Newspaper of Burlington Free Press, July 26, 1839, Page 1

Newspaper of Burlington Free Press dated July 26, 1839 Page 1
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N O T T If U C LOHY O F C Al S A K II V T T II K W K I. F A KH o 1' U O 31 i: . .BY IT. B. STACY PKSDAY, JUSiY 26, 1839. From llio Pe.rtl.nid Magazine. Tin: i) aught Fiit. II V SIK9. NN S. STEPHENS. Concmcr. When Nnncy llinmon nitcrcil the ctmm. her of her wretched friend, she found hot tutting upon the lied, her eyes fixed nu the opposite window, nnd lit? r features still lelllod in .1 death-like calm. Nnncy, who hail never seen grief expressed but by lonrp, was surprised ill her scorning resignation, nrd while the drops gathered in her own bright eyes, she threw her nrm nhout I ho sufferer, whispering, 'Oh Grace, dear Grace you can't tell how ! feel for you.' There was no answer, no triolion in the 'Grace, oh Groco. you nro cruel ! wnn'l you lake notice of in'! wlmt linvc I done "Shut you won't speak ?' 'llu-h. hush ! not o load, ynu disturb me I linow you. I know you nil, but it hurts inn to speak open the window I want the air my breath pains 1110,' whis pered the mourner, but without turning her nyoa. or moving n limb, Nancy rai-ed the sash, and sealed herself beside it. She paw Grace press her hand tn her forehead ; nnd, after a few moments, sink bacK to her pillow. She was uncer tain whether die slept or not ; but for four long hours, there was no word spoken be tween Ibein. The son was down His tinlh of gold died slowly Iroio thn horizon the ptnrs came out in their splendor the inooii rose ns it had done tho preceding night all without remained the same: and yet, in that bouse, there was not a heart which bad lint been changed, ns with years of Mirrow. How insignificant we are ! The very flowers wo tread upon, bloom as Mveelly, v hen our hearts are broken, as when she iiiiimc of happiness is thriding through ihcin. The moonlight falls alike 00 tin; lovers in lie ir bower, and t bf widow by the limit) of her husband. lint, oh ! how different are i's rfi'ccls! To ihe first, it 1- I lie deepener c.l joy ; to the other, a mockery ot sorrow. uur Hearts are Mricnci, withered, blasted, while tho rose bursts u- germ, nnd smiles iisolf out of !ilc ; vet. the world goes on, as heedless of our ngonv. as of its fallen loaves. We die few tears are dropped, a few moans arc made the heart which our hearts clung to, droun for an hour, and this is all. No other thing in nature is dihturbed, save the few green clods, which are lorn to admit ii to 1 ho bn-oiii of tho earth. The waves of time roll over our empty places and nil things are as if we had never been. Alas ! huw insignificant we are! It was late when the bum of voices, which had ascended from below, all the i veiling, died away. One by one, tho people from Hie neighboring village, depar ted, and Naucv lliniuini, sad almost for the first time in her life, sat alone by the little window of her friend's chamber. A the clattering of the. last departing horse died on the air, she arose, nnd went to the bed fide of the sufferer. She lay still as if asleep. Her eyes were closed, but there was a tremulous motion in ihe shadowy lashes sweeping her cheek, and a working ot her features, as tho moonbeams lay full upon them, winch would have disproved all nppearance of recent (-lumber, bad Naucv Illinium been a close observer. She kind girl licnt down and kissed the pale fore head of the mourner, wept over her for linns and then stole softly back to her cat where she toon dropped into a heavy slum bcr. A, the young girl lay with her arm folded on the window. pill, her bright cheek pillowtd udoii iheui, and her frank brow exposed, by her curls, aw the night wind lil'ed them piny full v from her temple iince arose and stole softly from tho room The poor girl hud beep awake, lilciiing to the voices from below, ns n culprit, within pound of tho hammers which rivet his scat fold. A thin partition only divided her from I ho women who were making her lather's shroud. She heard them consu on the form and measurement : she heard Mrs. Ilmmnn cnution them to speak softly, that they might not disturb her; she knew, by tho bustle, when those below were laying out the dead : nnd yet sins did not move, nor unclose her aching eyes but lay lour mug minis, won ner 1 1 1 1 1 j 1 1 u l ijuiiiu- ened to painful ncutcnorH, and