor tenant was seized for debt, and taken from his sick bed to be dragged to prison. An hour later, Neil re-appeared. "Father hissel' said niver a word," said Kathie with flushed cheeks and streaming eyes, "but I was so wildly frightened, I could but tell them my brother was by and ready to pay the debt. They didn't believe the same at all, and took no notice. They're gone with him, and father so p!\tient-like, as though it was what he had expected to be arrested sooner. But it would have broke my heart, sure, didn't I know you would bring him back directly." "It's what I'll be doin' indeed," replied her brother em phatically," so now don't ye cry at all." Doubtless it was some lingering expectation on the part of bis lordship, that O'Connor would repent, which had him to delay the arrest so long. The tidings had been circu lated in the neighborhood.. for nearly a week, that Nell O'Con-


00 THE FENIANS. nor, and all the Fenlans, had been arrestedi-Mrs. Brodrick even had heard of it, and only with difficulty had managed to keep the report from her daughter and Kathie. Lord Lis more had relied on the truth of this, in urging his demands with Neil's father. The son, upon hearing what had happened, hurried away again. At dusk Bryson O'Connor was quietly returned to his frlends,-and all he himself knew of the matter was, that a party of strange looking fellows had suddenly surrounded the vehicle, and snatched him from bis custodian, who was too much awed to attempt any opposition. It was eleven o'clock the same evening, that a young stranger, of gentlemanly appearauce, called at the Hall and desired to see his lordship. The servant conducted him to the library, where the master was sitting in dressing-gown and slippers-very comfortable in appearance, till you looked him in the face, whose exptession was savage as a watch dog's that is fed on raw meat. The wattles were growing longer and getting bluer. At -the entrance of his late visitor into the room, the noble man raised his head with a kind of short, low growl, and waited his business. I am here," said the stranger promptly, "to thank your lordship for the gill; to my father." His lordship started slightly at the sound of that voice, but settled back in his chair again, remarking slowly: "I don't know you, nor can I at this moment recall what it is you alluda to." Ah then!" The young man tore oft' a pair of false whiskers. You know me now?" "Y-e-s," stammered the nobleman, rising quickly and re tiring a pace or two. He tried to articulate-" What brings you here?" but the question stuck in his throat-it was too well answered already. "You gave my rather, Bryson O'Connor, a blow-I am obliged to you, because it affords me the right to give you the same in return, It's not for one of my class to be swing ing a cane, but not to be too modest, I've a very good fist o' my own." His lordship made for the door, shouting for help. "Jist be comin' tqis way, and there's plenty of witnesses, who'll see fair play intirely."


THE FENIAN!!. 97 To bis utter consternation, his lordship felt himself seized by the collar and hauled through the French window into open air. Instantly, a ring was formed, and his lordship in vited to "be a man now !"-and promised an htlsh lass for a wife if he would ago in and win." Thus inspired, and finding that bis outcries were powerless to bring assistance-the servants, most of whom had been in bed, merely showing themselves at ihe windows and venturing no second look-bis lordship did as he was bidden, and it must be confessed, proved himself not so bad a pugilist. From the first, however, the lots were all against him-a very disheartening circumstance, and probably having the effect to make him give in the sooner. Within ten minutes he lay down on the ground completely blowed," amid the direst groans and wildest acclamations of the array of spectators. Will yer honor be callin' the debt settled ?-and will yer honor's honor be gettin' a wife in England and lavln' alone our Irish lasses?" Neil put the int.errogatories while skipping beside his prostrate foe, with smiting or fists, fresh for another. bout. The other managed to articulate satisfactory answers to all when he was permitted to rise, and the first scene ended. The second scene was ushered in by screams from the ser vants, some of whom, probably, in the excitement and rush ing to and fro, had occasioned the catastrophe they now perceived. The Hall wss on tire. "Save my property!" gasped his lordship, unable from sheer terror to do ftlore than cast an imploring glance around upon the trong, not one of whom could be recognized for disguises. "Save your property?" they repeated in a chorus," when Wsjistyersil'as turns a poor man out of house and home! By Saint Patrick, it'll not be done, anyhow.'' A delegation immediately took possession of the well, but no contest' ensued in endeavoring to obtain the means of ex tinguishing the flames. The servants thought of nothing beyond escaping with their lives, and no soul offered a drop of water to cool those rapacious tongues of fire. If groans were wet blankets, his lordship's would have smothered the conflagration speedily; but on the other hand It seemed as if the devouring element was actually cheered on by the shouts ot the JDany who highly approved its doings.