her heart cramping within her, like n thing of distinct life. When nil was still, and her young watcher asleep, she mule duwn to mourn by the dead. She passed through tho kit chen; two men were stretched along the cliaim asleep, wnuo nnotiier sat 111 a sna ilowy corner, wilb his face turned toward (ho wall. Gracu wni too wretched to notice them, nnd glided unseen to thu par lor. She opened the door, and the corpse .of her father lay boforu her. The fnce was .inenvered; the grave clothed glimmered in the dun light, and were slightly rustled by n current of air. wincti swept over ti noney suckle at an open sash, and filled llio room with frairrancc. Tho poor orphnn's heart prow faint; it wos thu samo vino sho had nailed to the ensement in tho morning. Tho dowey blossoms she had trifled with then, wore now breaking llio moonlight, as it trembled through Ibein, and flickered over the face of tho dead. Slowly tho ! nrolian advanced; sho started, nnd her N heart leaped within her, for tho light quiv- .nrinirovor tho Ibcq ol tlio enrpso gavo 11 ,ihn nnocaranco of life. Sho bent her check; it met one cold nnd stiffened ; her i.nnri contracted itself again. Sho 6iink on her knees, and strovo to pray. Iler tin oat was dry nnd agony almost clinked i,r. With ocUcil lininis, onu nirgo urup i....liiirr over her unturned brow, pbe struggled Tor word of prayor. A painful rr.Jt. nnd thev broke Irom hor lips: 'Oh God! nli God! help mo to bear this mine .,n.i,v,n StrnirMitwav warm tears rushed to her iivca, tho grasp of agony wbh taken t. l. ; l.nnrt. Illld hllO WOPt HTOW. IiOllg nnd holy wna tho communion Grace butu his yet gain held with her God, then!, by h''r father's death. couch. Her heart was per vaded with a pwoot and invisible influence; a calm, blessed feeling, such 111 human pen can never describe, look possession of her spirit ; and she. who had knell down in her agony, arose resigned nay, happy. The light was still on her father's luce, and n smile, puro and holy, such ns his mortal lips had never known, lay like n promise of heaven upon it. Grace s'ooped. and pres sed her lips to the cold elay. As she raised her head, another shadow fell athwart the corpse. It wns her cousin who stood before her. Very pale he was. and his countenance looked solemn and rica'lrliko, in the dun light. Grace moved not, nor shrunk ns he laid Ins cold hand on hers. She knew that he had killed Imr father; but she knew nUo, that bis will had no part, in the deed. lie spoke, and Ins voice was low nnd very mournful. 'I did not think to find yon here they told me you were ill 1 came to look on the dead, while my keepers slept to-morrow, I go to he Iried for his murder jom can not think me guilty of an intent to kill your father, Grace.1 No,' replied the orphan, 'no could you here, bv hi side, had you harbored a thought ot murder?' 'I thank you Irom my broken heart 1 thank you.1 said he, trembling violently nnd leaning against the window frame Tor sup. port. As his hand grasped the casement, it crushed a flowering branch of the honey- tickle, which had fallen it) nt the open ash. He raised his hand, and carefully removed the bruised llowers: and when ho looked up, his eyes were full of tears. I hev nrc tresh and blooming vet n day has not withered them,' he said, inn sor rowfol voice, accompanied by one of those painful smiles which spring Irom tho very regs of misery; then, with a sudden ges ture of despair, he turned to the body out. stretched before him, ami exclaimed, with hurst of hitler feeling, 'Oh Grace, Grace ! can tins bo real? parted forever; you hlherlcss I I a murderer ! and all in few hours. This morning but this morning and we 6tood there, so happy, so full of hope oh. my God! why was I permitted to work all this woe?' Grace laid her hand on his. She yielded to none of the regretful thoughts which crowded to tier neart. It is not tho nature of prayer to streng'hen tho soul for 0 tunc, ns does human resolution, and then lay it bare again to the ravages of the passions No! faith and resignation may need guarding, but their strength is equal to the need of their possessor. Grace, I have ,iid, placed her hand on that of her cousin She, the bereaved, was about to administer consolation to the hereavcr. The light of it pure spirit broke upon his faco : her black hair tell back from her pale forehead as she raised it to look upon him; and sho appeared, in her spiritual beauty like 0 inmisicriiig nngel, rather thnn a mourner sorrowing over thn dead. Her hps were parted to speak, when a heavy tread and rough voice was heard in the passage. 1 am missed,' exclaimed Ulair; 'they will intrude even here. Grace, ynu have given inn comfort me who ' his voice was choked with grief ho grasped her baud with convulsive violence, and left the room. The morning sun shone in upon Ihe corpse, nnd Grace Suthgatc was still kneel ing by it. S3I10 knew not t tint, the dawn had broken she cared not that the flower were awake, and rejoicing in their dew The rattle of the wheels which had borne Henry Ulair to prison, was still soundin in her ears. She wan praying for him and her entreaties went up to the Most High us a rich incense; for they sprun from a heart, which, like flowers, yielded its sweetness in greater abundance, when it was most sevoroly bruised, bhe unci sed not her ryes; and her voice, like tones of broken music, ceased not cend, till the promise of strength and faith was vouchsafed to her. Those who came to prepare for the funo ral, looked on the calm brow of the girl and wondered. Mr. Siithgate was buried on his own round, just beneath the precipice, nt the buck ol the house. A large maple over hadowed his grave, and wild roses bios somcd thickly about it. One thing wns remarkable regarding the funeral old M Illinium was not present nor had he be at the house since the morning of its mas tor's, death. It was said that hu was hut, when Nancy returned to nurse him, he reproved her sharply for deserting the poor orphan, and commanded her to return, and not leave her again until she was scut for. In vain, Nnncy, who truly loved liur father, besought him to allow her to remain with him. 'Grace was culm,' sho said, and kept about tho house nil the time, never appearing as if any thing had hap pened, only onco in a while, when some of her lather a books or things enmo 111 llio way ; and then she would go about her work, with tho tears dropping Irom nor oycH, for an hour at a time ; and her smile had a strange kind ot 11 look about it, just ns if it would eay, 'ok, how my heart aches!' U'ii tiinman sat in his great easy ciiuir, with Ins hands clasped on his knees, and largo tears rolling 0110 by one down his cheeks, as Nnncy gavo this 6implo do"crip lion ol her friend's sulloring. II is daugh ter looked in his care-worn face, and her heart was pained, for she had never seen him sick before. 'Do let me slay with you, futlior Grace (Ioch not need me thoro is no work to do, for sho don't eat scarcely any thing ;---and brother James comes night and mnrning to feed the Htock, and tako care of things.' At the mention of Ins son's numo, Mr. Ilinman suddenly uiilnckcd his hnnds, nnd turned remarkably palo. Ho half started from his chair, and with trembling lips ex- I claimed, 'don't nnmo him I toll you don't name him:' then suddenly checking him self, he fell back to his seat, adding, 'leave the room Nancy, you've done no harm.' It would be nluiosl impossible for a per. "on to be left more completely alone, than wa Grace Siithgate, by the death of her father. Drought up entirely 111 Ins society, living almost alono with bun from child hood, she had centered nil the ennhly affection of her humble nnd loving heart in his existence. Never, in her whole lifetime, could she remember a harsh word or act coming Irom Imo No second ob ject hnd found a place in her heart, nil the arrival of Henry Ulair; and. even iIipii, the love she boro her parent seemed to expand with her capacity lo love another. Suddenly, in n moment as it were, the uppnrt of her life, the oak to which she was tho vine, was cut down forever, and he, the loved and cherished, became an olatcd creature in the wide, wicked world. is stronge that she did not die then that her heart, -n pure and tender, had not broken, in the uprooting of its gentle ton- ncies. It. might, but lor him who lent- percth the wind lo the shorn Icmb. Grace had one earthly hope left, to which she clung with feminine tenacity that was enrv Ulair. She knew that, she never could marry !nm with her father's blood on s hands, however innocent ho might be; he could hear from linn sometime; nnd it. was a luxury to pity him lo feel Hint one in the world, who shared her lineage, would remember her with the ten derness she had been wont to inspire. She had no fear for the event of Ins trial it as a form, she thought, necessary to his character. To be acquitted publicly by s fellow men. might lessen his own re- ret ; and it gave her comfort to anticipate the lime ol Ins release, though she knew that she should so" him 110 more. While Nancy Ilinman was making her unsuccessful visit to her father, .lames had taken ihe opportunity lo visit Grace, who received turn kindly, for he had performed many friendly offices (or her since her be reavenicnt. 