THE FE.NIA.NS. So rapid had been the progress of the flames, that at the end of barely a tew minutes, no power on earth could have saved the buildings flom a general destruction. As the heat increased and became too Intense to be borne, all fell back to the garden, and thence continued to watch the gorgeous pageant. The country for miles around was brilliantly illu minated; yet more than an hour passed, before any soul appeared to the rescue-for the good reason that mosL of the country-folks were there already. It must have shocked bin lordship Indeed, to listen to the observations which were addressed him by that heartless 'tie asked," wasn't it an illegant bonftre inthirely, to be got up in prospect of his lordship's wedding!" At length, after the roof of the Hall had plunged into the cellar, and all the glass of the windows lmd been made into crystal balls, three or four horsemen were seen galloping up the bill. That was the signal for the crowd to retire, which they did In good order, considering it no bad night's work which had been accomplished. CHAPTER XX. NEIL'S LATEST TRIUMPH. THERE was no longer in all Ireland a safe foot of land (or tho Fenian leader to tread upon. His friends all became aware of tlie fact which was previously weU knownto blm self, when on the second day after he reached home, every dwelling In the neighborhood underwent a searcb for him. The event being one he had foreseen, Neil was fully prepared accordingly, and no prize was obtained. In a day or two after this, when all had become quiet, he suddenly walked in at Mrs. Brodrick's door again. Kathie and Rose who were half dead from fear lest he should havQ been taken, rushed to embrace him, beseeching e ven while clinging to him wildly, that he would ft.y for safety, somewhere. Neil cheerfully replied that his plans were all laid, and if successful, by the b1essing of God, they all would shortly be beyond the power of tyraniS and oppressors. "Sit down now," be said, "there's three of us, and father and Mrs. B1-odrick-that's our mother Listen to me, girls, for sure it's something ye ve got to do yersel ves. But first,


THE FENIANS, I've some good old English gowld, to be leavln' in yer care, and ye'll find it handy for any expenses sure." He. took a belt from his person, and from it counted out a thousand pounds sterling. He smiled while thus engaged; to observe the dumb amazement of every one present, and when Kathie looked inquiringly up in his face, answered her with: ".A..rrah, ye see, it's the reward of Government for Neil O'Connor, that's meself. As I've got this young reprobate, all in me own power, who is it else should be claimin' the reward ?-and here -it is.'' While the sovereigns were being disposed of, Rookh sprang up from his master's feet, with eyes keenly fixed on the door, and ears listening to some sound no could detect. 0 Holy Mary I" exclaimed""Rose, below her breath, I fear they've tracked you in, Neil.'' Her alarm seemed well founded, and every face but Neil's paled with terror, 8s light footsteps were heard without. Kathie threw herself on her knees before her brother, with her arms around the dog's neck, as if praying the dumb crea ture to be brave once more for the preservation of his master -but Rookh needed no such entreaty. Have ye no weapon, my boy?" asked his fat! Neil had risen from his chair, but he answered nothing. "The cellai: I" whispered Mrs, Brodrick, seizing him by the arm-" I'll be hidin' ye there-quick now I" There was a tap on the window sill. Instantly Kathie bounded to her feet, threw up her arms, and uttered a single syllable before she sank dowu half fainting: "Glyn!" The same instant the door was opeped and two men enter ed whom under other circumstances it would have been diffi cult to identify as Glyn Brodrick and their former spiritual adviser, Father Dunlea. Love penetrates disguises, and plenty of love was here. The wearers of the disguises which had served them so well in cro11sing the country, had feared to cause an alarm by entering the cottage without any premon ition to its inmates. "By yer looks, it's not intirely ignorant ye are of the risk ye run in comin' home at this present time.'' Neil made the observation to his friends in something of re proof; they were the first coherent words 11mid a multitude of exclamatious of every kind.


100 THE FENIANB. O why did you come, then?" echoed Kathie, mingling terror with rejoicing. "To transplant my Bloom of Killarney to American soil,'; her lover replied. "It's no idle call we're making," added his reverence, as both Ireland and England sllall know. And it poorly becomes one who has been in the hottest of the strife throughout, like yourself, to speak to others of danger. But surely your hour is come, and all here may depart together. We, as men and patriots, are only receding a pace in order to get room to strike the blow for freedom.'' True True I" clied all. There were throbbing hearts and busy hands for a little while; but lon g ere daylight appeared the cottage was deserted of all its inmates. The next scene was in a church, and likewise by night. The priest was at the altar. The wedding guests were few. It is what nobody expected, dear Glyn,'' Kathie whispered, my father and your mother would be married to one another befor e ourselves.'' ''Not long before, sure,'' returned Glyn, pressing her hand .And so it was-Glyn and Kathie were married, being the third couple then and there, for Neil and Rose had preceded them iuto the blissful realm of wedlock. Rookh was present as a witn e ss, seeming, however, to be but little interested in ihe ceremonies, and volunte e ring to stand guard the while at the church door. Wherever they went, no one of that com pany would ever consent to leave the faithfnl brute behind. But for my sacred calling,'' said Father Dunlea only half in j e st, as he bent to ki s R the two young brides, "it would have gone hard with me, but I'd have robbed one or the other of these bridegrooms of his bride. Pa:x: Vobi8cum.'' Thro!Jgh the two returned emigrants, everything had been perf e ctly and successfully arranged for the voyage; which be gan well, and ended even better. A few months pass, and we find our friends pleasantly established in American home11 of their own : The history of Fenlanism is not ended. It but reach e d one brave climax, when in October 1865, at Philadelphia, the principles of the Order were fearlessly proclaimed to a wait ing world. That d a y wa s ]!ieil O'Connor'a triumph; but he a nd his m a ny thousand broth e rs look for a gr eate r to come.


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