1 1 is face wore a show of sym. pathy, and his manner wni even more than commonly soft and insinuating. After some hesitation, he informed her that Henrv Dlair's trial would come on in about week, and inquired if she could mention any witnesses whom she wished to have summoned in his behalf. Grace thanked him, and answered calmly, thht she suppo sed none were nece.-sarv to his exculpation, save himself, he being the only person present. Ilmmnn seemed embarrassed He arose, nnd walked across the rouin, and returned to his sent. I fear,1 he said'with some hesitation, '1 ear you misconceive the nature of my cvi. deuce I air. sorry to say it would be little in favor ol your cousin Grace looked up 111 astonishment. 'Mr Ilinman, she suid, in a faltering voice, 'you do not mean to say aught more than that my father died by the accidenlul discharge ol his nephew's gun ?' Miss Suthgatc. it grieves mo to sav that I do. I would give mv right baud that I did not for my knowledge, after what has passed, may bo construed into malice. I knew Ulair in Uoston, but we did not assimilate he was passionate and haughty I but that is unimportant. I wns to btauio. perhaps certain I am that 1 was rude to you but, if ever a man de served to be forgiven for outrage, 1 ' Grace who had been growing faint and weak with apprehension, interrupted him, do not, do not torture me, I pray you but tell me the worst nt once, 'MissSulhgatc,' replied Ilinman, solemn ly. -you have not lorgotten that I called here on the afternoon of your father's denih you may remember what passed between us, but who can conceive of the hitter uifuppointincnt wi'h which I left your presence. I had been out upon the hills nlone 1 did not feel in Ihe mood for returning home, after your unkind severity, nnd wandered, I know not bow, to the opposite hill. As I stood resting upon my rifle, nud indulging in the mo-jdy thoughts your rejection had given rise to, it so hap pened that your father and cousin passed withuut perceiving 1110. Dlnir was eagerly pressing some request that ho had previ ously inude they stopped a few paces from me I wn3 not m a fit temper lor joining them, and remained quiet. I soon learned that Ulair hnd been asking your hand in mnrriagc. Your father was gentle, but steady in his relusal. Ulair grew angry, and became mom and more peremptory ami impetuous in ins iicmanu. l our latin r looked surprised and displeased. At length Ulair descended to nbusivo epiihets and harsh language. Your father 111 rued sor rowfully uwuy, and as your cousin followed with fiesh urguments, he said aloud, and with some asterity, "Henry Ulair ask Iter not of me, sho is my all thu sweet copy ol her mother I cannot tear her from home, to place her in thu bosom of one who has command over his own passions." Again, your cousin broko in with vehement expostulations, His uncle shook oft' the youth's hand from his nrm, exclaiming, with some warmth, "Harry I will listen to you no more nothing but death can sepa rate me from my child," and, ns if to avoid further importunity, he hurried down the hill, and stepping upon that rock yon dor, wns preparing to discharge Ins gun, Ulair was nlways passiountc. Then, his disappointment drove him to fury. Seizing Ins rule, lie lilted it to ins stionidcr, ex claiming, "ihen by your death bu it !"- and, bchiro I could prevent the fatal act, ho had fired. You know the rest, yet I would add my bchof, that the deed of guilt was porpelrntcd, from the blind fury of the moment, nnd not Irom premeditated, mal ice. I have now told you what my evi dence must bo before n court of justice' Grace made no answer or comment Sho wns 6itting with hor elbows 011 her work table and hor laco buried in her hands Not a sob nor a groan broko from her lips as this proofol'eriino was laid heforo hnr, and she was so still, that it almost Fcnmnd that, her breathing had stopped. Hho remained 1 1 1 11 iinmovcablo and speechless for a time as if slupiliiid with Ihe guilt of her lart railhly ob ject of Invo. Still her mind was busy ; nil tho transactions of tho fuw last weeks flashed through it in quick review. There was one hope. Ilinman haled hor couin ho might havo spoken falsely. Sho resolved logo to the blated pn.o ami mark tho position of tho fatal rock if it was concealed -ifa hush or a lien grew between that nud thu spot whore sho had seen her cmisio standing, she determined to believe 111 his innocence ; if not her heart sick ened at tho alternative, for then Ilinmun's story mint he true. Without speaking, and hcodless that any one was present, she arose and left llio house. Mininan saw tho dircetion sho was taking, and followed unnoticed. Sho walked very slowly. ns if fearing loo carlv con viction. Sho paused n moment nt tho spot of trninpled pram whero hor lathers body had 'Uv gracious, look tit tliein'.ire goggles,' e.vrlnimed Zepliaiiinh, facing round lo 11 man, who, with green spectacles on Ins nose, and two huge law hooks under his rirui, was nuking his way lo the court-hoo-e. A? ephnniah stood gaping after the green eyed Inwyer. some roguish Wight in nnd linn, and she looked deie'iiiined, but, geot le n n dove. The nltoriiey general saw Hint entreaty would be of no avail. 'I am sorry in hear Una rel'ual,' ho said 'are yon ndvid that the court has power lo compel you to -peak'' 'I know that it hns power to punish, but I cannot benr wilnes" in this) eae,' she the crowd plucked nt. tho bag behind, llm 1 mildly replied, drawing her veil, nnd moving Mrmg gavo way, and half of bis load made j from 1 he (.land." for itself a quick pasngu to Ihe ground. The judge and jury gazedon her in ns- 'Now, if that au't loo had,' exclaimed tnnishtnent, while Hie perplexed attorney, lepiiatnnli. setting down ins bag, and pa- who knew she had refu-ed to appear hetori? tieniiy stuffing the strings of apple, back to their piaco. A he was so employed. Ins friend U'ii. who was always up lo a joke, look Ins tnoln'so-" jog and pail in one hand, wlnle he knocked Zeph's hat over hi eyes with the other. 'I say there, you Den Wheeler, if you'd jcu n live. I'll take care of my own hat,' cried ihesullerer. tugging to gel the re- ro.tcd.and thou went up tho hill'. Sho reached lciry ehnpeau from over bis great nose, tho old pine, and turned slowly wilb her face wlllch. projected like n wedge between it to the rook. It projected out from llio face of and his fnco. tho hill, and thero was no tree no buh to Hon broke off short in n horse-laugh obstruct the view even tho croviccsaud spots which followed Iih manly exploit, and of inn-s ncro plainly discernible. Her father drew back with instinctive respect, for a had been murdered. A pang came ovur her, voim? female 111 deen mourniii" na-.-ed him as ifher heart had been cleft in twain by 11 t 1 hat moment, lenninrr on the arm of the sharp kuifo. Visions of the gallows tho hal. cm,tv shprifi'. Her large sorrowful eves tor and her cousin the murderer, for a victim Hashed through her mind. Iler brain reeled and she would havo fallen headlong Irom the cmincneo, had not James Iliomau sprang from behind a neighboring trcu and caught her in Ins nrins, were raised for a moment, ns she pa-sed the hoisicroii' man, as if 111 wonder that any thing could lie merry at ctich a time. 'It was her lather the man killed,' whw- tiered Den lo Ins friend, who had set. hie Mo sat down on a bare, root of tho pine and "n5" nl "uerty.anu was again snoumering laid her head on his bosom. What wero the i"1?" thoughts swelling that bosom it beseems us 'ion don't say so! wal, I swow, I hope not to say. Certain wo nro 'that Grace they'll hang the varmmt. Suthgatc, the pure and beautiful, would never While the two friends were making their have remained there, had strength been given way lo ihe store, Grncc Suthgaie had en tier to rcmovo Irom a pillow so polluted. I5ut tercd the couri house. Iler thick mourn ou oiiuuuu owi uer ri:sioiir oiiuu, inronu imui'i inir vol wasi rownover nor ace. n- slir havo been stretched upon a rack wttliout ,,)n; ,ir, mosl rt-uinte t-tntirm on the seat llOWing It. so nosy Was Iler SICK rillllO Willi ,irnnlr,l fnrllin ivilin-BJnc .mil ilrnvv hnr no nougniso gu.iiann oeaii. uirncu bn(jk Bnw ,y nrnnm ,)(;r peta ns ,f ' .. ., 1 . 1 ' -,, ' that could conci al her Irom observation. loins, as thev were bent on her with an ex- 1 1 ,1 1 1 1 pression which sho had never met before, 'Is .' ' "' , , . , ' r fl 1 there no hope, no doubt-must bo die?' It J7 had taken t heir places, and Henry ivnat mi nvn nlinnn mrln I Wl sernont. Ulllir wil- Ul ui.u w.i- i.u.- T.rnr.n Sol Urate, 'su 1 omao.S ow v and a"" ""re n semen e. pn.-i--.uio, as u nu imiu impressively, -there is a way I ccrn save him called forth all his resolution to go through marry mo and 1 uwV.' the approaching trial; yet occasionally, A cold sduddor crept over tho poor girl when he encountered the curious glances she broke feebly fioui hisarms.andsatupright of the crowd, his brow would fl'i-h crimson, on tho ground. '1 would go home,' said she. hjs Up Curl haughtily and those who gazed, 'I would bo alono. shrunk from the flashes of bis mdi'Tiiant eve 'Promise that you will think of what I havo When Grace entered, tho proud composure kuiu, ii,ui... ............. ,mS ,j; vanished, a misi came over arose ami niovcu away. I will pray lo do right, sh I will think said, shrinking from his arm, and collecting her strength to descend the hill Hiiunan followed her n n distance, till she reached the house. When there she shut herself in her room, and kneeling with her nibble before, bcr. searched diligently for such pui-saucs ns related to capital pun ishment. Shu read, reflected and prayed and her opinion was formed from the best of sources. She had no doubt ol her cous in's guilt. She knew it to bu impossible that he should have killed her father and- dentally .situated as the two parties were at the tune of the murder. She herself sow him raise tho rifle deliberately to his should er, uud, though her eye had been turned before the precise nun was taken, she had seen the effect. What would her evidence be but a confirmation of lliumau's ? and. of tho truth of his statement, she bad al most positive proof, for how could ho hnve known that Ulair had asked her of her la ther, as had been ngreed upon in the morn cva and with a halt stifled groan grasped the railing of the liar with both hands and letting his face fall on them. remained till the clerk aroe to arraign him The charge was that of wil'ul murder Grace Sulhgato bent forward in painful anxiety, as the indictment was read: and when Ihe clerk turned to the prisoner, and demanded, in a loud and solemn voice. Goilly or not guilt v." she threw her veil suddenly back and fixed one long piercing look on the face of tho accused. lie saw that palo anxious face, exposed iinheedingly to the public gaze; and bis eyes were nn flinchinglv fixed on hers. n he answered, in a firm and di-tinct voice, 'Not guilty of an intent to ki!!.' The black veil wa suddenly dropped and those who sat near the orphan hear one Ion" broken sigh, and then raw tear drops large and bright, glimmering ho neath the thick crape, as they lull in rapid succession to her lap. The n torney general rose to open the of the fatal ilav. unless he had indeed ' ' wa? cH""'"- bii'fand conclusive. I lo manifested more of pym pathy for the accused, than is u-ual with the opposing counsel in such eases, but vet expressed Ins entire conviction ol the prisoner's guilt. lie asserted that should bring wi'nesses to prove that the prisoner at the bar had deliberately shot moment of ,luj deceased, after a dispute which medium had arisen between (hem. while on n sliootin excursion. An appearance of surprise w heard the converraunu bu affirmed to have taken place between the uncle and nephew? Yet, fully convinced of tho crime as she wis, the young girl felt justified in saving the lifeot n human being nt any sacrifice even I hough he had committed the griov on crime of slaying a fellow man her own almost idolized parent in n insane passion. There wns no ', ' , V..' a... i f visible in Ulair's counieiiiince, dunng lb liiair: lino virniiu cuui'miiu whs ijiiu in . , - , , , those who shuddered at thu sanguinary cry fnr liuinnn life, winch issiill continued by our law, punish blasphemy against the Most High with imprisonment and fine. IjC'islntnrf ! ve who uialin a common spectnile of human suffering, hardening ihe hcarisnf the public thereby, refc us not to the sciiu'ure for a justification of your cru el demand of blood for blood! Have not the same scripture-' said, he who hlnspbe tiielh lo'ainst the Lord shall bo punished withduathf H not this as plain ns the law noauist murder, and ye not refined it dov u by human legislation ! Nay, is there U HIO"li: UIVIIMi iii.v nilivil u 'I u.Mllini . . - ,. , l,l. . i i... i..,,. inrilCU our uitu iiii-i'iipiv iiKiiini um inuii oi ju-,1 Li. run ... ii. ... ,. ml. ns if III 11 mien I for oioleelioo. ale ped ..:. il.ll :,...!, :l-.,..l in- um niooii; '.'""... .' rinipiMi. I lol llio, wm. ...... i. ;.,,:.. n . rr , 1. . n,l , ,,,, cn;,i crowd as'thnt collected to witness ihu'trial ''. ""rV:":!?.' "'"L"'''".. .l' of Henry Ulair. Prom eight lo ten in the ,U"Z r 'i, I X,.i 7 0 ...... If. fl.n "?'"l I Vll 11'M.Bi.i" in iiiu - I I. All e.ipi'M".'... i.iiouof; giuvnoiiu ro-n whole of ihe nttoriioy'ii speech Once he sprang to bis feet ns if to interrupt it, but resumed his seat again in silence. The attorney general closed, bv requesting p mission to introduce Grace Siithgate, tin daughter ol the deceased, m helmlt of the State. Kvery eye was turned to the young witness, as she arose and took her place 00 ihe stand. The clerk requested her to draw Ihe gloi'c from bur right hand. She obeyed, nud n murmur of pity and admira tion ran through the crowd, as her si. II while laco was exposed to Hie public gaze Shu was mid to raise her hinid, that the nath inmlil bo administered. Tho poor girl Whoso shedde.h man's blood, by man shall ""V j""'rn n. 1 ' " "IH'! tor protect,. 1 1 11, ,.i,.ii Her lips parted, but shecoulil not nrticuli Ins blood ho shed. wonl. while the ungloved hand gra? morning, people had been village Iron, all directions, some on loot, somu on borsebnek nud others crowded inulo the numerous waggons which lined tho fences on either side of the mum street. Halloo, yon oph l'otter. jest wait n uiiiuito and . I'll ho your company,' cried Uenj'imm Wheeler, a tall lathy Inrnier, ns hu tucked 11 wooden rum bottle under Iih arm, uud hauled 11 tin pail of butler und 1111 empty niolaeses.jug Irom under his waggon seat. Wal, conio along then, these'ero dried apples au't none of 1 hu lightest lean tell you,' replied Zepliaiiinh, stopping short and settling n well packed bag moru firmly on his shoulder, 'come, hurry along, for I vu got a tamnl long list o'uotioiiHto get, nforo I can go in lo see thut college chup hauled over tho coals.' llcnjnmin gathered his merchandize to gether, and tho two begnn to nnvignlu their way through the noisy crowd collected heforo the etoro thuy wished to enter. ed into the face of the prisoner, who had been gnz tig on the witne-s with intense intereit. The nltoriiey caught t!u look, und his voice was even moru respectfully gentle, when he again addressed the witness, 'Raisu your hand, my denr young lady,' ho said, 'you have nothing In fear I will not fatigue you my que.-tious shnll be brief permit ihu oath to bo administered, I entreat you.' lie was about lo say something nioro to encourage her, for ho supposed her embar rassed by thu fixed gaze of tho multitude, and thu iiiicoiuiiiuu silence which reigned even lo tho remotest corners of the room, so intense wns the inleicet uxcited; but as ho uttered the last words, 6hu raised her nyos, nnd while 11 slight color broko over her laco, expressed the determination not to bo uwnrn, or to bear witness 111 thu trial, Thero was nothing hko bravado or hold noes in her denial i her voicu wns sweet them, ell compelled by the sheriff, turned 10 the pro-uliug judges, am), though Willi evident, reluctance, requested I hal. a com until might be made out agoioi-l her. 'Give her time to reflect,' replied the hu mane mngrfetrnte. loath 10 inflict imprison ment. 00 a being so delicate, 'il she contin ues ob-tuiate. after tin- u her witnesses lor the Stntu have testified, I shall bo obliged to proceed ngriin-l her.' Thn attorney bowed Ins acquiescence, and the biwuie-s the conn went on. Thu name of James Hinman was next called, There was 11 sbght bu-lle near tl.edo ir.nsiba' persornigc separatei' himself froio ihu crowd, nud ad vanced towards the eland. Grace ottered a faint cry, on bis appearance ; nud falling back in her seat, watched him with agoni zing solicitude, ns betook Ins station on the witness stand, and raised his hand to he (.worn. Ills prestMice was a death blow to her hopes. Half her patrimony c.'U-i-'.- ing of the bank -lock her lather hud owned I'orilnnd. she had given to bribe bii ence: nod 'hat being insuliicient, she. in hr desperation had prnmi-ed tier own hand 111 marriage, if he would refrain Irom iving evidence against her enn-in. let. real as had been her sacrifice, there ho loud, about to repea! the mine fearlul story Inch he had once told her. The wretch. ed girl cloed her eves, and llr-lotied lo this proceeding of the court, in utter hope- sues. Ueing questioned by tho attorney general Hinman proceeded to relate, that, on the ay of Mr. Sotbgato's death, he had been out alone, shooting in ihe woods, nod thar. as he had stopped lo resl nwile by n cor lain pine tree, growing on the face of the hill opposite Mr. Suibgnie's hou-i, the de ceased and the pri-oner at the Inr bad passed him. I hey were conversing cheer fully, and were evdentlv in high --pints. Ho added, that, not being in a mood tor company, he had remained quiet while the two pat down on some fragments ot rot-i: near by. Their heads were both uncov ered, nud Mr. Snihgale's hat together with the fur cap of Ihe pri-oner, was thrown on the dead leaves at their feet. As they were resting themselves, a large bird sai'ed over the pine, and settled on a tree, near 1 tin foot of the hill. Mr. Sulhgato -oatcheii Ulair's cap, which lay neare-i to bun, and ran to a neighboring rock, from which he could "-i a better aim nt the bird, Ills rifle mi-sed Cu. While hastily re loading it. he placed the sto:k agonist the stem of a bush with the muzzle opposite his breast, a si be forced down the charge. He war? returning his ramrod, when something, probably a twig of the bu-b, loucned the trigger," nnd tiio ntlu was discharged into bis bo.-om. At this moment ihe prisoner at the bar fired off his rill' , preparatory to entering the hou-e ; but the witness was certain lint the act was harmless, and that. M r. Suthgaie came to his death by the accidental discharge of Ins own gun. As Hiiunan promiunced the last sen tence, the prisoner sprang to Ins feet, with an expression of thrilling joy which met with nn answering glow 111 thu heart of every person present save one James Hinman : he turned his cyps on the prison er, and their expression was that of a cat. trilling with the mou-e. it still intends lit de-troy That expression changed, as he looked" toward Grace. She wnj sitting iw the joyful surprise of his last words had left her, bending gently forward, her hands clasped, her lips apart, and her very soul beaming in gratitude through her eye-: lint the uwnnl she saw :hu glance cast from the witnes 10 the prisoner, her iienrr. sickened wiih donbtshu bad seen thot look before. The attorney general, who had expect ed n far d. Herein story from Ins witness, cross questioned bun closely, but his an swers wero ready and consistent. Two or three unimportant persons were then ex amined, nnd Ihe prisoner was called upon for Ins defence. His counsel expressed hiin-'elf ready to snbinil the case to tho jury without further plea, trusiiiig entirely to the evidence introduced by the statu for the acquittal of his client. The attorney general acquiesced, and, after u brief ad. dre-s from I hu court, in which the presi. ding judge expre-sed Ins clear conviction of the prisoner's iouocence.i be cuso was given to ihe jury. Without leaving llio box they rendered 11 vonbet of not guilty- All pro-ceoding-) against Grace were of courn re linquished ; nud Henrv Ulair was ih-chnrg. ed. In tho hustle nttendiiig the breaking up of the court. Hinman contrived to got by thu side of Ulnir. ho was leaving thn line. Pulling Ins mouth close to his ear, be whispered, ' have swam falsity, hut ijtm arc not a murderer.' The acquit ted prisoner started and recoiled, as if from ihe hiss of a serpent. lliiunau left his vennmcd arrow In rankle in the heart of his victim nud turned care lessly toward Grace, in whom hu addressed a fuw low, earnest words. She arose, nud went with bun from the court room. Onn look of anguish sho cast on Ulair. Hn dared not opproach, fur ho fell that, not withstanding Ins acquittal, thu curse of her father's blood was still upon him. Ilewil dured by the events of the trial, and tern lied by thn rudo jesting of llio crowd, Gracu was conducted to n chaise, into which Hin iiiiin lollowed her before sliu was. fully con scious of his object. Tho poor girl looked out among the multitude in search of tho 1 I Sec fourth urge.

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